‘Nida’a’ to give Arab woman a voice

Updated 12 July 2015
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‘Nida’a’ to give Arab woman a voice

CAIRO: The TLC network is launching its first program in MENA, a chat show aimed at Arab women, Variety reports.
Award-winning founder of ‘Women for Women International’, Zainab Salbi, will host ‘Nida’a’ (the calling) which is set to hit the MENA screens in October on OSN.
The Iraqi-born host was nominated by Bill Clinton as a “21st century heroine,” and the former US president is in the line-up as guests on the show. Other personalities that are scheduled to appear are Arab idol winner Mohammed Assaf, fashion designer Donna Karan and Egyptian actress Yusra.
“Nida’a” is being touted as giving Arab women “a voice and platform in a way that has never been done before, as diverse topics such as women’s issues, current events, pop culture, entertainment, food and fashion are all covered in front of a studio audience,” TLC said in a statement.
“The ‘Nida’a’ show aims at inspiring, supporting and empowering young Muslim and Arab women to achieve their full potential in society,” Salbi said. “It provides high quality entertainment and current affairs content with a fresh, engaging and intelligent tone, reflective of young women in the Middle East today,” she added.
“The Nida’a show is a groundbreaking programming concept within the region and will focus on the empowerment of women and celebration of their contribution both regionally and internationally,” Emad Morcos, OSN senior VP of media partners and digital, told World Screen.
“The show will highlight and address topics relevant to women globally. The guests featured on the show will be world renowned and high-profile figures, sharing their thoughts and experiences.”


Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Updated 20 September 2019

Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

  • In a previous speech lambasting the Catholic clergy, a fly kept buzzing around him and landed on his forehead
  • While attacking the political opposiion during an election campaign, a big cockroach crawled up his shoulder and down his shirt

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches.
A noisy gecko was the latest wildlife contributor to an address by Duterte, interrupting the leader on Thursday evening just as he launched another tirade at human rights groups critical of his bloody war on drugs.
The reptile’s persistence caused laugher in the crowd of mostly soldiers, causing Duterte stop mid-sentence, turn to his left and pause for a while to see what the off-camera commotion was.
“You brought a gecko here?” he asked an official sitting behind him, drawing laughs.
Geckos are common across Southeast Asia. The small lizard-like reptiles are known for their ability to produce various loud sounds, from barks to chirps, to communicate or when threatened.
While activists accuse Duterte of cowing his opponents into silence, reptiles and insects have no qualms about pestering him during his often hours-long, televised addresses.
A big cockroach crawled up his shoulder and down his shirt during a speech in May when he was lambasting an opposition party ahead of a national election. He joked the cockroach was its supporter.
Two months later, a fly kept buzzing around him and landing on his forehead, just as he was berating his rivals in the Catholic clergy. He said in jest that the fly was acting on their orders.