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Where to watch the FIBA 3×3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong (China) – The stakes could not be higher with the first FIBA 3×3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Hong Kong, China on April 12 – 14. 

We got you covered on how you can keep up with the action. 

Local broadcasters from around the world are set to showcase the three-day extravaganza with a spot at the Paris Olympics up for grabs in each category. 

8 National teams per gender will be competing for a coveted shot at Paris with some of the best talent in 3×3 taking to court in Hong Kong. 

Here’s how you can stay up-to-date with the marquee event:

Australia

Fox Sports Australia

Azerbaijan

CBC AZ

Brazil

NSports

Canada

CBC

Central America

Azteca TV

Egypt

ON Time Sports

Hong Kong, China

RTHK

Hungary

MTVA

Mongolia

Premiere Sports Network

Poland

TVP

Switzerland

rts.ch

Olympic Channel

Worldwide*

 Youtube.com/FIBA3x3

Worldwide*

*Some geo-restrictions might apply 

OCP and Fortescue to develop green energy, hydrogen and ammonia in Morocco – Green Building Africa

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  • The OCP Group, a global leader in plant nutrition and phosphate-based fertilizers, and Fortescue Energy, part of global green energy, metals and technology company Fortescue Ltd (Fortescue), announced a landmark Joint Venture (JV) in Morocco.
  • This equal partnership aims to supply green hydrogen, ammonia, and fertilizers to Morocco, Europe, and international markets.
  • It includes the potential development of manufacturing facilities and an R&D hub to advance the rapidly growing renewable energy industry in Morocco.

Fortescue and OCP Group, leaders in iron ore and phosphate respectively, are united in their goal to reach their emissions reductions targets. They share a common vision for the pivotal role of green hydrogen and ammonia in forging a sustainable future globally.

The partners have laid out proposed plans for four cornerstone projects in Morocco:

  • Large-scale integrated green ammonia and green fertilizer production capacity, including renewables, energy generation, electrolysis, ammonification and fertilizer production;
  • Manufacturing of green technology and equipment;
  • An R&D and Technology Hub, located alongside Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) near Marrakech, to bolster the JV, the ecosystem and other players, with research in renewable energy, green hydrogen and minerals processing; and
  • Collaboration of corporate venture capital funds to drive investment in key technology advancements.

The partners’ objective is to supply green hydrogen and ammonia for use both as sources of green energy and in the manufacture of carbon-neutral and customized fertilizers that are accessible and affordable for farmers around the world.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Beyond deliveries: Mrsool’s targeted socioeconomic impact in Egypt

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Delivery platform Mrsool’s expansion in the Egyptian market is set to create significant job opportunities for couriers, aiming to offer 10,000 new positions in 2024. This move comes as part of Mrsool’s commitment to growth and development in Egypt, building on the platform’s success in Saudi Arabia.

With a notable 30% increase in the number of couriers witnessed in 2023, Mrsool Egypt is poised for further expansion and market penetration. According to Ahmed Hamdi, Marketing Manager at Mrsool Egypt, the platform’s rapid growth is attributed to the dedication and high-quality service provided by its couriers, establishing Mrsool as a prominent player in Egypt’s delivery landscape.

Mrsool Egypt operates across various governorates, including Cairo, Alexandria, and Mansoura, leveraging a network of couriers to ensure efficient and timely delivery services.

In a strategic move to drive further growth and innovation, Mostafa Maghrabi has been appointed as the General Manager of Mrsool Egypt. Maghrabi’s role will focus on enhancing development initiatives, elevating service quality, and fostering strong relationships with partners and customers.

Mrsool Egypt’s commitment to excellence is reflected in its recognition by the global Fairwork institution, which awarded the platform with the highest ratings for its digital work environment in Africa in 2023.

Since its inception in mid-2019, Mrsool has invested nearly EGP 300 million in the Egyptian market, demonstrating its long-term commitment to the country’s economic growth and development.

As Mrsool continues to expand its footprint in Egypt, the platform not only creates job opportunities but also contributes to enhancing the delivery infrastructure and service standards, ultimately benefiting consumers and businesses alike.

5 important developments in Egypt’s food exports

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Egypt’s agricultural export sector is undergoing significant transformation and expansion, fueled by strategic initiatives and increased global demand for Egyptian produce. Here are key developments shaping Egypt’s food export landscape:

1. Diversification of Export Markets: Egypt has ventured into new territories, exporting potatoes to Morocco and strawberries to Canada for the first time. These strategic moves are expanding Egypt’s market reach and contributing to the country’s foreign currency reserves.

2. Record-Breaking Exports to Germany: In 2023, Egypt achieved a record-breaking export of fruits and vegetables to Germany, with significant increases in exports of potatoes, grapes, onions, and oranges. This highlights Egypt’s growing influence in the European market and its ability to meet the demand for fresh produce.

3. Dominance in the Orange Market: Egypt emerged as the largest exporter of oranges to the European Union, contributing a substantial volume of fresh oranges, with 70,604 tons exported in March alone. This underscores Egypt’s dominance in the citrus market and its role as a key player in global food trade.

4. Resumption of Onion Exports: Following a surplus in the national crop reserves, Egypt has lifted the export ban on onions, signaling a return to the international onion market. This decision is expected to further bolster Egypt’s position as a leading exporter of onions worldwide.

5. Ambitious Export Strategy: The General Union of Food Industries Workers has developed a comprehensive strategy aimed at pushing Egypt’s food exports to new record levels, targeting $100 billion annually. This strategy focuses on enhancing trade union education, improving product quality through technical specifications, and identifying and overcoming obstacles to foreign markets.

These developments underscore Egypt’s commitment to driving economic growth through agricultural exports and leveraging its competitive advantage in the global marketplace. With strategic initiatives in place and a focus on innovation and quality, Egypt is well-positioned to further expand its agricultural export sector and contribute to the country’s overall prosperity.

Pure Parima Introduces Their New Egyptican Cotton Duvet Cover Inserts

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| Photo courtesy of Pure Parima

Beloved for its selection of luxuriously soft sheets and pillowcases, Pure Parima is expanding its current offerings to include brand-new Egyptian cotton duvet covers and down-and-down alternative duvet inserts. 

A leader in the field of premium bedding, Pure Parima has earned a reputation for supplying products made from 100 percent pure Egyptian cotton picked by hand in the Nile River Valley. While the brand rose to prominence for its Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases, in recent years the product line has expanded to feature a wide assortment of cotton duvet covers and duvet inserts. Expertly crafted and made using high-end materials, all Pure Parima bedding products are built to last and designed to promote good sleep.

“At Pure Parima, we’re passionate about supplying customers with everything they need to get a great night’s rest,” said company SEO manager Turab Hassan. “While a mattress is the foundation of the bed, sheets and other bedding products can have just as significant an effect on sleep, as they help keep individuals cool, comfortable, and dry throughout the night. That’s why we’re constantly adding cotton duvet covers and other bedding items to our existing inventory.”

A new addition to the Pure Parima brand, the Ultra Sateen Duvet Cover Set is an ideal choice for customers with a preference for exceptionally soft bedding. Featuring extra-long staple Egyptian cotton grown that was hand harvested in the Nile River Valley, this stunning set promises all of cotton’s health benefits while featuring the luxe texture of silk. An eye-catching sheen and clean lines add to the sophisticated feel of this collection, which comes complete with two matching pillow shams. Shoppers can choose from sizes full/queen and king/California king and on-trend colors White, Ivory, Icy Blue, and Charcoal. 

As the weather warms up, some customers are opting for bedding that breathes. A great option for those who tend to sleep hot, the Ultra Percale Duvet Cover Set has long been a favorite thanks to its elegant matte finish and cooling percale weave. Embellished with a timeless design, the collection comes in an array of soothing neutrals, like White and Bone, which are sure to meld with most bedroom styles. The set comes in sizes full/queen and king/California king and can be laundered in a standard home washing machine. 

Another new option from Pure Parima, the Lightweight Down Alternative Duvet Insert fits inside all the available duvet cover sets. Light enough for the summer nights ahead, this cooling insert boasts a 100 percent premium alternative down that mimics the texture of natural goose down. Perfect for environmentally conscious shoppers and hot sleepers alike, the piece boasts a breathable cotton sateen shell over a three-dimensional baffle box construction. The result is a duvet that distributes heat evenly all night long. As a bonus, the Down Alternative Duvet Insert features double-stitched seams for added longevity and corner loops that attach to the brand’s duvet covers. Lustrous satin piping finishes off the design. A reusable cotton bag ships with the duvet insert and offers an easy option for storage. 

Those thinking ahead to the fall may want to invest in one of Pure Parima’s heavier Down Alternative Duvet Inserts. Coming soon to the company website, this cozy option is the right choice for sleepers prone to chills. Hypoallergenic and exceptionally cozy, the insert is crafted with 100 percent Virtudown and cotton sateen. As warm as real goose down, the piece utilizes a baffle box construction to keep the silky spiraled microfibers and heat properly distributed no matter how much a sleeper tosses and turns. Thanks to corner loops, bed-making is a simple process. Note that the set will come with a two-year limited warranty.

“Our goal is to supply customers with long-lasting bedding products that are as attractive to the eye as they are functional,” said Hassan.

Because all Pure Parima bedding bears the Cotton Egypt Association seal of approval, customers can feel confident that what they’re purchasing is the real deal. Additionally, Pure Parima bedding items are OEKO-TEX certified to demonstrate that they’re manufactured free of harmful chemicals. Sleepers can feel good about where they’re resting their heads. 

Looking to get more sleep in 2024? Pure Parima’s Egyptian cotton duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases, and down alternative duvet inserts are all available for purchase on the brand’s website. Customers should note that bedding items ship free in the U.S. The company also offers free returns. For questions or concerns, feel free to contact Pure Parima’s customer service department online

Amun green hydrogen project, Morocco

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Name of the Project
Amun green hydrogen project.

Location
A potential 5 500 km2 site (at final stage), in southern Morocco.

Project Owner/s
CWP Global.

Project Description
Amun has the potential to generate up to 17 GW of mixed generation – wind and solar – at final stage. It is targeting the production of up to one-million tonnes a year of green hydrogen and up to 5.8-million tonnes of green ammonia.

The project will be deployed in three phases and incorporate wind and solar power generation, electrolysis, water desalination and ammonia plants, as well as all supporting infrastructure for processing, industrial production and export, including roads and ports, the CWP website says.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
About $10.60-billion.

Planned Start/End Date
The project is slated to start operations in 2027.

Latest Developments
None stated.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
CWP Global, email morocco@cwp.global.
 

Unconventional Students at Rice: Mohamed Abead is welcomed to Texas from Egypt

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Mohamed Abead is a senior at Rice studying computer science. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Abead came to Rice because he felt it had the perfect balance of computer science education and social opportunities in the residential college system.

He looks forward to contributing to blockchain technology and decentralized applications and co-founded a blockchain club at Rice.

The next total solar eclipse won’t happen until 2026

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I was unfortunately outside the path of totality when the April 2024 eclipse happened, but the small partial eclipse I did get to see was still beautiful. For those like me who missed totality this time around, catching the next total solar eclipse might not sound like a bad idea, except if you’re in the U.S., you’re going to need to travel to see it.

While the next Great American Solar eclipse isn’t expected to happen until the 2040s, those who want another chance at seeing totality will be pleased to know that parts of Greenland, Iceland, Russia, and even some of Portugal and Spain will get to see a total solar eclipse in August of 2026.

The next total solar eclipse is expected to peak on August 12, 2026, and you can go ahead and start booking your travel now if you don’t want to miss out on it. Having flown back in while people were flocking back through the DFW airport after this month’s eclipse, I can definitely say it will likely be very crowded in the path of totality come 2026.

If none of those destinations seem like a hit, you can also wait until 2027 for a chance at totality, as a total solar eclipse is expected to hit Egypt on August 2, 2027. That eclipse should pass right over the site of the great pyramids. And it will last more than six minutes, making it a prime opportunity to catch the eclipse at a great spot.

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But the next total solar eclipse isn’t the only thing that stargazers and skywatchers have to look forward to. A total lunar eclipse is also expected to hit the 48 lower states, including all of Hawaii and parts of Alaska, in 2025. Sure, it isn’t as spectacular as a total solar eclipse, but it won’t require any traveling to see this cosmic event.

The post The next total solar eclipse won’t happen until 2026 appeared first on BGR.

An eclipse victory: What it was like at Love Field in Dallas | Astronomy.com

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Weather is a one-day event. For all of the analysis of trends, of where clouds or Sun will mark the landscape, anything can happen on any given day. In Texas, the weather prospects for the Great American Eclipse looked bleak. For days, the idea that storms would plague the region of Dallas, or at least thick clouds, seemed a sure thing. And then came eclipse day.

My journey this year was centered on Love Airport, a historic locality known in recent years for the landing site for John Kennedy’s ill-fated 1963 trip to Dallas. Being a history guy, I spent the remainder of my travel day visiting the sites associated with that dark day in November, more than 60 years ago, when the course of the nation suddenly and shockingly changed.

The airport is still very active (we had planes taking off during totality!), and hosts a fantastic collection of aircraft and flight-related artifacts in the wonderful Frontiers of Flight Museum. Our hosts there, led by Abigail Erickson-Torres and facilitated by the energetic Rosalie Wade, assembled a wonderful day that invited some 2,500 members of the public into the grounds to view the eclipse.

The Editor of Astronomy Magazine was not alone, however. We partnered with our good friends at Celestron, and their staff turned out in force, with many people and several telescopes on the ground. The telescopic feed we relied on for potential TV use came from one of the Celestron scopes. Our good pals Corey Lee, Kevin Kawai, Ben Hauck, Stephanie Schroeter, and others were on hand. And that wasn’t all: Partners from The Weather Channel were also there, broadcasting live, with the great meteorologist Alex Wilson taking the lead on camera and a big team led by producer Mike Jenkins coordinating the whole process. I had a wonderful time spending parts of the day on camera with Alex, narrating our experience dodging clouds and seeing the alignment of worlds come together.

But as I said, when I drove to Love Field at 5 a.m. on eclipse day, it looked like a washout. Although I’m a galaxy guy, really most interested in deep-sky objects, as Editor of the brand you get to see lots of events. I had experienced a dozen total eclipses before this one, two of them underneath a solid blanket of clouds. Believe me, that’s not a good way to see an eclipse.

We got an early start on camera. It was an extreme pleasure working with Alex Wilson. She is such a smooth pro that it was effortless to talk about the science, the observations, the meaning of it all as we looked skyward and hoped for the alignment of worlds. As dawn broke, the sky was still sketchy and the forecast far less than great. I recall the network proclaiming that Maine seemed the best place as far as clear skies went. Mexico seemed troubled too. As we looked to the south, past Parkland Hospital on the horizon, walls of clouds seemed to be destined to move our way as the morning continued.

Astronomy Editor Dave Eicher teamed up with The Weather Channel’s Alex Wilson to provide eclipse commentary. Credit: Dave Eicher.

I spent the waning moments of pre-eclipse time in the museum auditorium with a packed house, delivering a lecture on everything everyone needed to know to view and image the eclipse. When I walked out into the field again at noon, with first contact approaching, the situation had changed. Clouds were less dense, and hope appeared. Amazingly enough, as we awaited first contact, we had significant holes and could get a good view of the Sun, some 60° high in the sky. We would see the start of things, at least.

As always happens, people screeched out in joy as the first little bite out of the Sun’s disk became visible. Although we’ve known about solar system motions precisely since the days of Johannes Kepler, it always seems a bit like magic to many people when we count down by the second and an eclipse starts. And then, even with thick clouds visible way down to the south, we had a long, vertical corridor of clear sky that seemed to favor us as totality approached.

It dawned on us that we were going to defy the odds and see this thing. Excitedly, Alex Wilson and I narrated much of what was happening on The Weather Channel, off and on. The rapid darkening of the sky during the final moments before totality always amazes, and we had a rapid cooling of air too. The diamond ring! Glasses off! We had totality and it looked spectacular!

Our Love Field site experienced 3 minutes 51 seconds of totality, and we saw the whole thing perfectly. The corona seemed large, flower-like, and with some pretty good brushes and rays, too, expected from the current cycle of solar activity. We had some nice prominences too, especially one at bottom right (as we faced south), that was incredibly bright near the end of totality. Venus popped out immediately and Jupiter too, after a bit of cloud passed it, and we did not expect to see Comet Pons-Brooks, nor waste time with binoculars searching for it. The chromosphere seemed bright around the Moon’s rim but lacked the color we saw in 2017. It was a beautiful eclipse, however, and we felt very lucky to have seen it so well.

It’s always struck me as funny that as soon as totality ends, the interest in the rest of the eclipse, for the next hour plus, kinda fades away. But alas, everyone was elated, celebrating a great view, and the party started. We had a very happy airport full of people, on a natural high from the experience, and already talking about other eclipse adventures — Iceland, Spain, and yes, the most amazing one to come, Egypt.

I hope that you also experienced a great eclipse. There’s nothing that quite equals seeing the worlds align, and remember that the Moon is inching away from us a little bit every year. We have only 600 million more years to catch total eclipses, and then they will be a thing of the past.

David J. Eicher is Editor of Astronomy, author of 26 books on science and history, and a board member of the Starmus Festival and of Lowell Observatory.