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Red Sea is parting to create a new ocean
By Mark Henderson, Science Editor

The Red Sea is parting in a way that could ultimately create a new ocean basin and redraw the map of Africa and Arabia.

A huge rift that appeared last year along a fault in the Afar desert in Ethiopia, where the African and Arabian tectonic plates meet, has provided the strongest indication yet of how the plates are separating to create a new sea. Geologists believe they are witnessing a tectonic process similar to the one that formed the Atlantic Ocean, as adjacent plates push apart over millions of years to alter the shape of the continents. While the precise course of this continental drift is difficult to predict, the fault’s movement promises eventually to widen the Red Sea between Africa and the Arabian peninsula and extend it southwards, cutting a marine inlet deep inland. Eritrea and north east Ethiopia, which are joined to Africa but lie on the Arabian plate, would become marooned in the process forming a new offshore island.

The world’s continents are not static as was once thought, but instead rest on tectonic plates that shift around with the movements of molten rock or magma beneath the Earth’s crust, and join at unstable fault lines. In some faults, the plates rub against each other in opposite directions like gears, while in others a plate disappears beneath another, in what is known as a subduction zone. The Afar fault is of the third variety, a spreading fault in which magma bubbles up through the surface and pushes two plates apart in opposite directions. The most celebrated of these spreading faults is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which pushes the North and South American plates away from the Eurasian and African plates. It effectively widens the Atlantic by a centimetre or two each year, similar to the rate at which fingernails grow.

For several million years, a similar process has been slowly separating the African and Arabian plates, forming the Red Sea in the north and the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. The new research on the Afar fault, which is published today in the journal Nature, offers fresh insights into the process, which could eventually form a new sea or even an ocean.

A team of geologists from Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Oxford and Addis Abbaba University in Ethiopia monitored a heavy period of activity in the fault during September last year, which included a volcanic eruption. The scientists used data from the Envisat satellite to show that an 8-metre rift developed along a 60km (37 mile) stretch of the fault in just three weeks.

The scientists, led by Cindy Ebinger of Royal Holloway and Tim Wright of Oxford, established as the rift was torn, it was filled by magma bubbling up from chambers lying underneath two volcanoes at its northern end. This magma will eventually harden, and when submerged will form a new ocean floor.

"It’s amazing," Dr Ebinger said. "It’s the first large event we have seen like this in a rift zone since the advent of some of the space-based techniques we’re now using. These techniques give us a resolution and a detail to see what’s really going on and how the earth processes work. The Afar region provides a unique study area for continental break-up and formation of new ocean basins."

Derek Keir of Royal Holloway, who also contributed to the research, said: "Every rift system has to evolve in stages, and the rift system in the Afar desert is proceeding as if it were a mid-ocean rift. We think it has the potential eventually to form an ocean.



 
 

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Make your Escape... El-Sahel

 

El-Sahel
Egypt’s North Coast is the Hamptons and Cape Cod, Egyptian style

Egypt’s temperate climate allows for year-round beach tourism in the Red Sea and the Sinai, but come July and August, Egypt’s Mediterranean shores are the place to be. Nothing else in Egypt tops a summer vacation spent on the shores of the Mediterranean. Until the mid-1980s, vacationing here meant going to Alexandria or Agamy, an elite seaside resort just to the west of the city. Today, however, it will more than likely mean heading further west for the North Coast (El-Sahel, as the locals call it), the 1,200-kilometer stretch of coastline between Agamy and Alamein, which is to Cairenes as the Hamptons and Cape Cod are to New Englanders.

Traveling to El-Sahel on the weekends in July and August has become a ritual set in stone for many Egyptians who own or rent summer houses. It has the best weather and some of the most spectacular azure blue waters and white sandy beaches in the world, but the natural attributes are easy to miss because of the massive overdevelopment that has taken place during the past three decades.

Today, there are at least 120 so-called ‘tourist villages,’ but they’re better described as residential compounds offering everything from modest apartments to luxury villas, most of them built by the government or professional syndicates back in the 1980s, which explains their less-than-appealing architectural style. If you really want a true Sahel experience, bypass the hotels and go instead for a beach rental. A couple of weeks in a nicely furnished, well-maintained villa or chalet in one of the better compounds during July and August will cost a small fortune, but it’s an experience to remember.

The general rule in Sahel is the further west you go, the nicer the beaches and the construction become. Marina El-Alamein, by far the largest and most famous of the western Sahel resorts, is government-owned. Unlike its predecessors, Marina was built to cater to an affluent clientele that wanted to flaunt its wealth. With plenty of natural and man-made lakes and lagoons, Marina is an ideal spot for jet- and water-skiing. Extending over 20 kilometers along the coast, it has turned into a miniature metropolis that dies in the winter and is reborn every summer starting the last week of May.

All of Cairo’s most popular cafes, restaurants, shops and supermarkets now have summer branches in Marina, the unrivaled entertainment hub of the Sahel. The first of Marina’s commercial areas were the Champs Elysee and Sea Gull compounds in Marina 1. As subsequent phases of Marina came into being, more cafes and restaurants began opening along the lake in the extension between Marina 2 and 4. Then came La Plage, a private beach by day and seaside café by night, complete with bonfires and shisha bars. The La Plage concept proved so successful that other private beaches followed suit, including the infamous women’s only beaches La Femme and Yashmak. These beaches allow veiled women to enjoy the sun and sea just like everyone else. On weekday mornings, they are the place to be for aerobics classes, belly dancing and lots of socializing. Even non-veiled women go there to socialize with their veiled friends. Inevitably, a slew of new cafés and restaurants have opened up alongside Yashmak and La Femme and most are open to men and women alike in the evenings.

 

In July 2005, Porto Marina an impressive new extension of Marina El-Alamein, designed and operated under the supervision of Britain’s Camper and Nicholson Marina Ltd., opened its doors. Even those who are not big fans of Marina have given this project a thumbs-up. It includes a working marina with berths for up to 500 yachts, a lineup of reputable quayside restaurants and cafés (including Alain Le Notre, Chili’s and Beano’s), the five-star Porto Marina Hotel and the Venice Canal Mall, built with Venetian style architecture along a man-made canal complete with gondolas and gondoliers. By next year a cinema complex and golf course will be added as well. This is the ideal place for a sunset stroll and late lunch with the kids when things are still quiet. The crowds start to arrive after 11pm and the parties continue until 5–6 am: Nothing shuts down at Porto Marina before sunrise.

If you prefer something quieter than Marina, travel 15 kilometers further west to Diplomat’s Village 2 (CD2), the most fashionable of the three Diplomat’s Villages on the coast. This quaint area is a fraction of the size of Marina and consists solely of tasteful, white one-story bungalows with well-kept gardens overflowing with colorful bougainvillea. Wide promenades and sidewalks make CD2 ideal for kids on bikes, roller blades and scooters. CD2’s beach is also one of the nicest and most entertaining in Sahel. For the past couple of years, Samia Allouba Fitness Center has taken up residence on the beach, offering all types of exercise and dance classes for kids and adults throughout the day.

Move 35-40 kilometers west of CD2 to find Sahel’s newest developments: Hacienda’s and Ghazala. Both are smaller, quieter and more exclusive than the rest of the coast, without the usual commercial areas and funfair atmosphere. Hacienda’s was designed by well-known architect Shihab Mazhar to capture the essence of both the Montazah resort in Alexandria and the Agamy of yesteryear. The Mexican-style adobe architecture and lush landscaped green areas give Hacienda’s a distinctly foreign feel. For many Sahel-goers, an added bonus at Hacienda’s is Andrea, the popular restaurant/night spot that re-located there from Agamy three summers ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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News...

 

Carrefour: New market in Sharm - but not in Hurghada

The hypermarket chain Carrefour, having already 3 branches in Cairo and Alexandria, is going to build a new market in Sharm El Sheikh. Great news for Sharm El Sheikh - but what about Hurghada?

During a conversation with Amal Ghaleb (Majid Al Futtaim Group) about this issue he stated the following:

"Carrefour has an ambitious expansion plan in all over the country including Hurghada of course, but the new sites we are looking for, do not include Hurghada for the near future."

Dear Readers, when you also cannot understand why they build in Sharm but not in Hurghada, email Carrefour and ask them

- WHY ? -

Carrefour Head Office
Ring Road Meerag City - 11435 - Maadi Cairo Egypt
Tel: (202)520 43 00 Fax: (202)520 43 05
Website: www.carrefour.com.eg
Email: headoffice@carrefour.com.eg

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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What's On ... Yoga Festival

 

International Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Retreatment & Yoga Dance Festival
Yoga Re-treatment and Yoga Dance Festival

13th – 17 September 2006
Sonesta Beach Resort – Taba – Sinai

Following the great success of Egypt's First International Yoga Festival held in El Gouna from March 1 -7, 2006 that was attended by over 260 multinational participants and covered by a large gathering of both TV Channels, Radio stations as well as local and international press.

T.E.N Tours Egypt decided to organize their second Yoga related Festival - The International Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Re-treatment and Yoga Dance Festival- that will take place during the period from September 13 until September17, 2006 at 5* Sonesta Beach Resort Taba - Sinai.

Amidst the natural and legendary beauty of the Red Sea, T.E.N Tours offers an unforgettable weekend focusing on the great benefits of Natural Healing applications and Therapies such as Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Re-treatment, guided Meditation and yoga practices.

The Festival's Day By Day Itinerary is incredibly rich with various workshops, classes and open-air meditation sessions. You will be guided by a unique gathering of highly qualified Instructors – from Thailand, France, India, Sweden and Australia- specialized in the Ancient Art of Traditional Thai Massage, Yoga Retreat, Spiritual Yoga and finally Yoga Dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Body & Soul

Summertime sports and exercise: How to keep cool in hot weather - Guidelines for working out in hot weather

Avoid heat-related conditions

Drink enough fluids. Your body's ability to sweat and cool down depends on adequate rehydration. During heavy exercise in the heat, you can lose almost 2 quarts of water every hour. Recommended fluids include water, sports drinks and diluted fruit juices. Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and cola, which speed the excretion of water from your body. Sports drinks include electrolytes — sodium, chloride and potassium — which are lost through sweating. If you're going to be exercising very intensely or for longer than one hour, you may benefit from fluids containing carbohydrates and electrolytes. Keep in mind that you can't rely on your thirst to signal how much fluid you need to drink. Your thirst mechanism underestimates fluid loss in the heat.

Wear light-colored, loosefitting clothing made of breathable fabric. Dark or nonporous material can increase your temperature and reduce evaporation. Clothing made with polypropylene can help wick moisture away from the skin. Avoid heavy, rubberized clothing, which can be dangerous in any weather. Loosefitting clothing lets more air pass over your body, providing for sweat evaporation and cooling. A light-colored hat or cap can limit your exposure to the sun.

Exercise in the early morning or late evening. These are cooler times. If possible, exercise in the shade.

Wear sunscreen. Sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself.

Allow yourself time to get used to higher temperatures. Your body will gradually adapt to the heat, allowing you to exercise with a lower heart rate and lower body

temperature. If you're reasonably fit, allow four to five days to get used to higher temperatures. If you live with a chronic health condition or are older, you may need up to 10 to 12 days to adjust. Shorten the length of your exercise routine, lower the intensity, and gradually increase your effort.

Talk to your doctor if you have a chronic medical condition or take medications. Find out if your condition or medication might affect your ability to work out in hot weather. Certain medications — such as diuretics and antihistamines — may make you more susceptible to heat-related illness.

As you plan your outdoor activities, keep in mind that certain people — young children and older adults, for instance — are at greater risk of heat-related illness. If your activities include people in this age range, pay close attention to them for any signs of distress.

Rely on a backup plan

It's always a good idea to have a backup plan when the temperature soars. On days when the heat and humidity are high, avoiding the heat altogether and exercising inside may be your safest option. Indoor alternatives include exercising at the gym, swimming, mall walking or perhaps climbing stairs inside an air-conditioned building.

Keep it cool, play it safe

Your workouts help you live longer and stay healthier. But don't put your health at risk by working out in extreme heat. Follow the guidelines for working out in hot weather to avoid the risk of heat-related conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Parents & Kids

 

Nightmares

How does a parent tell whether a child who wakens in the middle of the night has had a bad dream or is just trying to get parental attention?

If your child wakes up frightened, go to him or her. That's a parent's job.

There is no question that a bright child quickly learns how to get parental attention. But parents can just as quickly learn the difference between a frightened child and a manipulative one. A scream means a bad dream. A young child isn't clever enough to fake a scream. The crying or whining noises from the bedroom mean "I'm awake and bored and I want my parents to come in here and entertain me." A nightmare is a scary dream that wakes the child up. Nightmares occur when the child is in deep sleep, the stage of sleep when dreaming takes place. This means nightmares occur in the middle of the night after the child has been asleep for a while. Crying for attention happens just after the child is put to bed. After a nightmare, the young child wakes up suddenly, begins crying for the parents or runs to find the parents. Although the child may be sleepy because it's in the middle of the night, there is no question that the child is AWAKE and SCARED.

Depending on the age and verbal skills of the child, the child tries to tell you about the scary dream. Very young children may only say one word, "Monster!" or "Dog!" Older children may describe the dream in detail. Many preschoolers, who are fuzzy about the boundaries between dreams and reality, may keep pointing to the closet and insist that the monster is still there.

Scary dreams reflect what is happening to the child during the day. They are common in preschoolers because young children go through monumental emotional conflicts in the process of growing up. And they have not yet learned how to deal with these strong emotional feelings. Childhood is not as idyllic as we like to think. Young children worry about lots of things. They worry about being separated from their parents. If a sibling arrives they worry about losing parental love and attention to the new baby. They wonder if they will ever be able to do what their parents expect them to do in the toilet. They don't know what to do with their strong sexual or aggressive impulses. They have major fears about monsters, dogs, the dark, doctors.

How should parents handle nightmares? REASSURANCE, REASSURANCE, REASSURANCE. When you hear your child cry in fright in the middle of the night, go to the child quickly, turn on the light (even if the room is already dimly lit), and soothingly say you are there and won't let anything bad happen. Keep your voice calm and soothing. Hold the child close or rock the child in your arms. Keep repeating you won't let anything bad happen. Tell the child, "That was a bad dream that scared you but you're OK." Encourage your child to tell you about the dream. Don't prompt or second guess the unconscious mind. Rather ask, "Can you tell me what the dream was about?"

It's good for children to talk about their dreams even if they start shaking or crying. Your presence is reassuring, and talking about scary feelings is about the only way to deal with them when you are young and it's the middle of the night. If your preschooler insists that the monster is still there, show him/her that no monster is around. Sometimes this situation calls for big-time monster-busting. A good device is a spray bottle with a harmless solution. You can add water to an almost empty bottle of cologne so the smell lingers to work its magic. After the child is calmed down, encourage the child to go back to sleep. The next day remind the child about the dream and encourage talking about it, drawing a picture of the monster, etc.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

Recipe

 

Lattice-Topped Blueberry Pie Recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the Crust:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (or Butter)

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch(cornflour)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

RECIPE METHOD

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1/4 cup flour and ice water, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Combine 1-1/4 cups flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add slurry; mix with a fork until flour mixture is moist. Gently press two-thirds of dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Press remaining dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough into a 9-inch circle. Freeze both portions of dough 10 minutes. Working with larger portion of dough, remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap; fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap.

To prepare the filling, combine 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl, and sprinkle over blueberries. Toss gently. Stir in butter and vanilla. Spoon blueberry mixture into crust.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Remove top sheet of plastic wrap from remaining dough. Cut dough into 6 (1-1/2-inch) strips. Gently remove dough strips from bottom sheet of plastic wrap; arrange in a lattice design over blueberry mixture. Seal dough strips to edge of crust. Place pie on a baking sheet covered with foil. Sprinkle lattice with 1 tablespoon sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until crust is browned and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.

 


 

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