Prehistoric site discovered in China’s Shandong Province

A prehistoric site dating back more than 4,000 years was recently discovered in Zibo City, east China’s Shandong Province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The “Gaonan Site” was found at a construction site in Fangzhen Township, Zhangdian District, covering an area of approximately 20,000 square metres.

A local archaeological team began excavating the site on 20th February. Pottery artefacts have already been unearthed.

Fang Shuyu, an employee of the provincial institute of cultural relics and archaeology, said that an unearthed pottery cooking utensil had been identified as a typical tool of the Longshan Culture, a late Neolithic civilization that could be found along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River.

“Based on the current excavation work, we can tell that the site is a relatively small primary-level settlement from the Longshan Period. The excavation is of great academic significance to the exploration of the period’s basic grassroots settlement structure,” Fang added.

Source: Emirates News Agecny

Manchester City continues to close gap with Arsenal

LONDON, 11th March, 2023 (WAM) — Manchester City continued its successive victories in the English Premier League, with a 1-0 victory over host Crystal Palace in the 27th round of the competition. City bolstered its position in second place with this win, which came in the form of a 78-minute penalty converted by Erling Haaland, raising its tally to 61 points, two points behind leaders Arsenal. In other matches today in the same round, Tottenham beat Nottingham Forest 3-1, Chelsea cruised by Leicester City 3-1, Bournemouth upset Liverpool 1-0, Everton overcame Brentford 1-0, and Leeds United tied with Brighton 2-2. Khoder Nashar

Source: Emirates News Agecny

IOM Director General appeals for ‘long haul’ support on visit to earthquake zone in Turkiye

ANKARA,12th March, 2023 (WAM) The international community must strengthen its efforts to ensure aid keeps reaching the millions of people who have been affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkiye and Syria last month, according to the Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) while in the affected areas. “In the ruins of historic Antakya city today, I met proud and brave people whose past has been eradicated, whose present is full of suffering and whose future is uncertain,” said Antonio Vitorino, after his two-day visit to the Turkiye, which included meetings with Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavuolu and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.”I am in awe of IOM colleagues and our many partners who began responding within hours of the earthquake, despite being affected themselves. But now comes the long haul; standing in solidarity and action with Turkiye as it rebuilds and creates a new future for the millions whose lives have been torn apart,” added Mr Vitorino. While in Ankara the IOM Director General also held a briefing with Ambassadors representing the international community where the latest information on the earthquakes’ impacts were detailed, along with IOM’s response and capacity to reach even more people in need, should appropriate funding be secured. IOM’s appeal for USD 161 million to support response efforts in Turkiye and northwest Syria is currently less than 30 percent funded. As urgent funds are needed, IOM will continue to advocate and call the international community to back its vital response which has already including the dispatching of more than 1 million emergency aid items in Turkiye in just over one month. Tariq Al Fahaam

Source: Emirates News Agecny

Sultan Al Qasimi forms the Arab Theatre Institute’s BoT

SHARJAH, 12th March, 2023 (WAM) H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and High President of the Arab Theatre Institute (ATI), has issued a resolution constituting the Board of Trustees of the ATI. ccording to the resolution, the BoT will have 19 members from Arab countries. s a specialised agency, the Sharjah-based ATI is mandated with caring and developing Arab theatre within the fabric of joint Arab action organisations. Tariq Al Fahaam

Source: Emirates News Agecny