Arab Wings celebrates 1st air ambulance license in Middle East Region

Amman, The Amman-based Arab Wings on Thursday celebrated the first air ambulance license in the region granted by Jordanian Civil Aviation Regulatory commission (CARC), which enables the private airline to transport patients and their escorts to and from the Kingdom’s hospitals.

Deputizing for Minister of Health, Secretary General of Secretary-General for Primary Health Care and Epidemiology, Raed Shboul, said His Majesty King Abdullah II attaches “remarkable” interest to Jordan’s health sector and medical tourism, as the nation has “sufficient” ingredients to become a “distinguished” destination for this industry.

In addition, Shboul noted His Majesty stressed the importance of the private sector initiative in creating technical solutions to attract tourists and stimulate their flow to Jordan, highlighting the public sector’s role to provide the necessary facilitations in this regard.

He noted the step to operate an air ambulance plane with Arab and European countries is viewed a technical solution to attract tourists and encourage treatment in Jordan.

He also highlighted the need to continue developing medical tourism services to remain “competitive” to support the national economy.

For his part, Arab Wings CEO, Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh, said the airline’s achievement enables airlifting patients to and from Jordan, or any regional and EU country onboard aircrafts equipped with all medical equipment necessary to at any hospital set as the desired destination.

The airline contracted Abdali Hospital to provide qualified and licensed medical staff in the air ambulance field to accompany patients during their journey, he pointed out.

Abu Ghazaleh stressed the importance of introducing new services to serve patients and encourage medical tourism in Jordan.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Arab media leaders forum kicks off in Amman

Amman, Minister of Government Communication and government spokesperson Faisal Shboul inaugurated Sunday the eighth session of the Arab Media Leaders Forum, organized by the Arab Media Forum in cooperation with the media and communication sector in the Arab League, and the Ministry of Government Communication, in the capital Amman.

During his speech at the opening session, Shboul, who was deputizing for the Prime Minister, underscored the importance of the participation of media pundits to reiterate the profession’s code of conduct and commitment to addressing any public confusion between a dedicated media professional and a “chaotic individual” who spreads hatred and false news and violates people’s privacy.

Media outlets are under threat nowadays, noted Shboul, indicating that modern technology has given humanity an unprecedented opportunity for communication, but it has also left societies vulnerable to extremism, hatred, rumors, attacks on people’s dignity, and violations of the rights of children and the most affected groups in local communities.

He highlighted two major challenges facing the media, the first of which is engaging the audience without resorting to spreading false news or rumors or using unusual rhetoric and vocabulary in media discourse and the second is maintaining its share in the advertising market, which is slowly diminishing due to social media platforms. He urged media outlets to exhaust all professional, legislative and educational means to fulfill the media’s obligations to Arab societies.

Pointing out the lack of a regulated partnership with international media companies, the minister said that Jordan had proposed to Arab media ministers a draft law that regulates this relationship by leveraging the European Union’s experience, pointing out that the draft law offers protection to Arab and Islamic causes, including the Palestinian cause, in addition to the protection of children and addressing hate speech, false news and violations of privacy.

For his part, the Assistant Secretary General of the Media and Communication Sector at the Arab League Ambassador Ahmed Rashid Khattabi stressed the importance of the forum and the initiatives that are put forward under it toward dialogue on the best approaches to developing Arab media and constructive interaction with the transformations of the media scene.

For his part, Madi Abdullah al-Khamis, Secretary-General of the Arab Media Forum, said that the idea of the forum came from a need for dialogue between officials and leaders of Arab media institutions about the status and future of Arab media, adding that Arab media must be a partner in the industry rather than a consumer.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Video of 10-Year-Old Singing ‘Beautiful Day’ Goes Viral

The latest viral video capturing the hearts of millions of users on social media is of a 10-year-old Jamaican boy singing about beauty and gratitude.

The song, “Beautiful Day,” along with its myriad remixes, has been shared globally across Tik Tok, Instagram and YouTube.

While the video has only recently gone viral, the story of the song began nearly a decade ago when singer-songwriter Jermaine Edwards debuted “Beautiful Day” in Jamaica in 2014.

Several years later, 10-year-old Rushawn Ewears sang the song during lunchtime in 2017 at Top Hill Primary School in Jamaica. His teacher recorded the classroom performance in a video, which also captured Ewears’ classmates sweetly looking in from the next room.

Ewears croons in the chorus: “Lord, I thank you for sunshine / Thank you for rain / Thank you for joy / Thank you for pain / It’s a beautiful day!”

The video was posted to Facebook, where it was shared by users across Jamaica over the next several years.

However, it was not until recent weeks that the video went international with bands across the world creating their own remixes.

South African musician known as “The Kiffness” made a remix with a ukulele that has garnered more than 6 million views on YouTube.

Ewears is now 16 and is delighted by the worldwide interest in the video. He told the Jamaica Gleaner, “I don’t know how many people have viewed the song, but for me, music is an inspiration. Sometimes when you feel down, music helps you to motivate yourself.”

The song’s original creator, Edwards, has also benefited from the resurgence of his song, recently signing a deal with Song Music U.K., according to music website, DancehallMag.

Source: Voice of America


Jordan minister attends Bettlehem midnight mass for Christmas

Ramallah, Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Kreishan Saturday attended the Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to mark Christmas in the presence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kreishan, deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah II, attended the Christmas dinner held by the Custody of the Holy Land on the occasion of Christmas in the Church of the Nativity.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Norwegian film week kicks off Tuesday

Three Norwegian films will be screened during November 14-16 at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, in cooperation with the Norwegian embassy in Amman.

According to a Shoman foundation statement on Monday, the three films are: Kautokeino Rebellion, Before Snowfall and Handle with Care at 6:30 in the evening.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Japan Autumn Festival kicks off tomorrow

The Japan Autumn Festival will take place tomorrow at Abdali Boulevard.

The event’s proceeds, which a cultural one is open to public, will go to Al-Hussein Society an NGO helping people with disabilities.

The Festival is organized by Jordan – Japan Friendship Network (JJFN), which is a platform for all Jordanians who are connected to Japan and Japanese who are connected to Jordan in the fields of business, academia, and culture.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Japanese Film Week kicks off Monday in Amman’s Rainbow Theater

The Japanese Film Week 12th edition is set to kick off on Monday evening at the Rainbow Theater in Amman.

Organized by the Royal Film Commission (RFC) in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Jordan, the four-day screenings of Japanese-speaking films with English subtitles include the 100-minute animated family drama “The House of the Lost on the Cape”, directed by Shinya Kawatsura and produced in 2021, and the 97-minute comedy-drama “It’s a Summer Film!”, directed by Soushi Matsumoto and produced in 2020.

The screenings also include the 138-minute drama “Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (I Shall Live by Myself)” directed by Shuichi Okita and produced in 2020, and the 102-minute action-adventure comedy “Hell’s Garden” directed by Kazuaki Seki and produced in 2021, and is PG 16.



“Dana+20” workshop to kick off Wednesday

Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal, “Dana+20: Mobile Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change” will be held between 7-10 September at Wadi Dana Nature Reserve. The event is organized by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan (RSCN) in cooperation with the Refugee Studies Centre from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) – an international NGO.

As the 20th anniversary of the Dana Declaration, which was signed in Wadi Dana in 2002, approaches, the workshop will take stock of ecological, and technical developments of the past two decades and bring the implications for local communities to the attention of global forums. The Dana+20 workshop aspires to outline forward-moving ways in consultation, with local community representatives, to improve engagement on the interrelated priorities of conservation, climate adaptation / resilience, habitat loss and sustainable development.

The workshop conference seeks to work with local communities as rights holders and change agents to reconfirm, direct and review ways to improve participation and maintain sustainability in the interrelated priorities of environmental conservation, climate change adaptation, and natural habitat protection.

Establishing a strategic framework to reduce the marginalization of local communities is a crucial objective of the conference, in addition to addressing the issues faced by local communities in the context of the aforementioned priorities At the close of the workshop a Dana+20 statement will be delivered.

The funders of the workshop include, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, University of Nevada, the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), Misereor, and United Nations Development Program Small Grants Program UNDP/GEF.

To this end, the conference will also aim to develop an action plan to advance the rights of local communities in international and national policy-making on protected areas. And other non-governmental organizations through a detailed work program to mainstream the concerns of local communities concerning adaptation to climate change and sustainable development models.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Queen Rania Al Abdullah marks her birthday

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah will celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, August 31, marking another year spent in the service of Jordan’s people in line with His Majesty King Abdullah II’s national vision.

True to this vision, Her Majesty has launched several initiatives in support of Jordan’s education and development sectors.

Through programs led by the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) and the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), Her Majesty aims to empower youth and encourage them to unleash their potential, often paying visits to learn about their projects and offer support to help propel their ambitions.

Her Majesty’s foundations also aim to nurture the skills of talented and hardworking Jordanians behind the establishment of several local societies and associations throughout the kingdom, while also seeking to empower individuals and their families and ensure that children receive the education and care they deserve.

As an impassioned champion of education, Her Majesty has launched various initiatives that work alongside Jordanian civil society organizations to support national efforts to reform and enhance education. These initiatives are continuously working to create programs targeting children and families, as well as other skill-building and training programs intended to support potential entrepreneurs.

Through her numerous visits to Jordanians around the kingdom, Her Majesty strives to stay informed of the living conditions and development needs of families, encouraging them to establish their own income-generating projects.

Her Majesty also works to leverage her regional and global reach to build interest and support for Jordanian causes, as well as the international causes she champions, including improving the rights and conditions of refugees around the world.

In her capacity as a member of Prince William’s Earthshot Prize Council, Her Majesty continues to be vocal about combating climate change, an issue she has advocated for twice this past year in virtual remarks delivered at the Foreign Policy Virtual Climate Summit, and the first-ever Earthshot Innovation Showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Source: Jordan News Agency


Thru Hike 2022 kicks off in October

The Thru Hike 2022 will take place from October 14 to November 24 on the Jordan Trail, a 675-kilometer hiking route that spans Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Director-General Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat announced in a press conference on Monday.

During the conference, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Imad Hijazin said the event is an “essential tool” to promote tourism in the Kingdom, inviting hiking fans to enjoy such events in Jordan’s historical and heritage-rich sites and landscape.

He said local community members are currently trained to receive the trail’s participants, emphasizing adventure tourism’s ability to empower local societies.

Based on previous experiences, this year’s edition is expected to bring positive feedback and a beneficial effect on local communities, Arabiyat added.

He underscored the JTB’s commitment to promoting the event and attracting adventure-lovers from North America and Europe.

Aysar Bataineh, Chairman of the Jordan Trail Association, said the annual event aims to promote Jordan’s tourism, draw income to develop and maintain the Jordan Trail, serve the local community in rural areas where the trail goes through, and make an enjoyable experience passing by diverse terrain and dozens of archeological sites.

Source: Jordan News Agency