Ethiopia imposes KSA travel ban

Updated 25 October 2013
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Ethiopia imposes KSA travel ban

The Ethiopian government has imposed a six-month ban on its citizens from traveling to Saudi Arabia for work.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the conditions of Ethiopians working in Saudi Arabia, particularly domestic workers, had continued to get worse.
“Effective next month, we will not send our citizens to Saudi Arabia to work for a period of (at least) six months,” he said in Ethiopian Parliament.
Abdulbaqi Ahmad Ajlan, the Saudi Ambassador to Ethiopia, said the embassy has not received official directives from the Ethiopian government to stop exporting workers to the Kingdom and that the embassy is still issuing visas and completing paperwork for those who had obtained two-year visas.
Yehia Al-Muqbel, chairman of the Recruitment Committee at the Jeddah Chamber, accused the Ethiopian government of creating obstacles to send housemaids to the Kingdom. “The Ethiopian government wants to stop exporting home maids to the ingdom through delaying their travel procedures. The Ministry of Labor, however, is still looking for new markets for recruiting housemaids.”
The recruitment suspension comes in the wake of several incidents involving Ethiopian housemaids, the most recent of which includes the stabbing of a Saudi employer by a housemaid.


Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann dead at 89

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann dead at 89

  • Born in New York City on September 15, 1929, Gell-Mann was encouraged to study physics by his father, and earned a doctorate in the subject from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951
WASHINGTON: Murray Gell-Mann, a physicist who theorized the existence of the quark and won a Nobel Prize for his method of classifying particles, has died at age 89, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) said.
Considered among the most important physicists of the 20th century, the American scientist theorized in the 1960s that subatomic particles — protons and neutrons — were composed of paired subunits he called quarks.
Experiments later confirmed the existence of the particles, which are a continuing subject of study by physicists including those at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful proton smasher straddling the French-Swiss border.
Amid an explosion of research into what makes up matter in the 1950s and 1960s, Gell-Mann came up with a criteria for putting particles in groups of eight based on characteristics like electric charge and spin.
He called it the “eightfold way,” Caltech said, and was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for the innovation.
Born in New York City on September 15, 1929, Gell-Mann was encouraged to study physics by his father, and earned a doctorate in the subject from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951.
He taught at Caltech in Pasadena, California from 1955 until his retirement in 1993.
“Dr. Gell-Mann had this clear vision and penetrating insight to look through the large amounts of data that were coming from experiments and make sense of it,” Hirosi Ooguri, a professor at Caltech and director of the school’s Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics, said in an obituary published by the university.
“He opened a new paradigm in particle physics.”