30/01/2005 Issue 106 Past Issues

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Feature Article

Tighter Regulations For Red Sea Boats and Guests

New rules brought in by the Red Sea Association for Diving and Watersports have set stricter requirements for liveaboard and day diving charter boats, and the divers who holiday aboard them. The rules cover ratios of dive guides to diving guests, surface cover, guide qualifications, guest experience and certification, and equipping of guides and guests alike.

Under the new rules, all Red Sea liveaboard dive charter boats need to provide:

  • One guide for every eight guests;
  • One guide for surface support and supervision, which effectively means that all dives away from the main vessel require continuous small-boat cover;
  • All guides possessing a valid Red Sea Association professional ID card;
  • All guides carrying an SMB, reflective mirror, strobe and torch.

Guests on such holidays will need to:

  • Show evidence of at least 50 logged dives;
  • Each carry an SMB and, within buddy pairs, possess at least one torch, even on morning dives;
  • Possess medical certification of fitness to dive, issued less than one year before the start of the trip;
  • Possess diving accident insurance from a "reputable company".
Meanwhile all day-diving boats need to provide:
  • One guide for every ten divers, where the divers have at least 25 loggeddives;
  • One guide for every six divers, where divers have fewer than 25 loggeddives;
  • All guides possessing a valid Red Sea Association professional ID card.
Day-diving guests will need to:
  • Present diving logbook and agency certification;
  • Possess medical certification and accident insurance, as above.

For further information on the new rules and regulations, please contact the Red Sea Association for Diving and Watersports at assocation@redseaexperience.com




Post -Tsunami Dive Centre Listings

95% of the dive centres in areas directly or indirectly affected by the recent tsunamis are now fully operational. To find out which are operational, go to : http://www.divernet.com/directry/dcstatustable.shtml


Sakiet Abdel-Moneim El-Sawy Cultural Centre

The new Sakiet Abdel-Moneim El-Sawy Cultural Centre is now open in Cairo, on the 26th of July Street, under the 15th of May bridge. The centre is becoming one of Cairo 's unique cultural centers, hosting various concerts performed by famous artists and rock' n' roll groups. It also organizes art exhibitions. 

The centre consists of a garden, two halls (the Wisdom Hall and the Word Hall), a book library, an electronic library, a musical library and a library for children. The halls are used for hosting art exhibitions and theatrical and musical performances. The grounds include a cafeteria offering snacks at regular prices.

Dave Shaw Died from Carbon Dioxide Black-out

A post mortem has concluded that an excessive build-up of carbon dioxide caused the black-out and death of rebreather diver Dave Shaw. The Australian died deep in a cave while trying to raise the body of another diver. Shaw, 51, was trying to recover the body of Deon Dreyer, a 20-year-old who disappeared while diving in South Africa's inland Boesmansgat Cave. The operation was carried out at 270m - far deeper than any previously attempted working dive, outside commercial dives.

Shaw's equipment was inspected and his gas mixtures analysed. Investigators even re-enacted his breathing patterns, based on footage from Shaw's video camera. This showed that his breathing became increasingly laboured before stopping. It was seen that Shaw started work to free Dreyer's body but, as pre-arranged, aborted the effort when he had not succeeded after six minutes. Ascending, he became entangled in the line previously used to mark the body. While attempting to free himself, he stopped breathing about 22 minutes into the dive.

Egypt's TV Censors Sharpen Their Knives

Egyptian television dramas will soon be subject to review by a panel of religious censors, sparking an outcry by authors who say the move is a threat to their creative freedom and livelihoods.

Information Minister Mamduh al-Beltagi told reporters that he wanted to ensure better quality Egyptian television series, which have been overtaken in popularity by Syrian productions in recent years. He said that under the new rules, only shows that are "responsible" and "respect the values and traditions of Egyptian society" will be allowed to hit the airwaves. Certain programmes will now be presented to the clerics of Al-Azhar, the world's highest Sunni Islam authority, and the Christian church, before being broadcast.



North Africa Caught in Deadly Cold Grip

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures hit north Africa on Thursday, as a cold snap that has paralysed large parts of northern Algeria spread to the highlands of Morocco and Tunisia, killing 13 people and injuring 47 in a 24-hour period.

Snow fell in the capital Algiers, a rarity, causing serious traffic jams, and again in several towns and cities along or near the coast. The winter storms closed many roads to traffic, and a number of regions were completely cut off from the outside with snow levels rising to more than one metre and wind speeds reaching up to 70km/h.

Meteorologists forecast more heavy snow in the northern plateaus and the Atlas mountain range in the south, warning that temperatures will drop significantly.


What's On ... in Alexandria


Fame- English Singing Competition

For the first time in Alex, an English singing competition called FAME. Fame is a unique and new competiton attracting young males and females who can sing or just want to have a good time. A fun event that will be featuring 2 major competitons. There will be an English Boy Band performing some rock songs at the event and Hatem Fahmy, artist of the best selling album for the last three months, will be the star performer of the night.

The Fame event will take place at 7.30pm at the Gardenia Ballroom on Friday 11th February. Ticket price is
LE 40 and the dress code is casual.

For more information call : (03) 584 0107 or 010 533 2184

What's On ... in Cairo


Cairo International Book Fair 37th Session - 26th January to 8th February

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the General Egyptian Book Organization, the 37th Cairo International Book Fair will take place at Nasr City Fair Ground between 26th January and 8th February 2005.


Photography Workshop - Beginner

Learn the basics of photography - focus, lens speed, lighting, etc. Includes field trip for practical application. 200 LE per person for 4 classes. Bring your own camera for personalised instruction.

At Studio 206, Villa 14, Road 200, Maadi. For more information call : (02) 519 571. 4pm-6pm, very third Saturday of the month.

Dutch Night at The British Embassy Phoenix Club

3rd February, 7.30pm

Traditional Dutch Food, Music and a Quiz on the Netherlands

Tickets only 30 LE

Contact Aurea Marshall on aurea.marshall@fco.gov.uk for more details

Cairo Opera House Programme of Events

For Cairo Opera House's programme of events, visit their website at http://www.operahouse.gov.eg/operahouse/program.jsp

What's On ... in Hurghada


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The adventure starts during the summer before Harry's third year at Hogwarts, when Harry goes on the run after an incident where he was unable to control his anger... getting on a bus, he hears about Sirius Black, a renegade wizard who was a Prisoner at Azkaban. What Harry doesn't suspect is that Black escaped to look for... him.

Rent it now from the Sekalla Video Shop!


Parents & Kids


Rajac School to Open in Hurghada

A new Rajac School is to open in Hurghada. Rajac Schools are currently based in Cairo and are made up of the Language School, a Special Needs School, College de Rajac, American School and the American School for Girls.

Further information about the new school in Hurghada will appear in future issues of this Newsletter or is available from the Rajac Language School main campus after 6th February 2005. Telephone : +20 (02) 477-0821

Details of the Rajac schools can be found at http://www.rajacschools.com

Rajac Schools

Schools in Egypt

For a comprehensive guide to schools in Egypt, visit the Schools in Egypt.com website at http://www.schools-in-egypt.com

The site provides a wide range of information for parents, teachers and students, covering nurseries, schools and universities.

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