<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Sculptor transforms Rome's dead trees into art]]>
Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday.

He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its many parks and lining the streets in the city center.

However, many were planted nearly a century ago and are now weak or dying. Seeing how they were neglected made Gandini want to act.

“I had been sculpting wood since I was a kid, in my garage. Then I chose to carve a stump that was out on the street. That is how I chose to start carving stumps in Rome,” he said, as he worked on his latest creation.

He said he liked to meet people while working and had no personal claim to the faces, animals and other artwork carved out the stumps.

“It takes me about a week to finish one sculpture, then it becomes everyone’s. It’s a passion and a bit of a fixation,” he added, as passers-by stopped to admire his work and take photos with their phones.

Gandini maps the stumps on his website, and the sculptures are becoming a tourist attraction. Tour guides even include his work in their packages.

“Stumps are not very well considered but they have the right features that make them perfect for carving,” he said. “Rome has many stumps that are waiting to become pieces of art.”

Despite the popularity of his work among locals and tourists, the Rome authorities have been less enthusiastic.

Although there is no law that forbids people from carving dead tree stumps, police have threatened to ban him from historic areas using tough new rules drawn up in recent years to maintain decorum.

Gandini says he loves nature and it hurts him to see the trees become a safety hazard.

They often fall and smash cars during storms, and city hall says some 86,000 need to be specially maintained or chopped down.

“If nothing changes in ten years there will be hardly any trees left,” Gandini said.]]>
10/20/2019 2:20:41 PM
<![CDATA[Bye Bye, Bei Bei: National Zoo panda leaves for China next month]]>
“Bei Bei is part of our family,” Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, said in a statement. “We’re sad he’s leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population.”

The bear and his parents are a favorite among visitors, said a zoo spokeswoman. Fans have watched Bei Bei grow from a small cub to a 240-pound (109 kg) bear over the years.

“The giant pandas are iconic,” she said. “We consider them ‘America’s Pandas.’”

The zoo has collaborated with Chinese scientists on a breeding program since it received its first pandas in 1972 following President Richard Nixon’s visit to China. As part of the program, pandas return to China at 4 years old so that they can breed when they reach sexual maturity at 5 years old.

Breeding programs are key to efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild. Thanks to reforestation to expand habitats in which the species can survive, pandas have been reclassified from “endangered” to “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Preservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 giant pandas in the wild.

Bei Bei is not the first in his family to travel abroad. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, arrived from the China in 2000, and his older siblings Tai Shan and Bao Bao both packed their bags for China when they came of age.

Already, zookeepers are preparing Bei Bei for the big move, planned for Nov. 19. They will get him accustomed to his travel crate, first by training him to walk through it, then spending time inside with the door closed. During his flight to China, zookeepers plan on packing lots of his favorite snacks, like bamboo, pears, and cooked sweet potatoes.

Fans of Bei Bei will have plenty of opportunities to say farewell. “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” events will run for a week next month, featuring activities from daily treat feedings to special Panda-cam coverage, which will stream Bei Bei 24/7 over the course of the week.]]>
10/19/2019 11:59:52 AM
<![CDATA[Marriage of Sweet Cinnabon Roll, Gorgeous Coffee is Sensational Way to Unwind]]>October, when people worldwide enjoy distinctive tastes of coffee and cinnamon rolls together; it is the time for fika with Cinnabon!

Fika is a big part of every Swede’s daily life. Fika means to have a coffee break, which is having coffee combined with some form of baked goods. And cinnamon rolls are a particularly popular accompaniment. Fika is an opportunity to take a break, and to meet and hang out with friends.

In celebrating coffee and cinnamon roll, the perfect pairing, Cinnabon® cheers you on to pair your favorite Cinnabon® roll with the right coffee. Our warm, ooey-gooey Cinnabon roll teamed up with the perfect cup of coffee is a totally new level of flavor experience.

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It all started with a father and a son on a mission to create the world’s greatest cinnamon roll from scratch. One master baker, months of trial and error, hundreds of different recipes and BOOM! You got the sweet, cinnamon-spiced perfection that soon became the calling card of Cinnabon®, Makara cinnamon, fresh-baked dough, waves of frosting, and even love baked into every bite. On December 4, 1985, the father and son transformed their hard-earned dream into a delicious reality with the opening of the first Cinnabon® Bakery.

Cinnabon® is a celebration of senses, a marvelous mood-booster. Cinnabon® makes life sweeter by casting a mesmerizing spell that suspends reality—a way to escape the mundane, briefly transporting you to a happy place or a sweet childhood memory.

Cinnabon rolls were made to be enjoyed with a caffeine kick, the perfect pairing. And we all enjoy coffee differently. Determining which Cinnabon roll and coffee pair well together is entirely up to you. To get you started, we created a simple guide on how to construct a coupling of Cinnabon roll and coffee that sings in your mouth.

Cinnabon Caramel roll and Chocobon are great with milky coffees. With black coffee, go for the Classic, Caramel Pecan and Mixed Berry rolls. Just about anything pairs well with black coffee. Espresso, with its bold coffee flavor, pairs nicely with something intense like the Chocobon. As for a frothy cappuccino or a mellow latte, have something you can dunk a little that softens in your mouth, like the CinnaChips, to complement it. Mocha, which is essentially a latte with a splash of chocolate, is liquid dessert. So drink mocha on its own, or try it with the poppable Classic BonBites. As for Turkish coffee and macchiato, we recommend you take small sips while you munch on CinnaChips or BonBites.


You can grab a Cinnabon Roll-on-the-go when you have to drive and want to enjoy the perfect pairing, but could do without the mess. The Roll-on-the-go is a delightful bon that’s torn into pieces and ready to be devoured. Play around with different toppings. Ask for extra dipping sauces (mixed berry, chocolate, caramel and cream cheese frosting) with your CinnaChips and test them with Cinnabon iced coffee range, like the cold brews and Chillattas. You can experiment at home with the freshly baked Cinnapack that’s ready to heat, eat and enjoy. Order extra frosting. Try different flavor shots with your coffee: vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon roll (yes, it’s a flavor!), raspberry, winter spice, toffee nut, cookies & cream, and more.

Give it a try. Start putting Cinnabon and coffee pairings to the test and see which ones resonate with you the most. Remember, it’s your preference. There is no wrong way. We encourage you to have a go and try and try again until you become a superb match-maker. Finding the perfect Cinnabon-coffee pairing is pure bliss.

When you do find the perfect pairing, let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

Have fun exploring these Cinnabon® perfect pairings because the possibilities are endless!
10/17/2019 6:33:42 PM
<![CDATA[1st flower exhibition at Agricultural Museum to be inaugurated Nov. 2]]>
Head of the Central Department of Horticulture and Crops Mahmoud Atta told Egypt Today that the exhibition will be held on the large green area of the Agricultural Museum in Dokki.

Atta confirmed that the ministry plans to hold two annual exhibitions for ornamental plants due to their economic importance.The spring exhibition will be held inOrman Park and the autumn exhibition will be held in the Agricultural Museum.

10/16/2019 11:50:03 AM
<![CDATA[Avon, Entreprenelle host hear 4 YOU event to Support, Promote Women’s Empowerment]]>
HEAR 4 YOU is an event that embodies Entreprenelle’s continuous efforts to empower women in the MENA region. The event aims to educate and coach women about their own potential, and ways to bring it to the surface, to bring about real change in their current circumstances. With a series of workshops and lectures presented by leading experts in the field, Entreprenelle is a leading ally of women seeking their own route to success. With a shared mission and vision, Avon and Entreprenelle are partnering on HEAR 4 YOU to provide women with support networks and opportunities. The Event also highlighted the current difficulties women face in the region related to entrepreneurship, and try to develop strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Since 2015, Entreprenelle has been an active force for change by empowering women across 9 governorates through education, training, mentorship opportunities, and linking them to as many resources as possible to help them excel. To date, Entreprenelle has positively impacted the lives of over 50,000 women, established an online community of over 250,000 people across multiple social media platforms, hosted over 100 entrepreneurship workshops, and successfully hosted 15 mega educational events.

Avon Egypt’s partnership with Entreprenelle began earlier this year with the SHE CAN event on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day. Annually, Avon Egypt provides thousands of women of every social strata with a reliable and supported earning opportunity as Sales Representatives, regardless of their status or education, empowering them to achieve their targets no matter how big or small. Since 1886, Avon has been empowering women to live on their own terms by offering them an alternative to achieve economic independence at a time where they were not even able to vote in most of the countries.]]>
10/16/2019 11:41:39 AM
<![CDATA[For Second consecutive year, Somabay hosts the Heracleion Music Festival]]>

Paul Van Dyk, Aly & Fila, MaRLo, Joris Voorn performed over two magical nights. All to let the guests enjoy an amazing weekend with a mix of relaxation and partying moods. The entire event was filled with stunning visuals, and terrific music, generating nothing but good vibes.


10/15/2019 4:18:15 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei signed a MOU with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt ]]>
Cao Jibin, president of Huawei's Northern Africa Region, witnessed the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement. The signing of the agreement laid a long-term strategic partnership between Huawei and the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. The two sides will work together to continuously develop high-level information and communications technology (ICT) youth talent in Egypt to bridge the gap between college graduates 'capabilities and enterprises' expectations for graduates. Huawei's cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education aims to contribute to Egypt's digital transformation strategy and 2030's sustainable development vision.

Vincent Sun, CEO of Huawei Egypt, said: We firmly believe that knowledge will create opportunities, and education is the key to supporting national digital transformation and sustainable development. According to the cooperation agreement, Huawei will establish a joint team with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. The team will jointly design and develop digital higher education plans and solutions in accordance with the vision of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. Huawei will provide the best and latest information communication (ICT) technology platform for digital transformation of Egypt's higher education.

Based on the agreement, Huawei will send global senior experts to train students at the University of Egypt and promote the implementation of professional technical certification. At the same time, Huawei will provide internships for outstanding students and promote (ICT), an Egyptian and North African region, to recruit graduates from the talent pool project. The training project aims to provide high-quality information communication (ICT) technical talent for Egypt and the region to meet the changing market requirements and challenges of the information communication (ICT) technology industry.

Huawei has been operating in Egypt since 1999 and has extensive and in-depth cooperation with local mainstream telecom operators, governments, and industry customers. Over the years, Huawei has continuously promoted the development of the ICT talent ecosystem in Egypt through activities such as the Huawei ICT Academy project, Seeds for the Future program, summer internship project, and ICT Skill Competition.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.]]>
10/15/2019 2:47:51 PM
<![CDATA[Jumia establishes a New Technology Hub in Egypt to expand]]>
“We are pleased to launch such a technical hub in Egypt and continue offering our services to customers in the best ways possible. Choosing Egypt as the host country is strongly proving the leadership of the Egyptian market in digital transformation and financial inclusion,” said Hesham Safwat, CEO of Jumia Egypt.

The tech hub will hire and train a team of developers and engineers on the highest professional levels aiming to sync with Jumia’s expansion through Jumia Pay. In addition, it mirrors Jumia’s trust in the Egyptian market and the availability of qualified calibers. Jumia offers various opportunities in employment and training for the Egyptian youth through enhancing their skills in development and E-payment services. The hub offers technical support through new online payment methods via Jumia Pay.

Through this tech hub, Jumia aims to support Egypt to become the spark of online payment entrepreneurship in Africa, allowing the exchange of knowledge and experiences with other countries. It will help provide user-friendly online payment methods for customers, in addition to comfort and security.

Sami Louali, Jumia´s Exécutive Vice Président for Financial Services noted that “Egypt is at the height of this exciting regional expansion in Tech Innovation and the Egyptian local talents are surpassing all expectations of what could be achieved. We believe that this new Jumia Tech Center will help the tech community and Jumia to bring together more high tech solutions to Egypt and the rest of Africa”.

Jumia Pay is a secure and easy method to facilitate online transactions on Jumia’s platform; aiming to merge extra financial services in the future and becoming more of a non-monetary society. Jumia is partnering with Mastercard and National Bank of Egypt to facilitate E-payment through credit cards or Fawry (which is available all over Egypt), or Jumia’s electronic wallet. Jumia Pay is developing E-wallets to offer services to customers through a number of different electronic methods. Jumia is keen on facilitating the online shopping process, which contributes to growing E-commerce and increasing its penetration.]]>
10/15/2019 2:44:48 PM
<![CDATA[Local talent, government support spearheading ICT growth in Egypt]]>
Alexandre Froment-Curtil, CEO, Vodafone Egypt; Frances Woodworth, Deputy Site Leader, Orange Business Services Egypt; Reem Asaad, CEO, Raya Contact Centre; and Ahmed Osama, Innovation Manager, Dell Technologies Centre of Excellence, discussed a wide range of topical issues, including the country’s competitive advantages and the diversification under way within the local ICT sector.

The video is now available to view in full at https://oxfordbusinessgroup.com/video/itida.

A national drive to support Egypt’s young population by equipping them with the qualifications and skills they need to participate in the industry’s development met with approval from the executives interviewed.

“We’re seeing lots of great talent that comes out of universities, bringing plenty of innovative mindsets,” Osama said. “It’s not just in artificial intelligence and the latest technologies, but it’s even in the traditional way of doing business.”

Woodworth agreed, noting the growing contribution that Egypt’s increasing youthful workforce was making to the industry. “When we look at the labour market, the resource pool, each year more than one half million [technical] professionals are introduced into the job market,” she said. “What’s also very helpful is the engagement of the government in supporting multinational companies.”

Froment-Curtil told viewers that the country’s young, tech-savvy population also provided businesses with a promising consumer base. “Vodafone has been present in Egypt for the last 20 years,” he said. “So obviously it is a place where we believe that our investment makes sense across the world. But also, fundamentally, it has a young dynamic population full of energy and that’s brilliant for a digital world.”

“Today we have about 6700 employees dedicated to serving the rest of the world in two main activities. The first is everything that has to do with contact centres. Serving markets like Germany, the UK and Italy. The second activity is actually a technology activity. We host here Vodafone's worldwide centre of excellence on technology”. Vodafone Egypt CEO added.

“Things such as RPA (robotics process automation) are being done out of Egypt for the rest of the world. Smart cities are being designed, built and operated here in Egypt for the rest of Europe, so many activities where you can see that it's really the technical hub happening in Egypt.”, Froment-Curtil told OBG.

Egypt’s strategic location, which enables it to act as a hub for EMEA region, along with the government support, and the role ITIDA plays as an executive IT arm and one-stop-shop for investment attraction and support, were also noted by the business leaders.

Asaad informed viewers that from the 110 clients being serviced locally, close to 80% are based offshore. “We can scale all the languages you can imagine out of Egypt,” she said. “I can service my clients with 25 languages: German; English; Dutch; Polish; and Zulu.”

Marc-André de Blois, OBG’s director of PR and Video Content, said it was clear that the executives interviewed had high hopes for Egypt’s ICT industry.

“Egypt’s ease of doing business and prime global positioning have long been a draw for investors,” he said. “Our video shows that the decision to focus on education and training, and increase government support for the sector, is delivering the desired results.”
10/15/2019 12:03:00 PM
<![CDATA[British Council announces its first“ScienceStars”competition at its annual Principals’Forum]]>
Candidates should be currently studying in grades 10, 11 or 12 and enrolled in one of British Council’s partner schools. To apply to the Science Stars competition, students must submit an application before 23 November through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V587VS9, and include the scientific concept they have chosen, which can be in any topic in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) field,and to present it later on in a 3-minute presentation.

The final ceremony of the Science Stars competition will be on 27 February 2020, where shortlisted students will present their concept in front of a jury, and three winners will receive an internship during the summer at the British University in Egypt.
Mike Bailey, Exams Director at the British Council in Egypt said: “The idea behind Science Stars is to take science out of the classroom and make it fun, and to encourage young people with a passion for science and technology to share their enthusiasm with the general public.”

The competition was announced at the Principals’ Forum, which was attended by 230 school leaders from across the country,and representatives from the Ministry of Educationin addition to representatives from Cambridge Assessment International Education, Pearson Edexcel, and Oxford International AQA.

School leaders from Alexandria, Tanta, Red Sea, Sohag, Mansoura, Ismailia, Luxor and Port Said governorates also attended.In 2018, the British Council increased the number of partner schools to 140, growing by an average of 10 schools per year, and boasting 110 high achievers for Cambridge and 52 for Pearson. Every year, two million people take international exams with help from the British Council.

The Principals’ Forum is a key event that brings together school leaders to network and engage in training and discussions on UK qualifications.The British Council supports its partner schools with administrative and operative roles as it liaisesbetween the Awarding Bodies and two Egyptian Ministries, ensures the integrity of the exams system at every stage, supports with teachers’ development and activities to enhance educational knowledge, provides updates from Ministries, and connects schools with the latest teaching and learning techniques.Moreover, it provides support to school leaders on various school management aspects and connects them with their peers in Egypt and overseas, to provide the highest level of exposure,in addition to developing and supporting learners with engagement programmes and extra curricula activities.

Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council in Egypt said: “As we do with our Famelab competition, which just kicked off last month in Egypt for the 11th time and runs in dozens of countries worldwide –targeting 18-40 year-olds – “Science Stars” promotes the skill of science communication, and is designed to find the new faces of science – people who can inspire and excite public imagination with a vision of science in the 21st century.”
10/15/2019 11:59:00 AM
<![CDATA[World marks International Day of Rural Women 2019 on Tuesday]]>
The event will highlight the important role that rural women and girls play in building resilience to face the climate crisis. This will be a timely conversation that leverages the momentum garnered by the UN Climate Action Summit held in September 23rd in New York.

It will focus on the crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing.

Women and girls in rural areas suffer disproportionately from multi-dimensional poverty. While extreme poverty has declined globally, the world’s 1 billion people who continue to live in unacceptable conditions of poverty are heavily concentrated in rural areas. Poverty rates in rural areas across most regions are higher than those in urban areas. Yet smallholder agriculture produces nearly 80 per cent of food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and supports the livelihoods of some 2.5 billion people. Women farmers may be as productive and enterprising as their male counterparts, but are less able to access land, credit, agricultural inputs, markets and high-value agrifood chains and obtain lower prices for their crops.

Globally, one in three employed women works in agriculture. Women collect biomass fuels, manually process foodstuffs, and pump water — 80% of households without piped water rely on women and girls for water collection. Rural women are at the forefront of the battle lines when natural resources and agriculture are threatened. For example, a quarter of the total damage and loss resulting from climate-related disasters from 2006 to 2016 was suffered by the agricultural sector in developing countries, significantly impacting rural women and girls' food security and productive potential.]]>
10/14/2019 11:34:55 AM
<![CDATA[Supertyphoon Hagibis gives new wind to Philippine disco band]]>
Known as the Philippines’ “Village People”, all-male band Hagibis has been going since 1979. While some members have changed over time, it has retained its act featuring tight black trousers, leather jackets, open shirts, shades, moustaches and suggestive dance moves.

“Hagibis is getting indirect publicity worldwide,” said 61-year-old Jose Parsons Nabiula, who goes by his stage name Sonny Parsons and has been with the band since the start.

“It reminded everybody of my group’s existence... Some people are making fun of it, some people are very serious.”

Typhoon Hagibis is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday as the most powerful storm to hit the capital in six decades.

Google Trends showed that search interest had spiked this week in Hagibis the band as well as the typhoon.

Hagibis means speed and strength in the Philippine language Tagalog.

Tropical cyclones in the Western Pacific Ocean are given their identity in sequence based on names provided by 14 regional countries.

People had been joking about the vigor of Typhoon Hagibis and comparing that to the band, Parsons said.

Parsons said he hoped the inquiries and feelers pouring in for Hagibis would translate into bookings for a band that currently performs around twice in a month in the Manila area.

A former elected official, he now also juggles his performances with film-making and a construction business.

“Maybe after a month or two I will be expecting a lot of concert offers,” Parsons said.

Typhoon Hagibis looks on track to hit Japan a month after another destructive typhoon and Parsons said he was worried about the damage.

“I hope that Hagibis storm’s show happens in the middle of the sea,” Parsons said. “Definitely, people will absorb the wrath of typhoon Hagibis and I feel bad about it.”

Hagibis is best known for its members’ macho image and songs extolling the beauty of women. The group’s hit songs include “Katawan” (Body), “Legs” and “Babae” (Woman).

While the storm did not enter the Philippine territory, its extension brought scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in central and southern parts of the Southeast Asian nation.

Sonny Parsons (C), leader of Filipino boyband Hagibis, poses for a photo with fans at a fastfood restaurant in Manila, Philippines October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jerome Morales
Hagibis had used its renewed fame to warn Filipinos in Japan ahead of the storm’s landfall, Parsons said.

He hoped the band would get the chance to go to Japan after the typhoon.

“We will undo the sorrow and depression people experience,” Parsons said. “If the singing group will have a chance to go to Japan, we will help you forget the typhoon.”]]>
10/13/2019 12:41:49 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong protesters gear up at 'National Calamity Hardware Store']]>
Since demonstrations escalated in mid-June, Lee, 33, has been running what he has dubbed the National Calamity Hardware Store, selling protest essentials - hard hats, gas masks and goggles - near rally hot spots.

Part-entrepreneur, part-activist, he has taken out short-term leases on storefronts in at least four districts, shifting to evade police and hostile landlords.

“I’ve never had a business like this before. It’s insane,” Lee told Reuters in his latest shop in the gritty district of Cheung Sha Wan on the Kowloon peninsula.

Hong Kong’s government invoked colonial-era emergency laws last week, including a ban on face masks, which have been widely used by protesters to hide their identities. Lee dismissed any suggestion the regulation would hurt his business, saying more protesters had come to his stall.

“The legislation of the anti-mask law only intensifies the social conflict,” he said.

“If the government can invoke emergency powers to pass certain laws or ordinances, they can use it to pass other unreasonable bills recklessly.”

Protests against a now-withdrawn extradition law that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, have evolved into a broader fight for greater democracy, plunging Hong Kong into its biggest political crisis in decades.

Most weekends, black-clad protesters throng the streets in demonstrations that have increasingly descended into violent clashes with police, who often fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Protective equipment has become harder to find, since the Chinese government restricted sales and exports of safety equipment into Hong Kong. This has made Lee even more determined to keep his business going.

“Hong Kong has a free market. I am running the business without violating any law. We only announce our pop-up address one hour before we open the stall so it’s almost impossible for the police to obtain a search warrant in time,” he said.

Lee says his stall has been a constant target of the police and he has been arrested twice.

Police said in a statement to Reuters that a 33-year-old surnamed Lee, and five others, had been arrested on Sept. 30 on charges including possession of offensive weapons and inciting and taking part in unauthorized assemblies. They were released on bail.

He says it is a constant challenge to find new suppliers in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and the United States.

Lee’s political views go further than some other protesters opposed to what they see as the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms by China’s Communist Party leaders. He openly backs independence for the territory, a taboo topic for Beijing.

“Independence can’t be finished within our generation. It will take a few generations,” he said.

Although Lee no longer protests on the front lines, he is sympathetic to the young activists and often offers discounts to hard-up customers.

“If we want to rebel against the authoritarian regime, we should do it without thinking about the price. At most, I will apply for bankruptcy. If we lose this fight, we will lose a few generations’ freedom,” he said.

Lee says his work keeps him busy at all hours and he snatches a few hours of sleep when he can.

“The only regret I have is that I don’t have time to spend with my seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son,” he said.

“I hope they will understand one day that I’m fighting for their freedom.”]]>
10/12/2019 1:29:06 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada witnesses the greatest party of 2019 at Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle]]>
The great vibes were not just about the house and electronic music that was played by the DJs, but it was every detail. From stunning dancers in many colorful and daring costumes, live light shows by the international Pacha entertainment, one awesome house track after the other, cold refreshing cocktails, and excellent attentive service. As soon as you think the night has reached its peak of awesomeness, it continues to surprise its audience with jaw-dropping astonishments every 10 minutes!

Some of the honorable guests at the party were well-known stars like Mostafa Fahmy and his lovely wife, and many lifestyle bloggers and influencers like Malak Badawy, Nouran Khalifa, Laila Youssef, and the Cairo Foodie Couple.

The event was brought by ALDAU Development and Shauinsland Reisen in collaboration with Mercedes, Nile Air, Enigma Magazine, and Cairo Night Life.]]>
10/10/2019 2:07:14 PM
<![CDATA[High-tech jacket allows deaf people to feel the music]]>
The “Sound Shirt”, created by London-based fashion company CuteCircuit, has 16 sensors embedded in its fabric, so wearers can feel violins on their arms, for example, while drums beat on their backs.

The Berhane twins, who lost their hearing at a young age, say modeling the shirts has given them a brand new experience.

“It’s almost like feeling the depth of the music,” says Hermon. “It just feels as though we can move along with it.”

Francesca Rosella, co-founder and chief creative officer of CuteCircuit, which designs fashion wearable technology, said the shirts allowed deaf people to feel music through sensations.

“Inside the shirt - that by the way is completely textiles, there are no wires inside, so we’re only using smart fabrics - we have a combination of microelectronics ... very thin and flexible, and conductive fabrics,” she said.

“All these little electronic motors are connected with these conductive fabrics so that the garment is soft and stretchable.”

Sound Shirts don’t come cheap, as they are expected to go on sale at more than 3,000 pounds ($3,673), but Heroda believes it’s a price worth paying for deaf people who enjoy music as much as she and her sister do.

“I think it could definitely change our lives,” she said.]]>
10/9/2019 2:50:51 PM
<![CDATA[Tatweer Misr discusses education, entrepreneurship at GW October annual Conference]]>
This year’s George Washington University (GWU) Global Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Conference is an integral part of the GW October Entrepreneurship Week activities, organized annually and recognized as the “destination event” for established entrepreneurs and those interested in entrepreneurship in the region. The week’s core mission is to increase awareness, opportunities, education, and funding for members of the GW community while driving entrepreneurial behaviors and creating measurable results. It is intended to stimulate engagement and collaboration in an environment that promotes a diversity of thought and perspective and provides networking opportunities as well as idea generation for interested participants.

During his speech at the US Congress, Dr. Shalaby highlighted that Egypt’s Entrepreneurial ecosystem has the potential to grow in several directions if given the proper tools and educational support. He explained “At Tatweer Misr, we understand that we might be able to design and build for happy and more sustainable lifestyles within our properties. We also know that our ability to unleash the potential of innovatively built and purposeful properties starts with the education of its users, both employees and residents.”

He continued, “This drove us to engrain our own DNA with innovative and entrepreneurial thinking. But we did not stop there. Ever since our inception, we have dedicated most of our social investment efforts towards fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among Egyptian university students, as well as building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem across Egypt, and with universities as a starting point.”

Tatweer Misr collaborated with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with the sole purpose of creating an unprecedented grass-root movement to support entrepreneurial education with quality as their utmost priority, as it represents Egypt’s first American International Branch Campus (IBC). Moreover, Tatweer Misr plans to build on that momentum by continuing to partner with internationally acclaimed universities and schools, bringing them to Egypt to span across their 90-acre educational district at its new project, Bloomfields.

Also, part of Tatweer Misr’s activities in the entrepreneurial field, is their Annual Innovation Competition which was first launched in 2017, acknowledging the importance of early awareness of entrepreneurial education, especially for the innovative young minds. This competition provided a better insight on the capabilities of the youth and the power of their minds and creative ideas.

It’s also worth mentioning that one of the main purposes of George Washington Entrepreneurship week is to create momentum for the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) organized annually by Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). Taking place in more than 170 countries, bringing together more than 10 million people in a collection of tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions with the aim of inspiring them to explore their potential as entrepreneurs while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems. GEW is scheduled to take place this year from the 18th till the 24th of November 2019 with Tatweer Misr continuing to sponsor this week since 2016 in its homeland. Additionally, both entities have signed an agreement to extend the sponsorship of those fruitful activities for the upcoming 3 years.]]>
10/8/2019 3:15:27 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei kicks Off its First MENA Developer Day in Dubai, UAE]]>
At the Developers Day, Huawei introduced the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) – the ecosystem based on the core framework of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS Core and Capabilities) and Developer Services. To date, HMS Core has opened 14 capabilities to help developers build high-quality applications at low cost and shorter time.

With HMS Core, developers will leverage Huawei unique high technology such as 50X zoom, super night mode and GPU Turbo for faster and better user experiences. It will continuously improve the app user volume and activity, which will benefit in Huawei smartphone users’s experiences.

As one of the world’s leading smartphone brands, known for its many firsts – World’s First GPU Turbo, World's First Photography Powered by AI, World’s First Reverse Charge and World's First NANO SD Card – Huawei has continuously pushed the boundaries. In the first half of 2019, Huawei reported that it shipped 118 million smartphones, a Y-o-Y increase of 24% and making up 17.6% of the global smartphone market. As a brand that has grown into an industry giant, Huawei has now developed preliminary capabilities necessary to build a smart ecosystem.

The Shining-Star Programannounced an investment of one billion USD to support global developers to keep contributing in HMS ecosystem construction. Also, the DigiX Innovation Studio will further expand throughout the globe, with 8DigiX Labs in 6 main cities in the global markets, including Dubai, providing support to global developers.

HMS Apps –Explore a better digital life

With 570 million Huawei mobile device smoothly active users, the Huawei Mobile Services is launched in 170+ countries, has 3 regional centers,and 15 data centers worldwide including Dubai.The HMS apps are increasingly favored by users all over the world, constantly satisfying their high-quality and seamless AI digital life needs in order to continue to bring a better digital life to them.

HUAWEI App Gallery, HUAWEI Music, HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, HUAWEI Themes and other HMS apps have been launched globally in succession and have become an important part of Huawei Mobile Services user experience.

• Since its global launch in April 2018, HUWAEI AppGallery has been serving more than 390 million global monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions.
The accumulated downloads has reached 180 billion within a year and the number of overseas top apps released on HUAWEI AppGallery is increasing as more developers join the HMS Ecosystem. HUAWEI AppGallery is global and local at the same time. It provides intelligent recommendations to users, in accordance with user’s location and countries selection. Intelligent recommendations include local and nearby apps, popular local apps, in addition to the best version of each app based upon user’s smartphone model.

• After first launching alongside with HUAWEI Mate 20 Series in Oct 2018 in the Middle East, HUAWEI Music has provided quality music experience, with a wide range of local and global music content. Users can easily follow the music trends and experience a richer audio experience. At present, HUAWEI Music serves in more than 70 countries and regions, with more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide.

• HUAWEI Mobile Cloud features data security from account authentication to data transmission and data storage. It can securely store important data such as contacts, notes, and so on. It also offers multi-end data synchronization to help users manage data safely and conveniently. The number of monthly active users has reached 160 million globally.

• Through the versatile lock screen, personalized icons and tens of thousands of online themes, HUAWEI Themes brings a customized experience to users around the world with a colorful and versatile theme designs, with global monthly active users exceeding 70 million.

One billion USD Shining-Star Program, the first DigiX innovation lab and Hala Young Talent competition.

The HMS Ecosystem has been in development for years and is growing in scale. HUAWEI App Gallery, for example, has been in use as an app distribution platform for more than eight years in China and was launched globally in April,2018. An increasingly large number of developers are joining the HMS Ecosystem and adding their mobile apps on the HUAWEI App Gallery to allow global users an improved experience.

“Wesincerely invite all local partners to join our ecosystem construction, that’s why we had invested 1 billion USD in Shining-Star Program and building the first DigiX innovation labs in Dubai to fully support them.” comments Adam Xiao, Managing Director of MENA Mobile Services, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group.

To encourage more developers to integrate qualitative apps to the HMS Ecosystem, Huawei has increased its investment from one billon CNY to a billion in USD to global developers – the Shining-Star program has been significantly upgraded with 80% of the investment targeted at incentivizing and accelerating global developers’ innovation. It also aims to cover the development, growth and marketing funds needed.

The DigiX Innovation Studio will further expand throughout the globe, with eight DigiX Labs in 6 main cities in the global marketsincluding Dubai, providing supportto global developers, including device testing, experience of capability development, among others.

Also, HalaYoung Talent MENA campus theme design competition was announced during Huawei Developer Day which encourage campus students in the MENA to createbetter theme jobby providing the HUAWEI Themes users more selection, inspiring young energy and bringing the Middle Eastern culture and art to the world.

Open capabilities help developers foster innovation and distribution.

• The HMS can help developer and foster innovation and implement one-point access and intelligent global distribution for all terminals in all scenarios. The HMS, through its intelligent, contextual distribution ecosystem, is designed to enhance users' experience by connecting them with the most suitable content for every moment of their daily lives. As a result, the HMS is growing rapidly with more than 1,010,000 global developer registrations and 45,000 apps connected to the HMS Core as of August 2019. Opening up to developers, the HMS will provide them more support with diverse tool kits and share more platform capabilities, allowing developers to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.Check the kit details at https://developer.huawei.com/consumer/en/

In addition, the HMSsupports commercial success of developers. For example, Ads kit provides developers with a private and compliant ad ID (OAID), which offers the underlying support for personalized advertising while protecting users' privacy and security. It also helps developers continue to use the monetization capabilities offered by other advertising platforms.

Work together with the best local partners to bring a better digital experience
To engage with more partners and boost the partnership ecosystem, Huawei has partnered with the best content providers in the in global markets to offer unique viewing experience to their users.

• At the Huawei Developer Day, Rahul Prabhakar Badki, Head of Partnerships & BD, VIU MEA has shared their partner story and mentioned “VIU, the award-winning content delivery platform of the year, aims to bring the best originals, along with Arabic as well as international TV series and movies to MENA users, and we worked closely with HUAWEI App Gallery in the last year that had brought us more than one million application downloads. We also witnessed superior video streaming & download experience for our engaged users on HUAWEI Mate 20X 5G due to its excellent 5G technology.”

• Hussam Hammo, CEO of Tamatem, the leading mobile games publisher in the Arabic world, has announced a new partnership with HUAWEI App Gallery and commented that they will integrate the game service kit to the global market, through its top-quality games. They will also enhance their game performance through the Huawei GPU Turbo Optimization to drive higher average frame rates and lower average power consumption per frame.

10/8/2019 3:13:11 PM
<![CDATA[Rapid completion rates for "El Batal" projects to deliver units to clients one year: Emad Doss]]>
This came during a field tour the company organized in some of its distinguished projects attended by El Batal CEO, Eng.Emad Doss, and a number of the company’s officials, media figures and journalists in order to get acquainted with the progress of construction works in its projects as well as what has been achieved on the ground.

“The company accelerated the implementation of the steps of increasing its capital in light of its strong desire to speed up the completion of the existing series of projects in East and West Cairo and deliver it to clients a year ahead the deadline of the scheduled handover.” He said.

He pointed out that the company is studying a variety of investment opportunities in various residential, service and other sectors.

Doss pointed out that “El Batal for Housing and Development is in the process of invading the industrial sector and expanding its works in Al-AinSokhna, and will soon announce the establishment of a joint entity through merger with Chinese investors.

“The business history of El Batal for Housing and Development in Egypt and Canada’s Ontario province increased the confidence of foreign capital and major entities in cooperation with the company.” Doss said.

He stressed the company's keenness in mergers with foreign entities because those entities bring foreign currency from banks and financial institutions abroad into Egypt that contributes to the strengthening of the economy.

He explained that the year 2020 is likely to become the year of industry with the care of the state and the political leadership to support the industry-directed investments.
“There are companies and capitals that want to invest in the Egyptian market and implement various industrial projects because the market has a high population density in addition to the lower land prices, lower laborers salaries and lower operating costs compared to the Middle East countries.”

El Batal CEO revealed that the company through its project "Rock Elite" in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement units is in harmony with the requirements of foreign clients and it helps achieve the state's plan to export real estate. “Through this project, El Batal offers fully integrated and finished hotel service units with all electrical appliances. Furnishings are also available if required by the client in addition to the integrated services that meet different needs.”

"Rock Elite" is a mega building includes 112 housing units with hotel services ranging from 50 to 100 meters in addition to a commercial area of 3000 meters and an administrative area of 2000 meters as well. The total area of the project is 3 acres and is located next to the AUC in the Fifth Settlement to be in the center of the city and the new administrative capital.

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10/8/2019 1:22:55 PM
<![CDATA[Samo Foods unveils investment plans for 2020 and expands in 30 more branches]]>
Auf detailed that the company was founded in 1976 and over the past 40 years, it has gained experience in the food industry and even contributed in achieving breakthroughs that qualified it to become one of the leading companies in the snacks and natural healthy food products’ industry. With its current strategy of diversion to sustainable organic agriculture, Samo Foods outstands from competition with global brands. In addition, the company has the latest factory for roasting and packaging of the various types of nuts that operates according to the highest international technology standards using nitrogen in packaging to ensure the highest control and quality.

He also revealed that Samo foresees an increase in its coffee production lines of all kinds to meet the needs of the domestic market as well as serving markets abroad, according to a deliberate plan to open new export markets for all products of the company. Furthermore, Auf pointed out that the main objective of the company's participation in the international exhibition of Anuga International for Food and Beverage Industries - Held from 5 to 9 October 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is to stand upon real investment opportunities through which export targets can be achieved abroad and hence providing more foreign currency into the Egyptian market.

This participation comes with high hopes of strong Egyptian representation during the exhibition, especially that Samo will showcase their latest technologies and innovation adopted in their production lines. Additionally, Auf stated that the participation opens doors for trade opportunities and deals that will positively affect the Egyptian economy and paves the way for more Egyptian brands in the field.

Samo Food Industries owns the brand "Abu Auf" which is a leading Egyptian company in the field of nuts, dried fruits, Egyptian dates, coffee and snacks, as well as natural healthy food products. Samo owns more than 120 distribution outlets nationwide, and a fleet of cars for distribution.

On another relevant note, Anuga International for Food and Beverage Industries is one of the biggest and most important exhibitions in the field of F&B. In its 35th edition, Anuga is foreseen to host a number of countries from around the world represented by leading F&B manufactures and distributers.]]>
10/8/2019 1:20:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Participates in Gitex 2019 with Two Pavilions Featuring 28 Tech Companies]]>
This year marks the 15th consecutive participation for Egypt at Gitex where ITIDA is building up two official pavilions for the first time, one of which is located in Sheikh Saeed Hall in a 429 square meters space with 18 Egyptian companies.

The second pavilion embraces 10 Egyptian startups in Za'abeel Hall where they showcase their innovative tech offering and meet the decision makers and investors during "GITEX Future Stars"; one of the region’s biggest startup event and matchmaking platform.

Eng. Hala El Gohary, CEO of ITIDA, said “The Egyptian participation is part of our efforts to help local companies penetrate foreign markets and increase their exports of ICT products and related services”.

ITIDA offers a wide range of services that helps to strengthen the local IT firms’ capacities, attracting and servicing multinational IT companies. It expands IT businesses by providing unique access to several markets through sponsoring and taking part in the local, regional and international trade shows.

“The GCC market and the Middle East region in general, are among our target markets where the IT spending is projected to reach $ 160 billion by the end of this year.”, ITIDA CEO added.

The Egyptian companies participating at the event cover a wide spectrum of technologies including RFID solutions, Interactive Mobile Apps, Internet-of-Things, information security, systems integration, virtual and augmented reality, and 5G networks, and digital education content.

Egypt enjoys a worldwide reputation as a hub for IT and shared services and it maintains a growth trajectory in IT offshore services and its ICT sector is one of the top performer in the last 5 years and the fastest growing in 2019 with 13%.

Gitex Technology Week is the biggest tech show in the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, with 4,800 companies from 140 countries taking part this year that provides access to one of the fast-growing markets, rich networking opportunities and partnerships with international delegations, public and private sectors, decision-makers.]]>
10/6/2019 12:03:29 PM
<![CDATA[Nazi relics from secret hoard unveiled at Argentina's Holocaust Museum]]>
Along with the busts of the Nazi leader, objects going on display in December include a statue of a Germanic eagle standing on a base bearing a swastika, an hourglass that belonged to a member of Hitler’s feared SS, and games to indoctrinate children in Nazism.

“These elements will show part of that terrible story that was the Nazi genocide,” Marcelo Mindlin, president of the museum in the capital Buenos Aires, said in an interview at a news conference where the objects were on display.

Argentina is home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population. The museum, which opened in 2001, is the only Holocaust museum in Latin America, according to museum officials. It will have a grand reopening at the beginning of December after a renovation to add exhibits to its original collection of photos and other Nazi propaganda.

“The great surprise of these objects was that they could not have belonged to anyone but someone in the Nazi hierarchy,” Mindlin added. The artifacts were examined by Argentine and German experts, who confirmed they came from the Nazi regime.

The stash was found in 2017 in the home of Carlos Olivares, a collector and seller of antiques residing in a wealthy suburb of Buenos Aires. The home was raided after allegations he trafficked in illegal objects from China.

But a surprise awaited police: a secret room with more than 80 Nazi-era relics, Argentine Federal Police head Nestor Roncaglia told Reuters.

Police seized the objects, which were later examined by a team of German experts who traveled to Argentina. The experts confirmed the relics’ authenticity, and Argentine officials donated them to the museum.

Olivares is being prosecuted for violating cultural heritage protection laws and will be put on trial for keeping the Nazi objects for commercial purposes.

The collection also included cranial measurement instruments, an original photo of an aircraft taken by Hitler’s official photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann; a set of magnifying glasses and a Ouija board, used to try to contact the dead.

Displaying the board, the museum’s curator said it was made in Amsterdam and was inscribed with Nazi symbols, a relic of the occult elements associated with Nazism.

“This reflects the power of the Nazis and the strong feeling towards Nazism that they had in order to invest and spend on these objects,” Eva Fon de Rosenthal, a 94-year-old Hungarian Holocaust survivor, said in an interview at the museum event.

“There were thousands and thousands of Nazis here,” she said, referring to those who fled Germany for Argentina after the fall of the Third Reich at the end of War Two.

Among them were a number of high-ranking Nazi officials, who settled in Argentina and other South American countries.

Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Holocaust - the campaign to exterminate Europe’s Jews - lived in Argentina under a pseudonym until Israeli agents captured him near Buenos Aires in 1960.

The relics “show again that Argentina not only received Holocaust survivors but, unfortunately, Nazi leaders,” said Mindlin, the president of the museum.]]>
10/5/2019 12:29:17 PM
<![CDATA[ Huawei organizes the first ICT Talent Bank annual conference]]>
“In Huawei ICT Talent Bank we build an open, dynamic ecosystem for shared success. We collaborate with all parties, including governments, industry organizations, enterprises, universities, and other academic institutions.” Added Vincent Sun, CEO of Huawei Egypt “Egypt has a young population that is full of potential. Therefore, it is our responsibility to continuously cultivate these young people and form the ICT Talent Bank as a step toward making Egypt a hub for ICT talent in the future.”

After highlighting the importance of digitalization and the government’s strategy to invest in local talents, Amr Taalat the minister of Communications and Information Technology described the ministry’s partnership with Huawei as an influential milestone towards cultivating Egyptian talents and achieving digital transformation. “The ministries in attendance today aim to create and support new calibers in order to offer more job opportunities, enhance the citizen’s experience, rationalize the usage of national resources and regain Egypt’s status as an essential destination for ICT intelligence.” Taalat previously visited Huawei’s headquarters to discuss the company’s capabilities in chip set and cloud computing.

Mohamed Saafan, the Minister of manpower was more focused to tackle the subject of mutual support between Huawei and the ministry. “What we saw today is spectacular because it aims to invest in the intellectual potential of youth and that is the wisest investment in the world. The ICT talent bank is a key pillar for Huawei and we support their initiative and hope to make the best use of it in the coming period.”


Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research was also keen to discuss the importance of the current collaboration between the government and Huawei in order to encourage research and development. “Today’s initiative ‘reach, train and recruit’ by ICT talent bank is amazing because we have already worked with Huawei in universities through their specialized academies and we have also collaborated with them in training fresh-grad calibers. Technology is set to change the way we know life in the coming five to ten years; therefore, it is important for us to prepare our youth to the careers of the future.”

“Huawei is one of the biggest suppliers of ICT solution in the Egyptian market and it has also participated positively in the network construction of Egypt.” Added Liao Liqiang, the Chinese ambassador to Egypt “the Egyptian youth is outstanding and quite smart so china is very glad to cooperate with Egypt in regards to technology and smart economy development.”

Determined to invest in young local talents, Huawei is already in the process to establish Huawei ICT academies. After signing a deal with the ministry of higher education to have academies in private and public universities over the coming three years, Huawei aims to welcome 12,000 students per academy; divided between two main specializations; networks (Switch, routers, servers) and clouds (IoT, big data and artificial intelligence).]]>
10/3/2019 11:49:37 AM
<![CDATA[Ants, crickets and cockroaches: healthy snacks that taste like potato chips]]>
The head of the University of Costa Rica’s Insects Museum decided three years ago to replace animal protein in his diet with crickets, ants, cockroaches, beetles and other insects - and wants to encourage others to do the same.

“Insects are delicious,” he said in an interview at his farm in Sarchi, about 30 miles (50 km) from the capital San Jose.

“You can sit and watch a soap opera, watch the football game, do any activity with a plate full of insects. Eat them one by one, with a glass of soda... they’ll go down well,” said Paniagua.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has counted more than 1,900 insect species that are edible.

Especially in Asia and in Africa, the tiny creatures are touted as delicacies packed with vitamins, minerals and energy.

Their proponents also note that bugs emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than cattle or pigs and require significantly less land and water than cattle.

Paniagua’s wife, Gabriela Soto, prepared their meal by splashing oil in a frying pan, adding the farm-raised insects and topping them off with a dash of salt.

She then brought out several dishes to her young daughter, who reached into a plate with her hands and munched fearlessly, and husband, who suggested a bit of lemon would enhance their flavor.

“They are going to taste like potato chips... you can eat basically a whole plate of these insects,” Paniagua said.]]>
10/2/2019 12:21:08 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesian Robusta: Egyptians' taste of coffee]]>
Egypt imported coffee worth $48.151 million between January and July of 2017, compared to $7.287 million in the same period during the previous year, at an increase of 560.8%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Egypt imports 40 tons of coffee beans annually to meet the local market’s needs. However, the imported quantity increased to 45 tons by 10% in 2018. Approximately 70% of coffee is imported from Indonesia due to its cheap prices and high quality, Chairman of Egypt’s Coffee Division in the Chamber of Commerce Hassan Fawzy said in a June 2018 statement.

On the sidelines of the 33rd Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2018 at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition in BSD City in Banten last month, a deal worth $30 million was signed between Egyptian Haggag Company for Import and Export and Indonesia’s PT Asal Jaya. On the sidelines of the TEI 2018, Minister of Trade and Industry Enggartiasto Lukita received a complaint from Egyptian businesses that the imported amount of Robusta coffee was not enough to meet the Egyptian market needs. The minister has
since pledged to meet demand in Egypt.

On a Coffee Plantation
Business Today Egypt went on a tour in the largest coffee farm in Indonesia, located in central Java’s educational hub Yogyakarta, for a cup of coffee on the island. On an area of 400 hectares owned by PT Perkebunan Nusantara Holding Company (PTPN IX), 400 Indonesian farmers and employees produce 1,500 tons of Arabica and Robusta coffee each day.

Coffee needs a tropical climate to grow and a temperature of 21-28 degrees Celsius, and farmers sometimes depend on rainwater to irrigate the coffee plants.

“After rains, some coffee trees begin growing and its blossoms to look like Jasmine,” the guide explained, adding that one acre of Robusta trees produces one ton of coffee.

Workers at Coffee plantation- Samar Samir/Egypt Today

During the harvest season lasting from June to September, farmers reap the ripe red beans. Then, they start to trim the trees to make them the same height, allowing workers to easily pick the produce the following season, the guide added.

After the reaping process, coffee should be shipped to factories for the drying process. First, coffee beans are wetted so they are easy to peel; then, they are taken to a big room with iron-holed floors to allow for the drying process to begin. Meanwhile, the sorting process by female workers takes place as a second phase. Finally, the unroasted green beans are stored inside a silo, awaiting coffee traders, the guide explained, noting that Robusta coffee is categorized into three main types: small, medium and large.

The PTPN IX plants only Arabica and Robusta, not the more expensive Luwak, which is sold for $200 per kilogram due to its limited production, said Dandang Juanda, head of the Business Development sector of the plantation holding company PTPN IX.

“A cup of Luwak coffee is worth $50,” he said, adding that Arabica coffee is the second most expensive, with a kilogram of Arabica costing $6.8. Robusta ranked third at a slightly lower price per kilogram, he added.

For Egyptians, Robusta is in high demand due to its reasonable price level. Egypt mostly imports from Indonesian traders, but also buys from Brazil, India, Guatemala, Colombia, and Vietnam, along with 11 others countries.

The upturn of Indonesian coffee exportation to Egypt via the private sector has driven Jakarta’s government to enter into negotiations with Egyptian businessmen to export coffee more independently from the privately owned Indonesian company. “I think that when we have a contract with Egypt, it is the first time between the [Indonesian] state owned company and private companies in Egypt,” Juanda said. Both sides are still holding negotiations to reach a final agreement, he added.

“The company aims for a direct exportation line with Egypt, away from the traders, as a way to increase the company’s net profits and save money that goes to those traders,” Senior Vice President of Marketing Arif Budiman said.

Coffee planting was introduced to Indonesia when Dutch colonization imposed compulsory plantation of spices and coffee beans in 1832. PTP IX was founded in 1809 and is a subsidiary of the PTPN conglomerate.

PTPN has a 133,000-strong workforce nationwide, Budiman explained, adding it has 14 other subsidiaries for producing palm oil, coffee, tea, sugar, and tobacco, with a capital of $66 billion in investments. It has 288 farms, each spanning between 1,000 and 6,000 feddans.
10/1/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Harry to join anti-poaching patrol in Malawi]]>
The Duke of Sussex had left his wife Meghan and their four-month-old son Archie in South Africa to visit Botswana, Angola and Malawi.

Harry arrived in Malawi on Sunday, met President Peter Mutharika and also visited a college to meet young women whose education is partially supported by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

On Monday, Harry will fly to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, where he will pay tribute at the memorial site for British soldier Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who was killed in May while taking part in counter-poaching operations in the country.

He will also join an anti-poaching patrol with local park rangers and witness an anti-poaching demonstration conducted by local rangers and the UK military.

Harry, writing in The Daily Telegraph ahead of his national park trip, said conservation was “fundamental to our survival.”

“This may well sound hippy to some,” Harry wrote.

“But we cannot afford to have a ‘them or us’ mentality. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist or within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.”

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the throne, has been visiting southern Africa for two decades for holidays and conservation work.

On Tuesday, Harry will visit a health center, pharmacy and youth reproductive health outreach program in Malawi.

Harry will then rejoin Meghan and Archie in South Africa for a township visit on Wednesday near Johannesburg. They will also meet Graca Machel, widow of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, and meet President Cyril Ramaphosa before departing for London.]]>
9/30/2019 11:21:10 AM
<![CDATA[FameLab, UK’s biggest search for Science voices launching it’s 11th season. ]]>
Considered the largest science competition in the world, Famelab is open to anyone aged between 18 and 40 working in or studying technology, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, physics or maths.

Historically, the competition attracted Egyptians from 26 governorates, engaging youth and identifying bright minds all over the country, and helping them advance their careers.

Competitors must explain a scientific concept in three minutes, using simple props that they can carry on to a stage. The national winner gets to compete with peers from all around the world at the annual Cheltenham Science festival.

Shaimaa Al Banna, Head of the Science Programme at the British Council said: “ While the competition allows us to stir a conversation around science, it also contributes to the employability for people in STEM. Better understanding of research means better understanding of its wider relevance to society. Relevance builds support and leads to better funding. It also help non-scientists understand how discoveries make communities healthier and lives better”

The competition has attracted many females, whose participation reached 49%. Last year, Egyptian pharmacologist Nada Ali, was the national winner who climbed her way to the finals, in the UK, with her presentation on how bacteria fight back against antibiotics.

Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council in Egypt said: “I hope, through Famelab, we can encourage more women to pursue their studies and research in science and engineering and demonstrate that it is no longer unconventional for women to study these subjects.

The deadline to submit the application is 2 November 2019, applications are screened, and successful candidates will be notified by email. They will need to submit their three-minute video between 10 November 2019 and 5 January 2020, the winner will go on to the international final which will take place in the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

Last year, after switching to a digital format, the competition attracted over 1600 applicants from 26 governorates, and is expected to reach a wider audience.

The New digital format of FameLab, announced last year, allowed 350 contestants in remote areas to participate in auditions through video submissions, leading youth from Delta to South valley passing through, Luxor, Qena, Assiut, Sohag, North Sinai to share their passion for science with the world.
9/29/2019 12:48:31 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia opens to tourists with investment appeal and no abaya rule]]>
The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, relatively closed off for decades, has in recent years relaxed strict social codes, like segregating men and women in public places and requiring women to wear all-covering black robes, or abayas.

Tourism chief Ahmed al-Khateeb told Reuters in an interview ahead of the official announcement that abayas will not be mandatory for women tourists but modest dress is, including at public beaches.

He indicated that alcohol remains banned: “We will have enough tourists to come to Saudi Arabia to enjoy other things.”

Visas will be available online for about $80 (£65), with no restrictions for unaccompanied women as in the past. Access to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina is restricted.

More details, including which countries are eligible, were expected later on Friday. Khateeb said China, Japan, Europe and the United States were among the top outbound targets.

Until now, foreigners traveling to Saudi Arabia have been largely restricted to resident workers and their dependents, business travelers, and Muslim pilgrims who are given special visas to visit Mecca and Medina.

Plans to admit significant numbers of leisure tourists have been discussed for years, only to be blocked by conservative opinion and bureaucracy. An e-visa for sporting events and concerts was introduced last December.

The move is part of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans to develop new industries to wean the world’s top oil exporter off crude and open up society including by introducing previously banned entertainment.

Many of his reforms received international praise, but his image has been tarnished by last year’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the arrest of critics including prominent women activists, and a devastating war in Yemen.


Tensions with arch-rival Iran have also flared. Riyadh blames Tehran for an attack earlier this month on Saudi oil facilities, which Iran denies.

Khateeb, who chairs the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said the country is “very, very safe” and the attack would not impact plans to attract tourists.

Tourism is high on the crown prince’s agenda, despite a shortage of infrastructure. To drive growth, Khateeb estimated some 250 billion riyals ($67 billion) of investments are needed, including 500,000 new hotel rooms by 2030 — half at government-backed mega projects and half from private investors.

The government wants to attract 100 million annual visits in 2030, up from about 40 million currently. Contribution to GDP is targeted to reach 10% from 3%.

Asked about negative perceptions of Saudi Arabia among some in the West, he said: “I’m very, very sure they will have a better judgment when they come and experience the life here in Saudi Arabia, and I promise them they will leave with great memories.”

The Gulf country, which shares borders with Iraq to the north and Yemen to the south, boasts vast tracts of desert but also verdant mountains, pristine beaches and historical sites including five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“We remain authentic,” said Khateeb. “We have a great culture where many, many tourists would love to come and explore this culture and learn more about it and see it and experience it.”

The development drive aims at adding 1 million tourism jobs. Getting hundreds of thousands of Saudis into the workforce remains a major challenge for the crown prince, who has so far only managed to make a dent in the official unemployment rate which remains over 12%.]]>
9/27/2019 2:26:07 PM
<![CDATA[Rethinking Digital Lifestyle with HUAWEI Mobile Services on HUAWEI Mate 30 Series]]>
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, launched HUAWEI Mate 30 Series at the event and for the first time introduced HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) running on the devices, which rethinks digital lifestyle and providesa smarter, faster and betterseamless AI digital life experience for global users.

HUAWEI AppGallery, HUAWEI Browser, HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, HUAWEI Themes, HUAWEI Music, HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Reader, HUAWEI Assistant and other HMS apps have been launched globally in succession and have become an important part of HUAWEI Mobile Services user experience. Together with the HUAWEI Mate 30 series, these apps will rethink users’ digital lifestyle.

HUAWEI Browser is a secure and easy-to-use mobile browser, which provides high-speed Internet browsing experience, convenient search service and complete privacy protection for Mate 30 series users. Currently, there are more than 200 million monthly active users worldwide.

HUAWEI Mobile Cloud protects data security from account authentication, data transmission, and data storage. It can securely store important data such as photos, videos, and contacts, and realize multi-end data synchronization to help users manage data safely and conveniently. The amount of monthly active users has reached 160 million globally.

Through the versatile lock screen, personalized icons and tens of thousands of online themes, HUAWEI Themes brings a different experience to users around the world with a colorful and versatile design. The global monthly active users exceed 70 million.

In addition, HUAWEI Mobile Services will continue to provide HUAWEI Mate 30 Series users with rich audio and video entertainment experience. Mate 30 series users can listen to high-definition music through HUAWEI Music, and enjoy a wide range of music content and apps such as tens of millions of music libraries, popular song lists, audiobook channels, HiFi zones anytime and anywhere. Users can easily follow the music trend and experience a richer audio experience. At present, HUAWEI Music has served more than 70 countries and regions, with more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide.

HUAWEI Video, together with Youku, Mango TV, Sohu.com, Jetsen Huashi Wangju, HUACE FILM&TV, Sony, Disney and other global partners, bring consumers the ultimate audio and video experience. With a large number of high-quality contents, users can not only enjoy the popular broadcast of Youku and Mango TV, as well as tens of thousands of Hollywood and Chinese movies, art, humanities, knowledge and education, and other special content, enjoying a rich video experience across the world. At present, HUAWEI Video has been launched in China, Italy, Spain and other places, with more than 130 million monthly active users.

HUAWEI Reader has cooperated with dozens of partners in the Chinese market, including IReader Technology, Dianzhong Technology, Ali Literature, and China Literature, which has provided users with more than 1 million copies of high-quality content, covering classic publications, bestsellers, and other categories. HUAWEI Reader will also be launched globally, creating a digital reading platform to give users a richer reading experience.

HUAWEI Assistant will be launched online together with the HUAWEI Mate 30 series. Users can simply swipe to the -1 screen to have a quick access to various services, as well as global search, situational intelligence, news hotspots and other smart service cards to provide them with rich service. The news hotspot information service covers 30 languages in 82 countries and regions and provides intelligent reminders of 117 important event information and more than 150 stock market information.
Global Application Distribution-Rethinking Form of Digital Services
HUAWEI Mate 30 series comes pre-installed with HUAWEI AppGallery, an official application distribution platform. Since its global launch in April 2018, HUWAEI AppGallery has been serving more than 390 million global monthly active users in more than 170 countries and regions. The accumulated downloads havereached 180 billion within a year and the number of overseas top apps released on HUAWEI AppGallery is increasing as more developers join the HMS Ecosystem.

HUAWEI AppGallery is global and local at the same time. It provides intelligent recommendations to Mate 30 series users, in accordance with user’s location and countries selection. Intelligent recommendations include local and nearby apps, popular local apps, in addition to the best version of each app based upon the Mate 30 model in use.

HUAWEI Quick App will also be launched globally with HUAWEI Mate 30 series, opening the mature Quick App standards of the Chinese market to global developers. This brings Mate 30 series users the convenience of tap-to-use and installation-free application since then.

Together with HUAWEI Mate 30 series release, HUAWEI Quick App available on HUWAEI AppGallery will be launched globally in September 2019 during the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series launch, opening the mature Quick App standards already developed in Chinese market to global developers. Post-launch, Mate 30 series users will experience the convenience of tap-to-use and installation-free applications.

HUAWEI Ability Gallery is a unified platform for both abilities entry and distribution. It works as a centralized platform for device in all-scenarios to link in and receive abilities intelligently. There are more than 5000 high-quality abilities on HUAWEI Ability Gallery, which enables the most atomized and intelligent services possible. Upon the launch of Mate 30 series, HUAWEI Ability Gallery will be launched in global market and will support ability distribution soon. In the future, application services will be further atomized, in order to make users-services matching easier.

Fully Opened - Rethinking A Seamless AIEcosystem

On the basis of prosperous HMS ecosystem, HUAWEI Mate 30 Series keeps bringing a smarter, faster and better seamless AI digital life experience to more users. After the HUAWEI Developer Conference in August 2019, Huawei again introduced its HMS Ecosystem to the world in Mate 30 series launching event.

HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) as well as HMS apps, incorporates Huawei’s chip, device and cloud capabilities and integrates a set of HMS core services (HMS Core), tools, and platforms for IDE development and testing. HMS together with HUAWEI third-party applications and services forms an HMS Ecosystem - an intelligent mobile internet ecosystem for 570 million Huawei users across the globe.

At this moment, HMS Ecosystem has already attracted 1.01 million registered developers around the world.

At this moment, HMS Ecosystem has already attracted 1.01 million registered developers around the world. With HUAWEI fully opening its HMS Core capabilities and services in the new AI and 5G era, developers only need to integrate HMS Software Development Kit in order to use HUAWEI's open capabilities. HUAWEI has officially opened 14 HMS Core services, including 9 basic services and 5 growth services, to provide developers with an Intelligent Ecosystem with Open Capabilities and quick access to HMS Ecosystem. As of now, 45 thousand applications have already been integrated with HMS Core globally with an annual increase of 65%.

HMS Ecosystem has been in development for years and is growing in scale. HUAWEI AppGallery, for example, has been in use as an app distribution platform for more than eight years. An increasingly large number of developers are joining the HMS Ecosystem and putting their apps on HUAWEI AppGallery to allow global users an improved experience.

To encourage more developers to integrate qualitative apps to HMS Ecosystem, Huawei has increased its investment from one billon CNY to a billion in USD to global developers – the “Shining Star” program has been significantly upgraded. 80% of the investment is targeted at incentivizing and accelerating global developer innovation. It also aims to cover the development, growth and marketing funds needed.
The “Shining Star” program will further foster and assist the innovation of global developers, making qualitative services and contents for Mate 30 series users, as well as other Huawei users.

With the launch of the new flagship HUAWEI Mate 30 series, HUAWEI Mobile Services continues to build a seamless AI ecosystem centered on user experience, which rethinks digital lifestyle and brings an extraordinary digital life experience to the global Mate 30 series users.]]>
9/26/2019 12:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences certified by Cristal]]>
1- Food Check – HACCP Food Safety Risk Management System.
2- Aqua Check – Legionella Control Risk Management Principles in Water System .
3- Pool Check – Pool Safety Risk Management System

Those certificates have been earned as a result of the team hard work they have been able to manage the system on daily basis to provide significant reduction of risk from food related illness, legionella and swimming pool related illness or injury.
9/25/2019 3:20:45 PM
<![CDATA[Grass is greener at ALDAU after installing solar panels on rooftops of Steigenberger ALDAU resort]]>
The Resort has always been keen on building a high-end dynamic community for its guests. In 2019 the property has decided to install a 150 kWh solar system station, covering 1,200 m2, saving 900,000 kW electricity consumption per year.

The 30,000 kg solar panels, imported from the UK by Gree Solar, have successfully been installed and ready. ALDAU family is proud to have finally taken a giant milestone to reduce their carbon footprint, protect the environment, and contribute towards preserving the beauty of our beloved Egypt.

“We believe that the law of banning single-use of plastic by the Red Sea governorate has been a great choice and ALDAU Development has taken a bigger initiative in giving back to the environment. After replacing all out plastic utensils with paper ones, we were still keen on contributing with bigger changes in the direction of sustainable energy and it was vital that the project would be up and runningbefore the end of 2019.” – Lars Geweyer, CEO of ALDAU Development Hospitality Division.

ALDAU Development, member of Sami Saad Holding Group, has pioneered in the delivery of premium residential and hospitality properties in Egypt and abroad for the last twelve years.With its keen understanding of the market and its ground-breaking experience in Egypt, the company seeks to produce projects and services that fulfill the needs of the various market segments it serves, having proven that with a track record of establishing the best-in-class resorts, hotels and conference center.


“ALDAU Development” is a subsidiary of “Sami Saad Holding” which was founded back in 1962. Since its foundation, thecompany has had remarkable footprints on the path of evolution and growth until it became one of Egypt’s largest privateholding companies, offering diverse services covering up some of the most critical sectors of the Egyptian economy likeconstruction ”Samcrete”, automotive ”Mercedes Benz”, fast-moving consumer goods ”Corona” chocolate and real estate.

“ALDAU Development” operates two divisions: Real Estate & Hospitality. The hospitality developments are looked uponas the stars of success shining bright in the skies of the group; being regarded as the best in class resorts, hotels andconference centers. We take pride in our existing portfolio of 3 superior hotel properties, “Steigenberger ALDAU BeachHotel”, “Steigenberger Aqua Magic” and “Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle”, in addition to “ALDAU International ConferenceCenter” and “ALDAU Art Promenade” all in Hurghada. ALDAU Development Hospitality Division continues to growinternationally with the successful development of “Holiday Inn London West” in London, United Kingdom.

ALDAU Development Real Estate projects have earned an unparalleled reputation for bringing hospitality excellenceinto real estate projects. The portfolio of ALDAU Development Real Estate includes ALDAU Heights launched in 2015followed by ALDAU Strand in 2016. Both projects’ unique location & stunning views are a true reflection of the group’sideology in developing residential projects perceived as class communities that are best-in-class-developments. With a few large-sized projects underway. ALDAU Development Real Estate strives to optimize quality, serve new marketsand continually improve all aspects of its work to deliver the most possible means of reliability of its developments.

9/25/2019 11:46:05 AM
<![CDATA[Commerce Summit honors Halan for its services in transportation sector]]>
Moahmed Abo ElNaga, CCo and Co-Founder said: “ this award is a great addition to the company. It recognizes our efforts in the Egyptian transportation sector, shedding light on the company's real endeavor to provide advanced and integrated services to its customers. One of our main goals is to expand the scope of our business, by providing additional services in various areas such as home delivery, which in turn facilitates the lives of citizens. "

“Halan achieves millions of trips monthly, half of which are food deliveries. This year, ride-hailing trips have increased by 55%, while food deliveries quadrupled” said Adham Madkour.

During the summit’s panel discussion, Halan spokesperson presented the current situation of the transportation sector, the company’s new technology solutions, fast and reliable transportation, beside logistics and delivery services.

Established in 2017, Halan’s app allows customers to request on demand motorbike or tuk-tuk rides, or order food or goods for delivery via motorbikes or cargo tricycles. Established in 2017, Halan is now operating in more than 20 governorates across Egypt and Sudan. Targeting underserved communities, the company is expanding in more Egyptian cities, including Sharqeya, Daqahleya, Damietta, Qena and Gharbeya this year. Moreover, Halan plans to expand in Africa through launching its services in Ethiopia by the end of 2019.

Halan offers thousands of job opportunities to people, it has more than 100 employees and about 10,000 drivers. The company carefully selects drivers and provides them with efficient training program, to ensure safe and comfortable journeys for their customers.]]>
9/24/2019 11:44:01 PM
<![CDATA[Schneider Electric announces winners of ‘Electric Energy Challenge']]>
The top place in the initiative was awarded to Proteinea team on the idea of raising insects with the aim to replace fishmeal in aquaculture and animal feeds with sustainable and more environmental insect-based protein. The second place was awarded to Division X, for the idea of building Quality inspection Systems integrated with industry 4.0 revolution by using machine vision and deep learning technologies for helping enterprises get tasks digitalized and automated with more accuracy, low cost and save time.

Lastly, the third award was given to Influx, for their innovation of cylinder of solar cells installed in a vertical position reflected and multiplied by the light of the sun within the result of the multiplicity of these reflections generate electricity and double the reflections produce more energy with less space cells.

In addition, the incubation award who will be receiving training for their ideas from Schneider Electric are Vision for smart energy, Dizaria energy and Joudran.

Following the announcement of the winners of the first three places, a cooperation protocol was signed between Schneider Electric Egypt and ‘Sherketak Fekretak’ program and Falak Startups to launch a nationwide energy challenge initiative to present innovative ideas and solutions, with the aim of supporting energy management, sustainable development objectives and entrepreneurship.

“The idea of ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’, which was held for the first time in Egypt, was first introduced by Schneider Electric Egypt and was very well received by all of the company's officials. When we announced this idea in May for the first time, we were surprised by the large number of applicants, which reached 150 contestants from different categories, whether students, startups or university professors and the categories of applicants varied between teams and individuals,” said Walid Sheta, Regional Cluster President of Egypt, North East Africa and Levant.

“We were extremely excited about the ideas presented by the contestants. During the first round of the initiative for selecting the short-listed 11 participants, we faced difficulty in selection given the high quality of ideas that were in some cases very close.

We placed rules for selection, including strong knowledge about the problems facing smart cities, presence of innovative solutions that serve technology, an understanding of the nature of markets in the region, as well as the team's ability to develop its skills and the product it is showcasing and its success in selling it in the future; also providing a feasibility study for provided solutions,” Sheta confirmed.

The announcement of the winners of ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’ came as part of the activities of Schneider Electric’s ‘Cairo Innovation Summit 2019’, which was held for the second time in Egypt.

A session was dedicated for the eleven short-listed participants to present their smart innovations and solutions to six sustainability-related problems, before a committee of experts that included Sylvain Paineau, EMEA Business Incubation Director; Jean-Louis Stasi, Senior Vice President, Innovation @TheEdge; Mohamed Saad, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Schneider Electric; Ayman Saeed, Director of Commercial Transformation, Middle East & Africa, Schneider Electric; Karima El-Hakim, Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, Falak Startups; Eslam Mohamed, Director of Entrepreneurship Services Center, ‘Sherketak Fekretak.”

During the session of announcing winners in the initiative, Jean-Louis Stasi, Senior Vice President for New Products at Innovation at Innovation@TheEdge, said: “The Egyptian youths have presented bold ideas aimed at achieving a smarter and more sustainable future in resource management. The selection of winners for the first three places was difficult, especially with the presence of 8 to 9 ideas that were very outstanding.”

"Being a major energy player worldwide, Schneider Electric has a greater knowledge of the market rules and requirements; so, our support for ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’ participants will not be limited to financial awards, as we will also be a link between these innovators and the world's energy experts,” he added.

The top three winners of the ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge 2019’ received financial prizes, ranging between EGP 40 thousand and EGP 100 thousand, in addition to having the opportunity to be incubated in Schneider Electric Egypt as well as an access to Schneider Electric exchange program.

In July, Schneider Electric announced the short-listed winners in ‘=S= Electric Energy Challenge’, which included eleven participants. These winners were trained by a group of specialized engineers on how to present their ideas and make amendments to achieve more strength and effectiveness for such ideas upon implementation.
9/24/2019 3:06:10 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Harry and Meghan in South Africa on first tour since baby's birth]]>
Later in the trip, Harry will rekindle memories of the couple’s courtship in Botswana and of his mother Diana in Angola.

Meghan, an American former actress, has had only one official engagement since giving birth to Archie in May.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to meet anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other dignitaries in South Africa, but chose to begin their tour in a township known as the country’s “murder capital”.

Nyanga, about 20 km (12 miles) from Cape Town, recorded more murders - 289 - than any other police precinct in 2018/19.

The royal couple visited The Justice Desk, a group that teaches self-defence and empowerment to vulnerable children, many of whom have suffered trauma - key skills in a place where thousands live cheek-by-jowl in a squalid sea of tin and wood shacks, and where violence is a daily reality.

Harry and Meghan, holding hands, arrived at the non-governmental organisation to the sound of drum beats and ululating, as women and children shouted in excitement.

They then greeted and chatted to women and children, with Meghan giving hugs to some.

“Now is the time to come together as a community, and we applaud those of you who are leading the way for South Africa’s ongoing transformation,” Harry told the crowd.

Speaking at the Nyanga Methodist Church, whose windows are protected by heavy bars against burglars, Theodora Lutuli of The Justice Desk said before Harry and Meghan’s arrival that the organisation was having a huge impact in the community by making children aware of their rights.

“They will tell you this is my body, it belongs to me... That is what they are being taught and we are saying if it starts from there, then we are guaranteed a better future,” said Lutuli, the organisation’s community liaison officer.


Ahead of the royal couple’s arrival, a small crowd of around 100 gathered outside the church, singing and dancing to the beat of a marimba band, while a throng of local and international media jostled for positions.

Children, some of them of nursery age, wore white Justice Desk t-shirts bearing the words “I’m not too young to be heard”.

Harry and Meghan will later visit the District 6 museum that honours thousands of families forcibly removed during the apartheid era after the area, adjacent to the Cape Town business district, was declared whites-only and bulldozers moved in to demolish homes.

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the throne, has been visiting southern Africa for two decades for holidays and conservation work.

He will travel on alone for a working visit to Botswana, where the couple went shortly after they began dating in July 2016 and returned in 2017 for a romantic getaway to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday.

Harry then heads to Angola, visiting the landmine clearance project that featured in some of the most famous photographs of his late mother, Princess Diana.

He ends the solo section of his tour in Malawi, where he will meet President Peter Mutharika, before rejoining Meghan and Archie in South Africa for another township visit, this time near Johannesburg.
9/24/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[E-Commerce Summit 2019 Publicly Recognizes the Rise of realme in Egypt]]>
Launching in early 2019, this momentous achievement reinforces the digitally-lead strategy realme has adopted, not only in Egypt, but internationally. Partnering with the e-commerce platform Jumia.com, realme has successfully launched five models through the website and achieved record-breaking sales figures; more notably during the realme 3 Pro launch which sold 1,000 units in the first 5 minutes.

By focusing their efforts on relating to the younger generation, realme has capitalized on the “youth bulge” in Egyptian demographics and secured their loyalty to the brand through competitive features, attractive design, and moderate pricing. Marketing Communication and Public Relations Manager, Andro Nabil comments, “realme has achieved a 3.3% market share in less than a year with 5% of our sales derived from products within the 2,000-5,000 EGP price range. Our users number over 220,000 Egyptians who have found that realme not only surpasses other competitors in certain functional features but resonates with them on an emotional level as well.”

Currently, realme has launched their latest flagship model, the 3 Pro which houses state-of-the-art specifications including a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE processor,VOOC Flash Charge, an elegant dewdrop display with 6.3” screen, and modern design that incorporates a vibrant color range.]]>
9/23/2019 10:25:32 AM
<![CDATA[Mountain View spreads happiness in partnership with DH EGYPT]]>
The event was held at the Mountain View Sky Roof building in the presence of the presidents and CEOs of major international companies that helped achieve this remarkable success.

“Happiness Project” aims to transform workplaces into happy and exhilarating spaces to create a comfortable and more productive environment for its employees and business partners.

As one of the most prominent real estate developers in Egypt, Mountain View adapts the principle of spreading happiness by building vibrant and productive communities throughout their projects in New Cairo, 6th of October city, and the North Coast.

9/22/2019 12:17:35 PM
<![CDATA[Fire-damaged rooster from Notre-Dame's spire goes on display]]>
The rooster was one of several culturally-important artefacts salvaged after the fire, on April 15 2019, which destroyed the cathedral’s spire and much of its roof.

“It was one of the symbols of Notre-Dame de Paris and is even more so now,” French Culture Minister Franck Riester told reporters on Friday.

“(The rooster) has been scarred by the fire. It was heated and then it fell, something which triggers another debate: should we restore it or leave it like it is, as a witness on what happened on April 15 ?”.

The rooster will go on display in Paris this weekend as part of European Heritage Days, in which sites of cultural interest open their doors to the public.

Asked if the cathedral as a whole could be restored in five years’ time, as French President Emmanuel Macron promised, Riester said that remained the aim but added that the work would not be rushed.

Riester also said Notre-Dame was still not entirely secured and that a thorough study was underway to establish the type of permanent damage the fire left on the structure of the cathedral.]]>
9/21/2019 2:35:29 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei rethinks the smartphone with its ground-breaking HUAWEI Mate 30 series]]>
Benefiting from Huawei’s 32-years of expertise in communication technologies and a decade in design innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 looks and performs like no other smartphone. Inspired by the design principle of minimalism, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series showcases the perfect example of how aesthetic design fuses with technology. Its unique, iconic OLED HUAWEI Horizon Display offers an immersive viewing experience, while the Kirin 990 5G SoC – the first to integrate processing units and a 5G modem on the same chip using the 7nm+ EUV process– affords unrivalled levels of performance and efficiency.

A revolutionary integrated quad-camera includes the SuperSensing Cine Camera, a dual main camera system designed for amazing photographic and videographic results, while the HUAWEI SuperCharge and EMUI10 offer long-lasting battery life for heavy mobile users and an enhanced user experience.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: “The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone. Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering an unrivalled user experience. The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the HUAWEI Mate 30 series is the ultimate expression of what’s possible.”

Rethink Design: Futuristic iconic handset
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series builds upon the aesthetic of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series with a futuristic design that is sure to make a lasting impression. With an ultra-narrow notch design and the thinnest of bezels, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro features the HUAWEI Horizon Display, which curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximise the display area to provide an unparalleled, edge-to-edge immersive viewing experience.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro introduces the Intuitive Side-touch Interaction feature to replace the side volume buttons with invisible virtual keys. This feature also allows users to customise the volume key position on either sides of the device and makes HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro the most integrated, all-in-one design smartphone currently available. Together, HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-Screen Fingerprint provide high levels of biometric security and convenience.

Turn the device over and the iconic ring design of the quad-camera system immediately stands out, surrounded by a metallic ‘halo’. Mirroring the design of a DSLR camera and designed to be held comfortably, the beautiful HUAWEI Mate 30 Series makes the user the focus of the crowd, attracting all the attention. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting display.

Rethink Performance - World’s First 2nd Generation 5G Smartphone
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series is powered by the HUAWEI Kirin 990 series chipset, Huawei’s most sophisticated smartphone chipset launched to date. The HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G challenges the limits of silicon-based physics by incorporating a three-level power efficiency architecture for the CPU, Huawei’s self-developed Da Vinci NPU architecture (large dual-NPU + tiny NPU cores) as well as a supersized 16-core GPU to deliver super-fast performance and high-power efficiency.

Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm+ EUV process, the disruptive HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G supports 2G/3G/4G network and 5G Non-StandAlone (NSA) and StandAlone (SA) modes, along with Dual SIM, Dual Standby and FDD/TDD full frequency bands to deliver seamless connectivity. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series has also been optimised for ultimate OS performance. As the world’s first 2nd generation 5G smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G features 14 antennas for 5G, delivering ground-breaking speed with unrivalled connectivity.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 sports a large battery of 4200mAh, while HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery of 4500mAh. With TÜV Rheinland certified wired and wireless Huawei SuperCharge Technology, the 27W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge and the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge provide users safe and fast charging, while wired and wireless in-car charging and a wired powerbank ensure a seamless experience across all scenarios.

Additionally, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series provides upgraded reverse wireless charging bringing users a quick and convenient way to recharge other devices.

Rethink Photography and Videography – SuperSensing Cine Camera for Stunning Images and Videos
The HUAWEI Mate 30 is equipped with a SuperSensing Triple Camera, comprising a 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera. Coupled with an ISP 5.0 Image Signal Processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 enables users to capture high quality photographs and videos.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro sports a revolutionary quad camera system with the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

The SuperSensing Cine Camera is a Dual-main camera system capable of taking stunning photos that rival high-end cameras. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps. It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also offers pro-bokeh capabilities while recoding for professional looking results. Additionally, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSensing Camera which attracts 40% more lights to deliver stunning results in low light conditions with an impressive light sensitivity of ISO409600, making it the best low light one-shot device ever even for ultra-wide shots.

The 8MP HUAWEI Telephoto Camera offers 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + AI Stabilisation (AIS) and 3D Depth Sensing, complete the package making the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series the most capable handset for smartphone photography and videography available to consumers. A front-facing 3D Depth Sensing Camera delivers pro-bokeh effects with accurate depth-of-field information for selfies and portraits.


Rethink Interaction: A Faster, Safer and More Engaging Experience
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series features a range of new features that deliver an amazingly smooth and engaging user experience. Including:

• EMUI10 operating system featuring a contemporary magazine inspired layout,
Always-On-Display (AOD) where the colour of the lock screen changes throughout the day;
• Dark Mode brings enhanced legibility making the screen look gentler and more comfortable when night falls;
• Intuitive Side-touch Interaction to customise invisible virtual keys for volume adjustment, gaming and camera set-up as well as being ideal for both right and left-handed users;
• AI gesture control for contactless screen interaction, whereas AI Auto-Rotate and AI Private View are all designed to improve users experience;
• HiCar smart travel for advanced, seamless connectivity between device and a car’s communication and entertainment system;
• Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to transfer data and control multiple screens between Huawei devices;
• HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-screen Fingerprint to provide advanced data security and privacy protection with (HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro only);

Huawei also launched its much anticipated HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 range of wearables. Equipped with the self-developed Kirin AI chip, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 range offers class-leading battery life and a host of new features and functions including 15 sports modes, 10 training modes specifically for running, an enhanced music player and Bluetooth voice calls. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 also provides new wellness features that allow for hassle-free monitoring of a user’s heart rate, daily sleep and other attributes.

Additionally, Huawei also announced the availability of its HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 true wireless Bluetooth earphones which won 11 Best of IFA media awards at the recent IFA consumer electronics show. The black and white versions of FreeBuds 3 will be available in China, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia Pacific and Latin America starting from October 2019.

Colours, Pricing and Availability
The 6.53-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro and 6.62-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather.

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9/20/2019 8:08:32 PM
<![CDATA[Clean Shores removes plastic from Kafr El-Sheikh beach]]>
The volunteers carried out a beach clean-up campaign in a beach in the city of Baltim, where plastic were collected in as many as 25 sacks.

Volunteers also have launched awareness campaigns that targeted more than 260 beach visitors on the damage caused by plastic and its impact on human health and other living organisms.

The initiative was launched by Youth Loves Egypt organization, in coordination with Cairo's media office of the United Nations.



Egypt has started to adopt new plans to improve garbage recycling and also limit plastic pollution.

In April, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) said that the Red Sea governor announced banning the use of single-use plastic starting June 1 due to its serious environmental damages.

HEPCA said that the use of disposable plastic causes the death of hundreds of thousands of living creatures in the world.

The decision comes to "protect the threatened and endangered species which are severely affected by ingestion, starvation, suffocation, drowning, entanglement and toxicity from plastic remains, which affects the human health accordingly," HEPCA explained.

The governorate is working to prevent factories from producing or distributing plastic bags in the city, according to HEPCA.]]>
9/18/2019 9:37:49 PM
<![CDATA[TikTok Inspires Egyptians to Express Their Creativity]]>
Officially launched in 2018, TikTok houses a variety of features that allow users to express themselves through short videos with easy-to-use video-capturing and editing tools, which allow users to easily trim, cut, merge and duplicate video clips without leaving the app. There is also a wide variety of filters, effects, and AR objects to take videos to the next level. For watching videos, TikTok's intelligent discovery process makes it easy to find and enjoy entertaining content that is unexpectedly personalized. The app delivers an endless stream of short videos without the hassle of having to search for them.

Available in 150 markets and 75 languages, TikTok offers a home for creative expression, aiming to inspire and enrich people’s lives with a genuine and positive experience.

The event saw TikTok representative Hany Kamel discuss TikTok’s journey in Egypt, as well as provide attendees with the unique experience of exploring the features of the platform application first-hand.


TikTok emphasized the potential of the Egyptian market by recounting three wildly successful challenges that have made an impact across the country. #No_Place_Like_Egypt was launched just last month in partnership with the Ministry of Immigration, to encourage all Egyptians to express their love for their homeland. The campaign garnered 16.8M views in eight days and comprised of more than 2,000 videos. Another challenge aimed at Egyptian users was #FreestyleTown, which in partnership with Footpark, gave users a chance to vote on the best freestyle football videos with over 85.4k members participating and 4.8M video views.

As part of a global initiative #TikTokTravel, Egypt was one of among over 100 countries to be included in the campaign that saw users share over 400,000 videos of authentic travel moments that received a total of 1.7Bn views.

“TikTok is a destination for creating and discovering real, interesting, and fun short-form mobile videos that will make your day. Our Egyptian users have demonstrated an amazing level of creativity, and we are looking forward to deliver even more localized activities and features to serve the Egyptian market.” said spokesperson Hany Kamel, TikTok’s Content Operations Director for North Africa.

“Millions of creators are on TikTok showcasing their incredible skills and moments that matter in their everyday lives. Users can find an inclusive community on TikTok that embraces this diverse and positive experience, and is the reason why TikTok has resonated with users across the globe,” added Kamel.

Even as TikTok experiences rapid growth around the world, it is committed to promoting a safe and positive app environment, deploying a combination of policies, technologies, and moderation strategies to detect and review any problematic content or accounts in accordance to its Community Guidelines, available on its website. In addition, it offers users a number of safety features including controls, tools and privacy settings.

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9/18/2019 6:44:16 PM
<![CDATA[Powered by Kirin A1 Chip, Huawei FreeBuds 3 users in Huawei's new intelligent sound]]>
The Kirin A1 chip takes a technologically advanced approach to delivering superior sonics for FreeBuds 3, matching outstanding digital sound processing techniques with a finely tuned high sensitivity driver to deliver spectacular music and voice reproduction.

Furthermore, the new intelligent sound that is powered by the Kirin A1 chip boasts a plethora of class leading features, such as simple and stable connectivity, ultra-low latency, and an impressive approach to noise control.

Engineering a new intelligent sound: the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip
The Kirin A1 chip is the first chip we developed that has been specifically engineered for the hearable and wearable market.Kirin A1 can process complex tasks efficiently and powerfully, all from its diminutive footprint of 4.3mm x 4.4mm.

As the world’s first BT 5.1 & BLE 5.1 wearable chip, Kirin A1 ensures that FreeBuds 3is unmatched for stability and ease of connectivity. Coupled with ournew generation of Bluetooth signal selection algorithm brought about by intelligent adaptive frequency-hopping technology in the communication field, the chip can dynamically identify frequency bands affected by 2.4GHz signal such as Wi-Fi and hop to a free channel. This allows it to quickly adapt to environmental changes and achieve higher anti-interference capabilities.

An intelligent approach to noise cancellation

With the power of the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip, we are bridgingthe gap between expert chip engineering and the art of developing a high-quality, signature sound. To balance these two propositions, Huawei developed an advanced Audio Digital Signal Processor for Kirin A1 chip.The chip leads the industry in audio processing frequency at rates of up to 356MHZ. Its precise and real-time 3A call noise reduction algorithm allows HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 to effectively reduce environmental noise3 in order allow the other party to hear more clearly and create a high-quality call experience.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are the first Open-fitTWS earbuds that both support call noise reduction and accurate real-time active noise cancellation. Based on the simulation of ear canal, the output frequency and intensity of the noise reduction signal are adjusted for different ear canal shapes, thus achieving excellent active noise reduction effect, with open-fit wearing. By double-tapping the left earbud to turn on/off ANC function, you can still enjoy crystal clear music even in the crowded metro or a noisy restaurant.

Studio-Quality Sound,Booming Bass

The high-precision, high-sensitivity 14mm dynamic driver in HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 has been carefully tuned to allow every note to be restored to it’s original brilliance. A complex bass tube cleverly tucked in each earpiece powers. Louder, stronger, tighter and punchier. It feels like you’re enjoying the music in a studio.

A battery built to last all day

The FreeBuds 3 case is equipped with wireless charging capabilities and can be charged by both wireless chargers and reverse wireless charged by smartphones that support reverse wireless charging4. Utilizing the highly efficient power consumption of the Kirin A1 chip, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are able to provide four hours of playback from a single charge, and a total of 20 hours when used alongside the charging case5.

9/18/2019 2:17:33 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir offers 50% discount on business class tickets]]>
In a statement released on Tuesday, EgyptAir said its business class in the airliner's flights provides outstanding advantages and services including the super diamond full flat bed in its A330-300 Boeing planes, the full-flat bed in the planes of Boeing 300-777 and the Dreamliner seats in its Boeing B787-9

The reduction in the tickets prices runs for a limited period of time and they can be booked through the company's website, added the statement.]]>
9/18/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[UNDP partners with adventurer Ali Abdo attempting Longest Journey by Electrical Motorcycle]]>
In this connection, UNDP is partnering with Egyptian motorcyclist, adventurer, and World Records holder,Mr. Ali Abdo on his upcoming journey: World’s Longest Journey on Electric Motorcycle.

The collaboration aims to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly environment protection as well as mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

In his World Record attempt, Mr. Abdo will tour Egypt on a journey that will cover 25,000 km, visit 75 Egyptian cities, and capture150 locations. The journey takes Mr. Abdo across all Egyptian governorates. In partnership with UNDP,he will promote the SDGs, raise awareness about environmental challenges in Egypt, reduce harmful air pollution and fuel consumption, and promote the use of electric vehicles across the country.

It is worth noting that among Ali’s partners feature the Egyptian ministries of Youth and Sports, Environment, Military Production, and Immigration.


UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The Sustainable Development Goals: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Ali Abdo: An Egyptian motorcyclist, adventurer, World Records holder and Founder of Around Egypt on a Motorcycle initiative, Ali is working as an Infrastructure Architect at in IBM.
9/17/2019 1:19:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches 2nd cube satellite into space]]>
The new satellite is set to be released to orbit on November 1, Zahran said in an interview with MENA.

Designed, constructed and tested by an Egyptian team, Narsscube-1 has more power storage capabilities and higher ground imaging resolution, Zahran said.

It is meant to boost potentials of Egypt's national space program with the aim to achieve sustainable development, he added.

Developed by NARSS, Narsscube-1 should also produce reliable data from space and promote applied research in space engineering at
Egyptian universities and research institutes.

The satellite carries a small camera with a ground resolution of 100 meters to take snapshots of Egypt territories.

The NARSSCube satellite program started in July 2017 with the goal of "demonstrating, in orbit, the capabilities of the NARSS team to develop in-house satellite subsystems".

The program is providing Egyptian engineers and scientists with hands-on research experience in nanosatellite subsystems, which will ultimately bolster Egypt’s capabilities in space science and engineering.

NARSS received a total project funding of about 13 million pounds from the Academy of Scientific Research in Egypt (ASRT) to build three cube satellites: NARSSCube-1 (1U), NARSSCube-2 (2U) and NARSSCube-3 (3U).

The Authority is currently developing the more advanced 3U NARSSCube-3, with launching scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. ]]>
9/17/2019 12:26:07 PM
<![CDATA[TIEC Collaborates with Huawei to Launch “Egypt App Cup” Competition]]>
The competition, which is part of Huawei’s “Shining Star” program aims at supporting Egyptian youth in gaining a huge experience and vast ICT knowledge, making their future easier and brighter. The App Cup competition will allow participants to engage in developing innovative mobile-based solutions and android applications that support transportation, health, and tourism sectors.

“Egypt App Cup competition seeks to tremendously impact our youth’s future, as it opens up a path of promising opportunities. It aims at nurturing the young minds, boosting their creativity, and enriching their knowledge. This initiative also support and meets our primary goals of developing the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt along with our mandate of building the capacities of young calibers on the latest ICT technologies.” saidHossam Othman, TIEC Chairperson and ITIDA VP.

HuaweiShining-Star Program is a huge ecosystem supporter, connecting more than 910k global developers.These connections and investments will bring huge benefits to international markets and will encourage developing markets to rise and flourish, boosting the ecosystem around the world.

“Our Shining-Star Program is currently investing 1 billion USD resources in many countries around the world to provide comprehensive support for developers to create a smart mobile service innovation ecosystem”, stated Adam Xiao Ersong, Manager Director of MENA Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Through the App Cup competition, Huawei grants Egyptian youth access to greater capabilities and a wider array of developer services in recognition of Egypt’s potential as a growing market especially in the technology sector”.

At HUAWEI Developer Conference 2019 held in Dongguan China on August 9~11, Huawei announced the launch of 51 open abilities/services, opening 885 APIs,14 HMS Core Capabilities, including the newest Account, Scan, Map and Push kits, which will help developers to implement their ideas and functions with much more ease.

Also, as part of Shining-Star Program, all submitted applications from this competition will get great exposure by being a part of HUAWEI AppGallery, the official application market for HUAWEI and HONOR smartphone, providing creators the perfect launch pad to share their ideas and applications with the millions of users around the world.

Don’t forget to register and submit your golden ideabefore end of September through http://bit.ly/HW_EgyptAppCup. Formoreinformationsaboutthiscompetition, pleasefollow Facebookpage @EgyptAppCupand @HuaweiMobileServices.-END-
About TIEC

The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) was founded in 2010 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in Egypt’s ICT industry for the benefit of national economy. Located at the heart of a modern business environment in Smart Village, TIEC aspires to brand Egypt as a global competitor in high value-added innovation and become the leading regional hub and world-class center for ICT based innovations and entrepreneurship.

The center, affiliated to the Information Technology Industry Development Agency, is the first in Egypt, 2nd in Africa and 4th in the MENA to become an Accredited Member in the European Business Network (EBN).

For more information, please visit TIEC online at www.tiec.gov.eg

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
9/16/2019 2:00:50 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Duchess Meghan returns to work to launch new charity fashion range]]>
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has made a handful of public appearances since son Archie was born in May but the launch of the fashion collection, created in collaboration with well-known British stores and fashion designers, marks her first official engagement.

The sale of the “Smart Set Capsule Collection” will last for at least two weeks and is designed to help Smart Works, a charity that provides quality clothes and training for unemployed women for job interviews.

For every item bought, one will be donated to the charity which Meghan became the patron of earlier this year.

The items include a blazer and trousers from fashion chain Jigsaw; a tote bag from department store John Lewis; a classic dress from Marks & Spencer and a white shirt from fashion designer Misha Nonoo, a friend of the U.S.-born Duchess.

“Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organizations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact,” Meghan, 38, said in a statement.

“Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project - placing purpose over profit and community over competition.”]]>
9/16/2019 1:26:33 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Cements Leadership Position with securing more than 20 Top Awards at IFA 2019]]>
Popular Mechanics, Android Central and Stuff were among the many media outlets to highlight Huawei products among the best announced at IFA 2019. Huawei unveiled our Kirin 990 processor, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 active noise canceling earbuds, the New HUAWEI P30 Pro and the high-speed WiFi Q2 Pro router.The award-winning products usher in another banner year for Huawei’s human-driven design philosophy that places the utmost importance on helping consumers experience high-performance products with superior connectivity.

Huawei earned the following distinctions at IFA 2019:

EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association)named the HUAWEI P30 Pro “Best Smartphone” as part of its Best Product 2019-2020 awards. The association called the P30 Pro an ideal device for consumers who value photography, recognizing the stunning low-light capabilities, ultra-wide lens, portrait mode and 5x telephoto lens that bests all competitor.

Android Authority presented the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 a “Best of IFA” award for the true-wireless earbuds supporting Bluetooth 5.1, the power-efficient Kirin A1 chipset and ultra-low latency. Android Authority is a global media outlet focused on mobile technology.

Android Central presented Kirin 990 a “Best of IFA 2019” award. Support for 2.3Gbps download speeds, a 16-core GPU and massive upgrades to processing power for 5G and AI applications made the latest chipseta show favorite. Android Cental is a mobile device resource for expert reviews and news coverage.

Android Headlines gave a “Best of IFA 2019” award to the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3. The editors lofted heavy praise on the new accessory, calling it the first pair of truly wireless earbuds that meet the needs of audiophiles. Active Noise Cancellation, wireless charging and High-Quality Audio were among the many reasons cited for granting the award.

Android Headlines recognized the Kirin 990as part of its “Best of IFA 2019” awards. With industry-leading performance and low power consumption for added efficiency, the Kirin 990 proved to be both powerful and built for the 5G era. Android Headlines is a global website covering the latest products, news, and industry news related to Android.

The Big Tech Question gave the Kirin 990 a “Best of IFA 2019” award. The distinction was earned for the Kirin 990 integrating its power-efficient chipset and introducing users to a new generation of capabilities.

Gadget Match presented the Kirin 990 a "Best of IFA 2019" award. The industry's first integrated 5G SoC was praised for its high download and upload speeds, as well as its performance-boosting and power efficient big, middle and little core infrastructure.

Gadget Match also presented a “Best of IFA 2019” award to Huawei in recognition of the FreeBuds 3. The wireless earbuds earned the award with Active Noise Cancellation and a stylish case that can deliver an additional 20 hours of charge.

Gear Diarypresented Huawei with a "Best of IFA 2019" award for the new FreeBuds 3. The presence of a dual-channel Bluetooth, 30% lower latency and 50% lower power consumption -- and, most of all, active noise cancellation -- inspired the editors to highlight the FreeBuds 3 as one of the best announcements at IFA.

Gear Diaryalso selected the Kirin 990 as a "Best of IFA 2019" award recipient. Major upgrades to performance, speed, power consumption and AI-enabled photography advancements were cited as the major reasons for the honor. Gear Diary is a US-based publication focused on covering a wide range of tech of accessories.

GEEKSPINpresented a “Best of IFA 2019” award to theFreeBuds 3, noting the earbuds superior performance compared to rivals. The FreeBuds 3 were praised for comfortability, the long-lasting 20 hours of use with wireless charging case, and ANC and intelligent noise control. GEEKSPIN is a U.S.-based publisher focused on tech lifestyle geared for a geeky audience.

Mightygadgetgave the Kirin 990 SoC a “Best of IFA 2019” award. The 5G-enabled chipset earned the award for its advancements in AI functionality and a new big-little core architecture that greatly increases processing power. Mightygadget is a UK tech blog specializing in tech news and reviews for mobile, wearables and automation.

Popular Mechanicsgave the Huawei FreeBuds 3 a “Best of IFA 2019” award for its unique features like Active Noise Cancellation that reduces ambient noise. The presence of a new A1 chipset that's more energy efficient and capable of long battery life made the FreeBuds 3 a standout in Berlin.

Sound Guys selected the FreeBuds 3 for its “Best of IFA 2019” list, saying that the wireless earbuds move beyond competitors with the introduction of active noise cancellation. The fast 2.3 Mbps transfer speeds and limited lag times also earned great praise. SoundGuys is a global publication dedicated to discovering the best performing products in consumer audio.

Stuff presented the FreeBuds 3 a “Best of IFA 2019” award, highlighting the advancements that the device makes in both audio quality and performance. Editors note that the FreeBuds support Active Noise Cancellation and charge 100% faster than the competition.Stuff is a prominent publication detailing the best in gadgets and consumer electronics.

Talk Android presented the HUAWEI FreeBuds3 a "Best of IFA 2019" Award. The combination of Bluetooth 5.1, Bluetooth LE, Active Noise Cancelling and wireless charging made the FreeBuds a clear choice for the “Best Accessory” category. TalkAndroid is a global resource for the latest devices and software news for all things Android.

Ubergizmo presented Kirin 990 a “Best of IFA 2019” award. The chip set earned the award thanks to a fully integrated 5G modem, which will deliver a better-connected experience, and a high-performing, highly efficient SoC. Ubergizmo is a globally recognized media publication distributed in six languages. ]]>
9/15/2019 3:15:00 PM
<![CDATA[London Fashion Week opens its doors with public catwalk shows]]>
Yet on Saturday, Hamdulay got a taste of a world usually reserved for fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and celebrities, with a coveted front row seat at a catwalk show.

The 30-year-old was one of dozens of people at the industry event’s inaugural public show, where for the first time anyone could buy a ticket for a special presentation.

“It’s a once in lifetime opportunity,” Hamdulay said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would be sitting at London Fashion Week.”

Once closed off to the fashion world, London is opening its doors, offering six public shows over the weekend.

For tickets priced from 135 pounds, audiences can watch models walk the catwalk in outfits by designers Alexa Chung, Henry Holland and self-portrait.

Also included are panel discussions with industry figures and an exhibition.

“We’ve had a really great pick up and interest not only from consumers but also from industry insiders that are curious as to what the experience is going to be,” British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush said.

London is the second stop on the spring/summer 2020 catwalk calendar that also includes New York, Milan and Paris.

Chung was not present but greeted guests in a video saying the clothes were “curated for this show especially”. These included printed dresses, chunky coats and footwear from her autumn/winter 2019-2020 line.

“I really loved the footwear,” fashion student John Currie said. Others were not fans.

“It was really not inspiring,” theatre producer Judith Rosenbauer said. “I was hoping to see something new and fresh.”]]>
9/15/2019 9:38:02 AM
<![CDATA[Fire and thread: Bayeux-inspired 'Game of Thrones' tapestry unveiled in France]]>
Now it has another.

An exhibition featuring a tapestry illustrating the events of hit HBO TV show “Game of Thrones” opened in Bayeux, Normandy, on Friday - just down the road from the museum where its eleventh century inspiration is housed.

The tapestry was created in Northern Ireland, one of the principal filming locations for the series. Around 30 stitchers worked for some 1,500 hours on the stretch of linen, which begins with King Robert Baratheon visiting the Starks in Winterfell.

Some 87 meters (95 yards) later, it ends in fire and blood with the final, controversial, scenes of the eighth season.

Depicting all that gore using jacquard threadwork was not easy, said project chief embroiderer Valerie Wilson.

It would have been a challenge that also faced the medieval embroiderers, who created the famous 70-meter Bayeux tapestry to recount the invasion of England by William the Conquerer. The work brings to life scenes such as the 1066 Battle of Hastings, where Harold of Wessex is shown dying with an arrow to the eye.

“The ‘Game of Thrones’ tapestry references the Bayeux tapestry stylistically and in terms of some of the motifs that have been used and the way that the story unrolls in a linear fashion,” said Wilson.

The two tapestries also address a common theme, said Antoine Verney, chief curator of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. “It’s whether we can justify violence to claim power,” he said.

The show was based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” books by George R.R. Martin.

The “Game of Thrones” exhibition in Bayeux runs from Sept. 13 to Dec. 31 at the Hotel du Doyen, on the site where the Bayeux Tapestry itself was originally displayed before its eventual move to the dedicated museum nearby.
9/14/2019 12:50:31 PM
<![CDATA[Exponential innovation: Why the tech sector needs to re-gear its approach to innovation ]]>
But what does innovation truly mean? Both for my company and my audiences? This is a question that a lot of leaders today are forgetting to ask. More importantly, what measures do you put in place to guarantee your innovation is successfully driving your company forward, whilst in parallel creating a positive impact on the wider community?
In order to make true change, these questions must be addressed head on. If you do this successfully, not only will your business be at the top of its game, but your workforce will act as a force for good. This is where the concept of exponential innovation comes in.

Exponential innovation: redefining the value chain

When Uber was trying to solve the problem of taxi availability anytime, anywhere, it invented an entirely new concept and caused a paradigm shift. Now, every car on the road can potentially become a taxi, and the industry has changed forever. Airbnb in the hospitality industry, and Spotify and Netflix in the entertainment industry have done the same.

Similarly, in the payments industry, when tokenization technology was introduced, it was a conceptual shift in thinking. Should card data be compromised, the data became useless to fraudsters. This not only helped to protect consumers’ financial data, but also boosted consumer confidencein an industry becoming increasingly more digital.
This is the very definition of exponential innovation: it goes above incremental innovation to reimagine the consumer experience and create efficiencies within the industry’s value chain. It challenges the status quo, looks at pain points with a different set of lenses, with the aim to eliminate them, not just reduce them.

It is necessary to approach your product or service from the viewpoint of the end-consumer. Every organization today is a B2C organization, not a B2B or a B2G, because ultimately the work you do will have considerable impact on individual lives. It is that impact that you must look to positively transform, to achieve exponential innovation.
Three-pronged approach to exponential innovation: Build, Acquire, Collaborate

This is perhaps the most obvious one: design, invent and innovate. Building the right solutions requires looking internally and investing in those technologies and solutions that aim to disrupt existing technologies. In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automationand Blockchain are ruling the roost in terms of their use-cases for commercial purposes. Gartner forecasted that the number of things connected to the internet surpassed the number of humans and is expected to reach 20.4 billion by 2020. The boundaries of technologies continue to increase, and there has never been a better time in history for innovators to experiment, build and test new solutions.

Complementing this is the growth of the knowledge economy, in which technology giants no longer work in individual silos, but rather encourage knowledge-sharing with each other in order for the world’s technologies to be able to talk to each other. Egypt recently announced plans to set up a Knowledge City in the new administrative capital that will include branches of foreign universities, research, innovation and entrepreneurship centers, in addition to a science park. The Knowledge City is part of Egypt’s Higher Education and Research Strategy that aims to promote science, technology, and innovation ,indicating that the region is ripe for further invention.

Look at your landscape. The rise of fintechs and startups is disrupting virtually every industry, not just the tech sector. 2018 saw a record of 366 startup deals across MENA, amounting to $893m of total funding. Egypt was the fastest growing ecosystem, with 22 percent of deals in the region .Thanks to hyper-digitalization, these startups have far greater access to consumers than was ever possible before.

It is important to view these players not as competition, but as potential strategic partners that can help you achieve exponential innovation. Looking at the positive sentiment that Careem and Souq received this past year after being acquired is a clear indication that the region is increasingly becoming a hotbed of unicorn startups, and it makes business sense to leverage this opportunity.

Let me give you a world famous example. When Apple decided they wanted to launch the Apple Card, Mastercard didn’t shy away – we became their global payments network.

Similarly, many technology-based startups and consumer-facing apps only work thanks to established companies partnering with them. For example, popular apps in the region such as Zomato, Uber and Namshi enable consumers to purchase their food, travel and clothing anytime, anywhere simply from their smartphones. For this to happen, several stakeholders need to work together. The app itself needs to ensure that the consumer has an easy-to-understand user experience that allows them to make the purchase seamlessly. The telecom provider needs to ensure that a person has sufficient data capabilities to be able to process this payment via their phone. The payment provider needs to ensure they can seamlessly process the payment safely and securely. Collaboration is thus key in this process.

Overcoming the challenges

Trying to achieve exponential innovation comes with its fair share of challenges. In the payments industry for instance, our biggest concernis around misconceptions around security. Consumers take a lot of time to change behaviors and have concerns regarding cybersecurity and fraud. In 2018, the proportion of organizations in the Middle East reporting that they’ve fallen victim to acts of fraud and economic crime increased to 34%, up from 26% in 2016.

The key to addressing this is three-fold. First, it’s necessary to establish a dialogue involving knowledge-sharing with governments, and banking and technology partners to address these issues in a collaborative way. Second, deploy the technological tools available that minimize fraud concerns, and strengthen authenticity. Tokenization and Artificial Intelligence have been instrumental in achieving these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it is necessary to raise awareness on these issues to gain trust amongst consumers. Trust is the foundation of the digital economy, and consistent efforts must be made to ensure that trust.

Transforming industries, economies and communities

Every company that aims to innovate will have its fair share of challenges while trying to achieve exponential innovation. But keeping the larger picture in mind and addressing these concerns is essential not just for a firm’s growth, but also their sustainability and survival.

By executing a three-pronged approach and leveraging technology to achieve exponential innovation, it is possible to transform industries, benefit economies, and positively impact and enrich communities.

The world today is evolving at an exponential pace – disrupting technologies are changing the way people shop, travel, communicate, pay and much more.Exciting times lie ahead, providing companies are able to approach and harness innovation in the right way.

Gaurang Shah, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Digital Payments & Labs, Middle East and Africa – Mastercard
9/14/2019 1:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hyde Park developments host Cirquedu Soleil for first time in Egypt]]>
Hyde Park Developments announced hosting the latest breathtaking show for Cirque du Soleil, “BAZZAR”, for the first time in Egypt,brought by Alchemy Project and presented by Etisalat Misr. The Canadian entertainment group will be hosted at Hyde Park New Cairo under the Big Top from the 19th of September till the 6th of October.


Described as a ‘breathtaking, colorful homage to Cirque du Soleil’s legacy’, “BAZZAR” will feature signature Cirque style, an artistic combination of creative entertainment where the culture meets the musical and dancing shows taking audiences to a whole new world full of fantasy, colors and life.

As Cirque du Soleil fans come from -almost- all age groups, it’s considered one of the finest family entertainments in the world. The show will be able to bring families together through the magic of wild acrobatics, quirky clowns, and mind-boggling illusions.


Mac S.Far ,CEO Alchemy Project, said, “We are very proud to bring BAZZAR, one of the newest Cirque du Soleil production, for the very first time under the Big Top to Egypt. The show will present the best of Cirque du Soleil’s DNA and takes the audience back to the elements that make Cirque du Soleil shows famous worldwide for more than 30 years. As Alchemy Project, we would be touring the show across 6 countries, 2 continents, organizing over 100 shows within over 210 touring. In Alchemy Project we always thrive to present the best of entertainment and create an exceptional experiences and unforgettable memories. We are confident that the audience will really enjoy BAZZAR which is designed to captivate the heart of the audience with its magic “ SaidMac.s.Far, CEO of Alchemy Project.

Eng. Amin Serag, Hyde Park Developments CEO, stated“Hosting this international event in Hyde Park New Cairo takes the entertainment world in Egypt to a whole new level that creates a state of enthusiasm. The world-renowned theatrical hit has a wide base of fans all over the world and attracts allages. Hosting this event givesa great indication of the security and stability of Egypt,offering a unique experience for the Egyptian audience& tourists.”Serag added. “We’re thrilled with our partnership with Alchemy Project, as we in -Hyde Park- are always keen on presenting remarkable and new experiences to our communities.Choosing Hyde Park New Cairoto host the legendary show comes in line with our strategy that works on positioning our leading project as one of the top family preferred destinations.” “We’re looking forward to seeing audiences enjoy quality entertainment from some of the most spectacular talents in the world.”Serag added.

Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984, by two former street performers; in 2019 its number of employees reached nearly 4000, with 1400 artists from 60 different counties.

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9/12/2019 1:49:33 PM
<![CDATA[Back to School: Egypt’s students start 1st day of academic year]]>
The Ministry of Education issued a statement saying that the elementary schools opened their doors earlier on Sept. 11 as a huge number of the students started their first day peacefully. “No complaints or problems have been reported to the ministry,” the statement read.

Celebrating the new academic year, some of the school’s administrations presented gifts to the students in Cairo and Egyptian governorates including Sohag, Sharqia, Ismailia, South Sinai and Menofia.

In statements to Egypt Today, some of the schools' principals affirmed that the first day witnessed a large turnout especially for the kindergartens, as well as the first and second primary grades.

Students of other grades, including high school, are expected to join by September 21.
9/12/2019 1:45:33 PM
<![CDATA[Alive but lost: In Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian survivors wonder what next]]>
Asked what waited for him there, Cornish, a pastor’s son, was blunt: “Nothing,” he said. “Just a new life.”

By Sunday, a week after one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record plowed into the archipelago nation of 400,000 people, the capital city faced a wave of thousands of evacuees fleeing hard-hit areas including Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, where some 90% of the infrastructure was damaged or destroyed.

Great Abaco was littered with mounds of unused construction materials, waterlogged notebooks and Bibles, stained piles of tattered clothes, single shoes, overturned bathtubs and rotting mattresses. Dead cats and dogs were strewn throughout the wreckage while some stray animals were digging through the garbage for food and had taken up residence on the porches of destroyed homes. At least one wild pig weathered the storm, celebrating its survival by charging at two Reuters journalists.

“What I was struck by was the focused nature of the devastation,” Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told reporters in Nassau on Sunday, adding that some areas in Abaco looked “almost as though a nuclear bomb was dropped.”

Bahamian officials were still pulling bodies from the wreckage across the island and acknowledged that the official death toll of 43 was likely to rise markedly.
Some 70,000 people need food and shelter, according to the United Nations’ World Food Programme’s estimate. Interviews with evacuees this week shone light on the extent of Dorian’s destruction. Survivors avoided death, but lost homes, jobs and hospitals.

“Home is more than four walls and a roof — it’s the neighborhood where people live, their friends and neighbors, their livelihoods, comfort, and security for the future,” said Jenelle Eli, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, which is helping with the relief. “People are concerned about their next step, but also how they’ll earn an income and what their lives will look like in the future.”

Bahamian officials acknowledged on Saturday that Nassau would strain to house all the people who needed shelter.

Some institutions that had opened their doors as a place for people to ride out the storm were trying to clear out people who had lost homes, Leonardo Cargill, of the island’s Department of Social Services, told a news conference.

“They now understand that the people coming in, it will be long-term sheltering, and many of them are church facilities and they cannot allow that to go on,” Cargill said.


That has Nassau officials considering other options.

“We can look at the tent city concept and the container city concept, these are all support mechanisms to help us,” Captain Stephen Russell, who heads the National Emergency Management Agency, told the news conference. “Jobs may be a challenge at this time but long term we can house them.”

International aid was also pouring into the island nation.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said it was allocating $2.8 million and had moved enough emergency supplies for 44,000 people to the islands.

The American Red Cross said it had committed an initial $2 million to help the Bahamas recover from the hurricane, with food, water and shelter and other necessities.

Norwegian energy company Equinor (EQNR.OL) said on Sunday it will clean up an onshore oil spill discovered this week at its Bahamas storage terminal in the storm’s aftermath.

The storm had made its way to Canada by Sunday, where the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was a still-powerful post-tropical cyclone with 75 mile-per-hour (120 km-per-hour) winds over the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Many in hard-hit Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco complained that aid had been too slow in arriving.

“They haven’t done a thing to help us down here,” shouted Tepeto Davis, a 37-year-old tile contractor who slammed on the brakes of his pickup truck and backed up to talk to reporters. “We are suffering out here and no one cares about us. We’ve had to funnel gasoline out of destroyed cars to get injured people back and forth. There’s no gas, there’s no food, no medicine, and no water.”

Those receiving aid in Nassau worried that they were still a long way from being able to rebuild their lives.

“The government says everyone’s being fed, and that’s good,” said Anthony Morley, 61, who fled Marsh Harbour and was staying at Breezes, a Nassau resort where local volunteers have subsidized rooms for survivors. “But for food I can fish. What I need is a house. I don’t have a bed, a refrigerator. I don’t even have a Bible.”

9/9/2019 1:14:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt gets rid of Tuk-Tuks via Minivan initiative]]>
The Egyptian government, chaired by Moustafa Madbouli, ordered tuk-tuk assembling factors to not produce auto rickshaws anymore, according to a statement from the cabinet on Wednsday.

The government will buy the tuk-tuks from their owners and give them minivans in return, while the owners will pay the price difference of two vehicles in soft loans, Cabinet Spokesperson Nader Saad told Akher al-Nahar talk show on al-Nahar channel on Thursday evening.

The old and withdrawn tuk-tuks will turn into junk, he said, adding that the cabinet will hold a meeting with representatives of tuk-tuk assembling factors to change manufacturing lines for minivans production.

In March 2018, the state-owned Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CPAMS) said that the number of licensed tuk tuks in Egypt in the period between 2014 and 2016 reached 99,000 tuk-tuks, noting that the number is increasing. Meanwhile, the number of unlicensed tuk-tuks reached more than 3 million rickshaws.

In February 2018, Secretary of the Parliament’s transportation committee, Khaled Abdel Azeem, criticized the government for not taking actual steps to stop tuk-tuks from plaguing Egyptian communities and turning them into slums.

In spite of tuk-tuks being viewed as useful transportation means in the narrow streets of slum areas, they also impose a threat in Egyptian street as many deadly accidents have been caused because of them during the past few years.

In 2014, the Egyptian government decided to ban tuk-tuks for a year, as it had been used in crimes and terrorist attacks. However, they did not succeed at keeping track of the entire bulk of tuk-tuks that have been finding their way in Egypt since the early 2000s.

In September 2018, while a police force was patrolling a town in Assiut, it suspected three people on a tuk-tuk vehicle, the ministry said in a statement. The three men opened fire at the force when it stopped them, according to the ministry. The force returned fire, killing one and wounding another. The third fled. In the same month, a girl was killed and two others were severely injured after a tuk-tuk collided with a passenger train in Dishna, Qena, while trying to pass a railway crossing.

A tuk-tuk is a common form of urban transportation. It is a development of the still available two-wheeled pulled rickshaw by which a runner draws a cart with a seat for one or two people. It is believed the pulled rickshaw was invented by Japan in the 19th century. Rickshaws then appeared in India, China and other big cities in Asia.

Additional reporting by Jehad El-Sayed
9/6/2019 3:25:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt activates bicycle initiatives nationwide]]>
In cooperation with the UNDP, the minister launched the initiative which urges University students and the teaching staff to use bicycles as a means of transportation, according to the ministry's statement issued on Sept. 4.

Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad affirmed the ministry cooperated with Fayoum governorate to activate this project, which requires proper management, periodic maintenance, preservation and insurance of bicycles.

The minister stressed the need to remove all obstacles to the use of bicycles, which contribute to saving energy and reducing emissions and air pollution, the statement added.

In 2016, the UNDP said Egypt has adopted sustainable transportation projects aiming to reduce the increasing CO2 emissions produced by cars as Cairo witnesses 2.5 million cars speeding along its streets daily.

The ministry’s project, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), will cover the cities of Shebin El-Kom and Fayoum, the UNDP report said, adding “290 bicycles have been purchased in Shebin El-Kom and 191 in Fayoum over the last 6 months.”

In August, the Cabinet announced that President Abdel Fath al-Sisi’s initiative, “A Bicycle for Every Citizen” will be activated in September when the academic year starts.
The Ministry of Higher Education announced that the Supreme council of Universities agreed on the initiative and every university will form a specialized committee to apply the initiative. The initiative aims at reducing pollution, and raising the level of students’ fitness.

9/5/2019 3:37:26 PM
<![CDATA[Marseilia Group celebrates It’s 20 years Anniversary with a live performance by Saber Rebai]]>
“This concert came in celebration of our 20 years anniversary, during which we have made achievements worth 100 years of success in the real-estate sector,” said Sherif Heliw, Chairman of Marseilia Group. “20 years of changing the concepts of housing and entertainment from mere places to an attractive and interesting lifestyle for 20,000 families through more than 20 projects across the North Coast, Marsa Matrouh, Alexandria and El Ain Sokhna”.


Over the last 2 decades, Marseilia has grown to be known to us as the home of sheer entertainment and luxurious lifestyle. It is the definition of summer getaways, parties, relaxation, and peace to some; and a secure high-quality lifestyle for those looking to invest in a brighter future for their families.

Heliw further added that the event celebrates the most recent addition to the group’s flagship project portfolio, “Golden Yard”. It was launched 2 months ago in the administrative capital, and is expected to be delivered over 2 phases within 3 years.


“Golden Yard” offers the future residents a prime location in the New Capital with a direct view of the Diplomatic district. With an investment of EGP 5 billion, the project offers an integrated mixed use development on an area of 42 acres, consisting of 1754 luxury housing units, as well as a commercial mall with distinctive designs and a breathtaking view of green spaces.

“Golden Yard” also offers a variety of essential facilities and services that promote a healthy lifestyle including a social sports club containing gym, spa, swimming pools, football fields and multi-use playgrounds.


Heliw also announced the launch of a new project “Cascadia - North Coast " in the heart of Sidi Abdel Rahman, with a central location near all attractions, only 10 minutes away from New Alamein city and two hours from Cairo.

Cascadia is a unique added value for Marseilia’s North Coast Projects, The Project is like floating island where the residential units are located on islands with a Spectacular crystal lagoons.


9/3/2019 6:48:15 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy Back-To-School promotions on HUAWEI P30 Lite New Edition with 0% interest installment plan]]>

Huawei’s Back-To-School promotions also extended to the P30 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, in which you will get free HUAWEI Watch GT when buying one of the mentioned flagships, also you will get FreeBuds Lite when you buy the P30 or Mate 20.

The HUAWEI P30 Lite New Edition features a rear Triple Camera consisting of a 48MP High Resolution lens, an 8MP Ultra-Wide-angle lens and a 2MP bokeh lens that works in tandem for stunning results. The 8MP ultra-wide camera produces awesome images with applied distortion correction. Meanwhile selfie lovers can enjoy a 24MP AI Selfie Camera that houses its own share of powerful hardware and features. Supporting the camera is the AI scene recognition that can recognize up to 8 categories, for a perfect selfie. Shooting in low light? Let the Selfie Night Mode help you out while the AI Micro Shaping will fine tune your selfies. Also add a little bit of fun to your selfie with the 3D Qmoji 2.0.


Huawei P30 Lite New Edition also features HiVision and Huawei Video Ringtone. The Huawei HiVision allows users to scan objects or landmarks using their camera to get more information and even scan food to check calories. Meanwhile, the Video Ringtone feature allows users to create a personalized, fun video ringtone for their contacts.

Under the hood of the HUAWEI P30 Lite New Edition lies 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is just perfect for super-fast performance and solid storage. The phone is also powered by a big 3340mAh battery, which quickly charges with Huawei’s 18W Quick Charge.

9/3/2019 6:40:54 PM
<![CDATA[Breaking social taboos, Egyptian girl announces freezing her eggs]]>
“I decided to announce publicly that I had frozen my eggs. YES, I had frozen my eggs […] when I asked the doctor to make this surgery, he was shocked, telling me ‘I’d never heard this request from a girl in Egypt.’,” said Reem Mehanna posted on her Facebook account.

Mehanna added that she underwent an abdominal ova freezing surgery and her doctor made a laparoscopy to get out her eggs and put themin a freezing environment, saying “the frozen eggs stay for 20 or 30 years without expiring.”

“I froze my eggs for a simple reason that I want to get married after the age of 30 to build my career and [I see] this is appropriate for me. I cannot guarantee when exactly I will get married [...]; I might meet my future husband at 46 years old,” she added.

Mehanna added that she found that the best way to preserve her chance of having a babyis to freeze her eggs.

“I totally reject the idea of getting married to any man to [only] havea child,” she continued, giving a piece of advice to women with cancer to freeze their eggs before taking chemotherapy, which is considered one of the main reasons affecting women’s fertility.

Controversial issue

The egg freezing process is one of the social taboos in Egypt, as some girls voiced their concerns of taking such a step. A. D. told Egypt Today that she thought many times of freezing her eggs but was afraid of her parents' reaction, praising Mehanna’s courage to announce her experience with egg freezing.

“Unfortunately, in my point of view, there areno appropriate men [for marriage-responsibilities] but at the same time girls need to be mothers one day. So I see this matter would encourage girls to wait [without fear] until they find a suitable husband,” she added.

“As a mother, I cannot accept the idea that my daughter has a surgery to freeze her eggs. I'm afraid that she might be harmed; also, our society will not accept such concept even if it is religiously allowed,” said Manal Abdel-Moneim, a 42-year-old mother of four daughters and a boy.

Meanwhile, most men Egypt Today interviewed have no problem withthe process provided that it is not prohibited religiously. “As long as there is no religious impediment, [why not]. For me, the arbiter is the religion,” L. Aly told Egypt Today.


Religiously, Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa, the Islamic body concerned with issuing fatwas [Islamic decisions], stated t on its official website that the egg-freezing process is not prohibited, saying “egg-freezing could be a complementary process of vitro fertilization, which was allowed by different schools of Islamic jurisprudence for the married couples.”

Dar al-Iftaa added that there are four rules that regulate egg-freezing. First, the frozen eggs should be used only in marriage and should be fertilized by the husband’s sperm. In case eggs were fertilized after divorce or death, it is religiously forbidden.

Second, the eggs should be kept in highly-safe places and under strict control to prevent intentional or inadvertent confusion with other frozen eggs of different women.

Third, the fertilized egg should not be put inside a different woman’s womb. Meanwhile, the fourth condition provides that the freezing process should not negatively affect the egg to prevent birth defects.

Scientifically, Women who pass the age of 35 or took chemotherapy can undergo egg-freezing surgery, gynecologist Moahmed al-Sharqawy told Mr. Citizen talk show on Al Hadath Alyoum channel on Sunday.

He added that Egypt has no banks for freezing sperm or eggs, but they can be reserved in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers.

Egg-freezing is not a burning issue in Egypt only, but also in the United Arab Emirates. In April 2019, the UAE drew up a draft law to allow freezing eggs, sperms or embryos in a way to prevent surrogacy or egg and sperm donation. Lebanon is another Arab country where egg-freezing is being conducted.

9/2/2019 5:35:19 PM
<![CDATA[Jw Marriott Hotel Cairo hosts immersive barre class]]>
JW Marriott launched Behind the Barre globally in 2017, providing guests with virtual workout sessions inspired by the grace, poise and discipline of the art of ballet. Developed in partnership with America’s premier ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet, Behind the Barre embodies the tailored holistic experience of the JW Treatment, which centers on the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who love and are passionate about what they do.

Ballerinas of Cairo is a social media platform that showcases the contrast of grace and art of ballet against the backdrop of the tough – yet beautiful – streets of Cairo. Founded by two photographers, this project of passion tells a unique story of the city through the lens of committed, disciplined, and graceful ballerinas.

“This collaboration brings together like-minded brands and celebrates our shared passion for well-being and exceptional training, highlighting the brand’s commitment to offer guests thoughtful approaches to mindfulness. The benefits of ballet go far beyond the barre and promote discipline and self-confidence enhancing any fitness plan. The elegance, poise and discipline exemplified by ballet and Engy’s passion and dedication to this incredibly graceful dance form, is in line with the brand’s philosophy of JW Treatment, an endeavor to deliver a holistic, refined and elevated guest experience,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President Luxury Brands, Marriott International Middle East & Africa.

Engy El Shazly, has risen to global attention as an inspiring professional ballerina, and the first to wear a hijab. The videos shot at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, JW Marriott Hotel Cairo and JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City are designed to inspire guests to maintain a healthy lifestyle, incorporating cardio and strength training, together with the grace and poise of a delicate dance form. Joining Engy for the session were the artists who established the Ballerinas of Cairo project. Combining the disciplines of photography, ballet and architecture, the project seeks to establish ballet as an artistic expression of elegance and liberation against the backdrop of Cairo city. The inspiring afternoon brought together enthusiasts passionate about this art form and gave the guests a first-hand experience into the beauty and benefits of rhythm, form and movement.

For more information on Behind the Barre, please visit JWMarriottBehindTheBarre.com.]]>
9/2/2019 4:04:03 PM
<![CDATA[Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas, menaces East Coast]]>
The second-strongest Atlantic storm on record was forecast to pound the archipelago through the day, then move slowly toward the east U.S. coast, where authorities ordered more than a million people evacuated in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as the category five storm covered the northwestern islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood.

Winds gusting up to 200 mph (320 kph) destroyed or damaged more than 13,000 homes, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

Residents posted images online of water rising up the side of their houses. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami warned of a possible storm surge that could push destructive waves higher than many roofs in the islands.

As of 5 a.m. (0900 GMT), Dorian was stalled over the Grand Bahama Island barely drifting westward at 1 mph, according to the NHC.

It was about 125 miles (200 km) from the Florida coast, where residents said they were already experiencing strong winds and high surf.

Palm Beach County, the third most-populated county and home to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, was among those with partial mandatory evacuations. Other counties announced voluntary evacuations.

“This looks like it could be larger than all of them,” Trump said during a briefing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sunday.

Julia Eaddy, 70, in Titusville, Florida, said she and her husband had ridden out several hurricanes before and were not fazed by the forecast. “I think it will be more of the same,” she said.

Several gasoline stations around Titusville were closed. Many grocery stores were open but boarded up. Inside, shelves emptied out fast.

Farther north, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of eight coastal counties effective at noon on Monday. More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in South Carolina, emergency management officials announced.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah 150,000 residents, also effective at noon on Monday, Kemp’s office said on Twitter.

Evacuations ordered in Florida included 14,000 people in St. Augustine. Authorities said they would release more details during the day as the hurricane’s path became clearer.

“The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night,” the NHC said. Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, it added.

Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to hit the northwestern Bahamas as a life-threatening Category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.

It was tied with Gilbert (1988), Wilma (2005) and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, based on maximum sustained winds. Allen in 1980 was the most powerful, with 190 mph (306 kph) winds, the NHC said.

Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane for the next five days and move northwest along or near the U.S. east coast, forecasters said.

9/2/2019 2:48:37 PM
<![CDATA[As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection]]>
In the village of Feijo, in the West of Brazil, approaching the border with Peru, indigenous people from the tribe of Shanenawa on Sunday performed a ritual to try to find peace between humans and nature. With faces painted, dozens danced in circles as they prayed to put an end to the fires.

“We want peace and love,” Tekaheyne Shanenawa, a Shanenawa leader, told Reuters as he danced in a circle as part of their ritual. “Peace, harmony and education to stop these fires that have attacked the Amazon.”

Tens of thousands of forest fires have been recorded in the Amazon during this year’s dry season, the most in at least a decade, at the same time as Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has argued that the forest needs to be exploited, and Indian reservations vastly reduced.

“If the fires continue the way they are, in 50 years time we will no longer have the forest standing up,” said Bainawa Inu Bake Huni Kuin, another Shanenawa leader.

“And we will not feel secure in what we have, in our culture, in our language, in our songs. Us without the forest, we won’t be able to farm, we won’t be able to eat, without our land we won’t be able to live.”

Most of the Amazon is located in Brazil, but significant parts are also located in Colombia and Peru, where fires have also been detected. The Shanenawa number about 720 and inhabit around 23,000 hectares (57,000 acres) of land.

But the backlash has been particularly strong against the Bolsonaro administration, which has acknowledged it does not have the resources to put out the fires. Many of them are believed to have been set by cattle and soy farmers.

As a far-right Congressman and presidential candidate, Bolsonaro drew headlines for his disparaging comments regarding Indian tribes, and as president he has said that too much of the country’s territory is unproductive because indigenous tribes have special rights.

“Our rituals pray for planet Earth, to always keep it healthy and safe,” Bainawa said. “We pray for mother water, for father sun, for mother forest and for mother earth, whom today feel very wounded.”

9/2/2019 2:39:20 PM
<![CDATA[Stress Free Pause at Hilton Cairo Zamalek’s Rejuvenating Health Club]]>
We have roamed around the best places to get fit and in-shape in Cairo and we found out that Hilton Cairo Zamalek’s Health Club is not an ordinary one for real.

They offer different membership packages to choose from, a fully equipped fitness center that includes Sauna rooms and Jacuzzi, in addition to various massage types from relaxing to sports and Swedish massage for a luxurious royal experience, oh and here is the big surprise; they feature a panoramic wide pool overviews the Nile River.


An integral solution for those who are looking for a suitable safe venue that meets high standards with affordable friendly budget as well, get ready for a new healthy lifestyle that waves goodbyes to daily routine and hectic endless pain.

*They offer three membership categories for single, couples and families.
• One year single membership EGP13.000
• One year couple membership EGP18.500.
• One year family membership EGP27.000
• Day use of health club EGP300.00 and the controlled temperature swimming pool EGP550.00 including lunch set menu
• Reflexology message: a natural healing art stimulating all organs of the body
Message prices: 25 minutes EGP 600.00
50 minutes EGP 800.00

Please ask about your membership benefits, as well as about the three months and six months membership packages.
Hours of Operation 06:00 to 22:00
Telephone: +20 2 27370055]]>
9/1/2019 12:08:03 PM
<![CDATA[Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?]]>28 August 2019: From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.

At Shigehiko Suzuki's tea shop in central Japan, adorned with a traditional "noren" drape, the customers are flooding in but more to scoop up gelato or cake than to sip the bright-green tea.

In 1998, Suzuki's company Marushichi Seicha started making powdered matcha green tea -- traditionally made using a bamboo whisk in a tiny room. The firm now exports 30 tonnes of green tea to the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

"The demand for matcha is rapidly growing in the world... There's demand for ice cream, desserts and coffee," Suzuki told AFP at his shop in Fujieda, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southwest of Tokyo.

Japan exported more than 5,000 tonnes of green tea -- mainly to the United States -- last year, 10 times more than two decades ago.

But in Japan, the consumption of green tea leaves for drinking dropped from 1,174 grammes per household in 2001 to 844 grammes in 2015, according to the latest government data -- a trend Suzuki puts down to a more westernised diet.

"The number of Japanese who regularly drink tea is decreasing while there are more Japanese who enjoy various kinds of food, so tea doesn't sell like before," said the 55-year-old.

Japanese traditionally drink green tea with rice but are doing so less as the diet becomes less dependent on the grain.

Sensing the shift, Suzuki branched into matcha-flavoured ice cream nine years ago, opening a shop where customers can choose gelato from seven levels of bitterness.
It became so popular, he opened two stores in Tokyo and one in Kyoto, matcha's traditional home.

- 'Not many successors' -

Tea growers like 67-year-old Yoshio Shoji are also jumping on the bandwagon to grow matcha leaves -- as they command a higher price than "sencha", needle-shaped leaves used to make the traditional Japanese drink.

The matcha leaves sell for 3,100 yen ($30) per kilo on average, compared to 1,400 yen for sencha, according to the Japanese Association of Tea Production.
But Shoji said tea fields are shrinking as farmers get too old for the physically demanding work.

"The oldest one is over 80. There are not many successors," he told AFP as he gazed out over his tea fields on the mountain slopes.

"The tea price is dwindling and the work is tough."

Tea leaves were first brought from China to Japan in the early ninth century and the tea was treated more as a medicine at that time.

Matcha developed in 16th-century Kyoto when tea master Sen no Rikyu established the traditional tea ceremony known as "chanoyu."

Sencha was invented two centuries later and its manufacturing method spread quickly.
Now, sencha accounts for half of 80,242 tonnes of green tea produced annually in Japan, compared to 3.3 percent for matcha tea leaves -- although production of the latter is growing.

- 'Unfashionable' -

Traditional Japanese tea also suffers from something of an image problem, argues Suzuki, as it is considered the preserve of older generations.

"It is mainly the over-60s who drink tea. The younger people are, the more they drink coffee... Tea is no longer attractive to customers. Our priority is to boost its appeal," he said.

Some tea rooms are trying to modernise the traditional drink to pull in younger punters.
At Tokyo Saryo, a stark-white zen-style space in a quiet neighbourhood, "barista" Yuka Ihara brews Japanese tea in special glass cups.

"There's the cultural tea ceremony and practical bottled tea. But something in-between, like a cafe where customers can enjoy tea in comfortable surroundings, didn't really exist before," Ihara said.

"It's important to come up with new ways to present and taste tea, as well as new recipes to let people rediscover the value of Japanese tea."

Mikito Tanimoto, creative director who founded Tokyo Saryo in 2017, said Japanese tea is regarded as "unfashionable."

"But we can make it more cool."

But despite these innovative efforts, there is widespread scepticism that the decline can be stemmed.

"The Japanese sell kimonos and tea ceremonies -- the cultural side -- overseas but in the meantime, farmers are crying" because they cannot survive, said Stephane Danton, the French owner of a Japanese tea shop in Tokyo.

Danton infuses green tea with various flavours from mango to plum to cater to the palate of foreigners not used to the bitterness of Japanese tea.

And while Suzuki has enjoyed some success in expanding his matcha products, he doubts whether the industry can be saved given intense global competition.

"As matcha is popular around the world, it's now made everywhere in the world. Japan is no longer the only country making it. We'll face global competition."

8/28/2019 12:06:12 PM
<![CDATA[Belgian festival draws criticism over blackface 'Savage' character]]>
The folk festival called Ducasse d’Ath, which traces its roots back to the 16th century and is endorsed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage, takes place every August in the small town about 60 km (40 miles) west of Brussels.

On Sunday, as it does every year, the effigy parade featured “the Savage”, a white man clad in a black costume, his face and hands covered in black body paint, his head adorned with a feathered war bonnet, a chain hanging from his neck and a golden piercing protruding from his nose.

Chains clinging around his wrists and ankles, he yelled incomprehensible sounds, spooked and cuddled children, leaving marks of the black paint on their faces.

“This character has all the degrading attributes that black people are given in the racist imagery of our societies,” said Mouhad Reghif, a spokesman for anti-racism group Brussels Panthers.

“It is totally racist and it maintains a degrading image of the black person, which has consequences in everyday life,” he added.

The group sponsored a petition this month, signed by dozens of advocacy groups and individuals, saying the blackface character insulted and mocked black people, and demanding that UNESCO withdraw its recognition.

Belgian daily Le Soir reported on Saturday that UNESCO was taking the matter seriously and that it called for exercising respect among communities, although it was not clear if the agency would remove the heritage designation from the festival.

The controversy over the festival character highlights a wider debate in Belgium about racism and how the country comes to terms with its colonial past.

The mayor of Ath, Bruno Lefebvre, rejected the criticism.

“It’s mostly people from outside who talk about racism, anti-black sentiment. At Ath, we never considered ‘the Savage’ to be a racist figure,” he told Reuters.

“It is rather a character that the inhabitants of Ath adore... when one get a kiss from ‘the Savage’, we have good luck all the year ahead,” said Lefebvre, who has been mayor of the town of 30,000 people since last year.

Ath resident Myriam Carlier, out watching the parade on Sunday, said: “I think it’s our folklore, our tradition and I’m in favor of ‘the Savage’”.

There are similar accusations of racism every December as “Black Pete” characters in blackface help Santa Claus deliver gifts to children in Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands.

After years of restoration works, Belgium’s Africa museum reopened in 2018 to much controversy over whether an exhibition of pro-colonial propaganda had been revamped enough to confront the dark history.

Many Belgians remain ignorant of the country’s harsh colonial rule in central Africa, including what is now Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Millions of people perished under a brutal rule that used slave labor to harvest goods including rubber.

Reghif, a 45-year-old IT engineer living in Brussels, said of the Ath festival: “This ‘Savage’ character... is symptomatic of the problem we have in Belgium with the colonial history of our country.”

“People still think....that we brought civilization to Africa, that they have evolved thanks to us, which is totally false.”

8/26/2019 2:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[ARTESANIA..All Kinds of Gifts, Each in One of a Kind Way!]]>

Artesania ‘smain target was taking the gifts’ industry to a whole new level, by making customized unique gifts with “out of the box” ideas.Mai depends on getting information about whom the gift would get to, what occasion, their interests, etc. Accordingly, she starts making the gift from scratch based on brainstorming with each customer, so she can make sure they get their customized special one of a kind gift.

Not only did Mai use the most trending techniques ”Digital flat-art” in her work, but she also added her own special touch by “Drawing Smiles” on her portraits to spread the joy among her customers and to emphasize the main idea of her project.

Mai’s gifts have been very popular and admired amongst customers & evencelebrities & influencers!

Mai is working hard on making her own brand and to make Artesanianot only an online platform but a local brand in Egypt.


8/25/2019 12:49:40 PM
<![CDATA[Rockin 'n' rollin on Mars: Rolling Stones have space rock named after them]]>
Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled some 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said.

“In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.”

Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform on Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”, called the honor “a milestone in our long and eventful history”.

While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system.]]>
8/25/2019 12:15:49 PM
<![CDATA[No-frills Wills: British royals take commercial flight to see queen]]>
William, wife Kate and their children took a Flybe flight to Aberdeen en route to Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish summer residence in Balmoral.

British newspapers said the flight cost 73 pounds a ticket ($89.16) and published pictures of William carrying the family’s luggage by hand to the plane.

“We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family on board one of our flights again, this time when they flew from Norwich to Aberdeen with our franchise partner, Eastern Airways,” British regional airline Flybe said in a statement.

Kensington Palace declined to comment on the flight.

The trip came after high profile criticism of William’s brother Harry over his use of private jets to take trips with wife Meghan.

Singer Elton John defended Harry and Meghan after they took a private jet to stay with him in southern France. John said he had paid for the jet for security reasons and had also paid for carbon offsetting of the flights.

British media criticized Harry and Meghan as hypocrites for their use of private jets while also campaigning on environmental issues, the latest episode in the couple’s increasingly difficult relationship with the British media.

William’s use of a commercial flight was held up as a shining example to his brother in the newspapers, with the front page of the Sun newspaper declaring “Wills gives Harry a flying lesson.”

8/24/2019 11:42:02 AM
<![CDATA[EMUI10 - Huawei’s latest smartphone software]]>
Now with more than 500 million daily active users in 216 countries and regions with support for 77 languages, Huawei’s EMUI has come a long way from its inception back in 2012. Dedicated to providing premium user experiences, Huawei has invested heavily into developing EMUI even further, adding new features and creating an experience like no other. This has resulted in the all new EMUI10, Huawei’s latest software update, all set to roll out your Huawei smartphone soon.

A whole new look and feel
With EMUI10, you are treated to a whole new look which is designed to be more aesthetically pleasing while also being more functional. Inspired by the design of a magazine, you now have increased spacing with larger headlines, making it easier to navigate. You will also notice that the drop-down menu does not have any text, allowing for larger icons and easier accessibility. This new design also adds spacing between each notification, making it visually pleasing.

This new style also extends itself across the contacts, settings, notepad and even the photo gallery apps, each of which are now easier to navigate with better classifications. There are also a few icon changes here and there, while still maintaining Huawei’s signature style.

EMUI10 - Huawei’s latest smartphone software - press photo

An updated camera design
Huawei is known for its camera prowess and with this new software update, you can also expect a few features and tweaks to make its way into the camera interface.

Now you can find a simpler and clearer background along with a new zoom slider and a stylish look while switching through modes. To add the final touch to your photos, you also get 11 new filters inclusive of monochrome options. If you are a fan of the Aperture mode, you will also notice that now the level of bokeh is listed by the f-stop instead of just a number.

Elegance in refinement
In a quick look you would see that the EMUI10 now has a more muted or subtle color tone in most of its elements. Inspired by the color palette of famous Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, this new set of colors is the result of mixing light grey to achieve subdued colors and subtle tones for an overall elegant and peaceful look.

This new look extends all over the user interface and is especially noticeable in the contacts app, where contacts without a picture are given a background of one of the six soft color tones.

The all-new Dark Mode
One of Android Q’s most sought after features is the Dark Mode, which gives the entire interface a darker overhaul, making it more comfortable to use. Huawei has upgraded this with its own Dark Mode in EMUI10, which does more than just switching everything to black. With the EMUI10’s Dark Mode, overall viewing is made more comfortable, thanks to its unique method of adjusting contrast even under changing light conditions. This is the result of the Human Factor research done by Huawei, which tested the reading efficiency and subjective experience of users while using their phones under four different lighting conditions, creating four different color themes for different light conditions.

However, what really sets the EMUI10’s Dark Mode apart is that it also applies to pre-installed apps and even in third-party apps, creating a more comfortable viewing experience.

Smoother than ever before
While using EMUI10, you will quickly notice that the animations are now more fluid and natural. Modeled on real world physics, the overall quality of animations have been improved to create a better user experience. Now long presses will depress the object lower into the screen before springing up, while swiping speeds and trajectories will affect how the object reacts.

This gives users a more natural feel while using their smartphone, which is also complemented by better frame rate during transitions reducing lag and smoothening out the animation.

The HUAWEI P30 series will be the first to get the EMUI 10 Beta update starting September 8 across global markets, followed by the roll out to the HUAWEI Mate 20 series and other Huawei smartphones in line.

8/22/2019 4:18:43 PM
<![CDATA[Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences Wins Problem Resolution contest]]>
This award has been received due to Hilton Cairo Zamalek team focused efforts on exceeding guests’ expectations, which is the true meaning of Hospitality.

“The team and I are very proud of this excellent achievement which is reflecting our esteemed guests satisfaction and it is really rewarding our sincere efforts for continuous improvement in our service, said Tarek Zaki, Hotel Manager, Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences.
8/22/2019 12:35:02 PM
<![CDATA[CO2 row over climate activist Thunberg's yacht trip to New York]]>
The 16-year-old Swede, whose school strikes have inspired children across the world to protest against global warming, refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes.

But she has been offered a lift on the Malizia II racing yacht, and set off on August 15 along with her father Svante and a filmmaker to document the journey, in order to attend the UN talks in September with a clear conscience.

However a spokesman for German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann, the yacht's co-skipper, told Berlin newspaper TAZ that several people would fly into New York to help take the yacht back to Europe. Hermann himself will return by plane, according to the spokesman.

The paper estimated that in fact Thunberg's boat trip would end up being more polluting than if she and her companions had just taken flights to New York themselves.

- 'An imperfect solution' -

That conclusion was quickly picked up on social media sites among Thunberg's detractors.

But Team Malizia manager Holly Cova insisted that the young activist's journey would be climate neutral.

"All Team Malizia flights are offset," she said in a statement issued by Thunberg's entourage.

She explained that the New York trip had been organised "at very short notice, and as a result two people will need to fly over to the US in order to bring the boat back".

"We only have one boat, so they cannot easily sail over to meet them. Altogether, four crew will be sailing the boat back. These are logistical decisions that Team Malizia alone has taken," she added.

Cova admitted "this is an imperfect solution," adding that "the world has not yet found a way to make it possible to cross an ocean without a carbon footprint."

- 'I will just ignore them' -

The 60-foot (18-metre) yacht is skippered by Hermann and Pierre Casiraghi, vice president of the Monaco Yacht Club and a member of the principality's ruling family.

It can travel at speeds of around 35 knots (70 kilometres an hour) but will be heading into the wind for much of the time so will be slower, and the captain wants a smooth ride.

Ahead of the UN summit on September 23, Thunberg will take part in youth demonstrations, before heading to Canada, Mexico and then to Chile for another UN conference in December. It is not clear how she will be travelling.

"I don't know yet how I will get home," she said before she set off from the English port of Plymouth.

Thunberg has become a figurehead for climate action with her stark warnings of catastrophe if the world does not act now to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.

She has received criticism and abuse for her uncompromising attitude, but shows little concern at how she might be received among climate change deniers in the United States.

"I will just ignore them because I'm only acting and communicating the science, and if they don't like that, what have I got to do with that?" she said.]]>
8/21/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Artist uses food, objects to create 3D fashion dresses]]>
From an asymmetric banana skin dress, to a frock made from elements of an entire cheeseburger, Artis is never short of inspiration, often finding it in the most unlikely places, according to My Modern Met.

In addition to sharing his art, the artist also aims to spread positive messages to his 700,000+



In one particular piece titled Transformation, Artis uses inside-out lychee skin to create an elegant poncho. He was prompted to produce his unexpected illustration after becoming “really tired of princess dresses.”

He explains, “I am tired of seeing people who think princess stuff is beauty and perfection. I created a contemporary design, which hides a beautiful message behind.

“It reminds me of a caterpillar who is about to transform into a beautiful butterfly and fly… Here is my advice, don’t ever ever be shy or afraid, open your beautiful world and show them who you are!”























8/21/2019 6:43:31 AM
<![CDATA[Video: Cafe workers with Down's syndrome for 1st time in Egypt]]>
The project's owner Omnia Iman al-Bahr said that the idea came about by chance when she was in a hypermarket and found out how people with Down's syndrome deal with people around them. She decided to establish her project for people with Down's syndrome.

The idea has changed people's perception of Down's syndrome and how people with Down's syndrome can do a lot of things and master their work without problems, she added.

In December 2018, the Egyptian people expressed their happiness with RahmaKhaledwho became the first Egyptian TV host with Down's syndrome. Rahma was not the only one to overcome her disability in order to achieve her dreams. In 2017, 115 athletes from the Special Olympics in Egypt took part in the Special Olympics IX MENA Games in Abu Dhabi.

In November 2017, the first Egyptian swimmer with Down's syndrome tried to cross the English Channel. Mohamed al-Husseiniwas one of the youth who were honored by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the closing ceremony of World Youth Forum (WYF).

Husseini, 18, attempted to enter the Guinness World Records as the first swimmer with Down's syndrome to cross the English Channel.Mohamed spent 3 years in a training camp for 3years in Hurghada to reach his goal.

People born with Down's syndrome typically have intellectual disabilities, physical growth delays and distinctive facial features.

8/20/2019 10:33:18 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Wins EISA’s 'Best Smartphone of the Year' Award for second year running with P30 Pro ]]>
HUAWEI’s P30 Pro was named “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020” by the Association, the second year in a row Huawei has won this category.

The EISA called out the Huawei P30 Pro’s low-light photographic capabilities as being “by far the best you can currently get from a smartphone.” It also praised the ultra-wide lens, portrait mode and the periscopic 5x telephoto lens saying that it “surpasses any of its competitors.”

"We are honored to receive another award from EISA and pleased with the recognition of the P30 Pro. With every device, Huawei is committed to bringing new and improved smartphone photography experience to consumers, pushing the limit of smartphone camera capabilities with the latest technologies," said Li Changzhu, Vice President of the Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group. The EISA also recommended the HUAWEI P30 Pro as the perfect companion for dedicated photographers, believing it marked yet another impressive advance in mobile photography.

The HUAWEIP30 Pro has taken an incredible step in mobile photography introducing the innovative HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, a new HUAWEI Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, and enhanced optical and AI image stabilization technology.

The unmatched Leica Quad Camera Systemfeatures a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera. The new periscope telephoto lens allows more optical zooming capabilities to be tucked in a compact body without losing image quality.

Together with the colour saturation provided by the 40 MP main camera, and stability of OIS and AIS, the SuperZoom Lens offers 5x optical, 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom with great resolution and rich detail.

The HUAWEI P30 Pro’s elegant double 3D curved glass body and 6.47” OLED Dewdrop display is both dust and water resistant and powered by the Kirin 980, the world’s first 7nm mobile process chipset. The P30 Pro also sports a class leading 4200 mAh battery, which lasts up to two days of regular phone use.

The award will be formally presented to Huawei during IFA at the EISA Awards Ceremony on September 6th in Berlin, to coincide with the opening of the IFA consumer electronics show.]]>
8/19/2019 12:23:15 PM
<![CDATA[Historic Budapest synagogue to reopen amid Jewish cultural revival]]>
Irsai survived the Holocaust but the great majority of Hungarian Jews, including many of his relatives and friends, did not. Under Communist rule, more Jews emigrated and the synagogue finally ceased to be a place of worship, its last rabbi leaving Hungary, after Soviet tanks crushed a 1956 uprising.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uber did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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














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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Jumia Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enhanced Photography with 10x Hybrid Zoom

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

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

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

Pivot Rising Selfie Camera

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

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

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

High-End Hardware for Powerful Performance

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

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

Gaming Optimization

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

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

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

Market Availability Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- ENDS -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Destination Moon -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUAWEI FreeBuds Lite

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

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

HUAWEI Mini Speaker

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background on Migration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Age 6 - 12 months

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

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

Age 1 - 2.5 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brutal work culture

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

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

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

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

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

'Meaningful step'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The drinks menu has ties to over 40 different charities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Deezer HiFi, music lovers can enjoy:

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

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

● An ad and interruption-free listening experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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



About CardioAlex:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other technological innovations welcomed by consumers include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• High Knees (30-Count)

High Knees

• Mountain Climbers (30-Count)

Mountain Climbers

• Push-ups (15-Count)


• Squats (15-Count)


• Lunges (10-Count each leg)


• Plank (30-seconds)


• Toe Touches (30-Count)


• Sit-ups (10-Count)


• Leg Raises (10-Count)

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• Scissors (15-count)


• Jumping Jacks (15-Count)

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• Burpees (5-Count)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1- Watermelon


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

2- Grapes


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

3- Almonds


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

4- Granola Bars


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

5- Vegetables with Hummus


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

6- Popcorn


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

7- Trail Mix


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monitoring investments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Brother’ Syrians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Users can track their trips - screenshot of application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dough ingredients:

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

How to prepare the Kahk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many astronomical institutions around the world stated that it is “impossible” to sight the Shawwal moon on Monday using all methods, suggesting the Eid al-Fitr will start on Wednesday, said Mohamed Ouda, the head of the International Astronomical Center (IAC).

The IAC is not authorized to announce the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, but its mission is only to explain the astronomical side of the event, and to clarify scientific facts behind moon sighting.

Western North America is where the Shawwal moon was officially sighted, which indicates the end of Ramadan, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr Tuesday.

6/3/2019 5:15:05 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Y9 prime 2019: Everything you need to know]]>
It has an immersive and massive screen for apanoramic viewing experience, be it watching videos, or simply scrolling through the web or chatting with friends. This phone will take your overall experience with a smartphone to the next level.

A phone that is all screen
The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 is a big phone. Not only does it have a HUAWEI Ultra Fullview display that is 6.59 inches, but it is also free of notches, holes or sliders.The FHD+ screen has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and 1500:1 contrast ratio. The display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and exhibits photos in authentic colors and even shows intricate and unseen details.It is perfect for watching your TV series or watching movies and immerse yourself in video games.HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 is also safe to use; it is certified by TUV Rheinland for low blue light. The screen filters harmful blue light emissions, and intelligently adjusts the color temperature and brightness, to protect your eyes against strain.

HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019back cover is divided into thirds. The upper third houses the camera and fingerprint scanner. The bottom two-thirds are minimalistic, with a darker hued backdrop. The back cover is also composed of 3D composite material that glimmers like glass, but unlike glass, is durable and shatter-resistant, providingboth practical and aesthetic value.

A cool auto pop-up selfie camera
With a large bezel-less display, Huawei had to find a way to add a front-facing camera. The result? A 16-megapixel camera with F2.2 aperture that raises out of the phone's top edge when needed and then closes after you’ve finished snapping selfies. Huawei also designed an intelligent fall protection detector to retract the camera when it detects any free falls.

The front camera can also identify instantly and accurately eight scenarios of different objects and scenes thanks to artificial intelligence.The latter also implements diverse photographic effects, such as butterfly lighting, by reconstructing the light source to provide 3D portrait lighting for selfies and portraits.

Three cameras in the back
On the rear of the phone is a vertical line of three different lenses: 16MP+8MP+2MP.These lenses provide pictures that are clear with top quality and high contrast. The 16MP lens lets more light into the sensor to capture vivid and full-of-colors night pictures in low-light places. Thanks to artificial intelligence stabilization, you even get a support of 6 seconds at nighttime for handheld long exposure shots. And for lovers of slow motion videos, HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 records videos at 480 frames per second and plays them back at 1/16th of the normal speed.

Premium power
Huawei added a massive 4,000mAh battery to HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019. At the core of this device, is Kirin 710F chipset, and the operating system is EMUI 9. In addition, this phone comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM good enough storage for all your pictures, videos and files.

Unleash the joy of gaming*
In order to provide a more enhanced gaming experience, the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 utilizes artificial intelligence to identify gaming scenarios and match them with real-life sensations.

6/3/2019 1:33:26 PM
<![CDATA[In Jerusalem, thousands pray at Al-Aqsa on last Friday of Ramadan]]>
Worshippers, including Palestinians and pilgrims from around the world, sheltered under umbrellas as volunteers sprayed them with water around Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount.

Security at the site was heavy after an earlier stabbing attack in the city, in which two Israelis were injured and a Palestinian teenager suspected of carrying out the attack was killed by Israeli security forces.

Later on Friday Muslims celebrate Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, on which they believe that the sacred text of the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad by Allah.

Israel captured the Old City and the rest of East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war, occupying and later annexing it.

Palestinians do not recognize Israel’s authority in East Jerusalem, which they want as the capital of a future Palestinian state that also includes the West Bank and Gaza. They are extremely sensitive to the presence of Israeli security forces in and around the Noble Sanctuary.

Palestinian Muslims in the West Bank and Jerusalem have not traditionally marked the annual “Quds (Jerusalem) Day” initiated by Iran in 1979 and which coincides with Ramadan’s last Friday.

There was no mention of Quds Day by Ikrima Sabri, the preacher who delivered the Friday sermon. But he issued a message of defiance to the crowd, which religious officials estimated at 260,000.

“This is a message to all those who wish to take over Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the attackers and those who storm it: don’t exhaust yourselves, you will never have control over one inch of Al-Aqsa, it is a red line,” he said in a message apparently aimed at Israelis following recent tensions with security forces.

But in Gaza, where the Islamist militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad are backed by Iran, Quds Day was commemorated.

On Thursday Yehya Al-Sinwar, Hamas’s chief in Gaza, restated Hamas’s opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Mideast peace plan. The first stage of that plan is due to be an economic conference in Manama, Bahrain, where Trump officials will encourage Arab countries to invest in the Palestinian Territories.

“What audacity is Trump announcing? He wants to sell Jerusalem to the Zionist enemy, and he wants the Arabs to pay the price,” Sinwar told a meeting north of Gaza City. “This deal will not pass as long as we are alive.”

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, addressed the meeting by video-link from Iran.

“Efforts to convene the Manama conference and the normalization attempts by some come in the course of the infamous conspiracy of the ‘Deal of the Century’ which will fail because of the resistance of the Palestinian people,” Shamkhani, speaking in Arabic, told the audience.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014. Trump touts the peace plan as the “deal of the century”, but the Palestinians have boycotted the Trump administration since it recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and they fear the plan will fall far short of their core demands.]]>
6/2/2019 11:13:27 AM
<![CDATA[Intense African registration of Sisi’s electronic game initiative: ITIDA]]>
Youth from 15 African countries, including Algeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Togo, and Madagascar, have registered with the initiative program that aims to train 10,000 Egyptian and African young people to develop the electronic game applications, CEO deputy of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) told Egypt Today Online on Saturday.

The initiative aims at creating new 100 Egyptian and African companies specialized in electronic game to compete internationally, he added. The annual program will last over the coming three years and competitions will be held every six months to choose winning projects of the will-be startups in this field, he said.

Ministry of Communication has signed contract with international companies specialized in electronic games to train the registered youth, he continued.

The applicant should be graduated since 2016 and should have an experience in communication and information technology.

President Sisi has launched the initiative in the 2018 edition of Cairo ICT conference. The initiative aims at creating a new generation has a great experience in digital transformation and at stimulating technological innovation, not only in Egypt, but on the African continent as a whole, Sisi said.

Concerning “Fekretak Sherketak”, a nationwide initiative that aims to support and accelerate the growth of entrepreneurs to develop innovate businesses in today’s competitive economy, around 50 start-ups have been established and funded.]]>
6/1/2019 2:15:44 PM
<![CDATA[In Chile's remote south, the last speaker of an ancient language fights to keep it alive]]>
Calderón, 91, is the last person to speak the millennia-old ancestral Yámana language of the indigenous Yagán community that has long inhabited the remote tip of South America, areas which are now parts of Argentina and Chile.

“There used to be many Yaganes, my dad and mom were Yagán, so when they were born, they always spoke the Yagán language and that’s how I was growing up,” says Calderón, who did not learn Spanish until she was nine years old.

Surrounded by photos of her family with the distinctive features of the nomadic tribe, Calderón lives in a small house in Villa Ukika, a town created by the Yagán on the outskirts of the larger Chilean settlement Puerto Williams.

Calderón recalls with nostalgia the last person with whom she could converse in Yámana, her late sister, and is excited about the interest one of her daughters has shown in the language.

“She may learn to speak it,” Calderón said with a smile.

While some dozens of Yagán people still remain, Calderón said that over the generations, they had stopped learning the language. Sometimes, she herself worries about words slipping away.

“I forget things sometimes,” Calderón told Reuters. “But after thinking it though, they come back to me.”]]>
6/1/2019 12:36:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s longest Ramadan Iftar table to be held Saturday]]>
The 3,000-meter-long table is about to enter Guinness World Records. Guinness representatives will attend the Iftar, the statement added.

Egypt prepares for the longest Ramadan Iftar table in the world will be held on Saturday in the new Administrative Capital- press photo

The participants will have a tour of the most vital and significant constructions in the Administrative Capital. After having Iftar they will enjoy a distinctive Ramadan night where a set of shows and oriental music and songs to be played, said spokesperson of the company Khaled El- Hosseini.

“I promise to organize a prestigious event fits Egypt’s position, in the presence of all successful partners of Administrative Capital’s investors and developers, who do their utmost to build such incomparable city, amid massive coverage of media and press agencies to spot national and international light on the city,” El Hosseini added.
The New Administrative Capital is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60km from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo on July, 14, 2018. With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital will include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.
5/31/2019 5:38:02 PM
<![CDATA[INFINIX S4: Expression with 32MP SELFIE and triple rear camera, security, reliability, speed]]>
When touchscreens were first introduced, they completely changed how we perceived and utilized smartphones. There was a similar transformative shift with the development of smartphone intelligence, specifically cameras infused with AI for better image detection and optimization, among other features.

Infinix, a brand that has been continuously providing cutting-edge technology to consumers, is about to empower them by introducing the impressive 32MP Selfie camera, quite a historic feat that can barely be rivalled.


Infinix S4 is set to change the selfie scene with its 32MP AI selfie camera that has significantly higher intelligence with automatic detection capabilities.

The Revolutionary INFINIX 32MP selfie smartphone will help its holder to easily stand out from the crowd with its stylish and trendy design. With various and endless capabilities, the new revolutionary INFINIX 32MP is an incredible value for money, designed for those who want to stand out, reach out and be in sync with the world.

The phone comes with a 6.2’ waterdrop display screen, a triple rear camera for much better portrait images, a fast octa-core processor, a 4000mAh battery power and an upgraded XOS 5.0 software for a seamless operation experience.
For better performance INFINIX S4 comes with extraordinary storage, which consider to be the best choice for anyone who wants to keep variety of choices just near to his hand, of which all could be reached in a super-fast way thanks to the amazing speed offered in the smartphone.

INFINIX S4 comes with all features that could mean the world to anyone who wants to try all the newly released apps without feeling that his smartphone is not working as fast as you want it to be. Enjoying 6GB Ram will never disappoint a user with an edge to experience all new.

Infinix is set to assert itself in the competitive smartphone market that had been hemmed by its rivals, providing its customers with an empowerment device to that would not just elevate their selfie skills, but also help position them on the spotlight.

The S4 is set to challenge the smartphones currently dominating the mid end category, and claim its rightful spot among the top stunning smartphones this year. Infinix has done very well in the past in the entry level category with its SMART and HOT series options. The S series branched out of the HOT series to focus on selfie optimization. The S4 is all about creating the ultimate superior selfie for a purpose, which is to create an empowerment potential for our consumers. When a selfie is taken on the S4, it will be one of a kind, the kind that might turn one into a social media star.

Infinix prioritizes helping the tech+smart lifestyle lovers express who they are, as well as for empowering them to be who they want to be via smart devices.

Imagine vivid selfies that can be captured with the 32MP AI selfie camera, such a big capacity with 1.6um ultra pixels and an F2.0 aperture. The camera has a far much higher capacity for light intake and absorption, producing such surreal selfies that can only be fantasized about.

The advanced Samsung S5KGD1 sensor as well the 5P optical lens gives the best contrast and resolution ratios for optimal image refinement. The triple 13MP+8MP+2MP rear camera is an added bonus, permitting the capturing of far wider angles than what is normally possible with an ordinary dual camera.

The triple cameras are responsible for depth, distance and field of view respectively, with the S4 allowing for up to 120°capture. Portrait images from the S4 could be exported to the gallery directly, therefore could easily empower a struggling amateur photographer’s career.

The glossy dual glass like design is an icing on the cake. It gives the S4 such a royalty appearance, essentially positioning it on the same level as the high-end smartphones.

Empowerment is not possible without reliable power, and Infinix has never disappointed with its battery power. The S4 has incorporated a Smart power management system that helps optimize power utilization by automatically inducing inactive status for apps not in use and halting their background data uptake. In other words, only the needed power is consumed each time the phone is in use, a true innovation that empowers the green environment conservation movement.

Better security is no longer an option but a must have in a gadget, the S4 has infused an algorithm that can detect up to 1024 data points on the face, significantly increasing its facial detection accuracy. The face unlock function in combination with the fingerprint lock technology,together provide solid security for all the data stored in the device.

Infinix is committed to continuously integrate fashion and technology for intelligent lifestyle experiences to those who are never afraid of expressing themselves or their thoughts. Being bold and stylish needs a smartphone that understands the nature of its owner and never disappoint.

5/30/2019 5:20:50 PM
<![CDATA[Inspiring Syrian refugee story in Egypt]]>
Egypt hosts 132,281 registered refugees and Abdallah Bashir’s story is a testament to how refugees can subdue tough circumstances and find success in their new country by utilizing the professional skills they had back home.

Bashir fled Syria after the Syrian Civil War began in 2012 and sought refuge in Egypt for what he thought would be a short period of time.

"After a while it was clear that we had to work," he said. Bashir left behind a successful family owned sweet making and was forced to begin a new journey in Cairo. "Seeking asylum was not a choice," he said. Bashir added that when the war is over, he will return back home despite all his success abroad because he has a country to return to.

Bashir had to adapt to the Egyptian people's taste buds and took a while to gather information and money. He officially opened Sweets of Damascus in October 2013 in Giza.

The shop grew over the past several years and Bashir and his brother Mohamed were able to buy another store in order to fulfill the demands of their customers. Their shops produce a wide assortment of traditional Syrian and Egyptian sweets including konafa, basboosa,gullash and many other sweets.

Refugees can often find it difficult to access the formal job market in Egypt; therefore many of them rely on their limited capital to startup their own business. The UNHCR helps some of the eligible refugees with training, small-loans and job placements. During the first half of 2018, over 220 individuals were assisted in their job hunting by the UNHCR.

Despite success stories such as Abdallah Bashir, refugees can find it very difficult to integrate into a new society and to get accustomed to a new culture. To find out more on how you can help refugees, please visit the UNHCR website:
5/30/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Facebook hours increase by 58M hours during Ramadan: AP]]>Facebook’s Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ramez Shehadi confirmed to AP that time spent on the platform indeed increases during Ramadan.

The swelling consumption of the social media platform is attributed to the fact that people tend to have more free time in Ramadan in the Middle East because the working hours are less as the majority of the working force is fasting.

Additionally, people stay up for longer hours during Ramadan because of suhoor. "A combination of these factors result in a 5 percent increase in the time spent on Facebook,"She hadi said.

Also, according to Google, drama shows' viewership on YouTube increases by 151 percent in Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, these three countries witness a 22 percent rise in sport video views, a 30 percent increase in travelling video views and a 10 percent increase in video game views.

5/29/2019 11:41:36 AM
<![CDATA[Blood and thunder at sea: British veteran remembers D-Day]]>
Today, Richard Llewellyn, 93, is among the dwindling number of veterans of the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy – an operation that turned the tide of World War Two and marked the beginning of the end of the conflict.

The invasion of France is usually told as the story of brave, young men struggling across beaches and fighting their way inland. However, another battle unfolded at sea that day, between the Allied ships and the massive German coastal guns.

Llewellyn describes the thunderous explosions rolling along the shore as every ship in the Allied fleet was blazing away. The enormous firepower sent shells pounding into the cliffs, churning earth, rock, and entire landscapes.

All the while the German battery guns blasted back. The men on the boats could hear the scream of the shells as they passed overhead. The engines of the bombers above added to the concussion of noise. Dead bodies floated in the sea.

Llewellyn compares the scene to watching a spectacular firework display. The warship guns belched out enormous orange balls of flames and mustard colored smoke. Some of the battleships fired 16-inch shells, almost as heavy as a car, and so big they could be seen as they went past.

“The noise was just unbelievable. One of the things that I remember afterwards more than anything else was the noise,” said Llewellyn, who was 18 at the time, and a midshipman on HMS Ajax, which was a light cruiser in the British navy.

“If you go to the cinema and you hear a lot of noise and gunfire and so on, it doesn’t really register. But if you are actually there the whole air is vibrating all the time.”

The assault by almost 7,000 ships and landing craft along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast remains the largest amphibious invasion in history.

In the decades since, the invasion has become a touchstone for the leaders of Britain, the United States, France and other western countries who will gather in Normandy next month to invoke the heroism. The event will take place as the trans-Atlantic relationships that D-Day forged are fraying.

Differences over military spending for the NATO alliance, disagreements over how to approach the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union have raised tensions in the decades-old alliance.


These concerns are a far cry from the epic mobilization of military machinery and manpower that resulted in the invasion of France in 1944. Then, tens of thousands of men piled into ships and planes to cross the English Channel.

Llewellyn, who has a white goatee and is smartly dressed in a navy jacket and beret for his interview on the HMS Belfast in London, is eloquent and perfectly recalls the events that day. He effortlessly climbs the ship’s steep steps without help.

He said the mood among the men as they crossed the sea was more anticipation than fear or tension.

“It was exciting,” he said. “We were far more patriotic in those days than we are now. We knew that the Germans had to be defeated and anything had to be done to make it possible.”

He dismisses the idea that people were praying or savoring their last meal as the invasion began.

“We weren’t Americans, I am afraid,” he said with a chuckle.


Although only a teenager, his experiences living through the German bombardment of London, known as the Blitz, meant he was familiar with being bombed.

On D-Day, Llewellyn’s ship was engaged in a duel with German gun batteries, particularly those at Longues-sur-Mer, nestled high on the cliff tops, situated between where British and American troops were landing on the Gold and Omaha beaches.

In what was perhaps one of the most accurate or luckiest shots of the war, his ship situated a few miles offshore, scored a direct hit, landing a heavy shell through the narrow slit of one of the fortifications.

On the bridge of the ship, Llewellyn watched the invasion through binoculars as the haze of smoke shrouded the shore.

“There were landing craft destroyed,” he said. “They really met a hostile reception and you could see that and you could see the landing craft being hit by shells, there were a lot of fires.”

As his ship continued to shell the German positions it faced its own threat from mines, shelling, and the Luftwaffe, the German air force.

At one point, a German plane dropped a bomb that landed just a few meters from his boat. The explosion winded him and sent the ship violently swaying from side to side.

Was it terrifying?

“I suppose it was in a way,” he said with typical understatement.

Llewellyn survived the onslaught and the Allies conquered the coastline. He plans to attend the D-Day anniversary in Normandy next month.

He has been back several times and says it is an emotional experience, particularly visiting the graveyards.

But he also feels guilty about the destruction caused to France, particularly as the navy began firing shells at targets further inland, some of which fell in nearby villages.

“The ordinary citizens come up and say how grateful they are. I found that quite difficult to take actually. I don’t feel that we had done anything special, especially for them,” he said. “Their homes were knocked down by shells and troops. Unfortunately, war leaves a lot of destruction.”]]>
5/28/2019 11:37:00 AM
<![CDATA[The 6.59-Inch, Full HDHUAWEIY9 Prime 2019, Futuristic Tech in a Budget Smartphone]]>
Equipped with the high-performance, low-power Kirin 710F chipset, and intelligent EMUI 9 operating system, the Stark contains a treasure trove of features, ranging from the exhilarating to the functional: AI-supported photography, a long battery life, high-end graphics, and a noteworthy aesthetic design… to name just a few. Its unique combination of advanced technology, revolutionary aesthetics design, and affordable pricing, provides us with a glimpse of the stylish and dynamic smartphones of the future.

An Eye-opening, Eye-soothing 6.59-inch FullView Display

Since full screen smartphones were first envisioned, several important design innovations have helped bring them closer to reality. However, most products that currently feature a so-called "bezel-less display" incorporate perforated or notched screens, which undermines the principle of a seamless, unobstructed surface. The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 has taken a bold leap into the unknown, by envisioning a screen entirely free of holes, notches, or sliders, foran authentic full screen effect.

By relocating the front camera, earpiece, and ambient light sensor, the HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 achieves a sleek 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio. When streaming videos or gaming, the user can traverse distant landscapes and gaze into far-off horizons. Such is the effect of a 6.59-inch screen that accounts for a staggering 91% of the phone's body (AA/TP, Huawei lab data). The enlarged, all-encompassing screen brings out underlying visual tensions, transforming a simple glance into unblinking infatuation.

With a 2340 x 1080 Full HD display and a jam-packed pixel density of 391PPI, the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 screen appears to work like a magnifying glass, conveying detail on a minute scale. The wide color gamut of 85% produces a rich and vibrant visual tapestry, providing the magnified display with bold textures and vivid features.

Fortunately, the eye-catching screen comes free of the hazards generally associated with smartphone use. The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 is equipped with an advanced Eye comfort mode, which filters out harmful blue light to prevent eye strain and fatigue. This function has passed rigorous tests for photo-biological safety, and been certified as effective by TÜV Rheinland.

A Pop-up Lens that Works like Magic

The higher screen-to-body ratio on the HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 comes courtesy of an innovative 16MP pop-upcamera. During normal use, the camera is hidden within the phone body. When the front camera is activated, for instance when taking selfies, it automatically emerges and hovers over the screen, like a submarine periscope appearing from under the surface. This futuristic design elegantly solves the issue of front camera placement, and expands the screen's range of view in the process.

The pop-up lens is propelled by a motor and lifting device that were developed from scratch. It takes only a second for the camera to emerge or retract, meaning that it is an extremely functional tool, rather than a technological curiosity.

Huawei has implemented strict and thorough reliability testing, to ensure that the front lens will continue to glide smoothly even after years of heavy use. The tests confirm that the pop-up lens can withstand the strain of 100,000 repetitions without being damaged, and that the front side can bear the direct force of a 12kg object. As a further safeguard, the phone is endowed with an intelligent drop protection function, which automatically detects when the phone is in free fall, and retracts the lens to the maximum extent possible, thereby mitigating the effect of the drop.

AI-Enhanced Photography

The HUAWEIY9 Prime’s front camera is supported by AI to automatically identify eight common photography scenes, including blue skies, greenery, indoor settings, and snowy landscapes. The 1.0µm pixels and F/2.2 aperture flawlessly adjust the lighting and background in portrait shots, furnishing them with a natural aura.

The front camera also possesses enhanced AI backlight imagery technology, an AI natural facial beautification algorithm, and 3D portrait lighting effects. The lighting and beauty effects can be calibrated according to the setting and user characteristics, with the subtlety of professional studio lighting.

The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 is equipped with a 16MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear camera system. The 16MP main camera and 8MP secondary camera utilize a 6P (six-lens plastic array) design, which helps capture crystal-clear images with a sterling level of detail and powerful light intake, resulting in improved resolution and contrasts. The F/1.8 aperture on the 16MP camera takes in 50% more light than the F/2.2 aperture more commonly seen, with low noise, and fast focusing. The 8MP sensor can take 120° wide-angle shots, bringing vast landscapes or cluttered skylines into breathtaking images. The 2MP sensor coordinates with the primary camera to generate a lifelike depth of field in the photo, enabling SLR-quality images on a palm-sized budget handset!Tools such as Night mode, and 480 FPS super slow motionvideos, bring a range of professional features within reach, accessible at the touch of a shutter.

Powerful, Efficient, Silky Smooth, and Dependable

The HUAWEIY9 Prime 2019 is equipped with the 12nm process Kirin 710F chipset, with eight-core architecture, for highperformance and maximum power efficiency. Compared with the previous-generation chipset, single-thread CPU performance is 75% higher, multi-thread performance is 68% higher, and GPU energy efficiency is doubled. Furthermore, overall performance is 30% higher, while energy consumption is actually 30% lower!The 4,000mAh large-capacity battery rates near the top of the market,and works hand in glove with the Kirin 710F chipset, interacting to provide optimal power efficiency, worthy of a phone with diverse, and power-intensive features.

The EMUI 9 operating system features cutting-edge F2FS 2.0 and EROFS technologies which clear cache and fragments from the system, increasing available space, and keeping the phone running for an extended period of time without the slightest lag.


5/27/2019 3:27:46 PM
<![CDATA[A love of LaLiga is helping Egyptians to learn Spanish]]>
This passion for the sport and for LaLiga is so great that it is being harnessed to teach local students the Spanish language. In collaboration with the Spanish embassy in Egypt, LaLiga has helped promote mobile university workshops, in which football is a central teaching resource. The initial objective was to reach 1,500 students, but this target looks likely be far surpassed as there have already been 750 attendees at the first two seminars, with seven more universities to go.

“Nothing else better represents our country or better transmits our values than football,” said Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s delegate in Egypt. “Egyptians know as much about our football as anyone. They read Spanish newspapers and know a lot about Spanish culture, not just the headlines.”

The success of this initiative was informed by local reaction to another LaLiga project, LaLiga Cities. “Our local broadcaster beIN SPORTS usually shows an episode of the LaLiga Cities series before each match, where footage of the two teams’ cities is shown,” Fuentes said. “Supporters were incredibly enthusiastic about this. They’re really passionate and want to know everything about Spanish teams, so that’s when it all became clear to me.”

The project began after Fuentes got in touch with Montserrat Momán, Cultural Counselor at the local Spanish embassy. “The embassy has an excellent relationship with the Spanish departments of the Egyptian universities, as they constantly support them, so this project was seen as both useful and workable,” an embassy spokesperson said.

The workshops are now being held in the capital city of Cairo, along the Nile Delta and in the south in Aswan. They consist of a series of four-minute discussions about each LaLiga team and city, with videos and photos used as learning resources. Fuentes deals with the footballing side of things, discussing each club’s titles and famous players, while Momán informs the students, a mix of men and women who are mostly between the ages of 18 and 21, about cultural details.

“Most of the students are learning Spanish in order to open new doors in the world of work,” Fuentes emphasised. “Speaking Spanish fluently is attractive for those who want to go far.” One of the students, Mahmoud Zayyan, backs up this statement. “I have been studying the language since school because it is spoken in over 21 countries and because it is spoken by over 527 million people,” he stated.

For Fuentes, the project is another step in the wider objective to internationalise LaLiga. According to the delegate, the popularity that LaLiga has already achieved can serve as an asset to any visiting tourist. "Talk to any taxi driver about Spanish football and you will gain a friend for life," he said.]]>
5/27/2019 12:14:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sun to align directly over Islam's holy Kaaba Monday]]>
Such phenomenon happens twice a year over Kaaba on May 27 and July 15, making it easy for Muslims worldwide to find Qibla (the direction Muslims must face when praying) by simply facing the sun.

NRIAG noted that the elevation angle of the sun at the time of Dhur prayer over the Kaaba will be equal to 89,93 arc degree.

5/26/2019 3:15:13 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Princess Charlotte, four, to join brother George at south London school]]>
Charlotte, 4, second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, and the great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, will go to Thomas’s Battersea school, where George, 5, has been a pupil since 2017.

“We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea,” headmaster Simon O’Malley said in a statement.

“We greatly look forward to welcoming her and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”

Police said in 2017 they would review security arrangements at the southwest London school after a 40-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary there shortly after George started.

The woman accepted a caution for causing a nuisance on school property.

Thomas’s Battersea teaches 560 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 13, with yearly fees for four year-olds of around 19,000 pounds ($24,000).]]>
5/25/2019 1:42:33 PM
<![CDATA[WhatsApp confirms ads will start appearing in 2020]]>
Digital marketing agency Be Connect’s head of media, Olivier Ponteville, tweeted the announcement which was made at the Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands this week. Facebook is the parent company of WhatsApp.

The ads will take up the whole screen and like Instagram Story ads, users can get more information by swiping up. And just like with Instagram stories, WhatsApp’s Status feature lets users broadcast text, photos and videos that will disappear after 24 hours.

He also revealed that Facebook and Instagram ads would connect users to the advertiser’s WhatsApp account if they wished to chat with the company.

Social Media industry tipster Matt Navarra corroborated, tweeting that WhatsApp Status will get adverts by next year.]]>
5/23/2019 11:21:14 AM
<![CDATA[Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams]]>
Asheri, 17, and her teammate Ida Pouadjeu, 16, are now among the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA) in Yaounde. It was set up in January to foster female soccer talent in a country where many still see the sport as a man’s game.

“I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl,” Asheri said, describing how she was seen as more fragile than her male counterparts.

“But reaching here it was just another world, I was forced to do abdominal exercises, forced to do all harsh work so you reach a level where tears usually come out with sweat.”

The academy gets its name from the train tracks that hem the playing ground and turn into informal stands for the local spectators, who gather to watch the girls’ teams play all-male sides.

Global interest in women’s soccer is growing and FIFA hopes over a billion viewers will tune in to watch the Women’s World Cup in June. Cameroon’s national side, known as the Indomitable Lionesses, was one of three African teams to qualify.

Its star player, Gaelle Enganamouit, was the brains behind RFA - the West African country’s first female soccer academy. Her own experience as a young player in Yaounde showed her that it was important for women to have their own space to train, she told FIFA in January.

The academy currently trains around 70 girls, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and would otherwise not be able to afford even their own soccer boots, said coach Emmanuel Biolo.

“Here they have everything: coaches, jerseys, training equipment, a physiotherapist, and the guidance we give them all the time. Gaelle Enganamouit really wants these kids to be the next generation,” he said.

Asheri attends the academy on Saturday mornings and after school on Wednesdays, changing out of her uniform - a belted blue knee-length dress - into her team’s matching kit.

She is studying for her final baccalaureate exams, but the dream for her and Pouadjeu is to play soccer at a professional level like their benefactor.

“I’ve seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I’ve never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her,” Pouadjeu said.

Both girls initially faced opposition from family members who were worried that the sport was unfeminine. But neither have been deterred by such prejudice.

“I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back,” Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbors.

5/22/2019 12:07:27 PM
<![CDATA[Women honored at Cannes, as gender parity drive draws scrutiny]]>
Cannes’ film festival, the world’s most important cinema showcase, last year signed a pledge to get an equal number of men and women in its top management by 2020 that is gradually gathering momentum at similar European and U.S. events.

Actors and filmmakers participating in this year’s edition have joined activists in warning that while industry attitudes were changing, progress was still slow.

“We have so much work to do and I just think we can’t let up,” Longoria told journalists at the Women in Motion dinner at Cannes, part of a program set up by luxury group Kering to push for gender equality in cinema.

“Whenever we see something improving we can’t just say ‘Oh OK let’s relax, the momentum’s going to go that way’. It won’t continue to go that way, we have to continue to change the industry for ourselves.”

Chinese actress Gong Li, the star of “Farewell My Concubine”, was awarded a prize for her career at the event.

At Cannes, four women are contending for this year’s top Palme D’Or film prize, including Franco-Senegalese Mati Diop and France’s Celine Sciamma, out of 21 entries - or just under 20 percent of the total.

Elsewhere, the proportion has sometimes been higher, with over 40 percent of the films competing at Berlin’s festival in February made by women.

“We hear a lot about how times are changing and improving, and it’s true. The idea is to support that trend. (But) the figures still don’t look good,” said Delphyne Besse, a film sales specialist and one of the founders of 50/50 by 2020, the collective behind the gender parity pledge signed by Cannes.

Of the 47 film festivals that have so far backed the drive globally, 38 percent have female heads, according to the lobby group’s figures.

Industry insiders said the slow progress was reflected in everything from the short shrift female directors still got in the media to their under-representation at industry events.

“Women have been making films for 11 decades now,” British actress and star of zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die” Tilda Swinton told a news conference earlier this week.

“There are countless films by women. The question is why don’t we know about them,” she said, adding that even obituaries for female filmmakers tended to be dwarfed by those dedicated to men.

Cannes’ organizers have said they were not planning to introduce quotas dictating the gender balance of the films selected to compete at the festival.

“Cannes is only at the end of the chain. This needs to start with encouragement at film schools,” festival director Thierry Fremaux said last week.

The cinema showcase is looking to include more women its board, however, and the festival jury this year was more balanced.

“Atlantics” director Diop said festivals were still a logical starting point to highlight women’s work in the industry.

“It starts with the films, there is no festival without films, so it is an extraordinary exhibition that will give the films much bigger exposure,” she told Reuters in an interview.]]>
5/21/2019 1:01:01 PM
<![CDATA[Three Egyptian Vultures brought to the Bulgarian Rhodopes]]>
The vultures spent a little more than two months in a special adaptation aviary.

An adaptation aviary is basically a large bird cage where they have the opportunity to fly.
Two days ago the birds were tagged with GPS-GSM transmitters from a team of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and Green Balkans, according to Novinite.

Through the transmitters, experts will monitor their behavior in nature as well as their adaptation.

The three vultures were hatched last year and are part of an experimental work aimed at finding the best bird-removal approach to re-establish the Balkan species.

Vultures are exempted under one of the three approaches adopted for testing under the species recovery program.

In this method, they are kept for about eight months after hatching and then accommodated in adaptation aviary in the wild.

“It is believed that releasing them next season will help them with better adaptation and provide them with enough experience and time to cope with their first migration, which is the most deadly challenge for young Egyptian vultures in the Balkans,” Novinite said.

The method was first applied in Bulgaria last spring, when four young birds were released through the same adaptation aviary.

Thanks to the broadcasters, the LIFE project "New Hope for the Egyptian Vulture" has the opportunity to track their adaptation and migration. Route information is available to everyone.

5/20/2019 11:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[World states mark International Day of Biological Diversity Wednesday]]>
The theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”—which focuses on biodiversity as foundation for food and health, and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health.

A new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely.

The report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. It also offers a range of possible scenarios for the coming decades.

The report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.

The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900. More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. The picture is less clear for insect species, but available evidence supports a tentative estimate of 10% being threatened.

At least 680 vertebrate species had been driven to extinction since the 16th century and more than 9% of all domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, December 29 (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity.

In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted May 22 as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of December 29, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.]]>
5/19/2019 12:38:37 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Harry, queen attend Windsor Castle royal wedding]]>
Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin once removed, Gabriella, a 38-year-old freelance writer and daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston, 40, at the castle’s 15th Century St George’s Chapel.

The wedding, attended by the monarch, 93, and her 97-year-old husband Prince Philip, marks the third royal nuptials in a year at Windsor Castle.

In a televised ceremony watched by millions around the world, Harry, the queen’s grandson, wed U.S. actress Meghan Markle there on May 19, 2018. His cousin Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in the chapel in October.

Following the May 6 birth of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Gabriella is 52nd in line to the throne. Her father is Queen Elizabeth’s cousin.

The marriage ceremony was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner and other attendees included the queen’s sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and daughter Princess Anne.

Gabriella wore a lace embroidered dress by designer Luisa Beccaria.]]>
5/19/2019 12:16:51 PM
<![CDATA[‘Lord of the Rings’ visible in Egypt’s sky during Ramadan]]>CAIRO – 18 May 2019: Saturn will be visible in the sky of Egypt and Arab countries during the holy month of Ramadan, the Jeddah Astronomy Society said in a statement.

Saturn, aka the Lord of the Rings, will be visible as a shining spot in the sky by unaided eye, while gazers can see its rings via telescopes, the statement added.

The Lord of the Rings will appear in the south-eastern part horizontally at midnight and will be on the left side of Jupiter, the statement continued.

According to NASA, Saturn was known for its rings since 2004, although Galileo was the first person to see the rings in 1610. Saturn is located 900 million miles away from the sun in our Solar System; its whole trip around the sun takes 29 Earth years.]]>
5/18/2019 3:39:22 PM
<![CDATA[Samsung launches All-New M Series Line-up Exclusively on Souq.com]]>
“Online consumers is a growing and important segment and Samsung has actively grown the presence in online space. We are launching Galaxy M series exclusively on online platforms. The genesis of Galaxy M series lies in detailed consumer research undertaken by Samsung. From these insights, we have designed devices that cater to the needs of theonline buyers and what they look for in their devices.The M series provides meaningful innovations based on our knowledge of this audience,” Said Mr. Ahmed Samir - Head of Online Business in Samsung Electronics Egypt, commenting on the release from Samsung’s side.

Samir stressed the company’s intentions to keep enhancing its online presence that contributes to the consumers’ user experience at the same time of strengthening the existing offline channels as well.

Omar Elsahy, General Manager Egypt, SOUQ.com, added: “At SOUQ.com, our customer is always the focus. We work tirelessly to provide our customers in Egypt with best-in-class selection, great prices and a convenient and fast shopping experience. We succeed when our partners succeed, therefore we are delighted to partner with Samsung to exclusively offer the new Samsung M Series line-up directly on SOUQ.com so customers can buy their favorite smartphone effortlessly and quickly”.

Wide View, Wide Experience

Designers of the M series has taken into consideration what millennials care about the most and at a time when photos and videos are the most important characteristics of the era, Samsung supported the M10 sports a dual rear camera, with ultra-wide angle feature.Galaxy M10 comes with a 13MP primary rear camera with F1.9 aperture. The secondary rear camera supports a 5MP 120° ultra-wide feature. The ultra-wide mode lets users capture more expansive photos with comfort. It is perfectly suited for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, group photos, etc. when users want to fit a lot into one single frame.

Additionally, the M10 is equipped with the best-in-class low-aperture lenses, which assists users creating clearer photos even in low light, providing a closer semblance to human sight whilst presenting blissful experience of Live Focus Mode. The camera can even capture clear and bright photos with both wide-angle shots and close-up portraits. Furthermore, The Galaxy M series comes with a new Samsung Experience version 9.5 UX, which is optimized for a fast and smooth user experience, providing easy-to-understand information visually and one-hand navigation as well as the night mode.

Wider Screen and Innovative Infinity-V Display

Galaxy M10 comes with WidevineL1 certification for seamless streaming of HD content through a range of popular apps. That is why the device supportsa 6.2 FHD+ TFT infinity-V display that ensuresa true immersive viewing experience ideal for gaming, watching videos, multi-tasking/browsing and more.

Powerful Performance and Expandable Storage

Samsung’s latest Exynos 7904 octa-core 1.6 GHz processor that provides an essential user-experience and enhanced multi-media powers the Galaxy M10 and enables an excellent network speed, smoother multitasking and lower power consumption.

Furthermore, a 3400mAh fast charging battery enhanced with an advanced power management feature helps boast multi-layered technology system that is aimed at lowering the power consumption of the device. That battery performance also allows the user to enjoy non-stop streaming of music and video.

Galaxy M10 comes with dedicated storage slot expandable to 512GB and has dual SIM VoLTE support.
Aesthetics and Security come hand in hand
Samsung tailored the Galaxy M10 to the needs of the millennials that is why the outer design reflects bold futuristic lines enhanced with the dynamic colors the device is available in; Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black.
Focusing on the design did not make the Galaxy M10 miss out on the security features as it comes with fingerprint as well as Face Unlock features that enhance data security.
Price and Availability
The M10 device is available in the Egyptian market on Souq.com at the price of EGP 2,040.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the SamsungNewsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

5/18/2019 1:39:53 PM
<![CDATA[Danone is the First Company in Egypt to receive the B CorpTM Certification]]>
It recognizes the company’s ambition to act beyond financial profit and put purpose at the heart of itsbusiness strategy. Danone aspires to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt by making a positive contribution to the Egyptian community with services and access to health-related products.

Henri de l’Epine, Managing Director for Danone North East Africa commented: “We are very proud of this B CorpTM certification. It is a recognition of the daily attention paid by our 1,545 Danone employees to drivepositive social and environmental impacton the Egyptian community.”

Danone Egypt has a dual commitment towards business success and social progress: from working with some of the smallest members in the value chain - farmers, milk collectors and micro distributors - to providing access to nutritional education for consumers.

B CorpTM Certification is a mark of trust: a promise that a company is doing business in a way that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, and is certified by B Lab®, a third-party non-profit.

Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director of B Lab Europe commented: “We are very excited that more multinational subsidiaries, like Danone Egypt, have undertaken this significant effort to become certified. We hope it will inspire other companies and multinationals operating in Egypt and the region to follow, accelerating this global culture shift to define success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy."
Certified B Corporations®are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

About Danone Egypt
Danone Egypt is a subsidiary of Danone company with headquarters in Cairo operating with a leading position on essential dairy category (Danone Yogurt, Danette, Activia, DanUp and Dango) and early life nutrition (Bebelac and Aptamil). Danone Egypt’s 1,500 employees are driven by the ambition to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt. Danone is proud to make a positive contribution to Egypt with great tasting, healthier and top-quality products for infants, children and families; and services which support healthy lifestyles for all Egyptians. Danone Egypt has a plant in Obour and a world class dairy farm in Nubariya, the second largest in Egypt.

About B Lab® (www.bcorporation.net)
B Lab® is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be best for the world and that society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab® drives this systemic change by: (1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations; (2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society; (3) helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with which they work — with as much rigor as their profits; and (4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling storytelling.
Press contact
Doaa Farag
Communications Manager
5/18/2019 1:26:09 PM
<![CDATA[Grumpy Cat, whose scowl launched a million memes, dies age 7]]>
Despite care from top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection, the family said on Twitter.

Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation after her owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a picture of her scowl six years ago. She went on to appear on magazine covers, television advertisements and even starred in her own movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”

“Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world - even when times were tough,” the family said. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

Tribute memes poured in at hashtag #GrumpyCat.

“I’m actually bummed about this,” read one with a picture of Grumpy scowling into the sunset.]]>
5/18/2019 12:23:44 PM
<![CDATA[Microsoft, Sony partner on streaming games, chips and AI]]>
The deal is in its early stages, with many specifics yet to be determined. But the owners of two major consumer interactive entertainment franchises — Microsoft’s Xbox platform and Sony’s PlayStation — would collaborate to stream games and content to consumers and offer game makers new development tools.

“For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas,” Sony Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement. “I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

Sony shares jumped nearly 11 percent as Asian markets opened. Microsoft’s stock closed up 2 percent on Thursday.

Sony’s deal with Microsoft comes at a time when the Japanese firm’s gaming business is losing some steam as its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console nears the end of its life.

Analysts widely expect Sony to launch a next-generation console in 2020 to replace the five-year old PS4, but for this year at least Sony has flagged a drop in profit.

For Microsoft, the deal bolsters its Azure cloud computing business, which helped push its market value past $1 trillion last month. It also helps the Redmond, Washington-based company counter cloud-market leader Amazon.com Inc’s Amazon Web Services.

Amazon has also jumped into the gaming market, offering game makers new technology tools, and with its nearly $1 billion acquisition of Twitch, a major destination for gamers to watch other players competing in the e-sports market.

Japan’s Sony is also a major supplier of camera chips for smartphones and other devices.

Sony and Microsoft said they will potentially develop new image sensor chips that use Microsoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology for business customers. The two companies did not specify how the chips would be used.

Intelligent cameras are currently being used in applications such as spotting defective items coming off manufacturing lines with greater accuracy than human inspectors.

Sony and Microsoft said they would explore how to use Microsoft’s AI tools in Sony’s consumer products “to provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences.”

Microsoft’s technology for tasks like recognizing images and understanding human speech is widely believed to be competitive with better-known rivals such Alphabet Inc’s Google, but its focus on business customers has left it fewer outlets for technology that consumers touch. Sony, by contrast, makes a wide range of televisions, phones and other consumer devices.

“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in a statement.

5/17/2019 2:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[Lessons from the first lady? Brigitte Macron to return to classroom]]>
Macron, a French and drama teacher until 2015, has accepted a supervisory and teaching role for two schools being built, one in a suburb of Paris and another in a rural area of southeast France.

On Monday, she visited the first of the schools by the "Institut des Vocations", which is also backed rap star Ben J and celebrity chef Thierry Marx and is being financed by French luxury giant LVMH.

The school in the poverty-wracked Clichy-sous-Bois suburb in northeast Paris will open its doors in September along with another facility near Valence in southeast France, offering courses to around 50 school dropouts aged 25-30 every year.

"It won't be like the lessons that I gave to pupils before, but more in the Anglo-Saxon style, interactive," the 66-year-old, who taught at prestigious private schools in her home town of Amiens as well as in Paris, told reporters.

She said the school aimed to give its students, who will be paid 1,000 euros (1,100 dollars) a month, "the foundations to be able to enter the workplace.

"We know they need to know the four operations in maths, to know how to write French, to express themselves, to construct arguments in a written text. I want to give them a taste for literature," she added.

Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron, 41, while he was a student in her school in Amiens and began a relationship with him while he was still a teenager, causing a minor scandal locally and anger in their families.

The mother-of-three said that other private companies were interested in following the example of LVMH and sponsoring other adult schools, which are designed to tackle France's chronic high unemployment rate.

"We are going to duplicate it," she said, adding that oil group Total had expressed an interest in investing in others.

Brigitte Macron has kept a low public profile since her husband's election victory in May 2017, accompanying him for major state events but giving few interviews.

She became entangled in an early public row shortly after he took office over plans to create a formal public position of first lady, which would have given her an office and a budget -- an idea Macron abandoned under pressure.

The lover of theatre and literature, who remains political advisor to her husband behind the scenes, had announced that she intends to devote her time to her twin causes of education and helping the handicapped.

Rapper Ben J -- real name Fabien Loubayi -- said the new schools aimed to provide opportunities "to the invisible, people I see during my concerts. It's important to offer them a hand up, to give them confidence in themselves."]]>
5/16/2019 1:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites]]>
Launch of the mission, aimed at placing the initial stage of Musk’s space-based global internet network into low-Earth orbit, was rescheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Thursday (0230 GMT Friday) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX said.

In a call with reporters before Wednesday’s countdown was halted, the high-tech entrepreneur praised the “fundamental goodness” of his ambitions to expand internet connectivity globally but cautioned that success was far from guaranteed.

Musk said he expects revenues from rocket launch services provided by his privately held Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, to top out at about $3 billion per year. That makes Starlink key to generating the cash that SpaceX needs to fund Musk’s larger dream of developing new spacecraft capable of flying paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.

“We think this is a key stepping stone on the way towards establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon,” said Musk, who is also the chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc.

Each satellite in the first Starlink launch weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), making this the heaviest SpaceX payload to date.

It will take at least 12 launches of additional satellites to achieve Musk’s goal of providing constant internet coverage for most of the world, he said. Starlink is only authorized for operations in the United States.

Musk faces stiff competition. In February, Airbus SE-backed OneWeb launched its own clutch of satellites, while LeoSat Enterprises and Canada’s Telesat are also working to build data networks.

All consist of tiny satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional communications satellites, a radical shift made possible by leaps in laser technology and computer chips.

Musk has faced other challenges. Frustrated with the pace at which Starlink satellites were being developed, he fired at least seven members of the program’s senior management team at a campus in Redmond, Washington, outside Seattle, Reuters reported.

Musk said SpaceX has “sufficient capital” to make Starlink operational but would potentially need to raise money if things go wrong with the multibillion-dollar endeavor, which he called “one of the hardest engineering projects I’ve ever seen done.”

Musk said SpaceX would begin approaching customers later this year or next year. As many as 2,000 satellites will be launched per year, he said. But he wavered on the timeline for placing as many as 12,000 satellites into orbit as the company had previously described.]]>
5/16/2019 11:34:10 AM
<![CDATA[Bitter-Sweet, traditional Sudanese Ramadan drinks]]>
The drink is bitter-sweet “Hulu-Murr” because it combines sweet ingredients like sugar, honey and popcorn with lots of spices.


The drink was passed from one generation to another and was first made by Sudanese women using a large amount of sugar.The drink was discovered on the valley of the Blue Nile in 1833 by accident.

Here are the steps of preparing the bitter-sweet drink:

First, it has to be prepared months before the holy month of Ramadan where the Sudanese women buy popcorn, put it on canvas, and water it thenleaveit for two or three days to dry. After drying the popcorn, it has to be crushed carefully before adding all kinds of spices to it.


Second, the crushed popcorn is divided into small portionsand put in large ovens at high temperature; this phase is called “Alawasah”.

Third, soak the small portions of popcorn in water then add a large amount of sugar; the drink is presented cold.


5/15/2019 4:41:22 PM