Rare items on display at Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition

Rare items on display at Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition25/02/2017 (The Peninsula – Qatar): Vintage and privately owned jewellery pieces never shown in Qatar before are displayed at a specially curated Central Exhibition – one of the new features of this year’s Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) which concludes today at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).Under the theme ‘Once upon a time… luxury’, the exhibition is a stunning showcase of collections from Qatar’s leading luxury jewellery retailers Fifty One East, Al Fardan Jewellery, Ali Bin Ali and Al Majed Jewellery. Displaying over fifteen exclusive pieces, the central exhibition enables jewellery aficionados to see a unique 18k yellow gold pocket watch detailed with a 30-minute counter and perpetual calendar presented to His Majesty King Fuad of Egypt by the Swiss Colony in Egypt in 1929…



Ain Ghazal offers encyclopaedic record of social, cultural evolution over almost 3,000 years

25/02/2017 (The Jordan Times – Jordan): AMMAN — Anthropologist Gary Rollefson’s nearly four-decade long research into the anthropology of prehistoric Levantine civilisations began in 1978, when he received a small fellowship from the American Centre of Oriental Research (ACOR).  “At that time, there had been very little prehistoric archaeological research, except for Diana Kirkbride at Beidha and Donald Henry in the Wadi Hisma area,” he recalled in a recent interview with The Jordan Times. After earning his PhD in anthropology from the University of Arizona in the spring of 1978, with few teaching opportunities in the US, Rollefson decided to come to Jordan to explore “a new territory”, as most of academic interest until then revolved around the Bronze, and Iron ages and the Early Islamic Period…



Ruling AKP officially kicks off ‘Yes’ campaign for charter referendum

AA photo25/02/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officially launched its ‘Yes’ campaign for the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments on Feb. 25 in Ankara.“We are taking the first step towards establishing tomorrow’s strong Turkey,” Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told a crowd at Arena Stadium. Yıldırım handed carnations to the crowd while entering the 40,000-person capacity sports complex, which was decorated with Turkish flags. 6,500 police officers secured the stadium and nearby streets. The complex was also decorated with pictures of Turkey’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Yıldırım. Campaign songs titled as “We say yes,” “Millions of Yes” and “Strong Turkey with Yes,” for the referendum supporting unity were also played…



Investors eye $6.45B worth of projects in Turkey’s east

Investors eye $6.45B worth of projects in Turkey's east25/02/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): The government has received applications worth 23 billion Turkish liras ($6.45 billion) for regional projects in the country’s east, Development Minister Lutfi Elvan said Friday. In remarks to the media during his visit to eastern Erzincan province, Elvan said: “This is above our expectations.” He said the development program for the country’s east is the government’s highest priority, adding investors were showing great interest. “The country’s eastern region will not be called ‘underdeveloped’ anymore. I strongly believe that the program will be successful,” he said…



The age of contagious chaos

25/02/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Ibrahim Kalin*): Is the current global disorder a symptom of a malfunction within the system or is the entire system faulty? The optimists may opt for the first answer and argue that a better and wiser implementation of the current global system may produce peace, stability and prosperity for all. But the problem goes a little deeper than that. The current state of chaos in the world is contagious. It affects everything and everybody. It moves from one country to another, from one region to another. The world has become so interdependent that no one can claim immunity from the penetrating crises of the age regardless of where they occur…


*İbrahim Kalın is assistant to the Turkish President and the current Press Secretary in the Turkish Presidential Complex.


Anglican Church in Ismailia receives 30 families escaping attacks on Christians in North Sinai

Ismailia25/02/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The Anglican Church in Egypt’s Ismailia has received almost 30 Christian families, including 150 people, who escaped North Sinai’s Capital Al-Arish after several terrorist attacks targeting Christians in the city, church official Nabil Shukrallah Basta told Ahram Arabic news website on Saturday. Basta said that the families have been housed in different areas of the city, including at a youth hostel, and that more Christian families are expected to arrive today. Basta also mentioned the support the church has received from the Dubara Church in Cairo, along with other churches, as well as the support of the Ismailia governorate in containing the crisis…



Dissidents in MHP launch ‘No’ campaign with meeting in Ankara

<em>DHA Photo</em>18/02/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Prominent figures from the intra-party opposition of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gathered in a meeting in capital Ankara to determine the campaign strategy for the April 16 referendum, in which the constitutional amendment package including a switch to the presidential system will be voted. Hundreds of attendees to the meeting included current and former deputies and provincial chairs who have declared their opposition to MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli, in addition to figures from the party’s quasi-youth branch the Grey Wolves (Ülkü Ocakları)…



Defence industry in focus as Idex kicks off in Abu Dhabi

18/02/2017 (Gulfnews – UAE): Abu Dhabi: Top defence companies from across the world will converge in Abu Dhabi as part of International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex 2017) that kicks off on Sunday. More than 1,200 defence firms from fifty seven countries will be taking part in the five day event being held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Big names in the global defence industry including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Embraer, Northrop Grumman will be present showcasing their latest technology and defence equipment…



70 percent of Turks have never participated in any arts or culture event

18/02/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Around 70 percent of Turkish citizens have never participated in any culture or arts event in their lives, according to a new report from the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) based on data from research firms GfK and Ipsos.  According to the Ipsos 2016 “Understanding Turkey Guide,” 49 percent of Turkish people have never been to the cinema, 66 percent have never been to a concert, theater or opera events, and 39 percent have never read a book. The study showed that some 85 percent of respondents said their favorite culture/arts activity is “watching TV,” while 47 percent of people said they do not read any magazines, while almost 90 percent said they have never been to a hobby or interest course in their lives…