Bahrain minister opens Awal Theatre festival

Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa opened last week the eighth Awal Theatre festival

By Suad Hamada (Bahrain Beat)

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Published: Sun 23 Feb 2014, 9:19 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:13 AM

The festival, which is being held at the Bahrain Cultural hall, is scheduled to run until February 25.

The minister honoured Awal Theatre veteran actors taking part in the festival as well lauded the Social Development Ministry and the General Organisation for Youth and Sport for organising the event. 
 The festival opened with a play titled Forgotten Moments, written by Ibrahim Bahr and directed by Ghada Al Faihani, with the cast made up of Sara Al Baloushi, Rashid Al Azmi and Hamza Al Asfoor.

The attendees commended the play, stressing particularly the scenography, lighting and the actors’ performance.

MoT launches online ship registry portal

As part of the Ministry of Transportation (MoT)’s efforts to integrate latest technology into its business practice in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, the Ministry’s Port and Maritime Affairs has announced the official launch of its Ship Registry Portal (SRP) to all ship owners whose vessels are registered under Bahrain’s ship registry.

The SRP offers users various services that are easily accessible via the web and provides notices and alerts to ship owners on their applications status as well as any other updates.

The portal also includes a payment gateway that enables users to pay any licences or other associated fees.

On this occasion, the MoT’s Acting Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs, Hassan Al Majed, said that this new portal is part of the Ports and Maritime Affairs’ initiatives that aim at facilitating services and establishing Bahrain as an open registry, allowing ships to register under the Bahraini flag.

RCO to build vocational centres in Philippines

In the presence of the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO), Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay, a ceremony was held last week at Subic city to sign an agreement to build two vocational training centres, carrying the name of “Bahrain”, and 500-home residential complex.

The development is part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s charitable support to the people of the Philippines after the typhoon which befell the country.

The agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Filipino Red Cross Committee Richard Gordan, on behalf of the Philippine side, and RCO Secretary-General Dr Mustafa Al Sayed, on behalf of Bahrain.

The secretary-general of Bahrain Red Crescent Fawzi Amine also signed an agreement to build a residential complex comprising 500 homes in the most affected areas.

On the occasion, Shaikh Nasser extended sincere thanks, appreciation and gratitude to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, RCO honorary president, for his kind humanitarian initiatives to help the needy and provide relief aid to disaster-stricken people, which reflects the royal keenness to support needy people wherever they may be out of the humanitarian ties bonding the kingdom with all peoples of the world.

Teachers take part in sand sculpting workshop

Around 30 teachers from the Ministry of Education in Bahrain participated in a workshop hosted by renowned Indian sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik as part of a series of events held during the Spring of Culture Community Programme, which is organised by the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

The five-day workshop included visits to various coasts around Bahrain, allowing the students to inspect different samples of sand in order to choose an appropriate location to host the workshop.

The workshop was held at Ras Al Jazaeer Beach, where the participants were able to create their own sand sculptures under the guidance of Pattnaik.

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