<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[How to avoid the bridezilla syndrome ]]>
Here are six tips on how to avoid the bridezilla syndrome and get back to your own normal self for your big day, so that all your memories of the big day are good ones.

1. Find some time for yourself to get away from all of the busyness and people running around. Remind yourself that this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life so let it be and don’t stress yourself out.

2. When something goes wrong try and look at the bright side. If something falls and breaks try and laugh it off.

3. Remember that your wedding day will be over way too soon. Just breathe and take it all in and remember that everything was chosen by you; the flowers, the decorations, the cake, the food, the dress and most importantly your partner.

4. Stay organized and keep your to-do-list close by so that you don’t get stressed out over things that may have already been taken care of.

5. There is no shame in asking for help, that is why you have bridesmaids.

6. A surprise family member that you never knew existed shows up and there aren’t enough seats don’t worry, because others that were invited may not show up so there will be seats available.

As long as you stick to these tips, your special day will go smoothly and you will be left with great memories that will last you a lifetime.


10/23/2017 9:19:17 PM
<![CDATA[Tiffany & Co.’s first major fragrance in 30 years]]>

Eau de Parfum is said to capture the true essence of Tiffany that is love and beauty, in the noble iris bottle, which also happens to be the special ingredient in the scent. The full collection of the Eau de Parfum includes lotion, shower gel and a cream; all of which have unmistakeably artisanal scent identifiable as Tiffany’s. The packaging is nothing less than the iconic Tiffany & Co. blue jewelry box.

The cost of an Eau de Parfume bottle starts at $75 for one ounce.

Tiffany & Co. — The New Tiffany Fragrance Via Tiffany & Co YouTube page

The Tiffany & Co. brand was founded in 1837. it has always “celebrated the world’s greatest love stories” through simple, fine cut and beautifully styled jewelry, according to the company. Yellow diamonds have been a specialty for Tiffany’s ever since Charles Lewis Tiffany purchased one back in 1878. Being rare and priceless, the yellow diamond draws onlookers from all over the world each year to New York to get an eyeful of the diamond.
10/23/2017 3:15:30 PM
<![CDATA[et Scares: Famous Halloween Traditions ]]>
Here are the most famous traditions which have always accompanied Halloween:

Jack-o-lanterns: The carved pumpkin is basically the symbol for Halloween worldwide; it actually started as a turnip, and according to mentalfloss, originated from Ireland as locals used to light up their carved turnips and roam the streets to chase off evil spirits

Pumpkin - Rescueram3 Pixabay

Costumes: Originally Celtics wore ghosts’ costumes so that spirits roaming the streets would mistake them for spirits too, and leave them alone. But nowadays Halloween costumes are a big deal, heavily affected by Pop culture; you are more likely to see people dressing up as Harley Quinn, Joker or Jack Sparrow nowadays than good old ghosts.

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Colors: Halloween is all about black and orange; as black represents the death of summer and orange represents autumn, according to mentalfloss.

Pumpkin - Kristina Paukshtite – Pexels

Trick or Treating: It is said that another possible reason for dressing up as ghosts was that Celtics left out food for the spirits, and so some people would disguise as ghosts to get food and treats too. As for the tricks part, some speculate that it started back in Scotland as the poor “Soulers” would go from door to door on "All Souls day" saying prayers (souling) for the dead and receiving food in return. Later on, the prayers were gradually replaced by songs, jokes or tricks.

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Horror films: This is a modern day tradition to entertain and thrill both children and adults; a perfect Halloween would not go by without a story where its characters go through some of the most horrible events ever.

Hands - Simonwijers - Pixabay

10/23/2017 12:20:30 PM
<![CDATA[Do fewer patients die with female surgeons?]]>
Researchers examined data on 104,630 patients who underwent a variety of common procedures with a total of 3,314 different surgeons, including 774 females and 2,540 males.

Overall, patients treated by female surgeons were 12 percent less likely to die within 30 days, and they had similar complications rates and repeat hospital admissions, the study found.

“There are reasons to believe why female surgeons may have had these outcomes,” said senior study author Dr. Raj Satkunasivam, a researcher and surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital.

“Surgery is a highly male dominated profession so that the cohort of females truly represents the ‘best of the best’ proportionately more skilled, motivated, and harder working surgeons who have had to perhaps pass a ‘higher bar’ to succeed,” Satkunasivam said by email.

Because the study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how surgeons’ sex influences patient outcomes, however, it’s possible that factors such as the complexity of individual cases might have influenced the results, Satkunasivam noted.

Still, the study should help dispel any biases against female surgeons in the medical profession, since the women clearly didn’t perform worse than the men, Satkunasivam and colleagues note in the BMJ.

The study focused on outcomes for 25 common procedures including a variety of heart operations, weight-loss surgeries, knee and hip replacements, and cancer treatments.

Overall, 11.1 percent of patients treated by female surgeons died, experienced serious complications or had repeat admissions to the hospital within 30 days of their operations, compared to 11.3 percent with male surgeons, the study found.

This translated into 4 percent lower odds of either death, complications or repeat admissions with female surgeons.

Researchers also accounted for differences in outcomes for procedures that were scheduled in advance, when patients can often choose their surgeon, and emergency operations, when patients typically do not make this choice.

One limitation of the study is that researchers lacked some data on patients that might impact their odds of death or complications, such as other medical problems or socioeconomic factors like income.

While the findings should dispel any lingering biases against female surgeons, it’s unlikely that the sex of the surgeon would be a good way to predict how well patients will do after their operations, Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and past-president Clare Marx write in an accompanying editorial.

However, the results do support giving female surgeons the same career opportunities as their male counterparts, said Dr. Heather Logghe, author of a separate accompanying editorial and a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

“Given the historical exclusion of women from surgical training and today’s glass ceiling in terms of leadership positions, academic promotion, and pay equity among surgeons, this study is hugely impactful,” Logghe said by email. “It demonstrates that based on clinical outcomes there should be parity in leadership, promotion, and pay for women surgeons.”

10/23/2017 11:32:41 AM
<![CDATA[With time, shoe inserts may help ease plantar heel pain]]>
Plantar heel pain is one of the most common foot ailments, affecting about 4 percent of the population and an even higher proportion of elderly people and athletes, researchers note in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Many doctors recommend shoe inserts to ease this pain by supporting the arches and taking pressure off the heel, but research to date has been inconclusive about the effectiveness of this approach.

For the current study, researchers analyzed data from 19 previously published studies with a total of 1,660 participants. They found moderate-quality evidence that orthotic shoe inserts worked better than sham inserts at reducing pain after people had worn them for a bit - from about 7 to 12 weeks of use.

For this same time frame, customized orthotics appeared a bit better at easing pain than prefabricated versions, but the difference was too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance, the study also found.

“Our finding that foot orthoses can effectively reduce pain suggests that they are a valid treatment option for plantar heel pain,” said lead study author Glen Whittaker, a podiatry researcher at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia.

“Furthermore, because we found that contoured prefabricated foot orthoses are as effective for plantar heel pain as customized foot orthoses, prefabricated foot orthoses should be used initially rather than customized foot orthoses because they cost less and are immediately available,” Whittaker said by email.

The most common cause of heel pain is what’s known as plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes gets strained, weakened, swollen and irritated or inflamed.

Shoe inserts may reduce plantar heel pain by redistributing pressure away from the bottom of the heel to the arch, and may also prevent the arch from dropping, which could reduce tension in the plantar fascia, Whittaker said.

Foot orthotics didn’t appear to help ease pain or improve function after up to 6 weeks of use, or beyond 12 weeks of use, the study also found.

This suggests that patients who want to try orthotics might want to initially use them in conjunction with medication to ease pain and inflammation, Whittaker said. Other treatment options include getting corticosteroid injections or using tape or a brace on the foot to relieve pressure on the heel.

One limitation of the study is that it didn’t include data focused specifically on sports-related pain, so it’s unclear if the results would apply to athletes, the authors note.

It’s also possible that some people could get little or no benefit from using the shoe inserts, the authors also conclude.

“The main take-home message for patients is that the evidence for relief of plantar heel pain by orthotic treatment is weak,” said Peter Cavanagh, a researcher in orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle who wasn’t involved in the study.

“Thus, their level of expectation for a cure of plantar heel pain by using orthotics should be moderate,” Cavanagh said by email.

While it may make sense for patients to try over-the-counter prefabricated shoe inserts before spending more on custom versions, it’s also possible that seeing a health care provider first might help people get a device that’s better suited to the shape of their foot, Cavanagh added.

“Patients often try many different therapies sequentially or simultaneously,” Cavanagh said. “Orthotics can reasonably be considered to be one of them.”

10/23/2017 11:30:28 AM
<![CDATA[Brie trade agreement: China lifts soft cheese ban]]>
From early September, businesses in the country were forbidden from importing cheeses made with certain moulds and bacteria.

The ban was lifted following meetings last week between European Commission representatives and Chinese quarantine and health officials, the EU's China delegation said in a statement.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission issued a note to customs authorities clarifying that bacterial cultures used for the production of these cheeses were not harmful to consumers' health, thus allowing trade to resume, according to the delegation.

The statement added that China's cheese quality standards are "outdated," and the delegation and French embassy will organise a seminar with Chinese experts to "(limit) the risk of such events re-occurring in the future".

Axel Moreaux, manager at French restaurant Paradox in Beijing, celebrated the news.

"The ban was in place for a short time, so it hasn't affected our business. Now we can go ahead as normal," he told AFP.

"It's a real relief," said Vincent Marion, co-founder of Cheese Republic, one of China's leading online cheesemongers.

"It is now written in black and white that this category of cheese is legally importable. So it is very positive for the French and European dairy industry," Marion said.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China previously said efforts were underway to revise China's national food safety standards for cheese.

It is unclear why the ban was put into place.

China has seen a series of scandals over food safety but Western products are widely seen as made to higher standards.

Dairy products are not a typical part of a Chinese diet, but in recent years cheeses such as mozzarella have become popular as more Chinese hanker after Western dishes such as pizza.

Strongly flavoured mould-ripened cheese is usually only available at restaurants and markets that cater to foreigners.

10/23/2017 11:23:28 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Ryan Reynolds]]>Ryan Rodney Reynolds, also know now as Deadpool, was born on October 23, 1976.

The Canadian-born actor’s career started in 1990 when he starred in the Nickleodeon show “Fifteen,” he later acted in several shows until he came into the spotlight after his role in the hit “Van Wilder.”

Reynolds has played several comic-book roles, one of which was “Blade: Trinity 2004.” His role in ”X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009” would then continue into the Deadpool saga. The only DC Comics role he had was his portrayal of Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), he later mentioned in interviews that the film's failure, critically and financially, came as a huge relief because he did not want to play Hal Jordan once again.

He found a comic where “Deadpool” describes himself as looking like "Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei" and then, Reynolds instantly fell in love with the character.

Another quote for the road:
“I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything, and let it be the abstract mess that it is.”

Here are a few of Reynolds finest Twitter moments about parenting :

10/23/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Five breast cancer myths you should be aware of]]>
Marking this important awareness-raising month, we present to you this information on five of the most circulated myths about the disease.

Myth #1: Drinking milk (or dairy) causes breast cancer

Some early studies raised concerns about the correlation between drinking milk from cows treated with hormones and the risk of cancer. The truth is that over many decades, studies failed to find a clear link and have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Moreover, the International Journal of Epidemiology published in 2002 the results of 20 studies on the relationship between dairy and increased risk of cancer. All the studies showed that there is no significant association between intakes of total dairy fluids or solids and breast cancer.

Myth #2: Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer

The truth is that there is no conclusive evidence on links between the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Some people have concerns that deodorants and antiperspirants block the body from sweating toxin which might build up in the lymph glands under the armpit causing breast cancer. But the human body has several other ways of disposing of toxins that do not involve the lymph glands. Furthermore, the “Breast Cancer Care” initiative explained there is also no evidence ingredients used in deodorants and antiperspirants like aluminum or parabens cause breast cancer.

Myth #3: Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer

The truth is that only a small percentage of breast lumps are cancer. However, it is very important to see a physician for a clinical breast exam if you notice a persistent lump in the breast or any changes in breast tissue. A physician is the only one who can determine whether this lump or change is of concern or not. Furthermore, it is essential to keep the habit of performing routine breast self-exams and getting an annual clinical breast exam, including scheduling routine mammograms.

Myth #4: Men do not get breast cancer, it is a women’s only disease

While the percentage of breast cancer occurrence is small among men, they are also affected by the disease. In fact, breast cancer leads to higher mortality among men compared to women as a result of the lack of awareness that they can also be affected by the disease, which leads to delay in seeking treatment.

Men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam in the shower to discover any hard lump underneath the nipple and areola so that they can report these changes to their physicians.

Myth #5: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread

The truth is that any breast compression while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. Also, the benefits of mammograms outweigh the potential harm from radiation exposure as they require very small doses of radiation, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women and men, in addition to any other recommendation by the physician.

Myth #6: Breast cancer is contagious

Breast cancer cannot transfer to someone else’s body. The disease results of uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that begin to spread into other tissues within the breast. Everyone can reduce their risk of being affected by the disease by practicing a healthy lifestyle and being aware of the risk factors and following an early detection routine.

There are some things that can help us avoid breast cancer like keeping a healthy weight, paying attention to your alcohol consumption, stop smoking and keeping active. While there are some factors that we cannot control like aging and exposure to high levels of radiation can increase the risk of breast cancer.

10/22/2017 9:57:13 PM
<![CDATA[10 strange and wonderful wedding traditions ]]>
1. Philippines : The happy couple set a pair of white doves into the world, one male and one female. This ritual stands as a symbol of the balanced life the happy couple will live.

2. Jamaica: The neighbors of the bride’s village line up and give their honest opinion of the bride even if they are negative. The bride then goes home and changes until the majority of the comments are in her favor.

3. Niger: The camel is the real life of the party at the wedding. The reception is set in the desert where guests enjoy the camels’ dance moves.

4. India: The bride gathers her girlfriends and are painted with mehndi (made from henna) the exquisite finely detailed art that stays on the skin for two weeks.

India- Mehandi At Rajsthan Wedding Via Wikimedia Commons

5. Greece: This one is exclusively for the groom where his best man/best friend shaves his face with a razor and then afterwards he is fed almonds and honey by his mother-in-law.

6. Norway: It is believed that the sound of small charms hanging off of the bride’s silver-and-gold crown in helps ward away evil spirits.

7. China: A one-month crying fest begins with the bride crying for one hour a day. Ten days later her mother joins her, then after ten more days her grandmother joins in at the end of the month and all of her female relatives join in. This represents joy as the weeping is similar to the melody of a song.

8. Russia: The happy couple will share a traditional type of bread called Karavaya and the one that takes the bigger bite is the leader of the relationship and the family.

Russian Karavaya Via Pixabay

9. Peru: This is similar to the Irish traditional Halloween cake Barmbrack with a fake ring inside. In Peruvian tradition, the single lady that finds the ring will be next to get married.

10. China: With a total of three dresses for their big day the brides firstly wear a slim-fit embroidered dress down the aisle. She wears a poufy dress for the reception and at the end of the night, the finale is a cocktail dress.

Traditional Chinese wedding ceremony Via Wikimedia Commons

10/22/2017 8:24:48 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion Forward Dubai: Menswear lineup ]]>
With 28 designers in total, including five international and seven menswear designers, this season of FFWD is set to advance the region into the international fashion scene.

Menswear fashion is often not given that much attention and is not as popular as womenswear, yet the majority of womenswear designers are men. Designers that create wearable art for both genders have mentioned that it is easier for them to design for the opposite gender due to being self-conscious about one's body.

Seven out of the 28 designers that will be showcasing their work at Season 10 of the FFWD will be menswear designers.

In the main event, five international designers, Anna K, Eudon Choi, JoãoRolo, Nabil Nayal and Sid Neigum, will be making their first appearance in Dubai on the FFWD runway. Designers around the globe wait for a platform like FFWD to break into the Middle Eastern market.

Amine Bendriouich mixes urban and Moroccan cultures while working with local craftsmen in Marrakech.

Babak Vosoughi A favorite for celebrities, Vosoughi mixes modern art and street style into distinguishable pieces of wearable art.

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BEHNOODE presents tailor-made high-quality men & women elegant fashion that is crafted by the Iranian designer Behnood Javaherpour.

Behnoode @behnoode #behnoodjavaherpour#behnoodestyle#behnoode#behnoodelifestyle#behnoode#behnoodeguys 🇮🇹

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"MINI Fashion-Beyond Native" will present three designers: Dress Addict, Wael and Zaid Farouki.

Dress Addict Ukranian duo Artem Gryshchenko and Victor Victorov showcase a balanced mix in their designs between forms, cuts and fabrics.

WAEL was founded in Dubai in 2015 with great knowledge of production methods and best practices of the couture industry, Wael Hussain comes from a family heritage of sartorial practices.

Zaid Farouki Arab-American Zaid Farouki studied in London at Central Saint Martins, and took specialized courses in couture techniques, embroidery, and hand painting. Farouki makes everything by hand even the prints, turning the fabric into a blank canvas and the customer wearing the fabric into a walking piece of art.

@eliaselindari rocking one of our hand embroidered sweaters during Milan Men's Fashion Week #ZAIDFAROUKI

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Varoin Marwah pays homage to his Indian roots. Marwah will be presenting his signature collection that pays strict attention to detail and well-tailored clean lines.

FFWD is the main fashion event in Dubai and the Middle East, and for the past five years, FFWD has been boosting the careers of emerging fashion designers both internationally and regionally while positioning Dubai as the next fashion capital in the global fashion scene.
10/22/2017 7:58:31 PM
<![CDATA[Okhtein goes international with Beyoncé]]>
On Friday, Beyoncé, the international singing Queen B and mother to everything fabulous, posted on her Instagram not one but three posts; where she is seen wearing the Egyptian luxury accessories brand

Okhtein 's

new classic dome belt and shoulder bag in orange from the 2017 spring/summer collection.

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Egyptian designers Aya and Mounaz Abdel Raouf launched their brand Okhtein in 2013. They design luxury accessories such as clutches and bags. Okhtein means sisters in Arabic.

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The 2017 summer collection is inspired by the immortal fantasy of a summer fling, where a girl loves a boy. The boy turns out to be a jerk, and the girl ends up with a broken heart. This collection is for young women who thought they would find their perfect man on the beach; however, they wake up from the dream to find themselves alone and broken.

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Okhtein Dome Belt Bag

10/22/2017 7:20:27 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Sunday morning ]]>
We have gathered some of the best Sunday Morning motivation that Twitter has to offer, to help you survive.

1. Life as a writer on a Sunday

2. A calm wonderful Sunday

3. Failing at something is never end of the world

4. When you know that you have things to do

5. When you forget to drink your coffee

6. Success after hard work is sweet
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— InspiSuccess (@inspisuccess) October 22, 2017

7. Never forget to never stop

8. Give yourself reasons why you can

9. This Sunday morning motivation is brought to you by coffee


10/22/2017 2:26:19 PM
<![CDATA[Does diabetes make a heart attack feel different?]]>
Researchers examined data from detailed interviews with 39 adults in the UK who had been diagnosed with diabetes and had also experienced a heart attack. Most of the participants reported feeling some chest pain, but they often said it didn’t feel like they expected or that they didn’t think it was really a heart attack.

“Long term diabetes damages your heart in many ways (increased blocking of the heart’s blood vessels), but it also damages your nerves,” said study co-author Dr. Melvyn Jones of University College London.

“So a bit like a diabetic might not feel the stubbing of their toe, they also feel less pain from damaged heart muscle when the blood supply gets cut off, so they don’t get the classical crushing chest pain of a heart attack,” Jones said by email.

People with diabetes are three times more likely to die from heart disease than the general population and possibly six times more likely to have a heart attack, Jones added.

All patients in the study received care at one of three hospitals in London, and they ranged in age from 40 to 90. Most were male, and roughly half were white.

The majority had what’s known as type 2 diabetes, which is tied to aging and obesity and happens when the body can’t properly use insulin to convert blood sugar into energy. Four of them had type 1 diabetes, a lifelong condition that develops when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow blood sugar to enter cells.

Many of the participants described heart attack symptoms such as chest pain and discomfort.

However, many felt like their pain wasn’t severe enough to be a heart attack or didn’t consider the discomfort they felt in their chest as similar to what they would expect with a heart attack.

This may have contributed to delays in seeking care, which are in turn associated with lower survival odds and a higher risk of complications and disability for people who do live through the event, researchers note in the journal BMJ Open.

The study was small, and it wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how diabetes might lead people to experience different heart attack symptoms.

Still, it confirms a longstanding belief that people with diabetes may be prone to atypical heart attack symptoms, said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and a researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“Atypical means instead of the more classic chest pain or chest pressure, patients experience symptoms such as extreme fatigue or breathlessness, for example,” Bhatt, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

“The biology of the heart attack is the same,” Bhatt added. “But the thought is that patients with advanced diabetes may have a degree of nerve damage (neuropathy) and therefore may be less likely to experience the more common chest pain or chest pressure from a heart attack.”

Patients with diabetes should understand that they’re more likely to have a heart attack than other people, said Dr. John Wilkins, a researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago who wasn’t involved in the study.

“They should have regular follow-up with their physicians, keep their blood sugars well controlled, lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, avoid the development of cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and if they have risk factors they should make sure they are appropriately managed,” Wilkins said by email.

“They should also be familiar with the symptoms that suggest that they might be having a heart attack or an impending heart attack and know how to respond if those symptoms develop,” Wilkins advised.]]>
10/22/2017 12:47:50 PM
<![CDATA[Beauty standards may be broadening]]>
The magazine is including more nonwhite celebrities and older individuals on its Most Beautiful People list these days, researchers wrote in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

“Preferences for beauty are both a combination of a basic cognitive process and a learned process,” study author Dr. Neelam Vashi of the Boston University School of Medicine told Reuters Health by email. “Individuality, culture, and history are all important to the study of beauty, and when we look at different cultures and historical periods, we see different and shifting ideals.”

Vashi and colleagues studied People magazine, which has the largest audience of U.S. magazines and one of the top 10 circulations, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. They analyzed the magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful People lists in 1990 and 2017, comparing characteristics such as age, sex, race, skin type, hair color, eye color, and visible skin conditions. They compared 50 celebrities in the 1990 list to 135 in the 2017 list.

They found that average age increased from 33 in 1990 to 39 in 2017, and the proportion of nonwhite celebrities rose from 24 percent to 40 percent.

The proportion of mixed-race celebrities increased from one in 1990 to 14 in 2017. Also, the researchers found, the proportion of people with pale to creamy white skin fell from 88 percent in 1990 to 70 percent in 2017, while the proportion with moderate brown to dark brown skin rose from 12 percent to 30 percent.

“Personally, I run both a cosmetic center and ethnic skin center, in which I specialize in treating those with darker skin tones,” said Vashi, who also authored the book Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Guide for Clinicians. “We found (to our surprise) . . . celebrities had a higher rate of darker skin types and mixed race.”

A limitation of the study is that only two issues of a single magazine were included. The study also found that the proportion of females increased from 52 percent in 1990 to 88 percent in 2017, which may indicate skewed data, said Dr. Daniel Hamermesh of Barnard College in New York City. Hamermesh, who wasn’t involved with this study, wrote the book “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful.”

Hamermesh and colleagues are beginning a project that investigates how beauty affects individuals over time as they age. A child, for example, may be treated differently at a young age, which could influence outlook later in life.

“People are fascinated by beauty, and there’s no doubt it affects outcomes such as how much money you make and the partner you wind up with,” he said. “This behavior persists from the day we’re born.”

Vashi and colleagues also plan to delve into the topic further. Although many cultures have historically deemed fair skin and youthful features more attractive, popular media may show a changing conversation, Vashi added.

“Maybe our society is starting to embrace graceful aging, diversity and the beauty we are born with,” she said.]]>
10/22/2017 12:47:14 PM
<![CDATA[7,000 newborns die every day: U.N. report]]>
The report also showed that every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, alarming that the current trends indicate that, between 2017 and 2030, about 30 million babies will die within the first 28 days of life.

Pneumonia and diarrhea topped the list of infectious diseases that claim the lives of millions of children under five across the world, accounting for 16 percent and eight percent of deaths, respectively. Pre-term birth complications and complications during child birth were the causes of 30 percent of newborn deaths in 2016.

The IGME report argues that many of these deaths are preventable through providing ready life-saving know-how and technologies, particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where neonatal deaths accounted for 39 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Five countries accounted for half of all newborn deaths: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.

Moreover, simple, cost-effective interventions administrated before, during and immediately after birth can reduce mortality rates among newborns and their mothers. It also contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on ending preventable childhood deaths.

In a joint press statement, members of the IGME expressed it is unconscionable that in 2017 pregnancy and child birth are still life-threatening conditions for women. “The best measure of success for universal health coverage is that every mother should not only be able to access health care easily, but that it should be quality, affordable care that will ensure a healthy and productive life for her children and family,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, the World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health.

U.N. Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Chief of Health Stefan Swartling Peterson commented that the international community “has the knowledge and technologies that are required; we just need to take them where they are most needed.”

The IGME comprises of UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and the Population Division in the U.N. Department for Economic and Social Affairs. It operates within the framework of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. The strategy is put into action by the Every Woman and Every Child initiative, launched in September 2010, to serve as a U.N. arm to mobilize and intensify international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world. ]]>
10/21/2017 10:43:33 PM
<![CDATA[et Scares: Where did Halloween start?]]>
According to History.com, Halloween is a variation of the Celtic holiday known as “Samhain,” which originated in Ireland more than 2,000 years ago. November 1 marked the end of the harvesting season and the beginning of the year.

Celts celebrate New Year’s Eve on October 31 and it was believed that the souls of the deceased haunted the village as ghosts. To avoid confusion between humans and ghosts, Celts wore masks over their faces.

To honor the deceased, Celts sacrificed animals and served fruits and vegetables. At night, they lit a bonfire to attract the spirits. The holiday is still celebrated in parts of Ireland and Scotland.
10/21/2017 3:07:19 PM
<![CDATA[Tommy Hilfiger designs a collection for people with disabilities ]]>
The brand has a strong vision of becoming inclusive of all people. It plans to conquer a new market that is disregarded by the fashion industry.

The fashion line is designed to make it easier to dress people with disabilities, debuting 37 pieces for the men’s line and 34 pieces for the women’s line.

It features adjustable hems to adapt leg casts, magnetic closures to make it easier to dress with one arm, and it contains several other feathers as well.

Last month Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger collaborated together on a see now; buy now fashion show for the third time. Together they created their London fashion week debut. Hadid and Hilfiger debut their autumn winter 2017 collection. The show is a combination of looks from the men’s and women’s brand collections.

Gigi Hadid- Courtesy Of Tommy Hilfiger
Gigi Hadid- Courtesy Of Tommy Hilfiger
10/21/2017 3:01:22 PM
<![CDATA[Rihanna’s newest collection is out now]]>

The collection features a shimmer eyeshadow palette called Galaxy, glitter release eyeliners called Eclipse, shimmer lipsticks called Starlit and lip gloss called Cosmic Gloss, featuring a variety of shades.

In September, Rihanna debuted her makeup line that consists of her most popular item: 40 different shades of foundation. The foundations are accompanied by concealers, contour and highlighter sticks.

The collection also features a variety of highlighters debuting her very own “Trophy Wife.” Fenty Beauty also released blotting powder and blotting paper as well as makeup brushes.

10/21/2017 2:01:17 PM
<![CDATA[Sea Salt: your gluten/guilt-free bakery]]>
Driven by a personal experience, where she uncovered the challenge of living a gluten-free life in Egypt, Passand El Hammami decided to start her own market for healthy gluten free baked goods.

“At the age of 27, I got really sick. I discovered that I have had a lot of issues with food and a lot of allergies since my childhood,” Hammami told Egypt Today. “From there, I started looking for medication from wheat, milk, gluten ... and there is no one-time fix; you have to change your lifestyle completely and live on substitutes.”

From there, Hammami decided to do it the right way. She took a course abroad and got certified to make gluten-free goods, and came back to launch “Sea Salt” at the beach in Sahel in 2014. Two years later, the first branch of Sea Salt Bakery and Cafe opened in Zamalek, where everything is gluten-free and allergy friendly.

After tasting the extremely delicious and surprisingly healthy French toast with fresh seasonal fruit and Sea Salt’s famous beetroot hummus and Catalan dips, we had a quick chat with marketer turned baker, Hammami.

Reporter: Rawan Ibrahim/Video produced by Yasmine Hassan>

All of Sea Salt’s products are made with natural sugars derived from dates, coconuts and raw honey. Flours are made from quinoa, almond, brown rice and coconuts. Whether it’s diabetes, allergies, intolerances or any digestive issue, you can always visit Sea Salt for a healthy meal that satisfies your taste buds without making you uncomfortable or affecting your body.

Passand el-Hammami in front of Sea Salt Bakery in Zamalek - Egypt Today/Yasmine Hassan

10/21/2017 12:31:31 PM
<![CDATA[Which websites are most influential on the internet?]]>
1. Google: With literally the highest rank above all other websites on the planet, according to website ranking company Alexa, Google is usually the home page of every electronic device you own. Stretching its powers further than those of a mere search engine, Google has become an integrated system that can help you do any task you desire, from searching, translating and storing your data and media, to finding a location and watching an endless amount of entertaining, educating or even sometimes weird videos.

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2. YouTube: The unlimited video platform that turned its users into instant filmmakers without the need for more than their phones, YouTube’s content is literally unlimited and varies from music, entertaining videos, educational videos, news and much more. The site also allows its users, through generating enough momentum of views, to gain a margin of profit, which increases depending on how many viewers they have.

2- YouTube logo 2017- YouTube- Wikimedia commons

3. Facebook: With almost 2 billion users worldwide, according to money.com, Facebook began as a method to create simple profiles for classmates, before rapidly turning into the largest social media platform in the world. The website is used for unlimited purposes, from simply chatting up your friends and loved ones, to starting your business and growing it.

3- Facebook - Simon – Pixabay

4. Wikipedia: The strength and weakness of Wikipedia rely on the fact that it is open for editing by literally anyone, which established it as one of the top five websites in the world, according to Alexa.com. However, that same fact makes the website quite unreliable at times, especially if the information on it is not backed by trustworthy sources.

4- Wikipedia - logo- Wikimedia Foundation - Wikimedia commons

5. Reddit: With hundreds of millions of webpages discussing and ready to start a discussion on anything one can think of, from fans with unreasonable TV-show theories to experts proving themselves through logic and evidence, Reddit has proven itself to be the ultimate forum that can be both entertaining and helpful. That is why, according to TIME, the website generates billions of page views annually.

5- Reddit logo and wordmark- Reddit, Inc. - Wikimedia commons

10/21/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Carrie Fisher]]>
Carrie Frances Fisher, known most notably for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars film saga, was born on this day in 1956 and suddenly passed away at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016 due to cardiac arrest.

The Los Angeles native is the daughter of the Hollywood royalty Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

The multi-talented Fisher was mainly known for her recurring role as Princess Leia in the cult favorite Star Wars. Fisher reprised her role for the upcoming movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that is set to be released at the end of this year.

Also an author, Fisher has written several novels and screenplays such as the autobiographical one-woman play and non-fiction book “Wishful Drinking,” which was later adapted as a television movie. She earned a BAFTA Award nomination for the screenplay she wrote for “Postcards From The Edge.”

Carrie Fisher Via Flickr Modified by Egypt Today

Fun Facts:

● In Blink 182’s song "A New Hope," Princess Leia is the lead singer's dream girl.

● Her father left her mother at the age two to marry Elizabeth Taylor.

● For the majority of their lives, Fisher and her mother lived next door to each other.

● She regularly took her dog with her to TV show interviews.

A Tribute To Carrie Fisher Via Star Wars YouTube channel

10/21/2017 9:59:53 AM
<![CDATA[ L'Oreal adds Paris to digital beauty start-up cities]]>
So it said on Friday it was launching a program of start-up collaborations in Paris as it ramps up digital investments and seeks out new beauty products like its “smart” hairbrushes.

L‘Oreal makes an ever greater slice of sales online and has rolled out services and items for tech-savvy consumers, such as a phone app for virtual make-up tests.

The French group said it was looking to develop more inventions at a site for start-up companies in Paris, where 10 to 12 firms will work on projects with L‘Oreal every year.

“The world of beauty has already become very digitalized... this will allow us go even further than what we do today,” L‘Oreal Chairman and Chief Executive Jean-Paul Agon said, at a reconverted 1920s railway depot in Paris that now houses a start-up campus.

Known as “Station F” and launched by billionaire businessman Xavier Niel, it will now have a L‘Oreal workshop.

Agon did not say how much L‘Oreal had invested so far in start-up ventures and online development, but said the group’s budget for all things digital was growing fast.

L‘Oreal now spends 35 percent of its media budget on digital campaigns and had recruited 1,700 people to work in this area, he said. Five years ago staffing in this section was closer to 150.

L‘Oreal derives about 7 percent of its revenues - which totaled 13.4 billion euros in the first half of the year - from online sales, up from just over 5 percent in 2015. It has not disclosed online growth targets.

The company has already invested in London’s Founders Factory, a so-called start-up incubator, last year, and it has its own innovation program in San Francisco.

Products developed there include an electronic UV skin patch that measures exposure to the sun.

Aside from seeking new technology, such as developments in artificial intelligence or voice recognition software, L‘Oreal will also work with start-ups developing new beauty products, be it creams or make-up, the company said.

L‘Oreal’s push comes as Paris seeks to overtake London as a leading European tech center for investors and inventors, in a “start-up nation” championed by France’s pro-business President Emmanuel Macron.

“We’re also happy to be contributing to that project,” Agon said. L‘Oreal is France’s fourth-largest listed company.]]>
10/21/2017 9:50:11 AM
<![CDATA[London the starting line as Adidas laces up robotic shoe run]]>
Adidas plans to use the factory - and another due to open soon in Atlanta, Georgia, to produce small batches designed for particular markets, and ultimately for individual consumers, in contrast to mass production runs ordered months in advance.

The idea is to respond faster to fashion trends and offer more customization. After London it plans shoe models inspired by Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai.

“It is an opportunity for us to disrupt with brand new technologies and bring that as fast as possible to consumers,” David Drury, director of development for footwear sourcing, told Reuters.

Adidas relies on more than one million workers in factories in Asia, particularly in China and Vietnam, to produce about 600 million pairs of shoes and items of clothing and accessories per year.

But it is shifting some production closer to its major markets so it can deliver new styles quicker, and counter rising wages in Asia and hefty shipping costs.

Adidas relies on more than one million workers in factories in Asia, particularly in China and Vietnam, to produce about 600 million pairs of shoes and items of clothing and accessories per year.

But it is shifting some production closer to its major markets so it can deliver new styles quicker, and counter rising wages in Asia and hefty shipping costs.

It currently takes Adidas up to 18 months to design, produce and deliver most products, but it wants to cut that to as little as 45 days.

Its customized shoes will also command premium prices. The AM4LDN shoe aimed at the London market will go on sale next week for 169.95 pounds ($222.74) or 219.95 euros ($259.85).

Rival Nike has also announced plans to shorten product development times and last month launched a studio in New York where customers can select the color and pattern of their shoes and have them ready in less than 90 minutes.]]>
10/21/2017 9:48:02 AM
<![CDATA[Thai vegetarian festival expects record spending]]>
Tiny yellow flags fluttered over shops and stalls in Bangkok’s Chinatown to show those with vegetarian-friendly dishes. The festival is particularly popular among Thai Chinese.

Spending on food, transport and donations to Buddhist temples to ‘make merit’ during the festival was expected to reach 45 billion baht ($1.4 billion), the highest since estimates began 10 years ago, the Thai Chamber of Commerce said.

“Many Thais wish to commemorate the late King Rama 9 through taking part in the festival,” Thanawat Polwichai, Director of the Center of Economic and Business Forecasting told Reuters.

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose official title was Rama 9, died on Oct. 13 last year. The official mourning period ends after his cremation next week.

“Normally I don’t take part in the vegetarian festival but this year I planned to, mainly due to health reasons, but also because I wanted to make merit and pay respects to King Rama 9,” said Nopawan Wattanawanna, 40, in a Chinatown tea shop.

Adherents of the festival believe nine gods descend during the period to judge people’s deeds. People who abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol and sinful behavior will be blessed.

In Chinatown, a big majority of food sellers had transformed their menus to serve delicacies made from meat substitutes and soy protein.

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration said, however, that it had found traces of animal DNA in three of 71 samples of meat substitute it had tested. It was still waiting for results from seven others.

The festival began over 150 years ago on the popular tourist island of Phuket some 840 km (520 miles) south of Bangkok.
10/20/2017 6:16:42 PM
<![CDATA[Putting elegance into age: US granny beauty queens]]>
From an ex-CIA employee to Whitney Houston's childhood choir director to a marathon runner, Ms Senior America celebrates women aged 60 and above who defy stereotypes of what it means to be ladies of a certain age who in past years may have sunk into a rocking chair.

"This is our age of elegance. It's the beginning. Not our end," beamed 73-year-old Carolyn Slade Harden, a former recording artist crowned Ms Senior America 2017, resplendent in cream silk.

With some members in their 90s, Ms Senior America is a family of sisters who have experienced not just the pleasures of life but the pains -- surviving cancer, going through divorce, losing husbands.

But if Ms Minnesota needed crutches to get on stage, Thursday's finals showed no one is ever too old to tap dance, sing or show off their curves in a sequined gown with a crown glittering on coiffed hair.

Senior America Inc. was founded in 1971 "to promote the positive aspects of aging" and has championed women in their "age of elegance" ever since.

There were 47.8 million people aged 65 and over in the United States in 2015, or 15 percent of the population -- a number projected to rise to 98.2 million, or nearly one in four residents by 2060.

Glittering in strapless gowns, mermaid dresses and princess frocks, state finalists from across the country flashed winning smiles, bedecked in a haze of sequins, hair spray and immaculate make-up.

- Hip hop -

"That's our mama!" yelled one man in the crowd as Ms Florida took the microphone. "I've never seen so many rhinestones in my life," confided another.

Judging spans four categories: an interview, 35-second "philosophy of life" nuggets -- for example "let's all be the reason someone smiles today" -- evening gown and a talent.

It was the talent segment that elicited the biggest wolf whistles from adoring friends and family in a hotel theater in southern New Jersey.

Ms Tennessee danced ballet, complete with pirouettes and arabesques to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." Ms Massachusetts dressed up in a can-can skirt to sing "Jumbo Italiano," while Ms Virginia donned a Julie Andrews-style Alpine costume to perform from the Sound of Music.

Then there were the guest dance troupes: ladies in pink hats jiving to Shania Twain "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" and seniors doing hip-hop in blonde wigs and black leggings to Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk.

"I love it! I love it!" yelled one man at the back.

"Hollywood thinks youth," purrs Ms Senior District of Columbia Frances Curtis Johnson, 68, a community activist and executive assistant, who has no intention of retiring until at least 70.

"They need to look at the beauty of growing old. To live is to get older, and we should take that and use it and embrace it."

Ultimately it was Ms Senior New Jersey with a mega-watt smile and enviable skin, who carried the day, buoyed by a home-state crowd two years after the death of her husband of 51 years.

In the gym every morning at 7 am, Slade Harden said there was no magic answer to looking fabulous in your 40s. "Pray, eat healthy," she said.

Mother of two, grandmother of three and great grandmother of one, she was a recording artist in the 1960s, knew Dionne Warwick, directed a young Whitney Houston, got two degrees and set up her own company.

"I think the word pageant scares some people away because they say 'oh no it's a beauty pageant' but it's much, much more than that," she told AFP. "It's beauty from within."

For some contestants pageants have been a life-long obsession. For others, such as 61-year-old Ms Oregon, Diane Hennacy Powell, a practicing neuro psychiatrist and PTSD expert, it's new.

"People tell me I look like Cinderella," she smiles.

"I never really thought of myself as being pretty," she said. "You can have it all!"

Ms Senior America 2017's ambition? Slade Harden says she wants to put the pageant on the map and do more to help local communities.

But when it comes to her crown, her family has just one ask. "My kids tell me mom please don't wear it to the supermarket," she laughs.]]>
10/20/2017 6:12:34 PM
<![CDATA[Paleo diet may contribute to iodine deficiency]]>
The Paleo diet is rich in lean meats, fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, eggs and nuts. It excludes things like dairy, grains, sugar and salt.

For the experiment, researchers enrolled 70 overweight or obese older women. They randomly assigned 35 of the women to follow a Paleo diet, with 30 percent of their calories coming from protein, 40 percent from fats and 30 percent from carbohydrates.

The other 35 women were instructed to follow a diet based on Nordic recommendations, which aimed for 15 percent of calories from protein, 25 to 30 percent from fats and 55 to 60 percent from carbohydrates.

After two years, the women in the Paleo group had lost more weight – but they were also more likely to develop mild iodine deficiency, the study found.

Iodine deficiency, one of the most common nutritional disorders worldwide, can contribute to thyroid and metabolic problems.

“The Paleo diet eliminates the major sources of dietary iodine in the typical diet today (i.e., iodized salt),” said Dr. Margo Denke, a former professor of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas who wasn’t involved in the study.

Besides table salt, people may get iodine from salt used in baking, as well as from dairy products, Denke said by email. Seafood and seaweed contain iodine but people tend not to eat these foods as often as milk and cereal, she added.

“Our diet today contains many ‘extras’ that don’t provide for our daily needs (excess sugars, excess calories), and it is this excess that has driven some of the attractiveness of the Paleo diet - let’s get rid of all of the stuff and go back to our roots,” Denke said.

“However attractive this type of reduction thinking is, one must also acknowledge that there are aspects of our diet today that are improvements on ‘the diet from mother nature’,” Denke noted. “Our diet today includes fortified foods that reduce the chances of a micronutrient deficiency.”

At the start of the study, all of the women had similar iodine levels.

After six months, iodine levels remained more or less constant for women on the Nordic diet but dropped for women on the Paleo diet, researchers report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Thyroid hormone levels, which depend on iodine, were mostly similar between the two groups at the end of the study.

One limitation of the study is its small size, and another is the high number of women who dropped out of the experiment. Just 49 out of the 70 initial participants followed the diet and nutrition education programs laid out for them at the start of the study and completed the experiment.

Even so, the study builds on previous research suggesting that people who remain on a Paleo diet over the long term may suffer from iodine deficiency, said Thomas Marwick, director of Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.

“The effects were rather minor - thyroid hormone levels seem ok but might be expected to fall as deficiency becomes more severe,” Marwick, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormone, and adults with too little thyroid hormone can develop a slowed metabolism, Marwick said.

A Paleo diet can work for weight loss, helping some people lose about 5 percent of their weight in one month, Marwick noted.

“The problem is that I find people don’t stay on it for long, and of course the weight comes back when people stop,” he added. “This sort of weight cycling is not a good thing – so in that sense it is not a good option,”]]>
10/20/2017 3:33:19 PM
<![CDATA[ET guide: where to get Halloween costumes ]]>
Located in Zamalek, 50A Concept Store is a cool place to shop at if you are looking for a cute animal hat. This makes for an easy Halloween costume.

If you’re looking to dress up a little bit more, Bal Masque Costumes has a variety of full-on costumes. Whether you are looking to dress up as Superman, Catwoman or as a witch or a zombie, Bal Masque Costumes have got it all. Lil and Kim have many sophisticated Halloween costumes as well.

Jumbo Gifts & Toys and Party Shop are great stops for accessories and Halloween decorations to up your costume game. Neverland Costume store has some of the creepiest and fun decorations you might find.]]>
10/20/2017 2:01:34 PM
<![CDATA[Curtain bangs are back]]>
Bangs originated in the roaring 20s. Since then, they have developed into different forms, shapes and sizes. For 2017, soft curtain bangs are trending.

Curtain bangs give a smooth outline to the face and are often complementary to many face shapes.

According to Harper's Bazaar Arabia, “Searches for "curtain bangs" are up by a rather hard-to-ignore 600%.”

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

Short curtain bangs look gorgeous on square and heart-shaped faces because they balance out the sharp jawline. On the other hand, long curtain bangs compliment round and oval faces, because they add structure to the face. The best thing about bangs is that they can be worn in any way and would still look good if done correctly.

10/20/2017 1:54:27 PM
<![CDATA[Famous women who won the fight against breast cancer]]>
While they might appear invulnerable on the screen, off it they are just like the rest of us. They enjoy the better parts of life and fight through hardships. These starlets have stood the hardest test; bravely fought cancer, and won the fight in the most inspiring of ways.

Shadia (Egyptian actress): The well-established Egyptian actress’s story with the disease started when she felt pain in her chest during her performance in her famous play “Raya wa Sekina” in the early 1980s. After paying the doctor a visit, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she stood strong and traveled overseas to receive her treatment and had one of her breasts removed. Shortly after, she returned and donated her apartment to become a breast cancer research center to help all patients with the disease.

Shadia - CC IMdb
Shadia - CC IMdb

Basma Wahba (Egyptian media personality): At the age of 39, and while she was in Dubai to sign some business contracts, she found out by accident that she had the disease when she was praying and felt a weird lump in her chest. A mammogram soon after revealed she had cancer. According to Hayatouki’s website, Wahba was told her cancer was related to her sorrow, and she went on to receive a year of treatment and had one of her breasts removed. In her interviews, she always encourages women to stay joyful and have periodical checks.

Tv presenter Basma Wahba –“Ana Wel Aasal” program - AlHayah Network/YouTube still

Angelina Jolie (American actress): When she was told by her doctors there was an 87 percent possibility that she is likely to suffer from the disease, she took the brave decision to have a double mastectomy as a preventive measure; after she witnessed her mother suffer from the disease for almost a decade.

Actress Angelina Jolie – CC wikimedia commons

Christina Applegate (American actress): At 36, the famous TV starlet was diagnosed with breast cancer which she learnt was caused due to a genetic mutation; BRCA or the "breast cancer gene.” Applegate was forced to have a double mastectomy, which she struggled to accept as she admitted to Oprah in a 2008 interview, according to everydayhealth.com

Christina Applegate - CC IMDP
Christina Applegate - CC IMDP

Wanda Sykes (American comedian): After a breast reduction surgery she had in 2011, Wanda found she had a stage 0 cancer which was genetic. According to everydayhealth, she opted for a double mastectomy to avoid all chances of having the disease as she explained in an interview with Ellen Degeneres.

Wanda Sykes on Conan - Team Coco/ YouTube thumbnail

10/20/2017 10:55:59 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Tom Petty]]>
Thomas Earl Petty was born on this very day in 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, and passed away on October 2, 2017 due to cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

In the summer of 1961 when Petty’s uncle took him to the film set of “Follow That Dream” whose lead actor was none other than Elvis Presley, it felt like a calling for Petty and he later mentioned in an interview that “Elvis shinned.”

Tom Petty Via Wikimedia Commons modified by Egypt Today

His second calling came from the Beatles. "The minute I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show—and it's true of thousands of guys—there was the way out. There was the way to do it. You get your friends and you're a self-contained unit. And you make the music. And it looked like so much fun. It was something I identified with. I had never been hugely into sports. ... I had been a big fan of Elvis. But I really saw in the Beatles that here's something I could do. I knew I could do it. It wasn't long before there were groups springing up in garages all over the place."

Some of his career achievements included being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside with his band members the Heartbreakers. They also received the keys to the city of Gainesville, Florida where they all grew up. Also receiving the Billboard Century Award in 2005.

Petty and the Heartbreakers had just completed their 40th anniversary tour before his death.

Some of Petty’s greatest albums included; 2014 "Hypnotic Eye", "Full Moon Fever", "Refugee," ''Even the Losers" and "I Won't Back Down."

Another quote for the road:
“Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person.”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers -- "American Girl" Via Rock & Roll Hall of Fame YouTube channel]]>
10/20/2017 10:15:27 AM
<![CDATA[3 easy DIY Halloween makeup looks]]>
Makeup is the easiest way to dress up a costume. Halloween allows you to explore creative makeup looks that you probably would not wear on a daily basis. You can create extravagant looks with tools you already have in your makeup collections.

One of the easiest costumes to wear is the Black Swan. All you need is a light foundation or white face paint (which you can purchase from your local craft store or stationary), black eyeshadow, and black eyeliner. You can add a splash of glitter and gray eyeshadow to give the look some dimension.

Another easy-to-do Halloween costume is the comic character. For this, you can use your usual full coverage foundation and black eyeliner.

If you want to get more creative, sugar skulls might be your best option. This popular costume is very interesting and allows you to personalize the look.

Sugar skulls tutorials:
Fluke of Makeup


Var Broka

10/19/2017 5:42:01 PM
<![CDATA[Scientists may have found a cause of dyslexia]]>
In people with the reading disability, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing "mirror" images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

In non-dyslexic people, the cells are arranged asymmetrically, allowing signals from the one eye to be overridden by the other to create a single image in the brain.

"Our observations lead us to believe that we indeed found a potential cause of dyslexia," study co-author Guy Ropars of the University of Rennes, told AFP.

It offers a "relatively simple" method of diagnosis, he added, by simply looking into a subject's eyes.

Furthermore, "the discovery of a delay (of about 10 thousandths of a second) between the primary image and the mirror image in the opposing hemispheres of the brain, allowed us to develop a method to erase the mirror image that is so confusing for dyslexic people" -- using an LED lamp.

Like being left- or right-handed, human beings also have a dominant eye.

As most of us have two eyes, which record slightly different versions of the same image, the brain has to select one of the two, creating a "non-symmetry."

Many more people are right-eyed than left, and the dominant eye has more neural connections to the brain than the weaker one.

Image signals are captured with rods and cones in the eye -- the cones being responsible for colour.

- "b" or "d" -

The majority of cones, which come in red, green and blue variants, are found in a small spot at the centre of the cornea of the eye known as the fovea. But there is a small hole (about 0.1-0.15 millimetres in diameter) with no blue cones.

In the new study, Ropars and colleague Albert le Floch spotted a major difference between the arrangement of cones between the eyes of dyslexic and non-dyslexic people enrolled in an experiment.

In non-dyslexic people, the blue cone-free spot in one eye -- the dominant one, was round and in the other eye unevenly shaped.

In dyslexic people, both eyes have the same, round spot, which translates into neither eye being dominant, they found.

"The lack of asymmetry might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities," said the study authors.

Dyslexic people make so-called "mirror errors" in reading, for example confusing the letters "b" and "d".

"For dyslexic students their two eyes are equivalent and their brain has to successively rely on the two slightly different versions of a given visual scene," the duo added.

The team used an LED lamp, flashing so fast that it is invisible to the naked eye, to "cancel" one of the images in the brains of dyslexic trial participants while reading.

In initial experiments, dyslexic study participants called it the "magic lamp," said Ropars, but further tests are required to confirm the technique really works.

About 700 million people in the world are known to suffer from dyslexia -- about one in ten of the global population.]]>
10/19/2017 4:15:37 PM
<![CDATA[Two more Washington restaurants shine with Michelin stars]]>
The addition of Komi and Métier, both praised for their inventive, modern American dishes, brought the total number of restaurants with Michelin stars in the U.S. capital to 14 in the latest guide, from 12 a year earlier.

“The chefs here are really upping their game,” Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide, said on Tuesday.

Michelin’s anonymous reviewers rate restaurants in about 28 countries and its stars are seen as a sign of top-notch dining around the world. It also rates restaurants in three other U.S. regions: Chicago, New York and the San Francisco area.

Komi and Métier joined Blue Duck Tavern; The Dabney; Fiola; Kinship; Masseria; Plume; Rose’s Luxury; Sushi Taro and Tail Up Goat in the one-star category for their “high quality cooking, worth a detour.”

Métier and Kinship, located in the same building, are overseen by chef Eric Ziebold.

Three Washington restaurants -- The Inn at Little Washington; minibar and Pineapple and Pearls -- retained their two-star ranking for their “excellent cuisine, worth a detour.”

No Washington establishments have earned three stars, Michelin’s highest honor that has been bestowed on more than 100 restaurants in the world.

The current two-star restaurants in Washington are “close” to earning three stars, Ellis said.

It takes time to achieve that distinction, and all its inspectors have to agree on it, he said.]]>
10/19/2017 1:12:23 PM
<![CDATA[How to kick start your fitness]]>
Following a healthy lifestyle is not the easiest thing to do; it is a major change. The key is to take it slow, implementing one healthier habit at a time.

For example, trying to walk for five minutes a day around the block or on a treadmill might not seem like a big change, but it is; you are gradually building stamina. You do not want to freak out your muscles by suddenly walking 10 kilometers.

You can gradually increase the time of your walk until you get the hang of it; then start jogging for a minute daily. Slowly but surely, that will take you to running up to 20-30 minutes a day with no problem. It is worth mentioning that you should land on the balls of your feet while running, in order to avoid injury.

If you are not someone who loves the outdoors, the gym might be your next best option. Since it might be a scary place to someone who has never been inside or does not have a fitness buddy, it is important to start with the simple machines, spending only 30 minutes in the gym. Then, slowly you will get to know how every machine works and what it does to your body.

It is important to know that you should not incorporate weights until your form is on point to make sure that you get the most out of your exercise and avoid injuries.

Always remember that if you take your time to learn what you are doing and decide what is best for your body, you will be committed to your workout rather than forced to do it.

Thanks to YouTube, there is a solution for people who do not like going to the gym, or the outdoors kills their motivation; they can just get out of bed and follow a short 10-15 minute workout video. "Blogilates" has tons of short videos that target various muscle groups on her channel.

We should remind ourselves whenever we get tired that our fitness journey is not a sprint to the finish line, but a walk to it with many hurdles on the way.

10/19/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Express yourself at 10th annual Zumba Pink Party]]>
Zumba is one of the most enjoyable fitness methods, inspired by Latin dance, and it is also a fast calorie burner that strengths the heart.

The party will feature Western-based dance routines, and the music will vary from salsa to reggaeton, international and local music.

Your favorite certified Zumba instructors will be performing at the event, including Emeline Lavender, Samia Allouba, Ola El Abany, Mora Adel, Mayada Saeed, Heba Khalil, Yasmine Amar, Entesar (from Ismailia), Alexandria Team and Aisha Babacar.

There will be many exhibitors and activities at the event, like henna drawing and a cool photo booth to capture your Pink Zumba memories. Also, several gyms will be offering complimentary memberships for one month.

The Pink Party was first organized by BCFE, and all the proceeds go to breast cancer survivors and the foundation’s services.

The main goal is to support every cancer survivor and cancer fighter, as well as spreading awareness about breast cancer.

Photo Via The Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt‎ 10th Zumba Pink Party
10/19/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Cancer Warriors Inspiration ]]>
1. “At the end of the day, none of it matters but your own joy, your own spiritual journey that you go on, your loved ones, your friends, your animals. These are the things you’ve got to cherish and love and embrace.” – Christina Applegate, TV actress

2. “One important thing to know is you’re still the same person during it. I’m more eager than ever to do what I did. I want to do everything.” - Kylie Minogue, singer-songwriter and actress

3. “It took having cancer for me to realize that happiness is something I have to cultivate in myself.” – Sheryl Crow, Grammy Award-winning singer

4. “We never hid anything from the kids. I feel whole again, I really do. I’ve told them, ‘Mommy’s boo-boo is much better now’.” - Wanda Sykes, comedian, writer and actress

5. “No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days you have had you will have lived.” – Gildna Radner, SNL comedian and Emmy winner

6. "Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of." - Angelina Jolie, actress

7. “Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.” – Ingrid Bergman, Oscar-winning actress

8. "I didn't even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way; I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time. It's not 'pity me'; it's a decision I made that's got rid of this weight that I was carrying around." - Sharon Osbourne

9. “I look at my cancer journey as a gift; it made me slow down and realize the important things in life, and taught me to not sweat the small stuff.” - Olivia Newton-John

10. “Obviously, it wasn’t meant for me to die of cancer at 40. Every day, my life surprises me, just like my cancer diagnosis surprised me. But you roll with it. That’s our job as humans.” – Edie Falco, TV actress

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PINKTOBER PLCB teams up with PA Breast Cancer Coalition – Flickr Modified by Egypt Today

10/19/2017 9:55:08 AM
<![CDATA[51% of women, 36% of men divorce for unreasonable behavior in U.K.]]>
Couples marrying in their teens and early twenties were at greater risk of divorce. Moreover, the Divorce Reform Act in the U.K. in 1971 made it easier for couples to divorce upon separation, which led to a large increase in divorce rates in 1972.

Number of marriages and divorces in U.K. 1950-2016 – Source: Office for National Statistics
According to the bulletin, 61 percent of the cases were initiated by women. The most common grounds for couples divorcing was unreasonable behavior, which can include having a relationship with someone else, with 36 percent of all men and 51 percent of all women applying for divorce on this ground. Other reasons were related to rising levels of household debt and stagnating wages that put a strain on marriages.

The highest percentage of divorces was among men and women aged 45 to 49, with an average (mean) age at divorce of 46.1 for men and 43.7 for women. The statistics show that more women than men were divorced under the age of 45, changing the pattern from 2015 and reflecting that, on average, men marry women who are younger than themselves.

Number of marriages and divorces in U.K. 1950-2016 – Source: Office for National StatisticsAverage (mean) age at divorce for men and women 1936 – 2016
The median duration of marriage for granted divorces to couples in 2016 was 12 years, compared to 11.9 years in 2015. The reported statistics show that the median duration of marriage remained stable over the last 50 years, ranging between 8.9 and 12.2 years. Moreover, the bulletin shows that the cumulative percentage of marriages that end in divorce increases more rapidly in the first 10 years of marriage than the 10 years after that, while it increases less rapidly once the 20th wedding anniversary is reached.

The Office for National Statistics derives the information from court records. It doesn’t include information on divorces related to marriages that were not legally valid in the first place (annulments) or information on couples who separate but don’t divorce. The court records include information on divorces of marriages that took place abroad, provided being recognized in the U.K. and one of the parties had a permanent home in England.]]>
10/18/2017 8:14:59 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Stevie Wonder]]>
A child prodigy that is now a living legend, Stevie Wonder, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, made his debut at the young age of 11.

Born as Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, six weeks early with retinopathy of prematurity, an eye disorder which was exacerbated when he received too much oxygen in an incubator, leading to blindness.

Wonder may have lost one of his five senses, yet he gained a sixth when he showed an early gift for music. Self-taught before the age of ten, he played a wide range of instruments, including the harmonica, piano and drums.

His hit songs are still much loved until this day, including “My Cherie Amour”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Superstition”, “Living in the City”, “Boogie on Reggae Woman”, “Sir Duke”, “That Girl” and “Part-Time Lover”.

Fun Facts:
● In 2014, Wonder received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former US President Barack Obama.

● At the age of 11, Wonder was signed to Motown's Tamla label.

Another Quote for the road:
“Mama was my greatest teacher; a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”

10/18/2017 7:01:15 PM
<![CDATA[Twitter steps up fight against sexual harassment]]>
The rules will come into force in the coming weeks, Twitter said in a statement late Tuesday, after company co-founder Jack Dorsey on Friday posted a series of tweets promising policy changes.

The San Francisco-based social media giant will "immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target," the statement read.

Twitter defines "non-consensual nudity" as including "content like upskirt imagery, 'creep shots,' and hidden camera content."

Since people appearing in these pictures "often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it," the statement said.

Twitter said that while it recognizes that there is "an entire genre of pornography dedicated to this type of content, it's nearly impossible for us to distinguish when this content may/may not have been produced and distributed consensually.

"We would rather error on the side of protecting victims and removing this type of content when we become aware of it," the statement read.

Twitter also said that sexually charged conversations and the exchange of sexual media will now be "unacceptable," and promised to take action when such exchanges are reported by participants or by observers.

Twitter's statement follows an uproar caused by the temporary suspension of the account of Rose McGowan, an actress who says that Weinstein raped her.

The account was suspended after McGowan posted an obscenity directed at actor Ben Affleck, whom she said lied about his ignorance of Weinstein's history of sexual abuse.

Twitter however said her account was suspended because McGowan broke usage rules by including a personal phone number in a tweet.

Weinstein was fired from his job as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company on October 8, and resigned from the company board of directors on Tuesday.

Some 40 actresses, including stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Mira Sorvino, have come forward saying they were sexually harassed by the Hollywood film producer.

The revelations sparked an avalanche of messages on platforms like Twitter and Facebook from women all over the world, using the hashtag #MeToo to speak out on and condemn experiences of sexual harassment.

10/18/2017 2:10:54 PM
<![CDATA[Chef Gordon Ramsay says he's proud of being 'a pain']]>
The British cook said he was a stress junkie who needs to master whatever he does, whether in getting seven Michelin stars for his haute cuisine or sorting out failing restaurants in his television show "Hell's Kitchen".

"I need to be at the coalface, I need to be where the heartbeat is, where there is that level of trepidation," he told the MIPCOM television industry gathering at Cannes on the French Riviera.

"I need to be under pressure because pressure is healthy," said the chef, who is so famous for his use of the four-letter epithet that one of his shows was called "The F Word".

Ramsay said had to be at the centre of the action when he was dropped into the Colombian jungle to shoot his new documentary, "Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine", which airs in Britain Thursday.

"They told me they could shoot it all from above but I wanted to go right down onto the ground to understand how big the problem is," he said.

"I don't do cocaine," Ramsay stressed. "I have a brother who is an addict and I lost an amazing young chef to cocaine."

- Dirty secret of cocaine -

He said the drug is the restaurant industry's "dirty little secret", and that he was once asked by customers to dust cocaine on top of souffles like icing sugar.

The chef tested bathrooms in some of his own 31 restaurants for the documentary to see if cocaine was snorted in them.

"I swabbed them and they came up positive, not just the customer toilets but the staff ones too."

He said use of the drug is "out of control" and it "bugs the hell out of me" that there is sometimes almost a light-hearted attitude to it in Britain.

"I don't want any more casualties (among his staff) and I don't want to throw them under the bus. I am there to help," he told delegates.

Ramsay, who once aspired to be a professional footballer, has become a global broadcasting phenomenon with his shows like "Kitchen Nightmares" and "MasterChef" hogging 2,000 hours of screen time in the US alone last year.

Ramsay said he never dreamt that he would end up on TV when he first came to Cannes 25 years ago as the cook on Australian media mogul Reg Grundy's yacht.

The man behind such shows as "Wheel of Fortune" and "Neighbours" tried to encourage the then 25-year-old "spotty and anaemic chef" to try presenting.

"But I wanted to strive for three Michelin stars. The foundations had to be set absorbing from the very best French chefs to understand that level of haute cuisine. For me the challenge has always been to bring things to their absolute best," he said.
10/18/2017 1:58:21 PM
<![CDATA[Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple ancient Egypt: study]]>
Eruptions in the 3rd- and 1st-century BC -- including one of the biggest blasts in the last 2,500 years -- coincided with crop failures, large-scale revolts, and the withdrawal of Egyptian armies from the battlefield, they reported in the journal Nature Communications.

Up to now, researchers had struggled to find an explanation for these events.

"Volcanic eruptions may have had a central role in the eventual collapse of the Ptolemaic dynasty," the journal noted in a summary.

The findings, the authors said, also highlight the risk today of climate engineering schemes that would combat global warming by injecting billions of tiny particles into the stratosphere -- just like a volcano -- to block some of the sun's rays.

Even if so-called solar radiation management lowers the planet's temperature a notch or two, it could inadvertently cause major disruptions in rainfall patterns.

"Ptolemaic vulnerability to volcanic eruptions offers a caution for all monsoon-dependent agriculture regions," which today include 70 percent of the world's population, the authors wrote.

The Ptolemaic empire began in 305 BC shortly after the death of Alexander the Great and ended in 30 BC with the suicide of Cleopatra. After that, the region became a Roman province.

The kingdom mostly thrived, nourished by the silt-rich Nile overflowing its banks in summer across a far-flung network of grain fields. An ingenious system of channels and dams stored water after the river receded in September.

- Violent uprisings -

"When the flood was good, the Nile Valley was one of the most agriculturally productive places in the ancient world," said Francis Ludlow, a climate historian at Trinity College Dublin and co-author of the study.

But in some years, the river failed to rise, and trouble followed. Why this happened was not known.

Drawing from climate models, Greenland ice cores, and ancient Egyptian writings, researchers led by Joseph Manning of Yale University pieced together a narrative that showed an unmistakable link with major volcanic eruptions around the world.

In 245 BC, for example, the ruler Ptolemy III suddenly, and inexplicably, abandoned a successful military campaign against his arch nemesis, the Seleucid Empire, centred in present-day Syria and Iraq.

"This about-face changed everything about Near-East history," Manning said.

Historical records also pointed to simultaneous food shortages due to insufficient flooding of the Nile, as well as violent uprisings in the Ptolemaic Kingdom, which stretched across northeast Africa and parts of the Middle East.

A similar confluence of social upheaval, disease and starvation struck the empire in its final two decades.

Both periods of turmoil, the researchers found, coincided with major volcanic eruptions.

From more recent records, scientists know that the tens of millions of tonnes of sulphur dioxide particles ejected into the upper atmosphere by a major eruption can prevent monsoon weather from moving far enough north of the equator to thoroughly soak the Ethiopian highlands, the headwaters of the Nile.

This happened in 939 when Eldgja, in Iceland, blew its top, and again in 1783-84, when Iceland's Laki erupted.

The Islamic Nilometer, a log of Nile water levels since 622, showed a corresponding impact on the river.

"The volcanic eruptions didn't cause these (social) upheavals on their own," Ludlow said.

"But they likely added fuel to existing economic, political and ethnic tensions."

10/18/2017 1:56:52 PM
<![CDATA[ The art of contouring]]>
Contouring is not a one size fit all. Each face shape requires different techniques to accentuate its best features.

Mostly, people place the darker color around their forehead, down their cheekbones and nose and along the jaw line; while the lighter color is placed on the center of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose and along the cheekbones.

The most important trick with contouring is blending. Harsh lines around your face are not pretty; make sure you blend them.

In general, you can pick a cool tone contour color with an ashy undertone. However, if you are just bronzing your face and looking to achieve that sun kissed look, a warm town bronzer is the way to go.

Choosing your contour shade might be the most difficult step, as you want to pick a shade just dark enough, but not too dark. Choose a color which is one or two shades darker than your foundation to get a natural look.

10/18/2017 11:31:01 AM
<![CDATA[Fall flowers, winter furs and cool leather ]]>


Fur is making a comeback this winter. Even though iconic, the high-fashion company Gucci recently vowed that they will go fur-free.

Although they are known for their leather and fur, Marco Bizzarri, Gucci's president and chief executive, announced in the 2017 Kering Talk at London College of Fashion their upcoming plan.

As mentioned in Vogue Middle East, Gucci will stop producing fur products starting with their Spring 2018 collection. They will join the Fur Free Alliance, an organization that aims to end the fur trade.


Old school leather is here to stay forever since we started to see it back in the 90’s our lives and wardrobes have never been more rebellious since.


The Outnet has confirmed the departure from summer’s ditsy prints, the season’s brooding blooms infuse romantic dresses and pretty separates with a sense of drama, for a look that’s both sophisticated and earth-shatteringly cool.


10/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Petition to save elephants ]]>
According to Defenders’ website, by the beginning of the 20th century, a few million elephants lived in Africa, while a 100,000 lived in Asia; however, today, only around 450-700 thousand are left in Africa and around 35-40 thousand in Asia.

Around two weeks ago, a girl named Lucy Jane started a petition on the website Change.org to urge U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to stop the evilness of the continued ivory poaching of elephants in the African continent.

Stating that up to 25,000 elephants are being killed annually for their tusks and that the U.K. PM must act to stop this, as it seriously endangers the species. Within two weeks, around 215,000 people signed her online petition, leaving comments expressing sadness and anger over what happens to these elephants.

10/18/2017 1:39:37 AM
<![CDATA[Obesity and Cancer]]>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on their website that the burden of overweight and obesity-related cancers might decrease through efforts to prevent and control obesity. Comprehensive cancer control strategies, including the use of evidence-based interventions to promote healthy weights, could help curb the surge of these cancers in the United States.

There are 13 obesity-related cancers: Esophageal, Colorectal, Endometrial, Gallbladder, Stomach, Kidney, Liver, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Thyroid and Postmenopausal Breast Cancers, as well as Meningioma and multiple Myeloma. Over 1,000 studies have revealed that 630,000 individuals diagnosed with any of these cancers in 2014 were due to obesity and excess body weight.

According to the World Health Organization:

● Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.

● In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.

● Around 39 percent of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13 percent were obese.

● Most of the world's population lives in countries where obesity kills more people than malnutrition does.

● Approximately 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016.

● Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.

10/17/2017 6:03:36 PM
<![CDATA[Etijah: over a decade of concrete steps for youth empowerment in Egypt ]]>
Officially launched in 2006, Etijah (Arabic for Direction)’s main objectives are to develop applicable methodologies to deal with the wide range of Egyptian youth, introduce the idea of professional youth workers who directly communicate with these young people, and empower youth development associations with the knowhow to carry on their mission efficiently.

youth 1 Etijah has been launching and adopting youth empowering programs for over a decade, offering “professional services in the fields that interest young people the most, such as unemployment, business administration, health issues and cultural topics,” Rouby tells Egypt Today. He underlines that although young people make up the largest portion of Egyptian society, the number of associations addressing youth issues is very limited.

Aiming to build its intervention on partnerships with local organizations in Egypt’s 27 governorates, Etijah’s first accomplishment in 2006 was to produce the first directory for youth associations, focusing mainly on nongovernmental organizations. They set a criterion, stipulating that the board of directors includes youth members, as well as the staff, and all activities be dedicated to the youth and that its focus would be on youth-related topics.

“We wanted to start by identifying the main audience we want to empower, train them and develop their knowledge … Today, all of our projects are with these local partners, which take the turn to apply the methodologies in their own societies,” Rouby explains.

Etijah’s programs target three main aspects:

1- Economic Development

Etijah’s programs, offered through the local partners, aim to help youth combat the issue of unemployment by preparing them for the job market and helping them land training opportunities in big corporations and partner companies.

Through its Pioneers of Egypt Awards Program, Etijah also encourages young people with creative ideas or out of the box solutions in developmental fields by giving them rewards and incentives to pursue their dreams.

“Seventy-five pioneers have received the award so far and some of them have developed their ideas beyond Egypt,” Rouby states.

Etijah has also supported 350 youth startups since its inception. And with each group of pioneers or a startup, at least 1,000 volunteers work for three months, to understand and develop their knowledge and hopefully become pioneers themselves soon after.

Pioneer Egypt Conference 2013:

Being one of the earliest researchers to address the idea of volunteer work in Egypt, and having won the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003 for his volunteer-matching efforts, Rouby also made sure that Etijah offers youth adequate volunteering opportunities that would allow them to discover themselves and their potential.

“We have a large number of volunteers in Egypt … and volunteer centers in Jordan, Morocco and Lebanon have replicated our experience,” Rouby states.

2- Women empowerment

One of Etijah’s main missions is also to encourage Egyptian girls, especially outside of big cities, to have their own businesses by teaching them how to develop business and market plans and giving them guidance and mentoring.

3- Health and population awareness

Because youth are the demographic gift of Egypt, the workers and producers, Etijah is making sure that development plans are in accordance with this fact. It also guides young people themselves to have better awareness of the health and education of their small families.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the UNFPA, Etijah has established population awareness clubs inside youth centers, which teach young participants about family planning and reproductive health.

For more information about Etijah's project, you can access their website etijah.org

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Etijah’s Public University Scholarship has also been one of the major contributions of the organization. Each year, 150 high school graduates are offered the opportunity to attend excellence programs at public universities, covering tuition fees and ongoing academic support, intensive English and study skills program, leadership, character building, and business development training.

The scholarship also offers mentoring and networking activities, internship and summer training in the field of study, studying for one semester at a university abroad, as well as support with job search and placement after graduation.

Etijah is currently working on a big project to prepare youth for the ongoing developments in the job market, along with Uber and Sawiris foundation. It is also working on expanding the Youth Pioneers Program, the NGO founder revealed.


10/17/2017 3:57:04 PM
<![CDATA[Grim store sales cast shadow ahead of India's 'festival of lights']]>
But the traditional spending sprees have not transpired this festival season, the first since a sudden recall of India's high-value banknotes sent shockwaves through Asia's third-largest economy.

"Demonetisation" caused months of crippling cash shortages that hit businesses hard and economists concede it contributed to dragging on India's growth, which hit a three-year low of 5.7 percent in the first quarter of the financial year.

Retailers say consumers remain scared of parting with their cash and blame that upheaval, and subsequent economic reforms from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for their festive sales woes.

"Since demonetisation, there has been less cash around. But even that aside, the Modi government is so volatile people are afraid to spend," said Tandon at her boutique in Delhi, where just one woman was browsing the racks of sarees less than a week from Diwali.

The Confederation of All India Traders, the body representing 60 million retailers, says pre-festival sales are down 40 percent compared to last year's $4 billion Diwali bonanza.

Since then, Modi has overhauled India's tax system and cracked down on corruption, flagship reforms many argued were necessary but slowed the economy.

The timing could not be worse for traders, who rely on consumers spending big on clothes, jewellery and gifts to lavish on friends and family ahead of Diwali, the biggest celebration of the year for India's one billion Hindus dubbed the "festival of lights".

"I've never seen it this bad. We've been here 40 years and trust me, this is not normal," Tandon said.

- Scared to spend -

Some flashier shopping malls reported stronger sales over the weekend, but smaller outlets say the damage has been done.

Praveen Khandelwal, the general secretary of the traders confederation, said there was no hope of a last-minute rebound with some marketplaces "absolutely deserted".

"Usually at this time, it's impossible to move in the markets. But this year it's certainly not like that. This is the worst Diwali in a decade for traders," he told AFP.

Luxury items have borne the brunt of the austerity this season, with sales of wristwatches, formal wear and jewellery plunging.

But the penny pinching is also being felt in other industries usually booming during the festive season.

In a normal year Bengali Sweet Center, a traditional confectioner, might prepare up to 5,000 boxes of Indian sweets for corporate clients preparing gifts.

This year, those orders have nosedived to just 60 boxes, said owner Sriyansh Jain.

Fireworks vendors, who sell more during Diwali than any other time, are also facing a dismal year with crackers banned in Delhi to curb the capital's horrendous air pollution.

The depressing holiday sales cap off a tough year for retailers, who have been buffered in the wake of Modi's economic reforms and attribute the disruption with the glum consumer climate.

The cancellation of more than 80 percent of India's rupee banknotes, a move designed to undercut the black market, wiped out cash reserves and threw businesses into chaos.

Eight months later Modi followed up with the biggest tax overhaul in a generation -- replacing more than a dozen state and national levies with four different rates of between five and 28 per cent.

Retailers complained they were not ready for the massive shake up, with some sectors striking as others scrambled to work out what to charge under the new tax regime.

Economists had long argued such steps were vital if the country of 1.25 billion people is to continue creating jobs for its ever-growing population.

These two policies were singled out last month when the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development downgraded India's growth forecast for the year to 6.7 percent, down 0.6 point from their June outlook.

The Modi government has promised the short-term pain would bear fruit down the line. But such overtures offer little comfort for retailers staring down the barrel of a record-bad year.

"The mood is really down. People are more cautious about spending," said fashion retailer Sunit Nanda, nervously looking around his quiet shop in Delhi.

"But these next few days are critical for our business, so I hope things pick up."

10/17/2017 1:34:17 PM
<![CDATA[Japan's "Blade Library" offers joy of blade running to amputees]]>
The 10-year-old boy, who had his right leg amputated at age two, never had the chance to use a blade because it was too expensive.

That changed in April when he was given early access to Japan’s new Blade Library in Tokyo, which lets people try on prosthetic limbs for running for a small fee.

“It’s difficult to leap forward with the prosthetic limb I usually use. It’s different from this one (the blade),” Saito told Reuters during a weekend ceremony when the library officially opened to the public.

“But this blade jumps and leaps...it lets me run faster,” he said after running and shooting basketballs on the library’s sports track.

The curved prosthetic blades are often made of carbon fiber and bend and spring as a person runs.

The blades, which can cost thousands of dollars each, generally do not qualify for government subsidies in Japan because they are not deemed “essential to daily life,” an official at the health and welfare ministry told Reuters.

The Blade Library allows people to try any of its 24 prosthetic blades for a daily fee of around 1000 yen ($9).

The library was opened by Xiborg, a Japanese company that researches and develops prosthetic limbs for runners. The company collected over 17.5 million yen ($156,300) in crowdfunding to open the facility.

“It’s sad that having your leg amputated becomes the reason why you can’t run,” said Ken Endo, Chief Executive Officer of Xiborg.

“I want to create an environment where everyone can run and have fun,” he said.

Chie Yamashita, a 20-year-old university student whose left leg was amputated a decade ago after a car accident, played tennis with a regular prosthetic limb because blades were too expensive.

“If there is a place like this library, then I can borrow them without hesitation and that’s wonderful,” she said.

10/17/2017 12:42:19 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Focus on Poverty ]]>

1. "Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere." — Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations

2. "I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act." — Bill Gates, business magnate and philanthropist

3. "Poverty is the worst form of violence." — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader

4. "Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity." — Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

5. "To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor...it's nothing." — Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist

6. "The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread." — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

7. "You can't comfort the afflicted without afflicting the comfortable." — Diana, Princess of Wales

8. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." — Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights activist

9. "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." — Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

10. "As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest." — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

10/17/2017 9:28:03 AM
<![CDATA[Fashion Forward Dubai season 10 in numbers ]]>
Five of these are international designers who will be making their first appearance in Dubai on the FFWD runway.

Many past designers will be returning to the FFWD runway such as Amato, Anaya,Arwa Al Banawi, Hussein Bazaza, Lara Khoury, Madiyah Al Sharqi, Masheal AlRajhi, Sadeem, Roni Helou, Royaled by RH, Varoin Marwah, and Zareena.

Arwa Al Banawi has recently launched a capsule collection in collaboration with Adidas, which has made waves all over the region.

The 10 new comers to FFWD are Amine Bendriouich, Asya Krasnaya, Atelier Zuhra, Behnoode, Mohanad Kojak, Sara Altwaim, Uniti by BabakVosoughi, and Utruj.

Egypt’s very own and Project Runway Alum Mohanad Kojak will be showcasing his fusing of both haute couture and ready-to-wear, combining staple pieces of both styles, like tracksuits mixed with dresses.Kojak will also be reintegrating his signature Romeo and Juliette goblin fabric, the apholestery fabric he introduced to the fashion scene when he first started his brand.

Kojak is known for his sense of taste and bold fashion. He has dressed many Egyptian celebrities, such as Nahed El-Sebai, Dorra, Hana Shiha and many more.

“I see Fashion Forward Dubai as the first step to get recognized regionally and
internationally,” Kojak said. “It puts you, so to say, on a different track where you get
to meet the movers and shakers of the fashion industry regionally and internationally.”

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Also the MINI Fashion Beyond Native will present three designers Dress Addict, Wael and Zaid Farouki.

The main event will be when five international designers. Anna K, Eudon Choi, JoãoRolo, Nabil Nayal and Sid Neigum will be making their first appearance in Dubai on the FFWD runway, due to the high demand from designers around the globe looking to break into the Middle Eastern market.

The dates of FFWD 10th edition are set for October 26-28, 2017. It is set to be a three-day fashion extravaganza and will be located at none other than the other D3Dubai Design District, the capital of fashion design and creativity in the region.

FFWD is the main fashion event in Dubai and the Middle East, where for the past 5 years


has been pushing the careers of emerging fashion designers both internationally and regionally, while positioning Dubai as the next fashion capital in the global fashion scene.

10/17/2017 9:22:22 AM
<![CDATA[Only heroes challenge life for love]]>
Egypt's champions getting engaged

Their love story began during their joint 35 days of training to join the World Federation competition.

Mahmoud, 22-years-old, is a bronze, silver and gold medalist swimmer from the El Maadi Club. He has received 85 medals. He also works at a private university in Cairo. His fiancée, Dina, is a swimmer at Smouha Club in Alexandria.

Egypt's champions getting engaged

Dina’s dream has come true. She met her prince charming one day after participating in a fashion show wearing a white dress.

Mahmoud and Dina are a couple with Down Syndrome. They received a medical approval and approval from El Sharia for their marriage because they are in an advanced condition. This couple decided to challenge real life. Mahmoud always said that Dina taught him the meaning of happiness.

Egypt's champions getting engaged

They had been the biggest motivation for each other during the championship, in which Mahmoud managed to achieve 50 meters in 35 seconds, while Dina scored 50 meters in 59 seconds.

10/16/2017 9:22:53 PM
<![CDATA[In depth look at World Food Day ]]>
The FAO has an ambitious goal to that is to reach zero hunger by 2030, however, is this even a realistic goal to aspire to reach, when we see what is happening in the world around us.

This year, the international day falls under the theme of migration and the need to invest in food security and rural development.

Due to the current global situation, the ongoing wars and political conflicts that cause the residents of developing countries to migrate for the need of human safety. While those wars also cause pollution where the changes in the climate are also the reason for the ongoing natural disasters hurricanes, forest fires and droughts. Also, worldwide financial crises have affected Europe, Middle East and the West, resulting in increased poverty and hunger around the world.

The value of the World Food Program (WFP) food aid offered monthly to the Syrian refugees “will definitely be cut because the fund is insufficient,” Abeer Etefa, director of the WFP office in Cairo, told Egypt Today on Wednesday.

“The deduction amount, expected to be around 30 percent, will be finalized next Sunday,” she said, adding that the Program needs U.S. $ 32 million weekly to aid Syrian refugees in neighboring countries along with the displaced people within Syria.

Since 2011, the WFP has distributed food aid vouchers among Syrian refugees. The vouchers provide the basic commodities, including rice, butter, sesame, sugar and milk to be obtained from the certain hypermarket. However, some of the Syrian refugees in Egypt voiced their concern over the deduction of the WFP’s vouchers, which is worth 200 EGP ($28) per person per month, describing it as “catastrophe.”

“If the aid value was cut, it will be a catastrophe. Now, it is good but not sufficient to survive till the end of the month,” said Ahmed Omar Rehan, a Syrian refugee in Egypt, where more than 90,000 registered Syrian refugees live and depend on the monthly aid vouchers. “Most of Syrian people here depend on the aid to purchase the milk for their kids,” added Rehan, who works a taxi driver.

Food vouchers are distributed through a number of WFP headquarters in several Egyptian cities of a high number of refugees, including Obour city north of Cairo, 6 October City south of Giza, Alexandria, Damietta, Mansoura and Marsa Matrouh.

According to the World Food Program, the world faces an unprecedented catastrophe unless urgent funding is provided NOW, not later, to assist some 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria living on the brink of famine. We also need access to the most vulnerable communities. It is estimated that some 600,000 children will die in upcoming months unless they receive treatment and care.

According to the UNHCR, the total number of Syrian refugees exceeds five million, while 13.5 million people are in need in Syria, 6.3 million are internally displaced persons and 4.5 million people are in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.

10/16/2017 8:40:25 PM
<![CDATA[Gigi Hadid created a makeup kit and it already sold out ]]>

INTRODUCING THE #GIGIxMAYBELLINE JETSETTER PALETTE: I always wanted a palette that I could throw right in my purse or travel bag and know I have everything to do a light-everyday look, quickly and easily. I didn't want to have to open my makeup bag in the car or on a plane and take all the products out and worry about dropping anything or having somewhere to set it while I held my mirror. The Jetsetter Palette includes contour powder/bronzer, blush, powder highlight, concealer, lip gloss, eye shadow, black powder liner, a mini mascara, mini blush/contour and liner/eyeshadow brushes AND a mirror!!! I love mixing it up and using the lip as cheek tint, the eyeshadow to fill my eyebrows, blush on my eyelids, concealer as a nude lip base, etc. It's the most luxurious touch-up ever!!!!!! Can't wait to see how & where you use yours! 🛩☁️💕 COMING SOON TO @ULTABEAUTY 🇺 !!!! OUR EXCLUSIVE UK Jetsetter Palette DROP - @BOOTSUK ONLINE - SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN 90 MINS THIS MORNING!!!! 🇬🇧 THANK YOU SO MUCH! Stay tuned to @maybelline for launch dates for your country!

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The makeup kit includes: neutral eye shadows, concealer, lip gloss, contouring powder, highlighter, and blusher stripes, as well as miniature mascara. This makeup kit went on sale online and was sold out in 90 minutes, according to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.


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Hadid is a Victoria's Secret model; she was born on April 23, 1995. She started her career in modeling at the age of two, but she took a break when she was young to focus on her education. She was the face of Guess clothing in 2012.

Hadid has walked for Versace, Ellie Saab, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. She also hosted the American Music Awards and won the International Model of the Year award at the 2016 Fashion Awards. She is now the face of Tommy Hilfiger, Messika, and Maybelline.
10/16/2017 2:42:41 PM
<![CDATA[Fashionistas get the military look in war-scarred Ukraine]]>
With international brands such as Zara and Levi's pulling out of the fighters' de facto capital of Donetsk, it has created valuable space for local designers who fill boutiques with clothes that reflect the bleaker realities of everyday life.

Designer Yulia Morozova, 27, says her most popular outfit for women in this industrial city is a number called "the little lump of coal" which she says symbolises eastern Ukraine.

The long black-and-grey gown is speckled with sparkles and topped off with a translucent scarf decorated in the blue-and-red motif of the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

The two-headed eagle -- the emblem of both the tsars and Vladimir Putin's Russia -- also features on a locally-designed evening gown.

The war in the European Union's backyard, which began in 2014, has claimed more than 10,000 lives -- most lost to indiscriminate shelling or mines planted in exorbitant numbers by both sides.

These days, the conflict has calmed to low-intensity fighting in which periodic truces are sometimes broken but eventually peter out.

Some southeastern regions of the former Soviet republic remain firmly under separatist -- and Kiev claims -- Russian control.

- Dressing the 'Young Republic' -

Clothes have inevitably come to reflect this reality and the military look along with old Russian standbys such as designs featuring nesting dolls loom large in adverts on the high street.

One of Morozova's more eye-catching dresses is called "The Young Republic" which is overlaid in white embroidery and has full-length sleeves in the colours of the Donetsk flag.

"We all live in a young republic -- it is only starting to grow," Morozova explains to onlookers at a special outdoor exhibition of creations by local designers.

Another dress features the hammer and sickle design on it "because we were all born in the Soviet Union," she says.

- 'War reflected in design' -

Not everyone is so happy about the replacement of global brands by fashion "a la Russe".

Former languages student Yelena -- now unemployed and unwilling to give her last name for fear of retribution from pro-Russian rebels -- walks out of a large Donetsk shopping mall without making a single purchase.

"These military, pseudo-patriotic motifs, these nesting doll designs, embroidery 'A la Russe' -- none of it is quality material. I do not like any of it," the 27-year-old says.

"A lack of demand and warfare have simply pushed good clothes out of Donetsk."

The bustling city which was once home to nearly a million people has today been taken over by local businesses and a plethora of stores selling cheap knockoffs from Turkey and China.

Designer Tatyana Protchenko says her latest style inspiration came two years ago when the conflict was claiming lives almost every day.

"It was spring, trees were blooming, it was warm and beautiful outdoors but the shells were exploding and people were dying," Protchenko recalls.

"The war has made a profound impact on my collection."

- 'Why wear camouflage?' -

But she insists her designs are not meant to promote warfare.

"The idea is that despite combat, the women of Donetsk remain delicate and feminine."

But shopper Yelena questions why women would dress in military outfits or wear politically-charged flags of Russia and the two self-declared southeastern fiefdoms in times of war.

"You need this type of clothing for camouflage on the battlefield or to express your patriotism," she says.

"But why would young women dress up in camouflage, and how can she help her country by pulling on a dress that looks like a flag?"

She shakes her head in disbelief.

"I think these things should be left for the politicians and the army men."

10/16/2017 12:39:25 PM
<![CDATA[The SemSem Touch]]>
Taking serious steps to avoid controversial inhumane factory labor, Al Otaiba casts the everyday woman in her photo shoots. Always in search of different charities to support her collections, the philanthropist constantly tries to give back and improve the lives of women and children around the world.

Today married to Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the United States, and living with her family in McLean, Virginia, Abeer's love for fashion began at an early age when she would customize her clothes by giving them the now-called “SemSem touch.”

Inspired by her relationship with her daughter and her Eastern and Western cultural upbringing, she creates wearable works of art that balance beauty, texture and movement. Most recently, Al Otaiba’s work featured at the United Nations headquarters in New York showed her Ramadan collection.

She’s partnering up with the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women in Egypt for her latest philanthropic endeavor, with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women in households by focusing on their own well-being as well their families and societies to become fully independent decision-makers.

In an exclusive interview, Al Otaiba talks about striking the perfect balance between fast fashion and philanthropy.

What made you leave a career in civil engineering for fashion, and how does your experience in engineering help you in fashion design?

Engineering offered the discipline that has allowed me to grow in fashion. There is a fine dance between restraint and creative freedom in both arenas.

I am proud of the technical background that engineering offered me—but I am passionate about fashion and excited to be a part of the landscape.

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What first got you interested in fashion?

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved expressing myself through fashion! Every time my parents would go to Europe and come back with clothes, I would alter everything, adding my own personal touch.

What makes your designs different from any other designers?

I consider SemSem to be a global collection, born from my experiences living in different parts of the world and a strong love for my Arab heritage.

I focus on offering young girls of up to 12 years of age looks that are complementary to the women’s collection.I avoid head-to-toe matching by selecting textiles that work well together in the form of girls’ silhouettes that are a nod to the women’s look.

Why did you decide to focus on girls fashion?

Being a mother opened a piece of my heart I didn’t know exists. SemSem was named after my daughter Samia’s nickname—she is, without a doubt, the inspiration behind the brand, and the special bond mothers and daughters share really inspires me.

My love for fashion and my desire to build a brand I love for girls and women was always the main driver.

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In your latest photoshoot you brought in an unconventional model that most designers wouldn’t use, what is the message that you were trying to illustrate?

I try not to get hung up on norms so I chose a striking, confident model who wore my clothes beautifully. Often when flipping through a magazine, I see the same type of model, but SemSem is about empowering women and making an impact.

I think all women have the power to do this, and I try to set this example in all aspects of my business.

Tell us more about your charity projects. Can fashion have a positive impact on the community?

SemSem is linked to a social mission of investing in and supporting women and girls from how we source our fabrics and sew our garments to supporting organizations that are making a difference.

Through our website and social media campaigns, we invite our followers to get involved by submitting charities that inspire them for consideration.

Any charity that empowers women and protects children is very close to my heart, and most recently, we have partnered with Every Mother Counts, Women for Women International, and The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women in Egypt.

In an industry where fast fashion thrives using unpleasant labor conditions, we want to be at the forefront of instigating change by being aware of the social impact of how collections are made.

Photos courtesy of SemSem

What inspires your lines?

While we are informed of up-and-coming trends, we also strive to set ourselves apart. My designs are inspired by the Eastern and Western cultures I grew up in.

A balance of strength and beautiful fragility through movement and texture are found in both women’s and girls’ collections. Informed by the cultural aesthetics of the Middle East and Mediterranean, gentle architectural layers and dimension punctuated by delicate restraint are hallmarks of my designs.

Tell us more about your mission to support and invest in women’s and children’s well-being around the world through your designs.

SemSem is a collection with a conscience. As a mother raising a young girl, it is hugely important for me to support and call attention to women supporting women.

The idea of giving back and being philanthropically active is bigger than corporate social responsibility—it is personal and it is how I operate day in and day out.

Each season, we choose a different charity because I understand the idea of overcoming personal challenges, and I am dedicated to supporting women not only in the form of funds donated but also in the form of advocacy and knowledge shared.

Sometimes education, mentorship and friendship are equally, if not more helpful than funding.

To me, the most meaningful part of life is how we treat others and do what we can to make the world a better place.

As women, we are empowered by our actions, emotions and struggles as well as our ability to balance a multitude of things while giving back to our community.

I aspire for these moments and feelings as well as all the women who inspire me daily to push the limits.

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Tell us about your experience showcasing your Ramadan collection at the United Nations in New York.

The event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York was incredible, and I met so many interesting women from around the world.

I left the event in New York feeling invigorated and inspired. SemSem is a collection created to embrace and champion the fashion-forward elegance of women around the world who are challenged to strike a fine balance between expressing one's cultural and creative identity.

Our Ramadan collection reflected a shift toward modest elegance and celebrated a woman's decision to express herself through the complexity of subtle layers, bold colors and intricate patterns.

It celebrated the advent and excitement around the modest fashion movement and empowers women in any region to showcase their individual style without being revealing, and I think the guests at the event responded to my vision for the collection.

When designing, I was inspired by the movement of Francesco Scavullo's 1960's couture images of Verushka. Traditional kaftan shapes come alive using a fresh take on cut and textile patterns.

[I use] a bold color palette of crimson, alabaster and jet, covered in a mosaic pattern of crescent moons and stars; a symbol of my heritage.

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What’s in the pipeline for your next collection, who will you be partnering with and what’s the next cause that you want to support?

We just wrapped up showcasing our Resort 2018 Collection in Paris last month and will be in stores by late October of this year.

We are partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

The meaningful work they participate in promotes women and children’s health in fragile settings. I’m honored to shed a light on their mission.

Who’s your favorite fashion designer?

Christian Louboutin shoes are a staple in my closet, and I have been collecting Chanel baby purses and backpacks since I was 18.

I also love jewelry that evokes a memory or feeling; I have a few rings and bracelets incorporating my children’s names that I treasure. Egyptian jeweler Azza Fahmy is a favorite for statement earrings and necklaces.

Which do you prefer, elegance or comfort?

I applaud women who ignore discomfort for their favorite pair of heels.

But when it comes to clothing, for me, being comfortable with the style and fit definitely translate to elegance and confidence.

10/16/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: John Mayer ]]>
John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At the age of 19, he enrolled at the Berkley College of Music. He stayed only for two semesters; then skipped studying in college and pursued his singing career.

On September 24, 1999, John Mayer released his debut extended play record "Inside Wants Out." In 2002, the album was re-released by Columbia Records. In 2003, Mayer released his second album, and even though his songwriting received backlashes, the album had positive reviews.

He formed a rock band “The John Mayer Trio” in 2005, in which he served as the guitarist. This band released a live album “Try” in 2005. Mayer's third album, released on September 12, 2006, marked a change in his musical style.

His most successful works are; “Room for Squares” that received positive reviews from music critics, his albums “Heavier Things,” “Continuum,” and “Battle Studies.”

Fun Fact:
● He speaks Japanese.

Another quote for the road:
“I hope that what it comes down to at the end of the day is that people believe that I believe what I am singing. It comes down to being believable. You do not have to be likable; generally, though, I think I am.”

10/16/2017 10:45:20 AM
<![CDATA[et Model of the Week: Rania Benchegra]]>

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Benchegra went on to lead in a campaign for H&M and take part in a campaign for Victoria Secret.

She is also quite proud to be of Muslim Moroccan origin; in an interview for Vogue Arabia back in June she stated “It is a great honor for me to represent my country and Moroccan women worldwide. I do my very best to promote Arab models and beauty” adding “I have come to realize that I am lucky to have grown up as a Muslim woman in such an open and tolerant country like Morocco.”


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Benchegra recently cooperated with the makeup brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, and worked with Victoria’s Secret for their work out and sleepover collection, according to Vogue Arabia.

Best teams best results @anastasiabeverlyhills @anthonymerante @norvina

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10/16/2017 5:13:34 AM
<![CDATA[et Fashion Designer of the Week: Christine Massarany]]>
With the subtle beautiful color palette, luxurious fabrics and feminine cuts. Massarany remixes her silhouette choices with unpredictable fabrics and cuts in perfect harmony.

Photos courtesy of Christine Massarany

Each collection is exclusive as the designs are only created once and are perfect for every occasion; whether it is a morning engagement party or a wedding that will go on to all hours in the night.

Having only founded the label this year, Massarany and her husband Rami Ashraf are on their way to having a front-running clothing label.

Photos courtesy of Christine Massarany

Ashraf is the entrepreneurial intellect that is behind the everyday operations that steer the label.

The debut collection is inspired by nature, in particular oyster mushrooms. Her style pays homage to the beginning of her fashion journey when she entered the “La Mode a Beyrouth” competition, where she placed among the top eight finalists.

Photos courtesy of Christine Massarany

The dress that she created for the competition was inspired by the oyster mushroom. Ruffles and earthy tones take center stage to resemble the beauty and details of the oyster mushroom, which truly stands out in urban surroundings.

The semi-couture collection includes 11 pieces varying between dresses, jumpsuits and rompers. Each design is unrepeated, signifying the exclusivity of the Christine Massarany label.

Photos courtesy of Christine Massarany

“I always design my pieces to stand out,” Massarany said. “Wherever the Christine Massarany woman would go, I want her to be the one who stands out and whose choice of dress people talk about. That’s why I design statement pieces.”]]>
10/15/2017 6:01:26 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: How to apply foundation]]>
Foundations are a hit or a miss. They can either make you look flawless, or accentuate all the features you are trying to hide. We all know how frustrating it is when our foundation clogs our pores or highlights our pimples.

That is why preparing your skin is one of the most important steps. To avoid looking dry, exfoliating helps remove all the dead skin cells for a fresh face. Avoid exfoliating too much because too much exfoliation will cause skin irritation.

The second step is to cleanse and tone your face. Toning helps balance the pH levels of your face and closes your pores, preventing any dirt or germs from clogging them.

After that, you moisturize. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, moisturizing is important. It makes dry skin smooth, and prevents oily skin from excessive oil production.

Now that your base is all prepped, it is now time to apply a primer. Primers help your foundation adhere better on your skin and blur the appearance of pores. They also prevent the foundation from smearing throughout the day.

It is time to choose your foundation. Different brands offer different foundations to cater to your skin needs. There are oil-free foundations with matte finish for oily skin, and moisturizing foundations with satin finish for dry skin. Make sure to pick one that suits your needs and coverage.

Usually light to medium coverage is better suited for everyday use, while medium to full coverage is for events. However, you can easily turn a light to medium coverage foundation to a full coverage one using concealer.

Rather than using foundation to conceal imperfections, use the foundation to even out your skin tone and a concealer to cover your visible imperfections. That way, you avoid caking on products.

You can apply your foundation using different tools; the most common one is the beauty blender sponge because it helps you blend the foundation into your skin rather than on your skin while giving you maximum coverage for minimum product. Buffing brushes serve the same purpose.

Once your foundation is applied and dry, use powder to set it in place and finish with a setting spray to bring life back to your face.

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10/15/2017 4:11:45 PM
<![CDATA[The Evolution of Rural Egyptian Women]]>
It recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Rural women in Egypt have always managed to keep up with the changes taking place in the country.

Egyptian rural women used to be uneducated, and only worked at home, or with their husbands in the surrounding farms. Now they are more aware of the importance of education, and how it is the key to having a better economic life, and a better status.

In 2011, a study showed that some 22.1 percent of young women aged 10-29 were not offered proper education. Hence, the UNDP is offering training courses to Upper Egyptian women, enabling them to master a craft on which they can depend on to improve their social and economic status.

Upper Egyptian women are burdened by strict traditions and very harsh social and economic conditions; in an attempt to alleviate these heavy burdens, the UNDP is empowering women through teaching them how to lead better independent lives.

For example, in 2014, the UNDP offered education and training to a young woman called Sa'eda Atta Ahmed; it was a life changing experience for Ahmed.

Another example is Marwa, a young poor rural villager who received only the basic level of education because her parents did not allow her to leave the house or interact with her community. Marwa was introduced to a development project called El-Nidaa' that established a handicraft workshop, teaching young girls how to make products using camel bones.

Nidaa's team did not only teach her a craft, but they also helped her overcome the barrier placed by her parents in the way of her growth. One year after she started learning, she had a proper job in the workshop.

Young girls like Marwa and Ahmed represent a large segment of girls in rural villages; girls who deserve proper education and respectable job opportunities.]]>
10/15/2017 3:50:06 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: How to wear red lipstick]]>
The most important step to achieve those perfectly plum red lips is to exfoliate. An easy home remedy is using a couple drops of olive oil and sugar, place the mixture on an old toothbrush, and brush your lips light-handedly. Follow up by moisturizing your lips using Vaseline or lip balm; leaving it on for a few minutes before wiping it off. This will remove any dead skin off of your lips for smooth application.

To avoid makeup mishaps, the best way to get that perfect shape to compliment that color is to use a smooth lip liner. If it is not smooth or newly sharpened, make sure to warm it up on your palm first to avoid any irritations.

After you outline your lip shape, pick out a long lasting anti-smudge red lipstick. A rule of thumb is if you are cool toned, or your veins appear blue, choose a shade of red with a cool undertone. If you are warmed skin, or your veins appear green, use a warmer shade. This will compliment your undertones and avoid any ashy-ness.

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10/15/2017 2:50:24 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Friedrich Nietzsche]]>
Friedrich Nietzsche, the known famous 19th century German philosopher, was born on October 15, 1844, and passed away on August 25, 1900.

He started his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. At the age of 24, he became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel.

He is famous for his criticisms of traditional European morality and religion, conventional philosophical ideas, and social and political pieties associated with modernity.

Another Quote for the road:
“The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.”
10/15/2017 2:25:44 PM
<![CDATA[Tough Love]]>life.

So I thought maybe I could write him a letter and give it to him when he turns 15, because as we know 15 is the age where it all starts if not earlier! Teenage years are what determine what you’re going be or who you’ll turn out to be in your life.

Mine weren’t the perfect teenage years but they were years of tough lessons. I can’t lie, it was horrible half of the time, especially because I didn’t really have a good friend that I could trust entirely; that good friend came later when I turned 17.

The point is I thought it would be perfect if I just talked to my brother through my letter, teenager to teenager, so if I grow older and don’t have the chance to say it all, then at least my letter will when he turns 15.

Dear baby brother

Don’t be afraid to dive deep into something.

Don’t be afraid to jump into the sea first when the boat stops.

Don’t be afraid to fall in love and give all your heart.

Don’t be afraid to express your emotions, but choose who you’re expressing too.

Don’t be afraid to be different.

Different is unique.

Different is what you’re born to be.

Dear baby brother, don’t be afraid of life.

Live to the fullest, and do whatever you please, as long as you don’t hurt anyone, as long as you don’t hurt yourself in any way.

As long as you’re not hurting either yourself or anyone else then it’s absolutely fine.

Dear baby brother,

Learn how to listen.

Learn how to listen to understand, not just to respond

Learn to accept other people’s differences, and let them be who they want to be.

Accept people for who they are as long as they don’t change you for the worse.

Accept people but know that you don’t have to deal with what you don’t like.

You don’t have to like everyone, you just have to accept people as they are, and choose the ones who you like, the ones you know how to deal with.

Dear baby brother,

Life won’t be easy, it won’t be all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes you’ll have to pass through challenges. Sometimes you’ll have to deal with failure and accept it. Sometimes you’ll have to go through hardships to know how much you can take.

Just know that failure does not define you as a failure. Only quitting does. And you’re not gonna be a quitter.

Quitting is only accepted when the situation turns from pushing to be better to push a wall.

What I mean is, quitting is only when the thing you try to do doesn’t suit you anymore; like failed relationships or a boring job. Other than that quitting is not what we do.

Quitting is not what wolves do, baby boy, and you’re a wolf.

Dear baby brother,

Know your worth.

Love yourself.

But never be self-centered, never let your ego control you.

You’re the best but know that there is another best in other ways, because everyone is good at something, everyone is unique in their own way.

Just like you’re unique in so many ways.

It’s okay to have an ego as long as it doesn’t hurt others.

Love yourself and know your worth.

Dear baby brother,

Help those who ask you for help.

Give a hand to those helpless.

Be there for the people you love.

Be there for the people who are there for you.

Give love with nothing in return.

Be good to people for no reason,

But also know that sometimes people can hate you for being better, richer or stronger and it’s okay, you don’t have to hate those people just say el7amdulelah for being who you are and for having what you have.

Take care of those people and avoid their hating looks and envious souls, but accept that they don’t have satisfaction with who they are and that you should always be satisfied with what you have. Aim for the better, aim for the best, but be happy with what you own as well.

Dear baby brother,

Family comes first

Family comes first

Family comes first

Family comes first

Family comes first

Five times is not enough but you know family always comes first.

No one is gonna love you the way your family does,

No one is gonna accept you the way your family will.

Family is the only unconditional love you’ll ever have and experience in your life.

Family are the people who care without asking for anything in return.

Family are the people who love you for who you are even if you are a bad person (which you’re not)

Family are the people who care and always will

Family is everything. . .

Dear baby brother,

You’re gonna fall in love . . . A lot. You’re gonna think that this is it every time, But baby boy when it isn’t don’t be sad.

We fall in love and go through relationships to learn.

Hardships are what teaches us life.

One day the girl you need will come. She’s gonna feel like family.

She’s gonna respect you and your needs.

And when she does, buy her red roses and tell her my big sister told me that red roses are the roses of love and passion.

Choose the girl with the mind, not the looks. Looks are great but looks without a mind are useless.

Choose the girl who loves you for you, not for what you have.

The girl who wants you comfortable and satisfied.

Choose the girl who accepts you and you accept her as well.

The girl with a kind heart and smart mind. Choose a smart one, baby boy.

Choose the girl who sparkles for you and gives you her all, and trusts you entirely and you do the same for her.

Love is the most amazing thing you’re gonna experience, true love baby, only the true one.
Choose your friends wisely.

Don’t trust blindly.

Don’t trust easily.

Don’t share your family’s problems with anyone ever, unless she’s your wife.

Don’t trust easily I’m gonna say it again.

Don’t give someone your all unless they are ready to do the same for you.

Choose your friends wisely and know that friends are measured by quality not quantity.

One or two good friends are worth thousand fake ones.

Have that one friend by your side and treat everyone the same, because not everyone has to be special.

Don’t promise what you’re not going to do.

Be a man of your word as long as it’s the right thing to do.

Don’t underestimate anyone’s emotions no matter how overrated they maybe.

you don’t have to deal with them if you don’t want to.

You’re gonna meet some fake people and its okay. They’re gonna hurt you and it’s okay.

Just walk away from anything that doesn’t make you comfortable anymore.

Don’t take rushed decisions.

Don’t decide anything when you’re either very angry or very happy.

Trust your instincts.

Appreciate good art.

Never ever have a meaningless tattoo.

Also one more thing, do things with passion or not at all.

Baby boy, this is the most important one,

Pray to God.

Remember him.

Know him.

Feel him in your bones.

Know He’s there.

Know He’s everywhere.

Even when you’re doing wrong, get back to Him.

Tell Him you’re sorry.

He’ll listen.

He’ll be there.

Even when He puts you through hell, Just tell Him how you feel.

He’ll listen.

He’ll be there for you always.

Pray to God, baby boy, He’s gonna be there all your life, watching you, leading you, showing you signs on your way, in every situation.

He loves you because you are His.

So pray for him and always talk to Him.

He’ll always show you the way, and when it gets dark, trust me, He will light up the darkness or He’ll give you the power to light up that darkness yourself.

Dear baby brother,

I love you endlessly.

I love you always.

I will always be here for you, To listen.

Even if you did the worst thing a person can do.

I will listen.

I will be there at your worst and accept you.

I will be there when you need a shoulder, Or when you screw everything up.

Dear baby brother, I will always be there for you.


your 19-year-old big sister
10/15/2017 1:22:52 PM
<![CDATA[Before they were fashion designers ]]>
Coco Chanel: Before she became a designer, she was a singer in clubs. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born on August 19, 1883, and passed away on January 10, 1971. She started out her inspirational career by selling hats in 1910. Chanel launched her first perfume in the 1920s, which was the first perfume to feature a designer's name.

Coco Chanel- Flickr

Azzedine Alaïa: He was raised with his grandparents in Tunisia. He enrolled at the local ecole des beaux art at the age of 15. To raise money for his studies, he used to work as a dressmaker. At the age of 18, he got a job at Dior and moved to Paris. He was dismissed after only five days; which prompted him to become a housekeeper and tailor at Comtesse de Blegiers. He had his share of long hard days until he became the designer he is today.

Azzedine Alaïa - screenshot

Giuseppe Zanotti: Before becoming the shoe mogul of our days, Zanotti was a DJ at a radio station in Italy; pursuing the passion for music that sprouted in him at the age of 14. At the age of 17, he started working for a local independent radio station as a DJ. He loved his job as a DJ, but it didn’t pay the bills. At the age of 24, he discovered he was also passionate for fashion, and made it big time in the industry.

Jlo and Giuseppe Zanotti working on her winter collection shoes

10/15/2017 11:08:15 AM
<![CDATA[Manal Agha against domestic violence ]]>
Agha started to talk about her experience against domestic violence, and according to Al-Arabiya she said on her TV show that “marriage is based on affection and compassion, not humiliation, beating and lack of self-restraint.”

She added that she decided to stand up to domestic violence to encourage other women suffering from it to protect themselves.

Agha is trying to raise awareness among women that it is not right to experience domestic violence and that they should not be ashamed to share their experiences as it is not their fault in the first place.

According to a USAID survey in 2009, over 60 percent of married women in Egypt experience domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a top priority problem in Egypt and Arab countries. Mehrinaz al-awady, the deputy director of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), stated to the Middle East Eye that “Many countries in the Arab region still see violence against women and deal with it as a private issue and not a public issue.”

Video Via Official Buzz Youtube channel
10/14/2017 6:47:11 PM
<![CDATA[Today in history: Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize ]]>
On October 14, 1964, the leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S. won the Nobel Peace prize. King is mostly known for his infamous speech "I Have a Dream," a speech that was given during The Great March in Washington in 1963.

His award commemorates "the furtherance of brotherhood among men and to the abolishment or reduction of standing armies and for the extension of these purposes," The New York Times noted.

Receiving the Nobel Peace prize at the young age of 35, King was the youngest person to have ever received the prize. He used the money he got from the award for the civil rights movement that started from 1954 to 1968 calling for the abolishment of segregation.

Inspired by Mohandas Gandhi, King lead peaceful protests to end segregation in the U.S. but he and his followers often faced violence and brutality. However, King did not cave and continued his peaceful protests.]]>
10/14/2017 6:22:42 PM
<![CDATA[et Fitness: Health and Wellness Tips Before Your Big Day]]>As a bride, you’re most likely running around from place to place trying to meet the wedding planner, photographer and caterer for your big day. Then you’re trying to fix up your house and running to meet the carpenter, plumber, architect, and somehow in between all this, you’re thinking about trying to get your body toned and to lose weight to fit into that dress you’ve always dreamed you’d be wearing for your wedding. What you want to do is this: Make sure each workout is designed in a way that you are using your whole body, not just focusing on one or two places at a time. It’s important to try to exercise as much of your body as you can during each workout to maximize results in your limited time.

Nobody likes burpees. Period. But they are incredible for working out a very large group of muscles in your body and most importantly, your core.


Your core is one of the most important and often-neglected parts of the body. If you have a strong core, then there is nothing you can’t do. Having a strong core prevents injuries from occurring throughout your body because your core is the pillar that keeps your body strong. Not to mention, a strong core means you’re going to be able to boogie for hours on end to your heart’s content. You can do planks with the different variations of each plank, such as a spider plank, plank hand raises, jack planks and side planks. Each of these will work out different parts of your core while also giving your arms a workout.

Squats are great for those thighs and that butt you’ve always dreamed of. Try and do a variation of 10-15 reps with 3 to 4 sets of each, every day. You can also pause at the bottom of your squat for a few seconds to real feel the burn. Lunges are another great way to work out your lower body. Try to do the same variation and reps as the squats.



Push-ups will inevitably give you those toned arms that you know will go fabulously with your dress design. You can choose to do full push-ups, on your knees or on the wall. Try to do a variation of 10 reps of push-ups and 2 to 4 sets of this every day.


Glute Bridges:
These exercises are a super easy way to work out your core and your hips and can be done absolutely anywhere. You start by lying down on the floor, knees bent and then you push your hips upward and squeeze your glutes (hips), hold that stance for 2 seconds and then drop your hips and repeat.


Now, just as taking care of your body is very important, so too is taking care of your mind and your emotions. During wedding preparations, there are major high levels of stress from just about every angle. Sometimes, you end up feeling stressed and frustrated and you really don’t give yourself a few moments in the day to even understand why it is you feel this way. I think it’s very important during the months leading up to your wedding to be as conscious of your feelings and your mental state as possible. Get a small notebook and before going to bed every night, write down just one thing that you are thankful for. In the midst of the stress and chaos, it becomes easy to slip into a negative mindset. It’s always important to take a moment and get some perspective to realize that there really are a lot of wonderful things in the world to be happy about, one just needs to open themselves up to the power of positive thinking.

Take some time to yourself, whether it’s just 10 minutes in the day you can sit alone with a nice cup of coffee at your favorite café, or a few hours once a week at your favorite pool or with some friends--it’s important to give yourself those moments of pleasure.

It’s important to remember to be kind to ourselves. To be kind to our bodies, kind to our minds and kind with the way we view ourselves and then patient throughout all of it. I’ve noticed that a lot of women are very harsh with their self-image, whether physically or mentally, and throughout heightened levels of stress, that harshness with oneself becomes even more difficult. If we create little daily habits that help us see the world and ourselves a little more differently, we can ultimately change our perspectives permanently, so much so that the default becomes kindness with ourselves and the world before we even begin to criticize either. In doing so, the process of getting married, picking a dress, designing a wedding venue and designing our homes, becomes a source of enjoyment rather than a stressful source or a burden.
10/14/2017 4:29:46 PM
<![CDATA[Hijabi model Halima Aden joins the Nike X Riccardo Tisci team]]>
The teaser revealed a variety of sportswear for both men and women from the collection called "Victorious Minotaurs." Aden, a hijab model, is among many beautiful diverse faces for the campaign others are; Duckie Thot, Dej Loaf, Blessin Giraldo, Steph Turner, Khalid Vaughn, Yusuf Bamba, Kelsey Plum, D’Angelo Russell, and Hugo McCloud showcasing the diversity of the campaign.

Riccardo Tisci's Dream Team 💞 @wmag @nikelab @ethanjamesgreen @riccardotisci17

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Back in the 2016 Dolce & Gabbana launched a ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter collection of abayas and hijabs with the signature D&G colorful prints.

A hijab is a sign of modesty worn by Muslim women all around the world; despite being a controversial matter nowadays, the fashion industry decided to fight back against Islamophobia and highlight the message of love, peace and acceptance in their advertising campaigns and on the runway by featuring Hijab-wearing models.

Also, technology giant Apple has joined the movement with their recent debut of 12 new emoji characters of women wearing hijab.

Earlier this year, Condé Nast launched the magazine Vogue Arabia with the supermodel of the new generation Gigi Hadid were born to a Palestinian father and an American mother on the first cover.

It is worth mentioning that Aden is the first hijab model to have walked the international catwalk with Max Mara and to be featured in American Eagle's #ICan campaign.
10/14/2017 3:20:25 PM
<![CDATA[Gucci boycotts fur ]]>
Although they are known for their leather and fur, Marco Bizzarri, Gucci's president and chief executive, announced in the 2017 Kering Talk at London College of Fashion their upcoming plan.

As mentioned in Vogue Middle East, Gucci will stop producing fur products starting with their Spring 2018 collection. They will join the Fur Free Alliance, an organization that aims to end the fur trade.

Guccio Gucci

started selling leather bags to horsemen in the 1920’s. As his clientele developed, his style evolved into the luxury brand it is known today.

Animals are the victim when it comes to high fashion. Some designer brands use animal fur and leather in their designs to produce expensive fashionable products. Yet they are produced with disregard to animal rights.

Around one billion rabbits and 50 million other animals such as foxes, seals, mink, and dogs are abused. These animals are most often raised on fur farms or trapped in the wild to be killed for their pelts.

According to Last Chance for Animals. Plus, fur farms keep animals in such poor conditions that can have a profound impact on their health; for example a recent statement from Last Chance for Animals notes that roughly 30 percent of minks raised on farms in Utah (United States) carry Aleutian disease and since there is no cure approximately 20 percent of the herds die annually.
10/14/2017 2:49:36 PM
<![CDATA[Skipping breakfast causes atherosclerosis, a new study revealed]]>

A study published by the ‘Journal of the American College of Cardiology’ revealed that skipping the first meal of the day is correlated to early stages of atherosclerosis. Yet in earlier studies, skipping breakfast has been associated with higher levels of cholesterol.

However after the ‘Journal of the American College of Cardiology’ evaluated the dietary behavior of 4,000 men and women ages starting from 40 to 54 that live in Spain. Splitting them into 3 different categories: people who do not eat breakfast, people who eat low-calorie breakfast, and people who eat big nutritious breakfast.

The majority of the cases studied eat a low-calorie breakfast, and about three percent skip on the meal. However, only 28 percent eat a relatively large full nutritious breakfast.

The research revealed that people who skip breakfast have a wider waist to hip ratio and a higher body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting glucose levels. It was deduced that people who skip breakfast or consume a low-calorie meal do so in an attempt to lose weight.
10/14/2017 2:38:06 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Ralph Lauren ]]>
One of the classiest names in the world of fashion is Ralph Lauren. Born on October 14 1939, Lauren was born under name Ralph Lifshitz.

As a result of childish bullying, the infamous designer changed his name to Ralph Lauren at the age of 16, not knowing that it would later become a brand. He studied business at Baruch College but dropped out two years later.

In 1966 he wanted to create his own version of European-styled neckties, but the company he was working for rejected his project. However, he was persistent and in 1967, he took a $50,000 loan from a clothing manufacturer to open a necktie store under the label Polo.

He opened a Polo boutique on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, in 1971. A year later he released his trademark logo. According to the Famous People website, in 2007, Ralph Lauren had established over 35 boutiques in 23 locations, around the United States.”

Fun facts:

● Lauren grew up playing basketball and baseball.
● He wanted to be a movie star.
● He served in the American army from 1962 to 1964.

Another quote for the road:
"I don't think women should look like costumes. I don't think they should look like fashion victims. I think these (clothes) are for women that want to look sexy. They want to look smart."
10/14/2017 2:32:30 PM
<![CDATA[5 tricks you can do with Apple's new iOS 11]]>
The operating system has many obvious updates, such as the change to Siri's voice into a much smoother and more human voice and the complete change in the look of the app store's interface. According to TIME the OS still has many more gems hidden within it. Here are a few:

You can now type to Siri: In case you are in a crowded noisy place, or one that is too quiet, you can type your question to Siri instead of saying it. From the Settings menu select General, then Accessibility, then Siri and finally turn the "Type to Siri" switch on.

Siri is now your new translator: If you love travelling, this new feature might come in very handy, as Siri has been modified to be able to translate English into German, Italian, French, Chinese, and Spanish. The modification allows you to playback the translation directly by clicking the play button.

No notifications while in the car: Texting and checking your mobile while driving could lead to all kind of problems, which is why the amazing iOS's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is much appreciated. It silences your notifications and stops the screen from illuminating as soon as the phone connects to your car's Bluetooth. You can turn on the feature by going to Settings, then Do Not Disturb, and lastly Do Not Disturb While Driving.

Create GIFs from Live Photos: By adding three more effects to Live Photos (Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure) in iOS 11, Apple is allowing anyone with iPhone 6 or higher to create GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format) more easily and create them while the camera is still in use. You can access these new effects by opening the picture in Gallery and swiping up.

Type easier with one hand: You can now finally forget about suffering to reach with your right thumb all the way across the screen while typing. Press and hold the Globe button on the keyboard and you will be offered three options to place the keyboard on the right, left or center of your screen.
10/14/2017 2:17:24 PM
<![CDATA[Girls Taking Over campaign by Plan International ]]>22405569_1659333764140112_1246248607234067760_n
Abeer, has taken over the role of Dr. Moataz El Nagar, the member of parliament- Courtesy of plan International Facebook
The campaign will help girls fight for their right to learn, their right to lead, their right to decide and their right to thrive.

On October 11 Shimaa, a 13 year-old girl, has taken over the role of the headmaster of her primary school. Abeer, 19, took over the role of Motaz El Nagar, the parliament member.

Plan International is child rights-oriented NGO.

Their goal is to improve the lives of marginalized children in Egypt. 76 years ago Plan International was founded.
Shaimaa, has taken over the role of the headmaster of a primary school- Courtesy of plan International Facebook
It is one of the oldest and largest international development agencies in the world.

It operates in 52 countries. Plan International began operating in Egypt in 1981 by partnering with the Ministry of Social Solidarity.

Now Plan International Egypt works with more than 40 community development associations.
Shaimaa, has taken over the role of the headmaster of a primary school- Courtesy of plan International Facebook ]]>
10/13/2017 4:18:12 PM
<![CDATA[Iris & Ink winter 2017 ]]>
IRIS & INK FALL WINTER 2017- Courtesy of The OutNet

The collection is a rich of autumnal palette of navy olive green and burgundy. Iris & Ink balances comfort and style to create a wardrobe that works anytime, anywhere. The collection is flattering and one of the season’s standout runway trends.

2 IRIS & INK FALL WINTER 2017- Courtesy of The OutNet

the OutNet was launched in April 2009 by the Net-A-Porter Group. It sells the best designer clothes with great prices. The OutNet stocks an unparalleled selection of previous season styles from more than 350 designers. The OutNet ships to 170 countries.

10/13/2017 11:35:23 AM
<![CDATA[Working from home or remote locations ]]>
According to Time magazine, Cardiff University made an analysis that concluded “employees who work from home or other remote locations are happier with their jobs and may even work harder than those in the office.”

However, like everything working from home has its pros and its cons. According to the analysis the pros of working from home are;

● You do not need to commute.
● Being flexible in your working hours.
● Less distractions.
● Stress free.
● Saving money; you do not need to buy lunch and you do not have to pay for transportation.
● Improve your lifestyle and work.

Although working from home does have great advantages, it also have disadvantages;

● It is lonely; you do not communicate with anyone.
● You do not get to learn from you peers.
● Relationships will be harder to form.

When you decide if you want to work from home you have to put into considerations the type of work you do. For instance, if you are a doctor you cannot work from home, but if you are writer you can. The advantages and disadvantages of working from home is not enough for you to decide to work from home or not. ]]>
10/13/2017 11:22:39 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Margaret Thatcher ]]>
Margaret Thatcher is the first female British Prime Minister. she was born on October 13 1925, and passed away on April 8, 2013.

Thatcher was the British Prime Minister for three consecutive terms. She was one of the most influential Prime Ministers of Britain.

She studied at Oxford University and at Somerville College. She graduated in 1947 with a chemistry degree. She was politically active when she was a student.

In 1950 Thatcher first stood for Parliament and became the Conservative contender for the Dartford Labor Party seat. The media started talking about her because she was the youngest representative and the only female candidate at the time.

In 1959 she won her first election campaign, winning the seat of Finchley in London.

Fun fact:

● A Soviet Journalist gave her the nickname “the Iron lady”

Another Quote for the road:

“To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.”
10/13/2017 10:55:46 AM
<![CDATA[ When it comes to mobile phones, what is the safest option?]]>
As far as the competition goes, iPhone and Android are the two most famous choices people choose between when they are buying a smartphone. Yet sometimes users might prefer economic choices and having freedom to adjust and modify their devices without having to deal with a highly secured system, that is why they would choose Android over iPhone, but this might leave them in jeopardy.

While the operating system developed by Google, Android, allows its users more freedom of interaction with applications enabling them to install these applications even if from outside of the Googleplay store, the rival's operating system, IOS, strictly prohibits that feature as it paves the way for malware which might be carried through unreliable applications.

According to TIME’s website and the founder of the cybersecurity firm White Ops,
Dan Kaminsky: Apple's iPhones are the safest as files in them are highly secured with encryption, unlike some of the older Android phones which do not have the encryption feature turned on.In an email from Kaminsky to TIMEhe described iPhone's operating system saying "Everything [in the IOS] is encrypted, and more importantly, the key to that encryption is extraordinarily difficult to extract," which means iPhones are the safer choice at the moment.

Still encrypting files and limiting unreliable applications are not enough if one does not update their software regularly and as soon as possible.

TIME stated that last year only around 50 percent of Android users updated their software to the latest OS version which is the safest, while others failed to do so, which meant they had less secured devices.
10/13/2017 10:09:04 AM
<![CDATA[Disasters make 14 million people homeless each year - UN]]>
The risk of displacement could rise as populations swell and the impacts of climate change become more severe, said a report issued on Friday by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and tropical cyclones are the main disasters forecast to uproot large numbers of people, with countries in Asia, home to 60 percent of the world's population, hit particularly hard, according to modelling by the agencies.

Eight of the ten countries with the highest levels of displacement and housing loss are in South and Southeast Asia.

They include India, where an average of 2.3 million people are forced to leave their homes annually, and China with 1.3 million people uprooted each year, found the report, released on the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

The numbers exclude those evacuated ahead of a threat, and people displaced by drought or rising seas.

Russia and the United States also feature as countries where disasters could cause large-scale homelessness, unless significant progress is made on managing disaster risk, the study said.

"The findings underline the challenge we have to reduce the numbers of people affected by disasters," said Robert Glasser, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative for disaster risk reduction.

"Apart from death or severe injury in a disaster event, there is no more crushing blow than the loss of the family home," he added in a statement.

The most devastating floods to hit South Asia in a decade killed more than 1,400 people this year, and focused attention on poor planning for disasters, as authorities struggled to assist millions of destitute survivors.

Refugees and people uprooted in their own countries are already at record-high numbers, said IDMC director Alexandra Bilak. The new model goes some way towards predicting the risk of disaster-related displacement, which is an "urgent, global priority", she noted.

It is also intended to help urban planners in hazard-prone towns and cities who must consider the safety and durability of built-up areas and the threats to millions living there. Justin Ginnetti, head of data and analysis at the IDMC, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation there was a strong correlation between the risk of being uprooted by a disaster and residing in a rapidly urbanising location.

With the poor often living on the outskirts of cities, on flood plains or along river banks, Ginnetti said better urban planning could make them less vulnerable.

He contrasted Japan and the Philippines, which have roughly the same number of people exposed to cyclones. Japan builds more robust housing and so faces far less displacement in a disaster than the Philippines, where homes are less able to withstand shocks, he said.

"We don't want people to think of disaster displacement as some kind of inevitable act of God - this is not (a) necessary outcome every time there's heavy rainfall," he said. ]]>
10/13/2017 4:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Toy-telligence the smart choice for children at Christmas]]>
Hamleys, where Britain’s Queen Elizabeth once bought toys for her children, are predicting the “toy-telligence” sector to prove the big hit of 2017, with the bulk of their top 10 for Christmas list featuring artificial intelligence or robotics.

“There is definitely a (tech) influence coming through in toys ... it has become very sophisticated,” Hamleys head buyer Victoria Kay told Reuters on Thursday.

“These toys learn and develop as appose to a tech toy which will always say the same thing back to you.”

A Luvabella Doll that learns phrases, reacts when you tickle its feet and plays peak-a-boo was also in the top 10, along with a globe that speaks facts and figures on different countries when tapped with a stylus pen.

With just 74 days before Christmas, many children were busy trying out the “toy-telligence” range at Hamleys’ 136-year-old flagship toy emporium in London on Thursday before finalizing their wish list for Santa Claus.

“(I prefer toys) that talk back to me,” said six-year-old Lilly Hulkes-Dudman, clutching Tyler the Playful Tiger.
10/12/2017 7:14:48 PM
<![CDATA[UNICEF releases a video celebrating Day of the Girl]]>
The global organization, UNICEF, created a short film using Beyoncé's song "Freedom" to raise awareness about the different struggles and challenges girls face, calling for #FreedomForGirls.

The short film was partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is a follow up for the #WhatIReallyReallyWant short film that was released in 2016’s Day of the Girl that called for women’s solidarity.

According to CNN, a girl dies as a result of violence every five minutes; one in every four girls is forced into child marriage, and 63 million girls are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The short films compliment the Global Goals Agreement that was set by world leaders in 2016. The agreement promises to achieve gender equality by the year 2030.

10/12/2017 1:09:02 PM
<![CDATA[Avril Lavigne is the most dangerous online celebrity search]]>
After conducting its annual survey over celebrity searches associated with viruses and spyware, punk rock princess Lavigne topped the list.

McAfee explained in their statement that cybercriminals use celebrity names to lure people to click on the websites.Upon clicking on the link, malicious malware and viruses are installed to steal personal information and passwords.

The survey revealed that runner up to Lavigne is funk pop singer Bruno Mars. Third in line was Carly Rae Jepsen, followed by Zayn Malik, Celine Dion, Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.]]>
10/12/2017 1:03:08 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Hugh Jackman]]>
The Australian actor and producer, Hugh Michael Jackman, was born on October 12, 1968.

He is famous for the successful roles he presented in different film genres, theater plays, and television series. In 1995, He was offered his first role in "Correlli" on the night of his final academy graduation performance.

Three years later, in 1998, he became global; receiving wide acclaim and an Olivier award nomination for playing the lead role in “Curly” on the Royal National Theater of London.

In 1999, he was cast as Wolverine in "X-Men;"a role he is marked with.

Jackman has many awards, including a Golden Globe for his performance in "Les Miserable," and an Oscar nomination for the same role in 2013.

Facts to know:

● He was chosen by People magazine to be among the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world for five years in a row from 2000 to 2004.
● He was named in 2008 as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
● He met his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, on the set of "Correlli," and they got married in1996.

Another one for the road:

"I'd sell my soul for a good cause." ]]>
10/12/2017 12:34:41 PM
<![CDATA[Arab parents use Snapchat for the first time]]>
The reality now is that we are in 2017 and hardly even have self-driving cars. Being positive and hopeful people, we are thankful and are looking on the bright side of what technology has given us from virtual reality and google glasses, phones that do not have a head-phone jack so we have to opt for Bluetooth headphone and the all-time millennial favorite Snapchat.

MBC Masr posted a video on their Facebook page showing Arab parents reacting to using Snapchat for the first time. The video shows parents trying out all of the Snapchat cool and hip filters and their playful hilarious reactions.

Some of the parents fell in love with the App, with one saying he would download it on his phone.

10/12/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Italian fashion house Gucci to go fur-free in 2018]]>
The changes will come into force with the brand's spring-summer 2018 collection, Bizzarri said during a talk at the London College of Fashion.

Gucci's president said the evolutions "demonstrate our absolute commitment to making sustainability an intrinsic part of our business".

Bizzarri said the new approach was made possible thanks to Gucci's creative director, Alessandro Michele, who was appointed in 2015.

"In selecting a new creative director I wanted to find someone who shared a belief in the importance of the same values. I sensed that immediately on meeting Alessandro for the first time," Bizzarri said.

As part of the change a charity auction will be held of the fashion house's remaining animal fur items, with the proceeds going to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV.

Kitty Block, president of Humane Society International, celebrated the luxury brand's move as a "compassionate decision".

"Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer. For this Italian powerhouse to end the use of fur because of the cruelty involved will have a huge ripple effect throughout the world of fashion," she said in a statement.

Gucci will become part of the Fur Free Alliance, an international group of more than 40 organisations which campaigns on animal welfare and promotes alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.

The fashion house is owned by luxury holding group Kering, which also boasts designer Stella McCartney as another fur-free brand under its umbrella.

The new decision by Gucci comes after fellow Italian brand Armani announced in 2016 that it would no longer feature fur in its collections.]]>
10/12/2017 1:19:08 AM
<![CDATA[How international figures reacted to #Dayofthegirls ]]>
The social media platforms offered people a platform to express themselves, with girls sharing their stories of success, hope and struggle. Institutions and organizations who advocate for the rights of girls and freedom are raising awareness about the needs of every girl for a safe environment to grow up, learn, play, express herself and choose her path in life.

Some international figures also reacted to the day. Famed singer Beyonce released a song called ‘Freedom,’ highlighting girls from different parts of the world and their problems.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted “Girls in Canada & around the world are building a better future for all of us on #DayoftheGirl, we celebrate them.”

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. presidential candidate, tweeted "To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."

10/11/2017 10:40:06 PM
<![CDATA[On day of the girls, a smile inside their suffering ]]>
Aya - photo by Nour Adel

Aya works at a gas station in Cairo from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. She studies media at university and decided to work to help her parents, without caring about what people will say about her. It is not common in Egypt for young girls to work at gas stations, although Aya says that another 5 girls also work with her and the managers are working to make her experience a positive one and keep the night shifts for their male colleagues.

Mariam - Photo by Nour Adel

Mariam, 13, works with her father at a pottery workshop in Old Cairo. Her role is to bring the pottery pots from the oven and put them in an open-air area. She says that she wears heavy clothing to protect her from the high degrees of heat beside the oven.

Shaimaa - Photo by Nour Adel
Shaimaa, 14, works with her uncle at a pottery workshop in old Cairo; while most of her family works at the workshop, she works with the pottery pots.

10/11/2017 9:14:21 PM
<![CDATA[Miss World Egypt finalists talk about the future of Egypt]]>
The 6 women that made it to the final rounds, each of category; Farah Sha’ban, Hadeer Khaleel, Farah Ahmed, Farah Kamal, Florian Ashraf, Hadeer Tariq, Marena Ayman all have different ambitions for life after the competition.

Finalist Farah Sha’ban said that her experience at the pageant was more of an educational experience rather than a competition. “They taught us how to talk and who to talk to, what to do and many different things. So it’s literally like a school not like what people think,” Sha’ban shared.Kamal shared that this competition taught her “coordination and how to deal with pressure and stress.”

Shaban hopes that she can collect money to donate to people in need and organizations that help children. On the other hand, Hadeer Tariq and Marena Ayman are extremely invested in cancer awareness, while Ayman wants to draw attention to children and the education system.
10/11/2017 7:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Dove turns a blind eye to racism once again]]>
Earlier this week, Unilever-owned Dove beauty brand released a short 3-second advertisement on their Facebook page showing a dark-skinned woman who takes off her shirt to reveal a Caucasian woman beneath. The aim of the ad was to promote the brand’s nourishing body wash. Consumers took screenshots of the ad and blew up social media with them; accusing the company of racism.

When the outrage broke loose, Dove tweeted an apology for not “representing women of color thoughtfully.” However, this was not the first time Dove released an alleged racist ad. In 2011, they released an ad that shows skin “before and after,” with a black woman on the “before” side and a white woman on the “after.”

Ogunyemi was approached by Dove to participate in the campaign. Eager to represent women of color in a global brand, Ogunyemi jumped at the opportunity. “Having the opportunity to represent my dark-skinned sisters in a global beauty brand felt like the perfect way for me to remind the world that we are here, we are beautiful, and more importantly, we are valued,” Ogunyemi wrote in The Guardian.

Originally from Nigeria; Ogunyemi was born in the United Kingdom and raised in the United States. She mentioned in her article that she was very “aware of society’s opinion that dark-skinned people, especially women, would look better if our skin were lighter.” This notion, however, is one that continues to affect millions of women of color around the world.

Ogunyemi continues to say that she does not see the ad as racist, because its initial intention was not to be offensive but understands how people could perceive it as one. She explained to the BBC that the concept essentially was to underline in the TV ad that the body wash product is suitable for all skins. “There is a line in the 30-second version that says ‘all skin deserves gentleness’,” Ogunyemi explained.

Although Ogunyemi is aware that the ad is perceived as racist, in her interview with BBC Ogunyemi said; “Yeah, I would do it [the same ad] again.” Ogunyemi mentioned that she is conscious that society perceives women of lighter skin as more beautiful than those of darker skin. This concept is noted as colorism, a by-product of racism.

The subject of racism makes people feel uncomfortable because the causes of racism are not the most refined. As a result of years of feeding racist messages to people of color through the media, concealed racism that is evident in ads became normalized. Eventually, people developed a blind eye to racism in commercial products not knowing that there are subliminal messages that are fed through different media channels. Therefore, it is no surprise Ogunyemi would “do it again.”

With the efforts of many self-love advocates and influencers, women of color have finally begun to accept themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. However, when a global advocate for women’s empowerment and “real beauty” releases an ad that conveys racism on a platform dominated by young impressionable girls, it tarnishes not just its own, but all the hard work self-love supporters have achieved throughout the years.]]>
10/11/2017 5:41:03 PM
<![CDATA[Child and teen obesity soars tenfold worldwide in 40 years: WHO report]]>
Childhood and teen obesity rates have leveled off in the United States, north-western Europe and other rich countries, but remain “unacceptably high” there, researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

“Over 40 years we have gone from about 11 million to a more than tenfold increase to over 120 million obese children and adolescents throughout the world,” lead author Majid Ezzati of Imperial’s School of Public Health, told a news conference.

This means that nearly 8 percent of boys and nearly 6 percent of girls worldwide were obese in 2016, against less than one percent for both sexes in 1975.

An additional 213 million children aged 5-19 were overweight last year, but fell below the threshold for obesity, according to the largest ever study, based on height and weight measurements of 129 million people.

The researchers called for better nutrition at home and at school, and more physical exercise to prevent a generation from becoming adults at greater risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancers due to excessive weight.

Clear food labels on salt, sugar and fat content are needed to help consumers make “healthy choices”, the study said.

Taxation and tough restrictions on marketing of junk food should be considered, it said. WHO has already recommended a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks to reduce consumption.


South Africa, Egypt and Mexico which had “very low levels of obesity four decades ago” now have among the high rates of obesity in girls, between 20-25 percent, Ezzati said.

“The experience of east Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean show that the transition from underweight to overweight and obesity can be rapid,” the study said.

If current trends continue, in 2022 there will be more obese children and teenagers worldwide than underweight ones, who now number 192 million, half of them in India, the study said.

Polynesia and Micronesia had the highest rates of child obesity last year, 25.4 percent in girls and 22.4 percent in boys, followed by “the high-income English-speaking region” that includes the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Britain.

Among high-income countries, the United States had “the highest obesity rates for girls and boys”, 19.5 percent and 23.3 percent, respectively.

“Children are not getting physical activity in the school days, there is poor food opportunities in many schools, walking and cycling to school is going down in many countries, unsafe in many other countries, and parents are not being given the right, sufficient advice on nutrition,” said Fiona Bull of WHO’s department of non-communicable diseases.

“It’s the changing environments, food, behaviors, portions, consumption patterns have completely changed over the last 40 years. Highly processed food is more available, more marketed and it’s cheaper,” she said.]]>
10/11/2017 4:41:21 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Celebrating everything womanly ]]>
Here are the light-hearted ones:

• “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” - Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey Via Wikimedia Commons

• “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.” - Robert Frost

Robert Frost Via Wikimedia Commons

The empowering ones:

• “A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” - Carly Simon

Carly Simon Via Wikimedia Commons.

• “When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the luster of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power is in vain to resist.” - Akhenaton

la salle d'Akhenaton Via Flickr

• “A woman is like a tea bag - you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Via Wikipedia

• “The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.” - Chanakya

Chanakya Via Abdul Kalam Fan Club Facebook Page
Chanakya Via Abdul Kalam Fan Club Facebook Page

The ones that remind you of women’s true beauty:

• “What I have never understood is why some women use plastic surgery to make themselves more attractive to men. The most beautiful woman is someone who is happy and is always smiling.” - Irina Shayk

Fashion Film “Irina Shayk” Pronovias Via Vimeo

• “The real ornament of a woman is her character, her purity.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Via Wikimedia Commons

• “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the care that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” - Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn Via Pixabay


• “Prejudice is sinful. All blood flows red. And the most harmful and foolish kind of prejudice is prejudice against yourself. Every woman is your sister, and every woman needs her sisters. So try to give other women the courtesy of your compassion, respect, and forgiveness. Love yourself despite - and because of - your flaws.” - Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes Via Facebook.

10/11/2017 4:24:17 PM
<![CDATA[et Review: Dine in Style at Aqua e Luce]]>
Photos Courtesy Fairmont Towers

We were greeted by the managers and the main chef Eduardo Bronte upon our arrival and were excited to learn that Thursdays were Brazilian cuisine nights. The restaurant serves an international contemporary cuisine, with Wednesdays being dedicated to Alexandrian fish and seafood nights. The manager also told us that while salads and desserts are served at their open buffet, steak and chicken are ordered a la carte.

My colleague and I started with the salads, choosing the Brazilian Beef salad and the Brazilian Salpicao. The Brazilian Beef salad was sweet and sour, mixing honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and spinach. Meanwhile, the Brazilian Salpicao was sweet with a spicy kick, combining cantaloupe, mint, red pepper and white cheese. Both of the salads tasted spectacular and balanced off flavors perfectly well.

Photos Courtesy Fairmont Towers

After gobbling down our salads, we were served Brazilian garlic bread and cheese bread. Both had a fluffy texture that quickly melted inside our mouths. Although a treat on its own, when dipped in one of the sauces served—chimichurri, barbeque sauce and Brazilian vinaigrette— it took it to a whole new level.

The bread basket was just the start of a true treat of a meal. Next came the appetizers; which included a fried banana that tasted incredibly good but was a bit hard to chew. We were also served the stuffed potato, alongside grilled halloumi cheese; which were both creamy and delicious.

After we were finished with the salad, breadbasket and the starters, we were served different kinds of Churrasco, a Spanish and Portuguese term for beef or grilled meat, and grilled pineapple. We were served 14 different kinds of Churrasco, including Picanha (rump steak), Maminha (tri-trip), Fraldinfa (flap meat), veal tenderloin, tenderloin, chicken heart, chicken breasts with smoked cheese and dried tomato, lamb chops, lamb leg and veal rack. All meats were tender to the bite and easy to chew and swallow. The pineapple is delicious on its own, but when it is grilled with honey, lime juice and cinnamon, it becomes a feast of flavors. My colleague and Iwere left pleading for more.

Photos Courtesy Fairmont Towers

We then ordered lemon and orange juices that were fresh and tasty and then headed to the buffet for some sweet indulgence. The desserts were not Brazilian, but rather traditional desserts like English cake, chocolate cake, fruits and fruit salads. I tried the chocolate cake and fruit salad, which were both heavenly. The food was great, but the atmosphere was fantastic and the service attentive.

Aqua e Luce, Fairmont Towers, Orouba Street, Heliopolis
• Open daily from 6 am to midnight
• Tel. +2 (02) 2696-0000 ]]>
10/11/2017 4:16:20 PM
<![CDATA[Mata Hari, femme fatale executed 100 years ago]]>
She was just 41 when she faced a firing squad on October 15, 1917, accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

On the anniversary of her death, here is a recap of her life of eroticism and intrigue that drew in a string of lovers, including ministers, military officers and diplomats from both sides of the frontline.

'As famous as Madonna' -
Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in the Netherlands, she fled to Paris in 1903 aged 27 to start a new life after a rancorous divorce. Her marriage had been to an older army officer who was based in the former Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, where she lived for some years.

Penniless in Paris, the tall beauty reinvented herself, becoming a dancer in a striptease act and taking the name "Mata Hari", Indonesian for "Eye of the Day", apparently a reference to the sun.

Her fame as an exotic beauty quickly spread across Europe and she became a celebrity, also raising eyebrows for her many love affairs.

Her Oriental "sacred dances" pushed the boundaries of pre-war Europe and often saw her appearing to wear little more than a bejewelled brassiere.

"In her time, she was as famous as Madonna...," the Washington Times said in a 2007 book review.

"By the time she was executed by the French for espionage in 1917, she was perhaps the most famous non-royal in Europe if not the world."

From call girl to spy -
By 1914, however, her popularity was waning. She became a call girl in Paris, entertaining ministers and becoming known for her extravagant parties.

Broke, due to her lavish lifestyle, she accepted in 1916 an offer from a German diplomat to pay off her debts if she spied on France.

Mata Hari then offered her services to France's counter-espionage bureau where agents were already suspicious of her. They gave her several missions but kept her under surveillance.

The French suspicions deepened when she requested a pass to travel to Vittel, near the eastern front and where a new military aerodrome was being built.

She said her visit was to meet a young Russian officer who was her lover.

Then in January 1917, the French authorities intercepted a cable from Germany appearing to identify Mata Hari as their "Agent H 21".

She was arrested and charged with being a double agent.

No revelations -
On the cold morning of October 15, 1917, Mata Hari was executed in the Parisian suburb of Vincennes, President Raymond Poincare having refused her request for clemency.

Witnesses wrote that she wore a long, black velvet cloak with fur trimmings and a large square fur collar.

She is said to have declined a blindfold and blew kisses to her executors.

Asked by a military clerk whether she had any last revelations, she replied: "None, and if I had, I would keep them to myself."

The ultimate femme fatale, she has inspired a dozen films, numerous books, historical works, exhibitions and even a ballet by the Dutch National Ballet.

Her iconic status was cemented in 1931 when Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo played her in a film entitled "Mata Hari".

The nature and extent of her espionage activities remain, however, uncertain, and her guilt is still widely contested today.

"She never provided the least valid information, neither to the Germans, nor to the French," according to the French magazine Le Point in 2016, echoing a view expressed in other media.]]>
10/11/2017 1:25:35 PM
<![CDATA[et App Review: Twigano]]>Twigano is simply an application that will allow you to shop at various shops, cross match your findings and come up with an outfit that you might have needed hours to find if you had moved from one shop to the next and from one mall to the other.

Though the application is pretty fresh on the Google Play and Apple Store stands, having scored merely hundreds of downloads, this app might soon find itself a hit, with variable features that facilitate the shopping process and make it easier for users to find the gems they have been seeking out, as we enter a world where shopping mistakes will literally cost you too much.

The interface consists mainly of three main taps (Home, Search and Notifications) and two buttons (Menu button and the Magic Wand button).

Home: The app tries to set itself up as not only a front with unlimited shopping windows, but also as a fashion social media platform. Through the “Home” tab, you will be able to follow big brands and other users to stay up-to-date on their latest activities, the newest released items and other users' recommendations. You can also be followed by others, who can see your collections and latest picks.

Home tap – screenshot from Twigano application on Google play

Search: Through this tab you can search for products by name or in three main categories: Men's, Women's and Décor. You can also check out top users, top stores and trending products.

Search tap - screenshot from Twigano application on Google play

Menu: Through this button, you can adjust your profile, view your saved products and recently viewed products, and you can also change application settings or create a store, which would be a very effective tool to grow your business once the application spreads.

Creating your own outfit with the Magic Wand button

Magic Wand button: Located at the right top corner, this button allows you to put together an outfit or a collection, helping you to step by step create an amazing outfit – starting from eyewear, tops, bottoms, jackets and outerwear, to shoes, bags, accessories and even perfumes and makeup. Then it allows you to find out if the outfit fits together by displaying it in a pick-and-match kind of way. It also allows you to consult your friends and impress your followers through sharing your findings.

The application also allows you to shop from home, which is the main point – displaying prices, delivery fees, available sizes and colors, other users' ratings of that product, and recommendations that match the product – in case you are still putting together your outfit.

Finding products - screenshot from Twigano application on Google play

Interacting with products screenshot from Twigano application on Google play

Cons: Clearly, the application's developers had many great ideas and worked on so many features, which inevitably means some unintended results:

- The application is still suffering from some bugs, which might lead it to freeze momentarily, take time to load or actually crash.

- You cannot use the app at all without an internet connection, even if you had the application open when your connection failed, which means you cannot even check the items you saved offline. You can work around that by taking screenshots, even though it is not the most practical solution.

- Also, the variety of product options is still a bit limited, but that will hopefully be gradually fixed as the application becomes more popular.
10/11/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Model of the Week: Sonia Ben Ammar]]>

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The 18-year-old Tunisian-French Princess is a lover of fashion, music and art. Ben Ammar soon became known for her bold fashion sense when she rocked a purple floral pantsuit as she sat in the front row at Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2017 runway show.

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Her first head-turning runway debut was at the Miu Miu at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.

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At the Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week show 2017, Ben Ammar stole everyone's glances with a beautiful statement skirt covered in floral print accessorized with a simple clutch and doodle print Dolce and Gabbana knee-high boots.]]>
10/10/2017 6:48:45 PM
<![CDATA[Bupa cooking class: Full of nature’s goodness]]>
The event, under the name “Because Bupa Cares,” was organized in cooperation with Imtenan Health Shop and hosted celebrity chef Basma el Sebaei.

“The event is held mainly for ladies; it shows how Bupa cares for its clients’ health,” Heba Gamal, direct sales manager at Bupa Global told Egypt Today. “Bupa does not only provide them [clients] with the best medical treatments, but it is trying to help its clients live a healthier lifestyle too.”

Sebai, a renowned advocate of healthy eating and host of several TV shows, offered the attendees a few tips on how to have a healthier lifestyle, before engaging the ladies in a live cooking class.

Here are the three recipes we learned at the event; and maybe your healthy lunch for today!

Chicken Kanto

Replacing flour with oatmeal and avoiding deep-frying the chicken; Sebai turned this famous Chinese plate into a healthy meal with low calories and fats.



Bupa Global is the international health insurance arm of Bupa; serving customers around the world. They provide products and services for globally-minded and mobile people who want the best premium coverage and access to the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere in the world - whether at home or when studying, living, travelling or working abroad.

10/10/2017 5:20:14 PM
<![CDATA[ADEW empowers women in Morocco ]]>
Co-funded by IEMed and the European Union, the project plans to establish and support organizations that advocate gender equality and women’s rights in southern Mediterranean countries.

ADEW was given the opportunity to transplant their 30 years of practice in the field of gender equality to Anaout Association for Woman and Child in Chichaoua, Morocco as part of the CSO WINS project.

“Through the partnership with the Moroccan association, ADEW is achieving one of its main goals which is transferring its knowledge and expertise to other organizations working in the field of women’s empowerment,” ADEW’s chairwoman Iman Bibars stated.

Striving to transform the way culture and society see and treat women, ADEW is an organization that aims to establish rights for women in Egypt. ADEW offers different programs that cater to empowering women in legal, economic and cultural sectors.

The aim of CSO WINS is to amend the legal age of marriage in the province of Chichaoua; a city where young girls and minors unwillingly leave their education to get married.

While it is illegal for minors to be married before the age of 18, article 20 in the Moroccan Family Code allows minors to be married if legal guardians present a valid reason.

The collaboration between the two associations aims to create a long term campaign to inform the marriage commissioners of the violations that they are committing, and to change the legal marriage age to 18.

The mentorship offered by ADEW will allow other associations to supervise their progress and analyze women’s development, implementing campaigns that will ultimately achieve their goal.]]>
10/10/2017 3:34:50 PM
<![CDATA[Bonpoint FW ’17: The Enchanted Garden ]]>

Garden moss velvet trousers are acute fall/winter statement, paired with leafy patterns printed on light pink. Stars meet on the spangled tulle of a petticoat while here and there the exquisite romanticism of a broderie anglaise top or a wool linen dress are warmed up by a wool, heart-printed felt and faux fur.

Bonpoint Winter ‘17 collection is a tribute to the most precious treasures of childhood: fun and happiness. Here is a cheerful season, inspired by Charles Eames’ motto: take your pleasure seriously…




10/10/2017 3:18:32 PM
<![CDATA[World Mental Health Day 2017 ]]>
Having a healthy workplace is important because it leads to effectiveness and good performance, which necessarily depend on the well-being of the employees and their mental health. When employees work while ill or when they feel overworked and unappreciated, they are usually stressed and unproductive.

Needless to say, a negative working environment can lead to workers’ poor mental health, which would subsequentlylead to low productivity.But when employees feel that they are happy at work, they are more likely to be productive, motivated, and loyal.

The World Health Organization has posted a list of factors that can lead to workers’ dissatisfaction:

● Inadequate health and safety policies
● Poor communication and management practices
● Limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work
● Low levels of support for employees
● Inflexible working hours
● Unclear tasks or organizational objectives.

The WHO has also included a list to aid employers in creating a healthy working environment:

● “Awareness of the workplace environment and how it can be adapted to promote better mental health for different employees.
● Learning from the motivations of organizational leaders and employees who have taken action.
● Not reinventing wheels by being aware of what other companies who have taken action have done.
● Understanding the opportunities and needs of individual employees, in helping to develop better policies for workplace mental health.
● Awareness of sources of support and where people can find help
10/10/2017 12:54:21 PM
<![CDATA[Myanmar climbers take latest yoga trend to new heights]]>
Khin Myat Thu Zar zips up to the top of a wall at a newly opened climbing centre in Yangon with ease. But her climb isn't finished yet.

With the support of a rope partner she flips upside down, her feet gripping two climbing wall holds in an inverted split that would make the couch potatoes of the world wince at just the thought.

"Much more strength is needed to do this kind of yoga and the mind has to be entirely stable," she told AFP after a climb intermixed with an array of elaborate poses.

"You need to be courageous," she added.

The 32-year-old former lawyer has been teaching yoga in Myanmar professionally for the last five years. She started climbing six months ago as a way to strengthen her muscles and decided to marry the two hobbies together.

"The feeling on the wall is very different from (yoga) on the ground," she beamed, while admitting climbing yoga was not for the faint hearted and carried some risks. "If we do something wrong, it can hurt and it is dangerous."

Most of her students hail from Myanmar's rapidly growing middle classes, who have been devouring global trends since the once isolated country abandoned outright military rule six years ago.

Lifestyle options that many in the west might have taken for granted -- from fast fast food joints and hipster cafes to nightclubs -- are still seen as novel in Myanmar. Now yoga studios, climbing walls and tight-fitting gym clothes, trends almost unheard of under cloistered military rule, are breaking through.

"Things are changing," Khin Myat Thu Zar said, when asked whether the skin-tight gear turned heads in a country that remains deeply conservative and where women are not encouraged to show flesh.

"Sportswear fashion is a new trend now in Myanmar," she explained.

At $12 for an hour long session, her climbing yoga classes are inevitably only affordable for the wealthy in a country where the average annual salary is just $1,250.

But there is no shortage of willing participants. At a recent session, some half a dozen women and two men warmed up before trying their hand at various yoga position on the wall.

Myint Myat Sandy, a 25-year-old student, said she wanted to use climbing to boost her fitness and improve her yoga skills on the ground.

"The way we do climbing yoga, it builds up strength in your hands," she said.

Sandar Win, a bodybuilder in her 40s, says it is inner peace she is after.

She explained: "I love the feeling I get at the end of a yoga session. My mind is totally at peace."]]>
10/10/2017 12:27:30 PM
<![CDATA[Brazilian woman who received heart from German Olympic coach vows active lifestyle]]>
Ivonette Balthazar, a Rio de Janeiro resident, got the heart transplant last year after Stefan Henze, 35, suffered a fatal head injury when his taxi crashed into a concrete barrier. His death three days later shook the German Olympic team.

Balthazar, who suffered a heart attack in 2012, participated in her first sporting event with her grandson in September, walking 3 km (1.9 miles) along Rio’s Copacabana beach. A cutout heart pinned to her shirt read: “I have a transplanted heart.”

She plans to push herself further to take up Henze’s sport.

“Today my goal is to do more and more. My body is asking for it, and I can’t let this heart go to waste,” she said. “I will get a canoe in the lagoon and paddle.”

Ivonette Balthazar, 67, who received the heart of the coach of Germany's slalom canoe team who died following a car crash during the 2016 Olympics, walks near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Balthazer’s health deteriorated dramatically after her heart attack, while she lost muscle mass as she waited some 20 months on the donor list before receiving the organ from Henze.

The heart is functioning well and she will be able to do things she never could have attempted before, said Daniel Kopiler, who oversees cardiac rehabilitation at Brazil’s National Institute of Cardiology.

Henze received a silver medal for slalom canoe at the 2004 Olympics before going on to coach the sport.

Balthazar said she tried to contact his family after the transplant, sending a letter to them via the German consulate.

“I was happy, my family was happy, but on the other side someone had suffered,” she said. “I would very much like to give a hug to his mother and father.”]]>
10/10/2017 11:46:13 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Oprah Winfrey ]]>
The self-made billionaire, international influencer, successful African-American woman was born on January 29,1954 to a single mother.She was raised by her grandmother in a deprived neighborhood, and she was sexually abused and mistreated as a child.Yet Winfrey managed to riseabove it and focuson her studies.

At the age of 16, she was offereda job at the local CBS television station in Nashville, Tennessee, as co-anchor; an offer she turned down three times. At the age of 19, she finally said yes to the offer.

She failed once in a job interview, but she was offered a job as a full time reporter for a Baltimore television news channel. At the age of 22, she was fired from the news division because she did poorly as a reporter. However, the director of the station gave Winfrey another chance by making her an anchor of a morning talk show called,"People are Talking."

She kept presenting that show for seven years, and then moved to Chicago to host a talkshow titled “A.M. Chicago.” After four years, the producers changed the name of the show to “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

In 1985, she was casted in her first film, “The Color Purple,”and on September 8,1986,"The Oprah Winfrey Show" was broadcasted nationally. In the same year, she founded Harpo Studios.

In 2013,Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom among many other awards that she received.

Facts to know:

● Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant at the age of 17.
● She had a son when she was 14, but he died as an infant.
● She was sexually abused when she was a kid.
● She tried to commit suicide two times; one at the age of 14, and the other at the age of 19.

Another Quote for the road:
“You can have it all just not all at once.”
10/10/2017 11:16:49 AM
<![CDATA[et Jewelry Designer of the Week: Indira Jewelry]]>
Indira Jewelry is an international brand that was founded in 2014 by Egyptian-American designer, Marwa Saadawi, who found inspiration, beauty and simplicity amidst the organized chaos of her two home cities - Cairo and New York.

What is Indira? It is reviving the art of traditional jewelry by using 100 percent sterling silver, accentuated by colorful materials such as the Mother of Pearl.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

Indira Jewelry pieces can be mixed and matched with different outfits throughout the day in different styles. Designed with the modern professional woman in mind, while using Saadawi’s signature geometric patterns, mixing Arabesque designs with the edgy, minimalist style of New York.

“I believe Indira Jewelry is reviving the art of jewelry making, designing quality silver pieces proudly influenced by Egyptian architecture & Arabesque patterns with New York’s culture and fashion movements,” Marwa Saadawi stated.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

Saadawi studied Special Education and also has a Master’s Degree in Child & Adolescent Counseling. Having found her passion for fashion and design at a young age, it was always a great way for her to channel her creative energy. Later, she began taking courses in metal work, design, sewing, and beadwork and soon realized that this is what she wanted to do.

Before she began Indira Jewelry, she did an apprenticeship at a silversmith, or "Warsha", in Khan Al Khalili in Egypt.

“I spent a summer, in the heat and humidity, working 12-hour days in the old part of Cairo, learning every part of the silver design and production. During this summer, I refined my design skills, and also learned about every step of the process to create silver jewelry – from melting the silver to creating the mold to hammering and etching details to polishing and shining the final product. After that summer, I launched my first collection for Indira Jewelry,” she explained.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

Hence why Indira Jewlery’s quality distinguishes it from other brands in the market. Saadawi works closely with the workshop when designing the collections and producing jewelry, making sure that it is up to par in quality, design and function.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

When did Saadawi first fall in love with fashion?
She would spend summers in Egypt, and always enjoyed the special experience of jewelry shopping with her mother, sister and aunts, especially getting to meet the jewelers and designers and learning about their process. These memories always stayed with her, and fashion became a constant passion of hers.

Saadawi always had a desire for distinct style and after attending a heavily fashion-rooted high school in New Jersey, it brought her in closer to the fashion capital of New York City. She also assisted in putting together fashion shows for charity events. Thus, Saadawi began her journey in the local fashion community.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

Her passion and desires for a career in design were confirmed when she went on a backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia.

“I never thought about pursuing it as a career until a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia, where I spent time in markets with local artisans and designers. It reminded me of the local jewelers and designers in Cairo, and I started to sketch the ideas for Indira Jewelry on this trip. After that trip, I started enrolling in nighttime jewelry courses in New York City and soon after that, I studied in an apprenticeship in the Warsha in Egypt and officially designed my first collection,” Saadawi recounted.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

Her vision for Indira is to create jewelry that has universal appeal by collaborating globally with independent designers and artisans.

“While the focus is now on sterling silver, I am looking to incorporate gold in future lines and to design a men's line of jewelry.”

Who are Saadaw’s favorite and local/international designers?
Currently her favorite international jewelry designer is Dylanlex, who is able to create an aesthetic that is both bold and feminine. While regionally she is inspired by Razan AlAzzouni and how she mixes different materials in her clothing, shoes, and jewelry.

Photos courtesy of Indira Jewelry

What to expect to see in her next collection?
She will be experimenting with different colored stones and shells like yellows, labrodite and some hints of gold.

Where to buy?
You can find Indira Jewelry online, and in select boutiques in New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Cairo.
Indira Jewelry on Instagram: @Indira_nyc
10/9/2017 7:02:56 PM
<![CDATA[Mohammed El Shafie, Visually Impaired Fresh Graduate of AUC, Joins Harvard Law School]]>
El Shafie received the HSBC Bank Egypt Public School Scholarship and became a philosophy graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC).

At first, he started applications to law school in the university, but he abandoned that idea for philosophy; observing the great value of studying the theories that form the fundamentals of political thought.

After he had finished his studies in philosophy, he was accepted into Harvard Law School; aiming to fuse theory and practicality of philosophy through the study of the written law to combine law and philosophy theoretically and practically.

His dream was “to avert the danger of terrorism by establishing a genuine philosophical foundation for a true understanding between East and West,” as he hopes to bring the Islamic and western worlds closer to one another; he noted during President Francis J. Ricciardone’s inauguration.

Shafie founded a reading society in which participants from AUC and other American universities meet to discuss the classics of Western and Judeo-Islamic political philosophy.

Besides his scholarly work, he participated in extracurricular activities such as writing for the AUC Times, helping as a radio program manager, and regularly participating in the Philosophy Club.

He also helped increase the number of Braille translations for visually impaired people as he volunteered with Bookshare, which works on scanning and proofreading books for Braille translation.

Shafie also worked with the Egyptian Parents Association for the Visually Impaired. He taught Braille reading and writing, Braille music, adaptive technology, Microsoft Word, and English in different programs.

AUC bade farewell to seven outstanding graduates who have had to overcome challenges due to various physical, psychological or learning disabilities, among them visually impaired Hadeer El Ashhab, Ahmed El Nadi, El Shafie, Sara Tarek Hussein and Eslam Ahmed.
10/9/2017 4:09:18 PM
<![CDATA[Iraqi animal lovers go online to help save Baghdad's strays]]>
Homeless animals typically face cruelty or even extermination on the streets of the city, but now some pet lovers are looking to use social media to change attitudes and find loving owners for the four-legged friends.

Agricultural college student Assan Attallah, 22, has just helped get six dogs adopted after they were found in the impoverished Sadr City neighbourhood and is looking for homes for five more.

The successes are the latest since she and a friend launched the "Animal adoption" Facebook page three months back after growing upset over the fate of Baghdad's stray animals.

Majnoona, a 11-month-old dog that lost her leg during a car accident, is one of the success stories of Baghdad's "animal adoption" network -- the stray dog has found a new home with loving owners
"I started this project because I saw animals were being mistreated and people would go as far as poisoning and killing them," Attallah told AFP as she played with some puppies in an animal shelter.

"Many people buy pets at very high prices so why not bring in these animals, take them to the vet and clean them up so people can adopt them?"

Machine-gun cull -
So far Attallah has managed to find homes for some 25 animals after posting their pictures online.

But trying to convince many locals to care about stray animals is a big challenge.

Some 10 years ago, the authorities resorted to gunning down thousands of stray dogs with automatic rifles after claiming they were overrunning Baghdad.

And, in a country where some 400,000 people have been killed since the 2003 US invasion and millions have been displaced since the start in 2014 of a battle against Islamic State group jihadists, Attallah's focus on helping animals is often met with incomprehension.

"I started this project because I saw animals were being mistreated and people would go as far as poisoning and killing them," college student Assan Attallah told AFP
"We've also been getting negative feedback," she explained.

"People say: 'Why are you helping animals? They don’t have feelings, they don't understand. It's not that important. You should focus on helping people'."

In a veterinary clinic in the north of Baghdad, Ahmad al-Qaissy, 29, and his colleague Yaarub al-Shimmary, 30, are busy taking care of ginger cat Mishmish -- whose name means "apricot" in Arabic -- after he was dropped off by an owner who did not want him.

The two men head the Iraqi Association for Animal Welfare and have had to treat their fair share of strays in terrible condition.

"Most of those that we receive have been abused either by adults or by children," Qaissy said.

"They need treatment, operations and vaccines."

'Made for each other' -
After a life spent facing the perils of the street, it often takes a lot to get the dogs or cats into a fit enough state to find a new owner.

"Only when the animal is in good health and is not scared anymore are they ready for adoption," Qaissy said.

Like Attallah, the pair use social media to try to find homes for their patients.

In the past, authorities in Baghdad have resorted to gunning down thousands of stray dogs with automatic rifles after claiming they were overrunning city
"We have 35,000 members on our Facebook page and when people are interested in adoption we ask the candidates some questions to be sure the animals will be treated well," Shimmary said.

For those lucky enough to find an owner, their new match can turn out to be just perfect.

Marina Jaber, 26, dotes over 11-month-old pet dog Majnoona -- which means "crazy" in Arabic -- after welcoming her into her home.

One of Majnoona's paws was crushed by a car and Jaber's husband is looking into bringing back a prosthetic from abroad.

"I feel like we were made for each other," Jaber said of her pet.

"I feel responsible for her."]]>
10/9/2017 2:56:01 PM
<![CDATA[Anxiety, depression greatest in younger kids with facial birth defects]]>
Compared to older kids and teens, those between ages 8 and 10 have the highest risk for psychosocial dysfunction, the study team reports in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

“The ultimate goal for all of us who work in craniofacial surgery is to help kids feel better and grow up normally,” said senior author Dr. Justine Lee of the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

“At first, we weren’t looking for differences in age but other factors such as health insurance, socioeconomic status or how many surgeries they had over time,” she told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “It surprised us to find out how tough elementary school was, realizing somebody else is different and noticing your own differences.”

The researchers surveyed 99 patients at the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic ranging in age from 8 to 17 years. The survey asked the girls and boys to recall how they felt in the past week, including anger, anxiety and depression, as well as how social interactions made them feel.

When researchers split participants into groups aged 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17, they found that the 8-10 age group showed the highest anxiety and depression and had the lowest peer-relationship scores overall.

The youngest age group also had the most severely affected children. In particular, 30 percent of those between ages 8 and 10 had severe anxiety scores and 37 percent had severely low peer relationship scores. The 11-13 age group had the lowest anger scores.

“Some surgeons like to wait before doing certain reconstructive surgeries, but it’s good to know that we need to be more aware of the appearance concerns in the 8-10 age range,” said Dr. Russell Reid, director of the cleft and craniofacial services program at the University of Chicago Medical Center, who wasn’t involved in the study.

“We’ve assumed that teens were more aware of their surroundings and self-perception, but we need to be sensitive to issues that affect our elementary-age patients and their daily living,” Reid said in a telephone interview.

Lee and colleagues are working on several follow-up studies regarding psychosocial stress in children with facial birth defects and finding that parents believe high school is a more fragile time than elementary school.

The research team is also working with children and parents who speak Spanish in the Los Angeles area.

“For some reason, those children are doing worse,” Lee said. “We’re not sure if it’s the general immigrant experience or a particular effect of craniofacial anomalies.”

Reid said that he and colleagues plan to begin using the survey from this study to understand patients’ stress in the Chicago area, looking at the “before” and “after” effects of surgery on anxiety, depression and anger.

“We also want to follow our patients as they get older and begin to function in society,” Reid said. “Not only peer outcomes but how they feel as they integrate into society, jobs and their careers.”

Craniofacial surgery often means more to the patient than a physical change, he added. “It’s not only about fixing a structure; it’s about taking care of the whole child.”

Similarly, parents should remain aware of how their children perceive themselves and feel about their social status, Lee added.

“Kids go through a lot of things growing up, and anomalies add another stress on top of that,” she said. “It’s important for everyone to celebrate and be proud of their differences, no matter what it is.”

All parents can be supportive, whether or not their children have facial anomalies, Lee said.

“Words and actions can be hurtful and have long-lasting impacts. Be careful and aware and take that additional step of consideration.”]]>
10/9/2017 2:47:51 PM
<![CDATA[Dove releases racist ad showing black women becoming white ]]>
The advertisement was misinterpreted by women of color, and social media users attacked it for being racist.

One social media user who attacked dove was makeup artist Nay the Mua by saying:

Dove recognized their fault right away, and took to social media to apologize and to explain themselves.

That was not the first incident for Dove. In 2011, Dove had also done an ad that they were criticized for, where three women were shown standing side by side each with lighter skin than before, and with before/after signs behind them.

10/9/2017 1:24:01 PM
<![CDATA[Raha Moharrak, the Saudi woman who touched the sky]]>
Moharrak has a visual communications degree from the American University of Sharjah, and a Master's in freelance graphic designing.

Her first climbing experience was Kilimanjaro. While climbing Kilimanjaro nearly killed her; Moharrak did not stop herself from pushing to climb more and bigger mountains, completing her climb up Everest afterwards on May 18, 2013.

Curious, adventurous, and perseverant; Moharrak never seems to give up, even in the face of adversities that could likely kill her.

When she was climbing Everest, she passed by a dead woman, and she feared that she would end up the same way, and become a cause to her parents' suffering. But even those consequences did not stop her from climbing up to her dream.

Moharrak said to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia; “I have learned a lot of things over the years. First: there is no shame in failure. There is no shame in failing. A lot of people do not even start trying something new because they are too afraid to fail, and that is where the problem is. The fact is that your failure means that you are trying something new.”

Moharrak is not only an adventurous graphic designer; she is also an aspiring author.

In September, she even became the brand ambassador for Swiss watch brand, Tag Heuer, as mentioned in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
10/9/2017 12:17:44 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: John Lennon]]>
The musician and songwriter John Lennon was the founding member of the rock band, The Beatles. Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, and passed away on December 8, 1980.

Lennon was inspired by Elvis Presley’s explosion into rock music, which led him to create a band called Quarry Men (named after his school). On July 6, 1957, Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church fete, and later invited McCartney to join his group.

Lennon and McCartney formed one of the most successful partnerships in songwriting and music history.

“That Will Be the Day” was the first recording by Buddy Holly in 1958.

When Buddy Holly asked them to change the band's name, Lennon settled on "The Beatles."

In 1969, Lennon left the band and launched his solo career.

In 1970, he took a break from music to concentrate on his family and help raise his son.

Fun Facts:

● At the age of 5 he was expelled from school for misbehaving.

● He was a big fan of Elvis Presley.

● Without his glasses, Lennon would have been legally blind.

● His favorite color was green.


“You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. I hope someday you will join us. And the world will live as one.”
10/9/2017 10:32:36 AM
<![CDATA[Manal The Half Ton Truck driver]]>
Known as Chauffeur Manal, her day starts at 4 a.m.; that is when she starts transferring workers from one place to the other, driving a half-ton truck.

Salah is an orphan; her father died when her age did not exceed 6 months, and she did not attend school. When she was a teenager, she started working in harvesting wheat, collecting cotton and "clover" until she was 20 years old.

She has two brothers and one sister; her two brothers work abroad. Salah refused to get married and preferred to work and provide for herself.

The story of Salah driving a half-ton truck started when her brother bought one, and instead of hiring a driver, she began driving it herself; discovering her passion for taking the wheel for the first time.

Salah does not have a driving license, and she comes from a conservative background, which makes it hard for her to pursue her dream. Whenever she is encountered by police offers at checkpoints, they sympathize with her story enough to let her pass through. She has never stopped trying to reach her goal.

Her ultimate dream is to meet President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, and to be able to obtain a driving license.
10/8/2017 8:28:42 PM
<![CDATA[et Fashion Designer of the Week: Vivian Moawad ]]>

Moawad is a couture designer who was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. Being exposed to the international culture of fashion from an early age Moawad went on to study Business Finance from Cardiff University in England. Then decided to follow her passion and enrolled in Instituto Marangoni from which she graduated and founded her brand in the summer of 2015.

Her designs focus on empowering and displaying the beauty of women; her favorite colors are black and white, and that is shown in most of her designs.

At the Zamalek boutique, you can expect to find Moawad’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, which was inspired by “Moulin Rouge,” expect a frenzy of lace, satin and feathers with frills, sparkling embellishments and lots of sequins.


They also are showcasing her bridal capsule collection; which has a contemporary princess style and is made of the finest tulle and lace.

Other designers work will be showcased in the boutique such as

Hayden & Co.

and Alia Khafaga for fine bijoux; Misura for heels and Suki Designs for handbags.

10/8/2017 2:29:14 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Matt Damon]]>
The American actor Matt Damon was born on October 8, 1970. Damon was studying English at Harvard but left early to pursue his acting career. He made his big screen debut at the age of 18 in “Mystic Pizza.” In 1997, his main roles were in the films “The Rainmaker”, "Jason Bourn" and “Good Will Hunting.”

Having co-written it with Ben Affleck, Damon won an Oscar in 1998 for Best Original Screenplay in “Good Will Hunting.”

People Magazine named him the sexiest man Alive in 2007 and he was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in the same year. In 2013, Damon was awarded the “Harvard Arts Medal.”

Another Quote for the road:
“Please find out what you can do to make a difference. Take five minutes to educate yourself on an issue you didn't know about before. Then tell somebody else.”
10/8/2017 11:23:19 AM
<![CDATA[Baby shoes by Christian Louboutin ]]>
The color scheme of the adorable baby shoes will include red, blue, pink and golden Mary Janes as mentioned in Elle Magazine.

Louboutin is a French designer who creates high-end stiletto footwear that incorporate shiny, red-lacquered soles that have since become his signature. He launched his first shoe line in the early 1990s. Lately, he has made the red-sole available for children.

While Goop was launched in the fall of 2008 by Gwyneth Paltrow, it was originally created as a homespun weekly newsletter. However, Paltrow added to it her unbiased travel recommendations, health-centric recipes and shopping discoveries for friends.
10/8/2017 9:49:34 AM
<![CDATA[YouTube’s new secrets ]]>
According to Time website, there are four useful features recently added to YouTube people might have missed. Here they are:

●To rewind or move forward, double tap on the video: Double tap to the left or the right on the video will move it backwards or forwards in 10 second increments.

●To speed up the clip or slow it down: This feature is added on the phone application. While watching a video on your phone, tap on the video once, then tap the triple button icon in the top right corner to select playback speed.

●To preview a video before you watch it: This is a desktop trick. Try hovering over the video's thumbnail by your mouse, and you will see a quick preview about the YouTube video.

●Related new videos on your mobile: You already have this feature on the desktop; now, it is your phone. While playing in fullscreen mode, you can tap screen once while the video is playing and list of recommended clips will appear to you.
10/8/2017 9:48:49 AM
<![CDATA[Disability no longer a barrier to a full life in Egypt: Helm Foundation]]>
First launched in 2014 as an initiative to facilitate the employment of people with disabilities, the foundation has quickly expanded, providing trainings for business companies to accommodate them and guarantee their full inclusion, working with the government to provide accessible streets, and soon launching the first mobile application in the Middle East, where you can find the nearest accessible facilities, barber shops, restaurants, mosques, etc. and know exactly which barriers you would find there.

“We want to provide an opportunity for people and tell them that everyone has a value,” Ramez Maher, manager and co-founder of Helm Foundation told Egypt Today.

Helm is working with companies and governorates, offering mentoring and guidance, and it is also providing support to persons with disabilities (PWD), through counselling and training.

Helm Career Advisers help PWD with job search strategies, such as writing a compelling resume and developing adequate interviewing skills. It also provides guidance to suitable training programs, employment opportunities and accessible services and facilities. Moreover, out of 300 volunteers, many of Helm’s team members are great models of inspirational PWD, who have been able to prove themselves despite the challenges.

“Helm is about ability not disability,” says Ayman Gamal, Helm’s public relations and graphic designer, who has himself been breaking one barrier after the other, having suffered from physical and speech impairment due to nerves problems.

helm32The foundation also works with employers to be able to accommodate PWD in their companies, whether in terms of facilities or work environment. Helm experts provide assistance, mentoring and training to help companies integrate disability candidates and have an effective management approach.

“We tell them that the person is not the problem; they are the ones who have to break the barriers in their companies,” Maher states.

Helm has also partnered with Cairo Governorate to establish the first accessible street around Cairo University; and it is currently working with Luxor governor and the Ministry of Antiquities to replicate and expand the project.

“The objective is to support the government to know how to have an accessible street … and to be able to replicate it elsewhere,” Maher explains, adding that Helm is also working towards the same objective in metro stations.

“If you still haven’t joined Helm, there is something missing in your life,” Mariam Kamal, one of Helm’s ambassadors, who overcame her visual impairment and became one of Helm’s most active members, tells Egypt Today. “Every time I am with them, I am very proud.”

Helm Website:


Facebook Page:


10/8/2017 9:46:38 AM
<![CDATA[Belarussian student becomes first-ever Miss Wheelchair World]]>
"Fight your anxiety and your fears," the 23-year-old Chichikova said at a gala evening, after the contestants had presented themselves in national costumes and evening dresses in elaborate choreographies.

Lebohang Monyatsi from South Africa was the runner-up ahead of Poland's Adrianna Zawadzinska in the first contest of its kind on a global scale, which brought together 24 young women from 19 countries.

The goal of the contest was to "change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute," contest co-founder and jury president Katarzyna Wojtaszek-Ginalska told AFP

The pageant organised by the Poland-based Only One Foundation also seeks to show that a wheelchair is a luxury in many parts of the world, she added.

The contestants were chosen either in national rounds or, in countries with no such pageants, by non-governmental organisations addressed by the Polish foundation.
"It is not the looks that matter the most," said Wojtaszek-Ginalska, who is also confined to a wheelchair.

"Of course, a good look counts but we have focused especially on the personality of the girls, their everyday activities, their involvement, social life, plans," she added.
The contestants spent eight days in the Polish capital, busy with rehearsals, photo sessions, conferences and visits.

The inaugural Miss Wheelchair World attracted contestants from Angola, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States..]]>
10/8/2017 2:28:22 AM
<![CDATA[Google to use balloons to provide Puerto Rico cell service]]>
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites.

Alphabet, which announced its Project Loon in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to provide internet service in remote regions, said in an FCC filing it was working to “support licensed mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capability” in Puerto Rico.

Earlier on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he was forming a Hurricane Recovery Task Force with an emphasis on addressing challenges facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“It is critical that we adopt a coordinated and comprehensive approach to support the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services,” Pai said in statement.

Separately, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a Twitter posting late on Friday that he had a “great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities. Next steps soon to follow.”

Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc, said on Friday the company would send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island over two weeks ago.

Musk said he was diverting resources from a semi-truck project to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and “increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.”

In late September, Tesla said it was sending hundreds of batteries that can store power generated by solar panels to Puerto Rico to provide emergency help in the wake of Hurricane Maria.]]>
10/7/2017 4:33:02 PM
<![CDATA[Why chocolate is awesome!]]>
Chocolate chips - Editor at Large – Wikimedia commons

Chocolate is an efficient antioxidant: dark chocolate is rich in organic compounds that function as active antioxidants, such as flavanols, catechins, polyphenols and others, according to Healthline’s website. This helps protect the body against “free radicals,” which can cause blood clots or cancer. A 2006 German study carried out on a group of women proved that consuming chocolate that is high in antioxidants could help protect the skin against harmful UV radiation and sun damage.

Righteously Raw chocolate - Mx. Granger - Wikimedia commons

Chocolates can help you lose weight: according to neuroscientist William Clower, PhD, and his book “Eat Chocolate Lose Weight,” eating chocolate 20 minutes before a meal can make you feel full and help cut down your appetite tremendously, thus helping you eat less and lose weight.

Dark chocolate can help your heart: eating a healthy amount of dark chocolate has been proven to help the arteries become more flexible and prevents white blood cells from getting stuck to the walls of blood vessels, preventing clogging and improving blood flow.

It is good for your brain as well: an American study showed that eating high-flavanol chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain. It was also proven that it can have numerous positive effects on the brain activity of the elderly such as improving their verbal fluency.

Warm chocolate cake - Yael Rose – Flickr

Eating chocolate feels good: yes, this does not need proof, but here is why it feels good to eat chocolate: when you fall in loveو your brain releases a chemical called PEA or phenylethylamine, spiking your endorphins and making you feel great. The same chemical is released when you eat chocolate.

Small Chocolate Fountain - Alexander Klink - Wikimedia commons
10/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Anwar El-Sadat]]>
Anwar El-Sadat
Arabic: أنورالسادات
Dec. 25, 1918 – Oct.6, 1981
President of Egypt, 1970-1981

Anwar Sadat became Egypt’s third president when Gamal Abdel Nasser died in 1970. Born to a peasant family, Sadat had risen in the military ranks, participated in the 1952 Revolution (sometimes termed a coup d’état), and become Nasser’s vice-president.

Rather than follow Nasser’s vision, Sadat initiated a multi-party political system in Egypt, which inspired the creation of the National Democratic Party.


On October 6, 1973 Sadat launched the Yom Kippur War, more commonly known in Egypt as the October War. Egypt managed to regain the Sinai Peninsula, which had been captured by Israel six years earlier. Sadat became a hero after the war, and October 6 is still a national holiday.

Egypt’s ability to successfully attack Israel shocked the world. Israel, perhaps recognizing Egypt as a formidable foe, agreed to come to the negotiation table, and peace talks began in 1975.


On November 19, 1977, Sadat became the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and spoke about his vision for a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

On March 26, 1979 Sadat and Begin signed the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C., with the facilitation of then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Sadat and Begin were later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The treaty was celebrated by Egyptians, but Sadat and Egypt became widely unpopular across the Arab world for being the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel. After Gamal Abdel Nasser’s efforts to realize Pan-Arab unity, the Arab world felt Sadat had betrayed them for the sake of Egypt’s own gain.

Sadat also faced internal issues. There were a series of bread riots in January 1977 protesting price controls on necessities, and a number of nightclubs on the famous Haram Street were burnt down by Islamists.


The Islamists were enraged by the Peace Treaty with Israel and began formulating a plan of violent conspiracy acts. In September 1981, Sadat rounded up 1,500 Islamists, thinkers and activists of all ideological fields – an attempt to send a strong message.

On October 6, 1981, Sadat was assassinated by members of an Islamist cell in the military during the annual victory parade held to commemorate Egypt’s reclaiming of the Suez Canal.

10/7/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Marathon for breast cancer awareness ]]>
The marathon will take place in Sheikh Zayed. If you do not own a bicycle, you can reserve one from Basklatih by contacting Bescletta and paying a deposit of LE 35 ($2). However, if you own a bicycle, you do not need to pay the LE 35.

The 15-kilometer marathon will start at 7:30 a.m.

The foundation was launched in February 2015. It was launched after Baheya Othman suffered from cancer in her end of her life. Her family noticed how much poor families suffer due to the expensive treatment for breast cancer. Hence, they created the Behaya Foundation to become the first center to treat breast cancer for free in Egypt.

10/6/2017 8:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Airbrushed or Photoshopped images must be labelled in France]]>
As of October 1, "it will be mandatory to use the label ‘retouched photo’ alongside any photo used for commercial purposes when the body of a model has been modified by an image-editing software to either slim or flesh out her figure”, the French ministry of health said in a statement published last May. The law applies to photos published both in magazines and online. Anyone who violates the law could face a fine of up to €37,500.

The new law is part of a two-fold attempt by French lawmakers to restrict fake and unhealthy portrayals of people’s bodies and, by doing so, combat eating disorders.

While a range of factors contributes to the development of an eating disorder, unrealistic portrayals of physical beauty in the fashion and advertising industries are known to play a role for some, who develop the illness by aspiring to look like the images they see. For these girls, the problem begins when they aspire to an ideal that has been computer edited and, therefore, isn't real or attainable.

But trying to sort the real from the fake has become increasingly difficult over the past 25 years, when editing and airbrushing models and their bodies has become the norm in both the advertising and fashion industries.

Some 600,000 young people are thought to suffer from eating disorders in France, including 40,000 people suffering from anorexia. Eating disorders are the second leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, after road accidents.

France is also seeking to make sure the models themselves are healthier. Another law – which took effect in May – requires French or European models working in France to present a medical certificate attesting to their health. The doctor who signs off on the certificate must pay extra attention to the model’s Body Mass Index (BMI). According to the World Health Organization, a person is considered unhealthily skinny if their BMI is less than 18.5.

The two laws were approved in January 2016 but were not implemented until this year.

This is not France’s first attempt to combat eating disorders. A 2015 law punishes anyone who advocates excessive thinness – especially those who run pro-anorexia websites – with up to a year in jail and a fine of more than €10,000.

French fashion companies have also been taking recent steps to regulate the industry itself. Ahead of New York Fashion Week this September, a host of French-owned fashion labels from Christian Dior to Yves Saint-Laurent pledged to ban ultra-thin models from their ads and shows as part of a charter drafted by two French conglomerates. The charter – by LVH and Kering, who, together, own dozens of top brands – would also outlaw using girls under the age of 16 to model adult clothes. Moreover, it stipulates that models under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a guardian or chaperone and should not be served alcohol.

In tandem with these reforms, more and more women in France have been breaking taboos to speak out about their own experiences with eating disorders. One is former model Victoire Maçon-Dauxerre, a strong supporter of the new French laws. In 2016, Maçon-Dauxerre published a book called “Never Thin Enough, the Diary of a Top Model” in which she recounts her own descent into anorexia. In an attempt to get more modelling gigs, Maçon-Dauxerre started severely dieting, culminating in her only eating three apples a day. After a suicide attempt, she left her career in fashion and, eventually, started on a journey towards healing. In September, French YouTube star EnjoyPhoenix (whose real name is Marie Lopez) also went public about her struggles with an eating disorder in a video watched by more than a million of her followers.

Another French woman, Gabrielle Deydier, just published a book in France called “You’re Not Born Fat” that details what she describes as France’s particular fear of being overweight, or “grossphobia” (sizeism). She is not the first person to write about the struggles of being female, French and fat.

Other countries are also taking steps to regulate the body images projected by the fashion industry. In 2012, Israel became the first country to pass laws banning too-thin models and regulating the use of Photoshop and image editing in media and advertising. Belgium, Spain and Italy are among several countries that now legislate the BMI of fashion models.]]>
10/6/2017 2:32:49 PM
<![CDATA[Janaye Furman makes history with Louis Vuitton ]]>
Furman expressed her experience through Instagram; “This is such an incredible and unbelievable moment! Not only for my first opening show to be Louis Vuitton but to make history as the first African American girl to open LV?”

What a blessing!! Wow! This is such an incredible and unbelievable moment! Not only for my first opening show to be Louis Vuitton but to make history as the first African American girl to open LV?!! Thank you @nicolasghesquiere @louisvuitton, @marieameliesauve, @paulhanlonhair, @patmcgrathreal, @ashleybrokaw and thank you to absolutely every person involved. Thank you God and everyone for all of the amazing support! I'm so glad more women of color are rocking the runways. It's so important that we stand up for ourselves and make a difference in this world. I'm so happy I was able to tell this beautiful story. I mean look at that coat! #louisvuitton is always #major. @WoodkidMusic @premiermodels @3mmodels @elitenyc @hookerthebooker @alexiacheval @okjanelle @hottattack #LouisVuitton #nicolasguesquiere #openinglook #exclusive #godisgood #blessed #PFW #janayefurman #ss18 #otto #modelsofcolor #firstblackgirl #heyjanaye #LVSS18 #blacklivesmatter #africanamerican #represent #makinghistory #shadesofblackness

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Furman is a model, actress, and artist. She is a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of the Performing Arts both in New York and in LA.

10/6/2017 2:09:44 PM
<![CDATA[ “Dear India” by Giuseppe Zanotti ]]>
Another brand was added to the list recently; Giuseppe Zanotti.

Zanotti designed special women's and men's shoes for the campaign and they will be in stores this month. He also said that “India, with its dynamic colors, rich traditions and decorative culture, offered incredible creative fodder.” he added, “I wanted to bring that vibrancy to a sophisticated, modern silhouette.”

The women’s designs include black suede sandals adorned in colorful handmade tassels, golden studs and a sprinkling of pearls. The Dayita is designed with a dramatic 11-centimetre heel, and the Indira is a sophisticated chic flat.


The men’s Indian shoes include Keetan loafers, designed with intricate and precious gold and burgundy embroidery and accentuated with golden studs.


10/6/2017 12:10:17 PM
<![CDATA[Messika and Gigi celebrate 10 years of Move collection]]>
The celebration took place at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. Valérie Messika created a luxurious celebration to mark the tenth anniversary of this signature collection.

Gigi Hadid attends Messika- Courtesy of Messika

The event attracted around 700 guests. Most of them were beautiful women from around the world such as Natalia Vodianova, Barbara Palvin, Constance Jablonski, Mira Duma, Olivia Culpo, Aimee Song, Thylane Blondeau, and many more.

The event was the perfect place for Gigi Hadid to celebrate her collection, “Messika by Gigi Hadid”.

Aimee Song and Valerie Messika- Courtesy of Messika

The event will never have been complete without the tasty food that was created by Michelin-starred chef Akrame and the cake created by chef Pierre Hermé.

Later the doors of the Club Messika were opened, where guests were invited to dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Bob Sinclair
10/6/2017 11:30:28 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Ioan Gruffudd]]>
Gruffudd, the British actor, was born on October 6, 1973. He first began his acting career at the age of 13 in the Welsh television film “Austin”.

He stared in the Welsh soap opera named “Pobol y Cwm" from 1987 to 1994. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He is known for his two major roles in; Harold Lowe in the super hit romantic movie “Titanic” and of Lt John Beales in the war film “Black Hawk Down.”

Fun Fact:

● He is Welsh.
● His hidden talent is singing.

Another Quote for the road:

“As an actor, I've always said, half the audience is going to love you, half is going to hate you so just live with it. It's easier that way.”
10/6/2017 10:45:58 AM
<![CDATA[Cities make for healthier, happier people]]>
Downtown residents - packed together in tight row houses or apartment blocks - are more active and socially engaged than people who live in the sprawl of suburbia, according to a report that aims to challenge popular beliefs about city life.

Its authors said their findings should encourage politicians to promote the benefits of built-up city living.

"If we can convince policy makers that this is a public health opportunity, we can build well-designed communities, and in the long term, you have made a big difference in health outcomes," its co-author Chinmoy Sarkar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"With evidence, we can plan multi-functional, attractive neighbourhoods that promote physical activity, promote social interaction, and shield from negatives such as pollution and feeling unsafe."

The study - by Oxford University and the University of Hong Kong (UHK) - showed that in 22 British cities, people living in built-up residential areas had lower levels of obesity and exercised more than residents in scattered, suburban homes.

"As cities get more and more compact, they become more walkable. In denser residential areas, they are better designed and more attractive destinations. We are less dependent on our cars and use public transport more," he said.

Sarkar, assistant professor at UHK, said policies and planning needed to catch up with the data, rather than relying on urban myths about what makes cities work.


The study showed that areas of suburban sprawl with about 18 homes per hectare - such as poorly designed neighbourhoods near motorways, where driving is the only option - had the greatest rates of obesity and lowest rates of exercise.

Suburban areas with few homes - often privileged communities with big gardens and open spaces - were healthier than this, but lagged behind the most densely populated areas in inner cities.

Walking makes the biggest difference, said Sarkar, and social interaction and physical activity thrive best in compact communities.

The study compared more than 400,000 residents of cities - including London, Glasgow, and Cardiff - and found the best health came in areas with more than 32 homes per hectare, the average density for new building in Britain.

This level, typical of developments of standalone semi-detached suburban houses, is less than a quarter of the density of Georgian terraces of London's desirable Islington and Notting Hill neighbourhoods.

Sarkar called into question British polices - such as laws to restrict suburban houses from dividing their plots and filling in more homes in gardens - which have sought to preserve suburbia's open and emptier spaces.

In January, the government announced it would build 17 new towns and villages across the countryside in a bid to ease a chronic housing shortage. But Sarkar said policy makers should think again before building on green fields.

Despite spiralling house prices and government targets to build a million homes by 2020, Britain's restrictive planning system has prevented high-density, urban development due to fears that it would lead to high-rise, low-quality blocks of flats, according to a government paper released in February.

London remains one of Europe's most sparsely populated major cities, with less than half the density of Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, and below the level of Milan, Berlin and Rome.

The paper urged local authorities to reverse their long-standing opposition to built-up residential areas by highlighting London's mansion blocks and terraced streets, all of which encourage a strong sense of neighbourhood.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government would lend 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion)to local government authorities to build 25,000 homes for rental in the social housing sector, which desperately needs new properties.

The government will invest a further 10 billion pounds ($13.1 billion) in a scheme that aims to boost home ownership by helping people buy a new-build home with only a small deposit. ($1 = 0.7615 pounds) ]]>
10/6/2017 6:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Here's a dinner that won't leave you scrubbing plates all night]]>
#1: Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings

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Servings: 2-3


2 white onions
3-4 slices mozzarella cheese
2 cups flour
5 eggs
2 cups bread crumbs
Oil, for frying
Marinara sauce, to serve


1. Peel and cut onions into small and medium-sized rings. Separate the rings.
2. Slice the mozzarella into 4 even strips.
3. Arrange 1 small onion ring inside of 1 larger onion ring.
4. Fill the gap between the rings with strips of mozzarella. Repeat with the remaining onion rings and freeze them for 1 hour, or until frozen.
5. Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into three separate bowls.
6. Dip each prepared ring into the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs, then back into the egg, and again into the bread crumbs. Repeat with the remaining prepared rings.
7. Heat the oil in a pot over high heat.
8. Fry the rings until golden brown, being careful not to fry them for too long, as the cheese may ooze out.
9. Transfer the fried onion rings to a paper-towel-lined plate.
10. Serve with marinara, and enjoy!

#2: Cheeseburger Onion Rings


Servings: 2-3


1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ pound cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large white onion
1 cup flour
5 eggs, beaten
3 cups bread crumbs
Oil, for frying
Ketchup, to serve


1. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
2. Peel and slice the onion into ½-inch rings, and separate the rings from each other.
3. Take a spoonful of the beef mixture and press it into the bottom of a ring.
4. Add a cheddar square into the center of the ground beef, and seal the top with another spoonful of the beef, pressing it flat.
5. Repeat with the rest of the rings.
6. Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into three separate bowls.
7. Dip a ring into the flour, shaking off any excess, then into the egg, the bread crumbs, then back to the eggs, and one last time into the bread crumbs.
8. Repeat with the remaining rings.
9. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat to 350˚F (180˚C).
10. Fry the rings for 5-6 minutes, until deep golden brown.
11. Drain on a paper towel, then serve with ketchup!]]>
10/5/2017 9:28:07 PM
<![CDATA[Kojak to take Dubai on the FFD runway]]>


is known for his sense of taste and bold fashion. He has dressed many Egyptian Celebrities such as Nahed al-Sebai, Dorra, Hana Shiha and many more.

His spring collection is inspired by the opulence and rich designs of rococo architecture; Kojak takes us into a time machine when mortals created heaven on earth through art. Kojak’s style defines an era of beauty that is missed in the modern age. Hence, through his designs, he expresses love and harmony with delicate finesse combined with modern beauty.


The collection featured soft silhouettes that are typical of the era and elaborate embroidery; this ready-to-wear collection is Kojak’s first attempt to create shirts. The recurring theme in the Spring/Summer 2017 collection is the use of angles, with his shirts featuring exaggerated sleeves that are inspired by angel wings and the over-the-top style and embellishments of the time. Canvas- work stitches are also integrated into the collection.

Moreover, Kojak drew some inspiration in the Spring/Summer trend such as ruffled shirts, dresses and pants, and to give the collection an edge he added the white, cotton T-shirts with angel or rococo style portraits printed on them.


This unique collection has been put together by the use of shimmery fabrics combined with handmade embroidery and customized appliqués, rather than patterns. Satin and tulle were the main players, with a twist of modern opulence that comes in a softer, breezier manner suiting the Spring and Summer seasons.

10/5/2017 8:56:11 PM
<![CDATA[World Teachers Day]]>
In 2015, the day brought attention to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), when teacher empowerment was declared as the main target for all education and development plans.

This year, World Teachers Day slogan is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.” 2017 also pays tribute to the two decades that have passed since the recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel especially the Higher-Education personal.

Loved and celebrated around; the globe this day brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, teachers and experts in the field of teaching to talk about the future and importance of education around the world.

The celebration of World Teachers Day is a fundamental success for the 2030 education agenda. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 million teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.

An international conference will take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris that will bring together teachers, trainers, policy-makers, as well as researchers and other education stakeholders to celebrate teaching, academic freedom, and what we need to do to ensure quality higher education and a sustainable future for the teaching profession.

The objectives of the conference are:

● To celebrate and highlight the contribution of teachers, from pre-primary through to higher education, to the education and development of our future citizens.

● To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 Recommendation concerning Higher-Education Teaching Personnel.

● To discuss the issue of quality in higher education teaching and what this means for quality teaching at all levels of education in light of achieving SDG 4 on inclusive and quality education for all.

● To showcase and discuss progress and persistent challenges in higher education such as institutional autonomy, academic freedom, and professional development of higher-education teaching personnel.
10/5/2017 6:22:35 PM
<![CDATA[Chanel models parade past Paris waterfalls]]>
Held inside the beaux-arts-style Grand Palais exhibition hall, Chanel unveiled its spring/summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection to a crowd including “Spectre” star Monica Bellucci and Chinese actress Baihe Bai.

The models came equipped for the perils of such an unconventional setting - many sporting thigh-high, clear plastic rain boots as well as plastic hats, ponchos and gloves as they strode past the waterfall which flowed beside the catwalk.

The collection also featured examples of the label’s traditional tweed suits, as well as 1960s-inflected miniskirts, transparent skirts, oversize trousers and ruffled lace dresses.

Model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber, the 16-year-old daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford opened the show, continuing her run of high-profile appearances, sporting a loose-fitting, tassled jacket with a miniskirt and a tube top, accented with plastic boots.

Earlier in the week she appeared in both the Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino catwalk shows.

Underscoring the fashion house’s attempts to connect with customers in Asia, social media was abuzz with the presence of South Korean celebrities at the show, in the form of rapper G-Dragon and actress Park Shin-hye.

More than 80 fashion houses have showcased looks for next year during the course of this Paris Fashion Week, which closes the latest season of shows that have whizzed through New York, London and Milan.]]>
10/5/2017 1:28:05 PM
<![CDATA[From WALL-E to POST-E: Robot helps deliver mail in German town]]>
The scheme is being tried by German postal and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL, which says the custom-built “PostBOT” can carry loads of up to 150 kilograms and can navigate around obstacles.

With the rise of online shopping, postal workers are having to handle ever-heavier packages. Deutsche Post staff already have access to electric bikes and trikes to help them with their deliveries.

The robot, which can carry up to six post trays, uses sensors to track the legs of the postal worker and can be used in all weather conditions, the company said.

“Day in and day out, our delivery staff performs outstanding but exhausting work. We’re constantly working on new solutions to allow our employees to handle this physically challenging work even as they continue to age,” Deutsche Post executive Juergen Gerdes said in a statement.

The “PostBOT” design is based on a robot from French company Effidence.

The trial in two delivery districts in Bad Hersfeld will run for six weeks, after which Deutsche Post will assess the project to see how further improvements can be made.]]>
10/5/2017 1:26:02 PM
<![CDATA[et Model of the Week: Nora Attal]]>

💙❤️💙 @jw_anderson @jamie.hawkesworth @uniqlo

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She then walked the runway for Versace, Céline, Burberry, Dior and Prada, and she was named “one of the leading Arab models” by Vogue Arabia.

Versace Versus❤ thank youu @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @kjeldgaard1

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Dior- Thank you for making this the 5th time

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Ciao Milano, you've been good to me

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As for the present, Nora Attal was just handpicked by British Vogue to represent the future, alongside Jean Campbell, Edie Campbell, Kate Moss and Stella Tennant, for the cover of September’s edition of the magazine. An edition that celebrated the career of the magazine’s former editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman, who announced she was departing the magazine back in January after a fruitful 25-year journey and 306 magazine editions for British Vogue.

10/5/2017 11:37:34 AM
<![CDATA[ et Quote: Malala Yousafzai]]>
Malala Yousafzai is Pakistani education activist and youngest ever Nobel Prize winner.
Born in 1997, the young Pakistani girl who inspires all girls around the world by her courage and passion to girls’ education. She attended a school founded by her father following Taliban began attacking girl’s schools in Pakistan. In 2008, Malala gave a speech titled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

In early 2009, Malala started blogging for the BBC, using the name Gul Makai, about girls’ life under the Taliban's including threats to deny girls from education. Later on that year her identity was revealed.

In 2011, she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize and she was awarded Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize for her growing public activism about her right and the right of all girls and women to education.

This activism almost cost Malala her life. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who wanted to shut all progressive voices in Pakistan, even if they were calling for a basic human right like the right to education. Unfortunately, the Taliban still consider Malala a target.

Following the shooting, Malala was in critical condition, a portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain and she was transferred to the UK for further care. Later in 2013, she continued her education at a school in Birmingham, UK.

In 2013, Malala turned 16. During this year, she gave a speech at the UN and she also wrote an autobiography titled ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.’

Malala was also awarded the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in the same year in acknowledgement of her work.

In 2014 she won the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest person to receive the Prize.

July 12 became recognized as Malala Day. In 2015, for her 18th birthday she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon, all related expenses were covered by the Malala Fund. The school was designed to admit nearly 200 girls from the ages of 14 to 18. "Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world's children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead of bullets," said Malala in one of the school's classrooms.

On the same day Malala asked her supporters to post a photo holding their favorite book and launched hashtag #BooksNotBullets where people explained why they choose books over weapons in a message to world leaders to fund the “real weapon for change, education.” Malala said on the hashtag: “The shocking truth is that world leaders have the money to fully fund primary AND secondary education around the world - but they are choosing to spend it on other things, like their military budgets. In fact, if the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just 8 days, we could have the $39 billion still needed to provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet.”

In 2015, director, Davis Guggnheim, released a documentary about Malala titled ‘HE NAMED ME MALALA’. The film gives an overview of Malala’s life, her family and her activism to support girls’ education around the world.

In April 2017, UN-SG, Antonio Guterres, appointed Malala as a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education. The appointment is the highest honor given by the UN for an initial period of 2 years. On the same month, she was also given honorary Canadian citizenship.

Yousafzai, announced on her official Twitter account that she was accepted to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Malala shared a screenshot of her acceptance and commented “so excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!"

Malala survived, she defeated terrorism and never stopped advocating for the importance of education.

For more information on Malala and her work follow @Malala #GirlPowerTrip Malala Fund.

Another quote for the road:
“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.”
10/5/2017 11:22:27 AM
<![CDATA[ et Quote: Audrey Hepburn]]>
Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929 to Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch baroness, and father Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, who was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and a businessman.

Audrey and her mother moved to London after divorcing her father and attended a private girl’s school. She began to suffer from depression and malnutrition during the Nazi occupation that took place in Arnhem, Netherlands while she was vacationing there with her mother.

She got her break in entertainment when she received a scholarship to study ballet in London soon after she began modeling and eventually went on to acting.

Her most successful and mainstream film is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” when Hepburn portrayed the character Holly Golightly. Her character displayed the psychological struggle between the desire for freedom and the need for stability.

Fun Facts:

• A breed of tulip was named after her in 1990.

• She was multilingual and fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish, French, and Italian.

• She was Hubert de Givenchy's muse.

Another quote for the road:

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
10/4/2017 2:24:22 PM
<![CDATA[An Elle beauty experience ]]>
According to Elle’s Facebook page, they offer luxurious services that include hairstyling, hair coloring and treatments, manicures and pedicures.

As I walked into the salon, I was welcomed by the store manager. I stole a look at the salon as he asked me what I wanted to have done today and saw it brimming with beautiful ladies all getting pampered. The salon has a relaxing atmosphere with the beautiful classic chic interior.

I wanted to get my hair styled, as well as a manicure and pedicure. I have naturally curly hair that I have worked hard for several years now to become comfortable and confident in, so at no time soon am I willing to straighten it. Having silky smooth hair just does not give me life anymore. I need big, almost afro-like curls. It must have something to do with me being a Leo, as the stylist pointed out.

The manicure and pedicure was the ultimate relaxation treatment. I just let go completely to the point where I let the manicurist choose the nail color. She showed me three options and we both agreed on the perfect shade of purple.

She then began to shape my nails and remove the cuticles, followed by a heavenly balm massage that I will definitely be back for.

10/4/2017 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Chanel models parade past Paris waterfalls]]>
French security forces are already under immense pressure following a string of deadly Islamist militant attacks in the past 18 months. Police say they face staff and equipment shortages, and are frequently forced to work overtime.

Police unions complained angrily a week ago about the risk of being sent into gang-ridden “no-go zones” after two officers were injured in a petrol bomb attack on their patrol car in notoriously crime-ridden zone 30 km south of Paris.

Local TV channels LCI and BFM TV broadcast interviews with the police officers who said they had decided to organize the protest spontaneously, without official backing of their labor unions. Their job was becoming impossible, the officers, whose identities were concealed, told the television stations.

National police director Jean-Marc Falcone condemned the protest action in a statement on Tuesday.

“Police officers cannot transgress the responsibility their status imposes and which underpins the legitimacy of their police and public service mission as well as the laws of the republic,” Falcone said.

An internal investigation will establish who was responsible, he said.

The government of Socialist President Francois Hollande, who faces presidential and legislative elections in the first quarter of 2017, has started restoring thousands of police posts axed by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

But it has also deployed thousands of police and soldiers in a bid to boost security at sensitive sites such as schools, synagogues and train stations in the wake of militant attacks.]]>
10/4/2017 12:10:11 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: the most fly chicken wings in Cairo]]>
Though a bit ironic, Chicken wings are usually called Buffalo wings because they originated from Buffalo, New York, back in 1964 Teressa Bellissimo, owner of Anchor Bar, needed to make a quick tasty snack for her son and his college friends, so she covered some chicken wings in butter and hot sauce and deep fried them, that is when everything changed.

et is here to provide you with a list restaurants that have the most fly chicken wings in Cairo:

Mince Burger

Mince’s Spicy Buffalo Wings – Esraa el Feky/Egypt Today

Fat Cow


Buffalo wings and rings

Lord of the Wings

Eat and Barrel

10/4/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Recycling fashion show]]>
The recycle fashion show will take place in their Maadi store from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The aim of the recycling fashion show is for people to understand the importance of recycling on the environment and its financial importance. This is not the first recycling fashion show in Egypt.

Recycling fashion shows took place previously by Greenish. Greenish produces and sells a variety of fashion items according to Cairo Fashion Scene.

Zebala store is a chain of stores that belongs to Adam Foundation for Human Development. ]]>
10/3/2017 4:57:55 PM
<![CDATA[Zahra Lari in Winter Olympics ]]>
Lari became interested in figure skating when watched Disney’s “Ice Princess” at the age of 12. She asked her parents if she could take figure skating classes and compete. Lari adds to her Harper’s Bazaar Arabia interview that both of her parents were worried that she would be injured from skating or that it would affect her grades in school.

However, after they saw her passion for the sport, they became supportive. Within three years of training, she became a master of complicated spins and jumps.

Jummmmmp 😋

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She is not only the first Emirati to figure skate and compete internationally; she is also the first hijabi figure skater in the world. Plus, she is featured in Nike’s campaign for Nike pro-Hijab.

This year she decided to compete against the biggest names in the world of figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Germany.

10/3/2017 1:37:47 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Women gain more rights ]]>
According to Gulf News, the decision to allow women to enter campuses with their mobile phones came after several parents’ complained about their daughters being searched, and forced to give up their mobile phones.

Hence, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to permit female students to keep their mobile phones while attending their universities.

This decision delighted Saudi women who expressed their excitement and happiness on Twitter.

Dr. Mohamed al-Shahat al-Jundi, a member of the Islamic Research Academy, commented on these recent decisions issued in favor of women, saying that these decisions are a qualitative shift in favor of women and a turning point in the path of the Kingdom.

He added that the leadership of Saudi Arabia want to become open to the world and transform themselves into a modern society.

Hisham al-Najjar, an Islamic scholar, said that Saudi Arabia is implementing a new vision, enabling the society to activate the role of women and benefit from their talents and abilities in all societal fields. He adds that this move of modernization in Saudi Arabia will not be achieved by the efforts of men alone, and that restrictions imposed on women there should be removed.

According to Anissa Hassouna, a member of the House of Representatives, Saudi women will gain more rights under the rule of King Salman.
10/3/2017 12:23:36 PM
<![CDATA[Ford offers Saudi activist her dream car]]>
Ford Middle East wrote on Twitter that it had a yellow Mustang waiting to be picked up by women's rights activist Sahar Nassif — who had declared her love for the car in an interview shortly after the royal decree was issued on September 26.

"We'd like to give you your dream car," Ford Middle East tweeted to Nassif on Friday, followed hours later by "Your Mustang awaits" with the picture of a yellow car speeding through a tunnel and the hashtag #MustangSahar.

Saudi Arabia today announced it would allow women to drive from June 2018, ending a policy that for decades had severely curbed women's mobility.

The decision has opened up a lucrative new market for carmakers, with major brands already stepping up efforts to attract customers.

In recent years a number of women activists were detained for getting behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia.

In a rare act of mass protest in the kingdom, 47 Saudi women formed a convoy and drove through the capital Riyadh in November 1990 to demonstrate against the ban on driving.

They were taken into custody and only released after their male guardians guaranteed the act would not be repeated.

The kingdom still has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women: Under the state guardianship system, a male family member — normally the father, husband or brother — must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and other activities.

10/3/2017 12:22:37 PM
<![CDATA[Skipping breakfast may double risk of hard arteries]]>
The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology uncovered signs of damage to the arteries long before symptoms or disease developed.

Researchers said their findings could offer an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the world's top killer, which took 17.7 million lives in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

"People who regularly skip breakfast likely have an overall unhealthy lifestyle," said study author Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

"This study provides evidence that this is one bad habit people can proactively change to reduce their risk for heart disease."

The report was based on 4,000 middle-aged office workers in Spain. Participants were followed for six years.

About one in four ate a high-energy breakfast, which included 20 percent or more of the day's calories.

Most people in the study -- 70 percent -- ate a low-energy breakfast that gave them five to 20 percent of their daily calorie intake.

Three percent said they skipped breakfast altogether or ate very little. This group "tended to have more generally unhealthy eating habits and a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors," said the report.

People who skipped breakfast also "had the greatest waist circumference, body mass index, blood pressure, blood lipids and fasting glucose levels," it said.

Researchers used ultrasound technology to scan participants for signs of fatty deposits in the arteries, or early evidence of disease.

They found that people who ate less than five percent of their recommended daily calories at breakfast had, on average, double the amount of fatty buildup in the arteries as people who ate a high-energy breakfast.

This heightened risk of hardened arteries among people who skipped breakfast or ate little to start the day appeared independently of other factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol and physical inactivity.

Previous studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast is linked to good health, including a lower body weight, healthy diet, and lower risk of problems with cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.

Skipping breakfast has also previously been shown to raise the risk of coronary artery disease.

According to Prakash Deedwania, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and author of an accompanying editorial in the journal, the study offers more evidence that skipping breakfast can be harmful to one's health.

"Although breakfast skippers are generally attempting to lose weight, they often end up eating more and unhealthy foods later in the day. Skipping breakfast can cause hormonal imbalances and alter circadian rhythms," said Deedwania.

"That breakfast is the most important meal of the day has been proven right in light of this evidence."

10/3/2017 11:49:49 AM
<![CDATA[Size-zero ban hits Paris catwalks, campaigners hopeful]]>
All said they were honoring a new charter by their parent companies LVMH and Kering, setting age and size-limits for the people parading their clothes - a timely development say campaigners, who want it to spread even further.

“I’ve seen a lot of girls have eating disorders ... (the charter) helps them from harming their bodies to fit the standard,” said model Danielle Ellesworth, 20, as she prepared for Christian Dior’s show.

Two years ago, Dior, part of LVMH, made waves by picking a 14-year-old for the catwalk - the new charter only allows people older than 16 to display adult clothes.

LVMH and Kering will also no longer use models below the French size 34 for women and 44 for men, meaning the United States’ infamous “size 0” - equivalent to a French 32 - is out.

It is still far from an industry-wide standard, and the models in Paris remained very slender and young - the stars included Kaia Gerber, the 16-year-old daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, who modeled for Kering’s Saint Laurent.

But designers, models and other insiders said it was a start that could encourage people to denounce bad practices.

“It’s important that this industry takes responsibility,” said British designer Stella McCartney, after showcasing a contrasting collection of cotton T-shirts and bright taffeta skirts at Paris’ baroque Opera Garnier on Monday.

“The houses must, the designers must, the casting directors must, the agents must, the models must,” added McCartney, whose eponymous label is part of Kering.


Cyril Brule, founder of Viva Model Management and the head of a French union for modeling agencies, said the companies’ all-encompassing ban could be more effective than regulations and laws brought in by individual countries.

“Something had to be done,” Brule said. “Things had gradually deteriorated, there were more and more instances of depression, of models suffering panic attacks.”

There has been some resistance and some designers have defended the use of tall, thin models as the best way to show off their creations. Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at privately-held Chanel, hit out in a 2009 interview at the “fat mummies” objecting to thinner women.

Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri said there were also technical considerations - her teams found it easier to work upwards from smaller-sized dummies and prototypes, whether on shoes, hats or clothes.

“There are some sizes that are good for making the first prototype,” she said after unveiling her collection last week.

But some other brands have already started to push beyond the charter. Issey Miyake, part of Japan’s Shiseido Group, used three models over 40 in a dance-filled runway show on Friday.

“I didn’t want to stick to one particular kind of muse,” said the brand’s designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae.]]>
10/3/2017 11:48:33 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Gwen Stefani ]]>
Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress; she was born on October 3, 1969. She started singing after she graduated high school in her brother's band No Doubt. The group were well recognized and was signed to Interscope Record in 1991.

In 2003, she debuted her own fashion line, and in 2004, she debuted her first solo album as well as her first acting gig in “The Aviator.”

In 2006, she released her second album “The Sweet Escape.” Her major work was the fifth studio album for No Doubt, which was released in 2001. She was widely recognized for joining the seventh season of "The Voice," replacing Christina Aguilera.

Fun Fact:
● Gwen’s first job was at Dairy Queen in Anaheim.

Another Quote for the road:
“My songs are basically my diaries. Some of my best songwriting has come out of time when I have been going through a personal nightmare.”
10/3/2017 10:58:15 AM
<![CDATA[Bucking retailer trend, Starbucks shuts online store]]>
Since Sunday, shoppers on the coffee chain's online store (store.starbucks.com) are being directed to set up an online account for pickup up at local Starbucks stores for drink, coffee beans and equipment orders.

"We cannot guarantee availability of any product in stores, but we know you will find many choices to enjoy," the company said.

The move comes amid a retail industry shakeout as the rise of e-commerce pressures most brick-and-mortar retailers and threatens hundreds of shopping malls around the country.

Most retailers are building up direct selling to consumers, a strategy also taken by brands such as Nike that are emphasizing e-commerce as more traditional distribution outlets struggle.

Starbucks has said it is also committed to strengthening its digital bond with consumers amid a "seismic shift" in retail, chief executive Kevin Johnson said in July. Efforts include revamping and expanding its frequent-users rewards program and improving the Starbucks smartphone app.

However, Johnson said commercial partnerships with third party digital companies will make more sense in some cases.

Starbucks products will still be available on Amazon and other online stores, said R.J. Hottovy, an analyst at Morningstar.

"They know that they're probably better off focusing on their stores as opposed to running their own online business," Hottovy said. "You're just going to continue to partner with other online platforms."]]>
10/2/2017 8:39:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian team that participated at Homeless World Cup honored]]>
The tournament took place at Oslo, Norway, from August 29 to September 5, witnessing the participation of 72 teams from 52 countries.

“The victory is a source of pride for everyone, especially that the Egyptian team was the only Arab one participating in the tournament,” said Mudasser Siddiqui, country director of Plan, an international organization fighting for children’s rights, according to a press release.

“Our participation with Abnaa al-Ghad has succeeded in empowering girls and proving that if given the opportunity, they can achieve numerous accomplishments and become a model to follow.”

Winning team with Plan International Egypt

The Egyptian children’s participation in the tournament came as part of Plan’s “Edmegona” (Arabic for “include us”) project, which was in collaboration with civil society organizations, and funded by the Swedish Development Agency to eliminate violence against children.

“Our participation in the World Cup for Homeless Children goes beyond sports competitions; it is an honorable representation of Egypt in the international arena,” stated Hanna Abul-Ghar, president and founder of Abnaa al-Ghad Foundation.

The 15th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place in Oslo’s iconic Rådhusplassen, which is a square located between Oslo City Hall and the Oslofjord in Vika. The Cup gathered over 500 players.
10/2/2017 7:07:34 PM
<![CDATA[Hijabis enter the cosplay scene ]]>

Hijabi Muslim girls are always trying to find new and creative ways to integrate modesty into everyday life and now they have become cosplayers while creating their very own modest super hero costumes.

Cosplay is the art and practice of wearing costumes that portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction. Cosplay is a Japanese word which is a combination of two English words; costumes and play, it was introduced in the 19th century for costume parties in the U.S. and fancy dress parties in the UK. It evolved in 1939 when people started wearing costumes to the first world science fiction convention (Worldcon).

However, the term cosplay appeared in 1984 when Nobuyuki Takahashi (founder of Studio Hard) attended the 42nd Worldcon in Los Angeles and was impressed with all of the costumes, coining the term.

Recently, hijabi girls all over the world started getting into cosplay. The first cosplayer was from Malaysia. Her name is Kira and she is 23 years old. Her passion and her talent lay in creating costumes to inspire Muslim girls around the globe.

Kira was inspired by a British Muslim named Diana, who broke barriers by wearing superhero costumes with a hijab.

Cosplay became a trend among Muslim girls around the world and it has helped them send a strong message to the world, showing them that the hijab is no barrier for them and that it is actually an asset to them.

10/2/2017 5:06:24 PM
<![CDATA[et Jewelry designer of the Week: Hayden & Co]]>
In his latest collection, “Love Wear,” Elian brought something old and something new and mixed them to create unique jewelry for the modern women. The collection consists of seven unique sets, five necklaces, four rings, four earrings and two bracelets. Everything is handmade in Belgium from gold and silver plated rhodium, encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

Photos courtesy of Hayden & Co
Shaddy Elian is the creative director and the founder of Hayden & Co. he was born in Kuwait to Egyptian parents. He studied jewelry design in London and took it further by taking courses in technical jewelry making at The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy in Cairo.

Photos courtesy of Hayden & Co
Elian launched Hayden & Co after in 2016 after he noticed the need for special occasion jewelry with accessible prices. He made it his mission to fill that gap. He also believes that through his jewelry women would feel special.

“I believe all women should feel special and indulge in luxury. I created LOVE WEAR from my inspiration to give the modern day woman her heart's true desire; chic with a mixture of class and sass.” - Shaddy Elian

Photos courtesy of Hayden & Co
10/2/2017 4:57:36 PM
<![CDATA[US biology trio wins Nobel Medicine Prize]]>
"Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth's revolutions," the Nobel Assembly announced.

Life on Earth is adapted to the rotation of our planet. For many years, scientists have known that living organisms, including humans, have an internal clock that help them anticipate and adapt to the rhythm of the day.

Hall, 72, Rosbash, 73, and Young, 68, "were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings," said the Nobel Assembly.

The clock influences such biological functions as hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism.

It is what causes jetlag -- when our internal clock and external environment move out of sync when we change time zones.

Using the fruit fly as a model organism, this year's laureates isolated a gene that controls the daily biological rhythm.

"They showed that this gene encodes a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night and is then degraded during the day," the Nobel team said.

"Subsequently they identified additional protein components of this machinery, exposing the mechanism governing the self-sustaining clockwork inside the cell."

The trio will share the prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million or 937,000 euros).

Last year, Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan won the prestigious prize for his work on autophagy -- a process whereby cells "eat themselves", which when disrupted can cause Parkinson's and diabetes.]]>
10/2/2017 4:39:19 PM
<![CDATA[What is the deal with Facebook suicide posts?]]>

The posts went viral on Facebook

, as people mourned the young men and expressed sadness and pity. However, despite the tragedy, these public posts have also shed the light on highly overlooked high rates of suicide that take place every day but never surface.

According to the World Health Organization, the global percentage for suicide amounts to one suicidal case every 40 seconds, adding up to 800,000 every single year.

Egypt Today has reached out to the CEO and founder of the Middle East’s first internet-based counseling services network, Shezlong, to clarify this “phenomenon” of social media suicide posts.

“When people vent on social media, they think they’re alleviating their depression,” Ahmed Abu el-Haz tells Egypt Today, stressing that such attitude in unhealthy and unfruitful.

“What happens on social media can actually lead to depression because we all have different characters than our real ones, which gives us an escape. This can all lead to low self-esteem, which intensifies depression,” Abu el-Haz states, adding “depression is a disease with symptoms and a specific cure.”

Abu el-Haz further points out that Egypt witnesses a lot of suicide cases, which never surface or become known. “That’s why we are shocked when celebrities, social media users, or even family members and friends commit suicide,” he explains.

When psychotherapy is mentioned on Shezlong’s Facebook page, Abu el-Haz states, some users remark that one needs to have a better relationship with God to cure depression, or that medication may be causing it. “These kinds of misconceptions can cause individuals to let their depressive thoughts turn to suicidal ones,” he explains, adding that “we need to give suicide its proper value.”

Shezlong offers online counseling service through a website that enables patients to select from 100 therapists in different specializations, and then choose the most suitable one according to their case. They can then send a message, or book a visual session appointment.

“There are people who suffer from depression for one or two years and they do not deal with it or seek help for it. They ignore their depressive thoughts until they turn into suicidal ones,” Abu el-Haz says. “We cry and grieve when they die but that’s not the solution; we need to handle the depressive thoughts before they turn into suicidal ones,” he adds.

About Shezlong

Shezlong was first launched in 2015. Today, 14,000 patients from 45 different countries use the platform’s services, seeking therapy through online video sessions.

The service will soon launch on WhatsApp so you can talk with a therapist wherever, whenever. A recently launched campaign, ‘Therapy for All,’ also limits all therapy sessions to LE 50 ($2.83), to be affordable for everyone.

Staying true to their slogan “You Talk. We Help,” the service is also set to launch as an app on Android and Apple devices.

Shezlong Via Facebook
10/2/2017 2:18:07 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Mahatma Gandhi]]>
According to Famous People, “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer who became the primary leader of India's independence movement.”

He was born on October 2, 1869, and passed away on January 30, 1948.

Gandhi wanted to become a doctor, but his father was hoping he would become a government minister. Hence, in 1888 Gandhi sailed from India to England to study law.

He struggled to find work as lawyer in India, so he obtained a one-year contract to perform legal services in South Africa.

He returned to India in 1915 and joined the Indian National Congress. Then, he established himself as a dominant figure in the Indian political scenario in 1920. He called all Indians to unite and to put all their religious differences a side. He also asked Indians to boycott all British educational institutions and services.

In 1922, he got arrested by the British and was imprisoned for 2 years.

Gandhi's actions in the Satyagraha movement inspired future human rights movements around the world.

Fun Fact:

● Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times.

Another Quote for the road:
“The future depends on what you do today.”
10/2/2017 1:11:45 PM
<![CDATA[Paris experiments with 'car-free day' across city]]>
Sunday marks the third time the French capital has experimented with a car ban, but it is by far the most ambitious with the zone set aside for pedestrians or cyclists covering the entire historic heart of the city -- 105 square kilometres (40 square miles).

"This initiative requires an enormous amount of preparation," city mayor Anne Hidalgo told Le Parisien newspaper on Sunday. "Particularly because this year the zone has been enlarged to the whole of Paris."

Hidalgo, a Socialist, was elected in 2014 promising to tackle pollution in the capital and she has focused on building new bus and cycle lanes and reclaiming roads -- leading critics to see her agenda as too radical and anti-car.

"What's it for?", grumbled Pierre Chasseray, the head of the lobby group "40 million drivers" when asked about the car-free day by AFP. "It's just PR to say that cars aren't good."

The restrictions came into force at 11:00 am local time (0900 GMT) and will last until 6:00 pm (1600 GMT).

Although billed officially as "The Day without Cars", some exceptions apply, meaning the streets are not completely deserted: taxis, buses and emergency or social services vehicles are allowed to drive.

Residents who need to use their vehicle to visit an elderly or handicapped person or with a genuine emergency are also allowed to ply the streets, though they must respect a 30 kilometre an hour (20 miles an hour) speed limit in place.

Hundreds of police and city officials have been deployed to check on drivers, with fines for unauthorised driving ranging from 90-135 euros (105-159 dollars).

"The aim is simply to enjoy the city in a different way," said Paris city transport official Christophe Najdovski on Friday. "It's a day that is meant to be educational, fun and friendly."]]>
10/2/2017 12:07:45 PM
<![CDATA[et Guide: time management for students]]>
First up remember not to stress, and even though everything might seem urgent, stressing out would only slow you down and prevent you from enjoying whatever you are doing. So relax and clear your mind to accomplish things more efficiently.

Prioritize: remember that not everything has the same urgency or a time frame, then think of a system to manage the tasks of the same importance as you see fit; either in order of difficulty from easy to difficult. It is important to remember that having fun can wait, and it is okay to pass on that outing for the sake of an upcoming quiz, you will have plenty of time later to have plenty more outings, as unlike your quiz, having fun does not have deadlines.

Calendar - PerzonseoWebbyra

Make a to-do list: it is very easy to forget you had an assignment but since teachers usually never accept that excuse it is important for you to write down notes immediately of all assignments and their due dates and then check a box beside whichever task you finish. An important note here is to be realistic with the deadlines you give yourself, keep a watch near you to stay aware of time and as you progress you will realize how much time a task should take.

You can also try breaking down tasks into smaller parts and finishing them over an extended period of time, for example, if you have an 8-pages assignment to turn in by the end of the week you could work on two pages per day and even leave a day for revising. This helps you have a better understanding of the topic and be more relaxed while performing it.

As for the subjects, you feel like you need to put more effort into, you could always go the extra mile by keeping your notes on that subject with you at all times and revising them a couple of times each day and before the class.

Specify a space for the sole purpose of studying: this will help you get on with studying more quickly and efficiently. It is important for that place to be away from distractions such as TV or your bed so you would stay active and focused.

Studying - spiritprince ]]>
10/2/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Fitness: stretch that body]]>
Here are a few stretches that will help you open up your body, and lengthen your muscles and limbs to help counter all the bad habits we carry with us throughout the day. Whether you’re sitting at a computer for hours, have your head bent over to stare at your phone or are simply just running around to take care of your children, give yourself 10 minutes of “me time” to help improve the quality of your life.

Stretching your hips:

Bring one leg in front of the other, bend the front leg to have your knee away from you and your toes facing your body. Sit up straight for 30 seconds, then extend your upper body forward, supporting yourself with your hands on the floor. Thirty seconds later try and bend your body forward until your head touches the ground, hold that stretch for a minute and then switch legs.


Stretching your shoulders and triceps:

Bring your right hand up and bend it behind your head and use your other hand to support from the elbow. Hold one elbow in your other hand and then after a minute push downwards a little more to sink deeper into the stretch. Wait for a minute and then repeat.

Shoulders and Triceps

Stretching Your hamstrings:

Sit down on the floor, extend both legs in front of you, and try to reach forward as far as you can. Hold that stretch for 30 seconds and then allow yourself to push forward just a little bit more.


Stretching your hip flexors, back, glutes and quads:

Begin in a lunge position and slowly start lowering yourself to the ground, at first putting your fingertips to the ground. Then sink deeper into the stretch by lowering your whole hand, then after a minute or two try to reach all the way down to your elbows. Hold that stretch for a minute and then switch legs.

It’s the little things we do, every single day, over longer periods of times that help improve the quality of our lives. Anytime we try to replace an old habit with a new one, we need to be as conscious as possible to make sure that we create these new habits and involve them in our everyday lives in order to see real change. Like I said before, baby steps.

Deana Shaaban is a performance training coach at Ignite
10/1/2017 11:00:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian food ideal for International Vegetarian Day ]]>
In celebration of International Vegetarian Day, we have listed the top Egyptian dishes that you can make for your veggie friend.

Tamaya/falafel: is a deep-fried ball made of ground chickpeas, and fava beans.

Falafel balls Via Wikimedia Commons

Foul (beans): is a dish of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil.

Ful medames Via Wikimedia Commons

Feteer: Middle Eastern puff pastry that can be stuffed with cheese, spinach, Nutella and can be sprinkled with sugar or honey.

Feteer Via Wikimedia Commons

Kusheri: it is an Egyptian dish originally made in the 19th century. The dish consists of rice, macaroni, chickpeas and crispy fried onions and topped with a spiced tomato sauce, and garlic vinegar.

Koshari tahrir Via Wikimedia Commons

Molokhia: is the leaves of Corchorus Olitorius commonly known as Jew's Mallow.

Molokheya Via Wikimedia Commons

Hummus: it is a spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas.

Hummus plate Via Wikimedia Commons

Baba Ganoush: it is made of eggplant mixed with Tahina, olive oil and various seasonings.

Baba ganoush and pita Via Wikimedia Common

Mahshy: Stuffed zucchini, cabbage, aubergine, pepper, vain leaves and tomatoes with rice. It is originally an ottoman food.

Egyptian Mahshy Stuffed Aubergine Tomato With Rice Via Wikimedia Commons

Lentil soup: it is vegetarian soup based on lentils.

Filtered lentil soup Via Wikimedia Commons

Egyptian Besara: (Fava Beans and Herbs): it is made of yellow fava beans, onions, garlic, parsley, green cilantro and fresh dill.

Besara Via Wikimedia Commons
10/1/2017 9:48:23 PM
<![CDATA[Best coffee shops in Egypt ]]>
Here, at Egypt Today, we are going to celebrate International Coffee Day by giving you a list of the best places that serve coffee.

1. Dunkin Donuts

2. Little Ovio

Good days start with a great cup of coffee.

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3. Qahwa

Happy International coffee day!

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4. Aroma Lounge


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5. Paul

6. Sufi

7. Antique Khana

8. Kafein

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9. Nacita Autostop

10. Espresso Lab

10/1/2017 6:31:30 PM
<![CDATA[Julia Louis-Dreyfus announces she has breast cancer]]>
The 56-year-old American actress disclosed the diagnosis to her 750,000 Twitter followers, posting a picture of a printed note that read: "One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."

"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring friends, and fantastic insurance through my union," she continued.

"The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."

Louis-Dreyfus, who has two children with actor Brad Hall, attached an image of the note to a tweet in which she wrote: "Just when you thought..."

The news comes less than two weeks after the "Veep" star won a sixth consecutive Emmy for comedy acting.

A native New Yorker of French stock, Louis-Dreyfus has been one of America's most popular and influential comedy actors since she found fame with cult sitcom "Seinfeld" in the 1990s.

On "Veep" she plays a somewhat bumbling vice president who later becomes the acting president, despite her hapless staff making political blunders along the way.

She has six consecutive best actress Emmys for "Veep" as well as three as an executive producer when it was awarded best comedy series.

She has won in the past for her roles on "Seinfeld" -- which also earned her a Golden Globe -- and "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

It has been a rollercoaster year or so for the actress, who tearfully dedicated her acting Emmy in 2016 to her father, who passed away two days earlier.

"I am so glad that he liked 'Veep,'" she said, her voice breaking down as she accepted the award. "Because his opinion was the one that really mattered."

"Veep" recently announced that the seventh season of the HBO show, due to air in 2018, will be its last.

Among the people expressing support for Louis-Dreyfus after her cancer revelation was former vice president Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46.

"We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia," Biden wrote, referring to his wife.

He attached a photo from a comic video in which he and Louis-Dreyfus spoofed the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2014.

"Yes we do. Love back to all of you," the actress replied.]]>
10/1/2017 2:39:23 PM
<![CDATA[Female board members rare in Germany, but better paid: study]]>
Female board members of the 30 companies that make up the blue-chip DAX index on the Frankfurt stock exchange earned on average around 3.0 million euros ($3.5 million) each in fixed salaries and bonuses in 2016, EY said.

The number for the first time surpassed the pay packets of male DAX board members, which came in at 2.86 million euros.

The figures do not include the salaries of chief executives, for the simple reason that there are no women CEOs among the DAX-listed firms.

"Companies are making stronger efforts to appoint women to executive boards," the report said.

"But as female candidates are far and few between, their market value rises and so does their remuneration," it said.

Just 18 women are currently sitting on the boards of DAX firms, compared to 125 men -- or roughly one woman for every seven men.

The female executives' strong "bargaining position" has seen their pay packets grow by 14 percent since 2013, the report said, whereas their male colleagues' remuneration has stayed roughly the same.

The study shows that Germany's new law forcing large corporations to reveal how much they pay employees in a bid to narrow the gender wage gap is "unnecessary" at the level of DAX executives, EY partner Jens Massmann said in a statement.

In those boardrooms at least, "the pay gap between men and women has been closed," he said.

But the study said women still earned less than their male counterparts in small- and mid-cap firms listed on Frankfurt's other indices such as the MDAX.

Among the exclusively male bastion of DAX 30 CEOs, the average pay last year came to 5.4 million euros, the report said.]]>
10/1/2017 2:15:19 PM
<![CDATA[et Home: Caravanserai Furniture ]]>
Their product range includes full collections for your home; living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and more. Plus, an extensive lighting collection including chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps, and wall appliqués.

Their home accessories complement their furniture. The home accessories include mirrors, artwork, textiles, pottery, and brass/metal accessories.


Caravanserai is an Egyptian brand that conceives, designs, and manufactures its products in Egypt. They work with local materials and craftsmen to bring high quality authentic home products into their clients’ homes.

Caravanserai was established in 1996. Their showroom is located at 15 Ahmed Heshmat street, Zamalek, on the first floor.
10/1/2017 2:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Julie Andrews]]>
A legendary figure in the entertainment world, and a talented actress and singer, Andrews was born on October 1, 1935.

In 1945, she performed on stage with her parents for two years and that was when she discovered her talents. She performed at the London Palladium in the Royal Command Variety Performance on November 1, 1948; she was the youngest soloist to perform in front of King George VI's family.

She was introduced to television in October 1949, on the BBC Program, earning her recognition all over the United Kingdom in 1952.

After her recognition in the UK, she traveled to the U.S. to a wider audience and to gain more experience.

Her first appearance in films was in 1964. She appeared in “The Americanization of Emily,” “Opposite James Garner,” and “Mary Poppins.” “Mary Poppins” proved to be the biggest hit in Disney's history, winning her an Oscar for her role in the movie.

“The Sound of Music” was one of Andrew’s other major works.

Fun Fact:
● Her first professional role was at the age of 12.
● There actually is a rose breed named after her.

Another Quote for the road:
“Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.”
10/1/2017 10:59:19 AM
<![CDATA[‘Dior and I’ overview]]>
The documentary takes you on a journey through the history of Christian Dior the founder and creator of the fashion empire.

Raf Simons is a Belgian fashion designer who launched his first men's wear in 1995. He was announced as the creative director of Christian Dior in 2012.

The film revolves around the eight weeks that Simons is working to create his first Dior line for 2012/2013 and how he became the creative director of Christian Dior.

The documentary showcases the designer’s methods, insecurities and his ability to cut and design through the noise of the media and the industry. The film shows how designers, models and workers all put in hard work in a short amount of time to create fabulous designs of clothes and dresses.

Hence, if you are into fashion or documentary films, we recommend you watch "Dior and I”. It will give you a great experience into the field of fashion and filmmaking, and it builds you up with fashion terminologies. The film was an authentic documentary because it did not discuss fully the history of the brand, as it rather discussed the struggles of Simons when he became the creative director of the brand.

9/30/2017 7:47:10 PM
<![CDATA[Opening of Ralph’s German Bakery in Maadi delayed]]>
But unfortunately that won't be the case. We here at Egypt Today got the official inside scoop from one Ralph’s Maadi-based bakery staff. We were told that there will be a delay in the soft opening, but the delays are due to the preparation of the restaurant itself.

It’s unclear when the restaurant/bakery will open, but we hope that it will be sooner rather than later, as we can't handle taking the 11-hour bus ride to Dahab anymore to indulge in the those perfectly baked German pastries.

A little information so you can get to know Ralph a little better.

Ralph was the first to introduce true authentic Bavarian baking to the Red's golden treasure that is Dahab and then Sharm El Sheikh.

It's the go-to spot for Dahab residents and vacationers, where they go and grab a hearty breakfast before a long day at the beach.

With a menu that is full to the brim with an array of healthy and not so healthy options, you can always opt for the vitamin multi-grain-filled breakfast, the German smoked meat fest, or the Schwartzwalder art, which is a crusty rye baguette with black forest beef butter, lettus and brie, and of course there are also the traditional Frankfurter sausages.

They also have a wide array of freshly baked cakes, sweets, pastries and breads that include your everyday baguette, dark German whole-grain, pumpkin seed and rye bread.

These are just some of the things that we hope to see at the Maadi branch when it finally opens.]]>
9/30/2017 4:29:38 PM
<![CDATA[Metro is just the ticket for Paris fashion show]]>
Berlin-based Andra Dumitrascu had to think quickly when the venue for her show late Friday fell through at last minute.

So she directed fashionistas to the nearest metro station, Rambuteau, where her models used the platform as a runway.

"I didn't like the idea of doing it in the street, I thought a metro station might be a better place," the Romanian-born designer told AFP.

"I love the adrenaline and the instability of the situation," she added.

However, the organisers had their work cut out to clear a passage, with the models sometimes being swallowed up by passengers getting on and off the trains.

While Dumitrascu did not have official permission for the show, she said "it was worth taking the risk" -- and fashion critics and passengers alike seemed to enjoy the spectacle.

This is not the first time the designer has gone off-piste -- her last show took place in a sex hotel.

This collection, called "kebaby", had a youthful rave vibe with clothes mixing sportswear with Islamic influences.

Earlier in the day the Japanese brand Issey Miyake had used dancers to kick off a remarkable collection drawn from the landscape of Iceland, with dresses and capes summoning up ice floes and ice cubes that you could see Bjork drooling over.

Tokyo master Yohji Yamamoto's spring-summer collection on Friday night was almost entirely in black with flashes of vampire red in the lining of his trailing capes and scarves, with one model wearing one of his labels on her skin.

Another Japanese tyro Junya Watanabe wowed critics in the first of the Saturday shows with his bravura punky hook-up with the Finnish textile house Marimekko.

"Now that's a collaboration," tweeted the New York Times' Vanessa Friedman of his startling sculptural black-and-white creations
9/30/2017 2:33:50 PM
<![CDATA[et Tech: September Recap]]>
Mainly three enormous brands stirred the news this month; the first was Apple:

On the 12th of this month, Apple had its press event in Cupertino, California, where they launched six new devices: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus,

iPhone X

, Apple Watch 3, Apple TV 4K and the Apple AirPower charger.

But everyone was confused, as the tech gap between iPhone 8 and

iPhone X was huge

, which led many to wonder why they should settle for something that will be very soon outdated and old-fashioned – the iPhone 8. This caused a lack of the usual line-ups at Apple stores whenever a new iPhone was released.

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Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

But at least those who did buy iPhone 8 are already enjoying the futuristic "


", which allow you to send a message through a 3D version of any emoji you like.

As for Google, its month also started on the 12th. While iPhone was having a great day releasing its new family members, Google, which is the biggest competitor and behind Android, was having a rough day, as many users reported crashes of Google Browser, Google Drive, Calendar and Gmail.

But the month did not go that bad for Google, as it just

celebrated its 19th birthday

of being a tech giant and released 19 different games for users to enjoy.

Screenshots via Google

Another big name that stirred some controversy was Instagram, the social media giant that seemed to be flooding users with possible updates, such as

sharing your stories to Facebook

and testing

other updates

that are more likely to happen, such as the "Follows you" feature, which allows you to see in a person's profile if they follow you or not, which had mixed reactions, as some people loved the idea of growing their audience, and others feared the embarrassment of getting caught not following their aunts.

Instagram - brar_j - Flicker

There was also the changing to show four pictures per row, instead of three, which users worldwide have already gotten used to.

But still we had other changes this month, as Whatsapp announced it will be releasing its "Unsend" feature soon, making it possible to delete embarrassing messages which you already sent to someone, but under

a couple of conditions.

WhatsApp logo - WhatsApp- wikimedia commons

And finally, Twitter gave up its trademark "140 characters" to allow users double that space, with a 240 characters per tweet update, which stirred conflicted



Twitter screenshot
9/30/2017 2:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[ et Best dressed: El Gouna Film Festival closing ceremony ]]>
Here are some dresses that stood out in the closing ceremony:

Engy el Mokadem- File Photo

Yousra- File Photo

Nelly Karim- File Photo

Amina Khalil- File Photo

Razan- File photo

Mays Hamdan- File Photo

Bushra- File photo

Dorra Zarrouk- File Photo
9/30/2017 1:07:32 PM
<![CDATA[In Pakistan's coal rush, some women drivers break cultural barriers]]>
Such work is seen as life-changing in this dusty southern region bordering India, where sand dunes cover estimated coal reserves of 175 billion tonnes and yellow dumper trucks swarm like bees around Pakistan’s largest open-pit mine.

The imposing 60-tonne trucks initially daunted Gulaban, 25, a housewife and mother of three from Thar’s Hindu community inside the staunchly conservative and mainly-Muslim nation of 208 million people.

“At the beginning I was a bit nervous but now it’s normal to drive this dumper,” said Gulaban, clad in a pink saree, a traditional cloth worn by Hindu women across South Asia.

Gulaban - who hopes such jobs can help empower other women facing grim employment prospects - is among 30 women being trained to be truck drivers by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), a Pakistani firm digging up low-grade coal under the rolling Thar sand dunes.

Gulaban has stolen the march on her fellow trainees because she was the only woman who knew how to drive a car before training to be a truck driver. She is an inspiration to her fellow students.

“If Gulaban can drive a dump truck then why not we? All we need to do is learn and drive quickly like her,” said Ramu, 29, a mother of six, standing beside the 40-tonne truck.

Until recently, energy experts were uncertain that Pakistan’s abundant but poor-quality coal could be used to fire up power plants.

That view began to change with new technology and Chinese investment as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key branch of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative to connect Asia with Europe and Africa.

Now coal, along with hydro and liquefied natural gas, is at the heart of Pakistan’s energy plans.

SECMC, which has about 125 dump trucks ferrying earth out of the pit mine, estimates it will need 300-400 trucks once they burrow deep enough to reach the coal.

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Drivers can earn up to 40,000 rupees ($380) a month.

Women aspiring to these jobs are overcoming cultural barriers in a society where women are restricted to mainly working the fields and cooking and cleaning for the family. Only this week in Saudi Arabia, a close ally of Pakistan, women were granted permission to drive for the first time ever, ending a ban that was supported by conservative clerics but seen by rights activists as an emblem of suppression.

Gulaban’s husband, Harjilal, recalled how people in Thar would taunt him when his “illiterate” wife drove their small car.

“When I sit in the passenger seat with my wife driving, people used to laugh at me,” said Harjilal, who like most of the people in the community only has one name.

But Gulaban, seeking to throw stereotypes out of the window, is only focused on the opportunities ahead.

“As I can see our other female trainees getting paid and their life is changing,” Gulaban added. “I hope...for a better future.”

9/30/2017 12:32:39 PM
<![CDATA[Fashion world shaken by #NoFreePhotos row]]>
More than 40 photographers who follow the fashion circuit and snap its top celebrities and bloggers as they arrive for shows in New York, Paris and Milan have formed an unofficial union, and have threatened to shame brands and influencers who use their images without permission.

Influencers and bloggers are often paid by labels to wear their clothes and promote their lines in social media posts, mostly on Instagram.

And the photographers claim that some influencers with hundreds of thousands of social media followers are making money from their photos while they get nothing in return.

The row raises questions about how the fashion industry works in the digital age, with many people prepared to work for little or nothing to get a foothold in such an outwardly glamorous world.

Most models, particularly young ones climbing the catwalk ladder, are paid "peanuts", with one 17-year-old model at Paris Fashion Week telling AFP: "It is pocket money for doing something that I love."

The protesting photographers have begun adding the hashtag #NoFreePhotos to images uploaded to their Instagram accounts, which have more than three million followers.

And they have threatened to refuse to tag rogue influencers and instead call them out with the #NoFreePhotos hashtag.

'We make them' -
One of the group's leaders, Nabile Quenum, told AFP that the protest was "not about shaming anyone. We are in this together. We are just asking for respect.

"Girls get famous because of the photographers. We take pictures of the people we judge cool. When we shoot someone it says they are cool and people look for inspiration from cool people.

"Brands can see (from what we do) who is hot, who is marketable... and who they can pay to lead them to the consumer. Somehow (the influencers) have forgotten that we make them."

Quenum, who has been on the circuit for eight years, said most brands and influencers respected "copyright-protected photos".

But a "growing minority" did not, using their images for commercial gain without paying.

A Japanese photographer called Koji outside the Issey Miyake Paris Fashion Week show on Friday said he had stopped uploading his images to Instagram because of rampant piracy.

"Why should I so people can steal my work and not even credit me. I have had enough," he added.

Influencers 'not being paid' -
But the claims that influencers were making a "disproportionate gain" from cheerleading for brands drew a sharp response on Instagram from some bloggers.

"The notion that many influencers are being 'disproportionately' paid to wear clothes is quite laughable," said top blogger Bryan Grey Yambao, aka Bryanboy, who has more than 640,000 Instagram followers.

"Do these photographers know how absolutely cheap many of the brands are? A lot of the girls I know are not being paid to wear clothes. Many spend money to go back and forth for 'fittings'... and are often dressed by brands to be on their 'good graces'. All for free!

"Influencers are happy to do all that to develop a (usually disposable) relationship with brands who are more than happy to move on to the next girl with even more followers," the Filipino style guru insisted.

Yambao said he understood that photographers had to be paid. "But then again, when was the last time an influencer demanded a model release form from photographers who sell their images to magazines, retailer websites or the brands directly?

"Imagine if every influencer or editor or fashion person started complaining that their images are being taken and sold without authorisation?" he added.

But American photographer Jennifer Graylock said the relationship was "lopsided in favour of the influencer or celebrity. If a photo runs of you wearing designer X you get exposure. Which leads to more followers which leads to more interest in your favour.

"However (if the photographer has been credited) they only get the 10 cents and never benefit further."
9/30/2017 12:16:31 PM
<![CDATA[ET quote: Ramy Ashour ]]>
Ashour is an Egyptian squash player born on September 30, 1987. He was encouraged by his father to play squash at young age.

At the age of 16 Ashour won the Men’s 2004 World Junior Squash Championship, becoming the youngest person ever to win that title. In 2006 he won the Junior World Championship again, setting another record as the only person to ever win it twice.

He became the world's Number 1 in squash at the age of 22. Now he is ranked 14th worldwide.

Fun Fact:

● He loves singing and has a good voice.

● He loves traveling and learning about new cultures

Another Quote for the road:

“Those critical points and critical moments are not as hard to me as they use to be, because in real life I’ve been through much more.”
9/30/2017 10:45:51 AM
<![CDATA[Nearly 2 mln people watched NFL livestream on Amazon.com]]>
Some 1.9 million people tuned in to Amazon's kickoff show and game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, according to the NFL. That compares to 2.3 million for the first digitally streamed game last year on Twitter Inc, which had the online rights at the time.

But viewers watched the broadcast for longer on average on Amazon. Its average worldwide audience for at least 30 seconds was 372,000 people, compared with 243,000 on Twitter for the first game last year, the NFL said.

Streaming live sports is a new, integral part of Amazon's strategy to encourage more people to sign up to its Prime shopping club and spend more on retail goods.]]>
9/30/2017 7:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Self Defence course]]>
Digital Media Factory Found has a solution for you: a special self-defense course for journalists. The idea might seem a little strange, even a little off, but it is worth trying it out.

What will the course offer?

 How to deal with all the dangerous and ridiculous situations in the streets

 At the end of the course journalists, you will master the art of punching and kicking

 Part of the course psychologically prepares journalists to deal with difficult situations and times of stress

 Journalists learn how to maintain emotional stability while defending themselves

The course will be on October 27 and October 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

9/29/2017 10:34:22 PM
<![CDATA[Understanding Recycling]]>
Recycling is commonly known as reusing material. Although people might be unaware that they are actually recycling, it actually plays a big role in our lives beyond sustainable development. How many times have you turned your old shirt into a kitchen cloth?

Actions like these that later develop the habit of recycling.

Recycling affects more than just the environment. It plays a huge role in the economy. For businesses buying a near perfect recycled material is more cost friendly than buying refined material. But, if that is the case, why are recycled products more expensive? There are various aspects that contribute to this equation.

First, the process of sorting out the trash to “plastic,””glass,” and “metal/can” is extremely time consuming and costly. Second, the cleaning waste requires a lot of time and energy to return it into a reusable state, which, again, requires a lot of money. Therefore, although the costs of using recycled material decreases the price, the production of recycled material increases the price.

Recycling also allows us to generate jobs. People could work as collectors and save their waste and gather waste from their friends and neighbors to generate revenue. “The challenge in Egypt is not the stores that sell recycled products … the challenge is not even in the factories; the challenge is the collection, the supply chain,”CEO of RecycloBekia Mostafa Hemdan said. The supply chain is controlled by the informal sector, which makes it harder for recycling companies to find waste products, map the market, and practise business ethics in matters that concern taxes because the competition with the informal sector is very high.

With factoring operating locally, the costs of recycling have decreased because shipping costs are much lower and with the introduction of three different recycling bins, thesorting costs are significantly lower. The decrease in costs means that recycled products are not as expensive as they once were.

With the recent price hikes as a result of lifting subsidies from most products, the cost of shipping, raw material and production increased, which is reflected in the increase in prices of goods. However, the prices of recycled products would have been more expensive if they had not used recycled material. This means that on the macro level recycling is economical for both consumers and businesses.

The economic benefits of recycling are not instant. To be able to see results, recycling should not be a “one-man job.” It requires collective efforts from society constantly for a period of time. This is when we will be able to see real results.

Guide to recycled products

In Egypt, there are many places where people could buy recycled products. Most bookstores have books and notebooks made of recycled paper. Food outlets and coffee shops like Costa Coffee use recycled plastics and cardboard for their take-away plates and cups.

Gezazy is a store that recycles glass bottles to make lamps, candle holders, fish tanks, vases and other glass work. Originally focusing on glass waste, Gezazy has recently expanded their scope to wood recycling. Their wood work includes tables, chairs, doors and much more.

Like Gazazy, Reform Studio is a store that recycles plastic into handbags. They use a type of material called Plastex, reused plastic. “Reform aims to help revive the weaving industry — a craft that is on the brink of extinction, and consequently increase work opportunities across Egypt and empower local communities,” Reform Studio’s website says. The business recently expanded its product line to chairs, benches, stools and storage bags.
9/29/2017 10:16:52 PM
<![CDATA[Lyft IPO puts investors in self-driving cars as well as ride services]]>
On Thursday, Reuters reported that San Francisco-based Lyft is close to hiring an IPO advisory firm as a first concrete step toward becoming publicly listed.

Lyft would establish a public valuation for ride services startups that has been elusive. Lyft was valued at $7.5 billion in its latest fundraising, while larger rival Uber is valued at $68 billion. Some question whether that is fair, given the range of scandals at Uber this year. In August, Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi set a new tentative timeline for Uber’s IPO of between 18 and 36 months.

A ride services IPO tests the belief of many auto industry insiders that individual auto ownership will wane as people will sell their cars and rely on “mobility services” such as ride services, car share, bike share - and self-driving vehicles.

A Lyft IPO “is going to tell us what the valuations of these mobility services companies really are,” said Mike Ramsey, research director at Gartner.

A public offering by Lyft, which offers similar services to Uber and markets itself as a friendlier company, is “a proxy for whether next-generation mobility is as disruptive as private investors think it is,” said venture capitalist Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners.

Self-driving technology is being developed and tested by dozens of companies, although it is not ready for real-world use.

Self-driving cars are expected to reinforce the move away from individual car ownership, by driving down the cost of a ride and driving up the cost of vehicles.

Auto industry executives estimate the cost of driving a mile in an owner-driven vehicle is about 60 cents to $1.00, and a mile with a Lyft or Uber driver is about $2.50 to $3.00.

Replacing the human driver with artificial intelligence and electronics could eliminate about two-thirds of the cost, they say, and Lyft is making an early, important bet on taking advantage of that change.

An IPO that values Lyft higher than its current $7.5 billion “is a step in a long journey toward self-driving” vehicles, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of LMC Automotive.

Lyft already has struck agreements for automakers Ford Motor Co (F.N), Tata Motors Ltd’s (TAMO.NS) Jaguar Land Rover and General Motors Co (GM.N); and technology companies Waymo, a unit of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Drive.ai and nuTonomy to test autonomous vehicles in its network. That could eventually lead to the technology companies and fleet owners using Lyft as their network provider, although some, including GM, may also create their own services.

Uber, by comparison, has a much deeper financial commitment to developing self-driving technology. “Partner with as many tech companies as possible is the right move,” given the number of developers, Ramsey said. But, he added, it would likely be the end of the next decade before there were substantial numbers of self-driving cars creating revenue.]]>
9/29/2017 2:03:20 PM
<![CDATA[How to handle acne]]>
Do not touch your face too much: this is the most common tip and it does make sense, as touching your face with your hands too much helps spread bacteria and in case you already have acne it means this might upset the infected areas and hurt you more.

Do not attempt to pop or scratch it: this might lead to more acne, scarring and you do not want to live your life with a reminder of acne.

Do not stress: relax because it might save your skin, according to Web MD, studies showed a distinct relation between stress and acne's spread. So make sure not to stress yourself out over everything or over think your problems.

Do stay clean: this might seem too general, but keeping your face and hands clean at all time is bound to limit the possibility or the spread of acne as it limits the spread of bacteria and helps treatments like lotions work more effectively.

Do moisturize: make sure your skin stays hydrated because, according to Web MD, many of the products that treat acne cause dryness to the skin. You should use a moisturizer that reads "noncomedogenic' on the label, which means it does not cause acne.

Do contact an expert: consulting a dermatologist might be your best choice in case acne gets too stubborn, as the specialist will know exactly your type of skin, what is causing you acne and how to treat it properly.

9/29/2017 12:18:00 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Halsey]]>
Halsey is a pop singer, songwriter and her real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane.

She was born on September 29 1994. She started her career on YouTube by posting cover songs. She recorded a song called ‘The Haylor Song,’ which was actually a parody of Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ in 2012. The song was about Swift and Harry Styles relationship. Hence she started to get recognized worldwide.

After that she recorded a song called ‘Ghost’ and posted it on Soundcloud in 2014. The song became a hit.

In August 2015 she released her album, which was called ‘Badlands.’ She is now the kind of musicians that everyone listens to.

Fun Fact:
● She takes 20 minutes to an hour to write a song, pretty amazing huh?

Another Quote for the road:
“I’m learning slowly to not be as much of a control freak. I can’t afford to be all the time, but I’m getting better at communicating. Delegating parts of my vision for other people to execute has made it an easier process for knowing what I want, and what people can handle, and what I should probably save for myself.”

9/29/2017 11:58:51 AM
<![CDATA[MFW SS18: Etro ]]>
It was the first time for Etro to showcase men and women’s collection together. Additionally, this year Etro is celebrating through the fashion show and their collection their 50th anniversary.


Both collections of women and men have drawn diversity multiculturalism and escapism.

According to Many Fashion outlets, such as Vogue, Etro was one of the best and outstanding shows in Milan this year.


Etro is an Italian fashion house founded in 1968. It is a family business that found by Gimmo Etro, the CEO is Francesco Freschi and the designers are his daughter (Veronica) and son (Kean).

9/29/2017 11:55:07 AM
<![CDATA[Are these food products actually healthy?]]>
Granola bars: when it comes to granola, it seems like a healthy, delicious crunchy option that is full of antioxidants. The problem is, according to foodnetwork.com, these antioxidants come from vitamin E, which is not as healthy as the antioxidants available in vegetables and fruits. Also, a lot of granola product use sugar, food dye, and trans fats from oils. So, to be safe, make sure the list of ingredients on the back of your granola bar is short and mostly natural ingredients, such as nuts and fruits.

salad - jill111 - Pixabay

Greek yogurt: it seems like a great healthy choice on diet shelves in stores; but, unless it is low-fat or fat-free milk, you are probably better off without it, as the whole milk version of it is around 75 percent of what your body needs of saturated fats per day, according to foodnetwork.com.

Greek yogurt with apples and granola - by Public Domain

Fat-free salad dressing: even though this product’s name is quite reassuring, it is not actually healthy and maybe even does more harm than use. According to foodnetwork.com, what this product gives up in fats it gains in adding more sugar and flavors, which will not help with your diet. Make sure to check the ingredients before you buy any type of fat-free salad dressing.

StockSnap - Pixabay

Veggie chips: unlike what you would think, most veggie chips products are not actually made of healthy ingredients, according to prevention.com; they are made of corn flower and potato starch instead, with a touch of veggie powders.

Baked veggie chips - Jennifer Smith – Flicker

Rice cakes: while quite low on calories and fats, they are not the healthiest choice ever. Rice cakes are not nutritious, as many of them include a very low amount of fiber and protein and earn their glamour through artificial sweeteners and colors.

Multigrain rice cakes with strawberries fruit - Marco Verch – Flicker
9/28/2017 9:37:19 PM
<![CDATA[Not all women can be models, says Dior designer]]>
The Italian designer, who has made much of her own feminist credentials since becoming the first woman to head the storied French label last year, led out her spring-summer collection at Paris Fashion Week with a Breton jumper bearing the slogan, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?"

The ironic rallying call kicked off Chiuri's most colourful show for Dior, which fizzed with Saint Phalle's primary colours and liquorice pinks and yellows.

But the designer stopped short of casting larger models in her homage to the great Franco-American artist who glorified the fuller female form in her voluptuous "Nanas" sculptures.

"Not all girls can be a model," Chiuri told AFP as she praised a new charter banning ultra-thin models from the Paris catwalk.

"I think it's a great idea... because I'm a woman, I have a daughter.

"At the same time we have to explain that not all people can be a model," she added.

- 'It's a job' -

Chiuri's comments came only two weeks after a wave of "plus-size" models led byAshley Graham made headlines at New York Fashion Week.

"Because sometimes now everybody wants it all. If you want to be a singer you have to have a voice. If you want to be a climber you have to be athletic. There is something that is specific," Chiuri said.

The public often have the wrong idea about designers, she argued. "I don't want to use anorexic girls. Sometimes people forget that it's a job."

"We work on a Stockman dummy. It is size 37. We don't work on 40 because it is too difficult afterwards to make the other sizes. So there are some sizes that are good for making the first prototype. So we need the girls who have the talent and are naturally born in this size."

Earlier in the day the young French brand Jour/ne used a plus-sized model in its Paris catwalk show, although it preferred to call her "someone with curves".

"We don't want to pigeon-hole models," a source at the label told AFP after the show, which raised eyebrows by using Coca-Cola branding on some of its clothes.

Chiuri said she loved models "that have personality. I love (the British model) Ruth (Bell) because she has a strong personality. I think that you can feel it."

The designer created a huge and spectacular cave with mirrored mosaics to show Dior's collection in a nod to similar instalments that Saint Phalle created in Hamburg and Italy.

- 'We should all be feminists' -

Chiuri began her reign at Dior with a t-shirt bearing the slogan "We should all be feminists", and borrowed the "great women artists" line in her new show from an essay by the American feminist art historian Linda Nochlin.

The size of models has become a hot-button issue, with many critics claiming that fashion presents young women with an unhealthy and unattainable ideal of beauty.

Plus-size model Ashley Graham received a rapturous reception when she stepped out for Canadian lingerie brand Addition Elle in New York, and larger models Candice Huffine, Precious Lee and Sabina Karlsson also featured in other top shows.

Earlier this month French fashion's two biggest players -- LVMH and Kering -- said they were banning overly thin and under-age models from their catwalks.

Models must now be at least 16 years of age and size 34 or over (size six in Britain and zero in the US).

Saint Laurent -- which is owned by Kering -- will unveil its spring-summer collection later Tuesday, having been criticised earlier this year by French advertising watchdogs for its use of very thin models in "porno chic" poses for a publicity campaign.]]>
9/28/2017 8:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[International day for Safe Abortion]]>
Yet it was originally a day that celebrates the abolition of slavery for children born to slave mothers in Brazil, was renamed as the day of the ‘free womb’ and the movement spread to all the other regions in the world.

In 2015 the name of the awareness day came to be when 83 activities were organized in 47 countries by national, regional and international NGOs and activists. 2016 was the biggest International Safe Abortion Day to be celebrated.

According to the World Health Organization:

Between 2010–2014:

o On average, 56 million induced (safe and unsafe) abortions occurred worldwide each year
o There were 35 induced abortions per 1000 women aged between 15–44 years
o 25 percent of all pregnancies ended in an induced abortion
o The rate of abortions was higher in developing regions than in developed regions.

Around 25 million unsafe abortions were estimated to have taken place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries (1).

o Among these, 8 million were carried out in the least- safe or dangerous conditions
o Over half of all estimated unsafe abortions globally were in Asia
o 3 out of 4 abortions that occurred in Africa and Latin America were unsafe
o The risk of dying from an unsafe abortion was the highest in Africa

• Each year between 4.7 percent – 13.2 percent of maternal deaths can be attributed to unsafe abortion (2).

• Around 7 million women are admitted to hospitals every year in developing countries, as a result of unsafe abortion (3).
• The annual cost of treating major complications from unsafe abortion is estimated at $553 million (4).

• Safe abortion must be provided or supported by a trained person using WHO recommended methods appropriate for the pregnancy duration.

• Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications.

Here in Egypt it is still illegal to have an abortion and the punishment for it is imprisonment. Abortion is only allowed in Egypt if the women’s health is in jeopardy.

Women tend to opt for home abortion techniques such as taking medication that is not available in pharmacies, where the side-effect maybe excessive bleeding in which case it is very unsafe to seek medical help in the case of being arrested.

Women in ruler areas have been known to result tojumping up and down repeatedly, punching themselves in the stomach, insert sharp objects in their uterus such as hangers.

The most common reasons that drive women to seek abortion are the firstly due to health reason if one is too ill, has cancer or their body just cannot take on nine months of carrying a life inside of it. Rape or incest are also very common due to the amount of daily sexual harassment and assault women deal with on a daily bases weather ate home or out in public.

The other maybe the one that most would disagree or look down on is the fact that some women just do not want to have kids they do not want to put anyone else through the world that they are living and would rather not to add on to the world’s ever growing never stopping population.
9/28/2017 7:40:36 PM
<![CDATA[Naive Girl talking in corporate ]]>
I got hired on February 3, 2013. We started taking some sessions on how to approach the customers and how to market for our products. The sessions were given to us in less than a week and we started working straight afterwards.

In this company I trusted two people, they were supposedly my best friends, for the sake of my privacy and theirs I will not mention their names I will call them Ahmed and Amira. Ahmed graduated from the American University in Cairo in 2014, while Amira wasa student at The BUE.

Both Ahmed and Amira took me under their wing in work and life. I always got back to them in work and life about all the little things I would second guess myself on. I trusted them and Itheir opinion.

Ahmed was always asking me for money and I used to give it to him blindly I was also always buying him things because I thought that, that's what friends do they help each other.

On the other hand, Amira was the girl who treated me like her younger sister. The three of us used to call each other every single day to check up on each other.

Our job required traveling to Gouna and Sahel that meant a greater opportunity to be with my friends, and to get to know them better.

Eventually, at Gouna and Sahel we used to spend our time together discussing our future and how it will include one another.

Ahmed was not only my friend, he was my partner at work in Sahel and Gouna. While Amira was my friend and my roommate during the work trips.

Therefore, yes we hung out a lot at work and outside of it to. The problem began when I heard that I was going to get promoted. People were asking me how is that even a problem? This is something good?Yet I believed that it was a problem. I was getting promoted and my friends were not.

When I heard the news I was so excited I went and told Ahmed and Amira. Little did I know that they were not happy for me.

This news made me ecstatic for months and it made me put more effort into my job. My university friends started telling me that I need to leave the job that is taking all of my time and effort and started changing me and turning me into a horrible person.

What how was that even possible a job turning a person to a horrible one, that makes no sense.

Obviously I went and asked my two new best friends (Ahmed and Amira), their comment was no you did not change you actually evolved into a better person.

Months passed by and I was still in my position and I did not get my promotion. This did not affect my work at all and at the time I did not really care.

However, my reaction started to change when I started hearing that Ahmed and Amira were going to be promoted, and I was not.

I started doubting myself, and started feeling that I am not doing my job efficiently and I even asked my boss, and he was no you are doing great. Plus he added that I was going to be promoted as soon as the summer ends. I was relieved when he told me so, that was I really getting promoted?

Summer ended and I get a phone call from Ahmed saying he is being promoted. I was very happy for him and excited. Hence, I got him a gift for his birthday that will fit his new position.

I started waiting for my call, and one day I got a call that I have to travel to Gouna with the team. Hence, I notice that I am not going to be promoted. Therefore I started freaking out inside and no one was helping, not even Ahmed or Amira , both of them told me that I have problems and I did not care about them.

That was never true I cared a lot about them, but that was my future we were talking about I had to put it first.

I had to show Ahmed and Amira that what they are saying is not true. So, when Ahmed asked me for money, I lend him LE 500 right away. While Amira I was trying to do for her everything, but she was not helping.

Inevitably, I came back from Gouna knowing that I lost a friend. A month passed by and I asked Amira to give me back my accessories and clothes that she borrowed, but she did not answer.

I was extremely annoyed by her lack of response that I called Ahmed and asked him for my money back because I started feeling that I was alone and both of them were using me in work and for money. His answer was “I do not have the money.”

I really was pissed, and I did not know what to do, so I called a co-worker and told him the whole story and asked him if he can take the money from him.

When my co-worker asked him he said that he does not have the money on him and he will give it to me personally.

Another month passed, and Ahmed did not give me the money, so I decided to take it publicly on Facebook and ask him in indirect way.

I wrote: “A friend used me as money bag, and I thought we were close. I was to him a bag full of money. Little did he know that this money is not mine and it's my parents. Thank you my friend for showing your true color.”

That was my statement for ending our friendship, which was already built on a huge lie. Ahmed was never truthful to me he told me he was born in the U.S., he was not, he told me he graduated from AUC, I checked the list on the website and he was not on it. He was a liar and a user.

I did not get the promotion and I got backstabbed by two people I trusted, hence I decided to leave the company and leave the place that had a negative impact on my life.
9/28/2017 7:33:31 PM
<![CDATA[Interview: Meet the doyenne behind “Women of Egypt”]]>
Over 2000 women of all ages and professions have been featured on the page since early 2016. The only selection criterion is that they are Egyptians; and each of them is a source of enormous inspiration, challenging all societal and western misconceptions, breaking the taboos and writing their own success stories.

We interviewed Alexandra Kinias, the face and mastermind behind “Women of Egypt,” who has embarked on a mission to change western misconceptions about Egyptian women, highlight the achievements of pioneering women throughout Egyptian history and empower all girls to pursue their wildest dreams.

imageedit_6_4297888282Born and raised in Egypt, Kinias graduated as a mechanical engineer from Alexandria University. She later went on to pursue her passion for writing and advocacy as she moved to America. All of her work has since addressed women issues, in her books, short stories and even movies.

A dedicated women rights advocate, Kinias first started WOE Facebook page as a tribute to pioneering Egyptian women, who led the Egyptian suffragette movement with the turn of the twentieth century, she tells Egypt Today.

“It saddened me to see not only how the leaders of this movement were marginalized and some even perished from history books, but also how their efforts and the rights they fought for were reversed and how the Egyptian women’s movement that gained momentum in the fifties and sixties in Egypt not only came to a halt, but started moving backwards.

What was even more staggering was how these pioneer women became just names to the young generation, who meant nothing to them. Such women are idolized all over the world and became role models. In Egypt, it seemed there were organized efforts to drop them and their achievements out of history,” Kinias states.

WOE also carries on another mission, to address the West’s misconceptions about Egyptian women, Kianis says.
“Unfortunately, many in the west put all the women in the Middle East in the same basket. With this misunderstanding, they perceive Egyptian women through the same lens as other women in the region, which is totally false. Women in Egypt, and going back to more than 7000 years enjoyed more rights and freedoms that any of their peers in neighboring lands. The suffragette movement in the region started in Egypt. The fact that they encountered some challenges in the last few decades, doesn’t mean, with all due respect to women elsewhere in the middle east, that their status is comparable with them.”

“These two issues were always in the back of my mind. I wanted to start a page to address them. The swearing in of the 89 female parliament members in January 2016, the largest number of female presentation ever in the Egyptian Parliament, was the omen to put WOE in action.”

Women of Egypt features inspirational public figures and success stories of young entrepreneurs, as well as “stories from women whom are absolutely inspiring, but no one knows about them,” Kinias says.

“Due to various social and political changes in Egypt the last few decades, women have lost some of their rights, and their status had reached a point of stagnation. WOE initiative advocates and empowers women by featuring their stories … We are giving a voice to women to share their success stories with the world, to motivate, empower and inspire others to follow suit.”

Less than two years since it was first launched, WOE has already become an active and renowned actor in the field of women empowerment.

“The page became a source to several renowned television programs, newspapers and magazines,” Kinias says proudly.

Major women organizations like UN Women, UNESCO, and other local and international organizations and programs also reach out to WOE as a source, to make announcements or to share their news and programs on the page. “These global organizations approach us because they believe in our mission and message, and they view us as a reputable and informative source, not to mention that we have a huge audience, which is defiantly an asset,” she states.

Listing few of the many accomplishments of WOE, Kinias recalls that they helped furniture designer Shosha Kamal, whose Pharaonic inspired sofa won first place in the International Product Design Awards for the year 2016 in London, adding that UN Women requested WOE’s assistance to announce their need for volunteers for the Wikipedia Writing Workshops they organized - to develop and edit Wikipedia articles about women - .

“We read comments from fathers wishing for their daughters to become pilots or Olympic champions … A school teacher asked permission to print the material for her class to teach her students about the amazing women who fought and are fighting for women’s rights,” Kinias says.

For Kinias, all the women featured on the page and the affiliated website are impressive models. “Egyptian women are smart, hard-working, innovative, feisty, they are fighting very hard to break the social and cultural taboos,” she affirms.

“There is Esraa El Bably who was born with hearing impairment, yet she grew up to become a successful dentist. After we published her story, BBC featured her.
We interviewed Ghada Wali after she was selected on the Forbes’ List 30 under 30 Europe – Arts 2017, making her the first Egyptian to ever be included on the European list, Amany Khalil, the Ironwoman, the art teacher in Samanoud who founded an art center to teach kids how to draw and craft.”

“One of the impressive stories I would like to share is of Manal Abdel Hamid, an author from Upper Egypt who published 11 books, the first two without the knowledge of her family. Manal is still fighting her conservative society that believes that writing for women is an indecent profession.”

The future of Egypt lies in the hands of women.-2

WOE started as a Facebook page but it has now developed into an initiative, including two online publications, one in English and one in Arabic. It also published two e-books and offered them for free to the WOE page followers: “Pearls of the Nile,” offered in March 2017, in celebration of Women’s International Day, and “Pearls of the Nile – The Pioneers,” which was given away during the months of June and July to celebrate Huda Sharawy’s 136th birthday.

“WOE is not affiliated with any organization or campaign. It’s a personal initiative with an objective to motivate women to stand up and fight for their rights,” Kinias says.

“It’s a message for women to be strong and confident, to dream big and to break whatever taboos holding them back. The future of Egypt lies in the hands of women. We want them to be happy, to walk in harassment free streets, to enjoy a work environment with no gender discrimination. We want little girls to dream of becoming the president or an astronaut or a war correspondent or whatever their hearts desire, with no one telling them they can’t because they are girls.”

WOE has recently started a writing internship, to help aspiring writers to develop and improve their writing skills, by writing about women’s issues, Kinias reveals.

“We want to engage as many people as we can to become advocates for women’s rights, give them a voice and a platform to express themselves. We have writers as young as 17 years old. Our next step is to call on male writers to join. We need men on board who support and advocate women’s rights and equality.”

9/28/2017 4:53:30 PM
<![CDATA[A wedding is coming: Game of Thrones actors announce engagement]]>
Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the fantasy drama, met Leslie, who played Ygritte, in 2011 while filming the second season of the Emmy-winning show in Iceland.

“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love,” Harington told Vogue magazine in an interview last year.

The British duo, both 30, had only a brief on-screen romance before Leslie’s character, Ygritte, died in the arms of Snow in season four. Her final words, “You know nothing, Jon Snow,” have became one of the show’s most famous lines.]]>
9/28/2017 3:13:08 PM
<![CDATA[Most Valuable Brand is Louis Vuitton ]]>
Louis Vuitton is placed the 19th on the list; Hermes is placed as the 32nd, while Gucci is 51st.

Some brands slipped down several places such as Burberry, Prada, and Ralph Lauren.Burberry is placed the 86th, Prada 94th, while Ralph Lauren fell down to the 98th.

The Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2017 ranking measures financial performance and brands’ ability to influence customers’ choice. The Interbrand’s was found in1974 by John Murphy. Its headquarters is in New York. Omnicom Group took over Interbrand in 1993. ]]>
9/28/2017 2:28:04 PM
<![CDATA[Lanvin show kicks off carousel of new designers in Paris]]>
Designer Olivier Lapidus, appointed in July after the short tenure of his predecessor, Bouchra Jarrar, unveiled a pared-back line-up dominated by black, with wispy gowns and shorter, asymmetric ensembles.

Lapidus’ debut is one of several closely watched maiden collections at Paris Fashion Week, at a time when brands are jostling to make a mark and ride an upturn in the luxury goods industry.

Among the top names, France’s Givenchy, owned by luxury firm LVMH, will present the first outing by ex-Chloe designer Clare Waight Keller on Oct. 1.

Lapidus - who had recently set up his own label and is the son of the late, well-known French couturier Ted Lapidus - is Lanvin’s third artistic director in three years after star designer Alber Elbaz was sacked in 2015 following a boardroom spat. Sales have since faltered.

Nicolas Druz, a close adviser to Lanvin’s majority owner, Shaw-Lan Wang, a Chinese-born media magnate, said the fashion house would be looking to experiment more with technology as part of its makeover. This included the manufacture of fabrics, he said - one of Lapidus’ specialities.

“We are going to try and create something new,” Druz said after the show inside Paris’ ornate Grand Palais exhibition hall. Druz is to shortly take up a seat on Lanvin’s board.

The latest collection included a voluminous black jacket in a neoprene-style material. Lapidus also introduced splashes of color with silk prints bearing the Lanvin logo, in red, white, green and blue combinations.

France’s Guy Laroche presented designs by its new artistic director, Richard Rene, on Wednesday.

Chloe’s first collection by Louis Vuitton alumnus Natacha Ramsay-Levi will air on Thursday, when Carven’s new designer, Serge Ruffieux, will also make his debut. Paris Fashion Week runs until Oct. 3.]]>
9/28/2017 11:13:08 AM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Naomi Watts ]]>
Watts is an English actress and film producer. She was born on September 28, 1968, in Britain but was raised in Australia.

She started her career as a model at the age of 18. However, she did not succeed down that career path. Her first television debut was “Hey Dad..!” in 1990. In 1991, she starred in the film “Flirting.” However, her major work was the 2012 film “The Impossible,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in a leading role.


 At the age of 18, Watts decided to become a model. She signed with a modeling agency that sent her to Japan, but, after several failed auditions, she returned to Sydney.

 She was hired to work in advertising for a department store, to which she was later hired as an assistant fashion editor.

 Watts was invited to casual drama workshops. There, she pursued her acting dream.

Another Quote for the road:

“If we could just trust the moment that we're in and live it in the way that we best can embrace it, it would be much better for all of us.”
9/28/2017 11:04:54 AM
<![CDATA[Google’s birthday surprise spinner]]>
Celebrating its 19th anniversary, in true internet fashion, Google gives us 19 different way to waste or spend our day mindlessly on their homepage. The 19 doodle games that are featured on the homage are some of Google greatest hits throughout the years.

"Explore 19 surprises we've launched over the past 19 years" by clicking on the Doodle.


Beethoven Game


Help Beethoven's unfortunate journey to the symphony hall by arranging his masterpieces in time for the big crescendo!

Beethoven’s trip to the symphony hall in today’s musical puzzle, which Leon Hong created in collaboration with artist Nate Swinehart and engineers Jonathan Shneier and Jordan Thompson.


Galapagos Islands: Discover Darwin’s Living Laboratory

Take a trip to the archipelago with Google maps as they collect 360-degree Street View imagery.


Pony Express Game


On April 14, 2015 the Pony express game was launched to celebrate the 155th Anniversary of the Pony Express amethod of communication. A concept where horseback riders with letters traveling from California to Missouri and vice versa to deliver mail on time. True to their word, the first mail arrived on April 14.


Halloween Game

halloween google

Grab your wand and help fend off a ghostly catastrophe. Press play to swipe spells, save your friends, and help restore the peace at the Magic Cat Academy. The Halloween Doodle follows freshman feline Momo on her mission to rescue her school of magic.





Cricket Game

Cricket game

First launched on July 17, 2017 celebrating the ICC 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup.


Valentine’s Day Game

Valentines Day Game

Valentine's Day 2017 saw us all awing over Pangolins the world’s only scaly mammal. The eight species of pangolin that roam the wilds of Asia and Africa. They are strong swimmers who rely on their long tongues and heightened sense of smell to find nourishment.

8. The classic

Snake game

Snake game


Hip Hop Game

Hip Hop

Google celebrated the 45th anniversary of Hip-Hop. With your very own turntables.
This interactive doodle game allows you to be a DJ.


Google 15th Birthday Game

Google 15 birthday


Arpeggios Music Lab


“Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They’re collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API. These experiments are just a start. Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own,” Google says.


Animal Sounds


An interactive box that has the recording of many animal sounds.


Earth Day Quiz

Earth day

The Doodle quizzes you to find out what animal you are.


Clara Rockmore Theremin Lesson

Clara Rockmore

In 2016, Google celebrated the 105th birthday of musician Clara Rockmore with an interactive Google Doodle so you can to learn how to play her instrument, the theremin:


Pac Man

Pac Man

On Pac Man’s 30th anniversary Google put the cult favorite in the search results.


Oskar Fischinger Visual Music Composition Creator

Oskar Fischinger Visual Music Composition Creator

Pay homage to the filmmaker and artist Oskar Fischinger. You can create your own visual musical composition.


Tic Tac Toe

tic tac toe

Everyone’s favoritepaper-and-pencil game Tic-tac-toe is now here in your google search box to pass the day.


Scoville Game

coville Game

Wilbur Lincoln Scoville was a chemist, award-winning researcher, professor of pharmacology and the second vice-chairman of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

“People have known about the tongue-burning, tear-inducing qualities of peppers long before Columbus reached the Americas. Before Wilbur Scoville, however, no one knew how to measure a pepper’s “heat.” The doodle team thought his work in this field—and the development of his eponymous Scoville Scale—deserved some recognition,” Google says.


Breathing Exercise

breathing exercise

Take one minute to breath and relax during your hectic day.
9/27/2017 11:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[ Twitter reacts to 280 character tweets]]>
Users have been sharing their opinion on the character increase and most of them are not happy about it.

Others shared their fear that the President of the United States of America Donald Trump will abuse this to his power like he’s been doing with everything else.

And then there were the journalists that went in for a copy editing war.

9/27/2017 5:25:01 PM
<![CDATA[ What to wear when you’re in doubt ]]>
Ideas for Outfits - CC License

1. Eliminate wardrobe malfunction

Your wardrobe should contain five, indispensable pieces:

• A basic white tank top

• A nice pair of jeans

• A leather jacket

• A black dress

• Comfy sneakers

• A nude pair of high heels

Combine any of these together and you will look perfectly fine.

2. Statement accessories

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There are several ways to wear statement accessories. A sparkling statement necklace will always look elegant with any plain outfit.

Chokers are having a major moment, but not in that “Clueless” meets “The Craft,” kind of way, so don’t panic. Stack layers of gold chokers for a look that will make any sweater look polished and dressed up.

If you don’t like wearing statement necklaces, just grab your best three necklaces and layer them on for a new delicate look, even if on a swimsuit it will do you magic.

3. Tulle is always girly

My motto is “when in doubt, wear tulle.” Tulle skirts are a great way to enhance your feminine touch to any outfit, especially when you’re pairing it with a simple t-shirt. Tuck in your tee and throw on a belt, and you have the perfect girly, yet chic dinner outfit.

4. The art of layering

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Layering is one of the best themes that will get you off the hook; just place a tank top under a blazer with a ruffled scarf on top, and jeans and nude high heels on the bottom. With a statement bag or necklace, you are ready to rock.

5. LBDs

You can never go wrong when it comes to wearing a black dress. Just let your hair up, apply bold, smokey eye makeup, and either wear bold earrings or a bold necklace.

With black dresses (LBDs), statement heels are always better than nude heels. If you have heels that are bold, with patterns or a very bright color, always go for them.

Ideas for Outfits - CC License

Last, but definitely not least, apply red lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Collection
9/27/2017 3:44:23 PM
<![CDATA[et Behind the Scenes: Oppo X Tara Emad]]>
Egypt Today will take you on a ride of its September issue cover photoshoot that was held by Oppo for their new limited edition phone the Oppo F3 "FC Barcelona," which as you can imagine, has issued a phone with colors matching those of Barcelona’s flag.

The photoshoot was held for the Egyptian actress and model, Tara Emad. Emad is the face of Oppo in Egypt. She started her modeling career at the age of 14.

In 2010, she was awarded Miss Teen of Egypt.

The photoshoot included hair, makeup and different outfits that were mainly bright-colored and matched the red and blue theme of the mobile.

Make sure to read our full interview with

Tara the Social Butterfly

and see the full album of the photoshoot.

9/27/2017 2:13:33 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Gwyneth Paltrow]]>
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles on September 27, 1972. She is the daughter of producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner.

Her career started in the 1995 hit movie” Seven,” yet she rose to worldwide recognition with “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998. Her performance was widely praised as it earned her the Best Actress Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

In 2005, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for “Proof.” She has also stared on the silver screen and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for the Fox television series “Glee.” Paltrow is now known for her portrayal of Tony Stark’s love interest Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In an interesting gesture, Paltrow wore the 200-pound latex "fat" suit that she used in the film “Shallow Hal” (2001), to a bar where people refused to make eye contact with her and treated her rudely. She said that this experience made her saddened by the injustice faced by overweight people in society.

Fun Facts:

• Voted "Most Stuck-up" in Movieline magazine's 100 Most.
• Practices yoga and sticks to a macrobiotic diet.

Another quote for the road :

“It's a waste of time for people to say things they think other people want to hear, or try and come off in a certain way. I try to be as honest as I can.”
9/27/2017 1:57:23 PM
<![CDATA[et Model of the Week: Kenza Fourati]]>CAIRO – 27 September 2017: This week's model is Kenza Fourati, a Tunisian-French model who started out her modeling career at the age of 16 by winning the Elite Model Look competition, and subsequently went on to walk the runway for Valentino and Armani. She has become the first Arab Muslim model to appear on the pages of Sports Illustrated.

official Facebook page

She appeared in some of the biggest fashion magazines such as Vogue Italy, Vogue Paris, Grazia and Damernas.

Fourati is not just a successful model; she also dreams of becoming a filmmaker since she was a child and she even took steps to pursue this dream, according to Fashion Style Guru. She applied for a Master's in filmmaking after graduating with a degree in French Literature from Sorbonne.

official Facebook page

She is also very supportive of women's rights and tries always to remind other women how powerful they are as she stated in her interview with Global Grind, "I come from a family of women. Women are very powerful! That’s why I believe in women’s rights and why I fight for it. The rights are there in the laws, but the mentality can still be too conservative. It has to improve."

official Facebook page

Fourati is now happily married to an Egyptian- American journalist, Ayman Mohyeldin

#NofussJustUs ❤️👰🏻 @aymanm

A post shared by Kenza Fourati كنزة الفراتي (@kenzafourati) on

And they were just recently blessed with a baby girl.

Kenza, Dhafer Labidine, Khaled Abu El Naga Maitres de ceremonie JCC2010 by Rim Temimi - Kenza’s official Facebook page
9/27/2017 1:04:17 PM
<![CDATA[Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities - 2017]]>

The most innovative university in the world, for the third consecutive year, is Stanford University. Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Stanford has long played a key role in the development of our modern networked world: A Stanford professor designed the basic communication standard for the Internet, and university alumni founded some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Netflix. Today the university continues to consistently produce original research and technology. Innovations that originate at Stanford are frequently cited by researchers elsewhere in academia and in private industry. Those are key criteria in the ranking of the world’s most innovative universities, which was compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, and is based on proprietary data and analysis of numerous indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

Overall, the top ranks of The World's Most Innovative Universities remain largely unchanged, with nine of last year’s 10 highest-ranked universities remaining in the top 10. And the most elite institutions are almost all large, well-established universities based in the United States and Western Europe. Rounding out the top three are MIT and Harvard, which have held onto their respective 2nd and 3rd place rankings for the past three years. In fourth place is the University of Pennsylvania, which climbed four spots from #8 last year. The highest ranked university outside the U.S., Belgium’s KU Leuven (#5), is a nearly 600-year-old institution that maintains one of the largest independent research and development organizations on the planet.

In contrast, there are only two Asian universities in the top 20, both of which are based in South Korea, and one of them actually teaches the majority of its classes in English: South Korea’s KAIST, formerly the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, ranked #6. Established in 1971 by the Korean government, KAIST was modeled after engineering schools in the United States, and initially funded with a multimillion-dollar loan from the United States Agency for International Development.

Overall, the top 100 consists of 51 universities based in North America, 26 in Europe, 20 in Asia and 3 in the Middle East. Why does Asia underperform? One reason is because Japanese universities – traditionally the research powerhouses of the region – depend heavily on government R&D spending, and the nation has been undergoing deflation and economic stagnation for more than 20 years. That means less money for research and fewer innovations.

According to data from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, which tracks articles published in scientific journals, Japanese researchers accounted for 8.4% of all papers published in 2005, but only 5.2% in 2015. Key research areas such as computer science showed even larger decreases, with the number of published papers falling by more than 37%. As a result, the Reuters ranking shows significant declines in rank for leading Japanese universities, including the University of Tokyo (down five spots to #21), Osaka University (down 13 to #24), and Keio University (down 25 to #78). Japan had nine universities on the list in 2016, but only has eight this year; six of those eight universities saw their rank fall from 2016, and one was unchanged. Only Kyushu University saw its ranking improve, moving from #79 to #68.

Of course, while Japan struggles, other Asian nations are growing fast. China has gone from one university on the list in 2015 to two in 2016, and now three in 2017. The two Chinese universities returning to the list this year both made significant gains (Tsinghua University climbed 15 spots to #51, and Peking University climbed 10 spots to #60); the third, Zhejiang University, appears on the list for the first time at #100. But given China’s massive population and economy, just three universities out of 100 still represents significant underperformance.

To compile the 2017 ranking of the world’s most innovative universities, Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters) began by identifying more than 600 global organizations – including educational institutions, nonprofit charities and government-funded labs – that publish the most academic research. Then they evaluated each candidate on 10 different metrics, focusing on academic papers (which indicate basic research) and patent filings (which point to an institution’s ability to apply research and commercialize its discoveries), and ranked them based on their performance.

Careful observers might note a few differences between how non-U.S. institutions rank on Reuters’ regional innovation lists, Asia’s Most Innovative Universities and Europe’s Most Innovative Universities, and how they rank on the global innovators list. An institution’s relative ranking may change from list to list, since each ranking is dependent on summarizing 10 indicators and comparing that with others in a specific population; when that population changes, individual rankings might change as well. Furthermore, the global list is restricted to institutions that filed 70 or more patents with the World Intellectual Property Organization during the five-year period examined by Thomson Reuters. The cutoff for regional lists is just 50 patents, allowing a more in-depth view of the most active institutions within a limited geographic area.

Due to changes in the methodology of this year’s list, three university systems that were ranked in the top 100 last year (University of London, State University System of Florida and University of Arizona and Board of Regents) were broken up so that each of their member institutions were ranked individually: As a result, four of those constituent universities – the University of Florida (#66), University College London (#67), Florida State University (#76) and Arizona State University (#85) – made the top 100 for the first time.

Of course, the relative ranking of any university – or whether it appears on the list at all – does not provide a complete picture of whether its researchers are doing important, innovative work. Since the ranking measures innovation on an institutional level, it may overlook particularly innovative departments or programs: a university might rank low for overall innovation but still operate one of the world’s best theoretical physics departments, for instance. And it’s important to remember that whether a university ranks at the top or the bottom of the list, it’s still within the top 100 on the planet. All of these universities produce original research, create useful technology and stimulate the global economy.]]>
9/27/2017 12:14:57 PM
<![CDATA[Playful Dior brightens Paris Fashion Week with mirrors and mosaics]]>
In a grotto-style hall assembled for the show and decorated with fragments of mirrors, Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri reasserted her stamp on the French fashion house on the one-year anniversary of her arrival.

The decor echoed the bold-colored figurative sculptures of late French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, one of the inspirations for the collection.

Models wore an array of bright colored stripes combined with see-through, flowing skirts, while the washed-out denim outfits, black-and-white checkered prints and baker boy style caps sported by some also gave the collection a playful 1960s air.

“I enjoy fashion -- that’s what I want to say,” Chiuri told reporters after presenting the fashion house’s spring-summer 2018 show, in the ground’s of Paris’s Rodin Museum.

The week of shows all around the city runs until Oct. 3 and began a day earlier than usual on Monday night with a show by French label Jacquemus.

Chiuri, the first female creative director at Dior, came from Valentino and presented her first collection last September for the label, which is part of luxury goods specialist LVMH and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

She has sought to send strong messages to women in her designs, and Tuesday’s show opened with a model wearing a T-shirt that read: “Why have there been no great women artists?”

The line referred to an essay by American feminist art historian Linda Nochlin.

Saint Laurent, part of Kering, another luxury goods firm, is also set to unveil its latest offering later on Tuesday, following the death earlier in September of the fashion house’s influential co-founder Pierre Berge following a long illness.

Berge, who became a patron of the arts and later headed up the Bastille Opera in Paris, was the partner of late designer Yves Saint Laurent and helped him bring the label to prominence.

Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello will be presenting his second spring and summer ready-to-wear collection, after also making his debut a year ago.

More than 80 fashion houses will showcase looks for next year over the coming days at Paris Fashion Week, which closes the latest season of shows that have whizzed through New York, London and Milan.]]>
9/27/2017 12:11:38 PM
<![CDATA[Tips to handle headache]]>
Massaging: try massaging the sides of your forehead gently and regularly as it may help reduce your migraines. According to a small study done by the NCBI, getting neck, head and shoulders massages reduced the frequency of the subjects' migraines and helped them sleep better.

Heat it up: try putting a warm piece of cloth around your neck, according to Everyday Health's website, it could ease the tension in your neck which causes headaches.

Cool it down: according to


, if heat does not work, applying ice to the temple to lower the temperature of blood passing through the arteries in that area relieves some of the pressure causing migraines. The website adds that this trick is risk free for everyone, including pregnant women.

Eat and drink healthier: rationalizing the use of caffeine, staying off cigarettes and having a stable eating routine (paying great attention to breakfast) can have a great effect in reducing your headaches, according to Everyday Health.

Turn off the noise: dim the lights a bit, try to get away from any electronic devices and maybe put on some nice music that you feel relaxes you. Breathe slowly and let your ideas drift away, maybe some tranquility is all you need.
9/27/2017 11:42:51 AM
<![CDATA[Kaia Gerber spotted wearing Stuart Weitzman ]]>
The 16-year-old model was born with fashion in her veins, daughter of the supermodel Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, an entertainment industry businessman who was a former model as well.

Her older brother Presley Walker Gerber is also a model with IMG and has worked for luxury brands such as Calvin Klein. Yes, this is one unfairly photogenic family that we just want to be a part of.

Kaia and Cindy have both been featured together on the cover of Vogue Paris in the April 2016 issue.

Cindy is an American model born on February 20, 1966. In 1995, she was the highest paid model in history, according to Forbes. She appeared in 100 magazine covers and had great influence on the models of today’s era. After modeling, she headed to acting and she was known for her roles in films like; “Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body Workout” (1992), “House of Style” (1989) and “Sex with Cindy Crawford” (1998).

9/26/2017 5:40:11 PM
<![CDATA[MFW SS18: Elisabetta Franchi]]>
Elisabetta Franchi spring/Summer collection 2018- Courtesy of Elisabetta Franchi

Her new collection is inspired by the late 19th century, as it combines wide brimmed straw hats, and prairie skirts in silk, tulle and sequins. The collection was not fixed on a particular trend or season.

Elisabetta Franchi spring/Summer collection 2018- Courtesy of Elisabetta Franchi

According to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), “the collection was pretty, with dramatic, looks such as sweeping cotton dresses with pouf sleeves, little ruffles or deep V-necks and backs.”

The collection’s prices will be available soon on the website


Elisabetta Franchi spring/Summer collection 2018- Courtesy of Elisabetta Franchi

Elisabetta Franchi was founded in 1998 by Elisabetta Franchi in Italy. She has around 70 stores, 35 in Italy and the other 35 are around the world located in Milan, Rome, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Casablanca, Hong Kong, Moscow, Jakarta, Paris, Stockholm and Porto.

Elisabetta Franchi spring/Summer collection 2018- Courtesy of Elisabetta Franchi

The brand is now distributed in over 36 countries through 895 multi-brand stores.
9/26/2017 3:46:45 PM
<![CDATA[Kids who see guns in movies may be more apt to play with firearms]]>
For the experiment, researchers had children watch a 20-minute clip from the PG-rated films “The Rocketeer” or “National Treasure.” The kids were randomly assigned to watch either an unedited version of the clip, or a version in which scenes showing guns were edited out but the action and narrative of the film were not altered.

After watching the movie, the children were taken to a different room with a cabinet full of toys and were told they could play with any of the toys and games in the room. One drawer of the cabinet contained a real 0.38-caliber handgun that had been modified so it could not fire, although the gun’s hammer and trigger were still functional.

During 20 minutes of playtime in the room, the movie scene kids saw didn’t appear to influence whether they found the gun or handled it, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics.

It’s not clear why the movies didn’t appear to influence whether children picked up the guns to play, said study co-author Brad Bushman, a psychology researcher at Ohio State University in Columbus.

“But those who did handle the gun held it longer and pulled the trigger more times if they saw a movie with guns than if they saw a movie without guns,” Bushman said by email.

“Past research has shown that kids who see movie characters smoke are more likely to smoke themselves, and kids who see movie characters drink alcohol are more likely to drink alcohol themselves,” Bushman added. “Movies with alcohol have a warning, and movies with cigarettes also have a warning, and I think movies with guns should have a warning too.”

When kids did grab the gun, the ones who had seen movie characters with a gun pulled the trigger roughly three times on average, the study found. By contrast, the children who hadn’t see a gun in the movie rarely, if ever, pulled the trigger at all.

In addition, half of the kids who had observed movie characters using firearms held the gun for 53 seconds or more, the study found. When kids had not seen a gun in the movie scene, half of them held the gun for about 11 seconds or less.

The experiment included 104 children between 8 and 12 years old who were either related or friends. They watched the movie scenes in pairs and then went to the playroom together afterward.

Overall, 43 pairs of kids, or about 83 percent, found the gun in the cabinet drawer.

Children in just 14 of the pairs gave the gun to a research assistant or told them about it when they found it.

In 22 of the pairs, one or both children handled the gun.

Beyond its small size, other limitations of the study include the fact that only one modified handgun was available in the playroom, and the results might have been different if more firearms were in the room, the authors note.

“Keep in mind that kids have plenty of exposure to guns in many other settings, TV news, other movies, social media streams etc., plus they have an innate interest in them, so it is NOT surprising that they all handled them,” said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, author of an accompanying editorial and researcher at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

“Having just seen some being discharged however, did impact their likelihood of FIRING them,” Christakis said by email.

Because gun ownership and violent images in the media are widespread in the U.S., the study results underscore the importance of safe gun storage, Christakis added.

This can include storing firearms unloaded and locked, separate from ammunition, doctors advise.

“This is not about gun control,” Christakis said. “It’s about responsible ownership.”
9/26/2017 2:18:31 PM
<![CDATA[Asymmetrical cuts by Japan's Ujoh close Milan Fashion Week]]>
Ujoh, established in Tokyo, showcased in Milan in 2015 a collection at an event for emerging international designers, sponsored by Italy’s national fashion association. Nishizaki held his first show last year, with the patronage of fashion scion Giorgio Armani, a great supporter of young creative talents.

“Milan is where I really started and it is a valid platform for emerging designers... it is good because young people can confront themselves with other people and other countries,” Nishizaki told reporters.

After spending time in his home country he said he intended to go back to what he called “the international wave”.

Designs for Ujoh’s spring summer 2018 collection were mainly asymmetrical, with layered looks and elegant masculine styles.

“I believe that asymmetric cutting particularly fits spring.. with a balance attained thanks to the use of light fabrics,” Nishizaki said.

Slits in the sleeves, open cuts and parts of clothes bunched by drawcord created simple overlaying effects.

Styles were mainly in the colours of black, white and navy blue, with splashes of magenta red, gold, camel and flower pattern prints in beige and light blue and red.

Models wore one shoulder overalls, parachute-style light raincoats, zigzag cut vests, oversize shirts and coats with wide pockets.

“It’s been a positive and particularly rich week, with shows by big names as well as young talents, like Ujoh,” Italy’s fashion association President Carlo Capasa told Reuters.

He added that the six-day fashion extravaganza in the Italian fashion capital - with almost 160 collections showcased and a multitude of presentations and events - had made Milan more relevant on the international fashion scene.

“What do you want more than this? It has been the most beautiful Fashion Week Milan has hosted in the last years,” Capasa added.]]>
9/26/2017 2:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[et Quote: Serena Williams ]]>
The Tennis player was born on September 26, 1981. She was the youngest of the five daughters.

She became a professional tennis player in 1995. She started from rank 304, but she made her way up to the top 100.

She became a legacy in the year 1988 with her sister, when they won the championship of the doubles. She defeated Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka to record a victory at the French Open and the U.S. Open singles tournament, in 2013, becoming the oldest U.S. Open Champion.

Fun Facts:

● Her middle name is Jameka.

● Her favorite city in the world is Rome.

● Her second favorite sport is gymnastics.

● She has competed at three Olympics and won four gold medals.

Another Quote for the road:

“I just never give up. I fight to the end. You can’t go out and say, ‘I want a bag of never-say-die spirit.’ It’s not for sale. It has to be innate.”
9/26/2017 11:07:12 AM
<![CDATA[Google weaves touch controls into Levi Strauss jacket]]>
The iconic California clothing maker, which has a legacy reaching back to Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, will mine the mobile internet boom with a "Trucker Jacket with Jacquard."

The denim jacket aimed at bicyclists has a sleeve cuff made of special Jacquard fabric that synchronizes wirelessly with smartphones, enabling a limited set of commands using swipes or taps, a video posted at YouTube by Levi Strauss showed.

"As we see it, this isn't just about technology for technology's sake ? it's about addressing a real need for our consumers on the go," said Levi vice president of global product innovation Paul Dillinger.

"This garment allows cyclists to literally navigate their rides, and manage other simple tasks, while never having to take their eyes off the road."

Google engineer Ivan Poupyrev said in a blog post that first and foremost, "it's a jacket. Like any regular denim jacket, you can wash it (just remove the snap tag), it's durable, designed to be comfortable for cycling and it'll keep you warm on and off the bike."

Poupyrev said the garment enables users to "perform common digital tasks -- like starting or stopping music, getting directions or reading incoming text messages -- by simply swiping or tapping the jacket sleeve."

The Levi's Commuter Trucker jackets will be priced at $350 when then become available in select US shops beginning Wednesday and at the levi.com website on October 2.

Slightly more than two years ago, Google used its annual developers conference in San Francisco to reveal Project Jacquard and to spotlight Levi Strauss as its first partner.

Named after a Frenchman who invented a type of loom, Project Jacquard is in the hands of a small Google team called Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP).

Conductive threads can be woven into a wide array of fabrics, and be made to visually stand out or go unnoticed depending on designers' wishes.]]>
9/26/2017 7:10:00 AM

The basic principles behind the collection is using and combining colors as well as disrupting ideas and putting them back together in new ways. An important theme in the collection is the contrast of colors.

They designed six lines of bags which are; CYBILL, AMBE, JAD, CANDIC, LAR and CARLI. Every line has its unique signature and colors.


Etienne Aigner AG is a high fashion house based in Munich, Germany, that specializes in luxury goods such as handbags, luggage, belts, wallets, and leather accessories.

In 1972, the brand was founded in Munich. In 1973, the brand became international, and two years later entered the cosmetics market with a perfume. They designed their first casual wear for men and women in 1978.

The brand is available in 49 countries globally.

9/25/2017 5:01:16 PM
<![CDATA[The Power of Doing Less: A gentle yoga workshop]]>
Osana is based in a villa at El Sarayat, Maadi. Osana offers holistic and healing activities for people of all ages, which includes; yoga, pilates, treatments such as homeopathy, massage and Reiki.

The workshop focuses on developing a deeper backbend, stronger arm balance and looser hips. Participants will understand the importance of how freedom is achieved by allowing space.

The use of chairs and blankets bolsters yoga practicing and will help people explore how a gentle approach to yoga can create a deeper understanding of our bodies and nurture compassion in our hearts.
9/25/2017 3:44:27 PM