* The editors-in-chief of Aden College web site express their sorrow for the sudden death of the late Abdulla Abdul Mageed Al Asnag in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He was one of the first students at Aden College who joined the college upon its commissioning in September 1952. We offer our deep sympathies and condolences to his family, friends and political followers. May Allah rest his soul in peace.
Watch a video interview with Abdulla here.
* The editors-in-chief of Aden College web site express their sorrow for the sudden death of the late Mohamed Ali Shimsher. He was a classmate of Dr. Shihab Ghanem at Aden College. We offer our deep sympathies and condolences to his family. May Allah rest his soul in peace.
* The last time Engineer Mageed Girgrah visited Aden after nearly 35 years of absence was in 2002. Journalist Nagib Mohamed Al Yabli met Mageed and wrote an article about his experiences in Al Ayyam newspaper issue 3535 on April 14, 2002.
Mageed studied at the Primary Residency School (Al Saila) in Crater Aden, the Regiment Secondary School in Crater and sat for the Senior Cambridge examination before the change in the educational system of Senior Cambridge exam to General Certificate of Education upon the commissioning of Aden College in Sept., 1952.
After passing the GCE exams with distiction, he was sent to the UK for further studies. He joined the University of Leeds and graduated in 1957 in B.Sc. Engineering with honours.
Before his return to Aden, he practised design engineering in British firms in London and was awarded an M.Sc. degree for his research on cement.
In, Aden he joined the Design Department at Aden Port Trust. He advanced to higher positions at Aden Port Trust. He became the Acting General Manager and was groomed to assume the responsibilities of General Manager. A threat to his life before the months of independence changed Mageed's mind and he decided to leave Aden for good.
Mageed and his family emigrated to Ottawa, Canada in 1967. He accepted a position with the Marine Works Department at the Ministry of Public Works of the Canadian Federal Government in Ottawa, the capital. In 1970, he was appointed
as the Head of Designers in Marine Works. He joined Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated in M.Sc.Engineering in the speciality of design and maintenance of harbors. He then became the Director of Marine Design Works. He stayed with the Canadian Federal government until he retired at age 65 years old in 1999. He died in Ottawa in 2005.
* Dr. Qais Ghanem in a commentary on his web site Dialogue with Diversity, revealed the existence of slavery in Yemen ! He stressed that in all his travels to Yemen, Sana'a in particular, he never imagined the existence of slavery in Yemen until he watched a video documentary on Al Jazeera English channel which drew his attention to the issue.
Read more about the commentary here.
* Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari described his University College of London (UCL) as the shinning star yet again in the world of academia. In a top university ranking list for 2014/2015 UCL was in 5th place in the world and only one position behind Harvard University. UCL was established in 1826. Arab universities fell well behind western universities. There was no record for Aden university!
Read the rankings here.
* Dr. Abdulla Nasher congratulated Dr Al Sayyari for UCL leading position. He commented that he felt sorry for Liverpool, which was among the leading universities when he was there. He continued that it must have deteriorated since
he left. He said, ''As a faculty member in Sana’a Medical School and later as a Minister of Health, I was not happy about the standard of post secondary education in Yemen and in particular the medical education. I also was unhappy and
critical of the so called private universities and medical schools. In 2000, and after consulting with HE Dr. Abdulkarim Al-Iryani, who was then the Prime Minister, I requested Liverpool Medical school to help in sending a team of experts to evaluate medical education in Yemen. They were very generous to send the team, which did a good job, and came up with excellent recommendations. If These recommendations were implemented, the state of medical education would have improved. Unfortunately and as usual, recommendations and advices were shelved. That is why, Yemen Universities are not and will never be on the record.''
* A Christian GP has published an article in a medical journal this month in which he reported on research which shows that the effects of faith on health are “extraordinary”.
Dr Richard Scott, who is also a former Christian Legal Centre client, had his article published in this month’s British Journal of General Practice. The article was also published in The Daily Telegraph.
Read the article here.
* Dr Adel Aulaqi commented on an article published about the Yemeni Brain Drain. He thought the article was interesting but only barley scratched the surface of the problem. Alumnus Ashraf Girgrah agreed with his thought and added that the article on Yemeni brain drain or human capital flight had relied on the remedies rather than the causes.
To read more on their points of view click here.
* Aden College alumni did not distant themselves from the hot issue of referendum on the independence of Scotland from Britain after 3 centuries of unity. Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari awakened the curiosity of alumni by comparing the aspiration of Scotland for independence with that of South Yemen. While Dr. Qais Ghanem wrote a commentary on his web site Dialogue with Diversity entitled Tomorrow's Vote in Scotland.
* Alumnus Farooq Murshid requested the inclusion of information about the outbreak and spread of Ebola disease.
He urges anyone who encounters such a disease to report any suspicious symptoms IMMEDIATELY without delay.
He mentioned the dangers of Ebola disese here.
What is EBOLA?
It's a virus that attacks a person blood system:
Ebola is what scientists call a hemorrhagic fever - it operates by makingits victims bleed from almost anywhere on their body.
Usually victims bleed todeath. Ebola is highly contagious;
Being transmitted via contact with body fluids
such as blood, sweat, saliva, semen or other body
Ebola is however NOT AN AIRBORNE VIRUS!
About 90% of people that catch Ebola will die from it.
It's one of the deadliest diseases in the world, killing in just a few weeks.
Ebola has no known treatment or cure.
Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover.
How Do I Know Someone has Ebola?
• Joint & Muscle pains
• Stomach Pain
• Lack of Appetite
• Wash Your Hands with Soap. Do this a lot. You can also use a good hand sanitiser. Avoid unnecessary physical contact with people.
■Restrict yourself to food you prepared yourself.
■Disinfect Your Surroundings
The virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, detergents and soaps.
• Fumigate If you have Pests.
• Rodents can be carriers of Ebola.
• Fumigate your environment & dispose off the infected item properly!
• Dead bodies CAN still transmit Ebola.
• Don't touch them without
protective gear or better yet avoid them altogether.
Use protective gear if you must care or go near
someone you suspect has Ebola.
Report any suspicious symptoms in yourself or
anyone else IMMEDIATELY.