Ohid Sarder pries a rusted nail from a tree and drops it into his bucket, another eyesore scrubbed from the countryside as he embarks on a one-man mission to clean up Bangladesh. The 53-year-old self-professed tree hugger has been riding his bicycle across the country, in a grassroots effort to free trees of the billboards and clutter nailed to their trunks. Trees in Bangladesh are often used as free advertising space, with every available inch of wood plastered with placards until the trunk is barely visible. Inspired, Sarder began planting trees in Jhenaidah, his home district, and neighboring Jessore, a passion he kept up for decades. Experts say trees, by soaking up water and reducing soil erosion, can help mitigate the devastation brought by yearly deluges.
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FILE PHOTO: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 11, 2018. "I hope and I wish to play the first leg in the new stadium," he told a news conference on Thursday ahead of Saturday's home clash against Burnley. "It would be a massive boost for players and staff to play at the new stadium but the motivation will be there too if we play at Wembley. "We need to have the belief we can beat any opponents but of course it is going to be tough. "We are playing for three very important points, to be in the Premier League top four, for me it is a massive motivation and it is going to be a tough game," Pochettino said.
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Late Journalist Ibrahim Seada - Egypt TodayCAIRO – 13 December 2018: Veteran journalist and writer Ibrahim Seada passed away Dec. 12 after a long struggle with illness. The late journalist has numerous enriching journalistic contributions.The late journalist was born on Nov. 3, 1937 in Port Said. He worked with numerous giants in the field of journalism, such as Mustafa Rushdi, Galal Aref and Sarhan in El Shate’e magazine (the beach).Being a passionate journalist by nature, Seada worked as a reporter for numerous magazines such as “el-fan” (arts) and “al-Garima” (the crime) before completing his bachelors.The late veteran journalist travelled to Switzerland to acquire a bachelor’s degree in political economics. He lived twelve years in Europe during which he welcomed working as a reporter for Egyptian news outlets.The late writer was appointed editor-in- chief of “Akhbar el youm” national newspaper by late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He was the youngest journalist to hold such a position.
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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.
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Veteran actor Yehia el-Fakharani - Egypt TodayRiham Abdel Ghafour - Egypt TodayRania Farid Shawki - Egypt TodayCAIRO – 15 December 2018: Veteran actor Yehia el-Fakharny finalized the cast that is set to perform with him “King Lear”. The play was performed by the veteran actor for the first time in 2011.The new cast will include Rania Farid Shawki, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Noha Abdeen and Mohamed Farag. Two more spots are expected to be filled in the upcoming period.Rania Farid Shawki is a replacement for veteran actress Sawsan Badr who performed the role of King Leir’s eldest daughter in 2011's play.The 2011 cast included Sawsan Badr, Ahmed Salama, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, Salwa Ali, Marwa Abdek Moneim and Rushdi el-Shami. The play achieved great success when it was first released. "King Lear" is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare.
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Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux called on the anti-government protesters to be “reasonable”, citing the strain on security forces after the bloodshed in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening. “Our security forces have been deployed extensively these past few weeks,” Griveaux told CNews television. The Strasbourg suspect, who lived in a rundown apartment block a short drive from the city centre, was flagged by French security forces in 2015 as a possible Islamic extremist. No group has claimed responsibility for the Strasbourg attack, but social media accounts used by Islamic State sympathisers have celebrated the killings. The city’s Christmas market, which draws around two million people each year, remained closed on Thursday.
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The Swedish Archaeological Mission has unearthed the cemetery of a pharaonic community dating back to the era of the 18th dynasty in the Gebel el-Silsila area of Kom Ombo during excavation works, Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. The cemetery, which was found at a depth of 5 feet, was not decorated, Waziri noted. General Director of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Abdel Moneam Saed said that the mission found three limestone coffins, scarabs, amulets and skeletons of around 50 adults and children, indicating that an integrated pharaonic community had been living in the Gebel el-Silsila area. According to Radio Sweden, the mission discovered the remains of a temple dating back to about 1500 BC in southern Egypt. The temple refers to the pharaohs Thutmose, Amenhotep III, and Ramses II of the New Kingdom, continuing up to the Roman period.
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Famed Lebanese singer Miriam Fares - Egypt TodayMiriam Fares left comment on her official Instagram accountMyriam Fares Goumi ميريام فارس قومي Official Music Video of Goumi the NEW hit for The Queen Of stage Myriam Fares Lyrics : yousef Alomani - Music : yousef Alomani Arrangement : Hussam El Dine Mix & Mastering : Jasim Mohamed جديد فيديو كليب أغنية قومي لملكة المسرح ميريام فارس كلمات وألحان : يوسف العماني توزيع : حسام الدين مكس و ماسترينغ : جاسم محمدCAIRO – 13 December 2018: Famed Lebanese singer Miriam Fares returns to the artistic scene after a hiatus that lasted for months due to her health crisis.Fares' latest video clip of the song "Goumi" appeared on her YouTube channel. The song is composed and written by Yusuf al-Omani and distributed by Hossan el-Din. In less than 24 hours the song is approaching half a million views.The famed singer uploaded a comment on her Instagram account, thanking her fans for backing her up during her hardships and pushing her to get back on track. She is very glad to come back with her new song.
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UN chief Antonio Guterres announced Thursday a series of breakthroughs in talks with rivals in the Yemen conflict, including a ceasefire for a vital port. The Yemeni foreign minister and the rebel leader shook hands in a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh day of the UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden. He said the United Nations would play a “leading role” at the Red Sea port, which is currently controlled by the rebels. The foreign ministers of Britain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia announced they were also in Rimbo for the last day of negotiations. UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, who brokered the talks, was expected to brief the Security Council on Yemen on Friday.
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The Indian Film Stars - Egypt TodayCAIRO – 13 December 2018: The Indian film “Kabhi alvida naa Kenha” will screen in Hanager Cinema in Cairo Opera House on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.The screening comes as part of the Indian Cinema Club's activities held under the auspices of the Indian Embassy in cooperation with the Cultural Development Fund Sector.The film is a 2015 production, starring famed Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan. The film is directed and written by Karan Johar and revolves around two families' struggle, where each family member has their own expectations and desires.Moreover, a variety of Egyptian cartoons will screen on Dec.15 at 12 p.m. in Hanager Cinema, including “Mamlaket el-Nahl” (Bee Kingdom), “Do’aa el-Ma’aa” (Water Prayers) and “El-Mesaharaty” (The Sohoor caller).The screenings will be followed by children's workshops inspired by the presented works. Discussion sessions will be held by director Shweikar Khalifa, professor and head of animation department at the Higher Institute of Cinema Laila Abdel Aziz Fakhry, and director Attia Adel Khairy.
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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.
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.
Inside the newly discovered tomb - Press photoCAIRO – 13 December 2018: A cemetery dating back to the 18th Dynasty (1550 BC -1292 BC) was unearthed during the excavation works of the Swedish archaeological mission at Gebel el-Silsilain Kom Ombo, Aswan, the Ministry of Antiquities declared on Thursday.Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the undecorated tomb is located at a depth of 5 meters, and consists of a burial chamber and two stone blocks.He referred that the cemetery was subjected to numerous theft attempts, which filled it with sand and silt; hence, the mission cannot assess the extent of damage that occurred at the site.He added that the underground water filling the cemetery caused damage to the interior rooms and artifacts.Meanwhile, General Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities, Abdel Moneim Saeed, said that despite the damage caused in the cemetery, the mission found three coffins made of limestone; two of them were Children's coffins.Also, jars, amulets and skeletal remains were found for nearly 50 adults and children, indicating that a community used to live in that area.
Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa reiterated on Thursday that wishing non-Muslims happiness on their religious feasts is a recommended act that comes in line with the tolerant morals of Islam. Islam has embraced the principle of peaceful coexistence with all people regardless of their beliefs, Dar al-Iftaa said in a short animation video issued Thursday. Rather, the religion calls for keeping amiable relationships with non-Muslims, accepting gifts from them, and treating them with grace and mercy as Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) used to do, the video added. Dar al-Iftaa’s new video spreads a message that God delivered the prophets to bring peace for all mankind, and that Islam is a religion of peace and mercy. The video urged Muslims to follow the path of moderation set by Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and it warned them against following extremists.
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Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops following a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, near Nablus May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad TorokmanRAMALLAH, West Bank - 13 December 2018: A Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis at a bus station in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israel's military said, after Israeli forces killed two Hamas fugitives who carried out earlier attacks.Lt. "We are definitely aware of the phenomenon of copycats and our forces are deployed accordingly." "He also pointed to the forthcoming 31st anniversary of the founding of Hamas, on Dec. 14, as a possible factor. Published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, it blamed the recent events on Israel's "policy of repeated raids into cities and incitement against the President, and the absence of a peace horizon".
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