Watch: Haifa Wehbe announced as the face of new action-packed video game

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Haifa Wehbe, who is the gaming company’s first-ever celebrity ambassador, stars in an action-packed game. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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Haifa Wehbe, who is the gaming company’s first-ever celebrity ambassador, stars in an action-packed game. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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Updated 18 October 2017

Watch: Haifa Wehbe announced as the face of new action-packed video game

DUBAI: Gaming app WIZZO announced Tuesday that their new brand ambassador is none other than Lebanese superstar Haifa Wehbe.
The MBC Group, which runs the app, unveiled the news at an event in Dubai and the gaming world reacted with excitement online.
“I downloaded the game only because of my queen hayouffaaa,” one Twitter user posted.
Wehbe, who is the app’s first-ever celebrity ambassador, is the face of an action-packed game called “Invasion.”

“Having Haifa (Wehbe) as the ambassador of the game ‘Invasion’ on WIZZO was part of culturizing and localizing the game for the region and (she) was the perfect fit to the category of the game,” Amin El-Husseini, senior mobile product manager at MBC Group, told Arab News.
“She was excited to be part of the game as well as she knows that the youth today spend most of their time on their mobiles playing games and she would be closer to them.”
The army-style game is available on Android and IOS and was released by WIZZO, an app that features games and challenges. The more a user plays, the more points he or she can rack up and top scorers can win prizes.

Both Wehbe and WIZZO have shared various images of the star on their social media pages, all complete with the singer and actress dressed up in army wear and beset with heavy weapons. Wehbe still manages to look glamorous, however, with her cascading curls of black hair.

The Lebanese star is known for her beauty and her daring outfits and in March was ranked among the most beautiful women in the world, according to Wonderlist’s annual poll.

The 41-year-old Arab pop singer ranked 10th on the “2017’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Women Over 40” list that also names many global celebrities such as, Jennifer Lopez, Aishwarya Rai, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Monica Bellucci.


Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

The casts of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, are seen in what was an elegant villa on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption in 79 A.D., where they were discovered during recents excavations, Pompeii archaeological park officials said Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (AP)
Updated 22 November 2020

Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

  • Pompeii officials said the men apparently escaped the initial fall of ash from Mount Vesuvius then succumbed to a powerful volcanic blast that took place the next morning

ROME: Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii, officials at the archaeological park in Italy said Saturday.
Parts of the skulls and bones of the two men were found during excavation of the ruins from what was once an elegant villa with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city destroyed by the volcano eruption in 79 A.D. It’s the same area where a stable with the remains of three harnessed horses were excavated in 2017.
Pompeii officials said the men apparently escaped the initial fall of ash from Mount Vesuvius then succumbed to a powerful volcanic blast that took place the next morning. The later blast “apparently invaded the area from many points, surrounding and burying the victims in ash,” Pompeii officials said in a statement.
The remains of the two victims, lying next to each other on their backs, were found in a layer of gray ash at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep, they said.
As has been done when other remains have been discovered at the Pompeii site, archaeologists poured liquid chalk into the cavities, or void, left by the decaying bodies in the ash and pumice that rained down from the volcano near modern-day Naples and demolished the upper levels of the villa.
The technique, pioneered in the 1800s, gives the image not only of the shape and position of the victims in the throes of death, but makes the remains “seem like statues,” said Massimo Osanna, an archaeologist who is director general of the archaeological park operated under the jurisdiction of the Italian Culture Ministry.
Judging by cranial bones and teeth, one of the men was young, likely aged 18 to 25, with a spinal column with compressed discs. That finding led archaeologists to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave.
The other man had a robust bone structure, especially in his chest area, and died with his hands on his chest and his legs bent and spread apart. He was estimated to have been 30- to 40-years-old, Pompeii officials said. Fragments of white paint were found near the man’s face, probably remnants of a collapsed upper wall, the officials said.
Both skeletons were found in a side room along an underground corridor, or passageway, known in ancient Roman times as a cryptoporticus, which led to to the upper level of the villa.
“The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected,” said Osanna.
Instead, on the morning of Oct. 25, 79 A.D., a “blazing cloud (of volcanic material) arrived in Pompeii and...killed anyone it encountered on its way,” Osanna said.
Based on the impression of fabric folds left in the ash layer, it appeared the younger man was wearing a short, pleated tunic, possibly of wool. The older victim, in addition to wearing a tunic, appeared to have had a mantle over his left shoulder.
Mount Vesuvius remans an active volcano. While excavations continue at the site near Naples, tourists are currently barred from the archaeological park under national anti-COVID-19 measures.