King Faisal Foundation to host winners’ lectures

Updated 01 March 2015
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King Faisal Foundation to host winners’ lectures

King Faisal Foundation is hosting a series of lectures by the winners of King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) this year, according to Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled, secretary general of the foundation. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will present the award to the winners on Sunday.
In his statement, he said KFIP is keen to raise the international stature of the prize for promoting awareness about Islam and a spirit of innovative culture. He added that KFIP will host lectures by the winners at the awards presentation ceremony.
On Wednesday, Zakir A. Naik, winner of the International Prize for Service to Islam, will give a talk on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in various world religious books at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Prince Bandar pointed out that Zakir Naik’s lecture will deal with the Prophet’s mission as the Prophet of all humanity, not just for the Arabs or Muslims.
Naik, an Indian national, won the international prize for delivering hundreds of lectures at the seminars that explain the religion of Islam and defend its principles based on the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
According to him, another lecture next Monday on chemistry and applications of metals and organic frameworks will be delivered by Omar M. Yaghi, professor of physical sciences and biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Yaghi is the winner of the KFIP Science for this year’s award. The lecture will be held at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
On the same day, Michael Gratzel, a Swiss professor and head of the laboratory photonics, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and the winner of the same award, will give a lecture on solar energy: Solar cells simulator for installation photosynthesis at Al-Faisal University.


Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

Updated 18 June 2018
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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

  • The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia
  • The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease

GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the period, the WHO said, and take the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans in 2012.
The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia.
One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafer Albatin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in Riyadh in the same month, although no health care workers were infected.
Two other clusters affected households in Jeddah and Najran.
MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.
The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.
But it kills one in three sufferers, and hospital workers are at risk unless extreme caution is taken to identify MERS sufferers early and to protect health care workers from infection via airborne droplets such as from coughs and sneezes.
Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, the WHO said. Everyone should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating undercooked meat.
Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. Oman and the United Arab Emirates each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurised camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.