Duchess of Cambridge Dances with Paddington Bear

Kate Middleton dancing with the giant bear at Paddington station before a crowd of impressed onlookers.

London- The Duchess of Cambridge joined Paddington for a dance on a station platform during a surprise visit to a charity event.

On Monday, the 35-year-old joined her husband and his brother Prince Harry at London’s Paddington station to meet a group of children who have been helped by their charities.

Kate, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William, last week made her first public appearance since it was announced in September she was expecting the couple’s third child but suffering from morning sickness hyperemesis gravidarum.

They met children from charities they support who were heading off on a special trip in the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient- Express for a ride through the English countryside.

Daniel Day-Lewis Retires at 60. The Three-Time Oscar Winner Doesn’t Say Why.

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London – Daniel Day-Lewis has a tendency to disappear.

For the select few films he starred in, the British actor would shed his own persona — or as he once said, “drain” himself — to become his character. And over the course of his career, for months or even years at a time, he would retreat into a reclusive lifestyle, escaping the public eye and Hollywood altogether.

Now, Day-Lewis, 60, lauded by many as one of the best actors of his time, is leaving the film industry for good. Without providing any reasoning, Day-Lewis’s spokeswoman confirmed in a statement to reporters Tuesday the actor is retiring.

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” Variety reported the news Tuesday afternoon.

His final film will be Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” which has already been filmed and will release in December, according to the Associated Press.

His departure marks the end of a career that made Hollywood history and spurred as much intrigue as it did praise. He was nominated for an Academy Award five times, and is the only person to have ever won the award for best actor three times — for the films “My Left Foot,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Lincoln.”

But Day-Lewis is perhaps most known for being one of his generation’s most skilled “method actors,” adopting a immersive style of acting for which the late film star Marlon Brando was so revered, a raw style of acting that was “brash, bold and brimming with machismo,” as Angelica Jade Bastién wrote in the Atlantic.

Indeed, many have compared Day-Lewis to Brando, particularly in the wake of the news of his retirement. “Daniel Day-Lewis was our era’s Marlon Brando,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

But even the term “method acting” fails to capture the extent to which Day-Lewis has become his characters — physical and emotional extremes that few others have matched.

While playing a writer with cerebral palsy in “My Left Foot,” he never left his wheelchair and was spoon-fed by the film crew. While preparing for “The Last of the Mohicans,” he lived off the land for weeks, hunting and skinning animals and even sleeping with his rifle, as the Guardian noted in a 2002 profile.

For “In the Name of the Father,” he spent nights sleeping in a jail cell. Before filming “The Crucible,” he built the home in which his character would live using 17th-century tools. Leading up to the 1997 film “The Boxer,” he trained as a fighter twice a day for almost three years. His trainer even said that he could have gone professional, the Independent wrote in an extensive profile and interview.

While filming the 2002 Martin Scorsese film “Gangs of New York,” he caught pneumonia and insisted on only wearing a “threadbare” coat that would have existed in the 19th century, according to the Independent.

He would occasionally walk around Rome, where the movie was filmed, and pick fights with strangers. “I had to do my preparation,” he told the Independent. “And I will admit that I went mad, totally mad.”

And he refused to break character throughout the filming of Abraham Lincoln, even signing off text messages with co-star Sally Field as “Abe.”

Speaking to the BBC in 2013, Day-Lewis described the meticulous process he undertook to create the voice of Abraham Lincoln, which involved intensely researching the accents in various counties where Lincoln grew up across Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

“I begin to hear a voice, which I don’t try to reproduce. It’s the voice of the inner ear,” he said. Then, he said, “I set about the task of trying to get it outside of me.”

In many of his rare interviews, Day-Lewis seems to dread broaching the subject of his “method acting,” which he asserts is not a scientific or isolationist exercise. Immersing himself in the experience of the role he plays and staying in character throughout the entire filming of a movie is simply how Day-Lewis attempts to “allow the imagination to free itself,” he told the BBC.

“Your job is to more or less drain yourself,” Day-Lewis said. “What would drain me much more in my case is jumping in and out of that world that we’ve gone to such inordinate lengths to create for ourselves.”

Day-Lewis is also notoriously selective in the films he chooses to participate in — he told the BBC he only accepts roles he feels he can truly service, intriguing characters with lives that “feel very far removed from my own.”

“The mystery of that life is the thing that draws me towards it,” he said.

But he is also an “acting enigma,” as the Guardian wrote, and is known for stepping away from the film industry for lengthy periods of time. In the late 1990s, he reportedly apprenticed as a shoemaker in Florence.

Day-Lewis grew up in Greenwich in southeast London, holds both British and Irish passports, and has long had a home in Wicklow, Ireland. (He was knighted by the Duke of Cambridge in 2014.) He is married to writer-director Rebecca Miller, daughter of American playwright Arthur Miller, and has three children.

His stage career ended decades ago “when during his performance of Hamlet he walked off the stage claiming to have seen an apparition of his father, the late poet laureate of England Cecil Day-Lewis,” Burhan Wazir wrote in the Guardian.

His film releasing in December will be his first movie appearance in five years.

“I have a slow rhythm,” he told the BBC, acknowledging that he does seem to “disappear” from time to time.

But, he contends that these breaks, these escapes from the public eye, are what allow him to dive in so deeply to his work.

“What I’m doing is reengaging with life,” he said.

In his acceptance speech for his 2013 Academy Award win, Day-Lewis thanked his wife for having lived with “some very strange men” he had personified over the years.

“They were strange as individuals and probably even stranger if taken as a group,” said the actor who, despite always playing serious roles, exudes an upbeat, down-to-earth temperament in interviews — as long as he is not in character.

Speaking to reporters after his win, Day-Lewis joked that he was “definitely out of character at this moment,” the Telegraph reported.

“If I slip back into it by mistake, you can do an intervention of some kind, the Heimlich maneuver or whatever it is you do for actors stuck in character.”

So perhaps that is what’s in store for Day-Lewis, a seemingly permanent escape from a limelight he never truly felt comfortable in. Some of his fans joked there might be other motives involved.

“What if Daniel Day-Lewis announced that he is retiring from acting as research for a role where he plays an actor who retires from acting,” one person wrote.

“Nobody is happier about Daniel Day-Lewis’s retirement than his wife. You try living with a guy who’s pretending to be Romanian for 8 months,” said another.

His hiatus is not entirely surprising. When it came to public appearances there was an innate comfort for Day-Lewis to express himself through a character, through “these other vessels in a way that we can’t in ourselves,” he told the BBC.

And although he found great joy in his work, Day-Lewis never quite enjoyed the film industry anyway.

“I know this is part of what we have to do. But I really have to be forced,” he told the Guardian in 2002.

And when the movie is over, he said, “I have done my part.”

“And once I’m finished, I always feel a little empty inside.”

And this week, for his fans, that same feeling — of emptiness, of loss — rang true.

The Washington Post

Susan Boyle Attacked by Gang of 15 Youths

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Witnesses have claimed singing sensation Boyle, who suffers from Asperger Syndrome, is being ‘hounded’ by a group of 15 young people who live near her in West Lothian, Scotland.

The gang of mainly boys is said to have thrown a flaming piece of paper at her in one attack and pelted the buses she was riding on with stones in another.

The gang called her an ‘old ugly b****’ at the Mill Centre shopping mall in West Lothian, a witness told the Daily Mail.

They told the paper how they even attacked the bus she was riding on, saying: ‘They were throwing stones, screaming and shouting things.

Neighbors are said to have told the police that the gang of boys, aged 16 to 18, have been intimidating other locals too.

The 56-year-old Scottish singer shot to fame after she stunned the talent show judges with her cover of I Dreamed A Dream back in 2009.

Boyle became one of the reality show’s greatest successes after releasing her debut album I Dreamed A Dream becoming the UK’s fastest-selling debut album of all time. She has since released five more albums, all of which have made the top 20.

Asperger’s is a form of autism which typically means people with the condition struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.

Producer Jamal El Adl: Sherihan Will Make a Comeback with Major Show

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Cairo – Despite nearly a 15-year absence from the entertainment scene, Egypt’s Sherihan has not lost her star power, which seems to grow brighter day after day. The legend of Egyptian entertainment, as she is called, will stage a comeback after the majority of producers failed for years in convincing her to make a return.

“El Adl Group”, headed by producer Jamal el Adl succeeded in persuading her to return through a major show that merges the theater, cinema and television.

Sherihan made the official announcement of her comeback during a major celebration that was organized by “El Adl Group” and which was attended by entertainment, cultural and media figures.

Producer el Adl told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Sherihan was thinking about making a return to the entertainment scene, but she was hindered by her search for the right project.”

“About a year ago, we started planning until she was presented with a topic that interested her,” he explained, saying that she is eager to return to the public.

El Adl is considered the only producer who has presented a project “that meets the major celebrity status” and honors the career of Sherihan, which is why she agreed to make the comeback.

“The trust we both share that no one else is privy to was also a factor in her decision,” he revealed.

El Adl also rejected claims that she refused to return to the entertainment scene because she is “lazy” and did not want to work.

Her comeback, he explained, is composed of 18 theatrical and movie performances. A number of Egyptian writers, such as Dr. Midhat el-Adl, Mariam Naoum, Tamer Habib and Mohammed Amin Radi are involved in them.

The theater performances, which she will star in, will follow international standards and they will be staged at the end of this year.

Of Sherihan, el Adl said: “Never in my career have I seen anyone so committed to their work as her. From the first day of preparations, she was never a minute late to practice or a workshop. She is one of the most dedicated artists and she is very focused on her work.”

Asked if she will be able to perform after a 15-year absence, he replied: “She is still in perfect health and she has not lost her physique as she regularly plays sports and has a private trainer.”

“She constantly does dance training as she is a major artist and knows how to maintain her physique. She has her own style that she has maintained throughout her career and she will come back even better than before,” he declared.

“She is a major star and a complete artist. She will not risk a comeback unless she is capable of pleasing the viewers. She does not need the money, but her return stems from her conviction of what she has to offer because it will be a major production,” he stressed.

The producer said that Sherihan has a “God-given charm and she is loved by all. Some major stars even attended practice sessions just so they can take photographs with her.”

He added that she is “unparalleled” when it comes to performance and Ramadan shows (“fawazeer”), which is why she is “number 1.”

Sherihan kicked off her career at an early age when she told her mother that she wanted to work in performing and singing. She produced the series “The Miracle” (al-Mojiza) for her and afterwards she acted in “The Bitter Bread” (al-Khobz al-Murr).

She achieved major fame throughout the Arab world in the 1980s after she presented the daily Ramadan shows and she also achieved major success in theater, acting along greats such as Fouad al-Mohandis and Farid Shawki, and in movies where she acted in over 25 films.

Her last movie role was in 2002 alongside Farouk al-Fishawi.

Sherihan had a long battle with salivary gland cancer and she underwent a major surgery in France and endured years of chemotherapy. It was said at the time that she was going to retire and spend her time raising her two girls, but she overcame her illness.

Coming to Video Games Near You: Depressed Towns, Dead-End Characters

The new Night in the Woods is one of several video games in recent years to deal with the decline of working-class towns and a dismal economy.

In the coming video game Night in the Woods, a young woman named Mae decides to drop out of college and return to the former mining town where she grew up. It’s a place where there is little opportunity and most people are struggling to make ends meet.

Mae, who is an anthropomorphic cat, drinks too much, shoplifts and likes to break things in parking lots with baseball bats. As she meanders through the fictional town of Possum Springs, players of the game are confronted not only with her memories but also the sense of a place whose better times are behind it.

“I grew up in central Pennsylvania, and my town was a steel town,” said Bethany Hockenberry, one of the three independent game developers behind Night in the Woods, which is being released for personal computers and PlayStation 4 on Feb. 21. Alongside Scott Benson and Alec Holowka, Ms. Hockenberry drew on her hometown experience to create a game with an aesthetic that the developers describe as “Rust Belt Gothic.”

Night in the Woods is one of several video games in recent years that tapped into themes that came to the fore during last year’s presidential election campaign: the decline of working-class towns and what it feels like to be crushed by debt or left behind by the economy. In the games, players explore what it means to be in those situations through role-playing and storytelling, in contrast to the shoot-’em-up and sports titles that dominate the games industry.

Night in the Woods gets part of its inspiration from Kentucky Route Zero, a continuing and episodic PC adventure game from the independent studio Cardboard Computer. That game, which debuted in 2012 and whose most recent episode was released last year, follows an aging deliveryman named Conway as he travels the back roads of Kentucky in search of a secret highway that will allow him to make his final delivery.

Last year, a game called Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor imagined the daily grind of a trash collector living hand-to-mouth on the fringes of an alien society. And Cart Life, which was released in 2011, takes a hard look at the poverty line by simulating the stressful and precarious life of a food-cart vendor.

These games do not aim to make players feel successful and powerful as conventional video games do, and instead challenge people to look at the world in a different way. Creators of the games said they were more interested in showing the complicated lives of the people and places the world has left behind, as well as the economic realities that inevitably circumscribe their stories.

“We want to create stories and mythologies about the places we’re from and the people we know, and that includes addressing the economics of it,” said Mr. Benson, one of the Night in the Woods developers. “If you don’t, I think you’re not getting the whole picture.”

Some of the games have been critically acclaimed. Kentucky Route Zero won the best narrative award at the Game Developers Conference last year, while Cart Life took home the grand prize at the Independent Game Festival in 2013. Sales of these games do not come close to those of matching blockbuster titles, though they can still sell in the hundreds of thousands. Kentucky Route Zero, for instance, has sold around 250,000 copies.

Jake Elliott and Tamas Kemenczy, who created Kentucky Route Zero, began making the game in 2010 when the country was still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of the housing bubble. Mr. Elliott said the feelings of frailty that emerged from those times, along with the rise of esoteric financial concepts like “shadow banking,” helped inspire the game.

“When we started working on the game, I was thinking about exploring the mystery of that relationship, of being a person in a precarious financial situation and trying to grapple with these forces that seem almost supernatural,” Mr. Elliott said.

In Kentucky Route Zero, the two developers mixed together magical realism with the everyday financial difficulties that people were encountering. Players find not just foreclosed houses and abandoned mines, but also giant eagles, ghostly mathematicians and tugboats powered by mechanical mammoths.

Conway, the game’s main character, is put through numerous tough situations that evoke economic despair. In one scene, after he suffers a serious injury, his leg is replaced by a gleaming skeletal prosthetic, and he is vaguely informed that he owes money to a corporation. In another, he descends into a subterranean whiskey distillery staffed by animated skeletons, whom he learns are doomed to toil endlessly for debts they can never repay.

With one more installment of the game to come, Mr. Elliott said he was thrown by the presidential election and the backlash of racism and xenophobia that accompanied it. He wondered how to incorporate that into a story that reflects contemporary working-class life. Although there had been subtle references to racial inequality in the game before, he and Mr. Kemenczy now plan to make them more evident.

“I don’t know that it’s responsible to continue to treat it as though it’s simmering under the surface anymore,” Mr. Elliott said.

Still, these games are not all doom and gloom. Night in the Woods game is leavened by its cartoony aesthetic and the animal characters. At times, it can be downright cheerful, as Mae bounds through the streets of Possum Springs throwing colorful autumn leaves into the air.

“People want to typify the Rust Belt as the most depressing, dead place,” said Mr. Benson, who is based in Pittsburgh. “But there are people who live their lives happily here, too. No matter where you are, you’ve run down your street kicking up leaves.”

(The New York Times)

The End of In-Flight Entertainment?

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London – Seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, American experts say, and will be replaced eventually by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service.

With built-in screens, airliners have been providing passengers with a set menu of entertainment content of music and videos for decades with a few movies played on a loop.

Experts say that by streaming content over wireless systems, passengers will have a wider array of content and the carriers will not have to maintain screens because passengers will bring their own portable devices on board.

Jon Cobin, the chief commercial officer at Gogo, which provides Wi-Fi service on more than 2,900 commercial planes, said in an email that “virtually everyone is connected at all times on the ground today.”

By one estimate, in-flight entertainment systems are the biggest expense in outfitting a new plane and can make up 10 percent of the entire cost of an aircraft, despite that screens and their wiring add weight to the plane.

Another financial incentive: Without the screens, carriers can install slimmer seats, which means they can accommodate more passengers and earn more money, Brett Snyder, the author of the airline industry blog “Cranky Flier,” said

Arab Film Institute (AFI) Launched during DIFF 2016

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Dubai – In a step previously announced by Asharq Al-Awsat, the Arab Film Institute (AFI) was launched two days ago aiming to promote the Arabian cinema. According to its brochure, this institute intends to create a platform to exchange expertise and ideas among professionals from the Arabian cinema industry and to provide training programs that enjoy international levels for creative filmmakers in different fields.

During a press conference held as part of the fifth day of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) held to launch the new institute, Antoine Khalife, Dora Bouchoucha, George David, and Hafiz Al Ali attended to reveal their ideas in this field and to announce Oscar-like contests starting 2018 to highlight best actors, directors, scenarios, and others.

How can this institute overcome obstacles which face production and marketing in this industry? Many other questions were posed with the launch of this institute to secure its success.

The establishment of such an institute is considered as a very promising step as long as the AFI stays away from personal interests; the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has also focused on uncovering many new talents – supported this year by “Screen” (publisher of the British Screen magazine released daily in both English and Arabic), which was keen to spotlight many talented Arab stars who just begun their journey in this field like the Lebanese Monia Akel directot of the “Beirut, I Love You” movie.

In fact, the Arabian cinema does not lack new talents, where a number of new directors emerge to show their works in the Dubai Festival, reflecting major creative and artistic attempts every year.

However, the DIFF also features a number of eminent signatures in the Arabian cinema like Elian al-Raheb who introduced “Mayl ya Ghzayel”, a movie from the core of the Lebanese community.

This year, the festival also dedicated a corner for the Syrian crisis by showing movies that sheds the lights on the tragedy lived of the Syrian people – facing war and asylum.

Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory: ‘This Is All About Income’

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TBILISI, Georgia — Jobless and with graduation looming, a computer science student at the premier university in the nation of Georgia decided early this year that money could be made from America’s voracious appetite for passionately partisan political news. He set up a website, posted gushing stories about Hillary Clinton and waited for ad sales to soar.

“I don’t know why, but it did not work,” said the student, Beqa Latsabidze, 22, who was savvy enough to change course when he realized what did drive traffic: laudatory stories about Donald J. Trump that mixed real — and completely fake — news in a stew of anti-Clinton fervor.

More than 6,000 miles away in Vancouver, a Canadian who runs a satirical website, John Egan, had made a similar observation. Mr. Egan’s site, The Burrard Street Journal, offers sendups of the news, not fake news, and he is not trying to fool anyone. But he, too, discovered that writing about Mr. Trump was a “gold mine.” His traffic soared and his work, notably a story that President Obama would move to Canada if Mr. Trump won, was plundered by Mr. Latsabidze and other internet entrepreneurs for their own websites.

“It’s all Trump,” Mr. Egan said by telephone. “People go nuts for it.”

With Mr. Obama now warning of the corrosive threat from fake political news circulated on Facebook and other social media, the pressing question is who produces these stories, and how does this overheated, often fabricated news ecosystem work?

Some analysts worry that foreign intelligence agencies are meddling in American politics and using fake news to influence elections. But one window into how the meat in fake sausages gets ground can be found in the buccaneering internet economy, where satire produced in Canada can be taken by a recent college graduate in the former Soviet republic of Georgia and presented as real news to attract clicks from credulous readers in the United States. Mr. Latsabidze said his only incentive was to make money from Google ads by luring people off Facebook pages and onto his websites.

To gin up material, Mr. Latsabidze often simply cut and pasted, sometimes massaging headlines but mostly just copying material from elsewhere, including Mr. Egan’s prank story on Mr. Obama. Mr. Egan was not amused to see his satirical work on Mr. Latsabidze’s website and filed a copyright infringement notice to defend his intellectual property.

Yet Mr. Egan conceded a certain professional glee that Mr. Trump is here to stay. “Now that we’ve got him for four years,” he said, “I can’t believe it.”

By some estimates, bogus news stories appearing online and on social media had an even greater reach in the final months of the presidential campaign than articles by mainstream news organizations.
Soul Searching

Since then, internet giants like Facebook and Google have engaged in soul searching over their roles in disseminating false news. Google announced that it would ban websites that host fake news from using its online advertising service, while Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined some of the options his company was considering, including simpler ways for users to flag suspicious content.

In Tbilisi, the two-room rented apartment Mr. Latsabidze shares with his younger brother is an unlikely offshore outpost of America’s fake news industry. The two brothers, both computer experts, get help from a third young Georgian, an architect.

They say they have no keen interest in politics themselves and initially placed bets across the American political spectrum and experimented with show business news, too. They set up a pro-Clinton website, walkwithher.com, a Facebook page cheering Bernie Sanders and a web digest of straightforward political news plagiarized from The New York Times and other mainstream news media.

But those sites, among the more than a dozen registered by Mr. Latsabidze, were busts. Then he shifted all his energy to Mr. Trump. His flagship pro-Trump website, departed.co, gained remarkable traction in a crowded field in the prelude to the Nov. 8 election thanks to steady menu of relentlessly pro-Trump and anti-Clinton stories. (On Wednesday, a few hours after The New York Times met with Mr. Latsabidze to ask him about his activities, the site vanished along with his Facebook page.)

“My audience likes Trump,” he said. “I don’t want to write bad things about Trump. If I write fake stories about Trump, I lose my audience.”

Some of his Trump stories are true, some are highly slanted and others are totally false, like one this summer reporting that “the Mexican government announced they will close their borders to Americans in the event that Donald Trump is elected President of the United States.” Data compiled by Buzzfeed showed that the story was the third most-trafficked fake story on Facebook from May to July.

So successful was the formula that others in Georgia and other faraway lands joined in, too, including Nika Kurdadze, a college acquaintance of Mr. Latsabidze’s who set up his own pro-Trump site, newsbreakshere.com. Its recent offerings included a fake report headlined: “Stop it Liberals…Hillary Lost the Popular Vote by Several Million. Here’s Why.” That story, like most of Mr. Latsabidze’s work, was pilfered from the web.

Mr. Latsabidze initially ran into no problems from all his cutting and pasting of other people’s stories, and he even got ripped off himself when a rival in India hijacked a pro-Trump Facebook page he had set up to drive traffic to his websites.

Mr. Latsabidze said he was amazed that anyone could mistake many of the articles he posts for real news, insisting they are simply a form of infotainment that should not be taken too seriously.

The New York Times

American Rock Sensation Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

U.S. musician Bob Dylan performs on the second day of the Hop Farm Music Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent

After a little over a decade of being nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, American rock sensation Bob Dylan won one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel— noting that a musician winning the top award in literature is a first.

Mr. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most far-reaching choice in a history stretching back to 1901.

After being rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, Mr. Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, will have his name shining along those of T. S. Eliot, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison and Samuel Beckett.

It’s not the first time it has stretched the definition of literature. In 1953, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill received the prize, in part as recognition of the literary qualities of his soaring political speeches.

Mr. Dylan, born in 1941, was credited by the Swedish Academy for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Awarding Mr. Dylan, although lauded by many who support the academy’s choice, caused heated controversy. Many argue that the musical sensation and lyrical poet – although having presented innovative and raw pieces of art- still doesn’t fit the criteria for the Nobel Prize in ‘Literature’ particularly.

Mr. Dylan, whose original name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. He emerged on the New York music scene in 1961 as an artist in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, singing protest songs and strumming an acoustic guitar in clubs and cafes in Greenwich Village.

Mr. Dylan’s many honors include Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, won a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Saudi Arabia:First World-Class Theme Park Underway

Pinoy Community Day Cobra Amusement Park Dammam Saudi Arabia (Dec 9 2011)

Riyadh- The Saudi kingdom’s General Authority for Entertainment officially announced a four-year project to launch the Kingdom’s first entertainment theme park.

Mr. Ahmed Bin Aqeel Al Khatib, the kingdom’s royal advisor for the Authority for Entertainment, revealed that the anticipated theme park will compete with worldwide class entertainment parks.

According to Mr. Khatib the process for drafting the theme park’s blue prints had begun, in addition to the initial phases of site locating. The theme park will allow for small and medium-sized enterprises to find investment opportunities.

Speaking in a press conference following the recent live show by iLuminate, a world famous entertainment company with state-of-the-art technology and electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark, in Riyadh, Mr. Khatib confirmed that the national committee for entertainment is part and parcel of the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

The kingdom’s vision aspires to double local GDP. Moreover, the entertainment committee’s agenda for 2016 was released; it features 266 entertainment programs scheduled in 14 Saudi cities during a period of three months. The world-class programs are managed by international companies together with the Entertainment Authority.

Mr. Khatib added that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to the U.S. had resulted in the signing of major entertainment companies, such as ‘Six Flags.’

The projects signed with the American Six Flags include creating a number of theme parks across the Kingdom.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to bring Six Flags to Saudi Arabia,” said John Duffey, President and CEO of Six Flags.

“We look forward to supporting Saudi Arabia’s efforts to expand tourism by creating new world-class entertainment destinations in the Kingdom.”