<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Samsung launches the all-new 8K QLED TVs for the first time in Egypt]]>
The new 8K TV features are supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, allowing it to recognize and enhance any content with any resolution and transmit it in high 8K definition.

The press conference also witnessed the launch of the new Super Big TVs for the first time, which was locally manufactured in Samsung’s Beni Suef plant. Super big TVs that comes in the size of 82 inches, matching the diverse interests and tastes of the consumers.

On the sidelines of the conference, Jaehwan Lee, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics Egypt, stated, “With the launch of our new products, today, we have achieved several breakthroughs to take over the local market in Egypt which has a vital position in the region.”

Eng. Kassem Hassan, Head of the TVs department at Samsung Electronics Egypt, expressed his pride in the accomplishments the TV sector achieved over the past decade. “The TV sector witnessed rapid growth after the establishment of Samsung’s Beni Suef plant for TV manufacture,” stated Hassan, “Today; we are launching the locally manufactured Super Big TVs of 82 inches for the very first time in Egypt, and will later launch it in the MENA region markets. This reflects Samsung’s commitment to develop the TV sector in Egypt and enhance the local product’s positioning, thus making Egypt an exportation hub in the region and later across all continents.”

Furthermore, Samsung announced launching their new smart TVs dedicated for an unparalleled spectator experience of the CAN 2019 matches to be aired next June in Egypt. The new “Football TV 2019” features AI Upscaling, which highlights details, enhances clarity and resolution up to 4K/8K in some models, in addition to edge and noise reduction, offering a vibrant dynamic screen display for spectators. This comes in line with Samsung’s Cup Campaign, which launched its first phase during the World Cup matches.

Samsung’s new smart TVs also present new features including the “Smart View” feature that allows users to easily recognize and connect to devices through Auto Detect. Moreover, user will be able to manage these devices with “One Remote”.

Unprecedented Visual Quality with the all-new Quantum Processor

The new QLED 2019 TVs featuring 8K technology and the Quantum Processor, now offers a whole new level of elevated visual experience, allowing spectators to play 8K videos in high definition on TV. Additionally, the new HDR feature offers the highest brightness degrees, customizable according to the viewer’s preference, displaying the Quantum HDR scenes more dynamically. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, the AI Upscaling feature enables the TV to transmit low quality visual content into more enhanced images with high clarity 8K resolution.

Optimal Sound for every scene

Visual quality wasn’t the only thing in focus. The new 8K TVs offer a new sound feature, where the sound system relies on AI recognition of each scene and modifies it accordingly, creating the perfect sound for the scene in display.
4/24/2019 2:18:36 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix spared as Academy keeps Oscars rule unchanged]]>
Campaigners including Steven Spielberg -- who is set to work with Apple's rival to Netflix -- have suggested that the films produced and released by streaming firms should not be eligible for the Oscars, and should instead be classified as TV content.

But despite the grumbling about the impact of streaming services on the traditional cinema industry, the Academy's board decided to continue with its current rule: a film "must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission."

"Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible."

Ahead of the board meeting, the Academy had also received a warning from the US Justice Department that any exclusion may fall foul of anti-trust laws.

The battle between traditional cinema and streaming came sharply into focus after Netflix's impressive haul at this year's Academy Awards, including three Oscars for Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma."

Other rivals to Netflix include streaming service Hulu -- which has followed Netflix into original shows including "The Handmaid's Tale" -- and Amazon, which is also producing high-profile content including "Manchester by the Sea".

Many who support the exclusion of streaming content from the Oscars have suggested that streaming at home or on devices does not capture the true experience of cinema, a criticism that appeared to have been acknowledged by the Academy after Tuesday's board meeting.

"We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions," Academy President John Bailey said in a statement.

"Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues."

Despite the hostility, Netflix has attempted to find space and allies within the Hollywood establishment. It joined the Motion Picture Association of America in January.]]>
4/24/2019 12:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences Wins Luxury Hotel Of The Year]]>
Niche Magazine is a tasteful magazine that presents luxury living and all aspects of the lifestyle that reflects the readers' values & attitudes.

In this event Niche magazine awarded the luxuries sector in the presence of various Egyptian media channels and public figures.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

4/23/2019 2:51:15 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Announces Q1 2019 Business Results]]>
Huawei maintained its focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, and continuedto boost the efficiency and quality of its operations, which has helped contribute to its solid performance in Q1 2019.

2019 will be a year of large-scale deployment of 5G around the world,meaning thatHuawei's CarrierBusiness Grouphas unprecedented opportunities for growth. By the end of March 2019, Huawei had signed 40 commercial contracts for 5G with leading global carriers, and hadshipped more than 70,000 5G base stations to markets around the world.

Also in Q1 2019, Huawei's Enterprise Business Group launched its Digital Platform and its new "Huawei Inside" strategy. Huawei is committed to building the foundations of a digital China and the core of a digital worldby delivering the Digital Platform along with ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive intelligence. Huawei's Enterprise Business Group also deployed the world's first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi 6 access point. As of the end of Q1 2019, Huawei hadshipped more Wi-Fi 6 products than any other company worldwide.

Huawei's Consumer Business Group continues to create value for consumers with its innovative products. Its core strategy is to deliver an intelligent experience to consumersacross all scenarios. In Q1 2019, Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones. In other business segments like PCs, wearables, and smart home, Huawei has been welcomed by global consumers for its leading, innovative products and superior user experiences.

HUAWEI CLOUDremainscommitted to innovation. It aims to buildthe best possible hybrid cloud, provide full-stack AI solutions for intelligent industries, and make inclusive AI a reality. More than one million enterprise users and developers have chosento work with HUAWEI CLOUD. In Q1, HUAWEI CLOUD services were launched in Singapore, andHUAWEI CLOUDreleasedits AI model market. HUAWEI CLOUD's one-stop-shop AI development platform –ModelArts–camefirst inboth image classification training and inference inthe Stanford DAWNBench deep learning competition.
4/23/2019 12:36:04 PM
<![CDATA[Power your Style with realme 3, fueled with Helio P60, 4230mAh AI battery starting from EGP 2490]]>
realme 3 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM will go on sale on Jumia on April 27 for 2490EGP and in stores for 2690EGP beginning of May. The 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM will be available for 3090EGP and will be available in stores during May. As for the 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM version, it will be only be exclusively available for online sales on 6th May, 2019 for 3190EGP onwards.

Speaking at the launch event, Andro Nabil, Marketing Communication & Public Relations Manager at realme Egypt stated, “We have successfully sold over 35,000 devices in the past 2 months. Since realme launch in January, we have become one of the most searched smartphone brands on Jumia. Our phones are now available in over 1,500 retail stores across 20 governorates.”

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Nabil added that realme Egypt launched their own call center to provide the best service to its customers around the clock to ensuring one the best after-sales services.

3D Unibody Design with Gradient Colours

In order to achieve a singular and seamless product experience and a good hand feeling, realme 3 has adopted a 3D Gradient Unibody Design. It has set the highest standard among realme series in terms of hands-on and visual experience. Through the uni-body process, realme 3's back cover and mid-frame are formed in a whole piece, bringing you a seamless design and a complete sense of grip. realme 3 comes in two colors Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue.


The device comes with a dual rear camera, a combination of a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera with the primary camera's single pixel size being 1.12um. The large f/1.8 aperture and 5P lenses combination are a big leap forward in resolution, tolerance, and colour presentation. The device also supports 90fps/720P slow-motion video-shooting to slow down the wonderful moments for more fun. realme 3 has upgraded to 13MP front cameras in 5P lenses combination, with the aperture enlarged to f/2.0, sensor size to 1/3 inches, and single pixel size to 1.12um. Selfies taken with this model do better in exposure, detail restoration, and color presentation.

Nightscape mode

Based on upgraded hardware configurations and better imaging quality, realme 3 is the first to introduce the Nightscape mode into this price range. With the aid of AI, multi-frame synergy and the anti-shake algorithm, the Nightscape mode significantly improves the imaging quality in dim light. The mode enables the device to greatly increase exposure in extreme dim lighting, thus improving more details. While effectively reducing the noise on the images.

Chroma Boost mode

To meet the user demands for better imaging effect, colour and style, the smartphone has been added with the Chroma Boost mode. Using AI technologies, scenes in photos are recognized and optimized accordingly into a larger dynamic range, with more enriched details in highlighted parts and shadows, and more balanced exposure.

Powerful Performance

realme 3 is the first device from realme which is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 processor. The powerful Helio P60 adopts TSMC's latest 12nm FinFET process, which boasts a 15% drop of power consumption compared with the previous 14nm process and can rival the 10nm chip in this regard. P60 comes with multi-threaded APU (AI Processing Unit), which includes multi-core processors and smart control logic processors.

Big Battery

The device comes with a super long battery life with a 4230mAh high capacity battery that lasts even longer through optimization by smarter software.The Screen Battery Optimization mode provides the balance mode and strong mode for the user to select from, extending the battery life by 5% and 10% respectively.

ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0

Powered by the latest ColorOS 6.0 system, realme 3 adopts the borderless design philosophy will allow the users experience the following features:

Stock Android Experience

·App Drawer: the users can drag the commonly used APPs to the home screen and those not commonly used APPs to the drawer per their preferences.

· Android P navigation gestures are supported: Swipe upward from the Home key to call out multi-tasking, or swipe to the left/right to quickly switch between apps.

Game Space

· Facilitates game management for the user. Whenever a new game app is installed, it will be recognized and included in Game Space. It provides game optimization functions such as performance mode, do-not-disturb mode, brightness lock. realme 3 also features the Hyper Boost technology that can boost more resources to improve heavy gaming performances.

About realme
realme is a technology brand that specializes in providing high quality smartphones. The brand was officially established in May, 2018 by its founder Sky Li, together with a bunch of young people who have rich experience in smartphone industry.

realme is committed to offering powerful performance, stylish design, sincere services and exploring more possibilities of smartphones. Realme has launched 6 products, which includes realme 1, realme 2, realme 3, realme 2 Pro, realme C1 and realme U1.

As per both Counterpoint and IDC, realme has become the 4th largest smartphone brand in India in Q4 2018. CMR has claimed realme as No. 1 Emerging Brand and No. 1 Quality Smartphone Brand in India.

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4/23/2019 12:24:55 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Obama moment? What Harry and Meghan's baby says about race]]>
Due in the coming weeks, the baby will be seventh-in-line to the throne and, it is believed, the first person of mixed race in such a senior position in the history of British royalty.

“I think this baby is going to be hugely important historically because it’s going to break new ground,” royal biographer Claudia Joseph told Reuters.

“Whether it’s a girl or a boy, it will be the first Afro-American baby to be born into the royal family.”

With a black mother and white father, Meghan’s ethnicity has never been far away from discussions about her relationship with Queen Elizabeth’s grandson - scrutiny that has often been unwelcome.

In late 2016 when he first announced they were dating, Harry issued a rare rebuke to the press, condemning the racial undertones of articles. One commentator had written how Meghan would bring “rich and exotic DNA” to the Windsors.

Michelle Ebanks, head of the company that publishes “Essence”, a U.S. magazine for African-American women, sees the positive.

“Every time we can break a barrier and be, as black people, somewhere were we’re not expected to be that is to be celebrated.

“Because we should not be in a box. Not in a box, not outside a box - there is no box! So, to be royalty should be normal,” Ebanks told Reuters.

But Kehinde Andrews, a sociology professor at England’s Birmingham City University who writes on race issues, is less sure that the royal baby indicates any improvement in racial equality.

“Unfortunately, because racism is so bad and so historic and so entrenched, we tend to look at things, any things,” he said.

“So any symbol that could possibly be good we tend to over-celebrate: Barack Obama becoming president, the film ‘Black Panther’ got people excited, anytime we have someone which ... looks like a similar progress - unfortunately we get carried away.

“But I think when we sit back and actively analyze what’s happened and what’s changed we realize that this is nothing, means nothing at all.”

For Ingrid Seward, editor of “Majesty” magazine, the new baby will be a small but important step in the royal family’s evolution.

“In order for the monarchy to survive it has to evolve and this is another way of it evolving and becoming more in tune with the multiracial society in which we now live.”

Royal biographer Robert Jobson said Meghan’s ethnicity resonated with many young Britons.

“I was at the wedding reporting for American television and there were little black girls dressed up as princesses in their princesses dress with little tiaras,” he said.

“Now even though they would have been excited to be at a royal wedding or even talk about a princess, I don’t think that those little girls would have ever dreamed that they could be part of this story.”

However, those like Jobson whose job it is to cover the royals on a daily basis have found themselves accused of racism on social media by supporters of Meghan, often for reporting critical comments made about her by members of her own family.

Valentine Low, who covers the royal family for the Times of London, wrote in February that some U.S. networks gave the impression that Britain’s media was racist and sexist.

“The problem is that in some quarters, particularly in the U.S., any negative coverage is seen as racist,” he wrote.

“Anything less than unqualified adulation comes under a barrage of abuse on social media.”

But some British journalists say Meghan has been treated differently from other members of the House of Windsor, citing a difference in attitude towards Kate, the wife of Harry’s elder brother Prince William.

Broadcaster Afua Hirsch, author of “Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging”, said ethnicity played a part.

“I would like to see more honesty and introspection in journalists who have repeated some of these tropes about Meghan Markle, and a willingness to at least look at the fact that her treatment has been different,” she told Reuters.

Meghan herself has said she avoids newspapers and Twitter, but asked about the focus on her ethnicity when her engagement was announced, she such coverage had been “disheartening”.

“At the end of the day I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from,” she said.

4/23/2019 12:19:34 PM
<![CDATA[The very first retail summit ERS 2019 kicks off]]>
The Summitwas joined by leading global retail professionals and experts from all over the world; as it brought together more than 750 attendees, and over 200 CEOs of major companies. The event was also attended by government officials including Dr. Ibrahim Ashmawy, First Assistant Minister of Supply for Investment and Head of the Internal Trade Development Authority, Dr. Mohsen Adel, CEO of GAFI Investment Authority, Ahmed El-Wakeel, Head of Chamber of Commerce, HossamFarid, consultant to the Minister of Trade and Industry for SMEs, and HE. Ahmed Salem, Member Board of Directors - Chamber of Commerce & Industry – UAE.

ERS 2019 presented an opportunity for retailers to share their expertise and discuss the challenges facing the retail sector and for the governmental and private sectors to discuss potential collaboration opportunities, with more than 45 speakers from the world's retail industry who contributed to an open dialogue between business owners and experts on how to achieve the greatest returns towards fair competition in markets and keeping abreast of the evolving retail industry sector, including Timothy Earnest, CEO of Al-Futtaim Malls.

ERS 2019 included 6 discussion panels and 5 international keynote speeches; deliberating on several key topics on how to build a winning retail model in New Urban cities, the future of retail in Egypt: Challenges Vs. Opportunities,women’s role in the fashion industry andunlocking their potential in the Retail Sector in the MENA region, the role of retail brands and creating a distinct purchasing power, the latest retail strategiesand e-business applications, and the optimal model combining traditional trading methods and other e-commerce methods.

“We are delighted to be here in the first retail summit in Egypt and the region. It provides an opportunity for retailers from the Egyptian public and private sectors to share their expertise and exchange their insights on strategies for a radical developmentthe retail industry in Egypt,” stated Dr. Ibrahim Ashmawy, First Assistant Minister of Supply for Investment and Head of the Internal Trade Development Authority.

Ashmawy added that this event shares the same objectives as the Egyptian government’s Egypt vision for 2030, which seeks to develop the Egyptian economy and achieve sustainable growth through enhancing the retail industry and internal trade affairs. He reiterated that ERS is a real opportunity to transform the retail sector into a major power leading the economic renaissance.

“ERS 2019 is a point of change in the Egyptian retail industry. The summit comes in a stage of continuous growth in the Egyptian economy. Last year statistics by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics show that the retail sector is the most attractive sector for employers in the first half of 2018, which highlights the Egyptian retail market’s growth potential,” stated Marwan Abdelrazik, CEO and Founder of BiznEx.
The ERS event included an award ceremony where top 20 Egyptian retail companies were awarded for their contribution to the development of the retail sector and their influential impact on the economic and investment scene.

During the award ceremony, Dr. Ibrahim Ahsmawy delivered the honorary awards to National Bank of Egypt, AL-Futtaim group Malls, Landmark Leisure | Landmark Group, Khadamaty, Al Mansour Group, SenwanCompnay (SARL), Carina, Kazyon, Eva Pharma, Venti, MaaAlThahab, Marakez, SWVL, Aramex Logistics company, VictoryLink, Big Billboard, B2B, JLL: Commercial real estate | Property investment, EG Gate, and Déjà vu shoes.

About BiznEx:

Biznex is the Go to Market and Business consulting firm, providing services for businesses seeking development, business start-ups, franchisors, brand-owners and potential investors.

It was founded in 2012, and been endorsing diverse experience from working with different business sectors for over 20 years of experience.

Biznexclients benefit from being the trusted gate for transformation, expansion and local / international market penetration. Biznexalso presents to and supports the decision making process of investors and business seekers a wide array of prospective business opportunities in the market with the proper guidance.

Biznex has invented and hosted the biggest investment &business hub in Egypt.

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4/22/2019 3:20:43 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrate 100 years of hospitality with our media and corporate partners at HILTON CAIRO ZAMALEK]]>
The event was hosted by Tarek Zaki the Hotel Manager; Tarek Zaki expressed his gratitude to the attendees for helping us make our special day even more special.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.






4/22/2019 12:47:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Players Dominate Round 2 of El Gouna International Squash Open ]]>
• World number one Ali Farag remains undefeated alongside Mohamed El Shorbagy
• Raneem El Welily beats Nicol David in Round 2 of This tournament

Egyptian Champions

On Saturday night, world no. 2 Mohamed El Shorbagy and Nour El Sheribini were victorious over their counterparts Hong Kong’s Max Lee and El Sherbini’s fellow Egyptian Yathreb Adel at the iconic glass court at Abu Tig Marina.

Men’s Matches

Round 2 witness a big win for 5 other Egyptian male squash players against their rivals including Tarek Momen, Karim Abdel Gawad, Omar Mosaad, Marwan ElShorbagy, and Fares Desouky. Once again, Egyptians are leading round 2 and are qualifying to round 3 alongside the world no. 3 German player Simon Rosner and New Zealand’s Paul Coll.

Women Matches

On the other hand, women’s draw side pulled off thrilling encounters and a number of vicious wins for World no. 1 Raneem El Welily, TinnieGilis, Mariam Metwally who will be facing New Zealand’s Joelle King in the 3rd round, the top English player Laura Massaro, and Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb.

What to expect in Round 3

The third round of the main draw of El Gouna Squash Open is expected to be more eventful. It is hosting World number 3 Nour El Tayeb, France’s Camille Serme, Nadine Shahin who beat world no. 10 Alison Waters, world no. 6 Sarah-Jane Perry, and world no. 7 NouranGohar. As for male players, world no. 6 Miguel Rodriguez is competing against the Egyptian Fares Dessouky in round 3, while Omar Mosaad is facing his fellow Egyptian Karim AbdelGawad. Round 3 also features Marwan El Shorbagy, Nicholas Mueller, Tarek Momen, SauravGhosal, Adrian Waller, and Joel Makin.

Additionally, top players will meet again in round 3, where Raneem El Welily will play against theBelgian TinneGilis and Ali Farag is up against Diego Elias. On the other hand, Mohamed El Shorbagy will play against the Mexican player Cesar Salazar while El Sherbini is up against the rising champion Nadine Shahin.

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4/22/2019 12:38:16 PM
<![CDATA[International Real Estate Development Conference Kicks Off Sponsored by Mountain View]]>
The event was under the auspices of Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in cooperation with The American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business, the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Chamber of Real Estate Development.

Additionally, Mountain View-DMG was the main sponsor of the event. Engineer Amr Soliman, CEO of Mountain View and Board Member of the Real Estate Development Chamber of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) made an intervention during the conference where he applauded the efforts of the country represented in the Ministry of Housing to support the real-estate development sector. He also stressed the role of the real-estate developers and investors that contributes to the continuous growth of the market.

During his word, Amr Soliman emphasized the sector’s capabilities that will enable it to overcome all the challenges. He also pointed out the integral role of the real-estate developers of the private sector and the necessity of their collaboration with the government to complement its attempts to sustain the real-estate products and provide better housing opportunities.

Discussing solutions towards a better housing and real estate market, Soliman specifically detailed two major steps that should be taken in the future: the first aims at studying the consumers’ needs, while the second focuses on diversifying the financing opportunities to tailor them for the consumer. He stressed the importance of quickly responding to such needs to benefit from the upsurge in the real estate development sector.

Furthermore, Soliman mentioned the Real Estate Academy founded by Mountain View in 2009 in collaboration with the American University in Cairo, and the National University of Singapore, with the aim of developing the skills and capabilities of the prominent players in the Egyptian market. In addition to that, the academy functions as a link between the investors and the most recent trends in the real estate scene through educational executive programs and field expeditions that contribute to the development of the participants. These programs are supported by the National University of Singapore, which provides advanced tools and training methodologies facilitating the learning process.

The Academy of Real Estate Development is part of the American University, which presented more than 176 graduates to the real estate market, who are currently considered to be among the best real estate development calibers in the Egyptian market, leading the largest companies in the field.

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4/22/2019 12:35:42 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Queen celebrates 93rd birthday at Easter service]]>
Elizabeth was accompanied by members of her family, including grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, and William’s wife Catherine, at the Easter Mattins service in St George’s Chapel.

Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child imminently, did not attend.

The couple, who were married at the chapel in May 2018, posted a birthday greeting to Elizabeth on their official Instagram account.

“Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan,” they wrote.

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, in Bruton Street, central London and became queen in 1952 at the age of 25, meaning she has now reigned for more than 67 years.

She has an official birthday in June which is publicly marked with a large parade of soldiers through central London, known as Trooping the Colour.


4/21/2019 2:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[Majid Al Futtaim Retail to open 20 Carrefour stores in Egypt in 2019 ]]>
Four of these stores (in Asmarat, Zagazig, Beverly Hills and Rehab) opened their doors to customersduring the first quarter of the year. Among the remaining sixteen, other locationswill include a hypermarket in City Centre Almaza and 14 supermarkets to be opened across locations in Alexandria, Damanhur, Mansura and Beni Suef. The plan also includes a new Carrefour hypermarket in Ismailia,which will be the first of a 100-strongstore opening initiative planned for the coming years via a partnership framework agreed with the National Service Projects Agency and Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation.

As part of today’s announcement, Majid Al Futtaim Retail has affirmed its commitment to partner with the Egyptian government in bringing more customer choice and economic benefits to the people of Egypt. The company is investing heavily in the expansion of its network of stores in the country, honouring its intentions to bring high quality products at great value pricesand convenient purchase methods to its customer base across the nation.

Today, Carrefour handles 35 million customers a year in Egypt. Last year the company introduced a new online shopping application, delivering on its promise of bringing even greater convenient grocery shopping to its customers. Carrefour also recently celebrated more than sixteen years in Egypt with an anniversary festival that saw selected products being substantially discounted, averagingaround 27% below standard prices, in a promotion supported by many of its local suppliers.

Dr. Hervé Majidier, Chief Operating Officer for Egypt, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain at Majid Al Futtaim Retail said: "One of the key components of Majid Al Futtaim’s successin Egypt is our colleagues who are dedicated to ensuring the best shopping experience in the market for all our customers.”

He added, “We are committed to providing career opportunities and continuous training for our existing 6,000+ employees. As we expand, we will be able to offer more and more sustainable employment opportunities in the country. The growth that we and our suppliers are achieving as a result of our strong customer offering will also allow us to provide more indirect employment opportunities too, creating a triple win for our business, partner businesses and the Egyptian economy and its people.”


Jean Luc Graziato, Carrefour Egypt Country Manager at Majid Al Futtaim Retail said: "A key success factor underpinning our growth is our knowledge and understanding of what Egyptian customers need and want. Our large buying power allows us to provide the best value prices in the market and protect our customers from dramatic price fluctuations. Our policy to prioritise local suppliers has meant that today we work with more than 1,000 businesses in Egypt to help us provide more than 30,000 product items to customers. Our aim is to increase this over time, allowing us to deliver on even greater choice to Egyptian consumers, as well as generate opportunities for existing and new local partner businesses.”

Preparations for the Holy Month of Ramadan are underway at Carrefour in Egypt. The company has stocked up on products which are popular with Egyptian consumers at this time of year, including traditional pastries and sweets such as knafeh and atayef, and is offering a festive atmosphere in stores to create an authentic Ramadan shopping experience.

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Note to the Editor: The legal name of this company is “Majid Al Futtaim” and should not be shortened or replaced by an acronym to avoid confusion with another business entity.

Disclaimer: All facts and figures in this release are accurate at the time of issuance.

About Carrefour
Carrefour is one of the largest hypermarket and supermarket chains in the world. The brand was launched in the region in 1995 by Majid Al Futtaim, which is the exclusive franchisee to operate Carrefour in 37 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Today, Majid Al Futtaim operates over 270 Carrefour stores, serving more than 750,000 customers daily and employing over 37,000 colleagues.
Carrefour operates different store formats, as well as multiple online offerings to meet the growing needs of its diversified customer base. In line with the brand’s commitment to provide the widest range of quality products and value for money, Carrefour offers an unrivalled choice of more than 100,000 food and non-food products, and an exemplary customer experience to create great moments for everyone everyday.

About Carrefour Egypt

Carrefour Egypt was launched in Egypt in 2002.

Today Carrefour operates 13 hypermarkets and 31 supermarkets and employs over 6,000 employees.


4/21/2019 10:59:48 AM
<![CDATA[From Mao to Beckham, Chinese barber turns heads with his scalp sculptures]]>
From the likes of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong to KFC’s Colonel Sanders, to film stars such as Bruce Lee and Jean Reno, Wang can do them all.

Inspired by a video he saw online of renowned U.S. hair artist Rob Ferrel, who creates portraits of celebrities on his clients’ scalps, Wang wanted to do the same for Chinese men.

Since completing his first hair sculpting piece in 2015, Wang has steadily gained a loyal following.

His work has become so popular that clients have traveled from neighboring provinces and cities to get their hair sculpted by Wang.

“It’s a form of art,” Wang said. “It comes from life but it is also beyond life.”

Shi Like, a 30-year-old delivery worker, is one of Wang’s regulars whose previous hair art designs of choice include one of Salvador Dali’s distinctive mustache.

When Reuters visited Wang’s barbershop, Shi opted for Chairman Mao to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

“Serving the people is my motto,” Shi beamed, quoting the former Chinese leader himself.

“I feel like the image of the renminbi note is sculpted on my head,” Shi added, laughing to himself.

Another of Wang’s regulars, 28-year-old Zhai Rubin, was visibly delighted to be getting a cut of one of his idols - former England soccer player David Beckham.

Having Beckham’s image on his head “means that I can be fashionable as him”, said Zhai.

Wang spends two weeks each month on the road, giving lessons around the country to barbers and hair stylists at major high street salon chains on how to sculpt basic patterns on to clients’ heads.

The rest of the time, when not running his barbershop business, Wang does hair art for around 8 to 10 clients each month.

Clients are charged 200 yuan ($30) for each piece of hair art which is the same price as a normal haircut at Wang’s barbershop.

A single hair art cut takes Wang roughly an hour to complete and grows out after around a week.

“I hope hair sculpting can be considered as a normal haircut and accepted by more hair stylists and customers,” Wang said.

4/20/2019 5:33:41 PM
<![CDATA[Notre-Dame in the arts: from gothic novels to 'Assassin's Creed']]>
As the French authorities begin planning the reconstruction of the gothic masterpiece from the ashes of Monday's blaze, here is a review of some of the works of art it has inspired.

- Literature -

Notre-Dame may have sent the spirits of medieval troubadours soaring, but it owes much of its literary fame to Victor Hugo's sprawling 1831 gothic novel "Notre-Dame de Paris" -- better known in English as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

The fervently Catholic poet Paul Claudel -- brother of the brilliant and tragic sculptor Camille -- credited it with helping him see the light in his 1913 poem "My Conversion".

It was Christmas Day 1886 and the choir was singing the "Magnificat" when "in an instant, my heart was touched and I believed... with such an uplifting of my entire being", he wrote.

Even the Communist poet Louis Aragon paid homage to it in his novel "Aurelien" and his poem "Paris 42", in which it becomes a symbol of resistance to the German Occupation.

The American literary guru Joseph Campbell -- whose book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" George Lucas credits as a huge influence on his "Star Wars" saga -- was obsessed with the cathedral.

Campbell was particularly taken with ancient ideas of the goddess being re-expressed in Christianity with the "second mother" -- Notre-Dame (Our Lady in French).

- Movies -

Hugo's novel alone has been filmed no less than 10 times, the first dating back to the birth of cinema in 1905 with "La Esmeralda".

There have been at least five television adaptations, with the British actor Idris Elba about to direct a contemporary version for Netflix in which he will play the hunchback Quasimodo.

The two best-known films are "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", with Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn in 1956, and Disney's animated version 40 years later with the voice of Demi Moore.

Notre-Dame has been used as a backdrop in numerous movies including Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2011) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 Parisian crowd-pleaser "Amelie".

- Video games -

The cathedral is the heart of the blockbusting "Assassin's Creed Unity" (2014) set during the French Revolution of 1789, with its staggeringly realistic backdrops created by Ubisoft studios.

The game itself is the setting of the viral video "Templar Assassin" by the YouTube stars Norman and Squeezie, which has been viewed nearly 70 million times.

- Art -

While Notre Dame has always been a favourite for weekend watercolourists, its interior is the setting for one of Jacques-Louis David's most spectacular canvasses, "The Coronation of Napoleon" (1807).

It shows the emperor taking the crown to place on his own head, the ultimate demonstration that he was a self-made man.

Marc Chagall was hugely inspired by the cathedral for his vision of Paris as was Maurice Utrillo, in his numerous studies of the building.

Eugene Delacroix's iconic "Liberty Leading the People" depicting the barricades of the revolution of 1848 also features Notre-Dame's two towers in the background.

- On stage -

Notre-Dame has been the setting of numerous plays, operas and musicals as well as Jules Perrot's ballet "La Esmeralda", first staged at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1844.

Another 1965 ballet "Notre Dame de Paris" by Roland Petit had music by the Oscar-winning film composer Maurice Jarre, with costumes by Yves Saint Laurent.

The first opera based on Hugo's book, "La Esmeralda", was staged as early as 1836, only five years after the last volume of the book was published.

But the most successful stage show by far was Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante's 1998 musical "Notre-Dame de Paris", which has been staged in more than 20 countries since.]]>
4/17/2019 1:13:01 PM
<![CDATA[Intel withdraws from 5G smartphone modem business]]>
The modems that connect smartphones to telecommunications networks were at the heart of the battle between Apple and Qualcomm.

Intel said it will “complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, Internet of things devices and other data-centric devices,” while pursuing investment opportunities in its 5G network infrastructure business.

“5G continues to be a strategic priority across Intel, and our team has developed a valuable portfolio of wireless products and intellectual property,” CEO Bob Swan said in a statement.

“We are assessing our options to realize the value we have created, including the opportunities in a wide variety of data-centric platforms and devices in a 5G world.”

The company said it would meet commitments to customers for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, though it has no plans to launch 5G smartphone modem products, including those previously set to premiere in 2020.

Currently under deployment, ultra-fast 5G wireless networks require terminals equipped with 5G models and specific network infrastructure.

Apple, which had fought a multi-front brawl with Qualcomm for two years, had turned to Intel before reaching the agreement with Qualcomm.]]>
4/17/2019 12:06:57 PM
<![CDATA[OPPO Launches F11 Series: Versatile Portrait Mastery, Breakthroughs in Photography and User Experience]]>
A New Design Experience: From Trend to Art

OPPO has also achieved breakthroughs in design, incorporating vigorous natural beauty into the F11 series via gradient color design.

OPPO advocates an aesthetic of "natural creation" and has captured the beauty of nature in the F11 Pro via breakthroughs in both materials and workmanship. OPPO is also the first smartphone manufacturer to create the first triple-color gradient design, Thunder Black. This unique design blends red and blue into classic black, akin to a meteor streaking across the night sky. OPPO also created a unique double-color gradient design, Aurora Green, which draws inspiration from vibrant blue oceans interwoven with lush green continents.

The F11 series comes equipped with a 6.5-inch full HD+ screen, featuring an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.9%. In particular, the F11 Pro features a hidden front camera module to free up space for its full screen display. The motor on the front camera modules has been thoroughly tested to ensure it can operate 100 times usage per day for 6 years without fail, thus ensuring a positive user experience.

The F11 series features elaborate design, retaining the experience-optimized crescent design from the previous generation, but also adding a transparent, amber-colored hidden camera module. When the camera rises up, users are treated to a stunning visual experience.

From Selfie Expert to Portrait Master

OPPO has worked for years to advance the field of selfie photography, and with the F11 series has taken the next step to propel users to portrait master. To help users capture great photos anytime and anywhere, OPPO has made considerable efforts to make it easier to shoot sharp and marvelous portrait at night. The F11 series is equipped with a 48 MP image sensor and F1.79 large aperture. Together with a 6P lens, the camera can sense more light when shooting in low light conditions, ensuring more details are captured. When capturing a night portrait, the included Tetracell technology analyzes and combines data from four adjacent pixels to achieve the equivalent of a single 1.6μm pixel. Twice the number of photosensitive pixels improves light sensitivity and allows users to capture clearer night portraits.

The F11 series also employs Ultra Night Mode and Dazzle Color Mode technologies. These technologies leverage AI and multi-frame noise reduction to achieve noise reduction, handheld stabilization, highlight suppression, and enhanced dynamic range. These features combine to enable users to capture levels of brightness and detail that normally exceed the limits of the human eye. When capturing a night portrait, the F11 series automatically distinguishes between a human face and the background, ensuring the human is the focus of the scene.

Employing a 48 MP lens, Ultra Night Mode, and Dazzle Color Mode, the OPPO F11 series features a combination of hardware and software applications that allow users to easily capture sharp and stunning night portraits.

The F11 series not only captures excellent portraits with its rear camera, but also continues the “Selfie Expert” tradition of the F-series. Selfies taken with the F11 series are as natural and beautiful as ever.

From Photography to All Purpose

The F11 series succeeds in upgrading the overall user experience. It comes equipped with a 4,000mAh battery, 500 mAh higher than the previous generation. The brand new VOOC 3.0 flash charging technology leverages a new FFC algorithm, shortening charging time by 20 minutes compared to the previous generation, which means the F11 series can be charged within 80 minutes. In terms of safety, OPPO has customized special adapters, batteries, cables, circuits and interfaces, and developed its intelligent five layers of protection technology to keep users safe. Now, VOOC has over 90,000,000 users around the world. The F11 series also reduces power consumption through optimized hardware and software technology. It contains a low-power MTK P70 CPU and ram-equipped display, while also accurately monitoring app power consumption to optimize app performance. Thus, the F11 series achieves a longer battery life via faster charging technology, a larger-capacity battery, and lower power consumption.


In regards to gaming, OPPO has independently developed its own performance acceleration engine called Hyper Boost, optimized for 11 popular mobile games, including PUBG and AOV. By optimizing the system resource mobilization plan, hardware resources can be utilized more effectively, resulting in faster game response, no disconnections, and no dropped frames. Meanwhile, OPPO has introduced two useful tools— Game Space and Game Assistant, providing gamers with a more immersive gaming experience.

The F11 and F11 Pro are also equipped with the new ColorOS 6 system, specially designed for full screen smartphones. The innovative borderless design further increases ease of use. In addition, ColorOS 6 has multiple functions, including OPPO Cloud Service, Smart Assistant, and Gesture Navigation, allowing users to experience a smarter lifestyle.

Market Availability Information

For the OPPO F11 Pro, the 6GB+128GB version will be priced at EGP 6,990. For the OPPO F11, the 6GB+64GB version will be priced at EGP 5,590.

The F11 Pro will be available for purchase at 17th of April. The F11 will be available for pre-order starting 16th to 22nd of April, and the phone will be available for purchase on the 23rd of April. Customers will also enjoy the Avengers’ giveaways accompanying the phone.
4/16/2019 2:11:08 PM
<![CDATA[The HUAWEI P30 Lite Is Quite Amazing]]>
The Huawei P series is positioned as the company’s high-end flagship series with various upgraded products aimed at maintaining a dialogue with young people. While the newly-launched P30 Liteincorporates Huawei’s traditional style along withcomplementary hardware technology and design, latest upgrades have been implemented to the phone’s camera technology.

The Huawei P30 liteneeds to be applauded for the quality of its selfie. Its32MPfront-facing camera leverages AI to beautifyselfiesand greatly simplify the user’s retouching process. When the user turns on the selfie camera, the AI beautifying function automatically recognizes and contours the user’s face, modifying facial features such as brightening the pupil, adding eye shadow color, evening out the lip color, sharpening the nose and erasing anywrinkles or fine lines.

Just like a professional styling team, the AI beautifying function automatically adjusts to distinct facial features and beauty preferences. Furthermore, Huawei P lite’sAI beautifying function canbe applied in real-time, allowing users to always show their best face online,no matter the time or place.

The 32MP front-facing camera improves selfie resolution in leaps and bounds, with even minor details being captured easily and fine-tuned. With the click of a button, the Huawei P lite can achieve selfies comparable to movie posters.

Along with the AI beautifying function, Huawei P30 lite has a wide-angle + single lens triple-shot camera on the rear of the device. The 24MP high-definition lens + 8MP wide-angle lens not only have superior resolution, they also adjust lights and shadows to create the perfect photo. There is also anight view function that allows the Huawei P30 lite to quickly adjust the camera’s shooting mode, whether the user is in a brightly lit, backlit or dark scenario, to help them achieve the desired effect. The blurring effect of the rear camera is also more prominent, adding blur to the background against the contrast of the object to add layers to the photo.

The 8MP 120-degrees super wide-angle lens provides users with an extensive view, completely resolving the distress many people face when taking incomplete vacation photos. Compared to the limited view of ordinary mobile phone lens, Huawei P30 lite can easily capture the full scenery with its 8MP 120-degrees camera.

Further upgrade of the wide-angle lens means that the Huawei P30 lite has greater control over parameters affecting the camera’s optical performance and correcting distortions. Presently the wide-angle lens of the Huawei P30 lite configuration can reach 103degrees, which is 2.4 times the wide-angle of the 78-degree image. In addition, the Huawei P30lite’s zoom capability has been enhanced, meaning that users can take unique photos in different settings.

Today, with the vigorous expansionof social media platforms, the significance of selfies becomes even greater and more widespread. The “selfie culture” has greatly changed our lives and self-awareness in a short amount of time and has become an indispensable part of daily life specifically for millennials. More and more people are learning the art of capturing perfect selfies to better express themselves and create something different.

With the help of the Huawei P30 lite, you can discover a different part of your reflection through varying selfie angles or simply add the blurry effect to your photos to create the illusion ofa dream.

Dare to break through, be creative and popular, and discover how fun and wonderful life can be – with a little help form Huawei’s P series mobile phones. Huawei P30 lite is remarkable in terms of taking photos, and worth looking forward to.


4/16/2019 11:47:28 AM
<![CDATA[Paris Marathon: Ethiopian runners Gelete Burka and Abrha Milaw win 2019 race]]>
Milaw won the men’s race with a time of 2:07:50, while Burka was the fastest woman with 2:22:48. Kenyan Paul Lonyangata, a two-time Paris Marathon winner, was the third-fastest man on Sunday.

In the wheelchair race, Julien Casoli won for a third time. The fastest disabled racer put up a time of 1:36:57.

Wheelchair athletes and runners from around the world set off from the Champs-Élysées after 8am on a cold (2°C) and cloudless Sunday morning in Paris. This year’s course ran east through the French capital to the Bois de Vincennes, around that vast forested park, and then west again through the heart of the city, along the Seine on the Right Bank, past the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, and through the Bois de Boulogne. Two landmarks, the Opéra Garnier and the Place Vendôme, were added to the 2019 route.

A full 250,000 spectators were expected to line the marathon’s route and 3,000 volunteers were involved.

Women made up a record 27 percent of those signed up for the 2019 race.

Among the elite women running, one athlete won a late battle to take part. France’s Clémence Calvin, the European marathon silver medallist, was provisionally suspended by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) on Wednesday for allegedly obstructing a doping test in Morocco last month. The 28-year-old has denied the allegations. France’s top administrative court, the Council of State, issued an emergency ruling late on Friday that lifted her provisional ban.

Calvin crossed the finish line in fourth place on Sunday with a time of 2:23:41 to set a new French record for the distance, pending official validation.]]>
4/14/2019 12:18:26 PM
<![CDATA[Don't like surprises? AI predicts who survives 'Game of Thrones']]>
Students at the Technical University of Munich have developed an application to predict which character has the best chance to claim the coveted Iron Throne in the HBO hit medieval fantasy series about warring families.

They have taught the application to scour the web for information about each of the characters, which is then processed by artificial intelligence algorithms to assess their survival chances.

“We scraped the results from different Wiki pages and Wiki-like pages about the books and TV show and we took out data like gender and age of the characters,” said student Christian Dallago. “We put all this together to train the algorithm to tell us when this character is going to die.”

There is a good chance the application will get it right.

Back in 2016, an algorithm created by computer science students at the same university in the southern German city shortly before the start of Season 6 accurately predicted that Jon Snow would resurrect.

If you’re still reading, clearly you’re not a fan of plot twists and turns.

So here you go: AI says that Daenerys Targaryen has the best chance of survival in the final season, which starts on Sunday.]]>
4/13/2019 2:41:39 PM
<![CDATA[Family Hygiene Institute (FHI) Certification Launches Fine Tissues on the Global Hygiene Stage]]> With a New Logo and Packaging, Fine is Ready to Take on the World in 2019

CAIRO – 11 April 2019: In recognition of these continued efforts in the area of family hygiene, Fine was honored to receive a certification from the prestigious Family Hygiene Institute (FHI), a subsidiary of the Medical Wellness Association, which is a globally recognized collection of doctors and wellness professionals that champion the development of exemplary hygiene standards around the world.

The certification affirms the exceptionally high standard of Fine’s products, and the meticulous attention detail that characterizes its manufacturing process. Fine’s patented SteriPro technology ensures a fully sterile and hygienic production environment and guarantees that the first hand to touch the product is the customer’s. This precision and consistency is what has made Fine such a trusted brand throughout all its markets, and vindicates the FHI’s decision to present them with this award.

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Family Hygiene Institute (FHI) Certification Launches Fine Tissues on the Global Hygiene Stage - Press photo

“The Family Hygiene Institute (FHI) is a collection of health and medical wellness professionals with the express purpose to promote proven global hygiene practices, especially for families,” said Dr. Nabil Fawzy, Representative of FHI. “Our certification of Fine recognizes the high value they place on that same principle by elevating the hygiene standards of families and communities in the region.”

The certification was announced formally at a press event in Cairo on April 8th, at the Sofitel Hotel, coupled with an activation for media representatives and influencers, showcasing this new message and highlighting the company’s new latest innovations.

This award followed Fine’s unveiling of a contemporary new logo, and elegant new packaging designs, which signal to consumers that the company is taking bold steps towards the cutting-edge.

“This recognition from the Family Hygiene Institute is a great honor, and represents the culmination of all of our ambition, expertise, and the trust we have earned from our customers, especially in Egypt, where many Fine goods are proudly produced and sold,” said Rawan Emeish, Chief Commercial of Egypt and Levant. “The fresh redesign of our logo and packaging, and the FHI certification are just the tip of the iceberg. Throughout the year, we will continue to highlight and reinforce our commitment to hygiene in the region”.

The newly designed packaging and logo of Fine’s products are available in stores now, and exciting new offerings are expected throughout the year.

4/11/2019 6:40:06 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Futtaim announces 22,000 sqm expansion to Cairo Festival City Mall]]>
The announcement came during the very first Egypt Retail Summit (ERS), in the presence of several local and international officials and leaders in the retail sector.

Speaking on the sidelines of ERS, Timothy Earnest, CEO of Al-Futtaim Malls stated: “The retail sector in Egypt is witnessing huge growth and we want to further support its development. Cairo Festival City and Cairo Festival City Mall has always been the gateway to New Cairo in the heart of all the action, that is what truly sets it apart from any other retail destination. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide exceptional experiences to our shoppers we are thrilled to announce the launch of Festival Avenue which delivers an even further elevated experience and supports our vision of creating a distinct retail concept and true retailtainment destination.”

“The brand-new Festival Avenue luxury expansion will truly position Cairo Festival City as setting the standard of retail in Egypt as it becomes Egypt’s premium urban entertainment and retail destination,” he concluded.

Twenty minutes from Cairo International Airport and thirty minutes from Cairo Tower, Cairo Festival City Mall serves a population of over 3.1 million in the primary and secondary trade areas. According to latest figures from Global Retail Strategies, New Cairo City is expected to experience a 15% per annum growth rate in population for the coming years.

Festival Avenue will have approximately 1000 parking spaces and a new to market 1,567 sqm food hall featuring outlets with both inside and outside terraces. It features simple circulation patterns and seamless integration with existing Mall including transport infrastructure. Strategically situated to the east of Cairo's Ring Road, Cairo Festival City is easily accessible to neighborhoods such as Maadi, Helipolis and Nasr City.

4/11/2019 6:35:29 PM
<![CDATA[Andro Nabil: Jumia is our exclusive distributor during the launch of Realme 3]]>
Realme 2 Pro is the brand’s flagship model and will be available during Jumia Mobile Week. The 2 Pro is equipped with 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM or 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM storage and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE Processor for a low-energy, high performance experience.

The 16MP + 2MP rear camera and 16MP front camera provide professional-grade picture clarity. With a ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 system, the 2 Pro is a unique smartphone that caters to alternative users who value individuality and practicality.

C1 is another of Realme Egypt’s smartphones that will be displayed during Jumia Mobile Week. The model is set at a competitive price without compromising performance. The C1 features a large 19:9 display and powerful 4230mAh battery housed in an attractive, modern casing. The 6.2” screen coupled with a dual 13MP + 2MP rear camera and 1080P video recording capabilities make this phone a perfect model for connected users. The C1 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-core Processor and storage of 16GB ROM + 2GB RAM.

Prior to this partnership, Realme Egypt and Jumia have already shared a successful relationship with Jumia holding the title of an Authorized Distributor of Realme Egypt, selling over 1000 units of the Realme 2 Pro during the model’s local launch.

Andro Nabil, official Spokesperson for Realme Egypt stated that both brands’ partnership is one of the key drivers behind Realme Egypt’s success and was created based on the importance of e-shopping and how it revolutionized the landscape of online retail.

One major success gained by Realme Egypt through Jumia is marked by the sales achieved by the 2 Pro 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM where Realme Egypt received 11M EGP in overall online sales during 3 flash sales. The 2 Pro 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM achieved sales of 3M EGP on Jumia and the C1, 7M EGP.

Realme Egypt will provide Jumia with exclusive distribution rights during the launch of Realme 3 on the 21st of April. Realme 3 is the brand’s latest competitively priced model and comes in an innovative, 3D Unibody Gradient Design and two variants, the 3GB RAM or 4GB RAM. The smartphone is also equipped with a dual rear camera and comparatively longer battery life.
Andro Nabil
4/10/2019 12:52:04 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Technologies Egypt showcase its solutions to pave way for Egypt to join 4th industrial revolution]]>
Mr. Andrew Williamson, Vice President for Strategic Planning at Huawei Technologies participated in the discussion panel along with H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications & Information Technologies Egypt (MCIT), and numerous experts and academia from the technological sector. The panel was also moderated by H.E. Prof. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research.

During the panel, H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat emphasized on the importance for knowledge based economy and highlighted that the information is currently one of the natural resources for nations in our current era. The discussion panel covered several other topics including Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, and Autonomous Economy.

H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi concluded the discussion panel with a strong message highlighting the importance for Egypt to join and participate in the fourth industrial revolution as the government’s current vision is to achieve a distinguished place for Egypt

“Despite the ubiquity of ICTs, economic productivity growth has disappointed in many countries across the world during this decade. What economists have termed ‘the productivity puzzle’. Huawei’s research with the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that the major reason for this is an implementation lag as in previous industrial revolutions. Rather, we predict a productivity resurgence powered by new super innovations in 10-15 years’ time,” stated Mr. Williamson.

Huawei Solutions in GFHS 2019 Exhibition

Huawei unveiled its latest state-of-the-art technological solutions in Egypt such as Remote Classroom, Cloud Managed Campus and WIFI 6. The Remote Classroom Solution enables entities to provide smart education, distance learning and self-learning for both teachers and students. The solution supports the “Classrooms without Boarders” methodology.

The Cloud Campus platform is a feature rich solution superchargers efficiency and performance to support online education platform and hands-on training businesses with the robust scalability and capabilities of cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence. The WIFI 6 solution provide users higher bandwidth, larger capacity, low latency and lower power consumption to support for High density coverage and Virtual Reality Interactive classroom.

At the pavilion, Huawei presented a video about the “Fundamental Research & Basic Education” to showcase the importance of scientific research and education as a mean for nations to shine and excel. Research and development are the main factor for the corporate brand success as Huawei has invested more than 10% of its sales revenue in R&D every year. Huawei is currently one of the world’s largest patent holders and in 2018, more than 80,000 employees were involved in R&D, accounting for 45% of the total work force.]]>
4/9/2019 3:23:15 PM
<![CDATA[Jinn hunters get ready: neverbeforeseen images from the first Middle East Original have escaped]]>
Set in modern Amman and ancient Petra, Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world. As the lines between good and evil blur, can the friends find the answers needed in order to save everything?

The primary cast includes Salma Malhas, HamzehOkab, Sultan Alkhail and AyshaShahaltough. Joining the headlines, supporting cast including Ban Halaweh, Yaser Al Hadi, Zaid Al Zoubi, KaramTabaa’, Mohammed Nizar, AbdelrazaqJarkas, Mohammad Hindieh and Hana Chamoun.

Created by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, Rajeev Dassani, Elan Dassani. Produced by Kabreet Productions, this young adult drama is directed and executive produced by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya (Very Big Shot) and executive produced by Elan and Rajeev Dassani (SEAM), who also served as writers. Jordanian local, Amin Matalqa (Sundance Award Winner, Captain Abu Raed) also directed and contributed to the writing.

HERO/FIRST LOOK (Credit: James Minchin/Netflix)
ADDITIONAL UNIT PHOTOS (Credit: Ahmad Blaibleh/Netflix)
BTS PHOTOS (Credit: Ahmad Blaibleh/Netflix)

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About Kabreet Productions
Kabreet Productions is an independent film production company based in Beirut (Lebanon) with offices in Amman (Jordan) and Dubai (UAE). It was created by Christian, Lucien and Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya in 2013. Kabreet Productions has produced the multi-award winning "Very Big Shot" (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, 2015) among other titles from the Middle East.

About Master Key Productions
Master Key Productions is a production company that specializes in producing film and television productions around the world. Master Key has produced for shows in over 40 countries, including "Master of None", "Blindspot", "SEAM", "Agents of Shield", "Star Trek Discovery", for major studios including Netflix, Walt Disney, Warner Bros, NBC Universal among many others. https://www.masterkeyfilms.com/

4/9/2019 12:39:48 PM
<![CDATA[Twitter expands premium video content in Middle East and N. Africa with over 16 partnerships ]]>
Hosted by Theo Luke, Twitter Head of Content Partnerships, EMEA, and other regional executives, Twitter announced new partnerships and expansions of existing content deals, giving brand and agency partners new and expanded content which allows them to connect to valuable audiences during relevant and engaging cultural moments.

“Across the world, we find that Twitter's audience leans in to our partners' premium real time video and our advertisers appreciate aligning with our brand safe inventory; whether via global-firsts originating from MENA which include custom productions which position brands as viable distribution partners, or by accessing original programs and video highlight clips. This event is a great way to celebrate that momentum with our partners,” said Twitter Head of Content Partnerships, EMEA, Theo Luke.


Twitter also shared new research, conducted by Toluna a consumer insights company, which examined user preferences for content and their interactions within the online video landscape on Twitter among its users in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Kuwait.

The research revealed that the majority of Twitter users - 72% in KSA and UAE and 62% in Egypt - consider Twitter as one of their main sources for online video content and also that 64% have previously watched live streamed content on the platform.

“We’re excited to bring premium content partnerships to these audiences and look forward to seeing continued success by advertisers as they launch new products and services when partnering with such content,” said Benjamin Ampen, Managing Director, MENA, Twitter.

Original and video highlights programming announced on stage, included below, will be led commercially by Twitter and its exclusive sales partner in MENA; Connect Ads unless otherwise specified (full list of partner quotes available in the enclosed page):

The research revealed that entertainment, fashion, cooking and travel are among the top five popular video content genres by Twitter users in MENA. The most viewed videos around entertainment include humorous clips (47%), highlights from TV shows (29%), celebrity interviews (26%) and highlights from TV series (24%).

The research revealed also that football, wrestling, tennis and motorsports are among the top six enjoyed sports video content by Twitter users in MENA. The most viewed videos around football include match highlights (87%), behind the scenes (49%), player interviews (53%), and commentary and analysis (39%).

4/9/2019 3:16:00 AM
<![CDATA[American-themed plays sweep British theater prizes]]>
In a distinctly American-themed night, “The Inheritance”, a play about the generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis, was joint overall winner with four awards: best new play, best director (Stephen Daldry), best actor (Kyle Soller) and best lighting.

Written by Matthew Lopez, the two-part play transposes E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel “Howards End” to modern New York, where a group of young, ambitious men ponder their existence and the previous generation’s legacy.

“I don’t have the proper vocabulary ... It feels like an out-of-body experience ... a bit crazy,” Soller told Reuters after winning the award over other nominees like Ian McKellen and David Suchet.

“To be speaking for a community where there’s so much pain, so much healing to be done, it is just really incredible, very emotional,” he added.

In his acceptance speech, Soller paid tribute to the victims of AIDS and lamented that in some nations people can still be stoned to death for being gay.

“Come From Away”, a musical about the power of kindness among air passengers grounded in Canada after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, also won four awards including best new musical.

“Company”, a reworking of U.S. composer Stephen Sondheim’s comedy with a woman instead of a man in the lead role, took three prizes including best musical revival.

“Summer And Smoke”, a rarely-staged Tennessee Williams’ drama about love, loneliness and self-destruction set in small-town Mississippi, took two honors for best actress (Patsy Ferran) and best revival.

“I wasn’t expecting it ... Nobody knows who I am,” Ferran told Reuters afterwards, clutching a glass of champagne. “I might be slightly hung over tomorrow, don’t tell anyone!”

Prince Charles’ wife Camilla joined stars of British theater for the glitzy ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.]]>
4/8/2019 12:22:46 PM
<![CDATA[Dutch adventurer finishes three-year electric car journey in Australia]]>
Wakker’s Plug Me In initiative is the longest journey in an electric car ever recorded and was started to inspire and educate on a carbon-free future, according to the campaign’s website.

Wakker departed the Netherlands on March 15, 2016 and has spent a total of 1,119 days traveling more than 95,000 km (59,000 miles) and visiting 33 countries to try and draw attention to the durability and sustainability of electric cars.

The drive had relied on the support of strangers across the globe who offered the traveler food, a place to stay and the essential means to charge his car along the way.

“I got about (1,800) people to sign up and make me zig zag all the way through Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and finally today I arrived here,” Wakker told supporters after reaching his finishing line.

Soon after 2 p.m. local time (0400 GMT), Wakker and a motorcade of electric cars crossed Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, before finishing his long journey at the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Sydney Opera House.]]>
4/7/2019 3:59:57 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion backwards? H&M to trial sales of vintage garments]]>
Anna Gedda told Reuters H&M would launch a pilot in Sweden for online sales of second-hand garments on the site of its & Other Stories brand, with the aim of extending the scheme to other markets and brands in years to come.

“It comes back to the whole circular vision ... it just makes great sense to look into this business,” she said on the sidelines of an event in Berlin on the future of fashion.

“We see this as a growing part of the industry, with great opportunities both for consumers and not least for the environmental impact, and how we can drastically reduce that by extending the life of the products.”

Awareness of the damage done by the rapid growth of the fast fashion sector, exemplified by the likes of Primark (part of ABF) and Zara who sell clothes so cheaply consumers can wear them for just one night out, has grown over the past year.

BBC documentary “Fashion’s Dirty Secrets” last year described fashion as among the world’s most polluting industries.

So far there have been few signs of falling demand for fast fashion, yet the second-hand market for apparel is expected to double in the next five years to $51 billion, according to data gathered for online thrift store ThredUp, with the resale market for exclusive products driving much of the growth.

H&M tried selling second-hand clothes in the past but abandoned the project. Vintage H&M garments are available for sale on fashion marketplaces run by the likes of ASOS and eBay.

“Now is a whole different moment with awareness of sustainability,” Gedda said.

H&M is conducting the pilot with the Swedish second-hand platform Sellpy, a start-up that H&M has been investing in, which is creating a section for & Other Stories “pre-loved” garments on its site.

H&M, the world’s biggest clothing retailer after Zara-owner Inditex, has seen its profits shrink and stocks pile up in recent years as it failed to react quickly enough to demand swings and a boom in e-commerce.

However, it reported a much smaller than expected fall in quarterly profit last week, as it sold more products at full price and margins held up, in a first sign that a turnaround strategy is producing results.

H&M has tried to improve its environmental credentials in recent years, using more organic cotton and encouraging customers to recycle their clothing as well as offering repair services in some countries.

As customers seek more transparency about supply chains, Gedda said H&M is about to launch a system that will allow shoppers to see which factory produced each garment and more details on the fabric.

“If you have worked with IT processes in a big company, it is as close to a moon landing as we will ever get,” she said.]]>
4/6/2019 11:59:58 AM
<![CDATA[Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board]]>
The end of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) came just days after a group of Google employees launched a public campaign against having the president of conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation among its members.

Another member of the board had already resigned, and the inclusion of a drone company executive had rekindled concerns about potential military uses of artificial intelligence, according to Vox news website, which first reported on the council being disbanded.

“It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted,” Google told AFP.

“So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board.”

Google added that it would seek alternative ways to gather outside input regarding responsible use of artificial intelligence.

A petition published online called on Google to cull the Heritage Foundation’s Kay Coles James from the council formed a week ago, due to her history of being “vocally anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant.”

“In selecting James, Google is making clear that its version of ‘ethics’ values proximity to power over the wellbeing of trans people, other LGBTQ people and immigrants,” read a statement posted on Medium by a group identifying itself as Googlers Against Transphobia.

Positions expressed by James contradict Google’s stated values and, if infused into artificial intelligence, could build discrimination into super-smart machines, according to the post.

The group said that reasoning for James being added to the panel has been given as an effort to have a diversity of thought.

As of late Thursday, the online petition showed more than 2,300 signatures from academics, Google employees and others, including technology industry peers.

The controversy comes as the world grapples with balancing potential benefits of artificial intelligence with risks it could be used against people or even, if given a mind of its own, turn on its creators.

Google chief Sundar Pichai said in an interview published late last year that tech companies building AI should factor in ethics early in the process to make certain artificial intelligence with “agency of its own” doesn’t hurt people.

The California-based Internet giant is a leader in the development of AI, competing in the smart software race with firms such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft.

Last year, Google published a set of internal AI principles, the first being that AI should be socially beneficial.

Google vowed not to design or deploy AI for use in weapons, surveillance outside of international norms or in technology aimed at violating human rights.

The company noted that it would continue to work with the military or governments in areas such as cybersecurity, training, recruitment, health care and search-and-rescue.

AI is already used to recognize people in photos, filter unwanted content from online platforms and enable cars to drive themselves.]]>
4/5/2019 11:23:54 AM
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4/4/2019 4:39:37 PM
<![CDATA[Realme: Since Our Launch Nine Months Ago, We Gained the Trust of Over Five Million Users Worldwide]]>
He emphasized the position of the company as one that is invested in presenting the latest innovations in the smartphone industry to aid the new generation. This stance was further reinforced when Nabil stated that most of the managerial positions in Realme Egypt were held by a team of young cadres. Realme Egypt takes immense pride in providing revolutionary advancements to their unique target market and summed-up this sentiment in their slogan, “Proud to be Young”.

According to the IDC (International Data Corporation) and Counterpoint reports for Q4 2018, the number of Realme smartphone users has grown to five million in only nine months. Furthermore, Realme India’s smartphone market share ranked 4th in the last quarter of 2018.

Andro Nabil has announced that Realme Egypt is committed to successfully implementing the company’s global strategy in the local market in hopes that Egyptian users find the brand as relatable as international users have.
4/2/2019 12:16:05 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi honored Loula Zaklama as one of women role models on the Mother’s Day celebration]]>
Loula Zaklama has described her happiness of that honor saying “During my career path, I have earned local, regional and international awards; but being honored by President El Sisi has its unique appreciation and pride for my long years of hard work.

Loula affirmed that Egypt, under the rule of President El Sisi, is determined to enhance the empowerment of women. Egyptian women are now witnessing an honorable representation of the Egyptian women in the government, with 8 female ministers beside the Beheira’s governor. Egypt is determined to achieve women empowerment as part of its 2030 strategy for sustainable development.

Loula added that the Egyptian government has exerted strong efforts since announcing 2017 as the Egyptian woman’s year aiming at reducing the gap between both genders in different sectors covering the 4 aspects of the new women empowerment strategy:
Political, social and economic empowerment, as well as strengthening women’s leading roles.

The government is seeking at changing the society’s perception towards women, getting its legal rights, and equality in all categories.

The list of honored women has included unique Egyptian female role models like:
Former Ambassador, Mrs. Mervat Tallawy the first Egyptian woman as the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dr. Nawal El Degwi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of October for Modern Sciences and Literature
Dr. Sanaa Botros, who discovered a new cure for Bilharzia
Mrs. Samira Ahmed, the famous actress who relishes high artistic values
Mrs. Laila Al Banan, An Egyptian fashion designer, a volunteer leader and a businesswoman
Dr. Amal Al Tobgy , a member in the board of directors of The Export Development Bank
Dr. Nihal Abdel Moneim who inaugurated the first children’s eye centre in Alexandria
The Egyptian Nun, Sister Seham Gawdat,
Dr. Fawzeya Abdel Sattar, the first woman to be appointed in the Egyptian parliament


4/2/2019 12:12:34 PM
<![CDATA[Gold dummies and cashmere tops: luxury befitting a royal baby]]>
As Britain’s Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle prepare to welcome their first child, there is no shortage of high end brands they can turn to for nursery furniture, baby clothing and plenty of toys.

Personalized cots, cashmere cardigans and traditional rocking horses are among luxury items on offer for youngsters, with an array of brands seeking to capitalize on affluent parents’ demand for such costly items.

“It’s grown into a huge market. It’s been hugely helped by the royals because it gives a lot of these brands an international platform,” said Kate Freud, editor at large of luxury parenting magazines Baby and Little London.

“You can be looking at anything from a simple cotton baby grow that’s 90 pounds ($117) ... to a Burberry changing bag which is 850 pounds, and beyond. Some of the prices are really eye-watering but parents are prepared to pay it.”

Among those providing luxury baby products is Spanish company Suommo whose Dodo diamond and pure gold dummy is priced at 100,000 euros ($112,240). An 18-carat gold plated cot costs 60,000 euros. Other firms offer bespoke mattresses, gold high chairs or silver rattles.

Harry and Meghan, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have revealed little during the pregnancy. Meghan told well-wishers in January she was six months pregnant but the couple did not know the baby’s gender.

British media have reported they have picked neutral colors for the nursery at their new Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor and published a picture of a car with pram maker iCandy’s logo arriving at their gates.

Harry’s cousin Zara Phillips is an ambassador for iCandy, whose pushchairs sell for up to 1,500 pounds ($1,956).


Like his or her cousins - Prince William’s children George, Charlotte and Louis - baby Sussex will likely be an influencer.

When the trio have been photographed wearing childrenswear brands like Rachel Riley, Pepa & Company and Amaia, many parents have swiftly shopped the same looks.

“I can imagine (Meghan) mixing the traditional brands with a more contemporary spin,” Freud said.
“Whatever she ends up doing, it’s going to be a sellout.”

The UK childrenswear market is expected to have grown 19 percent to 6.86 billion pounds in 2018 from 2013, according to a report by market research firm Mintel, which found over a third of parents think branded clothes were worth paying more for.

At London children’s boutique Marie Chantal, embroidered baby grows, silk chiffon dresses and cashmere knits are on offer, with prices reaching up to 350 pounds.

“We have royal customers, VIP and celebrity customers from around the globe,” commercial manager Erika Loch said. “We use the finest cottons, the finest linens and the finest cashmeres.”

Many designer labels carry childrenswear ranges, popular with fashionista parents.

At New York’s Bergdorf Goodman luxury department store, baby Gucci shoes, Dolce & Gabbana dresses and Burberry outfits hang beside a $500 teddy bear and $6,000 battery powered car. Handmade Mischka Aoki tulle dresses are priced over $1,000.

“It is as luxurious as you can get,” said Andrew Mandell, vice president of home, jewelry and children at Bergdorf Goodman. “It’s almost couture for children and we start with babies.”

4/1/2019 4:28:40 PM
<![CDATA[Italy's Pompeii offers new glimpses of life before calamity]]>
Fantastic frescos, preserved mosaics and obscene graffiti are just some of the discoveries emerging from the largest archaeological dig at the site since the 1950s.

As teams of construction workers shore up mounds of earth pressing down on the excavated areas to prevent them crushing the ruins, archaeologists and conservationists are busy restoring newly discovered art and bolstering fragile walls.

The burst of activity marks the final stages of the “Great Pompeii Project”, launched in 2012 after a spate of cave-ins, with the European Union and Italian state handing over 105 million euros ($118 million) to halt the decay.

“The risk of collapse, of serious damage is past. Now Pompeii is quite safe,” said Francesco Muscolino, 42, an archaeologist working on the program.

The extensive conservation work has enabled scholars to uncover a few more areas of Pompeii still buried under volcanic debris, including two large houses, alleyways, highly decorated interiors and a brightly colored snack bar.

Pompeii was submerged by volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius exploded in AD 79, killing thousands of Romans who had no idea they were living beneath one of Europe’s biggest volcanoes.

Memory of the catastrophe faded over time and it was not until 1748 that any meaningful exploration was undertaken. More systematic excavations were launched the following century, but by the end of the 20th century, neglect, lack of funds and repeated flooding were taking a heavy toll.

In 2010, less than 15 percent of the excavated area was accessible to tourists, wild dogs roamed the paved streets, and only 10 buildings were open, against 64 in 1956.

Today, around 70 percent of the uncovered city is accessible and more than 30 fully restored buildings can be visited.

The improved access has helped lift tourist numbers, with some 3.5 million people coming to Pompeii last year, an increase of one million in just a decade. Even more visitors are expected as the latest finds are gradually unveiled to the public.

Among the highlights are a fresco of the Greek mythological figure Narcissus leaning languidly on a block of stone and staring down at his own reflection in a pool of water.

In the same house, archaeologists found a small, exquisite wall painting portraying the seduction of the Spartan queen Leda by the Greek God Zeus, disguised as a swan.

“It was wonderful because it is very beautiful and in very good condition,” said Stefania Giudice, one of the conservationists tasked with preserving the new discoveries.

The fresco’s bright colors have already faded since the ash and pumice were painstakingly removed last year as moisture on the surface of the wall dried out, dulling the rich tones.

“We will clean it and protect it and get the beautiful colors back,” Giudice said, predicting that the fresco-rich house, still partially buried, would be opened to the public within one or two years as new tourist routes were laid out.

Elsewhere, some graffiti contains graphic sexual references.

Perhaps one of the most significant finds was the least spectacular at first sight - a brief charcoal inscription which cites the date Oct. 17 written in the hallway of a grand house where at least six bodies were also discovered.

Archaeologists believe the faint note might have been written just before the eruption, meaning the disaster probably struck two months later than previously thought.

Muscolino predicted it would take many years for scholars to assimilate and interpret all the material recovered in recent months, with trays of delicate glass, fresco fragments, plaster moldings, coins and amphora stored away for future research.

More than 270 years after the first serious excavations began, a third of the city, which covers roughly 165 acres (66.77 hectares), remains buried and unexplored.

But there are no plans for further, major digs after this latest project ends, with the emphasis now on conservation.

“Excavations are like having children. You have to take care of them. You can’t just abandon what you find and move on to the next thing,” said Giudice. “It is a real responsibility.”]]>
3/31/2019 2:25:32 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Rewrites the Rules of Photography with Groundbreaking HUAWEI P30 Series ]]>
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said, “the HUAWEI P30 Series is a fundamental breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development; it will rewrite the rules and reshape everyone’s perception of mobile photography. Innovations such as the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor and SuperZoom Lens allow us to push the envelope of both photography and videography—a frontier long overdue for disruption. The HUAWEI P30 Series will set the pace for the next generation of smartphones by empowering people to capture the true beauty of the world around them through a device that fits in the palm of their hands.”

Rewriting the Rules of Photography for Stunning Professional-grade Pictures Every Time

The HUAWEI P30 Series will change users’ expectations of smartphone photography. Achieving a record-high overall DxOMark score of 112, the HUAWEI P30 Pro is equipped with a new Leica Quad Camera System, including a 40MP main camera with the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera that takes selfies to a new level.

The 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor looks at light in a fundamentally new way. The RYYB HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor deviates from the traditional RGGB Bayer filter by replacing green pixels with yellow pixels, yielding a high maximum ISO rating of 409,600 on the HUAWEI P30 Pro and 204,800 on the HUAWEI P30. This fundamental shift in sensor technology, combined with HUAWEI AIS, OIS and the HUAWEI P30 Pro’s f/1.6 wide aperture, delivers extraordinary photography and videography experiences across a wide range of scenarios and lighting conditions—including extreme low light—producing images with enhanced detail, color and clarity.

The new SuperZoom Lens unlocks a superior level of zoom photography in a slim-line device design. Through a new periscope design, the SuperZoom Lens supports high fidelity magnification of 5 times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom and 50 times digital zoom. A prism element in the telephoto camera bends light at a 90-degree angle to maximize focal length while minimizing camera height, without disrupting device design.

The HUAWEI ToF Camera unleashes the imagination. Unique to the HUAWEI P30 Pro is a HUAWEI ToF Camera that captures depth-of-field information to deliver accurate image segmentation. Precise distance measurement allows for the simulation of multiple levels of bokeh. The Super Portrait feature captures even the smallest details, such as individual strands of hair. It combines depth information and proprietary algorithms to produce outstanding images with defocused backgrounds and highlights the subject of the image in any scenario.

Huawei AI helps users bring it all together into the perfect shot. AI HDR+ enables the front and rear cameras to combine multiple photos taken in quick succession to eliminate overexposed and backlit images.

Redefining Smartphone Videography

The HUAWEI P30 Series is a smartphone camera with cinematic capabilities. The HUAWEI P30 Series ushers in a new era of studio-grade videography. The HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor enables spectacular low-light video capture so night scenes appear bright and highly detailed. HUAWEI AIS and OIS support stabilization for all video capture settings, resulting in a perfect, steady shot. Additionally, the SuperZoom Lens allows for crisp close-ups, while the AI Video Editor enables users to add background music and special effects to their videos, turning the HUAWEI P30 Series into a mobile production studio.

Two views are better than one. HUAWEI Dual-View Video can capture two perspectives of the same scene at the same time by using multiple cameras simultaneously. The HUAWEI P30 Series provides a full view of a scene while also capturing a close-up of a subject, unleashing new and exciting possibilities for video.

A Heritage of Stunning Design

Deriving inspiration from nature and technology to achieve a stunning design and beautiful colors. The HUAWEI P30 Series design, created with a nine-layer nano optical color finish, is inspired by the unique color palette and pristine look of salt flats. The 6.47-inch HUAWEI P30 Pro and 6.1-inch HUAWEI P30 come in Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White and Black. The FHD+ (2340x1080) Dewdrop Display features a tiny notch, providing maximum display area. The near bezel-less front glass houses an In-Screen Fingerprint sensor for quick and secure identity authentication. The HUAWEI P30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology that enables it to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting display.

Ultimate Innovation

Innovation is core to Huawei’s DNA. The HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro are packed with industry-leading features that set them apart in power, performance and efficiency:
• The HUAWEI P30 Series is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 processor, which delivers ultimate performance, top-class efficiency and faster image recognition through its Dual-NPU AI processing power.
• The HUAWEI P30 Series features an Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS) that improves system responsiveness. The latest EMUI 9.1 also supports HUAWEI Share OneHop for seamless file sharing between Huawei smartphones and Huawei laptops.
• The HUAWEI P30 Pro features a 4200mAh battery (typical value) and 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge that charges a device from zero to 70 percent in 30 minutes, keeping the device powered for more than a full day of intensive work.
• The HUAWEI P30 Pro features HUAWEI SuperCool technology to improve thermal performance, keeping the phone cool even during heavy use.
• The HUAWEI P30 Series is equipped with a suite of advanced wireless communications capabilities supporting Dual SIM and Dual VoLTE connectivity .

Huawei will be launching HUAWEI P30 Lite in the Middle East and Africa region. The phone is equipped with a 32MP 3D Selfie Superstar lens that works with AI beautification effects. Mounting the rear of the device is a 24MP AI ultra-wide triple camera comprising of 24MP main camera with a f/1.8 wide aperture lens, 8MP camera for ultra-wide angle shots and 2MP lens. The handset is launched with the EMUI 9.0.1 installed and offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage to deliver the best user experience. The device also features a 6.15-inch Dewdrop display and achieves a massive screen to body ratio of 84.1 percent.

HUAWEI P30 Lite continues the excellence in design and features a slim 3D curved glass design that provides a trendy look that blends well with Huawei’s core technologies to deliver a premium and sleek user experience. HUAWEI P30 Lite will be available in three colorways: Midnight Black, Pearl White and Peacock Blue and its price shall be announced during the Middle East and Africa launch event of the Huawei P30 series that will take place in Dubai, April 1st.


3/30/2019 12:03:11 PM
<![CDATA[NASA scraps all-women spacewalk for lack of well-fitting suits]]>
Christina Koch will now perform tasks in space Friday with fellow American Nick Hague — instead of Anne McClain as originally planned.

Had Koch and McClain done their spacewalk together, it would have been the first ever by two women astronauts.

Until now, male-only or mixed male-female teams had conducted spacewalk since the space station was assembled in 1998 — 214 spacewalks until now.

McClain worked outside the station last week — with Hague — when she realized that a “medium“-sized upper half of her spacesuit fit her better.

“Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it,” NASA explained.

The spacesuits aboard the ISS are in fact assemblies of several parts put together as best adapted to each astronaut’s body, explained Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where American astronauts are based.

She said two upper parts in each of the three available spacesuit sizes are currently held at the ISS: medium, large and extra large.

“We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases astronauts train in multiple sizes,” she said in explaining the problem that hampered Friday’s planned spacewalk.

“However, individuals’ sizing needs may change when they are on orbit, in response to the changes living in microgravity can bring about in a body.

“In addition, no one training environment can fully simulate performing a spacewalk in microgravity, and an individual may find that their sizing preferences change in space.”]]>
3/27/2019 10:39:03 AM
<![CDATA[India markets election tourism: forget the Taj Mahal what about a Modi rally?]]>
But with election fever hitting India, a few of them are prepared to forgo some of that - and the elephant ride - to meet an election candidate or attend a political rally.

The world’s biggest democracy, with about 900 million voters, is set to decide in April-May whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term following his thumping victory in 2014, and that gives the Indian tourism industry a different way to market the country.

Some Indian tour companies are courting international visitors with week-long ‘election tourism’ packages that would try to combine some traditional sightseeing with access to political campaigning.

The packages were first tested during the 2012 state elections in the Western state of Gujarat and have now mushroomed nationwide.

“The Indian election is like a festival,” founder of Election Tourism India and Chairman of Gujarat Tourism Corporation Society Manish Sharma told Reuters.

Election campaigns and rallies in India can be spectacular in terms of scale, reflecting the power of fundraising for the state and national political parties.

Events and rallies headlined by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the head of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, and the opposition Congress party’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have generated a lot of interest, Sharma said.

The Ahmedabad-Gujarat based Election Tourism India, which works with more than 35 tour companies across India, has received nearly 3,500 bookings for election packages from outside India, he said.

The packages consist of popular tourist destinations, political rallies and interactions with election candidates and other local politicians. The length of the election - it takes more than five weeks for everyone to be able to vote - also provides tour operators with plenty of options.

The trips offered range from 5 to 8 days, and offer visits to a wide variety of places.

The packages are not expected to appeal to the average tourist but more for those who are inclined in politics, such as political students, journalists and researchers.
3/26/2019 11:57:12 AM
<![CDATA[Fashion and champagne grace Nigeria polo party]]>
While most Nigerians would never trade their love of soccer, the commercial capital still hosts the biggest polo tournament in West Africa, with trophies fiercely disputed against a backdrop of glitz and glamour for the upper class.

“Polo has shifted from just the sports to a fashion statement,” said Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy, wearing an airy white kaftan with a multi-colored floral necklace and head wrap at the Lagos Polo Club.

“For me it is something fun, something playful, something whimsical, something comfortable ... a bit of color, a bit of pop,” said Alabi-Macfoy, who works as a lawyer when not watching polo.

In a nation with the world’s highest number of people in extreme poverty, the often-dubbed “sport of kings” is prohibitively expensive for the majority.

First introduced by British colonial servicemen, polo has been played in Nigeria for over a hundred years and nearly all the teams are owned by local multi-millionaires.

“It is an expensive sport because, you know, your horses are like babies,” said Koyinsola Owoeye, who has been playing polo since 2007, seduced by his father’s love of the sport.

A horse can cost about $40,000 - then there is upkeep.

“Maintenance is not easy. Today they can be well, tomorrow they can have, you know, malaria, fever, colic, or even get injured on the field or on their way to the tournament,” Owoeye said.

The 2019 Lagos International Polo Tournament, which wound up on Sunday, fielded 33 teams from Nigeria, Argentina, South Africa, Kenya and the United Kingdom.
3/25/2019 2:37:41 PM
<![CDATA[Can't get the staff: Scenic Highlands at eye of Scotland's Brexit storm]]>
While Prime Minister Theresa May battles to win support for her plans to leave the EU, a shortage of migrant workers from the bloc is already threatening Scotland’s economy and upsetting its politics.

Migration is a major source of irritation between London and Edinburgh. It is also one reason behind a new drive for Scottish independence from Britain.

EU migrants account for half the hospitality workforce in the city of Inverness, a hub for the Highlands tourist region popular with golfing Americans and whisky-sipping Europeans.

But local cleaning and cooking staff for the 75-room Glen Mhor are proving hard to find. Unemployment in Inverness stands at 3 percent compared with 4.2 percent in Britain as a whole.

With Brexit looming, the Victorian hotel’s manager, Frenchman Emmanuel Moine, is struggling to recruit.

“Last year I advertised for a chef de partie in a specialist French hospitality newspaper and I got 50 resumes in a few days,” Moine said, in an elegant hotel lounge overlooking the River Ness. “I didn’t get one from the UK.”

Potential staff from the EU are put off by the prospect of tougher immigration rules and a weaker pound reducing the amount of money they can send home in euros.

Sparsely populated Scotland is aging rapidly so labor shortages affect its economy more than the rest of Britain. Stemming the inflow of EU workers, as May’s government plans, will be “catastrophic”, Edinburgh says.

“Severe restrictions on immigration pose a genuine risk to the long-term health of our economy and our society,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says.

Home to just 5 million of Britain’s 66 million people, Scotland’s vote to remain in the EU was outweighed by the rest of the country.

Scotland’s working age population will only remain stable over the next 25 years if current migration rates persist, a University of Edinburgh study said. Migrants’ taxes and economic activity help to fund public services in areas where the population is falling.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission projected that if the UK government met its target of reducing net migration to the “tens of thousands”, the Scottish economy would shrink by around one fifth more than the rest of the UK by 2040.

Moine, Glen Mhor’s manager, says the Brexit vote had a “brutal, immediate” impact on his attempt to recruit up to 90 workers needed in the summer. He now pays his cooks 15 percent more than in 2016, the year Britain voted for Brexit.

In Britain as a whole 37 percent of workers in hospitality are non-British EU nationals, the Federation of Small Businesses says. In Scotland that number is 45 percent, and in the Highlands local hoteliers say it is about 50 percent.


In densely populated England, many people voted for Brexit because of fears about migration. But in Scotland foreign workers help offset a birthrate at a 150-year low and keep the rural areas economically viable.

Scots rejected independence by a 10 point margin in a 2014 referendum. But many of Sturgeon’s supporters say plans to end free movement of EU citizens as part of Brexit amount to a huge change in Scotland’s circumstances that necessitates another independence vote.

Thousands of volunteers are planning a door-to-door campaign in support of independence. They hope to win over EU nationals living in Scotland who mostly rejected independence in 2014.

“We’re quite confident it will be the opposite next time around and we’ll get a pretty solid majority of EU nationals,” said Ross Greer, a pro-independence Scottish Greens lawmaker, who is involved in the campaign.

EU migration to Britain has fallen since June 2016, and net migration of EU citizens in the country fell to its lowest since 2009 in the year to September. The Scottish government estimates EU nationals in Scotland have fallen 5 percent to 223,000.

Meanwhile some workers at Glen Mhor are waiting see what Brexit actually means for them.

“This is good place to work, money is good and you can live well on the minimum. After Brexit, I don’t know what to tell you,” says Marta Ofiarska, a 41-year-old housekeeper at Glen Mhor who has been in Scotland for 13 years.

But her 21-year-old daughter went back to Poland after the 2016 Brexit vote and at least 20 of her Polish friends have left Scotland since then.]]>
3/24/2019 12:46:25 PM
<![CDATA[Polish zoo p-p-picks up an albino penguin]]>
The three-month-old does not have a name, as Gdansk Zoo does not yet know if it is male or female.

“It is shy and a little bit scared... We didn’t want to put it through a stress of a thorough medical examination,” marketing head Emilia Salach said.

Staff have kept it separated from most of the rest of the flock, fearing the other birds will reject it because if its unusual appearance.

“Every misfit in a flock is more exposed to rejection and harm ... We can see already it hasn’t been accepted yet by most of our little penguin family,” said Salach.

It currently lives with its parents and two of the zoo’s most placid penguins.]]>
3/23/2019 11:37:12 AM
<![CDATA[Royal but regular: Will Harry and Meghan seek 'normality' for their baby?]]>
Now with the birth of his first child expected next month, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his wife Meghan will have to decide how “normal” a life they want the future seventh-in-line to the British crown to have.

“I don’t think there’s been a member of the royal family that hasn’t said they want their children to have a normal upbringing,” Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine told Reuters.

“Even the queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible. But with the media attention it’s actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing.”

Harry is all too familiar with the attention that comes with being a British royal.

The disintegration of the marriage of his parents - heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his late first wife Diana - was played out in the public glare and his mother was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997 as the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed as it fled chasing paparazzi.
In the last two years, Harry has spoken openly of his mental anguish at the loss of his mother when he was just 12 and how in the years that followed he struggled with his royal status.

“I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” he said in a 2017 interview with Newsweek.

“Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

Diana had been keen that her two sons should be brought up away from the stuffy confines of royal palaces and their traditions. She took them on trips to the cinema, to McDonald’s, and to a theme park.

“Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality. I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too,” said Harry.

But how realistic is Harry’s wish? Polls suggest he is one of the most popular British royals, vying with the 92-year-old queen and his elder brother William for top spot, and his marriage to a glamorous Hollywood actress has only increased the media and public fascination.

“I can’t see this child being raised in any other way than pretty traditionally and with a great dollop of privilege,” said Robert Jobson, author of “Prince Charles at 70: Our Future King”.

Meghan, whose rift with members of her own family has provided great fodder for tabloids, giving her a clear insight into the baggage that being a royal brings, has not made any public statement about the possible upbringing for the baby.

But, speeches made by Harry since the pregnancy was announced have hinted how they do not want their child not be valued on their royal background.

“You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify,” Harry told 12,000 students at London’s Wembley Arena in March.

As well as his own upbringing, Harry and Meghan can look to the experiences of other royals. William has fiercely sought to defend the privacy of his children, George, Charlotte and Louis and so far the media have generally abided by requests to leave them alone.

“In reality, they can do normal within the royal confines,” said Claudia Joseph, author of “How to Dress Like A Princess”.

“We’ve seen that William and Kate have brought up George, Charlotte and Louis out of the public eye and both William and Harry were left alone to a certain extent until they left university.”

Royal author Jobson said whatever Harry and Meghan’s aims, it will be almost impossible for their child to completely escape his or her background.

“I believe this child probably won’t have to serve as a member of the royal family but will certainly be a celebrity for a very, very long time.”

3/22/2019 11:29:59 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Spring Flower exhibition opens in Orman Park]]>
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The 86th Spring Flowers exhibition at al-Orman Park in Giza - Egypt Today/Hossam Atef

Ministers of Agriculture Ezzal-Din Abu Steit, Minister of Youth Ashraf Sobhy and Minister of Interior Trade and SupplyAli Moseilhy inaugurated the exhibition. Some 180 exhibitors display their creative products in this spring carnival.

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The exhibition is one of the largest flower exhibitions in the Middle East, stated Minister of Agriculture Abu Steit, adding that it encourages the producers of flower and ornamental plants to trade their products.

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The exhibition is held annually on a 14-feddan piece of land in Orman Park, and lasts for 45 days.

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The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that the 2019 exhibition aims to target more than 1 million visitors.

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3/21/2019 3:34:38 PM
<![CDATA[Mountain View and Cairo Runners partner to raise awareness of health and wellbeing]]>
The event does not only promote healthy lifestyle but it is also a run for a cause. This reflects how Mountain Viewstrives to become a beacon of good-doing through dedicating an amount of the ticket’s value as donations supporting 57357 to provide better treatment for children suffering from cancer.

“We do not only create houses and apartments. Mountain View creates living spaces that encourage movement and exercising both indoors and outdoors. In our recent projects, we dedicated a wide array of state-of-the-art gyms and clubs that urge people to be more active,” said (Spokesperson of Mountain View). “We established the Stars Sports fitness facilities in Mountain View I to help our residents maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. Experta the first Female Football academy at Mountain View II. I-city was even designed according to the 4D design technique allowing more spaces for safe walking and all other human-nature bonding experiences.”

Mountain View is committed to spreading happiness and health by providing a comprehensive real estate service that meets world-class standards and ensures clients’ satisfaction thanks to a pool of talented, local and international experts.

“Fully-dedicated to the highest of quality, we aim to be the leading regional real-estate provider, building happy communities in all the countries we enter,” added (Spokesperson of Mountain View).

Success, happiness, and good-doing in the communities they work in are the main three core beliefs thatMountain View’s philosophy relies on. Mountain View believes that life is more than just a house one lives in. A huge part of their success as a real-estate developer is a result of their care for establishing happy communities with a focus on covering every aspect of life from housing and entertainment, to sports and fitness.



3/20/2019 12:18:00 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Mate X Ushers a New Age of Foldable 5G Smartphone]]>
Showcased for the first time at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2019, the Falcon Wing Hinge mechanism was highlighted as a standout aspect of its beautiful design and its impressive performance was greatly admired. HUAWEI Mate X received 31 awards from the media’s best tech review platforms and won the GLOMO Award for Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC19 Barcelona.

Falcon Wing Foldable Design

• Both a Smartphone and a Tablet
The Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge supports movement, folding and unfolding of the device and contributes to the overall blend between technology and aesthetics. It acts like a falcon’s pair of wings and hence comes the naming. Because it unfolds into a tablet mode that measures 8 inches, it doubles the viewing area for phone users and allows them a better and bigger entertainment experience. But if is folded or closed, HUAWEI Mate X smartphone measures 6.6-inch with a FullView display.

• New Interstellar Blue
With the HUAWEI Mate X, Huawei is debuting the new color Interstellar Blue. The inspiration is drawn from a sky glittering with stars. The back is also made of a new material – hard to tell what it is – but it looks bright and clean.

Flexible Display

HUAWEI Mate X has a dual OLED display which measures 6.6 inch and is truly a FullView display. It transforms into a full flat 8-inch tablet and 5.4 mm thick when it is unfolded or open, and it is bezel-less with no holes or notches so users get an extraordinary viewing time. Additionally, Huawei has supported it with an advanced heat dissipation to make this secure and in full swing.

Whole New Experience between User and Device

• Massive Display and Dual-Screen Multitasking
Moving between tablet and phone modes brings a new experience to users. The FullView display on HUAWEI Mate X is flexible and OLED panel. Because it opens and closes, that contributes to productivity and entertainment scenarios. For example, a bigger screen allows consumers to have a massive viewing area when they read a book or edit a document. It also comes handy in situations when someone wants to drag images from a photo gallery to the emails in split-screen mode.

• New 2-in-1 Camera System, Co-engineered by Huawei and Leica
It is known that Huawei smartphones come with powerful cameras and inside HUAWEI Mate X’s slim body we found three Leica cameras that play the role of both front and rear cameras. Plus taking photos and recording video, this phone has a feature that is likely to be unprecedented in a smartphone and Huawei names it Mirror Shooting. When it is folded and in the smartphone mode, HUAWEI Mate X shows a view finder on both sides, so even persons being photographed can see how their pictures would look like before a picture is snapped.

• Fingerprint Power Button
The power button here has a double role for both powering and unlocking the handset. The integrated button authenticates user identity when powered up—to keep the device safe and secure.

5G Modem Chipset

HUAWEI Mate X is equipped with Huawei’s latest chipset the 7nm 5G multi-mode modem Balong 5000, which supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on a single chip and provides ultra-high 5G download speeds, at 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical). Balong 5000 also supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G. With non-standalone, 5G network architecture is built on top of legacy 4G LTE networks, whereas standalone 5G, as the name implies, will have its own independent architecture.

4,500 Battery and 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge

A 4,500mAh battery is packed inside HUAWEI Mate X. It utilizes AI smart power saving technology to rationale energy consumption and fulfill the demands for bigger battery performance in the 5G era. 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge tops the battery up to 85 percent in just 30 minutes, ridiculously good for those who prefer a fast-paced lifestyle.

HUAWEI Mate X is a new breed of smartphones that will combine 5G with a foldable screen and a new interfacing mode for a completely-new user experience. It would not have happened without Huawei’s vested and dedicated investments in R&D, where the company spent $13.5 billion between 2017 and 2018, and has promised a further USD600 million on 5G research.


3/20/2019 11:01:40 AM
<![CDATA[Avon Partners with Entreprenelle to Support Women Empowerment on International Women’s Day]]>
SHE CAN is the leading women entrepreneurship event in Egypt – and coming soon to the MENA region – with a mission to empower society by enhancing the women’s entrepreneurship skills by connecting them to businesses across Egypt. This year, the event will be held under the theme Successful Failures in a series of talks, panel discussions, mentoring sessions, pitching competitions, recruitment opportunities and exhibition and child care services. High profile businesswomen and businessmen will discuss topics such as challenging norms, learning from failure, and entrepreneurship taboos.

Avon’s sponsorship of and participation in the SHE CAN event coincides with the launch of the company’s global stand4her initiative, a global plan to tackle some of the greatest barriers that are holding women back from achieving their full potential.

The multi-faceted initiative was developed in response to new research commissioned by Avon with input from Oxford Economics which shows that despite the global increase in flexible working patterns, women still feel they are held back from running their own businesses. The stand4Her global plan includes several dynamic and multi-faceted components including the Avon Fair for Her Programme, the Avon Foundation for Women Scholarship Programme, The Avon Breast Cancer Promise, The Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls, and Avon’s Global Women’s Employee Strategy. Details on these initiatives can be found at:


As part of the stand4her campaign, Avon will launch a beauty pack to support the campaign. For every pack sold, the Avon Foundation will make a donation to a new Freedom Fund to help women across the globe access learning and development opportunities to achieve their potential.


“Around the world, millions of girls are still unable to fulfil their dreams due to economic, social and political barriers. Yet, despite this difficult reality, many are breaking down boundaries, shattering stereotypes and standing up for their causes,” said Barbara Castioni, Marketing & Sales Support Avon Egypt & Business Integration Manager, Avon Egypt and Saudi Arabia. “At Avon, our plan is to create a better world by positively impacting the lives of 1 million women every year by advancing their earning potential through the power of beauty, and their ability to live a safe and healthy life. By partnering with organizations such as Entreprenelle to support important events like SHE CAN, we’re all one step closer to helping empower women right here in our own community.”
With a shared mission and vision, Avon and Entreprenelle are partnering on SHE CAN to provide women with support to network with business people, and gain knowledge and awareness of the players in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, as well as opportunities and capital sources.

Avon is also participating in the event with talks by Mohamed Farouk, Avon Country Manager for Egypt and KSA; Lucy Moufarreg, Area Sales Manager, as well as two Avon Area Sales Manager and Divisional Sales Manager who will share their stories and how the company helped empower them to take control of their lives and provided them with a financial earning opportunity.

Avon has a strong record of supporting women empowerment in Egypt. Annually, Avon Egypt provides thousands of women of every social strata with a reliable and supported earning opportunity as Sales Representatives, regardless of their status or education, empowering them to achieve their targets no matter how big or small. On top of the daily commitment, last year Avon launched a sponsorship deal with the Gazelle Rally team lead by Yara Shalaby in addition to the company’s sponsorship with the Transforma Rugby team for Girls. Avon Egypt has also established a strategic alliance with Pink Taxi, founded by entrepreneur Reem Fawzy, which is an online taxi service dependent solely on female drivers to empower women to access the tourism sector as in Egyptian market.

With millions of Independent Sales Representatives, and one of the biggest corporate supporters focused on female causes, Avon is more than a beauty company – it’s a global network of women. Since 1886, Avon has been empowering women to live on their own terms by offering them an alternative to achieve economic independence at a time where they were not even able to vote in most of the countries. SHE CAN and stand4her is another step in the company’s mission of inspiring and creating a world with more empowered women.

About Avon:

Avon is the company that for 130 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. Avon products are sold through 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives worldwide. Product line includes color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and fashion and home, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

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3/19/2019 2:57:50 PM
<![CDATA[FIDO DIDO is the star of new international 7up campaign ]]>
With Fido’s cool comeback, 7UP isn’t just provoking nostalgia amongst its fans who have long associated the brand with Fido’s chill mentality. It’s also encouraging people to slow down, appreciate the little things in life and introducing the character and his mentality to a new generation.

“PepsiCo celebrates its 90th anniversary, by releasing 7Up products in the market with a campaign that revives Fido Dido’s personality. Fido Dido comes off as the face of the campaign because 7UP stands for bringing people together and encouraging them to relax and unwind. In today’s increasingly connected world, Fido’s message is more important than ever as it reminds us that sometimes all you need to do is sit back, unplug from your daily routine and enjoy the moment – ideally with a refreshing 7UP,” said Mohamed Shelbaya – PepsiCo Egypt CEO

Fido’s effortless confidence and limitless ability to chill, no matter the time or place, endeared him to consumers in the 90’s, and resonates even more so today. 7UP fans in more than 50 countries can look forward to a campaign that brings Fido to life in video content and in-stores.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/7upEgypt/ for more information and join the conversation on social media with #FEELSGOODTOBEYOU.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than US $63 billion dollars in net revenue in 2017, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than US $1 billion dollars each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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3/18/2019 11:43:29 AM
<![CDATA[Samsung Celebrates 10 Years of Galaxy with Galaxy S10 and new additions to A Series in Egypt]]>
Additionally, the launch ceremony witnessed the premier reveal of the new Galaxy A Series additions from the mid-tier portfolio, for the first time in Egypt, featuring the Galaxy A50 and A30 that offer an immersive viewing experience, longer lasting performance and a camera which captures replica-to-reality photos.

“With past iterations of the Galaxy S series, we have set new standards for mobile innovation. With the Galaxy S10, we have gone a step further, revolutionizing the premium device category to meet the distinctive needs of today’s smartphone market,” said Jaehwan Lee, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics Egypt. “A decade committed to creating industry-defining Galaxy devices has led to the proliferation of the Galaxy S10 and we are certain this stunning device will give our customers exactly what they’re looking for and the ability to get more out of life like never before.”

Hesham Abo Zeina, Head of Hand Held Products, Samsung Electronics Egypt, stated: “Galaxy S10 is a fitting tribute to Samsung’s decade-long legacy of innovating and redefining the premium smartphone experience so consumers can do more of what they love. Galaxy S10+ launch in the Egyptian market, reflects our care to deliver optimum technologies to the consumers in such dense market. Additionally, the newly launched device raises the bar higher to take display, camera and performance specs to the next level which caters for the needs of the Egyptian consumers with rising percentage of youth. With the Galaxy S10e, these premium features are packed into a more compact package to include everyone in the state-of-the-art Galaxy S10 innovation.”

"The Egyptian market is one of the main markets for us with a great interest in keeping up with all what is new in the world of technology. With the increasing needs of this market, we try harder to deliver the latest technologies to the market, tailored with care to reflect the diverse needs of different segments of customers. Delivering beyond expectations, the smart phone now, developed by Samsung to become a facilitator of life and an indispensable tool, not just an accessory, “added Abo Zeina.

Abu Zeina further noted that the launch of the new A series devices along with the flagship S10 reflects a balanced philosophy for Samsung in Egypt, aimed at diversifying the products it offers in the market to satisfy the largest number of customers. He detailed: "The A Series brings together the competitive price and high-end features that give users the ultimate experience of the best price, because our goal is to make the latest technology accessible to everyone."

Introducing the Dynamic AMOLED Display: Full Screen Experience with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner
Galaxy S10 is made with Samsung’s best screen yet, the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display. As the first HDR10+-certified smartphone, the display delivers vivid digital content, and with dynamic tone mapping, consumers will see a wider range of color for a brilliant, realistic picture. Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display is also VDE-certified for vibrant bright colors and extraordinary contrast ratio for even deeper blacks and brighter whites.

Verified by DisplayMate, users will also enjoy exceptionally accurate colors on their mobile device – even in harsh sunlight. What’s more, the Dynamic AMOLED display also reduces blue light through its TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort display .

Galaxy S10’s Infinity-O Display packs an array of sensors and camera technology into a hole-in display – so users can maximize screen real estate without any distractions.

Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display also includes the first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner which reads the 3D contours of a physical thumbprint – not a 2D image of it – for improved anti-spoofing. With the world’s first FIDO Alliance Biometric Component certification, this next generation biometrics authentication offers vault-like security to keep the device safe.

Pro-Grade Camera
Galaxy S10 introduces new camera technology and advanced intelligence that makes it easy to take epic shots and videos. Therefore, it introduces an Ultra-Wide Lens with a 123-degree field of view, like the human eye. Perfect for impressive landscape shots, big panoramas and even fitting the entire extended family into the photo, the Ultra-Wide Lens ensures that users will always be able to capture the full scene.

Additionally, Galaxy S10 offers Super Steady recording with digital stabilization technology. Both front and rear cameras can shoot in up to UHD quality, and in the industry for the first time, the rear camera gives the flexibility to record in HDR10+.

Galaxy S10 makes already smart features more accurate with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) so users can get pro-grade shots worth sharing without having to manually select any advanced camera settings. Scene Optimizer can now recognize and more accurately process additional scenes because of the NPU. And with Shot Suggestion, Galaxy S10 offers automatic composition recommendations so photos can be framed in a better way.

Intelligent Performance
From brand new power sharing capabilities to AI-powered performance enhancement and Intelligent Wi-Fi, Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s most intelligent device yet, from the inside out. Samsung packs its new device with Wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10, making it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphones and even wearable devices.
In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare , while connected to a regular charger.

The new AI software on the Galaxy S10 automatically optimizes battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on how the phone is used and continues to learn and get better over time. Leveraging AI-capabilities, Galaxy S10 also learns how consumers use their device to launch their most frequently used apps faster.

Furthermore, Galaxy S10 comes with Intelligent Wi-Fi that allows for an uninterrupted and safe connection by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE, as well as alerting users of potentially risky Wi-Fi connections. Galaxy S10 also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, making it possible for better Wi-Fi performance when connected to a compatible router.
The smart assistant Bixby automates routines and provides personalized recommendations to make life easier. With pre-set and personalized routines, such as Driving and Before Bed routines, which are customized based on the user’s habits, reducing the device touches.

Galaxy Foundation and Next Level Ecosystem
The Galaxy S10 line offers everything consumers have come to expect from the Galaxy S series and more as users will get the largest storage capacity available on a Galaxy device – the S10+ even comes with 1TB of built-in storage – and the ability to add an additional 512GB microSD card for up to 1.5TB.

Galaxy S10 gives users the capability to access next-generation Wi-Fi 6 , which gives prioritized and four times faster access over other users in crowded areas. Experience lightning-fast LTE for downloading and browsing capable of up to 2.0 Gbps for the first time ever.

Galaxy A50
Galaxy S10 is built with AI-based on-device gaming performance optimization software and premium hardware including Dolby Atmos for gaming mode and a vapor chamber cooling system. Galaxy S10 is also the first mobile device to be optimized for games created on the Unity platform.

Adding to the security, Galaxy S10 is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.

Designed to enhance connectivity, the Galaxy A50 device offers premium camera features, a long-lasting, fast-charging battery and Infinity-U display. Moreover, the device’s Triple Camera is designed to capture photos that imitate the eyesight view and it is further packed with Ultra-Wide lens paired with the ‘intelligent switch’ function that enables users to identify and recommend when to use the Wide Shot mode. The 25MP main camera shoots vivid images in bright daylight. While in darkness, the innovative lens enables clear shots by detecting more light and reducing noise. Supported by Depth Lens, the camera offers a Live Focus experience, enabling accentuation that is more accurate. Artificial Intelligence is embedded in the camera to recognize and optimize 20 scenes with the Scene Optimizer. The camera also enhances portrait photos with the selfie camera using Selfie Focus by subtly blurring background details.

Galaxy A30
On the other hand, the Galaxy A30 device is equipped with a powerful fast-charging 4000mAh battery and an edge to edge 6.4” Super AMOLED Infinity-U display offers an immersive experience, ideal for gaming, watching videos, multi-tasking and browsing. In addition to the seamless performance and the immersive screen design, the A30 includes advanced camera features such as a dual camera, including an Ultra Wide-angle lens, along with simple, secure access with a Rear Fingerprint unlocking feature as well as intuitive Face Unlock.

Devices Availability & Pre-Ordering
Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available for pre-order and in stores starting March 15th in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green. Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two, all-new, premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White.

For more information about Galaxy S10, visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com, news.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsung.com/galaxy.

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

3/17/2019 2:21:43 PM
<![CDATA[It's not Brexit (yet), but is it art, asks new London show]]>
Dozens of artworks and newspaper headlines dating from the run-up to when Britons voted to leave the EU are on display at the “Take Back Control” exhibition.

The title reflects a “Leave” campaign slogan, but artworks both in favour of and against staying in the EU are on display along with the media coverage.

“It’s a chance to relive the gut-wrenching excitement of the referendum vote week through newspapers and artivists,” said the exhibition curator and artist, who goes by the single name Bryden.

“It gives us an opportunity to reflect on what’s happening now through what happened then.”

On display are a “Strong and stable my arse” poster by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller - a reference to Prime Minister Theresa May’s “strong and stable” 2017 election campaign theme, as well as a mock exit sign reading “Brexit” by artist Guy Morris.

Other exhibits include “What if Voting Changed Everything?” by David Dunnico - a ballot box with shredded white, blue and red paper, and papier maché works of various anti-EU newspapers by Bryden.

The exhibition, which runs until March 24, is open at a time of political chaos in Britain just weeks ahead of the date it is supposed to leave the bloc, March 29.

On Thursday, after three turbulent days of votes, Britain’s parliament voted to seek a delay to Brexit unless it can agree next week, at the third attempt, to a divorce deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May.

“I think both sides need to start from a foundation of hope and excitement for the future, as opposed to this constant bickering between both sides,” Bryden said.

3/17/2019 12:21:30 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Mate 20 series shipments exceed 10 million units]]>

The HUAWEI Mate series combines the cutting-edge technology innovation Huawei is renowned for with breakthroughs in ID design. Emerald Green and Midnight Blue colors were debuted with the HUAWEI Mate 20 series,giving the devices a renewed sense of style to complement the technology and science-inspired design DNA of the Mate series.This new aesthetic has seen the HUAWEI Mate 20 series win more fans among business users and the fashion-conscious alike.


In addition to consumers, a number of leading professional organizations have acknowledged the HUAWEI Mate 20 series for its unique blend of technology and design. At Mobile World Congress 2019, the GSMA – organizers of MWC and the leading mobile industry body – named the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro the ‘Best Smartphone’ of 2019, beating out flagship phones from many other leading manufacturers. This award comes as a result of Huawei CBG’s focus on creating value for consumers through innovation which has culminated in breakthroughs in performance, photography, AI and more – all of which can be seen in the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series.

Kevin Ho, president of Handset Business of Consumer Business Group, said: "Looking to the future, everything we do in Huawei CBG will continue to begin and end with consumers. Our ultimate goal is to lead the transformation of the smart device industry and deliver an inspired, intelligent experience to consumers across all scenarios."]]>
3/14/2019 12:33:09 PM
<![CDATA[WWWorries? Inventor of Web laments coming-of-age woes]]>
Tim Berners-Lee issued a cri-de-coeur letter and spoke to a few reporters Monday on the eve of the 30-year anniversary of his first paper with an outline of what would become the web — a first step toward transforming countless lives and the global economy.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, plans to host Berners-Lee and other web aficionados on Tuesday. “We’re celebrating, but we’re also very concerned,” Berners-Lee said.

Late last year, a key threshold was crossed — roughly half the world has gotten online. Today some 2 billion websites exist.

The anniversary offers “an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go,” Berners-Lee said, calling the “fight” for the web “one of the most important causes of our time.”

He is convinced the online population will continue to grow, but says accessibility issues continue to beset much of the world.

“Look at the 50 percent who are on the web, and it’s not so pretty for them,” he said. “They are all stepping back suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections realizing that this web thing that they thought was so cool has actually not necessarily been serving humanity very well.”

The anniversary is also a nod to the innovative, collaborative and open-source mindset at the Geneva-based CERN, where physicists smash particles together to unlock secrets of science and the universe.

As a young English software engineer, Berners-Lee came up with the idea for hypertext-transfer protocol — the “http” that adorns web addresses — and other building blocks for the web while working at CERN in March 1989. Some trace the actual start of the web to 1990, when he released the first web browser.

Berners-Lee reminisced about how he was really out to get disparate computer systems to talk to one another, and resolve the “burning frustration” over a “lack of interoperability” of documentation from disparate computing systems used at CERN in the late 1980s.

Now, the hope of his World Wide Web Foundation is to enlist governments, companies, and citizens to take a greater role in shaping the web for good under principles laid out in its “Contract for the Web.”

Under the contract’s sweeping, broad ambition, governments are supposed to make sure everyone can connect to the Internet, to keep it available and to respect privacy. Companies are to make the Internet affordable, respect privacy and develop technology that will put people — and the “public good” — first. Citizens are to create and to cooperate and respect “civil discourse,” among other things.

To Berners-Lee, the web is a “mirror of humanity” where “you will see good and bad.”

“The Contract for the Web recognizes that whether humanity, in fact, is constructive or not actually depends on the way you write the code of the social network,” he said.

Some tough regulation may be necessary in some places, in others not, Berners-Lee said.

On one issue, he’s insistent: “Net neutrality — strong regulation,” Berners-Lee said, hammering a fist on the table. He was alluding to a principle that anyone with an Internet connection should have equal access to video, music, email, photos, social networks, maps and other online material.

Berners-Lee said the web has created opportunity, made lives easier and given the marginalized a voice, but “it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit.”

Ultimately, his “Contract” proposal is not about “quick fixes,” but a process for shifting people’s relationship with the online world, he said.

“It’s our journey from digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future,” he wrote.]]>
3/13/2019 12:49:40 PM
<![CDATA[Olympics: Japan's superfan looks to complete Olympic circle in 2020]]>
Yamada, known to his Japanese compatriots as “Olympic Ojisan”, or “Olympics Grandad”, first experienced the Summer Games when Tokyo last hosted the gathering in 1964 and he has been there for every minute of every one since.

“Mexico, Munich, Montreal, Los Angeles, Moscow. Japan did not even participate at the Moscow Olympics but I went to see that Games,” Yamada told Reuters in Tokyo.

“Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London. I went to all Games from the opening to the closing ceremony ... There is not such a person like me. I am the only one on the earth.”

Yamada, in his distinctive gold top hat, red jacket and beaming smile, has become one of the most familiar and colorful figures at the Games, regularly followed by television cameras and cheered by other fans.

Now, he has one final wish — to live long enough to witness the sporting spectacle when it returns to Japan next year.

“It will be the culmination of all my years cheering the Olympics,” said Yamada.

Yamada was a relative stripling of 38 when he attended his first Olympics, not just to witness the sporting spectacle but from an earlier desire to experience the world that was inspired by a speech given at his university by Emperor Hirohito.

“The Emperor said he wanted the young generation to rebuild our country,” Yamada said.

“I felt that I wanted to do something for my country. I think that it is one of the reasons why I started to visit the Olympics.”

Yamada’s first Games outside Japan was Mexico City 1968, where he paired his classic Haori Hakama kimono with a Mexican sombrero.

Yamada said it was impossible for him to choose a favorite from the 14 Olympics.

“If you have ... different colors of crayons and someone asks which color is the favorite one? Black? Red? Blue? Green? ... each color has its own character,” said Yamada, a wide grin etched across his face.

“So I cannot tell which is my favorite one. Each of the Olympics were fascinating.”

Yamada loves the international nature of the Olympic Games and has a vast collection of souvenirs he has collected over the years, some of them acquired through swaps with other fans.

His haul of flags, stamps, photographs and other items are on display at a gallery in his hometown of Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture.

“The Olympics is only the international festival for all humankind,” said Yamada.

“Athletes and tourists from more than 200 countries will gather at one place.

“For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so many people want to come to Japan.

“I think that 2020 will be amazing event.”]]>
3/12/2019 11:47:40 AM
<![CDATA['Dylan the villain' wins UK's Crufts dog show]]>
Dylan is a black, white and brown Papillon - a breed named after the butterfly shape formed by their delicate long-haired ears. He won over the judge at the show’s finale to claim the Best in Show title.

The four-day competition saw more than 20,000 dogs from 220 breeds compete at the National Exhibition Centre in central England. The event dates back to 1891 and is one of the largest dog shows in the world, organizers said.

“He’s a crazy butterfly,” owner Kathleen Roosens said shortly after Dylan was awarded the show’s top honor. “When all the dogs go outside, he is the one coming in all muddy, from head to toe.”]]>
3/11/2019 11:51:02 AM
<![CDATA[Iconic Barbie doll celebrates 60 years of evolution]]>
It is part of Barbie’s evolution over the decades since her debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959.

To mark the milestone, manufacturer Mattel Inc created Barbie versions of 20 inspirational women from Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka to British model and activist Adwoa Aboah.

The company also released six dolls representing the careers of astronaut, pilot, athlete, journalist, politician and firefighter, all fields in which Mattel said women are still under-represented.

Barbie is a cultural icon celebrated by the likes of Andy Warhol, the Paris Louvre museum and the 1997 satirical song “Barbie Girl” by Scandinavian pop group Aqua. She was named after the daughter of creator Ruth Handler.

Barbie has taken on more than 200 careers from surgeon to video game developer since her debut, when she wore a black-and-white striped swimsuit. After criticism that Barbie’s curvy body promoted an unrealistic image for young girls, Mattel added a wider variety of skin tones, body shapes, hijab-wearing dolls and science kits to make Barbie more educational.

Barbie is also going glamorous for her six-decade milestone. A diamond-anniversary doll wears a sparkly silver ball gown.]]>
3/9/2019 11:42:21 AM
<![CDATA[Aging Singapore: 90-year old noodle vendor helps keep foodie culture alive]]>
Leong rises around 4 a.m. to do some accounting and prayers before her son drives her to the local market to buy ingredients for the day ahead.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., she is hunched over a pot of simmering noodles, slicing char siu - barbecued pork belly - or serving bowls of bargain-price hot food.

“I try to do this as long as I can, but I am old,” said Leong, one of many older food vendors or ‘hawkers’ in the Asian city-state.

“I am afraid that all the experience that I have accumulated over the years will be lost. None of my children can take over.”

The city has about 110 hawker centers - open-air food courts set up to house former street vendors in an effort to clean up the island in the 1970s - and their over 6,000 stalls are mostly packed.

The government has said it will submit a bid this month for adding its hawker culture to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay have effused over national dishes like chicken rice; some stalls serve up the cheapest Michelin star meals at $2; and last year’s Hollywood hit film Crazy Rich Asians showed its stars tucking into heaped plates at a famous Singapore night market.

But the enthusiasm cannot mask one underlying problem - Singapore’s hawkers are getting older and their better-educated sons and daughters are increasingly shunning cramped, sweaty kitchens for office jobs.

The average age of hawkers is 59, according to a government report, well above the national workforce average of 43.

“UNESCO is not a silver bullet, it is just one of the things we need to do... to keep hawker culture alive,” said Yeo Kirk Siang, a director at Singapore’s National Heritage Board.


To encourage Singapore’s street hawkers to resettle into the centers in the 1970s, the government heavily subsidized hawker rentals.

While around 40 percent of older hawkers still enjoy low rents, new hawker stalls are sold in an open bidding process, often making rentals much more expensive, especially at popular sites.

One hawker, 38 year-old Lance Ngo, said that finding hawkers in their 20s “is more difficult than finding gold”.

The government has introduced schemes in recent years to get veteran hawkers to pass on their skills to the next generation, teach business skills and subsidize equipment and rent to reduce overhead costs.

This has attracted some young hawkers looking for an escape route from dead-end office jobs.

“A lot of young people do see it as an avenue to be able to create and be their own boss,” 32 year-old coffee stall owner Faye Sai said. “This has attracted younger hawkers and career switchers but that’s a minority.”

But others say more needs to be done to make the business more lucrative longer term.

“Before applying for that (UNESCO), I think they have to settle the problems in front of them first. Twenty years down the road when all the older generation pass away, who is going to take over?,” said Alan Choong, a 24-year-old owner of Sino-Japanese fusion food stall Prawnaholic.

Lee Sah Bah, a hawker in his late 60s who sells Chwee Kueh rice cakes at less than S$2 a portion, says he also faces the prospect of his legacy dying out.

His two daughters - one a lecturer at a university in Melbourne and the other an accountant in Singapore - won’t take over his business.

“I don’t think hawker centers will exist in the next 50 years,” Lee said. “It’s too much hard work, we have to put in 16 hours a day sometimes. It’s hot. Kids nowadays wouldn’t want to work here.”
3/6/2019 11:53:40 AM
<![CDATA[Volvo unveils driverless electric bus in Singapore]]>
High-tech Singapore has become a tested for self-driving technology and the world's first driver-less taxis went into operation in a limited public trial in the country in 2016.

Swedish automaker Volvo Buses and its local partner Nanyang Technological University (NTU) unveiled what they described as a full-size autonomous electric bus and said the vehicle would soon start trial runs in the university's sprawling campus.

Data from the trials will be used to improve the technology before the driverless buses are put to the test on public roads, Volvo and NTU said in a statement.

Volvo Buses president Hakan Agnevall said the vehicle was "an important step towards our vision for a cleaner, safer and smarter city".

The vehicle is 12 metres (39 feet) long with a full capacity of close to 80 passengers.

It uses 80 percent less energy than a diesel bus of a similar size and is equipped with sensors and navigation controls managed by an artificial intelligence system, the statement said.]]>
3/5/2019 10:43:42 AM
<![CDATA[EIM throws a celebration Honoring Renault customer ]]>
The event hosted a number of Renault Egypt senior officials, the event included music, food was served and even a kid’s area as a means of entertainment until the customers received their cars, as well as showcasing the latest models offered by the company.

"We are delighted to host this event; giving us the chance to interact and bond with our loyal customers and ensure their satisfaction to enhance their confidence in our brand,” said Rami Gad, General Manager of Renault Egypt. “Our vision is to expand our customer-base in the local market by providing top-notch models to suit all tastes and needs, with the latest being the all-new Renault Duster. We also offer high-quality sale and after sales services to provide an exceptional experience for our customers.”
Renault believes in the diversified needs of the Egyptian market, especially in light of the recent change in prices in the automotive segment and the urge to support the Egyptian customer looking to acquire a high-quality car at an affordable price. Renault offers a variety of luxurious and comfortable family friendly cars with a wide range of luxury features and amenities, as well as stylish contemporary designs, including "kadjar", "Logan", "Megan”, “Sandero”, “Stepway”, and “Captur”.
The event comes as a continuation to Renault's successes, as EIM, the sole importer for Renault in Egypt, was awarded “Best Practice Digital” and “Best Sales Performance” in the Middle East Region at the “Renault 2019 Commercial Convention” in Dubai this week.

About EIM
EIM group was established 1979 as a main business unit within ALKAN Group. Its remarkable growth over the years has positioned it as a market leader in various business fields. Group activities include multinational enterprise representation, lease finance services and free zone storage and clearance. EIM group comprises five uniquely resourced companies which continue to compliment the group's unique competencies. Today the EIM Group is one of Egypt's most mature private sectors operations, exclusively distributing and servicing more than 28 world renowned brands in more than 8 business sectors, both in Egypt and in the Region. Over 1875 employees. Available in 17 governorates with over than 29 Locations.

About Renault
Renault, the leading French brand in the world, is sold in 134 countries at nearly 12,000 dealerships. Renault has been making life easier for its customers for 120 years. From its sensual and inviting design, it’s positioning as European leader in electric vehicles and its commitment to motor sport, passion is what drives the brand on a daily basis.

3/4/2019 11:42:47 AM
<![CDATA[Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska starts with pageant, crowds]]>
Downtown Anchorage was temporarily converted into a noisy dog lot, with trucked-in snow covering the streets. Bundled-up spectators – including dignitaries such as Governor Mike Dunleavy and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski – gathered to cheer, snap photos and get autographs from the dog drivers headed out on the annual 1,000-mile (1,609-km) trek to Nome.

Saturday’s 11-mile run through Anchorage was merely ceremonial, and featured a performance by an Inupiat dance team and other pageantry. Competition begins in earnest on Sunday, when teams take off from a frozen lake in Willow, a community about an hour’s drive north from the city.

That gave mushers a chance to relax, mingle with fans and wax poetic about the significance of the Iditarod.

“It’s an amazing one-of-a-kind event that I think everybody should experience,” said four-time champion Lance Mackey.

As for this year’s race, “I’m expecting the unexpected,” he said. “I’m expecting soft trail, hard trail, lots of snow, no snow, mountains, flat, open water ice, all the things Alaska has to offer.”

One feature of this year’s race is a nearly ice-free section of the Bering Sea. Dramatic winter melt has removed sea ice that the mushers would normally cross on their approach to Nome. Mackey joked about that twist.

“I think I need a pontoon sled. They better not lead us up into the Bering Sea with open water, because I don’t have real good swimmers,” he said, motioning at his dogs.

Race managers rerouted the course so it skirts the now-open waters, adding an estimated 30 to 40 miles to the race.

This year’s contest of 52 teams, a third of them headed by women mushers, is the smallest since 1989. While the top competitors can rely on corporate sponsors, other would-be racers say the high year-round costs of participating can be an obstacle.

Scott Janssen, an Anchorage funeral home owner and Iditarod veteran whose nickname is “The Mushin’ Mortician,” is sitting out this year after spending $118,00 to race in 2018.

Over the years, he has spent $800,000 to $900,000 on his Iditarod runs, “and my winnings are finally approaching $5,000,” he said. “But it’s worth it.” This year, another musher, Travis Beals, is running Janssen’s dogs.

But in many ways, Saturday’s ceremonial start was similar to those of past years. There was the usual international flair, with 2018 champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway as the most prominent non-U.S. competitor.

“Dog mushing is very big in Norway now,” Ulsom said before setting off from the Anchorage start line. Michi Konno, who moved to Alaska from Japan to pursue his sled-dog-racing passion, displayed on his sled a Japanese flag signed by well-wishers back home. Other countries represented in this year’s field include Sweden, France and Ukraine.

The top contenders remain the same as in previous years, mushers said. Four-time champion Jeff King, embarking on his 29th Iditarod, listed a few names: Ulsom, Pete Kaiser of Bethel, Alaska, and Nicolas Petit of Girdwood, Alaska.

The top racers from last year are back, King said, “and I expect them to be highly competitive.”

The total prize purse is about $500,000, with the winner taking about $50,000 and a new pickup truck. The winner is expected to reach Nome about eight or nine days after Sunday’s official start in Willow.

(The story corrects spelling of name Nicolas Petit in paragraph 15.)]]>
3/3/2019 2:01:48 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Mate X Wins GLOMO Award for Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC19 Barcelona ]]>
This special and most coveted award is given by the organizer GSMA for newly released or soon-to-be-listed mobile products, representing the highest recognition in pioneering future technologies. Earlier this week at MWC19 Barcelona, Huawei won a number of GSMA GLOMO Awards, including “Best Smartphone of the year” for the class-leading HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro.

“Our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the GSMA’s GLOMO Awards 2019,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “The GLOMO’s are a testament to the incredible innovation and ingenuity shaping our industry and it is truly an outstanding achievement to have been selected by our esteemed judging panels. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2019 GLOMO’s.”

"It has been one of the most exciting and keenly contested years in for Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2019 as can be seen in the shortlist. In a group of standout devices, the judges felt that Huawei Mate X showed more innovation and helped move the smartphone category into a new era. The combination of a folding screen and the inclusion of 5G impressed the judges in a very closely fought award", said the GSMA judges.

"On behalf of our entire team at Huawei, I would like to thank the GSMA, including Mr. John Hoffman, its CEO and Director, and his team for this award. We are very excited and honored. This year, 5G is on – including the devices, the networks, the chipsets – all coming together online. 2019 is the year in which we transform the way we connect, bringing new and incredible possibilities to all our lives. Thank you again," said Kevin Ho, President of Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

HUAWEI Mate X, the world’s fastest 5G foldable phone and the first super terminal to connect consumers with 5G intelligent life, is featured with a high strength flexible OLED panel, the Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, 7nm multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, and a high-capacity 4500mAh battery that supports the world’s fastest 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge. These high-end technologies have revolutionized the traditional form of mobile phones, brought unprecedented human-smartphone interaction experience, and led the innovative exploration of the smartphone industry.

HUAWEI Mate X was widely recognized by the world's top media as soon as it was launched. Up to now, it has won awards from as many as 30 international global media from different countries and regions. Trusted Reviews, British technology site, and Digital Trends, US technology and consumer electronic media, praised it as the best smartphone at MWC 2019. Thomas Husson, an analyst from Forrester, told Financial Times that the advent of HUAWEI Mate X proved that Huawei is the leader of technological innovation today.

Huawei invests more than 10% of its sales revenue in R&D every year. In 2018 alone, Huawei invested 15 billion US dollars in R&D and obtained 87,805 authorized patents. Huawei has the world's strongest communication and 5G end-to-end solution capabilities. Huawei ranks fifth in the world according to the European Commission's "2008 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard ". Continuous R&D investment in core technology is the fundamental reason for Huawei's continuous birth of revolutionary products. Driven by technological innovation, Huawei's global mobile phone shipments exceeded 200 million units in 2018, achieving a total strong growth of 66 times in eight consecutive years.

Driven by a “consumer-first” ethos, Huawei is committed to enabling all people to enjoy the benefits of the digital lifestyle. At the advent of 5G technology, Huawei is one of the few manufacturers that has the capability to develop the full breadth of 5G products and deliver a fully synergized user experience. At MWC Barcelona 2019, Huawei unveiled HUAWEI Mate X, the company’s first 5G foldable phone; the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, HUAWEI MateBook 14 and HUAWEI MateBook 13; as well as HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro.

The GSMA World Mobile Conference Barcelona 2019 is held from February 25 to February 28. Huawei exhibition area is located in 1H50 exhibition area of Fira Gran Via Hall 1, 3I30 exhibition area of Hall 3, innovative city exhibition area of Hall 4, 7C21 and 7C31 exhibition area of Hall 7.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

For more information please visit: www.huawei.com/mwc2019/]]>
3/2/2019 11:35:22 AM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro Wins it's first 'Best Smartphone' at MWC Barcelona 2019]]>
Kevin Ho, President of Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG, said, “We would like to thank GSMA for its recognition of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series inherits the company’s innovative DNA and most importantly, groundbreaking technologies that bring consumers the ultimate user experience. The strong sales figures tell us that the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has also won the love and trust from global consumers. Through our groundbreaking technology, We are committed to bringing consumers the best products and experiences.”

First nominated and then named the “Best Smartphone” by GSMA, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone. Representing the best of Huawei’s breakthrough technologies, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is powered by the world’s first 7nm mobile AI chipset Kirin 980, enabling top-class performance and battery life. It supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, one of the fastest smartphone

charging solutions on the market, 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Change and the innovative Reverse Wireless Charging that lets its users charge other devices and electronic gadgets wirelessly. At the back of the device is the Matrix Camera System, which incorporates the Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens to enable wide-angle photography and capturing at macro distances. HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro comes with EMUI 9.0, Huawei’s nature-inspired Android-based custom operating system, which introduces gesture navigation and a host of other new features that help users get the most out of their devices.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

Driven by a “consumer-first” ethos, Huawei is committed to enabling all people to enjoy the benefits of the digital lifestyle. At the advent of 5G technology, Huawei is one of the few manufacturers that has the capability to develop the full breadth of 5G products and deliver a fully synergized user experience. At MWC Barcelona 2019, Huawei unveiled HUAWEI Mate X, the company’s first 5G foldable phone; the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, HUAWEI MateBook 14 and HUAWEI MateBook 13; as well as HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro.

3/2/2019 11:28:19 AM
<![CDATA[Living Product Challenge: Design for the Future ]]>
Different Green Building rating systems like LEED for example, encourages and rewards the use of materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life cycle impacts. Nowadays Consumers are placing more value on health and wellness than on material objects, and the definition of health and wellness has evolved.

The phrase no longer refers simply to a lack of illness and disease, but to a more holistic state of being, where one’s mental, physical and emotional health are in sync, which in return required materials transparency is from manufacturers, and this disclosure can be done in many ways, with both third-party verified certification documents, and with self-disclosure tools. The important thing is for building product manufacturers to disclose clear information about their products. In Egypt, Compared to consumers in the developed countries a consumer awareness and motivation is crucial for this urgent market shift.

The Living Product Challenge

The Living Product Challenge was launched by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), and it is a philosophy first, an advocacy tool second and a certification program third. The Institute defines it as a beacon to guide how the thousands of things we surround ourselves with are made, asking if it is possible to design and to create our products to function as elegantly and beautifully as anything found in the natural world? It is a call to create our products to be made up of materials that were informed by biomimicry (learning from nature to produce nature’s patterns) and biophilia (the relationship between nature and people) and manufactured by processes that generated more energy and water than they consumed—in facilities powered by renewable resources and designed to foster worker and community health and happiness, a call to imagine our products to improve our quality of life and bring joy through their beauty and functionality, allowing us to envision a future that is Socially Just, Culturally Rich and Ecologically Restorative.

The Living Product Challenge is one of an attempt to dramatically making a paradigm shift from simply doing less harm concept to be restorative, giving more than we take. It aims to transform how we think about every single act of design, production and purchasing as an opportunity to positively impact the greater community of life and the cultural fabric of our society. It is a challenge to immerse oneself in such a pursuit—and many refer to its ability to do so as a paradigm shift, and the products that succeed can claim to be the greenest and most socially responsible of all, and they will serve as models for others that follow.

Since its release in May 2015, there have been 30+ pilot products in the program, where manufacturers work on reducing their environmental Footprint and making their operations Net Positive with respect to impact categories such as water, energy, climate, waste and ecological impacts. In order to reach the net positive companies should decrease their Footprint and increase their Handprint.

The Footprint of an organization or even a person is the sum total of negative impacts caused by the processes that sustain that organization or person. The Footprint of producing a product is likewise the sum total of negative impacts caused by the processes necessary to produce that product
The scope of these processes is called “cradle-to-gate;” it includes both the manufacturer’s operations and all processes of the supply chains such as inputs of energy, materials and equipment. It even encompasses any services the manufacturer needs producing the product.

In order to address the full life cycle of a product, the Living Product Challenge asks manufacturers to not only create factories that produce more energy than they use—and operate within the water balance of their site—but to also become life cycle Net Positive. The first step in this process is to measure and reduce a product’s cradle-to-gate Footprint. Smaller Footprints are still Footprints. We can never achieve a Footprint of zero, and in solely focusing on Footprint reductions, we face diminishing returns.

Handprint measure the positive impact that a product causes across its life cycle, such as harvesting more water and generating more energy than was required to make it. A product is Net Positive if its Handprint is larger than its Footprint.

Handprints must be real and measurable, and there are myriad ways to create them. They can result from engaging the users of products to use them in more ecologically-restorative ways. They can also result from a manufacturer sharing sustainable innovations with competitors or the market at large. Handprint benefits may even go beyond the boundaries of the life cycle of the Living Product, and the company itself, through collaborative efforts with other businesses and organizations to create positive impacts around the world. PRODUCTS WHO’S HANDPRINTS ARE GREATER THAN THEIR CRADLE-TO-GATE FOOTPRINTS ARE CONSIDERED NET POSITIVE WITHIN THE LIVING PRODUCT CHALLENGE.

The Living Product Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories, or Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health + Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of 20 Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. Designed to transform the market toward the creation of regenerative products, and the ILFI work directly with manufacturers and assessors to identify barriers to progress and, when necessary, put temporary exceptions into place to acknowledge current market limitations and find alternative pathways to certification.

THE LIVING PRODUCT CHALLENGE IS A CALL TO ACTION, to reconcile our systems of production with the natural environment, creating a civilization with greater biodiversity, resilience and opportunities for life with each adaptation and innovation

By Amira Ayoub Hassan
Architect at Living Building Challenge Cairo Collaborative Facilitator
3/1/2019 1:27:21 PM
<![CDATA[Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet developed in Australia]]>
The US manufacturer hopes to sell the multi-role aircraft, which is 38 feet long (11.6 meters) and has a 2,000 nautical mile (3,704 kilometer) range, to customers around the world, modifying it as requested.

It is Australia’s first domestically developed combat aircraft in decades and Boeing’s biggest investment in unmanned systems outside the United States, although the company declined to specify the dollar amount.

Defense contractors are investing increasingly in autonomous technology as militaries around the world look for a cheaper and safer way to maximize their resources.

Boeing rivals like Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. are also investing in such aircraft.

Four to six of the new aircraft, called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, can fly alongside a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, said Shane Arnott, director of Boeing research and prototype arm Phantom Works International.

“To bring that extra component and the advantage of unmanned capability, you can accept a higher level of risk,” he said.

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in the United States said last year that the US Air Force should explore pairing crewed and uncrewed aircraft to expand its fleet and complement a limited number of “exquisite, expensive, but highly potent fifth-generation aircraft” like the F-35.

“Human performance factors are a major driver behind current aerial combat practices,” the policy paper said. “Humans can only pull a certain number of Gs, fly for a certain number of hours, or process a certain amount of information at a given time.”

In addition to performing like a fighter jet, other roles for the Boeing system early warning, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance alongside aircraft like the P-8 Poseidon and E-7 Wedgetail, said Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems.

“It is operationally very flexible, modular, multi-mission,” she said. “It is a very disruptive price point. Fighter-like capability at a fraction of the cost.”

Robertson declined to comment on the cost, saying that it would depend on the configuration chosen by individual customers.

The jet is powered by a derivative of a commercially available engine, uses standard runways for take-off and landing, and can be modified for carrier operations at sea, Robertson said. She declined to specify whether it could reach supersonic speeds, common for modern fighter aircraft.

Its first flight is expected in 2020, with Boeing and the Australian government producing a concept demonstrator to pave the way for full production.

Australia, a staunch US ally, is home to Boeing’s largest footprint outside the United States and has vast airspace with relatively low traffic for flight testing.

The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will be manufactured in Australia, but production lines could be set up in other countries depending on sales, Arnott said.

The United States, which has the world’s biggest military budget, would be among the natural customers for the product.

The US Air Force 2030 project foresees the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter working together with stealthy combat drones, called the “Loyal Wingman” concept, said Derrick Maple, principal analyst for unmanned systems at IHS Markit. “The US has more specific plans for the wingman concept, but Western Europe will likely develop their requirements in parallel, to abate the capabilities of China and the Russian Federation and other potential threats,” he said.

Robertson declined to name potential customers and would not comment on potential stealth properties, but said the aircraft had the potential to sell globally.

“We didn’t design this as a point solution but a very flexible solution that we could outfit with payloads, sensors, different mission sets to complement whatever their fleet is,” she said. “Don’t think of it as a specific product that is tailored to do only one mission.”]]>
3/1/2019 1:25:32 PM
<![CDATA[What to live to 80? Retire at 55, says study]]>
The study looks at the relationship between life expectancy in men and women compared to their retirement age. To do this, it looked at different pension plans in the United States and compared them to individuals’ life spans.

Retirement Age vs. Life expectancy:

49.9 86
51.2 85.3
52.5 84.6
53.8 83.9
55.1 83.2
56.4 82.5
57.2 81.4
58.3 80.0
59.2 78.5
60.1 76.8
61.0 74.5
62.1 71.8
63.1 69.3
64.1 67.9
65.2 66.8

As per the table above, the life expectancy for those who remain in full-time positions only till the age of 50, see their 86th birthday, meanwhile for every extra year you work, your life expectancy decreases, reaching 67 years, if you retire at 65. The take away: Retire at 50, and enjoy the remained of your life.

Looking at the data, the researchers felt it was important to go on and look into the reasons behind these astonishing results. Researchers found that those who retire early have more time to exercise, visit natural areas and sleep the recommended amount of hours—something those who continue working are unable to do.

Second, working is already stressful enough and continuing to work into your late years means that one will be pressured to keep up with their younger, usually more innovative and competitive, colleagues. This adds stress to an already stressful situation. This leads to a multitude of health issues from strokes, blood clots and cardiovascular diseases, to diabetes and weight gain, which leads to the decline of health.

Moreover, a 2017 study penned by Hans Bloemen, Stefan Hochguertel and Jochem Zweerink and published in the Journal of Health Economics found that those who retire early get to live longer. They found this by looking at Dutch civil servants who qualified for early retirement in 2005.

“This paper estimates the impact of early retirement on mortality using Dutch administrative micro panel data. An unexpected temporary decrease in the eligibility age for retirement benefits for civil servants is used to instrument the retirement choice. We find that induced early retirement decreased the probability that a man dies within 5 years by 2.6 percentage points. The result is robust to alternative specifications and data selection criteria,” the paper explains.

These finding align clearly with a New York Times article that argued, “An analysis in the United States found about seven years of retirement can be as good for health as reducing the chance of getting a serious disease (like diabetes or heart conditions) by 20 percent. Positive health effects of retirement have also been found by studies using data from Israel, England, Germany and other European countries. ”

Another view

Despite this rather appealing result—after all, most people want to retire early, The Express published an article on December 8, 2017, titled, “How to live longer: Japanese doctor, 105, reveals the SECRET to a long life”, that argued that delaying retirement ensures a long life. The article, penned by Lauren Clark, explained, “In an interview with the Japan Times, Dr Hinohara said delaying your retirement for as long as possible - or working for the rest of your life - could boost your life expectancy. The scientist practiced what he preached - up until a few months before his death he worked up to 18 hours a day.”

According to the article, another 2016 study also found this conclusion to be true.
3/1/2019 1:11:48 PM
<![CDATA[On Marriage and Divorce in Egypt]]>
As of right now, about 200,000 married couples get a divorce every year, and according to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, research suggests that 40 percent of marriages end within the first five years.

In similar vein, Deputy Minister of Health and the General Supervisor of the Councils of Population, and Childhood and Motherhood, Maysa Shawky, holds that as of 2017, the divorce rates in Egyptian cities skyrocketed to 60.7 percent, while some villages reported 39.3 percent, and some reported less. When asked hold old divorcees usually are, Shawky pointed out that they mostly fall in the 25- to 30-year-old age group.

Whether one blames this one economic conditions, as Egypt's Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali did during a session with Members of Parliament in late November 2018, or whether you attribute it to emotion stress due or arranged marriages, the fact of the matter remains the same: Divorce rates are increasing in Egypt.

A report published in February 2018 suggested that divorce rates have increased 6.5 percent year-on-year between December 2016 and December 2017. In December 2017 alone, the divorce rate shot up by 4.3 percent compared to the same month last year. As if this was not worrying enough, a look at other studies over the past ten decades suggests that the problem is only getting worse.

A 2017 study by CAMAS, as well as Aswat Masriya, an Egyptian news website run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Egypt has seen an 83 percent increase in divorce rates between 1996 and 2017. “The divorce rate stood at 1.2 per 1,000 marriages in the period between 1996-1999, compared to a rate of 2.2 per 1,000 marriages in 2015,” the report concludes.

Additionally, in April 2017, Vice Dean of Faculty of Arts in Ain Shams University Tarek Mansour announced at the International Conference of the Faculty of Arts on Women and the Future Industry in Cairo, Egypt, that divorce rates have soared from 7 percent to 40 percent over the past five decades; there are not three million divorced women, he said. Mansour attributed the increasing divorce rate to the overlooked problems that women face in society, explaining that women suffer from many problems including violence, circumcision, early marriage and polygamy.

What is the Egyptian government doing about the high divorce rates?

According to recent statements by the Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, the Egyptian government is currently finalizing the development of a comprehensive program that aims to deal with the issue of high divorce rates in Egypt, with particular focus on cities, as they have higher divorce rates.

Commenting on the program, Wali revealed that the program, which will be reviewed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi personally, has been developed by looking at exampled from three Muslim countries, where divorce rates are low, according to the minister, namely, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Wali went even further to point out that Malaysia has seen their divorce rates drop 25 percent from 35 percent to 10 percent in just one year.

“They took legislative measures there [Malaysia] that led to stemming the tide in this respect. In Malaysia, laws stipulate that only judges conduct divorce procedures, and that a divorce goes into effect after six months. […] In the UAE and Oman, the focus was on media campaigns and awareness programmes that helped a lot in this respect,” Wali explained.

The program, titled “Married to Live Together”, and funded by the United Nations Family and Population Organisation, is currently being discussed with Al-Azhar, Dar AL-Ifta, the Coptic Orthodox Church and the National Council for Women (NCW), with the aim of rolling it out soon.

“A number of professors from Egyptian universities will implement this program in rural areas where divorce rates are high, and this will be in the form of launching awareness campaigns and giving training to young graduates to spread a message against divorce there,” stated Wali.

This program, as Wali explained, comes as part of the directions given to the ministry by President Sisi, who has asked the ministry multiple times to find a solution to the issue of high divorce rates; an issue that he has repeatedly verbally criticized and said that it baffled him. Sisi has also repeatedly criticised verbal divorce, citing it as one of the key catalysts to divorce and one of the major reasons behind the staggering divorce rates.

2/28/2019 2:31:23 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Launches Multiple Smart Products at Mobile World Congress 2019]]>
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei CBG said, “With the advent of the all-scenario era, consumers are increasingly looking forward to revolutionary experiences. To support the hyperconnected 5G period, Huawei Consumer BG remains committed to the all-scenario smart ecosystem strategy. We will spare no effort to drive pervasive connectivity to individuals, office and homes, and create a world-leading 5G all-scenario smart living experience that is unlike anything that has come before.”

5G Foldable Smartphone: HUAWEI Mate X

Reflecting the DNA of the HUAWEI Mate Series, the HUAWEI Mate X represents a voyage into uncharted territory. The HUAWEI Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience and bringing forth a new breed of smartphone.

A result of Huawei’s bold experimentations with novel smartphone form factors, the 2-in-1 smartphone and tablet HUWAEI Mate X features a flexible OLED panel and a Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge that blends style with technology. The lightweight foldable smartphone sports a new Interstellar Blue color wave that epitomizes the beauty of technology and sets a higher bar for future smartphones.

The HUAWEI Mate X is more than a smartphone or a tablet—it is greater than the sum of its parts. The flexible OLED foldable FullView display and the world’s fastest 5G modem chipset Balong 5000 combine to deliver a new mode of interfacing, in which the large-screen experience and portability co-exist in harmony. In tablet mode, the HUAWEI Mate X is the ideal mobile productivity powerhouse. Multitasking is better than ever and users can take advantage of two screens simultaneously for multiple tasks and enjoy a desktop-like experience.

Huawei’s flagship smartphones have always come with powerful cameras, and the HUAWEI Mate X is no different. The foldable design makes it possible for the camera system to play the role of both front and rear cameras, resulting in a revolutionary photography experience.

Possessing leading capabilities in chip, device and communications technologies, Huawei is poised to lead in the 5G era. Equipped with the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, the HUAWEI Mate X will be the benchmark of 5G smartphones to come.

A high-capacity 4,500mAh battery supporting HUAWEI SuperCharge is packed in HUAWEI Mate X, fulfilling the demand for greater battery performance in the 5G era.


Updated HUAWEI MateBook X Pro

At MWC 2018, Huawei introduced the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, the first-ever FullView notebook. Combining extreme portability, a premium FullView display, cutting-edge performance and smart connectivity, the first HUAWEI MateBook X Pro heralded the era of minimal-bezel notebooks, and served as a milestone marking Huawei’s rise to prominence in the PC business. Today at MWC 2019, Huawei launched the newly updated HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. It exhibits all the characteristics that define the flagship notebook: artistic design, innovation and intelligence, bringing the performance and all-scenario interconnectivity of the flagship notebook to the next level.

Combining craftsmanship with technology, HUAWEI MateBook X features a CNC machined metallic unibody with a premium sandblasted finish that gives the exterior a smooth hand-feel. Available in Mystic Silver and Space Gray, Huawei’s latest flagship is equipped with a 13.9-inch 3K Ultra FullView display with 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. Additionally, it supports 10-point multi-touch and the world’s first Fingers Gesture Screenshot to give users a new, more intuitive way to interface with their devices.

An incredibly powerful device, the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 8565 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 GPU with 2GB GDDR5. It also features broadband Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a more powerful Thunderbolt™ 3 port to support all-day productivity. Meanwhile the Dolby Atmos® Sound System delivers an immersive cinematic experience no matter where users find themselves.

Intelligent interconnectivity is at the heart of this new all-scenario experience. The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro supports HUAWEI Share 3.0 OneHop , a feature that solves data transmission difficulties between Windows notebooks and Android smartphones. HUAWEI Share 3.0 supports not only image and video transfers between PCs and smartphones, but two-way documentstransfers as well. Screen recording, too, is easier than ever. By shaking the phone and tapping “PC HUAWEI Share” on the computer, a screen recording of the notebook will be sent to the smartphone. Huawei has also developed a proprietary Clipboard Sharing feature , which lets users share copied content from one device and paste it on another nearby device, sharing one synchronized clipboard.

New Mainstream HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14

Artistic, innovative and intelligent, the new HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14 bring the latest technology to mainstream consumers. They combine FullView displays with high performance, extreme portability, great build quality and stylish looks to enable next-generation productivity. Although targeting the mainstream consumers, these revolutionary notebooks support intelligent interconnectivity between smart devices and PCs, redefining how devices can interact and connect with each other.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 features the same characteristics that define its family of products: FullView display, premium craftsmanship, sophisticated design and incredible performance. It sets a new benchmark for 14-inch notebooks with its new display standard, high performance and device inter-connectivity features.

Targeting a young demographic, both the HUAWEI MateBook 13 and HUAWEI MateBook 14 feature a stunning and portable FullView screen engineered to have a 3:2 productivity aspect ratio and a minimalized bezel display supporting 10-point multi-touch. Both notebooks support new convenience features like Fingers Gestures Screenshot , indicative of a consumer-first ethos.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 is powered by up to the 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8565U and the NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 and stays cool with a shark-inspired design fan that supports greater heat dissipation. The 57.4Wh (typical value) large capacity battery and Huawei’s smart power saving solution combine to ensure a long battery life.

Meanwhile, the HUAWEI MateBook 13 redefines the standard for display, performance and cross-platform interconnection in the 13-inch mainstream notebook segment. It is powered by up to the 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor and the NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 GPU, and is equipped with the HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans 2.0 supporting higher fan speeds and greater air output. The improved cooling performance of the fans helps the notebook stay cool and silent even when running intensive processes. HUAWEI MateBook 13 features a 3:2 FullView display with 10-point multi-touch option and a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent.

To elevate the experience of HUAWEI PC devices, Huawei offers a smarter way for devices to interact with each other: HUAWEI Share 3.0, which features OneHop and Clipboard Sharing to enable quick and easy smartphone-to-PC cross-platform smart interconnectivity. Other features designed with young consumers such as graduates and young professionals in mind include the Finger Gestures Screenshot , Fingerprint Button 2.0, Dolby Atmos® and more—fitting for those that require connectivity on the go and completing the all-scenario experience in which all devices from PCs to smartphones is connected.


HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro Brings 5G into Smart Homes

Balong 5000 officially unlocks the 5G era. This chipset supports a range of 5G products in beyond just smartphones, including home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices and 5G modules. It will provide consumers with a brand new 5G experience across multiple scenarios.

Powered by Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro supports both 4G and 5G wireless connections, setting a new benchmark for home CPEs on a 5G network: a 1GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed smoothly without lag. In addition to homes, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro can also be used by small and medium-sized enterprises for super-fast broadband access.

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols, bringing smart homes into the 5G era.

In the upcoming 5G all-scenario intelligent era, Huawei has the leading capability to execute on its all-scenario strategy. Huawei is the only manufacturer with a full-range of end-to-end 5G product, covering chipsets, edge and cloud services. Huawei is committed to enriching the connectivity experiences in 5G use cases, and delivering the ultimate all-scenario smart life to consumers.
2/27/2019 2:34:43 PM
<![CDATA[Chaos, gridlock a daily ordeal for Manila's long-suffering commuters]]>
Flashlight in hand, street sweeper Alejandro Galasao, 58, navigates a labyrinth of alleys to a main road to catch a bus to the capital Manila 30 km (18.6 miles) away.

He has to wake up in the middle of the night for a job that doesn’t start until 6 a.m.

Traffic is so bad in Manila that if he leaves any later, there’s no way he will clock in on time.

“If I go to work at rush hour, it would take me three hours,” Galasao told Reuters. “This is the only job I know. Even if I find something else, I doubt I would earn any better”.

Metro Manila, a sprawl of 16 cities fused together by outdated infrastructure, is creaking under the weight of millions of vehicles, owing largely to economic growth of more than six percent a year since 2012.

Urban rail coverage is limited, trains are prone to breakdowns and queues spill onto streets where exhaust fumes are intoxicating.

Quality of life is poor for many urban Filipinos, who spend a chunk of their day commuting.

Janice Sarad works at a bank head office and leaves home four hours before work starts in Bonifacio Global City, a Manila business hub.

On a typical day, Sarad, 22, takes a train, a bus and two passenger jeeps to get to work.

“In the morning, it’s even more difficult to commute because the pressure not to be late is there. You really have to fight your way in,” she said.

A 2015 survey by GPS-based navigation app Waze found that Manila had the world’s worst traffic congestion, partly due to a tripling of annual car sales from a decade ago.

Oliver Emocling, 23, rides the train, but queues are so long that he arrives late often, and has been docked wages as punishment.

“When I get home, it’s already 10 p.m.,” said Emocling, who works at a magazine. “I could be using that time to sleep more, rest more. Instead, my time gets wasted”.

The daily loss of business in Manila due to traffic woes has risen to 3.5 billion pesos ($67.2 million) in 2017 from 2.4 billion pesos ($46.1 million) in 2012, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday fixing Manila’s traffic wasn’t easy, adding that it was the only campaign promise he had failed to deliver.

He recently approved a law that encourages companies to support more employees to work from home.

The government is making some headway on an $180 billion program to modernize roads, railways and airports, including a subway system set to begin construction on Wednesday.

However, the building works are exacerbating snarl-ups.

Ferdinand Tan, a 53-year-old wealth coach, lets his staff work from home and has modified his van to cope with traffic, turning it into a mobile office with a power supply, computer and even a foot massager.

“No one can really solve the traffic. So instead of complaining about it, I try to maximize (the time),” he said.

2/27/2019 12:01:02 PM
<![CDATA[A blast from the golden era: Shadya, Abdel Halim teach us etiquette through pictures]]>
The rare photos, which have circulated for the very first time since 1956, leaving many reminiscing and nostalgic, teach men how to treat women.

Initially posted in Generation Magazine, Issue 215 of February 6, 1956, under the title, “A lesson in etiquette”, aimed to teach male readers how to treat women, whether they are their lover, partner, wife, or sister.

And to the tips:

1- A husband, lover, or brother should always help a women out of a car in a gentle and polite manner.

WRONG: The first photo shows Abdel Halim smoking a cigarette while Shadya is trying to get out of the car.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: The second photo shows Abdel Halim helping Shadya out of the car, with a smile on his face.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

2- A man should never walk ahead of his sister, significant other, or wife on the stars.

stairs 1
Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

WRONG: The first photo shows Abdel Halim walking up the stairs while Shadya trails behind him. She is clearly shocked at his behaviour.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: Here, Abdel Halim is holding Shadya’s hand is and is walking beside her, almost a step behind her.

3- A man should never push his way first through a door and should hold the door open for women.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

WRONG: In this one, we can see Abdel Halim trying to push his way through a door, ultimately squishing Shadya.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: In the second photo, Abdel Halim is holding the door for Shadya with a smile, and is waiting for her to enter before him.

4- When kissing a women's hand, a man should never pull her hand up.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

WRONG: Abdel Halim is pulling Shadya's hands up to kiss it upon greeting her; however, she looks in pain.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: A man should always lower himself to be at a close level to the women before kissing her hand. This way, he will not pull her hand up.

2/26/2019 4:23:11 PM
<![CDATA[DMG/Mountain View becomes a Top Employer among real-estate and Engineering companies]]>
Maintaining a happy working environment for their employees and empowering them is embedded in DMG’s core principles. This policy was an indicator for Top Employer Institute to certify DMG as a top employer by choice.

DMG was granted the certificate after having been thoroughly surveyed and validated by the institute to ensure top-notch quality. This recognition asserts that DMG has acquired and retained the necessary talent to be worthy of this accreditation.

DMG/Mountain View specializes in developing first tier residences and resorts that match the globally recognized quality standards, which they maintain by working with top engineering and design companies, contractors, structure consultants in constructing some of the most highly attractive projects across Egypt, including the prominent iCity project.


2/26/2019 2:39:25 PM
<![CDATA['Green Book' denies Netflix top Oscar on night of music and diversity]]>
Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for “Roma,” his sentimental black-and-white journey back to his childhood, and the film won two other Oscars, including for best foreign language.

In the biggest upset of the night, Britain’s Olivia Colman won her first Oscar for her role as petulant monarch Queen Anne in Fox Searchlight period comedy “The Favourite,” beating presumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in “The Wife.”

“It’s genuinely quite stressful! This is hilarious,” said a visibly shocked Colman. “Glenn Close - you have been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be,” she told her fellow actress, sitting in the audience.

Rami Malek won for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 21st Century Fox musical “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film was the biggest overall winner, with four Oscars, and it also stamped its mark on the show when the group became the first rock band to open an Academy Awards show.

“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” said Malek, who had been favored to win the award.

It was also a big night for diversity, with Oscars going to black supporting actors Mahershala Ali and Regina King, while Spike Lee won for adapted screenplay for his Ku Klux Klan movie “BlacKkKLansman.” Malek was born in the United States to Egyptian parents.

“Black Panther,” with a predominantly black cast, came away with three Oscars, including costume design, for its vision of a fictional glorious African kingdom of Wakanda.

“Green Book” a Universal Pictures film about an unlikely friendship between a black pianist and his white driver touring the segregated U.S. South in the 1960s, also won for original screenplay and supporting actor for Ali.

The wins came despite a slew of negative publicity around both “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in recent months.

The family of the late pianist Dr. Don Shirley has said that his portrayal in “Green Book” contained inaccuracies, and in January accusations surfaced of sexual impropriety by director Peter Farrelly in the 1990s. Farrelly apologized for his conduct.

“I think we brought great honor to Dr. Shirley,” screenwriter Nick Vallelonga told reporters on Sunday about the criticism.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer was accused in January of sexual misconduct involving underage men in the 1990s.

The Oscar ceremony went ahead without a host for the first time since 1989 and instead was filled with powerhouse music performances from Queen, Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed an intimate duet of “Shallow” from “A Star is Born,” which brought Gaga her first Oscar.

Street party in Mexico City's Roma district for Cuaron's Oscars
“I have worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning, it’s about not giving up,” said a tearful Gaga. “It’s not about how many times you get rejected. ... It’s about how many times you are brave and you keep on going.”
2/26/2019 11:50:24 AM
<![CDATA[Amazing Meet-And-Greet Experience with Ahmed Fathi]]>
Fans lined up to meet Ahmed Fathi, who posed for photos and signed shirts for them.

adidas recently introduced Exhibit Pack, featuring products from across all four key adidas football franchises; COPA, PREDATOR, X, NEMEZIZ. These boots are not for fakers, they are for creators only, designed for footballers who want to put their imagination into action, and who have the courage to exhibit their creativity. Exhibit Pack is now available at all adidas stores across Egypt.

Notes to editors:

About adidas Football

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For further media information please visit http://news.adidas.com/GLOBAL/PERFORMANCE/FOOTBALL or contact:
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2/25/2019 12:31:44 PM
<![CDATA[Avec Amour celebration at Le Méridien Cairo Airport]]>
Media, influencers and bloggers were invited to savour the good life to its sweetest by experiencing avec amour signature chocolate delights and effervescent Kir Royale cocktails complemented by a musical live performance.

The celebration started with a chocolate workshop guided by Hotel’s pastry Chef, Sedhom, followed by a flower workshop guided by the talented florist Najla.

After workshops, guests were invited to create their own box of chocolates and flowers with a little extra dose of love (avec amour).






2/24/2019 5:14:38 PM
<![CDATA[Missoni glitters at Milano Fashion Week with sparkling line]]>
In a blue-lit venue, Missoni, which is known for its multi-colored printed knits, said it turned to the decade when “volumes were long, lean and liquid, and fashion danced around the body” for the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection that featured both womenswear and menswear.

Artistic director Angela Missoni kicked off the show by sending out models wrapped in patterned coats in soft colors, hooded scarves and flowing striped capes.

Wide-leg trousers and satin-like or shimmering jumpsuits echoed 1970s fashion. Glitter lame and shimmer featured heavily in the line: on dresses, trouser suits, tops and long scarves.

Sparkling pierrot collars topped plenty of outfits, which were accessorized with rolled up woolly hats and, at times, arm warmers. Models wore large fabric belts on top of their clothes, including coats, that were tied at the back.

The fashion house, founded in 1953 as a knitwear company, said it was “stepping into the blue of a chroma key” for the line, hopping back and forth between past and present.

The color palette, as usual for Missoni, featured an array of tones and shades.

“The Missoni chroma key is a door that connects different moments in the history of a fashion house that’s been active for more than six decades and has endlessly explored every path of knitwear,” show notes read.

Missoni, known for its signature flamed ziz-zag “Fiammoto” pattern, also offered plenty of other prints at the show, including mosaic-like and wavy. Models also wore jacquard coats.

For men, there were colorful shiny as well as print suits, patterned shirts worn over polonecks, and plenty of knits.

Cavalli shows fluid animal prints, 1920s-inspired looks in Milan
Milan Fashion Week, which runs until Monday, is the third stop on the month-long catwalk calendar, which began in New York and also features London and Paris.

Milan showcases some of the biggest names in fashion, including Giorgio Armani, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.]]>
2/24/2019 11:12:08 AM
<![CDATA[Samsung Raises the Bar with Galaxy S10: More Screen, Cameras and Choices]]>
A testament to a decade of innovations, Galaxy S10 is designed for those who want a premium smartphone with powerful performance and sets the stage for the next generation of mobile experiences. For consumers looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec – from display, to camera, to performance – to the next level. Galaxy S10e is built for those who want all the premium essentials in a compact package on a flat screen. Finally, Galaxy S10 5G is created for those who want more of everything and are ready for the fastest available speeds and the most powerful features. Featuring the all-new Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation camera, and intelligent performance, the Galaxy S10 line offers consumers more choices and sets a new standard for the smartphone.

“Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”

Introducing the Dynamic AMOLED Display: Full Screen Experience with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

Galaxy S10 is made with Samsung’s best screen yet, the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display. As the first HDR10+-certified smartphone, the display delivers vivid digital content, and with dynamic tone mapping, you’ll see a wider range of color for a brilliant, realistic picture. Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display is also VDE-certified for vibrant bright colors and extraordinary contrast ratio for even deeper blacks and brighter whites.

Verified by DisplayMate, you’ll also enjoy exceptionally accurate colors on your mobile device – even in harsh sunlight. What’s more, the Dynamic AMOLED display also reduces blue light through its TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort display without compromising picture quality or adding a filter.

The result of a groundbreaking engineering process, Galaxy S10’s unique Infinity-O Display packs an array of sensors and camera technology into a hole-in display – so you can maximize your screen real estate without any distractions.

Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display also includes the first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner that reads the 3D contours of your physical thumbprint – not a 2D image of it – for improved anti-spoofing. With the world’s first FIDO Alliance Biometric Component certification, this next generation biometrics authentication offers vault-like security to keep your device safe.

Pro-Grade Camera

Building on Samsung’s camera leadership of Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture firsts, Galaxy S10 introduces new camera technology and advanced intelligence that makes it easy to take epic shots and videos:

• Ultra Wide Lens: A first for the S Series, Galaxy S10 offers an Ultra Wide Lens with a 123-degree field of view, like the human eye, so what you see is what’s in frame.

Perfect for impressive landscape shots, big panoramas and even fitting the entire extended family into the photo, the Ultra Wide Lens ensures that you’ll always be able to capture the full scene.

• Super Steady & High-Quality Video Recording: Galaxy S10 offers Super Steady recording with digital stabilization technology. Whether you’re dancing in the middle of an amazing concert or trying to record every detail of a bumpy bike ride, Super Steady allows you to capture the moment. Both front and rear cameras can shoot in up to UHD quality, and in an industry first, the rear camera gives you the flexibility to record in HDR10+.

• AI Camera: Galaxy S10 makes already smart features more accurate with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) so you can get pro-grade shots worth sharing without having to manually select any advanced camera settings. Scene Optimizer can now recognize and more accurately process additional scenes because of the NPU. And with Shot Suggestion, Galaxy S10 offers automatic composition recommendations so you can frame your photo better than ever.

Intelligent Performance Features to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Phone
Galaxy S10 is built with premium hardware and machine-learning-based software that works hard so you don’t have to. From brand new power sharing capabilities to AI-powered performance enhancement and Intelligent Wi-Fi, Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s most intelligent device yet, from the inside out.

• Wireless PowerShare : Samsung introduces Wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10, making it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphones and even compatible wearable devices. In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare , while connected to a regular charger, enabling you to leave your second charger at home while on a trip.

• Intelligent Performance: The new AI software on the Galaxy S10 automatically optimizes battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on how you use your phone and continues to learn and get better over time. Leveraging AI-capabilities, Galaxy S10 also learns how you use your device to launch your most frequently used apps faster.

• Intelligent Wi-Fi: Galaxy S10 comes with Intelligent Wi-Fi that allows for an uninterrupted and safe connection by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE, as well as alerting you of potentially risky Wi-Fi connections. Galaxy S10 also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, making it possible for better Wi-Fi performance when connected to a compatible router.

• Bixby Routines: On Galaxy S10, Bixby automates your routines and provides personalized recommendations to make your life easier. With pre-set and personalized routines, such as Driving and Before Bed routines, which are customized based on your habits, Galaxy S10 makes things simpler by automatically reducing device touches and cutting steps out of your day.

A New Era of 5G Connectivity

Just as it did with 2G, 3G and 4G, Samsung is leading the way with 5G—working with major carriers to develop and deploy 5G networking technology. Now, Samsung is putting the power of 5G in consumers’ hands with Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s first flagship 5G smartphone. With Galaxy S10 5G, consumers on a 5G network can download a full season of a TV show in minutes, play graphics-rich cloud games with virtually no lag, enjoy enhanced VR and AR experiences and stay in touch with friends and family via real-time 4K video calls. To take full advantage of 5G connectivity, Galaxy S10 5G features the largest-ever Galaxy S series display, the 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display; Samsung’s 3D Depth Camera for 3D-image capturing to power Video Live focus and Quick Measure; powered by 4,500mAh with Super Fast Charging at 25W.

The Best Comes Standard: Galaxy Foundation and Next Level Ecosystem
The Galaxy S10 line offers everything you have come to expect from the Galaxy S series and more—including Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, IP68 water and dust resistance , a next-generation processor and Samsung services like Bixby, Samsung Health, Samsung Pay and Samsung DeX. You will get the largest storage capacity available on a Galaxy device – the S10+ even comes with 1TB of built-in storage – and the ability to add an additional 512GB microSD card for up to 1.5TB.

• Speed: Galaxy S10 gives you the capability to access next-generation Wi-Fi 6 , which gives you prioritized and four times faster access over other users in crowded areas, like an airport. Experience lightning fast LTE for downloading and browsing capable of up to 2.0 Gbps for the first time ever.

• Gaming: Engineered for the best possible gaming experience, Galaxy S10 is built with AI-based on-device gaming performance optimization software and premium hardware including Dolby Atmos for gaming mode and a vapor chamber cooling system. Galaxy S10 is also the first mobile device to be optimized for games created on the Unity platform.

• Security: Galaxy S10 is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.

Galaxy S10 Availability & Pre-Ordering

Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink. Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two, all-new, premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White.

As for the Egyptian market, the Galaxy S10 will be available for pre-order starting February 21st. Samsung also offers robust installment plans and special gift with pre-ordered phones exclusively for the Egyptian consumers. For preorders, please check the below link: https://www.samsung.com/eg/smartphones/galaxy-s10/buy/

For more information about Galaxy S10, visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com, news.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsung.com/galaxy.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

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2/23/2019 12:59:46 PM
<![CDATA[Samsung Unfolds the Future with a Whole New Mobile Category: Introducing Galaxy Fold]]>
“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display.” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”

A Smartphone. A Tablet. Folded into One.

Galaxy Fold is in a category of its own. It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone. Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display. Galaxy Fold brings together material, engineering and display innovations, developed over eight years following the debut of Samsung’s first flexible display prototype in 2011.

• New Display Materials: The internal screen does not merely bend. It folds. Folding is a more intuitive motion, and a more difficult innovation to deliver. Samsung invented a new polymer layer and created a display around 50 percent thinner than the typical smartphone display. The new material makes Galaxy Fold flexible and tough, built to last.

• New Hinging Mechanism: Galaxy Fold opens smoothly and naturally, like a book, and closes flat and compact with a satisfying click. To achieve this, Samsung engineered a sophisticated hinge with multiple interlocking gears. This system is housed in a hidden enclosure for a seamless and elegant look.

• New Design Elements: From the screen to the housing, to every element you can see and touch – Samsung left no stone unturned. The fingerprint scanner is found on the side where the thumb naturally rests, so the device unlocks easily. Two batteries and the components are evenly distributed so Galaxy Fold feels balanced in your hands. Colors with unique finishing—Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue —and the engraved hinge with Samsung logo complete its elegant fit and finish.

A Whole New Experience

Galaxy Fold was designed with smartphone users in mind – driven by bigger and better form factors that boost their experiences. Galaxy Fold changes to the screen you need, the moment you need it. Slip it out of your pocket for one-handed calls, texts, and more and open for endless multitasking and higher quality viewing on our largest mobile display for presentations, digital magazines, movies, and AR content.

The unique UX built just for Galaxy Fold, provides new ways to get the most out of your smartphone:

• Multi-Active Window: The possibilities are virtually endless with Galaxy Fold – designed for the ultimate multitasker. You can open up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display so you can surf, text, work, watch and share without losing a beat.

• App Continuity: Make intuitive, seamless transitions between the cover and the main displays. As Galaxy Fold opens and closes, apps will automatically show up where you leave off. When you’re ready to take a photo, make in-depth edits, or have a closer look at the feed, open the display for a big screen and fuller canvas.

Samsung worked with Google and the Android developer community to ensure that apps and services were available for the Galaxy’s Fold’s unique experience.

Premium Performance Built to Fold

Galaxy Fold is built for the heaviest and intense use whether it’s working, playing or sharing —all of which requires advanced performance. Packed with powerful hardware, the Galaxy Fold is more than up to the task.

• Do More: To ensure everything runs smoothly, even when running three apps simultaneously, Samsung equipped Galaxy Fold with a high-powered, next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM with PC-like performance. The sophisticated dual battery system was specifically engineered to keep up with you. Galaxy Fold is also capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger so you can leave your second charger at home.

• Ultimate Multimedia Experience: The Galaxy Fold is designed for entertainment. Thanks to immersive visuals on the Dynamic AMOLED display and crisp, clear sound by AKG with the stereo speakers, your favorite movies and games come to life in rich sound and color.

• Our Most Versatile Camera Yet: No matter which way you hold—or fold—the device, a camera will be ready to capture the scene, so you never miss the moment. With six lenses—three in the back, two on the inside and one on the cover—the Galaxy Fold camera system has flexibility built in. Galaxy Fold introduces a new level of multitasking, allowing you to use other apps during a video call.

Do it All with Galaxy Fold

Galaxy Fold is more than a mobile device. It’s a portal to an entire galaxy of connected devices and services that Samsung has developed over the years to make it easier for consumers do the things that they couldn’t do before. Pair with Samsung DeX for even more productivity power with a PC-like experience. Bixby is supported with new personal intelligence functionalities like Bixby Routines to help anticipate your needs, and Samsung Knox will keep your data and information safe. From using your phone to make purchases with Samsung Pay, to using Samsung Health to manage your health and wellness, the Galaxy ecosystem is there to as you pursue the things you’re passionate about.

Galaxy Fold will be available in the second quarter of 2019.

For more information about Galaxy Fold, please visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com, news.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsung.com/galaxy.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

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2/23/2019 12:54:04 PM
<![CDATA[New Bottega Veneta designer Lee mixes modern and classic at Milan show]]>
Lee, who was previously at French label Celine, kicked off the show in all leather looks - a décolleté dress, zipped biker jacket and trousers - and plenty of A-line quilted skirts that were held at the front with chunky golden chains.

Coats and jackets had very large V-necklines, while tops and long shirt and other dresses were adorned in tiny mirror shapes that added a touch of sparkle.

“While the quiet craft central to Bottega Veneta’s identity is still present, fall 2019 brings a sharp injection of modernity to traditional technique, turning up the volume,” show notes read.

“Combining the human hand with technology and process, the result is simultaneously classic and contemporary.”

Bottega Veneta’s owner, luxury group Kering, said last year German designer Tomas Maier was stepping down as creative director of the Italian leather goods maker, known for its woven leather bags, after 17 years.

Lee said he was “presenting a new vocabulary” for the brand, with the traditional weave “reinterpreted and evolved”.

The weave was seen on outerwear. Other coats had leather closures in some instances, while shiny jackets were taken in at the waist. Knit figure-hugging dresses had open necklines.

The chunky chains were also seen on knits and golden detailing was added to belts that were put on two-layered dresses as well as macs.

For men, there were knits, sometimes ribbed or with rolled up necks, deconstructed or slit, and with extra long sleeves. Tailored coats were sleek and worn over sheer-like tops. Trousers were tucked into chunky boots.

The color palette was mainly dark - black, dark purple, navy and brown, but dabs of orange, turquoise, cream, shiny pink and lilac added bursts of color.

Heels and men’s shoes also bore the quilted pattern. Women also wore chunky boots.

Milan Fashion Week runs until Feb 25.]]>
2/23/2019 12:05:58 PM
<![CDATA[Modest dinosaur dubbed 'harbinger of doom' set stage for T. rex]]>
Scientists on Thursday said they have unearthed in central Utah fossils of a relatively small, fleet-footed, lightly built forerunner to T. rex that lived 96 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. Named Moros intrepidus, it was roughly 10 feet (3 meters) long and weighed 170 pounds (78 kg).

It was given that name, which means “harbinger of doom,” because Moros was a member of the same dinosaur lineage - the tyrannosaurs - and foreshadowed the arrival of the roughly 13-meter-long (42-foot-long) T. rex, seven tons of carnivorous grandeur, some 30 million years later.

At the time of Moros, tyrannosaurs had not yet emerged as colossal apex predators. Moros was overshadowed in its warm, lush environment by a much-larger dinosaur called Siats meekerorum, which reached about 39 feet (12 meters) long, weighed four tons and was a member of a group called allosaurs that for tens of millions of years represented North America’s dominant land meat-eaters.

“In short, the story of Moros and Siats is like an evolutionary David and Goliath in which small tyrannosaurs survive through dramatic changes in landscape, through mountain building and sea level rise, whereas the giant Siats and its relatives perish from existence,” North Carolina State University paleontologist Terry “Bucky” Gates said.

“In true ironic fashion, once the giant predators were out of the way, the small tyrannosaurs, typified by Moros, evolved to become the largest predators in North America,” Gates added.

Tyrannosaurs first arose in Asia and later migrated to North America, but few fossils had been found to illustrate their development on the continent.

“Tyrannosaurs remained small, subsidiary hunters in Late Cretaceous ecosystems of North America until the extinction of allosaurs opened a window of opportunity for them to ascend to the top of the food chain,” added paleontologist Lindsay Zanno of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, lead author of the research published in the journal Communications Biology.

The scientists found partial remains - leg bones and some associated teeth - of a Moros individual that was perhaps seven years old, almost fully grown. They did not discover feather fossils, but suspect Moros had feathers, as did many dinosaurs.

“If Moros stood beside you, its back would come up to your hip,” Gates said. “Imagine a 10-foot-long Great Dane covered in feathers.”]]>
2/22/2019 12:59:21 PM
<![CDATA[Japanese space probe touches down on asteroid to collect samples]]>
The spacecraft’s landing on the asteroid Ryugu, just 900 meters (3,000 feet) in diameter, came after an initial attempt in October was delayed because it was difficult to pick a landing spot on the asteroid’s rocky surface.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said on Friday Hayabusa 2 fired a small projectile into the surface of Ryugu to collect particles scientists hope the spacecraft will bring back to Earth for analysis.

“We may have caused some worry due to the delay but we carried out our plan flawlessly over the past four months to bring it to a successful landing,” project manager Yuichi Tsuda told a news conference.

“It landed in the best circumstances among the scenarios we envisioned,” he said.

It is the second Japanese spacecraft to land on an asteroid after Hayabusa touched down on a near-Earth asteroid named Itokawa in 2005. It was the first to bring asteroid dust back to Earth, although not as much as hoped.

Asteroids are believed to have formed at the dawn of the solar system and scientists say Ryugu may contain organic matter that may have contributed to life on Earth.

JAXA’s plan is for Hayabusa 2 to lift off Ryugu and touch back down up to three times. It blasted off in December 2014 and is scheduled to return to Earth at the end of 2020.]]>
2/22/2019 12:56:20 PM
<![CDATA[AXA Egypt awarded the Top Employers Egypt certification ]]>
Ayman Kandeel, CEO of AXA Egypt, explained in a press release that the company’s selection as a Top Employer further validates its successful dedication to create a positive working environment that enables employees to grow through applying progressive HR practices. AXA Egypt aims to inspire other companies to follow the same path of maintaining the overall harmony of the workplace as well as authenticity around the wellbeing of each individual employee. “Our goal as AXA Egypt is to always empower our employees, sustaining their development journey, personally and professionally, through our people-first strategies, to maintain a positive healthy work environment. We’re extremely proud to be announced as a Top Employer in 2019,” according to Kandeel.

Since its arrival to Egypt three years ago, AXA Egypt has demonstrated through its Global Policy that creating career development opportunities, allowing employees to make operational decisions and recognizing their outstanding contributions are all vital characteristics for growth and for employees to feel a sense of belonging to the company’s vision and mission. The company has been also focusing on creating equitable benefits to all employees while recognizing the roles of both parents in child care. Therefore, it encourages fathers to play a prominent role in the care of their children and offers them four calendar weeks of paid paternity leave, alongside the 16 calendar weeks of paid maternity leave new mothers are entitled to.

AXA also strives to have a work environment that focuses on diversity and inclusion. With gender equality being an essential element of an inclusive, innovative workplace, AXA currently has a 50/50 gender equality between employees.

As part of the company’s long-term career development vision and its strive to develop its employees, AXA Egypt has established an online learning platform ‘Learning @AXA’ which provides staff members with access to more than 2000 courses across the fields of innovation, HR, marketing, finance, data science, leadership and more.

The global Certification Programme has recognized more than 1300 Top Employers in more than 115 countries/regions across five continents. It helps guide candidates towards employers who will have their best interest at heart and will seek to form a partnership with their employees that is mutually beneficial.

2/20/2019 2:26:49 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea retracts guidelines on look-alike K-pop stars]]>
The guidelines issued last week complained that K-pop stars looked too alike, saying "the problem of ... uniformity among singers is serious", and noting most idols were thin and wore identical make-up and skimpy outfits.

South Korea's K-pop world is a multi-billion-dollar business, but so too is the plastic surgery industry in the image-obsessed country, and tens of thousands of people go under the knife every year in pursuit of the perfect look.

The guidelines from the ministry of gender equality drew criticism online -- and also from a lawmaker who said it was reminiscent of censorship during the country's period of authoritarian government which ended in 1980s.

Demanding the state apologises, Lawmaker Ha Tae-keung said the guidelines were a "totalitarian and unconstitutional idea".

Until the late 1980s, censorship permeated every part of South Korean society and the state controlled everything from what could be screened on TV to the length of a man's hair.

"It is truly surprising that South Korea is doing what communist dictatorships, like China and North Korea, would consider doing," one online critic said.

In the wake of criticism, the ministry said Tuesday it would withdraw the recommendation after it had "caused unnecessary confusion".

But it added it had neither the intention nor authority to control TV production and it had simply tried to "prevent media, which has big influence on people's daily life, from undermining human rights or fostering discrimination unintentionally".

Critics say the narrow concept of beauty promoted by Korean celebrities was pushing many to go under the knife.

In 2017 all four members of K-pop band SixBomb went through extensive plastic surgery, from nose jobs to breast implants, before releasing a single.

A series of videos showed the four women visiting a clinic, strutting into an operating theatre and lying on the operating table.

In a survey of teenagers last year, nearly 70 percent said the idea of trying to become a celebrity in the entertainment industry had crossed their mind.

The ministry alluded to the impact TV celebrities have on young people in the guidelines.

"Overt concerns for how one should look on TV has a negative impact not only on adults, but also on teenagers and children," it said.]]>
2/20/2019 11:54:45 AM
<![CDATA[Radisson Hotel Group signs portfolio deal for six hotels in Egypt]]>
Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “It is great to expand our footprint in Egypt with six new hotels. Egypt has historically been one of the most visited countries in North Africa and we strongly believe in its tourism industry in the long run. These hotels will make a great contribution to the local employment and we thank our partner Zaghloul Holdings for their continued trust and for their contribution towards promoting tourism in the country. We are further pleased to introduce two new brands to Egypt, Radisson Collection, positioned as the premium lifestyle and affordable luxury brand and Radisson as an upscale hotel brand”.

Hazem Zaghloul, owner of Zaghloul Holdings, said: “We have ambitious investment plans for the tourism sector in Egypt. We are confident in the future outlook for the sector with positive forecasts of increased visitor numbers and the significant investment in the tourism infrastructure of Egypt. We are also pleased to strengthen our relationship with Radisson Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel groups and our trusted hospitality business partner. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship.”
Radisson Collection Hotel Cairo Heliopolis.

Set to become the first Radisson Collection hotel in Egypt, the hotel will be part of a new mixed-use development that includes a shopping mall and offices. Located within the affluent Heliopolis district of Cairo, the hotel will be situated just 1km away from Cairo International Airport, the second busiest airport in Africa. The new hotel will feature 425 rooms and luxurious suites and four food and drink outlets. The meeting and events space will cover 2,000sqm and includes two ballrooms. While the leisure facilities will include a modern well-equipped gym and indoor and outdoor pools.
Radisson Collection Hotel Cairo Heliopolis is set to open in Q2 2021.

Radisson Blu Serviced Apartments Cairo Heliopolis

Situated in the same mixed-use development as the Radisson Collection Hotel Cairo Heliopolis, the serviced apartments will complement the hotel with 163 upper upscale apartments featuring one and two-bedroom and luxurious apartments. The serviced apartments will feature 400sqm of meeting rooms space and will include an outdoor pool. The Heliopolis district has a number of modern restaurants, cafes and other leisure facilities, and is home to Egypt’s three largest shopping malls.
Radisson Blu Serviced Apartments Cairo Heliopolis is scheduled to open in Q3 2019.

Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Golf City

Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Golf City continues the Group’s strategic expansion into the north of Cairo with the development of an “urban resort” located 10km from Cairo International Airport. Situated within Obour City, the hotel will be in a prominent commercial district that includes the offices and factories of a number of pharmaceutical companies and an industrial park conveniently situated next to the hotel. Golf City offers a well-established residential community and the hotel will be located in the center of the neighborhood next to the golf course. The hotel will feature 255 rooms, a gym and dining options including two international restaurants and a tea lounge. The meeting room space will cover 220sqm.

Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Golf City is scheduled to open in Q4 2020.

Radisson Hotel New Cairo

Radisson Hotel New Cairo will be located in New Cairo, an area south east of Cairo city and part of Greater Cairo metropolitan area. Featuring 107 rooms, a restaurant, gym and indoor swimming pool, the hotel will be the first Radisson branded hotel in Egypt. The New Cairo district houses a number of international companies, and the nearby leisure attractions comprise malls and sporting facilities including a golf course.
Radisson Hotel New Cairo is scheduled to open in Q1 2020.

Radisson Hotel & Resort Ain Sokhna, Egypt

Located in Ain Sokhna, a popular destination for domestic and international leisure guests, Radisson Hotel & Resort Ain Sokhna will feature 173 rooms and suites. The hotel will offer direct beach access in an area well known for the quality of its beaches and watersports and its proximity to the Eastern Desert. The hotel will feature an international restaurant and a nightclub. Leisure facilities will include three outdoor swimming pools and a gym. The hotel will be located 50km south from Ain Sokhna, on the western shore of the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez, which typically has a pleasant Mediterranean climate.

Radisson Hotel & Resort Ain Sokhna is scheduled to open Q4 2021.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Makadi Bay, Hurghada

Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Makadi Bay, Hurghada is set become an impressive resort in one of Egypt’s main tourism centers on the Red Sea coast. The resort will feature 670 rooms and will offer direct beach access. There will be several food and drink outlets including three international restaurants, a beach restaurant and a nightclub. The resort will feature four swimming pools and a fitness center. The meeting and events space will feature six meeting rooms. The hotel will be located 25km south from Hurghada city center, along the Red Coast Sea, while Hurghada International Airport (HRG) is also 25km away.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Makadi Bay, Hurghada is scheduled to open in Q3 2020.


Stephen Kamat, Area Director of PR and Communications, Middle East, Turkey and Africa

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2/19/2019 1:06:06 PM
<![CDATA[Beckham looks to '70s, Westwood turns catwalk into protest]]>
In front of an audience including Beckham’s husband David and their children, models wore dresses and skirts slim fitted over the knee, some with abstract chain patterns.

In a collection rich in vibrant colors and patterns, Beckham stuck to her signature silhouette of fitted skirt suits, which were checkered, and wide-leg trousers.

The former Spice Girl turned fashion designer used to present her line in New York during the catwalk season, but moved to London in September to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her eponymous brand.

“For Autumn/Winter 2019 I have been thinking about what women want, about modern femininity and about how to curate those ideas into a collection for today,” Beckham said in a statement.

“There are touches of retro, pinches of the ‘70s. Yet it’s all brought together into something encapsulating what we call the modern feminine alphabet.”

The designer used colors such as lipstick red, teal, pink, absinthe and lilac and her footwear consisted of high-heeled stretch open toe boots, in vibrant blue, red or leopard print. Heels came in hot pink or yellow.

Britain’s dame of fashion Westwood gave models a voice on her “homo loquax” catwalk.

The 77-year-old, known for her environmental activism, allowed her models, which included actress and anti-harassment campaigner Rose McGowan and other campaigners, to address various issues as she presented an eclectic mix of creations.

“We need more heroes,” McGowan declared on the runway.

Sustainable fashion, Britain’s looming exit from the European Union and climate change were addressed as models presented oversized checkered coats, tailored jackets, silk dresses, fitted knitwear and clashing prints.

Loose tops bore playing cards Westwood said she designed to “illustrate a plan to save the world from climate change”.

Both women and men took to the catwalk. Some wore Pinocchio-like long noses. Knotted headscarves were worn back to front.

Gigi Hadid walks for Burberry at London Fashion Week
Dozens of protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group also sought to shine a spotlight on climate change by temporarily blocking roads. Carrying flags and a “Rebel for Life” sign, they briefly stopped traffic outside the main London Fashion Week venue.

At Preen, designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi said they were “inspired by the culture of dance and music and the impact it has had on us.”

The show opened with floral prints on outerwear and asymmetric layered skirts, before moving on to 1980s-style silhouettes - open neck décolletés and exaggerated shoulders.

The outfits were accessorized with a type of harness on top, with rosette decorations and ribbons flowing at the side, sometimes with small backpacks.

Patterned silk shirts were frilly, fitted tops revealed mid-riffs and knits were also cropped. Coats were voluminous.

Models wore blue tights and clog-like shoes. For the evening, shiny black or lace dresses were on show.]]>
2/19/2019 12:06:40 PM
<![CDATA[PUBG addictive game leaves users depressed due to temporary suspension]]>
The official page of PUBG announced it will suspend the game on Monday, February 18 from 2 a.m. Cairo local time and until 10 a.m. due to new changes being applied on the game’s servers.

Users received the suspension news with comics referring to their state of boredom waiting for its resumption, as the game consumes much of their time.

One user shared a picture, saying "this is the state of all PUBG players now."


The new updates applied to the game are concerned with speed after complaints the servers were slow.

While the most important update, as announced, would be adding a new phase “Facing Zombies,” where gamers will face a challenge to stay alive until sun rise.

PUBG has stirred controversy in Egypt after a high school student stabbed his teacher to death in Alexandria last yearwhenhe impersonated his PUBG character on his birthday.

Member of Parliament Ahmed Badawy, head of the Communications and IT Committee, claimed the game is part of the fourth-generation warfare against the Arab region.

He added that PUBG leaves an adverse impact on children and teenagers because it incites violence, urging the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to remove the application from Google Play.

MP Ahmed Refat said PUBG resembles the game Blue Whale, which is believed to have led to a number of deaths among young people in Egypt.
2/18/2019 4:59:29 PM
<![CDATA[Burberry's Tisci brings contrasting Britain to London catwalk]]>
Presenting an Autumn/Winter 2019 line entitled “Tempest”, the Italian designer dressed models, including Gigi Hadid and Natalia Vodianova, in streetwear as well as the British brand’s traditional more elegant day and evening outfits.

Two rooms, with different music including thumping rap, instrumental and snippets of news bulletins, added to the idea of contrasts in the show, which began with the edgy looks of oversized puffer and quilted jackets, loose polo shirts, corset tops, slip dresses and loose tracksuit-like trousers.

One jacket had the Union Jack flag flowing from the sides, while several had faux fur embellishments or trains.

The Burberry signature check print made an appearance on trenches and other outfits as did the TB monogram - initials of the brand’s founder, Thomas Burberry. Shoes consisted of sneakers and booties with animal skin-like prints.

After the casual wear came tailored ensembles, with embellished coats, dresses cinched at the waist and pleated skirts. Burberry’s signature trench was deconstructed and came with a poncho worn with embellished heels.

Menswear consisted of a range of duffle coats over tailored suits, sometimes bearing zips and boat-neck knit jumpers.

“I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free, and I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist,” Tisci said in a statement.

“My first season for Burberry was about starting to develop my alphabet for the house, it was about identifying new letters and new codes. And now, I’m starting to put these letters together to begin writing my book here, to form the first chapter for a new era at Burberry.”

For the evening, Tisci presented dresses in beige and black and white. His color palette consisted of beige with dabs of orange, brown, red and green.

Backstage, Tisci told reporters the collection was about “freedom in the sense of what kids need today. ... They don’t have anymore the voice they used to have when I was in London 20 years ago.”

The designer, previously at French fashion house Givenchy, studied at London’s Central St Martins in the late 1990s, a period he said he looked back at fondly.

The line’s feature of four characters - “girl and boy” and “lady and gentlemen” was reflective of the brand’s clientele.

“They are talking to different publics, price-wise and need- wise,” Tisci said. “It is creative and at the same time thinking of the market you are talking to.”]]>
2/18/2019 11:57:10 AM
<![CDATA[Mute-deaf students’ works speak loudly at Zamalek Art Festival]]>

Participating students, who are also members at the Egyptian Association for the Mute-Deaf and Sign Language Translators, exhibited their hand-made products of real leather handbags, crochet clothes, potteries, embroidered porcelain plates, and silver accessories.


Egyptian celebrities Soaad Hosni and Om Kalthoum and other Egyptian folklore paintings were decoupaged on porcelain and wooden plates and trays. Some leather handbags have pharaonic drawings on them.


“It is the first time for us to exhibit at the faculty. Some of the participants already had handicrafts before joining the faculty. But the exhibition shows decoupaged works for the first time,” Doaa Talaat, instructor at the Faculty of Specific Education, told Egypt Today on Saturday.


“The students learned this art within three weeks and managed to produce many decoupaged works,” added Talaat, who learned sign language to teach students decoupage art.


The third Zamalek Arts Festival was held at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Art Education and Music and Faculty of Musical Education.

2/17/2019 12:23:02 PM
<![CDATA[Space race meets Edwardian England at London Fashion Week]]>
Known for its established brands such as Burberry and Vivienne Westwood as well as new designers including Matty Bovan and Molly Goddard, London’s event is the second stop of the autumn/winter 2019 womenswear season which began in New York and later heads to Milan and Paris.

Turkish designer Bora Aksu took inspiration from Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go into space in 1963, spending almost three days in orbit.

Models wore luminous organza and tulle outfits - layered skirts, tiered ruffled lace dresses and frilly cardigans in a soft colors such as pale pink, green and lilac.

Boxed and puffer jackets were a nod to the space suits, with silver and suede boots adding to the look. The outfits were completed with knitted headpieces - a reference to Tereshkova’s upbringing in a village and then working in a textiles factory before joining the Soviet space program.

“She had such a normal life but she had a dream and pursued it,” Aksu said backstage. “I was drawn to her determination.”

Meanwhile, Matty Bovan said his eclectic collection of colorful prints, tapestry-like knitwear and crinoline skirts was an “ode to England”.

Models wore Liberty print blouses with Edwardian necklines and frilled shoulders, at times deconstructed and matched with other florals. Voluminous skirts were sequined or layered in clashing prints, knit crochet or a mix of fabrics. The looks were topped with eye-catching headgear and large keyrings.

“We have so many traditional fabrics, so many traditional English suppliers,” Bovan said. “It’s really turned into my love affair with all those textiles and histories.”

London Fashion Week declared itself fur-free at September’s shows and designers confirmed this was also the case this season, British Fashion Council (BFC) Chief Executive Caroline Rush told Reuters.

“We see it as a cultural change, something that is very much what about the consumer is asking for at the moment,” she said.

This did not stop a small demonstration from animal rights activists PETA outside, where three blindfolded protesters held up signs and a “bloody shorn lamb” replica to highlight what they said was “the suffering of sheep exploited for wool”.

Fashion editors and buyers from around the world have come to London for the event, the last before Britain’s exit from the European Union, due on March 29.

Uncertainty over how Britain will leave the bloc hangs over an industry reliant on materials, workforces and business from the countries within the EU.

“The majority of (UK fashion) businesses ... voted to remain ... so there’s a huge amount of frustration in terms of there not only being no deal in place as it stands at the moment but the idea that we might go to a no-deal scenario,” Rush said.

Last month, Burberry said leaving the EU without a deal would cost the fashion house tens of millions of pounds in tariffs and disrupt the movement of fabrics and products.

“London has very much been known as a global fashion capital, our businesses are known globally for being brilliant creators and collaborators and that narrative really has to continue,” Rush said.]]>
2/16/2019 12:46:38 PM
<![CDATA[Talking to yourself out loud… good or bad sign?]]>
When reading the autobiography of most well-known characters; we would find that they were talking to themselves such as Albert Einstein, who was accustomed to repeating sentences aloud several times, as he was not a big fan of social life, so as he grew up, he preferred to keep all of his ideas to himself. Most researchers in this field have found that talking to oneself aloud is not only normal but is indicative of extreme intelligence.

Studies have shown that talking to self makes you have the ability to sort your thoughts and know what you really want to do, as well as helping to ease stress and find better solutions to difficult problems and situations.

Studies also revealed that when we struggle with our problems and our daily crises we sometimes feel pressure, and it becomes harder to communicate with others, which makes feelings like negativity and frustration control the psychological state of the person. So, if you reached that point, simply, talk to yourself, this will calm your thinking and boost your self-esteem.

According to Peter Thomas, PhD, a licensed psychologist with Medical City McKinney in McKinney, Texas, you have to try to keep away from a negative behaviors and send yourself positive messages, as if to say to yourself: "I want to go out to play sports today….the atmosphere is nice and I grew well last night and a little exercise will be useful." This message is received by your mind as it looks at it and finds that everything is positive, this will increase your internal preparations to do it and then reach a state of satisfaction and happiness.

Are you your own worst critic? If your self-talk is constantly negative, that is not healthy, and you should practice some meditation or visit a psychiatrist before any unnecessary complication takes place.

Finally, talking aloud has an effect on the achievement of goals because our minds have what is known as the primary memory, which records everything we hear or read, and other memory of what we say loudly, which makes what we say more clear and consistent than other observations.]]>
2/15/2019 1:17:55 PM
<![CDATA[10 Tips to keep your bae at bay happy]]>
A survey conducted by Superdrug Online Doctor, a healthcare service based in the United Kingdom, which is linked to giant pharmacy store chain Superdrug, found that 50% of those who decided to give long-distance relationships a shot broke up. Among those 50%, about 50% of those cited their willingness to solve issues and arguments quicker, only waiting a few hours, rather than a day or two, as a reason to their successful relationship. Among those who split up, 71% of women and 64% of men cited the reason to be the lack of progress in their relationship; they just were not moving forward, they explained.

Furthermore, a 2013 study by L. Crystal Jiang and Jeffrey T. Hancock found that “LD [long-distance] romantic relationships are of equal or even more trust and satisfaction than their geographically close (GC) counterparts,” meaning that those who break up tend to do so due to their inability to communicate or other issues. The study, however, also found that couples in long-distance relationships tend to “form more idealized relationship perceptions than do GC [geographically close] couples in the pursuit of intimacy across various interpersonal media.” Building on this, in a study conducted by Laura Stafford, Andy J. Merolla, Janessa D. Castle in 2006, the researchers found that those who were in a long-distance relationship also face the challenge of breaking up once they re-unite, concluding that among those they surveyed one-third terminate their relationship within three months of reunion.

On the positive side, those who tend to manage to stay together after going some time apart have a stronger relationship. The 2013 study conducted by researchers from Cornell University and City University in Hong Kong also found that distance can often enhance intimacy and decrease “minor psychological aggression towards one’s partner,” leaving couples in a stronger relationship than before.

To make your journey easier, Egypt Today gives you 10 tips from individuals who have gone through long-distance relationships and come out triumphant.

1- Talk everyday, even if for a mere few minutes

“I found that one of the most important things that kept my girlfriend and I connected is our ability to share the details of our day and tell each other what happened. It is important to feel that you are connected and that you are part of each others’ lives. This can be amplified by asking each other for help solving a specific conflict or issue that you are facing in your life apart from them,” Ahmed Taha, a 25-year-old who spent 11 months away from his girlfriend says.

2- Remember they have a life too but keep each other in the loop

“I think one of the things that really caused a few problems at first between me and my partner was their inability to understand that I have a life here to live and that I need to meet new people, go see the world and plain old go out. He felt insecure and jealous, and it did not help that we could not go out. Eventually, we figured stuff out. We realized that the best way for us to feel like we are there is to update each other at all times and keep each other in the loop. We would send videos and photos and share everything together; this kept us solid,” Lamia Reda, a 23-year-old who spent nine months away from her boyfriend, says.

3- Video dates are essential

“After about five months apart, my girlfriend started saying that its not fair that we are not spending any time together and that she needs us to spend more time together. We did not know what to do at first and then one day, she read this article about the importance of doing activities together even when you are miles apart: This went on to become our weekly tradition. Every week, we would pick a movie to watch together, we would get popcorn and we would watch it, while talking to each other and seeing each other on Skype. I think this kept us going,” Abdelrahman Kheidr, who is not engaged to his girlfriend after spending 18 month apart, says.

4- Talk about all that is bothering you and solve problems quickly

“I am not the type of person who likes to talk when I am upset with someone. I prefer to take some time to myself; this nearly ended my relationship with the love of my life. When I first moved away, an argument would typically lead to me switching my phone off and not speaking to her till the next day. This left her upset, feeling alone and abandoned, and it tore her that she could not reach me; this is something she shared with me reluctantly after about three months of living in different counties. My behaviour left a mark on our relationship for a couple of months after that. It was difficult for her to challenge me out of fear that I would disappear for a day and she would not be able to reach me or check-up on me; it was killing us. Eventually, she told me that we were not working out but that she loves me. When we discussed it, she shared the real issue with me and, although it took me some time, I changed my behaviour. We have been going strong since, and now I believe that if you do not speak about everything that us bothering you and solve issues quickly, they will bottle up and grow,” Omar Safey, a 27-year-old who was in a long-distance relationship for eight months, says.

5- Celebrate special days no matter what

“My husband and I spent two years apart after being married for five years. He had to relocate for work and I had to stay because I was halfway through my doctorate. It was a difficult situation. At first all was great and then we ended up growing apart. I felt alone and so did he; neither of us felt the spark anymore and we felt that we had lost love for each other. We talked and decided to work things out and one of the ways that we found to really make a difference was to celebrate the special days. Whether it was a birthday, Valentine’s, New Year’s Eve or whatever else, we planned ahead and made sure we would be together; if we could not spend it together, we would send a gift and/or a card, and we would plan for an online date. It was not ideal but it was the best we could have at the time and it made all the difference,” Sherry Mahmoud, a 35-year-old who spend two years in a long-distance relationship with her husband, says.

6- Plan enjoyable, intimate and memorable activities for when you are together

“I only got to see him every three months for three of four days at a time. This meant that I had to plan for everything. He needed to spend time with me, his family, my family and his friend, not to mention all the errands that he needed to run while being back home. I wanted to make sure that he enjoyed his time when he was with me and that we did something different to what he got to do over there, so I would plan our outings well in advance based on the things I knew he was really missing. One other thing that also helped was taking a trip to see him every few months; this made him feel like I was willing to put in the effort even though he is the one who moved away,” Manal Youssef, a 33-year-old who is happily married to her once long-distance-boyfriend, says.

7- Do not put yourself in the way of temptation

“Not having your significant other when you most need them can sometimes leave you feeling alone and vulnerable to temptation; sometimes, you are tempted to cheat or to develop an inappropriate ‘friendship’ with someone. This can tear up the very foundation on which your relationship lies and can pull you and your partner apart. Adding fuel to fire is the fact that you are away and cannot reconcile or talk about the issue face to face. Try to stay away from situations when you feel comfortable enough to become intimate with someone. I guess one other thing that is worth mentioning that if your partner gets jealous from an certain individual, you need to reassure them and try to stay away from spending alone-time with the individual in question,” Ayman Hossam, a 42-year-old who spent a year away from his now-fiancé, says.

8- Over communication will make your relationship a burden

“My current boyfriend and I spent six months apart and it drove me insane the amount of times he would call me everyday. He felt that because we were not in the same country anymore, he needed to spend hours a day calling me. I remember this one time, I was washing up in the kitchen and when I went to look at my phone, which was on silent, I found that he had called me 27 times! 27 times! It was too much for me. I told him that I cannot do this anymore; I could not speak to him four or five hours a day and that he cannot call me that many times a day. I told him that he was driving me crazy; it could have broken us, but, luckily, it did not. Somehow, he agreed, saying that he did not know what else to do. I explained that I was feeling that talking to him has become a burden and we worked it out. My advice would be, spend an hour or two maximum on the phone, anymore and your relationship will start getting on your nerves,” Hana Ahmed, a 26-year-old who spent seven months away from her now-husband, tells us.

9- Set ground rules for your long-distance relationship

“We spent a few weeks at the beginning of our long-distance relationship trying to make each other happy but miserably failing. It was going south until my mother-in-law suggesting coming up with a list of expectations akin to a list of rules of sorts to better understand what each of us wants to be able to satisfy each other’s needs. We spoke and wrote down what each of us expected, what we need from each other; through crystal clear communication, discussing what we need honestly and trusting that our relationship is not fragile, meaning we can speak about what we need and how we need the individual to act differently sometimes, we were able to make things work perfectly. We are getting married in June,” Suzan El-Abd, a 28-year-old who spent four months away from her now-fiancé, says.

10- Plan for the future together

“One thing that I learnt from my long-distance relationship with my now-wife is that we have to have hopes and dreams to look forward to. When I talk about hopes and dreams, I mean that you need to think of what you want to achieve together and your future as a couple, but also you need to include your significant other in your decisions and your future vision as well. This will give you something to make you hold on to the relationship more and will add some fluffy conversation to an otherwise too serious or too boring of a conversation. This also reduces the chances of you breaking up when you reunite,” Alaa Amir, a 26-year-old who spent eight months in a long-distance relationship with his now-wife, tells us.
2/14/2019 5:48:29 PM
<![CDATA[Valentine’s Day Party of One]]>
1) Who needs a Valentine, when you can enjoy a great singles night at Muse Restaurant and Bar!
This year Muse is going all out with a special event for singles gather your single friends and head on down to Gezirah Plaza in Sheikh Zayed to enjoy a night of great songs with Hossam Hosni and the eclectic mixes of DJ Martin.


2) Pamper Yourself
Forget about couple’s spa offers! Woman’s World is opening today with a 20% off offer on spa treatment for woman running all through February. Skip the pity party and get a massage or your nails done. Who said you shouldn’t pamper yourself on Valentines!

3) Enjoy the classics
Looking for something a little bit more relaxed? Join Darb 1718 for a night of Frank Sinatra classics with friends. Forget about staying home. Book your tickets now at TicketMarche.

4) Enjoy a girls night
Don’t want to spend Valentines alone? Gather your single friends and enjoy a movie night at home. Netflix has a range of new movies from comedy and romance that will have you laughing and crying all night long.


5) Singles Secret Santa
Feeling left out? Dying to get a box of heart shaped chocolates? Gather your friends and colleagues and play single secret santa. The idea is simple you all but your names into a bowl and randomly draw a name to give a special gift to on Valentines Day.


2/14/2019 5:30:47 PM
<![CDATA[8 Keys for a Tip-Top Long Term Relationship ]]>
Maintaining a long-term relationship is definitely a challenge; but with the help of relationship expert and author Dr. Terri Orbuch, we have managed to bring you a comprehensive guide to sustain a great long-lasting relationship. In an email interview, Orbuch shared with Egypt Today her top eight tips that will help you understand more about relationship dynamics and keep your relationship in tip-top shape.

The author of 5 Simple Steps to Take your Marriage from Good to Great, Orbuch is also a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, USA; and the director of a landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for almost three decades to observe their relationship.

The world-renowned relationship expert, author, public speaker, professor and researcher has helped thousands of people around the world develop a more successful relationship with their partners and get the love they deserve. She mainly focuses on helping couples maintain a healthy relationship, understand the different between lust and love, give each other what they need and deeply understand relationship dynamics.

Here are her top eight tips to make your relationship great:

1. Do little things every day to show you care
“Write a note, hug your partner, give them a back-rub, buy them dessert, put gas in their car because you know they need it,” says the expert
Doing little things often shows our partner we care about them, which makes a long-term relationship stable and happy.

2- Compliment each other daily
“It [compliments] shows that you notice each other and that the other person is special. We all like to be noticed and valued, and to not be taken for granted,” Orbuch explains.

3- Practice the 10-minute rule
“Every single day, talk with your partner for at least 10 minutes about something other than four things—work, family, chores around the hour, or your relationship. Communication is when you share intimate thoughts, goals, and dreams,” she advises.

Orbuch’s suggested topic ideas: what are you most proud of? What do you regret doing in the last year? Where would you like to travel to and why?

4. Get out of your rut
“Do something new and different together. Upset the routine enough to add excitement. It doesn’t have to be a big change,” the relationship expert suggests, explaining, “All relationships have ruts, and couples that stay in those ruts become bored, which erodes happiness over time.”

Orbuch’s suggested ideas: Join a gym together, start a new dance class, get up early and take a hike in nature, or go to a new restaurant for the first time.

5. Fight fair
“All couples have disagreements, particularly in long-term relationships. You can't expect to agree on everything. It's how you handle and manage conflict in general that is important. Handle the conflict in a healthy, constructive way,” Orbuch points out.

6. Don't believe in fairy-tales
“Have realistic expectations in relationships,” Orbuch guides, elaborating, “When you have unrealistic expectations, and you believe in fairy-tale relationships, your real relationships can't meet those expectations, which can cause frustration. Frustration eats away at happiness.”

7. Accept your partner’s uniqueness
“We all have moments when we wished our partner was different—thinner, wealthier, more romantic, more communicative, and so on. Focus on the positives. When we focus and strengthen the positives, it motivates us to move forward,” recommends the expert.

8. Remember that relationships are also about fun and laughter
“Balance the rational aspects of your relationship with the fun parts,” Orbuch suggests. Try to rediscover together the pure delight of playing a game or laughing over a silly movie.
2/14/2019 2:29:35 PM
<![CDATA[In photos: Pharaonic celebrations of Valentine’s Day]]>
Gharabli also revealed the existence of dozens of Pharaonic texts, showing what ancient Egyptians wrote to express their feelings for their lovers.In an ancient manuscript an ancient Egyptian lover wrote, "My unique beloved is of incomparable beauty. She is a star shining on the outskirts of a good new year."


Gharablialso said that ancient Egyptians used to give the lotus flower to their lovers,which is the symbol of the country.

She added that the Pharaohs' literary texts show the poems of gram and pointed out that there are texts of ancient Egyptian women expressing their feelings for their lovers.

“Women in ancient Egypt enjoyed personal freedom. The husband shared with his wife his house and tomb and the statues of the couple were placed side by side.The ancient Egyptian was loyal to his home and was attentive to the needs of his wife,”Gharabli added.

Gharabli said it would surprise the modern world that women in Pharaonic Egypt enjoyed rights that women in European countries do not enjoy today.

Lovers exchange flowers and greeting cards on Valentine's Day, which is celebrated annually on February 14 and coincides with St. Valentine's Day.

St. Valentine was called the martyr of the lovers, their patron and their protector; he helped hundreds of lovers get married secretly at a time when Emperor Claudius II, in 296 AD, forbade Rome's soldiers to marry in order to continue defending the empire.


Ankhesenamun: King Tut’s Wife

The story of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari is one of the most famous love stories of ancient Egyptians. The story was engraved on the walls of Nefertari Temple in Abu Simbel. Ramses II describes his wife as a symbol of beauty and love. Nefertari was the only one of his wives to build a temple called Hathor next to his temple in Abu Simbel in Aswan, and erected statues of the same size as his statues in recognition of her and expressing his love for her.
Egypt, Abu Simbel, Temple of Nefertari and Hathor

2/14/2019 11:32:02 AM
<![CDATA[Broadband subscribers jump to 5.64M]]>
The 23.41 percent year-on-year increase were couples with a dip in the number of subscribers to mobile phone internet services, which stands at 7.56 percent, meaning 30.68 million in April 2018, compared to 33.19 million in 2017.

“The drop is attributed to a rise in the cost of mobile phone internet services,” explains MENA, continuing, “USB Modem subscribers hit 3.45 million in April 2018 against 3.29 million in the same period in 2017.”

As more than 50 million people in Egypt now use the internet, penetration has passed the 50 percent threshold, according to a report by We Are Social and Hootsuite titled Digital in 2018.

Subscriptions for ADSL, the high-speed internet service provider, reached an all-time high of 4.57 million, an increase from April 2016’s 4.05 million, according to the report. Similarly, mobile phone data users reached 33.22 percent in April 2017, up from 27.37 percent in April 2016. This significant and steady increase in internet users has led research organizations, like international statistics platform Statista, to suggest that internet user penetration in Egypt will reach 53 percent by 2019. More businesses are also expected to have online presence over the next few year.

The quick increases seen in the internet industry, coupled with the fact that Egyptian users have been on the internet for a shorter amount of time on average in comparison with other countries, suggests that the industry is set to continue growing at a high pace during the next few years. Egyptians have been on the internet for five years, versus the 7.6 years on average for citizens of other African countries, according to a report published by the Northwestern University in Qatar. The report that surveyed more than 6,000 people from six Arab countries puts penetration at 50 percent in Egypt.

What are Egyptians using the internet for?

Egypt Today interviewed 50 people in different shopping centers, 50 university students and 100 people on the street, from varied backgrounds, with the aim of finding out how much time they spend online, what they do online and which device they usually utilize when browsing the web.

Out of the 200 people surveyed, 82 percent indicated that they access the internet, 84 percent of whom said that they use the internet on a daily basis. All 50 university students indicated that they use the internet on a daily basis; interestingly, this also holds true for all those interviewed in shopping centers. Those who revealed that they do not use the internet cited reasons like not knowing how to use it or not being technologically-savvy. Northwestern University’s study reports that 33 percent of those who do not use the internet in Egypt do not find it useful or are not interested in its use, according to a survey they conducted.

Screen Shot of Hootsuite report showing a snapshot of the country's key digital statistical indicators
Screen Shot of Hootsuite report showing a snapshot of the country's key digital statistical indicators

All respondents in our survey who were internet users cited interacting with friends, partners and loved ones at home and abroad as a primary reason for using the internet. As it stands, the percentage of people taking part in online calls has now increased to 43 percent, up from 2015’s 37 percent and 2013’s 8 percent, as per the study carried out by Northwestern University. The second most-cited reason for using the internet was conducting research; meanwhile, the third and fourth most-cited reasons were checking news agencies and media outlets, and online shopping, respectively. Research carried out by other agencies and organizations support these findings.

In January 2018, SimilarWeb released its ranking of top websites accessed by Egyptians. The first 10 websites suggest, when aggregated, that the Internet is mostly used for searching information, followed by social media usage, checking news and media and online shopping. Alexa’s rankings of top websites visited reflected a similar result.

Meanwhile, consultancy and analysis platform GlobalWebIndex found that the average time Egyptians spend on social media platforms each day from all devices is three hours and nine minutes. Meanwhile, Egypt’s internet users spend about three hours and 19 minutes on average viewing broadcasts, streaming videos and playing online games. Meanwhile, Egypt’s internet users spend about an hour and 11 minutes on average streaming music every day. According to Facebook’s records, there are 39 million Egyptians registered on Facebook and 10 million active Instagram users.

Screen Shot of Hootsuite report showing profile of Facebook users
Screen Shot of Hootsuite report showing profile of Facebook users

Internet users also use the Internet for training and e-commerce. Research carried out by the Northwestern University found that four percent of Egyptians go online to participate in job training programs, online degrees or training and certification problems.

Reflecting somewhat similar findings, the Egypt Today survey found that 79.8% of those who use the internet have searched online for products and services or have visited an online retail store. Despite this high percentage, only about 30% actually purchase a product or service online, and barely any admitted to online banking. Speaking about why they do not buy online as often as they check for prices online and why they do not engage in online banking, many of those interviewed cited security and the lack of clear guidelines penalizing hackers.

A common belief among those surveyed was that information and money online are not safe and could be hacked. One of those interviewed gave the example of recent Bitcoin hacks, suggesting that e-banking, albeit useful and efficient, could be easily targeted. Thus, cybersecurity was cited as the main reason for not working online. This finding fits with that of the World Bank Global Financial Inclusion Data, which reveals that the percentage of the population aged over 15 participating in online banking services is limited and minimal. A mere two percent of male Internet users make use of Internet payments, while only 0.8 percent of women do so.

Screen Shot of Hootsuite report illustrating the most active social media platforms
Screen Shot of Hootsuite report illustrating the most active social media platforms
2/13/2019 3:33:04 PM
<![CDATA[Gift ideas for valentine’s day: Say ‘I love you’ with this amazing smartphone!]]>
HUAWEI Y7 Prime 2019

Discreet and beautiful Dewdrop notch

Display wise, it’s beautiful – and we know looks are important when it comes to smartphones. No one likes an ugly phone no matter how good it is. It has a discreet pearl-shaped notch giving way to a huge screen, way larger than your average. Your partner will watch their series and play their favorite games – and enjoy it way more.

Strong selfie game!

With 13+2MP dual cameras, and a 16MP front one, your partner will never stop taking selfies. Moreover, the primary 13MP camera enables the user to take a portrait with clear separation between the primary object and background through the use of a shallow depth of field effect, or a landscape photo where every object in its field of view is clean and crisp.

Besides being powerful, Artificial Intelligence gives the rear camera the ability to recognize objects in order to adjust improve photo quality by adjust colors according to the objects it captures. It can recognize objects across 22 different categories from common scenarios your partner could be encountering in everyday life such as ‘Dog’, ‘Cat’ or ‘Beach’.

As for those evening shots, the Night Mode feature will digitally stitch together four photos taken in quick succession to produce an output that is clean and full of details for images to turn out great. The same method is used for its HDR Mode where the device combines three images into one for improved color vibrancy and backlit performance.

A battery that lasts

Your partner will rarely have to stop for charging breaks with a large 4000mAh battery, providing more than one-day worth of usage. Even if they don’t charge the device overnight, there will still be enough juice the next morning.

Big storage capacity

The HUAWEI supports 32GB of internal storage along with an expandable storage of up to 512GB via the microSD card slot.

This smartphone combines style, high-tech features and great performance, so pick the right color for your partner and show them how much you care!
2/13/2019 1:13:55 PM
<![CDATA[AHA Process: A new way to resolve relationship conflicts]]>
This Valentine’s Day, we bring you the solution to your conflicts: The AHA Process. Established by Ken Page, LCSW, psychotherapist, author of “Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy” and host of “The Deeper Dating” podcast, when asked about love and fear of intimacy, the AHA process is a three-step process aimed at fixing issues between you and your partner.

Speaking to the internationally renowned relationship expert, he explains that the first step in the three-step process is awareness. This is the step during which you become aware of your feelings and comprehend them.

“Instead of stepping over your feelings and just saying I am too sensitive or that I should not be hurt by this, you actually take the time and you listen. You also do the same thing with joyful things because you are going to have wonderful moments with your partner and instead stepping away quickly because you have grocery shopping to do, you take an extra minute to express appreciation. Whatever it is that you are feeling, the first step is that you do not run from it; you take time to become aware of it,” Pages says to Egypt Today.

The second step is when you honor what you are feeling, according to the relationship expert. The trick here is to assume that whatever you are feeling is justified and that there is a reason behind it, instead of just pushing it aside.

“If you are hurt by something, instead of just pushing it aside, you ask yourself, why am I feeling this hurt. If there is something that you feel that you need, instead of just condemning yourself for it, you need to ask yourself, why does it make sense that I need this. You need to start by honouring anything that you are feeling, whatever it is. Now, you do not know if it is true or not when you are making assumptions about your partner; feelings are not facts, but they do not go away because of rational thought,” he says.

The third step is to take action with kindness and understanding. “You need to ask for what you need,” Page explains, continuing, “Too many relationships fail because we are too afraid to ask for what we need in a kind and understanding way. So many arguments can be fixed by just asking for what you really want from the heart. But we do not know how to ask and so we either silence ourselves or we blame our partner. The act of asking is actually an act of heeling; when we ask, we start to dialogue with our partner.”

“Now, all those steps you need to do with partner as well: You need to gain awareness of what it is that they are feeling; you need to take the time to honour what they are feeling, even if it does not make sense to you; you need to take the time to take action and that means both of you sitting down and sharing from the heart what your feelings are and what your needs are.”

By using these three steps over and over again, you can resolve relationship conflicts without them leaving big ruptures.
2/13/2019 1:03:11 PM
<![CDATA[5Q INTERVIEW: Int. Relationship expert on embracing intimacy, engaging partner]]>
Individuals in their 20s are increasingly citing fear of intimacy, defined by Carol J. Descutner and Mark H. Thelen in 1991 as “the inhibited capacity of an individual, because of anxiety to exchange thoughts and feelings of personal significance with another individual who is highly valued,” as the primary reason to why they are not in a relationship. Studies suggest that individuals who have been in troubled relationships or know someone who was in an abusive relationship are less likely to be intimate first; this is especially the case for individuals whose parents had a divorce before they reached adolescent.

However, Page suggests that we all have fear of intimacy. In our interview with the internationally renowned writer and psychotherapist, he advanced the idea it is normal for us to be scared of intimacy. Love makes one vulnerable, but what couples should be thinking about is building bridges to overcome their fears and grow together to become better people, Page points out.

Ken Page
Ken Page LCSW

ET: Those who have been single for quite some time often have fear of intimacy; they are not able to give in to their desire to love their partner to the fullest. How would you advice them to embrace their fears and become intimate?

Ken Page: This is a deep and important process, it is a process of learning to honour your vulnerability and learn to share it. This is difficult to do but if you have chosen a partner who is kind, caring, stable and consistent, then you should celebrate because you have found gold. Your job over the years will be to learn to trust that person and to lean into that person and deepen your bond. Do not worry about it being done right away. It is a moment-to-moment process, where you learn to give more but also ask for more.

It is a scary thing to learn to ask for more; ask to be held, ask to be listened to; ask for some fun time; ask for physical closeness; ask for cuddling; ask for deeper listening. So, it is a process.

If you were with someone who is not kind and understanding and generous, then you have harder work. Then the two of you are going to need to work hard and to get help, but it is worth it.

So, there is a process where you learn to share who you really are and every time that you do that and your partner listens to you and likes the part that you shared, you loosen up more and you trust them more. This is a living process; this happens in the present.

Every time you share more of your vulnerability and your partner listens, cares and understands, your heart opens up a little bit more. It is a constant battle between the part of you who wants to retreat and become an island, and the part of you who wants to experience the richness and the beauty of real deep love and giving. And every time that you take the risk of intimacy and your partner meets you, you increase your skill to trust. Every time that you take the risk of intimacy and your partner doesn’t meet you, and you find a kind way to speak to them, your relationship grows even stronger, more powerful and more resilient. It is the moments of trust, vulnerability and deep listening, that is how you will learn to shed the fear of intimacy.

ET: You talk extensively about embracing one’s fear of intimacy, how can do this in a relationship that has its conflicts and not be scared?

Ken Page: We all get taught that fear of intimacy is a bad thing, and we get taught that a good relationship is meant to be good but the liberating truth is this: Your relationship is meant to have failure, it is meant to have ruptures. This is not the issue; the issue is whether you and your partner take the time to fix those ruptures. We all get taught about fear of intimacy like it is pathology but that is wrong; if you are breathing, then you have fear of intimacy. Love demands incredible vulnerability and incredible sacrifice and it touches our places of deepest need, and there is no way that a human would not be afraid of that. So, the issue is not whether you have fear of intimacy—assume you have fear of intimacy, assume your partner has fear of intimacy, the question is: Are you both building bridges to get past of your fear of intimacy and meet each other?

That is the only question, not whether there is conflict—there will be conflict, whether there is rupture—there will be rupture, whether there will be fear of intimacy—there is fear of intimacy. The question is: Are you and your partner practicing the skills of bridge building? When you do, your relationship becomes stronger than ever before.

Harville Hendrix said something really beautiful and really important, he said, there comes a point in every intimate relationship where the thing that you most need from your partner is the thing that your partner is least able to give you and that is when couples feel that it is the beginning of the end of their relationship, but it is not: It is the beginning of an adult relationship.

You are meant to hit this point. You have the honeymoon phase and then after that, you have to do the work. So, you will reach a point when the thing that you want most from your partner is the hardest thing for him or her to give you, and that is where you are supposed to be, and then if the two of you care enough to do the work, to learn how to give your partner what they need, which will ultimately make you into a better person—into the person that you are meant to be, then you are entering the phase of a real, healthy adult relationship.

Unfortunately, without that knowledge and without that work, then that is when you move towards divorce, if you do not do that work.

ET: In a digital age, where people can date across borders, what advice would you give long-distance couples when taking decisions and solving conflict?

Ken Page: Two thoughts for people who are dating across borders: Be creative and be inventive; and, practice honesty.

Have dinners together on Skype or Zoom, give each other tours of your home; sit on the bed together—each of you on your individual beds—and see each other and have long conversations; introduce each other to each other’s friends. Really use technology to your advantage. You can spend a whole afternoon together, seeing each other on video. Use technology with inventiveness and creativity.

The other thing is that you need to practice honesty. What can happen in long-distance relationships is that you only share the good things about yourself and then when you go back to living together or when you spend a big chunk of time together, you start to see all of issues and problems. So, bring in honesty early on and let your partner see that you are someone who speaks the truth—even when it is hard—about your own self and your own stuff.

ET: How can I help my disengaged partner come to me with problems?

Ken Page: When you have a partner who is disengaged and you want them to come to you with their problems, you have to ask yourself, “Are you doing that with them? Are you sharing your problems? Are you asking them for advice? Are you sharing your vulnerabilities and your needs and the places that you do not feel perfect?” Do that first to model the behaviour.

Second, notice when they come to you with their problems, do you really do this deep, deep listening that we talk about or do you try to give them solutions—immediate solutions, instead of doing the deeper listening.

Let’s assume that your partner has grown detached from you and they do not share much, when they share something little, try really listening, try validating their feelings, acknowledging their feelings, asking questions out of curiosity, celebrating their small successes, telling them why you appreciate them, and doing the same back to them, that is how partners can learn to re-engage.

ET: Tell us about your experience when it comes to conflict, intimacy and relationships. What are the issues that you see couples suffering from most?

Ken Page: I would say that there are certain issues that are again and again are the absolute keys and those are: A lack of honesty, a lack of listening and a lack of kindness and understanding. When those things are present, couples can be almost like superheroes in terms of the things they can get through.

Most marriages tend to degrade in terms of the quality of loving, kindness, intimate physical connection and romance; they just tend to degrade it. It is a downward scope for most couples because they do not have the skillset to do what needs to be done to heal the problems that always come up. What they say is that a good relationship, a healthy relationship, needs to be continuously going through the process of intimacy. The process of intimacy is a process of rupture and repair. Big ruptures, small ruptures; big repairs, small repairs. As you go along, there are little misunderstandings that happen, and those need to be acknowledged and dealt with. Ruptures come naturally, repair takes work, and we have not been taught how to do the repair work and if you do not know how to do that, you can assume that your relationship will only get worse and that it will begin to degrade.
2/13/2019 12:51:42 PM
<![CDATA[Valentine’s Day done right at the Cairo Marriott ]]>
There are numerous ways to express love but the Cairo Marriott Hotel team knows the best tools to spread the vibes of love between guests offering a wide variety of dishes cooked with love and passion.

On Valentine’s Day the palace will be themed and decorated with Valentine’s spirit. At Saraya Gallery the evening could be spent in a French atmosphere right amidst candle lights and a selection of a set menu. Choose between a Pan-Seared Duck Breast platter or Backed Salmon dish cooked to perfection in addition to a selection of the finest appetizers in town.

Guests can pamper their beloved ones with a romantic candle-lit dinner taking them all the way to the romantic streets of Tuscany with a variety of Italian specials at Ristorante Tuscany such as the Baked Fillet of Red Snapper, and many more.

The palatial garden of the palace is the perfect spot to spend Valentine’s Day at, therefore the Garden Promenade Café located in the heart of the gardens under the shades of the trees is there for a royal celebration.

For those aiming for an unmatchable Valentine’s Day celebration, Torii will take guests to Japan with an exciting Teppanyaki show including a variety of delicacies cooked right in front of you.

CONTACT: Ghada Abdel Khalek
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

2/13/2019 12:25:31 PM
<![CDATA[King the wire fox terrier wins crown at Westminster dog show in New York]]>
The animal, named King, captured the most coveted prize at the two-day event at Madison Square Garden, besting challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 14 countries. The competition drew 2,800 dogs from 203 breeds and varieties.

“Tonight is ... I can’t even describe it,” said an emotional Gabriel Rangel, King’s handler, on the floor of Madison Square Garden.

“After you win this magnificent show there’s really nothing else to win. He should be running around in a field of grass,” Rangel said moments after King won the terrier group and claimed the top trophy over finalists from five other groups.

King, who is 7 years old, became the 15th wire fox terrier to win the prestigious title with his handler, Rangel, of California, scoring his third win for Best in Show.

“Just overwhelming, happy. I’m so proud of this dog,” Rangel told reporters when asked about King’s triumph.

“The judge is the most famous terrier man in the world,” Rangel said. “And everybody in this country knows, we respect him, we love him. He taught so much to everybody...and it’s like he’s saying to you: You it!”

There were six finalist pedigree dogs competing instead of the usual seven, because the winner of the non-sporting canine group, a schipperke, was ruled ineligible before the “Best in Show” competition began.

Colton, a six-year-old member of the Belgian breed, was “excused” because of ownership eligibility requirements set by the American Kennel Club, competition officials said.

“These types of things happen at dog shows and the rules are such to maintain the integrity of the sport,” they said in a statement.

That left six winners of the hounds, toys, herding, working, sporting and terrier categories to compete for “Best in Show”.

Besides Colton, the four selected on Monday were a longhaired dachshund named Burns who won the hound group; a Havanese named Bono who topped the toy group and a bouvier des Flandres named Baby Lars who led the herding group.

Judges picked the remaining three finalists on Tuesday before the main event. A Sussex spaniel named “Bean” won the sporting group, a boxer called “Wilma” clinched the working group and a wire named “King” won the terrier group.

The Westminster Kennel Club’s show, in its 143rd year, is the second oldest U.S. sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.]]>
2/13/2019 11:52:56 AM
<![CDATA[INTERVIEW: Int. renowned Ken Page LCSW takes on most common marital issues]]>
In similar vein, Deputy Minister of Health and the General Supervisor of the Councils of Population, and Childhood and Motherhood, Maysa Shawky, holds that as of 2017, the divorce rates in Egyptian cities skyrocketed to 60.7 percent, while some villages reported 39.3 percent, and some reported less. When asked hold old divorcees usually are, Shawky pointed out that they mostly fall in the 25- to 30-year-old age group.

Whether one blames this one economic conditions, as Egypt's Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali did during a session with Members of Parliament in late November 2018, or whether you attribute it to emotion stress due or arranged marriages, the fact of the matter remains the same: Divorce rates are increasing in Egypt.

To understand the most common reasons for divorce and the best ways for conflict resolution, Egypt Today spoke to Ken Page, LCSW, psychotherapist, author of “Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy” and host of “The Deeper Dating” podcast, when asked about love and fear of intimacy.

Ken Page
Ken Page LCSW

ET: Tell us about your experience when it comes to conflict, intimacy and relationships. What are the issues that you see couples suffering from most?

Ken Page: I would say that there are certain issues that are again and again are the absolute keys and those are: A lack of honesty, a lack of listening and a lack of kindness and understanding. When those things are present, couples can be almost like superheroes in terms of the things they can get through.

Most marriages tend to degrade in terms of the quality of loving, kindness, intimate physical connection and romance; they just tend to degrade it. It is a downward scope for most couples because they do not have the skillset to do what needs to be done to heal the problems that always come up. What they say is that a good relationship, a healthy relationship, needs to be continuously going through the process of intimacy. The process of intimacy is a process of rupture and repair. Big ruptures, small ruptures; big repairs, small repairs. As you go along, there are little misunderstandings that happen, and those need to be acknowledged and dealt with. Ruptures come naturally, repair takes work, and we have not been taught how to do the repair work and if you do not know how to do that, you can assume that your relationship will only get worse and that it will begin to degrade.

ET: How can couples get out of the viscous cycle of detachment? And how can couples move from the viscous cycle, through the ‘good conflict’ idea and towards a great relationship?

Ken Page: There are a few things that I want to talk about here. One this is that John Gottman talks about emotional bids. What he says is that constantly, couples turn towards each other for connection. Something joyful happens and you want to tell your partner; something hard happens and you want to share it with you partner; you notice something that interests you and you want to share it with your partner; or, there is a difficulty with your partner and you want to work through it. He calls those little actions bids; they are bids for attention.

Happy couples turn towards their partners 20 times more than couples in distress during everyday discussions, and he actually can forecast the relationships where people are going to get divorces. What he says is that couples who only turn towards each other, because they have just given up, 33 percent of the time that they want to say something will end up divorced within the next six years. The couples who turn to each other 86 percent of the time, stay married six years later.

So, one thing is the listening and the appreciation in the day-to-day life. When your partner reaches out with something that may seem silly or minuscule and you just drop what you are doing and you focus on them and give them attention, they light up. It actually begins to heal and soothe the relationship.

That is one point: Notice the bids that your partner is giving you. Put those dishes down and really listen and reflect back that you are listening and caring. That is actually an aphrodisiac; deep listening is one of the strongest aphrodisiacs there is.

The other thing is that if something is hurting, you need to talk about it. And the rule is this: Say what you mean, mean what you say, but do not say it mean. Say it with kindness and understanding.

When you start in a relationship with someone, you have a lifelong journey ahead of the two of you and it is to learn a new language. It is the language of your partner—things that he or she cares about and it is things that are meaningful to him and her. You are going to learn a whole new language and it is your partner’s language. When you go into a marriage, you think that you are speaking the same language, whatever it is, but you are not, because when I face you—always—my right side will be your left side. We are two different people and we see the world differently, even if we use the same words to describe something, it might have greatly different meaning.

So, anyone who enters into a relationship, they should know that they will spend their entire marriage learning a new language and it is the language of your partner’s heart.

ET: You talk extensively about embracing one’s fear of intimacy, how can do this in a relationship that has its conflicts and not be scared?

Ken Page: We all get taught that fear of intimacy is a bad thing, and we get taught that a good relationship is meant to be good but the liberating truth is this: Your relationship is meant to have failure, it is meant to have ruptures. This is not the issue; the issue is whether you and your partner take the time to fix those ruptures. We all get taught about fear of intimacy like it is pathology but that is wrong; if you are breathing, then you have fear of intimacy. Love demands incredible vulnerability and incredible sacrifice and it touches our places of deepest need, and there is no way that a human would not be afraid of that. So, the issue is not whether you have fear of intimacy—assume you have fear of intimacy, assume your partner has fear of intimacy, the question is: Are you both building bridges to get past of your fear of intimacy and meet each other?

That is the only question, not whether there is conflict—there will be conflict, whether there is rupture—there will be rupture, whether there will be fear of intimacy—there is fear of intimacy. The question is: Are you and your partner practicing the skills of bridge building? When you do, your relationship becomes stronger than ever before.

Harville Hendrix said something really beautiful and really important, he said, there comes a point in every intimate relationship where the thing that you most need from your partner is the thing that your partner is least able to give you and that is when couples feel that it is the beginning of the end of their relationship, but it is not: It is the beginning of an adult relationship.

You are meant to hit this point. You have the honeymoon phase and then after that, you have to do the work. So, you will reach a point when the thing that you want most from your partner is the hardest thing for him or her to give you, and that is where you are supposed to be, and then if the two of you care enough to do the work, to learn how to give your partner what they need, which will ultimately make you into a better person—into the person that you are meant to be, then you are entering the phase of a real, healthy adult relationship.

Unfortunately, without that knowledge and without that work, then that is when you move towards divorce, if you do not do that work.

Conflict resolution is one of the most delicate issues that couples face. How can couples face conflict without leaving stains in their relationship or running away?

I have developed a process called the “AHA Process”; it is a three-step process and it is very powerful.

The first step is awareness and in that step you try to become aware of what it is that you are feeling. Instead of stepping over your feelings and just saying I am too sensitive or that I should not be hurt by this, you actually take the time and you listen. You also do the same thing with joyful things because you are going to have wonderful moments with your partner and instead stepping away quickly because you have grocery shopping to do, you take an extra minute to express appreciation. Whatever it is that you are feeling, the first step is that you do not run from it; you take time to become aware of it.

The second step is that you actually honour what you are feeling; you assum that it has worth instead of just pushing it away. If you are hurt by something, instead of just pushing it aside, you ask yourself, why am I feeling this hurt. If there is something that you feel that you need, instead of just condemning yourself for it, you need to ask yourself, why does it make sense that I need this. You need to start by honouring anything that you are feeling, whatever it is. Now, you do not know if it is true or not when you are making assumptions about your partner; feelings are not facts, but they do not go away because of rational thought.

The third step is to take action with kindness and understanding. You need to ask for what you need. Too many relationships fail because we are too afraid to ask for what we need in a kind and understanding way. So many arguments can be fixed by just asking for what you really want from the heart. But we do not know how to ask and so we either silence ourselves or we blame our partner. The act of asking is actually an act of heeling; when we ask, we start to dialogue with our partner.

Now, all those steps you need to do with partner as well: You need to gain awareness of what it is that they are feeling; you need to take the time to honour what they are feeling, even if it does not make sense to you; you need to take the time to take action and that means both of you sitting down and sharing from the heart what your feelings are and what your needs are.

You mention ‘good conflicts’ and good fights, how is this the case?

This is something that people do not teach us; in every relationship, there is one or more good fights, good conflicts. If we go back to [the idea that] the thing you most need is the thing that is most difficult for your partner to give you and is also the thing that they need to learn to give the most to become a better human being and to deepen the closeness between you.

It is like bending steel, it is not an easy thing and that is why monogamy is so important in a relationship. It is very difficult to create characterological change—our character is hard-wired into us and that is a good thing in some ways and in other ways, it is not such a good thing. And in every relationship, there are going to be things that you need from your spouse that are difficult for them to give you, even though it should be easy for them to give it to you, and there are things that your spouse will need for you that is difficult for you to give them. They may have told you already—maybe you didn’t hear it—but they have told you many times the things that they need that are so hard for you to give. But when you listen and you give them what they need, you will become more the person that you want to be, more the person who you will love yourself for becoming and more the person that your partner will love you for becoming.

It is hard work but it needs to be done.

So, if you give up on telling your partner about the things that you need, then you are giving up on the good fight. Saying what you mean, always meaning what you say, but not saying it mean, saying it as an ask, as a request, sharing the way in which it may hurt you that this need is not being met and the joy that it would give you if this need is being met. You will probably have to do it lots of times, in lots of different way and you will need to do it again and again because this is a language that your partner has not learnt; it is the language of your heart.

This is the work of a truly great relationship.

There is something that I is really important: Everything I am saying now will not work if one or both partners have an addiction—a substance abuse addiction, a sex addiction, a gambling addiction, a serious addiction. I am not talking about a small addiction like compulsive eating, I am talking about serious addictions, particularly substance abuse addictions. If either, or both, partners have that, nothing will work. The relationship will not get better. Nothing will get better until they get rid of that addiction.

The same thing holds true for untreated, not stabilized serious psychiatric conditions. If either partner has serious depression, mood disorder manic depression, or any serious psychiatric condition that is not stabilized, this will not work. In fact, the divorce rate [in the United States] for people in a relationship where one partner has depression is in the high nineties—mid to high nineties.

What is the Egyptian government doing about the high divorce rates?

According to recent statements by the Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, the Egyptian government is currently finalizing the development of a comprehensive program that aims to deal with the issue of high divorce rates in Egypt, with particular focus on cities, as they have higher divorce rates.

Commenting on the program, Wali revealed that the program, which will be reviewed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi personally, has been developed by looking at exampled from three Muslim countries, where divorce rates are low, according to the minister, namely, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Wali went even further to point out that Malaysia has seen their divorce rates drop 25 percent from 35 percent to 10 percent in just one year.

“They took legislative measures there [Malaysia] that led to stemming the tide in this respect. In Malaysia, laws stipulate that only judges conduct divorce procedures, and that a divorce goes into effect after six months. […] In the UAE and Oman, the focus was on media campaigns and awareness programmes that helped a lot in this respect,” Wali explained.

The program, titled “Married to Live Together”, and funded by the UN Family and Population Organisation, is currently being discussed with Al-Azhar, Dar AL-Ifta, the Coptic Orthodox Church and the National Council for Women (NCW), with the aim of rolling it out soon.

“A number of professors from Egyptian universities will implement this program in rural areas where divorce rates are high, and this will be in the form of launching awareness campaigns and giving training to young graduates to spread a message against divorce there,” stated Wali.

This program, as Wali explained, comes as part of the directions given to the ministry by President Sisi, who has asked the ministry multiple times to find a solution to the issue of high divorce rates; an issue that he has repeatedly verbally criticized and said that it baffled him. Sisi has also repeatedly criticised verbal divorce, citing it as one of the key catalysts to divorce and one of the major reasons behind the staggering divorce rates.

2/12/2019 1:14:42 PM
<![CDATA[LinkedIn sweeps Tinder and OkCupid aside]]>
This scenario is feared by so many single men and women out there. They’ve all had it happen to them or have heard the stories and they all try as much as they can to avoid being in this sticky situation.

Instead, we try to vet people who we will go out with; we try to ask as many questions before seeing them, but doing so makes you seem desperate and often is a turn-off. This led people to online dating; it is a safe way of getting to know people and vetting them. But the reality of the matter is: People lie. How can you make sure that you are not being cat fished or scammed or lied to? That became the million-dollar question. As a result, daters resorted to heading to LinkedIn to meet people.

But why LinkedIn?

A study by Incapsula found that bots account for 61 percent of all Web traffic generated, and many of those are active on dating websites and applications. This, according to an article titled, “Hot or bot? How to tell if your Tinder match is a real live human” by Taryn Hillin, is because of the nature of online dating exchanged. “When chatting with new matches, people tend to use short phrases like "lol" or "tell me more" and random get-to-know-you questions like "What's your favorite city?" and "What did you do today?"—all phrases bots pretending to be humans do well with,” Hillin writes. Add to this that chatbots often work off of ‘pattern matching’, a strategy that searches for the typical responses associated with specific questions. This makes it easier for bots to act like humans and makes it more difficult for human being to recognize that a robot is talking to them.

With 590 million people as of June 2018, according to Omnicore: Medical & Healthcare Digital Marketing Agency, the use of LinkedIn as a dating platform has become a global phenomena, with many users opting to join the new trend or pushing towards the increase of security measures to ensure that the platform cannot be used for such purpose.

Dissecting Egyptian users

A survey that included 50 men and 50 women, between the ages of 22 and 40, conducted in January 2019 by Egypt Today found that while all users agreed that LinkedIn is designed for professional purposes in mind, 67 percent admitted that they would welcome going out on a date with an individual they ‘met’ on LinkedIn.

Additionally, 40 percent of the women included in the survey said that it makes them uncomfortable when male users make advancements, as they have not signed up to the platform for this purpose. Meanwhile, 48 percent of the women agreed that this is “unwanted attention”, while 16 percent of them explained that they were inclined to quit the platform because they have received more flirty pick-up lines or flirty messages than job or event invitations or messages asking for professional help.

In a typical “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”, 38 percent of men admitted to making romantic advancements towards female users, citing credibility of the users’ accounts as the main reason. One of those surveyed, a 29-year-old, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “Professional profiles are more honest than dating profiles and the pictures are clearer and not filtered; I know exactly what I am getting and so does she. It also makes it easier to find out one’s social and financial level, which is ultimately something we care about and look at in our society. The credibility in the profiles are beneficial for me when looking at women I could potentially try to date and for the recipient of my messages too. She gets to know exactly what kind of person I am and how I am looking to progress.”

Meanwhile, 82 percent of men mentioned that if you are looking to romantically connect with a workingwomen who takes her professional seriously, then LinkedIn is a useful resource. When women were asked about this, more than a few of them mentioned that albeit this may be a good tool to vet workingwomen, it is demeaning for a women who is being professional to be reduced to a pretty woman by undesired messages. In fact, 92 percent of women agreed that they would be turned-off by a man who does this, elaborating that it is not attractive to be treated as just a women when you are trying to advance in your career.

Worn off pick up lines

The amount of fish in the dating pool and the preposition that Egypt is easiest country for men to meet women online, an idea advanced by December 2017 online study by Wogoal.com, has made men to slack off when it comes to coming up with creative or tailored pick-up lines. This seems to be specially the case on LinkedIn, where users see plenty of unwarranted and often uncreative attention.

To find out just how stagnant these messages are, we asked some of those surveyed to share with us their experiences, assuring them that their names and the names of the senders would be redacted.

“You look beautiful in your profile picture,” won the jackpot as the most cited conversation-opener. “I love your eyes” came in close second; eight women told us that they received messages telling them they have beautiful eyes, five others said they received messages complimenting their smiles.

Among those surveyed was Fatma Youssef, a 25-year-old event manager, Youssef explained that although she does not take particular issue with the fact that men are trying to pick women up like this, she has an issue in the way they are doing it. “They are not trying to connect mentally; they are just complementing our looks and while this could have worked on me a good 10 years ago, it won’t now. I want someone to talk to me, to tell me I have a beautiful mind or that my understanding of a certain topic is second to none.”

Turns out the dates are not all that bad

But all is not lost, among all the misconceptions and mixed signals, some people do actually end up getting together because of LinkedIn. Sitting down with Lara Yassin, a 24-year-old financial analyst, and her boyfriend Omar Ismail, a 25-year-old mechanical engineer, it became clear that LinkedIn can really work better for some people better than conventional dating sites.

“I have used online dating sites since my ex-girlfriend and I broke up, so, for about a year now, but I had not managed to meet anyone that I can get along with like I imagined I would. Everyone I met on those sites either wanted to hook up, or just wanted to chat and never meet up, or they had nothing better to do. Most of the girls that I met, excuse the generalization, were still in university or had just finished but were not serious about their career; they just wanted to go out and have fun. This is okay for some people, I guess, but it does not suit me. I do not have all that free time, so I never really hit it off with anyone,” says Ismail.

“I have never used dating cites. I don’t trust them,” says Yassin, pointing out to an Egyptian conception that dating sites are not safe and that men never get married to someone they meet online. “I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship and I was going through a difficult time. I did not want to date for some time and while I had spoken to my friends about setting me up, I did not actually want to meet anyone new.”

Yassin and Ismail ‘met’ on LinkedIn after Ismail sent her a request to connect. Later the same day, Ismail texted Yassin, who had gone to the same university as him, to ask her how she is finding her work life. “The conversation was dry. She didn’t want to talk to me, but I really wanted to get to know her. I had taken a look at her CV and for some reason I told myself that a conversation would her would be eye-opening; turns out, it really is,” Ismail explains.

“It was on my birthday that we connected,” Yassin says, “He found out about this from my CV and he sent me the lyrics for Happy Birthday written out. I found myself wondering why a stranger would do this. It was weird but intriguing. I wanted to know more but could not trust him. Still, knowing that this is a site where I can see where he works and what he does and I can check online to see his life made me feel safe.”

After a couple of digital courtship, the happy couple met up for breakfast and they have been enjoying each other’s company ever since. They have already met each other’s parents and will be getting engaged later this year.
2/12/2019 12:46:24 PM
<![CDATA[Thousands of dogs vie for Best in Show at New York's Westminster contest]]>
This year’s two-day event draws challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 14 other countries, including Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Japan, the club said in a statement about the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held at Madison Square Garden.

It is the second-oldest U.S. sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, before the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, according to the organization.

The show has its roots in New York City in the 1870s, when a group of sporting gentlemen would meet at a hotel bar near Union Square in lower Manhattan to trade stories about hunting and the exploits of their dogs.

One night, the men decided to put on a dog show and they named it after the gathering spot, the upscale Westminster Hotel.

This year, some 2,800 dogs are set to compete with the top dog picked as Best in Show on Tuesday, organizers said.

The competition features dogs from 203 breeds and varieties, including two new, tongue-twisting additions: The Nederlandse kooikerhondje - a small dog whose silky coat is white with auburn patches - and the grand basset griffon Vendéen - a larger breed known for its short legs, long ears and shaggy coat.

Dogs are divided into seven groups: hounds, toys, non-sporting, herding, working, sporting and terrier. The dogs that emerge victorious from each of the seven groups then vie for the Best in Show trophy.

Flynn, a fluffy bichon frise from Michigan, took home the Best in Show trophy at last year’s competition.]]>
2/11/2019 1:16:03 PM
<![CDATA[Westminster 'Best in Show' title vaults winners to doggie stardom]]>
CJ’s hectic schedule in the days after he was crowned “Best in Show” included appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Good Morning America,” “The View” and other television shows. There was a glitzy trip to the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, and a photo-op with fashion designer Michael Kors at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York’s Theater District.

“So much has changed and yet really nothing has,” said CJ’s owner, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, a professional dog handler who runs a pet resort in Southern California. “He still terrorizes our cat.”

Judging from the similarly glamorous experiences of other Westminster Kennel Club champions, the winner of the 143rd annual competition, which opens on Monday at New York’s Madison Square Garden, can expect to be swept up in a whirlwind of excitement, too.

Uno, the first beagle to ever win at Westminster, toured the country for years after his victory in 2008, meeting President George W. Bush and lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, according to the American Kennel Club. His death in September at age 13 made national news headlines and was mourned by many.

Uno’s grandniece, Miss P, followed in his footsteps, becoming the second-ever beagle to be crowned “Best in Show” at the 2015 competition.

After celebrating her victory with appearances that included a meeting with then-real estate magnate Donald Trump years before he was elected president, Miss P retired to motherhood, staying out the spotlight in her native Canada.

German shepherd Rumor also gave birth to a litter of puppies after she won the competition in 2017, but not before appearing on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

The reigning Westminster champion, Flynn, a fluffy white bichon frise, stepped down in style this year with a walk down the runway as the first “celebrity spokesdog” at an American Heart Association fundraising fashion event this week.

Since triumphing at Madison Square Garden in 2016, CJ is still going strong. The six-year-old pointer has taken several canine titles, including a whopping 43 “Best in Show” titles at other, less well-known competitions.

Still, fame has not changed CJ much, according to his owner. When the Westminster hoopla was over, he headed back to California to roam the two-acre (0.81-hectare) property, lounge on the couch, and torture the family feline, Nunes-Atkinson said. He also works as a “therapy dog” with children, particularly those with disabilities.

“He was our crazy dog before he went to Westminster and after,” she said.]]>
2/10/2019 11:13:29 AM
<![CDATA[Mandela's life and legacy celebrated in London exhibition]]>
So it is perhaps fitting that an exhibition opening in London on Friday about his life and legacy features his watch, which was always kept on South African time wherever he traveled in the world as the country’s first black president.

The interactive exhibition takes a journey though Mandela’s life including his upbringing in rural Eastern Cape as the son of a chief, his 27-year incarceration and the end of apartheid when he became president in 1994. Mandela died in 2013 aged 95.

It features previously unseen footage alongside more than 150 artefacts such as clothes, campaign posters and travel documents on loan from the family of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and museums and archives worldwide.

“My grandfather, during his presidential years, he wore a watch, a Philippe Patek watch, and I’ve made that watch available because he gave me that watch and I think because he was such a committed person and always on time,” grandson Mandla Mandela told Reuters.

“Even when he traveled abroad his watch remained on South African time which we found hilarious as a family, but that watch is also here on display.”

London is the first city to host the touring show “Mandela: The Official Exhibition” before it is permanently mounted in Mandela’s birthplace Mvezo.

“It’s our generation’s responsibility to ensure that we record history for generations to come to understand the character and to understand the glorious human achievement of Nelson Mandela,” Zelda La Grange, his personal presidential aide and the exhibition’s guest curator, said.]]>
2/9/2019 11:47:02 AM
<![CDATA[People with special needs get their chance to shine]]>
Wajih won the first prize at “Mawaheb Misr” (Egypt’s Talent), the first competition of its kind to explore the talents of people with special needs, held under the auspices of High Hills Company and directed by journalist Shaimaa el-Sibai

The sponsorship's contract includes offering a monthly salary for Wajih; besides, holding an exhibition for her works.

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Mohammed el-Garhy, the vice chairman and managing director at El-Garhy Group and secretary general of the Nation’s Future Party and student with Down's syndrome, Mariam Wajih pose for a picture- press photo

“People with special needs are special and distinctive; they should be allowed a chance to fit in the society and achieve limitless success. We have to eliminate all obsolete beliefs claiming that they are disabled. They are in deep need for help, yet, they have a lot to give. They are full of energy and insistence to prove their existence,” Garhy stated.

Garhy added, “We do not sponsor athletes only because they are famed, but also because they are good models and Mariam is the same."

It is worth mentioning that Wajih joined the Faculty of Fine Arts this year, accomplished lots of success during the first semester and overcame lots of obstacles and barricades.

2/7/2019 6:26:13 PM
<![CDATA[Giant Trump, Putin caricatures to parade at Nice Carnival]]>
The carnival, held in the Mediterranean city since 1873, runs from Feb. 16 until March 2 this year with the theme “King of Cinema”. It will honor the 100th anniversary of Victorine Studios, a mainstay of the film industry in the south of France.

Artists and sculptors have been toiling for weeks to build and decorate the giant figures that will adorn dozens of colorful floats and bring the city’s streets life during three weekends of parades.

“Politics is a little bit of cinema. So it’s good to mix them together,” said resident Fabienne Neuville, 65, with a laugh.

From Marvel comic book characters to an array of massive Charlie Chaplin faces, with emotions ranging from angry to ashamed to confused, few people escape ridicule.

“One imagines that’s how these characters are perceived, they create fear all around the world, and that’s sort of the point of carnival, and to bring that out through colors and costumes,” said float creator Cedric Pignataro.

Alongside Trump and Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are cast as cackling or alarming-looking clowns.

Vietnamese-style reforms might work for North Korea
Macron’s wife Brigitte, who at 65 is 24 years older than the president, is given a less-than-flattering makeover.

Weinstein is portrayed with a Hollywood actress. The movie mogul is due to go on trial in May on charges of sexually assaulting two women. He has pleaded not guilty.

More than 70 women have accused him of sexual misconduct. He has denied all accusations and said any contact was consensual.

Once just a city affair, the Nice Carnival now draws visitors from all over France and tourists from abroad. In the middle weekend of the festival there is also “Lou Queernaval”, dubbed as France’s first gay carnival.]]>
2/6/2019 11:36:15 AM
<![CDATA[IESS: the 8th International Engineering Sourcing Show]]>
IESS, aimed at reducing dependence on traditional markets, developing internal markets within India, forging partnerships and joint ventures, strengthening commercial relations and accelerating trade between India and its trading partners and providing a platform for foreign companies to showcase their strength and capabilities in large developing markets, has evolved into the most coveted event for MSMEs!
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Check all relevant information about the 8th International Engineering Sourcing Show, India's truly global engineering sourcing show for international business visitors on https://www.iesshow.in/ ]]>
2/5/2019 11:42:45 AM
<![CDATA[Dutch boxer who fought Ali still riding punches in Bulgaria]]>
The 73-year-old and his partner Ria have been living in poverty in southeastern Bulgaria for the last two months, only to receive help after his story grabbed huge attention in the Netherlands following a TV documentary shown last Sunday.

They survived the freezing conditions in a broken-down van, lacking electricity, water and sanitary facilities, and looking after stray dogs, but Ria’s health deteriorated suddenly and she was rushed to hospital on Friday in critical condition.

Lubbers said her condition had improved slightly but she would remain in hospital for a few more days at least.

“The most important (thing) now is that my girlfriend returns in good condition and can see the dogs again,” Lubbers told Reuters just outside the dilapidated van in the countryside near the village of Kosharitsa.

“In Bulgaria it’s impossible to live in a house with so many dogs. It’s possible if you have three or four dogs but at one moment I had 16 dogs with babies.

“I would live a normal life but I don’t know if I can live in a house. I’m more like a camper.”

Lubbers, who represented the Netherlands at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games before turning professional in 1970, said his fight with former world champion Ali, for which he earned $125,000, made him mentally stronger.

“I’ve learned from the fight, so I could survive here,” he said, adding that he and Ria had received food and clothes from local people as well as Bulgarian mastika (strong anise-flavoured drink) to keep them warm in the freeze.

Many in the Netherlands were shocked to see their boxing hero in such a desperate situation and more than 12,500 euros was collected after a crowd-funding campaign was launched.

Rudi’s son Marco, who hasn’t been in touch with his dad for two years, arrived in Bulgaria after watching the documentary while Dutch people, living in the Balkan country, arranged a temporary shelter for the dogs.

Lubbers worked at funfairs with Ria for several years after retiring but became homeless after she was declared bankrupt in 1999 and they lived in Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Portugal before arriving in Bulgaria a few years ago.

Lubbers said he had remained friends with Ali who fought him in 1973 as he prepared for a rematch with his great rival Joe Frazier.

“Years after the fight, he (Ali) came to Holland,” said Lubbers who revealed that Ali had told him something he would remember forever.

“Ali told me: `Rudi, you’re the only white man from whom I ever learned something’.”

Lubbers, never beaten by a Dutch opponent during his career, said he still watched boxing but was disappointed by modern techniques.

“I love boxing but boxing has changed,” said Lubbers, who has suffered from asthma all his life. “It’s more fighting now.”]]>
2/4/2019 11:08:30 AM
<![CDATA[Porcine pickle: Hong Kongers divided over city's emboldened wild boars]]>
Best known for its densely packed skyscrapers, Hong Kong also boasts large tracts of subtropical mountains and parkland that host a thriving number of Eurasian wild pigs.
And increasingly humans and pigs are meeting face to snout.

Boars have been filmed running alongside vehicles on roads, jogging down beaches filled with sunbathers, sniffing the tarmac at the city's international airport -- and even falling through the ceiling of a children's clothing store.

Easy pickings from rubbish bins and open air barbecue pits as well as humans deliberately feeding them have enticed the wild animals to leave their trotter prints across a growing swathe of the concrete jungle.

The situation has some people rattled.

"They are dangerous to pedestrians as they rush down the hill. They pose threats to the older and the weak, hazards to traffic and hikers," local councilor Chan Chit-kwai, who wants to see steps taken to reduce the wild boar population, told AFP.

"It's not as easy as those people saying we can all just live in peace," he added.

City authorities say the number of sightings and nuisance reports caused by boars has more than doubled, from 294 for all of 2013 to 679 for the January to October period last year.

Injuries have been reported. In October, two elderly people were bitten by a wild boar near a public estate while four months earlier two people needed stitches after they were attacked near the University of Hong Kong, local media reported.

The city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) is now considering euthanising "high risk" wild boars that are deemed aggressive or have a record of attacking humans.

"In those cases, we would use drugs to euthanise the wild pigs," conservation officer Cheung Ka Shing told reporters. The agency has also sterilised 54 wild pigs who regularly appear near urban areas and relocated 92 others to more remote locations.

Some local politicians have proposed more active measures such as introducing predators, legalising hunting and even relocating pigs to an uninhabited island -- the latter idea getting short shrift given pigs can swim.

- 'Not scared' -

But many balk at harming the boars.

Near the entrance to Aberdeen Country Park on the main island, a wild boar family of three is snoozing under warm sunlight -- a trio of elderly Hong Kong residents playing cards just a few meters away.

"I'm not scared. As long as you don't poke them or throw things at them, it will be fine," said 73-year-old Mr Fung, one of the card-players said.

"They have made the Aberdeen country park an attraction," explained another park regular, 70-year-old Mr Lai, who said he encounters boars often while hiking.

"As long as you don't attack them, they won't offend you. It's too brutal to kill them," he added.

The AFCD said they do not have an estimate of the total population of wild pigs in Hong Kong but country park camera surveys have recorded an increase in number and a wider spread than 20 year ago.

Experts say the wild boars' diet is 90 percent plant based and that they have no need to be fed by humans, who they would normally avoid.

"They shouldn't come to people for food, nor to attack. Their aggressive behavior would be an act of self-defence," said Chan Po Lam, a wetland and fauna conservation officer at the AFCD.

In the Aberdeen park a banner warns visitors not to feed wild animals.

But some ignore it. During AFP's visit a man scattered pieces of white bread on the grass, soon drawing a thankful boar from the bush.

"I believe people feed wild animals out of kindness, but it encourages them to hang out in human communities more often," said Chan.

Veronique Che, from the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, says the animals shouldn't be blamed for being more visible given the urban sprawl increasingly encroaches on their natural habitat.

"Many problems related to wild boars are actually created by humans," she said.
Just down the road from Aberdeen Country Park is a public housing estate with residents waiting for buses on a narrow winding roadside.

The local boars have burrowed under a metal fence separating the forest from the housing estate to look in the rubbish bins for food.

As a group of boars appeared, locals took photos on their phones while children greeted their hairy neighbours with excited "oink" noises.

"There should be harmony between human and wild boars," Che said. "Humans shouldn't treat wild boars as threats, nor as pets."
2/4/2019 11:08:26 AM
<![CDATA[Short of ice, Dutch canal-skating marathon finds second home in Austria]]>
But enterprising skaters have created a reliable backup - on a lake in the Austrian Alps.

The 11 Cities Tour, or Elfstedentocht, a roughly 200 km (125-mile) marathon through the northern province of Friesland, was first held in 1909. The most recent, in 1997, drew more than 16,000 skaters, the fastest finishing in just under seven hours.

Milder winters have meant it is now rare for ice on the canals to form to the required thickness of 15 cm (6 inches). The Dutch meteorological institute KNMI predicted in 2007 that there would only be four races this century, compared with 15 in the previous one.

No such problems affects the Weissensee, a picturesque lake in southern Austria. It freezes over every winter, and an alternative Elfstedentocht has been held there annually since 1989, drawing thousands to several races spread over two weeks.

“In Holland it’s not cold enough, sadly,” said 31-year-old Karin Soutberg, one of this year’s roughly 4,000 skaters. “That’s why we do it over here.”

Instead of one big loop through the northern Netherlands, skaters do 16 laps of a 12.5 km circuit winding across the lake. And the landscape, with its dramatic Alpine backdrop, is different too.

“It’s nice to skate with some actual views,” Soutberg said.]]>
2/3/2019 11:56:03 AM
<![CDATA[Pet peeve: Animal lovers fear for pet pigs in Lunar New Year]]>
Anita Chen, who runs a social media forum for pet pig owners and has two pig pets at her home in Taipei, said the first thing owners have to consider when raising pigs was freedom and flexibility.

Pigs like her “Xin-Xin” and “Mei-Mei” have the intelligence of a five-year-old child and can open everything from fridges to doors and drawers, often ripping out everything inside, to the horror of their homecoming owners.

“Piglets are very attached to people, they will constantly squeak to make you play with it or feed it,” Chen said, adding that many overwhelmed owners abandon their pet piglets in just a few months.

Visitors at a petting farm in the northern city of Taoyuan get a kick out feeding milk to piglets in a pen, and many want to take one home.

“We don’t advise this as they are farm animals,” said farm owner Yang San-guei.

Bama pigs, the species most commonly kept as pets in Taiwan, may be small and cute when they are young but they can grow to a hulking 60 kg, Yang said.

But if visitors won’t be warned off, Yang said he is willing to sell a piglet for 3,000 NTD ($98). The other little piggies go to market when they outgrow their pen.

Veterinarian Chang Chien-ming advised anyone thinking of getting a pig to do their research thoroughly to avoid nasty surprises.

“So that they know how big these pigs can grow and find an adequate veterinary hospital and educate themselves about the medical and nutritional aspects,” he said.

He said he had also seen renewed enthusiasm for pigs as pets over the past year.

Veterinary clinics willing to treat pigs are hard to find, Chang said, with only one in a hundred accepting pig patients.

Many owners also soon realize that having a porcine pet can seriously crimp their holiday plans. Pet hotels do not accept pigs.

Abandoned pigs in Taiwan have a harder time finding a new home than cats and dogs.

Publicly funded shelters don’t accept pigs as they are not classified as pets, leaving it to pet lovers or private shelters to take them in.]]>
2/2/2019 11:20:04 AM
<![CDATA[Crowds brave snow to see UK royals Meghan and Harry]]>
"I hope everyone gets a nice cup of tea after this," Meghan said as she and her husband chatted to those who had waited in the cold to see them as snow fell.

Harry and Meghan, a former actress who is expecting their first child this Spring, were in Bristol where they visited the city's Old Vic, built in 1766 and the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world.

Later, they were due to visit Empire Fighting Chance, a charity which seeks to use boxing to try to help young people, who are failing at school or at risk of drifting into unemployment or crime, turn their lives around]]>
2/1/2019 3:28:54 PM
<![CDATA[5 Cool facts about your smartphone, which you probably had no idea about]]>
The genius behind the Dewdrop display

That little pearl-shaped notch that you see on top of the display – the one hosting the front – camera is one of Huawei’s smallest notches to date, and was purposely situated on the vertical axis of the device, and does not disrupt the harmonious symmetry of the near-full screen design. It’s all about proportions!

Go hands free

There are two hands-free methods which you can use to trigger the camera: Gesture Control and Smile Recognition. These come in especially handy at times when the shutter button is out of reach—such as when the device is mounted on a selfie stick.

Rock on

With this mode on you can link up multiple Huawei to play music. Your device can support eight concurrent connections when connecting devices as a Wi-Fi hotspot hub. Alternatively, you can connect directly with each other via WLAN to enjoy unlimited connections.

Improved Do Not Disturb Mode

If you are a fanatic gamer, you will love this. You can route call to full immerse yourself while play, and nobody will disturb you with the Do Not Disturb Mode on. Your caller will be notified that you are unavailable while notifying you via text message. All notifications will be silenced, except for alarms, low battery and other critical ones.

Easy sharing

With this incredible feature you can exchange files and photos with others without cable or cellular data with the Huawei Share 2.0. You can send a massive 1000MB file within 1.5 minutes only.

You can now go on a fun and exciting experimental journey with a device you’ve been using every day, not knowing it packed some extra cool and handy features just waiting to be discovered!
1/30/2019 2:45:43 PM
<![CDATA[Underwater lion dance in Malaysia before Lunar New Year]]>
Two people put on the multi-coloured lion suit and performed in one of the tanks at Aquaria in Kuala Lumpur, as musicians played cymbals and drums outside.

The lion lumbered around in front of a rock formation, while a shark and some colourful fish glided past.

Aquarium manager Daryl Foong said it was no easy task performing a lion dance underwater.

"One of the most important things for them is their buoyancy control and to still perform the movements underwater without knocking themselves off balance, hitting any of the exhibits or any of the animals," he said.

Lion dances are traditionally performed in China and among ethnic Chinese communities all over the world to mark the Lunar New Year.

In the traditional art form, two or more performers put on a colourful head and cloak, and try to mimic a lion's movements, accompanied by music -- although not usually underwater.

Chinese people believe that the dance can help ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Aquaria has put on the underwater dance several times over the past 10 years.

About a quarter of Malaysia's 32 million inhabitants are ethnic Chinese, while the majority are Muslim Malays.

-- This story accompanies pictures by Mohd Rasfan --]]>
1/30/2019 12:00:28 PM
<![CDATA['Let her become spinster' social media campaign against marriage expenses]]>
A humble apartment will cost not less than LE 150,000 ($8,500) while preparing it may take another LE 100,000. It is so hard for a man to prepare himself for marriage nowadays; most people get help from their parents so they can marry, Mostafa Mohamed, a single engineer, 25, said.

Marriage is not bad, but life is hard. How would you bear the expenses of marriage and life after marriage? A user on one of the closed groups only allowed for men said, complaining about the unsatisfying economic situation in the country and the continuous price hike.

One of the most significant traditions in Arab countries, including Egypt, is that many parents can reject a man who wants to marry their daughter, because he is poor, he does not own a luxurious apartment, he does not have a prestigious car, or he cannot offer a comparatively valuable “shabka”, which is the jewelry granted by the man before he is affianced to the woman he wishes to marry. “Shabka" is claimed to be a gift. However, men find themselves obligated to buy them for their future fiancées in most cases.

Numerous Egyptian men have been spotted on public and private groups advising other men to marry Syrian women who have resorted to Egypt since the violent incidents in Syria, as they do not ask for “shabka” or other elusive expenses before and after marriage.

Although many officials have voiced condemnation over the "offensive" campaign, men and women have been taking the campaign sarcastically.

Maya Morsi, head of the National Council for Women, expressed her dissatisfaction with such campaigns, describing them as "unacceptable."

In an interview with Egypt Today, Morsi said that the wrong traditions which increase the expenses of marriage will not be solved by such campaigns. She also expressed displeasure with the term "spinsterhood," adding that "late marriage" should be used for both men and women instead.
1/29/2019 11:42:40 AM
<![CDATA[Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north]]>
Their favourite meal, herring, abounds, but climate change means both predator and prey must increasingly migrate further north.

The clear and calm waters of Reisafjorden, in Norway's Far North, have in recent years become the winter playground of the Scandinavian country's killer whale population.

At three degrees Celsius (37 Fahrenheit), the cold water is perfect for the herring which, ahead of the spawning season in February and March, have fattened up and make a tasty dish for the hungry killer whales, also known as orcas.

As if they were performing an underwater ballet, the whales encircle a school of herring, forcing them up to the surface before slapping the water with their large tail fins to stun them.

"Then they all share the feast," eating only the best parts of the fish: the eggs, meat and semen, explains Pierre Robert de Latour, founder of the organisation Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance, on board a whale-watching vessel.

"It's food that's easy to hunt, available in great quantities, and very high in calories," he says.

But in the past 20 years, the herring migrated 300 kilometres (190 miles) north, leaving the Lofoten Islands in search of waters that remain under six degrees Celsius -- the temperature required for them to reproduce.

The Norwegian killer whales, which only occasionally feast on seals or smaller whales, have followed the herring.

"We believe that the global warming which is responsible for the rising water temperatures has pushed the herring further north," said Robert de Latour.

"In the long term, they're going to move even further north. If the stocks were to diminish it would be an environmental catastrophe for whales, orcas, sea birds and cod," he warns.

A whale nursery

For now, the killer whale population along Norway's coast appears to be thriving.
Robert de Latour estimates their number at around 1,500, twice what it was two decades ago.

The area "is a real nursery, thanks to the abundant resources," he says.

Some researchers say there may even be up to 3,000 orcas in the region, which runs from Norway's northern mainland up to the Svalbard archipelago and along Greenland's eastern coast, which has become more accessible as its ice sheet recedes.

In addition to global warming, fishing and growing numbers of tourists who flock to the region for whale watching and diving pose a threat to the killer whales, says Robert de Latour.

But, notes Tore Haug of Norway's Institute of Marine Research in Tromso, "killer whales and fishing vessels targetting herring have co-occurred on the herring fishing grounds for decades," and that hasn't prevented the whale stocks from growing.

Ecotourism is booming in the region.

It's not unusual for several boats carrying dozens of amateur divers to converge in the same fjord, with both boats and divers coming within just a few metres (feet) of the giant mammals.

"Norwegian authorities aim to implement some recommended regulations of such activities," Haug said.

"Whale watching is a good way of raising awareness and educating people about these animals and their life in the oceans, but too much could cause some problems," said Robert de Latour, himself a nature guide.

Fifteen years ago, Hollywood's most famous killer whale died in a Norwegian fjord.

Keiko, a male orca captured in 1979 off Iceland around the age of two, spent most of his life in water theme parks before starring in the 1993 hit movie "Free Willy".

After a massive international campaign, Keiko was released into the wild in Iceland, before he headed for Norway -- one of the only countries in the world that hunts whales, albeit not killer whales. He died in December 2003, at the age of 27.

1/28/2019 9:53:24 AM
<![CDATA[The Umbrella Academy launches globally on Netflix]]>
About The Umbrella Academy

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. Now, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of their father's passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death.

But the estranged family begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The show is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, and additional EPs Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Gerard Way, and Gabriel Bá.

Launch Date: February 15, 2019

Created for Television by: Steve Blackman

Executive Producers: Steve Blackman (Showrunner/EP), Jeff King (EP), Keith Goldberg (EP), Mike Richardson (EP), Gerard Way (Co-EP), Gabriel Bá (Co-EP)

Produced by: Universal Cable Productions for Netflix

Series Stars: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, Kate Walsh

# of episodes: 10 x 1-hour episodes

Filmed in: Toronto, Canada

Please visit the Netflix press site (media.netflix.com) and the official The Umbrella Academy social pages:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UmbrellaAcad

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/umbrellaacad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NetflixUmbrellaAcademy
1/27/2019 4:07:27 PM
<![CDATA[Atef Wilson: General Manager of the Year]]>
In his speech, Wilson also announced that Le Meridien Cairo Airport has won The Operations Excellence Award, the highest rating award for great operational techniques among Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

Atef celebrated this great achievement with all his team & took this opportunity to thank all the Staff for a great job and another great successful recognition and addressed his speech to thank all leisure and business travelers, celebrities, politicians, families, artists, backpackers, influencers, and anyone who has set foot in the hotel while on their way to new destina­tions and stressed that the future remains bright with them all around.

Seen in the picture Atef Wilson, Holding the General Manager of the Year Award.]]>
1/27/2019 3:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[Darb 1718 partnership]]>
Darb 1718 is a contemporary art and culture center in old Cairo. The center’s long term vision is to promote social change and expand individual’s horizons through the inspiration and education of artists and the boarder community.

They provide workshops, programs and initiatives and offer emerging artists a space to exhibit their work alongside established artists.

Through the Unlock Art program Le Meridien partners with cultural centers around the world to offer guests local, inspiring experience by presenting the Unlock Art complementary guest pass available in every room.

1/27/2019 3:53:47 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Launches 5G Multi-mode Chipset and 5G CPE Pro]]>
Balong 5000 officially unlocks the 5G era. This chipset supports a broad range of 5G products in addition to smartphones, including home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules. It will provide consumers with a brand new 5G experience across multiple scenarios.

"The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consumers," said the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu. "It will enable everything to sense, and will provide the high-speed connections needed for pervasive intelligence. Powered by the Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro enables consumers to access networks more freely and enjoy an incredibly fast connected experience. Huawei has an integrated set of capabilities across chips, devices, cloud services, and networks. Building on these strengths, as the leader of the 5G era, we will bring an inspired, intelligent experience to global consumers in every aspect of their lives."

Balong 5000: Ushering in the 5G era

With a small form factor and high degree of integration, Balong 5000 supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on a single chip. It effectively reduces latency and power consumption when exchanging data between different modes, and will significantly enhance user experience in the early stages of commercial 5G deployment. Balong 5000 marks a significant step forward for the Balong series of chipsets.

Balong 5000 is the first chipset to perform to industry benchmarks for peak 5G download speeds. At Sub-6 GHz (low-frequency bands, the main spectrum used for 5G), Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps. On mmWave spectrum (high-frequency bands used as extended spectrum for 5G), Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 6.5 Gbps – 10 times faster than top 4G LTE speeds on the market today.

Balong 5000 is also the world's first chipset that supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G. With non-standalone, 5G network architecture is built on top of legacy 4G LTE networks, whereas standalone 5G, as the name implies, will have its own independent architecture. Balong 5000 can flexibly meet different user and carrier requirements for connecting devices throughout different stages of 5G development.

Balong 5000 is the world's first multi-mode chipset that supports Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communications, providing low-latency and highly reliable solutions for connected vehicles. Huawei's 5G smartphones powered by Balong 5000 will be released at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro: Changing user experiences in home broadband networks


Powered by Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro supports both 4G and 5G wireless connections. On a 5G network, a 1-GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed smoothly without lag. This sets a new benchmark for home CPEs. In addition to homes, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro can also be used by small and medium-sized enterprises for super-fast broadband access.

Adopting new Wi-Fi 6 technology, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro delivers speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps. It is the first 5G CPE that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols, bringing smart homes into the 5G era.

As a 5G pioneer, Huawei began research and development in 5G as early as 2009, and is currently the industry's only vendor that can provide end-to-end 5G systems. Huawei has more than 5,700 engineers dedicated to 5G R&D, including over 500 5G experts. In total, Huawei has established 11 joint innovation centers for 5G solutions worldwide.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 180,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world's population. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei's three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei's global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
1/27/2019 12:45:46 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Prince Philip apologises to woman injured in car crash: report]]>
The newspaper published a copy of a letter written by the 97-year-old royal to Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist when the Kia she was in collided with the prince's Land Rover.

"I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident... I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences," said the letter, signed by Philip in blue pen.

The crash, which left the prince's vehicle on its side, happened as he pulled out of a side road onto a busy main road near the royal country residence in Norfolk, eastern England.

Philip was uninjured in the January 17 accident, while the driver of the Kia sustained cuts to the knee.

Fairweather, a passenger in the Kia, had complained to the Sunday Mirror last weekend that she had not received an apology from the prince.

"I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured," said Philip in the letter dated January 21, according to this Sunday's report.

"I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury."

Philip, known for his forthright manner and off-colour jokes, retired from public life in 2017 and underwent a hip replacement operation last April.

The accident stirred up what The Sun described as Britain's "age-old debate" about whether and when the elderly should give up driving.

Images published the weekend following the crash appeared to show the prince behind the wheel of a replacement Land Rover Freelander on his wife Queen Elizabeth II's private Sandringham estate.]]>
1/27/2019 11:37:21 AM
<![CDATA[Roman remains unearthed near famous Lisbon restaurant]]>
The necropolis was found after the restaurant owners decided to expand their establishment, founded in 1974 in Lisbon’s historical center.

To get the expansion project approved, city authorities required that a team of archaeologists first survey the land.

“What we found was a big surprise,” said Nuno Neto, an archaeologist at Neoepica, the company that carried out the digging at a depth of around six meters (20 ft). “The level of preservation is excellent, and the set of artifacts is fabulous.”

The necropolis was found to hold 25 skeletons, 35 sets of cremated remains, pottery and coins used in ancient burial rituals. All have been moved to Neoepica’s research laboratory, which will eventually transfer them to the city council.

The findings were only made public last month, but archaeologists have been working on the site since 2016.

Work on expanding the restaurant has already started, and despite the delays, the owners see the discovery of the Roman cemetery as something positive and hope to have some of the ancient items on display in the future.

Roman armies occupied Olissipo, as Lisbon used to be known, around 200 BC and it remained under Roman control for several centuries.]]>
1/26/2019 12:01:27 PM
<![CDATA[Catherine Deneuve gets $1 million in Saint Laurent gown auction]]>
The French actress parted with close to 130 one-of-a-kind styles crafted for her by close friend Yves Saint Laurent. They included a shimmering gold number worn by Deneuve to the Oscars.

The auction raised 900,625 euros ($1.02 million), according to auction house Christies.

"Catherine Deneuve is a very beautiful actress. She was always very, very well dressed by Saint Laurent, (so) it was an unexpected opportunity to see all the dresses, and possibly even buy one, if I (could) find the right size," Isabelle Lugagne, a 76-year-old, retired graphologist told Reuters.

The 'Belle de Jour' actress, a fashion fan often spotted at Parisian catwalk shows, put the dresses up for sale after parting with a house in Normandy, northern France, where she had stored them for decades.

Deneuve, 75, has not said what the funds will be used for.

Saint Laurent - one of the 20th centuries' most influential designers, who popularised tuxedos for women, or "Le Smoking" - met the actress was she only 22. He died in 2008.

Aside from the lot of 130 'Haute Couture' looks, a further 170 items are on sale in an online auction running until Jan 30.]]>
1/25/2019 10:33:40 AM
<![CDATA[UK fashion sector rapped for worker exploitation]]>
Textile firms were forced to make payments for unpaid wages totaling 87,158 pounds ($113,645) to 126 workers between 2012 and 2018 following probes by the tax authority.

Details of the payouts show old habits die hard at some fashion factories, said the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).

"'Made in the UK' should mean workers are paid at least the minimum wage," said committee chair Mary Creagh in a statement.

"It has been 20 years since the introduction of the minimum wage, but in our inquiry, we heard that underpayment is rife and goes hand in hand with a culture of fear and intimidation."

The advent of fast fashion, with consumers forever buying and chucking cheap clothes, has exacerbated the risk of forced labor in global supply chains as factories come under ever greater pressure from leading brands, activists say.

Lawmakers are holding an inquiry into the sustainability of the British industry, with Creagh saying a lack of tough action on abuse means some factories see it as "a risk worth taking".

The fashion industry supports nearly 900,000 jobs and contributed 32 billion pounds ($41.70 billion) to the British economy in 2017, according to the industry body the British Fashion Council, though much manufacturing takes place abroad.

Media reports say some textile workers are paid as little as 3.50 pounds ($4.56) an hour, less than half the minimum wage.

A total of 126 textile workers received payments totaling 87,158 pounds ($113,645) between 2012 and 2018, according to a letter sent to the committee from the HMRC tax authority.

The letter said that 93 investigations had been opened into textile firms over the period; 24 had unearthed underpayment.

"We know that there is a high risk of abuse and exploitation in the garment sector," Caroline Robinson, chief executive of the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"This evidence of relatively small sums recovered for workers over a six-year period also shows that only the minority of cases are currently uncovered."

She said garment producers should be licensed to prevent modern slavery, and more funding set aside for inspections.

Most Britons would pay more for clothes if factory workers got fairer wages but lack trust in the ethical pledges made by brands, according to an opinion poll earlier this month.

An estimated 136,000 people are living as modern-day slaves in Britain, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index, with forced labor suspected on building sites, nail bars, car washes, factories and farms.]]>
1/25/2019 10:30:42 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Mo Salah mysteriously disappears from social media after vague tweet]]>

Social Media pages on Facebook and Twitter were flooded with questions and concerns regarding Salah’s tweet, wondering why he decided to take a break from social media.

In celebration of their 50-year anniversary, DHL Express recently announced that they have a way to reach Mohamed Salah. They are urging people to deliver gifts to Mo Salah showing him love and support. Many of Salah’s dedicated fans have already started registering to DHL’s promotional website www.dhlconnectsyou.com , where they get the chance to make it to the 50 lucky winners list who can deliver their gifts direct to Mo Salah himself.

In turn, many famous fans already started registering to DHL Express promotional website to get a chance be of the 50 lucky winners who send gifts and letters to Mo Salah cheering him on and wishing him the best of luck for the rest of the season in the Premiere League.

Salah has given an outstanding performance this season where he topped the list of scorers of the premier league scoring 16 goals.

On the other hand, there is a rising hope from Egyptians that he leads the national team to victory in Africa Cup of Nations matches, which Egypt is set to host in June.

1/24/2019 9:09:45 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei MateBook X Pro and MateBook D, most intriguing laptops to reshape business and entertainment users’ experience ]]>

The MateBook series includes Matebook X Pro and Matebook D, which have achieved great international success since its global launch, according to third party reports, especially the MateBook X Pro, which considered a breakthrough in the PC industry with its high performance.

Huawei MateBook X Pro has a beautiful screen, excellent keyboard, great trackpad; Huawei did what it takes to build a great Laptop. It’s a beautiful and crisp 13.9 inches 3:2-ratio screen squeezed into the frame with very slim bezels all round. In addition to a 10-point touchscreen made with an anti-fingerprint coating and 3K LTPS display with a remarkable 3000 x 2000 resolution providing users with vivid details and bright colors when viewing high definition pictures or watching 4K videos.

Beneath the hood of the MateBook X Pro, you get the 8th generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It’s a 1.33 kg ultra slim portable notebook with high performance allowing users to have a perfect experience while carrying out their business tasks. Huawei MateBook X Pro comes with a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory, which is fantastic for a laptop of this size.

The MateBook X Pro might be thin, but it still has a single full-sized USB 3.0 port alongside a USB-C port and a Thunderbolt 3 port. The keyboard also hides one of the most important tricks, the button on the keyboard is a pop-up webcam after pressing it a one-megapixel camera appears. It also has a Dolby Atmos sound system with four speakers built into it: two tweeters at the back and two bass speakers at the front.

Ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, and Hall sensor are also included. Huawei is well known for its smartphones battery life, MateBook X Pro packs a monstrous 57.4Wh/7565mAh@7.6V battery into its slim body that can stay up to 12 hours of video playback.


The Special Business Edition MateBook D is another laptop launched by Huawei .It sports a dynamic 14 inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, a 178 degrees viewing angle and 16:9 aspect ratio for a vital display for photos and videos. MateBook D is an ultra slim 1.47 kg portable notebook packed by an 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage its high performance Laptop that can help you finish your work easier. MateBook D comes also with a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card and 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U processor.

HUAWEI MateBook Series, including MateBook X Pro and MateBook D are a perfect combination of entertainment and business usage as well. HUAWEI MateBook X Pro has accumulative earned over 35 recognitions from noteworthy media across the globe.

1/23/2019 2:36:01 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei breaks in the PC Egyptian Market for the first time with MateBook X Pro and MateBook D]]>


The series includes MateBook X Pro and MateBook D in addition to launching the new tablet MediaPad M5 Lite and Watch GT. Huawei’s MateBook X Pro, the world’s first Laptop with a camera concealed in the keyboard. The laptop comes with one-mega pixel camera concealed in the keyboard for more privacy, users has to press the camera button on the keyboard and then it pops up. Ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, and Hall sensor are also included.


Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is described as the speediest, most luxurious and long-lasting laptop. The integration of the revolutionary Speedy Huawei share technology in Huawei MateBook X Pro allows users to exchange photos and files wirelessly across Huawei devices with a speed that can reach up to 20 Mbps (100x faster than Bluetooth) and ability of sharing 1000 photos the Laptop within 3 minutes and 1 GB of video in a minute.

The company introduced its wallet-friendly mainstream business laptop, MateBook D in the Egyptian market as well. The 15.6-inch MateBook D is more mainstream and more affordable. Huawei launched the MateBook D which is an ultra slim 1.47 kg notebook packed by a 8GB RAM of LPDDR3 type with 2133MHz frequency and 256GB SSD storage. A faster games and Movies performance is to be provided by NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card and 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U processor.

The MateBook D comes with no hard edges make for a much more pleasant handling experience in additional to a matte finish on all surfaces save for the slim chrome-colored chamfers around the touchpad and the power button.


Huawei as usual is giving the customers an exceptional experience with their devices, with Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite you’ll experience the 1080p display that captures every detail. MediaPad M5 lite features a brilliant 10.1-inch 1080p display, which will allow you to enjoy everything while watching your favorite movies. In addition, it will be your best friend if you are a gamer as it gives you the best experience in playing games. For a better viewing experience, Huawei ClariVu™ technology further enhances display brightness and clarity.


As we’re now in the technological era and the digital transformation is all what we care about, Huawei announced its smart watch “Huawei Watch GT”. The watch comes in a slim, beautiful, strong and attractive shape, its ceramic bezel design, stainless steel shell and DLC coating. You can travel wherever and whenever you want it will be your best company as it comes with first double chipset that provides 2-week battery life to keep up with wherever you go, along with its Huawei TruSeen™ 3.0 heartrate monitoring technology that provides an efficient and accurate real-time personal measurement of your heartrate.

As known, Huawei’s main goal is always to provide the users with latest high-end products in addition to its smartphones series, in order to help them in all vital life activities .MateBook X Pro, MateBook D, MediaPad M5 Lite Tablet and Huawei watch GT launch will allow Egyptian users to experience Huawei’s devices interconnection within the upcoming days.

1/23/2019 1:53:36 PM
<![CDATA[Armani's glittering Art Deco fashion draws stars in Paris]]>
The designer’s gowns have long been red carpet favorites, and the catwalk show drew Hollywood actresses Uma Thurman and Dakota Fanning to the front row, along with Canadian singer Celine Dion.

Beaded caps sported by some models gave outfits a 1920s-era flapper twist, as swaying, fringed skirts succeeded slinkier numbers and intricately textured jackets which caught the light at certain angles.

Clunky earrings and patterned gowns recalled the geometry of Art Deco architecture, and models walked to the sultry soundtrack of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 film The Conformist.

Some outfits in the label’s high-end Armani Prive range had an oriental air, in the rounded necklines of some dresses, flowing silk styles, or a kimono-style cloak.

The brand said it had also drawn on Chinese lacquer as an inspiration and to enhance some looks.

Haute Couture Fashion Week, which runs until Jan. 24, celebrates an elite club of designers turning out elaborate, one-of-a-kind looks.]]>
1/23/2019 11:24:36 AM
<![CDATA[Moldova hosts 10 km race in world's largest wine cellar]]>
Dancers, musicians and singers wearing folk costumes performed in the darkness of the caves, cheering on the runners, who included tourists from the United States, Canada and Europe as well as locals.

The state-owned Milestii Mici winery entered the Guinness World Records in 2005 for storing the largest number of bottles of wine in the world. It now holds around 2 million.

Part of the race took place on slippery paths outside in the snow, but most of it was below ground, with runners galloping past giant oak barrels of wine. After crossing the finish line, they were greeted — with a glass of wine, of course.

“It’s unlike any race I’ve ever done, a once in a lifetime experience. Running through a wine cellar is unlike anything else and there were just people cheering everywhere. They were so excited, so incredibly happy to have us here, you never get that in a 10km,” said Amy MacDonald from Canada.

“I know I’m from Canada but still when you’re going up a hill full of ice it’s a bit slippery, and sometimes when inside the footing was a bit uneven and you just had a really hard time, you had to focus with your headlamp on each place you were putting your foot.”

The huge, centuries-old limestone quarry has been used to store wine for decades. To keep the runners from getting lost, they were issued with maps showing its underground “streets” named after different wine varieties.

Moldova, a nation of 3.5 million people wedged between EU member Romania and Ukraine, is one of the few winemaking areas of the ex-Soviet Union. Its wines and brandies remain popular in fellow former Soviet states but are less well known elsewhere.

The wine sector employs more than a tenth of Moldova’s workforce, although as of 2017 it accounted for just 2.8 percent of economic output of the country, one of the poorest in Europe. Moldova hopes to find markets in the West for its wine, and bringing in tourists to see the giant cellar could help.

But organizers of the race say the main purpose is just to have a good time.

“The goal is not to show some unreal speed result. People come here to have fun,” said Dmitry Voloshin, President of the Sporter sports organization which set up the race. “Instead of drinking wine at a table, why not run and then drink a glass of wine?”]]>
1/22/2019 2:50:10 PM
<![CDATA[CFCM breaks out the universal language of gaming in the Middle East in Egypt]]>

With the increasing revenues internationally, trending creative games and government initiatives starting to adopt the direction for youth, it is clear that this industry is here to stay- and it has become increasingly essential for entities as important as CFCM to host these events. This also comes as part of CFCM’s awareness of the country’s direction to support the gaming industry and innovation. Lately, Egypt has been turning into a hub for the gaming and programming industries as it hosted a number of conferences and forums where Egyptian programmers and gaming makers gathered to showcase their work and exchange their knowledge with their peers from around the world.

To make this tournament more original with international standards, CFCM partnered with Epic Games, publisher of Fortnite, and Sony PlayStation. CFCM welcomes 4,000 gamers and around 17,000 attendees to watch and participate in this 17-day event started Thursday 17th of January, featuring celebrity gamers such as Baraa from Bahrain who will be hosting the event on the 17th and 18th of January and Nour El Din X from Egypt who is making a special appearance during the event.

CFCM announced there will be a surprise on the last day of the event where more international gamers will be revealed. Throughout the tournament, 64 players will be announced winners, while 3 final winning teams will be selected to receive 2 PS4s per team along with the tournament cup in the presence of their friends and families at the end. Aside from the variety of game-themed gifts granted to the winning teams, participants and visitors could take memorable pictures with their favourite Fortnite character costumes to remember the unique experience they can share with their family, friends, and Cairo Festival City Mall.

1/21/2019 2:33:43 PM
<![CDATA[From London's Brick Lane to Davos, veganism on the menu]]>
Working with his father, the owner of City Spice restaurant, and Michelin star chef Rupert Rowley, they created 14 vegan dishes paired with vegan wines. The result was a 170 percent increase in sales at their establishment on Brick Lane, a bustling east London street known for its curry houses.

“I realized, from an innovation sense, that there was no vegan Indian cuisine so I thought this is a feasible concept,” said 19-year-old Muhaimen, a student at Birmingham University.

From restaurants in Cape Town and Los Angeles to London-based hair salons using vegan products and leather-free clothing shops, veganism is gaining steam.

Veganism and broader food issues are on the agenda at this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, an annual event that draws more than 1,000 political and business leaders to the Swiss mountain resort, with several panels dedicated to related topics.

Founded five years ago, British-based charity Veganuary has rallied more than 225,000 people worldwide to follow a plant-based diet and avoid dairy, eggs and honey - usually eaten by vegetarians - during the month of January.

“It’s no longer a counter-culture movement. It’s a movement that has entered the mainstream,” Richard Hardy, head of Campaigns at British-based Veganuary, said.

The demand for plant-based foods is increasing with the global meat substitute market expected to reach $7.5 billion by 2025, a jump of 83 percent, from $4.1 billion in 2017, according to a study by Allied Market Research.

A report by U.S.-based Grand View Research said the global vegan cosmetics market is estimated at $12.9 billion.

According to the Veganuary website, the main reason people sign up to go vegan is animal welfare, followed by health benefits and environmental impact. For restaurants, it is a movement to capitalize on, according to Hardy.

“People are being driven onto the high street and into the supermarkets because of the exciting new (vegan) foods that are there,” he said.

“If you’re not keeping up, you’re going to miss the boat.”

At Davos, the “A New Dialogue for Food” panel will focus on innovating for nutritious, sustainable food and alternative proteins while the “Alternative Diet, Healthier Planet” session will look at meat consumption and its role in reducing carbon emissions.

The challenges surrounding the surging pressure on crop production to feed a global population expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050 will be also be addressed.]]>
1/21/2019 11:44:23 AM
<![CDATA[First Solar Power Station at JW Marriot Cairo]]>
The project is contributed in cooperation with H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, H.E. Eng. Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry, H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism, H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment and Mrs. Randa Aboul-Hosn, Country Director of United Nations Development Program.

The first project in Egypt to use a grant made available by the United Nations Development program with support from the Industrial Modernization Center and the Ministry of Trade & Investment. Worth mentioning that the first solar power station ever to be placed on the rooftop in Cairo hotels has been installed at the JW Marriott Cairo.

Mr. Mounir Ghabbour, Chairman of Mirage City Hotels Co. declared the implementation of this plant comes in the context of the hotel's support for the efforts of the State to diversify energy sources and expand the use of clean renewable energy technologies in the hotel sector in Egypt, in accordance with the concepts of green hotels and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause changes in climatic conditions. The JW Marriot Cairo was the first hotel in Egypt to convert its lighting systems to LED energy-saving systems in 2014, which saved about 25% of the total electricity consumption of the hotel.

It is worth mentioning that the solar cell system project aims to support the spread of the use of small solar cells installed in residential and commercial buildings, public buildings, hotels and industrial facilities, which is a catalyst for the spread of the use of small solar plants connected to the network and develop the market for the production of solar cell systems and facilitate installation. In addition to establishing technical support and advisory centers, increasing the percentage of the local manufacturing component, preparing technical cadres and supporting the emerging markets of this technology in Egypt. This implementation will assist with new employment opportunities for youth, and remove barriers to increase energy generation by small solar cells, decentralized networks.

In the photo: H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Mrs. Randa Aboul-Hosn, Country Director of United Nations Development Program, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism, and Mr. Mounir Ghabbour, Chairman Mirage City Hotels Company, Mr. Nabil Abo Kalam Director of Engineering and associates at the JW Marriott Cairo.
1/20/2019 5:06:44 PM
<![CDATA[From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival]]>
Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become an unlikely icon at India’s Kumbh Mela, a huge religious festival being held on the banks of the Ganges river in the city of Prayagraj. Up to 150 million people are expected to attend by the time the festival ends in March.

On Tuesday, her religious movement, called the Kinnar Akhada, became the first transgender group to bathe at the confluence of the holy Ganges and the Yamuna rivers on the first day of the ancient festival, traditionally reserved for reclusive Hindu priests, almost all of whom are men.

“After centuries down the line, it was when the community finally got its due,” Tripathi told Reuters, seated on a pedestal next to her Michael Kors bag, juggling calls on an iPhone.

Many at the festival cheer Tripathi for reclaiming the lost place in Hinduism for India’s “third gender”, known as the hijras, worshipped as demi-gods for thousands of years, but ridiculed and sidelined during British colonial rule.

A law passed in 1871 classed the hijras as “criminals”.

Little changed after independence and hijras were pariahs, living in tribes, begging or soliciting for sustenance and harassed by police.

It was only in 2014 that the Supreme Court officially recognized transgender people as a third gender.

Tripathi is one of the best known. But her support for building a controversial Hindu temple on the site of a demolished mosque has angered some in the LGBT community, who allege she is courting support from India’s powerful religious right to further her own influence.


The place of hijras in Indian culture dates back to the Ramayana, a more-than 2,000 year-old Hindu epic poem venerated and performed across India.

In the text, the god-king Ram is exiled from the holy city of Ayodhya, with the entire kingdom following him into the forest. He orders them to turn back, but returning after 14 years, finds the hijras waiting for him in the same spot. Impressed by their devotion, he grants them the power to invoke blessings and curses on people.

For centuries, though their lives were far from easy, hijras held a special role in India’s royal courts, tasked with guarding harems and rising to influential positions.

Today, despite their legal recognition, many still face prejudice in what is a conservative country, forced into sex work or seeking alms at weddings and births, a long-held practice among hijras. Hate crimes against them are common and HIV prevalence within the community is many times higher than the general population.

“The ritual seeking of alms is now seen as begging,” said Anindya Hajra, a transgender activist at the Pratyay Gender Trust. “It criminalizes and pushes an already vulnerable community to its very brink.”


Born in 1979 in Thane, a suburb of India’s financial capital Mumbai, Tripathi says she had a difficult childhood scarred with abuse by a close relative. A sickly child who was bullied at school for being feminine, she grew in confidence after learning Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance.

“I chose not to remember the prejudice,” she said. “Rather I think (about) the good things that have happened to me, and be a flamboyant rainbow.”

Long recognized as one of the most influential figures in the LGBT community in India, she become famous across the country when she appeared on reality TV show “Bigg Boss” in 2011. She was a petitioner in the landmark court ruling that recognized transgender people.

In 2015, she founded her Akhara and began a campaign to have hijras represented at the at the first “Shahi Snan”, or royal bath, of the Kumbh Mela.

“It all started to reclaim the lost position in the dharma,” Tripathi said, referring to the Hindu cosmic law underlying correct behavior and social order. “I was not very religious until 2015 – life changed.”


Devout Hindus believe bathing in the waters of the Ganges absolves people of sins and doing so at the time of the Kumbh Mela, or the “festival of the pot”, brings salvation from the cycle of life and death.

At the festival, 13 religious orders, or Akhara, set up camp on the banks of the Ganges.

The umbrella body overseeing the Akharas initially refused to recognize the Kinnar Akhara as the 14th order.

But Tripathi has forged close bonds with the largest of the other holy orders at the Kumbh Mela, the Juna Akhara. They agreed to bathe together.

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On the first royal bathing day on Tuesday, Tripathi rose at 4 a.m., dressed in a saffron sari and applied her makeup. She and her dozens of disciples then began the long procession to the river on a fleet of elaborately decorated trucks.

At the banks of the Ganges, they waited for their turn to bathe. Tripathi met with Hari Giri, the leader of Juna Akhara.

Her Kinnar Akhara “was there, is there, and will always be there”, Giri told Tripathi.

Shortly after sunrise, she plunged into the waters, to the cheers of the crowds who gathered to watch.


Tripathi has courted controversy with support for the building of a temple dedicated to Ram on the site of a former mosque in Ayodhya which was demolished by hardline Hindus in 1992, leading to riots in which thousands died.

Many Hindus claim the mosque was built over an ancient temple that marked the birthplace of Ram, and the row is expected to be a major issue in a general election due to be held in the country by May. Many activists of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party have been agitating for the construction of a temple at the site, alarming the country’s sizeable Muslim minority.

“There has been an attempt by the right to co-opt trans voices to suit a certain version of history,” said Hajra, the activist. “Our apprehension is also that some are trying to further (their) own personal career moves.”

A letter signed in November by hundreds of transgender people and rights groups accused Tripathi of fuelling “the right-wing politics of communal hatred”.

She is unrepentant.

“Where my Lord Ram was born, there the temple has to come,” she said. The Mughals “brought (the temple) down and then they enslaved us all”, she said, referring to the Muslim emperors who ruled India in the 16th and 17th century.

Tripathi plans to spend the rest of the Kumbh festival at her Akhara, receiving visitors among her colorful band of followers, who have little in common with the holy men living monastic lives in the other camps.

“We are not celibate,” she said. “We are demi-gods, not saints. We have our own rules.”]]>
1/20/2019 11:47:17 AM
<![CDATA[Catherine Deneuve to part with Saint Laurent gowns at auction]]>
Close to 130 one-of-a-kind styles crafted by the late designer for Deneuve, a close friend, will go on sale at Christie’s on Jan. 24. They include red carpet looks like a shimmering gold number worn by Deneuve to the Oscars, which is expected to fetch between 2,000 to 3,000 euros ($3,400).

The ‘Belle de Jour’ actress, a fashion fan often spotted among guests at Parisian catwalk shows, is selling the designs after parting with a house in Normandy, northern France, where she had stored them for decades.

“When she found herself in possession of all these clothes, she didn’t have cupboards in Paris big enough to hold them all,” said Francois de Ricqles, president of Christie’s France.

Deneuve, 75, has not said what the funds raised would be for.

Saint Laurent - one of the 20th centuries’ most influential designers, who popularized tuxedos for women, or “Le Smoking” - died in 2008. He and Deneuve met when the actress was only 22, and remained close.

“She was there during all the important moments of his career, in the first row of the audience at fashion shows – he would kiss her right after he’d taken his bow,” said Camille de Foresta, a sales coordinator at Christie’s.

“He gave her strength and confidence, because she said that wearing Yves Saint Laurent clothing was like wearing a light armor.”

Aside from the lot of 130 ‘Haute Couture’ looks, a further 170 items will be on sale in an online auction between Jan. 23 and 30.]]>
1/19/2019 10:44:21 AM
<![CDATA['Super Blood Wolf Moon' to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse]]>
The total eclipse, which will begin minutes before midnight on the East Coast (0500 GMT) and just before 9 p.m. in the West, will unfold on the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday when most Americans have no school or work.

That means even the youngest astronomy buffs may get to stay up late and attend one of many watch parties that have been organized from Florida to Oregon.

The total eclipse will last for about an hour, and the best viewing is from North and South America, according to National Geographic. Partial eclipses leading up to and following the total eclipse mean the entire event will last 3.5 hours.

Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves into perfect alignment with the sun and earth, giving it a copper-red or "blood" appearance to those watching from below.

"Amateur astronomy clubs are throwing parties because this is what they live for - to get entire families excited about our place in the universe by seeing the mechanics of the cosmos," said Andrew Fazekas, spokesman for Astronomers Without Borders.

In Pennsylvania, the York County Astronomical Society has invited the public to peer through its observatory's telescopes for a close-up look. In Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory said it was anticipating "extremely large crowds," and its website will live-stream a telescopic view of the eclipse.


A "super" moon occurs when the moon is especially close to earth, while a "wolf moon" is the traditional name for the full moon of January, when the howling of wolves was a sound that helped define winter, according to The Farmers Almanac.

In a total lunar eclipse, the moon never goes completely dark. Rather, it takes on a reddish glow from refracted light as the heavenly bodies move into position - hence the "blood moon" moniker. The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears.

"All of the sunrises and sunsets around the world are simultaneously cast onto the surface of the moon," Fazekas said.

As many as 2.8 billion people may see this weekend's eclipse from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russia, according to Space.com.

While total lunar eclipses are not especially rare, the 2019 version takes place early enough in the evening that it can be enjoyed by U.S. stargazers of all ages, said George Lomaga, a retired astronomy professor from Suffolk County Community College. He plans to attend an eclipse party at Hallock State Park Preserve on New York's Long Island.

There, astrophotographer Robert Farrell will demonstrate how to use a mobile phone to photograph celestial objects through a telescope so the spectacle can be shared online.

If skies are clear, the phenomenon can be seen with the naked eye and no protection is needed to safely enjoy the view, Griffith Observatory said.

Granted permission to stay up past his 8 p.m. bedtime, Gabriel Houging, 8, of Citrus Heights, California, is already dreaming of what he'll see.

"It's going to be a moon, but it's going to look like you painted it orange!" Houging said. ]]>
1/18/2019 1:16:39 PM
<![CDATA[British royal Kate to design woodland wilderness garden for show]]>
"Based on a woodland, the garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

The garden will be designed and built with the Royal Horticultural Society and landscape architects Davies White for London's annual Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Kate, who is married to Prince William, on Tuesday visited a community garden in London.]]>
1/16/2019 1:44:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ski chic on Berlin catwalk as Fashion Week kicks off]]>
Models strutted in oversized jackets teamed with tops printed with the logo of the brand founded by ski jumper Willy Bogner in 1932. They paired the looks with cozy hats and shiny tie up boots in the “Alpine Clubbing” fashion show, which drew inspiration from mountain sports and Berlin’s clubbing scene.

“Bogner...has always been involved in sport fashion,” Bogner Chief Executive Andreas Baumgaertner said, adding this was the second time the brand, which has dressed the German Olympic team for Winter Games, was showing at the Berlin event.

“This year we have to do even more and are excited...we are bringing sport and fashion together but with a new interpretation.”

Berlin Fashion Week, which runs until Friday, is known for its edgy mix of shows. On Tuesday, Sri Lankan designer Amesh Wijesekera presented a bright collection, filled with vibrant colors.]]>
1/16/2019 11:47:54 AM
<![CDATA[All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room']]>
All three paid 158 yuan ($23) to spend half an hour in an “anger room” in Beijing, where patrons wearing protective gear use hammers and bats to vent their frustration on household objects while staff play music of their choice in the background.

Qiu, a bespectacled 16-year-old high school student with braces, said she was there to vent anger about school.

“It feels so good when I destroy those bottles and watch them explode,” she said, smiling sweetly.

Since the venture opened in September, customers have smashed around 15,000 bottles every month, said 25-year-old Jin Meng, who co-founded Smash with her friends.

Not intended to promote violence, Smash aims to help people deal with the pressures of living in big cities like Beijing, Jin said, adding that their target customers are between 20 and 35 years old.

Another customer, Liu Chao, 32, looked relaxed and pleased after his session.

“If you have money, you can smash anything - smash some TVs, computers, wine bottles, furniture, mannequins, but the only thing you can’t do is to smash someone,” said Liu.

Similar ventures already exist in other countries, including the United States.

Jin said around 600 people visit Smash each month.

“A woman brought all her wedding photos here, and she smashed them all. We welcome people to bring their own stuff,” Jin said.

“Every time when we come across cases like this, they affirm our belief that we’ve provided a safe place to let out negative energy. And we are happy for that.”

In Beijing, Jin said her next step is to open a new anger room in a shopping mall where people can take a break from their shopping to smash a bottle or two. ]]>
1/14/2019 11:28:36 AM
<![CDATA[Samsung’s New 2019 Monitors Are Designed for Modern Workspaces and Next Generation Gaming ]]>
“Samsung’s latest monitor lineup is incredibly versatile, and demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation and leadership in the category,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “All of these monitors are part of our larger strategy this year, to keep giving you choices so you can get what you want— beautiful, hardworking devices that inspire you to do more.”

Space Monitor: Modern, Minimal and Flexible Design

Samsung Space Monitor leverages its sleek design and functionality to allow users to focus on what’s on the screen and not what’s around it. Its unique built-in space saving solution, a minimalist fully-integrated arm, clamps to the desk and frees up desk space for ultimate user productivity. Samsung Space Monitor is easy to set up and adjust when you aren’t using it, and simple to push back and store flat against the wall. Through easy ergonomic adjustment, port access and a discreet cable management system, Space Monitor improves the form and function of any workstation or home office.

Samsung Space Monitor (1)

Beyond aesthetics, Space Monitor is a feature-rich, high-performance monitor. The 27-inch model offers QHD resolution for incredibly detailed, pin-sharp images, while the 32-inch model presents content in 4K UHD.

Space Monitor gives users a unique arm stand, which can disappear into the back of the monitor’s slim-bezel. When using the stand, Space Monitor can be easily tilted or extended from the wall. It can also be lowered to the desk surface, and Samsung’s Zero Height Adjustable Stand feature provides the ultimate versatility for any type of viewing preference. The stand not only makes viewing more comfortable, but also eliminates the hassle of cable management by integrating power and HDMI cords through the arm for a clean, flexible look.

CRG9 49” Gaming Monitor: Super Ultra-Wide Screen with Dual QHD Resolution

The CRG9 is the world’s first high-resolution super ultra-wide gaming monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio. It offers a 120Hz refresh rate with a fast 4ms response time on a 49-inch display that minimizes image lag and motion blur to effortlessly keep up with fast-paced games. Built for a superior gaming experience, the monitor also features AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology to reduce stutter, screen tearing and input latency to ensure the best possible frame rate and smoothest gaming experience.

Content truly comes alive on the CRG9, with dual QHD resolution (5120x1440) and HDR10 with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, providing superfine detail in the brightest and the darkest parts of an image. HDR10 delivers outstanding local dimming, and high-contrast HDR offers advanced spectacular highlights not available in non-HDR monitors. The monitor also leverages Samsung’s revolutionary Quantum dot technology for an exceptionally wide range of accurate color reproduction, and a 1,800mm screen curvature and an ultra-wide field of view for complete visibility.

Equivalent to two 27-inch QHD 16:9 monitors placed side-by-side, the 32:9 super ultra-wide screen also provides ultimate multitasking flexibility assisted by PBP (Picture-by-Picture) functionality to allow two video sources to be viewed on the same screen. The CRG9 includes one HDMI port, two Display Ports, USB 3.0 and headphone connectivity options. Samsung also designed the CRG9 with a smaller stand size for convenience and flexibility in every gamer’s space.

UR59C 32” Monitor: World First 32-inch Curved 4K UHD Designed for Content Creators

Ideal for content creators that seek both versatility and performance, the new UR59C 32-inch monitor features a UHD curved display with a 2,500:1 contrast ratio and a full 3840x2160 4K UHD resolution with support for up to one billion colors. The 1500R curvature delivers a truly immersive experience that shines while creating content and art, watching videos or gaming while reducing the eye strain typically associated with long periods of traditional monitor use.

Available in Dark Blue Gray, the UR59C has a super-slim design, with a depth of only 6.7mm with a fabric-textured rear casing. Its 3-sided bezel-less screen is attached to a slender yet sturdy V-slim metal stand with two-prong base that encases cables and reduces its footprint on work space.

Experience all three monitors at Samsung’s CES booth #15006 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8-11, 2019.

Samsung Space Monitor (4)

Samsung UR59C 32_ Monitor (1)
1/13/2019 1:16:55 PM
<![CDATA[Vodafone Hackathon 101 to foster technology innovation]]>

By hosting this, Vodafone has been identified as a strategic player in Egypt’s digitalization movement integrate in the Egypt 2030 vision. The company called on software developers to participate in the competition including young professionals, engineering students and alumnus as well as programmers and developers from online communities, completing a rich and exciting environment for a Hackathon.

What is the Hackathon all about?

Teams of 2 to 5 members were encouraged to apply rather than individuals. They submitted their ideas using different technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Agile development methodology, Robotics, and all relevant categories.

Vodafone filtered applications and picked the qualified 44 teams to join in for 3 days upon which 10 finalists were qualified to compete for the top 3 prizes.

During the closing ceremony, top 10 finalists presented the projects in front of a prestigious judging panel. This included Alexandre Froment-Curtil, Vodafone Egypt CEO; Mohamed Adbdallah, Enterprise Business Unit Director; Emad AlAzhary, Strategy Director; Karim Eid, C. Marketing Digital Director; and Amani Rabei, Vodafone Shared Services Director. Those in addition to Maha Rashad, CEO ITIDA, and Head of Technology Shared Services Egypt, Eng. Mohamed Sami

This exemplary panel of judges provided the participants with unprecedented critiques of their techniques, and strategic direction to grow their ideas to be implemented in the country for the benefit of their communities.

Winning teams

Helpee – 1st place

A platform that connects people with disabilities and volunteers who want to help them with simple daily tasks, founded by Sara Mahmoud, Abdelrahman El-Shorbagy, Anwar Aly, and Aya El-Kader. The platform is like an Uber service for volunteers to help people with disabilities in the community, and volunteering can be either paid, if it’s an urgent request for help, or free of charge.

Robabekya – 2nd place

Founded by Salma Medhat, Ahmed Hisham, Ahmed Zaki, Amr Ahmed and Mohamed Hussein, Robabikya is a waste management mobile application that enables users to trade their trash for cash, giving them the opportunity get discounts on online shopping platforms and other services. During discussion Vodafone advised Robabekya to be renamed to ‘Bikya’.

Paraztec - 3rd place

Paraztec is a 3-part system that aims to help alleviate obstacles for people with communication hardships (mainly paralysis and MS patients). The first system is a sensor-based glove to sense the patient's fingers movements and match them with a corresponding request from the patient. The second part is the PC application, which displays the request. It can also enable the patient to use the glove to write on the on-screen keyboard provided in it, while the third part is the mobile application which should be with the patient's overseer, and it will directly receive messages from the patient through the PC application in case he/she needs help. Paraztec team members are Mazen Kazem Mahmoud, Mahmoud Adel Mohamed, Ahmed Haris Ibrahim and Mohamed Ayman. And what is most impressive is that they are all HIGHSCHOOLERS!

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1/13/2019 12:59:33 PM
<![CDATA[Meet the Ugandan entrepreneur peddling bamboo bikes]]>
In an industry dominated by steel and aluminum, the use of bamboo is not as bizarre as it might seem. Kasoma says his bikes are strong, light and durable. They are also comfortable, he says.

“Bamboo is flexible; due to that flexibility it gives that kind of shock absorbing property when you’re riding especially off-road. The bamboo itself tries to absorb the shocks that you are passing through ... (better) than steel or aluminum,” he told Reuters.

Bamboo frames are relatively well-known in the cycling world, but Noordin’s include a special Ugandan twist. The joints are reinforced with bark cloth, a traditional clothing material harvested from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree.

In an industry dominated by steel and aluminum, the use of bamboo is not as bizarre as it might seem. Kasoma says his bikes are strong, light and durable. They are also comfortable, he says.

“Bamboo is flexible; due to that flexibility it gives that kind of shock absorbing property when you’re riding especially off-road. The bamboo itself tries to absorb the shocks that you are passing through ... (better) than steel or aluminum,” he told Reuters.

Bamboo frames are relatively well-known in the cycling world, but Noordin’s include a special Ugandan twist. The joints are reinforced with bark cloth, a traditional clothing material harvested from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree.

His Boogaali brand is portmanteau of bamboo and “gaali”, which means bicycle in the local Luganda language.

Costing between $350 and $450 each, the bikes are proving so popular that Noordin plans to expand his factory, and grow his 20-strong workforce.

“I think it’s even a cheaper option because if you went through importing a carbon frame, the taxes and the like, you certainly may buy two of these,” said Amos Nuwagaba, a cyclist.]]>
1/13/2019 11:38:03 AM
<![CDATA[For the 1st time in Middle East Talaat Moustafa, Huawei provides latest smart cities services]]>
This agreement is the first step towards building a strong partnership between the two sides, Huawei will start presenting its innovative technologies for smart cities. As a result, Talaat Moustafa Group's future projects will be transformed into smart cities through out the latest digital ICT in management and operation of the projects.

Talaat Moustafa Group Holding signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies- Press photo

This partnership will contribute in achieving sustainable development and raising the citizens’ living standards through meeting the economic, social, environmental, cultural and security requirements, in addition to cost reduction and efficiency in consumption.
This collaboration will present the latest technologies in the security and privacy areas, ensuring the technological and living progress by transforming cities and projects in Egypt into smart cities meeting Global smart cities standards.

Talaat Moustafa Group and Huawei’s strategic partnership will be paving the way towards using advanced technologies to increase the quality of the group’s projects; providing the project’s with a competitive edge between other cities. Meeting the TMG’s strategy of developing its services using highest global standards. For its part, Huawei Technologies is committed to provide its latest products and innovative services in order to facilitate the citizens’ lifestyle and enhance their life experience; resulting in an intelligent and exciting living experience in those cities which is the main aim of civilized citizens around the world.

In addition, Talaat Moustafa Group and Huawei Technologies have agreed to jointly develop the Spine project, which is located on an area of million square meters in Madinaty, New Cairo.

The Spine project includes several residential, administrative, commercial, hotel and recreational elements that will be developed using the latest technologies used in smart cities putting among the most prestigious projects globally.
1/12/2019 4:41:11 PM
<![CDATA[Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy]]>
The boy reporter’s adventure in the then Belgian colony was among the first Tintin stories to be serialized by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launching a remastered digital version in color to celebrate 90 years since the strip cartoon character first appeared in a Brussels newspaper in 1929.

The publishers dismissed suggestions that the story, which features charicatural black Africans with fat, red lips and wearing loincloths, was problematic: “Dialogue is most important and the work of deconstruction, decolonization, is just as important,” Robert Vangeneberg told reporters on Thursday.

However, one Congolese, noted Brussels-based comic book artist Barly Baruti, told Reuters that he felt that bringing out a new edition of the work at a time when nationalist and racist groups appear to be on the rise in Europe was questionable: “We really ask ourselves if it is the right moment,” he said.

First issued as a complete album in book form in 1946, “Tintin in the Congo” features Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy grappling with diamond smugglers and big game hunters.

A Belgian court reject an attempt by Congolese campaigners a decade ago to have the book banned. The judges said it reflected the colonial attitudes of its time and there was no evidence that Herge — who died in 1983 aged 75 — had held racist views.]]>
1/12/2019 12:16:49 PM
<![CDATA[On Woodstock's 50th anniversary, double the peace, love and music]]>
Michael Lang, the co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival, announced on Wednesday that the official Woodstock Music and Arts Fair would take place from Aug 16-18 at a motor -racing venue in upstate New York.

Last month the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the current owners of the field where the 1969 festival took place, announced it would mark the 50th anniversary with a “pan-generational event” on the same dates.

“The original festival in ‘69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for - civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music,” Lang said in a statement.

“Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”

The August 1969 Woodstock festival, billed as “three days of peace and music,” is regarded as one of the pivotal moments in music history.

Over three sometimes-rainy days, more than 30 acts - including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Band, and the Grateful Dead - performed around the clock to a 400,000-strong audience, most of whom watched for free and camped onsite in the mud. The festival was documented in the 1970 film “Woodstock,” which won an Oscar.

Lang did not announce the 2019 performer line-up but said more than 60 musicians would take part on three main stages at Watkins Glenn International, the site of car racing events including NASCAR.

“It will be primarily contemporary talent, but the legacy acts will be represented and honored,” said Lang, referring to the surviving musicians, now in their 70s, who continue to perform.

Although it was known as Woodstock, the 1969 festival actually took place in Bethel, some 70 miles (110 km) south of the village of Woodstock and 90 miles (144 km) north of New York City.

Watkins Glen has a larger crowd capacity and is some 150 miles distant from Bethel and about 250 miles north of New York City.]]>
1/10/2019 12:35:25 PM
<![CDATA[Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid 'yellow vest' protests]]>
Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, wrote to guests to reschedule a menswear catwalk show initially planned for Jan. 19 - a Saturday, when protesters have tended to converge on Paris and other big cities across France.

The show will instead be held on Friday, Jan. 18.

Upmarket Dior and Chanel boutiques were among those vandalized by the protesters in early December.

The “yellow vest” revolt, driven by high living costs and frustration at President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership, shows scant sign of abating after two months of unrest, even after he made some tax and minimum wage concessions.

Retailers and hotels were hit particularly hard by the Paris demonstrations in the run-up to Christmas. Department stores and luxury boutiques shuttered their outlets when protests descended into riots in early December, and tourists canceled bookings.

The source familiar with Dior’s decision said the brand was keen to avoid the Saturday street marches.

While turnout at the protests has fallen from early weeks, they have been consistently marred by violence and transport has been disrupted.

Macron’s government has said it will crack down harder on unauthorized protests and get tougher on anyone who loots or vandalizes shops and monuments.

Retailers had by late December lost around 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) in revenue since the protests began, according to the French retail federation (FCD), which regroups everything from big supermarkets like Carrefour to toymakers and luxury brands.

Department stores and other shops are hoping to make up for lost business as the January sales kick off.

Fashion weeks, which attract crowds of specialist buyers and industry fans, are also an important source of income for Paris, home to some of the world’s more prominent high-end labels.

The menswear shows follow others in London and Milan, and precede the womenswear season of presentations running through February and early March.

Other high-profile fashion brands including Dior’s LVMH stablemate Loewe are maintaining their Saturday menswear shows.

The French fashion and Haute Couture federation that organizes Fashion Week in Paris said it was working with state authorities to ensure the presentations run smoothly and take place “in the best possible conditions.”]]>
1/10/2019 12:32:48 PM
<![CDATA[Scientists say "mosquito birth control" drug could be ready in five years]]>
Researchers at the University of Arizona said they had discovered a protein unique to female mosquitoes which is critical for their young to hatch.

When the scientists blocked the protein, the females laid eggs with defective shells causing the embryos inside to die.

The team said developing drugs which targetted the protein could provide a way to reduce mosquito populations without harming beneficial insects such as bees.

"It's an important discovery," Roger Miesfeld, head of the university's department of chemistry and biochemistry, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

"We're certainly excited about it ... This gets around mosquito resistance and also has a much better chance of being bio-safe (than other methods)."

Mosquitoes are one of the world's deadliest animals, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which has warned that global progress against malaria is stalling.

The disease infected around 216 million people in 2016, killing 445,000 of them, predominantly babies and young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Other diseases spread by mosquitoes include Zika, Chikungunya, yellow fever, West Nile virus and dengue, which has risen 30-fold in recent decades, according to the WHO.

Miesfeld said current methods of controlling mosquitoes had been used for so long that the insects were becoming resistant.

Miesfeld said the research team was surprised to find that treated females could no longer reproduce for the rest of their two- to three-week life span.

"Once we knock down this protein she (the mosquito) no longer makes viable eggs even after multiple blood feedings so ... birth control is a great way to describe it."

He said he hoped the discovery could lead to the development of a new generation of insecticides in five years.

These could be applied to bed nets and other areas in the same way as current sprays and would be absorbed by the mosquito through her legs and body.

Miesfeld said the discovery - published in the scientific journal PLoS Biology on Tuesday - could make it easier to reduce mosquito populations during disease outbreaks, but added that the scientists did not want to eradicate the insect, which is a pollinator. "Mosquitoes are part of the ecosystem. I'm not out to get rid of mosquitoes," he said. ]]>
1/9/2019 2:56:56 PM
<![CDATA[Fairouz Cafe brings Levantine nostalgia to southern Iraq]]>
The southern Iraqi city, the home of Abdul Ameer’s father, has since Saddam was toppled in a 2003 U.S. invasion seen conflict, unrest, religious conservatism and an acute lack of jobs and services.

Abdul Ameer hopes his customers, mostly young Iraqis, can temporarily forget that and lose themselves in the Arab literature stacked on bookshelves at his cafe while they drink coffee out of cups imprinted with Fairouz’s face.

“Fairouz songs are associated with good memories. This place will bring people back to the past, to better days,” the owner said at his new Fairouz Cafe and Bookshop in central Basra.

“We learned Fairouz’s songs during school days so we associate her name with nostalgia.” Mugs picturing Fairouz, whose soothing voice emanates from car radios in Iraqi cities and throughout the Arab world, are also sold at the cafe.

The 29-year-old grew up in his mother’s homeland of Syria but fled for Basra in 2012 near the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

The conflict, which began more than seven years ago with protests against President Bashar al-Assad, has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes.
“Life in Syria became tough. Snipers and kidnappings became common. I decided to leave and find a new life in Basra,” said Abdul Ameer.


The economics graduate’s dream project - to open a cafe that emulates the Damascus cafe culture - has come to fruition, and many locals are delighted.

“What I love about this place is the library and the good service. This place is quiet and free from people who try to restrict our freedom,” said Samana Sajjad, a 23-year-old woman who works as a local radio presenter.

“After a long day, it’s a place where you can forget your worries by listening to Fairouz and reading a book.”

Located where the Euphrates and Tigris rivers merge near the Gulf, Basra was for centuries a melting pot of Arabs, Persians, Turks, Indians and Greeks who left their cultural imprint.

After Saddam was toppled, conservative Shi’ite-led parties took power in Basra, bringing with them a religiously restrictive lifestyle.

Young people in Basra took part in protests in September which turned violent, complaining of unemployment, lack of services and corruption.

Basra’s oil fields bring in the vast majority of Iraq’s oil wealth but the city suffers from power and water shortages like much of the country.

Iraq’s population is predominantly Shi’ite Muslim, and much of its society in the south is conservative, with many women wearing the black head-to-toe abaya and public mixed-gender socializing often frowned upon.

1/8/2019 7:44:55 PM
<![CDATA[US gadget love forecast to grow despite trust issues]]>
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) predicted that US retail revenue in the sector would climb to a record high $398 billion this year.

The forecast was unveiled ahead of the opening of the giant fair which from January 8-11 will showcase the newest tech in mobile computing, health, sports, automobiles, agriculture and more.

"There are so many cool things happening in the consumer electronics industry right now," said CTA vice president of market research Steve Koenig.

Trends gaining momentum, and expected to be on display on the CES show floor, included super-high resolution 8K televisions, blazingly fast 5G wireless internet, and virtual aides such as Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa woven into devices of all kinds.

CTA director of market research Lesley Rohrbaugh pointed out that "digital assistants are going into everything."

The CTA forecast revenue growth in the US for smartphones, speakers, homes and watches along with televisions, drones, "in-vehicle tech," and streaming services.

- Outlook clouded -

The upbeat outlook, however, has been tempered by concerns about trust and a simmering trade war with China which has seen President Donald Trump slap hefty tariffs on imports of tech products.

Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive of the CTA, said the dramatic drop in sales of US goods to China reported by Apple and other firms suggests potential troubles ahead.

"If China catches a cold we get the sniffles," Shapiro told AFP in an interview during the CES media preview day.

"The economies are interrelated now. It's something President Trump doesn't quite understand... President Trump's motives are appropriate but his tactics are inappropriate."

The trade event features 4,500 exhibitors across 2.75 million square feet (250,000 square meters) of exhibit space showcasing artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart homes, smart cities, sports gadgets and other cutting-edge devices. Some 182,000 trade professionals are expected.

Visitors are likely to see more dazzling TV screens, intuitive robots, a range of voice-activated devices, and folding or roll-up smartphone displays.

- Data deluge –

There will be a focus on artificial intelligence that can "personalize" a user's experience with a device or a car, or even predict what someone is seeking -- whether it's music or medical care.

But because this ecosystem is built around data, confidence has been eroded by scandals involving Facebook, Google and other guardians of private information.
"Everywhere you go, data is going to be the common denominator," Koenig said while discussing CES trends.

"We are transitioning into the Data Age; I think it is going to be a little bit like 'The Matrix'," he added, referring to the hit 1999 science fiction film.

Shapiro said he believes the industry is capable of self-regulation, but that Congress could likely act as a result of data protection scandals.

But he said the US should not follow the example of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), saying that it is "stifling innovation."

"We want to balance innovation with data collection and it should be situational," he said.

"If your car is about to hit another car, privacy is irrelevant. But if you're talking about someone's medical history, that's very important."

1/7/2019 5:09:32 PM
<![CDATA[Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion']]>
The massive influx of Portuguese man o' war jellyfish, whose stings are notoriously painful, has been described as an "invasion" by local media in the state of Queensland.

Coastguard association Surf Life Saving said a "whopping" 3,595 people had suffered painful burns after encounters with the creatures, also known as bluebottles for their transparent bluish appearance.

At least four major beaches remained closed as the organisation warned that even more jellyfish were on their way.

"A wall of bluebottles is approaching #Rainbow beach. Lifesavers are closing the beach. Please stay out of the water," read one of several warnings from Surf Life Saving.

Bluebottle stings are a frequent occurrence and it is not uncommon to hear howls of pain from changing rooms along Australia's eastern beaches during the southern hemisphere's summer.

But the sheer number of people stung in the last few days has surprised authorities.
There are usually around 10,000 cases of bluebottle stings each year on the east coast of Australia, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

The extraordinary number of stings in the last few days has occurred as strong onshore winds have come in from the north-east, bringing the creatures into contact with swimmers.

The doctors' group describes the symptoms of a sting as an "immediate sharp pain and acute inflammatory skin reaction".

"The intense skin pain can last from minutes to many hours... The sting can also cause systemic signs such as nausea, vomiting and general feeling of malaise."

Treatment includes rinsing the wound with water at 45 degrees Celsius or using icepacks.

It is less straightforward to treat stings from the fearsome Irukandji variety of jellyfish, however.

Stings from these box jellyfish -- which can be smaller than a finger nail -- can cause acute muscular pain, violent vomiting, feelings of "impending doom", hair that stands on end, strokes, heart failure and death within minutes.

State-backed broadcaster ABC reported that the number of people taken to hospital with Irukandji stings in Queensland this season is already 20, double the normal yearly average.

1/7/2019 11:50:42 AM
<![CDATA[Toxic smog shrouds Indian capital as pollution soars, govt measures fail]]>NEW DELHI,7 Jan 2019: Residents of the Indian capital of New Delhi woke on Thursday to a thick, grey smog, as pollution surged to "severe" and "emergency" levels, with authorities showing little sign of finding new solutions to the crisis.

The air quality index of the state-run Central Pollution Control Board showing the concentration of poisonous particulate matter known as PM 2.5 stood at 440, up from 430 on Wednesday, and about 12 times the U.S. government recommended level of 35.

Pollution levels hit 500 in some parts of New Delhi, with very poor visibility in some areas. Last year, the high was 450 on Dec. 23.

"Climatic conditions have contributed to the crisis, but let's admit that most steps announced in 2018 have failed miserably," said Sunil Dahiya, a senior campaigner with environmental group Greenpeace.

A sharp drop in temperatures and wind speed, combined with vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from garbage burning has boosted pollution over much of north India, including New Delhi, home to more than 20 million.

A spokesman for the federal government was not immediately available to comment.The city government refused to comment.

Both the federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal's Delhi government have not announced any measures to fight pollution this year.

Cold weather has forced some people, especially those spending the night in the open, to burn small fires to keep warm, adding to the smog.

Unfavourable weather conditions have worsened the crisis, but government measures have also failed to improve air quality in New Delhi and elsewhere.

As pollution spiked in the city in October and November, the government adopted measures ranging from a temporary ban on construction activities and garbage burning to a clampdown on polluting industrial plants, such as coal-fired power stations.

Critics say the measures were inadequate and poorly implemented, largely because of a lack of resources and political will to fight the toxic air, which has driven a spurt in patients battling pollution-related health issues.

India is home to the world's 14 most polluted cities, with Delhi the sixth worst, the World Health Organization said in a report this year.

Toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in India last year, or 12.5 percent of total deaths, a study published in Lancet Planetary Health showed this month.

"India cuts a sorry figure because of the reports from international bodies," said Dahiya. "If a country fails to give clean air to its people, agencies like the WHO and Lancet will talk about it."

1/7/2019 11:46:21 AM
<![CDATA[China kicks off month-long winter festival in northern city of Harbin]]>
“You have to start swimming from autumn so that the body can conquer the sudden icy impact on one’s cardio-vascular system,” said Yu, a Harbin resident. “The feeling of diving into the water is very cool.”

More than 300 men and women, wearing just ordinary trunks and swimsuits, on Saturday braved the bitter cold waters in the ice swimming meet, part of Harbin’s annual winter festival, among the biggest in the northern hemisphere.

Temperatures can plunge as low as 35 degrees Celsius below zero (minus 31 F) in the city in China’s Heilongjiang province.

The festival, which began on Saturday, has drawn millions of visitors from around the world every year since its inception in the early 1980s.

Highlights include sled rides on the Songhua river, mass weddings, and towering sculptures of ice and snow carved by thousands of artists and workers.

Visitors marvel at the mini ice replicas of the Colosseum and of the Milan Cathedral, particularly in the long evenings when soft, colored lights illuminate the sculptures.

The festival also attracts hordes of domestic tourists.

“The ice castles and sculptures made by workers are very impressive,” said Lin Renlong, who was visiting with his girlfriend.

“It’s like Disneyland, Disneyland in winter,” said the 22-year-old from the northern province of Hebei.]]>
1/6/2019 1:38:46 PM
<![CDATA[Tuna sells for record $3 million in auction at Tokyo's new fish market]]>
Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushizanmai chain, paid 333.6 million yen ($3.1 million) for the 278-kg (613-lb) fish caught off the coast of northern Japan’s Aomori prefecture, or double what he had paid six years ago.

“The tuna looks so tasty and very fresh, but I think I did too much,” Kimura told reporters outside the market later.

“I expected it would be between 30 million and 50 million yen, or 60 million yen at the highest, but it ended up five times more.”

Saturday’s event was the first New Year auction of the Toyosu market, after the famed Tsukiji fish market shut last year to provide temporary parking for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Kimura had held the record for top price paid for a single fish at the new year’s auction for six straight years until 2017. But last year, the owner of a different fish restaurant chain paid the highest price.

After the auction, the fish was taken to one of Sushizanmai’s branches located in the old market of Tsukiji.

Tuna is prized around the world for its use in sushi, but experts warn growing demand has made it an endangered species.]]>
1/6/2019 1:34:06 PM
<![CDATA[Masked dance tradition rises from near extinction in Cambodia]]>
Sun Rithy's father and grandfather were both performers of the Lakhon Khol masked dance, but the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge - who scorned most art as decadent - banned its study when he was a child in the 1970s.

Now 48, Sun Rithy leads one of the last Lakhon Khol troupes in Cambodia, made up of about 20 performers and students aged six to 15. For him, teaching a new generation is a matter of survival for the tradition.

"I don't want Lakhon Khol ... to go extinct," Sun Rithy told Reuters.

Lakhon Khol was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighbouring Thailand's version of the dance, known as Khon.

There are different variations in Southeast Asia, all featuring dancers wearing elaborate painted masks depicting the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic poem in which a prince rescues his wife from a demon with help from an army of monkeys.

But in Cambodia, the art form is still struggling to recover from the Khmer Rouge, under whose genocidal 1975-79 rule at least 1.7 million people, including artists, dancers and writers, died, mostly from starvation, overwork, disease, execution or torture.

"In the Khmer Rouge, I was young and they didn't teach people dance. Lakhon Khol was destroyed," said Sun Rithy, who started to learn the dance when he was 14, after the Khmer Rouge were ousted from power.

Ahead of a recent rehearsal, students stretched their legs and hands at the troupe's a newly built theatre at Wat Svay Andet, a Buddhist temple outside the capital, Phnom Penh.

Pum Pork, 49, said his 11-year-old son, Pum Meta, was attending the dance class.
"I want to have my son trained to perform so that in the future we won't lose the ancient art," he said.

Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Phoeurng Sackona, said that the dance needed immediate preservation and urged all people to get involved.

"Elderly performers are trying to preserve the dance at this Wat Svay Andet," Phoeurng Sackona told Reuters. "But it is up to young people whether they agree or not to receive knowledge from the elders."

Thailand's version of the dance has fared better than its neighbour's, but practitioners still depend on recruiting a new generation of performers.
Thailand's Khon tradition, originally centred on the royal court, is now taught by many schools and universities.

Mom Luang Pongsawad Sukhasvasti, 67, has followed his father's footstep in making Khon masks since he was 10 and still hand-fashions the masks from his home studio in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok.

Each mask takes a month to produce, from moulding the plaster to drawing the intricate details.

Pongsawad said the UNESCO listing could boost awareness.

"Teachers now must do more than teaching the dance," he said. "They need to help students understand the roots as well to preserve it."
1/4/2019 5:15:37 PM
<![CDATA[LG Egypt announces partnership with fierce game show ‘Al Abakera’]]>
- The winners will win a trip to Seoul, South Korea, supported by LG

- Al Abakera game show premiered Thursday, November 29, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education

Egypt, Cairo: In efforts to showcase its commitment towards education and innovation, LG Egypt launched its new unique corporate social responsibility initiative by partnering with Al Abakera (The Geniuses) game show, granting the winners a trip of a lifetime to Korea, for a chance to experience what the country has to offer and witness LG’s revolutionary technology.

Al Abakera, the game show with the largest money prize of any game show in the Middle East, is a reality edutainment competition between high schools and universities competing to claim the winning title, and every time a student answers a question correctly, the entire school system wins a cash prize. The show’s latest season launched in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education on Thursday, November 29 on Al Kahera Wal Nas and is set to witness fierce competition between 32 public and private schools from all governorates that are going head-to-head.

"LG is a consumer first organization, and we have an obligation to give back to society" said Don Kwack LG Egypt Managing Director. "Egypt has so many talented and promising youth which the reason behind our latest partnership with Al Abakera. This is a unique CSR approach for LG that aims at enhancing education in Egypt but also urges young minds to take part in this competition for a chance to further support their schools.”

In addition to encouraging young people to read and learn about many and different themes which contributes to their cultural and scientific capabilities, LG chose to support this program because it creates a new mechanism for students to demonstrate excitement to learn about various scientific and literary fields. In addition, there will be weekly prizes of LG products given to the audience who are watching the show.

1/3/2019 8:35:12 PM
<![CDATA[French scientists dismiss Russian claims over age of world's oldest person]]>PARIS, 3 Jan 2018: Two French scientists who validated Jeanne Calment's status as the oldest person ever to have lived, have dismissed claims by Russian researchers who say that she didn't really survive to 122.

Mathematician Nikolay Zak and gerontologist Valery Novoselov claim that Calment's daughter, Yvonne Calment, assumed her mother's identity decades earlier.

The Russians analysed photographs, official documents and interviews to produce a body of evidence they acknowledge is circumstantial. Gerentology is the scientific study of old age.

Jean-Marie Robine, one of the two French scientists who validated Calment's age, told France Inter radio late on Wednesday that the stir being caused in France by the Russians' findings was a "ridiculous controversy".

A spokesman for Guinness World Records, which registered Calment's age as a world record, said they were aware of the Russians' claims.

"Extensive research is performed for every oldest person record title we verify, which is led by experts in the gerontology field and they have been notified of the current situation," a spokesman said.

In a paper for the Moscow Center For Continuous Mathematical Education, Zak cites discrepancies between the colour of Jeanne Calment's eyes, her height and the shape of her forehead in a copy of a 1930s identity card and in her appearance later in life.

"I do not have cast-iron proof," Zak told Reuters on a snow-blanketed street in Moscow.
"I reviewed the whole situation. There are lots of small pieces of evidence."

The second French scientist who validated Calment's age, gerontologist Michel Allard, acknowledged that even if far-fetched, the Russians' conclusions should be given consideration, although he rejected their suggestions of discrepancies between early images of Calment and her appearance in later life.

"In the last years of Jeanne Calment's life, I saw so many transformations of her physiognomy," he told France Inter.

Jeanne Calment was born on Feb 21, 1875, more than a decade before the Eiffel Tower was built and a year before Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.

She married a distant wealthy cousin and outlived her daughter Yvonne -- who died of pneumonia in the early 1930s according to official documents -- her husband and a grandson before passing away in Arles, southern France, on Aug 4, 1997.

1/3/2019 6:22:57 PM
<![CDATA[Apple cuts outlook, sees 'challenges' in China, emerging markets]]>
The rare revenue warnings from Apple suggested weaker-than-anticipated sales of iPhones and other gadgetry, in part because of trade frictions between Washington and Beijing.

Apple shares slid some 7.6 percent in after-hours trade on the news.

The company slashed its revenue guidance for the first fiscal quarter of 2019, ended December 29, to $84 billion -- sharply lower than analyst forecasts averaging $91 billion.

"While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a letter to investors.

"We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the United States."

Apple is the target of nationalist sentiment over the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at the behest of the United States on alleged Iran sanctions violations.

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada on December 1 on a US extradition request linked to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran.

The Chinese government has condemned the arrest and demanded her release.

Some Chinese netizens and companies have also turned against Apple.

Several companies have offered employees subsidies for Huawei phone purchases, while others have even warned staff against buying Apple products.

"When the US went after the Huawei founder's daughter, the Chinese government made Apple the target of the day, so sales should be way off," independent technology analyst Rob Enderle told AFP.

"This is more political than it is Apple execution."

Nationalistic sentiment was likely intensified by Apple apparently ignoring a Chinese court-ordered ban on iPhone sales in a case involving US chipmaker Qualcomm, according to the analyst.

Qualcomm, which requested the ban, said last month that the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court ordered four Apple subsidiaries to stop selling older models of the iPhone, including the 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus.

But Apple stores contacted by AFP in Beijing, Shanghai and Fuzhou in early December said they were still selling those older models -- confirming a company statement that all remain available.

"It looks like Apple is flouting Chinese law, which helps promote a boycott," Endlerle said.

- Timing off -

Apple breaks down its revenues into a "Greater China" that includes the People's Republic of China as well as Taiwan.

Cook said other factors will also pull down Apple's revenue, including the timing of its iPhone launches last year and a strong dollar that means lower revenues when converted to US currency.

Apple also cited supply "constraints" for some products, including its latest Apple Watch and iPad Pro.

The update suggested a disappointing figure for iPhone sales, the key driver of revenue and profit for the California tech giant.

"While Greater China and other emerging markets accounted for the vast majority of the year-over-year iPhone revenue decline, in some developed markets, iPhone upgrades also were not as strong as we thought they would be," the statement said.

"While macroeconomic challenges in some markets were a key contributor to this trend, we believe there are other factors broadly impacting our iPhone performance, including consumers adapting to a world with fewer carrier subsidies, US dollar strength-related price increases and some customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements."

Apple has been seeking to diversify its revenue stream in the face of a largely saturated global smartphone market, with new products and services.

Cook said there were some bright spots for Apple in some parts of the world and that the company expects "all-time revenue records in several developed countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and (South) Korea."

He added that Apple was performing well in a few emerging markets and could see record revenues in Malaysia, Mexico, Poland and Vietnam.]]>
1/3/2019 5:17:07 PM
<![CDATA[NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman']]>
The first detailed images beamed back from the US agency's New Horizons mission allowed scientists to confidently determine the body was formed when two spheres, or "lobes," slowly gravitated towards each other until they stuck together -- a major scientific discovery.

The New Horizons spacecraft on Tuesday flew past Ultima Thule, which was discovered via telescope in 2014 and is the farthest and potentially oldest cosmic body ever observed by a spacecraft.

Before that flyby, the only image scientists had was a blurry one showing Ultima Thule's oblong shape, resembling something like a bowling pin or a peanut.

"That image is so 2018... Meet Ultima Thule!" said lead investigator Alan Stern, doing little to hide his joy as he revealed a new sharper image of the cosmic body, taken at a distance as close as 17,000 miles (about 27,000 kilometers) with a resolution of 140 meters per pixel.

"That bowling pin is gone -- it's a snowman if anything at all," Stern said during a NASA briefing.

"What this spacecraft and this team accomplished is unprecedented."

Ultima Thule's surface reflects light about as much as "garden variety dirt," he said, as the sun's rays are 1,600 times fainter there than on Earth.

The body is roughly 19 miles long and completes its own rotation in about 15 hours. NASA dubbed the larger lobe Ultima, and the other, which is about three times smaller, Thule.

"This is the first object that we can clearly tell was born this way" Stern said, instead of evolving as a sort of "bi-lobe."

"This really puts the nail on the coffin now. We know that this is how these kinds of objects in many cases form."

- 'A time machine' -

Some 4.5 billion years ago a cloud of frozen pebbles began to join forces, gradually forming two bodies -- Ultima and Thule.

Slowing turning, they eventually touched at each other at what mission geology manager Jeff Moore called an "extremely slow speed" -- maybe just one to a few miles per hour.

If such a meeting occurred between two cars in a parking lot, he said, no driver would bother writing it up. The lobes, according to Moore, are really just "resting on each other."

"New Horizons is like a time machine, taking us back to the birth of the solar system," Moore said. "We are seeing a physical representation of the beginning of planetary formation, frozen in time."

Carly Howett, another researcher of the mission, noted that "we can definitely say that Ultima Thule is red," perhaps due to irradiation of ice.

NASA researchers promised fresh announcements would drop Thursday, including on the composition and atmosphere of Ultima Thule, as new images with even more precise resolution have come through.]]>
1/3/2019 5:07:45 PM
<![CDATA[NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission]]>
The body is farther from Earth than any other that has had such a close encounter with a NASA probe, scientists believe.

The New Horizons probe was slated to reach the "third zone" in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt at 12:33 a.m. Eastern. Scientists will not have confirmation of its successful arrival until the probe communicates its whereabouts through NASA's Deep Space Network at 10:28 a.m. Eastern, about 10 hours later.

Once it enters the peripheral layer of the belt, containing icy bodies and leftover fragments from the solar system's creation, the probe will get its first close-up glance of Ultima Thule, a cool mass shaped like a giant peanut, using seven on-board instruments.

Scientists had not discovered Ultima Thule when the probe was launched, according to NASA, making the mission unique in that respect. In 2014, astronomers found Thule using the Hubble Space Telescope and selected it for New Horizon's extended mission in 2015.

"Anything's possible out there in this very unknown region," John Spencer, deputy project scientist for New Horizons, told reporters on Monday at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland.

Launched in January 2006, New Horizons embarked on a 4 billion mile journey toward the solar system's frigid edge to study the dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons.

During a 2015 fly-by, the probe found Pluto to be slightly larger than previously thought. In March, it revealed that methane-rich dunes were on the icy dwarf planet's surface.

After trekking 1 billion miles beyond Pluto into the Kuiper Belt, New Horizons will now seek clues about the formation of the solar system and its planets.

As the probe flies 2,200 miles (3,500 km) above Thule's surface, scientists hope it will detect the chemical composition of its atmosphere and terrain in what NASA says will be the closest observation of a body so remote.

"We are straining the capabilities of this spacecraft, and by tomorrow we'll know how we did," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern said during the news conference at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. "There are no second chances for New Horizons."

While the mission marks the farthest close-encounter of an object within our solar system, NASA's Voyager 1 and 2, a pair of deep space probes launched in 1977, have reached greater distances on a mission to survey extrasolar bodies. Both probes are still operational.]]>
1/3/2019 1:11:33 PM
<![CDATA["Why don't you die?": Australian's fight with a spider sparks police call]]>
A neighbour was walking past a house in the west coast city of Perth on Wednesday when they heard a man repeatedly yelling "why don't you die?" and a toddler screaming. The neighbour then called the police emergency number, according to media reports.

"Multiple police units responded (with) lights and sirens," the reports said, quoting from a Twitter post that appeared to have been posted by police in Wanneroo, just to the north of Perth. The post has since been deleted.

The tweet showed what appeared to be a law enforcement communication log that included the initial emergency call, followed by an update 15 minutes later that said "police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders)".

The log said the man "apologised for inconvenience to police" and that there were "no injuries sighted (except to spider)" and "no further police involvement required".

The reports did not identify the man, or the type of spider.

An out-of-hours call from Reuters to the Western Australia state police's administration number went unanswered.

Australia has one of the world's highest populations of spiders, compared to people, and biologists have said a southern hemisphere summer heatwave has raised the likelihood of finding arachnids in buildings.]]>
1/3/2019 1:07:42 PM
<![CDATA['We have a healthy spacecraft': NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world]]>
A series of anxiously awaited "phone home" signals arrived after 10:30 am (1530 GMT), indicating that the spacecraft had made it, intact, through the risky, high-speed encounter.

"We have a healthy spacecraft," said mission operations manager Alice Bowman, as cheers erupted in the control rooms at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland.

About 10 hours earlier, NASA celebrated the New Year's flyby, as mission managers -- alongside kids dressed in space costumes -- blew party horns to mark the moment at 12:33 am (0533 GMT) when the New Horizons spacecraft aimed its cameras at the space rock four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away in a dark and frigid region of space known as the Kuiper Belt.

More images and data will start arriving later Tuesday, offering scientists the first up-close look at an ancient building block of planets, Bowman said.

The flyby took place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, which was until now the most faraway world ever visited up close by a spacecraft.

Hurtling through space at a speed of 32,000 miles per hour, the spacecraft made its closest approach within 2,200 miles of the surface of Ultima Thule.

"This is a night none of us are going to forget," said Queen guitarist Brian May -- who also holds an advanced degree in astrophysics -- and who recorded a solo track to honor the spacecraft and its spirit of exploration.

Lead planetary scientist for New Horizons, Alan Stern, said Ultima Thule is unique because it is a relic from the early days of the solar system and could provide answers about the origins of other planets.

"The object is in such a deep freeze that it is perfectly preserved from its original formation," he said.

"Everything we are going to learn about Ultima -- from its composition to its geology to how it was originally assembled, whether it has satellites and an atmosphere and those kinds of things -- are going to teach us about the original formation conditions of objects in the solar system."

Scientists are not sure exactly what Ultima Thule (pronounced TOO-lee) looks like -- whether it is cratered or smooth, or even if it is a single object or a cluster.

But a new, though still blurry image released Tuesday showed its oblong shape resembles something like a bowling pin or a peanut, and its dimensions are about 22 miles long and nine miles wide (35 by 15 kilometers).

Stern said his bet is that the object is a single body, not two pieces orbiting each other, but he would wait until more, clearer images arrive Wednesday to say for sure.

The highest resolution images are expected in February, Stern said.

Ultima Thule was discovered in 2014 with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Scientists decided to study Ultima Thule with New Horizons after the spaceship, which launched in 2006, completed its main mission of flying by Pluto in 2015, returning the most detailed images ever taken of the dwarf planet.

Stern said the goal was to take images of Ultima that are three times the resolution the team had for Pluto.

- Frontier of planetary science -

Ultima Thule is named for a mythical, far-northern island in medieval literature and cartography, according to NASA.

Project scientist Hal Weaver of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory said humans didn't even know the Kuiper Belt -- a vast ring of relics from the formation days of the solar system -- existed until the 1990s.

"This is the frontier of planetary science," said Weaver.

Another NASA spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, also set a new record on Monday by entering orbit around the asteroid Bennu, the smallest cosmic object -- about 1,600 feet (500 meters) in diameter -- ever circled by a spacecraft.

NASA said the orbit some 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away marks "a leap for humankind" because no spacecraft has ever "circled so close to such a small space object -- one with barely enough gravity to keep a vehicle in a stable orbit."

The twin planetary feats coincided with the 50th anniversary of the first time humans ever explored another world, when US astronauts orbited the Moon aboard Apollo 8 in December, 1968.

"As you celebrate New Year's Day, cast an eye upward and think for a moment about the amazing things our country and our species can do when we set our minds to it," Stern wrote in the New York Times on Monday.]]>
1/2/2019 3:07:41 PM
<![CDATA[Hogmanay lights up Scotland with fireworks and Franz Ferdinand]]>
A whiskey-fueled street party was due to be attended by tens of thousands of people in the main Princes Street thoroughfare before a concert by Glasgow indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand and a firework display.

“Hogmanay” is the Scots word for “last day of the year” and its origins stretch back to celebrations of the winter solstice by the Vikings in late December.

The partying in Edinburgh this year began on Sunday with a torch-lit procession through the city and was due to end on New Year’s Day on Tuesday with a “loony dook” — or “crazy dip” — in the River Forth beneath its three famous bridges.]]>
1/2/2019 2:44:21 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Pyramids, Sphinx lighted with colors on New Year's Eve]]>
Egypt's Company for Sound, Light and Tourism Development held a New Year Celebration at the Pyramids amid tightened security measures, lighting up the Pyramids and Sphinx with many spectacular colors.

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Many gather around the Pyramids and the Sphinx lighted with many colors to celebrate the New Year's Eve-Ahmed Maarouf/Egypt Today

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Many gather around the Pyramids and the Sphinx lighted with many colors to celebrate the New Year's Eve-Ahmed Maarouf/Egypt Today

Many people gathered at the Pyramids to watch the magnificent Sound and Light shows before the end of 2018.

The Sound and Light shows are presented at the renowned Pyramids of Giza, using state-of-the art lighting and laser shows to visualize and bring to life the mysteries of the Pharaonic civilization.

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Many gather around the Pyramids and the Sphinx lighted with many colors to celebrate the New Year's Eve-Ahmed Maarouf/Egypt Today

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Many gather around the Pyramids and the Sphinx lighted with many colors to celebrate the New Year's Eve-Ahmed Maarouf/Egypt Today

Commenting on the celebrations, Managing Director at Egypt's Sound, Light and Tourism Development Company Sameh Saad remarked that the company organizes every New Year's Eve a big celebration.

Saad referred that the last year the company hosted DJ David Paparusso, better known as David Vendetta, and violinist Marcelo during the celebrations.

He added that the celebrations encourage cultural and entertainment tourism amid an atmosphere of stability, especially that it had been held at the Pyramids, Luxor and Aswan.

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Many gather around the Pyramids and the Sphinx lighted with many colors to celebrate the New Year's Eve-Ahmed Maarouf/Egypt Today

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Many gather around the Pyramids and the Sphinx lighted with many colors to celebrate the New Year's Eve-Ahmed Maarouf/Egypt Today

1/1/2019 2:07:07 PM
<![CDATA[Thousands brave rain in New York's Times Square to welcome 2019]]>
For the multitudes who gathered in the famed midtown Manhattan crossroads, the thrilling moment was reward for enduring hours of standing in a steady downpour during the waning hours of 2018.

Revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Helping to keep spirits high was a slate of performers including Christina Aguilera, New Kids on the Block and Sting who entertained the resilient crowd. Many donned plastic rain ponchos and sported colorful, oversized top hats handed out by organizers.

"It was a bucket-list thing," said Daniela Ramous, a 34-year-old sales manager from McAllen, Texas. "You grow up watching it on TV, you see all the excitement. There's something magical about New York during this time of year."

A hat is seen as revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Injecting a somber note into the festivities, the Times Square Alliance, the business association that organizes the event, paid a special tribute to freedom of the press, after a year in which journalists came under attack around the world, including in the United States.

A minute before midnight, an invited group of journalists from ABC News, NBC News, the Washington Post, Reuters and other outlets joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in pushing the button that initiates the glittering ball's drop.

Visitors had begun gathering inside penned-off enclosures in the morning, starting an hours-long marathon of standing in one place, with no access to public restrooms.

Belying the idea that New Yorkers themselves eschew the Times Square festivities, Eskie Garcia, a 59-year-old city worker living in Brooklyn, said she has come every year for about a decade.

"You have to come here in person," she said before applying lipstick and asking a stranger to take her picture on her cellphone. "Especially when you live by yourself. You come, you meet people."


Janette Masson, 29, said she preferred this year's rain to last year's bone-chilling cold. Masson, who works in retail in Boston, had been in her pen since 9.30 a.m., eating granola bars for lunch and dinner.

"I can deal with it," said Masson's 61-year-old mother, Judy Masson, as she stood in the rain with many hours of waiting still to come. "You make the best of a bad thing."

NYPD police officers are seen after revelers left Times Square following New Year celebrations in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Umbrellas were banned as part of the tight security plan, reflecting concern over the possibility of random attacks. Plastic ponchos were allowed, with street vendors selling them for $5 on nearby avenues.

The Werline family from San Antonio, Texas, parlayed a connection with a friend who works at the Hard Rock Cafe into a coveted dry spot. Even though they did not have tickets for the private party inside, they had been permitted to stand under the attraction's deep awning.

"Thank God we know someone," Tammy Werline, 49, said as rain cascaded off the awning's edge and people in suits and cocktail dresses buzzed in and out of the restaurant, almost directly below the glowing ball.

The tradition of watching a giant ball drop from a pole on top of the narrow building at the head of Times Square in midtown Manhattan began in 1907.

The ball in current use - a glittering, LED-studded sphere made by Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting - made its debut in 2008. Weighing 11,875 pounds (5,386 kg) and measuring 12 feet (3.7 meters) in diameter, it sits year-round on the roof of One Times Square, the one-time headquarters of the New York Times.


As in years past, the New York Police Department screened people entering the corrals, deployed sharpshooters on rooftops and used radiation detectors throughout the event.

It also had planned to use an aerial drone for the first time to monitor the crowds, but canceled the effort on Monday evening given the wind and rain.

Revelers celebrate the New Year in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

The organizers chose to honor press freedom and the contribution of journalists partly because of the deadly hostility that some reporters have faced this year.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi columnist for the Washington Post and U.S. resident, was killed inside a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. In June, a gunman shot dead five employees of The Capital, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

This month also marked the first anniversary of the imprisonment in Myanmar of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for investigating how the country's security forces killed members of its Muslim Rohingya minority.
1/1/2019 12:50:49 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Christmas in Nubia]]>
Egypt Today took a tour in Nubia during this time of year and attended a couple of these events.

Amid fabulous nature and surrounded by the Nile and mountains, Nubia offers a special kind of enjoyment in its celebrations.

“Here we like to be surrounded by a lot of colors, music, simplicity and joy all the time,” Waleed al-Bob, one of the Nubians told Egypt Today. He added that the Nubian people's traditions cannot be separated from Egypt’s nature. "We don’t like the capital’s noise, rapid rhythm or technology. This is our little secret that attracts tourists from all over the world,” he said.

“Our homes are primitive; we prefer to stay this way. Also, the houses are not very high, a maximum of two floors and built of mud brick. We enjoy a simple life and depend mainly on agriculture and tourism,” Bob continued.

In pics: et reviews; Beauty of Nubian culture

CAIRO - 5 April 2018: From the first step into the Nubian Village, one feels comfortable and cheerful; the houses are decorated with beautiful, simple colors that are comfortable for the eyes. The Nubian civilization is undoubtedly an ancient civilization.

Abdel Fattah Hassan, head of the General Nubian Union, told Egypt Today that the consequences of January 25 revolution in 2011 led Nubians to think of different ways to survive. “The political events affected everything and we had to come up with new ideas to revive tourism. We thought of using nature around us and, by time, we found positive results, and tourists started to come back. The rates improved by the day,” Hassan said.

Regarding the Christmas celebrations, Hassan said that Nubians always update their programs for tourists especially during important events and holidays, such as Christmas. “We mix the celebrations with our traditions and offer a variety of choices for tourists to enjoy their holiday in Egypt,” Hassan added.

Ahmed Sahmpo, another Nubian who spoke to Egypt Today, affirmed that the Nubians' message has always been the same and never changed. “It’s about spreading peace, joy and love for everyone; this is who we are, and what our culture is all about,” he concluded.

Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today

Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today

Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today

Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today
12/31/2018 10:19:29 AM
<![CDATA[New Year's Eve party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom]]>
Two attacks in particular weighed on organizers as they discussed in autumn whom to give the honor of initiating the ceremonial ball drop just before midnight, according to Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.

One was the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi columnist for the Washington Post and U.S. resident, inside a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. The other was the mass shooting in June in the newsroom of The Capital, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, in which five employees were killed.

"Throughout the year it's been a big issue," Tompkins said in an interview. "Times Square itself is the ultimate agora and public space," noting that the area was named after the New York Times, and that it was a Times publisher, Adolf Ochs, who began the tradition of the ball drop in 1907.

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the Times Square Alliance approached his group because of "the perception that the journalism and journalists in particular are under threat and their role is being questioned."

Simon, who said he usually spends New Year's Eve playing Scrabble with his wife in New Hampshire's White Mountains, will be in the spotlight at the Times Square festivities, joining Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch the ball drop a minute before midnight.

Simon will be joined onstage by an array of journalists from U.S. and international news outlets. The names were still being finalized on Friday, the Times Square Alliance said.

The button-pressing honor has in previous years gone to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, an Iraq War veteran, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the singer Lady Gaga.

The Times Square Alliance contacted Simon in November, Simon said, several weeks before Time magazine would devote their annual "Person of the Year" issue to several prominent journalists who have faced attacks and hostility.

Among those journalists were Khashoggi, and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar for investigating how the country's security forces killed members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority.

U.S. President Donald Trump has become a vociferous critic of parts of the press, routinely chiding reporters and outlets he views as publishing "fake news," calling them "the enemy of the people."

Simon said this was in the background of his discussions with the Times Square Alliance.

"Unavoidably, Trump was the subtext, but not front and center," he said. "We wanted to have a unifying message." ]]>
12/29/2018 3:08:58 PM
<![CDATA[A magical destination for a fairytale wedding]]>
Lucky couples can choose from one of a number of beautifully designed ballrooms which can accommodate up to 2,500 guests and which feature customizable partitions, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipmentto guarantee the event will long be the talk of town.

There is a dazzling array of choices on offer when it comes to wedding venue, cuisine, décor and entertainment. Professional consultants and teams are on hand to help lucky couples to customize the smallest of details so your dream wedding can come true.

The venue’s stunning, modern décor, glass ceiling and surrounding green landscapes make it an ideal spot for once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.

Hilton Cairo Heliopolis masters every detail of special occasions, from customized catering options to romantic twinkling lights. If you’re looking for the perfect beginning of a life “happily ever after,” the hotel’s ambience is a gem, truly unlike any other, whether it’s when taking beautiful wedding photos in the hotel gardens or dancing the night away under the stars.

To ensure maximum privacy during the treasured preparation moments ahead of your wedding party, couples can enjoy the exclusivity and elegance of a bridal suite.

The hotel’s well-trained hospitality team will guarantee a fairytale experience, with every single detail professionally and capably taken care of. Staff can be relied on to attend to every detail and every request to ensure your dream wedding is the talk of the town.

Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Hotel boasts 18 different restaurants and snackbars, from East Asian specialties at Lan Tania’s open kitchen to Italian cuisine at Leonardo’s to traditional English dishes served at Darts, the sports bar. Hailing from all over the world, the hotel’s native chefs have perfected the art of their respective cuisines, bringing diners an authentic taste of their international gastronomic delicacies. And with only the best and freshest of ingredients, it’s no wonder guests will find a vast array of sumptuous varieties to choose from at every one of their dining venues.

Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Hotel is a brief 5 km drive from Cairo International Airport. Heliopolis is a great choice for travelers interested in history, culture, and meeting friendly locals.
12/27/2018 4:24:52 PM
<![CDATA[American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica]]>
Colin O'Brady, 33, took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) crossing of the frozen continent from coast to coast.

In an Instagram post, he explained his journey ended upon crossing the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf: the point where Antarctica's land mass ends. It lies at the head of Ross Sea, a deep bay of the Southern Ocean.

"I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided," O'Brady wrote in an Instagram post after covering the final 77.5 miles in 32 hours.

"While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced," he wrote.

"I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I'm delirious writing this as I haven't slept yet."

His voyage was tracked by GPS, and live updates of the trip were provided daily on his website colinobrady.com.

O'Brady and an Englishman, army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, set off individually on November 3 from Union Glacier in a bid to be the first to complete a solo, unassisted crossing of Antarctica.

In 1996-97, a Norwegian polar explorer, Borge Ousland, made the first solo crossing of Antarctica but he was wind-aided by kites on his voyage.

- Finishing 'in one go' -

O'Brady and Rudd set off on cross-country skis dragging sleds called pulks which weighed nearly 400 pounds (180 kilograms).

O'Brady reached the South Pole on December 12, the 40th day of his journey.

He arrived at the finish point on the Ross Ice Shelf on the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday after covering a total of 921 miles.

Rudd is about a day or two behind.

O'Brady said he made the decision over breakfast to finish his journey in one continuous push -- which he dubbed an "Antarctica Ultramarathon."

"As I was boiling water for my morning oatmeal, a seemingly impossible question popped into my head," O'Brady wrote on Instagram. "I wonder, would (it) be possible to do one straight continuous push all the way to the end?

"By the time I was lacing up my boots the impossible plan had become a solidified goal," he said. "I'm going to push on and try to finish all 80 miles to the end in one go."

The New York Times described O'Brady's effort as among the "most remarkable feats in polar history," ranking alongside the 1911 "Race to the South Pole" between Norway's Roald Amundsen and England's Robert Falcon Scott.

"To complete the final 77.54 miles in one shot -- essentially tacking an ultra marathon onto the 53rd day of an already unprecedented journey -- set an even higher bar for anyone who tries to surpass it," the Times wrote.

In 2016, an English army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, died while trying to complete an unassisted solo crossing of Antarctica.]]>
12/27/2018 3:00:06 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese bakers with special needs master German rye, Stollen]]>BURJ AL SHAMALI, Lebanon - 26 December 2018: When Ali Kerdi, who has impaired speech and hearing, was a teenager, he would look on curiously as his mother kneaded and baked their homemade bread.

Years later, he would do the same as he worked as a cleaner at a centre in southern Lebanon where people with special needs were being taught how to make German bread.

Now, at 35, Kerdi is in charge, running the bakery with two other special needs employees.

“First, they wanted to teach me sewing, then carpentry, then I was running errands. But I would watch them as I worked. If I touched the dough, they would tell me to go away,” said Kerdi, who never gave up on his dream of learning to bake.

On a rainy day in December, Kerdi and his team were busy making Stollen, rye bread with fruits and nuts that is a Christmas staple in Germany.

The bakery, on the ground floor of the Mosan centre for special needs students, began operating in 2003 after a German charity - Bread Against Misery - donated second-hand baking equipment from Germany.

Three German bakers came for three months to teach the staff how to operate the equipment and the principles of making bread the German way.

Kerdi now trains a group of students on how to make a variety of German breads that were previously alien to their area of southern Lebanon.

“The main aim of the project was to train them how to make bread, it was not to open a business,” said Ali Charafeddine, director of the Mosan centre, which currently has 175 special needs students.

But the bakery has become popular among locals and expatriates - even including some U.N. peacekeepers - and its bread and biscuit products are neatly stacked outside for sale.

The bakery provides a taste of home for Maria, a foreigner who has been living in Lebanon for seven years.

“This bread is baked in my country, it tastes like from my home. It’s very nice,” she said, adding that she will not be going home to Belarus for Christmas this year.

Kerdi says his journey towards running the bakery has been a special source of pride because his income supports his family.

“People were surprised that I was baking. It was the first time they saw this kind of bread. Now they know me as the one who learned here and then became the boss,” he said as he showed a student how to fold a pretzel.

12/26/2018 12:44:26 PM
<![CDATA[Hilton Welcomes 2019 with a Positive Outlook and an Ambitious Plan]]>
Mohab Ghali, Vice President of Operations, Egypt and North Africa, was in attendance to welcome the media, along with other senior Hilton officials from Egypt’s Team Members.

During the gala, attendees were mesmerized by the amazing set-up, sensational entertainment and delectable menu prepared by Heliopolis Towers Hotel’s world-class chefs. It was also announced during the celebrations that 2019 marks Hilton’s centennial; with remarkable festivities set to take place across Hilton hotels around the globe to celebrate 100 years of the positive, hospitality-altering impact that is the “Hilton Effect”.

As for its presence in Egypt, Hilton has been leading the sector locally for the past 60 years, with world-class hotels and resorts available across the country. Hilton currently operates 17 properties across Egypt, with ambitious plans to expand to 26 properties by 2022; diversified among cities and resort areas.

Hilton is one of the largest international hotel brands in the country, operating and developing five of its brands in Egypt including: Conrad, Hilton Garden Inn, Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.





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12/25/2018 3:45:32 PM
<![CDATA[How to make Egyptian golden 'Lentil Soup']]>CAIRO – 24 December 2018: A beloved traditional soup that is usually consumed in winter times in Egypt. It is deemend one of the simplest and most enjoyable way to eat lentils is by serving it “golden Egyptian Lentil Soup” style.


*The following ingredients can serve up two four people:

- 3 cups water
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 roma tomato, quartered
- 1 carrot, quartered
- 2 small onions, quartered
- 1 potato, quartered (Optional)
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
- 1/4 cube chicken bouillon
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander


- Place 3 cups water, lentils, tomato, carrot, onion, garlic, and chicken bouillon in a stockpot over medium heat; cook until vegetables and lentils are softened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.

-Blend vegetable and lentil mixture with an immersion blender until smooth (or until it reaches your preferred texture).

*You can puree the soup, in batches, in a blender OR you can use an immersion blender and blend to desired texture.

- Stir 1 cup water, cumin, sea salt, pepper, and coriander into soup; heat over medium heat until warmed.

*Optional: Add in lemon juice to add an extra taste, and try eating your dish with some side fresh onions.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 196 calories; 0.9 g fat; 34.3 g carbohydrates; 13.3 g protein; < 1 mg cholesterol; 316 mg sodium.

12/24/2018 11:42:16 AM
<![CDATA[Singapore's 'freegans' find treasure in trash]]>CAIRO – 23 December 2018: A new movement in Singapore that seeks to reduce the amount of consumer waste in the affluent city-state is scavenging for unwanted goods, some in near-mint condition, that migrant workers can send home for the holidays.

“Freegans”, broadly defined as people committed to cutting wasteful production and consumption, have connected with thousands of foreign laborers from lower-income countries, many of whom cannot afford the products sold in the city’s shiny shopping malls.

In Singapore, the luxurious backdrop for the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, what passes as trash for one household ends up in a shipping container on its way to the home country of a migrant worker.

“We should give whatever we have in excess to the poor instead of throwing it away,” said Colin Lau, a member of the “Freegan in Singapore” Facebook group whose 6,500 members includes Singaporeans and foreigners.

Some members like Lau search dumpsters and rubbish bins, retrieving discarded items and re-using them or sharing with others in an effort to save money and the environment.

Singapore’s waste is incinerated or shipped to its only landfill on a nearby man-made island. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has estimated that the landfill could reach capacity by 2035, a decade earlier than initially projected.

The freegans often post photos of their discoveries, including barely-worn clothing, jewelery, electronics and luxury goods such as handbags. They also share items with migrant workers at weekly giveaways.

At one such gathering before the year-end holidays, freegans held a lucky draw for discarded luxury items and electronics.

Glendrose Gorriceta, a 45-year-old domestic worker from the Philippines, screamed triumphantly after receiving a Louis Vuitton handbag at her first giveaway.

Other secondhand items in the lucky draw included a Coach handbag and a set of Sony speakers, both in excellent condition.

Virginia Andrade, 52, said this year she was able to send home two television sets, a laptop for her son, and two wheelchairs for her mother and sister who are unable to walk after suffering strokes.

“Since I have started sending things back we don’t have to buy clothes anymore and we use money for food and school fees instead,” Andrade said.

“I’ve told my family that the items they receive are donated and some are from the dumpster. They are so thankful to Colin and his friends,” she added.

12/23/2018 3:05:35 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion designer Raf Simons to leave Calvin Klein]]>
"Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after Calvin Klein, Inc. decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons' creative vision," the company said in a statement.

The arrival of Simons in New York in August 2016 after four years at Dior caused a sensation: he had the title of chief creative officer, with vast powers to revitalize the American brand, which relied on him to boost the profits of its high-end collection.

But there has been speculation since November about his potential departure, after an official from PVH apportioned him some of the blame for declining sales.

PVH did not specify when Simons would leave, but according to The New York Times, his departure is immediate even though his contract expires in less than six months.

No details have been given as to who will replace him or what he will do after his departure.

During his short stint at Calvin Klein, Simons garnered praise from the fashion world for his innovative collections, and he has received three awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.]]>
12/22/2018 3:00:28 PM
<![CDATA[Don't fall in love on Facebook, jailed Indian warns]]>
Hamid Nehal Ansari illegally entered Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012 to meet a woman he had fallen for on the social media network.

But Pakistani police were waiting for him at the woman's house and arrested him on the spot. The engineer was later jailed for spying and forging documents.

"Do not be emotional about strangers and don't fall in love on social media including Facebook," Ansari told AFP three days after being released and returning to India.

Local media showed Ansari hugging his mother and bowing to touch his head to the ground after crossing over to India at an overland border on Tuesday.

"Getting deported was the happiest moment of my life," the 33-year-old later said by phone from his home in Mumbai.

"(Now I will) start a business, get married and work on building back my life. No more social for me," Ansari said.

Arch-rivals Pakistan and India have fought three major wars since independence from Britain in 1947. They routinely arrest each other's citizens on spying charges.]]>
12/21/2018 2:55:28 PM
<![CDATA[Stop taking ‘pictures’ and start taking photographs with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s Leica Wide Angle Lens]]>
Ordinary life scenarios will, with time, begin to look enchanting. This is both the skill and life lesson learned from photography – seeing the art in everything. But diving into this magical world takes resources.

You will need a professional camera, editing programs, and courses to teach you how to use those two – which can be pricey and discouraging to those who can’t afford it. But good things come to those who wait, and now real photography has become accessible with the famous HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s. This remarkable smartphone is taking professional photography mainstream. Integrating an incredible triple camera with a Wide Angle Lens, developed by Leica (the renowned professional premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products) this smartphone’s camera means business. So let’s discover how you can become the next great photographer with this incredible Leica Wide Angle Lens.

Artistically wider shots

Let’s take a closer look at the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s camera system to understand it better. The Matrix System arrangement on the back of the phone consists of the Leica Triple camera and a flash. There is a primary camera of a whopping 40MP, an 8MP telephoto camera and, on the bottom right is the 20MP camera integrating the Leica Wide Angle Lens – which is activated by choosing 0.6x on the lens icon located at the mid-left of the screen or by dragging the icon itself down.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s Leica Wide Angle Lens is a game-changer for your photography journey as it will enable you to take uncropped, uninterrupted large landscapes in one shot, both vertically and horizontally. Whether you are trying to fit an entire bridge, a skyscraper, a huge monuments like the Pyramids of Giza or just a large group of individuals in one shot – it will be possible and will look picturesque. This works just as well for indoors photography, as narrow spaces will seem a lot vaster.

Photographs taken in cars and small rooms will give off a sense of spaciousness, making photographs visually pleasing. This type of photography was previously only possible with professional cameras, limiting curious amateurs, fortunately it is now accessible to all, empowering young artists tremendously and enabling them to discover their potential.

Taken with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro by Talal Berkdar, nominated by Hamdan International Photography Awards (HIPA)

Detailed close up shots

Extreme close-up shots – also known as Macro photography – was another previously inaccessible feature made possible with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro. Historically, smartphones have been ill-fitted for Macro photography because the distance between the lens and the object often exceeds the minimum focal distance. With the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro you can now shoot objects as close as 2.5cm, revealing details that are invisible to the of the human eye. This opens the door to a new range of photography, one that unveils the mysteries of everything that surrounds us. Shoot the details on plant leaves or those on insects and end up with exceptionally clear and interesting images.

The integration of the Leica Wide Angle Lens into the HUAWEI mate 20 Pro is revolutionizing the way we see view smartphone photography. It is opening the door to new levels of creativity and shaping new talents by helping them unlock their potential. Art is accessible and up for grabs – but who ever thought it could fit right in your smarpthone?

Taken with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro by Hessa Falaknaz, nominated by Hamdan International Photography Awards (HIPA)
12/20/2018 6:32:49 PM
<![CDATA[100 years ago, airmail took flight]]>
It was the beginning of an adventure which would soon see pioneering pilots from the company, best known as Aeropostale, delivering letters to Morocco, Senegal in Africa and later to Latin America.

The plan for a regular airmail service was dreamt up in the last months of World War I by visionary captain of industry, Pierre-Georges Latecoere.

If it were to work, he would have to build more efficient planes at his Toulouse factory.

It seemed sheer madness in an era when pilots navigated by sight, without sophisticated onboard instruments, and did not even have sealed cockpits, their heads open to the elements.

"I've redone all the calculations, they confirm the opinion of specialists. Our idea is unachievable," Latecoere said.

"There is only one thing left for us to do, that is to carry it out."

- 'Insane' and 'unreasonable' -

When his Salmson biplane set out for Barcelona on Christmas Day in 1918, Latecoere sat behind the pilot, Rene Cornemont, according to the book "Aeropostale" (2010).

The plane made the trip in two hours and 20 minutes with its sack of letters and parcels. Civilian airmail was born.

Nine months later, in September 1919 and using Breguet 14 planes, the airmail link between France and its colony Morocco was launched, led by former fighter pilot Didier Daurat.

Under a contract with the French state, eight monthly flights from Toulouse to Rabat would be made.

However, in October 1920 the company lost its first pilots, when their plane crashed. More fatal accidents came over the following months.

The press wrote of an "insane undertaking" and an "unreasonable sacrifice".

- Hostage drama and literary legends -

But as aircraft and organisation evolved, the link was extended to Casablanca.

By late 1923 the company, by then called Compagnie Generale d'entreprises aeronautiques (CGA), used around 100 planes and had already transported three million letters and 1,344 daring passengers.

The company set its sights on Dakar in Senegal, also a French colony.

That would involve flying over hundreds of kilometres of desert, where rebellious Moorish tribes lived.

This meant two planes for that route, one to provide assistance to the other in the case of a forced landing.

In 1926 the company assigned Jean Mermoz to the Casablanca-Dakar airmail link.

He became a legend when, following engine failure, he was taken hostage by Moors who freed him after receiving a ransom several days later.

Another legend of international postal aviation was French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who wrote his first novel "Courrier sud" (Southern Mail) when he was working in the late 1920s at the Cape Juby airfield in the Spanish zone of South Morocco.

It was there, between the Atlantic Ocean and the ochre dunes of the Sahara, that he found the setting for his future work "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince), which tells of a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara, where he meets a young boy.

- Latin America reached -

In 1927 Latecoere sold the company to French industrialist Marcel Bouilloux-Lafont, who was based in Latin America, where he introduced the service and renamed the company Aeropostale.

In May 1930 Jean Mermoz carried out the first commercial air crossing across the south Atlantic, between Saint-Louis in Senegal and Natal in Brazil with a Late 28 seaplane.

Aeropostale's Henri Guillaumet regularly crossed the dangerous Andes Mountains, delivering mail between Buenos Aires and Santiago in Chile.

In June 1930 his Potez 25 made an emergency landing in the mountains. He was taken in by a villager after walking for several days in the snow.

"What I did, no idiot would ever have done," he told Saint-Exupery when they met several days later.

Aeropostale was by this time financially strapped. In 1933 its assets were bought by a group of aviation companies which would later become Air France.

Mermoz was lost at sea in 1936. Several decades later his correspondence with his family and friends was published under the title "Defricheur du ciel" (Pioneer of the sky).

The Aeropostale saga was just the beginning of a long list of airborne feats around the world between the two World Wars.

Among them was the first non-stop transatlantic flight by British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919. The first major national airlines started to form that year with Dutch KLM, followed by Germany's Lufthansa in 1926 and American Pan Am in 1927.]]>
12/20/2018 1:24:46 PM
<![CDATA[Elon Musk bores tunnel to revolutionize city driving]]>
The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX late Tuesday put the spotlight on the a 1.14 mile (1.8 kilometer) tunnel created by his Boring Company for about $10 million.

The sample tunnel is part of Musk's vision to have an underground network that cars, preferably Teslas, can be lowered to by lifts, then slotted into tracks and propelled along at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kmh).

"The only way to solve this is to go 3D, for the transport system to match the living quarters," Musk said of solving the problem of traffic congestion in urban areas.

"It's all relatively simple. No Nobel Prize is needed here."

An entrance to a sample tunnel was shown publicly for the first time in this city near Los Angeles as the initial stage of Musk's project to revolutionize city traffic by zipping along below congested streets.

Musk founded the Boring company two years ago as a self-financed, side-endeavor to his work at Tesla and SpaceX.

Specially designed equipment drills tunnels wide enough to accommodate a car on a track. The network envisioned is an expandable mesh of tunnels and elevators capable of having more than 4,000 cars pass through per hour.

"The deepest mines are deeper than the tallest buildings," Musk said.

"The profound breakthrough is very simple: it's the ability to turn a normal car into a passively stable vehicle by adding the deployable tracking wheels, stabilizing wheels, so that it can travel at high speed through a small tunnel."

Tunnels will eventually be open to all compatible self-driving electric vehicles, but for now Boring is using Teslas in the tube.

- Soul-crushing inspiration -

The idea for the project came to the billionaire of South African origin when he was fuming at the wheel of his car, trapped in traffic jams between his Bel Air villa and the SpaceX offices in Hawthorne.

It is a journey that takes him more than 90 minutes and he considered soul-crushing.

The "tunnel test" unveiled Tuesday appeared simple: a narrow tube, only 3.65m in diameter (12 feet), freshly painted white, in which a Tesla Model X is fitted with stabilizers on wheels to slot into the track and avoid bumping the walls.

An early idea about placing cars on an electric sled of sorts was deemed too complex and abandoned, said Musk.

The entrance to the tunnel was dug in a parking lot in Hawthorne, with an elevator platform on a street corner raising and lowering cars to the track.

Journalists and others attending the event got to bolt through the short tunnel at about 40 mph (65 kmh) in what felt somewhat akin to an amusement park ride.

Musk brushed aside worries about earthquakes in temblor-prone California, repeatedly contending that tunnels were the safest place to be when plates shift and the earth shakes.

- Slower than a snail -

The broad vision is that electric vehicles on city streets would be able to easily drop into tunnels or rise out using elevator platforms built into streets, or ramps where space allows.

Boring has partnered with public transit in Los Angeles to study the possibility of connecting tunnels with subway stations.

Chicago chose Boring for its project for a high-speed, capsule-shaped train connecting the city center to the airport. Requests for drilling services flow in at a rate of five to 20 a week, according to Boring president Steve Davis.

For his idea to succeed, Musk must manage to slash the time and cost of tunnel drilling. Conventional tunnels take, on average two to four months to dig a mile (1.6 kilometer} proceeding "14 times slower than a snail" while costing a billion dollars, he said.

The Boring company, on the other hand, was on the cusp of deploying a prototype "Prufrock" machine capable of drilling 15 times faster than the best gear in use now, according to Musk.

Like the "Godot" and "Line-Storm" models that came before that machine, the nickname was inspired by a literary work. Prufrock came from a poem by T.S. Eliot.

Musk's mechanical recipe includes using batteries and electric motors to boost power to boring machinery while eliminating harmful exhaust fumes.

Tunnels are also small-bore, using extracted dirt to build walls.]]>
12/19/2018 10:48:21 AM
<![CDATA[New Zealand to hold 'reeferendum' on legal pot]]>
The ballot was among the demands the Green Party made during talks to join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's progressive coalition government after the 2017 election.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the government had agreed to the timetable, and the result of the referendum would be binding.

"It will be held at the 2020 general election," he told reporters, adding "there is a bit of detail still to work through."

Ardern's government has already moved to legalise medicinal cannabis, with legislation on the issue working its way through parliament.

An opinion poll last year found 65 percent of New Zealanders also supported legalising the drug for recreational use.

Pro-reform campaign group New Zealand Drug Foundation welcomed the vote, with its chief Ross Bell saying the current approach to regulating marijuana was outdated and it was time for a change.

"Cannabis is New Zealand's most common illegal drug, 50 percent of the country have tried it," he said.

"We're still trying to address the problem through a law enforcement approach. We're still criminalising people and not providing help to people who have a cannabis dependency."

The conservative National Party opposition leader Simon Bridges said he would be voting against legalisation and accused the government of trying to deflect voters' attention from issues such as the economy and the rising cost of living.

"I'm pretty cynical that you've got a government here that wants to distract from the core issues of a general election," he said.

Ardern strongly supported legalising medical pot but has not revealed her personal views on recreational marijuana, saying only she does not believe cannabis users should be jailed.

The debate in New Zealand comes as New York governor Andrew Cuomo called Monday for the drug to be made legal for recreational use in his state, including America's most populous city.]]>
12/18/2018 9:32:05 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an imposing presence]]>
As phones’ popularity increases by the day, manufacturers are trying to draw in customers by offering best designs that are futuristic and attention-grabbing immediately. Huawei’s smartphones’ designs have always met consumers’ expectations and aspirations and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is no different.


First ‘Flowing’ Smartphone Design

When conceptualizing the flowing design, Huawei’s designers attempted to capture the grace of several free-flowing elements of nature. The aerodynamic chassis is curved on all eight sides, Huawei manufactured its parts precisely, adhering to exacting standards and ensuring the components fit tightly and seamlessly together, creating a never before seen all-round comfort experience for every user.

The device is incorporated with symmetrical design elements. The borders and the curved glass arcs are all symmetrically aligned on the central axis of the device. The simplistic and symmetrical design is very aesthetically pleasing.

Distinctive Matrix Camera Arrangement

The Matrix Camera array on the back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a four-point design with three cameras - a 40MP RGB camera, a 20MP camera with Leica Ultra-Wide Angle Lens and an 8MP telephoto camera - and sensor encircled in a polished metal frame, producing an avant-garde look that is both bold and distinct, as well as a 24MP front camera system capable of more secure 3D facial recognition.

The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back uses a complex hairline pattern to produce an iridescent effect that is not only highly durable, but also makes the device easy to grip and fingerprint resistant. Smudges are less likely to stick, and the whole thing is easier to clean.

New Colors

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes in three colors: Twilight, black and the brand-new Emerald green - featuring a translucent shade of green similar to its namesake gemstone.

Functional Dimensions

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro uses a distinctively different design, 157.8 x 72.3mm and just 8.6mm thick, it’s based around a 6.39in OLED screen that’s gently curved towards the edges, with 3120 x 1440 px resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s the first smartphone to have a fingerprint reader embedded beneath the screen to achieve better speed and success rates.

With a mesmerizing two-by-two matrix camera arrangement that is instantly recognizable even from afar and streamlined curves on all eight sides, Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a marvel to behold and a pleasure to hold in the hand.

Providing a pioneering technology and delivering on-device Artificial Intelligence, Huawei is shaping the future of smartphones as intelligent tools that understand users and help them develop more meaningful ways to stay connected. As a leading technology company, Huawei invests a significant amount of its annual sales revenue to research and development efforts. In 2017 Huawei has spent US$13.23 billion on R&D, accounting for 14.9 percent of its total revenue.

12/17/2018 11:47:59 AM
<![CDATA[Philippines wins fourth Miss Universe crown]]>
Gray, a 24-year-old Filipino-Australian model, won the title in the Thai capital Bangkok where the pageant included for the first time a transgender contestant.

“My heart is filled with so much gratitude. There were moments of doubt where I felt overwhelmed and I felt the pressure,” said Gray, who wore a red and orange dress that was inspired by Mount Mayon, a volcano that erupted this year.

Gray was asked during the contest about her views on legalizing marijuana and replied that she supported it for medical uses.

After she was crowned, Gray told reporters the question was “definitely relevant” and “an active topic”, in an apparent reference to the war on drugs in the Philippines that has killed thousands of Filipinos and caused international alarm.

Gray said during the pageant that working in a Manila slum had taught her to find beauty in difficult situations.

“If I could teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their face,” she said.

Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, 24 was the first runner-up, followed by Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez, 19.

Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, 27, made history as the first transgender contestant in the 66-year-old pageant.

Gray is the fourth Filipina to win Miss Universe and the second in three years. The pageant was shown live on the country’s biggest television network and dominated social media.

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Salvador Panelo, spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, said her win would put the country on the world map for its “beauty and elegance.”

“In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work,” he said.

The Philippines previously won Miss Universe titles in 2015, 1973 and 1969.

12/17/2018 11:39:10 AM
<![CDATA[Menopause-related sexual, urinary problems tied to worse quality of life]]>
Researchers examined survey data from 2,160 women, ages 45 to 75, who reported at least one symptom after menopause related to what’s known as vulvovaginal atrophy, a common condition that can include symptoms like vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and urinary incontinence.

Overall, women with severe vulvovaginal atrophy symptoms reported a much worse quality of life than women with mild symptoms, researchers report in Menopause.

The results suggest that many women may be needlessly suffering from symptoms they either don’t discuss with their doctor or don’t know it’s possible to treat, said lead study author Dr. Rossella Nappi of the University of Pavia in Italy.

“It is important to give dignity to a set of symptoms that most people believe are trivial, not important, not relevant to be treated,” Nappi said by email. “Some people believe they will go away with time and do not understand the chronic nature of conditions that are not life-threatening but may significantly impact intimacy, self-esteem and body image.”

Women go through menopause when they stop menstruating, typically between ages 45 and 55. As the ovaries curb production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, women can experience symptoms including vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections, mood swings, joint pain, memory trouble, hot flashes and insomnia.

Many women may find symptoms eased by hormone replacement therapy, said Dr. Michelle Warren of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Women may take vaginal estrogen in creams or in other forms like suppository pills, for example, and there is also Osphena, a prescription pill women can take that may ease vaginal dryness and sexual dysfunction.

The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how specific menopause symptoms directly impact women’s quality of life. The study authors also had financial ties to several companies that make drugs to treat a variety of menopause symptoms.

Even so, the results highlight the need for women to realize that menopause symptoms can lead to chronic health problems, and that these problems are often treatable, said Dr. Chandan Gupta of UC Health Primary Care, Women’s Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Medical treatment is often sought out when symptoms become intolerable,” Gupta, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

“The findings from this study confirm that menopausal changes have a significant impact on quality of life - this impact may be as significant as that of other common chronic medical conditions such as arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and irritable bowel syndrome,” Gupta added. “Medical care is pursued routinely for these other conditions, but menopause-related changes in a woman’s vagina, vulva and urethra, such as dryness, irritation, soreness and urinary frequency are usually ignored.”]]>
12/16/2018 3:05:16 PM
<![CDATA[Tribal marriages: minor girls forced to abide by ‘traditions’]]>
Two years later, S. Kh. married and was ordered to have a sexual relation with her husband, which she had known nothing about.

The husband died while his underage wife was pregnant, with no marriage certificate or any governmental documents proving that it is his child. After she delivered the baby, the husband’s family denied they knew the mother or the daughter.

Few months later, her father began to look for another groom because the tribal customs forbid divorced women and women in general from staying single, according to the victim.

Amal M., 25, a woman who lives in a village in Bahariya Oasis told Egypt Today that most girls in the oasis are obliged to marry when they are 16 years old, while the legal minimum age of marriage for girls in Egypt is 18. Consequently, tribal marriages taking place before the legal age cannot be documented and are criminalized.

According to a statistics by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, 36 percent of women in tribal communities get married at an age that is less than 16 years old. The UNICEF found that when mothers are under the age of 19 the risk of infant death during the first year is 60 percent.

Shockingly, 124,000 minor marriages took place in 2017 only, according to Ebrahim Salim, the spokesperson of Egypt’s Ma'zoon Fund. Ma'zoon is a Muslim cleric who authorizes Muslims’ marriages.

Moreover, Marsa Matrouh's National Council for Women reported that 75 cases of undocumented marriages and divorces take place annually.

Egyptian lawyer and human rights defender Reda al-Danbouki said that several honor crimes were committed to preserve the customs and traditions of tribal societies.

Danbouki, the executive director of the Women's Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness, referred that the spread of undocumented marriage and forcing girls to marry at an early age happen due to numerous economic, social and cultural factors, most importantly the tribes consider such marriages an essential part of family traditions.

In Qena, 150 cases attempted to commit suicide in 2017, according to official statistics, due to tribal marriages, Danbouki asserted.

Danbouki said that in many areas, women are forced to marry from inside the tribe to preserve the inherited properties, adding that sometimes girls who refuse to marry this way are threatened with death.

Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil
12/13/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Blind Spanish surfer says sea sets her free, goes for world title]]>
Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain’s first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, on Wednesday.

“The sea is where I feel peace and freedom, as if it were where I’m supposed to be,” she said sitting on her surfboard after an hour and a half of wave-riding practice in the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain.

“I’m not different from other surfers,” said Lopez, who was born with congenital glaucoma and lost her vision completely when she was a child.

In its fourth edition, the La Jolla event for surfers with disabilities features its first team competition for visually-impaired female athletes, with Lopez representing Spain.

Blind surfers such as Lopez’ countryman Aitor Francesena or Brazilian Derek Rabelo have achieved legendary status in the sport, and Lopez, who only took up surfing a few months ago, is aiming high.

After the La Jolla tournament, organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA), Lopez aims to compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. ISA has been campaigning to make adaptive surfing a Paralympic sport.

Lopez has also practiced figure-skating and horse-riding and her coach and friend Lucas Garcia praised her natural balance and instinct. Garcia, who swims next to Lopez when she surfs, is her ‘eyes’ when it comes to telling her about a wave coming up.

“A single whistle means the wave is coming on her right side, and a double whistle, on her left side,” he said, likening the signals to the way dolphins communicate.

Lopez wants to encourage others with disabilities to challenge their limitations, live a full life and perhaps try out radical sports.

12/12/2018 2:36:52 PM
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12/11/2018 2:37:10 PM
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12/11/2018 12:56:40 PM
<![CDATA[Easter Island mayor concedes Moai statue might be better left in British Museum]]>
Pedro Edmunds Paoa said Easter Island had a “thousand” of its iconic statues, known as the Moai, “both buried, ignored and discarded” and lacked the means to maintain them.

“Those thousand are falling apart because they are made of a volcanic stone, because of the wind and the rain are. We need global technology for their conservation,” he said.

He said one statue returned to the island from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires “four or five years ago” was now housed in a square where stray dogs urinated on it.

His comments will add weight to the argument of the British Museum to keep artifacts that originate from other nations in London where they are carefully curated and popular exhibits with visitors from around the world.

Last month, a delegation of Chilean officials and Easter Island dignitaries including Paoa’s brother, the Rapa Nui Council of Elders President Carlos Edmunds Paoa, traveled to London to appeal for the return of the seven-foot (2.13-meter) tall basalt figure, known as “Hoa Hakananai’a,” meaning “lost or stolen friend” in the local language.

The statue was among 900 statues or “Moai,” meaning “ancestors,” carved by islanders between 1100 and 1600 A.D.

It was taken from the island, located 2,480 miles (3,990 km) west of the Chilean capital Santiago, in 1868 by Richard Powell, the captain of HMS Topaze, and presented to Queen Victoria who later gave it to the British Museum.

Pedro Edmunds Paoa said there had been intense debate on the island about whether the Hoa Hakananai’a should be returned or not.

“Are we going to bring the ancestors back? Fantastic,” he said. “We are going to bring them back and we are going to place them where?

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“That Moai is in a museum where six million people come each year to visit it.”

He suggested that he would prefer a financial commitment from the British Museum to help in the preservation of all Rapa Nui monuments.

“It would not be an economic agreement, it would be an agreement to help Rapa Nui in what needs to be done in Rapa Nui for conservation”, he said, using the ancestral name of the island.

The British Museum was not immediately available for comment. Chile’s ministry of heritage, which has lobbied for the statue’s return, declined to comment.

12/11/2018 11:57:19 AM
<![CDATA[Going Global: SIMA 2019]]>
The point of convergence for all forms of agricultural worldwide

With its 1,770 expected exhibitors from 42 countries, its 230,000 trade entries from 135 countries and its 360 international delegations, SIMA is the point of convergence for all types of agriculture worldwide. This is borne out by the hike in the number of international exhibitors (+12.5%) and illustrated by the arrival of new brands in all sectors. The return of some brands (including Poclain Hydraulics – France, GKN Walterscheid – Germany and Basak Traktor – Turkey) which had previously stayed away for several editions, serves as further confirmation.

The number of international exhibitors has risen sharply (+12.5%). SIMA is legitimate in staking its claim as the essential trade event for farmers from all over the world! Ninety-five percent of its available exhibiting surface area is already booked. There are 114 new companies among the exhibitors (up 40% on 2017). With 3 months still to go before its opening day, SIMA is breaking all the records!

A marketplace for exchange around the diversity of agriculture

With its theme “Innovation for competitive agriculture”, SIMA 2019 is more open than ever to the diversity of today’s farming. This is demonstrated by its wide-ranging and co-designed content and events which focus on pragmatism and business.
SIMA African Summit, the international colloquium to gain access to a fast-growing market
SIMA Dealers Day, bringing together dealers from all over the world
International round tables, addressing the major challenges of the farming world (augmented agriculture, organic farming, agronomy, etc.)
Start-up Villages, venues for international emulation around digital and connected solutions
SIMAGENA, the European cattle genetics event, etc.

Going global
Finally, for its 2019 edition the show is ramping up its promotional initiatives through its international network of 47 representative offices and an active visitor promotion policy in more than 90 countries, most particularly in Egypt. Once again this year, visitors are expected to come from 135 countries.
12/9/2018 2:57:03 PM
<![CDATA[Bollywood, Beyonce and bling as daughter of India's richest man set to marry]]>
Isha Ambani, 27, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, in the financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, but the festivities begin this weekend in the desert city of Udaipur, with three days of song, dance and pre-wedding rituals.

Wedding guests have access to an app mapping out the activities, which include a private concert by Beyonce.

More than 100 chartered flights are landing in Udaipur’s sleepy airport, a source on the spot, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

Bollywood stars, including Priyanka Chopra, who got married last week, will also attend.

Indian media have speculated that the guest list includes former U.S. President Bill Clinton, along with his wife and Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

“The event will have many visitors from abroad, so customs and immigration counters have been set up at the airport and will remain active for the next five days,” the airport source said.

The source declined to say how much Beyonce was being paid for the concert and media have not reported a figure.

The wedding will bring together two of India’s most influential families.

Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, has a net worth of $47 billion, Forbes magazine says. The Piramals have interests in pharmaceuticals and real estate, and according to a report in the news magazine India Today, have given the couple a 50,000-sq-foot (4,645-sq-m) sea-facing home in Mumbai.

Many in India, where millions live in dire poverty, have closely followed the preparations, including the couple’s engagement at the luxury Villa D’Este hotel on Italy’s Lake Como, attended by more than 600 guests, and featuring a private performance by singer John Legend.

Newspapers and websites have been full of details about the ceremonies, the designer jewellery and clothes, with some of India’s top designers dressing the wedding party.

The wedding invitation includes necklaces and precious stones stacked in a two-tier floral box, at a cost of 300,000 rupees each ($4,236), India Today said.

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The wedding is the latest in a series of high-profile marriages that began last year, when cricket captain Virat Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.

Just last week, actress Priyanka Chopra and U.S. singer Nick Jonas had a two-day wedding at one of India’s most ostentatious royal palaces.]]>
12/9/2018 11:58:30 AM
<![CDATA[Chailly's "Attila" seduces La Scala audience at season opening]]>
It was the first time Mattarella, who took office in February 2015, had attended the prestigious first night of shows at the Milan opera house that has become a tradition for the country’s high society.

Mattarella, seen by some in the business community as an advocate of dialogue with Brussels when the anti-establishment government is locked in a dispute with the European Union over its 2019 budget, received a standing ovation as he arrived.

But the biggest plaudits were reserved for principal conductor Riccardo Chailly and Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov, the main character in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Attila”, who were given a 14 minute ovation with the cast at the end of the performance.

Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez made her debut at La Scala with the portrayal of Odabella, who vows to avenge her father’s death at the hands of Attila.

Based on the play “Attila, King of the Huns” by German dramatist Zacharias Werner, the opera revolves around the hated Huns’ conquest of Italy.

Director Davide Livermore set “Attila” in a grey landscape, a “dystopian” version of the 1900s without reference to the play’s 5th-century framework to make it more relevant to today.

The staging of a scene that was meant to include a falling bridge was changed after the collapse of a motorway bridge in Genoa in August that killed 43 people.

The opera debuted in Venice in March 1846 and is part of a trilogy of La Scala premieres - including “Giovanna d’Arco” (Joan of Arc) in 2015 and “Macbeth” that will be performed probably in 2020 — that Chailly decided to dedicate to Verdi’s earlier works.

“I loved this ‘Attila’, I appreciated the singers, the scenes ... everything,” said James Bradburne, the director of Milan’s Brera art museum.

“Attila” will be performed at La Scala until Jan. 8.]]>
12/8/2018 11:17:51 AM
<![CDATA[Artist Charlotte Prodger wins Britain's Turner Prize with video shot on phone]]>
For the first time, all four works shortlisted for the annual prize were films, organizers said, tackling “some of today’s most important issues, from queer identity, human-rights abuses and police brutality to post-colonial migration and the legacy of liberation movements”.

Prodger, who works with sculpture, writing and film, was awarded the 25,000-pound ($31,785) prize for the autobiographical “BRIDGIT” as well as another video.

Named after the Neolithic deity, “BRIDGIT” features snippets of Prodger at home or in the Scottish countryside, looking at her experience of coming out as gay.

Filmed over one year, it uses narration from Prodger’s diary as well as book extracts, looking at history and identity.

“I guess my work is quite personal and it’s becoming increasingly personal as time goes by,” Prodger told Britain’s BBC after winning the prize. “It is an honor but I would like my life to carry on as normal.”

The 44-year-old, who will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale next year, join the ranks of past Turner Prize winners which include Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley. The prize was established in 1984.]]>
12/5/2018 11:07:35 AM
<![CDATA[Chefs United Brunch Brings Global Cuisines to the Table at Heliopolis Towers Hotel]]>

”Chefs United Brunch” took place at Aqua E-Luce restaurant. The restaurant held a delightful brunch brought by Cairo’s finest wine brand “Cheers”, among the country’s most exclusive business influential figures, celebrities, and food enthusiasts, to demonstrate the admirable passion behind the cuisine.


International chefs from all corners of the world came together to present a variety of authentic delicacies. The guests enjoyed an international buffet which presented a wide variety of appetizing meals as the chefs surprised them with a fusion of myriad tastes from Thailand, Mexico, India, France, Lebanon and much more to create culinary masterpieces.


The mix between Europe, Asia, and Middle-Eastern traditional plates altogether with the music and the November winter breeze created a general air of happiness and delicious bliss.


You can enjoy “Chefs United Brunch” every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Aqua E-Luce restaurant, Heliopolis Towers Hotel.






12/4/2018 10:11:48 PM
<![CDATA[6 Reasons why HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the king of smartphones]]>
All smartphones are becoming pretty similar, right? So why are we so in love with the new HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, you might ask? We have six good reasons why.

1- Finally a camera that will ‘do it justice’

It is not a secret that HUAWEI has by far the best smartphone camera.While otherbrands’ camerasare still at 16MP, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has the world’s first 40MPLeica Triple Camera integratingaLeica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. The triple camera consists of a 40MP RGB camera, a 20MP Camera with a Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens and an 8MP telephoto camera. In case you’re not tech-savvy like us, we’ll simplify it:you will be able to fit large uninterrupted views in one picture, with of course,an incredible image quality.Never again will you have to sacrifice the rest Dubai’s skyline, cut Burj Khalifa in half or struggle to fit the entire Pyramids in one shot.It’s as close as it gets to the real view, crisp, clear and with a three dimensional effect – what you see is what you snap.

Taken by Hessa Falaknaz with HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, nominated by Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA)

As for those extreme close up shots referred to as ‘Macrography’ – that were normally only feasible with the help of professional cameras – they are now only possible throughHUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’ Super Macro feature. No need to purchase an expensive professional camera to see and photograph the tiniest features on flowers or explore the intricate details of a fly before getting rid of it. Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens doubles as a macro lens that can land a focus on an object as close as 2.5cm from the lens.

Taken by Hessa Falaknaz with HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, nominated by Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA)

Video shooting gets a major upgrade too with the help of Artificial Intelligence, creating the AI Filmmaking featuregeared towardsadvanced video editing. Optimizing colors, adjusting saturation and brightness and using presetmodes will take your filmmaking skills to whole newlevel,without the trouble of actually going to Film school. But that’s not it – the AI Color Video Mode will recognize a human subject and desaturate everything around it, highlighting the person. How so?Say you’re shooting your toddler running around in the park – the kid will appear in colors, running in an all grey surrounding. Talk about dramatic.

2 – You’ll never run out of charge again with the one of the biggest smartphone battery ever

It’s quite heartbreaking when the dearest device to your heart dies on you while you’re out with no charger, it’s almost like losing a limb. Thankfully, this a thing of the past.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s4200mAh battery is one of the biggest smartphone battery available on the market, and is as safe as it is large – being TUV Safety certified.So what does the size of the battery translate to into everyday use? It has the capacity tolast through a whole day of intense usage. Sending out emails, scrolling throughInstagram and listening to music without having to worry. Knock yourself out.

3 – You won’t waste your time waiting around for your phone to charge

Being held hostage at home until your phone battery reaches a decent percentage doesn’t scream modern technology. We’re always in a hurry and HUAWEI got that. The “Supercharge”, the new HUAWEI40Wadapter now released is the fastest wireless charger in the world,it has the ability to charge your smartphone so quickly that it only takes 10 minutes to get to 25 % and 30 minutes to get to 70%.

4 – Share the power

A new unique, and extremely practical feature: the wireless Reverse Charging.HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can serve as a power bank to other phones (Qi supported ones). Meaning that if your friend’s phone ran out of charge, simply place your phone on top of theirs, run this feature, and their phone will magically begin to charge. Talk about futuristic – and generous.

5–In-screen fingerprint unlock feature

A new,speedy and more intuitive version of the fingerprint unlock feature: you can now place your finger on the screen itself and a prompt will appear, recognize your fingerprint and unlock the phone all in the span of 0.5 seconds. The moment your finger is removed, the prompt disappears. It is quick, fluid and feels a lot more natural, leaving the phone completely button-less –turning it into one slick-looking screen.

6–Unlock it with your face

You privacy will be well protected with this alternative way of unlocking your device, the 3D Face Unlock feature. HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro uses the 3D Depth Sensing Camera to identify your facial features in under 600ms and unlock the phone (luckily, you will need to have your eyes open for this to work otherwise nap time will have dire consequences). With a false match rate below one in a million,this new feature is highly secure, efficient, and let’s face it – quite impressive.

In the last quarter, no smartphone has managed to combine innovation, performance and practicality in all departments the way HUAWEI Mate 20 Prohas.

12/4/2018 9:56:58 PM
<![CDATA[Male ballet dancer hopes to break stereotypes in Jordan]]>
“When you are immersed in the world you love, everything around you disappears,” the 22-year-old said. “This is what it feels like when I’m on stage.”

Shrouf, who dances in his spare time while studying languages and translation at university, is one of few male dancers in Jordan, where his hobby often carries a social stigma for men.

“Why did I choose ballet? Because it is a very difficult art form, one of the most difficult in the world,” he said.

The youngest of six children, Shrouf grew up in an artistic household. His father was a singer and musician who encouraged his performing dreams.

But while confident dancing on stage, Shrouf has struggled telling people about his ballet passion, worried how it would be perceived. He has faced some pressure to pursue other interests, but has refused to give ballet up.

“If you don’t pursue what you love, and if you don’t persist and believe in yourself, then those around you will not believe in you,” he said.

Shrouf last week danced in a show directed and choreographed by Rania Kamhawi, who founded Jordan’s first ballet and contemporary dance company, MISK, in 1996.

Kamhawi, who trained in ballet in Britain, said ballet was growing among Jordanian audiences, who usually prefer performances by folklore or contemporary dance groups.

“There is a niche audience that loves ballet, but what I have noticed is that there is a huge audience for folklore,” she said. “So we are incorporating techniques from folklore into ballet in order make it more lively and attract a wider audience.”

Today, MISK, which puts on shows at least once a year, counts 12 dancers. Shrouf is the only man.

“It’s a worldwide problem, not just in Jordan but I think this stigma is fading with the emergence of (television) shows like ‘So you think you can Dance’,” Kamhawi said of the lack of male ballet dancers. “This is breaking some old stereotypes.”

Shrouf hopes to form a male dance group, even if he acknowledges he may have to hang up his ballet shoes for a more traditional career: “I won’t give up, I will continue to work hard and pursue what I love.” ]]>
12/4/2018 11:30:12 AM
<![CDATA[Belgian caviar production at full speed for Christmas rush]]>
Verdonck’s company Royal Belgian Caviar makes two thirds of its European sales in the last two months of the year, with caviar consumption being one of the most enduring festive traditions.

“Here in Western Europe, it is typical that by the end of the year, Christmas time, New Year, that most of the caviar is sold,” he said.

The company takes pride in the fact that its precious sturgeon roe, which sells for between 1,500 and 4,000 euros per kg, graces the dining table of the British royal family.

Sturgeon farming is a long process, and depending on the variety, eggs are not ready to harvest until the fish reaches an advanced age: this can be as long as 18 years old in the case of the Beluga variety, which can weigh as much as 200 kg at the time of slaughter.]]>
12/3/2018 1:22:54 PM
<![CDATA[Make way for the best outdoor activity buddy, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro]]>
Outdoor workouts are getting increasingly popular too, especially in good weather. Whether on the beach, in the mountains or at parks, people are getting that blood flowing. The world is getting healthy and we are loving it – and since technology is now an integral part of our lives, we scanned the market for the latest most efficient outdoor gadget, one that would accompany people on their day in the sun to make the experience more productive and pleasant. Out of all smartphones and gadgets nothing could hold a candle to the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, and here’s why.

The entire landscape in one shot

When on a beautiful hike, fill your lungs with fresh air and feast your eyes on the beauty of nature. Wish you could immortalize this moment? You now can. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro integrates the world’s first Leica Wide Angle Lens on its 20MP lens, one of the three Leica Triple Camera lenses (the others being a primary 40MP one and an 8MP telephoto one). The Leica Wide Angle Lens, as its name indicates, lets the camera see ‘wider’. Meaning that you can fit your field of view into one shot, without having to leave any of it out. All those trees and mountains you can see will fit into one beautiful shot, saving this precious moment into a beautiful postcard-like image. Simply choose the 0.6x option on the mid-left button to activate the Wide Angle Lens and capture the landscape in its entirety. This works just as well for videos. Shoot the beautiful landscape while crossing cities on your motorcycle and get the full view in one video.
12/2/2018 12:22:35 PM
<![CDATA[Gold 'Viagra' ring and first Playboy issue sold in Hefner auction]]>
Bidders at the two-day auction conducted by Julien’s Auctions included comedian Jim Belushi, who purchased a leather-bound script for a 1977 Saturday Night Live show that Hefner hosted for $3,125, the auction house said.

The highest grossing item was the typewriter, which he used to write copy for the magazine’s first issue in 1953. It went for $162,500, while his personal copy of the issue itself, featuring Marylin Monroe, sold for $31,250.

Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his magazine and nightclubs, died in September 2017 at age 91. He left his property to his foundation, which put some of the items up for sale.

Among the more unusual items was a gold ring with a compartment holding a blue viagra pill, the medication that allows men with to maintain an erection when they otherwise might not be able to. That sold for $22,400.

Hefner’s complete set of bound volumes of the magazine, from 1953 to 2013, sold for $76,800.

His white captain’s hat went for $19,200. A 1962 letter from future feminist leader Gloria Steinem, who took an undercover job as a playboy bunny at Hefner’s New York nightclub and wrote about it for Show magazine, sold for $22,400.

The proceeds from the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 auction will go to Hefner’s foundation, which was set up in 1964 to advocate for civil liberties, including LGBT rights and the legalization of medical marijuana, the auction house said.]]>
12/2/2018 11:31:36 AM
<![CDATA[Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt reach child custody agreement: lawyer]]>
“A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge,” Jolie’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement to Reuters.

“The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children.”

Representatives of Pitt had no immediate comment.

Jolie and Pitt, once one of Hollywood’s most glamorous couples, separated in September 2016 after a more than 10-year romance and two-year marriage. Jolie, who filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, had been seeking primary custody of their six children, three of whom are the couple’s biological children and three of whom are adopted.

Friday’s statement did not say how custody would be divided, and Jolie’s spokesperson declined to give details.

A trial date in the custody case had been tentatively set for Dec. 4 before a private judge in Los Angeles.

Successes, scandals and send-offs: 2018's top showbiz stories
A source close to Jolie said that she “is very pleased to be entering the next stage and relieved with progress for the health of their family.”.

The 2016 divorce filing triggered a bitter custody dispute during which Pitt was investigated and cleared of child abuse, and both sides accused each other of trying to manipulate media coverage in their favor.

The couple have yet to reach a final divorce settlement.

“Moneyball” actor Pitt, 54, and “Maleficent” star Jolie, 43, began dating in late 2005 and married in 2014. They are parents to Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.]]>
12/1/2018 11:14:10 AM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry joins the circus in Zambian youth project]]>
Harry spent the last of his two days in Zambia visiting World War Two veterans in the capital Lusaka before heading to Circus Zambia, a project that helps vulnerable young people to gain skills, education and employment.

The monarch’s grandson posed for pictures surrounded by performers at the circus, which is funded by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, a charity supporting young leaders around the world.

“All the stories we heard today are powerful reminders of the great work underway here. All brought about by young people, like you, who have stepped up to make a difference for others,” Harry, who is president of the trust, said in a speech.

“Too often funders and investors miss what you’re doing because they can’t find you or see what you’re achieving. We established The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to be your platform.”

Harry sent “best wishes” from his wife Meghan who is pregnant and remained at home.

On Monday, Harry met Zambian President Edgar Lungu, pledging to help boost the country’s dwindling elephant population through another of his charities.

Harry is a frequent visitor to southern Africa for his charity work and holidays. Harry and Meghan have enjoyed romantic getaways together in Botswana.]]>
11/28/2018 11:02:49 AM
<![CDATA[The ultimate time-saver: Meet the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro]]>
Let’s, for example, take the statistics released by Google to get a glimpse of our behavior when technology doesn’t deliver as fast as we expect it to.A whopping 53% of users will abandon mobile sites if loading takes longer than 3 seconds(Anderson, “How Fast Should A Website Load in 2018?” 2018).Are 3 seconds really that long? Some will say modern society has become impatient, we on the other hand think it is mere reflection of our faith in technology’s capabilities and the fact that we won’t settle for less than very fast. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the only smartphone on the market that respects today’s need for speed and stands out as the only real solution to modern day users who dislike the wait or cannot afford it. And it does so with utmost innovation.

A low maintenance battery for your ‘on-the-go’ life

Most smartphones today need to be charged twice (sometimes even thrice!). When on-the-go, this can be impractical and a real time-waster.Alternatively, you canlet your smartphone battery die and miss out on that beautiful holiday sunset photo, not be able to use your map when lost, or opt not make a call because of that dreadful ‘low battery’ announcement– this is our modern day dilemma. If those scenarios sound too cruel, then waiting for our smartphone to charge is a necessary evil. Luckily, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro solves this issue with the integration of a 4200mAh battery that outmuscles most other batteries in the industry. It can last throughout an entire day of intensive usage, saving you the dreaded long charging waits and empowering you with time and connectivity to get a lot more done.

11/27/2018 3:02:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins national costume competition in Beijing ]]>
The Egyptian Embassy's Cultural Office in China participated in the diplomat national costume competition, where Egyptian students in China represented Egypt.The competition was attended by Egyptian Cultural Adviser in China, Hussein Ibrahim, and the ambassadors of Belarus, Maldives and Nepal.

Representatives of diplomatic missions and their families as well as foreign students in China attended the show.

In this competition, the Egyptian team presented the development of the Egyptian traditional costumes throughout the different ages.Also, the team performed the tahtib dances it reflects a part of the Upper Egyptian culture.

“We invite all of you to visit Egypt to enjoy its nature and archaeological sites,”Ibrahim said.
In his speech, Ibrahim pointed out that traditional clothes are an integral part of every society' sheritage. Ibrahim also confirmed that Egypt is keen to participate in these events to introduce the Egyptian culture, heritage and customs.

These events increase mutual understanding and build friendly, peaceful relationships between peoples of the world, Ibrahim added, asserting that China shows consistent keenness to attend all Egyptian cultural events.

The adviser also affirmed that cultural exchange between Egypt and China has increased in recent years.

A total of 16 delegations from different countries,including Vietnam, Romania, and Pakistan, participated in the seventh Wuzhou Cup Diplomat National Costume Competition held in Beijing’s Xiushui Street.

Peru ranked first at the seventh Wuzhou Cup Diplomat National Costume Competition, while Belarus and Russia took the second and third places.

The Belorussian team performed several dances to traditional Belorussian music; Belarus also won the contest in 2012.
11/27/2018 12:51:13 PM
<![CDATA[Malaysia bets on durian as China goes bananas for world's smelliest fruit]]>
Once planted in family orchards and small-scale farms, the durian, described by some as smelling like an open sewer or turpentine when ripe, is attracting investments like never before. Even property tycoons and companies in palm oil, Malaysia’s biggest agricultural export, are making forays into the durian business.

The Malaysian government is encouraging large-scale farming of durian, counting on a 50 percent jump in exports by 2030.

“The durian industry is transforming from local to global, large-scale farming due to the great demand from China,” said Lim Chin Khee, a durian industry consultant. “Before the boom, a durian farm in Malaysia would be a leisure farm ... Now they are hundreds of acres and bigger, and many more will come.”

Durian may be banned in some airports, public transport and hotels in Southeast Asia for its pungent smell, but the Chinese are huge fans. Durian-flavored foods sold in China include pizza, butter, salad dressing and milk.

“At first, I also hated durians because I thought they have a weird smell,” said Helen Li, 26, eating at a shop specializing in durian pizza in Shanghai, where nearly every customer ordered the 60 yuan ($8.50) dish during a recent lunch hour rush. “But when you taste it, it’s really quite delicious. I think those who hate durian are scared by its smell. But once you try it, I think their opinion will change.”

At another Shanghai restaurant selling durian chicken hotpot - a type of sizzling broth - for around 148 yuan ($21), owner Chen Weihao said the store could sell around 20 to 25 kg of imported Thai durian every month.

“When you taste it, it has a kind of fresh and sweet flavor, as if you have arrived in the tropics,” said 27-year-old customer Yang Yang.


Chinese pay top dollar for Malaysia’s ‘Musang King’ variety of durian because of its creamy texture and bitter-sweet taste. Prices of the variety, now planted all over the country, have nearly quadrupled in the last five years.

China’s durian imports rose 15 percent last year to nearly 350,000 tonnes worth $510 million, according to the United Nations’ trade database. Nearly 40 percent was from Thailand, the world’s top producer and exporter.

Malaysia accounted for less than 1 percent, but expects sales to China to jump to 22,061 tonnes by 2030 from this year’s likely 14,600 tonnes, as trade is widened to include whole fruit from the current restriction to durian pulp and paste.

Lim, the consultant, said palm oil giant IOI Corp and property-to-resorts conglomerate Berjaya Corp have approached him about making ventures into durian farming.

IOI did not respond to Reuters’ queries, but a source with direct knowledge of the matter said the company was looking to plant durian on a small scale.

Berjaya, headed by one of Malaysia’s richest businessmen, Vincent Tan, did not respond to a request for comment.

State-owned palm oil company Felda said the agricultural ministry began planting durian on its land this year. PLS Plantations, a construction and palm plantation firm which counts property tycoon Lim Kang Hoo as a director, last month said it will buy a $5 million stake in a durian exporter.

M7 Plantation Bhd, a private company established last year, is developing a 10,000-acre durian estate in Gua Musang, home to the Musang King in the eastern state of Kelantan, and is selling durian trees for 5,000 ringgit ($1,200) each.

“We founded the company because we see potential in the industry, the primary target being China,” Chief Executive Ng Lee Chin said, adding that most of her buyers were from China.


“Planting durians is not just a hobby today as durians are considered as ‘gold’ in the agriculture industry,” the agriculture department said in e-mailed comments to Reuters.

Malaysia’s durian plantations covered 72,000 hectares last year but the area under cultivation is growing, the department said, and in some areas plantations growing palm oil are switching to durian because it is seen as more lucrative.

In March, Malaysia’s then-agriculture minister was quoted as saying one hectare of Musang King could yield nearly nine times more revenue than a hectare of palm plantation.

In Sabah state, some of the land for durian farming will come from converting palm estates, its agriculture ministry said, adding it was planning expansion over 5,000 hectares.

The increase in durian farming, however, has raised concerns it could take an environmentally destructive path similar to palm oil.

The palm oil industry has been held responsible for large-scale deforestation and destruction of species-rich rainforests in Malaysia.

The Star, a local newspaper, reported last month that around 1,200 hectares of land near a forest reserve in the state of Pahang that is home to the critically endangered Malayan tiger would be razed for Musang King plantations.

Pahang officials did not respond to request for comments.

“In a matter of time, the durian boom will run the way of palm oil,” said Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, president of the environmental non-government organization Peka Malaysia.]]>
11/26/2018 11:44:11 AM
<![CDATA[Thais pray they're barking up the right tree looking for lottery luck]]>
Hundreds flock to the Kunnatri Ruttharam temple every week to pay respects to the enormous dead tree trunk, which is draped in flowers and offerings from worshippers who believe rubbing its bark can reveal winning lottery numbers.

The state-run lottery business is booming in the kingdom, with ticket vendors on almost every street corner and buyers poring over numerology charts to pick the luckiest sequence.

The state lottery contributed 40.8 billion baht ($1.24 billion) to government revenue in 2018, according to data, the highest of any state-owned enterprise and more than double that of the state energy company PTT Pcl.

One lucky worshipper believes he won 70,000 baht ($2,122.50) thanks to the tree and said it has brought him luck before.

“I have won minor prizes before from this tree, I think when I am in tough spots the tree helps me,” Pakapon Chummano, 54, said.

People have a variety of techniques for finding lucky lottery numbers, including visiting spirit mediums, praying to holy relics, or dropping candle wax on water at temples or other holy sites.

Lottery winnings are announced twice a month and the Government Lottery office estimates it sells an average of 90 million tickets per round in a country of almost 70 million people.]]>
11/25/2018 11:25:48 AM
<![CDATA[Michael Jackson fans look to beat it down to Paris art show]]>
The ‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’ exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais features an array of portraits and Jackson-inspired works including collages, videos and installations.

The exhibition was first shown at London’s National Portrait Gallery in June.

Nicholas Cullinan, director at the National Portrait Gallery, hoped the Paris show would replicate the success of the event in London. He said 82,500 people visited the exhibition there, including celebrities such as Madonna.

Artist Kehinde Wiley’s “Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson)” was the last commissioned portrait of the singer before his death, and it shows the eccentric artist in regal mode, wearing armor and riding a horse.

Jackson, dubbed the ‘King of Pop’, died at the age of 50 in 2009 after an overdose of prescribed medicines.

Jackson first rose to fame as a child star singing beside his brothers in the Jackson Five, whose hits included “ABC”.

He then pursued a solo career that led to huge, worldwide hits with songs such as “Beat It”, “Thriller” and “Bad”.]]>
11/24/2018 1:59:31 PM
<![CDATA[Facebook's Zuckerberg says he is not considering resigning]]>
"That's not the plan," Zuckerberg told CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman.

He also defended Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has drawn criticism over her handling of the social media giant's recent crises.

"Sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts for a lot of the biggest issues we have," said Zuckerberg.

"She's been an important partner to me for 10 years. I'm really proud of the work we've done together and I hope that we work together for decades more to come."

Facebook has stumbled from one mess to another this year as it grappled with continuing fallout from Russia's use of the platform to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which user data was harnessed in a bid to help candidate Donald Trump, and a huge security breach involving millions of accounts.

Most recently, an investigative piece published last week by The New York Times said Facebook misled the public about what it knew about Russia's election meddling and used a PR firm to spread negative stories about other Silicon Valley companies and thus deflect anger away from itself.

"It is not clear to me at all that the report is right," Zuckerberg said of the Times article.

"A lot of the things that were in that report, we talked to the reporters ahead of time and told them that from everything that we'd seen, that wasn't true and they chose to print it anyway."

Zuckerberg also defended his company against the broader wave of flak it has taken this year.

"A lot of the criticism around the biggest issues has been fair, but I do think that if we are going to be real, there is this bigger picture as well, which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks who are covering us," he said.

"There are big issues, and I'm not trying to say that there aren't... But I do think that sometimes, you can get the flavor from some of the coverage that that's all there is, and I don't think that that's right either."]]>
11/22/2018 6:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Visa signs as Payments Technology Sponsor for Total Africa Cup of Nations™]]>
The sponsorship deal will make the payments giant the exclusive payment services provider at all venues during the Total AFCON tournaments in 2019 and 2021 and will be the preferred payment option for tickets bought both in-person and online. In addition, Visa will be the official partner of the player escort program, giving over 1,100 children the opportunity to lead their football heroes out at the Total AFCON matches.

Visa has a long and proud history of supporting football, having been a sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 2007. Coming off the back of a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia and with preparations underway for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, this association builds on Visa’s strategy to bring the best of their sponsorship experience on the global stage to regional tournaments.

Ahmad Ahmad, President, Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) said: “The benefits of investing in African football are clear to see, and with football being the number one passion of consumers across the continent we’re delighted to welcome Visa as a sponsor of the Total AFCON tournament. Through this partnership with CAF, Visa will be able to connect further with its customers and leverage CAF as an innovative marketing platform. Africa is now more connected than ever before, and Visa’s payment network will play a vital role in reaching and rewarding fans across the region. I’m certain that together we will take African football to the next level.”

“Football is the most popular sport in the world with an estimated 4 billion fans and the sport intrinsically aligns with Visa’s values of acceptance and inclusion. The Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament is arguably the most important football event in our region where the best of African football comes together. We are very proud to begin our association with CAF, Lagardère Sports and the Total AFCON tournament to support the growth of football in our key markets,” said Andrew Torre, Regional President, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA), Visa.

“Being the exclusive payment services partner at some of the biggest global sporting properties in the world has enabled us to showcase the latest in payment innovation on a global stage and has had a demonstrable impact on the fan experience and local merchant environment. We are looking forward to a very big summer in 2019 where through our sponsorship of two of the largest football tournaments in the world, we can connect football’s most passionate and engaged audiences through our powerful, reliable and secure payment network and create unique and unforgettable experiences for global football fans, cardholders and clients alike,” said Torre.

11/21/2018 5:20:59 PM