Colombo provides home to distressed Saudi expat

Updated 17 March 2014
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Colombo provides home to distressed Saudi expat

The Sri Lankan government has decided to help a distressed Sri Lankan worker by providing him a Rs500,000 house in his home country.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ruwan Chamara Herath lost his leg in an accident while driving his sponsor's vehicle in the Kingdom.
“Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera agreed to provide Herath with a house back home,” Kifaya Ifthikar, a Riyadh-based social worker who was tending to Herath’s case, told Arab News on Saturday.
Ifthikar, who met Perera during her recent visit to the island, said the minister was very sympathetic toward his plight.
Herath left the Kingdom with a cash compensation of SR25,000 upon intervention by the Sri Lankan Consulate, as the sponsor, according to Herath, wanted to forcibly repatriate him against his will without giving him proper compensation. “The SR5,000 that the sponsor had promised me is worth my 3 months’ wages and allowances,” he said.
A senior official from the Sri Lankan Consulate in Jeddah said the mission raised the compensation sum to SR25,000 with the sponsor.
“We are happy that we worked out a reasonable compensation upon mutual agreement between the sponsor and the employee,” he said.


King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology unveils self-guided Black Shark boat at 38th GITEX Technology Week

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King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology unveils self-guided Black Shark boat at 38th GITEX Technology Week

JEDDAH: King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has unveiled its Black Shark self-guided boat at the 38th GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. The vessel, which can carry out coastal surveillance and many other tasks, was developed in collaboration with Taqnia for Robotics and Smart Systems.

The development of the craft is part of a KACST initiative to localize and transform transport technology and logistics, to help achieve the aims of Vision of 2030.
The boat includes sensor systems that allow it to monitor and create a 3D map of a 200-meter area surrounding the boat, and automated control technology that gives it the ability to navigate independently and avoid collisions without human input. It can also be equipped with a flexible range of weapons, acting as a firearms platform that uses gyroscopic self-balancing technology. It has the ability to survey beaches at a range of 15 kilometers, in addition to accurately identifying its precise location with a margin of error of less than 20 centimeters using differential GPS, as well as specifying, monitoring and tracking targets.
The Black Shark also has long-range radar that covers up to 150 kilometers, and a telecommunication system to track its location, monitor its status and connect to multiple domains through command centers that allow wireless communication and remote control. It is fitted with a digital camera powered by electro-optic and infrared technology that can produce HD-quality video, and also has night vision capability.
As part of its initiative to develop transport technology and logistics, KACST has also worked on automated control technology, included self-driving heavy-duty trucks, with the University of California, Berkeley. These trucks are equipped with electronic pairing technologies, which effectively improve the shipping and distributing of goods, reduce human error, preserve resources, and reduce harmful emissions and fuel consumption.
The same technology can also, for example, transform a four-wheel-drive vehicle into a remote-controlled vehicle equipped with video cameras, infrared technology, a microphone and a control device wirelessly connected to a command center, where an operator can guide it using images from the video cameras.