<![CDATA[rss-Lifestyle]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Lifestyle]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Enjoy Ramadan with HUAWEI AppGallery]]>
HUAWEI AppGallery is available on Huawei and HONOR devices and offers users the chance to experience a wide range of innovative and fun applications that include popular global and local apps. It forms part of the growing ecosystem of features and services on the HUAWEI Mobile Services platform.

Huawei is offering its users a wide range of prizes in the form of discounts and coupons from the most popular apps in Egypt and Huawei points as part of its ‘Everyone is a Winner with HUAWEI AppGallery’ Ramadan campaign.. The prizes have been selected to help Huawei and HONOR users to be more efficient, productive and have more fun throughout Ramadan and beyond.

For Egypt consumers the prizes include: a HUAWEI Nova 7i smartphone, LE 100 voucher for food orders from Otlob, 1 Month for free on Shahid VIP, LE 250 voucher for orders from Noon Egypt, LE 100 voucher for orders from JUMIA and Huawei Points.

To take part all you have to do is use your device to logon into the AppGallery and download one of the participating apps. Once this is done users will get the chance to ‘Spin the Wheel’ to get the chance to win a prize.

The apps taking part in the competition in the Egypt include: Prayer Now, valU, Ana Vodafone, noon shopping, Otlob, JUMA, Contact Car, TitTok, My WE, Vezeeta, Halan, Zagel, MV Master, Iqraaly, Cut Cut, Ayah: Quran App, Free Fire, and The Conquerors.

The Everyone is a Winner with HUAWEI AppGallery competition runs until May 23.
For more details please visit the Egypt website:



5/14/2020 5:54:36 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei EMUI Obtained Privacy Protection Certification from the British Standards Institution]]>
ISO/IEC 27701 is a privacy protection standard jointly released by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It incorporates privacy protection principles, concepts, and methods into cyber security and privacy protection systems and provides enterprises with best practices and suggestions.

The ISO/IEC 27701 standard is an excellent practice of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is recognized as the strictest privacy protection regulation in history. To obtain the privacy protection compliance certification, a company is required to build security capabilities based on the standards, meet all requirements and pass the review of third-party authorities (in this case, the British Standards Institution).

This certification covers the design, development, and maintenance services of the EMUI system and its application software, including more than 50 applications and features that involve sensitive data processing, such as software update, emergency location service, system application, user experience improvement plan, and intelligent service provided by Huawei EMUI.

For example, to provide better system services for users, Huawei will collect relevant data on device reliability, performance, power consumption, and faults for the feature of user experience improvement plan. Users' personal data will be sent to Huawei only after users' explicit consent is obtained. To anonymize collected sensitive personal data, Huawei uses the differential privacy technology to add random noises to the data. In this way, Huawei cannot obtain the actual user data. The statistics are displayed only when the data of one user is combined with that of many other users and the random noise is averaged out. In this way, Huaweicannot identify a specific user through the data collected, which enables it to meet the inspection requirements of the product information security management system and privacy protection management system.

Huawei takes cyber security and privacy protection as its top priority and integrates privacy protection into the entire process, from the very beginning of product design and throughout the entire software R&D process, and technology and personnel management. Its user privacy protection has been certified by multiple authoritative organizations around the world, including ePrivacyseal GmbH, one of the most influential commercial entities conducting privacy certification in Europe.

Huawei Device software has obtained the ISO/IEC 27701 certification, which proves that Huawei Device meets international privacy standards in terms of software design, R&D, and maintenance, as well as personnel management, safeguarding the security and privacy of consumers.

5/11/2020 8:30:29 PM
<![CDATA[Michael Jordan's first Air Jordans up for auction at Sotheby's]]>
The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, are expected to fetch between $100,000 to $150,000 in the online auction that closes on May 17, Sotheby’s in New York said.

Sotheby’s, better known for selling multimillion-dollar art, last year held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers. It set a new world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes, known as the “Moon Shoe.”

The white, black and red Air Jordan 1 sneakers up for auction on Friday have red laces, are signed by Jordan, and show frequent wear by the former Chicago Bulls player. Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right), Sotheby’s said.

The shoes are being sold by collector Jordan Geller, founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum, where they were previously on display in Las Vegas. They were the “crown jewel” of the museum, drawing fans and collectors from all over the world, according to Geller.

The auction coincides with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the last episode of the 10-part ESPN television documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan.

“With all the excitement surrounding Michael Jordan and ‘The Last Dance,’ my wife and I decided that it’s time to let the shoes find a new home,” Geller said in a statement.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Tom Brown]]>
5/10/2020 12:18:05 PM
<![CDATA[UK royal Archie celebrates first birthday with story from mum Meghan]]>
In footage posted on the Instagram page of the Save the Children charity, Meghan reads giggling Archie, who is pictured wearing a simple white bodysuit, one of his favourite books, “Duck! Rabbit!”.

The video was recorded last weekend by Harry, who can be heard chuckling and cheering from behind the camera.

Archie is the seventh-in-line to the British throne and Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild. His parents, who have become huge global celebrities since their star-studded wedding in 2018, are officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex but their son has no title.

The family are now living in Los Angeles after Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal roles at the end of March to forge new careers. Their exit caused a crisis in the royal family, and came after a reported rift with Harry’s elder brother Prince William and growing hostility to the media’s intense coverage.

A spokesman for the couple, who had to give up their SussexRoyal Instagram page and branding as part of the deal to exit their royal duties, said they had chosen to publish Archie’s video on the charity’s page to highlight its campaign to support children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As they celebrate this family moment, the Duke and Duchess wanted to continue to raise awareness around the urgency of bringing food and learning resources to millions of children,” the spokesman said.

Members of the royal family posted messages and pictures on social media to mark the occasion.

“Wishing Archie a very happy first birthday today!” Kensington Palace, the office of Prince William, said on Twitter.

Archie’s birth at London’s Portland Hospital last May was shrouded in secrecy after the couple declined to disclose any details beforehand and then only allowed a small, select group of media access for a brief photocall to show him off two days later.

While the couple wanted the birth to be a private matter, newspapers, for whom stories about the royals are popular with many readers, felt that as members of the British royal family, they needed to recognise that the public which funded the institution had a right to know about it.

The criticism over Archie’s birth marked the first overt deterioration in the couple’s relations with the press, which ultimately was a key factor in their decision to step back from their royal lives.

The Sussexes said last month they would have “zero engagement” with four of Britain’s top tabloids while on Friday, Meghan lost an initial part of her legal claim against one newspaper for breaching her privacy by printing parts of a letter she had sent to her estranged father.

5/7/2020 12:12:32 PM
<![CDATA[Vodafone’s Ezwetna Mallayeen enjoys highest ratings ever during the holy month]]>
The one of a kind virtual TV commercial featured a group of the greatest celebrities shooting glimpses of their own lives while staying at home by special sanitized equipment provided by Vodafone itself. The celebrities include Mona Zaki, Amina Khalil, Amir Eid, Mohamed Henedy, Abdelrahman Abou Zahra and Ahmed Bahaa aka BOB from sharmoofers. The simplicity and creativity of the ad during these exceptional circumstances have fascinated the audience causing the viewership to skyrocket.

What enkindled the appeal of the ad even further is the surprising comeback of the amazing superstar Sherine after three years with her exclusive song about the commercial’s main key message "?????? ?????? ???? ??????" which is played in the background while showing snippets of the celebrities’ stay at home moments connecting with their families and fans altogether. Moreover, Vodafone’s Number One figure in its advertising campaigns and the well-known global icon, Mohamed Salah makes a special appearance with his daughter Mekka highlighting how they spend their bonding moments together during the quarantine.

The campaign was tremendously successful in driving high viewership, engagement, and interactions amongst all candidates. The viewership of the Ad reached over 50M views over facebook, while the interactions scored more than 1M, along with 76K shares. Additionally, Vodafone’s dominance extended to Youtube, where the number one telecom operator ranked the highest trending telecommunications service provider on, Youtube with nearly 30M views.

This campaign comes in line with Vodafone’s campaign “Stay Home…Stay Connected”, as it stressed on the importance of practicing social distancing through letting celebrities take the lead in the direction and filming process from their own homes using a sanitized camera with simple two lights as a precautionary measure from Vodafone instead of going to a shooting location. This proves that Vodafone never ceases its efforts in connecting people while prioritizing their safety at the same time.
5/5/2020 9:22:56 PM
<![CDATA[A Minute With: Tim Gunn on pajamas and post-quarantine fashion]]>
As much of the world shelters at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gunn said he too has given in to comfort over style when he’s at home in his New York apartment.

Reuters spoke to Gunn by telephone about how the ongoing quarantine has changed fashion and what might come next on “Making the Cut.”

Q: What do you think will happen to fashion now that people have gotten used to working in sweatpants or even their pajamas?

A: I have to confess to you I’m one of those people. And it’s really unusual for me. For years I’ve been saying, “if you want to dress to feel as though you never got out of bed, don’t!”

But there’s a silver lining to this, at least for me. I now have a great deal of empathy for people who do dress for comfort. I’ve not been wearing sweats, but I have been wearing my pajamas, thinking “well I have no place to go.”

When I actually got into regular clothes, and I did because of video conferencing, I felt as though I was wearing a wet suit. I felt so constrained and confined and tethered. I think the psychological and even physical effect of going back to normal clothes makes you just squirm.

I have a good deal of empathy for people who really subscribe to the comfort trap. It’s easy to get trapped. But I do have a pact with myself. When I’m wearing pajamas and a robe, I won’t even go down the hall of my apartment building to the trash chute. If I’m leaving the apartment, I get dressed. I’m not in a suit, but I’m wearing proper clothes.

Q: So what is proper clothing for you right now when you do go out in the hallway?

A: I’d wear a turtleneck and a pair of jeans.

Q: Do you think that once we are all allowed out into some kind of new world that there might be a huge embrace of fashion, that maybe people are tired of their sweatpants?

A: I fully believe that. I know people who are dressing up every day. They’re not leaving their apartment, but they’re dressing up because they feel that they have infused their lifestyle with some normalcy.

Q: Do you know if you’ll have a season two of “Making the Cut” and what it might look like?

A: We’re certainly talking about a season two. The plan for doing it this summer is, of course, off. And we are carefully, thoughtfully, recalibrating all of our thinking about the show in regard to social distancing and interactions.]]>
5/3/2020 1:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[iRead launches number of interactive and entertaining activities on social media to encourage staying at home]]>
Lately, iRead has been focusing on how to connect various authors with their fans while they stay home and safe. It managed to do that through its official Facebook page where famous authors went live for an hour on iRead’s Facebook page to connect with their fans in iRead’s community.Ahmed Mourad, Youssef Zidan, Mohamed Sadek and other renowned authors joined iRead’s live sessions. This interactive platform managed to give the fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite authors and ask them all sorts of questions they had on their minds.

One of the goals iRead has been striving to achieve was putting the younger generation on the right track and unleashing their full potential.As a result, iRead launched three competitions for children to discover their talents in recitation, writing and drawing. These competitions aimed to positively fill the free time of younger generation. The contestants' work was published on iRead’s Facebook page, allowing the public to vote on the best work and the winner of each competition received a voucher worth 5000 EGP from Seif Stores.

“We always seek to effectively and positively contribute to our society especially since these times force us to stay at home. This is a good opportunity that we had to seize; that’s why we are keen to encourage people to read more and to spread awareness on how to use their free time wisely and do something worthwhile.” Highlighted Engy El-Saban, Board Member of iRead and the CEO and Board Member of VictoryLink.

Sherine Rashed, the CEO of iRead commented, “We do our best to encourage everyone to develop good habits during quarantine time and we believe reading is the fastest way that allows us to do that. That’s why we offer various entertaining and engaging activities to provide more room for new people to join our hub of reading and spread its passion.”

It is noteworthy that iRead launched a new competition under the name of "Corona Nights", which aims to discover new talents during these circumstances. The competition revolves around writing a 2000-word story about the nights we spend during quarantine. The contestants can write stories in any genre; comedy, horror, romance or even science fiction. The best 20 stories will be published by Dar El-Shorouk in a book titled "Corona Nights". This competition will reveal the hidden talents while reflecting on what our community is going through during this period.

4/29/2020 2:40:19 PM
<![CDATA[Locked in under lockdown: "we can't complain", say pals stuck in pub]]>
Friends Steve Pond and Dom Townsend consider themselves lucky to be sharing an apartment above The Prince in Stoke Newington, north London. Like all British pubs, it is closed until further notice as part of government measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Inside, chairs are turned upside down on tables, blackboards advertise sporting events long since cancelled and pots and pans gather dust in the kitchen.

“I moved in just a couple of months before lockdown which has worked out well, considering,” said Townsend, 29, now assistant manager after starting there as a barman.

With no crowds to serve, he and Pond, 39, while away the time playing improvised crazy golf on the wooden floor, taking each other on at chess or cooking barbecues on the roof when the weather is good.

“We’ve ended up as friends ... It’s been nice. We can’t complain. We’ve got fresh beer on tap,” Townsend told Reuters, pouring Pond a pint and placing it next to the hand sanitizer on the bar.

For Pond, the epidemic was a major worry early on because he has an existing lung condition.

“So I kind of started to self-isolate a couple of weeks before, but after confirmation from my doctor I found I could go out so that kind of eased it a bit for me.

“One of the lows I suppose is not having the locals come in. It’s lucky me and Dom get on so well.”

For all the advantages of their situation, they are looking forward to a full house once what seems certain to be the longest lock-in in history finally ends.

Some European countries are beginning to ease their lockdowns but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is too early to do so in Britain, where the hospital death toll from COVID-19 has risen to almost 22,000.

“A big party; go out to eat somewhere that I miss; just see your friends,” Townsend replied, when asked what he would like to do most when the lockdown was lifted.

“I think you realise that a lot of the superficial stuff ...now doesn’t matter as much. You want to see your friends, you want to see your family, you want to live a bit ... once this is done.”

4/29/2020 12:22:22 PM
<![CDATA[Fine Hygienic Holding Donates Hygienic Products to Fever Hospitals in Egypt to Fight Coronavirus]]>
As a Wellness Group built on valuing and promoting consumer health and well-being, Fine Hygienic Holding has stepped up to help the Egyptian community mitigate the high risk and the fast spread of COVID-19 by offering its very own sterilized tissues; manufactured using the patented SteriPro technology that utilizes ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms, producing a 99% sanitized product for the highest possible level of protection for all health workers.

On this occasion, James Michael Lafferty, FHH’s CEO, stated that: “In the wake of the global pandemic, having access to effective hygiene products has never been more crucial, and as the producer of the world’s only sterilized tissues, we are committed to protecting and helping our communities to the best of our ability. We must all come together during these difficult times in order to contribute in fighting this pandemic.”

Fine Hygienic Holding’s donation in Egypt comes as part of the $ 1 million relief fund the company established to provide much-needed aid to various communities across the MENA region to help them combat COVID-19.

The fund covers a dynamic range of relief for those most in need during the crisis in the form of free crucial hygienic products for senior citizens, as well as monetary donations in support of governments and various charities. The aid is distributed mainly among the communities in which FHH operates including Jordan, Egypt, KSA, UAE as well as Morocco.
4/26/2020 3:39:38 PM
<![CDATA[Marriott international launches global cleanliness council]]>
“We are living in a new age, with COVID-19 front and center for our guests and our associates,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International. “We are grateful for the trust our guests have shown us through the years. We want our guests to understand what we are doing today and planning for in the near future in the areas of cleanliness, hygiene and social distancing so that when they walk through the doors of one of our hotels, they know our commitment to their health and safety is our priority. It’s equally important to us that our associates know the changes we are making to help safeguard their health as they serve our guests.”

A New Way of Looking at Cleanliness
Marriott, which has long had a reputation for high standards of hotel cleanliness with well-established cleaning processes and training in place, has created the Marriott Global Cleanliness Council to tackle the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic at the hotel level and further advance the company’s efforts in this area. The Marriott Global Cleanliness Council is focused on developing the next level of global hospitality cleanliness standards, norms and behaviors that are designed to minimize risk and enhance safety for consumers and Marriott associates alike.

The Council is chaired by Ray Bennett, Chief Global Officer, Global Operations, Marriott International, and will benefit from knowledge and input from both in-house and outside experts including senior leaders from across Marriott disciplines like housekeeping, engineering, food safety, occupational health and associate wellbeing. The Council also includes advisory members Dr. Ruth L. Petran, Senior Corporate Scientist, Food Safety & Public Health for Ecolab, a global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services; Dr. Michael A. Sauri, Infectious Disease Specialist at Adventist Healthcare; Dr. Richard Ghiselli, Head of the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Purdue University; and Dr. Randy Worobo, Professor of Food Microbiology in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University.

“Marriott has a long tradition of emphasizing cleanliness in our care of guest rooms and in the public spaces of our hotels,” said Bennett. “Through the council and scientific advice of experts, we are taking a thoughtful approach to set an even higher bar of cleanliness and develop new guest interaction protocols. The Marriott Global Cleanliness Council is focused on more than just disinfection across the hotel, we are providing a holistic approach designed to take care of our guests and associates.”

Enhanced Technology to Counter Virus Spread
Marriott is rolling out enhanced technologies over the next few months, including electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant to sanitize surfaces throughout the hotel. Electrostatic spraying technology uses the highest classification of disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to treat known pathogens. The sprayers rapidly clean and disinfect entire areas and can be used in a hotel setting to clean and disinfect guest rooms, lobbies, gyms and other public areas. In addition, the company is testing ultraviolet light technology for sanitizing keys for guests and devices shared by associates.

Cleanliness Changes
Over the next few months, when guests are in hotels within the Marriott portfolio, they will notice a number of additions to our cleaning regimen designed to set an even higher standard of cleanliness for the hotels. Specific areas of focus include:

● Surface Areas: COVID-19 has raised awareness about the importance of high-touch surface cleanliness. In public spaces, the company has added to its already rigorous cleaning protocols, requiring that surfaces are thoroughly treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and that this cleaning is done with increased frequency. In guest rooms, the company has likewise added to its rigorous protocols, requiring that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. Marriott will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests’ personal use.

● Guest Contact: The CDC and WHO warn about direct, person-to-person contact as the primary way COVID-19 is spread. To help alleviate the risk of transmission this way, the company will be using signage in its lobbies to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols and removing or re-arranging furniture to allow more space for distancing. Marriott is also evaluating adding partitions at front desks to provide an extra level of precaution for our guests and associates and is working with supply chain partners to make masks and gloves available to associates. The company is installing more hand sanitizing stations at the entrances to its hotels, near the front desk, elevator banks and fitness and meeting spaces. In addition, in over 3,200 of Marriott’s hotels, guests can choose to use their phones to check in, access their rooms, make special requests and order room service that will be specially packaged and delivered right to the door without contact.

● Food Safety: Marriott’s food safety program includes enhanced sanitation guidelines and training videos for all operational associates that includes hygiene and disinfecting practices. At Marriott, all food handlers and supervisors are trained on safe food preparation and service practices. Marriott’s food and beverage operations are required to conduct self-inspection using the company’s food safety standards as guidelines, and compliance is validated by independent audits. In addition, the company is modifying its operational practices for in-room dining and designing new approaches to buffets.

“Safety for our guests and associates has always been a top priority for Marriott and today that discussion of safety is in the context of COVID-19,” said Bennett. “We want our guests to know that we are doing everything we can to welcome them back to a safe and clean hotel environment when they start traveling again.”

4/26/2020 2:26:00 PM
<![CDATA[Watch IT! Brings top drama series and entertainment shows during Ramadan ’20 ]]>
? Content is dedicated to all Egyptian drama fans across the region and the world

? Watch iT! first TV to stream on the service exclusively during Ramadan

? the platform offers free subscription during quarantine and gains more than 30% daily active users across the MENA region

In their ardent attempts and efforts to encourage everyone to stay home, contributing to the country’s precautionary measures to curb Covid-19 and continuing to be digital entertainment providers, the region’s leading digital streaming platform of series, movies and entertainment content Watch iT! announced top series during Ramadan ‘20 will be joining the service.

Earlier this month the service offered Egyptians and fans of the Arabic content worldwide free subscription for the application as well as fans of Egyptian drama and entertainment around the world as part of its initiative #StayHome, aimed at encouraging people to stay at home and maintain social distancing. Since the launch of the initiative, the application witnessed unprecedented increase in subscribers that reached 1 million new subscribers with more than 30% daily active users that enjoy its unlimited and uninterrupted content.

“Watch iT! Looks forward to offering an unrivaled streaming experience of Ramadan drama, ensuring that we keep everyone entertained and safe at home,” stated (Moustapha Bakheet, VP and Managing Director of Watch iT). He further added, “We realize the importance of our role towards the society more than ever because entertainment is a strong tool that can get us through these times and overcome boredom while we are practicing social distancing. Furthermore, technology and the digital are key elements to getting through this exceptional situation, where we transform our content and entertainment shows into accessible digital content for everyone and everywhere. It is our message to the world to stay safe and entertained at home.”

Ensuring it caters to the diverse preferences, Watch iT! Acquired the top 13 premium series of Ramadan’20 Drama and TV shows to exclusively stream on its platform to all of its users worldwide. The long list of series contains Ramadan Drama mega star Amir Karara with his most anticipated series “El Ekhtyar”. The platform could not miss Egypt’s most popular star, Mohamed Ramadan, and his series “El Prince” along with the “Youssra” who is making a strong comeback this season with her new drama “Kheyanet Aahd”. The golden duo Ahmed Fahmy and Akram Hosny has joined the platform with their anticipated brilliant comedy series “Regalet El Beet”. Additionally, Youssef El Sherif new series “The End” will also stream on the platform introducing a new concept that mixes drama with sci-fi for the first time.

WATCH iT! will also launch its first TV original prank show “Bara’et Ekhtera’a Korshid” on its platform as a treat to users starting during Ramadan’20. The show is considered one of the very first to mix between innovative technology and comedy in a premier concept, especially tailored for the tastes of the audience appetite.]]>
4/23/2020 4:21:40 PM
<![CDATA[Based on an Urgent Response Plan Covering Three Continents]]>
It is providing intensive care beds, monitoring equipment and oxygen cylinders for hospitals.

It is running convoys laden with food baskets for poor and disadvantaged families and for people in remote villages and orphans.


The Muslim World League launched a number of urgent initiatives that encompassed 16 countries and international organizations to alleviate the effects of the Corona pandemic, based on an urgent response plan in line with the measures of the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the governments of the target countries.

The General Director of Information and Communication; the League's spokesperson, Mr. Abdul Wahab Al-Shehri, affirmed that the Muslim World League has started implementing an inclusive plan to assuage the effects of the "new corona" pandemic in affected countries in the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Al-Shehri said: “In the first stage, the initiatives include 16 Muslim and non-Muslim countries in accordance to the Rabita’s approach guidedby the high values of our Islamic religion that advocate righteousness and munificence for all. His Excellency the SecretaryGeneral of the MWL, Chairman of the Council of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdulkarim Alissa gave hisdirectives to the Rabita’s officedirectors around the world to implement these campaigns in cooperation with international organizations and governments directly.The League has made sure that its implementation runs in parallel tracks. This include direct financial aid, medical supplies for centers and hospitals, health and preventive and educational supplies, and food aid for vulnerable groups whose pandemic measures have hinderedearning their livelihoods.

He explained that the first track of the MWL initiatives is linked to the direct financial support and includes providing cash support to the World Health Organization, to boost its efforts in alleviating the effects of the pandemic, in addition to financial support for governments, ministries of health and civil protection in a number of needy countries. This step was implemented through the Rabita’s offices around the world, and in concert with its strategic partnerships with governments and international organizations; so the latter willpurchase the necessary medical equipment and health and preventive supplies to fight the epidemic.

The Rabita spokesperson added: “The second track includes providing specialized government hospitals caring for those infected with the coronavirus with special intensive care beds and securing monitoring devices, vital signs measurement, ventilators and oxygen cylinders with their medical attachments.” In addition to the distribution of integrated medical containingmasks and sterilizers, and the distribution of direction leaflets, as well as sterilizing government buildings and institutions.

He added, the initiatives of the third track aim at supporting governments to adhere to the strict measures recommended by the World Health Organization to combat the spread of the pandemic, such as lockdown cities or domestic quarantine. Also, providing food to the poor and disadvantaged communities and people in remote villages and orphans. In addition to the elderly and patients who could no longer leave their homes in light of the spread of the epidemic. To serve those, the Rabita organized daily shuttle truckstaking food baskets to cover the daily needs of families in those areas.

The Muslim World League spokesperson pointed out that the League is also keen on designing and producing a number of educational and instructive publications and films, and engagingits communication platforms to introduce the epidemic, and show the ways to prevent it, the importance of quarantine, social distancing, and personal hygiene care.

It is noteworthy that the targeted countries in the first phase of the MWL’s initiatives, that included 16 countries are: Pakistan, Kashmir, South Africa, Malawi, Senegal, Chad, Djibouti, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Spain, Italy and Serbia.

Photo caption:
1- Official and popular appreciation for the association's aid in Indonesia.
2- The MWL’s presence in Sudan.
3- Distributing aid to refugee camps.
4- The Muslim World League officials follow the implementation of the projects.

4/23/2020 2:06:21 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Stadium lights up for "Save Live & Stay Home" campaign]]>
The move comes as part of efforts to encourage citizens to stay at home to curb the outbreak of coronavirus infection, Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said.

The campaign also aims at encouraging citizens to practice sports at home to keep fit and boost immune system, he added.

He thanked all medical teams for their tireless efforts to fight the fatal pandemic.]]>
4/23/2020 11:31:33 AM
<![CDATA[The dilemma of modern isolation: connected or not connected!]]>
I've been working from home for a month now, adhering to social distancing rules. And even though I don't mind staying at home, the situation is peculiar, as Neil Webb says: "you are not working from home; you are at home during a crisis trying to work," and this resonates so much with me.

The last time I stayed home this long was 14 years ago. It was the first month of the summer holiday after I finished college and right before I had my first job the following month. I remember spending quality time that month reading books, talking with friends over the phone, and being full of energy for the unknown future ahead.

And from summer 2006 on, I was busy doing something, useful or not is irrelevant.

I was caught up in everyday maze everyone seem to experience at some point, I kept on following someone else's guidelines of how to lead a life, you know like putting "bungee jumping" on my list of resolutions even though I'm afraid of heights and doing that will not bring me any sort of happiness, if not a heart attack.

Just as I started to free myself from expectations set by the society and the young me, new expectations formed as the lockdown set in.

A decade and half later, I found myself once again at home, but the world is no longer the same.

There is a sense of distorted connection. It's like each one is drifted on a small island alone, yet not entirely alone. You get to see what all others are doing in their islands because of social media. It is the new world order, and the fastest the rules on how to adapt in quarantine are being put, the sooner the new guidelines of what a new life should be are written.

People seem to be making the most of their times; here is a young lady making a workout course online, there is a man who is giving advice on how to learn a language "using the time," and here is me feeling pressured to follow the "new world guidelines.”

These people are heroes and should be looked up at, but for anxious people like me who are finding it hard to adapt while following the curve of death with its black cape reaping lives in almost every country on Earth;

Here are my new guidelines:

- Don't be pressured, love, to arrive somewhere. Take your time; you are in the right direction if you listen to your inner whispers that say "I'm tired today, I'll try again tomorrow. "

- It's ok to be afraid. This too shall pass.

- Don’t lose hope on yourself, all is possible. One step at a time.

- Anxiety, stress and loneliness are still parts of you, be patient. Patience is only a virtue during testing times.

- It's not a productivity contest. It's ok to feel not ok. Don't take it your heart.

- Breathe. Life is nothing but a constant state of change.

- Fall. Rest. Rise. Fight.
4/21/2020 4:38:44 PM
<![CDATA[How did the Pharaohs protect themselves from epidemics and diseases?]]>
According to a study titled "How the Ancient Egyptians practiced Medicine", the ancient Egyptians believed that the disease was mostly due to the wrath of the gods or evil spirits and magic.

Also, they believed that pleasing the gods would lead to healing, and this is what they did with some of the gods, such as Sekhmet, and the sun god Ra.

The electronic magazine Al-Tibbi published are port entitled "Ancient Egyptian Medicine" that indicated that the ancient Egyptians believed that physical health is linked to spiritual health, and in the event of illness, therapists are advised to pray.

The report, which was published through "listverse", stated that the Pharaohs used preventive drugs to maintain their health and strengthen their immune system and that they took special care of their diet.

They ate more onions, garlic, and foods rich in antioxidants and vitamin A. This reduced their chances of catching diseases.

The report added that the Pharaohs were the first to teachus about personal hygiene, as they showered more than twice daily.

4/20/2020 11:31:25 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei announces cooperation with Otlob Egypt to provide their Mobile App on the AppGallery platform]]>
Huawei is continuously working on increasing the selection of top apps that have become essential for consumers’ digital lifestyle, including both popular global applications and local applications that users have come to love and depend on. HUAWEI AppGallery segments applications across 18 categories, including news, social media, entertainment and more, all searchable with a simple and smooth browsing experience.

In this context, Peak Yin, Vice President of Huawei Egypt, said, “We at Huawei believe that technology plays a vital role in consumer lives today. Not only to improve standards of living but also, to depend on it in almost every aspect of the daily lives, and therefore we are always keen on amplifying Huawei’s vision, making HUAWEI AppGallery an open, innovative app distribution platform that is accessible to consumers, and to strictly protect users’ privacy and security while providing them with a unique and smart experience.”

He added: “Today we’re introducing a new application in cooperation with Egypt’s leading food delivery platform, Otlob. We’re excited to have a new segment of apps in the HUAWEI AppGallery, especially that online food ordering has become a daily practice for consumers in Egypt over the past few years.”

“Otlob’s vision is to promote digital transformation of the restaurant and food delivery industry in Egypt and the region, and therefore it is always our top priority to make sure our service is accessible to as many consumers as possible,” said Sofiène Marzouki, Otlob's Managing Director. “We’ve been closely following up with the progress and development of Huawei Mobile Services, and that’s what made us very keen to make Otlob available on Huawei AppGallery due to its vast growing consumers base as well as its very advanced technical and security capabilities,” added Sofiène.

Otlob is the first online restaurant delivery service in Egypt, offering the quickest, easiest, and most reliable food ordering experience. Otlob’s service helps customers find restaurants in their area, filter by cuisine, browse menus, and easily place orders. Customers use Otlob through iOS and Android applications or through their website. Otlob was founded in 1999 and has helped millions of Egyptians order their food in 30 seconds or less. In addition, Otlob’s customers enjoy exclusive offers from thousands of restaurants in more than 25 cities in Egypt.

It’s worth mentioning that AppGallery is HUAWEI’s official Android Application store. It provides “360° protection”, ensures that all apps are trusted and safe, data privacy is certified by international standards, parental control, great and seamless experience across Huawei phones, tablets, smart screens, wearables, VR gadgets, and more thanks to the possibility of using one ID for all devices, and more.

4/19/2020 11:51:55 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei wins TIPA World Award for its HUAWEI P40 series as the Best Photo Smartphones in 2020]]>
In TIPA World Awards 2020 Official Product Citation, TIPA mentioned: “Smartphone photographic capability takes another great leap forward with the latest generation of Huawei’s P-Series. All three smartphones –the P40, P40 Pro and the P40 Pro+ – have the Kirin 990 5G chipset, a large 1/1.28-inch sensor, and were developed in conjunction with Leica. Noteworthy features of the models include AI-powered white balance algorithms, including those dedicated to optimise skin-tone and texture,greatly enhanced dynamic range and low light performance, colourtemperature sensors, focus capability on all pixels, and an XD FusionEngine for smooth zoom and optimisation of image quality.”

TIPA World Awards 2020 adds to HUAWEI P40 Series’ expanding list of accolades. HUAWEI P40 Pro was recently given a DXOMARK rating of 128, the highest overall score ever seen on the recognised leader board. In the same review, the flagship smartphone also earned the highest scores for photo and selfie performances, at 140 and 103 respectively.

Worth mentioning that TIPA wasfounded in 1991 as a highly respected industry association with member publications hailing from photo and imaging fields across the globe both print and online. The association bestows TIPA World Awards annually to companies and new products that TIPA editors deem to deliver the best quality, performance and value to consumers.

4/18/2020 3:03:53 PM
<![CDATA[ITIDA begins disbursing export support to first batch of beneficiary companies]]>
ITIDA highlighted that 25 companies to get cash incentive on their exports in a total amount of 5 million and 170 thousand Egyptian pounds as the agency and the external program auditor finished reviewing and approving the documents.

The first batch includes 5 micro-companies and 20 small companies out of a total of 110 companies that have participated in the program so far.

ITIDA has accelerated the disbursement procedures of the export support with a given priority for micro and small companies. This comes as one of the prompt measures taken by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and ITIDA to boost the IT market and support small and medium companies during the Coronavirus situation.]]>
4/16/2020 1:41:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s IT Agency Mobilizes Resources to Combat COVID-19]]>
The agency is mobilizing its available resources to accelerate research and innovation collaboration that could help in mitigating the impacts made by the global pandemic.

Through its ITAC initiative, ITIDA calls for researchers and tech companies to submit their product development proposals before 3 pm, April 30, 2020, waving with a fast-track financing process to any health-related IT-enabled Product Development Projects (PDPs) in the field of infectious diseases.

Hala El-Gohary, CEO of ITIDA, said that the agency is determined to support tech initiatives and hackathons to come up with supporting technological solutions and relevant innovations especially those with ready prototypes that help in relieving coronavirus outbreak impact.

El-Gohary pointed out that healthcare technologies, big data analytics, business continuity, and e-learning applications are among the agency’s priorities.

ITIDA is already supporting the tech innovation community through several programs and initiatives that run across the country. It has a dedicated tech innovation and entrepreneurship center that plays a pivotal role in developing the thriving startup scene in Egypt.

During the last few weeks, the agency gave a helping hand with the tech and startup community in the EMEA region supporting the ‘Wild Card’ online hackathon that called to build different components of a response system that helps people, businesses deal with the disruption.

It is also participating as a strategic partner in Pandemic TechHack, a virtual hackathon to adopt moonshot ideas that will help tackle the crisis or position Egypt well for the aftermath, with many international and local institutions, research agencies and startups.

Electronics Innovation Complexes that ITIDA runs in partnership with Sudo Techs, were also made accessible to support the endeavors to manufacturing face shields where 1,200 were manufactured and distributed to hospitals.

In the meantime, ITIDA with Dell Technologies co-launched a hackathon to stimulate students and startups’ innovation and support their innovations that counter the spread of the new Coronavirus using emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, cloud computing, and data science and analytics.]]>
4/16/2020 1:39:53 PM
<![CDATA[Google salutes packaging, shipping employees for their role in reducing coronavirus spread]]>
It is noteworthy that the search engine Google had published on its home page fivetips for the prevention of the spread of the emerging coronavirus in cooperation with the World Health Organization, in light of the rapid growth in the number of coronavirus victims around the world.
4/16/2020 11:18:23 AM
<![CDATA[Yasseen Mansour: Aiding national efforts by donating a 200-room complex to the Ministry of Health]]>
Commenting on the current situation, Yasseen Mansour stated, “Egypt, like all countries across the globe, is currently facing a crisis, one that requires everyone to unite in order to overcome. We must all do our part to help our country and countrymen through adhering to local regulations, compassion, and tolerance. As the health and safety of our fellow Egyptians are of the utmost priority during this time, we have contacted and coordinated with the Minister of Health, Dr. Hala Zayed to discuss all avenues in which Palm Hills Developments can aid in the fight against COVID-19.”

Yasseen Mansour went on to praise the Ministry of Health in the institution’s consolidated efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, stressing that, “our partnership with the Ministry of Health is essential in supporting the welfare of Egypt and in the leadership that has shown tremendous efforts in prioritizing the safety of the nation. This is not the time to think about personal gains, this is the time to think about how we can help our country.” He added, “Any support that we can provide is dwarfed by the countless benefits given to us by this country and we are dedicated and prepared to allocate any form of aid to the Ministry of Health to support the inspiring work carried out by Egypt’s outstanding doctors and nurses.”

Owned by Palm Hills Developments, Mansour Group, and the Mansour-Maghraby Investment and Development Company, the 200-room complex delegated to the Ministry of Health is located within Cairo and is ready for the immediate quarantining of suspected or confirmed cases.

To support the affected communities and families under the nation’s social protection plan, Palm Hills Developments, in partnership with the Orman Charity Association, has pioneered the relief efforts by assisting over 10,000 families across Egypt through 2.5 million EGP worth of aid in the first weeks of the crisis.

Through this difficult time, Yasseen Mansour wishes to extend his support and well wishes to the people of Egypt and the world as well as all those patients infected with COVID-19]]>
4/14/2020 11:22:39 AM
<![CDATA[Mountain View launched its campaign “Protect those who Protect us “ to Support Egypt’s White Army]]>

While they work day and night on saving our lives, the campaign aims to protect them as well as fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Under the name, “Protect those who Protect us”, the campaign addresses the increasing necessity of safety supplies at medical facilities. Becoming a luxury that is too expensive and difficult to find, doctors in direct contact with patients are in need of a larger stock of protective gear to be able to adhere to the WHO's recommendations and pursue their missions safely.

The initiative mainly connects donors who aim to support the country, suppliers who have the means to produce the needed supplies and doctors at specialized hospitals, hence closing the circle; directly saving doctors, supporting them as they cure patients and eventually help the country control the spread of the pandemic.

This initiative is in line with the developer's vision to be an integral and proactive part of the society and its welfare; especially during hardships. Aside from protecting the company's community of residents and employees through the application of strict safety measures, Mountain View is also keen on contributing to the current aid needed to support the ministry of health and the brave doctors at the frontline. In parallel to the government’s efforts to build a united front in face of the pandemic, Mountain View believes in the importance of its social responsibility to save lives. Therefore, the real-estate developer did not only contribute to the campaign through direct donations; but they have also taken it upon themselves to reach out to other companies to raise more funds. In parallel, the industry leader also worked on encouraging their employees and residents to partake in the initiative through donations. With a total target worth of 80 million pounds, the initiative has already successfully delivered the first batch of packages to a number of hospitals such as El Negela Central Hospital in Marsa Matrouh and El Agamy General Hospital in Alexandria.


4/13/2020 10:20:51 PM
<![CDATA['Ghosts' scare Indonesians indoors and away from coronavirus]]>
The village on Java island has deployed a cast of “ghosts” to patrol the streets, hoping that age-old superstition will keep people indoors and safely away from the coronavirus.

“We wanted to be different and create a deterrent effect because ‘pocong’ are spooky and scary,” said Anjar Pancaningtyas, head of a village youth group that coordinated with the police on the unconventional initiative to promote social distancing as the coronavirus spreads.

Known as “pocong”, the ghostly figures are typically wrapped in white shrouds with powdered faces and kohl-rimmed eyes. In Indonesian folklore they represent the trapped souls of the dead.

But when they first started appearing this month they had the opposite effect. Instead of keeping people in they bought them out to catch a glimpse of the apparitions.

The organisers have since changed tack, launching surprise pocong patrols, with village volunteers playing the part of the ghosts.

President Joko Widodo has resisted a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus, instead urging people to practise social distancing and good hygiene.

But with the highest rate of coronavirus deaths in Asia after China, some communities, such as Kepuh village, have decided to take measures into their own hands, imposing the ghostly patrols, lockdowns and restricting movement in and out of their village.

“Residents still lack awareness about how to curb the spread of COVID-19 disease,” said village head Priyadi, “They want to live like normal so it is very difficult for them to follow the instruction to stay at home.”

There are now 4,241 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Indonesia, and 373 deaths, with fears the numbers will rise significantly.

Researchers at the University of Indonesia estimate there could be 140,000 deaths and 1.5 million cases by May without tougher curbs on movement.

When Reuters recently visited Kepuh village, the supernatural strategy seemed to be working, with villagers running off in fright when the ghosts materialized.

“Since the pocong appeared, parents and children have not left their homes,” said resident Karno Supadmo, “And people will not gather or stay on the streets after evening prayers.”]]>
4/13/2020 2:10:06 PM
<![CDATA[Belarus soccer continues amid virus anxiety and empty stands]]>
In the western city of Grodno, local team FC Neman Grodno drew with FC Belshina Bobruisk on Friday in front of almost empty stands. Just 253 people attended, compared to last year when Neman’s games drew crowds of around 1,500 people.

The league has proved an unlikely draw for fans overseas who are starved of matches in their own countries. In choosing to stay open, it took its cue from President Alexander Lukashenko, who has resisted imposing strict lockdown measures.

“Of course, it is the main problem,” said Belshina coach Eduard Gradoboyev, when asked about the lack of fans.

“Because football is for spectators. And when you come to a absolutely half-empty stadium, especially such a good one like here in Grodno, it is a bit uncomfortable.”

Even Neman Grodno’s own fans urged people to keep away.

“Let’s stay home, reduce the risks associated with the spread of coronavirus, protect ourselves and our loved ones,” they said in a statement.

Before the match started, the Neman players applauded the empty stands in support for spectators staying away.

The Belarus football federation initially explained its decision to continue because only a small number of coronavirus cases had been recorded in the eastern European country, but more recently they have declined comment.

The latest figures show Belarus has 2,226 cases, with 23 deaths.

The clubs say they must comply with the federation’s decision.

“The federation decided to play - so we play,” Neman’s coach Igor Kovalevich said, adding the club was taking appropriate safety measures like using hand sanitizers and making sure that fans do not sit close to each other.

Supporters like Vladimir, who came to the stadium, had few concerns.

“Am I worried or not worried? I guess most likely not,” he said. “Because first of all there are not many people coming to watch football, there are no crowds. And all measures are taken at the stadium.”

But others are not so sanguine. Nikolay Zolotov is a Belarusian who plays for Russian club Ural Yekaterinburg.

In an interview with tribuna.com, he compared the situation to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union, where the authorities concealed the scale of the disaster to the general public for a long time.

“No one really knows how many people are sick, where they are sick, how they are treated,” he was quoted as saying. “I thought: has nothing really changed in 34 years?”

Zolotov lives in Vitebsk, which ranks second, after Minsk, in the number of coronavirus cases.

Lukashenko, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1994, has called fears about coronavirus a “psychosis”, prescribed drinking vodka and going to saunas to battle the disease, and said he was more worried about the economy.

At a meeting with officials on April 7, he said he could easily introduce quarantine measures within 24 hours.

“But what will we eat?,” he added.
4/12/2020 3:02:31 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19: How to dispose of used face mask, gloves to prevent infection among garbage collectors]]>
As a part of its environmental campaign “Live Green,” launched by the Ministry of Environment, people should follow certain hygienic measures concerning the used face masks and gloves, publishing a promotional video to increase the awareness of this hygienic measure.

As per the ministry instructions, the used gloves and face mask should be washed with water and soap for 20 seconds, and then be cut into small parts to prevent re-using them. Finally, it is safe to dispose of them inside a plastic bag.

Garbage collectors are most vulnerable to the infection as they directly deal with waste on a daily basis. So, Cairo Governorate launched on Thursday a campaign to provide the collectors with masks, gloves and sanitizers.

Meanwhile, head of the General Syndicate of Cleaning and Environmental Workers Amin Hassan called upon the Ministry of Environment to provide the cleaning workers with medical face masks and gloves, al-Watan newspaper reported on Friday.

As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached more than 1.7 million people and 103,521 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 382,049. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
4/11/2020 3:37:10 PM
<![CDATA[Fans of card games resort to playing via video chat during social distancing]]>
Providing the entertainment for the home-bound are software developers such as Jackson Owens who maintain free copycats of the games. Their obscure websites exploded in usage last month when social distancing measures locked Europeans and Americans at home and forced them to take dinner parties and happy hours online.

The websites deliver comfort entertainment in a novel setting, as one person can launch a game and share their screen through video chat to make for a virtual coffee table.

Owens’ Codenames website Horsepaste.com grew unique users 4,500% during March. About 4,000 groups simultaneously played the team-based, word-guessing game last weekend compared with dozens on the busiest nights before.

Hobbyist developers including Owens opened their wallets and weekends to keep their websites from crashing, not wanting to let down players in Italy, the United States and other countries under widespread lockdowns.

For legal and personal reasons, the developers have eschewed showing ads or collecting personal data to make money. Some websites are allowed under game publishers’ permissible licenses, while others operate in a copyright gray area.

Codenames publisher Czech Games Entertainment said it has been consulting with its attorneys about unofficial online games, but declined to elaborate. It plans to release its own online game by the end of April.

Cards Against Humanity LLC and Spyfall makers Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hobby World did not respond to requests for comment.

Owens, who works at a New York City startup, built Horsepaste in 2016 to display words on a big screen because reading physical cards from various angles around a coffee table had proved awkward.

Last month, he twice upped his monthly server plan to $40 and then $160, from $5, to meet demand.

“As long as people are using it, I feel good about maintaining it,” Owens said.

Netgames.io, which offers location-guessing game Spyfall and five others, drew 100,000 visitors last month, 20 times above normal. Its developer Luke Tsekouras spent last month correcting basic development mistakes made years ago when he just wanted to play on outings without lugging around cards.

He may show ads if usage sustains, he said.

“Every weekend has been a new wave of traffic,” said Tsekouras, an engineer at Google’s Sydney office. “It makes me happy knowing that I’m enabling fun around the world.”

Kosmi, which offers poker and soon Cards Against Humanity alongside built-in video conferencing, is drawing 27,000 users per day, up nearly 10-fold from February. Berlin-based developer Haukur Rosinkranz said monthly server fees rose equally to $350, but a campaign using fundraising service Buy Me A Coffee brought him $1,200.

Buy Me A Coffee said daily total funds raised rose 80% on its service during March, as developers with coronavirus-related projects flocked to it.

Kosmi’s sudden popularity prompted calls from potential investors, Rosinkranz said, and reassured him about possibly developing it full time.

“There’s been a few sleepless nights when I’ve been sweating to get the servers up, but it’s pretty good now,” he said.]]>
4/10/2020 8:09:18 AM
<![CDATA[5 tricks your HUAWEI nova 7i can do to entertain you at home]]>
1. Embrace your photography skills

Who said you need to step outside to let your inner photographer run free? Set up a few of the house plants, arrange the show pieces or even take a photo of your fully cleaned and arranged living room to start of a new viral social media challenge! You can even try modeling out unique fashion choices with those outfits you would never wear on a normal work day and take some stunning selfies as well! Now that you are home to spend time with your family, you can even do social media challenges with your family and take beautiful family photos with everyone without having to crop out anyone!

With the HUAWEI nova 7i’s 48MP Quad AI Camera setup, this is quite simple to do. Thanks to a camera setup that houses a 48MP main camera, 8MP Ultra-Wide lens, 2MP bokeh lens and a 2MP Macro lens you can take stunning photos and videos of anything! With the variety of shooting modes, stickers and even AR lens effects, you can also take this extra time to build up your social media profile with some beautiful pictures.

2. Make the next crazy viral challenge

Be it lip syncing to a popular song, making a dance video or just being a goof with some hilarious music, videos are going viral on social media platforms these days. Editing videos to make it seem just right might sound challenging, but thanks to the HUAWEI nova 7i’s AI Video Editor all it takes is the tap of a button. Crop out unnecessary parts, add the music and even throw in a few effects and then watch your social media profile blow up with likes and shares.

3. Practice your landscape or close up shots

Step out into your balcony and take a long look at your city skyline. Gorgeous isn’t it? Now think about taking a picture of it. No you don’t have to crop or struggle with panorama features. Simply zoom out on the HUAWEI nova 7i to go into Ultra-Wide and take that perfect skyline shot.

If you don’t have a balcony, try going into your garden and take some creative pictures of your plants, or even the insects on them. No you don’t need a professional camera for this. All you need to do is switch to Super Macro in the More section of the camera. With this feature not only can you zoom in to your plants outside, but even take creative pictures of your jewelry.

4. Catch up on your favorite shows or movies – in the comfort of your bed
Since you are kicking it back it home, there is no better time to catch up on all your shows, series and movies. The best way to enjoy this however is without having to leave your bed, all curled up in your blanket. Here is a tip, for the best experience when you are watching it on your phone go full screen. For example, on the HUAWEI nova 7i’s 6.4 inch HUAWEI FullView Display with minimal notches or bezels, your display is so big and immersive that you won’t miss a thing.

5. Make use of the extra time

Now that you have a lot of free time, you can actually start teaching yourself things you didn’t have the time for earlier. Be it learning a new language or even a new skill, all of which are available in a wide variety of apps available on HUAWEI AppGallery, you can use the extra time to improve upon yourself. You can also get into mobile gaming. Be it for apps or games, you need a phone that capable of powerful performance. The HUAWEI nova 7i not only packs powerful hardware and long lasting battery, but gamers will love the Game Dock feature. This features can be accessed by swiping down from the top left during your game, allowing you to view your messages and add a floating resizable chat box. You can also turn on Do Not Disturb, take screenshots, record the screen or even turn on acceleration for better performance. Gaming will never be the same again!

We hope these tips help you make the most out of the extra time you have in your hands, but remember, the solutions are limitless, only hindered by your imagination
4/9/2020 2:43:16 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Video has launched in Egypt bringing even more high-quality entertainment to users]]>
The new platform is the latest example of the growing ecosystem of features available on HUAWEI Mobile Services. HUAWEI Video can be viewed on Huawei and Honor smartphones and launches with a library of more than 10,000 hours of Arabic content, millions of videos andover 10,000 of hours of global content.

“HUAWEI Video shall be committed to building a content ecosystem based on the global layout of the HMS, and to attracting more high-quality partners, thus providing all Huawei users with well-rounded and superb sensory experience around the world,” said Adam Xiao, Managing Director, HUAWEI Mobile Services in Middle East and Africa, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group.

The platform was developed by Huawei and has operated successfully in Mainland China since 2016.HUAWEI Video provides free and paid content that includes AVOD(Advertising Video on Demand)and SVOD (Subscription Video On-demand) giving users the option to purchase paid content with Huawei's In-App Purchases (IAP) service, and will soon have a live TV section that will host over 200 top international and regional channels.

HUAWEI Video offers an online streaming video service where users can browse, search, playback and cache online videos. Viewers can also opt into online promotions through the app.

There is a wide range of content already available from some of the region’s most famous actors. The service will initially be available on smartphones and tablets before also being accessible on Smart TV. Users are greeted with a Home Screen that highlights recommendations as well as new content and the ‘best of’ from other channels. Viewers can get the latest breaking news from the BBC, there is a section for trending videos with Dailymotion, thousands of hours of long-form content provided by H+ Networkand other dedicated channels including:The Explorers, QelloConcerts, ToonGoggles, TVB and Mango TV.

HUAWEI Video offers a high level of customization allowing users to create an easily accessible favourite videos section. Sophisticated parental controls provide protection for younger viewers, while the ability to download content and view it offline means it can fit around your life. So, whether you are commuting or keeping the kids busy, you will always have something to watch. While watching a video, users have an extensive range of options to select their preferred playback quality and speed, change brightness or even share with others. Meanwhile the VIP Experience provides gold color vision, ad-free and SVOD/VIP titles access. Huawei is working with well-known labels and producers to provide even more content for users such as video on demand and live TV.

To enjoy this new service users simply have to login into HUAWEI Video with their HUAWEI ID.
4/9/2020 2:40:26 PM
<![CDATA[Paris neighbours ease lockdown blues with quiz from balconies]]>
This nightly general knowledge quiz is how the residents of Rue Saint-Bernard, in the 11th district of Paris, are relieving the boredom and isolation of a coronavirus lockdown that is now nearly a month old.

It has spread beyond the street. Cartozo, an actor and comedian who hosts the quiz, broadcasts it on his Instagram account, with one video garnering 1.1 million views.

“I saw that the neighbours were looking a bit sad about the confinement,” said Cartozo, who comperes the quiz with toilet rolls festooned around his neck, a satire on the coronavirus-related wave of panic buying seen in some cities.

“I wanted to create a bit of atmosphere in the neighbourhood to help with all of that,” he told Reuters.

France this week became the fourth country in the world to cross the threshold of 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Officials say the lockdown is slowing the outbreak but the restrictions will not be eased anytime soon.

Cartozo hit on the idea for the quiz after Paris residents started emerging on to their balconies at 8 p.m. each night to applaud healthcare workers dealing with the epidemic.

Keen to prolong that moment of connection, Cartozo started playing music for the street.

“But I noticed I was the only one dancing,” he said. “In the end I decided to give them a series of questions, and the game took off.”

The quiz pits people whose house numbers have even numbers, on one side of the street, against those with odd numbers. Prizes include toilet paper and pasta.

Neighbours appreciate the diversion.

“It makes the days seem shorter,” said one resident, Laura Coles, who was taking part in the quiz on Wednesday evening.

“It’s good to talk to people, to laugh with people,” said her daughter, Lou.

Cartozo has dubbed the nightly quiz “Questions for a Balcony,” a play on the title of long-running quiz show on French television, “Questions for a Champion”.

Yet despite landing his own hit show, the performer said he was keen for it to end.

“We all want to get out, we want to see our friends and families again. The shorter this game is, the better it is for everyone,” Cartozo.

4/9/2020 1:25:47 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly Sabbour Made a Donation to the Tahya Masr Fund to Provide Necessary Medical Supplies & Combat COVID-19 Last March]]>
Eng. Ahmed Sabbour, CEO of Al Ahly Sabbour, said “the initiative comes in line with the company’s commitment to its social responsibility towards Egyptian communities, as well as our firm belief in the significant role played by private-sector companies and the business community in times of crisis in order to contribute to developing our community. We had to adopt a positive attitude in dealing with the situation we’re currently facing and be proactive as we work to eliminate and curb the spread of COVID-19 in Egypt.” He went on to add “this situation requires serious, collaborative efforts and an urgent sense of unity between all sides in order to overcome this phase; which is why as Al Ahly Sabbour, we are employing all of our strengths to help the government in its efforts to support citizens in order to ensure we get back on our feet sooner than expected.”

Since the beginning of the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Egyptian government has been showing profound efforts to contain its spread by employing high safety measures while maintaining access to day-to-day needs.

As for Al Ahly Sabbour, the company has taken all necessary precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the well-being of its employees, the people present on their premises,and workers across construction sites. The company is abiding by all the regulations issued by both the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization including reducing the number of employees within the administrative building, as well as providing engineers, technicians, and security personnel with masks and gloves.

Moreover, the company carried out a comprehensive sterilization process across its offices and construction sites, appointed a number of doctors within its facilities to follow up with the status of employees’ health, and distributed info-graphs raising awareness and showing instructions to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Al Ahly Sabbour is working hard to balance between the well-being of all employees and continue working as the real estate sector drives several industries with it.
4/6/2020 12:29:15 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei announces strategic cooperation with CIB Egypt to provide their Mobile banking app on AppGallery platform]]>
HUAWEI AppGallery is one of the three best app stores in the world, which is available in over 170 countries/regions with 400 million monthly active users (MAUs), covering mainstream apps and services worldwide.

Huawei places privacy protection and cyber security as the top priorities in HUAWEI AppGallery, by deploying the highest level of verification to isolate and protect users’ sensitive data and privacy. Personally-sensitive information – such as biometric data – will never be processed outside the Huawei device, giving the user complete control over their personal data. HUAWEI AppGallery provides its customers with different necessary and multi-purpose applications, which comes on top of the banking sector. The company believes that this sector is one of the most important sectors that accompanies the digital transformation and enriches financial inclusion concept.

In this context, Peak Yin, vice president of Huawei Egypt, said, “We at Huawei are well aware of the technology role in helping and serving people, and therefore we are always keen to intensify our efforts towards developing our technologies through smart devices and services we provide. Accordingly, we recentlypresentedtheAppGallerytobeaneffectiveandusefulappsandservicesplatformforallHuawei’s users, and we’re keen on providing applications in various sectors that will facilitate our customers’ life, especially the main sectors that support enhancing the economy’s performance.”

He added: “Today we’re adding a new application in cooperation with one of the best banks operating in the Egyptian market, Commercial International Bank (CIB), we’re glad with this step that supports digital transformation and comes within the framework of the Egypt vision 2030 to support financial inclusion, considering it as an one-way passage to a sustainable economy.” He pointed out that this step is consideredasanewmilestoneinHuawei’sstrategytoupkeepdifferentvitalsectorsonitsplatformaiming at offering a unique experience for allusers.

“Weat Commercial International Bank(CIB),areenthusiasticaboutourstrategicpartnershipwithHuawei to includeourmobileapponHUAWEIAppGallery.WebelievethatHUAWEIAppGalleryisoneofthebest application platforms that users rely on, for having multiple categories of applications, which is more secured and trusted against any cyber threat of exploiting users’ data.”Mohamed Farag, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at CIBsaid.

Mohamed Farag added “We see that digital transformation in the banking sector is one of the most important pillars that must be supported because it is the main reason for the effectiveness of financial inclusion. By giving customers a simple, trusted and enjoyable experience that includes the right advice and support no matter when, where, and how they interact with the Bank We trust that our presence on

the Huawei AppGallery platform will enable us to increase our customer base and will provide them with ease of use anywhere and at any time to make the necessary banking transactions.”

Commercial International Bank (CIB) Mobile banking app has been consistently recognized and commended by the industry and one of the most downloaded app and among the highest rated financial appsinthemarket..Theapplicationintroducesimproved userexperience,throughasmoother and more enjoyablebankingexperienceandaddedfeaturessuchasfingerprintlogin,Inappregistration,managing beneficiaries and viewing investment funds which have a considerable impact; fulfilling the customers’ needs, and easing their move to digital platforms,, allowing customers to use their smartphones to monitor their finances and conduct transactions anywhere and any time,without the need of computers.

It’s worth mentioning that AppGallery is HUAWEI’s official Android Application store. It provides 360 protection”,ensuresthatallappsaretrustedandsafe,data privacy is certified by international standards,parental
control,greatandseamlessexperienceacrossHuaweiphones,tablets,smart screens,wearables, VR gadgets, and more thanks to the possibility of using one ID for all devices, andmore
4/5/2020 6:32:38 PM
<![CDATA[2020 Resolutions Revamp: What a Pandemic Lockdown is Teaching me About Life ]]>
Supposedly, 2020 was going to be my year of relaunch, but alas has the world as we know it changed, perhaps forever!

Today I enter day 16 of quarantine and working from home as a precautionary measure to help flatten the curve of Covid-19, which is ravishing almost every country on the planet.

I've always known life works in unfathomable ways sometimes; I had to learn that the hard way.

Just when you think it's finally your turn to join "the others," those who have things figured out for themselves in terms of career, relationship, or life in general, it changes track and slaps you right in the face to remind you of how insignificant your control is.

However; there was always a lesson around the corner of this track changing; it did not always end where desired, but definitely where needed.

And this situation is no different.

We spend years dunning after a concept of what an urban working human being should be like; someone who is always busy doing something, not particularly out of love, probably out of a wrong conviction of pursuit. Yet that someone is always burned out, lonely, stuck, confused and in search of a meaning. Sounds familiar to me!

Then a pandemic breaks out.

And all of a sudden, I- the urban working human being- found myself confined with all my resolutions, daily stress, unanswered questions and unrealized wishes trying to survive.

Yet, despite the literal heartbreak I feel following the news everyday of people dying, coupled with the fear of the unknown awaiting, a strong clinging to life erupts. Life and death have always coincided and always will, and it's because of death, life is so precious.

So I guess 2020 is still a year of relaunch. It's an opportunity for those who will survive to reassess their lives and stop compromising and start the hard work of knowing themselves, of not settling for less than what they deserve, of challenging the predesigned convictions, and of avoiding procrastination so when the time comes, and it will come, pandemic or not, they shall be ready to perish with full hearts.

To be honest, it is a bit of a struggle for my mental health; I don't think I'll ever be the same if I were given a little bit more of life. Constantly worrying about the people I love has become the new source of daily stress. Nonetheless, this pandemic has all of us thinking about the one thing we all tend to forget, the bliss and miracle of being alive.

We all have been lamenting the loss of normalcy, wishing for a glimpse of our past lives, using all human survival tactics to pass day after another until this crisis is over.

Isolation has always been for the strong; it's where prophets, believers and intellectuals find their calling, and it's an opportunity for us now to assess our life journeys and set the new resolutions.

Some of these for me would be:

1- Survival – Never take a day for granted

2- Family - They are the true assets of life

3- Gratitude – We are on a journey with an expiry date, make it count

4-Kindness – Only kind people are allowed in my life. It applies to myself. At this point, a tender easy going companion who understands the hardship we have been through is what we all need right now. No room for drama.

5- Self discovery/love – Do what makes you happy. It's a long path but self love will get me through it

Finally, may all those who passed rest in eternal tranquility and peace, and may all those who will survive make the best of their lives. Stay strong.]]>
4/4/2020 12:23:25 PM
<![CDATA[Forbes Chooses Maha Nagy Among Top 50 Impactful Marketing in Middle East]]>
Forbes has chosen Maha Nagy based on Orange’s most successful advertising campaigns during the last period, especially “Neighbors” during Ramadan 2018 which boosted the concept of communication between neighbors, relatives, and friends, along with “Now or Never” campaign during the World Cup which motivated the football fans to support their national team. These campaigns had positively impacted the company’s overall performance which has been reflected on its financial results.

Nagy joined Orange Egypt in 2017 to extend her footprints in the marketing and communications field with her extensive and rich 20 years’ experience which qualified her to be among the Forbes list for the top 50 Impactful Marketing and Communications Professionals in The Middle East for 2020.

It is noteworthy that Forbes' choices considerably took into account the diversity of methods used in the marketing campaigns, such as relying on e-marketing, TV, websites and outdoors, in which Orange has succeeded unprecedentedly.
4/2/2020 1:29:46 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei releases its 2019 Annual Report]]>
"2019 was an extraordinary year for Huawei," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Despite enormous outside pressure, our team forged ahead with a singular focus on creating value for our customers. We worked hard to earn their respect and trust, as well as that of our partners around the globe. Business remains solid."

In 2019, Huawei's carrier business led the commercial rollout of 5G networks. To further commercial adoption and promote new innovation in 5G applications, the company established 5G joint innovation centers together with carriers worldwide. Huawei's RuralStar base station solutions can effectively address coverage problems in remote areas. These solutions are being used in over 50 countries and regions, bringing mobile Internet tomore than 40 million people living in remote areas. In 2019, sales revenue from Huawei's carrier business reached USD$42.5 billion, up 3.8% year-on-year.

Huawei's enterprise business continues to support the digital transformation of customers across industries as the company helps lay the foundations for the digital world. Globally, more than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner. In 2019, Huawei announced its computing strategy with the aim of cultivating fertile soil for the intelligent world to flourish. As part of this strategy, the company launched the world's fastest AI processor, the Ascend 910, and the AI training cluster Atlas 900. In 2019, sales revenue from Huawei's enterprise business reached USD$12.8 billion, up 8.6% year-on-year.

Huawei's consumer business continues to see robust growth, with a total of 240 million smartphones shipped throughout the year. The company reports further progress in developing the Seamless AI Life ecosystem across all scenarios and devices, including personal computers, tablets, wearables, and smart screens. In 2019, sales revenue from Huawei's consumer business reached USD$66.9 billion, up 34% year-on-year.

"The external environment will only get more complicated going forward," Xu cautioned. "We need to keep enhancing the competitiveness of our products and services, promoting open innovation, and creating greater value for our customers and society at large. This is the only way we can seize the historic opportunities presented by the digital and intelligent transformation of industries, and maintain robust growth in the long run."

All financial statements in the 2019 Annual Report were independently audited by KPMG, an international Big Four accounting firm. To download the 2019 Annual Report, visit www.huawei.com/en/press-events/annual-report/2019
4/1/2020 1:24:50 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egypt's Tourism Ministry illuminates Khufu Pyramid to send message "stay at home"]]>
Short Arabic and English sentences appeared on the pyramid's facade reading "stay at home for your own safety..Salute those protecting us."

Egypt is keen to send a message to its people and the world to stay at home and protect themselves and families, Tourism Minister Khaled Anani stressed.

Anani also sent a message of appreciation to "those protecting us and combating the pandemic.", saying "as we stay at home, doctors and medics work at hospitals to save patients and others are doing their best to safeguard us."

He wished the Egyptians and world people to be in good health.
3/31/2020 11:18:47 AM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI P40 Series Marks the Age of Visionary Photography]]>
The HUAWEI P40 Series continues the series’ heritage of imaging excellence. The large 1/1.28-inch sensor hasa binned pixel size measuring 2.44μm to massively boost light intake for enhanced low-light performance,while a new periscope design realises 10x true optical zoom.The HUAWEI P40 Series is powered by Kirin 990 5G and supports high-speed 5G and Wi-Fi 6 Plus. The advanced hardware is embedded in a beautiful and compact enclosure featuring the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display that delivers outstanding fluidity and responsiveness.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, “The HUAWEI P Series has always been about innovative aesthetics and makingpremium imaging hardware accessible, representing the very best of industrial design and technology.With an outstanding sensor, camera systems that we co-engineered with Leica, powerful chipset and HUAWEI XD Fusion Engine, the HUAWEI P40 Series exemplifies our focus and offers an all-day Super Definition experience to help consumers realise their creative vision.”

Unprecedented design
The HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+are equipped with the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display.Inspired by the art of motion, the display takes on a curvededge on all four sides,creating a shape that is reminiscent of water on the cusp of overflowing from the rim of a filled cup.The supernarrowbezelsand streamlined round corners ensure an ergonomic hold and anear borderless look, while an enhanced in-screen fingerprint reader offers 30 percent faster biometric authentication.

Available in three glossy glass finishes – Ice White, Deep Sea Blue and Black – and two innovativerefractive matte glass finishes– Blush Gold and Silver Frost, the HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 exude classical elegance from every angle. HUAWEI P40 Pro+ features an exquisite nano-tech ceramic back panel that is kilned and polished to ensure itstands the test of time with incredible durability and timeless style. This unique design comes in two iconic colours: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

An all-connected 5G powerhouse

The HUAWEI P40 Series is powered by Kirin 990 5G to deliver integrated 5G connectivity with the most comprehensive 5G band support, robust AI performance and power efficiency. Display responsiveness and gaming experience are taken to the next level by the upgraded graphics rendering engine making the most of the 90Hz panel on the HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+. The 160MHz Wi-Fi 6 Plus technology featured in the full line-up offers high-speed connectivity with support for 2,400Mbps peak theoretical transmission speed. The industry-leading 40W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge is available on the HUAWEI P40 Pro+ for fast and convenient charging. The chipset is given the thermal headroom to deliver exceptional performance by the advanced cooling systems, including the bespoke 4-in-1 SuperCool system in the HUAWEI P40 Pro+.

All-day Super Definition photography

Embedded in the HUAWEI P40 Series is the advanced Ultra Vision Leica camera system, available in triple-camera, quad-camera and penta-camera configurations. The HUAWEI P40 delivers outstanding photographic results with ultra wide-angle, wide-angle and telephoto lenses. The HUAWEI P40 Pro features an evolution of the Leica Quad Camera with a more powerful Ultra Wide Cine Camera and ToF Camera alongside 50x SuperSensing Zoom. The HUAWEI P40 Pro+ lets consumers see the unprecedented with the SuperZoom Array, which supports 10x true optical zoom and 100x maximum digital zoom.

The HUAWEI Ultra Vision Sensor included in the full HUAWEI P40 Series is Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor to date. Measuring 1/1.28 inches diagonally, it supports pixel binning to achieve a pixel size of 2.44μmand Full Pixel Octa PD AutoFocus for high-speed focus at any time of day, while theHUAWEI XD Fusion Engine integrates and processes data from multiple cameras to generate a comprehensive improvement in picture quality.

HUAWEI P40 Pro brings faraway subjects up close with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x maximum digital zoom. For the first time ever, the 5x Optical Telephoto Camera in the HUAWEI P40 Pro includes a RYYB colour filter array to boost light intake and improve quality of zoomed shots. HUAWEI P40 Pro+ has a 100x SuperZoom Array with a new periscope design that reflects light five times, extending the light path by 178 percent to support 10x true optical zoom.The optically stabilised Ultra Vision Wide Camera and SuperZoom Array work in tandem with AI to realise Triple OIS+AIS for vastly improved photo and video stabilisation.

Skin tone and texture are faithfully reproduced by a new Multi-spectrum Colour Temperature Sensor and AI AWB algorithm that boost colour accuracy by 45 percent. Deep learning algorithms provide real-time portrait optimisationsthat enhance lighting and detail. HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+have a 32MP AF Camera and IR Depth Camera that support autofocus and Bokehreproduction to deliver the same outstanding portrait effectsthat are signature to Huawei devices, as well as IR Face Unlock for device unlock even in low light conditions. HUAWEI P40 Series also introduces HUAWEI Golden Snap, which includes AI Best Moment, a new smart photographyfeature that chooses the best frames from a Moving Picture. AI Remove Passerby and AI Remove Reflection can do away with unwanted subjects and glare from the frame, allowing users to easily enhance their images after the fact.

A powerful pocket-sized video camera

The 40MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera in HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ hasa focal length that is equivalent to 18mm and a 1/1.54-inch sensorsupporting the 3:2 aspect ratio. SedecimPixel Fusion Technology is built into this camera to support 16-in-1 pixel binning, producing super pixelsthat measure 4.48μm to boost light sensitivity up to ISO51200 and enable 7680fps Ultra Slow-Motion video capture.

HUAWEI P40 Series supports real-time Bokeheffectsfor videos.Similar to the results of a wide aperture lens, this feature adds progressive Bokehto help highlight the main subject of the footage. The telephoto camera can capture high quality zoom footage as well as 4K time-lapse videos. Directional Audio Zoom, available on HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+, allows users to zoom in on an audio source and amplify its sound at the same time.

EMUI 10.1 Huawei Share and HUAWEI AppGallery

The EMUI10.1 operating system introduces a host of new features that enable a richer, more seamless AI life. Huawei Share facilitates high-speed file transfer between the smartphone and other devices such as tablets and PCs. With Huawei Share on the HUAWEI P40 Series, consumers canstream music to a smart speaker, initiate screen projection and connect to Wi-Fi by tapping the device they want to connect to with their phone. New functionality added to the Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to easily answer videoor voice calls hands-free directly through the PC, and open files and hyperlinks on the smartphone with native PC applicationsfor enhanced productivity.

Working in close collaboration with global developers, Huawei offers a wide range of global and local apps on AppGallery, Huawei’s official app marketplace. Users can also enjoy a rich library of quality entertainment media on HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Music and HUAWEI Reader, with new additions from top content providers being added on a continuous basis.

3/30/2020 5:43:44 PM
<![CDATA[Yacoub sends a message to Egyptians urging them to stay home to combat pandemic]]>
Sir Magdi pointed out that Egyptians should come together to face this pandemic and fight the virus by abiding to the recommendations of the government and never leave home unless it is an emergency, which will contribute to limiting the numbers of patients that will pressure the country’s medical resources and hence affects the health system’s efficiency in saving more lives.

Prof. Yacoub further said “We have to work together as one unit, right now, before we face a true calamity,” He has also stressed the importance of following credible sources of information about the virus from acknowledged institutions and universities to avoid rumors and hoaxes.

Furthermore, Sir Magdi applauded Egypt's ability as a country that has managed to overcome difficulties, tribulations and challenges throughout the ages, only with solidarity and cooperation between all segments of society, which promises Egypt to sail through this critical stage.]]>
3/30/2020 4:43:35 PM
<![CDATA[ITIDA to Open its Electronics Innovation Complexes for Techies to Prototype Solutions Challenging COVID-19]]>
The agency supports the ‘Wild Card’ online hackathon that called teams from across EMEA region to build different components of a response system that helps people, businesses deal with the disruption.

The three-day hackathon running from the 27th to the 29th of March, was initiated by Robusta, an Egyptian tech & product agency, and many governmental agencies and private organizations along with a well-connected network of VCs, accelerators and community outreach partners have joined to try to take on the coronavirus and challenge its global impact.

More than 100 teams have Jumped in the movement so far and started working together with a focus on finding and developing innovative solutions to support the healthcare system, business continuity, and community wellbeing areas in which solutions will be prototyped.

For its part, ITIDA has decided to contribute to this initiative through offering up its facilities to support and serve all the winning teams or startups to develop, implement and fabricate their projects in its Electronics Innovation Complexes (EIC) located in 3 governorates including Cairo at the Smart Village, Alexandra’s Borg Al-Arab Tech Park, and Asyut’s Tech Park.

ITIDA’s EIC were set up under the national presidential initiative “Egypt Makes Electronics” (EME). The Innovation complex (EIC) has 4 integrated divisions that are well equipped with development kits, tools, electronics components, measurement equipment.

The winning teams will enjoy access to a set of tools that enable them to run PCB fabrication and assembly facilities up to 4 layers. Additionally, each complex is fully equipped with industrial grade digital fabrication facilities (FABLAB) for mockup & package prototype, along with a state of the art co-working space.

ITIDA will continue to support the winning teams to bring their prototypes to the next level through its portfolio of development programs and initiatives.

Yet, ITIDA is committed to remain consistent with the guidelines of the World Health Organizations (WHO) and the Egyptian Ministry of ‘s precautions and measures that ensure the workplace is safe and guarantee the safety of its employees and visitors.]]>
3/29/2020 3:47:00 PM
<![CDATA[OLX introduces fresh solutions to protect customers, employees from COVID-19]]>
OLX’s business model depends mainly on direct interaction between people, therefore, the platform– out of its responsibility towards its community – announces its brand new delivery service and encourage its customers to follow a safety guide to protect against the COVID-19 threat.

This safety guide include a number of tips and procedures for preventing exposures to, and infection with, COVID-19.

These tips include:
- Clean and sanitize cell phones and personal computers at a daily basis.
- Avoid meeting a buyer or a seller if either is feeling certain symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and/or high body temperature.
- Sanitize the product before meeting with a buyer.
- Sanitize the purchased product before using.
- Avoid touching your face before washing your hands first.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Use e-payment services for money transactions.
- Be extra cautious when dealing in cash money.
- Avoid using public transpiration when meeting with a buyer or a seller.
- Use the OLX’s delivery service for more safety and security.?
The delivery service is also one of the services offered by OLX to facilitate the buying and selling process and provide a more comfortable and safe environment for its customers.

The service will be available for all the platform’s categories, including mobile phones, tablets, computers, cameras, kitchen equipment and gadgets, clothes, accessories and baby supplies in addition to auto parts.

The service is currently active in Cairo and Giza and will be expanded to cover all of Egypt’s governorates soon.

Users can enjoy the service by filling an online delivery form with all the data required for the delivery process such as the name, phone number and detailed address of both the seller and the buyer in addition to the product details required for delivery.

The price of the service does not exceed 50 EGP for each shipment; 5 EGP are added to each additional kilogram, provided that the value of the service is added to the price of the product in the form after filling in the data, then the delivery company deducts it from the money collected from the buyer.

The estimated delivery date for buyers is up to four working days and 3-7 working days for sellers starting from the day the buyer receives the shipment, as the shipping company will acquire the money and deliver it to the seller in cash.

General Manager of OLX Egypt Ms. Dina Gobran has stressed that the current difficult circumstances make it imperative for users to follow the safety procedures and enjoy OLX’s distinctive delivery service, which can help them complete their purchases, based on the commitment of OLX to protect and preserve the safety of its customers and employees.

Ms. Gobranfurther pointed out that OLX is working on upgrading its payment options to be easier and more flexible and facilitate operations through its platform, making it more safe and convenient.

Spanning across five continents, around 45 countries, and used by 350 million people every month, OLX build leading destinations forbuying, selling, and exchanging products and services.

OLX provides a platform for individuals locally to buy, sell or exchange commodities, products and services through a number of trademarks including OLX, Avito, Dubizzle, Let Go, Stradia, Storia,

OLX is estimated to facilitate approximately 17 million trades every month, ranging from cars and furniture to electronics and clothing.

OLX Group is powered by a team of 5,000 people, working on 17 brands, from 35 offices across five continents.

The team's mission is to improve people's lives by facilitating trade, profitable deals and creating prosperous opportunities in local communities. OLX is witnessing significant growth in the MENA region in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi ]]>
3/29/2020 2:57:00 PM
<![CDATA[The Muslim World League condemns the terrorist attacks in Nigeria and Chad]]>
The Muslim World League also expressed its strong condemnation anddenunciation of the attack that targeted the Nigerian army in the country’s north-east and resulted in dozens of dead and wounded.

The Rabita’s statement issued by His Excellency its SecretaryGeneral and Chairman of the Council of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Alissa said that these terrorist acts will only intensify the war on terrorism throughconsistency and strength, highlighting the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts to fight this scourgeintellectually and to rout its evil from its roots, along with military confrontation that has so muchembattled terrorism.

He pointed out that terrorism was founded on deviant ideology that spring to lifeintermittently, however, its complete downfall lies in exposing the truth of itsdevious ideas and dismantling all its suspicions, which are based on a systematic misconception in which enabled it to infiltrate some of its targets.

The MWL’s statement mentioned the great role played by the Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, which encompassed forty-one Muslim countries as active members of this important alliance, in addition to other supportive countries. The statement further praised its four battle-axes; namely military, intellectual and media confrontationsin addition to targeting terrorist financing through effective legislations and stern measures in mutual coordination amongst countries.

The statement also noted the vital efforts made by the international coalition against ISIS, adding that while terrorism sees those efforts tightening the noose around its neck still persists on rearing its ugly head to announce its presence through desperate criminal acts.

3/29/2020 1:13:11 PM
<![CDATA[Read in Quarantine: Egyptian initiative for COVID-19 patients to kill time]]>
The initiative aims to kill time inside the quarantine, he said, expressing his willingness to communicate with officials at the Ministry of Health to send the books to the hospitals in the correct and hygienic way.

He also affirmed that the house launched another initiative of delivering books to the clients for free.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.
3/28/2020 3:26:21 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei and Deloitte collaborate on whitepaper for combating COVID-19 with 5G]]>
The whitepaper, titled "Combating COVID-19 with 5G: Opportunities to improve public health systems", analyzes examples of COVID-19 control and treatment in China to ascertain the data demands of different stakeholders during major public emergencies. As well as presenting these findings, the report discusses how key features of 5G—such as high speed connection, large arrays of connection points, low latency and expansive data bandwidth—can synergize with big data, AI, and the Cloud technologies to enhance pandemic prevention efforts. These features can address data transmission challenges during an epidemic, as well as open up possibilities for fresh ideas and new treatment methods.

Amongst its findings, the whitepaper notes that the effectiveness of communication and data exchange has been essential in screening for infected individuals and controlling the outbreak. Robust mobile network infrastructure like 5G is also enabling continuous remote monitoring and diagnosis during patient transfers, and is supporting thermal imaging for contagion monitoring. Supporting pandemic monitoring platforms, natural disaster command centers, and remote medical consultation are three additional applications of 5G that can be taken advantage of after the rapid escalations of COVID-19.

Ultimately, healthcare systems with access to 5G connectivity have benefited from improved response times, patient monitoring, data collection and analytics, remote collaboration, and resource allocation. It sets an example for building digitalized, data-driven, and cloud-based public emergency-response platforms.

The whitepaper notes that the success of 5G applications in the public health domain could inspire businesses in other sectors to leverage 5G's popularity and explore new applications of the technology in smart city management. These may include manufacturing resource allocation to environmental protection and transportation systems maintenance.
Huawei has been leading 5G expansion in the Middle East as part of the first wave of deployments worldwide, and is focusing on vertical industry, ecosystem, and 5G talent development in 2020.
3/25/2020 1:09:44 PM
<![CDATA[Sewing machines become latest weapon against COVID-19]]>
“We are all horrified. The idea of one of my friends having to go into this situation without having any protective gear, I just can’t imagine,” said Paul. “If we can do one little thing, we’re going to do it.”

Paul is among a growing number eager to answer desperate calls from healthcare workers on social media and community forums asking for assistance in acquiring masks, gloves and other equipment needed to protect them against the pandemic that has killed at least 660 people in the United States and sickened more than 50,000.

Craig Enis, 50, works as a registered subacute nurse at Generations Healthcare in Walnut Creek, California. He said the facility is running low on surgical masks, gowns for isolation rooms, and hand sanitizer.

“N95-masks are just nonexistent right now,” he said.

Enis is afraid for himself as a healthcare worker and for his vulnerable patients, but nothing scares him more than possibly bringing home the virus to his two children.

“It’s incredibly scary because I’m a single father, and they have no choice but to be with me, so whatever I come home with, they’re exposed to,” Enis said.

A Google spreadsheet circulating online showed informal requests for almost three dozen medical facilities in the Bay Area, including the University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF), Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health. Each request described items the facilities would accept and how to deliver them.

With California under a stay-at-home order, Paul rallied volunteer sewers to help. She has posted an instructional video on YouTube, provided kits with materials, and coordinated deliveries.

“We’re all volunteering, and it just shows what a group of concerned citizens can do. We’ll probably get 100 masks out today,” said Paul, whose company, Indigo Handloom, is partnering with community members, including City College of San Francisco’s fashion department, to increase mask production.

Anne Cocquyt, 36, in San Francisco, spent the weekend collecting unused and unopened boxes of N95-masks for nurses at Kaiser. She said she felt compelled to help after hearing reports on social media that nurses were cutting up plastic bottles to use as face shields.

“That’s when we said ‘OK, we need to do something right now,’” Cocquyt said. “This is a drop in the bucket but at the same time this might be one day’s worth of supplies for the nurses in the ER.”

In a statement, Kaiser Permanente said it was working to increase its supply of protective gear as quickly as possible and develop “a process to efficiently collect, inventory, inspect, and distribute these donations.”

UCSF, meanwhile, set up three donation sites that opened on Monday. A statement called the donations critical for frontline employees.]]>
3/25/2020 8:09:42 AM
<![CDATA[ realme C3 and realme 6i Officially Takes Over the Egyptian Market with Their Great Value and Top Quality ]]>
For the first time, realme 6i is the first device of its series to launch in Egypt. Highlighting that, the double launch for realme C3 and realme 6i on the 23rd of March, followed by flash sale for realme C3 on the 24th of March at 2:00 pm on SOUQ, and the official sale will be on the 26th of March. In addition to this, realme 6i pre-order is by the 1st of April until the 6th of April, subsequently the official sale will be on the 7th of April.

Moreover, realme C3 and realme 6i are both famous as the revolutionary gaming monsters of the season. realme C3 and 6i have been recognized for their unique slogan of “Unleash the Gaming Monster”. realme C3 has been released at a valuable price of 2290 EGP and will be available on souq.com for 2190 EGP, during the flash sale. Meanwhile, realme 6i is considered to be the best choice smartphone given its two distinctive editions. The 4+64 GB priced at 2890 EGP; and the 4+128 GB priced at 3390 EGP. Respectively both editions will be available for pre-order on Souq.com for 2790 EGP whilst the second for 3290 EGP.

"realme is committed to enabling young people to experience great products with affordable prices and enjoy a happy life with advanced technology and unique modern design" said Joseph Wang, General Manager of realme Middle East and Africa Operations.

With two stylish colors, Blazing Red and Frozen Blue comes realme C3, featuring AI Triple Rear Camera, 5000 mAh battery, 6.5” HD+ Mini-drop Fullscreen with world’s first MediaTek Helio G70. Plus, its fast charger that supports reverse charging as a power bank, realme C3 is available in the Egyptian market with one edition of 3 GB ROM and 64 GB RAM.

realme C3 is a superstar in 4 key areas - Performance, Battery, Display, and Camera. As a first in its segment, the C3 features the world’s first MediaTek Helio G70 processor which will ensure powerful and speedy performance for both mainstream users and gamers, alike, it will be the game monster.

As for the realme 6i smartphone features comes with a 6.5-inch full screen, a Quad camera with AI technology, 48 Megapixels, and a 5000 mAh battery, which is the first smartphone in the world to come with the MediaTek Helio G80 processor. Also, it has a fast flash charger of 18 watts, and it is available in two editions 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM; and 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM.

Furthermore, realme 6i were artfully designed following a peculiar design philosophy that combines classic and elegance designed by a Japanese designer - Naoto Fukazawa, who brought to life the two simple and clear colors, inspired by white milk and green tea.

The realme 6i specializes in its powerful quad-camera system, each camera of which is carried out its respective function and collaborates closely with others, resulting in striking photo experience and fun.

Particularly, the ultimately clear 48MP main camera boost to produce clear and beautiful
photos. Along with a 5000mAh massive battery, realme’s largest battery, it can certainly come to have the longest battery life. All these powerful features will be positioned at the best choice under 3K EGP.

3/24/2020 4:10:08 PM
<![CDATA[New HUAWEI nova 7i delivers accessible fun to young consumers]]>
Incorporating stunning design, innovative rear quad-camera, large battery and powerful Kirin 810 Chipset that enhance the user experience, HUAWEI nova 7i offers a high value proposition for a young generation of consumers who love to play, capture and share.
Designed for young consumers, the HUAWEI nova 7i is equipped with a quad-camera system that sits in a unique, trend-setting matrix arrangement at the rear.

The quad-camera system on HUAWEI nova 7i supports Super Night Mode – letting users snap great night photos on the go, without using a tripod. For videos, HUAWEI nova 7isupports a powerful AI Video Editor that can be used to add background music and trim footage, making it easier for users to create social media-friendly content wherever they are.

For smartphone chips, manufacturing process directly affects its performance and power consumption. Kirin 810 is manufactured with the industry-leading 7nm process. Compared with 8nm chips, Kirin 810 has a 50% higher transistor density and offers 20% lower power consumption, delivering excellent performance and power efficiency.

A high speed 8GB RAM perfectly unleashes the CPU's and GPU's powerful performance. Whether for launching apps, editing videos, or running resource intensive games, users can enjoy an uninterrupted experience.

Always primed for action, the smartphone also packs a high-capacity 4200mAh battery with support for the TüV Rheinland-certified 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge solution. it can be charged to 70% in just 30 minutes.

The front camera on the HUAWEI nova 7i comes with Super Night Selfie 2.0 to capture stunning selfies across all lighting conditions. Tapping into advanced AI algorithms, the camera optimises both the subject and the background to help users take gorgeous selfies with minimal effort.

Pre-installed with EMUI10, the HUAWEI nova 7i is loaded with smart features that are all presented in an intuitive, user-friendly UI. A new magazine layout re-arranges multiple UI elements for better readability. Dark Mode has been re-engineeredaccording to human eye ergonomics to deliver improved text legibility, reading comfort and overall consistency across the UI.

3/23/2020 3:32:47 PM
<![CDATA[Online tutors boosting incomes as demand surges due to coronavirus lockdowns]]>
Since the coronavirus took a hold in China at the start of this year and forced schools and offices to shut down, thousands of Filipino teachers are cashing on overtime as grade schoolers and professionals in China, Japan and beyond turn lockdowns into opportunities to better their English.

One of only a few countries in Asia that can combine affordable e-learning with an ample supply of teachers and strong English proficiency, the Philippines is uniquely placed to absorb demand in Asia for Internet language classes.

Online platforms like 51Talk of China Online Education Group (COE.N) and RareJob Philippines, and a host of smaller local Philippine outfits, have seen demand and usage soar since February, bucking the devastating effect on the world’s economies from coronavirus, which has infected more than 337,500 people and killed more than 14,500.

“I usually have 20 classes every day, so I could meet the demand of the great number of students nowadays,” said De Leon, 22, who works for 51Talk.

“I take that opportunity to give them a fun and fruitful distraction because I know they’re stressed, worried.”

De Leon is currently now working from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., without a day off.

51Talk charges around 45 yuan ($6.36) per 25-minute session, with teachers earning around 130 pesos ($2.53) per hour.

China shut down its schools in February to contain infections. More than two dozen countries followed suit, sending more than 290 million children and youths out of school, data from UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural agency, showed.

“More and more, the safe way to continue learning is to go online,” said Jennifer Que, country head of 51Talk , which has 20,000 partner-teachers in the Philippines.

Many online teachers in the Philippines typically work from home, which has insulated them from the home quarantine measures that have devastated businesses and restricted tens of millions in the Philippines, which has nearly 400 confirmed cases.

Shares in the $419-million China Online Education has surged 154% year-to-date, compared to the NYSE composite index's .NYA 34% slump in the same period.

Other e-learning firms like TAL Education Group (TAL.N), New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc (EDU.N) and GSX Techedu Inc (GSX.N) have seen their shares rally up to 24%, 17% and 112%, respectively, notably at the height of the school closures in mid-February.

RareJob, which has around 6,000 Filipino tutors and specializes in the Japan market, saw its users nearly double to 800,000 since February, CEO Gaku Nakamura told Reuters. Japan shut down its schools last month to halt the coronavirus spread.

“In these kinds of situation, parents do not want their kids to go out,” Nakamura said, adding that RareJob’s monthly fee of $60 for Japanese students and $100 for business-level English is cheaper by up to 40 times versus learning centers in Japan.

Japanese teenagers form the bulk of Kristine Concepcion’s 26 daily students.

“I’m happy to be of service in this situation and I admire them for still choosing to learn,” said Concepcion, a RareJob tutor of five years, who uses candy, Astroboy and stuffed toys to keep her child students engaged.

But not everywhere can cope, including the southern city of Davao, which has a backoffice industry comprising 50,000 mostly call centre agents, but no more than 300 home-based online tutors.

“We could not meet the demand,” said Samuel Matunog, president of the industry group, ICT Davao. “Every day, we are asked if we still have a supply of teachers.”

Regardless of whether school and work shutdowns will continue for much longer, online learning firms are hoping to leave a lasting impression on an underserved market.

51Talk wants to engage 100,000 Filipino tutors by 2025 or earlier and hopes its teachers will get good ratings and referrals after the surge in customers to ensure demand after coronavirus containment measures are over.

“Of course we don’t want this outbreak to last a long time but this is the best moment. If teachers do their best, even after things normalize, students will look for them,” said country head Que.
3/23/2020 10:44:55 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Watch GT2 Rose Gold - The perfect watch for a lady]]>
One of the biggest knocks on first-gen watches was the battery life and thankfully this time, the GT 2 has killer battery life, lastingfor up to 2 weeks of day/night use. On one hand, this improvement is due to their use of the Kirin A1 chip to power the experience, but on the other hand, it is also a result of a watch that’s focused on tracking your health and sporting activities.

Huawei Watch GT2 is equipped with a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with high-precision touch sensitivity, protected by a 3D glass, a novelty in the smartwatch sector. The Kirin A1 chip, the first specifically developed by Huawei for wearable devices, ensures high operating performance and reduces energy consumption, to the extent of having the capability of fully function for 2 weeks using a single charge.

The watch includes high advanced technologies for real-time monitoring of all activity, steps, real-time heart rate, sleep, stress and weight (needs input). One of the most important features is the sleep feedback as it breaks it down into REM / Light etc and gives you a score. It has Trusleep 2.0 sleep tracking and TruRelax, monitoring your heart throughout.

One can also manage his/her music which is very useful when going for a run or perform any sort of exercise. Other functions include changing the watch face, although having slightly limited choiceslimited.The Huawei GT2 also contains call, texting and email links to your phone. This can be useful if you are away from your phone in meetings, which can help into conducting clear conversations using the watch. ]]>
3/22/2020 6:04:42 PM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI nova: A New Star on the Scene]]>
Stars burn, fizzle out, and reform over the course of millions, or even billions of years.In the fast-moving smartphone market, however, this cycle of rebirth and reinvention occurs within a much quicker timeframe.

Over the past three years, the HUAWEI novaseries has been the new star that shines the brightest, furnishing cutting-edge Huawei capabilities, including flagship-level Kirin chips, GPU Turbo technology, powerful battery life, and riveting features through a stylish, youthful filter.

HUAWEI nova3
Indeed, the series' dazzling designs have made it a sensation among young consumers, with skyrocketing global sales. HUAWEI nova has assumed its place alongside the more established Pand Mate series, blazing a trail as a pioneering smartphone with a distinctive aura.But unlike the distant stars in the night skywhich represent powerful forces beyond the reach of humanity, HUAWEI nova puts star-like qualitiesfully within our grasp!

A Wholly New Selfie Experience
HUAWEI nova smartphones pack top-notch hardware and computing to back up their burgeoning reputation. As futuristic AI photography and enhanced front cameras have helped drive the current golden era of selfie photography, a phenomenon that has only been accelerated by the presence of social media, each new generation of HUAWEI nova phones has packed innovative hardware.

A beauty algorithm provides the cherry on top, elevating nova selfies into works of art. Painstakingly developed, advanced facial mapping models have enabled the rapid progression from simple nude makeupeffects, to 3Dbeautification, to AI micro-adjustments. The latter furnishes finely-tuned, professional-level effects that accentuate the natural beauty of any subject, integrating the fleetingjoys of youthwith the timeless nature of photography.

Lighting the Way to a Brighter Future
For many young people, smartphones have become more than just fun and functional devices, but as the extension of the user's personality. Design is now more important than ever, as many people now buy phones as an expression of independence, and to take part in an unconventional user experience. Huawei's bold aesthetics meet such demands for out-of-the-box designs that stand out from the ordinary.

From the candy-reminiscent color schemes on the nova 2s, to the nova 3's purple and blue tones, and the intricate double-layer of reflective film on the nova 4, HUAWEI nova has always been at the forefront of design innovation. This trendsetting nature and unrelenting commitment to reinvention matches the ethos of young consumers in 2019, who take smartphones for granted as essential in daily life, but still desire new and novel ways to interact with their devices.

HUAWEI nova 3, Primrose Gold edition

A Strong "Core"to Power Boundless Leisure
Packed with high-performing Kirin chips and revolutionary GPU Turbo graphics processing technology, Huawei nova smartphones serve aspremium gaming devices. Their proprietary Histen sound effects provide for lifelike and immersive gameplay, making a nova phone user the life of any party. And that in essence, is what HUAWEI nova is all about: making every user the center, around which their world orbits.

A new Super Nova is coming
It is rumored that Huawei will be bringing the new HUAWEI Nova 7i to the Egyptian market soon. Running on Androidwith EMUI 10, the new smartphone will support users favorite and most popular apps.
3/22/2020 5:54:46 PM
<![CDATA[Orange Egypt Renews its Partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Egypt ]]>
In line with Orange Egypt's strategy and Egypt vision for 2030 that focuses on digital transformation and financial inclusion projects, Orange is providing Coca-Cola with the latest digital services that will assist the company in having an efficient administrative system such as GPS tracking service for Coca Cola fleet vehicles and coolers tracking service enabling Coca Cola to have a real time tracking for products in the market, thus saving energy and reduce operational costs.
According to the partnership agreement, Orange Egypt will be providing Orange Cash services to Coca-Cola traders and distributors that will help in getting their business done quickly, reducing Coca Cola cash transactions and increasing operating efficiencies, including less paperwork, better transparency and accountability via the electronic records.
Adding to this, Orange Egypt will provide Coca-Cola Egypt’s employees and customers an access to free & speedy Wi-Fi network in all the main branches food courts and waiting areas throughout Egypt. Orange also offers the bulk SMS service that enable Coca Cola to launch successful marketing campaigns and reaching out to existing and new customers.

Moreover, Orange Egypt, in cooperation with Orange Labs, has designed and developed an advanced human resources application tailored for Coca Cola’s employees whereby they can check out their salaries, submit vacation requests, and follow up on their work in addition to other benefits offered by their company.

Orange has also provided Coca-Cola and all its affiliates including employees and their families with more than 55,000 lines with a tailored voice services and data bundles.

In a ceremony held by the two companies, the partnership agreement was signed by Eng. Shaker, CEO and Managing Director of Orange Egypt, and Eng. Ahmed Al-Afifi, CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Egypt in the presence of senior officials of the two companies and representatives of the press and media.

For his part, Eng. Ahmed El Afifi, CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt commented:” Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt and Orange have had a successful partnership. Throughout the last 2 years, I can say that the two giants, Coca-Cola Egypt and Orange Egypt, managed to have one of the most successful partnership models in the market. The Partnership resulted in boosting productivity through enabling our employees to call each other free of charge, in addition to some advanced digital services, commercial solutions, and services provided by Orange Egypt.

“I would like to recognize Orange as our business partner for the next two years and I am looking forward to successful business relationship,” Afifi added.

On this occasion, Eng. Yasser Shaker, CEO and Managing Director of Orange Egypt, said: “Renewing the cooperation with a giant company like Coca-Cola reflects their confidence in Orange Egypt and we value this confidence and will work on maintaining this partnership throughout the upcoming years.”

Shaker also praised the strong relationship between Orange and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt, stressing that Orange will provide the best smart digital services and integrated management solutions that increase productivity and companies’ profitability and growth.

3/19/2020 2:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[Facebook launches COVID Information Center]]>
It includes real-time updates from national health authorities and global organizations such as the World Health Organization, as well as helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

People can also follow the Coronavirus Information Center to receive updates from health authorities directly in their News Feed. And starting in the US, people will see features to help them connect with local groups and ask for or offer help within their community.

"We’re rolling out the information center in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the US within the next 24 hours, and we’ll expand it to more countries in the coming days," Facebook said on its website]]>
3/19/2020 11:54:20 AM
<![CDATA[Nintendo online gaming network back after major outage]]>
"The issue with our network services has now been fixed. Thank you for your patience!" tweeted Nintendo on its European Twitter account, with similar messages posted on its other accounts.

The hours-long outage affected its online games but also its e-shop, which was offline for a shorter period.

Nintendo has not specified the reason for either outage, which came after other online game systems including Microsoft's Xbox Live dealt with problems related to increased demand.

The outage affected people using the popular Nintendo Switch console as well as its 3DS and Wii U models.

Nintendo's original Switch console, a hybrid that can be used for handheld play or hooked up to a screen at home, has become a huge global seller.

It is entering its fourth year. Last September, Nintendo also launched a scaled-back, cheaper version of the console, called Switch Lite, which is a strictly handheld device. Its sales have also been solid.

Online there was despair at the outage, which comes as people around the world find themselves confined to their homes to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

"Only a few days into the coronavirus self-isolation and Nintendo servers are already down... oh dear god," tweeted one frustrated user.

3/18/2020 7:27:04 AM
<![CDATA[et reviews tips to keep your mobile phone clean]]>
Here are some tips to keep your personal tool clean:

Do not keep your mobile phone and the tissue/ wipes in the same pocket.

Use earphones to reduce the chance of a virus moving from the phone to your face.

Avoid using public computers in Internet cafes or offices.

Clean your phone with soap and water if your phone is waterproof.

Clean the computer and the headphone with a sufficient amount of hand sanitizer and wipes.

Wash your hands with soap and water after cleaning the tools.

Don't touch someone else's phone and avoid giving your tools to others.
3/17/2020 4:56:08 PM
<![CDATA[Learn about self-isolation measures to control coronavirus]]>

- The infected person must not leave the house during the entire period of isolation.

- Clean and ventilate the house, and avoid all visits and social activities.

- The isolation must continue 14 days from the date of the last direct or indirect contact with the cases infected with the emerging coronavirus.

- The infected person should wear a mask that fits the face, especially when dealing with a family member, and dispose of it after use by placing it inside a closed bag and throwing it in the trash.

- Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing with a tissue and dispose of it by placing it in a closed bag and throwing it into the trash.

- Wash the hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or massage hands with an alcohol cleanser.

- Eat meals separately from family members, and follow a balanced diet.

- Drink warm water instead of cold drinks.

- Do not share with the family the use of personal household items such as dishes, cups or towels.

- Your well-used tools should be washed with soap and water, and rubber gloves should be worn during washing.

- All surfaces that are frequently touched such as computers, door handles, home phones, and toiletries should be cleaned

- Do not take too much antibiotics.

- The temperature of the isolated individual should be monitored every 8 hours if symptoms of heavy breathing, diarrhea or high body temperature appear.

- In the event of getting one or all of the symptoms of the disease, call the hotline (105), or go to the hospital immediately to conduct the necessary medical examination, and avoid public transportation and crowded places.

- Stay at least two meters away if you need to mix with family members.

- Use a separate room and bathroom if available.

3/16/2020 1:12:13 PM
<![CDATA[UAE cancels events, flights as central bank announces coronavirus fiscal plan]]>
Attractions such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and the Ferrari World theme park will be closed from March 15-31, the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said, while the country’s civil aviation authority indefinitely suspended flights to and from Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iraq from March 17.

The UAE, which has reported 85 coronavirus infections but no deaths, and other Gulf Arab states are intensifying measures to halt the virus as the number of cases rises. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have taken the most drastic steps, cancelling all international flights.

Dubai, the UAE’s regional business and transit hub, said it was cancelling all events planned in March and asked hotels to stop hosting wedding celebrations. Some shops have voluntarily closed to boost containment efforts.

In the capital, Abu Dhabi, cinemas, arcades and entertainment venues have been shuttered, state news agency WAM reported.

Seeking to soften the impact of the shutdowns on key sectors such as tourism and transportation, the central bank said its program would help banks and companies weather the crisis.

Saudi Arabia also announced $13 billion to support small and medium enterprises.

Saudi Arabia, which reported 17 new cases on Saturday bringing its total to 103, said two-week flight suspensions would start on Sunday, while Kuwait did not specify a length for its grounding which began on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has already suspended the Umrah pilgrimage and locked down its eastern Qatif region where many infections are located. On Saturday, it also closed popular family entertainment zones located inside many shopping malls.

Health ministry spokesman Mohammed Abdelali urged the population of 30 million to avoid gathering in public, minimize movements and stay at home as much as possible.

“(Such) measures slow the growth of cases so that we can control it, while the countries that take delayed measures experience fast growth which the health systems cannot deal with,” he told reporters.


The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a group of six oil-rich Arab monarchies which also includes Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, has reported nearly 900 coronavirus cases, mostly in people who had traveled to Iran or who been infected by visitors to Iran.

No deaths have been reported in the GCC, unlike Iran where the toll rose by nearly 100 on Saturday to 611, out of 12,729 total infections.

Oman, with the lowest number of infections in the region at 20, said on Saturday all schools and educational institutions would close for a month, a precaution also taken by other GCC states and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and Oman canceled all sporting events until further notice, state media said.

The UAE will stop issuing visas, except for foreign diplomats, from March 17, WAM reported, citing immigration authorities.

Qatar will halt the issuance of visas upon arrival to a number of European nationalities from Sunday, the government communication office said, while the Qatar Olympic Committee suspended all local sports activities until March 29.

Qatar confirmed 17 new infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 337, the highest in the GCC, followed by Bahrain with 211 and Kuwait with 104.

FILE PHOTO: General view of The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Gulf health authorities have stepped up pleas to avoid gatherings and are sanitizing public places.

Police in Kuwait used drones fitted with loudspeakers to urge people on the streets to avoid gathering. Health Minister Basel Al-Sabah said on state television: “I urge you by God to stay at home.”

The competing sides in Yemen’s civil war announced airport closures including in the capital Sana’a, a measure that will affect flights operated by United Nations organizations taking part in humanitarian relief efforts.

3/15/2020 12:12:53 PM
<![CDATA[Mountain View Announces Expansion in 2020 in Egyptian Local Market]]>
“Mountain View owns a large private land bank in the West Cairo region, which amounts to 800 acres, divided over 4 projects, making it one of Mountain View’s most strategic areas for the developer’s expansion plans. Mountain View also strives to maintain the highest environmental specifications in all its projects, applying the latest smart solutions that separates the movement of individuals in residential areas from cars to create a safer society. It also provides solutions to support smart infrastructure ensuring the highest speed and quality of communications and support information technology within the projects. Additionally, the projects enjoy vast green areas that provide owners with utmost comfort and peace of mind,” stated Mountain View CEO, Engineer Amr Soliman.

Eng. Soliman further stressed, “The step of establishing a new project in the west reflects our capabilities that live up to the confidence and trust granted to us by the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Housing that selected us to implement this project. Through this new project, we renew our commitment towards our clients and their needs. We also confirm our commitment to create more real estate products that provide owners with the best quality ever.”

Mountain View’s latest project in 6 October City is established over 70 acres within iCity, and displays new and modern designs according to the latest ones adopted in global cities. It is also located in the heart of 6 October City and in close proximity to most attractive and vital destinations; only two minutes away from the Shooting Club, Mall of Arabia and Juhayna Square.

Mountain View’s land portfolio is one of the largest land portfolios in the Egyptian real estate market, which caters to the company’s plans to offer more projects that reached 15 projects nationwide. Ten of these projects are livable communities, which will serve more than 12 thousand families by end of 2020

3/12/2020 1:13:21 PM
<![CDATA[Sweden affirms its commitment to boost cooperation with Egypt in technology fields]]>
The event was organized in cooperation with the Swedish Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Ericsson and Tradeline Egypt (Authorized Apple reseller to the Egyptian market).

The first day of the event included an interactive technology workshop for 27 Egyptian girls (12 to 15 years old) from Degla Valley Language School, in which they were able to explore coding and different ways of using sensors and lasers to control colors and light. The result was an inspiring artwork that mixes technology and colors.
In addition, Ericsson delivered a workshop to the students about Artificial Intelligence and innovation to encourage the girls to learn more about Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT).

On the second day of Tekla, a panel discussion where various experts from the business and public sectors along with renowned academics addressed the problem of underrepresentation of women and girls in technology and discussed possible ways of increasing their engagement in STEM related education and careers.


The panel included Noha Khater the CEO and founder of Al Mouneer, Egypt’s first Diabetic Eye Care Centre, Waleed El-Ramly, the Head of Business at Wuzzuf, Randa El Sawi, News and Media Director of Ericsson Middle East and North Africa and Sherif Al Kassas, Science and Engineering professor at The American University in Cairo.

The panel also included Yasmin Moustafa, a 22-year old Egyptian environmental engineering scientist who won the 2015 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for her earth and environmental sciences project. In 2016 her name was given to an asteroid discovered by NASA.

“I am very glad to host Tekla at the Swedish Embassy in Cairo. This is the first time a Tekla workshop and panel are hosted in Africa or the Middle East. Our message is that we need more women in technology and science. For example, only 30 % of the researchers in the world are women. We hope that the young generation, many of which we have had join us for Tekla, will increase this number in the future,” said H.E. Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt and EU Gender Champion for Egypt.

He continued “Egypt is a fantastic country of 100 million people and half of them are women, and during my two and half year in Egypt I have met so many strong, talented and ambitious Egyptian women in both business and government”.

Sameh Shoukry, Country Manager of Ericsson Egypt said: "Ericsson Egypt's celebration of International Women's Day this year will be through holding events and workshops in cooperation with experts from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), with the aim of achieving added value for the participating girls. We believe in the need to achieve gender equality, as well as the need to provide a platform for discussion about challenges facing women such as stereotypes and rules that cause imbalances between the sexes with respect to science, technology and innovation, in a bid to find solutions through dialogue and training."

Aya Ghoneim, Business Development Educational Manager at Tradeline said that “Tradeline sponsored the event as part of our belief in women’s powerful role in all fields, specially technology and education. We had the honor to provide the workshop with iPads to help the young girls in learning the basics of programming and preparing them for the future”.

The event comes as a part of the Embassy of Sweden’s ongoing cooperation with Egypt in the fields of education and women’s empowerment. In December 2019, the Embassy together with the Swedish Business Community in Egypt with additional support from IKEA and Oriflame partnered with the Shagara initiative, to create a green – outdoor – classroom in Al Qanater Modern School (Al-Qalyubiya governorate), to alleviate the challenge of crowded classrooms and to create a green space for the students. The project included renovating the school’s roof, planting grass and flowers and building a space for outdoor teaching (when the weatherpermits). As Ambassador Thesleff mentioned at the inauguration of the project “if children learn to take care of nature and their surroundings, they also learn to take care of themselves”.

3/10/2020 2:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei launches one of the top three app distribution platforms]]>
Huawei’s vision is to make HUAWEI AppGallery an open, innovative app distribution platform that is accessible to consumers, while it strictly protects users’ privacy and security and provides them with a unique and smart experience.

Huawei has hundreds of millions of users worldwide, laying a solid foundation for the development of the ecosystem. Together with HMS Core, which opens a variety of Huawei software and hardware capabilities, Huawei is enroute to providing an innovative application experience for users. The company has invested in more than 3,000 engineers to develop apps for the HUAWEI AppGallery and invested US$1 billion in developer incentives.

Huawei has also deployed a series of privacy security measures oriented to all life scenarios, tailored to diverse, intelligent lifestyle needs, and in accordance with the promise "Privacy, under your control".

A Trusted Platform based on User-Controlled Privacyfor top quality apps:
The new HUAWEI AppGallerydeploys the highest level of verification to isolate and protect users’ sensitive data and privacy. Personally-sensitive information – such as biometric data – will never be processed outside the Huawei device, giving the user complete control over their personal data . EMUI lets users have control over app user permission. More importantly, all user data is also anonymised and stored locally, corresponding to each user’s region.In addition all apps go through a stringent verification test to prevent developers’ apps from malicious activity. The platform has also implemented an app rating system worldwide.

In order to cater to user demands, Huawei is constantly working on increasing the selection of top apps that have become a necessity for users’ digital lifestyle, be itglobal or local applications. The platform currently segments applications across 18 categories news, social media, entertainment and more which can be easily found. If there is an app that users can’t find, they can add it to the ‘Wishlist’, which will notify them once the app is available.

Optimized for Huawei devicesand Quick Apps feature
HUAWEI AppGallery comes pre-installed in the devices.Apps downloaded from theplatform are optimized to work on Huawei devices, providing an incredible on-device capability,mutually-reinforcing interactions between software and hardware resources.

Co-developed by Huawei and]]>
3/9/2020 11:00:53 AM
<![CDATA[Iditarod race starts with pageantry and focus on preventing disease spread]]>
The 11-mile trot through Alaska’s biggest city was merely ceremonial, intended as a low-stress event where mushers could mingle with Iditarod fans. Timed competition for the 1,000-mile race is set to begin Sunday afternoon from a frozen lake in Willow, a community north of Anchorage, and the winner is expected at the finish line in Nome about nine days after that.

For racer Sean Underwood, Saturday’s pageantry was anything but routine.

Underwood, a 28-year-old from Atlanta, is a dog handler working for four-time champion Jeff King. At the start line on Saturday, he found himself in his boss’s snowboots. King was knocked out of competition Monday night by emergency surgery for a perforated intestine; Underwood, who had been planning to race his first Iditarod next year, got special permission to run King’s team to Nome.

“It’s been a pretty wild week,” said Underwood, whose Saturday morning preparations were interrupted several times by reporters seeking interviews.

He said the deep snow on the trail this year is likely to slow the pace and give lots of opportunities for rest, but he has few expectations beyond that.

“I’ll figure that out in about 10 days,” he said. “I feel like I’m about as prepared as you can be with five days’ notice.”

Another unexpected feature of this year’s race is a special focus on preventing the spread of disease, which the race managers are undertaking as the novel coronavirus epidemic spreads. Although no cases have been reported yet in Alaska, race officials have received special briefings from state officials.

In at least one Native village along the race trail, Koyuk, residents were worried about Iditarod crowds bringing in the coronavirus, said four-time champion Martin Buser.

“Once we get there, hopefully, their fears of spreading the virus have ebbed a little bit,” he said.

Running water and wastewater-treatment services are not always available in some parts of rural Alaska, but Buser said he tries to demonstrate good hygiene as much as possible along the Iditarod Trail.

“You will see me doing dishes anyway, anywhere there is running water,” he said. “I will continue doing that, not just for myself but for the people watching.”

Concerns about communicable diseases are part of the history of the Iditarod Trail. The race, which has been run since 1973, commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that sent life-saving diphtheria medicine by sled-dog relay to Nome.

Among this year’s field are mushers from Norway, including 2018 champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Italy, Canada and Denmark.

The winner will receive a prize of about $55,000 and a new pickup truck. The monetary prize is smaller than in past years; the Iditarod has lost several corporate sponsors, a trend for which animal-rights activists take credit. Groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have condemned the Iditarod as cruel.

There was a group of local PETA activists holding protest signs at the race start line on Saturday. There was also a counter-protest. Anchorage mural painter Richard “Ziggy” Zeigler, wearing a big fur hat, stood in front of the PETA group and repeatedly called out: “Support the Iditarod! Ask PETA to go home!”]]>
3/8/2020 12:32:49 PM
<![CDATA[Animal mascots take to the catwalk for Stella McCartney show]]>
People dressed in fox, crocodile and cow costumes stole the show during the joyous finale, eliciting smiles from A-list guests including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and actress Shailene Woodley.

McCartney has long been known for her environmentally-friendly approach and was one of the first major designers to shun animal-related products - a cause many others have since taken up, though rarely in such a tongue-in-cheek manner.

“There has never been a time when we have had more hope in ending fashion’s use of fur and leather - a practice that is cruel to the animals and harmful to the planet,” McCartney said in the show notes.

A pioneer in using recycled fabrics, the designer uses vegan leather in her latest collection, including a perforated raincoat and long, amber-brown jackets.

Models showcased fluffy outerwear and comfortable dresses, with many featuring lumberjack and checked prints. Some coats were even shaggier, and appeared to be clad in mini-dreadlocks.

High-collar cloaks, utilitarian tunics and slouchy suits also made an appearance while McCartney’s tailoring mixed feminine and masculine codes in an androgynous and minimalist style.

In some of the most ready-to-party looks, McCartney offered silky and fluid gowns embellished with luxurious metallic beaded designs, presented in the corridors of the sumptuous Opera Garnier.

Gold or silver animal jewelry including necklaces and brooches added an eccentric touch to some outfits.

The Stella McCartney brand has joined forces with French luxury goods group LVMH, after a long-running partnership with the conglomerate’s rival
3/3/2020 1:04:07 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei reveals HUAWEI app Gallery’s Visionto BuildA Secure, Reliable Mobile apps Ecosystem]]>
Enter HUAWEI AppGallery– the official app distribution platform ofHuawei, providing a new alternative to its users. As atop 3 app marketplace globally,HUAWEI AppGallery is now available in over 170 countries/regions with 400 million monthly active users (MAUs), covering mainstream apps and services worldwide.

Vision of a Top 3 App Marketplace Globally

“‘Privacy, under your control’ has always been at the heart of our philosophy,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group commented, “We place privacy protection and cyber security as the top priorities of all our business operations and strictly implement them in all phases of our products. We also have the strictest privacy and cyber security solutions in HUAWEI AppGallery. ”

Huaweihas hundreds of millions of users worldwide, laying a solid foundation for the development of the ecosystem. Together with HMS Core, which opensa variety of Huawei software and hardware capabilities, Huawei is enroute to providing the best and innovative application experiencefor users.

For a brand that rose sharply to rank 10th place Brand Finance's 2020 annual global brand value ranking, nothing seems impossible. In fact, Huawei has invested in more than 3,000 engineers on ecosystem engineering. The brand also provides one-stop operational support for developers worldwide, as well as funding such as the “Shining-Star” program to incentivise innovation.

HUAWEI AppGallery Is A Trusted Platform Where Users Can Download Apps
HUAWEI AppGallery comes with full-cycle security and protection, including developer real-name verification and four-step review processfor secure app operation. All apps go through a stringent verification test to prevent developers’ apps from malicious activity. It has an age-rating system to create a safe environment for children, filtering out apps that are not suitable for their age range.

AppGallery deploys the highest level of verification to isolate and protect users’ sensitive data and privacy. Personally-sensitive information – such as biometric data – will never be processed outside the Huawei device, giving the user complete control over their personal data . EMUI lets users have control over app user permission. More importantly, all user data is also anonymised and stored locally, corresponding to each user’s region.

HUAWEI AppGallery is the destination for quality apps for Huawei device users.
Huawei is continuously working on increasing the selection of top appsthat have become a staple of its users’ digital lifestyle, including both popular global applications and quality localised applications our users have come to love and depend on.HUAWEI AppGallery segments applications across 18 categories, including news, social media, entertainment and more, all searchable with a simple and smooth browsing experience. If there’s an app users can’t find, all they have to do is submit the desired app name to a ‘Wishlist’. Once this app goes on-shelf, the user who submitted it via ‘Wishlist’ will be notified.

Huawei is also committed to creating the best user experience by providing quality apps. In its latest content partnership, Huawei has collaborated with News UK, one of the UK’s biggest media companies, to bring the most accurate and updated news to Huawei users. Huawei users will get to enjoy access to daily articles, radio shows and exclusive content on their Huawei devices, bringing greater convenience to users’ smart lifestyles.

“I think this is a really good long-term partnership we can have with Huawei. I feel there’s a lot more innovation we can do and really drive forward amazing customer experiences on that devices,” said Christina Scott, Chief Technology Officer of News UK.

Apps downloaded fromHUAWEI AppGallery are optimized to work on Huawei devices, providing incredible on-device capability. The key enabler is HUAWEI HiAI, an open AI capability platform for smart devices, which pools software and hardware resources from different devices and facilitates collaborative, mutually-reinforcing interactions between them.

For example, the WPS Office app uses the HiAI intelligent recognition capability to achieve super-resolution optical character recognition to recognise text in images such as scanned documents and HUAWEI AppGallery introduces a tap-to-use and installation-free experience with ‘Quick Apps’
Quick Apps is an app ecosystem that houses a new type of installation-free apps.It provides a good user experience, powerful functions and automatic updates for HTML5 pages, but consumes very little memory space. Despite giving users the same experience as native apps, Quick Apps are written with only 1/5 amount of codes as compared to that of Android apps, therefore taking up less memory space. Users can accommodate more than 2,000 Quick Apps instead of just 20 native apps with just 1GB of space.

Users can even add their favourite Quick Apps to their desktops for convenient access.Quick Apps are used on over 350 million Huawei phones. To date, there are more than 1,700 Quick Apps released globally, a 200% growth year-on-year.

To keep up the pace with 5G, Quick App will be gradually rolled out to more countries and regions, opening China market’s mature Quick App standards and IDE development tools to global developers. All developers across the world are welcomed to publish Quick App to jointly deliver tap-to-use and installation-free experience to users.

Huawei will continue its efforts in building the HMS Ecosystem and HUAWEI AppGallery to bring to life all-scenario smart life experience to Huawei users.Do stay tuned for more updates. ]]>
3/2/2020 3:32:11 PM
<![CDATA[“Vodafone” Signs Football Icon “Mo Salah” as their Brand Ambassador & appoints him as the 1st UNHCR Ambassador for schools ]]>
The ceremony that took place in London, Alexandre Froment-Curtil Vodafone Egypt’s CEO asserted the company’s commitment to the Egyptian market and their efforts to continue to be present in the market now more than ever, bringing their customers the best services, products and the #1 celebrities in their campaigns for a good cause.

Mohamed Salah has grown into a momentous icon for youth in Egypt and around the world. Recently, he was named by the Time Magazine in 2019 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, making him the perfect fit for Vodafone, which is a brand characterized with being youthful, up-to-date and influential.

Mohamed Salah has been a brand ambassador for Vodafone Egypt since the end of 2017 fronting the company’s advertising campaigns. In 2018, Vodafone Egypt launched the ‘Mo Salah World’ promotional plan, which offered customers 11 free voice minutes every time he scored a goal, which connected Salah more with his fans.

Known for his philanthropic activities in various development fields including education, Mohamed Salah was chosen to become Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR Instant Network Schools 1st Ambassador. Salah will help in expanding the program in his home country Egypt , as well as across the African continent, especially in Mozambique. The program that was launched in 2013, aims at connecting refugee students to quality digital education and improving the quality of education in some of the most marginalized communities in Africa.

With 36 Instant Network Schools currently operating across eight refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, the program has benefitted over 86,500 students and 1,000 teachers ensuring that refugees and children from the communities that host them have access to accredited, quality, and relevant learning opportunities.

Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR are jointly investing €26 million to expand the program to benefit 500,000 refugee and host community students and 10,000 teachers.
In his new role as Ambassador, Mo Salah will visit schools supported by the program and will also help Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR raise awareness of the need for digital education for refugee children to enable them to shape their own futures.

3/2/2020 12:50:11 PM
<![CDATA[Fine Hygienic Holding Awarded “Sterilized Brand of the Decade 2020”]]>
The prestigious Sterilized Brand of the Decade Award was presented to Fine Hygienic Holding in recognition of their unique, sterilization technology through which they manufacture the only sterilized tissue in the world. Fine’s patented SteriPro technology ensures a fully sterile and hygienic production environment, guaranteeing that the first hand to touch the product is the consumer’s and reducing the risk of exposure to germs and viruses which cause sickness. The patented technology utilizes ultraviolet light in the form of vertical waves to destroy bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms, producing a 99% sanitized product. This precision and consistency is what has made Fine such a trusted brand throughout all its markets, and vindicates the FHI’s decision to present them with this award.

he award is especially notable in light of the growing coronavirus epidemic, which has spread throughout East Asia, Western Europe, The US and Australia, as the use of Fine sterilized tissues actively helps against the spread of the virus from person to person. The sterilization method used for Fine tissues not only ensures that customers receive a fully sterile product, but also provides the benefit of killing germs, bacteria and viruses, including the Coronavirus, effectively limiting the spread of sickness throughout the region. Noting that the three key entry points for germs into the human body is eyes, nose, and mouth and that tissue products touch intimately all three.

Fine Hygienic Holding CEO, James Michael Lafferty, commented on the award, “It’s an incredible honor for FHH to be selected from among the leading hygienic products across the globe. Fine has always been a visionary group, from the beginning we have sought to continuously stay ahead of the curve through innovation, improvement and the desire to create superior products that provide not only good value to consumers, but also improve their lives.

“Health and wellness are woven into the fabric of who we are at Fine; we believe that if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything. For the last decade we have employed our sterilization process, producing a sterilized tissue that provides customers with a reliable first line of defense against germs, bacteria and viruses, which is more important than ever as the world struggles with the Coronavirus outbreak.”
The MWA’s strategy is based on collaborating and partnering with quality providers and organizations in order to provide dozens of expertise services in professional leadership and education for medical and wellness industries. This helps in enhancing and developing the standards, guidelines and credentialing programs to aid the general public and developing improved wellness.

The FHI is a fully-integrated part of the MWA, which was founded over two decades ago by Dr. Christopher Breuleux, a global pioneer and visionary in the broad field of wellness. The FHI was created for the specific need of bringing special attention to hygiene and sterilization as an integral part of overall wellness. As Dr. Breuleux explains, “The word ‘wellness’ is so broad, and often connoted to the nutrition and fitness elements, when it means much more. Hygiene is a critical part of wellness, avoiding infection and spread of disease. So to help rectify this challenge, we created FHI as a means to bring more dedicated attention to hygiene best practices.”

He added that it was nothing short of astounding that so few tissue companies take the effort to sterilize their products. The intuitive conclusion being that nearly all tissues could potentially represent a hazard to family health, which is why it is so remarkable that Fine, a regional company, has been doing such sterilization for the past decade; this factor made the group the easy choice for the award.

Dr. Nabil Fawzy, advisor and representative of FHI with over 40 years of experience in the field of Pediatrics said of the selection process, “The FHI takes into account the leading Hygiene brands regionally as well as globally, and subjects their products and processes to intense analysis according to top-level criterion set down by experts in the field. We’re looking for brands who excel in attention to detail and commitment to delivering the highest possible hygienic standards, thereby providing consumers with products that actively enhance their quality of life.”

FHI wellness experts took into account the leading Hygiene products from around the world and analysed each according to global hygienic standards. Recipients of the awards receive a certified seal for packaging, which helps customers identify every day products that are of the highest hygienic standards.

FHH has built a renowned reputation for providing consumers with trusted hygienic products made with the highest possible standards. The highly coveted award serves as a testament to Fine’s dedication to delivering only the finest quality hygienic products, and to the meticulous attention to detail that characterizes its manufacturing process.
3/1/2020 6:53:25 PM
<![CDATA[Vivienne Westwood show brings gypsy chic to Paris town hall]]>
Contrasting the opulence of the French capital’s H?tel de Ville, models in long skirts and oversized coats looked like peasants with necklaces of garlic or pepper tresses and the occasional multi-colored feather hat to top it all off.

Perhaps in homage to the French flag, Kronthaler and Westwood gave one model a tricolor red, white and blue pompadour hairstyle to go with a puffy blue jupon and a white corset.

American model Bella Hadid closed the show on Saturday bearing a dagger with a wedding gown whose translucent lace heavily hinted at the gypsy bride’s breasts beneath.

As for Westwood, the erstwhile queen of punk wore a long violet dress.]]>
3/1/2020 3:56:19 PM
<![CDATA[UK's Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi recreate Abbey Road Beatles cover]]>
Harry was at the studio to meet the singer and members of a military veterans’ choir in one of his last engagements as a senior member of the royal family.

As countless Beatles fans have done since the 1969 release of the “Abbey Road” album, the pair walked across the black and white pedestrian crossing, this time led by a military veteran in a wheelchair.

Earlier, a video of the two wearing headphones, with Bon Jovi strumming a guitar before beginning to sing was posted on the official Instagram page of Harry and his American wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple announced in January that they would step down from their duties as senior royals, spend more time in North America and aim to become financially independent.

The Invictus Games Choir, who are recording a single for charity, is made up of veterans and serving personnel from the British military.

Their song, called “Unbroken,” was created by Bon Jovi to shine a spotlight on veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Bon Jovi, whose parents were both in the U.S. Marine Corps, told reporters he had a lot of respect for the royals.

“I just want to give them a hug,” he said.

Proceeds from the sale of the record will go to the foundation that supports the Invictus Games, a sporting event for sick and injured veterans that is one of Harry’s favorite causes.

2/29/2020 12:48:21 PM
<![CDATA[ITIDA Launches ‘Export IT’ to Help Egyptian Companies Boost IT/ITES Exports ]]>
ITIDA invited the companies to apply for the program through its website, before March 12. It provides qualified companies with an export support amounting to 50% of the added value of export earnings achieved in 2018, after supporting the companies participating in the program for the first time and companies operating in governorates other than Cairo, Giza and Alexandria.

According to the program's selection criteria set by ITIDA, applicable companies must be based in Egypt, with an Egyptian ownership exceeding 50%. Beneficiary companies must also specialize in exporting ICT services, including software development, ICT, integrated software and IT empowerment services, such as call centers and IT consultation and related training syllabus.

Statistics of the previous round show that software, mobile application development and technical support were the most exported services, making 40% of the total Egyptian exports. In the second place came outsourcing and call center services, at 31%, followed by digital marketing services, at 7%. This was according to the data of export revenues of local companies participating in the previous round.

Export IT was first launched in 2010. ITIDA, through the program, managed to support more than 185 local companies with around EGP 350 million. The program contributed to increasing the size of IT exports, with the total revenue reaching EGP 6.2 billion.

The Egyptian ICT sector has been witnessing unprecedented growth and is currently one of the largest contributors to the country’s GDP growth and a major exporting sector hitting more than $ 3.67 billion export revenues annually.]]>
2/26/2020 3:47:34 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei launches HUAWEI Mate Xs- The king of foldable phones]]>
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said “The HUAWEI Mate X was our first foray into the foldable category and it set the standard for the industry. The HUAWEI Mate Xs is raising the bar further with even more powerful connectivity and integrated user experiences. It’s the fastest 5G smartphone of its class. Prepare to meet the unprecedented – again.”

The Future of Foldable Smartphone Design
The HUAWEI Mate Xs delivers a true FullView experience with an 8-inch outwards-folding display enabled by the new mechanical hinge design. First deployed on the HUAWEI Mate X, the Falcon Wing design features more than 100 interlocking parts working in perfect harmony to reinforce the display while delivering a seamless user experience across the two modes.

Made with azirconium-based liquid metal, the upgraded hinge is much more durable, facilitating a satisfying full 180-degree fold.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is equipped with a flexible display featuring an innovative two-layer polymer structure. The foldable display is manufactured using a Huawei-pioneered technique adhering two layers of aerospace-grade polyimide with an optically clear adhesive. This unique material allows the display to produce great image quality, colour saturation and brightness while retaining a high degree of durability.

Folded, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is a powerful dual-screen smartphone featuring a 6.6-inch main screen and a 6.38-inch secondary screen. Unfolded, the smartphone becomes an 8-inch tablet that delivers a viewing experience across a myriad of work and play scenarios unrivalled by that of any other smartphone.

A True Foldable Smartphone Experience
The HUAWEI Mate Xs has the ability to transform into a much larger digital canvas thanks to the fold being secured by a physical clasp that can be unfastened at will with an accessible button on the sidebar. This offers more space for users to customise the experience to suit their needs.

The foldable phone natively supports Multi-Window which allows for two apps to be displayed side by side and interact with each other. Text, images and documents can be transferred as easily as dragging and dropping the content from one app to the other.

A dock located at the bottom of the screen provides a space for users to assign apps for quick launch. When two apps are open concurrently, users may launch a third app using the Floating Window feature, which can be used to take care of small tasks such as responding to text messages without exiting the current apps.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system. It not only combines enhanced performance with improved security, but also supports the Multi-screen Collaboration feature, which is developed with Huawei’s distributed technology at its foundation. This feature breaks down the boundaries between Windows and Android devices. With this revolutionary multi-device feature, users can easily transfer files between the HUAWEI Mate Xs and a HUAWEI MateBook, as well as control two systems from a single display.

Defining Foldable Smartphone 5G Performance
Powered by the Kirin 990 5G, the HUAWEI Mate Xs benefits from the full force of Huawei’s most advanced chipset. The SoC includes an octa-core CPU comprising two super-sized custom Cortex-A76 cores, two large custom Cortex-A76 cores and four small Cortex-A55 cores, running at a base clock of 2.86GHz .

Graphics processing is handled by the 16-core Mali-G76 GPU, the most powerful GPU on Huawei handsets, while AI demands are supported by an NPU built on Huawei’s Da Vinci architecture.

The Kirin 990 5G SoC includes an integrated 5G modem, allowing it to simultaneously deliver powerful performance and 5G connectivity with better efficiency and lower heat output. It supports 2G, 3G, 4G, as well as 5G NSA and SA. The SoC supports the full 5G spectrum and 5G+4G Dual SIM Dual Standby, ensuring care-free travels.

Continuing Huawei’s heritage of curating best in class camera systems, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is bestowed with a true flagship camera system. Arranged into a vertical array along the sidebar, the SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera system features a 40MP main camera (wide-angle, f/1.8), 16MP ultra-wide angle camera (f/2.2), 8MP telephoto camera (f/2.4, OIS) and 3D Depth Sensing Camera. The camera system supports a combination of OIS and AI Image Stabilisation for super steady shots and up to 30X hybrid zoom. As an all-scenario camera system, it also supports up to ISO 204800 for capturing incredible photos in low light environments.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs revolutionises the selfie category, allowing the user to take full advantage of the quad-camera system that would traditionally only benefit images shot from the rear of a device. However, by simply reversing the HUAWEI Mate Xs, consumers can use the secondary screen for selfie shots. Furthermore, taking portraits is even more interactive, allowing the subject and photographer to work in unison to develop beautifully styled and captured shots.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs includes a Flying Fish Fin Cooling System that is designed for the foldable form factor. This unique cooling system utilises flexible graphene with microscopic crevices that allow it to fold along with the device and cover the full surface area for even, effective cooling.

Designed especially for the HUAWEI Mate Xs’ slim form factor, the bespoke 5G antenna system exemplifies Huawei’s expertise in telecommunications technology. A result of a lengthy R&D process, the antenna design ensures high speed, stable connectivity on the HUAWEI Mate Xs.

Launched with HUAWEI AppGallery
The HUAWEI Mate Xs will be one of the first Huawei devices to launch with a revamped HUAWEI AppGallery, Huawei’s official app distribution platform.

HUAWEI AppGallery opens the door to a world of quality global apps that tap into the unique capabilities Huawei devices have on offer – such as HiAI and unique connectivity, media, system and security capabilities – as well as apps that users have come to love.

2/25/2020 12:33:37 PM
<![CDATA[Reem Haitham wins British Council’s National Science Stars Competition]]>
Eight out of the ten shortlisted students at the finals were female. The three winners Reem Haitham, from Salahaldin International School in Alexandria, Omar Tarek, from Al Bashayer International School, and Gana Sherif, from Summits International Schools, all received an internship in the science department at the British University in Egypt
A total of 125 students from 28 schools participated in the competition.

The three-minute winning presentations included simple, clear, and creative ways to describe complicated scientific concepts like matter and antimatter and black holes.

The competition was launched by British Council in Egypt as a student engagement programme designed to drive students’ passion for STEM, cultivate their skills in science communication, and drive a conversation among the general public around science.

Alex Lambert, Deputy Country Director of the British Council in Egypt said: “The British Council has already been fostering science communication for over 10 years in Egypt through Famelab, a competition targeting older science enthusiasts, which even lead to job creation for our participants.


And this year, we are proud of Science Stars’ young talent, who were inspiring ambassadors of their schools today” Nour Fawzy, participant and student at the Salahaldin International School in Alexandria said:

“Science communication is like the gatekeeper who lets people into the lab and scientists inside of it to engage with the public. It is the bridge between both worlds, and it is important, because non-scientific people deserve to know how science affects their world” Extracurricular activities by the British Council like Science Stars, Code Club, and Your World Competition, are strongly linked to academic excellence, igniting children’s curiosity and positive attitude towards learning. They are part of the value-added services designed globally or inspired by international programmes and delivered in Egypt to 140 schools within British Council’s Partner Schools Global Network.

Yasser Ali, Head of Exams Business Development, of British Council in Egypt thanked teachers for imbedding the seeds of passion for learning in students. He added: “To parents I say, the best investment you make is in your children’s education and choosing UK qualifications is supporting their path in life, school and work, with 21st century problem solving and critical thinking skills.

“Studies show that curiosity boosts levels of mental and physical energy. Not only are our science stars growing through this programme, but everyone in the audience today became curious about a scientific concept, some of them even googled anti-matter, the topic of Reem’s presentation.

This is our larger purpose: to get regular people curious about science” The British Council supports its partner schools with administrative and operative roles as it liaises between the Awarding Bodies (Pearson Edexcel, Oxford, and Cambridge) and two Egyptian Ministries, ensuring the integrity of the exams system at every stage. It also actively supports teachers’ development and with school activities enhancing educational knowledge.

It connects schools with governing authorities, as well as with the latest teaching and learning techniques, through networking events like the global Schools Now! conference, which will be held in Egypt this year, with the presence of Tarek Shawky, Minister of Education, and over 300 delegates from around the world. The fifth Schools Now! conference takes place 4-5 March
2020 in Cairo.

2/23/2020 12:43:54 PM
<![CDATA[Archaeologists unveil possible shrine to Rome's first king]]>
The small chamber containing a simple sarcophagus and round stone block was originally found at the start of the last century beneath the Capitoline Hill inside the old Roman forum.

However, officials say the significance of the find has only just become clear following fresh excavations and new research.

Alfonsina Russo, the head of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, said the site probably dated back to the sixth century BC, and was located in the most ancient part of the city which was directly linked in historical texts to Rome’s first king.

“This area is highly symbolic. This surely cannot be Romulus’ tomb, but it is a place of memory, a cenotaph,” Russo told Reuters TV.

The shrine is buried beneath the entrance to the Curia, one of the meeting places for Roman senators which was subsequently converted into a church - a move that protected it from being dismantled for its stones as happened to other forum buildings.

The underground chamber was also located close to the “Lapis Niger”, an antique slab of marble that was venerated by Romans and covered a stone column that was dedicated to “the King” and appeared to curse anyone who thought to disturb it.

Russo said the Roman poet Horace and ancient Roman historian Marcus Terentius Varro had related that Romulus was buried behind the “rostra” - a tribune where speakers addressed the crowd in the forum. “The rostra are right here,” she said.

No body was found in the sarcophagus, which was made of volcanic tuff rock, but according to at least one legend, Romulus vanished into the sky following his death to become the God Quirinus, meaning that possibly he never had a tomb.

According to the myth, Romulus and his brother Remus, the sons of the god Mars, were abandoned by the banks of the river Tiber where a she-wolf found them and fed them with her milk.

The brothers are said to have founded Rome at the site in 753 BC and ended up fighting over who should be in charge. Romulus killed Remus.]]>
2/22/2020 12:54:48 PM
<![CDATA[Clean shores in El-Temsah Lake in Red sea ahead of World Wildlife Day]]>
The 80 volunteers gathered about 50 sacks of plastic waste including bags, bottles and agricultural waste that cause the beach pollution, which equals a ton of waste, and was collected in sackcloth bags. In addition to delivering an awareness lecture to 30 participating children, to spread awareness to reduce the use of plastic materials.

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ET presents some ideas from the countryliving website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save more memories on your phone

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

HUAWEI SuperSound: Sparkling audio at high volume levels

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

Rear Fingerprint sensor built into stylish two-tone design

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

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

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

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

13 MP rear camera: Excellent performance at all hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chocolate face mask for acne

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

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

Dark chocolate recipe for the freshness of the skin

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

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

Facial mask with chocolate and mud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world's population. Fourteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei's three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei's global network is built on over 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nova — A Rising Star

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

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

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

Internal Components that are Fluid and Flagship-worthy

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

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

Advanced Cameras thatMake Each Imageinto a Masterpiece

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

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

Huawei NOVA 5 T, a whole new level.

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

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

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


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

Panelsand stones


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

White color coating


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

Putting a mirror in the main entrance to the house


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other decade nominees considered on Friday included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




















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

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

Castor oil

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

Green tea

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

Olive oil

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

Vitamin E oil

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

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

One teaspoon of beeswax (5 ml)

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

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

How to prepare:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yoga class during the retreat

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

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

The journey started from my personal experience.

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

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

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

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

et: What is a ‘Retreat’?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Not everyone approves of the legislation.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

? Clip toenails regularly to avoid the risk of injury.

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

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

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

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

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

et reviews other benefits of coconut water:

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

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

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

Fourth: Contains antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But Chenay does not see himself stopping.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many Māori say those measures have not gone far enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Then he bowed and prayed for the peace of Japan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avon has a strong record of innovation and supporting women empowerment in Egypt. Annually, Avon Egypt provides thousands of women of every social strata with a reliable and supported earning opportunity as Sales Representatives, regardless of their status or education, empowering them to achieve their targets no matter how big or small contributing to financial independence and economic growth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preventionweb offers a number of delicious breakfasts full of nutrients:

Oats with pumpkin seeds

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

Avocado Omelette


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

Cheese with berries

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



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

Eggs with sausage and toast


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



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

Boiled eggs with avocado


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

Green salad


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

Salmon toast and avocado


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occasionally he has dissuaded those contemplating suicide.

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

The message of personal value resounded with Choi.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speakers will also include:

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

- Hisham Shokry, Head of Real Estate Export Council

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

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

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

Participants in the event also include:

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

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

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

- Haytham Abdel-Azim, CEO of Ora Developers

- Waleed Mokhtar, CEO of IWAN Developments

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

Speakers will also include:

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

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

- Waleed Hassouna, CEO of EFG-Hermes Finance

- Hany Berry, Chairman of Ahli United for Mortgage Finance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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Al-Mawlid candies- Egypt Today/Azouz al-Dib

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

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

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

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


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Al-Mawlid candies- Egypt Today/Azouz al-Dib

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world's population. Fourteen R&D centres have been set up inthe UnitedStates,Germany,Sweden,Russia,IndiaandChina. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei's three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei's global network is built on over 32 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
10/28/2019 11:41:32 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei preps to launch Egypt AppCup finals at Huawei “Developer Day” for the first time in Egypt]]>
Egypt AppCupis a Challenge that is jointly organized by TIEC and Huawei to university students and fresh graduates in Egypt who are creative, and want to practice developing android applications. This is a platform for youth to practice and encourage innovation. We expect that it will not only bring ICT knowledge but also valuable Android developing experience to the participants. This will help them with their study as well as their future careers.

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

"At Huawei we are focusing on the development of young calibers and that is why we have launched the Egypt AppCup Competition to promote, support and enable the role of young developers in achieving the goals of Egypt’s 2030 vision for Sustainable Development and we have also pumped massive US $1 billion investment in our “Shining Star” program, which invites developers around the world to join Huawei Mobile Services that supports developers in their innovations to meet the challenges of the future”, stated Adam Xiao, Managing Director of MENA Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei aims to reach Egyptian developers in all provinces, where more than 400 Egyptian developers are registered for the competition. Thirty teams of 80 developers were selected to attend BootCamp training on how to implement their innovative ideas in designing a smartphone app. Six teams will compete to win the Egypt AppCup, where the winners will be announced on the sidelines of the Huawei Developers Day conference on October 31st, 2019.

It is worth mentioning that, during HDD 2019 Egypt, Huaweiwill also share their new ecological constructionstrategy and showcasing their common vision of the future, including optimized app/gaming experience, top quality content discovery, AI-powered tools, and much more.

If you want to join the discussion with HUAWEI and witness the winner of EgyptAppCup, please sign up free by link: http://bit.ly/HDD-Egypt-2019.
10/28/2019 11:34:56 AM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift, Andrew Lloyd Webber write new 'Cats' song for musical film]]>
“Beautiful Ghosts” will also be sung by Swift, who stars as Bombalurina in her first film role, over the end credits.

“Cats”, which hits cinemas in December, is based on Lloyd Webber’s hugely-popular stage musical and features a star-studded cast including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and Rebel Wilson.

Royal Ballet principal dancer Hayward plays Victoria, a role that has been further developed in the movie, where the actors’ faces are seen and their bodies are covered in computer generated fur.

“When I first read the screenplay, the first thing I said was, ‘We have to have a song for Victoria’,” Lloyd Webber said in a statement, adding that the new song was an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.

A behind-the-scenes video showed Swift, Lloyd Webber and Oscar winning director Tom Hooper in the recording studio, as well as snippets of Hayward in the film.

“There was an ambition and an aspiration to have an original song in the movie,” Swift says in the video. “Just very much this understanding of like ‘Let’s write the best song we can’.”

“Cats”, based on poems by T.S. Eliot, opened in London in 1981, turning into one of the longest-running shows in the West End and Broadway.]]>
10/27/2019 1:28:34 PM
<![CDATA[HYATT announces plans for Hyatt regency Cairo West]]>
Hyatt Regency Cairo West, set to open in the last quarter of 2020, will mark the return of the Hyatt brand to the capital of Egypt. The hotel joins Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh and will further add to Hyatt’s growing brand footprint in North Africa.

Situated within the well-established Pyramids Heights Business Park, the hotel will provide the perfect setting for business and leisure travelers, as well as meetings and events. Its location will be in close proximity to diverse corporations, landmarks, malls, and popular leisure and cultural attractions such as the Pyramids of Giza, and soon, the Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Sphinx International Airport.

“We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Hyatt brand to Cairo and are focused on the increased tourism figures and continued development in and around the capital city,” said Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development, Middle East and North Africa for Hyatt. “Hyatt Regency Cairo West will be a great addition to our growing portfolio in North Africa as we anticipate the hotel will become a destination where both business and leisure travelers can stay connected and energized throughout their stay.”
Created for a seamless and personalized guest experience, Hyatt Regency Cairo West will feature 242 contemporary guestrooms and suites, inspired by Egyptian culture; with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pyramids of Giza or the hotel’s pool and lush gardens. Room amenities offered will include the latest technology such as smart mirrors and sensor LED lighting control, as well as in-room massage and beauty facilities in a number of the suites.

The hotel will have additional features including five distinct restaurants, bar and lounges, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor heated swimming pool and casino adjacent to the building.

Set to become a go-to gathering place for meetings, elaborate social events and weddings, the hotel will feature seven meeting rooms, a Grand Ballroom providing 4,628 square feet (430 square meters) of banquet space accommodating up to 500 guests, outdoor function areas, and the latest 360-degree digital projector technology.

For more information about Hyatt Regency hotels, please visit hyattregency.com
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

10/26/2019 11:52:00 AM
<![CDATA[ITIDA collaborates with RiseUp to launch “African App Launchpad Cup”]]>
The competition invites startups working in either gaming or application development from 19 different African countries to participate in the contest that offers grants totaling $60,000. The African App Launchpad Cup is striving to set a global stage for thriving early-stage startups to present to hundreds of regional and international investors and VCs.

Applications are now open for startups in Egypt and Africa to apply via the competition website: http://techleaders.eg/aal/competition/ until November 18th. The startups will compete on December 7th and the winners will be announced in alignment with RiseUp summit; MENA’s largest annual entrepreneurship event at the American University in Cairo, new Campus.

“We are excited to launch the African App Launchpad Cup, which will allow us to educate young African calibers and spur their innovation on the latest app and games technology, in addition, to support the creation of job opportunities for African youth”, Clarified Hala El-Gohary, CEO of ITIDA.

“It is such a pleasure to be able to host the first African pitch competition in the region during RiseUp Summit. This is a step towards achieving our vision of creating more opportunities in the entrepreneurship ecosystem through connecting more stakeholders to the community in Africa. We would like to thank ITIDA for launching and sponsoring the competition and becoming the supporting arm behind the growth of Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” Abdelhameed Sharara, Founder and CEO of RiseUp, says.

The African App Launchpad Cup is not only an Africa-wide pitch competition for startups but also a valuable learning experience for participating entrepreneurs. The participating startups will get the chance to join an accelerator program and will be granted exhibition spaces during RiseUp Summit. They will also pitch to a wide audience, as well as jury members of local and regional VCs and investors, guaranteeing wide regional exposure for the startups.

The competition is part of the Africa App Launchpad the presidential initiative that targets building the capacity of 10 thousand learners and establishing 100 startups while positioning Egypt as a hub for startups in Africa by gathering some of the continent’s best startups in one place.

RiseUp Summit tickets are now available on https://riseupsummit.com/]]>
10/23/2019 12:22:25 PM
<![CDATA[Realme 5 Series Revealed in Egypt]]>
Sharing his excitement to have launched a segment-first in Egypt, Mr. Andro Nabil PR and Marketing Manager, said, “We ‘Dare to Leap’ to disrupt the industry and are truly thrilled to revolutionize the user experience by introducing realme 5, the first quad camera phone at EGP 2k price segment and realme 5 Pro, The 1stQualcomm smartphone with 48MP quad camera in 3K EGP.We have equipped realme 5 series with the best-in-class processors, designs and camera experience to deliver an unmatched user experience.”

The Qualcomm Spectra? ISP, coupled with Qualcomm? Hexagon? DSP and Adreno GPU on these phones enables superior image quality and a faster image processing experience, for a brilliant camera as well as enhanced gaming experience capabilities.

He continued, “Realme have grown to reach 3.3%market share in Egypt and we are proud to announce that we have exceeded the mark of 300K active realme users in Egypt after 10 months only.”

While the realme 5 is the first Snapdragon 665 based mobile device, based on 11nm, operating at a clock speed of 2.0GHz along with enhanced gaming performance and 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine; the realme 5 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 712 with CPU core upgraded to 2.3 GHz, a 3rd generation AI Engine that accelerates AI computing and the powerful Qualcomm? Adreno? 616 GPU. The realme 5 series have also been equipped with fireproof protective separation and triple precautions to guarantee battery safety.

realme 5 will be available in two new colors: Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple. realme 5 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Mini-drop Full Screen display, which gives a larger field of view, provides excellent gaming, audio and video experience. With realme 5, the company has enhanced its diamond-cut design with holographic color and reflecting texture. It packs a brand-new image experience with an AI quad camera setup – 119° ultra-wide-angle lens (8MP), main camera (12MP), portrait lens (2MP) and ultra-macro lens (2MP), as well as an AI front camera (13MP). With a massive 5000 mAh battery for enjoying extra-long entertainment experience, realme 5 runs on Android 9.0 ColorOS 6.0 operating system and will be available in 2 variants - 3+64GB priced at EGP 2,590 and 4+128GB costing at EGP 3,290 for offline market.While realme 5 (3+64GB) will be available for early bird at EGP 2,490 from 1PM, Oct 24 to 27 onJumia.

The realme 5 Pro comes in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue, giving a power-packed performance with newly upgraded Snapdragon 712. The realme 5 Pro’s flagship quad camera setup with 119° ultra-wide-angle lens (8MP), 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera, portrait lens (2MP) and ultra-macro lens (2MP), along with a 16MP Sony IMX471 AI front Camera, provide unmatched image experience in the segment. The realme 5 Pro features a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop Full Screen, with new gradient holographic colors and reflecting textures, to achieve a richer layered visual effect. It will also come with a 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charge technology which will be provided in the box. The realme 5 Pro runs Android 9.0 ColorOS 6.0 operating system and will be available in 2 variants - 4+128GB priced at EGP 3,890 and 8+128GB priced at EGP 4,690 in offline market. While realme 5 Pro (4+128GB) will be available for early bird at EGP 3,790 from 1PM, Oct 29 to 31 on Souq. Starting from Oct 22nd, pre-orders of realme 5 Pro (8+128GB) through B-Tech.

In terms of software, all realme smartphones will get the new upgraded Color OS 6.0 which will have design upgrade, hotspot management function and support Google AR Core functions. The design upgrade will be given to lock screen system, home screen and notification page which will be a more spacious, and uniformed realme design language - closer to the stock Android experience. The real privacy function can help users hide apps, photos, files and other content into privacy space, protected by fingerprints. Hotspot management function will help manage the hotspot network speed and usage. All these updates will be given to all realme smartphones through an OTA.


10/22/2019 11:54:06 AM
<![CDATA[In ancient throne ritual, Japanese emperor vows to fulfill duty]]>
Naruhito became emperor and his wife Masako became empress on May 1 in a brief ceremony, but Tuesday’s “Sokui no Rei” was a more elaborate ritual at the royal palace in which he officially announced his change in status to the world.

“I swear that I will act according to the constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people,” the 59-year-old emperor declared, his voice slightly hoarse, in front of about 2,000 guests including Britain’s Prince Charles.

“I sincerely hope that Japan will develop further and contribute to the friendship and peace of the international community, and to the welfare and prosperity of human beings through the people’s wisdom and ceaseless efforts.”

Naruhito is the first Japanese emperor born after World War Two. He acceded to the throne when his father, Akihito, became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in two centuries, worried that advancing age might make it hard to perform official duties.

The long-planned celebrations, for which Japan declared a national holiday, were tempered following Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least 82 people when it tore through Japan 10 days ago, and pouring rain early on Tuesday.

A public parade was postponed until next month to allow the government to devote attention to the typhoon clean-up, while Tuesday’s weather forced the palace to scale back the number of courtiers in ancient robes taking part in the courtyard ceremony.

But just before the ceremony began, the skies cleared and a rainbow appeared over Tokyo.


At the sound of a gong in the Matsu-no-Ma, or Hall of Pine, the most prestigious room in the palace, two courtiers bowed deeply and drew back purple curtains on the “Takamikura” - a 6.5-metre (21 feet) high pavilion that weighs about 8 tonnes.

Naruhito was revealed standing in front of a simple throne, dressed in burnt-orange robes and a black headdress, with an ancient sword and a boxed jewel, two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures, placed beside him.

Fifty-five-year-old Harvard-educated Empress Masako, wearing heavy 12-layered robes and with hair flowing down her back, stood in front of a smaller throne to the side. Such traditional robes can weigh around 15 kilograms (33 pounds).

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a congratulatory speech before assembled dignitaries including Crown Prince Akishino, the emperor’s younger brother, and his family, all adorned in brightly colored robes. Other guests included U.S. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao and Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Abe led a trio of cheers of “banzai”, or “long life”, for the emperor, before a 21-gun salute.

Naruhito had entered the palace to cheers from admirers before reporting his enthronement to his imperial ancestors at three shrines on the palace grounds, dressed in pure white robes.

“As he is young and energetic with outstanding leadership, I hope he’ll support the people of Japan, which has faced continuous disasters and typhoons,” said Tomoko Shirakawa, 51, who was among the crowds of umbrella-clutching citizens packing the area in front of the palace.

A court banquet is to be held on Tuesday evening, before Naruhito and Masako host a tea party for foreign royalty on Wednesday afternoon. The government pardoned about half a million people convicted of petty crimes, such as traffic violations, to mark the day.

Although the public parade was postponed until Nov. 10, NHK public TV said there were 26,000 police providing security.


Naruhito is unusual among recent Japanese emperors since his only child, 17-year-old Aiko, is female and cannot inherit the throne under current law. Unless the law is revised, the future of the imperial family for coming generations rests instead on the shoulders of his nephew, 13-year-old Hisahito, who is second in line for the throne after his father, Crown Prince Akishino.

Naruhito’s grandfather, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was treated as a god but renounced his divine status after Japan’s defeat in 1945. Emperors now have no political authority.

Though many Japanese welcomed the enthronement ceremony, there was at least one protest by about two dozen people. There had been sometimes violent protests when Akihito was enthroned.

“There is no need for such an elaborate ceremony. Traffic has been restricted and it is causing inconvenience for ordinary people,” said Yoshikazu Arai, 74, a retired surgeon.

“The emperor is necessary now as a symbol of the people, but at some point, the emperor will no longer be necessary. Things will be just fine without an emperor.”
10/22/2019 11:46:18 AM
<![CDATA[Philip Morris Announces Introduction of IQOS in the United States]]>International’s electrically heated tobacco system, has been launched forsale in the United States.

PMI is bringing IQOS to the U.S. market through an exclusive licensing agreement with Altria Group, Inc. We are confident Altria subsidiary Philip Morris USA has the market expertise and infrastructure to ensure a successful launch.

The launch of IQOS int he United States is a historic miles tone in delivering new choices to he estimated 40 million American men and women who smoke today,as IQOS is the first electrically heated tobacco technology to be authorized for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA). In April, the FDA confirmed that the marketing of IQOS, which heats but does not burn tobacco, is appropriate for the protection of public health.The agency’s decision followed a comprehensive scientific assessment of Supermarket tobacco product applications(PMTAs) submitted to the agency in 2017.

Commenting on the launch, Vassilis Gkatzelis, Managing Director Philip Morris Egypt and Levant, said:“The launch of IQOSin the U.S. is evidence of our commitment to innovation and scientific research, reflected in the fact that no other electrically heated to baccoproduct has been authorized for sale in the U.S.by the FDA.

“Adult smokers deserve access to innovative,smoke-free alternativesto cigarettes, as well as to comprehensive information about these products. With a combination of stringent but sensible regulation, rigorous assessment,greater awareness and regulated marketing, smoke-free product scan play a pivotal role in helping adults who would otherwise continue to smoke cigarettes switch to smoke- free alternatives.”

He added,“We hope that one day soon,we will be able to bring IQOS to Egypt,so that current adult smokers have access to new,science-based alternatives to continued smoking. We will continue to work with regulators in Egypt and t o advocate for regulatory frameworks that accelerate large-scale switching of those who would other wise continue to smoke to these smoke-free products as quickly as possible.”

In addition to the PMTA, Philip Morris International submitted a comprehensive body of scientific evidence in support of a parallel set of applications to authorize IQOSasa modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), which the FDA continues to review. The United States is the second-largest to bacco market, behind China.
10/21/2019 3:09:05 PM
<![CDATA[Government Officials, Leading Developers to Discuss Growth Catalysts in 4th Real Estate Debate Conference]]>
Organized by Al-Mal GTM Conferences, the event will gather a number of officials from the Ministry of Housing and the New Urban Communities Authority to discuss new plans for land offerings, procedures and pricing.

This year’s convention has been arranged in view of a variety of changes on which real estate developers hold stakes that will stimulate their activities. These include the non-competitive direct allocation of land plots to investors, start-ups of new cities’ construction plans, such as the New Alamein City, and relocation of government employees to the New Administrative Capital.

Among the most prominent speakers are Mamdouh Badreddin, Head of the Real Estate Investment Committee at the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Hisham Shokry, Head of the Real Estate Export Council, Fatahallah Fawzi, Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Businessmen Association and Head of the Construction Committee, and Tarek Shorky, Chairman of Real Estate Development Chamber at the Egyptian Federation of Industries.

A number of renowned CEOs of prominent real estate companies are participating in the conference, including Ahmed Shalaby CEO and Managing Director of Tatweer Misr, Hisham Arafat, Chairman of Amer Group, City Edge Development’s Amr El-Kady, Mohamed H. El-Assal, CEO of Misr Italia Properties, Haytham Abdel-Azim, CEO of Ora Developers, as well as Waleed Mokhtar, CEO of IWAN Developments.

The conference is hosting several of knowledgeable high-profile speakers including Sherif Samy, Chairman of National Asset Management & Investment Company, Nagy Fahmy, Chairman of the Egyptian Union of Real Estate Finance and head of CI-Capital Mortgage Finance, Waleed Hassouna, CEO of EFG-Hermes Finance, and Hany Berry, Chairman of Ahli United for Mortgage Finance.

The event will be divided into four sessions, during which participants will deliberate on ways to utilize real estate thriving activity in order to promote for the industry, especially in the projects of the new cities.

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

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

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

Al-Mal GTM, sister company of the Al-Mal Newspaper, is the most powerful and active national organizer of conferences and maker of ideas. The most prominent of its events include CEOs Thoughts and Portfolio Egypt conferences.]]>
10/21/2019 3:01:55 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry admits he and Prince William are 'on different paths']]>
The Duke of Sussex has been plagued by rumours in recent months of a rift between him and Prince William, and in an interview with ITV he acknowledged that "inevitably stuff happens" given their high-profile role and the pressure the family faces.

Speaking during his recent tour of southern Africa with his wife Meghan Markle, he said: "We are brothers. We will always be brothers.

"We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.

"We don't see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

"The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days."

Meghan, who has also been rumoured to have feuded with Kate Middleton, described the past year as "hard" and said her British friends warned her not to marry Harry.

Meghan, 38, has had to face an increasingly hostile press since she married into the Royal Family last year, with the tabloids luxuriating in stories about her fractured American family and the rumours of palace rifts.

The couple launched legal action this month against British tabloid the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy.

The US-born former actress said she had tried to cope by putting on a "stiff upper lip" but she was not prepared for the intensity of tabloid interest.

Meghan said: "When I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, 'I'm sure he's great but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'."

Asked whether she can cope, Meghan said: "In all honesty I have said for a long time to H -- that is what I call him -- it's not enough to just survive something, that's not the point of life. You have got to thrive."

10/21/2019 12:45:35 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Announces Shipment of over 400,000 5G Active Antenna Units]]>
During his speech, titled "Making 5G a Commercial Success", Ding noted that in just one year, standards, spectrum, and devices have all become 5G-ready and that this has never been seen in past generations of mobile communications over the last 30 years.

In early 2019, South Korea became the first country to launch 5G services. Just months later, China also launched 5G services and is now on course to build 600 to 800 thousand 5G base stations by the end of 2020. Global carriers are racing to deploy 5G networks. So far, 56 carriers around the world have built 5G networks and 40 carriers have launched 5G services. Huawei has won more than 60 5G contracts and shipped over 400,000 5G active antenna units (AAUs).

According to Ding, services will be a major driver of industrial development in the coming years. He added that carriers can monetize 5G in the following three business areas:

In the consumer market, 5G's large bandwidth and low latency will take mobile broadband services to a new level. 5G will invigorate new services like AR/VR, live streaming, video, and gaming, offering a transformative experience that users are willing to pay a premium for. Carriers can also use new metrics as a basis for monetization, such as charging different rates for different latency tiers, and provide value-added content tailored to the local market. They can design attractive 5G service packages, attracting users to subscribe to 5G. This will be a win for both carriers and consumers.

In the home broadband market, bridging the digital divide and increasing broadband speeds is a must and also one business goal for the commercial deployment of 5G. In Europe, about 70 million households are currently either unconnected or underserved.

Carriers can employ both fixed fiber and wireless fiber to quickly address the last mile issue in home broadband access. Huawei has helped many leading carriers provide a fiber-like broadband experience using 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to quickly meet the needs of households while bringing new growth opportunities for 5G.

In the B2B market, many industries are embracing 5G and expecting 5G to deliver guaranteed service performance as stipulated in SLAs and enable their digital transformation. As a business has a well-defined territory, service model, and business case for 5G applications, carriers can provide 5G capabilities (such as uplink and downlink bandwidth, reliability, end-to-end latency) defined in SLAs in a modular manner, to serve the needs of different industries. This also opens up a vast range of opportunities for carriers.

"It will be a long process for 5G to enable industry digital transformation," said Ding.
"Carriers should develop new network capabilities, operational capabilities, and business models right now to embrace the B2B transformation."

At the end of his speech, Ding told the attendees that "the best way to predict the future is to create it" and called upon carriers, regulators, vertical industry players, equipment vendors, and systems integrators to work together to build a thriving 5G industry.

This year's Mobile Broadband Forum brings together more than 1,500 representatives from carriers, vertical industries, equipment manufacturers, standards organizations, analyst firms, and the media. The exhibition hall showcases 5G technology, commercial solutions, and a rich array of 5G applications for individual consumers, households, and businesses, including 5G-powered cloud AR and VR, 8K broadcasting, cloud gaming, machine vision, and 5G-powered remote control solutions.

For more information, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/events/global-mbb-forum-2019/]]>
10/21/2019 11:51:13 AM
<![CDATA[Sculptor transforms Rome's dead trees into art]]>
Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday.

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

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

“I had been sculpting wood since I was a kid, in my garage. Then I chose to carve a stump that was out on the street. That is how I chose to start carving stumps in Rome,” he said, as he worked on his latest creation.

He said he liked to meet people while working and had no personal claim to the faces, animals and other artwork carved out the stumps.

“It takes me about a week to finish one sculpture, then it becomes everyone’s. It’s a passion and a bit of a fixation,” he added, as passers-by stopped to admire his work and take photos with their phones.

Gandini maps the stumps on his website, and the sculptures are becoming a tourist attraction. Tour guides even include his work in their packages.

“Stumps are not very well considered but they have the right features that make them perfect for carving,” he said. “Rome has many stumps that are waiting to become pieces of art.”

Despite the popularity of his work among locals and tourists, the Rome authorities have been less enthusiastic.

Although there is no law that forbids people from carving dead tree stumps, police have threatened to ban him from historic areas using tough new rules drawn up in recent years to maintain decorum.

Gandini says he loves nature and it hurts him to see the trees become a safety hazard.

They often fall and smash cars during storms, and city hall says some 86,000 need to be specially maintained or chopped down.

“If nothing changes in ten years there will be hardly any trees left,” Gandini said.]]>
10/20/2019 2:20:41 PM
<![CDATA[Bye Bye, Bei Bei: National Zoo panda leaves for China next month]]>
“Bei Bei is part of our family,” Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, said in a statement. “We’re sad he’s leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population.”

The bear and his parents are a favorite among visitors, said a zoo spokeswoman. Fans have watched Bei Bei grow from a small cub to a 240-pound (109 kg) bear over the years.

“The giant pandas are iconic,” she said. “We consider them ‘America’s Pandas.’”

The zoo has collaborated with Chinese scientists on a breeding program since it received its first pandas in 1972 following President Richard Nixon’s visit to China. As part of the program, pandas return to China at 4 years old so that they can breed when they reach sexual maturity at 5 years old.

Breeding programs are key to efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild. Thanks to reforestation to expand habitats in which the species can survive, pandas have been reclassified from “endangered” to “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Preservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 giant pandas in the wild.

Bei Bei is not the first in his family to travel abroad. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, arrived from the China in 2000, and his older siblings Tai Shan and Bao Bao both packed their bags for China when they came of age.

Already, zookeepers are preparing Bei Bei for the big move, planned for Nov. 19. They will get him accustomed to his travel crate, first by training him to walk through it, then spending time inside with the door closed. During his flight to China, zookeepers plan on packing lots of his favorite snacks, like bamboo, pears, and cooked sweet potatoes.

Fans of Bei Bei will have plenty of opportunities to say farewell. “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” events will run for a week next month, featuring activities from daily treat feedings to special Panda-cam coverage, which will stream Bei Bei 24/7 over the course of the week.]]>
10/19/2019 11:59:52 AM
<![CDATA[Marriage of Sweet Cinnabon Roll, Gorgeous Coffee is Sensational Way to Unwind]]>October, when people worldwide enjoy distinctive tastes of coffee and cinnamon rolls together; it is the time for fika with Cinnabon!

Fika is a big part of every Swede’s daily life. Fika means to have a coffee break, which is having coffee combined with some form of baked goods. And cinnamon rolls are a particularly popular accompaniment. Fika is an opportunity to take a break, and to meet and hang out with friends.

In celebrating coffee and cinnamon roll, the perfect pairing, Cinnabon? cheers you on to pair your favorite Cinnabon? roll with the right coffee. Our warm, ooey-gooey Cinnabon roll teamed up with the perfect cup of coffee is a totally new level of flavor experience.

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It all started with a father and a son on a mission to create the world’s greatest cinnamon roll from scratch. One master baker, months of trial and error, hundreds of different recipes and BOOM! You got the sweet, cinnamon-spiced perfection that soon became the calling card of Cinnabon?, Makara cinnamon, fresh-baked dough, waves of frosting, and even love baked into every bite. On December 4, 1985, the father and son transformed their hard-earned dream into a delicious reality with the opening of the first Cinnabon? Bakery.

Cinnabon? is a celebration of senses, a marvelous mood-booster. Cinnabon? makes life sweeter by casting a mesmerizing spell that suspends reality—a way to escape the mundane, briefly transporting you to a happy place or a sweet childhood memory.

Cinnabon rolls were made to be enjoyed with a caffeine kick, the perfect pairing. And we all enjoy coffee differently. Determining which Cinnabon roll and coffee pair well together is entirely up to you. To get you started, we created a simple guide on how to construct a coupling of Cinnabon roll and coffee that sings in your mouth.

Cinnabon Caramel roll and Chocobon are great with milky coffees. With black coffee, go for the Classic, Caramel Pecan and Mixed Berry rolls. Just about anything pairs well with black coffee. Espresso, with its bold coffee flavor, pairs nicely with something intense like the Chocobon. As for a frothy cappuccino or a mellow latte, have something you can dunk a little that softens in your mouth, like the CinnaChips, to complement it. Mocha, which is essentially a latte with a splash of chocolate, is liquid dessert. So drink mocha on its own, or try it with the poppable Classic BonBites. As for Turkish coffee and macchiato, we recommend you take small sips while you munch on CinnaChips or BonBites.


You can grab a Cinnabon Roll-on-the-go when you have to drive and want to enjoy the perfect pairing, but could do without the mess. The Roll-on-the-go is a delightful bon that’s torn into pieces and ready to be devoured. Play around with different toppings. Ask for extra dipping sauces (mixed berry, chocolate, caramel and cream cheese frosting) with your CinnaChips and test them with Cinnabon iced coffee range, like the cold brews and Chillattas. You can experiment at home with the freshly baked Cinnapack that’s ready to heat, eat and enjoy. Order extra frosting. Try different flavor shots with your coffee: vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon roll (yes, it’s a flavor!), raspberry, winter spice, toffee nut, cookies & cream, and more.

Give it a try. Start putting Cinnabon and coffee pairings to the test and see which ones resonate with you the most. Remember, it’s your preference. There is no wrong way. We encourage you to have a go and try and try again until you become a superb match-maker. Finding the perfect Cinnabon-coffee pairing is pure bliss.

When you do find the perfect pairing, let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

Have fun exploring these Cinnabon? perfect pairings because the possibilities are endless!
10/17/2019 6:33:42 PM
<![CDATA[1st flower exhibition at Agricultural Museum to be inaugurated Nov. 2]]>
Head of the Central Department of Horticulture and Crops Mahmoud Atta told Egypt Today that the exhibition will be held on the large green area of the Agricultural Museum in Dokki.

Atta confirmed that the ministry plans to hold two annual exhibitions for ornamental plants due to their economic importance.The spring exhibition will be held inOrman Park and the autumn exhibition will be held in the Agricultural Museum.

10/16/2019 11:50:03 AM
<![CDATA[Avon, Entreprenelle host hear 4 YOU event to Support, Promote Women’s Empowerment]]>
HEAR 4 YOU is an event that embodies Entreprenelle’s continuous efforts to empower women in the MENA region. The event aims to educate and coach women about their own potential, and ways to bring it to the surface, to bring about real change in their current circumstances. With a series of workshops and lectures presented by leading experts in the field, Entreprenelle is a leading ally of women seeking their own route to success. With a shared mission and vision, Avon and Entreprenelle are partnering on HEAR 4 YOU to provide women with support networks and opportunities. The Event also highlighted the current difficulties women face in the region related to entrepreneurship, and try to develop strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Since 2015, Entreprenelle has been an active force for change by empowering women across 9 governorates through education, training, mentorship opportunities, and linking them to as many resources as possible to help them excel. To date, Entreprenelle has positively impacted the lives of over 50,000 women, established an online community of over 250,000 people across multiple social media platforms, hosted over 100 entrepreneurship workshops, and successfully hosted 15 mega educational events.

Avon Egypt’s partnership with Entreprenelle began earlier this year with the SHE CAN event on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day. Annually, Avon Egypt provides thousands of women of every social strata with a reliable and supported earning opportunity as Sales Representatives, regardless of their status or education, empowering them to achieve their targets no matter how big or small. Since 1886, Avon has been empowering women to live on their own terms by offering them an alternative to achieve economic independence at a time where they were not even able to vote in most of the countries.]]>
10/16/2019 11:41:39 AM
<![CDATA[For Second consecutive year, Somabay hosts the Heracleion Music Festival]]>

Paul Van Dyk, Aly & Fila, MaRLo, Joris Voorn performed over two magical nights. All to let the guests enjoy an amazing weekend with a mix of relaxation and partying moods. The entire event was filled with stunning visuals, and terrific music, generating nothing but good vibes.


10/15/2019 4:18:15 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei signed a MOU with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt ]]>
Cao Jibin, president of Huawei's Northern Africa Region, witnessed the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement. The signing of the agreement laid a long-term strategic partnership between Huawei and the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. The two sides will work together to continuously develop high-level information and communications technology (ICT) youth talent in Egypt to bridge the gap between college graduates 'capabilities and enterprises' expectations for graduates. Huawei's cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education aims to contribute to Egypt's digital transformation strategy and 2030's sustainable development vision.

Vincent Sun, CEO of Huawei Egypt, said: We firmly believe that knowledge will create opportunities, and education is the key to supporting national digital transformation and sustainable development. According to the cooperation agreement, Huawei will establish a joint team with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. The team will jointly design and develop digital higher education plans and solutions in accordance with the vision of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. Huawei will provide the best and latest information communication (ICT) technology platform for digital transformation of Egypt's higher education.

Based on the agreement, Huawei will send global senior experts to train students at the University of Egypt and promote the implementation of professional technical certification. At the same time, Huawei will provide internships for outstanding students and promote (ICT), an Egyptian and North African region, to recruit graduates from the talent pool project. The training project aims to provide high-quality information communication (ICT) technical talent for Egypt and the region to meet the changing market requirements and challenges of the information communication (ICT) technology industry.

Huawei has been operating in Egypt since 1999 and has extensive and in-depth cooperation with local mainstream telecom operators, governments, and industry customers. Over the years, Huawei has continuously promoted the development of the ICT talent ecosystem in Egypt through activities such as the Huawei ICT Academy project, Seeds for the Future program, summer internship project, and ICT Skill Competition.


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