Sheikh Mohammed’s call for Arabic speaking volunteers met with overwhelming response

Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2017
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Sheikh Mohammed’s call for Arabic speaking volunteers met with overwhelming response

DUBAI: A project that required Arabic speakers and writers to help in the creation of free science and math educational content has received more than 12,000 volunteers.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, revealed the rush of volunteers in a tweet, just a few days after the project was launched on Monday.
The Dubai Ruler tweeted on Thursday: “In the new educational project of the Arab nation and we asked volunteers to translate 5000 video tutorial includes 11 million words. The volunteers arrived within two days, 12, 000 volunteers.”


The initial call asked for people to volunteer in the translation and reproduction of 5,000 videos into Arabic.
The program is aimed at benefiting 50 million students in Arab countries in a year.
“The program is a challenge, because we are challenging ourselves if we can translate and reproduce 5,000 videos in one year,” project manager at the Initiatives project, Abdullah Al-Nuaimi told UAE daily The National.


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.