Bahrain’s renowned poet Rafee passes away

He has nine volumes of vernacular and standard Arabic poetry to his credit and his poems are widely acclaimed in the Gulf region and throughout the Arab world.

By Suad Hamada (Bahrain Beat)

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Published: Sun 15 Mar 2015, 9:55 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:09 PM

The celebrated and prolific Bahraini poet, Abdulrahman Rafee, has passed away at the age of 79, following a protracted illness.

He has nine volumes of vernacular and standard Arabic poetry to his credit and his poems are widely acclaimed in the Gulf region and throughout the Arab world.

He won several literary prizes, including “Hona Al Bahrain Poetry Contest” award.

Born in 1936, he completed his secondary education in Bahrain and travelled to Egypt where he studied law.

He returned from Egypt to Bahrain where he worked for many years with the Ministry of State for Legal Affairs and later in the Information Ministry as superintendent for cultural affairs.

CPISP starts accepting 2016 scholarship applications

The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Programme (CPISP) has started accepting applications for its 2016 scholarships.

Students must be Bahraini citizens, enrolled in the 11th grade or equivalent and set to graduate from secondary school in 2016. They must also have a grade point average of 97 per cent or above for grade 10 (two semesters) and grade 11 (first semester).

CPISP Director Dr Cynthia Gessling said the submission period for 2016 scholarships is until March 26. Applicants must fill out the form available on the CPISP website and submit it to the Court of the Crown Prince in Riffa.

Dr Gessling said that after receiving the applications, the programme will arrange for the applicants to take a set of qualifying tests to assess their English proficiency and critical reasoning abilities. A minimum of 60 students will then be selected based on their GPAs and results of the tests.

Exhibition to support autistic children

Bahrain Youth Forum’s Naseem Initiative held an exhibition last week with the theme “Enter My World” under the patronage of Information Affairs Minister Isa bin Abdulrahman Al Hammadi.

The minister toured the exhibition  held at the City Centre in support of autistic children.

It showcased a collection of artistic works, including paintings, photographs, Arabic calligraphy, short films and awareness adverts on autism.

The minister was briefed on the expo which is aimed at raising awareness for children who suffer from the disease.

The minister thanked Naseem Initiative personnel for their efforts, stressing the importance of holding such exhibitions which help highlight suffering of children and provide care for them.

Saar sanitary project 61 per cent complete

The Sanitary Engineering Planning and Projects Director at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning, Asma Murad, visited the Saar sewerage project- phase 4 site to inspect the work in progress.

Murad was briefed on the progress achieved in the project, which is being implemented over six phases, three of which have already been completed.

Construction of Phase 4 is presently underway, where blocks 575 and 571 are to be connected to the sewerage network in the area. The BD5,495,000 project is now 61 per cent complete.

The project aims at implementing 14km main connections, 17 km sub-connections, construction of 2239 inspection chambers, two pumping stations as well as one lifting station.

Graphic design trainees showcase creativity

A special exhibition entitled “HUES: The Wheels of Creativity” was held recently at Bahrain Financial Harbour to showcase the works of 17 Bahrainis currently enrolled in Tamkeen’s graphic design training programme.

The programme, conducted in partnership with Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 and Capital Knowledge Institute, is part of Tamkeen’s efforts to develop the skills and capabilities of Bahrainis in line with labour market needs.

Fifty Bahrainis will be trained through the programme. Sixteen who were trained in the first phase are now employed with local companies.

The trainees undergo six months of intensive theoretical training, followed by two-month internships at a number of media companies. 

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