Saudi Bans Working Under Peak Sun Hours Starting Saturday 

The move stems from the keenness on ensuring the safety and health of private sector workers. (SPA)
The move stems from the keenness on ensuring the safety and health of private sector workers. (SPA)
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Saudi Bans Working Under Peak Sun Hours Starting Saturday 

The move stems from the keenness on ensuring the safety and health of private sector workers. (SPA)
The move stems from the keenness on ensuring the safety and health of private sector workers. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia will enforce on Saturday a ban on outdoor work during peak sun hours.

Work will be prohibited between 12 and 3 pm starting June 15 and until September 15.

The move stems from the keenness on ensuring the safety and health of private sector workers, protecting them from health risks and providing them with a safe work environment according to international health and safety standards.

The Ministry of Human Resources urged employers to regulate their working hours according to the announcement to help provide a safe working environment and raise the level of competency and preventive measures to limit work-related health injuries and illnesses.

Abiding by the ban will protect employees from accidents and ultimately improve productivity.

The Ministry released a guide on work-related health and safety, protection from the sun and preventing heatstroke. It urged people to report any violations.



German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said during his visit to China on Saturday that the European Union's door is open for discussions regarding EU tariffs on Chinese exports.

"What I suggested to my Chinese partners today is that the doors are open for discussions and I hope that this message was heard," he said in his first statement in Shanghai, after meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing, Reuters reported.

Habeck's visit is the first by a senior European official since Brussels proposed hefty duties on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) to combat what the EU considers excessive subsidies.

Habeck said there is time for a dialogue between the EU and China on tariff issues before the duties come into full effect in November and that he believes in open markets but that markets require a level playing field.

Proven subsidies that are intended to increase the export advantages of companies can't be accepted, the minister said.

Another point of tension between Beijing and Berlin is China's support for Russia in its war in Ukraine. Habeck noted Chinese trade with Russia increased more than 40% last year.

Habeck said he had told Chinese officials that this was taking a toll on their economic relationship. "Circumventions of the sanctions imposed on Russia are not acceptable," he said, adding that technical goods produced in Europe should not end up on the battlefield via other countries.