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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were formally welcomed by the British queen with a Guard of Honor before taking a state carriage procession along the Mall in London to lunch at Buckingham Palace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Study UK Alumni Awards

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

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

Awards are presented in three categories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

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

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

About Marriott International, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties with nearly 880,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.

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Heliopolis Towers Hotel holds a seafood day. - Press Photo


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his magazine and nightclubs, died in September 2017 at age 91. He left his property to his foundation, which is putting some of the items up for sale.

All the proceeds from the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 auction in Los Angeles will go to Hefner’s foundation, which was set up in 1964 to advocate for civil liberties, including LGBT rights and the legalization of medical marijuana.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“STORY TO TELL”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The declaration cast Britain as a tyranny.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rapid Charge with VOOC

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

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

Waterdrop Screen with Gradient Color

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

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

From Selfie Expert to Portrait Artist

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

More Camera Features

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

Latest ColorOS and Storage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perlmann said he had not yet managed to contact Allison.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Meeting current and future challenges

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

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

SIMA, revealing innovation from the farming world

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

An international venue for exchange and business

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



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

SIAL Paris 2018: snapshot months before its opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Alternative Food Sector: show within a show

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

About SIAL Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Advise them to drink reasonable amounts of water.

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

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

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

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

2- The boxes should be easy to clean.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The looks were accessorized with strappy sandals.

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

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

Male models also showcased sparkling vest tops and jackets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

100,000 MEALS DAILY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

“I think the world needs a little more joy, and your wardrobe is a very good place to start.”

For inspiration, he turned to old pictures of Herrera in search of the pulse of the house.

Using specialized fabrics, deep colors and bold prints in addition to the traditional pastels of Spring, Gordon said he “played with the classic Herrera cotton shirt.”

“We make the most perfect white shirt. We wanted to show a lot of different tweaks and variations on that today, so we took that fabric and we did everything from little smocked dresses to polka dot combinations.

“And then the embroideries ... it really is an embroidery house creating these pieces that are really American culture.”

Celebrities filled the show, among fashion week’s hottest tickets, held at the New York Historical Society.

Martha Stewart, former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, fashion world doyenne Anna Wintour and socialite Nicky Hilton Rothschild were on hand.

Slideshow (10 Images)
New York Fashion Week, previewing the latest looks for Spring 2019, concludes on Wednesday with a party in the borough of Brooklyn featuring pop superstar Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line.]]>
9/11/2018 11:41:38 AM
<![CDATA[Facebook debate: Is cornflakes served with cold or hot milk?]]>

The pioneers of Facebook provoked the idea and users propagated the argument by creating polls, sharing and supporting their opinions. Some said, “it should be cold and crispy to be delicious.” Meanwhile, another party stressed "hot milk makes it crumbly and that’s how it should be."

However, others added “we eat it without milk.” Rapidly cornflakes became the focus of attention on social media.

According to a poll conducted by Identity Magazine on September 1, most people prefer it with cold milk as 70 percent of those who participated in the poll prefer it with cold milk, compared to 30 percent for the hot milk choice.



While people were busy voting enthusiastically to clinch the issue, eventually a production company of the cornflakes ended the debate. On its Facebook page, the company posted, “we recommend cornflakes with cold milk in order to remain crispy,” sarcastically adding Egyptian star youssra's picture with the caption “those who prefer it with hot milk ... It can be both.”


But the question should be whether cornflakes is healthy or not? Well, the clear answer is yes! It is healthy for you; here are some of Cornflakes' benefits:

1. Nutrition: Corn flakes are not only delicious but also an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C and D. It is low on cholesterol and has high iron content.

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Helps with dietary routines & weight loss: Weight loss could result from consumption of the cornflakes diet over a period of time as the calorie intake is limited and portion sizes can be easily controlled.

3. Protein: As healthy cornflakes is served with milk, it makes diet protein rich which is vital for growing immune system, regulating enzymes and stabilizing hormones, repairing body tissues and maintaining the structure of the RBCs.

4. Beneficial for heart disease: Low fat foods keep your stomach full, thus decreasing the intake of unnecessary unhealthy food.

5. Maintains lung health: Corn has a carotenoid known as beta-cryptoxanthin that helps promote the health of lungs and also prevents lung cancer.





]]>9/10/2018 2:42:16 PM<![CDATA[Light up The Sparks of Love at Hilton Zamalek]]>
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The hotel offers astounding venues to make your big day one-of-a-kind, so whether you are looking for an intimate indoor wedding or a lavish night by the pool; we will turn your dream into a reality. Light Up the sparks of romance under the starlit sky with the picturesque view at our pool deck overlooking the Nile, a venue that accommodates up 170 invitees. We will take care of all your details from the decorations, flower arrangements, to lighting; everything that will light up the night with a magical spark. For warm and intimate weddings, our romantic indoor venue accommodates up to 70 invitees with a magnificent panoramic view of the Nile; the perfect way to tie the knot surrounded by your loved ones.

At Hilton Zamalek, we understand that planning is the first and most important step to turn your wedding into a splendor. With a keen eye for detail, our dedicated team of professionals will take care of every aspect and tailor our services to exceed your expectations. Our Executive Chef will be delighted to help you in creating your own menu, or just select one of our preset special sumptuous menus that are sure to delight starting at EGP 359 per person including service charge and taxes. With us you can expect nothing less than world-class service that will impress you and your guests. Whatever your dream is, at Hilton Zamalek we guarantee to add that unrivalled sparkle to your wedding day.

So get your vows ready, celebrate new memories to hold onto, and leave the rest to us!
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9/9/2018 4:08:06 PM
<![CDATA[Nestlé celebrates World Breastfeeding Week with 300 Egyptian mothers]]>
The education session included topics covering from pregnancy till a child turns 2, led by pediatrician, Dr. Yasmine Gamal, lecturer at Ain Shams University. The session took place on Friday 31st August and focused on the importance of the 1,000 days that start with pregnancy from breast feeding to the early toddler ages determining the health and wellbeing of the child.

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Under the slogan “We’re all beside you” the session kicked off with a welcoming interaction from the attending mothers inquiring about family health issues to improve their lifestyle with their children. Dr. Yasmin Gamal stressed how breastfeeding is crucial for the life of the child as it protects them from immune diseases and facilitates their growth in a healthy manner. Dr. Gamal added that breast milk is one of the richest sources of nutrients that contribute to strengthening the child's immunity and growth, both physically and mentally, and breast-feeding contributes to strengthening the link between mother and child and preparing the baby for the outside world. She pointed to the need to care for women, whether pregnant or lactating, and their physical health through eating nutritional meals because the health of the child is significantly affected by mothers.

Business Executive Manager of Infant Nutrition, Nestlé North East Africa, and Waleed Al Bahaey stated the importance of nutritional education in Egypt stating, “Nestlé’s nutritional vision is to assist the next generation to live healthier lives by offering clinically advanced, scientifically proven nutrition in the 1st 1,000 days.

This comes to life through ongoing successful initiatives that focus on the health of our children who are the backbone of the future, that comes in line with the vision of Egypt 2030, and we are working on more cooperation with the Ministry of Health and all concerned bodies to be able to support the development of the health and nutrition sector in Egypt.”

Nestlé developed a dedicated program that educates 500 nurses at a number of Egyptian hospitals who can assist mothers in providing better nutrition through breastfeeding systems that benefit the mother and the baby. In addition, Start Healthy, Stay healthy website http://starthealthy.nestle.com.eg, is providing the mother with the knowledge, information and advice necessary to help her feed her child in the right healthy way.]]>
9/9/2018 3:49:13 PM
<![CDATA[Designer Ralph Lauren marks 50th anniversary with Central Park fashion gala]]>
The American fashion house hosted the fashion show and dinner attended by a veritable who’s who of names from the worlds of entertainment, media and fashion.

Hollywood stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain rubbed elbows under the stars, as they sipped wine alongside journalist Anderson Cooper, media titan Barry Diller, director Steven Spielberg and Lauren’s fellow designers, Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger.

Also on hand to pay tribute to Lauren were brand name powerhouses Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, as well as fashion world doyenne Anna Wintour, who sported her signature dark glasses.

“The real reason we’re all here is not because of the show, but because of you Ralph,” Winfrey told the glittering assemblage.

A fashion show featuring well over 100 female, male, adult and child models was followed by a sit-down dinner in the park.

Lauren’s looks hewed close to the traditional style for which he is famous, featuring plaids, tweeds, suede and western-themed fleece collared jackets.

Muted earth tones prevailed, while gowns were rendered in burgundy and geometric metallics.

The designer himself sported jeans and a suit jacket, topped by a bow tie, as he made his way through the A-list crowd, which included his grown children.

What evolved into a so-called lifestyle brand began humbly in 1967 as a collection of men’s neckties, until a year later Lauren struck gold with his Polo menswear label.

Lauren’s designs for women did not appear until the 1970s.

The brand is expanding in international markets through new small-format stores as its biggest North America market becomes saturated.

Ralph Lauren is also wooing millennials through new designs that add embroidery, print and color blocking, refreshed fabrics and increased functionality.]]>
9/9/2018 12:31:45 PM
<![CDATA[Disney villains provide inspiration at New York fashion show]]>
The “Disney Villains x The Blonds” fashion show electrified a wildly cheering audience that stood in marked contrast to the usual sangfroid reserve that typically prevails at New York’s semi-annual Fashion Week.

Similarly, models channeling the likes of “Snow White”‘s Evil Queen, “The Little Mermaid”‘s Ursula, “101 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil and “Sleeping Beauty”‘s Maleficent strutted, sashayed, vogued and even break-danced their way down the runway.

A giant screen showed clips from the classic Disney films which inspired the dazzling looks in a presentation of fashion-as-theater that held its own against the most lavish Disney spectacle.

“We always loved the vixen, the femme fatale, and all the villains have these qualities,” David Blond told Reuters of the inspiration for the collection he envisioned along with partner Phillipe Blond.

“They’re the coolest characters, they’re always the standout,” he added. “They have the best personality — it’s always something that’s interesting and unusual.”

Interesting and unusual the show inarguably was, featuring the sort of over-the-top, avant-garde looks more associated with runway shows in Paris than New York.

Fabrics included leather, rubber and latex rendered almost exclusively in black or red. What wasn’t any of those was mostly metallic, with endless sequins, beading, crystals and mesh.

Boxy, spike-bedecked flight jackets topped sequined leggings, while a zaftig model channeling Ursula was decked out in black and purple feathers, calling to mind the late drag queen Divine.

Models wore spike-heeled thigh-high latex boots, sculpted bustiers and corsets, while one cradled the unusual runway accessory of a tiny dog.

Despite the seemingly less-than-wearable nature of most of the looks, The Blonds’ creations managed to stay on trend, with wide shouldered, waist-length jackets recalling the 1980s-era power suits that experts see making a comeback.

“It works with our brand DNA so well,” said David Blond. “It was so seamless.” The designers have created looks for a host of performers known for their offbeat style, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lil’ Kim.]]>
9/8/2018 11:18:28 AM
<![CDATA[Tesla's Musk smokes marijuana on comedy podcast]]>
The forty-seven year old billionaire spent two and a half hours on a podcast late Thursday discussing everything from artificial intelligence and its impact on humankind to flame throwers and social media.

Taking a puff from a joint - which Rogan said was a blend of tobacco and marijuana and legal in California - Musk said he "almost never" smoked.

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed," Musk said. "I don't actually notice any effect...I don't find that it is very good for productivity."

Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

Musk stunned investors a month back with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 per share. He then backed off from his plan saying Tesla was better off as a public company.

He followed it up with fresh attacks on British cave diver Vernon Unsworth. Buzzfeed News reported earlier in the week that Musk, in an email to the news site, called Unsworth a "child rapist."




Neither Tesla nor Musk have commented on the Buzzfeed report.

Musk apologized to Unsworth in July for similar insults he made on Twitter following the rescue of a dozen Thai schoolboys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand.

The billionaire's behavior has raised concerns about his leadership and several Wall Street analysts have called for the company to appoint a strong No. 2 to prop up Tesla's operations and standing with investors.

His followers on Twitter went into a frenzy following the podcast. Several followers questioned if it was against the company's policy, while others mocked the CEO's initial $420 bid, a number that has become code for marijuana.

"Elon getting high on weed and whiskey is the first reason to go long on $TSLA in a while. He needs to relax a bit," a tweet https://bit.ly/2M5PdAo by user @jkmcnk said.

Another user tweeted https://bit.ly/2MT7aY4: "This guy is completely off the rails."

Shares of Tesla fell 1.3 percent in trading before the bell. They have fallen about 18 percent since Musk's tweet on taking the company private on Aug. 7. ]]>
9/7/2018 1:29:28 PM
<![CDATA[GAIA: Breathing a New Life into Egypt’s North Coast]]>
Situated in the prime location of Ras El Hekma, GAIA is an upscale resort enveloped by the vibrant community of the North Coast located on km 190 Alexandria/Matrouh road. It covers a vast area of 2164 km boasting a 500-meter beach front views, 20000 meters of swimmable water lagoons, and an assortment of unit sizes; ranging from 120 m2 to 284 m2. GAIA offers a variety of home styles that includes stand-alone villas, attached twin houses, duplexes, chalets, and cabanas; providing ultimate luxury within a beach resort.

Master planned by esteemed designers Chapman Taylor and RAY Design, the concept of the resort relies heavily on the power of integrating the essence of nature in its components. The harmonious blend of contemporary architecture and an Arabian atmosphere aim towards creating a healing environment; one that motivates, inspires, and nurtures both the body and soul through its lineup of facilities; including recreational areas, walking and cycling tracks, a kids’ area, a spa, and gym.

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9/6/2018 5:37:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s 1st national anti-bullying campaign against peer-to-peer violence]]>
Bullying is a type of violence intentionally and repeatedly exercised by a child on another child in person or online, ranging from physical harm to verbal and psychological abuse which can lead to exclusion, depression and sometimes suicide. It is a terrible phenomenon against which several actors have decided to join hands.

“No child should experience the anxiety and hurt that bullying puts them through, which – just as all types of violence against children – is likely to impair healthy brain development, cause low self-esteem and in severe cases can lead to suicidal feelings,” stated Dr. Azza Al Ashmawy, Secretary General of NCCM. “This campaign urges children, parents and caregivers to speak up against bullying in educational and non-educational settings and seek guidance from trained professionals through the national Child Helpline 16000 that provides 24/7 support and is also an active channel to report severe cases in which the safety of a child is at risk.”

According to the latest global data, slightly more than 1 in 3 students aged 13-15 around the world experience bullying. While girls and boys are equally at risk of being bullied, girls are more likely to become victims of psychological forms of bullying and boys are more at risk of physical violence and threats.

A study conducted by NCCM and UNICEF in 2015 on three governorates showed that the highest level of violence facing children occurs at home, followed by school; with 29 to 47% of children (aged 13-17) reported that physical violence among peers was commonplace.

“The Ministry is fully supporting this important national campaign that we hope will raise awareness among our students, teachers and their communities to identify and address bullying,” said Dr. Tarek Shawky, Minister of Education and Technical Education, “As Egypt steadily moves towards a full transformation of its education system through Education 2.0, creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment for children is among our priorities.”

Private sector partners have showed their support to the campaign cause by committing to help spread its messages through their platforms. A number of national celebrities as well as UNICEF Egypt Ambassadors Actor Ahmed Helmy and Actress Mona Zaki, are echoing the campaign messages on social media and sharing their stance against bullying. The campaign encourages children and young people around the country to voice their experiences, views and solutions to end bullying using the campaign hashtag #IAmAgainstBullying.

“With the launch of this campaign, we are witnessing the continuation of national efforts to end all forms of violence against children in Egypt. We support these efforts through the different programmes the EU funds in the country, specifically through the project ‘Expanding Access to Education and Protection for At Risk Children’,” said Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt. “It is essential for the wellbeing and development of children to invest resources and efforts to secure a safe learning environment for all girls and boys, an environment that is free from peer to peer bullying at school and elsewhere,” he added.

The campaign launched last week, will last until the first week of October and will consist of three Public Service Announcements that will be disseminated on broadcast and social media, as well as outdoor awareness billboards that will be seen across Egypt. The digital platforms of the campaign partners will also disseminate advice and tips to children, parents, teachers and caregivers on ways to face bullying.

“Bullying disrupts the right of children to play and to learn. All children will benefit from a culture that refuses and speaks up against bullying, and keeps them safe from harm,” stated Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. “We are optimistic that national efforts to prevent and respond to violence in and outside schools will continue to be enhanced by our partners.”
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9/6/2018 5:07:13 PM
<![CDATA[Viking 2 probe completes its 42nd year on Mars September 3]]>
The probe was launched on September 9, 1975 and was considered a part of NASA’s Viking Project. Its mission consisted of an orbiter and a lander, typical to Viking 1’s, Viking 2’s precedent.

Viking 2’s lander carried a biological laboratory designed to look for possible signs of life on Mars. The lander had worked for 1361 days until it stopped working on April 1, 1980 due to battery breakdown.

As for the orbiter, it had taken 16,000 photos around Mars’s orbit before it stopped working on July 25, 1978.

The last data from Viking 2 arrived to Earth on April 11, 1980, according to NASA’s official website.
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9/5/2018 10:13:58 AM
<![CDATA[Cottonball makes use of Egypt's gift to the world]]>
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Instead of focusing on adorning our apparel with logos and designs, we focus on the product itself, on the material. Additionally, Cottonball is a means for the Egyptian cotton industry to thrive both locally and internationally. We support local manufacturers and provide job opportunities to a lot of Egyptian families working for Cottonball with the aim of expanding internationally to bring back the glory of the Egyptian cotton industry.

In a nutshell, Cottonball is not just an apparel brand, it's a lifestyle concept promoting quality and comfort in everyday apparel.

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9/4/2018 2:13:24 PM
<![CDATA[Jupiter to be seen in Egypt’s sky throughout September: ASJ]]>
Jupiter has been shifting westwards of the Sun, ASJ added in the statement, saying “Jupiter will be observed highest up at night in the Arab sky, and will appear low in the southwest of the sky at northerly altitudes; in the south of the hemisphere, Jupiter will be quite high in the western sky.”

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, and is the second brighter planet after Venus.

Egypt witnessed Venus at the night of August 22, the head of National Institute for Astronomical Research, Ashraf Tadrous, told Egypt Today.
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9/3/2018 11:05:17 AM
<![CDATA[At 95, WW2 vet breaks own record as oldest scuba diver]]>
Ray Woolley, who turned 95 on Aug. 28, already holds the record as the oldest active male scuba diver. On Saturday he dived for 44 minutes at a depth of 40.6 meters, beating his previous record of 41 minutes and 38.1 meters - when he was 94.

“We did it...I feel great. It’s lovely to break my record again and I hope if I can keep fit I will break it again next year with all of you,” Woolley said moments after emerging from the water.

Woolley and dozens of other divers scoured the watery depths around the shipwreck of the Zenobia, a cargo vessel laden with trucks that sank about 2 km off the southern Cypriot town of Larnaca in 1980 on its maiden voyage.

Woolley, originally from Port Sunlight in northwest England who now lives in Cyprus, said he had first visited the wreck in 1982. A radio operator in the Second World War, he has been diving for 58 years.

“I am trying to prove to myself, and I hope to other people, that exercise, especially when you are getting to around my age, is most important to do,” he told reporters after returning to land.

Zenobia, which now lies on its side with its 90-odd trucks still chained to the vessel, is extremely popular with divers and about 60,000 visit the site each year.]]>
9/2/2018 11:02:32 AM
<![CDATA[Lady Gaga takes off the make-up for movie role]]>
Gaga plays a girl-next-door character who achieves her dream of becoming a famous singer in "A Star Is Born", directed by co-star Bradley Cooper.

"He wanted to see me with nothing," Gaga told a news conference ahead of the film's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

"I walked down the stairs of my house before we filmed the screentest for 'A Star Is Born' and he had a make-up wipe in his hand and he put his hand on my face and he went like this," she said, miming Cooper rubbing her face.

"There was make-up, just a little bit, and he said: 'I want no make-up on your face'. And so this vulnerability was something he brought out of me."

In the movie, Gaga's character Ally is told her nose is too big and will prevent her becoming a success, something the 32-year-old singer said she empathised with.

"When I was first starting out, you know, I was not the most beautiful girl in the room," she said, adding that her faith in her own songwriting talent allowed her to forge ahead.

"There were lots of women that were singers but did not write their own music. Many record execs wanted to take my songs and give them to other women to sing, and I was, like, holding onto my music with my whole ten fingers saying: ‘You’re not going to take my songs from me’."

"A Star Is Born" premieres in a non-competition slot at the Venice Film Festival which runs from Aug. 29 to Sept 8. ]]>
9/1/2018 8:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[People in red: thousands hurl tomatoes in Spanish food fight]]>
A fire cracker signal marked the start of the massive food fight at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) and during the next hour, six trucks loaded with over-ripe tomatoes drove through the small town’s main street providing ammunition for festival-goers.

Some wore sunglasses or goggles as protection for their eyes as they covered each other in red pulp.

The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up amongst villagers in 1945. It was banned for a while during the 1950s at the height of General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, but today draws large crowds of locals as well as foreign tourists.
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8/31/2018 1:17:01 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI nova 3 series—the Devices for the Young and Daring ]]>
The HUAWEI nova Series doesn’t just embody cutting-edge craftsmanship, but also expresses the wildness and the attitude that a youth should have. Made for youth, the HUAWEI nova Series devices meet and exceed the expectations of young users. And as the new heavyweight addition to the series, HUAWEI nova 3 does not disappoint. It features a new and improved FullView display with barely-there bezels that blend into the screen when the display is off. The shape of the device has also been heavily iterated upon to realize the most comfortable grip, and the materials were meticulously chosen for their quality. None of these design choices were made easily, but in its pursuit to become a device that truly services the needs of youth, the challenges mentioned above are only the tip of an iceberg.

Recently, Huawei announced that it has signed Jackson Yee as its global brand ambassador for the nova brand. This makes Yee not just the first Chinese brand ambassador for the nova brand, but also the first “post-00” ambassador representing the youth-centric brand. The news was very well received in the market. This move enables Huawei to clearly highly the brand positioning of its nova series, and really rein the target audience in for the brand.

The youth desire a fashionable device for themselves. But what is fashion? It’s intangible and irrational, but when something gets it right, it just clicks. The kind of fashion young people chase after changes frequently, but the fashion-forward looks of the HUAWEI nova Series allow it to remain highly desirable.

The new notched 6.3-inch FullView display is stunning to look at, and when it is off, the notch melds seamlessly with the screen, creating a perfect bezel-less look. The screen is secured to a chassis whose length measures at the same 5.5-inch. The double-curved 3D glass is also upgraded, allowing vibrant colors to shine through to the fullest extent.

Of course, the appearance upgrades on the HUAWEI nova 3 series goes beyond the design. The HUAWEI nova 3 is available in Red, Primrose Gold, Airy Blue and Iris Purple, and HUAWEI nova 3i comes with the classic Black & White and Iris Purple. Iris Purple is Huawei’s latest gradient color. When a device is laid flat, the gradient shifts ever so slightly to the dark side; but if you view it from a lower angle, the color lightens back up magically. The gradient color behaves just like the youth—it is ever changing, mysterious and wild.

Looking back at the history of smartphones, manufacturers have always been keen to bolster their product portfolio with differently colored devices. And that has worked in the favor of consumers, giving them additional choice. The HUAWEI nova Series, a line-up renowned for its design, is at the forefront of this color trend. The Iris Purple gradient color available on both the nova 3 and nova 3i evoke feelings of mystery, excitement and adventure. Such a unique experience is only available through the trendy HUAWEI nova 3 series.

When discussing the HUAWEI nova 3 series, it’s hard to not also mention its AI quad camera setup. In fact, having dual front and rear cameras together is a rare sight to behold as it ups the cost of manufacturing significantly. However, for its nova Series, Huawei refuses to settle for less. The HUAWEI nova 3 series continues to offer a quad-camera photography experience. What’s new is that the nova 3 series enhances the cameras with AI, allowing users to effortlessly capture beauty.

In today’s social media-driven world, great photos are sought after by people all around the world, but not everyone has the time to retouch photos before posting. The 24MP and 2MP front cameras allow users to capture themselves in their most natural, most beautiful forms. Users can also opt to beautify themselves after the fact using Huawei’s sophisticated retouching tools to “manufacture” beauty. The tool supports a range of tweaks including whitening, sharpening, brightening and more.

With youth comes the energy to be wild and free. Don’t set limits for yourself, don’t let others restrict your actions. Channel your youthful energy to explore the world and enjoy the ride—and if you need a partner, know that HUAWEI nova 3 series will gladly ride shotgun.
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8/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Be the New Generation Selfie Superstar with HUAWEI nova 3 series]]>
Imagine having a smartphone that has the ability to recognize age, gender, skin tone to adjust for the optimal selfie even when the photo is taken in low-light or backlit environment. The smartphone automatically adjusts the sharpness and colour for a high-definition image, without you having to do anything but click.

Sounds like a dream but Huawei has made this dream come true with the launch of its new HUAWEI nova 3 series, which has unparalleled AI capabilities and exceptional front camera features. Both the smartphones have state-of-the-art dual front and rear camera with 24 MP and 2 MP, which are further powered by artificial intelligence (AI)). HUWAEI nova 3 series will help you capture the next generation AI selfie instantly with its AI engineered beautification solutions that will enhance your skin tone to match your visual age. Moreover, HUAWEI’s nova 3 series has background scene recognition with nearly 200 different scenarios that can intelligently adjust the sharpness and colour for a high definition image allowing you to seize the moment and create lasting memories.

The HUAWEI nova 3 series with exceptional front camera and AI photography capability is set to wow the users as it not only captures their own face clearly, but also the story of the selfie moment and environment.

Huawei nova 3 series features the AI-enhanced dual front cameras (24MP + 2MP)

The artificially intelligent phone is equipped with a 24MP camera both in the front and at the rear to capture the best-looking selfies. The AI enhancements will create perfect selfies at the first click by capturing both the face and the surroundings. The new f/2.0 wide aperture lens on the 24MP high-resolution front camera is joined by a 2MP broad spectrum color sensor that captures depth-of-field information for authentic bokeh effects.

Huawei nova 3 series is equipped with AI scene recognition
HUAWEI nova 3 is enabled with over 200 different scenarios across eight unique categories that include blue skies, beaches, plants, night, stage performances, flowers, rooms and snow. Hence, the AI powered phones will recognise the background and capture every detail to create an enhanced shot that offers best colour optimization features.

Huawei nova 3 series offers AI enabled beauty algorithm
HUAWEI nova 3’s camera has a set focal length of 35mm for selfies providing the best-in-technology to capture a stunning portrait. The AI enabled beauty algorithm offers seven skin tones and textures for users to choose from and customize their selfies to create their own definition of beauty.
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8/30/2018 3:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[Got a note for God? His inbox is empty]]>
Equipped with long sticks, a team of cleaners on Tuesday gouged out written prayers that visitors to Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem traditionally cram into its crevices.

Twice a year, the Rabbi of the Western Wall oversees the collection of thousands of notes to ensure there’s always space for more. The papers are then buried on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives in accordance with ritual.

The Western Wall is a remnant of the compound of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD. It stands today beneath a religious plaza known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.]]>
8/29/2018 11:26:18 AM
<![CDATA[Dual Front Camera and Artificial Intelligence Power the Next Generation Super Selfies]]>
Each of us is passionate with our own unique talent, energy and beauty, and Artificial intelligence selfie is a meaningful way for us to proactively share that with the world.

With an extraordinary new perspective, HUAWEI nova 3 series is set to change the way selfies are taken. The innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered device shows-off dual front-facing cameras with a 24MP primary sensor and a 2MP sensor.

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Gone are the days of smartphone makers marketing higher pixel counts and in-built filters to make your selfies stand out. What users really, truly want is a phone that will be intelligent enough to do the work for them. A camera that won't just blur a background but will showcase subject and ambience in perfect harmony to express the true meaning of a person's selfie story.

Unlike other smartphones where the front camera is low-pixelated and only focuses on the subject's face while neglecting the ambience of the background setting, Huawei's AI-powered camera is designed to capture details with the primary lens. The latter will then capture depth to produce stunning, authentic bokeh effects to showcase the best of you and your surroundings.

From blue skies to sunny beaches, lush plants, starry nights, and even the magic of stage lights during performances, the front camera is enabled to recognize more than 200 different scenarios of eight categories.

Most importantly, imagine the time and effort saved from never having to edit and filter a photo again. That's the true purpose an AI powered device after all. Huawei's intuitive devices are powered with AI beautification algorithms that take into consideration how people around the world perceive beauty and apply a different set of adjustments to skin tones and facial details by age and gender to accentuate contours and conceal imperfections.

The third-generation intelligent device also supports real-time High Definition Range (HDR) footage preview and recording, in addition to studio-quality lighting options. Meanwhile, it accurately maps the five facial features of a subject and develop a 3D model in order to identify areas that require additional lighting or beautification. This would also work well with 3D Qmoji, a fun feature that digitally transposes the face of a user onto a digital avatar.

Huawei has always been committed to unlocking people’s potential through technology and more so with the launch of HUAWEI nova 3 and HUWAEI nova 3i, which help consumers capture timeless memories through the most stunning digital record of both face and surroundings with its dual front and rear camera, its AI Beautification algorithms, it’s high-light sensitivity for HDR pictures, while adding quirky emojis to make it a fun experience. Whether you're an amateur or an expert, the HUAWEI nova 3 series presents itself as an AI-powered camera that helps you customize your selfies to create your own definition of beauty.

For those who see mobile phones as essential tools for self-expression, the sun has set on smartphone selfies. Phones without AI will soon become a thing of the past. Prepare to bid goodbye to the old and get set to upgrade your expression with the dawn of the HUAWEI’s nova 3 series, which are making the AI super selfie the new trend.]]>
8/27/2018 12:40:43 PM
<![CDATA[Ready, steady, splash! Malta celebrates historic greasy pole tournament]]>
St Julian’s, just north of Valletta harbor, is dotted with tower cranes as old houses make way for new high-rise apartment blocks each vying for a view over a bay dotted with restaurants and colorful boats.

The town’s population has swelled with droves of North Europeans who work in the booming e-gaming industry. Malta has become a hub for European online gaming, which includes online sports betting, web-based casinos, poker and other games.

For the last 200 years the bay has taken center stage at the end of August when the town holds a feast for its patron saint, St Julian the Hospitaller, and a greasy pole competition is held off the promenade.

In the tournament, known as Gostra to the Maltese, a 16 meter-pole is covered by 15 liters of lard and fixed at an angle from the promenade into the sea. Competitors try to grab three flags at its end – a blue and white one dedicated to St Mary, a yellow and white one for the Vatican, and the Belgian tricolor, since St Julian is believed to have been born in the Belgian town of Ath in 7AD.

To the amazement of tourists, Belgian flags also dominate the whole town for the four-day festival of which the Gostra is the main attraction.

Only those who help in the organization of the festival can take part in the greasy pole challenge. Organizers say participation has declined while costs, especially for insurance, have soared.

“This is like a football team, you have to be part of the team to take part,” Neville Zahra one of the long-term organizers said. “For me, it is part of my life.”

Participants run up the pole from as far as possible before the lard and gravity take their toll. As they lose momentum and traction they either dive into the sea or bravely stretch as far as they can go for the flags. The watching crowd delights at the awkward angles at which they invariably fall into the Mediterranean. A few suffer minor injuries.

Zahra, 37, has taken part in the Gostra ever since he was a child, and has gone home with several trophies and a few bruises.

“The trick is to concentrate and not to be scared of it,” he said. “You can get hurt, as in any sport, but you must not let that get to you.”]]>
8/27/2018 11:24:15 AM
<![CDATA[6 astronomical phenomena to expect in the next few days]]>
The first phenomenon witnessed by Egypt will take place in the north eastern horizon at the beginning of the night, where one of the most famous constellations, Cassiopeia’s chair, will appear in its easily recognizable shape; W or M.

The second phenomenon will occur on Sunday when the moon will be full, marking the end of Hajj. Mohamed Gharib, professor at the National Institute of Astronomical Research, confirmed that astronomical calculations conducted by the Institute show that this will be on Aug. 26 with the full moon in Egyptian skies.

Gharib also said that the Badr Hijri month is scheduled to end on Sunday at 1:56 p.m.

The third phenomenon will also be on Sunday when Mercury will be at its maximum elongation around the sun, said Ashraf Tadros, head of astronomy at the institute.

In astronomy, a planet’s elongation is the angle between the specific planet and the sun when it is measured from Earth, explained Tadros.

The fourth phenomenon is the appearance of Mars as a red dot in the sky as seen by the naked eye on Aug. 28, and it is expected to stay bright all night until early September.

It will be seen in the east at night, then reach its highest point in the sky around midnight and will then be seen in the west at dawn. Interestingly, this phenomenon will only happen again in 2035.

Another phenomenon will witness Neptune moving two degrees south from the center of the moon on Aug. 27. And another will witness Uranus moving five degrees north from the center of the moon on Aug. 31.

To see the phenomena, stay away from bright places and move towards darker, open spaces with clear skies and with no fog or mist.
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8/26/2018 10:49:11 AM
<![CDATA[Kenya's Maasai mark rite of passage with elaborate ceremony]]>
The colorful event, in Kajiado County, in the country’s Great Rift Valley, happens just once every five to ten years for boys aged between nine and 15. In the Maasai tradition, a boy’s “age set” is a critical.

After spending the previous night in dry, scrub brush forest, the boys were given a heroes welcome with multiple rounds of singing and chanting to boost their morale as they danced thrusting sticks in the air.

All the boys painted their heads with ochre, a deep red pigment made from clay. Those initiates chosen to be future leaders of the age group were marked by elaborate white paint patterns on their faces and bodies.

Their torsos were draped with colorful beads matching their bracelets. The young men also wore traditional red blankets and black sandals made out of tires.

“The ceremony is called ‘Il Mirisho’ which means people who have won...(within) five years they all will be circumcised and recognized as a moran,” said community elder Ole Sakaya Matini.

Traditionally, moran are the Maasai’s warrior class made up of brave and strong young men who defend the community.

The ceremony was organized by elders from the Matapato area where the boys are from.

To mark the occasion, a large bull was sacrificed and its meat was roasted and feed thousands of attendants. Its organs were later used to offer ritual blessings.

Elders put rings made out of the bull’s leather on the fingers of the boys, who were also smeared with oil. In the last part of the ceremony, elders sprayed the milk-beer combination onto the boys as another blessing.

“This is the first ceremony to give their age group a name, now they are recognized and have an identity as an age group,” said Matini, the elder.

The name chosen for this group, he said, is “Ilmemiri” — meaning “people who have won”, or “people who cannot be defeated”.]]>
8/25/2018 11:53:44 AM
<![CDATA[Eye exam may predict Alzheimer's]]>
Using equipment similar to the kind already available at most eye doctors' offices, researchers detected signs of Alzheimer's in a small sample of 30 people, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Opthalmology.

Those enrolled in the study -- all in their mid-70s with no outward symptoms of Alzheimer's -- underwent PET scans or sampling of spinal fluid.

About half came back with elevated levels of the Alzheimer's proteins amyloid or tau, suggesting they would eventually develop dementia.

In this group, researchers also found thinning in the retina, something that experts had previously seen in autopsies of people who died from Alzheimer's disease.

"In the patients with elevated levels of amyloid or tau, we detected significant thinning in the center of the retina," said co-principal investigator Rajendra Apte, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

"All of us have a small area devoid of blood vessels in the center of our retinas that is responsible for our most precise vision. We found that this zone lacking blood vessels was significantly enlarged in people with preclinical Alzheimer's disease."

The study did not, however, reveal if the participants with thinning retinas went on to develop Alzheimer's or not.

For that reason, Doug Brown, chief policy and research Officer, Alzheimer's Society, called the area of research "fascinating" but sounded a note of caution.

"Without confirming that any of the people with preclinical Alzheimer's actually went on to develop the disease, we would need to see this carried out on a much larger group over a longer period of time to draw any firm conclusions," said Brown, who was not involved in the study.

Sara Imarisio, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, agreed.

"While the eye tests used in this research are relatively quick, inexpensive and non-invasive, as only 30 people took part in the study, we still need to see more research before we can tell how useful this method could be for highlighting early signs of Alzheimer's"

- Dementia on rise -

Experts say brain damage from Alzheimer's disease can begin up to two decades before signs of memory loss appear.

Close to 50 million people are living with dementia around the globe, and the toll is expected to mount in the coming decades as the population ages.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and there is no cure. But earlier detection may make it possible for drug or lifestyle interventions that may stave off the disease.

Currently, doctors use PET scans and lumbar punctures to help diagnose Alzheimer's -- both expensive and invasive techniques.

The type of technology used in the JAMA study is called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A).

It is commonly used to shine light into the eye so that a doctor can measure the thickness of the retina and optic nerve.

Researchers say the retina and central nervous system are interconnected, so changes in the brain can be reflected in the cells of the retina.

"This technique has great potential to become a screening tool that helps decide who should undergo more expensive and invasive testing for Alzheimer's disease prior to the appearance of clinical symptoms," said the study's first author Bliss E. O'Bryhim, a resident physician in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University.

The study authors agree that more work is needed to confirm if the technique works in larger populations, but are hopeful that it could one day help screen people in their 40s and 50s.]]>
8/24/2018 3:30:00 AM
<![CDATA['Green hajj' slowly takes root in Mecca]]>
The Mamuniya camp in Mina near the holy city is dotted with colour-coded barrels -- black for organic waste and blue for cans and plastics for recycling.

It's all part of an initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of the hajj, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

More than 42,000 tonnes of waste are produced during the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites, according of Mohammed al-Saati, head of sanitation for the Mecca municipality.

"We're facing some real challenges, primarily the sheer volume of waste produced ... along with the number of pilgrims, the limited space around the holy sites, different nationalities and the weather," Saati told AFP.

"Islam as a religion does not encourage excess," he added.

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Sanitation workers collect litter during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca on August 22, 2018. In the streets of Mecca province, thousands of cleaners are hard at work separating plastic waste from composte as more than two million Muslims wrap up their annual hajj pilgrimage. More than 13,000 sanitation workers and supervisors were hired during the 2018 pilgrimage season, which saw temperatures rise to 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) this week. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE


"Pilgrims can be friends of the environment. It starts by raising awareness back home."

The hajj, which started on Sunday and ends on Friday, drew nearly 2.4 million Muslims from around the world this year, according to official Saudi figures.

More than 13,000 sanitation workers and supervisors were hired during the pilgrimage season, which saw temperatures rise to 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) this week.

- 'Green hajj' -

A handful of camps in the town of Mina, the site of the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual during hajj, have begun to implement plans to turn "green", cutting back on waste and encouraging pilgrims to do their part.

Banners hanging near the Kaaba, a black structure inside Mecca's Grand Mosque towards which Muslims around the world pray, also featured the recycle logo this year.

Authorities aim to cut waste volumes by two-thirds by 2030, Saati said, with a plan that speaks to both environmental ethics and religious belief.

Sorted waste collected from the pilgrimage sites will be sold to companies that handle recycling.

All proceeds will be given to charity in standing with the Muslim belief in "sadaqah," or voluntary donations.

Workers in bright green vests made their way across the streets and alleys, picking up soda cans and plastic water bottles as pilgrims packed their things to return home.

Signs encouraging pilgrims to sort their waste could be seen across the Mamuniya camp -- along with signs reading "Sadaqah, not litter."

"The idea of an environmentally friendly camp is really important to us, to preserve the sanctity of the site," said Hatem Mumena, the camp's general manager.

But he admits there is still far to go, as the numbers of pilgrims attending hajj is expected to rise. Saudi Arabia hopes to welcome some 30 million pilgrims per year by 2030.

"This is just the beginning," Mumena said.
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8/23/2018 1:12:18 PM
<![CDATA[The significance of Arafat Day]]>
Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid El-Adha and those lucky enough to be at Hajj will walk from Mina to Mount Arafat on Monday, the place where Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) gave his last sermon before his death.

Buses and vehicles will be available to transport the pilgrims from Mecca to Mina, while some prefer to walk despite the heat. They will then proceed to climb Mount Arafat to pray and read Quran.

In his last sermon, prophet Mohammed (PBUH) spoke about the importance of treating women well, the five prayers, the holy month of Ramadan and equality.

This day is also known as the day of repentance; hence, those who did not go to Hajj, or are unable to go, can spend their day fasting to repent their sins.

The Minister of Awqaf, Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, said that the Day of Arafat is a day of God’s mercy on the pilgrims and all believers.

He added that this is the greatest day during pilgrimage because it is the day of mercy; the day of forgiveness that God will not deprive anyone from. The minister also explained that, on this day, God opens his doors for forgiveness and mercy.

According to Asharq Al-Awsat, Saudi Interior Ministry Security Spokesman Mansour al-Turki said that they are ready to receive over 2 million pilgrims from Mecca to Mina and then off to Mount Arafat.

The Egyptian Gazette said that 50 buses are going to be used to help elderly pilgrims get to Mount Arafat. Around 12 Egyptians already died during Hajj, so pilgrims are being urged to follow instructions of Saudi security personnel.
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8/20/2018 11:10:59 AM
<![CDATA[No people, no problem for reclusive forest dwellers in Belarus]]>
Since then, the husband and wife have lived for more than a quarter of a century in a primitive hut in a forest in northeastern Belarus, close to the Russian border.

“There are no people - there is no conflict,” said Tamara Baikov, who says she loves weeding her vegetable patch and would rather plow a hectare of land than venture to a city.

Life is simple for the two 69-year-olds. There is no electricity, so they read by torchlight. They take the water they need from the river and cook with a wood-burning stove.

Their chickens and ducks provide them with meat and eggs. Their goats give them milk and cottage cheese. Manure is their only fertilizer for growing potatoes and vegetables.

Daughter Veronika is their main contact with the outside world. She brings any additional supplies they might need from a store, and also sells their produce to generate some income.

“Our Veronika sells all this in neighboring Russia. Plus a pension, we have enough to live on,” Yuri said. “We cannot leave our animals and birds even for a day - and we don’t want to.”

They live on a small farm they built in 1992. The nearest Belarussian village, Yukhovichi, is 15 km (9 miles) away, while Russia is a few hundred meters across the river.

They used to live in Yukhovichi as farmers, keeping cows and poultry. But dwelling near other people did not suit them — the injured duck was one example.

In late 1991, the local authorities gave them a piece of land in the forest and one night in May 1992, they left together with Veronika, five cows, some groceries, tools and nails.

They spent the first few nights under a linden tree, covering themselves in plastic sheets for warmth.

Veronika grew up and eventually moved beyond the river to a village in Russia called Davostsy. She now has a 16-year-old daughter of her own called Angelina.

Tamara and Yuri stayed in the cramped hut that was initially intended as a temporary shelter. They had planned to build a proper house, but a lack of money and bureaucratic hassles prevented them from doing so.

They like to listen to Russian radio stations to keep up with world news. But mostly they enjoy the solitude.

“Silence is very good - only grandma is not silent, she talks a lot,” Yuri joked, referring to his wife.]]>
8/19/2018 1:35:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to witness Venus Saturday ]]>
Besides a vision of Venus, Egypt will also witness the moon, below it Jupiter and the star, Spica, between them; Tadrous pointed out that the phenomenon will go on for about 59 minutes.

There is some information about the astronomical phenomenon:

- The phenomenon can be seen with the naked eye without the need for monitoring devices.

- Venus is the third brightest object in the dome of the sky after the sun and moon.

- Venus will appear as a bright white spot and as a half disk of light by sunlight.

- The best vision for Venus is through the telescope before the beginning of the night and before it becomes at the top of the brightness and affects the glow of light on the monitoring process.

- Sunday, Venus will begin to gradually move towards the sun.

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8/18/2018 12:18:29 PM
<![CDATA[Tips to help you raise a future leader]]>
Parents must focus on teaching basic skills at the beginning of their lives such as courage, decision-making, self-confidence, positive self-image and self-acceptance.

In August 2017, Mustafa Abu Saad, a professor in Educational Psychology and a Global Trainer in NLP specialized in education, said in Arabiya Magazine that raising and preparing children to be successful, happy and beneficial to their community is a great challenge for every family in the presence of external influences that parents cannot control. These external influences affect the personality and background of the child.

Abu Saad added that parents must prepare a generation of leaders who trust in themselves and challenge the obstacles that stand in the way of their nation to teach them consistency and commitment, noting that the following are the most important qualities required in preparing a leading child:

1. Scientific excellence, intelligence, and promptitude.
2. Commitment to responsibilities of any kind.
3. Self-confidence.
4. Ambition and activeness.
5. Decisiveness.
6. Articulateness.
7. Wisdom.
8. Humility.
9. Tender and continued commitment.
10. Positive influence.
11. The ability to identify and reach objectives.
12. The ability to persuade and manage a group of students.
13. To be characterized by order and timeliness.
14. Honesty.
15. Thoughtfulness.
16. Open-mindedness.
17. To care about their general appearance.

How do we focus on the child in his/her early years to enable him/her to become a leader?

About 90 percent of a child’s personality is formed in the first seven years; where the child begins to form a self-image, according to Abu Saad. Abu Saad added that between 7 and 18 years of age, 10 percent of the child's personality is formed. The personalities of children must be restructured through persuasion, soft understanding, decision-making, power and time value.

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that being emotional is responsible for 58 percent of a leader’s job performance. Some 90 percent of top-performing leaders have are to a degree emotional, Forbes reported in August 2015.

According to The Independent, children need love and a sense of safety to help them overcome hard exams; they will associate love and security with achievements and will enjoy their success more.

Furthermore, resilience with children is essential for learning. Martin Seligman, a professor of American psychology, said that resilience helps children to think more realistically and become more creative.

Parents should give their children the chance to choose an appropriate specialization in accordance with their personalities; they should allow them to study what they like and should refrain from choosing for them.

Research shows that parents have to develop the hobbies of the child such as drawing, dealing with others, competing with others, to develop in the child the love of leadership.

Problem-solving skills in children need to be developed without hesitation and reliance on others. According to Forbes, “Children who always have someone swooping in to rescue them spend their whole lives waiting for this to happen.” Leaders take action and they are responsible and accountable.

Important advice for parents

According to an article in Forbes magazine, children need to be praised for building a healthy sense of self-esteem to become successful leaders. Show your children how proud they are, it helps them understand the true meaning of leadership and will do so in turn when they do become leaders.

The article also added that parents must teach their children that every one makes mistakes; leaders need to be able to observe mistakes, learn from it, and move on to become better people.

Parents should not use cruelty with children. Children not treated with tenderness become unable to empathize, which in turn makes them unsuccessful because of their inability to connect to others, according to Amani Al-Omar, a psychologist at the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Omar added that children have to take responsibility early on, they have to practice hobbies. Parents must praise their successes to give them more confidence in themselves, noting that parents should teach children that violence does not make them successful leaders.

Parents mistakenly believe that the higher the IQ of the child, the better grades they will get, but it is not true, Omar assures. Emotional intelligence is more important than mental intelligence, the most powerful example of which are geniuses such as Einstein, Da Vinci and Edison who were expelled from school and were told that they were failures.

In August 2017, Khaled Mahmoud Abdel Latif, a writer, said that European and Asian countries such as Japan and China were able to rise because of teamwork and leadership, and the concept of strategic planning.

Finally, children must be encouraged to love challenges, since they will face many throughout their lives as they grow older.
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8/15/2018 3:39:41 PM
<![CDATA[Greek town loves movie score maestro Morricone - and it shows]]>
The residents of Larissa have launched a fan club dedicated to the Italian maestro - known for his scores for classic movies “Once Upon a Time in America”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “The Mission”.

Members of the Cultural Society of Friends of Ennio Morricone Music in Greece screen his films and broadcast his concerts live on screens at archaeological sites.

In the latest sign of their appreciation, they have commissioned a mural of Morricone’s bespectacled profile on a five-storey residential block, about 1,000 km (620 miles) away from his birthplace in Rome.

“It is very visible, we wanted a clear illustration of him, so it could always remain here in our town, magnificent, like him and his large body of work,” said society president Konstantinos Papakostas.

Papakostas set up the society in 2010 after seeing the Oscar-winning composer perform live in the Italian capital, then Assago, Milan.

He spread the word in Larissa and has since persuaded 1,080 fellow townspeople to sign up as members.

“I am completely in awe of him and his music,” Papakostas said.

Morricone, who turns 90 this year, is still composing music and has a series of performances lined up as part of “The 60 Years in Music” tour.]]>
8/14/2018 1:07:46 PM
<![CDATA[NASA launches historic probe to 'touch Sun']]>
"Three, two, one, and liftoff!" said a NASA commentator as the Parker Solar Probe lit up the dark night sky aboard a Delta IV-Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:31 am (0731 GMT).

The unmanned spacecraft aims to get closer than any human-made object in history to the center of our solar system.

The probe is designed to plunge into the Sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, during a seven-year mission.

It is protected by an ultra-powerful heat shield that can endure unprecedented levels of heat, and radiation 500 times that experienced on Earth.

- Strange veil -

NASA has billed the mission as the first spacecraft to "touch the Sun."

In reality, it should come within 3.83 million miles (6.16 million kilometers) of the Sun's surface, close enough to study the curious phenomenon of the solar wind and the Sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, which is 300 times hotter than its surface.

The car-sized probe is designed to give scientists a better understanding of solar wind and geomagnetic storms that risk wreaking chaos on Earth by knocking out the power grid.

These solar outbursts are poorly understood, but pack the potential to wipe out power to millions of people.

A worst-case scenario could cost up to two trillion dollars in the first year alone and take a decade to fully recover from, experts have warned.

"The Parker Solar Probe will help us do a much better job of predicting when a disturbance in the solar wind could hit Earth," said Justin Kasper, a project scientist and professor at the University of Michigan.

Knowing more about the solar wind and space storms will also help protect future deep space explorers as they journey toward the Moon or Mars.

- Heat shield -

The probe is guarded by an ultra-powerful heat shield that is just 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters) thick, enabling the spacecraft to survive its close shave with the fiery star.

Even in a region where temperatures can reach more than a million degrees Fahrenheit, the sunlight is expected to heat the shield to just around 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371 degrees Celsius).

If all works as planned, the inside of the spacecraft should stay at just 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The goal for the Parker Solar Probe is to make 24 passes through the corona during its seven-year mission.

"The sun is full of mysteries," said Nicky Fox, project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

"We are ready. We have the perfect payload. We know the questions we want to answer."

- 91-year-old namesake -

The spacecraft is the only NASA probe in history to be named after a living person -- in this case, 91-year-old solar physicist Eugene Parker, who first described the solar wind in 1958.

Parker said last week that he was "impressed" by the Parker Solar Probe, calling it "a very complex machine."

NASA chief of the science mission directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, said Saturday that Parker is an "incredible hero of our scientific community," and called the probe one of NASA most "strategically important" missions.

Scientists have wanted to build a spacecraft like this for more than 60 years, but only in recent years did the heat shield technology advance enough to be capable of protecting sensitive instruments.

Tools on board will measure high-energy particles associated with flares and coronal mass ejections, as well as the changing magnetic field around the Sun.

A white light imager will take images of the atmosphere right in front of the Sun.

When it nears the Sun, the probe will travel rapidly enough to go from New York to Tokyo in one minute -- some 430,000 miles per hour, making it the fastest human-made object.]]>
8/12/2018 11:04:33 AM
<![CDATA[Partial solar eclipse to take place Saturday, unseen in Arab world]]>
The Association of Astronomy in Jeddah announced that this partial eclipse, celestial event in which the moon briefly lapses with the sun, will be visible from Northern and Eastern Europe, North America, and some northern and western locations in Asia, making it the most watched solar eclipse of 2018 especially in Russia; however, it will be totally invisible in the Arab region.

"Unlike the lunar eclipse, the solar eclipse needs special monitoring equipment such as special glasses or optical filters for telescopes and binoculars for eye safety," the report stated.

The eclipse will officially begin when the moon first appears to make contact with the sun's disk at 4:02 a.m. EDT 8:02 GMT. Maximum eclipse will occur at 5:46 a.m. EDT (9:46 GMT), when the eclipse is at magnitude 0.7361.

During the solar eclipse, the moon reaches the stage of conjugation, called the "giant helix", which is 358,491 kilometers from east to west, ending its cycle around Earth and starting its new cycle.

The report declared that the moon can be called a "giant” whether it is a full or partial moon, when the distance between the center of the moon and the center of the Earth lays within a distance of 362,146 kilometers.

According to the repost, such a description lacks accuracy; yet, it has been commonly used years ago.

Accordingly, the moon will be near “perigee”, the closest point to Earth in the moon's orbit.

Solar eclipses occur when the disk of the moon appears to cross in front of the disk of the sun, while a total solar eclipse, like the one that took place on Aug. 21, 2017, occurs when the disk of the moon blocks 100 percent the solar disk. A partial eclipse occurs when the moon covers only part of the sun’s disk.

As noticed, in 2018, sky watchers in the few selected locations on Earth did have three opportunities to observe a solar eclipse. The first solar eclipse of 2018 took place on Feb. 15 and was visible only from parts of Antarctica, the Atlantic Ocean and southern South America. The second one took place on July 13 and was visible primarily over the ocean between Australia and Antarctica. The third and last one is taking place on Aug. 11 and will swing over the North Pole.

Additional reporting by Ingy Rashed
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8/11/2018 2:58:32 PM
<![CDATA[Sacre bleu! Blue wine makes a splash in southern France]]>
In the Mediterranean resort’s restaurants and beach bars, holidaymakers and local residents have drunk their way through the first 2,000-bottle consignment of the turquoise-colored chardonnay.

Now Rene Le Bail, the entrepreneur marketing the Spanish-made wine, has put in an order for up to 35,000 more bottles.

“It reminds me of something, I’m not sure which fruit but it makes me think of, I don’t know, maybe sweets from my childhood,” said a diner who identified himself as Frederic.

“I love the color, it’s perfect for the summer. It brings happiness, joy, I really like it,” said Nora, a tourist from Singapore while drinking in a beachfront restaurant.

The wine is filtered through a pulp of red grape skins which contain a natural pigment, anthocyanin, and gives the wine its electric blue color.

Le Bail turned to a vineyard in Spain’s southern Almeria region to find a blue wine that he says boasts aromas of cherry, raspberry and passion fruit.

It is not the first blue wine to come out of Spain. In 2016, Spanish startup Gik developed a wine with a deep sapphire hue. But because of its “vin bleu” label, it ran afoul of strict French labeling rules and suffered a short shelf-life in stores.

The entrepreneur has sidestepped the regulations with some clever naming, labeling the 12 euro bottles: ‘Vindigo’.

“I think the bottles we’ve ordered will go in two months. Everybody wants it,” Le Bail told Reuters.

Le Bail says he has been inundated with orders from across France, Belgium and Germany on the wine’s Facebook page and says demand for the wine stretches as far as Russia, the Caribbean and China.

“We’ve said no to all the big supermarkets. We want in France to sell the wine through small-scale wine merchants and grocers,” he said.

In a country where rosé wine was for decades seen as a poor cousin to red and white before becoming fashionable in recent years, not everyone shares Le Bail’s conviction that blue wine is here to last.

“It’s a bit heavy in its aromas,” said Philippe Delran, a bespectacled wine merchant in Sete who raised his eyebrows in thinly-concealed displeasure on judging the wine’s bouquet. “It needs more work.”]]>
8/11/2018 11:27:49 AM
<![CDATA[Want to be a dad? Wear boxers, not skin-tight briefs]]>
Compared to men who favor snug-fitting briefs, devotees of boxer shorts had a significantly higher count and concentration of sperm, researchers reported in the journal Human Reproduction.

The sperm were also more lively, and levels of a reproductive hormone were more favorable to generating offspring.

Researchers led by Lidia Minguez-Alarcon of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston examined 656 men of normal weight, aged 18 to 56, whose partners were seeking infertility treatment at a clinic.

Earlier research had come to the same conclusion, but with a smaller sample size. Corroborating data on the hormone, known as FSH, was also new.

Successful sperm production requires an environment three to four degrees Celsius (5.6 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) below body temperature.

This explains the design of the free-hanging male scrotum, which is, in effect, a cooling system that places the sperm-making testes outside the main body cavity.

Anything that prevents this cooling is likely to impair both sperm output and quality.

- If in doubt... -

While the age-old locker-room debate among men -- boxers vs. briefs -- is more aesthetic than medical, the question has long been raised: do tight-fitting shorts overheat the family jewels?

The answer, it seems, is "a little bit, but it may not matter".

"The study provides reasonably strong supporting evidence that wearing tighter underwear might cause mild, but significant, impaired sperm production in men," noted Richard Sharpe, an honorary professor from the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Reproductive Health who was not involved in the research.

Ashely Grossman, professor of endocrinology at Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, agreed, saying the results were robust enough to merit a small lifestyle change when in doubt.

"It is a simple measure to wear boxer shorts when there is uncertainty regarding fertility," he commented.

At the same time, experts noted a number of gaps in the new study that left room for uncertainty, and highlighted the need for follow up research.

While each participant provided a sperm and blood sample, sartorial habits were self-reported.

The study was also not a clinical trial -- the gold standard in health research -- but a search for statistically significant correlations, which can only point to possible causes.

Also, the study did not measure actual pregnancy outcomes, so it was unclear whether the differences in sperm count and quality uncovered actually made a bottom-line difference in the desired outcome.]]>
8/9/2018 12:49:20 PM
<![CDATA[Apple removes most of U.S. conspiracy theorist's podcasts from iTunes]]>
The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programs by Facebook and other online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content.

Apple told Buzzfeed that it had removed the entire library for five of Jones's six Infowars podcasts including the shows "War Room" and the daily "The Alex Jones Show."

Only one program provided by Infowars, "RealNews with David Knight" remained on Apple's platforms on Sunday, according to media accounts.

An Apple spokesperson was not available for comment early on Monday.

In other recent actions against Jones, Facebook suspended the radio and Internet host's personal profile for 30 days in late July from Facebook's site for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.

Facebook also announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards.

The company said it removed the pages "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies."

Also, Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones's Infowars programs from its platform. Last week it removed just some specific programs.

“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community," a spokesperson said Monday.

"Due to repeated violations of Spotify’s prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform,” the spokesperson said.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.

He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school.

Jones is being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million, claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars were available early on Monday for comment.]]>
8/6/2018 2:19:50 PM
<![CDATA[World's most-starred chef Joel Robuchon dead at 73]]>
Robuchon, who was hailed as one of four "chefs of the century" by the Gault Millau industry bible in 1990, founded a string of restaurants that revolutionised fine dining across three continents, ratcheting up a whopping 31 Michelin stars.

From Tokyo to Paris and Macao, foodies queue up for seats in his L'Atelier restaurants, where they can watch chefs in action, perched on high stools at a U-shaped bar.

According to Le Figaro newspaper he died of cancer in the Swiss city of Geneva.

His death was confirmed by government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in a tweet.

"Joel Robuchon, a visionary chef who was the most starred in the world, leaves us today.

"From Paris to Shanghai, his savoir-faire was an art form that made French gastronomy shine and continues to inspire the next generation of chefs," Griveaux wrote.

As a youngster Robuchon's first vocation was the priesthood but while cooking for other seminarians he discovered a passion for food and at 15 entered the restaurant trade.

A perfectionist from the start, he quickly earned a name for himself in the rarefied world of Nouvelle Cuisine and by the age of 30 was running a 90-strong kitchen at the Concorde Lafayette hotel in Paris.

The accolades and Michelin stars came thick and fast and by the age of 50, after working himself to the bone, he decided to retire.

But a few years later he was back in action with his Atelier concept, which was inspired by Japanese sushi counters and intended to be more affordable than traditional three-star eateries.]]>
8/6/2018 1:39:11 PM
<![CDATA[Hundreds of Philippine mums in show of support for breast-feeding]]>
About 1,500 women, some of them wearing tiaras and superhero T-shirts, sat on the vast floor of a Manila stadium and let their babies suckle to the beat of dance music.

"Breastfeeding is love. It is difficult, but we do it for love," said Abegirl Limjap, a pregnant 38-year-old property manager in a "Super Mom" superhero costume as she nursed her two boys, one aged five and the other 11 months.

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Mothers participate in a breastfeeding event in Manila on August 5, 2018. Hundreds of Philippine mothers simultaneously nursed their babies in public on Sunday, some of them two at a time, in a government-backed mass breastfeeding event aimed at combating child deaths. / AFP / NOEL CELIS


The annual event aims to draw public support for a government campaign to get more mothers to switch to breast milk from infant formula, organiser Rose Padua told AFP.

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund recommend that children be given breast milk within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for their first six months.

Globally however, three in five babies are not breastfed early, putting them at higher risk of death and disease, the two UN agencies said in a report earlier this year.

Twenty-seven children out of every thousand died before the age of five in the Philippines in 2016, according to WHO data.

WHO and UNICEF estimate about half of Filipino babies were initiated into early breastfeeding in 2013, barely changed from 46 percent in 2003.

"It's an empowering moment," said first-time mother Joyce Balido, 29, as she cradled her four-month-old girl at the mass breastfeeding event.

"It was very difficult to establish a milk supply at first. I am sleep-starved but I committed myself to have my daughter exclusively breast-fed," added Balido, an engineer.

Sixty-one other mass breastfeeding events were held in other Philippine cities over the weekend, said Padua, the event organiser.

She said the country was on course to beat last year's attendance of 4,775 nursing mothers in 25 events.
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8/5/2018 1:36:47 PM
<![CDATA[China's Huawei eyes smartphone summit after passing Apple]]>
The chief of Huawei's consumer division, Richard Yu, made the remark at the release of business results for the first half of 2018, during which unlisted Huawei said it shipped more than 95 million smartphones, an increase of about 30 percent.

"It's no question that we become the number two next year. In Q4 next year it's possible we become number one," Yu said in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city where Huawei is based.

He added that "the past six months have been incredible".

Huawei took second place from Apple in a tightening global smartphone market during the second quarter, according to figures released Tuesday by tech-industry trackers International Data Corporation (IDC).

South Korean titan Samsung remained on top in April-June, shipping 71.5 million handsets for a 20.9 percent market share, IDC said.

But Huawei sold 54.2 million phones for a 15.8 percent market share, followed by Apple's 41.3 million iPhones that gave it 12.1 percent of the market.

It was the first time since early 2010 that Apple was not in the top two.

IDC said 342 million smartphones were shipped during the second quarter, down 1.8 percent from the same period of 2017 and the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines.

Market saturation and rising prices are among factors blamed for cooling growth rates.

The leader in global telecommunications equipment, Huawei is essentially blocked from selling phones in the United States on security grounds owing to suspicions of the company's links to the Chinese government.

Huawei has long disputed any such links.

Frozen out of the US phone market, Huawei has made inroads worldwide largely by shipping high volumes of its cheaper handsets in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Mo Jia, a Shanghai-based smartphone market analyst with Canalys, said achieving Yu's end-2019 goal would be "very challenging" given the market doldrums and competition.

"After all, it does not have the ability to enter the world?s third-largest market -- the US. This is an obvious shortcoming," Mo said.

"For Huawei to surpass Samsung, it depends on whether it can continue to carry out its current strategy of pursuing low-end product volume."]]>
8/3/2018 1:53:50 PM
<![CDATA[5 Tips to keep your skin fresh this summer]]>
Here are our top tips for staying on top of summer skin.

Skip the hot shower and moisturize right after showering

A hot shower is a stable go-to after a long day of work. Not only does the steam let one relax and breathe deeply, it also feels like it is cleansing you of the daytime’s difficulties and the long day’s work. But hot showers tend to be harsh on the skin, leaving it dry and patchy. Instead, you should shower with lukewarm water, this will not only make your skin ready for exfoliation, it will also lock the moisture within the skin and stop it from drying up.

“Showering can dry out your skin, but applying moisturizer right out of the shower or bath helps to lock in water molecules,” Gregory Papadeas, D.O., a Denver-based dermatologist and past president of the Colorado Dermatologic Society, told Massage Envy.

Turning to moisturizing, you should do so as soon as you get out of the shower; the reason behind this is twofold. First, it is known that tying a habit to another one that you regularly do increases the chances of one doing it. Second, moisturizers are designed to lock the water and the moisture into the skin, applying moisturiser while your skin is already moist from a lukewarm shower will make moisturizing more effective and will leave your skin softer than ever.

Facial cleansing

Spending time in the sun and putting on sunscreen after sunscreen can leave your skin breaking out or oily, making a proper cleansing routine a cornerstone to making sure that you retain a moist skin.

D’Anne Kleinsmith, M.D., a dermatologist at Bloomfield Dermatology Associates in West Bloomfield, told Massage Envy that she would recommend lighter and less intense cleansers and soaps during the summer season. “I prefer the liquid cleansers to the bar soaps, which can be more alkaline and harsher to the skin.”

Massage Envy also recommends washing your face regularly and well, and not being too harsh on your skin by excessively using strong exfoliating products.

Skip the chemical mask and opt for an oatmeal mask

“Colloidal oatmeal is a natural ingredient used in the formulation of a range of personal care products for relief of skin dryness and itchiness,” states a research piece titled ‘Safety and efficacy of personal care products containing colloidal oatmeal’. The article argues for the benefits that oatmeal has on skin, leaving it soft and reducing pore size, while also helping in the removal of dead skin.

To make an oatmeal mask, blend one tablespoon of whole rolled oats with two tablespoons of milk and half a teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply for twenty minutes, after cleansing face, every week during the summer season. Wash off with warm water and lock in the moisture using a non-alcoholic tonic and moisturizing cream.

Use all-natural sunscreen

Recently the Environmental Working Group (EWG) warned of the chemical ingredients in sunscreens, arguing that these chemicals could interfere with the thyroid gland, as well as other hormones in the body, and contribute to the reduction of sperm count in men and endometriosis in women, due to Oxybenzone—an endocrine distributing chemical—found in sunscreens. EWG warns that children and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not be using products with Oxybenzone, as it may have long-term side effects on children.

Thus, it is much safer to make your own sunscreen at home.

To do so, mix together one teaspoon of Coconut, vanilla or lavender extract, with two tablespoons of shea butter, two tablespoons of zinc oxide, quarter a cup of coconut oil, quarter a cup of beeswax pastilles and half a cup of almond oil. Store in a jar.

Apply the sunscreen half an hour prior to sun exposure, and reapply after swimming or every two hours. The best thing about this recipe is that it both protects you from the sun and also, moisturizes.

Drink cucumber water

The all too common answer to how to keep your skin soft: Water. However, we recommend cucumber water as it has vitamins A and C, which helps soothe skin and fight any damage that may have occurred due to sun exposure, and makes one feel fresh and contributes to increasing moisture in the body.

“Silica found in water-rich vegetables such as cucumbers can help increase moisture leading to increased skin elasticity,” says skincare expert Dr. Arleen Lamba told Bustle.

Drinking eight cups of water a day will keep the body feeling energetic and will keep skin elastic and young.
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8/2/2018 5:20:37 PM
<![CDATA[Facebook, Instagram announce new time limit tool]]>
Technically speaking, users can view the amount of time they spent ‘scrolling’, put reminders when they exceed a certain amount of time and mute notifications, according to BBC News.

As addiction to social media increases, the new time limit tool on both apps can help users monitor their own social media activity in terms of how much time they’ve spent on the platform. Users can also choose to mute push notifications for certain amounts of time.

Both these tools can be accessed via settings; ‘Your Time on Facebook’ for Facebook and ‘Your Activity’ for Instagram.

One of the first attempts Instagram did to help limit screen time for users was the "you’re all caught up" feature. This message generally pops up at the top of the screen to notify users that they have seen all their followers’ posts and are up to date with the content.

Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, thought that this would help users benefit positively from their time on social media.

“We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional,” tweeted Systrom on May 15, 2018.

Psychologists and multiple doctors have repeatedly expressed their concern over the harmful impact social media could have over mental health. This has gotten to a point where "internet addiction" is being compared to a drug.

Various medical sites argue that this so-called internet addiction is responsible for increasing levels of depression, stress and even suicide.

Seemingly, the fear of not being up to date is more serious that one can imagine. Hence the "you’re all caught up" feature was seemingly to relax users in that they haven’t missed anything.

In a Ted X Talk by Bailey Parnell in 2017, the award winning digital marketer explained that ‘F.O.M.O’, or rather the "fear of missing out" is “an actual social anxiety from the fear that you are missing a potential connection, event or opportunity.”

Parnell shared that the Canadian Associate of Mental Health discovered that children in middle to high school who spend approximately two hours online “reported higher levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.”

Although she expressed her own dependence on social media, that it is a tool and can be used positively, Parnell said “I don’t think absence [from social media] is an option anymore. But that doesn’t mean you can’t practice safe social.”

The debate as to whether or not spending too much time on social media is bad for us is almost never ending with respect to its increasing impact on our lives nowadays.


Director of Research and Research Scientist at Facebook, David Ginsberg and Moira Burke respectively, commented on this issue back in 2017 in an article titled "Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?" They explained Facebook’s goal is not to deter someone’s mental health but rather for “meaningful interactions with your friends and family.”

As a way to understand social media better, particularly its relationship with teens, who are most exposed, they added on to explain that Facebook pledged $1 million toward researching how technology is impacting the youth.
“We want the time people spend on Facebook to encourage meaningful social interactions,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Egypt is considerably reliant on social media with a majority of the youth exposed to it on a day to day basis.

According to Statista, a global provider of data and statistics, Egypt has 40 percent active social network penetration as of January 2018. This is the amount of internet users that visit social networking websites. Although Egypt does not top this list with the selected countries it is compared to, possibly due to population differences, the global average is at 42 percent.

However, in another set of statistics, as per Statista, Egypt ranks second at the number of internet users in selected African countries as of December 2017 with 49.23 million people. Nigeria ranked first with 98.39 million.
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8/2/2018 12:21:42 PM
<![CDATA[Experience unique Cairo summer nights at Meza W Sahra]]>CAIRO – 1 August 2018: Enjoy the stunning summer nights at Meza W Sahra Lounge by Sheraton Cairo’s swimming pool where the luscious Lebanese food and dazzling entertainment awaits you.


Meza W Sahra is bringing its guests the traditional Arabian spirit in the heart of Cairo where belly dance shows, oriental music and more entertainment will sure make the summer nights experience a magical memory.


For more information or reservation, call: 002 0102 221 6883 / 02 3333 6112


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8/1/2018 7:55:25 PM
<![CDATA[Handy engineering: Vietnam's 'Golden Bridge' has giant support]]>
“I feel like I’m walking on clouds,” said Vuong Thuy Linh, a tourist from Hanoi. “It’s so unique”.

Cau Vang or the “Golden Bridge” in Vietnam’s Ba Na Hills has attracted scores of tourists since it opened in June, eager to see a novel piece of architecture famed for its unusual design.

The pedestrian walkway, designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, sits at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level and extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face, offering tourists uninterrupted views of the majestic landscape beneath.

The bridge was designed to evoke the image of the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,” said Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture.

“It creates a walkway in the sky, among the foggy and fairy-like lands of Ba Na mountain,” said Anh, who added that he had been surprised at the level of attention his firm’s design had attracted both locally and internationally.

The Ba Na Hills, a popular getaway for the French during the colonial occupation of Vietnam, received over 2.7 million visitors last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

But it is the Golden Bridge and its supports - two huge stone-colored human hands styled in such a way that it looks as if the jungle is struggling to reclaim them - which have garnered the most attention from visitors.

“The two, smooth, giant hands look real,” said Truong Hoang Linh Thuy, another tourist.

“It makes me feel like humans can do anything”.]]>
8/1/2018 11:44:39 AM
<![CDATA['Sekketak Khadra' launched to spread cycling culture in Egypt]]> bic2
"Sekketak Khadra" encourages Egyptians to be bicycle commuters and leave their cars behind to decrease the pollution in Cairo and reduce traffic congestion- Sekketak Khadra’s official Facebook

A memorandum of understanding signed in April 2016 by Cairo’s governor, the Danish Embassy in Cairo, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and Nahdet El Mahrousa association to launch the initiative, which aims to install bicycle racks to spread the cycling culture among Egyptians as a mean of transportation instead of cars.

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"Sekketak Khadra" encourages Egyptians to be bicycle commuters and leave their cars behind to decrease the pollution in Cairo and reduce traffic congestion- Sekketak Khadra’s official FacebookPage

Cyclists in Egypt are suffering due to the absence of bike lanes where they can move safely without being exposed to the risk of being hit by speeding cars.They struggle to find a place to safely park their bicycles;the initiative seeks to solve the problems cyclists face.

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"Sekketak Khadra" encourages Egyptians to be bicycle commuters and leave their cars behind to decrease the pollution in Cairo and reduce traffic congestion- Sekketak Khadra’s official Facebook

The initiative chose the streets of Heliopolis and Downtown with cultural and historical background to install up to 100 bicycle racks whose places were determined in accordance with the cyclists' most frequent destinations.

To encourage using bicycles in the last few years, many Egyptian cyclists launched biking initiatives to change Egyptian misconceptions on the culture of biking. These initiatives coincided with the World Health Organization’s study on the world’s air pollution levels from 2011 to 2015.

The report referred that Cairo is the second most polluted city in the world.

Previously, Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid and Rania Hedeya, the director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, signed theLE 30 million ($1.6 million)contract of "Bescletta" project to activate the use of bicycles and promote it as an alternative means of transportation.

Abdel Hamid adds that encouraging citizens to use bicycles as a safe and inexpensive means is fully supported by the most prominent figures in Egypt.

The two sides agreed to work together to select a site for the implementation of "Bescletta" in Cairo and to manage and operate the project using special cycling routes in the selected area to enable the safe use of the bicycle sharing system, according to Abdel Hamid.

The governor pointed out that the construction of these stations will be studied in areas where cars are not permitted such as Al-Moez, Saray Al-Azbekiya, Al-Alfi, Ahmed Orabi and youth gatherings near the universities of Cairo and Ain Shams.

The governor demanded that the prices of using this systemwill be suitable for young people, adding that the state seeks to encourage citizens to reduce the use of private cars and to reduce pollution by providing appropriate public transportation.

Hedeya pointed out that the bicycle sharing system is the technology of placing bikes in stations throughout the city,enabling residents to rent bicycles from place (A) and then leave the bike in place (B).

Hedeya added that Cairo is seeking to benefit from international experiences in the field of transportation.

Additionally, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi participated in several cycling marathons to promote for using alternative means of transportation that reduce pollution.

In 2014, he participated in a marathon held by the Military Academy for 20 kilometers in which some ministers and public figures took part.

“Our objective is not just to promote exercising and activities, but to symbolize unity; our unity as a nation,” remarked President Sisi.

Sisi pointed out that the use of alternative transport solutions will save an average of LE 4 ($ 0.56) for citizens and LE 8 ($ 1.12) for the government per a 20 kilometer travel distance.]]>
7/31/2018 3:24:52 PM
<![CDATA[Mostar's youngest diver honors centuries of tradition]]>
At just 16, debutant Emil Petrovic is the youngest participant in this year’s contest, the 452nd held on the gravity-defying white bridge that arches over the Neretva River through a point 24 meters (79 feet) above the water.

“In this town, it’s an obligation for every boy my age to dive off the Stari Most,” he said.

The graceful Ottoman-era Old Bridge that gives the city its name was finished in 1566 or 1567 and stood until Bosnian Croat artillery destroyed it in 1993, during the Bosnian War. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was rebuilt in 2004.

The first written account of young men leaping off Stari Most into the rushing waters of the Neretva comes from the 17th century Ottoman explorer Mehmed Zilli, known as Evliya Celebi, who traveled the empire for 40 years, recording his observations in his Book of Travel.

Celebi wrote that, when seen from a distance, the bridge “looks round like a bow out of which an arrow has just flown, and the bow froze”.

He said that the divers “run up before jumping from the bridge, fall down into the river and fly through the air like birds performing tricks”.

To this day, the ‘swallow dive’ that Celebi celebrated is still performed by Mostar’s divers - although Petrovic took a safer option, jumping in feet-first.

Sunday’s contest drew 40 local and international competitors and an audience of several thousand.

“It’s a fantastic feeling,” he said after emerging from the chilly emerald water to cheers of relief and admiration from the crowd.

“I wanted to preserve the tradition — but also to show that I’m grown-up and brave,” he said, adding that he had wanted to compete last year, but his mother said ‘no’.

“This time, my father persuaded her, and they are both proud.”]]>
7/30/2018 11:51:42 AM
<![CDATA[I’ve just turned 33. Here is what I want you to know about life!]]>
Listening to myself articulate “33” out loud did make me wonder “Is time fleeing so rapidly? God! Am I getting old?”

But luckily, I took a trip down my memory lane and felt better in a second. I’m everything I’ve ever dreamed to be. I couldn’t be more proud of the young lady – yes young- I’ve turned out to be. I’m my best friend and although I’ve known defeat, loss and heartbreak, I’ve also known happiness, warmth and satisfaction and can’t be more grateful.

My journey has been very fruitful so far. I might have learned a thing or two, and I’m eager to continue exploring its realms if God grants me a little bit more of life. And here is a list of what I’ve learned and hope to keep learning:

1- Life will humble you in so many ways. Stay strong.

2 – Jerks do exist. You will meet people who will exploit your hard times and use you weaknesses no matter how good you've been to them. Stand up for yourself, loose one battle, but not the war. It will be the hardest and bravest thing you could do. Keep the faith despite confusion.

3- Don't put all eggs in one basket. We all know this advice, but kind of forget it along the way. Investing in just one area of your life is WRONG, as life has many aspects; don't put off some plans or dreams because of work or a relationship. Learn to prioritize.

4- Be selfish. It’s OK to put yourself first sometimes as long as you don't hurt others, at least not on purpose. Some people need others in their journey; such people feed off your energy and drain you. Choose you. You deserve to be loved; do not settle.

5- Know your worth, powers and skills, acknowledge them and act upon it, so you wouldn’t allow yourself to be used. Earn your respect and accept no less from others

6- Keep on learning and investing in your growth. What makes our journeys interesting is exploring and experiencing new adventures. The world changes so fast and if you don’t keep pace with it, you will be left out. Keep up with the universality of the world. Take that course and learn this language you’ve been wanting to learn. Small steps towards a plan have a huge impact.

7- You'd fall upon the thorns of life; you'd bleed, as the English poet Percy Shelley once said. I’m sorry I can’t tell you otherwise, but life is hard and unfair sometimes. You’ll know failure, maybe in a relationship or a career, and it’ll change the way you perceive life. Take your time to lament your losses, then get up. It happens to all of us, you are not alone in this. Fail smartly, don’t take it to your heart rather train yourself to be flexible.

8- Love hurts. Only the very lucky few avert its curse, if you are one of them, appreciate it and be grateful. If not, then know despite the pain that cracked your heart open, it was still worth it. You will be frightened to put down your armor one more time, but forgive. Heal. Then fall in love again.

8- Develop your support group. When tides are low, having an inner circle of close friends or family members could work wonders. Invest in such relationships; be there for them first so they can be there for you in your time of need. Family should ALWAYS come first.

9- Financial stability. By the time you are in your 30s, it’s better to have a clear plan about your finances, especially during an economic crunch such as the one we are experiencing in Egypt at the moment. Yet, never put off a dream for the sole purpose of saving money. You will not be this young forever. Learn to work on a budget.

10- Know thy self. Being friends with yourself is step number one for peace of mind which is essential to leading a good life. Listen to your inner whispers, be kind towards yourself, little pampering every now and then hurts no one. Be alone so you train yourself to enjoy solitude, and in doing so you’d realize it’s your best company. Once you master this, all your relationships will be balanced as they wouldn’t be based on your need to be with others, but rather on your desire to have a compatible companionship.

Also, getting to know yourself better will stop you from being snared into conforming to someone else’s vision of you. People sometimes are so confused in their journeys that they would try to piece you together in a fashion that suits their idea of what a good person should be. Doubting yourself is almost impossible if you have a healthy relationship with yourself.

12- Set a goal. Be aware that when you don't have a clear plan, you allow yourself to be used as a tool to help someone else achieve their dreams. This one is on you. It's OK to align your dreams with others as long as you are working towards a clear plan that serves you.

13- We are all walking towards our death. Take it easy. Choose to be kind, and don’t regret it.

14- Don't trust time. It’s as Alfred Lord Tennyson described it ages ago “a maniac scattering dust”. Time will always outpace you no matter how hard you try - it’s one of those unequal battles we are destined to fight- so add life to your years. Take action now, do what your heart tells you NOW, you’ll have plenty of time to regret it later on your death bed. The problem about time is timing; our desires change and if you missed the opportunity of fulfilling them on the right time, something shuts off and it’s never the same again, like a late love confession, or an overdue trip to a dream destination.

15- Be a seeker. Seek knowledge, light and a meaning. We are all on a quest, search for faith. Faith will help you be less tense in a world falling victim to hatred and darkness. Be a light if you can. A smiley face and a kind heart will suffice.

16-We all have the ability to hurt. People don't always tend to be nasty and hurtful, sometimes we cross paths at a time when others -be it friends, family or lovers - are lost in their own journeys and they unintentionally break our hearts only to leave us wondering what we did wrong so we wake up one day with this huge pain in our chests and we are no longer the same. But we all get lost at times and can hurt just the same. Forgive and move on. Know that by forgiving, you're setting yourself free.

17- Take care of your health. This is the right time to start adapting healthy habits like eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking water, and exercising. Not as hard as it seems, I promise.

18- Apologize for your mistakes. Even if years go by, and you've done something wrong to someone, apologize and give those people the closure they deserve. How many unfinished stories haunted us for years; our lives and others' lives will be so much easier if we communicated better and let go of our ego. Have some guts and say you're sorry!

19- Never stop marveling. God has created wonders all around us that we tend to overlook such as the sky above our heads with its untold secrets, sunsets and sunrises and many more daily miracles. If you behold what others can't fathom, stick to it and explore some more.

20- Age is just truly a number. Believe it. Never make age an excuse for not trying, for not living, for not experiencing new things. We don't know when we are going to die which means here and now is the essence of life. Today we are the youngest we will ever be, carpe diem. Seize the day!

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7/29/2018 4:41:47 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei CBG Adds Celebrated Arabic Music to its MENA Music Streaming Service ]]>
As a first milestone, Huawei Music Service is exclusively adding one of the latest and beautiful songs of renowned Arab singer Elissa - “Al Makhfi”, to its music library for all Huawei users for a week starting from July 18 till the official album’s release.

“We are delighted to launch Huawei Music Service for our MENA users. We aim to bring the latest and the best music experience to customers in the MENA region. The new service offers a fun, user-friendly and seamless music streaming service, allowing listeners to enjoy free high-quality music conveniently on their smartphones,” Justin Chen, Managing Director of Huawei MENA Consumer Cloud Service Dept said.

In addition to this exclusive song, Elissa has also recorded 15 songs that will be launched on Huawei Music Service on 26th July. The library will also include the late singer and actress Warda Al – Jazairia’s song “Wahashtony” for the one and only “Baligh Hamdy”. For the new albums, she has cooperated with several poets and composers including Amir Teima, Ramy Gamal, Nader Abdallah and Walid Said.

Keeping on top of regional music trends and taste, Huawei Music Service has partnered with Rotana, the leading Arabic Music content provider in the region, offering music from top and famous singers MENA market like Mohammad Abdo, Majid Al Muhandis, Elissa, Angham Wael Kfoury, Hatem Al Iraqi and more.

In addition to Rotana music, Huawei music has partnered with top local and international content providers such as Qanawat and Mazzika, to facilitate regional and international music collection for the region’s music enthusiast, which will bring famous international singers and master masterpiece songs to the user in the coming months.

During July, all MENA Huawei CBG consumers with system EMUI 5.0 and above may receive upgrade notification or system push notification. Users can also experience this exclusive service by visiting http://music.huaweimobilecloudservice.com/ar/ and downloading the App to enjoy their favorite songs.

Huawei Music Service plans to bring multiple activities and incentives for their listeners such as competitions to participate and win exciting surprises soon. Please follow our Facebook official account @HuaweiMobileServicesMENA to keep in touch with more newly songs and activities.

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7/29/2018 3:18:09 PM
<![CDATA[Aspiring ninjas besiege Japanese city with job inquiries]]>
Iga, a small city in central Japan, has long dubbed itself the home of one style of the black-clad, throwing-star-wielding covert agents for hire, staging ninja shows and offering “ninja experiences” for tourists.

But a program aired last week on National Public Radio in the United States about Iga’s ninja-centered town promotion effort set off a frenzy of internet interest after its host said the city faced a shortage of ninja performers and even quoted potential salaries, giving the impression it might be hiring.

“That’s wrong, all wrong,” said Motoyoshi Shimai, an official of Iga’s tourism strategy division. “There was no discussion about that, and we didn’t mention money.”

Still, the city received volleys of telephone and email queries from 115 ninja wannabes in 23 countries, including Japan.

“Most were questions about whether we were really hiring, but there were a few that begged us to employ them and tried to promote themselves,” Shimai added. “Some had real confidence in their bodies and strength.”

Iga ultimately issued a statement in several languages saying it was not hiring and warning against fake news, but said plenty of other ninja fun was on offer.

“(The city) is the Iga-style ninja birthplace. We can feel breath of ninja at every turn of downtown,” it said.

City officials were surprised but not annoyed by the fuss, Shirai said.

“We were made to viscerally feel how high interest is in ninjas all around the world,” he added.]]>
7/29/2018 12:31:58 PM
<![CDATA['Girl Power' on show in London Spice Girls exhibition]]>
Spice Girls fan Alan Smith-Allison has gathered hundreds of the group’s stage costumes and pieces of merchandise he has collected since the 1990s and put them on display alongside other items on loan for “SPICEUP”, which kicks off on Saturday.

On show are “Girl Power” tops, Melanie Brown’s animal print outfits and Geri Horner’s (then Halliwell) Union Jack platform boots as well as Spice Girl themed biscuit boxes, dolls and crisps packets.

“It’s so iconic and so colorful and glittery and glamorous and important in music culture that it annoys me when it’s all kept in storage boxes in a dark place,” Smith-Allison told Reuters.

“It needs to be out on show for fans to come and appreciate it and there are millions and millions of Spice Girls fans around the world that would love to see them.”

The 37-year-old said he became a Spice Girls fan when the group’s “Wannabe” debut single stormed the charts in 1996.

He began collecting CDs and videos and bought his first Spice Girls costume in 2007 when Melanie Brown, known as Scary Spice, hosted a charity sale.

TENS OF MILLIONS OF RECORDS SOLD

Soon other purchases followed and Smith-Allison, who says he has met three of the five Spice Girls, built up a collection he says has cost him “hundreds of thousands pounds”.

“(The collection) comes straight from the start, from the beginning, when these five girls came onto the pop music scene with just five incredible personalities, in your face, a lot of fun, a lot of kind of messages that can resonate,” he said.

The Spice Girls went on to sell more than 80 million records worldwide, winning legions of fans with their catchy tunes and messages of “Girl Power”.

In 2000 they said would be going on an indefinite break and would focus on their solo careers.

Earlier this week, Brown told a television talk show the group had agreed to a reunion, saying: “For sure we are getting back together”.

They performed together at the 2012 London Olympics and the exhibition has on-loan the red dress Geri wore for that. Smith-Allison says he hopes to one day own all the outfits worn for that performance.

“They’re my kind of dream now, but I don’t think the girls will ever part with them,” he said.

The exhibition runs in London until Aug. 20 then moves to Manchester.]]>
7/28/2018 11:33:19 AM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI P20 Pro: How Did the Beautiful Gradient Color Come into Being?]]>
But there’s something more to the HUAWEI P20 Pro—something that’s understandably piqued the interest of journalists, and seized the attention of consumers far and wide.

Of course, we’re talking about the “Twilight” gradient color scheme. Available exclusively to the HUAWEI P20 Pro, the shimmering finish has been the talk of the town ever since the color was first announced.

Featuring a gradient that smoothly transitions from purple to blue then to teal—in the same order laws of physics sort colors on the visible light spectrum—underneath a premium glass back, the Twilight variant of P20 Pro was sold out in its home court, China, almost immediately once it was made available, which is a good indication of its popularity among consumers.

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So what inspired HUAWEI to create the popular color scheme? One needs only look out of the window for the answer. That’s right; it was nature, the world’s greatest artist of all time. From the very beginning of the design process, HUAWEI’s design team has been taking notes from the best of the best. For the Twilight color in particular, HUAWEI was inspired by the aurora borealis, or better known as the Northern Lights.

It does not take formal training for one to appreciate nature, for our ability to perceive nature as a thing of beauty is innate to all of us. Throughout history, nature has inspired countless great painters to create great masterpieces. In China, court painters through dynasties transposed their impressions of the natural landscape onto paper using ink, water and a brush. Towering mountains, rolling hills and narrow rivers were painted onto scrolls of paper with lively brushstrokes, dots and ink wash. This ancient art form, known today as guohua, is considered one of the most respected of all in classical Chinese art.

In the West, greats such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh were also no stranger to nature. Monet rejected the stylistic norms of his time and developed his own way to capture the beauty of nature, using his observations of changing lights to encapsulate the beauty he beheld. Van Gogh, the tragic genius that needs no introduction, once wrote to his brother “…if I felt no love for nature and my work, then I would be unhappy.” He featured objects of nature prominently in many of his works, and Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows, and Irises, were but a few from the prolific artist.

Just like some of the greatest artists throughout history, Joon Suh Kim, Chief Design Officer at Huawei, and his team were inspired by nature, and the gorgeous gradient color is their brain-child. According to Joon, “HUAWEI’s designers are not just designers, but dreamers as well. As designers, we get inspirations everywhere; as dreamers, we’re obliged to come up with ideas that the consumers themselves don’t yet know they love, such as the Twilight color.”

The dreamy color scheme was specifically developed to capture the magnificence and mysteriousness of the aurora. Careful decisions were made to ensure that when the gradient effect is shrunk to the size of a handheld device, the intensity of the natural phenomenal would retain its full glory.

To execute this unique effect, HUAWEI had gone through countless prototypes in order to get it just right. In the end, HUAWEI settled on using an optical non-conductive vacuum metalizing (NCVM) coating for the effect—and the results are some of the most natural expressions of the aurora seen on a smartphone back.

Recently, the HUAWEI P20 Pro was named “Best Smartphone of 2018” at European Hardware Awards 2018, an annual award organised by the European Hardware Association. The European Hardware Awards recognise and celebrate the best electronic products in the European market, as selected by experienced editors from around the world. This award further strengthens HUAWEI P20 Pro’s position as a market leader.]]>
7/25/2018 2:40:57 PM
<![CDATA[Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century occurs Friday in Egypt]]>
The statement issued by the institute added that the eclipse is considered the longest in the 21 st century.

The statement also pointed out that the moon will pass through all stages of the eclipse from beginning to end.

The total eclipse of the moon will last one hour and 43 minutes, the statement continued.]]>
7/25/2018 12:53:07 PM
<![CDATA[Yoga on the Danube as Budapest bridge transformed into urban park]]>
On four weekends this summer, Budapest’s 19th century Liberty Bridge is closed to traffic, becoming a free urban space for Hungarians and tourists to drink wine, relax in hammocks, and enjoy the balmy summer breeze over the river.

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People practice yoga on Liberty Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, July 22, 2018. Picture taken July 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

“There is a very special flow and dynamics here,” said Zita Demeter, a yoga teacher who taught one of the morning classes.

“People can connect to the flow of the Danube, the atmosphere of Budapest ... and the bridge as a symbol is also present in yoga as it helps to connect.”

After locals took over the closed bridge for days during a temporary construction work in the summer of 2016, a civil organization convinced the Budapest municipality to close it to traffic for a few days again last year.

This proved so popular with tourists and locals that the bridge festival has become a regular event.

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People practice yoga on Liberty Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, July 22, 2018. Picture taken July 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

“We thought let’s make a public space where nothing costs money,” said Benjamin Peter, the project’s coordinator. “Everybody can bring their own (food and drink) and they can share if they want.”

A few steps down the bridge, a small group set up their barbecue, grilling sausages.

“You see that there are so many people from Hungary and from around the world ... they are all enjoying themselves, drinking something, chilling, so this is why it’s a good place: a melting pot in the middle of the city,” said Peter Toth, 29, an accountant who came with his friends.

Later in the day, the bridge is transformed again, as a concert of swing music takes over, prompting several couples to dance, while others sit on the pillars, drinking wine and chatting.

“This is unique that we are on Liberty Bridge: we have this freedom that emanates from the Danube,” said Katalin Rakosi, 40, a financial advisor, who came with her mother as a birthday treat.
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7/24/2018 9:40:29 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian women challenge social norms by practicing Parkour]]>
Founded in France in the 1980s as the Art du Deplacement and later taking its name from the French word ‘parcours’ (course or route), Parkour involves running, climbing and jumping acrobatically around buildings and over terrain.

The women have trained every week for the past six months with the eventual aim of forming the first professional Parkour team in Egypt.

Ten women took part in last Friday’s training, which focused on building upper body strength and different methods of dealing with surroundings.

Curious crowds, accustomed to women taking a low profile in Egypt, often congregate to watch the training, sometimes taking pictures and filming. But the women keep up the training unhindered, insisting that no sport is exclusive for men.

“It is natural that people did not accept it because they were not used to it,” said Zayneb Helal, one of the players.

“They did not accept the idea that girls could play sports, let alone on the street,” she added.

It is uncommon for women to play such sports on the streets in Egypt. A 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of experts on how women fared in mega cities rated Cairo as the world’s most dangerous megacity for women, while London came out as best.

Guided by coach Mohamed Omran, women train hard on climbing obstacles, landing correctly after jumps and seeing opportunities in buildings around them.

“Women are now training and more women are starting to come,” Omran said. “As the sport spreads the acceptance of women training increases and it is not unusual for women to have a team and train,” he added.

Parkour is played by men in Egypt but the sport is neglected and has no regulatory body. Parkour Egypt, a group that comprises men and women, has grown exponentially after starting off with a handful of players.

Last year Britain became the first country officially to recognize Parkour as a sport.

“It needs more time to evolve and the sport needs to spread more so that people would learn about it,” Helal said.

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7/23/2018 11:10:14 AM
<![CDATA[Austrian mountains play host to classic car rally]]>
The three-day event is billed by organizers as providing a motoring experience “like 50 years ago”. Only cars built before 1972 can take part and no electronic devices are allowed, only mechanical ones to measure speed and distance.

“It’s like a huge family party... Wonderful people, wonderful landscape. It’s not about the competition, it’s not about winning, it’s about friendship and meeting great people,” said Florian, a former winner who is taking part in the rally for the sixth time and driving an Aston Martin built in 1960.

Participants have to observe speed limits and drive as closely as possible to a given time. If they miss it they receive penalty points.

The cars cover about 450 kilometers (280 miles) on each of the two driving days through picturesque alpine scenery, ending in the town of Groebming.

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7/22/2018 11:33:32 AM
<![CDATA[Moon humpback associates with Jupiter Saturday]]>
Jeddah Astronomy Society reported that Jupiter will be visible as a red point of light, adding that through the use of a telescope, it is easy to see Jupiter’s disc and the main surface features of the moon.

The moon and Jupiter will be visible within the same frame through a telescope, but they are not close to each other in space.

Jeddah Astronomy Society further added that the moon is the nearest celestial body to us; it is about 243,000 kilometers away, while Jupiter is the fifth planet in terms of distance from the sun, which is located more than 1,900 times the distance of the moon to the Earth away.

The moon will also meet Saturn on July 24 and then move towards Mars on July 27 in conjunction with the lunar eclipse, Jeddah Astronomy Society reported.
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7/21/2018 5:09:32 PM
<![CDATA[Bodysuits, boots and masks galore as Comic-Con opens in San Diego]]>
Highlights of this year’s Comic-Con include the introduction of the first female “Doctor Who”, played by British actress Jodie Whittaker, and a reunion for the cast of the U.S. television drama “Breaking Bad”.

Celebrations are also being held to mark a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe media franchise and the 25th anniversaries of the sci-fi TV show “The X-Files”, stop-motion animated movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and the blockbuster film “Jurassic Park”.

“We love the family feeling here,” said Miguel Capuchino, who was dressed as a male version of a female character from the “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

“It’s just a bunch of geeks getting together and there’s no judging, everybody’s just very supportive”.

The annual four-day event, started as a get-together for sci-fi fans to trade comic books in 1970, is now the largest comic book convention of its kind, with over 130,000 people attending guest panels and visiting the venues featuring paintings, comics, movies, TV shows and gaming programs.

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7/21/2018 11:27:09 AM
<![CDATA[Zoya Ghazala Bay brings ultimate luxury, plush comfort to Egypt's North Coast and is guaranteed to impress!]]>
Zoya Ghazala Bay by Landmark Sabbour will be the latest significant addition to the fascinating region, offering contemporary elegance, profound simplicity, idyllic summer lifestyle and transcendent luxury all rolled into one.

Master planned by internationally-acclaimed I.ElHabrouk Architects, the exceptional 62-acre land area with a 420 square meter beachfront guarantees homeowners unmatched privacy and a celebration of individuality, offering unobstructed sea and lake views that allow each family to get their own piece of paradise.

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A pool in a chalet at Zoya Ghazala Bay - press photo


Contemporary clean lines mark the architecture and construction of this glorious coastal haven, and the design of homes captures the gorgeous natural beauty and stunning vistas of the Mediterranean, with cascading levels, spacious terraces and lush gardens.

Situated along the pristine Ghazala Bay coastline, the premium vacation resort has a compelling collection of 360 units of first class accommodation quality, ranging from 100 sqm chalets all the way up to elegantly appointed 375 sqm standalone villas. Every home at Zoya Ghazala Bay is a private seafront retreat and a true testament to luxury living.

Abundant massive windows flood the units with natural light and afford the magnificent and glorious views of the Mediterranean and the lush green backdrop while spacious green patios and patterned outdoor terraces guarantee the perfect setting for relaxation and gatherings in complete privacy and serenity.

A diverse range of amenities and services completes this vacation setting: a world class spa and gym, fine dining restaurants, a deluxe 380-room hotel, a gourmet market and an entertainment venue.

Fully finished, air-conditioned units will also be on offer to bring owners a completely hassle-free experience.

The new project, located at 142 km Alex - Matrouh Road, is launching its residences with prices starting at EGP 2.65 million - 10 percent down payment and the rest installed over the span of 7 years, with delivery scheduled for 2022.

Zoya is Landmark Sabbour's latest project in Egypt. The company has been developing luxurious lifestyles and modern living spaces in prime locations around the world including Layan residential compound in New Cairo, two residential projects in Dubai including: Continental Tower in Dubai Marina and Rukan residential compound, as well as the historic-themed building Muntaner 91 in Barcelona.

For more information about Zoya Ghazala Bay and Landmark Sabbour’s latest projects, clients are urged to contact the company’s online website at: www.landmark-sabbour.com or dial the hotline number: 16295.


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7/19/2018 11:31:05 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egyptian - American woman celebrates her son's marriage in Egypt]]>
“When I was 4 years old, I traveled with my family to Saudi Arabia because of my parents' work then went back to Egypt to study at the American University. I traveled to study in England then in the U.S.A with a grant from the American University. I spent 22 years working in a pharmaceutical company, and as a professor at a university in America,” Mubasher said.

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"God gave me my two sons; Omar Mubasher, 24, who studies medicine in America, and Youssef, 14. I was always keen to teach my sons the Egyptian values and the teachings of Islam,” She added.

She held a wedding party for her eldest son in America, but Mubasher wanted to have another wedding party in SharKia governorate to make her family happy and strengthen her son's love for Egypt.

Omar said he and his wife were very happy to have a second wedding in Egypt, stressing that his wife enjoyed fasting the holy month of Ramadan and baking kahk with the family.

Omar's wife said she was happy to spend her honeymoon in Alexandria, adding that she had visited the pyramids and El-Moez Street.

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7/18/2018 11:03:32 AM
<![CDATA[Next stop, Gareth Southgate: London rail station renamed after England boss]]>
England enjoyed their best World Cup performance in 28 years under Southgate’s leadership, reaching the semi-finals and narrowly missing a spot in the final, losing to Croatia after extra-time.

Southgate proved popular with England’s fans for helping create a renewed sense of optimism and after the team returned home on Sunday Transport for London (TfL) rebranded Southgate underground station in North London as the “Gareth Southgate” station for 48 hours.

“We have to celebrate the achievement, it’s important,” said Patricia Gomez, 44, who traveled from Morden in south London on her day off on Monday to get a photograph with the new sign.

“(Gareth) was awesome, he gave the team motivation, he made them work as a family.”

After winning the tournament on Sunday, France also saw similar tributes on the Paris Metro, where six stops have been temporarily renamed.

Southgate’s popularity led many fans to copy his fashion style during matches of wearing a waistcoat as he watched from the dugout. One retailer said sales of waistcoats had soared during the tournament while the day of the semi-final clash with Croatia was dubbed “Waistcoat Wednesday”.

“Maybe we’ll get a statue next,” said Steve Ingall from TfL.]]>
7/17/2018 11:27:44 AM
<![CDATA[For parents: ways to deal with teenagers]]>

At this dangerous stage, teenagers are looking for ways to be independent, so they may be more rebellious than usual.


Your teenagers are not children anymore; parents should avoid things that might stand in the way of smooth communicate with their sons/ daughters.


Some facts you need to know when raising a teenager:

1. Parents should know that teens have a lot to learn and that learning has to be through failures and mistakes; they should get closer to their daughters/sons and let them express themselves.


2. Parents should hear them out, and never say no without discussion. Do not be a dictator; this behavior makes a teen more of a rebel.


3. Parents should give them some freedom to take responsibility for their actions and feel independent.


4. Parents should be calm; whenever parents feel angry, they should take a moment to gather themselves, especially that teens know how to push their parents' buttons.


5. Parents should always reward teens with an interesting journey or a special gift if they do something good.


6. Parents should handle conflicts with teens by monitoring their reactions, taking some time out before talking, and speaking calmly. If a teen does something they are not allowed to do, explain calmly and ask them why they broke the rules.


7. Parents should communicate with teenagers and try to understand their points of view to help build their characters through discussion and mutual understanding.


8. Parents should spend quality time with their teens, and do activities together like having a family game night, bearing in mind that teens might want to spend more time with their friends at that age.


9. Parents should respect teenagers’ opinions and teach them what respect looks like; this will boost their self-confidence and will let them know you trust them. Do not forget to praise them for what they do especially in front of people.


10. Parents should get to know their sons/daughters' friends, it will help them make sure they are safe.


11. Parents should not be shy to apologize to teenagers. Keep in mind that if parents do not apologize when they have to, their sons/daughters may be psychologically affected for the rest of their lives as it might impact their sense of self-worth.
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7/16/2018 11:38:29 AM
<![CDATA[The impact of Careem bikes in Egypt's street]]>
The introduction of the scooter or bikes in the country has paved the way for a large potential market with a lower penalty from congestion, operating systems, and environmental impacts. According to the UN, 55 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68 per cent by 2050 - and commuting to and from those urban areas, there will be an incredible demand for various modes of transport.

Careem was the first private market entrant in this intelligent transport category, adding a bikes classification as a ride-hailing service in its application portfolio. This inevitably contributes to Egypt’s Vision 2030 objective of developing Egypt’s capital as a sustainable city and community for an efficient quality of life.

According to the World Bank, the economic costs of traffic congestion in Cairo could be as high as 4% of GDP annually, equivalent to EGP 50 billion a year[1]. The economic costs are beyond travel delays and they include wasted fuel, health impacts due to poor air quality and accidents, and impacts on economic productivity. Shared mobility could lead to an 80 per cent reduction in the number of vehicles by 2050.

In turn this reduces pollution and C02 emissions, congestion and need for parking and parking spaces. Around 50 hours per person every month are spent in traffic and 60 percent of trips only have one passenger per vehicle, and bikes have become an alternative transport method forming a solution to the traffic. With urban development at the top of the agenda for policy-makers in the country, there are growing challenges to tackle translated into possible solutions from the private sector. The influence of ride-hailing apps educating the population on the development of transportation alternatives is increasing in demand.

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Car drivers are starting to realize that transport through bikes is saving them time and money, especially as rush hours create dramatic consequences for all road users in the fast-pace city life. With this in mind, people are embracing this upcoming trend by ride-hailing apps considering the boost to productivity and the reduction in duration of trips through traffic. Careem Egypt, pioneering this trend in the country with rides that start at 6 EGP that is affordable to the masses with security insurance on all trips. Bikes have been proven to be 3 times faster than passenger cars, and 50% more affordable in cities.

Ramy Kato, Careem Egypt Managing Director, commented on Careem’s efforts stating: “With different transport modes, we’ve been solving local problems with local solutions, but we are also creating a unifying platform. We look at what fits the distinct make-up of each location, and if you look at the markets where we are present, we have tried to reduce prices and make our service more affordable while doing so. This shared mobility could lead to an 80% reduction in the number of vehicles and CO2 emissions by 2050.”

Bikes should become an upcoming attractive alternative transport method, with many trips made by solo travelers such as driving to work. This should appeal to the masses who want the flexibility of driving with lower congestion and parking costs. This is in addition to the fact that the bikes are available and operate in urban areas that have limited accessibility to cars, achieving a more attractive demand for travelers that are constrained in travel options. Discomfort during poor weather conditions is less of an issue to worry about in Egypt with moderate weather conditions all year around, making bikes the most trendy transport option in Cairo.

Egypt’s Vision 2030 under the Urban Development Pillar evaluates the dependence on traditional technologies for provisions of facilities and services. The state’s follow up of traditional means to cover facilities instead of modern technologies or dependence on local resources results in unnecessary increases in the expenses of covering the services. Additionally, the quality deterioration in public transportation does not fulfill the needs of all citizens which limits the demand for using them. Careem’s services integrating bikes in Cairo’s streets assists in developing plausable solutions to these challenges using technology to empower choices of transportation and allows for a diversity of options for the masses to use different methods of transportation across private and public sectors.

Since launching, Careem has rapidly grown and created around 850,000 jobs and we are creating between 60,000 and 70,000 new jobs every month as the Careem model for moving people expands into more cities and countries across the region.

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7/15/2018 4:05:05 PM
<![CDATA[WHO recognizes 'compulsive sexual behavior' as mental disorder]]>
The contentious term "sex addiction" has been around for decades but experts disagree over whether the condition exists.

In the latest update of its catalogue of diseases and injuries around the world, the WHO takes a step towards legitimising the concept, by acknowledging "compulsive sexual behaviour disorder", or CSBD, as a mental illness.

But the UN health body stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviors like substance abuse or gambling, insisting more research is needed before describing the disorder as an addiction.

"Conservatively speaking, we don't feel that the evidence is there yet... that the process is equivalent to the process with alcohol or heroin," WHO expert Geoffrey Reed told AFP Saturday.

In the update of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), published last month, WHO said CSBD was "characterised by persistent failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges… that cause marked distress or impairment".

But it said the scientific debate was still ongoing as to "whether or not the compulsive sexual behaviour disorder constitutes the manifestation of a behavioural addiction".

Reed said it was important that the ICD register, which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers, includes a concise definition of compulsive sexual behaviour disorder to ensure those affected can get help.

"There is a population of people who feel out of control with regards to their own sexual behaviour and who suffer because of that," he said pointing out that their sexual behaviour sometimes had "very severe consequences."

"This is a genuine clinical population of people who have a legitimate health condition and who can be provided services in a legitimate way," he said.

It remains unclear how many people suffer from the disorder, but Reed said the ICD listing would likely prompt more research into the condition and its prevalence, as well as into determining the most effective treatments.

"Maybe eventually we will say, yeah, it is an addiction, but that is just not where we are at this point," Reed said.

But even without the addiction label, he said he believed the new categorisation would be "reassuring", since it lets people know they have "a genuine condition" and can seek treatment.

- No excuse for rape -

Claims of "sex addiction" have increasingly been in the headlines in step with the #MeToo movement, which has seen people around the world coming forward with allegations sexual mistreatment.

The uprising has led to the downfall of powerful men across industries, including disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has reportedly spent months in treatment for sex addiction.

Reed said he did not believe there was reason to worry that the new CSBD listing could be used by people like Weinstein to excuse alleged criminal behaviours.

"It doesn't excuse sexual abuse or raping someone ... any more than being an alcoholic excuses you from driving a car when you are drunk. You have still made a decision to act," he said.

While it did not recognise sex addiction in the first update of its ICD catalogue since the 1990s, WHO did for the first time recognise video gaming as an addiction, listing it alongside addictions to gambling and drugs like cocaine.

The document, which member states will be asked to approve during the World Health Assembly in Geneva next May, will take effect from January 1, 2022 if it is adopted.]]>
7/15/2018 4:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Young Portuguese inmates sing Mozart opera on way to freedom]]>
This was the second performance outside of the prison in as many years for the four-year old project, which has helped a former inmate land a job in the Gulbenkian Foundation’s concert hall. Others hope to follow suit and launch a music career.

“That’s the best social reintegration we can do,” said Carla Pragosa, a director of the Leiria prison for young offenders.

The project brings together officers and inmates as well as their families and friends, who sing or work on scenic design.

Tiago Silva was among the 19 young inmates who got up on stage to sing in front of hundreds of people at the foundation’s concert hall, while accompanied by the acclaimed Gulbenkian Orchestra - an experience the 23-year-old will never forget.

“I don’t see my family often because they don’t have enough money to visit me in prison,” Silva, dressed like most other performers in a white tee-shirt and black jeans, told Reuters.

“But my two daughters are here to see the concert and I think they’ll be proud.”

Director Paulo Lameiro and his team introduced inmates to classical music, heard their stories and found a way to bring their experiences to the big stage.

During the concert, Silva, who is serving a seven-year sentence for a crime he would not reveal, also performed a rap song dedicated to his family, in which he apologized to his mother for his wrongs.

“These young people are very creative, they are resilient but the routines of our prison system make it hard for them to change,” Lameiro said.

The Council of Europe has criticized Portugal for not giving prisoners sufficient opportunities to “work or to engage in education or other purposeful activities”.

Prison director Pragosa said opera could help.

“Prison life is alien to those who have never been in jail so this project allows people to understand that inmates can change,” she said. “The idea is to give inmates the tools they need to reintegrate back into society.”]]>
7/14/2018 11:30:41 AM
<![CDATA[South Africa launches notes, coins for Mandela's 100th birthday]]>
The South African Reserve Bank said the notes depict Mandela's life including his upbringing in rural Eastern Cape as the son of a chief, his 27-year incarceration and the end of apartheid in 1994 when he became president. Mandela died in 2013 aged 95.

The launch forms part of events across the world, culminating locally in an annual Mandela Day lecture by former U.S. president Barack Obama next week.

The etching on the 1-ounce gold coin of a smiling middle-aged Mandela with his hair parted down the middle was designed by Zimbabwe-born Sindiso Nyoni, whose work includes stinging rebukes of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

"Growing up and living most of my life under a dictatorship, we were not able to experience this feeling of democracy that South Africans have," Nyoni said. Mandela's face already graces all South Africa's banknotes.]]>
7/13/2018 2:30:14 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Harry and Meghan visit Dublin in first trip as married couple]]>
The pair arrived at Dublin airport, with Harry wearing a green tie and former Hollywood actress Meghan in a dark green Givenchy dress that appeared to have been chosen with Ireland’s national color in mind. They began their trip by visiting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Later, Harry greeted guests with a few words in the Irish language before giving a toast at a summer garden party at the British ambassador’s residence.

“Standing here with you on this beautiful evening, it is easy to see why Ireland has such a special place in the hearts of my family,” Prince Harry told guests.

“As each other’s closest neighbors, the UK and Ireland’s relationship is unique; our shared history is long and complex. There have of course been challenging, and at times tragic, periods of that relationship.”

Champagne in hand, he finished his speech with the traditional Irish toast “Slainte.”

Harry said he and Meghan hoped to reflect on some of the difficult passages in the neighboring islands’ history when they visit a memorial to Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840’s and the Gaelic sports stadium Croke Park. British troops opened fire on a crowd there nearly a century ago, on a day known as Bloody Sunday during Ireland’s War of Independence.

Britain’s royal family has played an important role in developing Anglo-Irish relations in recent years, in particular in 2011 when Queen Elizabeth made the first state visit by a British monarch since Ireland won its independence from London in 1921.

The queen, whose husband’s uncle was killed by an Irish nationalist bomb in 1979, offered powerful gestures of reconciliation during her hugely successful four-day trip, made possible by a 1998 peace deal that ended a paramilitary war against British rule of Northern Ireland.

Harry said his grandmother has since spoken of the fantastic welcome she received.

Kensington Palace tweeted an update of Harry and Meghan’s arrival in both English and Irish.

They will meet Irish President Michael D. Higgins before visiting an Irish emigration museum, a technology startup hub and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university.

Many Irish people have a gossipy interest in their nearest neighbor’s royal family. Ireland’s national broadcaster carried live coverage of the royal wedding, part of a global TV audience of many millions.

RSVP, one of Ireland’s most popular celebrity magazines, ran a live blog of the visit on Tuesday which was also the top story on the website of the Irish Independent, the country’s highest selling daily newspaper.]]>
7/11/2018 11:32:57 AM
<![CDATA[2018 World Cup: a quick buck for Egyptian Cafes]]>
This loss will affect the profit of the Qahwas (local coffee shops), which helped people who are not beIN Sports subscribers to watch the World Cup matches.

During the games, the prices of drinks such as tea, coffee or juice were increased by 20 percent; on a normal day, a cup of tea costs LE 2.5 ($ 0.14), which was increased to LE 3 at most of the Qahwas in the slum and blue-collar areas across Cairo and Giza during the matches. However, after the national team’s loss, Qahwas won’t be earning the same amount of money.

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Egyptians staying at Zalat Coffee shop and resturant in Nasr City, Giza, watching the World Cup games - Egypt Today


Qahwa owners consider the World Cup a great season, offering extra seats to attract as many customers as possible. “We already have 150 chairs and the number was increased to 550 seats during the tournament,” said M. Gad, a waiter in a Qahwa in Wadi Hof, Helwan.

“This number could not be enough as the games are not broadcast on other channels,” he told Egypt Today. "Booking a chair with a drink will cost between LE 25 – LE 30," he continued. Gad added the number of clients was not as big as it was expected because the Egyptian games were broadcast on the free beIN sport channel.

“Normally, there are 100 seats, but it depends on the match being aired. For example, if the Egyptian National team is playing, the number of seats increases to almost 200 chairs,” Explained a regular customer at a Qahwa in Ain Shams. Booking a chair at a Qahwa in Ain Shams costs LE 10 without the drink, but with the drink will cost about LE 15. “If all 100 seats are booked, the owner will gain approximately LE 1,500 during one football game.”

Therefore, over the period of one football game, one Qahwa with reasonable prices can make a profit of more than LE 13,700. The World Cup, with a total of 64 games, is a profitable season for hundreds of thousands of Qahwas and cafes. "In 2015, the number of Qahwas and cafes in Cairo only reached 100,000 cafes, most of them unlicensed," said former Cairo Governor, Galal al-Saeed, in media remarks.

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Egyptians staying at a Coffee shop in Giza, watching the World Cup games - Egypt Today


“Reserving a seat costs LE 5 and this doesn’t include a drink, even if the person is not going to order, he still has to pay for the seat. The owner of the coffee shop may earn almost LE 2,000 a day,” Ibrahim Khalil, a friend of a Qahwa owner in Giza, clarified.

The price of having a drink in a Qahwa varies from one area to another. There are coffee shops where reserving a seat can reach LE 100. Whenever you sit at a local coffee shop at an upscale district, the prices gets higher. However, many people, particularly the youth, prefer watching games at Qahwas.

“I personally prefer watching football matches in general in a local coffee shop because I feel free. I feel like home when I watch the games with people who are like family,” Physician Mohamed Sultan told Egypt Today.

“I prefer watching matches at local cafés of course. The atmosphere is indescribable; it’s like a mini stadium. The people watching with you will boost your enthusiasm,” a football fan said.

“Obviously, I prefer watching matches at Qahwas because you don’t have to be embarrassed if you get angry or swear, but at a café you have to be respectful and try not to disturb other people watching; you feel like you are tied to a chair,” Alaa Ahmed Omar commented.

“It’s a very complicated issue regarding the prices now at any Qahwa,” a 15 year old boy said. “In Ain Shams region the price of a drink is cheaper than reserving the seat,” he continued “I have to pay LE 10 for the seat and order a drink which costs less than LE 5. It’s very frustrating.”

After Egypt’s loss and poor performance in the world cup, some Egyptians stopped watching the World Cup at the Qahwa.

“I have been to several Qahwas around Cairo to watch the World Cup with my friends. However, after Egypt’s disappointing performance, it’s mostly the young ones who still watch the World Cup” Mahmoud Abdel Azim, a young football fan commented.

“I personally stopped going to watch the matches at the Qahwa; I only go when friends ask me to join them,” a 42 year old teacher stated.
Meanwhile, Mostafa Mohammed, an accountant in a private company, said that he goes to watch any match at the Qahwa, especially the highly-competitive games like the one between Argentina and Nigeria. “This was a very intense match even though Nigeria lost in the last minute,” he added.]]>
7/10/2018 12:47:44 PM
<![CDATA[From caviar to veal tongue, fans get true taste of Russia]]>
Russian food is often thought of as bland and heavy, and indeed many dishes seem geared towards getting people through the grueling winter rather than amusing their palates.

But 28 year-old Egyptian Ahmed Morsy has made it a point of trying a new Russian dish every day. Meat-filled pelmeni dumplings and Beef stroganoff rank among his favorites.

“I love it, honestly. It’s better than I expected. I don’t like spicy food myself so for me it was perfect,” said Morsy as he perused a restaurant menu in the sweltering southern city of Volgograd.

“The whole country has exceeded my expectations. I had never been to Russia before, I thought the people would be grumpy and the country not that organized,” he said.

Indeed, most fans have been impressed by Russians – some in remote or industrial towns where tourists rarely tread – bending over backwards to help, dispelling preconceptions and spreading an upbeat atmosphere.

“I thought Russian food might be weird. I haven’t found it weird. But I do prefer the Uzbek and Azerbaijani barbecue,” said Morsy’s university pal Mamdooh El Eleila, 29, who ordered Kiev chicken, a fillet that is either fried or baked.

Indeed, food from nearby countries - particularly spicier Georgian cuisine - has been particularly popular with fans looking for a little more piquancy in their plates. Caviar bars and vodka cocktails have also been prized.

“WE MISS CHILI!”
Still, some fans from countries like India and Mexico, renowned for their succulent spicy fare, have not been impressed.

“The flavors here are quite salty. And of course we miss chili,” said Ricardo Garcia, a 32 year-old programmer decked out in the green Mexican football jersey.

“We brought hot sauce with us from Mexico but we forgot it in our last hostel and now were suffering a little. We found some ketchup with chili in a supermarket and that helps a little, but it’s not the same.”

His pal Heriberto Gonzalez, however, was far more upbeat.

“There are some soups that any Mexican mothers could prepare! Borscht, for example, because they use the potato in a very similar way. Of course, there’s a little bitter Russian flavor to it,” said Gonzalez, a 37 year-old who works in marketing.

“But if I wanted Mexican food, I would have stayed in Mexico!”

Some fans, however, have found temporary refuge in their own cuisine - like Egyptian physics student Ahmed Nasr, who was queuing for a shawarma.

But he said local waiters and chefs had also prodded him - via Google Translate - to try local fares including Russian lamb and buckwheat.

“I was at a buffet and the staff encouraged me to try Russian food. I liked it. I did not even know what they ate in Russia,” said Nasr, 31, who lives in Canada.

“In Canada we have Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern food, but I’ve never seen Russian. Maybe I will look for a Russian restaurant - hopefully I can find one!” he laughed, adding that in any case he planned to return to Russia as a tourist.

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7/10/2018 11:18:11 AM
<![CDATA[Hundreds of shivering Australians get nude for U.S. photographer Tunick]]>
The participants, chosen from 12,000 eager applicants, posed standing and lying down on concrete, covered only in transparent red fabric, with the temperature hovering around 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) in the wind.

“I saw it come up online and I was like, ‘Yes! Like I have to get involved.’ Spencer Tunick I feel is legendary for subversive art, nude subversive art. I feel like Melbourne could definitely do with a dose of that,” Jane Louise, one of the participants, told reporters.

Participants didn’t have their gear off for too long.

“I worked quickly in order to keep them not from freezing and I think I got some beautiful artworks,” Tunick told reporters.

Another participant, Belle Harvey, said: “Yeah, he was good fun. Every now and again we would laugh, and he would be like, ‘You need to be quiet. No smiling. Hands up’,”.

Woolworths, the owner of the suburban supermarket where the shots were taken, had at first refused to allow Tunick access to its car park, fearing it would inconvenience shoppers during busy weekend hours.

The retail giant relented when the artist agreed to take the shots on a quiet Monday morning instead.

Tunick was invited as part of a Melbourne arts festival.]]>
7/9/2018 10:39:08 AM
<![CDATA[Lithuanian couple win world wife-carrying championship title in Finland]]>
The World Wife-Carrying Championship, now in its 23rd year, draws thousands of visitors to the town of 4,200 and has gained followers across the world.

There are official qualifying competitions in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Estonia. On Saturday, 53 couples from 13 countries joined the competition, organizers said.

The idea of wife-carrying as a sport was inspired by the 19th century legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who tested aspiring members of his gang by forcing them to carry sacks of grain or live pigs over a similar course.

The championship is also said to stem from an even earlier practice of wife-stealing - leading many present-day contestants to compete with someone else’s wife.

On Saturday, Lithuanian parents of two Vytautas Kirkliauskas and Neringa Kirkliauskiene won the race which involved running, wading through a slippery pool and getting through an obstacle course. The two defeated six times world champion Taisto Miettinen, a Finn.

“It’s my wife,” Kirkliauskas shouted happily after the race, “She’s the best.”

The couple first competed in Sonkajarvi in 2005.

Finland, which straddles the Arctic Circle and goes through long, dark winters, is no stranger to strange sports. It has also given the world the world boot throwing, air guitar and mobile phone throwing competitions, to name just a few.

“I think because we have only three months of light we need to come up with nice stuff to do during the summertime, and we want to show everyone we have a great sense of humor,” said Sanna-Mari Nuutinen, a volunteer at Saturday’s event.]]>
7/8/2018 11:25:40 AM
<![CDATA[One person gored on opening day of Pamplona bull runs]]>
The person was caught by a bull’s horn during the 875-metre run through the northern Spanish city. Four other people suffered minor injuries such as grazes after falling. All five were taken to hospital for treatment.

Around 2,000 people, most of them dressed in white and wearing red neck scarves, attend the sprint, running alongside six bulls and six bullocks on a narrow route that weaves through central Pamplona.

Lasting just under two and half minutes, and taking place on wet ground following rain the night before, this year’s sprint was slightly faster than average.

Saturdays are statistically the most dangerous day of the week-long San Fermin festival, leaving around seven people ]]>
7/7/2018 11:23:24 AM
<![CDATA[Hitting cancer early: AstraZeneca's bid to outmaneuver rivals]]>
Yet today two-thirds of analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters recommend the stock, making it one of the sector’s biggest consensus buys, and CEO Pascal Soriot says he is “absolutely” happy to carry on into the 2020s as he chases early use of modern cancer drugs.

“I don’t have any plans to retire anytime soon,” he told Reuters.Soriot and his team are increasingly confident that while AstraZeneca may have lost one part of the battle for cancer market dominance, it can still win elsewhere by targeting tumors before they have spread around the body.

That is the second element of a twin-track strategy to differentiate AstraZeneca in the hot area of immune system-boosting drugs, which has seen rivals - led by Merck & Co (MRK.N) - leap ahead in late-stage or metastatic disease.

The idea that immunotherapy may actually work best in less sick patients is logical, since the immune system’s natural role is to destroy nascent tumors. Indeed, some cancer doctors believe this could become the main battleground in future.

“It’s not yet prime time ... but in the long run I think we will move immunotherapy to a more front-line early disease situation and I hope we will be treating more patients in that setting than in late-stage disease,” said John Haanen, an oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.


JUMP-START

AstraZeneca already has a jump-start here, since its Imfinzi immunotherapy is the new standard of care in treating early inoperable stage III lung cancer. That win follows a decision to run a study in this setting ahead of competitors.

“It was a smart move by AstraZeneca and they are now absolutely in business,” said Haanen.

Imfinzi sales will be a major focus for investors when the company reports half-year results on July 26.

Competitor Merck last month presented similar stage III results from a small study, but a larger trial using Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY.N) Opdivo drug recently stopped recruiting patients, suggesting direct competition is not imminent.

AstraZeneca hopes to build on this lead in the so-called adjuvant setting, where drugs are given after surgery to keep the cancer from coming back.

Its BR.31 immunotherapy trial with Imfinzi was the first to start adjuvant therapy for lung cancer and the company thinks it could be the first to complete a major trial, with disease-free survival data due in 2020.

“We are certainly hopeful to be the first,” said David Berman, the group’s head of immuno-oncology.


Berman jumped ship from Bristol-Myers three years ago and believes his new employer has hit on a winning strategy. “By moving to early stage you can actually leapfrog competitors who are ahead of you in stage IV,” he said.

Still, the race is on in both the adjuvant and neoadjuvant setting, where treatment precedes surgery. With each trial taking several years, picking winners is not easy.

“If everyone is similar on timing, then it is going to come down to data,” said Liberum analyst Roger Franklin, who rates AstraZeneca a hold.

HOW LONG TO TREAT?
Lung cancer is by far the biggest killer among cancers and the top commercial opportunity for so-called PDx immunotherapy infusions expected to be worth $15 billion in sales this year, according to Thomson Reuters’ consensus forecasts.

AstraZeneca estimates the majority of lung cancer patients are being diagnosed relatively early in the disease, when there is a better chance of a cure.

One issue that concerns doctors is how long patients treated post-surgery should take immunotherapy drugs, especially given that they cost nearly $150,000 a year.

Most of the adjuvant trials now under way against various cancers are designed to give drugs for one year. Haanen is skeptical: “Do you really need a year’s treatment? Probably not.”

AstraZeneca is also pushing its early treatment mantra beyond immunotherapy with its lung cancer pill Tagrisso, which works is targeted at patients with specific genetic mutations that are particularly common in the booming Chinese market.

With a clear lead in this particular treatment area, AstraZeneca has time to build out its Tagrisso business in early disease through two big ongoing clinical trials.

Dan Mahony, a healthcare fund manager at Polar Capital, is bullish on AstraZeneca’s prospects but reluctant to predict how the fight will play out in the long term.

Still, he says: “There’s more going on at AstraZeneca than met the eye a year ago.”]]>
7/6/2018 4:52:06 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Festival City Mall hosts Russian Summer Cheering Experience]]>
Not entirely, good news is you can still be part of the moment as CFCM has brought you piece of Russia straight to Tagamoa.

With the biggest and most lively screen in the entire country, measuring 16*9 meters, CFCM’s arena is everyone’s destination for an unprecedented experience for you, your family and friends. The arena can take up to 4000 fans in regular as well as VIP lounges where you are pampered under the umbrellas and enjoying a freezing drink, delicious food and the football and play station competitions that appealed to everyone.

For the overly enthusiast fans, sponsors of the Arena distribute cheering props to increase the feel of the stadium and bring more of Russia’s festivities to the Arena.
In the past confrontations of the Egyptian team, the Arena was always on fire despite the fact that Egypt did not make it to the next round but still achieved some exciting world records.

The hopes of Egypt to continue in the World Cup race are over but football lovers still have something to look forward to as this year’s competition carries many surprises for the whole world.

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Egyptian fans watching football at Cairo Festival City Mall. - Press Photo

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Egyptian fans watching football at Cairo Festival City Mall. - Press Photo

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CFCM’s arena is everyone’s destination for an unprecedented experience for you, your family and friends. - Press Photo

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The arena can take up to 4000 fans in regular, as well as VIP lounges. - Press Photo

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While watching, you can enjoy cold drinks and delicious foods. - Press Photo
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7/4/2018 5:29:58 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. beats Belgium to win (Quidditch) World Cup]]>
More than 6,000 km away from Moscow, in the Italian city of Florence, the United States swept to victory on Sunday in a much more magical contest - the Quidditch World Cup, based on the game dreamt up in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

More than 800 players from as far afield as Iceland and Hong Kong took part in the tournament - the largest yet staged in the muggle universe.

In the real-life game, two teams of seven players run around with broomsticks between their legs and engage in a full-contact, co-ed contest with elements of rugby, dodgeball and wrestling.

In the early rounds it was favorites USA and Australia who set the pace in the groups stages, played in sweltering temperatures.

In the first semi-finals USA beat Britain for a place in the final for the fourth time. Belgium became first-time finalists after beating Turkey.

The USA won the match 120 to 70, after Harry Greenhouse grabbed the ‘snitch’ within minutes of it coming onto the field, tied to the back of another player.

The first World Cup was held in Oxford in England back in 2012, when the USA took top honors. The team took the title again in 2014, but Australia caught the snitch to snatch victory two years ago in Frankfurt, Germany.

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7/3/2018 12:11:22 PM
<![CDATA[Hometown America drops due diligence condition for Gateway Lifestyle offer]]>
Hometown said its bid, at A$2.30 cash-per-share, was superior to an identically priced offer from Canadian private equity firm Brookfield Asset Management (BAMa.TO), because Gateway had promised to pay out a 5.35 Australian cents dividend during the bidding contest.

Hometown’s cash offer would slip to A$2.25-a-share if Gateway was unwilling to sign a bid implementation agreement at the higher price. Gateway said it was considering the offer.

The bid implementation deal would contain features including a unanimous commitment by Gateway’s board to recommend the bid, Hometown said.

Gateway agreed to an exclusive due diligence by Brookfield Property Group, a unit of Canadian alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management Inc (BAMa.TO), which made a non-binding A$2.30-a-share offer for Gateway on June 21.

Brookfield’s offer trumped an earlier offer from Hometown of A$2.10 per share.

Investing in the retirement sector is viewed by analysts as a means to profit from Australia’s aging population and tap generous government subsidies offered to pensioners.]]>
7/2/2018 1:22:36 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: A bucket of red please: revellers battle it out with wine in Spain]]>
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La Batalla de Vino is held each June in the town of Haro on the feast of St Peter, an event organisers say draws thousands of people.

On Friday, participants soaked each other with buckets and toy spray guns, turning their clothes a shade of purple.

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7/1/2018 11:29:51 AM
<![CDATA[Blowing Off steam]]>
As tobacco use steadily and regularly decreases around the world due to rising prices, as a result of taxes, rigid regulations on tobacco companies and banning the marketing and advertising of tobacco products, the Middle East and Africa continues to be an anomaly. In fact, research has found that smokers are quickly on the rise in low- and middle-income countries on a global scale, and even more so in the Middle East and Africa due to weak, and sometime, non-existent, regulations and control measures.

According to CAPMAS 2015 survey linking smoking to income, expenditure and consumption, 23 million Egyptians are exposed to negative smoking, half of which are females. Moreover, 41.2 percent of employers smoke, and the average annual expenditure of an Egyptian household on smoking is LE 1,722 ($95.14).

“Egypt alone has seen its smoker population nearly double since 2000, reaching around 14.4 mn today. Water pipes known as shishas are popular in cafes, where smoking restrictions don’t apply,” according to Bloomberg.

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Taxation continues to be the least used strategy worldwide.

Aligned with these findings, the Shares of Easter Tobacco in Egypt, which holds a monopoly on cigarette production in Egypt, have hit successive record highs with a significant 161 percent increase in shares in the first half of 2018.

Although Khaled Sadek, head of consumer and healthcare research at CI Capital, believes that this increase is due to a rise in prices, evidence does suggest that this increase also comes as a result of an increase of number of users.

“They raised their ex-factory prices by about 40 percent compared to last year and they still have a big part of their inventory of raw tobacco from before the currency float which makes the cost low for them and the margins higher,” explains Sadek.

“Tobacco is marketed mainly to men [in the Middle East and Africa]. To reverse this [the rise of smokers in the region], governments need to more firmly confront the tobacco industry’s efforts to recruit the next generation of smokers,” recommend Bloomberg’s editors.

Agreeing with this Enterprise writes, “Tobacco companies in the Middle East and Africa need to be slapped with more taxes, restrictions.”

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Egypt alone has seen its smoker population nearly double since 2000, reaching around 14.4 mn today.

Cracking down on smoking

Experts have found that the most cost-effective and high impact move that leads to a decline in smokers are: raising tobacco taxes, abiding tobacco companies to print graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, banning tobacco advertisements and imposing laws that ban smoking in public areas.

Supporting this view, The World Bank has repeatedly advised of the importance of taxation, expressing its positive impact on decreasing the number of smokers; the Bank has actively worked on declining smokers by partners up with the World Health Organizations (WHO). Despite this, taxation continues to be the least used strategy worldwide.

Yet, not everyone agrees that an increase in prices leads to smokers quitting. “Historically, people don’t stop smoking,” Ahmed Hafez, the co-head of research at HC Brokerage in Cairo, tells Bloomberg, “What happens usually is that they cut the number of cigarettes they smoke per day, and then they usually divert to the normal habits again. But we haven’t seen a prolonged impact on demand since price increases.”

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Enterprise writes, “Tobacco companies in the Middle East and Africa need to be slapped with more taxes, restrictions.”

Egypt takes action

To crack down on tobacco use, the Egyptian government, in July 2014, increased the retail prices of cigarettes, to cost about LE 1 more per pack, following an increase in cigarette taxes.

Another 50 percent increase followed in February 2015, and in 2016, prices hiked by another 10 percent.

During 2018, as a way to raise its revenues and tackle smoking, raised taxes once more, leading the government to expect to raise LE 7.072 billion ($402 million) in the 2018-19 draft budget in revenues from this tax, a government document said.

Egypt targets collecting LE 58.524 billion ($3.33 billion) in revenues from tobacco taxes, according to the Ministry of Finance; it is expected that tobacco taxes will come to LE 51.452 billion ($2.93 billion) during this financial year, ending at the end of June.

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6/30/2018 2:26:11 PM
<![CDATA[Pics, video: meet highly-trained penguins received by Egypt]]>
Their new home is Egypt’s makeshift, corporate version of the Artic located at the Mall of Egypt. The penguins are the Gentoo and Chinstrap species, two of the largest penguin types worldwide.

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Ski Egypt has received 10 Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins of the Gentoo and Chinstrap which are two of the largest penguin species worldwide – Egypt Today/Amr Kandil

The male and female penguins welcomed to Egypt have been trained and prepared to meet visitors and perform before audiences as of July 1.

There are only about half a million Gentoo penguins in the world, with lengths that commonly range between 0.6 to 0.76 meter, making them the third-largest penguins after two giant species.


A long-tailed Gentoo penguin weighs between 5.5 to 6.5 kilograms approximately, with a lifespan that can exceed 20 years.

Meanwhile, the Chinstrap or bearded penguins are the fifth-largest penguin in size out of typically 17 species of penguins. There are about 7.5 million Chinstraps in the world inhabiting parts of the Antarctic Ocean and Southern Pacific.

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Ski Egypt has received 10 Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins of the Gentoo and Chinstrap which are two of the largest penguin species worldwide – Egypt Today/Amr Kandil

The Chinstraps ordinarily range between 0.45 to 0.63 meter in length, with an average weight of about 3 kilograms.

Ski Egypt in Giza’s 6th of October city is keen on providing penguins with the suitable environment in terms of temperature and light conditions, within the framework guidelines from San Antonio’s SeaWorld, Texas.

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Ski Egypt has received 10 Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins of the Gentoo and Chinstrap which are two of the largest penguin species worldwide – Egypt Today/Amr Kandil

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6/30/2018 10:23:25 AM
<![CDATA[Model's nude pose above Jerusalem shrine sparks outrage]]>
The picture, published in Belgian newspaper HLN, shows 26-year-old Marisa Papen leaning back nude on a lounger, face raised to the sun.

Behind and below her worshippers can be seen at the ancient wall in the Old City, the most sacred site where Jews can pray.

The photo shoot was condemned in a statement by rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, as an "embarrassing, serious and saddening incident, which undermines the sanctity of the place and the feelings of those who visit it".

Last year Papen was detained for 24 hours in Egypt after posing naked in front of the Karnak Temple, according to her website, which is a travelogue of her nude poses shot around the world.

The Western Wall is adjacent to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

Jews believe the wall is the last remnant of the biblical Jewish temple.]]>
6/29/2018 1:09:30 PM
<![CDATA[Google Ads: Introducing simpler marketing solutions for advertisers, publishers]]>
Originally launched to ensure that make people with businesses connect faster with their consumer-base and other businesses, Google AdWords has had to develop and change to keep up with developments in different fields, as well as the usage habits of people.

“People quickly switch from searching for products, to watching videos, browsing content, playing games and more. As a result, marketers have more opportunities to reach consumers across channels, screens and formats,” writes Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce at Google, arguing that despite being complex, this development has the potential to lead to many exciting innovations.

Google ads have evolved from helping marketers connect with people on Google Search, to helping them connect at every step of the consumer journey through text, video, display and more.

To deal with these developments, Google has introduces simpler brands and solutions to match their advertising products, namely Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform, and Google Ad Manager. These brands are designed to ensure that it is easier for marketers to find solutions and marketing opportunities for their business; ones that are cost-effective. These solutions are also designed to create greater collaboration across teams.

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Today, we are introducing simpler brands and solutions for our advertising products: Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform, and Google Ad Manager. - Press Photo


Google AdWords becomes Google Ads: Closer and stronger

Google Ads merges together all of Google’s advertising capabilities across Google.com, partner sites, applications and other properties, with the aim of connecting people to find answers to their questions, do research, browse for content, entertain themselves and much more.

For small businesses specifically, they are introducing a new campaign type in Google Ads that makes it easier than ever to get started with online advertising.

“It brings the machine learning technology of Google Ads to small businesses and helps them get results without any heavy lifting—so they can stay focused on running their businesses,” explains Ramaswamy.

Furthermore, by unifying their DoubleClick advertiser products and the Google Analytics 360 Suite under a single brand: Google Marketing Platform, Google will ensure stronger collaboration for enterprise marketing teams, leading to stronger analytical technology and more real benefits from Ad.

Integration between DoubleClick and Google Analytics 360 will allos marketers to better plan, buy, measure and optimize digital media and customer experiences in one place.

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Introducing simpler brands and solutions for advertisers and publishers. - Press Photo

As part of Google Marketing Platform, Google have also announced Display & Video 360, a platform that brings together features from DoubleClick Bid Manager, Campaign Manager, Studio and Audience Center to allow creative, agency, and media teams to collaborate and execute ad campaigns end-to-end in a single place.

“We recognize that the way publishers monetize their content has changed. With people accessing content on multiple screens, and with advertisers’ growing demand for programmatic access, publishers need to be able to manage their businesses more simply and efficiently. That’s why for the last three years, we’ve been working to bring together DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange in a complete and unified programmatic platform under a new name–Google Ad Manager,” explains Ramaswamy on why they are developing this new platform.

“With this evolution, we’re excited to do even more for our partners—earning them more money, more efficiently, wherever people are watching videos, playing games or engaging with content, and however advertisers are looking to work with them.”

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The platform helps marketers plan, buy, measure and optimize digital media and customer experiences in one place. - Press Photo

Despite being development-oriented, Google is still committed to its delivering products with the utmost transparency and controls that consumers and customers are able to trust.

“As always, our commitment is to ensure that all of our products and platforms set the industry’s highest standard in giving people transparency and choice in the ads they see. For example, we recently announced new Ads Settings and expanded Why this ad? across all of our services, and almost all websites and apps that partner with us to show ads,” assures Ramaswamy.

Google is expected to share more about these changes on Google Marketing Live on July 10, 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET. To watch,

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6/28/2018 7:21:16 PM
<![CDATA[Industrial Workers of World Day: Celebrating SCZone, RIZ]]>
Previously, in a meeting between then Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the General Authority For Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Mohab Mamish to review available investments in the economic zone, Ismail pointed out the importance of the zone to the national economy and its role in creating jobs for youths.

In comments during the meeting, Mamish assured that demand from foreign investment is high and that sources of investment are diverse and numerous, suggesting that the zone will be able to positively contribute towards the national economy.



In detail: SCZone

The Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) is a world-class free zone and trade hub along the banks of the newly-expanded Suez Canal, strategically located on the main trade route between Europe and Asia, with more than 8 percent of global trade passing through every year.

According to the SCZone’s official website, the vision of the project is: “To become a leading world class economic hub and a preferred destination for investment,” bringing together businesses from all over the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as internationally.

Egypt’s ability to become the new economic and energy hub, something that it currently on track to become, is supported by its access to regional markets and talents, as well as its vast labor pool, which, according to the zone’s official website, is “the largest labor pool in the region. … The workforce includes experienced accountants, lawyers, ICT specialists, engineers, technicians and designers, all available to work for SCZone companies at competitive prices.”

The flotation of the Egyptian pound has also played a positive role in securing relatively cheap labour for companies looking to come into the economic zone; the devaluation of the Egyptian Pound in the face of other currencies has made Egyptian labor and salaries even cheaper on a global scale, making it more competitive and attractive.

The Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) covers 461 kilometers squared. Within the zone, there are: two integrated areas, Ain Sokhna with Ain Sokhna Port and East Port Said with East Port Said Port; two development areas, Qantara West and East Ismailia; and, four ports, West Port Said Port, Adabiya Port, Al Tor Port and Al Arish Port.

“Each integrated and development area provides investment opportunities in industrial and commercial enterprises, infrastructure and real estate development, logistics, amenities and state-of-the-art technology,” reads the zone’s official website.



Russian Industrial Zone (RIZ) in SCZone

During the signing ceremony where Egypt and Russia signed an agreement for a $7 billion RIZ, then-Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil explained that this 50-year agreement will give Russian companies rights to develop a 5.25 million square meter stretch of land in the Suez Canal Economic Zone into an industrial zone for Russian companies that will be built over three phases, giving them a solid, strategically-located base in Egypt to export to the rest of the Middle East and Africa.

RIZ will be established in the East Port Said region.

Industrial projects and buildings will be built over a space of 2.8 million square meters, while the rest of the land will be used to build residential units as well as commercial and entrainment facilities for the zone’s staff. Stretching over 461 square kilometers, the zone extends through the three Suez Canal governorates of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia, and will include six maritime ports, to be completed by 2045.

Manufacturing air conditioners, motors, construction equipment, glass, ceramics, electronics, medical supplies and plastic are among the industries targeted by the RIZ.

Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Georgy Kalamanov said in July that the RIZ will act as a platform for Russian products to enter the Egyptian and African markets. “I see it as a hub. I believe it is a first stage in shaping basic platforms for spreading Russian goods in African countries, “ Kalamanov had announced.

Building on Kabil’s comments, Denis Manturov, Acting Minister of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation, stated, “The signing of this agreement comes as a culmination of intensive discussions between the two ministries of industry and trade in the two countries over the past two years.”

RIZ is expected to give Russian companies an edge over other international companies, as it will be easier and less costly for them to export to the Region, meaning that their prices are likely to be more competitive on a global level; they will also take less time to arrive at the intended importing country and will leave less carbon footprints.



Development works of the first phase, involving 1 million square meters, will start this year and will be carried out by a Russian developer who will also work on attracting Russian investors and companies during 2018 and 2019. This phase will create 7,300 jobs in the construction field, decreasing unemployment rates in Egypt.

The second phase will develop 1.6 million square meters and will be finished by 2022, creating 10,000 jobs, while the third phase will develop 2.65 million square meters and generate 17,000 jobs, once again, decreasing unemployment rates in the region.

The three phase is expected to be finished by 2031, when Russian companies will start operations, providing some 35,000 direct and indirect jobs, the statement said.

The Egyptian and Russian sides have agreed to establish a company under the name of Moscow Economic Zone to be responsible for the zone’s operations and construction works. The project, which will be supervised by the two governments, will be funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and a number of Egyptian banks.

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Mohab Mamish said in the statement that the RIZ would help cover East Port Said’s needs for industries as well as the needs of the domestic market. He further added that the zone would serve as a gateway for Russian companies to European and African countries.

Mamish added that the land granted for the RIZ is on a usufruct basis and the condition for establishing projects and industrial complexes inside the Suez Canal Economic Zone is that 90 percent of the workforce is Egyptian. This would help the economic zone realize its target of creating 1 million jobs, according to the sustainable development strategy “Egypt Vision 2030,” Mamish said.

In October, Mamish announced that negotiations between Egypt and Russia on the industrial zone have been successful. Trade between Egypt and Russia increased to about $2.5 billion in the first seven months of 2017, from about $2.2 billion in the same period of 2016.

The project is part of ongoing efforts to encourage foreign and domestic investments in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, which is set to include an international logistics hub and areas for light, medium and heavy industry, as well as commercial and residential developments.



In statements to Sputnik news agency Wednesday prior to the signing of the agreements, Kabil said, “Post the signing today they will start developing the contract between a Russian developer who will manage the development of the area and the economic zone of the Suez Canal. So that contract will include the details of the construction and power required, very nitty-gritty details. So probably I would expect in the neighborhood of six months to finish the contract and the approval of the parliament. After that then the developer is free to start preparation.”

Kabil further pointed out that he had the chance of meeting some 60 Russian companies who are interested in investing in the RIZ, including some big companies like Kamaz. “Between the developer and the companies, there are many companies who said yes we are interested. The good thing is that they’ve already studied the Egyptian market, the export opportunities out of that particular area. So it would be premature for companies,” stated Kabil.

The Russian Investment Zone is expected to be the first of many other zones established around the Suez Canal, with negotiations on-going between the Egyptian government and their Chinese and Italian counterparts.



Agility Logistics Company to establish a logistic center in East Port Said Governorate

The Suez Canal Authority signed a Cooperation protocol with Agility Logistics Company to establish a logistic center in East Port Said Governorate, investing up to $100 million.

The protocol was signed by Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Mohamed Mamesh, and Vice Chairman and CEO of Agility Tarik Sultan.

The protocol stipulates that Agility will establish a logistics hub in the current expansion of East Port Said Port, with industrial and logistic infrastructure promoting the import and storage of raw materials, and the export and distribution of cargos through the Suez Canal axis.

Agility will also work on providing international solutions for Egyptian customs, so as to contribute to the rapid circulation of goods, strengthen supply chains in a fast and secure manner, and to increase the value added.

Mamesh said that the establishment of this project in East Port Said area comes in line with the vision of Egypt 2030, and achieves Egypt's development goals by attaining sustainable and integrated economic growth through increasing the value added, creating new jobs and enhancing the status of the Suez Canal as a commercial and industrial center.

“The protocol aims to study investing in the development and promotion of logistics areas as well as the industrial zone, in addition to establishing an environmental green logistics center for value added services, and applying technological customs solutions to facilitate trade movement,” Mamesh announced.

For his part, Sultan said that Egypt's privileged location facilitates reaching the region's markets and trade routes and qualifies it as a regional distribution hub, adding that his company has invested in the African market due to the increased demand to access this promising market.

Sultan added that the existence of the economic zone of the Suez Canal and the work in the East Port Said area will enable companies to obtain high quality infrastructure and fast, easy and efficient logistic and customs services.

“The protocol aims to study the establishment of a partnership between the Economic Authority and Agility,” Deputy Chairman of the Economic Authority of Suez Canal for the Northern Sector, Abdel Kader Darwish said.

He clarified that the first stage of work between two parties includes the preparation of feasibility studies for the development of a logistics center and the provision of customs technology services for eight months.

The second stage includes the preparation of the detailed plans and the final and master plans of the logistic project, besides providing technical and financial studies of technological services for six months, while the third stage includes the establishment of a joint venture within six months.



On the right track

Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met May 26, 2018, with Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), Mohab Mamish, in the presence of the acting chief of the General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel.

During the meeting, Mamish said that the Suez Canal revenues increased 13.4 percent year-on-year in the first five months of 2018.

The international waterway's May revenues were the highest ever, recording 16 percent, compared with the same period a year earlier, he revealed.

Sisi issued directives to persist with the efforts exerted by the Suez Canal Authority and the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) with the aim of developing and improving the capabilities of the Suez Canal Authority, presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said in a statement.

The president also underscored the importance of rallying the state institutions’ efforts in order to help complete ongoing projects in the SCZone and swiftly finalize infrastructure projects in the area.

Meanwhile, Mamish reviewed the latest developments with regard to developing the SCZone, Sokhna and Port Said ports, and building new tunnels under the canal, noting that the world's top-notch companies are keen to invest in the SCZone.

He also pointed out that Egypt and Russia signed on Wednesday an agreement to establish a Russian industrial zone on an area of 5.25 million square meters at the Suez Canal Corridor.

Additional Reporting:

Hanan Mohamed




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6/27/2018 3:25:56 PM
<![CDATA[Making a livelihood out of begging]]>
A beggar, also known as a panhandler or a mendicant, often ask for money to buy essentials like food, medicine and clothes, as a favour. They often pray for you or tell you that nice things will happen to you if you give them money, in hopes that hearing this will make you generous and give them money. Street beggers can be found in public spaces; typically, near busy stations, malls and restaurants.

Although some of these people may actually need money, most people begging for money on the street have made a profession out of it.

Professional begging

“Begging has become a career in Egypt, so you are not sure whether a beggar really needs help or not; some beggars became rich through begging, and they prefer to continue begging and create new ways to deceive people,” Azza Koriem, a professor of sociology told Xinhua.

Agreeing with this, Monde Zitho Langa, from News 24, writes, “Some beggars come from comfortable beds, homes with bread and water to bathe, but because of laziness claim a corner of the streets. At that corner they do their pity-me-work, forgetting that real people who aren’t pretending to be homeless actually need that money.”

Today, in Cairo, a begger can make more than a civil servant or even a manager at a governmental institution through collecting LE 100-150, a figure that doubles and triples around religious events and festivals, as the spirit of giving spreads between people.

However, the problem with beggers today is that they affect the people who actually need money as people become more and more reluctant to give money to the poor, as they are scared that they are being robbed or that they are giving money away to someone who does not need it but is doing it as a profession.

“This kind of beggars affect the real poor people as donors do not trust any beggar at all and they don't give any of them money because it is hard to differentiate them,” Koriem told Xinhua.

Getting to know our beggers

Speaking to a child sat on the corner of a street, looking despairingly at passers-by, it became obvious that some of the children who beg where brought up to do so, while others merely have to abide by their parents, guardians or patrons’ decision.

“We come from out of Cairo. We ride a mini bus everyday from out of Cairo, though 6 October city and come to Nasr City,” nine-year-old Zainab told Egypt Today, refusing to say where she originally comes from. “I come with my aunt and mother, as well as my siblings and cousins. We work this street almost every day and each of us is expected to make at least LE 100.”

“Expected” rang loud and clear, a word that speaks volumes and warns of possible consequences.

Zainab and her family work a specific street every day and each of them knows exactly what to do and how to ask for money; it is as if they were trained to do this.

It is their job.

Working on a street can be dangerous, and when money is involved, an order is needed. “I work with a few people. We have teamed up and we work this street,” explains 15-year-old Mohamed, known as Zoka to his ‘collegues’.

When asked if others work this street too, Zoka explained that there is a system, “You are not just allowed to work any old street you want to work.” Aggressively speaking, he explains that there should be some kind of monopoly on the street. He explains that he has to split the money with the other three people he works the street with; anyone who enters the street will have to do the same, or pay them a monthly fee, for them to allow him or her to beg on their territory; almost like cutting up areas when selling drugs, beggers are not carving up territories.

Confirming this, Nashwa, a mother in her late twenties, told Egypt Today, “I have to pay a daily fee for the man responsible for this street. He tells us where to work and ensures that we do not work the same areas. This way, we can all get some money out of it. I know what you think, I should be working, but why should I work when begging makes me more money.”

Begging has become an alternative profession, a way of making money. But this is not to say that everyone who begs is not in need.
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6/27/2018 1:20:36 PM
<![CDATA[Meghan's father: If Queen Elizabeth meets Trump, she should meet me too]]>
With a comment that is likely to bring unease to the British royal family, Markle appears to rebuke Elizabeth for planning to meet Trump when he visits Britain on July 13.

“If the queen is willing to meet our arrogant and insensitive president, she has no excuse not to meet me - I’m nowhere near as bad,” Markle told the U.S. celebrity website.

Markle missed his daughter’s wedding because he was ill but disclosed in an interview earlier this month that his new son-in-law had told him to give Trump a chance.

Markle said he felt the British royal family had put him in the “penalty box” after that interview. He said he had not spoken to his daughter or anyone else from the palace since the ITV interview.]]>
6/27/2018 11:05:39 AM
<![CDATA[Menswear in vogue for luxury brands with designs on growth]]>
Luxury brands are raising their game in menswear, which is expanding at a faster clip than women’s clothing as styles loosen up and streetwear like hoodies find a new audience.

Big fashion houses including French conglomerates LVMH and Kering are among those hiring eye-catching designers and investing in male attire.

LVMH’s Paris-based Louis Vuitton summed up the zeitgeist at the latest run of men’s fashion shows that closed last week with a collection by its new DJ-turned-designer Virgil Abloh.

This mixed casual anoraks, holster-style accessories and sleek trench coats, and drew hip hop royalty.

“It’s more than a buzz. It’s a deeper trend,” Sidney Toledano, head of LVMH’s fashion group, said on the sidelines of a fashion show.

“There’s strong demand across the men’s fashion industry, in all its shapes and forms, and which comes in part from a younger clientele. We see it very clearly in the sales.”

LVMH brands do not detail earnings, though analysts estimate that menswear at top money-spinner Vuitton is 5 to 7 percent of revenue. Vuitton did not respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile Kering’s fastest-growing brand Balenciaga, a one-time couture house which scored a hit with a line of chunky sneakers, says men are now among its biggest sales drivers along with millennials, or 20 to 35 year olds.

Womenswear still had the biggest share of the broader $1.7 trillion apparel and footwear market in 2017, with menswear less than a quarter, Euromonitor data shows.

Yet the market research firm forecasts men’s lines will outperform women’s between 2017 and 2022, with sales expanding by a compound annual growth rate of 2 percent.

“This is due to men placing a greater emphasis on their appearance, fueled by the rise of social media, and dress codes for men softening globally,” Marguerite Le Rolland, a consultant in beauty and fashion at Euromonitor, said.

WORK TO WEEKEND

Brands are taking note, expanding their reach with Instagram campaigns and famous faces such as ex soccer star David Beckham who is an ambassador for the British Fashion Council.

The growth of casualwear may entail some setbacks, with tailoring - usually items that are more expensive than sportswear - at risk of taking a hit.

Sales of men’s suits fell by $700 million between 2012 and 2017 in western Europe, Euromonitor data showed, contrasting with growth in premium jeans.

LVMH’s Toledano - who oversees LVMH labels like Celine, which is due to launch a men’s line - said tailored styles were still doing well, however, adding that sales growth was spreading to accessories and shoes.

Upstart labels are also keeping big brands on their toes.

“The men’s business has exploded in the last five years,” said Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, adding that the U.S. department store was bringing in newer menswear-focused labels like France’s Ami, or Off-White, the streetwear brand founded by Vuitton’s Abloh.

“We’ve gone from just category addressing to really designers looking at how they’re going to wardrobe a man’s lifestyle, everything from work to evening to weekend to sport.”]]>
6/26/2018 11:22:13 AM
<![CDATA[Why Egyptian men view marriage today as regrettable choice]]>
With the emergence of the idea of creating Facebook closed groups to include men or women only, each of the two sexes started to feel freer to express themselves.

On Facebook groups for MEN ONLY, numerous posts can be published a day for a man whose wedding date is nearing, asking other experienced and inexperienced men for advice. It is widely recognized that most comments on these posts are scary for every unmarried man who may watch perhaps 90 percent of the replies warning him of marriage, with “DON’T EVER” on top of the list.

To be objective, disputes between married couples were always portrayed in Egyptian classic films, mainly in a funny way. However, there is one way to know whether what is happening nowadays between wives and husbands is normal; it is statistics.

Divorce rates in Egypt increased 83 percent from 1996, according to the statistics collected in 2016 by Egypt’s official Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

In a February report, CAPMAS found that divorce rates increased by 6.5 percent in December 2017, compared to December 2016. The number of divorce forms issued in December 2017 was 14,000, compared to 13,000 during the same month of 2016.

Marriage rates witnessed a relative increase as well, but the rate of separations was much more than any other measured by CAPMAS. Marriage rates increased by 4.3 percent in December 2017, compared to the rate measured in December 2016.



Perhaps this explains a widely adopted opinion that appears in the comments on the kind of posts mentioned above, stating that marriage, however, is inevitable; many men advise the youth to enjoy their lives first and then surrender for their final deadly destiny of marriage.

The problem is that Egyptian young men do not have the chance to enjoy their lives before marriage. They have to choose between enjoying their youth and marriage, that is what one of the men on a private group thinks about marriage.



Marriage is not bad, but life is hard. How would you bear the expenses of marriage and life after marriage? Another user said, complaining about the unsatisfying economic situation in the country and the continuous price hike.

One of the most significant traditions in Arab countries, including Egypt, is that many parents can reject a man who wants to marry their daughter, because he is poor, he does not own a luxurious apartment, he does not have a prestigious car, or he cannot offer a comparatively valuable “shabka.” It is jewelry granted by the man before he is affianced to the woman he wishes to marry. “Shabka" is claimed to be a gift. However, men find themselves obligated to buy them for their future fiancées in most cases.

Numerous Egyptian men have been spotted on public and private groups advising other men to marry Syrian women who have resorted to Egypt since the violent incidents in Syria, as they do not ask for “shabka” or other elusive expenses before and after marriage.





Marrying an Egyptian woman ends up in the court, another user said due to the high rate of divorce recently.

You should know that after marriage you become occupied by an inevitable enemy that would subsequently waste your youth. After marriage, you should work on securing your children’s future and make sure they do not repeat your mistake, another person sarcastically said.

Following marriage, you would find yourself saving money just to buy diapers, a user, apparently has children, said.

Recently a user has accessed the group and asked people who have been married about the things they miss the most after marriage? A considerable number of comments just said: “single life” and “divorce”.

Although most of the reasons are obviously related to financial issues, many men think that social problems between couples worsen the situation. Men complain that involving one of the parents in the couple's private problems is very common and disastrous.



Probably one of the weirdest reasons why Egyptian men hate marriage is that they claim that Egyptian women are “cranky”. Most men think that women are not burdened with financial responsibility and therefore they do not have a reason to be bad-tempered.

Not all the comments were pessimistic. Yet, perhaps the majority on social media now thinks that marriage wastes youth, money and is not good for psychological health.

Chatting with a girl on a private group for ladies only, she told Egypt Today that a similar phenomenon is not recognized in their groups. She said that girls frequently ask questions related to marriage. However, they ask for advice concerning body care and other similar issues.



Apparently, with the same token, girls do not find the same problems with marriage, as in the Middle East, women in general are not socially obliged to work in order to get money for the family members.

We cannot ignore that many Egyptian and Arab wives work in order to help their husbands financially. However, most of them think they would not be blamed if they decided to resign or if they lost their jobs. Both men and women in the Middle East know they do not have the same responsibilities.]]>
6/25/2018 12:19:30 PM
<![CDATA[Flower power takes hold at Dior in break from menswear past]]>
To a booming techno-pop soundtrack, models clad in pastel blues and pinks, with occasional splashes of acid yellow, sauntered round the larger-than-life sculpture by New-York based artist KAWS, known for his teddy-like toys.

Singers Lenny Kravitz and Lily Allen and actors Robert Pattinson and Gwendoline Christie were among celebrities hogging the front row at the hotly-anticipated show, which comes amid a period of upheaval for menswear fashion.

British designer Jones, formerly of LVMH stablemate Louis Vuitton, took the Dior job in March, in a merry-go-round of designer changes at the French conglomerate.

Top luxury brands are looking to renew their menswear offering and tap into a growing clientele drawn in part by a shift toward street-style, sportier looks.

Jones, known for infusing this urban edge into designs during his Vuitton tenure, including through a hit collaboration with skatewear brand Supreme, took a slightly different turn with his Dior reinvention.

Models wore tailored suits paired with sneakers, in a nod to Jones’ streetwear credentials, but looks also referenced more traditionally feminine styles, with flower motifs appearing on shiny raincoats and an array of delicate, see-through shirts.

The collection broke with a darker, more rock-and-roll style that had endured at Dior’s menswear collections since designer Hedi Slimane was at the helm in the early 2000s and brought in sharp, slim-cut silhouettes.

Jones took his inspiration from the label’s founder Christian Dior, according to show notes, including the designer’s love of nature.

The collection also featured accessories long associated with the womenswear collections at Dior, such as a handbags shaped as saddles, which models wore attached to belts or as saddle-style pockets stitched onto backpacks.]]>
6/25/2018 11:53:46 AM
<![CDATA[Millions gather as fireworks brighten St Petersburg's skies]]>
The tradition celebrates the end of the school year with a stunning fireworks display as a ship with scarlet sails makes its way slowly along the English and Admiralty Embankments to the Winter Palace.

Soccer fans who stayed behind after Friday’s clash between Brazil and Costa Rica as well as thousands more making their way into the city for the next game between Argentina and Nigeria swelled the crowds to more epic proportions than usual.

“This is the best atmosphere of celebration, there is both sport and this beauty, so everything is amazing,” Nadezhda from Tyumen told Reuters.

“It is always beautiful, always, but today is just marvelous. The mood is just... people have come for the World Cup with such positive attitudes. We welcome everyone.” said St Petersburg local Yevgeny Konatin.

For Argentina fan Claudio, his sight was a welcome distraction from his team’s struggles at the tournament.

“This is an amazing show, we came here to watch a soccer match and we are here and this is incredible,” he said.

“The night never comes, the light is always there and these fireworks went on for more than half an hour and we were very surprised. It was very beautiful.”]]>
6/24/2018 1:26:02 PM
<![CDATA[As numbers fall, Paris seeks UNESCO help for classic bistros]]>
Alain Fontaine, owner of Le Mesturet and founder of “Bistrots et Terrasses de Paris”, says an essential part of Parisian life will be lost unless a way can be found to preserve the classic cafe with zinc-topped bar, terrace and good food.

“They’re vibrant places, open to life and the city,” his group says on its website, which has launched a campaign to get recognition from UNESCO, the Paris-based U.N. cultural organization. “They’re threatened and need protection.”

Thirty years ago bistros and street cafes made up half the restaurants in Paris, according to Fontaine, but the figure has fallen to just 14 percent, with fast-food joints, coffee chains and snack bars steadily squeezing them out.

For Fontaine, UNESCO recognition would restore pride to bistro owners and put tradition back on the map.

“Tourists would know where to go in Paris,” he told Reuters.

“If they want to meet Parisians in bistros and on terraces, there would be a label, we will be in the guide, there will be signs in the windows reading ‘this establishment is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO’.”

In some popular areas of the city, the absence of sidewalk cafes has begun to stand out.

On the Boulevard Saint-Michel on the Left Bank, near the Pantheon and the Luxembourg Gardens, Burger King and McDonald’s now occupy two corners where cafes once stood, and across the street a bistro recently shut down.

Tourists say they like the idea of a special status.

“There’s only a few cities where there’s really a cafe culture, a bistro culture, and Paris is one of them, and that’s really my favorite part about coming here,” said Holly, an American visitor having lunch with her partner.

“We’d be walking down the street and be like, ‘oh, let’s get a cup of coffee’, and it’s so easy for us to pop in anywhere. You can’t do that in most places.”

But bistros aren’t just for tourists. Many French drop in for a coffee or lunch at their local favorite, glad to get a meal of steak frites or confit de canard at a decent price.

“When you think of Paris, you think of gastronomy,” said local Mathieu Warnier. “Bistros, at least a large part of them... are places where you can get good traditional food without paying extortionate prices.”]]>
6/23/2018 10:45:18 AM
<![CDATA[Indian Embassy in Egypt celebrates International Day of Yoga]]>
The event has taken place for the fourth year in a row under the arrangement of the Chargé d'Affaires at the Indian Emabassy in Egypt, Vinod Bahade, to shed light on the importance of yoga and spread the Indian culture in Egypt.

The event was attended by Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of India Bahade, Deputy of Cairo’s governor Mohammed Sultan, and actress Dina Abdallah among other prominent figures.

In his speech delivered in the event, Bahade expressed his thanks to Cairo’s governor for his fruitful cooperation to host the International Day of Yoga in one of the oldest parks in Egypt, referring that 177 co-sponsoring countries at the United Nations General Assembly has supported the event since 2015.
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The Indian Embassy in Cairo celebrated the fourth International Day of Yoga on Friday, through a public event taking place at El-Horriya Park, Zamalek-Press Photo

He further remarked that Yoga is one of the oldest human sciences that harmonizes body and mind.

In the same context, General Sultan praised the fruitful and constructive coordination between Cairo’s governor and Indian Embassy in Cairo, and expressed the wishes of Cairo’s governor for the success of the event.
Actress Abdallah expressed her appreciation to the Indian Embassy for honoring her as a Yoga lover, through which she managed to overcome a lot of pressure.

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The Indian Embassy in Cairo celebrated the fourth International Day of Yoga on Friday, through a public event taking place at El-Horriya Park, Zamalek-Press Photo

During a press conference held on Tuesday, Bahade said that the Indian embassy also organizes events in Alexandria and Ismailia to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 23 and June 24.

“Yoga, the precious gift of ancient Indian tradition, provides a holistic approach to physical and mental health. Yoga is widely practiced in Egypt,” remarked Bahade.
To commemorate the International Day of Yoga, the World Health Organization announced in 2018-2030 action plan on physical activity that the routine practice of yoga – a 5,000-year-old tradition – is a valuable tool for people of all ages to make physical activity an integral part of life and reach the level needed to promote good health.

Yoga is a spiritual Hindu and ascetic discipline, which includes simple meditation and adoption of specific bodily postures. It is healthy and leads to relaxation.

Practicing yoga is much more than an exercise regime. It not only provides energy and helps build muscles and flexibility, it is also an entry point for a healthy and balanced life, according to the National.

Yoga is for kids and adults alike. Yoga helps people to express themselves in a safe, trusting environment. Yoga can help unite the body and the mind and can make it easier to handle the demands of daily life. Yoga helps the practitioner recover faster from gym workouts and it helps people feel much more relaxed.

Here are 5 benefits of yoga:

It protects your spine.

Yoga helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine through proper body alignment and good posture. It helps reduce lower back pain, as mentioned on peer-reviewed spine-health.com.

Increase blood flow.

The relaxing exercise in yoga helps blood circulation, especially in the hands and feet. It gets more oxygen to the body’s cells.

Makes people feel happy.

The University of Wisconsin found out that yoga is correlated with greater levels of happiness and better immune function.

Helps people to focus.

Yoga improves coordination, memory and IQ scores, according to Yoga Journal. People that practice yoga solve problems faster and recall information better.

Helps people to sleep deeper.

As stated in the Yoga Journal, yoga helps people to sleep because it makes them less stressed.]]>
6/22/2018 6:07:16 PM
<![CDATA[Music fans mark 70 years since first LP as vinyl enjoys revival]]>
Released in the United States in 1948, Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor, performed by violinist Nathan Milstein with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, was the very first vinyl LP, or long playing record.

The 12 inch 33 1/3 rpm format allowed longer pieces to be recorded, changing the way listeners enjoyed their music.

“The fact that the long playing record came into existence was a huge step for music sound recording and for the listener,” Linehan, curator of popular music in the British Library sound archive, said.

“Previously you could only get 3 minutes or so onto one side of a record and now because you had a narrower groove and a slower speed, you could get up to 20 minutes, which meant you could get a whole classical piece on one side of a record ... you could get a whole package of songs together on one record.”

Thursday marks 70 years since Columbia Records introduced the LP, and British music retailer HMV and label Sony Classical recreated 500 copies of the concerto to give away to fans, with one replica donated to the British Library’s archive.

The record adds to the library’s 250,000 collection of LPs, usually commercial releases in Britain, and artifacts going back to the beginning of sound recording, such as wax cylinders, patented by Thomas Edison in 1877, the first way fans could buy music to listen to at home.

Thursday’s anniversary comes at a time when vinyl has been enjoying a revival. In Britain, while it still only accounting for 7 percent of album sales, it draws fans of all ages.

According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), vinyl LP sales rose to 4.1 million last year from 205,292 in 2007.

“Vinyl is popular because people see it more artifact rather than utility,” Gennaro Castaldo, BPI communications director, said. “They love the whole ritual around buying it and then playing it at home and also the sound quality is much warmer, richer and people appreciate that.”

Rock remains the best selling vinyl genre and last year, the biggest seller on the format in Britain was Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” album. Older titles such as Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” were also in the top 10.

“Our record stores are stocking more vinyl than we’ve ever stocked in terms of the last 10 years,” Simon Winter, PR and events manager at HMV, said.

At the flagship HMV store on Oxford Street, in central London, music aficionados buying vinyl records said they appreciated its sound quality.

“I grew up with mum and dad listening to a lot of Meat Loaf and a lot of heavy metal and rock and roll ... and a lot of that was done on vinyl,” Steve Pound said. “That recording is just very, very unique.”]]>
6/20/2018 4:40:28 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia's women drivers get ready to steer their lives]]>
“Sitting behind the wheel (means) that you are the one controlling the trip,” said the architect, dressed in a black veil, who has just finished learning to drive. “I would like to control every single detail of my trip. I will be the one to decide when to go, what to do, and when I will come back.”

Abdulgader is one of about 200 women at the state oil firm Aramco taking advantage of a company offer to teach female employees and their families at its driving academy in Dhahran to support the social revolution sweeping the kingdom.

"We need the car to do our daily activities. We are working, we are mothers, we have a lot of social networking, we need to go out - so we need transport," she said. "It will change my life." (Click for Wider Image picture essay reut.rs/2thn2qN )

Women make up about five percent of Aramco’s 66,000 staff, meaning that 3,000 more could eventually enroll in the driving school.

Last September, King Salman decreed an end to the world’s only ban on women drivers, maintained for decades by Saudi Arabia’s deeply conservative Muslim establishment.

But it is his son, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the face of the wider social revolution.

Many young Saudis regard his ascent to power as proof that their generation is finally getting a share of control over a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of old men.

For Abdulgader, June 24 will be the day to celebrate that change, and there is only one person she wants to share it with.

“On June 24, I would like to go to my mother’s house and take her for a ride. This is my first plan actually, and I would like really to enjoy it with my mother. Just me and my mother, without anyone else.”]]>
6/19/2018 1:37:15 PM
<![CDATA[Fields of dreams: Texas project seeks new corn strains for whiskey]]>
Seth Murray, a top corn breeder at Texas A&M University, and Rob Arnold, working on a doctorate at the school while making whiskey for a Fort Worth distiller, are trying to develop commercially viable strains of corn with identifiable flavors, in the same way as specific grapes define the taste of wine from California’s Napa Valley or a Bordeaux produced in southwest France.

If the project proves successful, it might not be until the middle of the next decade that it will produce a commercial whiskey.

So far, Arnold and Murray have produced about 50 test products. In the next several months, they will plant thousands of non-genetically modified seeds on a commercial farm to ramp up production.

“‘Soon’ in the whiskey world is kind of relative. Everything for us is years and years down the road,” Arnold said.

Frank Coleman, a senior vice president at the Distilled Spirits Council, an industry group, is not quite ready to say the project is a game changer.

“But it is indicative of the innovations that are going on throughout the distilled spirits industry,” he said.

At present, most major American distillers make their whiskeys with similar types of yellow corn grown from seeds developed in the Midwest and designed to produce high yields.

“We were missing all the unique flavors that can live in corn varieties,” said Arnold, top distiller at Firestone & Robertson, which bills itself as the biggest whiskey distiller west of the Mississippi. The distiller is financing the project.

In 2017, over 23 million nine-liter cases of American whiskey were sold in the United States, generating over $3.4 billion in revenue for distillers, according to the spirits council.

Bourbon is one of the most popular kinds of American whiskey. Stored in charred oak barrels, bourbon is made from a grain mash that is at least 51 percent corn, though most brands are about 70 to 80 percent.

With similar strains of corn used in most mass-produced bourbons, most brands derive their distinct flavor from yeasts used in fermentation and ageing barrels.

Murray and Arnold are mixing and matching corn varieties from Latin America and heirlooms from North America.

Some small batch producers and even major distillers have already tried making whiskey from heirloom corns, grown from seeds of varieties that appeared generations ago.

But Murray said while heirlooms can produce interesting taste compounds, crop yields can be about an eighth of a modern hybrid, calling into question their commercial potential.]]>
6/18/2018 10:35:10 AM
<![CDATA[Naomi Campbell and Monica Bellucci light up Milan fashion week]]>
With an over-the-top gilt and baroque decor glittering in the background, the 48-year-old Campbell was a vision from top to bottom from her elegant black hat with a white band to her sparkling silver heels.

She wore a classic pinstripe suit with a carefully mismatched bow tie adorning her crisp white shirt.

The catwalk celebrated love in all shapes and sizes -- heterosexual, couples with children, cougars and sugar daddies -- sending women and men, women and women, men and men, women and toy boys and older men and their trophy conquests down the ramp in eye-popping colours screaming Florida.


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(L-R) Italian fashion designer Stefano Gabbana, British model Naomi Campbell, Italian model and actress Monica Bellucci, Italian fashion designer Domenico Dolce and dutch Marpessa Hennink acknowledge the audience at the end of the Dolce & Gabbana men & women's spring/summer 2019 collection fashion show in Milan, on June 16, 2018. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA



Bellucci showed off a three-piece coal black suit with a wide lapel, teetering on vertiginous heels with her hands in her pockets.


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Italian actress Monica Bellucci presents a creation by Dolce & Gabbana during the women's Spring collection fashion show in Milan, on June 16, 2018. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA



The younger models were heartthrobs of the Millennials -- a target group for the house -- including actor Cameron Dallas, Chinese singer and actor Karry Wang and Kailand Wander, the son of US music legend Stevie Wonder.

Apart from Campbell and Bellucci's suits, the other offerings bore the quirky, sassy D&G stamp: suits encrusted with precious stones or layered with dazzling silver and gold embroidery that the maison put down to a "Gothic inspiration."

- Snakes motifs and neon shades -
Versace also opted for full-blast -- but far younger -- star power, leading with current top model Bella Hadid. Both the boys and girls wore outfits bearing the brand's trademark snake motif, as well as head-to-toe fluorescent green and pink combinations.

Trousers were in plaid and shorts were both baggy or tight and some were asymmetrical. There were letter box red cardigans emblazoned with a crown and Donatella Versace said the collection catered to three kinds of men: a "street style" for stars, another for dandies and a third for "leaders."

"The Versace man is not ordinary, he is watched and spoken of," she said.

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6/17/2018 12:06:24 PM
<![CDATA[Milan men's fashion week shows its feminine side]]>
After London Men's Fashion Week wrapped up on Monday, Milan picked up the reins, with 28 ready-to-wear shows to reveal the Spring-Summer 2019 lines.

But the women are muscling in to Milan men's week, with 13 co-ed catwalks and another two women-only shows.


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A model presents a creation for fashion house M1992 during the Men's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion shows in Milan, on June 16, 2018. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO


"We are living in a huge evolutionary moment regarding the concept of men's and women's fashion," said Carlo Capasa, head of Italy's national chamber of fashion.

"That barrier doesn't exist any more, the fashion week calendar is responding to that reality," he told AFP.

"Out of affection we are keeping the idea of still calling it men's fashion week, but in reality, this barrier has already fallen."

After several difficult years for the Italian fashion industry, Milan has regained it's joie de mode.

The sector saw turnover grow by 3.2 percent last year, to 94 billion euros, according to the Confindustria Moda federation.

The growth rate was double that of Italy's GDP, Carpasa said.

The first show of men's week was by the Ermenegildo Zegna house, whose models paraded along a mirrored bridge and against the backdrop of a wonderful sunset outside the impressive Mondadori publishing house HQ.

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6/16/2018 12:52:59 PM
<![CDATA[10 Tips or Staying Healthy Energetic this Ramadan]]>
While fasting is good for our mind and body, it can come with unpleasant side effects: feeling low in energy, bloated after eating, weight gain, constipation, poor concentration and headaches. Symptoms like these are usually a result of irregular eating habits. Whereas the headache is clearly linked to declined caffeine intake, bloating and weight gain are the results of overeating during iftar. The key is to create an “as-close-to-normal” eating schedule as possible to help manage the symptoms of fasting.

With that in mind, here are my 10 tips to help you to stay healthy and energetic during Ramadan:

1. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids—tea and coffee don’t count—during and between iftar and sohour to prevent dehydration. Don’t overload on water in one sitting, and try to continuously sip on water so you don’t overload your stomach.

2. Don’t overeat during iftar or sohour. While it may be tempting to try and stock up for the fast ahead, portion control is key to help regulate your food intake and keep you energized the right way. For the same reason, don’t skip sohour.

3. Stay away from processed and junk foods; try to eat well-balanced iftar and sohour meals. Spending your calorie intake on nutritionally dense, high-fiber foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruit will help curb cravings and keep you full.

4. By the same token, try to limit your intake of fried foods or high-fat and high-sugar foods. They may give you a temporary high, but you’ll feel the crash later. If you’re desperate for something sweet, try fruits.

5. Eat slowly and don’t over-indulge. The benefits of slow eating include better digestion, better hydration and easier weight loss or maintenance.

6. Avoid foods high in salt such as pickles, salty crackers, nuts and canned foods; these will make you excessively thirsty.

7. Try not to drink too much tea and coffee, especially for sohour, as they can act as diuretics.

8. Eat more protein, such as eggs, for sohour, which will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

9. Exercise regularly during Ramadan. If you already exercise, try sticking to your regular routine, but modify your workout if it feels too taxing. Even a simple, half-hour walk after iftar can help keep you on the right track.

10. Despite all the festive gatherings, try not to neglect your sleep; disrupted nights can wreak havoc on your hunger hormones. Getting the right amount of sleep will keep you from being tired, helping regulate your mood and your food intake.

Sherif Elfadalay is an ISSA Certified Elite Trainer and a specialist in sports nutrition and execise therapy. He is also a member of the European and UK registry of exercise professionals, and holds workshops and lectures on fitness and nutrition.
Instagram: Sherif.elfadaly / Facebook: Sherif Fadaly ISSA Elite Trainer

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6/13/2018 5:12:54 PM
<![CDATA[Jordan charity gathers hotel leftovers to feed poor]]>
Bandar Sharif began his ‘Family Kitchen’ initiative 10 years ago, angered by the amount of food thrown away by hotels during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, traditionally a period when consumption levels double across the region.

“What we do is eliminate this waste, we salvage the food and provide it to people who are in desperate need of it,” said Sharif, a 33-year-old teacher.

His team of volunteers now works all year round to collect unwanted food from large wedding parties, bakeries and restaurants.

This year the initiative has focused on the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa, one of the depressed areas in a country that has seen some of the biggest protests in years this month over steep price hikes, which are backed by the International Monetary Fund.

Critics say the price hikes are to blame for rising poverty in Jordan.

Family Kitchen’s initiative this year provides ‘iftar’ meals - eaten by Muslims after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan - to 500 families in the impoverished refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman.

A third of the camp’s 120,000 residents have an income below the national poverty line and around 17 percent are unemployed, the U.N refugee body says.

“Our families are very poor, there is a lot of poverty in the community, so they need this support, they need these meals in order to ensure that they have food the next day,” said Kifah Khamis, who runs a charity in the sprawling camp.

One camp resident, Um Thair, a mother of four, said she could not have coped without the meals delivered to her family.

“I was able to save money. During Ramadan I didn’t have to buy a lot of food or shop a lot, we got most of our meals from the charity, we would come everyday and get our iftar meal,” she said. ]]>
6/13/2018 11:35:03 AM
<![CDATA[Brazilians not so soccer mad after all, report suggests]]>
The United Arab Emirates came top of a table compiled by global information, data and measurement company Nielsen Sports which ranked 30 countries according to the percentage of the population who described themselves as interested in football.

The UAE, where the figure was 80 percent, was followed by Thailand (78 percent) and Chile, Portugal and Turkey (all 75) while five-times world champions Brazil ranked a modest 13th.

The Brazilian figure had dropped from 72 percent in 2013, the year before the country hosted the World Cup where the national team were humiliated 7-1 in the semi-finals by Germany.

Brazilians can be very fickle about football and attendances at games in the country fluctuate wildly, depending on the form of the teams involved, whether they are at a decisive stage of a competition, the kickoff time of the match and even the weather.

Last season’s Brazilian championship had a modest average attendance of 16,418.

The report said that the figure for China increased from 27 percent in 2013 to 32 percent in 2017, in India from 30 percent to 45 percent and in the U.S. from 28 percent to 32 percent.

The United Kingdom, despite boasting the English Premier League, was a modest 17th in the rankings with 51 percent.

The report also said that Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the use of social media by players, well ahead of his rival Lionel Messi.

His 570 million engagements across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the first five months of this year were well ahead of Neymar, with 294 million, and Messi with 201 million.

The report pointed out that engagements, rather than number of followers, were the key to understanding the value of a social media account, as they showed how many people interacted with the account and gave a better idea of impact and influence.

Social media success was not always linked to success on the pitch, the report added.

“A broader range of factors comes into play, such as the ability to project a likeable personality or enviable lifestyle,” it said.

Controversial Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was fourth with 158 million engagements and Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah fifth with 105.3 million.

In terms of social media followers, Ronaldo also led with 322.8 million across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook combined while Neymar had 194.2 million and Messi 181.9 million.]]>
6/12/2018 10:38:08 AM
<![CDATA[AI-powered smartphone cameras to reshape human experiences]]>
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As smartphones have become increasingly similar in design and performance, manufacturers are turning to photography as a means to differentiate their devices from the competition. Nowadays, mobile experience is becoming increasingly visual with consumers, especially Millennials and Generation Z, who use their smartphones to take pictures and videos and tell their life stories on social media.

Always attentive to consumers’ needs, Huawei leveraged its own research and development in AI, and infused its new HUAWEI P20 Pro camera with AI capabilities to make professional photography available for everyone, even novice photographers.

An AI-powered camera that makes everyone a professional photographer

Using AI, the HUAWEI P20 Series smartphone camera can understand what it sees: thanks to Master AI, it is able to recognize more than 500 in 19 categories such as food, pets, texts, flowers, and it will select the right mode to capture amazing pictures.

Featuring a Leica triple camera that comprises a 40 MP RGB sensor, a 20 MP monochrome sensor and an 8 MP sensor with telephoto lens, the device also sports wide apertures of f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 to capture pictures with rich details. Besides, the HUAWEI P20 Pro uses Artificial AI Image Stabilization technology to shoot blur-free pictures and video footage of moving objects taken on handheld devices without using a tripod.

The 24MP front camera allows to capture shots with clear details and bright colors, even in low-light conditions; it uses AI beautification to provide 3D portrait lighting and make adjustments for delicately outlined face shapes, luminous skin tone adjustments and radiant selfies. In low light conditions, the camera offers an amazing experience as it is the most light-sensitive mobile camera in the industry; this means that it captures low light photos with up to ISO 102400 and produces pictures with clearer details, brighter colors and lower noise.

The HUAWEI P20 Pro is the first Huawei smartphone to use a brand new 3x telephoto (VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1:1.6-2.4/27-80ASPH) lens to enhance its zoom capabilities up to 5 times and capture beautiful shots with vivid colors and clear details.

As a result, the HUAWEI P20 Pro achieved the highest score in history of well-known DxOMark, the leading source of independent image quality measurements and ratings for smartphone, camera and lens.

AI-driven smartphone cameras are the next big thing

While AI-driven photography is still in its nascent stage, it is starting to appeal to more consumers as it helps push the boundaries of what a smartphone camera is capable of doing. These breakthroughs will remain a significant driver of so many future experiences.

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We will also see tools once reserved to professionals become democratized, and available to everyone. For example, Huawei has collaborated with prominent TV show ‘Aghla Min Aldahab’, a Ramadan show that showcases exclusive interviews with regional celebrities.

This season, elements of the show have been shot on the new HUAWEI P20 Pro smartphone – this is the first TV Show in the Arab world to be filmed using a smartphone camera. The show uses the HUAWEI P20 Pro’s exceptional 40 MP Leica triple camera powered by AI technology, AI Night Mode, 5X Hybrid Zoom and selfie 3D portrait lighting features to capture incredible shots with exceptional detail, clarity and vibrant color.

Smartphone cameras are getting brains, and hence becoming more intelligent. Their role is not limited anymore to just capturing beautiful shots. Using AI technology, smartphone cameras will be able to decipher the world, and bring about a new revolution in photography that will reshape our experiences and disrupt the way we live …]]>
6/11/2018 4:38:09 PM
<![CDATA[YouTube launches its third edition of the Lantern Award this Ramadan]]>
An algorithm will determine the winning video based on engagement and views a video will have received by the end of the month. The Website g.co/lanternaward , developed for the competition on the Think With Google hub , will rank the commercials and showcase the competing campaigns’ progress. The winning video, agencies, and advertiser will be announced after Ramadan.

“Ramadan is a pivotal moment for advertisers in our part of the world and we’re delighted that we were able to recognize and celebrate the region’s most impactful campaigns on YouTube through the Lantern Award. From powerful stories to hilarious songs, we’ve watched and learned from the finalists and winners of the last two editions of the Lantern and we cannot wait to see what the advertising community in the Arab world has in store this year,” said Alex Brunori, Head of Google’s Creative Impact Team in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Lantern will be awarded to each of the creative agency, media agency, and advertiser behind the winning campaign.

Egyptian telecom Orange won last year’s award with its “Nothing Gets Past Mohamed Henedi” campaign which featured the iconic comedian. Kuwaiti telecom Viva won the first edition of the Lantern in 2016.

This award will illustrate and highlight the region’s versatile creative works during one of the advertising industry’s most anticipated months of the year.

Submissions are now open for The Lantern and will close on June 21.]]>
6/11/2018 3:05:39 PM
<![CDATA[Astronauts give pope personalized space suit, add white cape]]>
“Since clothes make the man, we thought we’d have a flight suit like ours made for you,” Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli told the pope at a meeting in the Vatican also attended by four other Space Station veterans - three Americans and one Russian.

“OK, and you will plan my trip,” joked the 81-year-old pontiff, clearly enjoying the exchange.

Nespoli said the suit was identical to theirs and made of the same material. It bore the pope’s name at birth, Jorge Bergoglio, and the flag of his native country, Argentina.

“Then we decided that the outfit was good, but, since you are the Holy Father and the Holy Father has his own uniform, we made a cape,” the Italian astronaut added.

The small white cape bore the Vatican flag, the official NASA wings logo and “Pope Francis” embroidered on it.

Nespoli was one of the astronauts who were aboard the Space Station last year when the pope had a 20-minute video call with them from the Vatican.

In that conversation, he told them that the Earth is a fragile thing that could even destroy itself and that they were privileged to be able to see the planet “from the eyes of God”.]]>
6/10/2018 10:48:35 AM
<![CDATA[Blood test may predict premature birth]]>
While more research is needed before the test is ready for widespread use, experts say it has the potential to reduce fatalities and complications from the 15 million premature births per year worldwide.

The test can also be used to estimate the mother’s due date “as reliably as and less expensively than ultrasound,” said the report in the journal Science.

The test measures the activity of maternal, placental and fetal genes, assessing levels of cell-free RNA, which are messenger molecules that carry the body’s genetic instructions.

“We found that a handful of genes are very highly predictive of which women are at risk for preterm delivery,” said co-senior author Mads Melbye, a visiting professor at Stanford University and CEO of the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen.

“I’ve spent a lot of time over the years working to understand preterm delivery. This is the first real, significant scientific progress on this problem in a long time.”

Another top researcher was Stephen Quake, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics at Stanford University, who led a team that created a blood test for Down syndrome in 2008 – now used in more than three million pregnant women per year.

Defined as a baby arriving at least three weeks early, premature birth affects nine percent of US births and is the top cause of death before age five among children worldwide.

Until now, some tests for predicting premature birth were available but they tended to work only in women at high risk, and were accurate only about 20 percent of the time, according to the report.

To develop the test, researchers examined blood samples from 31 Danish women to identify which genes gave reliable signals about gestational age and prematurity risk.

After more research is done and the test eventually comes to market, researchers say it will likely be simple and inexpensive enough to use in poor areas.]]>
6/9/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: CNN]]>
The cause of death was suicide, the network said in a statement. He was found dead in a hotel room in France where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his program, the network said.]]>
6/8/2018 1:48:54 PM
<![CDATA[US suicide rate on rise: health agency]]>
Suicide presents a "growing public health problem," with significant increases in 44 of the 50 states, said the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Earlier this week, American handbag designer Kate Spade, 55, took her own life, sparking renewed calls for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Suicide is "a tragedy for families and communities across the country," said CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat.

"From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide."

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and is rarely caused by a single factor, experts say.

The study, which spanned 1999 to 2016, found that more than half of people who killed themselves did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

Contributing factors included "relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress," said the report.

The most common method of suicide involved firearms.

The highest suicide rate from 2014-2016 was in Montana, where 29.2 residents per 100,000 people took their own lives. It was lowest in the US capital, Washington, with 6.9 suicides per 100,000 residents per year.

The biggest spike in suicides since 1999 was in North Dakota, where suicides rose 57 percent.

A total of 25 states had suicide rate increases of more than 30 percent in that span.

The CDC, the top US public health agency, said individual states need to do more to boost suicide prevention "and address the range of factors contributing to suicide."

"This requires coordination and cooperation from every sector of society: government, public health, healthcare, employers, education, media and community organizations," it added, urging those interested in learning the warning signs to visit www.BeThe1to.com.]]>
6/8/2018 1:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says]]>
Andy Spade said in a lengthy statement to the New York Times that he and his teenaged daughter Bea were "devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her."

Kate Spade, who with her husband built a fashion empire on the popularity of her colorful handbags, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday, an apparent suicide. She was 55.

Andy Spade said that his wife suffered from depression and anxiety for many years but there was "no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock."

"She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems," he said in his statement.

Spade said he also wanted to clear up rumors and speculation that have surfaced about the couple's personal life.

"For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day.

"We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break," he said in his statement.

There were media reports that Kate Spade left a suicide note.

"I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media," Andy Spade said.

Kate and Andy Spade sold their last stake in the Kate Spade accessories brand in 2006 to focus on raising their daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. In 2016, they launched a new footwear and accessories brand called Frances Valentine, naming it after their daughter, who is now 13.
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6/7/2018 12:55:46 PM
<![CDATA[Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights]]>
Kitty Hawk, funded by Page, unveiled a “Flyer” model it described as “an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight.”

The company was created last year in Google’s home town of Mountain View, California, and has been testing a prototype in New Zealand.

Images and details were available at a freshly launched website at flyer.aero, and CNN posted coverage of a reporter taking to the air in a Flyer over a lake at a test site near Las Vegas.

Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X lab devoted to “moonshots” such as self-driving cars and internet-synched eyewear, was quoted by CNN as saying piloting Flyer was as easy playing the video game “Minecraft.”

“Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future,” a Kitty Hawk spokeswoman told AFP.

“Our immediate priority is to invite small groups of people – customers, influencers, media and community members - to experience the freedom of flight here in our newly opened training facility.”

People interested in buying Flyers were invited at the website to apply for an invitation to do so, with no price specified.

An early version of Flyer was shown off last year.

The electric aircraft had 10 small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

Kitty Hawk said that at 15 meters (50 feet) away, it sounded about as lound as a lawn mower, while from 250 feet away the volume was on par with a loud conversation.

Test flights by first-timers were over water, with the top speed limited to 32 kilometers per hour (20 mph) and the altitude to no more than three meters.

The uncovered cockpit appeared big enough for one person, with their head poking out as it might from a go-kart.

“Flyer is designed to be easy to fly and flown for recreational purposes over water and uncongested areas,” the website said.

“Flyer is Kitty Hawk’s first personal flying vehicle and the first step to make flying part of everyday life.”

The new flying machine is one of several concept vehicles being testing, with Uber and others in the mix.

Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998, starting out in a Silicon Valley garage and transforming into one of the world’s largest companies.

He remains chief executive of Google-parent Alphabet but the Kitty Hawk project is a personal pursuit, not part of the tech giant’s operations.]]>
6/7/2018 12:53:59 PM
<![CDATA[Grayson Perry opens 'rough and tumble' Royal Academy art show]]>
Dressed in an multicolored, over-sized onesie decorated with teddy bears, a pair of yellow platform shoes and a tiny orange plastic sombrero perched on his purple wig, Perry called his edition of the annual show a “celebration”.

“I’ve tried to channel the basic spirit of the summer show, which is one of a kind of democratic rough and tumble ... the great and the good - the established artists - have to hang next to Joe Bloggs who does it for a hobby,” the Turner Prize-winning ceramicist told Reuters.

“It’s a festival of art making ... It’s a celebration of all the different kinds of genres.”

The first art work visitors will see is “Symphony for a beloved daughter”, a giant red circle erected like a satellite dish in the courtyard of the grand Palladian mansion that houses the Royal Academy, near London’s Piccadilly Circus.

That is one of the more than 1,300 pieces on display in what the Academy calls the “largest and oldest open-submission art show in the world,” this year in its 250th edition.

Also on display at the show, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 19, are works by David Hockney, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tracey Emin.]]>
6/6/2018 11:30:18 AM
<![CDATA[Gospel choir leader says royal wedding song marked cultural shift]]>
With her luxuriant silver curls pinned to the top of her head, the Londoner is instantly recognizable for anyone who watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, and she is getting used to the attention.

“I have had people screaming at me from the car window,” Gibson told Reuters during a break in rehearsals with the Kingdom Choir.

“I do get stopped every time I go down the road - photos being taken - sometimes they’re trying to pap you (take paparazzi photos) on the sly when they think you’re not looking. It’s beautiful!”

The performance at Windsor Castle has been a massive boost for the choir: “I physically cannot even keep up with the emails and the messages - requests for interview and tours and weddings.”

But it was also part of a cultural shift as a woman of color married into the very top of British society - showcasing a part of black culture in what was once a very white establishment.

“Maybe it’s a big ask for one song from one choir,” Gibson said.

“What you have seen from the wedding is the coming together of two different cultures. I feel like there’s been a shift, I do.”

After the wedding, a mother told her that her four-year-old daughter watching the choir had said: “Look mummy - there’s people like me.”

“I didn’t realize that was still a thing for children that young in 2018,” Gibson said.

For many viewers, the choir, and an impassioned sermon by Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, countered the stiff decorum expected of such a formal occasion. But Gibson says she and her singers had to rein in their usual exuberance.

“Normally with that kind of message, we would be joining in (with the sermon). As black, Pentecostal folk there will be the amens and hallelujahs. I could see them twitching,” she said of the choir members.

“They were wanting to move and we couldn’t. We just had to hold it all down.”]]>
6/5/2018 12:41:28 PM
<![CDATA[TEDxKakumaCamp, the first TEDx event from a refugee camp]]>
The TEDxKakumaCamp spots light on the reality of refugees’ lives and their resilience and creativity aside from the mainstreamed stories of devastation and suffering among refugees. It also highlights the need to increase the protection of refugees and to support the long term development needs of refugees and their families in the hosting communities.



The event is supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Bank, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the US Department of State and other nonprofit organizations. TEDxKakumaCamp is planned to take place in a tent at a school in Kakuma Camp, with an audience of refugees as well as a number of high-profile guests and will be live-streamed on large screens at Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps, allowing thousands more refugees to watch. Moreover, all talks will be filmed and released online.

Speakers at TEDxKakumaCamp include current and former Kakuma Camp refugees as well as international humanitarian and development experts and artists who want to create a better reality for people forced to flee their homes, giving voice to this cause.


To watch the event live on June 9 visit: http://tedxkakumacamp.org and follow the hashtag #TEDxKakumaCamp

Kakuma Camp is located in Northwestern Kenya. It was established in 1992 to serve Sudanese refugees and currently hosts people fleeing war from across Africa. The camp hosts around 185,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the DRC, Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda.

TED is a nonprofit that developed over the past ten years into one of the most important global platforms for spreading knowledge and ideas globally, in the form of high-profile events and filmed talks through its program TEDx. The program models short talks focused on ground breaking ideas across the world.
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6/4/2018 10:44:43 AM
<![CDATA[Fish out of water: Algerian woman restaurateur makes living in a man's world]]>
When her husband was killed by jihadists in 1995, Daikhi had no choice but to enter the growing pool of female wage-earners in a country where, outside the largest cities, women were once expected to stay at home.

“I had to struggle and impose myself. I had no choice. Six children to feed, educate, and take care of,” Karima Daikhi told Reuters as she sold fish soup and “bourek”, a local specialty of fish wrapped in crispy pastry, at her stall on the quayside.

Daikhi is not alone, in a country where 200,000 people were killed in a civil war in the 1990s, leaving countless war widows.

The proportion of women in work was 13.6 percent in 2015, up from 10.2 percent a decade earlier, with around 2 million in work compared with 9 million men.

“The men here are also my suppliers, so you definitely must be present in the harbor, where there are no women,” the 52-year old said.

Daikhi closes her restaurant during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and sells her wares from the stall she started with in Bouharoun, a village 50 km (30 miles) west of the capital Algiers that is a tourist spot in summer, with small restaurants selling grilled sardines, squid, shrimps and bourek.

She makes a living, even if tourism remains underdeveloped in a country still reliant on oil and gas for more than 95 percent of its foreign earnings.]]>
6/3/2018 11:09:23 AM
<![CDATA[UK Vogue names 'campaigning feminist' Meghan Markle among top influential women]]>
Prince Harry’s wife Markle, now called the Duchess of Sussex, was named alongside Scottish politician Ruth Davidson, fashion designer Stella McCartney and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in the fashion publication’s inaugural “The Vogue 25”.

It highlighted influential women working in sectors such as arts and entertainment, science, politics, media and law.

Markle, whose star-studded wedding celebrations at Windsor Castle this month were watched by millions of people around the globe, was described as “one of the most recognizable women in the world”.

“Her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style – as a bi-racial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy,” British Vogue wrote on its website.

It hailed Scottish Conservative leader Davidson’s “relatable personality and progressive ideas” and said McCartney ran “one of the most forward-thinking and powerful independent houses in fashion”.

Other names to make the list of influential women, whose ages range from 22 to 73, include human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, singer Dua Lipa, models Adwoa Aboah and Edie Campbell and Manchester United Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche.]]>
6/2/2018 2:30:55 PM
<![CDATA[WHO diseases panel split on soft drink sugar tax to cut obesity]]>
Some countries, such as Mexico, France and Britain, are already taxing sugary drinks and the WHO made a non-binding recommendation in October 2016 that governments should impose a 20 percent tax.

While this was called "discriminatory" and "unproven" by the industry, activists had hoped for a strong endorsement from the panel, which includes heads of states and health ministers.

The panel on Friday called on governments to increase efforts to fight an explosive epidemic of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries which account for 71 percent of all deaths globally, or 41 million deaths a year.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus established the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases last year to provide advice on how to reduce premature deaths from such diseases by one-third by 2030.

To achieve progress, "governments should work with: food and non-alcoholic beverage companies in areas such as reformulation, labelling, and regulating marketing", its report, which goes to a United Nations summit in September, said.

The commission made six recommendations in its report, including for government heads to take responsibility for disease reduction and to increase regulation. It did not mention taxes specifically. The panel said that its 21 members represented "rich and diverse views", but that some views were "conflicting".

As a result, it said recommendations around sugar taxes and the accountability of the private sector could not be reflected in the report, despite broad support from many commissioners.

A WHO spokesman told Reuters that the report was from an independent commission, not the WHO, which he said still sees the benefits of using taxes to reduce consumption of harmful products including sugary drinks.

Britain's sugar tax on soft drinks came into effect in April and led manufacturers to reformulate their products beforehand to be below the levy's sugar threshold.

France and Hungary have imposed taxes on drinks with added sugar, while Ireland gained EU approval in April.]]>
6/1/2018 12:10:22 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei P20 Pro, the most-wanted travel companion for you]]>The new Huawei P20 Pro with its incredible features, as the battery life and sleek, refined design, sets out a new standard of what high-end users should expect from a smartphone.

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Huawei moves up on Forbes Most Valuable Brands of 2018 - Press Photo

So What makes the Huawei P20 Pro as the most-wanted travel companion for you?

AI Photography

As you'd imagine, the Huawei P20 Pro offers one of the best smartphone AI-camera experiences available today, with the primary camera consistently able to produce outstanding images. The Huawei P20 Pro is the first phone to feature three imaging sensors, totaling 68MP: the 40MP primary camera RGB is joined by a 20MP monochrome sensor, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x lossless zoom.

The phone's party trick is its night mode, in which Huawei uses AI digital image stabilization and captures light for low light shots over a period of time. The result is that the low-light shots from the P20 Pro are the best you'll find on a phone today. In addition, there is a 24-megapixel front facing camera with support for various portrait modes.

You'll easily get all-day battery life

Nothing takes a toll on a phone's battery more than travel, but users are consistently able to get a day's worth of usage from the P20 Pro. The Huawei P20 Pro features the absolute best battery at a huge 4,000 mAh, it can last for up to 50 hours. Put that into perspective: an iPhone 8 Plus would die 5 times in the time it would take you to empty your P20 Pro’s battery, that equips also fast charging, reaching over half charge in under 30 minutes.

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Press Photo - Huawei ranks 79th on the Forbes World's Most Valuable Brands List

No trouble using the P20 Pro in the sunlight

There is no need to shadow your phone in the outdoor to see the screen, because Huawei P20 Pro comes super-slimmed with a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED, dubbed a Huawei FullView display, which means its colors should be crisper and bolder than conventional screens, and has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 for an immersive viewing experience, that’s practically edge-to-edge in three of four directions, with only a thin bezel at the bottom to allow for a home button/fingerprint scanner.

Performance comes with innovative technology

To ensure smooth user experience, the Huawei P20 Pro is powered by a Kirin 970 processor with Neural Processing Unit. AI is used in the camera to identify your photo subject into one of 19 different categories designed to help you improve your photo skills and capture the best shot. The camera also offers intelligent layout suggestions to help you improve your composition. Also the device runs on Android 8.1 with Huawei’s EMUI 8.1 user interface, and with 6GB of Ram and a spacious 128GB of internal storage.


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5/31/2018 2:40:15 PM
<![CDATA[UK Vogue names Meghan Markle among top influential women]]>
Prince Harry's wife Markle, now called the Duchess of Sussex, was named alongside Scottish politician Ruth Davidson, fashion designer Stella McCartney and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in the fashion publication's inaugural "The Vogue 25".

It highlighted influential women working in sectors such as arts and entertainment, science, politics, media and law.

Markle, whose star-studden wedding celebrations at Windsor Castle this month were watched by millions of people around the globe, was described as "one of the most recognisable women in the world".

"Her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style – as a bi-racial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy," British Vogue wrote on its website.

It hailed Scottish Conservative leader Davidson's "relatable personality and progressive ideas" and said McCartney ran "one of the most forward-thinking and powerful independent houses in fashion".

Other names to make the list of influential women, whose ages range from 22 to 73, include human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, singer Dua Lipa, models Adwoa Aboah and Edie Campbell and Manchester United Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche. ]]>
5/31/2018 12:13:36 PM
<![CDATA[Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease ]]>
Three million people die prematurely each year due to tobacco use that causes cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke, the world's leading killers, it said, marking World No Tobacco Day. They include 890,000 deaths through second-hand smoke exposure.

The WHO clinched a landmark treaty in 2005, now ratified by 180 countries, that calls for a ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship, and taxes to discourage use.

"The worldwide prevalence of tobacco smoking has decreased from 27 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2016, so progress has been made," Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO's prevention of noncommunicable diseases department, told a news briefing.

Launching the WHO's global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco smoking, he said that industrialised countries are making faster progress than developing countries.

"One of the major factors impeding low- and middle-income countries certainly is countries face resistance by a tobacco industry who wishes to replace clients who die by freely marketing their products and keeping prices affordable for young people," he added.

Progress in kicking the habit is uneven, with the Americas the only region set to meet the target of a 30 percent reduction in tobacco use by 2025 compared to 2010, for both men and women, the WHO said.

However, the United States is currently not on track, bogged down by litigation over warnings on cigarette packaging and lags in taxation, said Vinayak Prasad of the WHO's tobacco control unit.

Parts of Western Europe have reached a "standstill", particularly due to a failure to get women to stop smoking, African men are lagging, and tobacco use in the Middle East is actually set to increase, the WHO said.

Overall, tobacco kills more than 7 million a year and many people know that it increases the risk of cancer, the WHO said.

But many tobacco users in China and India are unaware of their increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke, making it urgent to step up awareness campaigns, it said.

"The percentage of adults who do not believe smoking causes stroke are for example in China as high as 73 percent, for heart attacks 61 percent of adults in China are not aware that smoking increases the risk," Bettcher said. "We aim to close this gap."

China and India have the highest numbers of smokers worldwide, accounting for 307 million and 106 million, respectively, of the world's 1.1 billion adult smokers, followed by Indonesia with 74 million, WHO figures show. India also has 200 million of the world's 367 million smokeless tobacco users.]]>
5/31/2018 5:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Westminster Abbey unlocks hidden area to show off historical treasures]]>
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries are in the 13th-century triforium, some 16 meters (52 ft) above the floor of the church used for royal coronations and weddings as well as a resting place for famous Britons.

From the Westminster Retable altarpiece to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage license, the items are exhibited along four themes - “Building Westminster Abbey”, “Worship and Daily Life”, “Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy” and “The Abbey and National Memory”.

“It’s the first time that we’ve ever, in the history of the abbey, had the public up here,” Vanessa Simeoni, head conservator at Westminster Abbey, told Reuters. “Quite a few of the objects ... have never been displayed before.”

The galleries, from which visitors can look down into the abbey as well as outside at the nearby Houses of Parliament, open on June 11.]]>
5/30/2018 10:28:47 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei moves up on Forbes Most Valuable Brands of 2018]]>
Huawei entered the list for the first time in 2017 and ranked 88th with a brand value of $7.3 billion. After a year of rapid development, Huawei’s brand value increased by 15 percent year-on-year to $8.4 billion; its ranking went from 88th to 79th.

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Press Photo - Huawei ranks 79th on the Forbes World's Most Valuable Brands List


2017 saw Huawei achieve a rapid global development driven by the full range of its products featuring the Mate and P. The launch of the Huawei P10 and Mate10 series helped to raise its premium credentials and increased Huawei’s influence in the high-end market. Huawei Nova 2S in turn won acclaim among younger generation for its focus on the latest fashion consumer trends

Huawei officially launched Huawei P20 series in Paris in March, 2018. With its unique and innovative Leica Triple Camera, twilight body design and AI features, Huawei P20 series has been a global sales sensation. Huawei’s market share has increased by 13.8 percent to 11.7 percent, currently ranked third in the world in Q1 of 2018, according to IDC.

Huawei’s global brand awareness went up to 85 percent in 2017 whilst consideration of Huawei’s brands among overseas consumers has gone up significantly, with a year-on-year surge of 100 percent. According to the IPSOS, Huawei's brand awareness, consideration, and NPS rank No.1 in the Chinese market.

Meanwhile, Huawei also performed well in other major global brand rankings. Huawei ranked 70th in Interbrand’s “TOP100” most valuable brands released in September 2017, and in February 2018, Brand Finance unveiled the “Global TOP 500 Brand Values in 2018” report ranking Huawei at No. 25 with a brand value of $38 billion.

Huawei’s continuous growth in the global market and its increasing brand influence have benefited from its multi-year commitment to technology innovation and R&D investment. According to Huawei’s annual report, Huawei’s R&D investment for 2017 was RMB 89.7 billion, accounting for approximately 14.9 percent of the revenue, and the accumulated R&D expenses over the past ten years exceeded RMB 394 billion.

Technology companies continue to dominate the list by taking the top 5 spots, accounting for up to 20 percent of the TOP 100. Apple came No. 1 for the eighth straight year, followed by Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. The TOP 100 brands have come from 16 countries and regions in the world, with the largest number from the U.S. taking 54 places, followed by 12 brands from Germany and seven brands from Japan and France respectively. Huawei is still the only Chinese brand on the list.

In terms of patents, as of December 31, 2017, Huawei accumulatively granted 74,307 patents, applied for 64,091 Chinese patents, and accumulated 48,758 foreign patent applications, of which more than 90 percent were invention patents.

In the future, Huawei will continue to innovate its products and technology whilst surprising consumers, with a commitment to make its brand truly loved by global consumers.

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5/29/2018 2:34:36 PM
<![CDATA[Looking for new way to donate during Ramadan? London mosque now accepts bitcoin]]>
The Shacklewell Lane Mosque in Dalston, east London, has decided to accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in a bid to widen its donor base and cut down on currency conversion fees, mosque leaders said.

“For a donor that already has a bitcoin or an ethereum account, the effort of converting cryptocurrency into say British pounds or dollars can be quite burdensome. The mosque effectively takes the burden on themselves,” said blockchain consultant Lukasz Musial, who helped the mosque set up the technology.

“For the donor, it’s just the click of a button to transfer to an account provided by the charity. From the mosque’s perspective, it opens a new stream of donations coming from all over the world,” Musial said.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the nation’s top Sunni Muslim official, said this year bitcoin was not permitted according to Islamic law, Egyptian media reported, but Shacklewell imam Abdalla Adeyemi defended the mosque’s decision.

“Bitcoin is like any other currency. It’s ... accepted by a group of people .... We ourselves are not trading. We are not involved ... we are a charity,” Adeyemi told Reuters.

The mosque says it is one of a handful to accept cryptocurrencies out of hundreds in London and its move is yielding results. It says it is on track to double its donations this year to more than £10,000 ($13,300).

Muslims with the means are religiously obliged to give alms, often calculated based on Islamic texts as being 2.5 percent of their wealth, and many do so during the holy month, a time when Muslim charities are most active.]]>
5/29/2018 10:53:59 AM
<![CDATA[To get rich would be glorious escape from pointless life, says young Chinese student]]>
A video clip widely shared on Chinese social media over the weekend showed the unnamed student, from the city of Hangzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang, saying he has felt pressured and exhausted by life, and worried about growing up.

“You work hard but only see limited returns, like you’re in an endless loop,” he said.

The clip gave away little about his identity, though the student wore around his neck the red scarf signifying membership in the 100-million-plus strong Young Pioneers of China, a group that urges young people to be tough and fight for communism.

“I want to be rich to overcome the meaninglessness of life,” he said in his four-minute talk. “With money you can do whatever you want.”

A male voice in the background could be heard saying repeatedly, “We’re finished.”

The student’s pessimistic outlook contrasts with the optimism of his parents’ generation, which bore witness to China’s economic rise in the 1990s and 2000s.

It also runs counter to President Xi Jinping’s “China Dream” that urges young people to work hard and help rejuvenate the nation.

But defeatism is not unheard of in China, particularly among disillusioned millennials in big cities facing the pressure to survive in a country obsessed with marriage, home ownership and personal success as living costs rise.

The video clip provoked heated online debate, though its original publisher, Beijing News, has deleted it.

“What the boy wants is not just money, but freedom in life, to be able to get rid of the hollowness of life,” said one user of China’s Twitter-like Weibo.

“The pupil has figured out life at such an early age,” said another Weibo user. “It took me over three decades.”]]>
5/28/2018 10:53:31 AM
<![CDATA[American kids recreate royal wedding for photoshoot]]>
Tricia Messeroux, a New York photographer, has been capturing children in red carpet looks from the Oscars, Grammy and Golden Globe award ceremonies, and blockbuster movies ever since her idea of dressing up her daughter as a celebrity in 2008 gave birth to Toddlewood Studio in Baldwin, New York.

The biggest wedding of the year inspired her to recreate the cast, including Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, bishop Michael Bruce Curry and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

As the bride, Naiyah Otero, 7, wore a version of Markle’s boat-necked Givenchy wedding gown as interpreted by Esaie Couture.

“I think she’s pretty and it’s an honor to marry Prince Harry, like, dress up as her,” Otero said at the photoshoot on Tuesday.

Andrew Robert Joy, 6, embodied bearded Prince Harry with the help of eyebrow pencil on his smooth jawline that matched his close-cropped red hair.

Messeroux and her team give themselves only 48 hours to mimic the looks and set design for her big annual project.

“We had to spend all night creating this flower wall as best we possibly could,” Messeroux said. “And the gown for the priest, I literally glued that myself. Yes, I glued a whole gown together myself, with my friends, overnight last night.”

“Hopefully, it’s going to look good and hopefully nobody can tell but we’ll see,” she said.]]>
5/27/2018 11:50:43 AM
<![CDATA[Pacific Ocean features in new royal Markle's Coat of Arms]]>
Meghan, who is now officially the Duchess of Sussex, joined Britain’s royal family when she wed Harry at Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle home last Saturday.

Harry’s office said on Friday the design for her Coat Of Arms had been approved by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth and Thomas Woodcock, the Senior Herald in England based at London’s College of Arms.

“Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Meghan was born and raised in Los Angeles and the statement said the blue background of the shield on her arms represented the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast while two golden rays were symbolic of the state’s sunshine.

It also features three quills which represent communication and the power of words while beneath the shield are a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace where she now lives with her new husband, the palace said.

Next to the shield are two “Supporters”, one for her husband and one relating to her - a songbird with an open beak which also represents the power of communication.

“Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the Arms of The Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms,” Woodcock said.

The technical description of the arms is “Azure a Feather bendwise Argent quilled between two Bendlets Or all between two like Feathers Argent quilled Or”.]]>
5/26/2018 1:17:51 PM
<![CDATA[WHO warns against outbreak of Nipah virus]]>
“Nipah virus is an RNA virus that is part of the Paramyxovidae family that was first identified as a zoonotic pathogen after an outbreak involving severe respiratory illness in pigs and encephalitic disease in humans in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998 and 1999,” according to the WHO’s website.

Time reports that during its first outbreak in Malaysia nearly 300 farmers became infected and more than 100 died. “To stop the outbreak, authorities had to euthanize over one million pigs. Since then, the virus has been identified in outbreaks in Bangladesh and India,” Time reports.
“In the Bangladesh and India outbreaks, consumption of fruits or fruit products (e.g. raw date palm juice) contaminated with urine or saliva from infected fruit bats was the most likely source of infection,” the WHO explains.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the disease occurs in Bangladesh on an annual basis, Time states.

Currently, the disease has broken out in Kerala, a southern state in India, and 10 deaths have been caused by it to date, according to Time.

Symptoms

The WHO reports that the symptoms usually take between five to 14 days to manifest.

“Infected people initially develop influenza-like symptoms of fever, headaches, myalgia (muscle pain), vomiting and sore throat. This can be followed by dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness, and neurological signs that indicate acute encephalitis. Some people can also experience atypical pneumonia and severe respiratory problems, including acute respiratory distress. Encephalitis and seizures occur in severe cases, progressing to coma within 24 to 48 hours,” WHO reports.

The WHO also states that most people make full recoveries from the disease, but 20 percent of survivors face a lifetime of neurological consequences such as seizures and personality changes.

The death rate is between 40 and 75 percent, depending on the outbreak, and local capabilities to deal with the outbreak.

Cure

There is no cure for the Nipah virus.

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5/25/2018 7:30:30 PM
<![CDATA[Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured from harm]]>
The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea -- one before dawn and another several hours later -- came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes.

The earlier ash plume rose to a height of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), while the later one reached about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), authorities said.

Intermittent explosions of ash from the summit, believed to be driven by underground bursts of steam deep inside the throat of the crater vent, are continuing the occur about twice a day, with smaller blasts in between, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) vulcanologist Wendy Stovall told reporters.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency warned in its latest bulletin that residents downwind of Kilauea should take care to avoid exposure to ash, which can cause eye irritation and breathing difficulties, particularly in people with respiratory problems.

Authorities also said that emissions of sulfur dioxide gas, harmful if inhaled, remained at high levels from newly opened lava-spewing fissures in the ground running through populated areas on the eastern flank of the volcano.

"Residents in the affected area should be prepared to take leave of the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation," the bulletin said.

One major potential hazard that appeared to have been brought under control was at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant, which provides about a quarter of the Big Island's electricity.

Lava from an active fissure nearby had flowed onto the property early this week, posing the risk of toxic gases being released in the event the molten rock encroached into any of three pressurized deep-underground wells.

Utility crews racing to quench the wells with cold water and cap the well heads with iron plugs before lava could reach them managed to secure the site. The civil defense agency reported on Wednesday, "there is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV."

The facility also received a respite from Mother Nature. Accumulations of cooled, hardened lava created a thick, 30-foot (9.14-meter)-high wall of solid volcanic rock channeling fresh lava streams from fissures to the south, away from the PGV plant, USGS scientists said.

Authorities also were monitoring hazards from noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glass-like particles -- called laze -- emitted when lava flows pour into the ocean on the island's southern end.

Laze -- a term combining the words "lava" and "haze" -- is formed when molten lava, reaching temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 Celsius), reacts with sea water. Although potentially fatal if inhaled, Stovall said the danger was confined to the immediate vicinity of laze plumes themselves.

Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3 as it began extruding lava and sulfur dioxide emissions through a series of fissures, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued nearly nonstop for 35 years.

The occurrence of new lava vents, now numbering about two dozen, have been accompanied by earthquakes and periodic eruptions from the summit crater.

At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday when a chunk of lava shot out of a fissure and struck him in the leg.

Some 2,000 people remain under evacuation orders due to lava flows and sulfur dioxide gas.]]>
5/24/2018 5:18:17 AM
<![CDATA[Managing diabetes while fasting Ramadan]]>
Here are some tips for diabetes patients who decide to fast:

Speak to your doctor first

If you are diagnosed with diabetes and you decide to fast Ramadan, speak to your doctor to ensure that you are taking care of your health. If your doctor approves your decision to fast, make sure you understand your doctor's directions on health risks before, during and after the fast and always keep your doctor informed of any food and exercise decision you make.

Then try fasting for a couple of days

Following your doctor's approval of fasting, try to fast for a couple of days first as a trial period. Measure your glucose levels three times a day (before starting, during the fast and after breaking the fast) and record how you feel. Communicate with your doctor to understand whether your body is reacting normally or not.

If your records are approved normal by your doctor, continue fasting while following these tips:

- Do not miss Sohour; it is the best meal during Ramadan. Do not skip this meal for any reason. Sohour ensures that your glucose levels do not drop or rise dramatically during the day. Drink a lot of water during Sohour and eat starchy foods that release carbs only like oatmeal, whole grain breads, starchy vegetables, legumes and pulse.

- At Iftar, avoid sugar in desserts and fried food that can affect your glucose levels. Following the same Sohour routine, concentrate on low starchy food and proteins. Also, drink a lot of water throughout the night.

- Closely monitor your glucose level by testing it at least twice every day. Make sure that you immediately check your sugar levels if your feel sick or tired.

- Immediately break your fast if you feel disoriented or faint; also if your glucose levels are too high or too low end the fast and do not risk your health.

- Always carry a glucose packet or a small candy with you.







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5/22/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei P20 Pro offers a triple camera powered by AI ]]>
2018 is the year of smartphone cameras, and in today’s smartphone war, smartphone manufacturers have gone all in on their camera capabilities. However, one smartphone has stood out from the crowd: the HUAWEI P20 Pro, with the world’s first triple camera co-engineered with Leica and powered by Artificial Intelligence. But most of all, it has achieved what is still a distant possibility for other manufacturers: superb low-light photography.

The ‘game changer’ of the smartphone camera industry and a new smartphone camera king is born. How did HUAWEI P20 Pro make this happen?

The 40MP Leica triple camera that’s making all the other cameras blush
Huawei’s flagship HUAWEI P Series devices are known for their design, cutting-edge technology and best-in-class camera. Continuing this illustrious tradition, the new HUAWEI P20 Pro fuses art with advanced mobile technology to offer a revolutionary, professional photography experience.

The HUAWEI P20 Pro is the first smartphone on the market to offer a triple camera including a 40MP telephoto sensor (f/1.8), a 20MP monochrome sensor (f/1.6) for depth and texture, and a standard 8MP image sensor (f/2.4). The latter has Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), while the first two sport Artificial Intelligence Stabilisation (AIS).

All three sensors are co-engineered by German optics giant Leica. Each sensor has a specific role. The 40MP sensor captures the colors in the scene, the 20MP monochrome sensor captures more detail, as well as texture and depth for a bokeh effect (if required), and the 8MP sensor is used for zooming. With the HUAWEI P20 Pro’s revolutionary Leica triple camera, Huawei is once again raising the bar for smartphone photography.

It boasts a record high DxOMark score of 109 points, scoring 114 for photo and 98 for video.

Artificial Intelligence to assist you in taking incredible pictures

Huawei has invested a lot to develop the Mate Series that debuted with the AI engine. The phone now recognizes 19 scenes and objects and adjusts the settings automatically to give you the best picture.

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The HUAWEI P20 Pro provides an AI-powered camera experience that intelligently assists users to take great photos by automatically optimizing the camera settings on the backend.

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The low-light photography champion

To shoot a proper photo in low-light conditions using a professional camera requires a keen eye and sometimes even tools such as a tripod. While smartphone cameras struggle with low-light photography, the HUAWEI P20 Pro comes to defy the norms. By packing hardware features such as large sensors and wide aperture lenses into the stylish, compact HUAWEI P20 Pro aims to lower the entry barrier for high quality photos, so anyone can capture professional-looking images.

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The HUAWEI P20 Pro delivers better detail and less noise, making it the smartphone of choice for any kind of photo or video shooting in low-light.

The size of the aperture regulates how much light goes into the image sensor. The HUAWEI P20 Pro is equipped with f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 wide aperture Leica lenses, allowing more light to strike the sensor, and therefore, the brighter and clearer the image, even in low-light environments.

If you’re looking for the best camera smartphone existing in the market, then the HUAWEI P20 Pro should be your number one choice. Its advanced technology and unbelievable capabilities will definitely make you leave your DSLR at home.

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5/21/2018 3:25:14 PM
<![CDATA[Meghan loved her veil embroidered with tribute to the Commonwealth: designer]]>
Recounting the discussions over Meghan’s dress and veil for Saturday’s groundbreaking wedding, designer Clare Waight Keller said the new Duchess of Sussex had welcomed the idea that her veil could be designed to hold extra significance.

“The veil was a huge part of the conversations that we had early on. We talked about what we wanted to do in terms of trying to embrace some of the royal connections in there,” said Waight Keller, who became the first female artistic director at famed French house Givenchy last year.

“And a lot of the work that she’s going to probably do in the future is going to be connected to the Commonwealth ... and I said ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if we took the 53 countries of the Commonwealth and embroidered a flower and some flora and fauna from each one of those and that they would go up the aisle, that journey up the aisle with you’.”

Keller said Meghan loved the idea of “all of those countries walking with her through the ceremony.”

Just last month, her now husband, Prince Harry, was appointed to his highest-profile public role to date as youth ambassador to the Commonwealth, the 53 nations bound together by the shared history of the now-defunct British Empire.

Those working on the hand-drawn veil spent hundreds of hours sewing the design, and had to keep washing their hands to keep the tulle and threads pristine.

Meghan’s choice of a sleek sculpted dress, and the five-meter long veil and sparkling diamond tiara, was praised by fashion experts.

Waight Keller said Harry had thanked her for her role in making his wife look “absolutely stunning” after the ceremony at the 15th-century St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which was watched by royals and celebrities up close, with millions of others tuning into television coverage.

“I saw her after the service. She was absolutely radiant,” said Waight Keller. “There was just a glow to her, you could tell they were so in love ... and she had just looked absolutely exquisite.”]]>
5/21/2018 11:40:59 AM
<![CDATA[3 conditions allow Muslims to break their fasting in Ramadan]]>
Islam permits a Muslim to abstain from fasting when certain conditions are present to alleviate their hardships. These conditions are divided into three categories as follows:

1- He who could not fast due to chronic and permanent diseases. So, he/she has to feed a poor person every day of Ramadan.

2- He/she who has the ability to fast but abstained from fasting due to traveling, temporary or curable diseases, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and/or menstruating. Thus, he/she should fast later to make up the days they missed.

3- Those who suffer from dementia or mental diseases. Those people are not commanded to fast.

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5/20/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Meghan Markle picks sleek dress by Givenchy designer for wedding]]>
The long-sleeved dress with a boat neck had been eagerly anticipated by royal fans around the world for months, with speculation over which designer would have the coveted role of making the frock.

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Waight Keller, who became the first female artistic director at famed French fashion brand Givenchy last year, met Markle in early 2018, Kensington Palace said.

"The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist," the palace said in a statement.

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"The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity."

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5/19/2018 1:32:40 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry wears frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals for wedding]]>
The 33-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth waved to well-wishers as he arrived at St George's Chapel in Windsor in the dark blue uniform with his brother and best man, Prince William, who was dressed the same.

"Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform," according to a statement tweeted by Kensington Palace.

"Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row."]]>
5/19/2018 12:54:22 PM
<![CDATA[Avoid fasting if you are pregnant: doctors ]]>
In statements to Egypt Today, Inas Shaltout, professor of internal medicine, diabetes, and endocrinology at Cairo University, advised pregnant women to avoid fasting, saying that it could put her own life and her baby’s at risk.

Shaltout explained furthermore that fasting may lower or increase blood-sugar levels, which could harm the baby’s health. “The baby should be fed very well to avoid any distortions or complications,” she added.

Doctors, however, advised pregnant women to keep their bodies hydrated all the time by drinking water and juices. They also mentioned that pregnant women should not eat one large meal at one time, but divide meals in small quantities at close intervals. It was also advised to stay away from pickles, spices and peppers, and instead eat lots of vegetables and fruits.

As for diabetics, Ahmed Samir, professor of vascular surgery at Qasr al-Aini Hospital, confirmed in statements to Egypt Today on Friday that they should regulate their food in order to avoid side effects that may occur as a result of deterioration of the patient's health.

Samir added that diabetics are more likely to develop atherosclerosis; however, taking the right cautions, along with regulating food and medicine, will avoid patients’ risk.

Here are some other tips to keep in mind during this month:

- Drink water as much as you can between sunset and dawn.
- You can always manage to have a walk every day, even for 30 minutes, to avoid indigestion and speed up fat-burning ratios.
- Chew food well and don’t eat quickly to avoid feeling lazy and sleepy after finishing your meal.
- Always start with soup, and then proceed to salad after a while.
- Do not eat large amounts of carbohydrates and try to twice as many vegetables.
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5/19/2018 10:22:30 AM
<![CDATA[New campaign launched to encourage youth donate blood in Ramadan]]>
As part of the initiative, Facebook partners, with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) across 12 countries in MENA, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, aim to enhance the culture of blood donation in those countries.
Facebook’s Hack for Good initiative aims to develop technological solutions to address real social challenges.

In a celebration of young creative talent in the region, Facebook invited five teams of young professionals from creative agencies across MENA to spend an entire day at the Facebook MENA HQ, brainstorming and preparing their proposed ideas. The teams then presented their campaigns to address the IFRC’s goal to boost blood donations in the Holy Month to a panel of judges, including key regional executives from Facebook and the IFRC.

In Ramadan, blood banks often are in short supply, creating a need to foster more voluntary blood donations. To urge more to donate their blood during Ramadan, "Giving is in your blood" aims to direct people to give blood at the authorized blood donating centers to step up blood donation during the summer season when a shortfall is expected. People who are fasting can donate blood, but only after they have broken their fast at sunset. This drive will give people the power to build more powerful and meaningful communities.

Speaking about the initiative, Christine Harb, regional head of marketing - MENAP, Facebook, said: “As we prepare to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan with our community this year, we also wanted to shed light on the reality of decreased blood donations this month in the region, while using Facebook as a tool to bring people together for a good cause.”

“We hope this campaign will help fill the gap in blood donations that we normally see during Ramadan. We are encouraging people to donate blood after they have broken their fast at sunset. We are also hoping to recruit blood donors who might start donating in Ramadan and maybe continue throughout the year,” Rana Sidani Cassou, IFRC MENA head of communications stated.]]>
5/19/2018 9:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at royal wedding]]>
Her father, Thomas, gave a host of contradictory statements about his intentions then finally told celebrity website TMZ he had undergone heart surgery and could not attend, in a family drama that has played out under the glare of media attention.

"Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," Harry's office Kensington Palace said in a statement.

"The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way."

Markle's African-American mother, Doria Ragland, was due to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Harry's 92-year-old grandmother, for tea on Friday.

The yoga instructor charmed Charles, her daughter's future father-in-law, when they met on Wednesday, a source close to the royal family said.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, 96, would be at the wedding despite undergoing hip replacement surgery last month.

Outside the ancient stone walls of Windsor Castle, home to the English royal family for nearly 1,000 years, well-wishers mingled with tourists and swarms of television crews under swathes of British and American flags.

Harry, 33, will marry Markle, 36, a star of the TV drama "Suits", in the castle's 15th-century St George's Chapel at a ceremony that begins about 1100 GMT on Saturday. The details of her dress, the ring and the order of service are still to be announced.

A former army officer and one-time royal wild child, Harry met his bride-to-be on a blind date in July 2016 after being set up through a mutual friend. Markle said she knew little about her royal date while Harry said he had never heard of Markle or watched her TV series.

However, it was love at first sight, and after just two dates, he whisked her off to Botswana for a holiday, camping under the stars.

MODERN BRITAIN?

After the schism of Brexit divided the United Kingdom and triggered a wave of doubt about its future place in the world, the glittering union of one of the most popular royals and an elegant U.S. divorcee may offer some distraction.

The British remain broadly supportive of the monarchy albeit with a sense of mild irony about the pomp and pageantry that accompanies it, though many have deep respect for the current monarch, Elizabeth, after 66 years of dutiful service.

For some black Britons, the prospect of a mixed-race royal princess has increased interest in the monarchy, which has so far been all white. A black American bishop will give the address at the wedding.

"Meghan will bring a new perspective to the royal family," royal biographer Claudia Joseph said. "Obviously she comes from a very different background and ... that’s hugely important to take the royal family into the future."

But for some other Britons, the event has as much relevance as the union of two distant superstars. Many will not even bother to watch the wedding despite massive media interest.

This wedding has drawn comparisons with some remarkable episodes of recent royal history: Edward VIII’s relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which led him to abdicate in 1936, and the queen’s late sister Margaret’s decision to call off her marriage to an equerry Peter Townsend.

WEDDING FEVER

Markle said she was sad her father could not make it but expressed hope he would be given the time to deal with his health problems.

The palace implied that Markle would still enter the chapel alone with her bridesmaids and page boys, before joining Charles at the Quire which is located about half-way down the ancient church.

After the hour-long ceremony, the couple will take part in a procession through the town's ancient streets on a 19th century Ascot Landau carriage pulled by four Windsor Grey horses.

Police are expecting more than 100,000 people to throng the streets outside the castle, the queen's home west of London and the oldest and largest inhabited fortress in the world, and have said there would be tight security for the event.

Harry, the younger son of the late Princess Diana, has always been a popular member of the royal family.

A cheeky child who stuck his tongue out at photographers, he left a lasting memory in the minds of many when aged just 12, he walked solemnly behind his mother's coffin as her funeral cortege made its way through London after her death in a car crash in 1997.

He has spoken publicly about the pain of the loss of his mother, supported campaigns for wounded veterans and has embraced campaigns for awareness about mental health.

“I remember Princess Diana dying," said Nick Lemin, 45 who grew up in Windsor but now lives in Brisbane, Australia. "I was here in the UK at the time and have never seen anything sweep a nation like that did."

"I think she’d be very, very proud of Prince Harry and the family and how they are living their lives," Lemin said.

Windsor Castle was badly damaged by a fire in 1992, a year Elizabeth famously described as an “annus horribilis” after three of her four children’s marriages failed, including Charles' marriage to Diana.

Fast forward 26 years: A reformed royal brand and a Windsor in party mood. The weather is forecast to be fine with blue skies on Saturday.

Sales of everything from flags and biscuits to tea towels emblazoned with the couple's pictures were brisk, while bands entertained the growing crowds amid a party atmosphere in the genteel town.

"I think it’s great. Meghan is an international star in her own right," said Lemin. "She’s just not the traditional princess."]]>
5/18/2018 2:48:31 PM
<![CDATA[Beat bad breath in Ramadan in 9 steps]]>
According to the British National Health Service (NHS), there is a number of possible causes of bad breath (halitosis), like poor oral hygiene, smoking, some foods with strong flavor, crash dieting, medications … and fasting.

In Ramadan most Muslims feel embarrassed due to the bad breath resulting from the lack of water, food or any breath freshener during the long fasting hours.

You can easily overcome this problem throughout the 30 days of Ramadan if you follow those steps:

1- Wash your mouth well after Suhur (the meal Muslims eat before dawn to help them fast).

2- Use a floss to remove all the food remnants that cause bad breath; brushing alone only cleans about 60 percent of the tooth's surface.

3- Brush the tongue.

4- Use a menthol gum before sleeping.

5- Gargle using rose water.

6- Don’t consume too much dairy products at Suhur.

7- Quit smoking.

8- Eat healthy, balanced diet and avoid eating strongly flavored or spicy food.

9- Cut down on sugary food and drinks as it can increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
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5/18/2018 10:34:24 AM
<![CDATA[Try Palestinian Musakhan this Ramadan]]>
To add new flavor to your Ramadan experience, try mixing up your menus with a wide range of special and exceptional Ramadan recipes from around the world. This will add variety and color to your loved ones’ meals during the month while providing their daily dose of nutrition.

For a delicious Iftar, try one of the most popular and traditional Palestinian cuisine dishes, “Musakhan”, in Ramadan. The dish is composed of perfectly roasted chicken with caramelized onions, fresh bread, sumac, spices and fried pine nuts. It is usually prepared during the olive oil harvest and pressing season to celebrate freshly pressed olive oil.



To prepare four servings, you will need the following ingredients:

- 1 chicken, cut into 4 serving pieces
- ¼ cup dried sumac
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Salt, pepper and allspice to season
- ½ lemon
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 cups fresh olive oil
- 1 kg onions, peeled and chopped. Make sure that you do not chop the onions too fine, as they can lose texture with cooking.
- Two large loaves of Taboon bread. Palestinians use bread called shrak or marquq for this dish.
- Nuts for topping and decoration (pine nuts and almonds are the most commonly used ones)

Sumac is a spice that comes from dried and ground berries of the Rhus shrubs; it comes with a purplish deep red powder that is sour. Sumac is used to give a sour, lemony taste to chicken, salads and salad dressings in the Middle East.

Taboon bread is usually baked in a very hot oven lined with round smooth stones to give the bread a dimpled appearance. It can be replaced with flat bread as long as it is not too thin, because it needs to withstand holding the onions and chicken.

Method:

- In a bowl, mix the chicken, sumac, spices, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. Marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or preferably for several hours.

- Heat the olive oil in a large pan or pot over medium-high flame. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook until the skin is golden brown (20-30 minutes). Once the chicken is done, remove the pieces to a plate.

- Lower the heat and add the onions to the pan; make sure that there is enough olive oil to submerge the onions completely and stir until the onions are cooked down and begin to caramelize. Once the onions are done, place them in a colander to drain off any excessive oil.

- Sprinkle the onions with sumac, cinnamon, black pepper and allspice, and toss them until they are completely coated with the mix.

- Line the bottom of a baking dish with Taboon bread and brush it with some olive oil, then spread half the onions over it. Place chicken over the onions and top the chicken with the remaining onions.

- Place the baking dish in a preheated oven set to 180°C and bake for 10 minutes.

- Remove the dish from the oven and let it rest about 10 minutes.

- Top it with nuts and sprinkle with the sumac. You can serve the Musakhan with plain yogurt.

Musakhan - cc via flickr
Musakhan - cc via flickr


For children, you can roll the Musakhan into wraps. Follow the same steps mentioned before and then roll the bread after adding all the cooked ingredients inside. Brush with some olive old and heat the rolls in the oven or in a sandwich press.

Musakhan Rolls - cc via flickr
Musakhan Rolls - cc via flickr




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5/16/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Battle for best smartphone camera ends Ended: HUAWEI P20 Pro with AI-Powered Triple Camera]]>
It does now! The ongoing battle for the best smartphone camera has finally come to an end, and it is all thanks to the new HUAWEI P20 Pro. A smartphone that has received rave reviews globally and has blown competition out of the water, this mobile has wowed even the most critical of experts, and will be coming to the region very soon.

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The HUAWEI P20 Pro is a device that has captured what consumers have been asking for – and has captured it in the best way possible: the camera. The smartphone has the World’s most advanced camera system, with the World’s first Leica 40 MP triple camera. And, it is all powered by AI (Artificial Intelligence) that intelligently assists users to take great photos. The HUAWEI P20 Pro offers features that are not available in any other smartphone on the market, and in fact, this smartphone camera is set to rival even the best professional DSLR cameras in terms of picture quality.

So how does the HUAWEI P20 Pro stand out from the crowd?

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World’s First Revolutionary AI: AI Photography Mastered by You

The HUAWEI P20 Pro has a masterful functionality – it is powered by AI. This means that the smartphone camera does the thinking for you, and automatically adjusts to give you the best picture results. AI-powered real-time scene and object recognition technology can recognize more than 500 scenarios in 19 categories for users to choose the right skills at the right moment, be it blue skies, people or a dog. It even adjusts the lighting and the optimal scene parameters. The AI Beautification for Selfies feature captures the smallest details even in low-light settings. With each selfie taken, AI beautification provides 3D portrait lighting, making adjustments to better match the users’ facial features, resulting in luminous skin-tone enhancements and radiant selfies even when backlit. The results are so stunning, it’s like having a personal beauty entourage or make-up artist with you. There is even an AI Smart Gallery, which automatically adjusts images and highlights users’ best shots in an auto-generated layout, supporting more than 100 tags for easy categorization and browsing.

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The Best Night Photography

One of the most exceptional features on the phone is its night time photography mode. The camera has the ability to capture objects and scenery at night that even the eye cannot see! Taking photos in low-light conditions usually requires a professional camera, a keen eye and sometimes even tools, such as a tripod. By packing hardware features such as large 40 MP sensors and wide aperture lenses into the device, the HUAWEI P20 Pro produces exquisite detail in every image to give you some of the most vibrant, clear and detailed shots taken with low light at night. In addition, the HUAWEI P20 Pro uses Huawei AIS (AI Image Stabilization) technology to recognize objects and correct images as a result of shifts and blurs caused by an unsteady hand holding the device. With this feature, you can capture steady, clear and detailed footage of even motion scenes, ensuring you never miss capturing a moment or taking incredible long exposure images without a tripod.

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Incredible Hybrid Zoom

An incredible advancement in long-range photography, the HUAWEI P20 Pro includes a brand-new Leica telephoto lens with up to 5x Hybrid Zoom, capturing every single detail as if you’re standing right in front of the object. With such a powerful zoom lens packed into a compact mobile device, the smartphone is especially handy for travelers who need to take long-range photos, freeing them from the burden of heavy lens attachments and large, professional photography equipment.

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5/15/2018 6:01:52 PM
<![CDATA[Update: U.N. agencies urge Sudan to pardon Noura Hussein]]>
In a joint statement, the three agencies said, "Reports indicate that she was forced against her will into marriage at the age of 16. She was raped by her husband while his three male relatives held her down."

"Speaking as the voices of women and girls of the world, we plead with the government of Sudan to save the life of Hussein," the statement added.

Hussein was forcibly married to her cousin in 2017 at 16 years of age. She ran away from home and sought refuge at her aunt’s house for three years until she was tricked into returning home by her family. Later, she was sent to her husband’s family, despite her father’s claims that the marriage was cancelled. Five days later, Hussein was raped by her husband with the assistance of his brother, a relative and a witness who held her down, according to the petition. When he tried to rape her again the following day, she stabbed him to death and escaped to her parents, who handed her to the police. Hussien’s husband’s family rejected the possibility of financial compensation and chose execution when the judge asked them what they want to happen, according to a supporter who attended the hearing and posted the details on the Twitter.

Hussien’s legal team is preparing to appeal the death penalty and they have until May 25 to do so. They will build their defense case on the fact that she is a victim of child marriage and that she acted in self-defense, having been mentally and psychologically disturbed as a result of rape. Hussein's team requested international media attention and the support of the United Nations.

The U.N., international rights groups and human rights activists called for Hussein's conviction to be overturned, as her case has attracted widespread attention on social media, with the hashtag #JusticeForNoura trending on Twitter since Thursday. Equality Now, a non-governmental organization established in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world, also prepared a letter to Sudan’s president on Hussein’s behalf, requesting that she be pardoned. “Noura Hussein’s death sentence violates her rights under the Sudanese constitution and international law,” Equality Now’s letter stated. Moreover, Change.org launched an online petition on her behalf that has attracted over 300,000 signatures.

In addition, Amnesty International started a campaign to appeal to Sudan’s Minister of Justice Idris Ibrahim Jamil. “The courts are saying Noura is guilty of premeditated murder – even though she was defending herself from being raped by a man she was forced to marry when she was just a young teenager,” said Amnesty International in a statement.

Sudan ranks 165 of 188 countries on the U.N. Gender Inequality Index 2017, which measures women’s access to resources and services compared to men. The country has not yet signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and it allows the marriage of children over the age of ten.

To support Noura Hussein, visit

Change.org

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5/14/2018 5:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Families reunited in 'Hugs Not Walls' event at U.S.-Mexico border]]>
The undocumented migrant was at an event with hundreds of other families with mixed immigration status who were reunited with relatives in a “hugs not walls” meeting arranged by an El Paso, Texas-based advocacy group, Border Network for Human Rights.

Pizarro, 36, says he fled his homeland because of insecurity. He worked in a juvenile detention facility where he told Reuters he received death threats from inmates. A brother lost his life at the hands of an organized crime gang, he said.

“It was just part of life,” he said.

Pizarro has five children, two of whom live with him in El Paso where he now works odd jobs. One of his sons suffers from autism. His other children, including his 18-year-old daughter Fatima Paola, live in Mexico.

“I would see my friends, my cousins, all with their dads and I would get sad and cry. I wish he could have been here as I grew up,” said Fatima Pizarro, who now has a daughter of her own, Aitana, who her father met for the first time on Saturday.

At the event on the border, Pizarro and more than 300 other families all donned blue shirts, while their counterparts from the Juarez, Mexico side wore white shirts to ensure no one tried to slip across. The brief reunions are approved by U.S. government agencies since participants stay on the riverbed that marks the frontier.

After speeches from the organizers, both sides rushed together for three minutes of tearful hugs, embraces and excited face-to-face conversations.

“I wouldn’t trade anything for these moments. We have to enjoy them as long as we can,” Pizarro said as he carried his granddaughter in his arms.

His brother, Ramon Pizarro, 51, took the opportunity to tell the family some news: he would use his job as a taxi driver to petition for a visiting visa and be able to see his brother more often.

With many other families waiting, organizers soon told them time was up, and they said their goodbyes, not knowing when they might meet again.

“The hardest part is that it’s over,” Pizarro said. “We have to accept it, but it’s hard.”]]>
5/14/2018 10:30:31 AM
<![CDATA[The Secret Behind HUAWEI P20 Lite Notch on Full View Display]]>
In order to entice young consumers, Huawei had put enormous effort to achieve perfection with the HUAWEI P20 Lite, and its breakthrough notch design is an exceptional example of the handset maker’s attention to detail.

Since it was introduced to the market by iPhone X, the notch has since become a standard feature of today’s smartphones. Nestled on top of the screen, the notch looks deceptively insignificant, but its dimensions actually have a direct influence on the overall design of a smartphone. HUAWEI P20 Lite designers were thus meticulous when refining the notch design.

Notch width nearly halved

The notch will shrink with time as smartphone manufacturers become better with packing more technology into a smaller space. For HUAWEI’s P20 Lite, the design team at Huawei was able to confine all the incredible technology in notch that is only a 5mm thick. Even more impressively, the width of the notch is 47 percent smaller than that of the iPhone X. By achieving a tiny notch, Huawei gives consumers what is essentially a glimpse into the future of smartphone design with its new HUAWEI P20 Lite.

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Behind the notch: perfect layout of cameras, sensors and speakers

The smaller the notch, the harder it is to cram the cameras, sensors and the earpiece into the space. To put everything inside the tiny notch on HUAWEI P20 Lite, Huawei made a few unique innovations for the device’s front camera. The dust-proof foam of the lens package has been shrunk by 0.2mm, and the earpiece was designed in the shape of the periscope in order to deliver incredible audio while using the minimal amount of space. These special customizations allowed Huawei to significantly cut down the size of the notch.

Unique antenna design optimizes space and performance

The antenna also proved to be a design challenge. To minimize the space, the antenna occupies while ensuring signal reception remains uncompromised, Huawei adopted a unique antenna design which allows it to cut the length of the part from 11.1 mm to 2.6 mm without affecting the antenna’s performance.

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EMUI adapts to the notch

To make the most out of the FullView display, Huawei modified design elements of EMUI 8.0 so that HUAWEI P20 Lite’s status bar uses the space on both sides of the notch. An option to fully mask out the extra areas is also available for users who prefer to hide the notch.

The minimal notch design is but one of the many outcomes resulting from HUAWEI’s pursuit of perfection. From the overall design to its build quality, every facet of the HUAWEI P20 Lite exudes HUAWEI’s signature excellence. The FullView display-equipped Huawei has a very desirable cost-performance ratio and a low cost of entry, making it a very attractive option for younger consumers.



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5/13/2018 5:18:40 PM
<![CDATA[Queen gives instrument of consent to Harry, Meghan's marriage]]>
Buckingham Palace shared an image of the handwritten document on Saturday, May 12. “NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle,” the Queen, 92, wrote.

The Instrument of Consent was drafted by the Crown Office and is sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm, and the Queen’s signature, “Elizabeth R,” is featured at the top right of the document.

The coronet for Prince Harry, 33, is on the lower left side and the Commonwealth symbol can be found on the lower right side of the document. The design to the right of the text also includes a rose, which is the national flower of the United States. Next to the rose, there are two golden poppies, the flower of California, where Markle, 36, was born. The document will be presented to the pair after the wedding.

The written approvals are part of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, which legally requires all of King George II’s direct descendants to receive the monarch’s consent in marriage or the union is considered to be invalid. The Parliament act reads: “A person who (when the person marries) is one of the six persons next in line of succession to the crown must obtain the consent of Her Majesty before marrying.” Harry falls under this category since he is sixth in line for the throne, behind his father Prince Charles, brother Prince William, nephew Prince George, niece, Princess Charlotte, and newborn nephew Prince Louis.

The Queen previously gave her consent for her grandson to marry Markle after a meeting at Buckingham Palace in March. “I declare my consent to a contract of matrimony between my most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which I consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the books of the Privy Council,” the Queen said in a statement at the time.

The royal and the Suits alum announced that they were engaged in November 2017 and will be tying the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next weekend. ]]>
5/13/2018 12:21:46 PM
<![CDATA[Pregnancy essentials every expectant mom should have]]>

Being pregnant is a battle of being excited about what is to come and trying to survive all the symptoms that accompany it. No matter how many babies you have, every pregnancy is different, but there are some common obstacles that women face and some must-haves that can help minimize the trouble of these obstacles.


Here are some items that can keep you on track and help ease your pregnancy experience

1. Pregnancy pillow

As you advance in your pregnancy, starting the second trimester, your belly will start to expand and get heavier, making it an impossible mission to sleep comfortably. To get a good night sleep, use a pregnancy pillow to support all your curves.

2. Maternity support belt

To lessen back pains, use a support belt with thick straps and place it under the stomach to assist your back. Lower back pains during pregnancy are typical, as the spine meets the pelvis in the sacroiliac joint. This belt is very helpful for women who enjoy working out and walking while pregnant.

3. Comfy maternity clothes

Aim for comfortable clothes made of cotton to allow your skin to breathe. Think of shoes, slippers, comfortable bras and loose maternity clothes. Invest in a belly belt, an adjustable elastic fabric band that fits around the belly to hold up your clothes once they can no longer be buttoned – it works like a fabric extension.

4. Pregnancy books

These books can help you understand each step of your pregnancy, and they contain many tips and pieces of advice on exercise and nutrition during pregnancy. Also, there are some books available to help men understand each step of pregnancy that their wives are going through.

5. Stretch-mark-fighting creams

Multiple pregnancies make you more prone to stretch marks. Use creams that contain vitamin E and shea butter to fight these stretch marks that develop as you advance in your pregnancy. Combine the mixture with coconut oil and keep your skin soft and smelling fantastic. The cream also helps control itching that results.

6. Organic lip balm

Hormones and body changes during pregnancy can lead to skin dryness. To defeat flaky and cracked lips, keep your organic lip balm with you and apply it whenever needed.

7. Essential all-in-one prenatal vitamins and Omega-3

Make sure you are getting all the nutrients that you and your baby need, especially during your first trimester, when you are too nauseous to keep your necessary intake of real food. These vitamins should contain Omega-3 and folic acid to reduce the risk of poor birth.

8. Antacid medication

Pregnant women experience heartburn as a result of hormonal and physical changes in their bodies. The release of progesterone from the placenta leads to the formation of gastric acids causing heartburn. This can be prevented by using antacids.

9. Water bottle

During the early months of pregnancy, you will constantly feel thirsty, and your need for water will be non-stop, especially with the frequent bathroom use. Keep a filled bottle of water with you to keep yourself hydrated whenever you need water and wherever you are.

10. Ginger Tea

Whenever you feel nauseous, especially in your first trimester, drink organic caffeine-free ginger tea to stay on top of the urge to vomit without harming your baby. This tea can also help you keep yourself full at night if you drink it before bedtime.
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5/13/2018 11:34:26 AM
<![CDATA[Noura Hussein sentenced to death for killing rapist husband]]>



Hussien’s legal team has 15 days to appeal the sentence, as her husband’s family rejected the possibility of financial compensation and chose execution when the judge asked them what they want to happen, according to a supporter who attended the hearing and posted the details on the Twitter. Hussien’s team will reject and appeal the death penalty, as she was defending herself at the time of the killing and was mentally and psychologically disturbed as a result of rape, according to the Guardian. They requested international media attention and the support of the United Nations.






According to the “Justice for Noura” petition, in 2017, Hussein was forcibly married to her cousin at 16 years of age. She ran away from home and sought refuge at her aunt’s house for three years until she was tricked into returning home by her family. Later, she was sent to her husband’s family, despite her father’s claims that the marriage was cancelled. Five days later, Hussein was raped by her husband with the assistance of his brother, a relative and a witness who held her down, according to the petition. When he tried to rape her again the following day, she stabbed him to death and escaped to her parents, who handed her to the police.

Sudan ranks 165 of 188 countries on the United Nations Gender Inequality Index 2017, an index that measures women’s access to resources and services compared to men, and the country has not yet signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Hussien’s case highlights the issues of forced marriage, child marriage, and marital rape and violence, which are not considered crimes in many countries. In 2015, Tunisia became the only Arab country to take a formal stance against marital violence and rape.
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5/12/2018 7:25:05 PM
<![CDATA[Cheese shops to day spas. A look at Meghan Markle’s Toronto haunts]]>
The city where she first met Harry was the backdrop for her TV series “Suits” and the subject of many of her now-deleted social media posts.

The Annex neighborhood where she lived was first alerted to the budding romance when Canadian police “started hanging out in their SUVs and they would just stay there, parked revving their vehicles all day and all night,” recalled one neighbor, Russell Leon.

In some of her official outings with Harry, Markle has worn outfits from Canadian casual fashion retailer Aritzia, leading to a “Markle effect” in sales for the store.

“We’re definitely seeing a direct correlation of interest from items that she is seen wearing, down to the exact color,” said the company’s product director, Verna Ursua Brown.

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The store, Cheese Boutique, where Meghan Markle shopped according to local media is pictured in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


When Markle wanted a gourmet treat, she often visited fine foods shop, Cheese Boutique. Co-owner Afrim Pristine said he and Markle became friendly over the years, and he introduced the actress to a French butter, which she raved about on social media.

“This and bread was dinner for her, I know, a few nights,” said Pristine about the butter, called Beurre D’Isigny.

She also posted about treatments she received at W Skincare, including a cold laser treatment that claims to build collagen and increase cell turnover, and has no downtime.

“That’s why it’s so big with people who are filming and are on camera,” said owner Lorinda Zimmerman. “They can get a treatment and go straight to camera and work.”

Markle was not shy about sharing her Toronto love, and the city seems to have reciprocated.

“I think she’s a great representative for Toronto. And people love her. She’s so nice and she’s so lovely and ultimately that’s what Torontonians stand for,” said Mila Gaurilova.

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The store, Cheese Boutique, where Meghan Markle
shopped according to local media is pictured in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May
11, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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5/12/2018 11:23:11 AM
<![CDATA[The Four Biscuits: yes we can]]>
In the last few years, things have slowly begun to change and improve within the field of disability in the region, with numerous NGOs, organizations, charities and individuals all working towards raising awareness and integrating people living with disabilities into every aspect of life.

The Four Biscuits is one of those individualized efforts that aims to empower young people with Down's syndrome by providing them with training in baking skills and then selling their products at local markets and online.

The Egyptian initiative began when a group of sisters and parents of girls with Down's syndrome used to engage in social activities together, like outings to the cinema, swimming pool and restaurants, as the families believed that their daughters have the right to have a life like anyone else. The families also wanted to make a project by them and for them, so they initially thought about opening a bakery/café where they would be the employees, aiming to integrate into society by direct interaction with the public. But, as such a project needs great financial investment, the families decided to start small with a home-based bakery business, selling the products via social media such as Facebook and Instagram.

The Four Biscuits consists of four girls living with Down's syndrome. They all attended a special needs school where they met and become friends. The girls first sold their biscuits at a local school’s bazaar. The biscuits that they sell are based on a special Swiss recipe from Irene Salem, mother of one of the girls, and it proved to be so popular with people that the girls and their families decided to begin with baking and selling these biscuits. Although The Four Biscuits began as four girls, it did not continue with four, as the parents of one of the girls opted to send her to a special needs education center.

To remain true to their name, The Four Biscuits organized an open day last February to find their “fourth biscuit”. The day consisted of fun activities, baking and a big gathering of people with Down’s syndrome, where the fourth member of the team was then chosen.

The three original girls are Sherihane Salem, 20 years old, who loves handicrafts and socializing with friends; Heidi Adel, 20 years old, who loves singing, putting on make-up and doing housework; and finally Seba Ahmed, 21 years old, who is very passionate about swimming and photography. They all got to know each other at school three years ago. The newest member of the team is Mariam; she is an Olympic champion in horse riding and has travelled to many international competitions. She also works part-time as a teacher at a local NGO. In her spare time, Mariam loves playing music, especially the piano.

The Four Biscuits officially launched in August 2017 via their Facebook page and they soon started to receive orders from the page. People loved the idea instantly and encouraged the team to carry on and expand, but this clearly requires major funding.


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Nada Ahmed, the PR specialist at The Four Biscuits, explained that the project was only made possible after an application that the team submitted to Idea Camp, an idea development camp organized by the European Cultural Foundation. The team's idea was chosen among 600 other ideas that had applied for the same camp. A member of the team travelled to Spain in March 2016 to attend a four-day training. Eventually, they were chosen among 50 ideas to receive both technical and financial support from the foundation for the research and development phase of the project.

At the start of their venture, the team sold and specialized in plain biscuits made by a secret traditional Swiss recipe that they won't openly share with anyone! "It is a secret!" the group said. The most popular product is the biscuit jar, which they usually sell as plain but have recently started to make with a sugar fondant on top. Their newest product is chocolate chip cookies, launched only a few weeks ago.

There are approximately 8.5-12 million people with disabilities in Egypt, according to a 2012 report titled “People with Disabilities in Egypt: Overlooked and underestimated” by Nancy Elshami, and they are often stigmatized, hidden away by their families, and denied work opportunities. These are all factors that contribute to the image and attitude that society has of people living with disabilities, which ultimately makes it harder to progress and succeed in Arab society on the whole and not just Egypt. This view is shared by Nada Ahmed, who is also one of the girls' sisters, as she acknowledges that societies find it "hard to accept any differences of any kind and no progress can be achieved unless people learn to accept each and every citizen regardless of gender, religion, appearance, color, race or disability. People with special needs have great potential that can push any society forward. They can, if empowered, bring so much innovation and success to their nations." When asked if the girls endured any discrimination or bullying living in the Arab region, she said that it’s "more discreet and indirect discrimination, like judgmental looks, but never amounting to bullying."

According to the team, the main message that they want to convey is that "disability is an illusion. We all have certain limitations, obstacles and challenges to overcome, but that is because we are simply human; these obstacles give us the energy to struggle and to fight back reaching our dreams." They believe that disability is the creation of society, because "we all lack something, so we are all disabled in some way. A chromosome less is just like any other human vulnerability.”

As for their future, The Four Biscuits aims to expand their team and let other youth with Down’s syndrome join the initiative. On the longer term, they wish to have multiple teams all across Egypt.

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5/11/2018 11:59:18 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. court protects Adidas Stan Smith shoe from Skechers look]]>
By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction barring Skechers from selling its Onix shoe, which Adidas said looked like its white Stan Smith shoe, its all-time best-seller with more than 40 million pairs sold.

The same panel, in a 2-1 vote, also reversed a similar injunction barring Skechers from selling its Cross Court shoe, which has three stripes on its side, finding no proof Adidas would suffer irreparable harm.

Adidas and Skechers face a scheduled trial on June 4 before U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez in Portland, Oregon, who had issued an injunction covering both Skechers shoes in February 2016, court records show. The appeals court sat in Portland.

In a statement, Adidas said "we will not stand by and allow others to blatantly copy our products," and that it was "committed to bringing a complete end to Skechers' pattern of unlawful conduct" at trial.

Skechers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit is one of many by footwear makers seeking to protect their patent and trademark rights.

Many are filed by companies such as Adidas against companies such as Skechers whose products sell for lower prices.

Adidas has sued Skechers several times in the last two decades for alleged infringement of its three-stripe trademark.

In Thursday's decision, Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen said the Stan Smith, named for the early 1970s American tennis star, has enjoyed "tremendous commercial success and market recognition," and Adidas might face irreparable harm if similar shoes flooded the market.

She also said evidence suggested that Skechers intended to confuse consumers by creating the "nearly identical" Onix, and then directing consumers who searched online for "adidas stan smith" to the Onix website.

In contrast, Nguyen said Adidas failed to show that consumers would associate it with Skechers' Cross Court, causing the dilution of Adidas' reputation as a "premium" brand.

Circuit Judge Richard Clifton would have upheld the entire injunction.

The case is Adidas America Inc et al v Skechers USA Inc, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 16-35204]]>
5/11/2018 5:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[et tips for a healthier menopause]]>
What happens during menopause?
Every woman is born with a fixed number of eggs stored in the ovaries. The ovaries are also responsible for producing both the estrogen and progesterone hormones that control menstruation and ovulation. When the ovaries stop releasing an egg every month and menstruation stops, the menopause starts.

Any woman that did not have a period for two years is considered menopausal; meaning that she is reaching an end for her reproductive period. While the symptoms of menopause vary from one woman to another, they generally include some common signs as a result of hormonal changes and declining estrogen levels. These symptoms include: irregular periods (closer and heavier), vaginal dryness, mood swings, night sweats, sleeping difficulties, hot flashes, joint pains and aching, changes to skin and hair, difficulty concentrating and anxiety or depression.

How to deal with menopause symptoms?
Maintaining a healthy life style supports your health in the lead-up to menopause and helps you better handle any physical and psychological changes. Here are some tips to enjoy a healthier menopause experience.

- Keep yourself in a good physical condition by exercising regularly to avoid menopausal weight gain, and to lift your mood. In addition, exercise can help you eliminate the toxins from your body through sweating and can also improve your blood circulation.

- Watch your diet to protect your bones, heart and blood vessels which can protect you against heart attacks and strokes that may increase during menopause. Cut back on high fat foods and use sugar and salt in moderation.

- Stay well hydrated and drink more water to overcome fatigue during menopause which can also lead to headaches.

- Make sure you get adequate amounts of calcium to prevent bone loss and to promote bone formation and vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption.

- Consider increasing your intake of protein, vitamin B, vitamin C and iron to prevent hair loss and hair breakage that might result from the drop in hormonal production during menopause.
- Prevent menopausal hot flashes through avoiding common triggers including; caffeine, spicy food, sugar, stress and heat.

- Consider taking hormone replacement medications, but discuss it with your doctor first.

- Keep an eye on your mental health as you are more prawn to the risk of experiencing depression and anxiety during menopause as a result of changes in the hormones levels that affect the production and breakdown of brain chemicals. Consider speaking to your doctor to get the needed support if you are having a tough time dealing with the process.

- Practice stress relief activities like yoga, stretching, deep breathing and meditation to ease your muscle tension.

- Improve your sleep routine by including a regular sleep schedule, avoiding heavy meals at the evening, adjusting light levels and bedroom temperature and avoiding alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.

- Have regular medical check-ups and screenings such as annual pap smears and pelvic exams, monthly self breast exams and mammogram, biannual vitamin D level checkup and bone mineral density tests. You should also follow your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and thyroid.

- Talk to your gynecologist to stay on top of any concerns that you may have regarding your menopause and also to ensure that any of the changes you are experiencing is natural.

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5/10/2018 12:20:41 PM
<![CDATA[New Ebola cases confirmed in DR Congo]]>
DRC’s Ministry of Health gathered samples on May 3 from residents of Kinshasa (DRC’s capital and largest city) following reports of some 21 cases showing signs of a hemorrhagic fever in the village of Ikoko Impenge in northwest DRC, including 17 deaths, according to a statement by WHO and Congo's government.



WHO, in cooperation with DRC’s Ministry of Health, immediately scaled up its operations in the country to rapidly respond to this health emergency and stop the disease from spreading. The health organization assigned dedicated staff and resources to tackle the outbreak, building on the model of the successful response to a similar EVD outbreak in 2017. The model included prompt testing of new cases detected by local authorities and immediate notification of results to WHO and the Health Ministry’s team.

In a statement on Tuesday, WHO’s deputy director-general for emergency and preparedness response, said, “Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the government and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak.” He added, “Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease.”

EVD is fatal in 50 percent of cases if untreated; it is transmitted to humans through contact with wild animals, including bats, and it can also be passed from one person to another through direct contact with bodily fluids or blood, according to WHO. In 2014 alone, the virus claimed the lives of more than 11,000 persons and infected some 28,600 persons across six countries in West Africa. Most people who have become infected with Ebola were living with or caring for ill patients. The first symptoms of EVD include sudden fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function and, at an advanced stage, both internal and external bleeding.

A growing concern regarding this deadly disease is related to the fact that it could spread through the air, as one infected person can pass it on to passengers on a flight. Therefore, some countries might issue a travel warning for several countries in Africa to prevent the spread of the disease internationally. The U.S. was the first country to adopt this measure, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued warnings Thursday to avoid nonessential travel to three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to CNN.

WHO, the international Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association are considering passenger screenings in airports as an effort to fight the spread of the disease. In addition, they are working on enhancing the awareness of crew members on EVD symptoms, so that they know what to do if they recognize a case, in addition to developing a response protocol.
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5/9/2018 5:46:51 PM
<![CDATA[Learn more about the amazing beauty benefits of egg whites ]]>
If you are a fan of natural products, here are a few tips to incorporate egg whites in your beauty regime.

Egg whites benefits for your skin

Use an egg white mask to smooth and reduce wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and the corners of your lips. All you need to do is to mix an egg white with a tablespoon of wheat flour and a tablespoon of honey until they form a sandy paste. Apply it on a clean face and leave it until it dries then rinse with warm water. Do not forget to apply a moisturizer.

Mix an egg white with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of honey and apply the mix in a circular movement on a clean face and neck at night before going to bed. Leave it for ten minutes then wash it thoroughly with warm water. Use this mask two times a week and do not forget to apply a moisturizer.

To reduce bags under your eyes, beat an egg white and apply a thin layer under your eye two to three times a week. Leave the mask for ten minutes or until it dries then rinse with lukewarm water. You can use the same mixture to improve your eyelids health, apply a thin layer on your eyelids to reduce skin looseness and to beat the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

To exfoliate your face naturally, mix one egg white with two tablespoons of lemon juice and half a tablespoon of honey and use the mix to exfoliate your face at night once a week. Apply the mask on clean dry skin and leave it for 15 minutes then remove it with warm water. The mix is ideal for removing impurities and spots caused by the sun.

Egg whites benefits for your hair

To improve the texture and volume of oily hair, whisk two egg whites with one tablespoon of olive oil and apply the mask on your hair and ensure that your hair is completely covered in the mixture. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash your hair with cool water to get rid of the smell. Never use hot water; condition your hair as usual and let it air dry. You can use this mask twice a week.

To promote hair growth, mix two egg whites with two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and apply the mixture to your hair until it is completely covered. Leave the mask on your hair for 30-60 minutes then wash it with lukewarm water and condition your hair as usual. You can use this mask twice a week to boost your scalp health and promote hair growth.

To clean your scalp of excess oils and fight dandruff use egg white and coconut oil as a nutrient-rich mask. Whisk the whites of two eggs with two tablespoons of coconut oil and apply the mixture to moist hair from roots to tips and comb it through your hair. Leave it for 20 minutes then clean your hair with cool water and condition your hair as usual.
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5/9/2018 11:50:14 AM
<![CDATA[Her Royal Likeness - Meghan Markle waxwork unveiled before wedding]]>
The wax figure wears a green dress like the one Markle wore on the day her engagement was announced, as well as a replica of her diamond engagement ring, designed for her by Harry.

The wax figure of the prince, originally created to mark his 30th birthday, has been updated with a new beard.

The couple’s waxworks will be accessible to the public the day before their wedding. Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, with people queuing to take selfies with wax figures of celebrities past and present.

The museum said visitors named Meghan or Harry would enjoy free entry on the day of the ceremony.

“Excitement ahead of the royal wedding is reaching fever pitch and we have been inundated with questions about when people can finally meet ‘Their Royal Likenesses’,” said Edward Fuller, general manager of Madame Tussauds.

Harry, the 33-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth and sixth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, 36, who starred in the U.S. TV legal drama “Suits”, will marry in Windsor on May 19.]]>
5/9/2018 11:31:34 AM
<![CDATA[Goddesses, angels and a pope rock Catholic-inspired Met Gala]]>
Bejeweled crosses, veils and halo-inspired headdresses ruled on the red carpet, dubbed the Oscars of the east Coast for its celebrity guest list and stunning outfits.

From saints to sinners, guests took to heart the 2018 theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ball.

Although some commentators had feared the Catholic theme might yield the most controversial Met Gala ever, most of the actors, models and music stars stayed on the right side of propriety in colors of red, white, gold and black.

Rihanna, one of the Met Gala co-hosts, dressed like a pope, sporting a head-turning, jewel-encrusted mitre with matching mini-dress and a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.

Katy Perry wowed in enormous, feathered six foot high white wings teamed with a Versace gold mini-dress paired with thigh-high gold boots.

The invitation-only Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition.

The 2018 exhibit shows how Catholicism has influenced fashion and designers through the decades and features more than 50 vestments and other religious items direct from the Vatican.

Madonna, a key religious provocateur early in her pop career, turned demure in a black, long-sleeved gown, with a huge gold crown, and a full face veil.

Kim Kardashian, appearing without husband Kanye West, kept it simple in a curve-hugging, gold metallic floor length dress with plunging neckline by Versace.

“Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker opted for a gold Dolce & Gabbana gown embroidered with sacred hearts and a towering nativity scene headpiece.

Jennifer Lopez chose a Balmain dress, split to the hip, with a large cross across the breast and a black feathered train.

Model Bella Hadid was among those opting for the darker side of religion, wearing a Chrome Hearts black latex and leather outfit with long black gloves, and a black veil trailing to the floor.

Actors Olivia Munn, Zandaya and Priyanka Chopra went for Crusades-inspired chain-mail outfits, while “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman was among the few men going avant-garde in an ivory cape with gold beaded crosses, an embellished suit, and gold colored shoes.

Other guests chose looks ranging from heavenly white (Dakota Fanning) to angelic yellow (Amanda Seyfried) and skin-baring black lace (Zoe Kravitz).
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5/8/2018 12:18:12 PM
<![CDATA[British royal family releases first official photographs of Prince Louis]]>
Louis, who is fifth in line to the British throne, was born on April 23 weighing 8lbs 7oz (3.83 kg).

Both the photographs were taken at Kensington Palace by Kate, the children’s mother and wife of Prince William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson.

The first photograph, which the palace said was taken on April 26, shows Louis propped up against a white cushion, wearing a white jumper and trousers.

The second photograph, taken on May 2, Charlotte’s third birthday, shows the princess holding her sleeping younger brother affectionately.

Due to a 2013 change in the law, Charlotte is the first British princess for whom the arrival of a younger brother does not mean being demoted down the line of succession.

Palace officials said Louis would not join the rest of his family at the May 19 wedding of his uncle, Prince Harry, to U.S. actress Meghan Markle.
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Britain's Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince Louis are seen in this photograph released by Kensington Palace, and taken by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on Princess Charlotte's third birthday, at Kensington Palace in London, Britain May 2, 2018. Picture taken May 2, 2018. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge/Courtesy of Kensington Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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5/7/2018 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Toasting UK royals with a 'Markle Sparkle?' It's an American thing]]>
Looking to give Americans a taste of something they rejected more than 240 years ago, a Washington bar is going with a British royal family theme in honor of the wedding.

“You know, we’re pretty excited as Americans,” said Andy Raibins as he waited in line outside the bar’s photo opportunity room. “You know, we have an American joining the royal family.”

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the throne, will tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. The couple has attracted large cheering crowds in public appearances since their engagement was announced in November.

The “Royal Wedding Pub,” the latest persona of a bar with ever-shifting themes near Howard University, has been transformed to look like St. George’s Chapel, with vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows.

The makeover, which took “weeks and weeks” to complete, is “the next best thing to actually being there,” boasted Adriana Salame, designer and project manager of the bar, which is owned by The Drink Company.

“You get a little taste of space,” she said.

The crowd of mostly young women sported fascinators, the elegant headwear favored by British royalty, and summer dresses, and posed for pictures with life-size cardboard cut-outs of the soon-to-be newlyweds, the queen, as well as William and Kate, whose 2011 wedding also drew world attention.

Several patrons said they looked up to Los Angeles-born Markle, whose movies include “Horrible Bosses” and who appears in the television series, “Suits.”

“I think she’s a great example of a modern day woman, kind of taking on this very traditional role and really making it her own, and so I really admire her,” said Katlain Borows, who was dressed to resemble Markle.

The drink menu features cocktails with a British twist in ‘Harry and Meghan’ commemorative memorabilia mugs. Four bar tenders shake their stuff to a soundtrack of the Beatles and other British bands, creating specialized cocktails such as ‘When Harry met Meghan’ and ‘American Princess.’

And that ‘Markle Sparkle?’ It actually has real glitter in it, Kelly Horn explained as she took a sip.]]>
5/6/2018 11:32:33 AM
<![CDATA['Harry & Meghan' romance gets the Lifetime TV treatment]]>
In two weeks, the first scripts were written for “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” a dramatization of their courtship that will premiere on May 13 as the jewel in the crown of a week of Lifetime programming ahead of the May 19 royal wedding in England.

Starring Scottish actor Murray Fraser as Harry and American Parisa Fitz-Henley as Markle, the television film is based on known events in the couple’s almost two-year romance, including their appearances together, Markle’s public speeches and entries from her former lifestyle blog The Tig.

It also weaves in imagined scenes, including their first blind date, an argument, a sex scene, Harry’s proposal and events with key members of Britain’s royal family, including the late Princess Diana; Harry’s brother, Prince William; William’s wife; Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth.

“There is so much drama in the real story we didn’t have to make a lot up,” said co-writer Terrence Coli.

Shot mostly in Toronto, where Markle was based while shooting the TV series “Suits,” the makers say the TV film is motivated by warmth and admiration for the couple. It follows a Lifetime biopic made for the 2011 wedding of William and Kate.

“One of the reasons that we love them so much is because they are a unifying force in a very divisive time,” said co-writer Scarlett Lacey.

Fraser, who had to drop his broad Scottish accent to play Harry, said he did not want to do a mere copycat of the tall, ginger-haired prince.

“I really wanted to see him as a human being who just happens to be a prince,” Fraser said.

Fitz-Henley said she saw Markle as “a really great example of confidence.”

Markle and Harry were not consulted in the making of the film, but the producers say the couple are aware of it and the producers hope they will see it.

“We admire them as a couple, so we hope they watch it and they think it is funny and sweet,” said Michele Weiss, one of the executive producers.]]>
5/5/2018 10:58:43 AM
<![CDATA[Save room for dessert: British royal wedding cake slices to be sold]]>
The five cake slices from royal weddings are expected to fetch hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars each next month as memorabilia at the sale in Las Vegas, Julien’s Auctions said.

But for those looking to play royal taster, there is a word of caution.

“They’re not edible,” Darren Julien, the Los Angeles-based auction house’s chief executive, said ahead of the June 23 sale.

A slice from Charles and Diana’s wedding, presented in a white box with “CD Buckingham Palace 29th July 1981” in silver printing and wrapped in a paper doily, is estimated to fetch $800-$1,200, the auction house said.

“These come from people who attended the wedding and kept them in the freezer the entire time,” Julien said of all the cake slices, adding they have not been preserved by other means.

More than 600 guests have been invited to Harry and Meghan’s May 19 wedding, which will take place at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, with a further 200 being invited for the reception.

The fruit cake made for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding comes in a tin presented to guests with an enclosure card saluting attendees that said: “With best wishes from TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in celebration of the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

It is pegged to sell for $600-$800. Julien’s sold a slice of William and Kate’s cake for $7,500 in 2014.

Other cake slices include Charles’ 2005 wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s 1986 nuptials, which each are estimated to fetch $600-$800.

The piece of royal cake from Princess Anne’s 1973 marriage to her first husband, Captain Mark Philips, is expected to sell for $300-$500.

“It’s kind of hard to throw something out that has been given to you by the royals,” Julien said.]]>
5/4/2018 3:00:05 PM
<![CDATA[Poor diet delays pregnancy, curbs fertility: study]]>
A nearly no-fruit diet compared to one loaded with three or more pieces per day added about two weeks, on average, to the time of conception, researchers reported in the peer-reviewed journal Human Reproduction.

And women who consumed fast foods such as burgers, pizza and deep-fried chicken four or more times a week compared to those who never or rarely touched the stuff took an extra month to become pregnant.

"These findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruits and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant," said lead researcher Claire Robers, a professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Earlier research on food and pregnancy has focused mostly on the diet of women diagnosed with, or receiving treatment for, infertility. The impact of maternal diet before conception among women more generally has received scant scientific attention.

To help fill that gap, Roberts and a dozen colleagues in Australia, Britain and New Zealand combed through data gathered through questionnaires by midwives between 2004 and 2011 in all three countries for the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) survey.

Detailed answers given by nearly 5600 women in the early phase of pregnancy focused on what they ate in the months preceeding conception.

All of the women were first-time mothers, and only a relative handful -- 340 -- had received any kind of fertility treatment before becoming pregnant.

The results showed a clear link between the avoidance of fruits or a fondness for fast-food fare, on the one hand, and a longer "time-to-pregnancy" or higher risk of infertility, on the other.

At the extremes, for example, lots of fast food as opposed to none at all increased the risk of not becoming pregnant by 41 percent.

"We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes toward national dietary recommendations for pregnancy," said lead author Jessica Grieger, a researchers at the University of Adelaide.

The results were adjusted to take into account the potentially adverse impact on fertility of advanced maternal age, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Information about the diet of the fathers was not collected.]]>
5/4/2018 6:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Frequent sauna use may cut stroke risk: study]]>
The report in the journal Neurology is the first to assess the relationship between saunas and strokes, and was based on more than 1,600 people who were followed for an average of 15 years.

Those who spent time in the sauna four to seven days a week showed a 61 percent lower risk of having a stroke than people who went just once a week, it said.

A benefit was also apparent for those who took saunas two or three times a week, with a 14 percent lower stroke risk than those who took saunas once per week.

Researchers found the benefits persisted even after adjusting for other factors that could affect stroke risk, including exercise, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes.

"These results are exciting because they suggest that this activity that people use for relaxation and pleasure may also have beneficial effects on your vascular health," said study author Setor Kunutsor of the University of Bristol.

"Saunas appear to have a blood pressure lowering effect, which may underlie the beneficial effect on stroke risk."

Researchers cautioned that the study was observational in nature. Since it was based on questionnaire answers, it stopped short of proving cause and effect.

Previous studies have linked sauna use to a reduced risk of high blood pressure, dementia and death from cardiovascular disease.

The study enrolled people aged 53 to 74 years in the eastern part of Finland.

Since so few participants never took saunas, researchers could not compare sauna-goers to people who did not use them at all.

In Finland, saunas are so common that many people have them in their homes. Their relative humidity is usually 10-20 percent.

Experts say some people should avoid saunas, including those who recently had a heart attack, those with unstable angina, and elderly people with low blood pressure.]]>
5/3/2018 12:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Facebook to play cupid in online dating debut]]>
The service, which Facebook had considered offering for over a decade and will launch soon, could help rebuild its popularity among younger consumers and make people visit the site more often, two key challenges for the business.

“There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference.

Facebook shares rose 1.1 percent to close at $173.86 on the news, which sparked a sell-off of established online dating service providers.

Facebook users have been able to reveal their relationship status on the network since it first went live in February 2004.

Zuckerberg said Facebook was building the dating service with an emphasis on privacy, a sensitive subject for people who use dating websites and for Facebook as the company reels from a scandal over its handling of personal information.

A dating service could increase the time people spend on Facebook and be a “big problem” for competitors such as Match Group Inc, said James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Equities. Match, the owner of popular mobile dating app Tinder and OkCupid, calls itself the “global leader in dating” on its website.

“But the initial functionality looks relatively basic compared to those offered by Match’s services, so the impact Facebook has on the dating space will be down to how well it executes in this area,” Cordwell said.

Facebook said in January that at the end of 2017 time spent by users had fallen by about 50 million hours a day, after changes designed to reduce passive video watching and stem the spread of sensationalism.

Facebook’s entry into the growing online dating market sent shares of industry leaders tumbling.

Match Group Inc shares closed down more than 22 percent. IAC, Match Group’s parent company, dropped more than 17 percent. Sparks Networks, owner of JDate and ChristianMingle, fell 7.3 percent before recovering and closing up 0.8 percent.

A prototype displayed on screens at the F8 conference showed a heart shape at the top-right corner of the Facebook app. Pressing on it will take people to their dating profile if they have set one up.

Potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common and mutual friends, Facebook said in a statement.

The prototype was built around local, in-person events, allowing people to browse other attendees and send them messages.

It did not appear to have a feature to “swipe” left or right on potential matches to signal interest, as Tinder and other established services have. But there were two buttons for “pass” and “interested.”

The optional feature will be for finding long-term relationships, “not just hook-ups,” Zuckerberg said. It will be launched soon, he added, without giving a specific date.

More details will be revealed over the next few months, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said in a separate presentation.

Cox said he had been thinking about a Facebook dating feature since 2005, when he joined the company about a year after its founding.

The company began seriously considering adding a dating service in 2016, when Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page a photo of a couple who had met on the network, Cox said.

Thousands of people responded to Zuckerberg’s post with similar stories about meeting partners on Facebook, Cox said. “That’s what got the gears turning,” he said.

People will be able to start a conversation with a potential match by commenting on one of their photos, but for safety reasons that Cox did not specify, the conversations will be text-only, he said. Unsolicited nude photos are a recurring worry on dating services.

Facebook executives were quick to highlight other features for safety and privacy, noting that dating activity would not show up in Facebook’s centerpiece News Feed.

Concerns about privacy on Facebook have grown since the social network’s admission in March that the data of millions of users was wrongly harvested by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Before building Facebook, Zuckerberg created a website called Facemash that allowed people to choose the more attractive of two women. Zuckerberg, 33, has described the website as a school prank when he was young.

A dating service “represents a potentially challenging situation if Facebook can’t fulfill its promise to offer dating services in a privacy-protected and safe way,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at eMarketer.

However, “I’m sure it will make good use of the data Facebook has been able to collect about its users,” she added.

Zuckerberg also said on Tuesday that Facebook was building a “clear history” privacy control to delete browsing history, similar to the option of clearing cookies in a browser.
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5/2/2018 1:04:51 PM
<![CDATA[How old is 'Big Ben'? The trivia Meghan Markle must know to become British]]>
Markle plans to take the nationality of her new husband after their wedding on May 19 but, like tens of thousands of others wanting to become British every year, she will first have to demonstrate knowledge of some historical facts and obscure trivia that many Britons are oblivious to.

All would-be citizens must pass the “Life in the UK” test by successfully answering 18 out of 24 questions selected from some 3,000 facts, such as knowing the height of the London Eye Ferris wheel and how many lawmakers sit in the Scottish Parliament.

Even many Britons find the questions baffling. In a random survey carried out by Reuters, only 23 out of 41 Britons quizzed could correctly answer questions put to them, and many of those admitted they were guessing.

“I did history at school but some of them are just absolutely stupid,” said chef Tom Poston, 46, after failing a sample test shown to him by Reuters.

“I would have been kicked out, amazing,” said Poston, who lives in London. “I think she’s (Markle) going to have to do a lot of studying because I’m shocked.”

HURDLES TO CITIZENSHIP
Britain has made the process of becoming a citizen more difficult in recent years as it struggles to cut annual net immigration to less than 100,000. Underlining the sensitivity of that issue, Amber Rudd quit as Home Secretary (interior minister) on Sunday over an immigration scandal.

Becoming a citizen requires a person to have lived in Britain for three years, to have good knowledge of English, to be of sound mind - and to pass the 50 pound ($69) test.

However, the additional requirement of earning a combined income of at least 18,600 pounds should not prove to be too burdensome for a prince of the realm and his new wife.

For many applicants, though, the citizenship test is a major stumbling block. The most recent official figures showed that 133,490 tests were taken in 2016 with 47,312 failures.

“It’s very divorced from what the normal experience is for people,” Thom Brooks, an academic and vocal critic of the test, told Reuters. “It’s the British citizenship test that very few British citizens can pass.”

Brooks, originally from the United States, sat the quiz himself in 2009 before becoming a UK citizen two years later.

“The general view is that it’s a money-making ruse by the Home Office,” said Brooks, adding that one applicant had failed it more than 60 times. “I haven’t really found anyone who found that the test was particularly beneficial for helping them settle in the country.”

Last month, a report by Britain’s House of Lords committee on citizenship agreed with Brooks and called for a review.

“The current test seems to be, and to be regarded as, a barrier to acquiring citizenship rather than a means of creating better citizens,” it said.

Among the possible questions are who opened Britain’s first Indian restaurant (Sake Dean Mahomed), the size of the Lake District natural park in northern England (885 sq miles or 2,292 km), and the age of the famous “Big Ben” bell in parliament’s clock tower (it came into operation in 1859).

Some of those quizzed by Reuters thought Markle might fare better than they had.

“I did terribly,” said retired engineer David Armstrong, 58. “She’s a bright girl, she might get half.”]]>
5/2/2018 11:23:26 AM