Catch them young to hone their talent, say experts

Updated 20 March 2016

Catch them young to hone their talent, say experts

JEDDAH: Wajih Al-Maghrabi, chairman of the panel of judges for the national Olympics for scientific innovation, organized by King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), revealed that a number of organizations in the Kingdom are putting in place mechanisms to discover innovators at an early age.
“We lack the correct mechanism to reach these innovators,” he said. “Studies confirm the importance of early discovery of giftedness because it might lead to 80 percent of future inventors.” He said that Saudi creations over the past 10 years confirm that the Kingdom is moving in the right direction. He confirmed the importance of doing more work in this field because it is the only way for distinction.
During an event organized by the cultural committee for the Riyadh International Book Fair, he said: “We should realize that our people are creative. We should ask ourselves why our scholarship students excel abroad but we don’t discover them early on in the Kingdom."
Young Saudis presented their scientific achievements, starting with Hassan Al-Balawi, a Ph.D. scholarship student in electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the US. He participated in the science stars program and won first place for inventing a “wake cap.” His research focuses on brain and computer sciences.
Mohammed Awwad Al-Zaydi, founder and director of operations at the Visual Experiment Company, talked about inventing the 3D virtual guidebook. It took him eight months to make his first model which will be available commercially.
Mohammed Al-Sharif, a former journalist, who received the title of “most determined person in the Kingdom,” beat more than 11,000 competitors in the third issue of the award. He told those present that he was in an accident that caused fractures in his face and spinal cord. Doctors in Germany said he would never walk again, but he is walking and uses a wheelchair only on occasions.
Hannan Nasser Abdul Rahman Abu Humaid, who is 16 and a high school student, talked about her research which handles the effect of electromagnetic rays on the brain. She chose fine rays that affect people such as mobile phones and WiFi, as well as radio and microwaves. These rays are stored in the brain and might cause headaches and cancer. She said her invention is a chip to absorb electromagnetic rays.
Mohammed Omar Balbeid, executive director for the Arab Scientific Club, talked about a smart mouse for people with disabilities. It was launched as an invention that moves with the movement of the head and has been developed to follow the movement of the eyes.
Saeed Al-Saeed talked about his invention which is related to water-cooling systems for computers by using thermoelectricity.

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

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Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted.

Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

There will be an easing of the full lockdown measures in Makkah from June 21 and prayers at the city's mosques will be permitted.

The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it.


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