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Saudi OFW forced to drink bleach now in stable condition

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

ABUSED OFW: According to the foreign affairs department, Filipina domestic helper Agnes Mancilla, who was forced by her female employer to drink bleach, is now in stable condition. (Photo Courtesy: DFA)

MANILA, Philippines — Filipina domestic helper Agnes Mancilla, who was forced by her female employer to drink bleach, is now in stable condition, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

She is now confined at Jizan King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said Mancilla was also able to narrate how her employer abused her.

He is set to meet with authorities in Jizan who handles Mancilla’s case to ensure the filing of proper charges against her abusive employer.

Aside from bite marks and the bleach incident, her employer did not allow Mancilla to eat for one and half months. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Saudi women now legally allowed to drive

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2018


A Saudi woman, Amira, who works in Aramco, drives to her office in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Saudi Arabia officially lifted its driving ban on women on Sunday, allowing them to drive for the first time since the 1950s.

Women across the country celebrated the lifting of the longstanding policy, with many getting behind the wheel and driving around the streets.

Asmaa Assidmi was one of the women in Riyadh who lawfully exercised the newfound freedom.

“I’m so happy today. It’s a historic day for Saudi women. All women now have the chance to drive, I don’t even know how to express my feelings,” said the excited Assidmi, who just drove herself to work Sunday morning.

Her husband Luay Assidmi, who accompanied her during the trip, said the lifting of the driving ban for women will benefit families and represent a great step forward for the kingdom.

“This means she now has more independence. Not just independence, but she will also have the same responsibilities in our family as a man, just like two people driving one car, which means sharing responsibilities. And what’s truly important is that she can now make her own choices, instead of relying on me for a decision on everything,” he said.

Prince Al-waleed bin Talal, renowned businessman and a member of the Saudi royal family, lauded it as one of the “greatest decisions” in the country’s history in a video posted on social media.

The lifting of the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia means not only freedom and openness for Saudi women but also an opportunity for many businesses. Local media has forecast a 6-10 percent growth for the domestic car market, and car dealers are also preparing to embrace the female car market.

Themed events on women driving have also been held in major cities across the country, including a recent exhibition held by the Saudi Telecom Company which was dedicated to teach woman how to drive.

“We have specifically set up this exhibition area to give Saudi women a taste of what it’s like to drive a car. Before they get their license they can come here and drive the simulator. And also, through our simulation of how cars rolling in an accident, they will be able to understand the importance of wearing a seatbelt while driving,” said Sulaiman Almshari, manager of the company.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud declared the lift of the ban on female driving in September last year.

In line with the decree, Saudi transport authorities started to issue driving licenses to women on June 4.— Reuters

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Russians overjoyed following sensational World Cup victory

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Russia vs Saudi Arabia, Rostov-on-Don, Russia – June 14, 2018 Fans celebrate fifth goal. REUTERS/Marko Djurica



Russian fans were all smiles leaving the Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday following Russia’s resounding victory over Saudi Arabia.

Saudi nationals remained gracious following their team’s defeat, maintaining that participation in the tournament was its own reward.

The World Cup opener was anticipated to be anticlimactic as both national teams are among the lowest ranking teams in the tournament. But the teams’ rankings did not detract from the entertainment, as Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.

The match was the first of 64 that will be played in Russia as part of the tournament. —Reuters

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Teams arrive in Russia as World Cup nears

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr standing with players, posing for photograph. Image grabbed from Reuters video

Various teams arrived in Russia on Monday (June 11) and the early hours of Tuesday (June 12) just a few days before the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria touched down in Mineralnye Vody early on Tuesday wearing traditional Nigerian dress in the colors of the national team.

On Monday, Mexico arrived in Moscow, Switzerland landed in Samara and Serbia flew into Kaliningrad.

The World Cup begins on Thursday (June 14) when the hosts, Russia face Saudi Arabia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. — Reuters

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