Egypt reopens historic library in Sinai after renovations

This file photo shows a general view of the Saint Catherine’s monastery (far left) with its living and tourist facility in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt May 18, 2005. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 December 2017
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Egypt reopens historic library in Sinai after renovations

SAINT CATHERINE’S MONASTERY: Egypt is inaugurating an ancient library in the famed St. Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai.
Saturday’s ceremony comes after three years of renovation work and was attended by several western ambassadors and Egyptian officials.
Monk Damyanos, the monastery’s archbishop, says the library maintains the world’s second-largest collection of early codices and manuscripts, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library.
St. Catherine’s, founded in the 6th century, is one of the oldest Christian Orthodox monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of South Sinai’s main tourist attractions.
It stands at the foot of Mount Sinai, also known as Jebel Musa or Mount Horeb, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. A small number of monks live and work there where they observe rituals unchanged for centuries.


Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

Updated 18 June 2018
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Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

LISBON: The controversial bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at the airport on Madeira which bears his name has been replaced, Portuguese media reported on Monday.
“This bust is much better than the other one, that’s what everyone thinks,” Hugo Aveiro, brother of the five-time Ballon d’or, winner, told the Diario de Noticias da Madeira newspaper.
“A Spanish sculptor offered this new bust ... so good that we decided to change it,” he added.
The original was swapped Friday at the request of the Real Madrid superstar’s entourage, according to local media.
The original, by local artist Emanuel Santos, was unveiled 16 months ago at a ceremony to rename the airport after one of Madeira’s most famous sons, CR7 having been born in the capital Funchal.
But it was widely mocked, not least for its grimacing smile.
“The CR7 museum asked us to replace the bust in tribute to the athlete and we felt we ought to change it,” airport director Duarte Ferreira explained.
The Ronaldo museum opened in 2013 and a year later it unveiled a 3.40 meters (10 feet) statue which also caused some mirth owing to its figure-hugging shorts.
While his home island concentrates on his likenesses the real Ronaldo is busy at the World Cup. He notched a hat trick to earn a point against Spain a few hours after the airport bust was exchanged.