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Mo Salah interacts with a fan over Egypt shirt in residence lobby

[6/20/2018 4:58:36 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was walking out of his residence lobby when fans threw an Egypt shirt at the player on Wednesday. As the players were exiting from the mission residence, one of the Egyptians fans threw a special shirt followed by a pen and it landed behind Salah. He picked up the jersey and found that it already had his signature, he then jokingly asked: "should I put my fingerprint?" The video went viral on social media platforms and it showed a great interaction between fan and player. Salah scored Egypt’s first goal in the competition in their 3-1 loss to hosts Russia on Tuesday. *Al Arabiya

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Million-dirham fine for sending fake WhatsApp messages in the UAE

[6/20/2018 4:54:44 PM]

AMMONNEWS - If you live in the UAE, have you ever received a WhatsApp message saying you have won a certain prize or promised an offer of your dream job? Frequently the answer is yes. In recent weeks these kind of messages have been on the rise and could be virtual theft traps. This situation has alerted the police department in the emirate of Ajman to launch an awareness campaign to warn residents against such fraudulent messages and ads, which can land those who are behind it in jail from one to three years and a penalty between Dhs 25,000 and Dhs one million. The police said that scammers frequently they will pose as employees in a company by sending Whatsapp messages with prizes given away by major communication companies or supermarket chains, asking for personal information, passwords and credit card details. According to Ajman police, in many cases reported to them, it was found that the scammers persuade the victims to send them money in order to process the reward or offer them jobs, or visa and many fall prey to such false claims, according to a report by Khaleej Times newspaper. *Al Arabiya

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Italy’s Osteria Francescana scoops world’s best restaurant prize

[6/20/2018 4:52:27 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Italy’s Osteria Francescana took the top spot at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony on Tuesday, garnering praise for playful use of local ingredients in dishes including “Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano”. It was the second time in three years the restaurant, which serves up modern Italian fare in Modena, in Italy’s northern gastronomic heartland, has headed the list, entries on which are now as coveted as Michelin stars. Organizers said Osteria Francescana combines “nods to tradition with fierce modernity, philosophical conceptions with old-fashioned flavour, warmth with daring”. Flamboyant chef Massimo Bottura described the feeling of hovering around the top spot in recent years. “My heart has held up despite it all, I think it’s a strong heart ... after all these years number two, number one, number one, number two,” he told a news conference in Bilbao, Spain, where this year’s event was held. Places on the roster, created by William Reed Business Media, are based on a poll of more than 1,000 chefs, food critics and other industry experts around the world. All three top slots were taken by European eateries. El Celler de Can Roca, presided over by three brothers in the Spanish region of Catalonia, nabbed second, and Mirazur, run by an Argentine-Italian on the French riviera, came in third. Last year’s winner, Eleven Madison Park in New York, slipped to number four, but goodies like a sturgeon and caviar cheesecake kept it rated the best restaurant in North America. Kolkata-born chef Gaggan Anand’s eponymous restaurant in Bangkok, where diners are presented with a menu of emojis to give clues to the morsels they eat mainly with their hands, was the only Asian entry in the top 10, at number five. Peru, which has become a dining destination partly thanks to the variety of ingredients which can be produced on its diverse terrain, was featured twice: a contemporary take on rare ingredients put Lima’s Central in sixth, one slot ahead of Japanese-Peruvian fusion outlet Maido. Three Michelin star-holder Alain Passard at Parisian institution Arpege was ranked eighth, with special mention reserved for the fresh vegetables grown on the chef’s own farms. Flying the flag for the Basque region around Bilbao was Mugaritz, which organisers compared to a research laboratory for the innovation and creativity that goes into its 20-course menu. Nearby Asador Etxebarri, where even ice cream is barbecued over home-made charcoal, rounded off the list at number 10. *Reuters

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Majority of heart attack victims in Jordan are smokers, report

[6/12/2018 11:06:05 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The chief section of the pulmonary and critical care and director of the Cancer Control Office (CCO) at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), Dr. Feras Hawari, said that 70 percent of the victims of heart attacks in Jordan are smokers. While 16 percent of deaths are due to cancer, 37 percent of deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases caused by smoking, according to a report by the Ministry of Health. "70 percent of smokers in the kingdom have the desire to quit smoking, but are unable to find the necessary medical assistance to do so," Hawari stated. Hawari also called for tobacco treatment to be covered by health insurance, so as to assist addicts seeking help to find medical assistance and begin treatment.

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Dubai ruler jumps for joy as Godolphin stable wins first English Derby

[6/3/2018 7:48:29 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Godolphin stable, owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, celebrated its first victory in the English Derby on Saturday when Masar achieved a 16-1 upset victory in the 239th edition of the race. Beaten into third in the 2000 Guineas last month by Saxon Warrior, William Buick’s Masar turned the tables on Aidan O’Brien’s favorite, which finished fourth. “It’s not easy to win the Derby, but we have won it,” said Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who founded Godolphin. “I was jumping up and down in the final furlong. Horses are in my blood, I love them.” In a Godolphin double, Dee Ex Bee was second - running in the colors of Sheikh Mohammed’s son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Masar, trainer Charlie Appleby’s colt, finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of Dee Ex Bee. “We came here with doubts about his effectiveness on the track and I’m not sure it suits,” Dee Ex Bee trainer Mark Johnston said. “Because of the camber he rolled on to the one on his inside, but he rallied again up the hill so it bodes really well for the future.” Roaring Lion was third at Epsom, with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II watching the race. *AP

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How 30 days of good deeds for Ramadan can make a lasting impact

[6/3/2018 7:47:06 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By By Eve Dugdale - I’ve always understood Ramadan to be a time when Muslim families come together to fast, offer prayers and do good deeds. But this year my eyes have been opened to the efforts of others from outside the community to support their Muslim friends and neighbours during the holy month. From schools collecting groceries to donate to Muslim families living in poverty to people choosing to break their fast with the homeless while handing out donations, if there’s one thing Ramadan in the UK has shown me, it’s that love is far stronger than hate. And one of those people proving there’s more that unites us than divides us is Sally Nunwick, the head teacher of Moss Park School in Manchester, UK. Having watched the success of her pupil’s “reverse advent calendar” over the Christmas period, Sally said she knew her pupils would be keen to support a similar project over Ramadan. She says: “We are a community school and 50 per cent of the children are Muslim, Hindu or Sikh. When I do assemblies I try to link aspects of different faiths to show how similar we all are. For example, when we talk about Easter, I mention how my daughter gives up yoghurt for Lent and we compare it to Ramadan and the things parents give up. “We had an idea at Christmas to do a reverse advent calendar, where instead of the children getting something every day, they donated something and, at the end of the month, these items were taken to the food bank. It occurred to me we could do the same for Ramadan.” Sally says the pupils were more than happy to get involved and can’t wait to fill their boxes with donations. She adds: “As well as educating the children that not everyone has what they have, we hope doing things like this will build a community where everybody respects each other.” Donations are being taken to Barakah Food Aid, a project set up to provide food parcels to people who are struggling in and around the city of Manchester. During the Holy month, the project puts together special Ramadan parcels for Muslim families who are living in poverty. Founder of the initiative, Muhammad Manzoor Ali says he particularly appreciates it when children bring donations. “I think it’s just amazing,” he says. “I love it when schools make contact with us because what we do starts at a grass roots level – our motto is for the people by the people. When children and young people get involved in doing good like this it can help steer them away from doing bad things in the future because they realise they are connected with their communities and can make a difference.” And Muhammad says the support from the community remains consistent throughout the year – regardless of who the parcels are going to. He adds: “We make food parcels all year round but over the years it became apparent to me that, in Ramadan, there were families struggling to feed themselves when they broke their fast, hardly having anything to break their fast, so we make up parcels for the Muslim community during Ramadan. “Some kids say they feel worthless but when they do this they realise how much of an impact they can make. I also think that the children knowing what they have collected is helping people around them is great – we get referrals from many different people and these children could end up helping children in their own school without knowing it – that’s just lovely.”

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Achilles the cat trains mind and body for role as World Cup psychic

[6/3/2018 7:45:26 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Like many soccer fans trying to predict the results of the World Cup, Achilles is busy studying the teams heading to Russia this month for the sport’s biggest global showdown. But he has one advantage: cat sense. The furry white feline, who lives in St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum, is being touted as a cat psychic who will predict the winners and losers of the tournament kicking off in Russia in two weeks. Achilles has some big shoes - or tentacles - to fill: predecessor Paul the octopus became an international celebrity when at the 2010 World Cup he correctly forecast the outcome of Germany’s games and picked eventual winners Spain. One of the many cats to have lived at the Hermitage, once the imperial Winter Palace, Achilles previously predicted outcomes during the 2017 Confederations Cup. Achilles is deaf, meaning he will not be easily distracted by waiting journalists when he makes his predictions by choosing between two bowls of food, each bearing a team flag. For his training, Achilles, dressed in a red soccer jersey, looks at a chart of the teams and game schedules, before, slightly reluctantly, moving onto an exercise wheel. “Achilles is now in his place of work, he is preparing for the World Cup and going through the adaptation process,” veterinarian Anna Kondratieva said during a training session at a pet shop near the museum. “People tend to feed him more than they should. When he came to us he looked like a football, not a cat, so we decided to put him on a strict diet.” When Achilles is not in training, he can also be found posing for pictures in the museum yard, building a celebrity persona that is about to get a huge lift from one of the world’s most-watched sporting tournaments. *Reuters

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