* The editors-in-chief of Aden College website offer their condolences and sympathies to all family members of Abdul Hameed Sallam on his death in Aden in October 2014. May Allah bless his soul and he rests in peace.
The late Abdul Hameed Sallam was the eldest brother of Aden College alumnus Abubaker Sallam.
Dr. Adel Aulaqi sent us a eulogy on the death of Sallam saying "Abdul-Hameed Sallam played a role in Aden's Radio/TV early development. I met
him may be 6-8 years ago in Sana'a when he was at his son-in-law Dr. Ahmed Muta'afi (a good friend of mine). Sallam was very soft spoken, burdened with sadness but still an impressive character. He was a husband who lost a daughter and a wife in a short space of time. Aden's "builders" are slowly disappearing and Yemen is at war, so much will be lost."
Alumnus Abdulla Taher Ali Abdulla remembered the late Sallam as a kind person who didn't hesitate to help others.
Read Abdulla's eulogy here.
* Dr. Qais Ghanem Interviewed on video Professor Farouk El Baz atScience Target Conference in Ottawa August 2014.
Prof. Farouk El-Baz is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University. He received a B.Sc. (1958) in chemistry and geology from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; and M.S. (1961) and Ph.D. (1964) in geology from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Rolla, Missouri, U.S.A.He taught geology at Assiut University in Egypt (1958-1960), and Heidelberg University in Germany (1964-1966). During NASA’s Apollo Program (1967-1972), Dr. El-Baz was secretaryof lunar landing site selection and chairman of astronaut training in visual observations and photography.
In 1973 he became Research Director at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, where he began studying the deserts of the Arab World using space images, particularly for groundwater exploration. In 1986 he joined Boston University to establish and direct the Center for Remote Sensing to apply satellite data to scientific investigations in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and numerous academies of sciences worldwide.
Watch the video interview here.
* Dr. Abdulla Ahmed Al Sayyari was happy and proud to show off that the "Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation" is ranked as one of the top 10 medical publications. MedKnow publishing Company publishes 351 Journals and includes the Saudi Journal as one of its top publications.
Dr. Al Sayyari is the Editor in Chief of the Saudi Journal.
* Alumnus Abdullah Taher Abdullah Ali commented in response to our news item on the late Mageed Girgrah saying, "I worked at the Aden Port Trust, during the time the Late Mageeed was groomed to take over from Mr. Wood as Chairman of Aden Port trust. The Title General Manager, was not used at that time during the years 1964, 1966/67, and earlier.
I worked at Aden Port Trust when Mageed was on a job rotation scheme. He was transferred to the Mallaa Wharf "Mallaa Dhakah", as part of his rotation and grooming program. He assumed the position of Wharf Superintendent, taking over from Mr. Allan. Mr. Allan, was transferred to Aden Port Trust Head Office, in Tawahi, as Secretary to the Board.
The Late Mr. Girgrah, was highly respected, revered, and admired as a pioneering leader and Manager. During his tenure at Aden Port Trust, he was a good organisor and a discipliner.
It was at the Mallaa Wharf, where I first met him. I remember I was working in the Adminstration Department. Mr. Abdullah Al-Ramaah was then our Departmental Head.I worker there as a Filing Clerk, Despatch Clerk, and at times, as a telephone operator, relieving the young telephone operators " Raga' and later on "Souad", whenever they were away. Abdullah Al-Ramaah, took us all, for the first time, to meet Mr. Girgrah at office to Wish him " Eid Mubarak". Mr. Girgrah stood up and shook hands with us, as we stood in a que, to greet him one by one.
I remember as a telephone operator, we still had to use the old switch Board telephone and manual (PBX System). I had to remember each slot on the board, and to which telephone department it belonged. I only had to turn the handle once, and very softly, to connect an incoming call to Mr. Mageed Girgrah. He was very prompt to pick up his phone receiver to answer calls.
I also remember Abdullah Al-Ramaah taking us to say "Good Bye" to Mr. Girgrah, when he was transferred back to the Head Office, in Tawahi, to continue his Job Rotation plan.
Mr. Girgrah, stood at to his office door to see us off, his EXACT WORDS WERE " Fi AMAN ILLAH!"
The first time I met Mr. Shakeeb Mafood Khalifa is when he visited his Accounting Department at Malla Wharf. Mr. Shakeeb Mahfood Khalifa took over from Mr. R J Robinson, as the first Adeni Chief Accountant, and the first UK qualified Certified Accountant.
Mr. Shakeeb moved from Aden Municipality to take over from Mr. Robinson who retired and returned back to the UK.
It was Mr. Shakeeb, who sent an internal memo to transfer me from Mallaa Wharf Adminstration Department to the Head Office in Tawahi. I was appointed in the Cash Department responsible for all Petty Cash payments, cheque payments, all Banking responsibilities and preparing payments for the Port Trust scholars in the UK.
I remember taking cheques to Mr. Shakeeb's office for his signature. I always addressed him as "Sir".
Mr. Mageed Girgrah at that time was already in the Head Office appointed as Acting Chairman of Aden Port Trust. In fact he was the one who stopped me one day and said: " We have scholarships to the UK. They are going to be advertised soon in the Local Press. Why don't you apply for one?".
I replied instantly: "Yes Sir, I would be very interested. Thank you very much Sir". At the Scholarship Board interview the late Mr. Mageed Girgrah Chaired the meeting.
Mr. Shakeeb Mahfoud Khalifa was then the Chief Accountant. He was also one of the interviewers, and panel members at the Board. The Late Mr. Girgrah, asked me, if I would would like to study Engineering, since I had good grades in the GCE "O" level Exams in Maths and Physics. I remember precisely, my answer: "No Sir, I have applied for Cost & Management Accountancy Scholarship, and "INSIST”, in proceeding for this course and no other course.
I should mention that Mr. Khalifa was my "role model" as an Accountant.
I always wanted to take up accountancy, as a profession.
At the interview, I was asked to describe the type of work I did at the Cash Section.
I remember mentioning that, among other duties, I was handling the “ Petty Cash Account”.
A few weeks later, I went to Mr. Khalifa's office to get some cheques signed. He officially informed me that I was awarded the scholarship to study Cost and Management Accountancy course in the UK. After signing the cheques, he looked at me and said: “Now you got your scholarship”.
I would like to put on record a word of thanks and appreciation to the late Mr. Girgrah who has given me an opportunity to develop my career and future in life.
My thanks and appreciation also are offered to the Chief Accountant at the time, Mr. Shakeeb Mahfood Khalifa who encouraged, guided, and advised me before proceeding to the UK for my studies.
Even though time, circumstances and events did not bring us back together again and work at Aden Port Trust, we all ended up in different countries in far away geographical locations. It remains that those two were a "GIFT" from ALLAH to Aden and Yemen, as a whole."
Abdullah Taher Abdullah Ali
* Dr. Adel Aulaqi published a review of the book "The Workers' Movement and its role in the Development of the Nationalist Movement in Aden 1945-1963" which was authored by Saleh Ahmed Eisa and published in Arabic for the Yemen Workers' Trade Union Federation and Frieddrich Ebert Stiftung ca. 2010. The review appeared in British Yemen Society Journal, 2010 volume 20 pp 60-62.
Read the review here.
* Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari wrote that three really great global people, God bless them, top the list of worldwide money donors.
1. Bill and Melinda Gate: A life time donation worth $28 billion. They donated $2.65 billion last year to combat deadly diseases around the world.
2. Warren Buffet : A life time donation worth $ 25 billion. His entire holding of $ 58 billion will be donated to charity at his death.
Both billionaires formed a new club for the super rich who give a pledge to donate more than half of their wealth to charity to erease poverity and disease in the world.
watch the club members here.
* An interview with Dr Shihab Ghanem on was broadcast in English along with Bisweena (singer of Expo 2020 song words by Shihab Ghanem) on FM Mango Radio UAE starting on FM 96.2 wavelengh. Listen to the interview here.
* Hussam Sultan pointed out that a poll conducted by ICM of religious group donations for the Huffington Post in the UK found that Muslims collectively as a nation or community give more than any other groups per capita. Unfortunately, the rich amongst us are not as generous as Gates and Buffet.
Read the poll here.
* Dr. Mohamed Ali Al Bar sent us that fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islam’s holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Mecca’s history.
The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel, which, at 1,972 feet, is among the world’s tallest buildings. It is part of a mammoth development of skyscrapers that includes luxury shopping malls and hotels catering to the superrich.
To read more click here.
* Alia Hogben is a social worker, executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and a member of the Order of Canada.
She is a frequent writer in the Kingston-Whig Standard. In an article entitled ''Descendants of Early Muslims are still with us''
she revealed that the first Muslim immigrants were two were two Scottish families that came to Canada before Confederatin in 1867. The next wave was the Syrian and Libanese in the 1880s, many of whom settled in Alberta and London, Ontario.
To read more click here.