Ammon News, Culture & Society

Princess Raiyah weds Faris Ned Donovan

[7/7/2020 9:29:53 AM]

AMMONNEWS - With the blessings of His Majesty King Abdullah II, Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein married Mr Faris Ned Donovan, in the United Kingdom. Her Majesty Queen Noor, Jordan’s Ambassador to the UK Omar Nahar, and the Donovan family attended the brief ceremony, held in accordance with lockdown regulations due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Her Royal Highness was engaged to Mr Donovan on 26 October 2019. Princess Raiyah, born in Amman in 1986, is the daughter of His Majesty the late King Hussein bin Talal and Her Majesty Queen Noor. She holds an undergraduate master’s degree in Japanese studies from Edinburgh University in Scotland, a master’s degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University in New York, and is currently a PhD candidate in pre-modern Japanese literature at UCLA.

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92 Jordanian teachers in UAE to be repatriated Friday

[7/4/2020 4:38:05 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A total of 92 Jordanian teachers will be repatriated to the Kingdom from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Friday, July 10 after they had lost their jobs in the Arab Peninsula country, according to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry said in a statement Saturday that for over a month, it has been working on the repatriation of 268 Jordanian teachers and their families from the UAE since their contracts had been terminated.

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Amman parks to reopen early next month

[6/28/2020 5:38:11 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) announced Sunday its public parks will reopen early next month after a 3-month closure, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to GAM Deputy Director for Health and Agriculture, Dr. Mervat Mheirat. In press remarks to "Petra," Mheirat said the decision to reopen Amman parks comes in implementation of the new procedures announced in the the joint statement of Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Health. The GAM has sterilized all 143 public parks and 16 gardens in the capital, she pointed out. With the reopening of public parks, instructions, announced by the Ministry of Health, will be observed in terms of the necessity to follow the necessary preventive measures, such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, she noted. Continuing:"We will work to strengthen supervision in public parks and gardens to preserve the visitors' health, and to coordinate with the security authorities in this regard."

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Crown Prince attends graduation at Royal Jordanian Command and Staff College

[6/23/2020 4:59:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II on Tuesday attended a graduation ceremony at the Royal Jordanian Command and Staff College. Crown Prince Al Hussein was received by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Hneiti and the college’s commandant. His Royal Highness presented certificates and awards to the graduating officers from JAF and security agencies, as well as to graduating officers from 12 friendly countries. During the ceremony, the Crown Prince conveyed King Abdullah’s greetings to the graduates, reaffirming His Majesty’s confidence in the quality of the training and courses provided at the college. His Royal Highness also signed the guestbook at the Royal Jordanian Command and Staff College, expressing pride in the competence of its staff and its role in building the capacities of officers and personnel. The college awards a bachelor's degree in military science. Public Security Directorate Director Maj. Gen. Hussein Hawatmeh and a number of senior officers and military attachés attended the graduation.

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Queen Rania meets with employees, beneficiaries of Bilforon App

[6/21/2020 5:46:16 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with a number of employees and women benefiting from Bilforon app on Sunday, to learn how the digital platform enables home cooks to promote and sell their meals online. The startup’s Founder and CEO, Mohammad Batikhi, briefed Her Majesty on the app’s efforts to create work opportunities for home cooks, and the grocery delivery services it offered during the recent COVID-19 lockdown. Within 72 hours of imposing the lockdown, Bilforon’s team transformed the platform into a grocery shopping and delivery application, hosting 30 supermarkets and stores. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the startup conducted rigorous hygiene and food safety tests that potential beneficiaries had to pass before joining the platform. The company also offers beneficiaries training in hygiene and food safety, as well as a rating option for customers. Founded in 2016, Bilforon aims to connect home cooks with customers across Jordan, including businesses that are looking for event caterers. In addition to linking customers with home cooks, Bilforon assists its beneficiaries, who are mostly women, with running their businesses from home by helping them meet and maintain quality assurance standards and customer service protocols.

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10 Balqa mosques closed after woman tests positive for COVID-19

[6/14/2020 4:46:28 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Authorities on Sunday closed 10 mosques in the Balqa governorate after a woman, who lives in Deir Alla in the Jordan Valley, tested positive for the COVID-19. The governorate's Awqaf Department Director, Muawiya Btoush, said that the department closed 10 mosques as a precautionary measure, noting that only the Muezzin will be allowed to call to prayer. Btoush told Petra that the concerned authorities had isolated the area, adding that the epidemiological investigation teams are collecting samples to ensure that there are no other infections.

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Labor Ministry penalizes firms violating Defense Order

[6/8/2020 3:58:52 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Firms and businesses which have failed to pay their employees and dismissed them in violation of the Defense Order and subsequent regulations will not be allowed to recruit foreign laborers or renew their work permits, under a decision taken by the Minister of Labor, Nidal Batayneh. Other penalties will be taken against those employers unless they remedy their status, Labor Ministry spokesperson, Ghaida Awamleh, said in a statement on Monday. She added that these measures aim to protect the rights of workers and stop violation by employers under the current financial crisis. "The Defense Order No. 6 of 2020 was issued to help sectors most impacted by the coronavirus crisis, in addition to providing labor protection in light of the available capabilities," she indicated.

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