Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary school classrooms. The announcement follows claims by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that early learning of the language paves the way for "cultural invasion" of Western values. The government's decision comes shortly after a week of mass protests against the country's leadership which spread to more than 80 cities and small towns and left at least 21 dead. “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the High Education Council, told state TV on Saturday. Adham added that primary education is crucial in instilling the Iranian culture and values in its students. Khamenei has often criticized creeping Weste
Daesan, South Korea: Rescue workers were searching the waters off the east coast of China in a desperate hunt for 32 missing sailors after an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship on Saturday. The Iranian tanker, Sanchi, flying under a Panamanian flag, was a wall of flames and thick black smoke as rescuers hunted for survivors 160 miles off the coast. The tanker was carrying about a million barrels of natural gas condensate, or light oil, Bloomberg reported. All of the missing 32 men ― 30 Iranians and two Bengalese ― were from the tanker, reported the China Global Television Network. All 21 Chinese aboard the Hong Kong cargo ship were rescued, said the TV network. “Sanchi is floating and burning as of now,” said a statement from China’s
PRETORIA, South Africa: South Africa will be represented at the PIO Parliamentary Conference on 9 January, 2018 on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, through the presence of a delegation of Parliamentarians representing the broad political spectrum of the country. The Conference is a historic first, being organized by the Government of India. The aim of the Conference is to strength the linkage with Diaspora Parliamentarians and recognize their achievements in a befitting manner. The Conference would provide a valuable platform to comprehensively engage with the PIO Parliamentarians and elevate the relationship with them to a higher plane. The one day Conference will have inaugural and valedictory sessions and two thematic sessions in a plenary format. In...
BEIRUT, Lebanon: Participation as partner for dialogue on the topics of water management and sustainability strategy of the German federal government Intelligent GROHE technologies such as GROHE EcoJoy and GROHE SilkMove ES play a key role in effective water management Innovative products such as GROHE Blue and GROHE Sense reduce the consumption of CO2 and water GROHE, the world's leading provider of sanitary fittings, partnered with the German Sustainability Day 2017, in Dusseldorf. At this leading two-day convention, experts from companies and administrations as well as from the fields of politics, research, media and society discussed the urgent issues of sustainability. The focus of the anniversary event in its tenth year was on water, climate protection and digiti
KABUL, Afghanistan: National Aviation Services (NAS) the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, has renewed its IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification in Kabul. NAS Afghanistan passed the ISAGO audit with a perfect score for the second time in two years, once again demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety and security in all its operations. Earlier this year, NAS Abidjan received its first ISAGO certification. NAS was also among the first ground handling providers in the world to receive an ISAGO certification for its Kuwait operation in 2008. Since then this certification has been renewed five times. Our latest ISAGO certification in NAS Afghanistan demonstrates our continued focus on high levels of
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is thrilled to share its latest milestone – 10 billion minutes streamed across its platform in 2017. The achievement, equivalent to more than 19,000 years of content streamed, marks an incredible uptake in user engagement, with cumulative viewing minutes up well over 400% from three billion total minutes streamed at the end of 2016. iflix also maintains one of the highest active mobile viewing durations of any service globally, with an average of 2.5-2.75 hours per session. The company’s localized content strategy focusing on first-run local movies direct from cinema and a bold slate of original programming has shown the largest gains in viewership, with its local and regio
MARRAKESH, Morocco: National Aviation Services (NAS) the fastest growing airport services provider in the emerging markets, today announced the launch of its Pearl Lounges at the Marrakech-Menara Airport in Morocco reinforcing capacities at the newly renovated airport. The two exquisite Pearl lounges in arrivals and departures, covering 800 square meters, combine luxury and serenity to offer maximum comfort for all passengers. Hassan El-Houry, NAS Group CEO said “We are pleased to be working with the Moroccan Airport Authority, ONDA to launch the Pearl Lounges at the Marrakech-Menara Airport. Our Pearl Lounges are the perfect accent to the eclectic facilities offered at the airport, rated by Skyteam as the most beautiful airport in the world. All passengers, arr
CONDEIXA-A-NOVA, Portugal: Achraf Baznani and Yamal Din, Morocco, Aissa Mammasse, Algeria , Jimah St, Nigeria and Olesya Novik, Russia / Egypt are the African artists whose work will be present in The International Surrealism Now 2017/18 Art Exhibition in POROS Museum in Condeixa village in Portugal. Following on from this participation, the organisers , including the mentor of the project, the artist Santiago, are looking for more active participation from the African continent in this event with a great international appeal. Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro feels that Africa has strong cultural influences and a role to play on the international scene, he said, “due to the large African presence in Portugal, especially from the five Afro-Portuguese coun