Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en Have a burger – and sauna – at this fast-food restaurant http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469770 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/06/19/43/screen_shot_2015-06-19_at_12.22.18_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Finnish hotel and restaurant operator Restel has put a sauna in a Burger King in Helsinki, Finland.<br /><br />Designed by Teuvo Loman, the sauna area has a laundry room, a dressing room, toilets and showers, and a media lounge with an audio system and a giant-screen TV with Playstation 4.<br /><br />Burgers, fries and shakes are served in the restaurant &ndash; or in the sauna area. Sauna rental is &euro;250 for three hours.<br /><br />The BK sauna was recently awarded third place in a competition among &ldquo;interest and relevant concepts&rdquo; in the consumer food-service market by Euromonitor International.<br /><br />Burger King Finland posted a tour of the sauna with Loman on Facebook (in Finnish).</p> Fri, 20 May 2016 23:49:00 +0000 AFP 2469770 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/19/43/screen_shot_2015-06-19_at_12.22.18_pm.png After conservative meet, Zuckerberg says Facebook open to 'all ideas' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469756 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/04/30/505021/zuckerberg.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that conservatives are an important part of the social network after a meeting aimed at defusing concerns it is politically biased.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We&#39;ve built Facebook to be a platform for all ideas,&quot; Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page after a meeting at the company&#39;s California headquarters to discuss allegations in a news article that Facebook was suppressing conservative voices in its &quot;trending&quot; news stories.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Our community&#39;s success depends on everyone feeling comfortable sharing anything they want. It doesn&#39;t make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Zuckerberg&nbsp;called the meeting after technology news outlet Gizmodo last week reported allegations that Facebook was deliberately omitting articles with conservative viewpoints from a sidebar that lists popular stories.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Facebook has denied the allegations, reportedly made by a former employee, while promising to investigate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The reality is, conservatives and Republicans have always been an important part of Facebook,&quot; Zuckerberg wrote after Wednesday&#39;s meeting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Donald Trump has more fans on Facebook than any other presidential candidate. And Fox News drives more interactions on its Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world. It&#39;s not even close.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He added that he recognizes that &quot;many conservatives don&#39;t trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias&quot; and noted that &quot;I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The meeting was scheduled to include political commentator Glenn Beck and talk show host Dana Perino.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Others invited included Zac Moffatt, a political consultant who worked for former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute; and Barry Bennett, an advisor to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Trump.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>CNN conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, another attendee, tweeted after the gathering, &quot;Very productive meeting at @Facebook with Mark and team. Strong commitments to address issues, as well as to work together on common goals.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Zuckerberg&#39;s post elicited more than 17,000 &quot;likes&quot; shortly after the message appeared but some questioned the allegations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Frankly, I do not know where they got this perception&quot; of bias, wrote Loni Reeder.</div><div><br />&quot;I have more Republican/Trump nauseating propaganda floating across my page (unwanted propaganda, I might add!) than I do of nominees Clinton and Sanders. It&#39;s MY perception that they simply wanted to find a way to further inflate their pathetic agenda and to get some additional undeserved press.&quot;</div> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:21:00 +0000 AFP 2469756 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/505021/zuckerberg.jpg Can a festival offer hope to the Middle East? http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469755 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/05/20/43/160518125103--aaa0970-exlarge-169.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>With brilliant sunshine, chic city beaches and a fabulous party scene, cosmopolitan Beirut should be the hottest destination on the Mediterranean, if not the planet.</p><div>But troubles at home and warfare in the region have conspired to push many visitors away.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So how to win them back?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The classic Beirut tactic is to throw a party &mdash; so that&#39;s what the city&#39;s done by holding its first ever Cultural Festival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a giant inflatable dome.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A not-so-classic tactic is to use that giant inflatable dome (reputedly the largest in the Middle East) to stage a spectacular sound and light show that highlights the city&#39;s own violent past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Beirut&#39;s lived this roller coaster life from the beginning,&quot; the show&#39;s art director Daniel Georr tells CNN. &quot;We have the parties, then we have the war.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;You have to show the negative as well as the positive &mdash; that&#39;s what made us who we are.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Georr&#39;s show, &quot;The Story of Beirut,&quot; uses the dome as a 360-degree canvas to project scenes from 1200 B.C. to the present day, alongside some crazy-cool special effects.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Funky heyday</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As a full orchestra and dance troupe does its stuff, the audience sees first Phoenician, then Roman, Ottoman and French invaders and colonists stamp their mark on the city.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also represented are Lebanon&#39;s flag-unfurling 1943 independence and its funky 1960 and &#39;70s heyday as a jet set destination.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then &mdash; with fiery on-stage explosions &mdash; comes the devastating 1975-1990 civil war that left most of downtown Beirut in ruins.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Finally, to rousing cheers from the audience, the city rises triumphantly from the rubble.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The show is the centerpiece of the May 17-22 waterfront festival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also featured are Arabic pop acts, a street food market, an electronic dance night and the city&#39;s first ever Formula 1 event, a nod to an unfulfilled plan to bring an F1 Grand Prix to Beirut in the late 1990s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The idea, says Lama Salam &mdash; wife of Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam and chair of the group behind the event &mdash; is to kickstart Beirut&#39;s dormant sense of cultural identity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She sees the initial festival as an event to galvanize year-long cultural activities across the city and also help pull in more international visitors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s important that the heart of Beirut is beating again,&quot; she tells CNN. &quot;It beat strongly in the past and we want it to beat strongly again.&quot;</div><div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>Cultural hub</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also important, she says, is to promote the Lebanese capital as a key cultural hub in the Middle East &mdash; and as an example of peaceful diversity in a region beset by trouble.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s something for everyone. It&#39;s not just Arabic music and food, it&#39;s a mix-up and that&#39;s what people like.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;That&#39;s what Lebanon and Beirut is about, a mixture of the Occident and the Orient. And this is a message for all the Arab people to come again to Beirut.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although international visitor numbers increased slightly between 2013 and 2014 to 1.4 million, they remain far off their 2010 pre-Syrian conflict peak of 2.2 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Because we are in a turbulent area, sometimes there&#39;s a need to put Beirut back on the festival map,&quot; she adds.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Notably, though, a portion of that turbulence happens within Lebanon&#39;s borders &mdash; and on the streets of Beirut.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The U.S. State Department currently advises its citizens to stay away following deadly attacks blamed on ISIS and unrest over a garbage dispute that saw Beirut neighborhoods drowning in trash.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Violent protests over the garbage crisis and wider disaffection with Beirut&#39;s powerful political class led to the Cultural Festival being postponed from its original late 2015 schedule and moved from its city center venue.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Perfect advertising</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For some attending the opening night, it&#39;s a situation that adds complexity to the festival&#39;s message.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The show was really well done and brought tears to my eyes,&quot; says audience member Wissam Yafawi. &quot;I told my wife we should bring our kids to see it because all they know is the rubbish Beirut.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Others though saw it as a perfect advertisement for the city they love.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The show was spectacular,&quot; says Christine Daher, a Beirut native who was also in the audience for the opening night show. &quot;It&#39;s a sad fact that we&#39;re not known as a cultural destination.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The media like to focus on the clubbing and nightlife here, but we do have this amazing culture.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We also have the weather, the food and the people. Everyone here is super nice.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For artistic director Daniel Georr, the show&#39;s message is that Beirut will always overcome its adversities, although it will inevitably face them again.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s a message that could offer a shred of hope over the border in Syria.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;People here keep on growing, they keep creating. Then it&#39;s destroyed, but we start again.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beirut&#39;s festival opening runs until May 22. Further events are planned throughout the year.</div></div></div></div> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:11:00 +0000 CNN 2469755 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/20/43/160518125103--aaa0970-exlarge-169.jpg You’re not getting enough sleep because you can’t stop doing this http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469690 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/09/10/43/screen_shot_2015-09-10_at_4.27.23_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep, contributing to a &ldquo;global sleep crisis,&rdquo; according to a new study based on research collected through a smartphone app.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It enabled scientists from the University of Michigan to track sleep patterns around the world &ndash; gathering data about how age, gender and the amount of natural light to which people are exposed affect sleep patterns in 100 countries &ndash; and better understand how cultural pressures can override biological rhythms.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The effects of society on sleep remain largely unquantified,&rdquo; says the study in the journal Science Advances.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We find that social pressures weaken and/or conceal biological drives in the evening, leading individuals to delay their bedtime and shorten their sleep.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lack of sleep is mostly affected by the time people go to bed, the study found.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Middle-aged men get the least amount of sleep, less than the recommended seven to eight hours.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And age is the main factor determining amount of sleep.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The research is based on data collected through the free smartphone app Entrain, launched in 2014 to help users fight jetlag.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Scientists asked some 6,000 people 15 and older to send anonymous data about sleep, wake-up and lighting environment, enabling the scientists to obtain a large amount of data about sleep patterns worldwide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The app also asks users to input information about their ages, gender, countries and time zones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sleep is driven by an internal &ldquo;circadian&rdquo; clock, a cluster of 20,000 nerve cells the size of a grain of rice located behind the eyes, and adjusted according to the amount of light captured, especially natural light.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The average amount of sleep in the world varies from a minimum of seven hours 24 minutes in Singapore and Japan to a maximum of eight hours 12 minutes in the Netherlands, the study found.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although a difference of 48 minutes may seem inconsequential, a lack of sleep for half an hour can have significant effects on cognitive function and health, the researchers said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>People who need sleep suffer a reduction in their cognitive abilities without really being conscious of it, the new study says.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Impaired sleep presents an immediate and pressing threat to human health,&rdquo; it says.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one in three American adults is not sleeping the recommended minimum of seven hours.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chronic lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, according to the CDC.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new study also found that women sleep 30 minutes longer than men on average by going to bed earlier and rising later, and that people exposed longer to natural light every day often go to bed earlier.&nbsp;</div> Tue, 17 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 AFP 2469690 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/09/10/43/screen_shot_2015-09-10_at_4.27.23_pm.png