<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Kids who see guns in movies may be more apt to play with firearms]]>
For the experiment, researchers had children watch a 20-minute clip from the PG-rated films “The Rocketeer” or “National Treasure.” The kids were randomly assigned to watch either an unedited version of the clip, or a version in which scenes showing guns were edited out but the action and narrative of the film were not altered.

After watching the movie, the children were taken to a different room with a cabinet full of toys and were told they could play with any of the toys and games in the room. One drawer of the cabinet contained a real 0.38-caliber handgun that had been modified so it could not fire, although the gun’s hammer and trigger were still functional.

During 20 minutes of playtime in the room, the movie scene kids saw didn’t appear to influence whether they found the gun or handled it, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics.

It’s not clear why the movies didn’t appear to influence whether children picked up the guns to play, said study co-author Brad Bushman, a psychology researcher at Ohio State University in Columbus.

“But those who did handle the gun held it longer and pulled the trigger more times if they saw a movie with guns than if they saw a movie without guns,” Bushman said by email.

“Past research has shown that kids who see movie characters smoke are more likely to smoke themselves, and kids who see movie characters drink alcohol are more likely to drink alcohol themselves,” Bushman added. “Movies with alcohol have a warning, and movies with cigarettes also have a warning, and I think movies with guns should have a warning too.”

When kids did grab the gun, the ones who had seen movie characters with a gun pulled the trigger roughly three times on average, the study found. By contrast, the children who hadn’t see a gun in the movie rarely, if ever, pulled the trigger at all.

In addition, half of the kids who had observed movie characters using firearms held the gun for 53 seconds or more, the study found. When kids had not seen a gun in the movie scene, half of them held the gun for about 11 seconds or less.

The experiment included 104 children between 8 and 12 years old who were either related or friends. They watched the movie scenes in pairs and then went to the playroom together afterward.

Overall, 43 pairs of kids, or about 83 percent, found the gun in the cabinet drawer.

Children in just 14 of the pairs gave the gun to a research assistant or told them about it when they found it.

In 22 of the pairs, one or both children handled the gun.

Beyond its small size, other limitations of the study include the fact that only one modified handgun was available in the playroom, and the results might have been different if more firearms were in the room, the authors note.

“Keep in mind that kids have plenty of exposure to guns in many other settings, TV news, other movies, social media streams etc., plus they have an innate interest in them, so it is NOT surprising that they all handled them,” said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, author of an accompanying editorial and researcher at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

“Having just seen some being discharged however, did impact their likelihood of FIRING them,” Christakis said by email.

Because gun ownership and violent images in the media are widespread in the U.S., the study results underscore the importance of safe gun storage, Christakis added.

This can include storing firearms unloaded and locked, separate from ammunition, doctors advise.

“This is not about gun control,” Christakis said. “It’s about responsible ownership.”
9/26/2017 2:18:31 PM
<![CDATA[Asymmetrical cuts by Japan's Ujoh close Milan Fashion Week]]>
Ujoh, established in Tokyo, showcased in Milan in 2015 a collection at an event for emerging international designers, sponsored by Italy’s national fashion association. Nishizaki held his first show last year, with the patronage of fashion scion Giorgio Armani, a great supporter of young creative talents.

“Milan is where I really started and it is a valid platform for emerging designers... it is good because young people can confront themselves with other people and other countries,” Nishizaki told reporters.

After spending time in his home country he said he intended to go back to what he called “the international wave”.

Designs for Ujoh’s spring summer 2018 collection were mainly asymmetrical, with layered looks and elegant masculine styles.

“I believe that asymmetric cutting particularly fits spring.. with a balance attained thanks to the use of light fabrics,” Nishizaki said.

Slits in the sleeves, open cuts and parts of clothes bunched by drawcord created simple overlaying effects.

Styles were mainly in the colours of black, white and navy blue, with splashes of magenta red, gold, camel and flower pattern prints in beige and light blue and red.

Models wore one shoulder overalls, parachute-style light raincoats, zigzag cut vests, oversize shirts and coats with wide pockets.

“It’s been a positive and particularly rich week, with shows by big names as well as young talents, like Ujoh,” Italy’s fashion association President Carlo Capasa told Reuters.

He added that the six-day fashion extravaganza in the Italian fashion capital - with almost 160 collections showcased and a multitude of presentations and events - had made Milan more relevant on the international fashion scene.

“What do you want more than this? It has been the most beautiful Fashion Week Milan has hosted in the last years,” Capasa added.]]>
9/26/2017 2:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Serena Williams ]]>
The Tennis player was born on September 26, 1981. She was the youngest of the five daughters.

She became a professional tennis player in 1995. She started from rank 304, but she made her way up to the top 100.

She became a legacy in the year 1988 with her sister, when they won the championship of the doubles. She defeated Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka to record a victory at the French Open and the U.S. Open singles tournament, in 2013, becoming the oldest U.S. Open Champion.

Fun Facts:

● Her middle name is Jameka.

● Her favorite city in the world is Rome.

● Her second favorite sport is gymnastics.

● She has competed at three Olympics and won four gold medals.

Another Quote for the road:

“I just never give up. I fight to the end. You can’t go out and say, ‘I want a bag of never-say-die spirit.’ It’s not for sale. It has to be innate.”
9/26/2017 11:07:12 AM
<![CDATA[Google weaves touch controls into Levi Strauss jacket]]>
The iconic California clothing maker, which has a legacy reaching back to Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, will mine the mobile internet boom with a "Trucker Jacket with Jacquard."

The denim jacket aimed at bicyclists has a sleeve cuff made of special Jacquard fabric that synchronizes wirelessly with smartphones, enabling a limited set of commands using swipes or taps, a video posted at YouTube by Levi Strauss showed.

"As we see it, this isn't just about technology for technology's sake ? it's about addressing a real need for our consumers on the go," said Levi vice president of global product innovation Paul Dillinger.

"This garment allows cyclists to literally navigate their rides, and manage other simple tasks, while never having to take their eyes off the road."

Google engineer Ivan Poupyrev said in a blog post that first and foremost, "it's a jacket. Like any regular denim jacket, you can wash it (just remove the snap tag), it's durable, designed to be comfortable for cycling and it'll keep you warm on and off the bike."

Poupyrev said the garment enables users to "perform common digital tasks -- like starting or stopping music, getting directions or reading incoming text messages -- by simply swiping or tapping the jacket sleeve."

The Levi's Commuter Trucker jackets will be priced at $350 when then become available in select US shops beginning Wednesday and at the levi.com website on October 2.

Slightly more than two years ago, Google used its annual developers conference in San Francisco to reveal Project Jacquard and to spotlight Levi Strauss as its first partner.

Named after a Frenchman who invented a type of loom, Project Jacquard is in the hands of a small Google team called Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP).

Conductive threads can be woven into a wide array of fabrics, and be made to visually stand out or go unnoticed depending on designers' wishes.]]>
9/26/2017 7:10:00 AM

The basic principles behind the collection is using and combining colors as well as disrupting ideas and putting them back together in new ways. An important theme in the collection is the contrast of colors.

They designed six lines of bags which are; CYBILL, AMBE, JAD, CANDIC, LAR and CARLI. Every line has its unique signature and colors.


Etienne Aigner AG is a high fashion house based in Munich, Germany, that specializes in luxury goods such as handbags, luggage, belts, wallets, and leather accessories.

In 1972, the brand was founded in Munich. In 1973, the brand became international, and two years later entered the cosmetics market with a perfume. They designed their first casual wear for men and women in 1978.

The brand is available in 49 countries globally.

9/25/2017 5:01:16 PM
<![CDATA[The Power of Doing Less: A gentle yoga workshop]]>
Osana is based in a villa at El Sarayat, Maadi. Osana offers holistic and healing activities for people of all ages, which includes; yoga, pilates, treatments such as homeopathy, massage and Reiki.

The workshop focuses on developing a deeper backbend, stronger arm balance and looser hips. Participants will understand the importance of how freedom is achieved by allowing space.

The use of chairs and blankets bolsters yoga practicing and will help people explore how a gentle approach to yoga can create a deeper understanding of our bodies and nurture compassion in our hearts.
9/25/2017 3:44:27 PM
<![CDATA[Tips to end lower back pain]]>
- Even though resting in bed might seem like the perfect solution to treat back pain, the website stresses the fact that lying in one position might actually lead to complications. Instead try to resort to working out and moving even if slowly.

- Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees to help your spine rest in a comfortable position.

- If you spend a lot of time sitting, make sure to sit up straight with your back supported with the chair and your shoulders relaxed. Also, it might help if you put a small cushion behind your lower back.

- Applying ice wrapped in a towel to your lower back or whichever area that aches, may help reduce pain. The website recommends using it a few times a day for 20 minutes at a time, and then shifting to heat by trying warm pads, which relax muscles and calm the whole body.

- Try consulting a physical therapist as they can teach you the best postures for sitting, sleeping and working out. According to Web MD, a stronger body is less likely to suffer from back pain in the future, so it is of great importance to work on your core muscles to support your back properly.
9/25/2017 3:39:16 PM
<![CDATA[Dolce & Gabbana play their trump card with queen of hearts collection]]>
Wearing glittered, embroidered or chiffon dresses, with eye-catching crowns on their heads or red roses in their hair, Dolce & Gabbana’s queens of hearts came in all colors, shapes and textures.

Models opened the show posing on a stage, with moving playing cards as a backdrop, all wearing black creations on the notes of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana opera.

But that gave way to more colorful designs which carried all of the brand’s signature traits of abundance, such as lace, gems, flowers, sequins, gold, embroidery as well as references to Sicily and its traditions, culture and food.

They walked along a runway that mimicked a long red carpet with young fashion advocates -- so-called influencers key to many of Dolce & Gabbana’s collections and campaigns -- sitting in the front row of the Milan show, held in a former cinema.

The queen of hearts theme was at points interrupted with opulent clothes and accessories with vegetable print or shapes. Models wore big dresses with pea and cabbage prints, carrot hats and aubergine-shaped glitter earrings. One also showed off a dress with a pattern of Sicily’s famous Cannoli pastries.

“Love is beauty” read a t-shirt carried over an Andy Warhol inspired fucsia pink skirt with jars labeled “Amore”, love.

But simplicity was prized at the show’s finale as the Italian fashion house sent all the models back on the runway, stripped of the intricate designs and simply wearing black underwear, as to convey the importance of love over possessions.]]>
9/25/2017 2:56:31 PM
<![CDATA[et Jewelry Designer of the Week: Huwa]]>
Huwa was launched in early 2017 by Wali, and the word “Huwa” translates to “him” in Arabic.

Wali is Egyptian but was born in Kuwait and raised in Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from Richmond University, London, England. He then pursued his Master’s in International Marketing and Management at Westminster University. Now the designer lives in Egypt, and has decided to open up his brand in Egypt.

His first collection and newest collection is Sandstorm. Sandstrom has around 17 models of cufflinks, lapel pins and tie-clips that are made of sterling silver or gold and platinum plated brass, embellished with precious and semi-precious stones such as emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and pearls. The collection features authentic symbols of Middle Eastern culture like; palm trees, dervishes, arabesque and architecture.

Wali believes that he will inspire young fashion designers to get into the market and create their mark.
9/25/2017 2:40:52 PM
<![CDATA[Fragrant name for baby panda unveiled by Tokyo governor]]>
Japan celebrated the birth of the healthy female cub in June, five years after her mother, Shin Shin, lost another cub within days of its birth. It has been nearly three decades since a baby panda at the capital’s Ueno Zoo has survived this long.

The name, written with the Chinese character for fragrant, was chosen from more than 322,000 suggestions submitted by the public. Most pandas are named at around 100 days of age, which Xiang Xiang reached last week.

“This name evokes the idea of fragrance, and it’s extremely cute,” Koike, a former ruling party lawmaker who dealt Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party a historic defeat in Tokyo elections in July, told a news conference.

The media-savvy Koike revealed the name just hours before Abe was set to announce a snap election that her party and its allies are readying to fight, under the banner of a new conservative party.

The baby, at birth small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, now has typical panda markings and weighs roughly 6 kg (13 lb). She can support herself on all fours and is taking tentative steps.

Shin Shin and her partner, Ri Ri, arrived from China in February 2011 and went on view soon after the following month’s devastating earthquake, offering a scrap of good news for an anguished nation.

A male cub born in 2012 was the first in 24 years at the Ueno Zoo, but six days after its birth, it was found lying motionless on its mother’s belly and efforts to revive it failed.]]>
9/25/2017 1:28:24 PM
<![CDATA[‘TEDxMaadi: Miscellany]]>
So why Did TEDxMaadi chose “Miscellany” as its name and what does is it mean?

“Miscellany” means a group or collection of different items. TEDxMAadi chose it because life is combined of different items, starting with people and their experiences in life.

TEDxMaadi will bring together a number of spectacular speakers and performers, each with their own unique idea and talent. This will make the people attending the seminar question their mind and get different ideas.

The seminar will take place at TOLIP Inn Maadi on the October 14, 2017. The ticket prices are for LE 150 ($8.51) and LE 200, the first for those who will come early, and the latter tickets for those who will come later.
9/25/2017 10:54:09 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Will Smith ]]>

The successful actor/rapper was born on September 25, 1968. At the age of 16, he met Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy). Townes and Smith launched a highly successful rap career as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They became quite popular after they produced songs called “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don't Understand.”

His major acting work was in “Men in Black.”

Fun Facts:

● He turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix.”

● He became a millionaire before the age of 20.

● He loves playing chess.

Another Quote for the road:

“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Some people are better at hiding it than others.”

9/25/2017 10:50:39 AM
<![CDATA[UK’s Special Envoy for Gender Equality Visits Cairo ]]>
Roper was appointed as the UK’s first ever special envoy for gender equality in February this year, in recognition of the UK’s intention to integrate gender equality into foreign policy at all levels. Her role is to build international support for gender equality priorities, working with international partners to promote women’s equality.

Roper visit to Egypt will focus on women’s economic empowerment, and she will meet with officials and business leaders to discuss the importance of women fully participating in the economy based on the belief that building an inclusive economy benefits not only women, but the economy as a whole.

Her visit coincides with the visit of Jeffrey Donaldson, the UK’s trade envoy to Egypt, and an accompanying trade delegation looking for opportunities to invest in Egypt.

The UK’s support for the economic empowerment of women has included support for the government of Egypt’s Takaful and Karama programs, to enable the government to better target subsidies to the poorest. Ninety-two percent of the eight million Egyptians benefiting from the programs are women.

The UK also recently announced a LE25 million ($1.42 million) social enterprise fund which will support businesses including promoting the participation of women.

Roper will also meet with education specialists to discuss the importance of girls’ education, as a key factor in women’s economic empowerment.

Her visit comes during the final week of “Gender September,” a month of events at the British Embassy in Cairo designed to shine a spotlight on women in leadership and encourage men and women to work in partnership to support women’s political and economic inclusion.

“I am delighted that my first official visit to Egypt coincides with the Year of the Woman,” Roper said. “There are plenty of opportunities for Egypt and the UK to work together on women’s empowerment. I look forward to expanding the partnership between Egypt and the UK to include gender equality alongside and as part of our already strong partnerships on the economy and education.
9/24/2017 7:43:18 PM
<![CDATA[British ambassador celebrates inspirational female figures]]>

Roper was appointed by the UK Foreign Secretary as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s special envoy for gender equality in February 2017.

She arrived to Egypt to participate in the “Empowering Women for Strong Economies” program this month.

Casson came to Egypt in 2014 as the new British ambassador and gained his fame in the country because of the way he engages with Egyptians on social media. He always shows support for the Egyptian national team. Casson also comments on his official Facebook page about different events in Egypt.
9/24/2017 7:35:47 PM
<![CDATA[Selena Gomez to be Puma brand ambassador ]]>

Officially a part of the fam @puma #pumapartner

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On the same day the brand shared a picture of Gomez on their instagram account saying "Fearless talent and [crown emoji] of Instagram joins the family. @selenagomez #DoYou.”

Fearless talent and 👑 of Instagram joins the family. @selenagomez #DoYou

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According to Harper's Bazaar Arabia, “Gomez is expected to collaborate with Puma and star in the brand's ads for its Phenom sneaker.”

Selena Gomez is an American actress and singer best known for her leading role in "Wizards of Waverly Place" on Disney channel, and dating Justin Bieber a couple of years ago.

Now Selena Gomez is a successful singer/ actress and she is dating The Weeknd. Both Selena and The Weeknd are ambassadors for Puma.
9/24/2017 5:33:40 PM
<![CDATA[The jaw-dropping fashion show by Versace ]]>
The show took place at Triennale Museum in Milan and made history from start to finish.

Donatella Versace went through Gianni’s masterpieces and prints of the early 1990’s to 1995 to create the spring collection of 2018. However, that was not the only surprise Donatella bombed the guests with.

The show closed in a jaw-dropping manner when the original supermodels of Versace – Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, and Cindy Crawford – emerged on stage wearing Gianni’s Metal Mesh collection of fall 1994.

9/24/2017 4:08:16 PM
<![CDATA[ASOS launches affordable beauty products ]]>

Now, they do not only sell clothes and accessories; they also sell beauty products that they produce under their name.

Their beauty products are affordable and come in a wide range such as; blusher, highlighter, eyeliner, lipstick and more.

According to Vogue Middle East, “The First Face + Body Box" will launch in September with a selection of carefully curated full-size products with a different theme to try out each month; it is time to restock your beauty bag. After all, a new season is the time to hit refresh.”

9/24/2017 1:26:22 PM
<![CDATA[Therapy dogs to be released in UAE to help children read ]]>
A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide affection and comfort to people in schools, nurseries, or hospitals.

This initiative is set to be launched in the UAE this October. It is designed to help kids overcome their fear of reading out loud or reading in front of a group.

As mentioned in The National, “Thor the schnauzer; Lost the German shepherd; Xena the Pomeranian; Remy the wheaten terrier; Luna the pomsky; Chip the French bulldog; Wasabi the Maltese; and Milo, Willow and Bertie the golden retrievers will all make an appearance in classrooms.”

Karalynn Thomson, managing director of the Animal Agency said to The National that “studies showed that reading to dogs helps children’s reading ability, plus it hosts social and emotional benefits. The main issue that scares children of reading out loud is the fear of failure, but when they read to dogs they do not correct them or stop them or hurry them, and this gives them confidence.”
9/24/2017 1:11:24 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Nia Vardalos ]]>
Vardalos is a Canadian-American actress; she was born on September 24, 1962. She began her career on TV by doing minor roles in shows like; "The Drew Carey Show" (1997), "Boy Meets World" (1998-99), "Two Guys and a Girl" (1999) and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000)
Her debut was in 1996 in a film called "No Experience Necessary."

She was known for her film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" in 2002, and she was nominated for the Oscars for that role. Due to the film’s booming success of the film, the filmmakers decided to make the series "My Big Fat Greek Life," which aired in 2003.

Her latest Film was "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," which was a sequel to her first major work.

Fun Facts:

● She made her directing debut in 2009
● She is married to the American actor Ian Gomez.

Another Quote for the road:

“The media was always so focused on the money a movie makes, but I was in Times Square, and a bunch of Japanese tourists looked at me and started shouting, “Toula!” I loved it. It is these tiny moments of connection that register with me the most and always have.” ]]>
9/24/2017 11:01:45 AM
<![CDATA[Bottega Veneta's neoclassical look and Blumarine's boudoir on show in Milan]]>
Bottega Veneta, part of the luxury group Kering, set its show in a 19th-century neoclassical palazzo, now a school. “It’s very playful. It reflects the mood of the collection,” creative director Tomas Maier said in a note.

Models wore clean silhouettes with details mimicking work apparel and the simple and clean lines of the clothes were juxtaposed with intricate embellishments, with studs, mirrors, grommets, fringes and sequins adding texture.

Designs came in colors from an “optimistic” palette - of smooth rose pink and ocean blue.

Some of the clothes had inlays of the brand’s signature “intrecciato”, or woven leather, or other details with exotic animal skins.

Men wore casual looks with zippered jumpers, striped jackets, and ankle-length trousers under trench coats, finished with desert boots or sneakers.

Women wore flat, kitten-heel pointed shoes or espadrille wedges.

“I picked Bottega 35 years ago ... and I still love it, and Tomas (Maier) is quite extraordinary,” American actress Lauren Hutton, who has also walked for the fashion house, told reporters.

Italian designer Anna Molinari showcased a collection that evoked a delicate boudoir, with some creations from her spring/summer 2018 collection influenced by Asian style.

Designs were at first black and white, with lace trimmings and small polka-dot patterns. Models wore draped dresses or thinly pleated skirts, and black trousers were matched with ruffled blouses or Asian-style tops.

Metal-heeled stiletto shoes complemented the outfits along with big lace-like shoppers. Japanese obi belts were used to tie up some dresses.

In the second part of the collection, white was replaced by pink, lime green and light blue. Among the creations were short slip-on dresses and laced silk shorts, covered by sequinned kimono robes.

Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday. Also showing on Saturday were the Italian fashion house Missoni and the luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo.]]>
9/24/2017 10:11:03 AM
<![CDATA[Tattoos move into cultural mainstream]]>
The London convention, one of Europe’s biggest tattoo events, saw over 400 artists from around the world converge on an east London convention center, which organizers expect will host over 20,000 people during the three-day event.

“There’s been a total global shift in attitude,” Marcus Berriman, organizer of the London Tattoo Convention told Reuters, of the British public’s attitude toward ink.

“Once upon a time, people associated it with criminals and bikers and punks, but now it’s mainstream really,” he said, adding “it’s on a completely different level to where it was 10 years ago.”

With a 2015 YouGov poll suggesting that almost one fifth of British adults have tattoos, and other research suggests that visible body art may be becoming less of a barrier to employment - a longstanding problem for tattoo enthusiasts.

A 2016 survey carried out by Ipsos MORI for Britain’s Police Federation found that 81 percent of respondents said that a police officer having visible tattoos would make no difference to their confidence in their ability to do their job.

In addition, Britain’s employment conciliation service, Acas, advised employers that tattoos should not be a barrier to hiring, though many at the event were clearly not concerned at the potential effects of visible tattoos on their careers.

“I think the jobs I would do, tattooing on the neck or the face wouldn’t be a problem – I hope so,” said Julian Zahn, 20, who was visiting from Germany and was in the process of having a large pinwheel design tattooed onto his back.

ome enthusiasts for body art have encountered problems. British solicitors Atwells published case studies in 2016 documenting the cases of several workers - including a consultant, a waitress and a retail employee - who were fired for contravening policies against visible tattoos.

The firm said that employers in all cases insisted they were acting within their legal rights presenting an obstacle for a growing section of Britain’s workforce.

Despite these obstacles, tattoo artists suggested that Britain might be a European outlier in terms of its increasingly liberal attitude to tattooing.

“I think it’s different in other countries. In England, it’s more cool, more accepted, than in France or in other places,” French artist Guillaume Smash said.
9/24/2017 10:09:32 AM
<![CDATA[Did you know Shazam can do that?]]>
Shazam now help you explore new music and wholeheartedly commit to the beats through the app's updated features which allow you to:

- Follow your favorite artists to find out all their new releases and discover the music Shazam-ed by them

Follow artists – screenshot from Play store

Shazamed by Avicii – screenshot from app

- Find concerts near you.

Via play store

- Play songs and explore lyrics.

Via play store

- Discover music based on your Shazams and favorite music genres, as Shazam brings you a daily list of updates from recommendations, newly released music, playlists and more.

Screenshot from app

- Explore the top tracks from all over the world and find charts of the most Shazam-ed songs in each music genre, and the most Shazam-ed songs ever.

Screenshot from app

Do not forget to check out the new features and make the most of them!
9/23/2017 10:46:39 PM
<![CDATA[et Best Dressed: El Gouna International Film Festival ]]>
However, there were some dresses that stood out to the Egypt Today staff; here they are:

Dorra Zarrouk- File Photo

Hana Shiha- File photo

Jamila Awad- file Photo

Hend Sabry- File Photo

Cyrine Abdelnour wearing Zuhair Murad- File photo

Elham Shahin- File photo

Bushra Rozza- File Photo

Nelly Karim- file photo

Yousra EL Lozy wearing Kojak

Naglaa Fathy
Naglaa Fathy - File Photo
9/23/2017 7:44:43 PM
<![CDATA[Afef Jnifen: Fashion 4 Development Goodwill Ambassador]]>
Jnifen has had one busy summer this year. She has been moving back and forth from Italy to Switzerland to Lebanon, shooting magazine covers, meeting Barack Obama and hanging out with family friend Azzedine Alaia. Other than that, she is a civil and human rights activist and has been doing some life changing work with the U.N. standing up for women and children.

She was honored at the Fashion 4 Development annual First Ladies Luncheon in New York as the new Goodwill Ambassador for the Center East.

Here are some pictures of her traveling around and making a difference in the world:

9/23/2017 5:33:19 PM
<![CDATA[LFW: Tommy Hilfiger and the Hadid's]]>
Gigi Hadid- Courtesy Of Tommy Hilfiger

The show had around 2,000 guests, including consumers, press, buyers, VIPs and industry influencers. They were invited to enjoy inspiringand unexpected fashion experiences.

Anwar Hadid- Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

Gigi, Bella, and Anwar Hadid opened the show. For the first time ever the Hadidfamily opened a fashion show and walked alongside each other in one show. They walked out one after another from the oldest to the youngest.

Bella Hadid- Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
9/23/2017 5:20:16 PM
<![CDATA[Tod's focuses on high-end products without a chief designer]]>
The luxury group said in August it would make short-term sacrifices in margins and revenues in pursuit of medium-term growth as it decided to turn away from fashion to focus on higher-end products.

“We think that the role of the stylist as once conceived is now an old concept. Today it is about many projects, limited edition collections... style is in movement,” Della Valle told reporters.

He added that fashion houses had to think more like fashion editors “who every year have to think of 12 different cover pages... also in fashion the world has changed and you have to come up with something new each month.”

As luxury groups have been coming under pressure from increasingly younger clients to present more collections during the year, Della Valle has repeatedly said that the company would engage in different strategies aiming at both “traditional and new clients”, increasing products offered and investing in technology more alongside traditional retail shops.

The company has already launched different one-off capsule collections, including a collaboration with celebrity Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni and designs for Yoox Net-a-Porter.

Its “Italian Dream collection” showcased in the elegant frame of Milan’s Modern Art Museum, with models parading designs in earthy tones of brown, black and cream.

The collection included suede details, casual double breasted blazers, leather tops and jackets and models carried different styles of handbags and clutches, one of the key products for the Italian group.

“With the sun shining on your face, closed eyes, if you think of Italian style it’s a horizon of dreams ahead of you,” a style note said.]]>
9/23/2017 12:48:00 PM
<![CDATA[Colors can chase away the blues, says Giorgio Armani]]>
“I do not see why I have to dwell on sadness, making women even sadder.. I answer with colors in a time of sadness,” the 83-year-old designer told reporters after the show.

He added that the inspiration for the clothes did not come from a specific art movement or period but was more about “different strokes of color”.

The collection drew together most of Armani’s characteristic traits: crisp cuts, asymmetrical lines, bright colors side by side with black and strong geometric patterns.

But unlike past designs, Armani used a palette of pastel colors, with many of his creations in light blues, pinks and pale aquamarine.

Models wore chiffon flower-patterned skirts with elaborate tops, silk ankle-high trousers in vivid hues were matched with long coats with ginkgo leaf designs and sleek black short coats sat over graphic patterned tops.

Most of the looks were embellished with colorful geometric plexiglass earrings, some with big collars made of bright pieces of fabric styled as eclectic scarves.

Colors only briefly disappeared for some styles in grey and silver and then beige, for both man and woman, while evening wear creations were dominated by black.

Many of the models, with hair styled in rigorous asymmetrical bobs, wore long mesh veils, some dotted with small colored pom-poms.

Giorgio Armani explained that the veils were used to convey mystery and that his idea of a typical evening was “not too important but still precious.. like an elegant cocktail”.

The Italian fashion house, which usually holds two separate shows during Milan Fashion Week, one each for its Giorgio Armani and for Emporio Armani ranges, this year decided to show the latter in London on the day its renovated Bond Street store opened, earlier in September.

The group is reorganizing its brands around three core labels and streamlining its shop network to counter a difficult business environment.

The six days of catwalks and events of Milan Fashion Week run until Monday. Friday shows include Italian luxury group Tod‘s, the debut by designer Paul Surridge for Italy’s Roberto Cavalli and Vionnet.]]>
9/23/2017 12:40:16 PM
<![CDATA[spend less, be fashionable with Posh Hire ]]>
Courtesy of Posh Hire

Posh Hire is another dress hiring platform, with the added features of being able to purchase and also swap a dress for one of your own. The website will be available to the public very soon, which means that a girl's wardrobe will be enriched in less than a second. Posh Hire will help accommodate girls for weddings and special occasions with a dress or suit that they will love.

Courtesy of Posh Hire

“Who wants to be seen wearing the same dress twice?” said Passant Morshedy, founder of Posh Hire. “And with social media being in full gear, once that Instagram picture goes up, the dress is burnt.”

Morshedy wants to break the taboo of renting dresses and the false idea that renting out apparel is only exclusive to a lower social class.

“I want to create a trend out of hiring dresses,” she said. “You own a dress, you wear it and then it just sits in your closet. Why not reinvest it?”

Courtesy of Posh Hire

There are several designers that the customers will have access to internationally and locally such as; Kojak Studio, Rafik Zaki, Iman Saab, Ted Baker, Sherri Hill, Chichi London, Lipsy, ASOS, Missguided, Coast, Nagdis, and Nancy Nabil.
9/23/2017 12:37:45 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Mickey Rooney ]]>
Mickey Rooney was born on September 23, 1920, and died on April 6, 2014. He was “the second longest serving actor in the history of cinema,” according to the Famous People website. He appeared in more than 300 films.

His first role was in 1926 in a silent short film called “Not To Be Trusted.”

His major works were; a Family Affair, Babes in Arms, Strike up the Band, Babes on Broadway, Girl Crazy, and the Black Stallion.

Fun Facts:

● He was the number one star at the box office for three years in a row.

● He claimed that the cartoon character Mickey Mouse was named after him.

● His last film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was produced in 2014 just before his death.

Another Quote for the road:

“The audience and I are friends. They allowed me to grow up with them. I've let them down several times. They've let me down several times. But we're all family,” Rooney said. ]]>
9/23/2017 11:09:48 AM
<![CDATA[et Restaurant Review: Teatro Cairo]]>

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by one of the restaurant owners, Shamel Ibrahim.

The dining area is divided into two sections: one is decorated in a classical interior with a pinion, while the other side is a simple atmosphere.

Ibrahim introduced to us the menu and greeted us with a freshly baked bread basket, then left us to choose the dishes that most appeal to our taste buds.


The bread basket contained freshly baked garlic bread with two sauces; the first was melted blue cheese and the other was mashed olives.

The venue is still in its soft opening phase, which pleasantly means that it isn’t overbooked as many great restaurants could be in Cairo. Also, our dishes arrived very promptly.

The appetizer we chose was Mac and Cheeseballs, which is a plate of fried pasta, cheese balls, and tomato sauce. The texture of the fried mac and cheese was hot and creamy. The addition of the warm tomato sauce makes the dish especially heavenly. Then came the Chicken Quesadilla, which is chicken strips in a flour tortilla with vegetables, bacon, and cheddar cheese, served with French fries.

There are a myriad of options for the main dish; I decided to go with the Chicken Teatro. The plate is marinated grilled boneless chicken served with vegetables and rice, with the sauce of my choice— I went with the mushroom sauce. I wondered if it would be as heavenly as the Quesadilla while I waited.


Within minutes, the Chicken Teatro arrived; the sauce was not salty; it was on point. The rice was great, and the vegetables were good. It was truly a feast.

Unfortunately, I was full and was not able to try out their desserts, although I'm sure they are as good as their main course and starters.

More information about Teatro:

● Open from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m.

● They serve breakfast from 7:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. Their breakfast options include continental and oriental breakfasts. On Saturdays, it is a buffet breakfast.

● They don't have a minimum charge, but they have a fixed number of customers that they can handle in matches.

● Instagram:

Teatro Cairo

● Facebook:

Teatro Cairo

9/22/2017 7:00:43 PM
<![CDATA[A 70’s Victoria Beckham Fantasy ]]>
Victoria Beckham, is the playful younger sister of the style-icon’s eponymous label, and is back with bright, ready-to-get-noticed styles.

The collection brings you the groovy feel of the 70’s with youthful signature outfits from chic and elegant tops that stand out to floral printed dresses. It feels like the collection just came out of the Austin Powers cast wardrobe, and we are not mad about it.
The 70’s disco cocktail dresses and patch-worked, flared disco pants have us wanting to get into a retro music video.

Victoria’s marriage to a world class footballer, model and sometimes actor has always had us envying her. Also, her army of ridiculously good looking children that have modeled in high-end fashion campaigns and even released books make us want her as our adopted mother.







9/22/2017 6:57:18 PM
<![CDATA[MR PORTER hosts global premiere of ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ in London]]>
The film’s leading talent in attendance included actors Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John and Channing Tatum, along with acclaimed film director Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer. YOOX NET-A-PORTER CEO Federico Marchetti, NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER President Alison Loehnis and MR PORTER Managing Director Toby Bateman were also in attendance among the stars.

MR PORTER, the award-winning online destination for men’s style, and acclaimed filmmaker Matthew Vaughn collaborated to create a new business venture and menswear label, “Kingsman”, in 2015. The collection, which is now in its seventh season on MR PORTER, is inspired by the first “Kingsman” feature film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and the forthcoming launch of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, which debuts in September 2017.

The original inspiration for the collection comes from sartorial details within the script. Whether it be the traditional Smoking jacket or Stetson hat, both Matthew Vaughn and costume designer Arianne Phillips worked with the team at MR PORTER to create a robust collection of ready-to-wear clothing and accessories with MR PORTER partner brands, which are inspired by the film. They are available on MRPORTER.COM and the Kingsman x MR PORTER Store on 4 St James’s Street, London.

MR PORTER launched in February 2011. It has since established itself as the award-winning global retail destination for men’s style, with an unparalleled product offering from the world’s best menswear and luxury brands, including Saint Laurent, Prada, Gucci, Brunello Cucinelli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Moncler, Acne Studios, APC, Kingsman, Tom Ford, Common Projects, IWC Schaffhausen and Bremont. MR PORTER complements its best-in-class menswear with ever-growing, industry-advancing categories, such as fine watches, grooming, performance, sport, tech and lifestyle.
Additionally, MR PORTER publishes unmatched content through its weekly shoppable digital magazine, The Journal; its bimonthly newspaper, The MR PORTER Post; and its bite-sized, several-times-a-day digital news source, The Daily, all powered by MRPORTER.COM. MR PORTER video content is also streamable and shoppable from its very own Apple TV app. MR PORTER champions unparalleled customer service with express worldwide shipping to more than 170 countries, including same-day delivery to New York and London, and next-day delivery to the U.K., U.S., Germany and France. It also provides a seamless shopping experience across mobile, tablet, desktop, email and telephone; signature white and black packaging; easy returns; and a multi-lingual customer care and personal-shopping team who are available 24/7, 365 days a year.






9/22/2017 6:47:35 PM
<![CDATA[Synchrofun: an academy for young girls ]]>
Synchronized swimming is mostly dancing in the water, and it requires a lot of things, such as strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility and precision.

Two formal synchronized swimmers (Yasmine Latif and Nour EL Afandi) decided to open the first synchronized swimming academy in Egypt. Latif came up with the idea and called Afandi to help her out. Both of them started working on the academy's name until they settled

on the name “Synchrofun”


Latif was a former synchronized swimmer and a coach for 15 years.

Afandi is a former synchronized swimmer. She competed in the London Olympics 2012, plus she was the assistant coach of the senior Egyptian national team in the 2017 World Champion-ship in Budapest.

They established the academy in 2014 in 6th of October City, and they were the only synchro-nized swimming academy in Egypt for less than a year. Now they have three or four competitors in the market.

Their whole aim was to let the girls have fun and teach them the sport. However, now they are expanding their scope to another level because they saw a lot of potential in the girls and their parents. Hence, they are taking them into competitions.

Nour mentioned in the interview that the participated last April in an international competition in Dubai. They won first place for those under 10 years in the combo routine and the first place in the duets under eight.

Synchrofun has four classes a week. The class is divided into two parts: fitness and underwater. Sometimes, the girls take hip-hop classes to help them coordinate with each other; other days, they take ballet to help them extend their legs. They finally take some swimming classes. Two hours training a day for young children like these is more than enough, according to Afandi.

Synchrofun academy stands out due to the level of delegation and commitment the whole team gives in. They all feel like one family, from the coaches to the parents and the girls.

In 10 years, Synchrofun academy is going to be a big academy, and it will accommodate more girls. Plus, the academy will be adding other water sports and dancing classes to help out the girls to get better in synchronized swimming.

“Our dream is to build a generation of girls wanting to make a difference in the world,” said Afandi.

9/22/2017 4:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Joan Jett]]>
Joan Marie Larkin was born on September 22, 1958. Her stage name is Joan Jett. She is a true power house, being a singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress.

What she is best known for is when she was the front woman of her band Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, with the rock and roll anthem "I Love Rock 'n Roll", which was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982. Preceded success came with the Runaways, including the hit song "Cherry Bomb". Her other popular hits included "Bad Reputation", "Crimson and Clover", "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)", "Light of Day", "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "Dirty Deeds".

She is the original feminist icon in a male-dominated music scene, which led to her being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Fun Facts:

• Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal range.

• She has been described as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and is also known as the Godmother of Punk.

Another Quote for the road:

“You got nothing to lose. You don't lose when you lose fake friends.”

9/22/2017 3:13:52 PM
<![CDATA[Biker ballerinas and flowers strut down Moschino's Milan catwalk]]>
Scott’s designs for spring-summer 2018 showed that character can ooze out of a leather studded jacket, a pink tulle ballet tutu and a delicate flower dress alike.

The designs echoed the “couture is an attitude” slogan of his last collection in February.

The show began with a biker ballerina wearing a light blue-feathered tutu and a black leather studded jacket. She was followed by others wearing revealing ballet tulle skirts, adorned with fishnet stockings, mesh tops, pearl necklaces, leather bodysuits, fascinators and shiny studded boots.

One model wore a light denim jacket with a “my little pony” design on the back and a rainbow “Moschino” on the top - just like the smartphone cover the Italian fashion house offered in logoed bags to its most important guests.

Biker ballerinas turned into crystal embellished angels-meet-rock chicks, with black and silver bustiers sprouting feather wings.

Rock morphed into classical violin music, heralding the entrance of a model in a pink tulip-shaped outfit, picking petals out of her dress and throwing them into the audience.

A gerbera, poppy and lily all took shape in elegant dresses, alternating with shorter but fuller ones in the shapes of flower buds and a skirt of red roses with an off-the-shoulder draped white top.

Model Gigi Hadid wore a long design in the shape of a huge floral bouquet.

Scott himself closed the show, striding down the black catwalk set in the courtyard of an army barracks, wearing ripped light denim jeans and an iridescent biker jacket, to a clamor of applause.]]>
9/22/2017 2:20:58 PM
<![CDATA[A daily half hour's exercise could prevent 1 in 12 early deaths, study shows]]>
Tracking 130,000 people in 17 countries, both rich and poor, the study found that whether it’s going to the gym, walking to work, or tackling household chores like laundry or gardening, being physically active extends life and reduces illness.

The researchers, led by Scott Lear, a heart specialist at St Paul’s Hospital in Canada, also found a so-called dose response: The more people exercise, the greater the reductions are in their risks of getting heart disease or dying early.

The study found “no ceiling effect”, the researchers said, and “no risks associated with extremely high levels of physical activity,” defined as more than 2,500 minutes, or more than 41 hours, per week.

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death and a major economic burden in treatment and care for those who develop it. It killed 9.48 million people globally in 2016.

“Walking for as little as 30 minutes most days of the week has a substantial benefit, and higher physical activity is associated with even lower risks,” Lear said in a comment about the findings, published on Friday in The Lancet medical journal.

He also noted that some measures to prevent or treat heart disease, such as taking medicines or eating more fruit and vegetables, can be unaffordable for the world’s poorest people. Yet walking is free and brings substantial health gains.

The World Health Organization recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout each week, as well as muscle strengthening exercises at least two days a week.

But experts estimate almost a quarter of the world’s people do not reach these guideline levels.

Lear’s team said their study findings suggest that if the entire population were to meet the guidelines, one in 12 of the world’s premature deaths would be averted and 4.6 percent of heart disease cases prevented.]]>
9/22/2017 2:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[Tropical breeze blows down Fendi's Milan catwalk]]>
The luxury label, part of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, showcased clothes by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi in colors redolent of sea, sand and exotic landscapes, and in fabrics as light as gossamer.

The show, on the second day of Milan Fashion Week, was held in Fendi’s Milan headquarters.

“In a world where Italian Futurism meets tropical travel, the collection emerges in a swirl of Caribbean colors and flavors,” a style note said.

First down the catwalk was a geometric outfit with an off-the-shoulder, deep v-neck jacket in ocean blue and red and yellow stripes, matched with a knee-length skirt in the same symmetrical lined motif.The geometry of the lines recurred in many of the otherwise airy and floaty designs. Fluid organza blouses were matched with straight leather skirts, dresses were off the shoulder and tops and skirts were decorated with palm leaf shapes.

Models including Gigi Hadid, sister Bella and Kendall Jenner strutted to drum and bass music and the calls of tropical birds.

The collection included the new “Mon Tresor” bucket bag, the “Runaway” tote and new versions of the “Kan I F” bag, a company note said.

Fendi showed off fur coats in different lengths, decorated with stripes, flowers or the group’s F logo.

Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday. Also showcasing their collections on Thursday are Italy’s Prada and eclectic brand Moschino.]]>
9/21/2017 11:32:54 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Stephen King]]>
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 at Maine Portland; he is an author. His mother used to work at a mental institute and his father a merchant seaman. One day changed the Kings life when Donald, his father, went to get cigarettes and never came back home.

His books tend to be horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have been turned to into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King in number is quite fascinating; he has written 54 novels, 7 under the name of Richard Bachman, 6 non-fiction books, and nearly 200 short stories where most will be found in book collections.

Some of the awards Kings has received are the Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. His short story "The Man in the Black Suit" (1994) received the O. Henry Award. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire oeuvre, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (2007). In 2015, King was awarded with a National Medal of Arts from the United States National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature.

Fun Facts:
• His books have sold more than 350 million copies.
• Most of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
• He is also known as the "King of Horror".

Another quote for the road: “People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”
9/21/2017 11:00:06 PM
<![CDATA[Yoko Ono won't let it be, forces 'John Lemon' drink to re-brand]]>
She threatened legal action alleging that it infringed on the trademark of her late husband.

The company has now agreed to change its drink’s name to “On Lemon”, after lawyers acting for Ono wrote to distributors warning they faced costs of up to 5,000 euros ($5,998) a day and 500 euros for every bottle sold if they infringed the trademark.

Lawyers acting for the beverage firm denied it had infringed the late star’s rights, but Ono’s lawyers pointed to a Facebook post from John Lemon Ireland, which featured an image of the iconic singer.

Other marketing materials included the brand’s logo next to the words “let it be” and a pair of round glasses, both closely associated with Lennon

John Lemon’s lawyers also said that pointed out that their EU trademark had been registered in 2014, two years earlier than the John Lennon trademark was registered in 2016.

Karol Chamera, the founder of Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks which distributed the John Lemon beverage in the UK told the East London Advertiser newspaper: “all of us involved with this product are startups and we couldn’t take on someone who is worth many, many millions.”

9/21/2017 6:23:35 PM
<![CDATA[Road to electric car paradise paved with handouts]]>
There has been a surge in sales of fully electric cars like Teslas (TSLA.O) and Nissan (7201.T) Leafs since the tunnel opened in 2009 and they now account for one in five cars on Finnoey, compared with less than 1 in 100 globally.

Twenty-nine percent of all new car registrations in Norway were fully electric or plug-in hybrids last year, according to the International Energy Agency, far ahead of the Netherlands in second on 6.4 percent and Sweden in third on 3.4. China had almost 1.5 percent and the United States less than one.

State subsidies support sales of electric cars around the world, and Norway has the most electric cars per capita thanks to the most generous handouts.

It offers nationwide tax breaks for users of electric cars than can be worth tens of thousands of dollars, plus various local incentives like exemptions from road tolls and parking fees.

“Economic incentives work, especially if they are very, very, very strong as in Finnoey,” said former Norwegian central bank governor Svein Gjedrem, who grew up on the western island chain of 3,250 people which is famous for its fish farms and tomatoes.

A reliance on state handouts complicates efforts in nations like Britain and France to phase out combustion engines in favor of battery-powered vehicles, which are far costlier, have limited ranges and often have long charging times.

It means the technology will have to become significantly cheaper if those governments are to meet pledges to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 without having to hand out crippling levels of subsidies to millions of buyers.

A tale of two contrasting Norwegian municipalities - Finnoey and neighboring Hjelmeland on the mainland - starkly illustrates the power of financial incentives on consumer behavior.

A Finnoey resident driving to work in nearby oil hub Stavanger with an electric car can save 40,000-50,000 crowns ($5,500-$6,500) a year in tunnel tolls compared with drivers of fossil-fueled cars.

Hjelmeland, by contrast, bucks the Norwegian trend by offering no local perks at all for battery-powered cars.

Almost one in 10 people on Finnoey have electrics cars, compared with fewer than one in 100 in Hjelmeland, which is much bigger and has a similar population, according to a previously unpublished ranking of all regions from state-run Statistics Norway that was provided to Reuters.

“It’s all about the economics, not about ideology,” Wictor Juul, head of administration for the Hjelmeland municipality, said of the contrasting ownership rates.


Norway is among the world’s richest countries because of its oil and gas exports - yet even there electric car incentives are being curbed because of the strain on public finances and a faster-than-expected adoption of battery-powered cars.

For example, it has just scrapped nationwide directives that parking, transport by state-owned ferries and road tolls should be free for electric vehicles, instead leaving it to local authorities’ discretion. It is also reviewing tax breaks for the most expensive luxury electric cars.

So far the reversals have had no apparent impact on sales. “I‘m not too worried,” said Christina Bu, head of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, because other benefits such as an exemption from value-added tax are staying in place.

There are, however, examples elsewhere in the world of the consequences of withdrawing electric car benefits.

Sales of Nissan Leafs in the U.S. state of Georgia, for instance, plunged after authorities revoked a $5,000 tax break in 2015.

Electric car imports to Denmark fell sharply last year, bucking a European trend, after Copenhagen cut subsidies. Sales of Teslas fell to 176 from 2,738 the year before.


In Norway, a Tesla Model S electric sedan costs 636,000 crowns pre-tax, almost double the 320,000 crowns pre-tax cost of an Audi A7 gasoline car, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association says.

But the Audi ends up costing more when sold - 697,000 crowns - after an array of taxes led by sales tax (140,000 crowns), carbon dioxide tax (125,000 crowns) and a special tax on the weight of the vehicle (110,000 crowns).

By contrast, a Tesla buyer is charged only a small fee for end-of-life scrapping and pays 638,000 crowns in total.

It’s little wonder that Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted in June: “I love Norway, which is the world leader in EV (electric vehicle) adoption!” His company has invested heavily in Norway, for instance with fast charger networks.

The Norwegian finance ministry says basic tax breaks totaled about a cumulative 12 billion crowns by the end of 2016. There are now about 140,000 fully electric cars on the road.

Britain and France, the only two countries to announce deadlines for phasing out combustion engines, also offer generous subsidies to electric car buyers.

Buyers in Britain get a grant of up to 35 percent of the purchase price, while in France someone selling a diesel car and buying electric receives thousands of euros in benefits.

Norway’s Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen, part of a minority right-wing government that won re-election on Sept. 11, acknowledged that the country’s subsidies model was expensive.

But he predicted advances in the technology would mean electric cars would be competitive in price with combustion engine cars in the early 2020s.

His sentiments are echoed in Finnoey by Mayor Henrik Halleland who thinks battery-powered car sales could ultimately survive without large financial incentives.

The island’s tunnel toll charges for combustion engines go toward paying the 550 million crown cost of building the tunnel. Once the debt is paid, the tunnel will be free for all.

“Electric cars are getting so good that people will buy them anyway,” said Halleland.

Still, he now wants electric car owners to pay 50 percent of the rate paid by diesel and gasoline cars. And he’s not planning to buy electric himself, saying he has to keep his combustion engine Mazda to pay the tolls and do his bit to pay off the tunnel.

Electric car owners are unapologetic though.

“It’s all about political choices,” said Arne Nordboe, a teacher and part-time stand-up comedian who drives a Nissan Leaf. “I think it would be reasonable when electric cars get cheaper and cheaper and more useful, then I can pay more.”
9/21/2017 6:05:25 PM
<![CDATA[Rami Malek melts hearts speaking Arabic]]>
Malek was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy awards in 2016.

A video of Malek speaking Arabic in an interview, talking about “Mr Robot” and the limited roles in Hollywood for Middle Easter actors went viral after it was shared by user Mohammad Nashy. While actors from the region are often asked to portray the roles of terrorists, the star status Malek has achieved stands out.

9/21/2017 4:38:10 PM
<![CDATA[et Tech: Instagram updates]]>working on a new feature which allows you to share your Instagram stories to Facebook, but quickly two other features surfaced in the application's updates: "Follows you" and the four-across grid are two features that will most probably affect the way you deal with Instagram.

Instagram is testing "Follows You," a feature that will allow you to see if a certain person is following you or not. Which will stand as a double-edged sword; as on the one hand you will be more motivated to work harder to earn your followers, and on the other hand you will kiss the privacy of unfollowing someone goodbye. After years of being able of secretly un-following someone without them knowing, Instagram is testing the feature that will let you know if someone is following you or not, once you visit their profile.

As for the second update which is changing the usual "three pictures per row" system of viewing into a four pictures per row. According to highsnobiety, selected users are currently testing this update but it might be already causing some trouble.

As followers have adapted over time to Instagram's view grid they used it creatively to decorate their accounts with perfectly placed pictures that come together to form a work of art or a more detailed bigger picture, yet the new system is threatening to ruin all this effort. The update is already facing rejection which might lead us to wonder whether Instagram will be carrying it out or not.

9/21/2017 4:36:24 PM
<![CDATA[Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room]]>
The cars at the Rady Children’s Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures.

“The kids are having fun. The parents are seeing that they’re relaxed and that they’re happy,” said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.

The cars were donated by the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. Children have their pick of a BMW, Mercedes, or Lamborghini, ensuring their ride to the operating room is a luxurious one.]]>
9/21/2017 2:15:01 PM
<![CDATA[Educational system changing offered by EduForum]]>
The event will take place at the American university in Cairo, on November 17 until November 18, 2017.

EduForum is the first educational conference in Egypt. It offers Egyptian educators, and all those interested in improving the educational system, a unique chance to explore education outside Egypt. EduForum is leading educators with transformations, and they are opening the public’s eyes to new ways of education in these challenging times.

9/20/2017 4:48:37 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion doesn't need to kill animals: British designer MacDonald]]>
He spoke to Reuters days after dozens of anti-fur activists disrupted British fashion house Burberry’s show at the event and heckled celebrities including rapper Stormzy and model Naomi Campbell as they arrived.

“As a young designer I did use a lot of fur and do you know what, I think you should perhaps try not to,” MacDonald said late on Monday.

“You know what? It was my mistake. I was young. I am sorry. I apologize.”

Earlier in the day, he showcased his own collection - a mix of glamorous and revealing gowns displayed by some big names, including former Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio.

There was no fur in sight. “You do not need to kill animals to wear nice clothes,” he said.

There was also no fur on show at Burberry’s London event, but the label does sell items made from fox and raccoon fur.

In 2001, MacDonald was appointed as chief designer at French fashion house Givenchy, succeeding Alexander McQueen, but he departed in 2004 amid accusations that his sequin-heavy style was ill-suited for a brand that treasured its association with style icons such as Audrey Hepburn.]]>
9/20/2017 2:07:47 PM
<![CDATA[Hot new talent to light up Milan Fashion Week]]>
Gucci kicks off the six days of catwalk strutting with mighty momentum at its Italy-based house, which is booming under mastermind Alessandro Michele and the geek chic aesthetic he has established since taking the reins in 2015.

The Spring/Summer 2018 collection starring in its Wednesday show is also Gucci's first since French parent company Kering announced a pledge earlier this month to ban ultra-thin models from their brands' advertising and runways.

Luxury group LVMH, which counts heavyweight Fendi among its labels, has signed on as well to the ban that comes after repeated scandals in the fashion industry about anorexia and the mistreatment of models.

For the dozens of collections that will be hitting the Milan catwalks, expect a riot of every colour of the rainbow. The 1990s are also back with low-slung trousers, cut-out bodysuits and boxy jackets.

Vertical stripes, traditionally the preserve of old-fashioned pyjamas, will be there too.

Expectations are building for British talent Paul Surridge, who will on Friday show off his maiden collection since being named creative director in May of Roberto Cavalli, known for its sexy rock'n'roll attitude.

Husband-and-wife team Luke and Lucie Meier are presenting their first designs on Saturday since being tapped in April as creative leads of minimalist stalwart Jil Sander.

The Meiers, a rare married duo of co-directors, come from Dior for her and Paris-based menswear brand OAMC via iconic streetwear label Supreme for him.

Very good times, for some -
"Lucie and I work together very naturally," Canadian Luke Meier told Vogue in June of his Swiss-born wife. "We have had an open dialogue about the approach to design for over 15 years and have often spoken of working together one day."

Newcomers to the Milan calendar also include the-sirius, a young Seoul-based label known for futuristic designs, which will indulge its ultramodern urge with a Thursday show on the campus of Milan's Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology.

But it would not be fashion week in Italy's capital of clothes and accessories without the kings and queens of the multi-billion euro luxury goods industry like Fendi, Ferragamo, Versace, Moschino and Prada.

These European behemoths -- or some of them, anyway -- are seeing sales jump after years troubled by the triple whammy of a slowdown in Asia, currency volatility and customers staying at home after a string of terror attacks in Europe.

"While in the past good meant good for everyone... now the situation is very good for some and very bad for others," said Stefania Saviolo, a fashion and luxury expert at Milan's Bocconi University.

"It depends on the category, the brand, it depends on many things," she told AFP.

The rebound has been led by houses like Gucci which saw its sales in the first quarter of 2017 grow at their fastest pace in 20 years.

But the flip side is labels like Prada that just cannot seem to remember where they put the secret sauce. Prada has put some of the blame for soft sales on tourists being driven away by a strong euro.

However, the winners and losers in the war for luxury buyers' hearts -- and cash -- must remember that nothing is forever.

Saviolo said: "You don't know how long it will last. Cycles are getting shorter and shorter. The market gets tired of styles very fast."]]>
9/20/2017 2:05:44 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Sophia Loren]]>
Actress Sofia Villani Scicolone, known as Sophia Loren, is an Italian film star. Loren was born on September 20, 1934. At the age of 14, she was one of the finalists in a beauty pageant, and the enrolled in acting classes in Italy. In 1951, she began to be noticed in Italy because of her modeling, landing her first role in the same year as an extra in the film “Quo Vadis” (Where Are You Going?).

In 1953, she starred in her first film, “Aida”. However, her breakthrough role came in the film “The Gold in Naples” (1954), directed by Vittorio De Sica.

Her most acclaimed film is “Two Women.” She has acted in at least 46 films.

Fun Facts:

● In 1962, she won her first Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in “Two Women”. This was the first time an artist wins an Oscar for a performance in foreign language.

Another Quote for the road:

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

9/20/2017 11:36:53 AM
<![CDATA[For a better morning]]>
Have breakfast: Legend and science have it that


is the most important meal of the day. While some believe that not having breakfast would help them lose weight,

studies have shown

that people who eat breakfast are far more likely to lose weight than those who do not. So make sure to enjoy a good meal before starting off your day.

Breakfast at the north coast – Best places in Egypt

Make your bed: Even though this task is a main point of argument between most parents and their children, making your bed in the morning can be a boosting motivation to have a good day. Making your bed is considered a small task that you have completed within mere minutes of waking up, so it would motivate you to go on completing other small tasks, which would result eventually into a fruitful, productive day.

Listen to how this one Navy Seal Admiral puts it.

Work out: According to


.com, working out in the morning gives you a physical boost and makes you more alert to the activities that you are to carry out along the day and increases your focus during them.

Young woman jogging- Amanda Mills – Pixino

Make your bed: Even though this task is a main point of argument between most parents and their children, making your bed in the morning can be a boosting motivation to have a good day. Making your bed is considered a small task that you have completed within mere minutes of waking up, so it would motivate you to go on completing other small tasks, which would result eventually into a fruitful, productive day. Listen to how this one Navy Seal Admiral puts it.

Work out: According to Bodybuilding.com, working out in the morning gives you a physical boost and makes you more alert to the activities that you are to carry out along the day and increases your focus during them.

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New Lake - Heiyeuiu- Pixabay
9/20/2017 10:00:16 AM
<![CDATA[The Wests release third drop of Kids Supply]]>
This is not the first business endeavor of either one of the couple, as Kanye has collaborated in the past with Nike to produce a sneakers line and with Adidas Originals in 2015 for the Yeezy line, which was of such success that his Yeezy trainers collection sold out in the US within 12 minutes, according to

Business of Fashion

. As for Kim K., she has a long history as a successful businesswoman — from co-founding a successful style assisting website called shoedazzle to launching her own makeup line “



The third drop of Kids Supply includes a variety of options, some of which are San Fernando sweats, AKID fur slides, "Malibu" printed dresses, socks, graphic tees, crewneck sweaters, caps, point dume tees, dresses and YEEZY sneakers.

One might find some of the designs a bit too dark for children, with hand-drawn eagles, crosses and the word "Malibu" in a gothic font on black fabric, but this must be what the West children are into. Kim had stated in a vogue


, “we started making kids’ clothes when we realized there wasn’t a lot out there that fit their personalities.”

Speaking of personality, there has been some


by Rihanna's fans on the resemblance of Kim's fur slides and Riri's "Fenty X Puma" fur slides, which were released back in July, suggesting that the slides are not fully KKW original.

Kim Kardashian's fur slides

Rihanna's fur slides

#FURSLIDES in new limited pastels for the summer!!! #FENTYXPUMA 10 AM tomorrow at PUMA.com/rihanna

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Make sure to check the three drops of the collection at

Kids Supply's website

9/20/2017 9:36:56 AM
<![CDATA[Types of eating disorders ]]>
Disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

Anorexia: is a psychological eating disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight and refusing to eat. Women and men who suffer from anorexia nervosa tend to be fascinated by thin figures and abnormal eating patterns. Hence, they refer to self-starvation and lack of appetite.

Bulimia:is an emotional disorder somewhat similar to anorexia, although the obsession to trim one’s size manifests itself differently. The bulimic eats large meals and then fanatically tries to lose the calories through excessive vomiting or extreme exercise.

Binge-eating disorder: This is characterized as compulsive overeating or consuming abnormal amounts. It is eating, losing control, and not being able to stop. In addition to exhibiting depressive symptoms, those diagnosed with a binge-eating disorder tend to be prone to obesity.

What to do if you have an eating disorder in Egypt:

● Contact a good therapist

● If it becomes severe, you must see a psychiatrist
● Admittance to a rehab facility can occur in more critical cases

Unfortunately, awareness concerning eating disorders in Egypt is limited. Within more privileged circles, there is some understanding that the behavior associated with eating disorders is abnormal and should be treated. However, heightened efforts and awareness campaigns are critical.
9/19/2017 3:57:27 PM
<![CDATA[Miss Egypt for Tourism and the Environment competition starts]]>
Kholoud Ezz, the organizer of the Miss Egypt Tourism and Environment Competition
announced the names of the girls participating in the competition who are; Rania Reda, Salma Sabban, Jana Abdel Moneim, Raghda Salah, Nuran Mohamed, Jana Nawar, Nadine Ashraf Khalifa, Rana Khaled, Aya Majid, Ola Mohsen, Ranine Saleh, Yara Wahid, Dania al-Adour, Marcelle Zarif, and Mirna Seif al-Nasr.

The competition began with measuring the girls' weights and heights. The girls should not be less than 165 centimeters, according to Kholoud Ezz.

The jury of the competition consisted of Kholoud Ezz, Miss Africa for Tourism and Environment Riwan Alaa, and the makeup artist Mahmoud Morshed.

9/19/2017 3:53:33 PM
<![CDATA[Et Home: Top picks for the week]]>
Here is a list of four brands that makes our life comfortable and fashionable at the same time:

1. Ikea: They are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home. They make home a better place through every product and idea they create. Ikea has around 315 stores in 27 countries, one of them is Egypt.

2. Inca & Co: In 2015, they started with more than 300 home fabric designs suitable for indoor and outdoor settings, and the materials they used in the fabrics were linen, cotton, viscose and rayon, which were mainly digitally printed in Egypt. They do not only produce fabrics; they also produce cushions, pillows as well as handmade poufs and stools. In 2016, they opened their second store in downtown Katameya.

3. Kalla: Kalla Home Fashions was founded by Alia El Naggar and Alia El Zayat in 2003. It is a family owned business. Kalla provides a collection of hip contemporary home accessories as well as indoor and outdoor furniture.

4. Versace Home: Gianni Versace has always been interested not only in fashion, but also in design and art, such as theater, dance, painting and sculpture. Their home collection was a natural extension of Versace’s interest. She started with a textile collection in 1992, and in 1994 produced full home products.

9/19/2017 3:27:55 PM
<![CDATA[Tommy Hilfiger picks London for first show outside US]]>
The much-anticipated showcase of Hilfiger's Spring/Summer 2018 collection will bring a touch of sportswear chic to Fashion Week, closing the five-day event with a high-profile bang.

The 66-year-old American designer, king of a fashion empire which last year saw sales of $6.6 billion, has picked the Roundhouse as a venue, an arts space known for concerts by legendary stars like Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

The choice recalls Hilfiger's early experiences of seeking inspiration in the British capital.

"I started to come to London when I was a teen because I wanted to explore the whole lifestyle and I was obsessed with fashion. I wanted to see what was going on in London," he told AFP at the fashion house's London showroom.

He found flair in British bands of the period -- naming the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Eric Clapton and Small Faces as influences.

"They had a sense of style that was very different to anyone else," said Hilfiger, dressed in jeans and a gilet.

It is this "heritage of British rock" that the designer will celebrate Tuesday with a show created in collaboration with model Gigi Hadid.

"Gigi is very involved with designing the Gigi Tommy collection with us. So a lot of the ideas came from her style," he said, describing Hadid's taste as street, sport and fun.

The collaboration will also promote the brand's online presence thanks to the social media profile of the model, who boasts nearly 36 million Instagram followers.

Embracing the digital age -
Tuesday will mark the third time Hilfiger presents his "TOMMYNOW" concept, an on-the-road catwalk similar to a band tour.

The idea has already proven successful on home soil, with stops in New York last year and Los Angeles in February, each bringing with it extravagance and extraordinary costs.

Hilfiger has been able to make them profitable, adopting the "see now, buy now" immediate sale approach which has emerged over the past few seasons -- a trend which he is certain will not be going away.

The designer has taken the idea even further by creating an app which enables guests to take a photo of a model and buy their outfit instantly.

"Young people especially, they see something on the runway or they see something that looks cool, they want to wear it the next day. They don't want to see it on the runway and wait six months to buy it," said Hilfiger.

The designer sees the digital age -- and the social media hype that comes with it -- as an irreversible trend and an opportunity to be seized.

"I think we have to continue to move forward and we have to embrace it," he said.

Other than Hilfiger, London Fashion Week saw another big name hit the catwalk on Sunday: Giorgio Armani.

The involvement of both designers in this year's event has been a boost for the British fashion scene, which is well-known for bold young designers but has, apart from Burberry, often lacked major brands.

Their presence is especially welcome in light of Brexit, which has prompted fears of a flight of talent and capital from the UK and has exposed the country to considerable economic uncertainty.]]>
9/19/2017 1:32:26 PM
<![CDATA[Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving computer design]]>
The world’s largest computer chipmaker said its Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity were used in the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans Waymo has been using since 2015 to test its self-driving system.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich told Reuters that Intel built “a custom piece of silicon” that fit Waymo’s sensor fusion needs and tapped Intel’s processing power.

“Over time we’ll both learn we can bring more of the software ... down onto the silicon, because you get performance, cost and power,” Krzanich said. “There will be a regular cadence of new innovation and new silicon that comes out. That’s really what we both get out of this.”

Intel, which announced the $15 billion acquisition of autonomous vision company Mobileye in March, is pushing to expand in autonomous vehicles, a fast-growing industry, across a variety of business models. A collaboration with Waymo, considered by many industry experts to be at the forefront of autonomous technology, adds to its portfolio.

The announcement marked the first time Waymo has acknowledged a collaboration with a supplier. Waymo, which began as the Google self-driving car project, has done most of its development work in-house.

Intel began supplying chips for the autonomous program beginning in 2009, but that relationship grew into a deeper collaboration when Google began working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI) to develop and install its autonomous driving technology into the automaker’s minivans. Those vehicles began test drives at the end of 2016.

Waymo, which has developed its own sensors, is not using the autonomous vision system created by Mobileye.

Underscoring the non-exclusive partnerships and collaborations in the space, Mobileye and Intel are in an alliance with German automaker BMW (BMWG.DE) and Fiat-Chrysler to create an industrywide autonomous car platform.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik said fast processing was crucial to the performance of its autonomous vehicles.

“Intel’s technology supports the advanced processing inside our vehicles, with the ability to manufacture to meet Waymo’s needs at scale,” Krafcik said in a statement.

Intel also said on Monday it had invested $1 billion in artificial intelligence companies over the past three years.]]>
9/19/2017 1:09:31 PM
<![CDATA[et Accessories Designer of the Week: Sadu ]]>
Sadu Collection- Courtesy of Sadu

Salma El-Shaffei, the owner and the designer of Sadu Designs, studied visual arts and learned fashion design with practice. She always had an eye for design, so it wasn't really an issue for her venturing into the fashion world.

El-Shaffei was very fashionable as a kid. Both her parents had really cool fashion styles and it just transferred to her, and her brother as kids. She went through all fashion phases while growing up, so it's been a constant passion throughout her life.

Sadu Collection- Courtesy of Sadu

She started designing at a really young age, around four years old, that she can’t really remember her first design ever. She used to use different materials in her designs such as jewelry and home accessories at some point using wire and glass. However, her first design for Sadu was a tribal shoulder bag.

Sadu Collection- Courtesy of Sadu

When asked about her favorite designers, El-Shaffei replied, “I really like UNTY, Fufa, Jude Benhalim, Okhtein and many more! My favorite international designers are a mix of textile, jewelry, ceramic and clothing designers. I like Cold Picnic, Laura Lombardi, Mae Woman, Bagguu, Tania George, Marina London, Sarah's Bag, Masha Reva…. I can go on forever!”

As for her favorite textiles and materials, she stated, “I like experimenting with different materials. You'll see that I've worked with a wide range of materials, depending on the product and its functionality. My only concern is quality contro l- I've worked with fabric that wasn't really sturdy, so I'm really picky when it comes to the quality of the material itself.”

Sadu Collection- Courtesy of Sadu

El-Shaffei decided to start Sadu while she was working in IKEA. She used to work as a visual merchandiser in IKEA and she was in charge of the kitchen appliances and textile areas. Spending six months working with textiles gave her many ideas.

Sadu was mainly making bags, but El-Shaffei decided to change her brand concept to designing handmade limited collections that are functional, thoughtfully created and available in limited and small batches. The reason why she changed the concept is that she started out with one idea and then felt like she needs to explore more areas. Hence she did not stick to bags only.

For now, she is making a limited edition collection of different products that will come out in small batches. That way, she is not committed to or stuck with only one kind of product.

She sees her brand becoming more dynamic, yet still catering to a different audience and providing products that are both comfortable and functional.

She is now currently working on bandanas and galabeyas so stay tuned.]]>
9/19/2017 11:11:40 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Jimmy Fallon]]>

Fallon is a stand-up comedian, actor, and TV presenter of the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He was born on September 19, 1974. On May 9, 2009, he received his BA in Communications from the College of Saint Rose.

Fallon’s first TV appearance was in 1994, in a show called “Metroland's Loose Camera,” which is a local sketch comedy show on Fox. He landed his dream job in 1998 in “Saturday Night Live;” then left in 2004, and five years later he began his own show, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” In April 2013, he announced that he would take over Jay Leno’s show.

Fun Facts:

● His full name is James Thomas Fallon Jr.

● At an early age he showed interest in becoming a comedian. In fact, his kindergarten photo included the caption: "Most likely to take over for David Letterman." The irony is that Fallon and Letterman sat together in June 2003.

● He was a computer science major, but he dropped out and got his degree in Communications in 2009.

Another Quote for the road:

“Listening is more important than talking. Just hit your mark and believe what you say. Just listen to people and react to what they are saying.”
9/19/2017 9:52:07 AM
<![CDATA[et Best Dressed: The Emmys 2017 ]]>
The red carpet was full of variety and personality. Looks ranged from elegant gowns, bohemian looks, to glittering metallics.

Priyanka Chopra in Balmain

Reese Witherspoon in custom Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin shoes

Padma Lakshmi in Christian Siriano

Angela Sarafyan in Elizabeth Kennedy

Yvonne Strahovski in custom Julien Macdonald

Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen

Sofia Vergara in Mark Zunino and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Jessica Biel in Ralph and Russo couture

Tracee Ellis Ross in Chanel Haute Couture, Roger Vivier shoes and custom Irene Neuwirth jewelry

Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Thandie Newton in custom Jason Wu and Fred Leighton

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein by Appointment

Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren and Alexis Bittar

Jane Fonda in custom Brandon Maxwell and Gismondi 1754

Tessa Thompson in Rosie Assoulin
9/18/2017 6:13:41 PM
<![CDATA[LFW SS18: Versus Versace ]]>

“Versus is about individuality, bravery and pleasure. This is for everyone who dares to express themselves in everything they do,” said Donatella Versace.


The collection includes printed shirts, swimwear and flared pants with mashing vest. The whole collection is making a statement to the public, from the fragrance to the accessories.


After the show at LFW, Donatella Versace announced that the new Gianni Versace Scholarship will be providing a comprehensive financial support package for a student starting the MA Fashion Course at Central Saint Martins, UAL in Autumn 2017.]]>
9/18/2017 5:58:10 PM
<![CDATA[500 Days of Summer: A Relationship Guide ]]>


This film is must watch for guys and girls as it is a representation of men/boys struggling to get into a relationship.

Here are three rules you get to learn from the film:

There is no such thing as ‘The One’:

Always listen to women especially when they say that they don’t want to be in a relationship: Tom’s problem was that he only wanted to hear what he wanted to hear, and did not listen to Summer. Summer did not want a serious relationship. The problem was that Tom was fascinated with the idea of a wedding and the house with the big white fence and he refused to acknowledge that Summer never wanted that.

“Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do, doesn't mean she's your soulmate,” Rachel Hansen said in the movie.


Focus on yourself:

Tom was building his life around Summer, and when she left him he started getting a hold on his life again. He started improving himself and giving up his obsession with the idea of a perfect relationship.


You cannot remain friends after breaking up:

Being friends after a breakup has always been a bad idea. When Tom saw Summer at the wedding after their breakup it made him see every single sign as an opportunity to get back with her. However, in reality, that would never happen because Summer had already moved on, plus she only wanted to just be friends with him.


9/18/2017 2:25:33 PM
<![CDATA[et Fashion Designer of the Week: Nob Designs ]]>Nob Designs was established by Ahmed Nabil in 2013. His passion for fashion started when he was in the fourth grade. He used to customize his basic t-shirts by cutting the sleeves and doodling on them. The first thing he ever designed was a prom dress for one of his best friends in high school.

Heat Wave Collection- Courtesy of Nob Designs

He took many courses in fashion, art direction and styling at the Fashion Studio. He also studied patternmaking and garment construction with one of the Italian fashion academies. His drive to reach ultimate success shows his willingness to learn and study more about fashion in order to develop a style.

Heat Wave Collection- Courtesy of Nob Designs

In 10 years, he sees himself growing and becoming known to the international market. “I want to reach out to all different kinds of people to make my brand well known.”

Heat Wave Collection- Courtesy of Nob Designs

Every designer has his or her own touches and favorite tools and fabrics, Nabil’s favorite fabrics are black fishnets and lace.

Designers get are inspired by the smallest things, when it comes to Nabil he is inspired by a significant moment or situation. However, he is usually inspired by the interesting weird phases he goes through all the time.

Heat Wave Collection- Courtesy of Nob Designs

Of course, designers look up to each other and usually have favorite designers, Nabil’s favorite local designer is Maison Yeya and Peter Dundas and Riccardo Tisci, internationally.

Designing and creating gowns and dresses are an emotional rollercoaster for Nabil as he is still exploring different kinds of styles, and is still in the process of learning; plus he is still trying to figure himself out as a designer.
9/18/2017 11:48:43 AM
<![CDATA[Gigi Hadid spotted wearing Stuart Weitzman]]>
Hadid is a Victoria's Secret model; she was born on April 23, 1995. She started her career in modeling at the age of two, but she took a break when she was young to focus on her education. She was the face of Guess clothing in 2012.

Gigi Hadid wearing Stuart Weitzman- Courtesy of Stuart Weitzman

Gigi has walked for Versace, Elie Saab, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. She also hosted the American Music Awards and won The Fashion Awards International Model of the year award in 2016. She is now the face of Tommy Hilfiger and Messika.

The Hadid siblings

, Gigi and Bella, and Anwar, were born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. The three siblings have skyrocketed through the fashion scene. They are one of Hollywood’s most powerful families. ]]>
9/18/2017 11:15:42 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Samuel Johnson]]>
Johnson is an English writer, poet and lexicographer. He was born on September 18, 1709 and passed away on December 13, 1784.

He was enrolled in Pembroke College, Oxford In 1728, but did not complete his studies due to insufficient funds.

His father passed away in 1731, and soon after Johnson became an undermaster at the Market Bosworth School. He left his job at Market Bosworth School and started teaching at a local school in Staffordshire in 1735. In the same year, he opened his own school, but only three enrolled. Hence, he had to shut it down.

To keep his career from falling apart, he started writing to The Gentleman’s Magazine in 1737. The following year he published his first poem.

In his later years, he started to become a political activist through his writings. For example, “The False Alarm” and “Taxation No Tyranny.”

His major work was “A Dictionary of the English Language.”

Fun Facts:
● He met King George III in February 1767.

Another Quote for the road:
“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”

Samuel Johnson

9/18/2017 10:55:59 AM
<![CDATA[Diverse shapes, sizes, colors dominate Emmys red carpet]]>
That variety infused the fashion, making this year’s red carpet one of the more eclectic in recent memory. Looks ranged from gowns in vibrant primary colors to more bohemian looks in glistening metallic hues, chosen from among the world’s most famous designers and lesser-known talent.

The tuxedo also found a creative outlet on several men and women.

“The diversity is amazing,” said Joyann King, executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar.com “I love to see all the skin colors and shapes and sizes. It feels like we’ve come so far from the blond Barbie.”

This season’s carpet, King said, was “more variety, a range of ages in the woman walking the carpet, and a range of body shapes. It really feels like a celebration.”

That meant “Orange is the New Black”’s Laverne Cox poured into a liquid silver gown, Lily Tomlin sported a classic black suit, and Priyanka Chopra wore a form-fitting white gown embossed with silver.

The California sun emerged just before the red carpet opened for television’s top honors, making the metallics sparkle and the looks in vibrant emerald, daffodil and scarlet pop.

“This felt magical, fairy-like” said Zoe Kravitz (“Big Little Lies”) of her Dior gown decorated with rainbow-colored ribbons, while Tessa Thompson opted for multi-colored pleated halter dress by New York designer Rosie Assoulin.

Donald Glover wore a purple tuxedo, while Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”) sported an Armani white tuxedo jacket. His co-star Tracee Ellis Ross opted for silver sequins and a feather hem from Chanel.

“The feathers were dipped, the crystals were sewn,” said the nominee, extolling the work involved in the couture gown.

Crimson was the choice for a bevy of actresses, including Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum, and Edie Falco, as well as Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and presenter Issa Rae in a one-shoulder Vera Wang.

Comedian Samantha Bee wore emerald satin and Angela Sarafyan (“Westworld”) sported a bright, sunny yellow gown by designer Elizabeth Kennedy.

Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) wore a vampy white strapless gown from Los Angeles designer Mark Zunino, cooling herself with a little fan attached to an iPhone, as Felicity Huffman from “American Crime” entertained photographers, flipping around the long train on her blue lace dress.

Metallic silver was the choice for a host of stars, including the actresses Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) and Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”).

“I wanted something in the precious metal, could-be-mined-from-the-earth vein,” exclaimed Chlumsky of her Sachin & Babi gown.

Of course, elegant black is always a red carpet classic, and was the Emmys choice of Susan Sarandon and Judith Light.

“I‘m playing dress-up,” said presenter Rachel Bloom, who purchased her black Gucci lace dress herself. “I can re-sell it!”
9/18/2017 10:55:11 AM
<![CDATA[ Know about First National Budgerigar Bird Show in Egypt ]]>


The budgerigar bird which is nicknamed as Budgie is one of the most popular pets in the world, ranking just behind dogs and cats. There are many different types of budgerigar birds, and they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Egyptian Budgie breeders and lovers came from all governorates of the country to participate in the competition, which is being judged by the Belgian Kris Colson and Alan Moris who are well-known for their own excellent stock of exhibition budgie in addition to Egyptian judgers.


Kris Colson who participated in judging many of the budgerigar shows championships hailed the organization and cleanness of the show saying to Egypt Today that “It is really one of the best shows I have seen.”

“What I see here in Egyptians, they love the colors and that is more important to them than the measure and the muscles. It is lovely to see these colorful birds, I see here birds with colors that I had not seen many years before and that makes me happy,” Colson said.


Egyptian judge Ahmed Mady said that the budgerigars in the show are divided into three different kinds; exhibition birds, the birds which are distinguished by their colors, crested birds which are featured by a crown on their heads and the Japanese Crested Hagoromo birds which have two flowers on their wings.

Hagoromo birds are the most distinguished birds in Egypt as breeders have gone to great lengths in increasing its numbers and it is expected that Egypt will be the market leader in exporting this kind of budgerigar.


The chairman of the official sponsor of the show Waki Pharma Company, Yasser Wakid, told Egypt Today that this is the first international budgerigar show held in Egypt and that the birds are ranked according to known international standards.

A Facebook page has brought those who have the budgerigar hobby closer together, allowing them to form a club, communicate with breeders worldwide and organize this international competition.

By the end of the show, Colson presented a lecture about budgerigar breeding and the species of this bird.


The participants in the competition were very enthusiastic about the future of the hobby in Egypt and focused on building the stock to international quality.

It is expected that the Budgerigar Championship Show will be held again in January 2018. ]]>
9/17/2017 5:41:32 PM
<![CDATA[Gigi Hadid is the new face of Messika]]>

The Messika collection by Gigi Hadid adds rock and even punk accents. The designs are strong, the cuts clear and the shapes striking. “Move Addiction” consists of 12 pieces; earrings which pierce the lobes, endlessly transformable necklaces, as well as rings and bracelets, to be worn on their own or stacked together, reflecting the strength of the Maison’s signature design.

Messika Joaillerie - Messika by Gigi Hadid earrings 6855 Y

“I loved working with Gigi. Her sense of detail and her discerning eye for fashion completely won me over. Her unparalleled professionalism and her involvement with the Maison throughout the development process deeply inspired me. Gigi is the embodiment of the Messika woman. She is spontaneous, sunny and bright,” said Valérie Messika.

Messika was established in 2005 and is considered a symbol of fine jewelry. Messika creates timeless yet contemporary fine jewelry using exquisite diamonds.

Messika Joaillerie - Messika by Gigi Hadid bracelet 6813 P ]]>
9/17/2017 5:34:10 PM
<![CDATA[Japan restaurant highlights dementia awareness]]>
“The Restaurant of Order Mistakes” - a play on the title of a classic Japanese children’s book, “The Restaurant of Many Orders” - is the brainchild of NHK television director Shiro Oguni, 38.

The goal of his project, scheduled to run Sep. 16-18, is to raise awareness about dementia ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21, and allow the public to interact with those who have the condition in a safe environment in which the servers need not fear the consequences of any errors they might make.

“It was truly great that everyone believed that they would be able to do this job, as long as they had proper support in place,” Ogino said.

Makoto Ichikawa, a customer, said he enjoyed talking to a waitress who briefly forgot her role and sat down across from him to chat.

Professional cooks prepared the dishes for diners who were required to register in advance, at a venue in Roppongi’s Ark Hills complex. The organizers included a dementia nursing care home.

Following the success of a similar pop-up restaurant in June, Ogino turned to crowd-funding to back the event, which he hopes to hold annually.

Japan is a global frontrunner in confronting dementia, the cost of which has been estimated at one percent of the world’s gross domestic product.

Both public and private initiatives have sought to erase the stigma of the disorder that affects nearly 5 million Japanese citizens. One in five Japanese aged 65 or over, or some 7 million people, are forecast to have some degree of dementia by 2025.]]>
9/17/2017 2:54:17 PM
<![CDATA[FFWD showcasing in Paris ]]>Fashion Forward Dubai will showcase in Paris at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, 2 Rue Scribe – 75009, in collaboration with Muriel Piaser Consulting Office as the Global Fashion Developer.

FFWD will exhibit the best selection of top apparel and accessory designers from the region, including Anaya, Amira Haroon, Asya Krasnaya, Sadeem, Cheyma, Geodie, Hessa Falasi, Kage, Rula Galayani, Soltana, Tania George and Utruj.

“I’m very excited to be a part of FFWD’s Paris Showroom once again. My brand has showcased with FFWD from the beginning, and as a result, our exposure to the global fashion industry has grown every season as the international interest in the brands from the Middle East has increased. I look forward to becoming bigger and better with FFWD’s empowerment program EPIC, and meeting more international buyers this season," said Amira Haroon.

FFWD was launched in April 2013 and has delivered nine successful events. It takes place twice a year, and = has helped Middle East designers gain global acclaim.

The showroom in Paris aims to help Middle Eastern designers with a promising opportunity for international visibility and commercial viability during peak exposure and business season for the fashion world.

The FFWD is also a good platform for international fashion designers and the international fashion industry at large to learn about Middle Eastern tastes and customers, exploring the potential for expansion in the region.
9/17/2017 2:39:40 PM
<![CDATA[A Makeup brand creates stilettos ]]>

The heels are covered in pink glitter, have transparent paneling on the sides, and come with a set of cartoon eyelashes on the back of the stilettos. The shoes also have "Better than Sex" stamped on the soles in gold letters.

Better Than Sex Shoes 👠 👀#toofaced @theprettymess #betterthansex #BehindTheVideo

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9/17/2017 2:07:28 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Narendra Modi ]]>
Narendra Modi, the current prime minister of the India, was born on September 17, 1950.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the School of Open Learning at the University of Delhi and then he received a Master's degree in political science from Gujarat University.

In 1965, Modi offered his services voluntarily to the soldiers at the railway stations during the Indo-Pak war.

Modi was sworn as the 14th prime minister of India on May 26, 2014.

Fun Facts:
● When Modi was young he wanted to join the army.
● He left home at the age of 17.
● He worked as a tea seller.
● His first job was mopping floors.

Another Quote for the road:
“I believe mutual respect for one another and cooperation should be the basis for relationships with foreign nations.”]]>
9/17/2017 12:18:43 PM
<![CDATA[Burberry sees in technicolor for London Fashion Week]]>
Under the new stewardship of Marco Gobbetti -- formerly chief executive of French luxury brand Celine -- Burberry Autumn/Winter 2018 collection proved it was possible to expertly combine heritage with a dash of boldness and a hint of fantasy.

The usual audience of celebrities and VIPs -- from Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to it-girl Lennon Gallagher -- squeezed into the 18th century Old Sessions House to watch plastic-clad models strut down the catwalk in an array of colours and shapes.

The plastic, always see-through, came in a variety of colours, from antique yellow to pink and turquoise.

One look comprised of a soft-touch plastic anorak worn against the bare skin under a laid-back soft camel leather jacket and accessorised with gold sandals.

Another saw the same supple plastic anorak layered over a heavy-wool tartan skirt.

Flowy bohemian dresses were dwarfed under clashing tartan trench coats in another one.

Bailey also used English lace to craft long, sensual skirts, yet also tapped into streetwear with baseball caps -- although there was no mistaking Burberry's emblematic tartan.

- 'Calm before the storm' -

Meanwhile, British fashion designer Anderson offered an antidote to what he described as growing "hysteria" with his new collection, giving women a "sanctuary".

The 33-year-old designer's creations had a zen-like quality emphasising comfort, though not without elegance and even a bit of impertinence.

Anderson's shows are among the most closely-followed at London Fashion Weeks and the queue outside the door was like a who's who of British fashion.

"The main idea was to kind of ground everything," said Anderson, who is also artistic director for the Spanish accessories brand Loewe, owned by LVMH.

He said the designs were intended to show a "stillness" so that "no matter how hysterical things become everything will always have a ground level".

The collection was "like a sanctuary where it's calm before the storm," he said.

"I think we get very hysterical. I think media make us hysterical and I think sometimes you have to go back to basics."

The designs had a countryside feel to them, with plenty of comfortable dresses going below the knee and practical shoes that looked like walking boots.

The palette also had an earth-like quality with sky blue, pistachio green, dark red and leather colours.

Anderson is a fan of paradoxes: the collection was both modern and classical, wise and bold, mixing vintage corset-like designs with sleeveless t-shirts.

Anderson, the son of former Ireland rugby international Willie Anderson, will be presenting a collection created for the Japanese brand Uniqlo next week.

"I'm obsessed by them. I wear their clothes on a daily basis," he said.

"So when they approached me it was like it was a no-brainer.?

On Sunday, fashionistas will be able to see Italian fashion icon Giorgio Armani at the Emporio Armani show, as well as TopShop and Versus Versace.

The start of London fashion Week hit a slight snag however as protesters urged Burberry to denounce the use of fur and promote animal rights, shouting "shame on you".

London Fashion Week will feature 80 catwalks across the city, bringing in 5,000 buyers, journalists and VIP guests, until Tuesday.]]>
9/17/2017 12:17:04 PM
<![CDATA[How to buy and not to buy the iPhone X ]]>
However, have you seen the price tag? The iPhone models are rumored to be sold in Egypt starting from LE 30,000 ($1,700). You can actually start your small business with that amount.

You can still get it though after selling some of your beloved gadgets and doing some extra work.

• Sell your old phone on one of the selling outlets, for example: eBay, OLX, Souq.com.

• Sell your old Playstation on the same outlets.

• Sell your old computer/laptop on the same outlets.

eBay logo Via Wikimedia
eBay logo Via Wikimedia

• Work extra shifts at your work.

Free stock photo of coaching coders coding Via Pexels
Free stock photo of coaching coders coding Via Pexels

• Become an Uber or Careem captain (there isn't any shame in becoming a captain; you'll even meet new people and make new friends).

Uber ride Bogota Via Wikimedia
Uber ride Bogota Via Wikimedia

• Borrow money from your parents and friends. (Because your mom and your dad won't give you the full LE 30,000)

Free photo Euro Bank Notes Handshake Free Image Via Pixabay
Free photo Euro Bank Notes Handshake Free Image Via Pixabay

• The last thing is if you can't collect the money, here is a pretty easy solution: do not buy it and keep your old phone; you don't need the iPhone X. With LE 30,000, you can buy a bunch of other stuff.

Things you could buy with LE 30,000 rather the iPhone X:

• Refrigerator: A priority for every home. Your number one priority should be to save your food and keep your water ice cold in the summer.

Samsung refrigerator Via Flickr
Samsung refrigerator Via Flickr

• Washing machine: Another priority for every home. It makes washing your clothes easier, instead of washing by hand.

LG washing machine Via Wikimedia
LG washing machine Via Wikimedia

• Down payment for a car: Helps you through your transportation and will get you anywhere anytime.

Spongebob Car Via Flickr
Spongebob Car Via Flickr

• A scooter: Will help you get anywhere and everywhere anytime, and you can always zigzag through the ever-so-dredged Cairo traffic.

scooter transportation driving Via Pixabay
scooter transportation driving Via Pixabay

• New laptop: Because your old one started to freeze, and it’s telling you the final goodbyes.

Macintosh Laptop Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz Via Flickr
Macintosh Laptop Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz Via Flickr

• A luxury bag: A designer bag is always a good idea.


• A luxury clothing item: Again, designer items, in general, are always a stunning and fresh idea. Enough said.

Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

• Rent a villa or house for a month: Live like a king or a queen for a month in your own private city getaway. You'll even be able to throw pool parties and every kind of party every day.

Alex Royal Jewellery MusLeft Via Wikimedia
Alex Royal Jewellery MusLeft Via Wikimedia

• Television: A big flat screen TV will make movie night with your friends much easier, and better.


• Professional camera: Release your inner photographer and capture your best moments in high resolution to keep with you forever.

EOS 5D Mark II Via Wikipedia
EOS 5D Mark II Via Wikipedia

• A furniture item: For example, a bed for your new place.

Bed Images Pexels Free Stock Photos
Bed Images Pexels Free Stock Photos

• A trip outside of Egypt: Escape this overpopulated, crowded, polluted city and visit the rest of the seven wonders of the world. You can go on a Euro tour or vacation in the United States for a week.

File New Seven Wonders of the World.JPG Wikimedia Commons
File New Seven Wonders of the World.JPG Wikimedia Commons

• Piano: Playing the piano is always a great party trick. If you are a music major in university, or you are learning a musical instrument, a piano is worth your money – more than an iPhone X.

Piano Via Wikimedia
Piano Via Wikimedia ]]>
9/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hashtag on last day of summer vacation trends in Egypt]]>
Some students on Twitter said they were upset students expressed their sadness because their vacation came to an end.

Some university students hoped their vacation could be extended so that they would start their first day with that of school students, on September 24.

Social media users also mocked Egyptian Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar's decision to have university students salute the Egyptian flag and to sing the national anthem starting September 16.

Facebook user Ghada Aly posted "Saluting the flag at the University? Are you kidding or serious!"

Saluting the flag and singing the national anthem have only been a tradition in primary, preparatory, and secondary schools, not at universities. That was why the decision was mocked on social media.
9/16/2017 10:20:17 PM
<![CDATA[What if we completely replace all drinks with water?]]>
Chris Bailey, a popular blogger and lecturer, said in his research that water has eight benefits;

1. We lose weight faster; when we replace all drinks with water for 9 days we will lose calories equivalent to those burned after walking for eight kilometers.

2. The brain works better; the brain is made up of 75 to 85 percent water, so drinking water is a fuel for the mind which helps it focus better and accomplish daily tasks faster while remaining active, even if it’s late at night.

3. We eat less; Water reduces the appetite which helps lose weight, sometimes we become confused as to whether we’re hungry or thirsty and a simple glass of water can clear that up.

4. Your body will expel toxins faster; water washes out harmful substances and prevents aging, if you want to stay younger, drink plenty of water.

5. Water lowers the risk of many diseases such as hypertension, bladder diseases, bowel cancer and others.

6. Our hearts work better; five glasses of water a day lowers the risk of a heart attack by 41 percent.

7. Our skin becomes softer and cleaner; water clears and moistens the skin, which you will begin to notice after several weeks.

8. We would save a lot of money; we spend a lot of money on coffee and other drinks during the week, whereas buying water costs much less and is also more beneficial.
9/16/2017 3:43:49 PM
<![CDATA[Elle and YouTube collaborate to change fashion industry ]]>
Elle Magazine wants to encourage this phenomenon of women in color and plus-sized models into the fashion industry. Therefore, they are going to join forces with YouTube and create a video series and panel event that promotes the industry's increased emphasis on inclusivity. The event or the move is called “Fashion for All.”

Elle.com will set up shop at the YouTube Space in New York Chelsea Market on Tuesday, to host a debate on the importance of changing faces and bodies of fashion.

This event will be moderated by Elle fashion director, Nikki Ogunnaike, Christian Siriano, Keke Palmer, models Precious Lee, Candice Huffine, and Andreja Pejić, and Planned Parenthood Director of Constituency Communications Alencia Johnson.

According to Elle.com, this 45-minute event will be live streamed on YouTube at 6:30 p.m. EST.
9/16/2017 1:45:38 PM
<![CDATA[Rebel Wilson awarded $3.6M]]>

According to CNN, Rebel Wilson was awarded the largest defamation damages amount in Australian legal history, as her lawyers stated.

Bauer Media, the publisher of Woman’s Day magazine, had claimed that Wilson lied about her age and her acting background so that she could make it in Hollywood.

Wilson announced on her Twitter account that she is going to donate her monetary award to Australian charities, and will use it to support the Oz film industry, as well. She added that she is looking forward to getting back to her career and entertaining everyone.

9/16/2017 1:28:44 PM
<![CDATA[BMW says car keys may be replaced by mobile phone apps]]>
The fact that customers now all carry a smartphone and the availability of a BMW App which allows customers to unlock their vehicle, has made old fashioned keys less relevant.

“Honestly, how many people really need it,” Robertson said in an interview at the Frankfurt car show, explaining that customers no longer had to put the key in the ignition to make the car start.

“They never take it out of their pocket, so why do I need to carry it around?,” Robertson said, adding that the company was looking at getting rid of keys altogether.

“We are looking at whether it is feasible, and whether we can do it. Whether we do it right now or at some point in the future, remains to be seen,” Robertson said.]]>
9/16/2017 1:06:25 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote of the Day: Amy Poehler]]>
Poehler is American comedian who was born on September 16, 1971. She studied at Boston College media and communications and graduated with a bachelor degree in 1993.

She later moved to Chicago city, where she joined ‘Second City,’ a theater group, and the ‘Improvolympic Group’ as well, which led her to become friends with Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, with whom she performed ‘improv’.

In 1996 she moved to New York City and in 1998 she became a regular on the “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien.” She is manily known for her work on “Saturday Night Live” as she joined the cast in 2001 till 2008. She had a guest role in 2004 cult favorite“Mean Girls”.

Fun Facts:
● Her nicknames are; Cool Cat Amy, Crazy Amy and Poehlercoaster.
● She worked at an ice cream parlor called Chadwicks, when she was a teenager.

Another Quote for the road:
“I cannot stress enough that the answer to life's questions is often in people's faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people's faces. People's faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous or asleep.”
9/16/2017 12:43:56 PM
<![CDATA[Brexit looms over London catwalk as overseas brands take spotlight]]>
Five days of catwalk shows include a wide array of British talent with star turns by high-profile international brands Emporio Armani from Italy and U.S. designer Tommy Hilfiger.

“Our industry, our businesses, our creatives and our talent are international – literally in citizenship, but also in outlook,” said Caroline Rush, CEO of the local industry body, the British Fashion Council.

The fashion industry wanted tariff-free access to the EU, “friction-less” borders and government support for bringing international talent to Britain.

“Our plan really is to champion the creative industries in London,” Justine Simons, London’s deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries, told Reuters.

“We have a Brexit task force and we’re talking with the government about how we get the best deal for the creative industries.”

London’s fashion event will feature around 90 shows and presentations, as well as a designer showcase for domestic and international trade buyers and media.

Richard Malone, a young Irish designer, kicked off the festivities, showing a spring/summer 2018 collection including asymmetric dresses and pant suits featuring lined patterns and accompanied by patterned thigh-high cut-away boots.

British talent on show during the event includes Ralph & Russo, Amanda Wakeley, Christopher Kane and Julien Macdonald while British fashion house Burberry will also attract significant interest.

Hilfiger’s event - dubbed Tommynow - closes the festival on Tuesday and comes on the back of high-concept shows in New York and Los Angeles during which the label effectively built amusement parks, complete with a Ferris wheel in New York.

The event will also see the labels increasingly adopt the “see now, buy now” model, where clothes seen on the catwalk are available to consumers online immediately after the show.

Brands including TopShop, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry will be doing “see now, buy now” shows in London.

Online retail giant Amazon is seeking to go a step further, teaming up with former Diesel creative director Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda label to offer delivery of items to some customers in London within an hour.]]>
9/16/2017 10:22:43 AM
<![CDATA[Are Instagram stories coming to Facebook?]]>
While other clone versions of Snapchat's daily stories, whether on Facebook or WhatsApp, were not as much of a popular hit, there is a possibility that Instagram is testing a feature that would enable users to share their stories on Facebook.

This was discovered by Matt Navarra, director of social media at Next Web, who noticed and quickly reported the feature to his Twitter followers on Tuesday:

If this feature becomes available soon, Instagram stories will probably gain more users and popularity.]]>
9/16/2017 9:49:19 AM
<![CDATA[Young Muscovite group risks life and scale tall buildings]]>
The group consists of four Russians and one Frenchman who visits Moscow and they call their team ‘Rudex’, which stands for “roof and decay exploration.”

Their passion has taken them to the top of some of the city’s best known landmarks and also, on occasion, to detention by police. None has been injured since the group was founded in 2008.

What they do mirrors the Western craze for ‘urbex’, or the urban exploration of man-made structures.

Konstantin Drykin’s biggest climb was of a Stalin-era, 176-metre (528-ft) apartment block near the Kremlin in August 2014.

Another ‘roofer’, Georgy Lanchevskiy, climbed in 2013 the spire of Moscow State University, which is 240 meters high. He said the risk of death or arrest gave him an adrenalin rush.

In the same summer, Lanchevskiy took his passion to Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

“Our first roof there was a clock tower just opposite the building of the KGB,” he said. “Next day, we ‘roofed’ the pedagogical university, right next to the government headquarters.”

Their movement is non-political and they have no ideology. But in a show of concern for urban renewal they sometimes take pictures of buildings that are decaying, unkempt or lacking security and post them to social media.

“Some are parachute jumpers. Some go to church. Some love skiing. But I walk on roofs,” said Grigory Shukhov. “I like the atmosphere on the roof. It’s unusual. It’s romantic.”

Some of the Rudex group said they fear that authorities will introduce legislation to ban their pastime outright, perhaps out of concern that it could induce teenagers to commit suicide. The reality, they said, is that urbex is life enhancing.

“Let’s ban everything and the atmosphere for youths will really get dull,” Shukhov said. “What will we do? Sit and booze on the porch of our homes? Or maybe look for drugs?”]]>
9/15/2017 1:08:55 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Prince Harry ]]>
Prince Henry Charles Albert David is also known as Prince Harry, he is the second youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born on September 15, 1984, at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

Fun Facts:
● Princess Diana called him ‘my little Spencer’ because of his red hair.
● He was the quiet kid when he was young, he was usually bossed around by his brother William.

Another Quote for the road:
“I'm still very much a kid inside myself.”
9/15/2017 9:35:21 AM
<![CDATA[et Guide: how to overcome low self-esteem ]]>
I’m the kind of person who struggled and still struggle from low self-esteem. I used to have insecurities about myself and my work. I usedto get panic attacks when I gave someone my opinion and I get ridiculously scared when I talk to someone I don’t know. Yes, I suffer from low self-esteem, and I tried to overcome it by doing a couple of things such as:

1) I stopped trying to be perfect in everything I did in my work and life and started concentrating on the effort that I put into life.

2) I learned that mistakes are a learning opportunity and not a failure.

3) I started trying new things and learned from them. Plus getting out of my comfort zone helped boost my self-esteem.

4) I set up goals for my life.

5) I tried to relax and get out all the negative energy out by exercising.

6) I tried to accept compliments and remember them along the way.

7) I started writing in my journal in order to reflect on my day.

8) I let go of all the negative attachments even if it was friends.
9/15/2017 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Unsend feature for Whatsapp is almost here]]>

The feature will allow you to delete texts, pictures, documents and videos if it has not been read by the receiver or was sent less than five minutes ago, the Independent reported, adding that the feature will be available for Android and iPhones.

This will save us the embarrassment that originates from sending a message to the wrong person; whether you are talking about your boss to a friend and sending the message to your boss by mistake, or simply saying something in a moment of anger and regretting it right after you say it. With this new feature, it will be easier to take it back.]]>
9/15/2017 9:25:53 AM
<![CDATA[Fenty Beauty comes to the Middle East]]>
Nowadays we see celebrities creating and endorsing makeup brands for the mere reason of seeking attention. But not all publicity is good publicity.

Did recent celebrity makeup brands ever think about how their makeup range will make a difference to our makeup bags? Will we benefit from their brushes or makeup sponges? Will we want to convert and be religious users of their products? Will it hurt our pockets? (Makeup is not cheap especially the fancy kind). How pigmented will the highlighter be? These are just a few questions I ask myself when I find new makeup brands.

To say that I was excited when I first laid my eyes on the teaser Rihanna posted on her Instagram account would be an understatement.

You ready? @fentybeauty new generation of beauty... coming this FALL!

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The line includes just a couple of foundation shades; 40 to be exact. Riri knows how hard it is for a black girl to find her shade in the foundation so she got your back all of you bold beautiful black girls.

Foundation for all. 40 shades. What's yours? #PROFILTR #FENTYBEAUTY

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Riri’s highlighter kits and holographic lipsticks are blindingly beautiful.

Stix on stix. #MATCHSTIX

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Even the online beauty community loves the line so much they posted videos on their YouTube channels praising the line and comparing it to the other recent celebrity beauty lines and of course Bad gal Riri came out on top.

MsDebDeb gives her RIHANNA FENTY BEAUTY first impressions doing full face for her dark skin.

Habiba Da Silva needs you to listen to the whole FENTY BEAUTY movement.

Nyma Tang reviews Pro Filt'r foundation #thedarkestshade.

Patricia Bright bought it all.


Make sure to run to the Sephora branch closest to you or shop online at Sephora.ae. ]]>
9/14/2017 5:47:09 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia to lift Skype ban]]>

Although Skype is widely used in Saudi Arabia, this deregulation will allow people to use the program legally and with minimal interference. WhatsApp and Viber calls are also rumored to be affected by this decision.

9/14/2017 4:24:59 PM
<![CDATA[Marc Jacobs closes New York Fashion Week echoing Arabian Nights]]>
His show, one of the most anticipated during New York Fashion Week, was held on Wednesday in a muted Park Avenue Armory, where models strutted down the minimalist runway in silence.

Former supermodel Cindy Crawford sat in the front-row as her daughter Kaia Gerber strutted for the American fashion house. The star-studded audience also included Nicki Minaj, Courtney Love and actress Dianna Agron.

Celebrity model Kendall Jenner wore a sporty yellow ensemble that paired floral pants with a skin-tight turtleneck, while Gigi Hadid wore an oversized coat with an orange turban draped over her shoulder. Sister Bella Hadid also walked the runway wearing an oversized black and white jumpsuit.

The star designer featured harem-style and wide-leg pants for daywear and finished the looks with jewel-encrusted two-strap sandals.

A sporty-meets-chic number resembled an updated version of an ‘Arabian Nights’ character. The look featured a sleeveless top lined with large beads in shades of blue and electric yellow. Jacobs finished the outfit with billowing pants.

While vibrant, kaleidoscopic prints invigorated the collection, Jacobs’ signature daisy print was also on display, showing up on a handful of looks.

Jacobs’ show is the last in the week-long line-up of showings for New York Fashion Week: the Shows.]]>
9/14/2017 3:39:04 PM
<![CDATA[Expert calls for law regulating Apple-Egyptian relations]]>
Salah noted that this system allows the company "to penetrate the privacy" of its users.

"iPhone X operates using facial features, and before that using fingerprints, and Facetime records video calls. Is this normal or do we need a law with Apple that regulates our privacy?"

In recent days, public concerns have increased about the privacy and security of iPhone X owners as Apple could use this system to collect user data and sell it to third parties for surveillance purposes.

Consequently, Apple has faced questions from the U.S. Senate regarding protection of privacy. Senator Al Franken had a number of lingering questions for Apple’s CEO Tim Cook about how Apple would handle law enforcement requests for access to these devices.

Yet, Apple has assured that it has no plans to allow any third party to have access to the Face ID system or its faceprint data, according to Recode.

Apple's latest iPhone launch event was trending on all social media platforms on Tuesday. Tim Cook was on stage to unveil the iPhone 8, iPhone X and a host of other products.

The star of the show was the iPhone X, a premium version of Apple's flagship device. It will feature an all-screen display, facial recognition software which uses a 3D scan of the user’s face for authenticating and unlocking their device by using the front camera. It also replaces Touch ID for Apple Pay too.

Apple suggests that this advancement is more natural and easier for users, but offering information about personal content behind face biometrics raises many security questions and some users do not hail that technology.

This system, alongside a blink once used by Samsung, was considered by many as a bad idea for its lack of security.

In past years, this problem was raised for Apple iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint as hackers could gain unauthorized access to users’ data by using lifted fingerprints, Forbes stated, adding that if iPhone users lock their mobiles with a fingerprint, police will have the right to force users to unlock their phone, which cannot be done with passwords, according to a password law enforcement.
9/14/2017 3:30:32 PM
<![CDATA[Tommy Hilfiger has new brand ambassadors: The Chainsmokers]]>


According to Tommy Hilfiger, the selection of The Chainsmokers is due to their iconic stature in modern pop culture, as their music resonates with a global audience. The Chainsmokers have carved out a new niche fusing indie, pop, dance, and hip-hop, Hilfiger added.

The Chainsmokers, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, are an American DJ Production duo. Formed in 2012, they sold more than 10 million singles and are currently the third most widely streamed artists globally. The duo won the Best Dance Recording Grammy with Daya in their song “Don’t Let Me Down”. Their song “Closer,” featuring Halsey, was recognized as the Top Collaboration of the Year at the Billboard.

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“Like Tommy Hilfiger, we have always believed in celebrating individuality and breaking conventions,” said The Chainsmokers. “Tommy paved the way for collaborations between fashion and music, and we are excited to collaborate with a brand that aligns so closely with our own artistic approach and shares our passion for creating memorable experiences for our fans.”

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Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s collection apparel and sportswear, kids wear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories.

Through select licensees, Tommy Hilfiger offers complementary lifestyle products such as eyewear, watches, fragrances, athletic apparel (golf and swim), socks, small leather goods, home goods, and luggage.

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The Hilfiger Denim product line consists of jeanswear and footwear for men and women, accessories, and fragrances. Merchandise under the Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim retail stores, leading specialty and department stores, select online retailers, and at tommy.com.

9/14/2017 1:29:41 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day ]]>
Martin is an American comedian, actor, and writer who first gained notice as a writer. He was born on September 14, 1945. In 1967, he was a writer for the television show “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”. He started appearing on TV in "The Steve Allen Show" in 1969 and "The Virginia Graham Show", in 1970.

In the mid-1970s, he became a very popular comedian. One of his memorable performances is his role as Navin R. Johnson the Cat Juggler in the comedy film "The Jerk" (1979). He was also noticed for his character in the "Father of the Bride" in 1991.

Fun Facts:
● He was a cheerleader in his school.
● His first job was at Disney, and he was selling guide books.
● He appeared on the dating game 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' before becoming a writer on the

Another Quote for the road:
“I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I am sure that is some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there is a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out”- Steve Martin.

9/14/2017 11:08:56 AM
<![CDATA[et Guide: welcome to college]]>
Accept it: this is the first thing you have to do, especially if you did not end up in the college you were dreaming of because guess what? You are not alone. Even if you are in the college you always wanted, nothing is perfect. It does not really matter how good you were at high school. College is different. So whatever comes your way, accept it, and use it as your motivation to move forward.

George R. R. Martin accepting a reward on someone else's behalf – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Johan A

Make friends: Legend has it that you either make enough friends in the first two weeks or you never do, which is both right and wrong in ways. It will be easier to get to know people during the first two weeks, depending on the fact that you all have at least one thing in common: you all just got here from high school. But do not rush things. It is okay, and you will probably get many more chances to befriend more people later. For now, in case you do not know what to talk about, remember that, unless they are serial killers, people like talking about their interests, so ask them about the type of music they like, which movie is their favorite, what do they love doing. Once you find something common between you two, you can go on and discuss it. Just wait and see. You will be amazed by the amount of astonishing things you learn and the remarkable people you meet.

Oath of Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly - Game of Thrones – ExploreWesteros/ YouTube Thumbnail

Manage: in no time, you will experience so many things, so make the most of it. Organize your time, and know your priorities. Try not to lose focus of what is important, such as family time and studying, because having fun will seem like the only thing you should do, which is not.

Alice in Wonderland - Levani Turdziladze/ YouTube still

Make some effort: this might be something you do not have in mind right now as you feel eager to explore the new world, but know that, from now on, the more effort you exert, the more you will reap the rewards, even if it did not seem so. Even if you spent some extra effort on something that did not go well, at least you gained experience, at least you learned to perform a task or learn to become more patient.

Most people talk about how they want to be rich, famous and loved, but only a few work hard to achieve it. You will realize that as you progress.

Chill: worrying does not solve problems. Keep that in mind along the way. If you stress over a problem, you are not helping fix it, but merely wasting some of the energy you could otherwise use in solving it. And if you cannot solve the problem, how would being stressed help anyway?

Make the most of it, and enjoy the experience to the fullest, because many, many people admit to college being the best years of their lives. Here is a chill seal.

Foca acuario animal_mamifero- Pxhere
9/14/2017 9:39:15 AM
<![CDATA[ Animojis to be the new thing]]>
Each year, we are introduced to various technological trends. It all started with a colon symbol followed by a dash and half a bracket creating a really creepy smiley face :-) —

Everything changed quickly. Emojis came a long way, passing by the xD, ツ and even the Lenny face ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) before entering the era of the countless 2D yellow emojis, which were all deduced to one single emoticon being overused by everyone.

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1- Crying Laughing Emoji – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/VapePig

However, that era has just been concluded by Apple announcing the newest emoji feature: “Animojis”, which is set to feature in the iPhone 8. The phone, with a cost of for $699, will be available for pre-orders starting September 15 and will go on sale on September 22.

Animojis will allow you to send 3D emoticons which carry your facial expressions to your friends. This could only leave you wondering where will we go from here.

9/14/2017 9:33:10 AM
<![CDATA[Lawsuit accuses Google of bias against women in pay, promotions]]>
The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as Google is facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into sex bias in pay practices.

The plaintiffs are a former Google software engineer, a former communications specialist and a former manager who worked in various roles at the Mountain View, California-based company. They say Google pays women in California less than men who perform similar work, and assigns female workers jobs that are less likely to lead to promotions.

"While Google has been an industry-leading tech innovator, its treatment of female employees has not entered the 21st century," Kelly Dermody, a lawyer for the women, said in a statement.

Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano denied the claims in a statement. She said employment decisions are made by hiring and promotion committees, and are vetted "to make sure there is no gender bias."

"If we ever see individual discrepancies or problems, we work to fix them, because Google has always sought to be a great employer, for every one of our employees," she said.

The plaintiffs say Google violated California laws requiring equal pay for similar work and prohibiting unfair and unlawful business practices. They are seeking to represent a class of women who worked at Google in California over the last four years.

The Labor Department investigation stems from a 2015 audit in which the department says it discovered sex-based wage gaps among Google workers.

The department last month appealed an administrative judge's July decision that rejected its request for contact information for more than 20,000 Google employees.]]>
9/14/2017 2:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Kors kicks off final day of NY Fashion Week]]>
Ashley Graham and Sabina Karlsson joined Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in unveiling the spring 2018 collection, furthering a trend of New York designers starting to include fuller figures on the runway.

Kors, the icon of American womenswear whom Forbes says finally hit the $1 billion mark in February after flirting with billionaire status since his eponymous company went public in December 2011, said his collection was all about ease and the relaxed attitude of sarongs, kimonos and pajamas juxtaposed with oversized menswear tailoring.

US singer Sara Bareilles performed hits such as "(You Make me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Brave" -- the latter a mainstay of Hillary Clinton's 2016 thwarted campaign playlist -- in a SoHo loft.

"Manhattan to Malibu... Beverly Hills to Bora Bora," said Kors, summing up the collection that put the flip flop on the catwalk.

It was the second consecutive time the designer had put a curve model in his runway show, still a relatively rarity for the most prominent houses despite the average American women measuring a size 14-16.

"Everyone is so different and real in so many ways. People are asking the industry to showcase and represent that," Karlsson told AFP by email in response to written questions ahead of fashion week.

"I want young girls and women to see me and feel like they can relate to me and get inspired. I'm very optimistic on the route that the industry is taking, we'll just have to keep working for the change."]]>
9/14/2017 1:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Dog on Board]]>
But a family trip to a non-pet-friendly hotel in Luxor meant we had to find somewhere to leave our dog. One of the more established kennels where we had left Suski a couple of times before on trips abroad was our top option—but we were in for a shock when they told us they wouldn’t take the dog because “he’s old.” After a series of social media rage storms about the too old-to-board kennel a friend suggested Kelabi and we instantly fell in love. The owners laughed when we asked whether they board older dogs and told us that his age doesn’t matter, so long as he’s in good health, vaccinated and has caring and engaged owners.


At Kelabi, Suski is transformed from a dog who can’t bear to be away from us and who spends most of his days lazing about from one rug to the other, to an energetic, young pup who loves to play with the resident pack and becomes instantly excited at the sight of his now-second home. In fact, Suski loved Kelabi so much that we agreed to send him over for weekends every now and then to energize and refresh.

Sally Adly, Kelabi co-founder and manager, explains that the key principle at Kelabi is to give one-on-one care to a small number of dogs to be able to guarantee a personalized experience where the dog will feel at home and get plenty of play time and socialization with other dogs.

Adly and her husband Mahmoud Tarif left the corporate world behind to pursue their dream of working with animals. Adly had been working with the Swiss Embassy in Egypt on economic development projects in parallel with her animal-rescuing activities. “By the third year, I wanted to do something more serious in the dog world and wanted my work to be related to dogs,” Adly says.

Tarif and Adly had been working with stray dogs for three years; rescuing puppies and older dogs, vaccinating and fostering them and then finding adopters here and abroad. “We always took them to our place and put them in a spare room until we found a home for them,” Adly explains, adding that they would bring six dogs at a time to their home. The couple also volunteered at a local shelter.
“This shelter relocated, so we found it an opportunity and rented their place to make it a home for all the dogs we fostered and couldn’t find a home for,” says Adly, adding that she quit her job and Tarif put his on hold for six months to launch Kelabi. “It is not a rescue place, but we have our seven rescued resident pack and turned the place into a dog hotel.”

Adly is now a full-time manager of Kelabi and Tarif shuffles between the dog hotel and his job as a designer.

In parallel with dog boarding, Adly and Tarif also help rehabilitate baladi (local stray dog breed) dogs and help their owners. “Taking in a baladi dog doesn’t happen very often here, so we offer discounted rates and help them with some training,” says Adly. “Baladi dogs have a very particular nature, they’re very sensitive, extra smart, most of the time they come with a traumatic history, so they normally have a tough life and this is combined with a new parent; so the experience is challenging for the dog owners.” Being familiar with the nature and complexities of baladi dogs, the Kelabi founders decided to focus on extending their knowledge to other baladi owners to get over fears and insecurities developed from their time on the streets.

The Kelabi formula
From the moment you take your dog in for the interview, you instantly realize that Kelabi is not the typical commercial kennel. It’s a closely-run operation with two owners who are so hands-on that one or the other is always there on the facility to play with the dogs and monitor everything in person.

When the dog comes in, the owners instantly assess him to see whether they have any aggression issues they have to address, assess his personality and needs and then match him with one of the seven resident dogs. Once he’s matched with a resident dog, they become play mates during his stay and the matching is based on each dog’s personality, age, physical condition and needs. “It’s not enough for the dog to play, they need to play with other dogs, so they befriend our resident dogs and they show them a good time,” explains Adly. She adds that their pack is a mix of ages, genders and personalities to meet a variety of temperaments.

Instead of the usual hour or two of playtime dogs get at most boarding facilities, Kelabi has a policy that dogs stay outdoors all day long and should only stay in their kennels for eating and sleeping. That means we are guaranteed our dog is playing outside for more than 10 hours every day. “It is always playtime with some training, playing with toys and other dogs; but the dog is never locked up,” Adly explains.

What also impressed us was the fact that we were sent photos and videos of Suski every day during his time there. We were always kept in the loop of which new friends he made, what resident dog he liked the most and what he had for lunch. Suski would come home nice and clean, despite getting muddy there playing with his new friends, and sometimes even smelling of Kelabi’s homemade, all-natural insect repellent.

Kelabi was established in May 2016 and started off with seven kennels. Today they have 19, a number the founders feel comfortable with. “We’re happy with it being small because the point is to make each dog your own throughout the time he’s boarded with us,” says Adly. “There’s a lot of one-on-one attention with the dog and Mahmoud [Tarif] and I are there all the time.”

The resident pack of seven dogs have become part of the Kelabi team, they live there and help Adly and Tarif with the boarding dogs. “They work with us, helping us to teach other dogs to socialize because most dogs coming don’t know how to socialize, have never even seen a dog before or had a bad history with dogs who attacked them and so on,” explains Adly. “So we help rehabilitate these dogs and train them to become more balanced.”

Kelabi • Sakkara Road, intersection of Mariouteya and Mansoureya Canal, after Cataract Hotel • Visits are by appointment only • Telephone: +2 (012) 0302-1779 • Fees are LE 115 a night, excluding food.

9/13/2017 8:08:15 PM
<![CDATA[NYFW SS18: Coach Womens Collection ]]>
Meet me downtown in your tough yet tender fashion, while I am wearing my glitter and shining brightly in the dim street light.


Coach gives us their take on understated dressing trend. Rugged burnished leather and shearling, customized in an ode to Keith Haring’s New York City.

Your after-party outfit is here, with slip dresses scored by the New York Dolls.


Color on color, pink on pink, faded crystal and floral rivets, grounded by the rich depth of glove-tanned leathers and hardware that allude to something darker and sexier, the whole collection is on point.


The boy next door takes on a subversive edge in this collection. Recontextualizing Americana—Hawaiian and prairie prints, bad boy biker and good boy varsity silhouettes—all mixed with layers of archival Keith Haring graphics.

Unexpected juxtapositions and contradictions are always personal and individualistic.

Look 16

Celebrating American dreamers—and their endless spirit of possibility, boundless creativity, and courage to be themselves—before, now and forever at the heart of the city.

9/13/2017 7:25:10 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 and tragically died on July 23, 2011 due to alcohol poisoning.

The English singer and songwriter was known for her deep and expressive vocals. She is renowned for mixing genres in her own unique way, with the output being a combination of a little soul, blues, and jazz.

Winehouse's debut album, “Frank” (2003), was a success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, “Back to Black” (2006), led her to win five 2008 Grammy Awards, making her the first British woman to accomplish such an achievement. She was awarded three of the General Field "Big Four" Grammy Awards:

Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Another quote for the road:
“Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.”
9/13/2017 1:41:56 PM
<![CDATA[Star model Graham celebrates sexy curves on NY runway]]>
The 29-year-old sensation from Nebraska modeled sexy black and green underwear in her latest link-up with Canadian brand Addition Elle, whose day five Fashion Week show featured only plus-size models.

The show got a rock-star reception from the audience, many of them larger women triumphant that the notoriously snooty world of fashion is finally starting to embrace customers of all shapes and sizes.

"Of course I do! My God!" Graham told AFP backstage when asked if she still gets nervous before hitting the runway, decked out in a matching green and black bra and knicker set. "But it's fun."

In addition to collaborating with the plus-size label Addition Elle, Graham is a spokeswoman for self-confidence and positive body image for women, urging them to embrace curves, cellulite and diversity.

"Every season I think about supportive lingerie that is going to be something that I want to put in my wardrobe," said a bubbly Graham.

"I wanted color, I wanted detail," she said. "Central to this collection, I wanted her to feel sexy for her everyday bra."

Graham last year became the first plus-size model to grace the cover of "Sports Illustrated," has appeared on the cover of "Vogue" and was recently a judge on long-running TV series "America's Next Top Model."

"You would think it's a lot of pressure, but it's not because I am literally am just being myself," she said.

"My mother always told me, she's like 'your (two younger) sisters are always looking up to you, you are their role model.'

"So I just think of my fans and everybody's that reaching out and saying thank you as my sisters."

Graham has trod the catwalk two seasons running for Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung, appearing in his Sunday night show alongside the likes of super slim supermodel Gigi Hadid.

"Fantastic," she said of the experience. "He really has designed for women regardless of your body shape. He's an amazing designer."

Sarah Chiwaya, 33, a plus-fashion blogger and editor in the front row at Addition Elle, said she was thrilled to see several full shows of plus models this season.

"I've been covering fashion week for about four years and it's usually only one body shape and size," she told AFP.

"She is an absolute sweetheart," added Chiwaya of Graham. "I love seeing what she's done. She's really brought a spotlight to a lot of things."]]>
9/13/2017 1:27:16 PM
<![CDATA[Ralph Lauren races out of Manhattan into fall fashion]]>
The 77-year-old designer, who will next year celebrate the 50th anniversary of his iconic fashion house, transported fellow designers, celebrities and editors 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Manhattan to Bedford on the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week.

There in his private garage, models sashayed down the runway sweeping past four of his priceless automobiles parked in the center watched by guests lounging on black leather banquettes before a private dinner.

Sculpted patent leather and high-gloss silk were signature materials for the Ralph Lauren woman of fall 2017. Colors were black and silver, with pops of bright red, yellow and electric blue.

Unusually giving a slew of interviews ahead of the show, it marks the third season running that Ralph Lauren has invested in the see-now, buy-now instant fashion that has scared off certain other houses.

It was the first collection since the appointment of Patrice Louvet as chief executive officer, replacing Stefan Larsson who stepped down after little over a year, following disagreements with Lauren on how to position the clothing line in the fast-changing retail universe.

In July, the firm reported a net income of $59.5 million in earnings through July 1, up from a loss of $22.3 million in the year-ago period.

The corporation announced plans in April to move into a more cost-effective e-commerce platform, closing its flagship Polo store on New York's Fifth Avenue and saving $140 million in annual expenses.

Tuesday's fast-paced show opened with the exhilarating roar of a sports car engine, starring supermodels of the moment Kendall Jenner in black and yellow, and Bella Hadid in a Ferrari red tulle gown.

Mimicking trends seen elsewhere on the catwalk this season -- albeit with most others unveiling collections for spring/summer 2018 -- there was delicate grey check, houndstooth and plaid for day wear.

- 'Wear-now difficult' -

There were splashes of bright yellow, and off-the-shoulder black zipped up leather.

His men's Purple Label collection, unveiled at the same time, melded timeless black-tie-evening elegance with RL monogrammed down jackets, and sweaters and coats from the racing world.

Ferrari red was picked out in a patent trench and a silk tuxedo jacket for women. There was a stunning Ferrari yellow tulle gown -- skirts to the ground paired with a black leather biker jacket.

Lauren walked out in a boiler suit for a standing ovation, lovingly giving his wife a kiss and hugging Keaton, before gesturing to all his guests to follow him into a dinner of lobster salad and burgers.

Continuing past two runway-to-retail collections, all looks from the show will be instantly accessible to consumers globally online and in flagship stores such as New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo.

"It's wonderful if you can do it. The scheduling is not easy," the designer told Women's Wear Daily in a pre-show interview of his switch to instant fashion -- a switch that Tom Ford has since reversed.

"Wear-now is difficult. It's proven difficult for many people, and it's not easy for me, either. But I thought it was interesting and I'm trying it. But the clothes are the most important thing."

Tuesday's collection evoked the spirit of a modern, timeless woman in the self-made billionaire's distinctive silhouette. A mantra of his is: "Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever."

In notes to accompany the show, the designer said he saw his car collection -- one of the finest in the world -- as "moving art."

"My women's collection for fall 2017 connects the elements of the speed, style and beauty of these handcrafted vehicles with the very modern, yet timeless spirit of the clothes," he said.

"There is a sleekness, an innate sexiness and power to shapes."]]>
9/13/2017 11:45:41 AM
<![CDATA[et Tech: A day in global technology]]>
On Tuesday, at their press event in Cupertino, California, Apple launched six new devices: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch 3, Apple TV 4K and Apple AirPower charger. However, as a normal consumer, the most interesting things about the whole event were:

- The iPhone X (or iPhone ten as they pronounce it): But at the price of $999, iPhone X left us in a dilemma: do we buy the relatively affordable iPhone 8 and feel dissatisfied and left behind, or do we make a materialistic sacrifice in return of a futuristic luxury?

- When the iPhone spokesperson


at unlocking the iPhone through face recognition while demonstrating the feature.

- And the new face recognition feature, which beside locking and unlocking your phone, allows you to talk through “emojis”.

This is quite exciting, because we all know where this is going now. Welcome to a world of 7.5 billion talking, crying and laughing emoticons.

Crying Laughing Emoji - VapePig – Wikimedia commons

On this same day, a strange coincidence took place when Google and a couple of its biggest services


, as reports from several areas around the world showed a slowdown and web pages failed to load on Google, Gmail, Drive and Calendar, which was quite a weird coincidence, as Google did not need this kind of attention on Apple’s day.

2 Google logo– ElisaRiva - Pixabay
9/13/2017 9:47:33 AM
<![CDATA[Three men express their suicidal thoughts on Facebook]]>

Sherif Qamar, a 21-year-old medicine student at Ain Shams University, published a video on YouTube in June expressing his feelings of worthlessness. In the video, Qamar shares his suicidal thoughts and depression with his followers, admitting that he had previously tried to commit suicide multiple times. “We’re not the center of the world. People forget about you when you leave,” he says.

Several days before Qamar committed suicide, he reached out to his Twitter followers and asked their opinion on how he should commit suicide in a poll; eighty percent selected jump, twenty percent selected poison, yet no one voted for strangling. The incident raises questions concerning why one would turn to social media seeking an answer for mental health issues, and why the followers’ responses were to vote as opposed to actively take a stand and reach out.

Hazem Abdel Monem wrote his suicide note in a Facebook post, saying his final goodbyes to his friends. According to the Egypt Independent, the reason for his suicide was a family dispute regarding inheritance. His body was found and retrieved from the Nile bank in his hometown of Minya, a city in Upper Egypt.

The third suicide victim is El Sayed El Sharkway. He listed his reasons for wanting to commit suicide as being unable to face ongoing personal problems. He then tragically lost his life to suicide and many of his friends expressed condolences for his death via Facebook. Due to the taboo of suicide and mental health in a Middle Eastern country, his brother posted on his personal Facebook page that El Sharkway did not commit suicide as some social media users are suggesting, asserting that he passed away due to natural causes.

According to the

World Health Organization

close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people starting at 13 years old till 29 years olds globally.

78 percent of suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2015. Suicide accounted for 1.4 percent of all deaths worldwide, making it the 17 leading cause of death in 2015. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.

There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.
9/12/2017 6:41:55 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>
Jason Statham was born on 26 July 1967. Aside from acting, he is a former model and competitive diver on the British National Diving Team, ranking 12th in the World Championships in 1992.

He is best known for his leading roles in the “Guy Ritchie” crime films “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998), “Snatch” (2000), and “Revolver” (2005). He can also be seen in the cult action trilogy “The Transporter” trilogy (2002–2008), the heist film “The Italian Job” (2003), the black comedy-action film “Crank” (2006), the crime film “The Bank Job” (2008), and the action series “The Expendables” (2010–14).

Fun Facts:
●He usually performs his own stage combat and stunts.
●He is known for always playing the antihero.
●He is a fan of the Nottingham Forest Football Club.

Another quote for the road:
“Whatever you do, do it to the extreme.”

9/12/2017 2:22:32 PM
<![CDATA[et Jewelry Designer of the Week: Cairo Jewelry]]>
Photos courtesy of Cairo Jewelry

Cairo Jewelry is an Egyptian brand designed by Sally Abd el-Mageed and Menna Abd el-Mageed. Both of them studied fine arts for five years. Throughout the five years of their studies, they were exposed to different cultures that inspired the brand they created.

Photos courtesy of Cairo Jewelry

The Abd el-Mageed sisters fell in love with fashion at a young age, when they would draw many sketches related to fashion. However, they were most attracted to the magical fantasy of jewelry and its design.

Photos courtesy of Cairo Jewelry

The first thing the sisters designed was a unique geometric bracelet; they also offer custom designs. The materials they prefer to use are beads, copper fur, genuine leather, silver, gemstone, and crystals.

Photos courtesy of Cairo Jewelry

Inspired by architecture and international fashion shows, the duo include new techniques and unique designs using sophisticated materials.

The two sisters are launching a new design called “Harness” soon. They also have plans for a MENA launch and a global launch.
9/12/2017 1:56:15 PM
<![CDATA[From refugee camp to runway, hijab-wearing model breaks barriers]]>
“Her photo popped up and I remember distinctly going, ‘Wow, she is beautiful,'” Wallace said.

The Somali-American teen made headlines as the first hijab- and burkini-sporting contestant in the history of the pageant. The bold move catapulted her career to new heights involving many “firsts,” including being the first hijabi signed by a major modelling agency.

“I wear the hijab everyday,” Aden, who was in New York for Fashion Week, told Reuters.

The hijab - one of the most visible signs of Islamic culture - is going mainstream, with advertisers, media giants and fashion firms promoting images of the traditional headscarf in ever more ways.

Nike Inc announced it is using its prowess in the sports and leisure market to launch a breathable mesh hijab in spring 2018, becoming the first major sports apparel maker to offer a traditional Islamic head scarf designed for competition. Teen apparel maker American Eagle Outfitters Inc created a denim hijab with Aden as its main model. The youthful headscarf sold out in less than a week online.

Allure magazine’s editor-in-chief, Michelle Lee, is also in the mix, describing Aden as a ”normal American teenage girl” on the front cover of the magazine’s July issue.

“She is someone who is so amazingly representative of who we are as America, as a melting pot it totally made sense for us,” Lee said.

Aden, born in Kakuma, a United Nations refugee camp in Kenya, came to the United States at age 7 with her family, initially settling in St. Louis.

She fondly recalled her time at the refugee camp saying, “Different people, different refugees from all over Africa came together in Kakuma. Yet we still found a common ground.”

In America, she was an A-student and homecoming queen. Now, her ultimate goal is to become a role model for American Muslim youth.

WATCH: Calvin Klein's colourful dystopia

”I am doing me and I have no reason to think that other people are against me,” Aden said. “So I just guess I‘m oblivious.”

Aden said she is content being a champion for diversity in the modelling industry, but in the future she hopes to return to Kakuma to work with refugee children.]]>
9/12/2017 1:09:19 PM
<![CDATA[Big-ticket 'iPhone X' expected to star at Apple event]]>
A fresh leak of new software for Apple devices appeared to confirm rumors that the company will unveil three new iPhone models, with the most radical changes packed into a top-of-the-line "X" version.

Evidence suggests that two iPhone 8 models would essentially be improved version of predecessors, while the "X" version will boast an improved quality edge-to-edge screen, advanced augmented reality capabilities, and facial recognition instead of a "home" button to unlock the screen, analysts said.

A key question for the tech giant is whether it can wow the world the way it did with the first iPhone a decade ago.

The keenly anticipated media even will be the first in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's new "spaceship" campus in Cupertino, evoking the memory of the company's late co-founder and iconic pitchman.

Jobs introduced the first iPhone on January 9, 2007 and set the stage for mobile computing -- and an entire industry revolving around it. The first devices became an instant hit as they went on sale on June 29 of that year.

"This year's September event is easily the most anticipated iPhone launch given expectations for the first major form factor change since the iPhone 6 cycle and excitement surrounding a host of revolutionary features/capabilities alongside evolutionary updates," RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said in a note to investors.

There has been unconfirmed talk that an iPhone X, or whatever name Apple choses for it, could be priced as high as $1,400.

"It will have to be magical," analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said of a new iPhone with that price tag.

"Even if you can't afford it, this has to be the one you lust after."

The new iPhone would also need to "set the bar" in a market with premium Android-powered handsets priced much lower, according to the analyst.

The added expense of using OLED screens -- organic light-emitting diodes -- was expected not only to boost the price of the new handset but to constrain supply, and potentially delay arrival of the smartphones to market.

- Battling for market share -

Apple's success with the iPhone has transformed it into the world's most valuable company, but it is struggling to keep its share of an increasingly competitive smartphone market.

Chinese electronics colossus Huawei passed Apple in global smartphone sales for the first time in June and July, taking second place behind South Korean giant Samsung, according to market tracker Counterpoint Research.

Samsung last month unveiled a new model of its Galaxy Note as it seeks to move past the debacle over exploding batteries in the previous generation of the device, and mount a renewed challenge to Apple's flagship devices.

Other makers are also scrambling for market share, including Google, which is expected to soon unveil a second-generation of its flagship Pixel smartphone.

- Augmenting reality -

Analyst Gene Munster of Loup Ventures expected "the biggest step forward in iPhone technology that we've seen since the original device launched 10 years ago."

Munster said that while hardware would bask in a spotlight on Tuesday, enhanced augmented reality capabilities would be a significant change with long-term implications.

Adding 3D and computer vision hardware to an iPhone would "be a big step toward putting AR in the hands of everyday users," Munster said.

Captivating people with augmented reality would seem a fitting tribute to Jobs, who was so compelling at promoting his vision that many joked he had a "reality distortion field."]]>
9/12/2017 1:05:16 PM
<![CDATA[Flamenco, hot pink and lingerie trot NY catwalk]]>
- Oscar de la Renta -

The Dominican-born master died three years ago and the current creative duo in charge of the New York society favorite, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, brought the label back up to date.

Their models sailed down an escalator, before lapping the catwalk, introducing denim to a brand better known for its delicate evening wear and fan base among the ladies who lunch set.

There was an elegant white fur coat covered in the founder's distinctive black signature, colored sequined letters spelling out OSCAR spunked up a white princess ball gown and a white T-shirt.

Tulip motifs were also pervasive, with sequined tulip applique and tulip-cut waists on the skirts of evening frocks to accentuate tiny waists.

There was lots of on-trend hot pink, paired with red for a younger, hipper look. And boxy 1990s-style jackets were also on show.

Evening was a riot of sequins with some 1950s-style full tulle skirts and ruffles flamenco-style.

Theirs was also a rare fashion house in acknowledging the date, paying tribute in a note to the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks that brought down New York's Twin Towers.

- Carolina Herrera -

The Museum of Modern Art's sculpture garden provided a spectacular backdrop for an outdoor runway show from the famed New York designer born and raised in Venezuela.

Bright colors popped off models, and spring/summer was imagined in all the colors of the rainbow from hot pink, to sunshine yellow with big sashes and puff sleeves all done with timeless Herrera elegance.

Hemlines were long, skirts full and there was plenty of check for an innocent, playful and highly feminine collection.

- 3.1 Phillip Lim -

The Phillip Lim woman was a woman in command. The Californian designer of Asian heritage mixed 1990s-inspired minimalist silhouettes with rugby shirts and the Spanish world of flamenco.

"It was like: ok, these are the things I love and here they are," Lim told AFP. "At times I felt like, 'Oh my God, how are we going to make this make sense?'"

There were tailored pants, dresses in navy pinstripes, and flamenco's famous flounces appearing on tops and dresses. "It felt modern to me," he said.

- Zadig & Voltaire -

The French retailer showed off crumpled leather and camouflage for a rock-chic look, happy to embrace New York for a second season at a time when creative American talent is decamping to Paris.

"We seduced Europe and now we want to really seduce America," artistic director Cecilia Bonstrom, 47, said in an interview.

"We come here because we love this energy, this aesthetic and, above all, it's a real melting pot with such different people."

- Zero + Maria Cornejo -

Maria Cornejo, who has dressed Michelle Obama, celebrated the 20th anniversary of her geometric and minimalist label, with a joyful, high-spirited collection starring fuchsia, bright orange and red.

A poem by her husband, photographer Mark Borthwick, was re-imagined on cotton poplin. Cornejo, who is also politically active, distributed an American Civil Liberties Union ribbon to guests.

- Big is beautiful -

Star curve model Ashley Graham unveiled her latest lingerie collection for Addition Elle, the Canadian label whose runway show featured only plus-size models, treated to a rock-star reception from the audience.

"I wanted her to feel sexy for her everyday bra," Graham told AFP of her customer.

- John Paul Ataker -

Turkish designer Numan Ataker presented a stunning collection in largely black and ivory, with clever wicker quilt detailing and golden sail rope embellishment and belts.

The show was inspired by the Black Sea region of Turkey and choreographed to honor the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. American singer Paula Abdul sat in the front row.

- Unisex, unisize -

Startup label Paxyma strives to be 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable. Everything is unisex and unisize, so that they can be worn year after year, and passed between men and women.

Leather and silk are out. There was lots of cotton and man-made fabrics such as nylon, with an exception made for wool, as sheep are only shaved, not killed in the name of their coats.

"The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry after petroleum," said co-founder Ramin Paksima.]]>
9/12/2017 12:48:05 PM
<![CDATA[Smoking changes lung cells, primes them to develop cancer]]>Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke can change lung cells over time, making them more vulnerable to disease and priming them to develop cancer, US researchers said Monday.

The report in the journal Cancer Cell is based on lab experiments on lung cells that were exposed to chronic cigarette smoke -- the equivalent of a person smoking for 20 to 30 years.

After about 10 days, the cells began to change their gene expression, a process known as epigenetic change.

It took 10 months before these changes built up enough to boost the odds of cancer.

"When you're smoking, you are building up a substrate of epigenetic changes that we hypothesize are increasing your mathematics for developing lung cancer," said senior author Stephen Baylin, co-director of the Cancer Biology program Johns Hopkins University.

"Because if you're not a smoker, your risk of lung cancer is very low."

These epigenetic abnormalities essentially turn off multiple genes which are needed to help protect normal cells from developing cancer.

Epigenetic changes do not alter, or mutate, the basic DNA sequence of the gene, suggesting that there is hope for people who want to quit smoking.

"This work suggests the possibility that unlike mutations, which are harder to reverse, if you stop smoking at a certain time and duration, then you have a chance to decrease your mathematics that might be due to the buildup of epigenetic changes," said first author Michelle Vaz, a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"The hypothesis is that there are potentially reversible changes that are contributing to a certain set of lung cancers."]]>
9/11/2017 8:29:26 PM
<![CDATA[5 secrets of the Virgo personality]]>
1) Virgo has an analytical mind; they analyze every small detail
A Virgo will never take your words as they are. They analyze the intentions hanging behind your words. Why did you use this word specifically? So even if you tell them poetry, they can forget those and think about that one silly word you uttered that they didn’t like. Watch out.

2) Virgo is a perfectionist
Virgos seek perfection all the time. They set high standards for themselves and are constantly pushing themselves to achieve higher and higher levels. They are very ambitious; once they reach a goal they start thinking about the next one.

3) Virgos are never afraid to speak their minds
They aren’t affected by anyone’s opinions either. They make their own decisions and aren’t afraid to make their opinions known.

4) Virgos are the queens and kings of over thinking
They overthink and analyze every little thing, which stresses them out most of the time.

5) They judge but don’t like to be judged
They judge people all the time in their minds, not necessarily stating these judgments. But they hate to be judged. They are instantly angered when dissed. ]]>
9/11/2017 5:40:39 PM
<![CDATA[Dusk till Dawn’ crew wear Salvatore Ferragamo]]>

On the other hand, actress Jemima Kirke wore in the music video Salvatore Ferragamo’s over-the-knee velvet boots from the fall-winter 2017 collection.


The music video was uploaded to YouTube on 7 of September. Both of the celebrities are caught looking fresh and on point. The video reached around 30 million views in four days.

Zayn Mailk was born on January 12, 1993, he started his musical career in 2010, when he participated in the UK X-Factor. Later he joined the pop group One Direction in the program. Malik dropped out from the group during their world tour in March 2015 and started his solo career.

9/11/2017 2:52:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ilhan Omar on the cover of Time Magazine]]>

Omar won the general election to become the first Somali American legislator in the United States in November 2016. On January 3, 2017, she officially started her term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

About Ilhan Omar: Omar was born in 1982 in Somalia. Omar started her career as professional community nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota. ]]>
9/11/2017 1:24:15 PM
<![CDATA[Rihanna headlines NY Fashion Week day four]]>
After spending the last two season in Paris, the 29-year-old hitmaker brought her spring 2018 collection back to the US cultural capital in a look more sporty than ever, waving and blowing kisses to her fans at the end from the back of a motorcycle, arm around a helmeted driver.

Her models paraded in whites, pinks and electric blues down a catwalk with glistening pink sand dunes in the background -- donning clinging catsuits, body suits, swimwear, cycling shorts and sharp anoraks.

In what was her fourth Fenty x Puma collection, the emphasis was on serious sportswear with striking technicality, different cuts, use of material and propensity for pockets.

Hunky male models strode shirtless, showing off rippling abs. Razzmatazz came from her motorbike stunt riders jumping off a ramp, soaring nearly 40 feet (10 meters) into the air to open and close the show.]]>
9/11/2017 1:11:09 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion on upward curve: bigger is beautiful]]>
Now, 26-year-old British model Iskra Lawrence is waging war on unattainable beauty standards in the fashion world, flexing her might on a social media fueling diversity.

She is among a growing number of plus-size models finding fame and calling themselves body activists, promoting health and wellbeing. She also refuses to allow clients to photoshop any of her images.

"The whole concept of Photoshop is an illusion," Lawrence tells AFP during a rare spot of downtime before jetting off on her latest shoot, this time to a windswept beach in Iceland.

"They're not flaws. They're part of your body. We were just convinced by society and the media that there was something wrong with them."

In Britain, around 57 percent of women have an above average body mass index. In the United States, that figure rises to 62 percent, amd the average American woman is a size 14-16.

Lawrence averages a US size 10 to 12, yet for years was told she was too fat to model. A sample size on the runway can be as small as zero.

But change is afoot. Ashley Graham, who last year became the first "curve" model on the cover of the annual "Swimsuit Issue" of magazine "Sports Illustrated" is on the cusp of becoming a household name.

- 'Don't need to be perfect' -

In February, she became the first curve model to walk for Michael Kors at Fashion Week. This season, she hosted a fashion awards night and Sunday night walked again for Prabal Gurung in a show with Gigi Hadid.

It's not just models. Popular culture is suddenly full of strong women proud of their curves from singers Adele and Beyonce to comedians Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy, and tennis star Serena Williams.

Following repeated scandals about anorexia, French holding companies LVMH and Kering, which own dozens of top labels from Christian Dior to Saint Laurent, just days ago pledged to ban size zero models from their advertising and catwalk shows.

Now based in New York, Lawrence jumps on a plane multiple times a week, has starred in campaigns for American Eagle and its Aerie lingerie line, and has close to four million followers on Instagram.

Six years ago, she says a London booker laughed in her face and told her she'd never get to New York to work.

"That hurt," she remembers. Since then, she was signed by JAG Models, an agency set up in 2013 to represent larger models, walked in New York Fashion Week and had a unretouched billboard in Times Square.

"Seeing those images raw and real really helps people understand they don't need to be perfect and they're good enough as they are," she says.

Lawrence has also taken her message to schools in Britain and US colleges to promote good physical, emotional and mental health.

At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States, according to The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

- 'Definite transformation' -

"Every day on social media, I get these DMs from girls saying I've saved their lives from eating disorders or suicidal thoughts. It's a wonderful, positive movement," Lawrence says.

Yet if seeing curvier models is more common, it is still relatively rare -- particularly in high fashion, where few of the most prestigious labels adequately cater to the plus-size market.

"There's still such a long way to go. A lot of people don't want a 'fat girl' in the show," says Jaclyn Sarka, who co-founded JAG Models in 2013, recognizing a need to represent beautiful women of all sizes. They now represent around 65 girls, the largest of whom is a size 20.

"That's just horrible. I'm having a daughter pretty soon and... I don't want my daughter to look up to people who aren't attainable."

Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi, a leader in the luxury plus-size market and part of the Max Mara Fashion Group, agreed.

"I think there is a definite transformation process," she says.

"I think in great part that is also due to the growth of social media, so it's a far more democratic channel of communication and that has given a lot more visibility for a lot more types of women."

But the label, sold in more than 50 countries, would welcome a bit more competition.

"As champions, let's say, of female issues, we feel it's rather sad that premium brands feel they don't want to address that community of women," says Webber.]]>
9/11/2017 12:56:33 PM
<![CDATA[Ivy League graduate and dance champion crowned Miss America]]>
Cara Mund, from Bismarck, N.D., a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island, who has been accepted to Notre Dame’s law school, trained for several summers with the world-famous Rockettes.

Mund, 23, was one of 51 contestants in the pageant, representing the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

Mund, who adopted the Make-a-Wish foundation which benefits children with life-threatening conditions as her platform for the competition, performed a jazz dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” for the contest’s talent portion, wearing a double-breasted black mini-dress with a matching fedora-type hat.

In a question-and-answer session, Mund weighed in on the United States’ recent withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, saying she thought it was a “bad decision.”

“Whether you believe it (climate change) or not, we need to be at that table,” she added.

The first runner-up was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who competed on a platform of diversity.

She was followed by contestants from New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, District of Columbia, Briana Kinsey and Texas, Margana Wood.

The pageant was broadcast live on ABC from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The contest returned to the seaside gambling resort a few years ago after nearly a decade in Las Vegas. It was dropped by ABC in 2004 following a steep ratings decline, but returned after years on cable.

Judges scored contestants, who ranged from teen-agers to the cut-off age of 24, based on talent, the live question segment, a personal interview and appearances in gowns and swimsuits.

Many of the entrants drew on music or dance for the talent portion.

The winner receives a six-figure salary, expenses for the year and a $50,000 scholarship.

9/11/2017 11:47:19 AM
<![CDATA[Stuart Weitzman FW17 Edit: Spotlight on 'LONGLEGS']]>
Stuart Weitzman

They have 11 styles of boots and shoes which are;tiemodel, clingy, allhyped, scrunchy, crush, flatscrunchy, longlegs, furgetit, overcoat, Mrspats and mocpearl.


Tiemodel is over the-knee, crafted in cherry red stretch leather and perched on a mod-inspired kitten heel.


Clingy: the sock bootie, which is available in punchy red patent leather. It is finished with a pointed toe and a cool kitten heel.

Allhyped: are the over the knee boots with stretch patent back. They come in hot red.


80's inspired; three shoes/boots styles are scrunchy, crush and flatscrunchy.


Scrunchy consists of knee high boot sparkles and shines in eye-catching pyrite nocturn and silver noir; finished with a geometric block heel and an effortless, gathered shaft.

Crush is an ankle-grazing counterpart that is equally streamlined and slouchy. While flatscrunchy is a chic city slicker that will gravitate towards the flat version of this show-stopping silhouette.

Longlegs is a sock knee-high boot with its gem-embellished knit shaft, which has been engineered for a flattering fit and warmth.

Furgetit is an almond toe and a flat, stacked wooden heel with fur that will keep you warm and in style. The Overcoat, on the other hand, is a mid-calf boot update with colorful Mongolian lamb hair cascading from the collar.


The Mrspats and the mocpearl are inspired by menswear but finished with feminine flourishes with high fashion patent leather and elegant pearl adornments.

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9/11/2017 11:17:07 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day ]]>
Henson is an American actress and singer. She was born on September 11, 1970. She made her debut in television in 1997, on a show called “Smart Guy.” Her first television works were “ER” (1998), “Sister, Sister” (1999), “Division” (2002-2004), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2006) and “Boston Legal” (2007-2008). Her first television film was “Murder She Wrote: The Last Free Man” (2001).

Her breakthrough came in 2001 when she landed a role in the comedy drama film “Baby Boy,” which won her the Best Actress award and the Best Supporting Actress award at the BET awards.

Henson was nominated for an Oscar in 2008, but did not take the prize home.

Fun Facts:
● Henson’s nickname in college was Cookie.
● She was the class clown at Ballou High School.
● When she started out as an actress, her signature look was a flower in her hair.
● She got a scholarship to Howard University from actresses Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad.

Another quote for the road from Henson:
“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn't mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around.” ]]>
9/11/2017 10:03:57 AM
<![CDATA[12 stunning celebrity short haircuts]]>
1- Tilda Swinton the British Actress known for her role in Doctor Strange and Only Lovers Left Alive.

Tilda Swinton, Künstlerhaus Kino - Manfred Werner - Tsui – Wikimedia commons
2- Emma Watson is a British actress known for role in the Harry Potter saga and her leading role in Beauty and the Beast.

Emma Watson Haircut, 2011 – Joella Marano – Wikimedia commons
3- Kristen Stewart is a American actress known that is best known for her leading role as Bella in the Twilight saga and most recently American Ultra.

Kristen Stewart - AFP
4- Ruth Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish up and coming actress that is best known for staring in the Preacher and Warcraft.

Ruth Negga - Gage Skidmore – Wikimedia commons
5- Noomi Rapace the Swedish actress is known for staring in What happened to Monday and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Noomi Rapace, Comic Con 2017 - Gage Skidmore - Wikimedia commons
6- Rihanna the Barbadian singer and actress is known for Battleship, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Not to mention her countless number one hit songs.

Rihanna - Ana y María Quintana - Flicker
7- Scarlett Johansson is an American actress known for her leading role in Lucy, and the Avengers.

Scarlett Johansson and her husband Romain Dauriac - Benjamin Cremel/AFP
8- Selena Gomez is an American actress and singer best known for her leading role in Wizards of Waverly Place and Spring Breakers.

Selena Gomez 2009 Toglenn - Wikimedia commons
9- Shailene Woodley an American actress known for staring in Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.

Shailene Woodley - Alien_artifact – Flicker
10- Katy Perry is an American singer with many hit songs most recent of which is Swish Swish.

Katy Perry – Swish Swish official music video – YouTube Still
11- Mia Wasikowska is an Australian-Polish actress known for portraying Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre.

Mia Wasikowska 2010 RanZag – Wikimedia commons
12- Ruby Rose is an Australian actress and model best known for staring in Orange is the New Black and John Wick.

Ruby Rose - Eva Rinaldi Wikimedia commons]]>
9/11/2017 9:35:30 AM
<![CDATA[Italian Indulgence at Vivo Restaurant]]>
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the native Italian chef, Carmine, and the restaurant manager, who amiably showed us to our table. The venue’s contemporary feel and lavish views of the Cairo Tower and the Nile, enhanced by the soft Italian tunes played, provide an ideal atmosphere for a fancy, romantic dinner for two. The chef introduced the menu to us and we were happy to follow his recommendations for our whole meal, from starters to desserts.

The restaurant was neither too crowded nor was it empty.

After we made our orders, we went on a tour of the kitchen to watch the chef cook our dinner right in front of us before going back to our table, longing for the aromas we smelled and delicacies we watched being prepared. We saw the assistants in high spirits, cooking our meal with love and smiles painted on their faces. Every single one of them was creating small details that were to lead eventually to a magnificent portrait. We would soon find that the food tasted as heavenly as it looked.

Soon enough, our dishes arrived. We started off with the grilled octopus, served with green beans, pesto sauce, and potatoes, the lamb leg with cream of cannellini beans and fried rosemary and the Pizza Deilzia. The octopus was fried and very well-cooked, while the pesto gave the dish a pleasant kick. The lamb leg was well-seasoned, with rosemary dressing, and was tender in every bite. While my colleague and I are usually not great fans of blue cheese, its addition to the pizza was delightful—we gobbled down the entire thing within minutes. The appetizer portions were generally suitable for two people.

After finishing our tasty starters, we moved on to the main courses: risotto with shrimps and risotto-cheese with mushrooms. Risotto can be tricky in Egypt; either it’s too undercooked or you’ll find it’s mushy or bland. Yet we were pleasantly surprised to find that Vivo’s risotto is the best we’ve tasted in Egypt. The aromas and taste of the creamy milk with mushrooms and mushroom sauce immediately transported me back to my trip to Italy.

Our bellies were more than satisfied by then, but we had to try their assortment of mini desserts. These included a small chocolate cake that was bitter-sweet, a white chocolate cup, and two caramel-based desserts which were all light enough to top-off a rich, Italian meal. Although we thoroughly enjoyed indulging in these delicacies, the chocolate cake was a bit hard to chew.

If you want to relive our experience, just visit our Facebook page and check our video at Vivo.

The prices of the platters start from LE 100 (salad) to LE 300 (main course), which we find very reasonable in comparison to hotel restaurants.

Vivo Restaurant, The Nile Ritz Carlton • Address: 1113 Corniche El Nil, Cairo • Tel. +2 (02) 2577-8899 • Open from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.
9/10/2017 9:56:57 PM
<![CDATA[Yalla Kundalini 101 with Shama Kaur]]>
Through meditation, breathing, posture and mantra, people become quickly aware of thoughts, memories, and patterns in their subconscious, and consequently this awareness enables them to control their impulsive reactions and harmful habits.

This program is divided into six classes that start on September 11 and end on September 27. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. The program fee is LE 760 for six classes in addition to 25 percent off on Shama Kaur's next retreat.

Yalla Yoga is an innovative social enterprise serving as both a yoga educational institute and a healthy lifestyle community center. Yalla Yoga is considered to be one of the first centers that offer yoga classes, workshops, customized programs, holiday retreats, health and lifestyle awareness/wellness advice, and one on one coaching in Heliopolis area.
9/10/2017 2:23:34 PM
<![CDATA[et Fitness: The Psychological Struggle of Training ]]>
So much more internal struggles accompany an endeavor like getting fit than people care to acknowledge. Do you hear about the days when you just cannot get your body out of bed to head to your training session, and what you are supposed to do to overcome all of these challenges? And even more rarely do you hear about the moments during the sessions when you just want to give up and then you find yourself doing what you have to do to make your body fit and healthy. Through my experience, struggling with a few things myself, I have come up with a simple formula for helping everyone to reach their fitness goals.

Perhaps you spent all summer living it up by the beach and hardly getting yourself to the places where working out tends to happen, or say you have been so incredibly busy with life for the past year or two that you have not managed to take care of your health the way you should. At that point, the idea of getting yourself back into shape seems incredibly mountainous and far-fetched.

The way to deal with that is baby steps, and taking it one step at a time instead of overwhelming yourself by thinking 200 steps in advance. Show up one day and see how you feel at the end of that day; then show up the next day and think about only that day. If you take baby steps and live one step at a time, you will find yourself able to continue and suddenly you will notice that you have racked up momentum while you were not even looking for it.

We are humans; we are going to have our off days. Firstly, we need to recognize that this feeling is entirely normal; you will have your slower days where your energy levels are not up to par. It is very important to know that you are not alone; it happens to everybody and there is nothing wrong with you, these are the days when you should just listen to your body and give it the break it needs from life, work, or training. Then, there are other days when you just need to push past it; if your body tells your mind that it cannot, then your mind needs to push back and say that it will.

Now, once you have pushed back and told your body to get to the training session and you are there working out and doing your thing, you will get that moment that literally everyone gets in the middle of their work out where you just want to quit. It is in these moments that your mind tells your body to quit, and in those moments I always say, "Shut off your brain and just move your body."

At the peak of exhaustion during a training session, your mind is telling you to quit because you are exhausted because perhaps, your mind does not know that it can push your body past the point of that newly found exhaustion. I say, shut the noise inside your head and let your body shown your mind what it is capable of.

Deana Shaaban is a Performance Training Coach at Ignite

9/10/2017 1:43:10 PM
<![CDATA[Wardrobe Exhibition: Frida Kahlo ]]>
The exhibition will run from June 16, 2018 to November 4, 2018. Kahlo is renowned for her flamboyant style and colorful flower garlands. She was a fashion and art icon.

Kahlo’s style influenced numerous celebrities and designers including Beyoncé, Salma Hayek, Riccardo Tisci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Kahlo is a Mexican self-portrait artist and feminist icon. She was born on July 6, 1907. She died on July 13, 1954.

Kahlo’s collective works include 143 paintings and 55 self-portraits. Her paintings and self-portraits are a reflection of her life and struggles; her work heavily drew from personal experiences and is characterized by portrayals of pain.
9/10/2017 1:41:20 PM
<![CDATA[Evening gown designer Shoji breezes into New York Fashion Week]]>
Actresses Chloe Bennet and Chrissie Fit and gymnast Laurie Hernandez were among the celebrities who lined the catwalk at Shoji’s Spring 2018 show on Thursday.

The Los Angeles-based designer, who was born in Japan, said he drew inspiration from Southern California’s Malibu Beach and “a touch” from the 1970s.

Floral prints were etched onto chiffon, sheer lace and jacquard gowns, and colors like canary yellow and jade green dominated the collection.

Shoji incorporated ruffles on many hemlines of the dresses, which exposed fashion’s favorite erogenous zone of the moment, the shoulders.

The bare-shoulder trend will continue into 2018, he predicted, but added that it might disappear without any notice.

”Fashion is fashion,” he said.

Shoji said he was closely following the multiple hurricanes, including Harvey, which unleashed unprecedented flooding in parts of Texas, and Irma, which has devastated islands in the Caribbean and is heading toward Florida.

Shoji said his company was making a donation for the victims, just as he did after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, but he wants to be sure the victims actually receive the funds.

He is among over 100 designers who are showcasing their latest creations at New York Fashion Week, which will wrap up on Wednesday, a day shorter than usual to give buyers and editors more time to fly out to London Fashion Week.]]>
9/10/2017 12:27:22 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion and Ferraris drive agenda at Goodwood Revival]]>
The annual Goodwood Revival, a three-day jamboree of races and fashion, began on Friday featuring classic Aston Martins, Ferraris and Jaguars from an era when the track enjoyed its peak, hosting a wide range of events including Formula One.

Visitors to the circuit in southern England are expected to meet the strict dress code, with smart period clothes alongside full racing overalls while others opted for a mods and rockers look of classic suits or leather jackets.

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which began in 1998.]]>
9/10/2017 12:25:39 PM
<![CDATA[Introducing the new Fendi IShine Limited Edition ]]>
The new Fendi IShine is now displayed in a high-end 50-piece Limited Edition featuring the handcrafted mother-of-pearl marquetry and accurately selected diamonds and sapphires making this watch a truly unique creation.

The 50-piece limited edition features an 18-karat yellow or rose gold case with bezel and lower case sides set with brilliant cut white diamonds.

Fendi IShine Limited Edition_Black Background

Italian couple Edoardo and Adele Fendi founded the Fendi fashion house in 1925. Fendi was known for being the first handbags and fur workshop in Rome. Karl Lagerfeld joined the house in 1965 and since, has helped Fendi grow into the powerhouse of fashion it is today.

They started producing watches in the year 1988, and ever since Fendi Timepieces have unveiled some of the most iconic wrist designs for women and men combining Italian taste and Swiss craftsmanship, and focusing on the opulence of materials and colors. All of the Fendi Timepieces are manufactured in Switzerland.

Fendi IShine Limited Edition_Rose Gold_Black Background
9/10/2017 11:11:02 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day ]]>
Lagerfeld is behind the creative power of Chanel’s multi-million dollar business enterprise. He was born on September 10, 1933. He majored in history and drawing at a private school. He worked as an assistant for French designer Pierre Balmain in 1955 and afterwards assisted designer Jean Patou. In the same year, he designed haute couture collection for Patou.

He released his first collection in July 1958, which was not well received.

He began working for the French label Chanel in 1983, and the following year launched his own fashion label.

He is a talented fashion designer and a photographer. He has personally photographed American singer and actress, Mariah Carey for the cover of V magazine.

Fun Facts:
He is one of the most known fashion designers in the world. He shocked the world when he lost 42 kilograms within 13 months.

Another one of his memorable quotes:
“Don't dress to kill, dress to survive.”
9/10/2017 10:29:25 AM
<![CDATA[I love Shakshuka and Amr Diab: British Amb]]>
“I tried salted fish, but I prefer Shakshuka,” Casson told various media outlets during a conference at the American University in Cairo. “I love listening to Egyptian singers Amr Diab and Mohamed Mounir,” he added.

Casson came to Egypt in 2014 as the new British ambassador and gained his fame in the country because of the way he engages with Egyptians on social media. He always shows support for the Egyptian national team. Casson also comments on his official Facebook page about different events in Egypt.
9/9/2017 7:29:35 PM
<![CDATA[Yves Saint Laurent co-founder dies]]>
According to BBC, in the 1990s, both Yves Saint Laurent and Bergé sold the fashion house, which made them both immensely wealthy. Bergé dedicated two museums to Yves Saint Laurent: one in Paris and the other in Marrakech.

9/9/2017 3:14:21 PM
<![CDATA[Hollywood makeup collection by Charlotte Tilbury]]>
Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood- Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

The Hollywood makeup collection consists of 10 matte liquid lipsticks as well as contour, highlight wands and complexion brush.

Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood- Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

The 10 matte lipsticks are a collection of matt and nature cream that give you the feeling of light full coverage. The lipsticks create an illusion of fuller and wider lips.

While for the contour wand, they are lightweight, easy to blend and buildable, everyone can achieve the most beautiful Hollywood version of women.
Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood- Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

On the other hand, The Hollywood lighter wands are magical wands that clean the contours in beauty-light for an instant mega-watt Hollywood highlight. The Hollywood highlighter is a magical applicator that blends easily.

Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood- Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

Finally, the complexion brush is a universal, multi- purpose 2 in 1 brush. ]]>
9/9/2017 1:25:39 PM
<![CDATA[Mexican embassy organizes “food tasting” event in Cairo]]>
Mexican embassy organizes a "food tasting" event at Fairmont Heliopolis

This comes in the frame of the Mexican national day of independence, which falls on September 16 every year.

The Mexican ambassador to Egypt Jose Octavio told Egypt Today "The event is basically aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Egypt and Mexico and enhance the people-to-people bond between them. The event also aimed to exchange cultural values, given the significance of food as a cultural symbol"

Mexican embassy organizes a "food tasting" event at Fairmont Heliopolis

"Mexican cuisine is so similar to Egypt’s, especially regarding the meat and rice-based meals with heavy use of salsa (tomato sauce) and onions, said Deigo, one of the Mexican chiefs present at the event,

Mexican embassy organizes a "food tasting" event at Fairmont Heliopolis

Ricardo Ballesteros, head of economic, cultural and cooperation affairs told Egypt Today that the Mexican embassy is also organizing a number of forthcoming events as part of the national day celebrations, including a Mexican musical night at the Cairo Opera House on September 29.

Mexican embassy organizes a "food tasting" event at Fairmont Heliopolis
9/9/2017 1:03:12 PM
<![CDATA[Horseback Riding Festival: Sharkia governorate ]]>
Al-Sharqia government is hosting the festival in its 22nd session, which is scheduled to start on September 14 until 15 in the presence of Tourism Minister Yahya Rashed, Tourism Promotion Authority Hisham Al-Dameiri, and a number of ambassadors of Arab and foreign countries will attend the event as well.

The festival will be held in Cairo Belbeis desert road across an area of 15 acres.

The National Sports Council (NSC) supports this festival as a distinct sporting event in the field of horse tournaments and competitions.

9/9/2017 12:40:50 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote Of The Day ]]>
Sandler is an American comedian actor who was well known for his role ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ and ‘The Wedding Singer’. He was born on September 9, 1966. His first appearance was in the ‘Cosby show’ 1980s. He also performed as stand-up comedian, in which he caught the attention of the comedian Dennis Miller who recommended him to the staff of ‘Saturday Night Live’. In 1990 he employed as a writer on SNL. He started getting recognition in 1990s.

Fun facts:
Adam Sandler net worth is estimated to $360 million.

Another quote for the road:
“It definitely has learning a lesson about the way you're living your life. I wouldn't compare our movie to that, but it has a structure where it's about a man who doesn't appreciate all that he has and finds out at the end that life has been great and he has to enjoy that.” ]]>
9/9/2017 11:44:46 AM
<![CDATA[Walkie-talkie app downloads soar as Irma looms]]>
Allowing users to communicate even when a natural disaster affects phone signal, the app is the most-downloaded software this week.

- What is the app? -

Developed by tech start-up Zello, based in Austin, Texas, Zello walkie-talkie was launched in 2011.

Transforming smartphones into modern-day walkie-talkies, it topped the download charts on Google Play and the Apple App Store Friday.

Zello says it has 100 million users -- although before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, analysis by Sensor Tower showed it was only the 1400th most-downloaded app.

But more than a million people, mostly in Puerto Rico and Florida, installed it earlier this week as Hurricane Irma approached.

- How does it work? -

"It's voice-focused," explained CEO Bill Moore. "Voice is our natural form of communication. Talking for a few seconds can reveal so much information about your gender, your level of education, your place of origin or the emotions you're feeling."

Users can join a channel and exchange short messages with others. It's as easy as recording a message with your phone and sending it to the group, as with other applications such as Viber and WhatsApp.

It's also possible to send pictures -- but the app does use up a lot of battery.

- Why is it so successful? -

Contrary to some reports on social media, the app does require an internet connection.

To send a message using Zello, a 2G cellular data connection is enough - making it practical in the case of a natural disaster, when networks can be disrupted.

Zello is also free to download, and does not feature in-app adverts.

During Harvey, its users exchanged advice and organized rescue efforts, with several channels created to discuss the aftermath of the hurricane. On Friday, with Hurricane Irma looming, thousands of users in Florida took to the app to swap tips.

"Thank you very much, that's very convenient!" said one Floridian to another who'd shared details of numerous shelters near a highway.

But the company warns the app is not intended as a replacement for coordinated rescue efforts, and urged users to follow official instructions.

"While Zello has been helpful in Harvey relief efforts, it is not a hurricane rescue tool and is only as useful as the people who use it, and as reliable as the data network available," it said in a post on its Facebook page.]]>
9/9/2017 11:23:55 AM
<![CDATA[Tory Burch finds English joy to soothe troubled times]]>
The doyenne of preppy chic worked to create an English garden in the grounds of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a bucolic backdrop for a fresh and buoyant collection.

British-American actress Emily Blunt was guest of honor and the 2018 spring/summer clothes situated Burch's signature uptown luxe in the insouciant atmosphere of a garden party or weekend away.

"We need that," the designer and former Hillary Clinton donor told AFP backstage after the show, admitting herself to be as inwardly "not upbeat."

"I have to compartmentalize because I care deeply about what's happening in our country but I also need to find joy in the way we live our life," Burch added.

"Certainly I feel our collection is about joy and happiness. Not disregarding the sadness of what's happening around, but how do we all come together not be divisive."

The inspiration came from late English interior designer David Hicks, who made carpets for Windsor Castle and decorated the Prince of Wales' first apartment at Buckingham Palace, before working in New York.

"What I wanted to do is to reference him but not be referential. I wanted to put a modern take on it," she said.

Burch, CEO of her eponymous lifestyle brand and valued by Forbes at $600 million, said she was also coming round more and more to the idea of "less is more" and experimenting.

"I think women kind of want to experiment with color. It's hard in print but how do you do it in a way that gives people a chance to do that, not always wear black."

- Oyster bar -

Retailer Kate Spade held its presentation at the landmark Oyster Bar on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal, a temple of Beaux-Arts architecture that welcomes coastal commuters to and from Manhattan.

It came just four months after handbag maker Coach announced it had reached a deal to buy Kate Spade for $2.4 billion as it seeks to move into the label's popularity among the millennial market.

New Orleans was the theme for spring/summer 2018 with romantic and airy clothes, liberal use of florals and pastels combined with smart and sober jeans, university-style jackets.

Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer, summed it up as a "little bit more unbuttoned, a little easier."

She said the buyout had nothing to do with artistic license. "It is business as usual," she said. "The reason they bought us, is we are an independent brand."

- Italian job -

Top-flight US talent such as Altuzarra, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler may have fled to Europe, but New York is still the dream for at least one up-and-coming Italian designer.

GCDS -- aka "God Can't Destroy Streetwear" -- unveiled a fun, flirty fantasy inspired by Truman Capote's novel "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" making his New York runway debut on Friday.

Giuliano Calza, 28, founded the luxury, made-in-Italy brand only two years ago in his garage but has already found a devoted niche and famous fans such as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin.

"Milan is fun, it's my town, it's where I live, it's where I do my stuff, but still New York is the dream," Calza told AFP backstage before a show that featured low-slung sweat pants, plenty of under boob, high-waisted knickers and sophisticated cropped knit skirts.]]>
9/9/2017 11:22:25 AM
<![CDATA[Goodreads just turned ten!]]>Goodreads, just turned 10 years old! For 10 years now, the prominent website has been the first go-to destination for book lovers, since it kicked off in 2007 and joined Amazon in 2013. With a lot of

hard work and dedication

, the website kept growing until it became the 363rd most visited website in the world, according to


global websites rank.

The website is a resort for book lovers from all over the world, no matter what language they speak. A place where they can arrange, review and rank their favorite books and explore new ones. It is also the destination for those who want to pick up the habit of reading, as it helps them find books that are suitable for their interests from a variety of topics.

Goodreads also has a mobile


with the same variety of options and more so that you can always keep track of your reading and probably discover your next favorite book. Happy birthday, Goodreads! May you always bring us knowledge and joy.
9/9/2017 9:36:38 AM
<![CDATA[No smartphones! Vintage mobile phone museum opens in Slovakia]]>
Twenty-six year-old online marketing specialist Stefan Polgari from Slovakia began his collection more than two years ago when he bought a stock of old cellphones online. Today, his collection boasts some 1,500 models, or 3,500 pieces when counting duplicates.

The museum, which takes up two rooms in his house in the small eastern town of Dobsina, opened last year and is accessible by appointment.

The collection includes the Nokia 3310, which recently got a facelift and re-release, as well as a fully functional, 20-year old, brick-like Siemens S4 model, which cost a whopping 23,000 Slovak koruna - more than twice the average monthly wage in Slovakia when it came out.

“These are design and technology masterpieces that did not steal your time. There are no phones younger than the first touchscreen models, definitely no smartphones,” said Mr Polgari.

“It’s hard to say which phone is most valuable to me, perhaps the Nokia 350i Star Wars edition,” said Mr Polgari - who uses an iPhone in his daily life.]]>
9/8/2017 3:22:34 PM
<![CDATA[New Versace Home collection ]]>
The Home collection was eventually a natural extension of Versace’s interest. She started with a textile collection in 1992, and in 1994 produced full home products.

Versace Home- Courtesy of Versace Home

Versace Home is introducing this year three new lines at the Salone del Mobile 2017. The three lines are Le Jardin de Versace, the sleek VM11 range and the iconic new Shadov.

Le Jardin de Versace is expressed as a dream come to life. It is a romance of nature in sumptuous vivid color, centered by a bold butterfly motif and surrounded by golden baroque swirls and flowers. Butterflies fluttering across the design like they were in a garden. Ladybugs and honeybees add to the decoration that is a vision of curves, with no straight lines. Shades of blue and touches of pink match with accents of gold and cool grey, giving an air of noble aristocracy.

Versace Home- Courtesy of Versace Home

The Collection VM11 is actually the address of the Versace Boutique in Milan. The collection contains living and dining. It is defined by its neutral shades of black and white, with bold shapes and contrasts in material, along with the signature Medusa silhouette often cast in moonstone.

Versace Home- Courtesy of Versace Home

Finally, the third collection is Shadov. The Shadov chair will be available in wood, as well as in a variety of leather finishes and colors, such as revolution red, armée green, cool grey and cloud, held on sharply modernist powder-coated metal legs.
9/8/2017 3:15:02 PM
<![CDATA[Change cure is through cutting your hair ]]>
In case you were wondering if I got grounded, I did!

However, that was not the only time I took the decision of cutting my hair. Last year I was going through a big change in my life. I was graduating and looking for a job that fits my qualifications, but I was feeling that there is something missing. So, I took the decision to cut my hair. After cutting my hair I felt relieved and prepared for the new chapter in my life.

Somehow it sounds crazy, but cutting my hair helped me out!

I’m not the only person who feels cutting hair helps women change, but also a huge group of women feels the same way. If a woman, in general, is depressed or needed some change in her life, she cuts her hair off.

For instance, do you remember the depression phase Britney Spears went through in 2007 and she decided to shave her head?

Another example is Miley Cyrus in 2012 when she cut her hair because she needed some change in her career, and according to the fashion designer and icon Coco Chanel, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

Even in films and television shows when women cut their hair off it is a metaphor for a big change in their life.

So, if you are going through a change or feeling depressed, the best cure for you is to cut your hair off.
9/8/2017 2:11:32 PM
<![CDATA[New Japanese robot dog sniffs out smelly feet]]>
If you don't dare to ask a friend, one Japanese start-up might have the answer with a new robot dog that will sniff your feet and give you a pitilessly honest verdict -- even fainting if the stink is especially strong.

Malodorous feet can be socially awkward in Japan where shoes are removed at the entrance to every home.

Hana-chan -- a play on the Japanese word for "nose" and a common girl's nickname -- is a helpful little robot mutt who will bark if she detects moderately whiffy toes, but will keel over if the pong is particularly pungent.

The 15-centimetre (6-inch) dog, equipped with an odour detection sensor for a nose, also sprays air freshener to resolve the situation if the aroma is unbearable.

Manufacturers Next Technology created the robot in response to a request from a man who was desperate to know if he had a problem.

"He told us his daughter had said his feet were smelly... But he didn't want to know how bad the odour was because he would feel hurt," employee Kimika Tsuji said.

"That's why we developed this cute robot."

Tsuji said smells are becoming more of an issue in Japan, a place where subjecting others to your honking body can even be considered harassment.

In July, Konica Minolta, a Japanese tech company, began pre-sales of a pocket-sized device that allows people to self-test three categories of smell on a scale from 0 to 100.

Next Technology plans to start selling the robot dog early next year, with a price tag of more than 100,000 yen ($9,280).]]>
9/8/2017 1:51:27 PM
<![CDATA[A solution for your phone panic attack ]]>
According to The guardian, researchers from Hong Kong warned that Nomophobia is infecting everyone. The study found out that people who use their phones to share, store and access personal memories suffer most. If people describe how they feel about their phone by saying hurt or alone that speculates high levels of Nomophobia.

However, the Hong Kong Researchers did not only give us the problem they Convey for us the solution.

The solution is to be separated from your phone by turning it off for a day or leave it at home will help reduce anxiety and dependency. Using the phone creates inner conflict with yourself, plus it makes you feel alone. Therefore trying living without your phone for a day might help you decrease your anxiety.

9/8/2017 12:24:44 PM
<![CDATA[International Literacy Day ]]>
The UNESCO will celebrate International Literacy Day this year under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world.’ The global event is organized today at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. It aims to focus at what kind of “literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programs that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides,” as mentioned in the UNESCO website.

Literacy in a digital world- Courtesy of UNESCO

International Literacy Day is celebrated around the world by; governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. This occasion is for reflecting on the challenges to literacy.
9/8/2017 11:28:25 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>
Pink also known as Alecia Beth Moore is singer and songwriter. She was born on September 8,1979.

At the age of sixteen she formed a band called Choice alongside with Chrissy Conway and Stephanie Galligan.

In 1998, Pink decided to continue a career as a solo artist, hence in 2000 she released her first solo song, ‘There You Go.’ In the same year she released her album, ‘Can’t Take Me Home’, which became a total hit.

Her second album, ‘Missundaztood’, was a huge success and established her as an international artist. It ranked number eight among the best-selling albums of 2002.

Fun facts:

● Pink worked at fast food restaurants.

● Pink does not like horror movies.

Another quote for the road:

“My dad raised me with some good advice: 'Always tell the truth. Always shoot from the hip. You might not have many friends, but you'll never have enemies, because people will always know where you're coming from.”
9/8/2017 10:08:16 AM
<![CDATA[App review: simple habit meditation]]>
The application: With sessions recorded by a big number of spiritual teachers, mindfulness experts and former monks, Simple Habit Meditation offers 50+ free sessions and a premium library containing 1,000+ sessions, dealing with a variety of issues, such as sleeping problems, stress, finding happiness, focusing and much more.

The application scored 100k+ downloads and a 4.6 rating on Google Play and a 4.9 rating on the Apple store.

Simple Habit is also full of helpful options such as the “On the Go” tab which offers you a variety of sessions depending on whichever situation you are in now from walking to having a tough day and then offers you a more specific list of meditation session suitable for a variety of situations. As for the “Series” tab, which displays all available meditation sessions and categorizes them according to topic or popularity. It also offers podcasts on dealing with topics such as health, relationships, family, work and being a student.

The application’s tabs – screenshots from Simple Habit application

Another two great features are the “Reminder”, which allows you to set timed reminder notifications to take a short break and listen to a session, and the “Calendar Tracking System”, which can be very useful, as it marks which days you meditated on and motivates you to have a streak of a longer number of days.

Calendar – screenshots from Simple Habit application

The downside:

Some users complained on Google play that, even though the application is convenient and practical when it comes to their busy daily life, the best sessions are reserved to premium users, which is the case in most applications. Also the application relies on Internet connection to load its sessions as you choose them, which is the smarter move to keep the application light. The application, however, does not allow you to download a session to listen to it when you are offline unless you are a premium user.

The experience:

After trying two sessions back to back (the introduction session by Cory Muscara and the “stressed” session from the “having a tough day” section, in “On the Go” tab), the results were quite remarkable. My head felt calm and my body relaxed. The session is generally a person talking to you for 5,10 or 20 minutes in a calming voice, giving you instructions to clear your head, relax your body and monitor your breathing.
9/8/2017 9:35:05 AM
<![CDATA[Eight hair salon secrets from Toi Beauty Salon]]>
Courtesy of Toi Salon

Secret #1: Before Using a Hot Babyliss

Your hair must be completely dry before you use a hot styling tool like a Babyliss, a curling iron, or a flat iron. That’s why at Toi Beauty Salon we insist on drying your hair thoroughly with a blow dryer first. If your hair is still wet or contains the slightest bit of moisture, the hot iron will damage it!

Secret #2: Lay on the Layers!

Many of my clients try so hard to hold on to their youth by keeping their hair long and at one length, the myth is that long hair keeps you looking young. The truth of the matter is, and I hate to be the one to break it to you ladies, as you get older, you need to soften the lines around your face, and layering your hair achieves that!

Secret #3: We are Color Chemists

My goal is to always make my clients happy and give them what they want. When I run out of a particular client’s color, I am able – as a trained professional – to mix something new that will achieve the exact same color effect. I might not always share this with the client in order to avoid complaints. I don’t want my clients to feel anxious or feel a lack of consistency; the end result is what matters, and I will give my clients what they want every time!

Secret #4: Thin Hair Bob

If you have naturally thin hair, you don’t have to wear it short. A pixie-cut will not necessarily achieve a full-hair look. In fact, I advise my clients with naturally thin hair to grow it out into a stacked bob; it will achieve a look of fullness.

Secret #5: Invest in the Right Products!

Know your hair and exactly what it needs to stay healthy, invest in the right products, the return on your investment is the health of your hair! As relaxing as those long hot showers are, hot water removes color. And as fun as summer by the beach is, the sun dries your hair. You don’t have to deprive yourself of these little pleasures, so long as you spend a little money on the right products.

Secret #6: “Bleach”

Whatever you want to call it, lightener, de-colorizer, color-remover, it does not matter. You may use the word you’re most comfortable with, but at the end of the day all of these words refer to the same thing: bleach. If you’re removing a dark color, then you’re bleaching.

Secret #7: I’m a Hairstylist, not a Plastic Surgeon

You can come to me with a picture of your favorite celebrity and their haircut. The haircut I can duplicate, their face and body, I can’t. Many clients expect an extreme transformation after copying a celebrity’s hairstyle. What I say to them is, you are beautiful just the way you are!

Secret #8: Hairstylists are Real People, Just Like You.

Shock of all shocks: what you think actually matters to me, and all other hairstylists will tell you the same! I work very hard on making every single client happy, and to ensure a return visit, and a long-term relationship. So, I do worry about what you think of the style, color, or cut I just gave you. If you feel like calling me after you leave to say thank you, or posting on social media expressing how happy you are with your new look, please do. And don’t forget to tag us.

Courtesy of Toi Salon

Toi Beauty Salon

Address: 30 El Gezira El Wosta, Zamalek

Phone Number: 02 2737 7070

Facebook: @toibeautysalon

Instagram: @toibeautysalon

9/7/2017 4:11:56 PM
<![CDATA[TommyXGigi Fall 2017 collection ]]>
This is the third collection where supermodel Gigi Hadid and designer Tommy Hilfiger collaborate. With this collection, they bring forth the iconic rock-and-roll style of the 90s as statement fabrics take the stage with luxe velvets, high-shine leathers, denim, and flannel. The logos are decorated with metallic studs and the exclusive Tommy Hilfiger tartan is overlaid with a signature blue-star print.


Gigi stated that her collaboration with Tommy has introduced her to the world of design. “As with our previous two capsules, I stayed true to my personal style, blending my personal twist with the brand’s DNA into every piece of the collection,” she adds.


Tommy Hilfiger has worked with inspiring pop star icons including David Bowie, Iman, Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.


Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s collection apparel and sportswear, kids wear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories. Through select licensees, Tommy Hilfiger offers complementary lifestyle products such as eyewear, watches, fragrance, athletic apparel (golf and swim), socks, small leather goods, home goods and luggage. The Hilfiger Denim product line consists of Jeanswear and footwear for men and women, accessories, and fragrances. Merchandise under the Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim retail stores, leading specialty and department stores, select online retailers, and at tommy.com.

Here is a video that takes you behind the scenes of the collection.

9/7/2017 3:56:42 PM
<![CDATA[Ageing populations will drag on growth in Asia: IMF chief]]>
Studies show that Asia's population is ageing faster than anywhere else in the world, with Japan forecast to become the first "ultra-aged" country, meaning 28 percent of the population is 65 or over, while a fifth of the people in South Korea are expected to be 65 by 2030.

Rapidly ageing countries including China, Japan, Korea and Thailand "will have smaller workforces in the future and potentially lower productivity growth", IMF managing director Christine Lagarde told a conference in Seoul.

"We estimate that these countries could face lower annual GDP growth... by up to a percentage point," the IMF chief said.

China and Japan are the world's second- and third-largest economies respectively, and slower growth in them risks having significant knock-on effects around the world.

Lagarde urged governments to "boost the proportion of women in the workforce" by better accommodating working mothers with more childcare benefits and incentives for part-time work.

In emerging countries such as India -- where populations are still growing -- better education for girls and wider access to finance for women should be prioritised, she said.

According to some estimates, she added, closing the gender gap in the employment market could raise Japanese GDP by 9 percent, South Korea's by 10 percent, and India's by 27 percent.

At Thursday's conference, Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-Yeol also called for steps to tackle low birth rates and create more jobs for women and older people.

"A failure in responding to population ageing will make the escape from possible structural low growth difficult," Lee said.

An IMF report issued earlier this year projected population growth falling to zero in Asia by 2050 and the share of working-age people -- now at its peak -- declining over the coming decades.

Urging policymakers to act early to respond to the ageing population, the report warned: "Parts of Asia risk becoming old before becoming rich."]]>
9/7/2017 2:36:10 PM
<![CDATA[Sign your divorce papers and strap your heels on]]>
Divorce became part of our culture. Although we have high divorce rates in Egypt, some people think that divorce is a bad thing.

Some women around the world celebrate divorce to push away the negativity they feel surrounding them in the post-divorce atmosphere. So, instead of wallowing in the darkness, they party instead.

Christine Gallagher, a divorce party planner, has devised the perfect tips to celebrate your newfound freedom. She has given you the road map to the perfect divorce party, and we have summed them up for you below:

1. Choose your guests wisely: mainly choose your close friends and relatives who will understand. Not everyone will understand or appreciate the delicate art of turning lemons into lemonade, and maybe some of your conventional friends or relatives may not be comfortable attending such an event.

2. Schedule the event anytime you like: There are no rules this one. It can be immediately after you get your papers signed, or after the dust has settled a little. Don’t rush feeling ready to party and move on. Yes, we hold strongly to a non-wallowing policy, but you can’t suppress how you feel either. Experience your “six degrees of separation” as the Script has them (except for the sixth degree, of course!) and then note the date down.

3. Do not gossip about your ex-husband: “Beneath the surface of most divorces, there is a great deal of hurt and pain,” as Gallagher so wisely states on her blog. You don’t want to activate any regressive emotions that can bring you down.

4. Burning your ex-husbands stuff in the party is good. It is simple kind of therapy, and it can be so empowering for women. Also, it’s a rite of passage and we deem it necessary.

Here are some extra dos and don’ts:

● Avoid love songs

● Avoid love movies

● Try to avoid messing with your hair before the dust has completely settled, and you feel back to your normal self. Most people undertake this step confidently believing it will rescue some sort of realization for them, and end up regretting it sorely when they have awakened.

● Design a customized cake

● Wear bright colors to lighten up the night.

Gallagher, who has been working in the field of divorce party planning for 14 years, said that divorce parties usually range from $5,000 (LE 8,8343) dollars to $25,000 (LE 44,1712), in the United States. I hope it’ll cost less than that here in Egypt.

9/7/2017 1:42:39 PM
<![CDATA[Mexico breaks world record with 3-tonne guacamole]]>
That is what avocado growers in Mexico’s Jalisco state mobilized on Sunday to break the world record for the biggest guacamole, a whopping 3 tonnes (6,600 lbs) of delicious dip made from “green gold.”

The mass mash-up was part entertainment and part politicking, as growers and Mexico make the point that they - and the guacamole loving Americans - have benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement that is now under threat from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States were meeting in the Mexican capital this weekend to revamp the 23-year-old NAFTA accord that Trump has threatened to end if he does not get concessions to curb a trade deficit with Mexico.

Some 80 percent of U.S. avocado consumption comes from Mexico’s growing expanse of orchards. Jalisco has become the second biggest producer of the Hass variety in Mexico behind Michoacan state, according to producers.

More than 600 student chefs and 400 people from the rural town of Concepcion de Buenos Aires prepared the traditional dish for thousands people, many of whom came from the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara.

The state’s governor was on hand to receive recognition from a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.

U.S. negotiators have said they want to include provisions to make it easier for U.S. seasonal produce growers to be able to file anti-dumping cases against Mexico.

That idea has been criticized by U.S. restaurants and retailers, who say it would drive up prices.

Mexican growers of the fruit say U.S. production of avocado could not meet demand.

“The imports of avocados from Mexico have not cost one single job to the domestic industry [in the United States],” said Ramon Paz, the spokesman for Michoacan’s growers.]]>
9/7/2017 10:40:54 AM
<![CDATA[“Ancora Imparo”]]>
What do you spend your free time doing? You might rush to answer “what free time, I’m busy all day”. Well… are you? Have you considered

how much time you spend on the internet, social media

, your phone, watching television, and being stuck in traffic? If you cut down a bit on some of these activities, or even adjusted and monitored them, you would find a lot of spare time on your hand. In that time, you could do something to nurture your life, career and personality, such as:

Taking online courses: through websites such as Udemy which ranks as the 404 most used website worldwide on


’s global websites rank.


which ranks as the 652 or


which ranks as the 1,128, as well.

All three of these websites offer verified courses from celebrated universities such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke and Yale, in all professions and majors from Business, Marketing, History, Law, Economics and Engineering to Music, Language Philosophy, Arts and so much more.

General knowledge websites: such as


which ranks as the 115 most used website in the world and is generally a Q&A website in all fields relying on users’ experience. Or

Wiki How

which ranks as the 187,where you can search for articles on how to do literally anything you want from

decorating a bedroom


making fruit sushi


Listening: you could ask your friends if they can teach you something they know or know places that could teach you more about whichever hobby you like: soccer, painting, dancing or anything else.

Knowledge-sharing - Ansonlobo – Wikimedia commons

But most importantly you will learn only if you want to: having these courses and methods of learning at the tip of your finger does not matter if you are not eager to learn. You can do anything if you are determined enough and the more effort you spend the more experience and wisdom you gain.

Knowledge - geralt - Pixabay
9/7/2017 10:31:15 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote Of The Day ]]>“You have got to keep fighting - you have got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.”- Elia Kazan

Kazan was a Greek-American film and stage director known for many hit plays and movies. He was born on September 7, 1909, and he passed away on September 28, 2003.

Kazan Graduated from New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, and then he enrolled at Williams College and graduated in 1930; he also studied acting at Yale University from 1930 to 1932.

After graduation, he joined the experimental Group Theater in New York, and in 1941 he started directing plays when the Group Theater was disbanded. In 1945, he directed his first film "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". He made his last film "The Last Tycoon" in 1976.

Kazan did not only direct plays and films; he was also a novelist. He wrote many novels such as; "America America" and "The Arrangement," in addition to writing his autobiography in the year 1988.

Fun Facts: Kazan was nicknamed Gadge, which came from ‘gadget’ as he could fix everything like a handyman.

Another Quote for Elia Kazan:“The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.”]]>
9/7/2017 10:20:43 AM
<![CDATA[ Barbie-like doll recites Quran verses]]>
Now the Barbie-lookalike “Jenna” doll, which she designed from scratch to recite four chapters from the Quran, has entered mass production and is on sale in Gulf Arab countries.

“When my daughter Jenna turned two years old, I was looking for a toy or a tool to teach her Quran,” Amarir said.

“The idea was to come up with a toy that would enable her to learn the Quran fast and easily while she plays.” Jenna, with a name derived from the Arabic word for heaven, comes dressed in a lengthy “abaya” robe with a matching purple headscarf.

Designing the doll using online modelling software, Amarir decided to give it a dark skin tone and little make-up.

“For me it was important that the doll would show something my daughter can recognise herself in, or recognise her mother at least,” she said.

The four chapters that Jenna recites are short and designed to be easy for a child to memorise. Within days of beginning to play with the doll, she began reciting verses.

Amarir and family have moved from their home in France to the United Arab Emirates to market the doll. After four years and many flights to Chinese factories to get the doll produced, she launched Jenna earlier this year in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE.]]>
9/6/2017 5:28:25 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion giants LVMH and Kering ban size zero models]]>
France banned ultra-thin models under a 2015 law though it only stipulated models needed a doctor’s note attesting to their health based on age, weight and body shape. Proposals to include a minimum body mass index were dropped after industry pressure.

Kering and LVMH said their charter will now go further than the French legislation. All their fashion brands have committed to banning models below French size 34 for women and 44 for men. Size 32 in France corresponds to size 0 in the United States.

“We hope to inspire the entire industry to follow suit, thus making a real difference in the working conditions of fashion models industry-wide,” Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault said in the statement.

Fashion insiders have long said that clothes hang and drape better on tall, androgynous women, while Western cultures often associate thinness with wealth, youth and desirability.

But criticism over how models are treated has prompted several countries to bring in protective measures. Besides France, Israel banned ultra-thin models in 2013 while countries such as Italy and Spain rely on voluntary codes of conduct.

The two French companies, whose labels include Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, said their charter would guarantee the “the well-being of models”. It also forbids the hiring of girls under 16 to pose as adult models.

The brands committed to working solely with models who can provide a doctor’s certificate obtained less than six months before a shoot or fashion show attesting to their good health and to put a psychologist at their disposal during their work.

The new rules, which follow a wave of criticism of fashion companies this year, will come into effect ahead of Paris Fashion Week this month.

In March, Kering’s Balenciaga fired two casting directors after they reportedly left over 150 models waiting for hours in a dark stairwell while they went for lunch.

Also in March, France’s advertising watchdog asked Kering’s Yves Saint Laurent to modify two ads after complaints that they were degrading to women.

One featured a reclining woman in a fur coat and fishnet tights with her legs spread wide and the other shows a model in a leotard and roller skate stilettos bending over a stool.

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority also banned an Yves Saint Laurent ad in 2015 that featured a very thin model whose ribcage was showing.]]>
9/6/2017 4:18:35 PM
<![CDATA[Eight subcultures unite for Versus Versace]]>Versus fall /winter ‘17 campaign, capturing the energy of subcultures that breathe inclusion across the planet – the new Sub-Versus community.

Conceived by Artistic Director Donatella Versace, the talents stand for non-conformity, defiance and self-belief, a creed at the heart of Versus. Each artist is disrupting culture in their own way, never compromising their creativity or point of view. Photographed by Ben Toms, each shot expresses an authentic and spontaneous mood, reflecting the Versus universe through their eyes.

“I really admire the young creatives in the new Versus campaign. I call them the Sub-Versus Generation, a community of subcultures taking a stand for their beliefs and for their individuality.” says Donatella Versace.

Tommy Genesis: underground rap artist from Canada, pushing boundaries with her lyrics and artistry.


Lily Mcmenamy: American-born English model leads a new generation of models shaking up how the fashion industry represents youth.


Rina Sawayama: Tokyo-born musician and model standing up to racism, sexism and prejudice in the fashion industry.


Rejjie Snow: hip hop artist and producer from Ireland - individuality is key both in his music and life.

9/6/2017 2:53:03 PM
<![CDATA[Memo Paris launches first collection of home products]]>
For one decade, Memo Paris has offered dreamy and inspiring journeys. To celebrate this milestone, the brand is releasing a collection of scented candles and diffusers. The signature notes of Memo Paris fragrances include “African Leather”,” French Leather”,” Ilha do Mel”, “Inlé”, “Irish Leather”, “Kedu”, “Lalibela”, “Marfa”, and “Russian Leather”.

Memo Paris Home Retreat Diffuseur
Photo courtesy of Memo Paris

The Home Retreat line is an olfactory journey to Wonderland. Dream of far-off places from the comfort of home with tiny egg cups, tea cups trimmed in fine gold, portly teapots, delicate white porcelain bone china soup tureens, as well as decadent diffusers bathed in the flickering light of candles that bring their décor to life.
“But”, said Alice, “if the world has absolutely no sense, who’s stopping us from inventing one?” Lewis Caroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Memo Paris Home Retreat Eggcup

A nomadic fairy tale as told by Memo
In a press release from Memo Paris, they described their art in such a unique manner, that we decided to feature it in their very own words:

White porcelain Bone China ™, golden clouds. Wafting grapefruit. Time stands still. Inlé. Tea cups decorated with a horse galloping through mint green grass on a biting cold morning. Irish Leather. A delicate soup tureen, a nod to the fragrance of tuberose. The azure trail of the Milky Way. Marfa. A pot-bellied teapot, a journey to wonderland. Varying hues, smells, textures, between dawn and dusk. An amber scent. African Leather. A pile of dishes, the mysterious symbolic home to a plume of wood fire. Lalibela. Such pretty egg cups, pierced by the sunlight. Sorcery, giddiness, caramel passion. Kedu. A wolf howling at the moon, the scent of coriander, the fleeting flame of a candle. Russian Leather. Woven wicker, like a cedar tree with twisted branches. French Leather. Golden blossoms, a fragrant décor. From jasmine to a taste of tea. Ilha do Mel.

Homeline by Memo Paris, the journey is the destination.
9/6/2017 2:35:30 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>“Inside my heart is breaking, my makeup may be flaking, But my smile, still, stays on.” - Freddie Mercury

Farrokh "Freddie" Mercury was born on September 5,1946 and died on November 24, 1991 due to a complication arising from his battle with AIDs. He was a singer, songwriter and record producer, primarily renowned as the lead vocalist of the iconic rock band Queen.

His trademark flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range made him the musician of worth and substance we know him to be today.

David Bowie performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and recorded the song, "Under Pressure," with Queen. He praised Mercury's performance style, saying: "Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest... he took it over the edge. And, of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand."

Mercury wrote many of Queen’s hit songs, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Are the Champions".

Fun Fact:
- He led a solo career while performing with Queen, serving as a producer and guest musician for other artists.
- Mercury was born of Persian descent in the Sultanate of Zanzibar.
- He grew up in Sultanate of Zanzibar and India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England in his teens.

“I always knew I was a star and now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me,” Freddie Mercury

9/6/2017 2:13:02 PM
<![CDATA[New York fashion kicks off with millennials on the mind]]>
US designer Tom Ford -- fresh back from a stint in Paris -- will open the extravaganza that is New York's Spring/Summer Fashion Week on Wednesday evening.

Among the most hotly anticipated collections is Raf Simons' second line for Calvin Klein, after an avant-garde show designed along with American artist Sterling Ruby last February.

Considered one of the most talented designers of his generation, the 49-year-old Belgian joined Calvin Klein from Dior in 2016, embarking on a mission to overhaul the iconic New York brand, redesigning its logo and transforming its Madison Avenue flagship store.

Simons will be rubbing shoulders with some of the great names of American fashion, from Ralph Lauren to Marc Jacobs, as well as newcomers Matthew Adams Dolan or Snow Xue Ga.

But New York Fashion Week is still smarting from the loss of a string of designers who have taken their collections to Paris or Los Angeles.

Among the departees are Proenza Schouler and Joseph Altuzarra, who joined the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Rodarte in leaving New York.

"When a big name like Altuzarra announces he is leaving, it weakens New York as a creative hub a little more each time," said Rene Celestin, founder of fashion show production group Obo.

He believes that while the fraught US political climate "does not help," there are many reasons behind New York's waning popularity -- and none which cannot be solved.

- 'Natural cycle' -

Imran Amed, founder and editor-in-chief of London-based website Business of Fashion, has watched fellow fashion capitals London and Milan bounce back from their own low spells as part of what he calls a natural cycle.

"I don't necessarily see it as part of a negative trend in New York. I just think it is a time of change," Amed said, in a sector shaken up by new technology, changing customer behavior, and an evolving fashion cycle.

"All of the executives are focused on something we are calling the generation gap, which is the millennial and new consumers which are going to account for about 45 percent of the luxury goods industry by 2025."

These younger generations, he says, expect a different kind of relationship with the brands they engage with, he added -- a trend evident in the recent collaboration between Coach and singer Selena Gomez, or Burberry's campaign featuring Chinese pop star Kris Wu.

In another trend to watch in New York, more and more designers are embracing plus-size models, perhaps the most famous of whom -- size 16 Ashley Graham -- hit the catwalk for Michael Kors in February.

Graham, a star in her own right with five million Instagram followers, will be in the New York spotlight both on the podiums and as a guest at several galas, including the Fashion Media Awards -- where reality star-turned-model Kendall Jenner is to be named "fashion icon of the decade".

Critics have suggested the 21-year-old half-sister of Kim Kardashian is undeserving of the accolade -- but there is little doubt she can generate that all-important social media buzz.

Also expected to cause a stir is Rihanna, whose Fenty collection, in collaboration with Puma, will be showcased on Sunday.

And Jenner's brother-in-law Kanye West will no doubt spark a reaction with his sixth collection for his fashion brand Yeezy -- a show which has so far been shrouded in mystery.]]>
9/6/2017 10:31:34 AM
<![CDATA[KitKat bets on weird and wonderful flavours in Japan]]>
In true Japanese style, human workers are a rare sight at one KitKat factory in Kasumigaura, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Tokyo.

Instead, dozens of robots manufacture four million bars a day at breakneck speed, from mixing the chocolate paste to wrapping them ready for sale.

KitKats have been around in Britain since 1935 and only arrived in Japan in 1973. But the Japanese market has a crucial unique selling point -- a huge variety of different flavours.

It all started with a strawberry flavoured KitKat in 2000 and the range expanded quickly -- from flavours aimed at local taste buds such as sake, green tea and wasabi -- to more exotic combinations like melon and mascarpone.

Access to KitKat factories is strictly limited and photos are kept to a minimum in a bid to preserve the secrets of the recipe.

And it appears to be a recipe for success. Without publishing an exact turnover figure for Japan, KitKat manufacturer Nestle says sales have grown 50 percent in the country since 2010, making it the biggest market ahead of Britain -- although second-biggest in terms of volume.

And in a sign of the success, a new production site was opened only last month in the western region of Kobe.

Why such success in Japan? One reason, according to Cedric Lacroix, managing executive officer of Nestle Japan's confectionery business, is that Japanese consumers appreciate the variety of flavours on offer.

The chocolate market in Japan is really driven by innovation, said Lacroix. "One third of the products is renewed every year.

"Consumers want to see new things, taste new products, even if they always end up buying their favourite flavour."

Twenty or so new versions of KitKat are unleashed on the Japanese market every year, after months of refining the flavour.

The company also plays on the superstitious nature of the Japanese public.

"KitKat has become a sort of good-luck charm to which the Japanese have become emotionally attached," said Lacroix.

The name reminds people of the Japanese phrase "kitto katsu", meaning "sure to win". It has therefore become common to hand them to friends before an exam or an important event.

To profit from this, KitKat offers customers the chance to have their chocolate elaborately gift-wrapped, get special flavours made and even have messages engraved on the bars.

Beyond the local market, the snack is increasingly targeting tourists in a country that aims to have 40 million foreign visitors in 2020 when Tokyo hosts the Olympics, four times as many as in 2013.

Travellers are increasingly returning home with bags filled with some of the more outlandish "made in Japan" KitKat flavours.]]>
9/6/2017 10:27:38 AM
<![CDATA[Best dessert in Cairo discovered at Mince burger joint]]>
The Elvis (LE 60) The smell of hot, crunchy homemade toast with Nutella and banana in the middle is bound to warm the heart, but topping it all with Vanilla Ice Cream and covering it in caramel sauce?! This dish is a proof that love exists. It is made to touch two souls, because you probably will not be able to finish it on your own, especially if you eat anything else. Elvis has not left the building, people, be sure to catch him at Mince Burgers.

2Mince’s Elvis – Esraa el Feky

Still, Elvis was not the only thing we tried out at Mince, nor was it the only dish we enjoyed, before Elvis we had a full meal and here are the details:

The appetizers:
The first thing we tried was the spicy buffalo wings (LE 60) served with blue cheese dip. As soon as I tasted the combination it felt as if a wave of shock went through my sinuses, I loved it. It was very unique and not too spicy.

3 Mince’s Spicy Buffalo Wings – Esraa el Feky

The Loaded Nachos (LE 65) were next the layers felt like they fit together on a complex level, with the right balance of crunchy and soft. Even though the chili con crane could not stand out on its own, it fit with the tastes of the rest of the layers (melted cheese, sour cream and jalapeno) on top of the homemade tortilla chip.

4 Mince’s Loaded Nachos – Esraa el Feky

The burgers:

Juicy Lucy (LE 50 – 65) the soft delightful taste of cheese filled burger patty will sway you as French jazz would, embraced by bread buns which were gently touched by the burger grill, with coleslaw on the side. All these tastes come together to paint a cheese lovers’ Mona Lisa. The flavors and textures complemented each other and the American cheese stood out in the most theatrical way, I was impressed. If you order Mince’s Pink Lemonade (LE 35) right after this burger, you will feel like there is nothing wrong with the world anymore.

5Mince’s Juicy Lucy – Esraa el Feky

Mince’s BBQ Special, or as I call it “The Dilemma"(LE 60 – 75) even though it was recommended by the head chef and the staff, and is known to be one of Mince’s signature burgers, I found it rather sweet, literally. From the first look it appeared a bit inconsistent; the layers from bottom to top were; BBQ sauce and Mince Sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and onions, the burger topped with caramelized onions, then bacon then cheese with a side of coleslaw.

Notes: the cheese usually goes right on top of the burger so it would melt. I also wondered why add caramelized onions, fresh onions, BBQ sauce, and a side of coleslaw? There were too many sweet ingredients, and the burger was a bit messy in a distracting way, I was not able to eat it without cutting it in half.

6 Mince’s BBQ Special – Esraa el Feky

A short list of things that were not special: the fries, Mince sauce and the cheesecake milkshake.

As for sauces: the marinara sauce felt more like a sweet chili, and the garlic sauce did not fit with anything we ordered, but the melt cheese sauce worked really well with the fries and the Juicy Lucy.

7 Mince’s Sauces: Marinara, Melt Cheese, Mince Sauce, and Garlic Sauce – Esraa el Feky

8 Mince’s Pink Lemonade (Strawberry Lemonade) and Cheesecake Milkshake – Esraa el Feky

We had a great time at Mince, the staff was very quick and cooperative (orders were ready within 25 minutes’ average), and et defiantly recommends the Juicy Lucy and the Elvis.]]>
9/5/2017 8:44:44 PM
<![CDATA[World’s First Self-Cooling Sunbed to Launch in Dubai]]>
courtesy of The Leisure Show Dubai

Jay Ventham, a British holiday maker, could not handle the heat of Dubai. “I was on holiday trying to chill out in 36 degrees – which is not easy! When I sat down on the blisteringly hot sunbed, I got burned so badly that I was left with rashes and sores on the underside of my legs. That is when I started thinking that there must be a better way,” said Ventham

Hence, he started looking for materials capable of keeping people cool. He found a gel-lined mattress and dreamt up his design for a range of outdoor-wear.

courtesy of The Leisure Show Dubai

He adds that “the gel is positioned in the upper layers, thus giving an instant cooling effect when laid upon. It reacts when in contact with the body, absorbing body heat and dissipating it back out into the air, giving a pleasant, cooling feeling and relieving discomfort from overheating. It can reduce a person’s core body temperature by up to two degrees.”

courtesy of The Leisure Show Dubai

People now will be able to enjoy their summer without any fear of the heat because of the KoulsDown collection that includes the world’s first self-cooling sunbed.

KoulsDown collection will be exhibited for the first time in the Middle East at The Leisure Show Dubai 2017, which will be taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), from September 18 until September 20.
9/5/2017 1:08:08 PM
<![CDATA[UN Celebrates International Charity Day]]>
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the event that is considered very important as it allows people to give a helping hand to those who need it.

The United Nations pushes all member states to contribute to charity efforts and to raise awareness about charity.

People can get involved by donating to charity or volunteering in one of the charitable groups.
9/5/2017 11:41:05 AM
<![CDATA[Scientists zap 'voices' from schizophrenia sufferers]]>
More than a third of sufferers treated with magnetic pulses in a patient trial experienced "significant" relief, the scientists said in a statement.

"We can now say with some certainty that we have found a specific anatomical area of the brain associated with auditory verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia," the team said.

"Secondly, we have shown that treatment with high frequency TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) makes a difference to at least some sufferers."

Further research must be done to confirm the usefulness of TMS as a treatment in the longer term.

The results of the trial, not yet published in a scientific journal, were presented in Paris at a conference of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

The trial compared 26 schizophrenic patients who received active TMS to 33 patients who received dummy or placebo treatment.

The first group was given a series of magnetic pulses over two sessions a day for two days to the part of the brain's temporal lobe associated with language.

Two weeks later, participants were evaluated on the voices they were hearing. Nearly 35 percent of the TMS patients reported a "significant" improvement."

"Hearing voices" can be one of the most disturbing symptoms for people with schizophrenia and those close to them.

According to the World Health Organization, schizophrenia affects more than 21 million people worldwide.]]>
9/5/2017 11:13:30 AM
<![CDATA[Can bosses snoop on employees? European court to rule]]>
In an initial decision in January last year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the French city of Strasbourg ruled against a Romanian software engineer who claimed his rights had been infringed.

Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu, 38, was sacked in 2006 by his employer after he used the Yahoo messenger system to chat to his fiancee and brother, as well sending messages to clients for company business.

He argued that his employer invaded his right to privacy by spying on messages which included details about his health and sex life.

In line with rulings in Romanian courts, the ECHR said that it was not “unreasonable that an employer would want to verify that employees were completing their professional tasks during working hours.”

But the Grand Chamber of the court, the apex body comprising 17 judges, agreed to reexamine the case at Barbulescu’s request and will deliver its final verdict on Tuesday, which cannot be appealed.

The judges are expected to clarify if and when an employer is able to access private internet messages sent by employees while at work, which remains a legal grey zone in some countries.

– Union criticism –

Barbulescu was asked by his employer to set up the Yahoo messenger system to liaise with clients.

A lawyer representing the Romanian government at the ECHR said the engineer had been well aware of the firm’s rules prohibiting the use of company resources for personal purposes.

But Barbulescu contested this, arguing that he had been unaware his online exchanges were being monitored because the company had used “spyware” software to read his messages.

The ECHR held a hearing on November 30 last year, at which it heard arguments from experts and the European Trade Union Confederation.

The union group criticised the first ruling by the ECHR, judging it to be too harsh.

It recommends that a verbal warning should be the first stage of any disciplinary process with dismissal only possible for repeat offenders or serious misconduct.

Experts also say that companies should also have a clear policy governing the use of professional software and the internet during work hours.]]>
9/5/2017 10:59:31 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day ]]>
Keaton was born on September 5, 1951. He is an American actor, producer and director best known for his performance in the movie “Birdman”. He played in comedy films, drama films and some romantic films as well.

He attended Kent State University for two years, and then dropped out to chase his acting dream. Keaton made his television debut in 1975 in the children’s series "Mister Roger’s Neighborhood."

His big break was in 1977 when he joined the cast of the sitcom "All's Fair," after he appeared in that sitcom he landed a role in the comedy, "Working Stiffs." However, after the cancellation of the show, he tried to appear in television shows again and he succeeded in 1982.

Fun Facts:

● In 1982 Keaton married the actress Caroline McWilliams. They had one son, but the couple got a divorce in 1990.

● He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Choice Award for Best Actor in 2014.

Here is another Quote for Michael Keaton that just hits a string:

“There comes a point in your life when you realize how quickly time goes by, and how quickly it has gone. Then it really speeds up exponentially. With that, I think you start to put a lot of things into context; you start to see how huge the world is, and really, the universe.”
9/5/2017 10:34:19 AM
<![CDATA[et Jewelry Designer of the week: Djewelled ]]>
Courtesy of DJEWELLED

As Dena Essam, the designer Djewelled, said “It still holds the same feel of Djewelled; very simple and very wearable all-day, everyday, but it’s more fresh and colorful and it’s more high-end.”

Courtesy of DJEWELLED

The main motivation for the brand’s new line is geometric shapes. This was manifested through pieces, such as a bar ring featuring colored sapphires, emeralds and rubies and pyramid-like, cubical earrings featuring blue topaz.

Courtesy of DJEWELLED

Courtesy of DJEWELLED

Djewelled’s aim is to make sure that their line is young and fresh for young women. Plus, it is easy to be styled with women’s clothing and accessories.

9/4/2017 2:47:13 PM
<![CDATA[Wasalni Shokran: Whatsapp group that empowers women ]]>
Asmaa Malik - photo by fathia el Deeb

Asmaa Malik is a mother of two children. She works as a translator at a printing press, and has a clothing shop. She had problems delivering her products to her customers, so she asked her friend to deliver the clothes to the customers door step.

Then she had an idea of organizing a service of delivering products through Whatsapp and Facebook. The group started with 14 working women.

Asmaa Malik - photo by fathia el Deeb

This service transformed from a service sending products to doorsteps to a transportation program led by ladies from the Tenth of Ramadan.

The service received 260 requests from women in the city to deliver their children to nurseries, schools and university students at the beginning of the new school year.

Doaaa Mohammed, 30, a resident of the Tenth of Ramadan, says the idea has been widely accepted, but she has not used it yet.

Asmaa Malik - photo by fathia el Deeb

According to, Dalia Mahmoud, 19, a university student living in the Tenth of Ramadan city, the idea was new. Once she and her friends knew about Waslani Shokran, they started using the service.

Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Dayem, a professor of human development and a member of the National Council for Women, Al-Sharqiya branch, said that the idea is very good, especially since women trusts each other more than men. However, there needs to be some sort of controls for the idea to succeed, and be a source of safety, rather than abuse. There has to be regulations and monitoring, including documentation and definition. They have to identify security and safety controls, and mechanisms to prevent abuse.]]>
9/4/2017 2:07:28 PM
<![CDATA[Timberland new women’s sneakers: Kiri Up]]>
The new ‘Kiri Up’ from the autumn / winter collection 2017 combines comfort and sportiness. The breathable EVA technology, stretchy neoprene material and the woven upper part allow easy movement. The rubber outsole with reinforced heel cap makes it flexible and robust that means it will protect your feet for long shopping trips or walks.

The Kiri Up will be soon launched in Egypt.

Fit is everything. Stay comfortable with an urban style.

As agile as a sneaker, with the style and swagger of a well-crafted boot.

A hop, a skip and a jump. #Sensorflex

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When along the way, you allow yourself to sit back, breathe and admire the city and catch its unseen beauty.
9/4/2017 1:53:49 PM
<![CDATA[Amal Clooney wearing Atelier Versace ]]>
The human rights activist and the esteemed lawyer was stunning in a custom-made, Atelier Versace gown. She wore a lilac gown comprised of delicate silk chiffon with a rucked bodice and flowing skirt featuring a subtle ombré detail.

Clooney was born on February 3, 1978 in Beirut. She was raised in England and studied at Oxford University and New York University (NYU) before she started her career in law. In 2014, she stepped into the light more by marrying the superstar George Clooney.

Courtesy of Atelier Versace
9/4/2017 1:28:32 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day ]]>
Knowles was born on September 4, 1981. She started singing at an early age, she competed in local talent shows and won them by impressing the audience with her vocals and dancing abilities. Knowles teamed up with her cousin, Kelly Rowland, and two of her classmates and formed, the girl's group Tyme, but it got changed to Destiny's Child in 1993. Destiny’s Child released their first album in 1997. The groups first major hit became in 1993 with a song called ‘No, No, No’.

Destiny's Child broke up in 2005 and Beyonce completed her solo career by releasing an album in 2006, ‘B’Day’.

According to People website, her debut album, ‘Dangerously in Love’ was the one which successfully cemented her reputation as a solo artist.

Fun Facts:
● Adele, Rihanna, Leona Lewis and Misha credit Beyonce as their biggest influence.
● A species of Australian horse fly was named ‘Scaptia Beyoncea’ in Beyonce’s honor.

Another Quote for the road: “If I weren't performing, I'd be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone's problems - like a beauty therapist!”
9/4/2017 11:34:07 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Koshari knocks down junk food in Mecca]]>
Koshari is a dish known for its spicy and special delicacy to Egyptians. The yummy dish, with its powerful flavor, excelled and won the junk food race in the holy lands. Koshari became the best-selling dish in Mecca and was desired by different nationalities who could not resist its taste.

This year the holy lands were full of Egyptian spirit. Mecca witnessed the arrival of about 100,000 Egyptian pilgrims performing hajj.

Speaking of Egypt, meters from Haram in Ibrahim Hebron Street is a shop called Egyptian Koshary, which sells the Egyptian dish.

The shop witnessed an unprecedented turnout of pilgrims of different nationalities. Those who tasted the Egyptian dish once came back to eat another dish several times. This turnout caused crowds in front of the shop, and a Koshari dish was sold for SAR 10, which is equal to LE 50.

A number of pilgrims were keen to buy quantities of Zamzam water in plastic bottles and then go buy Koshari. They would drink cold Zamzam water to cool the heat of the hot sauce.

Koshari is an Egyptian dish originally made in the 19th century, comprised of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together, topped with a spiced tomato sauce, and garlic vinegar; garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions.

9/4/2017 10:06:59 AM
<![CDATA[Jane Fonda Holding Salvatore Ferragamo clutch ]]>
Fonda is an American actress born on December 21, 1937. She is best known for her acting career, political activism and aerobic-exercise videos. Fonda’s acting career took off in 1960. She made her first debut in ‘Tall Story’ (1960) with Anthony Perkins. In addition to her acting career, she was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.

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She retired for 15 years and returned to acting in 2005 with the movie ‘Monster-in-Law’ and again two years later in ‘Georgia Rule’. She produced and featured in more than 20 exercise videos that were released between 1982 and 1995, and another one in 2010.

9/3/2017 11:41:58 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote Of The Day ]]>
Sheen was born on September 3, 1965. Sheen was interested in his father’s acting career, so at the age of 9, he participated in one of his father’s films, ‘The Execution Of Private Slovik,’ in 1974. Then he starred in his first film, ‘Red Dawn’, in the year 1984.

Fun fact:
Sheen had a clothing line called ‘Sheen Kidz’. His net worth is worth $150 million.

Another Quote for the road:
“As kids we're not taught how to deal with success; we're taught how to deal with failure. If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again. If at first, you succeed, then what?”

9/3/2017 11:08:47 AM
<![CDATA[Coach Fall/Winter 2017: a tomboy play with juxtapositions]]>
Coach is a New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands. The company includes Coach, Kate Spade New York, and Stuart Weitzman brands. Coach started in 1941 in New York City as a family-run workshop. They were pioneers in leather goods and accessories space, establishing themselves as the original American house of leather during the second half of the 20th century.

Courtesy of Coach

Courtesy of Coach

Courtesy of Coach
9/3/2017 10:54:09 AM
<![CDATA[Fenty Beauty Cosmetics line by Riahnna ]]>

The video features a wonderfully diverse group of models, including one woman in a headscarf. In the video, people do not see much of the makeup product. However, people get to see the models putting on lip gloss and Rihanna at the end of the video with shiny lips.

CHILI MANGO. TROPHY WIFE. YACHT LIFE. CONFETTI. 9.8.17 @fentybeauty #shadenames

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Rihanna shared two videos promoting her makeup.

GINGER BINGE. MOSCOW MULE. 9.8.17 @fentybeauty #Killawatt Highlight Duo

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Rihanna’s makeup line will launch on September 8, 2017, in stores and online. The makeup will be available on its own website, fentybeauty.com, plus it will be sold through Sephora and Harvey Nichols.

9/3/2017 10:50:18 AM
<![CDATA[et kids collection: Giuseppe]]>
courtesy of Giuseppe

Giuseppe Zanotti is known for his sculptured, jeweled heels and fashion forward sneak-ers. Zanotti manufactures and distributes women’s, men’s and children’s shoes as well as small leather goods, handbags, jewelry and ready-to-wear. Giuseppe Zanotti is available in 75 countries.

courtesy of Giuseppe

The “min-me” collection is inspired by the creative freedom of the 1990s. Giuseppe Zanotti has sneakers in different designs and shapes that highlight the values of light weight, flexibility and convenience.“Min-me” targets both the looks of adults and kids. This collection would be perfect for your children going back to school. The designs ex-hibit strong characteristics and practicality.

The balloons of love print is a Giuseppe exclusive design with white canvas fabric and leather profiles in a matching shade and contrasting double silver zip, matching the shoes with the rucksack to wear to school and for leisure time.

While most classic silhouettes feature denim elements combined with neon details in shades of yellow and fuchsia.

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The modern scuba-light soft fabric that matches the texture effect of three dimensional micro geometries with the elastic band and the metal plaque engraved with the logo.

Finally, the metallic postal shade leather and glittery surfaces of the girl’s models are lighted up with the shiny effect. The three-strap sneaker and perfecto-jacket made in stretch neoprene with contrasting macro zip in galvanized silver that are characterized by the fluorescent vibrations.
9/3/2017 10:42:12 AM
<![CDATA[Video: The British Ambassador in Egypt cooks Fattah in Eid ]]>
This time, he posted a video on Twitter in which he is cooking “Fattah”, the most famous Egyptian dish in Eid El Adha, an Islamic holy feast.

The video that’s titled, “Mission Fattah with Chef Ahmed,” in addition to having the hashtag “Fattah mission” was viewed 41,000 times on the UK in Egypt official Facebook page. The British ambassador was ranked second, and then third on Egypt’s Twitter trends for a couple of hours after posting the video.

The Fattah is made from rice and soup, topped with pieces of meat, squares of bread and tomato sauce. And Casssen made it as the shape of the British flag.

Casson’s talent in cooking appeared after several trials of discovering the oriental Egyptian dishes. It’s the first time he posts a video of himself cooking, but this is not new to Casson who used to attract the attention of social media users with his funny quotes and posts since he started his mission in Egypt in November 2015.

He has invited his colleagues in the embassy on November 25, 2015, to a breakfast from a famous ‘Bean’s Cart’ based in an Egyptian district called ‘Al Sayeda Zainab’, but the cart was also invited inside the embassy.

In May 2016, he tried other Egyptian popular dishes in the spring feast which; “Fseekh” and “Renga”(salted fish dishes).

And he certainly did not resist trying the pleasure of eating the most famous Egyptian oriental dish ever, ‘Koshary’, from a very well known restaurant called Abu Tarek.

9/2/2017 2:08:04 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the day ]]>
Hayek was born on September 2, 1966. She is a Mexican-American actress born to Spanish-Lebanese parents and belongs to a wealthy Roman Catholic family from Mexico.

Her first acting role was in 1989, in the Mexican telenovela “Teresa”. Her first major work was in the 1994 award-winning Mexican movie “El Callejón de los Milagros” (Miracle Alley).

Fun Fact:

Hayek’s grandmother regularly shaved her head and eyebrows because she thought it would make her hair grow thicker, glossier and darker.

Another Quote for the Road:

“You know Latin people? African-American people? How our skin ages more slowly? Even though we're dramatic, we move our faces; we eat higher-fat foods; we're the ones with fewer wrinkles – it makes you wonder.
9/2/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Eid Gifts for Him]]>
If you are out of gift ideas and do not know what to get to your brother, father, best friend, fiancé, or husband, here are 5 gifts that men would like:

1) TFK Perfume: it is the perfect perfume for everyone. It was launched in 2015 by Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah.


2) Watch by MR PORTER and Swiss Fine Watches: MR PORTER is the award-winning global retail destination for men's style, combining the best international menswear with editorial content. MR POTER is collaborating with Swiss Fine Watches this season to produce fancy watches for him.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Automatic 39mm 18-Karat Red Gold and Alligator Watch

3) Nespresso Machine: In 1976, an employee of Nestle designed and presented the Nespresso system to the business market in Switzerland and the world.



English House

English House was established in Port Said in 1981 by Ahmed Hashish and later moved to Cairo in 1997. It was the only store selling exclusive menswear brands in Egypt and it introduced the high-end brands to Egyptians.

9/2/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Eid Al-Adha in Islamic Cairo: An American convert’s experience]]>

Al-Azhar Mosque (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

Al-Azhar Mosque (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

Even under the ongoing construction at Al-Azhar Mosque, thousands filled the 1,000-year-old beacon of light and its courtyard. Young and old alike prayed the special Eid prayer together and then intently listened to the “khutba” (sermon) by Dr. Mahmoud Ashry.

Eid Al-Adha at Al-Azhar Mosque (photo credit – Al-Azhar Mosque’s Facebook page)

Eid Al-Adha at Al-Azhar Mosque (photo credit – Al-Azhar Mosque’s Facebook page)

Ashry discussed the significance of Eid Al-Adha – a celebration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to God through his willingness to sacrifice his son, a sacrifice of the self’s attachment to other than God. He then reminded us of the religious laws regarding the ritual slaughter, the act largely associated with the holiday. The sheikh ended his sermon by calling upon us to “spread love, spread peace”, before beginning a series of supplications for the wellbeing of all people and the protection of Egypt.

Dr. Mahmoud Ashry delivering the Eid Al-Adha khutba at Al-Azhar Mosque (photo credit – Al-Azhar Mosque’s Facebook page)

Dr. Mahmoud Ashry delivering the Eid Al-Adha khutba at Al-Azhar Mosque (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

Following the sermon, congregants flocked to greet the preacher, who patiently shook the hands and kissed the cheeks of each one. Another Azhari scholar, Dr. Mohammad Mehanna, a prominent teacher of Sufism, sat nearby, greeting and talking with people as they kissed his hand, a traditional sign of respect and admiration. After I kissed Mehanna’s hand, he asked where I was from and then prayed for my success in my studies.

Dr. Mahmoud Ashry greeting congregants at Al-Azhar Mosque on Eid Al-Adha (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

Dr. Mohammad Mehanna greeting congregants at Al-Azhar Mosque on Eid Al-Adha (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

As people exited the mosque, they exchanged greetings and embraced, before heading home or to slaughter an animal. Camels, cows, sheep, or goats are slaughtered, with sheep being the most common. Local, pop-up butchers set up on the ancient, narrow, windy streets of Islamic Cairo in order to fulfill the demand from all the sacrifices, while some families butcher the meat themselves on their roofs.

Sheep waiting to be sacrificed (taken from Egypt Today

For the poor, Eid Al-Adha is especially meaningful, as it is one of the few times during the year that they are able to eat meat. It is recommended that when someone slaughters an animal for the holiday, they keep a third of the meat, give a third to family, friends and neighbors, and give a third to the poor. In this way, everyone is able to truly celebrate, no matter their circumstances. It is also a showing of piety and concern for the community. Indeed, God states in the Quran, in verse 37 of Surat al-Hajj (Chapter 22): {Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you}.

Quranic verse – Surat al-Hajj (Chapter 22, verse 37) (taken from Islaahi Advices

As Eid is largely spent with family, and friends in Egypt are really just an extension of family, I spent the afternoon with an Egyptian friend of mine. After his family slaughtered a sheep, his sisters cooked us “fattah”, the quintessential meal for Eid Al-Adha. It consists of toasted pita bread, rice, broth, a garlicky tomato sauce and meat; by far one of my favorite Egyptian meals. Following the meal, we drank tea and talked for a while, before the food coma set in, much like what happens in the U.S. after the Thanksgiving meal.

Egyptian Fattah (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

The next few days are also celebrated. Many will get together with friends, going to the famous Moezz Street, Khan al-Khalili, Hussein Mosque, Azhar Park, or elsewhere around Cairo. It is also common for families to go to the cemeteries to visit their deceased loved ones. For Sufis, it is the various “Awliya” (saints) and Ahl al-Bayt (descendants of the Prophet Muhammad) entombed throughout the ancient city who are visited; their saintly lives remembered. It is believed that there is a special spiritual energy filled with blessings surrounding these places, due to the souls resting there and God’s love for them and for those who love them. Egypt’s many “tariqas” (Sufi orders) gather together for processions to the different tombs, singing the praises of God, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his family and the saintly exemplars of Islam.

Moezz Street (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

Azhar Park (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

Quranic inscription at the mosque and tomb of the 18th century Muslim scholar Imam Ahmed al-Dardir in Islamic Cairo; {Verily, for the saints of Allah, there is no fear, nor do they grieve} “Surat Yunus” (Chapter 10, verse 62) (photo credit – Ibn Ata’ Allah)

While Eid in America is largely secluded to small, concentrated communities, the holiday is manifest throughout Cairo, with the entire population, both Muslim and Christian, taking part in the festivities. The people and cultural traditions, mixed with Egypt’s vibrant Islamic history and sites, make Eid Al-Adha here truly an amazing experience and a model for Muslims all over the world. No matter what your religious beliefs are, experiencing Eid in Egypt must definitely be added to your bucket list.
9/2/2017 10:19:41 AM
<![CDATA[et Fitness: The Glorious Eid Holiday]]>
All year round, I am consistently getting the same question from our clients: “I’m going to be travelling for a few weeks, and I don’t want to stop training, what should I do?” Here is what I have found to be the easiest way to get your work out on, while getting to fit in everything else in your life. Take a few of the basic moves and let that be the skeleton of how you design your workouts. Below is a workout that you can use to get you going while you’re travelling for the few days of Eid:

10 Jumping Jacks
10 High Knees
10 sit-ups
5-10 Minute Light Jog (If you have outdoors access)

15 Squats
15 Push-ups
15 Glute Bridges
15 Lunges
X 4 sets

How to do the workout:

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your toes turned outwards 15 – 30 degrees. With every move there is a dominant joint, with the squat, the dominant joint is the hip. The move starts from your hips and it ends with your hips. You want to begin the squat by moving backwards with your hips and then having your knees follow. Make sure that your heels remain on the floor and that you aren’t putting pressure on your knees. You want to imagine that there is a chair a little bit further behind you and you want to reach it with your hips.


You are going to lie down on the floor with your body flat, and then place your hands directly underneath your shoulders making sure that your body is straight like a plank. You will then begin to lower your body down slowly, trying to keep your elbows to your side as much as possible. Once you are closer to the floor, allow your chest to touch the floor but not your hips, and then push back up.


Glute Bridges:
Lie down on the floor with your knees bent towards your body. Push your hips up to the sky, hold for 2 seconds and then lower your hips down again. If the move is too easy, then keep only the heel of your foot on the floor and lift the rest of it up towards the sky.


Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your toes facing forward. Lunge forward with one foot and then bend down until your front knee and back knee are at a 90 degree angle. Make sure your back is straight and your chest is open and chin is up. Then push backward into a standing position and then lunge forward with the other foot making sure your position is the same.


This is a basic workout that you can use every day while travelling for the next few days during the Eid Holiday. Feel free to add sets or increase or decrease the reps depending on how much time you have available. If 15 reps of each exercise is too little, you can increase them to 20 or 30, if it’s too much then take it down to 10 each. Try to, at least, get 20 – 30 minutes in every day. You can also take this basic workout and do as many rounds as you possibly can in 20 minutes to make it a fast-paced workout as well. The workouts do not have to be fancy, they just have to get you to move your body and to activate as many muscles as possible so that you can get a full body workout in a smaller amount of time.

Deana Shaaban is a Performance Training Coach at Ignite

9/2/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Microsoft pushes 'mixed reality' features with Windows 10 update]]>
The software upgrade, its fourth update, will be offered from Oct. 17 to existing customers of Windows 10 running on more than 500 million devices, the company said.

Microsoft also announced plans by computer and virtual-reality headset makers to introduce new hardware for businesses, consumers and video gamers to take advantage of so-called “mixed reality” features in the October software release.

“We’re enabling you to immerse yourself in a new reality - mixed reality,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president in charge of Windows, said in a speech at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

Mixed reality is the term Microsoft uses to describe software that covers both augmented and virtual reality.

Augmented reality overlays text, sounds, graphics and video on real-world images that users actually see in front of them, while virtual reality creates entirely computer-generated worlds.

The multimedia content can be viewed on computers, TV displays, smartphones, tablets or, in the case of virtual reality, on dedicated goggles. Microsoft plans to target these features first at advanced video game players using VR headsets, with business applications to follow, officials said.

Microsoft’s push comes as the U.S. tech giants - Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, along with China’s Baidu - increasingly battle to make augmented reality, together with artificial intelligence and cloud-based services, into the next computer platform.

Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter said in a research note this week that, unlike virtual reality which requires special goggles to view, augmented reality works on smartphones and other existing devices, making it vastly more accessible. He predicted far-reaching impacts in gaming and entertainment, as well as communications, manufacturing, fitness, health and retail.

Microsoft, which has largely remade itself into a supplier of cloud services delivered via the internet, has moved to a roughly six-month release cycle for feature updates of Windows from its three-year release cycle for disk-based versions of its operating system software.

The company also announced a range of devices from key hardware partners ready to take advantage of mixed reality features in the Windows 10 update available in mid-October from vendors including Lenovo, HP Inc, Dell [DI.UL], Acer, Asus and Fujitsu.

Microsoft’s new software release shrinks the laborious set-up of VR headsets for users to around 10 minutes, down from two to three hours now and helps cut the costs of headsets, in a step towards making such technology more mainstream, they said.

Other new Windows 10 features include a refreshed Photos app and the capacity to save files up to the cloud using Microsoft’s OneDrive service, without consuming local storage space. Win10 will also offer “Game Mode”, which allows video gamers to devote the full processing power of their computers to what they are playing, as if it was an Xbox game console, the company said.]]>
9/1/2017 8:01:55 PM
<![CDATA[China fast-food operator pilots face-recognition payments]]>
The "Smile to Pay" system will allow customers at a healthier spin-off of KFC in the eastern city of Hangzhou to keep their wallets in their pockets after ordering on a machine.

Yum China, which operates several major fast-food brands in China including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, teamed up with Chinese mobile payments firm Alipay -- started by e-commerce giant Alibaba -- on the technology.

Yum China called the concept a "world's first".

The ordering machine will compare the customer's face with the verified picture on their Alipay account.

China is racing ahead in its use of facial recognition technology.

It has even been installed at Beijing's historic Temple of Heaven to stop people pinching rolls of toilet paper.

Airports and train stations are also jumping on the trend, with China Southern Airlines this year using facial recognition in place of boarding passes for the first time.

And in Qingdao, home to China's most famous lager, 25 suspects were recently arrested after they turned up to a beer festival only to be identified by the technology at entrance gates.]]>
9/1/2017 2:32:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Places to eat out at this Eid]]>
Hence, there will always be a 3ezouma (dinner party, but really more like a feast) at your families’ or friends’ house. So what happens when you get tired of all the traditional Eid food and just want to do something different since you aren’t vacationing with your friends and you are stranded in Cairo?

Here is an Egypt Today approved list of restaurants to go and dine in this Eid.

1. Mexican chef Diego Casillas, Maria’s, Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers

“Fajitas simply always let my appetite run wild, there is something about the mixture of flavors that get my taste buds going as they remind me of the warmth and authenticity back home,” said Casillas.


2. An experience worthy of your money at Viking Egypt

If you want to experience 8th century Europe with a modern twist right here at home while indulging in tasty international cuisine, Viking International restaurant is the place to go.


3. Asian Fusion Extravaganza at the Marriott

Cairo Marriott’s very own little piece of Asia, Torii, now serves a whole new menu of delicious Asian fusion dishes and of course, long live Teppanyaki.

4. Italian Chef Giovanni Romagnoli, Pane Vino Restaurant & Terrace, Semiramis InterContinental Cairo

“One of my favorite dishes is definitely the mushroom risotto, and it’s also the guests’ favorite! It can be modified according to dietary habits, is gluten free and is loved by everyone.”


5. Mo Bistro takes over Sahel and Mohandeseen

After spending a long day at the beach or in the city, you need to head out to Mo Bistro to try a fine dining experience by the sea or in the heart of Mohandeseen.

6. Crust Pizza: The everyday gourmet pizza place

We can safely and honestly say that I have come to the holy grail of pizza places in Cairo: Crust Pizza. Perfectly baked, the authentic pizza made with fresh ingredients is delivered to your home fresh, hot and simply delicious. It was also a nice surprise to see that the premium pizza and fresh ingredients are not overpriced.


7. Dining at Klash comic world

If you are a DC or Marvel comic fan and looking for a place to hang out, Klash is the place for you. Klash is the perfect place for every comic geek. They don’t just serve great food, they also sell comics and action figures that are every comic collector's dream.

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9/1/2017 1:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ask and you shall receive in world of voice shopping]]>
Amazon, Apple and Google are duking it out with devices designed to sit out of sight in homes, awaiting spoken commands to tend to tasks such as ordering goods, finding information, playing music, mapping routes, or reading email.

According to Gartner, the market for voice-activated speakers equipped with artificial intelligence and synched to the internet will grow to $3.52 billion in 2021 from $360 million in 2015.

While it is difficult to assess how many people use the devices to order online, industry analysts see it as a trend.

"Shopping through speakers is still an early adopter activity," said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi.

"It's going to be slow. It's not going to be overnight."

Thanks to bargain prices for Amazon Echo devices in particular, smart speakers are becoming mainstream but consumers are not yet ready to fully trust the technology, Milanesi said.

Voice-controlled shopping, for now, involves mainly straight-forward, repeated buys such as laundry soap or dog treats, with people tending to want to actually see big-ticket items, especially if they involve style or color choices, she contended.

- Minimal effort -

Lifestyles revolving around smartphones, with less time spent in front of desktop or laptop computers, were expected to enhance the lure of shopping by voice.

A fan watching a sporting match on television can simply call out for their favorite pizza. Someone cooking can give an oral order to restock olive oil before they forget.

"Convenience is something that drives a lot of behavior," Milanesi said, noting that voice-commands even spare the trouble of tapping a screen to open an app.

"It's human behavior, the least amount of effort for the greatest reward."

Analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associated considered voice-shopping a major trend that has been embraced by distributors and technology firms, Amazon foremost among them.

Amazon launched its first Echo device in 2014 and has already sold millions of the smart speakers, according to industry trackers.

Echo devices are built with Alexa artificial intelligence for conversational style interactions.

Amazon dominates the smart speaker industry, with 70 percent of the market in the US while second-place Google Home has about 24 percent, according to eMarketer.

And with the recent acquisition of trendy Whole Foods organic supermarket chain, Amazon will enable Echo users to order groceries from those shops. It will also sell the smart speakers at Whole Foods, giving the online retailer real-world outlets.

Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana will start talking to each other in a first of its kind alliance of rival digital assistants, the companies said this week.

Echo device users will be able to ask Alexa to bring in Cortana as a "guest" to tend to tasks such as booking meetings or reading work email.

Meanwhile, those with devices powered by Windows 10 software will be able to have Cortana bring in Alexa for tasks such as controlling smart devices in homes or, of course, ordering items from Amazon.

- Spoken loyalty -

Apple this year unveiled a "HomePod" speaker set to begin shipping in December.

Not to be left behind, South Korean consumer electronics colossus Samsung recently announced it is working on a smart speaker.

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, and Google are teaming up in an attempt to challenge Amazon's growing dominance in online shopping.

The venture marries Google's hands-free voice activated Google Home software to Wal-Mart's vast network of US stores to allow customers to order groceries and other items to be home delivered through Google Express.

Voice-commanded shopping is a good way to enhance customer loyalty, and companies could eventually start pushing ads through smart speakers, according to analyst Gold.

"Attracting customers to their marketplaces is exactly what (companies) want," Gold said, warning that the trend could wind up better for businesses than for consumers as shopping gets concentrated, say at Amazon or Google Express.

"It's a continuous strategy."

Analyst Colin Sebastian of Baird expected voice shopping to bite into Google's revenue over time as voice interactions mean fewer online ads served up by the internet company.]]>
9/1/2017 1:19:21 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Kids activities during Eid]]>
Here are a few activities that your kids can join in this Eid.

Coloring Muslim crafts and shapes

Creating your Eid crafts or decorations

Participating in making Eid desserts

Creating greeting cards

Reading Eid stories

Playing with new gifts

Participating in Eid prayer and other religious activities

Learning fun facts about Muslim culture

Singing Eid songs

Giving gifts or money to the poor

Getting to know extended family

Eid dessert File Makmur.png - Wikimedia Commons

Free photo Toys, Colourful, Playing Room - Free Image on Pixaba
9/1/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day ]]>
Coleman was born on September 1, 1996. She is an actress, singer and dancer. Coleman’s career debuted in 2010 on Disney channel’s television show “Shake It Up”. She made the switch from the imaginary dance show to the popular televised competition “Dancing with the Stars”.

Fun Fact:

The actor’s name means “to give thanks” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe.

Another Quote for the road:

“Pretty is so boring now. There are so many different definitions of 'pretty’. It's so much broader than before. The old pretty is boring – nobody cares anymore.”
9/1/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[When Little Finger quoted Mr. Robot]]>In the last episode of season seven of Game of Thrones, Lord Petyr Baelish gave us another one of his life lessons when he said, “sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'how well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?’”

If you are a Mr. Robot fan, these words probably sound familiar to you, as they almost quote the lead character, Elliot Alderson, when he said, “I'm good at reading people. My secret, I look for the worst in them.”


Both Elliot and Little Finger agreed, for once, even though there is a big difference between their characters. This is probably the secret behind their solitude and loneliness.

They both chose not to have friends or be close to anyone, because caring for people is a weakness, they believe. Even if their choices seemed dramatically correct for a period of time, we still see how their mindset led them to their demise and suffering or complete downfall.

Isolating yourself has serious negative effects. It is not possible for all people to be the same, and no one is made of pure evil. You need friends, family and loved ones to count on, cherish and hold dear, not because you are weak, but because life is meant to be shared. You need to look for the best in people because we usually find what we look for. It is exactly the same when you start counting the red cars in the street. You suddenly notice how many of them there are. If you expect evil, you will find evil; if you expect goodness, you shall find it.

9/1/2017 11:15:54 AM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Global Eid Gifts for Her]]>
The concept of gift giving and Adya (giving money as gift) to family members has become an old tradition; however, nowadays people have started to favor receiving gifts over receiving money (for sentimental reasons).

So if you are out of gift ideas and do not know what to get your mother, sister, best friend, girlfriend, fiancée or wife, here are international brands that will save you time and effort.

International Brands that are complementing the spirit of Eid:

Dolce & Gabbana: was founded in 1985 in Legnano by native Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The luxury fashion house launched their first abaya and hijab collection in 2016 to cater to the enormous Muslim and modest market in the Middle East and around the world; making them the perfect brand to rock out this Eid.


Tory Burch: The American fashion designer and businesswomen, launched her brand in February 2004. The brand offers everything from shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home and beauty.


Etro: Established in 1968 by Gerolamo Gimmo Etro in Milan; they launched their first women's collection in 1991, and now they have launched a special collection for Eid.


Christian Louboutin: is a French designer, who designs high-end stiletto footwear, and incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature.


Roberto Cavalli: is known for his exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans. He is an Italian fashion designer.


Lanvin: is a French high fashion house, which was founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889.

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9/1/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Local Eid Gifts for Her]]>
The concept of gift giving and Adya (giving money as a gift) to family members has become an old tradition; however nowadays people have started to favor receiving gifts over receiving money (for sentimental reasons).

So if you are out of gift ideas and do not know what to get your mother, sister, best friend, girlfriend, fiancée or wife, here are a few local and international brands that will save you time and effort.


: Egyptian designers and sisters Aya, and Mounaz Abdelraouf launched their brand Okhtein in 2013 in Egypt. They create luxury accessories such as clutches and bags which make the perfect gift for women in every age group.


: Suhayla Al-Sheikh an Egyptian jewelry designer created Sandbox. The brand offers new edgy Jewelry that are a must have for all women and young girls.


: Mohanad is known for his taste for bold fashion. He has dressed many Egyptian celebrities such as; Nahed Al-Sebai, Dorra, Hana Shiha and many more. Hence, getting an outfit for your mother, sister, best friend, girlfriend, fiancée or wife will be a great gift for Eid and I assure you she will thank you.


: An Egyptian handcrafted eyewear brand and designer, that aims to disrupt the accessory scene in Egypt and the MENA Region. This is a perfect brand to get chic, fashionable sunglasses for your wife, or girlfriend.

Klozet X: Only founded this year and the brand has already made an impact on the Egyptian fashion scene. It’s all about creating chic and modern fashion for young girls and women. The outfits are casual and can be worn while you are hanging out with friends and family.


: CottonBall was founded in 2013 by two Egyptian entrepreneurs, Ahmed Habib and Zena Sallam. The brand offers a variety of basic t-shirts in all colors, shapes and sizes. All of their products are made in Egypt using the finest cotton.

Les Miniatures

: Les Miniatures is a brand that was created by two lifelong best friends; Farah Yasser and Hanna Hazem. The brand focuses on displaying different stories and transforming them into wearable art. The best friends aim to create high-end luxury bags that can make your whole outfit stand out.

Dima Jewelry

: Dima Rashid is a Palestinian who was born in Kuwait, grew up in Canada and now resides in Egypt. Her jewelry is a reflection of her background and settlement in Egypt. All her designs are made of 18k gold, precious stones and diamonds.

Reem Jano

: Reem Jano Jewelry was founded in 2015 by the brand’s namesake. Her latest collection, ‘Arabesque,’ is inspired by the geometrical shapes of Arabic art bathed in shimmering gold, and cut in rhythmic linear patterns highlighting their modernity.

House of Select:

Select jewelry or House of Select jewelry is one of the oldest jewelry houses in Egypt. House of Select jewelry carries pieces of heritage since the time of Egyptian monarchy. It was founded in 1923 by an Italian expat name Folina. The house dressed some of Egypt’s most notable personage, including King Farouk himself, his wives, children and other members of the Royal Family. After the 1952 revolution, Folina left Egypt and the ownership of the store went to Samy Abdou Youssef.

Maison Saédi

: Ahmed Saédi is an engineer and self-taught designer. At the beginning of his career, he thought that he should work more on his designs. Hence, he took a fashion history class, he started reading more about fashion, and he started working on his mistakes until he developed into being the designer that he is right now.

JAZZY Shades

: Yasmine Seoud, founder of JAZZY, has been in love with sunglasses “since forever.” With a good experience in marketing and public relations, Seoud decided to establish her own Egyptian sunglasses brand. As the name entails, JAZZY is all about funk, fun, fashion and affordability with premium-quality lenses and materials. JAZZY has established a following in a short time, selling their pieces online through their website and in several boutiques around Greater Cairo. Their latest summer collection features a lot of color, mirrored lenses and unusual, cool shapes.]]>
9/1/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Did anyone notice the *Play Button* YouTube?]]>3 times before, but there has never really been any changes to the logo’s core. The changes were more like edits: originally, the rounded red rectangle around the word “Tube” was a bit shiny with the slogan “Broadcast yourself”.

YouTube – logo 2005 - Logopedia – Wikimedia commons

Then, in July 2011, the logo was modified after an initiative called the

“Cosmic Panda Experiment”

. The red color turned a bit darker.

Logo of YouTube (2011-2013) - YouTube - Wikimedia commons

The logo was modified two more times in 2013 and 2015. Both times, the modifications were quite minimal, and the last modification lasted until the August 29, 2017.

Logo of YouTube (2013-2015) - YouTube - Wikimedia commons

Logo of YouTube (2015-2017) - YouTube - Wikimedia commons

This photo is when the logo had an actual change, removing the red square from behind the word “Tube” to the left side of the logo,

forming the famous YouTube play button

in pure red (#FF0000). Finally, the words are bolder and shaded in all black.
So, congratulations to YouTube!

5- YouTube Logo 2017 - YouTube - Wikimedia commons ]]>
8/31/2017 11:22:15 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek women & their diversity]]>Hence, a lot of foreigner like to visit or live there because of the diversity, shopping, and food. You will find a diverse group of women there too. Women in Zamalek are different in that some of them are into motorcycles and do not care about the social norms or barriers. Some are into art and crafts, even though they are from a conservative background or veiled. On the other hand, some women are into tattoos and are well educated and work. Also, some girls like writing inspirational quotes or writing in general. Although women in Zamalek are diverse and different, they like to sit and hang in the same places, like Lilly’s and Pottery Café. Hence, this photo essay will show how women who live or hang out in the streets of Zamalek in Cairo are diverse from one another in attitude and actions.


“At first, I face some problems in the streets, but I learned that your attitude is the only thing that makes people respect you. You may be wearing a bikini while riding and no one talks to you, or you may be wearing a veil and boys harass you; it’s all about you attitude.” – at Pottery Café.


“I’m a student at MSA University. I love drawing and hanging out with my friends.” – at Lilly’s.
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“I have tattoos all over my body and I am a student at the Cairo University. Yes, I love tattoos!!” – at Lilly’s.


“I love inspirational quotes; I love writing them and reading them. Here is one that I like: ‘Lies are more than the truth’.” – at Lilly’s.


“We are different in personalities, but that’s what makes us friends. Every single one of us loves something different, but in the end, our diversity is the one thing that brings us together.” – Café Supreme Zamalek.]]>
8/31/2017 11:08:38 AM
<![CDATA[Plan your diet around the Eid holiday]]>
Since this is the holiday for slaughtering sheep, you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of red meat being cooked. The best way to limit your meat intake is to cut your meat consumption to one serving per day. Using other alternatives to sheep meat such as beef, chicken and any type of lean meat that has its fat cut off can help in reducing your fat intake.

Another tip is to widen your portions of vegetables and salads being served so that you would feel full faster. However, beware of the dips such as tahini and baba ganouche since they tend to have a high calorie count.

As for sweets, everyone’s guilty pleasure, try to curb your sweet tooth cravings with fruits first before you dig in to that platter of biscuits or oriental sweets. Watery fruits and unsalted nuts can be a good alternative.

Since you will be hopping around from one family gathering to another, try to choose the main meal that you will indulge in wisely and leave the rest of the day for smaller portion-controlled meals.

Finally, to avoid all the guilt that comes along with the eating, try to be constantly moving so that you can burn some of the calories you ate, whether it’s by going out for a walk or helping out with the house chores.
8/31/2017 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Your Disney Guide to Getting Through the Eid Holiday ]]>
1- The sun is not your friend: this one is too obvious but seriously, not only is it tiring and bothersome to stay in the sun for too long but it is also

dangerous and harmful

for your skin so avoid it as much as possible if you are not using your sunscreen.

Adorable Couple - Mickey Mouse - YouTube Thumbnail

2- Water is though: water has all the


it needs to be your best friend, from making you feel full and active to smoothing your skin and cleansing your body, water is one of the best natural moisturizers that your body needs big amounts of every day so make sure to keep your water bottle near you at all times.

The Incredibles Scene: Fire and Ice – RevivingSociety – YouTube still

3- Speaking of moisturizers: you cannot rely on water alone you should also use other

natural moisturizers

as well such as cucumbers, watermelons and apples, they are three of the best natural snacks to keep you hydrated and fresh. There is no reason to refuse an apple. Unless you are snow white, in that case, do not eat the apple, I repeat do not eat the apple.

Snow white the poison apple - waltdisney512 - YouTube still

4- Not just snacks, also drinks: if you feel dehydrated and you need something stronger than water go for a healthy drink


such as Lemonade, Ice Tea or Kuzco transformation potions.

The Emperor's New Groove- Run for the potion - Caladan1 – YouTube still

5- Finally, Cheer Up! be a “why not” person instead of being lazy or wanting to sleep all the time. Eid is here and this has been a long summer that almost melted us all, so forget about your troubles, do not think about what you will be getting back to and do not miss a chance to enjoy yourself. Have a good holiday!

Moana: International Trailer – ScreenSlam – YouTube sttill
8/31/2017 10:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Eid Gifts for the Kids ]]>
Children wait for this day all year because they love to open new gifts and get money from aunts and uncles. If you’re out of ideas and don’t know what to get the children in your life here are 5 places that might help you out.

Kams: Offers toys, for newly born along with all mothers’ needs. The store opened 10 years ago and they have expanded to 9 branches across the country; five of them are in Cairo and two are in Alexandria, one in the North Coast and one in Hurghada.


Hedya Store: A babies and kids toy store that delivers straight to your door step. Founded in 2007, it’s the first of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East. Hedeya offers a wide range of local and international brands to parents. If you want to buy your kid a toy but you do not want the hassle of going to the shop Hedaya, they also offer online shopping.


Hamley’s: Is one of the oldest toy shops in the world, it first opened back in 1760 opening its second branch in 1881. Due to its massive worldwide success on March 9, 2016, they launched two stores right here in Egypt; one in City Stars Mall and the other in Cairo Festival City Mall offering the newest international toys.


Lego Land: A family company that is located in Denmark and launched in 1932. They opened their first store in Egypt in 2016 at Cairo Festival City Mall.

8/31/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>
The Queen of Jordan was born on August 31, 1970, in Kuwait City. She has two siblings, Dina and Magdi. She graduated from the American University in Cairo with a business degree in 1991. During the first Gulf War, her family fled from Kuwait to Jordan. She became the queen of Jordon after her husband became the king in 1999.

Fun Fact:
Queen Rania is one of the fashion icons in the Middle East and the world.

Another Quote for the Road:
“People sometimes think of 'queen' as a title that's shrouded with protocol and formality, and for that reason sometimes people are not easily saying what they want to say. They're reluctant to express their opinions, and I kind of find that frustrating because I want to know what people really, really think.”
8/31/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Model of the Week: Hind Sahli]]> interview with Bazaar Arabia, Sahli stated “I don’t find the fashion industry uses many dark girls, which I hope will be different one day. In the shows, they mostly take white girls, probably one or two dark skins, one Asian… But I hope it will be different, because we’re all humans, no matter what color we are.”

Hind Sahli has walked the runway for big names such as Naeem Khan, Amanda Wakeley, Oscar de la Renta and more.

She also appeared on the covers of big fashion magazines such as Bazaar and L'Officiel.

very happy and proud to be part of this amazing project. representing Arabic Women. #celebratingdiversity #morocco🇲🇦

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8/30/2017 4:55:07 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>
Bleta "Bebe" Rexha was born on August 30, 1989. She is an American singer, songwriter and record producer is best known as a featured guest vocalist on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I. She has co-written the chart-hit Eminem and Rihanna single "The Monster".

Both of her parents are Albanian. Her father immigrated to America at the age of 21. Her mother was born in the US to two a native Albanian family from Gostivar, Republic of Macedonia.

When Rexha met Pete Wentz Fall Out Boy's bassist in 2010 they began working together in New York City and then she became a member and the lead vocalist of his project the Black Cards. Solo success came soon after for Rexha as she departed the band in 2012. Only to sign a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2013.

Fun Fact:
Bleta means "bumble bee"; in Albanian, this is how Rexha came to give herself the nickname "Bebe".

Another Quote for the Road:
“I rolled up my sleeves and said, 'I want to make a mark on this world.”
8/30/2017 2:49:34 PM
<![CDATA[Versus Versace Fall/Winter 2017]]>
“The unity of a new generation – the Versus Versace generation.”

Strength, fierceness and a bold attitude are what make this collection live a rebellious life giving you sharp shapes, strong shoulders and volume.


A brand new print is created from torn-up and over-painted iconic Versus imagery, a twist on the heritage and culture of Versace on every item.

Bigger is better with padded jackets that are pumped up to the extreme, with zips down the middle of exaggerated hoods for men and women to explore the night, while women’s cropped padded jackets have zippered backs.


Metal mesh is reborn all black everything with black metal mesh bonded onto black scuba for cocoon-shaped long-sleeve dresses with a zip down the back.


Cozy fluffy teddy yarn sweaters come in bright winter sorbet colors and cropped shapes. Meanwhile, bobble knit sweaters create unexpected futuristic structure.


Shearling jackets are given a tech update for both men and women, cut into panels that are held together by scuba, with oversized scuba pockets.


Rock n Roll leather is the lead singer, with the classic Versus leather jacket, an A-line leather mini-skirt, and a leather wrap skirt with its long strap held by D-rings, and cropped leather culottes.


“Fashion has the power to send out a message of hope and unity, especially to the new generation. Versus is about passion, optimism and a fierce statement of equality.” - Donatella Versace ]]>
8/30/2017 2:42:44 PM
<![CDATA[LVMH looking to turn historic Paris grounds into theme park]]>
LVMH, which has managed the park since 1984, holds an 80 percent stake in a partnership with Compagnie des Alpes, a theme parks and ski resorts developer.

Paris officials last year renewed LVMH’s concession for the 18-hectare Jardin d’Acclimatation in the west of the city, opening the way for a renovation of the garden and its attractions. The concession contract runs for 25 years.

Work will begin on Sept. 4 and last until May 1, 2018 to build 17 new attractions, some of which will be themed around ’steampunk’, a science fiction subgenre that takes its inspiration from 19th-century industrial steam-powered machines.

Compagnie des Alpes and LVMH, controlled by billionaire Bernard Arnault, want to raise annual visitor numbers to some 3 million by 2025 from 2 million at present, which would place it behind Disneyland Paris but ahead of Parc Asterix.

“Our goal is for Jardin d’Acclimatation to rank second or third among theme parks in France,” Delphine Pons, head of development at Compagnie des Alpes, told a news conference.

In March, Arnault had also unveiled plans to renovate a disused public building near his Louis Vuitton Foundation which sits next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, near Paris’ chic 16th district.

The Musee National des Arts et Traditions Populaires was built in 1972 but has been vacant since 2005, and Arnault aims to turn it into an arts and crafts center in a 158 million euros revamp by renowned architect Frank Gehry.]]>
8/30/2017 12:07:15 PM
<![CDATA[When I'm 64: Retirement for Spaniard who climbed into record books]]>
Now aged 64, the Spaniard will finally retire after summiting the world's 14 tallest mountains without bottled oxygen, with his undisputed ascents set to propel him into the record books as the oldest mountaineer to complete a feat achieved by just a handful of others before him.

The quest saw him narrowly avoid plunging to his death. But in July, after three consecutive failed attempts, the Alpine Club of Pakistan confirmed he had topped Pakistan's Broad Peak -- and, some 33 years after he began, he was done.

"It's like a huge burden being taken off my shoulders," Cadiach told AFP in an exclusive interview.

"I have done my part and it's time to retire," he said, adding that he will still teach climbing and plans to publish his story.

A mountaineering instructor by profession, Cadiach was first drawn to the "eight thousander" challenge in 1984 after topping Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, known as the "Killer Mountain" due to the number of people who have died on its slopes.

Cadiach then set his sights on blazing dangerous new trails across the world's highest peaks as a freestyle climber -- without the aid of oxygen or the use of ropes.

During an expedition to summit Nepal's Kangchenjunga in 2007, he almost met his demise.

Half freezing and weathering 100 kilometre-per-hour (60 mile-per-hour) winds with frostbite, he clung to the mountainside ropeless for an entire day and narrowly escaped falling to his death.

"My hands almost slipped off the rock but I succeeded in pulling myself up," said Cadiach.

Others on the expedition were not so lucky.

He explained: "It was only after that I realised my friend who was dangling from that cliff with me had fallen and was gone forever."

- 'The best and the worst' -

Pakistan's K2 has provided the Catalonian with his steepest challenges, including the loss of his climbing partner Manel de la Matta in 2004.

De la Matta died of pulmonary oedema -- a condition when the lungs fill with excess fluid that can be triggered by prolonged exposure to high altitudes -- and was buried at K2's base camp.

"I sat beside his grave before the summit telling him either I would bring him the good news or will stay there with him," he said of his successful 2012 expedition.

"K2 has given me the best and the worst," he explained. "Being on the top of K2 on a full moon night was the best moment of my life, I stood there motionless looking at the stars and the moon and the world below me, it was eternity."

After summiting Mount Everest on two separate occasions, Cadiach says there are stark differences between the challenges posed by the world's highest peak and its second.

"Mount Everest welcomes you, the weather, the climbing conditions, it’s just hospitable," he said.

"It's completely the opposite on K2. It rejects you -- the climbing conditions, the weather, it becomes more hostile as you climb it."

The Barcelona native, who married twice and has three children, says respecting weather conditions and being mentally prepared are important to reaching one of the world's most treacherous summits.

But he also admits that "luck is very important on K2", adding: "Sometimes everything is just together but you still fail because it's just not your moment."

Cadiach participated in 67 climbing expeditions and made 37 attempts to summit the world's eight thousanders before securing his place in the record books.

But after a lifetime conquering the world's highest peaks Cadiach says he feels rather minuscule.

He says: "Being on top of the summit makes you feel great as you look down at the world but at the same time it makes you feel small as you look at the length of the mountain."]]>
8/30/2017 12:04:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Stars before and after extreme makeovers]]>
Ahmed Zaher: the super talented actor came a long way and split the screen with some of the biggest stars in Egypt such as Mahmoud Yassin, Adel Imam, and Yehia El-Fakharany. There was never any debating over his talent but then he disappeared for a little while and suddenly came back to his audience with a bang! In ‘Hikayat Hayat’ in 2013 not only did Zaher lose a lot of weight and changed his look but he also started choosing more controversial roles that challenged him as an actor to bring his best to the screen.

Use the slider to view the two photos

Tarek Lotfy: from the innocent boy next door in ‘Saidy fe al Gamea al Amerikya’ to the dangerous devious cop in ‘Shehadet Melad,’ Lotfy came a long way but never lost his talent or smart choices when it comes to roles and looks.

Amir Karara: he started his career as a TV presenter in shows like ‘Star Maker’ and small roles in movies and TV shows but he came all the way to become one of the biggest stars in the Ramadan series season with shows like ‘El Mowaten X,’ ‘Taraf Talet,’ and his recent hit ‘Kalabsh.’

Menna Shalabi: she started off her career by appearing in huge productions such as ‘Hadith al Sabah Wa al Masaa,’ and with huge stars such as Mahmoud Abdel Aziz in ‘Al Saher,’ Yousra in ‘Al Asseefa’ and Kamal el-Shennawi in ‘Le Dawa’y Amnia.’ Now after years of experience from participating in many great works, she still captures our attention and move us with her honest, natural performances.

Ahmed Helmy: he is one of the most creative and hard working actors in the Middle East who never seems to stop surprising us; from his beginnings and his role in ‘El Nazer’ as our beloved Atef and until now with every movie he makes.

Ahmed Helmy in an old TV show - YouTube still

Ahmed Helmy from official trailer of his last movie ‘Laf we Dawaran’ – YouTube
While you're here check out our list of the

Best dressed Middle Eastern men of 2017 so far...

8/29/2017 3:20:07 PM
<![CDATA[et Inspires: Quote of the Day]]>Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 and passed away on June 25, 2009.

He was a legendary singer, songwriter and an iconic dancer. He is also now known till this day as the "King of Pop."

Jackson’s contribution to music and fashion earned him the legendary pop culture status we know him to have today. In his time, he was the best and most popular performers around the world. This is proven in the fact that he was the bestselling music artist at the time.

When he was 5 years old he joined his brothers as the lead singer of the group, the Jackson 5. At the early age of 13, he launched his solo career and soon after became the sole King of Pop.

Fun Fact:
- Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ is the best-selling album in the U.S. by shipments/sales (27.7 million).

- ‘This Is It’ the movie is the highest grossing concert film of all time.

Another Quote for the Road:
“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, then make that change.”
8/29/2017 1:28:51 PM
<![CDATA[et Home: IKEA launches new must-have products]]>
There are new products that were launched in Ikea at their Egypt branch. Here are the list of products and their names if you might like to buy them to make your space even better:



Lifelike artificial plant that remains to look fresh year after year.



The cushion cover matches perfectly with several sofas and chairs in the Ikea range because it is made of the same fabric. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.



Motif created by Maja Wronska. The included collage template and coordinated motifs make it easy to create your own personal wall collage.

IKEA PS 2017


You can mount the armrest on the right or left side. If you combine the 2 corner chairs you get a comfortable loveseat.



Store things like throws, newspapers or yarn in the basket or leave it empty to let the design stand out and to create a spacious feeling. Easy to lift and move from the sofa to your favourite armchair.



You can easily vary the look, because the two sides have different designs.



The cover is easy to keep clean as it is removable and can be machine washed.



This desk is designed to grow with your child, thanks to the three different heights.



Furniture made of natural fiber is lightweight, yet sturdy and durable.



Perfect when friends come over to hang out – just roll it out. When it’s time to tidy up, simply stow the bedding, toys or secret treasures inside and push it under SLÄKT bed.



Perfect when your child wants you close by or when a friend is sleeping over. When the morn-ing comes, simply roll it back under SLÄKT bed.



You’ll keep sitting comfortably thanks to the long-lasting pocket springs that support your body.



Bringing new life to an old favorite. Ikea first introduced this chair in the 1950’s. Some 60 years later they brought it back into the range with the same craftsmanship, comfort and appearance.



You can easily wirelessly charge your smartphone, just place it on the charging pad and charging begins



The timeless design of VEDBO makes it easy to place in various room settings and coordinate with other furniture.



This sofa can be arranged any way you like for your space at home. Choose the number of seats, design and functions. As your family or home grows, add on to the sofa and let it grow with you.

Ikea is a multinational company that designs and sells; furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories.

Ikea was founded in 1943 by the Swedish Ingvar Kamprad, who began selling useful items through his bicycle to his neighbors.

According to Ikea, they are a values driven company with a passion for life at home. They make home a better place through every product and idea they create. Ikea has around 315 stores in 27 countries, one of them is Egypt.

IKEA Egypt held a press conference at Cairo Festival City Mall for the launch of their 2018 catalog.

With the inspirational slogan: “Make Room for Life”. With the living room is the most important part of a home, as it is the room where the connecting with family, friends, celebrating special occasions, or simply making memories always happens. Hence, the living room is the main focus of the catalog.

8/29/2017 12:51:49 PM
<![CDATA[Girls’ social needs]]>
According to Rabia Sharawy, a political science student at BUE (the British University in Egypt), women in Egypt have changed after the 2012 revolution. They started to take actions for themselves and stopped caring about what society or people say about them.

“I have a curfew when I’m here in Cairo, but when I travel with my friends to Gounna, or El Sokhna, my father gives me all the privileges that he usually takes away from me in Cairo. One of them is my curfew,” added Sharawy.

The problem is not that my parents don’t trust me, the problem is that my parents are scared of the neighbors’ criticisms or from family members who are a bit conservative as Perihan Gamel, economics student at AUC, said.

“The year that my sister and I moved to Cairo to study at The American university in Cairo (AUC), members of our family were criticizing my father and mother for leaving us alone and staying at the dorms without supervision,” said Dana Elbashbishy, an economics senior student at AUC. “My father checks on us every single day by phone and he checks if we are home early or late, so he is doing the same kind of supervision; the only difference is that he is not living with us under the same roof.”

“The aspect of culture has changed, parents now are willing to send their daughters to study abroad alone, or even work abroad,” Ebtehal Nassef stated. “My father is sending my sister to Canada to study there next year.”

Elbashbishy added, “A few years ago before it was socially unacceptable for a girl to travel alone, but this has changed in the Egyptian culture after the 2012 revolution. In some households they started treating the girl as the boy by giving her all means of freedom.”

Madiha Al-Safty, a sociology professor at AUC, said to Al-Ahram Weekly that “This is not a widespread phenomenon. There are only a few single young women in Egypt who leave home and go to live alone, or with a friend or two. What is new is that more girls have left home since the January 25 Revolution. It is an exclusively urban thing and is unheard off in rural areas, however.”

“It is a privilege of the rich. No poor young woman can afford to live alone and leave her parents’ home. Socially, it would be totally unacceptable for a young unmarried woman to live alone or leave her parents’ home. The daughters of the elite can afford to do so, but not the middle or lower-middle classes, and certainly not the poor,” Al-Safty told Al-Ahram Weekly.

Young ladies became independent and started living alone; they either rent houses or buy their own properties, but only in certain upmarket areas of Cairo such as Zamalek, Maadi , Heliopolis, 6 of October, and Katameya . So, living alone for women in Egypt is starting to become acceptable in some of the Egyptian households, but drinking is still not acceptable in most.

“I drink behind my parents’ back even though they drink just like me,” added Sharawy “I don’t understand why I shouldn’t drink around them or even when I’m with my friends?”

“I’m a parent, and yes I drink, but I don’t want my daughter or my son to adopt this negative habit that I have,” said Lamia Moussa, a housewife. “ My daughter is the most sacred thing in my life, that is why I forbade her from drinking because I don’t want the neighbors to talk about her behind her back or spread false rumors about her just because she drinks.”

“Egyptians as a society tend to talk behind people’s back, they even like to spread false rumors on one another,” said Gamel, “hence, our parents get so conservative sometimes and protective because of peoples’ judgmental eyes and words.”

Sharawy concluded: “If every single person just minded their own business, I feel that women and girls will be able to feel safe, secure and free in this country. They would be able to do whatever they wish without any social boundaries.”
8/29/2017 11:54:53 AM