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Emirates Foundation Think Science Ambassadors to Showcase Innovative Projects at the World Future Energy Summit 2019 in Abu Dhabi Youth 4 Sustainability Hub – Climate Innovation Exchange (Clix)

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  • Three Think Science Ambassador Innovations Projects shortlisted for Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) awards
  • Think Science Ambassadors lead the “Power of Science & Innovation” panel discussion at the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub

Aligned with the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031 and the 2021 Advanced Science Strategy, to build national scientific capacities and promote youth to take on leadership roles in science & technology, Emirates Foundation  Think Science Ambassadors will showcase their sustainability innovation projects at the World Future Energy Summit 2019, taking place between January 14-17 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The largest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, Think Science Program has impacted over 70,000 youth, since its establishment in 2013, to explore and experiment in a variety of STEM categories and subject and develop scientific innovations addressing society’s most pressing challenges. Through Think Science Ambassadors, the program has provided youth, who had previously participated in the Think Science Competition, with a platform to showcase their innovations and network with potential investors through both local and international opportunities.

Emirates Foundation Think Science’s active engagement program features speaking opportunities and innovation showcases at the 2019 Youth 4 Sustainability Hub which features the Climate Innovation Exchange (Clix) launched last year, supporting the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment strategy to enable the sourcing and funding of climate change solutions and technologies.

In recognition of their contributions to advancing science and innovation, three Think Science projects were shortlisted for the Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) global awards, from among 811 submissions from 83 nations across the globe. The Think Science projects, focused on sustainability in space, future of energy and future of food and agriculture, will be competing with 48 projects, with results to be announced on January 17, 2019.

The Think Science Ambassadors will also take to the stage on January 17, 2019 to share their journey to develop projects that support space exploration, address water scarcity and promote innovative emergency response, and advancing science and innovation advancement in the UAE.

Commenting on the participation of Think Science Ambassadors in the World Future Energy Summit, H.E. Maytha Al Habsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation said: “Inspiring youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and careers is one of our mission’s key pillars at Emirates Foundation. Having three Think Science projects shortlisted for this prestigious innovation award, alongside projects from around the world, is an achievement that every youth and educator in the UAE should be proud of. We are very proud of our Think Science Ambassadors who represented the UAE, competing at a global level, and sharing their journey to hopefully encourage many more youth to embrace innovation.”

Al Habsi added: “By igniting our youth’s passion for science and innovation, we are striving to build a sustainable pipeline of future leaders ready for the market place’s demands and who are making a meaningful contribution to the socio-economic progress and technology-driven future of our nation. ”

Made in the UAE Youth Innovation

Participating Think Science Projects at the CLIX Climate Innovation Exchange at the World Future Energy Summit 2019 included:

Design Implementation of Novel Antennas for the Emirati CubeSat

In this project, this Think Science Ambassadors team, who are all Emirati youth, designed antennas required for the first Emirati small satellite (CubeSat) which were also optimized and tested. This will support space science which is advancing rapidly in the United Arab Emirates in recent years.

Anti-fire Drone

The second Think Science Ambassadors team, who are all Emirati youth, designed a drone that detects smoke and temperature increase, alerts authorities and extinguish fire using carbon dioxide foam to assist firefighters for an improved coverage. This will support the Emergency Response capabilities in the UAE.

H2O Desalination and Purification Using CNT and Silver Nanoparticles

In response to the water scarcity challenge in the UAE and worldwide, The third Think Science Ambassadors, who are all Emirati youth, designed and built a cost-effective system for an improved water desalination system using silver nanoparticles and multi-walled carbon nanotubes that will facilitate availability for residents.

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Collective Dreams Exhibition

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Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment introduce a new collection “Collective Dreams” for the Art Perspective exhibition in the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio”.

The artists showcasing their work include Farah Khan, Hassan Edilbi, Khaled Hounaysh, Maja Poljak, Mowafaq Al Hashimi, Shiba Khan, Valia Abou AlFadel and Zeinab Yehia. The inspiring exhibition at Le Patio will offer guests a look into the world of Art presented in a modern and contemporary venue with a careful selection of artists.

A brainchild of Sulty events and the Late Regina Sio, Art Perspective celebrates the work of established and new artists. Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said: “Our aim is to bring different artists together to showcase emerging art to enthusiasts and the public. Le Patio is an ideal venue for art and culture events and following the success of previous exhibitions, we have set a new standard in the art and design industry.”

The art selected in this initiative are ideal as masterpieces in art galleries and private Collectors residences. Diplomats, Art Collectors, regional Business leaders and media visit the exhibition during the display.

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Provincial Minister HR&MA Aijaz Alam Augustine has said that the government of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is determined to bring green revolution in the country and for this all available resources have been utilized. He said that according to vision of I.K, Punjab Government is taking all possible measures to facilitate the lives of ordinary people in the province. He said that Christmas Grant’s procedure started from Okara City and in the next step will be moved to all over the province. These views stated by provincial Minister HR&MA in a cheque distribution ceremony to vulnerable people held at St. James Catholic Church, Okada. He presented cheques of financial aid regarding Christmas grant worth of 750,000 among 151 vulnerable people of Okara. After while, the provincial Mnister Aijaz Alam visited various areas of Okara city to review Clean and Green Drive initiated by P.M IK. On the occasion, talking to media representatives, the provincial minister said that clean and green drive will change the fate of upcoming generation and all the stakeholders are fully cooperating in this regard. He also advised to DC Okara to make all necessary arrangements for improvement in the city’s cleanliness situation. DC Okara Maryam Khan, ADC, Revenue Khurram Shehzad, AC Umar Maqsood, CO Municipal Iftikhar Fida Mir, General Councilor, Abdul Hameed Judge and relevant persons were also present on the occassion.

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AURAK Hosts the Canadian Embassy

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The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) hosted a meeting with the Trade Commissioner and Regional Education Coordinator of the Embassy of Canada, Mabelle Sawaqed-Hen, to discuss the possibility of establishing international partnerships with Canadian universities.

AURAK Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Denise Gifford, Dean of the Office of Academic Support Services, Professor Steven Zani and a group of senior representatives, met with the Canadian Embassy’s Trade Commissioner and Regional Education Coordinator, Mabelle Sawaqed-Hen, and Senior Trade Commissioner, Kate Starkey, to discuss establishing international partnerships with Canadian universities.

Professor Denise stated with AURAK’s recent accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, “We are at a point of growth and development. It offers us the opportunity to look more aggressively at international partnerships. It’s time to go forward.” Canadian universities would be ideal for such agreements with its universities offering 1,500 programs with cooperative education and internship options, offering AURAK students both long-term and short-term international educational opportunities with a country that was quoted by the World Bank as “the easiest place to start a business.” Participating in study abroad program with professional internships would give students an inside link to establishing various professional connections.

AURAK President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, is excited in seeing materialization of future endeavors through collaborations with the Canadian Embassy, “Canadian universities offer a solid, quality education with a diverse cultural and professional atmosphere in which to bolster the educational experience. Supplementing the AURAK education with a student exchange experience with any of its distinguished universities would be advantageous.”

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‘City of Gold’ Scholarship receives record number of applications from talented Emirati and expatriate residents

The Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), an institution established by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), partnered with the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG) to welcome the first batch of students as part of the ‘City of Gold’ scholarship, awarded to first-year applicants enrolled for the Certificate of Retail course. As part of the programme, 20 Emirati and expatriate students received fully-funded academic grants to cover their tuition fees throughout the year. Successful completion of the course will open doors to exciting career opportunities within the DGJG network for all candidates, allowing them to enter the tourist-facing workforce with practical experience and valuable industry knowledge.

The ‘City of Gold’ scholarship is part of DCT’s ongoing industry collaborations and partnerships, providing students with hands-on training and access to industry expertise.

Commenting on the success of the scholarships, Essa Bin Hadher, General Manager of Dubai College of Tourism, said: “The ‘City of Gold’ scholarship programme is the first in a series of scholarships that DCT is committed to introduce to help build and nurture young talent. We are delighted with the success of the programme and hope to continue with our endeavour to further train young, eager Emirati nationals and expatriates and help them succeed in Dubai’s rapidly evolving tourism industry.”

The ‘City of Gold’ scholarship programme combines classroom learning with real-world experiences, offering students direct industry application in Dubai’s expanding retail landscape. This works in line with DCT’s overarching commitment to attract talented Emiratis and expatriate residents and help them explore rewarding career options in the tourism industry.

Successful candidates of the scholarship programme are currently undergoing the Certificate of Retail course. Asma Mohammed, one of the first students to be awarded the ‘City of Gold’ scholarship, highlights that her teachers are an integral part of the course, as they provide a valuable experience for all their students; “I have had a great learning experience at the Dubai College of Tourism so far. Both the teachers and students have contributed to making it a very welcoming environment, encouraging us to think about our career prospects with each project that we take on. The scholarship opportunity has helped equip me to succeed in the real world, and I am excited to take advantage of the industry connections that DCT offers.”

Meanwhile, Angelina Gonsalves Grace enjoys learning amongst a diverse group of students; “I found out about the courses through the College’s community outreach programme, and was thrilled to receive the scholarship opportunity. I have always been keen to learn about the industry through first-hand experience from leading professionals in the market, and DCT has helped open these doors for me.”

Sami Ahmed Azimah plans to continue his Diploma programme in retail; “I have always had a strong interest in tourism, as one of the fastest growing industries in Dubai – and DCT was my first choice to help me realise this passion. I certainly believe that the College provides valuable opportunities for a successful career through the access it provides us to working professionals – whether those that are part of our great faculty, or those that we meet through our guest lectures.”

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3,900 Young Artists Worldwide Draw the Future at Sharjah Children Biennial Workshops   

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Workshops held in UK, China, Lebanon, Argentina, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, UAE

 Major groundwork for the upcoming edition of Sharjah Children Biennial (SCB), an artistic platform to promote creativity and innovation among children aged 6-18 around the world, is now complete. SCB has engaged 3,900 children in a variety of workshops for its sixth edition, under the theme ‘A World as Big as Your Imagination’.

In collaboration with UK-based global art project Little Inventors, SCB hosted these workshops in schools, museums, community and youth centres, bookshops, universities and malls in the UK, China, Lebanon, Argentina, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates over a period of three months.

The workshops focused on three themes: Helping Others, the Environment, and Entertainment and Creativity, and engaged participants in a series of fun exercises and activities to help them explore how they would tackle a future challenge by drawing/designing an invention using their creative imaginations.

In the UK, 1,143 children and young adults across eight cities in London, Essex, Newcastle, Tamworth, Cambridge, and Belfast in Northern Ireland, participated in these workshops held at 12 schools, in addition to the Design Museum in London, National Saturday Club, Heath Robinson Museum, The Nerve Centre, the Science Museum, the Apple Store – Regent Street, the Northern Children Book Festival, and other public venues.

In China, 2,198 young participants across 10 cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Zhejiang, and Suzhou, which were held in 19 schools, three universities and design centres, and community places.

In Lebanon, 40 young artists took part in a workshop held in the capital Beirut to become the inventors of tomorrow, by drawing invention ideas by imagining what the world might look like in future; and in Argentina, the workshop engaged about 166 children in Buenos Aires.

In Bangladesh, 14 young recruits of the Girl Ambassadors for Peace Programme launched by the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment last November successfully completed a workshop, after which they were encouraged to reflect on the usefulness of their inventions within the context of their chosen challenge and establish the strengths of their idea.

Nashwa Al Ghassani, Vice President of the sixth SCB remarked: “Even though children were free to choose any of the three workshop themes, the majority went with developing and drawing inventions to fit into the ‘Helping Others’ theme. It was astounding to see may children opt to invent for the benefit of others and gave us an insight into the beliefs and values held by children and youth around the world.”

In the Gulf, SCB conducted artistic workshops in Saudi Arabi in October during ‘Creativity Season’ (Tanween) Festival, engaging 40 children aged 6–12; as well as several locations in the UAE, engaging over 300 children and youth across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.

Ghassani added: “Not only are we extremely pleased to have reached out to so many young creators through our wide network of partners around the world, the Sharjah Children Biennial and Little Inventors online resource pack on the website has been downloaded over 750 times in Arabic and English.  It is very encouraging to see so many children and their parents coming forward and taking interest in an activity that is dedicated to challenging young imaginations and help them express themselves creatively.”

The project is now in the selection phase, where the best ideas submitted by children from around the world are being assessed and handpicked to be turned into real inventions by a host of key designers and artists. The finished works will then be displayed at SCB’s sixth exhibition to take place next year.

Sharjah Children Biennial is an international artistic and cultural platform for children around the world, organised by ‘Sharjah Children’, a subsidiary of Rubu’ Qarn for Creating Leaders and Innovators, in Sharjah, UAE, and held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Chairperson of Rubu’ Qarn.

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With a view to make other cities as safe as Lahore, 7 new safe city projects are being established in Kasur, Multan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Bahawalpur and Gujranwala on fast track. This was stated by the Inspector General Police Punjab while presiding over annual performance 2018review meeting held at Punjab Safe Cities authority office at Qurban Line Lahore today. Managing Director Malik Ali Amir and Chief Operating Officer Akbar Nasir Khan briefed the IG about the annual performance of the project while Chief Administration Officer Muhammad Kamran Khan, Chief Financial Officer Nisar Ahmed Cheema were also present at the occasion.

While briefing IGP, the COO told that the Authority’s Operations Monitoring Center secured more than 100,000 observations that warranted, as in proactive measures, interception of more than 2,106 suspicious persons by PRU and Dolphin Squad and a thorough probing of 24,523 suspicious vehicles. A total of 9,460 vehicles and motor bikes were spotted and intercepted for having no or non-standard number plates and action was taken duly by the ground units thereof. The 15 Emergency Helpline received 4,012,900 calls, out of which, 75 pc calls were considered hoaxes and on approximately 490,594 calls, with genuine concerns, the Dispatch Control Center (DCC) provided police and medical response to citizens and motorists. The number of calls received on Police & Emergency Helpline this year remained roughly 4 million against 3.5 million of the last year. PPIC3 center served Electronic Data Evidence Acquisition requests initiated by Punjab Police and other LEAs by releasing data pertaining to more than 1,745 heinous crime cases in addition to showing playback footage to Investigation Officers in 4,487 instances. PSCA extended its services in 15,071 cases pertaining to Rescue and 1,473 cases pertaining to fire emergencies. The PSCA Lost & Found Center also set its mark high this year thereby contributing to the recovery of 67 missing persons, 24 Cars, 1,293 motor bikes and 37 Auto-Rickshaws through its Lost & Found center.

The Media Monitoring Center continued its campaigns regarding road safety, E-Challaning and efficient use of 15 emergency helpline on official twitter account PSCA safe cities and official Facebook account Punjab Safe Cities. PSCA is diligently playing its part in enhancing road-sense by displaying directives and situational messages on its Variable Messaging Service (VMS) displayed on LCDs across all major roads of the metropolis along with speed limit boards. PSCA has also initiated a crackdown in coordination with Punjab Police and CTP against illegal and NCP vehicles or those with fake number plates. PSCA is determined to extend its services and cooperation with LEAs, and all others in need, whenever required. Citizens are requested to contact 15 helpline in case of any emergency or to report an illegal activity in the city.

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Global rise of anger over activism can harm democracy, Dr Adil Najam

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There is a rise of anger around the world which has replaced activism and this evolution can have serious consequences for democracies in changing global politics. Politics around the world have taken a very sharp turn towards populism, authoritarianism and rise of ultra-nationalism, whereas global political events, such as Britain’s decision of Brexit and America’s choice of Donald Trump, are the most shocking manifestations of a much larger, and global, phenomenon.

Prof Dr. Adil Najam Dean of the Pardee School of Global Affairs Boston University, USA said this while delivering a special lecture titled “New World (Dis) Order”, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), on Wednesday at Islamabad.

Prof Dr. Adil Najam said that some evolving global trends such as politics of anti-politics, rise of fear and anger, evolution of the concept of strongman, rise of politics of populism and ultra- nationalism, blurring of truth and governance and rise of protest as political tool are the defining features of the new world democracies. He said that we are living through the era of politics of anti-politics, where politics being portrayed not just as a bad word, but as an essentially vile act. This is true for Pakistan, India, Turkey and USA, where anti-politics give rise to anti-politicians who promise to offer something ‘new’, he added.

Dr Najam said that there is growing demand of strong leadership in the world which is paving the way for authoritarianism. Xi Jinping in China, Vladimir Putin in Russia, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸanin Turkey and Narendra Modi in India are few vivid examples.

“About one half of the world’s population, about two-thirds of the world’s economy, and about three-fourths of the world’s military is now under the control of one ‘strongman’”, he added.

Dr Najam said that some strongman leadership or politicians are using fear as a governance tool, where the ruler has the ability to implement policies with force. The policy of demonetization which is being implemented in India is true example of politics of fear. There is also a rise of unprecedented protest around the world which is also being used as a political tool to get things done, he added.  He said that the truth is being blurred with more information and less analysis and credible data. Though climate change is reality and some 14 thousand peer-reviewed scientific research papers (1991-2012) confirm this reality, the world political leaders are still being misled with fall information, resulting in denial to the facts.

Dr Najam said that whatever the old world order we have, it failed to deliver as per aspiration of people at large, hence, there is backlash and demand for change.

Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI said that in last two decades the global politics is reshaping around the world, which is before us in the shape of Trumptization and Brexitization. He said that such global phenomenon and most recent partial withdrawal of the United States from the Afghanistan demand the governments like Pakistan to focus more on their real domestic issues.

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New Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr Khosa to take oath on 18th

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President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday approved the appointment of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa as new Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will assume the charge of his office with effect from January 18, 2019, a day after the retirement of Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Jan 17, 2019.

Justice Khosa was born on December 21, 1954, in Dera Ghazi Khan. After completing his undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Punjab, he went to the United Kingdom for higher studies. He obtained an LLM Degree from the University of Cambridge. He has also served as an advocate in the Lahore High Court and Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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Provincial Minister HR&MA Aiajz Alam Augustine attended a Consultative Dialogue Session to Improve Human Rights Situation in Punjab.  Session organized by HR Department Government of Punjab with collaboration of an NGO DPI at a private Hotel. The session was held with specific reference to the District Human Rights Committee’s role in institutionalization of Human Rights. Secretary HR&MA Tariq Mahmood presented a brief presentation in which he described implementation of action plan through district committees. He briefed that Provincial Task Force on Human Rights was constituted under the chairmanship of Minister for HR&MA and Vice Chairmanship of Addl. Chief Secretary, Punjab. HR&MA Department is the principal department for the implementation of the action plan at provincial level. Punjab Government approved the constitution of District Committees on Human Rights in all Districts of Punjab under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners .The district committees shall be responsible for the prompt implementation of the Action Plan in their respective districts. These committees shall serve as a unitary force of Provincial Task Force on Human Rights. He said according to monitor overall human rights situation in the province TORs being finalized to monitor and implement Action Plan on Human Rights in Punjab. It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab is the only province where Human Rights Policy has been approved, he added. He further stated that the Policy aims to strengthen the existing mechanism of Human Rights in the province. For implementation of the Policy a comprehensive Action Plan is prepared including the roles and responsibilities of concerned Provincial Departments. The Policy shall be reviewed after every three years. Secretary HR&MA, DC’s of all districts of the Punjab, Barrister Saeed Nasir, Dr.Qadeer Alam, Director HR M.Yousaf and related person were present in the session.

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