Fairouz: Still going strong at 80

Updated 22 November 2015
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Fairouz: Still going strong at 80

BEIRUT: For decades, almost all radio stations in the Arab world have been starting their morning broadcast with a Fairouz song. The tradition continues today even as the Arab diva, also known in this part of the world as ‘Our Ambassador to the Stars’, turned 80-years-old on Nov. 21.
Nuhad Haddad, who became known later as Fairouz, was born in 1935, to a Lebanese family that is Christian Maronite and Syrian Orthodox, according to her website. She later converted to the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith when she married savvy musician Assi Rahbani, the eldest of the two Rahbani brothers who effectively shaped Fairouz’s career, reported Al-Bawaba.
Since her first song in the mid 1940s, the Arabs fell in love with Fairouz. In a career spanning more than six decades, she recorded nearly 1,500 songs, 85 CDs, 20 musicals and three movies. Although she began performing on air in the mid 1940s and produced her first album, Etab, in 1952, her first international appearance was in 1957, at Lebanon’s famed Baalbeck International Festival, alongside British prima ballerina Beryl Goldwyn and the Ballet Rambert. She was paid one Lebanese pound for that show, Fairouz reportedly said in an interview years later. But she won big. The concert established her as one of the biggest stars of that era when the Arab music arena was crowded with legendary names such as the great Umm Kulthoum, Shadia, Najat and Faiza Ahmad.
Her last album, produced in 2010, was titled, appropriately, Eh . fi amal (Yes, there is hope).
Her son, Ziad, in an interview last year didn’t rule out a new one. Millions of her fans cling to hope.


Video shows rescue of baby from plastic bag in Georgia woods

A Georgia Sheriff saves a baby found in a plastic bag, in this screen grab taken from social media June 25, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 26 June 2019
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Video shows rescue of baby from plastic bag in Georgia woods

  • Officials are asking the public to share any knowledge of a woman in the late stages of pregnancy who may have given birth to the baby

CUMMING, Georgia: A Georgia sheriff released dramatic body-cam video Tuesday showing the rescue of a newborn girl who was found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office made the video public in hopes that it will generate credible tips in the case.
Authorities have been searching for the baby’s mother since June 6, when a family in a nearby home heard her crying in a wooded area in Cumming.
The video shows deputies tearing open the plastic bag containing the child as she cries. Then, they wrap her in a blanket to keep her warm.
Hospital workers decided to call the girl Baby India, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .
“We are happy to report that Baby India is thriving and is in the care of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Tuesday accompanying the video.
Officials are asking the public to share any knowledge of a woman in the late stages of pregnancy who may have given birth to the baby.
“We release this footage in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case,” the sheriff’s office said.
Cumming is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Atlanta.