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Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year & Good Bye!

We've had so much of fun with this blog that at times reblogging news briefs took over our lives. This blog started way back in July 2005 and when fellow bloggers and others came to know about it, they loved the idea of selected news articles -- some of which were not covered by the newspapers in Bahrain on time or just not covered at all. News Blog re-Blog started out as a hobby, something we did during boring classes in college and amazingly enough we grew hooked on to locating news stories about Bahrain and the Middle East that we found interesting.

It was just 3 of us in the beginning, then we grew to 5, including a cool professor that spoke with a funny French accent, but anyways time soon caught up with all of us, that cool prof left Bahrain, as his sabatical had just got over, one of our friends went to graduate school to study law and another got transferred to a college in Austria. There were just 2 of us remaining. We almost lagged somewhere in September but energetic Mahmood got us going again and we plodded onwards (with a smile of course!). Last week, we both graduated from college, and we're out of here! We will be back in Bahrain soon, for our convocation, but until then we kinda' got busy with 'working' in the real world, have other blogs and don't have time for reblogging news briefs nowadays -- plus! all the other bloggers in Bahrain have some awesome blog postings every day to keep you on the go via BahrainBlogs.org does

We never looked at this blog with seriousness, to us it was just something we did to amuse ourselves with the lack of news coverage on touchy/itchy headlines concerning Bahrain and the Middle East. In one way, reblogging taught us a lot about how to approach news topics and content that is deemed newsworthy. Unfortunately, we had to turn down some fabulous job offers that resulted from some of blog postings because we are or rather we were college students -- something that our audience did not realize at first while some journalists thought we were actually former reporters or something of the like.

When we began to reblog, we could have counted the number of blogs in Bahrain, but today, that is proving to be somewhat difficult with as many as 3-5 blogs a say sprouting up, for example the young bloggers we know from various universities in Bahrain and overseas and now people around Bahrain, from all walks of life are starting to get the hang of blogging. There is, however, a long way to go for blogs, bloggers and blogging in Bahrain and you can think of this as just the beginning of an end! If someone needs to get on top of what's happening in Bahrain, all they do is point their browsers to BahrainBlogs.org and voila! On a positive note with respect to Main Stream Media here, we have journalists blogging along with TV news readers -- that is very encouraging.

Some of the news briefs we blogged here showed us Bahrain from different perspectives, some negative and some enlightening. Thanks to all you bloggers based here in Bahrain and beyond who supported us along the way - we appreciate it!

Happy new year everyone and here's to a prosperous 2006 :-)


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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Asalah Nasri becomes a Bahraini citizen

Prominent Syrian singer Asalah Nasri has taken Bahraini citizenship, granted to her by Bahraini King Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa. The singer was granted citizenship a few days after she gave a spectacular performance in the operetta “Love and Loyalty” in celebration of Bahrain’s Independence Day. According to the London based Elaph, Bahrain’s King attended Asalah’s concert and was intrigued by the singer, and personally thanked her for being part of his country’s celebration.




On a different note, Nasri, who separated from her husband Ayman Al Thahbi, has announced that the two are getting back together. She and Ayman were able to overcome their differences, and are now celebrating their reunion, the singer explained.


Source: AlBawaba.com


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MJ 'lied' to get his kids tickets to ride

Michael Jackson is reportedly being investigated after allegedly lying to get passports for two of his children. The eccentric star is accused of telling officials he had sole custody of eight-year-old Prince Michael and Paris, seven, to get the travel documents. The children's original passports were with a court at the time because their mother Debbie Rowe was suing Jackson for custody. The children are currently living with the star in Bahrain - where he has spent most of his time since being acquitted of child molestation charges earlier this year.

Website TMZ.com has reported Jackson could face charges of child abduction unless he returns the children to the US, after Rowe allegedly moved to get a court order to bring them home.

A Justice Department source is quoted in Britain's The Sun newspaper as saying: "We can't comment on investigations. But there are specific laws about taking kids out of the country."

Meanwhile the pop legend has reportedly agreed to take part in a reality TV show. According to a report in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, Jackson will appear in the pilot and will make guest appearances in the show, which will follow his brother Tito's three sons as they try to make it in the music industry.


Source: (South Africa) TONIGHT


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Helo Squadron Delivers Holiday Cheer to Ships in the Persian Gulf

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, forward deployed to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, has delivered more than 88,000 pounds of mail to ships operating in the 5th Fleet area of operations since the holiday season began Nov. 22.

Senior Chief Aviation Ordinanceman Tony Pineda, leading chief petty officer of HM-15’s Bahrain detachment, said since just before Thanksgiving, deliveries of care packages, greeting cards and Christmas presents have made up more than half of the Sea Dragon’s cargo.

Pineda, from Corpus Christi, Texas, said the squadron’s primary mission while assigned to Bahrain is minesweeping operations in support of maritime security operations (MSO). However, due to the cargo and vertical onboard delivery capacities of the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters, they also take freight and mail to several U.S. and coalition ships conducting MSO in and around the Persian Gulf region. Read More....


Source: Navy News Stand


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RB2 Ready for Bahrain

The Red Bull RB2 - that was shaken-down earlier in December at Silverstone by David Coulthard, is very close to the definitive version of the car that will race in the 2006 F1 season opener in Bahrain. "Autosprint" has quoted Red Bull Technical Director, Mark Smith, as saying ''The aerodynamics, especially on the sides of the car, are definitive.'' This puts Red Bull ahead of its competition in terms of getting their 2006 car out on track. Although Toyota officially unveiled their car first, they have said that the aero package bears little resemblance to what will be on the car in March.




Ex-Renault man, Mark Smith's comments indicate that whilst the main body is largely complete, we may well still see some new ideas on the front & rear wings, which currently look largely unchanged from the endd of 2005. He also praised the relationship and work that Ferrari have put into the engine supply, revealing that Ferrari have agreed a few minor alterations to the specification of the Red Bull units, rather than only supplying exactly the same unit as the works Ferrari team will use. Elsewhere it has been rumoured that Puma is about to sign a sponsorship deal with Red Bull, although it is not yet clear whether this is a Red Bull Racing or Scuderia Toro Rosso deal.


Source: SportNetwork


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RB2 Ready for Bahrain

The Red Bull RB2 - that was shaken-down earlier in December at Silverstone by David Coulthard, is very close to the definitive version of the car that will race in the 2006 F1 season opener in Bahrain. "Autosprint" has quoted Red Bull Technical Director, Mark Smith, as saying ''The aerodynamics, especially on the sides of the car, are definitive.'' This puts Red Bull ahead of its competition in terms of getting their 2006 car out on track. Although Toyota officially unveiled their car first, they have said that the aero package bears little resemblance to what will be on the car in March.




Ex-Renault man, Mark Smith's comments indicate that whilst the main body is largely complete, we may well still see some new ideas on the front & rear wings, which currently look largely unchanged from the endd of 2005. He also praised the relationship and work that Ferrari have put into the engine supply, revealing that Ferrari have agreed a few minor alterations to the specification of the Red Bull units, rather than only supplying exactly the same unit as the works Ferrari team will use. Elsewhere it has been rumoured that Puma is about to sign a sponsorship deal with Red Bull, although it is not yet clear whether this is a Red Bull Racing or Scuderia Toro Rosso deal.


Source: SportNetwork


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