Saudi Arabia archaeological award-winners named

Updated 03 November 2017

Saudi Arabia archaeological award-winners named

JEDDAH: The General Secretariat of the Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari Award announced winners of the first session of the award which honors pioneers and young archaeologists in the field of archaeological research and field work in Saudi Arabia.
The prize aims to improve archaeological research and create a positive spirit of competition between male and female researchers at the local and international levels.
The award was named after Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari, the leading archaeologist in the Kingdom and the dean of Saudi archaeologists. He was the first Saudi to study archaeology at the University of Leeds.
After returning from his studies in 1966, Al-Ansari joined King Saud University and worked on the establishment of a department for teaching archaeology in the department of history at the faculty of arts, which later evolved into an independent department and then a college.

The winners were as follows:
First: Pioneers of Saudi archaeologists:
Al-Turath Charity: For its pioneering role in the restoration of national antiquities from outside the Kingdom and its contributions in the field of archaeological site development.
The late Abd Al-Qudus Al-Ansari: One of the most prominent archaeologists, and for his archaeology-related writings and investigations.
The late Mohammed bin Bleihd: For writing two books on antiquities.
• The late Hamad Al-Jasser: For his scientific production in the geography, history and heritage of the Kingdom.
Abdullah bin Hassan Masri: For his efforts in establishing the antiquities department at the Ministry of Education and working on the development of archaeological activity in the Kingdom.
Second: Pioneers among Non-Saudi archaeologists:
Abdullah Philby: For his leadership in serving the history, geography and antiquities of the Kingdom.
Third: Young researchers of Saudi archaeologists:
Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Al-Zahrani: From the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) for his PhD thesis which he received from the British University of York.
Khalid bin Fayez Al-Asmari: From the College of Tourism and Archaeology, King Saud University, on his master’s thesis at King Saud University.
Fourth: Young researchers among non-Saudi archaeologists:
Romolo Loreto (Italy): For his efforts in the excavation project in Dumat Al-Jundal.
Jerome Rohmer (France): For his efforts in the project of archaeological excavations in Mada’in Saleh, and for leading the scientific team at the Thaj archaeological site in the Eastern Province.


Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

Updated 33 min 15 sec ago

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

RIYADH: In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, governments around the world introduced strict measures to curb its spread.

Due to the unavailability of a vaccine against the virus, social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

And with stringent coronavirus measures, companies have made arrangements for employees to work from home. As there is no clarity about an end to this viral outbreak, debate on work-life balance has been ignited.

A new study titled “How COVID-19 changed the way people work” — conducted by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky — reveals how quarantine has influenced how people work from home.

The “new normal” that workers are now facing is starting to have an impact on their work-life balance.

Nearly a third (31 percent) of workers said they are spending more time working than they did before. However, 46 percent said they have increased the amount of time they spend on personal activities.

This increased time on “personal activities” may be attributed to the fact that many people do not have to spend time commuting.

The study added that it has become harder for workers to separate working and personal activity, especially when it comes to IT.

It further stated that 55 percent of workers are now reading more news compared with life before the pandemic.

Workers are also developing a habit of using personal services for work, increasing digital risks, including the disclosure of sensitive information. 

Some 42 percent of employees use personal email accounts for work-related matters, and 49 percent admit their usage has increased when working from home. 

“Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services. It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity and security. To achieve this, a company should provide access to services based on the principle of only supplying minimal and necessary privileges, implement a VPN and use secure and approved corporate systems,” said Andrey Evdokimov, chief information security officer at Kaspersky.

He added: “These types of software may have certain restrictions that slightly reduce usability, but offer greater assurances in providing security measures.”

Dr. Waquar Ahmad Khan, an assistant professor at Taibah University, Madinah told Arab News: “The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent work-from-home imperatives and lockdowns have led to significant changes in the workings and lifestyles.”

He highlighted that working from home has both positive and negative aspects. 

“Being an academic I can say that teaching is an occupation with low suitability to work from home. To teach remotely without socializing can compromise both teachers and students’ academic performance and mental health,” he said.

There are other issues from the new working culture. Support from colleagues is now harder to find, at least face-to-face, he said, adding that anxieties about the public health issues itself are high.

Dr. Majed Al-Hedayan, a legal expert, told Arab News that the pandemic has led to a restructuring of the concept of job commitments.

“It has become an ambitious and optimistic view contrary to what it was before the pandemic that the performance of workers was below the level of ambition,” he added.

“This motivates public and private entities to adopt a methodology for remote working in the coming period after the pandemic,” said Al-Hedayan.