Saudi women’s empowerment: #YouWillDriveThe PeopleAreWithYou

A milestone for women who have had to rely on drivers, male relatives, taxis and ride-hailing services to get to work
Updated 23 June 2018
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Saudi women’s empowerment: #YouWillDriveThe PeopleAreWithYou

  • A milestone for Saudi women who have had to rely on drivers
  • Female participation in the workforce, meaning increased household incomes

JEDDAH: The Arabic hashtag for (You will drive, the people are with you) was one of the top-trending hashtags in Saudi Arabia as there is only one day left until June 24, the day where history will be made by the women in the Kingdom.
@Mi0oA said: “Good luck girls.” @isfayez3 said: “Good luck my sisters.”
From the region and tweeting in Arabic, @zaid_al_janabyy said: “The developments that are happening in Saudi Arabia throughout the decrees issued by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are very beautiful. Everyone knows that Saudi Arabia represents the Arab and Islamic depth and it has enemies who try to use extremism as a coverup and as an essential factor to further their agendas against Saudi Arabia and they didn’t and will not.”
Tweeting in Arabic, @koooon111 said: “The challenges and pressures that a woman is under when she is driving her car might make her one of the best women in the world to drive cars professionally. Hopefully next are the plane, ship and tank.”


Rake news: Social media ablaze on Trump’s forest remarks for Finland

Updated 19 November 2018
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Rake news: Social media ablaze on Trump’s forest remarks for Finland

  • US President Donald Trump claimed the forest-covered nation prevents wildfires by raking its forest floors
  • Raking-related terms were among the most popular Twitter hashtags and Google searches in the Nordic nation

HELSINKI: Social media in Finland was ablaze with bemused comments on Monday after US President Donald Trump claimed the forest-covered nation prevents wildfires by raking its forest floors.
Speaking to reporters during the weekend while in California to see the impact of devastating forest fires, the US president again blamed forest management, but said Finland had the answer.
Trump cited the Finnish president as telling him Finns “spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things (in the forest), and they don’t have any problem.”
However the Nordic country’s president, Sauli Niinisto, told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper on Sunday that he had no recollection of raking being mentioned when the pair met in Paris a week ago.
“I told him that Finland is a country covered in forests, but we also have a good warning system and network,” the president said.
Finnish social media users were quick to pile in, describing Trump’s comments as “rake news” and posting pictures of themselves brandishing the garden implement.
By late Sunday, raking-related terms were among the most popular Twitter hashtags and Google searches in the Nordic nation which is 72 percent covered by forests, predominantly of pine, birch and fir.
Meanwhile Yrjo Niskanen, head of emergency preparedness at Finland’s national forest center, said the US president may have been referring to the practice of removing branches and loose material left in the forest after logging.
But he pointed out that this is not done with a rake — and the wood is collected for energy production.
“I’ve never thought before that it could be removed because of the fire risk, that’s not mentioned in any forestry manuals. It’s taken away purely for business reasons,” Niskanen told the Iltalehti newspaper.