Ramy Youssef nominated for 2020 Emmy Awards 

The comedian will compete in the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series categories. (AFP)
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Updated 29 July 2020

Ramy Youssef nominated for 2020 Emmy Awards 

DUBAI: Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef has been nominated for the 72nd Emmy Awards for his role in the Hulu TV series “Ramy,” the academy announced on Tuesday.

The comedian, who is the co-creator of the show, will compete in the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series categories, making his show the first Muslim-American sitcom to score an Emmy nomination. 

In “Ramy,” Youssef portrayed a first-generation Arab-Muslim-American who deals with the many stereotypes he has to face in America.



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Season one was a major success, netting Youssef a Golden Globe for Best Actor and a global following. For the newly released second season, Youssef dug deeper into his Muslim faith, introducing a charismatic new Imam named Sheik Ali, played by Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, with whom Ramy quickly bonds.

For an in-depth interview with Ramy Youssef, click here. 

Ali is also being nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. 

Shortly after the announcement was made, Youssef, who lives in New Jersey, took to Instagram to share the news and to express his gratitude. “Alhamdulillah (Thank God),” wrote the 29-year-old star in Arabic. 




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Other nominations included HBO series “Watchmen” that received a leading 26 nominations. 

The show, which captured America’s deep unease as it faces racial and political discord amid a pandemic, was nominated as best limited series and received bids for cast members including Regina King and Jeremy Irons.

King was part of a vanguard of actors of color indicating that TV academy voters took heed of the social climate.

“Zendaya!” exclaimed Emmy announcement host Leslie Jones, her gleeful reaction to the “Euphoria” star’s nomination as best actress in a drama. “This is a great day,” Jones said.

She was part of a socially distanced, virtual release of nominees that was online, not on television as is usual. But nothing is usual during a coronavirus era that has brought Hollywood production to a virtual standstill and is making the Emmys and other awards grasp for alternatives.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be presented Sept. 20 on ABC.

-With AP

5 reasons to add spinach to your diet

Updated 08 August 2020

5 reasons to add spinach to your diet

DUBAI: Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, shares her advice on the superfoods that will help you lead a longer and healthier life…

If you want a food that’s cheap, versatile and packed with nutrients, then you can’t go wrong with spinach. Throw a handful into a fruit or vegetable smoothie, cook it as a side dish with meat or knock out a saag curry as a main and reap the health rewards listed below.

Improved eye health

Spinach is high in the antioxidant pigments zeaxanthin and lutein, which protect your eyes from damage caused by sunlight. They also work to prevent macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. Studies have also shown that zeaxanthin and lutein play a part in preventing cataracts.

Healthy pregnancy

As spinach is packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium, it’s the perfect food for pregnant women. Leafy greens are also rich in powerful immune-boosting antioxidants and contain plant compounds that may help prevent constipation, a common problem among pregnant women.

There are plenty of health rewards to be reaped from the super food. Shutterstock

Blood clotting

One spinach leaf contains over half of your daily requirements of vitamin K1, which is essential for healthy bones. It also helps white blood cells to clot effectively, preventing you from bleeding out when you are injured. Anyone who is taking blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin should speak to their doctor before increasing their intake of spinach or other leafy greens.

Healthy teeth

This super green is high in catenoids, which our bodies turn into vitamin A. This vitamin plays a key role in keeping gums healthy and in building tooth enamel. Spinach is also high in calcium, which helps harden your enamel, strengthen your jawbone, and build strong bones. In fact, spinach is also rich in vitamin D, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, all of which are important nutrients for bone health.

Healthy hair

This is where vitamin A comes in again, as it is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized, helping it to look glossy and grow. It can also help reduce hair loss. Vitamin A is actually used in the growth of all bodily tissues, so it is essential for healthy skin as well.