Red Sea Film Foundation Reveals Teams Selected for 4th Edition of ’48hr Film Challenge’

Riyadh: The Red Sea Film Foundation has announced the teams selected for the fourth edition of the 48hr Film Challenge.

Launched in June 2024, this challenge is a collaboration between the foundation, the French Consulate in Jeddah, the Embassy of France in the Kingdom, and the Alliance Française. The challenge aims to encourage emerging talents to think creatively in their cinematic pursuits and uncover innovative minds in independent filmmaking.

The selected teams will have the opportunity to participate in artistic workshops and guidance programs scheduled for July 19-20, 2024. These will include workshops on film directing, writing, and editing. The teams will then compete for 48 hours on July 26-27, 2024, with the winning teams set to be announced on September 19, 2024.

The French Consulate will provide 15 selected team members with two days of professional workshops in Jeddah and Riyadh featuring experts from France and the Kingdom. The workshops will include short film screenings and industry discus
sions, with the winning teams chosen by the jury.

The winning teams will be able to attend an artistic residency at the La Fémis School in France in 2025, organized by the French Consulate in Jeddah. The upcoming Red Sea International Film Festival in December 2024 will also screen the winning films.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Arrest of expatriate workers who entered the country illegally.

Tripoli: patrols of the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency, Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar Branch, arrested a number of migrant workers who entered the country illegally and were in possession of a quantity of drugs and hashish.

The communication office of the agency stated that its patrols are monitored during periodic inspections of illegal migrants and suspicious movements of a number of people.

They were followed and arrested, and they were found in possession of a quantity of drugs.

The Investigation Unit stated that the accused and the seized items were referred to the Central Investigation Unit of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Agency.

Source: Libyan News Agency

GCC, Commonwealth chiefs discuss closer coop.


Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Al-Budaiwi and Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations Baroness Patricia Scotland discussed bilateral cooperations.

During the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 14th Gulf Research Forum in Cambridge in the UK, they also tackled various mutual interests and explored opportunities for cooperation and coordination between both sides, the GCC Secretariat General said in a press release.

They, further, looked into a mechanism of bilateral coordination cross different fields, aiming to develop new opportunities for international cooperation and exchange knowledge among member states of both organizations, it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Call for Nominations: 2024 Global Citizen Award

LONDON, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading international residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners, in partnership with Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit humanitarian organization, is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2024 Global Citizen Award.

Created ten years ago in 2014, the Global Citizen Award is a tribute that honors remarkable individuals working to advance any one of the global challenges affecting humanity today – challenges that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. This year’s honor is particularly significant as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Award, celebrating a decade of recognizing and supporting global champions who make a profound impact on our world.

The 2024 laureate will be selected by a distinguished, independent committee and honored at the Global Citizen Award ceremony, the concluding gala evening event of the annual Henley & Partners Global Citizenship Conference which is taking place this year at Capella Singapore from 27–29 November 2024.

Henley & Partners Chairman and Founder of the Andan Foundation, Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, says the awardee’s work needs to demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable social groups, particularly with a connection to migration-related issues. “The Global Citizen Award is open worldwide to those working in a field with a direct link to the issues they are looking to affect and excludes political figures, opinion leaders, and celebrities. The committee is looking for remarkable and inspirational individuals who demonstrate vision, courage, and innovation in driving global change, and whose actions and outlook contribute to a more just, peaceful, connected, and tolerant world.”

The selection process is confidential and is based on a majority decision of the Award Committee. The award itself consists of a bespoke sculptural medal designed by leading Italian artist Antonio Nocera, an award certificate signed by the Chairman of the Global Citizen Award Committee, and a monetary prize of USD 20,000, which goes towards supporting the awardee’s humanitarian efforts. In addition, Henley & Partners commits to working closely with the awardee for a period of one year, raising awareness of their work and supporting the selected project through the firm’s network of more than 55 offices worldwide.

Since its inception, the Global Citizen Award has honored many remarkable individuals. The first laureate was German entrepreneur Harald Höppner, who set up the refugee humanitarian aid project Sea-Watch. He was followed by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, Africa’s largest disaster relief organization, and Monique Morrow, Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet, a digital identity project that aims to bring hope to the estimated 1.1 billion individuals in the world who cannot prove their legal identity.

Diep Vuong, Co-Founder and President of the Pacific Links Foundation, was awarded for her work in Southeast Asia campaigning for the rights of those enslaved by human trafficking, while Prof. Dr. Padraig O’Malley received his Global Citizen Award in recognition of his work on conflict resolution and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Iraq. Last year’s awardee Zannah Bukar Mustapha, the Founder of the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation, was recognized for the psychological, educational, spiritual and other developmental support provided to the children and widows affected by the insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

Commenting on the award’s 10-year history and significance, Dr. Kaelin says global citizenship ideals are a founding principle of Henley & Partners, and through its partnership with the Andan Foundation, the firm can provide support to those displaced by war, conflict and climate change. “All of our Global Citizen Award laureates have inspired us with their willingness to act in confronting a problem that many see as simply too vast to address. The issues that we face today transcend the family, the tribe, the village, and the nation. It’s more critical than ever that we do what we can to support those working to change the lives of vulnerable people around the world.”

Nominations close on Friday, 2 August 2024. For more information on how to submit your nomination, please contact Bushra Zaidan at  bushra.zaidan@andan.org

Sarah Nicklin
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sarah.nicklin@henleyglobal.com
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Call for Nominations: 2024 Global Citizen Award

LONDON, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading international residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners, in partnership with Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit humanitarian organization, is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2024 Global Citizen Award.

Created ten years ago in 2014, the Global Citizen Award is a tribute that honors remarkable individuals working to advance any one of the global challenges affecting humanity today – challenges that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. This year’s honor is particularly significant as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Award, celebrating a decade of recognizing and supporting global champions who make a profound impact on our world.

The 2024 laureate will be selected by a distinguished, independent committee and honored at the Global Citizen Award ceremony, the concluding gala evening event of the annual Henley & Partners Global Citizenship Conference which is taking place this year at Capella Singapore from 27–29 November 2024.

Henley & Partners Chairman and Founder of the Andan Foundation, Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, says the awardee’s work needs to demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable social groups, particularly with a connection to migration-related issues. “The Global Citizen Award is open worldwide to those working in a field with a direct link to the issues they are looking to affect and excludes political figures, opinion leaders, and celebrities. The committee is looking for remarkable and inspirational individuals who demonstrate vision, courage, and innovation in driving global change, and whose actions and outlook contribute to a more just, peaceful, connected, and tolerant world.”

The selection process is confidential and is based on a majority decision of the Award Committee. The award itself consists of a bespoke sculptural medal designed by leading Italian artist Antonio Nocera, an award certificate signed by the Chairman of the Global Citizen Award Committee, and a monetary prize of USD 20,000, which goes towards supporting the awardee’s humanitarian efforts. In addition, Henley & Partners commits to working closely with the awardee for a period of one year, raising awareness of their work and supporting the selected project through the firm’s network of more than 55 offices worldwide.

Since its inception, the Global Citizen Award has honored many remarkable individuals. The first laureate was German entrepreneur Harald Höppner, who set up the refugee humanitarian aid project Sea-Watch. He was followed by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, Africa’s largest disaster relief organization, and Monique Morrow, Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet, a digital identity project that aims to bring hope to the estimated 1.1 billion individuals in the world who cannot prove their legal identity.

Diep Vuong, Co-Founder and President of the Pacific Links Foundation, was awarded for her work in Southeast Asia campaigning for the rights of those enslaved by human trafficking, while Prof. Dr. Padraig O’Malley received his Global Citizen Award in recognition of his work on conflict resolution and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Iraq. Last year’s awardee Zannah Bukar Mustapha, the Founder of the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation, was recognized for the psychological, educational, spiritual and other developmental support provided to the children and widows affected by the insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

Commenting on the award’s 10-year history and significance, Dr. Kaelin says global citizenship ideals are a founding principle of Henley & Partners, and through its partnership with the Andan Foundation, the firm can provide support to those displaced by war, conflict and climate change. “All of our Global Citizen Award laureates have inspired us with their willingness to act in confronting a problem that many see as simply too vast to address. The issues that we face today transcend the family, the tribe, the village, and the nation. It’s more critical than ever that we do what we can to support those working to change the lives of vulnerable people around the world.”

Nominations close on Friday, 2 August 2024. For more information on how to submit your nomination, please contact Bushra Zaidan at  bushra.zaidan@andan.org

Sarah Nicklin
Group Head of PR
sarah.nicklin@henleyglobal.com
Mobile: +27 72 464 8965

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Call for Nominations: 2024 Global Citizen Award

LONDON, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading international residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners, in partnership with Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit humanitarian organization, is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2024 Global Citizen Award.

Created ten years ago in 2014, the Global Citizen Award is a tribute that honors remarkable individuals working to advance any one of the global challenges affecting humanity today – challenges that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. This year’s honor is particularly significant as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Award, celebrating a decade of recognizing and supporting global champions who make a profound impact on our world.

The 2024 laureate will be selected by a distinguished, independent committee and honored at the Global Citizen Award ceremony, the concluding gala evening event of the annual Henley & Partners Global Citizenship Conference which is taking place this year at Capella Singapore from 27–29 November 2024.

Henley & Partners Chairman and Founder of the Andan Foundation, Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, says the awardee’s work needs to demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable social groups, particularly with a connection to migration-related issues. “The Global Citizen Award is open worldwide to those working in a field with a direct link to the issues they are looking to affect and excludes political figures, opinion leaders, and celebrities. The committee is looking for remarkable and inspirational individuals who demonstrate vision, courage, and innovation in driving global change, and whose actions and outlook contribute to a more just, peaceful, connected, and tolerant world.”

The selection process is confidential and is based on a majority decision of the Award Committee. The award itself consists of a bespoke sculptural medal designed by leading Italian artist Antonio Nocera, an award certificate signed by the Chairman of the Global Citizen Award Committee, and a monetary prize of USD 20,000, which goes towards supporting the awardee’s humanitarian efforts. In addition, Henley & Partners commits to working closely with the awardee for a period of one year, raising awareness of their work and supporting the selected project through the firm’s network of more than 55 offices worldwide.

Since its inception, the Global Citizen Award has honored many remarkable individuals. The first laureate was German entrepreneur Harald Höppner, who set up the refugee humanitarian aid project Sea-Watch. He was followed by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, Africa’s largest disaster relief organization, and Monique Morrow, Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet, a digital identity project that aims to bring hope to the estimated 1.1 billion individuals in the world who cannot prove their legal identity.

Diep Vuong, Co-Founder and President of the Pacific Links Foundation, was awarded for her work in Southeast Asia campaigning for the rights of those enslaved by human trafficking, while Prof. Dr. Padraig O’Malley received his Global Citizen Award in recognition of his work on conflict resolution and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Iraq. Last year’s awardee Zannah Bukar Mustapha, the Founder of the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation, was recognized for the psychological, educational, spiritual and other developmental support provided to the children and widows affected by the insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

Commenting on the award’s 10-year history and significance, Dr. Kaelin says global citizenship ideals are a founding principle of Henley & Partners, and through its partnership with the Andan Foundation, the firm can provide support to those displaced by war, conflict and climate change. “All of our Global Citizen Award laureates have inspired us with their willingness to act in confronting a problem that many see as simply too vast to address. The issues that we face today transcend the family, the tribe, the village, and the nation. It’s more critical than ever that we do what we can to support those working to change the lives of vulnerable people around the world.”

Nominations close on Friday, 2 August 2024. For more information on how to submit your nomination, please contact Bushra Zaidan at  bushra.zaidan@andan.org

Sarah Nicklin
Group Head of PR
sarah.nicklin@henleyglobal.com
Mobile: +27 72 464 8965

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Al-Quds Brigades: We bombarded with mortar a position of occupation soldiers in Rafah


Gaza – Ma’an – Al-Quds Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement – said that its fighters are engaged in fierce clashes with occupation soldiers and vehicles in the areas of progress in the city of Rafah.

The brigades confirmed that they bombed with mortar shells a position of occupation soldiers in the vicinity of the Al-Abd Jabr area in the Yabna camp, south of the city of Rafah.

Source: Maan News Agency

Al-Quds Brigades: We bombarded with mortar a position of occupation soldiers in Rafah


Gaza – Ma’an – Al-Quds Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement – said that its fighters are engaged in fierce clashes with occupation soldiers and vehicles in the areas of progress in the city of Rafah.

The brigades confirmed that they bombed with mortar shells a position of occupation soldiers in the vicinity of the Al-Abd Jabr area in the Yabna camp, south of the city of Rafah.

Source: Maan News Agency

Israeli occupation air raids kill two people S. Lebanon – NNA

Two people were killed in an air raid carried out by Israeli occupation forces on southern Lebanon on Sunday, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported.

It added that Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the southern town of Houla, resulting in the death of two civilians.

NNA added that the air raid by the Israeli occupation forces targeted Bint Jbeil with missiles, causing extensive damage to buildings, shops and houses.

NNA also reported that the occupation artillery targeted Al-Sanawbar hill with shells, causing fire.

The agency quoted statements issued by the resistance, stating that it had targeted the Iron Dom radar of the occupation forces, as well as the positions of its officers and soldiers, hitting its targets accurately, they also targeted Al-Marj site with rockets, hitting it directly.

The southern Lebanese border has been witnessing daily military clashes between the occupation forces and the resistance since the launch of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7th.

Source: Kuwait New
s Agency

Al-Quds Brigades: We bombarded with mortar a position of occupation soldiers in Rafah


Gaza – Ma’an – Al-Quds Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement – said that its fighters are engaged in fierce clashes with occupation soldiers and vehicles in the areas of progress in the city of Rafah.

The brigades confirmed that they bombed with mortar shells a position of occupation soldiers in the vicinity of the Al-Abd Jabr area in the Yabna camp, south of the city of Rafah.

Source: Maan News Agency

50 thousand housing units were destroyed in northern Gaza


Gaza – Together – The occupation army destroyed 50,000 housing units in northern Gaza and bulldozed the sewage networks and streets of most of the northern municipalities in the Gaza Strip.

The head of the Municipal Emergency Committee in northern Gaza announced that Jabalia and Beit Hanoun are areas affected by the ongoing Israeli bombing, calling on the United Nations and international organizations to intervene urgently and immediately.

Head of the Municipal Emergency Committee in northern Gaza, Naji Sarhan, said that 35 water wells, schools, and UNRWA facilities were destroyed, adding that there is an imminent famine threatening the northern Gaza Strip.

On Friday, the occupation army withdrew from the northern Gaza Strip after a 20-day operation, leaving unprecedented widespread destruction, especially in the Jabalia camp.

Source: Maan News Agency

PM partakes in opening session of “Tawasul 2024” fourm


Amman: Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh Saturday took part in the opening session of “Tawasul 2024″ forum, titled Jordan’s Resilience: From Stability to Recovery,” which was organized by the Crown Prince Foundation under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II.

Emphasizing that Jordanian young men and women, who are the “real asset and wealth” of the country and who hold the promising future, the prime minister said the forum has become “an inclusive framework for communication that brings together the best youth in a productive dialogue to create a clear path forward.”

Despite limited resources, he said, Jordan has human resources that made tremendous achievements, which requires providing them with the means to raise their capacities and competencies.

The prime minister pointed to the Kingdom’s comprehensive modernization scheme in its political, economic and administrative tracks, with a will to achieve its goals.

He referred to the “ambitious” goals of the economic modernization visio
n, which aims to achieve a growth rate of 5.5 percent and create one million job opportunities, along with administrative modernization to enable the public sector to provide better services and enhance the role of the private sector in the development process.

The political reform track, he stressed, is very important, and the first stop in it is holding parliamentary elections on September 10 with the aim of enhancing youth and women’s participation in the decision-making process.

He also cited tax reform and fighting tax-evasion and a prudent fiscal and monetary police that kept the dinar strong with a record foreign currency reserve of JD19 billion.

He said Jordan’s economy is impacted by regional turmoil, adding that the kingdom was about to achieve a growth rate of 2.8 percent in the last quarter of 2023 until Israel launched its war on the Gaza Strip, when it fell to 2.6. However, “due to a re-evaluation of growth targets for next year, we expect a growth rate of about 2.4 percent, he added.”

He al
so said many sectors, such as transport, have suffered for over a decade and a half as exports to the north were affected due to conditions in Syria.

Khasawneh said the current growth rate does not make a big difference in reducing unemployment, which dropped last year to 21.4 percent, however, “we are moving confidently toward sustainable growth.

Source: Jordan News Agency