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.”


ISS astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Updated 21 July 2018
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ISS astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

  • Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance
  • Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab”

BERLIN: Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart.
Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station.
Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience.

He’s not the first space musician. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and played a duet with the Barenaked Ladies while 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the Earth in 2013.
American astronaut Ron McNair planned to play saxophone from orbit with Jean Michel Jarre in 1986 but died in the Challenger tragedy.