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Egypt produces 3D animation series for kids named ‘El Mahmia’



The United Media Services (UMS), in conjunction with the Egyptian government has produced a 3D animated series for children titled “El Mahmia” which means “The Reserve.”

“El Mahmia” is the latest animated series coming shortly after the “Yehia W Kenooz” (Yehia & Treasures) which was released last year in the North African country’s continuous efforts to develop the characters of Egyptian kids, according to UMS in a statement on Saturday.

“El Mahmia” which is the first Egyptian 3D animation series is produced by Hashtag and will be screened on Al Hayat TV channel during the month of Ramadan, the producers said.

“El Mahmia’s plot is full of suspense. It revolves around the reserve’s residents who are Farah and Hamza, the two grandsons of the reserve’s guard,” the statement reveals.

“The reserve is exposed to danger, and Farah and Hamza will manage to overcome this danger using smart and innovative ways.”

“The episodes carry many adventures inside the reserve, and will introduce the children to the world of nature reserves and their creatures, the importance of preserving the environment, and how to use technology to serve these goals.”

El Mahmia consists of 30 episodes and the duration of each episode is 15 minutes. The animation series stars Zeyad El-Gendy (Hamza), Lama Hany (Farah), Ahmed Khaled El-Sharkawy (the grandfather), Gehad Abou Elenien (the fisherman), and Galal El Hagrassy (Hakim).”

“Others are Hany Abdel Hay (Bebo), with the participation of Nevin Mahmoud, Alaa Gawish, Osama Fawzy, Eyad El-Gendy, Amr Essam, Taghreed El-Nagar, Hind Kamel and Mohamed Azizi ( Shark), and Moataz El-Shazly,” the series director, Ahmed Mahdy said at the launch in Cairo.

“The series is tailor made to raise the awareness of children about the importance of preserving natural reserves as well as preserving fish from extinction,” Mahdy said.


Nigerian singer Banky W survives fourth cancer surgery



Nigerian singer and politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, says he remains grateful to God after he successfully underwent and survived a fourth surgery for skin cancer.

The singer who is now a pastor, who made this known via his Instagram page, said he decided to share the testimony online to encourage others who are passing through tough challenges in life.

“Final Score Christ 4 Cancer Tumors 0,” he wrote with a video of the surgery process to go with the post.

“Sometimes, your faith in God will not prevent the storms from coming… but it will carry you through them. Faith won’t always stop you from hurting, but it will help you heal, and it will help you deal.

“God never said the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised that they wouldn’t prosper. He never said the enemy wouldn’t come… He promised that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise a standard against him.

“Posting this testimony to encourage anyone out there who is going through a challenge. It might seem bigger than you, but greater is He that is in you than anything you will face in this world.”

In another thread, Banky W appreciated his wife, family, friends, pastors, and doctors for their “love, prayers, and support”.

“We have the victory yet again. Now and forever, in Jesus’ name,” going on to reveal that he treated a rare strain of skin cancer which resurfaced after it first appeared 10 years earlier before the disease escalated and spread to other parts of his body requiring surgeries at different stages.

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Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui found dead on Mt Everest



A veteran Kenyan mountaineer, Cheruiyot Kirui, who had climbed the Mount Everest over 15 times was on Thursday afternoon found dead a day after he was declared missing.

The 40-year-old Kirui, who was a banker, was on Wednesday declared missing along with a Nepali climber, Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown.

According to Everest Chronicles, Kirui’s body was found near the summit of the Mount Everest.

The Everest Chronicles said the research and rescue team deployed by Seven Summit Treks found the body of Kirui in the stretch between the summit and the Hilary Step, while his climbing guide, Sherpa 44, remains missing, after the duo had been out of contact since late Tuesday.

“With profound sadness, we share the news of Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui’s passing on Mt Everest. His body was found a few meters below the summit point of Mt Everest,” the tabloid said in a statement.

“He was accompanied by a Nepali climber Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown.

“His indomitable will and passion for mountaineering will forever be an inspiration. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this time of sorrow.”

Reports say Kirui was on a daring mission to reach the summit of Mt Everest, without supplementary oxygen.

“Cheruiyot was a banker. He had climbed to the peak of Mt Kenya, 15 times.

Earlier, officials had said that the research and rescue team had found two bodies but it turned out to be a miscommunication.

Khimlal Gautam, Chief of the Expedition Monitoring and Facilitation Field Office of the Department of Tourism at the base camp, said:

“We have received a report that the research and rescue team have found the body of the Kenyan climber, while his guide remains missing. The search for him is going on.

“Sherpa rescuers recovered Kirui’s body at about 19 metres (62 feet) below the 8,849-metre peak, Nepal’s Department of Tourism also said in a statement.

The death of Kirui, brings the total fatalities on Mount Everest to about 335 deaths records out of 7000 climbers over the years.

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