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Movies: Liazid, a promising Franco-Algerian actor

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BY SAHIBZADA ATEEQ IN PARIS 

PARIS: Karim Liazid, who is emerging as a promising Franco-Algerian actor, commenced his career as a DG for a large international company.

Polyglot Karim Liazid, who speaks French, English, and Arabic, studied Commerce and Accounting before entering the practical life. After working as  Commercial Director for a few years he grasped at a professional opportunity abroad in Algeria and became the DG of a large international company in the computer distribution Hyperdist CIS. A Franco-Lebanese group**.

But after three years of service, he returned to Paris with a determination to transform his dream of becoming a movie actor into reality. Venturing into the unknown terrain he was conscious of the sacrifices he had to offer.

In 1989, he began his two-year training as a comedian “COURS D’ART DRAMATIC” ADA LONATI.  Thereafter, each year, he reinforced his training through various comedian workshops. At ACTORS NATATION in 2013, he was enriched by the method Sandford Meisner*, Construction of the Physical and Mental Character.

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gerard Depardieu were his inspiration. Now he is striving to get the hang of the method of Constantin Stanislavsky in the art of dramatic art preferred method of the American schools.

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* The interpretation method Sanford Meisner increases the ability of an actor to appear convincing and credible.

** Expression journal publication -> https://www.djazairess.com/en/expression/55558

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37 Bangladeshi migrants drown off Tunisian coast

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DHAKA: Bangladesh has confirmed that a total of its 37 nationals drowned after a migrant boat, which was heading to Europe from Libya, capsized off the coast Tunisia, local media reported today.

According to the United News of Bangladesh news agency, ASM Ashraful Islam, labor counselor of Bangladesh’s Embassy in Tripoli confirmed the figures and said that there were 51 Bangladeshi nationals among others on the boat.

With the help of the Red Crescent, Islam said, the Bangladeshi embassy is trying to reach Tunisia to get further details and conditions of its nationals.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry said that among the 16 rescued people, 14 are Bangladeshi nationals.

“This is a tragic and terrible reminder of the risks still faced by those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean,” Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR special envoy for the Mediterranean said in a statement.

The International Organization for Migration also termed the incident deadliest since January. At least 164 people have drowned in the first four months of 2019, while crossing the sea from Libya to Europe, according to the UN.

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Egypt’s new Ramazan series-streaming app

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CAIRO: Egypt’s first video-streaming app launched this month just in time for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the high season for the television industry, but its debut has been panned by critics for high prices and technical failures.
Chilling thrillers, sentimental dramas, and classic comedies – Egypt’s famed Ramadan TV series have long united millions of families from the breaking of the fast in the evening until dawn.
In recent years, many have taken to streaming episodes of their favorite shows on YouTube after the first broadcast on television.
Egypt’s Watch iT, which launched on May 1, aims to grab hold of this trend and snatch audiences away from the free video-sharing giant.
The platform is owned by the Egyptian Media Group and offers 15 exclusive series produced in Egypt especially for Ramadan, for a monthly fee of 99 pounds ($5.80).
“It’s way too expensive,” said Youssef Ahmed, a 48-year-old father shopping in Cairo during the first days of the fast.
Half-year subscriptions go for 555 pounds, with a year costing 999 pounds – a tall order in a country where the average monthly salary is around $220.
“Anyway, it’s better to watch the series on television as a family,” Ahmed told app.
Google’s Play Store service has logged more than 10,000 downloads of the app since its launch – far below the projected figures.
Those who have forked out the money for the platform have run up against technical difficulties, sparking a wave of criticism.
AFP could not access content on the app and error messages appeared during multiple attempts to register.
Local media said the site was the victim of “hacking” and the Egyptian Media Group did not respond to questions.
CEO Tamer Mursi boasted shortly after the app launched that his media group had played a “modernizing” role in Egypt’s television industry and furthered “the protection of (intellectual property) rights”.
His company owns several television channels, prominent newspapers and production companies, drawing accusations from critics that it runs a monopoly.
In the age of international streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon, the moment is right for such a switch in Egypt, but critics say the Ramadan series industry is not up to the challenge.
“When such a company launches such a service, it is supposed to test it well before it enters the market,” said Ahmed Hamdi, a journalist with the business newspaper Al Mal.

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9 dead in IS attack on Haftar forces in S. Libya

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TRIPOLI: At least nine people were killed Saturday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group targeting forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar in southern Libya.
“The attack left nine dead,” he said. A spokesman for the Sebha Medical Centre confirmed it had received nine dead bodies.
IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement distributed through social media, saying it had targeted “Haftar’s heretical militia” and freed prisoners held on the base.
Sebha is controlled by Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, which opposes the UN-recognised Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

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