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Red Sea Governor to Ban Single-use Plastic Starting from June

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In light of the rise in plastic wastes and the risk that it impose on sea life, Egypt’s Red Sea governor, General Ahmed Abdullah, has decided to ban single-use or disposable plastic starting from this June.

The decision comes after a proposal was submitted by Hepca (Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association); in an attempt to protect marine life and endangered species from the severe effects of plastic wastes that happens due to suffocation or ingestion.

Not only do plastic wastes affect the sea world, but it eventually also affects human health, the NGO said.

The decree is banning the use of plastic bags in food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery stores, butchers, fisheries, fruits and vegetables shop and restaurants. In addition to banning plastic cutlery such as knives, plugs, plastic hooks, cups and dishes from restaurants and cruise ships.

The Red Sea governorate also plans on stopping the licensing of factories; in order to limit the production of plastic in the city.

“The decree is to protect the threatened and endangered species which are severely affected by ingestion, starvation, suffocation, drowning, entanglement and toxicity from plastic remains which affects the human health accordingly,” Hepca said in a statement.

An awareness campaign will also be launched by Hepca, to spread knowledge and awareness about the threats and negative impacts of plastic wastes on sea world, and how these effects can extend to include human health as well. There will be on ground activation including events, lectures in private and public schools, clean-up campaigns for beaches in collaboration with schools, diving centers, and the red sea community.

It is a huge step, one that was necessary to take, in order to encourage people to reduce or even better, eliminate their consumption of plastic bags and shift to a more environmentally friendly materials as an alternative to plastic.

This shouldn’t be limited only to the Red Sea government, but rather it should become an attitude followed by many citizens across Egypt\; because plastic wastes ending up in seas or the Nile River, is a disaster that threats the environment and also tourism.

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Russell Brand in Negotiations to Join Gal Gadot in ‘Death on the Nile’

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Russell Brand is currently in negotiations to take on a role in the film ‘Death on the Nile’ that is based on Agatha Christie’s novel, and to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

‘Death on the Nile‘ will be the sequel to “Murder on the Orient Express’ which was brought to life by Branagh in 2017. This new adaptation will follow the famous detective Hercule Poirot while he investigates a murder that took place aboard a Nile cruise touring Egypt, with a love triangle as a bonus!

The movie is currently in pre-production and Russell Brand might be joining the cast soon that already includes Gal Gadot, Kenneth Baranagh and Leitia Wright.

Shooting is set to begin this September, with the movie set to hit theaters in October 2020.

 

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Kylie Jenner And Kim Kardashian’s First Fragrance Will Finally Hit Shelves Soon!

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After four months of delay for the release of Kim and Kylie’s first fragrance together, they have finally announced the release date on Instagram and it is soon!

Taking to Instagram, the KKW Beauty founder wrote, “I’m so excited for my first ever @kkwfragrance collab with @kyliejenner!!! The collection features three lip-shaped bottles in red, pink, and nude for $40 each. I can’t wait for you guys to see how amazing these scents are!!! Launching to kkwfragrance.com on Friday, 08.23 at 12pm pst.”

The perfume will retail at Dhs146 and will hit shelves starting of next Friday 23 August at 11 PM.

The name of the fragrance hasn’t been announced yet, all we know is that the shape of the bottle which is an XL pair of lips. The perfume will be available in three different shades of pink.

 

 

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Egypt to Construct First Ever Vertical Forest in New Capital

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Egypt will house Africa’s very first vertical forest in the New Administrative Capital, the forest will consist of three 30m by 30m cube-shaped apartment towers all covered in planted terraces.

According to a CNN report, the seven story-high buildings will be home for around 350 tress and 14 thousands shrubs of more than 100 species.

The vertical forest is designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, whom designs usually focus on including environmental implications in the hope of putting a limit to footprint. According to his website, the vertical forest scheme is a “project for the environmental survival of contemporary cities designed to promote the coexistence of architecture and nature in urban areas”.

The constructing of these three towers is set to be completed by 2023 and hopefully will be able to combat the side effects of pollution and help resolve the issue of climate change by covering the towers in greenery.

Stefano Boeri’s three cube-shaped vertical forest apartment blocks is a collaboration with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash, and also the Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti.

“There are many ways to make the city green, this vertical forest is a less expensive and faster way of dealing with climate change. The objective of the vertical forest is to limit pollution. These are small efforts, but they are very important. And making people plant trees is the best way to involve them.” Boeri said.

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