Saudi Security Aviation Command evacuates family trapped due to storm

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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continues its relief efforts to assist victims of tropical storm Luban. (SPA)
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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continues its relief efforts to assist victims of tropical storm Luban. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2018
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Saudi Security Aviation Command evacuates family trapped due to storm

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continues its work in rescuing, evacuating and providing food aid to the Yemeni victims of tropical storm Luban, which had hit the eastern Al-Mahra governorate.
The command said that on Saturday an evacuation task had been carried out to save a family of seven members that were trapped in Al-Ghaydah, the capital city of Mahra.
They were transported to an area 80 kilometers east of Al-Ghaydah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The command also carried more aid tasks by transporting tents and distributing more than 1,800 kilograms of food aid to the areas 180 km north of Al-Ghaydah.
Two members of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) were on board the relief flights.


Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

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Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”