Dubai ruler launches Arabic eLearning project’s Translation Challenge

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Dubai Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum watches female students work (WAM)
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Dubai Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum listens to a presentation (WAM)
Updated 18 September 2017
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Dubai ruler launches Arabic eLearning project’s Translation Challenge

DUBAI: UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, has called on Arab speakers and readers to help translate thousands of educational videos, as well as written content, state news agency WAM reported.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic eLearning Project calls on all Arabs to help translate 5,000 videos and 11 million words of world-class math and science material into Arabic.
The content will then be made available online for free, for over 50 million Arab students from kindergarten to grade 12.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic eLearning Project falls under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI.
The online initiative aims to lay the foundation of a new knowledge base, and to establish the future of science and math excellence among Arab students.
During the lunch, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Providing high quality education in science and math to all Arab students is integral to rebooting our civilizational development, eLearning is the fastest way to bridge the educational gap in the Arab world.”
“We have challenged all Arabs to help translate 11 million words in order to produce 5,000 educational videos in one year. We urge anyone interested to participate in this important ongoing cultural project,” he added.
“Our goal is to provide high standard academic material in science and math to all Arab students. This project is the first step in a long journey to improve education in the Arab world, and make it accessible to millions of Arab students. Translation is the foundation of a cultural renaissance, and opens the doors to intellectual enlightenment,” said Sheikh Mohammed.


Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

Updated 18 January 2019
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Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

  • The ‘snow pollution’ mural appeared in the town of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world
  • The buyer will lend the mural to Port Talbot in hopes it would attract international artists to the area

LONDON: A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over $130,000 to a British art dealer.
From one side, the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a concrete block garage in Wales shows a small boy with his tongue out to catch snow that, when viewed from another side, turns out to be ash from an industrial bin.
“I bought it and it cost me a six-figure sum,” John Brandler of Brandler Galleries, told Reuters by telephone.
“I am lending it to Port Talbot for a minimum of two or three years. I want to use it as a center for an art hub that would bring in internationally famous artists to Port Talbot.”
The mural appeared last month in the town on the edge of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world.
Brandler, 63, said the entire mural — on the corner of a garage — had to be moved in one piece. He declined to give a specific price for the piece.
When asked how he could afford such luxuries, he said: “I am an art dealer. I own several Banksies, I also own (John) Constable, (Thomas) Gainsborough, (Joseph Mallord William) Turner, I’ve got (urban artist) Pure Evil — I’ve got all sorts of art.”
“My hobby is my business. The last time I went to work was when I was 18,” Brandler said.
Banksy, who keeps his real name private, has become the most famous street artist in the world by poking fun at the excesses of modern capitalism and lampooning hollow icons, slogans and opinions.
Previous works include “Mobile Lovers” which shows an embrace between lovers who stare over each other’s shoulders at their mobile phones and an abrupt warning near Canary Wharf in London that reads “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.”