Saudi students triumph at US science fair

Some of the winners at the ISEF Science Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. (Facebook photo)
Updated 20 May 2018

Saudi students triumph at US science fair

JEDDAH: Eighteen Saudi students represented the Kingdom at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in US city of Pittsburgh from May 8-13.

Intel ISEF, the world’s largest pre-college science competition, allows students to compete and showcase their independent research work to a panel of experts.

This year, about 1,800 finalists from more than 75 countries competed to win awards and prizes totaling more than $3 million for innovative research.

The Saudi students delivered projects in fields such as engineering, animal sciences, social science, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, medicine and health, mathematical science, physics, astronomy and plant science.

Winners of this year’s fair were: Faisal bin Adel Al-Dousari, who won second place for his botany project; and Hisham Mohammed Al-Mutairi, who won third place for his project involving artificial intelligence.

Al-Mutairi also received a special prize offered by King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba).

Saud bin Saeed Al-Mathami, Mawhiba secretary general, expressed his thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for supporting gifted and creative students.

He also congratulated the students, their parents, and the schools and teachers.

“This is the result of good cooperation between Mawhiba and the Ministry of Education, which plays a significant role in developing capabilities of talented Saudi children,” he said.

More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018

More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.