Culture – Daily News Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:13:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Barbra Streisand at 75: A girl from Brooklyn makes it big http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/24/barbra-streisand-at-75-a-girl-from-brooklyn-makes-it-big-2/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/24/barbra-streisand-at-75-a-girl-from-brooklyn-makes-it-big-2/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:15:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622995 The post Barbra Streisand at 75: A girl from Brooklyn makes it big appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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She won over both Hollywood and Broadway, amassing a loyal following among fans as she did so. Even at 75, Barbra Streisand still sees herself as the girl next door.Barbra Streisand has achieved what most people can only dream of. She has celebrated worldwide success and recognition for more than 50 years – winning all the awards imaginable along the way, including Oscars, Emmy, Golden Globes and Tonys. She has sold more than 140 million albums – more than The Beatles.

Yet sometimes the girl she once was appears. Born into an impoverished Polish-Russian Orthodox Jewish family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Streisand still has problems with spending money on frivolous things. As she told Oprah Winfrey, the Brooklyn part of her still has her wondering if a tile really is worth its $10.95 price tage.

Everything but the ‘ugly duckling’

The native New Yorker appears friendly, even with fans, breaking with the cliché of the distant diva. She achieved her fame in spite of being labeled an “ugly duckling” in her youth due to a large nose and squint. But she never considered plastic surgery to alter her appearance, claiming she was afraid of the pain. “And how could I trust the doctor’s aesthetic taste? How would I know that he wouldn’t take away too much?”

The “flaws” in her appearance seemed to make her all the more attractive to fans. She also won them over with her confession that she suffered from stage fright and had to control it with medication. In this regard, Streisand says, she gives off the appearance of being just like everyone else.

‘Funny Girl’ instead of Shakespeare

When she was just 15 months old, Streisand’s father died. Her mother, a singer, set aside her dreams to support the family by taking on a job as a school secretary. Barbra continued to dream, however, signing up for acting classes at the age of 14. At the same time, she sang in the school chorus and later in small nightclubs. “Because I was known as ‘the kid on the block with a good voice’ I entered a talent competition, which I thought might at least help pay for my meals until I could do Shakespeare or Ibsen,” she told the British newspaper, “Telegraph.”

She won first place in the competition and her star began to rise. Her career began not on the theater stage but in big-name nightclubs, where Streisand worked as a singer. At 19, she made her Broadway debut and just two years later, she won the critic’s prize for the best actress in a musical for her role in “I Can Get It for You Wholesale.”

Nearly simultaneously, her eponymous album was released and won two Grammy awards. In 1968, she made her big breakthrough in the musical, “Funny Girl.” It tells the story of the Jewish comedian Fanny Brice who overcame the naysayers who’d labeled her an ugly duckling and became a Broadway star in 1910. The role seemed to be perfectly suited to Barbra.

Hollywood career

Awarded an Oscar for her performance in the musical, the then-25-year-old continued to appear on the silver screen in films like “What’s Up, Doc?” (1972) and “The Way We Were” (1973) and carried her fame with her to cameo roles on television series, including “Glee” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Her repertoire shows the wide spectrum of her talent, as she appears in comedies and dramas alike. She has appeared opposite Omar Sharif, Yves Montand, Sidney Poitier, Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman and Robert de Niro.

Her favorite leading man, however, was Robert Redford in the romance “The Way We Were.” “We never quite knew what the other one was going to do so we were watching each other carefully, interested in each other, and I think the audience felt that.”

In 1983, Streisand took on her first role as producer, director, main actress and singer all at once in the film “Yentl.” The movie centers on a young Jewish woman who dresses as a boy in order to attend Yeshiva, a Jewish school, to study the Talmud.

“I don’t want to brag,” Streisand told the press at the time, “But Steven Spielberg said that he would have liked to have criticized ‘Yentl’ but in his eyes, besides ‘Citizen Kane,’ there was no better film.”

“Yentl” went on to win an Oscar for best soundtrack. Her later directorial success, “The Prince of Tides” (1991), was nominated for seven Oscars. She plays the main character opposite Nick Nolte; her son Jason Gould, from her first marriage to Elliot Gould, likewise appears in the film.

‘A voice like diamonds’

Streisand sings in most of her movies – and boy can she sing! “I thank God for giving me this great voice,” she once said. When she was honored with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” in 2015, the highest honor for US civilians, then-US President Barack Obama lauded her, saying she had a voice like diamonds. Many of her songs, like “Woman In Love,” “The Way We Were,” “A Star Is Born” and “Guilty,” are evergreen hits.

Although she has turned 75 years old, Streisand is a long way off from quitting show business. She just released two new albums and will give two concerts in New York next month. She’s also set to head the new Cultural Center at the World Trade Center in New York beginning in 2020.

Streisand is also very politically active, blogging for “Huffington Post,” supporting environmental activism and tweeting her uncompromisingly liberal opinions. She has spoken out against Donald Trump and took part in the Women’s March in January of this year.

When Barbra has time among all these other activities, she returns to Malibu, California, where she lives with her second husband, actor James Brolin. Happy Birthday, Babs!

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Levina is to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest and will soon be hosting PopXport. Plus: the Kelly Family comeback, actor Tom Schilling’s musical debut and new music by the Toten Hosen.Levina will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest

On May 13, Levina will be in Ukraine for the start of the Eurovision Song Contest. She’s pretty busy these days, but she’s found time to host the next edition of PopXport. We’ll feature Levina in one of our reports

The Kelly Family makes a huge comeback

This European family band sold millions of records in the 1990s. Then, they broke up into smaller music groups. But now they’re back together, and their new album has gone to no. 1.

Tom Schilling: popular actor turned singer-songwriter

Tom Schilling is not only a talented actor. He also writes and sings his own songs. His debut album “Vilnius” features his band, The Jazz Kids. But there’s no jazz here – just good pop music.

HIT-Clip: The Toten Hosen – “Unter den Wolken”

Five years after their last studio album, this legendary band is set to release their new album “Laune der Natur” next month. A single from iot has already hit no. 2 on the German charts.

HIT-Clip: Levina – “Perfect Life”

Next month, Levina will sing “Perfect Life” at the world’s largest song contest. The song was written by three Americans, and it’s already made it to the top 3 of the German iTunes charts.

TIPP-Clip: ATB & F51 feat. Robbin & Jonnis – “Message Out to You”

For a good 20 years, André Tanneberger, alias ATB, has been a favorite DJ of the international party crowd. Now, he’s come out with the first single from his new album. The track features Robbin & Jonnis and F51.

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The tale of henna night http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/24/tale-henna-night/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/24/tale-henna-night/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:58 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622930 The bride’s celebration of the beginning of her new life dates back to an ancient Egyptian tragedy

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For ages, henna night has been as equally important as the wedding day. The Middle Eastern “bachelorette” party is considered the second most important life event for any girl and her female friends. The time and effort spent for preparing the henna night starts sometimes with the wedding preparations.

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Henna night is usually the last night the bride spends at her parent’s home. In that night, her female friends gather for dancing and singing all night long, while the “hanana” (the lady who draws henna) beautifies them with henna drawings on their bodies. Usually, females apply henna on their hands and legs, as it’s believed to enrich their beauty.

Shapes are usually flowery, connected circles that go from the finger tips to past the wrists.

 

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For some women, henna night is their real wedding, as they get to dance freely and wear different revealing costumes without any men around. They believe that it is more important than the mixed wedding.

Celebrating the marriage with henna night goes back the pharaonic era. Back then, henna and jewellery were the main accessories women wore. According to myth, henna night is believed to go back to the time of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris.

It is said that the evil god Set killed Osiris out of jealousy and chopped his body into pieces, each being put in a different corner of Egypt. However, Isis never gave up on collecting the pieces of her late husband’s body, and every time she collected a part, her hands were coloured with his blood until they turned red.

 

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Since then, red hands are believed to be a symbol of a wife’s loyalty to her husband, and that’s why traditions are to colour the palm of the hands with henna.

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Henna is also believed to be a fertility symbol in Egypt, so drawing several henna shapes around the bride’s body is a wish from her family and friends to start a new life blessed with many children.

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Nowadays, henna celebrations have taken different modern forms. Brides get to wear different costumes, including some from Egyptian folklore, others from different cultures, like Hindi and Moroccan outfits, and even fairytales, like Snow White.

 

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The celebration is also required to be accompanied with dinner for the guests. The cost of henna night nowadays ranges between EGP 1,000 and 5,000.

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In Video: The historical beauty behind the Giza Orman Park http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/video-historical-beauty-behind-giza-orman-park/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/video-historical-beauty-behind-giza-orman-park/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:35:09 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622959 The post In Video: The historical beauty behind the Giza Orman Park appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Arab businesspeople in Europe: between success and political tension http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/arab-businesspeople-europe-success-political-tension/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/arab-businesspeople-europe-success-political-tension/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622816 "My Muslim/Arab status is not only 'justifiable,' but also highly beneficial in the business world, as it is stereotypically associated with wealth," says Abouzid

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If life was a movie, he would have been a European citizen that roams the world searching for investments. Nonetheless, in the real world, Ramy Abouzid is an Egyptian businessperson, who decided not to let nationalities and ethnicities map his career.

With the world aching in the face of raging terrorism, Islamophobia is currently a global topic. It is no secret that many Arab citizens have been denied access to certain first-world countries due to their nationality.

Abouzid is specialised in private equity and vintage luxury—two businesses that require spotless reputation and solid trust from the clients’ side. If life was again a movie, especially if it was written after 2011, Abouzid would never have a successful private business. Nonetheless, real life is far from media-made stereotypes.

Daily News Egypt sat with Abouzid to talk global business, Arabs in foreign countries, and the shocks of the Arab spring.

Can you please tell us more about your business?

Growing up, I have always felt that I was meant for more than one purpose; hence, it was very hard to choose a single career path. I began as an asset manager for a notorious financial institution in London and shortly afterwards I started a brokerage firm and a private equity fund. Through these two companies I managed to invest in industries that I am actually passionate about.

What made you specialise in private equity and vintage luxury?

My education in corporate finance and economics made me comfortable enough with the financial-service industry to be able to understand what pulls the strings in society. Money is the key to everything in the business world and whoever says otherwise is either broke or delusional.

The people who handle the money are financiers; therefore, the power of the business world is in the hands of the financiers. Once that realisation is made, and a solid position is established in the industry, one becomes enlightened and life becomes much easier.

As for vintage luxury, I am a huge history lover and generally a very nostalgic person. I have always been fascinated by the preservation of time in things and seeing the contrast between old and new, be it an old Pepsi sign from the drive-in days or an old pocket watch.

Did your nationality and religion force certain limitations on your career, especially since you are commonly known as a socialite in a very exclusive/selective industry? 

For finance, I have to say that being an Arab is a certain advantage. For vintage luxury, it does not really matter. Having been raised in Italy in a very classist society, I came to realise that not being fully Italian in ethnicity was only “justifiable” with exceptional financial and/or social status.

As a kid, I did not realise this connection, because I guess I did not pay attention or did not care at the time. Growing up, however, I connected the dots and I realised that my Muslim/Arab status is not only “justifiable,” but also highly beneficial in the business world, as it is stereotypically associated with wealth.

It is funny how the exact thing that can be damaging in one realm can be beneficial in another.

The past six years have witnessed severe political changes. How did that reflect on your business?

The Arab spring struck at a time in which I was finally considering starting some business ventures in Egypt. I had intended to set up a real estate development fund and a few commercial real estate construction projects, as the only real issues I had ever witnessed in Egypt were the occasional Red Sea terrorism attacks on the tourism industry.

In fact, I truly believed that for such an ever expanding city, my business would have been a home run. I unfortunately came to witness force majeur, at its finest, when the revolution hit. I saw plenty of successful people declare bankruptcy.

Political changes in Egypt restricted my expansion to the Middle East for the time being, as Egypt would have been my entry point. Sadly, it will now have to become the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Arabs tend to create communities when living in foreign countries. Would you say that you collaborate with Arabs more than other nationalities? 

I would say that I collaborate the least with Arabs in Italy, and the most in London. In fact, the two places handle their local Arabs quite differently. Italy handles them with cynicism until proven wealthy and powerful; whereas the UK handles them with optimism until proven broke and powerless.

Islamophobia is currently expressed and discussed openly. As a businessperson based in Europe, how do you keep your business distanced from that?

I do not operate with racist people or people that are narrow minded to the point of having to deal with Islamophobia or any phobia for that matter. I believe that in business, everything is a factor that can affect the general outcome of the product or service.

One bad link and the whole thing becomes messy, and I have learned to expel any bad link from the start. People with Islamophobia are the worst kind of links.

If you were given a platform to raise awareness regarding Islamophobia for a day, what method of communication will you choose and what would be your main concept?

I would put an Arab Muslim and a Christian American, both with perfect English, in a dark room together without letting them know what ethnicity they are. They would not be allowed to reveal names or cultural backgrounds until the end of the session, during which they would be handed certain activities to make them bond.

At the end, they would be presented with the reality after having become friends, and that would prove a lot more than any explanatory video campaign.

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Berlin 24/7: Construction is silver, speech is gold http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/berlin-247-construction-is-silver-speech-is-gold/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/berlin-247-construction-is-silver-speech-is-gold/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:29:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622839 The post Berlin 24/7: Construction is silver, speech is gold appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Since construction projects are a disaster in Berlin, managers should at least apply readily available strategies to improve their image, says DW’s Gero Schliess.An opera house without an opera? That would be like a chancellery without a chancellor. Yet that appears to be a probable scenario in Berlin – for the opera, I mean.

The renovation works on the Berlin State Opera building have been underway since 2009. The conductor of the opera, Daniel Barenboim, announced its opening last year – and the year before that too, always on October 3. Each time in vain.

Here’s another never-ending construction site, in typical Berlin style.

Berlin’s eternal building works

It should finally open this October 3 – it has to! Yet the long-awaited opening season will not include the large opera production that was also announced by Barenboim. It suddenly became clear that stage requirements for this show are very complex, and that more time to rehearse would be needed.

Therefore, the opera house will open without its opera. It still remains to be seen how minimalistic the opening concerts will be: duet, quartet, nonet – or can something larger be expected?

While that construction project was awfully directed, communications surrounding it were even worse.

The Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment should have actually known how to deal with a case like this, since it has come up with a clever-sounding document, called “Berlin’s recommended action plan for construction site communication.”

OK, it could have been directly called “crisis communication,” as so many major construction sites are poorly managed in the city – including the international airport BER, the Pergamon Museum, the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) new headquarters and now the Berlin State Opera, known in German as the Staatsoper unter den Linden.

Roadmap for improved communication

The recommended action plan could have served as a life-saver for all authorities who felt they were about to drown in construction site waters, especially for those in charge of communicating bad news about overdrawn budgets and missed deadlines.

“Shocking reports are definitely to be avoided,” says the Senate paper. Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller, should have learned this lesson long ago.

Altogether, the recommendations in the action plan read like a litany of missed opportunities. “Remain realistic and do no create false expectations,” is one example.

That worked out well with the BER airport. Its opening had to be postponed four times already. From October 2011 to June 2012, then it was pushed to the beginning of 2013. After that, the airport company avoided setting new dates. It was supposed to open in fall 2016, then at the beginning of 2017. Odds are now that it will rather happen in 2018.

Building projects presented in a positive light

Another recommendation in the action plan is to “communicate positive goals.” Perhaps, for example: We should be happy that the skies above BER are airplane-free, because in the meantime, the popular Tegel airport can further be used, instead of being mothballed as initially planned.

The ongoing extension of the Pergamon Museum won’t be complete until 2023. Along the way, the project’s budget and its construction period have both doubled. These changes of plan could be positively communicated by integrating references to the museum’s antique collection: You could simply state that Ancient Greeks wouldn’t have built it more quickly either. No one knows, however, if the construction of the monumental Pergamon Altar during the second century BC was also affected by delays…

The BND headquarters were initially planned for 2013 – and that “reasonably” turned into 2017. The proposed construction costs of 730 million euros have since surpassed the billion mark. My communication tip in this case goes to the German Chancellor, who could gain political capital in her struggles with Donald Trump. Since the US president wants Germany to increase its military spending, she could claim that those millions were invested to supplement cyberwar technologies. Seriously, the Federal Intelligence Service building project is more terrifying to tax payers than foreign secret services.

The psychological support provided by the action plan should not be underestimated. Like high priests, the bureaucrats who devised it grant clemency to their hunted and mocked construction site managers by promising, “Together we can manage to present a construction site as a necessary yet manageable challenge.”

Amen.

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Drums Festival shines in its 5th edition http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/622807/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/23/622807/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:00:13 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622807 In its 5th edition, the Drums Festival kicked off Friday night with several performances themed around the topic “Drums for Peace”. Attempting to promote tourism and merge musical cultures, 25 different countries took part in this year’s edition. The festival started at the Citadel’s Youssef Theatre with the performances of different drum troupes that took …

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In its 5th edition, the Drums Festival kicked off Friday night with several performances themed around the topic “Drums for Peace”. Attempting to promote tourism and merge musical cultures, 25 different countries took part in this year’s edition. The festival started at the Citadel’s Youssef Theatre with the performances of different drum troupes that took a tour around Moez Street while presenting their hometown music to the public.

The festival is organised by the ministries of culture, tourism, and youth and sports, in cooperation with the ministries of planning and international cooperation. For seven days, until April 26, drum troupes from African, Asian, and European countries will perform different art shows combined with each other.

This year’s edition witnesses the participation of India and Ecuador as special guests for the festival, along with countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Sudan, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Romania, Nigeria, Algeria, Africa, and China. It also sees participation from Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia.

The festival was founded by the prominent Egyptian artist Entsar Abdel Fattah. A number of historical and cultural places were chosen as the backdrop for hosting the shows, including Sultan Al-Ghuri Complex, the cultural palaces of Banha, Port Said, Bahteem, and Moez Street, the Talaat Harb cultural centre, the children’s civilisation and creativity centre, and a number of theatres, such as Al-Midan Theatre at the Cairo Opera House.

This year, the Drums Festival honours several musical and cultural figures, including Fayza Soliman, the first female from Upper Egypt to establish a local art troupe, as well as prominent artist Ahmed Mounib.

The festival mainly uses drums because they were originally used during wars and for marching, so the founder aimed to take an instrument that was originally used for warlike purposes and use it to invoke a combination of art and happiness.

The idea of the festival came up in 1990; however, it was not until 2012 that Abdel Fattah was able to turn his dream of welcoming the beauty of international drums art to Egypt into a reality.

 

Photos by Asmaa Gamal

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Catholic Church condemns Croatian play featuring Jesus Christ Muslim rape scene http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/22/catholic-church-condemns-croatian-play-featuring-jesus-christ-muslim-rape-scene/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/22/catholic-church-condemns-croatian-play-featuring-jesus-christ-muslim-rape-scene/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:18:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622857 The post Catholic Church condemns Croatian play featuring Jesus Christ Muslim rape scene appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The play features a hijab-clad woman being raped by Jesus after pulling a national flag from her genitals. The Catholic Church says it was inundated with complaints from its disgusted members.A controversial play which depicts Jesus Christ raping a Muslim woman drew strong condemnation from Croatia’s Catholic Church on Saturday.

A theater festival in the coastal city of Split was due to host a performance on Monday of Croatian playwright Oliver Frljic’s “Our Violence and Your Violence,” but the region’s Archdiocese called for its cancellation.

The play discusses Europe’s refugee crisis and was already staged in Croatia and other European countries.

In one scene Jesus rapes a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. Earlier in the play, a naked actress wearing a hijab pulls out a national flag from her vagina.

“We urge all those responsible … to take steps that [the play] does not offend people and humiliate culture,” the regional Archdiocese of Split said in a statement.

The play “offends God, man and nation,” the Archdiocese said, adding it had “already provoked local and international condemnation.”

The statement was addressed to the Ministry of Culture, Split authorities and the town’s national theater, where the play was to be staged.

The Split-Makarska Archdiocese said it was inundated with complaints from its disgusted members.

Insult to poet’s memory

Marulic Days Festival is named after Croatian Renaissance poet Marko Marulic, a humanist writer whose work was heavily influenced by the Bible. The Archdiocese said hosting such a play at a festival in his honor was an insult to his memory.

A Croatian ultraconservative party announced a protest in front of the theater on Monday, saying it “offended in the most brutal way the religious and moral feelings of Christians, Muslims and other Croatian citizens.”

On Friday, one of Frljic’s other plays, “The Curse,” drew protests in the Polish city of Warsaw. Polish police dislodged Catholic protestors from the entrance of a theater. The play featured scenes that depicted oral sex being performed on a statue of the late Polish Pope John Paul II. The statue later had a sign hung around its neck labeling him a protector of pedophiles.

The Polish Powszechny theater said in a statement that “the show gives the floor to various ideological positions and must be analyzed as an integral artistic work and not a set of scenes apart, unrelated.”

Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party in 2016 slammed a Polish production of “Our Violence and Your Violence,” saying it contained “pornography and blasphemy.”

About 90 percent of Croatia’s 4.2 million citizens identify as Roman Catholic, according to the 2011 census.

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8 record-breaking books for World Book Day http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/21/8-record-breaking-books-for-world-book-day/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/21/8-record-breaking-books-for-world-book-day/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:03:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622668 The post 8 record-breaking books for World Book Day appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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How big is the world’s smallest book? And which novel has been read the most? For UNESCO’s World Book Day on April 23, we take a look at some quirky and impressive literary achievements.Nowadays, books are increasingly read on screens rather than paper. But for centuries, they have not only served as a means of communication, but have also been status symbols, works of art and collector items.

To promote the written word, UNESCO initiated World Book Day in 1995. Its date, April 23, goes back to a Spanish tradition. On the name day of Saint George, roses and books are given as presents in Catalonia.

April 23 is also the day William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, two of the most significant writers in the world, passed away.

To celebrate World Book Day, click though the gallery above for some astonishing record-breaking books.

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He made psychopaths cult: Jack Nicholson turns 80 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/21/he-made-psychopaths-cult-jack-nicholson-turns-80/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/21/he-made-psychopaths-cult-jack-nicholson-turns-80/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:54:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622669 The post He made psychopaths cult: Jack Nicholson turns 80 appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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“Easy Rider,” “Chinatown,” “The Shining,” “Batman” and more… As Jack Nicholson celebrates his 80th birthday on April 22, here’s a look back at some of the superstar’s numerous iconic roles.Jack Nicholson achieved his breakthrough with the cult film “Easy Rider,” in the role of an alcoholic lawyer named George Hanson. In one of the most iconic scenes of the film, he meets the two bikers depicted by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in front of the local police station after spending a night with them in the town jail. While the bikers are gearing up to hit the road, Nicholson takes out a bottle of Jim Beam and declares, “Here’s the first of the day, fellows,” before taking a swig. A twist in his face is accompanied by an unexpected reaction as he lifts an elbow and starts flapping his arm like a chicken’s wing while cackling an enigmatic: “Nik Nik Nik…”

With this role, Nicholson earned one of the 12 Oscar nominations of his career – which makes him the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. If he’s known by everyone as an actor, it is often forgotten that he has also worked as a producer, scriptwriter and director too.

Trained by Roger Corman

Born on April 22, 1937, in New York, Nicholson grew up in New Jersey. He started acting in school, where he was the class clown.

In 1954, he followed his mother to Los Angeles. Nicholson took an office job at MGM studios, all the while training to become an actor.

His first appearance on screen came with the TV series “NBC Matinee Theater,” in 1956. Two years later, Jack Nicholson met independent film director and producer Roger Corman. It turned out to be a decisive meeting, as Corman was about to start filming a series of B-movies.

Among them was the 1960 black comedy horror film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” in which Nicholson played a dentist’s masochistic patient. The movie about a plant that feeds on human flesh became a cult hit. From then on, Nicholson was part of Corman’s cinematic family, acting with stars such as Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. He also co-directed for the first time with Corman on “The Terror” (1963), on which he also had a lead role.

In the mid-1960s, Nicholson also started writing for the screen and one of his scripts, “The Trip” (1967), directed by Corman, became one of the first films ever to depict LSD trips.

As a friend of the actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, he was invited to jump on a Harley with them for “Easy Rider” in 1969. He was also one of the executive producers of the landmark work and, according to producer Bert Schneider, he also made sure Fonda and Hopper didn’t kill each other during the shoot. “Easy Rider” became the most successful film of the New Hollywood period defined by young, innovative directors. Nicholson’s image of the unshaven anti-hero perfectly fit into the spirit of that era.

One of the faces of New Hollywood

Still, Nicholson’s name didn’t guarantee a film’s success yet. The very sociable actor was always ready to help out friends by acting in their average projects. He was therefore always busy shooting, but for every successful film he did, three others were flops.

Another milestone film would come his way in 1974, when he starred in Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.” In the film, set in Los Angeles in the 1930s, he plays private investigator Jake Gittes, who gets drawn into a murder, corruption and incest story.

“Chinatown” became one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the 70s, firmly establishing Nicholson’s reputation as a character actor.

Just one year later, he received his first Oscar for his performance in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” directed by Milos Forman, and became one of Hollywood’s top stars while performing challenging roles. In the film, he plays the recidivist criminal Randle McMurphy, who lands in a mental institution where patients are submitted to electroshock therapy and forced medication.

Kubrick and Nicholson’s shining classic

After these hits, things slowed down a bit for Nicholson. He experimented as a director in the western-comedy “Goin’ South” (1978), among others – but that didn’t become a hit.

Another one of his most iconic roles came in 1980, with “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s same-titled novel. Nicholson starred as the unsuccessful author Jack Torrance, who settles with his wife and son in an empty, mountain-isolated hotel. Hired as its caretaker while the hotel is snowed-in during the winter, Torrance starts to go crazy. “The Shining” is now regarded as one of the great horror film classics, even if some critics found Nicholson overdid his depiction of madness.

In the 80s, Nicholson acted in several films that weren’t so memorable. But one notable production was “Terms of Endearment” (1983), by James L. Brooks, in which he plays a retired astronaut who falls in love with his neighbor (Shirley MacLaine) and helps her develop her relationship with her daughter. The role earned him his second Oscar, this time for best supporting actor.

The Joker’s grin

One of his most enigmatic roles came in 1989 in Tim Burton’s “Batman,” in which he plays Batman’s grinning opponent, the Joker. The film earned over $400 million (372 million euros) at the box office. It was Nicholson’s most successful film. A percentage deal in his contract also allowed him to earn a record-breaking salary for the role, estimated between $60 million and $90 million.

Backed by this success, he directed in 1990 a sequel to “Chinatown,” entitled “The Two Jakes.” However, his directorial style was deemed too predictable and the film was a flop.

With the 1997 comedy “As Good as It Gets,” Nicholson was back on track with another huge success. Starring as the neurotic novelist Melvin who spares no one from his homophobic and racist insults. Nicholson picked up his third Oscar for his performance.

He was also convincing in the role of an Irish-American mobster in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” (2006), picking up a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination for best supporting actor.

Now turning 80, the Hollywood star was thought to have retired – his last film was back in 2010. But he’s been slated to star in a remake of the critically-acclaimed German film “Toni Erdmann,” so we might get to see him as a clowning octogenarian dad on the big screen.

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The German star of “Oh Boy” and “Generation War” has moved from the movie to the music stage with band The Jazz Kids as debut record “Vilnius” is released.For actor Tom Schilling, now 35, the film “Oh Boy” was a double blessing: The award-winning 2012 comedy would prove to be one of his best performances, while during the filming he got to know his current band that also provided the movie soundtrack. Today, Schilling and band The Jazz Kids release their debut album, “Vilnius.”

Many actors have tried their hand at music with varying degrees of success. This has not deterred Schilling. “Vilnius” comprises music “that is different from anything that currently exists,” the actor told the German press agency dpa.

As singer and songwriter, Schilling performs gloomy murder ballads and love songs that recall poetic balladeers like Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. German music magazine “Musik Express” described them as “Berlin bar folk.”

The actor’s musical artistry will be on show from early May when Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids tour Germany. After that, Schilling will need to end his music adventure and return to the movie set. “I see myself firstly as an actor,” he told “Stern” magazine.

Schilling is playing the artist Gerhard Richter in “Werk ohne Autor,” the new film by Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, which will be released in November. Indeed, the truly multi-talented Schilling once wanted to study painting.

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Child bride photographer Stephanie Sinclair wins Niedringhaus photojournalism award http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/20/child-bride-photographer-stephanie-sinclair-wins-niedringhaus-photojournalism-award/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/20/child-bride-photographer-stephanie-sinclair-wins-niedringhaus-photojournalism-award/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:29:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622656 The post Child bride photographer Stephanie Sinclair wins Niedringhaus photojournalism award appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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A child bride standing defiantly beside her husband, or girls who have escaped from Boko Haram: Stephanie Sinclair’s sobering portraits of them have earned her the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced on Thursday Stephanie Sinclair as the winner of the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.

Her photos touch the soul and show courage, “the emotional and intellectual courage required to continue to bear witness to scenes of despair,” wrote the jury.

Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world for 15 years, photographing girls and young women who have been victims of violence, genital mutilation or forced marriage. Whether in Afghanistan, Yemen or India, her renowned photo series “Too Young to Wed” graphically details how child marriage destroys the lives of young girls.

“I photographed several girls in Afghanistan and I met a girl named Marsia,” the American journalist told DW, recalling the moment that changed her career and her life. “She was nine years old when she was married and she was 15 when she tried to commit a suicide by self-immolation. And so from there, I felt I had to look at what was behind this, what their life looked like that such drastic measures would seem the best option.”

The Anja Niedringhaus Award, a ‘bittersweet honor’

Sinclair’s efforts to “confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls around the world,” as she states on her website, were officially recognized through the prestigious Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award for 2017.

The prize is named in memory of the German war photographer and Pulitzer prize-winner who was shot dead in Afghanistan in 2014.

“I knew Anja, I met her in Afghanistan,” said Sinclair. “I am really grateful to be honored by an award in Anja’s name. It is tremendous, if bittersweet.”

The $20,000 (about 18,600-euro) prize was awarded by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), which has been committed to freedom of the press and supporting courageous journalists since 1990. The prize will be officially presented on June 8 at the German Embassy in Washington DC.

The award jury has also paid tribute to photographer Louisa Gouliamaki for her stories about the refugee crisis in Europe. Nicole Tung’s images, showing the trauma of the wars in the Middle East, were also recognized. All three photojournalists are marked by dedication and compassion, said the jury.

Bravery in the face of horror

“I was so fascinated by the bravery that it takes from these girls to do this,” said Sinclair of her subjects. “They are fearless. Even if they have suffered a lot, they still want their stories to be told.”

How has the photographer been able to process these stories herself? “Maybe I am not coping so well,” said Sinclair, laughing. “That is why I have been on the same project for 15 years!”

Meanwhile, Sinclair has founded an NGO that tries to help the girls directly. “I am not comfortable telling the story and moving on,” said the photographer. “For me follow through enables me to continue my work.”

Sinclair recently published a long photo essay in the “New York Times” about young women in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri who managed to escape the clutches of Boko Haram militants. The insurgents infamously abducted 276 girls from the town of Chibok in 2014, with most of the victims still missing.

It is hoped such a dramatic portrayal of kidnapped girls in Nigeria will wake up the world – including American politicians. Indeed, at the end of April, Sinclair will appear before the US Congress to report on the suffering of Nigeria’s young women.

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Prince estate blocks new music release on anniversary of pop icon’s death http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/20/prince-estate-blocks-new-music-release-on-anniversary-of-pop-icons-death/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/20/prince-estate-blocks-new-music-release-on-anniversary-of-pop-icons-death/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:42:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622569 The post Prince estate blocks new music release on anniversary of pop icon’s death appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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A year since Prince’s sudden passing from an accidental overdose of painkillers, the music legend’s estate is blocking the release of unpublished tracks. But Prince’s Revolution lives on as former band hits the road.On April 21, the anniversary of Prince’s untimely death, an independent label plans to release a six-track EP of Prince songs titled “Deliverance.” But the musician’s estate sees things differently, moving on Wednesday to block the release of tracks that Prince recorded with his long-time sound engineer Ian Boxill, between 2006 and 2008.

“Mr. Boxill is now trying to exploit the Prince recordings unlawfully in his possession,” said a lawsuit filed in a Minnesota court by the estate led by Prince’s siblings.

While the The Purple One’s estate argues the songs “remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property,” Boxill, who has worked with the likes of rapper Tupac Shakur, said that the pop legend would have appreciated the independent release and was always looking for ways to distribute his music outside of major labels – “Deliverance” will appear on the indie label Rogue Music Alliance (RMA).

“I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing,” said Boxill.

The EP’s title track, “Deliverance,” was released Tuesday, with the five other songs part of the full EP digital release on Friday. A CD release is planned for June.

Meanwhile, Prince’s 1980s backing band, The Revolution, is reuniting and hitting the road for a spring US tour.

“We’re taking it to the people who are grieving like we are, and letting them have a little bit of relief,” said guitarist Wendy Melvoin on Wednesday while rehearsing in Minneapolis, the city in which Prince died at the age of 57.

After three sold-out September shows at the fabled First Avenue nightclub where Prince’s hit 1984 film, “Purple Rain,” was set, The Revolution is preparing to kick off a tour in Paisley Park, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, one year to the day after Prince passed away in the same location.

“We have the ability now to give people a glimpse of what we experienced with him,” bassist BrownMark said. “And I think that’s a powerful thing. I know it helped me heal.”

sb/eg (AP, AFP)

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The unseen sides of Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/18/622247/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/18/622247/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:27 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622247 The top pictures posted on Instagram by amateur photographers

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Abdelrahman Assem Ahmed Awaad Ammar Eid Bassma Khaled Beshoy Nashat Emad Abo ELSaoud Kareem Abdulkareem Yehya Mohamed Manar Gad Nadia Rifaat

Photography has always been a form of stating reality. It’s the window through which people can look into the lives of others and the portrait that displays their daily life events.

While media portals are filled with pictures taken by famous photographers, many unknown talents use tools as simple as their mobile cameras to develop their passion for photography. Those, who haven’t found any platform on which to publish their photos, seek to establish their own outlet by publishing these pictures on their social media accounts.

In an attempt to support young talents seeking a platform, Daily News Egypt publishes pictures taken by citizens displaying their daily activities.

These pictures are the best pictures posted on Instagram with the hashtag #DailyNewsEgypt. Each one of them reflects a unique side of Egypt—not mentioned in international media outlets—but that can be seen by the people actually living in the country.

Every month, the best pictures with the hashtag #DailyNewsEgypt, will be reposted on the newspaper’s official account and published in the printed edition.

Daily News Egypt’s editorial team found that the published pictures present extremely talented young photographers. Moreover, they capture moments of pure beauty people rarely stop to enjoy amid the hurry of their daily routine.

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West Germany’s first chancellor and more: Who was Konrad Adenauer? http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/18/west-germanys-first-chancellor-and-more-who-was-konrad-adenauer/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/18/west-germanys-first-chancellor-and-more-who-was-konrad-adenauer/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:57:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622330 The post West Germany’s first chancellor and more: Who was Konrad Adenauer? appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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He became the first post-war chancellor of Germany at the age of 73 – and led the country for the following 14 years. Fifty years after his death on April 19, several aspects of Adenauer’s life remain to be explored. Political scientist Hanns Jürgen Küsters is the director of the scientific services and archives of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation. He recently published the book “Konrad Adenauer – Der Vater, die Macht und das Erbe – Das Tagebuch des Monsignore Paul Adenauer 1961-1966” (Konrad Adenauer – The Father, the Power and the Heritage – the Journal of Monsignore Paul Adenauer 1961-1966) and also co-organized the exhibition “Unity Only in Freedom – Konrad Adenauer and the German Question,” which goes on show at the German Historical Museum in Berlin on April 22.

DW: Tell us about the new book about Konrad Adenauer you’ve published.

Hanns Jürgen Küsters: In 2015, when the housekeeper of Konrad Adenauer’s son, Paul Adenauer, who was a priest, died, one of his journals was discovered. When I got to read this material, I immediately knew it provided unique insight into Konrad Adenauer’s work and life in the late years of his chancellorship and the years that followed. At the time, Paul Adenauer was living in his parents’ house again and his diary covers the period from 1961 to 1966, up until his father’s death in 1967.

What did you find most fascinating about this diary?

These records are particularly interesting because they not only provide insight into the current events of the time; they also reveal how Adenauer felt personally, how he discussed personal things with his son. It also provides the perspective of the son on his father. It offers new nuances for Adenauer researchers, as his son was with his father almost every day, so he knew him in a unique way that doesn’t compare to what others knew of him.

He apparently had little time for his children when they were young. This later relationship offers an interesting contrast.

Paul Adenauer, born in 1923, was the second son from Konrad Adenauer’s second marriage. During the first 10 years of his life, he didn’t get to see his father much, as he was so deeply involved in regional and communal politics as the mayor of Cologne at the time.

When he was dismissed from his office as mayor of Cologne in 1933, it opened a new perspective on his father for the son, who visited him relatively frequently in Maria Laach [Eds. A Benedictine monastery where Konrad Adenauer stayed for several months during the war, fearing reprisals if he were to return Cologne]. Paul became aware of the spirituality of this convent, and it is during this period that he developed his desire to become a priest. His father was very skeptical about his son’s wish. Yet in the end he could not stop his son’s calling to become a priest.

You have mentioned that Konrad Adenauer was forced out of office in 1933, as he had positioned himself against the Nazis. Could you tell us more about this period?

After 16 years in office as the mayor of Cologne, Konrad Adenauer was expelled by the Nazis when they took power in 1933. He lived deprived of public functions until 1944. He fought to claim a pension during this period. He had a family to provide for and these existential problems made him suffer from depression. He is even said to have considered suicide. It was really a difficult period for him.

Although he was not a member of the resistance, he always expressed his views against the Nazis. He also aimed to overcome nationalism in 1945 through an international approach. That was one of his motivations to push the European Union forward. He particularly aimed to establish alliances with the West, with liberal parliamentary democracies, and to bring the Germans on the western track.

On an international level, he searched to establish these connections because – beyond overcoming nationalism and promoting European integration – he also assumed that economically interdependent western democracies would no longer wage war against each other.

How would you describe his character?

Konrad Adenauer had a rough-edged personality, and he was well aware of the importance of his office. I believe that when he became chancellor at the age of 73, he was the right man at the right time at the right place. He was ready to take responsibility for the reconstruction of Germany and its modernization. But he was also someone who wasn’t always easy to deal with. He was quick-witted. He always approached politics with strong pragmatism. When he had a goal in mind, he’d always try to find his way to implement it. He was true to his principles. Those are character traits that weren’t always well received.

Beyond being a politician, he also had an unexpected creative side, working on many inventions throughout his life. What do you know about this aspect?

Adenauer was very technically skilled. He had already made various inventions in the 1910s. He came up with an emergency bread recipe to improve the food supply during World War I. He invented, for example, an illuminated darning egg and a spout for a watering can. He always had fun trying out technical things. Additionally, he always looked to see if he could make money through his patents – that certainly played a role.

The weekly “Der Spiegel” recently revealed that the former chancellor had spied on his political opponents. What’s your reaction to this information?

I think this is not really something new. There is a commission of historians in charge of evaluating the files of the German intelligence service (BND). We knew that the then-BND director, Reinhard Gehlen, was in contact with the chancellor. Still, I am not sure whether Konrad Adenauer had given the order on this. We know from other sources that Reinhard Gehlen tried to elevate his profile by providing a lot of information to the chancellery. So we would have to further examine the files to determine whose initiative it really was. However, the decisive aspect remains, of course, that the BND provided the information it had collected to the chancellery.

The content just published by “Der Spiegel” on this matter is, to a large extent, well-known to Adenauer researchers, and, in this sense, not really new.

In your opinion, what’s the image we should keep of the first chancellor?

I believe the merits of Konrad Adenauer are that he was ready to take responsibility in 1945, during a difficult phase of German history, when he could have otherwise retired from politics.

Konrad Adenauer is certainly the founding father of the Federal Republic of Germany; he has ensured that liberal parliamentary democracy was introduced in Germany – which was not obvious at the time. He led the Germans to Western democracy, which is still the basis of our political order today. He promoted rapprochement with Israel and reconciliation with France. He was a co-founder of the European Community. These are values that remain essential to us to this day.

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In Pictures: Egyptians celebrate Easter despite all odds http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/17/egyptians-get-sadness-celebrate-easter/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/17/egyptians-get-sadness-celebrate-easter/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:05:46 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622297   Photos by Asmaa Gamal

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Cambridge International Examinations: a non-profit organisation aiming to improve the Egyptian educational system  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/13/cambridge-international-examinations-non-profit-organisation-aiming-improve-egyptian-educational-system/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/13/cambridge-international-examinations-non-profit-organisation-aiming-improve-egyptian-educational-system/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:00:03 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621928 “We now work with 127 schools in Egypt, and our education services team is collaborating with the Egyptian government to develop the new Nile International Education System,” says chief executive

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For years, Egyptian students have been suffering from lack of an educational system. In an attempt to improve the skills of Egyptian students and help them in joining their dream universities, as well as improving the educational system, Cambridge International Examinations was established.

Cambridge International Examinations is part of Cambridge Assessment and a department of the University of Cambridge. It prepares school students for life by helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. The world’s best universities and employers recognise Cambridge international qualifications, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

As a non-profit organisation, Cambridge International Examinations devotes its resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential. The qualifications offered by Cambridge, including Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level, help students become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged—ready to tackle the demands of tomorrow’s world and capable of shaping a better world for the future.

This year, over 100 students in Egypt received awards for exceptional performance in Cambridge examinations, including six students who attained the highest grades in the world.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Michael O’Sullivan, Cambridge International’s chief executive talked about the organisation’s contribution in improving both teachers’ and students’ skills, talents, and capabilities as well as its future plans for improving the Egyptian educational system.

O’Sullivan has been the chief executive for four years after being the director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust. Prior to that, he served as secretary general of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.

Can you give us some background about Cambridge Examinations?

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge.

Cambridge is a not-for-profit organisation, part of Cambridge Assessment and a department of the University of Cambridge. Our programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour, and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.

Cambridge qualifications, including Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Level, are recognised by the world’s best universities—in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and beyond.

Where and when were the tests held and the results announced?

Cambridge examinations are administered by the British Council in Egypt. Exams are held every June and November, in different venues across the country. Students enter these examinations through their schools. Most British curriculum schools in Egypt offer Cambridge qualifications. Results are announced in August and in January every year.

How did Cambridge honour the winners?

This year, the winners were presented with their awards during two celebrations in Alexandria on 7 March and in Cairo on 8 March. These ceremonies were attended by key staff from Cambridge and the British Council. This year, the winning students at the Cairo ceremony were presented with their awards by the UK’s ambassador, John Casson. During the ceremony, Minister of Education Tarek Shawky also made a brief address to those attending.

What is Cambridge’s contribution to improving education in Egypt and aiding Egyptian students in getting better education?

We are optimistic about the future of the education system in Egypt. Lots of improvements are being made with international agencies and organisations supporting these.

Cambridge is very pleased to be supporting these improvements. We now work with 127 schools in Egypt. Additionally, our education services team has been working in collaboration with the Egyptian government to develop the new Nile International Education System. This innovative bilingual education system aims to provide an excellent teaching and learning environment for all, offering students the opportunity to study for and achieve internationally recognised qualifications that are benchmarked to Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Levels.

With certain programmes already in place that aim to improve the overall education sector in Egypt, Cambridge and Egypt’s Ministry of Education are fully dedicated towards providing quality education for Egyptian students.

Cambridge has worked with schools across MENA for more than 35 years, a testament to our dedication and commitment to education in the region.

Cambridge began working in the Middle East and Northern Europe in 1968, and we currently work with 127 schools across Egypt.

About 70,000 exam entries were made by schools in Egypt in the June 2016 exam series—7% growth on the year before.

Cambridge strives to incorporate the “Cambridge Learner Attributes” into the curriculum and assessments in Egypt and worldwide. These attributes recognise the need for students to develop attitudes and life skills through their education, along with the academic skills, to be successful in higher education institutions and in their future careers.

  1. Confident in working with information and ideas
  2. Responsible for themselves and respectful towards others
  3. Reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  4. Innovative and equipped to take on challenges
  5. Engaged intellectually and socially—ready to make a difference

Does Cambridge offer any training courses for teachers? If yes, will the teachers be from British schools only or public schools too?

Our programmes and qualifications are well supported with teaching and learning resources, which helps teachers deliver engaging and effective courses and develop professionally. Cambridge curriculum support resources and training are only available to Cambridge schools and their teaching staff.

Through teacher training—online and face-to-face—we provide 15,000 Cambridge teachers worldwide every year with the skills and knowledge they need to help their students succeed. In recent years we have engaged with over 2,000 Cambridge teachers, principals, and other education experts across the Middle East and North Africa. In 2016 we held over 1,100 training events worldwide. This year, we plan to increase training opportunities by holding over 1,300 training events around the world. Here in Egypt, we are planning to hold 32 teacher training workshops this year.

Cambridge has recently redeveloped its Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications, accredited by UCL Institute of Education, at certificate and diploma level. They cover four areas: teaching and learning, teaching with digital technologies, teaching bilingual learners, and educational leadership. We have seen rapid growth in entries for Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications. Cambridge currently has 106 Cambridge Professional Development centres worldwide, and this is forecast to grow to 150 centres by August this year. Forecast entry figures for this year show more than 2,500 entries will be made by August—a 767% growth in three years.

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Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold from Great Britain has ascended to the Mount Everest base camp to play the “highest party on earth” with around 100 trekkers.Paul Oakenfold, the 53-year-old godfather of dance music and three-time Grammy nominee, climbed for 10 days to reach Nepal’s Everest base camp along with a team of porters and yaks that carried his audio equipment.

On Tuesday, despite the freezing temperatures, climbers at the camp – set at 5,380 meters (17,650 feet) above sea level – enjoyed an outdoor party in the sun on a clear day as Oakenfold played on a stage bedecked with Tibetan prayer flags amid the world’s highest peaks.

“It was truly amazing. I feel very lucky to have played here,” Oakenfold told AFP after the performance. “We did a wonderful event and had people from all over the world. I feel very blessed.”

The Mount Everest show was the first of Oakenfold’s SoundTrek series of treks to “the planet’s most awe-inspiring locations to showcase musical cultures from around the world.”

Funds raised for the event will be donated to a number of charities including Himalayan Trust and Supporting Nepal’s Children, which are helping survivors of Nepal’s tragic 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and left thousands homeless. The DJ equipment used on Everest will be given to a local community.

“I want to support in the rebuilding and to shed light on the environment…I would like to do my bit,” Oakenfold said.

Among the trekkers who attended the party – part of a growing band of climbers starting to ascend Everest as the peak climbing season begins – was American Ben Jones. “It was pretty cool. I’ve been here many years but never seen anything like that,” he told AFP.

The world music press also expressed surprise at the Everest party, including “Pitchfork” magazine. “Today was a big one for British DJ Paul Oakenfold, who just performed at Mount Everest’s Base Camp. Really,” commented the online music bible.

Oakenfold trained for four months to prepare for the hike. “I’m not going to pretend it was easy to get here…but it has been a wonderful trek. If you could see the view I’m looking at, it is very inspiring,” he said.

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A success story born from an idea http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/success-story-born-idea/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/success-story-born-idea/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:00:38 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621826 Biker Zone, the first specialized Egyptian event in the field of free sports, motorsports, and bicycles is held for the fourth consecutive year Following the smashing success of the previous three rounds of Biker Zone, the first and most renowned Egyptian event in the field of free sports, adventure sports, motorsports, and bicycles, Phenomena—the organizer …

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Biker Zone, the first specialized Egyptian event in the field of free sports, motorsports, and bicycles is held for the fourth consecutive year

Following the smashing success of the previous three rounds of Biker Zone, the first and most renowned Egyptian event in the field of free sports, adventure sports, motorsports, and bicycles, Phenomena—the organizer of Biker Zone—announced the date of holding the fourth round in the period from 20-21 April 2017 at Cairo Festival City in the Fifth Settlement of New Cairo.

Over the past three years, Biker Zone has become the focus of interest and attention for many Egyptians of different categories and ages to become a success story born from a mere idea.

“We are very proud and happy with the success of Biker Zone for the fourth year in a row,” Mahmoud Mazen, managing director of Phenomena, said. “This year the event holds many new zones and different great surprises. All lovers of sports of all ages will enjoy themselves and spend a great time with us, which is our main intention from this event. It’s another successful round for Biker Zone with many more to come in the future,” he added.

Biker Zone is considered the first and biggest gathering of all adventure and free sports’ lovers of all kinds, such as motorsports and air bikes, safaris and desert activities, 4-wheel drive vehicles, scouts, capoeira, parkour, and many other creative and free sports and activities.

This year’s event is held with the presence of and under the sponsorship of many multinational companies to introduce several products and services that serve the needs and interests of the event’s visitors.

The fourth round of Biker Zone witnesses the launching of several new zones.

Another newly launched zone is the free sports zone “Get Moving”, which basically aims at supporting, motivating, and showcasing several independent sports that are increasingly being met with strong public support and interest.

The organizers also mentioned that one of the most important zones is the “Off Road” zone, allocated to desert adventurers and lovers of 4-wheel drive cars and desert motor bikes. They also announced the existence of many new surprises and important statements in the coming period.

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New York attraction puts world in miniature http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/new-york-attraction-puts-world-in-miniature/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/new-york-attraction-puts-world-in-miniature/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:40:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621839 The post New York attraction puts world in miniature appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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In troubling political times, New York’s latest tourist attraction offers visitors international escapism – a $40 million installation of 50 nations in miniature: a kind of Gulliver’s Travels for the 21st century.Four years in the making and now open for previews just off Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate hopes to draw a million visitors a year to its Lilliputian-style world crafted by hundreds of artists around the world.

Where else can you find Mecca, the Taj Mahal, the Panama Canal and the Beatles walking across Abbey Road under one roof? Not to mention China’s Forbidden City, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue and Jerusalem’s Old City. There is to be an interactive airport, with planes taking off and landing, miniature trains zipping up and down tracks, 10,000 vehicles and a gondola gliding along a glassy green Grand Canal in Venice. Manhattan is displayed in astonishing detail: famous landmarks alongside paramedics attending an accident, families relaxing in living rooms behind apartment windows and a Louis Vuitton store.

In London, visitors can listen to Adele, The Clash or the Beatles at an outdoor concert complete with a TV screen, flashing lights and parkland thumping up and down as the miniature crowd enjoy the music. “Incredible!” said Nathaniel Deutsch, 64, an attorney based in Washington, in New York to catch some shows on Broadway as he looked round. “This is fantastic, I have goose-bumps. It’s amazing.” But it opens as NYC & Company, the official marketing organization for New York, predicts 300,000 fewer international visitors in 2017 in the wake of President Donald Trump’s attempted travel bans “and related rhetoric” – which would be the first decline since 2008 and the global financial crash.

America’s cultural capital is stuffed with iconic attractions from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building and Broadway, not to mention dozens of museums, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square.

To put Gulliver Gate’s hopes into context, the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year received a record 6.7 million visitors. “It’s just the beginning,” co-founder Michael Langer told by email, saying that the inspiration came from Miniatur Wunderland in Germany, which calls itself the largest model railway in the world. “Our team is already in the process of developing new regions and countries to add… There is much more to come,” said Langer. For an extra $44, on top of the entry fee, visitors can get scanned and have a 3D replica of themselves placed alongside the roughly 100,000 miniature figures already in the exhibit.

It is the work of artisans from all over the world: teams in New York, Argentina, Jerusalem, Beijing, Italy and Saint Petersburg modeled their regions – the Russian Winter Wonderland including the Sochi Olympic ski slopes. “You’ve got a lot of competition, but I’ve never seen anything like it,” said retiree and radio personality Michael Rubin, 67, one of those taking advantage of marginally cheaper ticket prices ahead of the May 9 launch. “I love it,” said nanny Meggie Sullivan.

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Can the Maker Movement breathe new life into Egypt? http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/can-maker-movement-breathe-new-life-egypt/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/can-maker-movement-breathe-new-life-egypt/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:56 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621822 For the third year in a row, Maker Faire hit Cairo, to create more, inspire more, and innovate more. On the 7th and 8th of April, Cairo’s smart village witnessed two eventful days, packed with invention, creativity, and resourcefulness from very diverse fields, like technology, art, science, and entrepreneurship. The event was organized by FabLab …

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For the third year in a row, Maker Faire hit Cairo, to create more, inspire more, and innovate more.

On the 7th and 8th of April, Cairo’s smart village witnessed two eventful days, packed with invention, creativity, and resourcefulness from very diverse fields, like technology, art, science, and entrepreneurship.

The event was organized by FabLab Egypt in cooperation with the information resource center of the American embassy.

This greatest show and tell on Earth gathered the whole community of makers, ranging from tech enthusiasts and crafters, to homesteaders and scientists, to garage tinkerers—all gathered in one place to showcase what they’ve made.

Such a celebration demonstrated the significance of innovation and its undeniable role in boosting the spirit of making in the Egyptian community, through turning simple materials into awe-inspiring creations, which in turn will be the head start to a promising future. You think that it’s out of your league?

Cairo Makers’ team believes that there is no limit for innovation. And indeed, the essence of the Maker Faire emphasizes on how all people are makers and not just consumers!

The best part for attendees was the options to create their innovations with others. That led to learning from people, inspiring and encouraging each other to spread the notion of making, and contributing in changing the future through the advanced and unconventional revolution of manufacturing.

This year, Maker Faire Cairo had a wider scope, being the biggest in the MENA region and engaging the audience with more sessions, projects, performances, exhibitions, special events, hands-on activities, and a day just for kids!

People’s participation varied from technology freaks to artists. One of the participants, Nael El-Ashri, took a part in the event with the very first Lego clock. Al-Ashri decided to highlight the passion he has for Lego by making a clock that’s totally built and works by small Lego pieces.

Cairo Makers gives the chance for hundreds of passionate geeks to introduce their ultimate life lusts to the Egypt.

The event also witnessed the motivational speech by Indian designer Ashok Rupner, who designed hundreds of science teaching aids and models that have been uploaded on the website. Working at Children’s Science Center of IUCAA, Rupner along with the team made 1,050 short videos on low-cost models, science activities, and toys. These videos have been dubbed in many languages. Presently the website has 8,100 short videos on Youtube, which have been viewed by over 55-million people across the world.

In his speech, Rupner talked of his journey of combining science with entertaining activities so that children can relate the textbooks in their daily lives.

The event also witnessed the speech of Sabrina Merlo, the creator of Maker Faire’s global event, of which she talked of the process of turning the local event into a worldwide annual date that takes place in over 35 countries and reaches 1.45 million people annually.

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New Beginnings marks the first exhibition for Fawkia Hammouda http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/621820/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/12/621820/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:00:38 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621820 The Opera House in Cairo has seen the promising start of many renowned artists. For many generations, to step into the historic venue meant a chance to experience the country’s cultural and artistic wealth. Last week, the Opera House witnessed the official start of yet a new artist. With bright colours and abstract silhouettes, Fawkia …

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The Opera House in Cairo has seen the promising start of many renowned artists. For many generations, to step into the historic venue meant a chance to experience the country’s cultural and artistic wealth.

Last week, the Opera House witnessed the official start of yet a new artist. With bright colours and abstract silhouettes, Fawkia Hammouda welcomed an art-enthusiast crowd to get a glimpse of her personal world.

Her selection of paintings uncovered her most personal experiences from the last year. Meanwhile, it marked her celebration of life through a vibrant colour palette.

“New Beginnings is my first art exhibition; it is a collection of one year’s worth of paintings which take you through the different stages of my life with different styles, mostly abstract and surrealism,” said Hammouda.

Based on her personal life, the exhibited paintings went through the milestones of Hammouda’s personal life during the past year. From her solidarity expressed through “Girl in the Room” to meeting her husband, author Serag Eldin Yassin, and embracing art and life through her abstract paintings.

That said, standing in the circular musical hall and having all of her work surrounding her, Hammouda could not help but feel deeply connected to certain paintings.

“I have two most-emotional paintings actually. There is a scratch painting that is very close to my heart and “Girl in the Room”. Then there is my husband’s favourite painting, which is also happens to be my mother’s favourite, it is called Lily Pound,” expressed Hammouda admiringly.

Even though abstract art is not a common style of painting in contemporary Egypt, Hammouda’s thoughts came out more elaborate and vivid through expressive geometrical shapes and noticeable scratches.

“Actually, I feel like, sometimes, abstract paintings express my emotions more than other styles do—more than realism or impressionism. I do work sometimes with surrealism. For me, the style has to express my emotions, and whichever one unfolds those emotions on canvas, I will go with it,” said Hammouda while looking at her paintings.

During the opening reception event, many art-experts and collectors flocked through the door to check Hammouda’s work. Within two hours, many went through the circular arena, gazing at each and every painting.

“As a venue for my first exhibition and with the collection of paintings that I have, the Opera House was a very good option. The lighting and the area make it very convenient. On the other hand, it is also exactly where I met my husband last year,” said Hammouda.

With that said, Hammouda’s first exhibition did not come as a surprise for those that know her. According to the artist, painting has always been part of her plan. Nonetheless, the recent live events made it necessary for her to finally take that move.

“I started painting, when I was very young, then I went into formal education, where I studied political science before doing my masters at LLC in London. Then I came back to Egypt, planning to specialise in my field. However, I got married, and that inspired me to do more art. Since then, I have been convinced that it would be a shame to let go of that again,” said Hammouda.

The opening event witnessed a rather surprising high demand on the paintings. Before the short reception saw an end, many paintings were sold to Hammouda’s friends and growing base of fans.

“So far, the feedback is so good. It is great for a first exhibition and starting artist. I have not checked the sales yet; but, every once I while, I notice the stickers saying that the paintings are selling out,” commented Hammouda.

The artist’s supporting husband, who was standing a few feet away from her all the time, described his feelings and point of view regarding the paintings.

“I know that one of the people who bought paintings today is my husband; however, I am quite surprised and happy that people want to have those emotions in their homes. To me, these are not just paintings; they are emotions,” said Hammouda, while smiling at her husband across the room.

As for the artist’s personal choice, being emotionally connected to all of them did not make the selecting process any easier. However, she slowly but surely made up her mind regarding which painting to hold onto as they started flying away.

“Now that it is the end of the opening event, the more I look at the ‘Crowd’ painting, the more I think it is the one I want to keep in my own house. I love it, and I think it is a great painting; the colour scheme is unique. On the other hand, the emotions that went into it are also lovely,” concluded Hammouda.

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“Ballerinas of Cairo” blends photography and art in Egyptian streets http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/11/ballerinas-cairo-blends-photography-art-egyptian-streets/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/11/ballerinas-cairo-blends-photography-art-egyptian-streets/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621646 In a country like Egypt, though ballet is always considered a symbol of beauty, luxury, and smoothness, seeing a ballerina dancing in the crowded streets can be a cultural shock for many. Mohammed Taher, a photographer, producer, and director, decided to introduce ballet in the streets to the public, with the aim of shedding light …

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In a country like Egypt, though ballet is always considered a symbol of beauty, luxury, and smoothness, seeing a ballerina dancing in the crowded streets can be a cultural shock for many. Mohammed Taher, a photographer, producer, and director, decided to introduce ballet in the streets to the public, with the aim of shedding light on the architecture of some historical places that reflect our Egyptian heritage. His project “Ballerinas of Cairo” managed to capture the contrast in a conservative society that appreciates beauty and art.

“The whole project was inspired by a similar project in New York called ‘The Ballerina Project’, which encouraged ballerinas to perform in the streets instead of on a stage,” Taher said.

“Thus, we wanted to launch this project in Cairo to capture some photos that portray how the smoothness of ballet as an art can meet the roughness of the city in an outstanding scene,” he added.

Six photographers volunteered to join the project, with the aim of providing new perspectives to the issue. They include Ahmed Fathy, Amir El Shenawy, Aya Ahmed, and others. Each photographer has the freedom to choose the places they prefer to portray in their shots. Most of the photos were taken in old places like Al-Qalaa, Korba, Al Moez Street, Downtown, Al-Hussein, and others. The latest photo shoot was taken in Aswan.

“Contacting the ballerinas wasn’t an easy task when we started, but now many of them volunteer to participate in the photo sessions we produce. Although most of them were enthusiastic about the idea at the beginning, they were so worried about the way in which people will treat them, regard them, and the extent to which they will accept their artistic style,” he noted.

However, the feedback of the people was surprising for the groups, who expected different kinds of harassment and bullying.

“People usually ask the ballerina’s permission to take photos with them, and they usually give us very encouraging feedback to move forward. I really want to thank our outstanding ballerinas Nervana El Nahal, Roshan Hesham, Veronica Emad, Mariam El Gebaly, and Nour El Gazar, who overcame a lot of challenges because they believe in the importance of the project,” he added.

To integrate people more into the experience, Taher intends to post some videos for the making of the photo sessions on social media to help people understand how the process normally goes.

“We also plan to hold an exhibition to display the best photos we took. A collection of unpublished photos will also be presented to encourage more people to come and have a look at our project,” he concluded.

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Hopes for a tourism boom in Colombia http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/11/hopes-for-a-tourism-boom-in-colombia/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/11/hopes-for-a-tourism-boom-in-colombia/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:36:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621688 The post Hopes for a tourism boom in Colombia appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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The end of violent conflict in the Latin American country is enabling people to plan for the future. Entrepreneurs like Migele Cinque see their chances of doing good business rising, and are investing in tourism.You have to be slightly crazy to build a ten-story hotel with 60 rooms here. Migele Cinque stands in its unfinished shell, with the sounds of the sea in the background. “To the left is a cemetery. That means it can’t be built up because the view must remain unobstructed.” Then he points to the seaside promenade. “I’ve heard that back there a marina is to be built, so I secured the beachfront property for myself.” Cinque is a German of Italian descent – his father comes from Naples. He’s counting on a new gold rush mentality, because up until now Riohacha on the Colombian Caribbean coast, near the border to Venezuela, has been a sleepy place. There are many unfinished buildings, and unemployment is high. With peace, tourists will come

Until recently, the dreaded Farc guerrillas were active here, and that scared off tourists. However, for several years Colombia has had the most stable and highest economic growth in South America, while countries such as Brazil have sunk into recession. That is largely due to the gradual end of the armed conflict, which has claimed more than 220,000 lives since 1964.

The agreed handover of weapons belonging to the 7000 Farc guerrillas is set to be complete by the end of May. For negotiating the agreement, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He says that in 2016, for the first time, slightly more than five million tourists came. And it’s hoped that will just be the beginning, especially in Riohacha – which until now, unlike the Caribbean cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta, has led a shadowy existence.

La Guajira – a region with prospects

So far, the seaside promenade looks like this: a few plastic chairs in front of wooden shacks that offer grilled fish in the evenings, and cheap bars – but beyond them is a glorious beach with magical sunsets. Migele Cinque, the emigrant from Germany, ended up by chance in Colombia and stayed there, in part because he fell in love. When he arrived in Riohacha, there were virtually no taxis. Cinque built up the city’s first radio taxi company (“Taxi Tropical”). Nowadays the company has more than 250 vehicles. In addition he still has a car repair shop (“Auto Alemania”). He sold some of his shares in the taxi company to acquire money to expand into the hotel sector. He named his first hotel, which has seven rooms, for Pope John Paul II. Cinque is a devout Catholic.

His new ten-story hotel is to have 60 rooms, a sauna, swimming pool and terrace with a view of the sea and cost 1.5 million dollars. “Until now, no investor has dared to back me.” But he hopes he can manage to have the hotel nearly completed by the end of the year. By then, he says, a funding program for tourism will be running. “Then the government will grant a 30-year income tax exemption.” 33-year-old Cinque believes in Riohacha.

To date, only a few backpackers have come as tourists. You can also get an idea here of what is the largest gasoline-smuggling economy in South America. The trade is dominated by the indigenous Wayuu people. Across the border in socialist Venezuela, gasoline is cheaper than anywhere else in the world. Every day, hundreds of thousands of liters are taken over the unmanned border and sold by roadside vendors on the Colombian side. Funnels are used to fill vehicle tanks. Most of the filling stations in the nearby border city of Maicao. The police usually turn a blind eye.

A boom depends on tourist infrastructure

A change of scene: the capital, Bogotá. Thomas Voigt also has faith in the boom. Voigt receives us in the office of the German-Colombian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, where he is senior manager. “Tourism has replaced mining as the biggest foreign currency earner,” he says, but adds that there are two challenges: infrastructure, with enough good hotels and restaurants, and training all the personnel. “Cheap flights are certainly a great advantage, including those to the Caribbean island of San Andrés.” But there is still much to do where nautical tourism is concerned. “There are lovely Caribbean spots, but to date hardly any marinas.” Voigt says that, in addition to companies with their own subsidiaries, such as Bosch and Lufthansa, German companies are increasingly looking for partners for branches in Colombia. DHL is well-represented: logistics firms are in demand when it comes to expanding tourism. And one niche has been filled: there is already a company that specializes in importing German beer.

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Al-Ahram hosts “Heya Asl Al Hayah” exhibition to support female artists http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/10/al-ahram-hosts-heya-asl-al-hayah-exhibition-support-female-artists/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/10/al-ahram-hosts-heya-asl-al-hayah-exhibition-support-female-artists/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621491 In cooperation with “Nos Al-Donia” magazine, Al-Ahram Arts Centre hosts “Heya Asl Al Hayah” exhibition between 4 and 13 April to shed light on the outstanding artistic works of 16 female Egyptian artists. The exhibition is open to the public at reasonable prices and contains different kinds of art, including paintings, earthenware, mosaics, and photography. …

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In cooperation with “Nos Al-Donia” magazine, Al-Ahram Arts Centre hosts “Heya Asl Al Hayah” exhibition between 4 and 13 April to shed light on the outstanding artistic works of 16 female Egyptian artists. The exhibition is open to the public at reasonable prices and contains different kinds of art, including paintings, earthenware, mosaics, and photography.

The exhibition introduces a number of outstanding artists, including Ahlam Fekry, Zeinab Salem, Awatef Salah, Mervat Al Shazly, Nazly Madkour, Sherine Al Baroudy, Nevine Farghaly, Mariam Abdel Alim, and others. Some artistic works portray Egyptian heritage, while others present women as mothers and humans. Other paintings capture some beautiful landscapes and natural views.

“This year is dedicated to women. In this exhibition, I try to present 16 successful female artists from different ages and generations aiming to represent various artistic schools,” said Amany Zahran, the head of the Administration of Collectibles and Artistic Exhibitions at Al-Ahram Association and the main organiser of the exhibition.

Zahran is a journalist and artist who has held more than 15 private exhibitions and represented Egypt in various artistic events across 12 countries.

“I don’t exaggerate when I say that women are the origin of each civilisation, as she is the essence of life. Thus, I chose to introduce 16 female artists who managed to achieve outstanding success in various kinds of arts in addition to being remarkable mothers and wives,” she added.

In her opinion, choosing artists who teach in different Egyptian universities would be an added value in supporting the cause of the exhibition. “Those artists have students, friends, and relatives who would start sharing the event on social media—and, eventually, this would increase people’s awareness of it,” she noted.

Because such successful examples don’t usually receive great attention from the media, which is sometimes biased towards certain kinds of arts, this exhibition can be a positive step for bridging the gap between arts and media. Aiming to achieve this, Zahran contacted “Nos Al Donya” magazine to sponsor the event by releasing a special edition that includes a booklet, in which each artist introduces one of her outstanding artistic works.

“I was so excited when I was contacted by Zahran to participate in the exhibition,” said Zeinab Nour, an associate professor at Helwan University’s faculty of fine arts.

“We were asked to freely express any issue we want using any materials we need. This created a variety in the artistic products presented and broadened the range of the artistic orientations adopted,” Nour added.

This exhibition is the first in a series of artistic events that will be organised by Al-Ahram Association over the next few months. “I submitted an agenda for a number of artistic events that will start with ‘Mahragan Al Rasm Ala El Asfalt’, followed by an art competition in the faculty of arts and launching exhibitions for young artists with low costs,” Zahran concluded.

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Julian Assange documentary to air in the US http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/10/julian-assange-documentary-to-air-in-the-us/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/10/julian-assange-documentary-to-air-in-the-us/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:22:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621551 The post Julian Assange documentary to air in the US appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras’ long-awaited documentary film on controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will make its television debut in the United States.Cable network Showtime, in partnership with Neon distribution, said on Sunday it will release the Laura Poitras documentary “Risk,” the inside story of Julian Assange, the world’s most notorious whistleblower.

It’s the American director’s first film since “Citizen Four,” her intimate portrayal of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that won her an Academy Award. She made “Citizen Four” in Berlin due to fear that American authorities would confiscate her footage.

Six years in the making, “Risk” will initially be released in cinemas before premiering on the small screen in the US a few months later.

Though an unfinished version of “Risk” screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and garnered positive reviews, the final cut of the film also takes an up-close look at Assange and his Wikileaks inner circle during the 2016 US presidential election, when the whistleblower leaked thousands of Democratic National Committee documents and emails that some say may have influenced the vote.

“With unprecedented access, Poitras gives us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics,” said Showtime, as quoted by AFP.

“‘Risk’ is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement.”

Assange has been in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. He says he does not want to be sent to Sweden to be questioned in regard to rape allegations – which he denies -, believing he will be extradited to the US and imprisoned for his work with Wikileaks.

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Israel expects an influx of visitors at Easter http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/10/israel-expects-an-influx-of-visitors-at-easter/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/10/israel-expects-an-influx-of-visitors-at-easter/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:39:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621559 The post Israel expects an influx of visitors at Easter appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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This year the Easter feast in Jerusalem will be like no other. A number of specific circumstances will ensure an even larger than usual onslaught of pilgrims and tourists.In 2017 the Easter celebrations will take place on the same days, despite the differences in the calendar systems of the Eastern and Western Christian churches. Moreover, this year, for the first time, the central Easter celebrations will take place in the newly-restored Aedicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In addition, the Jewish feast of Passover is being celebrated that same week. The Israeli tourism ministry expects a rise of 15 percent in tourist numbers for the Passover and Easter holidays compared to last year. A spokeswoman said the ministry anticipates about 80,000 Christian pilgrims to arrive for Holy Week, and just as many Jewish tourists for the festival of Passover. In the past two years, tourist numbers declined considerably because of the tense security situation in Jerusalem and the region.

On Good Friday, Christians of all denominations carry large wooden crosses, walking in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa. The Way of the Cross ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where six Christian denominations hold services according to an exact timetable.

The more than 1200-year-old liturgy of the Holy Fire at midday on Holy Saturday is considered the climax of the Orthodox Easter celebrations. According to Orthodox tradition, a flame within the Aedicule, the chapel venerated as Christ’s tomb, miraculously lights itself. Candles lit from the flame are then passed on to the faithful in the overcrowded church and the lanes of the Old City.

According to the police, for safety reasons entry to the fire ceremony will again be limited to 10,000 people this year. This year, for the first time, large screens will be set up in the inner courtyard of the Collège des Frères to broadcast the celebration. It is still unclear whether Christians from the Gaza Strip will be allowed to travel to Jerusalem or to the West Bank for Easter. According to a Christian pastor in Gaza City, travel permits are not yet available.

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Berlin 24/7: A new ‘Picasso’ in Berlin? http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/09/berlin-247-a-new-picasso-in-berlin/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/09/berlin-247-a-new-picasso-in-berlin/#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 08:56:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621524 The post Berlin 24/7: A new ‘Picasso’ in Berlin? appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Is Leon Löwentraut the new Picasso, or just a lifestyle product? Experts in Berlin are undecided, yet the media and collectors are crazy about him. Berlin adores such types, says DW columnist Gero Schliess. And why not?The red carpet in front of the art box gallery in central Berlin is not as long as it would have been in Hollywood. Reinhardtstrasse isn’t Sunset Boulevard, either.

All the same, there’s a mood of anticipation among the small crowd and cameras teams waiting in front of the art gallery near Friedrichstadtpalast when Leon Löwentraut finally turns the corner. German good looks, a shock of blond hair, wearing a dark Al Capone-style pinstripe suit, affecting cool – all in all, he comes across as a likeable guy.

The hype surrounding ‘Bubicasso’

Until recently, I’d never heard of the man.

A colleague from a celebrity magazine told me about the event at the gallery just hours in advance, and strongly advised me to go. So I googled Leon Löwentraut: Aged 19, he is the up and coming name of the art scene, dubbed “Bubicasso” (Bubi is German for “little boy”) by German tabloid “Bild Zeitung.”

On my way to the gallery, I read about sold-out exhibitions in London and Singapore. Sold out? That something that usually applies to a product disappearing from supermarket shelves, not to the elitist art industry. My curiosity was piqued.

There are no screaming teenagers in sight as Leon approaches, the crowd stares in awe at the young star, who has his parents in tow – an ordinary, down to earth-looking couple.

Like a gaudy Picasso

The paintings on the walls of the gallery are not as earthy. A bit like Picasso, I think to myself, but much more colorful: large scale, well-composed paintings, mainly in shades of yellow and red. Expressive-abstract is how Leon describes his style. He tells me he has no role models. The art just flows, sometimes at night and while listening to classical music – and I imagine him letting the paint brush gallop across the canvas to the tune of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”

But does that make it great art? Opinions vary greatly. The couple next to me has just shelled out 30,000 euros ($31,900) for a painting. They just like Löwentraut, they sheepishly admit. They are not the only ones to buy the young man’s paintings that night – one artwork is even sold twice.

Another art-loving friend provides his own incisive opinion: Leon’s paintings remind him of the artwork hung in hotel hallways, he whispers to me, draining his glass of prosecco.

That is so typical of Berlin, vitriolic cordiality in response to a fun event like this opening reception.

Gloria’s stamp collection

That same night across town, the Robert Eberhardt Gallery celebrated a new show of paintings by one-time celebrity Princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis. I read about the event the next day in the newspaper: the young gallery owner called the aristocrat’s depictions of fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the head of the German Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, a “register of the happy few” – and compared them to a stamp collector’s album.

I had to wonder: What did the gallery owner mean by that?

And, truth be told, is Princess Gloria’s stamp collection something everyone needs to see? Or for that matter the Valkyrie-inspired brushstrokes of a young self-taught artist?

No and yes! Of course life would go on without them. But Berlin is always good for a night on the town. And hope dies last.

Here’s a sociological approach: People once went to salons to meet like-minded people. In Berlin today, you go to galleries or techno clubs.

To be honest, there is something else that made me go to the Leon Löwentraut opening that night: a discoverer’s ambition – or the vague hope that one day, I will cross paths with the creator of the next Mona Lisa.

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Tearing down Trump’s wall before it’s built – with music http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/06/tearing-down-trumps-wall-before-its-built-with-music/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/06/tearing-down-trumps-wall-before-its-built-with-music/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:50:00 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621218 The post Tearing down Trump’s wall before it’s built – with music appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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On June 3, the Dresden Symphony Orchestra will perform on the US-Mexican border, joined by musicians from both countries. Orchestra director Markus Rindt tells DW why he even sees the potential for something much bigger.”Tear Down This Wall!” is the name of an artistic project with which the Dresden Symphony takes a stand against walls – both real ones and the kind in people’s minds. The crowdfunding-financed concert could possibly give start to a chain of events along the full length of the border between the US and Mexico, hopes its director.

Deutsche Welle: How was the idea born to stage a concert on June 3 in Friendship Park, on the border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico?

Markus Rindt: We were invited to tour Mexico. Then I kept reading about plans for Trump’s wall. Nine meters (30 feet) high, it’s an abomination in our day and age. So we thought: as long as we’re in Mexico, why not to take a stand – and at the same time, draw attention to the miseries of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and along the many borders of this world, also in Europe?

What does the border look like in Friendship Park?

The fortification is very high there, and the holes in the grated fence are just big enough to poke your fingers through. But we are also calling on other people all along the 3,200-kilometer (2000-mile) border to join in. We want peaceful protest, original artistic actions, volleyball games over the wall – at least at those locations where it’s not too high -, music, dance and performance of every kind. We want to make a statement that walls are not the solution to this world’s problems. The title “Tear Down This Wall” is a quote from the famous speech Ronald Reagan gave at the Berlin Wall nearly exactly 30 years before, on June 12, 1986.

The concert itself is sponsored by crowdfunding, but the much wider activities will depend on whether the American media picks up the story. What are your expectations for this?

The people at the internet platform we’re working with were enthused, and a number of artists on the American side think it’s fabulous. We’ve built a good network already. If the media in the US pick this up – and we don’t yet know whether they will – there’s a good chance that a lot of people will join us. The protest has to be as strong as it can possibly be on that one day for the message to get across. There must be a lot of artists in smaller border towns who haven’t had the confidence to do anything yet about these monstrous plans. Reaching all these people will be a big challenge, but we’re optimistic. If someone wants to take part, they can film what they’re doing and post it using the hashtag #TearDownThisWall. Then it’ll be found and published.

Have you had personal experiences with walls and fortifications?

I grew up in what was then East Germany, had a good education and a position in an orchestra, but felt confined – so I decided to leave the country. That was in October 1989, during days of turbulence and transition. I fled via the German embassy in Prague and was one of those people in the trains that received a warm welcome when we arrived in the West. They gave us a wonderful reception, and I’ll never forget it.

And back in East Germany, people were demonstrating peacefully on behalf of freedom day after day. These are the people who brought about the Wall’s collapse. This is probably unique in world history. Because those protests were successful, we thought: why shouldn’t we give it another try – and at the same time, draw attention to the misery of refugees in Europe? Almost nobody has that on his agenda anymore. We want to draw attention to what is happening in Hungary – or in Turkey on the border to Syria.

We often see concerts with musicians who come from different countries, and the thing is marketed as an example of international understanding. Sometimes the connection is a bit nebulous. But you go further. Your activities are concrete and unambiguous. Why?

Because we’ve seen that cultural activities can have an effect, be it our “Concert for Palestine” on the West Bank in 2013 or the Maya Project with artists from Guatemala and Mexico in 2012. But the biggest coup was “Aghet” in 2015. A century after the genocide of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire, we launched a reconciliation project, with our musicians joined by ones from Armenia and Turkey. After Turkey launched a formal protest, the project was suddenly noticed everywhere. I had the impression that we prodded the issue partway onto the public agenda, one that before that had fallen into obscurity.

“Tear Down This Wall” stands on an internet platform. How does that actually work?

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform run in the US, but it also has a Mexican division. People can make a contribution to our concert there for as little as 10 euros ($10.67). For each contribution, they get back something in return, like a concert recording. If we can collect 15,000 euros ($16,000), the concert can go on. Should more money come in, maybe we can do a documentary film or hire more musicians. People just have to go to kickstarter.com, type in “Dresdner Sinfoniker” and the project is described there.

You’ve probably already spent a lot of time filling out forms. Were you given a friendly reception by the authorities?

Yes, there’s been a lot of bureaucracy, and you have to make a written declaration of precisely what will take place. We’re still in the application process and don’t know all the details yet. What happens for example if 2,000 people show up rather than 100? Actually, I don’t see many problems on the Mexican side…

That of course leads to an obvious question!

It will be interesting to see whether the permits will be granted by American authorities. If our American colleagues are not allowed to participate…

That news would really catch attention! Not that I’d wish for that …

Anyway, this is not primarily a political event but a border-transcending concert, an artistic project and a gigantic happening. If US-American authorities didn’t give permission for musicians to perform in our concert in Friendship Park, we’d really have to pose difficult questions about the state of artistic freedom in America.

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