32 countries to participate in Saudi Media Forum

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi. (AN file photo)
Updated 30 October 2019

32 countries to participate in Saudi Media Forum

  • The event will discuss a number of important issues including the future of the media industry

RYADH: The organizing committee of the Saudi Media Forum announced that more than 1,000 media professionals and experts from 32 countries will attend the event, which will be held from Dec. 2 to 3.
The president of the forum, Mohammed bin Fahd Al-Harthi, said that the large participation of different countries reflects the great interest of the media to follow everything that happens in the Kingdom. He added that the forum, which will be held under the umbrella of the Saudi Journalists Association, received many requests from international media outlets to participate.
Al-Harthi said that the event, which is being held in Riyadh for the first time, will discuss a number of important issues, including the future of the media industry, its role in shaping public opinion and its impact on society. The forum will shed light on the digital transformation in media institutions, the future of the television industry in the era of on-demand viewing and cross-border media campaigns.

 


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.