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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Month: March 2021

Meghan Markle’s father asks to meet Oprah Winfrey

The Duchess of Sussex’s father, Thomas Markle, says he is currently ready to talk to Oprah Winfrey, in a format similar to the recent interview with Prince Harry and his wife Markle.

The father reportedly delivered a message to a talk show host and media mogul hoping to sit down with him after her surprise encounter with his daughter Megan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry.

According to a report in the British newspaper “The Sun”, Markle was said to have gone over the weekend to Winfrey’s home in Montecito, California, and handed a note to her security guard that reportedly requested an interview with him about his relationship with his daughter Megan. However, no statement was made by Winfrey regarding the interview request.

According to the circulating news, Meghan’s father, who is a retired lighting manager in Hollywood, 76, has not spoken to his daughter since before her marriage to Prince Harry, nor has he ever met his daughter-in-law or grandson Archie.

Floating the delinquent Suez Canal ship after disrupting the shipping lane for about a week

The Egyptian Suez Canal Authority announced the start of the floatation of the giant container ship EverGiven after its delinquency caused the suspension of movement in the shipping lane for about a week, which had negative effects on global trade.

The ship’s course was significantly modified by 80% and its distance from the shore by 102 meters instead of 4 meters, according to an official statement of the Authority, while oil prices decreased immediately after the announcement of the ship’s float by more than 2%.

Sisi confirms the end of the crisis
The Egyptians succeeded in ending the crisis of the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal despite the enormous technical complexity that surrounded this process from every side, according to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in a post on the social networking site Facebook.

By returning matters to their normal course, with Egyptian hands, the world reassures the path of its goods and needs that are passed through this central shipping artery, Sisi added, thanking everyone who contributed technically and practically to ending this crisis.

The Tokyo Olympic torch relay kicks off without an audience

The Japanese city of Fukushima witnessed the launch of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, which has been postponed since last year, amid the absence of the masses in light of fears of an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.

On March 15, the organizing committee announced that it is committed to “ensuring the safety and security of the torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, by taking preventive measures, to prevent the spread of infection among the torchbearers, the rest of the participants in the march, in addition to the local population as well,” according to the agency Reuters.

A ray of light at the end of darkness
The rose gold torch, whose top is the shape of cherry blossom, was lit at a party at the Jay Flag Sports Center in Fukushima, Japan.
The Olympic Organizing Committee chose the center for its symbolism, as it represented the base for rescue operations, in the wake of the nuclear disaster, earthquake, and severe tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, killing about 18,500 people.
In her speech, Committee Chair Seiko Hashimoto said that she hoped the Olympic flame would represent a “ray of light at the end of darkness”, adding that “this little flame has never lost hope, and I wait for this day like a cherry blossom is about to bloom.”
Cherry blossoms are known as “sakura” in Japan, and they are the most popular and preferred species by the Japanese, as they bear a national character. They formed a symbol to motivate Japanese pilots during World War II, and they painted them on the sides of their aircraft before embarking on suicide missions, and they symbolize beauty and life. Ephemeral.
The torch will pass through 47 Japanese cities and end its journey at Tokyo National Stadium, the official opening day of the Olympiad, on July 23.
Without fans
The organizing committee banned the public attendance at Thursday’s ceremony, but they will be able to line up on the sides of the road to follow the torch relay in the upcoming stations, in the event that they commit to wearing protective masks against the Covid-19 virus, in addition to avoiding crowds, with encouragement only by applause.
Japanese fans will attend the upcoming Summer Games matches only, as the Organizing Committee decided, early this week, to refund the value of tickets sold to foreigners, in light of the measures taken to curb the spread of the virus.
An opinion poll for the Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri newspaper, earlier this March, showed that if the games are to be held this year, 91% of respondents want to have the fewest fans possible, or not be allowed to attend.
Japan recorded about 460,000 infections, compared to nearly 8,900 deaths from the Covid-19 virus, and is currently suffering from a high daily infection index, in light of the outbreak of the third wave of the virus, according to data from the Worldometers website.

How is Seychelles racing to become the safest destination in the world?

The Indian Ocean archipelago, which is noted for its beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, has risen to prominence as one of the most attractive destinations in the world.

Visitor numbers rose 4%, and tourism officials were preparing for what appeared to be a hugely successful year.

But of course, the “Covid-19” pandemic has put an end to nearly every plan or prediction for 2020, and the world as we know it has changed irreversibly.

Like many destinations that rely heavily on revenue from international visitors, the Seychelles, which lie 1,600 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania, have been hit hard by the coronavirus.

While the country of 115 islands managed to ward off the virus relatively well, with only 3,798 cases and 16 deaths, its economic impact was enormous.

According to the Seychelles Tourism Board, the number of inbound tourists decreased by 70% and the sector’s revenues for 2020 decreased by $ 368 million.

“The country has almost ceased in terms of tourism activities,” Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvester Radegund told CNN.

“Since our economy is so dependent on tourism, this means that other activities have slowed down as well, from fishing and agriculture to the arts, restaurants and bars. So we started the year in very bad shape,” said Radegund.

Officials are pulling back all barriers to ensure travelers return quickly and, most importantly, safely.

Starting Thursday, March 25, Seychelles has lifted restrictions on all visitors, except those from South Africa.

Although visitors are required to submit a negative PCR result within 72 hours of their departure, travelers no longer need to be subject to quarantine or movement restrictions during their visit.

On Thursday, just hours after the restrictions were lifted, Radegund said they had received “more than 300 travelers this morning, the largest number the country has seen in a single day in a long time.”

“So far, our weekly numbers have been around 200, so having a plane full of passengers is great,” said Radegund.

The country expects to receive hundreds of more travelers in the coming days.


A ‘robust’ reopening strategy
This step coincides with the end of the plan to launch a “strong” vaccination campaign, which aims to vaccinate at least 70% of Seychelles’ estimated 98,000 people.

Officials put the plan into effect after receiving a donation of about 50,000 doses of vaccine from the government of the United Arab Emirates.

According to a New York Times report, Seychelles is second only to Israel in the race to become the first country whose entire population is vaccinated.

“More than 90% of our population received the first dose of the vaccine, and more than 45% had actually received the second dose,” Radegund said.

He added, “We hope that we have reached our goal within the next few weeks, or certainly within the month of April.”

Of course, the ever-changing border restrictions and the emergence of the third wave of Coronavirus in Europe will likely mean that many travelers will be reluctant to book the vacation for the time being.

But the Seychelles tourism team was encouraged by the number of bookings received so far and believed this was the right time to invite travelers to return.

“The health facilities are in place and the procedures we have implemented are working. We are satisfied that we have achieved the immunity we deserve. So we are comfortable reopening our borders,” said Radegund.

After closing its borders for the first time in March 2020, Seychelles began reopening its borders in stages in June last year with the aim of gradually easing restrictions on visitors from countries considered “low risk”.

Last February, the country reopened its borders and dropped quarantine requirements for all travelers who were fully vaccinated against Covid-1 on the condition that they present a negative “PCR” test result within 72 hours of travel.

Of course, reopening while most of the world is still grappling with the virus will not be without its challenges.

inside fashion blogger Nadia Hassan’s home of simplicity

Nadia Hassan is a pioneer in the social media content industry in the Middle East, where she is known by her account @thefierce_nay and has more than 200,000 followers. From her daring fashion choices to her carefully curated aesthetics, she always dazzles followers, even in her simplest choices. You can see this characteristic of Nadia clearly inside the luxurious villa that she lives in Jumeirah Park, which has two floors.

The villa contains two spacious living rooms and three bedrooms, the building was originally designed in a traditional Arabic design, but Nadia has completely renovated it to match her and her husband’s taste, Victor Gnwick.

The home renovation and restoration began in June 2019, one month after their purchase of the property, and Nadia documented a lot of this work on her Instagram account and followers watched, in an atmosphere full of suspense, the cracking of the walls, the comprehensive repairs to the kitchen, the bathroom, and the complete change of stairs.
Nadia explains: “The kitchen was very dark, but now it is an open area in which I can cook and talk with anyone in the family room. We also canceled the maid’s room and turned it into a home office for Victor and closed the bathroom to become a laundry room, demolished the toilets in the upper floor, and put the bathtub.” I dream of inside. ”

It was not easy for Nadia to find contractors and pick everything herself. The arduous selection of furniture, materials, and fabrics, all contributed to the beauty of the house, especially since there was no specialized interior designer. “The only way we were able to work was to work on each room separately to be able to adequately supervise each room.”

One of the highlights of the house is the marble dining table with six chairs which was custom designed by the couple from The Line Concept in Dubai, and the head of the bed in the master bedroom covers the entire wall by MEROË The Bed Boutique. In other parts of the house, warm whites blended with eye-catching chandeliers, creamy beige rugs, and curtains, pale pink and gray, giving a warm touch to the dining, sitting and lounge rooms.

French director Bertrand Tavernier passes away at the age of 79

The French director, Bertrand Tavernier, passed away, Thursday, at the age of 79, according to what was announced by the “Lumiere Institute” in Lyon, which he chaired.

The institute, which deals with the seventh art, announced in a tweet on “Twitter”, “the absence of Bertrand Tavernier today,” expressing “with his wife and two sons Nils and Tiffany and his grandchildren” of “sadness and pain” for his departure, according to the French Press Agency.

Bertrand Tavernier

Tavernier was a prominent figure in French cinema, known for his eclecticism in his works, and gained a global reputation, and his films varied between contemporary and historical, and he had a tendency to societal themes.

Germany beat Iceland by three at the start of the World Cup Qatar qualifiers

About four months after the historic loss to Spain, the German national team opened its international matches in 2021 with a broad victory over Iceland, topping its group at the start of its campaign in the European qualifiers for the Doha 2022 World Cup.

The German national team took its first steps to remove the stigma of its historic loss to Spain with a clean six last November, knocking the Icelandic counterpart 3-0 late Thursday evening (25 March 2021), in the first round competitions in the tenth group of European qualifiers To the World Cup Qatar 2022.

The goals of the Manchavt were scored by Leon Goritska (3), Kai Havertz (7), and Ilkay Gundogan (56).

With this result, the “machines” team led the tenth group with three points on goal difference from Armenia II, while the Icelandic team sank to the bottom of the standings with zero points.

After this match in Duisburg, the German team will visit Romania later, three days before the confrontation of North Macedonia in Duisburg again.

Coach Joachim Loew, who will leave his post at the end of the European Cup next summer, needs to achieve convincing victories against the teams within the reach of his team to restore the confidence of the German fans after his most severe loss since 1931 when he fell to Spain with a clean sixth in November.

Goritzka, the German star of Bayern Munich, opened the scoring for the Germans, with a strong left shot from inside the penalty area, which was left of the goalkeeper (3). And it was only four minutes, until the Chelsea star Havertz doubled the score for Alanshaft in the same way after a great passing game (7), to end the first half with Germany leading two clean goals.

In the second half, Gundogan boosted the score for his country by scoring the third goal with a shot from the outskirts of the penalty area, hugging the net in the lower right corner of the goalkeeper.

30% of global trade containers and 1.74 million barrels of oil per day pass through the Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is currently capturing the world’s attention, after the traffic in it stopped, due to the delinquency of a huge container ship while crossing the new branch of the canal, as part of the southern convoy on its journey coming from China, bound for the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

The severe storm, which hit the country last Tuesday morning, caused the crew of the Evergiven Panamanian ship to become invisible, with winds reaching 40 knots, which made the crew lose control of it, hit the bottom, and veered off course.

A long column of 185 ships, loaded with thousands of tons of petroleum, grains, and other goods, formed around the waterway of the canal, according to Bloomberg, in addition to dozens of containers stopping in the Mediterranean, which led to a decline in global trade movement, as the Egyptian Canal acquired 10 % To 12% of the volume of international trade flows, according to data from the Suez Canal Authority.

The rescue efforts, which continued for the third day in a row, did not succeed in disqualifying the ship loaded with about 224 thousand tons of oil and other products, despite the use of 8 gigantic locomotives, the largest of which reached about 160 tons, which dampens the hopes of international shipping companies, which seem to be You will have to resort to the more difficult option, which is to pass around Africa through the Cape of Good Hope Road, and the high cost it carries, according to experts.


What does the Suez Canal stop oil shipments mean?
1.74 million barrels per day out of 39.2 million barrels per day of imported crude oil by the sea used the Suez Canal in 2020, according to the company, “Kepler”, for tanker traffic data.
Crude oil and refined products flow in both directions in the 193 km long Suez Canal. In 2020, Europe imported 550,000 barrels per day of crude from sources east of Suez, most of it through the canal, according to Kepler’s figures.

South and East Asia imports through the canal reached 1.27 million barrels per day in June 2020, but deliveries subsequently declined to 310,000 barrels per day in November.
9%, or 1.54 million barrels per day, of global refined product imports, crossed the Suez Canal last year, according to Kepler. Naphtha, a feedstock for the plastics industry, makes up a large portion of the refined product supply that uses the canal.

Two distillate tankers loaded with diesel and aviation fuel were waiting for Thursday to sail towards the Mediterranean, while two tankers were waiting for Nafta to set sail east.

Triple decision to determine what Salah will do next summer?

The coach of the Egyptian Olympic team, Shawky Gharib, revealed, on Wednesday, that the participation of Mohamed Salah, the English star, in the Tokyo Olympics next summer, is a “triple decision.”

Shawky Gharib said in an interview with Agence France-Presse: “The decision to join Mohamed Salah to the team is a tripartite decision, first a technical decision from me personally, then an administrative decision from Liverpool FC and its German coach Jürgen Klopp, then the player himself’s desire to participate with us in the Olympics.”

He added, “Salah’s joining the team in the Olympiad is a move by the state, represented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Football Association and the technical staff, in search of an Olympic medal that will be the first in the history of Egyptian football’s participation in the Olympiad.”

And about whether there is communication between the coach and the player, Gharib said, “I announced my desire and wish that Salah is with us in the Olympics, and the player did not announce his refusal, which means that he has the desire to participate with us.”

“Neon” is the delight of the catwalks

Neon colors in fashion designs achieved great success in the era of the eighties and became synonymous with the most attractive and elegant looks that dominated the capitals of international fashion and formed a large part of cinematic fashion during the eighties.

And its spread increased, especially among teenagers, after its arrival in the world of television. She entered the world of fashion through the wide door to become a staple of modern fashions, including windbreakers and plastic shoes.

Some designers were also famous for using neon colors in their swimwear designs, and the positive circumstances during that era inspired others to introduce neon colors to the world of high fashion. It took another decade for neon to become familiar.

In fact, these colors were chosen as an effective visual ploy to attract attention, adopted by a number of fashion designers to enhance their image, and today it is once again occupying the international exhibition stands with a variety of designs that are characterized by lightness and flow.

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