Road deaths halve in Oman while crashes drop by more than 70%

Oman traffic police are working constantly to reduce crashes. (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 October 2017
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Road deaths halve in Oman while crashes drop by more than 70%

DUBAI: The number of crashes on Oman’s roads has been slashed by a staggering 72 percent, while fatalities have halved, the traffic police chief has said.

Speaking after “Traffic Safety Day” Commander-in-Chief and Director-General of Traffic for Royal Oman Police, Brigadier General Engineer Mohammed bin Awad Al-Rawas, said the authorities were constantly working to make the roads safer.

He said there had been a 50 percent drop in road deaths compared to 2012, while the number of injuries had dropped by nearly a quarter.

Al-Rawas said reduction was being achieved – in parts – by increasing the police presence on the roads, while also spreading road safety awareness through ongoing campaigns.


’Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

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’Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

LONDON: Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland.
The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family. Harington, wearing a morning suit, and Leslie, in a flowing ivory gown and veil, smiled at members of the public who had gathered outside the church.
Guests included the pair’s “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke.
Later the newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.
Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in US legal drama “The Good Fight.”
The couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times of London newspaper in September.
The bride’s father, Sebastian Leslie, said Saturday he was “absolutely thrilled” about the wedding.
“It’s an absolutely lovely day for us,” he said.