Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Anna Kato Hotel in Aswan Nubia Upper Egypt
The Unfinished Obelisk Aswan-Egypt
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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Confirmed news from Sharm Elsheikh, Egypt: Ezzat Milad Ibrahim from Shobra Misr. ID # 25212300101714 date of birth 30-12-1952. was kidnapped on Saturday 12th May 2012 at about 5pm till now.
20 armed bearded with Bedouin traditional clothes, the reason reported for the abduction as a result of a Land dispute between Farag Saad (Bedouin) and Emad Mina (Cairo Businessman ad owner of real estate in Sharm).
Mr. Ezzat is Mr. Mina's employee. The police have refused until now to give the case a number or make official reports for unclear reasons till now.
Labels: Sinai kidnapping
Monday, May 14, 2012
October 19th - 27th 2012
|Cross Egypt Challenge is not a commercial event, therefore the
following rates / fees cover the actual cost of participating in such a
Registrations fees for the 2012 season of Cross Egypt Challenge are: LE 9,600 or USD 1,600
All fees are to be paid at the time we confirm your participation spot f the Cross Egypt Challenge 2012 season. All banking details will be forwarded to you at the time of notification.
THESE FEES INCLUDE:
- Securing a scooter for the participant during the challenge
- Securing a brand new helmet for the participant's use during the challenge
- Securing a brand new gloves for the participant's use during the challenge
- 2 branded polo shirts + 4 branded long sleeve t-shirts for each participant to wear during the challenge
- Refueling during the entire challenge
- Oil changes during the challenge
- Scooter maintenance during the challenge
- Road tolls (where applicable)
- Cost of army/military and special permits for the entire route
- Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels
- Camping in the desert for 1 night (with all camp gear provided)
- Desert camping activities
- All meals during the challenge including welcome and farewell dinners.
- Return flight from Luxor to Cairo
THESE FEES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Flights from/to Egypt (for international participants)
- Visa charges
- Extra accommodation prior or after the above schedule
- Extra food and beverage beyond 3 meals a day
- Any personal extras or any expense not mentioned above
Last years 2011 blog
Labels: Cross Egypt Challenge 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
A group of Egyptian scientists have witnessed and filmed the first account of mass coral spawning in the Red Sea. The event last weekend is considered a scientific breakthrough, as mass coral spawning was previously believed to only occur in tropical locations.
Mass spawning is an event of synchronized reproduction, where coral colonies release their gametes – eggs and sperm – simultaneously in large quantities over a short period of time, in order to maximize chances of fertilization.
The mass release is connected to the moon’s cycles, as it occurs around midnight, once a year, two or three days before or after a full moon. It is believed a combination of the moonlight and gravitational pull stimulates the event.
This event involved the Acropora species, a group of common hard corals. It occurred overnight between the 3 and 4 May, before the full moon on 6 May.
Mahmoud Hanafy, a marine biologist for the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), who was part of the team that filmed the event, said that he has been trying to prove the occurrence of mass spawning in the Red Sea for nine years, despite disbelief from scientists around the world.
“Once a year, overnight, we’d find all the corals in spent [post gamete release] condition, but could never pinpoint the exact moment beforehand,” he said. “This time, we set up a film crew, and went diving every night from 10pm – 2am and we caught it, and have now sent the video it to scientific journals around the world.”
The release caused the sea to become clouded by an unidentified reddish substance, and apparently startled unknowing observers the next morning.
The occurrence of mass coral spawning in the Red Sea has magnificent implications with regards to the restoration and rehabilitation of the sea’s deteriorating coral reefs, as now once a year, scientists can collect large quantities of gametes and use them to breed restorative coral in labs.
It is also expected to encourage dive tourism, as the witnessing of mass coral spawning is, in HEPCA managing director Amr Ali’s words, “a diver’s Disneyland.”