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21/03/2019

Triple gold medalist used to graze cows in Kenya

Onesmus Mutinda's is a true success story of Special Olympics World Games. Coming from a poor Kenyan family with six siblings to feed, Mutinda has stood tall against all challenges that life has thrown at him. Mutinda won three gold medals in athletics events of 4x400m relay, 10,000m run and half marathon held in Dubai. Winning medals and prize money is a way of beating poverty for people like Mutinda.  His head coach Anthony Mwangi said 20-year-old Mutinda has potential to compete in mainstream athletics. "He started running some five years back. He is from a very local area of...
21/03/2019

Abu Dhabi bids colourful farewell to more than 7,500 special athletes

The UAE as the host of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has scripted a new chapter of inclusion, acceptance and a more unified world. In two weeks of holding the largest-ever humanitarian event of 2019 the UAE executed to perfection its two-year-long plan. After hosting the most-unified games ever and setting new benchmark, the UAE passed the baton to Sweden but with a resolution that the journey towards an all-inclusive world continues. The Games saw some 7,500 athletes display never-seen emotions during the competitions and on the podium too. They lent a helping hand to the fallen, became...
21/03/2019

UAE has shown the power of inclusion: Special Olympics chairman

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, founded the Special Olympics in 1968. After 50 years, the movement has got bigger, better and stronger with Abu Dhabi edition under Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Timothy Jr, the third generation Shriver, said the entire family is part of the process from the birth and support each World Games. "We are some 25-30 family members - two sisters, 15 cousins, uncles and aunts - here in Abu Dhabi. I am here with my wife and nine-month-old son. This is his first international trip," he noted about...

21/03/2019

48-year-old gymnast ready for Berlin Games

For 48-year-old Tonya Cornett, sports is a way of life. The American has tried her hands at half-a-dozen of them. Tonya from Kentucky is a veteran gymnast and won five medals now - 2 silver and 3 bronze - at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. And her next aim is Berlin Games 2023. "I was always into sports. I started with softball but I couldn't hit well. I tried cricket but it had a bigger bat. I had to quit. Those were sad days. But I continued. You can't give up like that. I did bowling, downhill skiing,...
21/03/2019

UAE travellers hit by Jet Airways woes

Indian travellers from the UAE are hit hard as the Jet Airways woes mount up, resulting in many of the cash-strapped airline's flights getting cancelled. The 25-year-old Jet, reeling under mounting debts of more than $1 billion, has been forced to ground a total of 78 of its 119 aircraft after failing to pay lenders and aircraft lessors. To add to it, the April 1 deadline given by the carrier's pilots - who had been unpaid for more than three months - is approaching and passengers are facing more inconvenience. The airline had been operating 11 flights daily from Dubai...
21/03/2019

Unpaid and stranded sailors in UAE seek justice

Stranded in the sea for over two years, the plight of 10 sailors onboard a cargo vessel off the Sharjah waters are worsening by day. Sick and unpaid for months, the crewmen of MV Azraqmoiah have been forced to live under deplorable conditions at sea. "We are collapsing, physically and emotionally," one of the crewmen said. "How long will we wait? For how long will we live away from our families? We are human beings," Gurunathan, chief engineer, told Khaleej Times over the phone. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Gurunathan has been stranded on the ship for 18 months and has...

21/03/2019

Yemen: The forgotten story of Special Olympics 2019

Among the 190 nations and 7,500 athletes who participated at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, an international event that has always been about inspirational stories of determination, there was a forgotten story of one country and its four athletes: Yemen. The last time Yemen participated at the Special Olympics World Games was 10 years ago in Idaho, United States. The Yemeni delegation in Idaho in 2009 was 70-strong, while the delegation here was 61 members smaller, at only nine, four of whom are athletes: Mohsen Qasem, Aidaros Mohammad, Ekram Sallam and Nemah Khalid. The Yemeni delegation in...
21/03/2019

President of Montenegro receives delegation from Ministry of Education

MONTENEGRO, 21st March, 2019 (WAM) -- Milo Dukanovic, President of Montenegro, received, in the capital Podgorica, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, and his delegation, which is visiting Montenegro. During the meeting, both sides discussed the cooperation in the public and higher education sectors between the UAE and Montenegro. The visit aims to promote discussions on education and transfer the UAE’s educational experience, as well as to encourage cooperation between higher education institutions and universities, and promote technical and vocational education. The ministry’s delegation, headed by Al Hammadi, began its tour by meeting Damir Sehovic, Minister of...
21/03/2019

Suqia supports Special Olympics with 38,000 water bottles

DUBAI, 21st March, 2019 (WAM) -- The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is supporting the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Suqia, in cooperation with Mai Dubai, provides 38,000 water bottles to around 7,000 athletes in the world’s largest humanitarian sports event. The water bottles are provided to delegations during their commutes throughout the Olympics from 14th to 21st March 2019. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Suqia, said:"We are proud to support the Special Olympics World Games, which Abu Dhabi is hosting...

21/03/2019

Get up to 25% discount on Dubai traffic fines this May

The Dubai Police on Wednesday reminded motorists that they can avail of discounts on traffic fines during the Year of Tolerance. Motorists can get up to 100% reduction on total accumulated traffic fines if they avoid committing violations for 12 months. Prior to that, the first discount will be issued in the month of May, slashing 25 per cent off traffic fines. In a tweet, the Dubai Police reminded motorists to abide by road rules in order to avail of the increasing discount. Motorists who do not commit any violation for three months will be able to get 25 per...
21/03/2019

Photos: Sheikh Mohammed visits Art Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai today visited the Art Dubai exhibition. Featuring over 500 artists from over 40 countries and over 90 contemporary galleries, the renowned art show runs from March 20-23  at Madinat Jumeirah. During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that the UAE's values of openness and tolerance have made the country a home for artists and an incubator for talent and innovation, as well as raised Dubai's position as one of the world's most prominent hubs for creativity. He expressed his happiness at the...
21/03/2019

IGCF provides solution-focused approach on societal challenges

By: Hatem Mohamed SHARJAH, 21st March, 2019 (WAM) -- Influencers from across the world wrapped up two days of thoughtful sessions at the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) 2019 in Sharjah today. Organised by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, IGCF focused on the contemporary challenges of government communication regionally and globally and explored solutions which can enhance communications in the future. "The International Government Communication Forum is so special in itself. I have been in so many places around the world; but it’s very rare to find a government so challenging itself in such a public way; requesting people from...