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articles
Rare view of a satelite image of a sandstorm
Historic Mosque to be restored in Egypt
Red Sea Urchin
Worlds Oldest Bowling Alley Found in Egypt
Find Madeleine McCann
Cairo Customs Prevents Snakes on a Plane
whats on
Alla Sabirowa at Villa Kunterbunt
El Gouna Boat Show
Drifters Marsden’s Pork Butchers & Bacon Curers
amusement
Parents and Kids - Personalized Plant Pokes
Nutrition Facts : Eggs
classifieds
Spot Local looks for UI Designer
VW Beetle for sale
Spot Red Sea News
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Dust storm in Egypt

Rare view of a satelite image of a sandstorm

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Satelite Image

A dense plume of tan dust blew out of the Great Sand Sea of northwestern Egypt in this image captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite, on May 19, 2007. The plume extends out into the Mediterranean Sea, hiding much of the coastline and casting an opaque veil over the water.

The Great Sand Sea is the third largest sand-accumulation in the world, about the size of Oregon. It forms a natural barrier between Egypt and Libya. East of the dust plume is the lotus-shaped Nile River Delta - a fan of lush green marking one of Egypt's most fertile and populous regions. It is in this delta that the majority of Egypt's large cities, both modern and ancient, are located.

 


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Historic mosque to be restored in Egypt

The Abbas Helmi mosque, located in the city of Ismailia, along the coast of the Suez Canal, will regain its original aspect. Built in 1898 for the men who worked on the construction of the Canal, the mosque is part of the Egyptian Muslim Heritage, but is in poor conditions.

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Kediva Abbass Helmi II

Mohamed Ali Street, in the city of Ismailia, one hour east of Cairo, on the banks of the Suez Canal.

The first mosque ever built in the city, it became part of the Egyptian Muslim Heritage in 1997, but currently faces several problems. "The ceiling is seriously damaged from rain water, therefore the construction needs a layer of impermeable material in order to prevent infiltration, because it also contributed to the corrosion of the walls," said Zeinab Badawi, director general at the Department of Muslim Monuments of Ismailia.

In addition to the effects of the rain, the mosque was also affected by inadequate painting throughout the years. "Several paintings made with colours other than the original ones have affected the appearance of the monument. Furthermore, many of the verses of the Koran carved in high relief on the interior walls, have not resisted and have disappeared under the monstrous layers of paint," said Zeinab.

According to her, restoration work will be done using the original colours of the mosque, and the decoration will be cleaned up, making the paint-covered Koufi writing (used in the Koran) apparent once again. The mosque is going to be completely renewed, it will recover its former appearance, both inner and outer. "The summit and the coloured stained glass windows will be redone, once again letting light through them," Zeinab said. The restoration will also include the electricity network and piping.

The work will be done using 300,000 Egyptian pounds (US$ 52,000) donated by the Egyptian government to the Ismailia city hall, and should take two years.

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Red sea urchin
Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
red sea marine life
 
Red Sea Urchin



Description & Behavior
Red sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (A. Agassiz, 1863), are colorful creatures, varying between a uniform red and dark burgundy, that crawl slowly over the sea bottom using their spines as stilts. Sea urchins belong to the marine invertebrate group called echinoderms or "spiny-skinned" animals. They are close relatives of sea cucumbers. The red sea urchin is the largest of the sea urchins, with a maximum "test", or outer skeleton, diameter of more than 18 cm and a maximum spine length of 8 cm. The test is made up of 10 fused plates that encircle the the sea urchin like the slices of an orange. Every other section has holes through which the sea urchin can extend its tubed feet. These feet are controlled by a water vascular system. By changing the amount of water inside, the animal can extend or contract the feet. Sea stars move around the same way.

World Range & Habitat
They occur on most rocky subtidal habitats from just below the low tide line to perhaps 90 m. Their preferred habitat is rocky ground with quantities of their food source of seaweeds and kelp. They avoid rocky areas exposed to extreme wave action and areas with sediments such as sand, mud and gravel.

 
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World's oldest bowling alley found in Egypt
Ancient Bowling Alley
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Bowling Alley

Italian archeologists have found in Egypt what may be the world's oldest indoor bowling alley, Egyptian media said Monday.

A spacious room, with a shallow lane running through into a pit and two heavy stone balls lying nearby, was found at an ancient site in the province of Al-Fayyum, 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Cairo, and appears to be man's first attempt to create an area for a game that was to become the prototype for modern-day bowling, archeologists taking part in the excavations were reported as saying.

The site dates back to the Ptolemaic era, which began in 332 B.C with Ptolemy I Soter declaring himself Pharaoh of Egypt following Alexander the Great's conquest, and ended with the Roman conquest in 30 B.C.

The period bowling room was apparently part of a residential building, with papyruses, pottery and copper utensils found at the site in abundance.

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Missing Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann's family believe a new picture of the missing four-year-old could play a vital role in the search for here.
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Madeleine McCann

The photo of the youngster shows clearly the her distinctive right eye, where the pupil runs into the blue-green iris. The new poster of Madeleine It is this distinguishing mark that will identify Madeleine to those on the lookout for her, according to aunt and uncle John and Diane McCann. The Glasgow couple aim to distribute the appeal poster, which features the Crimestoppers telephone number, as far afield as they can. Family friend Andrew Renwick told Sky News that support for the search had been "overwhelming" and her family were extremely grateful. Her right eye Mrs McCann said: "The purpose of the poster is to highlight the distinction in Madeleine's eye. "We want to make the most of it, because we know her hair could potentially be cut or dyed." Mr McCann added: "The poster was designed by a friend of the family and I've begun Emailing it to acquaintances in different parts of the world. "I'm asking people to circulate it the best they can and make it be seen." Madeleine's Eye Holds Vital Clue.

Portuguese Police on 00351 282 405 400
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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Cairo customs prevents snakes on a plane
Snake smuggling
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Snakes

Customs officers at Cairo's airport on Thursday detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said.

The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carryon bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it.

Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said.

The Egyptian said he had hoped to sell the snakes in Saudi Arabia. Police confiscated the snakes and turned Tulba over to the prosecutor's office, accusing him of violating export laws and endangering the lives of other passengers.

According to the customs officials, Tulba claimed the snakes are wanted by Saudis who display them in glass jars in shops, keep them as pets or sell them to research centers.

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Villa Kunterbunt - Alla Sabirowa
Dance Company Hurghada
events
 

Alla Sabirowa

Alla Sabirowa

Dance Company Hurghada - Summer Dance Performance

Free of charge

Friday 1st June 7.30pm / 1930

Waltz
Fox - Trot
Tap Dance
Acrobatic
Hip Hop
Modern
contemporary
Jazz
Oriental Dance

Alla Sabirowa and her Dancers (from 4 to 15)

Villa Kunterbunt

Tel: 0101232354

 

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Egypt Boat Show
El Gouna, Abu Tig Marina
Event
 

Luxury Yachts

Marine De Cléopatre is proud to organize The First International Boat Show, which will be held during the period from June 6th to June 10th 2007 at Abu Tig Marina - El Gouna.

Marine De Cléopatre is proud to launch the First International Boat Show in Egypt - with the approval of the General Organization of International Exhibitions and Fairs - under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, and His Excellency the Governor of the Red Sea. By selecting "The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination", we ensured for our visitors, not only the best exhibition venue, but also a charming experience of luxury and beauty.

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Drifters -Marsden’s
Pork Butchers & Bacon Curers
Since 1856
New Products
 

Wallgate Shop since 1856

Marsden's Pork Products DRIFT to Hurghada

5 Stars pork products since 1856 a tradition of premium quality handed down for generations now in Hurghada and it is exclusively available in the red sea at Drifters.

To place your orders call Osama 010 522 6413

Honey roasted ham, Boiled ham, bacon, smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, Cumberland sausage, tomato sausage, pork burgers, pork fillet, pork chops, pies and many other great and delicious products.


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Personalized plant pokes

Children love to dig in the garden and grow something to call their very own. Make it official by creating personalized plant pokes that tell the world just who did all that work!

parents & kids
 

This project is rated EASY to do.

Age: 6 and up

What you need

* Wooden plant poke
* Acrylic craft paint (black & green, and whatever other color you choose)
* Black Sharpie marker or craft pen
* Paint brush
* Old toothbrush
* Acrylic sealer spray


What you do

1. Paint the stick of the plant poke with two coats of green acrylic paint.
2. Paint the head of your plant poke whatever color you choose. Do two coats to start with, paint a third if needed (light colors may need a third coat). Allow paint to dry 20 minutes between coats.
3. Once paint is dry, use black Sharpie or craft pen to write child’s name and plant (“tulips,” “green beans,” “basil,” etc.) on the front of plant poke.
4. This step is optional and can be skipped if you prefer to keep the project simpler for smaller children. Put a small amount (about the size of a dime) of black paint on a paper plate. Add a couple of drops of water to the paint to thin it out a little.
5. Using an old toothbrush, pick up some black paint. Before applying this method to the plant poke, test it on a piece of newspaper. Flick the bristles of the toothbrush by dragging your finger or thumb across them. This causes the paint to spray off the brush onto your “target”, in this case, the newspaper. Once you are happy with the result, flick the paint all over the front of the plant poke.
6. You can also shade the outside of the plant poke, and again, this step is optional. Using a paint brush and thinned out black paint, paint a watery border around the edge of the face of the plant poke. Use a piece of paper towel to blend it to your liking.
7. Allow paint to dry completely and finish off with a spray coat of acrylic sealer. Let dry and repeat for a total of two coats.

Helpful hints

* Wooden plant pokes are available at Michael’s Craft Stores for less than 50 cents each. They can also be found at discount department stores and other arts and craft supply stores.
* Try to place your pokes where they will not be constantly hit with water from a sprinkler.
* To keep your pokes lasting all summer, take them out every few weeks and dust them off, then spray on another coat of acrylic sealer.

 

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Eggs nutrition facts
Nutrition Facts
Article
 

Eggs

With all the media attention on cholesterol, consumers often lose sight of the fact that eggs are a nutrient rich, affordable contributor to a healthy diet. Not only do eggs contain the highest quality source of protein available but they also contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans [Sorry, no vitamin C in eggs. Chickens, unlike humans, can produce their own vitamin C and don't need to get it from the diet.]. In fact, egg protein is of such high quality that it is used as the standard by which other proteins are compared. Eggs have a biological value (efficacy with which protein is used for growth) of 93.7%. Comparable values are 84.5% for milk, 76% for fish, and 74.3% for beef. Eggs really are the best protein money can buy, and it has all those other valuable vitamins and minerals too.

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classifieds
 
 
Spot Local looks for UI designer
(English version)
Vacancies

SpotLocal is looking for a full time creative UI designer to work on the design and development of a Web 2.0 style web application and the front-end website.

We’re looking for someone with both exceptional UI design skills and also fluency in DHTML, XHTML and CSS.

The successful candidate should be creative, fast, detailed, fulfil the simplicity, usability, conceptualizing and creating perfect HTML/CSS.

You will be responsible for both the UI design and then the coding of those pages into perfect XHTML/CSS templates.

Finally, you’ll be working from our office in Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt.

Spot Local Network:
www.spotredsea.com
www.spotdubai.com
www.spotmaldives.com  
www.spotseychelles.com

For more information please visit :
www.spotlocal.net

To apply please send your resume to hr@spotlocal.net

 

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VW Silver Beetle
Excellent Condition
for sale

 

1961 VW Beetle in Silver


Body work in excellent condition, interior shows signs of wear
1300 re-conditioned engine, new tyres and working air conditioning
A very reliable car with a strong engine

Please call for more details Tel: 012 2385780

 

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