Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en Indian graft fighter among recipients of 2015 Magsaysay Award http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454989 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/29/499612/anshu_gupta.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>An Indian anti-corruption campaigner and a fellow countryman who recycles clothes for the poor are among this year&rsquo;s recipients of the Philippines&rsquo; Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded as Asia&rsquo;s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.<br />The award foundation announced Wednesday that Sanjiv Chaturvedi, 40, who began investigating and blowing the whistle on government anomalies as a forest service officer in 2005, had won the award for emergent leadership for his &ldquo;exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity&rdquo; in exposing government corruption.<br />Anshu Gupta, 44, whose volunteer group provides clothing and other recycled articles to the poor and makes inexpensive sanitary pads for women, was cited for &ldquo;his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India.&rdquo;<br />Kommaly Chanthavong of Laos, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa of the Philippines and Kyaw Thu of Myanmar are the other recipients of the award, which includes a $30,000 prize.<br />The foundation said Chanthavong, 71, whose work in reviving her country&rsquo;s ancient art of silk weaving, had created livelihoods for thousands of poor Laotians who have been displaced by war while &ldquo;preserving the dignity of women and her nation&rsquo;s priceless silken cultural treasure.&rdquo;<br />Fernando-Amilbangsa, 71, who has studied and promotes a dance form in the southern Philippines that dates back to the region&rsquo;s early inhabitants, was recognized for her &ldquo;single-minded crusade in preserving the endangered artistic heritage&rdquo; of the southern Philippines.<br />A popular and award-winning actor in Myanmar, the 55-year-old Thu formed a group with a movie colleague that provides free funeral services to help relieve the emotional and financial burden of the poor. He was recognized for &ldquo;his generous compassion in addressing the fundamental needs of both the living and the dead in Myanmar.&rdquo;<br />The award is named for a well-loved Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957. The awards ceremony will be held in Manila on Aug. 31, Magsaysay&rsquo;s birth anniversary.</p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:15:00 +0000 AP 2454989 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/29/499612/anshu_gupta.jpg Egyptians are among the world's most generous hotel reviewers http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454965 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/26/43/pyramidspng-3636513_p9.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">It happens to many travelers.</span></p><div>You&#39;re going through online hotel reviews and getting mixed signals about a place.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One reviewer says they were dissatisfied with the property.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The next heaps praise on it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Though usually it comes down to personal preferences and experiences, according to new research from hotel booking site Agoda.com, your nationality might have some impact on how favorably you rate a hotel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Agoda.com says it analyzed over 7 million reviews by travelers from around the world to see which nationalities tended to rate hotels higher or lower than the global average.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The way the site works is that travelers can submit reviews for hotels after every stay by scoring them on a scale of 0 to 10 in six categories.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A hotel&#39;s review score is an average of those numbers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Spending power</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So which nationalities are stingiest with their praise?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The United Arab Emirates takes the lead in giving the toughest reviews, says Agoda.com.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The average review scores from UAE travelers were found to be .32 points lower than the global average of 8.52 out of 10.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On the opposite end of the spectrum, Russian travelers have been ranked the most generous hotel reviewers, with their scores found to be .56 points higher than the global average.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Travelers from different countries tend to have different review rating standards depending on their travel patterns, spending power, and just general likes and dislikes,&quot; says John Brown, chief operating officer of Agoda.com.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Japanese and Omani travelers follow close behind the UAE in terms of dissatisfaction, while Egyptians and Irish are generally more satisfied with their hotels, ranking not far behind Russia, says Agoda.com.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here are the world&#39;s top 10 most generous and most demanding reviewers, according to Agoda.com&#39;s research.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/screen_shot_2015-07-29_at_3.37.07_pm.png" style="width: 536px; height: 301px;" /></div> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:36:00 +0000 CNN 2454965 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/26/43/pyramidspng-3636513_p9.jpg Egyptian wrestler eliminated from WWE Tough Enough http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454956 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/29/16030/mada.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Professional wrestling legend Chris Jericho spoke to Egyptian wrestler Mada Abdel Hamid, after he was excluded from the WWE Tough Enough contest, on Wednesday morning (Tuesday night, US time), expressing his admiration for his performance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Your promo of the final plea was unbelievable, I felt, everybody felt,&quot; Jericho told Mada.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;There is one contract for a guy, but there is seven of you.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This is just the beginning. Its not the end of the road,&quot; Jericho added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I believe you, I believe what you are saying and I fully expect to see you back here. I believe that you are gonna be back, so don&#39;t let me down,&quot; he told Mada.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mada promised Jericho that he would be back to the WWE before shaking hands with him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mada was excluded after his rival ZZ received higher votes from the audience. Amanda, Mada&#39;s second rival, has received the lowest votes out of the three contestants and was supposed to be eliminated from the contest but the Miz saved her, leading to Mada&#39;s elimination.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The winner of the Tough Enough contest will get US$250,000.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I thank Vince McMahon for giving me the opportunity and this is not the last time you see me here,&quot; Mada said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gqrVk_bH9h4" width="536"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</div> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:12:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454956 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/29/16030/mada.png EU launches inquiry into allegations Disneyland Paris overcharges foreign visitors http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454950 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/07/501184/disney.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The European Union said Tuesday it is probing whether Disneyland Paris is overcharging customers from certain countries in breach of the bloc&#39;s laws.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The European Commission said it had received several complaints about the theme park east of the French capital.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The case comes just days after Disney was one of several Hollywood studios targeted in a separate investigation as part of a wider Commission crackdown on the unfair treatment of consumers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We are currently scrutinising a number of complaints, including several against Disneyland Paris,&quot; a European Commission spokeswoman said in a statement to AFP.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The European Commission and European Consumer Centres frequently receive consumer complaints involving unjustified differences in treatment on the grounds of nationality or residence,&quot; which is banned under the services directive of EU law, the spokeswoman said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Too often, consumers seeking to buy services or goods in another member state are prevented from getting the best price,&quot; she added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Financial Times newspaper reported that Europe&#39;s biggest amusement park was under investigation for overcharging British and German customers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It said that Disney was charging French consumers 1,346 euros (US$1,487) for a premium package while Britons were charged 1,870 euros and German visitors a whopping 2,447 euros.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>France now has the responsibility to ensure that Disneyland Paris is complying with EU fair trading laws, an EU source said, adding that Brussels was expected to contact Paris about the case.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Consumers can suffer discrimination in several ways, including service providers charging different prices based on country of residence, or consumers being re-directed to country-specific websites with higher prices, or firms even refusing to deliver to buyers&#39; country of residence, the source added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since Jean-Claude Juncker took over as president of the European Commission last November the EU&#39;s executive arm has launched a crusade against national trade barriers that affect consumers, especially online.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>US firms have borne the brunt of the crackdown, with high-profile cases launched against Google, Apple and Amazon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last week, the Commission accused Sky TV and six top Hollywood studios including Disney of breaching antitrust laws by using movie licenses to block access to pay TV content in other European countries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:41:00 +0000 AFP 2454950 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/07/501184/disney.jpg