Daily Archives: March 20, 2016

Governor of Riyadh Region's wife opens exhibition of fine arts

Governor of Riyadh Region’s wife opens exhibition of fine arts

Monday 1437/6/12 – 2016/03/21

Riyadh, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Princess Nora bint Mohammed bin Saud, wife of the Governor of Riyadh Region, opened an exhibition of fine arts by Princess Ghada bint Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz.

The exhibition, opened on Saturday under the title “My Country”, included about 40 paintings.

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02:33 LOCAL TIME 23:33 GMT

Cincinnati Zoo: 5 cheetahs born in rare C-section procedure

Cincinnati Zoo: 5 cheetahs born in rare C-section procedure

الاثنين 1437/6/12 هـ الموافق 2016/03/21 م واس

CINCINNATI, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Cincinnati Zoo officials say five cheetah cubs born after a rare C-section procedure are getting around-the-clock critical care in the zoo’s nursery, according to AP.

The zoo’s director of animal health says it’s only the third C-section he has been involved with and his first on a cheetah.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the three male and two female cubs were born March 8 at the zoo’s cheetah breeding facility in Clermont County.

Just over 50 cheetah cubs have been born there since it opened in 2002.

Zoo officials say the cheetahs’ immune systems are not developed very well and they’re not able to actively fight off infections.

The cubs will stay in the nursery for at least eight weeks.

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02:26 LOCAL TIME 23:26 GMT

Governor of Makkah Region patronizes inauguration ceremony of number of National Water Company projects

Jeddah, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, patronized here on Sunday evening, the inauguration ceremony of a number of the water and environmental services “sanitary drainage” projects in the cities of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Jeddah Province.

Among those who spoke at the ceremony were Minister of Water and Electricity, Chairman of the National Water Company Eng. Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussein and Dr. Loay Bin Ahmad Bin Sa’ad Al-Musallam, CEO of National Water Company.

During the ceremony, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal watched a documentary film about the company’s projects and achievements in Makkah region in the field of sanitation.

–SPA
01:27 LOCAL TIME 22:27 GMT

Yemen's president calls on Yemeni militias coup leaders to comply with international legitimacy's resolutions

Yemen’s president calls on Yemeni militias coup leaders to comply with international legitimacy’s resolutions

الاثنين 1437/6/12 هـ الموافق 2016/03/21 م واس

Riyadh, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi called on the militia coup leaders in Yemen to comply with UN resolutions.

President Hadi said that the resolutions of international legitimacy are clear foundations of peace and the reference that militia coup leaders should comply with.

These remarks were made by the Yemeni president during a regular meeting held on Sunday in Riyadh with his political team and the negotiating team participating in Geneva talks.

The meeting was attended by Deputy High Commander of the Yemeni Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the official Yemen News Agency said.

–SPA
00:40 LOCAL TIME 21:40 GMT

South Africa’s ruling party restates confidence in president

JOHANNESBURG, Jumada II 11, 1437, March 20, 2016, SPA — South Africa’s ruling party has reaffirmed its confidence in President Jacob Zuma, after a growing chorus of corruption allegations against the leader, according to AP.

The senior leaders of the African National Congress said Sunday they were confident the party would win this year’s local government elections because citizens too remained confident in the country’s leadership.

The party’s leadership committee was responding to allegations by officials that a wealthy, politically-connected family had offered them Cabinet posts, causing public outcry.

The African National Congress was founded in 1912 and has ruled since South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994, when it was led by late President Nelson Mandela. Zuma, now in his second term as South Africa’s president, is also the leader of the ruling party.

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23:28 LOCAL TIME 20:28 GMT

Soccer-Swiss match interrupted as Sion fans protest penalty

BERNE, Jumada II 11, 1437, March 20, 2016, SPA — A Swiss league match was interrupted for 15 minutes on Sunday when supporters of home team FC Sion hurled missiles onto the pitch in protest at a controversial penalty against their side, according to Reuters.

Trouble broke out in the 65th minute when the penalty was awarded to visitors FC Basel after the ball struck the hand of Sion defender Reto Ziegler at point-blank range.

Sion fans, already angry over a disallowed goal minutes earlier, threw objects onto the pitch as Matias Delgado was waiting to take the penalty and the teams were led off by the referee.

FC Basel fans also let off firecrackers during the stoppage.

When play was resumed, Delgado strode up and converted the penalty to give Basel a 1-0 win which kept them 14 points clear at the top and on course for a seventh consecutive title.

Sion thought they had taken the lead just after the hour with Ebenezer Assifuah’s header but the ball was cleared by Luca Zuffi and the referee ruled it had not crossed the line.

Goal-line technology is not used in the Swiss league.
–SPA
23:27 LOCAL TIME 20:27 GMT

Obama arrives in Cuba for historic visit

Obama arrives in Cuba for historic visit

Sunday 1437/6/11 – 2016/03/20

HAVANA, Jumada II 11, 1437, March 20, 2016, SPA — President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba on a historic visit on Sunday, opening a new chapter in U.S. engagement with the island’s Communist government after decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes, according to Reuters.

Obama landed at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport aboard Air Force One, the iconic presidential jet with “United States of America” emblazoned across its fuselage, a sight almost unimaginable not long ago.

–SPA
23:27 LOCAL TIME 20:27 GMT

Governor of Riyadh Region graces Tunisian embassy ceremony

Governor of Riyadh Region graces Tunisian embassy ceremony

Sunday 1437/6/11 – 2016/03/20

Riyadh, Jumada II 11, 1437, March 20, 2016, SPA — Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, graced here this evening, the ceremony held by Tunisian embassy at the kingdom, on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Tunisia.

Upon arrival at the venue, the Governor of Riyadh Region was received by Tunisian Ambassador to the kingdom Lotfi Ben Caid and a number of officials at the embassy.

–SPA
23:10 LOCAL TIME 20:10 GMT