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Saudi archaeological treasures will come to Riyadh after international tour

September 23, 2017 rbksa 0
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Sun, 2017-09-24 03:00
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RIYADH: Residents and visitors in Riyadh are waiting for the return of the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition of Saudi archaeological treasures, which has been exhibited in international museums since 2010.
The exhibition will arrive at the National Museum in Riyadh for 50 days starting Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the same day the Kingdom’s Antiquities Forum will be held, organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), supported by King Salman.
The exhibition concluded at the end of August at the Seoul National Museum in South Korea, the exhibition’s second stop on its Asian tour after Beijing last year, which was the eleventh stop on its international tour. The artifacts had been hosted by four European and five US cities.
In Europe, it was displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2010; La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona; the Hermitage Museum in Petersburg and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
In the US, the exhibition was hosted by the Sakler Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, followed by the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh; the Fine Art Museum in Houston, Texas; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; and finally, at the Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco.

Jeddah key destination for tourism in Kingdom
Jeddah province has topped other areas in the Kingdom as the main tourism destination in the areas of exhibitions and conferences, local media said.
Jeddah has maintained its tourism, economic and commercial importance thanks to its geographical location and proximity to international travel and trade, and foreign markets.
In the first half of the current year, Jeddah hosted 1,536 functions, or 29.9 percent of the Kingdom’s overall functions.
Jeddah’s importance also comes from its 350 shopping and commercial centers, or nearly 25 percent of the total centers in the Kingdom. For its unique location, Jeddah attracted a series of global companies, economic institutions and hotels. It also dominated other provinces in the Makkah region in hosting functions, conferences and exhibitions.
The director general of the SCTH in the Makkah region, Mohammed Al-Amri said Jeddah has 59 official locations to host functions, conferences and exhibitions, or 20 percent of the authorized locations in the Kingdom. Makkah region maintains 90 authorized locations, or 31 percent of the Kingdom’s total, he said.
He said some 1,682 functions and conferences were held in the Makkah region, where Jeddah alone held 1,536 functions.
Al-Amri attributed to the strong infrastructure in the Makkah region, in general, and Jeddah, in particular, which qualified them to host conferences and events organized by government and private sector agencies, and attended by thousands of participants from inside and outside the Kingdom.

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Saudi Housing Ministry aims to increase rate of property ownership, improve real estate sector

September 23, 2017 rbksa 0
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Arab News
Sun, 2017-09-24 03:00
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RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing has launched programs and initiatives to achieve Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
The ministry’s directives aim to give citizens the opportunity to own properties, improve the performance of the real estate sector and increase its production, promote real estate offers, and increase productivity to provide real estate properties in good condition and proper prices. The ministry has launched this directive in an attempt to achieve one of NTP’s goals to increase the rate of property ownership to 52 percent.
The ministry has signed many contracts and conventions with banks, financial institutions and real-estate developers both locally and internationally.
The ministry has continued adopting projects to provide houses for those who are in need of housing support. Currently, 46 projects providing 13,793 housing units are under development in the Kingdom, nine of which have already been delivered in Riyadh, Makkah, Sharkiyah, Qasim, Jawf and Baha.
The ministry is also working to establish infrastructure to provide water, roads, lighting, gardens and spaces for schools and other projects for these units.
The ministry also aims to regulate the rental sector to ensure the rights of the rental parties (landlord and tenant), through a high-tech electronic platform.
One of the ministry’s programs aims to find solutions for the many challenges facing the rental sector, which represents half the housing sector in the Kingdom, in order to create a safe and sustainable housing environment.
The program also aims to reduce obstacles that delay projects and find a proper environment that attracts investments in this sector.

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Afterschool Announces ICO, Set to Decentralize Platform using Blockchain

September 23, 2017 will 0

Afterschool, a two-sided after school activity marketplace based in Dubai, announces its ICO starting on September 26, 2017, by issuing its own digital currency. The four-week crowdsale which is expected to raise a minimum investment of $1 million up to 50,000 ETH, will be the company’s first step towards its goal to decentralize its marketplace… View Article

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Kass Warns: “The Scent Of Group Stink Is As Strong As In 2000 & 2007”

September 23, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

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Criminals Target CMS Systems to Deploy Malicious Monero Mining Tools

September 23, 2017 BitNewz.net 0

TheMerkle Monero Mining CMS SteganographyCybercriminals all over the world have taken a liking to Bitcoin over the past few years. Up to this point, it remains unclear as to why that is, considering Bitcoin has no privacy or anonymity features whatsoever. However, it seems the tide is slowly turning and Monero is quickly becoming the new go-to cryptocurrency in this regard. Especially when it comes to mining Monero, criminals are coming up with increasingly crafty solutions. Malicious Cryptocurrency Mining Efforts Intensify Given the recent surge in Monero mining-related scripts on websites, it is not entirely surprising to see criminals take a keen interest in this new

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NFL Chief Lashes Out At “Divisive, Disrespectful” Trump Over “Son Of A Bitch” Comment

September 23, 2017 Tyler Durden 0

Update: Trump’s comments have elicited some responses from NFL players also…

DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association

We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports. pic.twitter.com/Ec3Bc4qt9h
— DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) September 23, 2017

Lesean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills

It’s really sad man … our president is a asshole
— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017

Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions

Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports? Smh.
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) September 23, 2017

Chris Conley of the Kansas City Chiefs

“Stick to sports boy… Sit down and do what your told. Say or do something we don’t like and your fired” Well I hate to break it to ya…
— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) September 23, 2017

George Iloka of the Cincinnati Bengals

I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll ????
— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 23, 2017

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks

The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017

 

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As we detailed earlier, after warming up the Alabama crowd Friday night with a recitation of Trump’s Greatest hits (attacks on Hillary Clinton, intransigent Republicans in Congress and, of course, the president’s love of Roll Tide football), Trump abruptly went off on a tangent about the NFL and the growing number of players who are following former San Francisco 49ers back-up QB Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the National Anthem, purportedly to protest racial injustice in the US.

In remarks that predictably provoked a chorus of outrage in the left wing media Saturday, Trump said that NFL owners should fire players like Kaepernick – whom the president implied was a “son of a b***h” for “disrespecting our heritage” by refusing to stand for the anthem – who engage in gametime protests, adding that any owner who did so would become “the most popular person in the country – at least for a week.” He then asked his supporters to leave the stadium if they see players protesting during games, adding that walkouts would force NFL franchise owners to confront the protests.

“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”

 

“I’d love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He’s fired.”

Of course, even the suggestion that the league engage in the active suppression of speech (as if it isn’t doing that already) was enough to provoke an outraged response from Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In a statement issued Saturday morning, Goodell said Trump’s “divisive” comments “demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.  There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. 

 

Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Unfortunately for Goodell, Trump has a point about the popularity (or rather, unpopularity) of political protests at sporting events, and their impact on the NFL’s ratings.

As Free Market Shooter pointed out in a Saturday post, ratings truly are down across the NFL, and surveys have suggested that the drop is tied to controversial protests, which have alienated many of the white, working-class fans that comprise the league’s fan base.

Though Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned by any NFL team, other players are continuing the “protest” trend that he started. However, since Kaepernick first refused to stand for the anthem last year, attendance at the team’s games, and its ratings, have declined.

A recent J.D. Power survey shows that the national anthem protests are directly to blame for declining ratings.

The group surveyed 9,200 fans (a sample of 1,000 is usually used in political polling), and 26% of them said they had turned the games off due to the national protests alone.

As Free Market Shooter concludes, at the end of the day, the NFL is facing a number of headwinds that have led to a decline in ratings.  High prices of the game itself, both for the home consumer and the fans in stadium seats, are certainly what gets the ball rolling on fans choosing to tuning out.  Combine that with questions on the quality of the game, accessibility, and a litany of other factors not mentioned here (including the commissioner’s punishments of players and concussion fears), and it seems the political antics of some players is just one of many aspects that has led to the NFL’s sharp ratings drop.

However, when a Trump-voting US military veteran is sitting at home, pissed off about how his team is 0-2, angry that his cable bill is eating into his disability payments, upset that the game “isn’t what it used to be,” and he turns on the game just before kickoff to see a player doing this while the National Anthem is being sung…

…it just might be the straw that breaks this guy’s back and gets him to tune out of this week’s game.  Given the NFL’s current predicament regarding viewership, political antics from players are the last thing the league needs right now. 

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For anyone who has been following the Kaepernick saga, the hypocrisy in Goodell’s statement should be strikingly obvious. NFL owners have, in effect, already acquiesced to Trump’s demands that they fire protesting players: case in point, Kaepernick has been blackballed from the league after opting out of his contract with the 49ers back in March.

But then again, hypocrisy is nothing new to the NFL.
 

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