Capital council endorses 2020 budget

Amman, The Capital Council on Sunday approved the city’s 2020 budget of JD37.5 million.

The council voted on the budget during a session, chaired by Ahmad Abdullat, with 42 members out of 66 present. The budget garnered a majority vote, while two members opposed it.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UAE grants US$50 million to support Palestinians.

The UAE today announced a US$50 million donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as part of its commitment to supporting the Palestinian people.

With this donation, UNRWA will provide health services to Palestinian refugees – namely mothers and children – implement educational programmes to ensure the youth have access to education, and deliver other services to more than five million Palestinians living in dire humanitarian conditions.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the UAE also praised the efforts of Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, and agency employees who are working hard to ensure the provision of services, especially in light of the financial challenges the agency is facing. The ministry also praised international donors for supporting the agency and ensuring the continuation of its vital work.

The ministry noted that the provision of educational services is a top priority for the UAE, and is in line with the country’s foreign aid policy which views education as the main driving engine to the development and prosperity of people.

Over the last two years, the UAE provided more than US$364 million to support Palestinians, including $50 million to support UNRWA’s education programme in 2018, and $2 million to provide fuel to stations supplying power to hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

No-deal Brexit now ‘assumed’ by government, says UK official

London, The new British government is now “working on the assumption” of a no-deal Brexit, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove has said.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he said that while the aim was still to leave with a deal, the government needed to prepare for every eventuality. “With a new prime minister, a new government, and a new clarity of mission, we will exit the EU on October 31. No ifs. No buts. No more delay. Brexit is happening,” he said.

The prime minister has made Mr Gove responsible for preparing for no-deal.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Senate’s National Youth Dialogue Committee discusses ways to support youth in the south

Amman, The Senate’s National Youth Dialogue Committee on Sunday discussed mechanisms to support youth in southern Jordan with the Chairman of the Jordan Phosphate Mining Company (JPMC) Chairman Mohammad Thneibat.

The Committee’s President, Senator Rabha Dabbas, said it aims to provide various opportunities for young people to express their views, ideas and initiatives, as well as listening to young people about challenges they face and solutions they deem appropriate to overcome these challenges.

The Committee, through its frequent field visits to the various governorates in the Kingdom’s three regions, seeks to stimulate various sectors, especially the private sector, to support young people and their diverse projects, Dabbas noted.

She added that the meeting came to follow up on recommendations that the committee is following up on after its visit to the southern governorate of Ma’an, which resulted in establishing a Five-a-side pitch in the Al-Jafr area by the JPMC, pointing out that the committee ahs worked to solve the Development and Employment Fund defaulted loans due against some Ma’an residents in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour.

In turn, the JPMC’s Chairman said the social responsibility and supporting youth and women constitute a national duty for all, stressing that it falls within the JPMC’s priorities, especially in productive projects for the youth and women, which amounts to about JD400,000 annually.

Thneibat explained that the employment percentage of the people of the south, specifically Ma’an Governorate, in the JPMC exceeds 73 percent, with about 560 workers, pointing out that the workers percentage in the field of transport is 100 percent of the community.

He added that the JPMC has allocated a university scholarships to student of Badia, at the Al Hussein bin Talal University, designated to professional specialties needed by the JPMC, as well as 120 scholarships for graduates of community colleges in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Queen Rania visits Al Salt and meets with its residents

Al Balqa’, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with a group of young Jordanian men and women from Al Salt during a visit to Al Balqa’ governorate on Sunday, and learned about their work in the local community.

Her Majesty also met with Fatmeh Al Zo’bi, Um Muhammad, owner and manager of a traditional guesthouse that employs local women, who showed her around the guesthouse and introduced her to employees, a number of whom run their own small businesses.

The female entrepreneurs shared their stories with Her Majesty, detailing the economic benefits of managing self-owned businesses.

In a meeting with a group of active young Jordanians who gathered at Jordan Heritage Cafe in Al Salt, Her Majesty heard about their involvement in several local initiatives and contributions to their community and their efforts to boost tourism in the governorate by promoting Al Salt’s heritage and its picturesque destinations.

The Queen then walked along Al Khader Street and stopped by St. George Church, which was built in 1682 and renovated in 2004 by Al Salt’s Christian and Muslim communities.

Source: Jordan News Agency