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Introduction - what is web 2.0?
Jordon Looks to Save the Dead Sea
Blue Spotted Ray
Volunteer Rangers Beach Clean Up
Hair of Rameses II Back in Egypt
whats on
Inter Housing Expo 2007
Parents and Kids - Coffee Filter Butterflies
Dutch Apple Cake
Puppies for sale!
Padi Instructor Materials for sale
Work for a magazine in Hurghada
Apartment for sale
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Introduction - what is web 2.0?

A series article provided by Spot Local

  Web 2.0
Spot Local - Information on demand

The Basics:

Web 2.0 describes the second generation of Web-based services that have gained massive popularity by letting people collaborate and share information online in previously unavailable ways. Examples of the use of Web 2.0 are social networking sites, wikis, blogging and podcasting. With more than 9.5 million citations in Google, Web 2.0 is clearly generating tremendous interest online and must be taken seriously by anyone managing a Web strategy.

How does it relate to the tourism and travel industry?

As an increasing number of people research and reserve travel online, Web 2.0 is providing consumers with countless tools to find, and design, not just the cheapest trip, but the perfect trip.
Recent research has shown that more than 6 in 10 leisure travellers use the Internet or an online service to obtain information and prices, further highlighting the need for Tourism and Travel Web sites to make the best possible use of technology to enhance usability, provide useful tools and
increase bookings.

These articles brought to you by Spot Local aims to demystify Web 2.0, and explain how it can be particularly useful to the Tourism and Travel industry, allowing brands to better serve customers, and capitalise on the new commercial opportunities that are now available.

Next week ... blogging (what the heck is it all about...)
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Portofino Ristorante
Jordan looks to save Dead Sea with Red Sea pipeline

Jordan is considering three offers to construct a massive canal to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, where the water level has been dropping rapidly in recent years, a press report said Wednesday.

  Dead Sea
The Dead Sea

The 25-year project would address the region's acute water shortage by eventually providing up to 850 million cubic meters (about 30 billion cubic feet) of fresh water to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, Jordanian officials said.

Water minister Zafer Al Aalem was quoted by Al Ghad newspaper as saying that given the scale of the project the government will take its time in evaluating the offers, warning that "even a small error could cause the kingdom to suffer for 25 years."

As one of the 10 most water impoverished countries in the world, Jordan's water deficit exceeds 500 million cubic meters a year, according to the water ministry.

Officials from Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority launched a feasibility study for the project in December 2006 in a bid to save the Dead Sea and improve regional ties.

France, the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States committed $9 million to finance the two-year study estimated to cost around $15.5 million, and a total of 16 countries have expressed interest in the project, which will be managed by the World Bank.

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Blue Spotted Ray
Taeniura Lymma
red sea marine life
Blue Spotted Ray
The Blue Spotted Ray

Description & Behavior

The blue-spotted ray, Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775), aka blue-spotted fantail ray, blue spotted stingray, blue spotted ray, and ribbontail stingray, is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an oval, elongated disc and blue side-stripes along the tail.

The snout is rounded and angular and the disc has broadly rounded outer corners. They have a short tapering tail that is less than twice the body length when intact, with a broad lower caudal finfold that extends to the tail tip. The disc has no large thorns but does have small, flat denticles along the midback in adults. There is usually 1 medium-sized stinging spine on the tail found further from the base than most stingrays. They are gray-brown to yellow, or olive-green to reddish brown in color on the dorsal side, white on the ventral side. They reach a maximum length about 70 cm.

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Volunteer Rangers Beach
Clean Up
Cleaning the beaches of Dahab.
community news
Cleaning up Assalah Beach at Dahab.

On the 15th April,the local community of Dahab joined together with the Volunteer Rangers to clean up their beaches. The beach of Assalah located in the centre of Dahab receives every day a large quantity of rubbish brought by the wind. This narrow strip of beach easily traps rubbish which in turn is washed into the sea, becoming a hazard to the marine life.

The Volunteer Rangers is a new scheme supporting the National Parks in Marine Conservation Projects. If you would like to get involved contact your local National Marine Parks Office.

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Hair of Ramses II Back in Egypt
Egyptian officials unveiled locks of 3,200-year-old hair Tuesday from the pharaoh Ramses II.



Mummified remains of
Ramses II.

Returned to this country after being stolen 30 years ago in France and put up for sale on the Internet.

The small tufts of brown hair were displayed in a glass case at the Egyptian Museum alongside linen bandages and 13 pieces of resin used in the mummification of Ramses and his son Merneptah. The hair will eventually be put on exhibit next to Ramses' mummy at the museum.

The theft was discovered when the pieces of hair and cloth from the mummy were put up for sale on a Web site last November by a French postal worker, Jean-Michel Diebolt, who gave the hair a price tag of $2,600.

'I was so upset, how the hair of the mummy - of the greatest king of Egypt - can be sold on the Internet,' said Egypt's antiquities chief, Zahi Hawass.

Diebolt, 50, apparently obtained the items from his late father, a French researcher who examined the mummy when it was brought to France in 1976 for treatment to stop the spread of a rare fungus. Diebolt is being investigated in France for allegedly possessing stolen goods.

Egyptian antiquities official Ahmed Salah traveled to Paris last week to retrieve the stolen items.

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whats on
Inter Housing Expo 2007
real estate fair
You decide to live or invest in Hurghada?

For the first time in the Red Sea area, all property companies, developers, architects, contractors, interior designers are in one place!

Real estate fairs
Inter Housing Expo
April 23 - 25, 2007
InterContinental Hotel, Hurghada, Egypt

Interior designers!
Property management!
House keeping!

The latest projects!
The best offers!
The best terms of payment!
Furnishing in terms!
Technical advices!

We are waiting for you!!

For more information please contact:

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Coffee Filter Butterflies

These beautiful vibrant butterflies are a great way to welcome spring! Suspend them from the ceiling with fishing line, or make several and attach them to paper plate mobile.

parents & kids

Beautiful Spring Butterflies

What You Need
* ½ black chenille stem
* Paper coffee filter
* Water color paints
* Paint brush
* Water

How To Make It

1. Flatten the coffee filter and place it on a plate or newspaper, the paint and water will soak through. Set aside on paper towels to dry.
2. Fold the chenille stem in half. Remember, you are only using half of a chenille stem to begin with.
3. Fold the coffee filter accordion style, in about ½" pleats.
4. Position the pleated coffee filter into the bent end of the chenille stem. Center the filter at the bend.
5. Twist the chenille stem around the filter to secure it in place.
6. Bend the tips of the chenille stems over about ¼" to create the antennae.
7. Fan out the butterfly wings.
8. If desired, hang with yarn or fishing line.

Helpful Hints

* For a more vibrant butterfly, be sure to paint all white areas with paint.
* Tie a piece of fishing line around the "neck" and suspend from the ceiling. They will look like they are flying!
* Instead of using all the colors on one filter, make some with warm colors (red, yellow, orange) and some with cool colors (blue, green, purple).

Source page...
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Cheeky Monkeys
Dutch Apple Bread
The crumb topping on this bread makes it extra special. Its an old taste of home recipe.

Servings: 8 - 10
Time:75 min / 15 min prep


1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped peeled apples (about 1 large)
1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Grease a 9x5x3" loaf pan.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
4. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, and stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
6. Fold in apple and nuts.
7. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle topping evenly over the bread.
8. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted into bread comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Source page...
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Pet lovers!
Puppies for sale
for sale

For those who loves pets.
Puppies - 45 days old – Griffon.
Three white colored and one white with black ears. ( 3 male and 1 female)
Mobile: 0123111307

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Padi Instructor Materials for sale
(English version)
for sale

• PADI Instructor Manual
• The Law and the Diving Professional
• The Business of Diving
• The Best of The Undersea Journal
• PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
• Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
• Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
• Instructor Candidate Workbook

Total price: 1,000 l.e.

Items can be priced individually on request.
Open to offers.


• Mares Vector Origin BCD + SMB – 90 $ (Done around 200 dives – Very good condition)

Please contact: 010 484 2837

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Work for a magazine in Hurghada
Three positions available

A magazine in Hurghada needs a German lady for their sales department.
We are also recruiting 2 graphic designers graduated from fine arts.
Minimun 2 years experience is a must.

Please contact: 0102724837 / 01027248367

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Apartment for sale
Situated in Hurghada
real estate

Details as follows:
The appartment is located in Moubarak city 1, third floor, 78 square m,
For more information please contact Emad mahmoud on: 010 1538 639

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