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... Jordan asks nomination support*Jordan officially asked the Arab League Council's 126th session to support its nomination of HRH Prince Zeid Bin Raad for the UN General Secretary post to succeed Kofi Annan, as a pan-Arab nomination. Jordan's permanent representative to the Arab League Omar Rifai handed tonight a memorandum in this regard to the Arab League secretary general. Earlier today, acting representative of Jordan to the UN handed the current Security Council President Adamintios Vasilakis a letter from Foreign Minister Abdul Ilah Khatib informing him of the Jordanian government's decision to nominate HRH to the UN General Secretary post.Judicial delegation visits Germany *A delegation of high-ranking judges and officials of the Jordanian Ministry of Justice are on a study visit to Germany from September 2 -- 9, at the invitation of the German Foundation for International Legal Co-operation. During their stay in Germany, the delegation is scheduled to visit the German Federal Ministry of Justice, the German Parliament, the Association of German Judges, the Ministry of Justice of the Federal State of Brandenburg, as well as different German courts. The members of the Jordanian delegation are discussing with their German counterparts issues of joint concern and exploring the potential of co-operation between the two countries in the judicial area. PSUT receives Amman's Mayor *Mayor of Amman, Mr Omar Al-Maani, visited the Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT), where he was received by Dr Hisham Ghassib, president of PSUT; faculties heads; and the consultant to PSUT's chairman of the Board of Trustees. Maani expressed his warm thanks to the university's administration for its kind hospitality. He stated that he was deeply impressed by the high standard of the educational programs that the university has to offer, and with the social programs that it organizes for its students. Ghassib thanked Maani for the genuine interest he takes in the university and its development, and as a token of his appreciation he handed Maani a PSUT plaque. JFBPW receive Best Practice Award *Under the patronage of HRH Prince Faisal Bin Al-Hussein, a ceremony was held on Aug. 30 to present the "Mark of Best Practice Award" to four winning business associations; one of these awards was presented to the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women (JFBPW). It is worth mentioning that JFBPW is a voluntary business association established in 1976 and is considered one of the most active non-governmental organizations in Jordan. The forum raises the motto of businesswomen to motivate them towards active change. Its activities have covered different socio-economic targets for its members in particular and women in general. The forum's mission is to be the platform that develops, empowers, and advocates business and professional women in Jordan. German Embassy*The German embassy in Amman announced that Mr Hans-Udo Muzel, is assuming his job as the new Counsellor and Deputy-Head of its Mission in Amman. Before his new post, Muzel worked at the German embassy in Kuwait over the past two and half years. He speaks fluent Arabic and has plans and ideas to cooperate with local journalists. Winter time on Oct.27* Jordan will revert to wintertime on Friday, October 27, according to a Cabinet decision. Director of Planning and Media Spokesperson at the Energy Ministry Mahmoud Al-Eiss denied that the government intends to change the said date due to the holy month of Ramadan. He said that power saving as a result of the summer timing in 2006 would amount to JD6 million.Jordan's pavilion at Damascus Expo*Minister of Industry and Trade Sharif Zu'bi on Monday said that Syria is a strategic economic and trade partner for Jordan. In a statement on the sidelines of the Damascus International Fair inauguration, he described the Jordanian-Syrian economic relations as excellent.Zu'bi pointed out that volume of trade exchange between the two countries reached $450 million last year. He said that the agreements signed between the two countries through the Joint Jordanian-Syrian Higher Committee in Damascus on June 25-28 this year, contributed to increasing the trade exchange between the two brotherly countries.Concerning the Jordanian participation in the fair, Zubi said that 16 Jordanian firms are participating in Damascus Fair.Deputies' sit-in for Lebanon *The Lower House of Parliament organized on Monday a sit-in in solidarity with the Lebanese people and parliamentarians against the Israeli aggression. Parliament Speaker Abdul Hadi Majali said, in a speech delivered during the sit-in, that this stance comes within Jordan's supportive measures towards the Lebanese people in face of the Israeli aggression. He also called on all parliamentary unions and commissions to announce solidarity with the Lebanese people by lifting the blockade imposed by Israel and condemning the Israeli continued aggression on the Lebanese and the Palestinian peoples.Beckett visits hospitalized tourists*British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said that she was extremely saddened to learn about the fatal shooting of a British tourist in Amman on Monday in which two other British nationals were also injured.In a statement carried out by the British embassy's website, the minister expressed gratitude to the Jordanian authorities for their prompt and efficient response in handing the incident."Our Embassy in Amman is offering every possible assistance to those involved. We are grateful to the Jordanian authorities for their prompt and efficient response and we will continue to offer our full support," said the statement.The British minister made a stopover in Amman while passing Jordan on a transit trip and gave her remarks after visiting the hospitalized tourists to enquire about their health conditions.Jordan to participate in CIEIT*Jordan is due to participate in the coming China International Expo for Investment and Trade (CIEIT) to be held September 8-11 in Xiamen in East China's Fujian Province.Executive Director of Jordan Investment Board Maan Nsour, due to head the Jordanian delegation, said that this is an opportunity to introduce Jordanian economic and investment potentials to Chinese and other world businessmen and investors.CIEIT is a significant expo, organized by United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, in addition to a global participation; it is expected to attract about 10,000 participants from 100 countries around the world. 'Peace Cycle 2006' in Amman Under the theme "Peace Cycle 2006" some 22 cyclists arrived in Amman from London, through central Europe, on their way to Occupied Jerusalem, in the aim of promoting peace in the Middle East.Participants headed to the United Nations Development Program headquarters (UNDP) on Tuesday for a peaceful demonstration before continuing on to Occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday. Mona Haidar, Jordan's UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, received the 22 participants to share their concerns about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel's refusal to comply with the UN's resolution declaring the occupation of Palestinian lands illegal under international law.Lawzi appointed HMC president *The Cabinet on Tuesday appointed Nasser Al-Lawzi as President of the Higher Media Council (HMC) after accepting the resignation of its current President,-Ibrahim Izzeddine. The government also appointed Sima Bahhouth as chairman of the board of directors of Royal Jordanian, in addition to appointing other members of the board, including Samer Majali as vice chairman of the board.AKAGM donates to KHCF*The King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) on Monday received an Opel Classic from Abu Khader Automotive and General Motors (AKAGM) for the Hospice and Palliative Home Care Service at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC)KHCF Director General HRH Princess Dina Mired received the donated car, presented by General Manager of Abu Khader Automotive Raed Muti. "The addition of the new Opel Classic car will allow the Hospice and Palliative Care team at KHCC to visit terminally ill patients whose conditions do not permit them to leave their homes, and provide them with comprehensive medical, social and spiritual care that would allow them to spend their last few days in dignity amongst their families", Princess Dina explained.For the Record : Local news and events

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