With the participation of 41 teams from the various Syrian universities and educational bodies, the 10th national final for the Syrian Programming Competition for Universities “SCBC’” was launched on Friday, organized by the Syrian Virtual University and the Syrian Programming Competition administration in 2021. Head of the Syrian Virtual University, Dr. Khalil Agamy, told SANA that this national final competition is considered the most prominent scientific event among the scientific university activities, where it includes the Syrians programmers, trainers and academics in the field of information. He added that this event is held this year in new method and remote via the global contest platform “online” due to Coronavirus. Agami pointed out that the Syrian Virtual University agreed with the regional and International authorities supervised on the competition to conduct the competition remotely and, at the same time, from the university’s exam centers. Every team in the competition consists of three members and a trainer, and the team works on one computer to solve a set of life questions programmatically within five hours, where who succeeds in solving the largest number of questions in the shortest time, gets the first rank.
The events of the Second Syrian Honey Festival kick off next Sunday in al-Jalaa city in Damascus and continue till 22nd of this month. The festival, held by Arab Beekeeper Union (Syria’s Trust) under the name “Honey is a Medicine and Recovery”, includes the Syrian beekeepers’ products of the quality assured and tested honey, and medical and food industries produced by bees, in addition to the production’s requirements and hives. Holding the festival for the second time comes after the great success achieved in its first round, especially that it is the first of its kind in Syria as it succeeded in linking pure honey’s producers immediately with the consumers and cut off the road of the adulterated honey’s promoters. In turn, director of the union, Eng. Fattouh Jomaa, said that the fair will contain a number of beneficiaries from the projects carried out by Syria’s Trust, who are war injured persons and distinguished beneficiaries, in cooperation with the international organizations. “The festival aimed at discovering the bees and honey world, creating a direct communication between the seller and consumer, raising awareness of the importance of bee and its products, and supporting the small and medium enterprises operating in the beekeeping field”, Jomaa said. The first round of Syrian Honey Festival was held on October 24th in 2019 with a participation of 42 Syrian beekeeper, and it witnessed a great turnout.
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Bashar al-Jaafari, reiterated the need for holding the states that support terrorism in Syria accountable and forcing them to stop their violations of international law and the UN Charter, stressing that the Security Council’s failure to assume its responsibilities in this regard encourages terrorists and their sponsors to go far away in their crimes. Al-jaafari, in a statement presented to the presidency of the Security Council during a session on Tuesday about the threat of terrorist acts on international peace and security, said that the Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution No. 1373 dated September 28th , 2001, was a turning point in the conventions of combating terrorism and the collective international efforts aimed at combating it through a set of measures. Syria’s permanent representative to the UN stressed that Syria is carrying out its responsibilities to protect its people, its open culture, and its multiple and rich civilizations from attempts of killing and cancelation at the hands of terrorism, adding that ten years after the beginning of the terrorist campaign against the country , Syria is still determined to carry the flag of fighting terrorism without leniency on behalf of the whole world. Al-Jaafari clarified that up today, there are large numbers of foreign terrorists and their families in Syria, and they are present in a number of camps dominated by separatist armed groups affiliated to US occupation forces, most importantly, al-Hawl camp in Hasaka Province. The Syrian diplomat stressed that Syria has never and would not abandon its international obligations to hunt terrorists. He reiterated Syria’s support to the efforts of the UN in combating terrorism and drying up its sources, and it will provide all needed assistance to eradicate its remnants. Syria, as well, stresses its stance in supporting the principles of international humanitarian law and Security Council relevant resolutions. Al-Jaafari stressed the necessity of putting the adopted anti-terrorism conventions, including Security Council resolutions 1267, 1373, 1624, 2170, 2178, 2199 and 2253, and the UN global strategy for combating terrorism into force, away from politicization, manipulation or double-standards policy. In this context, al-Jaafari referred to resolution No. 2178 of 2015 which provides for preventing the flow of foreign terrorists to Syria and Iraq through Turkish territory and Resolution No. 2170 of 2015 on drying up the sources of financial, military and logistical support for terrorist organizations, especially DAESH and Jabhat al-Nusra. Al-Jaafari stressed the necessity for holding the states that support terrorism accountable and oblige them to stop their violations of international law and the Charter of the UN and the necessity to confront the speech of hatred and destructive extremist ideas.
Homs Department of Antiquities received a number of archaeological pieces dating back to different periods of time that were stolen and buried by terrorist organizations during the years of terrorist war in order to be smuggled outside of Syria. The Secretary of the National Museum in Homs, Lubaba al-Ali, said in a statement to Syrian Arab News Agency that the National Museum in Homs received the pieces that had been seized by the authorities concerned, the pieces were looted by terrorists and hidden in various places in the northern countryside in preparation for smuggling them out of Syria. She added that the pieces include a group of glass vessels of different sizes and shapes dating back to the Roman period and a group of coins dating back to the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, in addition to bronze statues and tools, including an animal statue and a number of rare pieces dating back to the Roman period.