Bus crash victim buried Nine-year-old Xiaolin

Gulf Daily News
Friday, 30th January 2015
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n Jeong, Li, Henderson and Venkatesh performing in the final
Nine-year-old Xiaolin strikes the right note...
A NINe-YeAR-olD pianist has
won this year’s annual BSMe Young
Musicians of the Gulf competition –
for the second time in a row.
Xiaolin Zhang from the Horizon
School of Dubai beat five musicians
in last night’s final. British Ambassador Iain Lindsay presented the trophy to him.
US Ambassador William Roebuck presented runner-up, Hai Wei
li from the British School of Kuwait, with his trophy.
The 16th annual competition was
hosted by St Christopher’s School
and the final was held at the Sofitel
Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and
The finalists were pianists Hei
Wei li and Xiaolin Zhang, along
with singers Zahid Siddiqui and
Alaw Henderson, St Christopher’s
School student and tabla player Sriram Venkatesh and cellist Joonwoo
Three music experts from the UK
were flown in to judge the competition. They were conductor and examiner Richard Dickins, conductor
Christopher Adey and flautist and
teacher Atarah Ben-Tobin.
The competition, which has
grown into a premier music event
for young people in the region, was
launched by St Christopher’s School
in 1998.
More than 100 students from
10 schools in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi,
Dubai, Sharjah, Doha and Bahrain
took part in this year’s contest.
n Mr Lindsay, right, and St Christopher’s School principal Ed Goodwin, third from right, with guests at the event
n Hundreds joined Mr Abdulla’s funeral procession yesterday
Bus crash victim buried
A BAHRAINI bus driver killed
in a crash in Kuwait last week
was buried in Jurdab yesterday.
Maitham Abdulla, 49, was
one of the five people, who died
in a horrific accident on Monday that left dozens of others
He was travelling to Karbala
in Iraq with a group that included Bahrainis Mossa Jaffar Al
Asfoor, 24, his father Jaffar Al
Asfoor, 44 and uncle Salman
Al Asfoor, 87, who were also
killed in the crash and were
n A grief-stricken Mr Yacoub clings to his brother’s coffin
buried in Sitra on Wednesday.
The GDN reported earlier
that Mr Abdulla’s bus crashed into a truck carMeanwhile, Health Ministry Hospital Affairs
rying bricks after being overtaken by a water Assistant Under-Secretary Dr Waleed Manea
told the GDN that six Bahraini patients were still
He is survived by a wife and his three-year-old at Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait being treated for
daughter Howra, as well as his brother Mahmood fractures.
Abdulla Yacoub – a fellow bus driver who wit“We cannot say how long it will take for them
nessed the crash.
to return to Bahrain,” he said.