Runaway workers: Daily average 880

Updated 13 December 2015
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Runaway workers: Daily average 880

RIYADH: A total of 316,632 expatriates were declared runaway workers in one year in 1435 A.H., according to the Ministry of Labor (MoL).
The figures mean that on an average almost 880 workers, including women, were reported missing from work on a daily basis during the year, local media reported.
The workers are registered as missing if they don’t show up for work in the data of the National Information Center in the Interior Ministry, the ministry report added. The number of absconding workers in the private sector was recorded at 230,349 and domestic workers at 86,283.
The ministry stressed that it always seeks to protect the rights of migrant workers.
As part of its measures, the ministry suspended its electronic services to 86 facilities for failing to abide by its directives.
Computer services were restored at 102 facilities after they addressed the workers’ grievances.
Besides, 675 complaints were addressed and 13 cases were solved mutually, the ministry added.


Saudi women incubate creative ideas for community development

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Saudi women incubate creative ideas for community development

JEDDAH: The Halcyon Incubator fellowship on Friday concluded a program in Washington, DC for a group of Saudi female pioneers in social development.
Fourteen Saudi innovators working in community development on Thursday gave presentations on seven ambitious projects that highlight applications that they are seeking to implement.
The seven Saudi projects highlighted a number of unique applications, such as the online on-click link between dentists, lab technicians and labs, whose design has shown that it will make a major social change in its country and will save waiting for medical appointments and reports.
Another online project helps children with autism to improve communication skills through games and educational activities.
Another focuses on linking history and modern technology in many languages to improve tourism and make it easier for pilgrims to visit the country.
It also presented practical projects such as “Green Desert,” which seeks to contribute to solving the problem of lack of waste recycling culture in Saudi Arabia.
During his visit to the Halcyon Incubator, the director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Taibah University, Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, praised its development of social projects. He also congratulated the group of Saudi women for their innovative excellence.
The Saudi Innovations Group has spent two weeks working in the hospitality of the Halcyon Incubator, which has been named the “Kingfisher” as a symbol.
The organization seeks to promote creativity in all its forms throughout the world by stimulating and supporting creators who seek to promote the good in their communities.
The annual program of the Halcyon Incubator sponsors various groups of change-makers in the fields of arts and social projects and provides them with an environment that incubates their bold ideas and helps them to learn, gain experience and knowledge and provide them with free trial opportunities to enhance their talents and visions and transform them into influential energies in society.