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THE LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST
y niece, my sister’s oldest daughter, has always had the most beautiful red hair. Long, thick and glossy, it’s been the envy of many since she was a small child. Its rich, amber tones and lustrous shine ensure a string of compliments wherever she goes. In fact, it’s exactly the kind of hair you see in shampoo advertising campaigns. So imagine my surprise when she cut it all off! But it wasn’t teenage boredom that led to such 14
drastic action. Nor was it the wish of a 15-year-old girl to be more like her friends, or to imitate her favourite pop idol. No, it was the selfless desire to help others less fortunate than herself. The Little Princess Trust is a charity providing real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss. It was established in 2006 by the parents of a little girl, Hannah Tarplee, who died after being diagnosed with a Wilms tumour. The treatment she received before tragically losing her life resulted in the loss of her hair
weird colour! Here’s what you need to do to donate your hair to the Little Princess Trust: lWash and dry your hair lDo not add conditioner or styling products lPut your hair in a plait lSecure at both ends with an elastic band lAsk your hairdresser to cut above the band nearest your head lPut the dry plait into a clear re-sealable plastic bag lPut it in a padded envelope and send it to: Little Princess Trust Broadway House 32-35 Broad Street Hereford HR4 9AR UK The charity does accept donations from outside the UK and, if you print and complete the donation slip from their website and enclose it with your hair, they will send a certificate by e-mail thanking you for your generous gift. All good condition hair is sent by the charity to their wig manufacturer in China. This is where your donation is transformed into a high quality wig, giving a sick child something to smile about and making them look and feel like a prince or princess. By donating your hair to the Little Princess Trust you’ll be following the example, not just of my wonderful niece, but of chart-topper Jessie J, who famously shaved her head in 2013 to support the charity. Obviously, you don’t need to take such drastic action as shaving your head - just cutting it will suffice! My niece doesn’t regret cutting her hair one little bit. Not only is she now sporting a trendy, more sophisticated hair style, she also has the satisfaction of knowing that 18 inches of her beautiful, healthy hair is now on its way to lighting up the life of a child which, as you can imagine, is pretty traumatic for a five-year-old with far more to worry about than a haircut. Well girl. Unfortunately, at that time, it was incredibly difficult to find done Gracie Kruse, I’m so proud of you! quality wigs for young children. After her death, Hannah’s parents decided to set up a charity dedicated to providing specialist real hair wigs for children. Since To find out more visit www.littleprincess.org.uk then, the charity has helped thousands of boys and girls in the UK and Ireland look and feel ‘normal’ after losing their own hair #littleprincesstrust as a result of cancer treatment or other illnesses. To date, they have donated 5,000 real hair wigs to sick children. In addition to handling real hair donations, the Little Princess Trust also raises funds to assist in finding causes and cures for paediatric cancer and to aid research into less toxic treatments. Last year, over £4,500,000 was raised for this purpose. So how does it work? Well, the charity’s website sets out clear guidelines regarding the donation of hair. For obvious reasons, it must be of a certain length and not dyed an unnatural colour. Hair extensions and dreadlocks are not acceptable, neither are split ends. However, clean, dry hair in good condition from any gender and of any natural colour is perfect. It can be curly, straight or permed; even bleached or highlighted, provided it’s not a www.cpmagazine.net
“Teamwork is the most crucial aspect in any operation” Five years ago, Mubarak Jaffar had a vision. With the Food and Beverage sector in Kuwait already bloated with franchise operations, he wanted to expand the family business and focus on a local concept which would put the customer first. Kuwait London Company now has four brands and five concepts, all developed with the intention of meeting customer tastes and expectations. Working on a ‘think local, think big’ basis, KLC is now poised to become the largest group of local delivery concepts in Kuwait; and their network is growing every day.
MUBARAK JAFFAR CEO KUWAIT LONDON COMPANY
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Hi, please introduce yourself to our readers: I’m the CEO and Co-Founder of Kuwait London Company. The company is mainly F&B focused and we operate 5 local concepts with 13 outlets in Kuwait - The Kitchen, Junkyard, Humble Burgers, Proper Sliders and Chubby Balls.
Tell us about your education: I graduated with a degree in Management from Royal Holloway University of London in 2011. At the time I was planning on working straight after university but decided to continue my studies. I obtained a Master’s degree in Management in the MENA Region from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in 2012.
What has your journey been like up to this point and how did you get to where you are today? It has been an extremely exciting journey. The company was originally set up in 2008 by my brother Mohammed for the family. He set up the first restaurant in the company ‘The Kitchen’ in 2009. In 2010 we acquired Talabat and my brother mainly focused on developing Talabat in Kuwait and across the GCC. That really opened our eyes to the online delivery business. In 2012, we had opened a second outlet for The Kitchen that wasn’t performing well and Mohammed wanted to shut it down. I proposed to him we change the concept into an American street food joint called ‘Junkyard’. At the time, I didn’t feel I had enough experience to venture into the restaurant business but once I made my decision to take this responsibility on I had to be committed. I was always interested in the food business but I didn’t realize how complicated running a restaurant business was. Once Junkyard was finally set up and was performing well that really gave me the confidence to continue in this industry and take KLC forward in the food business.
Why did you decide to develop your own local concepts instead of franchising? When we set up the company the number of local concepts was few and people were mainly focused on franchising brands. This was more expensive and franchises usually have certain demands which must be met. We also wanted to have full control over the brand and felt that if we focused on developing our own brands we would be able to meet consumer tastes and expectations better and would be more flexible to change and innovate in the local market. The Kitchen was set up in 2009 and was the first restaurant under the group. We then set up Junkyard, a street food concept in 2012. Humble Burgers followed in 2014 and in 2015 we set up Proper Sliders. In 2017 we decided to create a dessert concept that mainly focused on Chubby Balls a popular dessert dish which we sold in all our outlets.
Describe your vision for KLC: We are constantly striving to offer customers value in all our restaurants. Our main objective is to offer our customers quality, reasonably priced food conveniently delivered to their doorsteps. The delivery market is extremely competitive and customers are always looking for good quality options that are priced sensibly.
What has been your most challenging project to date and why? The most challenging project was definitely setting up my first restaurant. Entering this industry with very little experience was always going to be difficult. However, with time, Himdillah, things began to make more sense and everything came together.
How do you select or decide on the area and location for your restaurants? As we are essentially a delivery-based business our locations are selected in areas that have easy access. We try and locate 018
ourselves in locations away from main highways and busy roads. This way we are able to deliver to customers on time and avoid unexpected delays.
We all know service is key. How do you motivate your staff to keep a constant service ethic? Teamwork is the most crucial aspect in any operation. We try our best to create a positive culture and incorporate all team members as much as possible. Company activities and functions are really important. Proper training is also essential in maintaining good service and a positive workforce.
What continues to motivate or inspire you in this industry? It’s an extremely competitive industry that is always changing. Peoples’ tastes and behaviors are always changing with time. Keeping up to date creating new dishes and developing the brands with the team is something I really enjoy. Customer feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, really motivates me to improve and drive the business forward.
Do any of the concepts offer breakfast? We only serve breakfast at Junkyard Al-Hamra at the moment. We are working on a breakfast concept which will hopefully be launched very soon.
What's your secret to keep customers coming in? We try our best to maintain our standards and promise to deliver good quality food, that’s reasonably priced and delivered hot to customers within 45 minutes.
Tell our readers more about your catering service. Is there is a minimum number requirement? We ventured into home and event catering last year after receiving many requests from our loyal customers that we were not able to fulfil. You can contact our catering hotline, drop us an email or book your catering event online through Bilbayt. When it comes to the size of the order it really depends on availability and the location of the event.
Do you have plans to open more restaurants in the future? Currently we are working on opening several more outlets in Kuwait this year, Inshallah.
As an employer, what kind of qualities, experience and training do you look for in new recruits? Generally, we tend to always look for people who are honest, hard working, believe in what we are trying to do and are committed to their jobs. In terms of experience and training it really depends on the type of job and the person we are hiring.
For the years to come, what do you want KLC to be known for? We are trying our best to be one of the leading home-grown delivery groups in Kuwait. By focusing on meeting our goals we can hopefully continue to improve our business and continue to grow our network of restaurants in Kuwait and hopefully the GCC.
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NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, THE ROAD TRICK, PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON RED BULL TV FOLLOW THE ADVENTURES OF AMERICAN MAGICIAN ADAM TRENT AS HE EXPLORES NEW COUNTRIES AND UNLOCKS HEARTS AND MINDS WITH HIS MAGIC
eginning on May 11 until May 26, you can discover new sides of Europe and Morocco - and their authentic cultures – in the company of an upand-coming American talent when all 10 episodes of The Road Trick premiere exclusively at redbull.tv. Your partner on this unpredictable and touching journey is the series’ star Adam Trent, who is one of the hottest performers among today’s new breed of magicians. Across 13 countries, he breaks through cultural barriers and gets to know the locals through the wonder of magic. “Magic is the best ice breaker,” declares Adam. In The Road Trick, he performs mind-blowing feats with everything from mobile phones to playing cards in order to engage the people he meets – whether they are students, shamans or supermodels. Adam opens doors to places and experiences that typical tourists never witness, granting him a unique opportunity to show us the world in a way that only a magician can. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Adam has been passionate about magic and its ability to break barriers since he first performed birthday party shows at age 9. By 14 he started street performing, and it was while earning his college degree in Los Angeles that he found the city’s music and comedy scene. “I realized that the most important element in a show is the performer’s connection to the audience,” he remembers. Fresh, funny, and anything but traditional when it comes to magic, Adam has appeared on numerous television shows like America’s Got Talent and starred in the Broadway hit “The Illusionists.” The youngest and only magician ever to win back-toback medals in the Pro Magic Challenge – one of the most prestigious magic competitions in the world – he has earned awards for his charity work as well as his craft. It is Adam’s down-to-earth approachability and genuine love for discovering fascinating people and places that set him apart and make him the perfect companion for viewers of The Road Trick. Come along with Adam Trent as he “magics his way in” to make connections with the real people, places and cultures that others seldom see: The Road Trick premieres on demand with all episodes available starting May 11, 2017 – streaming only on www.redbull.tv.
Red Bull TV We are all familiar with Red Bull. The energy drink first hit the shelves in 1987 and went on to become the largest selling energy drink in the world. However, there is more to Red Bull than their renowned blue-silver can; it is a brand that gives wings to people and ideas. The outstanding Red Bull motif is also associated with a myriad of cultural and sport related scenes, ranging from Formula 1 to Skateboarding, music production and breakdance. Red Bull’s involvement in what were previously considered ‘less popular’ sports has propelled interest in these activities to new heights and ensured record audiences for what have become known as ‘extreme’ sports. With their latest on-line concept, Red Bull TV, they are now taking you beyond the ordinary and giving you front row access to every event on the Red Bull calendar. Whether you crave the discipline of cliff diving; the exhilaration of snowboarding; or even the legerity of break dancing, Red Bull TV has it all covered and you can watch it all – LIVE!
On redbull.tv and Red Bull TV App, you can see what is trending in your favorite sports, enjoy daily highlights of the latest events, watch action sport movies and catch up on fixtures and results. You can even watch live events so you do not miss a minute of your preferred sport. Red Bull TV also brings you real life stories of athletes and musicians - a source of inspiration and entertainment – recognized for their passion and determination when faced with life’s toughest challenges. Red Bull TV also features music and culture from around the world, covering everything from the weird and wonderful to the absolutely awe-inspiring. Despite the extensive content, it is easy to find what you are looking for on Red Bull TV. You can browse by Format, Channel or Sub channel. Available formats include Events, Shows, Films and Clips while Channels highlight selections such as Festivals, Culture, Motorsports, and Watersports. Lean back and experience the best of Red Bull TV!
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“Planning is key….. I am such a perfectionist” Landing a cabin crew job with Emirates Airline was the perfect opportunity for Manon Isabella Weijtmans to travel the world. She is now spreading her wings as a luxury lifestyle blogger, flying high on her success; and even wearing Beyonce’s crown!
What are your favourite hang-out spots in Dubai? It’s hard to choose as there are so many - and new ones every week! But I have to say that I love going to the beach or pool whenever I have the chance. I have a Privilee membership, which makes it possible to go to the beach or pool at many 5* hotels here, which is perfect for me! For sunset drinks, Jetty Lounge at One & Only Royal Mirage is my favourite for a beautiful view and a relaxing atmosphere. For dinner I have to say Play Restaurant in the H Hotel. Their food is delicious.
Tell us about your blog: My blog is all about the luxury lifestyle - from fashion to beauty to travel and food - updated daily with all the hottest news!
What is the biggest challenge you face with your work? Time. I am doing everything by myself so it can be pretty busy sometimes and although I am working full-time on my blog, it’s never finished. But that’s just me as I am such a perfectionist.
What inspires you? Travelling. It’s so nice to explore new things and to meet new people.
How do you stay in shape? I am not a fan of the gym. I like outdoor sports, like paddle-boarding, swimming and playing tennis. As we all know, food is also very important to stay in shape so I eat a lot of vegetables and salads but also fresh salmon and tuna. Plus, I drink a lot of water. Furthermore, I rely on Detox Delight for their juices. They’re handmade, organic, 100% natural, gluten-free, unpasteurized and without any artificial additives. They taste good too!
How would you define your personal style? I have to say classic. Most of the time I am wearing white or pastel colours and at the moment I love to wear a pair of nice trousers with high heels.
Hi. Can you tell us about yourself and your background? My name is Isabella and I moved to Dubai almost 5 years ago to work for Emirates Airline as cabin crew. This was great as I had the opportunity to travel to so many places I had never dreamed of visiting. I also had the chance to get to know so many people from different nationalities and backgrounds which was great. After that I joined a luxury travel and lifestyle magazine as Director of PR and Communications and recently started my own blog where you can find everything relating to the luxury lifestyle.
What are some of your favourite childhood memories? Summer holidays with my family. My mom and dad took me and my brother to lots of places - especially in Europe - and I loved it!
What tips do you have for taking a great Instagram photo? Good lighting. And don’t take it too seriously; it still has to be fun. 024
What's your favourite snack? Mixed nuts - especially pistachio.
Who are the biggest influences in your professional life? Audrey Hepburn is my icon - not only for her style. And definitely Queen Rania of Jordan.
What is your all time favourite movie and why? The pursuit of happiness. For the story, for the great acting, for everything!
What type of music do you listen to? Pop music.
What's your number one make-up tip? It starts with your skincare, so take care of your skin first! I personally love serums like La Prairie (white caviar illuminating pearl infusion) which gives you a flawless skin. I also like to pamper my skin with a Starskin Beauty face mask – they’re amazing!
What’s your most memorable shoot? It was a photo shoot that I did with Carla from The Stylistes for a Spanish magazine. She arranged the most beautiful dresses from Michael Cinco and we were shooting in the desert where I was wearing a crown. Later, Michael Cinco told me it was the same crown that Beyonce was wearing in one of her video clips!
What's the best advice you can give on how to better manage time? Organize and plan everything in advance - planning is key. I have different planners, as this works best for me; one for the articles I post on my blog, one for Instagram, one for meetings and one for event attendance.
Best advice you’ve ever received? Those must be from my mom; - Always be yourself - Be kind - Be honest
What are your plans for the future? Travelling for sure; and to continue to work hard for manonisabella.com
Your message for us at CP magazine: Dear team CP Magazine, thank you so much for this lovely interview! I can’t wait to be a part of the ‘CP Magazine family’.
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WHY HIRE A LIFE COACH?
ife coaching is not just some feel-good indulgence. It's a valid path to self-improvement that's helped countless people around the world create fulfilling lives.
Perhaps you are reluctant about life coaching because you think the coach will heap criticism on you. That is not what life coaching is about at all. With life coaching you will get someone who listens to your thoughts and goals. Then the coach helps you nurture yourself and plan for the future. When you seek the help of a life coach, you are consciously stepping out of your hectic life and out of your comfort zone. Working with a life coach gives you a chance to reflect on your personal strengths and challenges. How often do you get time to focus on your wants and needs? Life does not stop for you to catch up unless you make it - and life coaching is an effective method for stopping the clock. Only then can you discover how to enjoy each day more than ever before. With coaching advice on your side you can learn to: lFocus on the positive things in your life lReduce stress lPursue goals that make you happy lStop putting your energy into toxic situations or behaviour lBuild on your strengths and help you achieve more lTake care of yourself better lTune into things that lift you up lBecome confident about your own ideas It is likely no one has ever taught you how to take stock of your life. Society just tosses you into the current and itâ€™s easy to simply flow along. But maybe you are not satisfied. Maybe you would like to break a bad habit or connect with your passions. Life coaching guides you through a journey of self-discovery. The coach helps you question yourself and honestly assess your answers. Part of what life coaching does is help you make an action plan. You will learn to apply yourself to what works for your life and will gain the confidence to
protect yourself from negativity. Life coaching combines the power of accountability, encouragement and planning to keep you motivated. If you slide back into old habits, the coach reminds you how to try again. Your focus will stay on action instead of excuses. The accountability comes with encouragement. You will not be updating your life alone. You will have a coach to help you strive for positive change. Clear actions are defined during your coaching sessions so you will know what to do. Your motivation is constantly strengthened as you follow your own lifecoaching plan. Every step you take toward your goals adds to your motivation. Life coaching gives you skills for creating a positive future. You set goals based on your desires and the coach helps you make a plan for success. There is very little energy put into your past. You will only look back so you can identify the mental patterns that no longer serve you or have been blocking you your whole life. Focusing on the future speeds your transformation. You will be amazed how liberating this fresh frame of mind can be. Getting life coaching advice could easily be one of the best things you ever do for yourself. Coaching opens doors for self-empowerment that no one has ever shown you before.
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FABRICE Meet the French Caribbean musician who has finally found his voice.
After years of experimenting with music, Fabrice went back to his roots to discover his ideal musical vision. Now, successfully writing and performing what he describes as Red, Gold & Green Folk, heâ€™s enjoying a style all of his own; and entertaining Kuwait in the process!
Please introduce yourself to our readers: I am a French Caribbean songwriter, producer and singer. I have worked for different brands, music labels, artists, movie makers and I also produce my own projects.
Tell us where you were born, where you were educated and how you came to be a singer and composer? My father is Italian and French. He met my mother, a black African mixed with French and Indian from the Arawak tribe in Guadeloupe. I was born and raised in Guadeloupe where my parents got married. It's a small Caribbean island which has a French region. This means we speak French, pay in Euro, have French passports and so on. I moved to France at the age of 13 because my parents wanted to live in the South of France.
Tell us about your childhood. Did you do music at school? I had a great childhood between the sea and the mountains. My brother and I did lots of sports with our dad, from scuba diving to judo and from windsurfing to trekking. It was such a peaceful life. My mother has 11 siblings so we were always with someone from the family somewhere on the island, sharing love and laughing. Music was everywhere. It's not something you specifically study at school in those islands but we played, danced and laughed every weekend in the back yard. The family would organise jam sessions every Saturday. Some of my uncles were professional, my mom still sings Gospel and my dad used to play harmonica and guitar. When you are a kid you take an instrument or a piece of wood and you try to follow the adults.
â€œWe all have different talents and united we standâ€?
What came first? Songwriting, singing or composing?
Was it a conscious choice to do the music, lyrics and composing all yourself? Composing all by myself was not something conscious. I just started to write some poems and to paint. I was having fun. I was playing. It was just a way to express myself. In fact, when I used to play, words would come instantly. It's still the same now. I just play and after a while I have a song. I don't know why or how, it just happens.
What are some of the hardest things about creating your own music? It was sometimes very difficult to choose songs and throw away others that you liked but you can't put all of them on an album, for various reasons. It's also very hard to do it all by yourself because you focus on the sound take, the mix, the part you play, production, arrangement, your voice and everything else in the same day. When I finish an album I am truly exhausted. 032
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I started writing songs when I moved to France. I suddenly felt very lonely. I am the older brother and I needed to speak to someone and tell things that you cannot tell to your parents. My guitar was there to listen.
Which instruments do you play yourself? I play bass, acoustic and electric guitar, cajon, djembé and keyboards (but not like a piano player). In the studio I can play several times so it's fine at the end. I also play small funny things like kalimba, shaker or melodica.
When and how did you land in Kuwait? I came here in 2013. I needed a change after different tribulations. I have been a musician and a teacher for years. Life as a musician is not that easy and most have another job. I specialize in Literature and I also have a Masters to teach the French language to foreigners. The French Institute of Kuwait contacted me about a job and I came for a new experience in the world.
Where do you get your inspiration for writing your songs? I don't really know. I think inspiration is a long process of maturation. A mix between all that you have learned, heard and read, year after year. I really work hard. I am curious about a lot of different subjects and I spend time every day reading about history, psychology, science, astrology, music, sports and so on.
How would you describe your music in your own words? Red Gold and Green Folk.
When did the idea of a recording come up? Tell us about your first music album. How has the journey been since then? I was 18 years old. During the summer I was working as a roadie to make money and be able to watch bands for free. The guy who used to make the sound heard a demo tape that I did in my bedroom. He had a professional studio and asked me if I wanted to record, just to have a good quality sound. Of course I said yes. Then he sent one song to a contest called MIDEM and I won 1st prize. So I started to record. He taught me how to use his studio so that he didn’t have to be there to help me and we have stayed in touch after all of those years. He is a very gentle, humble and talented man. The idea of an album came years after that. I was a sideman, playing mostly in Reggae bands and Rap bands, still recording original songs but I thought I hadn't found the original and personal style I was looking for. Then I came back to my island and met some new musicians. After a few months I decided to make a record. It went well because La Sacem granted me a price and also money to develop my project. Then La Fnac and Virgin Megastore advertised it as the young talent of the month. It was great! With four musicians from Guadeloupe we were touring everywhere in Europe to promote this record, opening shows for Keziah Jones, Alpha Blondy and Ismael Lô. But I still thought I hadn't found the exact direction I was looking for so I split from the band. It was a meeting with David Rubinson after a show in Paris that helped me a lot. Sometimes simple sentences at the right time find their way to your subconscious. I decided to do it all by myself and stick to my vision: Red Gold and Green Folk, my current style. The first album I did was the start of the right journey with the right musical vision. I was 38 and I still create this type of music.
What kind of message do you want to tell with your songs? The kind of message that Bob Marley and Bob Dylan spread - we are human, we should be treated with equity; we are weak but together we can be strong if we can respect one another's beliefs. 034
Photography: Hamad AlAinati (@7mdphotography)
Photography: Hamad AlAinati (@7mdphotography)
Tell us about your last album ‘Back to Roots’. How did you compile and select all of the songs for this album? I wanted to work again with some of the musicians from Guadeloupe that I worked with 15 years ago. That's why it's called Back to Roots. I also wanted to work with people I had met in Kuwait and I mixed it all up with vibes in my style. Now I know exactly my sound. People from different cultures are most welcome. It was easy to select the songs. If when I played one, my son was running to the studio with a smile or dancing, I would keep the song - simple! He has good taste, I trust him even though he is only 20 months old!
How did you select the musicians to collaborate in this album? I work with people full of spirit. If someone can be a friend, he can play on my music. I am not in the business any more. I am just trying to have fun and to create energy with some beautiful souls. We all have different talents and united we stand!
What's your current main project? I have collaborated with a movie maker who shot something with Nicolas Karabatic, the best handball player in the world. I’m currently working on an advert for Matahi, a natural energy drink made with baobab.
Are you already writing and recording songs for your next studio album? I am writing songs but only the root, guitar and voice, melody and harmony. I will record it in August. First I need to play those songs on stage this summer to see if I am comfortable and if they make me fly.
How do you see the current music scene in Kuwait? Four years ago, when I met my actual partners, the scene was really small. Then month after month came a new scene and new musicians. There are more and more shows and a lot of interesting musicians in every style. As I am also a teacher, I am happy because I found an evolution. I would just like some of them to be less American and more
Photography: Hamad AlAinati (@7mdphotography) rooted to an original style but it's the globalization effect and it took me twenty years to find my style. Music is a part of me so I am very happy for those people who play and those who listen. I love to play and I listen to a lot of music every day.
Your message for our readers and your fans in Kuwait? I am still here and I am already missing you now I know it's the end of the season here!
How has your experience been performing live in Kuwait? It was great. Reactions and behaviours are totally different here. People who come to my shows are very well educated, smart, open minded and curious. A bunch of beautiful people. I feel blessed; do you know another Frenchman who has performed for four years in Kuwait? That's awesome! A beautiful experience. Of course it's different than in Europe but my mind and my arms are wide open to embrace the change and new ways to think, to give and receive.
Where else have you performed in the region? I have played in Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and I hope to play in Bahrain soon because they have contacted me several times.
Your message for us at CP magazine: I love you all! Keep on grooving.
Lastly, is there any advice you would give to young songwriters and artists who are trying to break into the business? Work. Listen. Perform. Work. Learn from the past. And don't try to be anyone else but you. Don't forget to turn mistakes into something beautiful. Stop showing off, focus on the music first. I say that because I used to show off until one of my mentors asked me if I thought I was a genius! I came back to Earth quickly! But it's ok to have fun as long as it helps the song, not your ego. The most important thing is the song. Weâ€™re all gonna die but some songs will stay forever. Peace and much love. www.cpmagazine.net
MENTAL since 2010
y name is Julie. Originally from France with an Italian background, I grew up on race tracks watching car races with my family. In between sports, humanitarian and security, I worked as a firefighter and personal trainer and studied Sport and Medicine. In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and my last location, Kuwait, I acquired amazing life experiences. Since then, I’ve always had a passion for Psychology, especially in sport. That’s the reason why I am developing another passion - mental coaching where I can have a closer approach to help people and to change their lives. WHAT IS MENTAL COACHING OR PEAK PERFORMANCE COACHING (PPC)? PEAK PERFORMANCE COACHING (as called in SA) and MENTAL COACHING (in the States) are used in the field of Sport Psychology. The goal is to work with the general population, as well as athletes, in a one-on-one setting. It inspires the teams I coach to new heights and levels of achievement. Peak Performance Coaching is based on many disciplines, including those in the fields of psychology, sports psychology and physical education (kinesiology), coaching science, motor learning and counseling. The main areas of the Mental Game Coaching include: •phases of the Mental Game Coaching/Peak performance •doing Peak Performance Game Assessments (AMRAP, TCAP) •improving athletes' mental game for performance enhancement 038
•improving practice efficiently and practice schedules •teaching game plans or strategies •improving team dynamics and communication This is a brief approach of Peak Performance Coaching, how it works and improves performance of athletes and teams. The Mental Coaching isn't restraint to Athletes or fit people only, it’s helping the whole population ready for a life changing experience, as I do with personal training already. FITNESS AND MENTAL COACHING FOR RAMADAN Spirituality, peace, contemplation, kindness, great food, family and happiness - some of the many words that come to mind when thinking about the Holy Month of Ramadan. So what does Ramadan mean to the mind and body? Your lifestyle is going to change soon for a month, going from a normal sleep pattern to a non-routine day/night. The circadian cycle will be reversed and the body will be affected. Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking and smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive; from dawn until the sun sets. SEE In the Arabian Gulf particularly, restaurants and coffee shops only open after sunset and working hours are shorter. More time is spent around the house. Muslims who fast stay awake for the pre-dawn meal of Suhoor. Almost every meal is consumed with the family, followed by all members of the family gathered around one TV to watch their favourite Ramadan programs. Taking all of this into account, there are noticeable shifts in media consumption as well. FEEL Let’s take media consumption as an example. During Ramadan, TV consumption increases by almost 25% in the region. Viewers are consuming content that is more relevant. And let’s not forget digital! There is a major opportunity to
move online as usage peaks during Suhoor (between 2:00am and 4:00am) and social media usage increases by 30% during the month. According to studies, in the UAE and Qatar social media users during Ramadan last year were most active leading up to sunset, while in Saudi Arabia, Facebook was most popular around 10pm and Twitter was busy between 4am-6am. REACT After a brief study of a new lifestyle after the Suhoor until 4am, the body and mind can be affected by the changes in different ways - positively or negatively - through wellbeing and physical activities. The fitness activity is decreasing by the augmentation of the activities on social media and virtual life online. People decrease their moves and feel mentally drained by the hot weather and the reduction of physical activities. So here’s an interesting fact about the brain: During a period of fasting, a hormone is released that upsets how your body changes food into energy. When that happens, it increases the number of mitochondria in neurons that tell you when you’re hungry. In research, this caused mice to overeat. The study suggests there’s a connection between ‘breaking fast’ and eating more than you need to replenish yourself. Typically we have noticed a trend in increased obesity and many incidence of diabetes during the Holy month because of irregular and inappropriate eating after breaking the fast. RELEASE Mental Coaching will be an amazing tool to decrease obesity and also increase wellbeing during the Holly month. How? Simply by keeping the body and mind correlated in one. By spending more time with the family, practicing more meditation, creating meal preparation or cooking your own food. A new culinary knowledge can change everything about your way of life .A lifestyle isn’t a diet; it’s changing your life to a new lifestyle. A new approach of reading and meditation will teach you how to control yourself and use a positive mind in many situations. There’s an amazing book you could read during the Holly month, ‘DARN EASY’ from McColl. If you have any questions regarding Mental Coaching and how I can directly help you, I will be happy to answer your questions via my Instagram account.
he female menopause is no laughing matter. Take it from someone who knows! Having said that, sometimes it’s better to see the funny side of things; after all, it’s better to laugh than to cry. In many households, the menopause has become a taboo subject so if nothing else, making fun of our symptoms should get the subject out in the open. No-one likes suffering in silence do they? The most common symptoms of the menopause or ‘the change’ as it’s often called, include night sweats, short-term memory loss, weight gain, mood swings and hot flushes. Not much fun for the lady concerned but hardly a barrel of laughs for her partner either. The key is recognizing the signs and addressing them head on. There are, of course, a number of remedies available to tackle some, if not all, of the symptoms. Most of these, however, carry a variety of side-effects which can be more serious than the symptoms themselves. For this reason, many women decline medical treatment and decide to ‘ride it out’. The trouble with that is, there is no way of knowing how long the menopause will last. Some suffer for only a short time, others for years and years. Now, where was I? Oh yes, the menopause. Memory loss can be extremely irritating. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve gone to the store only to forget what I went there for. I can be introduced to someone new, then less than a minute later, completely forget their name. Many times I’ve left one room in the house to go to another with absolutely no idea what I was going there for. Whilst annoying, it’s not the end of the world if we become a little forgetful; and laughing about it later is much better than feeling embarrassed or ashamed. From my own personal point of view, hot flushes are the worst thing about the change. I have no idea when I might have one or how long it will last. Sometimes I could have dozens in one day, other times I may have none. It’s the unpredictability that makes them so annoying. Only yesterday, I was standing in a queue waiting to pay for some items in a store when a hot flush appeared from nowhere. I felt as though I was about to spontaneously combust! In an attempt to remove my jacket, I dropped my intended purchases on 040
the floor, elbowed a total stranger in the stomach and instantly regretted my choice of what was now an almost see-through blouse. Two minutes later, thanks to the store’s air conditioning, I felt as icy as the stranger’s stare. ‘Sorry’ I said, ‘hot flush’. I’m sure I detected the crease of a smile. Whether he was smiling at my bundled attempt at an apology or the way my hair was now sticking to my face, I have no idea. Suffering a hot flush in the middle of the day is one thing. Suffering one in the middle of night is quite another. For some reason, night sweats seem ten times worse. Within minutes of settling down to sleep, the comforter is thrown off, the sheets are wet with sweat and the only option is a shower. Needless to say, this is not an ideal recipe for a good night’s sleep. Again, laughing about it is the only option. It may be disturbing from your partner’s point of view but at least you can remind him that you’re still ‘hot stuff’! Mood swings are probably the most difficult symptom to cope with as far as our friends and family are concerned. One minute you’re bright and cheery, the next you’re ranting and raving like a banshee. It’s not uncommon to launch into a torrent of abuse at the most minor thing, or to get upset over something as trivial as a spilt drink. Reactions like these can quite easily escalate into a full scale row so it’s important to recognise them for what they are i.e. a symptom over which you have no control. Once your family are aware of the facts and are able to understand why you are behaving in such an uncharacteristic manner, they can handle it much better. Being able to laugh about it (together) is vital. There are, of course, countless self-help books available on the subject as well as natural remedies and medical treatments aimed at reducing or eliminating the symptoms. However, working on the theory that laughter really is the best medicine, a good dose of humour will, if nothing else, put a smile on your face throughout this challenging period. Menopause, The Musical is currently enjoying sellout tours of the UK and the US. Proof, should we need it, that the menopause really is something to laugh about.
TEEN ACNE - CAUSES AND TREATMENT OPTIONS
eenagers are faced with a myriad of challenges while growing up, one of which is acne. The primary cause of teen acne is hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty. These hormones stimulate the oil glands in the pores to make more oil, which along with the dead skin cells can clog the pores making a favorable atmosphere for bacterial proliferation. The bacterial growth then stimulates the body to mount an immune response creating redness, inflammation and pus formation causing the dreaded pimple. The healthy skin care regimen for teens is aimed at decreasing oil, exfoliating the skin, moisturizing and decreasing inflammation and bacteria.
Daily facial care for teen acne: 1.Gently wash your face twice a day. In the morning wash with a gentle non-soap cleanser and then apply a moisturizer that says non-comedogenic. Also use a sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30. 2. At bedtime wash with a cleanser containing 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and apply moisturizer. 3.Spot treatment: apply 2% salicylic/glycolic acid containing cream/serum on acne spots at bedtime. Other medical interventions may be helpful, such as chemical peels, acne facials and laser treatments. Assessing internal factors is also key to improvement and your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic course for your acne. With the combination of topical and in-office treatments, teen acne can be managed and long-term effects may be avoided. When treating teen acne it is important to consider medical intervention as early as possible to prevent worsening and permanent scarring. If scarring has already occurred then laser treatments are extremely beneficial at minimizing the depth and severity of scarring. 042
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE…
Although Kuwait has not generally been known as a melting pot, it is obvious that it is woven in the fabric of the culture. Kuwait is a wonderful place that allows all cultures and races to live harmoniously together. At first glance one may not think so, yet when you look deeper into the multi-faceted Kuwaiti culture whether as a native citizen or other nationality, it is obvious that a deep respect and keen tolerance for all cultures, races and religions is present. In this country we all live together in peace. ‘Who do you love?’ once sang LL Cool J. Whether you frequent Marina Crescent or Gate Mall, you are bound to see people coming together to share their experience and amongst them some will even find love; a true understanding of love; a love that can stand for itself amongst the many hurdles that life will present to the couple. The beauty in Kuwait is that you are destined to know, learn and grow mentally, spiritually and emotionally with others. We are all different and accepting that difference without judgment is the meaning of love. In Kuwait, it is obvious that people stand up for each other. They accept the differences we share with love. On the topic of love, it is always apparent that cultures, races and religions are coming together to unify in Kuwait. I have not lived in any other GCC country so I cannot speak of those, yet here in Kuwait you can always see how cultures weave together to create a lasting bond. Before doing research on this topic, I interviewed many families and couples of different backgrounds living harmoniously together. Over the holidays I was invited to the home of friends who will, one day, be of a mixed religion marriage. It was beautiful to see them, as well as the other guests, enjoying a holiday that may not be something they would traditionally celebrate. I also had the opportunity to interview other mixed marriage families. I myself come from a
mixed marriage where my mother is Croatian and my father is Lebanese. In Canada this is very common yet I did not expect to see this in Kuwait. My assumption was wrong. Very wrong! I recently met a family where the mother is from the Philippines and the father Scottish, and another family where the mother was Christian and the father Muslim. Celebrations then become a part of their rituals as they embrace each other’s differences as opposed to using it against growth and change. Some of our greatest challenges as humans are to learn from each other and grow from those differences without judgment. This is obvious in Kuwait as we are all from a variety of backgrounds and enjoy a peaceful existence in a country that embraces difference as strength towards innovation and growth. How many expats have started businesses, married and become active citizens who have laid a strong foundation in Kuwait while walking their path with someone who is not the same? Going forward it is obvious that the youth in Kuwait, whether Kuwaiti or expat, will be different than their forefathers. With so many young Kuwaitis living, studying and travelling abroad from such a young age, it is obvious that the mindset can never be the same. Nothing is more obvious as an expat or Kuwaiti than the relationships we form with people in this country of Kuwait, from friendships to romances and, above all, the ability to relate to one another without speaking the same language or growing up with the same family rituals and traditions. We accept the differences we share, particularly as every holiday, tradition or celebration is attended by all who take part in your life. Our plethora of friends in Kuwait is not limited to our birth right of a certain religion, culture or race. We all come together to share our moment in time in a country we now call home; with love.
REVIVE YOUR SOUL THIS RAMADAN Naseera Hoorzook
amadan is here and it’s the perfect time to kick-start your spiritual connection. Think of it as a boot-camp, a retreat, a time to focus inward as well as outward. If you are able to consciously internalise your thoughts and turn them into actions then you stand to score all round and are able to achieve more than just a feeling of hunger and sleep deprivation. You can mobilise yourself towards outward action by serving your immediate family, yourself and your community; and in doing so, your Ramadan days would have a more meaningful and productive spin to them. You may wonder, why now? Why in Ramadan? I’ll tell you why. Firstly, the past is already gone and the future has still not arrived. But since Ramadan is NOW you’d have a great head-start and opportunity to grab on to. Secondly, fasting in its own right takes strength and discipline; it is challenging and requires some serious mental and physical stamina. We know
that disciplining the body and mind are one of the best ways to exercise self-restraint. Naturally, when you fast you are already training yourself to restrain from that which you love. By default you are already challenging your body and mind, so taking the next step should be simpler than starting from scratch, out of Ramadan. Third, we know that in Ramadan the rewards for our actions are multiplied. So mathematically this is the perfect chance to score more points with no extra effort on your part. The rewards for your effort will be felt immediately as well as being accumulated for the next life. We know this from various passages in the Quran. Here is one such example: Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward (in the Hereafter) according to the best of what they used to do (Al-Na'hl, 16: 97). Finally, another great reason to start here, now, in Kuwait is that we have been granted more time off
work officially by the government. So prior to, and after Ramadan this perk will no longer exist. You would need to scramble to find time for yourself and the development of your inner being. Now that it all makes sense, start your journey towards self-realisation and soul rejuvenation now. Some parts of the process have already begun. So here’s an idea how to move deeper towards finding your soul, becoming more mindful and living more consciously this month and thereafter. The first step to take now would be to understand the soul. What is it? What do we know about it? And how does it affect us? The Webster’s Dictionary defines the soul as: ‘an entity which is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of a person and which, having no physical or material reality, is credited with the functions of thinking, willing, and choosing’. According to Salman Al Odah: ‘The dualism between the body and soul is very clearly evident in the physical world. The body is subservient and the soul is in charge; however both are indispensable. It is just that the soul is the master while the body is the obedient servant. People have a habit of letting themselves become fully absorbed in fulfilling their physical needs to the utter disregard of their spiritual ones, which are rarely so much as contemplated’. Coming back to why Ramadan, why now? The dualism spoken about above is what needs to be balanced. Often with the social media influence and current lifestyle trends, there is a lot of focus on the physical/outer bodies than there is on inner traits and values. Depriving your body of innate desires such a food, and intimacy (in Ramadan) means you are already using your soul to take charge of our body and mind. Mindfulness experts recommend some practical and easy-to-implement ways to find the balance between the dualities of body and mind. Some notable ways are to:
• Practice gratitude • Eat lighter foods • Meditate/ponder • Reconcile and accept yourself, your past and things you can’t change • Do things that bring you real and lasting joy • Embrace that you are not your thoughts and therefore disconnect from identifying as such • Open your heart, to be yourself, to let go of your ego • Send positive notes to yourself The Islamic approach to nurturing the soul has 2 components. 1. Your obligation to God. This is the personal spiritual connection you build and maintain with God by carrying out rituals and acts of worship such as fasting, prayer, praise and becoming consciously aware of His presence, and so forth. 2. Your responsibility to humanity. This encompasses fulfilling the rights you owe to other human beings, animals, the environment and all of creation. In finding a balance between your personal relationship with God and the one you have with everything around you, you will find peace, a heightened level of conscious living and enlightenment. Below are a few basic steps to set you on your path towards mindfulness as you search for your connection to your soul. Take a moment to draw up two columns, one being the personal obligations to God and the second column for our obligations to humanity. Then list what you can realistically start working on today. Commit to at least five in each column. These can become your set of Ramadan goals. Start implementing them now and notice how your confidence, contentment and satisfaction begin to flood you. I wish you the most amazing and soul satisfying month of Ramadan. Naseera
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Hairspray history can be divided in two - Life before Elnett and after Elnett. Elnett Satin hairspray has been the ultimate styling product of hairdressers and stylists around the world for almost half a century. In 1960, L’Oreal laboratories created this satin formula containing fine polymers that could be brushed out. They revolutionized the hairspray market with a product that effortlessly fulfilled all the promises. In 1963, L’Oreal turned the legendary spray into a gold package and has kept it that way ever since. The year after, in 1964, they introduced the ‘femme image’ and it’s the one that still appears on their bottles. Throughout the years we have seen iconic images of models and actresses like Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, Linda Evangelista, Laetitia Casta and Cheryl Cole, amongst others. In 1968, Elnett developed a micro-diffusion technology which made the spray even finer. Women love this budget-friendly bottle the same way as professionals do but it wasn’t until 2010 that this magic bottle started to sell outside Europe. And who says Elnett Hairspray is only for hair? The few times I've been without setting spray for make-up, I’ve just sprayed it across my face for a long lasting make-up! 048
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CAROLINE WEAVER The Pencil Connoisseur By her own admission, Caroline Weaver is somewhat obsessive when it comes to pencils. Her shop in New York City is dedicated solely to wood-cased pencils and her book, The Pencil Perfect, tells the tale of this simple analog tool. Here, Caroline gets straight to the point and describes her love for this humble writing implement.
Illustration by Oriana Fenwick, from The Pencil Perfect, Copyright Gestalten 2017
Please introduce yourself to our readers: I’m 26 years old, originally from Ohio and opened CW Pencil Enterprise in NYC in 2015.
Tell us about your education: I studied art at Goldsmiths College in London.
How and when did your love for pencils begin? I fell in love with pencils at no particular point as a child. I grew up in a creative household with parents who are obsessed with art/office supplies. With age, my interest in these things grew and pencil eventually - and very organically - became my 'thing'.
Tell us your journey from when you began to collect pencils to when you opened your own store: Opening a pencil shop was always a silly dream; my if-I-couldhave-any-job plan. I liked the idea of being able to take a world tour through a very simple, universal object. I moved to NYC after college and had a job I really disliked. One day I woke up and a switch flipped in my head and I decided to go for it. It took about 8 months to get the website set up and to open the shop.
Which is your favourite pencil? If I could only live with one pencil it would be the Editor, the pencil we made with Caran d'Ache. I use a lot of red pencil, so it's useful to have it all-in-one. Otherwise, I always fall back on the Craft Design Technology Pencil (both the Pentel and Camel versions).
What, according to you, is a good or great pencil? A good pencil holds its point well, is well centered, is made out of good quality wood and satisfies whatever qualities the user likes about pencils, whether it be scratch, smooth, hard, waxy, dry, etc.
When and why did you decide to write the book? I was approached last year by Gestalten about writing this book. They offered me the opportunity and I jumped on it - how could I say no?
How long did it take you to complete it? About 4 months.
In general, what does the book cover? The book covers pencil history from the 16th century until today. It’s full of anecdotes and stories of people, places and things that define what the pencil is as an object and what its place is in the world.
Who would you recommend to read your book? I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in analog tools as well as anyone who’s curious about objects.
Who has been your greatest help in completing this book? I’m not quite sure how to answer this. I wrote this book entirely on my own. Henry Petroski’s book on pencils - the only other book on pencils - was incredibly helpful though.
How would you describe the experience during the writing process? It was hard because I have a very busy job. I spent a lot of very late nights writing.
What are your future plans? Any more books planned? I’m not planning any more books right now. I’m quite happy with my one shop. I’d like to continue to develop some new products and grow my online business.
What are some of your other hobbies? I spend a lot of time writing letters, travelling, knitting and reading.
What has been your biggest achievement so far? My biggest achievement was definitely opening my tiny pencil shop on Forsyth Street. That’s what started all of this.
Illustration by Oriana Fenwick, from The Pencil Perfect, Copyright Gestalten 2017
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Edna_Trogen Edna Trogen was born and raised in Colombia. She is married with two girls, aged 17 and 11 years old. She lived in Sweden for 7 years before moving to Dubai where she has been living and working for the past 11 years. Her make-up roots are based on the Latin American Full Make-up Style but have changed over the years due to being influenced by the Scandinavian minimalistic style Less is More! After having dabbled in modeling, she was slowly drawn to the world of make-up where her interest has developed into a passion and career. She is currently working as a makeup artist for TV commercials and fashion magazines in the region.
Have you ever found yourself lost in the beauty department store with the idea of buying a brush or two for your make-up kit but not knowing what to buy? CP Magazine will this month guide you through the forest of brushes with a free BRUSH MASTERCLASS! The right make-up brush can make a big difference to your make-up application. Having a good understanding of the use of each brush is essential, but honestly, you donâ€™t need to own every single brush in every single size. Having a powder, blush, contouring and a blending brush for the eyes should be enough; using your fingers can be the best tool for your foundation, concealer and lips. There are two kinds of bristles, synthetic and natural. The synthetic brushes are man-made from nylon or other synthetic materials and, in my opinion, are the best to use with creamy products and liquid foundations. The natural brushes are often made of different animal hair and work best with powdered products. These are better for blending. When the bristles are shorter the application gives a much fuller coverage. When the bristles are longer the application is much softer. One piece of good advice is to clean your brushes regularly. Dirty brushes can build up bacteria and cause acne and other skin problems. I would normally wash them with a bar of soap and rub the brushes with the soap two to three times. Keep brushing until the foam comes out clear then rinse them with a lot of water and dry them flat (horizontally) on a towel over night. That way you keep your make-up flawless and your brushes will last much longer. For simplicity, I will break it down for you: This set of 12 brushes is from SIGMA. It is one of the best brush sets I own. They are high quality brushes and come with a leather holder cup. The price is not exaggerated either and you can easily order it from Amazon.com or other net shops. 2
REAL TECHNIQUES is another favourite brand. LAURA MERCIER, TOM FORD and MAC COSMETICS are amazing too. This set of four REAL TECHNIQUES brushes is a good option to obtain immaculate skin and the perfect eye flick. 1. A silicon liner for precise application of gel or liquid liner. Sharp like a pencil. 2. This is one of my favourite multipurpose brushes. I use it for foundation, powder and sometimes even for contouring, or any other creamy product. 3. This is a foundation/concealer brush with the best synthetic bristles. 4. A multi-purpose brush ideal for powder, blush and bronzers. 054
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1. Eyeliner: With this thin brush you can create smooth and even lines with gel or liquid liners. 2. Small Angle: Create precise lining across the upper and lower lash lines; itâ€™s even a wonderful brush to create soft eyebrows. Use with liquid, gel or powder products. 3. Pencil brush: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil lines along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes. 4. Concealer: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes. 5. Eye shading: Even application of colour. Place colour across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product. 6. Eye Angled Shading: For a softer application. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease. 7. Eye Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with
product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage. 8. Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply colour, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish. 9. Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer. 10. Large Angled Contour: Cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush. 11. Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products. 12. Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
The Lebanese filmmaker with a story worth telling. Raised in Lebanon during the Civil War, Sophie Boutrosâ€™ childhood was far from normal. Now, the talented director is channeling her experiences into something that matters; telling the story of a relationship with all of its complications.
the chance to listen to them and sometimes engage in I am a Lebanese filmmaker. I worked on directing music conversations with them, regardless of my young age. videos for A-list Arab singers for almost 10 years - Julia Boutros, Nancy Ajram, Rashid El Majed, Abdelmajeed How did you get inclined to study film and Abdallah, Nawal Kuweityeh, etc. Mahbas (Solitaire) is the direction? first feature film that I co-wrote and directed. My sister and I fell in love with films in our early years; we had a shop next to our house that rented VHS tapes of movies. Our highlight of the weekend was to watch 3 or 4 Tell us about your education: and, until now, my upmost joy is when I am heading I graduated from the AcadĂŠmie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts films to a cinema. Of course back then, doing studies in film (ALBA) in Lebanon with a Bachelor degree in Directing for was not something to be considered, because the field TV and Film. itself didnâ€™t exist. Being a very good student in scientific matters, I was expected to study Medicine. I tried for a few Please tell us about your childhood. Where did months but ended up moving to a creative field that was more in touch with who I am and who I like to be. Back you grow up? I was born and raised in Lebanon. Until the age of 17, then it was a very new field of study. Lebanon was in a state of war. My childhood was nothing like normal. My family is very engaged patriotically, we What genre of films and actors were you drawn used to follow up on all the news - horrible news mainly to? - and my parents did not hide from us the atrocities I enjoyed various kinds of films but the ones that left their that were taking place back then. The positive side of it mark on me were mostly dramatic. Of course, I loved all is that my sister Julia and brother Ziad engaged at a the big American actors because we had access to their very early age in music, starting with Ghabet Shams el films more than Europeans, but now I am more drawn to Haq when they were 17, 18 and I was 11. Our house, since European cinema; I relate more to it being in touch with then, hosted poets, journalists and intellectuals so I had reality.
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
How long have you been making films and videos? I directed music videos for 10 years, but Mahbas is my first film. I started working on it in the beginning of 2013.
How did you make the jump from directing music videos to feature films? Directing music videos was the only way to get close to storytelling. The budgets were there, the production companies were there, so I took advantage of telling certain stories or conveying certain emotions through my videos. Most of them were not just a sequence of beauty shots. Making a film was the ultimate goal and only when all the elements were found, did I decide to take that leap - along with my partner, co-writer and producer, Nadia Eliewat.
How did you come up with the idea for MAHBAS? Nadia Eliewat-Producer
We wanted to talk about a subject that matters; something thatâ€™s worth telling. The Lebanese-Syrian relationship with all the baggage that it carries is, in our opinion, worth shedding light on. It is a complicated lovehate relationship and complications in films are needed and wanted.
When you started writing, was the story clear in your head or did it evolve over many drafts? Of course the main line of the story, being the proposal between a Syrian and a Lebanese, was there from the start. What changed from the first to the final draft of the script was the flow of the story, the structure, the dimensions of the characters and their actions; and also the sub-plots that were created to reach, at the end, a well-rounded, believable, identifiable story.
How did you go about casting the lead role? Julia Kassar, ‘Thérèse’ was the one and only actress that came to my mind for the role. We approached her when we were still at the first draft and were delighted to have her from day one, and to know that she believed in the potential the story carries. Julia is one of the most respected, serious, professional actresses in Lebanon. I don’t think an actress who doesn’t have these great qualities could have carried Mahbas the way Julia did.
Which was the most difficult character to cast? Maybe the most ‘dangerous’ character in Mahbas is ‘Solange’, the neighbour and friend, played by the amazing Betty Taoutel. Solange is a pushed character, who goes beyond reason in reacting to events. We didn’t want to fall in the trap of exaggeration, and Betty, like me, had the same care for the role and succeeded in not exceeding the border line of the situation comedy. People love her.
How difficult was it to finance your first movie? I was lucky to have people who wanted to support me in my first movie. Three Lebanese investors came on board and made my dream possible. Also our main partner and co-producer, ART, thanks to a dear friend and supporter, Antoine Khalifeh. Also, Damas Jewelry believed in our story and contributed to the budget and by designing an engagement ring especially for Mahbas.
How were you able to juggle it all and continue your current full-time job as a manager of student affairs at the American University in Dubai? I am also a mother of two boys, Jad 10 and Ziad, now 6. It was not easy at all and I am sure my family suffered a bit due to my continuous absences. Being a mother, the guilt feeling does not leave you so it was definitely a hard task. My husband was very supportive, AUD as well, because the administration believed in the value of what both Nadia and I are doing. It all ended without any serious damage on anyone!
When do story ideas usually hit you? There is no special time for that, plus I did not have the luxury to choose a time of the day where I am more creative. We wrote whenever time permitted. We had to write in order to meet the deadlines we set for ourselves. Sometimes we would spend a day without even writing half a scene, but that happens to anyone who is keen to write.
Please describe the things you do on a typical day. I rarely have time to do anything outside kids, full-time job where I teach writing and production, and all work related to Mahbas. I force myself to do some exercise but I am not consistent. I always feel I can do more in everything, but it turns out there are limitations, which I don’t like. I travel a lot, mainly with my sister Julia. I read but not enough.
On a good day when things are going well, can you give an example of something that really makes you feel good? In most of my days things are going well! First comes spending some quality time with the kids, it really makes a difference to me. Also, hearing great feedback about the release of Mahbas which is happening a lot lately and I am very thankful for it.
What’s next for you? I am starting soon to work on a new script - a theme that I have had in mind for some time now - but it’s still too early to talk about.
Your message for our readers in Kuwait? First of all thank you for having read my long interview and I hope Mahbas speaks to you; I am eagerly waiting to know the feedback after our Kuwaiti release.
Finally, your message for us at CP magazine: Thank you for supporting my film, it is something filmmakers are in big need for, especially that it is our dream to widen the release of the film and have it reach bigger and more varied audiences. Thank you for helping us and for highlighting our work. www.cpmagazine.net
أ .نور الزعابي
ماجستير إدارة األعمال مدربة معتمدة موجهة تخطيط شخصي Plan it 💟رئيسة نادي المحاسبين الثقافي 💟شريك مؤسس معسكر القراءة
الحب موت صغير فازت رواية موت صغير للكاتب السعودي محمد حسن علوان في جائزة البوكر للرواية العربية ،٢٠١٧وتوقعت فوزها ألنها فع ً ال رواية تستحق ذلك.
بوجود كاتب عربي بحجمه ،وجرأته في الكتابة عن شخصية قد ال تتقبلها كثيرًا من المجتمعات الختالفهم مع فكره وهو محي الدين ابن عربي.
فالرواية مكتملة عناصرها ،جمال الكلمات ،معلومات، مفردات لغوية جميلة ،وكم شعرت بالفخر بوجود رواية بحجمها يكتبها خليجي ،في وقت فيه ندرة بالقارئ العربي وقلة وجود كتب راقية ،وندرة الطرح الهادف الغير خادش للحياء العام.
ففي الرواية ع ّرف القارئ بهذه الشخصية منذ والدتها حتى مماتها ،وتتبع أحداث حياته وتنقالته وتعيش كأنك عشت في زمنه ،فدقة وصفه لألماكن تجعلك تشاهد األماكن في رأسك.
كنت نادرًا ما أقرأ رواية لكاتب عربي ،لكن بعد رواية موت صغير جعلنا محمد حسن علوان نتنفس الصعداء
ألف مبروك للكاتب السعودي محمد حسن علوان هذا النجاح ،وللكاتب العربي وجود مثل هذا الكاتب. MAY 2017
IS AFTERBURN REAL? Jamie & Alana Karehana
ou’ve probably heard that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) produces an afterburn effect, which means your body continues to burn extra calories at an elevated rate for 24 hours after the completion of your workout. That sounds amazing, but is it too good to be true?
The Science of Afterburn There is a scientific term for afterburn: excess postexercise oxygen consumption (EPEOC). This refers to the oxygen that your body needs to restore after a heart-pounding workout. So afterburn is indeed real. As you exercise, your body needs fuel to keep your muscles firing and this requires oxygen to transport the fuel into the muscles. This causes your metabolism to rev up to an elevated state during and after exercise.
Intense Exercise = Intense Afterburn Studies show that there is a direct correlation between the intensity of your workout and the amount of calories burned during the afterburn period. In order to get the most afterburn bang for your buck, you must push yourself to 70-85% of your max heart rate during your workout. The more intense your workout, the more bonus calories you will burn in the hours afterwards. Intense and vigorous exercise keeps your body burning calories hours after the workout is through. And this is not the only benefit to HIIT workouts – there’s also the bonus of increased muscle tone, fat loss and an increase in your aerobic capacity. Keep this in mind the next time you push yourself through a workout. Remember that intensity pays off and that a HIIT workout has more proven benefits than a steady state cardio workout. We’d love for you to experience one of our intense, fat-burning workouts! Call us on (+965)65656896 or email us now at: email@example.com to get started.
Top Five for
Tromso, Norway Jim West
Itâ€™s summer time and the idea of icy landscapes and snow just seems foreign to us living in Kuwait. Yet there is a natural occurrence that drives many travellers to this small town in the northernmost part of Norway during the winter months between September and March. Although it is only May, it is advisable to book early as the best hotels and tours get filled quickly! 064
1. the MUST see... The Northern Lights of course! Nothing you see in videos online can quite prepare you for the surreal experience of seeing the lights. Tromso is in the middle of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) zone but make sure NOT to go between April and August as the aurora is not visible. This site shows the weather forecast for the Aurora - http://www.aurora-service.eu/auroraforecast/ 2. the MUST eat… For the carnivores try ‘The Mix’ platter from the Skarven Biffhuset. There’s enough for two but you will want all this to yourself! http://skarven.no/en/ branches/biffhuset/ 3. the MUST shop… Storgata Street is where you will find artwork, gifts, and Arctic delicacies like reindeer sausages or dried fish.
4. the MUST stay… For a perfect balance of price and convenience stay at the Skansen Hotel. Located off Storgata Street, you will be centrally located to restaurants and shopping. They include breakfast and internet access in your hotel cost; plus most Northern Light tour pick-up locations are within walking distance. 5. the MUST do off the beaten path… Dog sledding. Although the dogs can be very loud, nothing is quite as exhilarating as whipping by the breathtaking landscape while 3-6 dogs race your sled along the icy terrain. Definitely for the thrill seekers!
For more information check out http://www.visittromso.no/en/
One small idea can become a reality with determination, confidence and ambition.
fitness boxing journey in New York inspired him and his partner, Abdullah Al Othman, to have their own boxing gym in Kuwait. ‘The Hook’ is Kuwait’s first specialized boxing gym and the ideal location for Mohammad to talk about his passion, dreams, and advice for future entrepreneurs.
Who inspired you to start your own business? I have always had an interest in sports and well being and I found an opportunity in this specific sport. Why a boxing gym and not a regular gym? In a normal gym you train your body. In a boxing gym you train your mind, heart and body. While lifting weights will get you the abs you need for summer, boxing gives you GUTS FOR LIFE! What and who got you into boxing? I was introduced to boxing in the US as a form of cardio. I used to alternate between running and boxing. I found it much more engaging than a mere treadmill. What benefits do you think boxing can add to someone's life? Boxing is far more than a sport. It is a great way to release stress, build character, boost confidence and get in the best shape of one's life. What is your target market? Anyone with determination who can put on gloves.
What makes boxing different to any other sport? It is a metaphor for life. We are all fighters in life in the face of what are called problems. Everyone has difficulties they face every day and sometimes feel helpless about them. Just like in a fight, one needs to learn how to stand up, maneuver, roll and knock one's difficulties out. As the saying goes 'life is not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward’. What are the challenges you faced when you started the business? I can talk for hours about that but I don't like to complain. The hardest thing is setting up the business due to ministry issues, but this is normal in Kuwait. With all the new gyms opening, where do you see ‘The Hook’ in 5 years? It is healthy to have a wider health club industry in the country. It will help raise health consciousness and this is why we are here. We aim to expand our home-like culture in the country and educate people about the great benefits of boxing without breaking your nose or front teeth doing it.
What does â€˜The Hookâ€™ mean? A punch with knock-out power. How do you spend your free time? I like to work out, engage in social activities and spend time with my family. Family is sacred to me. As an entrepreneur, what is the advice you would give to those who are considering starting their business soon? Do not wait for the right time, it will never come. If you have a great idea that can solve a problem in life and fulfill a need then don't think twice. www.cpmagazine.net
WHERE TO DINE
THE CITY GUIDE
Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schonbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.
WHERE TO STAY
Le Ciel by Toni Morwald Hotel Sacher Vienna
The Hotel Sacher is the most popular five star temple in town. Everything is legendary there, from the hotel itself, its famous cake, its own range of Vienna sausages to its fine café.
It is probably the city’s smartest boutique hotel. It blends the lavish 19th/20th century Viennese style with great design. The Altstadt has a great choice of classic and designer rooms, and offers free internet connection. If you play the piano, rent the Bösendorfer Suite which boasts a grand Bösendorfer piano.
Gasthaus Kopp The Guesthouse
The Guesthouse sits in an enviably central location for a Vienna boutique hotel, two minutes from Kärntnerstrasse, boulevard, the Vienna State Opera, and the Albertina museum. The interiors boast the best of Viennese modernism in perfectly elegant style.
Pension Aviano is the most romantic Vienna Bed and Breakfast: you will love its plush Viennese interiors. Specifically, Pension Aviano makes a perfect hideaway for honeymooners, and is lovely for mother-daughter week-ends or families. Equally important, Aviano is perfectly located right next to central Kärntner Strasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
THINGS TO DO Wiener Wiaz Haus
Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country.
The Volksgarten is a public park in the Innere Stadt first district of Vienna, Austria. The garden, which is part of the Hofburg Palace, was laid out by Ludwig Remy in 1821.
State Opera House
The Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer, along with musical director Franz Welser-Möst, since September 1, 2010.
The Ring Road is a circular, more properly called grand boulevard ring road surrounding the oldest historical city centre Innere Stadt district of Vienna, Austria and is one of its main sights.
The Smallville Hotel - A hotel full of superheroes! Sophia Fakhry describes the Smallville Hotel in Beirut as the ‘utopia of a civilized city’. Along with her superhero staff, Sophia promises each guest a unique, emotional experience and, thanks to the hotel mascot, one they’re unlikely to forget.
Please introduce yourself to our readers: My name is Sophia Fakhry. I manage an urban design hotel and I am one of its stakeholders. I’ve always loved the hospitality industry as I was raised on a similar family background. I love life, enjoy art, music, hotels, theatres, outings, food, travelling and innovation. I love taking risks and training talents to be superheroes!
Tell us about your education: I have a bachelor administration in Communication Training from the Lebanese American University, LAU. I have an Education degree; I taught in elementary school until I emerged in the family business and moved into hospitality. I also have experience in Business Consulting. 072
How did you start out in the hotel industry? What inspired you? I grew up with lot of dreams. Through my travel, I started exploring design hotels where I was inspired, and decided to have my own. I named it ‘TheSmallville Hotel’ after my beloved small town, Beirut.
Tell us about the Smallville Hotel. What makes it unique and sets it apart? The Smallville Hotel is the reflection of the ideal city. The hotel is unique with its own identity. It is an exhibition for different artists’ works, a stage for creative ideas, and the home of SuperSophie. SuperSophie is the mascot of the hotel. She believes
in superheroes’ power and she infuses her thoughts and ideas in every corner. She lives in the hotel, crashes on weddings, gives a hand to housekeeping and helps our employees to be superheroes in their jobs. Ask to meet #SuperSophie.
What is the atmosphere of your hotel? What types of guests does it attract? The hotel is designed for everyone who is in love with fashion, innovation and creativity. It is young and hip. The hotel fits for both corporate and leisure. Who said that corporates cannot have fun and stay in a hotel with a nice atmosphere, melody, good vibes and delicious food?
What does the hotel offer in terms of leisure facilities? The hotel offers a wide variety of services. As well as rooms and a full food and beverage service – it has four outlets, each with its own identity and unique design for both locals and travelers – there’s banqueting, a concierge ‘wish list’, an alternative ‘just ask’ menu, activities, marketing tools for promotion and publicity, and a design store. You can skip to the rooftop to enjoy your favourite cocktail while tanning in the pool overlooking the hippodrome of Beirut. Moreover, an early morning or a late night work-out will help at our Superhero Gym. Everything is offered with a smile and a special touch. Also, you can enjoy a ride by renting one of our bikes and have a tour of the neighbourhood. The hotel offers special rates for day use, short or extended stays. Come to reception and ask for a chance to look in our super design store, a very unique concept store that reflects art works and hand made goods.
What will guests rave about to their friends and family? Well, what makes us different than any other hotel is the unique design made with a twist as we aim to provide every single guest with a unique emotional and memorable experience. The unique vibe, the dynamic interactive spirit of the hotel, and the experience is what makes us special. We like our guests to skip a heartbeat when they enter the hotel. For example, during Easter we have live rabbits and we have the SuperSophie character displayed with her feet upside down! We are the only hotel where the Red Street Boom exists - one of our guests’ most popular outlet restaurant and pub. Cars are parked by the valet so you can just step in and walk onto a red carpet with music vibes and a nice atmosphere of Superheroes where SuperSophie greets you as the mascot of the hotel. Anyone, from the moment they enter, feels something unique and different. When using the hotel, you cannot fail to notice the art in the heart of the lobby surrounded by many designers’ and artists’ creations. The main restaurant was named after an Italian love story called Totti and Ina, and makes you feel at home. Totti and Ina met many, many years ago. They have passion for travel and are singleminded; a food-obsessed husband and wife 074
who are constantly on the lookout for food and cooking that’s unique to Italy. Their chef accompanied them on their voyages in search of the best, freshest ingredients to bring back home to their hip hotel. The Red Street, a Café Trottoir, is a trendy and happening place at the red carpet entrance of the hotel. You can also enjoy the Secret garden - what happens in the garden, stays in the garden! And take the elevators where you can look at Disney World videos, taking you back to your innocent childhood with a gentle smile. At the 16th floor, you get to the Pool house where you can ‘star gaze’ a 360 degree view, enjoy the sunset and relax in a comfortable room that takes you all the way from the city view, to a ride to the hippodrome, until reaching the mountain. It is simply a hotel in the heart of the city that allows you to feel the heartbeat of Beirut. It offers you a panoramic view, located within walking distance from the trendy street of Badaro, full of happening places and bars; Furnchebbek, for a local shopping experience; and 15 minutes walk away from the downtown district.
How does your hotel embrace the digital world? It is a high-tech hotel; eco friendly, in love with digital gadgets. The minute you step onto the hotel’s red carpet, you will be able to tell that the Smallville Hotel is a utopia of a civilized city that delivers all messages through its digital visual marketing means.
How do you get your inspiration and stay motivated? When my superheroes deliver professional service and ensure each guest’s stay is embraced with a unique emotional experience by anticipating their needs and exceeding expectations. This is what pushes me to go further. Also, my employees’ happiness and satisfaction is what motivates me the most.
What authentic local experiences will guests have access to? We are having a sort of farmer market brunch at the Secret Garden; and for the travellers, we have a Lebanese breakfast buffet. All staff are well trained and get along with guests in a professional but friendly way; personalized but never casual. My superheroes will make sure to deliver to every single guest a high standard of personalized service where they will be anticipating needs and fulfilling requirements and preferences leaving each guest with a unique emotional experience. TheSmallville Hotel will offer every guest a ‘just ask’ menu, recommend the city’s happening outings, theatres, bookings and all Lebanese-flavour arts and culture with add-ons and extras that you do not usually find in a nondesigned hotel.
Your biggest achievement so far? My biggest achievement so far is succeeding in building a successful team at the Smallville Hotel resulting in it becoming one of the top 3 hotels in town for high occupancy, and one of the top 5 hotels on TripAdvisor. Although we are not a chain, we managed to create our own identity which is rarely found in the Arab region.
What are some of your hobbies? Swimming is my major hobby. Also, creation and innovation is my passion.
How do you de-stress yourself on a busy day? Take time off to swim at the end of each day.
What are your keys to success? Never giving up. Persistence, continual follow up, having a sense of detail and a sense of vision and purpose are my main keys to success.
Your favourite quote: What does not kill you will only make you stronger.
Your favourite holiday destination? Any beach destination. Immerging myself into salty water in the sunlight makes me feel very relaxed.
What are your future plans? To expand into this business further and engage as many people as possible. I am also writing a childrenâ€™s book for the UN about sustainable development goals that have been signed in the Paris agreement.
Your favourite cuisine? Japanese. C
Your message for us at CP magazine: I would like to invite the young generation Kuwaitis to come and have this unique, emotional experience; to have a weekend here and try to find out what is happening in a busy city like Beirut. They were away for some time and we would like to welcome them back to their second home town.
Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter at a diner with a drifter named Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Paul offers Jack a place to stay - and soon the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end.
An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General's roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody - raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader's ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story's core is Brad Pitt's sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist's no-holds-barred exposé.
Tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
CAST: Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo
CAST: Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield
CAST: Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Thomas Middleditch, Kristen Schaal
DIRECTOR: David Michôd
DIRECTOR: David Soren
GENRES: ACTION TRUE-STORY WAR
GENRES: ADVENTURE FAMILY ANIMATION
THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE
Raised on the mythical island of Themyscira and trained by Amazonian warriors, a young woman named Diana fulfills a destiny long ago bestowed on her by the Gods when her home and the world at large is threatened, she must leave and travel to the outside world for the first time. In doing so she will take the first steps to becoming the hero that is Wonder Woman…
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
CAST: Chris Pine, Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner
CAST: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis
CAST: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, Joan Cusack, Christopher Meloni
DIRECTOR: Patty Jenkins
DIRECTOR: Alex Kurtzman
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Levine
GENRES: ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY SCI-FI
GENRES: ADVENTURE ACTION REBOOT
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID:
THE LONG HAUL
WELCOME TO MY LIFE
A family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.
Features new interviews with singer-songwriter Chris Brown and reveals long-awaited answers about his passion for making music, his tumultuous and much publicized relationships, and the pitfalls of coming of age in the public eye. It also includes brand-new concert footage, behind-the-scenes access and special interviews from Usher, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Mary J Blige, Mike Tyson, Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Jenkins and more.
CAST: Jason Ian Drucker, Owen Asztalos, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, Chris Coppola DIRECTOR: David Bowers
CAST: Chris Brown DIRECTOR: Andrew Sandler
CAST: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
GENRES: COMEDY FAMILY SEQUEL
GENRES: DOCUMENTARY MUSIC
GENRES: THRILLER ACTION ADVENTURE SCI-FI
BAYWATCH A new hotshot lifeguard (Efron) butts heads with the infamous, badass, and universally loved, Mitch Buchannon (The Rock), head lifeguard of BAYWATCH in Miami. Although the bay seems like any other beach, mysterious activity arises at a local beach club, leading Mitch to believe his beloved Bay is in danger, and his team must come together to save it.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
MY COUSIN RACHEL
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Philip, a young orphan, believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel's beguiling spell.
CAST: Pamela Anderson, Dwayne Johnson, Mark Swift, Zac Efron, Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario
CAST: Johnny Depp, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown
CAST: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Simon Russell Beale
DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon
DIRECTOR: Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg
DIRECTOR: Roger Michell
GENRES: ACTION ADVENTURE COMEDY
GENRES: ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY SEQUEL
GENRES: COMEDY DRAMA ADAPTATION
TOP PICKS FOR
AN AMERICAN SICKNESS: HOW HEALTHCARE BECAME BIG BUSINESS AND HOW YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
by Lesley Nneka Arimah
In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In "Who Will Greet You at Home", a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, a woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild", a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL: MY LIFE WITH PRINCE
NOTES ON A BANANA: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, LOVE,
by Mayte Garcia
AND MANIC DEPRESSION
In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the longdistance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince's life. No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince - both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist - than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career. The Most Beautiful is a book that will be returned to for decades, as Prince's music lives on with generations to come.
by David Leite
Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, â€œBananaâ€? as his mother endearingly called him, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door just like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of manic depression. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in learning about food, watching Julia Child, and cooking for others.
HEMINGWAY DIDN'T SAY THAT: THE TRUTH BEHIND FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS by Garson O'Toole
Everywhere you look, you’ll find viral quotable wisdom attributed to icons ranging from Abraham Lincoln to Mark Twain, from Cicero to Woody Allen. But more often than not, these attributions are false. Garson O’Toole the Internet’s foremost investigator into the dubious origins of our most repeated quotations, aphorisms, and everyday sayings collects his efforts into a first-ever encyclopedia of corrective popular history. Containing an enormous amount of original research, this delightful compendium presents information previously unavailable to readers, writers, and scholars. It also serves as the first careful examination of what causes misquotations and how they spread across the globe.
LIFE'S WORK: A MORAL ARGUMENT FOR CHOICE by Willie Parker, Lisa Miller (
In Life’s Work, an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider (one of the few doctors to provide such services to women in Mississippi and Alabama) pulls from his personal and professional journeys as well as the scientific training he received as a doctor to reveal how he came to believe, unequivocally, that helping women in need, without judgment, is precisely the Christian thing to do. Dr. Willie Parker grew up in the Deep South, lived in a Christian household, and converted to an even more fundamentalist form of Christianity as a young man. But upon reading an interpretation of the Good Samaritan in a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he realized that in order to be a true Christian, he must show compassion for all women regardless of their needs. In 2009, he stopped practicing obstetrics to focus entirely on providing safe abortions for the women who need help the most—often women in poverty and women of color—and in the hot bed of the pro-choice debate: the South. He soon thereafter traded in his private practice and his penthouse apartment in Hawaii for the life of an itinerant abortion provider, focusing most recently on women in the Deep South.
A TWIST IN TIME
IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS
by Julie McElwain
by Kristen Radtke
Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way. Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life.
When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. Along the way, we learn about her family and a rare genetic heart disease that has been passed down through generations, and revisit tragic events in America's past. A narrative that is at once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?
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his is the eighth film in the ever chart topping successful Fast & Furious franchise. If you suspected this would mean they slow things down you are absolutely mistaken. They manage to top the previous film’s action and also manage to tell a compelling story while doing so. To that end I say without reservation that story-wise this film is by far the best written film in the franchise. It almost perfectly sets up the dominoes to fall just right. Notice I said almost. With just one writer on this film it is a minor flaw to most, but as you read on below you will suddenly question the rest of the film and perhaps see it as a major flaw in writing. Here come the spoilers. This film kicks off with an old school street race on the streets of Havana. It’s really gritty and starts the story’s foreshadow of Dom’s desire to have a child. The next day Dom crosses paths with a woman who has something on him that will make him choose to betray his team; surprising, as the last few films in the franchise have clearly made a strong theme of family. This woman, played with cold steel malice by Charlize Theron, is a mysterious super hacker named Cipher who has covertly amassed money, die hard mercenaries, super hackers, weapons and bleeding edge technology to keep her untraceable and allow her to fly around the world undetectable by any nation on the globe. Remember this for later. Jason Statham’s character, Decker, is back and the scenes in the prison with Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs are superb. He also has a spectacular action sequence on a plane towards the end of the film which really lets Statham shine. The races and actions sequences are fast paced and expertly executed. The stakes are raised appropriately and all seems lost with no hope for Dom Toretto or his team. Or is it? Luckily Dom had a plan from the beginning. Of course he did. With all of these dominoes lined up action-wise and story-wise the audience is in for a thrill. But wait. The first domino is crucial to fall before the rest can. Now it’s time for me to reveal the films smallest, yet most crucial flaw – communication. The film does a great job revealing what Cipher has on Dom. His former lover, Elena, and his son, who he didn’t know about until a couple days prior when he met Cipher, is being held hostage by her. The film did have a quick scene of Dom soldering something right before getting the call from Hobbs to bring his team to Berlin for a mission. Later it is revealed he was soldering a tracking chip to his cross in that scene. Oh wait I am not done with that scene. The chip protrudes out the back of the cross and has a flashing LED. Let me repeat that; a flashing LED. Dom was just seeing Cipher’s reflection in the glass wall as he was visiting Elena and his son. A 084
red flashing LED would be far too noticeable. Yet that isn’t the flaw. The next gen plane is evading all radars, satellites, etc so therefore it must also have sensors to detect rogue signals coming in and out of the plane. Especially signals that would allow it to be tracked. Still not the flaw…stay with me. This plane also would have tightly controlled communications systems given a super hacker is running the operation. She has a mic and video surveillance on Dom 24/7. Even before she meets Dom it can be safely assumed she had all of his communications tapped, and, after he is on her plane all of his devices confiscated. So what’s the flaw? How did Dom arrange to meet Deckard’s mother, get the Cuban guy from the race at the beginning of the film to be where he needed him to be with the moving truck, identify all of the cameras in that area to know exactly where to drive and park the car? None of this is possible without communication. There is simply way too much information to pass along to accomplish all of these tasks - especially under the ever watchful eyes of Cipher and her team. Not to mention the plane would quickly detect any rogue communications coming from the plane. Let that sink in a bit. The film includes some flashbacks to reveal that Dom didn’t kill Deckard, Deckard meets with mother, the Cuban guy helped Dom, two other guys from previous films pose as medics, and his cross tracker leads Deckard and his brother, the villain from the 6th film, to the plane to retrieve Dom’s son. Even if we suspend all disbelief and assume he did all of this communication before he got on her plane, how did he know New York was next? Oh, and one last cherry on top - he used the God’s Eye on Cipher’s plane to track Deckard’s brother who is locked away in an unknown secret prison. Again something Cipher would have detected and shut down. Unless she isn’t as good a hacker as the film wants us to believe. Now how can we fix this movie wrong with writing? I admitted in the start of this review that it’s the best written story of the franchise so far and with just one writer I am very impressed. It isn’t easy being a writer and sometimes things get left out, unaddressed, or unexplained. Sometimes you don’t need to explain everything, but given that you put a super hacker as your main villain you have to do better to show how a non-hacker like Dom is going to take her down. The only way to right this movie ‘wrong’ is to insert a flashback showing how Dom managed communications under the nose of Cipher. Just not plausible. In conclusion, the writing just needs to fix the first domino of communication for Dom. Then the story sticks a solid landing for the the rest of the dominoes to fall in a perfect adrenaline pumped action film with a high stakes, great tension and a plausible plot.
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Ramadan is the holy month. The streets go quiet during the day and in the evening the city comes alive. Incredible acts of kindness take place and everyone takes a moment to reflect and spend time with family and friends. You may be wondering how this introduction actually applies to our monthly makeover section. Well, we have tried to also bring joy, colour and a surprise factor to this month's makeover. We hope you enjoy it and above all we wish you â€˜Ramadam Kareem'
Anneken, please introduce yourself to our readers: My name is Anneken and I have just turned 40. I am Estonian and live in Dubai working as a make-up artist for TV Commercials and editorials.
What made you feel you needed the help of Carla & Marie and what do you expect from this experience? Turning 40 feels like a new phase in life, but rather than feeling I should be more serious or look more classic, I feel quite the opposite. I want to bring on the outside the person I feel on the inside - happy, colourful and fun. I kindly asked Carla and Marie to help me achieve my dream of a new me. I trust them and I am very excited to see how this makeover experience turns out. 086
Now, let the makeover begin!
COLOUR ANALYSIS Colour is a key part to every person’s look, the colour of our hair, the colour of our lipstick, the colour of our outfit and accessories. It all sends a message about you. When analysing a person’s image, the first step is testing warm vs. cool colours in order to discover his or her optimal colour palette. This colour analysis applies to hair, make-up and wardrobe. Let’s get down to business with our client Anneken. If we look at the two images of the colour analysis performed on Anneken, the one on the left shows warm colours and the one on the right cool colours. One of them brings Anneken more youth, more brightness and is definitely more flattering for her. On the other hand, the other colour palette has the opposite effect. We have concluded that she looks a million times better in the cool shades as oppose to the warm shades, which means Anneken is of cool undertone. Due to her fair skin, light colour of eyes and cool undertone, she is classified as ‘Summer’ colour palette, with softer shades of cool colours.
GOLD vs. SILVER ANALYSIS As individuals, we tend to feel more attracted towards silver or yellow gold. But the question is, is our favourite metal for our jewellery, accessories and even clothes, really the most flattering for us? Looking at Anneken's image, silver near her face brings light and freshness, whereas gold makes her look pale, yellow and it ages her. Therefore, we conclude our client’s optimal metal is silver. www.cpmagazine.net
BODY SHAPE ANALYSIS We all have different body shapes, which we should embrace and make it work to our advantage. How do we do that? By choosing those garments and accessories that enhance our best body parts and camouflage those we are not so confident about. In order to make the most of our appearance and our body, the body shape analysis plays a key role. Letâ€™s analyse Anneken's proportions. When measuring her, we realise that her shoulders, waist and hips are pretty much in line, which indicates that Anneken is a â€˜Rectangle' body type. The amazing part of her shape is that she can wear ruffles, big prints, oversized cuts and big or small belts. In other words, any form or shape that creates volume, rectangle shape people can take. In the case of our client, what we aim to create is the illusion of bigger shoulders and hips but smaller waist. We have achieved this by: lGiving her an oversized t-shirt with a big print, which instantly creates volume on the upper body. lBy adding a belt, we accentuate her waist. lFinally, a pencil skirt with textured fabric also creates the illusion of more volume, even though the skirt is a straight cut.
HAIR AND MAKEUP Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of our favourite parts of the makeover process. Somehow hair and makeup make such a dramatic impact on all of our clients - in a positive way of course! Anneken came to us craving a change. After numerous analyses and a long chat with her, we decided to give her something extraordinary that really showed with her creative, fun and outgoing personality. A dramatic red hair with a retro feel to it was all she needed. Even though Anneken is of cool undertone, against all odds this daring shade of copper looks fantastic on our her. She now looks outgoing, fun and confident. Wouldn't you agree? We kept the make-up pinkish and simple to let the hair do the talking.
MAKEOVER RESULTS: Last but not least is ‘The Outfit’. Based on the analysis previously described, Anneken is cool undertone and Rectangle shape, therefore we have selected cool colours in the shades of white, red, blue and pink. Doesn't she really rock those colours? In terms of style, the retro feel of her hairstyle is blending perfectly with her outfit. Her makeover look showcases a mix between a rock star represented by her t-shirt - and a very feminine lady - achieved with her skirt, belt and sandals. We hope you enjoyed this makeover. Now let’s see what Anneken has to say…
ANNEKEN’S FEEDBACK: All I can say is ‘Wow! I love it’. Carla and Marie have taken very seriously the colourful and fun part of my wishes. Now on a more serious note, it has been an incredible experience and I love the new me. I feel daring, fun and full of life. Thank you so much girls and of course, a big thank you to Maison the Joelle, they are the best!
CREDITS: Photography: Vania Attieh (www.vania-photography.com) Hair & Makeup: Maison de Joelle Clothing: Sandro Location: Kempinski Hotel (Mall of Emirates, Dubai) Image Consultants: Carla Otero & Marie Auffret (IG: thestylistes)
Please introduce yourself to our readers. I am Selma Benomar. I was born and raised in Morocco before moving to Paris for higher studies. My brand of luxury kaftans was founded in 2012 after I moved to Dubai and realized the need for an authentic kaftan brand.
What inspired you to become a kaftan designer? Did you always know what you wanted to do? Kaftans are close to Moroccan heritage. I remember watching a family member work on these while I would watch in amusement. I would watch them manage fabric, hand-stitch material and use different stone work. Although I loved it all, I never really knew that this was something I would do passionately later in life. I studied in Paris, completed my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s in Quality Management. I worked for almost four years in the same field. Soon I realized I needed to travel and surprisingly landed in Dubai, where I discovered the need for kaftan, real ones and my destiny.
So how did you get into the kaftan design business?
Moroccan kaftan in itself is a luxury outfit. When I came to Dubai, there wasn’t really any luxury brand for Moroccan kaftans so it was my goal to have a trusted luxury kaftan brand available to people here. It’s a traditional outfit usually but I did it in a trendy, modern way – from cuts to fabrics. It was my vision to present this in a more up-to-date manner and follow fashion trends.
How would you describe your style of fashion and your designs? If you compare my designs to traditional Moroccan kaftans, my designs are very light in embroidery. I like simplicity above all. Saying that, I think I am most inspired by two factors. Firstly, my Moroccan heritage which is a big influence; but also, living in Paris for ten years has a great influence on my designing style because I put the European simplicity into the traditional Moroccan kaftans.
What materials, fabrics and colours did you use in the new collection?
Simply Beautiful When it comes to luxury kaftans, few can rival the Moroccan designs of Selma Benomar. By combining her Moroccan heritage, European influence and South East Asian inspiration, Selma Benomar creates simple, lightweight kaftans that are bang on trend. 090
As most of my clients are based in hot countries, my choice for fabrics is limited as I cannot use a lot of heavy fabrics because of the climate. Even though Moroccan kaftans are known to be heavy and luxurious, mine are not. I always choose light fabrics; I work a lot with chiffon, flowy crape and organza. These are materials I work with in most collections.
How can a woman choose the perfect kaftan? The same as every outfit; the same way you choose a dress or a suit. As they are a kind of dress, you need to make sure you choose the right cut for your body and the best possible colours for your skin tone. It is very important to have in mind the colours which go best with your skin regardless of what is trending. Make sure you are comfortable with your measurements and sizing. We always advise the customer based on what they like and what suits them. It is not always easy to convince a customer totally against what she likes but it is best to get expert advice from a stylist especially for women who are not aware of what suits them best. This will further guarantee that the piece fits them well in every way.
I put the European simplicity into the traditional Moroccan kaftans. How would you describe your own personal style? I like to wear simple stuff. I love simplicity in general. I don’t like complicated and heavy outfits and this shows in my designs too.
Where can people buy your kaftans? They can buy them at Selma Benomar Atelier, located in the heart of Dubai.
Can you talk to us a bit about your upcoming projects? For the past five years, we’ve focused on the GCC market; the next five will be focused internationally. Saying that, I do have my range for the next season coming up, I am always on the go, travelling to South East Asia to get inspired by the natural beauty there. So something will be out soon - stay tuned!
You have already achieved so much in your young career, but what would you say is your ultimate goal in life?
How did you go about achieving your level of success? We want the secrets! I believe each person has their own challenges in life and that’s why ‘the secret’ to success differs for everyone. For me, it was a matter of time, realizing that my education and work in the quality management field was not my real passion. I had not realized that my Moroccan heritage and childhood memories of watching kaftans being made were what I was meant to do. Once I realized that, things fell in to frame. I would also add, if it weren’t for the city of Dubai, the wonderful city that it is, I would not have come to terms with the image of kaftans to the outside world and the lack of good, luxury Moroccan kaftan.
If you could say one thing to women out there to inspire them on their journey to success, what would it be? I know most women have different roles to play - mom, wife, daughter, sister - and as women we tend to sometimes overlook what we really want because of our duties and responsibilities. Although this is a trait that we must be proud of, we should also remember that some things are done for the greater good. If you choose to follow your passion today, following your dream might lead to so many people around you achieving something, be it big or small. You may see a good number of energized, motivated women pouring their energy and their passion into manifesting their future and the future of their loved, as opposed to being disappointed or let down. So keep going! 092
To achieve anything, you must be prepared to work hard and never lose the passion you have. You must continue to work with the same passion regardless of success or failure. This is my ultimate goal, I think. To maintain the passion I have for what I do. To see art, creativity and inspiration all around me and produce it passionately based on my perception.
Do you have a favourite quote you would like to share with us? I believe in investing your time in good things that you are dedicated towards and that eventually those things will benefit you and will be associated with you. In simple terms, I believe that if you invest good effort into what you love, eventually it will take care of you. Do what you love and never work a day in your life!
Your message for us at CP magazine: Such a lovely place, Kuwait! Thank you for the wonderful interview. Remember, simplicity above all and health before anything else. Eat well, move your body and more importantly, be positive and have faith. Simple but effective.
& Other Stories opens in The Dubai Mall It is with great pleasure that fashion brand & Other Stories reaches the Middle East with the opening of their first store in Dubai. The new store is located in The Dubai Mall, one of the worldâ€™s largest and most-visited fashion destinations, and the grand opening took place in April.
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PIAGET UNVEILS A NEW PIAGET POSSESSION COLLECTION HIGH IN COLOURS. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE JEWELLERY COLLECTION WELCOMES ORNAMENTAL STONES
Possession is more than a piece of jewellery, it is an intimate companion for today’s woman, an expression of who she is and her ally in every bold challenge she fearlessly takes on. The perfect marriage of gold and sparkling diamonds has been the trademark of this collection that first appeared over 25 years ago; today Possession welcomes five new bold colours to the assortment.
A JEWELLERY ICON TURNS TO COLOUR The deep blue of lapis lazuli, the intense black of onyx, the vivid turquoise, the bright green of malachite and the vibrant red of carnelian, each lively shade bursts with energy for a boundless range of expression. A sphere of ornamental stone encircled by the iconic Possession ring hangs from a long gold sautoir necklace. The long chain can be wrapped around twice to create a shorter necklace, and the turning ring on the pendant is set with a single sparkling diamond to add a touch of preciousness to this special keepsake. The same coloured stone sphere wrapped with the Possession ring design is set along a delicate chain bracelet to become a seductive charm. In a statement of style, the iconic Possession gold bangle is adorned with the rounded coloured stones at either end, accompanied by the turning ring of Possession set with a pavé of scintillating diamonds. Turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, onyx, carnelian or gold, six bold and vibrant stones to symbolize the different facets of a woman’s life, her personality and the many emotions she sets in motion along the way.
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CREDITS: Photography: Hamad AlAinati (@7mdphotography) Model: Haya (@kuwaity_haya) Clothing: All Saints (@allsaints) Car: Porsche 911 Carrera 2017 (@PorscheCentreKuwait) Review Text: Paul Tunbridge (@paulfromgb) 098
hen it comes to cars, I have to be honest and say I’ve always taken a practical approach, tending towards realism instead of fantasy; need rather than desire. And so, from the time I first passed my driving test at age 17, the majority of my cars have been nice, safe, family saloons; mostly with four doors for ease of passenger access but all, without exception, having a capacity to seat five or more adults in relative comfort. The ability for my cars to be able to carry stuff was paramount, whether that “stuff” was people, shopping bags, luggage, pets, or any combination of the aforementioned. Over the years I have treated myself to a variety of nice, reliable, family sedans, as well as a campervan which I thought would be great for holidays with my friends. Moving to The Netherlands in the late ‘90s I became a bit more adventurous, dabbling with a couple of more sporty brands, though of course both conformed to my desire for space. My current wheels of preference are attached to a midsized SUV, which fulfils all my requirements and keeps me happy. However, you cannot imagine my excitement when I was extended the opportunity to road-test a Porsche for this magazine’s issue – my heart skipped a beat as I imagined getting behind the steering wheel of one of my favourite SUV models of choice, either a Macan or a Cayenne! On collecting my car for this road-test, however, my expectations were intensified when I realised that the car I am about to drive for the weekend is from the Porsche iconic 911 range. The Porsche 911 Carrera presented to me was, it has to be said, an apparition of absolute beauty. The distinctive and unmistakeably aerodynamic lines which Porsche first projected on to the roads in the early ‘60s have since been developed and refined almost to perfection. On viewing the stunning test model in shining silver, I began to sense that I was going to be taken well outside of my comfort-zone … yet I experienced a tingle down my spine and an involuntary grin as I prepared to experience a new adventure. The years have not been kind to me so, for a man of my stature (who likes his food too much but dislikes exercise), getting in and out of any sports car is not going to be straightforward or easy, and the Carrera did not let me down in this regard. But once in the cockpit it was a simple task to touch some buttons and adjust the seat to obtain the ultimate driving position, such that I soon felt that the comfortable leather seat - in this case a warm shade of dark red – had been moulded around me. Familiarising myself with the controls, it was clear that everything had been positioned to enhance the driving
experience, allowing the driver to have full access and control whilst limiting distractions and retaining focus on the road. All set to go, the three-litre six-cylinder engine with bi-turbo charging roared into life and provided me with an instant thrill as I accelerated to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, thanks to the amazing Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) feature and the Sport Chrono Package. I was beginning to wonder exactly what I had been missing all my life! The roads here in Kuwait are not conducive to providing the ultimate driving experience, so I knew from the outset that I would not be able to put any car fully through all its paces, let alone one with such calibre and breeding as the Carrera (top speed of 295 km/h). But with so much power under my control I continued my drive with some caution, although the vehicle is well-equipped with front and rear cameras and, seemingly, sensors all around such that whenever another or object got too close I would hear and see the glowing warning indicator in the car's mirror triangle and receive a warning notification on the information screen, all of which gave me comfort. The overall ride was a lot smoother and more comfortable than I had expected, and I drove in auto-shift mode which is better suited to the Kuwait driving conditions. I was aware that the Carrera has an awesome gearbox and can easily imagine the excitement of using its 7-speed gearbox to push the car around the hilly and twisty roads in my native British countryside. Now, the kind people at Porsche Centre Kuwait also provided me with a stack of technical data and performance specifications â€Ś but I shall beg their forgiveness for not including any of this in my brief report. Such information is easily accessible on the internet, or obtainable from the Porsche showroom. What I will tell you is that the car hugs the road and its handling is superb; the infotainment system is the best Iâ€™ve encountered; the aircon was really effective, which is so important for our hot summers; the sound system was earsplittingly amazing; the fuel economy was surprisingly frugal; and that overall this car offers the most exciting driving experience!
I had fallen in love with my ride, and it would have been so easy to slip behind the wheel and drive off into the sunset, but the next day our Editor insisted on doing a photoshoot. Admittedly I am not model-quality (and the piece would have needed to be titled Beauty & the Beast instead of Beauty in the City had I selfishly kept the car to myself) so we decided to bring our team member Haya and let her also experience driving the car to move around some of the photogenic locations in Kuwait and capture the experience with an amazing photoshoot. As Mister Practical, I had realised that I would not be able to seat 5 adults in comfort, drive to the airport with all my luggage, or even fit my weekly food shopping in the luggage space â€Ś. but who cares when you get this much excitement in one beautiful package? My zest for driving has been re-kindled; life is for living. The one downside for me is that my adventure was too short-lived. I think I probably need to conduct a year-long test to fully appreciate and review this awesome car. So, Mr Porsche ... what are the chances? www.cpmagazine.net
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محشي بالفطر والجبن
الشيف عبدالرزاق السيد
1كيلو كباب من شركة المواشي
ملح /فلفل اسود (حسب الرغبة)
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Kebabs STUFFED WITH
MUSHROOM AND CHEESE
With compliments of:
Chef Abdulrazaq AlSaeed
INGREDIENTS: l 1 kilo Kebabs from AlMawashi
l Salt / Black Pepper as desired
½ small cube Hallom cheese cup Mushroom slices l 100 gm. fried Pine l 100 gm. Pistachio l 1 Onion )l Zaatar (as desired l
lفي وعاء يخلط الكباب و الملح يعجن على شكل اقراص دائرية ثم توضع في الثالجة لمدة 2/1ساعة
kebab with salt then shape in a square. Chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
lيحمر البصل بالزبدة ثم نضيف شرائح المشروم ونقلب ثم نرفعه عن النار بعدها يخلط البقدونس والصنوبر والزعتر االخضر
l Fry the
onion and sliced mushrooms. Add parsley, Zaatar and fried pine.
lنضع في ورق الزبدة ويفرد اللحم باليد لكي ياخذ شكل القرص ثم نضع الحشوة و قطع من جبن الحلوم ثم تغلق قرص اللحم ويحمر في الفرن و ندخلها لمدة 15دقيقة على درجة حرارة 180درجة.
l Shape the kebab in a circle, slice it and fill with the meat and cheese.
it and bake at 180 degrees C for 15 mins.
خديجه صالح الجيماز يرجى تقديم نفسك لقرائنا
اسمي خديجه صالح اجليماز 32 ,سنه أم أعمل اخصائية تغذية عالجيه في مستشفى شركة نفط الكويت وطالبة بكالريوس إدارة أعمال ,شيف وصاحب مطعم سافوري كوزين 2016 كيف دخلت مجال الطهي؟
بالبدايه كان مشروعي منزلي مختص باحللويات توسعت قائمة الطعام لغايه ما اصبحت تخدم احلفالت الكبيره والبوفيهات بعد 5سنوات قررت ان انتقل ملرحله اخرى قمت باملشاركه بعدة ورش عمل وبرامج تدربيبه و حضرت عدة مؤمترات كلها لها عالقة باملشاريع التجاريه وكيفيه تأسيسها وكيفية عمل دراسة اجلدوى بعد سنه توقفت لنقطة البدء خصوصا انني لم ادخل ضمن برامج التمويل املتوفره في الوقت احلالي كانت متردده في التوجه هل هو مطبخ مركزي او كافيه او مطعم بالنهايه اتخذت قرار بأن املطعم هو الشي الذي ارغب به اين قمت بالتعلم على الطهي؟
تعلمت الطبخ بنفسي لم ألتحق ب أكادمييه مختصه او برنامج مكثف بل شاركت في ورش عمل بيسطه بالساعات منذ متى وانت تطهين باحتراف؟
ارى نفسي بعد افتتاح مطعمي انني متكنت أكثر في مجال الطبخ مستوى الطبخ اصبح افضل النني قمت بعمل خطط لبرامج تدريبيه لنفسي بالقراءه عن صنف معني واقوم بعدة جتارب عليه مثل اللحوم خصصت لنفسي شهر معني اقرى وابحث واقوم بتجارب الن اساسا انا الفكره االساسيه بالطبخ لدي ان اقوم باستخدام املنتجات األعلى جوده وطهيها بطريقه صحيحه الن يوجد اشخاص يستخدمون منتجات جودتها منخفضه و يقومون معاجلتها باضافة الكثير من التوابل لتحسني الطعم وهذا الشيء انا ال افضله فقمت بتدريب نفسي على انه في حال انقطاع منتج معني من السوق كيف اتعامل مع االقل جوده وطهيه بطريقه حتسن من جودته بدون اضافة كميت كبيره من التوابل والزلت كل يوم اتعلم واطمح أن ادرس مجاالت متخصصه بالطبخ مستقبال مثلfood styling كيف تصفي اسلوبك في الطبخ؟
الطريقه التي اعتمد عليها بالطهي استخدام املكونات الطازجه واخملتاره بعنايه بعيدا عن املنتجات اجلاهزه قدر
االمكان الن هدفي بالنهايه ان يتناول الزبون الطعام دون ان يحس بثقل باملعده حتى الزيت املستخدم بالقلي لدي مختاره اجود األنواع املتوفره بالسوق وال مينع ان اقوم باستيراد منتجات من اخلارج اذا استدعى االمر هل لديك طبق بطوقيعك او طبق مفضل لديك تتمتعين بطبخه؟
كل ما اقوم بطبخه أحبه لكني اعتمدت طريقه عند جتهيز قائمة الطعام وهي ان يكون بقائمة الطعام نوع الطبق بالطريقه التقليديه وبطريقتي اخلاصه مثل ساندويش التيشكن فيليه يوجد التقليدي يوجد بخلطة سافوري اخلاصه كذلك الستيك والبرغر هل لديك عنصر مفضل؟
كل شي طازج احبه النني اقوم بعمل خلطات التتبيالت و الصلصات بنفسي اقوم بشراء البهارات واطحنها واخلطها بكميات بسيطه الني ال احب التخزين هل لديك طعام مفضل عندما ال يوجد احد حوليك؟
نعم .أطهو الكوكيز في املنزل بنفسي و في كل مرة أشعر أنني أريد أن أتناولهم أشعر بالذنب. لذلك أنا أعدهم مع السعرات احلرارية أقل. من هو قدوتك في مجال الطهي؟
-٩بالنسبة لي ،هو كل طاه كويتي عمل على حتسني وتطويره نفسه مثل حانوف البلحان و أسما البحار هل من نصيحة تريدين ان تعطي لشخص يريد أن يصبح طاهيا؟
اذا لم يكن لديه الشغف للقيام بذلك لن يصبح شيف الن الطبخ من اهم اساسيات احلب اذا لم حتبه لن تتقنه ماذا تفعلين عندما ال تعملين؟
انا ال احب ان اليكون لدي عمل اقوم به لكن بالوقت الذي ال يكون به عمل اقوم بزيارات عائليه اتفقد اصدقائي اتسوق اقضي احتياجاتي اذهب الجرب اماكن جديده انا من عشاق القهوه في يوم اجازتي بالغالب اذهب الجرب نوع قهوه جديد
LIFE WITH CAKE
Steps: 1-Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23cm x 23cm cake pan.
2- Cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
3- Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
ince May is the month of special birthdays to me – it’s my husband's birthday, my first baby girl's birthday and I am expecting my second child in May too - I decided to make a birthday themed cake this month. This particular cake contains vanilla, chocolate, Oreo, cookies, sprinkles, icecream, brownies and hot fudge. All the good things in life! It’s one of my favourite flavours, if not my number one favourite ever! You will need: l l l l l l l l l l l l
1 cup icing sugar 125g butter 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup milk Crushed Oreo cookies Sprinkles Readymade brownies or chocolate cake (cut into small cubes) Chocolate and vanilla ice cream (to be used as filling and topping) Hot fudge sauce
4- Stir in the milk until mixture is smooth. Add the Oreo cookies, brownies, and sprinkles to the mixture. Pour into the prepared pan. 5- Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes. The cake is done when it springs back to the touch. 6- Let your cake rest and cool for an hour then slice it for filling. 7- Mix the vanilla ice cream with Oreo cookies, brownies and sprinkles then start filling the cake.
8- Finally, cover your cake with chocolate ice-cream (make sure
it's creamy and soft) keep it in the freezer when done, covering until serving. Add garnish right before serving and serve with hot fudge sauce on the side.
You get messy and creative with the decorating - I tried this recipe to make cupcakes and discovered that kids loved them more!
Remember: Bake for love and bake with love! Let me know how your recipe turns out: www.sherisnovember.wordpress.com Bon appetite!
HOW TO KEEP YOUR METABOLISM HIGH DURING RAMADAN
amadan can be a golden opportunity to benefit your weight and detox your body, provided you eat right. Fasting is a challenge and affects your body in many ways. Your body undergoes quite a drastic change from receiving food and water on a regular basis to not receiving anything for an extended amount of time; it understandably causes a shock to the system. Your body becomes unsure whether food will be readily available and as a result of this, tries to reserve as much energy as possible by slowing down your metabolism. Your metabolism is the speed at which your body converts food into energy. A slow metabolism means that the food is converted into energy much slower, which can result in weight gain particularly after Ramadan when normal eating habits are resumed. Therefore it is important that during Ramadan you undertake measures to keep your metabolism as normal as possible. Remember, there is no need to consume the same amount of food as regular days, because during Ramadan you have a less active lifestyle which means you use less energy. Six steps to control your metabolism during Ramadan:
1.A meal should be a meal and not a feast. Eat enough but don't overload yourself with food as a result of feeling very hungry after fasting. Eat healthy, try to have vegetables and fruits in your diet and switch to lean meats (grilled fish, lean beef, skinless chicken - always remove any visible fat before cooking).Try to have less fat content in your meals (baking or grilling instead of frying, no added margarine or butter, measure the oil in spoonfuls instead of just pouring it from the bottle) and avoid simple sugars by shifting to complex carbohydrates which are rich in fiber, such as those found in grains and seeds. For example, whole-wheat bread, beans, fruits and vegetables should be eaten, particularly during suhoor. Fiber-rich foods help increase the feeling of fullness, promote good blood glucose levels and help with regularity. Fasting during the day can also increase stomach acid content and cause feelings of pain or discomfort. High-fiber foods during 114
dinner can help neutralize this acid and alleviate pain. Eat more protein. This is good for your metabolism; in addition, protein is a muscle builder. Lean protein is better â€“ more good stuff for fewer calories. Your body takes a bit more work to burn this stuff too. Avoid: lFried and fatty foods such as French fries, sweets, fried sambousa, greasy curries and biryani. High-fat foods are high in calories and are nutrient deficient which will lead to an imbalanced diet, thereby increasing sluggishness and fatigue during Ramadan. lSalt and salted food, such as pickles, high salt sauces (barbeque, soy, teriyaki), nuts, chips and olives. Dehydration is a risk due to limited fluid intake during the day; high salt foods can further increase this risk by drawing fluids out of your body. lFoods containing too much sugar such as sweet glucose energy drinks. These are sources of empty calories with very little nutritional value. While they may provide you with instant energy, they will not sustain you through the day and night. lOvereating especially at suhoor can cause further metabolic imbalance, like highs and lows in your blood sugar and dehydration. lToo much tea or caffeine at suhoor. Both of these are diuretics when consumed in large quantities and the body can lose valuable minerals, salts and fluids that you need during the day.
2.Eat more frequently but smaller meals. Try to eat 4-5 small meals during the night. By getting food into your body regularly, you keep your metabolism firing and leave your body in a much better state to burn some energy for you. And whenever you eat only one big meal at futoor, your body immediately stores it as fat for fear of starvation. Eat slowly and chew food well. Because you have not eaten all day, there will be a tendency to want to eat a large quantity of food quickly. Remember that it takes twenty minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full - put small portions on your plate first.
3.Increase incidental physical activity. Do some cardio work outs. Being active will automatically give
a short term boost to your metabolism. For example, park your car a little further away than normal and walk; and take the stairs occasionally. Just by simply being more active which is called incidental activity, you will get an increase in your metabolism. Walking, brisk walking, jogging and cycling are other cardio workouts that can be done in Ramadan to increase your metabolism.
4.Do some weight training after futoor. Even if you only lift light weights, weight training is the ultimate exercise for firing up your metabolism. The more intense your exercise and the more muscles you get involved, the better metabolism increase you will get. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be. However, make sure you do them after your futoor, not on an empty stomach.
5.Drink much water. It is advisable to consume at least 8-12 cups so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time for the next day.
6.Make sure to have enough sleep. If your body is exhausted then the efficiency with which it burns calories goes down. A well rested body is more efficient. Fasting neither affects the quality of sleep nor does it cause excessive sleepiness during the day. The sleep changes at Ramadan could be a result of the change in the lifestyle during the fasting month. Consequently, people are recommended to get sufficient sleep at night and sleep in the day for a short time. In addition, excessive eating at night, particularly prior to sleep leads to sleep disorders and an increase of the acid influx into esophagus, which affects the sleep quality. In conclusion, getting trapped in the empty promises of fad diets and misconceptions will result in poor health outcomes and in a slow metabolism that will have you rebound all your lost weight a few weeks after Ramadan is over. Thereâ€™s always a way to modify such meals or to have control over how often they are served. The key is variety, frequency and portions! Ramadan Kareem! www.cpmagazine.net
With compliments of:
Chef Faisal AlKhatib
INGREDIENTS: 1 Meat shank from AlMawashi l 1/2 cup steak sauce l 2 tbsp. crushed garlic l 1/2 cup mustard l Salt / black pepper (as desired) l 1/2 cup olive oil l 1/2 butter l 1 tsp. seasoning mixed l 1 Foil paper l 1 Rosemary herbs l
METHOD: l Boil
the meat shank until cooked then fry it and put it aside. l Mix
garlic, steak sauce, salt, pepper and butter.
l Place the meat shank on a baking tray and add the sauce and rosemary. l Cover with foil and cook for one hour at 180 degrees C. l Serve
with mashed potato.
الشيف فيصل الخطيب
) فلفل اسود ( حسب الرغبة/ ملح
كوب زيت زيتون1/2
طريقة التحضير جانبا جانبا تترك تسلق موزة اللحم لحد االستواء ثم وتتركl ً ً الفلفل االسود والملح، الماسترد وصلصة الستيك، نقوم بخلط الثومl وقليل من الزبدة نضع موزة اللحم في صينية الفرن ثم نسكب خليط الصوص وتوزععl وتقدم ساخنة بجانب, عشبة الروزماري وتغطى بالقصدير ثم تحمر بالفرن . البطاطس المهروس وتزين بعشبة الروزماري
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Music flirts with botany in the exquisite Kerria timepieces by Balmain Watches
The swirling form of a violin scroll planted the seed for the design of the Balmain Kerria, named after a beautiful flowering shrub. Cultivating this dream into reality required expertise, determination and a generous sprinkling of patience and passion. Technically it was by no means a walk in the park. Yet the resultant family of Swiss-made timepieces leaves no shadow of doubt that the investment was worthwhile. Kerria seduces with its elegance, feminine charm and celebration of confidence. The sophisticated signature of the 22-strong Kerria family is its unique case shape. Harmoniously uniting the case to the strap or bracelet, this flowing form is secured by a central attachment, something of a trademark for Balmain fine watchmaking. On some models the visual finale of the scroll echoes smooth art nouveau shaping. On others it’s a meeting point for a cluster of sparkling diamonds. Diamonds also take a bow to mark the passing of the hours and on some variations to frame the case. The iconic, botanically-inspired Balmain arabesque decoration takes centre stage as a subtle two-tone backcloth that catches the light as the wearer moves and also sometimes as delicate metal relief on the dial. Whether these watches are matchmade with a silk evening dress, or equipping the wrist of a rock chick, they will always look the part. A trio of metals – rose or yellow PVD and silver stainless steel – satisfy a variety of tastes and moods. These are accompanied by a choice of slender black or white crocodile-patterned leather straps. The heart and soul of Kerria is a Swiss ETA 902.002 quartz movement. Balmain has again found a unique way of saying it with flowers.
Clinica Joelle, the leading chain of cosmetic clinics owned by Joelle Mardinian is all set to open another branch in Kuwait. Home to one of the more advanced and modern healthcare systems that can be found in the Middle East, Kuwait has seen a rise in cosmetic trends in the recent past. This will be the 3rd branch in the expansion after Dubai, Abu Dhabi. Located ideally in Alshaab Albahri, Clinica Joelle in Kuwait will house the latest procedures along with an immensely talented team of specialists. As bigger changes keep coming in terms of the increasing demand of major surgeries using techniques that are minimally invasive, the idea is to keep expanding and sufficing to customer needs in a market where beauty solutions seems to be much popular. With the awareness about cosmetology at a rise and advancement in surgical procedures, more patients resort to newer surgeries with smaller cuts, no scars and shorter recovery time post procedure. Clinica Joelle Kuwait will offer services like weight loss surgery, rhinoplasty and various skin procedures amongst more cosmetic services. Specializing in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services—which include dermal fillers, hair transplants, implants, and various spa treatments—as well as dental services, the new branch will host expert doctors and specialists surgeons. Joelle Mardinian expressed her excitement, “We ventured into this project with a commitment to bring the best medical expertise through the latest medical technology trends and the highest standards of medical services and hospitality to the lovely people of Kuwait. Kuwait is a competitive market when it comes to cosmetology and the audience is more informed and concerned about health/beauty. Clinica Joelle has always met the top standards and we are ready to achieve more.” The team of Clinica Joelle in Kuwait includes Dr/ Prof Ekramy El-Khateeb, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Ain Shams University as the leading dermatologist, Dr Wael Abul specialist Prosthodontist, Dr Rami Makkar specialist in cosmetic surgery, Laser & Skin experts Enkeleda Beleshi and Nada Subhee and finally expert Beautician Nada Hamdan.
Fikra Program held its concluding ceremony on 9 May 2017 at Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah’s Yarmouk Cultural Centre. Gulf Bank was pleased to be among the sponsors of this edition of Fikra Program’s entrepreneurship training program for entrepreneurs with unique business ideas. Fikra Program aims to provide entrepreneurs with all of the tools and support they require to establish their own innovative businesses. Managed by Cubical Services Business Incubator, Fikra Program is an intensive entrepreneurship training program that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with all of the tools and support they require to establish their own innovative business. The training includes: leadership skills; comprehensive business planning; marketing; investment opportunities; navigating legal issues and contracts; and more. The program also provides one-on-one mentoring for the aspiring entrepreneurs. The first edition of the program resulted in establishing 33% of businesses, while 44% are still in the negotiation phase with investors. There were more than 170 entrepreneurs who applied to Fikra Program’s second edition. The selection process started in December 2016 where 40 shortlisted ideas pitched their business ideas to a panel of Fikra Program judges. Then, 15 innovative business ideas were selected and accepted into Fikra Program. The program was five months of intensive training and guidance, including more than 24 educational workshops. Additionally, Fikra Program worked with the Kuwait National Fund, helping the participants prepare the requirements necessary for obtaining funding. Participants also visited Dubai SME fund to understand the ecosystem and expand their businesses to the GCC. During the concluding ceremony, the entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to an audience of more than 200 entrepreneurs, potential investors, high ranking government officials, and the key players in the startup ecosystem. The event featured an exhibition where the 15 teams displayed their business ideas and identified collaboration opportunities. Commenting on the success of the program for the second consecutive year, Ms. Laila Al-Qatami, Assistant General Manager of Corporate Communications at Gulf Bank said: “It was fantastic to be a part of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in Kuwait’s youth. The business plans and ideas presented were topnotch, diverse, and innovative. Gulf Bank would like to congratulate all of the participants in Fikra program and extend our best wishes to the 15 final businesses; we look forward to seeing their businesses grow and them making their mark. We were very pleased to be a sponsor of the Fikra program, the team behind it are themselves successful examples for upcoming entrepreneurs.”
Samsung Gulf Electronics - launched the much anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ yesterday in Kuwait, at an exclusive event held at the Jumeirah Messilah Beach hotel. The latest smartphone pushes the boundaries of traditional smartphones with its seamless screen hardware design and a variety of new service offerings. With the launch of multiple services and apps, as well as a stunning Infinity Display for immersive viewing experiences, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ bring a new level of functionality and convenience, opening up a galaxy of possibilities. “The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic services, opening the door for new ways to experience the world,” said Tarek Sabbagh, Head of IT & Mobile (IM) Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “The Galaxy S8 and S8+ represents, not just the launch of a brand new device in the region, but a whole new way to create experiences. Knowing that exploring the world and new cultures is something that people across the region love, we have tied up with Etihad airways and Hotels. com to reward our loyal customers.” Those who purchase the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be able to explore the world in style and enjoy 30% off in Economy and Business Class with Etihad Airways**. Furthermore, customers will be able to save up to 40% on hotel bookings worldwide and enjoy an extra 12% off coupon in partnership with hotels.com**. This offer is exclusively available to customers in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial at Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad Airways’ partnership with Samsung sees two brands committed to technological innovation coming together to deliver this incredible offer. It applies not only to Etihad Airways’ flights, but also across the seven airlines that make up Etihad Airways Partners. We are constantly looking for new ways to connect with our guests and this is a perfect example.”
حفل استثنائي لموظفي شركة غانيجا Heart of Gold’ Splash الدارة المطاعم بحضور launches the perfume الرئيس التنفيذي للشركة line
Available for Men and Women
Volvo S90 named Best Midsize Premium Sedan at MECOTY Awards 2017
Hala February Winners Receive Their Renault Capturs From Renault Al Babtain
Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al Babtain Company (AABC), the authorized dealer of Renault vehicles in the State of Kuwait, delivered all the Renault Captur vehicles to the winners of Hala February 2017 winners. Renault Al Babtain’s sponsorship of this year’s mega event was considered key to the brands Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio as the participation demonstrates its commitment towards the community amidst a festive atmosphere during Kuwait’s National & Liberation days. Renault Al Babtain participated at the festival’s opening ceremony, the Parade ceremony which welcomed hundreds of visitors at Salem Al Mubarak Street, one of Kuwait’s oldest and most popular avenues. Renault Al Babtain marked its presence by displaying three of its most internationally appraised models; the luxurious Renault Talisman, the all-new revamped Renault Koleos and the fashionable Renault Captur. Renault Al Babtain also sponsored Hala February horseback riding tournament that was held for two days at Kuwait Riding Center; and honored first place winner with a brand new Renault Captur. Visitors were able to also interact with Renault Al Babtain’s staff on site & were able to test drive Renault newest models. The company's sponsorship demonstrates its commitment towards society as it strives to remain one of the most admired and trusted automobile brand in Kuwait.
Splash, the home grown fast fashion retailer, has announced the launch of its Perfume & Bath and Body range titled ‘Heart of Gold’. Including three options for both men and women, the fragrance has been created in Paris. Priced starting at KD 9 for EDP and KD 4.5 for shimmering Bath & Body range across Splash stores. Oud collection for Men. Three unique interpretations of this exquisite smoky sensual ingredient resulting in fragrances that can only be described as LIQUID GOLD Pure OUD for men This original interpretation of OUD is enrobed with exotic spices, peppercorns and nutmeg with classic woods of oak moss and patchouli to bring out its deep sensual personality Black OUD for men This sensual interpretation of OUD is blended with the richest amber & leather accords wrapped around pure jasmine and warm incense, the exquisite scent of attraction White OUD for men This fresh interpretation of OUD combines energizing bergamot with the rich sensual notes of patchouli and spicy coriander seeds for an enticing laid-back modern classic Women Pure Gold for women THE Oud theme is introduced in the upper notes by adding the precious saffron and it is placed together with fresh aroma of mandarin. Bright white flowers are paired with a hint of leather, which is wrapped in soft tones of vanilla and amber. Rose Gold for women This fragrance opens with juicy notes of pear, raspberry and saffron. The heart captures essence of Bulgarian rose and oranges blossom, followed by the oriental base of Oud, patchouli, amber and musk. White Gold for women This elegant fragrance combines three agreement the nectar of cassis, modern chypre blond oud and musk, the fragrance remains on the skin and envelopes the sense. ‘Heart of Gold’ is available across all Splash stores in Centrepoint and at Splash -The Avenues, Phase II and at Salam Mall- Salmiya.
ًأقامت شركة غانيجا إلدارة املطاعم حفال استثنائيا ً لتكرمي موظفيها وإضفاء جو ترفيهي حيث اقيم احلفل،مميز لكافة موظفي الشركة في مطعم نارجن مبجمع أوملبيا أحد أفرع الشركة وذلك بحضور متميز،املنتشرة في أكثر من مقر . الدارة وموظفي الشركة وعلى جانب احلفل ألقى السيد املهندس نضال املغــربي الرئيس التنفيذي كلمة االفتتاح عبر فيها عن سعادته البالغة في حضور هذا احلفل وتواجده بني أعضاء فريق الشركة بكافة املستويات وفخره بأداء ونشاط كافة موظفي كما أشار إلى أن تكرمي املوظفني واجب،الشركة التزمت به الشركة منذ نشأتها إميانا منها بأن الكادر البشري هو الرصيد احلقيقي الذي نستثمر ،فيه كل اإلمكانات للوصول إلى فريق عمل مبدع وأكد على دعمه وتشجيعه لروح اإلبداع وتعزيز القدرات وحتفيز املوظفني على املشاركة في .مختلف الفعاليات واألنشطة وقد تخلل اليوم املفتوح إقامة العديد من األنشطة الترفيهية والرياضية والثقافية وألعاب حيث ارتسمت الفرحة، التسلية بني املوظفني .والبسمة واحلماس واملنافسة بني املشاركني راعي املناسبة بتكرمي،وقام املهندس نضال مغربي املوظفني املشاركني والفائزين مبختلف املسابقات ،املتنوعة إلى جانب مشاركته معهم أجواء احلفل ودعوتهم على بوفيه العشاء املفتوح الذي أقيم .بهذه املناسبة وقد أوضح السيد عاطف عيسى مدير،هذا ،العمليات أن فعالية اليوم املفتوح لهذا العام كما أتت،أقيمت بعيدا عن ضغوطات العمل لتحفيز موظفي الشركة على العمل بشكل مما سيدفعهم، وللتعارف فيما بينهم،جيد لتقدمي مزيد من العطاء واإلنتاج في قادم الوقت مضيفا إن اإلدارة مؤمنة بضرورة حتفيز العنصر البشري كونه يعد هو النواة واألساس واملرتكز ألي .مؤسسة من جانب أخر عبر املوظفون عن سعادتهم الكبيرة بالتكرمي واحلفل املتميز والذي يعبر عن وأكدوا أن مثل هذه،تقدير الشركة ملوظفيها املناسبات متنحهم دفعة معنوية وتعزز من .أمانهم الوظيفي ووالئهم للشركة يذكر أن شركة غانيجا إلدارة املطاعم تعد واحدة من أكبر شركات إدارة املطاعم في املنطقة حيث جتمع بني الطابع الشرقي والغربي والغذاء الصحي متمثال في سلسلة مطاعم وهي،نارجن ويوجريل وتوس أند راب ورو شوكليت تعكف باستمرار على تطوير خدماتها لزبائنها وتقدمي كل ما هو مميز وإبداعي وتنافسي في عالم الطعام والشراب واألجواء الترفيهية لكافة .الشرائح سواء العائلية منها أو الشبابية
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that its luxury Sedan Volvo S90, was named Best Midsize Premium Sedan at the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) Awards, held alongside the 2nd International Motor Show, Abu Dhabi. The Volvo S90 win at MECOTY awards, the largest and most coveted of the regional automotive industry, comes after XC90’s success at several leading global motoring awards last year. XC90 was named Best Medium Premium SUV at MECOTY and jury prize in 2016. Other regional awards received by the S90 so far include those from Arab Wheels, Automobile Magazine and Future TV. Emre Karaer, General Manager - Volvo Car MENA & CIS, commented: “Volvo Cars is proud that the S90 has been named Best Midsize Premium Sedan by the MECOTY jury. We are better known for our SUVs and estates but S90 has redefined what a luxury sedan is capable of as it combines cutting-edge technology with effortless Scandinavian design. The award is a recognition of the Swedish brand’s continuing transformation and I believe S90 will become a strong player in its segment. This win highlights the success of our new design and engineering direction and bodes well for the future as we unveil new models in the coming years.” The Volvo S90 has been unveiled to critical acclaim and praise from media since its launch and the new 90 series cars globally accounted for a fifth of total sales volume in 2016. In the Middle East, Volvo Cars also improved its position in the premium segment in 2016, reporting sales growth of 14.4 per cent as compared to 2015. “Volvo S90 truly demonstrates our commitment to delivering best-in-class, premium, and exhilarating driving experiences to our customers. As leaders in safety, electrification and autonomous driving, our aim is to redefine ‘premium’ cars for the future,” added Karaer. The MECOTY awards integrates a complex yet transparent nomination and scoring methodology which is developed, tested and implemented by the most experienced motoring minds of the industry. www.cpmagazine.net
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1. Over 90% of the world's fishery and aquaculture workers are in: Africa; The Caribbean; Asia; or Iceland?
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2. In December 2016 Bill English became the 39th Prime Minister of: Ireland; Canada; New Zealand; or France?
3. Which profession takes the Hyppocratic Oath: Lawyers; Accountants; Medical doctors; or Policemen/women? 4. Brass is an alloy of which two of: Copper; Iron; Zinc; Lead; or Tin? (two answers required)
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5. Lebanese-American Kahlil Gibran's remarkable best-selling 1923
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6. The famous royal photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones (19302017) is better known as Lord: Byron; Haw-Haw; Snooty; or Snowdon?
7. The Centre Block (French: Edifice du Centre) is the main parliamentary
book of 26 'life-guiding' fables is called The: Sun; Tree; Prophet; or Answer?
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building of: Canada; France; Switzerland; or Argentina?
8. Gala pie, a variation of traditional British pie, includes a (typically long) hard boiled: Carrot; Banana; Egg; or Eel?
ANSWERS: 1. NOVEL, 2.PLUME, 3. SNEEZE, 4. FORMAT, 5. BECKED, 6. CUBIC
9. Alluding to early-1900s cost of a UK marriage licence, what bingo call number is traditionally "Was she worth it?": 49; 76; 10; or 22? 10. What nation in 2016 began offering payment to soccer players
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more than double European rates: USA; China; India; or Russia?
Alby had made it clear they could take no chances: theyâ€™d make the Homestead their fortress, and must do whatever it took to defend it. In this sentence, defend means to:
11. What metal, whose modern production is exceeded only by iron, was more expensive than gold until the 1880s, and is named fom Latin 'bitter salt': Copper; Aluminium; Zinc; or Silver?
12. An autoclave typically uses (What?) for (What purpose?): Human breath; Sunlight; Pressurized steam; Sterilization; Music amplification; or Plant cultivation? (two answers required)
13. What rhesus-negative blood type is traditionally considered a universal replacement for all other types: A; B; O; or AB?
14. The emblem of four arrowhead 'V' shapes joined at their points is known as a (What?) cross: Celtic; Iron; St George's; or Maltese?
15. After typhoon Nock-ten/Nina (25 Dec 2016), which nation's President Rodgrigo Duterte reportedly threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter: Malta; Mexico; The Philippines; or Spain?
16. The biggest grossing musical movie ever (at 2016) is: West Side
If you order the blood sausage and lamb when you're out to eat with your vegan friends, you may have to defend your eating habits, meaning speak up in support of your choices. Defend can also be something more concrete, like when you defend your property or your country. The lawyer who represents someone accused of a crime is there to defend the accused person - who is called the defendant - and to argue his case in court.
a. In this question, defend is a verb that means to protect or fight for as a champion. Defend has different shades of meaning, but it always has the sense of protecting something - your ideas, for instance, or your title as world heavyweight champion.
Story; Grease; The Sound of Music; or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
17. Elisabeth Beresford's series of children's novels from 1968 is: The Wombles; The Magic Roundabout; Thomas the Tank Engine; or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
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18. Turkish-Cypriot tycoon Asil Nadir's vast corporation which crashed after fraud investigation in 1990 was: Top Deck; Stiff Neck; Polly Peck; or Ship Wreck?
The least number of five digits which is completely divisible
19. The BBC stopped using (What?) in 2006, a main feature of its TV
by 39, is ______________
broadcast branding since 1953; Sea; Globe; Transmission tower; or Big Ben?
ANSWERS: The equation for this is: x+y=x[y+(x-1)]=x^2+xy-x. E.g 2+3=2*[3+(2-1)]=8
20. Which two of these are not among the 'Seven Deadly Sins' (derived from Christian tradition): Pride; Greed; Lust; Envy; Dishonesty; Gluttony; Wrath (anger); Sloth; or Wastage? (two answers required) ANSWERS:1.Asia, 2.New Zealand, 3. Medical doctors (named after ancient Greek physician Hyppocrates), 4.Zinc, 5.Prophet, 6.Snowdon, 7.Canada, 8.Egg (the 'long egg' - so as to give a consistent circular section per slice - is made by separating whites from yolks and cooking in tubular sections), 9.76 ('seven and six' i.e., seven shillings and sixpence), 10.China, 11.Aluminium (or US-English spelling Aluminum), 12.Pressurized steam for Sterilization, 13.O (modern science considers this a less reliable assumption, with various complications, than historically), 14.Maltese, 15.The Philippines, 16.Grease, 17.The Wombles, 18.Polly Peck, 19.Globe, 20.Dishonesty and Wastage
2+3=8 3 + 7 = 27 4 + 5 = 32 5 + 8 = 60 6 + 7 = 72 7 + 8 = ??
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Mercury goes stationary direct in Aries on May 3. Nothing is going to hold you back now. The May 10 Full Moon could bring an easy answer to a substantial problem. Your personal charm may be more effective than any power of intellect or logic. Connect on a personal level, break through a major barrier, and make a new friend. At the May 25 New Moon, friends and neighbors might try to take care of you. They may bring you things. They may want to sit down and hang out with you in an attempt to get you to slow down. Don't be resentful.
The Mercury retrograde ends on May 3 in Aries. If you've been eager to do something new, now is the time. Family affairs touch more deeply than ever with the Full Moon on May 10. Work may try and make a last-minute demand and social commitments may try to interfere, but nothing will distract you from a family event or meeting with a relative. Your social life blazes as the May 25 New Moon approaches. Get ready for a busy time. Everything around you may engage your interest and whet your appetite for something dazzling and new to see, do, or visit.
Mercury goes stationary direct in Aries on May 3. A social snag loosens as you reconnect with people. Music, movies, and art of all kinds are highlighted for you by the May 10 Full Moon. Let an artistic view give you a deeper look into yourself. Meditation of all forms on the human condition can be powerful now. The May 25 New Moon brings love your way. It could get very serious very quickly, so pay attention and flirt at your own risk. You have great appeal and an aura of authority and status now. This could attract an unlikely but ambitious admirer.
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Mercury goes stationary direct on May 3. All your patience and clean-up efforts will begin to pay off. Love and romance rock your world during the May 10 Full Moon. It could be a stunning new lover. A romantic movie or book could inflame your heart. Or your current flame could turn the heat way up. You can run but you can't hide from love. Feel rich at the May 25 New Moon. Money may flow freely in and out, but you won't do anything rash or irresponsible with your resources. You're too clever and observant for that.
The Mercury retrograde ends on May 3 in Aries. A delay at work could end, too. Friends are your greatest wealth during the May 10 Full Moon. You won't be overrun with people. One or two special companions will provide all the love and fun you could ask for. The May 25 New Moon offers a number of work or career options. Several new projects may be offered, mostly short term. Be discerning and then pick and choose to best show off your talents and skills. Consider your personal satisfaction, too. You have the energy to take on as much as you please.
Mercury goes stationary direct on May 3 and your ambition gets back on track. You may have more energy for your social life at the May 10 Full Moon. You may also have more taste for bigger groups or a wider social circle. A cultural outing, concert, or some live music might be just the thing to please you. The May 25 New Moon could present times when it's too easy to argue over nothing. If someone is jealous or wants to compete with you, there will be little or nothing for either of you to gain. Let the mood pass and don't engage.
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When Mercury goes stationary direct on May 3, you'll be in a better position and much better shape to get ambitious about your work. Take good care of yourself around the May 10 Full Moon. If an older friend or companion needles you about this, don't take offense. More people care about you than you realize. Let someone pamper and entertain you. Besides, they like your company. The May 25 New Moon is all yours to be the focus of attention. People may buzz around you and you could feel a bit disconnected, but it will all fall apart if you aren't there.
Mercury turns direct in Aries on May 3. Hit the ground running in a new project or new group at work. Money and well-loved possessions are lit up by the May 10 Full Moon. You might receive a gift that you didn't think you wanted until you fall in love with it. You won't need to spend much to experience a lot of pleasure. The May 25 New Moon opens door for you to explore a group of people or a place that fascinates you. Distances shrink between you. A new person can show you something that has defied you until now.
The Mercury retrograde ends on May 3 in Aries. You're better organized, better connected, and more ambitious than ever. The May 10 Full Moon empowers your career and public position. You have a strong home base and support from your friends. Judge circumstances wisely, resist getting cocky, and don't hesitate to take on more responsibility or authority. You've got this. The May 25 New Moon encourages fun and creativity. A new artistic interest might catch your eye. It doesn't need to become a lifelong pursuit. Dabble and amuse yourself with friends. A childhood interest may return. Coloring books, anyone?
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Mercury goes stationary direct on May 3. You may feel ready to start something personal and special. Have fun at the May 10 Full Moon. You might not have much enthusiasm at first, but put those daily concerns and any loose ends aside for a while and indulge yourself. You get to take care of yourself, too. It could be hard to sit still during the May 25 New Moon. Let your inner child a bit closer to the surface and allow a favorite pastime to become a meditation. Read an old favorite book or listen to a beloved piece of music.
Mercury retrograde ends on May 3, and not a day too soon. Impatience dissolves as you make progress in a relationship or project. The May 10 Full Moon is intense and passionate. An ideal lover may seek you out of a crowd. It might not last forever, but it could be great while it lasts. Lap up the attention, but don't encourage more than you want. The May 25 New Moon gives you resources that you didn't know existed. Use them to make yourself stronger and more resilient. Casual acquaintances may reveal themselves as powerful and dependable allies. Don't instantly be skeptical.
Mercury goes stationary direct on May 3. People may appear out of nowhere and want to socialize. You can stand your ground. The May 10 Full Moon lights up your world just when you thought your world couldn't get any bigger or brighter. You could attract some exotic new acquaintances that are instantly drawn to your big heart. Don't worry. They won't become too intrusive. The May 25 New Moon highlights family and home life. Enjoy some light entertainment with relatives, easy conversation, or maybe undemanding window-shopping. Farmers' markets or craft fairs might be fun and relaxing, too. Keep things light.
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