Saudi learning platform takes Twitter by storm

Updated 15 February 2018
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Saudi learning platform takes Twitter by storm

JEDDAH: A Saudi electronic learning platform has been named one of the top five educational accounts on Twitter.
“English Mastery,” a non-profitable language program, was launched a year ago and has more than 29,000 followers on Twitter and 7 million account subscribers worldwide.
E-learning platforms provide easy access to information while saving money and time, and offer enjoyable methods for teaching.
“English Mastery” is aimed at students of general and higher education in the Middle East. The electronic platform encourages self-learning, and is based on the concept of learn more and pay less. It produces a blog for learning English, hosts tutors on their Snapchat accounts, and produces videos and design info-graphs to help students.
Mohammed bin Naji Al-Yamani, the platform’s executive director, told Arab News: “It is a Saudi initiative to master the English language under the supervision of a group of Saudi academics and specialists in English language education. We aim to promote self-learning in the era of digital transformation through the use of interactive electronic platforms through social media.”
Along with Al-Yamani, the platform’s volunteer team all specialize in English language teaching.
“We wanted the initiative to be fully voluntary because of our sense of social responsibility,” said Al-Yamani. “The initiative does not have any financial support. The team members’ goal is to serve the learner. There is no doubt that financial support is important and we look forward to the best in the coming period.”
“Our vision in the future is to make ‘English Mastery’ an integrated platform with an official location and interactive application that enhances self-learning.”
Abdullah Al-Shehri, a Saudi language student in the UK, told Arab News: “The ‘English Mastery’ blog and resources were very useful in my journey of self-learning. I believe it is among the best accounts ever.”


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”