<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[et Skin Series: Vitamin B5]]>
It plays many roles regarding your health, such as converting nutrients from food into energy, balancing blood sugar, reducing bad cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure, preventing nerve damage and pain, and preventing heart failure. It also helps maintaining and regulating your metabolism.

Salmon is a good source of vitamin B5. Via CC/Pexels.

A deficiency in vitamin B5 can manifest itself as fatigue, depression, irritability and insomnia, among other symptoms. People at a greater risk of developing a vitamin B5 deficiency include alcoholics, women on oral contraceptives/birth control pills and people with severe malnutrition.

When used in skincare, vitamin B5 is converted to provitamin B5, which is called Panthenol. Panthenol is a fantastic skincare ingredient, as it can help to heal, protect and hydrate the skin. It is a humectant, meaning it can bind water to the skin to increase hydration, and also improve its softness and elasticity. It offers relief from itchiness and pain, and it reduces redness. Wounds treated with provitamin B5 have resulted in regenerated tissue that is more solid and elastic. These properties make it an excellent ingredient for anyone with dry, tight, dehydrated or acneic skin.
2/23/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saudis promised double the fun in drive to lure back tourist dollars]]>
The state wants to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas every year by Saudis seeking entertainment, lifting a ban on cinemas and putting on shows by Western artists.

U.S. rapper Nelly performed in Jeddah in December, albeit to a men-only crowd, and Greek musician Yanni played to a mixed-gender audience.

The gradual relaxing of gender segregation risks causing a backlash from religious conservatives, but public objections to a wider programme of reforms have been more muted in recent months after several critics were arrested.

At an event to launch the 2018 entertainment calendar, Ahmed al-Khatib, chairman of the state-run General Entertainment Authority (GEA), said infrastructure investments over the next decade would reach 240 billion riyals ($64 billion), including an opera house to be completed around 2022.

That will contribute 18 billion riyals to annual GDP and generate 224,000 new jobs by 2030, the GEA said.

"The bridge is starting to reverse," Khatib said, referring to the causeway linking Saudi Arabia with more liberal Bahrain where many Saudis flock for weekend getaways.

"And I promise you that we will reverse this migration, and people from Dubai, Kuwait and Bahrain will come to Saudi."

However, on Thursday night, the Minister of Culture and Information said Khatib's opera plans were an infringement of the role of the General Authority for Culture, a separate government body, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The entertainment plans are largely motivated by economics, part of a reform programme to diversify the economy away from oil and create jobs for young Saudis.

The Vision 2030 plan aims to increase household spending on cultural and entertainment events inside the kingdom to 6 percent by 2030 from 2.9 percent.

"We are bringing the most exciting and famous events to Saudi Arabia this year," Khatib told Reuters in an interview, adding that state-sponsored entertainment events would be staged in 56 cities.

"We are creating new local events with local content," he said. "Almost 80 percent of the calendar (events) are for families."

Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas late last year, with plans for regional and global chains to open more than 300 movie theatres by 2030. The first cinemas are expected to start showing films from March.

Last year, the country announced plans to develop resorts on some 50 islands off the Red Sea coast and an entertainment city south of Riyadh featuring golf courses, car racing tracks and a Six Flags theme park. ($1 = 3.7502 riyals)]]>
2/23/2018 5:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[What does your handwriting say about you?]]>
In an interview with Business Insider, McKnight revealed, “Just from analyzing your handwriting, experts can find over 5,000 personality traits.” Egypt Today presents some of these factors and their correlated aspects that you may not have considered before.


Large letters usually indicate that one has a love for attention and self-expression, according to Bright Side. They enjoy socializing, and are people-oriented. They also may tend to put up this fake façade of confidence in order to protect themselves and their feelings. They seek mutual understanding and companionship.

Conversely, Bright Side notes, as does Cosmopolitan’s Kerry Ward, that small letters mean that one can be quite shy, intellectual and reserved. They have this passion for being precise and doing things accurately. They are very diligent, focused and concentrated. Most of the people with small-sized letters might be introverted.

Average letters, as per Ward, on the other hand, show how you have the ability to adapt to any situation, overcome any rough patches in your life, and even turn it to work in your favor. People with average sized handwriting are quite levelheaded and grounded; they know how to make quick decisions.


According to a research carried out by the National Pen Company in the U.S., writing with no slants means that one is probably ruled by logic. People with un-slanted handwriting are usually emotionally stable, pragmatic and practical. They tend to have full control of their emotions.

If one writes with a slant, then one is either an introvert or extrovert, depending on which side their slants favor. Right slants indicate that one is open, sociable and friendly. They can be quite impulsive, but heart-centered; and, they value personal relationships and appreciate close friends and family.

The research suggests that left slants are on the other side of the spectrum. Those who favor the left side are usually those who work behind the scenes. They are introspective and patient. If you are left-handed and write in left slants you might be expressing rebellion.

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The study also shows, as does MailOnline’s Victoria Woollaston, that wide spacing reveals one’s love for freedom and their deep hatred for crowds. Interestingly, those with narrow spacing usually do not have the best time management skills. They are afraid of being alone and always want to be in a crowd.

Even spacing in handwriting is usually attributed to those who are levelheaded and aware of boundaries. They also do not like to be overwhelmed with too many events or issues at the same time.


Cosmopolitan, Bright Side, MailOnline and the National Pen Company agree that those who write with heavy pressure usually take things quite seriously and to heart. They usually feel pressured by small incidents, which they later realize should not have pressured them as much as it did. They feel deeply and react quickly.

Those who write with light pressure, on the other hand, usually are very empathetic and active. They want to finish writing quickly so that they can go out and experience the world. They really enjoy moving from one place to another.

2/22/2018 3:13:52 PM
<![CDATA[Pizza is healthier for breakfast than cereal]]>
According to recent research, we are better off eating pizza for breakfast than cereal. Pizza is packed with protein and way less fats and sugar than cereal, making it a healthier alternative for breakfast. Remarkable and shocking, but absolutely true!

Dietitian Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, told The Daily Meal that a slice of pizza actually has the same calories as a bowl of cereal. Hence, it is acceptable and even nutritious to substitute cereal for pizza. Since cereals are full of sugars and no fibers, they can cause a sugar crash after a couple of hours of consumption, making you lazy and unproductive throughout your day. Pizza, on the other hand, has more fibers, carbohydrates and less sugar, which will make you active and less likely to feel hungry quickly.

“Because eating a slice of pizza for breakfast when you really want it will prevent you from binging on an entire pie later,” Amer wrote in her blog.

Aligned with Amer’s view, a 2014 study found that people eat up to 132 percent more than the recommended serving of cereal, in turn surpassing the recommended daily sugar intake. Not only that, the study also revealed that this excess amount of cereal is often consumed simply during breakfast or, in other words, in one serving. On the other hand, pizza contains grains, vegetables and proteins, all of which are needed daily food groups.

Still, research reveals that it somewhat depends on the types of pizza and cereal one is consuming, meaning there are cereals that are packed with important and nutritious fibers that would keep you full and are beneficial for your digestive tract. Of course, there are greasy pizzas that are high in fat percentages and result in instant weight gain, in which case cereal would be healthier. In short, eating a healthy cereal is always healthier than pizza, but one is better off eating pizza than sugary cereals.

When the pizza is well-balanced and not too greasy, it is just the right start to the day. However, as mentioned, “Pizzas can be a healthy balance of carbs, fats and protein; so, as long as it doesn’t contain unhealthy additives, who’s to say we can’t eat pizza for breakfast?” Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert explained to The Independent.
2/22/2018 12:26:20 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia is hosting Arab Fashion Week ]]>
This comes as part of the partnership between the British Fashion Council and AFC, which was announced during London Fashion Week.

The AFC launched its regional office in Riyadh with the appointment of H.H. Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud as Honorary President. She commented on the historic announcement, saying, “This is a new era that we are witnessing, an era where ‘only dreamers are welcome to join,’ to use the words of HRH Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The Arab Fashion Council was established in 2014 in London, with the license of the International Extraterritorial Authority to develop and regulate the fashion industry in the 22 Arab countries. Arab Fashion Week will be held in Riyadh at the Apex Center, which was designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.

Caroline Rush, Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, Ms Layla Issa Abu Zeid and @jacobabrian in the announcement of the strategic partnership between the Arab Fashion Council and the @britishfashioncouncil in London today, and the launch of the first ever fashion week in the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. جاكوب ابريان والسيدة ليلى عيسى أبو زيد وسمو الأميرة نورة بنت فيصل آل سعود والسيدة كارولين رش بعيد إعلان اتفاقية التعاون بين مجلس الأزياء العربي ومجلس الأزياء البريطاني في لندن اليوم وانطلاق اول أسبوع عربي للموضة في الرياض. #jacobabrian #RAFW #AFC #arabfashionweek #arabfashioncouncil #britishfashioncouncil

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Layla Issa Abuzaid, AFC country director for Saudi Arabia, explained that this historic event “will be more than a world-class event; it is a catalyst through which we believe the fashion sector will lead other economic sectors, such as tourism, hospitality, travel and trade.”

The main player that will be showcasing at the event has been announced to be Roberto Cavalli.

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority stated, “Saudi Arabia’s artistic community has been growing in size and in confidence for a number of years now, and the General Entertainment Authority believes that such an event will allow a proper platform to showcase their fashion and art talents. As the vehicle for a comprehensive range of entertainment options in Saudi Arabia, the General Entertainment Authority is proud to support an event that seeks to bring people together in a mutual appreciation of the power of fashion and art.”

“The launch of the Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh is an unprecedented step for the Arab Fashion Council. This historic move will propel the fashion sector in the Arab world to new heights,” commented Jacob Abrian, founder and chief executive of the Arab Fashion Council, adding, “Today, we are a step forward towards achieving our goals of establishing a solid infrastructure for our regional fashion industry and providing prosperous opportunities for the future generation of Arab designers.”

During the last season of Arab Fashion Week, Tony Ward showcased the spring/summer 2018 Ready-Couture collection at City Walk Dubai.

We only hope to see the Egyptian fashion industry take a step forward such as this, due to its everyday increase in talent and the ever growing need for luxury.

2/21/2018 6:39:02 PM
<![CDATA[Tips to curb water use and protect future generations ]]>
Both governments and communities have an obligation to protect the available water resources. Statistics from the World Bank show that industry and agriculture consume more water than the domestic sector. However, it remains every person’s responsibility to protect the water sources and secure the future of the coming human generations.

According to “Friends of the Earth” association, the average amount of water each human uses every day to wash, cook and clean is about 150 liters. In 2017, the World Health Organization “WHO” and the United Nations Organization for Children “UNICEF” published the results of the first global assessment of safely managed drinking water and sanitation services, which revealed that some three in ten people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home while six in ten people lack safely managed sanitation. The report also reveals that with the current consumption rate, by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages as the water systems that keep the ecosystems thriving and feed the growing human population will become very stressed as a result of climate change and pollution.

Following very simple daily habits can contribute to saving water even though water doesn’t appear in short supply in Egypt. These habits include:

1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave to save up to six liters of water a minute.

2. Fill your kettle with the amount of water you need to save water, energy and money.

3. Reduce the volume of water you flush every time you use the toilet by using a dual-flush device to flush less than the 13 liters for old flushes.

4. Take shorter showers to lower your use of water; every minute you spend in a shower uses up to 17 liters of water. Try using an efficient shower head that combines water and air to save water and money as well.

5. Cut out unnecessary washes by using full machine loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.

6. Fix any leaky taps or pipes and never leave them dripping to stop wasting around 15 liters of water a day.

7. Water your garden with a watering can or a drip irrigation system rather than a hosepipe and water your plants in the early morning and late afternoon to reduce evaporation and save water. And do not water on rainy days.

8. Steam your food to cut water usage. If you prefer to boil, use the remaining water as a stock for soups or to water plants.

9. Use a pool cover to prevent water evaporation.

10. Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car, and a broom to clean sidewalks, driveways and parking lots.

11. Defrost food in the fridge or at room temperature, rather than placing it under hot running water.

12. Choose a proper sized pot for cooking, larger pots require more water.

13. Use less dish-washing liquid because the more you use the more water you will need to rinse.

2/21/2018 4:45:27 PM
<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth makes surprise appearance at London fashion catwalk]]>
The 91-year-old monarch, dressed in a pale blue suit, sat next to Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue magazine, as models displayed a series of bold and brightly colored designs at the end of London Fashion Week.

She later presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Quinn.

The Award has been initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

It will be given annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies, the statement added.

London-born designer Quinn established his namesake label in 2016. The London Fashion Week website said of him: ”Specialising in womenswear and textiles his collections are bold and emotive creating a forward-thinking, unafraid vision.

“Richard creates garments with attention to innovative fabrications, focusing on his ability to combine unique handcrafted skill with a refined high fashion sensibility.”

On Monday, the Queen invited fashion designers and models to a reception at Buckingham Palace, her London home.
2/21/2018 3:37:09 PM
<![CDATA[Moncler bids farewell to catwalk with eight new collections]]>
The Italian clothing designer wowed the fashion crowd on Tuesday with a big reveal of the eight collections, hidden in silver-clad cave-like spaces inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Milan and draped on mannequins, hung from the ceiling, and projected on giant mirrors, rather than worn down a catwalk.

“The concept of the catwalk show doesn’t exist any more for us, it’s a new way of working from now on,” chairman and Chief Executive Remo Ruffini told reporters.

In November, Moncler said it would break with its tradition of presenting two collections a year on catwalks in Milan and Paris.

Last week, it said it would start rolling out clothes and accessories at a faster pace.

Ruffini said that the new strategy, with a collection released to the public each month, was an adaption to the digital age, though he ruled out Moncler turning to the ‘see now, buy now’ model - delivering clothes to shops straight after their presentation.

“We must release new energy each month. The world has changed, people travel, they don’t buy in March and September only like they once did,” Ruffini said.

With a younger and fickle clientele, whose tastes change at the speed of a social media post, fashion houses are being asked to deliver more than just two collections per year.

But the timing of placing products in stores is becoming an experimental battlefield, as the labels have to juggle the constant demand for novelty with the lengthy manufacturing cycles needed to make their high-end clothes and accessories.

Ruffini, credited for turning the traditional French skiwear group into a trendy fashion label, said Moncler would not focus only on young and digital savvy clients - now a third of the luxury market - but had to “chat with different generations”.

From June 15, the brand will launch a collection approximately once per month, with clothes and accessories from its different lines available in boutiques, multi-brand stores and temporary pop-ups.

The collections vary from monastic long looks by Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli, to preppy and more sporty items by Japan’s Hiroshi Fujiwara, to ruffled and layered looks from Simone Rocha.

Under the new strategy, dubbed “Genius”, the group is working with eight different creative directors, including Piccioli, former Gucci menswear designer Sandro Mandrino, and Moncler’s own artistic director Francesco Ragazzi.

Moncler will start off with the “Fragments” collection by Fujiwara.

“It’s a brave and daring project, stylistically challenging. Each designer tells a different story, perspective ... it’s total creative freedom,” Piccioli told Reuters.

Ruffini did not rule out taking on new creative directors, though he suggested that the group was not planning frequent changes.

Milan Fashion Week will run until Feb. 26, with Italy’s biggest names in fashion - such as Prada, Armani, Versace, Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana - showcasing their products for fall and winter 2018/19.

The six-day extravaganza will see almost 160 new collections and 64 catwalk shows.
2/21/2018 3:32:12 PM
<![CDATA[As China's Year of the Dog begins, imperial Pekingese breed is scarce]]>
After years of turmoil and the 1911 revolution that established China as a republic, however, the dog named after the Chinese capital became available to the masses, and by the 1990s, they were so common that the streets of Beijing, formerly Romanised as Peking, were teaming with strays.

But as the Lunar Year of the Dog begins this month, the most distinctive Chinese canine is almost nowhere to be found. Local pet owners today prefer foreign breeds such as poodles and Chihuahuas.

“Now there really are too few local Pekingese,” said Zhang Lei, a breeder in Beijing.

“If you want a local Pekingese then the only option is to crossbreed them with a foreign Pekingese. A lot of people don’t have them. I think the local Pekingese are now facing a crisis”.

In 2003, Zhang adopted a few stray Pekingese and since then has bred them, mostly as a hobby. Some are for sale, ranging from 1,000-2,500 yuan ($157-$394) each, but he said there are few buyers.


Pekingese were first introduced to Europe when Western armies pillaged the Summer Palace in Beijing and stole several of the Qing court’s dogs during the Second Opium War in the late 1850s. The breed was seen in the West as an exotic luxury and a favorite at dog shows.

Although the local breed is fading from view, some Chinese pet owners are buying longer-haired imported Pekingese because of their perceived purity.

“They have aristocratic mannerisms,” said Beijing native Qian Hao, who takes his four long-haired imported Pekingese on daily walks in a stroller.

A foreign Pekingese can cost as much as 100,000 yuan.

While there are no official statistics on domestic Pekingese ownership, Zhang Xuesong, who has bred imported Pekingese for 26 years, said that the breed’s “bad genes” and a general lack of interest have kept pet owners away from the animal.

After years of inbreeding, local Pekingese are perceived as having an array of health and other issues, including constant shedding, a lack of intelligence, and a susceptibility for slipped spinal discs.

Wang Fei, who owns a four-year-old white local Pekingese named Jianjian, said the breed became a victim of its own popularity.

“In the past, there were way too many local Pekingese. Everyone wants to raise something different. And now there are fewer and fewer local Pekingese. But I think they’ll rise again in popularity,” said Wang Fei.
2/20/2018 1:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[New guard steal the show at London Fashion Week]]>
The designers may not share the same nationality, age or style but they all have one thing in common: all three are alumni of prestigious London fashion school Central Saint Martins.

- Roksanda, abstract elegance -

Since arriving on the scene in 2005, Serbian Roksanda Ilincic has enjoyed uninterrupted success in the British capital.

She now has a presence in 40 countries, a children's line called "Blossom", and regularly dresses famous women from Kate Middleton and Melania Trump to Lady Gaga.

Her show this week was inspired by graphic artist Caroline Denervaud, drawing from her minimalist forms to create a collection full of elegance and fluidity.

The show, on the penultimate day of Fashion Week, was marked by long and luminous dresses, tightly gathered by wide waistbands, decorated with abstract motifs.

There were also striped ponchos, wide, mid-calf length cashmere coats with padded textures and scarves covering the chest.

The palette offered vibrancy and pastels from yellow to flamboyant pink; electric blue to gold and tan.

"I'm a designer that always cares about women and how to dress and how to protect them," she explained backstage.

- Koma, sexy geometry -

Georgian-born David Koma was just 15 years old when he presented his first collection, before moving to London in 2003 and making a name as a specialist in the little evening dress

He then became creative director at Mugler from 2013 to 2017.

His show in a central London church was a magnet for the stars, with models Lara Stone and Jourdan Dunn in the front row.

Faithful to his roots, the designer presented a glamorous and sexy wardrobe for the twilight hours.

The dresses were short and skimpy; tight at the waist and flared on the hips; made from leather, silk and cotton and adorned with feathers and sequins.

Drawing on the work of ethnologist and photographer Edward Curtis, who spent nearly 30 years with the Indian nations of North America, Koma contrasted the sharp cuts of the black, red and indigo dominated garments with black-and-white feather-like fringes.

- Kane, daring in silk and lace -

Considered one of the driving forces behind the new British wave, young Scottish designer Christopher Kane created his own brand in 2006, which became known for its audacious, postmodernist collections.

The designer chose art gallery Tate Britain to present his daring collection.

Kane's models strode the catwalk wearing red mini-dresses made of exquisite lace, exposing their silhouettes, or sleeveless tops adorned with prints showing women in states of ecstasy.

Kane combined lace with silk, decorated with floral prints to create barely-there dresses matched with black boots.

He occasionally veered towards the more sober and enigmatic, and other items seemed inspired by the Milky Way with long, straight black robes smattered with white dots, like stars in the night sky.

2/20/2018 1:41:18 PM
<![CDATA[Spanish cheesemakers defend Manchego from Mexican 'copy']]>
But local producers there are furious with Mexico which they accuse of "crude plagiarism" of their cheese, an issue so touchy it has become a point of discord in drawn-out talks for a new trade deal between the EU and the Latin American country.

"We have to defend our Manchego tooth and nail," says Francisco Tejado, walking through the factory of Spain's biggest cheese producer, Garcia Baquero, in the small town of Alcazar de San Juan, some 150 kilometres (90 miles) south of Madrid.

Tejado, in charge of the ripening stage of the cheese-making process, says he comes to the plant every day to "watch, touch, pamper these cheeses, these living foods" that are maturing in air-conditioned rooms.

- Two different cheeses -

Manchego is an EU Protected Designation of Origin (AOC) product, which is respected within the bloc but not always further afield.

And in Mexico, in particular, manufacturers have used the names of several "European cheeses, including Manchego, to reap profit from crude plagiarism", complains Santiago Altares, head of the group that gives out AOC labels to Manchego producers.

The original and the copy, he stresses, are completely different.

"The Mexican Manchego is made from cow's milk within seven days, and the authentic Manchego with the milk of ewes of 'Manchega' race, is ripened for at least a month."

Such is the controversy over the matter that it has been one of the issues in talks aimed at sealing a new version of an 18-year-old trade deal between the EU and Mexico.

The Europeans want exclusive right to the "Manchego" name, along with other products.

But that is a problem for cheese producers in Latin America's second-largest economy, where Mexican Manchego represents nearly 15 percent of total cheese sales.

So the National Chamber of Dairy Industries in Mexico has said it will continue using Manchego as a name, which it says is "generic".

- Struggling region -

Under the portrait of his late father Hersilio who ventured into producing Manchego in 1962, the head of Garcia Baquero tries to be conciliatory, saying the conflict "is one of the small elements of friction that mark the globalisation process".

"But for us, this protection of Manchego as an AOC product is of utmost importance in a semi-arid, austere, under-populated region," says Miguel Angel Garcia Baquero.

"We can't lose the little we have."

The birthplace of Spain's celebrated film director Pedro Almodovar, La Mancha is known first and foremost for being the scene of the adventures of Don Quixote, the delusional wanna-be knight who stars in Miguel de Cervantes' 1605 novel, in which he eats a lot of cheese.

The Manchego AOC label even includes the silhouette of the wandering knight.

More than 700 Spanish farmers and 65 producers depend on the cheese for their livelihood.

Every year, more than 15,000 tonnes of Manchego are produced -- 60 percent of which is exported.

But "when the $7 Mexican cheese and Spain's $14 Manchego hit the American market, the consumer buys the cheapest", says Altares, denouncing "unfair competition".

- Export to Turkmenistan -

In the town of La Solana, round cheese blocs weighing one, two or three kilos bathe in vats of salt water belonging to the La Caseta family business.

"Our Manchego is 'artisanal' because it is made from unpasteurised milk" in machines, says the owner, Paqui Diaz Pintado Borja, 55.

With its 10 employees, La Caseta is a small structure that exports its cheese to Germany, Britain and even Turkmenistan.

In the afternoon, seven workers are busy milking the 1,500 "Manchega" ewes of their farm.

"They have less wool than the others, no horns, but provide a better quality milk, rich in protein," says one of Paqui's sons, Antonio Araque.

In the name of all such producers, Altares wants a ban on using the name Manchego in Mexico.

"But it's going to be complicated because there are many interests at play in give-and-take negotiations" between the EU and Mexico, he says.]]>
2/18/2018 11:39:39 AM
<![CDATA[et Skin Series: Caffeine ]]>
It terms of the health benefits of consuming caffeine internally, it detoxifies the liver, cleanses the colon, and may also help in reducing fatty liver in those who have the condition. Caffeine can reduce the risk of developing diabetes due to the high level of antioxidants found in it. A daily dose of caffeine may also aid cardiovascular health, as research at Brooklyn College found that men who consumed 4 cups of a caffeinated beverage daily are less likely to suffer from heart disease than those who never took a sip. However, excess caffeine intake can make one feel restless, irritable and anxious, so moderation is key, as with all things.

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Green tea leaves are a good source of caffeine - Via CC/Pixabay

In addition to all the advantages that caffeine has internally, it’s also a skincare savior with many benefits. The antioxidants contained in caffeine can attack free radicals, which are caused by environmental stressors such as pollution and sun exposure. They are also the cause of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation among other skin concerns, and eliminate them. This will improve the overall appearance of your skin. Because of this, caffeine is widely used in anti-ageing day and night creams. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce skin inflammation and redness, therefore helping to even out one’s skin tone and give it a firmer appearance.

One of the most common uses of caffeine is in eye creams reducing dark circles. The substance reduces the accumulation of blood under one’s eyes, which contribute to dark shadows, by constricting the blood vessels. It also stimulates blood flow, preserving vibrant, glowing skin.

2/16/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Valentine’s Day Perfect Gift]]>
The clock is ticking, and before you know, it’ll be Valentine’s Day. Picking the perfect gift for your loved one can be confusing, and quite crucial; you don’t want to see that gift hidden in the back of a closet or exchanged. So if you haven’t picked a gift yet, worry not, Egypt Today has your back; we have assembled some of the best keepsakes in the market that we guarantee will be cherished.

via Egypt Today

2/13/2018 8:10:57 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: What to wear on date night]]>
A Valentine’s date is a special night, and picking out the perfect outfit can be a daunting task. Whether you’ll be heading out for a night full of dancing, or opting for a quiet, romantic dinner, we have picked out some inspirations for your outfit and hairdo to cut down on the hours spent staring at your closet.

via Egypt Today

2/13/2018 7:54:26 PM
<![CDATA[Interview: Queen of Elegance gives priority to intellectual, cultural elegance]]>
What are the differences between Egypt’s Queen of Elegance Competition and the rest of the world’s beauty contests?

Since the competition was launched three years ago, we have tried to set special and motivational conditions for the female participants to deserve winning the title. The competition gives priority to intellectual, cultural and humanitarian elegance along with the ability to serve the community than the criteria of elegant appearance. Hence, elegance in the competition is a comprehensive concept.

On what basis the competitors are chosen?

They should be intellectual and have a university degree, and should not exceed 33 years old with suitable weight and height. Additionally, having participated in a voluntary work as well as social and sports activities makes them special.

Is it obligatory to be without hijab?

No, the competition is open for every girl and woman, and there are many hijab-wearing women participating in the competition.

How many women participants who reached the competitions’ final round until now?

More than 500 women have participated in the competition for the title and, after being knocked out, they has reached 10 girls who were selected with difficulty after they had been subjected to personal, psychological and cultural tests. The ten girls are Sara Mustafa Hamam, Fatima Basiouni Nasr, Iman Adel Awad, Samar Fouad Mohamed, Heba Alaa Mohamed, Mona Mohamed Abdel Hamid, Nour el-Hoda Abdel Rahman, Alaa Alaa Sherif, Sherihan Wagih Mohamed, Sahar Shehata Hussein.

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The ten female participants in the festival – Press Photo

What happens after selecting the ten finalists?

They will attend various training courses, including human development, nutrition, fashion, etiquette, positive psychology and care for hair and skin, given by specialized experts. Then, they will undergo other tests to choose miss elegant and four maids for the closing ceremony, which will be held on March 2 after playing off the others.

What characterizes the third season?

Every season has certain changes that differentiate it from previous season. What characterizes this season is that the free training courses have been extended for six months for the participant to benefit from them; in the first and second seasons the training courses were given in only a month. Also, in the first and second seasons, only two maids were chosen; however, four maids will be selected in the third edition.

Tell me more about the judges committee.

In third season, the committee includes famous TV hosts such as Leila Shandoul, Bossy al-Tayyar, the fashion designer Sherif Nasr and a Lebanese beauty expert. During the closing ceremony, fashion shows of famous fashion designers will be presented.

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Judges Committee of Queen of Elegance Competition – Press Photo

What are the awards given to miss elegant in the competition?

She will be awarded with the Miss Elegance Shield and the four maids will be given valuable gifts such as luxury houses. Besides, many news agencies, newspapers, artists and famous TV hosts will attend the closing ceremony in addition to awarding many artists and fashion designers.

Additional reporting by

Marina Gamil

2/13/2018 9:55:57 AM
<![CDATA[Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace: survey]]>
A report by eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing youths away from Facebook at a quicker clip than Facebook-owned Instagram.

Facebook is still growing in the US market, according to research firm, mainly due to increases in usage by older age groups.

The report is the latest to highlight Facebook's problem with attracting and keeping young people, who have long been a core user base for the world's biggest social network.

The research firm said it expected the first-ever decline in the 18-24 age group in the US, a drop of 5.8 percent this year.

It also said that for the first time since its research began, less than half of the 12-17 age group in the United States would be on Facebook, with a 5.6 percent drop in that segment.

The under-12 age group meanwhile will see a decline of 9.3 percent this year, eMarketer said.

The same trend is expected to continue into 2019 and 2020, with declines in all segments of US users under 25, the report added.

Facebook will lose an estimated two million users under 25 this year, with Snapchat and Instagram the main beneficiaries.

The report said Snapchat will add 1.9 million users under 25 in 2018 and Instagram will add 1.6 million.

Snapchat, which is known for its disappearing messages, will continue to have more users aged 12 to 24 than Instagram, the researchers said.

But Snapchat could end up facing a similar problem as it seeks to increase its user base and reach all ages.

"Snapchat could eventually experience more growth in older age groups, since it's redesigning its platform to be easier to use," eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said.

"The question will be whether younger users will still find Snapchat cool if more of their parents and grandparents are on it. That's the predicament Facebook is in."

Facebook remains the most popular social network in the US market with an estimated 169.5 million users this year, according to eMarketer.

But faster-growing Instagram will be used by 104.7 million Americans and Snapchat will reach 86.5 million users, according to the forecast.

Last year, eMarketer predicted Facebook would see declines among some youths for the first time in its history.

A report last year by investment firm Piper Jaffray showed Snapchat is the preferred social network for US teens, with 47 percent using the platform.]]>
2/13/2018 3:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[A new take on the French manicure]]>
The French Fade:


Love the ongoing ombre trend? How about you try an ombre French? The French Fade is a great twist on the traditional French manicure, giving you the nude base with a light or white tip albeit with a creative, on trend adaptation.

The Double Line:


Although it only adds a minimalistic extra line to the design, The Double Line gives the conventional French manicure a futuristic, yet elegant feel that makes it a great new adaptation.

The Upside Down:


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Yes, the French manicure can look just as good, maybe even better, upside down. Add a little white polish near your cuticles and get a modern chic look; add a splash of color to the combination and get tasteful, sophisticated design.

The Colored Version:


Using bolder, brighter colors instead of just your plain, old white can breathe back the life into the unadventurous original French. You can really get a contrast by adding colors like black or red, or stay simple and modest with a baby pink.

The Dressed Up Version


It can be achieved by using a glittery polish as opposed to your normal white, adding beads or small sparkles, or even utilizing different designs. This can really indicate your character and be used more as an alternate form of expression.]]>
2/13/2018 1:47:32 AM
<![CDATA[et Bites: Battaw wholesome Egyptian cuisine ]]>
In a cozy yet traditional setting, Battaw has managed to remix the modern day millennial style with an authentic atmosphere in its interior design. While serving traditional Egyptian cuisine, they always add that Battaw touch that fuses their identity with the Egyptian foodie scene.

We all love Egyptian food for all its flaws. We know that it’s fatty but Battaw’s chef Alaa Mohamed has made it healthy and light so that you won’t enter a food coma. We sat down with chef Mohamed to talk about everything foodie and delicious that makes Battaw and Egyptian food special, while also taking a tour of the kitchen and a sneak peek into the magic that goes on behind the stove.

2/12/2018 5:35:47 PM
<![CDATA[Back to basics: Taiwan's industrial chic]]>
The style reflects the island's sprawling cities and aims to breathe new life into mundane materials more often found on building sites or in workshops.

Jewellery and watchmaker Sean Yu uses concrete for his products, starting out by making rings from the material.

After experimenting with different types of concrete, he now uses a mix similar to the formula used to construct buildings.

His latest top-selling item is a mechanical watch with a concrete surface in the shape of a spiral staircase. It launched last year and set a sales record on crowd-funding website Zeczec, raising over Tw$12 million ($400,000) in pre-orders.

Yu says his style is inspired by acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, known for his masterly use of concrete.

"I design for myself and for like-minded people who are avant-garde and rebellious, and who like novel things," Yu told AFP.

"What attracts me most about concrete is that when you treat an ordinary material well, you can deliver new values."

His products are also on sale in Britain, Japan and the United States.

Plumber-turned-interior designer Daniel Cheng uses iron piping to create everything from lights to shelves and sofa frames.

Cheng branched out into furniture design when he was seeking to expand his business and also uses steel bars, tyres, truck wheel rims and car seats for his creations.

"My inspirations are simple. I was a plumber and it's something I worked with everyday," he said.

"I want to use my imagination to make something interesting and meaningful."

Cheng says most of his clients order custom-made products, with local celebrities among his fans, as well as businesses that have hired him to decorate restaurants, cafes and clothes shops.

Ginger Chang of the Taiwan Design Centre, which promotes local designers and brands, said the industrial look featuring cement, brass, aluminium and granite is increasingly popular as an interior design trend on the island.

"The public like fresh things and they are looking for something special in terms of materials. They like the one-of-a-kind feel," Chang told AFP.

Consumers are also drawn by a green element to some of the industrial chic products.

Balance Wu says he wants to prevent motorcycle seat-pads and scrap leather from ending up as garbage, so uses them to create wallets, bags and accessories.

There's no shortage of material -- Taiwan's cities are clogged with mopeds -- and Wu's creations are now sold in design shops from Taipei to New York.

"Motorcycle leather is a humble and durable material that has to withhold wind, rain and sun every day," says Wu, who co-designs the products with his wife Chin Yang.

"We are turning this durable material into products that can be used for a long time."

2/12/2018 1:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Oppa Gangneung style! - fashion on show at the Games]]>
With Pyeongchang shaping up to be the coldest Games in decades, furry hats, thick puffer coats and neck warmers are a necessity, but can be stylish too.

Canadian short track speed skater Jamie Macdonald is very happy with her red and black parka which has “Canada” emblazoned across the chest and a white maple leaf on the back.

“I feel like it really embodies the Canadian spirit and I think we all look really good too, so that’s a huge plus,” she told Reuters Television.

Other athletes say comfort is as important as looking good.

“I think it works well,” said Sarah Forster, a Swiss ice hockey player wearing black track pants and a red and white parka with the Swiss cross.

“Usually we always wear jeans to go to work. To be able to walk around in a tracksuit for three weeks, that’s good too,” she said.

At Friday’s icy opening ceremony where teams marched in colorful uniforms in the parade of nations, few could match Tonga’s topless flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua.

The 34-year-old cross-country skier was cheered when he emerged from the tunnel covered in body oil and wearing a grass skirt, sandals and a huge smile.

"Tonga's shirtless flag bearer has done it again," said a headline on Twitter.

By far the most common outfit is the pink and gray worn by the army of volunteers deployed across the venues in Pyeongchang and the coastal town of Gangneung.

Yoon Gun-woo, a South Korean volunteer at the Gangneung Olympic Park, said he liked the job but the uniform was a bit too garish for his taste.

“It’s the colour of meat. It feels a bit strange,” he said.
2/12/2018 12:58:20 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: Where to go this Valentine’s Day ]]>
Eish & Malh dinner and live music

Conrad Cairo jazz and dance night

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza


Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo

Sane Egypt

Fairmont Nile City – Cairo

Hilton Pyramids Golf

JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

Marriott Mena House,Cairo

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis

Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski

Le Méridien Heliopolis

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino

The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa

Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel

Smart Art

InterContinental Cairo Semiramis

Shakespeare and Co. Egypt

Omar Khairat

Le Meridien Cairo Airport

Anti-Valentin’s day party at Live Sports Bar

Escape all the romance this valentine as Live Sports Bar is celebrating those charming single ladies, gather your friends and Party the night away with live performance of Hisham Tiba and enjoy a complementary welcome drink specially prepared for single ladies.

No hearts. No hugs. No flowers and get ready to smash the heart!
For reservation and more information: +202 22659600

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Photo Via Le Meridien Cairo Airport


Unlock Romance at Le Meridien Cairo Airport

Spark romance and savor the moment this valentine at EVOO, pamper your significant other with a romantic buffet dinner for 300++ and give your better half a heart-warming experience to remember.

For more info and reservations: +20 2 22659600

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Last minute reservation at Grand Nile Tower

Grand Nile Tower invites you to the most spectacular and highest restaurant in the Middle East, the Revolving Restaurant, where you can enjoy a memorable candle lit dinner with overwhelming atmosphere of romance, while the music melodies will make it an exceptional romantic night. This entire exquisite experience with an astonishing 360-degree panorama of the Nile and city of Cairo makes the Revolving Restaurant Cairo’s most romantic meeting place this Valentine.

Marquise yacht serves up an intimate dinner with live entertainment while cruising the Nile. Make it an unforgettable night and book a luxurious Nile View room and enjoy the ultimate Valentine experience.

Revolving Restaurant
Photo Via Grand Nile Tower

2/12/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[SHE CAN’18 for Women Entrepreneurship]]>
With the cooperation of The National Council for Women, the summit covers four different industries: Education, Media, Technology and Creative.

With over 40 speakers, several panel discussions, an exhibition area and live music, SHE CAN’18 is setting the bar for women empowerment events in the region. The event will include interactive activities that include one-to-one mentorship clinics provided by over 40 mentors from different fields who will share their experience and answer the attendee’s questions.

The event highlights successful women who have conquered personal, career and gender related obstacles who will share their stories to encourage the next generation. SHE CAN’18 will provide the much-needed networking opportunities for young women, while providing workshops and mentorship clinics that are essential for every woman who wants to start a new business, as well as workshops and mentorship clinics that are essential for a female entrepreneur.

For entertainment, there will be live music, also a kids area, an exhibition area and some tasty food to keep you going during the two days.

“The main idea behind SHE CAN is to help women and girls understand what entrepreneurship is, the opportunities that lie ahead of them in different fields, and how to transform their ideas into real projects having the required knowledge and experience,” Entreprenelle Founder Rania Ayman stated in a press release. “One of the biggest issues that cause a gap in the entrepreneurship field is that women are unaware of the available resources in the market, that’s why Entreprenelle acts as the link connecting women to all available resources in one place.”

2/11/2018 8:53:42 PM
<![CDATA[Bottega Veneta at home on New York runway]]>
The Italian luxury label's Big Apple show, to celebrate the opening of its largest boutique in the world on Madison Avenue, was one of the most coveted tickets in an otherwise flailing Fashion Week as top US talent decamps to Europe.

It was the first runway show in the historic Renaissance Revival building, the ex-headquarters of the American Stock Exchange, reimagined as a cozy chic luxury apartment that advertised understated Italian elegance -- precisely the wares now on sale on Madison.

"The Italian art of living begins and ends in the home," advised the program notes. Guests were given a fake newspaper feting the new store, referred to as "Maison," just to make sure they got the point.

The set was complete with fireplace, easy chairs and elegant dining room, where at the end of the show, models poured into the living area, chatting and sipping wine.

The show itself pulled out all the stops, sending out 65 models in different looks, headlined by Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid.

Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Julianne Moore sat front row, Moore making it a fashion hat trick after attending Tom Ford and Tory Burch.

The fall/winter 2018 collection was very sleek, sophisticated and luxurious -- a masterclass in understated European elegance at the expense of headline-grabbing bling with not a puffer coat in sight.

- Herrera farewell -

There were silk pajamas in sumptuous jewel colors worn under exquisitely tailored winter coats. There was animal print and patchworks of color blocks, yet it was never gaudy, never kitsch.

It was an explosion of color -- warm tones for winter, yellow, red and orange, with pointy ankle boots and a copious amount of bags to highlight a mainstay of their global business empire.

CEO Claus-Dietrich Lahrs played down talk of any crisis at Fashion Week, although the relocation to New York was one-time only.

"New York has its place, Milan has its place and Paris has its place," he told AFP.

With 270 shops around the world and another due to open later this year in Tokyo, Lahrs was also confident that bricks-and-mortar shops would survive the e-commerce revolution.

"In the luxury market, the client wants to be known personally," he explained.

Earlier in the day, first lady favorite Carolina Herrera signaled the end of an era, announcing that she would step down from her four-decade-old label and after her own runway show on Monday.

The Venezuelan-born 79-year-old said she had appointed US designer Wes Gordon to take over as creative director after she takes the bow at her fall/winter 2018 fashion show at the Museum of Modern Art.

The London-trained Gordon, who from 2010 to 2016 presented his eponymous womenswear collection in New York, has been creative consultant at Carolina Herrera for a year.

- 'Optimism' -

Tory Burch, the doyenne of preppy chic meets boho insouciance, showcased breezy optimism in a field of pink carnations for a post-#MeToo world.

The stunning set transformed a space under a flyover into a field of 14,000 flowers sprouting from springy moss, light streaming through the windows and the Chamber Orchestra of New York playing Vivaldi.

Her fall/winter 2018 collection was romantic, whimsical and partly inspired by Lee Radziwill, the 84-year-old indomitable American socialite and younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

And if there was a hot pink bow blouse and matching skirt, any allusion to the pink pussy hats worn by women marching against the Trump administration was pure coincidence: turns out Radziwill has a hot pink couch in her Paris living room.

"I promise that wasn't in my mind. It really wasn't," laughed 51-year-old Burch, worth an estimated $600 million according to Forbes.

"I'm a big supporter of women and women's issues but that is probably not how I would demonstrate that," she added. "I love the color and pink, we were referencing Lee Radziwill... she had a pink couch."

But Burch is only too happy to see positivity blowing in the winds as the United States navigates the sexual harassment watershed.

"You can read optimism into the whole mood of the collection," she told AFP. "That is a definite direction," she said.
2/11/2018 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Herrera to bow out, sea of pink carnations at Tory Burch]]>
The Venezuelan-born 79-year-old Herrera said she had appointed US designer Wes Gordon to take over as creative director after she takes the bow at her fall/winter 2018 fashion show at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan on Monday.

But if she's waving goodbye to the runway, she insisted in an interview with The New York Times that she was not retiring. Instead she will become a global brand ambassador for her fashion label, which has a reported $1.4 billion in annual sales.

"I am so pleased Wes is now part of the Herrera House -- he's the right one for this position to further build on our great momentum," she said in a statement.

Gordon, who studied in London, and from 2010 to 2016 presented his eponymous womenswear collection in New York, has been creative consultant at Carolina Herrera for a year.

Herrera founded her namesake fashion house in 1981, going on to dress first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, as well as Hollywood actresses like Renee Zellweger, not to mention generations of society women.

"Fashion has changed a lot," Herrera told the Times.

"Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns. There is a lot of pressure to change all the time. But it's better to wear what suits you."

Tory Burch also knows what suits her, transforming a market space under a flyover into a field of pink carnations sprouting from springy moss, light streaming through the windows and the Chamber Orchestra of New York playing Vivaldi.

Her fall/winter 2018 collection was romantic, whimsical and partly inspired by Lee Radziwill, the 84-year-old indomitable American socialite and younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

And if there was a hot pink pussy bow blouse and matching skirt, any allusion to the pink pussy hats worn by women marching against the Trump administration was pure coincidence: turns out Radziwill has a hot pink couch in her Paris living room.

- China market -

"I promise that wasn't in my mind. It really wasn't," laughed 51-year-old Burch, worth an estimated $600 million according to Forbes.

"I'm a big supporter of women and women's issues but that is probably not how I would demonstrate that," she added. "I love the color and pink, we were referencing Lee Radziwill... she had a pink couch."

But she is only too happy to see positivity blowing in the winds as the United States navigates the sexual harassment watershed.

"You can read optimism into the whole mood of the collection," she told AFP. "That is a definite direction," she said.

"Women's rights is the reason I started my company... this has been ingrained in our conversation for 14 years so to see a sea change is pretty spectacular."

Her collection showcased feminine layers mixed with classic tailoring, chintz reimagined and made modern into a floaty dress, scarf hemlines paired with clean-cut tomboy jackets and a blanket poncho reflecting the boho vibe of the label.

There was a handbag named after Lee. Colors were ivory, pale pink, green and navy, with patchworks of florals and stripes, delicate lace and organza, pointy-toed booties.

If New York Fashion Week is struggling to excite buyers and editors as big names sit out the schedule or flee to Europe, Burch is not one of those to defect.

"I love showing in New York," she said. But she is thinking about "more seasonless dressing" -- reflected in the layering, making the clothes wearable in any clime.

It's very useful for a global business: "They're very interested in fashion and also they're traveling a lot," said Burch of the Chinese client. "The China market is very important for us."
2/11/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Britain's Kate facing BAFTA black dress 'dilemma']]>
If the red carpet "blackout" at last month's Golden Globes is copied at the February 18 ceremony in London, Prince William's wife Kate may have to decide whether to be seen to be joining in or standing apart.

Royal women traditionally do not wear all-black unless in mourning, and the monarchy avoids public protest.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said Kate "will be left in a diplomatic minefield... a trickier dilemma than ever" when she accompanies William, the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, to the BAFTA bash.

Kate, 36, who is expecting her third child in April, wore a black dress with white flowers at last year's ceremony.

Her Kensington Palace office declined to comment.

The Hollywood Reporter magazine said it had seen a letter addressed to BAFTA guests inviting them to wear black like "our sisters" at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.

"We feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten," it said.

"Wearing black is a strong, unifying and simple statement -- a physical and visual representation of our solidarity with people across all industries who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse."

At the Globes, Hollywood's A-listers turned out en masse wearing black outfits, with only the slightest hints of colour.

It was a sartorial show of force to draw attention to the issue in show business and beyond, a culture of abuse revealed in the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and others.

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper described the reported BAFTA plan as "virtue signalling, the sequel".

The best actress nominees are Annette Bening, Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan.

Allison Janney, Lesley Manville, Laurie Metcalf, Kristin Scott Thomas and Octavia Spencer have been shortlisted for the best supporting actress gong.

"The Shape of Water" leads the BAFTA nominations with 12 nods, ahead of "Darkest Hour" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with nine.
2/10/2018 12:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[New revolution of technology: Token rings ]]>
The ring also acts as a transit card and access card, meaning you can enter your office without the hassle of looking for that sign-in card. In order to produce the ring, Token is collaborating with MasterCard, Microsoft, Visa, HID, FitPay and the FIDO Alliance.

The company produced an elegant and simple design that is capable of keeping your password and security codes secure, while also remaining stylish and easy to handle. The product also aims to increase security, while ensuring that consumers do not waste more time on resetting their passwords constantly and turning on two-factor authentication.

The sterling silver ring contains a fingerprint censor and optical proximity that will not allow any other party to access the user’s biometric information.

Speaking rather fondly about the ring and the increased security standards that it offers, Kiki Del Valle, Senior Vice President, Commerce for Every Device, commented on the device, “at MasterCard, the purpose of our Commerce for Every Device Program is to enable secure payments to a whole new generation of devices — giving consumers more choice in how they pay.”

For Valle, the Token ring is a safe alternative for cash and credit cards, “the Token device provides our card holders a personalized lifestyle accessory that can make simple and safe contactless transactions at millions of merchant locations in 96 countries around the globe.”

Melanie Shaprio, the co-founder and CEO of the company, said in the launching statement, “the way we prove who we are is broken. Token allows you to prove who you are — from your front door to your office to the grocery store — while simultaneously protecting your information with advanced cryptography.” Shaprio spoke about how the internet is an amazing place that almost everyone uses today for free, expressing that many people are fighting for our right for free access.

Still, she pointed out that, as did the Token website, it is not enough to have free access, the internet should also be safe for all that use it. Otherwise, according to the Token website, “the internet can be a place of incredible risk, which limits how comfortable we feel connecting more of our lives to the internet.”
Still, we did have our doubts about the ring: can’t someone steal it and access our information? According to the Token website, it is not possible because there is a series of steps that must be followed to ensure that the identity of the ring matches yours, including the fingerprint censor previously mentioned.

The ring costs $250 and is available in white, black and rose gold, in addition to its original silver color that costs an additional $50.

2/10/2018 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[#MeToo NY Fashion show spotlights sexual harassment]]>
Far from the bright lights of the most coveted fashion tickets in town, none of the women were famous. The venue was a room practically given for free by an affordable hotel close to Times Square.

Instead it was an overtly political show organized by advocate and entrepreneur Myriam Chalek, who has made a name for herself by putting marginalized models on the runway during events such as a dwarf show in Dubai.

If labels such as Tom Ford have also referenced women empowerment this week -- the Texan-born designer turned director showcased "Pussy Power" purses -- Chalek says it is the entire point of her show.

"I feel like every woman has some kind of responsibility to do something and contribute to change," she told AFP. "If you are saying it's time to change or time's up, then do something about it."

The clothes were not the star of the show, although the 30-year-old said the mix of fur and leather on the one hand, with silk and tulle on the other aimed to show both the strength and femininity of women.

"The difference with this fashion show is that one of the criteria (for models) is that you had to be a victim of sexual misconduct to take part in this show," she explained.

- Pig's mask -

After walking the runway before the roughly 200 assembled guests, the eight models each took to the microphone in turn, standing next to a man dressed entirely in black, his face covered with a pig's mask.

In a few minutes, they told their story, often years old of how a friend of the family, a boyfriend or an online predator had harassed them, assaulted or even raped them, their voices often breaking.

"I am a little shaken," said one, after recounting in detail how she was raped by a date and didn't dare tell her mother for weeks.

"Standing here and talking about this is so important... I'm really sorry to say 'me too,' but I am really glad we are doing something about it finally," she added to huge applause.

After their remarks, came a period of heavy silence. "I like the silence because I feel you felt it... how they became vulnerable one more time in front of you, a room full of strangers," said Chalek.

"I am not going to say this fashion show is going to change things overnight," she admitted. "But I'm hopeful you are going to leave this room talking about it and being more educated."

"If we can even get just one woman to come out and not repress her feelings anymore, that's already an accomplishment," she said.]]>
2/10/2018 12:15:00 PM
<![CDATA[Why you should drink more tea?]]>

1. Tea keeps your body hydrated

Tea is 99% water and is considered a means of hydration. Drinking on average three to four cups of tea a day positively contributes to daily fluid requirements, helping to promote health and well-being.

2. Tea helps to refresh body and mind

The consumption of tea, both green and black, has been associated with refreshment, relaxation and feelings of satisfaction.

3. Drinking tea increases metabolism

This, in turn, may aid weight loss. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation, as well as the rate by which the body turns food into calories.

4. Green tea helps regulate glucose levels

This slows the rise of blood sugar after eating and can prevent high insulin spikes.

5. Protects against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart disease

Scientists have found that Green Tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes to blood pressure levels. Regular green tea consumption is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

6. Green Tea helps lower cholesterol

It lowers the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and raises the levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

7. Helps to protect brain cells

Tea is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Studies show that green tea helped protect brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.

8. Oral Health

Studies suggest that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can help destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental cavities and other dental conditions.

9. Relaxing

Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. This substance is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect, serving as a potential great benefit to tea drinkers.

10. Antibacterial and antiviral

Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents, which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies, green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

11. Anti-aging

Green tea can also slow the appearance of signs of aging, which is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have demonstrated that green tea, applied topically, can reduce sun damage.

2/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Stuart Weitzman steps out in chunky heels for New York Fashion Week]]>
The fashion world’s first major runway show for the year opened in New York on Thursday, with more than 100 designers expected to present their visions across New York City.

Along with a new location, in downtown Manhattan, this year’s Fashion Week is also expected to be dramatically changed by the #Metoo movement and the ongoing discussion about gender equality, sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Already, the men’s shows that traditionally precede the week opened with a show featuring models who identify as non-binary, that is neither male nor female.

One of the most anticipated runway shows, on Friday, will be dedicated entirely to the #MeToo campaign. The not-for-profit runway show will feature survivors of sexual abuse on the runway.

On Thursday, Weitzman’s new creative director, Giovanni Morelli, the first to succeed the brand’s namesake who stepped down last year, had his eyes firmly on the fashion.

“We believe in the casualization of the shoes,” Morelli said. “I really believe very firmly that our brand should have different kind of shoes for different kind of women.”

Under Morelli’s direction, the high-end footwear company, which is owned by Tapestry Inc, is expanding into more casual flats, sandals, loafers and sneakers.

“We’re not the kind of brand that believes only in the high heel,” Morelli said.

The first day of New York Fashion Week saw red carpet staple Tadashi Shoji delight with sequined gowns, thigh-revealing long slits and bold colors. Juicy Couture, known for its velour tracksuits, was also set to make its return to the runway in New York.

Marvel is also getting in on the fashion game with a show on Monday expected to reveal designs inspired by “Black Panther,” the first black standalone superhero movie by the franchise. Other designers will include Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and Victoria Beckham for the week.

2/10/2018 11:45:01 AM
<![CDATA[et Skin Series: Niacinamide]]>
It is a water-soluble vitamin that can help improve your skin visibly by improving the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface. It can also reduce the damage that environmental attack can cause.

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Mushrooms are a good source of niacinamide. Via CC/Pexels.

What makes niacinamide so versatile is that it is uniquely compatible with any of the products in your skincare routine, including those that contain retinol, peptides, hyaluronic acid, AHAs BHA, and all types of antioxidants. This means it can be used as an ingredient in any step in the routine.

Another helpful benefit of niacinamide is that it can help renew and restore the surface of skin against moisture loss and dehydration. In fact, niacinamide has been shown to boost the hydrating ability of moisturizers, so the skin’s surface learns to resist moisture loss better, meaning less dryness and tightness occurs in your skin. Niacinamide is also an antioxidant, and while many antioxidants prevent damage caused by oxidative stress and environmental factors, niacinamide goes one step further and reverses the visible signs brought about by the onslaught.
2/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Chinese police don high-tech glasses to nab suspects]]>
In a scene reminiscent of the dystopian sci-fi television show "Black Mirror", officers in the central city of Zhengzhou are wearing the digital shades amid the crush of travellers heading home during Chinese New Year, the busiest time for the country's transit system.

So far, the technology has allowed police to nab seven suspects accused of crimes ranging from human trafficking to hit and runs, as well as another 26 people who were using fake IDs, according to the state-owned People's Daily, quoting the city's police department.

The system is part of China's efforts to build a digital surveillance system able to use a variety of biometric data -- from photos and iris scans to fingerprints -- to keep close tabs on the movements of the entire population.

The rapid development of the technology has triggered a demand for commercial applications of the technology as well, with gyms, restaurants and even public toilets getting in on the facial recognition game.

The special glasses are being used by four officers positioned at the entrances to Zhengzhou's east station, according to the People's Daily.

The glasses have a camera connected to a smartphone-like device that allows the officers to take mugshots of suspicious individuals and compare them to a database back at headquarters.

The app brings up the suspect's vital information, including name, ethnicity, gender and address.

It also tells officers whether the possible perps are on the run from the law, the address of the hotel where they are staying and information related to their internet usage.

Experts say China is racing ahead of Western countries in deploying facial scanners owing to its comparatively lax privacy laws and because Chinese are used to having their pictures, fingerprints and other personal details taken.

Banks are beginning to use facial recognition instead of cards at cash machines while the travel and leisure industry also sees opportunities -- China Southern Airlines this year began doing away with boarding passes in favour of the scheme.

But the programmes have drawn fierce criticism from human rights organisations and privacy advocates, who are concerned by their potential for abuse.

2/8/2018 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[6 things I expect from a man]]>
Today, I share with you the six most important things I expect from my significant other (SO) in hopes of inspiring some, helping others and to be frank, getting it off my chest.

1. Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty…

Loyalty is key in any relationship. It is the fundamental cornerstone on which any relationship is built. I would expect my partner to be loyal to me and true to me, as I would be to him. In an age where technology has made it easier than ever to cheat on you SO or do something behind their back that would upset them without them finding out, loyalty and the feeling of trust has become more important than ever. In short, I need to know and feel my partner's loyalty. Voila, mystery unraveled.

2. Be my best friend:

Make me feel that I can tell you anything and everything. Don’t get all grumpy and bored when I speak to you about my day or how upset I am about the silly coffee spill on my jumper. I know it is silly but I want to share it with you. I want you to listen and share with me. I want to be there for you all the time, like I expect you to be there for me. You will be the first person I think of when I get upset, excited, happy and so on, I would like the same from you.

Being my best friend will certainly make me feel loved without you having to say it. After all, saying 'I love you' a lot takes the meaning out of it. Instead, you can express our love by doing the things that I love with me, and, of course, I will do the same.

Let me know that you love me through your actions. Watch my favorite TV show with me instead of that football match, and expect me to get excited for that football match that you want to watch so much, even if I do not really like football.

3. Balancing honesty and being complementary:

Just because I love compliments doesn’t mean I want to be lied to. I expect my significant other to be honest but kind, truthful my mindful of my feelings, as I would be to him. Moderation is your best friend here. I want you to tell me if I have gained weight or if I do not necessarily look good in this color but I want you to be respectful while telling me and I need you to choose the time and the place to do it. Telling me in the middle of a gathering that yellow is not my color will do nothing but upset me and, frankly, piss me off.

Also, know that I do not need the compliments to survive, I am my own person. I want them. There is a big difference. I want you to notice that I have put in the effort to look good, or wear that article of clothing you like so much. I will do the same to you. Compliments make us feel noticed, that is why I believe in them.

4. Be responsive:

Ever heard of eye contact? Look at my eyes when I speak to you, react when I say something and for the love of God, do not zone out! It is not that hard; trust me. I want to feel that my SO is engaged with me and that they want to listen to me, just like they would want.

5. Safety:

Make me feel safe. Be there for me. You are my shoulder to cry on and the person I will run to when I need help or when someone upsets/hurts me. And no, you are not the only person who would/could help me, but I want YOU to be the one to help me, just like I would want my SO to come to me when they want me.

6. Tend to her:

I needs to know that my SO cares and that he is giving me his all. Our relationship will be a give and take. I will compromise when I need to but they also need to compromise when there is a need to. I need to know that my SO will be there when I am in doubt or a little bit off. I need to know that they won’t walk away.

So, there you have it, the six most important things I want from my significant other. Remember though, every woman is different and wants/needs different things. Simplest way to understand your woman/man? Ask them, speak to them, communicate.
2/7/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[In the battle over his sole, Louboutin loses a round]]>
The French designer went to court in The Netherlands to prevent the Dutch high street chain Van Haren from selling its own versions of his distinctive footwear, a favorite on celebrity red carpets.

But an advocate general at the European Court of Justice advised the court that Louboutin’s trademark protection on the shade of red used on his soles, dating from 2010 and 2013, might be invalid. The judges usually, though not always, follow such advice.

“A trademark combining color and shape may be refused or declared invalid on the grounds set out under EU trademark law,” the ECJ said in a statement, outlining Maciej Szpunar’s advice to the judges hearing the case, which was referred by a Dutch court.

The red color could not be considered apart from the shape of the sole, Szpunar advised, and shapes are usually not protected under EU trade mark law.

Szpunar “expresses doubts as to whether the color red can perform the essential function of a trade mark, that of identifying its proprietor, when that color is used out of context, that is to say, separately from the shape of a sole,” the ECJ said.

Szpunar said his analysis focused exclusively on the issue of the shape of soles and not on the value of the branding of the shoes - he took “no account of (the) attractiveness of the goods flowing from the reputation of the mark or its proprietor”.

“Whilst relevant consumers may instantly recognize a red sole shoe being uniquely associated with Louboutin, trying to persuade the courts to grant monopoly rights with such a ‘badge of origin’ may well be an insurmountable hurdle,” said Sanjay Kapur, partner at intellectual property firm Potter Clarkson LLP.

Kapur said that if the ECJ were to follow Szpunar’s opinion “then this could mean that Louboutin would not be able to stop its competitors, including haute couture fashion houses, from offering shoes with red soles.”

Once the ECJ reaches its verdict, it will be up to the Dutch court that referred the case to take the final decision on whether Louboutin’s red sole can be a trademark.
2/7/2018 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hot tea tied to higher cancer risk for smokers and drinkers]]>
Among Chinese adults who drank at least one beer, cocktail or glass of wine daily, those who also consumed burning hot tea every day were 5 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer than people who drank tea at any temperature less than once a week, the study found.

For current smokers, drinking scalding hot tea every day was associated with roughly twice the risk of esophageal cancer as consuming tea less than weekly.

“Keeping away from both tobacco and excessive alcohol use is the most important means for esophageal cancer prevention,” said study coauthor Dr. Jun Lv of Peking University Health Science Center in China.

“Under this increased risk of esophageal cancer from smoking and drinking alcohol, if people like drinking very hot tea, the risk of developing cancer will be synergistically higher,” Lv said by email.

But by itself, drinking hot tea doesn’t increase cancer risk, Lv said.

China is among the countries with the highest incidence of esophageal cancer, researchers note in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Because tea drinkers in China, especially men, are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke, previous studies haven’t offered a clear picture or whether burning hot tea might be an independent risk factor for esophageal tumors.

While some prior research has suggested tea may help protect against tumors in the digestive tract, other studies have shown repeated consumption of very hot food or drink might damage the esophagus and help tumors take hold, the researchers note.

For the current study, researchers examined data on 456,155 adults ages 30 to 79 who completed questionnaires about their smoking, alcohol and tea habits.

At the start of the study, none of the participants had cancer. Researchers followed half of the participants for at least 9 years. During the study, 1,731 people developed esophageal tumors.

People who drank scalding hot tea, consumed excessive amounts of alcohol and also smoked had more than five times the risk of esophageal cancer than individuals who didn’t do any of these things.

The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how the temperature of tea might impact the risk of esophageal tumors.

Another limitation is that study participants reported on their own smoking and drinking habits, and their reports could be unreliable. Researchers also only had data on tea consumption from one point in time, when people joined the study, making it impossible to know how changing habits might have impacted the cancer risk.

“People probably do not estimate their tea temperature perfectly, and this is one of the main limitations of the study,” said Neal Freedman, author of an accompanying editorial and a researcher with the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Drinking tea at a lower temperature should not be considered as a replacement for smoking cessation and limiting alcohol intake,” Freedman said by email. “Nevertheless, accumulating data suggest that drinking very hot tea may also increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it may be prudent for people who drink very hot beverages to wait until it cools down a bit before drinking, whether or not they also smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.”
2/7/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[5 things in your kitchen that can tackle large pores]]>
Aloe Vera Gel:

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Ancient Egypt called this plant the “plant of immortality” and for good reasons. Aloe Vera has been known to act as a great skin moisturizer, pore and stretch mark eliminator, acne and sun damage healer, and anti-aging agent. Simply by applying it to your face, you’ll see how it soothingly reduces the size of any visible pores. Quick hint: It can be used as a makeup primer, as it leaves a slightly tacky finish, which can help make your makeup last longer.


Yes, it’s as simple as that! Ice is renowned for its tightening effects on skin. It also reduces pimples and inflammations, boosts blood circulation, relieves puffy eyes, delays the appearance of wrinkles and stimulates collagen. Just simply run an ice cube on your face and see its miraculous effects.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

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The raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is the one to look out for; it’s the one that will give you the greatest and purest results. It helps reduce fine lines, remove pimples, tighten and clear your skin, minimize large pores, and restore the skin’s pH balance. It is best used when diluted in water, so mix equal amounts of water and vinegar, soak a cotton ball, and smoothly run it all over your face to obtain results. Quick hint: Try directly applying a small undiluted amount of it on unwanted pimples and blemishes.

Egg Whites:

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It was used long ago by ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Chinese and Arabs, to achieve radiant skin and hair. It has amazing properties, such as tightening pores, lifting and tightening saggy skin, reducing excess oils, fighting and preventing both acne and its scars, reducing eye puffiness, eliminating blackheads, and delaying fine lines and wrinkles. Simply whisk an egg white and spread it evenly on your face, cover your skin with pieces of tissue paper and peel them off when the mixture dries. Do this once or twice a week on a regular basis to acquire the greatest results.


Through different masks, sugar can do anything from removing pigmentation marks, dark spots, age spots and freckles to making your skin smooth and flawless. You can use it to exfoliate, hydrate and even tone your skin.

To remove spots and pigmentation:

• Mix 2 spoons of sugar and 4 spoons of lemon juice.
• Rub this mix on your face using your fingertips in an upward motion.
• Rub till sugar granules dissolve completely.
• Wash off with water.

To exfoliate:

• Mix sugar and a heavy face moisturizer, where the amount of sugar granules is suitable for both your liking and your face sensitivity.
• Rub this mixture in an upwards motion for five minutes.
• Wash and cleanse with a face wash and some water until all traces of the mixture is gone.
• Apply a layer of moisturizer (Note: this step is extremely important for your skin’s health, so please don’t skip it).
• Use this a maximum of once a week and a minimum of once every two weeks for the greatest results.

For smooth and radiant skin:

• Mix 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and ½ cup organic sugar (Note: this will be enough to fill a small container).
• Wash your face and make sure your makeup is completely removed.
• Scoop a little amount and apply all over your face.
• Scrub in a broad, circular motion.
• Rinse off the mixture after about one minute.
• Pat dry your face.
• Apply moisturizer if needed.
• Use this a maximum of once a week and a minimum of once every two weeks for the greatest results.

Hint: this mixture lasts for about 30 days and should not be refrigerated.

2/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[World says no to violating girls’ bodies]]>
Feb. 6 marks the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, a practice that has harmed about 200 million girls and women alive today around the world, according to the U.N. Unfortunately, despite being globally condemned, girls are still at risk of going through this painful and humiliating procedure unless a positive momentum is built to intensify global action against this human rights violation for the sake of the future of all generations.

This year, the #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse urged people to come forward and use the hashtag #MeTooFGM on Tuesday to raise awareness about the ritual and to call for FGM to be included as a form of abuse against women.

The international day was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012. Later in 2014, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a new resolution to intensify global efforts for the elimination of FGM. Moreover, in 2015, upon the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals


, the U.N. member states agreed to include a target calling for “the elimination of all harmful practices, such as FGM and child marriage.”

On this day, activists and human rights defenders from around the world come together to send a message calling for a systematic, coordinated and inclusive process to promote the abandonment of FGM. They also call for actions that focus on human rights and gender equality to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from FGM consequences or are at risk of going under the procedure.

Global calls are launched on this day to urge governments to enact and enforce laws and policies that protect the rights of girls and women and prevent FGM, to create a healthier, better world for all people. Activists also call for more research to be conducted to show people that there are others around the world who reject the practice.

What is FGM ?

FGM is a ritual that involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia. The practice denies females their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and emotional trauma with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal. The practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between sexes, constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls and denying them of ownership of their bodies. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity; their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

In 2017, the executive director of U.N. Women wrote a blog on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, saying, “The cutting and sewing of a young child's private parts so that she is substantially damaged for the rest of her life, has no sensation during sex except probably pain, and may well face further damage when she gives birth, is to many an obvious and horrifying violation of that child's rights.”

She continued, “It makes a mockery of the idea of any part being truly private and underlines the institutionalized way in which decisions over her own body have been taken from that girl – one of some 200 million currently.”

FGM is regularly carried out on minors and young girls between infancy and age 15. It is classified into four major types, according to the UN:

• Clitoridectomy: Partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).
• Excision: Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are "the lips" that surround the vagina).
• Infibulation: Narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner or outer labia with or without removal of the clitoris.
• Other: All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

The phenomenon is a universal problem, despite its significant spread in Africa – especially the western, eastern and northeastern regions of Africa. It is also practiced in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Furthermore, the practice persists amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Causes for FGM practice?

According to the 2016 report by the UN Secretary-General, the main reason that FGM continues is “out of a desire for social acceptance and to avoid social stigma.” FGM is often justified for a mix of cultural, religious and social reasons within families and communities. These reasons include social pressure to conform to what the community has been doing; considering FGM as a necessary part of raising a girl properly and a way to prepare her for adulthood and marriage; cultural ideals of modesty; and the power and authority of local structures, such as community leaders, religious leaders, circumcisers and even some medical personnel, who can contribute to upholding the practice.

Status of FGM in Egypt:

Egyptians inherited FGM from the pharaohs and are still practicing it. In 2006, Egypt launched its national anti-FGM strategy. One year later, the country recognized June 14 as the national day to combat FGM; the date was established to honor the 12-year-old “Bodour Shaker”, who died on the same date as a result of an FGM procedure.

In 2008, the FGM procedure was legally criminalized, while the FGM law was toughened in 2016, increasing its degree of crime from a misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by up to five to seven years in prison. According to a report published by the anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) national program sponsored by the National Population Council, the percentage of married women aged 15-49 who have been subjected to FGM dropped to 92 percent in 2014, while it was 97 percent in 2000 as a result of national campaigns and community initiatives to end FGM. The study and statistics from UNICEF also revealed that prevalence of FGM amongst the younger age groups is rather low, reaching 61 percent amongst females aged 15 - 17.

The government in Egypt has followed a holistic approach to end FGM, adopting a prevention and response agenda. On the prevention level, the Ministry of Health is heavily involved, as data from the Demographic and Health Survey revealed that 72 percent of the practice is conducted by medical doctors. The ministry launched a crackdown campaign on physicians proven to be complicit in performing FGM. Such medical practitioners faced intensified prison sentences. In addition, the government constantly works to bring on board all relevant actors to the fight to end FGM. These actors include education institutions and sensitizing curriculums to call for the abandonment of FGM and encourage community members and policymakers to abandon the practice.

Furthermore, for the first time in the history of Egypt, the Ministry of Health dedicated two hotlines for reporting FGM. The ministry also launched a campaign to distribute awareness cards about the dangers of FGM along with female vaccination cards throughout Egypt.
2/6/2018 11:44:12 AM
<![CDATA[Safer Internet Day: Keeping your child safe online]]>
Start discussing online safety at an early age

According to David Emm, the senior security researcher at internet security company Kaspersky Lab, one of the key ways to ensure your children’s safety online is by discussing online safety with them as soon as they start using the internet. Emm assures that making your children aware of what could be out there gives them a better opportunity to evaluate content well, meaning they are less likely to fall prey for the hurtful, damaging content out there.

In a similar vein, Michai Shulman, CTO of network security firm Imperva, suggests that there is a need to teach children to be aware of the “strangers bearing gifts.” In an interview with The Guardian, Shulman expressed his deep concern about children’s vulnerability to cyber attacks.

“My basic belief is that adults have proven once and again vulnerable to cyber attacks and therefore we cannot expect children to be any better – especially given that their sense of curiosity is far more developed and their sense of caution is far less mature.”

Teach them how to behave online

Shulman explained that he has explained to his children that they should not behave online any differently than they do in the real world. The internet expert also explained to his children “about hackers being a type of criminal that breaks into your house through the computer rather than through the window.” Using this analogy makes it easier for them to understand, Shulman explained.

“I also teach them to beware of strangers bearing gifts much like they should in the physical world. For example, I don’t allow my children to open a mail package if they don’t know who sent it (or got my permission to do so) – much the same way, I don’t allow them to open unsolicited email attachments.”

Similarly, Emm suggests that perhaps using the computer with their parents first makes children able to assess content better and offers both parents and children a chance to discuss the things that are there to protect us, like passwords, and how they should not share them with anyone. When it comes time for them to have a little more privacy, Emm suggests that parents should help their children “create a sensible password and explain why they should use different passwords for each account and the possible consequences of not doing so.”

Be careful of what you say online or post

David Robinson, chief security officer at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, perfectly summed up this point to The Guardian, “Once you’ve written something, you can’t delete it.”

“The Internet is a fantastic place,” explained Robinson, “but you have to be careful what you do and say when you are there. Don’t say things which you wouldn’t talk about in conversations with your family, think about what you do and say, you may well regret what you do by hurting someone or being hurt yourself.”

Robinson explains that it is important to caution your children against writing things online because they may not be able to delete them later on. It is true that Google in Europe has blessed internet users with the right to be forgotten, however, this right does not apply everywhere. Something one posts today could possibly harm them or their loved ones years on. “If what you do or say is controversial it will be copied many times and will always come back and bite you, even later inlife when you apply to go to college, university or even a job.”

In an important message to all internet users, Robinson stresses that children should always ask for help when they are uncertain. “Don’t be frightened to ask for help either; there are lots of places and people who can show you what to do and how to behave such as Get Safe On-line, friends and teachers.”

Previously, Chris Hoff, vice president of strategic planning and security at Juniper Networks, has also spoken out about the permanency of things posted or said online.

Monitor their usage

Samantha Humphries-Swift, product manager at cyber security firm McAfee Labs, stresses the importance of educating children“early and often.”

Involvement is everything for Humphries-Swift. In an interview with The Guardian, she spoke about how she monitors the sites that her daughter uses and vets all the applications she downloads personally. “This way, I can keep an eye on security settings and make a judgement on whether I think it’s safe and appropriate for her to use.”

“Communication is key – I like to be open, approachable and understanding about what my daughter is getting up to online. This way it makes it easier for her to come to me with any problems she’s experiencing online, and she’s happy to ask for advice,” she continued.

The McAfee Labs professional also stressed the importance for parents to take a look at resources, online or otherwise, available out there for parents to support their children against all harms online.

Similarly, Tracy Hulver, senior identity specialist for telecom firm Verizon, has expressed his concern regarding people trying to “contact kids by masking as people they are not and ‘infiltrating’ the child’s ‘inner circle’.”

As a parent, she believes that it is your role to monitor your kids and evaluate the people they connect with online. “Ask to see [your child’s] mobile devices periodically. Some children, especially the older they get, will not want Mom and Dad looking at their messages to their friends and that’s OK if the parent doesn’t want to do that. … But if nothing else, look to see what apps are installed, take a mental inventory, and if the parent is not familiar with the app, go online and do investigation. That way you at least know the types of social media services your child is using and to the point earlier, you should at least sign up for that service to see what it’s all about.”

These methods combined ensure that children will be able to stay safe online, protecting them against possible cyber attacks and increasing their awareness of the dangers out there.

2/6/2018 11:14:10 AM
<![CDATA[Why are we scared to be happy?]]>
Cherophobia is different to depression. Depression is characterized is being extremely sad and a feeling of emptiness, while cherophobia is avoiding or dismissing activities that would make you happy or be fun. Individuals suffering from cherophobia gave four reasons: happiness is a waste of time and effort, being happy means something bad will happen shortly after, happiness makes you a bad person, and it is unfair to show happiness while others are suffering.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology has proved that there’s a strong correlation between fear and happiness. It has been also found that this fear of happiness is promoted in fourteen cultures and is passed down from generation to generation. It mainly depends on how those cultures conceive happiness and their beliefs around the idea.

These cultures support beliefs such as: “with the very desire for happiness, out of delusion they destroy their own well-being as if it were their enemy,” from the point of view of Buddhists.

Furthermore, it is commonly believed in Russia that people who pursue success and happiness commonly have immoral goals and seek other’s envy and resentment; hence, Russians believe that it is best not to show happiness.

Due to cherophobia not being yet studied in great detail, it only has a few treatments. The ones available at the moment include relaxation strategies such as deep breathing, cognitive behavioral therapy which helps in identifying and changing faulty lines of thinking, and finally consistent exposure to happiness as mean to prove that misfortune is not always round the corner.
2/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Why it’s better to sleep than go to the gym!]]>

Insufficient sleep has been linked to higher body fat percentage, according to Dr. Guy Meadow’s comments to Cosmopolitan. "Sleeping less than seven to eight hours per night is linked to higher percent body fat. Research suggests that people who [sleep] six hours per night [on average] are 27 percent more likely to be overweight," he says. "Those who [sleep] five hours per night [on average] are 73 percent more likely to be overweight," the doctor adds.

The weight gain process is also related to two hormones: Ghrelin which regulates the appetite, and Leptin which tells us when to stop eating. Little and poor sleep causes Ghrelin to increase and Leptin levels to decrease which results into constantly feeling hungry and eating more which leads to weight gain and eventually higher body fat.

“Research suggests that poor sleep causes us to choose higher calorific food. Scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden demonstrated that sleep deprived individuals select foods that are on average nine percent higher in calories than when in a rested state," stated Dr. Meadows. It has also been found that the lack of sleep increases belly fat the most.

"During sleep, muscle tissue repairs and new cells are regenerated, therefore sleep deprivation is the enemy of building that all-important fat burning muscle mass," adds nutritionist Lily Soutter.

Sleep has to be a priority since it is more important than working out. Actually, poor sleep doesn’t only motivate us to eat junk food; it affects our decision-making abilities; leading us to take poor or harmful decisions. Studies have also found that lack of sleep eventually lowers IQ levels and generally impairs the daily learning process.

Sleep deprivation counts as one of the biggest problems among teens and young adults. It also leads to serious health problems including strokes, diabetes, heart attacks, hypertension, and many others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that more than 100,000 car accidents and 1,250 auto-related deaths have been related to sleep deprivation.
2/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Beauty standards around the world ]]>
Scars in Ethiopia:

It is believed that scars make a woman more pretty and attract husband-material men in Ethiopia’s Karo tribe. These scars are created at childhood on the girl’s stomach and body and are seen as extremely beautiful. This ritual is practiced because tolerating pain shows a girl's maturity and her ability to take responsibility of her children. Another reason is that men of the tribe believe that bare skin is ''ugly''.

Pale skin in Japan, China, and Thailand:

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In many parts of Asia, pale skin is considered a beauty asset. Therefore, whitening creams are abundant in Japan, China, and Thailand and some there avoid sunlight at any cost. Nowadays, however, these countries are now embracing their natural skin and are confident in it.

Facial tattoos in New Zealand:

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Ta-moko tattoos of lips and chins for women are considered beautiful to the Maori people of New Zealand. Blue lips and decorated chins are most prominent.

Brass necks of Thailand and Burma:

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Women of the Kayan Lahwi tribe start wearing those heavy coils as young as five years old. By the time they have matured, these coils can be as much as twenty-five fitted into their necks! The rings make it look as if their necks got taller; however, it creates an illusion since it only creates a load on to the shoulders and collar bone pushing them down.

Full figures of Mauritania:

In the past, women were force-fed up to 16,000 calories a day to help them reach that desirable full figure. Girls were sent to “fat farms” that would fatten them up. Thankfully, the government now prevents force-feeding.

Iran’s surgical bandages:

Pioneers of rhinoplasty in the world are proud to show that they have gone under the knife by wearing surgical bandages sometimes for longer than needed. Both men and women are not scared to show it because it shows that come from a high social status. Even those who haven’t had a rhinoplasty purchase the surgical tape and wear it.

Decorated skin in India:

Henna, nose rings, and bindis are used to decorate women’s skin, as well as red dots of red powder, called kumkum, for brides to adorn them. Henna rituals are sacred and consistent; they aren't just limited to weddings. Henna is applied to the palms, hands, feet, and legs.

Crooked teeth of Japan:

Normally, straight teeth are what people all over the world thrive to have; however, the opposite is the case in Japan since women pay a generous amount of money to have crooked teeth. It is known as ''yaeba'' which translates to ''double tooth''. It had only been practiced in recent years but is spreading to the rest of the world. The procedure is normally done to one or two teeth and is supposed to make the women seem less perfect seeming more ''approachable''. A similar trend with growing popularity in the U.S. is known as ''tooth crowding''.

Foot binding of China:

Foot binding was believed to make a better wife out of the girl as she won't complain too much. Though it was banned in the 1940's, you could still find older women especially in rural areas with misshaped feet. This procedure was done by breaking the child's toes and binding them to the foot and tightening the foot with a cloth around it.

Sharpened teeth of Bali and Indonesia:

This painful practice is called teeth chiseling and women of Indonesian tribes endure it because it shows a higher social status. In Bali, it is believed that teeth represent anger and hatred and sharpening or cutting your teeth can alleviate those negative emotions. Other cultures like the African tribe of Wapare file their teeth to make the warriors look more fearful.
2/5/2018 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[How to dress well on a budget]]>
Tip#1: Try to always go for solid colors over prints

Ever wondered why full looks in one color are considered chic and elegant? One of the main reasons is that solid colors have the ability to make any fabric look amazing and clean. They tend to also be a great tool in your closet as you can basically style it any way and with almost anything. While on the other hand, prints may exaggerate the flaws of cheap fabrics, and look extremely off-putting as they tend to attract attention.

Tip#2: Choose simple, clean designs

Clothes that have ruffles, fishnets, or even fancy closures are usually considered fashion pieces which makes them go out of fashion easily. In order to avoid that and get the most out of your money, you should go for cleaner leaner designs that are known to stand the test of time.

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Tip#3: Look for garments that you can combine or layer

Clothes that can be combined with different flannels, cardigans or accessories are a great investment and a huge money saver. You get to spend money on only a few items that in the end can give you endless outfits and boundless possibilities to choose from.

Tip#4: Vary your textures not just your colors

We all get to that time where we get extremely bored and notice that we’ve been wearing the same colors again and again every day. At that point, some of you might hit the shops and invest in a newly colored piece that of course won’t go with your current wardrobe. Consequently, you’ll end up buying more and more of the color to try and fit it in.

This will not only cost you money, but also add to the problem as it’s again the same thing over and over again. Let me suggest sticking to your color pattern, but investing in different textures as they can look extremely different and give you various looks even with them all being the same color.

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Tip#5: Spend more on accessories

Accessories are the reason why you can obtain several looks from the same outfit. You can dress an outfit up with some heels and a nice bag, or dress it down with a cardigan, a backpack, and some sneakers. They are the core of any closet and, in this case, your best friend if you need to look stylish on a budget. Accessories can help you style a basic outfit to fit the never-ending trends.

2/5/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Top 7 Cancer-Fighting Foods]]>
Berries :

Berries are incredibly rich in antioxidants; they supply vitamins such as C, A and Gallic acid. Gallic acid is a natural stimulator for the immune system which is incredibly beneficial when fighting diseases including cancer. It can be of any kind such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries even cherries. Whether in normal, dried or powder form, berries are still able to maintain their protecting powers.

Bright orange fruits and vegetables :

They include citrus fruits, sweet potato, squash and many more. Their bright colors are a clear tell that they are full phytochemicals especially carotenoid antioxidants. These carotenoids are derivatives of vitamin A. One of the most important carotenoids is the infamous beta-carotene which is significantly important for the immune system. It helps in the immune functioning, maintaining liver health and protecting against cancer in the skin, eyes and organs.

Herbs and spices :

These include fresh garlic, thyme, ginger, cayenne pepper, oregano and many more, but most importantly out of them all is turmeric as it has been proven to have a certain ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin has shown to decrease tumor sizes and help prevent and fight breast and colon cancer. It’s well worthy to add that black pepper aids tremendously in turmeric’s absorption, so they’re best taken together for the greatest effect.

Nuts and Seeds :

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Nuts and seeds are full of rich fatty acids, fibers, and a range of important minerals that help you balance your nutritional intake every day which is an important step to fight cancer. Out of the many nuts and seeds out there chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds stand out the most for their nutrient-dense ingredients. They can be a part of any recipe and incorporated in smoothies.


Although there are many types of mushrooms out there, they’ve all proven to be immune-system-enhancers. However, Reishi, maitake and cordyceps particularly showed properties that helped improve the immune system and fight growing tumors. You can find these particular types of mushrooms in tablets or you can even add to some of your at home dishes.

Traditional teas :

Those winter days ❄️ ☕️ #greentea & 🍓#sundaymood #home

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A great reason why most cancer patients die is because of a phase in cancer called Metastasis where the tumor cell begins to migrate and invade surrounding tissue. This is where green tea supposedly helps as it contains major polyphenolic compounds, including epigallocatechin-3-gallate, that inhibit the essential invasion of tumor cells and decrease cancer risks. Although other teas such as black or oolong tea have been reported to have positive effects too, green tea still outshines them with its greatest impact and percentage of polyphenolic compounds, catechin, gallocatechin and EGCG.

Wild caught fish :

It has been proven that wild and especially small fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel have high omega-3 levels that exert high levels of anti-inflammatory ingredients that aid in cancer prevention and in natural enhancement of antitumor therapies. It has also been shown to reduce the side effects usually obtained by receiving chemotherapy as well as preserving muscle mass.
2/4/2018 7:07:11 PM
<![CDATA[World Cancer Day]]>
We all know that catching cancer in its early stages is crucial, yet many people around the world today are not aware of this and seek diagnoses too late rendering the chances of full recovery lower. Governments around the globe are helping in the fight against cancer by placing higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol while campaigning for the public to take on healthy diets and lifestyles. An estimate of 30-50 percent of cancers can be prevented if these are followed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“All countries can do more to prevent and treat cancer, we know the main causes. Acting upon them will avoid that many cases occuring in the first place. By strengthening the health system response, we can also ensure earlier diagnosis and better access to affordable treatment by qualified personnel, thereby saving millions of lives,” stated Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.

Early detection is important to beating cancer but also financially it is cheaper and one can continue living their daily lives by seeking treatment in the early stages. With 8.8 million people dying because of cancer worldwide every year, 4 million die prematurely (30-69 years of age).

World Cancer Day

Cancer is a multifaceted disease, and while medical care forms a big chunk of treatment, nutrition is also key to defeating the disease, dealing with the side effects of the treatment, as well as safeguarding against it.

Nutritionist Dr. Shady Labib

clarifies that while researchers admit that nutrition can’t actually cure the disease, a healthy diet is key to maintaining patients’ strength and weight. With good nutrients, cancer patients manage to defeat the pain and nausea.

While breast cancer is often incorrectly thought to only affect females and the majority of information, awareness campaigns and research on this disease tends to focus on females, breast cancer can also affect males. The month of October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, and yet, most activities are focused on women. This has led to one of the most common breast cancer myths: that it only affects women.

Accordingly, most males fail to recognize and look for signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and those who do, struggle with feeling ashamed of being associated with a disease perceived as feminine.

Male breast cancer (MBC)

is most common in older males, although it can occur at any age. It is also more common among males with family history of breast cancer, as one in every five males diagnosed with MBC has a first degree male relative who also has a history of breast cancer.

2/4/2018 4:04:50 PM
<![CDATA[Cheating encouraged in new Monopoly version]]>
A new version of the decades-old board game Monopoly encourages players to cheat, but plastic handcuffs will leave them "locked up" if they are caught.

The aim of the game remains as it has been since its creation in 1935: to become the richest player through buying properties and collecting rent.

But a recent study "revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, Hasbro decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along," a statement from Monopoly's manufacturer said.

The "Cheaters Edition" will be available this autumn.

It adds 15 cheat cards covering the most common types of traditionally unsportsmanlike play such as moving tokens more spaces than allowed by the dice, avoiding rent, or stealing money from the bank.

If they can get away with it before the next players' turn, the "cheaters" will be rewarded with Monopoly money, a hotel, or $200 from the bank.

"But get caught and you'll pay the consequences! Pretend handcuffs will leave offenders "chained" to the board until they are released," Hasbro says.

In another change, there is no longer a designated banker. Each player controls the central money pool during his or her turn -- making it easier to pull off a heist.

While Hasbro says it "has finally decided to embrace our less-than-honest fans by encouraging them to partake in those iconic (yet sometimes unspoken) Monopoly moments," the new version has its detractors.

"Monopoly is a horrible game," and a cheaters' monopoly would be even more so, Edward Castronova, a specialist in media and games at the University of Indiana, told AFP on Friday.

More broadly, the game is "is a completely inaccurate simulation of real economies. If Monopoly's model were accurate, there would only be one company in the world, instead of billions and billions."

More than 275 million copies of Monopoly, in various versions, have been distributed in 114 countries.
2/4/2018 1:40:32 PM
<![CDATA[Jude Benhalim goes digital ]]>Wires, springs, and the revolving hoops show how tangled the world that we live in is. The statement one’s jewelry makes can say a lot about how that person lives their life.

Photo courtesy of Jude Benhalim

The 23-year-old Syrian-Libyan designer said in a previous interview with Egypt Today that her jewelry is not for everyone and because of that, the typical Jude Benhalim woman is someone who wants to stand out by being edgy. Her pieces are a mixture of Arabic calligraphy and modern, sharp designs, combining crescent shapes with tribal, geometric lines.

Her designs also have a feminist touch, as she says she’s inspired by women who wear her jewelry and the strong women she surrounds herself with.

Photo courtesy of Jude Benhalim

The collection is created from 925 sterling silver and gold-plated brass pieces put together by the hands of local craftsmanship, ensuring its high quality.
“Tangled wires, spirals, and hoops, are all fused with jewelry to become an artistic statement about the hold technology has over the human race,” Benhalim stated in a press release about the collection’s inspiration.

2/4/2018 12:41:37 PM
<![CDATA[What does the way you sleep say about you?]]>
Turns out, you don’t sleep in a certain position because you only feel comfortable in it but it is actually that your subconscious guides you into doing that. Be ready to learn a little bit about yourself and see through those unclear and confused emotions you have.

The fetal position:

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It counts as one of the most common sleeping positions; it is when you sleep with your legs curled inside. It has been found that women sleep that way more than men. People who sleep this way have a strong personality. They tend to be hard on the outside, but soft on the inside; they are shy, but eventually loosen up and become really fun and outgoing, according to a study by Chris Idizikwozski, the director of the UK’s Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service.

Sticking your knees out:

If you sleep on your side with your knees sticking out, it means you are an optimist, a trusting and calm individual who’s able to dodge and deal with any problem thrown at them.

Lying on your stomach:

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If you sleep like this, it means you are a leader, somewhat impulsive, and not scared to take opportunities. You like an organized life and are not a fan of surprises.

Arms stretched out:

If you sleep as if you are reaching out for something, your personality is quite contradicting. You are open-minded and resilient yet extremely sarcastic, cautious when taking decisions yet abiding by them whatever the outcome is.

The log:

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This sleeping position is when you lie on your side with your arms straight on the side of your body. People who sleep this way tend to be really outgoing, adventurous, trustworthy, and a bit gullible.

Lying on your back:

You are life-loving and like to be the center of attention, a hard worker and stubborn. Your friends are definitely a priority in your life and you tend to be a carefree person.

The pillow huggers:

They value any relationship in their lives the most, whether it is a significant other, a family member or a friend. They swing towards being emotional most of time and they feel things deeply.
2/4/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[How colors define personalities ]]>
How you feel about certain colors evoke from previous experiences that you have had. Mainly in your childhood years as these are years what continue to have an impact on your life. Even if you don’t remember those experiences and events they lie within you subconsciously. Even though, colors evoke subjective feelings, they tend to have universal meanings and interpretations too, according to Very Well website.


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Black is interpreted as evil or a sign of death and mourning. Moreover, it depicts superstitious and maleficent characters such witches. In ancient Egypt however, it was a sign of life and rebirth.


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White gives a sense of innocence and purity. It is used in rooms to give a sense that the room is spacious but it gives a sense of hostility and emptiness. It is used to paint hospitals as it gives a sense of cleanliness and sterility.


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Red and warm colors in general give a spectrum of feelings ranging from love to aggression. Red is usually seen as the color of love and evokes very strong feelings to people.


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Blue is typically men’s favorite and it is a symbol of calmness and serenity. Blue can also emit sadness and indifference. Don’t use blue to ask if someone is sad ‘’why are you so blue?’’. But research shows that people are most productive in rooms painted blue. Therefore, it is recommended that offices and other work facilities get painted blue.


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Green symbolizes good luck, health, and fertility. It has an instant calming effect and is said to help in the healing process.


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It is the most contradicting color you will see as it is considered a happy and cheerful color and attention-grabbing, people often lose their tempers and feel frustrated in it and babies cry more in yellow rooms. I think we conclude to never paint a child’s room yellow.


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It is a divine color that is a sign of wisdom and spirituality. Long ago, it signified wealth as it was very hard to dye fabric into purple since there weren’t many things in nature that give off that color.


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It is the color of Earth (the soil). It is described as natural, humble, can also be seen as sophisticated.
2/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tips all curly-heads should know]]>
Hack#1: Deep Condition

You know how they say nothing some moisture can’t fix, well it’s totally true. By deep conditioning your hair you provide your hair with the moisture it needs to attain a perfect curl pattern, remain knot and frizz free, and be the softest and shiniest it has ever been. Now I know what some of you guys might say how it can be so much work and take so much of your time, as much as I would’ve agreed with you in the past, I think I’ve found a perfect short routine that if done once a week it could transform your hair.

• Cleanse, condition, and detangle your hair at least two hours before you are going to bed
• Apply the deep conditioner to your hair
• Go to bed normally
• Rinse it the next day and style as you normally would

Hack#2: Finish your shower with cold water

I can’t tell you how much this step made a difference to my hair. By just ending my shower with some cold water, even if just a small rinse to my hair, I noticed my hair attains this radiant glow and this clear definition that it didn’t had before.

Hack#3: Never brush when dry

I have put this in here as I still personally meet curly-headed girls that ruin any chance of getting supper defined curls by brushing or detangling their hair when dry. Curly hair is meant to be softly detangled and styled when it’s 50 percent wet or even very gently in the shower. In addition, brushes are extremely terrible for your hair as it causes split ends and breakage; try using a wide tooth comb instead.

Hack#4: Finger comb

Speaking of detangling, how about you try finger combing. Which is basically you running your fingers through your hair very gently from the very ends to the roots, checking for any knots, and softly detangling them. The greatest thing about this is that you can never be too forceful or harsh to your hair as you get to personally feel each strand.

Hack#5: The Pineapple

To avoid waking up with a tousled mess every day and to preserve your curls from the day before, try putting your hair in what is called “The Pineapple”. The Pineapple is a low manipulation hairstyle where you basically take all your hair, put it at the top of your head, and run it through your hair tie once. It keeps the hair away from your face at night and protects your hair from getting all tangled up.

Hack#6: Consider purchasing a diffuser

If you don’t have the time or the patience to air-dry your hair, a great way to do so, without using heat, is by using a diffuser. Just set it on the cold air setting and scrunch your hair till dry.

Hack#7: Stop using a towel to dry your hair

Due to its rough surface, a regular towel can create a great deal of friction with your hair which in turn causes frizz. To combat that you can use anything made of cotton or even a microfiber towel to do the job.
2/3/2018 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[High levels of cellphone radiation linked to tumors in rats - U.S. study]]>
Female rats and mice exposed in the same way did not develop tumors, according to the preliminary report from the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), a part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The findings add to years of research meant to help settle the debate over whether cellphone radiation is harmful.

However, NTP scientists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were quick to say the findings could not be extrapolated to humans and that current safety limits on cellphone radiation are protective.

The 10-year, $25 million studies - the most comprehensive assessments of health effects and exposure to radiofrequency radiation in rats and mice to date - do raise new questions about exposure to the ubiquitous devices.

John Bucher, a senior scientist with NTP, said the tumors seen in the studies are "similar to tumors previously reported in some studies of frequent cellphone users."

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, noted that the studies were negative for common tumors.

“These draft reports are bound to create a lot of concern, but in fact they won’t change what I tell people: the evidence for an association between cellphones and cancer is weak, and so far, we have not seen a higher cancer risk in people," he said in a statement on Twitter.

Brawley said if cellphone users are concerned about this data in animals they should wear an earpiece.

Unlike ionizing radiation such as that from gamma rays, radon and X-rays, which can break chemical bonds in the body and are known to cause cancer, radiofrequency devices such as cellphones and microwaves emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing radiation.

The concern with this type of radiation is that it produces energy in the form of heat, and frequent exposure against the skin could alter brain cell activity, as some studies have suggested.

In the NTP study, rats and mice were exposed to higher levels of radiation for longer periods of time than what people experience with even the highest level of cellphone use, and their entire bodies were exposed all at once, according to the draft report.

Cellphones typically emit lower levels of radiation than maximum levels allowed, the draft report said.

NTP, a part of the National Institutes of Health, will hold an external expert review of its complete findings from these rodent studies on March 26-28.

Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, head of the FDA's radiological health division, said there is not enough evidence to say cellphone use poses health risks to people.

"Even with frequent daily use by the vast majority of adults, we have not seen an increase in events like brain tumors," he said in a statement. "We believe the current safety limits for cellphones are acceptable for protecting the public health."

Nevertheless, the findings are potentially a concern for device makers, especially the world's three biggest smartphone sellers, Apple Inc, Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and China's Huawei Technologies.

The CTIA, the trade association representing AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Apple Inc, Sprint Corp, DISH Network Corp, and others, said on Friday that previous studies have shown cellphone RF energy emissions have no known heath risks.

"We understand that the NTP draft reports for its mice and rat studies will be put out for comment and peer review so that their significance can be assessed,” the group said.

Samsung and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ]]>
2/3/2018 6:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Rihanna vows to 'never stop' fight to put children back in school]]>
Macron co-hosted a conference in Dakar organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation's global ambassador.

"We have made tremendous progress today but of course our work is never done, we have a long way to go, and this is a fight we are never going to stop fighting, until every boy and every girl has access to education," she told the crowd.

At ease with the African heads of state gathered onstage, Rihanna put her arm around Malian leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and joked around with Senegal's President Sall.

Macron spoke with Rihanna on the sidelines of the event after she challenged him to contribute more to the project in a tweet on Thursday, before announcing 200 million euros ($249 million) for the partnership's activities.

The French leader told delegates that countries where the world had witnessed "democracy being rolled back", were also where "girls were being pushed out of school."

The funding promise represents a massive increase on the 17 million euros pledged at the last conference in 2014. It brings France closer to Britain, which contributes $430 million, and the European Union, which gives $400 million.

It is not the first time the young French leader and the singer of "Umbrella" fame have met: she visited the Elysee Palace in July after tweeting him on the same issue.

The Dakar conference, which brings together governments and the private sector, aims to raise $3.1 billion (2.5 billion euros) over the coming three years to support education for 870 million children around the world.

The French presidency said the partnership was "well on the way" to reaching this goal on Friday afternoon.

- Children's futures at stake -

Some 264 million school-age children and youths are living without any education owing to poverty, conflict and social barriers including bias against girls, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).

"This is one of the, if not the, largest gatherings of its kind to really demonstrate political will, financial investment, the urgency of the education crisis," Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education told AFP.

"We are here to raise money; we are here to build political will; we are here to draw attention to the urgency of the problem," she added.

Partner countries in the GPE scheme are required to earmark 20 percent of their national budgets to education -- a tough goal for developing nations battling jihadists or civil conflicts.

Literacy in sub-Saharan Africa hovers around 65 percent, according to UNESCO, the UN's culture and education agency, and girls lose out disproportionately.

"People feel education is not that important because you are not losing lives", Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore told AFP on Friday.

"But education must be seen with the same urgency," she added. Without it, "you lose a child's future".

- Development and security -

Ahead of the conference, Macron met Sall at the presidential palace in the Senegalese capital and signed agreements on the sale of two Airbus planes for $214 million (171 million euros) and the creation of a Franco-Senegalese university campus.

Senegalese police made several arrests on Friday afternoon when dispersing a protest march by "France Degage", a group which wants the former colonial power to reduce its role in Senegal.

Macron has visited Africa six times already in his nine months as president, spending time in several former French colonies and reaffirming support for the Barkhane counter-terror force rooting out jihadists across the Sahel region.

A rapid reaction force of Senegalese troops was recently deployed to Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission with France's blessing, as the international community attempts to contain Al-Qaeda-linked groups wreaking havoc in the unstable desert nation.

Macron will visit the northern Senegalese city of Saint Louis on Saturday, which is threatened by coastal erosion.

He will be accompanied by President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, which along with France is financing protective measures for the former capital of what was known until 1902 as French West Africa.]]>
2/3/2018 3:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Skin Series: Zinc]]>
Zinc is used for treatment and prevention of zinc deficiency and its consequences, including stunted growth and acute diarrhea in children, and slow wound healing. It is also used for boosting the immune system, treating the common cold and recurrent ear infections, and preventing lower respiratory infections. It is also used for malaria and other diseases caused by parasites.

Dark chocolate is a source of zinc. Via CC/Pixabay

Zinc acts as a regulator for many mechanisms in the body, such as your insulin levels, and, in addition to that, it also helps to regulate your sebum production. This is the oil produced by your skin to keep it moisturized, but overproduction of it can lead to acne and an oily complexion, so zinc helps to moderate that. It is a key mineral in the production of collagen, and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and healing agent. Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. It is also an antioxidant, helping to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals.

Zinc is known to encourage the production of collagen fibers and elastin. Both of these elements help to support the underlying structure of the skin, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing, and as an aid to collagen production; therefore, zinc has been linked with the treatment of burns and the reduction of scar tissue for many years.
2/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[FFWD will be skipping a season this year]]>
Five years since FFWD first launched, it has launched the careers of many regional and international couturists and ready-to-wear and accessory designers, making it the Middle East’s most anticipated fashion event of the year.

While the wait will be longer this year for season 11, it is all in favor for creating a bigger and better event than previous years.

“After 10 successful seasons, Fashion Forward’s next edition will take place in October 2018, the additional time between events will enable the platform to further evolve as we build upon the new event format launched last season, nurture relationships with exciting new talent, continue to support seasoned designers, and re-energize the fashion design landscape,” Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD commented to Harpers Bazaar Arabia.

“The next edition of Fashion Forward will be a celebration of fashion. With the shift in global industry trends, and in order to strengthen the program as well as the roster of designers, this move and consolidation will see an even stronger event. To evolve the platform and grow Fashion Forward into a truly remarkable fashion occasion, the team is convening focus groups with key industry stakeholders, media and designers to further understand their objectives, seek feedback, and brainstorm new ideas to enhance what is already a highly credible platform.”

Fashion Forward Dubai Season 11 will be held from 25th – 27th October 2018.

2/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[#MeToo movement means changes for Valentine's Day romance]]>
The number of Americans admitting to being in an office romance has fallen, and some feminist activists call that change as well as zero tolerance for unacceptable behavior in the workplace long overdue. The movement is sparking the kind of direct communication essential for love, they say.

“#MeToo will make relationships between men and women more romantic,” said women’s rights activist Jaclyn Friedman.

“If we all become more thoughtful about the care with which we treat our partners, it can only help build trust and intimacy,” said Friedman, a writer whose books include “Yes Means Yes!”

The #MeToo movement has exposed men accused of sexual assault and harassment in fields including entertainment, politics and business. Dozens of prominent men have quit or been fired from high-profile posts, and police have opened investigations into some accusations of sex assault.

The movement is changing dating dynamics in important ways, said Liz Wolfe, managing editor of Young Voices, which distributes opinion pieces written by people younger than 30.

“One good aspect of the #MeToo movement might be an increased emphasis on communication when it comes to sex and romance,” Wolfe said.

#MeToo has dampened one traditional route to dating: Office romances. The percentage of U.S. workers saying they were in one fell to a 10-year-low of 36 percent, according to a Nov. 28-Dec. 20 online Harris Poll of 809 private sector employees sponsored by recruitment site CareerBuilder.

That was down from 41 percent a year earlier, a statistically significant drop in a poll with a 3.45 percent margin of error.

“The #MeToo movement is splashing cold water on whatever embers of romance are struggling to survive between men and women,” said Dr. Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist and author of “Bad Boys: Why We Love Them.”

Co-workers who start dating stand a good chance of staying together: 31 percent of office romantic relationships lead to marriage, the survey showed.

Given the allegations of sexual assault by prominent men, workers would be wise to proceed slowly on workplace flirtations and ensure that their approaches are open and consented to, said Carrie Lukas, author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism.”

“Safe romantic gestures - candy, cards, compliments and flowers - might be construed as aggressive and harassment,” said Lukas.
2/2/2018 7:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Kava, the drink soothing the stress of NY millennials]]>
Kava -- a root ground to powder, mixed with water and then strained -- might taste like muddy water and make fans gag without a fruit juice chaser or blended into a "kavatail," but it's the mood enhancer taking the edge off for those struggling to cope with hectic modern life.

The effects include a mild numbing of the tongue and lips, relaxation and euphoria -- feelings in short supply in congested, rat-race New York, a cacophony of noise, sleep deprivation and yelling.

"If any city needs to relax a little bit and calm down, slow down, it's New York," says Harding Stowe, the 31-year-old owner of Brooklyn Kava in the rapidly gentrifying, artistic neighborhood of Bushwick.

"I really think it's going to explode and I think it's starting right now."

Kava may be steeped in tradition and ceremony on Pacific islands such as Fiji, but in the West, it is seen increasingly as a healthier alternative to booze by younger people who want to go out, but not wake up with a hangover the next day.

"It's very relaxing. It's not like alcohol or drugs," says Brooklyn artist Sabrina Cheng, 26, a recent convert.

"I have a very low tolerance for alcohol anyways. But kava, you can hang here all day, read your book, have the laptop, talk."

Harding Stowe, the owner of Brooklyn Kava, pours the trendy drink into a bowl to be served -- he says it's "going to explode" in popularity - Phtot Via AFP / DON EMMERT

With teenagers and millennials drinking less alcohol than their parents, entrepreneurs jumping on the bandwagon believe a less booze-soaked future might be just around the corner.

"It's not as cool anymore to go to bars every night," explains Stowe. "People want something new and they want something healthy."

- Anxiety -

An initial kava boom in the West in the 1990s fueled low-quality exports which -- combined with little understanding of the plant -- led to negative publicity about health concerns and prohibitions in Europe. That all led to a bust.

But while the US Food and Drug Administration warned in 2002 of a "rare" but potential risk of severe liver injury associated with kava-containing products, kava is again seeing another boom, and exports from Fiji alone more than doubled from 2012-16.

"Unlike in the 1990s, the scholarly understanding of the plant is much better. It has been widely studied and it's generally perceived as safe and beneficial," says Zbigniew Dumienski, a researcher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Kava comes in many varieties, sometimes with a fruit juice chaser or blended into a 'kavatail' - AFP / DON EMMERT

There is a well-established scene in Florida, yet kava has been relatively slow to take root in America's most populous city, where there are only three kava lounges but 10,000 bars, with drinks after work and happy hours part of daily life.

Astonishingly two of the lounges are a short walk from each other in Bushwick, known for its artistic scene and influx of young people drawn by more affordable rents.

This is the perfect breeding ground for the American kava customer: residents in their mid-20s, embarking on stressful careers, navigating relationships, battling chronic subway delays and, in a Democratic city, dealing with Donald Trump blues.

"I went through quite a lot of anxiety with my previous job and this definitely helped a lot," says Phil Mai, 25, a financial analyst at a media firm in Manhattan, sitting at the bar in House of Kava on Ladies Night with his girlfriend Susie.

"I used to drink alcohol two-three times a week and, on a weekend, sometimes binge," he says. "I think I had my last drink probably like two weeks ago."

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The House of Kava has a string of theme nights to keep people hooked: open-mic nights that bring in rappers, poets and stand-up comics and while most people are in their mid-20s, recently people in their mid-60s have started stopping by.

"I'm from a conservative family and I'm the only liberal, so given the state of the world, that is like the biggest stresser in my life, I would say," says Kellianne Holland, 24, who works for a non-profit when asked what makes her most anxious.

Dimly lit, the bar is incredibly mellow. Susie draws. Another woman is buried in a laptop. Someone else is reading and one couple talk softly to one another. There is none of the yelling synonymous with the New York bar scene.

"As opposed to a normal bar, I haven't had anyone threaten to burn the bar down or start a fight," jokes House of Kava manager Ryan Lloyd.

Business is taking off, he says -- and it's the same vibe over at Stowe's rival Brooklyn Kava.

When Stowe first opened in February 2016, he initially worried he'd made a mistake.

"People didn't know what kava was," Stowe said.

There is a well-established kava scene in Florida, yet it has been relatively slow to take root in New York, where there are only three kava lounges but 10,000 bars - AFP / DON EMMERT

"Lately, it's just been amazing how slammed it gets," he says, believing things really took off about six months ago.

"There are different stressful things that have happened in America, you know with Trump getting elected," he said. "I think all those things have contributed."

Stowe is now busy planning other locations, collaborations and pop-ups -- he is talking to both a yoga studio and a meditation studio about selling it there.

So has President Trump helped his business? "I hate to say it, but probably," he says.

2/2/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[To end violence against Colombian women, "look inside homes"]]>
Some 200,000 people were killed and 20,000 cases of sexual violence against women were reported during the half-century of fighting before the accord was signed in 2016 between the government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Yet the violence continues, with one woman killed on average every three days and 55 cases of sexual violence reported daily, according to the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences.

Many women are murdered at the hands of husbands, boyfriends and relatives in and around their homes.

"The end of the conflict allows us to focus on other issues, like these," Paula Gaviria, the presidential advisor, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview.

"In the private sphere, in the family environment, violence against women is very high," she said. "It's a time to look inside homes, to look deeper inside."

Colombia's macho culture condones violence, blames women for abuse inflicted on them and perpetuates traditional roles that expect women to stay at home and raise children, she said.

Women are believed to "provoke" violence with their behavior such as wearing short skirts and being out at night, Gaviria said.

"Women don't dare to denounce their husbands, or ex-husbands, partners or their relatives," she said.

Women are also among the victims in a wave of killings of human rights activists and land defenders. Gaviria said the government is working to protect activists better and bring perpetrators to justice.

At least six rights defenders have been gunned down in the past month across Colombia.

Gaviria said the government is improving early warning systems to alert authorities quickly when at-risk activists report threats or danger.

More state prosecutors are being sent to Colombia's south and Pacific regions where killings are concentrated, she said.

According to the United Nations' human rights office in Colombia, activists are particularly at risk in regions that were vacated by FARC rebel fighters under the peace agreement, leaving a vacuum of power.

In November, community leader Luz Jenny Montano was shot by men on motorbikes near her home in the town of Tumaco along Colombia's Pacific coast.

Her murder followed the killing in August of rights defender Idaly Castillo, who also was tortured and sexually abused.

Earlier this week, the U.N. and rights groups condemned the murder of land activist Temistocles Machado, shot last Saturday, amid renewed calls on the government to heighten protection of activists.]]>
2/2/2018 4:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Model Kate Upton accuses Guess exec of sexual harassment]]>
Upton, 25, did not cite a specific incident in her criticism Wednesday of Guess co-founder and creative director Marciano, who is 65.

Upton, who was once the face of Guess, became the latest star to add her voice to the global #MeToo campaign against sexual misconduct, that kicked off following accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #me too," Upton wrote on Twitter.

She repeated this on Instagram and added: "He shouldn't be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo."

Marciano co-founded Guess in 1981 and has been its executive chairman and chief creative officer since 2015.

Upton is married to star Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, and is known for appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions. She has also done some acting.

She became a celebrity spokesmodel for Guess in 2011. Other models holding that position have included Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford, and more recently Gigi Hadid.

2/1/2018 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Angelina Jolie visits Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp]]>
Jolie took her daughters, Zahara (13) and Shiloh (11), along with her while she visited the camp. “My daughters Zahara and Shiloh asked to come with me today—they’ve spent time today speaking and playing with children their own age who have been forced from their homes, whose family members have been killed or have disappeared, and who are struggling with trauma and illness, but who at the end of the day are just children, with the same hopes and rights as children in any other nation,” Jolie said in a statement released on the UNHCR website.

The Za’atari refugee camp, which is occupied by more than 80,000 Syrians, is the largest refugee camp in the Middle East region.

“We should never forget that the war began with demands by Syrians for greater human rights. Peace in their country has to be built on that.” - Angelina Jolie, today in Zaatari Camp, Jordan. “It cannot be built on impunity for the targeting of civilians by all sides of the conflict, the bombing of schools and hospitals, barrel bombs, torture, chemical weapons and rape used as a weapon of war." . “So, that is my message to the international community today: yes, of course, please do more to help meet the needs of desperate Syrian families and the countries hosting them. But, above all, please provide the leadership and strength needed to negotiate a principled end to this senseless war – without sacrificing the dignity and human rights of Syrian families. That is non-negotiable.” On her fifth visit to Jordan since the beginning of the crisis, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited refugee families living in Za’atari camp, the largest refugee settlement in the Middle East and home to more than 80,000 Syrians. Almost seven years since the start of the conflict, more than 6 million people remain displaced inside Syria and a further 5.48 million have fled to other countries in the region, creating the biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. Photo: UNHCR/ @ivorprickett #AngelinaJolie #zaataricamp #jordan #syria #refugees #peace #war #dignity #shilohjoliepitt #zaharajoliepitt #humanrights

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“We should never forget that the war began with demands by Syrians for greater human rights,” she told a news conference at the camp.

“Peace in their country has to be built on that,” Jolie said. “So that is my message to the international community today: yes, of course, please do more to help meet the needs of desperate Syrian families and the countries hosting them. But above all, please provide the leadership and strength needed to negotiate a principled end to this senseless war – without sacrificing the dignity and human rights of Syrian families. That is non-negotiable.”

Seven years since the Syrian conflict began, 6 million people have been displaced in Syria and 5.48 million seek refuge in nearby countries, making it the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, according to UNHCR.
2/1/2018 11:59:34 AM
<![CDATA[Talking to 70+ Egyptian U.S. Masters Swimming Champion Nagwa Ghorab ]]>
Nagwa became an inspiration to many people around the world, who blame their failure on their circumstances and the obstacles they face in their lives, believing these obstacles stop them from achieving great things. Nagwa does not believe that there is such thing as “impossible”, thinking it is nothing but an empty word, making her a true icon worldwide for achieving your goals if you believe in them. Ghorab happily told Egypt Today her amazing story.

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Nagwa Ghorab, Feb. 1, 2018 - Photo courtesy of Nagwa Ghorab

ET: How would you introduce yourself?

I am a 100 percent Egyptian woman and I am proud of this. I was born in Damanhur in 1943, and my father, Youssef Ghorab, was a police officer. I had a happy childhood with my tight-knit family. My father always encouraged me to do sports, especially since he was an equestrian Olympics champion, and King Farouk honored him more than once.

I began to love sports, and my family encouraged me to take it up. Therefore, I consider my father my role model and the force behind my success all these years, not only as a swimmer. When I was a child, I practised horse riding, but I was more into swimming as a four-year old, especially since swimming was not as expensive as horse riding. Back then, horse riding was not affordable for us, neither was buying my own horse to practice.

ET: When did you stop participating in swimming world championships?

In swimming, we have “World Championships”, for which the maximum age of participation is 20-25 years. The champion then no longer participates in them, and begins to practice swimming as a physical sport, not a competitive one. Back in the days, this age even used to be 18 years only.

At 18, I won the title of “Champion of the Republic”, and I practised synchronized swimming until I turned 20. I then stopped swimming as per these laws, until a new kind of championships began to be held, that is “Swimming Masters”.

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Nagwa Ghorab, Feb. 1, 2018 - Photo courtesy of Nagwa Ghorab

ET: What does that entail?

Egypt took up this system for the second time in 2004, and it gives “masters” or “seniors” the equal opportunity to participate in swimming championships exactly like “juniors”. World Masters Swimming Championships are held all over the world. When I knew that this system has been enforced in Egypt once again, I did not hesitate to participate. I have always been proud to represent Egypt in international events, and I did gain the first rank in the Championship.

ET: What did you do when you turned 20 and temporarily stopped swimming?

I pursued my academic studies. I loved painting and asked for my father’s approval to let me study it academically, and he did not mind. I studied painting in the Leonardo da Vinci School, which grants a certificate that equals a university graduate certificate. One year after my graduation, I studied French at the Faculty of Arts, graduated and worked as a teacher at the Al-Salaam School. I also got married and had three girls.

ET: How was your journey toward participation in the Masters Swimming Championship? We are talking about a 45-year wait after your last championship!

This is true. I participated in the championship after I retired from my teaching job. I began to retrain at the Heliopolis Sporting Club as a step toward participating in the Championship. I participated in the first one in Turkey. However, the 2010 Sweden World Championship marked a turning point for me, as I came in 11th place. Only then, I realized that I was really close to winning the Championship but need more training and focus. My journey toward international recognition began then. I later participated in Sweden, Austrian, German, French, Italian, Canadian and U.S. Championships.

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Nagwa Ghorab, Feb. 1, 2018 - Photo courtesy of Nagwa Ghorab

“Honoring Egypt was the most important motivation”

ET: What are the most serious difficulties you have faced and how did you overcome them?

I cannot deny that retraining, either physically or psychologically for swimming championships at this age was not easy. However, just dreaming about becoming a world swimming champion can never make it a reality. Believe me, though, the biggest motivation for me was honoring my country again in world championships. I always daydreamed about the national anthem played and the Egyptian flag raised while I received the trophy. I also used to hear some Europeans underestimating Egyptian women swimmers’ abilities, so I decided to prove them wrong, not by words, but by actions. I trained rigorously, not only to prove that Egyptian women can win and that they have outstanding abilities but that they can also outperform others.

ET: Did you seek help from anybody during that period?

Not at all. I believe that when one wants to do something, they will find a way. They just need to strongly believe in it. A strong human being can achieve everything on their own. A human being with will power can do whatever they want.

ET: What was your family’s reaction to your decision to take up this challenge?

I have four grandchildren. Knowing me, my daughters and my grandchildren did not think of it as a “challenge”. They were not surprised. On the contrary, they were extremely proud of me. They knew that swimming was my passion. I was 68 years old when I announced I was going back to participate in world championships. It was in Sweden, and I got the silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle swimming competition, with a time of 42 seconds. I remember all people were amazed at this.

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Nagwa Ghorab, Feb. 1, 2018 - Photo courtesy of Nagwa Ghorab

“Half a banana is enough”

ET: Can you tell us more about your daily training routine?

I follow a strict training schedule and diet. I start my day early and set specific times for everything I do. I wake up, drink my coffee and head to the club for my training. I only eat half a banana before getting into the pool. I train from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., I then have my breakfast, which is usually fruits and yoghurt. I live on yoghurt, fruits and vegetables and have never added sugar to my food or drinks for more than 30 years!

ET: What are the most important championships you have recently won?

I won five medals in five World Championships. I won the gold medal in Russia in 2015 and I was 72 then. I won another two bronze medals too. I also participated in the Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Championship (for seniors aged 70-74 years old) in North Carolina and I got three medals, one of them was a silver medal for the 50-meter backstrokes competition. This was amazing, and it proved to America that Egyptian women can take up challenges and win. They were truly astonished when I was on the podium.

ET: Tell us about a moment you can never forget when you participated in one of these championships.

When I was in the French International Championship in 2011, I ranked second in the 50-meter freestyle competition. While I was receiving my silver medal, French people gave me a standing ovation, showing their respect for an Egyptian woman whose country was going through turbulent times, after the January 25 Revolution. This was one of the most difficult and beautiful moments in my life, as I felt appreciated by these noble French people. People do understand everything going on in other countries.

ET: Who do you consider your role model in swimming?

The legendary Abdellatief Abouheif, and when I say “legendary”, I absolutely mean it and I am not using it as a metaphor. This man did the impossible, either on the athletic level, in terms of fitness and ability to compete in world championships, and on the moral level. He has done many great things for his competitors, like for example giving up the prize money to the losing competitor, or sharing the prize money with a colleague going through a difficult time.

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Nagwa Ghorab with her granddaughter, Feb. 1, 2018 - Photo courtesy of Nagwa Ghorab

ET: Have you ever considered retiring from sports?

I do not believe in retiring from sports until death. Humans can give, no matter how old they are. Sports are a great blessing, and people should never stop practicing them throughout their lives.

ET: Are you participating in any future championships?

Yes, in 2019 I will participate in a championship in Korea. I am determined to win a new medal in the competitions for seniors aged 75-79 years old. I have already started training for it.
2/1/2018 10:47:25 AM
<![CDATA[7 habits that ruin your skin]]>
1. Washing your face:

Washing your face more than twice removes the natural oils that your skin requires, causing dryness and even wrinkles. Also, overly scrubbing your skin causes it to become irritated.

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2. Skipping your daily SPF:

Are you ignoring sun screen because the sun is not strong? Well, the harmful UV rays can harm your skin even if it is not very sunny outside. These rays can cause skin wrinkling, fine lines, sagging and even cancer! So stay safe and apply that sunscreen.

3. Neglecting removing your makeup:

It has been a long day and you are super exhausted, so you sleep without removing your makeup. If you do this rarely, then do not worry too much. However, if it becomes a daily habit, you can expect that you will have to deal with a dull skin, clogged pores and acne breakouts.

4. Working with makeup brushes without washing them:

When you work with brushes without washing them, bacteria accumulates on them. These bacteria might cause acne or other infections. So wash your brushes once every two weeks.

5. Not getting your skin checked:

Ignoring moles can be a risky game, because some moles (that look irregular) can be signs of melanoma (skin cancer). So do not take that risk, and if you see anything that is unusual on your skin, book an appointment with your dermatologist immediately.

6. Popping zits:

Popping zits harms the skin, as you tend to push the bacteria deep into the skin, doubling the zit’s lifespan. To treat them, you should use a skin product that contains no more than 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, preferably at night. More than 2.5% of benzoyl peroxide can cause irritation of the skin around the zit, which might eventually lead to scarring.

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7. Junk food:

“You are what you eat.” As much as it is hard to admit it, this saying is true. When you eat junk food that is typically high in sugar, it causes the production of insulin, which in turn stimulates the production of androgens (oil-producing hormones), causing acne breakouts and clogged pores.

2/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[How skin undertones can affect your look]]>
Let us start by explaining the huge difference between skin tones and skin undertones.

Your skin tone is the color that you can see prominently appearing on your skin without you thinking too much about it. It usually ranges from very fair to deep dark. Your skin tone can change throughout the seasons, in summer versus in winter, depending on your skin color and how tan you are.

On the other hand, your undertones are the unchanging hidden colors in your skin. They are the reason why your skin might seem rather cool- or warm-toned. They're the underlying reason why your skin looks the way it does.

Why it's important to know your undertone:

Because colors go into everything from clothes to your hair, jewelry and even your makeup selection, determining the ones that suit you best will help elevate and flatter your look, give you a healthy and radiant glow, and help build a generally cohesive appearance.

Quick tests to determine your undertone:

Flattering colors:
For the cool-toned, you should probably stick to cool sea shades and grays, as well as fresh greens, icy purples and pinks, and berry reds. Avoid oranges, corals, yellows and gold, as they tend to wash you out.

As for you warm-toned folks, yellows, oranges, earthy shades of reds, greens and browns make your golden undertones look brilliant. Red violets, corals and peach can also accentuate your skin. Your best blues are periwinkle and teal, and your best neutrals are off whites and warm grays.

Finally, we reach our neutrals. Honestly, there would be no point in me telling which colors suit you best, as you are supposedly lucky enough to be able to rock each and every one of them, but true reds and muted or softened sherbet shades have been known to highlight your balanced skin.

2/1/2018 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cute celeb pregnancy announcements]]>
With the help of her long time friends Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the founders of Rodarte, Kirsten Dunst announced her long time rumored pregnancy by starring in their 2018 Autumn/Winter lookbook while holding her baby bump.

The enchanting lookbook portrait series also starred some of the biggest names in the industry and featured the modeling debut of Reese Witherspoon’s ‘doppelganger’ daughter Ava Philippe.

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We have gathered some of the best celebrity baby announcements that were both cute and hilarious.

Kevin and Danielle Jonas

Prepping for baby number two! #babyjonas2

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Stacy Keibler

Look what we've got cooking! A Bun'dle of love!

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Chanel Smith

Hahahha yep we're pregnant

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel

Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!! #mylovelybabybump

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Cheryl posted an announcement on her Instagram account in support of the newest L’Oreal campaign that she participates in as an ambassador alongside 14 others. The image shows Cheryl showing her much rumored about baby bump. She doesn’t mention anything about the pregnancy in the post. But we can see it all.

Kelly Rowland

I'll be stuntin like my daddy.....

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Queen B broke the internet when she posted on her Instagram account the most breathtaking baby post to prepare the world for the arrival of her twins.

2/1/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[‘Black Panther’ Royal African premier ]]>
Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano.

David Oyelowo

Issa Rae in Rosie Assoulin.

Janeshia Adams-Ginyard in Tamara Cobus.

Michael B Jordan in Calvin Klein suit with Christian Louboutin shoes.

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Daniel Kaluuya in a traditional Kanzu from Uganda with a Burberry blazer, Christian Louboutin shoes and David Yurman jewelry.

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Angel Parker in a JOVANI gown.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Versace.

Lupita Nyong'o. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
Lupita Nyong'o. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Angela Bassett in Naeem Khan.

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Angela Bassett. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright Via Black Panther Facebook Page
Letitia Wright Via Black Panther Facebook Page

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler Via Black Panther Facebook
Ryan Coogler Via Black Panther Facebook

Chadwick Boseman in Emporio Armani.

Chadwick Boseman. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
Chadwick Boseman. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“Black Panther” is set to be released on Feb. 16, with record breaking pre-ticket sales more than any other Marvel movie before it. It is expected to make more than $100 million on its opening weekend alone, according to Reuters.

1/31/2018 5:05:41 PM
<![CDATA[et App Review: Habit Bull]]>
Habit Bull is a habit tracking app available exclusively on the App Store, created by AppForge Inc. According to its description, it allows you to organize your life by keeping track of “all your habits, routines and repeated to-dos.”

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Habit Bull Screen shots - Via App Store Official page.

The way it works is that you set up a habit, customized as much as you could probably need, track your habit everyday and habit bull will tell you the success you’ve had with that specific habit over the course of the past period of time.

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Habit Bull Screen shots - Via App Store Official page.

In my experience, the app has a bit of a learning curve when you first start to use it. The number of aspects on each screen is a bit much and it can be confusing at first. But use it once, twice, three times and you’ve got the hang of it. After that it’s a pretty simple app to use. The most difficult part of using it is remembering to actually come back each day and fill in your habits for the day. There’s a setting to "remind you sometimes" but I would have liked to be reminded always.

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Habit Bull Screen shots - Via App Store Official page.

I used it over the course of three weeks, and once I got past the first few uses, I was pleasantly surprised about the ease of use. It was also extremely satisfying seeing my streaks for each habit get longer and longer; it was a motivating factor in continuing to do the habits and continuing to log them in the app. I had such a good time using the app, as its design is also very appealing. It may seem a bit busy at first but once you get used to it, you don’t notice anymore.

Overall, I’d give this app a 4/5 because it’s visually appealing, it incentivized my habits and I enjoyed using it.
1/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Revlon recruits to reinforce inclusivity]]>
In order to pull off such a moving cause, Revlon had to call in major names of different races, sizes and ages to act as global ambassadors. As a result, the influential Gal Gadot, Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmermann all joined Revlon's family and starred along with two other models in their new Live Boldly campaign.

Each of the symbolic ambassadors gave a small commentary on what Live Boldly really means to them and how it affects them personally. Gal Gadot, being the first, mentioned that it is to live confidently and positively with your dreams always in mind. She was then followed by Ashley Graham, an author and model, who stated that Live Boldly is her life's "mantra" and her daily dose of self-empowerment.

Adwoa Aboah, an activist and model, proceeded to state how Live Boldly is just about being true to oneself and being authentic. Model Imaan Hammam subsequently explained the Live Boldly is about empowering young girls and women. Finally, Raquel, who is also a model, added that to Live Boldly is to "push through and believe in yourself and in your dreams."

Although other campaigns are facing a great deal of turmoil and hardship, such as L'Oreal's recent incident with model Amena Khan. This campaign and many more are tremendously pushing the fashion and makeup industry to a place where it can hopefully be a more united and comprehensive platform for all of us.

1/31/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[4 coffees you need to try at Caribou]]>
Each of the four coffees that we tried turned out to be perfect for this gloomy cold weather, and somehow they managed to make us wish that it was always winter so that we could snuggle up in front of the fireplace at their Mohandeseen branch and enjoy the bittersweet mugs of coffee.

1. Campfire Mocha

The Campfire Mocha’s taste can only be described in one word – wintery. It offers a bittersweet feeling, which is owed to the balanced mix between the milk chocolate and espresso. We recommend that you order this in-house and take a seat beside the fireplace while munching away on the marshmallow topping.

Campfire Mocha Photo Via Caribou Coffee

2. Caramel High Rise

When espresso and caramel meet on top of the mountain, they form a captivating hot mug of coffee. From the first sip it will feel like your coffee just gave you a hug from the inside, and instantly the cold winter weather will not bother you anymore.

Caramel High Rise Photo Via Caribou Coffee

3. Turtle mocha

One of the best things about Caribou is that you can choose between milk, dark or white chocolate when it comes to your coffee. The Turtle Mocha is the perfect winter drink that will give you the energy boost to get up and roam around down.

Turtle mocha Photo Via Caribou Coffee

4. Mint Condition Mocha

Served with a kick of chocolate mint, this minty mocha option will give you an unexpected minty kick and a refreshing hug at the same time.

Mint Condition Mocha Photo Via Caribou Coffee

Caribou’s story began in 1990, when the founders went out on an enchanting adventure in Alaska, climbing the Sable Mountain. While embracing the view, the idea of Caribou came to be, as they “believe (that) excellence is a product of hard work, and that life is too short for anything else.”

You will find Caribou at:

Concord Plaza Mall - Road 90, Tivoli Dome – Heliopolis, Mall of Egypt – 6th of October

1/31/2018 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Amazon opens its own rainforest in Seattle]]>
Amazon Spheres. Via Reuters/Lindsey Wasson

Amazon has been based in Seattle for over a decade; they have been constantly developing their main campus there, with "The Spheres", as the new complex is called, coming as the latest addition. "The Spheres" consists of three glass domes, containing over 400,000 plants of 400 varying species. Amazon has been known for their intense work culture and this new development is an attempt to change that. Instead of enclosed conference rooms or desks, there are walkways and unconventional meeting spaces with chairs.

Amazon Spheres. Via Reuters/Lindsey Wasson

The opening of "The Spheres" happened by voice command, with founder Jeff Bezos issuing a voice command to Alexa, “Alexa, open The Spheres”. John Schoettler, Amazon’s vice president of global real estate and facilities, said “we wanted to create something really special, something iconic for our campus and for the city of Seattle.”

Amazon Spheres. Via Reuters/Lindsey Wasson

The Spheres, designed by architecture firm NBBJ, will become part of Amazon’s guided campus tours. Members of the public can also visit an exhibit at The Spheres by appointment.

1/31/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA['Super Blue Blood Moon' to light sky on January 31]]>
In North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, the eclipse will be visible before sunrise on January 31. For those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the “Super Blue Blood Moon” can be seen during moonrise in the evening of the 31st, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

For the first time since March 31, 1866, we will see a blood moon, a blue moon and a super moon all at once.

Blue moon is the second full moon in a month as usually every month has only one full moon appearing every 29 days. Most of the months are 30 and 31 days; hence, it is possible to have two full moons appear in a single month, according to NASA.

Blue moon-by NASA

Although it is known as a blue moon, the moon’s colors are usually pale gray and white. But, in 1883, the moon has appeared bluish when the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia erupted. The plumes of ash rose to the top of earth’s atmosphere tuning the sunset and the moon to green and blue all over the world.

People also saw the blue moon after several incidents; such as after the eruption of the El Chichon volcano in Mexico in 1983.

The super moon phenomenon happens when the full moon coincides with the closest point of the moon's orbit to earth. The result is that the moon appears 30 percent brighter than usual and 14 percent bigger than a normal full moon, according to NASA Science Beta. The recent super moon phenomenon was on January 1.

It's nearly impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The most exciting phenomenon on January 31 will be the total lunar eclipse when the earth comes between the sun and the moon; therefore, the sun's light, which normally shines off the moon, is blocked by our planet. The moon appears in a reddish hue.

“The January 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of 'supermoons', when the moon is closer to earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a 'blue moon'. The super blue moon will pass through earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the moon is in the earth’s shadow, it will take on a reddish tint, known as a 'blood moon',” according to NASA.]]>
1/30/2018 1:21:57 PM
<![CDATA[10 of the weirdest celebrity baby names out there]]>
1. Apple

Apple is the daughter of Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. At the time the world was baffled and needed an explanation to why they would possibly name their child after a fruit, Paltrow then answered all questions at an interview with Oprah where she expressed how Chris was the one to come up with the name, but she thought that it "sounded so sweet" and was "biblical".

2. Pilot Inspektor

Yes, you read it correctly Inspektor...with a k. Pilot is the son of actor Jason Lee . Lee. When asked the inevitable question, Jason replied that it was inspired by a song by the band Grandaddy called '"He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot"'. I frankly don't know which is weirder the name or the explanation.

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3. Buddy Bear

Buddy Bear is the son of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools. He's brother to Petal Blossom Rainbow Oliver, Daisy Boo Pamela Oliver, Poppie Honey Rosie Oliver, and River Rocket Oliver. This family is certainly no stranger to unusual names.

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4. Tu Morrow

You know like tu-morrow...tomorrow, get it? Tu is the daughter of the acclaimed actor Rob Marrow who clearly loved puns enough to actually make his daughter a living breathing one.

5. Moon Unit

Daughter of the renowned musician Frank Zappa, Moon is sister to Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Diva Zappa. Moon has now grown up to follow the same path as her father and release an album called “My Mother Is a Space Cadet".

6. Makkah

Makkah is the daughter of the legendary football player Mohamed Salah who pleasantly surprised us with this beautiful, yet unusual name that consequently inspired a lot of people to name their children after her.

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7. Kay

Kay is the daughter of the well-known singer Maya Diab. She's a young fashionista with a promising voice and an incredibly unique name.

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8. Moxie Crimefighter

Moxie is the sister of Zolten Penn Jillette and the daughter of the infamous comedian Penn Jillette. Her father decided to name her that somewhat cruel name in order for her to have the perfect comeback if she was ever stopped by an officer.

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9. Kal-El

Kal-El is the son of the distinguished actor Nicholas Cage. Nicholas has always loved comic books; in fact, he loved them so much he changed his last name from Coppola to Cage to honor the Marvel character Luke Cage. His passion for comic books didn't end there as he named his son after Superman's kryptonian name.

10. Zuma Nesta Rock

Zuma is the son of the glorious singer Gwen Stefani. Although Zuma is a beautiful name of a beach in Malibu, it is also a diminutive form for a horrible gastrointestinal condition, and no one wants that as a name.

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1/30/2018 11:47:29 AM
<![CDATA[5 miraculous hair masks ]]>
Coconut hair mask:

One tablespoon of coconut oil
One tablespoon of honey
One tablespoon of olive oil

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and microwave them for approximately 20 seconds. Apply it to hair from top to bottom and cover it with a shower cap. Leave it for at least twenty minutes till two hours. This mask helps in reducing and repairing hair masks, along with, moisturizing the hair from its roots.

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Mayonnaise hair mask:

Two tablespoons of mayonnaise
One tablespoon of olive oil
One tablespoon of honey

Mix ingredients and apply them. Leave them for 30 minutes. Mayonnaise consists of eggs, which nourish and strengthen your hair, vinegar, which helps maintain a healthy pH level for the hair follicles and restores damaged hair.

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Egg hair mask:

One egg
Two tablespoons of castor oil
One table tablespoon of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients until they somewhat combine. Apply for at least 30 minutes. Castor oil and eggs are essential for strengthening the hair follicles and elongating the hair; they also give the hair a beautiful luscious shine. Olive oil hydrates the hair and helps with keeping it moisturized.

Strawberry hair mask:

Six-eight strawberries
One tablespoon of coconut oil
One tablespoon of honey

Mix all ingredients and apply them for at least thirty minutes. The strawberries remove the excess oil or grease in the hair and give it a glossy shine. It is highly recommended for oily hairs and scalps.

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Brown sugar hair mask:

Two tablespoons of brown sugar
Three tablespoons of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply them for at least 30 minutes and massage your hair for three to five minutes. This hair mask helps get rid of dandruff and any itchiness.

1/30/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[France overturns ban on captive dolphin breeding]]>
The previous Socialist government ordered the ban, which also applied to killer whales, last May after complaints from animal rights groups hoping to end marine and aquarium shows.

But former environment minister Segolene Royale had tightened the ban at the last minute, and failed to consult the public and others on a measure that could have forced aquariums to close.

Aquariums and parks such as Marineland in southern France -- the biggest attraction of its kind in Europe -- have faced growing criticism in recent years over their animals' living conditions.

"This is excellent news for our animals and animal parks in France," said Pascal Picot, managing director at Marineland, which appealed the decision along with the Parc Asterix amusement park north of Paris and the Wild Planet park in Western France.

The new rules would have banned the captivity of all whales, dolphins and porpoises, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins already held in authorised aquariums -- which would eventually have meant them being phased out altogether.

Marine parks also would have had to increase the size of their pools by at least 150 percent.

Animal rights groups had hailed the measures as a first step toward ending breeding and import programmes for animal shows in France.

But Picot said "significant changes to the rules governing the treatment of our animals should be based on scientific facts, and be carried out as required by law."]]>
1/30/2018 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[OPPO Kicks off 2018 with the F5 6GB Red Edition and F5 Youth]]>
With OPPO’s constant efforts to over exceed their customer’s expectations, they released the limited edition F5 6GB Red Edition and the F5 Youth; granting their young customers who loves fashion a wide range of new attractive colors which are Red, Black and Gold. The limited edition F5 6GB introduced the new “Red” color to the F5 series, while the F5 Youth will be released in the colors Black and Gold.

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To celebrate the launch of the F5 Red Edition, OPPO hosted a launch event at SASS restaurant on Monday, 22nd of January. The Red-and-Black themed event was attended by Egypt’s top influencers and VIPs. OPPO offered attendees an unforgettable night, with a musical performance by DJ Dina Akladios.

Both the F5 6GB and the F5 Youth apply the groundbreaking A.I. Beauty Technology, which can analyze the face of a subject with more than 200 recognition spots and determine the age, gender, skin type, and skin tone. This produces a customized selfie experience with effortless editing, giving users the most natural and awesome selfie by heightens their natural beauty.

The F5 6GB, however, has a 20MP front camera, while the F5 Youth has a 16MP front camera. An ultra-sensitive F2.0 aperture is set in the front camera. It helps you get gorgeous selfies through all hours. Besides, the new upgraded camera can automatically recognize dark light scenes and intelligently polymerized into the large pixel of 2.0μm, which gives a powerful quadruple capability of sensing light. Combined with the OPPO Screen Flash function, it thus introduces the best you to the world.


The F5 6GB will still have the same features as the standard F5 edition, except for a higher RAM storage with 6 GB RAM instead of 4GB, and a 64 GB internal storage, instead of the F5’s 32GB internal storage, and both phones can host a microSD up to 256 GB. Besides that, all options are the same. As for the prices, the F5 Red Edition is priced at 6960 EGP, while the F5 Youth is priced at 4690 EGP.

The devices have more than 1000 Multiple Curvature Tuning brings out their signature graceful look – an omnidirectional elegance on each curve. Slim and graceful, the silky touch makes it hard for you to put it down. The beauty and dexterity embodied is a joint effect of dazzling your eyes and catering your hold.


1/29/2018 6:01:22 PM
<![CDATA[et Best Dressed: Grammy Awards 2018 ]]>
The red carpet was flooded with white roses as it was chosen as the common theme to support the #MeToo movement. The white roses stand as a symbol for peace, resilience, and hope. Following in the blackout movement that took place at the The 75th Golden Globes red carpet.

1/29/2018 12:47:45 PM
<![CDATA[5 absolutely delicious body detox recipes ]]>
Lemon and lime detox:

A liter and a half of water mixed with lemon and lime slices and a handful mint leaves. This helps the body burn fats faster and overall regulates the digestion process and acts as a potent source of vitamin C.

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Cucumber detox:

A liter and a half of water mixed with slices of lime and cucumber and mint leaves. This helps keep the body and skin hydrated, soothes the skin from the inside out and is full of vitamin B5 which is important for treating and preventing acne.

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Kiwi, strawberry and mint detox:

A liter and a half of water added to slices of kiwi and strawberries and mint leaves. Also slices of lemon may be added. This detox is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients which are great for fighting common cold or flu viruses. It also boosts your digestions and aids in weight loss.

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Pineapple and mango detox:

A liter and a half of water added to slices of mango, pineapple, lime, and basil. In addition to its delicious taste, it makes the weight loss process faster.

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Pomegranate detox:

A liter and a half of water added to pomegranate seeds and strawberry slices. Pomegranate and strawberry are amazing antioxidants and have strong cancer fighting properties that help the liver eliminate body toxins, along with a calming effects found in pomegranate oils.

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1/29/2018 10:47:46 AM
<![CDATA[Uber Eats is finally here ]]>
Four years since Uber launched and two years since Uber Eats, Cairo and Riyadh will be added to the delivery menu joining more than 200 cities around the world very soon.
Uber Eats makes getting food fast and easy for when you are at your hungriest.

After its success in the UAE with more than a thousand restaurants on the menu, Uber has seen the potential in both Egypt’s food industry and its big appetite and will be delivering food to your door step later this year.

“We know that people in Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been calling out for technology to get the food they love delivered for all occasions in any locations for some time now,” Nic Robertson, General Manager, Uber Eats Middle East and Africa, announced in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be answering this demand by partnering with national and local restaurants to bring the convenience of the Uber Eats app to more people in the region.”

The app will also be available in both Arabic and English making it more accessible to everyone and your favorite shawerma place.

“While we’re a global business with a presence in more than 30 countries around the world, our recipe for success is built on catering to the local taste of the cities we operate in. That’s why we’re doubling down on creating a localized version of the app that meets the needs of the Arabic speaking population,” continued Mr. Robertson.

And the fun doesn’t stop ther! Uber will also be launching their ride hailing services in Tanta and Damanhour; creating job opportunities and safe, reliable transportation for the public, located in the Nile Delta area.

Recent statistics released by Uber showed that in 2017, over 150,000 job opportunities were created, of which 50 percent are dependent on Uber for part time work. Uber has proven to become the biggest economic contributor in Egypt as it’s committed to provide youth with job opportunities. 70 percent of drivers on the Uber platform are ranging from 18-35 years old.

“After the success of Uber in Mansoura, we have been on the lookout for other expansion opportunities and finally rested on Tanta and Damanhour as we believe these two cities hold great potential in terms of offering job opportunities for drivers and providing a convenient and accessible transportation service for riders,” Abdellatif Waked, General Manager, Uber Egypt stated about the new expansion.

1/29/2018 10:37:21 AM
<![CDATA[et Opinion: Enough with the Token Inclusion in the Cosmetics Industry]]>
I acknowledge the attempt at diversifying their campaigns: they have multiple ethnicities featured, different age ranges, a man, and different hair textures. But what bothers me is that, while everyone is head over heels over the fact that a hijab-wearing woman was included, no one is mentioning the fact that not one of the ambassadors has a skin tone that could even remotely be labeled darker than a light tan. We’ve drawn in one demographic, only to push out another. Where are the chocolate brown skin tones and their curly kinky hair, the coffee black skin tones and their afros and braids? The one woman who’s black has a caramel skin tone and her hair is dyed blonde and perfectly coiffed.

Elvive chose a group of British ambassadors and influencers including Cheryl, Alexina Graham, Dougie Poynter, Nadine Baggott, and Lydia Millen to celebrate and explore the unique, sometimes complex, but ultimately fascinating relationship they have with their hair. The campaign was photographed and directed by British photographer Rankin, and it is clearly meant to be inclusive, to show the different hair colors and styles and textures of its ambassadors.

The campaign has even gotten a lot of media coverage from publications like The Telegraph and British Vogue because, included in the group of ambassadors—amongst the white women, and the man and the women of Asian descent—is a hijab-wearing woman. Amena Khan, the woman herself, commented to British Vogue, “How many brands are doing things like this? Not many. They’re literally putting a girl in a headscarf—whose hair you can’t see—in a hair campaign. Because what they’re really valuing through the campaign, is the voices that we have.”

The cosmetics industry is great at preaching inclusion and then falling short of it. They make campaigns for everyone, but include only some people. There is a systematic and institutionalized racism and colorism in the cosmetics industry—likely in every industry—and it’s a reflection on society whether they admit it or not and whether they see it or not. Throwing in a veiled woman in this ad campaign and a black woman in that ad campaign doesn’t change anything and it doesn’t help. There needs to be systematic, consistent change or, as consumers, we’re applauding empty gestures and appeasements.

Is there not a black woman on the advertising team at Elvive who could look at the campaign and recognize that she didn't see herself in it? If there was a focus group, were there no black women or men included in it to offer their perspective? I’m speculating but an ad campaign is just the tip of the iceberg and these are questions that need to be asked—and answered.

The same lack of diversity is true of cosmetics brands that sell makeup. Just recently Tarte released two new foundations, with an initial shade range of just 15 shades, only three of which could be considered “dark.” They did announce that they would be releasing more shades, but who wants to be considered an afterthought? There are brands like MAC and Maybelline that release extensive, genuinely inclusive shade ranges for foundations and bases, but they couldn't be called a majority by any means. Considering Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty line with 40 shades of foundation, clearly it’s possible and clearly it’s a choice.

Grand gestures of inclusivity in ad campaigns will not convince the masses if they are not well thought out and if they are not backed by meaningful change in the industry. More and more consumers are becoming socially aware and refusing to roll over on issues of diversity and equality. If companies want to continue to grow, they need to enact tangible change, not just hide behind facades of social responsibility and awareness.

At time of publishing Amena Khan had withdrawn from the #WorldofCarecampaign following the emergence of ‘anti-Israel’ tweets from 2014, and the resultant backlash. L’Oreal have stated that they support this decision.]

1/29/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[5 essential oils that are perfect for your skin]]>
From the many essential oils out there, here are the ones that’ll give you the greatest results:

Jojoba Oil :

The closest thing out there in texture and use to our skin’s naturally produced sebum. It was used by Native Americans years ago to treat bruises and sores. As it i’s a carrier oil with the same benefits as essential oils; it can be used alone without dilution. It’s been known to be used to treat acne, sunburns, psoriasis, and chapped skin. Jojoba oil can also be used to moisturize your skin, remove wrinkles and even remove makeup. It i’s also quite notorious well known for balancing out the oil production in your skin; thus, removing blackheads.

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Rosehip Oil :

Rosehip oil, also known as Rosehip seed oil, is full of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for healthy skin. It’s known for repairing sun damage, removing fine lines, stimulating collagen and correcting dark spots, which makes it great for aging skin. Rosehip oil can also be used to boost your immune system. Best results are obtained when diluted.

Sesame Oil :

Although commonly used to season food, sesame oil actually has extraordinary properties that can elevate your skin. A carrier for other essential oils properties, it can be directly on the skin. It’s also utilized to treat alopecia, psoriasis, and eczema. It is used for treating burns and removing its scars, preventing stretch marks and under eye brightening.

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Lavender Oil :

Aside from its therapeutic properties, lavender oil is exceptionally good at reducing the rate at which the skin ages, fighting acne and relieving any inflammation, pain or stress. Its light and relieving consistency allows it to be applied directly to the skin without dilution.

Tea tree Oil :

Also known as melaleuca oil or ti tree oil, Tea tree oil is a strong essential that can be used to soothe chicken pox, remove makeup, aid in acne prevention, and fade scars. It is best used diluted in a carrier oil.

1/28/2018 6:16:07 PM
<![CDATA[Beyoncé's love for Arab designers]]>
It took over 300 hours to tailor the dress and the designers’ main aim was to accentuate Beyoncé's unique and glamorous physique. “We felt so many emotions seeing Beyoncé wearing our creation. But most importantly, we felt honored, proud, happy, and thrilled beyond imagination,” said George Azzi and Assaad Osta to Vogue Arabia.

Beyoncé has managed to impress the world numerous times with her looks designed by Reem Acra, Nicolas Jebran, Yousef al-Jasmi, Bougessa, Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Georges Chakra, and Donia Allegue. In addition to her maternity dresses from Dubai and Okhtein handbags from Egypt, Queen B continues to mesmerize us with her Arab designed fashion. It is unforgettable how she stunned in Elie Saab’s gold majestic gown back in the 64th annual Golden Globe in January 2007, in Zuhair Murad's breathtaking floral lace dress from his 2016 spring Couture collection, and in Yousef al-Jasmi’s bodysuit in the Lemonade music video.

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Beyoncé and many other celebrities continue to embed many Arab designers’ work in their wardrobes, often creating daily looks by them and bringing them fame all over the world.
1/28/2018 4:49:59 PM
<![CDATA[All you’ll see at the 2018 Grammy’s are white roses]]>
The theme has been decided after various industry insiders including promoter Karen Rait and industry marketer Meg Harkins sat at a dinner to find a way where it was guaranteed that the movements were represented. It was then broadcasted through an email by Atlantic Records Chair Julie Greenwald, according to Billboard.
Several artists such as Rita Ora, James Cordon and Halsey have already confirmed that they in fact will be wearing white roses to the Grammy’s.

This won’t be the first time where a major event is dominated by one color in favor of the #metoo movement.

The 75th Golden Globes

have broken the internet with celebrities flooding the red carpet with the

color black

; women sporting glamorous black dresses and men suiting up in black suits with the cause’s pins.

75th Golden Globe Awards – Photo Room – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 07/01/2018 – The cast and producers of "The... LUCY NICHOLSON January 07, 2018 10:24pm EST

With all this happening, what are these movements all about? The #metoo movement is a protest against sexual harassment and violence, originally established by Tarana Burke a decade ago. It only started to make that much of an impact once the actress, Alyssa Milano, tweeted encouraging women to speak out and unite against violence.

Similarly, the Time’s Up movement was founded in response to the #metoo movement to stand with abused women, especially in the entertainment field. Its website has an open letter that has gathered as many as 400 signatures from women in the American and British entertainment industry that all stand to tackle the issue.
1/28/2018 2:31:55 PM
<![CDATA[All about gestational diabetes to enjoy a healthy pregnancy]]>
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that appears only during pregnancy and can be diagnosed by your doctor. Like any other form of diabetes, it means that you have high blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels that were normal before you were pregnant. Gestational diabetes can be managed through careful monitoring and treatment.

What causes gestational diabetes?

According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), up to seven percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. This form of diabetes usually starts between week 24 and week 28 of pregnancy as the hormones from the placenta block the insulin hormone, produced by the pancreas, from regulating the body’s metabolism of carbohydrates and fats to produce energy. As a result, the body is prevented from effectively regulating the increased blood sugar of pregnancy, leading to high levels of sugar in the blood stream that can damage the nerves, blood vessels and organs in the mother’s body.

What are the symptoms of gestational diabetes?

In most cases mothers do not notice any symptoms and consider any change in their bodies as a normal result of pregnancy. However, there are a few symptoms that mothers may experience:

 Unusual thirst.
 Frequent urination in large amounts – different than the frequent but usually light urination of early pregnancy.
 Feeling hungrier and eating more.
 Sugar in the urine, which is detected at a routine prenatal care visit.

What are the risk factors?

There are some factors that can increase the woman’s chance of developing gestational diabetes, including:

 Weight: Becoming pregnant when you have a BMI (body mass index used to measure body fat) of 30 or more is one of the most common risk factors for gestational diabetes, as the extra weight affects the insulin hormone’s ability to properly function and keep blood sugar at normal levels.
 Abdominal fat: If you have higher level of tummy fat during your first trimester of pregnancy, you are more likely to have gestational diabetes later.
 Age: If you get pregnant over the age 35, you have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.
 Family history: You can be at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes if diabetes runs in the family.
 Personal history of diabetes: If you had gestational diabetes during previous pregnancies, you are more likely to have it again.
 If your blood sugar levels are slightly elevated before pregnancy.
 If you were ordered to “bed rest” to prevent pre-term birth, this might lead to gestational diabetes as a result of gained weight.
 If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome where you have high levels of male hormones and less female hormones, leading to irregular or rare ovulation.
 If you are generally glucose intolerant.
 If you take medications for asthma, autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate or drugs for mental health problems.
 If you have given birth to a large baby before – greater than 4 kilos or 9 pounds.
 If you previously had certain birth defects, including delivering a stillborn baby.

How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?

In every prenatal care visit, your doctor will ask you for a urine sample to check for sugar in urine as a sign of gestational diabetes. The reason why your doctor repeats the test every month is because one positive screening of higher sugar levels in your urine does not necessarily mean that you have gestational diabetes.

Between week 24 and week 28 of your pregnancy, your doctor will ask you to drink a sugary drink and perform a blood screening test an hour later to see how your body handled the sugar. If the results show that you developed high sugar levels, your doctor will conduct a three-hour glucose tolerance test while fasting to determine whether you have gestational diabetes or not.

If your results are normal but indicate that you can develop gestational diabetes, your doctor may request a follow-up test later to make sure you still do not have it.

How does gestational diabetes affect you and your baby?

Gestational diabetes can be managed and is not harmful either for the mother or the baby with proper treatment and monitoring by a doctor.

However, the excessive blood sugar in the mother’s blood can enter the fetal circulation through placenta, leading to potential serious problems for the mother and the baby. In case gestational diabetes is not controlled, mothers would risk having too large a baby, leading to C-section, as normal delivery becomes more difficult. Also, in uncontrolled gestational diabetes cases, mothers also are at risk for preeclampsia (sudden high blood pressure) and stillbirth (a baby born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy).

If the gestational diabetes is uncontrolled, it can also lead to potential problems for the baby after birth, including jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin), breathing difficulties and low blood sugar levels. The baby can also be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and to be obese.

After giving birth, the mother’s blood sugar will most likely return to normal quickly. But, in some cases, the mother can develop type 2 diabetes in the future.

What can be done to prevent gestational diabetes?

Keep yourself aware of the risk factors discussed earlier and remember that some of these factors, like the family history or advance maternal age, cannot be prevented or controlled. However, if you are overweight, start to eat healthy and exercise to reduce your chances of developing gestational diabetes.

Here are some tips to help you prevent developing gestational diabetes before and during pregnancy:

 Exercise: Exercise to burn glucose and produce energy even if the insulin in your body is blocked. Exercise can also help keep your blood sugar levels normal. The appropriate type of exercise should be advised by your doctor.
 Healthy diet: Eat healthy and protect yourself and your baby during and after pregnancy. Include vegetables, fruits and healthy protein in your diet, and limit your fat intake. Also, avoid eating sugary and processed food.
 Watch your weight: With the help of your doctor, try to maintain a normal weight and body fat. Make sure to watch that you are gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy and plan to lose the extra weight after delivery.
 Breastfeed as long as you can: Breastfeeding decreases the mother’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes by 50 percent, as it improves glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.

As for your baby, they should be tested for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) with a simple blood test immediately after delivery. Apply the healthy lifestyle you are following to the whole family and make sure that your child is eating clean and exercising.

How is gestational diabetes treated?

In addition to diet and exercise, your doctor might give you supplementary insulin to control sugar levels in your blood. The supplementary insulin can be given as shots (up to three injections daily) or as oral drugs. Also, your doctor will do fetal monitoring in your third trimester to make sure that the baby’s heart rate and movement are normal.

In case of not feeling well between your regular check up visits or if you notice any unusual symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. These symptoms include: feeling very thirsty, peeing more than usual, fatigue, feeling nauseous and blurred vision.]]>
1/28/2018 1:02:00 PM
<![CDATA[Instagram worst social media platform for mental health - study]]>
It appears that the platform is good for self-expression and identity as well as community building and emotional support but can also cause anxiety, depression, bullying and a “fear of missing out.” The survey included five social media platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. YouTube is the only platform of the five to receive an overall positive score by the participants of the survey.

All the platforms, except YouTube, were associated with feelings of being "left out" and "comparison", and what is called a “compare and despair” mindset according to the #StateofMind report. However, all the platforms received negative marks for sleep quality, bullying, and body image. The #StateofMind report suggests courses of action that include the introduction of heavy-usage warning on social media applications, and highlighting photos that have been digitally altered or manipulated.

According to researchers at UCLA’s Brain Mapping Center, teenagers’ photos which receive many likes on Instagram and other social media apps, elicited the same response in the brain as seeing loved ones and winning money.

Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the RSPH, said: "Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people's mental health issues.”

"It's interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing - both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.”

YouTuber Laci Green, a health vlogger, said, "Platforms like Instagram and Facebook present highly curated versions of the people we know and the world around us. It is easy for our perspective of reality to become distorted." She added that "socializing from behind a screen can also be uniquely isolating, obscuring mental health challenges even more than usual."]]>
1/28/2018 9:03:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nissan releases self-parking slippers in Japan]]>
One hotel is already using the technology, where at the push of a button you can park your slippers at the entrance of the lobby.

Each slipper has two tiny wheels, a motor and sensors to drive across the floor and park into a spot, between the already parked slippers. The same technology is used in the latest version of the Nissan LEAF (Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family) vehicle.

A simplified version of that same technology has been installed at the hotel where Nissan’s first parking slippers can be found. It is located in the resort town of Hakone, around 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of Tokyo and famed for its view of Mount Fuji. Guests can begin experiencing the parking slippers as early as March.

Slippers are not the only self-driving technology in the hotel, they also will have self-driving low tables and floor cushions. Many of the world’s top auto brands such as Audi and Tesla are developing self-driving technology. Nissan plans to market a car that can drive itself on city streets by 2020.]]>
1/27/2018 6:27:06 PM
<![CDATA[Tips to keep your little ones protected at home ]]>
As your children grow older and start to walk, they tend to explore the world, which is very vital for their development but also opens up the possibility of a range of accidents. Children’s curiosity can lead to several accidents and injuries that can be avoided most of the time without preventing them from enjoying the experience.

Parents and caregivers must keep in mind that children are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries, either because of their poor coordination and balance, their inability to assess the risks surrounding them, their lack of experience or simply because they have more sensitive skin and leaner bones.

Therefore, to tackle children emergency situations with confidence, parents and caregivers are advised to take courses in first aid to be able to identify and understand the potential risks surrounding their children. These courses enable them to better understand what potential hazards to look for and what measures they can take to make their children’s environment safer. Furthermore, child injury should be elevated as a priority on the global public health and development agenda.

Where do most of children accidents happen?

The truth is that children can be injured anywhere in or around the house. However, most accidents occur inside the house, especially in the living room, with the most dangerous ones occurring in the kitchen and/or on the stairs. Children accidents also rise in the afternoon time, weekends and holidays, especially summer vacations.

Who is most at risk?

Age: Children under five years old are prone to accidental injuries that include burns, scalds, swallowing objects or poisoning, while older children are more likely to experience fractures and broken bones. Most non-fatal accidents result from falling from height, while fire is the main reason for the death or disability of children. In some cases, the design of the house, such as houses with balconies and open staircases, can also contribute to accidents and injuries.

Economic status: Children who live in poorer communities are the most vulnerable to accidents, injuries and the burden of injuries, as they are less likely to benefit from protective measures available to other children who live in better economic situations.

Gender: According to WHO, boys tend to have more frequent and more severe injuries than girls, with 24 percent more deaths from injuries among boys than there are among girls under 15 years.

There are several ways to help prevent injuries to children in the home, including supervising your child, being aware of the risks, creating a safe environment and using safety equipment. In this article we present simple first aid skills to keep your children safe.


According to WHO, 130 children die from falls every day as children start to learn how to climb and explore their surroundings; it is very easy for them to fall off a table, bed, sofa, stairs, window or a balcony. These falls lead to bruises, but most serious injuries can be avoided by:

• Making sure your baby cannot roll off the changing surface.
• Fitting a safety gate at the top and bottom of stairs.
• Repairing or removing any damaged or worn carpet to avoid tripping accidents.
• Not leaving items on the ground that could be stepped on, leading to tripping and falls.
• Fitting safety restrictors to windows so they cannot be opened more than 10 cm.
• Keeping chairs and other climbing objects away from windows and balconies.
• Ensuring there is enough light on the stairs.
• Keeping balcony doors locked to prevent your child from going on it alone.
• Securing any furniture and kitchen appliances if there is a risk they could be pulled over.
• Staying with your child all the time when they are in the bath, as they can lean over to pick up a toy and fall in.
• Making sure they are warm and calling an ambulance in case your child has fallen from height and you are not sure whether you should move them or not.

Suffocating and choking

Children can easily swallow, inhale or choke on small items such as marbles, buttons, peanuts and small toys, so it is best to examine things around them that can lead to suffocating and choking. To prevent this from happening:

• Keep small objects out of the reach of small children.
• Choose toys designed for the age of your child and encourage older children to keep their toys away from their baby sibling.
• Beware of clothing with cords, necklaces and bag straps, as they can be easily pulled tightly on the neck.
• Lay babies on their back in a cot to sleep and never let babies sleep in an adult bed or on the sofa, and do not use pillows, as they can suffocate.
• Keep plastic bags away from children; they can pull them over their heads and suffocate.
• Curtain cords should be kept short and out of reach of children.
• Keep animals, particularly cats, out of your bedrooms, as they could suffocate your child.
• If your child stops breathing, struggles to breathe and their ribcage is sucked in, or they are breathing fast, call an ambulance and/or take them to the hospital.


Domestic fires pose a significant risk to children as a result of them playing with matches and lighters. To prevent a fire starting while you sleep and to ensure you and your children do not breathe in poisonous smoke:

• Install smoke alarms, test them regularly and change the batteries every year, or get alarms that can be plugged into light sockets.
• Switch off electrical items before you go to sleep and close all doors to contain a potential fire.
• Tell your children what to do in case of a fire.
• Always keep a fireguard in the house.
• Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
• Extinguish and dispose cigarettes carefully – particularly at night.

Burns and scalds:

According to WHO, 260 children die from burns every day. Hot bath water is the biggest cause of severe and fatal scalding injuries among children. They can also be burnt from cookers, irons, hair straighteners, cigarettes, matches and lighters. To prevent these accidents:

• Before bathing your child, check the water is not too hot by testing it with your elbow.
• Keep hot drinks away from children's reach and never use tablecloths that children can pull at.
• Never drink anything hot with a child on your lap.
• Turn off heated appliances immediately after use and place them out of reach.
• Use the back rings on the cooker whenever possible and turn saucepan handles away from the front of the cooker.
• If possible, keep young children out of the kitchen.


According to WHO, 125 children die from poisoning every day. Most poisoning accidents involve medicines, household products and cosmetics. In some cases, children can suffer from breathing difficulties. In such cases seek medical attention immediately. The following measures can help prevent the poisoning of children:
Keep anything that may be toxic out of reach and sight including medicines and pills and household cleaners – preferably in a locked cupboard.

• Use containers with child resistant tops.
• Keep all dangerous chemicals in their original containers, as children may mistake them for something safe to drink if you use old bottles for example.
• Dispose of unwanted medicines and chemicals.
• Discourage your children from eating any plants or leaves when outside.
• Avoid buying plants with poisonous leaves or berries.

Injuries caused by glass:

A lot of children end up in hospital with serious injuries caused by glass around the home or by broken glasses and bottles.

• Use safety-toughened glass in doors and windows, and make sure any furniture that incorporates glass is safety approved.
• Dispose of broken glass quickly and safely by wrapping it in newspaper before throwing it in the bin.
• Do not let your child hold anything made of glass or anything sharp like scissors.
• If your children cut themselves and it will not stop bleeding, call an ambulance and/or take them to the hospital.


According to WHO, 480 children die from drowning every day. Children can drown in a few centimeters of water (less than three cm); therefore, they should be under constant supervision near water. Parents should:

• Never leave a baby or child in the bath unsupervised, including in a bath seat, not even for a moment and even if an older sibling is watching them.
• Do not leave uncovered bowls, buckets or containers of liquid/water around the house.
• Empty paddling pools and store them away once you are done using them.
• Make sure that your garden pond is securely fenced off and supervise your children while visiting other people’s gardens.

1/27/2018 3:06:43 PM
<![CDATA[Covered on the catwalk: modest fashion struts its stuff in Paris]]>
The event was part of the Oriental Fashion show held on the sidelines of the city’s haute couture fashion week, which showcases designers from Asia and the Middle East.

Organisers said modest fashion had met resistance in France because of its religious associations but there was demand for the styles in the country and beyond.

“We’re French and in France we want to address this French demand, because firstly there’s a French market for this and also an export market,” Oriental Fashion Show general director Hind Joudar told Reuters.

“France’s resistance to modest fashion has nothing to do with the fashion itself it has to do with religion,” Joudar said.

Modest fashion conforms to conservative social standards common in the Middle East. In recent years, it has attracted mainstream interest and brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Uniqlo and Burberry have entered the sector.

Spending by Muslims on clothing and apparel is projected to reach $368 billion by 2021, according to the 2017 Reuters State of the Global Islamic Economy report.

France, under former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, was the first European country to pass a law banning burqa and niqab garments that conceal the face in public. Belgium later followed suit, as did the Swiss canton of Ticino.

Authorities said the full-faced veil is a security risk because it inhibit identification. France has the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at 5 million, and some of Europe’s most restrictive laws about expressions of faith in public.]]>
1/27/2018 2:39:00 PM
<![CDATA[Out on a limb: Vanity Fair's curious cover]]>
Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Robert de Niro, Nicole Kidman and other stars are grouped for the magazine's "Hollywood Issue" in a photo lavishly retouched -- but forgetting, it seems, to erase an extra leg.

"Well...I guess everybody knows now...I have 3 legs," Witherspoon joked on Twitter.

"I hope you can still accept me for who I am."

After Witherspoon's tweet, Winfrey -- the queen of American television -- raised her hand to comment on another picture taken for the issue by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

"I accept your 3d leg. As I know you accept my 3d hand," Winfrey joked.

She was referring to a separate photograph from the shoot, one in which Winfrey indeed seems to have three hands: one at her waist, one around Witherspoon, and a third resting on her own leg.

That picture has now been removed from Vanity Fair's website.

The photographs caused amusement on the internet Friday, and Vanity Fair played along.

"While we would have loved the exclusive on @RWitherspoon's three legs, unfortunately it's just the lining of her dress," the magazine tweeted.

As for Winfrey -- a producer, presenter and actress -- "how can we expect her to juggle it all with just two hands?" Vanity Fair joked, noting that the error was being corrected online.

Actor James Franco was also meant to be part of the Vanity Fair spread but was scrubbed because of "the misconduct allegations against him," The Hollywood Reporter said, citing a Vanity Fair source.

He was reportedly accused by five women of sexually inappropriate behavior after he won a Golden Globe this month for best actor in "The Disaster Artist".

Franco sat for the Vanity Fair photo shoot but was then digitally removed from the cover following the allegations, The Hollywood Reporter said, citing multiple sources.

1/27/2018 2:33:41 PM
<![CDATA[Jean Paul Gaultier gets into swing of the 60s on Paris catwalk]]>
Black-and-white stripped dresses - ingeniously cut to float down the catwalk from the front while revealing a cinched silhouette from behind - mingled with bold pink or yellow pant suits in the collection, unveiled during Haute Couture week.

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A model presents a creation by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris, France January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Fringes on boots, trousers, dresses and sleeves twisted and turned to the 1960-inspired soundtrack as models strutted down the runway.

Some struck over-the-top poses as they went, like model Coco Rocha, who had spectators swooning as she took to the catwalk with her two-year-old daughter, dressed identically in an asymetric baby-blue gown.

Ninety-five-year-old Cardin, who gave the self-styled bad boy of fashion Gaultier his first stint as an apprentice in 1970, surveyed the show from the front row, with actress Marion Cotillard and singer Paloma Faith also in attendance.

“It’s my beginning. Why not come back to that funny period that was the 1960s,” Gaultier told reporters after the show, adding that he had been in awe of Cardin’s futuristic, geometric designs when he was still a teenager. “Even before I started with him I was looking at magazines, at TV programs on what he was doing.”

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A model presents a creation by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris, France January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
“I was very frightened when he arrived (at the show), I wondered, ‘What will he tell me?'” Gaultier added. “I was like a little student of fashion.”

Gaultier, 65, stopped producing ready-to-wear collections in 2014 to focus on his haute couture line and perfumes. His brand is owned by Spanish perfume group Puig.

The couturier, known for his irreverent and playful style, is preparing a musical stage production, the Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show, which is billed as a pop extravaganza showcasing eccentric characters and episodes from his life.

The show, which will run from October to December at the Folies Bergeres music hall in Paris, will feature new Gaultier designs as well as some referencing his most famed creations, such a conical bra worn by singer Madonna on tour in 1990.]]>
1/26/2018 6:15:56 PM
<![CDATA[et Skin Series: Vitamin C]]>
Deficiency of vitamin C is relatively rare, and usually seen in malnourished adults. In extreme cases, it can lead to scurvy, which is characterized by weakness, anemia, bruising, bleeding, and loss of teeth. But topically, the ingredient is just as effective for a different set of concerns.

Oranges, a potent source of vitamin C - CC/Pixabay
Vitamin C is also known as an excellent skincare ingredient. It’s a fantastic anti-aging ingredient, a collagen-booster and a glow enhancer. It’s also an anti-oxidant, which means it prevents free radical damage in your skin caused by environmental stress factors, thereby preventing signs of aging and sunspots. This is done by a process of vitamin C donating electrons to neutralize free radicals created by oxidation. Vitamin C can aid the skin’s ability to heal itself, meaning it can help reduce red and brown spots. It can help reduce inflammation and even out your skin tone.

Lemons, a potent source of vitamin C - CC/Pixabay
Vitamin C comes in many forms in skincare: pure L-asorbic acid, which is the most potent form, and the most researched form, and also many derivatives such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ester-C, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate. All forms have the same benefits to varying degrees, and to know which one to use, it’s best to consult your dermatologist.]]>
1/26/2018 5:53:52 PM
<![CDATA[From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook]]>
The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world.

The festival devoted its programme to refugees and migration in 2016 after Europe's politics were convulsed by the arrival of more than a million refugees from the Middle East and Africa, including Jazmati herself.

At the Berlin film festival opening reception in February, the 30-year-old chef, who runs a catering business in the German capital with her husband, will be cooking for more than 400 guests attending the opening reception.

"When I went and saw it's not just any film festival but the Berlinale, I was more than happy," she said of her reaction on learning she had been chosen.

"It's like getting to fulfill your dreams."

She will be working under the management of Berlinale's chef Martin Scharff and cooperating with the Lebanese-American cook Barbara Massaad, known for her Syrian cookbook. Her menu will range from Aleppo stuffed aubergine to a Damascene "Syrian pasta", seasoned with tamarind sauce and pomegranate molasses.

"People think about our food that we only have falafel and hummus, but after that they see it's a very big kitchen," Jazmati told Reuters TV.

The festival will open on February 15 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson's animated film Isle of Dogs, staring Hollywood actors such as Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton.]]>
1/25/2018 4:18:45 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese scientists break key barrier by cloning monkeys]]>
Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical long-tailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates -- the order of mammals that includes monkeys, apes and humans -- to be cloned from a non-embryonic cell.

Cloned monkeys Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are seen at the non-human primate facility at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China January 20, 2018, in this handout picture provided by the Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Chinese Academy of Sciences/Handout via REUTERS
It was achieved through a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which involves transferring the nucleus of a cell, which includes its DNA, into an egg which has had its nucleus removed.

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai said their work should be a boon to medical research by making it possible to study diseases in populations of genetically uniform monkeys.

But it also brings the feasibility of cloning to the doorstep of our own species.

"Humans are primates. So (for) the cloning of primate species, including humans, the technical barrier is now broken," Muming Poo, who helped supervise the programme at the institute, told reporters in a conference call.

"The reason ... we broke this barrier is to produce animal models that are useful for medicine, for human health. There is no intention to apply this method to humans."

Genetically identical animals are useful in research because confounding factors caused by genetic variability in non-cloned animals can complicate experiments. They could be used to test new drugs for a range of diseases before clinical use.

The two newborns are now being bottle fed and are growing normally. The researchers said they expect more macaque clones to be born over the coming months.

Since Dolly - cloning's poster child - was born in Scotland in 1996, scientists have successfully used SCNT to clone more than 20 other species, including cows, pigs, dogs, rabbits, rats and mice.

Similar work in primates, however, had always failed, leading some experts to wonder if primates were resistant.

The new research, published on Wednesday in the journal Cell, shows that is not the case. The Chinese team succeeded, after many attempts, by using modulators to switch on or off certain genes that were inhibiting embryo development.

Even so, their success rate was extremely low and the technique worked only when nuclei were transferred from foetal cells, rather than adult ones, as was the case with Dolly. In all, it took 127 eggs to produce two live macaque births.

"It remains a very inefficient and hazardous procedure," said Robin Lovell-Badge, a cloning expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London, who was not involved in the Chinese work.

"The work in this paper is not a stepping-stone to establishing methods for obtaining live born human clones. This clearly remains a very foolish thing to attempt."

Huah Hua, a cloned long tailed macaque monkey is seen at the Non-Primate facility at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China January 10, 2018. Picture taken January 10, 2018. Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo, Chinese Academy of Sciences handout from Cell/ via REUTERS
The research underscores China's increasingly important role at the cutting-edge of biosciences, where its scientists have at times pushed ethical boundaries.
Zhong Zhong, a cloned long tailed macaque monkey is seen at the Non-Primate facility at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China January 10, 2018. Picture taken January 10, 2018. Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo, Chinese Academy of Sciences handout from Cell/ via REUTERS
Three years ago, for example, researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou caused a furore when they reported carrying out the first experiment to edit the DNA of human embryos, although similar work has now been done in the United States.

Scientists at the Shanghai institute said they followed international guidelines for animal research set by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, but called for a debate on what should or should not be acceptable practice in primate cloning.
1/25/2018 2:45:03 PM
<![CDATA[L’Oreal hijabi model quits campaign over ‘Anti-Israel’ tweets]]>
She announced on her official Instagram account that she would step down from the campaign, stating, “With deep regret, I’ve decided to step down from this campaign because the current conversations surrounding it detract from the positive and inclusive sentiment it set out to deliver.” She added, “Championing diversity is one of my passions, I don’t discriminate against anyone.”

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A spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris said to Newsbeat, "We have recently been made aware of a series of tweets posted in 2014 by Amena Khan, who was featured in a UK advertising campaign. We appreciate that Amena has since apologized for the content of these tweets and the offence they have caused,” adding that "L'Oreal Paris is committed to tolerance and respect towards all people. We agree with her decision to step down from the campaign."

The L’Oréal Paris Elvive commercial in which she starred, showed men and women speaking up about their opinion on their hair and hair care. Khan is seen addressing all women about self-care for their hair, by stating, “Whether or not your hair is on display it doesn’t affect how much you care about it,” she continued, “hair is a women’s beauty. Make sure that you look after it.”

This is seen as part of a trend towards the right direction for the beauty industry. In the past year, modest fashion has been wildly successful hand in hand with diverse representation.]]>
1/25/2018 9:03:00 AM
<![CDATA[Muscular Dystrophy explained by Dr. Rasha El-Sherif]]>
Dr. El-Sherif holds a Ph.D. in Neuromuscular disorders; she completed her thesis in Japan under the title “Dystrophin gene analysis in Egyptian patients.” There, she completed her training on molecular genetics of muscle disease as a research fellow in the NCNP department of Neuromuscular disorders in Tokyo, Japan, and is the brains behind setting up Egypt’s leading and first Neurogenetics Lab in Ain Shams University, Neurology Department, for diagnosing neuromuscular disorders in 2000 under the supervision of Professor Etribi, the director of the department at that time.

FILE – Dr. Rasha El-Sherif

To raise awareness, Dr. El-Sheirf has previously coordinated medical convoys to cities in Egypt, including Aswan, Minya and Menoufia to help in diagnosing muscle disease patients and to raise public awareness for the importance of ensuring and applying the standards of care.

In the interview, she explained to us in detail the disease’s origin, impact and the kind of awareness she is trying to raise.

ET: What is muscular dystrophy?

RS: They are a group of inherited diseases that affect the muscles progressively. There are more than 50 types, according to the affected protein or enzyme that is deficient in the body. Most probably it is due to a mutation in one of the genes that is responsible for the proteins that strengthen the muscles. This mutation appears in early age or later in life according to the importance of the deficient protein and its function in the muscle.

For example, there are three types of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). One of the SMA types starts in newborns; neck support is very weak and barely existent at the age of three months, which is when they should be able to hold up their necks, and back support is minimal by six months, which is when they should be able to sit-up with no support. Their respiratory systems are usually affected which results in their frequent trips to the hospital; having a cold often progresses to bigger problems.

There is also Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which starts to show when children start running, jumping, and climbing staircases. The child usually is able to run and walk but is unable to do the aforementioned due to weak muscles. There are also a lot of adult muscular dystrophy types.

It is important to mention that muscular dystrophy is treatable not curable, but patients can still live a full life with therapy and treatment.

ET: How is it diagnosed?

RS: Now the diagnoses of most muscular dystrophy types can be made through a blood test DNA which shows whether there are mutations in the responsible gene for example in case of SMA the SMN1 gene, which is responsible for making survival motor neuron (SMN) protein or the Dystrophin gene in DMD.

As a start whenever a case is suspected as muscular dystrophy, a blood test, which costs about LE 100 ($5.65) at most, that measures the amount of the Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) enzyme in the body should be done. CPK is mainly in the heart and skeletal muscle and elevated levels of it indicates that one suffers from muscular dystrophy. Normal CPK levels range from 50 to 200 in an individual that does not suffer from muscular dystrophy, however, for those who suffer from it, its levels rise in the blood. The level of CPK is also a marker for specialists, as it also indicates which group of muscular dystrophy the individual suffers from.

ET: What are the symptoms if one is not diagnosed or left untreated?

RS: They start to develop stiffness in the joints, they may have good muscle power but they could be wheelchair-bound simply because of problems with their joints. The joints themselves become contracted. This is a bad quality of life, their muscles would still be healthy and yet, they cannot walk because of lack of diagnosis or treatment.

Then, the heart and respiratory muscles deteriorate, leaving one in need of being under supervision, frequently being hospitalised, and in need of more care. Treating and working to strengthen heart and respiratory muscles from early on can prolong patients’ lives and raise the quality of their lives.

Then, we get problems with the bones, some [types of] patients may develop cataracts, as well as many other diseases and complications that often happen.

ET: Are there treatments?

RS: Thankfully, FDA-approved (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) treatments now exist for some types of muscular dystrophy. And more treatments for other types are now in their third trials and are expected to be approved by the FDA soon. Genetic diagnosis is mandatory now for all cases.

Many patients worldwide are undergoing therapy right now and have developed muscle power and better respiratory muscles, meaning they do not need respiratory support anymore.

There have also been discussions about stem cell therapy, and some claim to use it to treat muscular dystrophy. However, until now, there has not been enough research work done and trials to prove that it does work. So, for me, I cannot say that stem cell therapy works and I would warn patients against it. No research has shown as of yet that stem cell therapy works and research and trials have also shown that it has very severe complications.

All treatments need to be approved by the Ministry of Health, even if the FDA approves them. The ministry does very rigid tests and research on each treatment before its approval, meaning that once it is approved it is 100 percent guaranteed.

ET: Are there medical trials carried out on Egyptians abroad?

RS: In short, no.

For any treatment to be FDA-approved, it needs to be approved via clinical trials but this does not happen unless it is approved by the Ministry of Health, which has very clear, rigid standards to ensure that no one takes advantage of patients.

If any pharmaceutical company offers trials, we have to speak to the ministry and we cannot give out patient information to companies or any entity at all.

There was only one case where an Egyptian living in Egypt did get included in clinical trials, however, they did not get in through a doctor in Egypt. They travelled to the U.S. to do medical checks there and by chance, there was an on-going medical trial, and so, he was offered a place in the trial.

He was also given a list of doctors who he can follow-up with in Egypt, which included my name. And he decided to follow-up with me once he got back. As the medicine is now FDA-approved, he is now being given the medicine for free every six months by the U.S. Institute that carried the trials.

ET: What is it like living with muscular dystrophy?

RS: They lead a very difficult life, and their families [do] too. For children that suffer from muscular dystrophy, the parents need to send them to special schools and there is a need for constant close care, meaning that what often happens is that one of the parents would have to give up their career to take care of the children.

Adults with muscular dystrophy can only do certain jobs that do not require a lot of movement and they need someone to take care of them too and require a career at a certain stage.

Those who have muscular dystrophy can also get married and bear children. With follow-ups, patients now live a normal life span, meaning they can get married and have children.

However, what they need to bear in mind and take account of is genetic counselling when they decide to have children so that we can find out how this disease is inherited. This allows us to know whether he or she is allowed to get married to their cousins or whether their children are allowed to get married to their cousins, as is the case in Egypt often. It also allows us to know the probability of their children suffering from muscular dystrophy and means that they will be able to follow up and do the required tests at a very early stage. Genetic testing is vital.

ET: I know that you were invited to speak in front of the Health Committee in the Parliament about muscular dystrophy. Can you tell me more about this?

RS: I was very proud and happy to be invited to parliament by Dr. Ayman Aboulela, the Vice-President of the Health Committee, to speak in front of the Health Committee about muscular dystrophy about three weeks ago. I spoke about different types that exist and available treatments, as well as giving them information from my registry, which I had been accumulating since 2013.

At the end, I am very happy that they are in the process of including those who suffer from muscular dystrophy as disabled, meaning that they will be able to seek benefits that will facilitate their lives.

I was especially happy that the committee concluded that a fund for those with muscular dystrophy will be launched, like the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) fund. There are a lot of poor people who suffer form this disease and having a fund allocated to them guarantees them a better quality of life, especially since in Egypt, we often find that there are several patients in one family, as it is hereditary.

I am personally looking forward to the Ministry of Health’s move towards including these newly FDA-approved treatments in the new Universal Healthcare System after running their own research and trials, which are to the highest of standards. The Universal Healthcare System is a positive move towards a better quality of living for all Egyptians and is an accomplishment that we should all be proud of.

ET: What is the most important things to overcome muscular dystrophy?

RS: Early diagnosis is key. The earlier we diagnose, the earlier we start therapy and set standards of care, the better for the patient. It can prevent or at the very least delay its progression.

Muscular dystrophy means that the muscles are breaking down, if we start early and do physiotherapy, we will take care of the muscles and ensure their deterioration is slower. We will be able to ensure that the heart and respiratory muscles remain well and healthy, meaning that the patient will live a life with higher quality. In children specially, early diagnosis could mean that the patient will walk until 15 years, instead of being wheelchair-bound at eight or nine years of age.

The second thing, which is as important as early diagnosis, is psychological care. For children who suffer from muscular dystrophy especially, this is important. If a child sees their parents sad all the time, crying or giving up hope, they will give up hope as well. This is also the case for adults who suffer from muscular dystrophy.

FILE – Dr. Rasha El-Sherif
The third thing that I would recommend is swimming. It ensures that muscles remain strong as much as possible, and also reduces the likelihood of developing joint problems, as well as other problems. Plus, psychologically speaking, it is great for both children and adults to feel that they are normal and can go swimming.

ET: What are popular indicators for parents and individuals to look out for?

RS: For parents, my advice would be to go see a muscular dystrophy specialist if your child cannot support their neck or back by three months and six months, respectively. If your toddler cannot climb the stairs like other kids, run or jump, please, please, please seek medical help.

For those over 19 years of age, if you find yourself no longer being able to do sports that you used to, walk as much or climb the stairs like you used to, go to a specialist in muscle dystrophy. In those over 19, you start to gradually lose the ability to do as much sports as you used to or move around as much as you normally would. For adults, it could also present itself via pains in muscles, arms and legs. Sometimes it starts from the arms and the patient cannot raise their arms or carry heavy objects.

A simple blood test that costs only LE 100 done in any lab could mean that the child would be diagnosed early on, which is key to ensure a high quality of living and mitigate, or at the very least reduce, deterioration.

ET: What would you advice patients with muscular dystrophy to eat or stay away from?

RS: Nutrition is very important for muscle dystrophy patients, as is usually the case for patients of any disease or syndrome.

All muscular dystrophy patients have to live a healthy life. The muscles break quickly and so there is a need for a balanced diet, even more than normal. Fruits, vegetables, proteins and vitamins, especially vitamin D, are vital to mitigate quick progression of the disease.

Those who take steroids need to stay away from added salt, preservatives, processed foods and refined sugar to reduce the risk of complications and diabetes. If a patient is not careful while on steroids, they would have to stop taking steroids, which would lead to the fast deterioration of the case. This means that following a healthy regimen is vital.

For children, please do not give them sweets or crisps. I always tell grandmothers that they can give them small toys instead or they can save up the money for sweets with them and get a big toy.

ET: What would you say to those who suffer from muscular dystrophy?

RS: Patients are heroes, and their families too. It takes a lot of mental power to live with muscular dystrophy or have a family member who suffers from this disease.

I also remind them that it is important not to panic when you first find out. There are standards of care in Egypt that ensure that one will live a good quality of life. The Ministry of Health has ensured that standards of care are regulated and are implemented.]]>
1/24/2018 5:21:20 PM
<![CDATA[ET Guide for a Long Weekend Holiday ]]>
We have a few suggestions for you – if you need a little nudge – from art galleries to visit, to a few quirky options for a weekend of “Me Time,” and out of the box activities to guarantee a different and very satisfactory LONG WEEKEND.

  • Art galleries

  • You may or may not know it; but there is a multitude of art galleries and spaces all over Cairo, and all of them have something unique to offer. So if you’re looking for a little culture and sophistication this weekend, this could be the option for you.

    Kick off the holidays this evening, as Room Art Space and Café , in Garden City, is holding a board games night, with Boards Kingdoms; and even more events will be held throughout the weekend. Be sure to ask them about the history of the space if you do go; we heard the Belle Epoque Building was the the British Army's headquarters during World War II and many historical figures have walked through its historical gates ever since.

    If you want a more traditional gallery, try heading to Ubuntu Gallery in Zamalek and enjoy “Together,” an exhibition of sculptures and installations of ceramics creatively designed and executed by Anita Toth and Khaled Sirag.

    And for more interactive artistic activities, try checking out SOMA Art Gallery and maybe attend one of their classes, or courses on visual art. This could be your chance to start a new hobby.

  • Out of the box activities

  • Artiva are holding an Arabic calligraphy workshop on Saturday, where you can learn a new craft with friends.

    Walk like an Egyptian is also holding a Coptic Cairo Walking tour the same day, so you’ll have to choose one or the other.

    The Fustat Carnival for handicrafts is also running until February 2, so you have some extra time to catch that one if you want to. Carrying the ancient name of the city, Souq el-Fustat (Fustat Market) brings about a renaissance of signature Egyptian arts; from leather to glass, mosaic, copper, wood art, Bedouin embroidery, jewelry inspired by diverse traditions and more.

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    Delta Handmade Glass at Fustat Market - Egypt Today/Yasmine Hassan

    If you want to enjoy a little visual entertainment, the Cairo Opera House has multiple showing this weekend including performances of ‘Ahmose’ and Opera performances of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’.

  • Getaways

  • If you’re up for a quick trip, there’s no better place to go than the familiar Ain Sokhna, for a quick weekend away without the stress of planning ahead. Just quickly book rooms online and in an hour you can be by the beach relaxing. If you want a different option, Fayoum is a popular destination with amazing resorts to stay at, and fantastic views as well.

    Ain Sokhna Porto Sokhna resort. CC via Flickr

  • Pamper yourself

  • The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself and take some time to de-stress before starting your normal schedule again. Even if it’s just getting a haircut or a blow dry and making a change, that would be worth it. For curly-haired girls, you might want to check out the new Curly Studio that recently opened in Mohandesin. For friends and couples that might want to try a day-use, the Sheraton, and the JW Marriott are two great options to go for.

    Standard Room - Courtesy of Sheraton Egypt

  • Shopping

  • If shopping is more up your alley, then there are a few bazaars and sales to take advantage of this weekend. Dejavu is holding an end of season sale, with discounts up to 50 percent so now would be a great time to relax and shop without the stress of the new week looming too close.

    On Saturday, Le Pacha is hosting a City Bazaar with their Winter Sale, and that could be a great place to discover some new local products and designs.

    And though the malls might be crowded this weekend, that doesn’t tend to stop most people, so buckle up and dive into the shops with confidence.

  • Foodie hotspots

  • It’s not a good weekend without good food, so we have a few suggestions for you to make sure you end the weekend satisfied.

    Karvin Masala is a newly opened Indian-International restaurant in Mivida Compound in New Cairo. It offers great food at a reasonable price; you can’t lose.

    If you are on the other side of Cairo, Bar and lounge, La Taverna , is also one of the Sheikh Zayed’s latest additions to its growing hub of hotspots. Although “originally” a bar, the menu is better-rounded than you’d expect. They offer light starters, salads, and time-tested standards such as burger and steaks, and even some out of the box dishes, such as Paella.

    And if you’re simply looking for excellent food in a prime location in Cairo, OPIA is your spot. OPIA is the newest addition to Ramses Hilton’s array of bars and restaurants. Its menu was designed by executive chef Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, with a mind towards catering to the Egyptian taste and Greek culture. It’s a bar and lounge that overlooks Downtown Cairo and the Nile, and on a clear day you can even see the Pyramids.

    OPIA by night - Courtesy of Ramses Hilton

    1/24/2018 5:00:54 PM
    <![CDATA[4 coffee makers to get you going]]>
    1. Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System with Built-In Frother (CF112)

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    Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System with Built-In Frother (CF112) Via Amazon

    Pro’s: Ninja XL hot & cold multi-serve tumbler makes it pod-free with a built-in frother in true ninja fashion, brewing classic, rich, iced or café brews in a single or double, which can fill your travel mug. The auto-iQ one-touch intelligence and hi-tech flavor technology makes it a coffeehouse-style machine.

    Con’s: High maintenance and cleaning.

    2. Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

    Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Black Via Amazon

    Pro’s: It comes with a hot and a cold milk frother that instantly brews both coffee and espresso. With the latest technology it detects what capsule size is used for a large or small. It heats up within 15 seconds and automatically turns off after nine minutes of inactivity.

    Con: Only works with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules.

    3. Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by Breville with Aeroccino

    Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by Breville with Aeroccino Via Amazon

    Pro’s: It includes an Aeroccino Plus milk frother, which is easy to use and clean with its anti-stick coating. It has a compact brewing system with only a 25-second heat-up time. The 19-bar-high pressure pump and folding cup tray can hold up to 9-11 used capsules in the container. The A-Class energy rating makes it energy efficient, as it also turns off after nine minutes of inactivity. It is easy to operate, with only two buttons, one for Espresso and one for lungo. It is a silent savior with no noise or vibration. It even comes with a welcome set with 16 espresso capsules.

    Con: Uses Espresso coffee capsules only.

    4. De'Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso and Coffee Machine - Red, EC 680.R

    De'Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso and Coffee Machine - Red, EC 680.R Via Souq

    Pro’s: A Coffeehouse-quality machine that will make you feel like a barista. It can easily make everything of a coffee shop menu. It has thermolock heating and 15-bar professional pressure pumps. It uses both pods and ground coffee, making life much easier. The system blends air and steamed milk, all while being easy to use. Its compact design will fit in any kitchen.
    1/24/2018 11:17:46 AM
    <![CDATA[Tips for moms-to-be while driving ]]>
    The modern day lifestyle forced women to carry out a number of chore tasks that require spending some time driving – and these tasks can’t wait for nine months. Whether it’s driving the kids to school, picking them up from training, driving to work, driving to buy groceries or even driving to see the doctor, in all cases, women should prioritize their comfort and health while driving.

    Many health researchers underscored the importance of including safe driving guidelines for pregnant women as part of the prenatal care guidelines, pregnancy books and discussions with the doctors during regular prenatal checkups. Moreover, they called for more emphasis on using seat belts while driving during pregnancies, including developing dedicated awareness raising materials to lower the risk.

    Vehicle accidents can lead to pregnancy loss and miscarriage; which comes some time after the crash, and therefore it is never correlated to the crash, but considered as a natural miscarriage. Such losses can be avoided if women as drivers or passengers were aware that they should have a medical check after the accident even if they thought it is not harmful.

    Which pregnancy trimester is the riskiest for driving?

    According to a report published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal in July 2014, the risk of driving while pregnant is the greatest during the second pregnancy trimester. In this trimester, a woman’s chance for getting into an accident is about the same as someone with sleep apnea due to sharp hormonal changes.

    The same report highlights that the car crash rate during the first trimester is about the same as that before the pregnancy. Then the risk of an accident drops off in the third trimester of pregnancy and women become even more careful on the road after giving birth than before pregnancy.

    In this article we present some tips for future moms to make sure the time they spend driving is as safe as possible for their babies and themselves:

    • Drive carefully and follow the standard safe driving habits. Obey the stop signs, don’t speed and minimize distractions.

    • Always contact your doctor if you were involved in an accident, even if it seems harmless or you don’t feel you’ve been hurt. Your doctor will check the baby’s heartbeat and will make sure that you don’t have placental abruption that can lead to having your baby prematurely.

    • Buckle your seat belt correctly. Keep the seat belt with shoulder portion positioned over the collarbone and the lap portion under the abdomen and across the upper thighs as low as possible on the hips – never on the belly.

    • Make sure your seat belt is snug and that the shoulder strap runs across the center of your chest and to the side of your baby bump – never behind your arm or back.

    • A combination of air bags and seat belts provides the highest level of protection for you and the baby and outweighs the risks.

    • Don’t rest against the side air bag storage compartment, to avoid any sudden bag deployment.

    • Move your seat as far back as comfortably possible and position the steering wheel at least 10 inches (25 cm) away from your breastbone in case the airbag should deploy.

    • Ensure you will be able to reach the pedals appropriately.

    • Tilt your seat slightly away from the steering wheel and make sure that the steering wheel is tilted towards your breastbone rather than your abdomen.

    • Consider buying a cushion that serves as a tummy shield to help you wear the seat belt correctly without pressing on your belly.

    • Limit your travel to a maximum of six hours per day, making plenty of stops to stretch along the way.

    • Prepare for emergencies and always have an emergency first aid kit for the car. Also, make sure you have a charger to ensure you can call help, as well as a flashlight.

    • Talk to your doctor about pregnancy-friendly nausea medications.

    • Let someone know where you are going and what time you are expecting to arrive.

    Lastly, if possible, don’t drive while pregnant and be a passenger or seek alternate arrangements – especially as your pregnancy progresses and your uterus gets closer to the steering wheel. You don’t want to be on the road as you go into labor.

    1/23/2018 4:27:45 PM
    <![CDATA[In Year of the Dog, Malaysia plays down, skirts dog decorations]]>
    Dogs are considered “unclean” under Islamic tradition and Muslims are required to carry out a ritual of washing themselves if they are in contact with the animal.

    Multicultural Malaysia has seen an increasing intolerance toward activities considered insulting to Islam, reflected in protests in recent years of beer festivals and concerts.

    While Muslim Malays are the biggest ethnic group among Malaysia’s 32 million people, Chinese make up the second-biggest group with 23 percent of the population.

    One shopping mall in the popular Kuala Lumpur tourist area of Bukit Bintang did not depict dogs in its decorations ahead of the new year in February, focusing instead on the 10th anniversary theme of the center, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

    Director of Marketing Kung Suan Ai said religious and cultural sensitivities were a determining factor in conceptualizing decorations. The mall attracts three million people of various backgrounds each month, she said.

    “One of the considerations we take in when we work on decoration concepts for Pavilion KL is to create something highly experiential... and also to be socially accepting (for) all,” she said.

    Twelve animals, including a dog and a pig, another animal Muslims consider as unclean, make up the traditional Chinese zodiac.

    Malaysian Muslim leaders have been vocal about events that involve dogs before. After the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, when athletes paraded with a Scottish terrier donning their country’s name, local politicians aired their disproval, calling the stunt “disrespectful”.

    In 2016, religious authorities asked popular pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s to change the name of its “Pretzel Dog” to “Pretzel Sausage”.

    At MyTOWN, another Kuala Lumpur shopping center where half the visitors are Muslim, the mall downplayed the depiction of dogs in its decorations.

    “We have the dogs but it’s in how we (display) them. They are not the main object. They are life size and placed as ambient decorations,” said Head of Marketing Christopher Koh, so that the canine would not appear like an idol.

    “It’s the same with the pig (for the Year of the Boar), Malaysian retailers won’t usually put up a giant pig as a centerpiece.”

    Alex Chow, who runs a company supplying packaging materials, said corporate clients have stuck to generic illustrations for their packaging designs this year.

    Chinese Malaysian Wong Wei-Shen, who has several dogs as pets, said businesses were being “ridiculous”.

    “It’s a shame because Malaysia is a multicultural country. To dismiss the fact that the Chinese have a dog as one of the zodiac animals is unfair,” said Wong.

    “Every zodiac animal has its good attributes, and the dog represents a guide, a best friend, a comforter and loyal friend.” said Wong.]]>
    1/23/2018 3:43:09 PM
    <![CDATA[Hedi Slimanen joins CÉLINE]]>
    “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline; I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers,” Slimane commented in a statement reported by Business of Fashion.

    Slimane started his career as an assistant at Yves Saint Laurent during the 90’s. At Dior, Slimane managed to universalize the skinny silhouette in men’s formal and casual wear; during that period, he also launched the Dior Homme's first fragrance "Higher".

    Pierre Bergé had positioned Slimane as director of the ready-to-wear men's collections at Yves Saint Laurent in 1996. Slimane would go on and return back to Saint Laurent in 2012 as womenswear and menswear lines creative director to finally leave his post in 2016.

    LVMH chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault commented in a statement, “I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison; he is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison.”

    Slimane is a successor to Pheobe Philo, who has spent 10 years as Celine’s creative director and empowered women with her minimalist designs such as the Trio and Trapeze.

    Slimane will continue being based in sunny Los Angeles a city which has always inspired him.


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    1/23/2018 2:02:45 PM
    <![CDATA[Azza Fahmy goes to London ]]>While building and directing the brand's future designs, the concept store is an element of Fahmy’s plan for total globalization.

    "The store strengthens our existing retail presence in London and the educational contribution London made to my early career path further enhances our connection to the city," Azza Fahmy, founder and CEO, said in a press release.

    It adds to the network of 15 retail doors across the MEA including own brand boutiques and UK stockists, including on-line retailers.

    Azza Fahmy first fell in love with jewelry when she came across an art book on classical jewelry of the Middle Ages in Europe. “The book was in German and cost LE 17.5 — a fortune at the time — but neither language nor price barriers stopped me from buying it,” Fahmy said. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in interior design, Fahmy did something both culturally and socially unacceptable at that time: she decided to become an apprentice in Khan El-Khalili to learn at the hands of skilled masters and craftsmen. “I tied my hair back, put on my overalls and spent my days in a workshop full of men, learning the tricks of the jewelry making trade,” Fahmy said to Egypt Today in a previous interview.

    “We are delighted to make our retail debut in the UK. We have invested in growing the UK audience and our online boutique {www.azzafahmy.com} has witnessed significant UK revenue. This market has become one of our important growth areas outside the MEA region,” Fatma Ghaly, managing director commented in a statement.

    Ghaly is a business development specialist with more than 12 years of experience. Working her way up from marketing executive, she gained experience at a very early age by being part of the family-owned business. Today, she plays a vital role in consolidating the homegrown brand as an international luxury designer name. She is one of the main players who worked hard to bring the brand to where it is today and is currently developing new strategies to globally expand.

    Azza Fahmy boutique at the Burlington Arcade
    Photo courtesy of Azza Fahmy

    1/22/2018 4:07:00 PM
    <![CDATA[et Best Dressed: SAG Awards 2018]]>
    Here are our top 20 favorite looks from last night’s red carpet.

    1/22/2018 2:16:34 PM
    <![CDATA[Craft and tech mingle at French couture house Fournie]]>
    Fournie is one of few designers trying to propel fashion into the modern age, with accessories created from 3D printers and sketches developed virtually.

    Yet Fournie’s high-tech approach is barely noticeable in his latest Asian-inspired collection, on view on Tuesday during Paris’ Spring/Summer Haute Couture Week, one of fashion’s ultimate display of craftsmanship.

    Vintage kimono fabrics are subtly integrated into the designs, some with intricate origami-style adornments.

    “New technology isn’t about doing dresses with blinking lights,” Fournie said in his studio after an afternoon of fittings. “We realized that in fashion, technology is only interesting when it disappears.”

    For his couture house - a small team of seven - that means doing as much of the creative work as possible online, from conceiving looks to exchanging samples with textile suppliers virtually.

    Fournie’s experiments with iPad designs earned him a visit last year from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came to see how the tools were being used.

    The designer is also collaborating with French 3D engineering and software company Dassault Systemes to develop management systems and printing techniques adapted to the fashion world.

    Fournie has other ventures up his sleeve with technology start-ups, and he said he had designed a soon-to-be unveiled USB stick meant to store and protect cryptocurrencies.

    Fournie’s clothing designs, however, remain at the heart of his business, as do the artisan skills of his team.

    The 42-year-old, known for favoring 1950s-style silhouettes, last year became a permanent member of France’s select Haute Couture club, whose 15 houses include storied names such as Christian Dior and Chanel.

    His clients, more than 90 percent of whom come from the Middle East, seek one-of-kind designs -- validating, in Fournie’s eyes, the role of Haute Couture in an age of fast-fashion high street labels and global luxury brands.

    “I love the idea that Haute Couture is bearing the torch for individuality,” he said.

    Some of the numbers from Fournie’s latest collection, in hues of cherry blossom pinks and deep blues meant to evoke an Asian dreamworld, have already been sold, he said. The price tag remains a secret.
    1/22/2018 12:57:27 PM
    <![CDATA[Uggs, pigs and tartan: the big trends at men's Paris fashion week]]>
    - Men are pigs -

    This was the week when the fashion industry had its Weinstein moment with allegations that two star photographers had harassed and assaulted models.

    Julien David, Walter Van Beirendonck and Comme des Garcons caught the air of the times by putting dog, pig and dinosaur heads on their models, while the American Rick Owens ripped his "clothes in anger... It's draining to watch unhealthy cycles repeat themselves, behaviourally and historically, and it is hard to suppress a howl of rage," he said, with his own president also in his sights.

    Sacai designer Chitose Abe and French brand Etudes also took a stand against Donald Trump by using the New York times "The Truth is Hard" slogan on their clothes to support media outlets Trump has accused of "fake news".

    - Ugg ugly no more? -

    They have been called "Australia's joke on the rest of the world", and many thought they had been confined to fashion Alcatraz. But no, Ugg boots are back and this time they are thigh-high.

    Uber hip Y/Project designer Glenn Martens tried to turn the sheepskin slippers into fetish objects of desire -- although the jury is out.

    Martens described wearing them as putting your "feet in warm butter" and said bringing them to the crotch "keeps your thighs as well as your feet warm".

    More conventional Uggs turned up in the Sacai show with designer Abe admitting "I wear them myself in winter... even outdoors."

    - Check out the tartan -

    There was no doubting the dominant pattern for next winter. The skirl of tartan and check ran through three quarters of the Paris collections, making fashion week sometimes feel like one extended Burn's Night.

    From street style brands like Facetasm and Andrea Crews to White Mountaineering, Henrik Vibskov, Sacai, Agnes b, Thom Browne and the romantic classicism of Alexander McQueen, a tartan army was one the march.

    No more so than with the "Prince of Prints" Dries Van Noten, whose beautiful use of Stewart tartan may have finally rescued it from clutches of Bay City Roller kitsch.

    Ironically, the British heritage brand Dunhill's debut Paris show was a tartan-free zone, proposing instead the shiny leather business suit.

    - Man bags -

    With so much to be money to be made, it is no surprise that fashion keeps insisting that men need the equivalent of handbags. Rare was the show this week that did not have a model holding a manbag, swinging a sack or shoulder bag slung nonchalantly over one arm.

    Even Van Noten, who is normally above such things, included one. While a cat-shaped, highly strokable clutch bag was also spotted on one front row, Loewe won the originally prize for its elephant-shaped manbag which sits on the knee. Clearly a must for the man who cannot fit everything into his trunk.

    - Boots with suits -

    Whether it is the influence of the television series "Peaky Blinders" or to man-up more fey androgynous looks, robust boots walked all over every other form of footwear on the catwalk. Dr. Martens were omnipresent with even Dior paying homage with their own versions of the butch work boots, while Rick Owens won many new fans with his suede "hover bovver" boots with extended soles.

    Boots were almost the rule under well-cut of suits, with John Galliano debuting a male version of the Tabi boot at Margiela as did wunderkind Demna Gvasalia rather cheekily at Vetements.

    And Officine Generale went hell for leather with their vintage Mexican police boots, which designer Pierre Maheo said "became a reference for narco culture when many (officers) crossed over to the dark side."

    1/22/2018 12:46:47 PM
    <![CDATA[On 2017 Women’s march anniversary: Look Back, March Forward]]>

    In the U.S., one year after Trump’s inauguration, the march was more political with protests against Trump and his administration’s policies on health care, reproductive rights, immigration, and other issues. The marches were organized under the theme “Power to the Polls”, encouraging women to run for office and calling for greater women participation in the coming midterm elections. Moreover, the march took place one day after the shutdown of the federal government in the U.S. as the congress failed to reach a compromise on a spending measure. This government shutdown is the first since 2013.

    According to a poll conducted by NBC News and The Washington Post, Trump capped the lowest overall approval ratings of any president in modern history of the U.S. with 39 percent.

    Donald Trump commented on the Women’s March with a tweet through his official Twitter account, saying that the weather is beautiful to celebrate the lowest female unemployment in 18 years.

    The global marches also supported the #MeToo movement and the Hollywood’s “Time’s Up” initiative as both represent a power up force for victims and survivors of sexual misconduct to speak up, say no to social stigma and abuse of power and demand stronger social and political change.

    More events are planned to take place on Sunday, with celebrities to be a big feature including Eva Longoria, Olivia Munn, Scarlett Johansson, Alyssa Milano, Viola Davis and Cher.

    In 2017, hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. and around the world took to the streets to protest Trump’s inauguration. The 2017 Women’s March was described as the largest day of protests in the U.S. history with the participation of about 4.6 million marchers, according to the Independent. The 2017 women’s marches were also the most talked about event on Facebook globally, according to UN Women.

    In their mission statement, the Women’s March Global describe themselves as: “We are a grassroots coalition and we have together built a network that continues to unite and fight for the freedom and liberation of all people worldwide. This resistance needs all of us, every day, fighting for the collective liberation of all people. Because none of us are free until ALL of us are free.”

    The year 2017 witnessed noteworthy moments for women’s rights and gender equality, including Iceland’s equal pay legislation, several laws’ changes in many countries that aim to hold violence perpetrators accountable for their crimes, Saudi women being able to drive cars for the first time in the Kingdom’s history, and the #MeToo. Women around the world are looking forward to more achievements for women and all human beings and aiming to introduce a new feminist discourse of inclusion and equality that represents all society segments.

    To follow the live update of the 2018 Women’s March; visit:

    1/21/2018 2:07:46 PM
    <![CDATA[Egypt’s 1st Curly Studio opens its doors]]> The Curly Studio hair therapists are specialized in all of the ins and outs of curly hair, making you feel at home once you walk in the door.

    We first came across The Curly Studio on our Facebook newsfeed and as naturally curly haired women, we decided to take a closer look at the studio and find out how its founders Sara Safwat and Nariman el-sadr came up with the idea and what their "hair mission" really is. “The dream was to have a specialized salon in Egypt that is able to provide professional care for curly hair for those who want to embrace their natural curls, which in turn became our mission.”

    What makes The Curly Studio different?

    “The Curly Studio is a chemical, heat free zone that also offers consulting services that makes us stand out from other salons in Egypt. This includes full recovery plans to those who are in their transition phase, while ensuring their hair still looks beautiful with special, harm-free styling techniques,” Sara Safwat told Egypt Today.

    With chemical, heat free treatments, they aim to bring your hair back to life. Beating the heat, they serve up hair styling sessions that will give you hair-dos showcasing your curly locks in the best way possible. Whether you are heading out to a special event or want to try something new, they are experts in everything related to curls. If you are in need of a change in color, they will provide coloring with natural, non-chemical products; they also provide special cutting and trimming because your curls can’t just get any old trim. Each lock needs to be trimmed individually.

    “It is a one stop shop for popular and top reviewed products globally and locally, in addition to special in-house treatment recipes offered with all price ranges to cater to different budgets,” Safwat told Egypt Today.

    It is time to start embracing your natural hair texture, give your curls a chance and nurse them back to health, but first you’ll need consultation to determine your curly hair type.

    'The Curly Studio' officially opened its doors on January 13, 2018, and is now ready to join you on your curly hair journey.
    1/21/2018 1:46:25 PM
    <![CDATA[HRH Queen Rania al-Abdullah, Bella Hadid: Who wore it best? ]]>

    HRH Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan shared on her Instagram account the style moment that she opted for during a meeting with her husband King Abdullah. Her modest professional look was styled with Tom Ford pumps and Celine’s Clasp handbag.

    While Bella Hadid, the new generation supermodel, was seen days later out-and-about in the now popular fur-trim Fendi blazer in her own 90’s vintage style. She matched the blazer with vintage Tommy Hilfiger jeans, Stuart Weitzman boots, a Fendi bag and orange Illesteva glasses.

    The Fendi piece is now sold out, Harpers Bazaar Arabia reported.

    A post shared by Bella Hadid (@jenner_hadids) on

    This isn’t the first time HRH Queen Rania has been spotted style twinning with someone else. Back in December she was spotted in an Alexander McQueen matching with Ivanka Trump.

    Here are some of HRH Queen Rania’s best modest fashion moments from Instagram:

    1/21/2018 12:53:54 PM
    <![CDATA[Dog-A-Porter, the new fashion line for dogs]]>

    The prices of the pieces are just as extravagant as the idea itself. The capes cost $208 and synthetically filled hooded parkas cost $256. In Italy especially there is a market for such expenses. There are 7 million dogs in Italy, and according to ASSALCO, Italians are spending 10 percent more on their dogs now than they were in 2013.

    Giovanna Temellini says that the concept isn’t just a luxury; it has a practical purpose as well. Her clothing line protects dogs from rain and the cold when they go outside, especially if they are house dogs and not used it to. She is also very careful to take into account the movement possible in her clothes; she does not want to constrict dogs in their everyday lives.

    The styles available for dogs even have coordinating options for their owners. The line also has the option to custom tailor pieces for your dog, to suit them perfectly. In Milan, the stores are often asked to do this because made-to-measure clothes are common among professionals, and people want the same for their pets.
    1/20/2018 7:25:27 PM
    <![CDATA[et App Review: Spending Tracker]]>
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    App screenshot via iTunes App Store Official website.

    First of all, visually, it isn’t the most coherent application. Some views are standard, while some views are more designed and themed, and there are about four different fonts used in the application on different pages, which makes for an unpleasant experience.

    On the other hand, using it is actually relatively simple. The concept of the application is that on a view, you have the option to add either an expense or an income. These two categories are then divided into subcategories, such as salary and carry over for income, and entertainment, food, travel and more for expense. The categories are customizable, and to add an item to your account you simply choose one of the categories and add the amount and the details of it if you want.

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    App screenshot via iTunes App Store Official website.

    Two of the screens are essentially replicas of each other, with the same functionality and purpose, but with slightly different views. It’s not the best decision in terms of design, and doesn’t add anything to the application; in fact, it makes it more complicated.
    The graphs that summarize your month also look like they’ve been designed by an entirely different person other than whoever designed the rest of the pages. They show the spending per category, and the spending compared to the income, which is a good choice for summaries. But the view isn’t the most streamlined.

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    App screenshot via iTunes App Store Official website.

    In terms of functionality, the app does what I need it to do, it allows me to track my spending and my income; it’s just not the most elegant option out there. The user experience could be much better and much more engaging and encouraging; it should make me want to be more diligent in recording my daily expenses.

    As is, I’m not using the application as much as I should be for it to become an actual beneficial addition to my life. Overall I’d say it gets a 3/5 rating.

    4 (2)
    App screenshot via iTunes App Store Official website.

    Spending Tracker is a finances app meant to help you keep track of your spending. It was created by MH Riley Ltd and is available on the Apple AppStore.
    1/20/2018 7:18:34 PM
    <![CDATA[Parent reading workshops can help low-income kids learn]]>
    Lots of research has shown that reading to young kids can help improve their language development and cognitive skills. But while programs teaching parents the best ways to read with young kids have proven effective in affluent areas, less is known about how well these interventions work for poor children whose parents have lower levels of education and literacy.

    For the current study, researchers tested a reading program for parents of kids at 22 free child care centers for low-income families in Boa Vista, a city in northern Brazil. At the start of the school year, half of the centers were randomly selected to offer parents the chance to participate in the reading program, while the rest of the centers provided only traditional daycare.

    Families at the centers with reading programs could borrow books each week, and parents could participate in monthly workshops focused on reading aloud and interacting with kids during story time. By the end of the school year, children in these families scored higher in assessments of cognitive skills, language and memory than kids at centers that didn’t offer reading programs.

    “Because books contain language and ideas that are much more diverse and complex than typical speech to children, this increase in shared reading supported children’s learning of new words and concepts as well as their ability to engage in more abstract thinking, which was reflected in tests of vocabulary, memory and IQ,” said lead study author Adriana Weisleder, a pediatrics researcher at New York University School of Medicine.

    Since the families in the study had limited education and income, the results suggest that the intervention might be successfully duplicated in countries where many parents need help learning how to read with their kids, Weisleder said by email.

    “This provides strong experimental evidence that the benefits of parent-child shared reading are observed across countries and cultures,” Weisleder added.

    Altogether, the study included 279 parent-child pairs at centers offering the reading program and a control group of 287 parent-child pairs at centers without the program.

    Most of the parents who joined the study were mothers, and roughly two-thirds of them were married or living with a partner. Half of them earned no more than minimum wage and about 40 percent didn’t finish high school.

    In the reading program, parents attended monthly workshops with a facilitator who guided discussions about reading aloud and other opportunities for interacting with children such as play and talking during everyday routines.

    During each workshop, parents shared their experiences of reading aloud at home, discussed any potential barriers and solutions to reading aloud including challenges with child behavior, and practiced reading aloud with their child.

    One limitation of the study is that it excluded parents who were not available when families were enrolled, which might have skewed the results toward families with parents that had more ability to participate. The study was also limited to children enrolled in daycare, and might not reflect what would happen for kids outside of this setting.

    Even so, the parenting program in the study could be incorporated into existing child care programs and has the potential for widespread dissemination, said Dr. Caroline Kistin, a pediatrics researcher at Boston University School of Medicine who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “Programs such as the workshops studied here can help parents engage and support their children during shared reading and move beyond simply reading the words on the page,” Kistin said by email.

    “Common interactive approaches include asking the child questions about what characters are thinking, letting the child explain the scene, and discussing the meaning of the story after the book is finished,” Kistin added. “These conversations expose children to complex language and ideas, which in turn promote early literacy skills.”
    1/20/2018 12:05:57 PM
    <![CDATA[luxury watchmaker Audemars embraces second-hand]]>
    The company told Reuters it had carried out a test run in one store in Geneva and would launch the business more widely at its outlets in Switzerland this year. If this proved successful, it said it would roll out the operation in the United States and Japan.

    “Second-hand is the next big thing in the watch industry,” Chief Executive Francois-Henry Bennahmias told Reuters in an interview at the SIHH watch fair in Geneva this week.

    Luxury watchmakers have hitherto eschewed the second-hand trade, fearing diluting the exclusivity of their brands and cannibalizing their sales. They have instead ceded the ground to third-party dealers.

    But some are now looking to change tack, driven by an industry-wide sales slowdown combined with a second-hand market that is expanding rapidly, fueled by online platforms like Chrono24 and The RealReal.

    “At the moment, in watches, we leave it to what I call the ‘dark side’ to deal with demand for pre-owned pieces,” added Bennahmias, whose company is known for its octagonal Royal Oak timepieces that sell for 40,000 Swiss francs ($41,680) on average.

    “Anybody but the brands (is selling second hand) - it’s an aberration commercially speaking,” he said, without giving any details about how they would price pre-owned watches.

    Several smaller brands, including H.Moser & Cie and MB&F, have signaled interest in the second-hand trade.

    “It is important to control the sale of second-hand watches to protect the owners and the value of watches already in the market by keeping the grey market in check,” H.Moser & Cie boss Edouard Meylan told Reuters.

    MB&F, which plans to launch second-hand sales via its website this year, told Reuters it expected to typically give a 20-30 percent discount on second-hand watches. A spokesman said customers buying from established watch brands could feel confident they were getting genuine products in good working order and with a valid warranty.

    Bigger brands Rolex, Patek Philippe, Swatch Group, Richemont and Breitling all declined to comment, when asked whether they planned to enter the second-hand market, while LVMH’s watch division was not immediately available.


    Audemars Piguet said it would launch its second-hand business in several, but not all, of its 26 Swiss outlets, but declined to specify how many stores or give a more precise date.

    It will initially allow customers to trade in old Audemars Piguet watches as part-exchange for new ones, and then sell on the second-hand watches. It has not yet decided whether to buy second-hand watches for cash, added the firm, saying its sales had come close to the 1 billion Swiss franc mark last year.

    Experts say the second-hand luxury watches business, mostly done via online platforms or specialized retailers, is growing rapidly as a new generation of customers that values variety more than permanent ownership enters the luxury world.

    In an example of the discounts offered online, a diamond-studded Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “with moderate scratches” sells for $9,450 on The RealReal, about a third of the “estimated retail price”.

    Kepler Cheuvreux analyst Jon Cox said he estimated the size of the second-hand market at around $5 billion a year in revenue, including watches sold at auction, and that it had outperformed the market for new pieces in the last couple of years.

    That is still dwarfed by a new luxury watch sector worth 37 billion euros ($45.3 billion), according to consultancy Bain & Cie. However Swiss watch exports fell 3.3 percent in 2015 and 9.9 percent in 2016 before posting a modest 2.8 percent rise in the first 11 months of 2017.

    The United States, where sales of new watches have been falling for years, is the number one market for pre-owned watches, followed by Britain and Japan, said U.S. retailer Danny Govberg, who sells new watches for Rolex and other brands, but also an increasing number of second-hand timepieces.

    His company said its second-hand sales had grown by 37-40 percent year-on-year over the past five years. In an example of prices, it said it listed a second-hand Audemars Piguet Royal Oak for $24,950 compared with a $32,000 retail price.

    Together with a partner in Hong Kong and a Singapore-based investor, Govberg recently launched global e-commerce platform WatchBox for buying and selling pre-owned luxury watches.

    “People sell us watches by the bucket,” he said.

    He said many people sold watches to buy a new one so the pre-owned market was actually driving new sales, like in the car market. “The brands are still trying to figure it out, they don’t have the solution yet,” he said.

    Audemars Piguet’s Bennahmias said watchmakers had to amend business models to deal with changing consumer habits.

    “We’re witnessing a social and cultural change that forces us to think about what the business will look like in five or 10 years,” he added. “Time flies, we need to watch out.”

    ($1 = 0.9597 Swiss francs; $1 = 0.8173 euros)]]>
    1/19/2018 6:30:00 PM
    <![CDATA[Mother-to-mother training in Malawi helps battle child malnutrition]]>
    The findings showed training mothers and pregnant women in food hygiene and a varied diet by other mothers helped to ward off diseases like diarrhoea and resulted in steady weight gain in young children, Anitha Seetha, who led the study, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Scaling up this low-cost approach could make a significant contribution to combating malnutrition in Africa, Seetha, of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) said in a statement.

    Under-nutrition is responsible the death of about 3 million children under five every year globally by making them more susceptible to infections and delaying their recovery, said the United Nations' children agency UNICEF.

    In Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, one out of six children under five are underweight, and nearly half are stunted or shorter than average height, latest figures from UNICEF, the World Health Organization and World Bank show.

    Medical experts say stunting hinders children's cognitive growth and economic potential. Stunted children generally complete fewer years of schooling and earn less as adults and the effects are largely irreversible.

    The study, by ICRISAT and Malawi's Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, focused on 179 mothers of children under two years of age in two districts, where the majority of families are smallholder farmers.

    The researchers developed two porridge recipes using locally available foods such as maize, groundnut, carrots and pigeon peas, and had mothers raising healthy children lead cooking and training sessions for those with undernourished children.

    They recorded daily the children's weight, height, and mid-upper arm circumference - measures of under-nutrition - and the incidence of diseases such as diarrhoea, which the World Health Organization said is the leading cause of malnutrition in children.

    The results showed that children whose mothers received training showed progressive improvements in weight.

    Cases of diarrhoea also disappeared almost entirely, said the study, published the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge University Press on Wednesday.]]>
    1/19/2018 3:41:08 PM
    <![CDATA[Craving carbs? Blame your brain, Japan study finds]]>
    The team at Japan's National Institute for Physiological Sciences found that activating neurons known to respond to social stress increased the appetite in mice for carbohydrates.

    Rodents with the neurons activated ate high-carbohydrate food at a rate of three times the mice under normal conditions.

    They also roughly halved their intake of high-fat food, the study found.

    The research is the first to demonstrate the way that the brain plays a role in the preference for carbohydrates or fats, said Yasuhiko Minokoshi, a scientist at the institute, who led the study.

    The teams said the study could help find a way to shift people away from gorging on sugary treats or unhealthy junk food.

    Humans generally select what to eat based on taste, as well as the nutritional state of the body, but the exact mechanism involved in the selection has remained largely a mystery.

    "Many people who eat sweets too much when stressed tend to blame themselves for being unable to control their impulses," Minokoshi told AFP.

    "But if they know it's because of the neurons", they might not be so hard on themselves, he said.

    Minokoshi cautioned that it would be difficult to immediately apply the findings to improving human diets.

    Simply suppressing the neurons could trigger side effects, as they have many other important roles, he said.

    "However, if we could find a particular molecule in the neurons and target it specifically to suppress part of its activities, it could curb excessive eating of carbohydrate-heavy food," he said.

    On the other hand, a substance to activate it could be used to treat people who consume excessive fat.

    The study is to be published in the online edition of the US journal Cell Reports soon.

    Many researchers suspect a certain mechanism could be responsible for prompting some animals to choose high-protein food, but a definitive process has not yet been discovered.]]>
    1/19/2018 2:30:00 PM
    <![CDATA[Hard Candy wants to make a #MeToo line]]>
    It was reported by the magazine “The Cut” that they applied for it on October 20, just days after the movement became popular.

    CEO Jerome Falic told the gossip website “TMZ” that this is not a straight cash grab, adding that the company's intention is to give back to women across the world.

    Also, according to the report of “TMZ”, the plan is to donate proceeds to the #MeToo cause. However, Falic says that they are still in planning stages, and it is unclear which products will be marked with the hashtag if the trademark is approved.

    The movement was started by feminist and women’s rights advocate Tarana Burke over 10 years ago to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault. Burke gave voice to the victims through her website.

    Actress and activist Alyssa Milano revived the “MeToo” movement by encouraging women to speak up about their sexual harassment and assault experiences in an attempt to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

    The popular opinion is that it is inappropriate for a makeup company to produce products under the branding of a hashtag that was used to address sexual harassment and abuse and to empower the victims, no women needs that reminder while she puts on her makeup.

    Social media users have flooded the comment section on the Hard Candy Instagram account with comments expressing their anger and disappointment in the brand, while promising to boycott the brand.

    1/19/2018 1:41:18 PM
    <![CDATA[Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’]]>
    Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviors, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on a waiting list for the gardening intervention, the study team reports.

    It’s estimated there are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the U.S., over two thirds of whom are over age 60, they note in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    “For cancer survivors, especially those who are older, we look for lifestyle changes that can help them get healthier but are also holistic and have meaning,” said lead author Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, chair of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    “We can send people to the gym, but that isn’t meaningful, and we can counsel them to eat better, but we want it to be more rewarding, and we want it to be long-term,” Demark-Wahnefried told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “With gardening, we’ve hit the ball out of the ballpark.”

    Demark-Wahnefried and her colleagues did a pilot study with 42 cancer survivors, randomly assigning half to participate in a year-long gardening program with cooperative extension master gardeners and the other half to be put on a waiting list for the gardening program. All the participants were age 60 or older, lived in Alabama and had been diagnosed with early and mid-stage cancers that have high survival rates - such as localized bladder, breast, prostate or thyroid cancers.

    For the participants in the gardening group, the master gardeners brought raised growing beds as well as plants, seeds and other gardening supplies to each person’s home and helped them establish three seasonal vegetable gardens over the course of the experiment.

    Before and after the year-long study period, researchers assessed the participants’ diets, performed strength and balance tests, as well as blood tests for markers of stress and overall health. They also administered a series of questions to gauge stress levels, quality of life and mental state.

    At the end of the experiment, researchers found that the gardeners were eating, on average, one more fruit or vegetable serving per day than the waitlist participants. Gardeners had also gained, on average, just 2.3 centimeters (0.91 inch) around their waists, versus nearly 8 cm (3.15 inches) in the waitlist group. Blood results showed some lower markers of stress in the gardening group, and while gardeners reported an increased feeling of “worth,” the waitlist participants had a decline in this category.

    Among participants in the gardening group, 91 percent stuck with the program through the one-year follow-up, 70 percent said their experience was “excellent” and 85 percent said they “would do it again.”

    “With more people with cancer surviving and living longer, we need these programs,” Demark-Wahnefried said. “In this and previous studies, we’ve seen people are not only getting their physical functioning back, but it has an impact on quality of life.”

    One limitation of the study is the small size. Physical activity improvements, for example, can be difficult to measure in small numbers, especially with an activity such as gardening that has different intensities, said Miriam Morey of Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “Some people may spend all day in the garden, but how intense is it? How much exercise is it?” Morey said by phone. “That’s one area where tracking and new technology will enable us to do a better job with research.”

    Other programs exploring the benefits of gardening for cancer survivors include the Garden of Hope, a three-acre farm hosted by The Ohio State University College of Medicine for cancer survivors and caregivers to harvest vegetables grown seasonally by staff and student interns. Last year, 400 cancer survivors visited the farm, which is on the university’s Columbus campus, and participated in studies.

    “Nutrition interns walk around with them in the field, and agriculture folks show them how to harvest and keep plants thriving,” said Colleen Spees, who leads the Garden of Hope program but wasn’t involved in the current study.

    “In the chaos of cancer, people often feel like they control nothing,” Spees told Reuters Health by phone. “When you give them a new skill set, it gives them control over their destiny and a place and space to help them on this journey.”

    SOURCE: bit.ly/2DJsUhj Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, online January 2, 2018.]]>
    1/19/2018 4:30:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Bridal photoshoot takes place in Downtown Cairo]]>

    Photos courtesy of Nineteen84management

    The wedding day is, for many people, one of the most important days in their lives and the pre-wedding photoshoot is just as important, as it will capture the beautiful moments of the day.

    One of Egypt’s most popular wedding photographers, Rimon Markiz has managed to create a unique way of taking pictures of the bride. Before she walked down the aisle, she had a photoshoot in Downtown (Wust El Balad) at an old abandoned embassy.

    Photos courtesy of Nineteen84management

    The photographer captured the transition of the young woman before and after she found love. Hence, the label #HerMetamorphosis. The dress was designed by one of Egypt’s youngest and most successful talents Mohanad Kojak who is known for his sense of taste and provoking fashion creations. The elegant up-do hair style was crafted by Kriss Beauty Salon and the natural, enhancing makeup is by Eman Arafa. The timeless floral bouquet was gathered by Awan El-Ward.

    Photos courtesy of Nineteen84management

    Dress by: @kojakstudio
    Photographer: @remonelmarkiz
    Hair by: @krissbeautysalons
    Make up by: @emanarafa
    Flowers by: @awanelward.official
    Models: @iytstagram
    Project by: @nineteen84management

    1/18/2018 5:05:46 PM
    <![CDATA[Pope performs marriage aboard plane between Chilean cities]]>
    Pope Francis celebrates the marriage of crew members Paula Podest (C) and Carlos Ciufffardi (L) during the flight between Santiago and the northern city of Iquique, Chile January 18, 2018. Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS

    Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, told the pope they had been married in a civil service but their planned religious ceremony in their parish church in Santiago could not take place because it was heavily damaged in the country's 2010 earthquake.

    Pope Francis celebrates the marriage of crew members Paula Podest (C) and Carlos Ciufffardi (L) during the flight between Santiago and the northern city of Iquique, Chile January 18, 2018. Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS

    They asked him to bless their marriage. But he had something else in mind.

    "Do you want me to marry you?" he asked them.

    "Here?" they asked, astonished.

    The pope said yes and he performed a brief ceremony in the front of the plane. An airline executive was the official witness and a document was signed by a Chilean bishop on board.

    Crew members Paula Podest and Carlos Ciufffardi pose after being married on board by Pope Francis during the flight between Santiago and the northern city of Iquique, Chile, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

    "Everything is valid. Everything is official," said Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. "We will show you a picture of the document later."

    The ceremony took place while the pope and his entourage were flying from Santiago to the northern city of Iquique.]]>
    1/18/2018 4:39:50 PM
    <![CDATA[Childhood bullying linked to suicide risk for teens]]>
    Researchers examined data on 1,363 children who were surveyed about peer victimization and bullying from ages 6 to 13 and monitored for any mental health issues through age 15. Most participants experienced little or no victimization, but about 26 percent reported some bullying and almost 15 percent said they suffered severe, long-lasting victimization.

    Compared to teens who experienced little or no bullying as kids, adolescents who suffered chronic tormenting by their peers were more than twice as likely to be depressed and more than three times more likely to be anxious or seriously consider suicide, the study found.

    “We found that exposure to peer victimization decreases by the end of childhood,” said lead study author Marie-Claude Geoffroy, a psychiatry researcher at McGill University in Montreal.

    “However, the 15 percent of adolescents exposed to the most severe levels of victimization when they entered kindergarten were still exposed to the highest levels in high school,” Geoffroy said by email.

    All of the kids in the study were born in Quebec in 1997 and 1998.

    Researchers assessed peer victimization based on questionnaires kids completed to detail physical and verbal abuse as well as online bullying. These surveys, done in the second half of the school year, asked kids to detail how often they experienced any victimization since the start of school.

    At age 15, researchers asked teens about the frequency of depression, anxiety, social problems, conduct issues or behavior challenges in the previous 12 months.

    Overall, about 7 percent of the teens exposed to little or no victimization as kids had depression, compared with almost 18 percent of adolescents who had suffered severe bullying by their peers, researchers report in CMAJ.

    At the same time, 7 percent of teens with little or no exposure to bullying had general anxiety, compared with 20 percent of youth who had been constantly victimized by their peers.

    Adolescents who were chronically bullied as kids were also much more likely to experience social anxiety, eating problems, conduct issues and behavior challenges, the study found.

    About 3 percent of teens who had little previous exposure to bullying had suicidal thoughts, compared to 13 percent of teens who had suffered from routine peer victimization growing up.

    The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how peer victimization early in childhood might influence mental health in adolescence. Another limitation is that researchers relied on kids to accurately recall and report on any mental health problems or experiences with victimization.

    Still, the findings add to the body of evidence already linking bullying and peer victimization to future mental health problems, said Dieter Wolke, a psychology researcher at the University of Warwick in the UK who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “One of the most painful feelings is to be socially rejected, ridiculed, beaten and embarrassed by other classmates,” Wolke said by email. “If this continues chronically, it not only increases anxiety of social contacts, it leads to defeat and internalization that one is useless, worthless, incapable, not worth loving.”

    The study results underscore the need for teachers, parents and other adults involved in kids’ lives to intervene early to stop any events of victimization from turning into a routine problem, said Bonnie Leadbeater, a psychology researcher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “Without adult help, victimization can be chronic,” Leadbeater said by email. “Anxiety and depression can also worsen victimization, catching children in a cycle of abuse and mental illness.”

    To avoid this, parents should ask kids about bullying, and let them know that if they experience this, they aren’t alone, said Dr. Matthew Davis of the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

    “If your children are being bullied, focus on supporting their sense of self-worth, to help nurture their self-esteem despite bullying,” Davis said by email.
    1/17/2018 2:16:21 PM
    <![CDATA[From Basic to Edgy; Cotton Ball gets Kojak’d]]>

    A post shared by Kojak Studio (@kojakstudio) on

    In this case, Cotton Ball reached out to Kojak, one of Egypt’s most provocative designers, to create a ‘Not So Basic Collection’ in which the designers reveal what each does best.

    “These collaborations are all about talking who we are as Cottonball and adding a new spirit onto it, Kojak is the complete opposite of Cottonball; he’s extremely recognizable and has a strong aesthetic and design, so it was a good place for us to meet in the middle.” Zena Sallam, CCO of Cottonball said in a statement.

    Cotton Ball creates basic and minimal items that everyone needs to have in their closet. The products are 100% Egyptian, starting from the cotton up to the manufacturing process.

    Whereas Kojak is known for his sense of taste and bold fashion that aims to provoke and makes a cultural statement.

    “I wanted to create pieces that are motivational and intimate- just like a fortune cookie, this collection is created out of my everyday comfortable wear.” Mohanad Kojak, Chief designer of Kojak commented on the collaboration.

    The collection’s main player is Egyptian cotton when it comes to fabric and texture. The collection’s pastel colors, classic black and white will catch the attention of any Instagrammer as the skirts, T-shirts, cropped sweaters, suspended pants and skirts are all accompanied with hidden messages like ‘Cauz I got it from my mama’, ‘Cauz I posted’, ‘Cauz lol and ttyn,’ and ‘lol’ to express what it is like to be part of the digital and social media influencer era.

    1/17/2018 2:01:09 PM
    <![CDATA[Breastfeeding for 6 months cuts diabetes risk in half: study]]>
    The findings from a three-decade US study of more than 1,200 white and African-American women were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine.

    "We found a very strong association between breastfeeding duration and lower risk of developing diabetes, even after accounting for all possible confounding risk factors," said lead author Erica Gunderson, senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente.

    The study showed that women who breastfed for six months or more had a 47 percent reduction in their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, when compared to those who did not breastfeed at all.

    For women who breastfed for six months or less, there was a 25 percent reduction in diabetes risk.

    Researchers suggested that breastfeeding may unleash protective effects via hormones that act in the pancreas, controlling blood insulin levels and blood sugar.

    "The incidence of diabetes decreased in a graded manner as breastfeeding duration increased, regardless of race, gestational diabetes, lifestyle behaviors, body size, and other metabolic risk factors measured before pregnancy, implying the possibility that the underlying mechanism may be biological," Gunderson said.

    Previous research has shown that breastfeeding has other long-term benefits for mothers, including a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer.]]>
    1/17/2018 11:33:39 AM
    <![CDATA[Tech innovations launched at CES 2018]]>
    Intel, Ford and Huawei took to the CES 2018 keynote stage during the week with corporate showcases. Also, according to a press release, “Intel celebrated innovation, explored what’s next for big data and set a Guinness World Record with its Shooting Star Mini Drone show – the most advanced software fleet of 100 drones controlled without GPS by one pilot. Ford’s opening keynote focused on creating a reliable future of transportation through a systems-based approach for smart cities. Huawei announced the availability of its Mate10 Pro smartphone in the American market next month during its Tuesday afternoon keynote.”

    In the competition between home assistants and artificial intelligence, Amazon Alexa won against Microsoft’s Cortana. Alexa is expanding into headphones, smart watches, cars and TVs, and even ovens and microwaves. In stark contrast, Microsoft has not unveiled any new Cortana devices, with the exception of a thermostat last year.

    In new releases, Lenovo’s new Smart Display wowed the audience. Lishtot Testdrop also impressed, with a guitar pick-shaped device that can test the quality of drinking water by examining the electric field around it. French company Enhancia unveiled a midi-ring which allows a user to trigger musical effects like pitch bends or vibrato by making specific movements while playing a keyboard.

    It is an exciting time for tech fans, and the new year has just begun. CES has given us a glimpse of the possibilities of the coming year.
    1/16/2018 5:39:50 PM
    <![CDATA[18 Egyptian Designers to look out for in 2018]]>

    A post shared by Djewelled (@djewelled) on

    This is a simple, fresh and modern fine jewelry brand offering 18k gold, diamonds and black diamond creations that are adored by the Egyptian starlet Amina Khalil. Dena Essam, Djewelled’s founder, aims to make sure that her line is always developing and always on point with seasonal trends and standards. Plus, it is easy to style and goes great with everything. Djewelled is available in Egypt, UAE and soon to be worldwide.

    Cotton Ball

    Starting from the design up until the manufacturing, Cotton Ball is proud of and rejoices in its use of Egyptian cotton and manufacturing in support of the local market. Established in 2013, Cotton Ball has been creating everything one would need from high-quality basic must-haves to basic apparel. They don’t just offer garments; they offer a lifestyle and tradition.


    A post shared by AMMANII (@ammaniijewelry) on

    The sky is the limit for Amany Shaker, the Los- Angeles-based Egyptian high jewelry designer, who finally came home to Cairo in November to launch her Sa’maa collection. The 18-piece collection showed off fine craftsmanship and storytelling. Her choice of lapis lazuli, metal and silver pays homage to the ancient Egyptian traditions of when silver was favored over gold due to it being rich in substance. We’ll be on the lookout for this celestial dreamer’s next collection.

    Amr Saad

    A post shared by amr saad (@amrsaadartisan) on

    Specializing in innovative handcrafted jewelry and eyewear, Amr Saad’s namesake brand has managed to gain an exclusive list of clientele in a short time with style mavens such as Elisa Sednaoui, Lana El Sahely and many more. He has become the It designer to be Instagrammed in. Saad is expected to be one of the frontrunners in the MENA region to make a statement on the global jewelry and eyewear scene.


    The brand was launched earlier this year by Hisham Wali when he decided to turn his hobby into a business to spread Middle Eastern art and culture through his bespoke pins and cufflinks. Each piece from the collection “El Sand Storm” can adapt to the everyday man’s style, whether it is the daily corporate life, casual hangouts, or elegant night out. HUWA (him) debuted 17 pieces for men and, if styled correctly, can be for her too. Handmade gold, sterling silver and platinum-plated pieces are embellished with black diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and pearls. The brand also offers a private service where clients can bring in their own pieces of solid gold that HUWA can then shape into beautiful bespoke pieces.

    Christine Massarany

    Massarany’s semi-couture creations are only created once, so you can be sure that whatever piece you choose to wear from the collection, you will be the only owning it. Her debut collection was influenced by nature, earthy tones and women’s silhouettes that captured a hard and industrial setting.

    Indira Jewelry

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    What is Indira? It is reviving the art of traditional jewelry by using 100 percent sterling silver, accentuated by colorful materials such as mother of pearl. Founded in 2014 by Egyptian-American designer, Marwa Saadawi, who found inspiration, beauty and simplicity amidst the organized chaos of her two home cities; Cairo and New York. Her pieces are designed with the modern professional woman in mind, while using Saadawi’s signature geometric patterns, mixing Arabesque designs with the edgy, minimalist style of New York. Her vision for Indira is to create jewelry that has universal appeal by collaborating globally with independent designers and artisans. You can find Indira Jewelry online, and in select boutiques in New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Cairo.

    Hayden & Co

    Founder and designer Shaddy Elian had an idea to substitute diamonds and gold with a more affordable range of choices. In his latest collection “Love Wear,” Elian mixes old and new to create unique jewelry for the modern women. Hayden & Co’s purpose is to fill the need for special occasion jewelry with accessible prices, and of course for all women to feel special through his jewelry. His pieces are handmade in Belgium from gold and silver-plated rhodium and encrusted with Swarovski crystals.


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    Egyptian sister design duo Aya and Mounaz Abdel Raouf first launched their brand Okhtein (sisters) in 2013. They began to design luxury accessories such as clutches and bags using Egyptian craftsmanship, incorporating handmade embroidery, straw and leather into their designs. Their biggest social media hit came when Beyoncé, the international singer and mother to everything fabulous, posted on her Instagram not one—but three posts—that have now garnered over one million likes, where she is seen wearing the brand’s new classic dome belt and orange shoulder bag from the 2017 spring/summer collection.

    Dina Shaker

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    Always looking to inspire and empower women through her wearable deconstructed, asymmetrical, textured and color-blocked designs, Dina Shaker is an interior designer turned avant-garde inventor. While playing on the hard and soft elements with day and night looks, the piece de resistance of her 2017 fall/winter collection “Recomposed Classic” is the winter jacket, which is oversized, deconstructed and a three-in-one transforming piece of edgy wearable art that turns into a skirt or shorts. Her collections are now sold in the fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, London, Beirut and Kuwait.


    • Perspective

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    Inspired by the street skate-and surf culture, UNTY came to life as a street-wear brand, as “each piece embodies elements of conceptualization, material, cut, print, production and branding,” says Omar Mobarak, one of the label’s founders and designers. UNTY was founded in 2013 by Mobarak and Omar Fayez as a collaboration between art and fashion. Their current collection is their 10th and was inspired by cigarettes and a hidden love. The upcoming 11th collection will feature two hoodies, three sweaters and possibly a special edition t-shirt, to be released later. Mobarak relies heavily on the use of Egyptian cotton for his designs; yet he is open to using more materials in the future. In terms of his brand’s future and where he sees it going, he wholeheartedly believes that it is more important that people who wear his brand find it relatable and not just trendy.

    Les Miniatures

    Lifelong best friends Farah Yasser and Hanna Hazem decided to create wearable art that displays different stories and transformations while staying true to their established identity of high-end luxury bags that can set your outfit apart.

    House of Select

    Founded in 1923 by an Italian expat name Folina, Select is known as one of the oldest jewelry houses in Egypt, carrying pieces of heritage since the time of Egyptian monarchy. The house has dressed some of Egypt’s most notable personage, including King Farouk himself, his wives, children and other members of the Royal Family. After the 1952 revolution, Folina left Egypt and passed on ownership to Samy Abdou Youssef. With focus on staying relevant and adapting to modern fashions they have taken the collaborative approach and partnered up with Okhtein and M Collection for capsule collections.


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    A master of mixing both haute couture and ready-to-wear, Mohanad Kojak is fresh off the Fashion Forward Dubai season 10 runway where he showcased his tracksuits mixed with dresses and jackets with his signature Romeo and Juliette goblin fabric, the upholstery fabric he introduced to the fashion scene when he first started his brand. He has dressed many Egyptian celebrities, such as Nahed El-Sebai, Dorra, Hana Shiha and many more. He is, and will go on to push boundaries with his sense of taste and bold fashion statements.

    Reem Jano

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    Jewelry designer Reem Jano has gone on to bling out the stars on the Cairo International Film Festival red carpet, including Mai Omar and Asmaa Galal. All of her designs are handmade and are gold or silver plated, and the namesake brand stands out as a consistent, high-quality and widely loved local favorite.


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    Jewelry with a cause; Suhayla Al Sheikh created the “Cicatrix” collection to fundraise for Ahl Masr Foundation, to empower women who suffer from physical or psychological scars. Behind every piece is not just an inspiration, but a concept; but her challenge is to bring the conceptual jewelry into the mainstream. Sandbox was first launched in 2014, when Al Sheikh began designing customized pieces for exclusive private clientele.

    Jayda Hany

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    There is an undeniable gap in the Egyptian market for locally made footwear. This architectural engineering student turned- footwear pioneer recently launched her first ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2017 collection Riv-It! After the success of Hany’s first bespoke experimental collection “Connector,” BMW created a car model based on it. Finding the harmony of craftsmanship, structure and 3D technology, Hany is gaining popularity, with her first best seller being The High Bolt high tops.

    Arwa Al Banawi

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    She may not be Egyptian but it would be a shame if we did not mention the Saudi-born fashion designer Arwa Al Banawi who made waves on social media in 2015 with her inaugural collection of sharp-tailored suits and tops, only to go on to collaborate with Adidas Originals on a capsule collection, and most recently Levis for Sole DxB. Banawi is loved for her comfortable, feminist and empowering creations.
    1/16/2018 2:04:12 PM
    <![CDATA[Partner's scent eases women’s response to stress]]>
    Stress levels dropped in women who smelled their partner’s shirt during a stress test but rose in women who smelled a stranger’s shirt, researchers found.

    “Many people wear their partner’s shirt or sleep on their partner’s side of the bed when their partner is away but may not realize why they engage in these behaviors,” said lead study author Marlise Hofer, a psychology graduate student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

    “A partner’s scent alone, even without their physical presence, can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress,” Hofer told Reuters Health by email.

    Hofer and colleagues worked with 96 couples, most in their early 20s, to complete the study. They asked the men to wear a white T-shirt for 24 hours without deodorant or scented products. Then the shirts were turned inside out, folded and placed in a sealed plastic freezer bag with the underarm section facing the opening.

    The women participated in the Trier Social Stress Test, which includes a mock job interview and unanticipated mental math question that causes a stress response. They were randomly assigned to smell a single shirt three times before and three times after the stress test. The shirt might have been worn by their romantic partner or a stranger, or it might have been new and unworn.

    The women also completed a questionnaire five times during the experiment to indicate anxiety, physical discomfort, tension, desire to leave the situation and feelings of control. Saliva samples were collected seven times during the experiment to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

    The research team found that perceived stress changed during the experiment for most women, and those who smelled a partner’s shirt felt less stressed both during and after the stress test than those who smelled a stranger’s or unworn shirt.

    The researchers were surprised to find that cortisol levels were higher after the stress test in women who smelled a stranger’s shirt. “These unanticipated findings could serve as a source of future research,” Hofer said.

    Cortisol levels didn’t differ between women who smelled their partner’s shirt and an unworn shirt.

    Dr. Donald McBurney, professor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, has researched olfactory comfort in close relationships. “In our studies, we received many anecdotes, including lovers who mailed worn clothing back and forth between military members and their partners back home,” McBurney, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health by email. “And hospitals give infants items of their mother’s clothing to sleep with.”

    Future research should investigate whether perceived stress and cortisol responses are the same for men and if additional factors could reduce stress for both men and women, said Dr. Sean Mackey of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Mackey, who wasn’t involved with this study, has researched romantic relationships and experiences of pain.

    “Can we further manipulate this (decreased stress) response and amplify it?” he wrote in an email to Reuters Health. “How does the strength of the (romantic) relationship affect the response?”

    Beyond a controlled laboratory setting, researchers should also study how this works in real-world applications, he added.

    “During times of stress, keep those you love close to you,” Mackey said. ‘If you are going to be away during a stressful period, it may be useful to bring an article of their clothing.”]]>
    1/16/2018 12:36:25 PM
    <![CDATA[8 Foodie Hotspots in Cairo To Try in 2018]]>
    The White Owl

    A homemade pasta hotspot in Maadi, The White Owl serves a variety of signature European dishes. Apart from its epic pasta and flavorful sauces, you can also enjoy an assortment of soups, salads, starters, freshly made juices and yummy desserts. The cozy interior is very urban, its unique vibes complementing the homemade specialties. Foodie flock here for the fresh food, quality ingredients and creative recipes.

    17 Rd. 216, Maadi • Tel: 01211691699 / 01152811501


    Passionate foodies and adventurers might think that in order to reawaken their palates and discover new flavors, they have to go all the way to Mexico and Peru. Mezcal is a much closer option. Original ingredients come straight from their homelands, whether Mexican chipotles and habaneros or Peru’s famous aji amarillo, panca and rocotto chillies. Mezcal’s perfect remix of traditional and modern techniques guarantees one of the best experiences of fine cuisine in Egypt.


    The hotspot for intimate dinners and carefully crafted cocktails, Sachi has perfected the balance of casual and sophisticated dining. It offers impeccable contemporary Mediterranean fusion cuisine using local ingredients with original recipes. For meat lovers, we would highly recommend the special chateaubriand; there’s also a Japanese menu if you’re into sushi.

    3 Cleopatra St., Heliopolis • reservations@sachirestaurant.com • Tel: 01280902028


    Kazoku’s creative, award-winning Japanese cuisine is styled to perfection, with trademark dishes such as miso, new-style sashimi and many more. The contemporary restaurant is a frontrunner for Cairo’s top culinary venue, its attentively designed cocktails giving it a clear edge.

    Swan Lake Compound, 1st Settlement, New Cairo • reservations@kazokuegypt.com • Tel: 0120004877


    A perfect fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, Izakaya brings to Cairo a variety of local dishes combining the best of both cultures. Imagine the ultimate sensational dish of the freshest Asian delicacies, along with a touch of Peruvian, such as the famed sweet potato; and you get an Izakaya artistic creation. It all started when a migrant Japanese went to Peru and began to work alongside the locals. Nikkei fell in love with the local cuisine and added some of the essence of authentic Japanese. Luckily for us it’s found a home for this great fusion here in Cairo at Izakaya.

    Al Guezira Plaza, Sheikh Zayed • Tel: 01271116223


    This cozy little bohemian restaurant in Maadi is Cairo’s first destination for unique South African cuisine. Created by a South African expat who has been living in Egypt for 10 years, Zulu’s menu includes a variety of the best authentic dishes, from street foods like the famous bunny chow, a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry, to some over-the-top gourmet favorites. The space is chilled, laidback and humble where you can step into a stress-free zone.

    9 Rd. 100, Maadi • 0106 914 6208 • 02 2359 8328


    Olivo has well deservedly earned the title of “Best pizza in town” and is the go-to spot for authentic Italian pizza and drinks. Loud conversations against a background of chillhouse and the occasional burst of laughter will keep you entertained as you enjoy your wine or beer with some best quality Italian pizza.

    • Kattameya Heights Compound, New Cairo). Tel: 0106 8774233 • Arkan Plaza, Sheikh Zayed. Tel: 01220777680 • 18 Taha Hussein St., Zamalek. Tel: 01026444475


    Serving the best quality premium beef burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, good old hot dogs covered with melting cheese, BBQ pulled beef sandwiches and Mac n’ Cheese, Sliders will leave you with an unforgettable experience. And you don’t want to miss out on the wide variety of toppings like tasty chili beef, caramelized onions, mushrooms, crispy onion rings and much more!

    2 Bahgat Ali St., Zamalek. For delivery call: 01013005090 • 38 Rd. 231, Maadi. For delivery call 01098060403.
    1/15/2018 6:55:07 PM
    <![CDATA[L’Oréal casts the first hijab-wearing model for commercial ]]>
    L’Oréal recruited the hijab-wearing beauty and lifestyle blogger Amena Khan to star amongst the lineup of men and women for a game changing campaign, all while her hair was covered.

    “You have to wonder – why is it presumed that women who don’t show their hair don’t look after it? The opposite of that would be that everyone that does show their hair only looks after it for the sake of showing it to others. And that mindset strips us of our autonomy and our sense of independence. Hair is a big part of self-care,” Khan said to Vogue Arabia.

    The L’Oréal Paris Elvive, commercial showcases men and women speaking up about their opinion on their hair and haircare. Khan is seen addressing all women about self-care for their hair, by stating “Weather or not your hair is on display it doesn’t affect how much you care about it,” she continued “Hair is a women’s beauty. Make sure that you look after it.”

    This is seen as part of a trend toward the right direction for the beauty industry, in the past year modest fashion has been wildly successful hand in hand with diversity representation.

    At the end of last year Barbie released the first ever hijab-wearing doll to honor the bronze medalist Olympian Islamic American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. As part of the Sheroes doll collection that was launched in favor for Barbie to recognize real-life female heroes such as gold medalist Olympian Gabby Douglas, writer/director and Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, fashion model Ashley Graham and many more.

    The hijab is a sign of modesty worn by Muslim women all around the world; despite being a controversial matter nowadays, the fashion industry decided to fight back against islamophobia and reiterate the message of love, peace and acceptance in their advertising campaigns and on the runway by featuring Hijab-wearing models.

    Technology giant Apple has joined the movement with the release of 12 emoji characters of women wearing a hijab. Earlier in 2017, Condé Nast launched the magazine Vogue Arabia with the supermodel of the this generation, Gigi Hadid, who was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, on its first cover. All while Halima Aden is the first veiled model to have walked the international catwalk with Max Mara and to be featured in American Eagle's #ICan campaign.

    1/15/2018 5:18:12 PM
    <![CDATA[Toymaker Lego teams up with Chinese internet giant Tencent]]>
    Privately-owned Lego has seen a slowdown in sales growth in recent years, but the Chinese market has been a bright spot with sales growing 25-30 percent in 2016.

    It is competing with Barbie maker Mattel Inc (MAT.O) and Hasbro (HAS.O), the firm behind My Little Pony, for a slice of the $31 billion toys and games market in China.

    Lego said on Monday the partnership with Tencent, China’s biggest social network and gaming company, aimed to create a safe online environment covering content, platforms, and experiences tailored for Chinese children.

    “What we are looking for now with Tencent is just to find more creative ways... (of) reaching children, and creating bespoke content with Tencent, in this case, video games,” Jacob Kragh, head of Lego in China, told Reuters on Monday at joint event with Tencent in Beijing.

    The partnership includes developing a Lego video zone for children on the Tencent video platform, as well as developing and operating Lego branded licensed games, the toymaker said.

    It also includes LEGO BOOST - a building and coding set that lets children turn their brick creations into moving objects - and will explore developing a joint social network for children in China.

    Tencent is Asia’s most valuable company with a market capitalization of $537 billion.

    Last year, Mattel struck deals with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) and online content developer BabyTree to sell interactive learning products based on its Fisher-Price toys.

    Lego has about a 3 percent market share in China, followed by Mattel and Hasbro with around 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively, according to Euromonitor International.

    In November 2016, Lego opened a factory in Jiaxing, China, which it expects to produce 70-80 percent of all Lego products sold in Asia.]]>
    1/15/2018 2:27:36 PM
    <![CDATA[U.S. transport chief to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines]]>
    Chao told a Detroit auto show forum that the revised voluntary guidelines would address not only self-driving automobiles but "barriers to the safe integration of autonomous technology for motor carriers, transit, trucks, infrastructure and other modes."

    Chao said in a Reuters interview the department was preparing for autonomous technology coming rapidly to all transportation modes. "The technology is there, the question is how do we regulate it, how do we continue to promote innovation but also safeguard safety." Chao said.

    General Motors Co, Alphabet Inc, Toyota Motor Corp and many other companies are aggressively pursuing self-driving car technologies and want Congress and regulators to remove barriers to the vehicles.

    Bills in Congress to speed the introduction of self-driving cars do not include commercial trucks. In September, Chao announced the first set of revisions to the guidelines that were unveiled by the Obama administration and now plans a revised version by summer.

    Chao said her goal was to eliminate "unnecessary obstacles to the development and integration of new technology. Our approach will be tech-neutral and flexible — not top-down, or command and control." She added the government would "not be in the business of picking winners or losers, or favoring one form of technology over another."

    In October, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, said it was looking for input on how to remove regulatory roadblocks to self-driving cars.

    NHTSA said in a report that it wanted to find any "unnecessary regulatory barriers" to self-driving cars "particularly those that are not equipped with controls for a human driver."


    The agency also wants comments on what research it needs to conduct before deciding whether to eliminate or rewrite regulations. But it could take the agency years to complete the research and finalize rule changes.

    Automakers must meet nearly 75 auto safety standards, many written with the assumption that a licensed driver will be in control of the vehicle. The agency said in 2016 that current regulations posed "significant" regulatory hurdles to vehicles without human controls.

    Earlier this month, the Transportation Department published notices requesting comments to identify barriers to innovation including one from NHTSA, two from the Federal Transit Administration to address autonomous bus technology and barriers and one from the Federal Highway Administration to address autonomous infrastructure technology. Chao said more were planned.

    Last week, GM filed a petition with NHTSA requesting an exemption to have a small number of autonomous vehicles operate in a ride-share program without steering wheels or human drivers.

    Chao said the "department will review this petition, and give it responsible and careful consideration."

    Chao, who was meeting with automakers privately in Detroit at the show, has made self-driving cars a top priority. She held meetings on the subject in Silicon Valley last year, including with Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

    On Sunday, she urged automakers and tech companies to do more to reassure skeptical Americans about the technology. "They need to be brought along," she said of the public. "Consumer acceptance will be a constraint to growth in this industry." ]]>
    1/15/2018 5:00:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Nelly Karim stuns in new L’Azurde campaign ]]>

    L’Azurde is a Jewelry company that was founded in 1980. It designs and produces jewelry using gold and precious stones; L’Azurde operates mainly in the Middle East, more specifically Egypt, KSA, Qatar and the UAE.

    Being a sign of luxury and elegance, L’Azurde has often chosen elegant, known celebrities such as Nelly Karim and Elissa to star in its campaigns.

    Nelly Karim is well known in the Middle East as an outstanding actress. She has worked in the entertainment industry since her youth; she began working as a ballerina and a theater actress. Her elegance is obvious in all her red-carpet appearances, as she often appears with sultry smoky eyes, exquisite jewelry and beautiful dresses.

    1/14/2018 1:48:21 PM
    <![CDATA[Time with grandparents may impact how kids view the elderly]]>
    Researchers in Belgium asked 1,151 youth ranging in age from 7 to 16 years about the time they spent with grandparents as well as their opinions about aging and the elderly. They found that kids who saw their grandparents at least weekly and described these interactions as happy were much less likely to express ageist views.

    “Previous research had suggested that frequency of contacts with the elderly (time spent together) had no effect on children’s attitudes towards older people, whereas a high quality of contact positively influenced these attitudes,” said lead study author Allison Flamion of the University of Liege.

    But most of this research was done in university students, not in children and teens, Flamion said by email.

    “The children in our study described their relationship with their grandparents very openly, as they perceived it,” Flamion said. “We were somewhat surprised to find such a strong correlation between the children’s perception of grandparents’ contacts and the ageist stereotypes turning up in the questionnaires.”

    In questionnaires, the researchers asked the youths about the health of their own grandparents, how often the two generations met and how the young people felt about their relationships with their grandparents.

    In general, views on the elderly expressed by the children and adolescents were neutral or positive.

    Girls had slightly more positive views than boys, and girls also tended to view their own aging more favorably, the researchers report in Child Development.

    Ageist stereotypes appeared to change at various points in childhood, the study also found.

    The youngest children, from 7 to 9 years old, expressed the most prejudice and kids from 10 to 12 years old had the most acceptance and tolerance.

    Teenagers had more prejudiced notions about aging than pre-teens, but not as much as the youngest children in the study.

    Grandparents’ health may also influence how children think about aging, the study suggests.

    Young people with grandparents in poor health were more likely to believe negative stereotypes about the elderly than children and teens with healthier grandparents.

    The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how time with grandparents might impact children’s views on aging.

    Even so, the current study offers fresh evidence that both the frequency and quality of contact with grandparents matters in shaping how children think about age, said Tara Lineweaver, a psychology researcher at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “The quality of the time children spent with their grandparents mattered most when they also spent more time with their grandparents,” Lineweaver said by email.

    “What I found most valuable and most surprising about their results is that the influence of quality interactions with grandparents was greatest in middle childhood (ages 10-12), when attitudes are already most positive, suggesting that good relationships with grandparents may help explain the positive beliefs about aging that typically accompany this stage of development,” Lineweaver added.

    Growing evidence also suggests that contact between grandchildren and grandparents can be good for both, said Dominic Abrams, a psychology researcher at the University of Kent, in the UK.

    “More time that is enjoyable and positive really makes the biggest difference. I think there are several ways that this works,” Abrams, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

    “From a strong positive relationship they are more likely to learn things about older people that they might not otherwise have discovered such as their strengths, abilities, breadth of experience, and that they have a range of emotions and knowledge,” Abrams added. “Second, they may meet other older people whilst with their grandparents, giving them greater awareness of other older people in general and making ageing and oldness less strange and perhaps less frightening to the extent that grandparents are able to explain and share their experiences.”
    1/14/2018 1:42:59 PM
    <![CDATA[Dolce & Gabbana's royal flush wows Milan Fashion Week]]>
    The show, "King's Angels", featuring sharp tailored suits embellished with patterned lapels and gold embroidery, took place under an enormous crown with regular appearances of the celestial beings on sleeves, sweatsuits and suede moccasin slippers.

    The Italian label has made millenials (those born between 1980 and 2000) its target market and used several of the generation's more prominent members to show off its latest creations at Milan Men's Fashion Week.

    Internet celebrities such as Kevin Chaplin, grandson of Charlie, Dylan Jagger Lee, son of actress Pamela Anderson and drummer Tommy Lee, Paris Brosnan, son of actor Pierce, and Christian Combs, son of rapper Puff Daddy all took to the catwalk.

    They were joined by the likes of Neels Visser -- he of 2.7 million Instagram followers -- video microblogging app Vine star Cameron Dallas, and musician and actor Austin Mahone.

    Earlier Saturday, the doyen of Italian fashion Giorgio Armani, 83, showed off new creations for his Emporio Armani streetwear brand with a unisex show full of dark block colours and sharp tailoring.

    Donatella Versace introduced riffs on Scottish tartan, also displaying women's outfits at Men's Fashion Week.

    1/14/2018 1:34:12 PM
    <![CDATA[Round up my ride! Bulgarian returns Singapore's damaged rental bikes]]>
    Bulgarian piano teacher Zhivko Girginov, who has lived on the island for nine years, has not been impressed by the broken bicycles he has encountered abandoned by roads and footpaths.

    “My friends complained there were damaged bikes scattered everywhere and there was nothing that can be done,” he said.

    “But I did not agree.”

    The 32-year-old decided to take matters into his own hands, pulling together a team of like-minded individuals to round up and return the bikes to the warehouses of the respective companies.

    Started in September, Girginov’s Volunteer Bike Patrol initiative has taken off, collecting over 400 damaged bikes in about seven trips.

    The group gathers the broken bicycles in one neighborhood, moving them to a central location. Girginov then rents a lorry for $150 a trip to pick up and carry the bikes back.

    Girginov has funded the effort until now, but expansion might prompt him to consider crowd-funding or seek sponsors, he said.

    Singapore’s three main shared-bicycle operators, Ofo, Mobike and domestic firm oBike, appreciate his work.

    “We’re talking to Zhivko about how we can work together to build an even stronger bikesharing environment,” said Sharon Meng, country manager of Mobike Singapore, adding that Mobike has given Girginov an unlimited usage pass to help him retrieve its bikes.

    Singapore has sought to discourage indiscriminate bicycle parking in public spaces. In 2017, the Land Transport Authority marked out 4,000 additional yellow bike parking areas around public housing estates, bus stops and train stations.

    The initiative is one of many similar projects Giriginov has embarked on, and he considers the time and money well-spent.

    In his opinion, such “social experiments” provoke people to consider how they can make an individual contribution to society.

    “Some of my friends tell me my efforts are futile,” he said, after devoting New Year’s Day to a bike retrieval expedition.

    “But I believe we are part of a community and we should do what we can.”

    1/14/2018 1:21:50 PM
    <![CDATA[Daily planners to get your 2018 together ]]>

    1 (1)
    Dots Weekly Planner - Dots Official Website

    Dots offers you the options of their weekly planner and toolkit, or their monthly planner and notebook. They’re both beautifully designed and sturdy, with leather hardcover bindings and unique colorful spines that provide 180 degree opening. The weekly planner has a weekly layout, an end of month review, milestone stickers and much more. It’s a fantastic option to try out.


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    Planit Notebook - Planit Official Facebook Page

    Planit has been a staple planner for years in Cairo, you’ll spot it at universities and cafes all around, and of course there’s a reason for that. It’s an excellent planner with a creative layout. Planit has your typical weekly layout to help plan your week, but it also has blank pages for notes, illustrations to color, inspirational quotes and much more.

    Simple Things

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    Simple Things Undated Planner - Simple Things Official Website

    Simple Things offer different planners for different lifestyles, including ones aimed at study or business as well as a simple undated planner, which lets you start planning at any time of the year. They’re beautifully designed and have add-ons available to expand their functionality. It’s a great flexible option, tailored to your needs.


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    Nootah 2018 Planner - Nootah Official Facebook page

    Nootah is one of the new kids on the block, but their quality is outstanding. Their 2018 planner is colorful and bright and inspires you to get organized. It’s large and spacious, with plenty of room for planning and organizing. It also has inspirational quotes to keep you motivated.


    Space 2018 Agenda - Space Official Facebook page

    Space gives you more than just a planner. It gives you a daily agenda, a sticker booklet, a gift box, a wall planner, 2 coasters and a bookmark. You will not need anything else to get your year off to the right start. All of this is available for a very modest price as well, so you won’t be breaking the bank. It’s a great gift for yourself or a loved one.
    1/13/2018 1:34:38 PM
    <![CDATA[Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis]]>
    Like some 20 recently launched Venezuelan businesses, Silva uses the country’s aromatic cocoa to make gourmet bars of the kind that can fetch more than $10 each in upscale shops in Paris or Tokyo.

    The oil-rich but recession-devastated nation’s Byzantine bureaucracy makes large-scale exports nearly impossible for small businesses.

    As a result, most of her bars are sold locally for less than one U.S. dollar - well out of reach of millions of Venezuelans who earn less than that in a week, but reasonably priced for the well-heeled of an increasingly two-tiered economy.

    But entrepreneurs who have launched new Venezuelan chocolatiers in recent years say producing gourmet bars allows them to make a living amid the collapse of a socialist economic system - and dream of exports as a golden opportunity down the road.

    “Our real oil is cocoa,” said Silva, owner of the chocolatier Kirikire that in 2014 won an award from the prestigious Salon du Chocolat fair in Paris. “In Europe, they’re snatching up these bars.”

    Silva faces constant operational challenges due to hyperinflation and Soviet-style product shortages. But these are offset by steady access to high-quality aromatic cocoa from a cocoa farm in eastern Venezuela owned by her family.

    Her bars are sold in high-end Caracas grocery stores, delis and liquor stores, where everything from staple products to luxury goods are amply available to the well-heeled - in contrast to the long lines and bare shelves of most shops.

    Silva is now focused on getting her chocolate to France, where she once sold a single kilo of her chocolate for the equivalent of 80 euros ($96), which is today the equivalent of five years of minimum wage salary in Venezuela.

    Standing in her way are a range of permits such as customs authorizations and sanitary inspections that take months in Venezuela’s notoriously inefficient bureaucracy.

    The Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

    Venezuela was the world’s leading cocoa producer at the end of the 18th century when it was still a Spanish colony, according to Jose Franceschi, who has written books about cocoa and whose great-grandfather founded the Venezuela’s gourmet Franceschi chocolate brand.

    But the cocoa trade was overshadowed by the rise of the oil industry in the early 20th century. Critics say it was further weakened by state takeovers under late President Hugo Chavez, who boosted state involvement in the economy as part of promises to create a society of equals.

    But since the crash of oil markets, Venezuela has become a sharply divided society where oil engineers and public hospital doctors rarely make as much as $50 a month while a small group citizens with access to even modest amounts of hard currency can afford fine dining and gourmet products.


    Output of 16,000 tonnes per year is less than 1 percent of the global total, and less than 10 percent of the production of regional heavyweights Brazil and Ecuador.

    Many gourmet bars made in the United States now prominently advertise the use of Venezuelan cocoa but generally mix in other less-desirable cocoas. Bars made in Venezuela, in contrast, are made with 100 percent local cocoa.

    This gives the new Venezuelan chocolatiers a leg up as they tap into the global ‘bean-to-bar’ movement, in which chocolate makers oversee the entire process of turning cocoa fruit into sellable treats.

    On the second floor of an old mansion in Caracas, economist and chef Giovanni Conversi has been making specialty chocolate for two years under the name Mantuano.

    Sprinkled with sea salt or aromatic fruits from the Amazon, the chocolate bars are a hit in London, Miami and Panama City in specialty chocolate stores or shops that specialize in Latin American food.

    He and four assistants produce 9,000 bars a month in Caracas. He has opened a factory in Argentina that buys cocoa from small-scale producers like Yoffre Echarri, who two decades ago inherited his grandfather’s plantation in the beach town of Caruao.

    He opens the fruit to remove the beans and the accompanying sweet white pulp, which has a strong aroma of tropical fruit and then ferments the mixture in plastic bags buried underground.

    That process retains more aroma than the traditional method of fermenting in wooden boxes.

    He sells the beans to Venezuelan chocolatiers for less than $1 per kilo, about half the international price.

    “Clients can’t get enough. Those who three months ago were asking for five kilos now call for 50,” said Echarri.

    Many small chocolatiers only manage to get products to foreign markets by carrying them in suitcases on commercial flights, though well-established brands such as El Rey have formal export operations to the United States and Europe.

    In Japan, El Rey is represented by the food division Japanese trading house Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Still, some 1,700 people have recently studied artisanal chocolate at the Simon Bolivar University.

    “Everyone wants to give it a shot,” said Rosa Spinosa, the head of the program created two years ago.

    ($1 = 0.8363 euros)]]>
    1/13/2018 1:24:23 PM
    <![CDATA[Saudi women-only motorshow opens in Jeddah]]>
    Pink, orange and yellow balloons hung in the mall’s showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars. One woman in the driver’s seat fixed her face cover. Another wrapped her turquoise-painted fingernails around the steering wheel, feeling it out.

    In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women’s mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

    Saudi Arabia is the only country that bans women drivers. The landmark royal decree has been hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is the face of that change. Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women’s progress.

    “I’ve always been interested in cars, but we didn’t have the ability to drive,” said Ghada al-Ali, a customer. “And now I‘m very interested in buying a car but I would like the payments and prices to not be very high.”

    Saudi Arabia’s cost of living has risen after the government hiked domestic gas prices and introduced value-added tax (VAT) in January.

    The exhibition focused on fuel-efficient cars and provided a team of saleswomen to help their new customer base. The showroom carried signs emblazoned with the slogan “Drive and Shop”, a play on words in Arabic, using the female form of the verbs.

    “It is known that women are the largest section who shop in malls,” said Sharifa Mohammad, the heads the exhibition’s saleswomen. “This whole mall is run by women anyway. All the cashiers are women. Everyone in the restaurants are women.”

    1/13/2018 1:15:51 PM
    <![CDATA[Saudi women score right to watch men's soccer in stadiums]]>
    As the two teams al-Ahli and al-Batin faced each other in the city of Jeddah, women showed up to their first public sporting event in the Kingdom to support the sides with their spouses, children and friends.

    The General Sports Authority announced in October that stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families starting in 2018.

    “Honestly this decision should have happened a long time ago,” said Muneera al-Ghamdi, an attendee. “But thank god that it came in the right time, and hopefully what’s to come will be even more beautiful for women.”

    The decision to allow women to attend a mixed public sporting event is one of many changes the country has undergone in recent months, hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim Kingdom.

    On Thursday, Jeddah held Saudi Arabia’s first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia announced it would grant them the right to drive..

    A soccer match on Saturday in the capital Riyadh will also be welcoming women fans.

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, has been hailed as the face of these changes.

    Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women’s progress.

    “Today the percentage of those who participate in exercise and sports is only 13 percent,” said Hayfaa al-Sabban, who heads a sport organization.

    “We aim god willing to raise it to 40 percent by 2030, through several events, and today’s is one of these events.”
    1/13/2018 1:11:49 PM
    <![CDATA[H&M trips up with their advert for ‘Monkey’ hoodie]]>
    The company released statements on both their official website and their Instagram. The statement on the website began, “To all customers, staff, media, stakeholders, partners, suppliers, friends and critics. We would like to put on record our position in relation to the image and promotion of a children’s sweater, and the ensuing response and criticism. Our position is simple and unequivocal – we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.” It continues, “We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment in question from sale. It will be recycled. […] Racism and bias in any shape or form, conscious or unconscious, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable and need to be eradicated from society. In this instance we have not been sensitive enough to this agenda. Please accept our humble apologies.”

    Their apology post on Instagram received over 59,000 comments, and almost 300,000 likes.

    We have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry. Link in bio.

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    Among the backlash received by the company, celebrities also joined in on the censure. The Weeknd announced on Twitter that he would no longer be working with the brand, as did rapper, G-Eazy.

    Over the past months I was genuinely excited about launching my upcoming line and collaboration with @HM... Unfortunately, after seeing the disturbing image yesterday, my excitement over our global campaign quickly evaporated, and I've decided at this time our partnership needs to end. Whether an oblivious oversight or not, it's truly sad and disturbing that in 2018, something so racially and culturally insensitive could pass by the eyes of so many (stylist, photographer, creative and marketing teams) and be deemed acceptable. I can't allow for my name and brand to be associated with a company that could let this happen. I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level.

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    1/12/2018 6:38:04 PM
    <![CDATA[Saudi Arabia enters new era of cultural, social openness ]]>
    Last December, the Saudi government started to issue licenses for the establishment of cinema halls for the first time in three decades. This decision strongly reflects Saudi Arabia’s desire to kick off its cinematic activities.

    Saudi media announced that “The Emoji” and “Captain Underpants” are the first two movies selected for screening. Riyadh will host the screening of three other movies which are “The Son of Big Foot”, “Smurfs” and “Paddington 2”, between January 18 and 31.
    “The establishment of Saudi cinemas’ decision is the first step towards a strong Saudi cinema industry in the coming years,” recounted the renowned Saudi actor Mohamed Bakhsh in an interview with Okaz newspaper.

    Bakhsh stressed that Saudi film production needs a lot of funding and support to compete in the international cinema industry and to support emerging Saudi talents.
    Bakhsh linked the promotion of a real cinema industry with the establishment of a cinema base that exists in all the countries around the world.

    “We must have a strong cinema base through the establishment of cinema institutes to enhance Saudi artists’ talents, especially since the decision of opening cinema halls needs cinema production, because most of the countries around the world consider cinema as an independent important industry.”

    Bakhsh demanded the establishment of a Saudi media city as the base of a strong Saudi cinema industry.U.S. media paid great attention to the social and cultural change initiated by Saudi Arabia in recent months.

    The Washington Post said that the kingdom's conservative government has become an art sponsor, funding concerts for western celebrities such as Yanni, and promoting comic festivals and book fairs.

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman previously issued orders to ease restrictions on women. Of his most prominent reforms is the lifting of the driving ban on women, which is set to be lifted in June. Bin Salman also gave Saudi women the permission to attend the country’s national day last September in Riyadh.

    Also, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to attend a professional football match for the first time in the country’s history on Friday, January 12.
    1/12/2018 5:37:01 PM
    <![CDATA[et Quote: Raf Simons ]]>
    “I'm usually very attracted to things that I can't define. If something's too clear, it's very often not inspiring to me anymore.” - Raf Simons

    Born in 1968 in Neerpelt, Belgium, he originally studied Industrial Design and Furniture, graduating in 1991. His is internship at Walter Van Beirendonck gave him an insight into the fashion world. In 1995, a self-trained Simons launched his namesake label.

    He created menswear collections for Ruffo Research in 1999 spring-summer and autumn-winter 2000. In the same year, he became head professor at the fashion department at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, a post he left in 2005. During his position at the university, he was awarded the first prize at the Swiss Textiles Award.

    “The fashion world doesn't know the word 'stop,' so you have to make sure there are sublime moments every day.” - Raf Simons

    In celebration of spending a decade in the fashion industry, Simons and Peter De Potter published “Raf Simons Redux” in 2005, documenting Simons’ creative inspiration, imagery, as well as his journey and life in fashion.

    In 2005, he was appointed as Creative Director at Jil Sander for both the men’s and women’s clothing. He left in 2012, heading to Christian Dior as the artistic director for women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and haute-couture.

    “My challenge is to find a beautiful balance: to make women beautiful, to make a woman dream to wear a beautiful outfit.” - Raf Simons

    In 2011, the Hyères 26th International Festival of Fashion and Photography elected him as President of The Fashion Jury.

    He took up the position as Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein in 2016. At the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards in 2017, he took home the Best Designer awards for menswear and womenswear for his work at Calvin Klein.

    The Flemish Government, Department Of Culture, Youth and Media awarded him with The Prize for General Cultural Merit at The Ultima’s.

    “I see there is a lot of behavior in men's fashion which is systematic. It's a lot about all these kind of clothes that can be easily combined with each other, and it's less and less, I think, about making a fashion statement.” - Raf Simons

    1/12/2018 4:58:12 PM
    <![CDATA[Facebook updates News Feed to make friends a priority]]>
    The change to the way Facebook ranks posts will put more weight on social interactions and relationships, according to News Feed product manager John Hegeman.

    "This is a big change," Hegeman told AFP.

    "People will actually spend less time on Facebook, but we feel good about that because it will make the time they do spend more valuable, and be good for our business in the end."

    For example, a family video clip posted by a spouse will be deemed more worthy of attention than a snippet from a star or favorite restaurant.

    "We think people interaction is more important than passively consuming content," Hegeman said.

    "This will be one of the more important updates that we have made."

    Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg has said that bringing people together and strengthening communities in the real world are priorities.

    The news feed ranking update, which is set to roll out globally in the coming weeks, is expected to support that goal.

    "As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media," Zuckerberg said in a post at his Facebook page.

    "And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard -- it should encourage meaningful interactions between people."

    Google, Twitter and Facebook have come under fire for allowing the spread of bogus news -- some of which was directed by Russia -- ahead of the 2016 US election and in other countries.

    Facebook has introduced a series of changes intended to address the problem.

    "We are doing a ton of work to reduce the frequency of bad content on Facebook," Hegeman said.

    "This update is more about amplifying the things people value."

    He cited academic research indicating that interacting with loved ones is crucial to a person's wellbeing, while reading news articles or watching shared videos may not be.

    "There is really no silver bullet here to determine what is most meaningful, but we are trying to mine the signals to get the best representation that we can," Hegeman said.

    Known for setting annual personal goals ranging from killing his own food to learning Mandarin, Zuckerberg's stated mission for this year is to 'fix' the social network, including by targeting abuse and hate, and making sure visiting Facebook is time well spent.

    "I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions," Zuckerberg said Thursday.

    1/12/2018 12:27:56 PM
    <![CDATA[Horrible carriage, unwieldy crowns: Queen Elizabeth's candid views of royal jewels]]>
    Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was crowned queen on June 2, 1953 at London's Westminster Abbey, in a ancient, grand service whose origins date back 1,000 years.

    In a very rare, personal account for a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, she speaks candidly about the occasion and some of the Crown Jewels which play a symbolic role in the ceremony.

    FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London, Britain, May 27, 2015.

    "Horrible," she said of the ride in the four-tonne carriage from Buckingham Palace to the abbey where English monarchs have been crowned since 1066. "It's only sprung on leather, not very comfortable."

    Elizabeth, now 91, was just 25 when she became queen on the death of her father George VI in 1952, with the coronation taking place the following year.

    "It's the sort of I suppose the beginning of one's life really as a sovereign," she said. "It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things really. I've seen one coronation (her father's in 1937) and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable."

    Giving her personal recollection, the queen also reveals how she had struggled with her coronation dress, which was embroided in silk with pearls, and gold and silver thread.

    "I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn't move at all," she said.

    The documentary also features informal footage taken behind the scenes, including images of son and heir Prince Charles, then aged four, and his younger sister Anne playing underneath the queen's long robe.

    "Not what they're meant to do," the queen quips.


    Charles has previously revealed how his mother had practised wearing the 2.2 kg (4.9 lb) St Edward's Crown while he was being bathed.

    Elizabeth wore two crowns for the occasion: the St Edward's Crown, which she has never worn since, and the diamond-encrusted Imperial State Crown which she wears at formal occasions such as the opening of parliament when she delivers a speech outlining the government's legislative plans.

    "You can't look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did, your neck would break and it (the crown) would fall off," she said smiling. "So there are some disadvantages to crowns but otherwise they're quite important things."

    queen2FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London, Britain, May 27, 2015.

    The documentary shows her peering inquisitively and then grinning as she taps at pearls hanging on the 1 kg (2.3 lb) crown, two of which are said to have been bought by her Tudor namesake Queen Elizabeth I.

    "They were meant to be Queen Elizabeth's earrings," she said. "They don't look very happy now. Most pearls like to be living creatures so they've just been hanging out here for years which is rather sad."

    Elizabeth has never given a formal interview during her long reign and Coronation expert Alastair Bruce, whom the queen spoke to for the programme, said their 1-1/2-hour interaction had been a "conversation".

    "You don't ask the queen a direct question, so you pose a comment that the queen then responds to," he told reporters.

    He said he had the impression the queen was probably not fond of the heavy crown and was "very practical" in her treatment of the crown jewels.

    He cited how during their conversation the crown had been slightly out of the queen's reach so he asked the crown jeweller to help move the table it was on a bit closer.

    Instead, the queen herself pulls the table towards her.

    Bruce said: "If you look very closely, the table suddenly just goes 'woomf' and the crown 'woomf' and the crown jeweller is left there with nothing and she says 'well you know, it's my crown."]]>
    1/12/2018 11:06:27 AM
    <![CDATA[Gucci is now serving haute-cuisine ]]>
    The Gucci Garden Galleria exhibition was designed by critic Maria Luisa Frisa. The two floors include rooms, each with its own specific theme, honoring the history and future of Gucci and its impact on pop culture.

    On their website, Gucci described the first room “Guccification” as the place where the development of the iconic double G motif as well as the new Instagram trending Guccy, Guccify and Guccification is displayed throughout the years. The second is “Paraphernalia” that houses the symbols and signatures of Gucci’s design history. “Cosmorama” presents the jet-setter advancement era. “De Rerum Natur” is two rooms that are dedicated to Michele’s creative mind and inspirations. “Ephemera” brings this creative genius’s garden of dreams journey to an end, where the fashion giant’s phenomenal items and videos are displayed to parade the historic events of Gucci.

    The red-velvet cinema program includes a preview of Zeus Machine/Phoenix, a short film by the ZAPRUDER filmmakers group.

    At the end of 2017, Gucci won hearts when they announced that they will no longer be using real fur or animal skin in their creations, and have joined the Fur Free Alliance, an organization that aims to end the fur trade. This made them a favorite of 2017, while Alessandro Michele’s creations made a big statement using Gucci’s signature red and green, big logo and beautiful floral embroidery all while gaining the support of a significant cult. Guccio Gucci started selling leather bags to horsemen in the 1920’s. As the clientele developed, the style evolved into the luxury brand it is known as today.

    1/11/2018 6:29:05 PM
    <![CDATA[Old dog, new tricks: Sony unleashes 'intelligent' robot pet]]>
    The sleek ivory-white puppy-sized "aibo" robot shook its head and wagged its tail as if waking from a nap when it was taken out of a cocoon-shaped case at a "birthday ceremony" held in Tokyo.

    Seven-year-old boy Naohiro Sugimoto from Tokyo was among the first to get his hands on the shiny new toy, which he described as "heavy but cute".

    "The dog we had previously died... We bought this robot dog as we wanted a (new) family," he said.

    The 30-centimetre (one-foot) long hound-like machine comes complete with flapping ears and its eyes, made of a cutting-edge light-emitting display, can show various emotions.

    Aibo is also fitted with an array of sensors, cameras and microphones and boasts internet connectivity.

    The owner can play with the pet remotely via smartphone and even teach it tricks from the office for the faithful hound to perform when its "master" gets home.

    It builds up a "character" by interacting with people and while not always submissive, it is friendly towards those who are kind to it.

    What the machine "learns" is stored in the cloud so its "character" can be preserved even in the event of hardware damage.

    Photos it takes can also be shared.

    But such cutting-edge canine technology does not come cheap, with the aibo costing nearly $3,000 for a three-year package, including software services such as data storage.

    - 'Touches a chord' -

    Aibo is not the Japanese electronic giant's first foray into the animal robot entertainment world.

    Its earlier robot dog was put to sleep more a decade ago -- a victim of business restructuring -- shocking fans.

    Sony rolled out the first-generation dog in June 1999, with the initial batch of 3,000 selling out in just 20 minutes, despite a hefty price tag of 250,000 yen ($2,200 at current rates).

    Over the following years, more than 150,000 units were sold, with numerous models ranging from gleaming metallic-silver versions to round-faced cub-like models.

    But by 2006, Sony was in trouble. Its business model was under pressure and it was facing fierce competition from rivals in all fields.

    The robot dog, an expensive and somewhat frivolous luxury, had to go.

    Yasuyuki Nakamura, another owner of the new generation Aibo -- his third robot pet -- said he was happy to see the dog back in Sony's catalogue.

    "I had been waiting (for a new aibo). I ordered one as I was happy to see this kind of business was revived," the 46-year-old said.

    A middle-aged couple said they bought the robot for their 25th anniversary this year.

    Sony plans to release the new aibo overseas as well but no details are set yet.

    The dog does not speak human languages or perform tasks such as turning a light on.

    But that is not the point of the product, according to Sony's Izumi Kawanishi who is in charge of the project.

    "You don't think about what the dog can do when you want to get a dog, do you?," he asked reporters.

    "The point is that it touches a chord (with people)," he said.

    1/11/2018 1:02:54 PM
    <![CDATA[In digital age, circus maintains flesh-and-blood appeal]]>
    The 12th Budapest International Circus Festival, with artists from all over the world, has performances from horseback-riders, jugglers, illusionists and aerial acrobats.

    And this year, it pays tribute to the 250th anniversary of the founding of the modern circus by Philip Astley, an English equestrian, in London in 1768.

    “The circus has a big show value. My father liked it and I think the important thing is you ... must have some kind of emotion, and if this feeling, this emotion comes out, the public gets it,” Chaplin told Reuters.

    Chaplin was the biggest star in Hollywood’s silent movie era. Eugene Chaplin is one of his 11 children, and is a renowned recording engineer, and documentary filmmaker.

    In the opening act, Kevin Richter, a young Hungarian artist, performs a traditional horseback acrobat act, riding close to 20 horses in the circus ring.

    “The audience loves it that it is not a film they are watching, not some kind of edited recording, or a digitalized film ... here acrobats risk their lives and this is a unique experience,” said Florian Richter, his father.

    Florian himself won the Golden Clown award at the 32nd Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival in 2008 with his own horseback act.
    1/11/2018 12:54:15 PM
    <![CDATA[Mom’s age at birth linked to daughter’s later childlessness]]>
    Compared with women born to 20- to 24-year-old mothers, daughters born to mothers in their mid-20s or 30s were more likely to be childless, the study authors report in the journal Human Reproduction.

    “In many countries, couples are having children later and later, and there haven’t been many studies of future reproduction,” said study author Dr. Olga Basso of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

    Basso and colleagues analyzed data from the U.S.-based Sister Study on more than 43,000 women born between 1930 and 1964.

    Overall, about 7,600 women - or nearly 18 percent - hadn’t given birth. The researchers found that as maternal age at delivery went up, so did the odds that daughters would be childless.

    Compared with study participants born to 20- to 24-year-old mothers, for instance, the odds of childlessness were 21 percent higher for participants born to mothers ages 25-29, 30 percent higher for women born to mothers ages 30 to 34, and 40 percent higher for women born to mothers who were 35 or older.

    Basso and colleagues want to know why. They’re interested in future studies about changes in biology, behavior and socioeconomic status and how those could affect birth and childlessness.

    “It could be that women who have children at an older age have daughters instilled with different behaviors,” Basso said. “They may have different ambitions and different plans.”

    “I was concerned when I saw these findings because I really think women should have children when they’re ready as a matter of choice,” she told Reuters Health by phone. “I don’t want people to believe, as a result of this, that they need to have children when they’re 25.”

    Additional studies are looking at the effect of father’s age on childlessness and the historical trends of childbirth.

    “We’ve seen an increase in age at first birth, or when women have their first child, but the age hasn’t changed much for last birth,” said Ruben Arslan of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Arslan, who wasn’t involved with this study, researches delayed childbearing.

    “In past decades, women had children for longer and had more children,” Arslan told Reuters Health by phone. “What we’re seeing is not unprecedented, and it’s not a reason to get worried about childbearing now.”

    The main limitation of the study is that researchers didn’t know whether women’s childlessness was by choice and intentional.

    “It’s important to think about the consequences and social structures that would give women more choices,” said Dr. Sarah Hayford of Ohio State University in Columbus. Hayford, who wasn’t involved with this study, researches childlessness trends in the U.S.

    “The question of childlessness is often framed as a negative outcome, without asking about whether it was voluntary or not,” Hayford told Reuters Health by phone. “But studying the voluntary nature is a complicated task, especially over a broad population, when it’s such a personal decision.”

    The cultural context is key, too. A stronger family orientation, religiosity, and other cultural values may contribute to earlier childbearing, which may be passed down to children, said Dr. Martin Kolk of Stockholm University in Sweden, who studies intergenerational patterns of childbearing but wasn’t involved with this study.

    “Fertility decisions are often shared between daughters (and sons) and mothers (and fathers),” Kolk told Reuters Health by email. “We’re seeing additional evidence that there is a strong familial and cultural factor affecting childbearing.”

    1/11/2018 12:47:35 PM
    <![CDATA[Top 6 diets to try in 2018]]>
    1. DASH DIET

    Benefits: Good for your heart, easy to adapt, and has a long-term weight loss rate.

    What’s on the menu: 2,000 calorie intake, which means that you can enjoy eggs, bran, chicken, fruit and vegetables, and low/free fat dairy products. The best part about the DASH diet is the fact that it does not forbid you fatty and sugary foods, it just limits them.

    2. MEDITERRANEAN DIET – tied in first place with the DASH diet

    Benefits: Cancer and diabetes prevention and control. A healthy heart and brain along with the main objective of long-term weight loss.

    What’s on the menu: You are allowed to indulge in pasta, chocolate (dark), chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables, and Greek yogurt. It maybe a costly diet, but it includes something from every step on the food pyramid, so you will not feel like you are making any sacrifices.


    Benefits: The obvious weight loss, perfect health; it even grants you an extra average of 3.6 years to your lifetime.

    What’s on the menu: With at total of 1,500 calories splitting them between three meals; breakfast 300, lunch 400 and snacks 150. You will consume a lot of vegetable protein with some tofu and whole grain. Flexitarian, which equals flexible and vegetarian, was created by Dawn Jackson Blatner. She wrote the book "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life."


    Benefits: Customized for your own appetite and lifestyle while losing 2 pounds on a weekly basis.

    What’s on the menu: You will adjust your eating habits gradually with the SmartPoints plan. It is based on your very own specifications, such as height, weight, gender and age. Each food has points, such as fatty foods will have up to 290,000, and healthy options such as fruit and vegetable have none.

    5. MIND DIET

    Benefits: The love child of the Dash diet and the Mediterranean diet, which is full of healthy food options that benefit your brain and help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
    What’s on the menu: There will be 10 brain-healthy food groups introduced into your diet: olive oil, beans, fish, chicken, nuts, berries and vegetables. Fatty foods, such as pastries, fast food and red meat, will be cut out.

    6. TLC DIET

    Benefits: Lowers your cholesterol levels.

    What’s on the menu: Men get 2,500 calories per day while women get 1,800 if the aim is to lower cholesterol, and if weight loss is also a goal, the limit is 1,600 calories for men, 1,200 for women. You can enjoy roasted meat, skinless chicken, popcorn for snacks, and of course the dietary usual fruits and vegetables and whole grains.]]>
    1/10/2018 7:51:02 PM
    <![CDATA[The Versace Mansion New Era Hotel]]>
    Legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on the footsteps of the Miami mansion in the summer of 1997 by notorious serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

    The Villa Casa Casuarina has now been renovated to accommodate a restaurant, roof top lounge, bar, spa and gym, accompanied by 10 unique elegant suites that embody the true spirit of Versace.

    The luxury hotel offers tourists and guests an offbeat dinning, shopping and entertainment experience for $1,900 per night.

    The mansion was originally built in 1930 by Aden Freeman, an oil fortune benefactor who was a well-traveled architect. The Villa Casa Casuarina was built as a tribute to the Alcazan De Golen.

    The place had 24 apartments, and Freeman occupied the top floor, while the rest of the rooms were rented out and used as guest rooms for his friends, according to the VmMiamiBeach website.

    Versace purchased the mansion after he spotted it while on vacation in Miami with his family. He paid $2.95 million for the villa and $3.7 million for the neighboring Art Deco Hotel “Hotel Revere”, which he demolished to build the south wing, garden and the 24k-gold-tile Poseidon swimming pool.

    He splurged on the renovations that cost $32 million in order to create the masterpiece mansion, which was completed in three years. It is said that Santo would occupy the Venus room, and Donatella had the Signature suite.

    Remaining are the beautiful artsy walls, floors, ceilings, windows, pool, garden and south wing from the Versace era.

    Donetalla sold the mansion after Gianni’s death in 2000 for $19 million to Peter Loftin.

    Photo Via The Villa Casa Casuarina

    Born on December 2, 1946, to a dressmaker, Versace learned how to design and sew by age nine with the help of his mother. He showcased his first collection in 1978. Being known for his artistic eye when it came to the photography of creations and models, Versace worked with some of the best photographers in the industry, such as Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel and Richard Avedon.

    As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Versace’s passing, Donatella decided to dedicate the spring 2018 collection to her late brother.

    The show took place at Triennale Museum in Milan and made history from start to finish. Donatella had gone through Gianni’s masterpieces and prints from the early 1990s to 1995 as inspiration for the 2018 spring collection. However, that was not the only surprise Donatella had for the guests.

    She brought out the original supermodels of Versace – Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford – for a goosebump-inducing finale. The supermodels were dressed in Gianni’s original Metal Mesh collection from the fall of 1994.

    Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen at the finale of the Versace spring collection of 2018 – YouTube/Versace Screenshot

    1/10/2018 5:55:40 PM
    <![CDATA[Exercise may reduce disability even in frail elders]]>
    Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a week of walking and activities to improve strength, balance and flexibility.

    After two years, people who weren’t frail at the start of the study were no less likely to become frail with exercise than without it, the study found. But with exercise, they were less likely to lose their ability to rise from a chair, one component of frailty.

    “The benefits of physical activity in terms of preventing physical disability still persist in older adults who are already experiencing symptoms of frailty,” said senior study author Roger Fielding of Tufts University in Boston.

    “Nearly all older adults can benefit from a regular structured program of physical activity including those who are frail,” Fielding said by email. “In non-frail older adults, exercise may reduce the risk of developing specific components of the frailty syndrome like losing the ability to rise from a chair.”

    At the start of the study, participants typically had some functional limitations, but they could walk 400 meters (0.25 miles) in 15 minutes or less without assistance. About 6 percent of the people in the exercise group and 5 percent in the health education group were already considered frail.

    People were considered frail if they could not rise from a chair 5 times without using the arms, had lost a significant amount of weight recently, and felt like they had no energy.

    Two years later, about 19 percent of the people in the exercise group and 21 percent in the health education group were frail. The difference between the groups was so small that it might have been due to chance.

    The inability to rise from a chair was the only frailty criterion that was influenced by the exercise program. The percentage of participants who couldn’t accomplish this task was about 3 percent to 6 percent lower in the exercise group than in the health education group.

    One limitation of the study is that researchers didn’t have data to show which individual components of the exercise program might have influenced frailty or disability.

    Still, the results suggest that most elderly people can benefit from exercise, said Dr. Rebecca Brown, author of an accompanying editorial and a geriatrics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

    “While there isn’t definitive evidence (yet) that exercise can prevent frailty, this study shows that exercise reduces the risk of disability, whether or not you are frail,” Brown said by email.

    1/10/2018 8:42:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Big designers step off London men's catwalk amid digital disruption]]>
    The event will see around 50 traditional catwalk shows over three days, with the remainder of the 80 designers on the bill showcasing their wares through a variety of other events, including digitally.

    The transition to new methods of connecting with buyers has cost the event some of its biggest catwalk names. Punk icon Vivienne Westwood announced last month that she would eschew a runway show and showcase her collection via an audio-visual presentation.

    Other big Brands, including Britain’s Burberry and J.W. Anderson, decided to skip the event last year and this year respectively, in favour of holding ‘co-ed’ shows during London’s fashion week for womenswear in February.

    “All we’re trying to do is shorten the distance from a consumer to a pair of trousers,” said London Fashion Week Men’s Chairman Dylan Jones, who is also the editor of British GQ magazine.

    “If a brand or a designer deems that it’s much better for them to do a joint show, a show out of season, a digital show, go direct to consumer – doesn’t matter. It’s all about amplifying British creativity and selling.”


    Designers have been placing more emphasis on their digital presence in recent years, courting social media influencers with the same assiduousness that they traditionally reserved for the fashion press.

    Online sales are a particularly important revenue stream in Britain’s over 14 billion pound menswear industry, growing by over 17 percent between 2010 and 2015 - outpacing all other categories in the sector - according to researchers IbisWorld.

    With a shortage of big names on the catwalk this year, organisers said the event was returning to how it was originally envisioned - as a platform for young British talent.

    “International media and retailers come to London for this excitement, these new businesses, the ones that are setting the menswear world on fire and you can only get that in London,” said British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush.

    It was a sentiment echoed by Jones, who saw the changes in the industry as a source of excitement.

    “It’s mutating and developing and changing each season. And that’s the great thing about fashion – it keeps changing.”

    1/10/2018 8:00:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Versace family disowns 'fiction' of U.S. TV series on designer's death]]>
    The nine-part series, made by 21st Century Fox and premiering next week, stars Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin.

    Versace was gunned down in 1997 at the entrance gate of his Miami beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

    The Versace company “did not authorise and was not involved in the television series,” it said in a statement on Monday.

    The series had to be considered “an act of fiction”, it said, given it drew inspiration from a book that was not authorised - Maureen Orth’s ‘Vulgar favours’.

    A spokesman for 21st Century Fox had no immediate comment.

    Versace founded his eponymous fashion house, famous for its Medusa head logo, in 1978. In 2014 U.S. private equity firm Blackstone bought a 20 percent stake. Gianni’s sister Donatella is artistic director and vice-president of the group.

    1/10/2018 7:33:00 AM
    <![CDATA[et Quote: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge]]>
    “Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease, and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.” – Kate Middleton

    “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty; I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.” – Kate Middleton

    “A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.” – Kate Middleton

    “The challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help.” – Kate Middleton

    “Yes, well I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.” – Kate Middleton

    “With the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young and can have the bright future they deserve.” – Kate Middleton

    “Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.” – Kate Middleton

    “Together with open conversations and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes for mental health change and children receive the support they deserve.” – Kate Middleton

    “No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they broke their arm – and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.” – Kate Middleton

    “We need to help young people and their parents understand that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help.” – Kate Middleton

    1/9/2018 12:36:55 PM
    <![CDATA[iPhone addiction may be a virtue, not a vice for investors]]>
    Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday that iPhone overuse could be hurting children’s developing brains, an issue that may harm the company’s long-term market value.

    But some investors said the habit-forming nature of gadgets and social media are one reason why companies like Apple, Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) added $630 billion to their market value in 2017.

    “We invest in things that are addictive,” said Apple shareholder Ross Gerber, chief executive of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management.

    He also owns stock in coffee retailer Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O), casino operator MGM Resorts International (MGM.N) and alcohol maker Constellation Brands Inc (STZ.N).

    “Addictive things are very profitable,” Gerber said.

    Still, the investment community is increasingly holding companies to higher social standards, and there is some concern that market-leading tech companies could draw attention from regulators much like alcohol, tobacco and gambling companies have in the past.

    Alphabet and Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday. Facebook has said social media can be beneficial if used appropriately.

    In a statement to Reuters, Apple said it has offered a range of controls on iPhones since 2008 that allow parents to restrict content, including apps, movies, websites, songs and books, as well as cellular data, password settings and other features.

    “Effectively anything a child could download or access online can be easily blocked or restricted by a parent,” Apple said in the statement.

    Apple shares fell marginally on Monday. CalSTRS holds $1.9 billion in Apple stock, a sliver of the company’s nearly $900 billion market value, while JANA declined to disclose the size of its smaller stake.

    “Before Apple speaks, I think it’s too early to change the narrative” for investors, said Peter Jones, vice president of research for Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, which has about 350,000 Apple shares.

    Social media companies, not hardware makers, are more deserving of any addiction-related scrutiny, some said.

    Jordan Waldrep, who invests in alcohol, tobacco and gambling stocks as manager of the USA Mutuals Vice Fund (VICEX.O), said blaming Apple for its customers’ addiction was analogous to blaming makers of cigarette packs instead of tobacco companies.

    “The social media, the cigarettes, are the addictive product,” he said. Waldrep’s Vice fund does not own Apple, but Waldrep said he would consider including social media companies.

    Kim Forrest, senior portfolio manager and vice president at Fort Pitt Capital Group, agreed that companies like Facebook, Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Snap Inc (SNAP.N) might be more at risk than Apple if investors and regulators push back on how much time people spend on mobile devices.

    “Apple is just the delivery device,” said Forrest, who said Fort Pitt has limited Apple holdings. “It’s only compelling with software. Software is the dopamine releaser that keeps you coming back.”

    Twitter declined to comment and Snap could not immediately be reached.

    The letter from JANA and CalSTRS recommends Apple set up a committee of child-development experts and make more new tools available to parents.

    In its statement, Apple did not directly respond to the investors’ demands but said changes are in store for its parental controls. It did not provide details.

    “We are constantly looking for ways to make our experiences better,” Apple said. “We have new features and enhancements planned for the future, to add functionality and make these tools even more robust.”

    The addiction issue gained notoriety when former Disney child star Selena Gomez said she canceled a 2016 world tour to go to therapy for depression and low self-esteem, feelings she linked to a social media addiction.

    Fears about smartphone addiction have already kicked off regulatory backlash. In December, the French education minister said mobile phones would be banned in schools, and draft legislation in France would require children under 16 to seek parental approval to open a Facebook account.

    Even tech insiders are among the vocal critics of social media and its addictive potential.

    “Apple Watches, Google Phones, Facebook, Twitter - they’ve gotten so good at getting us to go for another click, another dopamine hit,” said Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive, on Twitter.

    John Streur, chief executive of Calvert Research and Management, an Apple shareholder that focuses on social responsibility, said it is plausible that tech devices may some day be understood to hold risks we do not currently understand well.

    That would hurt investors if evidence later emerged that companies intentionally built features that create dependency and had evidence that doing so was unsafe.

    For the time being, John Carey, a portfolio manager at Amundi Pioneer Asset Management in Boston, said concerns over the human impacts from being glued to screens are not likely to cut into profits. The company holds Apple stock, but the funds Carey manages do not.

    “I doubt there will be any impact on the use of smartphones,” he said. “We’re already addicted to them.”

    (Adds statement from Apple)

    1/9/2018 12:32:44 PM
    <![CDATA[Toyota unveils self-driving concept vehicle for rides, deliveries]]>
    The world's second-biggest carmaker said it plans to begin testing the e‐Palette concept vehicle in various regions, including the United States, in the early 2020s. It will come in three sizes: a bus-sized vehicle, a shuttle and a small delivery vehicle sized to run on sidewalks.

    Toyota said at the CES global technology conference in Las Vegas that it will work with companies including Amazon.com Inc , Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co, Pizza Hut, Mazda Motor Corp and Uber Technologies Inc to build the vehicle and its hardware and software support and develop connected mobility products.

    After intense research and development in self-driving technology, automakers are beginning to unveil clearly defined autonomous vehicle strategies and looking to apply the technology to uses like ride services, shuttle services and package deliveries.

    Toyota took longer than rivals to warm to the idea of autonomous vehicles, but has committed $1 billion through 2020 to develop advanced automated driving and artificial intelligence technology. It plans to begin testing cars that can drive themselves on highways around 2020.

    "This announcement marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values including services for customers," said Toyota President Akio Toyoda in a statement.

    The vehicle features an open control interface enabling Toyota's partner companies to install their own automated driving system. Toyota's so-called "guardian" technology will then act as a safety net, the company said.

    Carmakers, tech companies and other service providers have partnered on self-driving projects over past two years, due to the difficulty and high cost of developing such technology alone.]]>
    1/9/2018 7:00:00 AM
    <![CDATA[et Jewelry designer of the week: Ammanii]]>
    The collection is inspired by Shaker’s love of skylines, as shown by the name, which means ‘sky’ in Arabic. Shaker would observe all the different skylines she would come across around the world, and note their differences and surprising similarities. Shaker came to the realization that the sky is a universal blanket for all of us, regardless of race, gender, religion or any other discrimination.

    Ammanii Sa’maa collection shot - Courtesy of Ammanii.


    The Sa’maa collection features 18 pieces of jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. The signatures figures of the collection are celestial forms such as stars and crescents. All the pieces are silver, plated with 18 karat gold – sometimes 21 karat gold – using the technique of micro-plating, which ensures the longevity of the pieces. There are also pieces in the collection that are plated in ruthenium, giving the pieces their black color. The black is mostly used to highlight the star and crescent shapes. A sanding technique has been used on the pieces to create a textured finish, alluding to the designer’s Egyptian heritage.



    In addition to the silver and gold, the collection uses fresh-water pearls and natural, semi-precious stones, the most prominent of which is the lapis lazuli – once considered precious to the Ancient Egyptians. Ancient Egyptians considered silver to be more precious than gold, the reason why Shaker chose to use it as the main material in her designs. They believed the bones of their deities were made of silver, and their skin of gold. Shaker believes that women should also wear silver as they are similarly strong; they are the foundation of the family, the stronger part.

    Ammanii Sa’maa Collection. Via Official Ammanii Website, compiled by Egypt Today

    1/8/2018 4:47:18 PM
    <![CDATA[Homeless clampdown sparks UK royal wedding row]]>
    But with less than five months to go until the May 19 wedding of her grandson Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in the mediaeval castle's chapel, the local authority's bid to sweep the homeless off the streets has triggered indignation.

    Simon Dudley, the Conservative leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, has urged the local Thames Valley Police force to take action against their "aggressive begging and intimidation".

    "A large number of adults that are begging in Windsor are not in fact homeless," he wrote in a letter, while those that were genuinely homeless had rejected secure accommodation in order to keep begging.

    "This is creating a concerning and hostile atmosphere for our residents and the seven million tourists who come to Windsor each year."

    The level of interest in Windsor, some 20 miles (35 kilometres) west of London, is "set to multiply" ahead of the royal wedding, he added.

    According to the business valuation consultancy Brand Finance, the event should draw hundreds of thousands of extra tourists to the town, normally home to just 30,000 people, in 2018.

    The British economy could be set to benefit to the tune of £500 million ($680 million, 565 million euros), they claimed.

    - Homeless by 'choice' -

    Dudley said the genuinely homeless, having rejected help, were on the streets by "voluntary choice".

    Sheltering from the wintry wind, Stephanie, who has been in the town centre for two years after suffering mental illness, insisted: "I don't choose to sit here."

    "Whatever people give me, they give me. I don't choose to ask for money to get given something to eat, like sandwiches," she told AFP.

    The council's plans have been condemned by, among others, the Conservative MP for Maidenhead -- Prime Minister Theresa May.

    Murphy James, the Windsor Homeless Project manager, was all the more shocked by the proposed clampdown as Harry and his brother Prince William have long been involved in work with the homeless -- William having even slept rough by a bridge in London.

    "I am pretty sure they're as outraged by the comments that have been made as I am and many of the Windsor residents are," James told AFP in the church where the project offers hot meals, clothes and a shower.

    Regardless of the royal marriage, the authorities should pursue the reasons why people end up on the streets rather than the homeless themselves, he said.

    "It's a constant problem," he said.

    "We've always had between 12 and 15 people sleeping rough. The majority of those people don't beg."

    He claimed there was a lack of emergency accommodation in the town and deplored the state of the housing provided by the local authority -- often "infested with rats", he said.

    - 'A lovely day' -

    Many passers-by in Windsor barely take notice of its homeless population.

    Peggy Outhwaite said she was uncomfortable waiting for the bus while a homeless man took up residence in the bus shelter.

    "I don't think that they should be here," she said of the homeless.

    "This is a royal town and Harry should have his day -- and a lovely day at that," the pensioner told AFP.

    Derek Prime, who runs a souvenir shop already selling mugs and trinkets with Harry and his fiancee's faces on, doubted the council's claims to have proper accommodation in place.

    Dudley "really wants to come out here and spend a night on the street just to see what it's like," he said.

    Thames Valley Police commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, an elected official, is preparing a response to Dudley's letter.

    Last month, Dudley complained on Twitter of the "epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy" in the royal town.

    But the local police hit back on the social media network, saying: "Housing is the responsibility of the council but it is better that agencies work together so people don't become homeless."

    1/8/2018 3:04:38 PM
    <![CDATA[Time’s up movement at the Golden Globes]]>
    Actresses and actors wear black in solidarity with the Time’s up movement/ Via REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater

    1. Both actresses and actors opted to wear black on the red carpet – as opposed to the usual rainbow of gowns and tuxedos – in solidarity with the Time’s Up campaign, which aims to fight sexual harassment in the work place.

    Actresses and actors wear black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement/ Via REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

    2. Many figures spoke about the need for gender equality. Natalie Portman drew attention to the all-male list of nominees for Best Director, despite the presence of excellent female choices for the award this year. Laura Dern took advantage of her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series to say, “Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing, and that was normalized... May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.” Oprah Winfrey, who was the first black woman to be awarded the Cecil B. de Mille award, promised, “A new day is on the horizon!”

    Host, Seth Meyers, addressed the sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood/ Via REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater

    3.The actors have been building support for this movement for the past few weeks on social media via Instagram and Twitter posts, promoting the hashtags #MeToo, #WhyWeWearBlack and #TimesUp. Host, Seth Meyers, did not shy away from the elephant in the room either. He addressed the Harvey Weinstein scandal and jabbed at other alleged harassers in Hollywood. Oprah Winfrey ended her acceptance speech with a resounding statement that summarizes the mood of the night, "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!"

    1/8/2018 2:58:22 PM
    <![CDATA[CES kicks off with no lead women speakers or code of conduct]]>
    CES, the showcase for the latest consumer electronics from televisions to self-driving cars, is known for mostly male attendees and female models known as ‘booth babes’ showing off the new technology.

    It has attracted criticism for not making itself more welcoming for women or toning down its sexualized atmosphere even as the issue of harassment and assault has grabbed headlines in the last six months and propelled the #MeToo movement into life.

    “The fact that this large global gathering of tech leaders is totally ignoring this issue makes them completely tone deaf and irresponsible,” said Liliana Aide Monge, chief executive of California coding school Sabio, who is skipping CES for the second year in a row because of the lack of women and minority speakers.

    The organizers of CES, which opens its doors to nearly 200,000 attendees in Las Vegas on Tuesday, drew criticism last month from executives at Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and other tech companies for a keynote list dominated by white men. CES made a concerted push to diversify its entire speaker lineup, but ultimately failed to find a high-ranking female executive for an individual keynote address.

    “To keynote at CES, the speaker must head (president/CEO level) a large entity who has name recognition in the industry,” said Karen Chupka, who oversees the event as senior vice president at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), in a blog post a month ago. “As upsetting as it is, there is a limited pool when it comes to women in these positions. We feel your pain. It bothers us, too. The tech industry and every industry must do better.”

    On top of that, CES also will go forward without creating a code of conduct, a mechanism several conferences in technology and other industries have adopted in recent years to set rules for behavior for attendees, from guidelines on using inclusive language in presentations to requirements that attendees wear name tags at all events, even after hours, to deter misconduct.

    ”It’s sad that CES doesn’t have a code of conduct,” said Y-Vonne Hutchinson, founder of ReadySet, a diversity-focused consulting firm. “They have a lot of influence. If they’re choosing not to leverage that to promote diversity and inclusion at large, that communicates to the rest of the industry that maybe it isn’t as necessary as we keep saying that it is.”

    Evidence of the effect on shows’ safety and tone is mostly anecdotal, but several conferences with these codes, including hacker convention DEF CON, CoreOS Fest and Cloud Foundry Summit, say they have removed attendees after reports of harassment.

    The stakes are high for the technology industry, rocked in the past year by a sexual harassment scandal at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and misconduct by some prominent Silicon Valley investors.

    The organizers of CES say they expect attendees to heed their own companies’ standards of business conduct and will kick out anyone who behaves poorly, but will not introduce a set of guidelines.

    ”We don’t necessarily have specific rules because we assume everyone will be held accountable to the standards of being in an office,” said Chupka.

    “Unacceptable” behavior would be addressed by the executive team and legal counsel as necessary, the CTA said. “We have the right at any time to revoke a show badge and/or trespass an individual.” CES notes that it has received no reports of sexual harassment at the event in recent years.

    Women subjected to uncomfortable situations at or near past CES gatherings told Reuters that they did not report incidents because they were too used to it or did not recognize there was a way to do so.

    To change that thinking, the show is debuting a security app that lets attendees report issues from crimes to broken elevators. While there will be no effort to promote the app specifically as a way to report sexual harassment, attendees may do so, and CES said its lawyers will be ready to act.

    The need for a code of conduct became apparent at Finland’s Slush tech startup event in 2016 when multiple women spoke up about being inappropriately touched and receiving unwanted propositions for sex by male attendees as well as being ignored by investors who were only interested in working with male entrepreneurs.

    The following year, it doubled security, trained staff on how to handle reports of harassment and instituted a code of conduct, including a requirement to wear name badges at all times as a way to make it easier for attendees to identify a harasser.

    A similar approach has been adopted by some in the U.S. tech industry. Salesforce.com Inc’s (CRM.N) Dreamforce event, second only to CES in attendee numbers, added a code of conduct in 2014, while film, tech and music conference South by Southwest added one in 2016. Meanwhile, large conferences run by Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) and RSA Security have not adopted such a code.

    It remains to be seen if CES’s lack of a code of conduct will prove costly.

    Las Vegas’ reputation for excess is part of the problem, said Liz Lopez, a tech marketing professional who has attended several industry conferences in the city.

    “People are over the edge in their behavior when they’re in Vegas,” she said.
    1/8/2018 11:57:58 AM
    <![CDATA[Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet ]]>
    Here are all of the blacked out looks from last night’s red carpet.

    Actress Amy Poehler and activist Saru Jayaraman. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Actress Amy Poehler and activist Saru JayaramanVia REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Alessandra Mastronardi. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Alessandra Mastronardi Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Alexis Bledel in Oscar de la Renta. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Alexis Bledel in Oscar de la Renta Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Allison Williams in Armani Privé. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Allison Williams in Armani Privé Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Alvina Stewart, Anthony Anderson. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Alvina Stewart, Anthony Anderson Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Angelina Jolie wears Atelier Versace, Forevermark jewels, and Stuart Weitzman heels with Loung Ung. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Angelina Jolie wears Atelier Versace, Forever mark jewels, and Stuart Weitzman heels with Loung Ung Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Catherine Zeta-Jones wears Zuhair Murad and Charlotte Olympia heels. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Catherine Zeta-Jones wears Zuhair Murad and Charlotte Olympia heels Via REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Christina Hendricksin in Christian Siriano and Chopard jewelry. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Christina Hendricksin in Christian Siriano and Chopard jewelry Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

    Dakota Johnson wears Gucci and Nirav Modi jewelry. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Dakota Johnson wears Gucci and Nirav Modi jewelry Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Debra Messing in Christian Siriano. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Debra Messing in Christian Siriano Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Director Jane Campion. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Director Jane Campion Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Director Reed Morano. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Director Reed Morano Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Edgar Ramirez. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Edgar Ramirez Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Elisabeth Moss wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Elisabeth Moss wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Gaten Matarazzo. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Gaten Matarazzo Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Gayle King in Marc Bouwer. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Gayle King in Marc Bouwer Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Gillian Anderson in Solace London and Christian Louboutin. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Gillian Anderson in Solace London and Christian Louboutin Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Giuliana Rancic in Sherri Hill. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Giuliana Rancic in Sherri Hill Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Gwendoline Christie. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Gwendoline Christie in Sherri Hill Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Heidi Klum in Ashi Studio Via REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Heidi Klum in Ashi Studio Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    James Franco, Dave Franco. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    James Franco, Dave Franco Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Jamie Chung. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Jamie Chung Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé and Piaget jewelry. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé and Piaget jewelry Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Joseph Fiennes wears an all-black tuxedo and a pin with the words Time's Up. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Joseph Fiennes wears an all-black tuxedo and a pin with the words Time's Up Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel in Dior. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel in Dior Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Kate Hudson in Valentino. REUTERSMario Anzuoni
    Kate Hudson in Valentino Via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni"

    Katherine Langford wears Prada. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Kelly Clarkson. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Kendall Jenner wears Giambattista Valli. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Kerry Washington wears Prabal Gurung. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Lena Headey. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Mandy Moore in Rosie Assoulin and Irene Neuwirth jewelry. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Margot Robbie in Gucci REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Mariah Carey in Dolce & Gabbana, Chopard jewels, and Giuseppe Zanotti heels. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Meryl Streep wearing Vera Wang and the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Michelle Pfeifferin Dior Haute Couture. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

    Millie Bobby Brown wearing Calvin Klein and Repossi jewelry. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

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    Penelope Cruz dressed in Ralph & Russo. REUTERSMario Anzuoni

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    1/8/2018 3:00:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Christian Louboutin Best Instagram Moments]]>
    “People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don't want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I'm not against them, but comfort is not my focus.” - Christian Louboutin

    “A woman carries her clothes. But the shoe carries the woman.” - Christian Louboutin

    Work can be play in #LouboutinWorld!

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    “You need to believe in yourself and what you do. Be tenacious and genuine.” - Christian Louboutin

    “The heel is engineering in itself. This little thing that supports the human weight has to have a precise balance.” - Christian Louboutin

    “Designing my shoes, I'm thinking timeless. Not trendy.” - Christian Louboutin

    “You're abandoning a lot of ideas when you're too into comfort.” - Christian Louboutin

    “When you sketch a shoe but don't have the intention to do a proper shoe, it remains a curvy sketch with no detail. The shoe completely morphs to the body.” - Christian Louboutin

    “I have no problem with the idea of comfort, but it is not an important thing aesthetically. If you look at a shoe and immediately say it looks very comfortable, in terms of design, it is not going to excite me. Of course, I am not putting nails in my shoes to ensure everybody is in pain, but a heel is not a pair of slippers and never will be.” - Christian Louboutin

    “The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the color of passion.” - Christian Louboutin

    1/7/2018 6:43:54 PM
    <![CDATA[et Quote: Christian Louboutin]]> - Christian Louboutin

    The signature red-lacquered soles that he created have become a symbol of luxury, confidence and beauty; they have empowered women all over the world.

    “A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” - Christian Louboutin

    His love for shoes began in his hometown in Paris at a young age. The first pair of shoes that he fell in love with were drawn on a sign at a museum’s 50’s exhibit; the sign banned women from wearing sharp stiletto heels, as they would damage the delicate flooring. He would then see the sketch come to life being worn by a woman at a carnival festival in Paris one weekend while he was with his family in the 70’s, he mentioned in an interview with British Vogue at the Vogue Festival.

    “A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” - Christian Louboutin

    Both of his parents are French but he deeply loves Egypt. His love for Egypt comes from his father’s side who is of Egyptian descent from four generation past. He now owns a home on the west banks of Luxor, where he escapes to fulfill his design process, which involves him completely isolating himself in a location that he is familiar with, is inspired by and has the weather that corresponds with the seasonal collection that he is designing. He believes that one must sleep and wake up already consumed by the process; hence, the small rooftop apartment he built on top of his factory in Italy.

    “A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.” - Christian Louboutin

    He started to leave his home at the age of 12, starting with one day a week away, then every weekend, until he permanently left, as he felt that he was mature and responsible enough to do so. His mother’s only concern was that he would be dressed badly for school as he wore pointed shoes, and socks with shorts. His mother would advise him to either remove the socks or shoes.

    “The higher the better. It's more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.” - Christian Louboutin

    He opened his company at the end of 1991 and now has 107 stores around the world. Louboutin personally visits and meets with the staff throughout the year.

    “High heels are pleasure with pain.” - Christian Louboutin

    1/7/2018 6:25:53 PM
    <![CDATA[Twice-weekly workouts may be best medicine for cognitive decline]]>
    Researchers reviewed 11,530 studies of so-called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), to see how many older people are affected and which interventions and lifestyle changes have been shown to improve symptoms.

    MCI becomes increasingly common at older ages and is characterized by mild problems with thinking and memory that usually don’t interfere with daily life or independent function. People diagnosed with MCI are more likely, however, to go on to develop Alzheimer’s or other dementias than people without it.

    Until now, said Ronald Petersen, the lead author of the new study and American Academy of Neurology (AAN) treatment guidelines, “Clinicians didn’t know what to do with these people. Now that we know that it’s a burgeoning condition we need to pay attention when folks come in and complain.”

    Petersen, who directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota, and his coauthors found that between ages 60 and 64, 6.7 percent of people have MCI. In the 65-69 age group, that rises to 8.4 percent, and about 10 percent at ages 70-74, nearly 15 percent at 75-79 and just over 25 percent at ages 80 to 84.

    When they looked at the use of drugs, such as cholinesterase inhibitors, they found “no high-quality evidence” that the medications work, according to the report in the journal Neurology.

    Their analysis of studies looking at the effects of physical exercise on cognition did find a benefit, though. In one study involving 86 women with MCI, 70 to 80 years old, researchers found that twice-weekly resistance training for 26 weeks was more effective than aerobic training over the same time period at increasing what’s known as executive functioning. After completing the exercise regimen, the women were better able to plan, manage and organize their thoughts.

    Based on their review, the authors updated a practice guideline for MCI to include, for the first time, a recommendation that people with the syndrome should exercise regularly as part of an overall approach to managing their symptoms.

    “This is a rich area of study. I don’t think you can say that if you exercise 150 minutes a week you can push back cognitive decline a certain number of years,” Petersen said in a telephone interview. “We don’t know that for sure, but . . . physical exercise might be beneficial in slowing down the rate of cognitive decline since it has been shown to cause some stabilization or improvement of cognition.”

    He thinks a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training is likely best for MCI patients, but the data about its long-term effectiveness remains “scant.” He recommends that patients with MCI try to work up a sweat by walking briskly for 50 minutes, three times a week, because it might improve blood flow to the brain or induce enzymes to break down proteins that can build up into brain plaques.

    Neurology researchers are hoping to develop more specific evidence-based guidelines on how much exercise and what kind is needed to potentially delay or prevent cognitive decline based on ongoing clinical trials, he noted.

    The new AAN guideline, which is endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, also urges clinicians to discuss with their MCI patients the diagnosis, prognosis, long-term planning and the lack of evidence that drugs and dietary options, such as vitamins E and C, homocysteine-lowering B vitamins and flavonoid-containing drinks, are at all effective.

    Petersen and his colleagues also analyzed five studies of brain-training interventions and found “insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of any individual cognitive intervention strategy.” Nevertheless, they conclude that doctors may recommend this approach because it might improve specific cognitive skills.

    “Continuing to be cognitively and physically active is paramount for overall brain health,” noted Dr. Neelum T. Aggarwal of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, who wasn’t involved in the review or guidelines.

    Some cases of MCI are associated with reversible causes of cognitive impairment, including medication side effects, sleep apnea, depression and other medical conditions, so it’s important for patients to visit their healthcare provider at the first sign of memory problems, he said in a phone interview.
    1/7/2018 1:07:49 PM
    <![CDATA[Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery]]>
    Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine’s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write.

    The researchers examined data on 331,941 construction workers who were part of a nationwide occupational health registry in Sweden. Workers were followed for an average of more than three decades, starting when they were typically in their 30s, and 1,623 of them eventually had surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.

    Compared to people who never smoked, heavy smokers who went through at least 15 cigarettes a day were 46 percent more likely to have this spinal surgery, the study found. For moderate smokers who had up to 14 cigarettes a day, the increased risk was 31 percent, while ex-smokers had 13 percent higher odds of surgery.

    “Smoking appears to be a risk factor for developing lower spine space narrowing that can lead to surgical treatment,” said senior study author Dr. Arkan Sayed-Noor, a researcher at Umea University.

    “Quitting smoking can reduce the risk,” Sayed-Noor said by email.

    While some previous research has linked smoking to worse outcomes from spinal surgery, the current study offers fresh evidence that it can also increase the odds that back pain will require surgery, Sayed-Noor added.

    Overall, 44 percent of the study participants were non-smokers. Another 16 percent were former smokers, while 26 percent were moderate smokers and 14 percent were heavy smokers.

    The connection between smoking and spinal surgery persisted even after researchers accounted for other factors that can increase the odds of lower back pain such as aging and obesity.

    Smoking damages the spine in several ways, researchers note in The Spine Journal. Nicotine can damage spinal tissue, weaken bones and make back pain worse.

    Heavy smoking is also often accompanied by a sedentary lifestyle that may lead to muscle weakness and increase strain on the lower back.

    One limitation of the study is that researchers lacked data on exercise habits, the authors note. Most of the construction workers in the study were men, and the results might be different for women.

    Still, the findings add to evidence linking cigarettes to disc damage and back pain, said Dr. Jean Wong, a researcher at the University of Toronto who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “There are multiple short and long-term health reasons for smokers to quit, and by quitting smoking, smokers can reduce their risk of back pain due to disc degeneration and spinal stenosis - which can be a debilitating problem in smokers,” Wong said by email. “Although it may take multiple attempts, quitting smoking is the best thing a smoker can do to minimize the risk of spinal stenosis and other health problems.”

    1/7/2018 1:02:05 PM
    <![CDATA[Former Toyota chief Tatsuro Toyoda dies at 88]]>
    The son of the company's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, he took a major role in Toyota's international expansion during the 1980s and 1990s and led the company from 1992 to 1995 as the automaker accelerated its global expansion.

    He was the first president of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, or NUMMI, plant in California in the mid-1980s, a joint venture with Detroit rival General Motors Co that demonstrated Toyota's highly efficient production system could be adapted to the culture of operations outside its home base of Japan.

    NUMMI paved the way for Toyota's subsequent investments in its own U.S. assembly and component factories. Toyota now has 10 manufacturing operations in the United States.

    Toyoda stepped down as company president in 1995. Toyota said in a short statement that Toyoda died of pneumonia on Dec. 30. He is survived by his wife, Ayako Toyoda.]]>
    1/6/2018 8:23:47 PM
    <![CDATA[Dog guards body of dead owner for weeks over Christmas]]>
    The 9-year-old Havanese, called Zsazsa, was in a severely dehydrated state when she was found in a Budapest apartment on Wednesday but was now recovering, Gabor Pataki, head of the animal rescue group Allatmento Liga, said on Friday.

    The dog had some dry feed to eat, but doctors said she would have died within a couple of days if she had not been found, Pataki said, adding that the owner must have died weeks before.

    Police opened up the flat after neighbors reported that the elderly owner had not been seen for some time.

    “The dog was lying next to the dead body, and was so weak that she could not stand up. We had to drag her away,” Pataki said. He said many dogs would have died after such a trauma.

    “But yesterday she was on her feet again and even wagged her tail.”

    Police said the 66-year old woman appeared to have died of natural causes.]]>
    1/6/2018 3:43:42 PM
    <![CDATA[Big designers step off London men's catwalk amid digital disruption]]>
    The event will see around 50 traditional catwalk shows over three days, with the remainder of the 80 designers on the bill showcasing their wares through a variety of other events, including digitally.

    The transition to new methods of connecting with buyers has cost the event some of its biggest catwalk names. Punk icon Vivienne Westwood announced last month that she would eschew a runway show and showcase her collection via an audio-visual presentation.

    Other big Brands, including Britain’s Burberry and J.W. Anderson, decided to skip the event last year and this year respectively, in favor of holding ‘co-ed’ shows during London’s fashion week for womenswear in February.

    “All we’re trying to do is shorten the distance from a consumer to a pair of trousers,” said London Fashion Week Men’s Chairman Dylan Jones, who is also the editor of British GQ magazine.

    “If a brand or a designer deems that it’s much better for them to do a joint show, a show out of season, a digital show, go direct to consumer – doesn’t matter. It’s all about amplifying British creativity and selling.”

    Designers have been placing more emphasis on their digital presence in recent years, courting social media influencers with the same assiduousness that they traditionally reserved for the fashion press.

    Online sales are a particularly important revenue stream in Britain’s over 14 billion pound ($19 billion) menswear industry, growing by over 17 percent between 2010 and 2015 - outpacing all other categories in the sector - according to researchers IbisWorld.

    With a shortage of big names on the catwalk this year, organizers said the event was returning to how it was originally envisioned - as a platform for young British talent.

    “International media and retailers come to London for this excitement, these new businesses, the ones that are setting the menswear world on fire and you can only get that in London,” said British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush.

    It was a sentiment echoed by Jones, who saw the changes in the industry as a source of excitement.

    “It’s mutating and developing and changing each season. And that’s the great thing about fashion – it keeps changing.”]]>
    1/6/2018 3:39:31 PM
    <![CDATA[Thousands of Mexicans polish off massive king cake]]>
    Some 250,000 people turned out to the main plaza known as the Zocalo to devour the enormous brioche-style king cake, known as "Rosca de Reyes."

    Some 2,142 bakers helped make the rosca -- which measured 1.44 kilometers and weighed 9.375 tonnes -- for the city's annual Epiphany eve feast.

    "This rosca is so delicious!" exclaimed Dolores Rodriguez, who at 84 years old was attending the party for the first time.

    Mexico City's government emphasized that this year a portion of the delicacy -- traditionally adorned with candied fruits -- was made without sugar, so people avoiding sweets could still partake.

    Mexican families eat the confection in the run-up to Epiphany on January 6, the day Christians believe the Three Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus.

    A baby Jesus figurine is hidden in the cake and the person who finds it must make tamales -- a corn dumpling -- on February 2, the Day of the Candles, for those who ate a piece.]]>
    1/6/2018 2:23:42 PM
    <![CDATA[Alexa Chung is L’Oreal’s new muse]]>

    We all know that shoulder-length hair is the ‘it’ hairdo of the season. Hence, L'Oréal’s clear choice when picking their latest Brand Ambassador had to be Chung with her beautiful shoulder-length cut.

    Just in the same way Chung created her namesake brand, which remixes and uses classical tailoring with a mix of fabrics and prints, creating the must-have rock and roll style IT girl. While being a regular muse for many designers, a regular front-row guest at fashion shows and a style icon with more than three British Style Awards under her belt, Chung is also the perfect embodiment of a muse.

    Chung headed to her Instagram account after the news broke out and said in true Chung fashion, “Woop woop! Very happy to be joining the @lorealpro family this year. Presumably because I pretend to be French a lot, I am the muse for their #ParisianNudes collection. #lorealpro #sponsored #maisoui ❤”

    1/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Nihal Zaki wins at the International Property Awards]]>

    Nihal Zaki, after whom the firm is named, graduated in 1999 from the Inchbald School of Design, in London. She opened her first showroom back in 2015, where clients can drop by and find everything they might need for their home. From full interior services, furniture, lighting, accessories, furnishings, custom made furniture and event designs to décor solutions for everything, everywhere from homes, offices and retail space.

    The winning residence, El Karma Residence, is a private family-owned residence that was designed and contracted by Nihal Zaki Interiors. The mansion’s size is a magnificent 1,900 meters squared, Zaki stated on her Facebook page.

    The International Property Awards serve as the ultimate platform where residential and commercial property creators are celebrated and recognized with the highest honor of excellence. The winners are chosen by a panel of highly qualified persons who are respected and looked up to in the industry. By gathering the scores of companies from every region, they determine who the world’s finest property companies are.

    1/6/2018 10:30:00 AM
    <![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara expecting second baby]]>
    "The queen and members of the royal family were very pleased to hear this news," a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said.

    Zara, who is married to former England rugby union captain Mike Tindall, gave birth to the couple's first child, Mia Grace in January 2014, but lost a previous baby in 2016.

    The queen currently has five great-grandchildren, however grandson Prince William and his wife Kate, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child next April.

    No date was given for when the Tindalls' new baby was due. Their second child will either be 18th or 19th in line to the throne depending on when the Cambridges' baby is born.

    Zara, 36, the daughter of the queen's only daughter Anne, won an equestrian silver at the London Olympic Games in 2012 while her 39-year-old husband was part of the England team that won the rugby World Cup in 2003.]]>
    1/5/2018 9:48:55 PM
    <![CDATA[The most controversial TV ads banned from the screen ]]>
    The decision to censor the advertisement by Vodafone, which features the popular puppet of Abla Fahita, for being “inappropriate”, got us to take a look back at the most popular, yet controversial, advertisements that quickly disappeared from our screens after becoming the talk of the town.

    From the most recent to the oldest, we compiled a list of top TV adverts whose content was deemed too controversial and were consequently banned.

    Vodafone’s Abla Fahita campaign

    Vodafone’s latest commercial campaign, featuring popular puppet star Abla Fahita, triggered the decision by the Supreme Council of Media to stop airing the advert due to inappropriate phrases, violating the public taste, according to the statement of the council.

    Abla Fahita is a popular puppet that appeared back in 2011 and presents a show named “El-Duplex” on the satellite TV channel CBC. There have been multiple complaints since the show first aired about repetitive use of foul language by Abla Fahita.

    Ramadan 2017 fund-raising advertisement

    Once it made it to the airwaves during the holy month of Ramadan, when viewing figures are usually the highest, Beet al-Zakat charity’s donations-seeking TV commercial immediately caused public anger. Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tyyeb called on the concerned authorities to drop it from TV screens for humiliating the poor.

    The commercial intended to portray the difficult circumstances by poor families in the Beni Suif Governorate. It featured the infamous actress Dalal Abdel Aziz visiting a poor family at their fragile house, who was accompanied by a woman called Afaf, who showed the pools of filthy water that they use on a daily basis, as it is their only source of water.

    Dairy products and beverages company Juhaiyna’s “Dondo” commercial

    The Egyptian Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) banned the commercial advertisement campaign of the popular beverage and dairy product company of Juhanieya that contained “sexual innuendos” and “propagated misleading false information that breast milk can be replaced by the company’s dairy products and can make the less-than-six-months babies grow healthier.”

    Barely-based beverages company Birell’s bathroom commercial

    The advert featured two men urinating in a public bathroom in an inappropriate manner, according to the CPA, they immediately suspended the commercial from airing on TV.

    Underwear brand Dice commercial

    If showing a semi-naked woman in an advert was not enough to ensure that it would be banned, the advert also used phrases promoting and normalizing infidelity. Ironically, the campaign was launched during Ramadan 2016.

    Underwear brand Cottonil commercial

    Dice’s competitor underwear Cottonil’s Ramadan 2016 commercial was also subject to a crackdown by the CPA over the usage of sexually suggestive phrases and its portrayal of a family riding a motorcycle without wearing helmets, which goes against traffic laws.

    Etisalat’s commercial campaign that encouraged domestic violence

    The CPA said in a statement that it has banned the broadcasting of 2014 Etisalat advertising campaign because “it promoted domestic violence and illegal parenting attitudes and violated the dignity of humans.”

    The advert portrayed a father who slaps with full force his son who requested his father’s SIM card to take advantage of the company’s offer that allows customers to replace old SIM cards with new ones for free.

    Underwear brand Cottonil advertisement that featured actor Hany Ramzy

    “The advertising campaign contradicts with the society’s longstanding traditions and values ,” the CPA said in a statement concerning its ban of Etisilat company’s 2014 advert that featured actor Hany Ramzy dancing while showing off his boxers.

    1/5/2018 2:20:38 PM
    <![CDATA[Married heart patients more likely than singles to survive]]>
    Compared to divorced, widowed and never-married peers, who were up to 71 percent more likely to die during a follow-up of several years, married patients also had fewer heart risk factors like high blood pressure and were more likely to be on heart medications.

    “We measured biomarkers including cholesterol, high blood pressure and presence of diabetes. True, unmarried patients are dying more because they have these conditions. But just the marital status in and of itself is an independent risk factor,” senior study author Dr. Arshed Quyyumi of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta told Reuters in a phone interview.

    Quyyumi and his team looked at the relationship between marital status and incidence of cardiovascular death, heart attack and death from any cause in 6,051 men and women who had their clogged heart arteries cleared at Emory Healthcare hospitals between 2003 and 2015. Follow-up ranged from 1.7 to 6.7 years, averaging about three and a half years.

    Overall, the unmarried patients were 1.45 times as likely as the married patients to experience a cardiovascular event leading to death, 1.52 times as likely to have a heart attack and 1.24 times as likely to die from any cause during the follow-up period, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

    Widows fared the worst, with a 71 percent higher likelihood of heart attack or cardiovascular death compared to married patients. Divorced, separated and never-married patients had about 40 percent higher odds for those events.

    Past research has found that being married is associated with better health and survival overall, the study team notes, although the mechanisms involved need further study.

    “It’s a culmination of factors,” said Dr. Rahul Potluri of Aston Medical School in Birmingham, UK, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Benefits of marriage include the impetus to look after one’s health. There’s an increased likelihood to seek and obtain healthcare for the detection of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Keeping away from smoking due to a ‘nagging partner’ can also play a role,” he said.

    People with a spouse tend to have a greater purpose in life and are more likely to take responsibility for their health through diet, exercise and medication adherence, Quyyumi noted. But when a significant other is no longer in the picture, compliance starts to slip.

    Other possible explanations for the apparent protective effects of marriage include a lack of social support combined with acute stresses that come with divorce, extended bereavement followed by the loss of a loved one and the reduced interaction that comes with living alone, he said.

    A lack of social support has been thought to worsen outcomes in cardiac patients after divorce, Quyyumi said, suggesting that the emotional and financial stress of divorce may play a role in adverse outcomes.

    “But it’s important to remember that divorce comes in different shades,” he added. “It’s a mixed bag. For some it is stressful, but for many it can be a relief. Interestingly, previous studies have demonstrated that remarriage may attenuate the increased risk of a cardiac event often observed after divorce.”

    In the widowed group, it may have to do with psychological and behavioral events that accompany life’s course.

    “Some people give up after the loss of a spouse. Bereavement shouldn’t be taken lightly and people who find themselves sick and alone must be aware that they are at a greater risk of a secondary cardiovascular occurrence, or worse, death,” Quyyumi said.

    “We obviously cannot prescribe marriage to patients,” Potluri said. “But we can emphasize the role of relationships and friendships in managing coronary artery disease.”

    “Try to regain a sense of purpose,” Quyyumi said. “Whether that’s finding another partner to compensate for the social support one has lost, becoming more involved in your children’s family or finding a church group. These things all help a patient to once again become more interested in saving their own life.”

    1/5/2018 1:34:12 PM
    <![CDATA[Tuna goes for $323,000 at Tokyo fish market's final New Year auction]]>
    The world’s largest fish market, one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist sites, is set to relocate later this year to clear the way for a road needed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    Hiroshi Onodera, the president of LEOC Co. Ltd which owns the “Ginza Onodera” restaurant chain, paid 36.45 million yen ($323,195) for a 405-kg (890 lb) premium Pacific bluefin tuna - around 90,000 yen per kg.

    The price was just over half that of last year’s winning bid of 72 million yen and well below the record 155 million yen paid in 2013.

    “I’ve tried to win in the auction since last year, so I‘m really happy,” said Onodera, whose company has restaurants in New York and Singapore as well as in Japan. “This is especially true because it’s the last year in Tsukiji.”

    Tuna is prized around the world for its use in sushi, but experts warn growing demand has made it an endangered species.

    “The high price paid today for a single Pacific bluefin tuna should not distract from the dire status of the species, which has been depleted by more than 97 percent by years of overfishing,” said Jamie Gibbon, a Pacific bluefin tuna expert for the Pew Charitable Trusts, in a statement.

    “If countries continue to exceed their catch limits...the very survival of the species will be threatened.”

    The 80-year-old Tsukiji market draws tens of thousands of visitors a year to its warren of stalls with exotic species of fish and fresh sushi, part of a tourism boom that is a key part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival plan.

    “This will truly be the final auction here, so I made sure I came to watch,” said Mitsuko Yamaguchi, the 61-year-old owner of a seafood store.

    1/5/2018 1:29:03 PM
    <![CDATA[Olivier Theyskens best Instagram moments ]]>

    “Our eyes reflect light. Better that the lips are more like a rose petal.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “I like to be lazy. I do like to be busy and really active, but when that's done, you can be sure I will be a lazy boy. I like to take time and relax and enjoy life. ” - Olivier Theyskens

    “We always see the tip of an iceberg. So, I've always accepted the idea that people - they don't necessarily know everything I am.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “Art is the way people see things, and I think it's great when individuals can find in fashion something they truly believe is artistic.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “A black dress is beautiful! It's a good choice. It could be the wrong choice at certain events or situations, but it's very rare that you see a girl who looks bad in a black dress.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “Personally, I am not so affected by my environment. What I build in the creative process is not necessarily connected to what I am physically in contact with. I am always observing everything, but it will not necessarily have a direct impact on what I do.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “Today, there are more things you can wear for the same occasions. I still like this idea of the perfect suit, and I always love tailoring, but today you can have more things for this type of situation, clothes that have class and that are mixable, and that are super well-cut.” - Olivier Theyskens

    Spring / Summer 18 - Look 28

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    “Personally, I have had sometimes moments where I thought my idea behind the idea of a collection - the concept maybe - something that we don't see at the end on the catwalk, I think the way it was, the genesis in my mind, was probably artistic, an artistic approach.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “With couture, you feel obligated to design something modern each season, but with Theyskens Theory, I don't question anything. I'm thinking of what I'd like to wear.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “I think the relationship is very tenuous between fashion and art. Many designers have built relationships with artists, which is not something I personally did. But it's true, sometimes you see artists working for a designer or a brand on some specific project or taking care of their environment and making an amazing store.” - Olivier Theyskens

    “My sense of designing is a mix of intuition and intellectual control.” - Olivier Theyskens

    Spring / Summer 17 - Black Python Bustier Dress

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    “My first collection was made from sheets that my grandmother, who lived in Normandy, had been collecting for a long time. There are a lot of flea markets in that part of France, and she knew what I liked.” - Olivier Theyskens

    The Bride wore @oliviertheyskens #jilltim #lesage #tbt

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    1/5/2018 1:08:26 PM
    <![CDATA[et Quote: Graham Elliot]]> - Graham Elliot

    Highly acclaimed celebrity chef Graham Elliot was born in 1997 in Seattle, Washington and is now based in Illinois, Chicago where he opened the city’s French casual fine dining restaurant in 2008.

    “Food to me, in one word, is 'creativity' or 'expression.' It's simply, 'This is who I am at this point in time, and this is what I want to cook for you’.” - Graham Elliot

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    He is mainly recognized for his participation on ‘Masterchef’ and ‘Top Chef’ reality cooking competition shows, where he serves as one of the main judges. His love for food began from a young age when he was traveling the world with his family due to their Navy duties. He developed a love for music and food during their travels hence, his motivation to pursue a full-time culinary career.

    “Kids see cooking as a creative outlet now, like soccer and ballet. It gives me hope that things like fast food, childhood obesity and the horrible state of school lunches can be addressed by kids and their parents.” - Graham Elliot

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    • He won multiple nominations for the James Beard Foundation award.
    • In 2004, he was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs.”
    • He is the youngest chef in the US to earn four stars from Chicago-based publications.
    • Was named the youngest four-star chef at the age of 27.
    • He was listed as one of the "40 Under Forty” on Crain's Chicago Business list.
    • Cooked for former President Barack Obama on his 49th birthday.
    • Opened Chicago’s first French casual fine dining restaurant in 2008.

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    1/5/2018 11:38:36 AM
    <![CDATA[Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk]]>
    One of the bugs is specific to Intel but another affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers alike. Intel and ARM insisted that the issue was not a design flaw, but it will require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix.

    “Phones, PCs, everything are going to have some impact, but it’ll vary from product to product,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in an interview with CNBC Wednesday afternoon.

    Researchers with Alphabet Inc’s Google Project Zero, in conjunction with academic and industry researchers from several countries, discovered two flaws.

    The first, called Meltdown, affects Intel chips and lets hackers bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s memory, potentially letting hackers read a computer’s memory and steal passwords. The second, called Spectre, affects chips from Intel, AMD and ARM and lets hackers potentially trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information.

    The researchers said Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp had patches ready for users for desktop computers affected by Meltdown. Microsoft declined to comment and Apple did not immediately return requests for comment.

    Daniel Gruss, one of the researchers at Graz University of Technology who discovered Meltdown, called it “probably one of the worst CPU bugs ever found” in an interview with Reuters.

    Gruss said Meltdown was the more serious problem in the short term but could be decisively stopped with software patches. Spectre, the broader bug that applies to nearly all computing devices, is harder for hackers to take advantage of but less easily patched and will be a bigger problem in the long term, he said.

    Speaking on CNBC, Intel’s Krzanich said Google researchers told Intel of the flaws “a while ago” and that Intel had been testing fixes that device makers who use its chips will push out next week. Before the problems became public, Google on its blog said Intel and others planned to disclose the issues on Jan. 9. Google said it informed the affected companies about the “Spectre” flaw on June 1, 2017 and reported the “Meltdown” flaw after the first flaw but before July 28, 2017.

    The flaws were first reported by tech publication The Register. It also reported that the updates to fix the problems could causes Intel chips to operate 5 percent to 30 percent more slowly. (bit.ly/2CsRxkj)

    Intel denied that the patches would bog down computers based on Intel chips.

    “Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits,” Intel said in a statement. “Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”

    ARM spokesman Phil Hughes said that patches had already been shared with the companies’ partners, which include many smartphone manufacturers.

    “This method only works if a certain type of malicious code is already running on a device and could at worst result in small pieces of data being accessed from privileged memory,” Hughes said in an email.

    AMD chips are also affected by at least one variant of a set of security flaws but that it can be patched with a software update. The company said it believes there “is near zero risk to AMD products at this time.”

    Google said in a blog post that Android phones running the latest security updates are protected, as are its own Nexus and Pixel phones with the latest security updates. Gmail users do not need to take any additional action to protect themselves, but users of its Chromebooks, Chrome web browser and many of its Google Cloud services will need to install updates.

    Amazon Web Services, a cloud computing service used by businesses, said that most of its internet servers were already patched and the rest were in the process of being patched.

    The defect affects the so-called kernel memory on Intel x86 processor chips manufactured over the past decade, The Register reported citing unnamed programmers, allowing users of normal applications to discern the layout or content of protected areas on the chips.

    That could make it possible for hackers to exploit other security bugs or, worse, expose secure information such as passwords, thus compromising individual computers or even entire server networks.
    1/4/2018 5:16:15 PM
    <![CDATA[Australia green-lights medicinal cannabis exports]]>
    The country's first medical marijuana farm received its growers' licence in March last year and others have followed, with the government seeing a big future for the industry.

    "This is actually a very important step for our domestic patients and our domestic supply," Health Minister Greg Hunt told broadcaster ABC.

    "By knowing they have an Australian market and an international market, that improves the likelihood of growing and production in Australia."

    He added that Australia was keen to become "the world's number one medicinal cannabis supplier", but that a condition of any export licence was that local patients were taken care of first.

    "We want a robust Australian medicinal cannabis industry so that doctors have safe, quality domestic products that they can confidently prescribe to their patients," said Hunt.

    While recreational use of cannabis remains illegal in Australia, federal laws were changed in 2016 to allow its use for medical purposes, in a broadly supported move.

    Research, including findings published in 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed marijuana has some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain.

    But there are concerns about side effects and the issue of whether or not it works remains a matter of debate globally.

    Several other countries have legalised medicinal marijuana, including Canada, Israel, and more than half the US states.

    US-based Grand View Research estimated last year that the global market would reach US$55.8 billion by 2025.]]>
    1/4/2018 1:30:05 PM
    <![CDATA[Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas]]>
    Scientists said on Wednesday a study of her genome indicated there was just a single wave of migration into the Americas across a land bridge, now submerged, that spanned the Bering Strait and connected Siberia to Alaska during the Ice Age.

    The infant -- named “sunrise girl-child” (Xach‘itee‘aanenh T‘eede Gaay) using the local indigenous language -- belonged to a previously unknown Native American population that descended from those intrepid migrants, the researchers added.

    “The study provides the first direct genomic evidence that all Native American ancestry can be traced back to the same source population during the last Ice Age,” University of Alaska Fairbanks archaeologist Ben Potter said.

    The remains of the infant -- part of a hunter-gatherer culture that hunted bison, elk, hare, squirrels and birds and caught salmon -- were unearthed in 2013 at a prehistoric encampment in Alaska’s Tanana River Valley about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Fairbanks.

    Scientists work on the excavation site of the 11,500-year-old remains of two infant girls at the Upward Sun River in Alaska's Tanana River Valley about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S, in an undated photo released January 3, 2018. Ben Potter/Handout via REUTERS

    Our species first arose in Africa roughly 300,000 years ago, and later spread around the world. The researchers studied the baby’s genome and genetic data covering other populations to unravel how and when the Americas were first populated.

    A single ancestral Native American group split from East Asians about 36,000 year ago and thousands of years later crossed the land bridge, they said. This founding group diverged into two lineages about 20,000 years ago.

    The first lineage trekked south of the huge ice caps that covered much of North America between 20,000 and 15,000 years ago, spreading throughout North and South America and becoming the ancestors of today’s Native Americans.

    The second was the newly identified population called Ancient Beringians who included the infant. They eventually disappeared, perhaps absorbed into another population that later inhabited Alaska.

    Some scientists previously hypothesized about multiple migratory waves over the land bridge as recent as 14,000 years ago.

    The girl was found alongside remains of an even-younger female infant, possibly a first cousin, whose genome the researchers could not sequence. Both were covered in red ochre and surrounded by decorated antler tools.

    “Even the one that got sequenced was a huge challenge due to poor DNA preservation,” said Eske Willerslev, director of the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for GeoGenetics.

    The research was published in the journal Nature.

    1/4/2018 12:33:34 PM
    <![CDATA[Traumatic events increase headaches and migraines]]>
    The findings further the idea that violence and psychological trauma could lead to physical symptoms.

    “We have very little systematic knowledge about the physical consequences of terror and violent events, especially since people may not see the association or go to the doctor,” said study author Dr. Synne Stensland of the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Oslo.

    “There are people who are not getting the help they need for their physical and psychological complaints, especially when they become more severe or frequent,” she told Reuters Health by phone.

    On July 22, 2011, a lone gunman opened fire on the annual Norwegian Labor Party youth summer camp. The man, disguised as a policeman, killed 69 people and severely wounded 33. Many of the 358 survivors saw what happened and risked hypothermia and drowning trying to escape. Most lost friends.

    The survivors have been part of several studies to understand how terror and trauma affect adolescents. In this study, published in the journal Neurology, Stensland and colleagues looked at recurrent migraines and tension-type headaches in 213 of the survivors, ages 13 to 20. Trained personnel interviewed the survivors about four months after the attack, again 18 months afterward, and again three years after the attack.

    The research team found the terror attack survivors reported many recurring tension-type headaches and migraines, and headaches were generally more common in girls. In particular, the female survivors reported three times more weekly or daily headaches than similar young women in the general population in Norway.

    Posttraumatic psychological distress levels were much higher, too.

    “We were surprised . . . the link was so strong between terror and headaches, even though we accounted for (many other factors),” Stensland said.

    Future studies will continue to observe the physical and psychological symptoms that these teens experience.

    “Incidents of terror are unfortunately commonplace worldwide, and although the physical effects are well covered, the invisible scars of psychological trauma receive much less attention,” said Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, director of The Headache Treatment and Research Program at the University of Toledo, Ohio, who wasn’t involved with this study.

    “Psychological trauma during critical periods of development affects the brain in ways that alter not only the psyche, but also the metabolic, immune, endocrine and nervous systems,” she told Reuters Health by email. “These changes lead to increased susceptibility to a wide variety of adult diseases that may even be passed on to the next generation.”

    These associations extend beyond terror events to childhood maltreatment, emotional abuse and sexual violence, Stensland added. Abuse in peer relationships or social media bullying can have a similar effect.

    “They’re keeping a secret and don’t want others to know what happened,” she said. “It’s important for people to know that an increase in headaches could indicate something has happened, and it’s time to talk.”

    Stensland would also like to see research on medication and overuse of painkillers. Teens may be able to treat their headaches with over-the-counter medicine, but that doesn’t treat the underlying issues related to the traumatic event, she noted.

    “Adolescents medicate themselves, and few go to the doctor, but if you keep medicating like that, it may actually contribute to the chronic behavior,” she said. “Seek help early. That’s the key.”
    1/3/2018 1:39:02 PM
    <![CDATA[Drinking hot tea linked to lowered glaucoma risk]]>
    Compared to coffee, soft drink and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 percent lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

    “Glaucoma can lead to blindness, and it would be great if it could be prevented because there is no cure,” said lead author Dr. Anne Coleman of the University of California, Los Angeles.

    “The best way to prevent it is to get your eyes checked,” Coleman told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “But we are also interested in lifestyle habits and what we can do to make a difference.”

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, affecting an estimated 58 million people. That includes more than three million Americans, only half of whom are aware they have the disease, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

    Coffee, or caffeine in general have previously been linked to increased glaucoma risk, although recent studies don’t agree, Coleman and her colleagues write.

    To evaluate the relationship between specific caffeinated drinks and glaucoma, Coleman and colleagues analyzed data on a sample of more than 10,000 people in the U.S. who were representative of the entire population. Participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey during 2005-2006 answered questions about their diets and lifestyles, had medical exams and blood tests and also underwent eye examinations.

    About 1,700 participants were over age 40, had no other known eye diseases and had full eye examination results from the survey. In this group, Coleman’s team found that just over 5 percent, 82 people, had glaucoma.