<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Historic Budapest synagogue to reopen amid Jewish cultural revival]]>
Irsai survived the Holocaust but the great majority of Hungarian Jews, including many of his relatives and friends, did not. Under Communist rule, more Jews emigrated and the synagogue finally ceased to be a place of worship, its last rabbi leaving Hungary, after Soviet tanks crushed a 1956 uprising.

Since the 1989 fall of communism, however, Jewish community life has revived. The community now numbers about 100,000, with new schools and renovated synagogues - including Rumbach which will reopen early next year after decades of neglect during which pigeons moved in.

Built in stunning Moorish Revival style in 1873, the Rumbach - one of Budapest’s most prominent synagogues - will be re-established for religious observance and also act as a cultural center with concerts and exhibitions.

It is a dream come true for Irsai. “This temple, this community gave me the nicest experiences that a young man could have. I had my bar mitzvah here,” said Irsai, now 89, looking around in the splendidly restored, ornate building.

“It was a very difficult period (during World War Two)...My friend’s parents, whom I knew well, were shot into the Danube (by Hungarian Nazis),” he said, struggling to keep back tears.

But there were happy moments, too, singing in the Rumbach synagogue choir.

“We wanted to watch the girls but we had to stand opposite the Torah cabinet and we were not allowed to turn round. But we wanted to flirt with the girls so we always brought mirrors with us,” Irsai said, smiling. “My girlfriend always sat up there (in the gallery), she watched me and I watched her.”

The synagogue is situated amid chic new restaurants and bars that have turned Budapest’s former Jewish ghetto into one of the capital’s most popular nightlife districts.

It will also house a coffee shop where visitors will have a chance to taste “flodni”, the traditional, rich Jewish cake with five layers of dough and four fillings - poppy seed, apple, walnut and plum jam.

“Since the (conservative) community that built this synagogue and prayed here does not exist anymore, it will not be a synagogue for just one type of community but will be open for all Jewish communities living in Budapest and arriving in Budapest,” said Henriett Kiss, who led the renovation project.]]>
8/18/2019 2:46:18 PM
<![CDATA[China's Ninebot unveils scooters that drive themselves to charging stations]]>
Ninebot said Uber and Lyft, the ride-hailing giants that are expanding into scooter-sharing, would be among the customers for the new semi-autonomous vehicles that are expected to hit roads early next year.

Gao Lufeng, Ninebot chairman and chief executive, told Reuters in an interview that AI-driven scooters, controlled remotely from the cloud, could radically improve the economics of scooter-sharing.

“The pain point for scooter operators is to better maintain the scooters at a lower cost,” he said. Currently, operators of scooter sharing fleets have to collect the machines manually for re-charging.

Formed by the 2015 combination of China’s Ninebot and U.S. transportation pioneer Segway, the company has quietly become the largest supplier for scooter-sharing companies such as Bird and Lime.

“I believe scooters will replace bicycles as the prime solution for micro-mobility,” Gao said. “It’s human nature to save energy when commuting.”

The scooter-sharing fad was triggered two years ago with the launch of Bird in California. Venture-capital investors have since poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the sector, and fleets of electric-powered scooters now operate in cities across the U.S. and Europe.

Segway-Ninebot Group has applied to list its shares on the China’s new Nasdaq-style board for homegrown tech firms, the STAR Market. The company sold 1.6 million scooters in 2018, according to a prospectus filed in April.

Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for Lyft, said the company was always interested in seeing the latest innovations from potential partners like Ninebot. “But we haven’t yet made any commitments around this product,” she said in an e-mail.

Uber did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.

The new scooters will be priced at close to 10,000 yuan ($1,420), more than the company’s traditional scooters, which it sells to scooter companies for $100-$300.

The new machines will start road testing next month and will be largely commercialized in the first quarter of 2020.

The company also launched two self-driving delivery robots — one for outdoor delivery, the other for indoor services.

Ninebot said the unmanned delivery robots will initially serve the food delivery industry in China.

The company is in talks with food delivery operators, including Meituan Dianping and Alibaba Group’s Ele.me, to begin service by the first half of next year.

8/17/2019 12:45:40 PM
<![CDATA[Unprotected women breadwinners beating tough circumstances]]>
Egypt Today has met with a number of female breadwinners nationwide who were forced to work in hard circumstances to earn a living.

Suad is from Belbes in Sharkia governorate. She lives in a muddy house with her four children after being abandoned by her husband several years ago and being consequently left without income, she told Egypt Today.

Her day starts by taking her youngest child, 5, and placing her in the plastic basin (known in Arabic as tesht), where she puts the vegetables that she buys from the fields that are one-hour walk from her home.

Even in the days when I suffer from fatigue, I have to get up very early like a machine in order not to miss the pickup truck that I and some women farmers pile into, along with goods, for three hours to Cairo, she says.

Egypt Today has spotted some temporary or day rate female workers who come from different parts in Egypt, including Fayoum, Beni Suef, Giza and Beheira, and force themselves to work for over 18 hours, in competition with men, to earn a living.

Their day starts at 4 a.m.and ends at 12 a.m., when they return to rest to repeat the same tragedy the following day. They come out at dawn and walk for long distances in search for goods in the fields and markets, and struggle to grab a place in a pickup truck.

Egypt Today moved to a market in Giza and met with Om Rahma, a newly divorced mother from the village of Brenshet in the busy governorate. According to her, she had suffered during the past 7 years from domestic violence and had been forced to work to provide for her husband.

"I have been suffering throughout my marriage years. I had to work for long hours to provide for my husband, while he met everything I did with ingratitude, beat me and deprived me from my simplest rights including food," Om Rahma said.

She said she had to get out of the village everyday with her baby to catch the vehicle that transports her to a market in Giza known as Souk al-Talat.

“I once broke my hand after falling off the vehicle that carried me and some women and goods, while [the vehicle] was passing through the Giza crossing," she said, adding that her husband refused to pick her up from the police station where she stayed after the incident."After three days, he was not ashamed to force me to return to work again,” she added.

"I pray God stands by me until I die," Om Ahmed, 65, a widow and a mother of four children, said.Om Ahmed, who cannot move freely without help due to her illness and old age, still comes to the market "in order not for my children to need anything or borrow [money] from someone."

"In my youth, I was able to move from my residence in one of the areas in Giza to Nasser city in Helwan to work in a clothing factory for long hours," she said, adding that she left the job due to its very low salary (LE 300 - $19) and hard circumstances.

Om Ahmed said she turned to work and sell in the markets, and resided in Giza's Agouza market to be able to buy medicine for her sick husband before he died.

"I decided to go down again to meet the needs of my two daughters and their children after the first one's husband died, while the husband of the other is sick and executes some judicial rulings," she said.

The same motive was cited by Om Essam, who also has been selling vegetables to meet the needs of her children amid hard life conditions.

Om Essam said she started working after the death of her husband, who left her no money or government pension.

I shop, carry vegetables on the pickup truck initially from Rod al-Farag and currently from Souk al-Obour, she said.

"Nothing comes free of problems but a strong woman is not affected by anyone. I deal with the good and the bad [persons]."She said that many men now stay at home and force their wives to spend money on them.

Describing how fragile is the room she stays in, Om Ahmed said that the rain comes down on them every winter, adding that her husband's monthly salary is LE 90 ($5.4).

"Before selling vegetables, I had been working as a cook, but because of the surgery I underwent in my feet, and the other one I had in my stomach,I am no more able to stand on my feet, which forced me to look for an alternative."

"I collect grapes, potatoes, tomatoes or garlic, and get them transported by a pickup truck, along with the rest of the women," she said, adding that sometimes she fails to sell most of them and is threatened with imprisonment as she cannot pay traders and farmers back.

With eyes full of tears, Om Ahmed said she has been working from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. as she does not have a husband or a son to relieve her from this suffering.

"The day I buy vegetables, I have to get out of the room I live at 5 a.m.," she said.

Egypt Today also listened to a mother of four males and three girls, who she looks after. She said that women workers, especially daily rate breadwinners, are usually harassed in the streets

"When I was young, I used to get up and prepare food for my children, then leave them or take them with me to the markets where I sold vegetables at the lowest prices," Om Orabi said.

"Sometimes I had to go [out] on the day I gave birth," she said.

Naeema, a 35-year-old daily rate worker, has worked in collecting vegetables from a field for little money. Like Om Rahma, Naeema was forced by her husband to work for long hours that she cannot bear.

“Although I am young, I suffer from [high] blood pressure, diabetes and anemia because of how my selfish husband treats me. He stays home while I go out to work.”

"After all my suffering, he got married [again] despite our difficult circumstances, and despite living in a house [made] of wicker, and when I faced him, he said [he married] so that the second wife would help me make a living."

Muslim men are allowed to marry up to four wives in case they have a strong reason and can satisfy all their wives and treat them equally.

"I am ignorant and was married [when I was] a child and I have four children who have no one to provide for them. I do not have a job or a government pension that would support me and protect me from my husband's violence," said Naeema.

In Bulaq market, Om Taha, a mother of four sons, is forced to take several transportation means a day and is forced to wait for a long time with her goods.

"I struggle to earn a living and book a place in order for shop owners, who object to my work, to allow me to buy and sell," she said.

She added that she was once beaten by a shop owner because other traders left the remains of their goods in front of his shop.

"I cried of the severe pain and humiliation I encountered while struggling to earn a living for my children, but I returned the following day and I endured it."

Concerning the legal rights of such women, lawyer Reda al-Danbouqi, executive director of the Women's Center for Legal Awareness and Guidance, said that the Labor Law omitted that category, making them a marginalized group, contrary to Article 11 of the Constitution, which emphasized protecting working women.

Danbouqi revealed that 80 percent of daily rate workers in rural areas are women and children.

The main reason why women are forced to do such work is to provide income for their families suffering from poverty and illness due to the loss of the family's male breadwinner, either through divorce, death, imprisonment, marrying another woman or abandonment, Danbouqi said.

In the course of their work, they are injured, abused and sometimes harassed, he said, adding that many of them are exploited by their employers without any means to defend themselves.

Translated by Amr Mohamed Kandil]]>
8/15/2019 11:57:18 AM
<![CDATA[Massive steel sculpture takes pride of place on Belgian highway]]>
Designed by French conceptual artist Bernar Venet and called L’Arc Majeur, the huge sculpture was installed on Tuesday at Lavaux-Sainte-Anne, a small town along the busy 411 highway.

“Today we are installing, what everybody agrees to say, the biggest sculpture in the world,” said Venet. “But I hope the artistic meaning of this arch will be more important than its size.”

“The perception for the drivers is the most important. Because of the natural steel color after oxidation, it looks especially spectacular during sunset,” he said, calling the project the realization of a 35-year dream.

Venet had initially wanted to install the sculpture, made from 200 tonnes of steel and set in 2,800 tonnes of concrete, in France but ran into various obstacles and eventually found a home for it in Belgium.

“Two hundred meetings with French, and it didn’t work for so many years. One week of talks in Belgium, and it’s done,” said Venet, who was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2016.]]>
8/14/2019 1:53:32 PM
<![CDATA[Still feelin' groovy: Woodstock photo couple together after all these years]]>
But when a photographer snapped their picture early on that Sunday morning as they stood hugging each other while wrapped in a blanket, they unwittingly became part of pop culture history, ending up on the Woodstock festival album cover.

Nick and Bobbi are still together and still living near the farm at Bethel Woods, in New York’s Catskills mountains, where the three-day festival was held in 1969, on Aug. 15-18.

The couple, now 70, say they don’t remember the picture being taken nor much about what was happening around them that day on a muddy hillside strewn with sleepers huddled in blankets in the morning air.

“Just getting up in the morning, standing up, giving my girlfriend a hug,” Nick Ercoline recalled. “I don’t even remember the picture being taken honestly.”

Bobbi, who was wearing large sunglasses, said she barely remembered the moment at all. But when she looks at the picture now, “I feel calmness.”

“I feel that it’s like the birds waking up in the morning, and we’re just kind of ... sorting it out. We’re just waking up, looking for a nice hot cup of coffee, which there was none,” she told Reuters.

Nick and Bobbi had started dating about three months before the festival and decided to go on a whim after hearing about it on the radio while Nick was tending bar in Middletown, New York, about 35 miles (56 km) from Bethel.

“Water was intermittent, sketchy. Food was sold out Friday night. The weather was absolutely awful,” Bobbi said. “And 450,000 people gathered here and not one incident of violence. That’s pretty amazing. The world needs more Woodstock.”

It wasn’t until listening to the Woodstock triple album with friends that they realized they were the couple on the cover.

“We couldn’t believe it. We were just shaking our heads. By then we had been together for almost a year,” Nick said.

Nick and Bobbi married in August 1971 and went on to have two children. Bobbi worked as a school nurse and Nick became a union carpenter before retiring.

They are now volunteer guides at the Bethel Woods museum, part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts which owns the Woodstock festival site some 100 miles (160 km) from New York City.

Museum director Wade Lawrence said the photo of the couple, taken by Burk Uzzle, captured the spirit of the festival.

“It symbolizes that love and togetherness of the festival. ... We’re really lucky that Nick and Bobbi are still around to share their story with us,” Lawrence said.]]>
8/13/2019 11:15:20 AM
<![CDATA[Khartoum's Equestrian Club struggles amid Sudan upheaval]]>
But the club has had to cut back activities since popular unrest erupted in December and led to the fall of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April, dampening higher society life.

Horse races were halted and attendance at equestrian classes dwindled after protests broke out in the dusty streets of the capital on the Nile river, with the loss of scores of lives as security forces cracked down.

“The main problem is that people don’t have enough cash (for the club), they’re keeping it to live on, not to bring children to ride horses,” said Rafat Awad, the club’s treasurer.

“You see the situation in our country, people dying. You can’t just go and race. Some people are sad, some are angry, some still waging revolution, so we found it wasn’t right to stage competitions.”

The club was founded in 1908 under British colonial rule but betting on horse races ended in 1983 when sharia (Islamic law) took effect. Before being halted, horse races were run through sponsorships and some 200 horses are kept in the club’s stables.

There has been a modest resurgence of visitors to the club in recent weeks as violence has eased following a political transition deal between the temporary ruling military council and opposition leaders.

Around two dozen people, including children, come for riding classes in the evenings, after the searing daytime heat eases, often watched by their families.

Lessons are offered daily except Friday, the Muslim holy day, for 1,400 Sudanese pounds (nearly $20) a month - a sum beyond the means of most Sudanese, let alone the cost of buying and keeping a horse at the club.

Some female club members describe how they’ve had to overcome a disapproval of women participating in sport that is common in strictly Islamic Sudan.

“If your family members are interested, it’s easier than if you start on your own,” said Einas, 18, who has been riding for one year. Her father has race horses and has won competitions. She said that in Sudan, however, racing was mainly a man’s sport while women often practiced show-jumping.

Twenty-four-year-old Sagda, a club member who had been riding for 11 years, said: “My mum brought me here, my family don’t mind that I’m a woman riding.

“It can be a bit hard - some people disapprove at how we are dressed,” she added, referring to tight-fitting equestrian garb.]]>
8/12/2019 11:43:44 AM
<![CDATA[Will people obey gov't, stop slaughtering in streets? ]]>
Al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage) to the holy city of Mecca.

For many years, the Egyptian government has encouraged people to slaughter the cattle inside the slaughterhouses by enabling free slaughter services.

It has also warned that those who slaughter their cattle in the streets will pay a fine that varies from one year to another and from one governorate to another.

However, the government’s attempts to regulate slaughtering cattle in Al-Adha have always failed. Once Eid prayers end in the early morning of the first day of Eid, Muslims rush to butchers, stand in circles around the cattle. In few minutes, blood starts to run down the streets.

The government argued that such an action pollutes the environment and helps spreading diseases to the slaughtered cattle’s meat. In addition, cattle are not checked by vets just before they are slaughtered.

Islam is a religion of civilization, cleanliness, and beauty; this religion never called for an action that would hurt other people and harm public interest, Magdy Ashour, an adviser to the Grand Mufti said ahead of last Adha.

Ashour added that slaughtering cattle in the public streets during Eid is a sin as it hurts people. He also affirmed that the Quran and sayings of Prophet Muhammad warned against hurting others.

Egypt Today could explore the reasons why people do not obey the government’s regulations and insist to slaughter their cattle in the streets.

Mostafa Abu Kholba, a citizen from Menoufia, told Egypt Today that he did not know that there are slaughterhouses supervised by the Agriculture Ministry, criticizing that the government did not launch enough awareness campaigns on the matter.

He said that the government’s slaughterhouses would likely be so crowded. He added that his family members would like to witness the sacrifice, affirming that it is extremely hard for him to take them to the government’s slaughterhouse.

Ali al-Gebally, a citizen living in Cairo, told Egypt Today that he does not mind to hand his cattle to one of the government’s slaughterhouses. He also complained that the private butchers take a lot of money to slaughter and skin cows. Butchers may take up to LE 2,000 ($112), according to Gebali.

He also argued that the government’s slaughterhouses may be too busy to skin and cut the cow, adding that they would probably only slaughter the cow. He also claimed that many beggars stay outside the slaughterhouses, adding that he does not like to donate meat to those he does not know.

Cairo governorate warned against the slaughter of Eid Al-Adha sacrifices in the streets of the capital, in order to preserve the cleanliness of the streets and the aesthetic appearance, stressing that those who violate the law will pay a fine of LE 5,000 ($302).

In an interview with Egypt Today ahead of last Adha, MP Ebrahim Khalif said that the fine is imposed on violators on all days except the first three days of Eid Al-Adha, adding that punishing violators will disappoint people and spoil the happiness of Eid.

For his part, Parliamentarian Mohamed al-Damti said earlier that the government’s decision to ban slaughtering in the streets in Eid Al-Adha is inapplicable in view of the difficulty of censorship, adding that the decision requires awareness campaigns as it is included under the category of community behavior.

MP Mohamed Salah Abu Humalia affirmed that this decision is difficult to implement, noting that if officials control main streets, they will not be able to reach the lanes.

Yehia Kortam, a member of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce, said that the government’s slaughterhouses in Cairo and Giza for example cannot receive all the cattle that need to be slaughtered during Eid Al-Adha.

He asserted that Cairo has four slaughterhouses in Helwan, Basaten, and Mo’asasat Al-Zakah.

On the other hand, Souhag governorate is known for its 27 slaughterhouses although the area of the governorate is half that of Cairo.

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Adha every year, honoring the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim to God when Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his son Ismail. God provided Ibrahim with a ram to sacrifice instead just before Ibrahim sacrificed his son.

In Islam, the sacrificed animal during Al-Adha is divided into parts, in order for the animal’s owner to be able to give a share of the meat to the needy people. ]]>
8/10/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Galaxy Watch Active2: Designed to Help Balance Wellness with Upgraded Connectivity]]>
The Galaxy Watch Active2 lets users live better through small, yet meaningful, daily changes—from reaching wellness goals such as sleep, fitness, and stress management to completing tasks efficiently. Whether you want to take time to meditate, be notified of every update, or fall somewhere in between, Galaxy Watch Active2 complements your lifestyle and delivers on what makes a difference—all while looking sleek and stylish in the process.


“The smartwatch market is rapidly growing, and we at Samsung are excited to continually expand our presence in new and visionary ways,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “With Galaxy Watch Active2, we have created a device that will enable consumers to take control of their health and wellness, and seamlessly flow between their devices and connect across the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem, making their lives easier and better.”

Purposeful Design, Customized to Your Life
The Galaxy Watch Active2 is masterfully designed to be both beautiful and customizable to your life. The Galaxy Watch Active2 comes in two different sizes—44mm and 40mm in diameter—and two styles: lightweight aluminum with a casual Fluoroelastomer (FKM) Band, and premium solid stainless steel with a leather strap. The smartwatches can be personalized with a range of additional stylish strap and watch-face options.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 features a brand new upgrade to our signature rotating bezel—and turns it digital to make it even more convenient to navigate while maximizing the screen size. Now directly on the beautifully curved Super AMOLED screen, the rotating touch bezel turns both clockwise and counter-clockwise to advance screens so you can easily select favorite apps. Plus, the upgraded One UI offers a simple, clear and natural user experience for navigation.

And for those users who want a watch as stylish as they are, you can now customize your Galaxy Watch Active2 face to your outfit with the My Style color extraction algorithm. Available in the Galaxy Wearable app, simply take a photo of your outfit, choose from five different color patterns, and your watch face changes in seconds. You can match your personal style each and every day—or save a favorite style for later.

The Perfect Companion for Your Wellness Goals
The Galaxy Watch Active2 also serves as your guide to improved health and wellness, providing actionable insights that can help you make positive lifestyle choices in your diet, exercise, mental health, sleep and more.

With exercise, for example, the smartwatch can manually track more than 39 workouts with seven of them automatically activated—including running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing machine, elliptical machine and dynamic workouts. With an updated Running Coach, you can monitor your running pace in real-time and enjoy seven different running programs to help meet your goals. The Galaxy Watch Active2 even incorporates innovative new health sensors on the back, which take in readings faster, so you know you’re getting insights quickly to maximize your fitness routine and stay on track.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 also helps you track real-time stress levels through Samsung Health, our signature and popular health and wellness app . It also provides access to guided meditation programs through an integration with the leading sleep and meditation app, Calm, now available in English, German and Spanish. And enhanced sleep analysis algorithms help you work toward healthy sleep patterns (through the four sleep stages), aiding recovery at night and getting you ready for the next day.


Seamlessly Expand Your Connected Lifestyle, Better with Galaxy family
The Galaxy Watch Active2 makes it easy to stay connected to your life, and your other devices, even while you’re away or on-the-go. The Galaxy Watch Active2 with LTE connectivity allows you to make and receive calls freely from the watch, while apps like social media viewers are accessible with just a tap of the finger, and offer more interaction with your content. Now you can like a social post, and even watch a short video clip right from your wrist. You can even travel across the globe with greater confidence, as Galaxy Watch Active2 now supports convenient real-time voice and text translation in over 16 languages.

Another way we’re making it even easier to stay connected is through our partnership with Spotify . Sign into your Samsung account with single sign-on from your phone or Galaxy Watch Active2, and easily browse through your music, podcasts on Spotify and enjoy a continuous listening experience. The Galaxy Watch Active2 brings you seamless device interaction experiences, and makes access to music, podcasts and multimedia access even easier.

Integral Part of the Galaxy Ecosystem
As part of the Galaxy family, the Galaxy Watch Active2 brings the best of Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem to the smartwatch for those who want to do it all. When the Galaxy Watch Active2 is paired to your Galaxy smartphone,, for example, the Watch Camera Controller on the Galaxy Watch Active2 allows you to take photos, start recording a video, preview footage on the watch, switch between front and rear lenses, set a timer and then check the final photo or video — all from your wrist. You can also use Wireless PowerShare on your Galaxy smartphone to charge your smartwatch in an easy and intuitive way.

Plus, all the Samsung services you get with Galaxy ecosystem—like Samsung Health, SmartThings, Samsung Pay, and more—are seamlessly integrated with your watch and across your devices. You can use, for example, Bixby to navigate your watch, start a workout or check the weather. And of course, everything you do on your watch is protected by Knox technology.

8/8/2019 9:47:00 PM
<![CDATA[Yanni in Egypt before 5000 fans at Mountain View Ras El Hikma]]>
The award-winning composer expressed his happiness and appreciation of the warm welcome he received upon arriving,referring to this trip as a visit to his second home Egypt; especially after his successful concert at the Pyramids in 2015, which he named “The Dream Concert”.Yanni said that he chose Mountain View Ras El Hikma in particular to be an important stop in his world tour due to its importance as a global touristic destination.

This event was recognized as the biggest seated event in the history of Egypt; with an audience of 5000 guests witnessing the global artist perform on the beach in one of the unmatched spots of the North Coast at the Greek islands of Mountain View.

The concert did not only receive a huge audience, but also hosted a unique attendance of high-profile guests including Khaled Anan Minister of Antiquities, GhadaWali Minister of Social Solidarity, Enas Abdel Dayem Minister of Culture, and Nabila Makram Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs. Additionally, celebrities including Ahmed Fahmy, Boushra, Ahmed Hatem, HeshamKharma and GehanAbdallah were among the attendees.


The Greek rooted international musician stunned the crowd with an exceptional performance, as he introduced his most celebrated compositions including “Nostalgia,” “The Rain Must Fall,” “World Dance,” among others in a two-hour performance where he was accompanied by 15 musicians.


The concert attracted global attention due to its top-notch standards and diverse audience. It has also showcased Egypt’s capabilities of hosting and organizing international events as one of the most prominent destinations in the Middle East and the world due to its unique assets.

AmrSoliman, CEO of Mountain View stated that this concert is a continuation to Mountain View’s firm belief in supporting the Egyptian tourism sector and encouraging the export of real estate with an event suitable for foreign guests.

Soliman further stated that the concert is a continuation to their commitment to not only develop units, but rather create communities with a certain lifestyle that they strive to maintain.

Moreover, Ras El Hikma is soon to witness an addition to its unique summer compounds, with Mountain View poised to launch the "Rhodes Island" on an area of 50 acres. Mountain View’s Rhodes is to showcase its distinctive Greekarchitectural design conveying Greek atmosphere to its residents.














8/8/2019 1:44:10 PM
<![CDATA[Samsung unveils Galaxy Note10 Smartphones for first time ever in two sizes]]>
The Galaxy Note10 opens up the Note to users who want the power of the S Pen and ultimate productivity in a compact form factor, packing a 6.3-inch Cinematic Infinity Display into the most compact Note yet. The Galaxy Note10+ features the biggest Note display ever with a 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity Display on a device that’s still easy to hold and easy to use.



The Galaxy Note10 features the award-winning Dynamic AMOLED display. With HDR10+ certification and Dynamic Tone Mapping, photos and videos are brighter than previous Note devices, and feature a stunning, wide color range.

It’s all unpacked! Samsung revealed not one, but two versions of its flagship Galaxy Note 10 smartphone: Note 10 and Note 10 Plus; the most powerful Galaxy Note suite of productivity and creativity tools with enhanced S Pen, super fast charging and pro-grade camera.


8/8/2019 1:27:13 AM
<![CDATA[Mazeej Hotel is the first architectural feature of its kind in the North Coast]]>
Located on an area of 4,000sqm in Hacienda White, Mazeej Hotel provides a variety of amenities and facilities including 38 rooms, 4 suites, a private lagoon, and gourmet restaurants.

Palm Hills Developments Chairman, Yaseen Mansour states, “Our diverse portfolio is one of the unique strengths of Palm Hills Developments and is what makes us Egypt’s premier real estate company. With the latest addition of Mazeej Hotel, we have expanded to new industries while retaining our notorious standard of implementation.” He added, “As with all our projects, Palm Hills Developments guarantees the luxury and safety of Mazeej Hotel.”

Palm Hills Developments has 15 completed projects across Cairo and the Red Sea with each development fulfilling the company’s adherence to international standards, cementing its excellent reputation as the leading real estate developer in the Egyptian market committed to creating positive customer experiences.

8/7/2019 2:51:38 PM
<![CDATA[Now streaming: DOLLAR, the latest Middle Eastern Original from Netflix ]]>
It all starts when advertising mastermind, Tarek (Adel Karam), is tasked with coming up with a million dollar idea for the launch of a new bank in Lebanon. He says he’s got it, but will only share his idea with the CEO. Something’s off, and the bank’s hard-hitting young CFO, Zeina (Amal Bouchoucha), can sense it. But can she put the pieces of the puzzle together before things get out of hand?

DOLLAR set in modern day Lebanon, is a true Middle Eastern production with an entire Arab cast and directed by renowned Syrian director, Samer Berkawi, produced by Cedars Art Production - Sabbah Brothers, and written by HishamHilal.
8/7/2019 12:38:18 PM
<![CDATA[In Lebanon, a monastery brings together Christians scattered by war]]>
The 1975-90 civil war may be over in Lebanon but conflicts in nearby countries like Iraq and Syria have devastated entire communities where Christians once lived alongside Muslims. That has triggered an exodus among people of both faiths, especially among minority sects - like Botros’ Syriac Orthodox community whose roots are in early Christianity.

The monastery, which is nestled in a remote valley in the northern Lebanese mountains and dates from the fourth century, is a meeting place for Christians who have fled conflict.

“It is the war that did this to us. It is the wars that continue to leave behind destruction and force people to leave,” said Botros, visiting the monastery as part of a gathering of his community’s scout group - their first in the region since the 1950s.

The scout group’s roughly 150 members include people living in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and further afield. Lebanon was the only country where they could all meet easily and safely, Botros said.

In Iraq, years of conflict, most recently with Islamic State, erased much of the Christian heritage in ancient cities like Mosul and Sinjar in the north. In Syria’s civil war, some of the oldest churches in Aleppo, Homs and other cities were damaged.

Botros, now 65, is about to retire in Sweden where he made his home years ago. He is father and grandfather to children who know Lebanon only through photos.

“I would like them to visit so that when I pass, there is something to pull them back,” he said.

On Sundays and public holidays, the monastery’s small church, with the bell tower and facade, etched into the cliffs is full of people huddled in the pews or standing at the back of the vaulted interior.

Its patron is Saint Anthony, a monk who is believed to have lived in rural Egypt in the fourth or fifth century.

“This place has always been a shrine...we don’t even know when it started. Even when there was no development...people still came,” said Father Fadi Imad, the priest who gives sermons.

Qozhaya lies within a valley known as the Valley of Saints, or Qannoubine in ancient Syriac, part of a wider valley network called Qadisha that has a long history as a refuge for monks. At one time, Qadisha was home to hundreds of hermitages, churches, caves and monasteries. The monastery of Saint Anthony is the last surviving one.

It was an early home for Lebanon’s Christian Maronites, the first followers of the Roman Catholic church in the East.

The Maronites and sometimes the Druze, a Muslim sect, sought the sanctuary of the mountains away from the political and religious dynasties of the times with whom they did not always agree, Father Imad said.

“The inhabitants of this mountain...and they were not only Christians, came here because they were persecuted and weak,” he said.

“Qozhaya holds in its heart 1,600 years of history and it doesn’t belong to anyone, church or faith, ... it belongs to the homeland,” he said.

The monastery is surrounded by forests of pine and cedar and orchards that can only be reached via a narrow, winding road.

Its grounds include a cave where visitors light candles, a museum housing the Middle East’s oldest printing press in ancient Syriac and halls for resident priests.

Visitors nowadays include foreign and Arab tourists and local residents including Muslims who sometimes come to ask for a blessing.

Father Imad said the monastery was the safest it had been in its history despite being surrounded by countries at war or suffering its aftermath.

“No one is telling us that they are coming to kill us anymore ... at least in Lebanon,” he said.

Before he left, Botros and his fellows stood for a final photo outside the building with the valley behind. With their flags and scarves around their necks, they smiled and cheered as the bells rang.

“What I have seen today I will never forget for as long as I live,” Botros said.

“No matter how long it takes, the son always returns to the mother.”]]>
8/6/2019 12:50:25 PM
<![CDATA[How to Watch Samsung's Unpacked Event This Week]]>
The Unpacked Event will be hosted in New York where the new Galaxy device will be announced at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It's the same place the Galaxy Note 9 was launched last year.

Samsung's launch of the newGalaxy will be the highlight of the day, with tech geeks and smartphone fans around the world glued to their TVs or devices to tune it to the Unpacked Event.

If you weren’t invited to the company’s event in New York for the big reveal, you can catch all the action online.

Samsung will be live streaming the entire announcement, which kicks off at 10:00 PM Cairo Local Time on Wednesday August 7th, on its website here.

A teaser video has been released on the official Samsung Youtube Platform that shows off an all-new S Pen stylus revolving around a single camera lens -- depicting an exclamation point and hinting at the Infinity-O Display panel sporting on the new Galaxy phone.

If you’re a Samsung fan, tune in this Wednesday to see what of those rumors, if any become a reality. Egypt Today will keep you posted with all the live updates of the global event.
8/5/2019 2:48:17 PM
<![CDATA[Laughter in dark places at most international Edinburgh Festival yet]]>
Then, the scars of World War II were still healing. Now the globe faces grave new threats in the form of climate change and a divisive wave of political populism.

Scottish comic and fringe performer Mark Nelson is tackling Britain’s experience of polarized views in “Brexit Wounds”, his take on the island’s chaotic departure from the European Union.

As a subject for comedy he considers Boris Johnson too good to be true, labeling Britain’s Prime Minister - along with U.S. President Donald Trump - as “almost beyond satire.”

“They make so many gaffes themselves, anything they do is almost funnier than anything you can come up with,” he said.

Nelson’s solution so far has been to let his daughter Isla deliver the killer lines in “News at Three,” a reference to the age she made her debut. It’s an online sensation, scoring more than 140 million views to date.

Now six, Isla has “retired” to go to school. Of Johnson, she said: “He couldn’t do one of my jigsaws”.

While the festival’s aim to boost morale through culture has been a constant, its structure has radically changed over the decades.

In 1947 only eight theater groups turned up uninvited, beginning the original fringe.

Now fringe shows numerically dwarf the official festival and comedy is the biggest category, accounting for 37% of well over 3,000 shows. Theater is second at 27%.

Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society chief executive, said this year’s events feature work from a record 63 countries and will “challenge perceptions, stimulate conversation, entertain, make you laugh, make you cry and inspire you”.

As British comics tour the globe and stand-ups from far-flung places head to Edinburgh, the appeal is truly international, with the rise of women comics helping to generate a more personal humor.

British opera singer-turned-cabaret-artist Melinda Hughes in “Off the Scale” also sends up politics, as well as fretting about climate change and exploring the deeply painful.

After her mother’s death this year, she finds catharsis in a song inspired by a difficult decision to block her mother from her Twitter feed because she considered her views unpalatable.

Another artist who stretches the boundaries of when we’re allowed to laugh is Daniel Sloss.

Brought up in nearby Fife, he has shot to fame with Netflix shows streamed in 190 countries.

He takes responsibility, he says, for 110 divorces and 40,000 break-ups because of a sketch that’s high-risk for anyone in a fragile relationship.

Finding laughter in dark places is a skill Sloss developed as a child after the death of his younger sister.

“It was when I realized how important laughter was,” he said.

8/5/2019 12:37:57 PM
<![CDATA[French 'Flying Man' crosses Channel on jet-powered hoverboard]]>
After a previous bid in July that ended with him falling into the sea, Zapata took off from Sangatte, just outside Calais in France at about 0617 GMT, on a little platform powered by five small jet engines and carrying kerosene in a backpack.

Flanked by three helicopters, he reached Britain after a stop on a boat halfway through the 35-km crossing to refuel, waving to onlookers before landing safely in Saint Margaret’s Bay, close to Dover on Britain’s southern coast.

“For the last five to six kilometers I just really enjoyed it,” Zapata told reporters on arrival. “Whether this is a historic event or not, I’m not the one to decide that, time will tell.”

“We made a machine three years ago...and now we’ve crossed the Channel, it’s crazy,” he said, before breaking into tears.

Dozens of people came to cheer on Zapata at take-off and a few residents and tourists gathered to watch the Frenchman land.

“I really didn’t think he would make it but I was hoping,” resident Helen Reed said in Saint Margaret’s Bay. “Just to see him in the distance with my little binoculars, it was just amazing.”

Zapata, who wowed crowds during France’s Bastille Day celebrations on July 14 by soaring over a military parade in Paris on the device, said on arrival that the hoverboard had reached speeds of 160 to 170 km per hour during the crossing.

The inventor had received a 1.3 million euro grant from the French army in late 2018 to help finance the development of the hoverboard.

Britain’s Royal Navy has also shown interest in similar inventions, and said on July 30 it had carried out a successful test over water with “rocket man” Richard Browning, who hovered between vessels wearing a jet-powered body suit.

Zapata’s biggest challenge was refueling with another backpack, which required landing on a platform mounted on a boat.

On his first attempt, he was knocked off balance in the process and fell, and he used a bigger boat and platform this time.

He said on arrival it was not yet clear what the hoverboard might be used for, adding that it was a complex craft that the average person was unlikely to be able to navigate.

“It’s not a machine for trip down to the bakery on a Sunday morning,” Zapata told France’s BFM TV in an interview. He said he was also working on a flying car.

8/4/2019 1:00:13 PM
<![CDATA[Jumia celebrates 7 years of success In Egypt]]>
“We have experienced a gradual influx of customers as well as a huge increase in the numbers of Jumia’s App download. We have also succeeded in building bridges of trust with our customers in Egypt, and we continue striving to do the best in providing better services to new and existing customers at competitive prices and high quality,” noted Hisham Safwat, Jumia Egypt’s CEO.

Describing the success of the company since its establishment in Egypt as extraordinary, Safwat remarked that Jumia is seeking to expand its payment methods, reduce the burden on the customers, and offer safe and comfortable online shopping experience.

The event was presented by the Radio Presenter Khaled Eleish, with a number of celebrities such as the Egyptian singer Mahmoud El Leithy and Sharmoofers band performing.

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The event also saw the official launch of ae partnership strategy between KONKA and Jumia. The partnership aims to combine Jumia’s platform and KONKA’s technology, to deliver the best products and prices to the customers in Africa.

KONKA has been part of the African market for more than 5 years. In the future, Egypt will be considered as a starting point to increase sales and brand’s market share by taking advantage of the free trade agreement “Gomasa” and the free trade area of the Arab Union, to increase the volume of business in Africa and the Middle East.

Jumia aims to facilitate the online shopping and purchasing capabilities of Egyptians, which contributes to the growth of e-commerce in the country compared to traditional retail. This will also offer customers more opportunities to choose and compare between products and prices. Jumia further aims to provide easy delivery of products, anywhere in Egypt, to support the promotional and marketing plans for Egyptian products.

About Jumia Group

Jumia is the leading pan-African e-commerce platform, present across 14 countries in Africa. Its mission is to improve the quality of everyday life in Africa by leveraging technology to deliver innovative, convenient and affordable online services to consumers while helping businesses grow as they use Jumia’s platform to better reach and serve consumers.

The Jumia platform consists of a marketplace, which connects sellers with consumers, a logistics service, which enables the shipment and delivery of packages from sellers to consumers, and a payment service, which facilitates transactions among participants active on the Jumia platform in selected markets. On the marketplace, more than 80,000 sellers offer a broad range of goods and on-demand services.

Jumia Logistics facilitates the delivery of goods in a convenient and reliable way, leveraging an extensive network of third-party logistics service providers, seamlessly integrated through the Jumia proprietary technology platform.

JumiaPay offers a safe and easy solution to facilitate online transactions on the Jumia platform, with the intention of integrating additional financial services in the future.

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8/3/2019 11:43:00 AM
<![CDATA[OPPO unveils Reno 10x Zoom with Pivot Rising Camera]]>
The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is stunningly designed, with notch-free full view OLED displays, a breakthrough side-swing, pop-up selfie camera, and powerful hardware capabilities.

On this occasion, Andy Shi, OPPO President Middle East and Africa said: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of Reno 10x Zoom in the Egyptian market. Reno 10x Zoom phone represents the evolution of OPPO; it features a brand-new design concept, philosophy, and communication model.”

Shi added “Reno 10x Zoom is designed with new standards for mobile innovation, this smartphone is set to meet the distinctive needs of youth who want to make waves, for the dream-chasers and the trendsetters who value style, innovation, and premium functionality”.

Jo Xu, Marketing Director at OPPO Egypt added: “We perceive the launch of Reno 10x Zoom in Egypt as a sign of our commitment and our constant support to the Egyptian market, as one of our key markets in the region”.

"We are proud of our products and its ability to empower Egyptian youth through advanced technologies, and we will always continue to develop our technology, because our primary goal in Egypt is to satisfy the customer and provide high quality phones. We always seek to support young people in their most important moments for them through marketing campaigns. " Xu concluded.

Enhanced Photography with 10x Hybrid Zoom

With Reno, OPPO has expressed its belief that an exceptional camera should be able to help users express themselves through photography, enabling them to clearly record every precious moment in life. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom goes above and beyond with a tri-lens full-focal length capability, including a 48MP HD primary lens, a 13MP telephoto lens, and an 8MP wide angle lens.

These cameras work together to achieve a full-focal-length coverage of 16mm-160mm, thus offering 10x hybrid zoom. The primary lens of the Reno 10x Zoom employs optical image stabilization (OIS) and a closed-loop focusing motor, as well as three different focus modes so you don’t miss any special moments. The ultra-wide-angle camera of the Reno 10x Zoom offers users a 120° wide angle camera, which makes it easier to capture a wider range and multi-person portrait.

The new Reno 10x Zoom makes taking night shots incredibly easy with professional-grade quality. The Ultra Night Mode 2.0 function allows users to capture sharp pictures and vivid colors at any time. With Ultra Night Mode 2.0, Reno 10x Zoom processes faces and backgrounds separately to offer optimized skin-tone effects to present a more realistic picture. The Reno 10x Zoom also supports 4K UHD video recording at 60fps, equipped with optical image stabilization and the latest electronic image stabilization.

Pivot Rising Selfie Camera

A stand-out feature in the design of Reno 10x Zoom is its unique 16MP front-facing camera that uses a Pivot Rising Structure to pop up on demand. This motorized Pivot Rising Structure has passed strict quality testing standards and can be used for more than 200,000 times without fail. Even if average users use it roughly 100 times per day, it can maintain over five years of usage. Furthermore, OPPO designed a drop protection mechanism whereby the phone can sense in real time if the phone is in free-fall, and automatically retract the camera to prevent damage.

Elegant Design with Panoramic Full Screen
Reno 10x Zoom carries this mantra into reality, taking into account OPPO’s aesthetic journey to be inspired by industrial design while integrating symmetry and balanced beauty. Available in two color grades, Ocean Green and Jet Black, Reno 10x Zoom features a matted texture on the layer beneath its glass façade, delivering a more delicate touch without compromising on the vitality of color.

The Reno 10x Zoom also features a 6.6-inch notch-less panoramic screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Visually, the ultra-slim bezel provides stunning visuals, and you will literally feel as if the screen is floating off the body of the phone. The bezels on both sides are only 1.63mm, of which the lower bezel is only 3.5mm. The notch-less full screen achieves a stunning 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, with no ports and no interference.

High-End Hardware for Powerful Performance

The Reno 10x Zoom is equipped with the new VOOC 3.0 fast-charging feature. It complements an already large 4,065mAh battery. VOOC 3.0, the low-voltage fast charging solution also enables charging while playing games, without excess heat, and with no limits on performance.

Consumers will also enjoy a Snapdragon 855 chipset, with LPDDR4x Standard Memory and UFS 2.1 Flash storage, all of which contribute to an outstanding user experience.

Gaming Optimization

When playing games with Reno 10x Zoom, the hardware configuration plus excellent software optimization enables users to enjoy an even smoother gaming experience.

Reno's 10x Zoom gaming performance is no mere boast. It includes a system-level optimization solution, Hyper Boost, independently developed by OPPO, which includes three modules: Game Boost, System Boost, and App Boost, which bring significant performance improvements in terms of the game experience, system speed, and App opening speed, respectively. The series is also the world's first mobile phone to obtain TÜV’s High-Performance Certification for Games. OPPO has cooperated with TÜV Rheinland's core technology testing departments to fully evaluate the comprehensive gaming experience of mobile phones and passed 55 items in 31 test categories covering four dimensions: communication, endurance, screen, and system. These professional use tests align with users' real-life habits and work to fully evaluate a mobile phone's comprehensive gaming experience.

Moreover, the Reno 10x Zoom uses a combination of Thermal Gel, a Graphite Sheet, Copper Pipe Liquid Cooling, and a Tri-cooling Control to effectively manage the temperature of the smartphone and combat any overheating.

Market Availability Information

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom in an 8GB RAM + 256GB storage version will be priced at EGP 15,990 and will be available in stores from the 29th of July 2019

7/31/2019 11:18:33 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei announces H1 2019 Revenue: 23.2% YoY Growth]]>
According to Huawei's Chairman, Liang Hua, operations are smooth and the organization is as sound as ever. With effective management and an excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei's business has remained robust in the first half of 2019.

In Huawei's consumer business, H1 sales revenue hit CNY220.8 billion. Huawei's smartphone shipments (including Honor phones) reached 118 million units, up 24% YoY. The company also saw rapid growth in its shipments of tablets, PCs, and wearables.

Huawei is beginning to scale its device ecosystem to deliver a more seamless intelligent experience across all major user scenarios. To date, the Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem has more than 800,000 registered developers, and 500 million users worldwide.

"Revenue grew fast up through May," said Liang. "Given the foundation we laid in the first half of the year, we continue to see growth even after we were added to the entity list. That's not to say we don't have difficulties ahead. We do, and they may affect the pace of our growth in the short term."

He added, "But we will stay the course. We are fully confident in what the future holds, and we will continue investing as planned – including a total of CNY120 billion in R&D this year. We'll get through these challenges, and we're confident that Huawei will enter a new stage of growth after the worst of this is behind us."
7/31/2019 11:16:36 AM
<![CDATA[In Belgium, horses pull shrimp nets in tradition unchanged for 600 years]]>
The method makes use of the horse’s strength to pull a fishing net through the shallow waters of Oostduinkerke, a natural habitat to grey shrimp (Crangon crangon), just before and after low tide.

While centuries ago it was also used in northern France, the Netherlands and the south of England, now only 15 Belgian fisherman in the village use the UNESCO-recognized method several times a week, drawing tourists from all over the world.

The fishermen say, however, that each year they pull more and more plastic waste out of the water.

“We see that the population of shrimps is going down every year. We catch a lot of plastic these days. Little plastic pieces, wraps, bottles are common things to see in the net,” said Katrien Terryn, whose boyfriend Dominique Vandendriessche has fished for 20 years.

“I think we are at the point where the pollution and plastic in the ocean will become a bigger problem. We will see the consequences more and more in upcoming years.”

Fishermen separate shrimps at the beach by hand and take out only the big shrimps, returning the smaller ones to the sea.]]>
7/30/2019 1:07:46 PM
<![CDATA[Christina Lèon launches new summer collection: All My Knowledge]]>
That’s how Christina Léon, the uprising fashion designer replied when she was asked to describe her new collection “All My Knowledge”. Christina said she was inspired by school subjects like, art, music, sports, geography, and others.

In collaboration with Maison 69 store, Léon launched her second collection and held her first fashion event, with the attendance of an elite of lifestyle media representatives and influencers.

The summer19 collection “All My Knowledge” featured exquisite designs and beautiful summery colors such as; White, pastel yellow, pastel mauve, light green, dark green, purple, sky blue, dark blue and transparent yellow and green, to emphasize the expression of young spirit and free minds, Léon used unique fabrics such as; Organza, denim, Alta-Moda, cotton, Kettan, plastic, silk chiffon.

Speaking about her latest collection, Léon said “I love my work, I enjoy every moment I spend on designing new garments. All My Knowledge was the output of my love for colors and fashion trends, as well as how young and free we used to be when we were carefree children playing and enjoying life.

“All My Knowledge” will be available online through @chl_maisonleon

Léon launched her first collection Nature-Wild winter 2018, that she said about “My main source of inspiration is the nature, everything around and unique rare fabrics.

Christina is the founder of Christina Léon Atelier, for Soiree dresses, located in Cairo, CHL | Maison Léon ready to wear brand, and 2019 will be the start of bridal dresses line, and lots of dreams are coming the way.

"Studied the art direction, Fine Arts -2017, and then I was able to achieve the beginning of my dream by opening my own Atelier in Cairo to design and execute dresses and evening wear." Said Christina.

Léon started working on designing since 2015 by participating in Fashion Clash, working for lots of fashion shows and festivals as CFF, can survive fashion show, and some of the theater performances such as 'Charlie and the chocolate factory'.



7/29/2019 12:46:03 PM
<![CDATA[Meghan guest edits British Vogue, features 'Forces for Change' women]]>
The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth to her first child in May, spent seven months working with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful on the issue.

The former actress, 37, said in a statement she had sought to steer the focus of the September issue - usually the year’s most read - to “the values, causes and people making impact in the world today”.

The cover of the magazine, which will be available on Aug. 2, features names like teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, boxer Ramla Ali and actress and women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault.

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, and model and former refugee Adut Akech are among others featured in a list that also includes mental health and diversity campaigners.

“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light,” Meghan said in the statement.

“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages.”

The issue also features a “candid conversation” between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, and an interview with veteran primatologist Jane Goodall.]]>
7/29/2019 12:31:53 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI leaps 11 spots on 2019 fortune 500 list]]>
The Fortune 500 list ranks companies according to their revenue and profit, focusing on the size of the companies compared with other lists. The Fortune 500 rankings have become an important indicator that renowned companies use to measure their own strengths, size and international competitiveness, a parameter of global economy that transcends beyond borders, nationality and cultural differences.

Huawei’s elevated ranking is well-earned, having demonstrated a 22% increase in revenue and a 27.5% change in profits year-over-year. And yet, Huawei’s prowess goes far beyond profitability.

“Our continued elevation in the Fortune 500 list rankings is yet another notable marker of success for the company in 2019,” said RichardYu, CEOof HuaweiConsumerBusinessGroup. “Our dedication to delivering the latest technologies to our customers, with a sharp focus on innovation through commitment to investing in R&D has enabled us to continue to enjoy record success.”

Earlier this year,Huawei ranked 47th on BrandZ’s annual Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands, in large part due to ground-breaking product innovations such as the HUAWEI P30 smartphone’s advanced camera system, the unprecedented technological innovations baked into the HUAWEI Mate X handset as well as the highlight anticipated Mate 20 X (5G).

About Huawei Consumer BG
Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
7/27/2019 11:51:57 AM
<![CDATA[Some 70 camels to participate at 2nd Crown Prince Festival in August]]>
Abul Nada said that the camels come from all Egyptian governments, adding that the federation have carefully chosen them from about 1000 camel, all of which are strongly qualified to participate in any race inside and outside Egypt.

Abul Nada expressed his pride that the Egyptian camels will be participating in one of the most important camel racing events in the world. The camels will be accompanied by their owners and trainers along with the members of the Egyptian Federation of Camels, headed by Eid Hamdan al-Muzaini.

The race will be held under the patronage of HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, deputy prime minister and Saudi minister of defense.

In the same context, Deputy of President of the Egyptian federation Hamad Shoeb said in a statement that Egyptian poets will participate at the festival for the first time.

The first festival was launched in 2018 for more than 30 days in August and September with the participation of business leaders, politicians and camel enthusiasts. The festival's aim is to showcase and boost the camel racing heritage of the Kingdom and Arab countries.

The camel is known for its strength, endurance and ability to cross more than 100 miles of desert without water. Camels have traditionally been an important feature of life in the Arabian Gulf countries.

7/25/2019 3:31:29 PM
<![CDATA[Summertime, and the living is easy for Santas in Copenhagen]]>
Santas from as far away as Japan and El Salvador are attending 62nd World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen, a four-day event where the Santas parade through the streets of Copenhagen, bathe in the sea and compete in a five-match tournament.

The congress, first held in 1957, is always held at the world’s oldest amusement park - Bakken just outside of Copenhagen.

The Santas began the congress amusing tourists at Copenhagen’s statue of The Little Mermaid, depicting the main character from a fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

With more than five months to go until Christmas, a Danish Santa enjoyed his yearly holiday.

“As you know I am very busy around Christmas, so this is my ‘winter’ break, which I use to discuss important matters with my colleagues and speaking to a lot of kids,” one Santa from the Danish town of Esbjerg, claiming to be 580 years old, told Reuters.

In the Western Christian tradition, different countries mark Christmas on different days, some on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and some on Dec. 25, Christmas Day. The celebration date is always a hot topic according to German Santa Wolfgang.

“I know one Santa wants Christmas Eve moved to the 26th, but of course we will say no to that,” he said.]]>
7/24/2019 12:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[City Centre Almaza hands over possession to retailers, confirming September 2019 opening is firmly on track]]>
On track to open its doors to the public on September 30 this year, City Centre Almaza features 103,000 square metres of unique retail space, dining outlets and exciting lifestyle experiences to provide great moments to Cairo residents and tourists.

Located in the heart of Heliopolis, City Centre Almaza will be home to more than 260 local and iconic fashion and lifestyle brands including Dsquared2, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, H&M, Hamleys, Zara, Massimo Dutti and Ego, along with exceptional dining and leisure facilities. The lifestyle destination will feature anchor brands including a 13,040 sq m Carrefour Hypermarket and a 1,800 sqm Magic Planet family entertainment centre. Additionally, City Centre Almaza will open its first 16 screens VOX Cinemas multiplex in the area to the delight of residents and tourists.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors on September 30. City Centre Almaza will undoubtedly raise the standards of shopping destinations across Egypt, delivering on our brand promise and creating great moments for everyone, every day.

“A development of this size inevitably results in long-term and sustainable positive economic and social impacts, with residents and the community reaping the long-term and sustainable benefits,” said Ghaith Shocair, Chief Executive Officer Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Properties.

Aligned with Majid Al Futtaim’s Net Positive strategy, City Centre Almaza is working towards LEED Gold rating for exceptional performance in energy and water conservation. The mall features 241 bicycle storage and changing rooms for its full-time occupants and has allocated 200 preferred parking spots near the entrances specifically to low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Other sustainability-focused features include the exclusive use of LED lighting, parking locations for electrical cars in addition to charging outlets. During the construction phase the mall utilised recycled content and moving forward, tenants at City Centre Almaza must comply with the LEED requirements in water and electricity reduction, to uphold sustainability standards.

City Centre Almaza has invested more than EGP 500 million in traffic solutions ensuring the upgrade of the surrounding roads to create a free interchange that provides safe and smooth access to customers. The development has seen the Suez Rd as well as the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Thawra St., to safely and effectively guide traffic to and from the
7/23/2019 12:28:40 PM
<![CDATA[Citystars, Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars and Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars Celebrates Service Week]]>
The annual Celebrate Service returns to acknowledge and celebrate employees at IHG branded hotels and throughout the IHG corporate offices who are going beyond to provide outstanding service to IHG guests and hotels.

It has been an incredible week of celebrations, with employees receiving an authentic, genuine thank you for what they do to deliver Brand Hearted Service to guests. On the First day of the week human resources team and department heads waited at the staff entrance to welcome employees with delicious breakfast and fresh juices to start their shifts actively.

During the week, human resources team and management teams have also been spending time with employees as well as sharing in different competitions and activities, including watermelon carving competition, culinary fight club in Al Khal restaurant, karaoke contest in Simply Neon at Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars, desk decoration competitions, in addition, the hotel theatrical group has performed a play in Shahrazad ballroom. During the finale, a great party was held where talented employees were showing off their great dancing talents in flash mob competition, moreover human resources team distributed chocolates on all employees in their offices and on their job sites.
7/22/2019 6:32:39 PM
<![CDATA[Deezer research reveals life defining moments that drive us to discover new music]]>
Deezer reached out to 2,000 adults in Egypt to identify big life moments that inspire discovery of new tunes. It found that 41% seek out new music to rebuild confidence after a romantic break-up or use music to move on and meet new people. Music can also set the tone for a budding new romance, with almost a third (29%) of respondents pretending to know a song or artist when asked on a first date.

It’s not just hearts that music can mend, as the research found in times of illness or unhappiness, 21% rely on new music to assist during recovery. It also works wonders for calming our nerves, as over 84% listen to music when feeling tense or nervous.

Whether happy or sad, “moods” are a good indicator of new music discovery. 70% of respondents have turned to 'mood' playlists to match their emotional state, with more than 40% looking to relax, 21% when feeling stressed, 31% of those experiencing bliss and 47% when feeling depressed.

New positive changes can also motivate music discovery, with 46% turn to music when starting a new job. Adventure also sparks the need to seek out new music, 34% seek out new music when traveling or exploring the world, while 35% use new music to help them find a new hobby.

AurélienHérault, Chief Research and Data Officer at Deezer, said: “Music is part of us and the soundtrack to our lives is always evolving. It’s fascinating to see from our research how music discovery is closely linked to important phases and events in people’s lives. I’m proud to say that with 56 million tracks available on demand, Deezer is ready to be the music companion that people need, bringing the music no matter what life moments await.”

Deezer has also reached out to 8,000 adults across five countries including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, France and the USA to identify biglife moments that inspire discovery of new tunes. Interestingly, the moments in our lives when we turn to music vary country by country, as 70% of Brazilians found comfort in discovering new music after a break-up. Brazilians & Saudi Arabians are also the most likely to pretend to have heard a song or artist on a first date (29% and 41% respectively) while the French tend to keep it real, with only 18% exaggerating their musical knowledge. Germans are most inclined to turn to new music to help with recovery during times of illness or sadness, (68%) but are least likely to use mood generated playlists to discover new music (50%).

Listeners can discover more than 56 million tracks on Deezer to play when life demands it . To find out more, visit www.deezer.com.

- ENDS -

About Deezer
Deezer connects 14 million monthly active users around the world to 56 million tracks. Available in over 180 countries worldwide, Deezer gives instant access to one of the largest and most diverse global music streaming catalogues on any device. Deezer is the only music streaming service with Flow, the unique mix of all your old favorites and new recommendations in one ever-changing stream. Based on an intuitive, proprietary algorithm and created by people who love music, it’s the only place to hear all your music back-to-back with fresh discoveries tailored to you. Deezer is available on your favorite device, including smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, home sound system, connected car or smart TV.

Making music happen since 2007, Deezer is a privately held company, headquartered in Paris with offices in São Paulo, Berlin, London, Miami, Dubai and around the world. Deezer is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices or on the web at deezer.com. For the latest news on Deezer go to Deezer.com/company/press

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7/22/2019 2:49:06 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Marirott Hotel Joins Road to Awareness]]>
The annual cycling event, Road to Awareness took place on Saturday 20th of July at The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes.

Over 15 Marriott Egypt Hosts met together to cycle for a cause, spreading awareness about the importance of serving the community and fulfilling one of Marriott International’score values;

Serve Our World.
During the event, an auction was announced for participants to bid for a stay at one of the Marriott Egypt Hotels. All participating hotels generously offered the auction prizes for free in addition to a cash donation for Dar Al Sondos Orphanage. All hotels together were able to collect a total amount of about One Hundred Thousand Egyptian Pounds for Dar Al Sondos.

The day ended with a group photo to capture the memorable moment where representatives of Marriott International Hotels in Egypt have gathered for such a noble cause.

7/22/2019 2:39:01 PM
<![CDATA[India counts down to new bid to launch Moon mission]]>
Indian scientists offered ritual prayers at temples near the base, according to media reports, and said they were confident there would be no repeat of the problem that led to countdown being halted 56 minutes before last week's launch.

The South Asian nation is bidding to become just the fourth nation -- after Russia, the United States and China -- to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

The fresh launch attempt for Chandrayaan-2 -- Moon Chariot 2 -- is scheduled for 2:43 pm (0913 GMT).

With light rain falling on the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, an island off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state, President Ram Nath Kovind joined 7,000 dignitaries and flag-waving school children waiting for the launch.

The official countdown started late Sunday and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the fuelling of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII, India's most powerful rocket, was going according to plan.

ISRO chief K. Sivan told The Hindu newspaper late Sunday that there was "no chance for any technical fault to arise now".

"When the technical fault happened, we stopped the countdown, identified the issue, and rectified it."

- Destination Moon -

The rocket will take up an orbiter, a lander and a rover, and has been almost entirely designed and made in India.

The 2.4-tonne (5,300-pound) orbiter is expected to circle the Moon for about one year, taking images of the surface, looking for signs of water, and studying the atmosphere.
The lander -- named after Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of India's space programme -- will carry the rover and be placed on the surface near the lunar South Pole.

ISRO scientists will remotely control the rover named Pragyaan -- "wisdom" in Sanskrit -- as it carries out experiments. It will work for one lunar day, the equivalent of 14 Earth days, studying rocks and soil on the Moon's surface.

Experts said setbacks such as the halt to the first launch were to be expected because of the complexity of the mission.

"In such an ambitious and prestigious mission like Chandrayaan, one cannot take a chance even if a small flaw is detected," Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of space policy at the New Delhi think tank the Observer Research Foundation, told AFP.

Former NASA scientist Kumar Krishen said India's space agency should be praised for taking on ambitious projects like Chandrayaan-2.

"We should keep in mind that space exploration is risky as many systems have failed in the past and many lives lost," he told AFP.

Aside from propelling India into rarefied company among spacefaring nations, Chandrayaan-2 also stands out because of its low cost.

About $140 million has been spent on preparations for the mission, a much smaller price tag compared with similar missions by other countries.

The United States -- which is marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong becoming the first human on the Moon -- spent the equivalent of more than $100 billion on its Apollo missions.

Chandrayaan-2, and India's space programme as a whole, are a source of national pride.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to send a manned mission into orbit by 2022, and India hopes to seek out commercial satellite and orbiting deals.

The new mission comes almost 11 years after the launch of India's first lunar mission -- Chandrayaan-1 -- which orbited the Moon and searched for water.

7/22/2019 9:56:04 AM
<![CDATA[Dazzle yourself in the hottest summer with Huawei’s newest collection]]>

For keeping yourself up to the beat, you have to be constantly connected, hence HUAWEI WATCH GT is the perfect choice for staying in shape and totally active. HUAWEI WATCH GT recently launched its two new editions, respectively the active edition, which features the same 46mm watch face, which comes in both the Classic and Sport Edition, while the elegant edition features a smaller 42mm ceramic bezel option.
The new editions still maintain the gene of ultra-long battery life of HUAWEI WATCH GT family while delivering better ID design that supports more scenarios, with a battery life of one week in typical scenario. HUAWEI WATCH GT leaves its competitors in the dust in terms of battery life by offering efficient solution for the challenge of frequent recharging for nearly all smart watches.

Huawei Watch GT comes in an elegant and fashionable design with new editions featuring eye-catching optimized design and the trendiest colors: orange straps coincide with Pantone color of 2019 and fashionable yet silent green straps attract many gentlemen.

HUAWEI WATCH GT can monitor your heart rate and sleep,through HUAWEI TruSleep 2.0 feature and HUAWEI TruSeen 3.0 Heart-rate Monitoring Technology, which keeps a tab on your heart’s health and your sleep patterns, providing more than 200 potential suggestions to help one sleep better and have a better life. HUAWEI WATCH GT supports a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities using a self-learning algorithm and innovative sensors. It also comes equipped with a new Triathlon mode that can record the entire triathlon, including the transition time, which comprises swimming, cycling, and running. The watch also provides coachingrunning courses for different levels starting from introductory level, all the way up to advanced levels to assist its user in real-time while also offering guidance training and time-movement effect feedback.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite

Now, it’s time to live free with NO limits, with the HUAWEI newest FreeBuds Lite which will set you free with the very true meaning of wireless earbuds. HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite comes in a sleek pod-like case that serves as both a storage and a charger for the earbuds. When not in use, simply place the earbuds into the case and let it do the magic, with its extremely fast charging capabilities, which will not leave you without music for long. One must not worry about compatibility, asthe FreeBuds connects instantly to the device phone via Bluetooth whenever the case is open and not only this, it also supports both IOS and Android operating systems, equipped with special breathable earplugs, which allows its user to hear surroundings while exercising outdoors, greatly increasing user’s safety.

The FreeBuds Lite features the innovative tap-control function; when wearing the earbuds, simply double-tap the right earbud to play or pause a song.With the charging case, the earbuds can provide 12 hours music playback on just a 15-minute charge.Aside from this, each earbud has two microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microphones, as well as the state of art call noise reduction technology, which processes out background noise during calls and provides a much-improved calling experience. Last but not least, the Lite version of the FreeBuds features a trendy pill-shaped case that is not only portable, but also very comfortable to hold and trendy to walk around with

HUAWEI Mini Speaker

For most people, Bluetooth portable speakers are very essential in our life, so when it comes to finding the best portable mini speaker for your journey, HUAWEI Mini Speaker gets serious.HUAWEIMini Speakers come with Bluetooth 4.2 and feature a 660mAh battery that provides up to 4 hours play and voice calling up to 3 hours (while connected with a smartphone).The speaker can be controlled via Huawei’s audio control software and is IPX4 rated for waterproofing and splash resistant and comes in two elegant colors; Graphite Black and Emerald Green.

This summer won’t be as any summer you’ve met before, with HUAWEI newest products; WATCH GT, Free Buds and Mini Speakers you will be supercharged anytime and everywhere, always connected and ready for the season like never before.


7/21/2019 3:07:08 PM
<![CDATA[Bosnia buries 86 victims of 1992-95 war recovered from grisly ravine]]>
The victims, mainly prisoners from the war-era detention camps for non-Serbs near the town of Prijedor, were told they were being released in a prison exchange but instead were driven to the Koricani Cliffs in central Bosnia, lined up by the edge of the ravine and shot by Bosnian Serb forces in August 1992.

Jasna Elezovic, standing by five coffins draped in green cloth which held the remains of her father, brother, two cousins and uncle in the nearby Kamicani graveyard, said their bodies were found only last year.

“It feels like it all happened yesterday... the anguish remains the same,” she told Reuters.

Only a dozen of around 200 men survived the massacre, by tumbling or jumping down the steep, 100-meter-deep ravine. The victims were recovered under rocks piled over them to conceal evidence of the atrocity.

Eleven Bosnian Serb ex-policemen were convicted for the crime, including Darko Mrdja who was jailed for 17 years by the Hague-based international war crimes tribunal. The remainder were convicted by the Bosnian war crimes court.

The suspected mastermind of the massacre, Simo Drljaca, the Prijedor police chief, was shot dead in an exchange of fire with NATO-led peacekeeping forces in 1997 in their first attempt to arrest any of the suspects at large.

The Prijedor area saw some of the most brutal and violent ethnic cleansing attacks in 1992 by the Bosnian Serb police and army against Bosniaks and Croats.

Villages were razed, thousands of people were shipped off to notorious detention camps, such as Omarska and Kereteram, more than 3,000 non-Serbs were executed and tens of thousands were driven from their homes.

“I was only 12 when the crimes happened but trauma still persists and it is difficult to cope with it,” said Aida Garibovic, 39, who came to this northwestern village to bury an uncle, next to the graves of her father and five other relatives, who were killed in Omarska.

More than 20 years since the 1992-95 war which claimed 100,000 lives ended, Bosnia remains deeply divided, split into two autonomous regions joined by a weak central government.

Like many other war-related issues in the Balkan country, the event was ignored by Bosnian Serbs who deny their forces were responsible for large-scale crimes including killings, expulsions and unlawful detention of civilians and reject the rulings of international and domestic courts.

Feuding along ethnic lines continues to thwart the country’s ambitions of joining the European mainstream.]]>
7/21/2019 12:50:03 PM
<![CDATA[Promoting social cohesion between Egyptians and migrants]]>
Directed by renowned directorSherif El Bendary, the online campaign is starring Asser Yassin and depicts a social experiment highlighting that what unites us is stronger than our differences. Egyptians and migrants from 15 nationalities took part in the social experiment which showed what participants had in common by presenting statements and asking those who identified with them to gather on stage. Participants with completely different backgrounds found themselves in similar situations in many ways.

The campaign displays messages of acceptance and respect, and is promotingdiversity as a strength for society. The campaign is also showing, through simple statements, that migrants positively contribute to Egypt’s economic growth.

The online campaign was developed as a Clickfunding campaign, asking social media users to interact with it. Once the campaign reaches 250,000 interactions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the IOM will commit to implement entrepreneurialtraining sessions for Egyptians and migrants, helping to open local businesses in Egypt and further contribute to the economic growth of the country.

The campaign aims to provide a true image of the positive contribution migrants bring to any country and to highlight that all people share common characteristics and experiences. “I strongly believe that an undiversified society does not exist. Our enriched world has always been made of people with a variety of origin, age, race, gender, beliefs, thoughts and ideas. We all share something in common, which is making the beauty of humankind. At least we all share humanism and emotions for a better world. This campaign is a perfect model fostering our understanding that differences are solely visual. We, inside, share a lot in common”, said Laurent de Boeck, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Background on Migration

The UN estimated that there were approximately 258 million migrants worldwide in 2017. Immigrants in general boost the economy by buying from local shops (therefore helping small businesses), using public services such as transportation, and opening their own businesses that employ natives. Most evidence shows that migration does not have a negative impact on a country’s workforce, and that “wages for women and some minority groups have historically increased when more migrant workers are present”.

A large percentage ofmigrants are highly educated and contribute significant innovation to their host countries. Indeed, one-quarter of the U.S based Novel laureates of the last 50 years were foreign born. It was estimated by the University of California, Berkely, that immigrants account for one-third of U.S. innovation. Attracted by opportunities available in the U.S., many highly educated economic migrants soughtwork there, accounting for 40% of Ph.Demployees in the fields of Science and Engineering.

7/20/2019 2:53:06 PM
<![CDATA[World's longest electric road trip ends in New Zealand]]>
Wiebe Wakker set off from the Netherlands in March 2016 in his “Blue Bandit” to showcase the potential of sustainable transport, funded by donations from those following his trip on social media.

“I wanted to do my best to promote this technology and show that sustainability is a viable way of transport,” Wakker told journalists.

“I wanted to do something really that speaks to the imagination which is driving an electric car from Amsterdam to the other side of the world to show that it can be done.”

The 101,000-km (62,800 mile) trip took Wakker through Eastern Europe, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, before traveling around much of Australia and across to New Zealand.

Wakker gave regular updates on his blog and social media throughout the journey, detailing visiting Iran’s biggest car manufacturer in Tehran, a breakdown on the Indonesian island of Java and visits to Australia’s outback and world-famous Uluru.

The drive had relied on the support of strangers across the globe who offered the traveler food, a place to stay and the essential means to charge his car along the way.]]>
7/20/2019 11:49:43 AM
<![CDATA[Signs of autism every parent must know about]]>
Professor of psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Mona el-Sheikh, said that the percentage of children with autism disorders increased especially during the last 10 years for no obvious reasons.

She added that in the 80s, the incidence rate was up to one person per 10,000 people, and now it has become one person per 70 people, according to US statistics.Americans call it the epidemic of autism due to this increase.

Sheikh explained that there are major signs that appear from the age of 1-2 years. Parents should be aware of such signs to avoid their developmentand contribute to the speed of treatment.

Age 6 - 12 months

After completing 6 months, the child must be able to follow the movements of the mother and look at her. In the event that she speaks and attempts to play with the child, he must be attentive and interactive.

Also, the child's lack of response when hearing his name is one of the big signs of autism disorders. When the child is 12 months old, he should be able to respond and know that the voice and speech are directed to him and thus interact with the sound by looking and issuing sound.

Age 1 - 2.5 years

At this age the child begins to talk and interact with others fairly well.If a parent discovers that their child is unable to speak, it means that the child is already suffering from autism disorders and should visit a specialist.

Sheikh pointed out that there are other signs of sub-show on the child, including hyperactivity, and circulating around himself, in addition to looking at the side views.

She stressed the necessity to enroll the child in a nursery at the age of 2-3 years to adapt to the community, respond to play and communicate with others.

In case the child avoids dealing with others, refuses to go to the nursery and prefers to sit alone, the family must take care of the child, play with him and keep him away from television and phones that can cause his delay, according to the professor.

Sheikh added that communication and skills training units are among the most important treatment methods for people suffering from autism disorders,stressing the need to care for autistic children as they can be easily treated and can succeed in scientific and practical life.

She added that children with autism are able to live normally, as the student who graduated first in high school this year is autistic, saying "there are also scientists and celebrities who were autistic but managed to overcome the disease thanks to the constant support of their families."

Sheikh warned that people with autism can hurt themselves and others in case of bad treatment.

7/17/2019 11:18:14 AM
<![CDATA[North Africa in the environmental context of Ecomondo and Key Energy 2019 (Italy) ]]>
Thanks to the support of high-profile scientific committees, chaired by Professor Fabio Fava (Ecomondo) and Mr. Gianni Silvestrini (Key Energy), among the top experts in their respective disciplines in Italy and abroad, the two expos are incubators of innovation for businesses.

At Ecomondo 2019 a meeting between Italy and Egypt organised in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Cairo will be held, regarding sustainable development and green technologies; a session of meetings, seminars, and conferences on the treatment of water, waste and mobility following the first stage of the Ecomondo Business Forum which was successfully held last year in Egypt.

Opening the Key Energy expo will be "Renewable energy sources, efficiency and mobility in the context of the Energy and Climate Plan", the international event on renewable energy sources and the evolution of sustainable electric mobility, involving influential experts such as Davide Crippa Vice-Secretary of Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Professor Vittorio Chiesa Director, Energy Strategy Group of the Polytechnic of Milan, Federico Testa President of Enea, Roberto Moneta, CEO of GSE, Luigi Ferraris CEO of Terna, Alessandro Marangoni, CEO of Althesys.

The workshop "The Internationalisation of the Italian renewable energy sector in order to favour investments in Africa" by Res4Africa & Res4Med will illustrate the prospects and opportunities regarding investment in Africa for private companies operating in the sector. The theme of the event is the integrated approach to development of sectors of energy, water and food in Africa and new financial instruments to accelerate investment in the renewable energy sector in Africa.

Among the events, there are also conventions organised by the Wind Europe Association, the wind energy association in Europe with over 400 active members in more than 35 countries. The meetings will develop upon issues related to the Proposal for an Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate (PNIEC) on the European front and on the development of the wind energy sector, starting from the importance of Italy in this context.

The program, which is constantly updated, is available at https://en.ecomondo.com and https://en.keyenergy.it

Category: International exhibition; Organizer: Italian Exhibition Group SpA; Frequency: annual; Edition: 23rd Ecomondo; Admission: trade members and general public; dates and hours: 5 – 8 November, 9 am – 6 pm; group brand manager: Alessandra Astolfi; brand manager: Mauro Delle Fratte; exhibitor info: tel. +39 0541.744302; e-mail: ecomondo@iegexpo.it; Web sites: www.ecomondo.com; Facebook:www.facebook.com/EcomondoRimini; twitter:http://twitter.com/Ecomondo; LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8135546/profile

7/16/2019 6:11:51 PM
<![CDATA[Chandrayaan-2: Indian Space Launch Delayed An Hour Before Commencing]]>
According to the Indian Space Agency, the countdown was blocked 56 minutes before the launch, after “a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system.” Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to launch on Monday, from Sriharikota space station on India's eastern coast; however, due to the setback of the launch, a new launch date will be released.

K Sivan, chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), stated that “this was the most complex space mission to be undertaken by the agency.”
For the people in India, the Chandrayaan-2 space program is a demonstration of India’s emerging technological capabilities. Chandrayaan-2 is the first space mission to conduct a soft-landing on the moon’s south pole, a region of the moon that has never been explored by any country before.

Chandrayaan-2’s mission is to demonstrate the ability to soft-land on the lunar surface, and operate a robotic rover on the surface. Costing over $150 million, the Indian space project is set to study lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere, and signatures of hydroxyl, and water ice.

Chandrayaan-2’s space team consists of over 1000 engineers and scientists, but for the first time the ISRO has chosen women to lead a preliminary expedition. Two women are driving India’s journey to the moon,navigated by RituKaridhal. Doctor Sivan said, “Women power is powering India’s Moon ambitions.” He also added that at ISRO, “women and men are all equal. Only talent matters – not the gender.”

Despite the fact that if Chandrayaan-2 is to be successful, India will be the fourth country in the world to soft-land on the moon,critics have established that they would prefer to see India’s poverty tackled instead.
7/16/2019 9:50:58 AM
<![CDATA[Partial lunar eclipse to be witnessed in Egypt Tuesday, Wednesday]]>
It will be the last eclipse this year, but the only in 2019 that will be visible to sky watchers in Egypt.

This eclipse will occur as the month of Dhu al-Qadah of the Hijri year 1440 nears its end.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon. This shadow has a central and outer shadow called umbra and penumbra, respectively.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon does not fall in the umbra at all and is always present in the penumbra. Naturally, a partial lunar eclipse always starts off as a penumbral lunar eclipse.

In Egypt, people will be able to witness the penumbral lunar eclipse starting Tuesday at 8:42 p.m. Cairo local time and ending at 2:19 a.m. on Wednesday.]]>
7/15/2019 11:44:15 AM
<![CDATA[Toxic employers face jail as South Korea tackles workplace bullying]]>
Her situation is not unusual in South Korea, where employees have traditionally been expected to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour by those in power -- a phenomenon so commonplace that locals have coined a word for it, "gabjil". But that could soon change thanks to a revised labour law.

The new legislation that comes into effect on Tuesday will criminalise business owners who unfairly dismiss employees harassed at work.

A recent government survey found that two-thirds of workers had experienced harassment on the job, while 80 percent had witnessed it.

In one of the most high-profile cases, an heiress to the Korean Air fortune threw a temper tantrum at cabin crew after being served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl in 2014 -- earning instant "nut rage" notoriety.

Rigid company hierarchies, intense competition for jobs and deference to status all contribute to toxic work environments in an economy dominated by family-run conglomerates.

In Jung's case, her harasser was the CEO's father.

"He once told me the building was shaking whenever I walked -- because I was 'too fat'. Another time he tried to follow me to the women's bathroom. And another time he abruptly groped my stomach in his office," the 37-year-old told AFP.

"But when I brought up the issue, the management accused me of being a man-hater and a liar."

Jung finally approached the labour ministry last year, but was told her situation did not count as workplace bullying because the aggressor was not her superior and was not employed by the company, even though he came to the office "virtually every day", she said.

Brutal work culture

The new law will subject owners of companies that "unfairly demote or dismiss" workers who allege harassment to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to 30 million won ($25,000).

Employees ordered to write essays for their manager's children, perform "sexy dances" for executives or even pluck out their boss's grey hairs are among the examples documented by labour rights group Workplace Gabjil 119 and other non-profits.
Violent behaviour has also been reported. In 2016, a university professor was jailed for abusing his former student and employee, beating him with a baseball bat for taking short breaks and forcing him to eat human faeces.

Nursing is notorious for its harsh training and so-called "burn-to-ashes" brutal work culture, with two recent suicides sparking debate about the sector.

And after the South Korean women's curling team, nicknamed the "Garlic Girls", stole the show at last year's Winter Olympics, they too raised allegations of abuse and exploitation by their coaches.

The issue is present in almost every sector, from K-pop and film to healthcare and academia. But with a weak social safety net and rising unemployment, it is often hard for victims to speak up, as they fear losing their jobs or being demoted.
When one victim complained to his company's management about bullying, he was told: "Then just leave. Can you actually find a job elsewhere? Oh, perhaps at McDonald's?"

'Meaningful step'

Park Jeom-gyu, an activist at Workplace Gabjil 119, told AFP that even with the new law the South "still has a long way to go, since it does not directly criminalise the bullies", only employers who penalise victims for speaking out.

"But it's still a meaningful step towards change, as more will feel relatively safer to report when they face harassment at work," he said.

Michael Hurt, a sociologist at the University of Seoul, says the obsession with hierarchy is a legacy of the wartime militarism of former colonial ruler Japan, later adopted by the South's authoritarian leaders.

In this power structure, "gabjil in the workplace is a way to prove to oneself and others his or her social worth," he told AFP.

For many Korean workers, including Jung, the new measures have come too late.
Instead of receiving an apology from the perpetrator, she was fired by the CEO who later sued her for defamation and libel.

The cases were never brought to trial, but Jung said the disputes at one point made her suicidal.

"Those at my ex-employer didn't treat me like a human being -- it was as if I were one of their disposable commodities."

7/15/2019 10:22:40 AM
<![CDATA[CineGouna Platform - submission deadline for films in post-production]]>
The submission deadline has been extended and interested filmmakers now have more time to submit their films in post-production to CineGouna Platform. Films in post-production may be submitted by midnight of July 17, 2019.

CineGouna Platform is an industry-oriented event created to support and empower Arab filmmakers, helping them find artistic and financial support.

CineGouna Platform presents the CineGouna SpringBoard and the CineGouna Bridge, programs that provide opportunities for sharing and learning.

CineGouna SpringBoard is a project development and co-production lab that enables Arab film directors and producers with projects in development or films in post-production to find creative and financial support.

Valid submissions received on or before the deadline mentioned above will be reviewed by a committee of experts appointed by El Gouna Film Festival, and selected on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.]]>
7/14/2019 3:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei named one of world’s 50 Smartest Companies in US Massachusetts Institute of Technology]]>
US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Review’s 50 smartest companies list is based on evaluation of the companies' core competence with emerging technologies as well as breakthroughs and innovation the companies have achieved. Huawei was included in the list this year for its outstanding capabilities in innovation.

William Xu, Huawei's Director of the Board and President of the Institute of Strategic Research, speaking at the 50 Smartest Companies 2019 China Summit said, "Over the past 30 years, Huawei mainly achieved technical and engineering innovations as well as innovative solutions based on customer needs: which we call Innovation 1.0. In the future, Huawei will pursue Innovation 2.0, which refers to theoretical breakthroughs and inventions driven by vision. Huawei sticks to open innovation and inclusive development.

Open innovation means innovating together with global experts. In this process, resources and capabilities are shared. Inclusive development means the fruits of any innovation should be shared and used by all humanity and industries. This can lighten the future of the world and industries."

7/14/2019 12:07:29 PM
<![CDATA[Last Volkswagen Beetle drives into the sunset]]>
Serenaded by a mariachi band and surrounded by proud factory workers, the final units of the retro, rounded compact were celebrated at a VW plant in Mexico’s central Puebla state more than 80 years after the model was introduced in Germany.

The Puebla factory, which already produces VW’s Tiguan SUV, will make the Tarek SUV in place of the Beetle starting in late 2020, Volkswagen de Mexico Chief Executive Steffen Reiche said. The bigger vehicles are more popular in the United States, the main export market for the Mexico factory.

The last Beetles will be sold on Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in a move symbolizing the company’s embrace of the future, Reiche said.

“Today is the last day. It has been very emotional,” he said. The current design was the third version of the Beetle after two earlier cancellations and revivals of the marque.

The “bug,” as the Beetle was nicknamed, debuted in 1938 as an affordable vehicle commissioned by Adolf Hitler to promote car ownership among Germans.

With its funky design and inexpensive price, the car became a success story over subsequent decades and was one of the top-selling models of all time as well as the best-selling import in the United States in the 1960s, according to auto publications.

In the 1960s, the Beetle was a small-is-beautiful icon of the postwar Baby Boom generation. The 1968 movie “The Love Bug,” which featured a zany anthropomorphic vehicle, stoked Beetle fever.

Despite its place in popular culture, sales of the Beetle have been lackluster in recent years. The German automaker announced in September that the Beetle would go extinct.]]>
7/14/2019 10:50:03 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo governorate launches campaign to plant rooftop gardens]]>
The governor made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of 'Leaders of Sustainable Development' and 'Homeland acknowledgement 2030' initiatives that were established to back the country's strategy for sustainable development, Egypt Vsion 2030.

Youth members of both initiatives will moderate awareness symposiums on methods and importance of the gardening of roofs of buildings.

Residents of the buildings will not bear the cost of planting their rooftop gardens, instead the government will do so and their only responsibility will be to preserve the gardens, the governor said.]]>
7/14/2019 10:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sarah Sobhy named Commercial Manager of Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences ]]>
Tarek Zaki, Hotel Manager, Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, said, “I am confident that with Sarah’s sales expertise in the Cairo market, our commercial performance would sail through successfully to farther horizons”.

Sarah Sobhy is bringing along a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the sales arena given her long service with Hilton for over 12 years. Sarah started-off with Hilton as Regional Sales Manager – SharmEl Sheikh Cluster, then Regional Senior Sales Manager - Cairo Cluster and most recently occupying the role of Director of Sales at Conrad Cairo, where she has proven to be instrumental in driving the business up and particularly building a strong base from the leisure segment.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesprovides guests with complement of services and amenities, including number of guest suites and rooms, square feet of meeting rooms space, outdoor swimming pool “heated in winter”, fitness centre, spa and restaurants.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesis also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesis located at 21. Mohamed Mazhar Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt 11211 For reservations, visit Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesor call +202 27370055

7/13/2019 11:14:35 AM
<![CDATA[et monitors recommendations to protect citrus from climate change]]>
et monitored a number of recommendations issued by the Central Administration of Horticulture and Agricultural Crops for citrus farmers during the current period, especially on fertilization, irrigation and pest control methods to increase production and protect the crop from climatic changes.

The following came among the recommendations:It is necessary to pay attention to the early morning or before sunset heat and avoid irrigation at the time of heat increase; it is recommended to spray a powder solution on the trees to resist sun rays.

Also,when fertilizing the citrus trees that are drip irrigated 2 kg of sulfate, 1 kg of iron sulfate, 1 kg of zinc sulfate and 1 kg of manganese sulfate are added to the first irrigation; while 3 kg of fertilizer 19 19 19 are added to the second irrigation;3 kg of potassium sulfate and 2 liters of phosphoric acid are added to the third irrigation; the fourth irrigation is done without fertilization, and 2 kg of calcium nitrate are added to the fifth irrigation.

The recommendations also included the program of trees irrigation, where 1-2 year-old trees need 32 liters, 2-3 year-old trees need 40 liters, 3-4 year-old trees need 48 liters, 4 year-old trees need 5-6 liters, 5-6 year-old trees need 64 liters, 6-7 year-old trees need 72 liters, 7-10 year-old trees need 84 liters, while trees of more than 10 years of age need 100 liters.

In the same context, Environment Minister Yassmin Fouad said earlier that Egypt is abiding by its international commitments in the field of climate change within the framework of agreements on climate action and the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030.

She further underlined that "Cairo Climate Talks" aim at creating a societal dialogue to raise awareness of climate change and its impact.


Cairo Climate Talks is a series of monthly events meant to provide a platform to exchange experience, raise awareness and foster cooperation between policymakers, the business community, the scientific community and the civil society.

Egypt is an ideal example of a developing country that is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and faces numerous threats to its economic, social and environmental sustainability, including energy, water and food security.

7/10/2019 11:17:15 AM
<![CDATA[Charity begins at the pub: London bar seeks 'most ethical' title]]>
Open for an initial three months, founder Randy Rampersad has secured enough funding to buy second-hand furniture, soap made by the blind, toilet rolls from recycled paper and drinks supplied by social enterprises that donate to charity.

He launched the project hoping to enable the average pub-goer to give to charity without having to change their daily routine. The pub employs the homeless and those with disabilities. Food is all plant-based and it avoids sending anything to landfill by recycling and composting.

“Every single drink you buy goes towards a different charity,” Rampersad, 35, told Reuters. “The soap in the toilets, the toilet paper, the staff uniform, all of them help either the homeless or give money back to charity as well.”

The drinks menu has ties to over 40 different charities.

For instance, a Brewgooder craft lager, for 4.90 pounds ($6.14), is produced by a non-profit organization that donates all its money to clean water projects in Africa. The Toast Ale, at 5.50 pounds, is brewed with fresh surplus bread.

Adopting the industrial chic interior design popular with many other bars in east London, the Green Vic is hoping to secure enough funding for a permanent location.

It has so far had success in attracting customers keen to try out an alternative approach, in a neighborhood catering to students, artists and tourists.

“I’ve never been to an ethical pub before and I was interested to see what it was like,” said John Rampton, 49.

“I thought it sounded a good place to go.”]]>
7/9/2019 1:04:26 PM
<![CDATA[Lithuanian couple defends world wife-carrying championship title]]>
Each year, the championship draws thousands of visitors to the town of only about 4,000 inhabitants in central Finland. Saturday’s competition was the 24th year it has been held.

Having gained followers across the world, preliminary competitions were held in countries such as the United States, Australia, Poland and Britain, organizers said on their website.

Among the two dozen contesting couples, Vytautas Kirkliauskas and his wife Neringa Kirkliauskiene came out on top for a second straight year, completing a 253.5 meter (277 yards) obstacle course featuring a water trap in 1 minute and 6 seconds.

The Lithuanian couple claimed the first place prize - consisting of the wife’s weight in beer - after beating six-time champion Taisto Miettinen of Finland and his partner Katja Kovanen by the slimmest of margins - 0.1 seconds.

“I was looking at the watch and I thought I’m not going to make it, but we did it,” Kirkliauskas said.

Wife-carrying as a sport drew inspiration from the 19th century legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who compelled would-be members of his gang to prove their mettle by carrying sacks of grain or live pigs over a similar course.

The competition is also said to look back to an even earlier practice of wife-stealing - leading many present-day contestants to compete with someone else’s wife.]]>
7/8/2019 1:49:34 PM
<![CDATA[Abdullah Al-Othaim Company for investment inaugurates its first Snow concept in Egypt]]>
The opening was in the presence of Mr. Abdullah Saleh Al-Othaim,Chairman, Mr. Fahad Abdullah Al-Othaim, Vice Chairman & CEOand the Board of Directors and Managers of Al-Othaim Company.

Snow City investment hits 500 million Egyptian Pounds, with an area of 60,000 square feet and its freezing temperatures reaching -5 degree Celsius.

Snow City is covered with 750 pounds of snow manufactured using pure water. Snow City also uses the latest international specifications and French technology and commits to safety and security criteria to provide real snow environment. It lets visitors live in a snow environment all year long. Snow city is also considered as one of the environment friendly projects.

Mr. Fahad Abdullah Al-Othaim, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, expressed his deep happiness for the opening of the company's latest leisure projects in Egypt.

This opening comes under the framework of the new expansion of the leisure projects outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and increasing the investment in the Leisure & Tourism industry to include many countries of the Arabian Region and the gulf.

Mr. Fahad Al-Othaim spoke about his company's expansion plan specifically, in the Egypt market referring to the attractive investment climate in Egypt and the feasibility of all the investment components, such as government facilitations, developed infrastructure and high population density.

Al-Othaim expects a bright future for the leisure &tourism industry in the Middle East, indicating that this sector has become most attractive for the local investments and the foreign investments as well. This investment is a driving force for the regional economies, which requires diversification of leisure and tourism products in this market.

He also added that Al-OthaimLeisure and Tourism Company is considered as one of the largest Saudi Companies in leisure sector for implementing and managing family entertainment centers and tourism projects.

Snow City has been conceptualized and implemented according to a well-studied strategy to expand in leisure and tourism sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, Egypt and Jordan.

Al-Othaim Leisure & Tourism Company has a distinct portfolio of outlets and entertainment cities such as: Saffori Land, FabyLand, Snow City, Splash Water, Action Zone, My Town and Extreme Zone.

About Al-Othaim Leisure
Al-Othaim Leisure is an integral part of the OREIDCO. The group has been involved in creating benchmark Family Entertainment destinations across many cities in the GCC that cater wholesome family fun for everyone from all age groups.

Al-Othaim Leisure is built for children entertainment and fun. It is equipped with state of art games with the latest and advanced gaming machines with arcade, along with enthralling rides that provide fun for everyone. Currently, the group operates well-modern Indoor Family Entertainment Centers with many more leisure projects to come in the near future.

With its popularity growing day by day, encouraging unique appeals to its customers, the group has ensured that various brands under Al-Othaim Leisure Group are a concept with iconic colorfully themed and becoming prominent anchors in the prestigious malls. Apart from Snow City, Al-Othaim Leisure owns and operates a number of brands like Xtreme Land, MyTown, SafforiLand, Fabyland, Xtreme Zone and Splash Water Park.

7/7/2019 2:09:35 PM
<![CDATA[DEEZER HIFI now available in MENA]]>
Thanks to HiFi technology, serious audiophiles can look forward to streaming 16-bit FLAC CD quality tracks on select speakers and amplifiers. HiFi users also have access to Deezer Premium benefits and to Deezer Flow, a personal soundtrack that combines smart data and editorial recommendations to play a nonstop stream of music that appeals to the tastes of each music fan.

With Deezer HiFi, music lovers can enjoy:

● Unlimited access to 36 million HiFi, CD-quality lossless tracks (16-Bit/44.1 kHz FLAC)

● The option to stream on their compatible wireless speakers and on the Deezer desktop app

● An ad and interruption-free listening experience

● Unlimited high-quality and offline listening, as part of the Premium offer that is also available through HiFi (53 million tracks in 320 kbps) on phones, tablets, and more

● Flow - a personal soundtrack that knows what users want to hear using smart data and editorial recommendations

“As one of the early pioneers of streaming, we are excited to be able to offer our lossless technology to music fans in MENAT. By making Deezer HiFi accessible in the region, we are able to deliver an exceptional listening experience of more than 36 million tracks to our customers and to the region’s ever-growing music community,” said Tarek Mounir, CEO, Deezer MENA and Turkey.

HiFi listeners in MENA can sign up for Deezer HiFi on Deezer.com and enjoy 16-bit FLAC audio quality on the Deezer desktop app, B&O, Sony, Samsung and more.]]>
7/7/2019 1:05:13 PM
<![CDATA[One man gored on first day of Spanish bull-running festival]]>
One man was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher shortly after the dash through the medieval town center’s narrow streets to the bullring, which lasted two minutes and 41 seconds.

Thousands of runners, dressed head to toe in white, with bright-red neckerchiefs, gather every year for the traditional morning run, after which the animals are kept in the bullring until the afternoon’s fights.

This year, the bulls were from cattle breeder Puerto de San Lorenzo, whose bulls have been responsible for one goring in the past. One person was gored on the opening day of the festival last year.

Locals and tourists alike will join in the 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) run every morning until next Sunday. ]]>
7/7/2019 10:57:25 AM
<![CDATA[Amid ancient Roman ruins, Fendi remembers designer Lagerfeld]]>
The veteran designer joined Fendi in 1965 and kept on collaborating with the Rome-based label until his death in February, aged 85.

He formed a creative duo with the founding family’s scion Silvia Venturini Fendi, who looked to Lagerfeld’s archive sketches for the couture Fall/Winter 2019-2020 line.

An all-white suit with flared jacket sleeves and wide-leg trousers kicked off the “The Dawn of Romanity” show on the Palatine Hill in the brand’s home city.

Models wore coats with fur trimmings, sheer skirts and palazzo trousers decorated with marble-like prints.

Fur coats in black or brown were worn over cropped bra tops and skirts or shorts while slim long dresses with pointy shoulders had cut-outs throughout.

Art deco prints adorned coats, tops and dresses which at first came in black and earthy tones of brown and bronze before moving onto soft shades of lilac, pistachio, rose quartz and yellow.

Evening dresses were full-length, with geometric straps at the front and in dark colors. There were also soft feminine frocks, some embroidered with floral or wheat patterns. Voluminous organza ballgowns wrapped up the show.

Models’ pageboy-like hairstyles, large sunglasses, boots and large golden hoop earrings nodded to the 1970s. The looks were accessorized with fur versions of Fendi’s baguette handbag.]]>
7/6/2019 12:57:43 PM
<![CDATA[Baby son of UK's Prince Harry and Meghan to be christened on Saturday]]>
The ceremony will be carried out by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in the castle’s Private Chapel.

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were looking forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton, the palace added in a statement on Wednesday.

“The godparents ... will remain private,” it added.

Several newspapers have carried reports criticizing the royal pair for accepting public funds for their wedding and for renovations for their new house but denying the public a view of the baby and his parents arriving at the ceremony.

Harry’s older brother Prince William and his wife Kate organized media facilities for the christenings of their three children, in which arrivals at the church were filmed.

Harry and Meghan married at the castle to the West of London last year and Archie, who is seventh-in-line to the throne, was born in May.]]>
7/4/2019 11:52:39 AM
<![CDATA[Sewedy calls UN for a “Humanity Burn Free day”; receives ICSB Presidential Award ]]>
Dr. El Sewedy was awarded the ICSB Presidential award in excellence in recognition of Ahl Masr’s contributions towards burns and trauma victims and the NGOs efforts to include them in the society. The award recognizes outstanding models of social innovation that help scale solutions to support vulnerable and marginalized people in need.

El Sewedy commented on the award saying “Ahl Masr is proud to receive this award on such a significant day, in particular, we are honored that our work to empower burn and trauma survivors has been recognized in the context of the SDGs.” Ahl Masr was selected for their work in supporting burn survivors and advocating for them.


“The Council always seeks to showcase the success stories in entrepreneurship globally” Says Ahmed Osman President of ICSB. He added “the model of Ahl Masr Non-profit Trauma and Burns Hospital has been appreciated by the global society and a number of countries, especially in Asia, asked to study the possibility of implementing it in their countries with concentration on integrating the victims in society through helping them to start their small businesses.“

The foundation has worked on prevention, treatment and reintegration for thousands of burn victims and survivors. Launching multiple campaigns and initiatives with a focus on awareness and prevention in addition to treatment. Amongst the most significant contributions were initiatives to reintegrate survivors back into the community by creating programs that provide survivors with sustainable income. To El Sewedy this is not enough “burn survivors are barred from schools, jobs and normal outings” awareness on the issue of burns will help to create a more inclusive environment for burn survivors.


About Ahl Masr
Established in 2013, Ahl Masr is the first Non-Profit Organization in Egypt and the Middle East to focus on Burn Prevention, Treatment and Reintegration Ahl Masr also aims to revolutionize the concept of development and sustainability in the field of healthcare in Egypt. With its focus on building one of Egypt’s and the Middle East’s largest projects ever, Ahl Masr Non-profit Burn Hospital, the world’s largest non-profit burn hospital located in Egypt and serving the Middle East and Africa. to be built at New Cairo city on a built area of 45,500 m2, all fundraised and managed by Ahl Masr to face the growing need of specialized burn care in Egypt.
7/3/2019 11:20:44 AM
<![CDATA[Alexandria connects world leading cardiologists for the 18th edition of Cardio Alex ]]>
CardioAlex.19 features around 211 special educational panels contented by 811 Chairpersons and speakers, who will be moderating discussions on the future of cardiology. The four-days conference is expecting the participation of 6500 visitors from around the world coming to witness 89 international legendary professors and lecturers.

“We are now the largest medical event at the local and global level aims to connect cardiologists from all over the world through the largest live broadcast from different countries including Germany, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey, to share different experiences and stand On the latest research and discoveries made by Cardiology Worldwide,” stated CardioAlex founder, Cardiologist Dr. Mohammed Sobhi.

Moreover, a number of local and international educational and medical entities are joining the conference, including the American College of Cardiology, the World Heart Federation, Joint Intervention Meeting, IMC Live, Middle East CVCT, Pan-Africa Society of Cardiology, Gulf Intervention Society, PAFCIC, Turkish Society of Intervention, and Cardio LBB-Yamen.

Among the most important topics for discussion are interventional treatments for patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction, such as catheterization for ventricular hypertrophy patients, which will be studied during a live transmission from Hamburg, Germany. The panels are also discussing the role of cardiac pacemakers in the treatment of recurrent fainting, as well as modern cardio-strengthening devices such as plexus stimulation (His bundle) instead of implanting the triglyceride chamber.



About CardioAlex:

CardioAlex is the largest conference connecting cardiologists from all around the world in Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It was approved by the European Council of Cardiology after 26 hours of CME accreditation. The annual conference is organized by the Foundation of Cardiology in collaboration with the Department of Cardiology, University of Alexandria.
7/2/2019 2:46:07 PM
<![CDATA[Lagerfeld successor brings demure librarians to Chanel catwalk]]>
Viard, a long time collaborator of Chanel’s veteran creative chief Karl Lagerfeld, took on the design reigns at the luxury label after the German fashion star died in February at 85.

The brand has so far preserved many of the elements that have drawn fans and rich clients back over the years, including new twists every season on its famed tweed suits.

Tuesday’s collection - part of Paris’ Haute Couture week, a presentation of one-of-a-kind outfits considered the height of fashion prowess - featured elaborate takes on the Chanel classic, including a mauve trouser suit with wide legs.

Model Kaia Gerber showed off a bright pink, skirted version with feathery, white shoulders, while others wore off-the-shoulder, long gowns in tweed.

Lagerfeld was also known for over-the-top catwalk sets, and Viard’s show plunged spectators deep into the inner sanctum of a spectacular, circular library.

In keeping with the theme, several models wore glasses, and prim looks dominated the runway, with high, Edwardian-style collars or dresses reminiscent of early 20th century ladies riding outfits.

Chanel, also known for no5 perfume, is privately-owned by the Wertheimer family. It is the second biggest luxury brand in the world after LVMH’s Louis Vuitton, with annual sales up 13 percent last year to $11.1 billion - making its bet on Viard to take its designs forward a high stakes one.

Chief Financial Officer Philippe Blondiaux told Reuters in June that Viard was there for the long term.

He denied that Chanel had had any discussions with former Celine designer Phoebe Philo, rumored in industry circles as another possible successor to Lagerfeld.]]>
7/2/2019 1:23:06 PM
<![CDATA[Globally Loved P30 Series Breaks the Record for Reaching 10 Million Sales within Shortest Time]]>
Thanks to Huawei’s continuous innovation, P30 Series smartphones offer outstanding user experience with SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera, 10x Hybrid Zoom, ultra-long battery life and new color choices like Breathing Crystal and Amber Sunrise. Many top media outlets praised P30 Series as the “Best Flagship of 2019” and "Best Phone for Photography".

Huawei invested more than CNY480 billion over the past decade, helping establish its powerful technological strength and partnerships in both the software and hardware supply chains, enabling Huawei to pioneer many new technologies and experience in the smartphone industry. Huawei believes that continuous innovation and technological leadership will continue to expand the boundaries of smartphones, creating an all-scenario smart life experience for consumers. This the cornerstone of confidence from a large Huawei user community.
7/1/2019 3:42:35 PM
<![CDATA[Ahl Masr Chairwoman calls for support in petitioning UN for Humanity Burn Free Day]]>
During her time there, Heba Sewedy will be working on petitioning the United Nations on assigning a day, internationally recognized as Humanity Burn Free Day. A day that signals our support and acceptance of those survivors, just as we support and accept the survivors of cancer, aids and disability.

Dr. Heba ElSewedy is asking you all to change the world, help make this a reality by showing your support and signing a petition on our website.


7/1/2019 2:44:25 PM
<![CDATA[Japan resumes commercial whaling after 3-decade hiatus]]>
As an IWC member, Japan halted commercial whaling in 1988 but hunted whales for what it claims were research purposes, a practice criticized internationally as a cover for commercial whaling.

On Monday morning, the Nisshin Maru, a whale factory ship belonging to Kyodo Senpaku Co., and two other whalers left the port of Shimonoseki in the western Japan prefecture of Yamaguchi to hunt minke, sei and Bryde's whales offshore.

Five small vessels from six operators also left Kushiro in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido to hunt minke whales in coastal waters.

One whale has been caught by one of the small vessels, the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association said. The whale is expected to be brought to Kushiro port later in the day]]>
7/1/2019 11:15:00 AM
<![CDATA[South Africa slings back the fynbos-flavored gin]]>
If the British made use of the freely available local juniper berries to bequeath the taste for gin, it is South Africa’s young entrepreneurs who are exploiting the unique vegetation of the shrub- and heathland of the coastal Cape.

From under a dozen gin distilleries in 2015, there are now around 65 nationwide, according to the Gin Box subscription club, supplying outlets from artisanal and farmers’ markets in Cape Town to the gastronomic hot spots of Johannesburg.

“Before craft gin drinks came around, the gins that we had were all imported gins. And they only used international flavors, foreign flavors,” said Albert van Wyk, co-owner of the Johannesburg gin maker Ginologist.

The distillery sits in a refashioned warehouse under Johannesburg’s busiest highway that also hosts live bands and art markets on weekends. Inside, clear liquids bubbled disconcertingly in industrial-size glass vessels above outsize versions of science-lab Bunsen burners.

“Our Citrus Gin gets all its citrus from the region up north in Mpumalanga,” van Wyk said. “And our Floral Gin uses hereditaranium, which is a unique South African flavor.”

Beer remains easily South Africans’ favorite alcoholic drink, and the higher-margin craft beers have also enjoyed a recent upswing.

But analysts say the beer market, craft and commercial, has reached its ceiling, and that South Africans are joining a global trend in shifting to whiskey, brandy and gin - especially women between 18 and 35. Van Wyk said gin sales in some grocery chains were growing by 40% a year.

A 2018 report by market researcher Euromonitor International found craft spirits in South Africa were set for healthy growth in coming years - even if “increasingly obscure and radical botanical tinctures” risked overcrowding the segment.

South African retailers this year surprisingly reported alcohol performing better than grocery items in an otherwise depressed environment where consumers are spending less.

With the cheapest bottle of artisanal gin averaging around 350 rand ($28), annual consumption around last year’s 15.2 million liters or more should keep the distillers in business for a while yet.]]>
6/30/2019 2:39:32 PM
<![CDATA[Women's World Cup fans party in New York's Times Square as U.S. tops France]]>
The quarter-final game, pitting the No. 1 seeded Americans against the host of this year’s World Cup, was considered the best match up yet in a tournament that has generated unprecedented excitement and TV ratings for the women’s game.

The crowd that filled the square, best known for its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, watched the Fox Sports broadcast on the largest TV display in the world, mounted on a skyscraper at the head of the so-called Crossroads of the World.

Most of the fans in Times Square were rooting for the powerful U.S. national team, and they were not disappointed by the 2-1 final.

Sitting on one of the improvised seating areas clad in a red, white and blue jersey, Alex Schnur followed the U.S. team’s every move.

“I am a huge soccer fan,” said the 20-year-old student from Connecticut. “The talent that the women’s team has displayed - everything they do both on and off the field - is what a lot of Americans want to see; it’s inspiring.”

Cheers erupted when Megan Rapinoe, the violet-haired star of the U.S. squad, fired a shot into the goal in the first five minutes of the match, giving the Americans an early advantage over their opponent.

But Sophie Jimenez, 41, a nurse from France’s Brittany region who was visiting New York with her children, was unfazed when her home country fell behind in the match broadcast from Paris.

“I want to see France win! In the United States!” Jimenez chirped cheerfully.

Television ratings for this year’s broadcast have been strong in the United States and abroad, with a record-breaking 1.5 million supporters expected to attend the matches in France, underscoring the growing popularity of the women’s game.

“We want to give it absolute big-game treatment,” said David Neal, executive producer of Fox Sport’s FIFA World Cup broadcast.

Neal said that a possible France-U.S. bout had been on his team’s radar since December as a potential marquee event and that once the match was set his team decided to “pull out all the stops.”

Through the round of 16, ratings for this year’s women’s World Cup were up 21% compared with 2015 - the year of the previous women’s World Cup - Fox Sports said, with France’s victory over Brazil earning the highest-ever ratings for a non-U.S. women’s World Cup match.

“Coming into this event, we knew that the bar that we all collectively set was very high,” said Neal. “It’s extremely gratifying the numbers exceeding even our lofty goals.”]]>
6/29/2019 11:09:42 AM
<![CDATA[EmanoArts, creating dream home]]>
Her passion started in handmade copper lighting with an ethnic look and feel. As her company have admired a lot lighting that gives a beautiful shadow pattern on walls, it expanded to be specialized in home decor crazy designs too!

Our collection have gradually been expanded with copper cushions, such as candles, wooden cabinets and very special copper furniture. We make and use lots of materials in our copper designs.

EmanoArts has become known among stylists and interior design professionals in Egypt.

You can now find us for years at Egyptian international trade shows such as IHS and Craffiti Egypt in Cairo. We are now ready to establish and grow and show our lovely products in the international shows.

Also, we have a number of our own EmanoArts stores in Cairo.

EmanoArts' products are totally unique, handmade, and include traditional designs and techniques, to which we give a modern twist through our own design.

EmanoArts has their own factory in Cairo. We ensure that the craftsmen receive a fair price for their craftsmanship. We love rich decoration, beautiful materials and sensual shapes.

With EmanoArts you and us create a perfect basis for a beautiful cosmopolitan collection with a nice feel, cause we make our products with lots of love.

Our team is passionate about making each piece perfectly and is happy to serve their customers. In our lovely Egypt, we managed to sell lots of our products and we are very happy to see our special designs in many houses; that is why we are preparing to expand internationally.

EmanoArts is keen to design products that make the dreams of our customers in this regard come true, and that is our dream in the future.
6/28/2019 2:52:03 PM
<![CDATA[IBM and the Egyptian Ministry of Education launchthe country’s first P-TECH School to Address the Digital Skills Shortage]]>
The P-TECH framework aims to create technical and professional educational opportunities for Egyptian students to provide them with the skills and experience for tech-related ‘new collar’jobs, which involve technologies such ascybersecurity, cloud computing and digital design, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

With more than 22 million students , Egypt is home to the largest school system in the Middle East. Supporting the country transition towards a system that promotes the skills and competencies of the future and address the digital skills shortage, IBM is pioneering P-TECHin Egypt.

The P-TECH education model, designed and launched by IBM in 2011 in close partnership with educational institutions and businesses across the globe, is a direct response to the dual challenge of tech skills shortages and access to high quality education and workforce preparedness opportunities.

The first P-TECH school in Egypt will be operational at Al Shorouq Advanced Technical School, which falls under one of the Ministry of Education's school in Al Sherouq,beginning in September this year. This initiative is in collaboration with Al Alfi Foundation an NGO focused on the development of STEM education who will provide teachers’ training and development for the school. IBM volunteers will be fully involved in mentoring the students, site visits, and planning project days at the school.

Upon completion of the five-year integrated learning curriculum, the students will not only be qualified for job opportunities in areas like cloud, cyber security and AI, but they will also have the opportunity to complete their college education at faculties of computer science in Egypt.

“IBM is proud to support the holistic efforts that the government is currently making for national educationreform,” said WaelAbdoush, General Manager, IBM Egypt. “Through 65 years of our presence in Egypt, IBM has always stressed on the importance of investing in the country’s youth.With this initiative, we are leading the way for Egyptian students to build skills for the technology era.”

Thanks to PTECH, students benefit from professional workplace experiences, through mentorships and internships provided by affiliated industry partners. The program offers a seamless pathway from high school to college completion and career readiness, with a clear goal to prepare young people for academic achievement and economic opportunity, regardless of their backgrounds. In a world where technology is impacting every existing job, the P-TECH model is relevant to all industries.

IBM has been making investments and partnering with governments, educational institutions and businesses around the world to equip the global workforce for emerging "New Collar jobs";jobs that require technical skills, but not always a traditional university degree. At least 14 countries worldwide are adopting the P-TECH education model so far, with affiliations to75 universities and more than 600 industry partners. By the end of 2019, it is expected there will be 200 P-TECH schools, with 125,000 students at full enrollment.
6/27/2019 10:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[France's Mirazur crowned world's best restaurant, Denmark's Noma is No. 2]]>
The three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Menton climbed to the top from third last year, replacing Italy’s Osteria Francescana.

Mirazur’s menu, which includes dishes like salt-crusted beetroot from the garden with caviar cream, is inspired by the sea, the mountains and produce from its own gardens, which cascade over three levels.

Its Argentine-born chef Mauro Colagreco told Reuters he felt like he “was in the sky” after winning the award, which “showed the world when you have a dream all is possible”. He and his team accepted the prize carrying a banner that combined the flags of Argentina, France, Brazil and Italy.

Launched in 2002, the 50 Best list has grown in prominence to rival the long-established Michelin star system. The ceremony in Singapore is the first to be held in Asia.

After a change in the rules earlier this year, restaurants that previously topped the poll will no longer be eligible for the annual ranking. Past winners, including Osteria Francescana, joined a newly created “Best of the Best” category.

René Redzepi’s re-opened Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, debuted on the 2019 list at No. 2. In its previous incarnation, Noma won the top title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Spain dominated the top 10 list with three restaurants. Asador Etxebarri in Axpe was ranked No.3 for showing off simple ingredients by grilling them, while Mugaritz was seventh and Disfrutar came ninth.

Compiled by William Reed Business Media, the Best 50 list is based on the experiences of more than 1,000 restaurant industry experts around the world.

The only Asian restaurant in the top 10 was Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand, at No. 4. Kolkata-born chef Gaggan Anand’s playful menu includes a curry dish that diners are encouraged to lick from the plate, while music by rock band Kiss plays in the background.

Another Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium, was fifth on the list, while Paris’s Arpège, where vegetables take center-stage, was No. 8.

Peru, which has emerged in recent years as a top culinary destination, featured twice in the top 10 — Lima’s Central remained sixth, while Japanese-Peruvian fusion outlet Maido, with its 50-hour-cooked beef short rib, was No. 10.]]>
6/26/2019 2:19:27 PM
<![CDATA[The Terrace Kicks off at the Hilton Cairo Zamalek]]>
A very special minimum charge EGP 120.00 All-inclusive, to book your table please call 01001604031]]>
6/25/2019 2:37:28 PM
<![CDATA['realme 3 Pro': new player in Mid-range Segment Launches in Egyptian Market]]>
3 Pro is reinforced by Snapdragon 710 AIE processor and the Adreno 616 GPU for upgraded imaging and game performance. In addition, it comes with 4045mAh battery and VOOC 3.0 low voltage, high-efficiency fast charging. This charger enables you to get 5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes.

When it comes to screens, 3 Pro is a revolution in appearance and full of surprises. With a 6.3-inch dewdrop screen top and 1.55mm thin bezel, 3 Pro boasts a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, super wide view, and much more efficient display of information. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, its screen allows consumers to enjoy a full-screen visual feast.

In terms of imaging, realme offers an excellent image-taking experience to the user through hardware enhancement and software algorithm tuning. Nightscape, Chrome Boost, and Ultra HD modes of the 3 Pro have been completely upgraded from the previous versions, resulting in a more outstanding photo shooting experience. Not only does it offer the previous, but also, 3 Pro's Chrome Boost meets users' needs for imaging effects, color, and image style. The newly configured Ultra HD mode uses multi-frame synthesis technology, allowing multiple pictures of 16 million pixels each to be synthesized into one ultra-HD picture with 64MP – a bigger size for more beautiful images in better quality.

Finally, 3 Pro is equipped with the Color OS 6.0 operating system with a borderless design concept. Moreover, it has a unique color aesthetic: with high-contrast, high-saturation color combinations that offer a stark contrast ratio, 3 Pro provides extraordinarily personalized color aesthetics. 3 Pro is available in Lightning Purple and Nitro Blue.

The first version 4GB+64GB will be available on Jumia starting 26th of June until 2nd of July for 3,890 EGP, and available in stores for 3,990 EGP. The second version; 6GB+128GB, its reservation will take place beforehand on BTECH’s website starting the 26th of June until the 4th of July for 4,990EGP.

“With this product, we have boldly tried a new combination of technology, combining user feedback on previous products to bring the flagship experience into the 4,000 to 5,000 EGP price range,” said Andro Nabil, Marketing Communication & Public Relations Manager at realme Egypt. "Today, realme has over 80,000 users in Egypt. They have witnessed and participated in the birth and development of realme, and will continue to grow with us.”

Nabil also announced that, realme was granted 5G licenses for commercial use. As such, realme will be one of the first smartphone brands to launch commercial 5G smartphones in China.

Not only did realme launch its 3 Pro in today’s event, but also C2 was revealed to the fans. What makes this phone different and unique, is that it has unprecedented visual, interactive, and animation designs. The new C2 has a Dewdrop Screen that enables the user to get more immersive experience while watching videos or playing games. APCF material is added on the screen to increase the penetration rate, so the brightness is improved by 35%. One can clearly see the content on the screen even under the sun, thus a more comfortable visual experience is provided. Not to ignore the strength of its battery, C2’s battery is 4000mAh, to guarantee an entire day of usage without charging. C2 comes with a Helio P22 processor with a 3GB+32GB memory for 2,990 EGP, and will be available for Flash Sale on Jumia on the 12th of July. This phone will definitely be the first choice of the Egyptian youth because they will receive a valuable phone with a wide range of great features at affordable and reasonable prices.

Since its launch earlier this year, realme Egypt has achieved a boasting sales growth of 30% in May, with the same increase rate in June.
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6/25/2019 2:11:36 PM
<![CDATA[AAIB attracting foreign sights: Jennifer Lopez makes first appearance in New Alamein City]]>
Believing in the role of tourism and new mega projects in developing the communities and contributing to the economies where we operate as a leading financial group, our primary objectives from this cooperation are furnishing our financial services to existing and prospect customers, trying to put the country back on the map as a prime touristic destination, marketing the New Alamein City and showcasing the progress that has been achieved in it and marking Egypt as a safe and prominent destination capable to host such a spectacular international concert.

The New Alamein City is one of Egypt’s most important projects expected to be one of Egypt’s most attractive places for touristic destinations. It is planned to include universities, schools and touristic activities that are supposed to increase employment rates and allow residents to enjoy a life that includes a magnificent sea view. It is worth mentioning that in addition to its economic and social impacts, the City will also have positive environmental impacts as it will rely on natural energy and water resources in providing drinking water through desalination using solar energy, which marks Egypt’s on the map of renewable energy users.

The contract was signed by Sherif Hassan the Director of Marketing & Corporate Communication of Arab African International Bank, and Rabih Mokbel Venture Lifestyle’s CEO.AAIB considered this memorable event’s potential positive economic, social and environmental impact, therefore encouraged this leap in Egypt’s development.For years, tourism contributed to the economy and job opportunities in several sectors including transportation, food and beverages, hospitality and events.

Although Egypt is equipped with all sources of tourism attraction including a pleasant climate, natural sceneries and one third of the world's monuments, we still need to add activities that meet the interests of the young generation.

Since the world now has a high youth population, entertainment tourism has become a source for attracting domestic as well as international tourists. The concert, is expected to draw a large crowd and give international media exposure for Egypt andthe New Alamein City which will increase the infrastructure and tourism capacity of the city, foster its image, attract investors and real-estate developers and increase the number of new jobs being created.

6/25/2019 2:08:00 PM
<![CDATA[IBM bolsters investment in Egypt with two new Centersto accelerate digital transformation]]>
Supporting Egypt’s national agenda, the centers aim to help fast track Egypt’s digital transformation for both public and private organizations through advanced technologies including AI, digital, security, block chain and hybrid cloud.

IBM has selected Egypt as the location for its two strategic centers because of the country’s unique advantage as an innovation hub in the region, with access to highly skilled talent. The centers will foster innovation by providing an enhanced customer experience, connecting clients with high level technical expertise.

“For almost a century, IBM has played an essential role in building strong partnerships to help accelerate transformation and create sustained societal impact across the Middle East and Africa,” said Takreem El Tohamy, General Manager IBM Middle East and Africa. “We've been working with clients and partners to develop skills, build out infrastructure and boost local research to develop unique solutions to the region’s challenges. Today we’re witnessing the further expansion of our footprint in the region.”

IBM has made major contributions to Egypt’s economythrough skills development, job creation and helping organizations explore the full potential of innovative technologies. For example, IBM has supported the digitization of citizen services, banking the unbanked, transforming the healthcare and insurance sectors,and empowering entrepreneurship.

According to the Commercial International Bank (CIB), one of IBM'skey banking clients in Egypt: "IBM is a strategic partner to CIB in running and building the bank's IT roadmap with their world-class technology solutions and services,” said Khurram Qadir, Chief Information Officer, Commercial International Bank (CIB). “With IBM’s technology solutions, we achieved seamless integration within systems and build robust infrastructure platform. IBM enterprise solutions like enterprise data capture and content management solution, enterprise archiving solution helped us to build efficient technology platforms for the business. IBM Business process management platform helped in improving CIB business processes. We value IBM's true partnership and will continue to partner with them in our future Technology journey."

“This is another step forward in IBM’s commitment to Egypt," said Wael Abdoush, General Manager, IBM Egypt. “Since its establishment in Egypt in 1954, IBM has been contributingtowards the Egyptian economy and working side by side with the Egyptian government on multiple projects of national importance.”

The Cairo Innovation and Industry Client Center will help IBM clients to address business by providing an enhanced customer experience and connecting them with advanced technical skills and expertise.With focus on AI, cloud, blockchain, security, and IoT, the center will displaylive demos for IBM solutions including customer proofs of concept for key industries including Government, Telco, Banking and others. The center in Cairo is the 8th in the Middle East and Africa network of IBM Client Centers that consists of centers in Casablanca, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Istanbul, Lagos and Nairobi.

The IBM Marketing Services Center in Cairo, servingthe Middle East and Africa, will help ensure optimized end-to-end digital marketing campaign executionin English and Arabic, with Turkish and French planned by the end of 2019.Hiring topEgyptian talents, the objective of the center is to act as the marketing engine for IBM across the region

IBM has also moved its Egypt headquarters to the Smart Village in Cairo.
6/25/2019 1:56:50 PM
<![CDATA[Naomi Campbell says racial diversity in fashion should not be just a trend]]>
One of fashion’s most recognizable faces, Campbell has long spoken of discrimination in the industry where she has worked for 33 years.

The 49-year-old Campbell was the first black model to appear on the covers of French Vogue and Time magazine. She was also the first black model on the cover of American Vogue’s key September issue.

Asked how the industry had changed, Campbell said: “In so many ways, but most importantly the diversity. It’s finally ... sunken in but now we hope people don’t think it’s in for a trend, like clothes are in for a season and out for a season, that’s not going to happen.”

“It’s improved absolutely, I can’t say it hasn’t. I do think there’s always more room for improvement ... There’s still some ways to go,” she added referring to equal pay.

Campbell began her career as a teenager and has modeled for fashion heavyweights, such as Versace, Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, among many others. She has also championed African designers and co-produced April’s Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

International supermodel and activist Naomi Campbell speaks to Reuters during an interview in London, Britain, June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Asked if African designers were finally getting recognition, she said: “We’re on our way, we’re not there yet, but we’re getting the platform ... they deserve to have.”

On designer labels improving their green credentials as public environmental awareness grows, Campbell said most brands were “very aware of sustainability.”

“I feel that everyone is consciously aware now and trying to do their part. It’s amazing, you go on set now to do shoots and it has to be a non-plastic shoot.”

One of the five major supermodels of the early 1990s, Campbell has featured on the covers of more than 500 magazines. However she wrote in this month’s British Vogue she only recently began feeling more at ease in her own skin.

“Just because I’m a model doesn’t mean that I felt comfortable,” she told Reuters.

“If I would put on something that was figure hugging and I had to go outside and get a taxi in New York City, I’d always tie a cardigan around my waist because I felt a little self-conscious.”

Campbell founded charitable organization Fashion For Relief in 2005, hosting catwalk shows to raise funds for causes that have included victims of Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan.

She began her charity work with late South African president Nelson Mandela, who referred to her as “honorary granddaughter.”

The British Fashion Council on Monday said Campbell would receive the Fashion Icon Award at December’s Fashion Awards in recognition of her industry contribution and charity work. Campbell said the award was “an honor and thrill.”

Asked about Britain’s impending departure from the European Union and its impact on the country’s fashion industry, London-born Campbell said: “How’s Brexit going to affect the country on the whole is what I care about.

“I don’t think divide is good in any situation and there is a divide and when there’s divide there’s unrest, and unrest is not good.”

But she added that she hoped there would be more opportunities in fashion.

“When people say global to me and I ask them if they mean are they in Africa and they say no, they’re not global to me ... So if this is going to open up the territories that were not included ... then I’m for it in our fashion industry.”]]>
6/25/2019 12:25:41 PM
<![CDATA[Indian Embassy celebrates 5th International Day of Yoga]]>
Ambassador of India Rahul Kulshreshth thanked all attendees and the Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority for facilitating all procedures needed to hold the event. A mass Yoga class was led by an Indian Yoga instructor. That was followed by a ceremony to honor individuals who contributed to the spread of Yoga in Egypt and the winners of the Yoga photography contest.

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A day later, celebrations took place in Ismailiyah. The Indian ambassador and Menia Governor Qasim Mohamed Hussein attended the closing of the Intentional Day of Yoga celebrations in the governorate on Sunday.

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.

6/24/2019 3:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[Aisha Saleh wins 2018CEO Light & Warmth Award ]]>
Not only does this make the hotel’s F&B options more sustainable, it also makes hotel operations more efficient.

Aisha has also explored new options for waste management and negotiated a deal between a renewable energy company and all of Hilton's hotels in Egypt that will convert used cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel.

Her efforts are helping us reach our 2030 Goals by reducing CO2 emissions, and have generated more than LE 75,000 (USD $4,200) for area hotels. Aisha, congratulations again and thank you for your commitment to your community!
6/24/2019 1:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japan eats whale]]>
Though Japan’s government maintains that eating whale is a cherished part of its food culture, nationwide consumption didn’t really take off until after World War Two and peaked in the early 1960s before falling as other protein sources became cheaply available.

A 1986 global whaling moratorium made whale a pricey food that rarely appears on family tables or in ordinary supermarkets, with vendors relying on Japan’s scientific research whaling for their supply. Japan resumes commercial whaling on July 1.

“A lot of people came in after hearing that the research whaling had ended, worried that they couldn’t get whale anymore,” Ichihara said. “They were surprised to hear whale is taken in Japan too.”

True aficionados have endured, sating their whale cravings largely through speciality restaurants such as the one Ichihara, 42, operates in Minamiboso, just east of Tokyo.

Traditional recipes include blubber with vinegar-miso sauce, thinly sliced whale tongue, whale steak, a hotpot where slices of whale meat are simmered with mizuna greens and, the simplest, raw whale dipped in soy sauce.

Several restaurants have come up with whaleburgers, a patty of whale meat sandwiched between buns or pressed rice.

Ichihara’s restaurant offers many of these, as well as a unique take on traditional whale treats: fried whale dressed with slivered vegetables and vinegar, grilled marinated whale steak, and raw whale chopped with miso and scallions.

Aficionados say whale tastes somewhat like beef, but with a stronger flavor. Whaling advocates point to its high protein content and low carbon footprint compared with other meats.

Ichihara’s mother-in-law, Yachiyo, praises it as an ideal food.

“When it’s in your mouth, it’s meat, but when it’s in your stomach it’s like fish, it’s light,” she said.

Whale represents only 0.1 percent of Japan’s meat consumption, so proponents say getting the next generation to eat it is essential.

Schools occasionally serve it for lunch, including some - like those in Chigasaki, a city west of Tokyo that is not a traditional whaling area - as a way of teaching children what people ate in the past.

To make it appealing to students, whale is usually served as fried nuggets, often with a soy-ginger sauce or ketchup, said Emi Yamaguchi, at the Chigasaki Board of Education.

“Since it’s such a rare thing, it’d be too bad to have lots left over,” she said. “It’s a special event so the kids are excited, and we make it in ways that appeal to them.”

The Ichiharas have taken part in whale-cooking contests to develop new dishes, with prizes going to items such as whale-filled spring rolls. A Minamiboso roadside store stocks whale-stuffed Chinese buns and whale ham along with more traditional items and cookies sold in boxes decorated with whales.

Yoko Ichihara wishes more people ate whale at home, but is reassured by the restart of commercial whaling.

“I’d be concerned if I heard we couldn’t eat whale in Japan, but since we’ll be able to take them here, I have no worries,” she said.

But she also noted wryly that the restaurant’s most popular menu items are things like whale cutlets and croquettes.

“They like the things that don’t taste much like whale, which seems like a bit of a waste,” she added.]]>
6/24/2019 11:47:37 AM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI WATCH GT sells more than two million units globally ]]>
Referencing leading analyst firm IDC's data report for global wearable vendors in the first quarter of 2019, Huawei has achieved year-on-year growth of 282.2% compared to the same quarter last year, shipping five million units in total which put sit among the top three global wearable vendors.

Since launch the HUAWEI WATCH GT has won praise from media and consumers a like claiming several awards for its many stand-out technological features1 especially its battery life. After research revealed that short run time between charges was a pain point for consumers, Huawei responded by introducing WATCH GT which is powered byHuawei’s in-house Lite OS system and empowered dual-chip set architecture to deliver ultra-long battery life. Users can now expect - under typical usage conditions, including all day wear and heart rate function activated, scientific sleeping function activated at night, 90 minutes of exercise per week and message notification – to get up to two weeks’full functionality between charges. A post- purchase study conducted earlier this year shows that 81% of consumers buy the WATCH GT because of its class-leading battery life.2

Other technological innovations welcomed by consumers include:

• Huawei Truseen 3.0 heart rate monitor technology that can monitor the heart rate for an entire day (24 hours) in real time providing detailed feedback on a user’s health. This technology was nominated for the MWC 2019 Best Wearable Mobile Technology Award.
• Huawei Trusleep 2.0 which helps users to identify six typical sleep problems and provide advice and personalized services to improve sleep quality.
• More than 10 sport modes, which help consumers track and monitor their exercise regimes and training schedules.

In March of this year, Huawei launched two new editions, 46mm Active Edition and 42mm Elegant Edition, providing consumers with even more choice.

Based on the impressive first quarter performance including strong sales from major Chinese e-commerce platforms, Huawei remains confident in its continued growth in the expanding wearable technology market, led by the HUAWEI WATCH GT.

With a deep commitment to R&D - data from the 2018 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard puts Huawei fifth in the list ofglobal investors in R&D and the only Chinese company to make the top ten3 - and a firm belief in developing products that solve consumer challenges by innovative technology, Huawei aims to provide even more popular products for consumers around the world.

6/23/2019 1:16:06 PM
<![CDATA[Australians brave the chill for nude solstice swim in Tasmania]]>
The annual swim takes place on the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere, and this year, a record number of swimmers in nothing but red caps ran for the River Derwent.

Joy Walter, a 91-year-old from Tasmania’s northeast, was one of the 1,915 who dashed for the water at 7:42 a.m. (2142 GMT on Friday), when the air temperature was just 5 Celsius (41 Fahrenheit).

“I just thought I’d like to do that,” Walter said. “I’ll be 92 in 44 days, and so I thought I better do it while I still can.”

Now in its seventh year, the nude swim is part of Dark Mofo, a three-week winter festival of music and art that features exhibitions, light and sound installations, and live performances across Tasmanian capital Hobart.]]>
6/23/2019 12:20:41 PM
<![CDATA[Acropolis Museum opens ancient Athens neighborhood site below its base]]>
The museum, which sits at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens, houses masterpiece sculptures of Greek antiquity, including works from the Parthenon, one of the most influential buildings in Western civilization.

“Visitors can come down and see ancient ruins of the city of Athens, especially in the area south of the Acropolis,” Acropolis Museum Director Dimitris Pantermalis told Reuters.

“We hope to also present the movable finds of the excavation soon, to give a picture of the daily life of ancient Athens.”

Below the museum’s base which floats on concrete pillars, lies a neighborhood of excavated homes, workshops, baths, streets and drainage trenches, uncovered during works to build the museum.

Walking through the site along metal ramps, visitors can see the baths of lavish mansions, which at the time included chambers where bathers could warm up before taking a dip in heated pools.

One of the highlights is the home of a wealthy Athenian, dating back to the sixth century AD.

“It was fascinating, an amazing experience,” said Carl Hoover, 63, a visitor from Colorado. He said he was most impressed by the mosaic floor and the sophisticated pipes and drainage systems.

Designed by architect Bernard Tschumi with a view to reflect the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greece, the Acropolis Museum has attracted more than 14 million visitors since it opened doors 10 years ago.

Greece has repeatedly called on Britain to release Parthenon marbles currently housed at its national museum, recently upping the rhetoric in a near 200-year-old campaign for the sculptures’ return.]]>
6/22/2019 11:22:51 AM
<![CDATA[MARAKEZ to open largest Mall in the Delta Region in Tanta in Fall 2019]]>
“The imminent opening of Mall of Tanta represents the fulfillment of MARAKEZ’s ambitious strategy to invest in Egypt’s under-served Governorates. With almost all foreign investment focused in Cairo and Alexandria, we are extremely pleased to bring a fully-fledged, 21st century shopping and entertainment experience to the 5 million residents of the Delta region. We have recently secured an additional location in Mansoura and hope to expand into other Governorates in the near future. “, said Ahmed Badrawi, Executive Vice Chairman of MARAKEZ.

Throughout its phases of development and operation, Mall of Tanta will provide more than 10,000 job opportunities for Egyptians across various employment levels and the type of service offered by the Mall will raise the capacity of workers involved. MARAKEZ will conduct workshops and trainings for staff members on a regular basis to further enhance skill levels and knowledge to support the mall’s tenants such as Spinneys, LC Waikiki, Billy Beez, Galaxy cinema and MAX to name a few.

 “MARAKEZ is the first prime mall developer to invest in the Delta, providing economic opportunities in the Delta region and beyond” said Basil Ramzy, CEO of MARAKEZ. “Mall of Tanta will be a commercial and entertainment hub with wide-reaching benefits to the area. At MARAKEZ, we aim to build and operate projects that are the heart and soul of the communities they serve.


MARAKEZ has invested approximately EGP 1 billion in Mall of Tanta, which occupies over 33 acres, with 60,000 m2 built-up area and with 40,000 m2 of gross leasable area. Mall of Tanta is a fully integrated shopping and amusement center featuring high-end, international fashion brands with 140 retail outlets, 30 diverse dining outlets and a multi-screen cineplex. Mall of Tanta will also feature a dedicated furniture zone and a children’s indoor entertainment area to satisfy the needs of the entire family. With 1,500 surface parking spaces, the mall provides convenient parking and access for all tenants and visitors.

In just three short years since entering the Egyptian market in 2015, MARAKEZ has consolidated multi-sector investments of AlHokair Group worth EGP 15 billion. From East Cairo to West Cairo, from secondary cities such as the Nile Delta or satellite cities such as Sixth of October, MARAKEZ brings significant depth and breadth of experience in commercial, retail, and residential real-estate including food and entertainment, while creating thousands of job opportunities for Egyptians.]]>
6/20/2019 2:08:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ranks 1st in pilgrim number in Arab world, 4th in world]]>
The number of Egyptian pilgrims who performed Umrah in 2019 was about 538,940 from the beginning of the Umrah season until the third day of Eid al-Fitr.

Egyptian tourism companies exceeded the number set by the Ministry of Tourism by 500,000 visas.

This increase is due to Saudi Arabia's adoption of the e-Visa system, which grants companies the right to issue a visa once the Umrah fee is paid, without reference to the Ministry of Tourism or the Saudi Consulate in Cairo.

In May 2019, the Ministry of Tourism cancelled the additional Umrah fees estimated at SAR 2000 for those who performed Umrah within 3 years, informing all tourism companies of the decision.

The Egyptian ministry’s decision is based on the Administrative Court's rule to cancel additional Umrah fees for those who perform it for the second time in 3 years.
Umrah is the non-mandatory pilgrimage to Mecca, which may be performed at any time of the year.

6/20/2019 11:44:09 AM
<![CDATA[15-minute morning workout to boost your energy levels]]>CAIRO – 20 June 2019: Waking up on time is hard enough, but imagine waking up 30-minutes earlier than your regular routine?

A quick cardio routine in the morning will keep you refreshed and looking fine.

This magical morning workout works just as good maybe even better than a cup of coffee in boosting your energy levels.

An average 10-minute workout will burn near 100 calories; a 30-minute workout and we are already at 300, and in a week around 2000 calories.

This is will boost your metabolism and lead you to a healthier lifestyle. One smart decision could be the start of something big.

This simple workout could take from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. It targets different muscles and body functions that work magic to give you the best you can be. It can be done anywhere, all you need is you!

• High Knees (30-Count)

High Knees

• Mountain Climbers (30-Count)

Mountain Climbers

• Push-ups (15-Count)


• Squats (15-Count)


• Lunges (10-Count each leg)


• Plank (30-seconds)


• Toe Touches (30-Count)


• Sit-ups (10-Count)


• Leg Raises (10-Count)

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• Scissors (15-count)


• Jumping Jacks (15-Count)

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• Burpees (5-Count)

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Not only will this simple workout give you better mood throughout the day, but also will improve your digestive system. Ohh before I forget, you will obviously get a better night sleep. Happy getting in shape season!

6/20/2019 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Startup Fintech Wins Visa’s Grand Cash Prize of $50,000]]>
The event was held on the sidelines of Seamless North Africa 2019 over the past two days. The Egyptian startup, Paynas, was granted Visa’s grand prize after competing with four Egyptian and international startups.

By relying on cloud computing technologies, Paynas specializes in providing financial solutions for human resources features, employees payroll, as well as other offered benefits by employers. The award falls within Visa’s ongoing efforts to support innovation and creativity in the financial technology sector and was presented following a competition held in cooperation with the Central Bank of Egypt that provided an opportunity to Fintechs to present their creative solutions to a panel of distinguished jurors.

The Visa pitch-off that provided an opportunity to Fintechs from all over the world to present their creative solutions , live and on stage, to leading industry experts at the prestigious FinTech and e-commerce conference and exhibition in the North Africa region held under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of Egypt.

During the competition, Fintechs were given 5 minutes to convince leading industry experts of their innovative solutions in any of the fields of financial inclusion, digital payments, insurance, settlements, asset management, mobile solutions, P2P, security, authentication or other fintech related solutions.

“We are happy to offer Paynas the grand prize, and Visa is always keen on developing the financial sector in Egypt and in the region and expanding our relationship with the government. We have partnered with the Central Bank of Egypt in conducting workshops related to financial inclusion and we’re always looking to build the ecosystem that fosters innovative ideas. Providing the support, knowledge, and best practices is always a key priority for Visa to nurture Fintechs around the region,” stated Ahmed Gaber, Visa General Manager, North Africa.

“The Fintech pitch-off provided local and global Fintechs with an opportunity to affirm their innovative approach towards solving pain points facing numerous industries. The pitch-off is an opportunity for people at all levels in the Fintech community to talk to each other, share what challenges them and learn from each other. We are working on making it simpler and quicker for early stage start-ups to connect with our network than ever before. ,” continued Gaber.

Visa recently announced it is expanding its Fintech Fast-Track Program in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region as part of its efforts in developing the next generation of digital payment solutions. Already rolled out in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the program provides innovative fintechs with a faster and easier integration process with VisaNet, Visa’s global network, in addition to a suite of tailored digital solutions and growth capabilities.

The Fintech Fast-Track program provides a new commercial framework that includes access to Visa’s payment capabilities, reduced fees and streamlined processes.]]>
6/19/2019 2:35:58 PM
<![CDATA[7 healthy snacks to enjoy by the beach]]>CAIRO – 19 June 2019: Soak up your daily dose of Vitamin D in style with these snacks in hand. Egypt's North Coast, known as Sahel, is filled with unnecessary food splurge expenses that you can avoid by prepping yourself.

Pack the essentials, but do not forget the healthy beach snacks that will keep your stomach satisfied throughout the day. Here are our favorite summer snacks to enjoy by the beach.

1- Watermelon


Watermelon is a great way to hydrate your body by the beach. Keep them in the fridge over night for a nice refreshing snack.

2- Grapes


Not only are grapes rich in antioxidants, but they are also a quick and easy snack to nibble on. Try them frozen!

3- Almonds


Almonds are very high in protein and satisfy sugar cravings. They also keep you full for hours. A ¼ cup of almonds or 23 medium sized almonds has a whopping five grams of protein and five grams of fiber.

4- Granola Bars


Granola Bars can be a hit or miss depending on the ones you pick. Try to look for ones that are low in sugar.

5- Vegetables with Hummus


Hummus is high in protein and vegetables are a very good source of vitamins. Pick your favorite vegetables from cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, and celery.

6- Popcorn


Popcorn will keep you full and light for a couple of hours.

7- Trail Mix


Personalizing your own trail mix is the best way to go. Add your favorite nuts, dried fruit along with some chocolate chips.

Be smart about your food choices during this time of year. Fill your plate with three main components, namely vegetables, fruits and protein. Remember to keep things simple, and pack smartly. Happy meal prepping!

6/19/2019 2:14:33 PM
<![CDATA[Google celebrated world day of falafel]]>
Falafel is one of the most popular meals and the favorite breakfast for many in Egypt and Sudan.

The most popular theory suggests the dish was invented in Egypt about 1000 years ago by Egyptians.

It is made from ground chickpeas and fava beans or both,herbs, spices and onions are usually added to the dough. Some countries cook flafel using hummus instead of beans.

Falafel contains a large amount of dietary fiber, vitamins and proteins that supplies the body with energy and helps people feel fuller for a longer period.

India produces the vast majority of the world’s chickpea crop, which currently is in high season.

The world’s largest falafel was fried for 25 minutes at the Landmark Hotel in Jordan. It weighed 164.8 pounds and reached a height of 59.8 inches.

6/19/2019 11:39:18 AM
<![CDATA[ The Legacy Continues - Etisalat Misr Ramadan 2019 Sohour]]>CAIRO - 18 June 2019: Etisalat Misr held its sohour event at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo with ultimate entertainment experience, in the presence of Eng. Gamal El-Sadat, Chairman of Etisalat Misr, and Eng. Hazem Metwally, CEO of Etisalat Misr.

The Event was attended by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology and H.E. Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, as well as H.E. Eng. Gomaa Mubark, Ambassador of UAE in Egypt. In addition to the company's stakeholders, several public figures and senior media professionals.




6/18/2019 5:18:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt foaming over alcoholic beverages revenue]]>
The value added-tax (VAT) on non-alcoholic beverages is estimated at LE 1.3 billion, compared to LE 881 million in the previous year, with an increase of 60 percent.

The value added tax on locally produced wines including pure ethyl, converted wine, fresh grape juice, spiritual alcoholic beverages , sweetened and aromatic wine hits about L.E 349 million, compared to L.E 146 million in the prior fiscal year, with an increase of L.E 203 million.

In the same regard, former Minister of Finance Amr el-Garhy said that Egypt implemented a treatment plan for economic bugs during 2016 and 2017, which helped in achieving sustainable development goals, adding that boosting taxes' organizational work is one of the pillars of Egypt’s economic reforms.

Garhy stated that taxes represent 72 percent of the estimated budget of fiscal year 2017/2018, according to his speech at "Combating Tax Evasion Conference" held by the Ministry of Finance, in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The minister pointed out that the ministry seeks to enter into partnerships with international companies in the process of mechanization and development.

“We seek to simplify the tax system, implement a policy to protect taxes and promote growth,” the minister added.

He clarified that the reform agenda included the value-added taxes (VAT) and the increase of taxes on alcohol. ]]>
6/18/2019 12:31:58 PM
<![CDATA[Mastercard at Seamless N. Africa 2019: SMEs key driver of Egypt’s economic transformation]]>
Speaking at the event, Mastercard’s Senior Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs, Middle East & Africa, Gaurang Shah, and General Manager for Egypt and Pakistan, Magdy Hassan, highlighted Mastercard’s ongoing collaboration with the Egyptian government to help the economy achieve its potential by increasing financial inclusion, supporting the growth of SMEs, and bringing state-of-the-art fintech solutions for smart cities.

As a platinum sponsor and exhibitor at the event, Mastercard showcased the latest in payments technology designed specifically for SMEs. The technologies will play a key role in reducing shadow economy, digitizing the supply chain and offering SMEs with full cash management tools and access to finance. As an industry leader in developing urban mobility and smart cities, Mastercard also displayed end-to-end contactless and mobile payment options to digitize all payment and collections, empower citizens and better their living experiences.

Speaking about Mastercard’s participation at the event, Magdy Hassan, Mastercard’s General Manager for Egypt and Pakistan said: “Egypt is undergoing a technological evolution that offers significant potential to its economy and people. As a strategic partner of the Egyptian government, Mastercard is well positioned to help unlock this potential, and catalyze the adoption of digital payments in the country. Through our successful public-private-partnerships with the Egyptian government, we are scaling up the latest in payments innovations, enabling financial inclusion for a significant part of the population and paving the way for a smart economy.”

“SMEs are a key stakeholder in Egypt’s journey to economic growth and are a strategic focus area for us. We will continue to develop cost-effective digital payments solutions that allow businesses to pay and be paid transparently, seamlessly, and securely. Our recently launched solution for the SME marketplace is a perfect example of the kind of innovation that we offer local merchants. Based on the success of this technology, we are exploring further solutions that cater to the needs of SMEs across the country,” added Hassan.

Over the past decade, Mastercard has worked closely with the Egyptian Government and embarked on a number of ambitious programs to drive financial inclusion and promote access to digital payments. Mastercard’s work with the Egyptian Government has enabled six million government employees to conveniently receive their salaries and make payments using their Mastercard cards, which they can also use to make purchases at 74,000 point of sale (POS) terminals across the country.[1]

Held under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Mostafa Mabdouly, Prime Minister of Egypt, Seamless North Africa 2019 took place between the 17th and 18th of June at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo. As a leading technology company, Mastercard has participated in Seamless North Africa’s two rounds in Egypt, and continues to support initiatives made by the Egyptian government to catalyze the acceptance and adoption of fintech and digital payments in the country. ]]>
6/17/2019 1:11:35 PM
<![CDATA[Overwhelmed Belgian monks enter internet age to sell prized beer]]>
The Saint-Sixtus abbey, home to 19 monks, has been brewing since 1839 and selling to the public since 1878, but with limited production and controlled sales to ensure brewing never takes over monastic life or earns more than needed.

After World War Two they opted to sell at the abbey gates only, instead of through local cafes.

With the rise of craft beer and websites hailing their Westvleteren XII as one of the best beers in the world, the monks started a telephone reservation system in 2005.

Customers were allowed to order two crates for collection at the abbey but were limited to no more than one purchase in 60 days.

Buyers found ways to circumvent the rules, however, using different phone numbers in order to buy more than allowed, and in some cases selling it on at inflated prices.

“Instead of car jams we got jammed telephones as well as the spread of the grey market, people selling on our beer sometimes at vast profit margins,” said abbot Manu Van Hecke.

Including a deposit, a crate of 24 beers costs 2.50 euros ($2.82) per bottle. The monks ask buyers not to sell to third parties, but in Brussels, Westvleteren XII can cost at least 12 euros.

The monks say they heard of a single bottle on sale for $300 in Dubai.

Brother Godfried said the final straw came last year when a Dutch supermarket stockpiled 7,200 bottles of the abbey’s beer and sold them, in a campaign showing monks, at 9.95 euros each.

“It really opened our eyes. It was a sort of wake-up call that the problem was so serious, that a company was able to buy such volumes. It really disturbed us,” said Godfried, one of the few monks who also drinks the beer.

The abbey is now turning to an online reservation system, designed to better enforce the limit of two crates per 60 days. Buyers will have to register and priority will be given to those who have waited longest since their last purchase.

For the first time they will also be able to pick and mix from the abbey’s three Westvleteren beers - a 5.8% blond, an 8% ale, and its most famous 10.2% dark ale.

The monks recognize the system, which will launch at the end of this month, will not eliminate profiteers, but at least make it harder to buy in bulk.

They also hope the new system will make it easier for foreign beer lovers to order, although they will still have to come to the abbey to collect their beer.]]>
6/16/2019 1:14:43 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Increases its Standing by 8%, Spotted 47th in BrandZ Rankings of the World's Most Valuable Brands]]>
Huawei has strengthened its position in a leading global brand index while also increasing its brand value. BrandZ’s annual Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study, published by WPP’s research arm Kantar, ranks Huawei 47th (up one place from last year) with an eight percent increase in brand value. It’s the fourth consecutive year that Huawei has been featured in the top 50.

Ground-breaking product innovations such as the Huawei P30 smartphone’s advanced camera system and the unprecedented technological innovation baked into the Huawei Mate X handset (which boasts advanced 5G capabilities and a new foldable design) have clearly struck a chord with media and consumers alike, gaining excellent product reviews and countless awards, success that been reflected in sales.

As leading analyst firm IDC noted in its most recent Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker, Huawei provided the only highlight from a vendor perspective, posting year-on-year growth in shipments of more than 50%. It further remarked that the firm’s laser focus on growing its stature in the world of mobile devices saw it closing the gap on leader Samsung and firmly cementing its number two position.

AccordingtoIDC, Huawei now boasts 19% of global market share in the smartphone category and was the only smart phone vendor at the top of the rankings to experience an increase in shipment volumes throughout the first quarter of 2019.

Huawei’s success shines a light on a broader trend of Chinese brands succeeding in the global consumer economy. Four of the nine new entries to the BrandZ’sreport are based in China and there are 15 Chinese companies now in the top 100.

Overall, there was a seven percent increase from US$ 4.4 to 4.7 trillion over last year’s report, adding a total of $USD 328 billion to the brands listed in the report. For the 13th year, consumer technology companies continue to dominate the top rankings occupying eight out of the ten places in with a combined worth in excess of US$ 1 trillion.

Looking to the future, Huawei’s commitment to developing technologies that benefit society, as well as consumers, is sure to boost its reputation and standing among global audiences.

For example, Huawei’s ‘AI for Good’ initiative brings to life how Artificial Intelligence can be a transformative technology when applied to helping humanity overcome challenges and improve life chances. Recent projects include translating books into sign language for deaf children, reading facial expressions for the blind and diagnosing visual impairments at a stage early enough for effective treatment.
6/15/2019 12:14:50 PM
<![CDATA[UAE sends 1st Arab astronaut to Mars]]>
Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi affirmed that the mission will be within two months for scientific and research purposes.

Ahbabi added that the UAE will build and launch an Arab satellite at a cost of AED 100 million, noting that the project is expected to serve the Arab countries and provide data and will act as a platform for learning as well as collective work.

Earlier this year, the UAE launched the first Arab Space Coordination Group, he said, pointing out to the importance of Arab cooperation in the space field to serve the coming generations.

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) enjoy solid relation. The UAE was among the top Arab states that scrambled to support Egypt’s economy after the June revolution and had offered great financial support.

Egyptian exports to the UAE have increased significantly during the first half of 2017 to hit $1.204 billion, up from $1.126 billion during the same period of 2016, marking a seven percent increase.

The UAE is ranked first on the list of countries that have established investments in the Egyptian market with $6.2 billion in total investment, distributed over 868 projects in the fields of communication, banking, real estate, tourism and information technology.

6/14/2019 6:30:11 PM
<![CDATA[Father's smoking during pregnancy tied to asthma in kids]]>
While prenatal smoke exposure has long been linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma, the current study offers fresh evidence that it’s not just a pregnant mother’s smoking that can cause harm.

Researchers followed 756 babies for six years. Almost one in four were exposed to tobacco by fathers who smoked while the child was developing in the womb; only three mothers smoked.

Overall, 31% of kids with fathers who smoked during pregnancy developed asthma by age 6, compared with 23% of kids without fathers who smoked, the study found.

Asthma was also more common among kids whose fathers were heavier smokers, senior study author Dr. Kuender Yang of the National Defense Medical Center in Taipei said by email.

“Children with prenatal paternal tobacco smoke exposure corresponding to more than 20 cigarettes per day had a significantly higher risk of developing asthma than those with less than 20 cigarettes per day and those without prenatal paternal tobacco smoke exposure,” Yang said.

About 35% of the kids with fathers who were heavier smokers developed asthma, compared with 25% of children with fathers who were lighter smokers and 23% of kids with fathers who didn’t smoke at all during pregnancy.

Smoking by fathers during pregnancy was also associated with changes in methylation - a chemical code along the DNA strand that influences gene activity - on portions of genes involved in immune system function and the development of asthma.

Researchers extracted infants’ DNA from cord blood immediately after birth and examined methylation along the DNA strand. The more fathers smoked during pregnancy, the more methylation increased on stretches of three specific genes that play a role in immune function.

Children who had the greatest methylation increases at birth, affecting all three of these genes, had up to almost twice the risk of having asthma by age 6 as other kids in the study.

While smoking by fathers during pregnancy was linked to childhood asthma, it didn’t appear to impact children’s sensitivity to allergens or total levels of IgE, an antibody associated with asthma.

This suggests that the risk of asthma from tobacco exposure is unlike allergic asthma, which is driven by allergies or allergic sensitization via IgE antibody, said Dr. Avni Joshi, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the study.

The study wasn’t designed to prove whether or how prenatal smoking exposure might directly cause so-called epigenetic changes, or how those changes cause asthma in children.

It’s not yet clear how the alterations seen along the DNA strand where methylation increased might cause asthma, the study team notes in Frontiers in Genetics.

Still, the message to parents should be clear, Joshi said by email.

“Smoking is bad at ANY point in time: before the baby is born and after the baby is born,” Joshi said. “Many parents defer quitting until the baby is born, but this study stresses that the prenatal exposure to tobacco creates changes to the unborn child’s immune system, hence it is best to quit as a family decides to have children, even before the conception happens.”]]>
6/14/2019 11:08:06 AM
<![CDATA[Jinn is now streaming on Netflix!]]>
Set in modern Amman and ancient Petra, Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world. As the jinn get stronger and the lines between good and evil blur, the high school students don’t know who to trust. Can they find the answers needed in order to save everything?

Starring Salma Malhas, Hamzeh Okab, Sultan Alkhail and Aysha Shahaltough, Jinn is produced by Kabreet Productions, directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Amin Matalqa.

Jinn is the first of many Middle Eastern Originals to join the Netflix platform with Al Rawabi School for Girls and Paranormal set to join the Arabic slate in the near future, cementing Netflix’s investment in the region.

Celebrating this milestone moment, Netflix hosted the launch event in Amman attended by cast, crew, media and influencers from across the region as well as local VIPS including the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, an important collaborator throughout production.

Speaking about the launch, VP International Originals at Netflix, Kelly Luegenbiehl said, “This is a proud day for us at Netflix. The Middle East has a very rich tradition of storytelling and we are excited to connect these great stories with global audiences. Jinn is a distinctly Arab story but with universal themes of love, friendship, humor and adventure which will appeal to young adults everywhere.”

Princess Rym Ali, Member of the Board of Commissioners at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and its Interim Managing Director said: “The RFC was pleased to welcome the first Netflix Arabic content TV series to Jordan, and we are proud that the cast is all Jordanian and Jordanian award-winning director Amin Matalqa directed and wrote some episodes. It is telling that there is a second local content TV series currently being developed here at this time. Jordan has many more local stories that have yet to be written and told, and the RFC is keen to see them come to life through film and TV series. This is one of the main reasons that it has been reviewing its policies regarding incentives, to try and develop and attract more TV series here in Jordan.”]]>
6/13/2019 1:58:09 PM
<![CDATA[SANDBOX music festival opens Thursday at idyllic Gouna]]>
This year’s festival takes place between June 13 and 15, bringing together over 70 DJs and a line-up of local and international artists, while promoting a full experience on the Egyptian seaside, including kiting, diving, snorkeling and more.

About half-an-hour drive north of Hurghada along the shores of El Gouna paradise, SANDBOX 2019 celebrates its 7 years birthday this year with a gathering of the best names in underground electronic music such as Denis Sulta, Safi, Axel Boman, Roman Flügel and more.

First launched in 2013, the yearly festival offers the perfect combination of amazing music, sun, sea and sand, making up a one of a kind summer getaway.

For more information about tickets purchase, visa requirements, accommodation and the most convenient ways to reach El Gouna’s annual music festival, check sandboxfestival.com/info/.

6/12/2019 3:37:19 PM
<![CDATA[Sotheby's to auction 'substantial' lock of Beethoven's hair]]>
The lock is expected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds ($19,000) but the director of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, Simon Maguire, said it could end up selling for more than that.

“There’s already been quite a lot of interest,” he said.

Recounting the story behind the item, Maguire said Austrian pianist Anton Halm had asked for a lock of hair to give to his wife as a keepsake but Beethoven’s servant had instead sent the hair of a goat, infuriating the composer.

“And he then gave (Halm), in a piece of paper, a lock of hair that he had just himself cut from the back of his head, a substantial lock. And he said this one at least you can be sure is genuine,” Maguire said.

Halm later gave the lock to a pupil, Julius Epstein, who was professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatory. Its authenticity was also confirmed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer, author of the first scholarly biography of Beethoven, Maguire added.

Sotheby’s has in the past auctioned a smaller lock of Beethoven’s hair, taken on his death bed a year later, in 1827, as well as the hair of fellow composers Frederic Chopin and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and of British naval hero Horatio Nelson.

“This one (to be auctioned on Tuesday) is unusual in that it has a very substantial early story and also it is quite a substantial lock,” said Maguire, adding that other locks sold under auction had mostly been reduced to a few strands of hair.]]>
6/12/2019 1:27:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians fiercely defend Syrian refugees amid money laundry allegations]]>
This comes after Nabil Naeem, a former figure in the Islamic Group designated by many states including Egypt as a terrorist organization, said in a Facebook post that “the [source of] the economic activity of the Syrians in Egypt is the money of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, and [this activity] represents money laundry operations for [the sake of] some terrorist groups.”

Subsequently, lawyer Samir Sabry, known for filing lawsuits against pro-Muslim brotherhood figures and some other parties, said that Syrian investments in Egypt are at $23 billion according to some statistics, calling for monitoring these investments, checking their source and making sure they are carried out within the country’s legal framework.

Monitoring investments

Sabry said in his complaint that Syrians, through “a cheerful face, a sweet word and a smile,” managed to win the hearts of Egyptians, adding that such qualifications have been like “a passport” that has enabled them to stay on the land of Egypt.

Syrians managed to achieve their goals in a short period despite the conditions of war, immigration and asylum, Sabry said, adding that the Egyptians’ hospitality has even encouraged them to carry out their projects which gained “success and fame.”

"The money entered through the Syrians in many fields. Syrians invaded the commercial zones throughout Egypt and Alexandria. They bought and rented shops at high prices and in distinctive locations. They also bought apartments and villas,” Sabry stated.

The number of the Syrian restaurants and coffee shops has increased, “and you are shocked by the prevailing pattern of excessive consumer relations and the excessive luxury of many of these Syrians who inhabit these places,” Sabry said, referring particularly to Giza’s 6th of October City, and New Cairo’s Al-Rehab district.

“Those who follow up on their behavior in the restaurants, cafes, clubs and shopping places, [find it] unbelievable that these are the people of Syria who suffer the ravages of destruction, damage, killing and displacement," he stated.

"Statistics estimated the volume of investments of the Syrian businessmen and capital owners, most of whom moved to Egypt after the start of the [Syrian] crisis estimated at US$23 billion, invested mostly in real estate, lands, factories, restaurants, shops and others, Sabry said, adding that the Syrians now own “the most important clothing and textile factories, while others have dominated real estate development areas in the most prominent and prestigious areas of Egypt."

"Has a sound legal environment been created to allow Syrian money holders to operate in accordance with clear laws and a sound investment environment?” Sabry asked, urging to include these Syrians in the Egyptian procedures taken to make sure individuals are not involved in terrorist activities against Egypt.

“Also, do all these activities, funds, projects, shops, cafes, factories, restaurants and real estate are subject to [procedures of] financial control and questions about their source, and the way they (the money) enter the Egyptian territories and how profits are returned and exported again?,” Sabry asked, adding that the procedures should also include asking “whether these funds are subject to the tax laws in Egypt and whether the Syrian investor whatever his activity and whatever his investments is treated like an Egyptian before the financial control authorities.”

‘Brother’ Syrians

Especially since the Syrian war started in 2011, Egyptians have welcomed Syrians to live among them, and launch small and medium projects. President Sisi last year affirmed welcoming refugees “who all live [in Egypt] like Egyptians, without discrimination between us and them.” He addressed the Syrian refugees, saying that “Egypt is their country.”

Egyptians and Syrians share many similar traditions, religious values and even the taste in food; Many Egyptians fell in love with the Syrian version of Shawarma which they have favored over the Shawarma they have been familiar with.

Amid the recent allegations questioning the integrity of the Syrian investors, and calls to monitor their investments, many Egyptians including celebrities have launched campaigns to defend their Syrian “brothers,” including starting hashtag “Syrians are [welcomed] in Egypt.”

6/11/2019 6:09:00 PM
<![CDATA[OPPO announces sponsoring Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 Regionally]]>
OPPO’s participation came as the official regional sponsor of the championship, highlighting OPPO’s role in supporting football in Egypt and Africa.

Jo Xu, Brand Director – OPPO Egypt, expressed her happiness saying “We are proud to sponsor one of the most highly-respected championship that will take place in Egypt for the first time in the past 13 years. This partnership will help cement our commitment and support to sports in the region.”

Xu added “We take pride in our products and in its ability to empower youth through our advanced technology by helping them capture the very special moments, especially ones like this.”

This partnership stands as sign of OPPO’s strong presence in the sports field in Egypt and Africa as it reflects OPPO’s commitment in building trust between the brand and the Egyptian consumer through Football.

Last year, OPPO supported the Egyptian team during their journey in the Russian World Cup 2018, in addition to sponsoring the Egyptian Premier League for two consecutive seasons.

OPPO penetrated the Egyptian market in 2015, in addition to its presence in the Africa region including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Kenya. Recently, OPPO has expanded in Nigeria.]]>
6/11/2019 11:48:14 AM
<![CDATA[New railway booking app attracts 81k users ]]>
Currently available at Play store, the application translated in English to “Egypt trains: booking and inquiring” has attracted around 80, 915 users thus far, while the total number of people who installed the app hit 210,371, announced Khaled Attiyah, the chairman and CEO of Transport Information Technology CO.

Booking process as users choose date, time, stations and no. of seats - screenshot of application
Booking process as users choose date, time, stations and no. of seats - screenshot of application

Attiyah added that the company is planning to upgrade the application to a new version that enables users to easily book their tickets.

Booking train tickets in Egypt has always been conducted at railway stations, with travelers heading to the booth of their destination to reserve tickets, after having to wait in queues, which sometimes get longer during national occasions and holidays.

By installing the app, the booking process has been made easier, and at travelers’ fingertips, where they can inquire about vacant seats at air-conditioned trains, and determine the number of tickets to be booked.

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Users can know seats available via internet, tickets' booths - screenshot of application

Users will need to enter their visa card number through which they will electronically purchase the tickets, with dates and seats defined.

IOS users will also be able to book train tickets via phones as the company plans to make the application available on Apple Store, according to Attiyah.

The application allows users to make complaints, and to leave recommendations for better service. Each passenger can book up to four tickets, with their names added to the tickets, which helps eliminate black markets.

Users can leave complaints and recommendations on the application to improve service
Users can leave complaints and recommendations on the application to improve service - screenshot of application

The Egyptian National Railway Authority also plans to increase the capacity of seats available for booking via mobile phones and the internet by 40 percent.
Looking to evade long queues at railway stations, passengers who install the application will need to sign in by creating a new account, in case they did not already have one on the authority’s website.

The application asks users to approve a list of conditions and regulations, among which that the main passenger should be the owner of the visa card used in the booking process, or should be one of his relatives.

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Users can track their trips - screenshot of application

Then users determine the arrival and departure stations, the date of traveling, the time, the class and the number of seats. Passengers will be charged registration dues, estimated at four percent and added to the price of the tickets booked via the application.

After booking, passengers are emailed a summary of the reservation receipt and details, which they print out before taking their train so the collectors can review them.
Egypt has a comprehensive plan to upgrade all the aspects of Egyptian railway system, including the infrastructure, tractors, signals and train carriages, with a total cost LE 55 billion in a 5-year overhaul program.

The new railway booking application comes in light of the country’s efforts to conduct a digital transformation of the economy, which has seen several bids like introducing the pre-paid electricity meters.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi ]]>
6/11/2019 10:56:01 AM
<![CDATA[Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa celebrates 100th years of Hospitality with kids]]>
The team visited one of the orphanages in Luxor to spread the warmth of hospitality during this unique celebration; offered meals and spent funny time with them. The kids were so happy, felt positive vibe and appreciated our hospitable gesture.]]>
6/10/2019 1:54:26 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion for the future: London students present sustainable designs]]>
The Royal College of Art is holding its annual fashion show, in which students in women swear, menswear, knitwear, footwear, accessories and millinery unveil their creations.

This year, the “All At Once” show looks at the fashion industry’s impact on the environment at a time when many designer houses are seeking to improve their green credentials to appeal to increasingly environmentally conscious consumers.

“Fashion and sustainability have to now be one. You have to be thinking in different ways,” student Andrew Bell told Reuters at a preview.

“Fashion has been doing the same thing for so long, we’ve created the same black top and the same black jeans and we’re constantly calling them new...there’a actually nothing new about these items.”

Bell uses ultrasonic welding to make clothes that fold completely flat, like coats with non-fray linings. His garments are “mono-material”, meaning they can be recycled more easily.

That is something Margot Vaaderpass is also looking at when making tops, coats, trousers and skirts using pineapple leather, biodegradable buttons and knitted tailoring.

“That’s one of things that I have taken up as a challenge - how can we create a suit that’s knitted,” Vaaderpass said. “The advantage of that is that we can shape the garment, that means that we can produce less waste.”

Piero D’Angelo hopes fashionistas can one day grow their own garments with slime mold. The living organism is applied on pre-designed patterns, and can grow up to one centimeter (0.39 inch) per hour.

“We designed a 3D printed prototype ... Once we apply the slime mould it will just grow, spread all over, connecting each of those holes,” he said.

“I am fascinated by the idea of growing garments and working with different materials, like living materials but also pushing further the idea of fashion.”

Clara Chu has turned her attention to kitchenware as accessories. One of her handbags is made from ice cube trays, while another has a water-bottle lock as a clasp.

“Each handbag consists of recognizable everyday mundane objects that we find in the house, in the kitchen,” Chu said. “People don’t necessarily associate these kind of items with fashion.”

At a time of growing public awareness of waste and its impact on the planet, Anna Sophie Goschin is studying digital design and 3D manufacturing, which she says could have “huge potential” in making fashion more sustainable.

“We make a lot of garments with a categorized sizing system,” she said. “But with planning and designing digitally, we can simulate the garment before production in the 3D manner, working directly with the shape of the body.”

6/10/2019 12:14:28 PM
<![CDATA[Suited and booted: menswear on show at London Fashion Week Men's]]>
Designers young and established hold spring/summer 2020 catwalk shows and presentations until Monday, including the likes of Alexander McQueen, Edward Crutchley, QASIMI and Xander Zhou.

London’s central Jermyn Street, known for its menswear stores, hosts an open-air catwalk show on Saturday.

In Britain, spending on menswear rose 3.5% to 15.5 billion pounds ($19.7 billion) last year, according to market research firm Mintel, which estimates a similar growth in 2019.

But growth in the British menswear market is seen slowing, with spending estimated to rise 15.4% in the five years to 2023 versus 26.6% growth in the previous five years, it added.

“Although the British menswear market continues to perform well, growth is slowing as the market is becoming more mature while a reliance on discounting is holding back value growth,” Samantha Dover, Senior Retail Analyst at Mintel, said.

Though smaller in size than similar events held in fellow fashion capitals Milan, Paris and New York, London is known for its traditional tailors as well as its emerging designer talent.

London Fashion Week Men’s runs until Monday.]]>
6/9/2019 3:03:23 PM
<![CDATA[Solar eclipse frenzy fuels astronomical tourism in Chile]]>
In Coquimbo, a region spanning the Pacific coast and the Andes, tourism demand has already eclipsed offerings of some services, forcing hotels there to put up signs warning they have no rooms left by the July 2 event.

Flights to Coquimbo offered by Chile’s LATAM Airlines as well as budget carriers Sky and JETSMART are being snapped up, as a clock in the coastal town of La Serena in Coquimbo counts down to the big day.

“People have gone mad. They want the day to come as soon as possible,” local resident Patricia said about the frenzy.

Together with parts of Argentina and New Zealand, northern Chile is one of the few places in the world that will be directly facing the sun when the moon passes in front of the earth, blocking its light completely and darkening skies for several minutes.

Total solar eclipses occur at any specific location on average every 360 years, according to the European Southern Observatory.

Chile prides itself on being an astronomer’s paradise, home to dozens of telescopes and ambitious studies at its observatories. The eclipse is expected to draw some 400,000 visitors to Coquimbo, according to the government.

“It’s a unique occasion,” Chilean astronomer Ivo Saviane told Reuters from the La Silla Observatory that he manages. “For everyone, whether from Chile or abroad, it’s exciting.”

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is one of 150 “VIPs” with tickets to watch the eclipse at La Silla. Pinera has touted the eclipse as among the most important events in Chile this year, among with major international summits that will bring world leaders to the South American country.

“You have to be here to see it, even if it is just a couple of minutes,” said Luis Calderon, an engineer in La Serena.]]>
6/8/2019 12:40:38 PM
<![CDATA[T. rex finds a dangerous meal as Smithsonian dinosaur hall reopens]]>
Construction of the hall at the federally administered Washington museum cost $110 million: $70 million in public funds and $40 million in private funds. It replaces a fossil hall that was last renovated in 1981 and closed in 2014, bringing up-to-date scientific information to an exhibit that had become out-of-date at one of the world’s leading natural history museums.

The Tyrannosaurus rex, found in Montana in 1988 by amateur fossil hunter Kathy Wankel, measures 38 feet long (11.5 meters). The Triceratops, nicknamed Hatcher, is 20 feet (6 meters) long. The skeletons are mounted with the T. rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs, standing over the fallen Triceratops.

“I knew that we needed something dramatic for what would inevitably be a centerpiece of the hall. And these are two dinosaur species that co-existed 68-66 million years ago in western North America, so it would represent a possible real-world interaction,” said Matthew Carrano, the museum’s curator of dinosauria.

“But we’ve deliberately left the scenario open, as to whether this represents T. rex killing Triceratops or scavenging an already dead individual. The idea is to better portray the role of an apex predator, which is often opportunistic. In life, I imagine that even T. rex would have favored easier meals than a healthy, adult Triceratops – if such were available: young or sick or elderly individuals, for example,” Carrano added.

Triceratops was among the largest of four-legged horned dinosaurs called ceratopsians, reaching up to about 30 feet (9 meters) long, with horns above its eyes and nose, and a bony shield protecting its neck.

An asteroid impact 66 million years ago doomed the dinosaurs and many other land and sea creatures.

Other dinosaurs on display include: a rearing Camarasaurus - one of the long-necked, four-legged sauropods; a 90-foot-long (27-meter-long) Diplodocus, another sauropod; a meat-eating Allosaurus sitting, guarding a nest of eggs; and the tank-like armored Euoplocephalus.

The hall also displays fossils such as mammals and marine reptiles.

Carrano said he hopes visitors will gain “a sense of dinosaurs as once-living animals, in some ways not all that different from some animals today: they ate, slept, breathed, et cetera.”

“I don’t want them to seem entirely alien, even if they are awesome and bizarre in other ways,” Carrano said.]]>
6/7/2019 11:25:15 AM
<![CDATA[For chocolate lovers: Here is a Nutella Kahk recipe ]]>
Before the three-day feast starts, citizens either bake Kahk at home or buy it at the bakery. Thus, bakeries are crowded in the last few days of Ramadan with Kahk buyers.

However, many families prefer baking at home with neighbors and friends gathered to make and decorate Kahk in different shapes, enjoying the delightful scent of cookies that cling to the house. The Kahk is either filled with nuts or malban (fruit jelly), however, innovative trends have been added to the list of fillings like Nutella, red velvet and others.

For chocolate lovers, Nutella Kahk would be a favorable choice for a breakfast with a cup of tea with milk on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

Dough ingredients:

1 Kilo of wheat for cookies
2 large spoons of raw sesame
1 large spoon of baking powder
Small amount of salt
Brewer’s yeast
3 cups of fat
Half cup sugar powder
1 nutella jar

How to prepare the Kahk

1- Mix the wheat and salt together in a large bowl, add sesame and leave a hole in the middle of the mixture.
2- Add 2 cups of dissolved butter in the hole, and mix with a large spoon and then with your hand.
3- Mix the brewer’s yeast after adding sugar powder and some warm water.
4- Add the yeast to the wheat mixture, then add the rest amount of the butter and mix thoroughly until the wheat absorbs all the butter and becomes soft dough.
5- Cover the dough in a warm place until it rises.
6- Cut the dough into large lemon-size balls.
7- Make a hole inside each ball, add a spoon of nutella and close it well. Decorate the filled balls with kahk stamp.
8- Place the nutella-filled balls in wide bread tin. Leave them in a warm place until they rise and ferment.
9- Preheat the tin to moderate temperature degree, and place the tin in the oven. Remove the tin once the kahk’s color looks golden. ]]>
6/5/2019 11:23:43 AM
<![CDATA[Filipino maids' dragon boat team makes splash in Hong Kong]]>
To the beat of a drum, the 29 members of the Filipino Dynamos train or compete every Sunday - their only day off each week - in the paddling ritual that has roots dating back more than 2,000 years.

The tradition brings together people from all walks of life to compete each year in colorful, long, narrow boats across the Asian financial hub’s busy waterways.

“I want to integrate the Filipino helper community and represent the domestic helper as part of Hong Kong, part of the community, and we don’t want to feel excluded,” said Liza Avelino, who founded the team last year.

“When we’re racing, there’s no employer, there’s no helper. Everyone is equal.”

Hong Kong’s more than 300,000 domestic workers come mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia and many are the main breadwinners for their families back home.

Dynamos teammate Geraldine Inabiohan, who moved to Hong Kong in 2012 to pay for her siblings’ education in the Philippines, said the group wanted to encourage women to push the boundaries.

“The objective of our team is to empower women. We want to push women like us, helpers, that we do something more,” she said.

“I think, as the season goes, we see ourselves as champions.”

This year, the Dynamos are doubling the number of races they’re competing in to six, thanks in part to funding from two sponsors.

Inabiohan credits her employer for encouraging her to try different sports two years ago. Now her room is adorned with photos of the team - and a trophy from their race last year.

“We are proud and happy that we’re representing the whole Philippines as we’re here in Hong Kong,” said Inabiohan. “We’re still giving back and proud of our country.”]]>
6/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Moon sighting for Shawwal: When will 2019 Eid al-Fitr start? ]]>CAIRO – 3 June 2019: The International Astronomical Center (IAC) based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated that there is a difficulty in sighting the crescent of Shawwal, which will signal the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday.

Conflicted statements from different Arab and Muslim countries have been issued regarding the sighting of the crescent, with some stating that Monday will be the last day of Ramadan, and Tuesday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr (The Feast of Breaking the Fast).

Egypt has assigned 10 moon sighting committees to observe Shawwal crescent on Monday from different parts across the country including Cairo, Helwan, 6 of October city, Fayoum, Sohag, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Matrouh, Hurghada, Ismailia and Tor.

Saudi Arabia also announced an official moon sighting of Shawwal on Monday to determine the start of Eid al-Fitr. The kingdom called on citizens who see the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars to report their testimony to the nearest court.

Muslim lunar months last between 29 and 30 days depending on the sighting of the new moon on the 29th night of each month which, if visible, declares the month is 29 days only, while if not, it completes 30 days. Most Muslim-majority countries started the holy month of Ramadan this year on May 6.

Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries depend on citizens and experts’ moon sighting, and binoculars sighting.

Many astronomical institutions around the world stated that it is “impossible” to sight the Shawwal moon on Monday using all methods, suggesting the Eid al-Fitr will start on Wednesday, said Mohamed Ouda, the head of the International Astronomical Center (IAC).

The IAC is not authorized to announce the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, but its mission is only to explain the astronomical side of the event, and to clarify scientific facts behind moon sighting.

Western North America is where the Shawwal moon was officially sighted, which indicates the end of Ramadan, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr Tuesday.

6/3/2019 5:15:05 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Y9 prime 2019: Everything you need to know]]>
It has an immersive and massive screen for apanoramic viewing experience, be it watching videos, or simply scrolling through the web or chatting with friends. This phone will take your overall experience with a smartphone to the next level.

A phone that is all screen
The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 is a big phone. Not only does it have a HUAWEI Ultra Fullview display that is 6.59 inches, but it is also free of notches, holes or sliders.The FHD+ screen has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and 1500:1 contrast ratio. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and exhibits photos in authentic colors and even shows intricate and unseen details.It is perfect for watching your TV series or watching movies and immerse yourself in video games.HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 is also safe to use; it is certified by TUV Rheinland for low blue light. The screen filters harmful blue light emissions, and intelligently adjusts the color temperature and brightness, to protect your eyes against strain.

HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019back cover is divided into thirds. The upper third houses the camera and fingerprint scanner. The bottom two-thirds are minimalistic, with a darker hued backdrop. The back cover is also composed of 3D composite material that glimmers like glass, but unlike glass, is durable and shatter-resistant, providingboth practical and aesthetic value.

A cool auto pop-up selfie camera
With a large bezel-less display, Huawei had to find a way to add a front-facing camera. The result? A 16-megapixel camera with F2.2 aperture that raises out of the phone's top edge when needed and then closes after you’ve finished snapping selfies. Huawei also designed an intelligent fall protection detector to retract the camera when it detects any free falls.

The front camera can also identify instantly and accurately eight scenarios of different objects and scenes thanks to artificial intelligence.The latter also implements diverse photographic effects, such as butterfly lighting, by reconstructing the light source to provide 3D portrait lighting for selfies and portraits.

Three cameras in the back
On the rear of the phone is a vertical line of three different lenses: 16MP+8MP+2MP.These lenses provide pictures that are clear with top quality and high contrast. The 16MP lens lets more light into the sensor to capture vivid and full-of-colors night pictures in low-light places. Thanks to artificial intelligence stabilization, you even get a support of 6 seconds at nighttime for handheld long exposure shots. And for lovers of slow motion videos, HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 records videos at 480 frames per second and plays them back at 1/16th of the normal speed.

Premium power
Huawei added a massive 4,000mAh battery to HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019. At the core of this device, is Kirin 710F chipset, and the operating system is EMUI 9. In addition, this phone comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM good enough storage for all your pictures, videos and files.

Unleash the joy of gaming*
In order to provide a more enhanced gaming experience, the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 utilizes artificial intelligence to identify gaming scenarios and match them with real-life sensations.

6/3/2019 1:33:26 PM
<![CDATA[In Jerusalem, thousands pray at Al-Aqsa on last Friday of Ramadan]]>
Worshippers, including Palestinians and pilgrims from around the world, sheltered under umbrellas as volunteers sprayed them with water around Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount.

Security at the site was heavy after an earlier stabbing attack in the city, in which two Israelis were injured and a Palestinian teenager suspected of carrying out the attack was killed by Israeli security forces.

Later on Friday Muslims celebrate Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, on which they believe that the sacred text of the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad by Allah.

Israel captured the Old City and the rest of East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war, occupying and later annexing it.

Palestinians do not recognize Israel’s authority in East Jerusalem, which they want as the capital of a future Palestinian state that also includes the West Bank and Gaza. They are extremely sensitive to the presence of Israeli security forces in and around the Noble Sanctuary.

Palestinian Muslims in the West Bank and Jerusalem have not traditionally marked the annual “Quds (Jerusalem) Day” initiated by Iran in 1979 and which coincides with Ramadan’s last Friday.

There was no mention of Quds Day by Ikrima Sabri, the preacher who delivered the Friday sermon. But he issued a message of defiance to the crowd, which religious officials estimated at 260,000.

“This is a message to all those who wish to take over Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the attackers and those who storm it: don’t exhaust yourselves, you will never have control over one inch of Al-Aqsa, it is a red line,” he said in a message apparently aimed at Israelis following recent tensions with security forces.

But in Gaza, where the Islamist militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad are backed by Iran, Quds Day was commemorated.

On Thursday Yehya Al-Sinwar, Hamas’s chief in Gaza, restated Hamas’s opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Mideast peace plan. The first stage of that plan is due to be an economic conference in Manama, Bahrain, where Trump officials will encourage Arab countries to invest in the Palestinian Territories.

“What audacity is Trump announcing? He wants to sell Jerusalem to the Zionist enemy, and he wants the Arabs to pay the price,” Sinwar told a meeting north of Gaza City. “This deal will not pass as long as we are alive.”

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, addressed the meeting by video-link from Iran.

“Efforts to convene the Manama conference and the normalization attempts by some come in the course of the infamous conspiracy of the ‘Deal of the Century’ which will fail because of the resistance of the Palestinian people,” Shamkhani, speaking in Arabic, told the audience.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014. Trump touts the peace plan as the “deal of the century”, but the Palestinians have boycotted the Trump administration since it recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and they fear the plan will fall far short of their core demands.]]>
6/2/2019 11:13:27 AM
<![CDATA[Intense African registration of Sisi’s electronic game initiative: ITIDA]]>
Youth from 15 African countries, including Algeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Togo, and Madagascar, have registered with the initiative program that aims to train 10,000 Egyptian and African young people to develop the electronic game applications, CEO deputy of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) told Egypt Today Online on Saturday.

The initiative aims at creating new 100 Egyptian and African companies specialized in electronic game to compete internationally, he added. The annual program will last over the coming three years and competitions will be held every six months to choose winning projects of the will-be startups in this field, he said.

Ministry of Communication has signed contract with international companies specialized in electronic games to train the registered youth, he continued.

The applicant should be graduated since 2016 and should have an experience in communication and information technology.

President Sisi has launched the initiative in the 2018 edition of Cairo ICT conference. The initiative aims at creating a new generation has a great experience in digital transformation and at stimulating technological innovation, not only in Egypt, but on the African continent as a whole, Sisi said.

Concerning “Fekretak Sherketak”, a nationwide initiative that aims to support and accelerate the growth of entrepreneurs to develop innovate businesses in today’s competitive economy, around 50 start-ups have been established and funded.]]>
6/1/2019 2:15:44 PM
<![CDATA[In Chile's remote south, the last speaker of an ancient language fights to keep it alive]]>
Calderón, 91, is the last person to speak the millennia-old ancestral Yámana language of the indigenous Yagán community that has long inhabited the remote tip of South America, areas which are now parts of Argentina and Chile.

“There used to be many Yaganes, my dad and mom were Yagán, so when they were born, they always spoke the Yagán language and that’s how I was growing up,” says Calderón, who did not learn Spanish until she was nine years old.

Surrounded by photos of her family with the distinctive features of the nomadic tribe, Calderón lives in a small house in Villa Ukika, a town created by the Yagán on the outskirts of the larger Chilean settlement Puerto Williams.

Calderón recalls with nostalgia the last person with whom she could converse in Yámana, her late sister, and is excited about the interest one of her daughters has shown in the language.

“She may learn to speak it,” Calderón said with a smile.

While some dozens of Yagán people still remain, Calderón said that over the generations, they had stopped learning the language. Sometimes, she herself worries about words slipping away.

“I forget things sometimes,” Calderón told Reuters. “But after thinking it though, they come back to me.”]]>
6/1/2019 12:36:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s longest Ramadan Iftar table to be held Saturday]]>
The 3,000-meter-long table is about to enter Guinness World Records. Guinness representatives will attend the Iftar, the statement added.

Egypt prepares for the longest Ramadan Iftar table in the world will be held on Saturday in the new Administrative Capital- press photo

The participants will have a tour of the most vital and significant constructions in the Administrative Capital. After having Iftar they will enjoy a distinctive Ramadan night where a set of shows and oriental music and songs to be played, said spokesperson of the company Khaled El- Hosseini.

“I promise to organize a prestigious event fits Egypt’s position, in the presence of all successful partners of Administrative Capital’s investors and developers, who do their utmost to build such incomparable city, amid massive coverage of media and press agencies to spot national and international light on the city,” El Hosseini added.
The New Administrative Capital is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60km from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo on July, 14, 2018. With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital will include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.
5/31/2019 5:38:02 PM
<![CDATA[INFINIX S4: Expression with 32MP SELFIE and triple rear camera, security, reliability, speed]]>
When touchscreens were first introduced, they completely changed how we perceived and utilized smartphones. There was a similar transformative shift with the development of smartphone intelligence, specifically cameras infused with AI for better image detection and optimization, among other features.

Infinix, a brand that has been continuously providing cutting-edge technology to consumers, is about to empower them by introducing the impressive 32MP Selfie camera, quite a historic feat that can barely be rivalled.


Infinix S4 is set to change the selfie scene with its 32MP AI selfie camera that has significantly higher intelligence with automatic detection capabilities.

The Revolutionary INFINIX 32MP selfie smartphone will help its holder to easily stand out from the crowd with its stylish and trendy design. With various and endless capabilities, the new revolutionary INFINIX 32MP is an incredible value for money, designed for those who want to stand out, reach out and be in sync with the world.

The phone comes with a 6.2’ waterdrop display screen, a triple rear camera for much better portrait images, a fast octa-core processor, a 4000mAh battery power and an upgraded XOS 5.0 software for a seamless operation experience.
For better performance INFINIX S4 comes with extraordinary storage, which consider to be the best choice for anyone who wants to keep variety of choices just near to his hand, of which all could be reached in a super-fast way thanks to the amazing speed offered in the smartphone.

INFINIX S4 comes with all features that could mean the world to anyone who wants to try all the newly released apps without feeling that his smartphone is not working as fast as you want it to be. Enjoying 6GB Ram will never disappoint a user with an edge to experience all new.

Infinix is set to assert itself in the competitive smartphone market that had been hemmed by its rivals, providing its customers with an empowerment device to that would not just elevate their selfie skills, but also help position them on the spotlight.

The S4 is set to challenge the smartphones currently dominating the mid end category, and claim its rightful spot among the top stunning smartphones this year. Infinix has done very well in the past in the entry level category with its SMART and HOT series options. The S series branched out of the HOT series to focus on selfie optimization. The S4 is all about creating the ultimate superior selfie for a purpose, which is to create an empowerment potential for our consumers. When a selfie is taken on the S4, it will be one of a kind, the kind that might turn one into a social media star.

Infinix prioritizes helping the tech+smart lifestyle lovers express who they are, as well as for empowering them to be who they want to be via smart devices.

Imagine vivid selfies that can be captured with the 32MP AI selfie camera, such a big capacity with 1.6um ultra pixels and an F2.0 aperture. The camera has a far much higher capacity for light intake and absorption, producing such surreal selfies that can only be fantasized about.

The advanced Samsung S5KGD1 sensor as well the 5P optical lens gives the best contrast and resolution ratios for optimal image refinement. The triple 13MP+8MP+2MP rear camera is an added bonus, permitting the capturing of far wider angles than what is normally possible with an ordinary dual camera.

The triple cameras are responsible for depth, distance and field of view respectively, with the S4 allowing for up to 120°capture. Portrait images from the S4 could be exported to the gallery directly, therefore could easily empower a struggling amateur photographer’s career.

The glossy dual glass like design is an icing on the cake. It gives the S4 such a royalty appearance, essentially positioning it on the same level as the high-end smartphones.

Empowerment is not possible without reliable power, and Infinix has never disappointed with its battery power. The S4 has incorporated a Smart power management system that helps optimize power utilization by automatically inducing inactive status for apps not in use and halting their background data uptake. In other words, only the needed power is consumed each time the phone is in use, a true innovation that empowers the green environment conservation movement.

Better security is no longer an option but a must have in a gadget, the S4 has infused an algorithm that can detect up to 1024 data points on the face, significantly increasing its facial detection accuracy. The face unlock function in combination with the fingerprint lock technology,together provide solid security for all the data stored in the device.

Infinix is committed to continuously integrate fashion and technology for intelligent lifestyle experiences to those who are never afraid of expressing themselves or their thoughts. Being bold and stylish needs a smartphone that understands the nature of its owner and never disappoint.

5/30/2019 5:20:50 PM
<![CDATA[Inspiring Syrian refugee story in Egypt]]>
Egypt hosts 132,281 registered refugees and Abdallah Bashir’s story is a testament to how refugees can subdue tough circumstances and find success in their new country by utilizing the professional skills they had back home.

Bashir fled Syria after the Syrian Civil War began in 2012 and sought refuge in Egypt for what he thought would be a short period of time.

"After a while it was clear that we had to work," he said. Bashir left behind a successful family owned sweet making and was forced to begin a new journey in Cairo. "Seeking asylum was not a choice," he said. Bashir added that when the war is over, he will return back home despite all his success abroad because he has a country to return to.

Bashir had to adapt to the Egyptian people's taste buds and took a while to gather information and money. He officially opened Sweets of Damascus in October 2013 in Giza.

The shop grew over the past several years and Bashir and his brother Mohamed were able to buy another store in order to fulfill the demands of their customers. Their shops produce a wide assortment of traditional Syrian and Egyptian sweets including konafa, basboosa,gullash and many other sweets.

Refugees can often find it difficult to access the formal job market in Egypt; therefore many of them rely on their limited capital to startup their own business. The UNHCR helps some of the eligible refugees with training, small-loans and job placements. During the first half of 2018, over 220 individuals were assisted in their job hunting by the UNHCR.

Despite success stories such as Abdallah Bashir, refugees can find it very difficult to integrate into a new society and to get accustomed to a new culture. To find out more on how you can help refugees, please visit the UNHCR website:
5/30/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Facebook hours increase by 58M hours during Ramadan: AP]]>Facebook’s Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ramez Shehadi confirmed to AP that time spent on the platform indeed increases during Ramadan.

The swelling consumption of the social media platform is attributed to the fact that people tend to have more free time in Ramadan in the Middle East because the working hours are less as the majority of the working force is fasting.

Additionally, people stay up for longer hours during Ramadan because of suhoor. "A combination of these factors result in a 5 percent increase in the time spent on Facebook,"She hadi said.

Also, according to Google, drama shows' viewership on YouTube increases by 151 percent in Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, these three countries witness a 22 percent rise in sport video views, a 30 percent increase in travelling video views and a 10 percent increase in video game views.

5/29/2019 11:41:36 AM
<![CDATA[Blood and thunder at sea: British veteran remembers D-Day]]>
Today, Richard Llewellyn, 93, is among the dwindling number of veterans of the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy – an operation that turned the tide of World War Two and marked the beginning of the end of the conflict.

The invasion of France is usually told as the story of brave, young men struggling across beaches and fighting their way inland. However, another battle unfolded at sea that day, between the Allied ships and the massive German coastal guns.

Llewellyn describes the thunderous explosions rolling along the shore as every ship in the Allied fleet was blazing away. The enormous firepower sent shells pounding into the cliffs, churning earth, rock, and entire landscapes.

All the while the German battery guns blasted back. The men on the boats could hear the scream of the shells as they passed overhead. The engines of the bombers above added to the concussion of noise. Dead bodies floated in the sea.

Llewellyn compares the scene to watching a spectacular firework display. The warship guns belched out enormous orange balls of flames and mustard colored smoke. Some of the battleships fired 16-inch shells, almost as heavy as a car, and so big they could be seen as they went past.

“The noise was just unbelievable. One of the things that I remember afterwards more than anything else was the noise,” said Llewellyn, who was 18 at the time, and a midshipman on HMS Ajax, which was a light cruiser in the British navy.

“If you go to the cinema and you hear a lot of noise and gunfire and so on, it doesn’t really register. But if you are actually there the whole air is vibrating all the time.”

The assault by almost 7,000 ships and landing craft along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast remains the largest amphibious invasion in history.

In the decades since, the invasion has become a touchstone for the leaders of Britain, the United States, France and other western countries who will gather in Normandy next month to invoke the heroism. The event will take place as the trans-Atlantic relationships that D-Day forged are fraying.

Differences over military spending for the NATO alliance, disagreements over how to approach the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union have raised tensions in the decades-old alliance.


These concerns are a far cry from the epic mobilization of military machinery and manpower that resulted in the invasion of France in 1944. Then, tens of thousands of men piled into ships and planes to cross the English Channel.

Llewellyn, who has a white goatee and is smartly dressed in a navy jacket and beret for his interview on the HMS Belfast in London, is eloquent and perfectly recalls the events that day. He effortlessly climbs the ship’s steep steps without help.

He said the mood among the men as they crossed the sea was more anticipation than fear or tension.

“It was exciting,” he said. “We were far more patriotic in those days than we are now. We knew that the Germans had to be defeated and anything had to be done to make it possible.”

He dismisses the idea that people were praying or savoring their last meal as the invasion began.

“We weren’t Americans, I am afraid,” he said with a chuckle.


Although only a teenager, his experiences living through the German bombardment of London, known as the Blitz, meant he was familiar with being bombed.

On D-Day, Llewellyn’s ship was engaged in a duel with German gun batteries, particularly those at Longues-sur-Mer, nestled high on the cliff tops, situated between where British and American troops were landing on the Gold and Omaha beaches.

In what was perhaps one of the most accurate or luckiest shots of the war, his ship situated a few miles offshore, scored a direct hit, landing a heavy shell through the narrow slit of one of the fortifications.

On the bridge of the ship, Llewellyn watched the invasion through binoculars as the haze of smoke shrouded the shore.

“There were landing craft destroyed,” he said. “They really met a hostile reception and you could see that and you could see the landing craft being hit by shells, there were a lot of fires.”

As his ship continued to shell the German positions it faced its own threat from mines, shelling, and the Luftwaffe, the German air force.

At one point, a German plane dropped a bomb that landed just a few meters from his boat. The explosion winded him and sent the ship violently swaying from side to side.

Was it terrifying?

“I suppose it was in a way,” he said with typical understatement.

Llewellyn survived the onslaught and the Allies conquered the coastline. He plans to attend the D-Day anniversary in Normandy next month.

He has been back several times and says it is an emotional experience, particularly visiting the graveyards.

But he also feels guilty about the destruction caused to France, particularly as the navy began firing shells at targets further inland, some of which fell in nearby villages.

“The ordinary citizens come up and say how grateful they are. I found that quite difficult to take actually. I don’t feel that we had done anything special, especially for them,” he said. “Their homes were knocked down by shells and troops. Unfortunately, war leaves a lot of destruction.”]]>
5/28/2019 11:37:00 AM
<![CDATA[The 6.59-Inch, Full HDHUAWEIY9 Prime 2019, Futuristic Tech in a Budget Smartphone]]>
Equipped with the high-performance, low-power Kirin 710F chipset, and intelligent EMUI 9 operating system, the Stark contains a treasure trove of features, ranging from the exhilarating to the functional: AI-supported photography, a long battery life, high-end graphics, and a noteworthy aesthetic design… to name just a few. Its unique combination of advanced technology, revolutionary aesthetics design, and affordable pricing, provides us with a glimpse of the stylish and dynamic smartphones of the future.

An Eye-opening, Eye-soothing 6.59-inch FullView Display

Since full screen smartphones were first envisioned, several important design innovations have helped bring them closer to reality. However, most products that currently feature a so-called "bezel-less display" incorporate perforated or notched screens, which undermines the principle of a seamless, unobstructed surface. The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 has taken a bold leap into the unknown, by envisioning a screen entirely free of holes, notches, or sliders, foran authentic full screen effect.

By relocating the front camera, earpiece, and ambient light sensor, the HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 achieves a sleek 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio. When streaming videos or gaming, the user can traverse distant landscapes and gaze into far-off horizons. Such is the effect of a 6.59-inch screen that accounts for a staggering 91% of the phone's body (AA/TP, Huawei lab data). The enlarged, all-encompassing screen brings out underlying visual tensions, transforming a simple glance into unblinking infatuation.

With a 2340 x 1080 Full HD display and a jam-packed pixel density of 391PPI, the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 screen appears to work like a magnifying glass, conveying detail on a minute scale. The wide color gamut of 85% produces a rich and vibrant visual tapestry, providing the magnified display with bold textures and vivid features.

Fortunately, the eye-catching screen comes free of the hazards generally associated with smartphone use. The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 is equipped with an advanced Eye comfort mode, which filters out harmful blue light to prevent eye strain and fatigue. This function has passed rigorous tests for photo-biological safety, and been certified as effective by TÜV Rheinland.

A Pop-up Lens that Works like Magic

The higher screen-to-body ratio on the HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 comes courtesy of an innovative 16MP pop-upcamera. During normal use, the camera is hidden within the phone body. When the front camera is activated, for instance when taking selfies, it automatically emerges and hovers over the screen, like a submarine periscope appearing from under the surface. This futuristic design elegantly solves the issue of front camera placement, and expands the screen's range of view in the process.

The pop-up lens is propelled by a motor and lifting device that were developed from scratch. It takes only a second for the camera to emerge or retract, meaning that it is an extremely functional tool, rather than a technological curiosity.

Huawei has implemented strict and thorough reliability testing, to ensure that the front lens will continue to glide smoothly even after years of heavy use. The tests confirm that the pop-up lens can withstand the strain of 100,000 repetitions without being damaged, and that the front side can bear the direct force of a 12kg object. As a further safeguard, the phone is endowed with an intelligent drop protection function, which automatically detects when the phone is in free fall, and retracts the lens to the maximum extent possible, thereby mitigating the effect of the drop.

AI-Enhanced Photography

The HUAWEIY9 Prime’s front camera is supported by AI to automatically identify eight common photography scenes, including blue skies, greenery, indoor settings, and snowy landscapes. The 1.0µm pixels and F/2.2 aperture flawlessly adjust the lighting and background in portrait shots, furnishing them with a natural aura.

The front camera also possesses enhanced AI backlight imagery technology, an AI natural facial beautification algorithm, and 3D portrait lighting effects. The lighting and beauty effects can be calibrated according to the setting and user characteristics, with the subtlety of professional studio lighting.

The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 is equipped with a 16MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear camera system. The 16MP main camera and 8MP secondary camera utilize a 6P (six-lens plastic array) design, which helps capture crystal-clear images with a sterling level of detail and powerful light intake, resulting in improved resolution and contrasts. The F/1.8 aperture on the 16MP camera takes in 50% more light than the F/2.2 aperture more commonly seen, with low noise, and fast focusing. The 8MP sensor can take 120° wide-angle shots, bringing vast landscapes or cluttered skylines into breathtaking images. The 2MP sensor coordinates with the primary camera to generate a lifelike depth of field in the photo, enabling SLR-quality images on a palm-sized budget handset!Tools such as Night mode, and 480 FPS super slow motionvideos, bring a range of professional features within reach, accessible at the touch of a shutter.

Powerful, Efficient, Silky Smooth, and Dependable

The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 is equipped with the 12nm process Kirin 710F chipset, with eight-core architecture, for highperformance and maximum power efficiency. Compared with the previous-generation chipset, single-thread CPU performance is 75% higher, multi-thread performance is 68% higher, and GPU energy efficiency is doubled. Furthermore, overall performance is 30% higher, while energy consumption is actually 30% lower!The 4,000mAh large-capacity battery rates near the top of the market,and works hand in glove with the Kirin 710F chipset, interacting to provide optimal power efficiency, worthy of a phone with diverse, and power-intensive features.

The EMUI 9 operating system features cutting-edge F2FS 2.0 and EROFS technologies which clear cache and fragments from the system, increasing available space, and keeping the phone running for an extended period of time without the slightest lag.


5/27/2019 3:27:46 PM
<![CDATA[A love of LaLiga is helping Egyptians to learn Spanish]]>
This passion for the sport and for LaLiga is so great that it is being harnessed to teach local students the Spanish language. In collaboration with the Spanish embassy in Egypt, LaLiga has helped promote mobile university workshops, in which football is a central teaching resource. The initial objective was to reach 1,500 students, but this target looks likely be far surpassed as there have already been 750 attendees at the first two seminars, with seven more universities to go.

“Nothing else better represents our country or better transmits our values than football,” said Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s delegate in Egypt. “Egyptians know as much about our football as anyone. They read Spanish newspapers and know a lot about Spanish culture, not just the headlines.”

The success of this initiative was informed by local reaction to another LaLiga project, LaLiga Cities. “Our local broadcaster beIN SPORTS usually shows an episode of the LaLiga Cities series before each match, where footage of the two teams’ cities is shown,” Fuentes said. “Supporters were incredibly enthusiastic about this. They’re really passionate and want to know everything about Spanish teams, so that’s when it all became clear to me.”

The project began after Fuentes got in touch with Montserrat Momán, Cultural Counselor at the local Spanish embassy. “The embassy has an excellent relationship with the Spanish departments of the Egyptian universities, as they constantly support them, so this project was seen as both useful and workable,” an embassy spokesperson said.

The workshops are now being held in the capital city of Cairo, along the Nile Delta and in the south in Aswan. They consist of a series of four-minute discussions about each LaLiga team and city, with videos and photos used as learning resources. Fuentes deals with the footballing side of things, discussing each club’s titles and famous players, while Momán informs the students, a mix of men and women who are mostly between the ages of 18 and 21, about cultural details.

“Most of the students are learning Spanish in order to open new doors in the world of work,” Fuentes emphasised. “Speaking Spanish fluently is attractive for those who want to go far.” One of the students, Mahmoud Zayyan, backs up this statement. “I have been studying the language since school because it is spoken in over 21 countries and because it is spoken by over 527 million people,” he stated.

For Fuentes, the project is another step in the wider objective to internationalise LaLiga. According to the delegate, the popularity that LaLiga has already achieved can serve as an asset to any visiting tourist. "Talk to any taxi driver about Spanish football and you will gain a friend for life," he said.]]>
5/27/2019 12:14:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sun to align directly over Islam's holy Kaaba Monday]]>
Such phenomenon happens twice a year over Kaaba on May 27 and July 15, making it easy for Muslims worldwide to find Qibla (the direction Muslims must face when praying) by simply facing the sun.

NRIAG noted that the elevation angle of the sun at the time of Dhur prayer over the Kaaba will be equal to 89,93 arc degree.

5/26/2019 3:15:13 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Princess Charlotte, four, to join brother George at south London school]]>
Charlotte, 4, second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, and the great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, will go to Thomas’s Battersea school, where George, 5, has been a pupil since 2017.

“We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea,” headmaster Simon O’Malley said in a statement.

“We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”

Police said in 2017 they would review security arrangements at the southwest London school after a 40-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary there shortly after George started.

The woman accepted a caution for causing a nuisance on school property.

Thomas’s Battersea teaches 560 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 13, with yearly fees for four year-olds of around 19,000 pounds ($24,000).]]>
5/25/2019 1:42:33 PM
<![CDATA[WhatsApp confirms ads will start appearing in 2020]]>
Digital marketing agency Be Connect’s head of media, Olivier Ponteville, tweeted the announcement which was made at the Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands this week. Facebook is the parent company of WhatsApp.

The ads will take up the whole screen and like Instagram Story ads, users can get more information by swiping up. And just like with Instagram stories, WhatsApp’s Status feature lets users broadcast text, photos and videos that will disappear after 24 hours.

He also revealed that Facebook and Instagram ads would connect users to the advertiser’s WhatsApp account if they wished to chat with the company.

Social Media industry tipster Matt Navarra corroborated, tweeting that WhatsApp Status will get adverts by next year.]]>
5/23/2019 11:21:14 AM
<![CDATA[Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams]]>
Asheri, 17, and her teammate Ida Pouadjeu, 16, are now among the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA) in Yaounde. It was set up in January to foster female soccer talent in a country where many still see the sport as a man’s game.

“I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl,” Asheri said, describing how she was seen as more fragile than her male counterparts.

“But reaching here it was just another world, I was forced to do abdominal exercises, forced to do all harsh work so you reach a level where tears usually come out with sweat.”

The academy gets its name from the train tracks that hem the playing ground and turn into informal stands for the local spectators, who gather to watch the girls’ teams play all-male sides.

Global interest in women’s soccer is growing and FIFA hopes over a billion viewers will tune in to watch the Women’s World Cup in June. Cameroon’s national side, known as the Indomitable Lionesses, was one of three African teams to qualify.

Its star player, Gaelle Enganamouit, was the brains behind RFA - the West African country’s first female soccer academy. Her own experience as a young player in Yaounde showed her that it was important for women to have their own space to train, she told FIFA in January.

The academy currently trains around 70 girls, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and would otherwise not be able to afford even their own soccer boots, said coach Emmanuel Biolo.

“Here they have everything: coaches, jerseys, training equipment, a physiotherapist, and the guidance we give them all the time. Gaelle Enganamouit really wants these kids to be the next generation,” he said.

Asheri attends the academy on Saturday mornings and after school on Wednesdays, changing out of her uniform - a belted blue knee-length dress - into her team’s matching kit.

She is studying for her final baccalaureate exams, but the dream for her and Pouadjeu is to play soccer at a professional level like their benefactor.

“I’ve seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I’ve never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her,” Pouadjeu said.

Both girls initially faced opposition from family members who were worried that the sport was unfeminine. But neither have been deterred by such prejudice.

“I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back,” Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbors.

5/22/2019 12:07:27 PM
<![CDATA[Women honored at Cannes, as gender parity drive draws scrutiny]]>
Cannes’ film festival, the world’s most important cinema showcase, last year signed a pledge to get an equal number of men and women in its top management by 2020 that is gradually gathering momentum at similar European and U.S. events.

Actors and filmmakers participating in this year’s edition have joined activists in warning that while industry attitudes were changing, progress was still slow.

“We have so much work to do and I just think we can’t let up,” Longoria told journalists at the Women in Motion dinner at Cannes, part of a program set up by luxury group Kering to push for gender equality in cinema.

“Whenever we see something improving we can’t just say ‘Oh OK let’s relax, the momentum’s going to go that way’. It won’t continue to go that way, we have to continue to change the industry for ourselves.”

Chinese actress Gong Li, the star of “Farewell My Concubine”, was awarded a prize for her career at the event.

At Cannes, four women are contending for this year’s top Palme D’Or film prize, including Franco-Senegalese Mati Diop and France’s Celine Sciamma, out of 21 entries - or just under 20 percent of the total.

Elsewhere, the proportion has sometimes been higher, with over 40 percent of the films competing at Berlin’s festival in February made by women.

“We hear a lot about how times are changing and improving, and it’s true. The idea is to support that trend. (But) the figures still don’t look good,” said Delphyne Besse, a film sales specialist and one of the founders of 50/50 by 2020, the collective behind the gender parity pledge signed by Cannes.

Of the 47 film festivals that have so far backed the drive globally, 38 percent have female heads, according to the lobby group’s figures.

Industry insiders said the slow progress was reflected in everything from the short shrift female directors still got in the media to their under-representation at industry events.

“Women have been making films for 11 decades now,” British actress and star of zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die” Tilda Swinton told a news conference earlier this week.

“There are countless films by women. The question is why don’t we know about them,” she said, adding that even obituaries for female filmmakers tended to be dwarfed by those dedicated to men.

Cannes’ organizers have said they were not planning to introduce quotas dictating the gender balance of the films selected to compete at the festival.

“Cannes is only at the end of the chain. This needs to start with encouragement at film schools,” festival director Thierry Fremaux said last week.

The cinema showcase is looking to include more women its board, however, and the festival jury this year was more balanced.

“Atlantics” director Diop said festivals were still a logical starting point to highlight women’s work in the industry.

“It starts with the films, there is no festival without films, so it is an extraordinary exhibition that will give the films much bigger exposure,” she told Reuters in an interview.]]>
5/21/2019 1:01:01 PM
<![CDATA[Three Egyptian Vultures brought to the Bulgarian Rhodopes]]>
The vultures spent a little more than two months in a special adaptation aviary.

An adaptation aviary is basically a large bird cage where they have the opportunity to fly.
Two days ago the birds were tagged with GPS-GSM transmitters from a team of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and Green Balkans, according to Novinite.

Through the transmitters, experts will monitor their behavior in nature as well as their adaptation.

The three vultures were hatched last year and are part of an experimental work aimed at finding the best bird-removal approach to re-establish the Balkan species.

Vultures are exempted under one of the three approaches adopted for testing under the species recovery program.

In this method, they are kept for about eight months after hatching and then accommodated in adaptation aviary in the wild.

“It is believed that releasing them next season will help them with better adaptation and provide them with enough experience and time to cope with their first migration, which is the most deadly challenge for young Egyptian vultures in the Balkans,” Novinite said.

The method was first applied in Bulgaria last spring, when four young birds were released through the same adaptation aviary.

Thanks to the broadcasters, the LIFE project "New Hope for the Egyptian Vulture" has the opportunity to track their adaptation and migration. Route information is available to everyone.

5/20/2019 11:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[World states mark International Day of Biological Diversity Wednesday]]>
The theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”—which focuses on biodiversity as foundation for food and health, and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health.

A new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely.

The report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. It also offers a range of possible scenarios for the coming decades.

The report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.

The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900. More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. The picture is less clear for insect species, but available evidence supports a tentative estimate of 10% being threatened.

At least 680 vertebrate species had been driven to extinction since the 16th century and more than 9% of all domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, December 29 (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity.

In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted May 22 as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of December 29, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.]]>
5/19/2019 12:38:37 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Harry, queen attend Windsor Castle royal wedding]]>
Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin once removed, Gabriella, a 38-year-old freelance writer and daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston, 40, at the castle’s 15th Century St George’s Chapel.

The wedding, attended by the monarch, 93, and her 97-year-old husband Prince Philip, marks the third royal nuptials in a year at Windsor Castle.

In a televised ceremony watched by millions around the world, Harry, the queen’s grandson, wed U.S. actress Meghan Markle there on May 19, 2018. His cousin Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in the chapel in October.

Following the May 6 birth of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Gabriella is 52nd in line to the throne. Her father is Queen Elizabeth’s cousin.

The marriage ceremony was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner and other attendees included the queen’s sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and daughter Princess Anne.

Gabriella wore a lace embroidered dress by designer Luisa Beccaria.]]>
5/19/2019 12:16:51 PM
<![CDATA[‘Lord of the Rings’ visible in Egypt’s sky during Ramadan]]>CAIRO – 18 May 2019: Saturn will be visible in the sky of Egypt and Arab countries during the holy month of Ramadan, the Jeddah Astronomy Society said in a statement.

Saturn, aka the Lord of the Rings, will be visible as a shining spot in the sky by unaided eye, while gazers can see its rings via telescopes, the statement added.

The Lord of the Rings will appear in the south-eastern part horizontally at midnight and will be on the left side of Jupiter, the statement continued.

According to NASA, Saturn was known for its rings since 2004, although Galileo was the first person to see the rings in 1610. Saturn is located 900 million miles away from the sun in our Solar System; its whole trip around the sun takes 29 Earth years.]]>
5/18/2019 3:39:22 PM
<![CDATA[Samsung launches All-New M Series Line-up Exclusively on Souq.com]]>
“Online consumers is a growing and important segment and Samsung has actively grown the presence in online space. We are launching Galaxy M series exclusively on online platforms. The genesis of Galaxy M series lies in detailed consumer research undertaken by Samsung. From these insights, we have designed devices that cater to the needs of theonline buyers and what they look for in their devices.The M series provides meaningful innovations based on our knowledge of this audience,” Said Mr. Ahmed Samir - Head of Online Business in Samsung Electronics Egypt, commenting on the release from Samsung’s side.

Samir stressed the company’s intentions to keep enhancing its online presence that contributes to the consumers’ user experience at the same time of strengthening the existing offline channels as well.

Omar Elsahy, General Manager Egypt, SOUQ.com, added: “At SOUQ.com, our customer is always the focus. We work tirelessly to provide our customers in Egypt with best-in-class selection, great prices and a convenient and fast shopping experience. We succeed when our partners succeed, therefore we are delighted to partner with Samsung to exclusively offer the new Samsung M Series line-up directly on SOUQ.com so customers can buy their favorite smartphone effortlessly and quickly”.

Wide View, Wide Experience

Designers of the M series has taken into consideration what millennials care about the most and at a time when photos and videos are the most important characteristics of the era, Samsung supported the M10 sports a dual rear camera, with ultra-wide angle feature.Galaxy M10 comes with a 13MP primary rear camera with F1.9 aperture. The secondary rear camera supports a 5MP 120° ultra-wide feature. The ultra-wide mode lets users capture more expansive photos with comfort. It is perfectly suited for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, group photos, etc. when users want to fit a lot into one single frame.

Additionally, the M10 is equipped with the best-in-class low-aperture lenses, which assists users creating clearer photos even in low light, providing a closer semblance to human sight whilst presenting blissful experience of Live Focus Mode. The camera can even capture clear and bright photos with both wide-angle shots and close-up portraits. Furthermore, The Galaxy M series comes with a new Samsung Experience version 9.5 UX, which is optimized for a fast and smooth user experience, providing easy-to-understand information visually and one-hand navigation as well as the night mode.

Wider Screen and Innovative Infinity-V Display

Galaxy M10 comes with WidevineL1 certification for seamless streaming of HD content through a range of popular apps. That is why the device supportsa 6.2 FHD+ TFT infinity-V display that ensuresa true immersive viewing experience ideal for gaming, watching videos, multi-tasking/browsing and more.

Powerful Performance and Expandable Storage

Samsung’s latest Exynos 7904 octa-core 1.6 GHz processor that provides an essential user-experience and enhanced multi-media powers the Galaxy M10 and enables an excellent network speed, smoother multitasking and lower power consumption.

Furthermore, a 3400mAh fast charging battery enhanced with an advanced power management feature helps boast multi-layered technology system that is aimed at lowering the power consumption of the device. That battery performance also allows the user to enjoy non-stop streaming of music and video.

Galaxy M10 comes with dedicated storage slot expandable to 512GB and has dual SIM VoLTE support.
Aesthetics and Security come hand in hand
Samsung tailored the Galaxy M10 to the needs of the millennials that is why the outer design reflects bold futuristic lines enhanced with the dynamic colors the device is available in; Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black.
Focusing on the design did not make the Galaxy M10 miss out on the security features as it comes with fingerprint as well as Face Unlock features that enhance data security.
Price and Availability
The M10 device is available in the Egyptian market on Souq.com at the price of EGP 2,040.

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

5/18/2019 1:39:53 PM
<![CDATA[Danone is the First Company in Egypt to receive the B CorpTM Certification]]>
It recognizes the company’s ambition to act beyond financial profit and put purpose at the heart of itsbusiness strategy. Danone aspires to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt by making a positive contribution to the Egyptian community with services and access to health-related products.

Henri de l’Epine, Managing Director for Danone North East Africa commented: “We are very proud of this B CorpTM certification. It is a recognition of the daily attention paid by our 1,545 Danone employees to drivepositive social and environmental impacton the Egyptian community.”

Danone Egypt has a dual commitment towards business success and social progress: from working with some of the smallest members in the value chain - farmers, milk collectors and micro distributors - to providing access to nutritional education for consumers.

B CorpTM Certification is a mark of trust: a promise that a company is doing business in a way that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, and is certified by B Lab®, a third-party non-profit.

Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director of B Lab Europe commented: “We are very excited that more multinational subsidiaries, like Danone Egypt, have undertaken this significant effort to become certified. We hope it will inspire other companies and multinationals operating in Egypt and the region to follow, accelerating this global culture shift to define success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy."
Certified B Corporations®are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

About Danone Egypt
Danone Egypt is a subsidiary of Danone company with headquarters in Cairo operating with a leading position on essential dairy category (Danone Yogurt, Danette, Activia, DanUp and Dango) and early life nutrition (Bebelac and Aptamil). Danone Egypt’s 1,500 employees are driven by the ambition to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt. Danone is proud to make a positive contribution to Egypt with great tasting, healthier and top-quality products for infants, children and families; and services which support healthy lifestyles for all Egyptians. Danone Egypt has a plant in Obour and a world class dairy farm in Nubariya, the second largest in Egypt.

About B Lab® (www.bcorporation.net)
B Lab® is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be best for the world and that society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab® drives this systemic change by: (1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations; (2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society; (3) helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with which they work — with as much rigor as their profits; and (4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling storytelling.
Press contact
Doaa Farag
Communications Manager
5/18/2019 1:26:09 PM
<![CDATA[Grumpy Cat, whose scowl launched a million memes, dies age 7]]>
Despite care from top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection, the family said on Twitter.

Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation after her owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a picture of her scowl six years ago. She went on to appear on magazine covers, television advertisements and even starred in her own movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”

“Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world - even when times were tough,” the family said. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

Tribute memes poured in at hashtag #GrumpyCat.

“I’m actually bummed about this,” read one with a picture of Grumpy scowling into the sunset.]]>
5/18/2019 12:23:44 PM
<![CDATA[Microsoft, Sony partner on streaming games, chips and AI]]>
The deal is in its early stages, with many specifics yet to be determined. But the owners of two major consumer interactive entertainment franchises — Microsoft’s Xbox platform and Sony’s PlayStation — would collaborate to stream games and content to consumers and offer game makers new development tools.

“For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas,” Sony Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement. “I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

Sony shares jumped nearly 11 percent as Asian markets opened. Microsoft’s stock closed up 2 percent on Thursday.

Sony’s deal with Microsoft comes at a time when the Japanese firm’s gaming business is losing some steam as its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console nears the end of its life.

Analysts widely expect Sony to launch a next-generation console in 2020 to replace the five-year old PS4, but for this year at least Sony has flagged a drop in profit.

For Microsoft, the deal bolsters its Azure cloud computing business, which helped push its market value past $1 trillion last month. It also helps the Redmond, Washington-based company counter cloud-market leader Amazon.com Inc’s Amazon Web Services.

Amazon has also jumped into the gaming market, offering game makers new technology tools, and with its nearly $1 billion acquisition of Twitch, a major destination for gamers to watch other players competing in the e-sports market.

Japan’s Sony is also a major supplier of camera chips for smartphones and other devices.

Sony and Microsoft said they will potentially develop new image sensor chips that use Microsoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology for business customers. The two companies did not specify how the chips would be used.

Intelligent cameras are currently being used in applications such as spotting defective items coming off manufacturing lines with greater accuracy than human inspectors.

Sony and Microsoft said they would explore how to use Microsoft’s AI tools in Sony’s consumer products “to provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences.”

Microsoft’s technology for tasks like recognizing images and understanding human speech is widely believed to be competitive with better-known rivals such Alphabet Inc’s Google, but its focus on business customers has left it fewer outlets for technology that consumers touch. Sony, by contrast, makes a wide range of televisions, phones and other consumer devices.

“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in a statement.

5/17/2019 2:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[Lessons from the first lady? Brigitte Macron to return to classroom]]>
Macron, a French and drama teacher until 2015, has accepted a supervisory and teaching role for two schools being built, one in a suburb of Paris and another in a rural area of southeast France.

On Monday, she visited the first of the schools by the "Institut des Vocations", which is also backed rap star Ben J and celebrity chef Thierry Marx and is being financed by French luxury giant LVMH.

The school in the poverty-wracked Clichy-sous-Bois suburb in northeast Paris will open its doors in September along with another facility near Valence in southeast France, offering courses to around 50 school dropouts aged 25-30 every year.

"It won't be like the lessons that I gave to pupils before, but more in the Anglo-Saxon style, interactive," the 66-year-old, who taught at prestigious private schools in her home town of Amiens as well as in Paris, told reporters.

She said the school aimed to give its students, who will be paid 1,000 euros (1,100 dollars) a month, "the foundations to be able to enter the workplace.

"We know they need to know the four operations in maths, to know how to write French, to express themselves, to construct arguments in a written text. I want to give them a taste for literature," she added.

Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron, 41, while he was a student in her school in Amiens and began a relationship with him while he was still a teenager, causing a minor scandal locally and anger in their families.

The mother-of-three said that other private companies were interested in following the example of LVMH and sponsoring other adult schools, which are designed to tackle France's chronic high unemployment rate.

"We are going to duplicate it," she said, adding that oil group Total had expressed an interest in investing in others.

Brigitte Macron has kept a low public profile since her husband's election victory in May 2017, accompanying him for major state events but giving few interviews.

She became entangled in an early public row shortly after he took office over plans to create a formal public position of first lady, which would have given her an office and a budget -- an idea Macron abandoned under pressure.

The lover of theatre and literature, who remains political advisor to her husband behind the scenes, had announced that she intends to devote her time to her twin causes of education and helping the handicapped.

Rapper Ben J -- real name Fabien Loubayi -- said the new schools aimed to provide opportunities "to the invisible, people I see during my concerts. It's important to offer them a hand up, to give them confidence in themselves."]]>
5/16/2019 1:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites]]>
Launch of the mission, aimed at placing the initial stage of Musk’s space-based global internet network into low-Earth orbit, was rescheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Thursday (0230 GMT Friday) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX said.

In a call with reporters before Wednesday’s countdown was halted, the high-tech entrepreneur praised the “fundamental goodness” of his ambitions to expand internet connectivity globally but cautioned that success was far from guaranteed.

Musk said he expects revenues from rocket launch services provided by his privately held Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, to top out at about $3 billion per year. That makes Starlink key to generating the cash that SpaceX needs to fund Musk’s larger dream of developing new spacecraft capable of flying paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.

“We think this is a key stepping stone on the way towards establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon,” said Musk, who is also the chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc.

Each satellite in the first Starlink launch weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), making this the heaviest SpaceX payload to date.

It will take at least 12 launches of additional satellites to achieve Musk’s goal of providing constant internet coverage for most of the world, he said. Starlink is only authorized for operations in the United States.

Musk faces stiff competition. In February, Airbus SE-backed OneWeb launched its own clutch of satellites, while LeoSat Enterprises and Canada’s Telesat are also working to build data networks.

All consist of tiny satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional communications satellites, a radical shift made possible by leaps in laser technology and computer chips.

Musk has faced other challenges. Frustrated with the pace at which Starlink satellites were being developed, he fired at least seven members of the program’s senior management team at a campus in Redmond, Washington, outside Seattle, Reuters reported.

Musk said SpaceX has “sufficient capital” to make Starlink operational but would potentially need to raise money if things go wrong with the multibillion-dollar endeavor, which he called “one of the hardest engineering projects I’ve ever seen done.”

Musk said SpaceX would begin approaching customers later this year or next year. As many as 2,000 satellites will be launched per year, he said. But he wavered on the timeline for placing as many as 12,000 satellites into orbit as the company had previously described.]]>
5/16/2019 11:34:10 AM
<![CDATA[Bitter-Sweet, traditional Sudanese Ramadan drinks]]>
The drink is bitter-sweet “Hulu-Murr” because it combines sweet ingredients like sugar, honey and popcorn with lots of spices.


The drink was passed from one generation to another and was first made by Sudanese women using a large amount of sugar.The drink was discovered on the valley of the Blue Nile in 1833 by accident.

Here are the steps of preparing the bitter-sweet drink:

First, it has to be prepared months before the holy month of Ramadan where the Sudanese women buy popcorn, put it on canvas, and water it thenleaveit for two or three days to dry. After drying the popcorn, it has to be crushed carefully before adding all kinds of spices to it.


Second, the crushed popcorn is divided into small portionsand put in large ovens at high temperature; this phase is called “Alawasah”.

Third, soak the small portions of popcorn in water then add a large amount of sugar; the drink is presented cold.


5/15/2019 4:41:22 PM
<![CDATA[Stay safe on Ramadan hot days: Here are some tips]]>
Prolonged direct exposure to sun during extreme heat could cause heatstroke (or sun stroke) as body overheats. In Egypt, although limited, there have been several deaths over the past years as a result of severe heatstroke. The official weather forecast has repeatedly warned citizens of exposure to sun in high temperatures.

In the below lines, Egypt Today will provide you with some tips to stay cool and safe in hot weather:

What should we do?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. federal agency that supports heath promotion prevention, provides some heat-related advises, there are a number of factors that affect the body’s ability to combat the high temperature including: the age, weight, dehydration, heart and mind diseases, poor blood circulation, sun burns, and drug abuse.

The CDC added that people aged 65 years old or above; children below two years old; people with chronic diseases and Psychiatric patients are vulnerable to heat-related illness and injuries.

Here are some tips for fasting people to follow:

1- Stay in a cool-aired place, preferably with air conditioners.
2- Drink abundant amount of liquids even if not thirsty.
3- Avoid practicing any outdoor activities.
4- Wear loose and light clothes with bright colors to reflect sun rays.
5- Take more than one shower during hot days to cool your body.
6- Do not leave your kids or pets inside the cars.
5/15/2019 2:39:13 PM
<![CDATA[French fashion group Kering pledges to hire only over-18 models]]>
Kering said on Wednesday that from 2020 on wards, it would only hire models aged over 18 to represent adults and wear its adult clothing at its fashion shows and photo sessions.

“We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit,” said Kering’s chairman and chief executive François-Henri Pinault.]]>
5/15/2019 12:53:19 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019: An Absolute bezel-less Experience]]>
Huawei, a brand known for meaningful innovations for its users, have paid close attention to this, packing its next smartphone with some exciting new features.

The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019, set to come out later this month, is packed to amaze users who are looking for some of the most innovative features.Boasting an all new Ultra Full View Display, the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019, is housing the next generation in smartphone displays. If you are wondering how, it’s simple.

The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019’s 6.59 inch FHD+ Ultra Full View Display, is entirely just the display, no bezels or notches, creating a whole new viewing experience.

On the other hand, the bezels in a phone house a few sensors and more importantly the front camera and since the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 has removed all the bezels, the question does pop up to where the camera is. And just like the question itself, the best-in-class 16MP selfie camera does indeed pop up from the top of the phone when needed, thus taking away the need for a notch.

Meanwhile, other components such as the receiver earpiece and ambient light sensor have been moved to the top and bottom of the screen respectively, minimizing interruptions and maximizing the visual experience.


5/14/2019 2:22:18 PM
<![CDATA[World countries to mark International Day of Families 2019 on Wednesday]]>
This year, the Day reflects the importance the international community attaches to families and their role in development.

Recent commemorations of the Day focused on the role of families for the achievement of SDGs 1 – 5 and SDG 16.

The 2019 observance focuses on families, family policies and major SDG13 targets, which aim at improving education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

They also aim at integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

A panel discussion to mark the occasion will highlight; inter-generational approach to sustainability, sustainable development education & practice, sustainable family farming from indigenous perspective, "Greening the blue" and other good practices at the United Nations and beyond.

Founded by the United Nations in 1994, the International Day of Families is observed on May 15 every year to celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world.]]>
5/14/2019 1:15:26 PM
<![CDATA[The missing of Brazzaville's 'Beach', 20 years on]]>
"It's like it happened yesterday," said 75-year-old Marcel Touanga, grief-stricken for his son, one of those listed as missing in a troubling episode in the long career of President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

In May 1999, the oil-rich central African nation was trying to turn the page on three successive civil wars since 1993.

Sassou Nguesso, a military man, took power back in 1997 from Pascal Lissouba, with the stated aim of achieving "national reconciliation" in the former French colony.

He encouraged people who had fled over the broad river to the capital of the newly named Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Zaire) to return via the "Beach" -- Brazzaville's port area.

The two Congos on opposite shores jointly signed a repatriation agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and people who were prepared to return did so during the week of May 5-14, 1999.

- 'Shot on the spot' -

"Once on the Beach, a kind of sorting process took place, with women on one side and men on the other. The men were subjected to a full body search" for firearms, said Touanga, who heads the main support group for families of the missing.

The authorities were at the time hunting members of the rebel Ninja militia loyal to former prime minister Bernard Kolelas, who were active in Brazzaville's Bacongo district and a forested region adjoining the capital known as The Pool.

Kolelas said that the Ninja insurgency had only been crushed when Angolan soldiers moved in to support Sassou-Nguesso and secure the city.

Sentenced to death in his absence in May 2000 on charges of kidnapping, rape and illegal arrests by Ninjas, Kolelas was granted amnesty in 2005. He died after receiving medical treatment in Paris in 2009.

"We have inventoried 353 missing youths, but there were many more because some bodies were burned," said Touanga, who now lives in France.

"There was brutality, there were executions. Some people were shot on the spot and their bodies were thrown into the water," he added.

"They didn't even give me his body," Touanga said of his 28-year-old son, a paramilitary policeman.

Some of the missing were executed on the premises of the security forces, including the General Directorate of Presidential Security, according to a 2012 UN report based on testimony by people claiming to be survivors.

- 'Truth and reconciliation' -

Under pressure from families, Congo's parliament launched a probe in 2002, broadening the scope to cover all forced disappearances recorded in the country since 1992.

A trial finally opened in Brazzaville three years later with 15 defendants in the dock, mostly serving officers in the security forces. They were all acquitted in August 2005.

However, the court ordered the state to pay compensation to close kin of 86 of the 353 missing men, to the tune of 15,000 euros ($16,850) for each victim.

Separately in France, several human rights NGOs joined forces and went to court with a suit alleging "crimes against humanity, disappearances and torture."

The case, lodged in early 2002, targeted President Sassou-Nguesso and three senior officials in his regime.

Congo asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to freeze the French legal proceedings.

In April 2004, Sassou-Nguesso's police chief, Colonel Jean-Francois Ndenguet, was jailed in France on a charge of crimes against humanity.

But he was freed on the grounds that he held a diplomatic passport, which led rights activists to cry scandal.

"French justice for the moment remains the only hope for justice and truth," Tresor Nzila, executive director of the Congolese Organisation of Human Rights (OCDH), said in Brazzaville.

However investigations in France have ground to a standstill.

"Twenty years on, the case remains unfortunately bogged down," said prominent French lawyer William Bourdon.

"The pain is still there," said Vincent Niamankessi, the 70-year-old father of one of the missing. "We are finding that our missing children are simply victims with no perpetrators."]]>
5/14/2019 11:54:59 AM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry, Meghan pay tribute to all mothers]]>
Writing alongside a picture of the couple’s new baby Archie’s feet, they said: “Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered.”

“We honour and celebrate each and every one of you,” they wrote on their official Instagram account.

Meghan gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning to Archie, the seventh-in-line to the British throne, leaving his father, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and royal fans across the world enthralled.

While Britain celebrates Mother’s Day on March 22, other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and others mark it on the second Sunday in May.

The couple also quoted from the poem “lands” by Nayyirah Waheed: “My mother was my first country; The first place I ever lived.”]]>
5/13/2019 12:51:31 PM
<![CDATA[New edition of Anne Frank diary 'brings the reader closer to her']]>
She and her family hid from the Nazis in a secret annexe in a house in Amsterdam during World War Two but were discovered in 1944. She died aged 15 at Bergen-Belsen in 1945.

Her diary was published two years later and is still being read worldwide 75 years after she wrote it.

But at a presentation in Berlin, Holocaust survivor Laureen Nussbaum, who knew the Franks, told Reuters Television that the new edition is what Anne Frank had intended to publish in the first place.

Nussbaum, born Hannelore Klein, knew Anne and her family when they lived in Amsterdam during World War Two. She and Anne were not close friends, Nussbaum said, but they rehearsed a play together in 1941.

Anne Frank made two diaries - her original journal and a revised version, reworked after she learned of plans to collect diaries and other papers to document the war period.

“This is the book that Anne wanted to write and to publish,” Nussbaum, 91, said of the new edition, which will be published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The version published since 1947 is Anne Frank’s father’s “amalgam of the original diary entries with the new version and it’s kind of a mixture”, Nussbaum said.

The new edition, entitled “Liebe Kitty” (Dear Kitty), is an incomplete manuscript “of a girl who wanted to become an author”, according to Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House museum.

The museum calls the work “the creative and literary choices Anne has made” and “brings the reader closer to the writer Anne Frank”.
5/12/2019 12:06:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to hold the longest Ramadan banquet in the world]]>
“The Administrative Capital Company for Urban Development organizes the longest Ramadan banquet in the world, with the participation of all the successful partners of the capital and a representative of the Guinness World Records,” the statement read.

The Iftar will be organized on the second half of Holy Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic Calendar, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset worldwide, according to the statement.

The New Administrative Capital is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60km from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo on July, 14, 2018. With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital will include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.
5/11/2019 1:17:47 PM
<![CDATA[Lunar tunnel engineers excited by boring moon colonies]]>
“Space is becoming a passion for a lot of people again. There are discussions about going back to the moon, this time to stay,” US-Iranian expert Jamal Rostami told AFP at this year’s World Tunnel Congress in Naples.

The administration of US President Donald Trump wants NASA to put humans back on the Moon by 2024, and the agency is also drawing up plans for a “Gateway” station to serve as a platform for astronauts traveling to and from the lunar surface.

Billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are among those feverishly competing for military, civil or commercial launches, with Musk’s SpaceX leading the race on building rockets ready to fly in time.

But the harsh conditions on the surface of the moon mean that, once up there, humans need to be shielded from radiation and freezing temperatures in structures which maintain atmospheric pressure in a vacuum.

They also need protection from meteorite strikes.

“Imagine something the size of my fist as a piece of rock coming at 10-12 kilometers (6-7 miles) per second, it can hit anything and would immediately destroy it,” Rostami said at the meeting in southern Italy.

“So every plan for having a habitat on the moon involves making a trench, creating a structure and covering it with some sort of regolith, which is the soil on the moon.

“Our idea is to actually start underground, using a mechanism we already use on the earth, a tunnel boring machine, to make a continuous opening to create habitats or connect the colonies together,” he added.

Analysis of images of the lunar surface show lava tubes capable of housing large cities underground, said Rostami, director of the Earth Mechanics Institute at the US Colorado School of Mines.

But getting something as vast as a tunnel boring machine up there will be no easy task.

“Weight is an issue. It’s pretty expensive to take a kilogram of material from the earth to the moon. Our machines are hundreds of tons of mass, so it’s not feasible to take the machines as they are,” he said.

“We have to convert the design, where all the components are optimized, weigh much less, and perform better.”

The machines also have to become fully automated and repairs reduced to a minimum, a particular challenge when dealing with tools that see a lot of wear and tear as they eat through rock and dirt.

There is also the question of how to power them.

With a four-meter diameter machine needing some 2,000 kilowatts of energy, experts are debating whether it is possible to use small nuclear power plants to fuel a lunar version, he said.

There may be 1,000 people living in outer space by 2050 — either in orbit or on the Moon — according to the American United Launch Alliance, which estimates this initial space exploration will cost 2.7 trillion dollars.

Despite some talk of the first space residents using mining tools like lunar tunnel boring machines (LTBM) to dig for precious minerals, Rostami said their priorities would lie in extracting something even more precious.

“We’re not talking about gold. The first target is water. We know there is trapped water at the lunar poles, where the temperature is as low as -190 degrees Celsius (-310 Fahrenheit).”

“One of the ideas being discussed is of heating the part in permanent shadow, evaporating the water and capturing it,” said Rostami, who has launched the world’s first Masters degree and PhD in Space Resource Engineering in Colorado.

“Another idea is to mine it, and take it to a facility and let it thaw. The material extracted along with the water can then be used to 3D print buildings in the colonies,” he said.

One thing is sure: the future LTBM will undergo rigorous pilot testing on Earth first “because once it’s deployed, that’s that. It’ll be very difficult to make any drastic changes.”

5/10/2019 11:22:39 AM
<![CDATA[Amazon’s Bezos unveils lunar lander project ‘Blue Moon’]]>
“This is Blue Moon,” the 55-year-old said at a carefully choreographed presentation in Washington, as curtains lifted to show a model of a huge vessel.

It will weigh more than three metric tons empty, 15 fully fueled, and be capable of carrying 3.6 tons to the lunar surface — or 6.5 in a variant model.

It is supported by four legs, with an upper deck where equipment can be fixed. A large tank of liquefied nitrogen fuel occupies its center.

“It’s an incredible vehicle, and it will go to the Moon,” the Amazon founder declared.

Bezos didn’t announce a specific date for the project’s first launch, but Blue Origin later said it was capable of meeting President Donald Trump’s announced goal of returning people to the Moon by 2024.

“We can help meet that timeline, but only because we started three years ago,” he said. “It’s time to go back to the Moon, this time to stay.”

Fifty years after American astronauts first walked on the Moon, the United States is among countries showing renewed interest in Earth’s natural satellite.

The vehicle will be capable of carrying scientific instruments, four self-driving rovers and a future pressurized vehicle for humans.

The goal is to land on the Moon’s south pole, where ice deposits were confirmed in 2018. Water can be exploited to produce hydrogen, which in turn could fuel future exploration of the solar system.

The White House’s intention to return to the Moon in 2024 has sent NASA into a frenzy of activity, because that particular mission was originally anticipated for 2028.

Nothing is ready: not the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being developed by Boeing which is necessary to transport vehicles and astronauts.

Not the components of the future mini-station in lunar orbit, which will act as a rest stop between Earth and the Moon. And not the lander nor rovers needed by astronauts, among whom will be the first woman to set foot on the Moon.

But Bezos, who rarely speaks about the projects at Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000 and finances with more than $1 billion per year, clearly suggested he wants to help NASA.

Several other aerospace companies are also expected to bid to build the lander for the space agency, which is in the process of finalizing requests for proposals. Lockheed Martin proposed its own lander concept some months ago.

Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, did not talk to journalists at the event.

The lander’s unveiling came as Bezos outlined in a lengthy monologue his broader vision to build an infrastructure that would sustain the colonization of space by future generations of humans and shift polluting industries off the Earth.

This would involve the construction of artificial worlds in space, inspired by designs first proposed by the late physicist Gerard K. O’Neill, one of Bezos’s heroes, intended to give humanity an escape route in case of limited resources on Earth.

“My generation’s job is to build the infrastructure,” said Bezos. “We’re going to build the road to space.”

Blue Origin is working on two other major projects: New Shepard, a suborbital rocket to fly tourists into space; and New Glenn, a heavy lift, partly reusable launch rocket.

Bezos confirmed his commitment to fly the first people in New Shepard this year, and New Glenn in 2021.

The New Shepard rocket first reached space last year, achieving a height of 66 miles (106 kilometers) in April 2018.
5/10/2019 11:19:30 AM
<![CDATA['It's magic': Prince Harry and Meghan show baby son to the world]]>
Tightly cradling his son, wrapped in a white shawl and wearing a hat, Harry and Meghan appeared before a small group of media at St George’s Hall in Windsor castle where they held their wedding reception just under a year ago.

“It’s magic - it’s pretty amazing and I have the two best guys in the world so I am really happy,” said a beaming Meghan, wearing a white sleeveless coat dress, when asked how she was finding being a new mother.

She said the boy, the seventh-in-line to the British throne who has not yet been publicly named, was calm, had the sweetest temperament and was sleeping well.

“He’s just been the dream,” she said, prompting Harry to quip: “I don’t know who he gets that from”.

The baby was born in the early hours of Monday morning, weighing 7 lb 3oz (3.26 kg), but few other details have been given about the birth.

“It’s great, parenting is amazing,” Harry said. “It’s only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy, to be able to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”

The couple said they were about to visit 93-year-old Elizabeth, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, at the castle to allow her to meet her eighth great-grandchild.

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is also staying with the couple at their home Frogmore Cottage, on the castle’s estate.

“It will a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family and my mum’s with us as well,” Meghan, 37, said.

Britain’s royal family attracts huge fascination and there is particular interest in Harry and former U.S. actress Meghan, who are officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Given their worldwide popularity, the birth of their first child has attracted particular attention, especially as the new child is first mixed race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.

He is also entitled to hold U.S. citizenship while also automatically being a British national. However, the baby will not automatically be a prince or a princess, or be known as “His Royal Highness”, unless the queen issues a specific decree.

Congratulations to the new parents have poured in from celebrities and world leaders.

Harry’s father, the heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles expressed his joy at the arrival of his fourth grandson on Tuesday, while elder brother Prince William and his wife Kate said they were absolutely thrilled at the news.

“Thank you all so much, and thank you everybody for all the well-wishes and the kindness, it just means so much,” Meghan said.

Some commentators have argued that the birth marks another milestone in the gradual modernisation of the almost thousand-year-old monarchy.

“You are the first child in almost three centuries to bring Africa back into the royal gene pool,” Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, wrote in an open letter to the newborn.

“You are seventh in line to the throne — and everything you bring with you will now be part of the public life of our nation.”

However, not everyone has been happy with the way the couple have handled the publicity around the birth and how much information has been given to the media.

Harry has never made a secret of his dislike of the press since his mother Princess Diana was killed in a crash in 1997 as her car sped away from chasing photographers.

“Choosing a U.S. Network ... is treading on dodgy ground,” the queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter wrote on Twitter about the decision to have a U.S. TV crew in the small group invited to cover Wednesday’s event.

However, Harry was more than happy to help out the media as he showed off his baby, cracking a joke as he pulled back the blanket to allow cameras to get a better look at his son.

“He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well - wonderful,” joked the bearded prince.
5/8/2019 2:52:32 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei P30 and P30 Pro users receive Dual-View Video Feature update]]>
The new feature uses multiple cameras simultaneously to capture videos, allowing users to capture both a full view of scene and a close-up at the same time. This is made possible by the camera in the lower half of the camera module, capturing in a wide-angle view, while the one closer to the top shoots a close-up.

Once activated, the display will split into two, with one screen displaying a close-up shot and the other showing a wide-angle shot. This option, thanks to its dual perspectives, is perfect while shooting large-scale events, such as sporting matches and concerts, where users can record the full-view of the game or concert while focusing on their favorite player or performer at the same time.

Once their devices are updated, users can find the new feature by navigating to the “More” section in the camera menu.

Go to Camera > tap on More > tap on Dual-View Video mode and point the phone in the direction to record the view
Tap the recording button. Remember: The zoomed view only supports focusing when the full view is showing the object in the center position of the right side.
Tap again the recording button to end the recording.
After the recording ends, you can check the recorded video on the gallery.

You can check the two links below to know more about Huawei’s Dual View Video feature:


5/8/2019 2:10:52 PM
<![CDATA[Donning elaborate robes, Japan's new imperial couple hold Shinto rite]]>
Naruhito wore a brown robe and tall black hat during the ritual held at the Imperial Palace, while Masako wore a light green and vermillion gown with long sleeves, photos from the Imperial Household Agency showed.

The 59-year-old emperor inherited the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, a day after the abdication of his father, Akihito, the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries.

Naruhito’s enthronement will take place in an elaborate ceremony on Oct. 22, to which hundreds of foreign dignitaries will be invited. He will step into an elevated pavilion called the “Takamikura” and proclaim his succession to the world.

It will be followed by the Great Thanksgiving Ceremony on Nov. 14-15 when Naruhito will offer newly harvested rice and sake to imperial ancestors and deities, and partake of them himself as he prays for a good harvest and national peace.]]>
5/8/2019 11:57:14 AM
<![CDATA[Why better eat dates on empty stomach in Ramadan?]]>
Studies have shown that eating dates on an empty stomach provides the body with many important benefits.

Dates contain a high percentage of potassium which contributes greatly to the regulation of blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Dates also contribute to improving the heart condition and regulating cholesterol levels.
Additionally, dates contain a high percentage of calcium which helps maintain the health of bones and reduce exposure to fractures.

Moreover, dates provide the body with energy and positively affect its vitality especially when taken in the appropriate amount (3-7 dates).
5/7/2019 1:52:00 PM
<![CDATA[How to Overcome Bad Breath While Fasting]]>
Bad breath in Ramadan is a social menace. Many people have experienced it either themselves or from others. It affects productivity and self-confidence and it also affects others. The fasting person may feel embarrassed at times because of the bad breath resulting from the length of fasting, and the lack of water and food during the fasting hours.

The good news is that taking care of oral hygiene to the best we can help you overcome this issue and enjoy a smell free Ramadan. We present the following tips that together can contribute to eliminating bad breath whilst fasting during this holey month.

You can easily beat 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. ]]>
5/7/2019 1:43:47 PM
<![CDATA[Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, gives birth to boy]]>
The baby, seventh-in-line to the British throne, “is absolutely to die for”, the prince told reporters.

In a formal announcement on their official Instagram account the royal couple said they “welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz”. (3.2 kg)

“The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.

More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”

Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, a U.S.-born former actress, married in a lavish ceremony at the monarch’s Windsor Castle home in May last year.

The baby will be the eighth great grandchild of the 93-year-old queen, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, and could be entitled to hold joint British and American citizenship according to nationality rules.

However, the child will not automatically be a prince or a princess as any such title will have to be bestowed by the queen by issuing what is known as a letter patent.

The parents are officially titled the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Britain’s royal family attracts huge media interest but the younger members, especially Harry and Meghan, are treated like Hollywood superstars.

5/6/2019 4:25:59 PM
<![CDATA[10 eating habits to avoid for safe fasting for diabetics ]]>
The Diabetes and Ramadan International Alliance (DaR) provides practical guidelines advised by healthcare professionals to help people with diabetes fast while minimizing the risk of complications.

As part of its nutrition plan, DaR advised to avoid 10 bad eating habits that could raise sugar levels in blood during the holy month of Ramadan.

Below are some mistakes to avoid during Ramadan:

1- Having several small meals between Iftar (meal consumed at dusk to break the fast) and Suhur (pre-dawn meal).

2- Eating a 1,500-calorie meal at Iftar raises sugar level and increases weight.

3- Taking huge amounts of sugars and processed carbohydrates at and after Iftar.

4- Eating lots of fried food, especially when using high-fat industrial oils such as: palm oil and coconut oil.

5- Sleeping for long periods of time would increase weight. It is advisable to rest before Iftar; however, people with diabetes are advised to avoid sleeping during this period in order to remain alert to signs of hypoglycemia.

6- Eating huge amounts of high-carb foods like sugar, potatoes, rice and wheat products at Suhur meal raises sugar level in blood.

7- Low physical exercise would also negatively affect our health and lead to an increase in weight.

8- Eating the Suhur meal early would lead to a low sugar level in blood especially during long fasting hours.

9- That’s why it is advised for people with diabetes to take the pre-dawn meal as late as possible.

10- Eating too fast during both meals will lead to an increase in weight and makes one feel full after only 15-30 minutes of eating.

5/6/2019 3:02:30 PM
<![CDATA[Italian museum looks to unlock da Vinci hair mystery]]>
However, some experts have thrown doubt on the exercise, saying the hair almost certainly did not belong to the Italian master, while credible DNA testing may prove impossible.

Da Vinci died in May 1519 and was buried at the Chateau d’Ambroise near the French city of Tours. The castle was badly damaged following the French Revolution of 1789 and many graves were destroyed, including that of Leonardo.

Alessandro Vezzosi, the director of the Ideal Leonardo da Vinci museum in Vinci, the artist’s hometown in Tuscany, said the strand of hair was collected from the site in 1863 by a man tasked by a royal commission to try to locate Leonardo’s remains.

“In 1925, an American collector bought this relic in Paris ... Later, before dying aged 95, he sold it on to another American collector, who contacted us,” Vezzosi said.

He said the museum planned to extract DNA from the sample and compare it with the DNA from a group of descendants that the museum says it identified in 2016, using genealogical records.

The testing should also be able to prove if the remains identified in France in 1863 really belonged to da Vinci.

“What is important is not to take for granted a result before the scientific testing is completed,” said Vezzosi.

But some experts are already pouring cold water on the whole exercise.

“It is highly improbable that this lock (of hair), which was presented like a (religious) relic, would be in anyway related to Leonardo da Vinci,” said Eike Schmidt, the director of the prestigious Uffizi Gallery in nearby Florence.

Finding a DNA link with living descendants will prove an added complication, with tracing only possible via the mother and an unbroken female line, or the father and an unbroken male line. The identity of Leonardo’s mother is unknown.

The artist himself never married and left no direct heirs, so the DNA will be checked against that of the descendants that Vezzosi said had been found by following the family trees of other children born to Leonardo’s father.

The chance of recreating an unbroken male line over 500 years is extremely unlikely.]]>
5/6/2019 1:38:02 PM
<![CDATA[Japan fashion tycoon says selling valuable paintings, has no money]]>
Maezawa, the founder and CEO of online fashion retailer Zozo, said in a Twitter post on Saturday that he plans to sell several items at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on May 16.

The art-loving billionaire attached screenshots of two artworks to the post - an Ed Ruscha painting with an estimate of $2 million-$3 million and an Andy Warhol flowers painting with an estimate of $1.5 million-$2 million.

In response to a user query if the sale was because he has no money, Maezawa replied in a Twitter post on Sunday, “Yes, I never have any money because I always spend it,” ending the post with a laughing face emoji.

The publicity-seeking entrepreneur’s past spending antics include the $110 million purchase of a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting and signing up to be the first private passenger taken around the moon by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Maezawa’s ambitions have hit turbulence with the billionare only recently returning to Twitter after a series of corporate missteps saw Zozo’s stock price plunge by more than half and left its cash position weakened.]]>
5/5/2019 1:20:27 PM
<![CDATA['All-aboard' the Chanel Express for debut Viard collection]]>
The resort collection 2020 - a range that falls outside the usual fashion week calendar and stays for longer in stores - was unveiled between true-to-life railroad tracks and onlookers ready to embark on the “Chanel Express”.

The glass-domed Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris was also Lagerfeld’s venue of choice, where the late designer mounted over-the-top catwalk shows ranging from a winter wonderland complete with fake snow to an airport terminal.

For this collection, Viard kept “Kaiser Karl’s” legacy alive in the staging and style, presenting a line full of colors, black-and-white suits and long ruff.

Viard, who joined Chanel in 1987 and worked closely with Lagerfeld until his death in February aged 85, presented her own take on Chanel’s famed tweed jackets in vivid pink and pastel lavender, worn with chained gold belts.

Models strutted down the catwalk with a longer version of the Chanel cardigan, tight or wide-legged trousers and two-tone shoes. As a tribute to Lagerfeld, a towering figure at Chanel for more than 35 years, there were rigid white collars on top of light dresses and oversized bows on the chest.

Accessories included ropes of pearls as necklaces, fanny packs and quilted-leather water bottles carried as a cross-body bag - accessories that have become de rigueur at fashion shows.

“I think the new designer really did a great job. There was an arsenal of different styles. I like the tweed jackets, it’s very Chanel,” said Christine, a fashion buyer from China.

Viard, who began in embroidery before going on to head Chanel’s creative studio, faces the challenge of retaining the character and style that made the brand under Lagerfeld so distinctive while carving out her own niche.

Unlike her friend and mentor, she has so far shown a preference for discretion rather than the spotlight. On Friday, she briefly waved after the last models came out.

Several sources previously told Reuters Viard’s appointment was transitional and that another successor could yet be announced at the iconic label, originally founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in 1910.]]>
5/4/2019 1:03:49 PM
<![CDATA[K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill]]>
Hasumi, 17, joined Acopia School in Seoul, a prep school offering young Japanese a shot at K-pop stardom, teaching them the dance moves, the songs and also the language.

She is one of an estimated one million other K-pop star wannabes, from South Korea and abroad, hoping to get a shot at super competitive auditions by major talent agencies that will take on just a select few as “trainees”.

“It is tough,” Hasumi said in Japanese, drenched in sweat from a dance lesson she attended with 15-year-old friend Yuho Wakamatsu, also from Japan.

“Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that’s when it is good to make a debut,” she said.

Hasumi is one of 500 or so young Japanese who join Acopia each year, paying up to $3,000 a month for training and board.

The school also fixes auditions for its candidates with talent management companies that have been the driving force behind the “Korean-wave” pop culture that exploded onto the world stage in the past decade with acts such as global chart topping boy band BTS.

The influx of Japanese talent that is reshaping the K-pop industry comes at a time of increasingly bitter political acrimony between the two countries that has damaged diplomatic ties.

That the tension has done little to dent the K-pop craze among Japanese youth, and the willingness by Korean agencies to take on Japanese talent, speak to the strength of the ties between their people, according to one long-time observer.

“They’re nuts about BTS over there in Japan,” said Lee Soo-chul, board member of Seoul-Tokyo Forum, a private foundation with members of diplomats and business executives from both countries.

K-pop groups, and veteran Korean musicians, are selling out concert halls throughout Japan, said Lee, a former head of Samsung Group’s Japanese operations. “There is no Korea-Japan animosity there.”


Tensions rooted in Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of Korea have risen after South Korean court rulings against Japanese firms for forced labor, and amid a perception in Korea that Japan’s leadership has not adequately atoned for its colonial past.

But the popularity of Korean culture and K-pop music is on the rise in Japan, with many fans and artists saying they are not bothered by the diplomatic tension.

“I might get criticized for being Japanese, but I want to stand on a stage and make (South Koreans) know Japanese can be this cool,” said Rikuya Kawasaki, a 16-year-old Japanese K-pop star hopeful who auditioned unsuccessfully in Tokyo for Acopia School.

For schools and agencies, Japan’s music market - the second largest after the United States and bigger than China - is a big prize and many have been on a campaign to recruit Japanese talent.

“It will be good if Japan and South Korea will get along through music,” Hasumi told Reuters during a break from her Korean language class.

Some Japanese transplants have already made it big. The three Japanese members of the girl band Twice helped make the group the second most popular act in Japan, after BTS.

Their success has prompted JYP Entertainment, the South Korean agency backing Twice, to plan the launch of an idol group comprising only Japanese girls.

JYP declined to comment for this story.

Agency officials are reluctant to discuss their success in Japan and the infusion of Japanese talent, wary of fuelling a politically charged backlash, industry sources said.


There’s no shortage of Japanese hopefuls willing to train under talent agencies’ watchful eye, some having left successful careers back home in search of K-pop fame.

“I’ve heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road,” said Nao Niitsu, a 19-year-old college freshman from Tokyo.

During a visit to Seoul paid for by her mother, herself a die-hard BTS fan, Niitsu auditioned for 10 agencies and was accepted by five.

Debut is elusive, unlike in Japan where it is easier for idols to get a start and then can hone their skills and work on their appeal with the fans.

Miyu Takeuchi said it wasn’t a difficult decision to leave a 10-year career with a top idol band AKB48 back home in Japan to sign with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment in March as a trainee.

Even with her experience, she has seven hours of vocal training a day and two-hour dance lessons twice a week, plus early morning Korean lessons.

She is not allowed to have a boyfriend but she says she has no regrets, despite the fact there is no guarantee she will make it.

“I don’t know how long my training period will be, but it has to reach a point where my coaches and management company say ‘Miyu, you are a professional!’”]]>
5/1/2019 11:13:43 AM
<![CDATA[Burning puppets and dolls, ritual in Sham Ennessim]]>
Such habit comes back to Egyptian Revolution of 1919 when the revolutionaries used to burn political puppets and dolls as a symbol to declare objection and rejection for their corrupted regimes.

Over years, burning the Port Saidian’ puppet “Lambi” or “Alnabi” being a symbol for tyranny and corruption becomes an annual habit.

It aims to solve political issues and warn political figures from a fatal end if they do not rule fairly.

On that day, Egyptians head out to parks, gardens and zoos with their families to enjoy their traditional meals of salted fish, onions and eggs. Egyptian usually travel to coastal cities in Easter to enjoys wonderful weather, awesome beaches and places.
Sham El-Nessim is an old spring festival celebrated by the Egyptians since 2,700 BC (the third dynasty of the Old Kingdom).

This festival doesn’t have any religious background. Sham El-Nessim is usually a national holiday, marking the beginning of spring.
On Sham El-Nessim, both children and adults color and decorate eggs in various patterns, a traditional activity that goes back to the ancient Egyptians, with eggs being symbolic of new lives and new beginnings.

Sham El-Nessim's ceremonial rituals are not limited to eating and going on picnics, as Egyptians also celebrate by dancing, singing and attending theater performances. Over time, Sham El-Nessim has also become an opportunity for families to travel to the beach and enjoy the pleasant weather.

4/29/2019 10:52:46 AM
<![CDATA['Superfan' of Japan's royals has followed them for decades]]>
Except when it snows or rains too hard.

“You can’t get good pictures then - and if the camera lens gets wet, it might get damaged. I really worry about that,” said Shirataki, 78, who has spent the last 26 years following and photographing Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and especially Crown Princess Masako.

“As soon as I know their plans I’ll be there - though it’s hard if I only find out the night before.” she added.

Shirataki’s passion for “okkake,” as the pursuit is known in Japan, began in 1993, when she followed then-Masako Owada after her engagement to Crown Prince Naruhito but couldn’t get good photos.

“I wasn’t used to carrying such a heavy camera, so I’d shoot the tyres, or the back seat, or the driver,” Shirataki said in the kitchen of her home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, decorated with a photo of Masako and an Imperial Family calendar.

But now she has honed her skills, and her house is filled with a huge number of photos.

“Uncountable,” she said. “After all, it’s been 26 years.”

Shirataki won’t reveal how she and her fan friends figure out the royal schedules. But once she has the details, she loads a backpack, takes a collapsible chair and a rice ball to eat, and heads out.

“They know our faces by now, so when we raise the cameras I guess they think ‘here they are’ and they face towards us and wave,” said Shirataki, who always wears sneakers and trousers for ease of movement while she’s on the hunt.

Shirataki and her fellow chasers, nearly all of whom are female, say their main focus is the royal women and their clothes. Because of time constraints - she works part time at a car dealership - she concentrates on the empress and empress-to-be.

“When my husband was still alive and earning, I’d spend five or six days a week at this, but now I have to work,” she said. The photo in the Buddhist altar for her husband, who died two years ago, is smaller than a picture of Masako displayed nearby.

Though she’s cagey about how much her hobby costs, she spends at least 50,000 yen ($447) annually just on photos.

Shirataki says Masako is her favorite and has even appeared in her dreams. But Shirataki worries how she will fare as empress after the stress-related illness that kept her out of the public eye for many years.

“There could be a lot of times where Masako won’t go with the emperor,” she said. “If it’s just him, we won’t go. Her alone? Yes.”

Shirataki may already have reached the pinnacle of okkake success: this year, she shook hands with the empress.

“I’ve talked with them briefly before but that’s the only time I’d ever been able to put out my hand ... I didn’t realize I would do it,” Shirataki said.

“When I asked, she just said, in a small voice, ‘If my hand is okay,’” she added. “And then I did.”]]>
4/28/2019 2:02:45 PM
<![CDATA[Seat latest showroom in town , By Arabiat]]>
This move is part of the expansion of SEAT's sales network within the Arab Republic of Egypt. The Showroom has been designed to display more than 8 cars to all SEAT categories, Seat's SUV Family " Ateca" & the latest model " Arona " , "Ibiza", "Leon" and "Toledo".

4/27/2019 11:58:58 AM
<![CDATA[Oldest human footprint found in the Americas confirmed in Chile: researcher]]>
The footprint was first discovered in 2010 by a student at the Universidad Austral of Chile. Scientists then worked for years to rule out the possibility that the print may have belonged to some other species of animal, and to determine the fossil’s estimated age.

Karen Moreno, a paleontologist with the Universidad Austral who has overseen the studies, said researchers had also found bones of animals near the site, including those of primitive elephants, but determined that the footprint was evidence of human presence.

Moreno said this was the first evidence of humans in the Americas older than 12,000 years.

“Little by little in South America we’re starting to find sites with evidence of human presence, but this is this oldest in the Americas,” she said.]]>
4/27/2019 11:56:14 AM
<![CDATA[Samsung launches the all-new 8K QLED TVs for the first time in Egypt]]>
The new 8K TV features are supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, allowing it to recognize and enhance any content with any resolution and transmit it in high 8K definition.

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

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

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

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

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

Unprecedented Visual Quality with the all-new Quantum Processor

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

Optimal Sound for every scene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Unibody Design with Gradient Colours

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


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

Nightscape mode

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

Chroma Boost mode

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

Powerful Performance

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

Big Battery

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

ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0

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

Stock Android Experience

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

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

Game Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About BiznEx:

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

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

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

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

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

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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






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

Egyptian Champions

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

Men’s Matches

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

Women Matches

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

What to expect in Round 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

About Carrefour Egypt

Carrefour Egypt was launched in Egypt in 2002.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Literature -

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Movies -

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

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

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

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

- Video games -

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

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

- Art -

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

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

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

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

- On stage -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Selfie Expert to Portrait Master

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

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

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

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

From Photography to All Purpose

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


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

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

Market Availability Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Huawei Solutions in GFHS 2019 Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elsewhere, some graffiti contains graphic sexual references.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Redefining Smartphone Videography

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

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

A Heritage of Stunning Design

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

Ultimate Innovation

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Falcon Wing Foldable Design

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

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

Flexible Display

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

Whole New Experience between User and Device

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

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

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

5G Modem Chipset

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

4,500 Battery and 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

About Avon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3/17/2019 2:21:43 PM