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Saudi Logistics Academy Becomes Accredited NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner

The Saudi Logistics Academy has become an accredited National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Gold Learning Partner, which enables it to award the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

This achievement is due to the academy’s efforts to become a pioneer in the field of occupational health and safety, and provide training solutions that support and empower national competencies.

NEBOSH certificate requires knowledge in conducting risk assessments, managing occupational health and safety in various fields of work, identifying risks in work environment and appropriate preventive measures, supporting and developing a culture of maintaining a healthy and safe work environment, as well as identifying the main requirements for managing occupational health and safety.

NEBOSH has been providing professional qualifications in the field of health, safety, environmental practices and management since 1979.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Education Ministry, Norwegian Refugee Council ink MoU

The Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding with Norwegian Refugee Council for cooperation in the aspects of rehabilitating schools and training educational cadres.

The memo inked by Director of Planning and International Cooperation at the Ministry, Ghassan Shugri, and Director of the Council (Andres Gonzalez Rodriguez), including cooperation in the aspects of maintenance and rehabilitation of schools, providing school bags and stationery, and implementing of training courses for teaching and administrative cadres.

The memorandum was signed in the Ministry’s building, and also included cooperation to provide compensatory lessons for students of the basic and secondary education certificates, health awareness campaigns, support for adolescents to engage in vocational education, and the provision of psychological and social support.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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Google Develops Android Feature Enabling Airplane Mode During Flight

Google is reportedly working on a new Android feature that will help users automatically turn on Airplane mode during a flight.

The technology is also said to offer improved functionalities for Airplane mode. The company has filed a patent for its upcoming connected flight mode via World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Currently, users are required to manually turn on the Airplane mode when on a flight. Also, existing Airplane mode feature shuts down all connections on most devices.

According to a report by ParkiFly in collaboration with David Kowalski, Google has filed a patent for a connected flight mode. The feature is said to automatically switch the mobile device to a connected flight mode while onboarding a flight. It will detect pressure drop, acceleration/velocity, cabin sounds, ultrasonic signal, GPS signal, Cellular ID, and Wi-Fi signal to disable automatic backups, background application refresh, and updates, as per the patent filings.

Moreover, Google will also access travel booking activity, check-in status, to automatically enable this feature. That’s not all, the feature will also enable selective network connectivity options like in-flight Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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iGA organises workshop on Education Indicators and Education Expenditures Form

The Statistics and Population Directorate at the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), in partnership with the GCC Statistical Center (GCC-Stat), organised a workshop on education indicators and the application form of Education Expenditure.

The workshop aimed at strengthening the GCC cooperation and highlighting the importance of exchanging and presenting international indicators that supports sustainable development in educational sectors across the GCC.

The event focused on key areas, including participants’ capacity building on methodologies endorsed by UNESCO and other sources to calculate education expenditure in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.

The workshop also highlighted the importance of calculating national education indicators based on international standards and benchmarking them with other countries across the world. This helps determine Bahrain’s position in global statistical rankings and identify areas in need of improvement.

The workshop, facilitated by formerly UNESCO expert Yousif Falah Ismail, enhanced participants’ skills in calculating and categorizing education expenditure data in the Kingdom. This involved measuring salaries and wages for both teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as the expenditure on public education from capital and operational sectors, households and the private sector.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, the Ministry of Education, and the Secretariat General of the Higher Education Council.

The workshop’s sessions discussed topics including a general framework of education statistics based on UNESCO methodologies, calculation methods for gross and net enrollment rates, and the definition of full and part-time teachers.

The workshop also addressed methodologies for constructing the cohort education system and its application in calculating education efficiency. Additionally, it reviewed indicators related to Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 (Quality Education) and outlined calculation methods for it and related issues.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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MOEHE, General Authority of Customs Sign MoU

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) and the General Authority of Customs (GAC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to include the diploma in customs management in the government scholarship plan.

HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi and HE Chairperson of the GAC Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Jamal signed the MoU.

Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi expressed his happiness at the signing of the MoU with GAC, which will advance the customs work by building the national capabilities in customs according to the latest scientific standards based on the experiences gained by the Community College of Qatar (CCQ), as it started to provide its services to all the community segments and institutions and meets the requirements of the local labor market according to the highest international standards.

In his speech during the signing ceremony, His Excellency stressed that the MoU achieves the goals and objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, especially the pillar of Human Development, praising the partnership with the GAC and its leading role in promoting and activating the customs role at all levels.

For his part, HE Al Jamal stressed that the MoU to include an associate degree in applied science, a customs science major, in the government scholarship plan aims to promote the success of the GAC program for its employees, which has been applied since 2012.

His Excellency indicated that the major cooperation provided by MOEHE in that field would open a new window for customs to society, as it will enable those wishing to study the various fields of customs to apply for this program and join it according to the conditions and requirements applied by GAC.

HE Al Jamal pointed out that the curricula included in the diploma witnessed continuous development through mutual coordination with the most prestigious institutes specialized in customs and taxes in Australia. A large number of customs employees studied that curriculum over the past ten years, which had a positive impact on them, making a big leap in their capabilities and field experience by adding advanced academic experience according to the GAC global standards.

The signing of the MOU by the two parties came as an affirmation of the importance of cooperation between them to enhance the development of human resources, and raise the efficiency of the GAC employees, for the provisions of security and customs control, and in recognition of the importance of specialized scientific qualification for the employees of the authority according to the latest scientific curricula to keep pace with Qatar National Vision and global changes.

The signing of the MoU also shows both parties wish to enhance cooperation in sending students to study the associate diploma in applied sciences in customs management at CCQ, by the legislation in force in the State of Qatar and the competencies of each of them.

According to the memorandum of understanding, the MOEHE announces the annual internal scholarship plan in coordination with the Civil Service and Government Development Bureau and the GAC to study the associate diploma in applied sciences in ‘customs management’ and to take care and follow up on the academic and financial affairs of scholarship students in coordination with GAC and CCQ, while GAC participates in selecting the students wishing to join the scholarship program for the diploma by holding interviews with them by the concerned authority in the MOEHE and determine their remuneration.

According to the MoU, the two parties also cooperate in organizing scholarships for students from among the GAC employees or candidates to study the associate diploma in applied sciences in customs management at the CCQ, by the MoU concluded between the authority and the college, as the MoU defines the tasks and competencies of each party.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Education Minister approves scholarships plan

Education Minister Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Juma has today approved the scholarship plan for the 2022-2023 public and private high school graduates whose Grand Average Point (GAP) is 90% and above.

Outstanding graduates will compete for 6000 scholarships and grants covering different academic specialties, said the minister as he approved the scheme.

He said that the allocation of thousands of scholarships and grants reflects of the support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the education sector.

He affirmed that the allocation of scholarships and grants would be based on students’ cumulative academic averages as the only criterion.

He said that the plan takes into account the needs of the labour market, stressing the ministry’s commitment to granting a student with a 95% GPA and above, a scholarship in the specialization he selected as his first choice in case opts to enroll at the University of Bahrain or Bahrain Polytechnic.

Public and private shool graduates whose GPA equals 90% at least and who desire to compete for scholarships and grants are required to log into the www.bahrain.bh to finalise their registration.

Registration which started today, Tuesday, at 06:00 pm will run until Friday July 14, said the Ministry in a statement today.

The ministry also called on students who did not receive the secret numbers for the electronic registration of scholarships and scholarships, to contact the Information Systems Department – User Service through the following means:

Telephone: 17278777 – 17278417.

WhatsApp 17278777 during the working hours.

Email: Isd.helpdesk@moe.bh

For more information and queries call 17873046 / 17875177 / 1787302 / 17873564 – from 8 am until 1 pm during the working hours.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Education Ministry, Samsung Electronics sign MoU

The Ministry of Education has today signed a memorandum of understanding with Samsung Electronics.

Under the deal, the two sides will cooperate to step up the use of technology in delivering the ministry’s goals in the fields of digital empowerment and artificial intelligence.

The agreement also aims at providing opportunities for evaluation and experimental use of products and technology available by students and teachers, in addition to holding technical workshops and training courses.

Undersecretary for Policies, Strategies and Performance Nawal Al Khater sealed the deal with Doohee Lee, representative of Samsung Electronics.

The ceremony was also attended by Bin Hindi Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer and board member Abdulaziz Abdulla bin Hindi, Assistant Undersecretary for Services Haitham Isa Al Sahli and other specialists.

A specialized workshop was held on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, focusing on the company’s most important products and innovations in the field of education, next-generation technology, and the future smart projects.

It also highlighted the company’s successful strides in the field of using smart devices in education, outlining ways of optimizing such advanced devices in the educational process.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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IAEA: No Internal Disagreement on Fukushima Report

Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said that there was no internal disagreement behind the IAEA’s published comprehensive report on Japan’s plan to discharge contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima plant.

“There is no disagreement. This is the final comprehensive report by the IAEA and no expert has come to me saying that he or she disagrees on the contents,” Grossi said in an exclusive interview with South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency in Seoul.

He said that his recent statements that said he “hinted” at discord among the team was “misinterpreted.” “What I can tell you is that we are very confident, as I said, with the way in which this (review) was conducted with the interpretation of the norms and the standards. So it is not a matter of a report that comes in spite of disagreements,” Grossi said.

Grossi arrived in South Korea late Friday for a three-day visit to explain the analysis of the UN watchdog’s safety review of Japan’s planned release of treated radioactive water from the Japanese plant Grossi flew in from Japan following the agency’s conclusion that Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from the plant into the sea is consistent with international safety standards.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Shura Chairman highlights importance of investing in AI

Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh, Shura Council Chairman, stressed the importance of investing in AI modern technologies and applications to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

He noted that Bahrain is making great efforts to keep pace with the rapid development in the world and seeks to be a pioneer in the region in the field of AI.

This came during his opening speech at the 3rd International Conference of Data ‘Future of Everything’, held on Thursday, organized by the International Group of Artificial Intelligence (IGOAI), in partnership with Nasser Vocational Training Centre (NVTC). Participants included speakers from Spain, UK, China, Morocco, India, Lebanon and Bahrain.

Al Saleh said that the legislative branch is keen to enact modern legislation to make the legislative system updated with technological development, appreciating efforts between the legislative and executive branches to achieve common goals.

He highlighted Bahrain’s initiatives to promote and develop AI, provide a suitable work environment for scientists and innovators in this field, and support youth in the field of modern technology and data science.

Dr. Jassim Haji, Chairman of the conference and President of IGOAI Community hailed the Shura Chairman’s support in enabling women in AI, especially in the conference which exclusively included women speakers in all its three editions.

Dr. Haji announced that the CEOs of the public and private sectors will be honoured by His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) First Deputy Chairman, General Sports Authority (GSA) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President, on July 20.

The honouring ceremony will be the first of its kind in the Arab countries and the East Middle for AI and talent empowerment.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Isa bin Salman Education Charitable Trust opens scholarship applications on July 3

Under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Isa bin Salman Education Charitable Trust, applications will be accepted for its 10th intake of educational scholarships for the academic year 2023-2024 from July 3-10.

Applications will be open for general secondary certificate holders or its equivalent from a public or private educational institutions, with a Grade Point Average totaling 88% or its equivalent for all available scholarships, a 98% or its equivalent for scholarships to attend medical school, and 90% or its equivalent for engineering school scholarships.

Applicants must be Bahraini nationals, be of good conduct, have graduated within the last two years, meet the university admission requirements, and pass a personal interview for scholarships to attend medical school.

Graduates can submit their applications to the listed scholarships on the Trust’s website (www.waqfisa.bh)

Source: Bahrain News Agency