Monthly Archives: August 2019

Dorian becomes category 3 hurricane:NHC

FLORIDA Dorian strengthened into a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale and could be a significant threat to Florida and the northwestern Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center,NHC, said on Friday.

Dorian was located about 445 miles (715 kilometers) east of the northwestern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph), the Miami based center said.

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Dorian is anticipated to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula into early next week, Reuters quoted the NHC as saying.

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian beginning on 28th August 2019, and continuing.

According to The WHite House, the President’s action authorises the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency,FEMA, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 67 Florida counties.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE announces Saturday as Hijri new year holiday for federal government

ABU DHABI, The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, FAHR, on Friday announced that Saturday, 31st August, will be a public holiday for the federal government to mark the Hijri new year.

”In light of the announcement of the relevant authorities in the government that Saturday is the first day of Muharram 1441 H, the Hijri new year’s holiday will, therefore, be observed on Saturday,” said FAHR in a statement.

The statement added that regular work will resume on Sunday, the 1st of September 2019.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE leaders congratulate Arab and Islamic leaders on new Hijri year

ABU DHABI, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent congratulatory cables to kings, presidents and emirs of the Arab and Islamic countries on the advent of the new Hijri year.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, dispatched similar greetings to Arab and Islamic leaders on the glorious occasion.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UNODC partners with UAE to support the empowerment of communities for safer societies and crime prevention

MOSCOW, On the second day of Aqdar World Summit in Moscow, a number of workshop sessions and panel discussions were held on various key topics related to empowerment of individuals and communities.

A key workshop was held by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,UNODC, on the topic ”Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, where Judge Dr. Hatem Aly, the Special Representative of the Deputy Undersecretary General of the UN, Executive Director of UNODC for the Gulf Region, said, “Through its long-standing strategic partnership with the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates, the UNODC is closely engaged with the Khalifa Empowerment Program for Students’ Aqdar Initiative to promote and support the empowerment of communities for safer societies and crime prevention. ” ”The threats of international homicide, violence against children, human trafficking and sexual violence are important to address to promote peace, justice and as a result strong institutions as well as inclusive societies for sustainable development. They pave the way for the provision of access to justice for all and for building effective and accountable institutions at all levels.”

Aly added, “In fact, weak institutions promote the emergence of illicit markets that pollute the economy and lead to less development and consequently a fertile environment for illicit acts/markets.

The latter in turn leads back to weak institutions. SDG 16″ Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” is both an end in itself, and a crucial part of delivering sustainable development in all countries. Therefore, building strong institutions allows to break that vicious cycle and transforms it into a virtuous cycle ensuring that the 2030 Agenda can be accomplished.”

“UNODC provides normative, analytical and operational assistance to Member States for strengthening the effectiveness, fairness and accountability of their criminal justice institutions to tackle crime, corruption and terrorism. Moreover, access to justice for all is a focus area in UNODC’s work on crime prevention and criminal Justice. UNODC supports the establishment of effective, fair and humane criminal justice systems,” he concluded.

The 3rd summit is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, under the theme ‘Global Empowerment of Communities: Experiences and Lessons Learned’. On the 2nd day, experts offered their insights on ways to empower individuals in various key sectors of our economy with a key focus on the topic ”The Technical, Intellectual and Food Security: The Strategic Pillars to Empower Communities and Youth � The UAE Model”.

Aqdar World Summit is organised by Khalifa Empowerment Program, Aqdar, in cooperation with INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions and the support of a number of local and international bodies.

Source: Emirates News Agency