Saudi border guards rescue US passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

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Saudi border guards rescued an American tourist after he became dangerously ill on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea. (Supplied)
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The Seven Seas Navigator is a luxury cruise ship. (File photo/Wikipedia)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue US passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued an American tourist on Sunday after he became dangerously ill on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 77-year-old was aboard the Seven Seas Navigator off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when he suffered intestinal bleeding and chest palpitations.
The ship contacted the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah, which passed the details to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards. The border guard’s vessel Fursan was sent to meet the cruise ship south of Jazan.
“Immediately, the information was analyzed, the vessel was located, and Border Guards were assigned to provide necessary assistance and evacuate the patient,” Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, a border guards spokesman, said.
The ship’s doctor was given medical advice and instructions until the guards arrived.
The patient was evacuated with his wife and transferred to Jazan, where he was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Seven Seas Navigator, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.