Queen Rania: There is no time to waste on education reform August 29, 2016

Amman, Aug 28 (Petra) –– Her Majesty Queen Rania said Sunday there is no time to waste when it comes to reforming Jordan’s education system, adding that every year lost without carrying out essential reforms means depriving a large group of students of good quality education.

The Queen made the remarks during a discussion about education challenges at the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) with a group of teachers and"...

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Jordanian cardiologists perform laparoscopic open-heart surgery August 29, 2016

Amman, Aug 28 (Petra) -- A Jordanian medical team has performed the first laparoscopic open-heart surgery in the Kingdom by making small incisions in the side of the chest during the operation that took place at the Jordan University Hospital.

"Surgeons operated between the ribs and did not split the breastbone (sternotomy), which results in less pain and a quicker recovery than traditional surgery as well as less likely post-operational"...

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RJ grants the Children’s Museum an RJ-branded float August 29, 2016

Amman, Aug 28, (Petra) - Royal Jordanian granted the Children’s Museum/Jordan a float in the shape of an aircraft, the one RJ used when it participated in the parade held in June on the occasion of the centennial of the Great Arab Revolt.

The float will be displayed in a special area in the museum, called "Around the World", which shows smaller models of several Jordanian and international tourism attractions, such as Petra, the Eiffel"...

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Farmers plant winter crops on 2.31 million dunums — DoS August 29, 2016

AMMAN — Some 2.31 million dunums have been planted with winter crops in mountainous areas this season, a 6.2 per cent increase compared to last year, the Department of Statistics (DoS) announced on Sunday.

In a report on the preliminary outcomes of a survey on agricultural areas, DoS said in a statement that 144,300 dunums had been cultivated with vegetables, up by 8.5 per cent from 133,000 in 2015.

Meanwhile,"...

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UPDATE 2-IMF approves $723 million loan to Jordan

The International Monetary Fund has approved a $723 million loan facility to Jordan in a three-year programme to support economic and financial reforms aimed at lowering public debt and accelerating growth, it said on Wednesday. The IMF said in a statement the first $72.3 million tranche was to be paid immediately, and the remaining amount would be disbursed over the duration of the programme. "This program aims at advancing fiscal consolidation to lower public debt and broad structural reforms to enhance the conditions for more inclusive growth," the IMF said, adding that the executive board...

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Farmers plant winter crops on 2.31 million dunums — DoS
August 29, 2016

AMMAN — Some 2.31 million dunums have been planted with winter crops in mountainous areas this season, a 6.2 per cent increase compared to last year, the Department of Statistics (DoS) announced on Sunday.

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Municipality sets parking times in downtown Amman
August 29, 2016

AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on Sunday set parking hours for shoppers in downtown Amman following protests by shop owners over strict regulations.

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8,000 teachers learn new classroom skills over summer — USAID
August 29, 2016

AMMAN — Some 8,000 primary school teachers from across Jordan learned new methods to teach reading and maths over the summer, USAID said on Sunday. The Ministry of Education developed improved teaching and learning materials"...

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