A young man committed suicide by drinking poison in Hilla

A twenty-year-old young man committed suicide in Hilla, the center of Babylon Governorate.

Babylon Police Information Director, Brigadier General Adel Al-Husseini, said: ‘The young man committed suicide by drinking poison, after a dispute with his father, at his home in the Karta’a area in the city of Hilla.’

He added: ‘The police transferred the body to the forensic medicine office, and an investigation was opened into the incident.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

UNRWA: Displaced people in Gaza were forced to flee 6 times

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said that the displaced in Gaza were forced to flee 6 times.

She pointed out that there is no security in the Strip, with the continued bombing and lack of vital supplies.

She added that nearly half of Rafah’s population (and those displaced there), or 800,000 people, are on the roads, after being forced to flee since the occupation forces began their military operation in the region on May 6.

Source: Maan News Agency

Report: Settlement expansion in response to recognition of the State of Palestine reflects the occupation’s predicament

Nablus – Together – The National Office for Land Defense and Settlement Resistance said in its periodic report that the expansion of settlements as a response to the recognition of the State of Palestine reflects the impasse in the policy of the occupying state.

The office added in a statement today, Saturday, ‘Three European countries, Spain, Norway, and Ireland, announced their decision last week to recognize the State of Palestine. This recognition will enter into force on the twenty-eighth of this month. Thus, the number of countries that recognize the State of Palestine becomes 142 countries.’ The origin of 193 member states of the United Nations.

She indicated that the three countries confirmed that their recognition contributes to enhancing the chances of reaching a political settlement for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, international law and relevant international legitimacy resolutions. The decision of these three member states of the European Union was met
with welcoming reactions from most of the countries and powers of the world, with the exception of countries known for their friendship with the Israeli occupation state, such as the United States of America, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. France claims that it is not against such a step, but it sees the wrong time to take it. As for the United States of America, it always has justification for its biased behavior towards the occupying state. It is in favor of the two-state solution, but it believes that recognition in this particular circumstance weighs on the chances of achieving an agreement to liberate what it calls ‘kidnapped persons.’

The report continued, “The reactions of the occupying state to the decision of these countries were expected, as more than one official in the occupation government had previously called for it, and in any case they were preceded by the Israeli Knesset, which on the twenty-second of last February adopted the ratification of the decision of Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin.” ‘Netanyahu opposes any possible international recognition of a Palestinian state, thus reflecting a state of consensus between Jews and the various factions and camps in the Israeli political scene, which refuse to reach a political settlement with the Palestinian people.’

He added, “The Knesset adopted the Israeli government’s decision against recognition of an independent Palestinian state, by a majority of 99 out of 120 members of the Knesset, and the voting results showed the trend of the various Israeli political parties and movements towards the extreme right-wing ideology, and the efforts of the political and partisan spectrum from the various camps to ignore the Palestinian issue and the rights of the people.” ‘The Palestinian movement is excluded from the parties’ agenda and programmes, either out of a firm political position or for fear of losing the public’s votes if early parliamentary elections are held.’

He said, “These reactions reflect the impasse in this country’s policy and were
not limited, of course, to the political position on this important step. Rather, they went beyond what is expected of a state whose relationship with the Palestinian side is governed by the laws of the jungle. Here specifically, Israel is not behaving like a state of law as much as it is behaving like a state governed by laws.” Al-Ghab. More than one official in Israel has previously announced that this country will establish a new settlement in exchange for each country’s recognition of the State of Palestine. Hence the reaction to the recognition of the State of Palestine by Norway, Ireland, and Spain, announced by the Minister of the Occupation Army, Yoav Galant, in a joint statement with the President. The Settlements Council in the northern West Bank, the right-wing extremist Likud, Yossi Dagan, began implementing what was stipulated in the ‘cancellation of disengagement’ law from the northern West Bank, which was issued by the Israeli Knesset on March 21, 2023, and was what was called ‘disengagement fr
om the Palestinians.’ In the Gaza Strip, this was taken by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2005, when the occupying state dismantled its settlements in the Gaza Strip and four settlements in the Jenin Governorate in the northern West Bank, namely Ganim, Kadim, Sanur, and Homesh, and at the same time withdrew its forces from inside the Strip to surround it from the outside. . The cancellation of the disengagement from the Knesset had one meaning and one goal, which was to allow the return of settlers to these settlements that had been dismantled, by canceling the criminal punishment that was imposed under the ‘disengagement’ law on anyone who enters or resides in those settlements, which were built on private Palestinian land. Since then, Homesh has turned into something like a settlement outpost through which settlers practice orgies and terrorist acts, burning homes and destroying vehicles under full protection from the occupation army.’

According to the statement issued by Galant, the decisio
n was taken after continuous consultations between him, the head of the settlement council, and officials in the Israeli army. Galant added: ‘After the disengagement cancellation law was approved in the Knesset and the work was completed, we were able to complete the historic step. Jewish control over Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) guarantees security, and implementing the disengagement cancellation law will lead to the development of settlement and provide security for the residents of the region.’ . ‘I will continue to develop the settlements in Judea and Samaria, to strengthen the security elements and the security of citizens, in the roads and settlements.’ In the same context, an order was signed for a ‘closed military zone’ in the northern West Bank, to protect against hasty steps by settlers to reach the area and settle there, before the completion of the security measures of the occupation army to secure the settlement and the settlers. A security source told Israeli Army Radio, explaining, ‘This r
equires completely different security preparations in this area, to build a settlement around Jenin. This area is filled with ‘terrorism’ more than any other area in the West Bank, so this cannot be done from today until tomorrow. Now we begin to work on Examining all the security factors and conditions for settlement in this area, including building other military points and sites to protect it, and it is estimated by the security services that it will take at least months until the security preparations required to establish settlements again in the area are completed.

As for the Minister of Finance and Minister of Settlement in the Ministry of the Army, Bezalel Smotrich, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called for immediate punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority in response to the decisions of Norway, Spain, and Ireland to recognize the State of Palestine. Smotrich’s requests were as follows: Holding an immediate meeting of the Settlement Planning Council in Judea and Samaria (West Ban
k) to approve ten thousand housing units (settlement) in the settlements to be ready for professional development, including Area E1. And demanding the ratification of a decision in the cabinet session to establish a settlement in exchange for every country that recognizes the Palestinian state. Smotrich confirmed in a letter addressed to Netanyahu that he had directed the Settlement Directorate in the Civil Administration to prepare a strategic plan for planning three settlements and that he would present to the cabinet another decision aimed at canceling the ‘Norwegian path’ that the cabinet had approved a few months ago regarding clearing money. Norway, after its recognition of the Palestinian state, cannot Be a partner in anything related to ‘Judea and Samaria’ (West Bank), and that he intends to stop transferring funds to it and demand the return of all transferred funds.

At the same time, the Knesset General Assembly approved, in preliminary reading, last week a draft law calling for the annexation of
lands in the occupied West Bank to Israel. The draft law stipulates that the southern Hebron region is considered part of the Negev. The draft law, of course, did not constitute Palestinian villages and towns in the region under the title of annexation, but rather 15 settlements in the region, including ‘Kiryat Arba’ and a large number of random settlement outposts. The bill was supported by 52 Knesset members, some of whom were from the Yisrael Beytenu party, led by Avigdo Lieberman, and 37 Knesset members opposed it. The text of the law, presented by Knesset member Limor Son Har Melech from the ‘Otzma Yehudit’ party headed by Itamar Ben Gvir, stated that it proposes to include all Israelis (i.e. settlements and random settlement outposts) south of Line 115 within the definition of the Negev, and that the Negev region be included. From the south of Line 115 to the area to which the Negev Development Authority Law of 1991 applies.’ Har Melech considered that this is an important law and will stop the years-lo
ng discrimination and injustice against settlers in South Mount Hebron and Kiryat Arba. As for the Minister of the Negev, Galilee and National Immunity, Yitzhak Wasserlauf He is also from the fascist Otzma Yehudit party. He commented on the law on behalf of the government, saying: This law is a correction of an injustice and that the south of Mount Hebron is included among the threatened towns in mixed cities (i.e. the historic Palestinian cities – Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, Lod, and Ramla). In the country, the opposition leader, Yair Lapid, mocked the draft law and said, ‘Kiryat Arba is not the Negev. You have been stealing the peripheral areas for years, and today you have turned that into law. Negev is the Negev, Judea and Samaria (i.e. the occupied West Bank) is Judea and Samaria, and Galilee is Galilee. Do not invent a geography that does not exist. And you steal money from (the towns of the Negev) Netivot and Ofakim and from Kiryat Shmona. 50 years, the settlements have been stealing the money of towns outside
central Israel, and the Likud Party is silent.’

On another level, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, ‘B’Tselem,’ revealed a plan by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, which aims to displace Palestinian shepherds from their lands in the occupied West Bank, in cooperation with groups of settlers, considering this part of the ‘Israeli apartheid system.’ A statement issued by the center stated that it documented, during the past months of February and March, about 20 incidents during which settlers and soldiers from the occupation army, through various means, expelled Palestinian shepherds from grazing areas in the hills located south of Hebron Governorate, and that the process of expelling Palestinian shepherds is ‘part of An intentional pattern of action adopted by settlers to serve Israeli policy. The Center pointed out that the Palestinian shepherds’ communities in the West Bank are being displaced through a combination of authoritarian methods and practices implemente
d by official bodies such as the Civil Administration and the Army, and through an informal channel through acts of organized violence and harassment carried out by the Center During the last decade, dozens of settlement farms were established, with support from the state but without its official permission, prepared to seize pasture lands in Palestinian rural areas. It was revealed that ‘since October 7, 2023, a very large number of settlers participating in the campaign have been recruited.’ Acts of violence against Palestinians in the ranks of the army’s general defense or in the ‘preparedness or emergency teams’ and who were armed with military weapons, and as a result of this it is no longer possible today to distinguish between the actions carried out by these settlers under official orders and directives from the military leadership, and the actions they carry out. Spontaneous settlers in military uniform.’

In this context, settlers established a new settlement outpost near the Al-Auja Spring, north o
f Jericho, where they brought housing equipment and established the new outpost 300 meters from the Al-Auja water canal, knowing that they had established another settlement outpost two weeks before that. This settlement outpost was established to besiege the Bedouin population in the area and deprive them of natural water sources, in an attempt to forcibly displace them, while the settlers again attacked the ‘Arab Al-Malihat’ community northwest of the city of Jericho, grazed their sheep in agricultural crops, and attacked citizens in continuous pressure operations in order to displace them from the area.

The weekly violations documented by the National Office for Land Defense were as follows during the reporting period:

Jerusalem: The occupation authorities bulldozed a plot of land of 4 dunams in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the center of the occupied city of Jerusalem, in preparation for a celebration for the settlers of the so-called ‘Feast of the Torch’ at the beginning of the week. Large platform
s were also erected and sound and lighting devices were placed on the targeted land in order to hold the celebration, while severely restricting the people of the neighborhood and obstructing their movement. The so-called commander of the home front in the occupying state had signed a decision to move the celebration to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood after it had been taking place in “Mount Meron” near the occupied Golan. According to the decision, the neighborhood will be completely closed starting this evening/Saturday and for a period of 48 hours until before noon on Monday, as the city of Jerusalem, especially the Sheikh Jarrah and Wadi al-Joz neighborhoods, will witness strict occupation military measures. As for the extremist Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, he stormed the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the protection of the occupation police, for the first time since the Israeli aggression on Gaza on the seventh of last October. Ben Gvir said in a statement during the st
orming: ‘We must control this most important place of all.’ “..

Hebron: Settlers began expanding the “Otnael” settlement and placed eight mobile homes outside the settlement fence established on citizens’ lands in the village of Karma and the town of Yatta, south of Hebron, threatening to seize more lands in the area. In the ‘Haribat al-Nabi’ area in Masafer Yatta, a group of armed settlers attacked shepherds, causing the citizen Suleiman Youssef Abu Subha to suffer bruises, in addition to breaking his mobile phone. They also stole two heads of sheep, while settlers from the ‘Susiyeh’ settlement attacked a number of farmers. From the Shatat family, they tried to prevent them from harvesting their agricultural crops of wheat and barley in the ‘Aghziwa’ area in Masafer Yatta. Also in the Al-Ain Al-Bayda area in Al-Musafer, settlers severely beat sheep shepherds, which led to Mahmoud Hassan Daoud sustaining bruises and wounds. He was transferred to Yatta Governmental Hospital, while the occupation forces storme
d the town of Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and carried out raids and searches. The occupation forces fired gas bombs. And the sound during the storming operation, which led to fires igniting agricultural lands in the town.

Bethlehem: Dozens of settlers surrounded the home of citizen Nadi Abu Suway in the ‘Wadi Shekhit’ area, one of the Beit Askaria communities, located near the ‘Alon Shvut’ settlement, one of the settlements in the ‘Gush Etzion’ settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem, and they tried to expel him from the house, before they They are confronted and forced to withdraw from the place. Others, under the protection of the occupation forces, attacked the western area of ??the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem, and closed the main street. They chanted racist slogans, including ‘Death to Arabs and Palestinians.’ They raised the flags of the occupying state on the wall surrounding the headquarters of the village council and prevented the movement of vehicles on the main street leading to the village. In the
village of Artas, the occupation forces demolished a four-story building located in the ‘Atan’ area, owned by the citizen Youssef Al-Atrash from the village of Al-Walaja, under the pretext of building without a license. In the town of Al-Khader, settlers detained Yassin Daadou’s family and his sons, and prevented them from continuing to cultivate their land, before forcing them to leave it and never return to it again. The occupation forces also seized about 6 dunams of land from the villages of Nahalin and Al-Jabaa under the name of a seizure order for military and security purposes, which bore the number T/24/27. It is a measure that targets the lands surrounding the ‘Giv’ot’ settlement established on the lands of the village of Nahalin.

Ramallah: The occupation authorities in the town of Ni’lin, west of Ramallah, were notified of the demolition and cessation of work and construction in 12 houses. Three of the houses threatened with demolition have been inhabited for more than seven years, and some of thos
e houses are under construction. They belong to the citizens Hamad Musa and Mishal Musleh Musa. , Hassan Youssef Musa, Hamza Muhammad Musa, Atta Mustafa Musa, Moawad Youssef Musa, Bassam Sobhi Nafi, Malik Hatem Al-Khawaja, Mukhlis Jamal Shahwan, Ahmed Sobhi Amira, and Atta Salim, under the pretext of building without a permit. In the lands of the town of Deir Dibwan, a group of armed settlers, in possession of 200 heads of sheep, set up two tents on the lands of the town. Also, more than 30 settlers, protected by the occupation forces, set up a number of tents in the ‘Ras al-Jabal’ area, which belong to the people of Umm Safa, Deir al-Sudan, and Ajul, in preparation for the takeover. Over the weekend, settlers also stormed the village of Jaljaliya, northwest of the city of Ramallah, and stationed themselves at the ‘Salaa’ water spring.

Nablus: A young man (21 years old) was injured by settlers’ bullets in the village of Azmut, east of Nablus, after they fired live bullets at citizens while they were trying t
o extinguish fires that burned on their lands near the ‘Alon Moreh’ settlement built on village lands. He was transferred to the hospital. In the town of Aqraba, south of Nablus, the occupation forces demolished a car wash near the western entrance to the town, owned by the citizen Jaber Bani Fadl. The occupation forces also seized a truck from the village of Duma, south of Nablus, used to transport wood. The head of the Yatma Village Council, south of Nablus, Ahmed Sanobar, said that hundreds of settlers attacked the village under the protection of the occupation forces and burned the ‘mashrut’ of vehicles and large areas of agricultural land. They also attacked with stones a house located on the outskirts of the village. In the village of Beit Dajan, settlers burned agricultural fields in the eastern area of ??the village. Others also burned 15 dunums of wheat crop in the plain of the town of Sebastia, in addition to dozens of dunums, rooms, and agricultural kiosks along the road extending from the town to
the Bazaria Junction, northwest of Nablus. Once again, Yitzhar settlers attacked the village of Asira al-Qibliya, shooting live bullets at citizens’ homes, trying to burn one of the homes there, and setting fire to areas of its land. Settlers attacked a truck loaded with flour, near Jabal Subeih, which belongs to the Beita lands, south of Nablus, and destroyed part of its cargo, while the occupation forces delivered notices to stop construction and demolition in the village of Duma, south of Nablus. The head of the village council in Duma, Suleiman Dawabsha, reported that the occupation forces stormed the village and handed A number of citizens received notices to stop building homes and agricultural rooms, and to remove streets, infrastructure, and electricity and telephone poles. He added that the occupation soldiers photographed some of the homes that had previously been handed demolition notices. In the village of Jalud, settlers bulldozed areas of village land in preparation for seizure. And the bulldozi
ng is only a few meters away from citizens’ homes.

Salfit: The occupation forces seized a concrete pump in the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit, while it was working in a house under construction in the ‘Al-Makhlata’ area, north of the town, owned by the citizen Izz al-Din Mar’i. Dozens of settlers gathered near the town of Deir Istiya, northwest of Salfit. Specifically in the areas of “Al-Duhur”, “Al-Aqra'”, and “Wadi Al-Shami”, and on the main road leading to Wadi Qana and near the town of Kafl Haris, they attempted to attack citizens’ vehicles. Settlers also seized a feed truck in Wadi Qana owned by the citizen Salloum Muhammad Ramadan. In the Al-Mayadeen area

Jenin: The occupation forces seized a house in the village of Jalboun, northeast of Jenin, belonging to the citizen Youssef Taher Abu Al-Rub and turned it into a military point. They also prevented the citizen Ahmed Hassan Abu Al-Rub from continuing to build his house while it was under construction, and prevented the farmer Tawfiq Mahmo
ud Abu Al-Rub from building an agricultural greenhouse. This comes as the occupation forces continue to seize a laundry and a house belonging to the citizen Rafi’ Rafiq Abu Al-Rub, for the 27th day in a row.

The Jordan Valley: Settlers attacked citizens’ vehicles with stones on the Al-Ma’rajat Road between the Ramallah and Jericho governorates and caused material damage to them. The attack resulted in the injury of a 58-year-old citizen with bruises as a result of settlers’ assault on him, who severely beat him and sprayed him with pepper gas while he was traveling on the Al-Ma’rajat Road. Military training by the occupation army caused The fire broke out in approximately two hundred dunums of agricultural land, and more than 1,600 dunums of pastoral land in the areas of: Samra, Humsa, Makhul, and Al-Maksar, in the northern Jordan Valley. Settlers seized dozens of sheep, in the ‘Arab Al-Malihat’ Bedouin community, northwest of Jericho, owned by the citizen. Abdul Latif Atallah Suleiman.

Source: Maan News A

OPEC+ to meet virtually on June 2 for output rates

OPEC+ coalition will hold a virtual ministerial meeting on June 2 to discuss production rates in the second half of this year, said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Friday.

The meeting was planned to be held in person, the OPEC said in a statement, giving no reasons for holding it virtually.

OPEC oil ministers will also hold the meeting of the 54th Joint Ministerial Market Monitoring Committee on the same day, it stated.

The two gatherings will discuss the rates of output in the second half of this year and whether there is a need for reforms, it noted.

In its latest report issued on May 14, OPEC said that demand for crudes of the OPEC+ alliance would remain unchanged to stand at about 43.2 million barrels per day for 2024, an increase of 900,000 barrels per day compared with 2023 levels.

In 2025, the report expected that demand for OPEC+ crude would hit 44 million bpd, a rise of 800,000 barrels compared with 2024, it revealed. OPEC crude basket price rose by USD 4.90 per b
arrel, or 5.8 percent, to reach USD 89.12 per barrel.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

UAE President receives condolences from Maktoum and Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid on passing of Hamad Al Khaili

ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today received condolences from H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and a number of Sheikhs, officials, citizens and guests on the death of Hamad bin Suhail Al Khaili at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi.

They prayed to Almighty God to grant the deceased His vast mercy, rest his soul in paradise, and bestow patience and solace upon his family.

Condolences were also received by H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi and National Security Adviser; H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister a
nd Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO); H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court, along with a number of Sheikhs.

Source: Emirates News Agency

G20 delegates reach consensus on the foundations of Global Alliance Against Hunger and Poverty

TERESINA: G20 international delegations reached a consensus on the foundations for the creation of the Global Alliance Against Hunger and Poverty at the closing meeting of the Task Force to Fight Hunger and Poverty on Friday (24) in Teresina, the capital of the Brazilian state of PiauĂ­.

“We leave here with the certainty that the world will have a Global Alliance Against Hunger and Poverty as of November, towards the end of Brasil’s presidency of the G20,” said Wellington Dias, Brazil’s Minister of Development and Social Assistance, Family and Combating Hunger, at the end of the meeting.

About 50 delegation members present at the meeting participated in its finalization. According to Minister Dias, there was consensus around the final terms of two seminal documents. A financial screening will be carried out by technicians and authorities from the Finance Track, ensuring that adaptations are made to suit each country’s rules and legislation.

South African Nosipho Nausca, Permanent Representative to the Food
and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), reiterated the desire of the delegations to achieve consensus on the Global Alliance.

“We hope to continue the legacy of the Brazilian presidency, which is serving as an experience; the two countries have a long-standing relationship. The challenges before the Alliance are very specific. Brasil has accurately conceptualized the issue of hunger and poverty in the world, and we were coming out of the meeting with a good program to combat the problem,” declared Nausca.

She added that “South Africa is being inspired by the role Brasil is playing and hopes not to drop the ball”. The country will succeed Brasil as president of the G20 as of December 1 this year.

An online digital platform is now available so that countries wishing to join the Alliance can submit successful programs and experiences for consideration. Concrete proposals are already being drawn up with the expectation of being implemented as soon as the Alliance is officially launched in Nov
ember during the G20 Heads of State Summit.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Health in Gaza: 46 martyrs in 24 hours and 35,903 since the start of the war

Gaza – Together – The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the Israeli occupation committed 5 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, including 46 martyrs and 130 injuries during the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health indicated that the toll of the Israeli aggression had risen to 35,903 martyrs and 80,420 injuries since the seventh of last October.

Source: Maan News Agency

Safadi: Under King’s leadership, we are proceeding onto paths of blanket modernization

Amman: Lower House Speaker Ahmad Safadi said that the Jordanian state is firmly and steadily advancing toward comprehensive modernization, which is driven by His Majesty King Abdullah II to empower women and youth and broaden the base of public participation in decision-making.

Speaking on Jordan Television’s 60 Minutes program on the occasion of the Independence Day, which aired on Friday, Safadi added that the Great Arab Revolt, Independence Day, and the silver jubilee of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s accession to the throne, where we witnessed a quarter of a century of giving, achievement, and the continuation of the process of modernization and construction, were the culminations of our people’s celebrations.

He mentioned several issues that Jordan faces on the northern and eastern fronts, such as attempts to transport narcotics and weapons, and he emphasized that these issues are handled expertly and properly by the brave army and security agencies.

“And we have been able to overcome many challenges
and pressures, and our national economy is stable and secure,” he continued, underlining that the Parliament approved a number of laws related to technological development and cybersecurity, to keep up with technology and artificial intelligence and how to use them properly. Jordan, he said, has always enjoyed the appreciation, respect, and confidence of the international community thanks to the wisdom of His Majesty the King.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Qinghai: A shining example of ecological conservation

QINGHAI: Ecological conservation is the primary consideration and the main driving force for high-quality development in Qinghai province, senior provincial officials said on Friday.

As per a report from China Daily, Qinghai Province, renowned as “China’s water tower,” holds significant strategic value owing to its abundant resources and its role as the domicile of the Sanjiangyuan region, the origin of three major rivers: the Yangtze, Yellow, and Lancang. These insights were conveyed by Wu Xiaojun, the governor of Qinghai Province.

The province will continue to uphold its paramount value, responsibility and potential that all revolve around its ecology, and drive forward both ecological conservation and high-quality development, Wu said.

Featuring high biodiversity, the province has implemented a series of measures, such as establishing national parks, to bolster wildlife protection and ecological restoration efforts, he added.

The province has seen a surge in animal populations, with the nationally prot
ected Tibetan antelope population rising from under 20,000 last century to over 70,000 now, and the nationally protected snow leopard population now exceeding 1,200. At Qinghai Lake, the number of naked carp, a species native to China under second-level State protection, has soared by 48-fold to exceed 120,000 metric tons over the past two decades, Wu added.

The governor said that grassland vegetation now covers 58.12 percent of the province, with ongoing reductions in desertification and land degradation. Water quality at boundary sections of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers has consistently remained at the second-highest level or above in the five-tier system.

Liu Tao, vice-governor of Qinghai, pointed to sightings of bharal, also known as blue sheep – timid mammals who peacefully graze in the mountains and are unafraid of human presence – as a demonstration of the improved local ecological environment and the successful coexistence between humans and nature.

“Herders in Qinghai have shifted from b
eing ecosystem beneficiaries to its guardians, from consumers to producers within the ecosystem,” Liu said, adding that the province has involved herders in ecological protection by implementing measures such as establishing ranger positions, distributing ecological compensation and conducting proper grazing planning for sustainable development.

In pursuit of sustainable and high-quality development, the province emphasizes scientific transformation of its ecology and economy through “vigorously advancing the industrialization of ecology and the ecologicalization of industry,” said Wu.

He cited the scene of “photovoltaic sheep” in Qinghai, which led to a 30-percent reduction in water evaporation and a transformation of a once barren landscape into an oasis suitable for sheep grazing. The change is made possible by the laying of photovoltaic panels, demonstrating the tripartite benefits of ecological conservation, clean energy production and increased incomes of local residents.

Having the nation’s second-h
ighest annual sunshine and the fourth-largest wind farm acreage, Qinghai’s total installed capacity of clean energy exceeded 51 million kilowatts last year, making up 93 percent of total installed capacity, a percentage ranking first nationwide. The national inaugural green electricity channel was established to supply green electricity to 15 provincial regions, Wu said.

Thanks to the plentiful clean energy resource, Wu said the province’s electricity prices have remained the lowest in the country. In addition, the dry and cool climate enables natural cooling for computing centers for 314 days annually, resulting in a 40 percent lower electricity consumption for cooling compared to the national average.

Wu said: “Qinghai is a ‘natural good harbor’ for the development of the green computing industry. It is estimated that investing in computing power in Qinghai can result in around 20 percent lower initial investment costs, and a 30 percent reduction in operating costs, and the investment payback period is tw
o years shorter.”

Abiding by the national guidance of channeling more computing resources from eastern areas to less-developed western regions, Qinghai has endeavored to build a green computing industrial base, introduced regional standards and preferential policies for the computing industry and forged cooperation agreements with Beijing, Guangdong’s Shenzhen and Jiangsu’s Nanjing.

“We will insist on high-level, environmentally friendly and intelligent development, pioneering a path of high-quality development distinctive to Qinghai,” Wu said.

Source: Emirates News Agency