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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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The third Zamalek Arts Festival was held at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Art Education and Music and Faculty of Musical Education.





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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.
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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.
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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."

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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.

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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.
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Egypt, Abu Simbel, Temple of Nefertari and Hathor

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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.

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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
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2/13/2019 3:33:04 PM
<![CDATA[Gift ideas for valentine’s day: Say ‘I love you’ with this amazing smartphone!]]>
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
Ghada.abdelkhalek@marriott.com

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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.


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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.
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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.


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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."
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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!
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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.
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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.



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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
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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.

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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

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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.
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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]]>
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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.


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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 ]]>
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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.

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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.

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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]]>

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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]]>
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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.

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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.
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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.

FALL AND RISE

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.”

COLORFUL LIFE

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.”

ANCIENT TRADITION

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.

DIVISIVE FIGURE

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.

COPPERY RED GLOW

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.

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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.

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1/13/2019 1:16:55 PM
<![CDATA[Vodafone Hackathon 101 to foster technology innovation]]>
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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.

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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.
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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.


CONSERVATIVE CITY

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.

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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."




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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.



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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."

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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."
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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."

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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."

DANCING IN THE RAIN

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."

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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.

SHARPSHOOTERS AND DETECTORS

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.

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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.
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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.


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Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today

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Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today

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Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today

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Nubian celebrations during 2018’s Christmas- Abdallah Saleh/Egypt Today
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.



Ingredients


*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

Recipe


- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?


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Taken with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro by Hessa Falaknaz, nominated by Hamdan International Photography Awards (HIPA)
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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.

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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.




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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.

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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
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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.

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12/12/2018 2:36:52 PM
<![CDATA[Enter the competition and win 2 tickets to Mauritius with Emirates]]>
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12/11/2018 2:37:10 PM
<![CDATA[Win 2 tickets to Mauritius from Emirates]]>
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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.

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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.
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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]]>
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”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.


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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.

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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.

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You can enjoy “Chefs United Brunch” every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Aqua E-Luce restaurant, Heliopolis Towers Hotel.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

TOP DOLLAR

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.

AGRICULTURE ‘GOLD’

“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.

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11/21/2018 5:20:59 PM
<![CDATA[Sotheby's holds its first auction for watches in the Middle East]]>
“This region has been growing for the last five to ten years and an increasing number of the world’s biggest collectors are here,” said Sam Hines, worldwide head of watches at Sotheby’s and the night’s auctioneer.

Auction house Christie’s held an auction for watches in Dubai in March.

Monday night’s top seller was a Chopard wristwatch set in white gold, diamond and sapphire which was sold for more than $200,000.

“Prices used to be a bit silly,” said a Dubai-based prospective buyer, noting other auctions suffered from excess hype.

Greater knowledge means prices will not be astronomical, said Hines. “That’s a good thing for the market so it doesn’t overheat and burst.”]]>
11/21/2018 11:31:22 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptians celebrate Prophet Mohammad's birth but miss sugar dolls]]>
Generations of children eagerly anticipated the annual arrival of the dolls at marketplaces throughout the country, enthusiastically breaking them into pieces in order to indulge in the sweet taste.

But in many shops the edible sugar doll has been replaced with a plastic version, especially in larger cities.

Whether made of sugar or plastic, the dolls are dressed as brides.

Yet, for Mohamed Sayed Farag, who makes dolls in the traditional way, the two are not the same.

“Mawlid without sweets? That can’t be,” he said, adding that he makes a sugar doll, called “Zefaf”, Arabic for wedding, which wears a four-layer dress.

The Mawlid al-Nabi holiday, which starts on Tuesday, is an important occasion for many Egyptians, marked by making traditional sweets that are sold in shops and street markets.

Prophet Mohammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in the year 570 AD. Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid, or his birth, each year on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar.]]>
11/20/2018 11:39:09 AM
<![CDATA[Bosch announces expansion with fourth showroom in Egypt]]>
The opening of the new showroom in Cairo’s east side will allow customers to immerse themselves in Bosch quality, sophisticated design, innovations, and try out its latest appliances such as the Series 8 and 6 gas hobs with FlameSelect, and Bosch’s Series 8 ovens in addition to many other highlights and technologies (e.g. I-Dos, ActiveOxygen, XL/XXL fridges, perfectly drying dishwashers). Currently, Egyptian consumers can purchase a range of Bosch appliances at Hyper One, Btech, Aswak Abdelaziz, Smart Homes and other Bosch brand stores in Salah Salim Street, Mohandiseen and Dokki.

Bosch will also inaugurate its first customer service centre in Egypt with their distributor MTI- MM Group in Obour Buildings, Salah Salim Street, Cairo where fourteen certified service technicians will be on the ground, taking up to 50,000 customer orders per year.

“The expansion of our stores and opening of our customer service centre in Egypt further highlights our commitment to the market,” said Saif Khan – BSH VP of Sales and Marketing North Africa. “At Bosch, it is our priority to continue to provide intelligent, reliable and appealing solutions to make the consumer’s life easier, and we are consistently looking to create technology that always serves a purpose. For this reason, we are proud to announce the opening of a new store that will offer Egyptians access to our high-quality, energy-efficient products in the market.”

Egypt is the bridge between North Africa and the Middle East, offering a plethora of opportunities for growth. Bosch’s headquarters in Cairo aims to support economic development and infrastructure, as well as local talent training as it continues to create local jobs.]]>
11/19/2018 8:15:10 PM
<![CDATA[Stolen Picasso resurfaces in Romania six years later]]>
In one of the art world’s most dramatic heists, thieves made off with seven paintings, worth millions of euros, by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others.

While the Romanian ringleader and his accomplices were convicted of the theft in 2013, none of the artworks had been recovered and Romanian experts believed at least three of them had been burned in an attempt to destroy evidence.

“Anti-organized crime prosecutors are investigating the circumstances under which a painting signed by Picasso worth roughly 800,000 euros ($913,440) was found on Saturday evening in Tulcea county,” they said in a statement, adding the painting is being authenticated.

They said two Dutch citizens arrived at the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest with the painting saying they had found it in the southeastern Romanian county.

Security camera footage released at the time of the theft showed a gang entering through a back door of the museum and disappearing from view. Seconds later they reappeared carrying bulky objects.

The other stolen works were Matisse’s “La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune”, Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge, London” and “Charing Cross Bridge, London”, Gauguin’s “Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte”, Meijer De Haan’s “Autoportrait” and Lucian Freud’s “Woman with Eyes Closed”.]]>
11/19/2018 1:18:13 PM
<![CDATA[Taiwan's "notebook boy" commits his memories in writing]]>
Nine years ago, Chen seriously damaged his hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with forming memories, in a traffic accident.

The 26-year-old has lost the ability to make and retain short-term memories. Instead, he painstakingly records his days in lined notebooks, crammed with entries in blue ink.

“I use the notebook to remember who I helped today, how much farm work I did, whether there was rain ... the notebook is my memory,” said Chen, who lives with his stepmother, Wang Miao-cyong, 65, in a remote village in Hsinchu County, northwestern Taiwan.

"I once lost one of my notebooks. I was so sad that I was crying and asked my dad to help me find it."

Since his father died four years ago, Chen and his stepmother have lived on a government disability allowance and a small income they get from farming fruit and vegetables, which they barter with neighbors, some of whom call Chen “notebook boy”.

Dr Lin Ming-teng, head of the psychiatry department at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said Chen has made remarkable progress despite his extensive brain damage.

“From the X-ray, we can see a large part of his brain in black - these are the sections that were operated on after the traffic accident,” Lin said.

“After losing such a substantial portion of his brain, it is quite amazing for him to achieve what he is doing now,” Lin said, adding that Chen could only remember things he had done in the last five to 10 minutes.

Lin said the damage had also affected Chen’s ability to receive and process information.

“This has an effect on his relationship with his mother, too, as sometimes his mother cannot get over the fact that he forgets things,” Lin said.

Wang longs to go back to her hometown in Indonesia, but she feels she cannot leave Chen alone.

“If I leave, who will take care of my son? I can’t imagine his future after I die.”

For now, Chen’s notebooks allow him to preserve some semblance of order in his life.

“October 26 go to Beipu alone, Chen clan organization, go find phone, go Catholic church, Citian Temple, 10:38 ZZZ”, reads one poignant note about a day he spent searching for, and praying to find, his lost mobile phone.

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Ten days later, he found his phone, documenting the find in his notebook, of course.]]>
11/18/2018 11:50:17 AM
<![CDATA[Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily]]>
The “Breathing for the Soul” choir, which was formed this spring, gave its second performance on Thursday in the ball room of a Budapest Hotel.

Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and drawn from hospitals across Hungary, say the singing has improved the quality of their lives.

“I’ve never thought in my life that I would ever sing,” Maria Aranyi, 74, who has been suffering from serious asthma for a decade.

“After the grey days, there is a place where I feel good ... after singing I noticed that I could also breathe more easily.”

Many lung disease patients become inhibited in their daily lives and get increasingly isolated. Singing in a choir has brought them new friends.

Doctor Katalin Vardi came up with the idea of forming the choir after learning that similar patients in other countries had found singing beneficial.

She said introducing concerts had given a new sense of purpose to people who have to cope with the thought that their symptoms could get worse as the disease progresses.

“We upped the stakes for them, in order to change their own image of themselves,” Vardi said.

“With this community ... they can show their talent to the world and the fact that they work together for this, is a hugely positive feeling for them.”

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The songs were chosen to showcase the patients’ abilities by conductor Gyorgy Philipp, who said the concert was a huge challenge for people who had never been on stage.

“We select songs that make it possible for patients to be able to perform longer lines, more difficult tunes and they can develop through that system,” he said.]]>
11/17/2018 12:31:32 PM
<![CDATA[Easter Island delegation heads to British Museum to lobby for statue return]]>
The seven-foot (2.13 m) tall basalt figure, known as “Hoa Hakananai’a,” meaning “lost or stolen friend” in the local language, was among 900 statues or “Moai,” meaning “ancestors,” carved by islanders between 1100 and 1600 A.D.

The Hoa Hakananai’a 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 passed it on to the British Museum.

The statue is one of many artifacts British explorers and dignitaries acquired from around the globe that are displayed in the British Museum. But a number of these treasures have become the subject of intense debate and requests for their return by their countries of origin.

Among these are the Grecian antique sculptures known as the Elgin Marbles and the Benin Bronzes from modern-day Nigeria.

The Hoa Hakananai’a is unique among the Moai because it is made of basalt, while the larger statues that still populate Easter Island were hewn from blocks of compressed volcanic ash. It also bears figures associated with the Tangata Manu, or “bird man”, cult carved on its back.

The delegation will offer to swap the Hoa Hakananai’a for another Moai carved from stone by the contemporary local sculptor Bene Tuki.

Felipe Ward, Chile’s heritage minister who will accompany the delegation to the meeting in London on Tuesday, said he had “a glimmer of hope because they are wiling to discuss it.”

“The best place for this Moai is where it was created,” he told Reuters in an interview in Santiago this week. “Rapa Nui is an open air museum so the conditions for protecting it are perfect.”

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A spokesman for the British Museum told Reuters it was always willing to consider loaning out objects from its collection “subject to the usual conditions.”

“We believe that there is great value in presenting objects from across the world, alongside the stories of other cultures at the British Museum,” the spokesman said.

“Hoa Hakananai’a is free to view and is among the most popular and most photographed exhibits with our 6 million visitors each year.”]]>
11/16/2018 1:03:00 PM
<![CDATA[Savor gourmet experiences at Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo]]>
Foie Gras, Whiskey & Wine

Bar’oro is the golden bar that offers you a golden experience in a classic setting with a variety of signature cocktails, bar bites and a wide variety of exclusive Cuban cigars with a walk-in humidor. This month the elegant bar welcomes guests to celebrate the early winter days in luxury. The Foie gras focused menu invites guests to indulge in one of three unique creations, featuring the signature “Goose Foie Gras” paired with whiskey or wine according to your preference. Delight in the jazzy sounds of our live jazz band in a classic setting overlooking dazzling Nile views.

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With its collection of restaurants, bars and lounges, the downtown hotel attracts both visitors and locals in search of refined cuisine and beautifully designed spaces. - Press Photo

Savor porcini and wine at Vivo

Famous for bringing the authentic taste of Italy to the heart of Cairo, Vivo is a favorite among the city’s gourmands as it offers the rustic and rich Italian gastronomy in a modern, contemporary setting overlooking infinite views of the Nile and Cairo tower. This season, Chef Carmine De Luggo, Chef De Cuisine has something special in store for diners, with a tempting new menu that pairs the bold, earthy flavor of Porcini mushrooms with the distinctive taste of locally-produced Egyptian wines. Featuring a range of signature dishes, each built around imported European Porcini, the special menu will be available from 15th November for an entire month with prices starting from EGP 750 per person excluding all taxes.


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11/15/2018 1:39:49 PM
<![CDATA[1st AltShift Festival: safe place free of egos and organizational weights]]>
The three-day cross-disciplinary event aims to create a "safe place free of egos and organizational weights" for change-makers to connect, ask new questions, learn, experiment, and work together on the complex challenges of our time.

AltShift is a first of its kind event in the MENA region with a zero-waste policy. More than 30 change-makers from six countries cooperated intensively to deliver this unique event. The event has been held in many European countries.

Ehab Elia, the founder of Ouishare Egypt, joined hands with The Good Summit to bring this festival to Egypt. The Egyptian entrepreneur, Elia told Egypt Today the story behind AltShift and how his dream to bring this event to Cairo turned to reality.

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AltShift Volunteers welcoming

“I work in a worldwide NGO called Ouishare. This organization was established in 2012 in Paris and now we are present in 40 cities around the globe. We work mainly in four fields; organizing full events, consultancy, working on academic research papers, and providing incubation programs for social enterprises,” Ehab Elia, the founder of Ouishare Egypt, told Egypt Today.

It was in 2014 when Elia first attended this Ouishare festival in France as a volunteer and since then he has started thinking of transacting the philosophy of this event to Cairo. After four years, Cairo saw the first AltShift event.



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AltShift Participant discussion


Elia told Egypt Today “The event is called (Alt)ernative Shift as we seek to express that it’s a shifting moment; everything around us is changing in a very high speed and complex manner. It seems that the shift is happening to us not with us; we don’t have a hand in a shift and we don’t know where we are going but we are going. So the idea of the festival is that we need an alternative shift: AltShift.”

The festival was based on three pillars: Human, Technology, and the City. The Human pillar included tracks like “Human Futures of Work” and “Health”. Another discussion on how the use of new media and storytelling can foster women leadership in Egypt was held in partnership with the Womanity Foundation.

The second day discussed "Technology" which included tracks such as “Open Organizations,” “Decentralized Technologies - Blockchain and other decentralized technology,” and “Fintech.”

The final day invited participants to co-create a “Regenerative City Model.” The Regenerative City Model aims to bring together different positive concepts around regenerative cities and demonstrate how they can be applied in different contexts to make cities more resilient. "There are a lot of positive concepts and projects, but never together. Imagine putting the maximum number of these concepts into a city to create a Regenerative City Model," Elia stated.


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Participant working on the Regenerative City Model


Two hundred people attended the event which presented 56 local speakers and seven international ones.

Elia also talked about Ouishare saying that “It is a global community or network of independent persons who could be change makers, entrepreneurs or officials. They all have the idea that our mode of production and consumption should be changed to be more efficient or more in phase with the world where we live today.”


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Ending AltShift with participant, volunteer, and the team


“Wait for us from 18 to 21 October 2019 at the second edition of AltShift Festival,” Elia concluded.

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11/15/2018 5:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction in Geneva]]>
Ten dazzling treasures that belonged to the ill-fated queen are part of a 100-piece collection, held by the Italian royal House of Bourbon-Parma, being sold by Sotheby's auction house.

They include a diamond-set monogrammed ring containing a lock of her hair, valued at $8,000-10,000.

Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the revolution, was guillotined in Paris in October 1793 at the age of 37.

"How do you top Marie Antoinette?" Andres White Correal, Sotheby's senior director of jewellery, told AFP last month.

He described Wednesday's auction at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the Shores of Lake Geneva as "the sale of the 21st Century".

Jaw-dropping prices have been paid for precious gems at recent Geneva jewel auctions, with some rare, flawless coloured diamonds fetching tens of millions of dollars each.

Marie Antoinette's pieces are not expected to approach those heights, but buyers may still part with hundreds of thousands of dollars to own a piece of history.

The highlight is Marie Antoinette's Pearl, a natural pearl and diamond pendant valued at $1-2 million (870,000-1.7 million euros).

A natural pearl and diamond necklace composed of three rows of more than 100 slightly graduated pearls is expected to fetch $200,000-300,000, as are a pair of pearl and diamond pendant earrings.

A fine natural pearl and diamond necklace is meanwhile priced at $40,000-70,000, while a double ribbon bow diamond brooch is estimated at $50,000-80,000.

"It is one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market and each and every jewel is absolutely imbued with history," said Daniela Mascetti, deputy chair of Sotheby's jewellery in Europe.

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The jewels have followed a winding path highlighting European power dynamics in the 18th and 19th centuries.

According to accounts written by the queen's lady in waiting, Madame Campan, Marie Antoinette spent an entire evening in the Tuileries Palace wrapping all her diamonds, rubies and pearls in cotton and enclosing them in a wooden chest.

They were sent to Brussels, governed by her sister Archduchess Marie-Christine, before being sent on to the French queen's native Austria, and into the safe-keeping of her nephew, the emperor.

In 1792, the royal family was imprisoned in Paris. The king and queen were executed the next year, and their 10-year-old son Louis XVIII died in captivity.

Only their daughter, Marie Therese of France, survived. She was sent to Austria in 1796, where she was given her mother's jewels.

She had no children herself, but passed on the jewels to her niece and adopted daughter, Louise of France, Duchess of Parma, who in turn left them to her son, Robert I (1848-1907), the last ruling Duke of Parma.

They have been privately owned by relatives ever since.]]>
11/14/2018 11:11:20 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Mate 20, 20 Pro unveiled: More AI, better cameras, wireless charging]]>
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date—the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the advanced 7nm process incorporating the powerful Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and an unprecedented smooth user experience. The new 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with the best battery life. The Matrix Camera System includes Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users not only see wider, but also closer with its new macro distance capability. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back plays with light and shadows, producing an iridescent optical effect that is immediately captivating. The Matrix Camera System adopts the iconic Four-Point Design that exudes personality, giving the device a unique visual identity that is recognizable even at a distance. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is shipped with the highly customized Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system, on which consumers can enjoy all productivity and entertainment features easily and conveniently with a few simple taps and swipes.

Available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series encompasses four devices: HUAWEI Mate 20, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, HUAWEI Mate 20 X and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS.

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“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG.

Ultimate Performance and Battery Life

The SoC at the core of smartphones has a determining factor in a device’s performance and efficiency. Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm technology process, the SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is 75 percent more powerful, GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and NPU that is 226 percent more powerful. Furthermore, the efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is 58 percent more efficient, GPU is 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU is 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores. Huawei has innovatively designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This grants the CPU the flexibility to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for unprecedented levels of efficiency, simultaneously improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing the battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Cat. 21 standard, allowing consumers to experience download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. It also supports the world’s fastest Wi-Fi connection speeds--2GB footage requires only 10 seconds to download. The top-end flagship also supports dual-band (L1+L5) GPS positioning technology. The AI GPS Satellite Selection technology enhances the positioning accuracy across a wide range of scenarios.

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Besides superb performance, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features groundbreaking improvement on battery life. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes. The safety of the technology is certified by TÜV Rheinland.

Moreover, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge, the industry’s fastest wireless charging solution, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 X supports an ultra-large 5000mAh battery, and is equipped with a revolutionary HUAWEI super cool system that uses a combination of graphene film and vapor chamber to deliver outstanding cooling performance. With the cooling system in place, the CPU and GPU embedded in HUAWEI Mate 20 X can remain at full throttle for an extended period of time and deliver the smoothest and most satisfying gaming experience to consumers. The HUAWEI super cool system also marks the first time graphene is utilized to cool smartphones.

Matrix Camera System

Building on the foundation of HUAWEI P20 Series’ camera system, Huawei augmented the HUAWEI Mate 20 with a powerful addition—16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are placed as close as 2.5cm from the lens. The added ultra-wide angle lens and macro support completes the feature set of the camera system, elevating it to a truly all-round camera that is ready to capture any and all action. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20 MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8 MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Color video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognize even small details. Besides user authentication, this suite of sensors also enables the portrait beautification effects to be realized in a more natural and effective way.

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EMUI 9 Enables a Quality Life

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9.0, a smart operating system based on Android P. Through AI self-learning algorithms, an integrated and granular resource allocation system, and a highly optimized Android environment, EMUI 9 delivers an “evergreen” experience—it remains smooth even through extended use.

EMUI 9.0 incorporates a unified, ergonomic design and a streamlined settings menu. The new gesture navigation support allows users to effortlessly interact with their devices using just taps and swipes. It also introduces new AI features that enable the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting . Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a fun digital avatar to dance or interact with.

As a key pillar supporting Huawei’s all-connected, all-scenario ecosystem, HUAWEI Share 3.0 delivers a revolutionary improvement in device interconnection, allowing users to transfer files between smartphones and PC. This is an innovative, Huawei-proprietary solution that enables device interconnectivity. It revolutionizes the way people transfer images and videos: all it takes is one tap to establish a connection between a smartphone and PC for easy and fast file sharing .

Futuristic Design

As an expression of the HUAWEI Mate Series DNA, all devices carry a FullView display with a high screen-to-body ratio. Compactly engineered, every device from the 6.39-inch HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro to the 7.2-inch HUAWEI Mate 20 X can be comfortably used with a single hand.

The grace of natural elements is captured on the design of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series. In particular the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s chassis is curved on all eight sides—a marvel to behold, and a pleasure to hold in the hand. For the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS, Huawei and Porsche Design ingeniously combined race track elements with premium materials to create a device that exudes elegance and offers a firm, ergonomic grip.

The Matrix Camera array on the back of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series features a four-point design with the three cameras and sensor encircled in a polished metal frame, producing an avant-garde look that is both bold and distinct. The flagship series comes in a new Emerald Green colorway, which is as brilliant as its namesake gemstone. 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. The devices retain a clean look even when they have been used extensively.

The new HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, as well as HUAWEI WATCH GT, HUAWEI Band 3 Pro will go on sale in countries including the U.K., France, Italy and United Arab Emirates soon.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR799 and the HUAWEI Mate 20 (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR849 from 16th October, 2018.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR1049 from 16th October, 2018.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 X (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR899 from 26th October, 2018.
The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS (8GB + 256GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR1695, and the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS (8GB + 512GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR2095 from 16th November, 2018.

Embodying exquisite design, powerful performance, extraordinary capturing capabilities and next-generation intelligence, the new HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is the partner of choice for professionals pursuing quality of life.

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11/13/2018 1:13:01 PM
<![CDATA[Women cancer patients learn makeup tips in new Egypt workshop]]>
“It helps a lot mentally ... to feel beautiful and to feel that the medicine didn’t change us,” said Khalil, 46, who suffers from multiple myeloma, a blood plasma cancer.

The workshop is part of a program already in operation in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates called “Be Beautiful” that will be launched this month in at least seven hospitals in Egypt. It will offer women cancer patients makeup tips as well as mental health support and advice about nutrition.

“When the cancer patient feels that she is beautiful and when she gets proper nutrition that will have a positive effect on her mental state and that strengthens her immune system,” said Hanadi el-Imam, founder of the Hoda el-Imam Foundation, which is organizing the workshops.

She said the aim is to offer the workshops in five Egyptian governorates within a year.

Faten Fawzi, a breast cancer patient who was among a group of five patients learning how to paint their eyebrows and apply conditioner on dry skin at the Cairo Marriott Hotel, said she felt like her hair was burned after chemo.

“I went to my hairdresser and he shaved it off completely and I was devastated and started crying,” Fawzi, 46, told Reuters.

“But after that I put on a chic wig that looked like my hair and you couldn’t tell at all that I had cancer.”

While she recently got rid of the wig, Fawzi said she still paints her eyebrows and cares about her makeup routine because it makes her feel better.

Ghada Salah who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, said she started to experiment with different wigs and colorful hats after she lost her hair to chemotherapy.

“I didn’t want to look sick,” she said. “I didn’t want people to think ‘poor her, she has cancer.’”

The organizers hope to serve 5,000 Egyptian women in the first year, said Dina Omar, a cardiologist and one of the founders of Be Beautiful.

Globally, cancer is responsible for one in six deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 70 percent of deaths from cancer happen in low- and middle-income countries, WHO said.]]>
11/13/2018 11:53:16 AM
<![CDATA[TAMEER collaborates with AUC to beautify water tower outside New Cairo campus]]>
Reflecting the latest trends in the world of architecture and design, this innovative project will allow AUC students majoring in design, architecture and business to start submitting drafts, as teams, for new designs and full business cases to beautify the water tower. TAMEER, as a gift for the city of New Cairo, will implement the winning design.

Being a pioneering player in the industry since 1954, TAMEER, attained this partnership, which falls in-line with the company’s interest in contributing to the global trend to beautify less attractive buildings across the skyline, and to offer a real opportunity to educate on how art, design and architecture should be collaborating.

"Tameer’s portfolio extended over more than 60 years and comprises such architectural masterpieces, the thing that makes us true witnesses to the architectural scene in Egypt. Our aim is to show that architecture and design can be both beautiful and practical," said Antoine El Khoury, Managing Director of TAMEER. "The world is becoming a lot more competitive and without future generations of creative and unique architectures to inspire the real estate sector, Egypt, is likely to fall behind.

This is why competitions and collaborations of this nature are so important,” he went on to say.

As part of the project, students will be required to share not only designs but also engineering and architectural footprints in addition to visibility plans and budgets. From the submissions, 3 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury comprised of representatives of TAMEER and the AUC community, in addition to urban designers from the New Cairo local Authority. The winner will then be selected from among the finalists by TAMEER’s board of directors.

The competition will be open to students in a variety of academic fields, including engineering, business, graphic design, architecture and marketing. "Such competitions increase students’ awareness of market trends, advance their career readiness and distinguish them in the job market,” said Maha Guindi, Executive Director of AUC's Career Center and a member of the Water Tower Beautification Committee.

Guindi further added, “By opening the competition up to such a wide segment of students, the hope is to offer a comprehensive hands-on experience and allow them to develop concepts that are both practical and beautiful.”

Two teams will receive a financial award, while the winning team will be offered an educational trip to Beirut. The cultural trip will function as a mini-internship with Solidere, the company behind the post-war urban regeneration of Beirut Central District. 

Highlighting the important experience the competition will provide, Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of AUC’s Department of Architecture and a representative of the Water Tower Beautification Committee, said, "We want the students to learn to operate under a strict budget, and according to a defined brand identity and other criteria. All this will prepare them for the real working world."

The decorated water tower will serve the community, as the project’s main aim is to carve landmarks for the city of New Cairo to last forever. The competition also aspires for the tower to serve as a source of inspiration for those living in and around the area and to motivate upcoming generations of students to be creative and contribute to the community.
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11/12/2018 6:06:00 PM
<![CDATA[The Great War's end: a grandmother remembers]]>
The gritty Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood where she lived celebrated mightily, but a grim legacy of the war went on to take an even deadlier toll.

“People filled the streets. It was so exciting, even though I wasn’t exactly sure what was happening,” Marie Starace recalled years later. “They were laughing, crying, and singing. Some men fired guns into the air.

“A woman fell to her knees in the street with her hands together as if she was praying. She was crying so hard that looking at her made me cry, too.” Despite the passage of time, my grandmother’s eyes filled with tears as she described the scene.

Later in life, during many tea-soaked storytelling sessions with me about her life, Armistice Day remained a vivid memory for my grandmother.

The cessation of hostilities had been anticipated for days. There had even been an inaccurate report of an armistice on Nov. 7. It finally came to pass on Nov. 11, a date the adventurous little girl, who was mostly called Mary, was sure to remember.

A multitude headed to the 14th Regiment Armory on 8th Avenue in Brooklyn, she told me, and my grandmother made the long walk from the docks with them. To this day a bronze of a “doughboy,” as soldiers in the American Expeditionary Forces were known, stands there in the name of the “Men of the 14th Infantry who were engaged in the World War 1917-1918.” The sculpture was donated by families who lost loved ones in the war.

The crowds swelled and marched on to where soldiers were gathering near Prospect Park at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, dedicated to those who fought to defend the union in the U.S. Civil War. The sight of the soldiers brought the throng to fever pitch.

“Soldiers were already marching by the time I got to the park. When I saw the parade, I thought they were celebrating my birthday!”

She marched with them, she said, fondly recalling a soldier who gave her a nickel. It was a precious gift, good for a small sack of flour or some apples in a neighborhood where families, including her own, scraped at times to make ends meet, hard times made harder by the war.

On the steps of a house not far from where she lived, my grandmother saw a young man sitting quietly by himself. “I wondered why he seemed so sad,” she remembered. She asked her mother, my great-grandmother, about him. “Mamma said, ‘Leave him alone, Mary. He’s shell-shocked.”

The suffering and deprivation the war wrought hung heavy over Europe and the United States like so much cannon-fire smoke as people struggled to restore equilibrium to a shattered world.

Soldiers returned home broken, with mental and physical wounds, some with lungs burned raw by mustard gas, others with the Spanish flu, called La Grippe in Europe and “The Grippe” in Brooklyn. The war to end all wars claimed some 17 million lives.

The pandemic killed at least 50 million worldwide, about 675,000 in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in its 100th-year commemoration of the flu pandemic.

For the daughter of ship’s pilot Salvatore Starace and Antonia Esposito, “the grippe” was another indelible childhood memory. New York City’s Health Department struggled to contain the disease, quarantining stricken households and restricting public gatherings.

My grandmother recounted bodies being put on ice inside horse-drawn trucks as morgues filled up. Hospital staffs were depleted by the flu, and my grandmother told of men who had been medics in the Army pitching in.

Her maternal uncle, Alexander Esposito, who served with the U.S. Army, was one of them. “Uncle Allie volunteered to help at the hospital because he had some medical training,” she told me. “Mamma was worried that he would get the flu and die.”

In Brooklyn alone in 1918, 4,514 people died from influenza from a population of 1,798,513, according to almanacs published in 1918 and 1920 by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper.

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Until she died in 1996, whenever my grandmother saw me going out with an open coat, she warned: “Button up or you’ll get the grippe.”

By many written and photographic accounts New York City threw caution to the wind on Armistice Day.

“I never saw anything like that day,” she told me.]]>
11/11/2018 1:21:29 PM
<![CDATA['I ignore it', artist Hockney says on upcoming record-sale hype]]>
But the 81-year-old, known for his colorful depictions of Los Angeles swimming pools and the countryside of his native Yorkshire, is brushing off the attention.

“I ignore it,” Hockney told Reuters on the sidelines of an awards ceremony late on Wednesday. “I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen.”

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Set against a lush green landscape, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” is one of Hockney’s most famous works, depicting a man in a pink jacket looking down on another figure swimming underwater in a pool.

Composed ahead of a exhibition in New York, the 1972 canvas was inspired by two photographs, including one of Hockney’s former partner.

Auction house Christie’s, which says the painting is “poised to become the most valuable work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction”, estimates a price tag “in the range of $80 million” for its Nov. 15 sale in New York.

If it meets that figure, that would smash the price tag of current record holder, Jeff Koons’ stainless steel “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sculpture, which sold for $58.4 million in 2013.

Hockney, who recently designed a stained glass window in honor of Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey, is considered one of Britain’s most influential artists.

On Wednesday night, he was recognized with an award for his contribution to printmaking by Norway’s Queen Sonja’s art foundation. Asked about future projects, Hockney said he had set his sights on France: “I am planning to travel to Normandy next year to do the arrival of spring.”]]>
11/10/2018 12:50:59 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei launches king of smartphones Huawei Mate 20 Series in MENA region]]>
“Huawei takes pride in being a pioneer in On-Device Artificial Intelligence, shaping the evolution of smartphones into intelligent tools that understand users in order to assist them. Through innovative features such as a revolutionary Matrix Camera System, a long-lasting battery and the groundbreaking Reverse Charging, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series aims to empower users by responding to their daily needs and allowing them to fully immerse into today's digital world” said Gene Jiao President of Huawei CBG, Middle East and Africa.

Following a mesmerizing animation and a lightshow projection on the Burj Khalifa, an informative presentation about the brand's performance in the region and how Huawei has grown to become the 2nd largest smartphone brand regionally and globally was given by Gene Jiao. H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council was welcomed on stage to announce the second year of collaboration between Huawei and Dubai Sports Council, as Huawei will be the official presenting partner of the Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup.

“Huawei is a brand that is a strong supporter of the UAE Government's innovation vision as well as community initiatives and they are as passionate as we are about connecting people through sports and other activities, and moments that unite the region. So it is a great pleasure for us to see Huawei continue with the title-sponsorship of the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai for a second year running, and they are an active partner in a number of other events and activities as well” said H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council.

Gene Jiao and H.E Saeed Hareb jointly unboxed and unveiled the new Huawei Mate 20 series on stage. Designed with the industry's most powerful and sophisticated process technology, the latest Huawei devices set a new bar by which all 2018 smartphones will be measured.

Revolutionary Matrix Camera system

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are laces as closed as 2.5 cm from the lens. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Color video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

Long-lasting Battery, Super charge and wireless quick charge and a unique reverse charging feature

Besides superb performance, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features groundbreaking improvement on battery life. It houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, which is available on Mate 20 pro only, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes. The safety of the technology is certified by TÜV Rheinland.

Moreover, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge, the industry's fastest wireless charging solution, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the much-anticipated HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to users in the Middle East and Africa region

Biometric Identification and In-screen Fingerprint

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognize even small details. Besides user authentication, this suite of sensors also enables the portrait beautification effects to be realized in a more natural and effective way.

The HUAWEI mate 20 series also features an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The company has evolved the design of its in-screen fingerprint sensor to achieve better speed and success rates. It can pinpoint the location of a user's finger on the screen, and remove the on-screen prompt immediately when a user removes his or her finger.

Kirin 980 Chipset

The SoC at the core of smartphones has a determining factor in a device's performance and efficiency. Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm technology process, the SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is 75 percent more powerful, GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and NPU that is 226 percent more powerful. Furthermore, the efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is 58 percent more efficient, GPU is 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU is 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world's first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores. The Kirin 980 is also the industry's first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications.

EMUI 9 Enables a Quality Life

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9.0, a smart operating system based on Android P. Through AI self-learning algorithms, the operating system delivers an “evergreen” experience—it remains smooth even through extended use. It also features a new gesture navigation support allowing users to effortlessly interact with their devices using just taps and swipes. In addition it enables the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting by simply pointing camera towards objects. It is also able to recognize famous paintings and landmarks. Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a fun digital avatar to dance or interact with.

Through the newly introduced Hi-vision feature which was customized for the region's users in partnership with DTCM, the devices from Huawei will be able to recognize Dubai's most prominent landmarks and give users useful information about each landmark.

Mr Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing said, “At Dubai Tourism, we are continuously seeking partnerships and creative collaborations to promote the emirate as a destination of choice for global travellers. Huawei's leadership and reach across China and MENA make them an excellent partner for our outreach efforts. As a brand known for putting people at the heart of its technology, and for driving a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, Huawei shares many values with Dubai. It was this meeting of minds that enabled an exciting partnership to be inked between our two entities and we are excited to have collaborated with them to produce the Mate 20 HiVision capability, a feature which showcases Dubai's prominent landmarks, acting as an intelligent guide for tourists in the city and raising awareness about Dubai's key achievements.

With smartphone photography being one of the signatures of Huawei and the camera being one of the strongest features of the new flagship devices, Huawei has also collaborated with Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) to introduce a smartphone photography category for the first time ever, making the competition accessible to smartphone photography enthusiasts.

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The event took place at Burj Park where the audience was treated to a Huawei lightshow projected on the city's most prominent landmark, the Burj Khalifa.

PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS

It is the latest mobile luxury device created through the collaboration between Porsche Design and Huawei. As the fourth handset to join the exclusive line-up, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS continues the tradition set by its predecessors, blending state-of the-art technology with uncompromising design. The iconic automotive design element is incorporated into the back of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS—a device with the Rennsport “RS” designation—with a luxury twist. The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS racing stripe motifs are put together with all-natural leather and glass. The leather sides add a natural, personal touch to the design, symbolizing the consumer-centric ethos that drives Porsche Design and Huawei, whilst giving a more luxurious look to the device. Together with perfectly rounded edges, the soft natural leather ensures a firm, ergonomic grip and premium touch that evokes the feeling of complete control.

HUAWEI WATCH GT

In addition to the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, the powerful HUAWEI WATCH GT was also unveiled during the event.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT integrates all the functional specifications in a 10.6mm thick compact body to the maximum extent, being a lot thinner than similar products on the market. It is suitable for both genders and is of popular sports design with a large screen and is cell equipped, also comprising full circle dial and bezel, crown, ear and more. It applies the industry leading innovative GPS technology – the GPS chip – making it capable of supporting the simultaneous positioning of three satellite systems for rapid and accurate positioning, completely recording all outdoor exercises data with utmost accuracy.

The watch also boasts power consumption thanks to its low-speed engine enabling it to use 1/6 of the power similar products would. It also comes with a strong endurance – displayed in its different scenarios such as the 24 hour one where heart rate and scientific sleeping functions are activated, GPS open during 90 minutes exercise session, 6 incoming calls, 3 alarm reminders as well as screen brightening for 200 times.

Huawei Music Service

Also available is the Huawei Music Service, users will get access to millions of songs including exclusive music from top artists. It also comes with a unique Super Quality music experience along with Party Mode enabling up to 8 devices to play the same music at the same time and the innovative Running Mode that matches the rhythm of your music to your steps.


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11/8/2018 5:17:17 PM
<![CDATA[Enter Matrix with Triple AI-powered camera in smartphone king Huawei Mate 20 Pro]]>
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Huawei Phone - Press Photo

World’s First Camera Equipped with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens

Huawei Mate 20 pro, world’s best smartphone camera is now better than ever with introducing the Matrix Camera System that comprises a 40MP RGBW camera (Wide Angle 27mm, f/1.8), a 20MP camera with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens (f/2.2) and a 8MP telephoto camera (3x Telephoto 80mm, f/2.4, OIS), while on the front, there is a single 24MP camera. An ultra-wide angle lens enables users to capture an impressively wide perspective even within the confines of tight spaces. The images captured are crisp, clean and have a high contrast, which gives the image a three-dimensional effect. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.

The capabilities of the Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens are exemplified in tight spaces. With it, users can easily create a sense of spaciousness. It is ideal for capturing natural marvels such as vast plains, flower fields and mountain ranges, making it an ideal travel companion.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro also features an AI Portrait Color video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and de-saturate the colors around them to dramatically high lighten the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

NEW AND IMPROVED MASTER AI

The Master AI image recognition capability gets an upgrade with HUAWEI Mate 20 Series. On HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, the camera can recognize 1,500 scenarios across 25 categories. AI helps you optimize your colors so that every shot comes out perfect from the get-go—saving you from the hassle that is post-processing.

HIVISION

With HiVision2, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is an encyclopedia that fits in a pocket. HiVision leverages the AI capabilities of the device to identify various objects in the real world.
With only a few weeks to go until Huawei launches the Mate 20 Pro in Egypt next month, we can only wait with bated breath to see how the new avant-garde smartphone will add ease and efficiency into our lives.

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11/8/2018 5:08:26 PM
<![CDATA[Happy workplace, happy employees, happy customers]]>
A happy employee, Vodafone Egypt believes, is a productive employee, and a productive employee, makes for a happy customer.

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Established more than 25 years ago, the Top Employers Institute has certified over 1,500 organizations in 118 countries and is among the most prestigious human resource (HR) awards out there.

Still, this is not at all new for Vodafone Egypt. After all, the company has been the employer of choice for the last five years in a number of different renowned awards and holds the Top Employer Certification Award from Top Employer Global Institute.

On the international scene, Vodafone is also doing most of the groundwork for companies by leading the way in employee satisfaction.

The prestigious company has led other companies worldwide by demonstrating a positive and diverse workplace culture, talent strategy, career and succession management, and compensation and benefits. Most often, Vodafone is cited for its more than excellent support of women in the workplace.

Between ensuring that women are supported in the workplace, to providing working mothers with an on-site nursery, to a longer-than-normal paid maternity leave, to producing opportunities for women through developmental courses and training programs, Vodafone Egypt has more than earned the Certified Top Employer in 2019 Award for its stellar employee conditions.

In Vodafone Egypt, women hold about 50% of the senior positions; a fact that strongly supports the company’s women economic empowerment and social empowerment messages, which we have seen them carry out through their giving-back-to-the-community programs, as well as their internal and external strategies.

Vodafone Egypt does not simply aim to empower women, they strive for excellence at all levels, and to support all their employees by providing them with appropriate opportunities based on each individual’s needs.

As a result, the company, in accordance with the Egyptian government and Ministry of Manpower’s plan, dedicates 5% of its positions for individuals with special needs, including blind and visually impaired individuals.

Through providing fully accessible premises and a safe working environment for people with special needs, as well as investing in internationally-leading, state-of-the-art modern technology to transmit text and information displayed on computer screens into a form that is suitable for a visually impaired employee, Vodafone Egypt is playing a positive role towards the integration and empowerment of those with special needs.

Equity and equality in opportunity is key to creating a supporting and happy workplace for Vodafone Egypt.

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Progressing, feeling appreciated and awarded, and having the chance to move up the ladder is a central focus of Vodafone Egypt, therefore, they provide employees with top-not personal and professional growth opportunities through online and classroom training programs. Through digital and more traditional platforms, Vodafone Egypt provides a multitude of learning and developing opportunities.

But that is not all. No, not even close. Vodafone Egypt, unlike most companies in Egypt, helps employees plan their career and future! The company helps employees find out about career options, possible employment routes, and teaches them how to progress within the industry. The company also offers plenty of training opportunities to ensure their employees gain the skills and experiences needed for them to reach their desires post.

Additionally, the reward scheme that Vodafone Egypt has in place helps keep individuals motivated and pushes them to work on becoming the best version of themselves.

As a company that pushes for the best, the well-being of employees is a central focus of Vodafone Egypt. Therefore, Vodafone Egypt has a Health & Safety team that works on optimizing the workplace atmosphere and ensuring a safe workplace that adheres to international office health and safety standards.

Put all these efforts together and one can simply see how Vodafone Egypt was able to land the Top Employer 2019 Award.

Between their excellent HR practices and strategies, their performance management, and their workforce planning, Vodafone Egypt was able to align their policies on an international scale and put their best foot forward, building a comfortable and safe workspace for employees to thrive.

As an independent certifying body, the Top Employers Institute awards companies that have a minimum standard, which is put in place by the Institute; the institute assesses participants through their global HR Best Practices Survey.

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Commenting on why the awarded companies receive such a high award, CEO of Top Employers Institute David Plink said, “We believe that the 2019 certified organizations demonstrate exceptional employee conditions and encourage the development of these practices by putting their people first. These companies help enrich the world of work with their outstanding dedication to HR excellence and because of this, they are recognized as an employer of choice.”

Vodafone Egypt has earned its place on the list of awarded companies through their hard work and their employee-friendly strategies.

More importantly, Vodafone Egypt was able to earn its place in the hearts and minds of its employees.
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11/7/2018 1:47:38 PM
<![CDATA[Nigeria's 'Mona Lisa' shown at home for first time since it resurfaced]]>
“Tutu”, an art work by Nigeria’s best-known modern artist, Ben Enwonwu, was painted in 1974. It appeared at an art show in Lagos the following year, but its whereabouts after that were unknown, until it re-surfaced in north London.

The owners - who wished to remain anonymous - had called in Giles Peppiatt, an expert in modern and contemporary African art at the London auction house Bonhams, to identify their painting. He recognized Enwonwu’s portrait.

“It was discovered by myself on a pretty routine valuation call to look at a work by Ben Enwonwu,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of contemporary African art at Bonhams. “I didn’t know what I was going to see. I turned up, and it was this amazing painting. We’d had no inkling ‘Tutu’ was there.

How it got there remains a bit of a mystery, Peppiatt said.

“All the family that owned it know is that it was owned by their father, who had business interests in Nigeria. He traveled and picked it up in the late or mid-70s.”

The family put the portrait up for sale, and it was auctioned for 1.2 million pounds ($1.57 million) in February to an anonymous buyer. The sale made it the highest-valued work of Nigerian modern art sold at auction.

“Tutu” was loaned to the Art X Lagos fair, held from Friday to Sunday, by Access Bank, the organizers said in a statement. Peppiatt said Access arranged the loan but is not the painting’s owner.

“‘Tutu’ is referred to as the African ‘Mona Lisa’ by virtue of this disappearance and re-emergence, and it is the first work of a modern Nigerian artist to sell for over a million pounds,” said Tokini Peterside, the art fair’s founder.

The original Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. The thief, Vincenzo Peruggia, eventually took it to Italy, where it was recovered and in 1914 returned to the Louvre.

The Nigerian painting is a portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, a grand-daughter of a traditional ruler from the Yoruba ethnic group. It holds special significance in Nigeria as a symbol of national reconciliation after the 1967-70 Biafran War.

Enwonwu belonged to the Igbo ethnic group, the largest in the southeastern region of Nigeria, which had tried to secede under the name of Biafra. The Yoruba, whose homeland is in the southwest, were mostly on the opposing side in the war.

Enwonwu painted three versions of the portrait. One is in a private collection in Lagos, while Peppiatt is hunting the third in Washington D.C., the expert said. Prints first made in the 1970s have been in circulation ever since and the images are familiar to many Nigerians. Enwonwu died in 1994.]]>
11/7/2018 11:57:57 AM
<![CDATA[Intrepid Edgley back on dry land after swimming around Britain]]>
The 33-year-old from Lincolnshire began his epic swim from the same Kent beach on June 1, spending 12 hours a day in the water on his 1,780-mile quest clockwise around the coast.

As he approached the English seaside town he was joined by 300 swimmers for the last mile and two planes provided by Red Bull, who supported his venture, etched a heart in the morning sky.

In August Edgley, who only left the water to sleep and eat in his support boat, broke the record for the longest stage sea swim of 73 days set by Benoit Lecomte, who swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998.

He said his initial plan was to set a new record for the world’s longest ‘current neutral’ swim but after spending two days with the Royal Marines was told that idea was “a bit lame”.

“One of the guys said ‘man up and swim around Britain’ and I thought ‘yeah, that’s got a ring to it’,” Edgley told Reuters as three large pizzas were delivered to him at Margate’s iconic theme park Dreamland.

“I met (boat crew skipper) Matt Knight and after a five-minute chat we said ‘let’s do this’.

“We left on June 1, probably a bit naive, and got to Isle of Wight, then thought if we can get there we can get to Land’s End, and if we can get there we can get to Scotland.”

JELLYFISH STINGS

While racing across shipping channels and dealing with ever-changing tides was challenging, Edgley, who in 2016 completed the world’s longest rope climb, equivalent to the height of Mount Everest, and once pulled a car around a marathon, said the jellyfish stings were the worst, especially at night.

“That’s when you don’t even know what kind of jellyfish it was,” Edgley, who broke four world records during his journey, said. “I remember the huge natural whirlpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan, I got badly stung.

“It was searing pain. I popped my head out to ask the crew what was happening and they told me it was still attached to my face. Its tentacles were caught in my goggles and it was slapping me in the face.”

Edgley also had to contend with a ‘disintegrating tongue’ caused by immersion in salt water, chafing sores from his wetsuit which his crew named “Rhino Neck” and near hypothermia.

It was not all bad though. A balmy British summer helped and there were only two ‘named’ storms to endure.

Swimmer Ross Edgley reacts after completing his round-Britain swim, on Margate beach, Britain November 4, 2018. REUTERS/Marian F. Moratinos
He also got support, in various forms.

“My favorite day was in the Bristol Channel near Lundy Island,” he recalled. “I had spent three days battling the strong tides when a minke whale breached next to me. For five miles swam under me and to the side of me.

“It was a female and we think she thought she was guiding an injured seal!”

There was also a memorable cake delivery in Scotland.

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“In the Hebrides I was resting one morning when a lady named Iona, swam out to the boat, with a cake resting on her head,” he said. “She had been following my swim and saw the boat from her house and decided to bake a cake and swim out with it.

“It was still warm, it was incredible. It didn’t last long!”

It made a change from bananas. Edgley estimates he munched 500 during his epic journey and burned 500,000 calories.]]>
11/5/2018 11:37:22 AM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah's statue stands in World Youth Forum]]>
A total of 13 sessions will be held during the World Youth Forum's second day.

On Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the "Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want" and "Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World."

The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on Friday, November 2. The actual discussion sessions are planned to start on November 4, where participants will discuss a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.

On November 5, the sessions will tackle the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges.

The forum's closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018's recommendations will take place on Nov. 6.

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11/4/2018 1:54:00 PM
<![CDATA[Design for social impact gathers professionals to make a change]]>
This collection of passionate talents, despite the advanced professionalism of many of them, attended the workshop because it was not an ordinary course. Organized by the U.S. embassy at KMT House co-working space in partnership with Parsons School of Design professors John Bruce and Mark Randall, the 5 busy days were hoped to result in social impact through design, something the participants strongly wish to ultimately achieve.

Design strategy, service design, or creative intervention, is an approach.

“We’ve all been surprise with the response that the embassy got to this idea, so there’s a hunger for this idea in the creative economy or the creative community of Egypt and the entrepreneurial community to kind of work together to kind of fig out these challenging issues” Randall told Egypt Today Oct. 18, on the last day of the workshop.

Randall and Bruce deliver similar courses at Parson’s School of Design and also off campus in New York to people from around the globe, yet it was their first time in a different country.

“They were incredibly open to us, outsiders coming from another place with a basket full of ideas, I’ve never felt welcome more quickly and more deeply,” Bruce said.

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Professor Mark Randall at the workshop - Egypt Today/Hanan Fayed

The design workshop was about ways of thinking of complex systems, what is happening in certain situation from a human level and finding opportunities to co-create a way forward with the creative idea.

As diverse as the participants and their projects were, they all shared a “deep commitment to Egypt,” which gave the facilitators a glimpse into the needs of the Egyptian society.

Empowerment, city, health and culture are the main themes that emerged.

Empowering women, children and youth, education, mobility, using art to engage people in public space, education, are some of the ideas below the four umbrellas. Deregulating office hours to reduce traffic congestion, protecting the urban forest by “adopting a tree” were other ideas under the theme “city.”

“A big goal for the program was that they carry out their projects forward and can clearly articulate what they wanna do to get funding,” Bruce said.

Identity of a place

The majority of the participants were female. Buce had an observation on their attitude.

“There are females who are ready to be leaders, but not leaders in a patriarchal or masculine way. They understand their own energy; they understand the uniqueness of it... So there was a freedom, there was a celebration, there was bonding, there was no attention around that and so I was really impressed once again with these very powerful capable and creative women,” Bruce said.

Participant Hala Abotaleb spoke to Egypt Today about her startup idea about projecting identity positively inside homes. Her experience at the workshop was enriching.

“To wake up in the morning and find so many ideas on how this works with that, and they [fulan and flan] were great advisers in terms of how to integrate all this, so they kept zooming out and in. There were much of joining of ideas that helped me a lot,” Abotaleb said.

She wants to name her startup “Hawiya,” identity in Arabic. She studied psychology for many years, has experience in interior design and hopes to combine the two disciplines.

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Designer Hala Abotaleb (middle) helps with a presentation at the conclusion of the Design + social impact workshop - Photo courtesy of the U.S. embassy in Cairo

“The place where we live programs us differently and constantly sends us visual, auditory and sensory messages… if we designed the messages from the beginning, the place will give us messages for our wellbeing. To integrate the place with lively things, like agriculture, I pay great attention to that, so that I and my children will give another dimension for the place.”

Abotaleb is interested in observing how a place “looks like” the people who live in it, and in readying the messages that reveal the identity of a particular family.
“People shape the space, and the space shapes their memories,” she said.
The social impact of Hawiya is people’s well-being and connection with themselves.

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“ I take them into a journey, what’s your identity, what are the messages that you feel are of core value in the family, so it’s a self-discovery journey from which we can come up with the message they want to create,” Abotaleb explained.

In Hawiya, participants will learn how to “extract” messages from within themselves through art and crafts, and will take these messages home with them to shape the space they spend a lot of their time in. They will execute some of their own ideas, and Abotaleb will help them with the things they cannot do themselves.

This can grow to the level of neighbors in an apartment building, a street, or an entire district. The project may focus on interior design, but people’s identity and messages can slip into balconies, doors and gates.

It may seem that only people in well-off areas will be interested in Hawiya, but Abotaleb intends to make it affordable for people in blue-collar district, especially that Hawiya will organize workshops to accommodate many people.

“If the place already has an identity, it means the people have roots and an origin, so it is easier to connect to themselves,” she said of having participants from older neighborhoods such as Sayeda Zainab and Imbaba.

Many new urban communities, a lot of them are gated, have been built in the past two decades and are still expanding, such as New Cairo, 6 October City, the New Administrative Capital and others. Such places still need much time to create a distinguished identity of their own, other than the one they were built with.

In that sense, blue-collar and white-collar communities will benefit from the project.

Design applied to varied disciplines

The concept of design as an approach began in the 70s; a designer named Victor Papanek said design is not about creating objects but bringing together lots of people who are involved in a situation to understand the complexity, according to Bruce.

But the idea started to take shape and form in the 1990s, and later in early in the 2000s, terms like “design thinking” started to get known.

“Upon meeting this particular collection of participants, I was really moved at how advanced they all are in terms of understanding complexity,” Bruce said, adding that the trainees worked at the government sector, NGOs, in education, art fields, architecture, comedy, and other.

It was important that the workshop was “industry agnostic,” Randall commented.

The two professors were quite interested in a project presented by another female participant on protecting the Nubian language from disappearing. She spent a lot of time in Nubian villages in Aswan, south of Egypt, and figured that despite how proud Nubians are of their heritage, mothers worry that focus on their ancient language may undermine their children’s Arabic, leading to fewer opportunities for a better future.

She joined the workshop to explore means to excite mothers and children in creative ways to spark a genuine shift in perspective bottom up, rather than top down, and to convince the community that speaking the two languages does not threat either of them.

Some of the projects touched on serious, complex, deeply challenging and even heavy issues, but they were “never approached with any kind of desperation or sadness or defeatism… they’re beyond hope, they’re ready for action,” Bruce said.

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11/3/2018 3:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum]]>
“It tastes like chewing on a urine-infested mattress,” said Samuel West, who, as curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, knows a thing or two about unpleasant victuals.

“It’s a fermented sort of rotten Icelandic shark,” he says. “Anthony Bourdain, the late TV personality, called it the single most disgusting thing he’d ever eaten, and I totally agree with him.”

From spicy rabbit heads to fruit bat soup, the collection, now on display in the Swedish city of Malmo, aims to challenge perceptions of taste and help visitors contemplate why one culture’s abomination is another’s delicacy.

Some visitors have a hard time of it.

“Has anyone thrown up here at the museum? Yes twice,” West said. But, “it’s okay to vomit because our entry tickets are not really tickets — they’re printed on vomit bags.”

Grasshoppers, cooked animals’ skulls and other body parts, including an eyeball, are on display in pots or on boards.

European fare ranges from Iceland’s cured shark, Hakarl, to Sardinia’s Casu Marzu cheese, which is riddled with insect larvae. There is Scottish haggis, made from sheep innards, and Sweden’s smelly Surstromming fermented herring.

Asian foods include the strong-smelling Durian fruit and stinky tofu. The fruit bat soup comes from the sparsely populated Pacific Ocean archipelago of Palau. Latin American dishes include Mexico’s Menudo tripe soup as well as Peru’s roasted guinea pigs, known as Cuy.

North America is represented by sweet treats: Jell-O salad and root beer.

Australian visitor Nichole Courtney said she was surprised to come across Vegemite, her homeland’s sandwich spread of concentrated yeast extract which is known to divide opinion.

“Things like Vegemite which we find really normal at home, like we’d eat that every day for breakfast, are next to things like the shark that I couldn’t imagine tasting and I think it is revolting so it’s quite funny for us.”]]>
11/3/2018 1:36:01 PM
<![CDATA[Breakthrough treatment helps paralysed patients walk]]>
A team including neurosurgeons and engineers used targeted electrical pulses to achieve the results, triggering individual muscles in a sequence, the way the brain would.

The pulses are produced by an implant placed over the spine in careful alignment with areas that control the muscles in the lower body.

And so far, the results are promising.

"This clinical trial has given me hope," said Gert-Jan Oskam, 35, who was told he would never walk again after a traffic accident in 2011.

After five months of treatment, he can now walk short distances even without the help of electrical stimulation.

It's the culmination of "more than a decade of careful research," Gregoire Courtine, a neuroscientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology who helped lead the research, told AFP.

Previous trials have used so-called continuous electrical stimulation of the spine, which worked well in rats, but produced less impressive results in humans.

After several months of training with the targeted pulses however, "our three participants were able to activate their previously paralysed muscles without electrical stimulation," said Courtine.

"The result was completely unexpected," he added, in a video released with the publication of the research in the journal Nature Thursday.

"They could even take a few steps overground without any support, hands-free. For me seeing this recovery was amazing."

- Reconnecting nerve pathways -

Footage from the study shows clearly the way the targeted stimulation differs from the continuous pulses.

With the targeted stimulation, a patient walks in an almost ordinary fashion, his feet rolling down and up as he steps.

The continuous stimulation, by contrast, produces jerkier movement, with his feet dragging and unbalancing him.

And the targeted pulsing, combined with a programme of extensive physiotherapy, was apparently able to reactivate nerve connections that became dormant when patients were injured.

David Mzee, 28, suffered full paralysis of his left leg after an accident in 2010, but after the five-month programme, he can walk for up to two hours with a walker using electrical stimulation, or take steps over shorter distances by himself.

The stimulation begins with a pulse directed at a muscle to prompt the patient to begin movement, for example a step.

Sensors at the feet detect the movement as the initial phase of a step and send additional targeted pulses to trigger the muscle movements required to complete the step, and repeat it.

At the same time, patients think about moving those muscles and stepping.

Because the neurons in the brain fire at almost the exact same time as the electrical pulses stimulate the muscles, the technique appears to eventually "reconnect" the brain and the muscles.

Patients can then command the muscle movement even without the electrical triggers.

- 'A lot of work to do' -

"It was incredible to see all these patients moving their legs without electrical stimulation," said Jocelyne Bloch, a neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of Lausanne, who helped lead the study.

In an independent evaluation, Chet Moritz, an associate professor at the University of Washington's rehabilitation medicine department, praised the work.

"The field of spinal cord injury is poised to take a giant leap forward in the treatment of what was until very recently considered incurable paralysis," he wrote.

Courtine warned however that it remained "very important to calibrate expectations," pointing out that all three patients still rely mostly on their wheelchairs.

The study also focused only on patients who had retained some feeling in their lower body.

Going forward, Courtine said he hoped to see the technique combined with biological treatments involving nerve repair.

He and Bloch have founded a start-up that will refine the treatment and test it on people shortly after spinal cord injuries, when the technique is likely to be more successful.

"There is still a lot of work to do to change the lives of these people," Courtine said.]]>
11/1/2018 12:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair heading for auction]]>
Known for his acclaimed research on black holes, the wheelchair-bound Hawking, who suffered from motor neurone disease and used an electronic voice synthesizer, died in March at the age of 76.

“On the Shoulders of Giants”, which also features documents penned by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, will feature 22 lots from Hawking’s estate, including one of five known copies of his PhD thesis, “Properties of expanding universes”, estimated at 100,000-150,000 pounds ($127,480 - $191,220).

“Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide. He had this amazing ability to connect with people,” Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie’s London, told Reuters.

“The whole idea...was to provide something that was accessible to his admirers so that people could connect with him and remember his extraordinary story.”

Also up for sale are a copy of Hawking’s best-selling book “A Brief History of Time” signed with his thumb print, estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds, as well as awards and medals given to the scientist, priced at 10,000-15,000 pounds.

Other documents, an invitation for a reception for “Time Travellers” as well as a motorized wheelchair Hawking used, are also being sold in the Oct. 31 - Nov. 8 online auction.

It has already attracted interest from Asia, the Middle East, the United States and Australia, according to Venning.

“(Hawking) traveled across the world and he has fans in the U.S., he has fans in Asia,” he said.]]>
10/31/2018 11:53:09 AM
<![CDATA[Volkswagen profits soar as diesel scandal costs fade]]>
Net profit at the Wolfsburg-based group more than doubled year-on-year between July and September, to 2.76 billion euros ($3.14 billion) -- but still fell short of analysts' expectations.

In the third quarter of 2017, the bottom line was slashed to 1.07 billion euros by one-off costs of 2.6 billion euros, as a US recall of cars with diesel engines configured to cheat regulatory emissions tests proved more complicated than expected.

Volkswagen remains mired in legal woes over the "dieselgate" scandal first revealed in 2015, with open investigations against former executives, and investors and car owners beating a path to court to claim damages.

But it was the new emissions tests known as WLTP -- introduced after the trickery affecting 11 million vehicles worldwide was uncovered -- that weighed on this year's third quarter.

While revenues at VW grew 0.9 percent year-on-year to 55.2 billion euros, operating, or underlying profit before special items fell 18.6 percent, to 3.51 billion.

The group highlighted operating profit over the first nine months was "on par" with last year's figure, saying that "strong development in the first half of the year and during the summer months was able to compensate for September’s decline in deliveries, which was mainly caused by the WLTP transition."

Other carmakers have also complained of a bottleneck caused by the new tests, which are designed to better reflect cars' output of harmful gases like nitrogen oxides (NOx) in real on-road driving conditions.

Looking ahead to the full year, VW confirmed its forecast of unit sales slightly higher than in 2017, with revenues "intended to grow by as much as five percent" compared with the 230.7 billion euros booked last year.]]>
10/31/2018 2:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Irish girl dresses like “icon” Salah for Halloween ]]>
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“Mo Salah is Madison's idol, so she was adamant to dresa up as him. I said, but it's for Halloween, and she said to me, 'I don't care mum, I'm dressing up as Mo Salah,’” Madison’s mother told ladbible.com on Monday.

Salah has had a stunning performance since he joined Liverpool in July 2017 and led them to the Champions League Final where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.

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The Egyptian scored 44 goals last season at all competitions, including 32 goals at the League that granted him Premier League Golden Boot award.



Madison’s mother added, “If you asked her who her favorite player in the world was she'd say Mo Salah is number one and Lionel Messi is number two.”

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“Loads of people thought it was brilliant; other kids want to do it and loads of people have messaged me asking me how I did it. I think by next year, all kids will be dressing up as footballers,” Madison’s make-up artist, Tammy Meehan, said.

Salah scored a goal, provided two assists, during Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Cardiff City to keep his team on top of the Premier League table with 26 points after 10 League fixtures. ]]>
10/30/2018 11:53:18 AM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed to New Zealand for final leg of Pacific tour]]>
The royal couple, who have already visited Australia, Fiji and Tonga, were received at Wellington airport by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The official welcome ceremony took place on the lawns of Government House - the residence of the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Harry and Meghan rubbed noses with Maori leaders in a traditional “hongi” greeting and were welcomed by a “haka”, a centuries-old tribal war dance, to salute and honor them. A 21-gun salute was also sounded.

Meghan wore a brown chequered coat and a simple black dress, while Harry was in a dark gray suit. Both had remembrance poppy pins on their chests.

Later, Harry and Meghan visited Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and visited the UK Memorial.

A large crowed gathered to catch a glimpse Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his wife and the couple spent time meeting and shaking hands with cheering fans before leaving.

The pair flew from Australia on Sunday after closing the Invictus Games in Sydney last night and were accompanied by several Invictus Games athletes from New Zealand.

The Invictus Games are an international paralympic-style competition for military personnel wounded in action that was founded by Harry.

On Sunday evening, the couple will attend a reception celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. New Zealand became the first country in the world where women could vote in parliamentary elections in 1893.]]>
10/29/2018 1:20:17 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed to New Zealand for final leg of Pacific tour]]>
The royal couple, who have already visited Australia, Fiji and Tonga, were received at Wellington airport by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The official welcome ceremony took place on the lawns of Government House - the residence of the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Harry and Meghan rubbed noses with Maori leaders in a traditional “hongi” greeting and were welcomed by a “haka”, a centuries-old tribal war dance, to salute and honor them. A 21-gun salute was also sounded.

Meghan wore a brown chequered coat and a simple black dress, while Harry was in a dark gray suit. Both had remembrance poppy pins on their chests.

Later, Harry and Meghan visited Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and visited the UK Memorial.

A large crowed gathered to catch a glimpse Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his wife and the couple spent time meeting and shaking hands with cheering fans before leaving.

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The pair flew from Australia on Sunday after closing the Invictus Games in Sydney last night and were accompanied by several Invictus Games athletes from New Zealand.

The Invictus Games are an international paralympic-style competition for military personnel wounded in action that was founded by Harry.

On Sunday evening, the couple will attend a reception celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. New Zealand became the first country in the world where women could vote in parliamentary elections in 1893.]]>
10/28/2018 12:57:12 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan attend final day of Invictus Games in Sydney]]>
The royal couple watched most the wheelchair basketball final and then presented gold medals to the U.S. team which comfortably beat the Netherlands by 29 points to 17.

A large crowd had packed into Sydney’s Olympic Park to watch the last day of the week-long competition, with attention only diverted from the match for a short time as the couple entered and sat with the crowd.

The Invictus Games, founded by Harry, is an international paralympic-style event for military personnel wounded in action.

Former England soccer captain David Beckham, who is an Invictus ambassador, also attended the basketball match.

Both Harry and Meghan wore remembrance poppies on their chests, with Meghan’s fixed upon her maroon top.

On Saturday evening, Harry and Meghan are due to attend the closing ceremony of the event, which has seen some 500 competitors from 18 nations take part.

The royal couple will move on to New Zealand on Sunday, where they are expected to be greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The tour of Commonwealth countries has seen the royal couple meet drought-stricken Australian farmers, visit the world-famous Bondi Beach and spend time in the Pacific nations of Fiji and Tonga.]]>
10/27/2018 11:31:29 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Environment minister launches Bike race in Alexandria]]>
The 8-kilometer-long race kicked off from Alexandria's Municipal Stadium to the Swedish Academy.

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The director of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria attended the activities of the race along with a delegation from the European Union with the participation of 600 persons from various bodies.

Fouad asserted that this event falls within the framework of the ministry's activities aiming to promote the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14) that is set to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in November 29.

Fouad said that the ministry seeks spreading the culture biking and hiking which are not polluting the environment and play an important role in protecting it.]]>
10/26/2018 3:52:36 PM
<![CDATA[One winning ticket in huge $1.5 bn US lotto jackpot]]>
The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in Simpsonville, a rural town with a population 22,000.

"Holy cow," Simpsonville Mayor Janice Curtis told The Washington Post. "I think it's wonderful news."

Curtis described her rural town as a place where "there's a church on every corner."

And indeed there were two churches close to the store where the ticket was sold, the Post reported.

The winner however may never be known: unlike most other states, in South Carolina a lottery winner can legally remain anonymous.

Mega Millions, which initially announced a global record $1.6 billion jackpot, later revised the figure down to $1.537 billion.

The new amount makes the prize the second largest, just shy of the $1.586 billion jackpot for a rival Powerball lottery in January 2016, which was shared between three winning tickets.

Regardless, it's the largest single winning ticket ever and it dwarfed the previous Mega Millions record, set in March 2012 at $656 million.

The six winning numbers drawn on Tuesday night were five, 28, 62, 65, 70 and another five as the special "gold Mega Ball."

The massive jackpot had set off a lottery frenzy across the country, with people lining up at convenience stores, supermarkets and liquor stores to buy a $2 ticket that gave them a roughly one in 300 million chance of winning.

The winner can take $878 million in a lump sum cash payment or be paid out in annuities over 30 years.

The jackpot ballooned because no one had won since July, when a group of office workers in California shared a $543 million prize.

The record 2016 Powerball jackpot was split three ways by ticket holders in California, Florida and Tennessee. Each took home $528.8 million.

- But wait! Millions still available -

While it may be tempting to burn a "losing" ticket, in this Mega Millions draw are also 36 second prizes worth $1 million each. Two of those were sold in Virginia, and one was sold in the US capital.

The tickets were sold in 16 states, and they will be paid out to people who got the first five numbers right but not the Mega Ball.

And two still unidentified lucky winners -- one in Texas, and another in Florida -- won $3 million each.

Including the jackpot and lesser prizes, there were 15.75 million tickets Tuesday night that earned bettors at least the face value of the ticket.

Unlike in many other countries, US lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, while some states also impose local taxes.

The jackpot now resets at $40 million for the next drawing on Friday.]]>
10/25/2018 12:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Shady Srour to stop posting videos on Facebook because of bullying]]>
Srour added in a video posted on his Facebook page that it will be the last video for him as he decided not to go on living, which surprised many of his followers.



"I decided that I will not do any other video, and that I do not want to live," he said. He changed his personal picture on Facebook to black and captioned it: "The author of the page died."

Srour appeared to be crying, pointing out that many of the criticisms he received in the recent period made him suffer psychologically, which led him to depression.

Over the past years, Srour submitted videos on Facebook and YouTube discussing social issues in a comic manner.



Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics said more than half a million citizens tried to commit suicide in 2015.

In the same context, psychiatry professor Mohamed al-Mahdi said in an interview on DMC channel in September that suicide attempts in Egypt will reach the global danger belt due to psychological and economic pressures, stressing that Egypt needs to activate a hotline to support suicidal individuals.

Also, psychiatry professor Heba al-Issawi told Al-Watan newspaper that mental health secretaries of the Ministry of Health should activate the ministry’s hotline and increase the number of psychiatrists.

Issawi added that the hotline should be linked to outpatient clinics and programs to solve people's problems.

In 2003, BFriends International established a hotline in Egypt to provide psychosocial support for people who need it but it was closed after the bankruptcy of the institution in Cairo due to lack of donations.
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10/24/2018 2:37:14 PM
<![CDATA[Brexit backer Dyson to make electric cars in Singapore]]>
Dyson, founded and owned by serial entrepreneur James Dyson, said the factory was scheduled for completion in 2020 as part of a £2.5 billion (2.8 billion euro, $3.3 billion) global investment drive in new technology.

The company, best known for its cordless vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and fans, is aiming to launch electric vehicles in 2021.

"The decision of where to make our car is complex, based on supply chains, access to markets and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions," Dyson chief executive Jim Rowan said in a statement.

"Our existing footprint and team in Singapore, combined with the nation's significant advanced manufacturing expertise, made it a frontrunner. Singapore also offers access to high-growth markets as well as an extensive supply chain and a highly-skilled workforce," Rowan said.

"Singapore has a comparatively high cost base, but also great technology expertise and focus. It is therefore the right place to make high quality technology loaded machines, and the right place to make our electric vehicle."

The company already has production facilities in Malaysia and Singapore.

- 'Snubbed Britain for Singapore' -

Best for Britain, an anti-Brexit campaign group, called the news "astonishing".

"He's snubbed Britain for Singapore," the group tweeted.

Opposition Labour MP Ian Murray, a supporter of Best for Britain, said: "When even someone who claims there will be a resurgence in British manufacturing after Brexit isn't prepared to put his money where his mouth is, it raises serious questions".

But Singapore welcomed the decision, which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said will see car assembly return to the city-state for the first time since the 1980s.

"Now we will manufacture cars again, except this time greener, better, and more high-tech!" he wrote on his Facebook page.

Dyson announced his decision to launch electric cars last year -- a sector in which the company will face stiff competition from established players.

Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity as governments worldwide drive forward plans to gradually phase out polluting petrol and diesel cars.

Dyson told AFP in an interview earlier this year that electric cars were already available to order and the manufacturing location would be either in Britain or Asia.

Dyson, a vocal supporter of the campaign to leave the EU, said he was confident the EU and Britain would reach an agreement on free trade after Britain leaves the bloc.

"I think it would be hurtful to both sides not to do that," he said.

The company said that 2017 operating profit surged by almost one third to around £800 million, aided by fast growth in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Revenues leapt 40 percent to £3.5 billion.

Dyson employs more than 12,000 people across the world, including 4,800 in Britain.]]>
10/24/2018 1:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Dutch king and queen begin state visit to Britain]]>
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were formally welcomed by the British queen with a Guard of Honor before taking a state carriage procession along the Mall in London to lunch at Buckingham Palace.

In the afternoon, the Dutch royals will visit the grave of William III and Mary II of England, the Anglo-Dutch couple who ruled Britain at the end of the 17th Century, and will also lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey.

Willem-Alexander will then deliver an address to parliament before afternoon tea with Elizabeth’s heir Charles at his official Clarence House residence.

An evening banquet at Buckingham Palace will begin with speeches by Elizabeth and Willem-Alexander.

The last state visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in November 1982, while Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip paid a state visit to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in March 1958.

The visit ends on Wednesday.]]>
10/23/2018 2:54:38 PM
<![CDATA[Apply for British Council's Study UK Alumni Awards now]]>
During the Alumni Awards ceremony in 2018, the British Council celebrated the success of three outstanding achievers at the British Ambassador’s residence, and they are

• Rehab El Maghraby, who studied at Imperial college and went on to establish a £500,000 lab for enhanced oil recovery, the first of its kind in Egypt. Her lab research was funded through a grant from Suez University and the Science and Technology Development Fund.

• Dr. Mahmoud Hafez, who studied at the University of Leeds and invented “SurgiNova” a technique for knee replacements. He’s received 10 award winning patents and also established a self-funded bone and joint centre at 6 October University.

• Usama Fathallah, who studied at Coventry University and established a local NGO to support Bedouin communities by creating creative economy jobs for women and marginalized communities.

Winners win a trip to the UK to enhance their international and professional network, connect with their alumni and raise the profile of their institution.

If you have studied in a UK university for at least a term/semester or were awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a recognised or listed UK HEI outside the UK, you are eligible to apply.

All applications are assessed based on the level of impact, strength of UK influence and potentiality of each success story to inspire.

Deadline for applications is November 11th 2018, and the finalists will be announced in January 2019. To apply visit the site

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About the Study UK Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards were developed by the British Council and UK universities, and were launched by the British Council in September 2014. They are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have studied in the UK, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester, or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university, within the last 15 years.

Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. The Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raises the profile and reputation of UK alumni, their former universities, and the whole of UK education.

Awards are presented in three categories:

Professional Achievement Award
Recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the scale of their achievements and how they have made a strong and positive difference to their profession and society.

Entrepreneurial Award
Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects.

Social Impact Award
The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others

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10/22/2018 7:40:32 PM
<![CDATA[A Higher Intelligence: Huawei Unveils HUAWEI Mate 20 Series]]>
Representing a momentous milestone in the history of the HUAWEI Mate Series, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series embodies the pinnacle of innovation. Designed with the industry’s most powerful and sophisticated process technology, the latest Huawei flagship devices set a new bar by which all 2018 smartphones will be measured.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date—the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the advanced 7nm process incorporating the powerful Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offersimproved performance and an unprecedented smooth user experience.

The new 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with the best battery life.

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FILE- Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveils the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, one of the most highly anticipated smartphone series of the year



The Matrix Camera System includes Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users not only see wider, but also closer with its new macro distance capability. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back plays with light and shadows, producing an iridescent optical effect that is immediately captivating.

The Matrix Camera System adopts the iconic Four-Point Design that exudes personality, giving the device a unique visual identity that is recognizable even at a distance. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is shipped with the highly customized Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system, on which consumers canenjoy all productivity and entertainment features easily and convenientlywith a few simple taps and swipes.

Available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series encompasses four devices: HUAWEI Mate 20, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, HUAWEI Mate 20 X and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS.


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FILE- Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveils the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, one of the most highly anticipated smartphone series of the year


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10/22/2018 5:52:26 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. lottery jackpots climb to $2.2B combined after no winners]]>
The sum reached a world record for lottery jackpots after there were no winners claimed a $1 billion prize on Friday.

It is so much money that if you had it all in $100 bills, you could make a stack about as high as the World Trade Center in New York city, the lottery’s website said.

“Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,” Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement.

But you are more likely to get killed by a shark than win, with odds of a shark attack at 1 in 3.7 million, according the Tucson, Arizona-based International Wildlife Museum.

After taxes, the cash value of the Mega Millions prize will be an estimated $904 million, which is greater than the gross domestic product of countries including South Africa, Columbia and Switzerland, according to 2017 figures from the World Bank.

Wednesday’s Powerball lottery prize stands at an estimated $620 million, making it the fifth largest jackpot in U.S. history, officials said, after no one got all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $354.3 million.

The current Mega Millions jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.

If there is more than one winner, the jackpot would be shared, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was divided between winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.]]>
10/22/2018 12:17:30 PM
<![CDATA[Le Méridien Hotels celebrate world coffee day with European inspired coffee house pop UPS]]>
The foyer of Le Méridien Cairo Airport was transformed into an interactive space housing 4 European inspired coffee house pop ups, each representing a Le Méridien hotel within the country namely, Le Méridien Pyramids, Le Méridien Cairo Airport, Le Méridien Heliopolis and Le Méridien Dahab.

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On International Coffee Day, guests and local tastemakers were invited to join a colored latte art training and indulge in coffee tasting. Guests also took part in éclair and latte-making workshops and learnt more about Egyptian coffee recipes and trends. The 4 cafés served 24 different types of coffees from around the world, together with caffeine infused menus ranging from beverages, snacks, deserts and ice creams and stimulated guest’s curiosity and sense of discovery through the various coffee inspired activities.

Coffee culture at Le Méridien offers a platform for a unique and distinctive experience for the guests, and is an integral part of the brand’s lobby concept, Le Méridien Hub: a twist on the traditional hotel lobby space. Le Méridien Hubs provide a coffeehouse-like atmosphere where creative and curious minds meet and converse while indulging in Illy coffee, the brand’s exclusive coffee partner.

International Coffee Day is a day that brings coffee lovers and those who share a passion for the beverage together. Le Meridien Hotels in Egypt joined this global celebration together with other Le Meridien Hotels around the world.

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

With more than 100 Hotels & Resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and the strongest, most globally diverse portfolio in its history, The Paris-born Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., connects curious and creative-minded travelers to unexpected and engaging experiences within their destination. With its brand promise of “Destination Unlocked,” Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points through global partnerships with creative minds such as illy, Johnny Iuzzini, Gray Malin, and Nouvelle Vague. Plans call for dynamic portfolio expansion within the next five years in some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Le Méridien is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®.

Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit LeMéridien.com or follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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10/21/2018 2:53:49 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry inspires athletes as pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule]]>
Meghan curtailed her activities after attending the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games on Saturday night at Sydney’s Opera House. A thunderstorm delayed the opening for more than an hour but did not dampen the spirits of competitors from 18 nations who watched a musician play a didgeridoo in a traditional Aboriginal welcoming ceremony.

“You are the role models to us all, and you are going to put on one hell of a show over the next week,” Prince Harry told the competitors in his address.

The Invictus Games are athletic competitions involving wounded military personnel and have been credited for fostering hope and resilience in people traumatized during conflict.

“Be inspired, get excited. Allow the example of service and determination that you all see to change something big or small in your own lives,” said Prince Harry to rousing applause from 500 athletes and a supportive crowd that filled the Opera House stairs, according to video of the speech on the British royal family’s Twitter account.

However, Meghan took a break from the Invictus Games events on Sunday morning though Harry watched a cycling competition.

“After a busy program, the Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week-and-a-half of the tour,” Kensington Palace said in a statement reported by Australia’s SBS news.

The Duchess was back on deck at lunch time, welcomed by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at an Invictus Games reception for competitors and mental health organization representatives.

“You’ve all come together today to join together as a community to give testimony to that great Australian spirit about how we look after each other as mates,” Morrison said in his address which was televised on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

During the reception, the Duke and Duchess met with children from the Kookaburra Kids Foundation which supports families affected by mental illness, the Endeavour Clontarf Academy which helps disadvantaged indigenous men, and cadets from the Royal Australian Air Force.

The royal couple will travel on Monday to Queensland’s Fraser Island on the north-east coast of Australia before leaving for Tonga and Fiji later in the week.

On Friday, they will return to Sydney for the final days of the Invictus Games before flying home via New Zealand.]]>
10/21/2018 12:48:02 PM
<![CDATA[Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw]]>
No one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night’s draw.

The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday. If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years.

Powerball, which held the record for the largest U.S. lottery prize of $1.586 billion in 2016, will hold a separate draw on Saturday. Its jackpot rose on Friday to $470 million from $430 million, with a lump sum value of $268.6 million.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions draws have failed to produce a top winner since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.]]>
10/20/2018 2:21:58 PM
<![CDATA[British royals reign over drought-stricken Australian town]]>
The prince charmed the crowd at a picnic in the town’s main park, standing at a podium in pouring rain with Meghan holding an umbrella over him, on the second day of their Pacific tour, which takes in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

“The rain is a gift!” Prince Harry told the thousands who had come out to see the royal couple in Dubbo, about 300 km (185 miles) northwest of Sydney.

They had earlier visited a farm hit by the drought and Harry recalled his own stay on an Australian farm 15 years ago, where he said he was chased by countless cattle and perfected the Aussie salute of swatting flies.

“You are the salt of the earth. Honest, hard-working, and as tough as they come,” Harry said.

In an issue close to his heart, he urged those facing mental health problems due to the tough times plaguing rural Australia to seek help.

“You are all in this together and, if I may say, personally, we are all in this together - because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made. You will be continually amazed how life changes for the better,” he said to cheers and applause.

The royal couple’s visit to Australia coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney from Oct. 20-27. The games, founded by Harry, are an international paralympic-style event that aims to lift the spirits of wounded military veterans.

A 5-year-old boy earlier stole the show in a long line of school children who met the royals at Dubbo airport.

Luke Vincent, who has Down Syndrome and adores Santa Claus, threw his arms around Meghan when she knelt down to greet him and tugged at Harry’s beard and patted him on the head when the prince hugged the boy.

Meghan, who is expecting the royal couple’s first child in the northern spring, wore skinny black jeans, a white shirt, long gray jacket and black boots with her hair tied back in a pony tail.

Prince Harry and Meghan, on their first international tour since marrying in May, also visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Dubbo.

The medical service was anointed as “royal” in 1955 after Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, visited Australia.]]>
10/17/2018 12:03:30 PM
<![CDATA[Heliopolis Towers Hotel Brings Freshness of Alexandrian Seafood to Heart of Cairo]]>
Towers did not just offer a plethora of seafood including calamari, shrimps, crabs, clams and lobsters, but also charged its best. Their chefs with a reputation for creating the best authentic seafood platters from around the world were on hand to cook for the attendees.

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Heliopolis Towers Hotel recently hosted a mouthwatering event bringing Alexandria to the heart of the Cairene capital. - Press Photo

The secret to this enchanting event was “freshness” as fish was brought straight in from Alexandria ahead of the event, providing a real taste of the exquisite seafood Alexandria is best known for.

"Aqua e Luce", the restaurant which hosted the event, is not the only savory dining house in the hotel, as Heliopolis Towers Hotel has 17 other fully-fledged restaurants. Eight of which are authentic ones with the chef from the restaurant’s country of origin, bringing the traditional genuine taste of these countries to Heliopolis Towers Hotel’s guests.

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The secret to this enchanting event was “freshness” as fish was brought straight in from Alexandria ahead of the event. - Press Photo

Events, such as this continue to confirm why Heliopolis Towers Hotel is everyone’s destination of choice for a great food experience and authentic dishes that bring you unforgettable flavors from all over the world.

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Their chefs with a reputation for creating the best authentic seafood platters from around the world were on hand to cook for the attendees. - Press Photo

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Heliopolis Towers Hotel holds a seafood day. - Press Photo


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10/16/2018 4:51:45 PM
<![CDATA[Australia embraces royal couple after pregnancy announcement]]>
The royal couple began their official tour of Australia with a ferry ride across the harbor to greet cheering crowds packed in front of the Opera House, which was opened by Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, 45 years ago.

“We’re both absolutely delighted to be here. We genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl,” Harry told a reception at Admiralty House, the official residence of the governor-general.

Kensington Palace said on Monday the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expecting their first baby in the northern spring. The child will be seventh in line to the British throne and the queen’s eighth great-grandchild.

Thousands of people gathered on the harbor and at the Opera House, where the couple shook hands and embraced members of the public.

“I want to see the royal couple. They are young, a breath of fresh air for the royal family and Australians love them,” said Marvin Lester, who has attended every royal visit to Australia since 1954.

“There’s a lot of feeling for a republic here in Australia but I admire having a royal family,” she said.

Australia, a constitutional monarchy whose head of state is the British monarch, voted in 1999 against becoming a republic.

Support for a republic is hovering around 50 percent according to a January poll, a level largely unchanged in recent years, and there is little appetite to put the issue back on the agenda during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the queen’s representative in Australia, presented the couple with their first baby gifts, a stuffed kangaroo and a tiny pair of fleece-lined Ugg boots.

BEST DRESSED

The visit to Australia is their first overseas tour since Harry, 34, married the former Hollywood actress in May. The trip will also take the couple to New Zealand and the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Fiji.

The couple met some Australian wildlife during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where zookeepers said the 3,500 animals there were “excited to meet them”.

Excitement over news of the baby was almost matched by a frenzy over Meghan’s outfit.

Named 2018’s best dressed woman by People magazine, Meghan wore a white cocktail dress by Australian designer Karen Gee underneath a beige trench coat that revealed just a hint of a baby bump.

The A$1,800 dress, dubbed “Blessed Dress”, was an instant hit, with demand crashing the designer’s website a number of times throughout the day.

After watching an indigenous-themed show by the Bangarra Dance Company at the Opera House, the couple met prominent figures from sports, business, the arts and charities.

It is the second tour of Australia by the younger generation of royals after Prince William and his wife, Kate, and their eldest son, George, visited in 2014.

The trip by Harry and Meghan coincides with the Invictus Games to be held in Sydney from Oct. 20-27. The games founded by Harry are an international paralympic-style event for military personnel wounded in action.]]>
10/16/2018 12:42:12 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Prince Harry and wife Meghan expecting first baby next year]]>
The baby will be seventh-in-line to the British throne.

British media said Meghan was believed to be about 12 weeks pregnant.

“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” the palace said in a statement.

The news emerged shortly after the royal couple landed in Australia for their first overseas tour, a busy trip which will also take in New Zealand and the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Fiji.

Harry, the son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his late first wife Princess Diana, and Meghan, former star of TV show “Suits”, married in a glittering ceremony at the queen’s Windsor Castle home, west of London, five months ago which attracted huge interest worldwide.

The couple returned to the castle for the marriage of Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie on Friday which was attended by all the senior members of the British royal family. Media said Harry and Meghan broke the news of the pregnancy to other members of the royal family at the wedding.]]>
10/15/2018 11:23:43 AM
<![CDATA[Hugh Hefner's trademark black pajamas to hit auction block]]>
Julien’s Auctions said on Friday the sale would also include Hefner’s white captain’s hat, a custom 1974 Monopoly board game including a Playboy bunny playing piece, his Playboy bunny logo cufflinks, 2016 passport and his Bible.

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 is putting some of the items up for sale.

All the proceeds from the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 auction in Los Angeles 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.

“My father lived an extraordinary life as a publishing, social and cultural pioneer and left a legacy that his foundations will perpetuate,” his daughter, Christie Hefner, said in a statement.

The dozens of items up for sale include one of Hefner’s signature pipes (estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000), his personal copy of the first, 1953 issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe on the cover ($3,000 to $5,000), a 1946 Wurlitzer jukebox with 24 original albums ($10,000 to $20,000), and a 2007 limited edition set of 48 Playboy prints ($20,000 to $30,000).

Hefner’s pajamas and smoking jacket, which became a symbol of his Playboy mansion parties in Los Angeles, are expected to fetch up to $2,000 and $5,000 respectively.

In 2016, Playboy magazine did away with full frontal nudity, but that policy was reversed a year later.

The Playboy Clubs, heavily criticized by feminists, closed in 1991, but a New York venue reopened in September, complete with women waitresses wearing corsets, fluffy tails and rabbit ears.]]>
10/14/2018 2:27:12 PM
<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter marries in Gatsbyesque splendor]]>
Eugenie, 28, daughter of the queen’s third child, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Brooksbank, 32, in a traditional ceremony at Windsor Castle’s 15th Century St George’s Chapel.

It was the same setting as the lavish wedding in May of Prince Harry and his American actress wife Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as the couple are now known, were among Friday’s congregation.

Eugenie’s nuptials had much of the same pomp and pageantry as Harry’s, but the grandeur for a “minor royal” attracted some criticism.]]>
10/13/2018 11:54:40 AM
<![CDATA[Aussies bridle at horse race ad on Sydney Opera House]]>
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Sydney Opera House is a great billboard, but opponents of the racing promotion say it is a sell-out to the country’s gambling industry.

The furor erupted after the New South Wales state government over ruled the Opera House management’s objections to projecting the barrier draw of the A$13 million ($9 million) Everest Cup onto the Sydney Opera House sails on Tuesday night.

The decision came after one of the nation’s top radio “shock jocks”, Alan Jones, called on the Opera House’s boss to resign or be sacked for objecting to the promotion. Jones is regarded by many politicians as having great influence over voters.

Nearly 165,000 people had signed an online petition as of Monday against using the Opera House for the promotion, which has dominated social media in Australia. Opponents plan a flashlight protest on Tuesday to try and disrupt the lightshow.

Morrison, who supports the promotion for Saturday’s Everest Cup, said he couldn’t understand why people were so upset.

“It’s not like they’re painting it on there. I mean it’s some lights flashing up there for a brief moment of time. And that goes all around the world,” Morrison said on radio broadcaster Alan Jones’ show.

Anti-gambling advocates deplored using the Opera House to promote gambling in a country that has the world’s highest gambling losses per adult. Nearly A$24 billion ($16.93 billion) was lost last year on sports betting, slot machines and casinos.

“Gambling destroys lives and has no place being displayed on the sails of the Opera House,” said Elizabeth Smits, one of the thousands who signed the online petition.

The Opera House declined to comment on the controversy, referring all queries to the state government.

Opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten said Australians were understandably concerned about turning the Opera House into a billboard.

“I would say to Prime Minister Morrison, you’re not a marketing executive. You’re the prime minister of Australia and that involves the obligation to respect our national icons,” Shorten told reporters on Monday.

The Opera House sails have been used in art installations and to advertise events such as the Rugby Union World Cup, but not for commercial advertising.]]>
10/10/2018 3:51:20 PM
<![CDATA[Argentine, British veterans of Falklands War relive memories in theater]]>
Lola Arias, who is also a filmmaker, said that despite the differences over the sovereignty of the islands, the play allows audiences and the former soldiers to listen to both sides of the dispute.

Britain won the war, but Argentina still claims the islands, which it calls the Malvinas. During Argentina’s two-month war to reclaim the Falklands in 1982, some 255 British troops and about 650 Argentine soldiers were killed.

After five years of work and 70 interviews with veterans from both sides of the conflict, Arias chose six men who would go on to become the main characters in the play “Minefield” and the film “Theatre of War,” where they recall their experiences in a scripted play considered documentary theater.

“Minefield” premiered in Buenos Aires last month and opens in Japan, Italy, Spain and France this month. The movie will be presented at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

“I think that this project can only be done now precisely because those 36 years have passed and there is a perspective that allows us to see the effects of the war because, in reality, both the work and the film are not about the war itself, but about what the war does to people,” Arias, 42, told Reuters.

In the film and play, the three Argentine and three British veterans tell their stories, read letters, play in a rock band, recreate painful moments of war, and even attend therapy. The film’s final scene depicts an attack, with younger actors playing doubles of the veterans.

“The idea of ​​that ending was so one could really see that what the war took away is youth, innocence and beauty,” said Arias.

Although the UK veterans spoke no Spanish and their Argentine counterparts did not speak English, the former soldiers said they understood each other and found they had more in common than differences. The process proved healing, they said.

“What matters the most is being able to tell others that it does not matter if you agree with someone else, you can often do things with people who think differently on some issues,” said Gabriel Sagastume, an Argentine veteran and actor.

“For us, the whole process was curative ... We found many things in common.”]]>
10/9/2018 10:27:45 AM
<![CDATA[Nordhaus, Romer win Nobel Economics Prize]]>
"Their findings have significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge," the academy said in statement.

Worth 9 million Swedish crowns ($1 million), the economics prize was established in 1968. It was not part of the original group of five awards set out in Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's 1895 will.

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10/8/2018 12:30:06 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon wines bring villages back to life and emigrants home]]>
Seven years later his Sept winery launched its first commercial vintage and is now looking to export as a number of European countries take an interest.

The 36-year-old is part of an expanding wine industry which is bringing life back to land abandoned during Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war and waves of economic migration. It is also bringing Lebanese - and their money - back home.

“Giving up a career in Europe... is very hard; it is all because of how much we love this land and how much Lebanon deserves this,” said Harb, speaking in the hills above the coastal town of Batroun.

And as Lebanon wrestles with stagnant economic growth, heavy debts and political inertia, the industry’s success could serve as a model for other sectors looking to export.

Lebanon, where winemaking dates back to the ancient Phoenicians, lies further south than most northern hemisphere wine-producing nations. But the mountains that rise up from its hot, humid Mediterranean coast provide the cooler, drier altitudes grapes need.

Since Lebanon’s civil war ended, a handful of wineries has expanded to around 45 commercial enterprises and a number of small-scale producers.

Global interest in Lebanon’s wines is growing, but output is low - a mere 8-9 million bottles annually compared to 5-6 billion bottles from the world’s largest producer Italy - and production costs are high.

So producers are striving to create a distinct, marketable identity for Lebanese wine based on quality, not quantity.

“Lebanese wine is already good quality, but it still lacks uniqueness,” said Harb.

“STORY TO TELL”

Producers are seeking that identity in the diversity of Lebanon’s terrain, creating wines which carry the unique taste of the small patch of soil and air in which the grape is grown.

“If you want to be competitive you have to have a signature and to show some form of your tradition... You cannot impress a guy who had the best wines on the planet with another Chardonnay,” said Eid Azar, a U.S.-trained doctor and co-founder of Vertical 33, which grows grapes across the Bekaa valley and sold its first commercial wine in 2017.

“Each winery should have a story to tell,” he said from his tasting room in a hip Beirut street, next to a wall display of soil samples and grape names.

The wine industry’s success means the agriculture ministry wants it to be a model for improving the olive oil and arak sectors. Arak is a traditional aniseed-flavored liquor.

Producers are also looking to indigenous grapes for a Lebanese identity, moving away from imported, well-known French vines.

“People used to ask me: You in Lebanon have been making wine for more than 4,000 years, why do you use foreign grapes?” said Joe Assaad Touma of family-run Chateau St Thomas in the Bekaa, which is celebrating 20 years of wine-making.

Touma’s family had been making arak from local Obeidy grapes for 130 years and proved through genetic testing it was indeed indigenous.

Chateau St Thomas made its first all-Obeidy wine in 2012. Both Sept and Vertical 33 also market an all-Obeidy wine.

Although the industry’s size is estimated by Lebanon’s wine production association UVL to be only around $500 million a year, the local impact of new wineries can be transformative in a country with poor regional development and job prospects.

Almost 20 years ago Naji Boutros gave up a finance career in New York and London and returned to his birth village of Bhamdoun to raise his family and grow wine. The village, a former summer tourism hotspot near the capital Beirut, had been decimated in the war which drove him and many others abroad.

“When we returned to Bhamdoun there was nobody here,” said Boutros. “The school used to have 30 students and now it has above 200, the town is full.”

He started with three plots of inherited land. Other expatriates began offering their unused land for planting and the Chateau Belle-Vue winery, restaurant and guesthouse developed, bringing life back to the hills and attracting tourists.

Although Lebanon’s wine industry often uses cheap Syrian labourers for harvesting, the workers picking grapes in the cool September dawn air were all local.

“We are proud... that the sons of Bhamdoun are on their land,” said Boutros.]]>
10/7/2018 2:57:41 PM
<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth to vacate her Buckingham Palace rooms for refit: aide]]>
The palace is undergoing a 369 million pound ($481 million) reservicing program to replace ageing and dangerous electrical wiring and boilers. It started in April last year and is due to be completed in 2027.

Towards the end of the works, the 92-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip, 97, will have to move out of their apartments in the palace’s north wing for about two years when work starts there in 2025.

“The queen is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace,” a senior royal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters. “She said ‘let me know where you would like me to go’.”

So far, 3,000 meters of old cabling has been removed from the palace and work is now underway to empty the famous East Wing, the public facade of the building which includes the balcony on which the royal family appears on special occasions.

Next week, a compound for 200 contractors will be erected on the forecourt to one side of the building.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
However, the palace will remain fully open for state visits and other regular events during the overhaul and its outward appearance will be unaffected as there will be no scaffolding, said Tony Johnstone-Burt, Master of the Queen’s Household

“I am absolutely convinced that by making this investment in the palace now, we will... avert a much more costly and potentially catastrophic failure of the building in the years to come,” he said.

The emptying of the East Wing will mean three of the queen’s four children - Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward - moving their offices. Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles will be unaffected as his London home is at nearby Clarence House.

Some 3,000 artworks and other items such as beds, clocks and chandeliers from the Royal Collection, housed in 200 rooms in the wing - the palace’s largest - will be moved out over six months to allow the work to begin.

Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection, said some of these items would go on public display at other palaces while 150 objects would return to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, George IV’s “bizarre” seaside home on the south coast of England from where they were moved in 1850 when that residence was sold.

Buckingham Palace was built in 1703 as a large private home and was only acquired by the monarch, King George III, in 1761.

The East Wing was part of an extension built in the reign of Queen Victoria. The front facade was refaced in 1914 in harder-wearing Portland stone when George V - Elizabeth’s grandfather - was on the throne.]]>
10/6/2018 1:26:27 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Design Award to Further Highlight Design Talent in Egypt]]>
Cairo Design Award (CDA) first appeared last year, when Mahdy Group established the concept looking to fill a gap in the market by creating a platform designed to shed light on the achievements and successes of both established and up and coming Egyptian designers. The award ceremony will be complemented with a 3-day exhibition, which will be hosted from the 11th to the 13th of October at the Nile Ritz Carlton, where CDA will introduce a new concept to the market known as the design showcase. The idea is to bring designers and manufacturers together to feature 40 unique design spaces, where an entire design concept is built around each featured product.

Talking about the exhibition and award, Hisham Mahdy, Founder of CDA and CEO of Mahdy Group, said, “We are very excited about the potential awards line-up, we have such great design talent in Egypt and we are so proud to be able to highlight the unique talent we have here. We are keen to shed light both locally and internationally on the exceptional work and products that these designers have to offer and a big part of what we are looking to do is support them in developing the international recognition and awareness they deserve. Egypt has an immense pool of design talent and with the right exposure we have a real opportunity to lead the international community in this field.”

In addition to the design showcase, CDA will host a range of workshops hosted by top designers to provide further insight on how to grow design businesses and compete more effectively on the local and international scene. Offering further opportunities to young designers, the showcase will also host a unique exhibition from the Egyptian Fashion and Design Council including ready to wear semi-couture accessories and jewelry from designers such as Temraz

The exhibition will culminate in the much-anticipated Cairo Design Award on October 13th, when Egypt’s most impressive designers will be recognized at an exclusive awards dinner, where leading designers will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in the awards 6 categories.]]>
10/4/2018 4:34:26 PM
<![CDATA[Culinary Award at Le Méridien Cairo Airport.]]>
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10/3/2018 5:28:32 PM
<![CDATA[Loyalty day one celebration at Le Méridien Cairo Airport]]>
Le Meridien Cairo Airport celebrated Loyalty day one by hosting a cocktail reception for SPG members at Le Meridien Club Lounge where guests were warmly welcomed by the hotel General Manager Mr. Atef Wilson and were introduced to the new loyalty program as well.

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10/3/2018 5:19:02 PM
<![CDATA[Mountain View redesigns the Greek PAROS in Ras El-Hikma]]>
Mountain View - Ras El-Hikma occupies a total area of 428 acres. As it plans to place its grand project at the center of the new Sahel, Mountain View has chosen a perfect spot to construct it. Mountain View - Ras El-Hikma is just 20 minutes away off El-Dabaa Road, and 30 minutes off New El Alamein City.

The Greek spirit of the Cyclades is mirrored in Mountain View’s PAROS. The leading and only livable community in Ras El-Hikma is all designed according to the splendid Greek architecture. All units, varying between standalones, twin homes, boutique villas, and chalets, are paint in white and blue. PAROS’s tailor made Greek units fit all different and diverse family needs whether young couples looking for calm swimmable waters with their like-minded peers, friends or families, or even big families gathering for long summer vacations.

Mountain View has kept in mind its clients’ relief and extravagance, when it offered its clients a wide range of services and amenities. The new phase brings many of the latest experiences. Mountain View has allocated a special get-together spot for its community to mingle. The Central Pools of PAROS are spacious enough to accommodate large numbers of people at a time. They are developed especially to become the pulsing heart of Mountain View community, and with a wide range of food and beverage options, Mountain View guarantees to its clients that there will be no reason to go away from this social hub.

Mountain View has also added many Garden Pools in the new phase. They will cater each district individually, and they serve those clients who sometimes feel less social and need to relax in a calmer environment. Those pools are all surrounded by areas of grass and green spaces to create spa-like zones. In PAROS, you can certainly enjoy the intimacy of smaller pools closer to your home.

Moreover, Mountain View is bringing together the best parts of the pool and the sea in PAROS. PAROS’s brand new Swimmable Lagoon, which is 40,000 meters, offer an unmatched beach experience with almost 2 kilometers. With this new facility, the Mountain View community can enjoy a closer beach, a calmer sea, and a safer environment for the family to enjoy together. PAROS is bringing the beach closer to home, with its golden sand and crystal-clear water.

Mountain View has excessively given special attention to open spaces. Those Spaces to Breathe are made particularly to make every walk an enjoyable journey. They connect the Community Pools with the Garden Pools and provide beautifully manicured walkways for the community to enjoy PAROS’s open spaces that are ideal for daily walks. The shaded green areas, gardens, and landmark features give PAROS a truly distinctive glamour, and make people eager to spend more time there.

Be part of Mountain View community, and enjoy the rebuilt Greek unmatched experience, with its unparalleled architecture, beaches, and magnificence. You can choose your prefect spot in PAROS by booking your unit on www.mountainviewegypt.com or calling 16201.

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10/3/2018 2:29:51 PM
<![CDATA[Meghan and Harry inspect U.S. Declaration of Independence in England]]>
Meghan married Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Harry in May this year, and on Wednesday the couple visited the so-called Sussex Declaration one of only two known handwritten parchment copies of America’s formative text, at Edes House in Chichester.

The manuscript had been stored for more than 60 years in a strong-room among miles of documents in the West Sussex Record Office, until its significance was revealed by two Harvard University researchers last year.

The declaration cast Britain as a tyranny.

“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States,” it says.

Measuring 24 by 30 inches (60 by 76 cm), the Sussex Declaration is thought to date to the 1780s and most likely was written in New York or Philadelphia, and while other copies and printed versions of the Declaration exist, the only other ceremonial parchment is the Matlack Declaration, which dates from 1776 and is kept at the National Archives in Washington.

The trip will also include a visit to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton as Harry and Meghan pay their first trip to Sussex since they were made Duke and Duchess of the southern English county.

They will also visit a charity for survivors of sexual abuse before discussing mental health and emotional wellbeing with youth groups.]]>
10/3/2018 1:46:25 PM
<![CDATA[Laser scientists win Nobel physics prize for tools made of light]]>
They include the first female physics prize winner in 55 years.

Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories in the United States won half of the prize for inventing “optical tweezers” while Frenchman Gerard Mourou, who also has U.S. citizenship, and Canada’s Donna Strickland shared the other half for work on high-intensity lasers.

Strickland, of the University of Waterloo, Canada, becomes only the third woman to win a Nobel prize for physics, after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.

“Obviously we need to celebrate women physicists because we are out there and hopefully in time it will start to move forward at a faster rate,” she told news conference by telephone, shortly after learning of the prize.

The Nobel prizes have long been dominated by male scientists, and none more so than physics.

Strickland is the first female Nobel laureate in any field in three years. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said last year it would seek to more actively encourage nominations of women researchers to begin addressing the imbalance.

The inventions by the three scientists date back to the mid-1980s and over the years they have revolutionized laser physics.

“Advanced precision instruments are opening up unexplored areas of research and a multitude of industrial and medical applications,” the academy said on awarding the nine million Swedish crown ($1 million) prize.

Ashkin’s work was based on the realization that the pressure of a beam of light could push microscopic objects and trap them in position. A breakthrough came in 1987 when he used the new optical tweezers to grab living bacteria without harming them.

Ashkin, 96, is the oldest ever Nobel prize winner.

Mourou and Strickland’s research centered on developing the most intense laser pulses ever created by humans, paving the way for the precision instruments used today in corrective eye surgery and industrial applications.

The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace have been awarded since 1901 in accordance with the will of Swedish business tycoon Alfred Nobel, whose discovery of dynamite generated a vast fortune used to fund the prize.

Physics is the second of this year’s crop of prizes and comes after the medicine prize was awarded on Monday for discoveries about how to harness and manipulate the immune system to fight cancer.

However, for the first time in decades no Nobel Prize for literature will be given this year after a scandal over sexual misconduct allegations saw a string of members leave the board of the Swedish Academy that awards it.]]>
10/2/2018 1:48:39 PM
<![CDATA[OPPO launches F9 debuts in Egypt with VOOC Flash Charge and Gradient Colors inspired from nature]]>
“Due to OPPO’s strategic tactics in producing high-quality tech products that match the modern era’s constant technological upgrade and trends and also cope-up with young people changing interests, OPPO has been expanding globally in the Asian, European and Middle Eastern markets and especially the Egyptian market, since it is a promising market for OPPO’s expansion in the MEA region where it has seen a sweeping success for its F7 smartphone.”, stated Andy Shi, Managing Director - OPPO MEA.

Rapid Charge with VOOC

To keep up with the fast pace of modern life, OPPO F9 now introduces the VOOC Flash Charging tech in this price segment, which can provide 2 hours talk in 5-minute charge. This technology features a low voltage charging at 5V/4A, which provides a charging speed 4 times faster than the standard 5V/1A, which saves time and helps the user not to miss out on the fun.

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Additionally, OPPO F9 presents a smart 5-layer protection system from the phone adaptor to the phone interior. VOOC has also installed an MCU to maintain a cool fast charging mechanism. F9 also contains a long-life battery of 3500 mAh and an optimized AI battery management. Briefly, it is safe to say that the new F9 guarantees a fast and safe charging mechanism as well as a long-lasting battery life.

Waterdrop Screen with Gradient Color

OPPO has always been in pursuit of the perfect combination of technology and art, therefore, it presents a new aesthetic design that meets today’s fashion sense. F9 adopts Gradient Spraying Technology combined with the “Frame Gradient” concept to create a natural fusion of different colors and offer a variety of gradient color matching options for users. The F9 will have three gradient color combinations —Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple. This makes the surface appear less flat and more organic, resulting in a more appealing design than most other phones today.

F9 also introduces the Waterdrop design where the screen occupies the whole frame of the phone except for a water drop notch, giving it an artistic touch. This screen is of a 6.3 inch with a resolution of 2340x1080 and a ratio of 19.5:9, in addition to a high screen-to-body ratio of 90.8% giving the user a better optical experience.

From Selfie Expert to Portrait Artist

The smartphone is equipped with a dual rear camera (16MP + 2MP) that has f/1.8 aperture lens. The supporting secondary camera supports the main one by analyzing the depth-of-field to achieve better “Portrait” effect for rear photography. The rear camera now is supported by AI Recognition feature that can recognize 16 independent and 800 combined scenes. The front camera is of 25MP that supports the updated second generation of AI Beauty2.1, which provide users with up to 8 million different personalized beautification effects.

More Camera Features

Additionally, F9 supports multiple interesting camera features such as AR Stickers, Super Vivid mode and slow-motion video.

Latest ColorOS and Storage

OPPO F9 operates with ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 and providing the user a live and more interactive experience. With a 4GB/6GB plus 64GB memory combination and a 256GB memory expansion to ensure user has enough space to store all his data and memories.

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10/1/2018 3:39:46 PM
<![CDATA[The E-commerce Summit brings together industry’s leaders and experts for the first time ever in the MENA region]]>
The E-Commerce Summit, organized by robusta, took place in the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, September 26th in Cairo in attendance of H.E. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology who gave a speech about the Egyptian Post project for E-Payment and the current direction of the government towards utilization of Data Science, Machine Learning and AI.

The event held 21 talks and 13 different panel discussions hosted by more than 80 speakers, who are all CEOs and senior managers in their respective companies sharing their expertise in more than 15 different industries, in the presence of over 1,500 international retailers and market leaders.

The summit discussed the potential of the Egyptian market to become one of the leading markets in e-commerce. Statistics show that the number of internet users in Egypt has reached 39.6 million in April, compared with 39.1 million users in March 2018.

The event evaluated the e-commerce future trends in Egypt with influence from international markets, with a focus on business-to-business online transactions. Since the launch of Amazon Business in 2015, the market has been consistently developing, attracting more than 1 million customers, according to Forbes.

Now, research identifies that 42% of B2B digital customers are millennials, optimizing payment solutions and increasing product options online. With this into consideration, the market targeting millennials has significantly increased, with the retail industry focusing more efforts into the millennial generation with online transactions as the main selling point.

“E-Commerce Summit is a starting point for the Egyptian market to evolve through digital transformation. The event has received immense support from market leaders in an effort to develop online trade, and we hope that this becomes an annual destination for major corporations and small and medium enterprises to contribute to the Egyptian market’s economic growth and development.” robusta’s CEO, Hussein Mohieldin, stated.

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Mohieldin further added that the summit goals are compatible with the Egyptian government strategies embodied in the efforts exerted by Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology to support the digital transformation and e-commerce.

Mohieldin recognized government initiatives that have assisted in the growth of the industry such as the National E-commerce Strategy for Egypt, in which it collaborated with UNCTAD and a number of international organizations targeting Egypt as the next hotspot of growth in the e-commerce industry. The Egyptian government has developed the foundational framework to which the business environment continues to flourish with legislative changes like the Consumer Protection Acts, Cyber-Crime Law, as well as Data Protection Law.

Panel discussions and case studies were the highlight of the event upon which business leaders discussed the challenges of the progress of e-commerce in the market. This included panel discussions on policy, branding and marketing, as well as specialized talks on the technological advances behind e-commerce development like virtual reality systems. These discussions included business leaders of various industries as well as entrepreneurs that are focused on developing business ideas in their respective sectors.

The main theme of discussions focused on digital transformation to enable business development and consumer empowerment. Referring to recent studies, panelists confirmed that companies that have taken digital transformation as means to develop their operations reported a 26% increase in profit. Additionally, businesses with online transactions indicated that about 58% of companies relying on digital transformation and e-commerce strategies have a better focus on customer preferences, which constantly assist in developing their products and services.

Moreover, the event held robusta Startup Challenge in partnership with Falak to encourage innovation in the entrepreneurship market to accelerate progress and development within the e-commerce industry. Falak has been an avid supporter of the startup ecosystem, creating platforms for acceleration to enhance development of business ideas. Following an intense pitching challenge amongst 10 finalists during the competition, the winner “Kiliim” was chosen and awarded a cash prize of $10,000 to execute their business idea.

The E-Commerce Summit managed to explore the untapped potential of digital transformation in the country and the region with proposed technical solutions to develop business strategies. Companies attending and collaborating in the event created more interest among attendees proving the success of the market’s unfounded success.]]>
10/1/2018 3:35:29 PM
<![CDATA[Scientists behind game-changing cancer immunotherapies win Nobel medicine prize]]>
The scientists’ work in the 1990s has since swiftly led to new and dramatically improved therapies for cancers such as melanoma and lung cancer, which had previously been extremely difficult to treat.

“The seminal discoveries by the two Laureates constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said as it awarded the prize of nine million Swedish crowns ($1 million).

“Allison and Honjo showed how different strategies for inhibiting the brakes on the immune system can be used in the treatment of cancer,” it said.

The treatments, often referred to as “immune checkpoint therapy”, have “fundamentally changed the outcome for certain groups of patients with advanced cancer”, it added.

Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were created in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901.

The literature prize will not be handed out this year after the awarding body was hit by a sexual misconduct scandal.

Allison and Honjo’s work had both worked on proteins that act as brakes on the immune system - preventing the body and its main immune cells, known as T-cells, from attacking tumor cells effectively.

Allison, professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the United States, worked on a protein known as CTLA-4 and realized during his work that if this could be blocked, a brake would be released, unleashing immune cells to attack tumors.

Honjo, professor at Kyoto University since 1984, separately discovered a second protein called PD-1 and found that it too acted as an immune system brake, but with a different mechanism.

The discoveries led to the creation of a multibillion-dollar market for new cancer medicines. In particular, drugs targeting PD-1 blockade have proved a big commercial hit, offering new options for patients with melanoma, lung and bladder cancers.

U.S. drugmakers Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY.N) currently lead the field after winning drug approvals in 2014, but Roche (ROG.S), AstraZeneca (AZN.L), Pfizer (PFE.N) and Sanofi (SASY.PA) are also fielding rivals. Sales of such medicines, which are given as infusions, are expected to reach some $15 billion this year, according to Thomson Reuters’ consensus forecasts, and some analysts see eventual revenues of $50 billion.

Thomas Perlmann, Secretary of the Nobel Committee of the Karolinska Institute told the news conference that he talked to Honjo over the phone just before the announcement.

“Honjo sounded extremely pleased,” Perlmann said. “He seemed rather surprised and expressed very clearly how pleased he was with the prize and also ...with sharing the prize with Allison.”

Perlmann said he had not yet managed to contact Allison.

Commenting on Monday’s award, Dan Davis, an immunologist at Britain’s University of Manchester, said “this game-changing cancer therapy” has “sparked a revolution in thinking about the many other ways in which the immune system can be harnessed or unleashed to fight cancer and other illnesses.”

“I think this is just the tip of the iceberg - many more medicines like this are on the horizon,” he said.]]>
10/1/2018 1:40:52 PM
<![CDATA[The 6 benefits of yoga]]>
Yoga can: 1- Give you an emotional boost, since it makes people happier as it calms them down and helps them better control stress and anxiety, giving them peace of mind after only one class.

2- Aid fertility; some experts believe that specific poses can help promote pregnancy by increasing blood flow to the pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands, and releasing muscle tension

3- Help drug addicts quit, as it replaces artificial highs with natural ones. It is a powerful way to ease one’s way through recovery and to gain the peace of mind needed to beat addiction.

4- Help people conquer insomnia; studies show that incorporating yoga into one’s daily routine can boost the quality of sleep. In a 2005 study, 69 elderly patients were assigned to practice yoga, take an herbal preparation or become part of a control group. The participants in the yoga group fell asleep faster, slept longer and felt well-rested in the morning compared to other groups.

5- Help alleviate migraines; evidence shows that yoga can be used as an adjunct therapy for headaches and migraines as it stimulates the vagus nerve which is effective in relieving migraines.

6- Boost memory; yoga isn't just good for the body, it helps the memory too. A new study suggests that taking a weekly class of Kundalini yoga, which involves breathing exercises, chanting, and mediation, improves the memory.
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9/30/2018 12:50:46 PM
<![CDATA[Hedi Slimane ushers in biker chic for LVMH's big Celine bet]]>
LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group and owner of mega-brands such as Louis Vuitton, is pushing Celine as its next star performer under Slimane, as it rolls out a men’s line and fragrances, and further develops online sales.

Celine’s former creative director Phoebe Philo, who stepped down in December, had already added to its appeal among fashionistas with a quality of understated elegance, and the label was also sought after for its handbags.

With Slimane - a trendsetter credited with revolutionizing menswear with the razor-thin silhouettes he introduced at LVMH’s Christian Dior in the early 2000s - Celine is in for radical change, beyond the accented “e” he has already ditched from the brand name, to a mixed reaction on social media.

A star-studded catwalk show just outside the Invalides monument in Paris where Napoleon is buried - attended by singer Lady Gaga, actress Catherine Deneuve and fashion royalty including self-professed Slimane fan Karl Lagerfeld - gave a sense of the brand’s ambitions.

Following a quite literal drum roll by members of a special French gendarmerie unit, a model emerged from a sea of mirrors in a black and white, polka-dotted oversized bow of a mini-dress, setting the tone for a largely monochrome collection.

Black suits for him followed sexy, sequined black dresses for her, with occasional splashes of silver and gold outfits fit for the disco, and buckled biker boots for a rock-and-roll edge.

The collection put Celine firmly in the sexy, evening-wear territory staked out by Saint Laurent - the brand owned by LVMH rival Kering and where Slimane held the design reins from 2012 to 2016 - at a time when other labels are turning out more so-called streetwear, with sportier looks and sneakers.

LVMH boss Bernard Arnault has said the group aims to grow annual revenue at Celine to between 2 billion and 3 billion euros ($2.3 billion - $3.5 billion) within five years, from close to 1 billion euros now.

Other high-stakes designer debuts in the past month of spring and summer fashion shows in New York, London and Milan included ex-Givenchy star Riccardo Tisci’s first collection for Britain’s Burberry.]]>
9/29/2018 12:22:50 PM
<![CDATA[How to get over school refusal]]>
It is expected that some children will express distress or fear about being away from parents and primary caregivers for the first time. This can manifest in a school refusal disorder.

How can you recognize if your child is distressed about going to school? They may exhibit the following symptoms:

- Feeling sick or waking up with headaches, stomachaches or sore throats, but finding that those suddenly disappear when you allow them to stay home.
- Refusing to get out of bed and hiding under the covers.
- Threatening to self-harm.
- Exhibiting physical symptoms such as dizziness or light headedness, frequent urination, diarrhea, muscle tension, racing heart, shaking or trembling, shortness of breath or hyperventilation and vomiting
- Child frequently asks about his parent and calls them


Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to help your child overcome ‘school refusal’:

- Consult a doctor if your child complains about physical illness.
- Talk with your child, try to know what are the reasons and fix them.
- Avoid lecturing as long debates won’t do any good.
- Avoid separation anxiety and give your child more attention.
- Be a detective for a while: Look for clues as to what is causing your child to avoid school, there's no point in putting your child on the defensive.
- Sleep deprivations increases symptoms of anxiety and depression; establish healthy sleeping habits and keep a regular sleep cycle.
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9/28/2018 2:39:20 PM
<![CDATA[Let's a not go! Nintendo wins Japan court battle over Mario street karting]]>
Visitors to Tokyo and other major Japanese cities are often stunned to see convoys of karts driven by people -- usually tourists -- dressed up as Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach and other popular Nintendo characters buzzing around busy streets.

Unlike many countries, Japan has no ban on people driving go-karts on public roads.

But the court ruling looks set to bring such Nintendo-themed antics screaching to a halt.

The video gaming giant said the ruling blocks the "MariCAR" go-kart service from lending Mario and other characters' costumes to its customers.

Nintendo complained its popular racing game "Mario Kart" is known widely as "MariKar", just like the go-kart service's name.

It also argued that the karting company had not been given permission to allow drivers to dress up as its characters, or use photo and video footage from the racing game in its publicity materials.

"We will continue to take necessary steps against damage being done to our brand and intellectual properties, which we have spent years to build," Nintendo said in a brief statement.

Nintendo added that it also won damages but did not discuss the financial amount.

The go-kart operator Mari Mobility, which has changed its official name from MariCar, said in a brief statement that it will review the ruling before deciding what to do next.

The company website says its service "is in no way a reflection" of Nintendo's Mario Kart, and tells customers not to race one another, nor throw banana peels or red turtle shells -- all things you can famously do in Nintendo's frenetic racing game.

Occasional accidents among go-karters on Japan's streets have prompted authorities to require operators improve safety measures, like having seat belts and wearing helmets.]]>
9/27/2018 3:01:48 PM
<![CDATA[SIMA 2019: Presenting all-round perspectives on farming]]>
More than ever in tune with the current concerns of the farming world, the next edition of SIMA will pursue its initiatives alongside the sector and offer an all-round perspective on themes of major importance: from organic farming to AgTech and from agronomy to livestock. A wide range of subjects through which to showcase the performance of all forms of agriculture.


Meeting current and future challenges

SIMA is positioned as the worthwhile meeting for the sector’s players to address economic, climate, environmental and demographic challenges. In this respect, the Agrosupplies Village has been created this year, bringing together the sector of seeds, fertilisers and crop protection. 2019 will also feature the debut for a special Livestock Day, echoing SIMAGENA, acknowledged for the diversity of its cattle and its genetics hub.

In addition, the exhibition is repeating the major events such as the SIMA African Summit, an international conference addressing a theme in connection with this continent’s most topical developments; SIMA Dealers’ Day, bringing together distributors from around the world, and talks and round tables organised in association with AXEMA on a wide range of subjects (organic farming, connected farming, agronomy, etc.).

SIMA, revealing innovation from the farming world

One of SIMA’s most distinctive features is innovation, which will once again be at the heart of the 2019 show, with the second edition of the Start-Up Village, even bigger and more international than the first. The Innovation Village, meanwhile, will host the Foresight Forum and its video wall, the Innovation Gallery, the showcase for the SIMA Innovation Awards and their innovative or futuristic agricultural machinery and services, and profiles of innovative farmers from France and around the world.

An international venue for exchange and business

At its last edition, SIMA welcomed visitors from 135 countries<.b>, making the exhibition a reference for all farmers. Looking towards 2019, this show is stepping up its promotional actions through its international network of 47 offices and an active visitor recruitment campaign in more than 90 countries, in particular in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela) and in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Russia).



During a press conference held April 19, at Business France – the office responsible for connecting Egyptian and French businesses and companies, among other economic work – Ludvic Prévost, director of Business France’s office in Egypt, invited Egyptian food and beverage businesses and companies to attend the 2018 Salon International de l’Alimentation/International Food Exhibition (SIAL), which will take place from October 21 to 25, 2018 at Paris Nord Villepinte.

SIAL Paris 2018: snapshot months before its opening

SIAL Paris is a unique global event involving food companies from all over the world, seconded by Anuga Food Tech, according to special statements by Prévost to Egypt Today. Almost 90 percent of the exhibition floor space has already been reserved, and more than 80 countries have already confirmed their attendance; some 20 foreign ministers are set to attend, as well as about 80 ambassadors, according to Prévost’s statements.

The SIAL exhibition lasts for five days, during which exhibitors have the opportunity to present their products to 160,000 professional visitors from all around the world, according to Prévost. In 2016, the last year the exhibition was held, as it is held every two years, there were 154,000 visitors, but that number is expected to rise this year.

Depending on their preferences, their expectations and their needs, these visitors will be able to explore the exhibition by reference to sector or to the world's regions.

During the last edition, more than 700 Egyptian visitors attended SIAL Paris, of which 90 percent were decision makers; however, according to Prévost, this is only one percent of those who attended. “We [Business France] believe that this number can increase this year. Last year, only one percent of those who attended were Egyptians, but I think that this year there will be more Egyptians there,” said Prévost.

When asked about what Egyptians mostly focus on in the exhibition, Prévost and Baptiste Dimas, agri-food department manager at the Business Finance office in Egypt, told Egypt Today that the focus is mostly on fruits and vegetables. During the press conference, Dimas revealed that 109 Egyptian companies were involved in SIAL 2016, with EL-Doha, El-Sakr and Domty among the biggest.

Trade relations between France and Egypt are close, and commercial exchanges between France and Egypt reached €2.5 billion ($3.1 billion) in fiscal year 2016/2017, according to official statements released by the Egyptian authorities. From the €2.5 billion, €1.9 billion was exports from France to Egypt and the remaining €0.6 billion was exports from Egypt to France. France is Egypt’s sixth largest supplier of goods and seventh largest export client, and the European Union is Egypt’s closest trade partner, according to Prévost, who also revealed that “We [Business France] have real interest from French companies in the country.” They are looking for partnerships and looking to expand in Egypt, especially that “Egypt is France’s primary trade partner in the Middle East and North Africa,” he said.

Building on this, Prévost told Egypt Today that Business France is looking to increase the presence of Egyptian companies this year. “We [Business France] want Egyptians to come to Paris and meet with importers and also exporters,” explained Prévost.

There are three objectives that Prévost and Business France have from the SIAL 2018 exhibition: increasing French exports to Egypt, stimulating Egyptian exports to France and stimulating Egyptian exports to the European Union.

In comments to Egypt Today, Prévost said, “More and more French companies are coming to develop partnerships with Egyptian companies … the number of partnerships between Egyptian and French companies now are ten times the number they were three years ago.”

In 2018, two ideas make their reappearance. First, beverages will again be under the spotlight. Second, “Made in France” products will be assembled and promoted under the same banner. Moreover, the “equipment and services” zone will be back once again to allow micro-enterprises and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which constitute 85 percent of exhibitors, to present their technologies and equipment.

The Alternative Food Sector: show within a show

This edition of SIAL will be offering a new special exhibition just for the Alternative Food sector, with hundreds of renowned experts on healthy eating from all around the world expected to visit. “It is a unique potpourri of experiences that we will be proposing for the first time in 2018,” explains Nicolas Trentesaux, director of SIAL Network. “SIAL has always been at the vanguard in food matters, and this year we wish to go even further with this Alternative Food sector, organised against the backdrop of SIAL, the world's leading food innovation exhibition.”

About SIAL Paris

Organised by Comexposium Group, SIAL Paris is one of the members of SIAL Network, the world's biggest network of trade fairs dedicated to food and drink. Its eight regular exhibitions (SIAL Paris, SIAL Canada in Montreal and Toronto, SIAL China, SIAL Middle East, SIAL Interfood in Jakarta, and FOOD India Inspired by SIAL in New Delhi) bring together 14,535 exhibitors and 359,800 visitors from 194 countries.

The Comexposium Group, a world leader in events organisation, is involved in more than 170 B2C and B2B events, covering 11 sectors of activity as varied as the food industry, agriculture, fashion, homeland security, construction, high-tech, optics and transport. Comexposium plays host to 45,000 exhibitors and more than 3 million visitors in 23 countries around the world.
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9/26/2018 4:46:00 PM
<![CDATA[Giant pink diamond from Christie's a cut above the rest]]>
The rectangular cut Pink Legacy is rated “vivid”, the highest rating for a diamond’s color, and weighs 18.96 carats, making it the largest fancy vivid pink diamond Christie’s has ever offered for auction.

It was once part of the Oppenheimer collection, Christie’s said, referring to the family who built De Beers into the world’s biggest diamond trader.

“Its exceptional provenance will no doubt propel it into a class of its own as one of the world’s greatest diamonds,” said Rahul Kadakia, international head of jewelry at Christie’s.

Only four vivid pink diamonds of over 10 carats have ever been offered for sale at auction, with a record price per carat set last November when Christie’s Hong Kong sold “The Pink Promise”, an oval-shaped diamond of just under 15 carats, for $32,480,500.

The Pink Legacy will be shown in Hong Kong, London and New York before being auctioned by Christie’s Geneva on Nov. 13.]]>
9/25/2018 3:15:28 PM
<![CDATA[Light festival dazzles visitors in Portuguese holiday town]]>
The event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Cascais every year, aims to “celebrate colors and forms in all their nuances, senses and aspects”, according to the organizers.

It also hopes to highlight the historical heritage of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a first-class travel destination by the end of the 19th century.

This year’s installations included an interactive skate ramp that flashed with different colored lights and shapes as skateboarders rode over it.

“There are so many different things so your mind is just kind of watching it,” said Terry Reel, an American tourist visiting Portugal. “It’s just so delightful.]]>
9/24/2018 2:57:37 PM
<![CDATA[Annual Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich with beer, lederhosen, sausages]]>
Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, kicked off the festivities by tapping open the first beer keg with a traditional shout of “O zapft is!” (“It’s tapped” in English).

Revelers arrived early to secure spaces at the coveted long communal tables in tents, where visitors swig beer, munch on sausages, pretzel or pork knuckle, and listen to oompah bands.

Oktoberfest has its origins in a horse race that took place in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

The public festivities on the Theresienwiese open ground - named after the bride - became more elaborate as time went on, with stalls and amusement rises and it gradually turned into a folk festival.

Oktoberfest attracts around six million visitors every year, with some traveling from abroad for the experience. This year’s festival runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7.]]>
9/23/2018 4:24:15 PM
<![CDATA[Media literacy: More than half of the world does not trust social media]]>
More than 54 percent of the subjects of the study are suspicious when it comes to news circulating on the internet, the study confirmed.

The study stated that rates of decreasing the use of social media as a reliable news source came as follows: 85 percent for Brazil, 69 percent for Spain, and 64 percent for the USA.

The study illustrates a worldwide research that took into consideration 24 countries in three continents: 11 countries in Europe, 6 in North and South America, and 7 countries from Asia.

Moreover, the research was conducted by You Gov using multiple online questionnaires, which took into consideration multiple factors, including gender, age, and region.

The research showed that 44 percent of the study subjects trust news “overall”, while 51 percent only trust news “they use”. Meanwhile, 34 percent said that they trust news in search engines, and only 23 percent trust news in social networking websites.

This in fact reflects their bad experience with fake news published on different social media platforms such as Facebok and Twitter, and which can definitely lead to “confusion, greater skepticism, and ultimately to lack of trust,” according to the research.

The report also tackled consumers’ opinions on the news that are being published by different media outlets, as they showed their concern about its credibility and objectivity.

Consequently, the study concluded that there are two main factors that challenge and affect news transparency.

Firstly, it showed that the political climate and oppression badly affect news credibility, especially when dealing with news circulating within authoritarian or totalitarian regimes. The second challenge is economic, which basically impulses different news sources to be biased as they are not independent.

Hence, more than half of media consumers are sophisticated enough to differentiate between fake and real news, so they prefer to follow up particular media outlets which had long, clean, and objective history, according to the results of the study.

Furthermore, the study revealed that some consumers prefer receiving news feed through applications on their smart phones (ios/android/windows) or through e-mails.

However, 37 percent of the study subjects say that “nothing will persuade them to sign up” for newsletter, 18 percent will be encouraged if they “can control the number received”, and 16 percent would like to reduce duplicated news from different providers, according to the research results.

The decrease of the percentage of those who trust social media came particularly after Facebook’s latest privacy concerns, which in turn made it difficult to retain its ranking as a reliable news source.
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9/23/2018 3:26:55 PM
<![CDATA[Is Barbie a real threat?]]>
Young girls are raised in a society where “Barbie” portrays perfection; at this tender age, they are influenced by external stimuli, and throughout the years they become unconsciously convinced that being Barbie is a goal to be able to fit in the society.


In 2009, Dallas cowboy cheerleader Barbie was given the worst toy of the year award. Furthermore, Dr Susan Linn, the director of CCFC, said that it embodies a host of harmful expectations about what girls are supposed to be like, noting that it is an unattainable goal as it is not even realistic.

Studies showed girls who play with Barbie have lower self-esteem and greater desire to be thin, while girls who play with regular sized dolls ate a more reasonable amount of food.

Girls who play with Barbie thought they should be ideal and have the same body, hair and facial features as their doll or they shouldn’t be living at all.

That study might answer the parents asking why their children have low self-confidence and are drowning in their insecurities. They think that their faces, bodies and hair are ugly as they don’t suit the Barbie goal, a parent added on Barbie official page.



Unfortunately, this happens every day. Children start starving themselves, obliging themselves to throw up, thinking about doing severe plastic surgeries, and suffering from eating disorders in order to achieve this fake ideal image in their minds.

It is worth mentioning that the average age at which girls start dieting is now eight! Isn’t that hilarious?

To overcome this threat, parents have to monitor their children’s use of toys, and make sure they teach their kids the potential damaging results of being a copy of someone or something. Also, parents should help their children look up to real role models and have real achievable goals.

On the other hand, some people disagreed with the abovementioned opinion on Barbie and stated that it positively affects their children as it entertains and encourages girls to believe that they can be anything they want to be.

Barbie came in various versions, including the president Barbie, the rock star Barbie, the doctor Barbie, the gymnast Barbie, and the astronaut Barbie, teaching children to use their imagination and dream big.
Barbie also sends an anti-racism message through Barbie's Asian, black, Latina friends who come from all walks of life and their differences are never a problem.


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9/20/2018 3:23:20 PM
<![CDATA[A mirror or a car?]]>
This black car looks like a mirror after being washed. from r/mildlyinteresting



The picture was taken from an angle which made it hard to see the vehicle from the first glance; without noticing the front tire, it is impossible to notice the car itself.

Social media users recalled the movies where the idea of optical illusion was well presented, such as the well-known action movie "Predator", where the alien managed to make itself invisible.

Also, some users claimed that the image is entirely fake, as they thought it was impossible to take such a photo without carefully editing and retouching it to appear like that. Up until now, there is no confirmation from the person who captured this photo that it is real by posting another photo of the same vehicle or by revealing how he could capture this photo.
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9/20/2018 10:09:00 AM
<![CDATA[2019 Aston Martin in Cairo before any other market outside Europe at business capital park Sheikh zayed]]>
The heart of the Vantage is the new alloy, 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal center-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. With a dry weight of 1530 kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios - something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack. The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

Aston Martin’s brand manager, Mohamed El Fakhoury simply stated, “I’m enormously excited and wanted the arrival of the all new Aston martin Vantage to be first displayed to the public at the Capital Promenade to best feature this car and showoff its amazing stance. I displayed the white exterior with black interior with a base value of EGP 5.4 million to EGP 5.9 million for the Egypt market”.

2019 Aston Martin Vantage - 001
2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

2019 Aston Martin Vantage - 004 A 4-liter, 510 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 mated to eight-speed ZF transmission

2019 Aston Martin Vantage - 005 A 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds

2019 Aston Martin Vantage - 007 A top speed of 314 km/h

2019 Aston Martin Vantage - 009 Defined by bold new look, intensified performance and dynamics

2019 Aston Martin Vantage - 010 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

Aston Martin Vantage 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

IMG_20180917_184931 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

IMG_20180917_190723 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

V12 VANTAGE V600 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

Vantage 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe
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9/19/2018 10:21:41 PM
<![CDATA[How to pack a healthy lunchbox for your kid! ]]>
Healthy lunches and snacks are essential for children’s health in order to keep their vitality during the school day. Egypt Today has prepared for you a cheat sheet on what to pack for your kids.

- Fresh fruits; avoid dry food as it contains high levels of sugar.

- Green vegetables (mixed vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce).

- Food rich in protein such as meat or boiled eggs.

- Avoid chips and packs of crisps, as they are high in fat and calories which can raise the risk of obesity.

- Dairy products such as cheese, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt.

- Don’t provide them with fruit yogurt regularly, as it is high in sugar.

- Include starchy food like bread and crackers in the box.

- Advise them to drink reasonable amounts of water.

A balanced lunchbox should contain a variety of nutritious foods from each of the five food elements: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein.

Variety ensures that children obtain important nutrients that are essential for their growth and development, and that keep them alert throughout the school day.

Also, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the material from which the boxes are made. Boxes that have the number “5” incised on the bottom are safe for keeping hot and cold foods fresh and should be kept in refrigerators not freezers.

1- Search for the “BPA FREE”; it means that the box is free of “Bisphenol A” which can transfer plastic to the food inside.

2- The boxes should be easy to clean.

3- Keep an ice cube alongside the lunchbox to keep the food fresh.

4- Choose a lunchbox that can be used in microwaves.

5- Avoid using plastic bags especially with hot food.
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9/19/2018 10:05:42 AM
<![CDATA[Sunny yellows shine on gold carpet at TV's Emmy awards]]>
Actresses Alison Brie, Judith Light and Tatiana Maslany all chose sunny yellow for the television industry’s highest honors, which were being handed out in a downtown Los Angeles theater on a hot late-summer day.

Bucking the heat, Light wore a slim, long-sleeved, yellow gown with a turtleneck. “Orphan Black” star Maslany wore a custom pant suit with a yellow one-shouldered top, black pants and a yellow sash cascading from her waist to the floor.

They walked a carpet that was colored gold instead of the traditional red to celebrate the Emmys 70th anniversary.

White also was popular, the pick of Kristen Bell and Scarlett Johansson. “The Sinner” star Jessica Biel wore a strapless white gown with a scallop pattern and full skirt.

Men on the carpet followed suit. Sixteen-year-old “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo donned a gold jacket, and “This is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia’s tuxedo jacket was white. “Barry” actor Henry Winkler accented his black tux with a yellow tie.

Some of the top nominees stood out in bright colors. Actresses Rachel Brosnahan and Sandra Oh shined in red, while Elisabeth Moss wore traditional black.

Jennifer Lewis, an actress on “black-ish,” sported a red-and-black Nike sweatshirt with a sparkling silver swoosh logo, which she said was a show of support after the brand featured NFL star Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racism.

“The artist’s duty is to reflect the times,” she said. “I stand up for what I feel is right.”

The late-summer heat hung over the carpet. “I’m just looking for water,” said “Barry” star Bill Hader, dressed in a black-and-white tuxedo.

“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross picked one of the most daring outfits - a hot pink gown with a full pleated skirt and large puffy top. Ross said she spotted the Valentino gown on a runway in Paris.

Tiffany Haddish also stood out with a striped blue, red, yellow and green dress.

“Seven Seconds” star Regina King wore a bright yellow, sleek strapless gown, and comfortable shoes.

“I have on vintage Guccis that are mine,” King said. “They are broken in. They are dancing shoes.”]]>
9/18/2018 12:18:18 PM
<![CDATA[UK duchess Meghan backs cookbook to help project set up after deadly London fire]]>
The Hubb Community Project was created last summer by women seeking somewhere to cook fresh food for their families and friends following the blaze which engulfed the 24-storey social housing block in west London.

The new book, “Together: Our Community Cookbook”, a collection of 50 recipes from the diverse users of the communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, will be used to allow the project to expand and open for up to seven days a week.

“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” Meghan, who first visited the kitchen in January and has made other private visits since, wrote in a foreword.

“Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to.”

Meghan’s support for the project is her first solo venture since becoming a member of Britain’s royal family after marrying Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry in May.

The Grenfell fire was Britain’s deadliest fire on domestic premises since World War Two and there was criticism that the authorities were slow to provide new permanent accommodation for many of the survivors.

One of the contributors to the book, Munira Mahmud, 34, said she and her friends had approached Al-Manaar to ask if they could use the kitchen there and the Hubb project - hubb means love in Arabic - arose out of it.

“Last summer, we were placed in a hotel and I had no kitchen to cook for my family,” Mahmud wrote. “It was very emotional for me to get in the kitchen. The moment I started cooking I was in tears. I didn’t know why though. I was just excited to be back in the kitchen again.

“Word started to spread – the mums from my son’s school came along and they told their friends, too. Soon there were women from different cultures all cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing together.”

The duchess is photographed on the front of the of the book helping out and Mahmud said the royal had been happy to join in.

“She wore an apron,” she wrote. “I can’t believe I made her wash rice! After we said that we could only use the kitchen twice a week due to funding, she mentioned, ‘How about sharing your recipes with other people?’. And that’s how it happened.”

Meghan will host an event at Kensington Palace, where her home with Harry is located, on Sept. 20 to launch the cookbook with the Royal Foundation administering proceeds from sales to the Hubb project.]]>
9/17/2018 1:16:09 PM
<![CDATA[Model Alexa Chung's brand takes off at London Fashion Week]]>
Chung, a fashion darling who has collaborated with British clothing retailer Marks & Spencer and had a Mulberry handbag named after her, swapped the coveted catwalk front row for backstage - sending out models in her eponymous brand, which she launched last year.

Her airport lounge-themed show nodded to hot destinations with white on beige trouser suits, light beach dresses, and shorts, as well as aviation-style jumpsuits and dungarees.

“This show has always been really clear in my mind,” fashion magazine British Vogue quoted Chung as saying on its website.

“I wanted it to be a fantasy airport where all these different characters are popping up.”

Double-breasted jackets were long and belted at the waist. Chung took inspiration from 1930s silk crepe dresses for short-sleeved frocks, but there were also nods to the 1970s with waistcoats and a darker palette including mustard, brown and burgundy.

Chung also kept the cooler British summer in mind with shiny raincoats.

Known for his avant-garde creations, Gareth Pugh said he was celebrating “outsider society” and “London as a cradle of creative extremism” at his show, where red- and black-lined prints and bright colors dominated.

Models wore jackets slashed at the arms with pointed shoulders, as well as see-through raincoats. Trouser suits were deconstructed while dresses came in a variety of eye-catching and exaggerated shapes.

Nodding to London’s famed punk scene, footwear consisted of chunky platform boots.

Red carpet favorite Alice Temperley presented floaty dresses referencing neoclassical architecture at her fashion show, using plenty of light colors and materials.

The designer picked women ranging in age and profession, including “Peaky Blinders” actress Helen McCrory and pregnant model Arizona Muse, to unveil her collection of printed summer dresses and sequined trouser suits.

The Temperley London show began with pale pink and peach romantic dresses in various feminine cuts before turning to darker tones for sequined evening frocks.

The looks were accessorized with strappy sandals.

“I wanted to show various ages - people that were actresses, musicians, chefs, DJs,” Temperley said backstage, adding that she wanted the summer line to be “light, colorful, playful”.

Julien Macdonald closed the second day of London Fashion Week with plenty of sparkles, sending out his models in glittery dresses slashed at the thigh, front or back. The revealing frocks came in a range of colors and metallics.

Male models also showcased sparkling vest tops and jackets.

London Fashion Week is the second leg of the month-long catwalk season during which designers are presenting their spring/summer 2019 womenswear lines.]]>
9/16/2018 3:05:37 PM
<![CDATA[Chef José Andrés offers recipes on food relief in Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico]]>
Food relief in the Caribbean is familiar ground for Andrés, 49, a Michelin-starred chef praised for his cutting-edge cuisine. His World Central Kitchen charitable operation has been active in Haiti in response to the deadly earthquake that shook that island in 2010.

Andrés’ book “We Fed an Island,” co-authored with Richard Wolffe, chronicles the scramble for food and water and working kitchens to feed Puerto Ricans who could not leave.

“Food was giving hope and the stability to one community at a time,” the Spanish-born chef told Reuters during a book tour.

President Donald Trump, facing criticism of his administration’s Puerto Rico relief effort as Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, tweeted on Wednesday that the government “did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity...”

Armed with the experience of serving three million meals in Puerto Rico, Andrés said he and his team will do the same for residents in the Carolinas, where Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday.

“What I know is whatever that’s needed, we are ready,” he said.

100,000 MEALS DAILY

Puerto Rico was struck by the most powerful storm in almost a century on Sept. 17, 2017.

The death toll from Maria is estimated to have reached nearly 3,000 and has cost $90 billion. It also left much of the island without electricity for months.

Andrés flew to San Juan less a week after Maria hit. He quickly developed a feeding plan with friends and local chefs. They traveled daily to secure supplies to make sandwiches and prepare sancocho, a meat and vegetable soup.

They eventually were serving 100,000 meals a day across the island.

Besides less-than-ideal cooking conditions, Andrés was pushing back against red tape and what local officials and critics have perceived as inadequate federal response to Maria.

“When I tweeted that the federal government was letting Puerto Ricans down and leaving them to die, those are real calls for help. Those are real calls for actions,” he said.

Trump this week disputed Puerto Rico’s death toll, tweeting: “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths.”

While Andrés has criticized government leadership in rebuilding Puerto Rico, he said he received plenty of support from members of the Navy, National Guard and Department of Homeland Security on the ground.

“I’m not in the government. People like me should be speaking up,” Andrés said.]]>
9/15/2018 12:46:35 PM
<![CDATA[NASA tests foldable heat shield that could help human Mars landing]]>
The new technology - dubbed the Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT) - stores like a folded umbrella inside smaller rockets, opening handle-up in space to protect larger payloads as they enter a planet's atmosphere, said Brandon Smith, NASA's principal investigator on the project. The shape allows it to protect larger areas than current heat shields.

"At the larger scales, it could be used for something as grand as human Mars explorations, or potentially human cargo landings on Mars," Smith told Reuters at the Spaceport America launch site, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

NASA is preparing to send a new rover robotic lander to Mars in 2020 and plans to send human astronauts in 2033. The rover will search for previous signs on life on Mars and demonstrate technology that could help astronauts survive there.

The goal of sending humans to Mars was set in 2010 during the administration of President Barack Obama and was affirmed by President Donald Trump last December.

Before NASA can send humans to Mars, it will need to land a lot of cargo there and the new heat shield could help if it works, Smith said. The system also could also be used with crew capsules, protecting astronauts.

ADEPT, launched with a Spaceloft suborbital rocket made by UP Aerospace, was tested at the spaceport in southern New Mexico. It deployed between 100 and 120 kilometers before opening and making its way back to Earth, landing at White Sands Missile Range.

Data gathered from the test will not be available until the shield is recovered, officials said. The system, once implemented, will allow NASA to send more complex missions to other planets.

"Typically, heat shields are rigid structures, but this one can actually deploy in space," Smith said. "What that allows you to do is to get around the volume constraints of a typical launch vehicle that are long and slender."

The new heat shield also can be used to run recoverable experiments in Earth's upper atmosphere and send probes to Venus, Smith said. ]]>
9/13/2018 1:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Greece questions two women over dousing museum relics with oil]]>
The stains, which Greek media reports said had appeared on items such as icons, marble columns and inscribed tablets displayed at the Christian and Byzantine Museum in July, had befuddled authorities. Some smears also appeared at the Benaki Museum about a month later.

But on Sunday, a clerk at the National Historical Museum at Old Parliament House in Athens alerted guards when a woman showed up with a companion with what appeared to be an oily hand.

“I noticed that one of the ladies had a greasy hand ... I alerted the guards and drew their attention to it,” the unnamed clerk told Greece’s Alpha TV.

Police officials said the two women were under investigation for attempting to damage public property. In both cases the damage was minor.

According to Greece’s state run Athens News Agency, the suspects told police they thought the oil had healing properties and that, they said, dousing relics was dictated by the Bible. They had a bottle in their possession when they were arrested.

Both told police they had no intention of causing any damage while one said she was a member of a religious group, judicial sources said on Monday.

The women, who spent a short time in detention before being released, face misdemeanor charges under Greek law.

The two museums said at the time they were investigating the incidents but have not commented publicly since then.]]>
9/12/2018 1:11:20 PM
<![CDATA[ELITE launches globally on Netflix October 5, 2018]]>
ELITE is Netflix’s second Spanish Original series and is directed by Ramón Salazar (Sunday’s Illness, Three Steps Above Heaven) and Dani de la Orden (El Mejor Verano de mi vida, Party Town), written by Carlos Montero (The Time in Between and creator of Physical or Chemical) and Darío Madrona (Génesis, La chica de ayer and co-creator of the very successful The Protected).



Las Encinas is the best and most exclusive school in Spain, where the elite send their children to study. It's also where three working class kids have just been admitted after their academy was collapsed and the local council divvied up the students between other schools in the area. They thought that they'd lucked out...but maybe they weren't so lucky after all.

The clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose creates a perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder. Who is behind the crime? Is it one of these recent arrivals from a different world? Or is there something deeper hiding beneath the surface?

The show is executive produced by Zeta Audiovisual (Ahora o Nunca, Three Steps Above Heaven, I Want You) with the first season consisting of 8 episodes and entirely shot in 4K. ]]>
9/11/2018 2:31:48 PM
<![CDATA[Herrera's Spring line features Wes Gordon designs at N.Y. show]]>
Herrera, 79, whose timeless designs were worn by five first ladies, handed creative directorship of the label to American designer Wes Gordon in February.

Gordon, who worked with the Venezuelan-born Herrera for a year, said “she wanted to be surprised today when she saw the collection. So this is her first time seeing everything.”

The collection, with plaids, florals and bold prints, “is about a woman who is not a wallflower, who’s looking for beautiful happy colors when she opens her wardrobe in the morning,” he said.

“I think the world needs a little more joy, and your wardrobe is a very good place to start.”

For inspiration, he turned to old pictures of Herrera in search of the pulse of the house.

Using specialized fabrics, deep colors and bold prints in addition to the traditional pastels of Spring, Gordon said he “played with the classic Herrera cotton shirt.”

“We make the most perfect white shirt. We wanted to show a lot of different tweaks and variations on that today, so we took that fabric and we did everything from little smocked dresses to polka dot combinations.

“And then the embroideries ... it really is an embroidery house creating these pieces that are really American culture.”

Celebrities filled the show, among fashion week’s hottest tickets, held at the New York Historical Society.

Martha Stewart, former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, fashion world doyenne Anna Wintour and socialite Nicky Hilton Rothschild were on hand.

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New York Fashion Week, previewing the latest looks for Spring 2019, concludes on Wednesday with a party in the borough of Brooklyn featuring pop superstar Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line.]]>
9/11/2018 11:41:38 AM