NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 Launches to International Space Station

An international crew of four representing four countries is in orbit following a successful launch to the International Space Station on Saturday, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission is the seventh commercial crew rotation mission for NASA.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft into orbit carrying NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, for a science expedition aboard the orbital laboratory, NASA said.

During Dragon’s flight, SpaceX will monitor a series of automatic spacecraft maneuvers from its mission control center in Hawthorne, California, and NASA teams will monitor space station operations throughout the flight from the Mission Control Center at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Named Endurance, the Dragon spacecraft will dock autonomously to the space-facing port of the station’s Harmony module at 8:39 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

Crew-7 will join the space station’s Expedition 69 crew. For a short time, the number of crew aboard the space station will increase to 11 until Crew-6 members return to Earth a few days later, said the agency.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Ministry of Education to Hold Annual Pedagogical Meeting Monday

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) is due to hold the three-day annual pedagogical meeting starting Monday within its preparations to launch the new academic year 2023-2024 in the presence of HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi.

Assistant Undersecretary for Education Affairs at MoEHE Maha Zayed Al Ruwaili emphasized that the meeting primarily aims to create an atmosphere to receive students whose number is reaching 132,000 male and female students this year, in addition to providing all potential that contributes to providing high-quality education to all students.

The annual pedagogical meeting is a critical forum to build communities and help achieve MoEHE’s strategic objectives and is a promising opportunity to share and utilize expertise in optimizing educational strategies and practices in schools, Al Ruwaili added.

Director of the Training and Educational Development Center at MoEHE Eman Salman Al Mohannadi said the annual pedagogical meeting this year will feature the organization of a wide range of training programs for school leaderships, academic and administrative cadres, as HE Minister of MoEHE will meet school leaderships, alongside academic and administrative cadres at Qatar National Convention Centre.

She added that Her Excellency welcomes the new female teachers who are joining the teaching profession from graduates of both the “good start” initiative and the “Tamheen” program.

A panel discussion will be held to address the career relations in educational institutions and their impact on optimizing educational outcomes, she added, outlining that the training programs that will be presented during the aforementioned meeting will be diverse, as such programs primarily target all educational systems, where programs have been devoted to leaders of public schools, academic representatives, administrative representatives, alongside representatives of kindergarten affairs.

The overall programs, she said, will focus on corporate culture, ethics, and values of work and sustainable development in schools, as well as career paths, career advancement, and preparing instructors in schools, Al Mohannadi outlined.

In addition, curriculum development teachers and coordinators participate in a training camp at schools which includes virtual training workshops, along with practical applications that essentially focus on Artificial Intelligence strategies, as well as students’ future thinking skills with their diverse educational phases.

Al Mohannadi pointed out that this year will feature a qualitative focus on kindergarten female teachers through presenting professional programs specifically dedicated to them in parallel with the launch of 4 kindergartens for the 3-year-old groups as a pilot phase, affirming the center’s keenness to provide training programs specifically tailored for private education teachers which focus on appropriate pedagogical mechanisms to deal with disabled children, child’s progression delay from birth until reaching 9-year old, in addition to strategies of teaching students with learning disabilities.

She pointed out that administrators in schools will have appropriate training opportunities for their work specializations, as incentive and awareness programs have been allocated for them, including everything related to institutional reputation.

The organization of the pedagogical meeting comes within the framework of MoEHE’s persistent efforts aimed at upgrading the leadership and professional skills of its all staff, especially academic and administrative cadres in schools through career development and training to ultimately develop their performance and bolster their abilities to further predict challenges and actively contribute to achieving objectives that are relevant to their terms of reference.

Source: Qatar News Agency

X Removes Feature of Blocking Accounts

Elon Musk said that the X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, will remove the ability for users to block other accounts.

Musk said that blocking will still be possible for direct messages, but that it would be deleted as a “feature,” adding that the platform will maintain the mute feature that removes the tweets of certain accounts, but unlike the block, it does not inform these accounts of this procedure.

He pointed out that blocked accounts wont see your posts and that their posts wont show up in your feed. The blocked account also cant direct-message you.

People will still be able to mute other accounts, which means they wont see that users posts. But a muted account can see the persons posts, respond to them and repost them to their own followers with commentary. Muted accounts also can still send direct messages.

Many users consider it necessary to keep the block option, because it is often an effective way to prevent abuse on the platform.

It is possible that canceling or restricting the blocking feature may lead to the X platform conflicting with the guidelines of the Apple App Store and Alphabet’s Google Play, where the two companies believe that applications in which user-created content should provide the ability to block “abusive” users, and the content they post.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Google to Test Ultra-Wideband for Chromebooks

Google has announced its intention to test a new wireless communication protocol. Although just a test at the moment, Google is reportedly prepping ultra-wideband (UWB) tech for Chromebooks.

Chrome Unboxed has found references to the new protocol on Chromium Gerrit, a web-based tool that allows developers to submit and review code changes for the Chromium project (Via Android Authority). As the outlet points out, the possibilities for UWB are endless. For those who are unfamiliar, UWB is a short-range, wireless communication protocol that uses radio waves. However, it differs from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in that it operates at a much higher frequency.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Jordanian students head to school Sunday as new academic year begins

More than 1.7 million students are waking up for school tomorrow morning in the Ministry of Education, UNRWA and Military Culture schools. According to the Ministry of Education, 1.7 million students are enrolled in 4,271 schools, 4,062 of which are run by the Ministry of Education. The number of students who obtained admission to transfer to government schools from the private sector as of Saturday morning was about As of Saturday morning, more than 15,700 children left private schools and enrolled in public schools. The number is subject to increase within the first two weeks of the academic year, after which public schools would stop admitting new students. The Ministry announced that the number of teachers appointed reached 2006, including 766 teachers holding a pre-service teacher qualification and preparation diploma. According to the statement, the Ministry added that the number of applications for fixed-term teachers is 107,000. The number of administrative and teaching staff assigned to Syrian-student schools reached 5,800.

Source: Jordan News Agency

CST Invites the Public to Submit Their Views on its Plan for Space Use of Frequency Spectrum

The Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) called on the public to provide their views on its space use plan for frequency spectrum, aiming at enabling space radio services, studying the most critical trends and needs of manufacturers, operators and users, in addition to ensuring optimal use of frequency spectrum and meeting the needs of innovative space technologies.

CST gave an account of its analysis of the plan’s current situation of space radio services in the Kingdom, the most prominent global trends in space services, and the requirements and challenges facing frequency spectrum regulators to enable space radio services.

The commission emphasized that this plan stems from its role in regulating space radio services and its future vision regarding the satellite communications services market trends in the Kingdom.

CST offered all relevant and interested parties inside and outside the Kingdom a grace period until September 10, 2023, to provide views, observations and suggestions on the plan’s details, justifications, analytical studies, benchmarking studies and other information, if any, indicating that public feedback could be sent through:

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Georgetown University Honors Graduates of IEDM

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), one of the partner universities of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), celebrated the sixth cohort of graduates of the International Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management (IEDM) degree program, in the presence of HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi.

The IEDM program is offered by Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) in Washington, DC, in collaboration with GU-Q’s Office of Executive and Professional Education.

The sixth cohort of graduates, comprising professionals from healthcare, law enforcement, and social services, have acquired essential skills and expertise in disaster preparedness and response through five intensive residencies in five countries, and immersive experiences and interactions with leading experts.

As part of the event, a student exhibit featuring capstone projects highlighted original research on key issues in global incident management, underscoring the essential role of emergency response education in ensuring community safety during disasters.

Marking the occasion, faculty director for the IEDM program in DC Dr. Tim Frazier said: “Georgetown is indeed fortunate to have such intelligent and capable students in its program, and I know each of you will be amazing representatives of our great university as you move through life.” In his remarks, the dean of GU-Q, Dr. Safwan Masri, said: “Your Masters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management opens a new stage in your professional careers. The significance of this unparalleled qualification cannot be overstated. It stands for your capacity to protect and prevent, to help and save – when disaster strikes.” During the ceremony, a number of projects on contextualizing disaster management for district and township staff and another on emergency managers and their perceptions of climate change and the global environment were presented.

Earning special recognition for their research, Hannah Ludes, a former team leader with AmeriCorps NCCC: FEMA Corps, won the Outstanding Capstone Impact Award for her work exploring Covid-19-related burnout in US nurses.

Emma Reynolds won the Outstanding Capstone Thesis Award for her exploration of the complex task of developing a capacity index for host states dealing with a refugee crisis impacted by climate change.

IEDM Alumnus Faruk Azad, Assistant Executive Director of Business Development at Hamad Medical Corporation, was honored with the Alumni and Ambassador Extraordinaire Award for his contributions to the program.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Education Ministry: Tawjihi results on Wednesday

Minister of Education Azmi Mahafazah will hold a press conference at the Queen Rania Center for Education and Information Technology at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday to announce the results of the 2023 General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihi) exam, the ministry announced on Saturday. The exam results will be available online on the ministry’s website, starting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, it said in a statement. Mahafzah told Petra earlier in the day that the results of the Tawjihi exam will be announced Wednesday evening.

Source: Jordan News Agency

RSS launches Green Chemistry Prograrm

The Royal Scientific Society (RSS) launched the project titled: “Global GreenChem (GC) Innovation and Network Inclusion Program”. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and executed by Yale university in partnership with the national executer, Jordan’s Cleaner Production Unit (CP-unit) at the Water, Environment and climate change Center of RSS. Within its work plan, which extends to year 2028, the project aims to apply the principles of green chemistry to assist participating countries, including Jordan, in promoting green entrepreneurship, and stimulating green research and innovation towards sustainability, in order to achieve the goals of the circular economy, the RSS said in a statement. It also aims to provide sustainable solutions to reduce the health and environmental impacts of the use of hazardous chemicals in industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the statement added. Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Muhammad Al-Khashashneh, indicated that the ministry seeks to adopt the concept of the circular economy and works to get rid of hazardous chemicals through the principles of green chemistry. He said the program intersects with the national system in various fields, including reducing emissions and prevention pollution. RSS Vice President Rafat Assi referred to the society’s role in adopting and implementing cleaner production concepts and the concept of green chemistry, which would enhance Jordan’s environmental performance towards true sustainability. Assi highlighted the prominent role that the RSS plays through its Water, Environment and Climate Change Center (WEC) and the Cleaner Production Unit respectively in promoting green transformation in all sectors. The founder of green chemistry from Yale University and the programs Principal Investigator (PI), Paul Anastas, gave remarks online, where he welcomed the participants and wished Jordan success in the project’s implementation. The Program Manager from UNIDO, Rodica Evan, explained the purpose behind this initiative and the organization’s role in promoting the adoption of green chemistry concepts by industry. The Program Director from Yale University, Karolina Mellor, along with the Accelerator program Expert, Matthew Moroney, outlined the project’s global work plan and goals and highlighted the importance of integrating the concept of green chemistry into development plans across all society spheres. Omar Al-Saleh, Senior Environmental Studies Specialist at RSS and the programs national focal point, presented the interrelationship between the project and the national goals, including the Economic Modernization Vision, as well as the global sustainable development goals. AlSaleh explained the relationship between green chemistry and circular economy, while also presenting the detailed project work plan. The event also hosted a panel discussion session on topics related to the concept of circular economy and the importance of linking research outputs related to green chemistry with industry, in addition to the roles played by public customs and chambers of industry in promoting the application of the Green Chemistry concept and cleaner production. The event was a success hosting various primary stakeholders from the public and private sector, government agencies, academic institutions, chambers, industrial cities, private companies, civil society institutions, as well as international development institutions, said the statement. Regional National Cleaner Production Center (NCPCs) were also invited engaging everyone through a comprehensive introduction to green chemistry and its interdisciplinary benefits. It was an opportunity to get everyone on board of this national transition and seize the right and relevant intervention, according to the statement.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Najran University Registers International Patent for Photocatalysis for Environmental Applications

Najran University, represented by the Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Center, has registered an international patent, officially issued by the United States Patent Office, for a modern and innovative method of photocatalysis for environmental applications, using an effective tripartite nanocomposite.

The invention team consisted of four researchers: Dr. Mabkhout Al-Sayari, Dr. Mohd Faisal, Dr. Md Abu Rashid, and Dr. Farid Harraz.

The Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research at Najran University, Dr. Huda bint Yahya Al-Yami, said that the Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Center actively works on continuously developing the efficiency and performance of researchers and technicians.

Source: Saudi Press Agency