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Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced the new logo that will represent the UAE to the world, as part of its nation brand.

The logo attracted the majority of 10.6 million votes cast from all over the world to choose the design that will share the inspiring story of the Emirates. Complementing the slogan ‘Make it Happen’, the logo captures the ambitions, achievements, openness, hope and the culture of possibilities that are an integral part of the country’s fabric.

The launch was part of an event at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi that brought together the ‘Inspiring 49′ team of Emirati artists, authors, poets and designers who contributed to designing three logos to represent the UAE to the rest of the world.

Sheikh Mohammed announced the new logo on his twitter account with a video.

“Today, my brother Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and I, along with 49 creative Emirati artists, launched the UAE’s new media brand… an identity that represents our map and our sky -high ambitions, and our seven emirates that are racing the world…and seven founding fathers who have immortalised themselves in our history,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid tweeted.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “The UAE Nation Brand represents our map, our identity and our rising aspirations. It also represents seven emirates, seven founders and seven horses with which we will compete in the global race for development.”

“Opening the vote globally to choose the design of the UAE Nation Brand highlights the human dimension of the UAE’s values of partnership and openness,” he added.

Noting that the ongoing tree-planting initiative has contributed to spreading hope, His Highness said, “The Emirates will plant 10 million trees, and with them we will plant a new hope and a new story of inspiration. We call on all sectors and entities in the country to use this logo as part of their strategic initiatives and events that help convey the UAE’s story to the world.”

For his part, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said, “The UAE Nation Brand tells the story of our union, our unity, our future and of a country that is firmly making its mark across the world. Our goal for the new brand is to enhance the Emirates’ global reputation, in which we invested thousands of teams throughout 48 years of constant work.”

“The map of the Emirates is close to the heart of every citizen and resident of this country. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to advance the glory of this map globally. We thank each individual and organization that helped in the implementation of this national project and those who voted from all over the world to select the UAE Nation Brand,” he added.

The slogan ‘Make it Happen’, which will drive the UAE Nation Brand, embodies the culture of possibilities that distinguishes the country’s story, the thinking of its leaders and the nature of the projects it launches. The slogan also confirms the country’s ambitions that have no limits and defy the impossible.

The Emirates has long been a land of opportunities that opens its doors to people from across the globe to unleash their creativity, fulfill their potential, and achieve their hopes, dreams and aspirations. People, government institutions and businesses can use the logo to express the great potential of every individual and limitless ambitions.

The winning ‘Seven Lines’ logo captures the values of unity and cooperation that the national project, its custodians and the 49 innovators who worked on it included in the design of the UAE Nation Brand with the aim of creating an unprecedented development experience and raising the Emirates’ profile on the world map.

The logo also portrays the seven emirates and the seven founding fathers in ascending lines that express unlimited ambition.

The design comprises seven lines that shape the UAE map, inspired by the country’s high-rise pillars and firm foundations, its strong spirit, its lofty dreams and its development ambitions. The seven pillars form the foundations of the shared home and honour the seven leaders who united the dreams of the people under one national banner.

The formation of the Nation Brand Office as part of the Public Diplomacy Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future was also announced to coincide with the Brand. The Office will serve as the reference for the use of the logo and issue user guides for all sectors and institutions.

A total of 49 artists across different professions, seven from each emirate, were invited to design and create a new logo that represents the UAE in a one-day innovative workshop. Late in November 2019, the ‘Inspiring 49′ were divided into seven groups titled Al Dana, Al Saqr, Al Nakhla, Al Sedra, Al Boom, Al Ghaf and Al Barjeel to design a selection of logos centered on seven key values of giving, openness, innovation, tolerance, credibility, humility and futuristic vision.

The UAE Nation Brand aims to share the Emirates’ inspiring story of constant development in the face of challenges, highlight the Emirates’ unique identity and strengthen its long-standing positive image in the global consciousness. It strives to cement the country’s position on the world map as an effective and influential nation of regional and global prominence and share milestones of the UAE’s exceptional journey of development that transformed the country into an incubator of innovation and an entrepreneurial hub.

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12,000 Souls Baptized in France Reporting ‘a Personal Encounter with Christ’

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More than 12,000 people were baptized in France on Easter Sunday – a record number for the country where about 50% of the people say they do not believe in God.

The French Bishops Conference reports that despite the acceleration of “de-Christianization,” there has been a rise in requests for baptism in the Catholic Church within the last 10 years.

During an Easter service, 7,135 adults were baptized and more than 5,000 teenagers aged 11 to 17 were baptized, according to America Magazine.

The report explains that 31% more people were baptized this year than last year and that the number of adults, 18-25 years old, rose from 23% to 36% in the last year.

“In today’s French society, 80% of young people have not received any religious education,” Father Vincent Breynaert, director of the National Youth and Vocations Service, explained in the report presented on March 27. “They have very few preconceived ideas about the Church. What those asking for baptism have in common is that they had a spiritual experience and a personal encounter with Christ.”

The report also outlines that the requests for baptism are noticeable in bigger cities.

In Paris, there was a 27% increase from 2023 to 2024.

When it comes to demographics, those who are requesting to be baptized are more surprisingly “from families without religion.”

Around 5% of newly baptized Christians come from Muslim families.

“It is very surprising to see the often totally unexpected path taken by those who ask to be baptized,” said Bishop Olivier Leborgne of Arras, president of the Council for Catechesis and the Catechumenate, who added what is taking place is happening on a “bewildering scale.”

Catholic leaders in the country attested that “the Lord has decided to take the lead,” because the increase in baptisms cannot be explained otherwise.

Bishop Leborgne reports that Easter night in France this year was “particularly festive in many Catholic communities.”

“In a rapidly changing world, often disorientated, and a Church that is no less so, it could be that the Lord has decided to take the lead,” he shared.
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Fox News Host Lawrence Jones Delivers Powerful Gospel Message: I’m ‘Proud to Be a Believer’

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“Fox & Friends” co-host Lawrence Jones has a deep-rooted faith, a passion for the Gospel, and a growing media career that has landed him on millions of TV screens each week.

“I come from generations of pastors,” Jones recently told CBN News. “My mom’s a preacher, grandparents are, so, the Gospel at large — knowing who Christ is and accepting [Him] to my heart … that’s all I know.”

The 31-year-old TV host said, although he grew up with the Gospel, it wasn’t until he left home and moved to Washington, D.C., and, ultimately, New York City that he fully put into practice what he had learned about God and the Bible.

“You start getting tested,” Jones said. “For me, the faith walk became real when life became real, and when you’re alone and you don’t have that support system being with you every single day.”

Jones, who recently released the book, “American Man: Speaking the Truth about the War on Masculinity,” said he’s not the type of person who will pretend he’s a “perfect Christian,” refusing to project a lie or mistruth. In the process, he said he’s striving to be more like Jesus each and every day.

“Part of the Gospel itself is understanding that Christ paid it all because I’m imperfect,” Jones said. “And anytime that we try to project ourselves as these perfect beings, I think we take His glory away, because … if we have it all together, then He wouldn’t need to pay it all on the cross for our sins.”

Jones, who sees life through a biblical lens, is in a truly unique position with a prime spot on TV, delivering news and information to the masses.

He called his work on “Fox & Friends” — and Fox News more broadly — an “exciting experience.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to grow in different ways,” Jones said. “Obviously, starting off as a contributor and then, from there, becoming Sean Hannity’s correspondent, to doing my own show on Saturday to now this incredible opportunity.”

Despite all the attention and success, Jones said he hasn’t found it tough to cling to his faith.

“I don’t find it a struggle to hold on to who God has called me to be and be that person,” he said, noting he’s “proud to be a believer.”

Jones has also been able to see his faith represented on the air, with “Fox & Friends” recently hosting the network’s second annual “Faith & Friends Concert Series,” a lenten celebration featuring Christian artists from across the music spectrum.

He said the faith-based music has sparked some powerful conversations.

“I think it’s been some of the most beautiful … conversations,” Jones said. “We’ve had people from our audience — messages about them crying on Sunday morning, people that haven’t been to church in a while, but we’re bringing church to them in their living room.”
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യുകെ ഫാമിലി വീസയ്ക്ക് ഇനി ചെലവേറും

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ലണ്ടൻ : അനധികൃത കുടിയേറ്റത്തിനൊപ്പം നിയമാനുസൃത കുടിയേറ്റവും പരിധി വിട്ടതോടെ പുതുതായി ഏർപ്പെടുത്തുന്ന കർശന വ്യവസ്ഥകളിൽ അവസാനത്തേതും ബ്രിട്ടൻ പ്രാബല്യത്തിലാക്കി. ഫാമിലി വീസയിൽ ബന്ധുക്കളെ സ്പോൺസർ ചെയ്യാൻ ബ്രിട്ടിഷ് പൗരന്മാർക്കും ബ്രിട്ടനിൽ താമസിക്കുന്ന ഇന്ത്യൻ വംശജർ ഉൾപ്പെടെയുള്ളവർക്കും 29,000 പൗണ്ട് (30 ലക്ഷം രൂപ) എങ്കിലും വാർഷികശമ്പളം ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കണമെന്ന വ്യവസ്ഥയാണ് നിലവിൽവന്നത്. ഇതുവരെ വേണ്ടിയിരുന്നത് 18,600 പൗണ്ട് (19 ലക്ഷം രൂപ); വർധന 55%. ഇന്ത്യൻ വംശജനായ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി ഋഷി സുനകും ആഭ്യന്തര മന്ത്രി ജയിംസ് ക്ലെവർലിയും തയാറാക്കിയ കുടിയേറ്റ നിയന്ത്രണ പാക്കേജിലെ ഏറ്റവും ഒടുവിലത്തേതാണിത്.

അടുത്ത വർഷം ആദ്യമാകുമ്പോഴേയ്ക്കും ഇതു വീണ്ടും പരിഷ്കരിച്ച് വിദഗ്ധ തൊഴിലാളി വീസയ്ക്ക് അപേക്ഷിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള ഉയർത്തിയ ശമ്പളപരിധിയായ 38,700 പൗണ്ടിന് (40 ലക്ഷം രൂപ) സമാനമാക്കാനാണു ബ്രിട്ടിഷ് സർക്കാരിന്റെ ആലോചന. 26,200 പൗണ്ട് ആയിരുന്ന വിദഗ്ധ തൊഴിലാളി ശമ്പളപരിധി 48% വർധിപ്പിച്ച് 38,700 പൗണ്ട് ആക്കിയത് ഈ മാസം തുടക്കത്തിലായിരുന്നു. ഇതേ വർധന ഫാമിലി വീസ ശമ്പളപരിധിയിലും ആലോചിച്ചിരുന്നെങ്കിലും ഒറ്റയടിക്കു നടപ്പാക്കുന്നത് പ്രതിപക്ഷ പ്രതിഷേധം രൂക്ഷമാക്കുമെന്ന ആശങ്കയിലാണ് ഘട്ടം ഘട്ടമായി കൊണ്ടുവരാനുള്ള നീക്കം.
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