‘Time’: Saudi Arabia’s KAUST announces theme of science festival

KAUST, founded in 2009, is a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)
Updated 11 January 2019
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‘Time’: Saudi Arabia’s KAUST announces theme of science festival

  • Part of KAUST’s Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), the festival will run from Jan. 13 to Jan. 24

JEDDAH: The theme of this year’s festival of science, being launched by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), will be “Time.”
Part of KAUST’s Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), the festival will run from Jan. 13 to Jan. 24, and will feature 12 keynote lectures.
A Nobel Laureate will be among those addressing delegates along with world-leading experts in the fields of sleep, consciousness, nutrition, the universe, dreams, society and history.
Writers, artists and filmmakers will be taking part in the festival which will include workshops, exhibitions and displays of the latest virtual reality technology.


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.”