Legendary Soprano Majida el-Roumi celebrated her 62nd birthday Dec. 13

Legendary Lebanese Soprano Majida el Roumi - TwitterMajida El Roumi - Kalimat / ماجدة الرومي - كلمات Majida El Roumi - Kalimat / ماجدة الرومي - كلمات الحان الاستاذ احسان المنذر يُسمعني.. حـينَ يراقصُني كلماتٍ ليست كالكلمات يأخذني من تحـتِ ذراعي يزرعني في إحدى الغيمات والمطـرُ الأسـودُ في عيني يتساقـطُ زخاتٍ.. زخات يحملـني معـهُ.. يحملـني لمسـاءٍ ورديِ الشُـرفـات وأنا.. كالطفلـةِ في يـدهِ كالريشةِ تحملها النسمـات يحمـلُ لي سبعـةَ أقمـارٍ بيديـهِ وحُزمـةَ أغنيـات يهديني شمسـاً..CAIRO – 13 December 2018: Legendary Lebanese singer Majida el-Roumi celebrates her 62nd birthday on Dec. 13. The veteran singer is considered one of the most important singers in the Arab world.Roumi is a Lebanese soprano and a UN good will ambassador. In 1974, she participated in the talent show "Studio El-Fan" on Télé Liban and performed songs for Asmahan and Layla Murad at the age of 16.As a child, Majida used to listen to Fairuz, Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Wadi' el-Safi and Asmahan and at the age of 5 she sang her first song “Miladak” (Your Birth) and dedicated it to her brother on his birthday.When she performed at Hunter College in May 1989, music reviewer Peter Watrous said: "she wandered between near-European pop and Middle Eastern pop. "In 1991, Roumi released "Kalimat" (Words), her first pan-Arab hit, under the Music Master label. Later during the 90s, exactly in 1994, "Ibhath Anni" (Look for Me) followed the template set by "Kalimat" (words).The legendary soprano stood twice on the Paris Olympia stage: in 1993 and in 1998 sponsored by Lebanese First Lady at that time Mona Herawi.Also, later in the 90s, Majida welcomed Shirley Bassey in the presidential palace in Lebanon for a private concert.

Source:Egypt Today

December 13, 2018 14:15 UTC


Egypt implements 490 development projects at cost of LE 27.2B

FILE – Planning Minister Hala el-SaeedCAIRO – 13 December 2018: Minister of Planning Hala el-Saeed revealed implementing 490 development projects across the country at a total cost of LE 27.2 billion in 13 sectors during the first quarter of 2018/2019.Saeed pointed out that these projects include 238 projects in health and education sectors at a total investment cost of LE 1.6 billion, as well as 164 projects in Upper Egypt and the border governorates at a total investment cost of LE 12 billion.The minister pointed out that the government's work program has given high priority to improving the quality of life and standard of living of citizens, particularly in the needy areas, stressing the necessity of boosting public investments in all fields.According to the data the ministry published, five projects were established in the youth and sports section at an estimated cost of LE 101 million, including the development of youth centers in the neediest villages in Qena and Sohagat a total cost of LE 11.2 million.Another project was completing the construction of playgrounds and the development of youth centers, at an estimated cost of LE 61.8 million, as well as the project of the establishment of swimming pools in youth centers at a total cost of LE 5.3 million.Additionally, Mohamed Abdel Wahab Theater project was established in Alexandria at a cost of LE 9.9 million.The data also revealed that two projects are completed in the higher education sector at a cost of LE 29.7 million, which are the new dialysis unit at Al-Demerdash Hospital at a cost of LE 9.7 million, and the development project of Al-Shatby Pediatric Hospital at a total cost of LE 20 million.Saeed announced earlier that Egypt’s total public investments during the first quarter of the 2018/2019 recorded LE 72 billion, with government investments of about LE 27.4 billion.

Source:Egypt Today

December 13, 2018 13:18 UTC


UNIDO: Egypt is on fast track to achieve development, economic growth

UNIDO logoCAIRO - 13 December 2018: Egypt is on the fast track to achieve development and economic growth, Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Li Yong asserted on Thursday.In a press conference, the visiting UNIDO director general said that he sensed during his meeting with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi yesterday that the Egyptian president is a leader who enjoys an insightful and clear vision to bring about progress and lead his country into the ranks of developed states.Yong, also, added that he discussed with Egyptian officials means of cementing relations between the UNIDO and Cairo, especially in light of the new UNIDO partnership approach.The UN official pointed out that he will pay a field visit to the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) on Friday.The UNIDO pays great attention to small and medium-sized enterprises, as they contribute to creating jobs and increasing per capita income and economic growth, Yong said.In this regard, Yong pointed out that the UNIDO has been working with the Egyptian government to support small and medium-sized projects, especially in Upper Egypt.In 2017, the UN agency contributed to the establishment of 76 small companies and offered support to 500 other companies working in the sectors of clean water, leather and renewable energy, he said.The UNIDO also assisted 10,000 women by granting them soft loans to start private projects, trained 5,000 young people on how to run their own small businesses and helped 20,000 farmers to elevate the level of agricultural production, he noted.

Source:Egypt Today

December 13, 2018 13:18 UTC


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