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5 Habits Egyptians and Russians Share!

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After the long wait that lasted almost three decades, Egypt has finally made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Everyone is so excited to finally witness our national football team competing against other big football teams in Russia. Many dedicated football fans have packed their bags and getting ready to travel all the way to Russia next month to cheer and support our national team.

Whether you are flying to the Russian land or not; here are five habits that Egyptians and Russian share:

Always Bring Something to the House:

 

We always hear this phrase from our parents “we can’t go visit them empty handed”, and that is true. We never go visit family or friends empty handed; and if we can’t find anything special to bring, we will at least bring some chocolate, drinks and any kind of snacks. Russians aren’t only strong believers in this concept, they consider it rude if a guest shows up empty handed.

Great Hospitality:

We are known to be quite generous people. If we are having guests over, we always make sure to offer them anything and everything; from some endless cups of tea to dinner and desert. Russians are also the same, and it is considered rude if you decline all the food and drinks offered to you.

Applause for the Plane:

Some old habits don’t die! Some people still clap when the plane when it lands safely; so do Russians due to travel anxieties.

Ice Cream x Winter:

Amr Diab sang for it long time ago! We are a nation who wouldn’t say no for ice cream in December. Russians also will go for ice cream even when the temperature drops below zero.

Are you getting off:

So, what is the one thing you always ask other passengers specially in the underground metro? “Are you getting off the next station?” believe it or not, that exactly happens in Russia. Passengers tend to ask one another about their destination due to how crowded their means of transportation get, so they can make a place for you to get off.

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Memory of the City: New Initiative to Document Egypt’s Architectural Heritage

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‘Memory of the City’ is the newest initiative launched by the Egypt’s Ministry of Culture with the aim of documenting the architectural identity of ancient areas in Egypt.

Minister Inas Abdel Dayem said that Egypt’s architectural heritage represent the history of civilizations and the formation of urban life and its development. 

Abdel Dayem further explained that Egypt’s rich architectural treasures are a product of various historic influences that all came together to form the country’s unique heritage.

Abdel Dayem further pointed out that the “Memory of the City” Initiative is a humanitarian and historical message with the aim of preserving the nation’s unique features.

Also worth mentioning is that the “Memory of the City” initiative includes launching a series of books that highlights areas with a great historical value, in addition to setting boundaries and foundations to preserve this rich history.

The series tells multiple stories of buildings, their residents, the community and environment. All of this comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts in preserving the identity of these Egyptian areas and shed the light on their significant part of the Egyptian cultural heritage.

 

 

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New Swine Flu With Pandemic Potential Found in China

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A new type of swine flu has been discovered by Chinese researchers with the possibility of infecting humans and causing yet another pandemic! The study was released on Monday.

Scientists warn about the virus but for the time-being, they say that it doesn’t impose an immediate global threat.

The disease, knows as the G4 virus, is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009. G4 nowshows “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” said the study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

We know how scary this sounds but Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University’s public health school, asked the public not to “freak out.”

“Our understanding of what is a potential pandemic influenza strain is limited,” she posted on Twitter. “Sure, this virus meets a lot of the basic criteria but it’s not for sure going to cause a hypothetical 2020 flu pandemic, or even be a dominant strain in humans.”

No evidence has shown yet that G4 could be transmitted from one person to another, perhaps the most promising sign so far, said Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington.

“This is not a *new* new virus; it’s been very common in pigs since 2016,” he tweeted. “There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure. That’s the key context to keep in mind.”

However, researchers are warning the public that the virus is rising among large populations and could and could “pose a serious threat to human health” if not carefully monitored.
Transmission of the virus from pig to human could “lead to severe infection and even death,” said the study.
So should you be worried? For the time-being no but no one knows what this could mean for us in the future.

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Mounir to Perform at Cairo Opera House As Cultural Events Resume Mid-July

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Egypt’s cultural activities will return in min-July with a 25% capacity in all facilities, the ministry of culture announced.

The ministry has already planned out for its comeback with renowned singer Mohamed Mounir set to perform the venue’s first concert after reopening.

Cultural events will return after being suspended for three months in light of the pandemic. Now, we’re about to be entertained once again but with all precautionary measures taken.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem assured that all facilities will adhere to precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

In a statement, Abdel Dayem said that the resumption of cultural activities indicates Egypt’s ability to face challenges and cope with the virus.

She further explained that the 25% capacity will be enforced to all facilities and all measures will be taken, which includes applying social distancing and providing audiences with an educational guide to maintain public safety.

A committee will also be formed under the supervision of the ministry, to follow up on the implementation of these procedures at all cultural facilities.

The reopening decision includes all museums which are under the Ministry of Culture’s supervision, Cairo Opera House, art exhibitions, national circus shows, theatres, and cultural and intellectual evenings.

Mounir’s concert will be held on July 17th and is the artists first performance at the Cairo Opera House in 15 years!

 

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