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... Queen Rania attends charity banquet* Her Majesty Queen Rania attended a dinner banquet on Monday with Chairman and Founder of the- "Jewel That is Jordan" classic car tour,-Mr Jonathon Lyons, and Senator Akel Biltaji. The revenue of the banquet, attended by owners of classic cars from all over the world as well Jordanian businessmen and officials, will go to al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans, which the queen launched in 2003. Chairperson of the Fund's board of trustees, Lina Qubti,- briefed the participants on the objectives of the fund which finances education and training programs for orphans at the age of 18.- Jawhara graduation * Minister of Political Development, Muhammad Al-Ouran presided over the 7th graduation ceremony of Jawhara School, at Al-Hussein Sport City's Cultural Palace. School Headmaster Faris Hawari attended the event, which included a speech by his deputy Samar Darwazah in which she congratulated the students on their achievements.Circassian annual festival* Princess Sanaa Assim, inaugurated the Circassian annual festival. The event, organized by the Circassian Society, included a speech by its president Mazen Shabsough, folkloric dancing and plays. Al-Oroubah votes for Petra *Al-Oroubah School's students and teachers gathered in front of the Treasury in the ancient city of Petra to participate in the countrywide campaign to vote for Petra as one of the new Seven Wonders of the world. No pressure on Iraqis* At a meeting with president and members of the Iraqi parliament's expatriates and displaced Committee, Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Abdul Hadi Majali denied that Jordan had taken measures to pressure Iraqis arriving in Jordan through border posts. Head of the Iraqi delegation Abdul Khaliq Zankana, valued the humanitarian role played by Jordan to serve Iraq and Iraqi citizens in Jordan, he expressed understanding of measures taken by Jordan against those who violate the law, calling on the Jordanian government and parliament to work towards facilitating measures related to the entry of Iraqis into Jordan. Omariyah graduation *Deputizing for Mayor of Amman Omar Maani, Dr Zaid Mheisen presided over the 14th graduation ceremony of al-Omariyah School, in the presence of its headmaster Dr Kamal Rashid. The ceremony included art performances and farewell speeches by graduates.Iraqi Water Conference Starts*Iraqi Water Conference "Road to the year 2050" started in Amman on Tuesday with the participation of Iraqi and international officials and experts. The 3-day conference discussed the current status of the water resources in Iraq and means of benefiting from the regional and international expertise in this regard. RSS and WHO cooperation agreement*President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El-Hassan, on Tuesday attended the signing of a cooperation agreement between RSS and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the safe usage of gray water in Gaza Camp for agricultural purposes. The agreement aims at implementing WHO's standards of gray water usage for agricultural purposes and at setting up strategies to decrease the negative impact of using this kind of water by increasing the awareness at the medical and environmental levels.Hope Films*The Spanish embassy in partnership with Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC), has launched Hope Films, to produce a series of short documentaries focused on the themes of hope, survival, and endurance. The productions will be screened at various cultural events and festivals in selected countries. "With Hope Films, we want filmmakers from those communities to become the storytellers," said Hazim Bitar, founder and coordinator of AFC. Japan grants water project* In the presence of Minister of Water & Irrigation, Thafer Al-Alem, and Ambassador of Japan Shigenobu Kato, the groundbreaking ceremony to improve current water supply conditions in the Zarqa district was held on Monday. The JD3.14 million Japanese aid project aims at renovating existing pipes and pumps stations; enhancing the capacity of reservoirs; increasing actual water availability through reduction of leakage; distributing water at an appropriate pressure; and ensuring fair distribution through optimum management. Talhouni receives credentials* Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khaldoun Al-Talhoni received on Sunday a copy of the credentials of the newly appointed Libyan Ambassador Muhammad Elbargathi.Telecom strike ends*A two-day strike by staff and workers, which hit Jordan Telecom Group (JT), ended Tuesday after-an agreement was reached whereby JT agreed to pay its employees special compensations for extra hours, an additional JD10 bonus for next year, a one time compensation of JD180 for workers who earn less than JD500 monthly, and JD90 for workers who earn more than JD500 monthly. The strike by the 3,000 employees caused JT a loss of JD2 million on the first day.FZ in the south*Jordan Free Zones Corporation Director General Mahmoud Qteishat on Monday announced that studies are currently under way to establish a free zone in the southern part of the Kingdom. The studies are part of the corporation's next 5-year plan. At present, the corporation is running five free zones capitalized at JD235 million, with total revenues reaching JD1.7 billion while the value of goods entering the free zones reached JD2 billion.For the Record : Local news and events

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:May 22, 2007
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