In brief [Archives:2007/1102/Local News]

November 12 2007

Yemen to activate national laws to care for children

Nov. 11 ) Human Rights Minister Huda Al-Ban says her ministry will activate all national laws related to caring for children in Yemen. She says her ministry currently is coordinating with several international organizations and donors to provide needed technical and financial support in order to adopt service, development, education and health projects for children.

Such international support will be harnessed to serve children's development in Yemen, particularly street children.

Sports delegation to partake in 11th Pan-Arab Games in Cairo

Nov. 11 ) A sports delegation of 116 participants headed to Egypt on Saturday to participate in the 11th Pan-Arab Games slated for Nov. 11-25. Abdullah Bahyan, undersecretary at the Youth and Sports Ministry, notes that the ministry's leadership has taken responsibility for preparing the participating teams instead of the National Olympic Committee, adding that Yemen is participating in the games to compete, not just for the experience.

The delegation includes 10 referees, 14 trainers and 60 male and female players on 14 teams that will participate in 14 games, in addition to physically handicapped teams, which will participate in competitions such as weightlifting and volleyball to be held on the sidelines of the Pan-Arab Games.


President Saleh inaugurates youth and students meeting

Nov. 11 ) Some 1,500 youths from various Yemeni governorates participated in the opening session of the fifth meeting of youths and students on Saturday. President Ali Abdullah Saleh attended the opening session of the meeting being held in Aden.

In a speech, the president noted that Yemeni youths are the guardians of the nation's unification and the supporters of its development. Addressing investors, he ensured the protection of their investments, as well as his government's care for the governorate by creating jobs for youths in order to reduce unemployment.


U.S. Embassy supports water, education projects

Nov. 11 ) Hodeidah Governor Ahmed Al-Hajri talked on Saturday with a team from the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's civil affairs department, headed by Mike Koch, about projects the embassy has implemented in fields of education and water within the framework of cooperation between the two nations.

Al-Hajri stressed the need to complete such projects in order to provide services to the people. He confirmed that the governorate's leadership and local council will provide the team the necessary support to achieve its tasks.

The U.S. Embassy provided $850,000 in support for projects pertaining to water and restoring several schools in the governorate.


Official discusses attack on Ukrainian oil firm

Nov. 11 – Shabwa Governor Mohammed Al-Rowaishan met with officials from the Ukrainian oil firm Vikoil working in the governorate regarding an incident wherein the company's security personnel were attacked.

The governor affirmed the concern of everyone in the governorate regarding the safety and security of oil investments, adding that the nation's political leadership, represented by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, is paying serious attention to and care for the various investment projects and oil companies operating in Yemen.