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Egypt to host ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008
Cuttlefish
Egypt Attempts to Curb Smoking in Public
The real Egypt – wonderful
Egypt poised to loosen India's grip on huge global outsourcing market
The Red Sea Pan-Arab Open
whats on
Costa Coffee comes to Hurghada
Bull Boy magazine
amusement
Braided Friendship Bracelet
Nutrition Facts : Tuna
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Become a Fred Swim Academy Instructor
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Real Estate Sales Executives
Hillside Villa for Sale
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Egypt to host ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008

The venue will be the Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre (CICC).

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ITU Telecom Africa 2008

The African ICT sector has grown steadily in a number of core areas such as mobile, which has increased at twice the global rate over the past five years. Mobile phones have now surpassed fixed line telephone access on the continent; the growth fuelled by factors such as market liberalization and increased levels of national and international competition. Broadband, although still in its infancy, is expected to make the connectivity leap across Africa, leading to increased convergence and migration to next-generation networks.

"AFRICA 2008 will bring the region's top names together to focus on the major issues relating to ICT expansion across Africa," said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General.

"Cairo is a key business hub. It is an ideal vantage point to observe all the unfolding trends as well as the wealth of opportunities that this exciting region has to offer. AFRICA 2008 will be a critical milestone for the African ICT sector, offering a unique platform for the most innovative minds, industry and new technologies to make the right connections."

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Cuttlefish
Sepia species
Red Sea marine life
Cuttlefish

Description & Behavior

The cuttlefish is a fascinating creature. This intelligent mollusc has almost incredible powers of mimicry. It can control the colour, patterning and texture of its skin to perfectly match its surroundings. And not just from aboveL the camouflage works from whichever angle it is observed. From birth, cuttlefish can display at least 13 type of body pattern, made up from over 30 different components.

In addition to avoiding predators, pattern control is also used in courtship by male cuttlefish. This impresses females and warns off competitors. After mating the male will often defend the female while she lays clumps of eggs. These hatch in two to three months to reveal minature cuttlefish. Females only breed once and die soon after laying.

With its flattened body skirted each side with fins, the cuttlefish moves with a pretty rippling motion. Like the closely related octopus, it can also escape by powerful jet propulsion whilst simultaneously ejecting a cloud of black ink to distract its foe. This ink is called sepia and was once used by artists.

The cuttlefish's mouth is surrounded by eight arms. It also has two long extendable tentacles and is thus classified as a decapod (10 feet). Carnivorous, cuttlefish catch fast-moving prey like crustaceans and fish with their long tentacles. They are found all over the world.

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Egypt Attempts to Curb Smoking in Public
Egypt's New Laws Banning Tobacco Ads, Smoking in Some Public Places Receive Skeptical Response
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Egyptians smoke traditional water pipes

Egypt's 76 million people smoke billions of cigarettes a year _ one of the highest rates in the Middle East. The country's parliament recently passed laws banning tobacco advertising, smoking in some public places including government buildings, schools and hospitals and selling tobacco to people under the age of 18. In a country where perhaps the most popular national past-time is puffing on a water pipe or chain smoking while drinking tea, new laws designed to curb smoking are receiving a skeptical response.

Egypt's 76 million people smoke billions of cigarettes a year one of the highest rates in the Middle East. Smoke-filled offices are the norm here along with taxi drivers who light one cigarette after another while stuck in Cairo's treacherous traffic. Nonsmoking sections in restaurants are unheard of and water-pipe filled cafes often overflow onto sidewalks, leaving the sweet smell of fruit-flavored tobacco lingering on the streets.

But some doctors and lawmakers here want to change Egypt's smoking culture. The country's parliament recently passed laws banning tobacco advertising and smoking in some public places including government buildings, schools and hospitals.

The law also calls for health warning labels to be put on cigarette packs and allows the government to increase the price of tobacco, according to parliament member Hamdi el-Sayyed, who proposed the new laws. The national cigarette brand, Cleopatra, sells for about 50 cents a pack.

If individuals break the law, they could be fined up $17. Establishments could be forced to pay about $3,500, if they don't follow the law, said el-Sayyed, who also head's Egypt's Doctor's Syndicate.

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The real Egypt – wonderful

We decided to go to Egypt. Why Egypt? Because we have talked of going there for years, but this time we thought lets just do it!

Feature Article

 

The Nile

A direct flight from Manchester to Luxor saw us arriving at about 5pm and being met by a young man called Sherif, a representative of the travel company. Sherif showed us where to collect our cases, how to get an entry visa and took us to our hotel, The Old Winter Palace. He introduced us to carcady, a drink made from hibiscus leaves, tasting like red wine without alcohol, of which we became very fond.

Sherif gave us a brief outline of life in Egypt, what we could expect to experience in his country and a promise to return the next day with a more detailed plan. He left us with a list of the best tours available, and we went to our room feeling like perhaps we had made the right decision.

Wonderful and real

Our hotel was seemingly caught in a time-warp, Agatha Christie meets Poirot, decadent but tired, charming but sleepy. In a word - wonderful. I didn’t want perfect, I wanted real, and it was perfectly real. The rooms were well presented and spacious, spotlessly clean, the furniture old but comfortable, the balcony tiny, but overlooking the Nile, big enough to sit on and that was all we needed. The bed – so important – was the best I have slept in for years: big, the right amount of firmness, with crisp, fresh sheets and plentiful pillows and cushions, TV, mini bar, marble bathroom with fluffy towels and all the necessary bubbly soapy prerequisites.

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Egypt poised to loosen India's grip on huge global outsourcing market
Outsourcing in Egypt
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Outsourcing

Egypt is well on its way to establishing itself as an important player in the lucrative and fast-growing offshore outsourcing market. But it must take some steps to facilitate its ascendance in this market if it is to become the India of the Middle East, says a Yankee Group report.

India continues to be an outsourcing behemoth, leading the offshore outsourcing market both in IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Currently, India holds about 60 per cent of the overall offshore market, with revenue climbing to more than $6 billion last year in the BPO sector alone, and $22 billion in overall revenue.

"Egypt, a relatively new entrant to this segment, has some unique advantages as well as some structural and perceptual problems which the government must address to facilitate the ascendance of this market if it wants to reap the economic benefits of outsourcing opportunities," says Tony Marson, Yankee Group senior analyst and report co-author.

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The Red Sea Pan-Arab Open Golf Tournament
HURGHADA: The sweltering heat might have affected the players’ performances at the Sixth Red Sea Pan-Arab Open Amateur Golf Championship, were it not for the sea breeze blowing in over the coast.
Featured Article

Pan-Arab Golf Tournament

Sunday 8th July 2007 – The final round of the Red Sea Pan Arab Open Amateur Golf Championship was held yesterday at the deluxe resort destination of Soma Bay, Egypt. For the first time since the tournament started in 2001, players from European and International federations were invited to participate alongside players from the Arab nations in a true international celebration of the game of golf. 175 amateur golfers from 22 countries around the world came together at Soma Bay to play the award-winning Cascades; a stunning desert and oceanfront links course, designed by Gary Player.

Young Saudi Arabian Othman Al Mulla, who had led the three day tournament since the beginning, was crowned the winner in the Men’s competition (Gold category – 0-7 handicap) with a total score of 218 over 54 holes. Hamad Moubarak of Bahrain, and Taymour Aboul Kheir of Egypt, were placed second and third, with scores of 226 and 229 respectively. In fourth place on 230, was Diab Sager Alnaimi, also of Bahrain, who was also the winner in the Men’s Senior tournament.

The other tournament competitions, including Men’s Silver (8-16 handicap) and Bronze (17-24 handicap), and Ladies Gold (0-14 handicap) and Silver tournaments (15-28 handicap), were played over 36 holes in two days. Naela El Attar of Egypt came from second place after the first round, to win the Ladies Gold tournament with a score of 164. Hot on her heels, with a score of 165, was Khadiga Boutahchicht of Morocco, and in third place, Sophie Bernard on 181, also representing Egypt. For the first time this year, there was also a Super Seniors Gold category for players 60 years and over. Egyptian Ayman El Faransawy was the gross winner and Shaban Berbash, Libya, won the net tournament.

The players braved the desert heat with little of the refreshing light breeze that Soma Bay is so well known for. As the average time for a round increased from four hours to nearly six, the organizers’ attempt to encourage the golfers to pick up speed had an unexpected result - Egyptian Abdel Monem El Shafey, played a hole in one with his very next shot!

The winners of each category will have their names inscribed on the Soma Bay Challenge Cups that are exhibited in The Cascades trophy cabinets. Each winner was presented with a personal replica cup, and a commemorative medal, at a special closing ceremony that took place at close of play yesterday evening. Championship main sponsor Vodafone also generously donated mobile telephones to the winners.

The celebrations continued into the night with a sumptuous buffet and barbecue dinner and live entertainment held in a beachside setting hosted by Soma Bay’s flagship hotel La Residence des Cascades. Sub-sponsor Austrian Airlines donated a pair of business class tickets to Vienna in a prize draw that was held later in the evening.

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Costa Coffee

Opens its doors in Hurghada on the 1st August 2007

Feature Article

 

Costa coffee

Costa Coffee will be opening its doors next to Abu Ashara Supermarket in the old Avis building on Sheraton Road on the 1st August 2007. This franchised outlet will be serving all your Costa Coffee favourites.

The Costa Story

Bruno & Sergio Costa set up their famous coffee roastery in Lambeth, London in 1971, supplying local caterers and Italian coffee shops with an exciting coffee, slow-roasted the Italian way. People couldn’t get enough of it and by 1978 the first Costa espresso bar opened in Vauxhall Bridge Road in London. To this day we still use the same method of slow-roasting our coffee beans, serving the brothers’ authentic blend of 6 Arabica beans to 1 Robusta in 500 coffee shops all over the world.

To serve the best coffee in the true Italian style, we focus on quality control at every stage of the coffee making process from bean to cup. Unlike any other coffee company in the UK, we have our own roastery to ensure our unique blend is perfect every time.

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Bull Boy Magazine
Bullboy Magazine
Community News

Bullboy

We are proud to announce the launching of the all new “Bullboy” magazine.

This is a magazine for all the friends of Egypt, business owners and managers.

Bullboy is inviting all of you to become apart of this undertaking and to introduce your own unique an personal concepts.

We would like to establish a solid foundation for this magazine right from the start, to enable its success and growth in the future.

If we all contribute our ideas and plan together the success of this magazine is unlimited and we can all profit from each others experiences.

I’d say it is a smart choice to work together in order to fulfil our goals and dreams.

I thank God for everything I have acomplished so far and for everything I am able to do.....

Contact Mohamed Abdallah Tel: 065 344 44 14 or 010 663 31 61

Email: bullsman7@gmail.com


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amusement
 
Braided Friendship Bracelet

Friendship bracelets have been around for years and are a favorite with girls. Some forms of this craft use intricate weaving and macramé patterns, but ours is as simple as braiding a friend’s hair!

parents & kids

This project is rated AVERAGE to do.

Age
8 and up

What You Need

  • 2- 24” strands of pink embroidery floss
  • 2- 24” strands of yellow embroidery floss
  • 2- 24” strands of light blue embroidery floss

Scissors


What You Do

1. Line up each strand on your work surface in matching pairs. Make sure they are all the same length.
2. Hold all the strands together, then fold them in half. Tie a knot at the center, creating a loop
3. Separate the strands into three sections: pink, yellow and light blue.
4. Tape the knotted end to the table or hang it with a thumbtack in a bulletin board. This will hold the string taut for you as you braid.
5. Braid the three strands. Keep going until you have a braid that will fit around your wrist.
6. At the end of the braid, combine the strands to make two strands instead of three and tie into a knot to end the braid.
7. Now separate the strands again into two separate groups. Braid each group, leaving enough room at the end to tie a knot. Knot both mini braids and trim off the excess strands to make them even and neat.
8. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and ask a friend to tie the small braids to the loop at the end.

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Tuna nutrition facts
Nutrition Facts
Article
 

Fresh Tuna Steak

While the consumption of canned tuna accounts for more Americans eating tuna than any other type of fish, it doesn't compare to the wonderfully firm, dense and meaty flavor and texture of fresh tuna. Both canned and fresh tuna are available throughout the year. December is the time to get fresh Hawaiian tuna.

Tuna is found in the warm water areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea. People have been enjoying tuna as a food ever since time immemorial. And while fresh tuna has been enjoyed by coastal populations throughout history, smoked and pickled tuna was widely consumed since ancient times.

Health Benefits

Tuna fish are truly a nutrient-dense food. An excellent source of high quality protein, tuna are rich in a variety of important nutrients including the minerals selenium, magnesium, and potassium; the B vitamins niacin, B1 and B6; and perhaps most important, the beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are so named because they are essential for our health but cannot be made by the body; they must therefore be obtained from foods. Cold-water fish like tuna are a rich source of the omega-3 essential fats, a form of essential fatty acids in which the standard American diet is sorely deficient. (The other form of essential fatty acids, the omega-6s, are plentiful in a variety of commonly consumed oils such as corn and safflower oil. In fact, the omega-6s are so plentiful in the typical American diet that too much omega-6 is consumed in proportion to omega-3s--an imbalance that promotes inflammation, thus contributing to virtually every chronic disease in which inflammation is a key component.

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A great opportunity has arisen for a full time Administrator to join our busy Reservations Team at Emperor Divers based in Sharm El Sheikh. 
 
If you have experience of working in administration, have particularly strong IT skills, and excellent customer service / interpersonal skills together with plenty of initiative and drive then you may be just what we're looking for.  The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the day diving reservations process, from answering initial enquiries to taking bookings, so we need someone who is confident in dealing with our guests as well as being a great multi-tasker.  What's more, the new role holder will also have an integral role with regards to our Reservations System which will include maintenance and updating.
                
There will be a lot to learn and that's why we would prefer a certified diver to join us, ideally with experience of working within the diving industry.
 
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Real Estate Sales Executives
Soma Bay
job vacancies

Soma Bay, the Ultimate Resort Destination on the Red Sea, is searching for Sales Executives to promote its increasing range of luxury resort homes.
Prospective candidates should have:


• Fluency in German or Italian, and English
• Additional languages also preferred
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Professional presentation and interpersonal skills
• Ability to organize and schedule workload and appointments
• Previous experience in sales or customer-focused environment

Positions are based at Soma Bay but may offer some flexibility in working hours. A motivating salary is available for the right candidates.
For more information please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to:
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Hillside Villa for Sale
El Gouna
for sale
 

Hillside Villa

 

The village is surrounded by turquoise blue lagoons, representing diverse architecture, peace reigns here and it is a real pleasure to live everyday-life in these surroundings... Egypt, with all the advantages!


Our Villa, located on the "HILL" in El Gouna, one of the most beautiful locations, (surface 200m ²).
A large living area (with dome), open kitchen, large patio, 4 bedrooms (all with complet bathrooms), planted and closed garden


All rooms are equipped with split air-condition.(CARRIER)
The offer of purchase of a villa, by agencies is at present "made on plan" and the delay is more than 2 years !

The price is 320 000 €

Tel: (020) 12 104 27 12 or 18
Or by mail : alias-elgouna@link.net or jeanmi12@wanadoo.fr

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Hurghada 2 Bedroom Flat Required
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I am searching for a 2 bedroom flat to purchase in the Hadaba or Moubarak Area. Would like to pay an initial deposit and the rest set up as a mortgage with the current owner.

Maximum budget 100,000.00 LE

If you can help, please contact me on Tel: 0181 544 900

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