In brief [Archives:2007/1035/Local News]

March 22 2007


– Symposium discusses Yemeni human development

March 20 ) The Hadramout office of the Yemeni Institute for Democracy Development organized a symposium Tuesday entitled, “The Democratic March and its Reflections on Human Development in Yemen.” The event aimed to clarify the role of the democratic move, which Yemen has undertaken as a political option to improve and boost all areas of human development, including health, education and living standards.

Numerous academics, representatives of NGOs and officials participating in the event reviewed several working papers on public services, education, technical training and higher education.


– Teachers striking for overdue salaries

March 20 ) Primary and secondary school teachers across the governorate are striking for the third consecutive day to protest suspending their salaries for the past three months. The governorate's branch of the Yemeni Teachers Syndicate said the strike includes all governorate schools, except those in Khalaq district where teachers received their salaries.

According to Waze'e Askar, manager of Khalaq's Education Office, district teachers received their February and March salaries earlier this week. The teachers syndicate mentioned that it is contacting concerned parties in the governorate in order to resolve the issue.


– Symposium on handicapped legislation

March 21 ) On Wednesday, Sana'a hosted the third Arab symposium on handicapped legislation, which is amended by the Shoura Council in cooperation with the U.N. Handicapped Office.

Raja'a Al-Masa'abi, a member of the symposium's preparatory committee and deputy chairman of its technical committee, noted that the symposium was part of a series of events the U.N. Handicapped Office so far has organized with the aim of shedding light on relevant legislation in the Arab world and exchanging experiences in the area.

Al-Masa'abi affirmed that the symposium was of great importance, particularly after the U.N. adopted international conventions concerning the handicapped.

– Heavy rains likely

March 21 ) The Yemeni Surveillance Center expected heavy rains in mountain areas extending from Sa'ada to Taiz on Wednesday and Thursday.

In its weather forecast, a copy of which Yemen's Saba News Agency obtained, the center called on residents to remain on full alert and stay home to avoid risks from possible torrential rains. It further advised citizens not to walk in the highlands, on house roofs or near high trees, nor use cell phones or tour the coast during the thunderstorms.


– Governor reviews archeological survey results

March 20 ) During a meeting with the National Team for Archeological Survey, Shabwa Governor Ali Mohammed Al-Maqdashi reviewed the results of a comprehensive archeological survey the team recently conducted in Nisab and Hutaib districts. Mohsen Al-Zubeidi, director of the governorate's General Antiquities and Museums Authority and head of the team, disclosed that the survey results include documenting 176 ancient sites, most of which are remains of populated villages and graveyards. He added that the survey discovered the unique lifestyles of ancient Yemenis.


– Course on community center management

March 20 ) The National Cultural Youth Center organized a training course on community center management last Sunday with the participation of 24 male and female trainees from various Yemeni governorates. Funded by the Sana'a-based United Nations Development Program, the course sought to strengthen and develop community service centers. The National Cultural Youth Center established such centers more than a year ago with funding from UNDP, Microsoft and the Cairo-based Information Technology and Telecommunication Program, in cooperation with Al-Eisi Trading Group.