Le prince héritier Mohammed bin Salman dévoile le plan directeur de Soudah Peaks

RIYAD, Arabie Saoudite, 27 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Son Altesse Royale, le prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Premier ministre et président de Soudah Development, a dévoilé le plan directeur pour développer un nouveau projet dans la région montagneuse de Soudah et certaines parties de Rijal Almaa. Le projet Soudah Peaks prévoit la création d’une destination de tourisme de montagne de luxe à 3015 mètres d’altitude, sur le plus haut sommet d’Arabie saoudite. Situé dans un environnement naturel et culturel extraordinaire dans la région d’Asir, dans le sud-ouest de l’Arabie saoudite, le projet sert d’élément clé des efforts du Fonds d’investissement public (PIF) visant à diversifier l’économie en développant des industries vitales telles que le tourisme, l’hôtellerie et les loisirs, et en soutenant la stratégie de développement d’Asir.

Le prince héritier Mohammed bin Salman, président du conseil d’administration de Soudah Development, a déclaré que Soudah Peaks représentait une nouvelle ère du tourisme de montagne de luxe, dans la mesure où il propose une expérience de vie sans précédent tout en préservant l’environnement naturel et la richesse culturelle et patrimoniale. Ce projet est stratégiquement conforme aux objectifs de la Vision 2030, à savoir développer le tourisme et les loisirs, soutenir la croissance économique, attirer les investissements, contribuer à hauteur de plus de 29 milliards de riyals saoudiens au PIB cumulé du Royaume et créer des milliers de possibilités d’emploi directes et indirectes.

Et son altesse royale d’ajouter : « Le plan directeur réaffirme notre engagement aux efforts mondiaux visant à préserver l’environnement et les ressources naturelles pour les générations futures à contribuer à la diversification des sources de revenus nationaux et à la construction d’une économie solide qui attire les investissements locaux et mondiaux ».

« Soudah Peaks sera une addition importante au secteur du tourisme en Arabie saoudite et placera le Royaume sur la carte du tourisme mondial, tout en célébrant la richesse de la culture et du patrimoine du pays. Les visiteurs auront l’occasion de découvrir la beauté de Soudah Peaks, d’explorer la richesse de sa culture et de son patrimoine, et de vivre l’expérience de l’hospitalité authentique de la communauté locale. Soudah Peaks proposera des expériences inoubliables dans un cadre verdoyant, au-dessus des nuages », a indiqué le prince héritier.

Soudah Peaks vise à fournir des services d’hospitalité luxueux et haut de gamme à plus de deux millions de visiteurs tout au long de l’année d’ici à 2033. Le plan directeur est conçu de manière à refléter les styles traditionnels et architecturaux locaux et à promouvoir le patrimoine culturel et paysager de la région. La destination comptera six zones de développement uniques : Tahlal, Sahab, Sabrah, Jareen, Rijal et Red Rock. Chacune d’entre elles disposera d’une gamme d’installations de classe mondiale, notamment des hôtels, des stations de montagne de luxe, des chalets résidentiels, des villas, des manoirs haut de gamme, des attractions commerciales et de divertissement, ainsi que des attractions en plein air dédiées au sport, à l’aventure, au bien-être et à la culture.

Soudah Development fournira 2700 chambres d’hôtel, 1336 unités résidentielles et 80 000 mètres carrés d’espace commercial pour Soudah Peaks d’ici à 2033. Le plan directeur sera développé sur trois phases. L’achèvement de la première phase est prévu pour 2027 avec 940 chambres d’hôtel, 391 unités résidentielles et 32 000 mètres carrés d’espace commercial.

Soudah Peaks s’étend sur plus de 627 kilomètres carrés surplombant un paysage naturel impressionnant, avec moins de 1 % des terrains acquis à des fins de construction. Il reflète en effet l’engagement de Soudah Development à protéger et à préserver l’environnement, en adoptant les meilleures normes de développement durable, et en contribuant aux efforts de l’Initiative verte saoudienne.

En tant que société par actions fermée appartenant au PIF, Soudah Development vise à développer une destination touristique de montagne de luxe unique en Arabie Saoudite, tout en préservant l’environnement naturel et le patrimoine culturel de la zone du projet répartie sur Soudah et certaines parties de Rijal Almaa.

À propos de Soudah Development
Soudah Development est une société anonyme fermée entièrement détenue par le Fonds d’investissement public (PIF) de l’Arabie saoudite. Elle a été créée pour stimuler le développement d’une destination touristique de montagne de luxe, couvrant Soudah et certaines parties de Rijal Almaa, dans la région d’Asir, au sud-ouest de l’Arabie saoudite. Elle vise à préserver le paysage naturel et à respecter le riche patrimoine culturel de la région, en attirant 2 millions de visiteurs chaque année d’ici à 2033. Le développement de Soudah a été annoncé le 24 février 2021 par SAR le prince héritier Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Premier ministre et président du PIF.

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter les liens suivants :
Sites électroniques : www.soudah.sa et www.soudahpeaks.com
Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn et Facebook : @Soudahpeaks
Ou par email : press@soudah.sa

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Contacts:
Mohammed A. Alshehri
Press@soudah.sa

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10 areas of the aerospace industry to be disrupted by AI tools

DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The use of AI in aviation goes beyond customer support chatbots and price comparison tools for travelers. While these applications will definitely stay and become ubiquitous, the real disruption will come from optimizing the “hard” areas of aviation – from revenue management to evaluating the likelihood of a strike. Chairman of Avia Solutions Group Gediminas Ziemelis shares his predictions regarding the areas where AI in aviation will make a massive difference.

  1. Unlocking true dynamic pricing. In the airline business, revenue management has never been an easy game, but the stakes are even higher in the post-COVID world. According to IATA, the average profit margin per passenger today is truly razor-thin – just $2.25, compared to double-digit numbers in 2019. AI can help improve the tough task of analyzing historical data and calculating the right price, taking into account the client’s location and a myriad of other factors. While larger airlines will probably opt for building their own solutions in-house, there’s already a growing number of carriers partnering with the likes of AirGain – an AI-driven predictive solution with a data lake covering 6 billion price points.
  2. Maintaining engine health. Predictive maintenance has been an integral part of MRO for quite some time now, with sensors helping airlines determine when and what needs to be fixed or replaced. Artificial Intelligence can use both real-time sensor data and predictive historical fault patterns to reduce downtime and overall costs of maintenance. A recent study conducted by the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) found that predictive maintenance can reduce aircraft operational costs by up to 20%. AI is already disrupting this field. For instance, Lufthansa Technik has leveled up aircraft upkeep with its AI-driven predictive maintenance systems. Their Condition Analytics solution employs machine learning algorithms to analyze sensor data from various aircraft components, predicting maintenance needs with remarkable precision. The creation of so-called “digital twins” – perfect virtual replicas that change their parameters according to the physical component’s wear – MRO technicians use digital twins for predictive maintenance and to detect anomalies by comparing real-world sensor data to the data generated by digital twins.
  3. Planning the most efficient route. According to IATA, airlines will spend $215 billion this year, accounting for around 28% of operating expenses, which can be reduced with more efficient route planning. Numerous variables (including air traffic congestion, quickly changing weather patterns, and fluctuating fuel costs) make route planning a complex and demanding task, which can either improve or damage a carrier’s bottom line, depending on how efficiently it is performed. AI-enabled platforms can accelerate decision-making for operators, helping them harness not just the power of historical data but also of predictive mechanisms that, together, generate an actionable and clear picture. One example of such a platform is Flyways, which uses scheduled and active flight data to map out flight routes that go through less-congested areas and bypass areas with adverse weather conditions. The solution has already been tested out by Alaska Airlines, saving the company 480,000 gallons of fuel and resulting in 4,600 fewer tons in carbon emissions over a six-month period. The results of such AI-operator collaboration are reflected not only in cost savings but also in helping businesses become more sustainable. Once such solutions become commonplace not just among airlines but also flight authorities around the world, we will look back at today and be surprised at how inefficient all of us were when planning routes.
  4. Predicting strikes. While strikes in aviation usually make headlines because of the disruption they have on travelers’ plans (especially around major holidays), the fact that airlines can lose tens if not hundreds of millions per strike is often overlooked. In 2022, for instance, SAS lost $145 million over a 15-day pilot strike. As AI can analyze not just technical but also sociological data, a model could be designed to help airlines predict a potential strike and be better prepared for potential negotiations. Models like this that can predict the probability of individual employees leaving their jobs have already been developed by IBM, producing 95% accuracy.
  5. Improving workflows in-flight. An AI can serve as a helper not just to the staff on the ground but also to the cabin crew. It is not just about making routine tasks easier – a properly trained tool can offer expert advice on managing the aircraft and making quick, informed decisions, especially when the pressure is on and quick decisions are vital. The wheels are already in motion to bring this vision to life, with Level 1 AI applications nearing certification, thanks to EASA’s Trustworthiness of Machine Learning based Systems guidelines established in April 2022.
  6. Helping pilots and crew maintain their mental health. Could an AI model have prevented the suicide-by-pilot disaster of Germanwings Flight 9525 that led to the death of 150 people? While this is an area of much speculation, specially designed regular staff screenings can help predict the likelihood of mental issues exacerbated by exposure to stressful events, such as circadian rhythm disruptions, instances of turbulence, and onboard emergencies. Another promising application, which is already being tested by the UK startup Blueskeye AI, is the use of facial sensing technology to identify fatigue in pilots. Today, fatigue is calculated based on the number of hours a pilot has flown, but in the future, this metric will be highly individualized.
  7. Predicting the probability of Airworthiness Directives. An Airworthiness Directive (AD) for either a part of the frame or the engine can ground a sizeable share of an airline’s fleet, especially one that is not diversified across different models. Knowing the likelihood of such a risk can massively help at different stages of fleet management – from fleet formation to maintenance. Much like AI-driven risk management software in banks and financial institutions, a similar solution could be deployed to calculate and mitigate AD risks.
  8. Improving in-house quality management processes. While no malfunction will ever rival the $20 billion bill that Boeing had to foot because of the crashes and subsequent grounding of the 737 MAX, a QA issue can still bankrupt a company. While quality assurance standards in aviation are already higher than in any other industry due to strict regulation of everything related to safety and security, AI can boost in-house quality assurance protocols within the realms of aviation manufacturing and airline management. At the manufacturing stage, a sophisticated computer vision system enhanced by manual checks can better pinpoint flaws in components. For airlines, an AI-enhanced Safety Management System (SMS) can take into account vast amounts of data from various sources, including performance, weather partners and maintenance information.
  9. Finding the best logistics solution for AOG situations. While every aircraft on ground (AOG) situation is unique, it can cost the airline anything from $10,000 to $150,000, not to mention reputational damage. Figuring out the puzzle of both finding the spare part needed and delivering it in hours, and not days, can be tricky, especially if the AOG situation happens far away from major hubs. An AI solution could help the company quickly locate and ship the part to the aircraft. At the same time, a predictive maintenance solution can help prepare for potential AOG events and make sure that there are always enough critical parts in stock.
  10. Determining insurance pricing. In the post-9/11 world, aviation insurance buyers globally are still encountering escalating prices and diminished availability when it comes to war risk coverage. An AI model can help airlines calculate the risks they are facing more precisely, helping them to understand their “war risk” exposure when they are making insurance-related decisions.

About Gediminas Ziemelis

Gediminas Ziemelis (born April 4, 1977) is an accomplished Lithuanian entrepreneur, business consultant, and the founder and current Chairman of the Board of Avia Solutions Group, the largest global ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) provider, operating a fleet of 196 aircraft. He was selected twice among the top 40 most talented young industry leaders by Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Gediminas is known for his cosmopolitan mindset and exceptional management skills, which have contributed to his success in various business fields. Over his 26-year-long career, Gediminas has founded more than 100 start-ups, 50% of which are still in operation, led companies through 4 successful IPO/SPO processes, and raised over 800 million euros in global public capital and bond markets.

In December 2022, Gediminas Ziemelis was listed as the richest Lithuanian by TOP Magazine, with estimated assets worth 1.68 billion euros.

Gediminas is the largest donator of Rimantas Kaukenas Support Group, a charity and support fund, that provides help to children with oncological diseases and their families. He is also the biggest shareholder in the leading basketball club Wolves.

Media contact: 
Silvija Jakiene 
Chief Communications Officer 
Avia Solutions Group 
silvija.jakiene@aviasg.com 
+370 671 22697

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HRH Crown Prince launches Soudah Peaks’ masterplan

HRH Crown Prince launches Soudah Peaks’ masterplan

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prime Minister, and Chairman of Soudah Development has launched the masterplan to develop Soudah and parts of Rijal Almaa into Soudah Peaks – a luxury mountain tourism destination set 3,015 meters above sea level on Saudi Arabia’s highest peak. Situated within an extraordinary natural and cultural environment in the Aseer region (southwest Saudi Arabia), the project is a key part of the Public Investment Fund (PIF)’s efforts to diversify the economy by expanding vital industries such as tourism, hospitality, and entertainment, and supporting Aseer development strategy.

HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chairman of Soudah Development’s Board of Directors, stated that Soudah Peaks represents a new era of luxury mountain tourism by providing an unprecedented living experience while preserving the natural environment, cultural, and heritage richness. It is strategically aligned with Vision 2030 goals of expanding tourism and entertainment, supporting economic growth, attracting investments, contributing more than SAR 29 billion to the Kingdom’s cumulative GDP, and creating thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities.

HRH said, “The masterplan reaffirms our commitment to global efforts in preserving the environment and natural resources for future generations and aims to contribute to diversifying national income sources and building a strong economy that attracts local and global investments.”

HRH added, “Soudah Peaks will be a significant addition to the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia and place the Kingdom on the global tourism map, whilst highlighting and celebrating the country’s rich culture and heritage. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the beauty of Soudah Peaks, explore its rich culture and heritage, and experience the authentic hospitality of the local community. Soudah Peaks will offer unforgettable experiences amidst lush greenery, above the clouds.”

Soudah Peaks aims to offer high-end luxurious hospitality services to over two million visitors throughout the year by 2033. The masterplan is being designed to reflect the local traditional, and architectural styles, and will promote both the cultural and landscape heritage of the region. The destination will be home to 6 unique development zones: Tahlal, Sahab, Sabrah, Jareen, Rijal, and Red Rock. Each will offer a range of world-class facilities including hotels, luxury mountain resorts, residential chalets, villas, premium mansion sites, entertainment and commercial attractions, as well as outdoor attractions dedicated to sports, adventure, wellness and culture.

Soudah Development will deliver 2,700 hospitality keys, 1,336 residential units, and 80,000 square meters of commercial space for Soudah Peaks by 2033. The masterplan will be developed over three phases, with 940 hotel keys, 391 residential units, and 32,000 square meters of retail space expected to be completed in 2027, within Phase one.

Soudah Peaks is set across more than 627 square kilometers of awe-inspiring nature, with less than 1% of the land being acquired for building, reflecting Soudah Development’s commitment to protecting and preserving the environment, following best-in-class sustainability standards, and contributing to the efforts of the Saudi Green Initiative.

As a closed joint-stock company owned by PIF, Soudah Development aims to develop a unique luxury mountain tourism destination in Saudi Arabia, whilst preserving the natural environment and cultural heritage of the project area spread across Soudah and parts of Rijal Almaa.

About Soudah Development
Soudah Development is a closed joint-stock company fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. It has been established to drive the development of a luxury mountain tourism destination, covering Soudah and parts of Rijal Almaa, in the Aseer region in southwest Saudi Arabia. It aims to preserve the natural landscape and respect the rich cultural heritage of the region, whilst attracting 2 million visitors every year by 2033. Soudah Development was announced by HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prime Minister, and Chairman of PIF, on February 24, 2021.

For more information, visit the links below:
Website: www.soudah.sa & www.soudahpeaks.com
Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook: @Soudahpeaks
Or by email: press@soudah.sa

Source: NewsBeatWire

Contacts:

Mohammed A. Alshehri

Press@soudah.sa

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The 2023 WASSCE ends successfully at Kadjebi

The 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) ended successfully on Tuesday, September 26 at the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region. The district presented 1,406 candidates, but 1,404 wrote the examination. These comprised 723males and 683females, with two absentees, who are all males. Among the females were nine pregnant girls’ candidates. Mr Christopher Agorkle, the Kadjebi District Examination Officer, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at Kadjebi in the Oti Region. He said the district witnessed an increase in candidates as 2022 recorded 904 candidates as against 1,406 this year. Mr Agorkle said three Supervisors, five Assistant Supervisors and 84 Invigilators superintended the examination held at three examination centres, and that everything went on smoothly during the two-month examination. The Examination Officer said though there were allegations of examination malpractices, there was no evidence to substantiate such allegations. He, thus, commended all stakeholders for helping to ensure a smooth examination. The 2023 WASSCE started on Monday, July 31, 2023, with candidates with Basketry 3 (Project Work) and ends on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, with Woodwork 3 (Practical) nationwide.

Source: Ghana News Agency

FDA issues urgent recall of two batches of Oxytocin injections

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has issued an urgent recall notice for two batches of Oxytocin injections imported by Hills Pharmacy and Alpha Duo Pharma Ltd. The recall notice was issued due to concerns about the quality and safety of those pharmaceutical products. A statement issued and signed by the FDA’s Chief Executive Officer, Delese Mimi Darko, said a product quality monitoring found inconsistent laboratory analysis results for Beltocin and Vernetocin (Oxytocin) injections at 10IU/ML, with multiple batches failing to reach the approved quality standard. ‘The Authority’s product quality monitoring activities have detected that results of laboratory analyses for both Beltocin and Vernetocin (Oxytocin) injections 10IU/ML have been inconsistent with several batches failing to meet approved quality standards.’ As a result, the Authority has asked all health facilities, medical stores, and pharmacies who have batches of those medical products in stock to discontinue its administration and return them immediately. ‘The Authority, by this notice, requests all health facilities, medical stores and pharmacies that have any batches of these medical products in stock to immediately stop administering them and return them to their suppliers and importers.’ The FDA stated that it would work with importers of Beltocin and Vernetocin (Oxytocin) injections to ensure a successful recall and safe disposal of all product batches.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Operation Smile Ghana, Cape Coast Hospital conduct cleft surgeries for 30 people

Operation Smile Ghana, an NGO providing health care for cleft patients, in collaboration with the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH), has successfully undertaken free surgeries for 30 persons, mostly girls under five, to correct their defects. The patients, who also included a few adults, were born with either cleft lip or cleft palate, and in some cases, both. A cleft is a gap or split in the upper lip or roof of the mouth (palate) present from birth which disfigures the face and/or causes speech defects. The three-day comprehensive health exercise was conducted by a 45-member team of medical volunteers, including surgeons, paediatricians, anaesthesiologists and other allied health staff who took an average of 45 minutes on each patient. Beyond the surgery, the patients were also provided nutrition, speech therapy and dental care supports. The gesture, which formed part of activities marking CCTH’s silver jubilee, was also used to train some staff of the hospital to enable them build capacity for cleft surgeries. Mr Elikem Nyavor, Country Manager for Operation Smile Ghana, observed that many children born with cleft palate in particular, continued to die from malnourishment due to lack of proper feeding. He said the food they ate usually came through their nose as most mothers lacked understanding on how to properly breastfeed such babies. He added that those who survived cleft palate grew up speaking through the nose if the gap was not closed. He said many societies attributed cleft to spiritual causes for which reason children born with the condition were subjected to stigma. ‘Mothers have had to lose their homes and fathers have denied their children because in their whole lineage, nobody has been born with that condition,’ he observed. However, Mr Nyavor explained that cleft was only a biological flaw, which could be corrected with medical procedures and urged parents to seek early medical attention. He estimated that Ghana had a backlog of about 10,000 cleft cases which needed medical care. It was therefore crucial to prioritise strengthening the health system through training to decentralise comprehensive care for cleft patients for easy access by the public, he indicated. ‘That is why we are working to ensure that going forward, cleft patients will be able to walk into CCTH to receive comprehensive care. ‘What it means is that all year round, patients can receive surgery without having to wait for Operation Smile Ghana,’ he added. Dr Stephen Laryea, the Medical Director of CCTH, observed that the collaboration with Operation Smile Ghana over the years had been fruitful because people who were previously abandoned by families had been reintegrated into the society after treatment. He added that the hospital was also getting more skilled staff to undertake the surgeries, hoping that they would soon start conducting the surgeries by themselves to serve the public. He encouraged parents and guardians with cleft babies to immediately report to a health facility to seek help. ‘These children lose their self-esteem when they grow up and so don’t hide them in the room. Such a short surgery will change their lives in the long run,’ he advised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

The use of TikTok a relevant platform for music promotion- Iyce Bee

Mr. Eric Wilson, popularly known as Iyce Bee in the entertainment industry, said the use of TikTok by award-winning and up-and-coming musicians is still relevant in music promotion. He expressed that TikTok was probably the best platform to promote his music as an upcoming artist and helps him gain a larger fan base and followers to support his career journey in the entertainment industry as an up-and-coming artist. In an interview with Ghana News Agency, Tema Entertainment Desk, the up-and-coming artiste stated that he mostly drops a freestyle version of his songs on TikTok to keep his fan base more active and also throws a challenge to them to perform their dance battles to the song for a reward, which helps promote his songs. He highlighted that TikTok, which had been in existence for some years now, has helped him to remain consistent by engaging his fans with more bangers and live chat sessions. ‘As an upcoming artiste, I challenge myself by also participating in a verse challenge of any award-winning track, which serves as motivation’, he emphasised. Iyce Bee, moreover, said the positive comments he attains from his fan base keep him soaring higher by putting his best in his tracks, which mostly included inspirational quotes. He added that his singles, dubbed ‘Anointing’ and ‘Dance It,’ among others, are available on Audiomack.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Officials at Anyako-Kpota Health Centre appeal for infrastructure support

Health officials at the Anyako-Kpota Health Centre in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region have appealed for improved infrastructure to enhance quality health delivery and a better working condition. They said the current situation is demoralising. Madam Esther Esenam Atsu, Midwife in charge of the facility, in interaction with the Ghana News Agency, said the health centre has numerous challenges which needed urgent attention. She said the facility also lacked some equipment such as semi-chemical analyzer, analytical balance, power stabilizer, oxygen cylinder, lawn mower, washing machine, suturing set, fetal Doppler, and others. Madam Atsu also mentioned insufficient tables and chairs, beds, mattresses, bedsheets, and pillows. ‘The physician assistant’s bungalow must be renovated as well as the bungalow for staff, and standby generator should be provided to provide light during blackouts,’ she stated. She complained about the leaking roofing which disturbed the facility’s documents during rainy periods. She said: ‘We always keep books and documents on the few tables and chairs here because we do not have folder shelves.’ Madam Atsu, however, commended all individuals and groups of people who always support the facility in various forms. She again appealed to all stakeholders to help solve the reigning challenges to help improve quality healthcare in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency