Saudi inventors get key medals at global event

Updated 07 November 2012
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Saudi inventors get key medals at global event

RIYADH: Saudi inventors have been awarded one gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the International Trade Fair for Ideas, Inventions and New Products (iENA). The fair was held in Nuremberg, Germany, on Nov. 1-4.
About 800 inventions from competitors from 37 countries had been entered in the competition at the fair.
Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Baqabas got the gold medal for his invention for the preparation and use of new micro ruthenium granules.
Abdulmajid Al-Zakari, Sulaiman Al-Tuwaijri, Faisal Al-Dosari, and Omar Al-Anqari won a silver medal for their discovery of a treatment of the body’s excessive production of interferon beta. Morouj Al-Thaqafi and Ranin Abdulilah got a silver medal for their work on nanotechnology.
The three bronze medals were awarded to Nabil Sharaf, Mustafa Huwaidir and Yusuf Al-Quws for inventing a cooling system for electronic chips, converting oceanic waves into electric power and a traffic accident reporting apparatus, respectively.
Mahmoud Naqadi, deputy secretary-general of the King Abdulaziz & Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, said the event gave Saudi inventors an opportunity to showcase their capabilities to an international group of experts and businessmen.
Competing at international events will allow Saudi inventors to communicate with their counterparts, experts and businessmen will benefit them at all levels, he said.
The iENA event focused on areas including building, household, medical engineering, leisure/hobby, traffic and transport, automotive accessories, electrical engineering, electronics, environmental technology, energy technology, and general inventions for daily life.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.