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ronaldo Says made Up mind on Egyptian ministry of Higher Educa-
real Transfer Last Year tion and Scientific Research and Har-
Cristiano Ronaldo says he made up his mind last year to quit Manchester United
bor Branch oceanographic Institute
for Real Madrid, whom he has agreed to join for a world record 93 million euros,
at FAU Pledge to Cooperate on ocea-
the News of the World reports in Sunday’s edition.
nographic research and Education
Madrid courted Ronaldo all through last summer but the 24-year-old decided to
stay and try to help United defend their 2008 Champions League title, featuring in Scientists will work jointly to advance
their final loss in May to Barcelona.
marine research in the Red Sea. Egyptian
Ministry of Higher Education and Scien-
tific Research and Harbor Branch Ocea-
Although United retained their English Premier League title, Ronaldo told the pa-
nographic Institute at FAU Pledge to Co-
per he decided to leave after the May 2007 final win over Chelsea.
operate on Oceanographic Research and
Education -- scientists will work jointly to
“After we won the European Cup. I thought there is no more I can achieve here,”
advance marine research in the Red Sea.
said the Portuguese.
Florida Atlantic University and the Egyp-
tian Ministry of Higher Education and
“And when you have done all you can, you know it is time for a new challenge. I
Scientific Research have signed an agree-
stayed one more season and it was nice to make it three titles in a row but it was ment to cooperate on a range of oceano-
my dream to play for Madrid.”
graphic projects. Working through FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
(HBOI), the projects could include the development of state-of-the-art labora-
tories for research in aquaculture, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and
Ronaldo is reportedly set to earn 13 million euros a year with Real to become the
marine biotechnology at the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
world’s highest-paid footballer once the finishing touches are put to his move but
(NIOF) Marine Research Center in Hurghada, Egypt, and would include the discov-
he insisted: “Of course, I have not gone for the money. ery of chemicals from marine organisms in the Red Sea that might have potential
as pharmaceuticals.
“To go down as the greatest. It will take lots of work but that is my target. If you
This collaboration between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Re-
go down as the greatest at Madrid it means you are one of the greatest of all
search and HBOI will open up new opportunities for discovery and technology de-
velopment as researchers, educators and exploration resources from FAU could
be made available to advance marine research in the Red Sea.
Ronaldo also touched on his antics in the 2006 World Cup, when he greeted the
sending off of United teammate Wayne Rooney during his country’s quarter-final
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win over England with a sly wink.
“Sometimes you do things because emotions are running high - but Wayne is my
Fire on red Sea Liveaboard
good friend,” Ronaldo said.
A fire broke out on board the Royal Emperor liveaboard this week while the boat
“I can’t regret it because I think the whole experience made me stronger. was in a harbour in Sharm El Sheikh. The boat was undergoing routine mainte-
nance so no passengers were on board and no one was injured in the blaze. It
“But looking back it was not the right thing to do and not something I would do
is thought the fire started in one of the cabins, but its cause is not yet known.
Damage to the boat is limited to the furnishings - the steel hull and engine were
any more.”
not affected.
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rine Fleet and normally operates out of Port
Sudan. It is one of the few boats to offer div-
ing trips in the Sudanese Red Sea, famous for
its reefs, wrecks and sharks. The boat is due
to resume operations in Sudan this Septem-
ber. According to agent Scuba Travel, this al-
lows plenty of time for repairs to take place
or for a replacement liveaboard to be sent to
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Hilton Sharm Fayrouz resort
Wins Three Awards In
‘Sharm Salon Culinaire 09’
The Chefs of the Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz
Resort were the proud winners of the ‘Sharm Sa-
lon Culinaire 2009’, where a culinary competition
arranged by the Egyptian Chefs Association was
recently held in Sharm El Sheikh where Hilton
Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort was the winner of
an outstanding culinary trophy with three medals.
Chef Ashraf Abdel Hamid won the gold and silver
medals, while Chef Ibrahim El Sayed won a bronze
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medal. Magdy Metaly General Manager Hilton Fayrouz Resort congratulated the
winning Chefs on their well deserved awards.
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