Italian-Egyptian singer wins contest exalting Italian song

Italian singer Mahmood celebrates on stage after winning the 69th Sanremo Italian Song Festival at the Ariston theater in Sanremo, Italy, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Updated 10 February 2019
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Italian-Egyptian singer wins contest exalting Italian song

ROME: An Italian-Egyptian singer has won a long-running music contest that aims to exalt Italian song.
Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs with the stage name Mahmood, triumphed at the Sanremo music festival late Saturday with his rendition of “Soldi” (“Money“).
The 26-year-old’s winning song has a rhythmic beat often heard in North African music.
TV viewers, an expert panel and journalists vote for the winner of the five-day annual festival. The public input counts for 50 percent of contestants’ scores.
Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister, Matteo Salvini, tweeted that he’d have chosen Ultimo, the songfest’s presumed favorite.
The Milan-born Mahmoud has an Italian mother and an Egyptian father. He said early Sunday: “I’m an Italian guy, 100 percent.”
He will represent Italy at this year’s Eurovision song contest.


Where We Are Going Today: Bubbleology

Updated 21 February 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Bubbleology

Connoisseurs of bubble tea in the capital do not have a lot of options as there are few places that serve the Taiwanese beverage. Bubbleology is one of the few that does — and does so in style.

For the uninitiated, bubble tea is a sweetened tea drink to which is added tapioca balls, known as boba, which can be solid and chewy or hollow and filled with different flavors of juice that is released when bitten.

The quirky, unusual drink has grown in popularity around the world in recent years, and Bubbleology takes it to another level with some unique flavor combinations, such as jasmine milk tea and ginger tea with popping lychee boba, among many others. 

The interior decor of the store is equally clever and innovative. In keeping with its name, the cafe resembles a science lab. This also reflects its belief that the preparation of bubble tea should be a precise scientific method, and they have expanded on that idea to also make the whole experience visually pleasing as well.

Bubbleology can be found in Panorama Mall, Riyadh.