Final rounds of falcon competitions today

30/01/2015 (The Peninsula): The Mazayen contest to select the most beautiful falcon will be held tomorrow, followed by the awards ceremony in the evening at Katara.Meanwhile, shooting championships concluded yesterday at the venue. Ahmed Mubarak Al Kuwari, one of the organisers, said three sets of finals were held for shooting, including one for the 11-15 age group, an open division and another for experienced shooters. Winners in the youth division were Ali bin Mohammed Deblan (first), Salem Al Nuaimi (second) and Sheikh Tamim Eissa Thamer Al Thani (third).
The open division’s winners were Nuraldin Abdussalam Ateiwa, followed by Rashed Taleb Al Uthba and Salem Rashid Abushreida. The experienced shooting division’s winners were Hamad Abdullah Al Argani, followed by Salem Hamad Al Kereibi and Salem Rashid Al Uthba. Several non-competitive events, including Hudud Al Habari and Hudud Al Saluki were also held yesterday…


Police outpost attacked in Istanbul’s Taksim Square

30/01/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): A blonde woman dressed in black attacked the police outpost in Istanbul’s Taksim Square with an AK-47 rifle and a pistol around 2:30 p.m. on Friday.Security camera footage emerged after the attack that shows the woman running by the vehicle and spraying it with bullets before heading into an alley. Her automatic weapon and a bag apparently belonging to the woman were found in the alley.No injuries were reported from the scene as the bullets hit police vehicles.The woman left the crime scene on foot, leaving her gun and dropping some of her belongings.Meanwhile, bomb units were dispatched to the square to examine a suspicious package and the area was sealed off…


Turkey’s lira hits record low on rate cut expectations

REUTERS Photo30/01/2015 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The Turkish lira hit a record low against a strong dollar on Jan. 30, weighed down by expectations that the Central Bank could hold an extraordinary meeting next week to cut interest rates.The lira weakened as far as 2.4470 per dollar, from 2.4036 late on Jan. 29, before steadying to 2.4345 by the afternoon.The currency pared some of its losses after the Central Bank said recent market movements were not consistent with the cautious stance the bank has taken over interest rate cuts.Analysts said the bank’s statement signaled that the expected rate cut may not come as early as next week and it may not be as deep as the market had expected.“We read the statement as the Central Bank does not find the recent volatility in exchange rates compliant with its planned rate cuts and wants the market know that they will not do anything that will threaten the permanence of disinflation,” analysts at Deniz Invest said in a research note…


The amazing story of Turkey’s first TV broadcast

30/01/2015 (Anadolu Agency): If you search for an online video of the first broadcast on Turkish television, you may be in for a surprise.The clip purporting to be the 1968 landmark moment in mass communications in Turkey is – according to Turkey’s first TV presenter – actually an elaborately-staged remake, painstakingly reconstructed 15 years after the real event.“The first broadcast was such an important thing and it has gone,” says Turkey’s first lady of television, the urbane 66-year-old Nuran Devres, who now lives in upmarket Istanbul.Claiming that staff at TRT – the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation – accidentally copied over the recording of channel’s first transmission, Devres says the station later scrambled to recreate the historicmoment.Technicians even went so far as to re-shoot the scene in black and white, as color TV had already taken hold.“I was a young girl at the time of the first filming, but when we shot the second one I was already married, my hair was different… everything was different,” Devres recalls…–the-amazing-story-of-turkeys-first-tv-broadcast


New Saudi king announces major government shake-up: royal decrees

King Salman30/01/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman on Thursday further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle.Top officials from the Ports Authority, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the conservative Islamic kingdom’s religious police were among those let go.The new appointments came a week after Salman acceded to the throne following the death of Abdullah, aged about 90.Salman also reached out directly to his subjects on Thursday. One of his more than 30 decrees ordered “two months’ basic salary to all Saudi government civil and military employees,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.Students and pensioners got similar bonuses…


Rouhani visits exhibition of artifacts recovered in Belgian museum

President Hassan Rouhani visits an exhibition of the Persian artifacts recovered in Belgium during December 2014 at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran on January 17, 2015. CHTHO Director Masud Soltanifar (L) and a curator are also seen in the photo.18/01/2015 (Tehran Online – Iran): President Hassan Rouhani visited an exhibition at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran on Saturday of a collection of 349 Persian artifacts, which Belgium sent back to Iran after a legal battle that lasted 33 years.Rouhani’s special aide, Hossein Fereidun, and Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Masud Soltanifar along with a number of cultural officials accompanied him during the visit.In an address, Rouhani congratulated the Iranian people for the recovery of artifacts.He called the collection invaluable and said that recovering the artifacts is “a clear manifestation of Iranians’ will and the capability of the country’s legal sector in protecting the rights of the Iranian people.”…

Housing rents to fall in Dubai? 25k new units expected in 2015

18/01/2015 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Dubai is likely to get 25,000 new housing units in 2015 with the residential property market remaining subdued, according to JLL.“The residential sector is likely to remain subdued over the next 12 months as the market is expected to absorb 25,000 additional units in 2015,” the consultancy said in Q4 Dubai market overview.However, it added that it remains cautious of the delivery of some of these projects within the time-frame.The residential market stabilised in the second half of 2014 as average rents and sale prices remained relatively flat, with marginal declines over the last quarter.The Reidin rental index, JLL said, showed growth levels falling from 18 per cent in 2013 to 15 per cent in 2014, while the sales index pointed to a decline from 23 per cent in 2013 to 20 per cent in 2014…


35,000-year-old skeleton to return to Egypt

Egypt18/01/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Following comprehensive diplomatic efforts between Egypt and Belgium, Leuven University has agreed to return a 35,000-year-old human skeleton to Egypt which it has held since 1980.The skeleton came into the possession of the university according to the division law. The law allowed foreign missions to have a share in the artefacts they discovered at archaeological sites in Egypt.Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty explained that the skeleton was unearthed in the Nazlet Khater area of the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag during an excavation by the Leuven University archaeological mission.After diplomatic efforts, he continued, the university agreed to return the skeleton because it is a very important artefact in the history of Egypt.Ali Ahmed, head of the Stolen Antiquities Recovery Section, told Ahram Online that the skeleton will arrive next week and a committee is now studying how to put it on display at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat…,yearold-skeleton-to-return-to-Egypt.aspx