News Roundup - Sun, Apr 1, 2018

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News Roundup - Sun, Apr 1, 2018

April 01, 2018 - 22:10
Written by: SafaAlharathy

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it was following closely all the ongoing preparations at the Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Complex to renovate the ethylene and polyethylene plants and start production in the coming period. In a statement, the NOC clarified that board member, Jadallah Al-Awakali, held a meeting with officials of Ras Lanuf Company to discuss the work that had been carried out at the complex during the last period in terms of maintenance work, installation, and supply of equipment, in addition to the outlines of the forthcoming work in the near future and the proposed operational budgets. The ethylene plant has been inactive since 2011, while the polyethylene plant was halted in 2013.

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Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, issued a decision Saturday to restructure Tripoli Medical Center to a university hospital and to be renamed "The University Hospital of Tripoli." The decision stipulates that the Hospital will provide the third level of health care services, such as treatment of incurable cases and major operations, to receive cases referred to it by second level hospitals, to conduct researches and studies on different diseases, and the rehabilitation of Libyan doctors to be able to deal with difficult cases. The decision determined the number of hospital management staff with a president and seven members, provided that the Chairman of the Board of Directors will be appointed by the Presidential Council.

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The UNICEF office in Libya said that it had started installing 31 prefabricated classrooms and reconstruct water and sanitation facilities in 5 schools in Benghazi, eastern Libya. It added that 2500 children will be able to use a better school environment upon project completion, which is supported by Germany’s BMZ Bund The UNICEF announced earlier that the German government had allocated 9.8 million euros to the UNICEF branch in Libya in order to support at least 30000 children in vulnerable situations with their families, in terms of child protection, education, access to safe drinking water, and sanitation, in the next four years.

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The Faculty of Pharmacy at Tripoli University celebrated on Saturday the graduation of the 36th batch of its students from the bachelor's and master's degrees. The ceremony was an opportunity to emphasize the need for work and more efforts to help develop the pharmaceutical industries and research centres in Libya in order to promote this honourable profession. The graduates included 27 master students and 60 students with a bachelor's degree, according to the Information Office of the Presidential Council.

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Deputy President of the High Council of State (HCS), Mohammad Muazab, revealed Saturday that consultations are taking place between the HCS and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) in order to reach an agreement on the outstanding matters. In a statement to the Russian news outlet Sputnik, Muazab explained that the consultations are being held away from the Presidential Council, considering that the two bodies will form a new Presidential Council, which will be limited to only 3 members, while the HoR will be entrusted with forming the government. He further added that the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, clarified that a new round of talks cannot be held before reaching consensus on all controversial points to achieve fruitful results.

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Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti has claimed that about 25.000 to 30.000 foreigners of ISIS militants are preparing to infiltrate to Europe on migrants boats via Libya-Italy route. In a press statement on Thursday, Minniti warned that up to 30,000 ISIS militants are on the run after their defeats in Syria and Iraq and that some may try to infiltrate Europe on migrant boats. Minniti explained that this risk prompts Italy to play a greater role in monitoring the Libyan coast and desert borders. “It is a national security priority,” he said.