<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Clean shores in El-Temsah Lake in Red sea ahead of World Wildlife Day]]>
The 80 volunteers gathered about 50 sacks of plastic waste including bags, bottles and agricultural waste that cause the beach pollution, which equals a ton of waste, and was collected in sackcloth bags. In addition to delivering an awareness lecture to 30 participating children, to spread awareness to reduce the use of plastic materials.

Youth Love Egypt foundation a non-governmental organization accredited to the United Nations for the environment, a partner of the Barcelona convention for the Mediterranean and an active member of the African Alliance for Climate Justice and the Environment and official focal point for Let's do it world movement to be the representative of the International cleanup day in Egypt.

Clean Shores is a campaign launched by Youth Love Egypt foundation last April to reduce the use of plastics in North Africa to achieve the goals of sustainable development with the participation of institutions from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and Ukraine, as well as a governorate in Egypt on the banks of the Nile and the Red sea and Mediterranean shores.




2/17/2020 3:11:17 PM
<![CDATA[DHL Express Global Plans Expansion in Egyptian Market]]>
Commenting on this announcement, Nour Suliman, CEO of DHL Express Middle East and North Africa, stated: “DHL Express has maintained an impressive record of achievements in the Egyptian market in 2019. We have successfully positioned ourselves as one of the biggest logistics providers, regionally, which was followed by more thorough investments to enhance the company’s presence in Egypt and in the region. To achieve that, we sealed a deal with “Egypt Post” to revolutionize and upgrade their services, leading to facilitation of express shipping locally and regionally and utilizing advanced tech tools to endorse eCommerce, automation of services and digital transformation.”

DHL Express is strengthening its air and road capabilities; it has added 99 new cars to its vehicle fleet, bringing the total number of freight cars to 120, and plans to increase the number of aircraft to 2-3 by the end of February, and to 4 by the end of the year, which is in line with the company’s commitment to support economic growth, and facilitate commerce..

Ahmed ElFangary, DHL Express Country Manager, said, “ DHL Express Egypt is proud to be considered as a leading enabler to the global trade transactions utilizing Egypt as a prime location to improve the supply chain cycle which endorse Egypt’s vision of being a key destination for FDIs.”

ElFangary further stressed the company's keenness to continue to grow its business in the Egyptian market considering the prosperous investment climate and the performance of business locally, citing the development achieved by the company since it set up in Egypt in 1980 and the substantial 50% growth in its business over the past 5 years. Furthermore, ElFangary pointed out that operating in the Egyptian market has enabled DHL Express to advance by 3 positions to become among the leading companies in the logistics sector in terms of profits, which has contributed to strengthening Egypt's role as a significant market in DHL’s global footprint of 221 countries and regions. .

DHL Express plans to expand its presence and touch-points in Egypt with the establishment of 6 new branches this year, adding to the 33 existing ones nationwide, which will contribute further to providing more job opportunities for the youth. DHL already depends on its local work force of 500 direct employees and workers, and double this number of indirect employees, providing them with vocational training and programs that support their career advancement. This stems for DHL’s core belief in the importance of investing in its human capital to achieve growth and success.

It is worth noting that the company's efforts to support its employees and provide a stimulating and productive work environment has qualified DHL to win the Top Employer Global Award in 2019, and the Top Employer Africa and Top Employer Egypt awards in 2020. Additionally, DHL’s efforts have been recognized on an international levels following additional international awards received including the Kincentric Best Employers International Award in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year, which reflects DHL’s efforts to provide a distinguished work environment and culture for its employees. Furthermore, DHL Express Global has won the Health and Wellbeing Award that celebrates the company’s efforts in maintaining a safe environment for its workers.
2/17/2020 2:14:32 PM
<![CDATA[Steigenberger ALDAU Resort is the ultimate Red Sea Experience That has it All]]>
The best-in-class complex is divided into 3 superior hotels that complement each other, specially designed to serve different audiences according to the diversity of preferences. Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel, Steigenberger Aqua Magic, and Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle. Making these 3 grand resorts the definition of the ultimate Red Sea Experience!

The 5-star resort is set at a perfect location in Hurghada. Making it only 10 minutes away from the airport and 14 minutes from downtown. This magical city is also known for its warm weather, making it summer almost all year long.6

Starting with Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel’s over-the-top accommodation. This award-winning beach hotel guarantees a lavish stay in spacious rooms and suites with sea views and excellent services. As for dining, take a tour around the world’s best cuisines right at your table with 6 different cuisines, and 3 bars. Moving on to a much laid back experience at Planet Spa where you can recharge your body from nature and book a massage after an intense workout at the fitness center. And don’t worry about your little ones at the kids club with a range of exciting supervised activities.

The second hotel category is perfect for families. Steigenberger Aqua Magic is the place for your little ones. The hotel is equipped with 5 large swimming pools, water slides, and a lazy river. Not to forget, the children’s Pirates Aqua Park. This means, you could enjoy a nice bathing session, while the kids have some water adventure of their own. The Aqua Magic also offers 24-hour dining services of local and Italian cuisines and also bars to indulge in when it’s night time.

If you’re a fancy bohemian looking to spend a soothing yet exhilarating vacation with no children, Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle is for you. The third and final category is where a modern styled all-suites and all-white extravaganza awaits you. A haven for adults only that is designed to give you privacy, peace, and serenity. Imagine yourself in the private pool of your penthouse suite with your loved one overlooking the Red Sea. All suites are spacious and pimped with Jacuzzis, swing chairs and terraces overlooking the beautiful Red Sea. You can find 7 restaurants with a variety of either Mediterranean or Asian cuisines, 10 bars, the Gourmet Market on the rooftop that serves best-in-class culinary options, the weekly foam-pool parties, and the beach parties all week long!

For the business people traveling for work, who said work can’t be fun as well?
ALDAU International Conference Center is the place where business meets pleasure. A grand venue for business, culture, and entertainment. The biggest conference center in the Red Sea features a conference room, a grand ballroom, an arena and so much more. It’s the perfect place for whether you’re looking to do business meetings or host a dinner party.

Hurghada has one of the most beautiful marine lives in the world, and since diving is a fascinating experience, Ilios Dive Club, which is cross-accessible to all 3 properties, offers diving sessions for beginners and experts too. Along with many exciting water sports and activities like kitesurfing, kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboard, water skiing, and banana boat rides!

Steigenberger ALDAU Resort is the first in Egypt that offers free daytime sea-view golf rounds to the 3 hotels as part of our all-inclusive programs. To unwind your mind, a welcoming hideaway awaits you at the award-winning Planet Spa and Raa Spa at the Resort. Rejuvenate your senses and pamper yourself with everything that your body and soul need to relax.

ALDAU Art Promenade is the latest hottest, and trendiest touristic spot that stretches through the heart of Steigenberger ALDAU Resort with a large variety of amusements for visitors, guests, and locals. The boulevard is a unique open-air art gallery offering a wide corridor of boutique-style retail shops and services, restaurants and cafes, constant events and parties at The Arena and Elements Night Club. Also located at ALDAU Art Promenade is the superb Asian place, S-square that is divided into three authentic restaurants with live cooking shows that you don’t want to miss, too!


2/17/2020 1:35:24 PM
<![CDATA[Mashat represents Egypt in World Women Forum 2020 in Dubai]]>
The forum is set to discuss policies and initiatives that possess a positive impact on women and ways to increase women's social and economic participation, especially in the entrepreneurial sector.

Ivanka Trump, adviser to the US President; and a number of heads of international financial institutions headed by David Malpas, president of the World Bank Group; and Crystalina Georgieva, director-general of the International Monetary Fund, delivered a speech during 60 discussion sessions of the forum.

Mashat’s program includes participating in a session on women leaders in the government where she is set to review her successful experience in the Egyptian government as the first woman to take over the Ministry of Tourism in January 2018.

She will also tackle the concrete and unprecedented results achieved in the tourism sector through the launch and implementation of a structural reform program to develop the tourism sector, which led to a 40 percent increase in the number of tourists, since she assumed the Ministry of Tourism, and achieved the highest dollar revenue in the history of Egypt.

She will also present the efforts of Egypt in empowering women politically, economically and socially in various fields, as Egypt is one of the first countries to prepare a strategy for empowering women, which was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in 2017 and aims to make women a basic partner in a strategy for sustainable development by 2030.

The minister participated in the launch of the Women Entrepreneur Financing Initiative (We-Fi), which is held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, with the aim of empowering women entrepreneurs in the region. This initiative includes a partnership of 14 governments with six development banks.

The forum focuses on four main axes such as the government, economy, society and the future with the participation of more than 3000 personalities, which makes it the largest forum of its kind.

2/17/2020 11:08:31 AM
<![CDATA[UK's duchess Kate draws lessons from her childhood and her 'amazing granny']]>
Kate, officially known as the Duchess of Cambridge, told the “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast that she has tried to replicate those times with her own three children.

“If I take the experience from my own childhood coupled with what I know now and what I’ve learnt from the experts in the early years sector, I think there’s a few things that really stand out for me,” she said.

“I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time for us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going into her greenhouse and doing gardening stuff and cooking with us and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”]]>
2/16/2020 1:49:08 PM
<![CDATA[Ideas for Valentine's Day decorations]]>
Through some innovative and unconventional touches, various decorations can be designed to decorate the house on Valentine's Day at the lowest costs.

ET presents some ideas from the countryliving website:

Buy a small globe-shaped decorative piece, with some romantic phrases written on it, and the cost will be much lower if you already have this piece.

Transform any empty glass vase into distinctive romantic decorative piece by repainting it and writing some romantic phrases on it; you can also place some red or white flowers that add a feeling of joy and happiness.

Decorate the house with some colored balloons with romantic phrases written on them.

Candles are a very romantic form of decoration, so place scented candles inside an empty jar and paint hearts on the jar.

The first letter of the partners name can be designed from wood, with some flowers within it.
2/14/2020 2:15:36 PM
<![CDATA[Cape Town restaurant wins Guinness world milkshake record]]>
With a total 207 varieties on their menu, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs has a milkshake to satisfy every sugarholic.

Located in Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Gibson’s offers a brain-freezing array of exotic combinations from nutella and mascarpone to Oreo cheesecake, while catering for more staid palates too.

Fat-free, vegan and adults-only alcoholic options are also available.

“When we initially opened up the restaurant, we had about 40 milkshakes. Because they were so popular, it became 100, 150 then 200, then 207. So it happened over a period of five years,” said co-owner Ian Halfon.

“We’ve always sold a lot of milkshakes, and we’ve always come up with cutting-edge flavours,” he added.

Mainly served in a standard 330 millilitre glass reminiscent of the American soda shop era of the 1930s, the double-thick cold beverages are also garnished with a variety of toppings depending on the order.

First-time visitor Marcell Brown said he saw a Facebook advertisement about the Guinness world record and decided to have a look for himself.

“It exceeded my expectations so much, like I’m going to come here as soon as possible again to try out every single milkshake as far as I can, because it just looks amazing,” he said.

2/12/2020 5:48:12 AM
<![CDATA[Isle of Dogs: Westminster Kennel Club show opens in New York]]>
This year’s 3-day competition will showcase the skills and good looks of more than 2,600 dogs from 49 U.S. states and 19 other countries, including Japan, Australia and Thailand.

Now in its 144th year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show bills itself as the second-oldest sporting event in the country, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

In addition to dogs of every shape and size, the event brings thousands of breeders, handlers and dog enthusiasts to New York for a celebration of all things canine.

Starting on Sunday, judges will pick individual dogs that best exemplify the standards of his or her breed, from the exotic to the familiar. The “Best-of-Breeds” then compete within one of seven groups: hounds, toys, non-sporting, herding, working, sporting and terrier. The dogs that emerge victorious at the group stage then vie for the “Best in Show” trophy, awarded on Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden.

A Wire Fox Terrier named King took the top prize in the 2019 show. He was the 15th member of his breed to take the “Best of Show” title.

For the first time this year, the show will feature the Azawakh breed, described by the club as a “slender sighthound and ancient companion of desert-roaming nomads.” With six dogs competing to be named top Azawakh, the total number of competing breeds increases to 204, including perennial favorites like the Labrador, golden retriever and the corgi.

The Westminster Kennel Club has its roots in New York City in the 1870s, when a group of sporting gentlemen would meet at a hotel bar near Union Square in lower Manhattan to trade stories about hunting and the exploits of their dogs, according to the club’s website.

One night, the men decided to put on a dog show, and they named it after the gathering spot, the long-gone Westminster Hotel.]]>
2/10/2020 1:00:59 PM
<![CDATA[Puppies and older pooches face tough odds to win Westminster glory]]>
But the Wire Fox terrier, two years older than the average age of winners over the past decade and eligible for the American Kennel Club’s “veteran” classification, never looked better than when he won the alpha prize of dog shows at age 7 years and 4 months.

“I would rather show an older dog, a mature dog like that, because they’re more steady and more dependable,” King’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, said in an interview.

Dogs between the ages of 3 and 6 are most likely to win the coveted prize because they have lived long enough to have gained show experience and maturity but have not yet passed their physical prime, animal behaviorists and show experts said.

The “Best in Show” competitors are groomed from birth. But they must be full-grown to compete because they are judged on their physical conformation to their breed’s prototype, down to the very inch.

Most breeds reach physical maturity between ages 1 and 2. They usually need at least another year to “campaign,” or attend weekly dog shows to establish their reputation, before entering the big leagues.

The 144th Westminster Kennel Club’s show, the second-oldest U.S. sporting event behind the Kentucky Derby horse race, is set to begin this weekend and culminate on Tuesday with the Best in Show contest at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“You’re not going to see anyone younger than 2. I would be surprised,” said Rangel, who has handled three Westminster best-in-show winners.

Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, a collie, was the youngest pup to win Best in Show at the age of 9 months in 1928. The oldest was Stump, a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel who weathered a life-threatening illness and emerged from retirement to win in 2009.

The process of building clout on the competitive show circuit requires more time than training for the conformation contest, where dogs complete tasks like walking alongside their handler (“heeling”) and standing perfectly still (“stacking”).

“That’s not very hard to train. It’s not rocket science,” said Nicholas Dodman, co-founder of the Center for Canine Behavior Studies. “It’s really just about reaching the peak of your adulthood and not going past the age where there are diminishing returns.”

There is no standard retirement age for champion canines, but handlers say dogs eventually start to lose the gleam in their coat and the skip in their step.

“Dogs tell you when it’s time,” Rangel said. “You can see a decline in their attitude.”

For many looking to end long, successful careers on a high note, Westminster is often the place to do it, said Bill McFadden, who handled the best-in-show winner in 2018, a Bichon Frise named Flynn.

“That’s just kind of a tradition,” McFadden said. “Dogs that have had a good career, they’ll end it at Westminster.”]]>
2/8/2020 12:54:01 PM
<![CDATA[Supermoon shines in Sky of Egypt, Arab World Saturday evening]]>

The full moon, which is also called the Snow Moon, will be in the closest point from the earth in its elliptical orbit as the distance between them is 362,146 kilometers.

The supermoon occurs in the northern hemisphere in the winter when the Earth is close to the sun, and as a result, the sun’s gravity pushes the moon closer to the Earth, making it appear larger than usual.

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a statement that the moon will appear full for three days starting from Friday evening to Monday morning.

The other four supermoons of this year will take place on March 9, April 7, and May 7, according to Earth Sky organization.]]>
2/8/2020 12:52:07 PM
<![CDATA[With Latin beat, J. Lo and Shakira project power of women at Super Bowl showcase]]>
Latin artists Bad Bunny and J Balvin, in addition to Lopez’s 11-year-old daughter, appeared as surprise guests in an extravaganza that signaled its Latin American influences from the onset, when Shakira greeted the stadium audience in Spanish with “Hola, Miami.”

The performance also made a subtle nod to the current political climate in the United States. One sequence in the show featured children in illuminated pods that looked like cages. It was an apparent reference to U.S. immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump that put mostly Latin American boys and girls in holding cells, a practice that caused public outcry.

Dressed in a sequined, ruby-red outfit with matching boots, Shakira led her team of dancers through snippets of hits such as “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” She was joined on stage by Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny before giving way to J. Lo.

Lopez made her entrance in black leather and studs on a stage set resembling the top of the Empire State Building, as “Jenny from the Block” proudly announced she was from the Bronx, New York.

The 12-minute halftime show, along with commercials, has become a popular feature of the Super Bowl spectacle on par with the game, which draws some 100 million television viewers in the United States.

In Miami, a majority Latino city, where the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers for the National Football League championship, the backgrounds of the two headliners were both women and Latina, two of the demographics the National Football League wants to attract.

J. Lo, a Bronx-born child of Puerto Rican parents, rose from humble roots to become an international star of Hollywood movies and popular music with her own fashion and fragrance lines.

As her set progressed, she changed in a wink into a lacy body suit that highlighted a fit, youthful appearance belying the singer’s 50 years.

Sharing stage with Colombia’s J Balvin, J. Lo strutted to hits such as “On the Floor,” and showed off the pole-dancing skills she honed for the 2019 movie “Hustlers.”

The camera then panned the “children in cages” motif that blended into an appearance of a choir led by Emme Maribel Muñiz, Lopez’s daughter with her ex-husband, singer Marc Anthony.

Next came a mash-up of the Lopez hit “Let’s Get Loud” with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” during which Lopez unfurled a rectangular boa with the U.S. flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other.

It was a reminder that Puerto Ricans - hit by a Category 5 hurricane in 2017 and more recently set back by a series of earthquakes - are Americans, too.

Shakira, 43, who is from Barranquilla, Colombia, had let it be known in the build up to the show that she sympathized with Latinos in the United States, where anti-immigration rhetoric has become more open in recent years.

“Latinos are going through a difficult time in the U.S. right now, and I think it’s very important for us to convey a message of unity,” Shakira told reporters on Thursday.

This year’s Super Bowl broke ground for women in high places, including in the ownership of both teams (Denise York of the 49ers and Norma Hunt of the Chiefs), and on the sidelines, where San Francisco’s offensive assistant Katie Sowers became the first woman to coach in a Super Bowl. [nL8N2A10GS]

The Super Bowl halftime once featured university marching bands but has evolved into a showcase for A-list talent, including Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

One of the more notable performances came in 2004 when Justin Timberlake tugged on Janet Jackson’s top, briefly exposing a breast adorned with a nipple shield. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission sought to fine broadcaster CBS $550,000 for indecency over the incident, which Timberlake famously dubbed a “wardrobe malfunction,” but the fine was overturned in the courts.]]>
2/5/2020 2:20:16 PM
<![CDATA[Olympics and Year of the Rat give starring role to Japan's capybaras]]>
They might not know it, but the five capybaras are the star attraction at the zoo some two hours by train south of Tokyo, the host of this year’s summer Olympic Games.

Zookeepers are banking on the tourism appeal of the world’s largest rodents to cash in on the fortuitous coincidence of Japan hosting the Olympics in the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Rat.

“The capybaras are the highlight of our zoo, so we’re taking the Year of the Rat as an opportunity to push their popularity up even more,” said Masahiro Takeda, the deputy zookeeper of Izu Shaboten Koen.

“We’re really hoping that this will catch on with people from all over the world visiting Japan too.”

Ironically, the capybaras, which are native to the tropical jungles of South America, have been credited with improving the zoo’s popularity in the quieter winter months.

The winter tradition of giving the capybaras daily baths started almost 40 years ago, when a zoo attendant cleaning their pen with hot water turned around to find that they were huddled together trying to sit in one of the warm puddles.

In a country with nearly 3,000 hot spring resorts, the baths quickly became a fixture at Izu Shaboten Koen and other zoos across Japan, where the number of capybaras jumped from 126 in 2006 to 422 in 2016.

The rodents have inspired a popular plush toy and associated merchandise called ‘Kapibarasan,’ and online video clips of bathing capybaras have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

At Izu Shaboten Koen, the capybaras, which weigh in at anywhere between 35 to 65 kilograms (77 to 143 pounds), eat apples and leaves dumped by their keeper into their hot bath before drifting off to sleep. When awake, visitors can don special mittens to pet and hand-feed the giant hamster-like animals.

Daytrippers who stop for a bite to eat at the zoo’s restaurant can indulge in a capybara-themed beef burger, which features a bun in the shape of the animal, with chocolate eyes and mouth drawn on.

Takeda said he did not have exact data, but estimated the zoo received 20-30% more visitors during the winter since the it started showcasing the bathing capybaras.

“I’d only ever seen the capybaras sit in hot springs on TV, so I really wanted to see it in person,” said Kayo Kogai, 23, who was visiting Izu Shaboten Koen on Saturday.

“They look so relaxed … I would really like to join them in their bath,” Kogai’s friend Mizuki Aoki, 23, added with a laugh.
2/4/2020 2:42:05 PM
<![CDATA[New telescope reveals sun's surface in closest detail yet]]>
They were captured by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which sits at around 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) above sea level near the summit of Haleakala volcano in Maui, Hawaii.

The telescope, which features the world’s largest solar 4-meter (13 feet) mirror, could enable a greater understanding of the sun and its impact on our planet, according to the National Solar Observatory, a public research institute headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

A pattern of turbulent, “boiling” gas is shown covering the sun, which is some 93 million miles from Earth.

Inside visible cell-like structures, each around the size of the U.S. state of Texas, hot plasma can be seen rising before cooling off and sinking below the surface in dark lanes, as part of a process called convection.

Markers of magnetic fields are also visible with new clarity, the NSO said.

Studying the sun’s activity, or “space weather”, can help scientists predict problems on Earth. Magnetic eruptions on the sun can disrupt satellites, disable GPS, impact air travel, bring down power grids and cause blackouts.

“This telescope will improve our understanding of what drives space weather and ultimately help forecasters better predict solar storms,” said France Córdova, NSF director.

2/2/2020 7:01:43 AM
<![CDATA[Suntory to sell super-expensive, 55-year Yamazaki whisky]]>
Only 100 bottles will be sold from June 30, and buyers will be chosen by lottery, the company said.

Suntory and other premium whisky makers have been faced with depleted stocks of aged whiskies after an unexpected surge in popularity of single malts in the past decade. Many have turned to blends without age statements to manage supply.

The company, for example, ended sales of its popular 17-year Hibiki, which appeared in the film “Lost in Translation”, in 2018. In the past few years, Suntory has issued more no-age blends and has depended on strong sales of much cheaper whisky highballs for growth.

But many whisky aficionados still seek out aged single malts, and Kengo Torii, head of Suntory’s whisky division, said it wanted to shore up its reputation as a premium manufacturer.

“We were concerned that we had not been able to deliver anything new for a long time regarding the Yamazaki brand,” he said.

Blended from whisky matured in mizunara and white oak casks, the edition will be the oldest version of Yamazaki, Suntory’s flagship single malt produced at Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Osaka.

Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo described the taste as sweet and woody, with a mature, fruity aroma and long aftertaste.

The company in 2005 sold a limited edition of a 50-year-old Yamazaki for 1 million yen. One of them auctioned by Bonhams in Hong Kong in 2018 fetched HK$2.695 million.]]>
2/1/2020 4:23:25 PM
<![CDATA[Japanese chef wins first ever three-star rating in France]]>
The accolade, unveiled at a ceremony in Paris, went to chef Kei Kobayashi who, according to the guide, “is a virtuoso at marrying flavors and always spot-on with his conception of the dish.”

Japan has several dozen restaurants with Michelin stars, but Kobayashi is the first chef from Japan to be awarded the recognition for a restaurant in France, a country seen by some as the touchstone of fine dining.

Kobayashi was born in Japan’s Nagano province where his father was a chef in a traditional Japanese restaurant.

After being inspired, according to the Michelin guide’s biography of the chef, by watching a documentary on French cooking, he moved to France and trained under three-star chefs Gilles Goujon and Alain Ducasse.

He set up his Kei restaurant in the French capital nine years ago, and in the years since accumulated first one and then two Michelin stars, before achieving the highest accolade.

“How do you achieve it?,” he said after being presented at Monday’s ceremony with a chef’s white tunic with three stars embroidered onto the left breast.

“You need to progress, you need to reach new levels, that’s what it is. You need to look for great products and so on,” he said. “So you need emotion, you need to share the pleasure with the team.”

The guide said its reviewers were bowled over in particular by one of the dishes Kobayashi serves at his restaurant: a garden of crunchy vegetables, Scottish smoked salmon, a rocket foam and a lemon emulsion.

Kobayashi was one of three first-time recipients of three stars in the French 2020 edition of the guide, while there were 11 new holders of two stars and 49 newly-minted one-star restaurants.

The guide, which was first published in 1900, has been seeking to embrace innovative chefs, with a particular emphasis on sustainable cooking.

But that has irked some in the old guard of French cuisine, who accuse the guide of putting novelty before quality.

French celebrity chef Marc Veyrat sued the guide after it removed one of his restaurant’s stars, saying the downgrade was unfounded and tipped him into depression. He lost the court case.

1/31/2020 6:55:43 AM
<![CDATA[How biggest events of the decade unfolded on Twitter ]]>
In 2010:
● In this year, the FIFA World Cup took place, for the first time in Africa, in South Africa. Through the final match, Tweets-per-second (TPS) were much higher than average; Spain’s winning goal scored 3,052 TPS.

In 2011:
● Mohamed Hosny Mubarak resigned as President of Egypt after 30 years of ruling, following 18-days of demonstrations. The #Jan25 Revolution made history and is now celebrated as a national holiday.

In 2012:
● Barack Obama was re-elected for his second term as President of the United States and his tweet ‘Four more years’ tweet was the most retweeted message ever.

In 2013:
● It snowed in Egypt for the first time in 112 years and the pictures took Egyptian Twitter by beautiful (snow)storm.

In 2014:
● This year’s “Golden Tweet” a.k.a the most Retweeted Tweet of the year, went to @TheEllenShow’s starry photo from the March Oscars telecast.

In 2015:
● We can safely say that “what color is this dress?” was the most asked question of the year. What can you see? We see #WhiteAndGold, please tell us you agree…

In 2016:
● The #MannequinChallenge that saw people freeze on camera, with the funniest locations and positions taking Twitter by storm in 2012, and today...with videos still being posted.

In 2017:
● After 28 years, Egypt finally qualified for the FIFA World Cup and the whole nation celebrated.

In 2018:
● Saudi Arabia made the historic move of allowing women to obtain a driver's license in the Kingdom.

In 2019:
● Egyptian/American actor Rami Malek wins the Oscar for his portrayal of iconic Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. There is no stopping him now!

1/30/2020 2:37:45 PM
<![CDATA[Spring Festival: "Writing Spring couplet, hanging lanterns"]]>
This is the first time that the new administrative capital CBD project organized the Spring Festival custom activities on the project, which attracted the attention and participation of many Egyptian colleagues.

Gehad, a localized employee from the Administrative Department, graduated from the Chinese Department of a famous university in Cairo. Since learning Chinese, he has fallen in love with Chinese calligraphy and Chinese characters.

At the beginning of the event, she actively participated in it, and asked to write the Arabic Spring Festival couplet of "Happy Chinese New Year" with a brush. The Egyptian girl Alaa from the design department actively participated in the Spring Festival couplet. She said, "This is my first time participating in the Spring Festival in China. I was suddenly attracted by Chinese lanterns and Spring Festival couplets. It's very beautiful, I wish you all a happy Year of the Rat. "

After writing the Spring Festival couplet, Egyptian colleagues actively participated in posting the Spring Festival couplet and hanging lanterns. The Chinese staff of the project carefully exchanged the meaning expressed by the Spring Festival Alliance with Egyptian staff, saying, "China and Egypt have always been friendly brothers. We are building a new capital together and working together to expand the space of happiness. The future of the two countries will be even more Good. "

This Spring Festival custom event was well received by Egyptian employees and brought a red visual feast for the Chinese Year to Egyptian employees.


1/28/2020 2:24:48 PM
<![CDATA[Meghan's father to Meghan: Would be great to see you, even in court]]>
Harry, the British monarch’s grandson, and Meghan, duchess of Sussex, agreed with the queen this month that they would no longer work as royals after their surprise announcement that they wanted to carve out “a progressive new role” which they hope to finance themselves.

“I think they’ve hurt the queen, I think they’ve hurt the royals, and it just doesn’t work,” Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain program. “I’m a little embarrassed for them and feeling really sorry for the queen.”

“The break from the royals is going to cause far more problems.”

Harry has spoken of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with the queen, saying there was no other option if he his wife Meghan were to seek an independent future away from stifling media intrusion.

Under the arrangement, Harry will remain a prince and the couple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a new life split between Britain and North America, where they will spend the majority of their time.

“This decision to make a break from the royals is very confusing, I don’t think anyone understands or can figure out how this happened or why it happened - it makes no sense,” Markle said.

Markle, who lives in Mexico, has given a number of TV interviews in which he has criticized his daughter, saying they were the only way he could communicate with her.

Meghan has not publicly commented on the situation with her father, but friends of hers told People Magazine last year Markle had not tried to get in touch with her and she was devastated by his actions.

He missed the couple’s glittering wedding in 2018 due to health problems and has been estranged from his daughter since then. He said he had never met Harry or his grandson, the couple’s baby son Archie.

The Sussexes are now in Canada as they plan their future.

However, Markle could face Meghan in court. She is suing The Mail on Sunday newspaper over its publication of a private letter she sent to him, in breach of her copyright and human rights. The paper aims to use his evidence in the legal battle.

“If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great - at least I finally get to see them, but I don’t want to face off or have a battle with them,” Markle said. He added that he had asked the newspaper to publish the letter.

Harry has accused the tabloid press of bullying his wife, likening their treatment to that which his mother Princess Diana suffered. Supporters of the couple say some negative coverage has been fueled by racism.

However, Markle said he did not think that Meghan had faced racist media coverage in Britain: “I don’t buy that.”

“I really miss my daughter,” Markle added, saying she had “ghosted” him.

“I love my daughter and I certainly would love my grandson and I’d love Harry if I met him, I’m sure,” he said, adding that the prince, sixth-in-line to the British throne, should have come to visit him to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

When asked what he would say now to Prince Harry, he said: “Man up and come down and see me.”]]>
1/27/2020 1:10:57 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei's All-New Y6s Comes to Egypt with Abundant Storage, Refined Design, Standout Features]]>

Save more memories on your phone

If you're concerned about memory and storage on your current phone, you can take comfort in knowing that the HUAWEI Y6s offers 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a memory card slot capable of adding an additional 512 GB of storage, for carefree use – all the time. When compared with most entry-level phones, which pack a meager 2 GB of RAM, the HUAWEI Y6s runs more intensive tasks, and with less lag. It also packs Huawei's Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS), for blistering random read speeds, and unique space-saving capabilities, which puts an additional approximately 2 GB of memory at your disposal.
Octa-core processor + EMUI 9.1: Intelligent and better performance as the new norm
The HUAWEI Y6s features an impressive array of both hardware and software. It packs a new octa-core processor, with enhanced 2.3 GHz large cores, running on the intelligent EMUI 9.1 system – silky smooth operations in a seamless flow. The phone intelligently clears system cache in the background, and automatically defragments the system. When storage space falls below 30%, the system will remind you to delete unnecessary files, in order to ensure that it runs optimally. EMUI 9.1 also offers navigation gestures for easier navigation.

HUAWEI SuperSound: Sparkling audio at high volume levels

Despite its compact size, the HUAWEI Y6s packs a wallop, with sparkling audio in every conceivable scenario. HUAWEI SuperSound technology raises the HUAWEI Y6s's highest speaker volume by 6 dB, and doubles the sound pressure level .
But most remarkably, audio quality isn't compromised at higher volume levels. A unique audio system design, works with a superlinear speaker, to deliver robust music, with rich bass and searing alto that stimulates, rather than overwhelms.
The HUAWEI Y6s comes equipped with a 3020 mAh (typical value) battery. Thanks to AI power-saving technology, the model boasts an even lengthier battery life than one would assume.

Rear Fingerprint sensor built into stylish two-tone design

Along with the Face Unlock upfront which intelligently increases brightness in low-light conditions for faster unlocking, the rear of the phone houses the rear fingerprint sensor, which adds an extra level of security to your device. Capable of unlocking in a flash, the fingerprint sensor is located in an easy to access location, making it even easier to start using your HUAWEI Y6s.

The rear of the phone is more than just that. Its stylish two-tone design is a continuation of the Huawei’s flagship design ID, which is fashionable, beautiful and functional.

An eye-catching display that's easy on the eyes

The HUAWEI Y6s features a 6.09'' HD display with a 1560 x 720 resolution. Its front camera, ambient light sensor, and super-slim receiver are all housed in a miniscule dewdrop notch, enabling a soaring screen-to-body ratio of nearly 90% [calculated by dividing the active area (AA) by the touch panel (TP) area]. When combined with the slimmed-down side bezels, the HUAWEI Y6s offers an endlessly absorbing viewing experience. The only downside of the immersive display is that it can be too appealing, and the kind of extended viewing that could strain your vision. Fortunately, the Y6s features Eye Comfort mode and is TÜV Rheinland certified for its low blue light. It effectively filters out harmful blue light, and intelligently adjusts the color temperature and brightness to reduce eye fatigue.

13 MP rear camera: Excellent performance at all hours

The HUAWEI Y6s's 13 MP rear camera provides for crystal-clear imaging along with a high resolution. The f/1.8 aperture lens facilitates enhanced light sensitivity, admitting 50% more light compared with the standard f/2.2 aperture lens seen in most budget models. More light means that imaging quality remains stellar in dark and low light environments.

The HUAWEI Y6s sports an 8 MP front camera. Assisted by the screen light, the camera accentuates the subject in even the most challenging conditions.
1/26/2020 6:04:42 PM
<![CDATA[African style makes debut at Paris Haute Couture week]]>
“It’s an honor”, Ayissi, 51, told Reuters backstage before the show, referring to the decision, after many years of knocking him back, to finally admit him to the select club of haute couture fashion houses showing in Paris.

“I have been fighting for 28 years, dedicated all my life to the work. The French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion opened its door to me after it rejected my application many times, because it was not the right time or my work did not match with expectations. But this time, it worked”, he said.

Ayissi started young, making outfits for his mother who was a winner of the Miss Cameroon beauty pageant in the 1960s.

Drifting into modeling, he moved to Paris thirty years ago, and walked the runway for high-end stylists including Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Givenchy and Lanvin.

He later decided to devote himself fully to working as a designer, defining a style he described as minimal, sleek and elegant “with a certain mastery of fabric and form”.

For his show late on Thursday, which was chosen to close this year’s edition of the Paris Haute Couture fashion week, models walked down the catwalk in a Paris hotel to a soundtrack of African music.

Models showed off gowns in the style of contemporary Western fashion but with a twist: they were made of organic Faso Dan Fani, a cotton cloth from Burkina Faso woven in strips.

Another outfit, a silk dress, was adorned with stained tree bark cut out into the shape of flowers.

“I do what I can - to show real African fabrics, tell stories,” Ayissi said of his collection.]]>
1/25/2020 2:30:04 PM
<![CDATA[French Ambassador Honors Misr Language Schools (MLS), Internationally educational excellence ]]>
The French ambassador praised the development and modernization of educational facilities and all services provided, which helps to raise the educational and cultural level of students, which supports the consolidation of the bonds of culture and friendship between the Egyptian and French peoples.

He added: Misr Language School is a school that we are proud of as it is a great and ancient,and because it uses the latest educational systems, which helps in the graduation of generations that benefit human societies.

The French ambassador also praised the role of Shahinaz Shehata, the director of international schools and its distinguished efforts and its launch to distinguished educational horizons by providing the tools and technology necessary to accomplish this success that he touched, which is a rare success that he did not see in any of the French education schools, and that he supports this successful system that is a role model with it.

He continued, saying: "I will transfer this experience to the French government to work to support constructive cooperation between Egypt and France in this field, in line with President Sisi 's plan to take advantage of global educational systems in order to develop the Egyptian education system."

Dr. Ismail Othman welcomed the French ambassador, and said that the visit is an honor from the French government for Egyptian education and pride for Egypt's language schools and their leadership and management, which always strives to provide the best education to generate generations to present the Egyptian community, and we seek more successes together in partnership that serves as an educational model that we are proud of, and that builds a person able to be creative and interact with life.

Shahinaz Shehata, director of international schools, stated that the visit of the French ambassador is a unique event in Egypt's language schools that has not happened before, and his honor for our schools and his praise of what we do is considered a crowning that we are proud of, which confirms the success of the "working with love that leads to success" system.

A high-level team working with sincerity, love and professionalism, and an interest in the education system and its development always. Work, diligence and hard work result is not only success but also distinction, in line with the orientations of the state and the Ministry of Education, to start our education to the major international levels and this is our goal.

Eng. Karim Abdel Rahman added: This visit is a great addition for all of us, Egypt’s family of languages, and a clear sign that we, in our educational partnership with the French side, always lead to providing the highest educational quality, which confirms mutual trust between us, and this appears in the great turnout that leads to increasing the number of students who want to study French.]]>
1/24/2020 3:28:00 PM
<![CDATA[Hitting the Right Note in MENA]]>
Home to a young population eager to adopt the latest technologies, the Middle East and North Africa is a land of exciting opportunities for the music streaming sector. Looking at Egypt, for example, more than 52% of residents are under the age of 25. The country’s mobile penetration rate of over 101% creates ideal conditions for the rapid uptake of services that hit the right note with listeners.

Despite making significant inroads, music streaming remains in its infancy both in the region and across the globe. Penetration currently stands at around 20% in the US and 15% in the UK, while in the MENA region it is below 2%. Although this number may seem low, the opportunities speak for themselves. To fully realize the promise of this emerging market, the industry must first consider the region’s unique dynamics.

MENA is composed of more than 20 individual nations, each with their own distinct dialects, cultural contexts and musical preferences. With this in mind, a highly localized approach is central to growing the region’s streaming industry. In a competitive digital landscape, teaming up with leading local record labels to offer exclusive content represents an effective route to achieving product differentiation, standing out from the crowd and attracting more subscribers.

Scalable business models that offer a range of entry points are also helping to boost adoption in the region. Today’s listeners have grown accustomed to ‘lean-back’ experiences that offer endless streams of content and recommendations tailored to their individual preferences. Giving users the opportunity to experience streaming services for free enables them to discover the world of benefits waiting at their fingertips. If people like what they hear, many will happily subscribe to access additional features such as ad-free streaming and offline listening.

One issue providers have faced in the region is a lack of available payment options. For instance, here in Egypt, less than 5% of residents have access to credit cards, creating a significant barrier to growth. Partnerships with telco operators offer a highly effective solution by providing convenient payment gateways that users can access without having to rely on cards for transactions. As the uptake of digital payments continues to accelerate, the future is looking ever brighter for the industry.

While by no means unique to the region, illegal downloading also remains a concern. Although this issue is unlikely to ever be fully eradicated, steps to make it increasingly difficult for listeners to find pirated content are yielding encouraging results. In addition, convenience has emerged as a number one priority among the new generation of music fans. The majority of listeners are willing to pay for high-quality services that fulfill their needs, rather than spending hours scouring the internet in search of content from questionable sources that may pose security hazards.

Ultimately, users must feel value from, and valued by, streaming services. Safe and secure payment systems, a highly personalized experience and easy access to locally relevant content are crucial to achieving harmony with the needs of listeners. Combining these core elements creates an attractive proposition that will pave the way for growth and ensure that the streaming industry hits the right note with MENA music fans.
1/23/2020 3:05:16 PM
<![CDATA[Duchess Kate embarks on UK tour for childhood survey]]>
The Duchess of Cambridge, as she is officially known, started the “5 big questions on the under 5s” initiative in Birmingham in central England on Tuesday and visited Cardiff on Wednesday. She was later due to visit a women’s prison in Surrey, south of the British capital.

The tour comes as William’s younger brother Harry flew back to Canada after sparking a crisis in the British monarchy by announcing he and his American wife Meghan wanted to reduce their royal duties and become financially independent.

The issue has dominated headlines in Britain over the last fortnight and culminated in a deal which means the couple will step down from their royal roles to spend most of their time in North America.

Meanwhile, William, 37, and Kate, 38, have continued with their official engagements, in keeping with the royals’ determination to carry on with business as usual.

On Tuesday, William attended a meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces, which aims to tackle the illegal trade in animal products, while Kate was at Birmingham’s Science Museum to launch the survey, designed for people across the country to give their views about children’s early lives.

On Wednesday, she attended a baby sensory class and will then travel to talk to inmates at the prison.

“Parents, carers and families are at the heart of caring for children in the formative years, so that is why I want to listen to them,” Kate said at the launch.

The mother-of-three added: “As a parent I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children.”

The aim of the survey, which contains five short questions such as “What do you believe is most important for children growing up in the UK today to have a happy adult life”, is to provide a vital source of information and help bring about positive, lasting change, her Kensington Palace office said.]]>
1/22/2020 2:51:26 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time in Egypt: cultivating plants on Heliopolis' bridges]]>
"Trees are also planted on the Family Court Square Bridge, which was established to ease traffic congestion," Mohamed Faisal, head of the company that implements the bridges, told Egypt Today on Sunday.

Faisal added that a contract has been signed with a company specialized in planting walls, adding that 10 bridges have been established in Heliopolis to solve the traffic crisis and overcrowding in the main intersections.

Faisal added that the idea of the project was presented to the officials of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, and was approved after having been studied well to make sure that it does not affect the state and structural safety of the bridge.

Faisal said that the cultivation of trees within bridges and walls helps to purify the air and reduces pollution.

He explained that irrigation and drainage networks have been placed along the cultivated areas, and that the excess water is drained so that it does not affectthe bridges. This is in addition to carrying out periodic maintenance.
1/20/2020 11:53:36 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei keeps strong R&D pace as 5th top investor worldwide]]>
As a result of its R&D investments focus, Huawei has been able to lead the development of 5G technologies globally and the Middle East region specifically. This has been powered by investments of USD4 billion in 5G research since 2009—more than the total 5G investment from all major equipment vendors in the US and Europe combined. Huawei began 5G research in 2009 and has submitted a total of 23,600 contributions to the 3GPP, which would be a stack more than 10 meters tall if printed out on A4 paper.

Huawei now owns 3,367 families of 5G patents accounting for more than 20% of the total and ranking first among all ICT vendors. The company has established nine 5G standards and research centers worldwide, has more than 500 experts working on standards, and holds positions in over 100 standards organizations. As Q3 2019, Huawei had been awarded more than sixty 5G commercial contracts, including 11 in the Middle East, shipping over 400,000 5G base stations globally.

Outside of the 5G arena, Huawei’s enterprise business has also benefited from R&D advancements to lay the foundation for the digital transformation of industries in the Middle East and abroad. Globally, more than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

A focus on innovation has also kept Huawei’s popular smartphone range as a preferred global brand, achieving robust growth in 2019 with a total of 240 million units shipped.

The latest ranking comes at a time when Huawei leadership estimates that its global sales revenue will have topped USD122 billion in 2019, an increase of roughly 18% year-on-year.

1/19/2020 2:48:48 PM
<![CDATA[Natural chocolate recipes for moisturizing, rejuvenating skin]]>
et will review some natural chocolate recipes to moisturize the skin from style craze website

Chocolate face mask for acne

Chocolate and honey contain antioxidants that help get rid of bacteria that cause acne, and work to moisturize the skin.

Mix one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a small amount of cinnamon and one tablespoon of honey to create firm dough. Apply the mixture on the face and neck for 20-30 minutes; then wash the face.Repeat twice a week.

Dark chocolate recipe for the freshness of the skin

Dark chocolate helps maintain the freshness and vitality of the skin.

Dissolve two pieces of dark chocolate. Add a cup of milk, one teaspoon of sea salt, three tablespoons of brown sugar over low heat. Put the mixture on the face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes and then wash the face with water.Apply twice a week.

Facial mask with chocolate and mud

Lemon juice and yogurt help tighten the pores, moisturize the skin and maintain its vitality and youth.Cocoa powder,with its high content of antioxidants, in addition to coconut oil and clay help to renew the skin.

Mix ¼ cup of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of clay clay, two tablespoons of plain yogurt, one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of coconut oil; then put the mixture on the face and neck for a period of 15-20 minutes.Wash the face with water Cold, and apply the mixture twice a week.
1/19/2020 2:00:04 PM
<![CDATA[World's shortest man dies in Nepal at 27]]>
Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimetres (2 feet 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 kilometres from Kathmandu, where he lived with his parents, France 24 reported.

"He has been in and out of hospital because of pneumonia. But this time his heart was also affected. He passed away today," Mahesh Thapa Magar, his brother, told AFP.

Magar was first declared the world's shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday, photographed holding a certificate only a bit smaller than him.

However he eventually lost the title after Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6 centimetres, was discovered and named the world's shortest mobile man.

Magar regained the title after Dangi's death in 2015. ]]>
1/18/2020 12:12:32 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Nova 5T: Fashionable Smartphone with Attitude]]>

Trendiness is an enduring concept, but also an expression of attitude at a particular moment in time. For some consumers, trends can seem as unpredictable as the weather, but for young people, trends are not simply something to chase, but also to be shaped at the individual level. Therefore, Huawei phones have always sought to utilize a unique aesthetic ethos to forge a distinctive, trendsetting user identity.

Many users might first associate the nova series with top-tier smartphone photography. The nova 5T packs a 32 MP front camerawith astonishing AI micro-adjustment beautification feature. Unsurprisingly, based on this legacy, the Huawei nova series has built a reputation as the leader in selfie photography.


Huawei phones are acclaimed as mobile photography powerhouses and the nova series is no exception, especially in the area of selfie cameras. The HUAWEI nova 5T’s 32MP ultra-claritycamera captures minute detail with unmatched sharpness, right down to fine strands of hair.

It also combines AI-powered image semantic segmentation and partition optimization technology with the 48MP HD lens, 16MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP bokeh lens, which can clearly present details in the photo and balance the exposure under all lighting conditions.


AI-enhanced photography technology such as AI Image Stabilization (AIS), Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) and Auto Focus Lock (AFL) combine to ensure images are sharp and detailed. HUAWEI nova 5T users also benefit from powerful automatic video editing capabilities.

Huawei's Nova 5T is a very good phone with some standout features for the price. It also packs a decent amount of storage and great battery life too.

1/16/2020 4:42:05 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei shipped 6.9 million 5G smartphones in 2019, bringing next-generation connectivity to the world]]>

In 2019, Huawei brought 5G to consumers through the launch of eight 5G smartphones: HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G, HUAWEI Mate 30 5G, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 30 RS,HUAWEI Mate 20 X (5G), HUAWEI nova 6 5G, HUAWEI Mate X, Honor V30 Pro and Honor V30. With all Huawei’s 5G smartphones supporting5G NSA and SA networking modes, Huawei’s 5G-enabled devices are the obvious choice for consumers looking for a futureproof5G device. The brand’s diverse offering brings 5G to themarket at a wide variety of price points, democratising the 5G experience for everyone.


Huawei is an industry leader that offers the full spectrum of 5G technologies, including: 5G infrastructure technology, 5G network equipment (base stations, core networks, optical networks and mmWave-enabled technology), 5G chipsets (base station chips, baseband chips, smartphone chips) and 5G end-user devices (smartphones, customer-premises equipment (CPE), portable routers and tablets). Heading into 2020, Huawei’s 5G devices and infrastructure are giving more consumers than ever the ability to connect with the world through 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. Fourteen 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 over 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.


1/16/2020 4:30:48 PM
<![CDATA[AXA Life Egypt declares EGP 126 million in shareholder dividends ]]>
AXA Egypt Group’s annual revenues have exceeded EGP 3 billion, with EGP 2 billion stemming from life insurance premiums and EGP 1 billion driven by general insurance services. AXA Life insurance net profit topped EGP 128 million, while AXA General Insurance operational surplus exceeded EGP 19 million.

“Our solid performance indicators are derived from the extensive and consistent expansion strategy in the Egyptian market, driven by a growing portfolio of innovative products and often ground-breaking services developed to set new standards for the insurance sector benchmarks,” said Ayman Kandeel, AXA General Insurance Egypt Chairman and Managing Director of AXA Life Insurance Egypt. “Today, we’re happy to share our success with the people who have made it possible, our shareholders, whose trust is essential for AXA Egypt’s continued success. Guided by one of AXA’s core values, ‘Customer First’, we strive to provide insurance solutions and complementary services to our clients while always putting their best interest at heart, helping them go further in life and achieve their goals. It is this commitment that underpins our capacity to offer our shareholders a tangible and sustainable return on their investments.”

With over 30 corporate, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), and retail products launched over the past four years, AXA Egypt has strengthened its commitment to support businesses and individuals by offering insurance solutions across all lines of business such as life insurance, medical insurance, asset insurance, car insurance and life and savings, protecting their customers against unforeseen events.

And building on its strategy of becoming a one-stop-shop insurance provider, AXA Egypt continues to expand its portfolio and distribution channels providing tailored products aligned with evolving market needs. New property and casualty insurance plans are set for imminent launch, upon regulatory approvals, via AXA’s key strategic bancassurance partner the Commercial International Bank (CIB), completing the whole set of insurance solutions provided to customers in all bank branches across Egypt in 2020. AXA also successfully managed to create multiple touch points for customers making it a smooth experience to connect and contact the company through its direct distribution with professional insurance consultants, their increasingly wide network of broker partners and their highly active social media platforms and website. This significantly bolsters AXA’s position as an available partner and sets the bar for a new insurance experience for Egyptian customers.

“Insurance is an essential service and AXA is determined to broaden access via a diverse range of corporate and individual products that match the needs of wide population segments,” said Kandeel. “We firmly believe that high-quality flexible insurance offers Egyptians the peace of mind and motivation to achieve their goals and aspirations as individuals whilst we protect and safeguard them in times of crisis.”

AXA Egypt’s latest brand campaign, ‘Know You Can’ is an inspirational message empowering individual to achieve their potential and nourishes the awareness about the significant role of insurance in the daily life of Egyptians. “Know You Can reflect our values and our commitment to transform the perception of insurance. We empower people’s self-belief and how they are capable of chasing their dreams, knowing that we are partners along every step of the journey, and that we have their back,” said Khaled el Shaarany, Deputy Chairman of AXA Life.

AXA Egypt Group was established in February 2015 and offers general, life and savings, life protection, health and micro-insurance plans. With over 750 employees, AXA Egypt’s team has served to-date over one million customers nationwide, providing them with the tailored protection they need.]]>
1/15/2020 5:25:28 PM
<![CDATA[Billionaire Maezawa tops Japan's most followed Twitter rankings]]>
Maezawa’s 7.2 million followers puts his account narrowly ahead of acid-tongued comedian Hiroiki Ariyoshi, who has 7.19 million followers.

The entrepreneur, who last year sold his online fashion business Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, has driven up his follower numbers by offering 1 million yen ($9,000) each to 1,000 Twitter followers selected at random from among those who retweeted a Jan. 1st post.

As of Monday, that tweet has been shared 4.1 million times. The deadline was Jan. 7.

Maezawa already holds the record for the most retweeted post globally, Twitter said, with a tweet from last year promoting a smaller, $900,000 giveaway shared 4.3 million times.

As CEO of Zozo, Maezawa stood out in Japan’s conservative business culture in part through his off-the-cuff remarks on the social network, with the entrepreneur also active on Instagram and recently starting a YouTube channel.

Japanese celebrities have been slow to embrace new media, in part because the country’s network of powerful talent agencies have remained focused on television and its lucrative advertisement revenues.

However with ad spending shifting online, Japanese talent is eyeing online media, drawn by the sense of connection with fans it can engender, with recent examples including model Nicole Fujita launching a YouTube channel.]]>
1/14/2020 2:11:47 PM
<![CDATA[What you might not have known about the HUAWEI nova Series]]>
But here is what you actually don’t know about the Nova Series


Nova — A Rising Star

If the HUAWEI P series (exemplified by the P30 Pro) is the yardstick against which all smartphone cameras will be measured, and the Mate series serves as the benchmark for futuristic mobile technology,the HUAWEI nova series is the standard for trendiness,a phone formillennials and fashion-conscious users.

The name epitomizes this design concept: "nova" means "new star" in Latin, marking the nova series as ayouthful, chic and fun product line. "Nova" is also derived from "innovation", embodying the brand's eternal innovative spirit.

The tens of millions of users who have opted for a nova phone,striveforfashionable modern living, in which quality outweighs quantity. They hope to bring out the beauty of daily life, by depending on a phone that matches their personality.

Internal Components that are Fluid and Flagship-worthy

Nobody likes a lagging phone, but no one hates it more than young people who enjoy living at a breakneck pace. The nova series takes this into account, deploying only the best chipsets, namely the Kirin 9X0 processors that are usually only seenon premium Mate and P series phonesdue to the high R&D costs associated with them. Highly-anticipatedGPU Turbo technology, which has been well received within the industry as well as by consumers,is supported. This feature streamlines processing resourcesand reallocates them between the EMUI system, GPU and CPU, enabling software and hardware to work synergistically to significantly enhance overall computing efficiency.
Gaming on nova phones is "fast and furious", all the while allowing for greatly reduced SoC power consumption.

AnAesthetic IdentityFit for Modern Times
Specially designed for young and trendsetting consumers, the HUAWEI nova seriesfollows lofty visual aesthetic principles in designing each of its models.Every nova phone is intricately crafted and polished, with the optimalaspect ratio,depth and rounded edges,ensuring that the phone fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

Advanced Cameras thatMake Each Imageinto a Masterpiece

Just like all Huawei flagship products, the nova series has always boasted stunning camera combinations on the back. The nova 4, for example, packs a breathtaking 48MP ultra-wide-angle AI triple camera system that provides optimal imagery in practically any setting.

With its deep understanding of market dynamics, the HUAWEI nova series presents modern consumers withfun, free and individualized smartphones. The commitment to integrating a unique aesthetic identity with premiumperformance and uncompromising quality, has won over countless users who are young or "young at heart". As Huaweifurthers its tireless efforts in chipset R&D, AI, aesthetics, ergonomics, and smartphone photography, the nova series will assuredly continue to make waves.

Huawei NOVA 5 T, a whole new level.

Aiming to revolutionize user experience, and push its smartphone designs to the maximum limit, Huawei’s Nova 5T is a revolutionary phone. It comes with a front camera embedded beneath the screen, with a 32 MP, f/2.0 aperture, which support fixed focal length, enabling all users to take the perfect selfie they aspire for. Also, Nova 5t comes with four rear cameras featuring a 48 MP (f/1.8 aperture AF) + 16 M (f/2.2 aperture FF) + 2 M (f/2.4 aperture FF) + 2 M (f/2.4 aperture FF), which all support autofocus (phase focus, contrast focus) capturing all moments of life with the highest resolution.

The phone comes powered by a powerful Kirin 980 chipset and 8GB of RAM, while holding an android operating system with a revolutionary EMUI 9interface. Nova 5T display comes with a 6.26-inch, 2,340-by-1,080-pixel screen (412ppi), giving its users an exclusive full view display with immersive colors and crystal-clear display. All this wrapped and powered by a 3,750 mAh battery, with a continuous heavy performance of 16 hours and 11 minutes, all integrated with a super charge system, which charges 50% of the battery in just 30 minutes.

The new Huawei Nova 5T features dazzling colors, amazing textures and reflective design, which creates an immersive feeling of boundless space with 3 colors crush blue, black and midsummerpurple respectively.
1/13/2020 2:37:43 PM
<![CDATA[et presents various ideas for home entrance decoration]]>
In this report, et presents various ideas for decorating the main entrance to the house, according to the spruce website.


It is advised to place different paintings arranged next to each other at the main entrance, placing a table with a vase full of roses to add elegance.Paintings can be replaced by photographs of family members to remember the most beautiful moments of the family.

Panelsand stones


Wood panels and stones can also be used to design a distinctive décor for the entrance, with a wooden bench next to the door and a vase to add elegance and a feeling of warmth.

White color coating


For entrances of small houses, it is preferable to paint the walls in white as it gives a feel of spaciousness, leaving the entrance blank of any decorative pieces.

Putting a mirror in the main entrance to the house


Putting a mirror in the main entrance, and placinga small table with different decorative pieces are considered classic ideas of home decoration.
1/12/2020 3:42:40 PM
<![CDATA[Shakespeare's First Folio to be sold at auction in New York in April]]>
The book, called “Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,” is expected to sell for between $4 million and $6 million, the auctioneer said. Widely known as the First Folio, it is one of only six known complete copies in private hands.

The First Folio contains Shakespeare’s 36 plays, including several that had never been published before and might have been lost without it, such as “Macbeth,” “The Tempest,” and “As You Like It.” It was compiled by friends of the writer after his death.

The copy coming up for sale will be displayed on tour, starting next week in London, before heading to New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. It will be returned to New York for auction on April 24.

The book is being sold by Mills College, a private liberal arts college in Oakland, California.

The record auction price of a First Folio is nearly $6.2 million, paid in 2001, Christie’s said.]]>
1/11/2020 12:11:47 PM
<![CDATA[Brave as lions: Zoo heroics save animals from Australia's raging fires]]>
By family, he means giraffes, rhinos, lions and gorillas among the 200 residents of Mogo Zoo, which he and 15 staff battled to defend last week from raging bushfires that ravaged dozens of homes and vehicles across the tiny tourist town on New Year’s Eve.

When they knew the fires were coming, Staples and his team made a plan to keep flames at bay and save the 65 acre (26.3 hectare) private zoo and its 40 species, including shifting some primates into their own living quarters.

“There’s no way we would leave the animals behind. These are family - not things,” said Staples.

The survival of the zoo’s six zebras, two rhinos, six giraffes, four gorillas, three tigers and six lions, among others, is among the few positive stories to come out of a devastating fire season that has so far killed 26 people.

At Mogo Zoo, staff spent New Year’s Eve dousing the grounds with hundreds of thousands of liters of water as the fires approached, shifting quickly as winds changed.

Flaming trees collapsed close to animal enclosures as the fire jumped over a stream on two sides of the grounds. The sky turned red and Mogo was in darkness by noon, Staples said.?

A local fire service official stopped by at the zoo and told them no one would be able to come rescue them.

“They were busting a gut to save everyone else,” said Staples, who described conditions as “apocalyptic”.

“I’ve never felt heat like that or seen fires that look like that and I never want to see that again.”

After the fires, the zoo arranged police escorts to get trucks through roadblocks to make urgent deliveries of hay, vegetables and water to keep the animals alive, he said.

The zoo animals were among the lucky ones. University of Sydney ecologists on Wednesday doubled their estimate of the number of animals killed or injured in the fires to 1 billion.

The 170-year-old town of Mogo was badly hit by some of the fiercest fires seen yet this season, with homes, cars and buses reduced to shells, mangled metal and collapsed rubble.

Gayle Smith, 68, who runs an organic nursery, described her astonishment that her wooden home had survived having defended it from multiple small fires before eventually fleeing.

“It was mindbending. I felt relief and disbelief seeing it was still here,” she said.

Thousands of people have already been left homeless by the fires that have scorched through more than 10.3 million hectares (25.5 million acres) of land - an area the size of South Korea.

Staples said the zoo was saved because of the staff’s good preparation. A big worry, he said, was losing power for electric fences around the enclosures.

“The last thing you want if you’re a firefighter is a lion on the loose,” he said.
1/8/2020 12:02:50 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's silenced Big Ben must bong for Brexit, MPs demand]]>
Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won a large majority at a December election, Britain’s EU exit at the end of January has become a certainty. Lawmakers will on Tuesday continue debating the legislation required to enact it.

A group of pro-Brexit members of parliament have put forward an amendment to that legislation, seeking to enshrine in law that Big Ben should be sounded at 2300 GMT on Jan. 31, the moment Brexit is officially due to take place.

The 13.7-tonne bell has been largely silent since 2017 while renovation works are carried out on the Elizabeth Tower which houses it, sounding only for important events such as New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The work on the tower, one of Britain’s most photographed buildings, is not due to be completed until 2021.

“Regardless of allegiance to Leave or Remain, this will undoubtedly be an iconic moment in this country’s history,” Conservative lawmaker Mark Francois, who put forward the amendment, wrote in an article for the ConservativeHome website.

“To mark this momentous occasion, I, along with 50 other Members of Parliament, am now campaigning to allow Big Ben to chime our freedom as well.”

The amendment has so far been signed by more than 40 lawmakers, mainly Conservatives. If selected by the speaker of the House of Commons, it could be put to a vote later on Tuesday.

It demands the occasion “be marked by the sounding of the hourly chimes including eleven strikes of the principal bell (Big Ben) of the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower of the Houses of Parliament”.]]>
1/7/2020 2:19:50 PM
<![CDATA[Tuna sells for $1.8M in first Tokyo auction of 2020, second highest ever]]>
The tuna was caught off northern Aomori Prefecture and weighed 276 kilograms (608 lbs), according to NHK, which translates into a price of about 700,000 yen per kilogram.

The successful bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, the head of the company that runs sushi restaurant chain “Sushizanmai,” NHK said.

Last year Kimura paid a record 333.6 million yen for a tuna at the auction, exceeding his previous record price in 2013.]]>
1/5/2020 12:42:44 PM
<![CDATA[Singular 'they' is voted Word of the Decade by U.S. linguists]]>
Separately, the American Dialect Society bestowed its Word of the Year honors on the increasingly common practice of introducing oneself in correspondence or socially by the set of pronouns one prefers to be called by - declaring in an email, for example, “pronouns: she/her.”

The two awards were decided by some 350 member of the society at its annual meeting of academics, graduate students and word lovers who voted by a show of hands, said Ben Zimmer, a linguist and lexicographer who chairs the group’s New Words Committee.

The most popular pick for Word of the Year was “(my) pronouns,” a reflection of “how the personal expression of gender identity has become an increasing part of our shared discourse,” the society said in a statement announcing the outcome.

The same trend was behind the selection of “they” as the Word of the Decade, recognizing its growing use to refer to a person whose gender identity is non-binary. The singular use of “they” was previously designated as the 2015 Word of the Year.

“People want to choose something that stands the test of time and sums up the decade as a whole,” said Zimmer, who writes a language column for the Wall Street Journal.

Social media has turbo-charged the way words or phrases become popular, leading to some recent multi-word champions for Word of the Year, including “tender-age shelter” (a detention facility for young undocumented migrant children separated from their parents) in 2018 and “fake news” in 2017.

Other decade nominees considered on Friday included:

- “#BlackLivesMatter,” the hashtag used to protest alleged disparities in police use of force against African Americans.

- “Climate,” reflecting increased interest in the impact of climate change.

- “#MeToo,” the movement that has highlighted widespread patterns of sexual abuse and harassment that women have faced at the hands of men across many spheres of life, including business, politics and entertainment.

The society, founded in 1889 and dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, started selecting its “Word of the Year” in 1991 and since then has picked only two other “Word of the Decade” winners. Top choices were “web” for the 1990s and “Google” as a verb for the 2000s.

Other “Word of the Year” nominations for 2019 included:

- “OK Boomer,” described as a retort to someone older, typically a member of the Baby Boom generation, who expresses views that are out-of-touch or condescending to young people and their concerns.

- “Cancel,” meaning to withdraw support from someone or something that is considered problematic or unacceptable, used in the phrase “cancel culture.”

- “Karen,” the stereotype of a complaining, self-important, demanding white woman, typically a member of Generation X or “Generation Karen.”]]>
1/4/2020 2:36:14 PM
<![CDATA[No eyes? No problem. Marine creature expands boundaries of vision]]>
Researchers said on Thursday that the red brittle star, called Ophiocoma wendtii, is only the second creature known to be able to see without having eyes - known as extraocular vision - joining a single species of sea urchin.

It possesses this exotic capability thanks to light-sensing cells, called photoreceptors, covering its body and pigment cells, called chromatophores, that move during the day to facilitate the animal’s dramatic color change from a deep reddish-brown in daytime to a stripy beige at nighttime.

Brittle stars, with five radiating arms extending from a central disk, are related to starfish (also called sea stars), sea cucumbers, sea urchins and others in a group of marine invertebrates called echinoderms. They have a nervous system but no brain.

The red brittle star - up to about 14 inches (35 cm) from arm tip to arm tip - lives in bright and complex habitats, with high predation threats from reef fish. It stays hidden during daytime - making the ability to spot a safe place to hide critical - and comes out at night to feed on detritus.

Its photoreceptors are surrounded during daytime by chromatophores that narrow the field of the light being detected, making each photoreceptor like the pixel of a computer image that, when combined with other pixels, makes a whole image. The visual system does not work at night, when the chromatophores contract.

“If our conclusions about the chromatophores are correct, this is a beautiful example of innovation in evolution,” said Lauren Sumner-Rooney, a research fellow at Oxford University Museum of Natural History who led the study published in the journal Current Biology.

Laboratory experiments indicated the brittle stars have rudimentary vision. Placed in a circular arena, they moved toward walls that were white with a black bar, suggestive of a daytime hiding place.

Another scenario showed they were not simply detecting brightness versus darkness. When they were presented with gray walls making it so no part of the arena was lighter or darker overall, they still moved toward the black stripe, which was centered on a white stripe so as to reflect the same amount of light as the gray.

“It’s such an alien concept for us, as very visually driven animals, to conceive of how an animal might see its habitat without eyes, but now we know of two examples,” Sumner-Rooney added.]]>
1/3/2020 9:08:50 AM
<![CDATA[Dutch city tells floating Georgian monastery to cast off]]>
The unfinished monastery is the dream of Abbot Abibos, who has overseen two years of renovations on the ship — re-christened the Elia II, after the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church — including having frescoes painted on the ceiling of its small chapel.

Abibos said a floating monastery, with living space for himself and two nuns, Sister Elisabeth and Sister Nino, makes sense.

On the one hand, “it is not in the city and is a quiet place for a monastic life”, he said. On the other, it would allow the monk and nuns to occasionally welcome fellow worshippers. The church has several hundred members the Netherlands and Belgium.

“We cannot be far from our parishioners”, Abibos said.

He had hoped the Elia II would be able to have a regular berth in Vlissingen.

But Mayor Els Verhage said the city had been granting permits month by month for the ship’s renovation on the understanding Abibos would soon “sail away to serve fellow members of his faith”.

“Establishing a church in the harbor is not allowed and would be a hindrance to development”, Verhage said in a statement. “Abbot Abibos has been informed in writing that his ship is no longer welcome.”

Now Abibos says he is racing to have the ship finished by the March 1 deadline and looking for other options, while he and the sisters lodge in Vlissingen, a city of 40,000 in southwestern Netherlands.

“Through everything we do every day we try to honor god,” he said. “Whether that is praying, working, eating. Even while resting, we try to do that in god’s name.”

1/1/2020 2:30:08 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: The most beautiful 20 wedding photos in 2019]]>
Preparations ahead of the shoot take some time in prior to choose a distinguished photographer within the budget of the couple, and of course the site where the shoot will take place.

Egypt Today compiles in this piece some of the special winning pictures taken for couples as part of the Junebug Weddings competition, which took place during the year 2019, and may become an inspiration for those who are about to get married.




















12/31/2019 2:06:53 PM
<![CDATA[Learn about natural remedies to strengthen eyelashes]]>
Some women tend to use fake eyelashes as a temporary solution to the problem.

According to be beautiful website, some natural recipes work to permanently strengthen eyelashes:

Castor oil

Castor oil helps to strengthen the eyelashes. This is in addition to its ability to treat sunburn, get rid of wrinkles, prevent graying and premature dandruff, as well as improve hair growth. It is advised to apply castor oil on eyelashes daily before bed or to mix it with coconut oil and then gently apply it to eyelashes with a cotton swab.

Green tea

Drinking green tea helps to stimulate hair growth because it contains flavonoids and polyphenols, so it is advised to drink green tea regularly or put it on the eyelashes. Put a green tea bag on the eyelashes or dip a piece of cotton in green tea and put it on the eyelashes for a few minutes daily and then wash with lukewarm water.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a traditional natural recipe for improving hair growth and strengthening eyelashes. Dip a piece of cotton in extra virgin olive oil and put it on the eyelashes, to strengthen the hair follicles, making your hair stronger and taller.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil helps promote eyelashes growth and thickens eyebrows. Break the vitamin E capsule and extract the oil from it. Massage the eyelashes for 5 to 10 minutes, leave it overnight, and then wash with lukewarm water.

12/30/2019 1:16:53 PM
<![CDATA[Prepare your favorite natural lipstick at home]]>
According to wikihow website, lipstick can easily be made at home with the following ingredients:

One teaspoon of beeswax (5 ml)

One teaspoon or 5 ml of shea butter, mango butter, almond butter, or avocado butter.

One teaspoon of almond oil, extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil.

How to prepare:

Beet powder or beet flakes should be used to get a bright red lipstick, while cinnamon can be used to get a reddish brown color.

Cocoa powder gives a dark brown lipstick, which is preferred by some women.

Melt the basic ingredients together in a microwave-safe container. Heat the ingredients for 30 seconds until thawed.

Mix the ingredients well,and heat approximately 5 cm of water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the ingredients to the water in a smaller skillet while stirring until the mixture melts.

Pour the mixture into an old lipstick tube and leave it in the refrigerator until it is firm and use when needed.
12/29/2019 2:51:10 PM
<![CDATA[Newly face-lifted Big Ben will ring in London New Year]]>
The 96-metre-tall Elizabeth Tower, one of the most photographed buildings in Britain, has been enveloped in scaffolding for the last two years as the four clock dials are reglazed, ironwork repainted and intricately carved stonework cleaned and repaired.

In March, part of the scaffolding was removed, showing that the clock’s once black numerals and hands have been repainted blue, in line with what scientists say was its original color.

Since restoration work began in 2017, Big Ben has been largely silenced, sounding only for important events. It last tolled on Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.

The bell will be tested several times in the run-up to New Year’s Eve, parliament said in a statement.

The restoration of the entire Elizabeth Tower, worth an estimated 61 million pounds ($79.78 million), will see it repaired and redecorated, including bringing colors back to the original design.

The work is due to be completed in 2021 and will be followed by a 4-billion-pound restoration program of the entire parliament building.]]>
12/29/2019 12:49:08 PM
<![CDATA[“Uncover The Treasure Within Healing Retreat” Emotional Therapist Rania Ashraf explains benefits of retreats]]>
Let's go on a trip to Bali island with Emotional Therapist and Trainer Rania Ashraf to talk more about retreats.

Yoga class during the retreat

et: Who is Rania Ashraf, and what motivated you to work in this field?

Emotional Fitness Trainer and Therapist specialized and passionate on raising people’s emotional and psychological power.

The journey started from my personal experience.

Few years back, I was in the place of everyone who feels depressed, helpless, unhappy, angry, tired and about to lose himself. I went through a tough period trying to change everything and everyone around me. However, I found myself getting worse on all levels (physically, mentally and emotionally).Finally, I realized that it was me who has to change not the others!

I have studied and practiced many schools for well being from energy to coaching to spiritual to emotional.

After the TRANSFORMATION that happened to me, I recovered my life and I found a huge passion to help people do the same.

I became a certified Therapist and Trainer from one of the biggest schools of Emotional Therapy “Spiritual Technology school” for its founder, the Psychologist, Zivorad Slavinski.

et: What is a ‘Retreat’?

Retreat is a trip for some days in a calm place,during which you disconnect totally from yourresponsibilities, routineand all your life roles to just connect and have a deep reflection withYOURSELF!

What we did in Bali retreat was working deeply on all levels of Mind, Body and Soul.
Beside lots of activities during the retreat, we worked on identifying and resolving the obstacles and issues that stop you from being the person you want to be.

A retreat is a trip that takes you to many areas you have never went to before inside yourselfin order to heal any wounds or truma and eventually uncover the treasure within us.


et: What is the difference between spending time with oneself, and going for a retreat?

Spending time with ourselves alone is always good but usually our mind will be taking the lead, for good or for bad on a conscious level.

However, we may still be suffering and we don’t know what’s going inside on a deeper level.

Going to a retreat with a specialized therapist will help you dig inside your inner self, discover the wounded hidden parts that are causing the problem and heal them. It’s working on a deeper level which we all need nowadays.

In addition, being with a group of people having the same objective, all disconnected from their daily routines, sharing and working together on their innerselves, gives a magnified positive impact on everyone.


et: Who do you advise to go on retreat trip?

Anyone who feels disconnected from herself/himself, feels losing control on some life situations, trapped innegative emotions & thoughts and don’t know how to deal with them.

And for those who wantto have a better quality of life, want to raise their emotional fitness to deal with hard situations and want to heal the pain of the wounds inside.
The retreat allows you to pull back, get inspired, detox, and find yourself.
The retreat is a journey for being the real YOU so that you can discover the treasure within and Glow from inside out.



12/26/2019 3:43:22 PM
<![CDATA[Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on New Year's Day]]>
Starting New Year’s Day, people 21 and older will be able to legally buy up to 30 grams of marijuana flower, 5 grams of marijuana concentrate, or 500 grams of THC-infused products such as edibles at licensed commercial dealers throughout the state.

Cannabis consumers are expected to flock to the handful of licensed shops across Chicago on New Year’s Day. On the city’s North Side, a dealer sold $250 tickets to clients who wanted to be at the front of the line when the store opens early in the morning next Wednesday.

Another shop, Dispensary 33, in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, will use a paging system to usher in customers who are waiting at a bar next door.

“The whole neighborhood is joining on the party... it’ll be a whole new world in Chicago on Jan. 1,” manager Abigail Watkins said, noting that many businesses in the neighborhood are offering specials and deals to celebrate the day.

Illinois joins 10 other states and the District of Columbia where small amounts of the drug for adult use is legal. Medical marijuana in Illinois has been legal since 2014.

In June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, signed into law marijuana legislation that also allows for some 700,000 marijuana-related records and convictions to be erased.

Not everyone approves of the legislation.

“The message that... these foolish politicians are sending to our communities and especially to our young kids is that it’s no big deal,” said Illinois Family Institute Executive Director David Smith, who opposes the measure.

“We know that it’s a big deal from all of the studies that have been done about the high-potency marijuana that is today’s product... we are seeing a spike in marijuana illnesses and addictions,” he said.

Private pot sales, driving while high and consuming marijuana in public will remain prohibited in state.

The law is projected to generate more than $57 million in new tax and fee revenue for Illinois in fiscal 2020, which begins on July 1 for the financially troubled state, according to Illinois’ revenue department.]]>
12/25/2019 3:19:58 PM
<![CDATA[Schneider Electric Global CEO visits IL Monte Galala]]>
Tricoire: Smart Cities are the perfect solution to meet the growing demand on modern infrastructure and services

Shetta: Smart Cities depend on technologically advanced hardware to help facilitate residents’ lives

Cairo, Egypt- Monday 23rd December 2019: To witness construction updates first hand, Schneider Electric’s Global CEO and chairman, Jean-Pascal Tricoire visited Il Monte Galala as part of his tour in Galala City in Ain Al Sokhna.


This visit comes as a part of Tatweer Misr’s collaboration with Schneider Electric to build and design smart city facilities in its three projects “IL Monte Galala – Sokhna, Fouka Bay – North Coast and Bloomfields – Mostkabal City”, utilizing Schneider Electric state of the art EcoStruxure platform which manages critical infrastructure.

“Collaborating with Schneider Electric, the global leaders in digital transformation of energy management and automation, will contribute to our main objective to build smart & sustainable projects from both environmental & urban standpoints. Schneider Electric’s global expertise will enable us to apply the smart cities’ concept within our projects. Stemming from our constant efforts to partner with the best international service providers to create added value to our residents & offer them a comfortable and distinctive lifestyle” stated Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, president & CEO of Tatweer Misr.

"55% of the world’s population live in urban cities, and this percentage is expected to reach 68% by 2050, adding a significant pressure on available resources. Therefore, we are encouraged to establish smart cities that meet the growing demand on modern infrastructure and services, such as energy, water, road systems, networks and connectivity, and healthcare services. We aim that in the near future we will depend more on advanced solution including Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Big Data to regulate our consumption of those resources and ensure their sustainability for future generations," commented Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric.

"Egypt is witnessing a recent growth in establishing smart cities, using technology to help residents overcome their daily challenges, and provide them with advanced competent services that fulfil their needs. Energy or water production may be doubled in an attempt to reach an adequate level of competence in regular cities, resulting in high consumption of resources.

Whereas, the technology used in smart cities can avoid this issue. With the high-quality services Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure provides, we can achieve the utmost operational efficiency for our services, reduce high consumption, and sustain energy and natural resources," said Walid Sheta, Chairman of Schneider Electric Egypt and Regional Cluster President of Schneider Electric Egypt, North East Africa (NEA) and Levant.

This partnership allows Tatweer Misr to become the first Egyptian Real Estate company to implement a central control System connecting all its projects to provide its clients with a remote-control platform for all operational systems. Additionally, the system provides accurate detailed statistics, based on a huge amount and variety of data used to create a safer, smarter and more comfortable environment, guaranteeing up to 50% increase in energy & water efficiency and around 30% decrease in operational costs.

At a later stage, this system will facilitate customers’ lives by enabling them to remotely control & monitor their electricity and water consumption, in addition to offering easy electronic bills payment through a smart mobile app.
12/24/2019 1:31:41 PM
<![CDATA[Vietnam seizes two tonnes of ivory and pangolin scales]]>
The bust comes at the end of a year of big wildlife seizures destined for communist Vietnam, a hotbed of the illicit but lucrative trade in animal parts from elephants, pangolins, tigers and rhinos.

Authorities in northern Hai Phong city found 330 kilograms (730 pounds) of ivory and 1.7 tonnes of pangolin scales after checking three container shipments from Nigeria, according to Hai Quan Online, the official mouthpiece of Vietnam's customs department.

The manifest listed the goods as high-end lumber, the online site said, adding that the haul was hidden in boxes at the back of the containers.

Published photos showed a rectangular wooden box full of pangolin scales, with elephant tusks mixed in.

Both items are highly sought after on the multibillion-dollar illegal wildlife market.

Vietnam outlawed the ivory trade in 1992, but the illegal market still persists and shops sell items pre-dating the ban for decorative and medicinal purposes.

The pangolin is considered the most trafficked animal on the planet, and over one million have been snatched from Asian and African forests in the past decade.

They are destined for markets in China and Vietnam, where their scales are used in traditional medicine and their meat is bought on the black market.

Hanoi has vowed to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade, but conservationists say it persists thanks to weak law enforcement.

In May, Vietnamese police found 5.3 tonnes of pangolin scales hidden in a shipment from Nigeria at a southern port.

Some two months later in July, authorities in Singapore seized nearly nine tonnes of ivory and a huge stash of pangolin scales destined for Vietnam.

During the same month dozens of live pangolins smuggled from Laos were discovered dehydrated and weak on a bus in a central region of the country.]]>
12/24/2019 12:34:35 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Solar managed to capture 12% market share in this year’s 12.5MW, LE170m non-utility scale market]]>
Hatem Tawfik, Managing Director at Cairo Solar estimates the total solar sector’s capacity installed since 2014 at 1.7GW, of which 12.5MW were completed in 2019 “behind the meter” for the private sector clients; such as factories, schools, and hotels.

Out of approximately 300 registered solar companies in Egypt, Cairo Solar managed to capture a 12% market share in the On-Grid solar market in 2019.

“Clients such as Mamiba have decided to install solar due to increasing electricity price and low-interest-rate solar loans and grants. As of this year, installing solar for your factory, school, or hotel has a 4 year payback period and a project IRR of 25% to 35%” says Hatem.

“This station will help us save nearly 100% of our electricity needs, removing the ‘energy expense’ item from our cash flow completely.” Says Mina Maged, VP at Mamiba Care.

Features and benefits of the 495KW solar station include 25 year lifetime with minimal maintenance and 5 year Low interest rate. In addition, Mamiba Care’s Cashflow remain stable as what they will save from electricity is equal to what they pay in installments.

Cairo Solar financial solutions for solar systems are available for companies that have strong financials such as Mamiba Care. For more information on Cairo Solar’s projects, visit http://www.cairo-solar.com/our-projects/

12/23/2019 2:48:08 PM
<![CDATA[realme XT: Vivid portrayal of beauty in photos]]>

Famed Egyptian photographer Seif Amr uses realme XT 64 MP quad camera to capture the beauty of Egypt and the world’s different cultures and traditions. Amr travelled all around Egypt capturing the unique Egyptian nature, people and the amazing Egyptian historical places and archaeological areas with realme XT 64MP quad camera. realme XT 64 MP quad camera translates the beauty you see in every corner.

Aiming to empower young photographers, realme launched (Shot on realme) competition for all the young dreamers all over Egypt. Egyptian photographers from all the Egyptian governorates, any smartphone brand user, will compete to capture the dazzling beauty scenes in Egypt and the winner will receive a monetary award presented by realme. By this competition realme is trying to provide a platform for youth to express themselves. realme XT targets to change the role of the games to open up new gateways to storytelling.


realme XT features a 64MP ultra high-resolution sensor, the highest resolution sensor ever on a phone. The ultra-large 1/1.72” GW1 64MP sensor is up to 34 percent bigger than a 48MP sensor and features 4-in-1 intelligent pixel binning, f/1.8 large aperture, and 6P lens with superior light-gathering capability, providing realme XT with flagship-level photography.


Along with the ISOCELL Plus technology, 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor uses Tetracell 4-in-1-pixel technology to combine four adjacent pixels into a single 1.6μm large pixel. Its Tetracell and 3D HDR technology will let users take crystal clear photos under any circumstances. The quad camera set-up is able to take 9216 × 6912 ultra-detailed resolution photos in the Ultra 64MP mode. The photo size will be four times larger than a 16MP shot, providing super crisp details while zooming in. realme also invited the eminent National Geographic photographer, Aaron Huey, to work with realme's well-experienced camera.

Additionally, realme XT comes with an ultra-wide-angle lens, a macro lens and a portrait lens. The ultra-wide angle lenspacks a 119° field of view that’s up to 50 percent wider, and realme’s DLDC engine smartly corrects edge distortion. The macro lens enables users to discover the beauty of the micro world with a mere 4cm shooting distance.

realme XT incorporates the element on 3D hot bending Gorilla Glass 5 for a fantastic and eye-catching visual design. realme XT has two colors, pearl white and pearl blue.

realme XT comes with a sharp and vivid 16.3cm (6.4”) FHD+ Super AMOLED display.

The upgraded high-precision dispensing technology and COF packaging technology allow the phone to reach a 92.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. The built-in night mode will protect your eyes when reading or gaming in low-light conditions. The Super AMOLED display will also save more power when the night mode is on.


realme XT provides the user with the tool that allows them to imagine and share their visions of life. The practical nature of the device embraces two vital factors of the modern world; one that satisfies practicality while the other braces the creative tools for the artist to paint their own world intricately. realme XT developed its technologies to introduce the youth with the utmost camera performance experience. realme XT features a quad camera package for every person to share their own perspective of the world, creating one world with thousands of beautiful perspectives.

12/23/2019 1:46:05 PM
<![CDATA[Romania auctions dictator Ceausescu's hunting car for $44,000]]>
For a quarter of a century, Ceausescu held Romania in a vice-like grip, before a bloody 1989 revolt in which he and his wife were tried and shot dead by a hastily assembled firing squad on Dec. 25 as the regime crumbled.

Featuring plush leather seats and an electric roof opening, the sky-blue ARO 304 used by the dictator for hunting trips and official visits, failed to attract a single buyer at a previous auction in January.

ANAF lowered the starting price by 25% to 103,125 ($24,000) for this week’s tender, where “five participants bid in 16 steps until the car was sold to one for 189,180 lei ($44,000)”. It did not give any details on the buyer.

One of a fleet of up to six produced for the dictator by defunct local carmaker ARO Campulung, the car has been kept in a hangar on the outskirts of the capital Bucharest, and viewings have been by appointment only.

Romania joined the European Union in 2007, but remains its second-poorest state, with entrenched bureaucracy and corruption a legacy problem from earlier times.

Many communist-era officials remain in public positions, wielding political and business influence even now.]]>
12/22/2019 9:09:11 AM
<![CDATA[Christmas tree app updates tradition in Estonia]]>
The state forestry company of Estonia, a country where almost all government services are available online, has launched a mobile application which allows people to search for their trees and pay for them.

“It is a nice feeling to bring your own tree from the forest,” said Katrin Sagur, who went with her husband and kids this week to pick out a Christmas tree using the app.]]>
12/21/2019 1:29:22 PM
<![CDATA[Air pollution cuts lead quickly to large health benefits]]>
The authors looked at evidence of reduced deaths and disability from heart and respiratory disease and other illnesses at the individual and population levels within days or weeks of measures to reduce small-particle air pollution. The most dramatic health improvements occurred in regions with high air pollution that reduced their total output, but even small areas that decreased air pollution slightly saw improvements, the study authors report in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

“Air pollution is a major risk factor for health in all organs of your body, and everyone needs to be aware that air pollution has real consequences,” said Dr. Dean Schraufnagel of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the study’s lead author.

“At the same time, air pollution is an avoidable health risk,” he told Reuters Health by phone. “Reducing it can result in prompt and substantial health gains and improve climate change as well.”

Schraufnagel and colleagues at the Forum of International Respiratory Societies reviewed case studies where health improved after pollution was reduced, even if only for a short period of time, such as temporary restrictions around Olympic games.

They focused on several questions, including how quickly health changes, how much it improves, whether international standards must be met to see health differences and whether national and international air quality standards are good enough to reduce disease related to air pollution.

Overall, the team found that respiratory and irritation symptoms like coughing, sore throat, phlegm and shortness of breath improved within a few weeks after a reduction in pollution output from sources such as a steel mill, or pollution-reduction measures during the 1996 and 2008 Olympics. In addition, fewer children were absent from school or went to emergency rooms with severe asthma, and doctors saw fewer hospitalizations, clinic visits, premature births, heart attacks and deaths overall.

In particular, bans on smoking in public areas reduced deaths overall, especially from heart and lung diseases. Ireland’s national smoking ban in 2004, for instance, reduced heart attacks and childhood asthma attacks.

“The decrease in death and major diseases surprised me, but once you think about it, it makes sense because someone with heart disease could come in contact with smoke or fine particles in the air and have more stress on their body,” Schraufnagel said. “Policymakers and the public need to know how important this is.”

Reducing household air pollution is important as well, he added. Switching to cleaner fuel, upgrading stoves and using household air filters significantly reduce health issues, the study authors found, including headaches, high blood pressure and asthma. Specifically, electric high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers decreased exposure to allergens and particles inside homes.

On the largest scale, the authors cite the U.S. Clean Air Act as one of the most successful public health laws of all time, noting that it returned monetary benefits 32-fold greater than the costs of cutting pollution, according to a calculation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The savings came from reduced premature deaths, including 200,000 fewer heart attacks per year, and 66,000 fewer hospital admissions for respiratory disease per year.

Although air pollution affects everyone, the study authors point out, the most vulnerable groups face higher risks, including children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases and the poor. Urban growth, industrialization and global warming contribute to these factors, which raises the degree of urgency for pollution control.

“To reduce air pollution and limit climate change, we need a rapid transition to a cleaner and renewable energy system coupled with increases in energy efficiency,” said William Fisk of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Indoor Environment Group in Berkeley, California, who wasn’t involved in the review.

“Get informed. With knowledge, individuals can reduce their air pollution exposures, particularly their indoor exposures, which often dominate,” he told Reuters Health by email. “The collective action of individuals is essential to reduce future air pollution and climate change.”]]>
12/20/2019 1:50:31 PM
<![CDATA[Instagram bans influencers from promoting vaping products]]>
Product endorsements are rampant on Instagram as celebrities and others with large followings, or so-called "influencers", on the social network have struck deals to talk up clothing, food and other items.

Even though Facebook and Instagram have banned ads for tobacco products, e-cigarette makers have been using influencers to promote their products through hashtags or posts showing they were gifted the devices by companies.

"Branded content that promotes goods such as vaping, tobacco products and weapons will not be allowed," Instagram said in a post on Wednesday.

"Our advertising policies have long prohibited the advertisement of these products, and we will begin enforcement on this in the coming weeks."

According to


, this would be the first time the platform is implementing restrictions around the type of items that can be promoted for branded content.

The new guidelines come after Instagram made changes in June to its policies allowing brands to turn an influencer's post into a sponsored content ad that would appear on their feeds with a "paid partnership with" tag.

The move comes on the same day the British Advertising Standards Authority banned tobacco companies from promoting e-cigarettes on social media sites, following an investigation into their Instagram posts.

"It is imperative that Facebook and Instagram not only swiftly enact these policy changes, but also see that they are strictly enforced," said Matthew Myers, president, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

"Tobacco companies have spent decades targeting kids – social media companies must not be complicit in this strategy," he said. ]]>
12/19/2019 1:36:52 PM
<![CDATA[Milan and London Fashion Weeks join forces with anti-Brexit message]]>
On the day that UK citizens vote in an election that will either pave the way for Brexit or propel the country toward another referendum on the issue, CNMI’s president said Italy’s fashion capital would host Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and streetwear brand A-Cold-Wall by Samuel Ross.

A spokeswoman for McCartney said the designer would hold casual appointments in Milan over the selling campaign and not a fashion show. McQueen will host a presentation.

“It’s a political message of collaboration. Too many frontiers aren’t good for the fashion system. Surely, it is also a message from our English friends to say that even with Brexit, they want to keep being part of the (European fashion) system,” Carlo Capasa said in a news conference.

He added that fashion was a “bridge between nations”.

While it will be the first time in Milan for Samuel Ross - nominated as British Emerging Menswear Designer of the year at the 2018 Fashion Awards - McCartney and McQueen are not new to the Milan fashion week.

McCartney showcased her designs in June’s Men collections. McQueen was last in Milan in 2014.

A space for a “London show room” in which 10 emerging English designers and five Italians will be presented, will also be opened during Milan’s fashion week, which will run Jan. 10 - 14.]]>
12/14/2019 2:18:31 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Marriott Hotel celebrates 150 Years of Royal Hospitality of El Gezira Palace ]]>
In the heart of the Palace over 1,000 distinguished guests among which were ambassadors, celebrities, public figures, key Marriott International management and owning company (EGOTH) chairman were present to celebrate 150 years of royal hospitality.

Upon entering the Palace guests travelled back in time to the year 1869 where they were welcomed by Khedive Ismail, Empress Eugenie and the Royal Entourage.

Greeting guests were hotel General Manager Mr. Jürgen Sterkau, Chairman and Managing Director for EGOTH Mr. Sherif Bendary, Senior Director of Operations Marriott International MEA Mr. Nader Ibrahim in addition to the hotel’s Executive Committee members. Salon Eugenie was a museum showing antiquities from the 19th century.

When the time was right, the walls of the palace spoke for themselves telling the story of El Gezira Palace projected through a video on the Palace’s exterior followed by fireworks to set the celebration

The festivities continued when star performer Ramy Ayachlit the stage, taking guests to a whole different mood. The Cairo Marriott Hotel culinary team pampered guests with array of delicacies and savory surprises.

After 150 years of royal hospitality, El Gezira Palace continues to be a historical landmark for Egyptians offering guests exceptional opportunities to create memorable stories while enjoying exquisite services.

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12/11/2019 6:11:09 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Mobile Services Wins the World’s 1st batch of ISO/IEC 27701:2019 Certification]]>
Provided by Huawei to its end users, Huawei Mobile Services is a kind of digital life service which involves diverse scenarios including smart household, sports & health, mobile office, smart travel, and entertainment. While earnestly serving users, Huawei Mobile Services has always adhered to its core value of “privacy is the fundamental right of users” following its tenet of privacy protection.

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Huawei Mobile Services won the world’s first batch of ISO/IEC 27701 certification - Press photo

Keeping in strict accordance with local laws and regulations, Huawei Mobile Services always adopts the industry leading security technologies with privacy protection as the cornerstone for its product design, and is devoted to offering users safe yet pleasant digital life services through its self-developed smart products like Huawei Cloud, Huawei Hi Assistant, Huawei App Store, Huawei Wallet, Huawei Skytone, Huawei Video, Huawei Music, Huawei Reading, Huawei Theme and Life Services.

In August 2019, ISO and IEC officially released ISO/IEC 27701:2019 privacy information management system, an extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 for privacy information management.

This document provides private companies, government entities, not-for-profit organizations and other social organizations with a complete set of methods for personal data processing and a framework for privacy information management from multiple dimensions as organization governance, legal compliance, process specification, information technology, supervision and audit. It is also the world’s most authoritative, strictest, most widely accepted and applied PIMS to date.

It is the common concern in the industry that ISO/IEC 27701:2019 may become a de facto standard for organizations in personal data protection, and may be used for proving the compliance with global privacy regulations including GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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Huawei Mobile Services won the world’s first batch of ISO/IEC 27701 certification - Press photo

Huawei Mobile Services has won successive awards in security certification, evidenced by ISO/IEC27001 and CSA Star security certification in 2015, and ISO /IEC 27018 privacy standard certification in October 2019. This time, Huawei becomes the first batch of cloud service providers winning ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, vividly proving that Huawei Mobile Services has gained great recognition from international authoritative organizations thanks to its outstanding performance in user privacy protection.

With its design, R&D, operation, maintenance and other links continuously optimized, Huawei Mobile Services has formed mature personal information protection system and reached the world leading level in privacy management, transparency, and legal compliance of personal information. After winning the ISO/IEC 27701 certification, Huawei Mobile Services will keep following strict management and technical standards for effective implementation.

For more information about privacy policies and technologies of Huawei Mobile Services, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/privacy/whitepaper/]]>
12/11/2019 2:16:55 PM
<![CDATA[Four ways you can be a naturalized Egyptian]]>
To be naturalized in Egypt, a foreigner needs to:

1- Purchase real estate worth at least $500,000 owned by the government or a legal person; whereby the money is wired from abroad.

2- Establish or partake in a project worth at least $400,000, wired from abroad; whereby his share in the project is 40 percent or more.

3- Deposit hard currency in two ways:
a- Wire $750,000 from abroad as a deposit that may be returned in five years in Egyptian pounds according to the exchange rate then without exceeding that of the deposit date and without interests.
b- Wire $1 million from abroad as a deposit that may be returned in three years in Egyptian pounds according to the exchange rate then without exceeding that of the deposit date and without interests.

4- Wire $250,000 from abroad as direct income transferred to the state treasury; whereby the amount may not be refunded.

If the naturalized person sold the real estate mentioned in the first case, or liquidated the investment in the second case before five years have passed, he would have to apply the fourth case, unless the real estate or investment were handed over to the government.

12/10/2019 5:31:03 PM
<![CDATA[et reviews daily nail care tips]]>
et reviews some daily nail care tips that proved most effective, according to the website of the American Academy of Dermatology.

• Nails must be kept clean, dry. Avoid excessive exposure to water.

• Clip nails regularly with sharp nail scissors, avoid biting nails or removing the skin around the nails.

• Clip toenails regularly to avoid the risk of injury.

• If toenails are thick and difficult to trim, it is recommended to soak the feet in warm salty water for 5 to 10 minutes.

• Moisturize nails with oil, such as almond oil or avocado oil, to prevent them from drying out and maintain their elasticity and strength.

• Eat foods rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and beans, which help to strengthen nails and keep them healthy.]]>
12/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Learn about coconut water benefits for diabetes patients]]>
Coconut water is a popular drink for people who care about their health because it contains many basic nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese, selenium and phosphorous.

According to boldsky, coconut water is very useful in controlling diabetes.Experts performed a test on diabetic mice to find out the effect of coconut water on blood clotting, and it was found that coconut water contains L-arginine, which is an amino acid used to treat blood clots, increase blood flow and reduce the concentration of glucose.

The site reported that coconut water is sterile, natural and contains important salts such as potassium and sodium needed by body to maintain blood pressure.

et reviews other benefits of coconut water:

First: It contains fiber:
Some 100 grams of coconut water contain 1.1 grams of dietary fiber that helps control the level of glucose in the body.Coconut water is recommended for diabetics because it contains a high proportion of fiber and carbohydrates.

Second: It contains many vitamins and minerals:
Coconut water contains 24 mg of calcium, 25 mg of magnesium, 0.29 mg of iron, 2.4 mg of vitamin C and 3 mg of folate, along with 250 mg of potassium, and 105 mg of sodium.

Third: It helps in losing weight:
Coconut water can prevent hunger while preserving the essential nutrients due to its fiber content.

Fourth: Contains antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

Fifth: It helps to control the glycemic index:
Coconut water works to decrease the blood sugar level, which prevents the sudden rise in blood sugar.It also helps prevent insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

Sixth: It improves blood circulation:
Coconut water provides a great relief for diabetics as it helps expand blood vessels, and treats the main symptoms of diabetes.It also reduces complications of the disease, and helps provide a clear vision for patients suffering from poor vision due to poor blood circulation.
12/8/2019 2:17:26 PM
<![CDATA[From posters to helmets, Star Wars collectibles up for auction]]>
“Star Wars Online” features more than 100 items dating back decades, with prices ranging from 100 to 60,000 pounds, according to auction house Sotheby’s.

Among the memorabilia is a prototype Imperial Stormtrooper helmet from 1976, which as an estimated price tag of 30,000 - 60,000 pounds ($38,490 - $76,980). A toy shop display of “The Empire Strikes Back” figures and Millennium Falcon ship is priced at 7,000 - 10,000 pounds.

A 1976 poster designed to promote the first “Star Wars” film “A New Hope” and signed by actor Mark Hamill has a price tag of 5,000 - 8,000 pounds.

It “has taken over a year to put together pieces from all over the world, combining film, original film posters, original concept, art works, props, toys,” Bruce Marchant, film poster consultant for Sotheby’s, told Reuters.

The online sale began last week and runs until Dec. 13.

The film, “The Rise of Skywalker”, begins its cinema roll-out from Dec. 18. ($1 = 0.7794 pounds)]]>
12/7/2019 3:01:00 PM
<![CDATA['The ducks have won': French court says they may keep on quacking]]>
The court in the town of Dax ruled that the noise from the flock of around 60 ducks and geese kept by retired farmer Dominique Douthe in the foothills of the Pyrenees, southwestern France, was within acceptable limits, broadcaster France 3 said.

“The ducks have won,” Douthe told Reuters after the court decision. “I’m very happy because I didn’t want to slaughter my ducks.”

The complaint was brought by Douthe’s neighbor who moved from the city around a year ago into a property about 50 meters (yards) away from the enclosure in the Soustons district where Douthe keeps her flock.

The dispute is the latest in a series of court cases that have pitted the traditional way of life in rural France against modern values which, country-dwellers say, are creeping in from the city.

In a court ruling in September, a rooster named Maurice was allowed to continue his dawn crowing, despite complaints from neighbors who had also moved in from the city.

The neighbor in Soustons, about 700 km (430 miles) south-west of Paris, who filed the complaint about the quacking has not been publicly identified.

The neighbor’s lawyer said the noise exceeded permissible levels, and prevented the plaintiff enjoying their garden or sleeping with their house windows open.

The neighbor had asked for immediate steps to reduce the noise, and for 3,500 euros in damages, according to French media reports.

12/6/2019 1:54:32 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Learn about most expensive, rarest types of Egyptian-Arabian horses]]>
This came in the auction of purebred Arabian horses organized by the Ministry of Agriculture at the Zahra Arabian Horse Station.The auction included 27 horses from the well-known families of purebred Arabian horses of Hadban, Kaheila, Dahmeh, Saqlawy, Abyan, and Abbey.

Huda Wahdan, a horse farm owner, said that the most important horse families include Hadban, Kahailah, Dahmah, Saqlawy, Abyan and Abiyeh which are available in Egypt.

Another horse farm owner said that Abyan and Abbey are the most expensive families of horses, where the price of the female horse may reach LE 1 million.


One of the workers at the Zahra Arabian Horse Station and a horse breeder himself explained that horse breeding is very expensive and that the price of a horse depends on its beauty.

He pointed out that the most expensive of Arabian horses is the Alabian family, especially the females, which are responsible for the preservation of the breed, pointing out that there are five lineages of horses classified as the best Arab horses.

Naglaa Radwan, head of the Central Administration of Al-Zahraa Arabian Horses Station, confirmed that this auction addresses Arabian horse lovers and owners aspiring to include new breeds of Al-Zahraa horses to their farms.

Radwan said that the auction is held at least twice a year to sell the surplus of Arabian horses, clarifying that 27 male and female horses aged 1.5 to 20 years are being auctioned.

She added that a female horse named Dolama was sold for LE 819,000 in the auction held last November, making it the most expensive and rarest horse sold in an auction.

Al-Zahraa Arabian Horses Station is one of the largest breeding farms for purebred Arabian horses in the Middle East.

12/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Lítla Dímun, uninhabited cloud-covered island]]>
Lenticular clouds were given this name because of their lens-like shape.These clouds are always stationary and do not move; when they are over the island, they form a royal hat shape.


It is very difficult to reach the island except when the weather is perfect and the sea is calm.The tourists do not usually visit the island but enjoy the charming landscape from the other side of Surui Island.

Most tourists who visit the island are mountaineering enthusiasts as the island is a charming place to practice this sport.

Lítla Dímun is considered the smallest island of 18 major islands, with an area of less than 100 hectares or 1 square kilometer, administratively dependent on the Kingdom of Denmark.


The island was the property of the Danish king, but it was difficult to get anyone to settle in the island as it is very steep; thus he decided to sell it.]]>
12/1/2019 1:52:43 PM
<![CDATA[CleanShores awareness campaign kicks off in Cairo, Aswan ]]>
The campaign was carried out at Faculty of Pharmacy at Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST) in Cairo, and at Rawdat el-Salam School in Aswan.

In Aswan, the coordinator of the campaign Ayat Saad said that a total of 23 school students, four supervisors and five members of the foundation partook in the campaign.

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The Cleanshores awareness campaign was carried out at Rawdat el-Salam School in Aswan - Press photo

“Children’s participation in cleaning some areas overlooking the Nile River in Aswan was organized and followed-up by members of the campaign and supervisors,” Saad said, adding that the children also took part in some recreational activities.

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The Cleanshores awareness campaign was carried out at Rawdat el-Salam School in Aswan - Press photo

While in Cairo, a “Say No to Plastic” was organized in coordination with the President of MUST Mohamed el-Azazi, and the Faculty of Pharmacy.

As part of the campaign, more than 100 pottery was distributed to students and some professors. All participants were lectured about the dangers of plastic, and the importance of the safe disposal of plastic waste.

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The campaign was carried out at Faculty of Pharmacy at Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST) in Cairo

“CleanShores” campaign was launched for the first time in April 13 aiming to ban plastic use in North Africa, with the participation of institutions in some countries, such as: Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, as well as Egypt. In Egypt, the campaign took place in different governorates including: Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Red Sea, Assiut, Luxor and Aswan.

Foreign organizations joined the campaign including one from Ukraine and another from Nigeria, so that the campaign become a global movement to reduce the use of plastics via direct awareness of the public and the children.
The campaign also received media sponsorship from the United Nations Information Center in Cairo and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
11/30/2019 4:12:07 PM
<![CDATA[Elizabeth I revealed as the translator of Tacitus into English]]>
A 16th Century translation of the first book of Tacitus’s Annals - written in elegant italic hand on ruled paper - has been shown to be Elizabeth’s after an analysis of handwriting, her style of writing and the type of paper used.

“The manuscript translation of Tacitus Annales now preserved at Lambeth Palace Library is the work of Elizabeth I,” John-Mark Philo wrote in The Review of English Studies.

“Elizabeth goes to some lengths to retain the density of Tacitus’s prose and his celebrated brevity,” Philo wrote. “She follows the contours of the Latin syntax with remarkable commitment, even at the risk of obscuring the sense in English.”

Tacitus, a historian of the Roman Empire, casts Tiberius and Nero as tyrants and relates the debauchery and corruption of the empire’s rulers.

Elizabeth endured a tumultuous childhood including the disgrace and death of her mother, and persecution under her half sister Mary I, before ascending to the throne aged 25.

Elizabeth, known as the “the Virgin Queen” who ruled from 1558 to 1603, saw off a Spanish attempt to defeat England, though she never married or named a successor.]]>
11/30/2019 12:25:08 PM
<![CDATA[Abu Dhabi Find Wonder: A City of Limitless Possibility ]]>CAIRO - 29 November 2019: Abu Dhabi is a city that’s diverse, welcoming, and creating new paths to the future, it’s a place where opportunity is open to those who wonder, a place where you can work, live, explore and invest:

Abu Dhabi, is a growing business hub at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. If you’re looking to build a career, invest, or turn a great idea into a business, you’ll find a supportive business environment with great incentives to get you started. From investment in renewable energy to fintech, agtech and all the R&D in between, Abu Dhabi is a city pivoting towards the future.

Working in Abu Dhabi presents a unique opportunity: to be part of a place that is reaching for tomorrow. Whether you're looking to build a career, invest, or turn a great idea into a business, opportunities await in this future-focused city
Abu Dhabi's business environment is well-regulated and flexible, with a range of incentive packages to encourage investment – and to support promising startups

11/29/2019 5:42:39 PM
<![CDATA[Star-stricken: Tokyo's famed Jiro sushi restaurant excluded from Michelin guide]]>
Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten, the 10-seat counter restaurant run by the 94-year-old Jiro Ono, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest sushi chefs, had held a three-star rating since Michelin published its first guide to Tokyo dining in 2007.

Along with another tiny three-star restaurant, Sushi Saito, Ono’s restaurant was not included in the 2020 guide because they no longer accept bookings from the general public, the Michelin Guide said in a statement.

Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten appears to have become the victim of its own renown, particularly among tourists. In the 2011 documentary about Ono and his establishment, the bespectacled chef describes how he massages octopus to make it tender before cooking.

The restaurant, in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza neighborhood, was established in 1965 by Ono who still works as a chef, along with his son. The 20-piece “omakase” tasting menu starts at 40,000 yen ($368) plus tax, not including drinks.

“It’s a shame. It is one of Ginza’s best-known restaurants and people from all over the world have visited,” said 59-year-old Yuko Ikeda, who was having lunch with her mother at another spot in Ginza.

“I think people visited because it had the three stars.”]]>
11/27/2019 3:10:43 PM
<![CDATA[“China Wisdom” Promoting the Cooperation of Egyptian-Chinese Employees ]]>

Undeniably, both in Egypt and China, the people are the creators of history and the fundamental force to determine the future and destiny of their country. Similarly, every responsible company will deeply root its own high-quality development in its employees, which can reflect the will of employees, protect employees' rights and encourage employees’ creativity effectively.

The CBD project of the new administrative capital of Egypt, with the joint efforts from the employees of Egypt and China, has progressed smoothly and orderly for more than a year since the start of construction. More and more aspiring youth from Egypt and China have joined the CSCEC Egypt (the Egypt branch of China State Construction Engineering Corporation) to contribute their own strength to the construction of the new capital, making the “expanding happiness space” advocated by CSCEC has become the constant pursuit for Egyptian and Chinese employees. It has also become a distinct value orientation for advancing the "One Belt and One Road" and building a community for human destiny.


Respect the status and initiative of employees. CSCEC Egypt always puts “employees” at the important position of enterprise development, and take the belief of guaranteeing employees to be the masters of the company as the starting point for the survival and growth of enterprises. Near one hundred operating rules and regulations are all initiated by employees of Egypt and China. They have risen to institution through bottom-up and top-down positive interactions. In the early stage of formulating institution, all the employees of CSCEC from Egypt and China participated in this progress deeply. They propose lots of reasonable suggestions according to their own laws and regulations respectively, revising and improving constantly, so that they could own the ultimate right to judge the rationality of these systematic regulations. During the implementation of the CBD project in the new capital, CSCEC Egypt hand over the management authority to the employees of Egypt and China, and listen to their opinions and suggestions.


Finally, they collected more than 1,100 opinions and suggestions from the employees of Egypt and China, and adopted more than 400 articles which promote the implementation of the project effectively. Furthermore, CSCEC Egypt carried out “tutor-apprentice bond” activity in a wide range, clearly requiring the employees of Egypt and China who have rich professional skills and work experience to form mutual-help couples with the new employees. Up to now, more than 500 employees in the CBD project have spontaneously formed mutual-help couples and the “master" from different countries is teaching the working technique and constructing skills to the "foreign apprentice" everywhere. The coupled-employees of Egypt and China not only help each other at work, but also contact closely in life, making transnational friendship become a beautiful business card for the new capital of Egypt.



Implement the staff-core development philosophy. Focusing on employees is a distinctive feature for CSCEC Egypt to implement the corporate management. In the process of corporate management, they always regard the realization, maintenance, and development of the fundamental interests of employees as the starting point and the end result of all work. For example, in the P3 package of the CBD project, they have set up recruitment points in Aswan and Cairo, and provided jobs for nearly 100 Egyptians.

During the implementation of this project, CSCEC Egypt actively take on social responsibilities, and go to the charity to support orphans and the elderly. They set up the “Confucius Primary School” spontaneously to teach Chinese and Arabic for resident children and employees to improving the communication of cultures. In addition, through the opportunities of traditional festival of Egypt and China, such us Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Eid, Eid al-Adha, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Double Ninth Festival, they organize some activities to give presents, such as the Eid gift and Eid meal to the employees’ family and learn about their family circumstance, so that corporation can provide accurate support to the needy employees. Furthermore, they also carried out a variety of cultural and sports activities, holding the basketball game, table tennis match and football match for staff to improving their friendship and cooperation. Recently, as the only foreign-invested company, CSCEC Egypt was awarded by the Egyptian Ministry of Labor for participating social security actively.


Take employees as the stable foundation for the company’s long-term development of the company and the powerful strength for the company's long-term success. With the concept of using the employee's feelings to highlight the value of management, and using employee's wisdom to motivate the energy of company, CSCEC has gradually gathered the great power to achieve high-quality development of the company. As the pioneer to take Chinese construction root in the Egyptian market, practice the “Belt and Road” and construct the community of human destiny, CSCEC Egypt regards every employee as a motivator for innovation.


In the CBD project, CSCEC Egypt have recruited more than 400 residents as managers for various positions and more than 3,000 local labors work on the site, providing employment for more than 5,000 Egyptians indirectly. They set corresponding plan for the development of each employee’s career respectively and establish various channels for promotion and salary increase, so that employees can plan their own career and make effort for their future life.

Through the verbal spreading, nearly one-quarter of the employees were introduced by their friends who were employed earlier by CSCEC Egypt. More and more Egyptian young people took the initiative to join the construction of the CBD project, becoming the significant force for building the new capital, and also accumulating many outstanding talents in various filed for the long-term development of CSCEC Egypt.

11/26/2019 5:17:00 PM
<![CDATA[Turning from nuclear message, Pope urges youth to fight for the earth]]>
Nuclear disarmament has been a key theme of the pope’s trip to Japan, a country not only haunted by the memory of the two attacks that ended World War Two but also alarmed by the nuclear program and missile tests of nearby North Korea.

But on Tuesday he turned to another message, telling students gathered at Sophia University, one of a handful of Catholic universities in Japan, that technology is worthless unless it is used to bring about a more humane and simpler society.

“For all the efficiency and order that mark Japanese society, I have sensed a yearning, too, for something greater: a profound desire to create an ever more humane, compassionate and merciful society,” he said in his last event before departing for Rome.

Pope Francis leaves Japan after trip centred on anti-nuclear message
Noting that Asian cultures are known for their love of nature, he urged them to fight for the future of the earth, echoing the major encyclical he issued in 2015 making environmental protection a moral imperative.

Francis, in the first visit to Japan by a pope for 38 years, also sought to address a growing sense of isolation in Japan despite its wealth.

Bullying remains pervasive in Japanese schools, as a group of young people described to Francis on Monday, and there is a growing number of people known as “hikikomori,” who refuse to leave the safety of their houses, sometimes for years.

“More and more we see that a person, a community or even a whole society can be highly developed on the outside, but have an interior life that is impoverished and under-developed, lacking real life and vitality,” he said in remarks on Monday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo.

Japan’s suicide rate, while improved, still remains high, and there has recently been an alarming jump in teen suicides.

Combating this “spiritual poverty” was something everyone was called to, Francis said.

“It means recognizing that the most important thing is not what I have or can acquire, but with whom I can share it.”

He also urged Japan accept more than the handful of refugees it does every year despite its falling, aging population.

“I ask you to extend the hand of friendship to those who come here, often after great sufferings, seeking refuge in your country,” he said.

During his four days in Japan, Francis met with survivors of the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima as well as those of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, embracing a teenager forced to flee his home due to radiation.

He also said two Masses and met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Naruhito, to whom he described the deep impression made on him as a nine-year-old boy in Argentina by his parents’ tears at news of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings.

11/26/2019 3:51:28 PM
<![CDATA[After four decades, Vietnamese woman reunites with the daughter airlifted to America]]>
As U.S. troops exited Vietnam after twenty years of conflict, thousands of South Vietnamese who had fought alongside them or otherwise opposed the North were terrified of what lay ahead. As some fled, more than 3,000 children were flown to new families overseas in what became known as ‘Operation Babylift’.

Among those infants was Leigh Mai Boughton Small - the daughter of a Vietnamese maid and a G.I. - who was airlifted out of the humid chaos of Vietnam for a new life and adopted middle-class family in New England.

Leigh Mai and her birth mother may have spent the rest of their lives wondering about each other - except for the mother’s persistence, the daughter’s decision to try a DNA website, and help from a Vietnamese Good Samaritan.

After years of trying to find each other, Leigh Mai, now 47, met her birth mother Nguyen thi Dep on Nov. 17 in Ho Chi Minh City, a reunion exclusively filmed by Reuters TV.

It began with awkward hugs. Dep, 70, was afraid her daughter would be disappointed in her - the beautiful young mother had turned into “an old and gray woman, ugly and skinny,” she said afterward. Leigh Mai, accompanied by her husband Jeff and three children, was eager to reassure her mother she harbored no resentment about being sent away.

Leigh Mai gave Dep a locket and a scrapbook of her childhood. Dep gave her grandchildren traditional red envelopes containing cash. They hugged, cried and laughed.

What hit Leigh Mai the most was realizing it wasn’t just a mother she had lost, but a Vietnamese family “and that there was love there... and aunts and uncles and that never kind of crossed my mind.”

She also could not comprehend how hard it must have been for Dep all those years ago when Dep had struggled with the decision to hastily send her daughter overseas to an unknown fate.

A feeling of panic was rife in Saigon as the North Vietnamese Army and their Southern wing, the Viet Cong, approached the city in April 1975. The evacuation of American civilian and military personnel, along with tens of thousands of South Vietnamese civilians, was underway.

Dep had worked as a maid and then telephone operator at a U.S. army barracks in Saigon, where she met Leigh Mai’s father, Joe O’Neal, she recalled in an interview before the reunion at her home in Thu Duc, on the outskirts of what is now called Ho Chi Minh City.

She lost touch with O’Neal after he was sent home not long after the Paris Peace Accords were signed in January 1973. The little girl, who the mother had named Phuong Mai, was nearly a year old then. A long letter she wrote to O’Neal was returned. He was married and had a family in South Carolina, she later learned.

Dep’s American and Vietnamese friends told her to get her daughter on an Operation Babylift flight, telling her ‘what if they come and kill her?’

“I panicked and decided to send Mai away. It took only a week from when I filed her paperwork till when the plane took her away,” said Dep.

Many of the children who were flown to new homes in Operation Babylift were orphans. Others were sent abroad in hopes they would have a better life - or that they might be reunited soon after the chaos of the war. But Vietnam and the United States, where most of the children were taken, did not normalize ties until 1995, dashing those hopes.

The last time Dep saw her daughter, at the orphanage where she was awaiting her flight, she told Leigh Mai she had “to go wash my face,” intending to leave by the back door. “But then her instinct told her something, and she yelled ‘Mom don’t leave’. To be honest, at that moment all I wanted was to turn around and take her home,” Dep said. Instead, she walked from the airport to the city center “and told my boss that I let her go.”

She thought about what she had done “until it felt like my brain shattered.” She cried “every night for months. My father didn’t speak to me for two months.” She took “all sorts of jobs” after that to make a living. “Life pushed me around.”

But Dep never gave up hope of finding Leigh Mai. She contacted various intermediaries over the years and even wrote a letter to the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, who chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing on Operation Babylift in 1975. She said she never got a reply.

Leigh Mai knew from an early age she was adopted and half-Vietnamese but no one had any idea who her parents were. The children of Operation Babylift arrived with little or no documentation.

She enjoyed the good life Dep had hoped for her in a happy, middle-class home in New England with a sister and brother, also adopted.

“I always had a wonderful home and family life, so I just dealt with normal teenage stuff, not really stuff that was about my nationality,” she said.

Although she occasionally wondered about her mother growing up, it was only when she was 27 in 2000 that she thought of searching for her. She had just got married and knew she wanted to have children.

Leigh Mai and her adoptive mother, Mary Beth Boughton, went to Vietnam to begin the search. Their only clues were Leigh Mai’s Vietnamese name, the town she was born in, and the orphanage she was placed in ahead of Operation Babylift.

But the ledger book listing all those who had stayed at the orphanage in Thu Duc began only in May 1975, after the fall of Saigon and a month after Operation Babylift. “So we just concluded that everything kind of was destroyed or burned from when the Communists finally arrived,” Leigh Mai said.

She gave up and the years passed. But then commercially available DNA websites offering to help people discover their heritage and family links began to take off. About four years ago, Leigh Mai submitted a DNA sample to ancestry.com, occasionally getting a connection to “a fifth cousin.”

Then in September 2019, Leigh received an email from ancestry.com telling her of a connection to a “sibling/first cousin.” Another email arrived that said: “I think you’re my sister. Your Vietnamese mother is looking for you.”

During an exchange of texts with the woman named Bonnie Ludlow, Leigh Mai learned they shared the same father - who had died in 2011 - but had different mothers. “And I think it just exploded from there,” Leigh Mai said.

They were helped by a 30-year-old Vietnamese man called Vu Le, who had read an article about Dep’s search for Leigh Mai and made it his mission to help her. He found Joe O’Neal’s obituary with Bonnie’s name, tracked Bonnie down, and told her about the half-sister she had never met.

For Dep, Leigh Mai was always a 3-year-old child. “Seeing her as this grown-up woman with a family, it isn’t as emotional as when I looked at her photos as a small baby,” she said after the reunion.

But the meeting did give her relief about her daughter’s life in America.

“I love her a lot and I am at ease because Mai has grown up, having her own family, can take care of her own self, as opposed to before when it was always ‘Is my baby still alive? If she is, what life does she have? I was worried she had it hard.”

Leigh Mai thought about bringing her birth mother back to the United States, but Dep prefers her simple life in Thu Duc. She still bikes to her job as a school janitor.

With technology, Leigh Mai thinks they can stay in touch.

“I want her to still be able to live through us through videos and big moments that kids are going to have in their life and that Jeff and I are going to have in our life.

“So I’m hoping that she can get into the iPhone,” Leigh said with a laugh.
11/25/2019 3:03:57 PM
<![CDATA[French doctor still treating patients at 98]]>
Now 98 years old, he is still working and opens his surgery in the Paris suburbs two mornings a week for patients, some of whom he has treated for decades.

With no health woes of his own - he doesn’t even wear glasses during his consultations - Chenay said a quiet retirement had no appeal.

“If you’re over 60 they put you with the old people. One day you’ve got cards, the next day bingo, then there’s sudoku... With all that you become a complete idiot. I’m better off being a doctor!”

Originally from Angers in western France, Chenay worked as a welder before becoming a doctor, ultimately qualifying as a radiologist before moving back into general practice.

His surgery does not look high tech - there is a fax machine but no computer on the desk - but Chenay says he keeps up to date with all the latest developments via his subscriptions to online medical journals.

He says a new development in his nearly seven-decade career is patients who erroneously diagnose themselves on the internet and then turn up at his surgery demanding drugs.

Many of his patients say they struggle to get appointments in Chevilly-Larue, which has three doctors for a population of 19,000, so they queue early to see Chenay who runs a drop-in surgery, promising to see the first 20 patients who sign up.

“(In France) we have the doctors, we have the sick people, but to bring the people together is really not easy,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has faced months of unrest from hospital workers angry about tough working conditions and underinvestment, and Chenay said he had never seen a worse crisis in the sector.

The average retirement age for doctors in France is 67 and Chenay’s son, who also practiced as one, has already given up work.

But Chenay does not see himself stopping.

“If you sit and watch TV all day you switch off pretty quickly, your head doesn’t last long.”
11/24/2019 3:03:41 PM
<![CDATA[Selection of technology universities sites across Egypt starts ]]>
Gazar clarified that the introduction of such universities in new cities is expected to attract potential residents and commercial activities that would serve dwellers. That is in addition to the initial of role those education establishments in offering qualified candidates for the labor market in relevant sectors.

Abdel Ghaffar clarified that the specialties in each university would be selected according to the economic activities in the geographical zone. The minister stated that the political leadership has given directives to expand in technology universities to fulfill the requirements of development plans.

The cabinet approved in 2018 a draft law on the establishment of technology universities. Upon the bill, eight technology universities will be built across the nation, three of which are being constructed in New Cairo, Quesna and Beni Suef.]]>
11/23/2019 12:22:15 PM
<![CDATA[Int'l festival for childhood kicks off]]>
The event is organized by the Youth and Sports Ministry under the sponsorship of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli.

Some 22 countries are taking part in the event that coincides with UN celebrations of World Children's Day in November.

Delegations from Poland, Romania, Mexico, Ukraine, France, Bangladesh, India and Sudan are taking part in the festival.

The celebration, which was held on the theater of the Youth and Sports Ministry, includes a number of art shows featuring the culture of each of participating country]]>
11/21/2019 4:36:08 PM
<![CDATA[Somabay showcases best of Red Sea Resort at Mindsalike event in Dubai]]>
He highlighted key offerings at Somabay including The Cascades Golf & Country Club, the first championship course in the Middle East, designed by international legend Gary Player, as well as the largest Thalassotherapy spa in Africa and the Middle East, with 63 treatment rooms, underwater therapy, and natural saltwater pools. Somabay features nearly 500,000 square meters of luxury villas and residences spread over eight diverse communities, including Abu Soma Reef Villas, Marina Residence, Reef Town Village, Mesca, Wadi Jebal, Golf Town Houses, Soma Breeze, Surf Village, Bay West, and Bay Villas.]]>
11/21/2019 2:56:48 PM
<![CDATA[New cool menu at Hilton Cairo Zamalek ]]>
Come and try our super cool menu over the magnificent view of the Nile, you will not believe the special dishes we came up with.


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11/21/2019 12:57:31 PM
<![CDATA['The time feels right': Prince Charles welcomed to New Zealand's founding site of Waitangi]]>
Taituha’s ancestors were among the 40 Māori leaders who signed the Treaty of Waitangi with representatives of Prince Charles’s great-great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, at the site in 1840. Hundreds more chiefs around the country signed soon after.

The Treaty guaranteed widespread rights to the indigenous tribes, known as iwi, but was often ignored in the decades that followed. Different versions of the document sparked long-running debates over what was intended by the agreement.

Only now, after years of fighting for redresses of historic breaches was the Treaty finally beginning to be widely recognised as a core part of modern New Zealand life, said Taituha, who is the cultural ambassador of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

“There’s a huge shift occurring in Aotearoa (New Zealand) at the moment which is causing a reawakening within the hearts, minds and souls of our people. The time feels right,” he told Reuters of Charles’s visit.

Renewed interest in grappling with New Zealand’s history and learning Māori language, and a surge in visitors to Waitangi in recent years suggested a shift in recognition of Māori culture and the Treaty, Taituha said, which he hoped would lead to greater power sharing and deeper relationships between Māori and non-Māori.

“The momentum is massive at the moment, there’s a huge shift going on,” Taituha said.

Historians say compared to many other countries with a history of colonisation, the Treaty of Waitangi set up a relatively progressive framework between indigenous people and those who settled there.

The Treaty guarantees Māori possession of theirland and rights to resources such as fisheries. Courts have ruled it requires the government to actively consult with Māori and protect their interests.

However, until the late 20th century, the spirit of the document was often ignored, at times violently. Māori, who now account for about 16% of New Zealand’s population, were dispossessed of much of their land, including through a series of wars fought in the decades after the Treaty was signed.
Government policies also eroded cultural rights, with Māori children barred from speaking their language in schools, and often beaten for doing so.

A restitution process drawing on the Treaty has restored some rights and assets, so far paying out around NZ$2 billion ($1.28 billion) in settlements to iwi, though that represented a fraction of the value of land taken from them.

Many Māori say those measures have not gone far enough.

Without their ancestral lands, with which people are spiritually connected in the Māori world, and with the erosion of many cultural rights, Māori families are still disproportionately affected by a raft of social problems from imprisonment to homelessness.

Prince Charles’ visit, accompanied by his wife Camilla, was the first by a member of the British royal family in 25 years.

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After receiving the formal welcome known as a pōwhiri and listening to speeches from elders, Prince Charles affirmed his and his children and grandchildrens’ commitment to the Treaty.

“The Treaty settlements do not and can not write all the wrongs of the past, and they can only go so far in easing the pain that has been felt by so many people. But the covenant that was signed on this site, nearly 180 years ago was historic and far-sighted,” he said.

Prince Charles’ visit inevitably revived debate about whether New Zealand, which still has his mother Queen Elizabeth as its head of state, should break away from the monarchy.

One survey commissioned by a pro-republican body this year showed 55% of those surveyed hoped their next head of state would be a New Zealander.

Morgan Godfery, a Māori political commentator, said he wanted New Zealand to become a republic, but with the role and importance of the Treaty unaffected.

“Queen Victoria was never really the Treaty’s guarantor. And nor are her descendants. The Treaty was always one between the British state and Māori tribes, and the New Zealand state inherits those obligations from its British parent,” he said.

Taituha, however, worries any move towards becoming a republic could be used by some who resented the Treaty of Waitangi to water down its status in the country’s constitutional arrangements.

He wants the historic partnership, including the royal family, to remain.

“I know there are some people who may consider the republic movement but where does that leave us, that’s the big question mark,” he said. “We’re in a strong position at the moment.”

11/20/2019 12:15:02 PM
<![CDATA[Guess who's coming to lunch? Pope hosts meal for 1,500 needy people]]>
The menu for all in the Vatican’s large audience hall, including the pope, was lasagna, chicken in cream of mushroom sauce, potatoes, sweets, fruit, and coffee.

The pope’s guests were brought to the Vatican by volunteers of charity groups who help them daily.

All last week, a mobile clinic was set up in St. Peter’s Square where volunteer doctors have been giving the poor free specialist health care. General care is available year-round nearby, another of Francis’ initiatives.

Earlier, at a Mass for Rome’s needy in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said those better off should not feel “annoyed” by the poor but help them as much as possible.

He said they should ask themselves: “Do I, a Christian, have at least one poor person as a friend?”

Francis established the yearly worldwide Catholic observance of the day in 2016.]]>
11/17/2019 3:58:11 PM
<![CDATA[Japan monarch spends symbolic night with goddess to end throne rituals]]>
The “Daijosai” rite, centred on the goddess Amaterasu Omikami, began soon after sunset on Thursday and is the most overtly religious of all the rituals around Naruhito’s succession after his father, Akihito, abdicated in April.

Amid flickering torchlight and chanting by priests, Emperor Naruhito emerged from behind the white curtains of the shrine at around 3:00 a.m., concluding a ceremony observed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and 400 dignitaries in an outdoor pavilion.

“This ritual is basically a feast involving the sun goddess and the emperor,” said John Breen, a professor at Kyoto’s International Research Center for Japanese Studies, who added that most coronations have mystical elements.

“The emperor is transformed by partaking of this feast.”

Observance of the ritual has prompted lawsuits from critics ranging from communists to Christians, who say it smacks of the militaristic past and violates the constitutional separation of church and state, as the government pays the cost of 2.7 billion yen ($25 million).

Persistent rumours have held that the emperor has conjugal relations with the goddess, a view dating from the era before World War Two, when the emperor was considered divine. Naruhito’s grandfather Hirohito, in whose name Japan fought the war, was stripped of his divinity after its defeat.

But the government and scholars say the ritual is a meal, at which the emperor offers foods ranging from rice and millet to abalone and persimmons to the goddess in the final ceremony that seals his new status as emperor.

Preparations began months ago, with the construction of a special shrine compound within the palace grounds and, later, the harvest of rice from two fields chosen by heating a turtle shell and reading the pattern of cracks.


Soon after sunset, in scenes broadcast live on television, Naruhito was ushered through dark wooden corridors, shielded by a ceremonial umbrella and preceded by courtiers holding torches. Empress Masako followed, in 12-layered white robes.

After disappearing behind white curtains into a dimly-lit room, kneeling by the side of piled straw mats draped in white, the emperor, accompanied only by two shrine maidens, arranged offerings for the goddess on 32 oakleaf plates.

Then he bowed and prayed for the peace of Japan.

Afterwards, they shared a meal of rice, millet and rice wine before he left the chamber. An identical ritual began in a different room around midnight.

Critics say that while a form of the ritual existed more than 1,000 years ago, its current shape dates from efforts in the late 1800s to unite Japan around the emperor.

Koichi Shin, 60 and head of a group suing to ban the ritual, cited the rite’s nationalistic underpinnings as one reason for its opposition. Another is the use of public funds.

Shin said there were fewer objections to Thursday’s event and other imperial rites than at Akihito’s accession in 1990, with less critical press coverage and fewer protests. Just 318 people sued the government this time, down from 1,700 then.

“We don’t expect good results,” Shin said. “But we think it’s important to use everything we can to get across the idea that merging religion and state isn’t good.”]]>
11/16/2019 1:18:40 PM
<![CDATA[Avon launches Egypt campaign for breast cancer awareness in October]]>
Avon is at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer and has a long-standing commitment to support women. Around the world, Avon’s independent sales representatives raise funds for breast cancer programs and are a collective army in the fight against breast cancer, offering information and raising awareness around the world.

The collaboration with Baheya Hospital includes makeover sessions for breast cancer patients with professional makeup artists to help boost patients’ spirits, followed by a party to celebrate Baheya’s warriors who were born in October and a grand finale concert by singer Noha Fekry.

Avon Egypt is also partnering with HERS Gym as part of the campaign. Avon hosted an event at New Cairo branch. The event featured free samples from Avon In addition, Avon Sales Representatives received a free one-day invitation to HERS Gym.

The Breast Cancer Promise 2019 campaign also included digital support for the cause to make it easy for everyone to support breast cancer research by purchasing the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Pin for just EGP 15 with any Avon order made through the representatives or the customer’s channels. Avon philanthropy has donated more than $800 million through 2016 to breast cancer programs in over 50 countries for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. All proceeds from Avon Breast Cancer Pin selling will be donated to Baheya Hospital.

Avon has a strong record of innovation and 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 contributing to financial independence and economic growth.

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11/14/2019 2:12:29 PM
<![CDATA[Global pollution level not to decline before 2040: report]]>
The findings in the International Energy Agency's annual report on energy paint a bleak picture of expectations for trying to curb climate change, a setback for the pro-environment movement, the agency said.

The report said emissions levels would have begun to fall back to bring the world in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement to curb temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, but the IAEA's most likely scenario suggests emissions will not reach zero before 2040, 20 years after the deadline proposed by climate scientists.

Strong economic growth, rising demand for electricity and slowing efficiency gains all contributed to a 1.9 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) report released on Wednesday.

Bloomberg said the findings appeared to be another sign that efforts to keep the world away from the most polluting fuels were moving so slowly that they did not significantly affect environmental conservation.

As the sun and wind-based industries are booming, the developing world's energy thirst also raises coal and fuel consumption, increasing air pollution levels.

The report puts an end to the idea that pollution could have been reversed, although carbon emissions fell between 2014 and 2016 but escalated again in 2017 and 2018.

In September 2019, Egyptian Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad said that
Youth should be given the opportunity to provide innovative solutions and emerging projects to reduce the impacts of climate change. This came in Fouad's speech at the official celebration of the World Day of Climate Resilience held on the guidelines of the 74th Session of the UNGA meetings at New York University Center.

"The launching point to resisting climate change impacts is the youth themselves as they should learn how to build a future capable of resisting climate change, preserving biodiversity and reducing desertification,"Fouad said, addressing more than 400 young men and women.

Fouad called on the international community to face climate change impacts, stressing that Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change, as Africa witnessed around 1,000 natural disasters that affected the lives of 200 million people and killed 400,000 others.

“Egypt is working on intensifying international cooperation to accelerate the enhancement of resilience to stand defiant against climate change’s ongoing impacts,” Fouad stressed.]]>
11/13/2019 3:48:20 PM
<![CDATA[World’s first airport therapy pig hogs the limelight at San Francisco airport]]>
The five-year-old Juliana pig and her owner, Tatyana Danilova, are part of San Francisco International Airport’s “Wag Brigade” - a program that brings therapy animals to the airport to cheer passengers up and help ease travel anxieties.

Dressed in a pilot’s cap and with toenails painted bright red, LiLou breezes through the metal detector at airport security and trots to the departure gates. She raises a hoof in greeting, poses for selfies and entertains departing passengers with a tune on her toy piano.

“People are very happy to get distracted from the travel, from their routines, whether they’re flying on their journey for vacation or work,” said Danilova. “Everybody is usually very happy and it makes them pause for a second and smile and be like, ‘oh, it’s great.’”

When she’s not delighting passengers at the airport, LiLou lives with Danilova in her downtown San Francisco apartment, where she enjoys a diet of organic vegetables and protein pellets, sleeps in her own bed and goes for daily walks around the neighborhood.

Danilova says LiLou loves interacting with people, but, as a prey animal, doesn’t like having anyone approach her from behind.

At the airport, eight-year-old Katie Schroeder, from San Ramon, California, squealed in delight as LiLou bashed out a tune on her piano, using her hooves and snout.

“I’ve never seen a pig in the airport. She can do tricks like a dog,” she said.

Guest services manager Jennifer Kazarian says LiLou is the world’s first airport therapy pig in a “Wag Brigade” program, which includes dogs of all breeds and sizes, that she has built a sense of community in the airport.

“When we first launched the program, our main goal was to relieve stress for our passengers. However, what we have found is we have formed a connection with our passengers and it’s been totally amazing,” Kazarian said.

All the therapy animals take part in a training program with the San Francisco SPCA and must have a stable temperament, good manners and a friendly personality, she said.

As for little “accidents,” Kazarian said there have not been any issues. All the animals, including LiLou, are house-trained.]]>
11/12/2019 4:26:14 PM
<![CDATA[World Bank's funding arm is focusing attention on green businesses in Africa, Middle East in climate business]]>
The opportunity was offered by the meeting hosted on inauguration day in the Noce Room, organized by the Ministry for the Environment and Land and Sea Protection along with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the finance arm of the World Bank Group, entitled “Climate Sector:
business opportunities in the Middle East, North African and Sub-Saharan regions". An opportunity not only for listening to the experts from the IFC and the Ministry for the Environment, but also for b2b meetings at which participants included several dozen companies attending Ecomondo in this period.

A recent IFC report estimates at over a thousand billion dollars the value of business opportunities the Paris agreement on the climate will be able to launch in Middle East, North African and Sub-Saharan African countries from now until 2030.

In particular, for the Middle East and North Africa, potential investments in climate in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco are estimated at 265 billion dollars, of which a third is for renewable energy, 55% (146 billion) green building and the transport and waste sector.

For Sub-Saharan Africa, on the other hand, the estimate is 783 billion dollars of potential investments, particularly in the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, in the clean energy sector.
11/11/2019 2:30:41 PM
<![CDATA[Best Camera Phone, Best Value Smartphone 2019: Huawei Wins 2TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards]]>
Part of an annual consumer survey, where candidates are selected by TechRadar’s expert panel of judges, consumers are invited to vote on which network or device they feel deserves to walk away being crowned consumers’ choice and a coveted winner of a TechRadar MCCA trophy.

The 19th ceremony saw the evening’s hosts announce the HUAWEI P30 Pro as Best Camera Phone and the HUAWEI P smart 2019 as Best Value Phone (under £200) further endorsing Huawei’s leadership in mobile photography and proving that consumers can buy smartphones at an attractive price with great specifications.

On the night itself, when announcing the HUAWEI P smart 2019, the hosts said: “The HUAWEI P smart 2019 was praised by our judges for its slick design and an impressive amount of storage – all for an incredible price.”

This was quickly followed by the Best Camera Phone category where the HUAWEI P30 Pro was announced as the winner, when Huawei collectedits trophy the hosts went on to say:“You might think that four cameras on one phone is a bit of a gimmick, but Huawei has shown that it can make a brilliant camera with that technology, offering a phone that blew our judges away with the clarity and richness of its snaps.”

These TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Award wins for Huawei continue the brand’s prominence, having won three TechRadar Mobile Choice Awards in 2018 (Manufacturer of the Year, Phone of the Year, Best Camera Phone). Huawei also won two awards in 2017 (Best Mid-Market Phone, One to Watch) and one in 2016 (Best Camera Phone).

"We are honoured to once again be recognised by consumers and the tech experts at TechRadar, and we’re pleased to receive two awards for HUAWEI P Series devices. Huawei is committed to bringing new and improved smartphone photography experiences to consumers, pushing the limit of smartphone camera capabilities with ground-breaking and bold technologies," said Li Changzhu, Vice President of the Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“Running for 19 years in the UK, our annual TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards surpassed any existing consumer benchmark by receiving over 34,000 customer votes, showing us that consumers love the opportunity to vote for who they love the most,” said Mark Fermor, Awards Director,TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards.

“It’s great to see customers and our expert judges at TechRadar HQ recognise Huawei across these two prestigious categories.”

Huawei's win in the "Best Camera Phone" category continues a trend of our innovative approach to photography earning top honours at TechRadar MCCA 2019. The HUAWEI P9 was voted the best camera phone in 2016, and the HUAWEI P20 secured the trophy in 2018.

Huawei launched the New P30 Pro in September2019, continuing the HUAWEI P series’ aesthetic design and innovative photography technology, the New P30 Pro boasts fashionable enhancements in colour design and improved photographic and video editing functions.

The HUAWEI P30 series has remained a consumer favourite, with sales exceeding 17 million units. It has been loved and praised by many authoritative organisations around the world including the European Image and Sound Association (EISA). HUAWEI P30 Pro was named the “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020” by the Association, the second year in a row that Huawei has won this category.

11/11/2019 2:03:23 PM
<![CDATA[et reviews ways to take care of oily skin]]>
Facial Wash


Wash the face twice a day while avoiding the use of inappropriate soap or regular cleansers, preferably glycerin soap.



Honey treats the skin effectively because it contains antibacterial properties that help to treat acne; it is recommended to moisturize the skin with honey by applying it for 10 minutes to dry skin and then rinse with warm water.



It is preferable to use cosmetic clay, which helps absorb skin oil and treats many skin diseases.French green clayis a common treatment for oily skin and acne.

When preparing a mud mask, it is recommended to add rose water to a teaspoon of mud and then apply the mixture on your face and let it dry. Remove the clay with warm water and allow the skin to dry.



Oats help soothe the skin and exfoliate dead skin.It is recommended to use oatmeal and combine it with yogurt, honey, or mashed fruit such as bananas, apples or papaya.Massage the face for three minutes,rinse the face with warm water and leave to dry.

11/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Bolivians turn to Day of Skulls for hope as protests rage]]>
In La Paz on Friday, Bolivians celebrated the Day of Skulls, known as “ñatitas,” which are decorated and paraded to the cemetery a week after All Saints Day. Some skulls are adorned with hats, flowers, sunglasses and even cigarettes.

The ñatitas spend most of the year indoors. The tradition is believed to have its roots in the Urus Chipaya custom of disinterring the bodies of loved ones at the one-year anniversary of their death.

“They (skulls) told me they are worried, not only the Ñatitas, but all the saints in heaven and that they see us and they think Bolivia will get back to normal again,” said Delfina Condotiticona, a regular devotee of the practice.

“We hope that President Evo Morales has wisdom and also believes in Pachamama (Mother Earth) and in all the saints. I think this situation will get better; they told me very soon, the solution is on the way and Bolivia will resume its path.”

The country has been locked in a standoff since contentious elections last month, which were won by leftist leader Morales, who has been in power since 2006. However, the vote was marred by a halt to the count and widespread allegations of fraud.

Bolivian opposition leader Carlos Mesa called for new elections on Friday, though Morales has repeatedly defended his win and rejected calls to step down.

“We always light candles and we see the candles are crying because they are also worried about the situation that Bolivia is going through,” said Sheyla Aguilar.

Traditions and cultures of the Aymara, Quechua and other groups remain strong in Bolivia, where indigenous people are a majority in a country set in the heart of South America.

Jose Wanca, another devotee, added that the skulls had shown him a vision about stopping the ongoing violence between pro- and anti-government supporters, who have clashed repeatedly on the streets, with three confirmed deaths since the Oct. 20 vote.

“I had a dream, and they told me we need to fix up Bolivia right away,” he said. “They told me that we’re fighting between brothers and that is a shame.”

11/9/2019 3:51:15 PM
<![CDATA[9 meals to make you feel full throughout the day]]>
Dieters say starting with at least 30 grams of protein is a good goal to lose weight and get rid of hunger and recommend trying one of the approved protein-rich breakfast cereals.

Preventionweb offers a number of delicious breakfasts full of nutrients:

Oats with pumpkin seeds

Mix well oats with vanilla or chocolate flavor or other flavors with water or unsweetened coconut milk and then leave the oats in the refrigerator until morning, then add berries and pumpkin seeds.

Avocado Omelette


Omelette with avocado, tomato and watercress is considered a healthy breakfast. It is preferred to mix vegetables and herbs with avocado for healthy fats, which enhances the satiety factor. Three eggs are given about 19 grams of protein so put them with some cheese, beans or meat if you want to approach 30 grams.

Cheese with berries

Approximately half a cup of cottage cheese or homemade cheese containing 14 grams of protein and about 80 calories can only be placed with chopped vegetables such as spinach, sweet peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, or red onions, and high-fiber berries.



Make a cup of oatmeal with skimmed milk and two peanuts, and then add some berries or bananas if you want something sweet in the morning.

Eggs with sausage and toast


Breakfast with scrambled eggs and sausage pieces (chicken or meat) with a slice of toasted bread covered with jam to enhance the feeling of satiety in the morning.



Yogurt is one of my favorite protein-rich breakfasts. You can add any kind of fruit or nuts, usually mixed with a little coconut milk (for extra protein and healthy fats), berries (for fiber), and a little honey if you want (extra sweetness).

Boiled eggs with avocado


Toast and avocado only do not enhance the sense of satiety or give enough protein, so it is preferred to add two eggs, cooked or boiled, and put them on a piece of bread with some spices.

Green salad


Green salad mixed with salmon, avocado and a little red sauce with a sprinkle of chopped nuts to enhance the feeling of satiety

Salmon toast and avocado


Toast sandwich with salmon, avocado and chili sauce, is a healthy breakfast food that contains about 20 grams of protein. Green onions, red onions and tomatoes can be added.
11/7/2019 6:03:27 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Wins 2 TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards]]>
Part of an annual consumer survey, where candidates are selected by TechRadar’s expert panel of judges, consumers are invited to vote on which network or device they feel deserves to walk away being crowned consumers’ choice and a coveted winner of a TechRadar MCCA trophy.

The 19th ceremony saw the evening’s hosts announce the HUAWEI P30 Pro as Best Camera Phone and the HUAWEI P smart 2019 as Best Value Phone (under £200) further endorsing Huawei’s leadership in mobile photography and proving that consumers can buy smartphones at an attractive price with great specifications.

On the night itself, when announcing the HUAWEI P smart 2019, the hosts said: “The HUAWEI P smart 2019 was praised by our judges for its slick design and an impressive amount of storage – all for an incredible price.”

This was quickly followed by the Best Camera Phone category where the HUAWEI P30 Pro was announced as the winner, when Huawei collected its trophy the hosts went on to say: “You might think that four cameras on one phone is a bit of a gimmick, but Huawei has shown that it can make a brilliant camera with that technology, offering a phone that blew our judges away with the clarity and richness of its snaps.”

These TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Award wins for Huawei continue the brand’s prominence, having won three TechRadar Mobile Choice Awards in 2018 (Manufacturer of the Year, Phone of the Year, Best Camera Phone). Huawei also won two awards in 2017 (Best Mid-Market Phone, One to Watch) and one in 2016 (Best Camera Phone).

"We are honoured to once again be recognised by consumers and the tech experts at TechRadar, and we’re pleased to receive two awards for HUAWEI P Series devices. Huawei is committed to bringing new and improved smartphone photography experiences to consumers, pushing the limit of smartphone camera capabilities with ground-breaking and bold technologies," said Li Changzhu, Vice President of the Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“Running for 19 years in the UK, our annual TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards surpassed any existing consumer benchmark by receiving over 34,000 customer votes, showing us that consumers love the opportunity to vote for who they love the most,” said Mark Fermor, Awards Director, TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards.

“It’s great to see customers and our expert judges at TechRadar HQ recognise Huawei across these two prestigious categories.”

Huawei's win in the "Best Camera Phone" category continues a trend of our innovative approach to photography earning top honours at TechRadar MCCA 2019. The HUAWEI P9 was voted the best camera phone in 2016, and the HUAWEI P20 secured the trophy in 2018.

Huawei launched the New P30 Pro in September 2019, continuing the HUAWEI P series’ aesthetic design and innovative photography technology, the New P30 Pro boasts fashionable enhancements in colour design and improved photographic and video editing functions.

The HUAWEI P30 series has remained a consumer favourite, with sales exceeding 17 million units. It has been loved and praised by many authoritative organisations around the world including the European Image and Sound Association (EISA). HUAWEI P30 Pro was named the “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020” by the Association, the second year in a row that Huawei has won this category.]]>
11/7/2019 2:34:46 PM
<![CDATA[Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake their funerals for life lessons]]>
More than 25,000 people have participated in mass “living funeral” services at Hyowon Healing Center since it opened in 2012, hoping to improve their lives by simulating their deaths.

“Once you become conscious of death, and experience it, you undertake a new approach to life,” said 75-year-old Cho Jae-hee, who participated in a recent living funeral as part of a “dying well” program offered by her senior welfare center.

Dozens took part in the event, from teenagers to retirees, donning shrouds, taking funeral portraits, penning their last testaments, and lying in a closed coffin for around 10 minutes.

University student Choi Jin-kyu said his time in the coffin helped him realize that too often, he viewed others as competitors.

“When I was in the coffin, I wondered what use that is,” said the 28-year-old, adding that he plans to start his own business after graduation rather than attempting to enter a highly-competitive job market.

South Korea ranks 33 out of 40 countries surveyed in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Better Life Index. Many younger South Koreans have high hopes for education and employment, which have been dashed by a cooling economy and rising joblessness.

“It is important to learn and prepare for death even at a young age,” said Professor Yu Eun-sil, a doctor at Asan Medical Center’s pathology department, who has written a book about death.

In 2016, South Korea’s suicide rate was 20.2 per 100,000 residents, almost double the global average of 10.53, according to the World Health Organization.

Funeral company Hyowon began offering the living funerals to help people appreciate their lives, and seek forgiveness and reconciliation with family and friends, said Jeong Yong-mun, who heads the healing center.

Jeong said he is heartened when people reconcile at a relative’s funeral, but is saddened they wait that long.

“We don’t have forever,” he said. “That’s why I think this experience is so important - we can apologize and reconcile sooner and live the rest of our lives happily.”

Occasionally he has dissuaded those contemplating suicide.

“I picked out those people who have asked themselves whether ... they can actually commit suicide, and I reversed their decision,” Jeong said.

The message of personal value resounded with Choi.

“I want to let people know that they matter, and that someone else would be so sad if they were gone,” he said, wiping away tears. “Happiness is in the present.”]]>
11/6/2019 3:56:59 PM
<![CDATA[Interview with Chef Kunihiko Komatsu]]>
He spent 27 years mastering his craft between Hokkaido and Cairo with some of the biggest names in the industry, before joining Shogun in Inter Continental Cairo City stars to embark on a gastronomic venture that continues to evolve and amaze.

1. Why did you choose your career as a chef?
Many chefs choose their profession because they simply love food. I myself love it and I get great pleasure from eating and enjoying flavorful meals that enhance moods and bodies. I also chose this profession because I have a strong desire to express creativity. Being a chef requires creativity and innovation and it can take on the nature of being an artist when a creative cook steps up to the cooking counter.
I believe those who choose to be chefs as a way of expressing their inner creativity can cook their way into signature dishes that draw loyal customers who enjoy the one-of-a-kind meals.

2. What are the main elements that distinguish the Japanese cuisine?
Japanese cuisine involves simplicity, creativity and authenticity. However when we speak of its unique elements we can speak of The main elements that make Japanese food so distinctive are Nori which is a dry seaweed, Shoyu, the Japanese soy sauce and Miso which is a Japanese seasoning that is made from fermented soybeans. In addition to Wasabi which is sometimes called Japanese horseradish and Benishogaa; a pickled red ginger. We also have other essential ingredients such as, Katsuo-bushi, Aonori and Tare Sauce.

3. What inspires your cooking?
I grew up in an environment where good food was valued but what currently inspires my cooking styles and techniques are guests’ tastes and satisfaction. I like to see Shogun’s guests enjoying their favorite dishes with a smile on their faces. I have a great interest in creating an authentic Japanese gastronomic environment in Shogun, and guests’ happiness is my ultimate motivation.

4. Do you have a favourite ingredientsor dish?
My favorite dish in Egyptian cuisine is Moloukhia.In Japanese cuisine, I love YakiZakana which is fish, grilled the Japanese way, MushiZakana; steamed fish and Ni Zakana, simmeredfish, Japanese style.

5. What differentiates Shogun from any other Japanese restaurant in town?
Shogun is one of the unique restaurants in Egypt which specializes in true Japanese cuisine. Many people think that Japanese Cuisine introduces Sushi only, a thought which pushed many venues to serve sushi as the only unique dish presented by the Japanese cuisine, however, the Japanese cuisinehas much more to offer and is rich with a variety of dishes that the Egyptian market hasn’t been acquainted with. Shogun introduces a special menu full of true Japanese dishes not to mention the fantastic teppanyaki, in addition, we use the freshest ingredients, such as local fresh Mediterranean tuna fish and fresh Norwegian salmon.


6. When you say Japanese, everybody thinks of Sushi, however you mentioned that the Japanese kitchen is rich of dishes which involves a variety of culinary arts. From these Japanese specialties, what else does Shogun offerto his guests?
As I mentioned earlier, we are specialized in authentic Japanese cuisine and what really adds to our distinguished identity is the traditional Japanese menu, which serves dishes that are popular, and very well known to Japanese guests.

7. What piece of advice would you give to junior chefs?
I would highly recommend getting some practical experience before you commit yourself to this career. A junior chef must first sharpen his skills, learn about the basics and research continuously about other skilled and experienced chefs. Shadowing an experienced kitchen veteran will definitely help you build a strong career.

8. Do you have any new and exciting projects you’d like to tell us about?
As I ama Japanese running a Japanese restaurant in Cairo, I’m continuously searching and observing the local area more profoundly in order to discover more about Egyptian culture in order to serve the authenticity of the Japan while appealing to the Egyptian taste. Japanese simplicity should be expressed in my dishes as well. In the future, I’d like shogun to go further and help Cairenes understand the real essence of Japanese cuisine which they will definitely love and appreciate as much as Sushi appealed to their taste earlier.

9. What are your hopes for the future of Japanese gastronomy in Cairo? And of course what are your hopes for Shogun?
To maintain its premium level of service, sustain its great reputation in the market and keep guests satisfied and amazed with its new innovative gastronomy inventions and traditional authentic Japanese specialties.

11/5/2019 12:35:14 PM
<![CDATA[Inter Continental Cairo City stars announces the launch of Ketogenic Diet menu]]>
Trevor Stevens, Executive Assistant Manager, in charge of food and beverage at InterContinental Cairo Citystars commented, “Over the last few years, there has been a general awareness among people about staying in shape, as a result Ketogenic diet has emerged and is becoming a large trend. As lifestyles grow more sedentary, guests want to cut down on carbs in their daily diet and prefer healthier options even when dining out, and through understanding the needs of our guests, InterContinental Cairo Citystars takes a lead over the market by creating a special Ketodiet menu to appeal to such specific needs”.

“When we have decided to create a keto diet menu, it was very important for us not to compromise the taste. It took our pastry team a lot of research and experimenting until we agreed on the recipes and curated ingredients.” Said Jean-Claude Fugier, The Director of Kitchens at InterContinental Cairo Citystars. “In addition to the desserts and breads at My Bakery, we have also added many ketogenic diet friendly dishes to Fayruz Lebanese restaurant and Al Khal Egyptian restaurant menus in order to cater to our guests’ tastes.” Jean-Claude added
11/4/2019 2:48:41 PM
<![CDATA[Trump views mixed martial arts fight at New York's Madison Square Garden]]>
Days after being booed at a World Series game in Washington, Trump’s arrival prompted a mix of cheers and boos from fans of the contact sport gathered to watch fighter Jorge Masvidal defeat Nate Diaz in an Ultimate Fighting Championship match at Madison Square Garden.

Flanked by key Republican lawmakers and his sons, Eric and Don Jr., Trump stood up and waved to the 20,000-strong crowd from his seat just feet from the octagon.

A chorus of boos echoed from the upper reaches of the arena, while mostly cheers and chants of “USA” came from the sections closest to the president and his entourage.

For Trump, the visit was a welcome break from a House of Representatives impeachment probe of allegations he withheld aid from Ukraine to pressure authorities there to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

At a rally on Friday in Mississippi, Trump said an “angry majority” of voters would support him against impeachment, a day after the Democratic-controlled House voted formally to lay out the rules of the inquiry.

Trump’s visit was his first to New York since announcing he was moving his permanent residence from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted “good riddance” after Trump slammed local officials for treating him badly despite his paying what he said were “millions” in taxes there.

Several dozen demonstrators, including members of local anti-fascist groups, gathered outside the venue in Midtown Manhattan to protest Trump’s visit, some holding placards that read “Impeach Trump” and chanting “Out now!”

The life-long New Yorker also has a long relationship with MMA and UFC President Dana White. Trump hosted UFC events at his since-bankrupt Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City decades ago when the sport was spurned by most venues, White said in an interview last year with The Hill.

“I would never say anything negative about Donald Trump because he was there when other people weren’t,” said White, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of Trump’s candidacy.

Trump has a taste for martial arts. During a visit to Japan earlier this year, he spent what he said was an “incredible evening” watching sumo wrestling in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump’s mixed welcome at Madison Square Garden was still a good deal warmer than the icy reception he received at Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros last Sunday. Some attendees booed and chanted “Lock him up!” when Trump was shown on screen at the Washington Nationals Park stadium.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle would skip the traditional visit to the White House to mark the team’s victory, saying he “just can’t” celebrate with Trump.

Doolittle, 33, was quoted as saying he would not go because his wife’s parents are lesbians and he has a disabled brother-in-law, and Trump has mocked both lesbians and the disabled.
11/4/2019 2:24:16 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Kicks Off Huawei Developer Day for1st time in Egypt ]]>
Huawei shared its HMS ecosystem strategy and showcased its global intelligent distribution platform with a range of open capabilities and one-stop services for partners.

“We sincerely invite all Egyptian partners to join our HMS ecosystem development, that’s why we heavily invest in HMS to scale up our device ecosystem to deliver a more seamless intelligent experience for users.” said Adam Xiao, Managing Director of MENA Mobile Services, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group.

As one of the world’s leading smartphone brands, known for its many firsts – World’s First GPU Turbo, World's First Photography Powered by AI, World’s First commercial mobile SoC with built-in 5G modem, Huawei has continuously pushed the boundaries. In the first three quarters of 2019, Huawei has shipped 200 million smartphones, 64 days earlier than the same shipment milestone last year. As a brand that has grown into an industry giant, Huawei has now developed necessary capabilities – the HMS core for ecosystem development.

To date, HMS Core has opened 14 capabilities to help developers build high-quality applications at low cost and shorter time. With HMS Core, developers will leverage Huawei unique high technology such as 50X zoom, super night mode and GPU Turbo for faster and better user experiences to attract more users.

With 570 million monthly active users on mobile devices, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) is launched in 170+ countries, has 3 regional centers, and 15 data centers worldwide.

HMS also includes a set of applications and services for its device ecosystem with a smarter, faster and better seamless experience, including Huawei AppGallery, Huawei Browser, Huawei Mobile Cloud, Huawei Themes, Huawei Music, Huawei Video, Huawei Reader, Huawei Assistant and more. The HMS apps are increasingly favored by users all over the world, constantly satisfying their demands on high-quality and seamless AI digital life.

Huawei also introduced CodeLabs which provides technical expert guidance, tutorial and hands-on coding experience. Here you can learn about HUAWEI's latest cutting-edge technologies, and share knowledge and insights with HUAWEI technical experts & developer across the country to explore the unique charm of the code.

In keeping the momentum of Huawei’s milestones, Huawei has announced a new developer engagement program ‘Shining-Star’, whereby Huawei has invested 1 billion USD globally in resources to provide comprehensive support for developers. ‘Shining Star’ program aims to help developers to create digital innovation, encourage them to access Huawei’s open capabilities and services, and promoting developers’ services in the marketing segment.
11/3/2019 12:04:42 PM
<![CDATA[Housing Ministry to unveil its plans to the 4th Real Estate Conference tomorrow]]>
The event will be convened under the auspices of Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly in Cairo Marriott Hotel – Zamalek at 9 am.

Both Deputy Chairman of NUCA Mr. Abdel-Mottaleb Emara and Assistant Minister of Housing for NUCA’s Affairs will make speeches to attendees who include scores of prominent real estate developers.

Over four principal event sessions, some 25 developers will make speeches and open discussions on the present market conditions in view of a variety of major changes that market players hope will stimulate their business activity. These include the non-competitive direct allocation of land plots to investors, start-ups of new cities’ construction plans, such as the New Alamein City, and relocation of government employees to the New Administrative Capital.

Speakers will also include:

- Mamdouh Badreddin, Head of Real Estate Investment Committee at the General Federation of Commerce Chambers

- Hisham Shokry, Head of Real Estate Export Council

- Fatahallah Fawzy, Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Businessmen Association and Head of the Construction Committee

- Tarek Shokry, Chairman of Real Estate Development Chamber at the Egyptian Federation of Industries.

- Mohsen Adel, former Chief Executive Officer at the General Authority of Investment and Free Zones

Participants in the event also include:

- Ahmed Shalaby, CEO and Managing Director of Tatweer Misr Company

- Amr El-Kady, CEO of City Edge Developments Company

- Mohamed H. El-Assal, CEO of Misr Italia Holding & Properties

- Haytham Abdel-Azim, CEO of Ora Developers

- Waleed Mokhtar, CEO of IWAN Developments

Both of Dr Minas Ibrahim, CEO and Managing Director of EG-GATE, Mr. Ahmed Mansour, CEO of Castle Development Company, Gasser Bahgat, Chairman and Managing Director of Amaken Development, and Gamal Fatahallah, CEO of Delmar for Touristic Development will make speeches to the audience.

Speakers will also include:

- Sherif Samy, Chairman of National Asset Management & Investment Company

- Nagy Fahmy, Chairman of the Egyptian Union of Real Estate Finance and head of CI-Capital Mortgage Finance

- Waleed Hassouna, CEO of EFG-Hermes Finance

- Hany Berry, Chairman of Ahli United for Mortgage Finance

The event will be organized in four sessions during which participants will discuss several issues. The first session titled “New Cities – Various Opportunities” will discuss ways to utilize real estate thriving activity in order to promote the industry, especially in the projects of the new cities.

In the second session, discussions will focus on the procedures for offering new land plots and comprehensive debates over the non-competitive direct allocation of construction land by the New Urban Communities Authority – a scheme that the Ministry of Housing has endorsed after years of partnership arrangements.

The conference will also continue to undertake discussions that it first launched several years ago over the measures which have been taken to implement the Real Estate Exporting Strategy”. Participants will investigate the achievements of this strategy so far and the necessary steps that could push it forward onto the right direction, both over the short and long terms. This, of course, requires an accurate definition and recognition of the outstanding challenges, which will be the subject for the third session.

Al-Mal GTM has also arranged a separate final session to debates over the mechanisms to stimulate mortgage finance in Egypt so that it can bear fruits. This comes in view of the indispensable role of this activity in driving up demand for property among the various social groups, which requires the development of a clear vision on how to remove the obstacles to its growth.

Al-Mal GTM, sister company of the Al-Mal Newspaper, is the most powerful and active national organizer of conferences and maker of ideas. The most prominent of its events include CEOs Thoughts and Portfolio Egypt conferences]]>
11/2/2019 2:49:54 PM
<![CDATA[2011 Arab spring led to surge of internet users in Arab world: expert]]>
Late 1960s, the US Defense Department (Pentagon) had funded a project to link all computers at pentagon’s affiliated research institutions via telephone lines, the project that resulted in the birth of ARPANET.

ARPANET aimed to remotely connect all institutions in a way to avoid possible attacks against headquarters during the World Cold War.

The Internet has become nowadays a quintessential service in peoples’ lives worldwide, turning the universe into a small village as more than 4,3 billion out 7.7 billion of world population are using the internet as of April 2019, representing 56.8 percent of population, according to latest data issued by Internet World Stat.

The most commonly used languages by the users is English as 25 percent of population use it. Chinese language ranked number two with 19.3 percent of the users, Internet World Stat report said. Spanish and Arabic languages come in the third and fourth ranks respectively; the users in Arabic language represent 5.2 percent of the population, the report added.

Internet has become common in the Middle East in late 1990s; since then, the number of the users has been substantially increased specially amid the usage of social media platforms, Mahmoud Hanaa, an Egyptian programmer told Egypt Today.

“For instance, the number of Egyptians who were using the internet before the January 25 Revolution reached around 10 million people. However, the number raised to 40 million people owing to the revolution,” he said.

He, whoever, added that owners of internet companies in the Arab world face the problem of closure due to the absence of economic feasibility of their own companies, attributing the reasons to the cheapest prices of advertisements in the region.

Internet and social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter played a vital communication role among Arab youth who protested against ruling dictators, starting from Tunisia, to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria.]]>
11/1/2019 5:30:12 PM
<![CDATA[Q&A about Prophet Muhammad's birth anniversary]]>
Here's all you need to know about the occasion:

1-When was Prophet Muhammad born?
Muhammad (PBUH) was born at the beginning of Rabi' al-Awwal, or on April 22, 570 AD, according to many historians.

2- Who was the first to celebrate the Prophet's birthday?
The Fatimids were the first to celebrate the Prophet's birthday, and they also celebrated the New Year; the day of Ashura; the nights of Rajab 1, Sha'ban 1, and Sha'ban 15; the first of Ramadan; the Feast of Sacrifice; and the Feast of Fitr.

3- When did the occasion's candy appear?
The candy appeared in the Fatimid era, where the Fatimids used religious and public events to invite people for banquets.

4- What is the origin of Arouset El-Moulid for girls and sultan on a horse for males?



Arouset El-Moulid appeared during the reign of Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who loved one of his wives and took her out with him on the Prophet's birth anniversary. She appeared in the procession with her white robe and a crown of Jasmine on her head. The dessert makers drew the princess and Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah as a sultan riding a horse on dessert molds.

The famous sweets of Mawlid are made of sugar coated sesame, pistachio, and almond; the Mawlid doll and the sultan on a horse are made of sugar and nuts decorated with colored paper.

صناعة قرص السودانية
Al-Mawlid candies- Egypt Today/Azouz al-Dib

5- When will Mawlid be celebrated in 2019?
On Rabi' al-Awwal 12 (November 9) and it is an official holiday for public sector employees.

6- What are the prices of candy this year?
The high prices of raw materials, most importantly sugar, have led to the rise in the price of the dessert, as the price of a kilo of dessert ranges from LE 40 to LE 300.

7- Can you make candy at home?
Gummy candy can be made at home, but at a high cost; hence people buy it from street markets or shops.

8- What tips should be followed before buying candy?
People should buy sweets from a known and trusted place, they should avoid buying dry candy because it loses moisture due to oxidation, and they should avoid buying cheap dessert as it is made in unlicensed factories. The candy must be well wrapped to ensure cleanliness.


العلب الحلوة المولد للعرسان
Al-Mawlid candies- Egypt Today/Azouz al-Dib

Mawlid is celebrated in almost all Islamic countries, and in countries that have a significant Muslim population, such as India, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Canada.

Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in the year 570 AD. Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid (Muhammad's birth) in Rabi’ al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar.
10/31/2019 4:36:06 PM
<![CDATA[On Halloween cemetery tours, the dead come to life]]>
“It puts a little thrill in you when you’re walking around at night to see the spooky mausoleums and the headstones,” said Bottum as he toured the ornate burial ground in New York’s Bronx borough. “I’m 35 going on 12.”

Guided excursions through historic graveyards such as Woodlawn, home of the Moonlight Illuminated Mausoleum Tour, have become a hot ticket across the United States around Halloween, celebrated on Oct. 31. The tours are a small slice of what has grown into a multi-billion dollar holiday industry - ranging from food and drinks to costumes and entertainment - designed to excite and amuse adults as much as their children.

On the cemetery circuit, celebrity spirits are the big draw. Beer baron Frederick Pabst lies in Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery, and “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell is a highlight of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.

Rich in history and stunning in architectural detail, all three cemeteries are listed on the U.S. National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

Woman’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton is among the many famous people interred at Woodlawn. But tour guide Nestor Danyluk says perhaps the most intriguing soul who inhabits the graveyard is Olive Thomas - hardly a household name today but a silent film starlet in the early 1900s who was known as “Everybody’s Sweetheart.”

Thomas was a one-time Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl whose ghost is said to haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre, current home of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.”

Thomas was married to actor Jack Pickford and died at age 25 in 1920 after drinking poison at a Paris hotel. It was never determined whether her death was an accident, suicide or murder, said cemetery historian Susan Olsen.

“She’s a very flirtatious ghost,” Danyluk told his audience of 20 at Thomas’ granite mausoleum, adding that her spirit is said to appear at the Broadway theater, where she once danced in shows.

“She loves to sneak up behind men and tug on their shirts or put her hand up their pants legs. If you’re feeling an odd sensation on your calves, it could be Olive,” he said.

Despite the Halloween trappings, tour organizers say their aim is to share local history and cultivate pride in the community.

“Our tours are designed to enlighten, not frighten,” said marketing manager Angie Wynne in Atlanta, where tickets for “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours” sold out months ahead, in July.

Julia Griffith, program director at Historic Milwaukee, said volunteer guides wear Victorian-era clothing on evening tours at the 1850 cemetery where beer mogul Joseph Schlitz is interred.

“It’s not a spooky theme but they act as the various movers and shakers of Milwaukee who are buried there,” Griffith said.

Woodlawn, a 400-acre cemetery in the Bronx that opened during the American Civil War in 1863, is the final resting place for such American legends as Ellington, trumpeter Miles Davis, bandleader Lionel Hampton, songster Irving Berlin and “Moby Dick” author Herman Melville.

It also houses the stately tombs of department store moguls Frank Winfield Woolworth, James Cash Penney Jr. and Macy’s co-owner Isidor Straus. His wife’s refusal to leave his side for a rescue boat during the sinking of the Titanic was a memorable scene in films about the 1912 tragedy.

The Woodlawn tour, which invites guests to bring their own flashlights, has sold out annually since it was first offered in 2016, with more than 250 tickets snapped up this year at about $25 each, said Barbara Selesky, Woodlawn’s marketing director.

On a recent tour, Eugene Zongrone, 75, a retired banker, and his wife Theresa, 71, a retired bookkeeper, gazed at the Tiffany glass windows inside one of many marble and granite crypts that were opened for the tour.

The ornate architecture notwithstanding, the real draw for most people is to celebrate ghosts and goblins in the spirit of Halloween.

“It’s a little on the mysterious side,” said Eugene Zongrone. “It’s fun.”]]>
10/30/2019 12:31:15 PM
<![CDATA[Nepali scales 14 highest peaks in just over six months, becomes world’s fastest climber]]>
Nirmal Purja scaled Mount Shishapangma at 8,027 meters (26,335 feet) in Tibet, six months and one week after he climbed his first in the campaign, Mount Annapurna I, kicking off his “Project Possible”.

Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks agency that provided logistics to Purja’s team said he was accompanied by three sherpa climbers to the Sishapangma summit.

“Mission achieved,” Purja posted on his Instagram from the summit in Tibet, the world’s 14th highest mountain.

Agency official Sherpa said all summiteers were on their way to base camp and expected to return to Kathmandu this week. “This is the world record,” he said.

After climbing Annapurna, the tenth highest peak, on April 23, Purja took on the other “8,000ers”, climbing Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in the following month.

He then went to Pakistan, where he climbed Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, and the Broad Peak.

Purja climbed another two peaks in Nepal - Cho Oyu and Manaslu before heading to Tibet, climbing officials said.

Of the world’s 14 highest peaks eight are in Nepal, five in Pakistan and one in Tibet.

Climbing experts say barely over three dozen mountaineers have climbed all the 14 peaks so far.

The record for the fastest ascent was previously held by South Korean Kim Chang-ho who completed all “8,000ers” in seven years, 10 months and six days, said blogger Alan Arnette.

Purja, who served with British special forces as a Gorkha from Nepal, in May took a photograph showing scores of climbers linked up on the summit ridge of Mount Everest, which went viral exposing the traffic jam in the so-called death zone of the world’s highest mountain.

That photograph led the Nepali government to draft a new set of climbing rules aimed at reducing the crowd on Everest, following criticism by climbers who said it was undermining the safety and issuing permits to anyone who paid $11,000.]]>
10/29/2019 12:22:54 PM
<![CDATA[ITALY: green business in North Africa, Middle East at Ecomondo ]]>
Over 500 buyers on their way to Italy for Ecomondo registered on the platform to fix their business appointments in their agendas with a net growth of those from the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern and Northern Europe, the Balkans, Asia, North America, Australia and Latin America as well as attendances from Turkey, India, Pakistan, South East Asia and China.
Organized by Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) in Italy, at Rimini Expo Centre, from 5th to 8th November 2019, Ecomondo is the reference point for international markets. And indeed, the programme promises an extraordinary line-up of world events which will spotlight the business needs and opportunities of the main markets of reference.

Taking place for the first time at Ecomondo will be the Business Forum Italy - Egypt “Water, Energy, Waste, Mobility”, organized by Ecomondo’s Technical Scientific Committee in partnership with the Italian Embassy in Cairo, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. An important event, scheduled for the opening day of the show – which follows the first leg of the Italy-Egypt meeting organized in Cairo last year - with the participation of Tamer Mostafa, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of the Environment, and an Egyptian delegation of authoritative speakers.

The forum will highlight the Egyptian government’s investments for the next 5 years in the field of environmental infrastructure, renewable energies, industrial and organic waste management for agro-food purposes, and in the water, transport and mobility sector. The work will be opened by Professor Fabio Fava, President of Ecomondo’s Scientific Committee, and Ambassador Enrico Granara, Deputy General Manager Political Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

85 traders from Tunisia, more precisely from Actogen (Association Tunisien des Conseils et Orientation Gerographique Numerique) who, together with the North African experts, will be joined by others from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Benin, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Morocco, Togo, Palestine and Libya. Also attending, experts and associations from a large number of municipalities adhering to the Reseau Megara des Villes Durable network of sustainable cities.
10/28/2019 1:30:33 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Ships 200 Million Smartphone UnitsFor 2019 In Record Time]]>
Huawei’s relentless focus on cutting-edge technology and innovative ID design, with its complete commitment to consumers worldwide, has reinforced their trust and commitment as more consumers continue to support Huawei.

2019 saw the launch of a number of stand-out devices including the multi award-winning HUAWEI P30 Series, widely considered to be the best camera phone currently available,as well as an all-round category leader. Among-est a slew of awards and accolades, the European Image and Sound Association (EISA), a group comprising 55 of the world’s most respected consumer electronics magazines, named the HUAWEI’s P30 Pro “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020”, making it the second year in a row that Huawei has claimed this category prize.

More recently, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series launched to great critical acclaim. Featuring the flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, DxOMark winning quad camera system with breakthrough SuperSensing Cine Camera andfuturistic Halo ring design, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has been called “a genuine, unapologetic flagship phone” by Android Authority while GSMArenastated that “it has some of the best camerasever found on a smartphone”,once again cementing Huawei’s reputation as an industry leader.
In celebration of themilestone, Huawei announced the Commemorative Edition of HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G. The limited version will come with 8GB RAM + 512GB Storage and will be available in Forest Green and Orange with vegan leather.

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. Fourteen R&D centres have been set up inthe UnitedStates,Germany,Sweden,Russia,IndiaandChina. 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 over 32 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
10/28/2019 11:41:32 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei preps to launch Egypt AppCup finals at Huawei “Developer Day” for the first time in Egypt]]>
Egypt AppCupis a Challenge that is jointly organized by TIEC and Huawei to university students and fresh graduates in Egypt who are creative, and want to practice developing android applications. This is a platform for youth to practice and encourage innovation. We expect that it will not only bring ICT knowledge but also valuable Android developing experience to the participants. This will help them with their study as well as their future careers.

Also the competition is a part of Huawei's “Shining-Star” Program, which aims to support developers in Egypt and across the world to provide innovative and intelligent solutions by designing smartphone applications that addresses three key sectors: transport, health and tourism, as Huawei enables developers to launch their smart applications on the HUAWEIAppGallery serving more than 390 million global monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions.

"At Huawei we are focusing on the development of young calibers and that is why we have launched the Egypt AppCup Competition to promote, support and enable the role of young developers in achieving the goals of Egypt’s 2030 vision for Sustainable Development and we have also pumped massive US $1 billion investment in our “Shining Star” program, which invites developers around the world to join Huawei Mobile Services that supports developers in their innovations to meet the challenges of the future”, stated Adam Xiao, Managing Director of MENA Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei aims to reach Egyptian developers in all provinces, where more than 400 Egyptian developers are registered for the competition. Thirty teams of 80 developers were selected to attend BootCamp training on how to implement their innovative ideas in designing a smartphone app. Six teams will compete to win the Egypt AppCup, where the winners will be announced on the sidelines of the Huawei Developers Day conference on October 31st, 2019.

It is worth mentioning that, during HDD 2019 Egypt, Huaweiwill also share their new ecological constructionstrategy and showcasing their common vision of the future, including optimized app/gaming experience, top quality content discovery, AI-powered tools, and much more.

If you want to join the discussion with HUAWEI and witness the winner of EgyptAppCup, please sign up free by link: http://bit.ly/HDD-Egypt-2019.
10/28/2019 11:34:56 AM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift, Andrew Lloyd Webber write new 'Cats' song for musical film]]>
“Beautiful Ghosts” will also be sung by Swift, who stars as Bombalurina in her first film role, over the end credits.

“Cats”, which hits cinemas in December, is based on Lloyd Webber’s hugely-popular stage musical and features a star-studded cast including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and Rebel Wilson.

Royal Ballet principal dancer Hayward plays Victoria, a role that has been further developed in the movie, where the actors’ faces are seen and their bodies are covered in computer generated fur.

“When I first read the screenplay, the first thing I said was, ‘We have to have a song for Victoria’,” Lloyd Webber said in a statement, adding that the new song was an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.

A behind-the-scenes video showed Swift, Lloyd Webber and Oscar winning director Tom Hooper in the recording studio, as well as snippets of Hayward in the film.

“There was an ambition and an aspiration to have an original song in the movie,” Swift says in the video. “Just very much this understanding of like ‘Let’s write the best song we can’.”

“Cats”, based on poems by T.S. Eliot, opened in London in 1981, turning into one of the longest-running shows in the West End and Broadway.]]>
10/27/2019 1:28:34 PM
<![CDATA[HYATT announces plans for Hyatt regency Cairo West]]>
Hyatt Regency Cairo West, set to open in the last quarter of 2020, will mark the return of the Hyatt brand to the capital of Egypt. The hotel joins Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh and will further add to Hyatt’s growing brand footprint in North Africa.

Situated within the well-established Pyramids Heights Business Park, the hotel will provide the perfect setting for business and leisure travelers, as well as meetings and events. Its location will be in close proximity to diverse corporations, landmarks, malls, and popular leisure and cultural attractions such as the Pyramids of Giza, and soon, the Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Sphinx International Airport.

“We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Hyatt brand to Cairo and are focused on the increased tourism figures and continued development in and around the capital city,” said Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development, Middle East and North Africa for Hyatt. “Hyatt Regency Cairo West will be a great addition to our growing portfolio in North Africa as we anticipate the hotel will become a destination where both business and leisure travelers can stay connected and energized throughout their stay.”
Created for a seamless and personalized guest experience, Hyatt Regency Cairo West will feature 242 contemporary guestrooms and suites, inspired by Egyptian culture; with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pyramids of Giza or the hotel’s pool and lush gardens. Room amenities offered will include the latest technology such as smart mirrors and sensor LED lighting control, as well as in-room massage and beauty facilities in a number of the suites.

The hotel will have additional features including five distinct restaurants, bar and lounges, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor heated swimming pool and casino adjacent to the building.

Set to become a go-to gathering place for meetings, elaborate social events and weddings, the hotel will feature seven meeting rooms, a Grand Ballroom providing 4,628 square feet (430 square meters) of banquet space accommodating up to 500 guests, outdoor function areas, and the latest 360-degree digital projector technology.

For more information about Hyatt Regency hotels, please visit hyattregency.com
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

10/26/2019 11:52:00 AM
<![CDATA[ITIDA collaborates with RiseUp to launch “African App Launchpad Cup”]]>
The competition invites startups working in either gaming or application development from 19 different African countries to participate in the contest that offers grants totaling $60,000. The African App Launchpad Cup is striving to set a global stage for thriving early-stage startups to present to hundreds of regional and international investors and VCs.

Applications are now open for startups in Egypt and Africa to apply via the competition website: http://techleaders.eg/aal/competition/ until November 18th. The startups will compete on December 7th and the winners will be announced in alignment with RiseUp summit; MENA’s largest annual entrepreneurship event at the American University in Cairo, new Campus.

“We are excited to launch the African App Launchpad Cup, which will allow us to educate young African calibers and spur their innovation on the latest app and games technology, in addition, to support the creation of job opportunities for African youth”, Clarified Hala El-Gohary, CEO of ITIDA.

“It is such a pleasure to be able to host the first African pitch competition in the region during RiseUp Summit. This is a step towards achieving our vision of creating more opportunities in the entrepreneurship ecosystem through connecting more stakeholders to the community in Africa. We would like to thank ITIDA for launching and sponsoring the competition and becoming the supporting arm behind the growth of Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” Abdelhameed Sharara, Founder and CEO of RiseUp, says.

The African App Launchpad Cup is not only an Africa-wide pitch competition for startups but also a valuable learning experience for participating entrepreneurs. The participating startups will get the chance to join an accelerator program and will be granted exhibition spaces during RiseUp Summit. They will also pitch to a wide audience, as well as jury members of local and regional VCs and investors, guaranteeing wide regional exposure for the startups.

The competition is part of the Africa App Launchpad the presidential initiative that targets building the capacity of 10 thousand learners and establishing 100 startups while positioning Egypt as a hub for startups in Africa by gathering some of the continent’s best startups in one place.

RiseUp Summit tickets are now available on https://riseupsummit.com/]]>
10/23/2019 12:22:25 PM
<![CDATA[Realme 5 Series Revealed in Egypt]]>
Sharing his excitement to have launched a segment-first in Egypt, Mr. Andro Nabil PR and Marketing Manager, said, “We ‘Dare to Leap’ to disrupt the industry and are truly thrilled to revolutionize the user experience by introducing realme 5, the first quad camera phone at EGP 2k price segment and realme 5 Pro, The 1stQualcomm smartphone with 48MP quad camera in 3K EGP.We have equipped realme 5 series with the best-in-class processors, designs and camera experience to deliver an unmatched user experience.”

The Qualcomm Spectra™ ISP, coupled with Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP and Adreno GPU on these phones enables superior image quality and a faster image processing experience, for a brilliant camera as well as enhanced gaming experience capabilities.

He continued, “Realme have grown to reach 3.3%market share in Egypt and we are proud to announce that we have exceeded the mark of 300K active realme users in Egypt after 10 months only.”

While the realme 5 is the first Snapdragon 665 based mobile device, based on 11nm, operating at a clock speed of 2.0GHz along with enhanced gaming performance and 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine; the realme 5 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 712 with CPU core upgraded to 2.3 GHz, a 3rd generation AI Engine that accelerates AI computing and the powerful Qualcomm® Adreno™ 616 GPU. The realme 5 series have also been equipped with fireproof protective separation and triple precautions to guarantee battery safety.

realme 5 will be available in two new colors: Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple. realme 5 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Mini-drop Full Screen display, which gives a larger field of view, provides excellent gaming, audio and video experience. With realme 5, the company has enhanced its diamond-cut design with holographic color and reflecting texture. It packs a brand-new image experience with an AI quad camera setup – 119° ultra-wide-angle lens (8MP), main camera (12MP), portrait lens (2MP) and ultra-macro lens (2MP), as well as an AI front camera (13MP). With a massive 5000 mAh battery for enjoying extra-long entertainment experience, realme 5 runs on Android 9.0 ColorOS 6.0 operating system and will be available in 2 variants - 3+64GB priced at EGP 2,590 and 4+128GB costing at EGP 3,290 for offline market.While realme 5 (3+64GB) will be available for early bird at EGP 2,490 from 1PM, Oct 24 to 27 onJumia.

The realme 5 Pro comes in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue, giving a power-packed performance with newly upgraded Snapdragon 712. The realme 5 Pro’s flagship quad camera setup with 119° ultra-wide-angle lens (8MP), 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera, portrait lens (2MP) and ultra-macro lens (2MP), along with a 16MP Sony IMX471 AI front Camera, provide unmatched image experience in the segment. The realme 5 Pro features a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop Full Screen, with new gradient holographic colors and reflecting textures, to achieve a richer layered visual effect. It will also come with a 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charge technology which will be provided in the box. The realme 5 Pro runs Android 9.0 ColorOS 6.0 operating system and will be available in 2 variants - 4+128GB priced at EGP 3,890 and 8+128GB priced at EGP 4,690 in offline market. While realme 5 Pro (4+128GB) will be available for early bird at EGP 3,790 from 1PM, Oct 29 to 31 on Souq. Starting from Oct 22nd, pre-orders of realme 5 Pro (8+128GB) through B-Tech.

In terms of software, all realme smartphones will get the new upgraded Color OS 6.0 which will have design upgrade, hotspot management function and support Google AR Core functions. The design upgrade will be given to lock screen system, home screen and notification page which will be a more spacious, and uniformed realme design language - closer to the stock Android experience. The real privacy function can help users hide apps, photos, files and other content into privacy space, protected by fingerprints. Hotspot management function will help manage the hotspot network speed and usage. All these updates will be given to all realme smartphones through an OTA.


10/22/2019 11:54:06 AM
<![CDATA[In ancient throne ritual, Japanese emperor vows to fulfill duty]]>
Naruhito became emperor and his wife Masako became empress on May 1 in a brief ceremony, but Tuesday’s “Sokui no Rei” was a more elaborate ritual at the royal palace in which he officially announced his change in status to the world.

“I swear that I will act according to the constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people,” the 59-year-old emperor declared, his voice slightly hoarse, in front of about 2,000 guests including Britain’s Prince Charles.

“I sincerely hope that Japan will develop further and contribute to the friendship and peace of the international community, and to the welfare and prosperity of human beings through the people’s wisdom and ceaseless efforts.”

Naruhito is the first Japanese emperor born after World War Two. He acceded to the throne when his father, Akihito, became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in two centuries, worried that advancing age might make it hard to perform official duties.

The long-planned celebrations, for which Japan declared a national holiday, were tempered following Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least 82 people when it tore through Japan 10 days ago, and pouring rain early on Tuesday.

A public parade was postponed until next month to allow the government to devote attention to the typhoon clean-up, while Tuesday’s weather forced the palace to scale back the number of courtiers in ancient robes taking part in the courtyard ceremony.

But just before the ceremony began, the skies cleared and a rainbow appeared over Tokyo.


At the sound of a gong in the Matsu-no-Ma, or Hall of Pine, the most prestigious room in the palace, two courtiers bowed deeply and drew back purple curtains on the “Takamikura” - a 6.5-metre (21 feet) high pavilion that weighs about 8 tonnes.

Naruhito was revealed standing in front of a simple throne, dressed in burnt-orange robes and a black headdress, with an ancient sword and a boxed jewel, two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures, placed beside him.

Fifty-five-year-old Harvard-educated Empress Masako, wearing heavy 12-layered robes and with hair flowing down her back, stood in front of a smaller throne to the side. Such traditional robes can weigh around 15 kilograms (33 pounds).

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a congratulatory speech before assembled dignitaries including Crown Prince Akishino, the emperor’s younger brother, and his family, all adorned in brightly colored robes. Other guests included U.S. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao and Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Abe led a trio of cheers of “banzai”, or “long life”, for the emperor, before a 21-gun salute.

Naruhito had entered the palace to cheers from admirers before reporting his enthronement to his imperial ancestors at three shrines on the palace grounds, dressed in pure white robes.

“As he is young and energetic with outstanding leadership, I hope he’ll support the people of Japan, which has faced continuous disasters and typhoons,” said Tomoko Shirakawa, 51, who was among the crowds of umbrella-clutching citizens packing the area in front of the palace.

A court banquet is to be held on Tuesday evening, before Naruhito and Masako host a tea party for foreign royalty on Wednesday afternoon. The government pardoned about half a million people convicted of petty crimes, such as traffic violations, to mark the day.

Although the public parade was postponed until Nov. 10, NHK public TV said there were 26,000 police providing security.


Naruhito is unusual among recent Japanese emperors since his only child, 17-year-old Aiko, is female and cannot inherit the throne under current law. Unless the law is revised, the future of the imperial family for coming generations rests instead on the shoulders of his nephew, 13-year-old Hisahito, who is second in line for the throne after his father, Crown Prince Akishino.

Naruhito’s grandfather, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was treated as a god but renounced his divine status after Japan’s defeat in 1945. Emperors now have no political authority.

Though many Japanese welcomed the enthronement ceremony, there was at least one protest by about two dozen people. There had been sometimes violent protests when Akihito was enthroned.

“There is no need for such an elaborate ceremony. Traffic has been restricted and it is causing inconvenience for ordinary people,” said Yoshikazu Arai, 74, a retired surgeon.

“The emperor is necessary now as a symbol of the people, but at some point, the emperor will no longer be necessary. Things will be just fine without an emperor.”
10/22/2019 11:46:18 AM
<![CDATA[Philip Morris Announces Introduction of IQOS in the United States]]>International’s electrically heated tobacco system, has been launched forsale in the United States.

PMI is bringing IQOS to the U.S. market through an exclusive licensing agreement with Altria Group, Inc. We are confident Altria subsidiary Philip Morris USA has the market expertise and infrastructure to ensure a successful launch.

The launch of IQOS int he United States is a historic miles tone in delivering new choices to he estimated 40 million American men and women who smoke today,as IQOS is the first electrically heated tobacco technology to be authorized for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA). In April, the FDA confirmed that the marketing of IQOS, which heats but does not burn tobacco, is appropriate for the protection of public health.The agency’s decision followed a comprehensive scientific assessment of Supermarket tobacco product applications(PMTAs) submitted to the agency in 2017.

Commenting on the launch, Vassilis Gkatzelis, Managing Director Philip Morris Egypt and Levant, said:“The launch of IQOSin the U.S. is evidence of our commitment to innovation and scientific research, reflected in the fact that no other electrically heated to baccoproduct has been authorized for sale in the U.S.by the FDA.

“Adult smokers deserve access to innovative,smoke-free alternativesto cigarettes, as well as to comprehensive information about these products. With a combination of stringent but sensible regulation, rigorous assessment,greater awareness and regulated marketing, smoke-free product scan play a pivotal role in helping adults who would otherwise continue to smoke cigarettes switch to smoke- free alternatives.”

He added,“We hope that one day soon,we will be able to bring IQOS to Egypt,so that current adult smokers have access to new,science-based alternatives to continued smoking. We will continue to work with regulators in Egypt and t o advocate for regulatory frameworks that accelerate large-scale switching of those who would other wise continue to smoke to these smoke-free products as quickly as possible.”

In addition to the PMTA, Philip Morris International submitted a comprehensive body of scientific evidence in support of a parallel set of applications to authorize IQOSasa modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), which the FDA continues to review. The United States is the second-largest to bacco market, behind China.
10/21/2019 3:09:05 PM
<![CDATA[Government Officials, Leading Developers to Discuss Growth Catalysts in 4th Real Estate Debate Conference]]>
Organized by Al-Mal GTM Conferences, the event will gather a number of officials from the Ministry of Housing and the New Urban Communities Authority to discuss new plans for land offerings, procedures and pricing.

This year’s convention has been arranged in view of a variety of changes on which real estate developers hold stakes that will stimulate their activities. These include the non-competitive direct allocation of land plots to investors, start-ups of new cities’ construction plans, such as the New Alamein City, and relocation of government employees to the New Administrative Capital.

Among the most prominent speakers are Mamdouh Badreddin, Head of the Real Estate Investment Committee at the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Hisham Shokry, Head of the Real Estate Export Council, Fatahallah Fawzi, Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Businessmen Association and Head of the Construction Committee, and Tarek Shorky, Chairman of Real Estate Development Chamber at the Egyptian Federation of Industries.

A number of renowned CEOs of prominent real estate companies are participating in the conference, including Ahmed Shalaby CEO and Managing Director of Tatweer Misr, Hisham Arafat, Chairman of Amer Group, City Edge Development’s Amr El-Kady, Mohamed H. El-Assal, CEO of Misr Italia Properties, Haytham Abdel-Azim, CEO of Ora Developers, as well as Waleed Mokhtar, CEO of IWAN Developments.

The conference is hosting several of knowledgeable high-profile speakers including Sherif Samy, Chairman of National Asset Management & Investment Company, Nagy Fahmy, Chairman of the Egyptian Union of Real Estate Finance and head of CI-Capital Mortgage Finance, Waleed Hassouna, CEO of EFG-Hermes Finance, and Hany Berry, Chairman of Ahli United for Mortgage Finance.

The event will be divided into four sessions, during which participants will deliberate on ways to utilize real estate thriving activity in order to promote for the industry, especially in the projects of the new cities.

In the second session, discussions will focus on the procedures for offering new land plots and comprehensive debates over the non-competitive direct allocation of construction land by the New Urban Communities Authority – a scheme that the Ministry of Housing has endorsed after years of partnership arrangements.

The conference will also continue to undertake discussions that it first launched several years ago over the measures which have been taken to implement the Real Estate Exporting Strategy. Participants will investigate the achievements of this strategy so far and the necessary steps that could push it forward onto the right direction, both over the short and long terms. This, of course, requires an accurate definition and recognition of the outstanding challenges, which will be the subject for the third session.

Al-Mal GTM has also arranged a separate final session to debates over the mechanisms to stimulate mortgage finance in Egypt so that it can bear fruits. This comes in view of the indispensable role of this activity in driving up demand for property among the various social groups, which requires the development of a clear vision on how to remove the obstacles to its growth.

Al-Mal GTM, sister company of the Al-Mal Newspaper, is the most powerful and active national organizer of conferences and maker of ideas. The most prominent of its events include CEOs Thoughts and Portfolio Egypt conferences.]]>
10/21/2019 3:01:55 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry admits he and Prince William are 'on different paths']]>
The Duke of Sussex has been plagued by rumours in recent months of a rift between him and Prince William, and in an interview with ITV he acknowledged that "inevitably stuff happens" given their high-profile role and the pressure the family faces.

Speaking during his recent tour of southern Africa with his wife Meghan Markle, he said: "We are brothers. We will always be brothers.

"We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.

"We don't see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

"The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days."

Meghan, who has also been rumoured to have feuded with Kate Middleton, described the past year as "hard" and said her British friends warned her not to marry Harry.

Meghan, 38, has had to face an increasingly hostile press since she married into the Royal Family last year, with the tabloids luxuriating in stories about her fractured American family and the rumours of palace rifts.

The couple launched legal action this month against British tabloid the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy.

The US-born former actress said she had tried to cope by putting on a "stiff upper lip" but she was not prepared for the intensity of tabloid interest.

Meghan said: "When I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, 'I'm sure he's great but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'."

Asked whether she can cope, Meghan said: "In all honesty I have said for a long time to H -- that is what I call him -- it's not enough to just survive something, that's not the point of life. You have got to thrive."

10/21/2019 12:45:35 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Announces Shipment of over 400,000 5G Active Antenna Units]]>
During his speech, titled "Making 5G a Commercial Success", Ding noted that in just one year, standards, spectrum, and devices have all become 5G-ready and that this has never been seen in past generations of mobile communications over the last 30 years.

In early 2019, South Korea became the first country to launch 5G services. Just months later, China also launched 5G services and is now on course to build 600 to 800 thousand 5G base stations by the end of 2020. Global carriers are racing to deploy 5G networks. So far, 56 carriers around the world have built 5G networks and 40 carriers have launched 5G services. Huawei has won more than 60 5G contracts and shipped over 400,000 5G active antenna units (AAUs).

According to Ding, services will be a major driver of industrial development in the coming years. He added that carriers can monetize 5G in the following three business areas:

In the consumer market, 5G's large bandwidth and low latency will take mobile broadband services to a new level. 5G will invigorate new services like AR/VR, live streaming, video, and gaming, offering a transformative experience that users are willing to pay a premium for. Carriers can also use new metrics as a basis for monetization, such as charging different rates for different latency tiers, and provide value-added content tailored to the local market. They can design attractive 5G service packages, attracting users to subscribe to 5G. This will be a win for both carriers and consumers.

In the home broadband market, bridging the digital divide and increasing broadband speeds is a must and also one business goal for the commercial deployment of 5G. In Europe, about 70 million households are currently either unconnected or underserved.

Carriers can employ both fixed fiber and wireless fiber to quickly address the last mile issue in home broadband access. Huawei has helped many leading carriers provide a fiber-like broadband experience using 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to quickly meet the needs of households while bringing new growth opportunities for 5G.

In the B2B market, many industries are embracing 5G and expecting 5G to deliver guaranteed service performance as stipulated in SLAs and enable their digital transformation. As a business has a well-defined territory, service model, and business case for 5G applications, carriers can provide 5G capabilities (such as uplink and downlink bandwidth, reliability, end-to-end latency) defined in SLAs in a modular manner, to serve the needs of different industries. This also opens up a vast range of opportunities for carriers.

"It will be a long process for 5G to enable industry digital transformation," said Ding.
"Carriers should develop new network capabilities, operational capabilities, and business models right now to embrace the B2B transformation."

At the end of his speech, Ding told the attendees that "the best way to predict the future is to create it" and called upon carriers, regulators, vertical industry players, equipment vendors, and systems integrators to work together to build a thriving 5G industry.

This year's Mobile Broadband Forum brings together more than 1,500 representatives from carriers, vertical industries, equipment manufacturers, standards organizations, analyst firms, and the media. The exhibition hall showcases 5G technology, commercial solutions, and a rich array of 5G applications for individual consumers, households, and businesses, including 5G-powered cloud AR and VR, 8K broadcasting, cloud gaming, machine vision, and 5G-powered remote control solutions.

For more information, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/events/global-mbb-forum-2019/]]>
10/21/2019 11:51:13 AM
<![CDATA[Sculptor transforms Rome's dead trees into art]]>
Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday.

He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its many parks and lining the streets in the city center.

However, many were planted nearly a century ago and are now weak or dying. Seeing how they were neglected made Gandini want to act.

“I had been sculpting wood since I was a kid, in my garage. Then I chose to carve a stump that was out on the street. That is how I chose to start carving stumps in Rome,” he said, as he worked on his latest creation.

He said he liked to meet people while working and had no personal claim to the faces, animals and other artwork carved out the stumps.

“It takes me about a week to finish one sculpture, then it becomes everyone’s. It’s a passion and a bit of a fixation,” he added, as passers-by stopped to admire his work and take photos with their phones.

Gandini maps the stumps on his website, and the sculptures are becoming a tourist attraction. Tour guides even include his work in their packages.

“Stumps are not very well considered but they have the right features that make them perfect for carving,” he said. “Rome has many stumps that are waiting to become pieces of art.”

Despite the popularity of his work among locals and tourists, the Rome authorities have been less enthusiastic.

Although there is no law that forbids people from carving dead tree stumps, police have threatened to ban him from historic areas using tough new rules drawn up in recent years to maintain decorum.

Gandini says he loves nature and it hurts him to see the trees become a safety hazard.

They often fall and smash cars during storms, and city hall says some 86,000 need to be specially maintained or chopped down.

“If nothing changes in ten years there will be hardly any trees left,” Gandini said.]]>
10/20/2019 2:20:41 PM
<![CDATA[Bye Bye, Bei Bei: National Zoo panda leaves for China next month]]>
“Bei Bei is part of our family,” Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, said in a statement. “We’re sad he’s leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population.”

The bear and his parents are a favorite among visitors, said a zoo spokeswoman. Fans have watched Bei Bei grow from a small cub to a 240-pound (109 kg) bear over the years.

“The giant pandas are iconic,” she said. “We consider them ‘America’s Pandas.’”

The zoo has collaborated with Chinese scientists on a breeding program since it received its first pandas in 1972 following President Richard Nixon’s visit to China. As part of the program, pandas return to China at 4 years old so that they can breed when they reach sexual maturity at 5 years old.

Breeding programs are key to efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild. Thanks to reforestation to expand habitats in which the species can survive, pandas have been reclassified from “endangered” to “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Preservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 giant pandas in the wild.

Bei Bei is not the first in his family to travel abroad. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, arrived from the China in 2000, and his older siblings Tai Shan and Bao Bao both packed their bags for China when they came of age.

Already, zookeepers are preparing Bei Bei for the big move, planned for Nov. 19. They will get him accustomed to his travel crate, first by training him to walk through it, then spending time inside with the door closed. During his flight to China, zookeepers plan on packing lots of his favorite snacks, like bamboo, pears, and cooked sweet potatoes.

Fans of Bei Bei will have plenty of opportunities to say farewell. “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” events will run for a week next month, featuring activities from daily treat feedings to special Panda-cam coverage, which will stream Bei Bei 24/7 over the course of the week.]]>
10/19/2019 11:59:52 AM
<![CDATA[Marriage of Sweet Cinnabon Roll, Gorgeous Coffee is Sensational Way to Unwind]]>October, when people worldwide enjoy distinctive tastes of coffee and cinnamon rolls together; it is the time for fika with Cinnabon!

Fika is a big part of every Swede’s daily life. Fika means to have a coffee break, which is having coffee combined with some form of baked goods. And cinnamon rolls are a particularly popular accompaniment. Fika is an opportunity to take a break, and to meet and hang out with friends.

In celebrating coffee and cinnamon roll, the perfect pairing, Cinnabon® cheers you on to pair your favorite Cinnabon® roll with the right coffee. Our warm, ooey-gooey Cinnabon roll teamed up with the perfect cup of coffee is a totally new level of flavor experience.

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It all started with a father and a son on a mission to create the world’s greatest cinnamon roll from scratch. One master baker, months of trial and error, hundreds of different recipes and BOOM! You got the sweet, cinnamon-spiced perfection that soon became the calling card of Cinnabon®, Makara cinnamon, fresh-baked dough, waves of frosting, and even love baked into every bite. On December 4, 1985, the father and son transformed their hard-earned dream into a delicious reality with the opening of the first Cinnabon® Bakery.

Cinnabon® is a celebration of senses, a marvelous mood-booster. Cinnabon® makes life sweeter by casting a mesmerizing spell that suspends reality—a way to escape the mundane, briefly transporting you to a happy place or a sweet childhood memory.

Cinnabon rolls were made to be enjoyed with a caffeine kick, the perfect pairing. And we all enjoy coffee differently. Determining which Cinnabon roll and coffee pair well together is entirely up to you. To get you started, we created a simple guide on how to construct a coupling of Cinnabon roll and coffee that sings in your mouth.

Cinnabon Caramel roll and Chocobon are great with milky coffees. With black coffee, go for the Classic, Caramel Pecan and Mixed Berry rolls. Just about anything pairs well with black coffee. Espresso, with its bold coffee flavor, pairs nicely with something intense like the Chocobon. As for a frothy cappuccino or a mellow latte, have something you can dunk a little that softens in your mouth, like the CinnaChips, to complement it. Mocha, which is essentially a latte with a splash of chocolate, is liquid dessert. So drink mocha on its own, or try it with the poppable Classic BonBites. As for Turkish coffee and macchiato, we recommend you take small sips while you munch on CinnaChips or BonBites.


You can grab a Cinnabon Roll-on-the-go when you have to drive and want to enjoy the perfect pairing, but could do without the mess. The Roll-on-the-go is a delightful bon that’s torn into pieces and ready to be devoured. Play around with different toppings. Ask for extra dipping sauces (mixed berry, chocolate, caramel and cream cheese frosting) with your CinnaChips and test them with Cinnabon iced coffee range, like the cold brews and Chillattas. You can experiment at home with the freshly baked Cinnapack that’s ready to heat, eat and enjoy. Order extra frosting. Try different flavor shots with your coffee: vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon roll (yes, it’s a flavor!), raspberry, winter spice, toffee nut, cookies & cream, and more.

Give it a try. Start putting Cinnabon and coffee pairings to the test and see which ones resonate with you the most. Remember, it’s your preference. There is no wrong way. We encourage you to have a go and try and try again until you become a superb match-maker. Finding the perfect Cinnabon-coffee pairing is pure bliss.

When you do find the perfect pairing, let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

Have fun exploring these Cinnabon® perfect pairings because the possibilities are endless!
10/17/2019 6:33:42 PM
<![CDATA[1st flower exhibition at Agricultural Museum to be inaugurated Nov. 2]]>
Head of the Central Department of Horticulture and Crops Mahmoud Atta told Egypt Today that the exhibition will be held on the large green area of the Agricultural Museum in Dokki.

Atta confirmed that the ministry plans to hold two annual exhibitions for ornamental plants due to their economic importance.The spring exhibition will be held inOrman Park and the autumn exhibition will be held in the Agricultural Museum.

10/16/2019 11:50:03 AM
<![CDATA[Avon, Entreprenelle host hear 4 YOU event to Support, Promote Women’s Empowerment]]>
HEAR 4 YOU is an event that embodies Entreprenelle’s continuous efforts to empower women in the MENA region. The event aims to educate and coach women about their own potential, and ways to bring it to the surface, to bring about real change in their current circumstances. With a series of workshops and lectures presented by leading experts in the field, Entreprenelle is a leading ally of women seeking their own route to success. With a shared mission and vision, Avon and Entreprenelle are partnering on HEAR 4 YOU to provide women with support networks and opportunities. The Event also highlighted the current difficulties women face in the region related to entrepreneurship, and try to develop strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Since 2015, Entreprenelle has been an active force for change by empowering women across 9 governorates through education, training, mentorship opportunities, and linking them to as many resources as possible to help them excel. To date, Entreprenelle has positively impacted the lives of over 50,000 women, established an online community of over 250,000 people across multiple social media platforms, hosted over 100 entrepreneurship workshops, and successfully hosted 15 mega educational events.

Avon Egypt’s partnership with Entreprenelle began earlier this year with the SHE CAN event on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day. 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. 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.]]>
10/16/2019 11:41:39 AM
<![CDATA[For Second consecutive year, Somabay hosts the Heracleion Music Festival]]>

Paul Van Dyk, Aly & Fila, MaRLo, Joris Voorn performed over two magical nights. All to let the guests enjoy an amazing weekend with a mix of relaxation and partying moods. The entire event was filled with stunning visuals, and terrific music, generating nothing but good vibes.


10/15/2019 4:18:15 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei signed a MOU with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt ]]>
Cao Jibin, president of Huawei's Northern Africa Region, witnessed the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement. The signing of the agreement laid a long-term strategic partnership between Huawei and the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. The two sides will work together to continuously develop high-level information and communications technology (ICT) youth talent in Egypt to bridge the gap between college graduates 'capabilities and enterprises' expectations for graduates. Huawei's cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education aims to contribute to Egypt's digital transformation strategy and 2030's sustainable development vision.

Vincent Sun, CEO of Huawei Egypt, said: We firmly believe that knowledge will create opportunities, and education is the key to supporting national digital transformation and sustainable development. According to the cooperation agreement, Huawei will establish a joint team with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. The team will jointly design and develop digital higher education plans and solutions in accordance with the vision of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. Huawei will provide the best and latest information communication (ICT) technology platform for digital transformation of Egypt's higher education.

Based on the agreement, Huawei will send global senior experts to train students at the University of Egypt and promote the implementation of professional technical certification. At the same time, Huawei will provide internships for outstanding students and promote (ICT), an Egyptian and North African region, to recruit graduates from the talent pool project. The training project aims to provide high-quality information communication (ICT) technical talent for Egypt and the region to meet the changing market requirements and challenges of the information communication (ICT) technology industry.

Huawei has been operating in Egypt since 1999 and has extensive and in-depth cooperation with local mainstream telecom operators, governments, and industry customers. Over the years, Huawei has continuously promoted the development of the ICT talent ecosystem in Egypt through activities such as the Huawei ICT Academy project, Seeds for the Future program, summer internship project, and ICT Skill Competition.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.]]>
10/15/2019 2:47:51 PM
<![CDATA[Jumia establishes a New Technology Hub in Egypt to expand]]>
“We are pleased to launch such a technical hub in Egypt and continue offering our services to customers in the best ways possible. Choosing Egypt as the host country is strongly proving the leadership of the Egyptian market in digital transformation and financial inclusion,” said Hesham Safwat, CEO of Jumia Egypt.

The tech hub will hire and train a team of developers and engineers on the highest professional levels aiming to sync with Jumia’s expansion through Jumia Pay. In addition, it mirrors Jumia’s trust in the Egyptian market and the availability of qualified calibers. Jumia offers various opportunities in employment and training for the Egyptian youth through enhancing their skills in development and E-payment services. The hub offers technical support through new online payment methods via Jumia Pay.

Through this tech hub, Jumia aims to support Egypt to become the spark of online payment entrepreneurship in Africa, allowing the exchange of knowledge and experiences with other countries. It will help provide user-friendly online payment methods for customers, in addition to comfort and security.

Sami Louali, Jumia´s Exécutive Vice Président for Financial Services noted that “Egypt is at the height of this exciting regional expansion in Tech Innovation and the Egyptian local talents are surpassing all expectations of what could be achieved. We believe that this new Jumia Tech Center will help the tech community and Jumia to bring together more high tech solutions to Egypt and the rest of Africa”.

Jumia Pay is a secure and easy method to facilitate online transactions on Jumia’s platform; aiming to merge extra financial services in the future and becoming more of a non-monetary society. Jumia is partnering with Mastercard and National Bank of Egypt to facilitate E-payment through credit cards or Fawry (which is available all over Egypt), or Jumia’s electronic wallet. Jumia Pay is developing E-wallets to offer services to customers through a number of different electronic methods. Jumia is keen on facilitating the online shopping process, which contributes to growing E-commerce and increasing its penetration.]]>
10/15/2019 2:44:48 PM
<![CDATA[Local talent, government support spearheading ICT growth in Egypt]]>
Alexandre Froment-Curtil, CEO, Vodafone Egypt; Frances Woodworth, Deputy Site Leader, Orange Business Services Egypt; Reem Asaad, CEO, Raya Contact Centre; and Ahmed Osama, Innovation Manager, Dell Technologies Centre of Excellence, discussed a wide range of topical issues, including the country’s competitive advantages and the diversification under way within the local ICT sector.

The video is now available to view in full at https://oxfordbusinessgroup.com/video/itida.

A national drive to support Egypt’s young population by equipping them with the qualifications and skills they need to participate in the industry’s development met with approval from the executives interviewed.

“We’re seeing lots of great talent that comes out of universities, bringing plenty of innovative mindsets,” Osama said. “It’s not just in artificial intelligence and the latest technologies, but it’s even in the traditional way of doing business.”

Woodworth agreed, noting the growing contribution that Egypt’s increasing youthful workforce was making to the industry. “When we look at the labour market, the resource pool, each year more than one half million [technical] professionals are introduced into the job market,” she said. “What’s also very helpful is the engagement of the government in supporting multinational companies.”

Froment-Curtil told viewers that the country’s young, tech-savvy population also provided businesses with a promising consumer base. “Vodafone has been present in Egypt for the last 20 years,” he said. “So obviously it is a place where we believe that our investment makes sense across the world. But also, fundamentally, it has a young dynamic population full of energy and that’s brilliant for a digital world.”

“Today we have about 6700 employees dedicated to serving the rest of the world in two main activities. The first is everything that has to do with contact centres. Serving markets like Germany, the UK and Italy. The second activity is actually a technology activity. We host here Vodafone's worldwide centre of excellence on technology”. Vodafone Egypt CEO added.

“Things such as RPA (robotics process automation) are being done out of Egypt for the rest of the world. Smart cities are being designed, built and operated here in Egypt for the rest of Europe, so many activities where you can see that it's really the technical hub happening in Egypt.”, Froment-Curtil told OBG.

Egypt’s strategic location, which enables it to act as a hub for EMEA region, along with the government support, and the role ITIDA plays as an executive IT arm and one-stop-shop for investment attraction and support, were also noted by the business leaders.

Asaad informed viewers that from the 110 clients being serviced locally, close to 80% are based offshore. “We can scale all the languages you can imagine out of Egypt,” she said. “I can service my clients with 25 languages: German; English; Dutch; Polish; and Zulu.”

Marc-André de Blois, OBG’s director of PR and Video Content, said it was clear that the executives interviewed had high hopes for Egypt’s ICT industry.

“Egypt’s ease of doing business and prime global positioning have long been a draw for investors,” he said. “Our video shows that the decision to focus on education and training, and increase government support for the sector, is delivering the desired results.”
10/15/2019 12:03:00 PM
<![CDATA[British Council announces its first“ScienceStars”competition at its annual Principals’Forum]]>
Candidates should be currently studying in grades 10, 11 or 12 and enrolled in one of British Council’s partner schools. To apply to the Science Stars competition, students must submit an application before 23 November through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V587VS9, and include the scientific concept they have chosen, which can be in any topic in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) field,and to present it later on in a 3-minute presentation.

The final ceremony of the Science Stars competition will be on 27 February 2020, where shortlisted students will present their concept in front of a jury, and three winners will receive an internship during the summer at the British University in Egypt.
Mike Bailey, Exams Director at the British Council in Egypt said: “The idea behind Science Stars is to take science out of the classroom and make it fun, and to encourage young people with a passion for science and technology to share their enthusiasm with the general public.”

The competition was announced at the Principals’ Forum, which was attended by 230 school leaders from across the country,and representatives from the Ministry of Educationin addition to representatives from Cambridge Assessment International Education, Pearson Edexcel, and Oxford International AQA.

School leaders from Alexandria, Tanta, Red Sea, Sohag, Mansoura, Ismailia, Luxor and Port Said governorates also attended.In 2018, the British Council increased the number of partner schools to 140, growing by an average of 10 schools per year, and boasting 110 high achievers for Cambridge and 52 for Pearson. Every year, two million people take international exams with help from the British Council.

The Principals’ Forum is a key event that brings together school leaders to network and engage in training and discussions on UK qualifications.The British Council supports its partner schools with administrative and operative roles as it liaisesbetween the Awarding Bodies and two Egyptian Ministries, ensures the integrity of the exams system at every stage, supports with teachers’ development and activities to enhance educational knowledge, provides updates from Ministries, and connects schools with the latest teaching and learning techniques.Moreover, it provides support to school leaders on various school management aspects and connects them with their peers in Egypt and overseas, to provide the highest level of exposure,in addition to developing and supporting learners with engagement programmes and extra curricula activities.

Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council in Egypt said: “As we do with our Famelab competition, which just kicked off last month in Egypt for the 11th time and runs in dozens of countries worldwide –targeting 18-40 year-olds – “Science Stars” promotes the skill of science communication, and is designed to find the new faces of science – people who can inspire and excite public imagination with a vision of science in the 21st century.”
10/15/2019 11:59:00 AM
<![CDATA[World marks International Day of Rural Women 2019 on Tuesday]]>
The event will highlight the important role that rural women and girls play in building resilience to face the climate crisis. This will be a timely conversation that leverages the momentum garnered by the UN Climate Action Summit held in September 23rd in New York.

It will focus on the crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing.

Women and girls in rural areas suffer disproportionately from multi-dimensional poverty. While extreme poverty has declined globally, the world’s 1 billion people who continue to live in unacceptable conditions of poverty are heavily concentrated in rural areas. Poverty rates in rural areas across most regions are higher than those in urban areas. Yet smallholder agriculture produces nearly 80 per cent of food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and supports the livelihoods of some 2.5 billion people. Women farmers may be as productive and enterprising as their male counterparts, but are less able to access land, credit, agricultural inputs, markets and high-value agrifood chains and obtain lower prices for their crops.

Globally, one in three employed women works in agriculture. Women collect biomass fuels, manually process foodstuffs, and pump water — 80% of households without piped water rely on women and girls for water collection. Rural women are at the forefront of the battle lines when natural resources and agriculture are threatened. For example, a quarter of the total damage and loss resulting from climate-related disasters from 2006 to 2016 was suffered by the agricultural sector in developing countries, significantly impacting rural women and girls' food security and productive potential.]]>
10/14/2019 11:34:55 AM
<![CDATA[Supertyphoon Hagibis gives new wind to Philippine disco band]]>
Known as the Philippines’ “Village People”, all-male band Hagibis has been going since 1979. While some members have changed over time, it has retained its act featuring tight black trousers, leather jackets, open shirts, shades, moustaches and suggestive dance moves.

“Hagibis is getting indirect publicity worldwide,” said 61-year-old Jose Parsons Nabiula, who goes by his stage name Sonny Parsons and has been with the band since the start.

“It reminded everybody of my group’s existence... Some people are making fun of it, some people are very serious.”

Typhoon Hagibis is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday as the most powerful storm to hit the capital in six decades.

Google Trends showed that search interest had spiked this week in Hagibis the band as well as the typhoon.

Hagibis means speed and strength in the Philippine language Tagalog.

Tropical cyclones in the Western Pacific Ocean are given their identity in sequence based on names provided by 14 regional countries.

People had been joking about the vigor of Typhoon Hagibis and comparing that to the band, Parsons said.

Parsons said he hoped the inquiries and feelers pouring in for Hagibis would translate into bookings for a band that currently performs around twice in a month in the Manila area.

A former elected official, he now also juggles his performances with film-making and a construction business.

“Maybe after a month or two I will be expecting a lot of concert offers,” Parsons said.

Typhoon Hagibis looks on track to hit Japan a month after another destructive typhoon and Parsons said he was worried about the damage.

“I hope that Hagibis storm’s show happens in the middle of the sea,” Parsons said. “Definitely, people will absorb the wrath of typhoon Hagibis and I feel bad about it.”

Hagibis is best known for its members’ macho image and songs extolling the beauty of women. The group’s hit songs include “Katawan” (Body), “Legs” and “Babae” (Woman).

While the storm did not enter the Philippine territory, its extension brought scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in central and southern parts of the Southeast Asian nation.

Sonny Parsons (C), leader of Filipino boyband Hagibis, poses for a photo with fans at a fastfood restaurant in Manila, Philippines October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jerome Morales
Hagibis had used its renewed fame to warn Filipinos in Japan ahead of the storm’s landfall, Parsons said.

He hoped the band would get the chance to go to Japan after the typhoon.

“We will undo the sorrow and depression people experience,” Parsons said. “If the singing group will have a chance to go to Japan, we will help you forget the typhoon.”]]>
10/13/2019 12:41:49 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong protesters gear up at 'National Calamity Hardware Store']]>
Since demonstrations escalated in mid-June, Lee, 33, has been running what he has dubbed the National Calamity Hardware Store, selling protest essentials - hard hats, gas masks and goggles - near rally hot spots.

Part-entrepreneur, part-activist, he has taken out short-term leases on storefronts in at least four districts, shifting to evade police and hostile landlords.

“I’ve never had a business like this before. It’s insane,” Lee told Reuters in his latest shop in the gritty district of Cheung Sha Wan on the Kowloon peninsula.

Hong Kong’s government invoked colonial-era emergency laws last week, including a ban on face masks, which have been widely used by protesters to hide their identities. Lee dismissed any suggestion the regulation would hurt his business, saying more protesters had come to his stall.

“The legislation of the anti-mask law only intensifies the social conflict,” he said.

“If the government can invoke emergency powers to pass certain laws or ordinances, they can use it to pass other unreasonable bills recklessly.”

Protests against a now-withdrawn extradition law that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, have evolved into a broader fight for greater democracy, plunging Hong Kong into its biggest political crisis in decades.

Most weekends, black-clad protesters throng the streets in demonstrations that have increasingly descended into violent clashes with police, who often fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Protective equipment has become harder to find, since the Chinese government restricted sales and exports of safety equipment into Hong Kong. This has made Lee even more determined to keep his business going.

“Hong Kong has a free market. I am running the business without violating any law. We only announce our pop-up address one hour before we open the stall so it’s almost impossible for the police to obtain a search warrant in time,” he said.

Lee says his stall has been a constant target of the police and he has been arrested twice.

Police said in a statement to Reuters that a 33-year-old surnamed Lee, and five others, had been arrested on Sept. 30 on charges including possession of offensive weapons and inciting and taking part in unauthorized assemblies. They were released on bail.

He says it is a constant challenge to find new suppliers in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and the United States.

Lee’s political views go further than some other protesters opposed to what they see as the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms by China’s Communist Party leaders. He openly backs independence for the territory, a taboo topic for Beijing.

“Independence can’t be finished within our generation. It will take a few generations,” he said.

Although Lee no longer protests on the front lines, he is sympathetic to the young activists and often offers discounts to hard-up customers.

“If we want to rebel against the authoritarian regime, we should do it without thinking about the price. At most, I will apply for bankruptcy. If we lose this fight, we will lose a few generations’ freedom,” he said.

Lee says his work keeps him busy at all hours and he snatches a few hours of sleep when he can.

“The only regret I have is that I don’t have time to spend with my seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son,” he said.

“I hope they will understand one day that I’m fighting for their freedom.”]]>
10/12/2019 1:29:06 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada witnesses the greatest party of 2019 at Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle]]>
The great vibes were not just about the house and electronic music that was played by the DJs, but it was every detail. From stunning dancers in many colorful and daring costumes, live light shows by the international Pacha entertainment, one awesome house track after the other, cold refreshing cocktails, and excellent attentive service. As soon as you think the night has reached its peak of awesomeness, it continues to surprise its audience with jaw-dropping astonishments every 10 minutes!

Some of the honorable guests at the party were well-known stars like Mostafa Fahmy and his lovely wife, and many lifestyle bloggers and influencers like Malak Badawy, Nouran Khalifa, Laila Youssef, and the Cairo Foodie Couple.

The event was brought by ALDAU Development and Shauinsland Reisen in collaboration with Mercedes, Nile Air, Enigma Magazine, and Cairo Night Life.]]>
10/10/2019 2:07:14 PM
<![CDATA[High-tech jacket allows deaf people to feel the music]]>
The “Sound Shirt”, created by London-based fashion company CuteCircuit, has 16 sensors embedded in its fabric, so wearers can feel violins on their arms, for example, while drums beat on their backs.

The Berhane twins, who lost their hearing at a young age, say modeling the shirts has given them a brand new experience.

“It’s almost like feeling the depth of the music,” says Hermon. “It just feels as though we can move along with it.”

Francesca Rosella, co-founder and chief creative officer of CuteCircuit, which designs fashion wearable technology, said the shirts allowed deaf people to feel music through sensations.

“Inside the shirt - that by the way is completely textiles, there are no wires inside, so we’re only using smart fabrics - we have a combination of microelectronics ... very thin and flexible, and conductive fabrics,” she said.

“All these little electronic motors are connected with these conductive fabrics so that the garment is soft and stretchable.”

Sound Shirts don’t come cheap, as they are expected to go on sale at more than 3,000 pounds ($3,673), but Heroda believes it’s a price worth paying for deaf people who enjoy music as much as she and her sister do.

“I think it could definitely change our lives,” she said.]]>
10/9/2019 2:50:51 PM
<![CDATA[Tatweer Misr discusses education, entrepreneurship at GW October annual Conference]]>
This year’s George Washington University (GWU) Global Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Conference is an integral part of the GW October Entrepreneurship Week activities, organized annually and recognized as the “destination event” for established entrepreneurs and those interested in entrepreneurship in the region. The week’s core mission is to increase awareness, opportunities, education, and funding for members of the GW community while driving entrepreneurial behaviors and creating measurable results. It is intended to stimulate engagement and collaboration in an environment that promotes a diversity of thought and perspective and provides networking opportunities as well as idea generation for interested participants.

During his speech at the US Congress, Dr. Shalaby highlighted that Egypt’s Entrepreneurial ecosystem has the potential to grow in several directions if given the proper tools and educational support. He explained “At Tatweer Misr, we understand that we might be able to design and build for happy and more sustainable lifestyles within our properties. We also know that our ability to unleash the potential of innovatively built and purposeful properties starts with the education of its users, both employees and residents.”

He continued, “This drove us to engrain our own DNA with innovative and entrepreneurial thinking. But we did not stop there. Ever since our inception, we have dedicated most of our social investment efforts towards fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among Egyptian university students, as well as building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem across Egypt, and with universities as a starting point.”

Tatweer Misr collaborated with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with the sole purpose of creating an unprecedented grass-root movement to support entrepreneurial education with quality as their utmost priority, as it represents Egypt’s first American International Branch Campus (IBC). Moreover, Tatweer Misr plans to build on that momentum by continuing to partner with internationally acclaimed universities and schools, bringing them to Egypt to span across their 90-acre educational district at its new project, Bloomfields.

Also, part of Tatweer Misr’s activities in the entrepreneurial field, is their Annual Innovation Competition which was first launched in 2017, acknowledging the importance of early awareness of entrepreneurial education, especially for the innovative young minds. This competition provided a better insight on the capabilities of the youth and the power of their minds and creative ideas.

It’s also worth mentioning that one of the main purposes of George Washington Entrepreneurship week is to create momentum for the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) organized annually by Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). Taking place in more than 170 countries, bringing together more than 10 million people in a collection of tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions with the aim of inspiring them to explore their potential as entrepreneurs while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems. GEW is scheduled to take place this year from the 18th till the 24th of November 2019 with Tatweer Misr continuing to sponsor this week since 2016 in its homeland. Additionally, both entities have signed an agreement to extend the sponsorship of those fruitful activities for the upcoming 3 years.]]>
10/8/2019 3:15:27 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei kicks Off its First MENA Developer Day in Dubai, UAE]]>
At the Developers Day, Huawei introduced the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) – the ecosystem based on the core framework of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS Core and Capabilities) and Developer Services. To date, HMS Core has opened 14 capabilities to help developers build high-quality applications at low cost and shorter time.

With HMS Core, developers will leverage Huawei unique high technology such as 50X zoom, super night mode and GPU Turbo for faster and better user experiences. It will continuously improve the app user volume and activity, which will benefit in Huawei smartphone users’s experiences.

As one of the world’s leading smartphone brands, known for its many firsts – World’s First GPU Turbo, World's First Photography Powered by AI, World’s First Reverse Charge and World's First NANO SD Card – Huawei has continuously pushed the boundaries. In the first half of 2019, Huawei reported that it shipped 118 million smartphones, a Y-o-Y increase of 24% and making up 17.6% of the global smartphone market. As a brand that has grown into an industry giant, Huawei has now developed preliminary capabilities necessary to build a smart ecosystem.

The Shining-Star Programannounced an investment of one billion USD to support global developers to keep contributing in HMS ecosystem construction. Also, the DigiX Innovation Studio will further expand throughout the globe, with 8DigiX Labs in 6 main cities in the global markets, including Dubai, providing support to global developers.

HMS Apps –Explore a better digital life

With 570 million Huawei mobile device smoothly active users, the Huawei Mobile Services is launched in 170+ countries, has 3 regional centers,and 15 data centers worldwide including Dubai.The HMS apps are increasingly favored by users all over the world, constantly satisfying their high-quality and seamless AI digital life needs in order to continue to bring a better digital life to them.

HUAWEI App Gallery, HUAWEI Music, HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, HUAWEI Themes and other HMS apps have been launched globally in succession and have become an important part of Huawei Mobile Services user experience.

• Since its global launch in April 2018, HUWAEI AppGallery has been serving more than 390 million global monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions.
The accumulated downloads has reached 180 billion within a year and the number of overseas top apps released on HUAWEI AppGallery is increasing as more developers join the HMS Ecosystem. HUAWEI AppGallery is global and local at the same time. It provides intelligent recommendations to users, in accordance with user’s location and countries selection. Intelligent recommendations include local and nearby apps, popular local apps, in addition to the best version of each app based upon user’s smartphone model.

• After first launching alongside with HUAWEI Mate 20 Series in Oct 2018 in the Middle East, HUAWEI Music has provided quality music experience, with a wide range of local and global music content. Users can easily follow the music trends and experience a richer audio experience. At present, HUAWEI Music serves in more than 70 countries and regions, with more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide.

• HUAWEI Mobile Cloud features data security from account authentication to data transmission and data storage. It can securely store important data such as contacts, notes, and so on. It also offers multi-end data synchronization to help users manage data safely and conveniently. The number of monthly active users has reached 160 million globally.

• Through the versatile lock screen, personalized icons and tens of thousands of online themes, HUAWEI Themes brings a customized experience to users around the world with a colorful and versatile theme designs, with global monthly active users exceeding 70 million.

One billion USD Shining-Star Program, the first DigiX innovation lab and Hala Young Talent competition.

The HMS Ecosystem has been in development for years and is growing in scale. HUAWEI App Gallery, for example, has been in use as an app distribution platform for more than eight years in China and was launched globally in April,2018. An increasingly large number of developers are joining the HMS Ecosystem and adding their mobile apps on the HUAWEI App Gallery to allow global users an improved experience.

“Wesincerely invite all local partners to join our ecosystem construction, that’s why we had invested 1 billion USD in Shining-Star Program and building the first DigiX innovation labs in Dubai to fully support them.” comments Adam Xiao, Managing Director of MENA Mobile Services, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group.

To encourage more developers to integrate qualitative apps to the HMS Ecosystem, Huawei has increased its investment from one billon CNY to a billion in USD to global developers – the Shining-Star program has been significantly upgraded with 80% of the investment targeted at incentivizing and accelerating global developers’ innovation. It also aims to cover the development, growth and marketing funds needed.

The DigiX Innovation Studio will further expand throughout the globe, with eight DigiX Labs in 6 main cities in the global marketsincluding Dubai, providing supportto global developers, including device testing, experience of capability development, among others.

Also, HalaYoung Talent MENA campus theme design competition was announced during Huawei Developer Day which encourage campus students in the MENA to createbetter theme jobby providing the HUAWEI Themes users more selection, inspiring young energy and bringing the Middle Eastern culture and art to the world.

Open capabilities help developers foster innovation and distribution.

• The HMS can help developer and foster innovation and implement one-point access and intelligent global distribution for all terminals in all scenarios. The HMS, through its intelligent, contextual distribution ecosystem, is designed to enhance users' experience by connecting them with the most suitable content for every moment of their daily lives. As a result, the HMS is growing rapidly with more than 1,010,000 global developer registrations and 45,000 apps connected to the HMS Core as of August 2019. Opening up to developers, the HMS will provide them more support with diverse tool kits and share more platform capabilities, allowing developers to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.Check the kit details at https://developer.huawei.com/consumer/en/

In addition, the HMSsupports commercial success of developers. For example, Ads kit provides developers with a private and compliant ad ID (OAID), which offers the underlying support for personalized advertising while protecting users' privacy and security. It also helps developers continue to use the monetization capabilities offered by other advertising platforms.

Work together with the best local partners to bring a better digital experience
To engage with more partners and boost the partnership ecosystem, Huawei has partnered with the best content providers in the in global markets to offer unique viewing experience to their users.

• At the Huawei Developer Day, Rahul Prabhakar Badki, Head of Partnerships & BD, VIU MEA has shared their partner story and mentioned “VIU, the award-winning content delivery platform of the year, aims to bring the best originals, along with Arabic as well as international TV series and movies to MENA users, and we worked closely with HUAWEI App Gallery in the last year that had brought us more than one million application downloads. We also witnessed superior video streaming & download experience for our engaged users on HUAWEI Mate 20X 5G due to its excellent 5G technology.”

• Hussam Hammo, CEO of Tamatem, the leading mobile games publisher in the Arabic world, has announced a new partnership with HUAWEI App Gallery and commented that they will integrate the game service kit to the global market, through its top-quality games. They will also enhance their game performance through the Huawei GPU Turbo Optimization to drive higher average frame rates and lower average power consumption per frame.

10/8/2019 3:13:11 PM
<![CDATA[Rapid completion rates for "El Batal" projects to deliver units to clients one year: Emad Doss]]>
This came during a field tour the company organized in some of its distinguished projects attended by El Batal CEO, Eng.Emad Doss, and a number of the company’s officials, media figures and journalists in order to get acquainted with the progress of construction works in its projects as well as what has been achieved on the ground.

“The company accelerated the implementation of the steps of increasing its capital in light of its strong desire to speed up the completion of the existing series of projects in East and West Cairo and deliver it to clients a year ahead the deadline of the scheduled handover.” He said.

He pointed out that the company is studying a variety of investment opportunities in various residential, service and other sectors.

Doss pointed out that “El Batal for Housing and Development is in the process of invading the industrial sector and expanding its works in Al-AinSokhna, and will soon announce the establishment of a joint entity through merger with Chinese investors.

“The business history of El Batal for Housing and Development in Egypt and Canada’s Ontario province increased the confidence of foreign capital and major entities in cooperation with the company.” Doss said.

He stressed the company's keenness in mergers with foreign entities because those entities bring foreign currency from banks and financial institutions abroad into Egypt that contributes to the strengthening of the economy.

He explained that the year 2020 is likely to become the year of industry with the care of the state and the political leadership to support the industry-directed investments.
“There are companies and capitals that want to invest in the Egyptian market and implement various industrial projects because the market has a high population density in addition to the lower land prices, lower laborers salaries and lower operating costs compared to the Middle East countries.”

El Batal CEO revealed that the company through its project "Rock Elite" in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement units is in harmony with the requirements of foreign clients and it helps achieve the state's plan to export real estate. “Through this project, El Batal offers fully integrated and finished hotel service units with all electrical appliances. Furnishings are also available if required by the client in addition to the integrated services that meet different needs.”

"Rock Elite" is a mega building includes 112 housing units with hotel services ranging from 50 to 100 meters in addition to a commercial area of 3000 meters and an administrative area of 2000 meters as well. The total area of the project is 3 acres and is located next to the AUC in the Fifth Settlement to be in the center of the city and the new administrative capital.

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10/8/2019 1:22:55 PM
<![CDATA[Samo Foods unveils investment plans for 2020 and expands in 30 more branches]]>
Auf detailed that the company was founded in 1976 and over the past 40 years, it has gained experience in the food industry and even contributed in achieving breakthroughs that qualified it to become one of the leading companies in the snacks and natural healthy food products’ industry. With its current strategy of diversion to sustainable organic agriculture, Samo Foods outstands from competition with global brands. In addition, the company has the latest factory for roasting and packaging of the various types of nuts that operates according to the highest international technology standards using nitrogen in packaging to ensure the highest control and quality.

He also revealed that Samo foresees an increase in its coffee production lines of all kinds to meet the needs of the domestic market as well as serving markets abroad, according to a deliberate plan to open new export markets for all products of the company. Furthermore, Auf pointed out that the main objective of the company's participation in the international exhibition of Anuga International for Food and Beverage Industries - Held from 5 to 9 October 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is to stand upon real investment opportunities through which export targets can be achieved abroad and hence providing more foreign currency into the Egyptian market.

This participation comes with high hopes of strong Egyptian representation during the exhibition, especially that Samo will showcase their latest technologies and innovation adopted in their production lines. Additionally, Auf stated that the participation opens doors for trade opportunities and deals that will positively affect the Egyptian economy and paves the way for more Egyptian brands in the field.

Samo Food Industries owns the brand "Abu Auf" which is a leading Egyptian company in the field of nuts, dried fruits, Egyptian dates, coffee and snacks, as well as natural healthy food products. Samo owns more than 120 distribution outlets nationwide, and a fleet of cars for distribution.

On another relevant note, Anuga International for Food and Beverage Industries is one of the biggest and most important exhibitions in the field of F&B. In its 35th edition, Anuga is foreseen to host a number of countries from around the world represented by leading F&B manufactures and distributers.]]>
10/8/2019 1:20:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Participates in Gitex 2019 with Two Pavilions Featuring 28 Tech Companies]]>
This year marks the 15th consecutive participation for Egypt at Gitex where ITIDA is building up two official pavilions for the first time, one of which is located in Sheikh Saeed Hall in a 429 square meters space with 18 Egyptian companies.

The second pavilion embraces 10 Egyptian startups in Za'abeel Hall where they showcase their innovative tech offering and meet the decision makers and investors during "GITEX Future Stars"; one of the region’s biggest startup event and matchmaking platform.

Eng. Hala El Gohary, CEO of ITIDA, said “The Egyptian participation is part of our efforts to help local companies penetrate foreign markets and increase their exports of ICT products and related services”.

ITIDA offers a wide range of services that helps to strengthen the local IT firms’ capacities, attracting and servicing multinational IT companies. It expands IT businesses by providing unique access to several markets through sponsoring and taking part in the local, regional and international trade shows.

“The GCC market and the Middle East region in general, are among our target markets where the IT spending is projected to reach $ 160 billion by the end of this year.”, ITIDA CEO added.

The Egyptian companies participating at the event cover a wide spectrum of technologies including RFID solutions, Interactive Mobile Apps, Internet-of-Things, information security, systems integration, virtual and augmented reality, and 5G networks, and digital education content.

Egypt enjoys a worldwide reputation as a hub for IT and shared services and it maintains a growth trajectory in IT offshore services and its ICT sector is one of the top performer in the last 5 years and the fastest growing in 2019 with 13%.

Gitex Technology Week is the biggest tech show in the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, with 4,800 companies from 140 countries taking part this year that provides access to one of the fast-growing markets, rich networking opportunities and partnerships with international delegations, public and private sectors, decision-makers.]]>
10/6/2019 12:03:29 PM
<![CDATA[Nazi relics from secret hoard unveiled at Argentina's Holocaust Museum]]>
Along with the busts of the Nazi leader, objects going on display in December include a statue of a Germanic eagle standing on a base bearing a swastika, an hourglass that belonged to a member of Hitler’s feared SS, and games to indoctrinate children in Nazism.

“These elements will show part of that terrible story that was the Nazi genocide,” Marcelo Mindlin, president of the museum in the capital Buenos Aires, said in an interview at a news conference where the objects were on display.

Argentina is home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population. The museum, which opened in 2001, is the only Holocaust museum in Latin America, according to museum officials. It will have a grand reopening at the beginning of December after a renovation to add exhibits to its original collection of photos and other Nazi propaganda.

“The great surprise of these objects was that they could not have belonged to anyone but someone in the Nazi hierarchy,” Mindlin added. The artifacts were examined by Argentine and German experts, who confirmed they came from the Nazi regime.

The stash was found in 2017 in the home of Carlos Olivares, a collector and seller of antiques residing in a wealthy suburb of Buenos Aires. The home was raided after allegations he trafficked in illegal objects from China.

But a surprise awaited police: a secret room with more than 80 Nazi-era relics, Argentine Federal Police head Nestor Roncaglia told Reuters.

Police seized the objects, which were later examined by a team of German experts who traveled to Argentina. The experts confirmed the relics’ authenticity, and Argentine officials donated them to the museum.

Olivares is being prosecuted for violating cultural heritage protection laws and will be put on trial for keeping the Nazi objects for commercial purposes.

The collection also included cranial measurement instruments, an original photo of an aircraft taken by Hitler’s official photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann; a set of magnifying glasses and a Ouija board, used to try to contact the dead.

Displaying the board, the museum’s curator said it was made in Amsterdam and was inscribed with Nazi symbols, a relic of the occult elements associated with Nazism.

“This reflects the power of the Nazis and the strong feeling towards Nazism that they had in order to invest and spend on these objects,” Eva Fon de Rosenthal, a 94-year-old Hungarian Holocaust survivor, said in an interview at the museum event.

“There were thousands and thousands of Nazis here,” she said, referring to those who fled Germany for Argentina after the fall of the Third Reich at the end of War Two.

Among them were a number of high-ranking Nazi officials, who settled in Argentina and other South American countries.

Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Holocaust - the campaign to exterminate Europe’s Jews - lived in Argentina under a pseudonym until Israeli agents captured him near Buenos Aires in 1960.

The relics “show again that Argentina not only received Holocaust survivors but, unfortunately, Nazi leaders,” said Mindlin, the president of the museum.]]>
10/5/2019 12:29:17 PM
<![CDATA[ Huawei organizes the first ICT Talent Bank annual conference]]>
“In Huawei ICT Talent Bank we build an open, dynamic ecosystem for shared success. We collaborate with all parties, including governments, industry organizations, enterprises, universities, and other academic institutions.” Added Vincent Sun, CEO of Huawei Egypt “Egypt has a young population that is full of potential. Therefore, it is our responsibility to continuously cultivate these young people and form the ICT Talent Bank as a step toward making Egypt a hub for ICT talent in the future.”

After highlighting the importance of digitalization and the government’s strategy to invest in local talents, Amr Taalat the minister of Communications and Information Technology described the ministry’s partnership with Huawei as an influential milestone towards cultivating Egyptian talents and achieving digital transformation. “The ministries in attendance today aim to create and support new calibers in order to offer more job opportunities, enhance the citizen’s experience, rationalize the usage of national resources and regain Egypt’s status as an essential destination for ICT intelligence.” Taalat previously visited Huawei’s headquarters to discuss the company’s capabilities in chip set and cloud computing.

Mohamed Saafan, the Minister of manpower was more focused to tackle the subject of mutual support between Huawei and the ministry. “What we saw today is spectacular because it aims to invest in the intellectual potential of youth and that is the wisest investment in the world. The ICT talent bank is a key pillar for Huawei and we support their initiative and hope to make the best use of it in the coming period.”


Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research was also keen to discuss the importance of the current collaboration between the government and Huawei in order to encourage research and development. “Today’s initiative ‘reach, train and recruit’ by ICT talent bank is amazing because we have already worked with Huawei in universities through their specialized academies and we have also collaborated with them in training fresh-grad calibers. Technology is set to change the way we know life in the coming five to ten years; therefore, it is important for us to prepare our youth to the careers of the future.”

“Huawei is one of the biggest suppliers of ICT solution in the Egyptian market and it has also participated positively in the network construction of Egypt.” Added Liao Liqiang, the Chinese ambassador to Egypt “the Egyptian youth is outstanding and quite smart so china is very glad to cooperate with Egypt in regards to technology and smart economy development.”

Determined to invest in young local talents, Huawei is already in the process to establish Huawei ICT academies. After signing a deal with the ministry of higher education to have academies in private and public universities over the coming three years, Huawei aims to welcome 12,000 students per academy; divided between two main specializations; networks (Switch, routers, servers) and clouds (IoT, big data and artificial intelligence).]]>
10/3/2019 11:49:37 AM
<![CDATA[Ants, crickets and cockroaches: healthy snacks that taste like potato chips]]>
The head of the University of Costa Rica’s Insects Museum decided three years ago to replace animal protein in his diet with crickets, ants, cockroaches, beetles and other insects - and wants to encourage others to do the same.

“Insects are delicious,” he said in an interview at his farm in Sarchi, about 30 miles (50 km) from the capital San Jose.

“You can sit and watch a soap opera, watch the football game, do any activity with a plate full of insects. Eat them one by one, with a glass of soda... they’ll go down well,” said Paniagua.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has counted more than 1,900 insect species that are edible.

Especially in Asia and in Africa, the tiny creatures are touted as delicacies packed with vitamins, minerals and energy.

Their proponents also note that bugs emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than cattle or pigs and require significantly less land and water than cattle.

Paniagua’s wife, Gabriela Soto, prepared their meal by splashing oil in a frying pan, adding the farm-raised insects and topping them off with a dash of salt.

She then brought out several dishes to her young daughter, who reached into a plate with her hands and munched fearlessly, and husband, who suggested a bit of lemon would enhance their flavor.

“They are going to taste like potato chips... you can eat basically a whole plate of these insects,” Paniagua said.]]>
10/2/2019 12:21:08 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesian Robusta: Egyptians' taste of coffee]]>
Egypt imported coffee worth $48.151 million between January and July of 2017, compared to $7.287 million in the same period during the previous year, at an increase of 560.8%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Egypt imports 40 tons of coffee beans annually to meet the local market’s needs. However, the imported quantity increased to 45 tons by 10% in 2018. Approximately 70% of coffee is imported from Indonesia due to its cheap prices and high quality, Chairman of Egypt’s Coffee Division in the Chamber of Commerce Hassan Fawzy said in a June 2018 statement.

On the sidelines of the 33rd Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2018 at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition in BSD City in Banten last month, a deal worth $30 million was signed between Egyptian Haggag Company for Import and Export and Indonesia’s PT Asal Jaya. On the sidelines of the TEI 2018, Minister of Trade and Industry Enggartiasto Lukita received a complaint from Egyptian businesses that the imported amount of Robusta coffee was not enough to meet the Egyptian market needs. The minister has
since pledged to meet demand in Egypt.

On a Coffee Plantation
Business Today Egypt went on a tour in the largest coffee farm in Indonesia, located in central Java’s educational hub Yogyakarta, for a cup of coffee on the island. On an area of 400 hectares owned by PT Perkebunan Nusantara Holding Company (PTPN IX), 400 Indonesian farmers and employees produce 1,500 tons of Arabica and Robusta coffee each day.

Coffee needs a tropical climate to grow and a temperature of 21-28 degrees Celsius, and farmers sometimes depend on rainwater to irrigate the coffee plants.

“After rains, some coffee trees begin growing and its blossoms to look like Jasmine,” the guide explained, adding that one acre of Robusta trees produces one ton of coffee.

Workers at Coffee plantation- Samar Samir/Egypt Today

During the harvest season lasting from June to September, farmers reap the ripe red beans. Then, they start to trim the trees to make them the same height, allowing workers to easily pick the produce the following season, the guide added.

After the reaping process, coffee should be shipped to factories for the drying process. First, coffee beans are wetted so they are easy to peel; then, they are taken to a big room with iron-holed floors to allow for the drying process to begin. Meanwhile, the sorting process by female workers takes place as a second phase. Finally, the unroasted green beans are stored inside a silo, awaiting coffee traders, the guide explained, noting that Robusta coffee is categorized into three main types: small, medium and large.

The PTPN IX plants only Arabica and Robusta, not the more expensive Luwak, which is sold for $200 per kilogram due to its limited production, said Dandang Juanda, head of the Business Development sector of the plantation holding company PTPN IX.

“A cup of Luwak coffee is worth $50,” he said, adding that Arabica coffee is the second most expensive, with a kilogram of Arabica costing $6.8. Robusta ranked third at a slightly lower price per kilogram, he added.

For Egyptians, Robusta is in high demand due to its reasonable price level. Egypt mostly imports from Indonesian traders, but also buys from Brazil, India, Guatemala, Colombia, and Vietnam, along with 11 others countries.

The upturn of Indonesian coffee exportation to Egypt via the private sector has driven Jakarta’s government to enter into negotiations with Egyptian businessmen to export coffee more independently from the privately owned Indonesian company. “I think that when we have a contract with Egypt, it is the first time between the [Indonesian] state owned company and private companies in Egypt,” Juanda said. Both sides are still holding negotiations to reach a final agreement, he added.

“The company aims for a direct exportation line with Egypt, away from the traders, as a way to increase the company’s net profits and save money that goes to those traders,” Senior Vice President of Marketing Arif Budiman said.

Coffee planting was introduced to Indonesia when Dutch colonization imposed compulsory plantation of spices and coffee beans in 1832. PTP IX was founded in 1809 and is a subsidiary of the PTPN conglomerate.

PTPN has a 133,000-strong workforce nationwide, Budiman explained, adding it has 14 other subsidiaries for producing palm oil, coffee, tea, sugar, and tobacco, with a capital of $66 billion in investments. It has 288 farms, each spanning between 1,000 and 6,000 feddans.
10/1/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Harry to join anti-poaching patrol in Malawi]]>
The Duke of Sussex had left his wife Meghan and their four-month-old son Archie in South Africa to visit Botswana, Angola and Malawi.

Harry arrived in Malawi on Sunday, met President Peter Mutharika and also visited a college to meet young women whose education is partially supported by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

On Monday, Harry will fly to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, where he will pay tribute at the memorial site for British soldier Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who was killed in May while taking part in counter-poaching operations in the country.

He will also join an anti-poaching patrol with local park rangers and witness an anti-poaching demonstration conducted by local rangers and the UK military.

Harry, writing in The Daily Telegraph ahead of his national park trip, said conservation was “fundamental to our survival.”

“This may well sound hippy to some,” Harry wrote.

“But we cannot afford to have a ‘them or us’ mentality. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist or within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.”

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the throne, has been visiting southern Africa for two decades for holidays and conservation work.

On Tuesday, Harry will visit a health center, pharmacy and youth reproductive health outreach program in Malawi.

Harry will then rejoin Meghan and Archie in South Africa for a township visit on Wednesday near Johannesburg. They will also meet Graca Machel, widow of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, and meet President Cyril Ramaphosa before departing for London.]]>
9/30/2019 11:21:10 AM
<![CDATA[FameLab, UK’s biggest search for Science voices launching it’s 11th season. ]]>
Considered the largest science competition in the world, Famelab is open to anyone aged between 18 and 40 working in or studying technology, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, physics or maths.

Historically, the competition attracted Egyptians from 26 governorates, engaging youth and identifying bright minds all over the country, and helping them advance their careers.

Competitors must explain a scientific concept in three minutes, using simple props that they can carry on to a stage. The national winner gets to compete with peers from all around the world at the annual Cheltenham Science festival.

Shaimaa Al Banna, Head of the Science Programme at the British Council said: “ While the competition allows us to stir a conversation around science, it also contributes to the employability for people in STEM. Better understanding of research means better understanding of its wider relevance to society. Relevance builds support and leads to better funding. It also help non-scientists understand how discoveries make communities healthier and lives better”

The competition has attracted many females, whose participation reached 49%. Last year, Egyptian pharmacologist Nada Ali, was the national winner who climbed her way to the finals, in the UK, with her presentation on how bacteria fight back against antibiotics.

Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council in Egypt said: “I hope, through Famelab, we can encourage more women to pursue their studies and research in science and engineering and demonstrate that it is no longer unconventional for women to study these subjects.

The deadline to submit the application is 2 November 2019, applications are screened, and successful candidates will be notified by email. They will need to submit their three-minute video between 10 November 2019 and 5 January 2020, the winner will go on to the international final which will take place in the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

Last year, after switching to a digital format, the competition attracted over 1600 applicants from 26 governorates, and is expected to reach a wider audience.

The New digital format of FameLab, announced last year, allowed 350 contestants in remote areas to participate in auditions through video submissions, leading youth from Delta to South valley passing through, Luxor, Qena, Assiut, Sohag, North Sinai to share their passion for science with the world.
9/29/2019 12:48:31 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia opens to tourists with investment appeal and no abaya rule]]>
The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, relatively closed off for decades, has in recent years relaxed strict social codes, like segregating men and women in public places and requiring women to wear all-covering black robes, or abayas.

Tourism chief Ahmed al-Khateeb told Reuters in an interview ahead of the official announcement that abayas will not be mandatory for women tourists but modest dress is, including at public beaches.

He indicated that alcohol remains banned: “We will have enough tourists to come to Saudi Arabia to enjoy other things.”

Visas will be available online for about $80 (£65), with no restrictions for unaccompanied women as in the past. Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina is restricted.

More details, including which countries are eligible, were expected later on Friday. Khateeb said China, Japan, Europe and the United States were among the top outbound targets.

Until now, foreigners traveling to Saudi Arabia have been largely restricted to resident workers and their dependents, business travelers, and Muslim pilgrims who are given special visas to visit Mecca and Medina.

Plans to admit significant numbers of leisure tourists have been discussed for years, only to be blocked by conservative opinion and bureaucracy. An e-visa for sporting events and concerts was introduced last December.

The move is part of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans to develop new industries to wean the world’s top oil exporter off crude and open up society including by introducing previously banned entertainment.

Many of his reforms received international praise, but his image has been tarnished by last year’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the arrest of critics including prominent women activists, and a devastating war in Yemen.


Tensions with arch-rival Iran have also flared. Riyadh blames Tehran for an attack earlier this month on Saudi oil facilities, which Iran denies.

Khateeb, who chairs the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said the country is “very, very safe” and the attack would not impact plans to attract tourists.

Tourism is high on the crown prince’s agenda, despite a shortage of infrastructure. To drive growth, Khateeb estimated some 250 billion riyals ($67 billion) of investments are needed, including 500,000 new hotel rooms by 2030 — half at government-backed mega projects and half from private investors.

The government wants to attract 100 million annual visits in 2030, up from about 40 million currently. Contribution to GDP is targeted to reach 10% from 3%.

Asked about negative perceptions of Saudi Arabia among some in the West, he said: “I’m very, very sure they will have a better judgment when they come and experience the life here in Saudi Arabia, and I promise them they will leave with great memories.”

The Gulf country, which shares borders with Iraq to the north and Yemen to the south, boasts vast tracts of desert but also verdant mountains, pristine beaches and historical sites including five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“We remain authentic,” said Khateeb. “We have a great culture where many, many tourists would love to come and explore this culture and learn more about it and see it and experience it.”

The development drive aims at adding 1 million tourism jobs. Getting hundreds of thousands of Saudis into the workforce remains a major challenge for the crown prince, who has so far only managed to make a dent in the official unemployment rate which remains over 12%.]]>
9/27/2019 2:26:07 PM
<![CDATA[Rethinking Digital Lifestyle with HUAWEI Mobile Services on HUAWEI Mate 30 Series]]>
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, launched HUAWEI Mate 30 Series at the event and for the first time introduced HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) running on the devices, which rethinks digital lifestyle and providesa smarter, faster and betterseamless AI digital life experience for global users.

HUAWEI AppGallery, HUAWEI Browser, HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, HUAWEI Themes, HUAWEI Music, HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Reader, HUAWEI Assistant and other HMS apps have been launched globally in succession and have become an important part of HUAWEI Mobile Services user experience. Together with the HUAWEI Mate 30 series, these apps will rethink users’ digital lifestyle.

HUAWEI Browser is a secure and easy-to-use mobile browser, which provides high-speed Internet browsing experience, convenient search service and complete privacy protection for Mate 30 series users. Currently, there are more than 200 million monthly active users worldwide.

HUAWEI Mobile Cloud protects data security from account authentication, data transmission, and data storage. It can securely store important data such as photos, videos, and contacts, and realize multi-end data synchronization to help users manage data safely and conveniently. The amount of monthly active users has reached 160 million globally.

Through the versatile lock screen, personalized icons and tens of thousands of online themes, HUAWEI Themes brings a different experience to users around the world with a colorful and versatile design. The global monthly active users exceed 70 million.

In addition, HUAWEI Mobile Services will continue to provide HUAWEI Mate 30 Series users with rich audio and video entertainment experience. Mate 30 series users can listen to high-definition music through HUAWEI Music, and enjoy a wide range of music content and apps such as tens of millions of music libraries, popular song lists, audiobook channels, HiFi zones anytime and anywhere. Users can easily follow the music trend and experience a richer audio experience. At present, HUAWEI Music has served more than 70 countries and regions, with more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide.

HUAWEI Video, together with Youku, Mango TV, Sohu.com, Jetsen Huashi Wangju, HUACE FILM&TV, Sony, Disney and other global partners, bring consumers the ultimate audio and video experience. With a large number of high-quality contents, users can not only enjoy the popular broadcast of Youku and Mango TV, as well as tens of thousands of Hollywood and Chinese movies, art, humanities, knowledge and education, and other special content, enjoying a rich video experience across the world. At present, HUAWEI Video has been launched in China, Italy, Spain and other places, with more than 130 million monthly active users.

HUAWEI Reader has cooperated with dozens of partners in the Chinese market, including IReader Technology, Dianzhong Technology, Ali Literature, and China Literature, which has provided users with more than 1 million copies of high-quality content, covering classic publications, bestsellers, and other categories. HUAWEI Reader will also be launched globally, creating a digital reading platform to give users a richer reading experience.

HUAWEI Assistant will be launched online together with the HUAWEI Mate 30 series. Users can simply swipe to the -1 screen to have a quick access to various services, as well as global search, situational intelligence, news hotspots and other smart service cards to provide them with rich service. The news hotspot information service covers 30 languages in 82 countries and regions and provides intelligent reminders of 117 important event information and more than 150 stock market information.
Global Application Distribution-Rethinking Form of Digital Services
HUAWEI Mate 30 series comes pre-installed with HUAWEI AppGallery, an official application distribution platform. Since its global launch in April 2018, HUWAEI AppGallery has been serving more than 390 million global monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions. The accumulated downloads havereached 180 billion within a year and the number of overseas top apps released on HUAWEI AppGallery is increasing as more developers join the HMS Ecosystem.

HUAWEI AppGallery is global and local at the same time. It provides intelligent recommendations to Mate 30 series users, in accordance with user’s location and countries selection. Intelligent recommendations include local and nearby apps, popular local apps, in addition to the best version of each app based upon the Mate 30 model in use.

HUAWEI Quick App will also be launched globally with HUAWEI Mate 30 series, opening the mature Quick App standards of the Chinese market to global developers. This brings Mate 30 series users the convenience of tap-to-use and installation-free application since then.

Together with HUAWEI Mate 30 series release, HUAWEI Quick App available on HUWAEI AppGallery will be launched globally in September 2019 during the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series launch, opening the mature Quick App standards already developed in Chinese market to global developers. Post-launch, Mate 30 series users will experience the convenience of tap-to-use and installation-free applications.

HUAWEI Ability Gallery is a unified platform for both abilities entry and distribution. It works as a centralized platform for device in all-scenarios to link in and receive abilities intelligently. There are more than 5000 high-quality abilities on HUAWEI Ability Gallery, which enables the most atomized and intelligent services possible. Upon the launch of Mate 30 series, HUAWEI Ability Gallery will be launched in global market and will support ability distribution soon. In the future, application services will be further atomized, in order to make users-services matching easier.

Fully Opened - Rethinking A Seamless AIEcosystem

On the basis of prosperous HMS ecosystem, HUAWEI Mate 30 Series keeps bringing a smarter, faster and better seamless AI digital life experience to more users. After the HUAWEI Developer Conference in August 2019, Huawei again introduced its HMS Ecosystem to the world in Mate 30 series launching event.

HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) as well as HMS apps, incorporates Huawei’s chip, device and cloud capabilities and integrates a set of HMS core services (HMS Core), tools, and platforms for IDE development and testing. HMS together with HUAWEI third-party applications and services forms an HMS Ecosystem - an intelligent mobile internet ecosystem for 570 million Huawei users across the globe.

At this moment, HMS Ecosystem has already attracted 1.01 million registered developers around the world.

At this moment, HMS Ecosystem has already attracted 1.01 million registered developers around the world. With HUAWEI fully opening its HMS Core capabilities and services in the new AI and 5G era, developers only need to integrate HMS Software Development Kit in order to use HUAWEI's open capabilities. HUAWEI has officially opened 14 HMS Core services, including 9 basic services and 5 growth services, to provide developers with an Intelligent Ecosystem with Open Capabilities and quick access to HMS Ecosystem. As of now, 45 thousand applications have already been integrated with HMS Core globally with an annual increase of 65%.

HMS Ecosystem has been in development for years and is growing in scale. HUAWEI AppGallery, for example, has been in use as an app distribution platform for more than eight years. An increasingly large number of developers are joining the HMS Ecosystem and putting their apps on HUAWEI AppGallery to allow global users an improved experience.

To encourage more developers to integrate qualitative apps to HMS Ecosystem, Huawei has increased its investment from one billon CNY to a billion in USD to global developers – the “Shining Star” program has been significantly upgraded. 80% of the investment is targeted at incentivizing and accelerating global developer innovation. It also aims to cover the development, growth and marketing funds needed.
The “Shining Star” program will further foster and assist the innovation of global developers, making qualitative services and contents for Mate 30 series users, as well as other Huawei users.

With the launch of the new flagship HUAWEI Mate 30 series, HUAWEI Mobile Services continues to build a seamless AI ecosystem centered on user experience, which rethinks digital lifestyle and brings an extraordinary digital life experience to the global Mate 30 series users.]]>
9/26/2019 12:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences certified by Cristal]]>
1- Food Check – HACCP Food Safety Risk Management System.
2- Aqua Check – Legionella Control Risk Management Principles in Water System .
3- Pool Check – Pool Safety Risk Management System

Those certificates have been earned as a result of the team hard work they have been able to manage the system on daily basis to provide significant reduction of risk from food related illness, legionella and swimming pool related illness or injury.
9/25/2019 3:20:45 PM
<![CDATA[Grass is greener at ALDAU after installing solar panels on rooftops of Steigenberger ALDAU resort]]>
The Resort has always been keen on building a high-end dynamic community for its guests. In 2019 the property has decided to install a 150 kWh solar system station, covering 1,200 m2, saving 900,000 kW electricity consumption per year.

The 30,000 kg solar panels, imported from the UK by Gree Solar, have successfully been installed and ready. ALDAU family is proud to have finally taken a giant milestone to reduce their carbon footprint, protect the environment, and contribute towards preserving the beauty of our beloved Egypt.

“We believe that the law of banning single-use of plastic by the Red Sea governorate has been a great choice and ALDAU Development has taken a bigger initiative in giving back to the environment. After replacing all out plastic utensils with paper ones, we were still keen on contributing with bigger changes in the direction of sustainable energy and it was vital that the project would be up and runningbefore the end of 2019.” – Lars Geweyer, CEO of ALDAU Development Hospitality Division.

ALDAU Development, member of Sami Saad Holding Group, has pioneered in the delivery of premium residential and hospitality properties in Egypt and abroad for the last twelve years.With its keen understanding of the market and its ground-breaking experience in Egypt, the company seeks to produce projects and services that fulfill the needs of the various market segments it serves, having proven that with a track record of establishing the best-in-class resorts, hotels and conference center.


“ALDAU Development” is a subsidiary of “Sami Saad Holding” which was founded back in 1962. Since its foundation, thecompany has had remarkable footprints on the path of evolution and growth until it became one of Egypt’s largest privateholding companies, offering diverse services covering up some of the most critical sectors of the Egyptian economy likeconstruction ”Samcrete”, automotive ”Mercedes Benz”, fast-moving consumer goods ”Corona” chocolate and real estate.

“ALDAU Development” operates two divisions: Real Estate & Hospitality. The hospitality developments are looked uponas the stars of success shining bright in the skies of the group; being regarded as the best in class resorts, hotels andconference centers. We take pride in our existing portfolio of 3 superior hotel properties, “Steigenberger ALDAU BeachHotel”, “Steigenberger Aqua Magic” and “Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle”, in addition to “ALDAU International ConferenceCenter” and “ALDAU Art Promenade” all in Hurghada. ALDAU Development Hospitality Division continues to growinternationally with the successful development of “Holiday Inn London West” in London, United Kingdom.

ALDAU Development Real Estate projects have earned an unparalleled reputation for bringing hospitality excellenceinto real estate projects. The portfolio of ALDAU Development Real Estate includes ALDAU Heights launched in 2015followed by ALDAU Strand in 2016. Both projects’ unique location & stunning views are a true reflection of the group’sideology in developing residential projects perceived as class communities that are best-in-class-developments. With a few large-sized projects underway. ALDAU Development Real Estate strives to optimize quality, serve new marketsand continually improve all aspects of its work to deliver the most possible means of reliability of its developments.

9/25/2019 11:46:05 AM
<![CDATA[Commerce Summit honors Halan for its services in transportation sector]]>
Moahmed Abo ElNaga, CCo and Co-Founder said: “ this award is a great addition to the company. It recognizes our efforts in the Egyptian transportation sector, shedding light on the company's real endeavor to provide advanced and integrated services to its customers. One of our main goals is to expand the scope of our business, by providing additional services in various areas such as home delivery, which in turn facilitates the lives of citizens. "

“Halan achieves millions of trips monthly, half of which are food deliveries. This year, ride-hailing trips have increased by 55%, while food deliveries quadrupled” said Adham Madkour.

During the summit’s panel discussion, Halan spokesperson presented the current situation of the transportation sector, the company’s new technology solutions, fast and reliable transportation, beside logistics and delivery services.

Established in 2017, Halan’s app allows customers to request on demand motorbike or tuk-tuk rides, or order food or goods for delivery via motorbikes or cargo tricycles. Established in 2017, Halan is now operating in more than 20 governorates across Egypt and Sudan. Targeting underserved communities, the company is expanding in more Egyptian cities, including Sharqeya, Daqahleya, Damietta, Qena and Gharbeya this year. Moreover, Halan plans to expand in Africa through launching its services in Ethiopia by the end of 2019.

Halan offers thousands of job opportunities to people, it has more than 100 employees and about 10,000 drivers. The company carefully selects drivers and provides them with efficient training program, to ensure safe and comfortable journeys for their customers.]]>
9/24/2019 11:44:01 PM
<![CDATA[Schneider Electric announces winners of ‘Electric Energy Challenge']]>
The top place in the initiative was awarded to Proteinea team on the idea of raising insects with the aim to replace fishmeal in aquaculture and animal feeds with sustainable and more environmental insect-based protein. The second place was awarded to Division X, for the idea of building Quality inspection Systems integrated with industry 4.0 revolution by using machine vision and deep learning technologies for helping enterprises get tasks digitalized and automated with more accuracy, low cost and save time.

Lastly, the third award was given to Influx, for their innovation of cylinder of solar cells installed in a vertical position reflected and multiplied by the light of the sun within the result of the multiplicity of these reflections generate electricity and double the reflections produce more energy with less space cells.

In addition, the incubation award who will be receiving training for their ideas from Schneider Electric are Vision for smart energy, Dizaria energy and Joudran.

Following the announcement of the winners of the first three places, a cooperation protocol was signed between Schneider Electric Egypt and ‘Sherketak Fekretak’ program and Falak Startups to launch a nationwide energy challenge initiative to present innovative ideas and solutions, with the aim of supporting energy management, sustainable development objectives and entrepreneurship.

“The idea of ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’, which was held for the first time in Egypt, was first introduced by Schneider Electric Egypt and was very well received by all of the company's officials. When we announced this idea in May for the first time, we were surprised by the large number of applicants, which reached 150 contestants from different categories, whether students, startups or university professors and the categories of applicants varied between teams and individuals,” said Walid Sheta, Regional Cluster President of Egypt, North East Africa and Levant.

“We were extremely excited about the ideas presented by the contestants. During the first round of the initiative for selecting the short-listed 11 participants, we faced difficulty in selection given the high quality of ideas that were in some cases very close.

We placed rules for selection, including strong knowledge about the problems facing smart cities, presence of innovative solutions that serve technology, an understanding of the nature of markets in the region, as well as the team's ability to develop its skills and the product it is showcasing and its success in selling it in the future; also providing a feasibility study for provided solutions,” Sheta confirmed.

The announcement of the winners of ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’ came as part of the activities of Schneider Electric’s ‘Cairo Innovation Summit 2019’, which was held for the second time in Egypt.

A session was dedicated for the eleven short-listed participants to present their smart innovations and solutions to six sustainability-related problems, before a committee of experts that included Sylvain Paineau, EMEA Business Incubation Director; Jean-Louis Stasi, Senior Vice President, Innovation @TheEdge; Mohamed Saad, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Schneider Electric; Ayman Saeed, Director of Commercial Transformation, Middle East & Africa, Schneider Electric; Karima El-Hakim, Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, Falak Startups; Eslam Mohamed, Director of Entrepreneurship Services Center, ‘Sherketak Fekretak.”

During the session of announcing winners in the initiative, Jean-Louis Stasi, Senior Vice President for New Products at Innovation at Innovation@TheEdge, said: “The Egyptian youths have presented bold ideas aimed at achieving a smarter and more sustainable future in resource management. The selection of winners for the first three places was difficult, especially with the presence of 8 to 9 ideas that were very outstanding.”

"Being a major energy player worldwide, Schneider Electric has a greater knowledge of the market rules and requirements; so, our support for ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’ participants will not be limited to financial awards, as we will also be a link between these innovators and the world's energy experts,” he added.

The top three winners of the ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge 2019’ received financial prizes, ranging between EGP 40 thousand and EGP 100 thousand, in addition to having the opportunity to be incubated in Schneider Electric Egypt as well as an access to Schneider Electric exchange program.

In July, Schneider Electric announced the short-listed winners in ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’, which included eleven participants. These winners were trained by a group of specialized engineers on how to present their ideas and make amendments to achieve more strength and effectiveness for such ideas upon implementation.
9/24/2019 3:06:10 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Harry and Meghan in South Africa on first tour since baby's birth]]>
Later in the trip, Harry will rekindle memories of the couple’s courtship in Botswana and of his mother Diana in Angola.

Meghan, an American former actress, has had only one official engagement since giving birth to Archie in May.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to meet anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other dignitaries in South Africa, but chose to begin their tour in a township known as the country’s “murder capital”.

Nyanga, about 20 km (12 miles) from Cape Town, recorded more murders - 289 - than any other police precinct in 2018/19.

The royal couple visited The Justice Desk, a group that teaches self-defence and empowerment to vulnerable children, many of whom have suffered trauma - key skills in a place where thousands live cheek-by-jowl in a squalid sea of tin and wood shacks, and where violence is a daily reality.

Harry and Meghan, holding hands, arrived at the non-governmental organisation to the sound of drum beats and ululating, as women and children shouted in excitement.

They then greeted and chatted to women and children, with Meghan giving hugs to some.

“Now is the time to come together as a community, and we applaud those of you who are leading the way for South Africa’s ongoing transformation,” Harry told the crowd.

Speaking at the Nyanga Methodist Church, whose windows are protected by heavy bars against burglars, Theodora Lutuli of The Justice Desk said before Harry and Meghan’s arrival that the organisation was having a huge impact in the community by making children aware of their rights.

“They will tell you this is my body, it belongs to me... That is what they are being taught and we are saying if it starts from there, then we are guaranteed a better future,” said Lutuli, the organisation’s community liaison officer.


Ahead of the royal couple’s arrival, a small crowd of around 100 gathered outside the church, singing and dancing to the beat of a marimba band, while a throng of local and international media jostled for positions.

Children, some of them of nursery age, wore white Justice Desk t-shirts bearing the words “I’m not too young to be heard”.

Harry and Meghan will later visit the District 6 museum that honours thousands of families forcibly removed during the apartheid era after the area, adjacent to the Cape Town business district, was declared whites-only and bulldozers moved in to demolish homes.

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the throne, has been visiting southern Africa for two decades for holidays and conservation work.

He will travel on alone for a working visit to Botswana, where the couple went shortly after they began dating in July 2016 and returned in 2017 for a romantic getaway to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday.

Harry then heads to Angola, visiting the landmine clearance project that featured in some of the most famous photographs of his late mother, Princess Diana.

He ends the solo section of his tour in Malawi, where he will meet President Peter Mutharika, before rejoining Meghan and Archie in South Africa for another township visit, this time near Johannesburg.
9/24/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[E-Commerce Summit 2019 Publicly Recognizes the Rise of realme in Egypt]]>
Launching in early 2019, this momentous achievement reinforces the digitally-lead strategy realme has adopted, not only in Egypt, but internationally. Partnering with the e-commerce platform Jumia.com, realme has successfully launched five models through the website and achieved record-breaking sales figures; more notably during the realme 3 Pro launch which sold 1,000 units in the first 5 minutes.

By focusing their efforts on relating to the younger generation, realme has capitalized on the “youth bulge” in Egyptian demographics and secured their loyalty to the brand through competitive features, attractive design, and moderate pricing. Marketing Communication and Public Relations Manager, Andro Nabil comments, “realme has achieved a 3.3% market share in less than a year with 5% of our sales derived from products within the 2,000-5,000 EGP price range. Our users number over 220,000 Egyptians who have found that realme not only surpasses other competitors in certain functional features but resonates with them on an emotional level as well.”

Currently, realme has launched their latest flagship model, the 3 Pro which houses state-of-the-art specifications including a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE processor,VOOC Flash Charge, an elegant dewdrop display with 6.3” screen, and modern design that incorporates a vibrant color range.]]>
9/23/2019 10:25:32 AM
<![CDATA[Mountain View spreads happiness in partnership with DH EGYPT]]>
The event was held at the Mountain View Sky Roof building in the presence of the presidents and CEOs of major international companies that helped achieve this remarkable success.

“Happiness Project” aims to transform workplaces into happy and exhilarating spaces to create a comfortable and more productive environment for its employees and business partners.

As one of the most prominent real estate developers in Egypt, Mountain View adapts the principle of spreading happiness by building vibrant and productive communities throughout their projects in New Cairo, 6th of October city, and the North Coast.

9/22/2019 12:17:35 PM
<![CDATA[Fire-damaged rooster from Notre-Dame's spire goes on display]]>
The rooster was one of several culturally-important artefacts salvaged after the fire, on April 15 2019, which destroyed the cathedral’s spire and much of its roof.

“It was one of the symbols of Notre-Dame de Paris and is even more so now,” French Culture Minister Franck Riester told reporters on Friday.

“(The rooster) has been scarred by the fire. It was heated and then it fell, something which triggers another debate: should we restore it or leave it like it is, as a witness on what happened on April 15 ?”.

The rooster will go on display in Paris this weekend as part of European Heritage Days, in which sites of cultural interest open their doors to the public.

Asked if the cathedral as a whole could be restored in five years’ time, as French President Emmanuel Macron promised, Riester said that remained the aim but added that the work would not be rushed.

Riester also said Notre-Dame was still not entirely secured and that a thorough study was underway to establish the type of permanent damage the fire left on the structure of the cathedral.]]>
9/21/2019 2:35:29 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei rethinks the smartphone with its ground-breaking HUAWEI Mate 30 series]]>
Benefiting from Huawei’s 32-years of expertise in communication technologies and a decade in design innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 looks and performs like no other smartphone. Inspired by the design principle of minimalism, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series showcases the perfect example of how aesthetic design fuses with technology. Its unique, iconic OLED HUAWEI Horizon Display offers an immersive viewing experience, while the Kirin 990 5G SoC – the first to integrate processing units and a 5G modem on the same chip using the 7nm+ EUV process– affords unrivalled levels of performance and efficiency.

A revolutionary integrated quad-camera includes the SuperSensing Cine Camera, a dual main camera system designed for amazing photographic and videographic results, while the HUAWEI SuperCharge and EMUI10 offer long-lasting battery life for heavy mobile users and an enhanced user experience.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: “The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone. Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering an unrivalled user experience. The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the HUAWEI Mate 30 series is the ultimate expression of what’s possible.”

Rethink Design: Futuristic iconic handset
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series builds upon the aesthetic of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series with a futuristic design that is sure to make a lasting impression. With an ultra-narrow notch design and the thinnest of bezels, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro features the HUAWEI Horizon Display, which curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area to provide an unparalleled, edge-to-edge immersive viewing experience.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro introduces the Intuitive Side-touch Interaction feature to replace the side volume buttons with invisible virtual keys. This feature also allows users to customise the volume key position on either sides of the device and makes HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro the most integrated, all-in-one design smartphone currently available. Together, HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-Screen Fingerprint provide high levels of biometric security and convenience.

Turn the device over and the iconic ring design of the quad-camera system immediately stands out, surrounded by a metallic ‘halo’. Mirroring the design of a DSLR camera and designed to be held comfortably, the beautiful HUAWEI Mate 30 Series makes the user the focus of the crowd, attracting all the attention. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting display.

Rethink Performance - World’s First 2nd Generation 5G Smartphone
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series is powered by the HUAWEI Kirin 990 series chipset, Huawei’s most sophisticated smartphone chipset launched to date. The HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G challenges the limits of silicon-based physics by incorporating a three-level power efficiency architecture for the CPU, Huawei’s self-developed Da Vinci NPU architecture (large dual-NPU + tiny NPU cores) as well as a supersized 16-core GPU to deliver super-fast performance and high-power efficiency.

Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm+ EUV process, the disruptive HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G supports 2G/3G/4G network and 5G Non-StandAlone (NSA) and StandAlone (SA) modes, along with Dual SIM, Dual Standby and FDD/TDD full frequency bands to deliver seamless connectivity. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series has also been optimised for ultimate OS performance. As the world’s first 2nd generation 5G smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G features 14 antennas for 5G, delivering ground-breaking speed with unrivalled connectivity.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 sports a large battery of 4200mAh, while HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery of 4500mAh. With TÜV Rheinland certified wired and wireless Huawei SuperCharge Technology, the 27W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge and the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge provide users safe and fast charging, while wired and wireless in-car charging and a wired powerbank ensure a seamless experience across all scenarios.

Additionally, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series provides upgraded reverse wireless charging bringing users a quick and convenient way to recharge other devices.

Rethink Photography and Videography – SuperSensing Cine Camera for Stunning Images and Videos
The HUAWEI Mate 30 is equipped with a SuperSensing Triple Camera, comprising a 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera. Coupled with an ISP 5.0 Image Signal Processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 enables users to capture high quality photographs and videos.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro sports a revolutionary quad camera system with the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

The SuperSensing Cine Camera is a Dual-main camera system capable of taking stunning photos that rival high-end cameras. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps. It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also offers pro-bokeh capabilities while recoding for professional looking results. Additionally, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSensing Camera which attracts 40% more lights to deliver stunning results in low light conditions with an impressive light sensitivity of ISO409600, making it the best low light one-shot device ever even for ultra-wide shots.

The 8MP HUAWEI Telephoto Camera offers 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + AI Stabilisation (AIS) and 3D Depth Sensing, complete the package making the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series the most capable handset for smartphone photography and videography available to consumers. A front-facing 3D Depth Sensing Camera delivers pro-bokeh effects with accurate depth-of-field information for selfies and portraits.


Rethink Interaction: A Faster, Safer and More Engaging Experience
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series features a range of new features that deliver an amazingly smooth and engaging user experience. Including:

• EMUI10 operating system featuring a contemporary magazine inspired layout,
Always-On-Display (AOD) where the colour of the lock screen changes throughout the day;
• Dark Mode brings enhanced legibility making the screen look gentler and more comfortable when night falls;
• Intuitive Side-touch Interaction to customise invisible virtual keys for volume adjustment, gaming and camera set-up as well as being ideal for both right and left-handed users;
• AI gesture control for contactless screen interaction, whereas AI Auto-Rotate and AI Private View are all designed to improve users experience;
• HiCar smart travel for advanced, seamless connectivity between device and a car’s communication and entertainment system;
• Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to transfer data and control multiple screens between Huawei devices;
• HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-screen Fingerprint to provide advanced data security and privacy protection with (HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro only);

Huawei also launched its much anticipated HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 range of wearables. Equipped with the self-developed Kirin AI chip, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 range offers class-leading battery life and a host of new features and functions including 15 sports modes, 10 training modes specifically for running, an enhanced music player and Bluetooth voice calls. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 also provides new wellness features that allow for hassle-free monitoring of a user’s heart rate, daily sleep and other attributes.

Additionally, Huawei also announced the availability of its HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 true wireless Bluetooth earphones which won 11 Best of IFA media awards at the recent IFA consumer electronics show. The black and white versions of FreeBuds 3 will be available in China, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia Pacific and Latin America starting from October 2019.

Colours, Pricing and Availability
The 6.53-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro and 6.62-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

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9/20/2019 8:08:32 PM
<![CDATA[Clean Shores removes plastic from Kafr El-Sheikh beach]]>
The volunteers carried out a beach clean-up campaign in a beach in the city of Baltim, where plastic were collected in as many as 25 sacks.

Volunteers also have launched awareness campaigns that targeted more than 260 beach visitors on the damage caused by plastic and its impact on human health and other living organisms.

The initiative was launched by Youth Loves Egypt organization, in coordination with Cairo's media office of the United Nations.



Egypt has started to adopt new plans to improve garbage recycling and also limit plastic pollution.

In April, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) said that the Red Sea governor announced banning the use of single-use plastic starting June 1 due to its serious environmental damages.

HEPCA said that the use of disposable plastic causes the death of hundreds of thousands of living creatures in the world.

The decision comes to "protect the threatened and endangered species which are severely affected by ingestion, starvation, suffocation, drowning, entanglement and toxicity from plastic remains, which affects the human health accordingly," HEPCA explained.

The governorate is working to prevent factories from producing or distributing plastic bags in the city, according to HEPCA.]]>
9/18/2019 9:37:49 PM
<![CDATA[TikTok Inspires Egyptians to Express Their Creativity]]>
Officially launched in 2018, TikTok houses a variety of features that allow users to express themselves through short videos with easy-to-use video-capturing and editing tools, which allow users to easily trim, cut, merge and duplicate video clips without leaving the app. There is also a wide variety of filters, effects, and AR objects to take videos to the next level. For watching videos, TikTok's intelligent discovery process makes it easy to find and enjoy entertaining content that is unexpectedly personalized. The app delivers an endless stream of short videos without the hassle of having to search for them.

Available in 150 markets and 75 languages, TikTok offers a home for creative expression, aiming to inspire and enrich people’s lives with a genuine and positive experience.

The event saw TikTok representative Hany Kamel discuss TikTok’s journey in Egypt, as well as provide attendees with the unique experience of exploring the features of the platform application first-hand.


TikTok emphasized the potential of the Egyptian market by recounting three wildly successful challenges that have made an impact across the country. #No_Place_Like_Egypt was launched just last month in partnership with the Ministry of Immigration, to encourage all Egyptians to express their love for their homeland. The campaign garnered 16.8M views in eight days and comprised of more than 2,000 videos. Another challenge aimed at Egyptian users was #FreestyleTown, which in partnership with Footpark, gave users a chance to vote on the best freestyle football videos with over 85.4k members participating and 4.8M video views.

As part of a global initiative #TikTokTravel, Egypt was one of among over 100 countries to be included in the campaign that saw users share over 400,000 videos of authentic travel moments that received a total of 1.7Bn views.

“TikTok is a destination for creating and discovering real, interesting, and fun short-form mobile videos that will make your day. Our Egyptian users have demonstrated an amazing level of creativity, and we are looking forward to deliver even more localized activities and features to serve the Egyptian market.” said spokesperson Hany Kamel, TikTok’s Content Operations Director for North Africa.

“Millions of creators are on TikTok showcasing their incredible skills and moments that matter in their everyday lives. Users can find an inclusive community on TikTok that embraces this diverse and positive experience, and is the reason why TikTok has resonated with users across the globe,” added Kamel.

Even as TikTok experiences rapid growth around the world, it is committed to promoting a safe and positive app environment, deploying a combination of policies, technologies, and moderation strategies to detect and review any problematic content or accounts in accordance to its Community Guidelines, available on its website. In addition, it offers users a number of safety features including controls, tools and privacy settings.

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9/18/2019 6:44:16 PM
<![CDATA[Powered by Kirin A1 Chip, Huawei FreeBuds 3 users in Huawei's new intelligent sound]]>
The Kirin A1 chip takes a technologically advanced approach to delivering superior sonics for FreeBuds 3, matching outstanding digital sound processing techniques with a finely tuned high sensitivity driver to deliver spectacular music and voice reproduction.

Furthermore, the new intelligent sound that is powered by the Kirin A1 chip boasts a plethora of class leading features, such as simple and stable connectivity, ultra-low latency, and an impressive approach to noise control.

Engineering a new intelligent sound: the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip
The Kirin A1 chip is the first chip we developed that has been specifically engineered for the hearable and wearable market.Kirin A1 can process complex tasks efficiently and powerfully, all from its diminutive footprint of 4.3mm x 4.4mm.

As the world’s first BT 5.1 & BLE 5.1 wearable chip, Kirin A1 ensures that FreeBuds 3is unmatched for stability and ease of connectivity. Coupled with ournew generation of Bluetooth signal selection algorithm brought about by intelligent adaptive frequency-hopping technology in the communication field, the chip can dynamically identify frequency bands affected by 2.4GHz signal such as Wi-Fi and hop to a free channel. This allows it to quickly adapt to environmental changes and achieve higher anti-interference capabilities.

An intelligent approach to noise cancellation

With the power of the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip, we are bridgingthe gap between expert chip engineering and the art of developing a high-quality, signature sound. To balance these two propositions, Huawei developed an advanced Audio Digital Signal Processor for Kirin A1 chip.The chip leads the industry in audio processing frequency at rates of up to 356MHZ. Its precise and real-time 3A call noise reduction algorithm allows HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 to effectively reduce environmental noise3 in order allow the other party to hear more clearly and create a high-quality call experience.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are the first Open-fitTWS earbuds that both support call noise reduction and accurate real-time active noise cancellation. Based on the simulation of ear canal, the output frequency and intensity of the noise reduction signal are adjusted for different ear canal shapes, thus achieving excellent active noise reduction effect, with open-fit wearing. By double-tapping the left earbud to turn on/off ANC function, you can still enjoy crystal clear music even in the crowded metro or a noisy restaurant.

Studio-Quality Sound,Booming Bass

The high-precision, high-sensitivity 14mm dynamic driver in HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 has been carefully tuned to allow every note to be restored to it’s original brilliance. A complex bass tube cleverly tucked in each earpiece powers. Louder, stronger, tighter and punchier. It feels like you’re enjoying the music in a studio.

A battery built to last all day

The FreeBuds 3 case is equipped with wireless charging capabilities and can be charged by both wireless chargers and reverse wireless charged by smartphones that support reverse wireless charging4. Utilizing the highly efficient power consumption of the Kirin A1 chip, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are able to provide four hours of playback from a single charge, and a total of 20 hours when used alongside the charging case5.

9/18/2019 2:17:33 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir offers 50% discount on business class tickets]]>
In a statement released on Tuesday, EgyptAir said its business class in the airliner's flights provides outstanding advantages and services including the super diamond full flat bed in its A330-300 Boeing planes, the full-flat bed in the planes of Boeing 300-777 and the Dreamliner seats in its Boeing B787-9

The reduction in the tickets prices runs for a limited period of time and they can be booked through the company's website, added the statement.]]>
9/18/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[UNDP partners with adventurer Ali Abdo attempting Longest Journey by Electrical Motorcycle]]>
In this connection, UNDP is partnering with Egyptian motorcyclist, adventurer, and World Records holder,Mr. Ali Abdo on his upcoming journey: World’s Longest Journey on Electric Motorcycle.

The collaboration aims to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly environment protection as well as mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

In his World Record attempt, Mr. Abdo will tour Egypt on a journey that will cover 25,000 km, visit 75 Egyptian cities, and capture150 locations. The journey takes Mr. Abdo across all Egyptian governorates. In partnership with UNDP,he will promote the SDGs, raise awareness about environmental challenges in Egypt, reduce harmful air pollution and fuel consumption, and promote the use of electric vehicles across the country.

It is worth noting that among Ali’s partners feature the Egyptian ministries of Youth and Sports, Environment, Military Production, and Immigration.


UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The Sustainable Development Goals: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Ali Abdo: An Egyptian motorcyclist, adventurer, World Records holder and Founder of Around Egypt on a Motorcycle initiative, Ali is working as an Infrastructure Architect at in IBM.
9/17/2019 1:19:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches 2nd cube satellite into space]]>
The new satellite is set to be released to orbit on November 1, Zahran said in an interview with MENA.

Designed, constructed and tested by an Egyptian team, Narsscube-1 has more power storage capabilities and higher ground imaging resolution, Zahran said.

It is meant to boost potentials of Egypt's national space program with the aim to achieve sustainable development, he added.

Developed by NARSS, Narsscube-1 should also produce reliable data from space and promote applied research in space engineering at
Egyptian universities and research institutes.

The satellite carries a small camera with a ground resolution of 100 meters to take snapshots of Egypt territories.

The NARSSCube satellite program started in July 2017 with the goal of "demonstrating, in orbit, the capabilities of the NARSS team to develop in-house satellite subsystems".

The program is providing Egyptian engineers and scientists with hands-on research experience in nanosatellite subsystems, which will ultimately bolster Egypt’s capabilities in space science and engineering.

NARSS received a total project funding of about 13 million pounds from the Academy of Scientific Research in Egypt (ASRT) to build three cube satellites: NARSSCube-1 (1U), NARSSCube-2 (2U) and NARSSCube-3 (3U).

The Authority is currently developing the more advanced 3U NARSSCube-3, with launching scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. ]]>
9/17/2019 12:26:07 PM
<![CDATA[TIEC Collaborates with Huawei to Launch “Egypt App Cup” Competition]]>
The competition, which is part of Huawei’s “Shining Star” program aims at supporting Egyptian youth in gaining a huge experience and vast ICT knowledge, making their future easier and brighter. The App Cup competition will allow participants to engage in developing innovative mobile-based solutions and android applications that support transportation, health, and tourism sectors.

“Egypt App Cup competition seeks to tremendously impact our youth’s future, as it opens up a path of promising opportunities. It aims at nurturing the young minds, boosting their creativity, and enriching their knowledge. This initiative also support and meets our primary goals of developing the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt along with our mandate of building the capacities of young calibers on the latest ICT technologies.” saidHossam Othman, TIEC Chairperson and ITIDA VP.

HuaweiShining-Star Program is a huge ecosystem supporter, connecting more than 910k global developers.These connections and investments will bring huge benefits to international markets and will encourage developing markets to rise and flourish, boosting the ecosystem around the world.

“Our Shining-Star Program is currently investing 1 billion USD resources in many countries around the world to provide comprehensive support for developers to create a smart mobile service innovation ecosystem”, stated Adam Xiao Ersong, Manager Director of MENA Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Through the App Cup competition, Huawei grants Egyptian youth access to greater capabilities and a wider array of developer services in recognition of Egypt’s potential as a growing market especially in the technology sector”.

At HUAWEI Developer Conference 2019 held in Dongguan China on August 9~11, Huawei announced the launch of 51 open abilities/services, opening 885 APIs,14 HMS Core Capabilities, including the newest Account, Scan, Map and Push kits, which will help developers to implement their ideas and functions with much more ease.

Also, as part of Shining-Star Program, all submitted applications from this competition will get great exposure by being a part of HUAWEI AppGallery, the official application market for HUAWEI and HONOR smartphone, providing creators the perfect launch pad to share their ideas and applications with the millions of users around the world.

Don’t forget to register and submit your golden ideabefore end of September through http://bit.ly/HW_EgyptAppCup. Formoreinformationsaboutthiscompetition, pleasefollow Facebookpage @EgyptAppCupand @HuaweiMobileServices.-END-
About TIEC

The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) was founded in 2010 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in Egypt’s ICT industry for the benefit of national economy. Located at the heart of a modern business environment in Smart Village, TIEC aspires to brand Egypt as a global competitor in high value-added innovation and become the leading regional hub and world-class center for ICT based innovations and entrepreneurship.

The center, affiliated to the Information Technology Industry Development Agency, is the first in Egypt, 2nd in Africa and 4th in the MENA to become an Accredited Member in the European Business Network (EBN).

For more information, please visit TIEC online at www.tiec.gov.eg

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
9/16/2019 2:00:50 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Duchess Meghan returns to work to launch new charity fashion range]]>
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has made a handful of public appearances since son Archie was born in May but the launch of the fashion collection, created in collaboration with well-known British stores and fashion designers, marks her first official engagement.

The sale of the “Smart Set Capsule Collection” will last for at least two weeks and is designed to help Smart Works, a charity that provides quality clothes and training for unemployed women for job interviews.

For every item bought, one will be donated to the charity which Meghan became the patron of earlier this year.

The items include a blazer and trousers from fashion chain Jigsaw; a tote bag from department store John Lewis; a classic dress from Marks & Spencer and a white shirt from fashion designer Misha Nonoo, a friend of the U.S.-born Duchess.

“Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organizations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact,” Meghan, 38, said in a statement.

“Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project - placing purpose over profit and community over competition.”]]>
9/16/2019 1:26:33 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Cements Leadership Position with securing more than 20 Top Awards at IFA 2019]]>
Popular Mechanics, Android Central and Stuff were among the many media outlets to highlight Huawei products among the best announced at IFA 2019. Huawei unveiled our Kirin 990 processor, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 active noise canceling earbuds, the New HUAWEI P30 Pro and the high-speed WiFi Q2 Pro router.The award-winning products usher in another banner year for Huawei’s human-driven design philosophy that places the utmost importance on helping consumers experience high-performance products with superior connectivity.

Huawei earned the following distinctions at IFA 2019:

EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association)named the HUAWEI P30 Pro “Best Smartphone” as part of its Best Product 2019-2020 awards. The association called the P30 Pro an ideal device for consumers who value photography, recognizing the stunning low-light capabilities, ultra-wide lens, portrait mode and 5x telephoto lens that bests all competitor.

Android Authority presented the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 a “Best of IFA” award for the true-wireless earbuds supporting Bluetooth 5.1, the power-efficient Kirin A1 chipset and ultra-low latency. Android Authority is a global media outlet focused on mobile technology.

Android Central presented Kirin 990 a “Best of IFA 2019” award. Support for 2.3Gbps download speeds, a 16-core GPU and massive upgrades to processing power for 5G and AI applications made the latest chipseta show favorite. Android Cental is a mobile device resource for expert reviews and news coverage.

Android Headlines gave a “Best of IFA 2019” award to the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3. The editors lofted heavy praise on the new accessory, calling it the first pair of truly wireless earbuds that meet the needs of audiophiles. Active Noise Cancellation, wireless charging and High-Quality Audio were among the many reasons cited for granting the award.

Android Headlines recognized the Kirin 990as part of its “Best of IFA 2019” awards. With industry-leading performance and low power consumption for added efficiency, the Kirin 990 proved to be both powerful and built for the 5G era. Android Headlines is a global website covering the latest products, news, and industry news related to Android.

The Big Tech Question gave the Kirin 990 a “Best of IFA 2019” award. The distinction was earned for the Kirin 990 integrating its power-efficient chipset and introducing users to a new generation of capabilities.

Gadget Match presented the Kirin 990 a "Best of IFA 2019" award. The industry's first integrated 5G SoC was praised for its high download and upload speeds, as well as its performance-boosting and power efficient big, middle and little core infrastructure.

Gadget Match also presented a “Best of IFA 2019” award to Huawei in recognition of the FreeBuds 3. The wireless earbuds earned the award with Active Noise Cancellation and a stylish case that can deliver an additional 20 hours of charge.

Gear Diarypresented Huawei with a "Best of IFA 2019" award for the new FreeBuds 3. The presence of a dual-channel Bluetooth, 30% lower latency and 50% lower power consumption -- and, most of all, active noise cancellation -- inspired the editors to highlight the FreeBuds 3 as one of the best announcements at IFA.

Gear Diaryalso selected the Kirin 990 as a "Best of IFA 2019" award recipient. Major upgrades to performance, speed, power consumption and AI-enabled photography advancements were cited as the major reasons for the honor. Gear Diary is a US-based publication focused on covering a wide range of tech of accessories.

GEEKSPINpresented a “Best of IFA 2019” award to theFreeBuds 3, noting the earbuds superior performance compared to rivals. The FreeBuds 3 were praised for comfortability, the long-lasting 20 hours of use with wireless charging case, and ANC and intelligent noise control. GEEKSPIN is a U.S.-based publisher focused on tech lifestyle geared for a geeky audience.

Mightygadgetgave the Kirin 990 SoC a “Best of IFA 2019” award. The 5G-enabled chipset earned the award for its advancements in AI functionality and a new big-little core architecture that greatly increases processing power. Mightygadget is a UK tech blog specializing in tech news and reviews for mobile, wearables and automation.

Popular Mechanicsgave the Huawei FreeBuds 3 a “Best of IFA 2019” award for its unique features like Active Noise Cancellation that reduces ambient noise. The presence of a new A1 chipset that's more energy efficient and capable of long battery life made the FreeBuds 3 a standout in Berlin.

Sound Guys selected the FreeBuds 3 for its “Best of IFA 2019” list, saying that the wireless earbuds move beyond competitors with the introduction of active noise cancellation. The fast 2.3 Mbps transfer speeds and limited lag times also earned great praise. SoundGuys is a global publication dedicated to discovering the best performing products in consumer audio.

Stuff presented the FreeBuds 3 a “Best of IFA 2019” award, highlighting the advancements that the device makes in both audio quality and performance. Editors note that the FreeBuds support Active Noise Cancellation and charge 100% faster than the competition.Stuff is a prominent publication detailing the best in gadgets and consumer electronics.

Talk Android presented the HUAWEI FreeBuds3 a "Best of IFA 2019" Award. The combination of Bluetooth 5.1, Bluetooth LE, Active Noise Cancelling and wireless charging made the FreeBuds a clear choice for the “Best Accessory” category. TalkAndroid is a global resource for the latest devices and software news for all things Android.

Ubergizmo presented Kirin 990 a “Best of IFA 2019” award. The chip set earned the award thanks to a fully integrated 5G modem, which will deliver a better-connected experience, and a high-performing, highly efficient SoC. Ubergizmo is a globally recognized media publication distributed in six languages. ]]>
9/15/2019 3:15:00 PM
<![CDATA[London Fashion Week opens its doors with public catwalk shows]]>
Yet on Saturday, Hamdulay got a taste of a world usually reserved for fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and celebrities, with a coveted front row seat at a catwalk show.

The 30-year-old was one of dozens of people at the industry event’s inaugural public show, where for the first time anyone could buy a ticket for a special presentation.

“It’s a once in lifetime opportunity,” Hamdulay said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would be sitting at London Fashion Week.”

Once closed off to the fashion world, London is opening its doors, offering six public shows over the weekend.

For tickets priced from 135 pounds, audiences can watch models walk the catwalk in outfits by designers Alexa Chung, Henry Holland and self-portrait.

Also included are panel discussions with industry figures and an exhibition.

“We’ve had a really great pick up and interest not only from consumers but also from industry insiders that are curious as to what the experience is going to be,” British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush said.

London is the second stop on the spring/summer 2020 catwalk calendar that also includes New York, Milan and Paris.

Chung was not present but greeted guests in a video saying the clothes were “curated for this show especially”. These included printed dresses, chunky coats and footwear from her autumn/winter 2019-2020 line.

“I really loved the footwear,” fashion student John Currie said. Others were not fans.

“It was really not inspiring,” theatre producer Judith Rosenbauer said. “I was hoping to see something new and fresh.”]]>
9/15/2019 9:38:02 AM
<![CDATA[Fire and thread: Bayeux-inspired 'Game of Thrones' tapestry unveiled in France]]>
Now it has another.

An exhibition featuring a tapestry illustrating the events of hit HBO TV show “Game of Thrones” opened in Bayeux, Normandy, on Friday - just down the road from the museum where its eleventh century inspiration is housed.

The tapestry was created in Northern Ireland, one of the principal filming locations for the series. Around 30 stitchers worked for some 1,500 hours on the stretch of linen, which begins with King Robert Baratheon visiting the Starks in Winterfell.

Some 87 meters (95 yards) later, it ends in fire and blood with the final, controversial, scenes of the eighth season.

Depicting all that gore using jacquard threadwork was not easy, said project chief embroiderer Valerie Wilson.

It would have been a challenge that also faced the medieval embroiderers, who created the famous 70-meter Bayeux tapestry to recount the invasion of England by William the Conquerer. The work brings to life scenes such as the 1066 Battle of Hastings, where Harold of Wessex is shown dying with an arrow to the eye.

“The ‘Game of Thrones’ tapestry references the Bayeux tapestry stylistically and in terms of some of the motifs that have been used and the way that the story unrolls in a linear fashion,” said Wilson.

The two tapestries also address a common theme, said Antoine Verney, chief curator of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. “It’s whether we can justify violence to claim power,” he said.

The show was based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” books by George R.R. Martin.

The “Game of Thrones” exhibition in Bayeux runs from Sept. 13 to Dec. 31 at the Hotel du Doyen, on the site where the Bayeux Tapestry itself was originally displayed before its eventual move to the dedicated museum nearby.
9/14/2019 12:50:31 PM
<![CDATA[Exponential innovation: Why the tech sector needs to re-gear its approach to innovation ]]>
But what does innovation truly mean? Both for my company and my audiences? This is a question that a lot of leaders today are forgetting to ask. More importantly, what measures do you put in place to guarantee your innovation is successfully driving your company forward, whilst in parallel creating a positive impact on the wider community?
In order to make true change, these questions must be addressed head on. If you do this successfully, not only will your business be at the top of its game, but your workforce will act as a force for good. This is where the concept of exponential innovation comes in.

Exponential innovation: redefining the value chain

When Uber was trying to solve the problem of taxi availability anytime, anywhere, it invented an entirely new concept and caused a paradigm shift. Now, every car on the road can potentially become a taxi, and the industry has changed forever. Airbnb in the hospitality industry, and Spotify and Netflix in the entertainment industry have done the same.

Similarly, in the payments industry, when tokenization technology was introduced, it was a conceptual shift in thinking. Should card data be compromised, the data became useless to fraudsters. This not only helped to protect consumers’ financial data, but also boosted consumer confidencein an industry becoming increasingly more digital.
This is the very definition of exponential innovation: it goes above incremental innovation to reimagine the consumer experience and create efficiencies within the industry’s value chain. It challenges the status quo, looks at pain points with a different set of lenses, with the aim to eliminate them, not just reduce them.

It is necessary to approach your product or service from the viewpoint of the end-consumer. Every organization today is a B2C organization, not a B2B or a B2G, because ultimately the work you do will have considerable impact on individual lives. It is that impact that you must look to positively transform, to achieve exponential innovation.
Three-pronged approach to exponential innovation: Build, Acquire, Collaborate

This is perhaps the most obvious one: design, invent and innovate. Building the right solutions requires looking internally and investing in those technologies and solutions that aim to disrupt existing technologies. In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automationand Blockchain are ruling the roost in terms of their use-cases for commercial purposes. Gartner forecasted that the number of things connected to the internet surpassed the number of humans and is expected to reach 20.4 billion by 2020. The boundaries of technologies continue to increase, and there has never been a better time in history for innovators to experiment, build and test new solutions.

Complementing this is the growth of the knowledge economy, in which technology giants no longer work in individual silos, but rather encourage knowledge-sharing with each other in order for the world’s technologies to be able to talk to each other. Egypt recently announced plans to set up a Knowledge City in the new administrative capital that will include branches of foreign universities, research, innovation and entrepreneurship centers, in addition to a science park. The Knowledge City is part of Egypt’s Higher Education and Research Strategy that aims to promote science, technology, and innovation ,indicating that the region is ripe for further invention.

Look at your landscape. The rise of fintechs and startups is disrupting virtually every industry, not just the tech sector. 2018 saw a record of 366 startup deals across MENA, amounting to $893m of total funding. Egypt was the fastest growing ecosystem, with 22 percent of deals in the region .Thanks to hyper-digitalization, these startups have far greater access to consumers than was ever possible before.

It is important to view these players not as competition, but as potential strategic partners that can help you achieve exponential innovation. Looking at the positive sentiment that Careem and Souq received this past year after being acquired is a clear indication that the region is increasingly becoming a hotbed of unicorn startups, and it makes business sense to leverage this opportunity.

Let me give you a world famous example. When Apple decided they wanted to launch the Apple Card, Mastercard didn’t shy away – we became their global payments network.

Similarly, many technology-based startups and consumer-facing apps only work thanks to established companies partnering with them. For example, popular apps in the region such as Zomato, Uber and Namshi enable consumers to purchase their food, travel and clothing anytime, anywhere simply from their smartphones. For this to happen, several stakeholders need to work together. The app itself needs to ensure that the consumer has an easy-to-understand user experience that allows them to make the purchase seamlessly. The telecom provider needs to ensure that a person has sufficient data capabilities to be able to process this payment via their phone. The payment provider needs to ensure they can seamlessly process the payment safely and securely. Collaboration is thus key in this process.

Overcoming the challenges

Trying to achieve exponential innovation comes with its fair share of challenges. In the payments industry for instance, our biggest concernis around misconceptions around security. Consumers take a lot of time to change behaviors and have concerns regarding cybersecurity and fraud. In 2018, the proportion of organizations in the Middle East reporting that they’ve fallen victim to acts of fraud and economic crime increased to 34%, up from 26% in 2016.

The key to addressing this is three-fold. First, it’s necessary to establish a dialogue involving knowledge-sharing with governments, and banking and technology partners to address these issues in a collaborative way. Second, deploy the technological tools available that minimize fraud concerns, and strengthen authenticity. Tokenization and Artificial Intelligence have been instrumental in achieving these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it is necessary to raise awareness on these issues to gain trust amongst consumers. Trust is the foundation of the digital economy, and consistent efforts must be made to ensure that trust.

Transforming industries, economies and communities

Every company that aims to innovate will have its fair share of challenges while trying to achieve exponential innovation. But keeping the larger picture in mind and addressing these concerns is essential not just for a firm’s growth, but also their sustainability and survival.

By executing a three-pronged approach and leveraging technology to achieve exponential innovation, it is possible to transform industries, benefit economies, and positively impact and enrich communities.

The world today is evolving at an exponential pace – disrupting technologies are changing the way people shop, travel, communicate, pay and much more.Exciting times lie ahead, providing companies are able to approach and harness innovation in the right way.

Gaurang Shah, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Digital Payments & Labs, Middle East and Africa – Mastercard
9/14/2019 1:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hyde Park developments host Cirquedu Soleil for first time in Egypt]]>
Hyde Park Developments announced hosting the latest breathtaking show for Cirque du Soleil, “BAZZAR”, for the first time in Egypt,brought by Alchemy Project and presented by Etisalat Misr. The Canadian entertainment group will be hosted at Hyde Park New Cairo under the Big Top from the 19th of September till the 6th of October.


Described as a ‘breathtaking, colorful homage to Cirque du Soleil’s legacy’, “BAZZAR” will feature signature Cirque style, an artistic combination of creative entertainment where the culture meets the musical and dancing shows taking audiences to a whole new world full of fantasy, colors and life.

As Cirque du Soleil fans come from -almost- all age groups, it’s considered one of the finest family entertainments in the world. The show will be able to bring families together through the magic of wild acrobatics, quirky clowns, and mind-boggling illusions.


Mac S.Far ,CEO Alchemy Project, said, “We are very proud to bring BAZZAR, one of the newest Cirque du Soleil production, for the very first time under the Big Top to Egypt. The show will present the best of Cirque du Soleil’s DNA and takes the audience back to the elements that make Cirque du Soleil shows famous worldwide for more than 30 years. As Alchemy Project, we would be touring the show across 6 countries, 2 continents, organizing over 100 shows within over 210 touring. In Alchemy Project we always thrive to present the best of entertainment and create an exceptional experiences and unforgettable memories. We are confident that the audience will really enjoy BAZZAR which is designed to captivate the heart of the audience with its magic “ SaidMac.s.Far, CEO of Alchemy Project.

Eng. Amin Serag, Hyde Park Developments CEO, stated“Hosting this international event in Hyde Park New Cairo takes the entertainment world in Egypt to a whole new level that creates a state of enthusiasm. The world-renowned theatrical hit has a wide base of fans all over the world and attracts allages. Hosting this event givesa great indication of the security and stability of Egypt,offering a unique experience for the Egyptian audience& tourists.”Serag added. “We’re thrilled with our partnership with Alchemy Project, as we in -Hyde Park- are always keen on presenting remarkable and new experiences to our communities.Choosing Hyde Park New Cairoto host the legendary show comes in line with our strategy that works on positioning our leading project as one of the top family preferred destinations.” “We’re looking forward to seeing audiences enjoy quality entertainment from some of the most spectacular talents in the world.”Serag added.

Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984, by two former street performers; in 2019 its number of employees reached nearly 4000, with 1400 artists from 60 different counties.

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9/12/2019 1:49:33 PM
<![CDATA[Back to School: Egypt’s students start 1st day of academic year]]>
The Ministry of Education issued a statement saying that the elementary schools opened their doors earlier on Sept. 11 as a huge number of the students started their first day peacefully. “No complaints or problems have been reported to the ministry,” the statement read.

Celebrating the new academic year, some of the school’s administrations presented gifts to the students in Cairo and Egyptian governorates including Sohag, Sharqia, Ismailia, South Sinai and Menofia.

In statements to Egypt Today, some of the schools' principals affirmed that the first day witnessed a large turnout especially for the kindergartens, as well as the first and second primary grades.

Students of other grades, including high school, are expected to join by September 21.
9/12/2019 1:45:33 PM
<![CDATA[Alive but lost: In Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian survivors wonder what next]]>
Asked what waited for him there, Cornish, a pastor’s son, was blunt: “Nothing,” he said. “Just a new life.”

By Sunday, a week after one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record plowed into the archipelago nation of 400,000 people, the capital city faced a wave of thousands of evacuees fleeing hard-hit areas including Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, where some 90% of the infrastructure was damaged or destroyed.

Great Abaco was littered with mounds of unused construction materials, waterlogged notebooks and Bibles, stained piles of tattered clothes, single shoes, overturned bathtubs and rotting mattresses. Dead cats and dogs were strewn throughout the wreckage while some stray animals were digging through the garbage for food and had taken up residence on the porches of destroyed homes. At least one wild pig weathered the storm, celebrating its survival by charging at two Reuters journalists.

“What I was struck by was the focused nature of the devastation,” Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told reporters in Nassau on Sunday, adding that some areas in Abaco looked “almost as though a nuclear bomb was dropped.”

Bahamian officials were still pulling bodies from the wreckage across the island and acknowledged that the official death toll of 43 was likely to rise markedly.
Some 70,000 people need food and shelter, according to the United Nations’ World Food Programme’s estimate. Interviews with evacuees this week shone light on the extent of Dorian’s destruction. Survivors avoided death, but lost homes, jobs and hospitals.

“Home is more than four walls and a roof — it’s the neighborhood where people live, their friends and neighbors, their livelihoods, comfort, and security for the future,” said Jenelle Eli, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, which is helping with the relief. “People are concerned about their next step, but also how they’ll earn an income and what their lives will look like in the future.”

Bahamian officials acknowledged on Saturday that Nassau would strain to house all the people who needed shelter.

Some institutions that had opened their doors as a place for people to ride out the storm were trying to clear out people who had lost homes, Leonardo Cargill, of the island’s Department of Social Services, told a news conference.

“They now understand that the people coming in, it will be long-term sheltering, and many of them are church facilities and they cannot allow that to go on,” Cargill said.


That has Nassau officials considering other options.

“We can look at the tent city concept and the container city concept, these are all support mechanisms to help us,” Captain Stephen Russell, who heads the National Emergency Management Agency, told the news conference. “Jobs may be a challenge at this time but long term we can house them.”

International aid was also pouring into the island nation.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said it was allocating $2.8 million and had moved enough emergency supplies for 44,000 people to the islands.

The American Red Cross said it had committed an initial $2 million to help the Bahamas recover from the hurricane, with food, water and shelter and other necessities.

Norwegian energy company Equinor (EQNR.OL) said on Sunday it will clean up an onshore oil spill discovered this week at its Bahamas storage terminal in the storm’s aftermath.

The storm had made its way to Canada by Sunday, where the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was a still-powerful post-tropical cyclone with 75 mile-per-hour (120 km-per-hour) winds over the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Many in hard-hit Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco complained that aid had been too slow in arriving.

“They haven’t done a thing to help us down here,” shouted Tepeto Davis, a 37-year-old tile contractor who slammed on the brakes of his pickup truck and backed up to talk to reporters. “We are suffering out here and no one cares about us. We’ve had to funnel gasoline out of destroyed cars to get injured people back and forth. There’s no gas, there’s no food, no medicine, and no water.”

Those receiving aid in Nassau worried that they were still a long way from being able to rebuild their lives.

“The government says everyone’s being fed, and that’s good,” said Anthony Morley, 61, who fled Marsh Harbour and was staying at Breezes, a Nassau resort where local volunteers have subsidized rooms for survivors. “But for food I can fish. What I need is a house. I don’t have a bed, a refrigerator. I don’t even have a Bible.”

9/9/2019 1:14:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt gets rid of Tuk-Tuks via Minivan initiative]]>
The Egyptian government, chaired by Moustafa Madbouli, ordered tuk-tuk assembling factors to not produce auto rickshaws anymore, according to a statement from the cabinet on Wednsday.

The government will buy the tuk-tuks from their owners and give them minivans in return, while the owners will pay the price difference of two vehicles in soft loans, Cabinet Spokesperson Nader Saad told Akher al-Nahar talk show on al-Nahar channel on Thursday evening.

The old and withdrawn tuk-tuks will turn into junk, he said, adding that the cabinet will hold a meeting with representatives of tuk-tuk assembling factors to change manufacturing lines for minivans production.

In March 2018, the state-owned Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CPAMS) said that the number of licensed tuk tuks in Egypt in the period between 2014 and 2016 reached 99,000 tuk-tuks, noting that the number is increasing. Meanwhile, the number of unlicensed tuk-tuks reached more than 3 million rickshaws.

In February 2018, Secretary of the Parliament’s transportation committee, Khaled Abdel Azeem, criticized the government for not taking actual steps to stop tuk-tuks from plaguing Egyptian communities and turning them into slums.

In spite of tuk-tuks being viewed as useful transportation means in the narrow streets of slum areas, they also impose a threat in Egyptian street as many deadly accidents have been caused because of them during the past few years.

In 2014, the Egyptian government decided to ban tuk-tuks for a year, as it had been used in crimes and terrorist attacks. However, they did not succeed at keeping track of the entire bulk of tuk-tuks that have been finding their way in Egypt since the early 2000s.

In September 2018, while a police force was patrolling a town in Assiut, it suspected three people on a tuk-tuk vehicle, the ministry said in a statement. The three men opened fire at the force when it stopped them, according to the ministry. The force returned fire, killing one and wounding another. The third fled. In the same month, a girl was killed and two others were severely injured after a tuk-tuk collided with a passenger train in Dishna, Qena, while trying to pass a railway crossing.

A tuk-tuk is a common form of urban transportation. It is a development of the still available two-wheeled pulled rickshaw by which a runner draws a cart with a seat for one or two people. It is believed the pulled rickshaw was invented by Japan in the 19th century. Rickshaws then appeared in India, China and other big cities in Asia.

Additional reporting by Jehad El-Sayed
9/6/2019 3:25:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt activates bicycle initiatives nationwide]]>
In cooperation with the UNDP, the minister launched the initiative which urges University students and the teaching staff to use bicycles as a means of transportation, according to the ministry's statement issued on Sept. 4.

Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad affirmed the ministry cooperated with Fayoum governorate to activate this project, which requires proper management, periodic maintenance, preservation and insurance of bicycles.

The minister stressed the need to remove all obstacles to the use of bicycles, which contribute to saving energy and reducing emissions and air pollution, the statement added.

In 2016, the UNDP said Egypt has adopted sustainable transportation projects aiming to reduce the increasing CO2 emissions produced by cars as Cairo witnesses 2.5 million cars speeding along its streets daily.

The ministry’s project, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), will cover the cities of Shebin El-Kom and Fayoum, the UNDP report said, adding “290 bicycles have been purchased in Shebin El-Kom and 191 in Fayoum over the last 6 months.”

In August, the Cabinet announced that President Abdel Fath al-Sisi’s initiative, “A Bicycle for Every Citizen” will be activated in September when the academic year starts.
The Ministry of Higher Education announced that the Supreme council of Universities agreed on the initiative and every university will form a specialized committee to apply the initiative. The initiative aims at reducing pollution, and raising the level of students’ fitness.

9/5/2019 3:37:26 PM
<![CDATA[Marseilia Group celebrates It’s 20 years Anniversary with a live performance by Saber Rebai]]>
“This concert came in celebration of our 20 years anniversary, during which we have made achievements worth 100 years of success in the real-estate sector,” said Sherif Heliw, Chairman of Marseilia Group. “20 years of changing the concepts of housing and entertainment from mere places to an attractive and interesting lifestyle for 20,000 families through more than 20 projects across the North Coast, Marsa Matrouh, Alexandria and El Ain Sokhna”.


Over the last 2 decades, Marseilia has grown to be known to us as the home of sheer entertainment and luxurious lifestyle. It is the definition of summer getaways, parties, relaxation, and peace to some; and a secure high-quality lifestyle for those looking to invest in a brighter future for their families.

Heliw further added that the event celebrates the most recent addition to the group’s flagship project portfolio, “Golden Yard”. It was launched 2 months ago in the administrative capital, and is expected to be delivered over 2 phases within 3 years.


“Golden Yard” offers the future residents a prime location in the New Capital with a direct view of the Diplomatic district. With an investment of EGP 5 billion, the project offers an integrated mixed use development on an area of 42 acres, consisting of 1754 luxury housing units, as well as a commercial mall with distinctive designs and a breathtaking view of green spaces.

“Golden Yard” also offers a variety of essential facilities and services that promote a healthy lifestyle including a social sports club containing gym, spa, swimming pools, football fields and multi-use playgrounds.


Heliw also announced the launch of a new project “Cascadia - North Coast " in the heart of Sidi Abdel Rahman, with a central location near all attractions, only 10 minutes away from New Alamein city and two hours from Cairo.

Cascadia is a unique added value for Marseilia’s North Coast Projects, The Project is like floating island where the residential units are located on islands with a Spectacular crystal lagoons.


9/3/2019 6:48:15 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy Back-To-School promotions on HUAWEI P30 Lite New Edition with 0% interest installment plan]]>

Huawei’s Back-To-School promotions also extended to the P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, in which you will get free HUAWEI Watch GT when buying one of the mentioned flagships, also you will get FreeBuds Lite when you buy the P30 or Mate 20.

The HUAWEI P30 Lite New Edition features a rear Triple Camera consisting of a 48MP High Resolution lens, an 8MP Ultra-Wide-angle lens and a 2MP bokeh lens that works in tandem for stunning results. The 8MP ultra-wide camera produces awesome images with applied distortion correction. Meanwhile selfie lovers can enjoy a 24MP AI Selfie Camera that houses its own share of powerful hardware and features. Supporting the camera is the AI scene recognition that can recognize up to 8 categories, for a perfect selfie. Shooting in low light? Let the Selfie Night Mode help you out while the AI Micro Shaping will fine tune your selfies. Also add a little bit of fun to your selfie with the 3D Qmoji 2.0.


Huawei P30 Lite New Edition also features HiVision and Huawei Video Ringtone. The Huawei HiVision allows users to scan objects or landmarks using their camera to get more information and even scan food to check calories. Meanwhile, the Video Ringtone feature allows users to create a personalized, fun video ringtone for their contacts.

Under the hood of the HUAWEI P30 Lite New Edition lies 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is just perfect for super-fast performance and solid storage. The phone is also powered by a big 3340mAh battery, which quickly charges with Huawei’s 18W Quick Charge.

9/3/2019 6:40:54 PM
<![CDATA[Breaking social taboos, Egyptian girl announces freezing her eggs]]>
“I decided to announce publicly that I had frozen my eggs. YES, I had frozen my eggs […] when I asked the doctor to make this surgery, he was shocked, telling me ‘I’d never heard this request from a girl in Egypt.’,” said Reem Mehanna posted on her Facebook account.

Mehanna added that she underwent an abdominal ova freezing surgery and her doctor made a laparoscopy to get out her eggs and put themin a freezing environment, saying “the frozen eggs stay for 20 or 30 years without expiring.”

“I froze my eggs for a simple reason that I want to get married after the age of 30 to build my career and [I see] this is appropriate for me. I cannot guarantee when exactly I will get married [...]; I might meet my future husband at 46 years old,” she added.

Mehanna added that she found that the best way to preserve her chance of having a babyis to freeze her eggs.

“I totally reject the idea of getting married to any man to [only] havea child,” she continued, giving a piece of advice to women with cancer to freeze their eggs before taking chemotherapy, which is considered one of the main reasons affecting women’s fertility.

Controversial issue

The egg freezing process is one of the social taboos in Egypt, as some girls voiced their concerns of taking such a step. A. D. told Egypt Today that she thought many times of freezing her eggs but was afraid of her parents' reaction, praising Mehanna’s courage to announce her experience with egg freezing.

“Unfortunately, in my point of view, there areno appropriate men [for marriage-responsibilities] but at the same time girls need to be mothers one day. So I see this matter would encourage girls to wait [without fear] until they find a suitable husband,” she added.

“As a mother, I cannot accept the idea that my daughter has a surgery to freeze her eggs. I'm afraid that she might be harmed; also, our society will not accept such concept even if it is religiously allowed,” said Manal Abdel-Moneim, a 42-year-old mother of four daughters and a boy.

Meanwhile, most men Egypt Today interviewed have no problem withthe process provided that it is not prohibited religiously. “As long as there is no religious impediment, [why not]. For me, the arbiter is the religion,” L. Aly told Egypt Today.


Religiously, Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa, the Islamic body concerned with issuing fatwas [Islamic decisions], stated t on its official website that the egg-freezing process is not prohibited, saying “egg-freezing could be a complementary process of vitro fertilization, which was allowed by different schools of Islamic jurisprudence for the married couples.”

Dar al-Iftaa added that there are four rules that regulate egg-freezing. First, the frozen eggs should be used only in marriage and should be fertilized by the husband’s sperm. In case eggs were fertilized after divorce or death, it is religiously forbidden.

Second, the eggs should be kept in highly-safe places and under strict control to prevent intentional or inadvertent confusion with other frozen eggs of different women.

Third, the fertilized egg should not be put inside a different woman’s womb. Meanwhile, the fourth condition provides that the freezing process should not negatively affect the egg to prevent birth defects.

Scientifically, Women who pass the age of 35 or took chemotherapy can undergo egg-freezing surgery, gynecologist Moahmed al-Sharqawy told Mr. Citizen talk show on Al Hadath Alyoum channel on Sunday.

He added that Egypt has no banks for freezing sperm or eggs, but they can be reserved in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers.

Egg-freezing is not a burning issue in Egypt only, but also in the United Arab Emirates. In April 2019, the UAE drew up a draft law to allow freezing eggs, sperms or embryos in a way to prevent surrogacy or egg and sperm donation. Lebanon is another Arab country where egg-freezing is being conducted.

9/2/2019 5:35:19 PM
<![CDATA[Jw Marriott Hotel Cairo hosts immersive barre class]]>
JW Marriott launched Behind the Barre globally in 2017, providing guests with virtual workout sessions inspired by the grace, poise and discipline of the art of ballet. Developed in partnership with America’s premier ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet, Behind the Barre embodies the tailored holistic experience of the JW Treatment, which centers on the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who love and are passionate about what they do.

Ballerinas of Cairo is a social media platform that showcases the contrast of grace and art of ballet against the backdrop of the tough – yet beautiful – streets of Cairo. Founded by two photographers, this project of passion tells a unique story of the city through the lens of committed, disciplined, and graceful ballerinas.

“This collaboration brings together like-minded brands and celebrates our shared passion for well-being and exceptional training, highlighting the brand’s commitment to offer guests thoughtful approaches to mindfulness. The benefits of ballet go far beyond the barre and promote discipline and self-confidence enhancing any fitness plan. The elegance, poise and discipline exemplified by ballet and Engy’s passion and dedication to this incredibly graceful dance form, is in line with the brand’s philosophy of JW Treatment, an endeavor to deliver a holistic, refined and elevated guest experience,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President Luxury Brands, Marriott International Middle East & Africa.

Engy El Shazly, has risen to global attention as an inspiring professional ballerina, and the first to wear a hijab. The videos shot at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, JW Marriott Hotel Cairo and JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City are designed to inspire guests to maintain a healthy lifestyle, incorporating cardio and strength training, together with the grace and poise of a delicate dance form. Joining Engy for the session were the artists who established the Ballerinas of Cairo project. Combining the disciplines of photography, ballet and architecture, the project seeks to establish ballet as an artistic expression of elegance and liberation against the backdrop of Cairo city. The inspiring afternoon brought together enthusiasts passionate about this art form and gave the guests a first-hand experience into the beauty and benefits of rhythm, form and movement.

For more information on Behind the Barre, please visit JWMarriottBehindTheBarre.com.]]>
9/2/2019 4:04:03 PM
<![CDATA[Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas, menaces East Coast]]>
The second-strongest Atlantic storm on record was forecast to pound the archipelago through the day, then move slowly toward the east U.S. coast, where authorities ordered more than a million people evacuated in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as the category five storm covered the northwestern islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood.

Winds gusting up to 200 mph (320 kph) destroyed or damaged more than 13,000 homes, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

Residents posted images online of water rising up the side of their houses. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami warned of a possible storm surge that could push destructive waves higher than many roofs in the islands.

As of 5 a.m. (0900 GMT), Dorian was stalled over the Grand Bahama Island barely drifting westward at 1 mph, according to the NHC.

It was about 125 miles (200 km) from the Florida coast, where residents said they were already experiencing strong winds and high surf.

Palm Beach County, the third most-populated county and home to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, was among those with partial mandatory evacuations. Other counties announced voluntary evacuations.

“This looks like it could be larger than all of them,” Trump said during a briefing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sunday.

Julia Eaddy, 70, in Titusville, Florida, said she and her husband had ridden out several hurricanes before and were not fazed by the forecast. “I think it will be more of the same,” she said.

Several gasoline stations around Titusville were closed. Many grocery stores were open but boarded up. Inside, shelves emptied out fast.

Farther north, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of eight coastal counties effective at noon on Monday. More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in South Carolina, emergency management officials announced.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah 150,000 residents, also effective at noon on Monday, Kemp’s office said on Twitter.

Evacuations ordered in Florida included 14,000 people in St. Augustine. Authorities said they would release more details during the day as the hurricane’s path became clearer.

“The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night,” the NHC said. Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, it added.

Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to hit the northwestern Bahamas as a life-threatening Category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.

It was tied with Gilbert (1988), Wilma (2005) and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, based on maximum sustained winds. Allen in 1980 was the most powerful, with 190 mph (306 kph) winds, the NHC said.

Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane for the next five days and move northwest along or near the U.S. east coast, forecasters said.

9/2/2019 2:48:37 PM
<![CDATA[As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection]]>
In the village of Feijo, in the West of Brazil, approaching the border with Peru, indigenous people from the tribe of Shanenawa on Sunday performed a ritual to try to find peace between humans and nature. With faces painted, dozens danced in circles as they prayed to put an end to the fires.

“We want peace and love,” Tekaheyne Shanenawa, a Shanenawa leader, told Reuters as he danced in a circle as part of their ritual. “Peace, harmony and education to stop these fires that have attacked the Amazon.”

Tens of thousands of forest fires have been recorded in the Amazon during this year’s dry season, the most in at least a decade, at the same time as Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has argued that the forest needs to be exploited, and Indian reservations vastly reduced.

“If the fires continue the way they are, in 50 years time we will no longer have the forest standing up,” said Bainawa Inu Bake Huni Kuin, another Shanenawa leader.

“And we will not feel secure in what we have, in our culture, in our language, in our songs. Us without the forest, we won’t be able to farm, we won’t be able to eat, without our land we won’t be able to live.”

Most of the Amazon is located in Brazil, but significant parts are also located in Colombia and Peru, where fires have also been detected. The Shanenawa number about 720 and inhabit around 23,000 hectares (57,000 acres) of land.

But the backlash has been particularly strong against the Bolsonaro administration, which has acknowledged it does not have the resources to put out the fires. Many of them are believed to have been set by cattle and soy farmers.

As a far-right Congressman and presidential candidate, Bolsonaro drew headlines for his disparaging comments regarding Indian tribes, and as president he has said that too much of the country’s territory is unproductive because indigenous tribes have special rights.

“Our rituals pray for planet Earth, to always keep it healthy and safe,” Bainawa said. “We pray for mother water, for father sun, for mother forest and for mother earth, whom today feel very wounded.”

9/2/2019 2:39:20 PM
<![CDATA[Stress Free Pause at Hilton Cairo Zamalek’s Rejuvenating Health Club]]>
We have roamed around the best places to get fit and in-shape in Cairo and we found out that Hilton Cairo Zamalek’s Health Club is not an ordinary one for real.

They offer different membership packages to choose from, a fully equipped fitness center that includes Sauna rooms and Jacuzzi, in addition to various massage types from relaxing to sports and Swedish massage for a luxurious royal experience, oh and here is the big surprise; they feature a panoramic wide pool overviews the Nile River.


An integral solution for those who are looking for a suitable safe venue that meets high standards with affordable friendly budget as well, get ready for a new healthy lifestyle that waves goodbyes to daily routine and hectic endless pain.

*They offer three membership categories for single, couples and families.
• One year single membership EGP13.000
• One year couple membership EGP18.500.
• One year family membership EGP27.000
• Day use of health club EGP300.00 and the controlled temperature swimming pool EGP550.00 including lunch set menu
• Reflexology message: a natural healing art stimulating all organs of the body
Message prices: 25 minutes EGP 600.00
50 minutes EGP 800.00

Please ask about your membership benefits, as well as about the three months and six months membership packages.
Hours of Operation 06:00 to 22:00
Telephone: +20 2 27370055]]>
9/1/2019 12:08:03 PM
<![CDATA[Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?]]>28 August 2019: From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.

At Shigehiko Suzuki's tea shop in central Japan, adorned with a traditional "noren" drape, the customers are flooding in but more to scoop up gelato or cake than to sip the bright-green tea.

In 1998, Suzuki's company Marushichi Seicha started making powdered matcha green tea -- traditionally made using a bamboo whisk in a tiny room. The firm now exports 30 tonnes of green tea to the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

"The demand for matcha is rapidly growing in the world... There's demand for ice cream, desserts and coffee," Suzuki told AFP at his shop in Fujieda, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southwest of Tokyo.

Japan exported more than 5,000 tonnes of green tea -- mainly to the United States -- last year, 10 times more than two decades ago.

But in Japan, the consumption of green tea leaves for drinking dropped from 1,174 grammes per household in 2001 to 844 grammes in 2015, according to the latest government data -- a trend Suzuki puts down to a more westernised diet.

"The number of Japanese who regularly drink tea is decreasing while there are more Japanese who enjoy various kinds of food, so tea doesn't sell like before," said the 55-year-old.

Japanese traditionally drink green tea with rice but are doing so less as the diet becomes less dependent on the grain.

Sensing the shift, Suzuki branched into matcha-flavoured ice cream nine years ago, opening a shop where customers can choose gelato from seven levels of bitterness.
It became so popular, he opened two stores in Tokyo and one in Kyoto, matcha's traditional home.

- 'Not many successors' -

Tea growers like 67-year-old Yoshio Shoji are also jumping on the bandwagon to grow matcha leaves -- as they command a higher price than "sencha", needle-shaped leaves used to make the traditional Japanese drink.

The matcha leaves sell for 3,100 yen ($30) per kilo on average, compared to 1,400 yen for sencha, according to the Japanese Association of Tea Production.
But Shoji said tea fields are shrinking as farmers get too old for the physically demanding work.

"The oldest one is over 80. There are not many successors," he told AFP as he gazed out over his tea fields on the mountain slopes.

"The tea price is dwindling and the work is tough."

Tea leaves were first brought from China to Japan in the early ninth century and the tea was treated more as a medicine at that time.

Matcha developed in 16th-century Kyoto when tea master Sen no Rikyu established the traditional tea ceremony known as "chanoyu."

Sencha was invented two centuries later and its manufacturing method spread quickly.
Now, sencha accounts for half of 80,242 tonnes of green tea produced annually in Japan, compared to 3.3 percent for matcha tea leaves -- although production of the latter is growing.

- 'Unfashionable' -

Traditional Japanese tea also suffers from something of an image problem, argues Suzuki, as it is considered the preserve of older generations.

"It is mainly the over-60s who drink tea. The younger people are, the more they drink coffee... Tea is no longer attractive to customers. Our priority is to boost its appeal," he said.

Some tea rooms are trying to modernise the traditional drink to pull in younger punters.
At Tokyo Saryo, a stark-white zen-style space in a quiet neighbourhood, "barista" Yuka Ihara brews Japanese tea in special glass cups.

"There's the cultural tea ceremony and practical bottled tea. But something in-between, like a cafe where customers can enjoy tea in comfortable surroundings, didn't really exist before," Ihara said.

"It's important to come up with new ways to present and taste tea, as well as new recipes to let people rediscover the value of Japanese tea."

Mikito Tanimoto, creative director who founded Tokyo Saryo in 2017, said Japanese tea is regarded as "unfashionable."

"But we can make it more cool."

But despite these innovative efforts, there is widespread scepticism that the decline can be stemmed.

"The Japanese sell kimonos and tea ceremonies -- the cultural side -- overseas but in the meantime, farmers are crying" because they cannot survive, said Stephane Danton, the French owner of a Japanese tea shop in Tokyo.

Danton infuses green tea with various flavours from mango to plum to cater to the palate of foreigners not used to the bitterness of Japanese tea.

And while Suzuki has enjoyed some success in expanding his matcha products, he doubts whether the industry can be saved given intense global competition.

"As matcha is popular around the world, it's now made everywhere in the world. Japan is no longer the only country making it. We'll face global competition."

8/28/2019 12:06:12 PM
<![CDATA[Belgian festival draws criticism over blackface 'Savage' character]]>
The folk festival called Ducasse d’Ath, which traces its roots back to the 16th century and is endorsed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage, takes place every August in the small town about 60 km (40 miles) west of Brussels.

On Sunday, as it does every year, the effigy parade featured “the Savage”, a white man clad in a black costume, his face and hands covered in black body paint, his head adorned with a feathered war bonnet, a chain hanging from his neck and a golden piercing protruding from his nose.

Chains clinging around his wrists and ankles, he yelled incomprehensible sounds, spooked and cuddled children, leaving marks of the black paint on their faces.

“This character has all the degrading attributes that black people are given in the racist imagery of our societies,” said Mouhad Reghif, a spokesman for anti-racism group Brussels Panthers.

“It is totally racist and it maintains a degrading image of the black person, which has consequences in everyday life,” he added.

The group sponsored a petition this month, signed by dozens of advocacy groups and individuals, saying the blackface character insulted and mocked black people, and demanding that UNESCO withdraw its recognition.

Belgian daily Le Soir reported on Saturday that UNESCO was taking the matter seriously and that it called for exercising respect among communities, although it was not clear if the agency would remove the heritage designation from the festival.

The controversy over the festival character highlights a wider debate in Belgium about racism and how the country comes to terms with its colonial past.

The mayor of Ath, Bruno Lefebvre, rejected the criticism.

“It’s mostly people from outside who talk about racism, anti-black sentiment. At Ath, we never considered ‘the Savage’ to be a racist figure,” he told Reuters.

“It is rather a character that the inhabitants of Ath adore... when one get a kiss from ‘the Savage’, we have good luck all the year ahead,” said Lefebvre, who has been mayor of the town of 30,000 people since last year.

Ath resident Myriam Carlier, out watching the parade on Sunday, said: “I think it’s our folklore, our tradition and I’m in favor of ‘the Savage’”.

There are similar accusations of racism every December as “Black Pete” characters in blackface help Santa Claus deliver gifts to children in Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands.

After years of restoration works, Belgium’s Africa museum reopened in 2018 to much controversy over whether an exhibition of pro-colonial propaganda had been revamped enough to confront the dark history.

Many Belgians remain ignorant of the country’s harsh colonial rule in central Africa, including what is now Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Millions of people perished under a brutal rule that used slave labor to harvest goods including rubber.

Reghif, a 45-year-old IT engineer living in Brussels, said of the Ath festival: “This ‘Savage’ character... is symptomatic of the problem we have in Belgium with the colonial history of our country.”

“People still think....that we brought civilization to Africa, that they have evolved thanks to us, which is totally false.”

8/26/2019 2:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[ARTESANIA..All Kinds of Gifts, Each in One of a Kind Way!]]>

Artesania ‘smain target was taking the gifts’ industry to a whole new level, by making customized unique gifts with “out of the box” ideas.Mai depends on getting information about whom the gift would get to, what occasion, their interests, etc. Accordingly, she starts making the gift from scratch based on brainstorming with each customer, so she can make sure they get their customized special one of a kind gift.

Not only did Mai use the most trending techniques ”Digital flat-art” in her work, but she also added her own special touch by “Drawing Smiles” on her portraits to spread the joy among her customers and to emphasize the main idea of her project.

Mai’s gifts have been very popular and admired amongst customers & evencelebrities & influencers!

Mai is working hard on making her own brand and to make Artesanianot only an online platform but a local brand in Egypt.


8/25/2019 12:49:40 PM
<![CDATA[Rockin 'n' rollin on Mars: Rolling Stones have space rock named after them]]>
Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled some 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said.

“In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.”

Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform on Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”, called the honor “a milestone in our long and eventful history”.

While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system.]]>
8/25/2019 12:15:49 PM
<![CDATA[No-frills Wills: British royals take commercial flight to see queen]]>
William, wife Kate and their children took a Flybe flight to Aberdeen en route to Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish summer residence in Balmoral.

British newspapers said the flight cost 73 pounds a ticket ($89.16) and published pictures of William carrying the family’s luggage by hand to the plane.

“We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family on board one of our flights again, this time when they flew from Norwich to Aberdeen with our franchise partner, Eastern Airways,” British regional airline Flybe said in a statement.

Kensington Palace declined to comment on the flight.

The trip came after high profile criticism of William’s brother Harry over his use of private jets to take trips with wife Meghan.

Singer Elton John defended Harry and Meghan after they took a private jet to stay with him in southern France. John said he had paid for the jet for security reasons and had also paid for carbon offsetting of the flights.

British media criticized Harry and Meghan as hypocrites for their use of private jets while also campaigning on environmental issues, the latest episode in the couple’s increasingly difficult relationship with the British media.

William’s use of a commercial flight was held up as a shining example to his brother in the newspapers, with the front page of the Sun newspaper declaring “Wills gives Harry a flying lesson.”

8/24/2019 11:42:02 AM
<![CDATA[EMUI10 - Huawei’s latest smartphone software]]>
Now with more than 500 million daily active users in 216 countries and regions with support for 77 languages, Huawei’s EMUI has come a long way from its inception back in 2012. Dedicated to providing premium user experiences, Huawei has invested heavily into developing EMUI even further, adding new features and creating an experience like no other. This has resulted in the all new EMUI10, Huawei’s latest software update, all set to roll out your Huawei smartphone soon.

A whole new look and feel
With EMUI10, you are treated to a whole new look which is designed to be more aesthetically pleasing while also being more functional. Inspired by the design of a magazine, you now have increased spacing with larger headlines, making it easier to navigate. You will also notice that the drop-down menu does not have any text, allowing for larger icons and easier accessibility. This new design also adds spacing between each notification, making it visually pleasing.

This new style also extends itself across the contacts, settings, notepad and even the photo gallery apps, each of which are now easier to navigate with better classifications. There are also a few icon changes here and there, while still maintaining Huawei’s signature style.

EMUI10 - Huawei’s latest smartphone software - press photo

An updated camera design
Huawei is known for its camera prowess and with this new software update, you can also expect a few features and tweaks to make its way into the camera interface.

Now you can find a simpler and clearer background along with a new zoom slider and a stylish look while switching through modes. To add the final touch to your photos, you also get 11 new filters inclusive of monochrome options. If you are a fan of the Aperture mode, you will also notice that now the level of bokeh is listed by the f-stop instead of just a number.

Elegance in refinement
In a quick look you would see that the EMUI10 now has a more muted or subtle color tone in most of its elements. Inspired by the color palette of famous Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, this new set of colors is the result of mixing light grey to achieve subdued colors and subtle tones for an overall elegant and peaceful look.

This new look extends all over the user interface and is especially noticeable in the contacts app, where contacts without a picture are given a background of one of the six soft color tones.

The all-new Dark Mode
One of Android Q’s most sought after features is the Dark Mode, which gives the entire interface a darker overhaul, making it more comfortable to use. Huawei has upgraded this with its own Dark Mode in EMUI10, which does more than just switching everything to black. With the EMUI10’s Dark Mode, overall viewing is made more comfortable, thanks to its unique method of adjusting contrast even under changing light conditions. This is the result of the Human Factor research done by Huawei, which tested the reading efficiency and subjective experience of users while using their phones under four different lighting conditions, creating four different color themes for different light conditions.

However, what really sets the EMUI10’s Dark Mode apart is that it also applies to pre-installed apps and even in third-party apps, creating a more comfortable viewing experience.

Smoother than ever before
While using EMUI10, you will quickly notice that the animations are now more fluid and natural. Modeled on real world physics, the overall quality of animations have been improved to create a better user experience. Now long presses will depress the object lower into the screen before springing up, while swiping speeds and trajectories will affect how the object reacts.

This gives users a more natural feel while using their smartphone, which is also complemented by better frame rate during transitions reducing lag and smoothening out the animation.

The HUAWEI P30 series will be the first to get the EMUI 10 Beta update starting September 8 across global markets, followed by the roll out to the HUAWEI Mate 20 series and other Huawei smartphones in line.

8/22/2019 4:18:43 PM
<![CDATA[Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences Wins Problem Resolution contest]]>
This award has been received due to Hilton Cairo Zamalek team focused efforts on exceeding guests’ expectations, which is the true meaning of Hospitality.

“The team and I are very proud of this excellent achievement which is reflecting our esteemed guests satisfaction and it is really rewarding our sincere efforts for continuous improvement in our service, said Tarek Zaki, Hotel Manager, Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences.
8/22/2019 12:35:02 PM
<![CDATA[CO2 row over climate activist Thunberg's yacht trip to New York]]>
The 16-year-old Swede, whose school strikes have inspired children across the world to protest against global warming, refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.

But she has been offered a lift on the Malizia II racing yacht, and set off on August 15 along with her father Svante and a filmmaker to document the journey, in order to attend the UN talks in September with a clear conscience.

However a spokesman for German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann, the yacht's co-skipper, told Berlin newspaper TAZ that several people would fly into New York to help take the yacht back to Europe. Hermann himself will return by plane, according to the spokesman.

The paper estimated that in fact Thunberg's boat trip would end up being more polluting than if she and her companions had just taken flights to New York themselves.

- 'An imperfect solution' -

That conclusion was quickly picked up on social media sites among Thunberg's detractors.

But Team Malizia manager Holly Cova insisted that the young activist's journey would be climate neutral.

"All Team Malizia flights are offset," she said in a statement issued by Thunberg's entourage.

She explained that the New York trip had been organised "at very short notice, and as a result two people will need to fly over to the US in order to bring the boat back".

"We only have one boat, so they cannot easily sail over to meet them. Altogether, four crew will be sailing the boat back. These are logistical decisions that Team Malizia alone has taken," she added.

Cova admitted "this is an imperfect solution," adding that "the world has not yet found a way to make it possible to cross an ocean without a carbon footprint."

- 'I will just ignore them' -

The 60-foot (18-metre) yacht is skippered by Hermann and Pierre Casiraghi, vice president of the Monaco Yacht Club and a member of the principality's ruling family.

It can travel at speeds of around 35 knots (70 kilometres an hour) but will be heading into the wind for much of the time so will be slower, and the captain wants a smooth ride.

Ahead of the UN summit on September 23, Thunberg will take part in youth demonstrations, before heading to Canada, Mexico and then to Chile for another UN conference in December. It is not clear how she will be travelling.

"I don't know yet how I will get home," she said before she set off from the English port of Plymouth.

Thunberg has become a figurehead for climate action with her stark warnings of catastrophe if the world does not act now to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.

She has received criticism and abuse for her uncompromising attitude, but shows little concern at how she might be received among climate change deniers in the United States.

"I will just ignore them because I'm only acting and communicating the science, and if they don't like that, what have I got to do with that?" she said.]]>
8/21/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Artist uses food, objects to create 3D fashion dresses]]>
From an asymmetric banana skin dress, to a frock made from elements of an entire cheeseburger, Artis is never short of inspiration, often finding it in the most unlikely places, according to My Modern Met.

In addition to sharing his art, the artist also aims to spread positive messages to his 700,000+



In one particular piece titled Transformation, Artis uses inside-out lychee skin to create an elegant poncho. He was prompted to produce his unexpected illustration after becoming “really tired of princess dresses.”

He explains, “I am tired of seeing people who think princess stuff is beauty and perfection. I created a contemporary design, which hides a beautiful message behind.

“It reminds me of a caterpillar who is about to transform into a beautiful butterfly and fly… Here is my advice, don’t ever ever be shy or afraid, open your beautiful world and show them who you are!”























8/21/2019 6:43:31 AM
<![CDATA[Video: Cafe workers with Down's syndrome for 1st time in Egypt]]>
The project's owner Omnia Iman al-Bahr said that the idea came about by chance when she was in a hypermarket and found out how people with Down's syndrome deal with people around them. She decided to establish her project for people with Down's syndrome.

The idea has changed people's perception of Down's syndrome and how people with Down's syndrome can do a lot of things and master their work without problems, she added.

In December 2018, the Egyptian people expressed their happiness with RahmaKhaledwho became the first Egyptian TV host with Down's syndrome. Rahma was not the only one to overcome her disability in order to achieve her dreams. In 2017, 115 athletes from the Special Olympics in Egypt took part in the Special Olympics IX MENA Games in Abu Dhabi.

In November 2017, the first Egyptian swimmer with Down's syndrome tried to cross the English Channel. Mohamed al-Husseiniwas one of the youth who were honored by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the closing ceremony of World Youth Forum (WYF).

Husseini, 18, attempted to enter the Guinness World Records as the first swimmer with Down's syndrome to cross the English Channel.Mohamed spent 3 years in a training camp for 3years in Hurghada to reach his goal.

People born with Down's syndrome typically have intellectual disabilities, physical growth delays and distinctive facial features.

8/20/2019 10:33:18 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Wins EISA’s 'Best Smartphone of the Year' Award for second year running with P30 Pro ]]>
HUAWEI’s P30 Pro was named “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020” by the Association, the second year in a row Huawei has won this category.

The EISA called out the Huawei P30 Pro’s low-light photographic capabilities as being “by far the best you can currently get from a smartphone.” It also praised the ultra-wide lens, portrait mode and the periscopic 5x telephoto lens saying that it “surpasses any of its competitors.”

"We are honored to receive another award from EISA and pleased with the recognition of the P30 Pro. With every device, Huawei is committed to bringing new and improved smartphone photography experience to consumers, pushing the limit of smartphone camera capabilities with the latest technologies," said Li Changzhu, Vice President of the Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group. The EISA also recommended the HUAWEI P30 Pro as the perfect companion for dedicated photographers, believing it marked yet another impressive advance in mobile photography.

The HUAWEIP30 Pro has taken an incredible step in mobile photography introducing the innovative HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, a new HUAWEI Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, and enhanced optical and AI image stabilization technology.

The unmatched Leica Quad Camera Systemfeatures a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera. The new periscope telephoto lens allows more optical zooming capabilities to be tucked in a compact body without losing image quality.

Together with the colour saturation provided by the 40 MP main camera, and stability of OIS and AIS, the SuperZoom Lens offers 5x optical, 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom with great resolution and rich detail.

The HUAWEI P30 Pro’s elegant double 3D curved glass body and 6.47” OLED Dewdrop display is both dust and water resistant and powered by the Kirin 980, the world’s first 7nm mobile process chipset. The P30 Pro also sports a class leading 4200 mAh battery, which lasts up to two days of regular phone use.

The award will be formally presented to Huawei during IFA at the EISA Awards Ceremony on September 6th in Berlin, to coincide with the opening of the IFA consumer electronics show.]]>
8/19/2019 12:23:15 PM
<![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