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Egyptian real estate exhibited at “Amar Ya Masr”
Titan Triggerfish
Egypt's royal mummies to get identity checks
Life on the unruly roads of Cairo
Egypt inflation to drop
Egypt's Oldest Known Art Identified, Is 15,000 Years Old
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Les Bonbons International Nursery
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Drifters Interview with Osama
amusement
Cool Summer Popsicles
Nutrition Facts : Lemon & Limes
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Egyptian real estate exhibited at “Amar Ya Masr”

The 34th “Amar Ya Masr” real estate exhibition witnessed the participation of over 30 real estate and financial companies as well as the highest number of visitors to date, highlighting the boom in Egypt's real estate sector.

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Real Estate Egypt

The three-day exhibition, which ended on Sunday, lured visitors to lavish, often unaffordable, displays. Egyptians working abroad, Arab tourists and Egyptian youth flocked to the displays of large residential complexes as well as tourist resorts.

"The exhibition is an opportunity for all those who are interested in knowing what Egypt's real estate industry offers. With competition from international companies, an exhibition like this is necessary to promote Egyptian efforts,” said Mohamed Madkour, who organized the exhibition.

Banking institutions were also present, offering payments plans for those who “sealed a deal" during the exhibition. The Faisal Islamic Egyptian Bank, the exhibition’s official sponsor, was "keen on participating in the event and offering payment benefits in an effort to help the youth and promote Egyptian real estate,” said the bank's marketing representative.

Despite the wide variety of housing units available, the costs were still too high for the average Egyptian. “The display is very impressive and the carbon illustrations look very attractive, but paying a total of LE 500,000 for a house is not reasonable,” Medhat El-Masry, a 26-year-old said. Many thought that the local exhibition would target the youth by offering more reasonably priced housing, but that was not the case.

Although these prices are half the price tags of international real estate companies, they are still “unaffordable.”

At the different booths, marketing personnel were concentrating their efforts on Egyptians working abroad or Arabs. Many Egyptian families who live abroad and were here on vacation looked forward to buying a lush villa or a summer house on the North Coast, in Sharm El-Sheikh or Ras Sidr. They managed to put down their first payments on the spot.

Companies capitalized on the selling opportunities at the exhibition by displaying all their projects, allowing customers to take their pick. The Degla Group for Investment exhibited four projects: Degla View, Maadi Grand City, Rayhanah Residence and Bavaria Town. Although the four projects are in the Maadi district of Cairo, prices, layout and structure varied greatly.

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Titan triggerfish
family Balistidae
Red Sea marine life
Titan triggerfish

Description & Behavior

Their size varies from 30 cm (1 foot) to 75 cm (2.5 feet).

Triggerfish have a roundish, laterally flat body with an anterior dorsal fin. They can erect the first two dorsal spines, the first one locks and the second one unlocks. This prevents predators from swallowing them or pulling them out of their holes. This locking and unlocking behaviour is why they are named 'triggerfish'.

They have a small pectoral fin, fused to one spine. Unlike the spine of a filefish, the spine of the triggerfish can be held in place by a second spine to make the fish more threatening to the predator. Their small eyes, situated on top of their large head, can be rotated independently. They have tough skin, covered with rough rhomboid-shaped scales that form a tough armour on their body. A big, angular-shaped head extends into a snout with strong jaws and sharp teeth, made for crushing shells. Each jaw contains a row of eight teeth, while the upper jaw contains another set of six plate-like teeth.

IMost are solitary and diurnal. They feed on hard-shelled invertebrates, a few feed on large zooplankton or algae. They lay their demersal eggs in a small hole, dug in the ground. Some species guard their eggs.

A few of the triggerfish species can be quite aggressive during reproduction season. In particular Picasso triggerfish and titan triggerfish viciously defend their circular nests against any intruders, including scuba divers and snorkelers. Their territory extends in a cone shape from the nest to the surface, so swimming upwards puts one further into the fishes' territory. A horizontal swim away from the nest site is the most sensible course of action when confronted by an angry triggerfish. In contrast to the relatively small Picasso triggerfish, the titan triggerfish poses a serious threat to inattentative divers due to its large size and powerful teeth.

Some species of triggerfish are known to make a sound akin to a grunt or snarl when taken out of the water.

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Egypt's royal mummies to get identity checks
NEW YORK: All of Egypt's royal mummies will get identity checks after scientists found one was wrongly identified as a Pharaoh, the chief Egyptian archaeologist said.
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Mummie finding

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he would use computed tomography, or CT scanning, and DNA to test more than 40 royal mummies at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

In June, the mummy long thought to have been King Tuthmosis I was found to be a young man who died from an arrow wound, Hawass said. History showed Tuthmosis I died in his 60s.

"I am now questioning all the mummies," he said. "We have to check them all again. The new technology now will reconfirm or identify anything for us."

The Egyptian Museum has had CT scanning equipment for just two years and its first DNA laboratory was installed in April.

The CT scan allows the mummies to be virtually "unwrapped" without damaging them. The teenage Pharaoh Tutankhamun was one of the first mummies to be examined with the technology in 2005.

Hawass said only the identity of the mummy of Tutankhamun was certain because he was discovered by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 still in a sealed coffin in his tomb.

Many royal mummies were taken from their tombs and hidden elsewhere to protect them from desecration and looting.

Last week, Hawass said the ancient mummy of Tuthmosis I's daughter, Queen Hatshepsut, had been identified and it was found she had been a fat woman in her 50s, with diabetes and rotten teeth, who died of bone cancer. Her DNA had also been matched to Ahmose Nefertari, whom Hawass described as Hatshepsut's grandmother.

"We will have to look for the mummy of the father now," said Hawass, who was in New York promoting a Discovery Channel series that has followed his journey to identify Hatshepsut.

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Life on the unruly roads of Cairo

Ahmed Hussein may well have one of the scariest jobs in Egypt. Every morning, at about 7 a.m., he takes his position in the middle of some street, somewhere in this city of two million vehicles, and tries to direct traffic.

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The Roads In Cairo

Today he is staring down the barrel of Talat Harb Street in the heart of Cairo. He is facing five rows of cars squeezed into three lanes of traffic, a scene intimidating in sight and sound. His assignment is to make sure the cars actually stop at the red light before barreling into a traffic circle. In Egypt, red light, green light - it is all the same.

"The most important thing for us is if people follow the rules," Hussein said with such understatement he might as well have noted how different life would be in the Middle East if only there were peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The traffic here, and the army of police officers who try to manage it, tells much about modern Egypt in ways big and small. The first seems to be that no matter how crowded and chaotic - and it is beyond crowded and chaotic - Egypt functions. The poor eat. Children go to school. Government offices open and close. Garbage is collected. And the traffic flows - or perhaps crawls is a better description.

In fact, it is such a miracle that someone can get from Point A to Point B at certain times of the day that some say it must be the result of divine intervention. And that may be the second point. No one is saying the traffic is responsible for the Islamic revival in Egypt, but some people said the burden of the street, like the struggle of daily life, has reinforced a conviction that God's hand must be helping people get through their day.

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Egypt inflation to drop
 
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Egypt

Egyptian Central Bank Governor Farouk el-Okdah said he expected the country's rate of inflation to drop under 7 per cent by the end of 2007 from its current eight per cent rate.

'Inflation rate is now eight per cent and is expected to drop to seven per cent in August and under that by the end of the year,' Okdah said.

'This signals the success of our monetary policy.'

Egyptian Minister for Economic Development Osman Mohamed Osman said earlier this month inflation stood at 8.5 per cent in June.

The government of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has set 8 per cent as its targeted inflation rate.

The central bank has said inflation may have peaked in March at 12.8 per cent. Egypt has blamed the price rises on bird flu, fuel price increases and strong demand for building material driven by economic growth.

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Egypt's Oldest Known Art Identified, Is 15,000 Years Old
Rock face drawings and etchings recently rediscovered in southern Egypt are similar in age and style to the iconic Stone Age cave paintings in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, archaeologists say.
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Rock Face Drawings

"It is not at all an exaggeration to call it 'Lascaux on the Nile,'" said expedition leader Dirk Huyge, curator of the Egyptian Collection at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium."The style is riveting," added Salima Ikram of the American University in Cairo, who was part of Huyge's team.

The art is "unlike anything seen elsewhere in Egypt," she said. The engravings—estimated to be about 15,000 years old—were chiseled into several sandstone cliff faces at the village of Qurta, about 400 miles (640 kilometers) south of Cairo. Of the more than 160 figures found so far, most depict wild bulls. The biggest is nearly six feet (two meters) wide. The drawings "push Egyptian art, religion, and culture back to a much earlier time," Ikram said. The team's findings will be published in the September issue of the British quarterly journal Antiquity.

The Qurta art has now twice been uncovered by modern researchers. Some of the engravings were first found in 1962 by a group from the University of Toronto, Canada. The leader of that expedition, Philip Smith, made the then novel suggestion that the figures were from the Paleolithic age—the Stone Age period from about 2.5 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago—in a 1964 article in Archaeology magazine.

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Les BonBons International Nursery
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Les BonBons International Nursery

Les BonBons is the ideal place for the care, safety and education of young children. We cater ....for all ages between 8 months up to school age.

We will help them develop English, French and Arabic language skills plus Art & Music.

Les BonBons is happy to care for your child from an hour to a full day.

Our opening hours are from 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week and othertimes by special arrangement.

If you are busy Les BonBons is happy to help you look after your child for 1 hour for FREE!

Please call us at : 010 570 70 19 or 0103 444 121

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Drifters Restaurant
Interview with Osama Harb
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Drifters Restaurant

Osama opened Drifter nearly 2 years ago on the 25th August 2005, and during the month of August will be celebrating the restaurants 2nd anniversary. We thought this was an ideal time to ask him a few questions.

Why the name Drifters?
I noticed how none of us is here long enough, our hellos are so close to our good byes, no matter how long we stay one day we must leave this place like the driftwood in the sea often tossed ashore by the tide for a little time but quickly picked up again yet to another beach somewhere another destination.
Why do you change the menu every two days?
We cater to the local community, my customers usually stop by on daily basis and if I had the same food night after night they would eventually be bored with it, changing the menu also help me keep my stock fresh since we go shopping every morning we get to pick what is fresh and good for the day and it ends up on the menu.

What is your favorite food?
Lebanese food is my absolute favorite food, which is why you might find that our food is influenced slightly by the Mediterranean flavor
.

Do you feel that your meals are expensive or good value?
Our prices are so cheap in comparison with rival restaurants and if we double our prices, we would still be a great value. We use absolutely the best and freshest ingredients available in Hurghada we spare no
expense to serve our customers the best.

Why the new breakfast menu? What is different about it?
I thought opening for breakfast is a good idea serving American style breakfast and introducing pork products is something my customers would enjoy.

Where did you learn to cook?
Right after high school I got an intensive training program from my mom she thought I would starve to death in the USA, but I also worked in some of the best restaurants and hotels in the US not to mention I love to eat as you can see.

Do you see Drifters as a local community center?
When I returned from Germany it was very difficult for us to find a place that caters to our needs as locals, Drifters was created to be just that, an extension of my living room. I wanted that people would come just to say hello as they pass by, I wanted them to feel connected. A place for the best steak but also a sanctuary from a long day with a cold drink.

What is the strangest job you have ever had?
In San Francisco, I was working as a sales manager by day and a DJ/Head bouncer by night it felt like Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hide in a way
.

We would like to wish Drifters and Osama a Happy Anniversary and all the best for the future.

Reservations Tel: 010 522 6413

Breakfast served daily from 10:00am

Drifters is the official distributor for Marsden Pork Products, for enquiries call: 010 522 6413.


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Cool Summer Popsicles

Cooling off in the heat of summer is fun with these easy frozen treats. Whether it’s flavored soft drink mix, juice, or even yogurt or pudding, have a blast experimenting with different flavors and colors.

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This project is rated EASY to do.

Age
4 and up

What You Need

  • Popsicle molds
  • Juice, soft drink mix (non-carbonated), yogurt, or puddings


What You Do

1. Carefully pour liquid into mold. Fill only as far as you want the first layer. Do not insert the mold handles. Freeze.
2. When the first layer is frozen, add the second layer of liquid. Insert the mold handles and freeze again.
3. Remove from freezer and take out the handles. Fill with remaining liquid and put the mold handles back in. Freeze.
4. Remove finished Popsicles from the freezer and run the molds under warm water to loosen. Popsicles should slide out.
5. Eat!

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Lemons & Limes nutrition facts
Nutrition Facts
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Lemon & Limes

Although lemons and limes may not be what you would choose for an afternoon snack, we consider them as powerhouses when we want to bring out the flavor of other foods. While both are available throughout the year, lemons are in the peak of their season around May, June and August while limes are at their peak from May through October.

Lemons are oval in shape and feature a yellow, texturized outer peel. Like other citrus fruits, their inner flesh is encased in eight to ten segments.

Usually smaller than lemons, limes are oval or round in shape having a diameter of one to two inches with green flesh and skin. They can be either sour or sweet depending on the variety; however, sweet limes are not readily available in the United States. Sour limes contain citric acid giving them an acidic and tart taste, while sweet limes while lack citric acid and are sweeter in flavor.
Like many of the fruits and vegetables featured on our website, lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Of special interest in limes have been flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related molecules. While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects. In several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics had occurred, the inclusion of lime juice during the main meal of the day was determined to have been protective against the contraction of cholera. (Cholera is a disease triggered by activity of the bacteria called Vibrio cholera). Researchers quickly began to experiment with the addition of lime juice to the sauce eaten with rice, and in this role, lime juice was also found to have a strong protective effect against cholera.

Several other fascinating research studies on the healing properties of lemons and limes have shown that cell cycles-including the decision a cell makes about whether to divide (called mitosis) or die (apoptosis-are altered by lime juice, as are the activities of special immune cells called monocytes.

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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).
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