Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en Study suggests mothers of young children should cut down on screen time http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469901 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/05/26/43/41464145859_mother.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Australian researchers are encouraging mothers of young children to avoid all forms of screen-based activity (tablets, smartphones, etc.) in order to reduce their anxiety levels, which can already be high due to busy days and broken nights. Mothers could even try a &quot;digital detox&quot; to help avoid burn-out.<br /><br />A recent study, published in the journal, Plos, has linked the amount of time spent on screen-based sedentary activities to the risk of developing anxiety. Women aged between 25 and 34 present the highest risk, since this age group is more widely connected to the internet and social networks.<br /><br />Researchers from Deakin University in Australia studied 528 Australian mothers with an average age of 37 and with children aged between two and five years old. Almost 30 percent of them showed signs of anxiety.<br /><br />The mothers were given a questionnaire asking them how many hours they spent using screens (TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) during their leisure time and at weekends. Their anxiety level for the previous week was measured using a predefined scale of anxiety criteria.<br /><br />The results showed a clear link between long periods of leisure time spent on a computer or handheld device and higher anxiety levels. What&#39;s more, anxiety levels were found to increase with every hour spent using such devices. However, the study found no link between watching TV and anxiety symptoms.<br /><br />The researchers also found that physical exercise did not counteract the negative effects of these new technologies. Even mothers getting plenty of physical exercise, but spending long periods on a computer or handheld device, were still at higher risk of anxiety.<br /><br />It can be difficult to change behaviors in a population with such strict time constraints. However, the researchers suggest that mothers could try a &quot;digital detox&quot; to limit their screen time. This could even be made into a challenge among friends to give moms more of an incentive to switch off.<br /><br />The scientists suggest breaking up sedentary lifestyles that include too much screen time by going for a walk or doing a few stretches, for example. It can also be useful to set a maximum time limit for using handheld devices, such as 20 to 30 minutes, before switching to another activity or taking a break.<br /><br />Finally, to reduce stress levels and improve the quality of family life, experts recommend banishing tablet use in bed, at mealtimes, on trips or excursions, or when on holiday.</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 12:50:00 +0000 AFP 2469901 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/26/43/41464145859_mother.jpg Billionaire vows to crush Disney in China http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469891 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/24/43/disneyland.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>One of China&#39;s richest men has vowed to crush Disney&#39;s big plans for its giant new resort in the country.<br /><br />Wang Jianlin, a billionaire real-estate and entertainment mogul, says his company is aiming to prevent Disney (<a href="http://money.cnn.com/quote/quote.html?symb=DIS&amp;source=story_quote_link" target="_blank">DIS</a>) from being profitable in China over the next 10 to 20 years.<br /><br />Wang&#39;s massive Dalian Wanda Group is also in the theme park business, and he isn&#39;t welcoming the new $5 billion Disneyland that&#39;s set to open in Shanghai next month.<br /><br />&quot;Disney really shouldn&#39;t have come to China,&quot; Wang said on Chinese state television on Sunday. &quot;It&#39;s financial prospects don&#39;t look so good to me.&quot;<br /><br />He said Shanghai&#39;s climate doesn&#39;t suit an outdoor theme park, suggesting Disney will have to charge high ticket prices and risk losing customers.<br /><br />A spokeswoman for Disney declined to comment, saying Wang&#39;s remarks were &quot;not worthy of a response.&quot; Disney CEO Bob Iger met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing two weeks ago.<br /><br />Disney has been talking about building a Shanghai theme park since the mid 2000s. The latest version of the project was due to open in late 2015, but construction problems and design changes pushed the date back.<br /><br />The park features storytelling and design features that Disney hopes will appeal to a Chinese audience. Shanghai&#39;s traditional Shikumen-style architecture will be highlighted, as will themes from the Chinese zodiac. Disney also has a theme park in Hong Kong.<br /><br />Theme parks and resorts generated more than $16 billion in revenue for Disney in 2015, making them the company&#39;s second biggest business behind TV.<br /><br />But Wang, whose recent entertainment acquisitions include <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/11/media/dalian-wanda-legendary-entertainment-deal/index.html?iid=EL" target="_blank">the Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment</a>, says his company has the scale in China to make life difficult for Disney.<br /><br />&quot;We have a strategy: One tiger cannot compete with a pack of wolves,&quot; he said. &quot;Shanghai has one Disney, but Wanda has 15 to 20 [theme parks] across China.&quot;</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 10:32:00 +0000 CNN 2469891 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/24/43/disneyland.jpg 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