SCTNH to promote fine arts on tourism, heritage & culture

file-30-1446207045743362400.jpg31/10/2015 (Arab News – KSA): RIYADH: Reiterating its commitment for the promotion of tourism in the Kingdom, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) said it would support and finance exhibitions and events related to fine arts on Saudi tourism, heritage and culture.To this end, the SCTNH signed a cooperation agreement with a leading charity organization, “Beautiful Society.” It said that arts and heritage are the main components of national identity.“The SCTNH is responsible for some of the important parts of them and seeks, through a number of initiatives, to promote citizenship among the sons and daughters of the Kingdom, supporting and financing their fine arts,” a spokesman of the tourism commission said here on Friday.He said the agreement was signed by SCTNH President Prince Sultan bin Salman and Mohammad Abdul Lateef Jameel, chairman of Abdul Lateef Jameel social and charitable organization, on behalf of Beautiful Society.Commenting on the agreement, the SCTNH president said, “I am glad to cooperate with this group that offers to homeland some of the solemn acts. Undoubtedly, we attach great importance to cooperation with distinguished social events in various fields, including cultural tourism.”

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/828316

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Turkey votes in 26th general election

Turkey votes in 26th general election31/10/2015 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): More than 54 million Turkish voters head to the polls on Sunday in a rerun of June’s inconclusive election.The vote will see 550 deputies from among 16 political parties and 21 independent candidates elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, representing 85 constituencies in 81 provinces for a four-year term.Turnout is expected to be high. The June 7 poll saw 84 percent of the electorate vote.Turkey elects its parliamentary representatives through a closed list system of proportional representation that sees a set number of candidates elected per district. In all but three cases a district corresponds to a province – only in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir provinces are there multiple districts.Under this system, a political party must achieve a nationwide 10 percent threshold to achieve a single parliamentary seat. Votes for any party that fails to achieve the threshold are distributed among the parties that pass the 10 percent mark within the constituencies the unsuccessful party stood…

http://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-votes-in-26th-general-election/458284

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Iran to announce oil output rise at next OPEC meeting

31/10/2015 (Al Arabiya – UAE): The Iranian oil minister said on Saturday that Iran will officially announce its crude oil output rise by 500,000 barrels per day at the upcoming OPEC meeting on Dec. 4, according to the ministry’s news agency.”During the [upcoming OPEC] meeting, we will officially notify other OPEC members of our plans to raise production and will ask them to respect the 30-million-barrel ceiling which they have agreed,” Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying by Shana.”Iran is prepared to supply at least 500,000 bpd of crude oil to global markets,” he added…

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/energy/2015/10/31/Iran-to-announce-oil-output-rise-at-next-OPEC-meeting-.html

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Russian passenger plane crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, no survivors

Russia31/10/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): A Russian plane crashed in Egypt’s central Sinai Saturday, killing all 217 passengers and seven crew members with the reason of the crash yet to be confirmed.An aviation team has retrieved the black boxes of the plane to determine the reason for the crash of the Airbus A-321, which was heading from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to Russia’s St Petersburg. The plane, whose passengers were mainly Russian tourists, lost contact with radar at 6.20am CLT (Cairo local time), less than half an hour after takeoff.Pilot Ayman Al-Mokadem, who is heading a committee to monitor the crash aftermath, put the incident down to a “technical failure,” refuting earlier speculation that it was shot down over the restive peninsula.Al-Mokadem said that the pilot sensed the failure and reported to the aviation authorities that he wanted to land at the nearest airport, adding that the plane seems to have crashed while attempting to land at Al-Arish Airport in North Sinai…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/162254/Egypt/Politics-/UPDATE–Russian-passenger-plane-crashes-in-Egypts-.aspx

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What to expect at this year’s Dubai Motor Show

Dubai-International-Motor-Show31/10/2015 (7Days – UAE): Petrolheads are in for a thrilling ride as 157 cars prepare to launch at the 13th biennial Dubai International Motor Show. With more than 600 cars on show across 85,000sqm at Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will stage 18 global and 139 regional launches.Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive, Onyx, Cadillac, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, W Motors and Toyota are among the brands who have chosen Dubai for the world reveals of their newest models.Additionally, the likes of Alfa Romeo, BMW, Audi, Ferrari, Fiat, GMC, Volkswagen, Ford and Infiniti will also be premiering multiple regional launches.The show will also unveil 16 concept cars, including models from Chery, Lincoln, Maserati and Jaguar. Alongside the new, the auto fest will feature the first ever Motoring Nostalgia Museum for classics from the 1950s to the ’80s to celebrate 40 years of the rarest, greatest cars ever made…

What to expect at this year’s Dubai Motor Show

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Istanbul’s cultural diversity shown in documentary

Istanbuls cultural diversity shown in documentary24/10/2105 (Sabah – Turkey): Setem Academy’s (The Association of Film and Television Production Owners) Şişli branch screened the documentary “Colors of Cultural Difference: Arts and the City,” as part of the 10th anniversary of UNESCO’s “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression.” The documentary was a project for Istanbul 2010: European Capital of Culture, and was prepared in only four months. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), director Annie Geelmuyden Pertan said the documentary still influences her. She said they wanted to present the inspirations of minority artists. “We wanted to show how they are inspired by Istanbul and their own cultures. Although some places have been lost over the years, we continue to remember them. The documentary is proof of this,” she said…

http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2015/10/22/istanbuls-cultural-diversity-shown-in-documentary

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Israel to take steps to calm holy site unrest: Kerry

Israel to take steps to calm holy site unrest: Kerry24/10/2015 (Gulf Times – Qatar): US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel has agreed on steps to calm tensions over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, at the centre of Palestinian unrest, including 24-hour security cameras. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to announce details of the measures later the same day, Kerry said after meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. He said Netanyahu had agreed to “an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah”, custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, “to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” in the compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. “This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of the holy site,” he said. Kerry, who met Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, also said the Israeli leader had “reaffirmed Israel’s commitment” to upholding the status quo at the mosque compound under which Jews are allowed to visit but not pray. Tensions over the holy site have sparked a recent wave of violence that has seen knife and gun attacks against Israelis, as well as clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces…

http://www.gulf-times.com/region/216/details/460141/israel-to-take-steps-to-calm-holy-site-unrest%3a-kerry

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Egypt begins feasibility study of Nile Basin countries’ navigation lane

The Blue Nile River in Guba, Ethiopia, during its diversion ceremony in May 2013
24/10/2015 (Egypt Indipendent): Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi said on Saturday that Egypt is appointing an international office to conduct a feasibility study for a navigation lane that links the Nile Basin countries from Alexandria in the north to Lake Victoria in the south, adding that the African Steering Committee for the project has approved the pre-feasibility studies carried out by Egypt.The minister also said that the African Development Bank is granting the project a loan of 750,000 euros for the first phase of the feasibility study.“Egypt is developing the terms of the contract with the international office,” he said. “This confirms the confidence of the African countries in Egypt’s capabilities.”Moghazi said Egypt is willing to open the Transport and Water Resources ministries’ training centers for the project specialists.The cost of the project is expected to exceed US$10 billion. It is scheduled to be partially operational by 2017…
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New Jeddah airport to be ready by mid-2017

file-23-1443609930706500800.jpg23/10/2015 (23/10/2015): JEDDAH: The new upgraded King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah will open for full operations in mid-2017, according to the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), the country’s regulatory body.Construction on the new facility and testing of all equipment would be completed at the end of 2016, said Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, GACA’s director general and chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), a local publication reported Friday.Al-Hamdan on Thursday laid the foundation stone for a new Saudia building in the support area next to the airport’s new building. Saleh Al-Jasser, director general of Saudia, was also present at the ceremony.At a press conference later on Thursday in the operations building, Al-Jasser said the SR350 million Saudia facility would also be ready by mid-2017, as part of its strategic program that includes fleet development, expansion of its flight network, and installation of the latest information technology…

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/824976

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