PSD director meets French envoy

Director of Public Security Department (PSD), Maj. Gen. Obaidallah Maaytah, on Sunday met with France’s Ambassador to Jordan, Alexis Le Cour Grandmaison. Both officials discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in the security and police fields, and exchange expertise between the two security apparatuses of the two countries. Maj. Gen. Maaytah stressed the PSD’s keenness to consolidate the strategic partnership with France in various fields, especially with the gendarmerie forces and with regard to civil protection systems, and the exchange of modern practical and training expertise. In turn, the French envoy expressed appreciation for the PSD’s efforts to provide comprehensive security and humanitarian services, stressing the importance of cooperation and joint coordination to enhance these services in both friendly countries.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Bahrain Welcomes Saudi-US Mediated Preliminary Talks to Stop Military Operations in Sudan

Kingdom of Bahrain welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America to start preliminary talks in the city of Jeddah between representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to reach a cessation of military operations and an end to the conflict.

The preliminary talks come under a Saudi-US mediation in addition to support and endorsement from the quartet countries, the Arab League (AL) States, and the tripartite mechanism.

The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs renewed Manamah’s call to all Sudanese parties to let wisdom prevail and seriously commit to stopping the bloodshed.

It also called for providing protection for civilians and diplomats, facilitating humanitarian access to affected areas, and completing the political Framework Agreement to reach a final agreement that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people for security, peace, and stability, along with political, economic, and social progress.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Qatar Welcomes Joint Saudi-US Initiative on Sudan Preliminary Talks

State of Qatar welcomed the joint Saudi-US statement, announcing the start of preliminary talks between representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah.

In a statement on Saturday, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed hopes that the talks in Jeddah would pave the way for ending hostilities and launching extended negotiations that bring together all Sudanese political forces to arrive at a permanent and comprehensive peace agreement that realizes the Sudanese people’s aspirations of stability, prosperity, and development

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Rocket League: Third Tournament of Gamers Without Borders Concludes in Riyadh

The Rocket League competitions, the third tournament of “Gamers Without Borders” 2023, which is the world’s largest charitable event for games and electronic sports (Esports), concluded here yesterday.

The four-day tournament saw the participation of the world’s elite teams and game professionals competing for the title to obtain the largest share of the competition’s charitable prizes, which amounted to $2 million.

The tournament that was dedicated to the North American region, known as “Gamers Without Borders 2023: North America”, was held on 1-2 May, with the participation of 8 teams: “G2 Esports”, “Complexity”, “Version1”, “Spacestation”, “Boulevard”, “Team Axle”, “Optic” and “KOI”.

The “Version1” team succeeded in winning the North American title after defeating the “KOI” team (4-0). The “G2 Esports” and “Optic” teams managed to reach the semi-finals, with the former losing against the champion (4-0) and the latter to the runner-up (3-1).

The four teams qualified for the finals held within the Gamers Season: “Land of Heroes”, the world’s largest gaming and Esports event, which will be held at the Boulevard Riyadh City on the 6th of July and last over two months with a total prize pool of $45 million.

The members of the “Version 1” team expressed their delight at qualifying for the Gamers Season: Land of Heroes, for being the largest Rocket League tournament in the 2023 calendar, stressing the importance of their victory because it will give them a higher ranking in the upcoming global event.

As for the European region’s competitions, known as “Gamers Without Borders 2023: Europe”, it was held on 3-4 May and witnessed the participation of 8 teams: “Oxygen Esports”, “G1”, “German Amigos”, “Team Vitality”, “Monkeys”, “Team BDS” and “SUHHH”.

The “Team Vitality” snatched the European title against the “Monkeys” team with a (4-1) score. The “Oxygen Esports” and “SUHHH” teams joined the two finalists, as they all booked their place in the finale of the Gamers Season: Land of the Heroes.

Team Vitality said that winning the Rocket League title within Gamers Without Borders was a great feeling as the competition was not easy.

They also expressed their enthusiasm to participate in a special event such as “Gamers Season: Land of Heroes”, in which competitions have a unique system, and the team’s belief in its strong chances to win its title.

“Gamers Without Borders” is organized by the Saudi Esports Federation (SEF).

In its fourth edition this year, it will support international charitable organizations and institutions such as Direct Relief, IMC, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the World Food Program (WFP).

It will see elite players competing for charitable prizes amounting to $10 million to support and meet various urgent humanitarian needs around the world.

The fourth edition will last for 6 weeks in tournaments for the world’s most famous electronic games, including Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, CS: GO, and StarCraft II.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Qatar University to Host Qatar CSR Summit and Exhibition on May 16

Under the patronage of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Qatar University will host Qatar CSR Summit and Exhibition from May 16 to 18.

The event will see a wide participation of several public and private entities, including ministries and private sector companies that all agree on the importance of corporate social responsibility for the future of society and business alike.

The conference’s topics cover business education and societal impact, ESG, sustainability, circular economy, CSR from an Islamic perspective, SDG, and many other important topics through a series of presentations, papers, and panel discussions in which a group of experts and academics from Qatar and the world will participate.

During a press conference held today and attended by representatives of event’s sponsors and supporters, Dean of the QU College of Business and Economics, and Chairman of the steering committee for the conference Dr. Rana Sobh said that the QU has made sure that this event acts as an accelerator for the university’s goals in pushing forward a sustainable business model in Qatar.

She added the conference’s agenda with the topics it covers and the speakers that will be contributing raises awareness about corporate social responsibility among all stakeholders, including academics and scholars, students, business owners, and the community in general.

In addition to the academic exchange it will allow, the conference will also provide a platform for the pioneering national companies leading the CSR efforts in the country to introduce their activities in this field and showcase the best practices that allowed such companies to integrate CSR into their core business.

With the addition of the summit and exhibition to the activities of the program, the 10th edition of Qatar CSR National Program will include the Qatar CSR National Report which documents the achievements of national organizations in this field. It will also honor the winners.

The organizing committee announced that the Awards program received close to 100 applications, out of which 30 will be awarded across different categories. The ceremony will also pay recognition to the event’s sponsors and supporters.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatari Publishers and Distributors Forum Participates in World Book Day Event

The Qatari Publishers and Distributors Forum participated today in the World Book Day event organized by Lusail University in cooperation with several cultural agencies and centers. The event will continue until Tuesday.

Qatari Publishers and Distributors Forum’s participation in this event stems from its vision to advance societal culture and build an intellectually educated student community armed with knowledge and capable of bringing about current and future change.

Held in the Lusail University Library at the university’s campus, the event aims to encourage reading among university student, instill its cultural and cognitive value, and promote the general culture among students and the local community.

Director of the Qatari Publishers and Distributors Forum Riyad Ahmed Yassin said they were pleased to be part of this important cultural event, expressing his belief that all cultural centers should work to spread the love of books and literature among students and to promote reading by participating in such events.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Third Qatari Airlift Aircraft Arrives; Qatar Evacuates New Group from Sudan

A Qatari aircraft carrying 20 tons of food and medical aid arrived Sunday at Port Sudan Airport in the Republic of the Sudan, representing the third airlift flight allocated by the State of Qatar to support those affected by the fighting in Sudan.

The airlift includes development, food, medical and field hospital aid, provided by Qatar Fund for Development, Qatar Red Crescent Society and Qatar Charity.

The aid comes within the framework of the State of Qatar’s support for the Sudanese people and its full support for their steadfastness in the face of the current difficult conditions due to the continuation of the fighting.

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Sunday the evacuation of 79 Qatari residency holders from the Republic of the Sudan via a third Qatari plane that took off from Port Sudan Airport, bringing the total of those evacuated to 308 residents.

The State of Qatar had earlier evacuated Qatari citizens who were in Sudan and 229 holders of Qatari residency.

The ministry reiterated Qatar’s keenness on security and stability in the Republic of the Sudan.

Source: Qatar News Agenc

MOEHE: Modifying Assessment Policy Limits Students’ Academic Stumbling

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) stressed the importance of the amendments made to the assessment policy in limiting the students’ academic stumble and failure, helping them complete their studies based on what recent scientific studies proved in educational systems and the ineffectiveness of failure in developing students’ skills, in addition to its negative impact on their social and psychological state, indicating that applying the advanced educational strategies, following well-thought plans, and providing efficient support plans contribute to limiting failure and addressing student deficiencies.

In a press conference on Sunday, officials of the assessment department at the MOEHE explained the objectives of the assessment policy, its advantages, and the mechanism for its implementation, within the framework of the procedures undertaken by the Ministry to develop appropriate solutions and regulations for the challenges facing the students and contribute to helping them.

In this regard, Assistant Undersecretary for Evaluation Affairs at the MOEHE Khaled Al Harqan said that these amendments aim to prevent students from being affected by failure and to benefit from support programs concerned with addressing the education deficit in some academic subjects, expressing his hope that these amendments will contribute to developing students’ capabilities and limiting their academic stumble.

During the press conference, he stressed the importance of these amendments in addressing some aspects of students’ underachievement resulting from circumstances beyond their control. Grade 12 students (daytime and adult education), who are absent with an acceptable excuse during the first term in one or more subjects can apply for a second sessions exams, while those who are absent without an acceptable excuse will not be allowed to apply for a second sessions exams and they will repeat the year automatically.

The Assistant Undersecretary for Evaluation Affairs indicated that grade 12 students (daytime and adult education), who attend the final term 1 exams and are absent with an acceptable excuse during final term 2 exams in one or more subjects, their second sessions exams in these subjects will cover the term 2 curricula only and the marks will be added to their marks of the first term.

Source: Qatar News Agency