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November 5 2007

Yemen to support Comoros media

Nov. 4 ) Yemen's Ministry of Information on Wednesday expressed its readiness to provide Comoros with all requisite expertise in the fields of radio, television and journalism, including offering training courses to qualify Comorian media personnel.

Information Minister Hassan Al-Lawzi has directed Yemen's satellite channel and its public radio program to provide Comorian media corporations with social, cultural and historical broadcasts, in addition to others concerning the Qur'an and the rites of the Hajj.

Two Yemeni education and tourism channels to launch

Nov. 4 ) Abdullah Al-Zalab, chairman of the Radio and Television Authority, has announced the launch of trial broadcasts for two new satellite channels, Saba and Al-Yamania, regarding youth, education and tourism beginning Thursday on Arabsat BADR-4 at frequency 12781.

Noting that effective broadcast will commence by the beginning of 2008, he affirmed the importance of these channels to promote Yemeni tourism and bridge the gap between Yemen and other nations.

New Yemeni historical sites are on World Heritage List

Nov. 4 ) Yemeni Culture Minister Mohammed Abubakr Al-Maflahi says that new Yemeni historical sites will be included on the list of World Heritage sites, including Marib and Bura'a Nature Reserve, as well as the cities of Al-Hajrin in Hadramout governorate and Thala in Amran governorate.

Meeting in Paris on Friday with the head of UNESCO, Al-Maflahi discussed the organization's projects funded in Yemen that seek to support international efforts in cultural and educational fields, as well as efforts to preserve its World Heritage listed city of Zabid.


Japan launches water supply project

Nov. 4 ) Aiming to support small-scale community-based projects in areas of basic human needs, Japanese Ambassador to Yemen Masakazu Tonshikage has signed an agreement to launch a project in Ibb governorate to support constructing a water supply network in Fara'a district's Qiyas village so that locals will have better access to clean water.


Precautions in encountering anticipated tropical cyclone

Nov. 4 ) An extended meeting of concerned bodies in Al-Mahrah governorate last week drew up protective measures to manage the dangers from any possible tropical cyclone stemming from low pressure.

Al-Mahrah Governor Mohammed Al-Harazi indicated that the meeting resulted in several procedures, such as putting the governorate's security and military apparatuses on full alert and notifying local residents and fishermen to keep away from shores, in addition to directing the Yemeni Economic Corporation to provide tents and blankets in the aftermath of a disaster due to a possible cyclone.