AMAN Competition results
for year 2011-2012 :
Best Photo :
ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, SIRTE, 10.10.11 - Libya's new regime forces fire
their weapons at fighters loyal to fugitive strongman Moamer Kadhafi
as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Sirte on October 10,
2011, in a drive to control Kadhafi's hometown after a month-long
AFP / Aris MESSINIS
LIBIA-ATAQUE: LIB04. AJDABIYA (LIBIA), 22.03.2011- A rebel soldier
prays before the start of a new attack against the Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi's forces at an unknown location in a desert near
Ajdabiya, eastern Libya, 21 March 2011.
EFE / Manu Brabo
Best News Item (Winner :CNA)
ENTRY FOR THE NEWS ITEM AWARD
Written by Maria Antouna
Faneromeni High School: a nest of multiculturalism
Nicosia, Nov 25 (CNA) – One might be surprised to come across a hub of
lively young children, from all over the world, right in the heart of
this divided capital city, Nicosia, where damage and destruction is but
a breath away, as buildings stand derelict and abandoned for the past
few decades, in the UN-controlled buffer zone.
Yet, this is exactly where multiculturalism is thriving, thanks to
pioneering educational programmes Faneromeni High School has adopted.
The school lies in the old part of Nicosia, within the Venetian walls.
The historic grounds of Faneromeni church and the nearby high school are
considered a landmark of the area. A visitor walking up the steps of the
school cannot help but admire the building's neoclassical architectural
It is break time and pupils are running around the school corridors
carefree. Their happy faces, full of life, reflect their innocence.
Children from all nationalities speak Greek fluently. To hear them, one
cannot tell whether they come from Cyprus or elsewhere.
How can anyone categorise children in different groups or nationalities?
After all, they all have the same smile, the same innocence, exhuming an
inner calm that reaches out to everybody’s soul. Here, all children are
the same, they look to the future aiming to seize the day and live it to
Two girls are chit-chatting with one another, laughing merrily.
''I speak Arabic at home because my parents cannot speak Greek. I am the
one teaching them the language”, says fifteen year old Yiasmin Alkadi,
who comes from Iraq. ''At least I try to do so'' she adds laughing. ''My
mother does not work but my father works for the UN'', she says.
''I have fun at school. I wouldn't want to return to my country'', she
notes, adding ''now I am a Cypriot, that's how I feel. This is the place
I have been living in for the past seven years''.
Her friend Mela Konstantinou, of the same age, is from Romania. She says
her father is a Romanian Serb and her mother Romanian.
''I wouldn't want to go to Romania. I want to stay in my beloved
Cyprus'', Mela says, adding that ''I would like to become a Greek
language teacher. I even like the idea of becoming an actress or a
''Having fellow students from other countries has
taught me from a young age not to be a racist'' Giorgos Athanasiou, a
Greek Cypriot student says, adding that ''I am very lucky because I
learn a great deal from my fellow students, they teach me about their
countries and their languages''.
''I don't see them as different, they are just like us'', he points out.
''Our students come from countries with different cultures and
customs'', says Evie Shakalli Argyridou, the headmistress of the school.
According to Argyridou most of the children are Greeks from Pontos, a
region located near the Black Sea. Greek Cypriot students are few and
usually come from mixed marriages. Non Greek speakers constitute about
20% of the school children and usually come from Romania, Bulgaria,
Georgia, Iran and China.
The old Nicosia centre has suffered as a direct result of the Turkish
invasion of 1974, which split it in half, a buffer zone dividing the
once thriving historic centre. Many Greek Cypriots who lived in the area
chose to move further away. In recent years there has been a trend for
immigrants to inhabit the area and make the old walled city of Nicosia
their home. More often than not the families are poor and their standard
of living is low.
The school is considered to be in an Educational Priority Zone and a
Greek language teacher has been appointed to teach foreign students.
Greek language teaching programmes, which are funded by the government
and the EU, are provided in an effort to combat social exclusion and
reduce the possibility of substandard school performance.
Argyridou also notes that the Ministry of Education offers students
extra curriculum classes in the afternoon in Greek, mathematics, IT,
foreign languages, journalism, physical education, theatre, music and
Despite facing adversity, the school continues to maintain high
standards, Argyridou stresses.
The school cultivates human values such as democracy, freedom, social
justice and moral values such as respect, understanding, solidarity,
tolerance and love, she notes.
“We cultivate respect to tradition, history, religion, language and
particular ethnic characteristics”, Argyridou adds.
Faneromeni church ecclesiastical committee also helps poor families when
Faneromeni high school was founded in 1852, originally an all boys
school. From 1937 to 1961 the school operated as a school for girls.
Today, the school operates as a nest of multiculturalism, offering
education to children of all origin, ethnicity, religion and background.
Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern
third. UN led negotiations are underway between Cyprus President
Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in an
effort to reunite the island under a federal roof.
Nicosia remains today the only divided capital in Europe.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
competitions for best news item and best photo for the year 2011-2012, in
accordance with the rules adopted by the General Assembly of AMAN, as below:
Entries must refer to themes concerning the Mediterranean region.
2. Entries must have
been published by the submitting member news agency during the last 12
months prior to 15 December 2011.
3. Each member news
agency may participate in the competitions with one news item and one
Entries must reach the Secretary General of AMAN, Acting Director
General of CNA Mr. George Penintaex by March 15, 2012.
His e-mail address is:
5. News items and
photo captions must be translated into English by submitting member news
6. News items must not
exceed 1200 words.
7. Photos can be in
colour or black and white.
8. Photo captions must
not exceed 100 words.
9. Photos and captions
must be sent to the Secretary General of AMAN by e-mail.
According to the rules, the
Secretary General of AMAN will send copies of all entries to the members of
the Follow-Up Committee one week after the closing date. The Follow-Up
Committee, at its meeting in April 2012, will choose the winners from the
entries submitted in accordance with the rules and will announce the winners
at the following General Assembly in 2012. During the General Assembly a
brief ceremony will be held for presentation of the awards to the two
winners who will be invited by the host agency to spend a week in its
behalf of the President of AMAN and all members of the Follow-Up Committee I
strongly urge all member news agencies of AMAN to participate in the
competitions and comply with the rules mentioned above.
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EFE’S ENTRY FOR THE PHOTO AWARD 2011(winner)
PHOTO/ Gustavo Cuevas
Madrid, 21st May 2010 -
Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio is gored in the throat by a bull
form Pedro Domecq cattle, during a bullfight of the Festival of
Saint Isidro in Las Ventas. He recovered totally and returned to the
arena on 01 August 2010 in Spain.
ESPAÑA-TOROS SAN ISIDRO: MADRID, 21/05/2010.-
El diestro Julio Aparicio es cogido en el cuello por el primer toro,
de la ganadería de Juan Pedro Domecq, en el festejo que se está
celebrando en la plaza de toros de Las Ventas correspondiente a la
feria de San Isidro. La corrida ha quedado en un mano a mano entre
"Morante de la Puebla" y "El Cid".
HINA’S ENTRY FOR THE PHOTO AWARD 2011
Zagreb, Croatia, 01.09.2010 -
Croatian athlet Blanka Vlasic celebrates winning jump during finals
of IAAF World Challenge Zagreb 2010 athletics meeting, 1. September
2010 in Zagreb, Croatia. Blanka Vlasic was voted best World and
European athlet of the 2010.
AMAN COMPETITION 2010 – 2011
WAFA’S ENTRY FOR THE NEWS ITEM AWARD
Written by Jamil Dababat
Floral Splendor in Palestine
NABLUS, February 1, 2010 (WAFA) - The GPS device connected to the satellite (407
m) records mountain elevation from sea level. Here, in the north of the West
Bank as in all historic Palestine, roses grow and blossom according to the
The wind is blowing without any specific direction. Low morning clouds seem to
be touching the mountain tops northeast of
the city of Jenin. As the wind blows, the dozens of different wild flowers
move in all directions.
Here, one can count the numbers of wild Middle Eastern (Mediterranean) flowers
and can identify the strength of each
flower by the intensity of the wind in the region that is part of a
In Palestine, 3,000 types of wild flowers and
others not yet discovered, blossom these days.
It seems the mountain near the mountainous village of Raba
surrounded by carpet-like trees have at its bottom bright yellow Qandoul, which
is a tree from the Old Testament period associated with the heritage of the
People here raise livestock and work in the fields and
in other occupations. Some worship the land, but they do not care
much for the flowers that have grown in most parts of the West Bank. For them
it is just a flower. They do not care what the legend says about it that it grew
the blood of the brother of Al-Nu'man Ibn
A recently published book by the Wildlife
Society on biological diversity said that the organic and natural Palestinian
plants are classified into 128 groups, including 14
from the botanical family of ferns and 124 flowering
Most of the plants in the Palestinian territories bloom
in the spring, which began early this year. But the effect of
high temperature, as said in the book prepared by the researcher in botanical
Imad Atrash, is evident on the time for flowering, which comes one month
earlier in the Jordan Valley.
But there is a time where natural flowers blossom throughout the year. According
the book, 9% of the flowers bloom in January and 21% in
Mountains of the northern West Bank appear as
natural farms for those flowers. No one can claim ownership of this farm. So it
is possible to see many of these families that benefit from the warmth of the
winter and the calm of the wilderness wherever it wants without having to look
into the origin of the
family of these flowers.
But what about the most beautiful and
controversial flowers in historical Palestine?
Some of them are associated with names of countries such as
dates of the Egyptian desert (Zaqqum), and Egyptian haloloo, which is a flower
next to the Alhamham that attracts insects producing sweet nectar honey
These flowers used to attract children in the past who would drink their juice.
the thousands of these kinds, there is the Halouk, which does not follow the
photosynthesis process. It is a leafless flower that comes out of the ground and
includes five million seeds that remain in the soil for 20 years, according to
In the mountains and plains of the northern West Bank, it was not possible to
see this flower in such an early time of the
However, it is possible to see a plant that came from Argentina
some 3,000 years ago, as some accounts say. It is Alkhatmieh (cow eye), which
could rise up to three meters and is characterized by
its variety of colors.
In almost every mountain site, the Aftreet (devil) flower grew, which is from
the family of tulips.
In the plains of Raba, there is al-Majn apple, which is a plant that goes back
to the old historical
periods and is linked to the religious history of the region. But it blooms only
the month of March.
In contrast to old beliefs held by some about it that it
brings madness to those who eat its fruit, leaves of this plant look green,
On the eastern slopes of the northern West
Bank, a large number of flowers that blossomed appear, and some of them
have leaves due to early growth and mild
The new book mentions many examples about flowers of Palestine, but it does not
talk about their link to the
But one of the most famous plants closely
remembered by Palestinians is the Apple of the Dead Sea, which is a shrub
growing in the wild land of
Jerusalem and has a characteristic of being toxic and can cause
The Dead Sea Apple rises about two meters above the ground.
In the West Bank, when the green starts to fade
gradually as the earth drops in height from the ground level and the transition
climate from one to another, the flowers appear more solid and stronger than
In the colorful mountains of Raba, it was
possible to see some flowers that have lost their leaves leaving visible round
heads covered with delicate plant layer. But near Jericho, it is possible to see
tough bulbs with light colors.
The flowers in Palestine are dazzling.
But they are not far from politics at all, like
most of the components of life. Al-Atrash says that the Israelis have
repeatedly tried to register some of the Palestinian flowers with Israeli names,
as they did with the Anemone flower.
A trip in the Palestinian territories with its small
geographical area in the first three months of the year reveals the nature of
the botanical diversity in it, which is more distinctive than many of the