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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Embracing of dry toilets technology i...
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
By midakiarie
19 Nov 2012

1.1 billion people around the world defecate in the open, contaminating their environments and water sources besides spreading diseases like diarrhea, which kills 2,000 children less than 5 years old every day.

In Tanzania, only 10 per cent of her people have access to improved sanitation. Over 40 million of citizens in the Eastern Africa country do not have to improved sanitation.

6.5 million people in the country defecate in the open according to Unicef, causing illnesses related to poor hygiene that could have been avoided, and which costs the government millions of money that could otherwise be used for development.

NGOs are introducing dry toilets where modern sanitation facilities that require no water are built in homes and institutions with unreliable or no water supply.

Proponents of this project say the facility is a better option to many people in the world with many countries still facing water shortage problems.

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Egyptian Doctors Strike, Hold Symboli...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
08 Nov 2012

Hundreds of Egyptian doctors marched on Thursday, November 8, from Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir Square to the Egyptian State TV Building (Maspero), holding a symbolic funeral for the Ministry of Health as part of their ongoing strike calling for healthcare reforms.
On the 39th day of their strike the protesting doctors wore black clothes, holding in their hands white coats to represent coffins.
They shouted slogans and raised banners demanding social justice and better hospital security.
Their major demands include an increase of healthcare share in the general budget to 15%, better health services, increased security at health facilities and higher pay.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Abdel-Sattar, a striking doctor:
“We decided today to hold a symbolic march entitled ‘the funeral of Egyptian healthcare’ due to the Health Ministry’s disregard of the strike’s three legitimate demands: to increase the healthcare budget, to increase security at hospitals and to implement the cadre of doctors within three years, not now. We want to live a decent life like everyone.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Shura, media coordinator of the doctors’ strike committee:
“Today is the 39th day of the doctors’ strike. We tried everything. We held marches, protests, marches, etc. We’re not required to provide solutions but we did. However, there was no response. Today, we tell the health minister that he’s failed.”

A number of political forces voiced support for the mock funeral procession of the striking doctors, protesting against alleged deteriorating healthcare and negligent government.
The doctors threatened to escalate the situation if their demands are not met.
The April 6 Youth Movement, Revolutionary Socialists, National Front for Justice and Democracy and Youth for Freedom and Justice are among the forces taking part in the march.
The doctors’ partial strike started on October 1 after being approved on September 21 at a Doctors Syndicate emergency general assembly meeting.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 8, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 8, 2012
Length: 0:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Wide shot of protesting doctors marching from Omar Makram Mosque near Tahrir square to the State TV Building “Maspero”, raising banners
  2. Wide shot of protesting doctors wearing black clothes and holding their coats representing symbolic coffins
  3. Various shots of protesting doctors marching, raising banners
  4. Various shots of protestors shouting marching, shouting statements against the
  5. Close up shot of one of the protestors raising a banner against the Health Ministry
  6. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Abdel-Sattar, a striking doctor:
    “We decided today to hold a symbolic march entitled ‘the funeral of the Egyptian healthcare’ due to the Health Ministry’s disregard of the strike’s three legitimate demands: to increase the healthcare budget, to increase security at hospitals and to implement the cadre of doctors within three years, not now. We want to live a decent life like everyone.”
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Amr Shura, media coordinator of the doctors’ strike committee:
    “Today is the 39th day of the doctors’ strike. We tried everything. We held marches, protests, marches, etc. We’re not required to provide solutions but we did. However, there was no response. Today, we bring tell the health minister that he’s failed.”
  8. Various shots of protesting doctors shouting statements calling for increase in the budget of the Health Ministry
  9. Wide shot of the symbolic coffin of the Health Ministry on the ground while protestors standing wearing black clothes and raising banners
  10. Various shots of protestors shouting statements against the Health Ministry
  11. Various shots of protestors raising banners condemning the system of the Ministry of Health
  12. Wide shot of the symbolic coffin of the Health Ministry
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Tanzanian Homestead Complete With Toilet
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
By midakiarie
24 Oct 2012

This homestead at Mapinga in Bagamoyo, Tanzania is complete with a toilet. Approximately 1 billion people around the world defecate in the open, contaminating their environments and water sources, as well as spreading diseases like diarrhea, which kills 2,000 children less than 5 years old every day. 6.5 million people in the country defecate in the open according to Unicef, causing illnesses related to poor hygiene that could have been avoided, and which costs the government millions that could otherwise be used for development.

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October 7th, World Day Demonstration ...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
07 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain. Thousands gathered to rally in the streets of Barcelona Sunday, October 7, 2012, to defend the right of everyone to have decent work. The call, made simultaneously across the state, also serves for unions gain momentum and set the stage for what could be a general strike throughout Europe.

Barcelona, Spain. Hoy domingo se han manifestado miles de personas por las calles de Barcelona para defender el derecho de todos a tener un trabajo digno. La convocatoria, que se ha hecho simultáneamente en las principales del Estado, también ha servido para que los sindicatos calienten motores y preparen el terreno por lo que podría ser una huelga general a nivel europeo.

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TEACHERS PROTEST IN BARCELONA
Barcelona, Spain
By Editor's Picks
24 Sep 2012

Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today, September 26, 2012, was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protested against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.

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Transport strike day in Barcelona
Barcelona
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
17 Sep 2012

Demonstration of workers in public transport companies, Barcelona, Spain

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Editor's Picks 12 September 2012
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
11 Sep 2012

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Cairo Tuesday, September 11, 2012, shouting anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans along with "there is no God but Allah," and scaling the US Embassy's walls to pull down the American flag. The protests come in response to an inflammatory trailer to a film called "The Innocence of Islam," posted on youtube, which reportedly depicts the prophet Mohammed as a homosexual pedophile. While people's anger in Egypt propelled them to protest at the US embassy in Cairo, in Libya, enraged mobs attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. The US Ambassador to Libya and three staff members were killed during the attack. In this exclusive video, interviews with local Egyptians and protesters illustrate their religious sentiment, for a full transcription click here.

8:15: "I am Sabir Shartout from Giza, and when I heard about the protest I was one of the first people to confirm my attendance-- it's the least one can do. It is a protest to express the people's anger. This situation is in need of investigation. To those who insulted the prophet: he is the greatest symbol of Islam and he is the root of existence for all Muslims, for all Muslims are alive to love their God and their Prophet. It is really hard and painful for our people and people like us to have to go through those situations. Do we, as people, really deserve this insult? As Muslim, do we really deserve this humiliation? Someone has insulted a symbol, a great symbol that gives meaning to my whole life, and that is the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). Why are they doing this?"

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

Massive Demonstration For Independence of Catalonia

Angelina Jolie Meets With PM Mikati & Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Kandil: Egypt's Budget Deficit Higher Than Anticipated

Discussing Syria:
Arab League Chief Meets With Britain's Hague
& Arab League Chief and Envoy Meet With Qatari PM

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PM Kandil: Budget Deficit Unexpectedl...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
11 Sep 2012

Egypt’s budget deficit for this fiscal year unexpectedly rose up to USD 28.71 billion as it was previously estimated to reach USD 21.98 billion, Egyptian Premier Hesham Kandil said in a press conference following a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, September 12, at the Cabinet headquarters in Cairo.
Kandil added that such a large burden of deficit would force government to resort to borrowing.
Egypt has already requested a USD 4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil:
“The EGP 175 billion (USD 28.71 billion) deficit is more than expected. Last year, the budget deficit was expected to reach EGP 134 billion (USD 21.98 billion) but it has become EGP 175 billion. This increase in budget deficit burdens us to have to make up for it through borrowing.” Kandil told reporters that borrowing has to be side by side with increasing national and foreign investments, noting that the government targets 4.5% growth rate this year, which requires investments of about USD 45.28 billion.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil:
“We are working on settling the budget deficit as one of the courses. The other course, which is relevant, is to increase investments, whether they are national or foreign investments. The targeted growth rate is from 4% to 4.5% by the end of this year, which, according to the government’s plan, requires investments of EGP 276 billion (USD 45.28 billion).” The Egyptian Prime Minister noted that the IMF loan to Egypt would reassure the world economic institutions about the Egyptian economy and its ability to pay off debt, stressing that the economic reform program is 100% national regardless of the IMF loan.
Kandil finally called on the Egyptian people to work with the government to avoid any further burdens to the country’s budget by refraining from workers’ protests that lead to closing companies and factories.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 12, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 12, 2012
Length: 0:01:51
Video Size: 91.3 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot of the Cabinet headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the press conference of Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil
3. Medium shot of Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil speaking during a press conference held at the Cabinet headquarters
4. Various shots of reporters listening and taking notes at the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil:
“The EGP 175 billion (USD 28.71 billion) deficit is more than expected. Last year, the budget deficit was expected to reach EGP 134 billion (USD 21.98 billion) but it has become EGP 175 billion. This increase in budget deficit burdens us to have to make up for it through borrowing.” 6. Various shots of the press conference and the attendees taking notes
7. Medium shot, cameramen shooting
8. Various shots of Kandil speaking during a press conference
9. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Hesham Kandil:
“We are working on settling the budget deficit as one of the courses. The other course, which is relevant, is to increase investments, whether they are national or foreign investments. The targeted growth rate is from 4% to 4.5% by the end of this year, which, according to the government’s plan, requires investments of EGP 276 billion (USD 45.28 billion).” 10. Medium shot, cameramen shooting
11. Various shots of the press conference and the attendees
12. Wide shot of the press conference and Kandil speaking

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A protest dog during Mayday protests
Athens, Greece
By Nikolas Georgiou
01 May 2012

A protest dog, often seen during demonstrations, carries a placard with ironic messages. Although media have often presented Greeks as lazy people, this has been disproved by many official European reports. In fact, wages go down and working hours increase, as many big companies refuse to pay for overtime and social security.

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Egypt's PM Announces Transfer of USD ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
20 Apr 2012

Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri said that the government transferred USD 6.14 billion from special funds of former regime offices to the state budget, in a press conference at the headquarters of the General Authority for Investment in Cairo, Thursday, April 19. Ex-regime offices once kept public monies in special private funds that were not incorporated into the state budget, and as such were not subject to oversight by any budget committee.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"The issue of special funds has been going on for more than twenty years. Former regime government offices established these special funds from the public money resource to use for employment, salaries, rewards, etc. We traced these funds strictly, and like I said all these funds are now present at the Central Bank in the General Budget Account."

Al-Ganzouri stated that the government's costs have been gradually reduced saving USD 4.14 billion. He also shed light on the efforts done to relief Egypt's foreign debt.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"We have been keen on minimizing the foreign debts. They were USD 5.83 billion, seven months ago. In March 2012, they were reduced to USD 5.54 billion."

The Egyptian Prime Minister told reporters that even though the country's revenues declined to USD 12.8 billion over the past few months, the government successfully achieved relative and notable economic stability.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:08
Video Size: 106 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS
SHOTLIST:
1- External shot of the headquarters of Egypt’s General Authority for Investment in Cairo
2- Pan left shot, Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri heading to the press conference at the headquarters of Egypt’s General Authority for Investment in Cairo
3- Various shots of the press conference
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"The issue of special funds has been going on for more than twenty years. Former regime government offices established these special funds from the public money resource to use for employment, salaries, rewards, etc. We traced these funds strictly, and like I said all these funds are now present at the Central Bank in the General Budget Account." 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- Long shot of a reporter asking Ganzouri
7- Various shots of Al-Ganzouri speaking during the press conference
8- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri:
"We have been keen on minimizing the foreign debts. They were USD 5.83 billion seven months ago. In March 2012, they have been reduced to USD 5.54 billion." 9- Various shots of the press conference
10- Various shots of Egypt’s PM Al-Ganzouri concluding the press conference and leaving