<![CDATA[rss-All News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[All News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Iran warns US against oil tanker seizure as ship leaves Gibraltar]]>
The tanker, which has been caught in a standoff between Tehran and the west, was sailing for Greece on Monday, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a US request to detain the vessel further.

MarineTraffic reported its destination as the Peloponnesian city of Kalamata.

Asked whether the US might renew its seizure request after the tanker sailed from Gibraltar, an Iranian foreign ministry said: “Such an action … would endanger shipping safety in open seas. We have issued a warning through official channels, especially the Swiss embassy.”

Switzerland represents US interests in Iran. Tehran has no official diplomatic relations with Washington.]]>
8/19/2019 12:11:49 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan's sovereign council formation to be delayed two days at FFC's request]]>
The two sides have reached a power-sharing deal to form the sovereign council.

In a statement, the council spokesman, Shams al-Din Kabashi, said the FFC needs more time to reach a consensus on its five candidates for the sovereign council which was scheduled to be declared today.

Celebrations were held on the streets of Khartoum on Sunday, a day after rare scenes of jubilation filled the streets of the capital to hail the signing by generals and opposition leaders of the documents that will govern Sudan’s three-year transition to civilian rule.]]>
8/19/2019 12:08:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-German ties prospered in all fields - diplomat]]>
During a meeting with a number of postgraduate students studying for master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Berlin, the diplomat said that many German companies, topped by Bosch, Mercedes and Siemens, have enhanced their business in Egypt.

Germany also set up factories and training and technology centers in Egypt, and established the German International University of Applied Sciences in the New Administrative Capital.

For their part, the students said that they are looking forward to returning home after they complete their scholarships to transfer the hands-on experience they gained to their homeland.]]>
8/19/2019 12:07:03 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti press highlights Sisi statements on Science Day celebration]]>
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Anbaa said that Sisi asserted the importance of education, scientific research and creativity, declaring 2019 a year for education in Egypt.

Also, Al Nahar newspaper asserted that the Egyptian national is very important for the development of the nation.

Sisi reiterated that the Egyptian economy shall be based on science and knowledge, adding that the current challenges are scientific and technological, Al Seyassah newspaper said.

Al Jarida newspaper said that Sisi asserted that Egypt is on the right track, adding that the latest achievements in the different domains will accomplish more progress and prosperity.]]>
8/19/2019 12:05:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Mohie to upload “Adeya” on YouTube end of August]]>CAIRO - 19 August 2019: Singer Mohamed Mohy is preparing to release the first song of his new album "Beta Zaman", entitled "Adeya" (Case) through YouTube.

The song’s lyrics is written by late Reda Amin, composed by Mustafa Awad, and distributed by Fahad. The song is scheduled to be promoted after 10 days, while the album’s poster will be unveiled before the album is fully released at the end of August.

The album consists of 18 songs, including “Adeya” (Case), “Herebt” (Ran Away), “Akhbar el Habayeb”, “Youm Gedid” (New Day), “Ahla el Nas” (The most beautiful) and “Matesalohash” (Don't ask her), among others.

Mohie’s last album was titled “Mazloum” (Not guilty) and was released in 2008. “Ya Hanin” was the star’s last officially released song in which he composed, written by Bahaa Eddin Mohamed and distributed by Fahad.
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8/19/2019 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim to perform 2nd concert in North Coast on Aug. 22]]>
The concert is expected to be attended by a large number of fans, and is expected to be fully booked -which is the norm in Hakim’s summer concerts-.

Organizers are striving to make Hakim’s concert the best of 2019, where the popular star is expected to provide more than a surprise to his fans during the concert.

On the third day of Eid al Adha, Hakim held a huge concert in the Northern Coast in the presence of a large crowd of different ages, in addition to a number of celebrities, public figures and businessmen.

The star presented more than 20 songs of his most popular hits which ignited the atmosphere of the concert. The audience did not calm down for a moment, singing and dancing until the end.

Hakim was keen to take commemorative pictures with fans despite the intense crowding.


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8/19/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Martial to take centre forward role at Man UTD ]]>
Martial has been handed the number 9 shirt that was taken from his by former Man United manager, Jose Mourinho, following the signing of Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku who left the club during the summer.

“Now that I've taken the number nine shirt back once again, all he (Solskjaer) has said to me is that I have a lot of responsibility and that I have to score goals, so that's what I'm trying to do," Martial told press.

The French had a great contribution to Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea at the Premier League opener, having scored a goal and provided an assist.

Martial added “It's a real pleasure to find myself back in that more central role so I hope I can really help the team from there and go on to score plenty of goals,”

Martial is expected to start for Manchester United against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night at the second round of the Premier League. ]]>
8/19/2019 9:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[A perfect week for Mane ]]>
Mane returned to Liverpool training sessions two weeks ago after he led his national team towards 2019 AFCON Final at Cairo Stadium, where they suffered a 1-0 loss to Algeria.

Mane did not start the Premier League opener against Norwich City which ended with a 4-1 victory for the reds but he played at the last 20 minutes to regain his form and be ready for the important game in Istanbul.

On Wednesday, Vodafone Park in Istanbul hosted the UEFA Super Cup between UEFA Champions League winner, Liverpool, and Europa League winners, Chelsea.

Mane led Liverpool’s attacking line during the game alongside his fellow Egyptian, Mohamed Salah.

The game ended with a 2-2 draw, with Mane scoring his team’s two goals and Liverpool went to win the trophy on penalties.

On Saturday, Mane returned to St Mary's Stadium where he made his name in England as Liverpool faced Southampton.

Mane opened the score from a wonderful strike but he did not celebrate and showed much respect to his former club.

Last season, Mane has had a great contribution to Liverpool success and he hopes to keep pace to help his team win the Premier League title. ]]>
8/19/2019 9:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ashley Cole hangs up his boots ]]>
The English defender revealed that he wants to focus on his new career as a manager.

“After hard thinking it was time to hang up my boots and look forward to my next chapter," Cole told Sky Sports.

Cole, born in London, started his football career at Arsenal and he made his first team debut when he was just 18.

Wearing the number 39 jersey, Cole established his name as the best left back at the league and he quickly earned the left back position at England national team.

Between 1999 and 2006, Cole won three FA Cup titles and two Premier League titles and he was a vital member of "The Invincibles" team who won the league unbeaten in 2004.

In 2006, Cole decided to move to the blue side of the city as he signed for Arsenal rivals, Chelsea where he played eight years and won many titles.

The highlight of Cole’s career in Chelsea was winning the UEFA Champions League title in 2012.

Cole joined AS Roma in 2014 but he did not play much so he left two years later to the USA to play for LA Galaxy.

Cole’s decided to end his career at home and he joined Derby County last year but he failed to help the team seal promotion to the Premier League.

Cole is Engalnd’s most capped full back, having played 107 caps, and he represented England at three World Cup tournaments. ]]>
8/19/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins 2019 Men's Youth World Handball championship title]]>
Egyptians dominated the game from the beginning and they ended the first half 19_13.

Egyptian youngsters continued their dominance and stopped all German attempts to equal the score.

Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.

Egypt faced Slovenia on Wednesday at the round of 16 and won the game 30-27 to reach the quarter finals, during which they destroyed Iceland 35-31 to earn a spot at the semi-final where they defeated Portugal.


Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.
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8/18/2019 8:05:27 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Launches EMUI10 to Enable Smart Life in All Scenarios]]>
Its development has enabled scenario-specific applications such as audio and video calls in all scenarios, business tasks across devices, and smart vehicle-mounted devices. In the same stroke, one-time development for multi-device deployment can reduce costs, improve efficiency, and provide users with an all-scenario, smart experience.

EMUI has enabled the connection among multiple devices as well as between devices and applications, and it will further improve the service experience in additional scenarios. Likewise, the EMUI team adheres to a cooperative and open attitude and hopes that more partners and developers will join together to create innovative experiences in all scenarios.

At the conclusion of the launch event, Dr. Wang announced that an EMUI10 Beta version will be internally tested with Huawei P30 series and other models on September 8, and EMUI10 will be available on the next generation of Mate series products.

At this point, Huawei EMUI has more than 500 million DAUs in 216 countries, and supports 77 languages. Technological iterations have been made over the past 7 years since the birth of EMUI1.0 in 2012. Huawei is dedicated to providing EMUI upgrade services and premium experience for existing users. Statistics show that the user upgrade rates of EMUI8.0 and EMUI 9.0 reached 79% and 84% respectively and that the number of users upgrading their phones to EMUI10 is expected to reach 150 million.

In recent years, Huawei has invested heavily in EMUI R&D to continuously boost system performance. GPU Turbo technology has improved the efficiency of graphics processing by 60%, while Link Turbo network aggregation technology lets smartphones access multiple networks like 4G and WiFi for network speed 70% faster than using 4G alone. Other innovations like the EROFS super file system improves Android's random read by 20%, and additionally, the Ark Compiler also smooths third-party applications by 60%.

EMUI10 brings three updates: UX design, an all-scenario ultimate experience, and a new standard of smooth operation.

EMUI10 adds a dark mode to bring more visual comfort. Human factors research revealed that a color's brightness and saturation are perceived differently depending on a light or dark background. The dark mode optimizes both color contrast between texts and dark backgrounds as well as the color of texts and system icons, and the end result ensures the visual consistency, comfort, and legibility. More UX design features of EMUI10 will be disclosed at the EMUI UX design concept launch event on August 10.

EMUI10 adopts revolutionary distributed technology to support HD video calls among multiple devices. Users can make audio and video calls whenever and wherever they are. If there is an incoming call, users can choose to answer using a smart speaker. Or if it is a video call, they can answer through a TV, vehicle-mounted device, or even send a real-time video feed from a drone so that friends and family can also enjoy the beautiful scenery. At work, a smartphone and computer can share screens so that data can be exchanged easily through drag-and-drop. Such a seamless experience is made possible by revolutionary distributed technology.

To implement distributed technology, the hardware capabilities of each device need to first be virtualized. In other words, what a device is capable of, such as in terms of its display, camera, microphone, or speaker, is not based on the device itself but rather a shared resource pool. In this way, each device can leverage needed functions or hardware capabilities from the resource pool or by sharing their capabilities with other devices. Therefore, for users and applications, different devices can be merged into one.

Huawei continuously pays attention to security. In addition to improve product experience, it also builds up a distributed all-scenario security system. It fortifies an in-depth security defense system by using in-house hardware and software, and uses a chip system architecture and system kernel as a foundation for security and trust. Only devices authenticated by the user can be connected to other user devices, and in addition, communication between devices is encrypted end-to-end to ensure absolute security of data transmission.

There are more diversified smart devices including smartphones and smart TVs, and with the popularization of application ecosystems, the number of devices and applications of a user is rapidly increasing. Users require having the same experience as they use the same service in different devices and having access to services with any device no matter where they are. Consequently, developers face great challenges in multi-device adaptation, multi-language learning, and cross-device data convergence.

In the future era of multiple scenarios and multiple devices, application developers need to change when the requirements are changed. As stated at the launch event, EMUI provides a distributed UI programming framework and virtualizes hardware capabilities. As a result, developers can create apps for multiple devices without needing to make adaptations for the same program.

In recent years, the number of Huawei mobile phone users has increased significantly. Huawei shipped 100 million units in just five months this year, and in the future, EMUI will provide more applications and synergized cross-device experiences for users.

Huawei has always adhered to finding mutually beneficial opportunities, and it was said during the launch event that Huawei will continue to make the capabilities of tools and platforms such as the Ark Compiler and Huawei DevEco Studio more open. It is also stated that Huawei intended to work with developers and industry partners for win-win outcomes and to jointly create innovative experience across all scenarios.

Huawei P30 series will be the first to upgrade to the EMUI10 Beta version for internal testing on September 8 and will be available for the Mate 20 series later on. During the launch event, Dr. Wang Chenglu also announced that EMUI10 will be firstly launched in the next generation of the Mate series. You can learn more about the latest models for internal testing and EMUI10 through Huawei's official channels.

Huawei EMUI team looks forward to joining hands with developers and partners to offer an all-scenario ultimate experience for users.]]>
8/18/2019 7:07:41 PM
<![CDATA[Obour Real Estate Investment’s profits decline 77% in H1 of 2019]]>
The company’s revenues decreased 2.64 percent to reach LE 31.62 million, compared to LE 32.79 million during the same half of 2018.

During the first quarter of 2019, El Obour Real Estate’s net profits lessened to about LE 280,300 from LE 1.96 million in the same quarter of 2019. The company attributed the decline in profits during the first quarter to higher costs compared to sales.

El Obour Real Estate Investment, listed on Egyptian Exchange since June 1998, operates within the real estate sector, focusing on diversified real estate activities.

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8/18/2019 6:29:09 PM
<![CDATA[Global Telecom approves VEON’s offer to acquire $2.3B assets]]>
The company noted in a filing to the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) that VEON’s offer was to acquire the company’s stakes in Jazz, Banglalink, Djezzy (including MedCable), and Mobilink Bank for PKR 313.335 billion ($1.95 billion), BDT 24.916 billion ($0.29 billion), DZD 70.195 billion ($0.59 billion), and PKR 14.741 billion ($0.092 billion), respectively.

In June, Egypt’s Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) approved the mandatory tender offer submitted by VEON Holdings B.V. for the purchase of up to 1.997 billion shares in emerging markets telecom operator GTH, representing about 42.31 percent of GTH’s shares, at an adjusted price of LE 5.08 apiece instead of LE 5.3.

On another note, the board decided to postpone the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) related to the asset transfer offer to be held on September 9 instead of August 17.

Global Telecom Holding's consolidated profits surged to hit $26 million during the first half of 2019, up from $100,000 during the same half of 2018.

Global Telecom operates within the telecommunication services sector, focusing on wireless telecommunication services.

It has 116 subsidiaries operating across Southern and Central Asia, North America, British Islands, Western Europe, Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle East and Southern Europe.
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8/18/2019 6:26:45 PM
<![CDATA[Handball: Egyptian team vs Germany in U-20 World Cup Final]]>
The match will be held at 06:00 pm on Sunday, where it will be broadcast live on the Time Sport channel, which has obtained the rights to transfer the Egyptian matches in the tournament since its launch.

Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.

Egypt faced Slovenia on Wednesday at the round of 16 and won the game 30-27 to reach the quarter finals, during which they destroyed Iceland 35-31 to earn a spot at the semi-final.

Egypt’s best achievement at the competition came in 2007 and 2011 when the national team finished 5th.


Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.
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8/18/2019 6:23:50 PM
<![CDATA[Italian Agency highlights Egypt’s target to reduce public debt to 77.5%]]>
The Agency referred to the Egyptian Ministry of Finance’s announcement about the continuation of work to achieve this goal, which is one of the strategic objectives of the economic reform program and achieving the goals of sustainable development in its various economic pillars.

According to the Agency, the fiscal year 2021/2022 will witness a decline in the public debt ratio of GDP to less than before 2011.

It noted on its website that the government succeeded in reducing the debt ratio of GDP from 108 percent at the end of June 2017, to 98 percent at the end of June 2018.

Nova also expected that the Egyptian government debt will reach 82.5 percent at the end of June 2020 and to record 77.5 percent at the end of June 2022.

In July, Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on officials to continue working on reducing the public debt and budget deficit, by completing the implementation of the institutional and legislative reforms as well as financial and monetary reforms.
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8/18/2019 6:21:10 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed el-Sakka returns with 'El-Ankaboot']]>
The star filmed numerous scenes on Imbaba and Rawd al-Farag bridges. With his new film, Sakka returns to the spotlight after a hiatus of one year and a half, since his last film “Horoob Eterary” (Forced Escape).

Sakka is scheduled to shoot several scenes in October City, with the participation of Egyptian star Mona Zaki and Tunisian star Dhaffer L'Abidine who recently joined the cast.

The film is prepared to form a state of thrill and suspense, for which Sakka's films are commonly known. The film includes dangerous action scenes performed by Sakka without the use of a stuntman.

Director Ahmad Nader Galal is still making the remaining contracts, where he has drawn up a list of the actors to be contracted. He wanted to start filming in the presence of his main stars, and postponed the rest of the contracts after Eid al-Adha holidays.

Sakka’s last film,“Horoob Eterary” (Forced Escape), co-starring Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Mostafa Khater, Ahmed el Awady, and a wide number of guest of honors including Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Fahmy, Ahmed Zaher, Iman el Assi, Mohamed Farrag, Mohamed Shaheen, Bayoumi Fouad and late Ezzat Abu Auf, was written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and directed by Ahmed Khaled Mousa.



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8/18/2019 5:45:08 PM
<![CDATA[PM unveils plan to renovate Cairo's historic Tahrir square]]>
Tahrir square, formerly known as Ismailia square, was established in mid-19th century, and was officially renamed following the 1952 revolution that abolished the monarchy and turned Egypt into a republic.

The historic square is one of the most famous squares in Egypt, and even in the world, and the government is keen that it appears in the best form, in order to be one of the tourist attractions, Madbouli said during a meeting with Housing Minister Asem al-Gazzar.

The square will be decorated with a 19-meter long obelisk, which is currently under renovation, Madbouli said. The renovation plan also includes repaving streets and improving lighting, he added.

The prime minister tasked engineer Shehab Mazhar, the consultant in charge of development work, with completing the renovation plan in a timely manner in order for the construction companies to start work immediately.

There is a mandate from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to develop Historic Cairo, and evacuate the governorate from ministries and government administrative headquarters by next year to allow Cairo to restore its historical, cultural, touristic and archaeological role, the prime minister explained.

A number of major projects have been implemented in the capital, especially those related to developing unsafe slums, besides other projects currently carried out within the national renovation plan.

Moving the government's headquarters to the New Administrative Capital will be an opportunity to take care of Cairo's historic buildings as well as archaeological sites and tourist attractions.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri also attended the meeting.

President Sisi ordered earlier upgrading the tourist attractions, including museums nationwide, in a way that reflects the history and civilization of the North African country, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Bassam Radi. This came during Sisi’s meeting with Madbouli in May.
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8/18/2019 5:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t launches initiative against drug, medication errors]]>
The Drug Information Center, affiliated to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Central Administration of the Ministry of Health, launched the initiative to preserve patients’ health and rationalize the consumption of medicines.

Another initiative was launched by the governor of Egypt's Dakahlia to treat children born with hearing impairment in the northeastern governorate, starting September 1.

As part of the government’s health program, 100 Million Seha (Healthy Lives) Initiative, which comes under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s auspices, 30 clinics were recently set up nationwide to help Egyptians quit smoking.

Medical checks are being offered for free, and awareness campaigns have been highlighting the significance of quitting smoking, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

A total of 30 clinics will be allocated in psychiatric and respiratory hospitals all over Egypt.

Also, the100 Million Seha initiative, launched in October 2018, screened 45 million citizens for hepatitis C before ending in April 2019. The Health Ministry vowed to fully eliminate the disease in Egypt in 2022.

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8/18/2019 5:39:15 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan’s military council praises Egypt’s support of Khartoum]]>
“I hope that Egypt's support to Sudan could extend until it [Sudan] recovers politically and economically to see Sudan's desired vision,” he said in remarks to TeN news program on Egyptian satellite channel on Sunday.

Egypt has played a significant role along history not only in Sudan, but in the Arab and Islamic world and Africa, he said, adding that Egypt has participated in bringing stability and security to Sudan.

Sudan is working on an integrated economic project to reconstruct the nation with Sudanese experts, in consultation with economists in Arab, African and European countries, Atta said.

Head of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki praised some African and Arab countries' efforts to solve the Sudanese turmoil, saying "Military and civilian leaders exerted a great effort to reach a transition agreement in Sudan […] The African Union has recognized the challenges and [hence] has taken decisions to help reach an agreement in Sudan."

On August 18, Sudanese Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance (FFC) signed an agreement to pave the way for civilian rule.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said that Egypt will always support the Sudanese brothers, stressing that the coming period will witness an unprecedented enhancement at all levels of cooperation between the two countries.

The FFC alliance had previously called for the end of ousted President Omar al-Bashir’s regime. The main opposition alliance and the ruling transitional military council (TMC) have initiated the draft of the Sudan’s Constitution Declaration on August 4.

Since the ouster of former President Bashir on April 11, 2019, the interim military council has ruled the country, saying that its rule could last for 2 years until a new democratic government will be elected.
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8/18/2019 5:37:40 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly sack Martin Lasarte ]]>
The decision comes after Al-Ahly were knocked out of the Egyptian Cup competition as they lost 1-0 to Pyrmaids.

For the second time in the club’s history, Al-Ahly lost three times to one club in a season as Pyramids defeated Al-Ahly twice at the league before defeating them on Saturday night at the cup thanks to a goal from Erik Traore.

Lasarte was appointed as Al-Ahly manager on January, to follow the sacked manager, Patrice Carteron, and since then he led the club in 31 games.

Under Lasarte’s command, Al-Ahly won the Egyptian league title after a fierce competition with their arch rivals, Zamalek but the club was knocked out of the CAF Champions League competition from the quarter finals, having lost 5-1 on aggregate to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The club did not announce who will succeed Lasarte as the club manager.]]>
8/18/2019 5:37:17 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous plays to stage on Egyptian Theater Festival launching day]]>
This comes after the successful opening ceremony of the festival which took place on the Grand Theater of the Egyptian Opera House on Aug. 17, in the presence and under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and the festival's president Ahmed Abdel Aziz.

Aug. 18's events include the presentation of nine theatrical performances in the three competitions of the festival. The first competition of the Grand Theater includes three performances: “Tasgeel Dokhool” (Reporting Entry) staging on Hanager Theater for Arts and directed by Hany Afifi, "Opera Bent Arabi" staging on Al-Salam Theatre, directed by Hisham Ali and produced by Al-Shams Theater Group to integrate individuals with special needs, and “Metro” staging on Opera Malek Theater and produced by the Youth Theater Group.

Three theatrical works will be performed in the second competition of the youth shows: “El Dokhan” (Smoke) for Michael Basta staging on Sayed Darwish Theater, “Hezaa Mathgoob” (Broken Shoe) for Amro Afifi staging on the Puppets Theater and “El Malhama” (The battle) for Mohanad el Meligy staging on the Youth and Sports Theater.

Moreover, the Children's Theater Competition will feature three theatrical performances: “Alice in Wonderland” for Mohsen Rizk staging on Balloon Theater, “Sout el-Mosika” (Sound of Music) for Nourhan Shoeb staging on the National Theater, and “Lotus Flower” for Mohamed Hagag staging on Miami Theater.


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8/18/2019 5:37:04 PM
<![CDATA[Verdicts against 213 defendants of Ansar Beit El-Maqdis to be stated Sept. 1]]>
The charges include murdering police officers, soldiers and civilians; an assassination attempt of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim; bombing several security facilities; and executing a number of terrorist operations.

The jihadist extremist militant group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem), emerged from the chaos in Sinai that started with January 2011 uprising. In mid-2013, it initiated attacks on security forces, declaring the Egyptian army and police apostates that can be killed.

The group is believed to have been behind the militant activity in Sinai. The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in November 2014, then renamed itself ISIL-Sinai Province.
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8/18/2019 5:34:08 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahmar supports Egypt U 19 team ahead of World Cup Final ]]>
“Everyone in Egypt is supporting you and god willing you will win the final and bring gold home.” Al Ahmar said in a video posted by the International Handball Federation Twitter account.

The Egyptian team will appear at the competition’s final for the first time in the history and they hope to continue their amazing run in the competition which was concluded on Saturday, having defeated Portugal 41-36.

Al Ahmar added “All handball lovers in Egypt follow the team’s games, they represent something beautiful.”

Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.

Egypt faced Slovenia on Wednesday at the round of 16 and won the game 30-27 to reach the quarter finals, during which they destroyed Iceland 35-31 to earn a spot at the semi-final where they defeated Portugal.

Egypt’s best achievement at the competition came in 2007 and 2011 when the national team finished 5th.

Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed. ]]>
8/18/2019 4:53:26 PM
<![CDATA['People who love life and music' - dance parties return to Baghdad]]>
The Mongols Motorcycle Club dance circle was one of several at the Riot Gear Summer Rush event, a car show and concert held at a sports stadium in the heart of Baghdad.

The scene was a far cry from the usual images broadcast from the city of violence and mayhem. But nearly two years since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State, the capital has been quietly remaking its image.

Since the blast walls - a feature of the capital since a U.S.-led invasion in 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein - started coming down, a less restrictive way of life has emerged.

“We held this party so people can know that Iraq has this kind of culture, and has these kinds of people who love life and music,” said Arshad Haybat, a 30-year-old film director who founded the Riot Gear events company.

Riot Gear has thrown similar parties in Iraq before, but Friday’s was the first open to the public.

The day started with young men showing off imported muscle cars and motorcycles. By nightfall, it had turned into a pulsating electronic dance music (EDM) show.

Iraqi hip-hop collective Tribe of Monsters played a mix of EDM and Trap music as young men, clasping elaborate vape pens, danced through strobe lights and smoke machines, livestreaming their moves on Snapchat and Instagram.

It was a heady mix of Baghdad’s burgeoning subcultures: bikers, gamers, EDM enthusiasts. What most had in common was they’d never been to a party like this in Iraq.

“We have only ever seen this kind of concert on TV and films,” said 21-year-old Mustafa Osama. “I can’t describe my feelings to see such a thing in Iraq.”

Though dominated by young men, lots of women attended, with some dancing near the main stage. But event organizers ensured a “family section” was available, so groups of women, families and couples out on dates could dance, away from the lively crowd.

“All the young people are happy here,” said Ain, one of the female partygoers who declined to give her last name. “I hope there will be more and more of these events in Iraq.”]]>
8/18/2019 4:35:18 PM
<![CDATA[Tour in Leningrad Nuclear Plant to be replicated in Egypt’s Dabaa ]]>
VVER-1200 Reactor

Egypt Today took a tour in the plant consisting of three RBMK-1000 reactors and a third-generation VVER-1200 reactor, which was introduced in full capacity in March 2018. A similar reactor is being constructed in Egypt at present within the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant project.



The third-generation VVER-1200 reactor is characterized by a unique mix of active (external) and passive (internal) safety systems. Head of the Information and Public Relations Department of the Second Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant Construction Directorate Nikolai Kashin said that the reactor had been tested dozens of times without any problems arising.

The third-generation VVER-1200 reactor generates 28 million kWh, and is covered with concrete whose thickness is 120 cm and weight is 350 tons. A similar reactor will be introduced in the Leningrad plant 2021. Kashin asserted that the reactor includes all the safety measures that make the re-occurrence of a disaster like Fukushima accident - caused by a tsunami - a zero possibility.

Kashin explained that the reactor contains five diesel-powered generators that supply energy to the equipment in case of accidents. The reactors are built upon a concrete base that is earthquake resistant and designed to sustain climate and weather changes as they cannot be affected by rain, wind, or tornados.

The size of the reactor is equivalent to a five-storey building. The external side of the dome is made of two concrete insulating layers whose thickness is one meter to inhibit any leakage. The reactors currently built by Russia can sustain a crash by Boeing 707.

For the nuclear fuel, the official said it is supplied once per annum to the plant by Rosatom and stored in specific temperatures. The official affirmed that the nuclear fuel to supplied to Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant will have the same standards as the one used in Leningrad.

Atomic Authority inks deal to import low-enriched uranium fuel

CAIRO - 16 April 2019: The Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) signed a deal with the Fuel Company of Rosatom TVEL, per which Egypt will import low-enriched uranium fuel for the Delta-based Experimental Training Research Reactor Number 2 (ETRR-2) for material physics and science and stable isotopes production.




Central Control Room

The central control room is located in the seventh floor of a building next to the reactor. It is run by five highly-trained engineers and a chief in each shift. The number of daily shifts is three.

Central Control Room
The central control room at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant - Egypt Today/Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy

The requirements to work in the central control room are an accredited degree, a professional experience of 3 to 5 years, and physical fitness as candidates go through tests similar to those designed for pilots.

The central control room is full of screens that show the performance levels of the reactor, the degrees of ventilation, the consumption rates of the nuclear fuel, the phases of electricity production and the amount of energy generated minute by minute.

Another official pointed out that nuclear plants currently do not need large numbers of workers, technicians or engineers due to the high efficiency rates of automation. The official affirmed that the Dabaa reactor has the same design as the one in Leningrad expressing eagerness to train the Egyptian side on the use of all modern safety measures pertinent to nuclear plants.

The chief of the training center explains that 90 engineers had been trained starting January 2017 before the reactor entered into service. The training persists as each engineer receives training for a week every three months to be up to date with the most recent technology in the sector and safety measures set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Kashan stated that the construction of the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant requires the services of 60,000 workers, technicians, and engineers in different fields including transportation, concrete manufacturing, others needed to establish the central control room.

Energy Transfer, Ventilation and Safety

The role of the main turbine is transferring the energy generated by the reactor into electricity after going through four processes. The turbine is fixed on concrete slabs which along with other techniques prohibit its vibration or leaning. The stability of the turbine can be tested by putting a coin vertically on its base and it will not fall.

There are two huge ventilation towers that house enormous pipes and emit large quantities of steam. All concerned state agencies take part in providing security for the plant.

Ventilation units
Ventilation towers at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant - Egypt Today/Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy

The radiation monitoring center at Sosnovy Bor consists of 21 units that assume the mission of the center. Four of those have been upgraded while the rest are still in the process. The data indicated by all units are used to build a comprehensive image of the status of radiation in the nuclear plant’s surrounding environment. Residents of the town are subjected to medical tests annually to ensure their health is not negatively affected.



In 2014, Egypt and Russia announced their cooperation in the nuclear power field. On November 19, 2015, an agreement was finally signed between Cairo and Moscow that allows Russia to build a nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa, with Russia extending a $25 billion loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction. The loan will cover 85 percent of the plant, with Egypt funding the remaining 15 percent.

According to the deal, Russian nuclear firm Rosatom will finance and construct four third-generation reactors, with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW) each, for a total of 4,800 MW. The plant will be built on approximately 12,000 feddans and is expected to create over 50,000 job opportunities.

Nuclear energy is part of the government’s plan to diversify its energy sources to prevent any future crisis resulting from shortages in electricity.

Reporting by Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy; Writing by

Noha El Tawil

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8/18/2019 4:33:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-German talks to boost local industry of security cameras]]>
In statements on Sunday, Tarass said that agreement with the German company comes upon directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to transfer modern technologies to Egypt based on expertise of international companies.

He said the two sides agreed on boosting cooperation in the field of technical expertise, training of human cadres as well as reaching a partnership between AOI and Dallmeier to meet the needs of local market and the Arab region with a potential of opening up a market for exporting to Africa.

Tarass also reiterated the importance of establishing a local industry of security and surveillance cameras especially in view of the state's plan to set up new facilities in all sectors in the New Administrative Capital and new urban cities.

Dallmeier officials, for their part, praised the expertise of AOI and their industrial capabilities as well as their human cadres, noting that the organization is really capable of producing local production with highest international standards.

Dallmeier is specialized in the production of innovative IP cameras, Panomera, network cameras, security cameras, HD cameras, DVR, NVR, software as well as IP CCTV products and other video security solutions.]]>
8/18/2019 4:25:46 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong protesters throng streets in heat and heavy rain]]>
Sunday’s turnout showed that the movement still has broad-based support despite the ugly scenes witnessed during the past week when protesters occupied the Chinese-ruled city’s airport, for which some activists apologized.

There was an uneasy calm after nightfall, with no violent confrontations and protesters unclear on what would happen next. Police in riot gear checked the IDs of some demonstrators to the west of the Central business district, and there was a large police presence outside the Western District police station.

“They’ve been telling everyone we’re rioters. The march today is to show everyone we are not,” said a 23-year-old named Chris, who works in marketing and was dressed all in black, including a scarf covering his face and baseball cap.

“It does not mean we won’t keep fighting. We will do whatever is necessary to win, but today we take a break, then we reassess.”

One protester shouted at others who were jeering at police, “Today is a peaceful march! Don’t fall into the trap! The world is watching us,” prompting the group to move on.

Anger over a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China erupted in June, but the rising unrest has been fueled by broader worries about the erosion of freedoms guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” formula put in place after Hong Kong’s return from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Protesters held aloft placards with slogans including “Free Hong Kong!” and “Democracy now!” and umbrellas to shield them from the rain. The crowd in Victoria Park, where the rally started, was peaceful and included elderly people as well as the middle aged, young people and families, with some parents carrying toddlers.


Despite rally organizers not having permission to march, the park could not accommodate the crowd, which thronged the streets around the park. Many protesters headed toward the city’s financial center, chanting for the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, to step down.

It was impossible to put an exact figure on the number of protesters but Reuters journalists, reporting from around the territory, put the total at at least 200,000.

“It’s bloody hot and it’s raining. It’s a torture just to turn up, frankly. But we have to be here because we have no other choice,” said a 24-year-old student named Jonathan who was at the rally that began in Victoria Park in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong island.

“We have to continue until the government finally shows us the respect that we deserve,” he said.

‘WE ARE HONG KONGERS’
Aside from Lam’s resignation, demonstrators are seeking complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, a halt to descriptions of the protests as “rioting”, a waiver of charges against those arrested, an independent inquiry and resumption of political reform.

“When we were young, we didn’t think about it. But my son tells me: After 2047, what will happen to me?,” said a history teacher named Poon, referring to the year when the 50-year agreement enshrining Hong Kong’s separate system will lapse.

“I will come again and again and again. We do not know how any of this is going to end. We will still fight,” she said.

Police have come under criticism for using increasingly aggressive tactics to break up demonstrations and on Sunday some people handed out balloons resembling eyeballs, a reference to the injury suffered by a female medic who was hospitalized after being hit by a pellet round in the eye.

On Saturday, however, a demonstration in support of the government attracted what organizers said was 476,000 people, although police put the number of attendees at 108,000.

The anti-government protests present one of the biggest challenges facing Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. And with the ruling Communist Party preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1, the crisis in Hong Kong has come at a sensitive time.

Beijing has struck an increasingly strident tone over the protests, accusing foreign countries including the United States of fomenting unrest.

Scenes of Chinese paramilitary troops training this past week at a stadium in the city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, gave a clear warning that mainland intervention by force is possible.

Last week, protesters who occupied the terminal at Hong Kong’s airport forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights and detained two men they thought were pro-government sympathizers, prompting Beijing to liken the behavior to terrorism.

“We are Hong Kongers. We are here for our future. We feel for the teenagers,” said Frances Chan, 60, a retired journalist attending Sunday’s rally.

She said only a few protesters had used violence, sparingly, and that it was brought on by pressure from authorities and police.

“Actually, we want peace and freedom,” she said. “If the government would just listen to the five requests, things would calm down.”]]>
8/18/2019 4:17:01 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed el Fishawy sentenced to one month in prison]]>
Lawyer Shaaban Said was representing Hend el-Hennawy who filed a lawsuit against al-Fishawy, for refraining from paying alimony in favor of his daughter Lina, estimated at LE 234,600.

The court issued a one month sentence against Fishawy, especially that documents proving his ability to pay the alimony was presented by the lawyer.

Hennawy’s lawyer said that the verdict against al-Fishawi is enforceable and cannot be appealed, and that in the event of his arrest, he would be obliged to start his sentence, or to pay alimony to his daughter.


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8/18/2019 4:15:01 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League launches training program for adult refugee trainers]]>
Co-organized by the Arab States Fundamental Education Center (ASFEC) and the Arab Scout Region, the course will see delegations of volunteer scout leaders from the refugee and shelter zones across the Arab world.

The course will enable trainees to train their fellow volunteers in the targeted areas with the aim of uprooting illiteracy, according to a statement issued by the Arab League.

The training course falls within the framework of the pan-Arab body leading role in granting refugees access to education throughout crises they suffer, the statement added.

It is also comes on the back of a resolution issued by the Al council during its 26th session in Sharm El Sheikh, 29/3/205, which entailed the endorsement of the Arab charter on literacy and adult education (2015-2024).]]>
8/18/2019 4:08:54 PM
<![CDATA[EGX records collective rise, market cap. adds LE 5.26B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.73 percent, or 104.57 point, to close at 14,399.7 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 hiked 0.78 percent, or 16.53 points, to close at 2,134.49 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 climbed 0.52 percent, or 2.81 points, to close at 542.84 points, and the broader index EGX 100 jumped 0.49 percent, or 7 point, to 1,427.89 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 5.26 billion, recording LE 757.8 billion, compared to LE 752.54 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 183.14 million shares, traded through 19,262 transactions, with a turnover of LE 507.14 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 49.87 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 28.91 million, and LE 20.96 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 2.14 million, and LE 2.02 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 4.24 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 26.76 million, and LE 18.94 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 45.63 million.

Misr Hotels, Lecico Egypt, and El Arabia Engineering Industries were top gainers of the session by 9.98 percent, 8.83 percent and 7.52 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Arabian (cmar) Securities Brokerage EAC, Housing & Development Bank, and Edita Food Industries S.A.E were top losers of the session by 7.85percent, 4.98 percent, and 3.49 percent, respectively.

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8/18/2019 4:00:36 PM
<![CDATA[Heads of research centers hail Sisi's support to scientific research]]>
National Research Center President Mohamed Hashem expressed happiness over honoring scientists by president Sisi on the Science Day, noting that scientists of his center copped eight state awards for science and technology, according to a Saturday statement issued by Hashem.

Scientists of the National Research Center have published 2,400 global researches and made 23 patents in various vital fields, the head of the center added.

He pointed out to a number of laws which have been finalized to provide an adequate atmosphere for scientists and researchers along with the underway amendments to the statutes of research centers with the aim of turning them into more effective ones.

Head of Electronics Research Institiute (ERI) Hesham el Dieb, for his part, praised president Sisi's eagerness to honor state scientists and researchers and described this approach a driving force that encourages new generations to prioritize the scientific sphere.

The head of the ERI highlighted the proposed idea of establishing an electronics science city which has previously won the applause of president Sisi.

Scheduled to be finalized in 2023 at a cost of nearly EGP 1.4 billion, the electronics city is projected to be located in New Nozha district on an area of 17,000 square meters, el Dieb said.

He added that the electronics clean room, which is set to be finalized in September 2021, will represent the core of developing the electronics industry in the Middle East and is envisaged to make a quantum leap in the strategy of the ERI towards linkage with the industry.

El Dieb expects that the contributions of Egypt's electronic market revenues to the GDP would make an increase between 10-20 billion dollars in 2020, alongside creating 30,000 job opportunities .

Egypt's leadership attaches special importance to the space domain, said Head of the National Authority For Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) Mohammed Zahran, pointing out to an approach adopted by the Ministry of Higher Education to manufacture and assemble satellites with different sizes in Egypt.

Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute (EPRI) Director Yasser Mostafa, Metallurgical Development Research Center President Emad Ewis and City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City) Head Maha el Damalawy also praised president Sisi's support to the scientific domain. ]]>
8/18/2019 3:06:25 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous cultural, artistic events to be held on Aug. 18]]>
The Ministry of Culture is set to launch the 28th edition of Salah el Din Citadel Festival for Music and Singing. The event will be held in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities. Its activities include 42 different events starting at 7 p.m.

The eighth edition of the Sakia Book Exhibition, which runs until Saturday, August 24, will be held at Al-Nahr Hall. This edition includes a collection of surprises for all book enthusiasts, writers and authors. For the first time, the exhibition’s program includes signing ceremonies and concerts within its activities.

At 4 p.m., Talaat Harb Cultural Center of the Cultural Development Fund Sector is organizing a workshop entitled "Let's Play Theater" with artist Suha Kaheel.

At 7 p.m., the Heliopolis Children's Library organizes a seminar to discuss common diseases between humans and animals and their transmission from humans to animals and vice versa.


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8/18/2019 3:00:43 PM
<![CDATA[We are just one step away from glory ]]>
The Egyptian team will appear at the competition’s final for the first time in the history and they hope to continue their amazing run in the competition which was concluded on Saturday, having defeated Portugal 41-36.

“We came here to win the title, that is our only target.” Egyptian player, Yasser Mohamed, told press on Saturday.

Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.

Egypt faced Slovenia on Wednesday at the round of 16 and won the game 30-27 to reach the quarter finals, during which they destroyed Iceland 35-31 to earn a spot at the semi-final where they defeated Portugal.

Egypt’s best achievement at the competition came in 2007 and 2011 when the national team finished 5th.

Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed. ]]>
8/18/2019 2:48:07 PM
<![CDATA[Historic Budapest synagogue to reopen amid Jewish cultural revival]]>
Irsai survived the Holocaust but the great majority of Hungarian Jews, including many of his relatives and friends, did not. Under Communist rule, more Jews emigrated and the synagogue finally ceased to be a place of worship, its last rabbi leaving Hungary, after Soviet tanks crushed a 1956 uprising.

Since the 1989 fall of communism, however, Jewish community life has revived. The community now numbers about 100,000, with new schools and renovated synagogues - including Rumbach which will reopen early next year after decades of neglect during which pigeons moved in.

Built in stunning Moorish Revival style in 1873, the Rumbach - one of Budapest’s most prominent synagogues - will be re-established for religious observance and also act as a cultural center with concerts and exhibitions.

It is a dream come true for Irsai. “This temple, this community gave me the nicest experiences that a young man could have. I had my bar mitzvah here,” said Irsai, now 89, looking around in the splendidly restored, ornate building.

“It was a very difficult period (during World War Two)...My friend’s parents, whom I knew well, were shot into the Danube (by Hungarian Nazis),” he said, struggling to keep back tears.

But there were happy moments, too, singing in the Rumbach synagogue choir.

“We wanted to watch the girls but we had to stand opposite the Torah cabinet and we were not allowed to turn round. But we wanted to flirt with the girls so we always brought mirrors with us,” Irsai said, smiling. “My girlfriend always sat up there (in the gallery), she watched me and I watched her.”

The synagogue is situated amid chic new restaurants and bars that have turned Budapest’s former Jewish ghetto into one of the capital’s most popular nightlife districts.

It will also house a coffee shop where visitors will have a chance to taste “flodni”, the traditional, rich Jewish cake with five layers of dough and four fillings - poppy seed, apple, walnut and plum jam.

“Since the (conservative) community that built this synagogue and prayed here does not exist anymore, it will not be a synagogue for just one type of community but will be open for all Jewish communities living in Budapest and arriving in Budapest,” said Henriett Kiss, who led the renovation project.]]>
8/18/2019 2:46:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt establishes new universities worth LE 48.5B]]>
The minister added during his speech on the ScienceDay that these universities include King Salman University in South Sinai with three branches, the Higher Academy of Sciences on el-Galala plateau, the International University of El-Alamein in New Alamein and the new Mansoura University for New Sciences.

He stated earlier that the ministry’s budget hit LE 43.5 billion during the current year, compared to LE 36.5 billion during the prior year, marking a LE 7 billion increase.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated Sunday, August 18, the celebrations of the Science Day, in the presence of the prime minister and the speaker of the House of Representatives, a number of ministers, and a group of senior professors of Egyptian universities.

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8/18/2019 2:42:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Arab parliament condemns Houthis' attack on Saudi oil field]]>
In a Sunday statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry reiterated the country's solidarity with Saudi people and government and support of all measures it takes in all attempts meant to preserve the kingdom's stability and security.

Meanwhile, Salmi said that by attacking vital installations in the kingdom, this cowardly act targets world energy supplies and threatens the world economy.

Deliberate attacks on important facilities in Saudi Arabia prove that Houthi group is a terrorist group that violates international law, he said.

He underlined the importance that the international community would shoulder responsibilities to get this group to end their repeated terrorist attacks that threaten peace, security and stability in the world and the area.

It reiterated Arab parliament's solidarity with Saudi Arabia in all measures it takes to protect its security and stability. ]]>
8/18/2019 2:14:30 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit congratulates Sudan on signing power-sharing deal]]>
A source at the league's general secretariat said Abul Gheit entrusted a high-level delegation under ambassador Khalil al Zawady, the Arab League assistant secretary general for Arab affairs and national security, with attending the signing ceremony in Khartoum.

The source said Abul Gheit, who visited Sudan on June 16, intends to pay another visit to Khartoum soon as part of the Arab League's efforts to support the stability and development in Sudan.

The deal, which took months to negotiate, was signed in the capital Khartoum in the presence of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the President of South Sudan.

It establishes a 39-month transitional period of joint rule ahead of national elections.

The agreement follows the overthrow of long-time leader Omar Bashir, who was toppled after street protests and is now awaiting trial on corruption charges. ]]>
8/18/2019 2:00:37 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: We refuse to exploit Baron Palace commercially]]>
Khaled al-Anani explained that offers were submitted to the Ministry of Antiquities for commercial exploitation of the historical palace; however, we believe that its archaeological nature must be cultural.
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Baron Empain Palace is a historical palace that was inspired by Indian architecture and was constructed by Belgian millionaire Baron Edward Empain (Sept. 20 1852 - July 22 1929).

He came to Egypt from India at the end of the 19th century shortly after the opening of the Suez Canal.

The ministry is finalizing the Baron Palace in preparation for its opening to the public before the end of 2019. The ministry completed about 90 percent of the restoration work, where the structural consolidation of the roofs, and restoring the facades' decorative elements has been completed.

The project cost LE100 million, and the ministry plans to turn it into an archaeological documentation center after its scheduled opening in November 2019.




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8/18/2019 1:55:45 PM
<![CDATA[Higher education’s budget increases LE 7B during current year]]>
Abdel Ghaffar elaborated that this budget is distributed over 27 public universities and 45 institutes, with 122,000 faculty members, research staff and associate members.

The minister added during his speech on the Science Day that public universities provide services to about 3 million students, and include 220,000 students enrolled in graduate studies, and about 1,200 envoys in priority fields of the Egyptian state such as water, nanotechnology and some medical specialties. Additionally, universities host more than 60,000 students of various nationalities from the expatriate sector.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated Sundaythe celebrations of Science Day in the presence of Prime Minister MostafaMadbouliand the speaker of the House of Representatives, a number of ministers, and a group of senior professors of the Egyptian universities.
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8/18/2019 1:51:17 PM
<![CDATA[Initiative to treat hearing-impaired babies to start Sept in Dakahlia]]>
Kamal Sharobem stressed the importance of providingfree treatment for children who are proven to need surgery and periodic follow-up of cases that have been treated until the age of two.

For his part, SaadMekki, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, affirmed equipping 140 health units in all cities and villages in the governorate and providing them with the necessary requirementsto detect and help the babies who need treatment or cochlear implant at the appropriate age.

He added that 300 doctors and nurseshave been trained to develop the level of staff providing the service.

Governor Sharobimsaid that the president's initiative comes as part of national efforts made to improve the level of healthcare services provided by the state to citizens, referring to the initiative to detect Hepatitis C and other chronic diseases.

As part of the government’s health program, 100 Million Seha (Healthy Lives) Initiative, which comes under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s auspices,30 clinics were recently set up nationwide to help Egyptians quit smoking.

Medical checks are being offered for free, and awareness campaigns have been highlighting the significance of quitting smoking, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

A total of 30 clinics will be allocated in psychiatric and respiratory hospitalsall over Egypt.

Also, the100 Million Seha initiative,launched in October 2018,screened45 million citizensforhepatitis C and ended April 2019. The Health Ministry vowed to fully eliminate the disease in Egypt in 2022.
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8/18/2019 1:48:10 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Cancer Institute resumes work after deadly blast]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Mohamed Othman al-Khosht, head of Cairo University, said that the renovation of the main building of the Institute is underway, adding that the state works to increase the capacity of the Institute by 34 percent through completingthe construction of its southern building.

A blast took place in front of Cairo's Cancer Institute building earlier in August, killing 22 people and injuring 47 others, according to the official figure. The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building, according to the Interior Ministry.

The ministry blamed the incident on Hasm movement figures, believed to be affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, and arrested those involved in the incident, according to a statement it issued on Thursday August 8.

The Church, led by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, and a number of Egyptian public figures announced donating for the restoration works of the institute: Businessman HishamTalaatMostafa donated LE 10 million, Dar Al-Orman Association donated LE 10 million, the Ministry of Social Solidarity allocated LE 5 million from the budget of Nasser Social Bank to the restoration of the building, businessman NaguibSawiris donated LE 1 million, businessman Ahmed AbouHashima donated LE 1 million, Garhy Steel donated LE 3 million, and businessman Mohamed AboulEnein announced he would donate any quantity of ceramic needed.

Few days following the incident, the Interior Ministry said it identified the terrorist who was involved in the explosion, saying that he is a Hasm movement member who hadbeen involved in a 2018 terrorist case.

The investigations also led the police forces to two locations were the Hasm terrorist hide in Fayoum and Cairo. The police forces raided the hideouts, killing a total of 15 fighters, according to the ministry, and seizing a number of weapons, bullets and explosives.
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8/18/2019 1:43:14 PM
<![CDATA[Olympic football team plays two friendly games in September]]>
Shawki Ghareeb told "Youm 7" that the camp of the young pharaohs will start on September 2 and will be accompanied by two friendly games which will be decided in the next few days.

The friendly matches will be against two teams from Asia & Europe as most of the African teams are busy in preparing for the U-23 AFCON.

Egypt's Olympic team is preparing for the African Under-23 Nations, which will be hosted by Egypt and start on November 8 and qualify from the first to third to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics directly.
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8/18/2019 12:52:18 PM
<![CDATA[Tarek Yehya meets Micho to discuss Zamalek’s next period]]>
Yehya’s last game as a coach was against Dekedaha in the CAF Champions League.

Zamalek defeated Somalia’s Dekedaha in the first leg of the preliminary round of CAF Champions League at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Friday’s game is Dekedaha’s home game as both clubs agreed to play both legs in Egypt.

The game was a great chance for Zamalek fans to watch some of the club’s new signings like Karim Bambo, Achraf Bencharki and Mohamed Awwad as well as the club’s legends Mohamed Abdelshafy and Shikabala who returned to the club this summer.

Zamalek equaled their biggest win at the CAF Champions League history as they achieved the same result over Chad’s Gazelle and CotonTchad in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

The new signings were decisive for Zamalek during the game as Bambo scored a goal and Bencharki scored twice. Omar El Said, Mahmoud Hamdy and Mostafa Mohammed added three goals for Zamalek while Dekedaha’s defender Cano Molly Severin scored an own goal.
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8/18/2019 12:49:57 PM
<![CDATA[Martin Lasarte’s situation is complicated in Al Ahly]]>
Pyramids FC knocked Al Ahly out of Egyptian Cup after defeating the Red Devils 1-0. Al Ahly met Pyramids FC on Saturday at Borg El Arab stadium in the Egyptian Cup 16th round.

Eric Traore was the protagonist in this clash when he scored the only goal in the 55th minute. This victory is considered the third consecutive victory for Pyramids FC over Al Ahly.

The first game ended with a 2-1 victory for Pyramids thanks to two goals from Al-Ahly former players, Mohamed Farouk and Abdallah Elsaid while Walid Azarro scored Al-Aly’s only goal at the game.

Pyramids repeated their victory at the second round with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from their Brazilian magician, Keno, who left the club this summer.

Pyramids FC is set to face Haras El Hedoud in the Egyptian Cup quarter-finals.
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8/18/2019 12:47:29 PM
<![CDATA[Pyramids FC defeats Al Ahly 1-0 in the Egyptian Cup]]>
Al Ahly met Pyramids FC on Saturday at Borg El Arab stadium in the Egyptian Cup 16th round.

Eric Traore was the protagonist in this clash when he scored the only goal in the 55th minute. This victory is considered the third consecutive victory for Pyramids FC over Al Ahly.

The first game ended with a 2-1 victory for Pyramids thanks to two goals from Al-Ahly former players, Mohamed Farouk and Abdallah Elsaid while Walid Azarro scored Al-Aly’s only goal at the game.

Pyramids repeated their victory at the second round with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from their Brazilian magician, Keno, who left the club this summer.

Pyramids FC is set to face Haras El Hedoud in the Egyptian Cup quarter-finals.
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8/18/2019 12:44:30 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 18.75B in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9.25 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 9.5 billion with a 273-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.
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8/18/2019 12:35:59 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi honors scientists, scholars on Science Day]]>
“The education, scientific research and innovation have and will remain priorities for the state, that has launched several initiatives in this regard, such as the Knowledge Bank,” President Sisi said in his speech at the ceremony held at Al-Manara International Convention Center.

Sisi highlighted that the country has been giving more attention toEgyptians, saying “despite all the misfortunes Egypt has faced, the Egyptian civilization remains inspirational.” and then was the announcement of 2019 as the year of science.”

“Time has come for the Egyptian economy to rely on science and knowledge,” President Sisi added, affirming that the government is providing universities all over the country with the required equipment in this regard.

During the ceremony, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abd El-Ghaffar presented the shield of "Science Day" to President Sisi.

Day of Science has been celebrated since 1944 when King Farouk I delivered the first speech to honor scientists, writers and artists. Late President Gamal Abdel Nasser designated December 21 to celebrate that day which also marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Cairo University.


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The Power of Access to Knowledge

With a whole generation spending increasingly big chunks of their days online, it only makes sense that another big aspect of their lives, education, joins the online conversation. Many universities and educational institutions around the world are moving toward blended learning, a hybrid mode of instruction that combines face to face, conventional modes of learning with online instruction.



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8/18/2019 12:33:25 PM
<![CDATA[Keeping up with the 21st Century ]]>

What are those skills?

“The C4 stems from the concept of how an individual can lead themselves, and how to deal with arising challenges. Sometimes, we can feel that difference between us and westerners even if we are better educated. The reason is that they learn how to manage their emotions and relationships,” Hegazy says.

The first country that started working on developing the C4, which had evolved from C3, is the United States in 1990. However, the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were the first to work on the C4 systematically in order to help youth fulfill the needs of the 21st century. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) was established by members of the U.S. business community, education leaders, and policymakers, including Apple, Microsoft, and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Innovation – CC via Pixabay/Tero Vesalainen

It is an organization that promotes - among mainly students and youth - life and career skills, learning and innovation skills, including the C4: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity. The 21st Century Skills involves the C4 of learning and innovation, as well as other skills under the umbrellas of digital literacy and career and life.

“The 21st Century Skills is not taught like a curriculum. If given a high-tech device, an illiterate farmer would resist using it and perhaps think it would be a substitution for him. Those skills teach accepting technology advancement and means to deal with it. They are concerned with managing the relation between the individual and the machine, and the individual and others. Those skills will be common among people worldwide, and will be essential for teaching and learning,” Hegazy elaborates.

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The C4 is intertwined with globalization, global awareness, knowledge economy, social partnership, technology, environment, math, science, geography, history, and culture. In developed countries, those skills are included in employee training, teaching methods at schools, and psychological support services, she adds.

“The 21st Century Skills is skills of learning and education possessed by an individual who is fully ready to deal with life and different work environments that are becoming increasingly harder in the 21st century. The outcome is self-learning, effective contribution, and confidence,” Hegazy says.

“Eastern people are warmer when dealing with people. However, they do not know how to benefit from that gift. We are not able to create a work system that takes such a quality into consideration,” Hegazy regrets.

Egypt

Hegazy has suggestions on how to promote C4 among different social segments in Egypt. “My idea is that women can acquire those skills through mobile apps even if they are illiterate. The skills can be added to entrepreneurship training targeting women. That is because the C4 will make them more aware of what they need,” she recommends.

“The C4 is learnt through very simple exercises. However, they give clear vision of life. There has been a greater emphasis on self-learning because the pace of science and technology development has been rapidly accelerating,” Hegazy explains.

Digital

“Egypt is very important to the world in the realm of high tech since almost all the international submarine communications cables pass through Egypt. That creates an opportunity for Egypt to host the hubs of global companies operating in the telecommunication sector. However, many of those abstain from establishing major subsidiaries in Egypt because they do not find enough employees who have the necessary C4 skills,” Hegazy believes.

“Many of those companies have conducted studies and realized that the best place to establish those hubs is in Egypt, rather than India. Indians have good English, and are quite acquainted with the C4. That is what I found working with them. Some Indian families even build businesses pertinent to app development and IT.

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The number of mobile phone subscriptions in Egypt reached 91.32 million users in the year to January. (Photo: Reuters)


“In Egypt, openness to the world is missing among most social classes. It is confined to the upper and upper middle classes. The C4 is not just about soft skills that enable you to deal with people efficiently. The C4 are also concerned with leading oneself, they can enable an uneducated woman to develop her talents by using the internet to find material she can learn from. The promotion of C4 skills may not cost anything but the fees of the internet service. If we talk about the role of the civil society, it can play a role in that regard very easily,” Hegazy points out.

The Egyptian educational system is rather behind in terms of the 21st Century Skills, but some officials try to integrate some of the basic skills in certain projects, even if indirectly. The major initiative of the Ministry of Education that provided thousands of tablets to school students on which they had their exams can be considered an attempt to spread media literacy. Many scholarships by the Ministry of Communications, through its affiliate, the Information Technology Institute (ITI), involve what is still known as “soft skills,” even if the subjects are technical.

Africa

Hegazy also believes Egypt can play a role in further introducing C4 in the continent. ITI has developed South-to-South projects aimed at empowering workers in the ICT sector with a focus on “application of ICT training to concepts, ideas and innovation that contribute to the improvement of the quality of life,” as indicated on ITI website. Those projects are embodied in direct capacity building programs targeting both individuals and institutions, and establishment of centers of excellence. ITI has executed projects in Burundi, Uganda, Djibouti, Eretria, and Sudan.

“Speaking of Africa, the rate of employability [the possession of the necessary skills to work] is just 14 percent, falling from 33 percent. That is not just attributed to the lack of education, but also because of the inability to absorb new ideas. The drop is due to the increasing gap between the needs of the labor market and the available skills,” Hegazy says.

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U.S. officials stand with female entrepreneurs from African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) during joint opening session of the 2015 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. [State Department Photo]

Africans have a great advantage. That is they do not discriminate against women. The highest percentage of working women exists in Africa. It is 63 percent against 21 percent in the Middle East, and 40 percent in Western countries,” Hegazy says.

The first industrial revolution depended on energy and steam machines. It was centralized in the West and was not meant to be transferred to the then colonized Africa.. The second was about mass production forces in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The third brought the central computer and then the personal computer and the web in the nineties of last century.

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Tech Mother Board Computer – CC via Pixabay/LaurelRusswurm

The fourth revolution is built upon the third, but it is wider, deeper, and more important. The devices have become intertwined and intelligent in a sensory, biological and digital context that can change the lives of people, companies and governments. Egypt has the chance to be the main promoter of C4 skills in Africa, which has become a main target market globally.

The fifth-generation cellular network technology was piloted at Cairo Stadium during the opening of the African Cup of Nations on June 21, and the World Radio Conference that will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in October is set to outline the standards and frequencies of 5G in the Middle East and North Africa.

The 5G is expected to be a main component of the fourth revolution, with speed and reliability that will make broadband accessibility everywhere and as fast as lightening. South Korea was the first to deploy 5G at a fairly wide scale in April 2019 and rolling deployments across the world are awaited within 2019-2020. Egypt may be at the forefront of African nations to deploy the transformative technology, but without the 21st Century Skills needed for the fourth revolution, Egyptians may struggle to catch up.
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8/17/2019 5:03:36 PM
<![CDATA[Vice Admiral Osama Rabie appointed Suez Canal Authority chairman]]>
Rabie was born in 1955 and graduated from the Egyptian Naval Academy in 1977. He came up through the ranks to become commander of the Egyptian Navy in April 2015 before he was appointed vice-chairman of the Suez Canal Authority in December 2016.

The key positions Rabie held throughout his career are minesweeper commander, chief of staff of the Mine Action Brigade, and commander of the Mine Action Brigade. The vice admiral received the Long-Service and Idol Medal and the Second-Class Medal of Military Duty. ]]>
8/17/2019 4:36:02 PM
<![CDATA['Egypt to provide all forms of support for Sudan': Madbouli]]>
He also added that Egypt will spare no effort to provide all forms of support for Sudan in the coming stage, including political support in the regional and international arenas, topped by the African Union.

Madbouli conveyed greetings of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to the Sudanese side on the signing of the constitutional document.

He also expressed hope that this historic deal would represent a launch pad for stability, development and welfare in a way that helps achieve prosperity for the Sudanese people.

Sudan is celebrating the signing of the landmark deal that has been reached between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance to pave the way for civilian rule.

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8/17/2019 3:53:25 PM
<![CDATA[100k greenhouses to fulfill needs of 20M citizens: Sisi]]>
The statement was made while inaugurating 1,302 greenhouses lying over 10,000 feddans, a sorting and packaging factory, and a seed production complex at Mohamed Naguib Military Base. The new greenhouses are part of the National Project for Greenhouses executed by the National Company for Protected Crops affiliated to the Armed Forces National Service Agency.

The size of each greenhouse varies from three to 12 feddans. 7,000 feddans are cultivated with different types of vegetables, 2,500 feddans are cultivated with olive trees, and 500 feddans are cultivated with watermelon. The annual production size of the greenhouses in the base is 184,000 tons, which can fulfill the needs of 1.7 million citizens in Cairo, Matrouh, and Beheira. That is in addition to 400 tons of freshwater fish. The daily sorting capacity of the factory is 600 tons while the capacity of its refrigerators is 1,200 tons.


The National Project for Greenhouses aims at the establishment of integrated developmental agrarian communities and the production of high-quality agricultural goods while achieving efficient use of land and water resources. In addition to creating employment opportunities, the project will provide training for workers on the use of modern technology in the sector.

The output of the project is equivalent to the harvest of one million feddans of soil agriculture, and will be offered to consumers locally in suitable prices. Until present, the greenhouses project at Mohamed Naguib Military Base has secured 15,000 jobs in different fields, General Manager of the Armed Forces National Service Agency Mostafa Amin stated.



National Needs

The official underlined that the total amount of Egypt’s water resources is 80 billion cubic meters. Of which, 70 percent are supplied by the Nile River and 79 percent are directed at agriculture. The greenhouses within the national project consume less water than traditional agriculture by 80 percent, and are expected to save 40 percent of the country’s water resources.

Amin cited the data released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) showing that the production of vegetables declined to 12.9 million tons in 2018 from 15.4 million tons in 2014. That was coupled by an increase in the number of resident citizens from 86.1 million to 96.6 million within the same period. As estimated by CAPMAS, each citizen consumes around 102 kilograms of vegetables per annum.

Chairman of the National Company for Protected Crops Mohamed Abdel Hay Mahmoud revealed that 98 percent of vegetable seeds planted annually are imported at a cost of $1.5 billion. The official declared that the company plans to produce 4.7 billion seeds, which are the equivalent of 60 percent of Egypt’s needs over four years.



Details of the Project

In December 2018, the president witnessed the laying of the foundation stone of the National Greenhouses Project in the 10th of Ramadan City. In February 2018, the first phrase of a project to establish greenhouses on an area of 100,000 feddans in Mohamed Naguib Military Base was launched. The base is located in el-Hamam town at Marsa Matrouh.

Six hundred medium-technology greenhouses - stretching over 2,500 feddans - had been built in the 10th of Ramadan City before the visit of the president. Later on, others were established over 1,600 feddans so that the total in the city has become 4,100 feddans encompassing 900 greenhouses. The size of each is 2.5 feddans. Those are cultivated with vegetables. However, there are 200 feddans that are cultivated with mango.

A sorting and packaging plant was established with a daily sorting capacity of 400 tons. The capacity of the refrigerators is 800 tons. The project targets the production of 114,000 tons of vegetables catering to around one million residents of Cairo and Sharqeya.

In Al Amal City in Ismailiyah governorate, 529 greenhouses were built over 100 feddans. 1,640 feddans will be cultivated with Mango eastern new Ismailiyah city. The target for 2019/2020 is to produce 4,300 tons of vegetables catering to 40,000 citizens in the governorate.

In Ismailiyah’s Abou Sultan, 2,353 greenhouses are being built over 12,500 feddans. The size of each is 2.5 feddans. They are established in collaboration with Chinese companies and will be inaugurated by the end of this year. The production targeted is 259,000 tons of vegetables per annum to fulfill the needs of 2.5 million citizens in Suez Canal cities. A sorting and packaging plant is built with a daily sorting capacity of 200 tons. The capacity of the refrigerators is 1,800 tons.

In Fayoum’s Lahoun, 13,000 feddans contain 800 medium-technology greenhouses. The size of each is six feddans. They were built in collaboration with a Spanish company. The annual production capacity is 301,000 tons of vegetables to fulfill the needs of 2.7 million citizens in Cairo and Giza. A sorting and packaging plant will be established with a daily sorting capacity of 800 tons. The capacity of the refrigerators will be 1,800 tons.

Chairman of the National Company for Protected Crops revealed that the largest project for protected crops is under construction in Upper Egypt’s Minya and Beni Suef governorates as it spans over 62,000 feddans and will offer 250,000 job opportunities.
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8/17/2019 3:29:20 PM
<![CDATA[National Egyptian Theater Festival to kick off on August 17]]>
The festival announced honoring veteran comedian Lotfy Labib in the festival’s 12th edition.

Among its publications, the festival will present a book entitled "Lotfy Labib... The enchanting Comedian" written by Bassem Sadek, in celebration of the comedian whose works positively impacted the artistic scene in Egypt throughout the years.

The festival is also due to honor actress Sawsan Badr, singer Ali el-Haggar, actor Youssef Shaaban, actor Tawfik Abdel Hamid, late great actor Farouk el Fishawy, veteran actor Mahmoud el Gendy, late renowned comedian Mohamed Negm, late theatrical actress Mohsena Tawfik, , director Mohsen Helmy, actress Hala Fakher, writer El-Sayed Hafez, Director of Theatrical Administration in the National Theater, Assem el-Badawy and professor of decoration at the High Institute of Theatrical Arts Abd Rabo Abd Rabo.




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The General Organization of for Culture Palaces will participate in the festival will by presenting four spectacles of children's theater: The first spectacle
is for Children's Culture Palace in Damietta entitled "Island of Life" composed by Hassam El-Din Abdel Aziz and directed by Ahmed El-Ghazlany,

The second is entitled "The Three Colors” of “ Hassan Fakhr al-Din Bensar Al-Nubia” Troupe , composed by Effat Barakat and directed by Sahar Ghrobi, the third entitled "Beautiful Radubi" composed by Ahmed Zaham and directed by Mohamed Fuad for Manshiet Nasser's Culture Palace. The fourth is entitled "Smakmino" composed by Abeer Saad and directed by Rana Perak for Al- Anfoushy Culture Palace.

Furthermore, The General Organization of Cultural Palaces will also participate by five performances in the Grand Theater Competition:- "The Wonders of Alexandria" composed by Victor Hugo, new vision of Osama Noureddine and directed by Sameh Bassiouny, "The Feast of the Clowns" taken from “Notre Dame Hunchback” by Victor Hugo, presented by Al- Chateppe Culture Palace, prepared by Ahmed Saleh and directed by Mohamed El Zeini, “The Rituals of Signs And Transitions " for Al- Fayoum Culture Palace, composed by Saadallah Wannous and directed by Sameh El Hadary," The Good Man "for Kafr El Sheikh Culture Palace, composed by Bertol Brecht and directed by El Said Mansi," Sultan El Harafish " for Al- Gharbyia National Troupe ,written by Tarek Ammaro and directed by Al Sayed Fajal.

The General Organization of Cultural Palaces participates in “Youth Theater Competition” by three performances: "High Heel" (Experiences) in Kabbari Culture House, written and directed by Mohamed Taya, "Echo of Silence" by Mansoura Culture Palace club, written by Qasim Mataroud and directed by Abdel Bari Saad,
"Abu Klebs" Al- Anfoushi Culture Palace Club, written and directed by Ashraf Ali.




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8/17/2019 2:28:58 PM
<![CDATA[LIVE UPDATE: Signing ceremony for transitional period documents in Sudan]]>



Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli headed Saturday for the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to attend the ceremony on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Madbouli conveyed the greetings and congratulations of president Sisi to the Sudanese people on the signing of the accord.

He asserted Egypt's support for the aspirations of the Sudanese people and institutions towards achieving further progress and prosperity. ]]>
8/17/2019 2:16:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to back Sudan to overcome challenges: amb.]]>
The ambassador described the singing ceremony, which kicked off earlier in the day with an international and regional participation, a historic celebration that marks the achievement of the Sudanese people's aspirations and paying off of sacrifices made throughout the previous months.

The coming period would witness support by Egypt to Sudan in face of various challenges, ambassador Eissa said in statements.

"Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new era in Sudan. Egypt is keen on taking part in the celebration with a high-level representation by Prime Minster Mostafa Madbouli who leads a high-level Egyptian delegation to Khartoum," said the ambassador.

He pointed out to prospected strategic projects in power linkage, railways, scholarships and cultural sphere between the two countries.]]>
8/17/2019 2:02:17 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of 213 Ansar Beit El Maqdis terrorists postponed till Sunday]]>
The crimes committed by the defendants include a failed assassination attempt against former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the murder of a number of police officers and setting fire to security facilities, including the security directorates of Cairo, Dakahlia and South Sinai.

Investigations revealed that the defendants were trained in the camps of Ezzel Din el Qassam, the military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas and that they plotted to target ships transiting the Suez Canal.

They also face charges of joining a terrorist group aiming at disrupting national security, collaborating with a foreign organization represented in Hamas to sabotage State institutions, illegal possession of arms and ammunition and premeditated murder.

Investigations also showed that ousted president Mohamed Morsi was in contact with the militant group leaderships while he was in power, when they agreed that Hamas would not carry out any terrorist attacks as long as he was in office.

The 54 terrorist crimes the defendants are implicated in had left 42 policemen and 15 civilians dead and 349 others wounded.

Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.]]>
8/17/2019 1:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform at Golf Porto Marina on Aug.23]]>
Ramadan's "Mafia" amassed 140 million views on YouTube 7 months after its release.
"Thank god 140 million views in 7 months," Ramadan stated on his official Facebook account.

Ramadan launched on July 18 on his official YouTube channel a video of his latest song, "Ensay", which is a duet performed with Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred.

Director Hossam al-Husseini stated that working with Ramadan and Lamjarred is a totally different experience, as each of them has his presence, tools and audience, adding that the “video clip had to be unique in order to be attractive to the audience.”

He pointed out that the video was filmed in the streets of Paris, France and in one of the French palaces to add an archaeological element to the dazzling movements of the stars to rhythm of the song.

The song is a blend of rap and oriental music. Husseini said in a press statement that the video has become the No. 1 trend in Egypt, the Arab region and most of the countries of Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

The director also stated that the video clip mounted the third place in the list of the most watched videos on YouTube worldwide during the first 24 hours, capturing 24 Million views in the first three days to remain the leading Arab most watched video.

Ramadan started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in YousryNasrallah's “EhkyYaSharazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

Ramadan previously celebrated as four of his songs were among the top Egyptian music videos for 2018 in terms of viewership on YouTube.

“Mafia” has taken all social media platforms by storm, and was the most searched on Google, making it the trend of the first days of 2019.

The clip achieved millions of views a few hours after its launch on Ramadan’s official YouTube channel. Ramadan received appraisal from his fans on the clip, which he presented in a distinctive way.

Famed international star Jean-Claude Van Damme previously praised Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan in a video published by Ramadan on his official Instagram account, after the two actors collaborated together in an advertisement.

"Hey, Mohamed Ramadan, how are you? It was great working with you. I appreciate your kindness. You're a great actor, good face, good body and one day maybe we will work together, we'll see, inshallah," the famed actor and kickboxing star said in the video.

Ramadan partcipated in the last Ramadan marathon with his latest series "Zelzal" alongside Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy.




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8/17/2019 1:54:00 PM
<![CDATA[Esseily, Zap, Hany to perform for the 1st time in New York on Nov.17]]>
Esseily is set to perform as well in the graduation party of one of the universities in 6th of October city on September 12.

Recently, Esseily has uploaded a new video clip titled "Millions" on his official channel on YouTube. The lyrics are written by Amir Teima.



Esseily is an Egyptian singer and composer who was born in 1982. His mother discovered his early passion for music and enrolled him in Piano lessons at the age of 4.

At an early age, Esseily’s teachers used to compliment his talents and often complained about his tendency to go off note and change a Beethoven Musical piece to play it his own style.

Esseily achieved a bachelor's degree in mass communication and integrated marketing at the American university.

In 2003, he released his first video clip named, "Magnona" (Crazy), achieving booming success, and skyrocketing Esseily’s popularity.

Among his famous songs are "Rayeh ala Feen" (Where Are You Going?), "Tabat w Nabat" (Happily Ever After), and "El-Fostan el-Abyad" (The White Dress) among others.
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8/17/2019 1:46:30 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in Oman for the 1st time on Aug. 20]]>
Hosny performed a massive concert at Egypt’s North Coast on Thursday, August 1.

Earlier, Hosny performed a concert at Family Park on June 7, in addition to a charity concert at the Russian University on May 4. The yields of Hosny’s concert were fully dedicated to the Cancer hospital in Fayoum.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award for best male Arab singer in Lebanon.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Beirut-Cairo" in Eid el-Adha. The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.
Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.


His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.
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8/17/2019 1:34:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi calls for coordination with Agriculture Ministry, businessmen to control market mechanisms]]>
President Sisi was commenting on remarks made by head of the National Company for Protected Agriculture Mohamed Abdel-Hai during the opening ceremony of national projects including 1,300 greenhouses on an area of 10,000 feddans as part of the second phase of Mohamed Naguib sector for protected agriculture in Marsa Matrouh.

Sisi added that the state is working to control the market mechanisms via increasing the supply of products, noting that such an aim does not prevent coordinating with businessmen and others working in these sectors.

President Sisi described the population growth as a challenge facing the state, therefore the state tried as hard as possible to choose areas with large numbers of people to set up such projects.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the second phase of Mohamed Naguib sector for protected agriculture, President Sisi called for finalizing Al-Mahmoudiya axis project in Alexandria within two or three months because it will help achieve welfare for the governorate, underscoring the importance of relocating al Hadra market to another suitable area. ]]>
8/17/2019 12:52:18 PM
<![CDATA[Deforestation in Brazil, vote in Argentina endanger EU-Mercosur pact]]>
Deforestation has surged since Bolsonaro’s election last year. His plans to develop the Amazon and moves to weaken rainforest protection have alarmed environmentalists and given ammunition to European opponents of the trade deal with the South American common market.

Two former Brazilian environment ministers, Jose Sarney Filho and Izabella Teixeira, said Bolsonaro has rapidly undermined Brazil’s hard-won reputation as a responsible food producer and a leader in world environmental forums.

“Nobody imagined he would dismantle Brazil’s command and control mechanisms for protecting the environment so fast and effectively,” Sarney said in a interview.

He said Bolsonaro has deliberately demoralized environmental agencies and given wildcat miners an incentive to cut down trees and invade indigenous reservations.

Brazil’s presidency did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Sarney pointed to a “high risk” that some EU parliaments, particularly in big farming countries such as France, will not ratify the accord concluded last month with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned in June he would not sign the EU-Mercosur pact if Bolsonaro pulled Brazil out of the Paris climate accord.

Amid deepening tensions with France over climate change policy and the environment, Bolsonaro suddenly canceled a July 29 meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian - and went for a haircut instead.

Germany and Norway have suspended donations to a $1.2 billion fund to back sustainable projects in the Amazon after the government shut down the steering committee that selects projects and planned to use it to compensate farmers who had land expropriated in protected areas.

Bolsonaro, a nationalist who has attacked foreign interference in the Amazon, retorted that Brazil had nothing to learn from European nations and did not need the money. He said the funds should be used to reforest Germany.

European diplomats and analysts said Bolsonaro’s stance on the Amazon will fuel opposition to the Mercosur agreement, which has already faced protests.

“You have a president who is basically torpedoing this deal, not only with his environmental policy, but with the way he presents it to the world,” said Oliver Stuenkel, international affairs expert at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo.

“There are a growing number of voices particularly in France and Germany saying that unless this policy changes the EU should no longer ratify the deal,” Stuenkel said.

AGRIBUSINESS WORRIED
Deforestation in Brazil more than tripled in July over the year, data from Brazil’s INPE space research agency shows. Bolsonaro attacked the data as misleading and fired the agency’s head.

Brazil’s powerful agribusiness sector, which managed to convince Bolsonaro not to withdraw Brazil from the Paris accord, is worried his stance on the Amazon could lead to a boycott against their exports.

Farming magnate and former Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi told Valor Economico newspaper that Bolsonaro’s “aggressive” speeches on the environment could sink the EU-Mercosur agreement and destroy years of work to get Brazil’s food exports an environmentally friendly stamp.

Walter Schalka, chief executive of Suzano Papel e Celulose SA (SUZB3.SA), urged agribusiness leaders this week to speak up against the surge in Amazon deforestation.

“Brazil will have to prove that it can produce its products in a sustainable way, without adding to deforestation,” former minister Teixeira told Reuters. “Today countries are questioning Brazil’s credibility.”

CHANGE IN ARGENTINA

Sunday’s primaries in Argentina put the EU-Mercosur deal under a new cloud of uncertainty as Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez emerged as the odd-on favorite to win the presidential election in October.

He has said he wants to renegotiate parts of the trade deal that do not suit Argentina. That could unravel the agreement given the rising resistance in Europe.

“If Fernandez is elected and wants to renegotiate parts of the accord, it would have to be reopened entirely. We would be back to square one,” a European diplomat in Brazil said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

While Fernandez is a moderate Peronist, his running mate is former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, a protectionist who is no fan of the EU deal.

“The pressure on him to not just accept and wave though this agreement is quite significant,” said Stuenkel.

Brazil’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the prospects for the EU-Mercosur agreement if Fernandez wins.

Foreign Trade Secretary Marcos Troyjo defended Brazil’s policy on the Amazon, saying, “The environmental policy of this government is the intelligent use of the country’s natural resources.”]]>
8/17/2019 12:48:13 PM
<![CDATA[China's Ninebot unveils scooters that drive themselves to charging stations]]>
Ninebot said Uber and Lyft, the ride-hailing giants that are expanding into scooter-sharing, would be among the customers for the new semi-autonomous vehicles that are expected to hit roads early next year.

Gao Lufeng, Ninebot chairman and chief executive, told Reuters in an interview that AI-driven scooters, controlled remotely from the cloud, could radically improve the economics of scooter-sharing.

“The pain point for scooter operators is to better maintain the scooters at a lower cost,” he said. Currently, operators of scooter sharing fleets have to collect the machines manually for re-charging.

Formed by the 2015 combination of China’s Ninebot and U.S. transportation pioneer Segway, the company has quietly become the largest supplier for scooter-sharing companies such as Bird and Lime.

“I believe scooters will replace bicycles as the prime solution for micro-mobility,” Gao said. “It’s human nature to save energy when commuting.”

The scooter-sharing fad was triggered two years ago with the launch of Bird in California. Venture-capital investors have since poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the sector, and fleets of electric-powered scooters now operate in cities across the U.S. and Europe.

Segway-Ninebot Group has applied to list its shares on the China’s new Nasdaq-style board for homegrown tech firms, the STAR Market. The company sold 1.6 million scooters in 2018, according to a prospectus filed in April.

Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for Lyft, said the company was always interested in seeing the latest innovations from potential partners like Ninebot. “But we haven’t yet made any commitments around this product,” she said in an e-mail.

Uber did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.

The new scooters will be priced at close to 10,000 yuan ($1,420), more than the company’s traditional scooters, which it sells to scooter companies for $100-$300.

The new machines will start road testing next month and will be largely commercialized in the first quarter of 2020.

The company also launched two self-driving delivery robots — one for outdoor delivery, the other for indoor services.

Ninebot said the unmanned delivery robots will initially serve the food delivery industry in China.

The company is in talks with food delivery operators, including Meituan Dianping and Alibaba Group’s Ele.me, to begin service by the first half of next year.

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8/17/2019 12:45:40 PM
<![CDATA[A strong start for Zamalek at CAF Champions League ]]>
Friday’s game is Dekedaha’s home game as both clubs agreed to play both legs in Egypt.

The game was a great chance for Zamalek fans to watch some of the club’s new signings like Karim Bambo, Achraf Bencharki and Mohamed Awwad as well as the club’s legends Mohamed Abdelshafy and Shikabala who returned to the club this summer.

Zamalek equaled their biggest win at the CAF Champions League history as they achieved the same result over Chad’s Gazelle and CotonTchad in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

The new signings were decisive for Zamalek during the game as Bambo scored a goal and Bencharki scored twice. Omar El Said, Mahmoud Hamdy and Mostafa Mohammed added three goals for Zamalek while Dekedaha’s defender Cano Molly Severin scored an own goal.

This game is expected to be Tarek Yehia’s last game as Zamalek caretaker manager as the club announced that they have reached an agreement with Milutin Sredojević known as Micho to be the club new manager. ]]>
8/17/2019 12:44:24 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo University jumps 100 ranks in Shanghai Ranking]]>
According to a statement issued on Saturday by president Mohamed Othman Al Khosht. He hailed the achievement as a great success for the Egyptian universities as well as an evidence of progress achieved by the research system over the past year.

"This success comes for the first time in the history of Egyptian universities", he said.

In the same context, Ain Shams and Alexandria universities were ranked in the 701-800, category, followed by Mansoura University which was placed in the 801-900 category.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities has been presenting the world top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data.

It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.

On other hand, the parliamentarian Hussien Abo Gad told Egypt Today, "this success is a great historic achievement for Egypt and the Egyptian universities."

This classification, which started in 2003, is considered the most difficult, most famous and strongest in the international classifications in terms of strict criteria that depend on the number of scientific research published internationally as well as the number of scientific research cited and reference for scientific reference. In addition to the number of Nobel Prize winners and professors in addition to the international reputation.]]>
8/17/2019 12:32:37 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli heads to Khartoum for constitutional declaration signing ceremony]]>
The premier takes part in the signing ceremony on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the current chairperson of the African Union.

Madbouli is set to convey the greetings and congratulations of president Sisi to the Sudanese people on the signing of the accord.

He will also assert Egypt's support for the aspirations of the Sudanese people and institutions towards achieving further progress and prosperity.

Sudan is celebrating the signing of the landmark deal that has been reached between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance to pave the way for civilian rule.

On Sunday August 18, the new transitional civilian-majority ruling council is to be announced.
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8/17/2019 12:25:16 PM
<![CDATA[LE2.5 M allocated for sheep raising projects in N. Sinai]]>
Targeting 243 projects, the funds come as part of North Sinai governorate efforts to raise the residents’ standard of life, supporting the poor people and low-income earners, as well as creating jobs to fight unemployment, Shousha said,

The beneficiaries could enjoy zero-interest facilities for their planned projects. Only administrative fees, don’t exceed 4 percent, are charged. The facilities are paid off in up to 36 monthly installments.]]>
8/17/2019 12:23:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi opens 2nd phase of greenhouse national project]]>
President Sisi also inaugurated a factory for packaging the products to be produced by the project in addition to a complex for seed production.

The opening ceremony was attended by Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail along with a number of ministers and senior state officials.

The ceremony started with recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran.]]>
8/17/2019 12:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Domestic competitions return as Al-Ahly face Pyramids at the Cup ]]>
Al-Ahly players seek a revenge against Pyramids as the reds suffered two defeats against the blues at the Egyptian league last season.

The first game ended with a 2-1 victory for Pyramids thanks to two goals from Al-Ahly former players, Mohamed Farouk and Abdallah Elsaid while Walid Azarro scored Al-Aly’s only goal at the game.

Pyramids repeated their victory at the second round with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from their Brazilian magician, Keno, who left the club this summer.

Al-Ahly players hope to avoid the tragedy of 1972-1973 season when they lost to Al-Ittihad Alexandria three games in one season; two games at the league as well as the Cup final.

Al-Ahly’s expected line-up for the game consists of: Mohamed El Shennawy, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hany, Yasser Ibrahim, Ramy Rabia, Amr El Solia, Hamdy Fathy, Saleh Gomaa, Ramadan Sobhy, Hussein El Shahat and Walid Azarro.

Pyramids’ expected line-up for the game consists of: Ahmed El Shennawy, Mohamed Hamdi, Ahmed Mansour, Ali Jabr, Ragab Bakkar, Islam Issa, Nabil Emad, Abdullah Al-Saeed, Eric Traore, Ibrahim Hassan and Ahmed Ali.

The game starts at 8:00 pm. ]]>
8/17/2019 12:04:10 PM
<![CDATA[All eyes on Skopje as Egypt face Portugal at World Cup semis ]]>
Both teams appear at the tournament semis for the first time in the history and they will battle for a place at the final at Boris Trajkovski Sports Center in Skopje.

Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.

Egypt faced Slovenia on Wednesday at the round of 16 and won the game 30-27 to reach the quarter finals, during which they destroyed Iceland 35-31 to earn a spot at the semi-final.

Egypt’s best achievement at the competition came in 2007 and 2011 when the national team finished 5th.

Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed. ]]>
8/17/2019 11:42:53 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptologist Hawass billboard in NY's Times Square promotes tourism to Egypt]]>
On Tuesday,

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launched its new advertising campaign with displaying the brand-new commercial spots on one of the largest digital billboards found in the very heart of New York City.

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“Egypt is Safe and we invite Americans to come and visit the most spectacular place on Earth,” Hawas said.

Times Square is one of the best-known locations in New York and the United States, visited by 80 million people during the summer vacation period.

In remarks to American Pulse, Hawas said it is his first time to wear his unique outfit in New York to promote Tourism to Egypt.

Hawass appeared in his trademark jeans, blue shirt and a fedora hat. He has further participated in a spectacular photo session with fans.

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Hawass with American-Egyptian entrepreneur Michael Morgan
Zahi Hawass with American-Egyptian entrepreneur Michael Morgan

The photo of Hawass will remain for 30 days starting last Tuesday.

Since 1998, Hawass has received numerous awards such as the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, membership induction into the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and more.

He has received international recognition including the title “Scholar of the Year” by the Association of Egyptian-American Scholars in 2000, according to his official profile on Facebook.]]>
8/16/2019 4:41:50 PM
<![CDATA[Pompeo praises Lebanese gov’t for firm stand against Iranian threat]]>
Pompeo met in Washington with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the presence of David Schenker, the assistant secretary of near eastern affairs, and David Hill, undersecretary of state for political affairs.

Pompeo also reassured Hariri of “the commitment of the United States to support Lebanon and its institutions, to preserve its security and stability.”

After the meeting, Hariri said he hoped to “reach a conclusive decision in the upcoming months regarding the border demarcation negotiations.”

During his visit, Hariri also met Undersecretary of Defense John Rudd. They discussed “ways to support the Lebanese army and the security forces,” according to the prime minister’s office.

He also met with Treasury officials, including Marshall Billingslea, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorist financing, in light of the announcement by the US of fresh sanctions on Hezbollah officials.
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8/16/2019 3:51:28 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey to open new military base in Qatar]]>
“A new Turkish base has been built near Qatar’s Tariq Ibn Ziyad military base,” Hürriyet correspondent, Hande Fırat, said, adding that the military base’s inauguration ceremony was expected to be “unveiled by the Qatari Emir and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”

Turkish soldiers were first deployed to Qatar in October 2015, in an attempt to contribute to the regional peace and to boost bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar.

In December 2017, the military base was named the Qatar-Turkey Combined Joint Force Command.

Since Qatar’s Arabic neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, placed Doha under a blockade in June 2017 for supporting terrorism, Turkey’s military presence has taken on greater significance.
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8/16/2019 3:44:55 PM
<![CDATA[Shaker performs at Festival International de Siliana, in Tunisia]]>
Shaker will participate as well with a concert at Citadel Music Festival on August 23.

The prominent annual music festival is scheduled to kick off on August 18 – September 1 under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem and the head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber.

The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

Poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate with the prominent singer in a new song entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo). Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.

He studied music in the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a student in the second year, he released his first breakthrough hit “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a wonderful life). Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.


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8/16/2019 2:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[Libya Air Force strikes warehouse housing drones in Zuwarah: Army]]>
The warehouse also contained the ammunition of the drones, according to the statement.

The operations room warned places in Libya from dealing with any foreign party, noting that these places will be a legitimate target for the Libyan Air Force.

The national Air Force fighter jets on Thursday said it targeted Zuwarah Airport airstrip and a control room inside it for drones.

Libyan air force fighter jets earlier launched air strikes on some of the militia positions south of Tripoli.

The Libyan Army's military media department said that the airstrikes led to the escape of the remaining militia groups, after the heavy losses they suffered.

The department pointed out that the Libyan Air Force carried out strikes on sites that were stationed by a number of foreign mercenaries.

These strikes were accurate and left a number of elements wounded and dead, the department added.

For his part, Libyan army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari, in a press conference on Wednesday from Benghazi, said that the Al-Wefaq militias are suffering from the army strikes, especially after the destruction of the air defense system in Misrata.
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8/16/2019 2:50:55 PM
<![CDATA[Sixteen prominent international films to participate at El Gouna Film Festival]]>


GFF is excited to reveal that the selection includes the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, ''Parasite​;​ Bacurau'' and ''Les Misérables'', the joint winners of the Jury Prize at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival; ''Once in Trubchevsk'', which was part of the Un Certain Regard section of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival; and Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film ''Pain and Glory''starring Antonio Banderas, who was awarded Best Actor at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.

Acclaimed filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s latest film 'The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão'', winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, is also part of GFF’s lineup; in addition to ''Deerskin'' by French director Quentin Dupieux, which opened the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes; and ''Song Without a Name'', directed by Melina León, the first female Peruvian director to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival.



Among El Gouna Film Festival’s selection is ''Hikari’s 37 Seconds'', winner of the Audience Award in the Panorama section of the 69th Berlinale; Nora Fingscheidt’s ''System Crasher', winner of the Silver Bear for Best Feature Film at the 69th edition of the Berlinale; and the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 69th Berlinale, Italian director Claudio Giovannesi’s ''Piranhas'', the big screen adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s bestseller of the same name.



The program also includes ''The Traitor' by Marco Bellocchio; ''Sorry We Missed You'' by British Director Ken Loach; ''The Father'', winner of the Crystal Globe at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; 'Kabul, City in the Wind'', winner of the Special Jury Award for First Appearance at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; and last but not least, Hassan Fazili’s masterpiece ''Midnight Traveler''.]]>
8/16/2019 2:28:55 PM
<![CDATA[‘El Feel-el Azra’ generates revenues amounted to L.E 75 M]]>
The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.

"El Feel-el Azra’" Part 2 achieved booming success, generating revenues exceeding LE 34 million in the first 72 hours only.

The long-awaited film promo has recorded more than 9 million views, and was met with an enthusiastic interaction from the anticipating audience.

Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.

Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress HendSabry and Asma Sherif Mounir also join the cast, along with Zafer el-Abdeen and Eyad Nassar as guests of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows a huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a context of drama horror and mystery. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim, and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.

The films are based on Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.




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8/16/2019 2:11:59 PM
<![CDATA[Latest Arab, international films screen in Taif Season]]>
The films will screen in an open-air setting amid the wonderful atmosphere and mild weather of the Arabian resort.

With a capacity of 150 people, a cinema was launched in the city of Taif with four daily shows to accommodate the growing demand. Distinctive films that are suitable for the whole family screen in the cinema and are updated every six days with a fixed ticket price.

The first week's films include the Egyptian film “Saba el-Boromba” (Macho Man) starring Ramez Galal, Gamila Awad, Maha Abo Auf, and Bayoumi Fouad; in addition to the American Film “Men in Black International” starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson.

At the beginning of the second week, the famous cartoon film “Toy Story 4”, which achieved high box office revenues and gained critical acclaim, will screen; in addition to the famous cartoon film “Aladdin”.

Visitors of the Taif season will witness plenty of surprises in the coming days.]]>
8/16/2019 2:07:52 PM
<![CDATA[Liberal Wafd forms committee to prosecute those disrespecting party ]]>
It has been observed recently that some people have been insulting and slandering the party members, overstepping the right of freedom of opinion and constructive criticism, the decree read.

This comes after the party announced dropping the membership of Al-Sayed Al-Badawi, who served as the president of the party from 2010 to 2018, over losing the "good reputation" membership condition.

Sources said the party decided to remove Badawi's name from all its records, as he failed to settle his disputes with a number of companies within a certain time limit, after he had been handed final imprisonment sentences, according to a memorandum submitted by Fouad al-Badrawi, the party's general secretary.

"The decision deprives Al-Sayed Al-Badawi from running again to head the Wafd Party, as dropping his membership was based on the loss of one of the conditions of membership, which is good reputation and conduct, which was denied [due to] the issuance of criminal provisions against him."

Badawi described the decision to expel him as retaliatory and reckless, adding that it violates the law and party regulations.

Badawi said he cannot explain Abu Shoka's hostility towards him, adding that this hostility needs a psychological explanation as it cannot be politically explained.

The New Wafd is believed to be Egypt’s oldest national liberal party and always played a significant role in the Egyptian political scene. It is linked to the original Wafd Party which was dismantled after the 1952 Revolution. The New Wafd Party was established in 1978.

Wafd has a powerful and coherent internal structure. The party is run by a supreme council that includes 50 members, all elected by the general assembly, and is said to be the highest decision-making body in the party.

Since its re-launch, Wafd has emerged as an influential player in the political arena. The party has the largest network of branches and representatives, covering major cities in all Egyptian governorates.

Wafd has a large membership base, consisting of various social segments,notably a number of political and cultural figures, making the party stand out as one of the few established parties that truly represent the Egyptian street. The party also enjoys a very strong presence in the media thanks to its famous daily newspaper and website.
Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff
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8/16/2019 1:54:49 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 10 flights to bring pilgrims home today]]>
The national flag carrier will start transferring pilgrims from Medina as of Saturday, according to sources at Cairo airport.

EgyptAir is scheduled to operate 424 flights to bring pilgrims home, including 224 flights from Jeddah airport and 200 others from Medina.]]>
8/16/2019 1:25:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's non-petroleum exports hit $13B in H1 2019: GOEIC]]>
The Agricultural Export Council came first in exporting Egypt's non-petroleum products in the first six months of the year with $1.575 billion, compared to $1.446 billion in the same period of 2018.

Egypt's food exports registered $1.559 billion in the first half of 2019, up from $1.469 billion during the same period a year earlier, it added.

The report noted that the ready-made garment exports totaled $800 million in January-June 2019, compared to $768 million in the same six months in 2018.

The pharmaceutical exports hit $261 million in the same period in 2019, up from $252 million during the same period a year earlier.]]>
8/16/2019 1:23:10 PM
<![CDATA[Mai Farouk to perform in Sayed Darwish Theater on Aug. 17]]>
The concert will present a selection of the most important masterpieces of the “Planet of the East” Umm Kulthum, along with a selection of Tarab compositions by Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Fayza Ahmed, in addition to a number of Farouk's own works.It is noteworthy that Farouk began her artistic career at the age of 8, where she joined the children’s choir of the opera and was trained by maestro Salim Sahab.

Farouk is known for performing Umm Kulthum’s songs because of the distinctiveness and strength of her voice. She also presented a collection of contemporary works that bear the character of the golden era and succeeded in achieving a wide fan base.

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8/16/2019 1:13:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's grain imports from Russia carefully checked: Min.]]>
Abu Steit’s remarks came in response to reports questioning about the possible danger of importing wheat from Russia after the recent radioactive explosion in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement Thursday.

The minister assigned head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine Ahmed el Attar to contact Egypt's trade representative in Moscow to make sure that agricultural lands in Russia were not affected by the blast, it added.

Radiation levels in the Russian city of Severodvinsk rose by up to 16 times on Aug. 8 after an accident that authorities said involved a rocket test on a sea platform, Russia’s state weather agency said on Tuesday, the TASS news agency reported.

The defense ministry initially said background radiation had remained normal after the incident but city authorities in Severodvinsk in northern Russia said there had been a brief spike in radiation levels, Reuters reported.

Greenpeace has said radiation levels rose by 20 times.

Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said on Tuesday that it believed radiation levels had risen by four to 16 times.

Earlier in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement with Egypt which was signed in October during a state visit by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to Sochi, and endorsed by Egypt in December.

The agreement is about developing further cooperation in the sectors of trade, economy, technical military affairs, communications, nuclear energy, transportation, mining, tourism, science, education, cultural affairs, and coordination on mechanisms and measures aimed at combating various challenges and threats on the regional and international scales.
Noha al-Tawil contributed to the reporting]]>
8/16/2019 1:08:22 PM
<![CDATA[ Moussa, Hagag to perform in Katameya on Aug. 16]]>
Hagag recently released two songs of his new album entitled “Hatzahzah” in which he collaborated with a number of composers, poets and distributors, including Amir Mahrous, Aziz el Shafei, Mohamed Yahya, Toma, Antar Helal, Wissam Abdel Moneim, Bilal Sorour, Mustafa Hassan, Osama Abdel Hadi and Yasser Nour. Hagag’s latest musical works was the national song “Emel el Sah” (Do the right thing) written by Mohamed Atef, composed by Walid Saad and directed by Betool Arafa. The song was released inline with the constitutional amendments that took place in recent months.





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8/16/2019 1:01:44 PM
<![CDATA[Bosy to perform in North Coast on Aug. 16]]>CAIRO - 16 August 2019: Popular singer Bosy is preparing for a concert which comes as part of the Eid al-Adha celebrations set to be held in the North Coast on Aug. 16.

Bosy is currently rehearsing for the concert, where she is expected to present many surprises for her fans.The star will be performing a wide selection of her most popular hits, including “Ah ya donia”, “Alo Alo”, “Agaza” (Holiday), “Ta'ala” (Come here), “Abdo” and “Shokalata” (Chocolate). The singer’s latest duet with popular folk singer Mahmoud el-Leithy was "Alo". The song is written by Malak Adel and directed by Imad Kassem.
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8/16/2019 12:52:37 PM
<![CDATA[Sheeran design Heinz Ketchup bottle sells for 1,500 pounds]]>
Only 150 of the “Ed Sheeran X Heinz Tomato Ketchup, the Tattoo Edition” bottles, featuring a copy of Sheeran’s own Heinz inking, will be available across the world.

The first three were sold for 1,050 pounds, 1,100 pounds and 1,500 pounds on Thursday.

Nigel Dickie, Kraft Heinz director of corporate affairs, said 150 of the bottles were made to mark Heinz 150th birthday.

“What’s special about them is that they have his tattoos on the label,” he said. “They’re part of the label, so it’s his sleeve on our sleeve.”

He said he suspected not many people would open the bottles, but they had “perfectly enjoyable ketchup” inside.

Some 104 bottles will be the prizes in a free global draw, according to a statement linked on Sheeran’s Instagram account, and the remainder would go to Sheeran and Heinz superfans and museums.

All money raised from the bottles will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a charity nominated by Sheeran, and Rise Against Hunger, which is supported by Heinz.

The 28-year-old star, who has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, is a long-time fan of the sauce and has the “Heinz Tomato Ketchup” label tattooed on his arm.

Earlier this year he teamed up with the brand to release “Tomato Edchup” and wrote and starred in a TV advert for the release.]]>
8/16/2019 12:46:53 PM
<![CDATA[Gibraltar decides to free seized Iranian tanker; U.S. seeks to hold it]]>
The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marine commandos in darkness off the coast of the territory at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.

Two weeks later, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf.

The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU’s big powers and the United States.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo decided to lift the detention order after formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not discharge its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria.

“In light of the assurances we have received, there are no longer any reasonable grounds for the continued legal detention of the Grace 1 in order to ensure compliance with the EU Sanctions Regulation,” Picardo said.

However, Gibraltar officials did not make clear whether the U.S. legal bid would mean the ship would have to be detained further or, if so, for how long.

“Separately, the United States Department of Justice has requested that a new legal procedure for the detention of the vessel should be commenced,” Picardo said. “That is a matter for our independent Mutual Legal Assistance authorities who will make an objective, legal determination of that request for separate proceedings.”

In a statement, the U.S. State Department said the United States had determined that the ship was helping Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which Washington has designated as a terrorist organization.

“In the case of the M/T Grace I, we will continue to act consistent with our existing policies concerning those who provide material support to the IRGC,” the State Department said.

Iran said the ship would sail shortly, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif characterised the U.S. bid to prevent it from leaving as “piracy”.

“America desperately tried to block the release of the tanker at the last minute, but faced a miserable defeat,” Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on Twitter. “All preparations are done for the tanker to sail into open waters, and the vessel will soon leave Gibraltar.”

The tanker remains anchored, Reuters witnesses said, though its prow has moved around by at least 180 degrees. It was unclear whether that was due to the strong sea currents off Gibraltar or if it could be preparing to sail.

Earlier, a small vessel approached the Grace 1, which lowered a step ladder that at least two person used to reach the ship deck where they shook hands with people already on board.

Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, told the semi-official Mehr news agency the Grace 1 would head to “Mediterranean ports”, citing “an announcement by the owner of the tanker”. Eslami did not identify the owner.

Britain’s Foreign Office said Iran must abide by its pledge that the ship would not sail for Syria. There was “no comparison or linkage between Iran’s unacceptable and illegal seizure of, and attacks on, commercial shipping vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and the enforcement of EU Syria sanctions by the Government of Gibraltar,” it added in a statement.

Britain has been in a delicate diplomatic position since seizing the Grace 1. The United States is its closest ally, but like other European countries it disagrees with U.S. President Donald Trump’s hardline policy on Iran, after Trump pulled out of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year.

Several diplomatic sources have said Britain seized the vessel at the request of the United States, although Gibraltar denies that it was ordered to do so.

Although Britain and Iran have both denied that they would swap the tankers for each other, there has been a widespread expectation that the British-flagged Stena Impero will not be freed until the Iranian tanker is released.]]>
8/16/2019 12:40:51 PM
<![CDATA[Neville expects Salah to leave Liverpool ]]>
“Salah is going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already.” Neville said on Thursday.

Salah joined Liverpool during 2017 summer and since then he has been sensational for Liverpool.

The Egyptian winger won two Premier League Golden Boot Awards and he led Liverpool to win 2019 UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0, with Salah scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot.

Since then, reports linked Salah with a move to the Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona but he decided to stay with Liverpool.

Salah and his teammates are focusing on the Premier League title as the team failed to win the title since 1990.

Liverpool are expecting a fierce competition with the league giants, especially Manchester clubs, United and City.

Neville added “Man United will probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion. And that’s not being disrespectful, they’ll probably win the league before Liverpool.” ]]>
8/16/2019 12:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[Adrian’s journey from looking for a club to UEFA Super Cup hero ]]>
Adrian joined Liverpool after five years defending West Ham United jersey which came to an end at the conclusion of last season.

“Two weeks ago I really didn’t know who I was going to sign for, whether in Spain or another league. But Liverpool came to me and asked me. It’s the best decision I’ve taken in my life now.” Adrian said.

The Spaniard knew his role at the club as a substitute for the starting goalkeeper, Alisson Becker but what happened during the team’s opening game at the Premier League surprised the club and their new goalkeeper.

Alisson suffered an injury during the first half of the game against Norwich City which meant that Adrian has to be ready to help his team.

He continued ““I knew the moment was going to come but obviously not as quick as it has. I’m really happy to be here and really proud for the players to help me from the beginning. They opened their arms to make me feel like a great friend.”

Alisson suffered a serious injury which meant that the Spanish goalkeeper will be Liverpool’s guard for the next two months including the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea.

Liverpool fans doubted Adrian’s abilities ahead of the game but his performance calmed the team’s players and their fans despite he conceded two goals during the game including one from the penalty spot but he saved his team from Chelsea’s clear chances.

Adrian also saved Chelsea’s last penalty to crown his team UEFA Super Cup champions. ]]>
8/16/2019 12:07:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt handball youngsters make history in North Macedonia ]]>
Egyptian players led the national team to the tournament’s semis for the first time in the history.

Egypt will challenge Portugal for a place at the tournament’s final on Saturday.

Portugal defeated the tournament’s favourites, France, 31-26 to reach the semi-finals.

Egypt failed to reach the competition’s semi-finals during seven appearances at the tournament.

Egypt’s best achievement at the competition came in 2007 and 2011 when the national team finished 5th.

Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.

Egypt faced Slovenia on Wednesday at the round of 16 and the Egyptian team won the game 30-27.

Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.
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8/16/2019 12:05:44 PM
<![CDATA[Messi to miss Barcelona’s season opener against Bilbao ]]>
Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, will count on a trio of Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and the club’s new signing, Antoine Griezmann who joined the club this summer from Atletico Madrid.

“We won't take risks, let alone with Messi," Valverde commented on Messi’s absence.

Messi did not miss an opener since 2009-2010 season when he missed Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Sporting Gijón.

Barcelona players hope to continue their dominance over the title as Barcelona won 8 out of the last 11 LaLiga titles while Real Madrid won two title and Atletico Madrid won one title in 2014.

Valverde’s chosen squad for the game consists of: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Coutinho, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Clement Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Carles Alena, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Inaki Pena and Perez.

The game starts on 9:00 pm. ]]>
8/16/2019 11:56:24 AM
<![CDATA[Expelled AIDS patient transported to fever hospital for treatment]]>
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The patient was transported to the fever hospital following instructions from deputy health minister in Gharbia Abdel Kader Kilany. An Egypt Today reporter has accompanied the patient in the ambulance vehicle to ensure required procedures are taken.

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The AIDS patient, who earlier admitted abusing drugs, in an interview with Egypt Today, asked to be treated from addiction in order to return to his normal life.



The AIDS patient on Wednesday was expelled from a hospital in Kafr al-Zayat, a city in Egypt's Gharbia governorate. Photos showed the action was also done in a humiliating way, and those involved in the incident are investigated.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health blamed the officials for expelling the patient without taking medical and legal procedures required for him. The ministry affirmed that those who dealt with the patient in the way shown by the photos spreading on social media must be held accountable.

Officials of the National HIV/AIDS Program headed to the fever hospital in Gharbia, to check the arrival of the patient to the hospital, but did not find him. Some workers said he returned home instead.

The statement said that officials are trying to reach the patient to be placed under quarantine in the places treating HIV/AIDS patients.]]>
8/16/2019 11:47:53 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi instructs launching portal for industrial investment map in Sept]]>
This came during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli; Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar; Head of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) Nevin Game'; and Head of the National Center for Planning State Land Uses Nasser Fawzi.

The meeting aimed at following up the new system for the allocation of industrial land nationwide, Radi said.

The meeting dealt with the national work strategy and the future vision adopted by the State with a view to developing the industrial sector.

It also discussed ways to overcome the obstacles faced by industrial investors, according to Radi.

Earlier in August, Qena Governor Abdel Hamid el Haggan said MSMEDA had funded 588 micro and small-scale projects in July at a cost of EGP 10.216 million, MENA reported.

This came as part of the governorate's efforts, in cooperation with the MSMEDA, to help young graduates start their own business and find their path to entrepreneurship, Haggan added.

The governorate accords a special priority to micro and small-sized enterprises due to their significant role in pushing forward the development process, boosting production and curbing unemployment among the governorate's youth, Haggan noted.]]>
8/16/2019 11:16:45 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan fighters strike drone control room in Zuwarah]]>
Libyan air force fighter jets earlier launched air strikes on some of the militia positions south of Tripoli.

The Libyan Army's military media department said that the airstrikes led to the escape of the remaining militia groups, after the heavy losses they suffered.

The department pointed out that the Libyan Air Force carried out strikes on sites that were stationed by a number of foreign mercenaries.

These strikes were accurate and left a number of elements wounded and dead, the department added.

For his part, Libyan army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari, in a press conference on Wednesday from Benghazi, said that the Al-Wefaq militias are suffering from the army strikes, especially after the destruction of the air defense system in Misrata.

Earlier in August, the Libyan army destroyed a foreign plane in Misrata International Airport. Mismari said it cost the terrorist militias $900 million.

In a press conference, Mismari said the plane had been targeted after its cargo was unloaded in the airport. The cargo plane illegally carried weapons, according to media reports.

News claiming that the foreign plane was carrying civilian objects circulated, but we were present when the cargo was being unloaded; the plane was carrying military stuff, shipped to Misrata, Mismari said.

He added that this came in violation of the international law, the resolutions of the Security Council and the outcome of the political agreement on disbanding the militias and halting their funding.

"The plane cost the terrorist organizations $900 million, and I confirm that it was carrying air defense materials," Mismari said, adding that all the leaders of terrorism were "very upset".
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8/15/2019 2:36:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt expresses condolences for Sudan floods victims]]>
The statement also wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

Rains have been pouring in the last few days, flooding hundreds of homes in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, AFP reported.

Sudan News Agency (SUNA) said on Tuesday that the flash floods have claimed seven lives and injured two people.

Egypt has politically supported Sudan, recently after former President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by angry protests.

Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) ended their meetings on Monday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo after two days of deliberations over the recent political developments in Sudan.

An agreement has been reached between the two political powers on the dispute points of the recently brokered agreement between Sudan’s military ruling council and FFC.

The SRF demanded to have the points agreed during Cairo’s meetings included in the agreement brokered with Sudan’s ruling military council before signing the constitutional declaration document on August 17.

Egypt welcomed the agreement between the opposition FFC and the military council, hailing the agreement as a valuable step to restore stability in Sudan.

Sudan’s FFC and SRF delegations arrived in Egypt on Friday and Saturday to discuss the political developments. The head of SRF, Malik Agar, was keen to praise the Egyptian role in paving the way for a political agreement between FFC and SRF.

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8/15/2019 2:01:51 PM
<![CDATA[Former Sudanese intelligence chief banned from entering US]]>
Salah Gosh and his close family members were made ineligible for entry into the United States due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.

The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday, “I am also publicly designating his spouse, Awatif Ahmed Seed Ahmed Mohamed, as well as his daughter, Shima Salah Abdallah Mohamed.”

The statement specifically stated “the Department has credible information that Salah Gosh was involved in torture during his tenure as head of NISS,” using an abbreviation for Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services.
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8/15/2019 1:39:17 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool manager praises referee Stephanie Frappart]]>
Frappart, assisted by two female assistant referees, ManuelaNicolosi and Michelle O'Neill, produced a brilliant performance according to Liverpool manager, JugenKlopp, despite she disallowed a penalty for Liverpool and awarded a controversial penalty for Chelsea that allowed them to score their second goal.

“They were good, they were really good. There was pressure on them like hell. It was an historic moment and they stayed themselves, stayed calm and did what they had to do in a very difficult and intense game.” Klopp said.

The French referee is one of the best female referees in the world and she officiated 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands in July.

Klopp continued “I couldn’t have more respect to be honest. It was a really brilliant performance.”


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8/15/2019 1:32:26 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir: 1st B787-9 Dreamliner's flight to head to Beijing Sunday]]>
The B787-9 Dreamliner will be the 75th aircraft to reach the phase of actual operation after the implementation of a plan to renovate and develop EgyptAir's fleet.

In a statement, the national flagship carrier said that it is determined to proceed with its strategy aiming to cope up with the international companies in view of developing the standard of services offered to its customers.

Earlier in the day, EgyptAir received its sixth and last Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, as part of a deal to purchase six jets of the same model.]]>
8/15/2019 1:20:12 PM
<![CDATA[Gazette publishes Sisi's deal with EIB to develop Cairo Metro Line 1]]>
Inaugurated in 1987, Marg-Helwan line is considered the first metro line in the Egyptian subway system.

Under the agreement, the bank will lend Egypt 350 million euros to develop the carriages of the first line.

The agreement was inked in December of 2018.

The decree was published in the Gazette out Thursday.

A €205 million ($238 million) deal in 2018 has been inked between the Egyptian government and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to renovate the oldest line of Cairo’s metro system.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and then-Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat witnessed the signing of the deal between Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr from the Egyptian side, and Janet Heckman, Managing Director, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) at the EBRD, said a Thursday statement by the Investment Ministry.

Madbouly assured the government’s keenness to upgrade the transport system, citing the efforts exerted to develop the subway system given that millions of commuters are using it across Cairo.

The renovation project aims to restructure the railway infrastructure of the first line, railway tracks and renovating the stations. It also includes developing lighting, electromechanically, communication and central control systems.

Arafat explained that the development works of the first line is divided into two phases. As per the agreement, the first phase will cost €751 million: €205 million from EBRD and €350 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB); €50 million from the French Development Agency (AFD) and €146 million will be funded locally.

While the second phase of the renovation includes purchasing mobile units at a cost of €650 million.

Nourhan Magdi and MENA contributed to this report.]]>
8/15/2019 1:14:46 PM
<![CDATA[UAE FM says Khamenei meeting proves Houthis are Iran’s proxy]]>
“Houthi relations with Iran, for long in search for proper designation, is clearer following their leadership’s meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei,” Gargash tweeted.

“Stated in black and white in their statement of fealty the Houthis are a proxy and that is the correct terminology,” he added.

During the meeting, Khamenei praising the militants Tuesday, as he met the Houthi negotiator, Mohammed Abdul-Salam.

Iran has long been accused of supporting the group, which sparked the war, chaos and destruction in 2014 when they seized the capital Sanaa.

Iran’s support for the Houthis and supply of weapons is regarded as one of the main reasons why the war in Yemen has lasted so long.

An Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, is supporting troops loyal to the internationally recognized government against the Houthis.

The meeting in Tehran is the first time Khamenei has held talks with a senior Houthi representative, Reuters reported.

"I declare my support for the resistance of Yemen's believing men and women ... Yemen’s people... will establish a strong government," Khamenei said.

Yemen's government and the Arab coalition accuse the Houthis of collapsing previous UN-sponsored talks to find a political settlement to the conflict.

Saudi Arabia and its allies say Iran’s support of proxy militias in the region, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and groups in Iraq, is the main cause of instability in the region.
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8/15/2019 1:06:18 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish drones start operating in northern Syria]]>
Ankara and Washington reached an agreement last week to set up a joint operations center regarding the safe zone to be established in northern Syria.

However, there have been no clear details so far regarding the size of the zone and the command structure of joint patrols that would be conducted there.

A six-person US delegation arrived in the southern Turkish province of Sanliurfa on Monday to work on the establishment of the operations center.

Turkey has been accused of facilitating the smuggling of arms and fighters to Syria, despite international resolutions that stipulate otherwise.

Washington and Ankara have been at odds over plans for northeastern Syria, where US allies on the ground in the battle against ISIS militants.
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8/15/2019 1:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[Unemployment drops to 7.5% in Q2 2019: CAPMAS]]>
CAPMAS is the Egyptian official statistical agency.

A statement issued by CAPMAS on Thursday said the total workforce increased by 0.4 percent to reach 28.069 million in Q2 2019, compared to 27.968 million in the previous quarter of the same year.

The number of unemployed persons decreased in Q2 to reach 2.094 million compared to Q1 of the same year.

The number of jobless people included 962,000 males and 1.132 million females, representing 7.5 percent of the total workforce, according to CAPMAS.

The National Program for Local and Community Development (NPLCD), known as Mashro’ak (Arabic for ‘Your Project’), has contributed to the provision of about 350 thousand jobs for young people in all governorates.

It is considered one of the most important government programs that finance startups by young Egyptian citizens.

The aim behind the NPLCD is to contribute to the numerous endeavors that target the eradication of unemployment in Egypt and encouraging youths to work.

So far, the program was able to finance around 123,000 projects with an estimated cost of LE 10.5 billion through bank loans, contributing to the creation of around 350,000 job opportunities for young citizens across the country.

Additional reporting by MENA]]>
8/15/2019 12:51:47 PM
<![CDATA[Gazette publishes decree approving Egyptian-Moroccan extradition deal]]>
The agreement on the extradition of convicts in criminal cases was signed in Cairo on January 14, 2004.

It was approved by the Egyptian parliament on March 20, 2005.]]>
8/15/2019 12:43:59 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool defeats Chelsea, wins UEFA Super Cup]]>
Liverpool manager, JurgenKlopp, counted on the team’s new goalkeeper, Adrian, after the team starting goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, suffered an injury during the team’s opening game at the Premier league.

On the blue side, Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, wanted to reconcile the fans following a 4-0 loss to Manchester United at the opening game of the league. Lampard picked Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Pulisic to be the team’s attacking line.

Giroud rewarded his manager as he opened the score after 36 minutes to give his team the lead at the first half.

Liverpool bounced back at the second half through Sadio Mane who equalized the score after a wonderful pass from Roberto Firmino.

Both teams failed to score at the remaining minutes of the game despite their multiple attempts to score and the game went to extra time.

Liverpool players searched for the second goal at the first extra time and they got what they wanted from Mane’s strike.

Chelsea won a penalty as Liverpool goalkeeper tackled Tammy Abraham and Jorginhoconverted it to send the game to penalties.

Liverpool players, including Salah were so accurate and they did not miss the target, but Chelsea’s Abraham missed his team’s last penalty to crown Liverpool champions.

Liverpool won their fourth UEFA Super Cup title. ]]>
8/15/2019 12:38:19 PM
<![CDATA[Minister unveils plan to turn 50k vehicles into gas-powered annually]]>
In a statement on Wednesday, Mulla added that the ministry's plan targets transforming 50,000 vehicles into gas-powered ones on an annual basis.

The plan comes in support of a vision adopted by the political leadership and government to replace gasoline and diesel engines in private cars and public transport vehicles with natural gas ones via coordination among the ministries concerned, Mulla said.

In this regard, the minister noted that the plan includes establishing gas supply stations nationwide and providing new financing mechanisms needed to turn vehicles into gas-powered ones.]]>
8/15/2019 12:06:07 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo airport receives 4 flights bringing pilgrims home from Saudi Arabia]]>
Sources at the airport said in statements Wednesday that the flights are expected to arrive throughout the day from the Saudi city of Jeddah with more than 1,000 pilgrims on board.

All preparations have been made at Cairo airport's seasonal terminal to receive the pilgrims. (MENA)]]>
8/15/2019 12:00:53 PM
<![CDATA[Unprotected women breadwinners beating tough circumstances]]>
Egypt Today has met with a number of female breadwinners nationwide who were forced to work in hard circumstances to earn a living.

Suad is from Belbes in Sharkia governorate. She lives in a muddy house with her four children after being abandoned by her husband several years ago and being consequently left without income, she told Egypt Today.

Her day starts by taking her youngest child, 5, and placing her in the plastic basin (known in Arabic as tesht), where she puts the vegetables that she buys from the fields that are one-hour walk from her home.

Even in the days when I suffer from fatigue, I have to get up very early like a machine in order not to miss the pickup truck that I and some women farmers pile into, along with goods, for three hours to Cairo, she says.

Egypt Today has spotted some temporary or day rate female workers who come from different parts in Egypt, including Fayoum, Beni Suef, Giza and Beheira, and force themselves to work for over 18 hours, in competition with men, to earn a living.

Their day starts at 4 a.m.and ends at 12 a.m., when they return to rest to repeat the same tragedy the following day. They come out at dawn and walk for long distances in search for goods in the fields and markets, and struggle to grab a place in a pickup truck.

Egypt Today moved to a market in Giza and met with Om Rahma, a newly divorced mother from the village of Brenshet in the busy governorate. According to her, she had suffered during the past 7 years from domestic violence and had been forced to work to provide for her husband.

"I have been suffering throughout my marriage years. I had to work for long hours to provide for my husband, while he met everything I did with ingratitude, beat me and deprived me from my simplest rights including food," Om Rahma said.

She said she had to get out of the village everyday with her baby to catch the vehicle that transports her to a market in Giza known as Souk al-Talat.

“I once broke my hand after falling off the vehicle that carried me and some women and goods, while [the vehicle] was passing through the Giza crossing," she said, adding that her husband refused to pick her up from the police station where she stayed after the incident."After three days, he was not ashamed to force me to return to work again,” she added.

"I pray God stands by me until I die," Om Ahmed, 65, a widow and a mother of four children, said.Om Ahmed, who cannot move freely without help due to her illness and old age, still comes to the market "in order not for my children to need anything or borrow [money] from someone."

"In my youth, I was able to move from my residence in one of the areas in Giza to Nasser city in Helwan to work in a clothing factory for long hours," she said, adding that she left the job due to its very low salary (LE 300 - $19) and hard circumstances.

Om Ahmed said she turned to work and sell in the markets, and resided in Giza's Agouza market to be able to buy medicine for her sick husband before he died.

"I decided to go down again to meet the needs of my two daughters and their children after the first one's husband died, while the husband of the other is sick and executes some judicial rulings," she said.

The same motive was cited by Om Essam, who also has been selling vegetables to meet the needs of her children amid hard life conditions.

Om Essam said she started working after the death of her husband, who left her no money or government pension.

I shop, carry vegetables on the pickup truck initially from Rod al-Farag and currently from Souk al-Obour, she said.

"Nothing comes free of problems but a strong woman is not affected by anyone. I deal with the good and the bad [persons]."She said that many men now stay at home and force their wives to spend money on them.

Describing how fragile is the room she stays in, Om Ahmed said that the rain comes down on them every winter, adding that her husband's monthly salary is LE 90 ($5.4).

"Before selling vegetables, I had been working as a cook, but because of the surgery I underwent in my feet, and the other one I had in my stomach,I am no more able to stand on my feet, which forced me to look for an alternative."

"I collect grapes, potatoes, tomatoes or garlic, and get them transported by a pickup truck, along with the rest of the women," she said, adding that sometimes she fails to sell most of them and is threatened with imprisonment as she cannot pay traders and farmers back.

With eyes full of tears, Om Ahmed said she has been working from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. as she does not have a husband or a son to relieve her from this suffering.

"The day I buy vegetables, I have to get out of the room I live at 5 a.m.," she said.

Egypt Today also listened to a mother of four males and three girls, who she looks after. She said that women workers, especially daily rate breadwinners, are usually harassed in the streets

"When I was young, I used to get up and prepare food for my children, then leave them or take them with me to the markets where I sold vegetables at the lowest prices," Om Orabi said.

"Sometimes I had to go [out] on the day I gave birth," she said.

Naeema, a 35-year-old daily rate worker, has worked in collecting vegetables from a field for little money. Like Om Rahma, Naeema was forced by her husband to work for long hours that she cannot bear.

“Although I am young, I suffer from [high] blood pressure, diabetes and anemia because of how my selfish husband treats me. He stays home while I go out to work.”

"After all my suffering, he got married [again] despite our difficult circumstances, and despite living in a house [made] of wicker, and when I faced him, he said [he married] so that the second wife would help me make a living."

Muslim men are allowed to marry up to four wives in case they have a strong reason and can satisfy all their wives and treat them equally.

"I am ignorant and was married [when I was] a child and I have four children who have no one to provide for them. I do not have a job or a government pension that would support me and protect me from my husband's violence," said Naeema.

In Bulaq market, Om Taha, a mother of four sons, is forced to take several transportation means a day and is forced to wait for a long time with her goods.

"I struggle to earn a living and book a place in order for shop owners, who object to my work, to allow me to buy and sell," she said.

She added that she was once beaten by a shop owner because other traders left the remains of their goods in front of his shop.

"I cried of the severe pain and humiliation I encountered while struggling to earn a living for my children, but I returned the following day and I endured it."

Concerning the legal rights of such women, lawyer Reda al-Danbouqi, executive director of the Women's Center for Legal Awareness and Guidance, said that the Labor Law omitted that category, making them a marginalized group, contrary to Article 11 of the Constitution, which emphasized protecting working women.

Danbouqi revealed that 80 percent of daily rate workers in rural areas are women and children.

The main reason why women are forced to do such work is to provide income for their families suffering from poverty and illness due to the loss of the family's male breadwinner, either through divorce, death, imprisonment, marrying another woman or abandonment, Danbouqi said.

In the course of their work, they are injured, abused and sometimes harassed, he said, adding that many of them are exploited by their employers without any means to defend themselves.


Translated by Amr Mohamed Kandil]]>
8/15/2019 11:57:18 AM
<![CDATA[LE 1.2B investments pumped in New Aswan since 2014: minister]]>
Gazzar added that 3,120 residential units have been finalized as part of the social housing project in New Aswan city and work is underway for implementing 3,600 other units.

As many as 1,160 and 840 residential units are expected to be completed in December 2019 and June 2020 respectively, Gazzar noted.

The minister pointed out that 1,208 plots of land have been offered for sale in the new city.]]>
8/15/2019 11:46:21 AM
<![CDATA[AIDS patient expulsion from Gharbia hospital investigated]]>
A top official in the hospital claimed in an interview with Masrawy that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) patient had abused illegal drugs.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health blamed the officials for expelling the patient without taking medical and legal procedures required for him. The ministry affirmed that those who dealt with the patient in the way shown by the photos spreading on social media must be held accountable.

Officials of the National HIV/AIDS Program headed to the fever hospital in Gharbia, to check the arrival of the patient to the hospital, but did not find him. Some workers said he returned home instead.

The statement said that officials are trying to reach the patient to be placed under quarantine in the places treating HIV/AIDS patients.

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HIV/AIDS (aka stage 3 HIV) is a condition that may be developed when the HIV virus manages to cause serious damages to the immunity system.

HIV patients can live a normal life span thanks to HIV developed medications.

Patients contracting HIV/AIDS are more subject to be infected with diseases including certain cancers, as it is hard at this point for their immunity system to be repaired. Subsequently, life expectancy is severely affected.

Men are less likely to test for HIV or access antiretroviral therapy and, therefore, are more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women, according to a UNAIDS report released on World AIDS Day last year.

Around the world, fewer than half of HIV-positive men are getting treatment, compared to 60 percent of women, the report added. Men are also more likely than women to start treatment late, interrupt it, and not follow up after treatment.

Egyptian Minister of Health announced in September, 2018, a national plan to eliminate the HIV/AIDS in Egypt by 2030. The plan is considered a part of a bigger international plan to end the deadly condition.

Khaled Megahed, the Health Ministry’s spokesman, said that the ministry has created several strategic plans that aim to decrease the infection rate and totally end infection with HIV/AIDS by 2030.

As part of the plans, Megahed said that the ministry will provide medical examination opportunities for those who faced infection risk, and supply infected people with antiretroviral drugs. From a social perspective, Megahed said that the ministry is strengthening its awareness efforts to prevent behaviors that can lead to the infection with HIV.

For his part, Alaa Eid, head of Preventive Medicine Sector at the Ministry of Health and Population, said that antiretroviral drugs for HIV have been provided through 15 specialized centers to 100 percent of the recorded HIV patients, affirming that such treatment are provided for free.

Eid said that the Preventive Medicine Sector has issued a number of publications that urge health institutions to introduce all medical services required for people infected with HIV, while maintaining the confidentiality of patients’ records and ensuring equality between HIV patients and other patients.]]>
8/15/2019 11:19:40 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Launches New Distributed Operating System, HarmonyOS]]>
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, explained the company's thoughts behind developing this new OS. "We're entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We needed an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security."

"These were our goals with HarmonyOS," he continued. "HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS. It is a microkernel-based, distributed OS that delivers a smooth experience across all scenarios. It has a trustworthy and secure architecture, and it supports seamless collaboration across devices. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices."

Traditionally, new operating systems are released alongside new types of devices. As early as 10 years ago, Huawei envisioned a future where intelligence would seamlessly integrate with all aspects of our lives, and it began exploring how it might deliver this experience – one that would transcend the boundaries of physical space and span different hardware and platforms.

harmony is a lightweight, compact operating system with powerful functionality, and it will first be used for smart devices like smartwatches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems, and smart speakers. Through this implementation, Huawei aims to establish an integrated and shared ecosystem across devices, create a secure and reliable runtime environment, and deliver a holistic intelligent experience across every interaction with every device.

The success of HarmonyOS will depend on a dynamic ecosystem of apps and developers. To encourage broader adoption, Huawei will release HarmonyOS as an open-source platform, worldwide. Huawei will also establish an open-source foundation and an open-source community to support more in-depth collaboration with developers.

"We believe HarmonyOS will revitalize the industry and enrich the ecosystem," said Richard Yu. "Our goal is to bring people a truly engaging and diverse experience. We want to invite developers from around the world to join us as we build out this new ecosystem. Together, we will deliver an intelligent experience for consumers in all scenarios."

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8/15/2019 12:13:31 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan MPs hail Egypt's support to war torn state in face of terrorism]]>
Egypt has a great role in standing with Libya in the fight against terrorism, extremism and militias, and with the Libyan armed forces led by Khalifa Haftar, MP Assalheen Abdul Nabi said in press remarks on Tuesday.

Abdul Nabi hailed Egypt's belief in the Libyan Parliament as the only legitimate body elected by the Libyan people and its authority to play the main role in any political process in solidarity with the General Command of the army.

MP Eissa al-Oreibi welcomed the statement issued earlier by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on the situation in Libya, stressing that the five points included by the statement are pivotal and can be a base for a solution to the Libyan crisis.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Oreibi hailed the role played by the Egyptian state institutions to establish security and stability in Libya, pointing out that foreign interventions by some countries outside the region complicated the Libyan crisis.

Egypt hailed the humanitarian truce declared by Libyan parties on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, stressing that it is a positive step towards building confidence between Libyan parties, a Tuesday statement by Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said.
Hafez's statement also reported that Egypt confirmed that putting an end to foreign interference, stopping support for armed militias and extremists, and eliminating terrorism and extremism are the only way to end chaos and restore security and stability in Libya.

The truce was reached following the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) call upon the parties on August 8 to express their commitment to a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

The statement also stressed that it is important that Libyan parties must reject foreign interference in Libya’s affairs and document violations to UN resolutions by countries that facilitate the smuggling of arms and terrorist fighters to Libya before the international community.

According to the statement, Egypt further calls upon the UNSMIL to cooperate more with the elected representatives of the Libyan people to develop the road map needed to get out of the current crisis and implement all the elements of the initiative approved by the Security Council in October 2017.

In the same context, Egypt condemned the recent terrorist bombing in Benghazi, expressing condolences to the victims’ families.]]>
8/14/2019 8:42:44 PM
<![CDATA[2012: Muslim Brotherhood's Political Failures, Democracy Breaches]]>
Eventually, they had to choose between Ahmed Shafik, who served as the minister of civil aviation in the era of Mubarak, and Mohamed Morsi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood group, which they did not know well as it was almost silenced by Mubarak.

Millions of Egyptians headed to polling stations to vote for Morsi who died earlier this year during a trial, but only one year following his ruling, millions including former Morsi supporters took to the streets on June 30, 2013, calling on him to “leave” his post. Morsi was ousted a few days later.

On August 14, 2013, policemen and hundreds of Morsi supporters in Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares died during the dispersal of the protests, which called for returning the so-called legitimate president.

In 2012, the year Morsi ruled, Egyptians have been angered by Muslim Brotherhood political failures and democracy breaches.

Constitution referendum

In a step that seems democratic, Morsi announced that the Egyptian Constituent Assembly would vote on a new constitution in late 2012. The constitution was seen to be biased to the MB, as Islamist members reportedly represented 76 percent of the Assembly. In addition, legal experts thought it was full of defects.

A more balanced assembly was then formed, including police and army personnel, and representatives of Egypt's churches. On November 16, a few days before the vote, Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical churches in Egypt announced their withdrawal from the assembly, as it did not support religious pluralism, according to a unified statement from the churches.

Civil movements’ leaders, including Amr Moussa, former secretary-general of the Arab League; Gaber Nassar, former head of Cairo University; Anwar Esmat al-Sadat, nephew of late President Sadat; in addition to human activists, church representatives and more than 20 members of the assembly, withdrew from the assembly.

However, Morsi insisted on not postponing the voting process and the Muslim Brotherhood amassed more than 10.6 million votes in favor of the constitution, while more than 6 million votes opposed it.

Changeable stance, false promises

Khairat al-Shater, deputy supreme guide of the MB group at the time, claimed in the interview that the military institution said that it was delighted by the MB's decision not to run for presidency or seek the majority of seats in the Parliament.

However, in January 2012, it was announced that the MB's political wing, Freedom and Justice Party, won 235 total seats in the Egyptian Parliament, which represented about 47 percent of the total parliamentarian seats. The FJP was formed following the January revolution.

Moreover, on March 31, 2012, Mohamed Badie, the MB supreme guide, announced that Shater requested to resign from the group to run for president, after he was nominated by the MB. Shater said that he had never thought of taking up an executive post in the state; however, he had to abide by the group’s commands.

Less than a month later, the Egyptian election authority rejected the request of Shater to run for president, due to national legal procedures; the MB leaders were not surprised. Few days before the exclusion of Shater, the group reportedly prepared Morsi as an alternative. Apparently, the group did not dare to risk the chance.

Morsi won the presidential election with reportedly more than 13 million votes, representing about 51.7 percent of the electorate in the second round of the 2012 presidential election, to become the first elected president since the ousting of Mubarak.

Morsi thought he would satisfy people by promising them to solve problems concerning fuel, traffic, security and bread in 100 days. However, many people complained that Morsi failed to fulfill his promise.

The first 100 days of Morsi’s term were not successful, former parliamentarian Bassel Adel told CNN.

Adel claimed that Morsi wasted 40 percent of his time travelling abroad although the 100-day program and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Nahda presidential program which Morsi adopted focused on the internal affairs. In addition, Morsi was late forming the Cabinet which had not shown its efficiency up till now, he said.

Hamdi Bekheit, a military expert, claimed that the Nahda project needs 15 years in order to be achieved. He told CNN that the president and the ruling party exploited the ignorance and unawareness of many people, making promises they cannot fulfill. He added that the Nahda project needed a higher budget than the country could bear at the time.

Bekheit said that the security situation in Sinai had been worsened during the rule of Morsi and the MB, claiming that Morsi released prisoners [arrested during the January revolution] to distract people from questioning him about his promise.

On the other hand, Morsi claimed in the October War anniversary in 2012 that he has fulfilled 70 percent of the goals during his first 100 days.]]>
8/14/2019 5:28:51 PM
<![CDATA['Raya we Sakina min tani' launches on Aug. 13 in Alexandria]]>
Actress Badria Tolba expressed her happiness for the success of the play, assuring the press that this success is a great motivation to perform more elaborate performances.

“Raya We Sakina Min Tany” is starring Badria Tolba, Entisar, Hamdi al-Wazir, and Mohamed Farouk; it is written by Mustafa Salem and directed by Hossam el-Din Salah.

Raya and Sakina were two Egyptian serial killers, known as Egypt's most infamous serial killers. They both were siblings. In the early 1900s, the two women, their husbands, and two other men began a killing spree targeting women in the Labban neighborhood of Alexandria.

The law enforcers were startled by increasing reports of missing women. Women started disappearing mysteriously during that time. Sakina was questioned several times because of the reports, but she managed to dodge suspicions regarding her involvement.

On the morning of December 11, 1920, a passerby discovered human remains on the side of the road; the body was damaged beyond recognition (except for its long hair) and was completely dismembered.

There was also a piece of black cloth and a striped black-and-white pair of socks near the body; however, these items did not help with the identification of the remains. In an unrelated incident, at about the same time in December, a man reported finding human remains beneath his floor while digging to fix a water pipe.

Those findings provided the only evidence regarding the murders in the Labban neighborhood.

After investigation, it was found that Raya and Sakina had been renting a home beside El Labban police department, where the bodies were buried.

Both vicious killers and their husbands were tried for murder. All four were convicted and were sentenced to death on May 16, 1921, putting an end to their gruesome crimes that not only shook Alexandria but Egypt as a whole.

Raya and Sakina became the first Egyptian women to be executed by the modern state of Egypt.

Inspired by the story of the killers, several books and works of art have been published, in addition to screenplays and theatrical shows.




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8/14/2019 4:35:53 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim, no. 1 performer in North Coast in summer 2019]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: A massive audience attended Hakim’s concert in the Northern Coast on the third day of Eid al-Adha, making it the most attended concert of summer 2019.

The concert was attended by a large number of celebrities, public figures and businessmen.

The popular singer performed over 20 songs, where the audience danced and sang along until the end of the concert.

Hakim was besieged by the audience as he was ready to leave and made sure to take photos with them.

The North Coast audience insists on attending Hakim’s concert for the fourth consecutive year, making him the most prominent star in the summer concerts.
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8/14/2019 4:14:37 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Various archaeological sites await opening in 2019, know the details]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities will soon complete the facilities for a number of archaeological museums, which are scheduled to launch during the remaining months of 2019.

Tanta Museum

The Ministry of Antiquities announced the completion of developing and restoring Tanta Museum in preparation for its opening at the end of August 2019.

Waad Abul Ela, head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, told the press that the completion of the structural development and restoration of the National Museum of Tanta in the province of Gharbia will be in August, within the ministry's plan to develop and open closed museums throughout the country.
Tanta Museum
Tanta Museum
The Ministry of Antiquities exposed that 99 percent of the museum's exhibition work has been completed. Furthermore, the museum will display a collection of artifacts that includes a statue of architect Imhotep, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a statue of the god Osiris.

Tanta Museum will showcase 8579 artifacts from the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras.

Tanta Museum is the only archaeological museum in the province and was closed 18 years ago.

The development work inside Tanta Museum included the renovation of the museum building, its structural treatment, and the installation of two new showcases. The museum display committee also changed its display scenario.

The museum's building consists of five floors, the first floor is dedicated to services, the second and third floors to displaying various artifacts, the fourth floor consists of the administrative offices of the museum staff, while the fifth floor has a lecture and conference rooms.

Hurghada Museum

The Minister of Antiquities exposed that the opening of the Hurghada Museum, which is the first museum opened in partnership with the private sector, will be in the second half of September 2019.

The Hurghada Museum will display nearly 1,000 artifacts that will be selected from various museum stores in Cairo, which will be suitable for the area where the museum is located.

Baron Palace

The Ministry of Antiquities revealed that several projects will be opened this year, most notably the palace, Baron Empain, which will become an archaeological documentation center, and is scheduled to open in November 2019.

It was rumored that the Ministry of Antiquities had halted the development and restoration work at the Baron Palace because of the weak financial allocations, stressing that renovation works is resuming inside the Baron Palace.
Baron Palace
Baron Palace

For his part, Head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Gamal Mustafa exposed to the press that almost 90 percent of the restoration works of Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis area have been completed; where the structural consolidation of the roofs of the palace, restoration and finishing facades and decorative elements in it have been completed, in addition to completion of deficiencies of doors and windows and the removal of all ceilings and cornices.

Pyramid of Djoser

The Ministry of Antiquities aims to complete several projects before the end of 2019, including the Pyramid of Djoser, which will be launched during the month of November 2019.
Pyramid of Djoser
Djoser Pyramid

Waad Abul Ela, head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities clarified to the press that the remaining works is simple, such as completing some overrun items, treating and securing the vertical well walls, and completing the stages of securing the well's roof.

Sharm El Sheikh Museum

The Head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waad Abul Ela also stated that the sector continues to develop the Sharm El Sheikh Museum on a regular basis, in preparation for its opening in 2019. It is scheduled to open to the public in November.
Sharm
Sharm El Sheikh Museum

Abul Ela further pointing out that approximately 85 percent of the engineering work has been completed in the two halls that will be launched. Abul Ela also referred that remaining works include final finishing works, for example the electronics, pointing out that the development work at the Sharm El Sheikh Museum has been stalled since 2011, as the reason was the lack of financial resources for the project at the time, where almost LE 188 million were spent on its renovation works before January 2011. Clearly, the current expenditure has more than doubled. The Advisory Committee estimated that the project needs more than LE 800 million for its completion.

Kafr el Sheikh Museum

The Ministry of Antiquities revealed the opening date of Kafr El-Sheikh Museum, where currently the museums displays and showcases are being completed. The showcases will include artifacts from various eras, which contributes to enforcing the academic studies of Kafr El Sheikh University students who are adjacent to the museum, in preparation for the opening of the museum in December.
Kafr el sheikh
Kafr El Sheikh Museum

Kafr El Sheikh Museum is being developed in cooperation with Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. The museum stands on 6 thousand square meters in the land of Sana'a Park in Kafr El Sheikh City.

The governor of Kafr El Sheikh issued a decision to donate this land to the Ministry of Antiquities for the establishment of the museum.

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8/14/2019 4:00:22 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Governorate changes the name of Selim I Street in Zaytoun]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: Governor of Cairo Atef Abdel Hamid decided to change the name of Selim I Street in Zaytoun, based on the proposal of Mohamed Sabry el Daly, Professor of Contemporary History at Helwan University.

The proposal stressed that it is not right to name a street after the first colonizer of Egypt, who stole its independence and made it one of the mandates of the Ottoman Empire, besides killing thousands of Egyptians, in addition to executing the last Mamluk Sultan Toman Bay and paralysing the Egyptian Army at the time.

A community dialogue will be held under the chairmanship of Zaytoun district administration and the people of the neighborhood, the shop owners and interested intellectuals and historians to choose an appropriate name for the street.

This came during a meeting of the governorate nomenclature committee chaired by the governor and the presence of Major General Hany Shenishn, Director of Housing Directorate and representatives of the Ministries of Interior and Defense, Mohsen Salah the Assistant Secretary General and representatives of the Postal and Education Authority, educational buildings and a number of leaders of the province.

The Governor of Cairo agreed during the meeting to name a number of schools, road axes and new streets after martyrs of the armed forces and police in acknowledgment and appreciation of the governorate towards their endless sacrifices for the sake of the homeland and to immortalize their memory.

The committee approved to name the Zaytoun Elementary School for girls in the neighborhood Zaytoun after the name of the martyr Mohammed Ahmed Ghonaim, Katameya Boys School in New Cairo after martyr Emad Amir Rushdy Ali and Maadi secondary school for girls after the martyr Ahmed Shawky Ali.

The committee also approved the proposal to name Dar el Salaam Primary School after martyr Adel Mustafa Abdel Rahman, Hadayek el Kobba National School after martyr Shadi Alaa el Assi, Mokattam School of Languages after martyr Islam Muhammad Ali Mashhour and the Secondary School of Girls in Helwan after martyr Saber Abu Nab Ali.

The governor of Cairo called on the need to put commemorative plates inside all schools that bear the names of the martyrs, including a prolific biography of the martyr whose name the school bears. The schools must also display a large picture of each martyr, the details of their sacrifices and the circumstances of their martyrdom to set an example for school students.

The Governor of Cairo also stressed that the martyr's name must be preceded by the title "Hero", demanding a celebration of each school bearing the martyr's name as a reminder of what they had done for the sake of the homeland, and to honor their memory by presenting their biographies and heroic acts in each school during the first class of the academic year.

During the meeting, the committee also agreed to name a number of streets after the names of martyrs as follows:

El-Montazah Street in Heliopolis Square in Nozha will be named after martyr Hisham el-Din Azab, Shabab el Mohandeseen st. in Nasr City will be named after martyr Ziad Mohammed Gad, Gabaris st. in Heliopolis will be named after martyr Aiman Hatem Abdel Rahim, Khalil Owais st. in Masr el Kadima district will be named after martyr Mohamed Ashour Ali Saad,

The proposal to name Al-Hamam Street in Heliopolis district after Dr. Tawhid Abdel Rahman was approved, as she is the first Egyptian doctor hired by the Egyptian government in 1932.

The governor also pointed out that the Cairo Governorate will hold a celebration to honor the families of the martyrs and hand them commemorative copper plates with the names of the schools bearing the names of their martyr siblings.


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8/14/2019 3:33:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Media Group releases documentary on Muslim Brotherhood dark history]]>CAIRO – 14 August 2019: Six years after the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-in camp at Rabaa Al-Adawiya, the Egyptian Media Group (EMG), in cooperation with Egypt Today, released a documentary on Wednesday that exposes the bloodthirsty truth of the outlawed group.


The 45-minute documentary, namely "Scam" according to EMG, exposes how the Muslim Brotherhood used to create chaos and violence right before repudiation.


2013 Rabaa dispersal: How the Muslim Brotherhood posed imminent danger?

CAIRO - 14 August 2019: Today marks the 6 th anniversary of the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda sit-ins by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters, which was identified by security experts as one of the biggest threats to the national security of Egypt and the Arab region.



The documentary, which features a number of public figures such as National Council to Combat Terrorism member Khaled Okasha and political sociology professor Saeed Sadek, will be aired by state TV's Channel 1 at 2:30 pm and Channel 2 at 8 pm. The Nile TV channel will also broadcast the documentary with English subtitles after the news bulletin at 5 pm.





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8/14/2019 3:01:01 PM
<![CDATA[Social media insults might fine up to LE 20k]]>
Law enforcement investigators and prosecutors are focusing on the Electronic Crimes law this period, especially after the hacking of personal accounts of some famous personalities.

On May 29, Egyptian authorities arrested a Lebanese citizen, namely Mona al-Mazbouh, over posting a video on her Facebook account talking about several situations that triggered her anger while spending her vacation in Cairo.

In June 2018, Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered to hold Mazbouh in detention for four days pending investigations over accusation of “insulting Egyptian people and the president”, amid calls from the Egyptian parliamentarians to bar her from entering Egypt.

Mazbouh also described President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as “unjust”, spitting on the Egyptians and insulting Egyptian women.

On May 11, security forces arrested a woman called Amal Fathy Abdel-Tawab who was reported to be a member of April 6 Youth Movement and was detained for six days pending investigations over accusations of defamation, insulting the Egyptian state and assaulting Banque Misr employees.

Abdel-Tawab started a live video on her Facebook page, while angrily-telling a situation that happened to her as she was finishing the procedures of reactivating her bank account; she started to mention several bureaucratic situations that delayed the procedures for a long time.]]>
8/14/2019 2:03:59 PM
<![CDATA[Massive steel sculpture takes pride of place on Belgian highway]]>
Designed by French conceptual artist Bernar Venet and called L’Arc Majeur, the huge sculpture was installed on Tuesday at Lavaux-Sainte-Anne, a small town along the busy 411 highway.

“Today we are installing, what everybody agrees to say, the biggest sculpture in the world,” said Venet. “But I hope the artistic meaning of this arch will be more important than its size.”

“The perception for the drivers is the most important. Because of the natural steel color after oxidation, it looks especially spectacular during sunset,” he said, calling the project the realization of a 35-year dream.

Venet had initially wanted to install the sculpture, made from 200 tonnes of steel and set in 2,800 tonnes of concrete, in France but ran into various obstacles and eventually found a home for it in Belgium.

“Two hundred meetings with French, and it didn’t work for so many years. One week of talks in Belgium, and it’s done,” said Venet, who was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2016.]]>
8/14/2019 1:53:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt urges Libyan institutions to unite, dissolve armed militias]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: Egypt hailed the humanitarian truce declared by Libyan parties on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, stressing that it is a positive step towards building confidence between Libyan parties, a Tuesday statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said.

Hafez's statement also reported that Egypt confirmed that putting an end to foreign interference, stopping support for armed militias and extremists, and eliminating terrorism and extremism are the only way to end chaos and restore security and stability in Libya.

The truce was reached following the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) call upon the parties on Aug. 8 to express their commitment to a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

The statement also stressed that it is important that Libyan parties must reject foreign interference in Libya’s affairs and document violations to UN resolutions by countries that facilitate the smuggling of arms and terrorist fighters to Libya before the international community.

According to the statement, Egypt further calls upon the UNSMIL to cooperate more with the elected representatives of the Libyan people to develop the road map needed to get out of the current crisis and implement all the elements of the initiative approved by the Security Council in October 2017.

In the same context, Egypt condemned the recent terrorist bombing in Benghazi, expressing condolences to the victims’ families.]]>
8/14/2019 1:21:35 PM
<![CDATA[Karim Kassem: 'Welad Rizk P2' is facing fierce competition ]]>
Kassem explained that the second part of the film was delayed because it took a long time to be shot due to the many action scenes that needed a lot of preparations, noting that the filming took about nine weeks.

Kassem further stated to the press that it is possible to produce a third and even a fourth part of the film.

The actor stressed that the film is facing strong competition in the season of Eid al-Adha, wishing all the participating films success, “because the films' success comes for the best interest of the Egyptian film industry,'' said Kassem.

"Welad Rizk P 2", starring Ahmed Ezz, garnered revenues of LE 8,401,929 on the first day of Eid al-Adha, bringing the total revenues to LE 20.4 million in four weeks. The revenues are expected to increase.

"Welad Rizk 2 - The Return of the Lions of the Earth" is co-starring Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed el Fishawi, Ahmed Dawood, Karim Qassem, Khaled el Sawy and Nisreen Amin.

The film is written by Salah el-Guhaini, directed by Tarek el-Erian and produced by Synergy Films, Tarek el Erian, Moussa Issa and Al-Taher Media Productions.
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8/14/2019 12:32:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian film 'Elm el-Wosool' to participate in Toronto Festival]]>
The Egyptian film “Elm el-Wosool” (science of arrival) by Hisham Saqr is one of the films participating in the discoveries film section in the upcoming edition of Toronto Film Festival, being the first Egyptian film to participate in an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.

“Elm el-Wosool” has previously participated in the Final Cut film section of the 75th Venice Film Festival, and also won the la Francophonie award in the training department of Carthage International Nights Film Festival.

The film is starring popular Egyptian actress, Basma, alongside Basant Shawky and Mohamed Sarhan. “Elm el-Wosool” is co-produced by Mohamed Hefzi's Film Clinic and Hisham Saqr's White Feather.

In the same section, Lebanese director Walid Mounis will participate by his first long feature “1982”. The film received a support award from the last edition of El Gouna Film Festival in the post-production category.

Set in a private school on the outskirts of Beirut during the Lebanese war in 1982, the film stars a group of actors and Nadine Labaki plays the leading role.

“I have known Nadine for a while and talked to her about this film in 2013. She read the script and liked it a lot. When I started working on the film I called her on the phone and asked her if she is still interested in the role. She said she definitely is. She filmed her scenes while working on the editing of her film 'Kafr Nahum',” clarified Mounis.

Additionally, the third Arab participation in the festival comes from Tunisia with Hind Boujemaa's "Nora Dreams" starring famed actress Hend Sabry alongside a number of stars.

"Nora Dreams" is based on real events revolves around a woman who falls in love with another man while her husband is serving his sentence in prison, but then she is forced to return to her normal life with her husband after his release.

Furthermore, four Arab documentary films will participate in the festival's coming edition. The first is entitled “El-Kahf” (The Cave) and is directed by Firas Fayad. Fayad's latest film, "The Last Men in Aleppo", made it to the final list of nominees for the Oscar's best documentary award.

In his new film, he returns to Syria to highlight the work of a group of female doctors tirelessly treating injuries in an underground hospital during the siege of Ghouta between 2012 and 2015, while fighting systematic sexual discrimination.

The Arabic films also include Karim el-Sayad's “Ibn Ami el-Englizy” (My English cousin). The film traces the journey of the director's cousin, Fahd, who left Algeria to England in 2001, and is not thinking of returning back to his home country.

Among the participating films is "Ibrahim" directed by Lina al-Abed. In the film, Abed searches for traces of her missing father, who appeared as an ordinary Palestinian man, but is really a secret member of a radical dissident faction. The father disappeared whilst she was still a little girl.

Moreover, director Hind Madab is participatingwith the film “Paris Stalingrad”, where she wanders around carrying cameras in the streets of Stalingrad district in the French capital, meeting with many refugees struggling to find a home.
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8/14/2019 12:29:03 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan parl't thanks Egypt for supportive stances]]>
According to Belhiq, the Libyan parliament also thanked Egypt's leadership, government and people for their supportive stance toward Libya in the face of all crises. Belhiq urged the UN to work to end the Libyan crisis.

He stressed that putting an end to foreign interference, stopping support for armed militias and extremists, and eliminating terrorism and extremism are the only way to end the chaos and restore security and stability.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday August 13 urging the UN mission in Libya to cooperate to crystallize a road map needed to get out of the current crisis.]]>
8/14/2019 12:28:44 PM
<![CDATA[Exhibition highlights Egyptology in Czech Republic]]>
The exhibition, held in Prague and Cairo, sheds light on the 20th century work of Czech in Egyptology and the works of the Czech Institute of Egyptology (CIE). It also showcases Czech's excavations in Egypt and Sudan.

CIE focuses particularly on two specific historical periods of ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom and the Late Period.

Czech Egyptologists made a number of important discoveries in Egypt. The Egyptian-Czech mission succeeded in uncovering the remains of a temple of King Ramses II of the New Kingdom as part of the archaeological excavations in Abu Sir area.

The Czech mission in Abu Sir, north of Saqqara region, headed by Miroslav Barta, also succeeded in uncovering the Tomb of the Secrets.
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8/14/2019 12:20:04 PM
<![CDATA[Terrorism only makes Egypt and its people stronger: Kuwaiti newspaper]]>
The article, written by Saudi writer Meshal Al-Harbi, further stressed that the “cancer” of terrorism targets the whole Arab world by targeting Egypt.

Twenty people have been killed and 47 injured after a car bomb collided with other vehicles, triggering an explosion outside a cancer hospital in central Cairo earlier this month.

The blast occurred around midnight local time on a road running alongside the Nile River in an area outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute.

Harbi further affirmed that such terrorist attack is nothing but a proof that Egypt is walking the right path and that countries that support terrorism hate for Cairo to be the Arab world’s gate for stability.

He also said these countries hate Egyptians for standing against terrorism by flocking to the streets by millions to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood group that aimed at demolishing Egypt’s culture, history and stature.

He pointed out that Egyptians knew that overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood's regime would bring terrorism to Egypt, but the brave people authorized the army to confront it and fight the main battle against this malignant cancer.

Harbi also said the incident only increased the strength of Egypt and its people and also boosted solidarity between Egypt and its Gulf neighbors.
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8/14/2019 12:18:08 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong police arrest 5 protesters at airport]]>
The protesters had held an officer and a journalist working for a Chinese newspaper before police came to their rescue.

The arrests were made after a second day of mass protests at the airport.

Hong Kong’s busy airport was the latest scene of wide-scale pro-democracy protests that have rocked the city for months. ]]>
8/14/2019 11:48:12 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to receive sixth B787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing Wednesday]]>
In a statement released on Tuesday, the national flagship carrier said members of its technical delegation, who are currently on a visit to the American city of Seattle, has revised all agreed measures and specifications for the plane.

The delegation members also paid a visit to the world's largest aircraft factory "Boeing Everett Factory" to see for themselves all steps taken by the facility in the process of manufacturing planes, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Boeing representatives said they are looking forward to further cooperation with EgyptAir.

The newly-received Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are set to be operated on EgyptAir's routes to Shanghai, Tokyo as well as New York and Bangkok.

The B787-9 Dreamliner is capable of flying a distance ranging between 14,800 and 15,700 km non-stop with 'dispatch reliability' hitting 99%. It was developed so as to be 20% more fuel-efficient than its counterparts in commercial aircraft.

The B787-9 Dreamliner has 309 seats divided into 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats and 279 seats in the economy class. ]]>
8/14/2019 11:45:52 AM
<![CDATA[Health minister inspects development works at Alamein hospital]]>
In a statement released Tuesday, spokesman for the health ministry Khaled Megahed said the minister held a meeting with the hospital officials and representatives of the company tasked with finalizing development works.

Mohamed Zarif, the hospital's director, said it is ready to receive patients, adding that the entire medical staff is working round the clock.

The first phase of development works at the hospital will be completed next week, he noted.]]>
8/14/2019 11:45:01 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi ratifies amendments to law on lawyers]]>
The amended law stipulates that the board of the Bar Association should create special lists registering foreign lawyers it accredited to be able to work inside the Egyptian territories and lawyers who are working abroad, in addition to setting the registration fees and annual subscriptions.

According to the new legislation, an academy of law and legal studies will be established. This facility will be affiliated with the Bar Association and will have a legal personality.

It will be tasked with developing studies related to the legal profession, training of lawyers and upgrading their skills, in addition to granting them professional certificates.

Under the amended legislation, those seeking to join the Bar Association for the first time must pass a period of study at the academy which is expected to open as of January 2021.

The law was published in the gazette on Tuesday. ]]>
8/14/2019 11:43:03 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly prepare Walid Soliman for Pyramids clash in Egypt’s Cup ]]>
Al Ahly began on Tuesday to prepare for the match against Pyramids FC, scheduled for Saturday evening, in the 16th round of the Egyptian Cup.

The coaching staff Al Ahly club, led by Martin Lasarte, decided to give players rest from training on Monday.

Al Ahly thrashed Atlabara 4-0 in the CAF Champions League start when they met at Borg El Arab stadium on Sunday night.

Al Ahly’s goals came through Ali Maaloul, two goals for Walid Azzarou and Ahmed El Sheikh in the 16, 33, 47 and 93 minutes respectively.



Martin Lasarte’s starting line-up was:
Goalkeepers: Ayman Ashraf
Defense line: Ayman Ashraf, Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hani
Midfielders: Amr El-Soleya, Hamdy Fathy, Hussein El-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhy, Saleh Gomaa`
Attackers: Walid Azzaro

Al Ahly hasn’t tasted the taste of winning the title since 2013; the Reds reached CAF Champions League Final twice but lost in both games against Wydada Casabalanca & Tunis Esperance Sportive.

The second leg will be held in Egypt as the Reds reached an agreement with Sudanese club to play both games in Egypt. The second leg will be on August 23rd.

Al-Ahly achieved their 41st league title after a fierce competition with arch rivals, Zamalek.

The Reds ended the Egyptian league topping the standings with 80 points, 8 points above their rivals, Zamalek.

Zamalek have been topping the Egyptian league most of the past year but they wasted a lot of points in the last 10 rounds which affected their leadership.
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8/14/2019 11:40:43 AM
<![CDATA[Mortada reveals Zamalek’s coach candidates in a press conference]]>
It’s expected that Mortada will announce the candidates for the coach position who will lead the White team in the next period.

Argentinean coach Ramon Diaz, the former coachof Pyramids FC, and Portuguese coach, Jesualdo Ferreira, the former coach of Zamalek, are now out of the race for candidates to coach the Zamalek team in the coming period.

Zamalek negotiations with both managers stopped due to different reasons. Ramon Diaz refused to rule the white club after not reaching to an agreement due to financial terms. While, Ferreira preferred to continue his rest from coaching as he led the Qatari club, Al Sadd, for three years.

Zamalek club president Mortada Mansour said he is inviting all the old football stars of the White Club to be present with the club's board in a meeting next Wednesday to choose the new foreign manager.

Zamalek appointed their former player, Tarek Yehia, as a caretaker manager and they are searching for a new manager to lead the team at the new season after the board sacked Khaled Galal following the Egyptian league title loss to Al-Ahly.


Galal, who succeeded Swiss manager, Cristian Gross, led the team during the last stage of the season in which the team lost the title to their arch rivals, Al-Ahly.

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8/14/2019 11:38:42 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek enter private camp for Dekadaha clash]]>Zamalek SC board of directors decided to start selling tickets on Wednesday for the first leg match between the White team and Dekadaha from Somalia in the 64th round of the African Champions League on Sunday (August 16th) at 9 pm at Borg el Arab Stadium.

Zamalek took the approval of the club Dekadaha from Somalia to play the first leg of the African Champions League in Cairo instead of Djibouti.

The second leg is scheduled for 23, 24 or 25 of August in Egypt after Zamalek reached an agreement with Dekadaha to play both games in Cairo.

Zamalek, 2019 CAF Confederation Cup winners, aim to have a good start at the competition and continue their journey towards winning the title they last achieved in 2002.

Zamalek and Al-Ahly will use Cairo International stadium for their domestic and continental matches this season.

Timings for the matches will be decided after the summer as the Stadium is going through refurbishment

The Stadium hosted ten games during 2019 Africa Cup of Nations including the tournament’s final between Algeria and Senegal.

Zamalek appointed their former player, Tarek Yehia, as a caretaker manager and they are searching for a new manager to lead the team at the new season after the board sacked Khaled Galal following the Egyptian league title loss to Al-Ahly.

Galal, who succeeded Swiss manager, Cristian Gross, led the team during the last stage of the season in which the team lost the title to their arch rivals, Al-Ahly.

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8/14/2019 11:36:55 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian team vs Slovenia in U-20 World Cup]]>
The match will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, where it will be broadcast live on the Time Sport channel, which has obtained the rights to transfer the Egyptian matches in the tournament since its launch.

Egypt is placed in the second group, which includes France, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Taiwan.

The Egyptian national team lost only against France but they succeeded to beat Sweden, Taiwan and Canada before defeating Hungary to lead their group in the World Cup.

The Squad include: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.

The young handball team is looking for a strong achievement like the U-23 Egyptian national team who recently won the bronze medal by beating Portugal 37/27 in the tournament held from July 16 to 28 in Spain.
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8/14/2019 11:35:15 AM
<![CDATA[Facebook’s Cryptocurrency: A Game Changer]]>
Given Facebook’s positioning as a platform used by billions of people, this step would make it easier for people to know more about cryptocurrency and be motivated to use it. If the move succeeds, it will mark the beginning of a new economic era. But Libra has also raised controversy and fears in global financial circles, as some saw it a risk not only for banknotes, but also to national security, monetary policies and privacy.

With more than 2.5 billion users from around the world, Facebook would succeed in spreading the knowledge and the use of cryptocurrency, which previously hadn’t received global acknowledgment or support.

Cryptocurrency

CoinTelegraph defines cryptocurrency as an asset used as a means of exchanging. It is considered reliable because it is based on cryptography. Cryptocurrencies use Blockchain and a decentralized ledger, which means that no supervisory authority controls all the network’s actions, coming at the expense of all the users.

According to CoinTelegraph, one of the cryptography’s primary objectives is communications and keeping them secure. It creates and analyzes the algorithms and protocols so no information is changed or interrupted during the conversation by third parties. “Cryptography is a mix of a large number of different sciences, with mathematics as the basic. It’s math that attaches the severity and reliability to algorithms and protocols,” the platform notes.

Facebook Inc.

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Users would be allowed to use Libra as a payment tool for both online and offline services. However, the cryptocurrency will start transferring money between individuals in developing countries who lack access to traditional banks, Facebook announced.

According to the company’s executives, their end goal is to establish a mainstream cryptocurrency that would be as stable as the dollar, can be used to buy almost anything, and can support an entire range of financial products from loans to credit.

“It would make a scenario where there’s a run on the bank completely impossible, be- cause we are backed one-for-one,” head of the Facebook blockchain team David Marcus previously stated, adding that Libra will also be audited, an important step in an industry with limited transparency.

“To help instill trust in a new currency and gain widespread adoption during its infancy, it was guaranteed that a country’s notes could be traded in for real assets, such as gold,” according to the white paper issued.

With this virtual currency, Facebook seeks to create an ATM to convert regular currency to its new currency and vice versa, as well as to create platforms different from ordinary Face- book platforms.

According to Facebook, the new currency is linked to several global currencies and is backed by government assets. Facebook can also issue more when needed, protecting it beyond the volatility of traditional money markets, thereby encouraging the practice of e-commerce more widely depending on its services and promoting advertising on its plat- forms.

Libra is not only for users of the currency, but also for the 2.5 billion global Facebook users; the money is used through the Messenger platform and the Facebook-owned Whatsapp owned by the company, dealing with an electronic portfolio through which it can retain more currency.

Analysts and Experts

“Libra digital currency is a combination of the advantages of virtual currencies and paper currencies to reach the highest level of success. It differs from other virtual currencies that started after 2009 and revolutionized the digital currency, including the famed Bitcoin,” digital currency market analyst and general manager of UniPips Training and Financial Investments Ahmed Fahem says.

He points out that 28 international companies have thus far agreed to use Libra, the most prominent of which are PayPal, Master- Card, Uber, Spotivay, Visa, eBay, Booking and Coinbase, refusing to call it Facebook’s currency “because Facebook [merely] the advertiser for launching it as it targets its 2.5 billion people around the world.”

He explains that the problem with digital currencies is the “decentralization” which is an advantage and disadvantage at the same time, pointing out that the traditional central currencies have a center that we can refer to, deal with and trade through. As for “decentralized” currencies, we can trade them with speed and flexibility and without any watchfulness, which threatens national security, he argues.

Fahem elaborates that Libra is a “semi-central currency” which means it avoids the disadvantages of banknotes and digital currencies while combining the advantages of each, explaining that is more reassuring as it will have a center and reference, with companies using each with a fixed asset and share.

Co-founder of US market research firm Market Trader Ahmed Abdu confirms that Libra will change people’s relationship with money because digital currencies are not considered central currencies and do not depend on a specific destination.

“This is the new economy, the decentralized economy. We will exchange value as easily and quickly as exchanging mes- sages and information from anywhere in the world. Should Libra succeed, it will be the largest economic currency in the world, because all Facebook users will trade in their daily lives and this is the value you will enjoy,” Abdu states.

He further explains that the rise and fall is a key feature in markets, especially technology markets, and it is possible for a person to lose in speculations or investment in the virtual currency even if he/she has a correct view and the right decision.

Abdu further notes that Libra needs to be studied and accepted by the regulatory bodies of this technology, particularly at a time when the technological climate is growing and be- coming more attractive every day in the world.

On another side, economic expert and representative of the Economic Committee in the House of Representatives Bassent Fahmy tells local media that the use of virtual currencies, whatever their name or type or source is a serious risk to users, pointing out how it applies to Facebook-launched because Facebook users are one-third of the world’s population, most of whom do not know how to deal with these virtual currencies in their daily lives. “I do not believe in virtual currencies and I am not one of its supporters,” she said. “Monetary currencies will remain as they are, even if virtual currencies succeed because banknotes are safe and virtual currencies are unsecured.”

Agreeing with Fahmy, Deputy Head of the Exchange Division Ali Al-Hariri explains that virtual currencies are unsecured and unsafe, wondering how some believe these virtual cur- rencies are secure to deal with.

Governments and politicians

In response to Facebook’s announcement, G7 finance ministers and central bankers said that digital currencies such as Facebook’s planned Libra raise serious concerns and must be regulated as tightly as possible to ensure they do not upset the global financial system.

The G7 group consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries, with the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world, represent 58% of global net wealth.

G7


The G7 expressed their concern that Face- book’s ambitions for a digital currency might not only weaken their control over monetary and banking policies, but also pose security risks.

France’s Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire said at a news conference in July that the group opposed the idea that companies could have the same privilege as nations in creating a means of payment, but without the control and obligations that go with it. “We cannot accept private companies issuing their own currencies without democratic control,” Le Maire said.


France’s Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire
France’s Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire


According to Le Maire, the ministers and governors had agreed that “Stable coins and other various new products currently being developed, including projects with global and potentially systemic footprint such as Libra, raise serious regulatory and systemic concerns.”

Moreover, Japan plans to step up discussions on regulating and overseeing the project, potentially offering faster and cheaper remittances. A new group launched by the Financial Services Agency, the Bank of Japan and the Finance Ministry is leading the talks, with senior Japanese officials suggesting it includes other authorities given the significant challenges posed by the social media giant’s latest plans.

In Egypt, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) said it had sent a letter to all banks to take the necessary measures to stop all payments for purchasing encrypted virtual currencies.

The CBE added in its annual report for the fiscal year 2017/18, posted on its website, that a list of the most common sites used in trading or modulating encrypted virtual currencies was prepared in cooperation with Egypt’s Anti- Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Unit.

It added that the implementation of the study’s recommendations on virtual currencies encrypted with the implementing entities is being followed, taking into account the negative side effects of the recommendations.

Amid arguments popping up regarding the safety of virtual currencies or how Libra would influence the future of such currencies, all we can do is wait to see how people and Facebook users will respond to Libra.

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8/14/2019 10:14:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tourism Ministry launches 1st 'People To People' promo video]]>
Beautiful Destinations published the video Monday across its social media platforms, which attract over 20 million followers from 180 countries worldwide.

The People to People campaign is launched by the Tourism Ministry to post tourists about the Egyptian people's traditions and innovations in the fields of arts, culture, cinema and sports. ]]>
8/14/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Scandalous sound leaks of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood since Rabaa dispersal]]>
In May 2016, an audio leak for the late member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood’s guidance bureau, Mohammed Kamal, emerged, in which he urged the members of the guidance bureau to resign and leave their posts for another new leadership, stating that he gave up all his executive posts to set an example for the rest of the members.

The late member was assassinated by the outlawed group in the same year for his call.



In April 2018, another sound leak surfed the social media platforms to expose the role of Moataz Matar, a broadcaster known for supporting the outlawed group through Turkey-based Al-Sharq news channel. The leak was linked to the unjustified dismissal of the channel employees due to the corruption and foul actions of dissident politician Ayman Nour and Moataz Matar.



Another sound leak circulated the Internet in November 2018 before being removed and deleted by the outlawed Muslim brotherhood exposed the involvement of a senior Muslim Brotherhood member and a fugitive in Turkey in homosexual relations in the capital city of Istanbul. The senior member known as Ibrahim Ismail was reported to use his political leverage in order to persuade young men into having a relationship with him.

The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood resorted to the financial support provided by some neighboring countries in order to shake the stability and the security of Egypt, their dishonest tactics were exposed by a sound leak that emerged in April 2019, in which a fugitive member of the terrorist group who lived in Libya was talking about a plan funded by thousands of dollars to create fake social media pages that induce the masses to take to the street through fabricated news and rumors.



The member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood guidance bureau, Amir Bassam, who fled to Turkey out of fear of legal persecution was the hero of a sound leak that appeared to surface in July 2019. Bassam in the sound leak exposes the financial corruption and the thefts among the Muslim Brotherhood senior members such as the terrorist group’s secretary-general Mahmoud Hussein.


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8/14/2019 2:42:11 AM
<![CDATA[MB fugitives: What charges facing Assem Abdel Maguid? ]]>
Before Islamists strengthened their political presence in Egypt following the 25 January Revolution in 2011, Maguid was in prison over charges of assassinating late President Anwar Sadat, before he was released after the incidents.

Assem Abdel Maguid is one of the Brotherhood leaders’ fugitives, who continued to incite violence against the country, and spread false news about the economic stance from abroad. He fled to Qatar, like many other Brotherhood leaders, following the June 30 Uprising in 2013 that ousted late President Mohamed Morsi.

In the below lines Egypt Today displays information about cases in which he is involved:

1- Raba’a Dispersal Case:

On September 8, 2018, South Cairo Criminal Court ruled to sentence to death Assem Abdel Maguid, Safwat Hegazy, Mohamed el-Beltagy, Essam el-Erian, Abdel el-Rahman el-Bar, Tareq el-Zomar, Omar Zaki and 68 others out of 739 defendants in the case. The rest of the accused received rulings varied between life sentences and intensified prison terms (which vary between 10-15 years in prison).

The prosecution drawn a list of charges to the defendants including: orchestrating an armed gathering in Raba’a al-Adawiya Square [Currently re-named as Hisham Barakat Square], disrupting traffic, premeditated murder of citizens and police forces tasked with dispersing the gathering, and attempted murder.

2- Istiqamah Mosque incidents:

In August 30, 2014, Giza Criminal Court sentenced to death Assem Abdel Maguid and five other defendants in the case known in the media as “Istiqamah Mosque riot incidents” case. In the same case, former Brotherhood guide Mohamed Badie, and leader Mohamed el-Beltagy were sentenced to life in prison along with five others.

The defendants were charged with premeditated murder, joining an outlawed group to disrupt public peace and security, premeditated damage to public and private assets, and resisting forces.

3- El-Bahr el-Azam incidents:

On 15 September 2014, Giza Criminal Court sentenced Mohamed Badie and 14 Brotherhood leaders, including Maguid, to life in prison.

The prosecution drawn multiple charges against the defendants in the case, including gathering, attempted murder, show of strength, forming an armed gang to attack citizens and resist authorities, possession of unlicensed weapons and ammunition, and joining a terror group.

Among the main charges drawn against Maguid are:

1- Spreading false news and inciting violence:

Assem Abdel Maguid is accused of inciting violent incidents that took place at Raba’a and Al-Nahda squares in August 2014. The law stipulated that inciters of violence should be punished by the same penalty of the doers, be the inciting in secrecy or in public.

2- Joining a terror group:

The crime applies to fugitives who are affiliated with the group, where the punishment could be intensive imprisonment as stipulated in Article 86 of the Egyptian penalty Code. ]]>
8/14/2019 1:30:47 AM
<![CDATA[2013 Rabaa dispersal: How the Muslim Brotherhood posed imminent danger?]]>th anniversary of the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda sit-ins by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters, which was identified by security experts as one of the biggest threats to the national security of Egypt and the Arab region.

The two sites had been occupied by supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood pawn Mohamed Morsi, who had been removed from office by a popular revolution that demanded the toppling of Morsi and the terrorist group.

Authorities delayed clearing the two protest camps as internal and external reconciliation process was established to resolve the crisis peacefully.

But even before this, as calls for early presidential elections started in April 2013, some Muslim Brotherhood supporters have resorted to intimidation and violence against Morsi’s detractors.

Observers have constantly despised how foreign media dealt with the issue, and how one-sided coverages aimed at hiding the truth that a group of terrorists and their sympathizers and supporters were threatening the security of a country with such significant stature like Egypt.

While Western media seems to ignore the issue, there have been alarming incidents of violence within the vicinity of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins, as well as continued attacks in Sinai and throughout Egypt’s governorates that growing evidence is linking to the Brotherhood.

Egypt Today took a glimpse at the book of history to shed the light on how this group of terrorists and extremists posed a danger to the country and were threatening the lives of security forces as well as civilians.


In the following interview, senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al Beltagy vows that all the terrorist operations in Sinai will only stop when Morsi gets instated once again.





On June 28, in anticipation of the June 30 protests called for by Tamarod, Brotherhood supporters were seen wielding and firing guns on Alexandria’s streets.




There were even semi-paramilitary activities taking place inside the Muslim Brotherhood camps in Rabaa, but you will never see this published by Western or funded media outlets; Marches of Brotherhood supporters holding sticks and chanting Islamist slogans have been organized and routinely carried out throughout Cairo.




On a number of occasions, security forces intercepted arms being transported by Brotherhood members and their supporters across the country. One such interception, dating from July 1, shows several shotguns, at least one rifle, and what appear to be a number of makeshift handguns taken from a van believed to belong to Brotherhood supporters.





Safwat Hegazy, a notoriously aggressive cleric and Muslim Brotherhood leader, was also captured while threatening that whoever even “sprays water” at Mohamed Morsi, “We will spray him with blood!”

Hegazi also threatened Egyptians and challenged President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to clear the sit-in, adding that such a move would be done “on our dead bodies” and that “we are ready to be martyred in the thousands.”





Moreover, terrorist Tarek al-Zumar, a leader of al-Jama'a al-Islamiyya and the Muslim Brotherhood, delivered a speech in which he vowed that the group will “crush” opposition on June 30, describing it as the “final blow.”




Assem Abdel-Maged, a leading Gama'a Islamiya activist and Muslim Brotherhood leader who fled Egypt after the removal of Morsi, also was captured while shouting “No retreat, no surrender, until Islam rules,” as if Egypt was a Buddhist state, and threatening that “the fools (meaning opposition) got their necks under the guillotine, and it is time to behead them!” He also described people at the sit-ins as followers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and not the Muslim Brotherhood.




July 26 witnessed the killing of at least ten civilians, including hawkers and a Christian, as they were suspected to be anti-Morsi protesters, as well as the torture and interrogation of other civilians inside a mosque in Alexandria.


In the video, they are accused of being “infidels” and questioned over whether they are “Christian.” Later that night in Cairo, reports emerged that security forces attacked Brotherhood protesters outside the Rabaa sit-in, intensifying this violence up to eighty dead.



Footage of the security forces’ intervention, provided by the Ministry of Interior, showed supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood wielding guns and hurling fire bombs in retaliation.





Moreover, suffice it to say that further proof of the threat the terrorist group posed was an announcement on July 29 from the main stage of another pro-Morsi sit-in at Nahda Square that elements of al-Qa`ida and the Salafi Jihadists had joined the protest.

The horror even reached the limit of organizing a disturbing march by children as young as four years marched in the Rabaa sit-in carrying funeral shrouds and bearing signs declaring their willingness to seek “martyrdom.”






The aforementioned was nothing but a glimpse at a series of threats and violence committed by the outlawed group and its supporters, the same group that brought famine and destruction to neighboring Arab countries through a devious scheme to let terrorism and extremism prevail all over the world. While western media and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated outlets are still defaming the sacrifice and courage of the Egyptian army in defending its land and civilians by only writing one-sided stories by a group of people who only wanted chaos and ruination to ravish through a country that has more than 7000 years of history, culture and civilization.
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8/14/2019 1:08:48 AM
<![CDATA[Welad Rizk records the highest-earning Egyptian movie per day]]>
The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh, and Karim Qasim.

It is written by Salah al Jehini, and directed by Tarek el Erian and produced by Raw Production Company.

"The Return of the Monsters” is the slogan raised by director Tarek al-Arian in the first days of filming "Welad Rizk” part 2.

The first part of the movie was released in 2014 and achieved great success. The film revolves around a group of brothers who walk in the path of crime when one failed operation erupt the differences between them.

Each of the five brothers has special characteristics, but the mastermind on whom they mainly rely is Ahmed Ezz.

In Part 2 the four brothers are trying in various ways to preserve their covenant to completely repent and quit the crime path, but all of a sudden something will happen that will change their lives completely, introduces them into new worlds and put them in very serious confrontations with a number of professional criminals.

“Awlad Rizk P II” is starring Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed el-Fishawy and Ahmed Daoud, with Khaled el-Sawy and Bassem Samra joining the cast.





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8/13/2019 2:59:30 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Ezz and Zeina in front of the prosecution after a fight with hands ]]>
The prosecution ordered to watch the hotel surveillance cameras to know exactly what happened during the quarrel.


Witnesses said that "Ezz" was sitting with a group of friends in the café, then suddenly Zeina’s sister named Yasmine Reda attacked him saying: " when you will admit to fathering your kids? I swore that if I saw you, I will hit you by my shoes " and actually tried to attack him, but he confronted her and the matter developed into a quarrel between them.

People who witnessed the fight added that at that time, Zeina was entering the café, she saw her sister fight with Ezz, so she also intervened in the brawl, and tried to hit him, but he confronted her and beat her, while those inside the café were able to break them up.

Prosecution will hear the testimony of Zeina and her sister pertaining to the fight.



The dispute between the two Egyptian stars started when Zeina returned from the United States to Egypt in January 2014 with twin boys, Ezzeddine and Zineddine, announcing they are the sons of Ezz.

After Ezz denied Zeina's assertions, she filed a lawsuit in May 2014 saying the pair wedded in June 2012 through a customary marriage.

Ezz has consistently denied the marriage took place and in turn refused to admit to fathering Zeina’s boys. He has also repeatedly refused to perform DNA tests mandated by the court.

In June 2015, a Cairo family court ruled in favour of Egyptian actress Zeina, ruling that Ezz was the biological father of her twins.

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8/13/2019 2:43:50 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to perform at Citadel Music festival on Aug. 23]]>
The prominent annual music festival is scheduled to kick off on August 18 – September 1 under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem and the head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber.

The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

Poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate with the prominent singer in a new song entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo). Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.

He studied music in the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a student in the second year, he released his first breakthrough hit “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a wonderful life). Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.
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8/13/2019 2:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Kremlin says protests in Moscow have not created political crisis]]>
The demonstrations, over elections for the Moscow city legislature, have turned into the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013, when protesters took to the streets against perceived electoral fraud.

“We do not agree with those many people who call what is happening a political crisis,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“Protests happen in many countries of the world. They are provoked by specific issues,” he said.

Police have detained more than 2,000 people at demonstrations in Moscow. Some video footage of tough police action at the rallies has stirred anger among Russians who believe the authorities have used excessive force.

Peskov said tough police action at the rallies had been justified, but that individual cases of police excess were being looked into.]]>
8/13/2019 1:58:30 PM
<![CDATA[Know the five Egyptian candidates to lead Egyptian national team]]>
Egypt was eliminated from the 16th round of AFCON as South Africa won the game 1-0 thanks to a late goal from their winger, ThembinkosiLorch. Following the game, Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abo Rida sacked the Egyptian national team coaching staff on the early hours of Sunday. Abo Rida, as well as many board members, resigned from their position.

Football Federation officials continued that the final names are EhabGalal, Hossam Al-Badri, TalatYousef, Hassan Shehata and Tarek el Ashry.

1 - Hassan Shehata
Former coach of the Egyptian team
- Previously won with the team in the African Nations Cup in 2006 -2008 - 2010
- Won the African Youth Championship in 2003

2 HossamBadri
- Former coach of Al-Ahly Club
- He won 3 league titles, one African Champions League title and one Sudanese league title with Al-Mareekh.

3 EhabGalal
- Current coach of Al Masry club
- Previously coached Zamalek, Enppi and Misr Al Makassah.Heachieved outstanding results with Misr Al Makassah and led to participate in the African Champions League for the first time in its history.

4 Tariq Ashry
- Coach of Haras El Hedoud
- he achieved tournaments with Haras El Hedoud, including winning the Egyptian Cup and the Egyptian Super, as well as third place with his team in the league season 2007 and participation in the Confederation, and took charge of Enppi and Ahli Bani Ghazi Libyan.

5 Talaat Youssef
- Coach of Ittihad Alexandria

EFA settled on choosing the new coach after Eid Al Adha vacation. Egypt will play the 2021 AFCON qualifiers & 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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8/13/2019 1:44:11 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek sell tickets for Dekadaha clash]]>
Zamalek took the approval of the club Dekadaha from Somalia to play the first leg of the African Champions League in Cairo instead of Djibouti.

The second leg is scheduled for 23, 24 or 25 of August in Egypt after Zamalek reached an agreement with Dekadaha to play both games in Cairo.

Zamalek, 2019 CAF Confederation Cup winners, aim to have a good start at the competition and continue their journey towards winning the title they last achieved in 2002.

Zamalek and Al-Ahly will use Cairo International stadium for their domestic and continental matches this season.

Timings for the matches will be decided after the summer as the Stadium is going through refurbishment

The Stadium hosted ten games during 2019 Africa Cup of Nations including the tournament’s final between Algeria and Senegal.

Zamalek appointed their former player, Tarek Yehia, as a caretaker manager and they are searching for a new manager to lead the team at the new season after the board sacked Khaled Galal following the Egyptian league title loss to Al-Ahly.

Galal, who succeeded Swiss manager, Cristian Gross, led the team during the last stage of the season in which the team lost the title to their arch rivals, Al-Ahly.

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8/13/2019 1:43:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ferreria& Diaz are out of Zamalek’s coaching race]]>
Zamalek negotiations with both managers stopped due to different reasons. Ramon Diaz refused to rule the white club after not reaching to an agreement due to financial terms. While, Ferreira preferred to continue his rest from coaching as he led the Qatari club, Al Sadd, for three years.

Zamalek club president Mortada Mansour said he is inviting all the old football stars of the White Club to be present with the club's board in a meeting next Wednesday to choose the new foreign manager.

Mortada Mansour continued in a video published by the official website of the Zamalek club, that the CVs of Six coaches will be displayed to choose the best among them and invite all the old stars of Zamalek, headed by Hassan Shehata, Hazem Imam, Ayman Younis, Reda Abdel Aal and Gamal Hamza.

Mortada Mansour said that he will announce at 12 noon next Tuesday, the name of the coach of the team and 48 hours later he will be brought to Cairo in preparation for starting his task.

Zamalek appointed their former player, Tarek Yehia, as a caretaker manager and they are searching for a new manager to lead the team at the new season after the board sacked Khaled Galal following the Egyptian league title loss to Al-Ahly.

Galal, who succeeded Swiss manager, Cristian Gross, led the team during the last stage of the season in which the team lost the title to their arch rivals, Al-Ahly.

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8/13/2019 1:41:35 PM
<![CDATA[Handball U-20 team faces Slovenia in 16th round of World Cup]]>
The match will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, where it will be broadcast live on the Time Sport channel, which has obtained the rights to transfer the Egyptian matches in the tournament since its launch.

Egypt is placed in the second group, which includes France, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Taiwan.

The Egyptian national team lost only against France but they succeeded to beat Sweden, Taiwan and Canada before defeating Hungary to lead their group in the World Cup.

The Squad include: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.

The young handball team is looking for a strong achievement like the U-23 Egyptian national team who recently won the bronze medal by beating Portugal 37/27 in the tournament held from July 16 to 28 in Spain.
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8/13/2019 1:40:11 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly prepare for Pyramids clash in Egypt’s Cup ]]>
The coaching staff Al Ahly club, led by Martin Lasarte, decided to give players rest from training on Monday.

Al Ahly thrashed Atlabara 4-0 in the CAF Champions League start when they met at Borg El Arab stadium on Sunday night.

Al Ahly’s goals came through Ali Maaloul, two goals for WalidAzzarou and Ahmed El Sheikh in the 16, 33, 47 and 93 minutes respectively.



Martin Lasarte’s starting line-up was:
Goalkeepers: Ayman Ashraf
Defense line: Ayman Ashraf, Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hani
Midfielders: Amr El-Soleya, HamdyFathy, Hussein El-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhy, Saleh Gomaa`
Attackers: WalidAzzaro

Al Ahly hasn’t tasted the taste of winning the title since 2013; the Reds reached CAF Champions League Final twice but lost in both games against WydadaCasabalanca& Tunis Esperance Sportive.

The second leg will be held in Egypt as the Reds reached an agreement with Sudanese club to play both games in Egypt. The second leg will be on August 23rd.

Al-Ahly achieved their 41st league title after a fierce competition with arch rivals, Zamalek.

The Reds ended the Egyptian league topping the standings with 80 points, 8 points above their rivals, Zamalek.

Zamalek have been topping the Egyptian league most of the past year but they wasted a lot of points in the last 10 rounds which affected their leadership.
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8/13/2019 1:35:48 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t invests 19M euros in solar energy]]>
An electricity plant of 26 megawatts capacity based on solar energy in Kom Ombo, Aswan, is included in the investments, Khaiat added Monday.

Benban Solar Plant, also in Aswan, amassed investments of $2 billion, mostly funded by the International Finance Corporation ($653 million) through a group of banks that invest in Egypt’s renewable energy for the first time, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ($500 million), according to Khaiat.

Benban plant includes 32 stations producing electricity with a capacity of 1,465 megawatts from solar energy. Thus far, 25 stations contribute to the power grid with 1,200 megawatts. The remaining stations will enroll in the production process in September, the head of the Renewable Energy Authority said.]]>
8/13/2019 1:33:47 PM
<![CDATA[Bourse, banks resume work on Wed. after Eidul Adha vacation]]>
The cabinet had decided that Eidul Adha vacation would start August 10 and end Wednesday at ministries and government bodies. Civil servants will resume work on Thursday. ]]>
8/13/2019 1:05:42 PM
<![CDATA[PSG start their Ligue 1 season by thumping Nîmes 3-0]]>
The 27-year-old Neymar was left out of the squad the day after PSG sporting director Leonardo said talks about a possible sale of the Brazilian were "more advanced than before".

On Sunday, coach Thomas Tuchel told Canal+ he had "no news" on Neymar's future and that he would have to "find solutions without" him.

Edinson Cavani's controversial VAR penalty in the 24th minute set PSG on their way at the Parc des Princes, after supporters had made their negative feelings towards the absent Neymar clear.

A fine second-half display from Kylian Mbappe -- with a goal and an assist for Angel Di Maria -- showed Tuchel the obvious solution to Neymar's impending exit, and gave the capital club a perfect start to their bid for a third straight French title and ninth in total.

PSG sit level with Lyon, who beat Monaco 3-0 on Friday, at the top of the fledgling table, and will be hoping to occupy that position for the rest of the season.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar's two years in the French capital since PSG made him the world's most expensive player have been plagued by injuries and controversies.

Home fans unfurled a banner before kick-off translating to "Neymar. Get out".

Other banners slammed his recent comment that his fondest memory in football was inspiring Barcelona's stunning 2017 Champions League comeback against PSG, while one called Neymar "heartless".

Neymar has been linked with a return to Barca or a move to their arch rivals Real Madrid.

Tuchel handed Ligue 1 debuts to centre-back Abdou Diallo, signed from Borussia Dortmund in the close-season, and midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who joined from Sevilla.

The champions monopolised the ball from the off, with Mbappe shooting straight at visiting goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni after jinking through the massed Nimes defence.

VAR controversy

They were awarded a penalty by VAR midway through the first half, as a corner struck Nimes defender Pablo Martinez on the arm after Diallo ducked under the ball while standing right in front of him.

Cavani slammed the spot-kick into the net, before Nimes coach Bernard Blaquart was booked for his protestations.

A pedestrian affair, with Nimes happy to almost exclusively keep all 11 men behind the ball, had to wait until the 57th minute for a second goal when Mbappe slotted in to open his league account for the campaign.

Di Maria came off the bench and drilled into the bottom corner after an excellent pass from Mbappe with 20 minutes remaining, and PSG played out the most comfortable of wins -- finishing with 74 percent of possession as goalkeeper Alphonse Areola did not face a shot on target.

Earlier on Sunday, new signing Victor Osimhen marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as last year's runners-up Lille kicked off their new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nantes.

Christophe Galtier's hosts, who finished 16 points behind PSG last term, were indebted to Nigerian Osimhen, who scored a fabulous 80th-minute winner at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

"When I have opportunities, I don't want to miss them," said the 20-year-old. "I'm not yet 100 percent but I'm training hard and I know that with time I'll be in top shape physically."]]>
8/13/2019 1:03:21 PM
<![CDATA[Combating power theft, state recovers LE 1.34B in 5 months]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Hamza spoke about the mechanisms adopted by the ministry to combat the theft of electricity, including cooperating with electricity police, and the right of judicial seizure given by the Ministry of Justice to some of its leaders and engineers in the electricity distribution companies.

The Ministry of Justice has issued a decision to grant 529 employees at the Ministry of Electricity the right to file reports on power thefts. The employees were selected according to their integrity.

According to the decision, the selected employees will also have the right to estimate the fine to be imposed on the violators based on the estimated amount of electricity stolen.

The electricity distribution companies are assigned to collect the fine.

Stealing power has several forms, like at traditional celebrations and occasions, but the government has taken several procedures to curb the act by issuing a new electricity law. The government has advised citizens to resort to legal ways rather than stealing the current, which is considered a felony punished by imprisonment and a fine.

The new law stipulates that whoever is charged with power theft will be punished by an imprisonment term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years or a fine of L.E. 10,000-100,000 or by both punishments. The lawsuit would be revoked if parties reconciled.

More steps were taken by the government in a bid to reduce power theft, including launching awareness campaigns especially at slums, beefing up investigations by heads of trade sectors at different companies to capture the violations and expanding the duties of judicial police to 529 electricity employees to search for the violation, report it and estimate the cost of the stolen current.]]>
8/13/2019 1:02:57 PM
<![CDATA[Mubarak’s era business tycoon Hussein Salem dies in Madrid]]>
A source close to the family told Egypt Today that Salem died after a long struggle with the illness in the Spanish capital Madrid.

Salim asked to be buried next to his grandson in Spain. The date of the funeral will be determined later in Cairo.]]>
8/13/2019 12:48:58 PM
<![CDATA[K-Pop's BTS goes on holiday, asks fans for privacy]]>
The band, which has led a wave of Korean pop music, crowned their global reach with three No. 1 albums on the Billboard chart in less than a year, a 2019 Grammy nomination and concerts from Los Angeles to Paris.

The seven members will take their first extended vacation since the band’s debut in 2013, managers Big Hit Entertainment said on Sunday.

“This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentless(ly) driven themselves toward their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,” it said.

Big Hit did not say how long BTS will be on holiday. The band’s website said their next world tour concert is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Oct. 11.

“Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off,” Big Hit said.

“BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them,” it added.

BTS broke into the U.S. market in 2017, the first Korean group to win a Billboard music award.

The band was nominated for their album “Love Yourself: Tear” at the 2019 Grammy Awards and made their first appearance at the ceremony in February.

Fans wished the band a happy vacation.

“BTS finally getting the long break they deserve,” said @strawbbykoo on Twitter.]]>
8/13/2019 12:39:56 PM
<![CDATA[Russia says radiation levels rose by 4-16 times in city after accident: TASS]]>
The defense ministry initially said background radiation had remained normal after the incident on Thursday, but city authorities in Severodvinsk in northern Russia said there had been a brief spike in radiation levels.

Greenpeace has said radiation levels rose by 20 times.

Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said on Tuesday that it believed radiation levels had risen by four to 16 times.]]>
8/13/2019 12:32:44 PM
<![CDATA[Iran says Britain might release Grace 1 oil tanker soon: IRNA]]>
“Britain is interested in releasing Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1 ... following the exchange of some documents, we hope the release will take place soon,” the deputy head of Iran’s ports and Maritime Organisation, Jalil Eslami, said in remarks reported by IRNA news agency.

British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria, which Iran denies.

“The vessel was seized based on false allegations ...it has not been freed yet,” Eslami said.

Two weeks after the capture of the Iranian tanker, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized a British tanker, Stena Impero, near the Strait of Hormuz, accusing it of marine violations. Britain considers that action to have been illegal retaliation.]]>
8/13/2019 11:41:15 AM
<![CDATA[Still feelin' groovy: Woodstock photo couple together after all these years]]>
But when a photographer snapped their picture early on that Sunday morning as they stood hugging each other while wrapped in a blanket, they unwittingly became part of pop culture history, ending up on the Woodstock festival album cover.

Nick and Bobbi are still together and still living near the farm at Bethel Woods, in New York’s Catskills mountains, where the three-day festival was held in 1969, on Aug. 15-18.

The couple, now 70, say they don’t remember the picture being taken nor much about what was happening around them that day on a muddy hillside strewn with sleepers huddled in blankets in the morning air.

“Just getting up in the morning, standing up, giving my girlfriend a hug,” Nick Ercoline recalled. “I don’t even remember the picture being taken honestly.”

Bobbi, who was wearing large sunglasses, said she barely remembered the moment at all. But when she looks at the picture now, “I feel calmness.”

“I feel that it’s like the birds waking up in the morning, and we’re just kind of ... sorting it out. We’re just waking up, looking for a nice hot cup of coffee, which there was none,” she told Reuters.

Nick and Bobbi had started dating about three months before the festival and decided to go on a whim after hearing about it on the radio while Nick was tending bar in Middletown, New York, about 35 miles (56 km) from Bethel.

“Water was intermittent, sketchy. Food was sold out Friday night. The weather was absolutely awful,” Bobbi said. “And 450,000 people gathered here and not one incident of violence. That’s pretty amazing. The world needs more Woodstock.”

It wasn’t until listening to the Woodstock triple album with friends that they realized they were the couple on the cover.

“We couldn’t believe it. We were just shaking our heads. By then we had been together for almost a year,” Nick said.

Nick and Bobbi married in August 1971 and went on to have two children. Bobbi worked as a school nurse and Nick became a union carpenter before retiring.

They are now volunteer guides at the Bethel Woods museum, part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts which owns the Woodstock festival site some 100 miles (160 km) from New York City.

Museum director Wade Lawrence said the photo of the couple, taken by Burk Uzzle, captured the spirit of the festival.

“It symbolizes that love and togetherness of the festival. ... We’re really lucky that Nick and Bobbi are still around to share their story with us,” Lawrence said.]]>
8/13/2019 11:15:20 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt offers condolences to China for Lekmia hurricane victims]]>
The Foreign Ministry asserted in a statement that Egypt stands in solidarity with the Chinese people and government at this difficult time.]]>
8/13/2019 11:13:25 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt targets daily crude oil production to hit 690,000 barrels by end of 2019]]>
In a statement, the minister added that the average daily output currently stands at about 630,000 barrels.

An action plan is being implemented to increase Egypt's oil production, El Molla said.

In this regard, new geological phenomena that have already proved successful are being selected, while new geological structures that have never been considered are being tested, he added.

The minister said that newly-announced crude oil discoveries at Faghur Basin and Geisum in the Western Desert and the Gulf of Suez open new horizons for further discoveries in terms of targeting a surge in crude oil production similar to the recent increase in natural gas production.

Also, some high potential areas in the western Mediterranean region have been assigned to major global companies that own cadres, expertise and modern technologies, he added.

An international bid to search for oil and gas in the Red Sea region, planned to be closed on September 15, is witnessing a growing demand, Molla said.

The petroleum sector always aims to develop new economic mechanisms that serve the interests of all parties and encourage international companies to invest more in the fields of research and exploration, he added. ]]>
8/13/2019 11:10:42 AM
<![CDATA[Hajj return flights to kick off Tuesday]]>
EgyptAir is set to ferry some 75,000 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.]]>
8/13/2019 11:09:30 AM
<![CDATA[3 cases of sexual harassment reported in 1st two days of Edi al-Adha - NCW]]>
In Minya govenorate, Upper Egypt, a father has reported the council that his 14-year-old daughter was sexually harassed by a man and filed a lawsuit against the harasser, said Amal Abdel-Moneim, head of Complaints Office at the NCW.

The second case was reported in Cairo as a woman was harassed while she was going for shopping at a market. Meanwhile, the third case occurred against a woman who was harassed verbally in Alexandria.

Ahead of Eid al-Adha, the NCW announced that it set up a hotline on 15115 to receive any possible sexual violation cases during the Eid.

Last year, Complaints against sexual harassment incidents witnessed a severe decline during Eid al-Adha, according to Head of the Complaints Office Manager of the National Council for Women (NCW).


Also, the Cairo Foundation for Development and Law (CFDL) launched an operation room to monitor and document any cases of sexual harassment against women during the four days of Eid al-Adha.

The CFDL established a hotline on 01210009192 to provide the legal assistance and complaints from the sexual harassment survivors, the center announced in a statement on Saturday.

“The center receives testimonies on ccd.eg2010@gmail.com, and through our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CCD.egy ,” the statement read.
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8/13/2019 11:04:26 AM
<![CDATA[Into Egypt’s Black Treasure]]>
Named after its color, black sand contains a percentage of essential minerals: ilmenite, zircon, magnetite, rutile, garnet, as well as monazite, which contains radioactive minerals. Of significant economic importance, Black sand is also beneficial for the environment.

In Egypt, black sand is available on the coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from Rasheed to Rafah with a length of 400 km. It is spread by sea currents and waves in those areas and present in the sand dunes.

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The importance of black sand was first discovered at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, proved by a feasibility study of the sand and how to best utilize it, conducted by the international Australian Office.

According to the latest aerial survey carried out by the Nuclear Materials Authority, Egypt has 11 sites of black sand along the northern coast. Studies and researches have revealed that the geological reserve of those sands on the Egyptian coast reaches about 1.3 billion cubic meters, including Rasheed area, with re- serves of 600 million cubic meters, Damietta area with a reserve of 300 million cubic meters, and Arish Rafah area with 200 million cubic meters.

Mineral reserves in Egyptian black sands are estimated at 285 million tons, containing an average capacity of 3.4 percent of heavy metals with a distance of about 22 km, in the western sec- tor which lies east of El-Burrulus. There are also proven mineral reserves in the eastern sector, worth about 48 million tons containing an average capacity of 2.1 percent of heavy metals, as well as the future supply of black sand.
The black sand in these areas contains eight types of heavy metals, ranging in composition between 1 percent and 8 percent.

The latest feasibility study by Roche Company argues that the economic return from merely one of the 11 sites will lead to over LE 255 million annually. Exploitation of these minerals provides Egypt with millions of dollars, which would be spent on importing only one of these metals, such as zinc, one of the key elements in Egypt’s famous ceramic industry, in addition to other metals, including iron, granite, monazite and titanium metal utilized in the manufacture of bodies of aircraft, submarines and rail bars.


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Map of northern part of Egypt showing the black sand deposits (dotted coastal strip) and the study sites location in Abu Khashaba and Baltim - photo courtesy of ResearchGate


Black sand contains elements and minerals, such as almnjanet; radioactive elements; and titanium metal, which is extracted from high-quality alalimat and rutile, then used in the manufacture of paints and coatings, plastics and rubber, ceramics, cosmetics, leather, pharmaceuticals. It also contains metal zircon, which is used in the manufacture of ceramics, glass hearts, nuclear reactors and car motors, in addition to metal granite used in the manufacture of water filters and paints. Also, almajnti ore is used in the manufacture of sponge iron and cast iron.

According to an official source, Rashid has the largest reserves of black sand, with 500 mil- lion cubic meters, pointing out that the Egyptian sand deposits represent the largest reserves in the world, as they spread along areas on the Mediterranean coast.

Former media advisor of the Egyptian President Ahmed El Meslmani previously said in a TV interview that Egypt and Saudi Arabia are major Arab countries with black sands, adding that Egypt has the largest reserves in the world of minerals found in black sand, estimated at more than one billion cubic meters. Meslmani explained that black sand contains about 41 very expensive metals used in many industries, such as the rocket industry, aircraft industry, ceramics, paints and nuclear radiation materials.

Endeavoring to combat theft scenes, the Egyptian Parliament approved in January a draft law authorizing cooperation between the Ministry of Electricity and specialized local bodies to benefit from Egypt’s black sand and extract a number of economic minerals, considering it a solid investment in renewable energy.

The draft law, sent by the cabinet and approved by the parliament, allows cooperation between the ministry, the Cairo-based Nuclear Materials Authority and the Egyptian Black Sand Company (EBSC).

Moreover, the Armed Forces have signed a contract with the Egyptian Black Sand Company in May 2018 to start a project separating economic minerals from black sand in Egypt. The latter is working to achieve maximum profitability in the extraction of heavy minerals with a strategy to streamline the export of raw materials and the rationalization of import products, both inter- mediate and final, and to highlight the added value of mineral ores.

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In July, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker inaugurated the first phase of a black sand mining project at Rasheed Beach, to become the first production line of black sand.

Head of the Egyptian Nuclear Materials Authority Hamed Mira stated that the first phase consists of three units for extraction and concentration, in addition to two magnetic sepa- ration units with an annual output capacity of 31,000 tons.


The Rashid Beach area is the second region in Egypt where the extraction process has taken place, after the coast of Baltim in Kafr el-Sheikh.

“The Nuclear Materials Authority, the Kafr El-Sheikh governorate and several major companies are cooperating to invest in Egyptian minerals,” former Consultant to the Governor of Kafr el-Sheikh for Development and In- vestment Khaled Dosoky tells Business Today Egypt.

“Minerals in the sand are raw metals that have little economic value, so they will be extracted and build an extra elements from them to hit three or four times the price of raw minerals,” Desoky clarifies.

The economic importance of black sand has been repeatedly reviewed in recent years; however, as the government has taken official steps to benefit from this treasure, the question remains as of how long it will take to adequately utilize Black Sand to develop Egypt’s industries.
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8/13/2019 10:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tourists flock to Dolphin House in holiday ]]>
Head of the Red Sea Nature Reserves, Tamer Kamel, said the Environment Ministry on Saturday set a rule of maximum 300 visitors to the Dolphin House in one day, as well as a $10-fee per person, to protect the dolphins’ natural habitat. The fee is L.E. 50 for Egyptians.

The rule will be applied on the rest of the Red Sea protectorates in three months. However, sea units shorter than 17 meters in length that go to the area with divers and others to snorkel are exempt from the fee.

The Dolphin House lies in the northern islands of Hurghada, and tourists in Marsa Alam also go there. It is an area with splendid corals and plenty of dolphins, an attraction that brings many visitors everyday to dive, snorkel and watch the sea creatures up and close the glass floor of tourist boats.

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8/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir suspends flights to Hong Kong]]>
The statement said that the call was issued due to the current unrest in the Asian country, adding that the national carrier’s comprehensive operation center is following the situation there for any updates.

Hong Kong International Airport has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to demonstrations at the airport.
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8/13/2019 3:58:29 AM
<![CDATA[SRF praises Egypt’s role in reaching an agreement with FFC]]>
An agreement has been reached between the two political powers on the dispute points of the recently brokered agreement between Sudan’s military ruling council and FFC.

The SRF demanded to have the points agreed during Cairo’s meetings included in the agreement brokered with Sudan’s ruling military council before signing the constitutional declaration document on August 17.

Egypt welcomed the agreement between the opposition FFC and the military council, hailing the agreement as a valuable step to restore stability in Sudan.

Sudan’s FFC and SRF delegations arrived in Egypt on Friday and Saturday to discuss the political developments. The head of SRF, Malik Agar, was keen to praise the Egyptian role in paving the way for a political agreement between FFC and SRF.
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8/13/2019 12:58:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt showcases its people as ‘hidden gems’ in new international tourism drive]]>showcasing Egyptians as ‘hidden gems’ in new tourism drive.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al Mashat unveiled the new “PeopleToPeople” campaign video, curated by Beautiful Destinations, the leading social media travel hub with more than 20 million followers; with the video published across all Beautiful Destinations channels on August 12, 2019.

The campaign video highlights different experiences that Egypt has to offer in
gastronomy, culture, and various activities through its people.



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Beyond our destinations and beyond our landmarks, #Egypt moves, astonishes and awakens the senses of visitors, through its people. #PeopleToPeople is a campaign from our nation that invites the global community to connect human-to-human and experience Egypt’s dynamic, vibrant, and authentic culture. It is a timeless celebration of the Egyptian People. We are People of Pride, Passion, Peace, Progress and Productivity. Together, let us show the world how our various destinations can transform travelers' experiences through connection, personalization and authenticity. From the people of #Egypt to the people of the world, #EidMubarak. @ExperienceEgypt @BeautifulDestinations عندما تأتي الى #مصر لن تفتن فقط بمعالمها وأماكنها الأثرية والسياحية المتفردة، ولكن سيترك شعبها لديك انطباعاً خاصاً. ان زيارة مصر تثري تجربة السائح من خلال تعرفه على الشعب المصري بثقافته الغنية التي تختلف من مكان لآخر ....فكل ركن من اركانها يتسم بالتنوع والخصوصية. نحن ندعو العالم من خلال حملة PeopleToPeople لتعزيز قيم التواصل الإنساني والاحتفاء بالثقافة المصرية الأصيلة النابضة بالحياة. انها حملة للاحتفال بالشعب المصري المحب للسلام والمليء بالشغف والفخر والذي يسعى دائما للتقدم. من الشعب المصري الى شعوب العالم.... عيد اضحى مبارك

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Dr. Al Mashat said: “PeopleToPeople” is a campaign that reawakens the power of
human-to-human connection. The campaign video highlights the fact that beyond
our known destinations, landmarks, and year-round sunshine, Egypt moves,
astonishes and awakens the senses of visitors, not only through its places but
through its people as well, inviting the people of the world to connect with us and
experience Egypt’s dynamic and vibrant culture”.

She added:” Egyptian people are people of pride, passion, peace, progress and
productivity.” And “Looking ahead I believe genuinely that the Egyptian people
themselves can and will make an enormous contribution to the future success of
the tourism sector”.

The campaign “PeopleToPeople” is part of pillar number 3 “Promotion &
Marketing” of the Egypt — Tourism Reform Program (E—TRP) launched November
2018. It aims at portraying Egypt not only as a contemporary and prime touristic
destination but also sheds light on the diversity of the Egyptian people .

“PeopleToPeople” uses modern content ideologies and digital tools to shift tourists’
perception on one hand and encourage community engagement, on the other
hand.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al Mashat said : “At a time when the rhetoric
of global policy is overshadowed by protectionism and trade barriers, Tourism acts
as a sector that promotes understanding between people as well as peace,
connectivity and familiarity between nations .”

“This campaign is not only aimed for global travelers but also to create a local moral
boost”.

She stated “The Ministry of Tourism’s Overarching Objective is to have at least one
individual from each Egyptian Household working directly or indirectly in the
tourism sector and to achieve this objective, we are changing the narrative of Egypt
to include immersive experiences, highlight the stories of its people and give
travelers a journey of discovery”.

Jeremy Jauncey founder and CEO of Beautiful Destinations said: “Travelers today
seek content that inspires them in curating their itineraries through a new wave of
storytelling”.

“The people of Egypt are amazing- welcoming, proud and eager to show their
country”

He added : “Working with H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat to bring the Egypt — Tourism
Reform Program to life has been a huge honour and we are extremely proud to
have created the new brand for Egypt tourism. The launch of the People to People
campaign is just the start of Beautiful Destinations commitment to Egypt and we
cannot wait to inspire the world to come and visit”.

Remi Carlioz, Chief Creative Officer at Beautiful Destinations, said: “This is really a
passion project for us. Obviously Egypt has the most amazing natural and historical
wonders but what will really make you come to Egypt, and come again, is its people,
their warmth, diversity, modernity, joy and creativity. From Cairo to Alexandria,
from Aswan to Siwa, from the Red Sea to Luxor, the people of Egypt will never cease
to amaze you”.

The partnership of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism with Beautiful Destinations
was announced at ITB Berlin on March 7th 2019; and the teaser campaign was
launched in May 2019. On July 14th, 2019, a meeting took place in Washington D.C.
with the Beautiful Destinations team to finalize the content.
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8/12/2019 3:02:25 PM
<![CDATA[EEAA monitors environmental standards in sites of rice straw collection]]>
Representatives of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency at the Ministry (EEAA) made field visits to eight sites at Dakahlia governorate, increasing the number of checked sites to 50 areas, the statement added.

Burning rice straw in Egypt is considered the main cause of what is known as "the black cloud," a thick layer of smog from burning rice straw that spreads across Cairo for an extended period of time. Egypt’s weather has been witnessing severe changes during the past period and varied between extreme cold and rain to sandstorms and high temperatures.

The Egyptian government has adopted measures to encourage gathering rice straw to put into effect an agro-waste system introduced by the ministry instead of burning it, said Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmyin 2017.

Last year, EEAA head Mohamed Salah, statedthat legal action has been taken by the Ministry of Environment against farmers who continue to burn rice straw. The ministry seeks to curb “the black cloud” which is regarded as one of the main causes of climate change.

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8/12/2019 2:51:26 PM
<![CDATA[Handball U-20 team beat Hungary, lead group in World Cup]]>
Egypt is placed in the second group, which includes France, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Taiwan.

The Egyptian national team lost only against France but they succeeded to beat Sweden, Taiwan and Canada before defeating Hungary to lead their group in the World Cup.

The Squad include: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa El Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam El Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim El Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.

The young handball team is looking for a strong achievement like the U-23 Egyptian national team who recently won the bronze medal by beating Portugal 37/27 in the tournament held from July 16 to 28 in Spain.
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8/12/2019 2:36:36 PM
<![CDATA[Bahrain condemns Israeli storming of Aqsa Mosque, attack on worshipers]]>

On Monday, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry underlined the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by providing the necessary protection for the Palestinian people and addressing the repeated Israeli aggressive practices that undermine efforts to achieve the desired peace.]]>
8/12/2019 2:35:31 PM
<![CDATA[Oil falls on fears of a global economic downturn]]>
International benchmark Brent crude futures were at $58.00 a barrel by 1044 GMT, down 53 cents from their previous settlement.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were at $53.69 per barrel, down 81 cents from their last close.

Both benchmarks fell last week, with Brent losing more than 5% and WTI falling about 2%.

Although the third quarter is fundamentally the strongest season for oil demand as drivers take to the roads for summer holidays, the trade dispute between the United States and China has weakened demand and reduced crude prices.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was not ready to make a deal with China and even called a September round of trade talks into question.

“The market is facing a buyers’ strike,” said Michael Tran, commodity strategist at RBC Capital Markets, noting the low level of investors’ long positions betting on higher prices.

“Despite the laundry list of disruptions and additional barrels at risk, investor length is currently near a multi-year low.”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday mounting signs of an economic slowdown had caused global oil demand to grow at its slowest pace since the financial crisis of 2008.

Germany’s Ifo economic institute said its quarterly survey of nearly 1,200 experts in more than 110 countries showed that its measures for current conditions and economic expectations have both worsened in the third quarter.

However, Kuwait’s Oil Minister Khaled al-Fadhel said fears of a global economic downturn, which have pressured oil prices, were “exaggerated”, and global crude demand should pick up in the second half, helping to gradually reduce oil inventories.

OPEC members continue to cut production to drain global oil stocks, with the Saudis cutting more than their agreed quota, but analysts said more reductions were needed to support prices due to a fall in demand and non-OPEC supply growth next year.

“If OPEC cuts are merely extended through 2020, prices are going to fall further from current levels,” Bernstein Energy said in a note on Monday.

“We believe that OPEC needs to cut by a further one million barrels per day in 2020 if they are to defend oil prices at $60 a barrel.”

India’s imports of crude oil have also stalled in recent months, tallying with weaker economic growth in the country.]]>
8/12/2019 1:39:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi pays tribute to young Egyptians on World Youth Day ]]>




“On the International Youth Day, I pay tribute to the enthusiastic and promising Egyptian youths who are proving day by day that they are the secret of the strength and vitality of our great nation.I affirm that the Egyptian state is determined to continue its support tothe youth and prepare them in a way that achieves a better future for our Egypt,” said President Sisi on his official Twitter.

The United Nations celebrates the international Youth Day this year under the theme of “Transforming education” to make education accessible to all young people around the globe, saying the number of young people -aged between 10 and 24- reached 1.8 billion in the world.

Egypt held the country's first National Youth Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh with the participation of 3,000 youth, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Ocober 2016.

Since then, six editions had been organized; it began in response to President Sisi's call for convening a national conference for youth, which was launched during the celebration of the Egyptian youth day on January 9, 2016.

The conference aimed at bringing together prominent youth future leaders with state officials and institutions, and giving them the chance to directly debate the present and the future and exchange ideas and experience to support their ambitions.
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8/12/2019 1:32:30 PM
<![CDATA[Roads Authority: development of Gamasa-Mansoura road to be completed next May]]>
According to a statement issued by the Authority on Monday, the road is currently constructed by state-owned Nile Company for the Construction of Roads, noting that the construction works began in May 2018.

The Authority said that the implementation of the road is of great importance in linking the city of Mansoura, Gamasa and the international coast road.]]>
8/12/2019 1:29:58 PM
<![CDATA[It’s a great result but we must be cautious: Desabre]]>
“We’ll work on correcting mistakes, but I am very happy with the level and performance and the camp of Alexandria and the level of players and their listening to my instructions,” Desabre said after the game.

“The game should have ended with a bigger score for us but the Congolese team’s performance in the second half was better,” He added.

“The result is great but nothing in football is reassuring. We received one goal due to a very naive error,” he said.

Pyramids FC is set to face Al Ahly on Wednesday in the 16th round of Egypt’s Cup.

On the meeting with Al Ahly, Desabre said he would try to benefit from some players who did not play in the CAF Confederation Cup, such as AbdoLomala and Atwa, and he has some time to resolve his decision on the changes and whether to maintain the starting line or make some adjustments.

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8/12/2019 12:39:43 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly thrashesAtlabara in CAF Champions League start]]>
Al Ahly’s goals came through Ali Maaloul, two goals for WalidAzzarou and Ahmed El Sheikh in the 16, 33, 47 and 93 minutes respectively.



Martin Lasarte’s starting line-up was:
Goalkeepers: Ayman Ashraf
Defense line: Ayman Ashraf, Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hani
Midfielders: Amr El-Soleya, HamdyFathy, Hussein El-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhy, Saleh Gomaa`
Attackers: WalidAzzaro

Al Ahly hasn’t tasted the taste of winning the title since 2013; the Reds reached CAF Champions League Final twice but lost in both games against WydadaCasabalanca& Tunis Esperance Sportive.

The second leg will be held in Egypt as the Reds reached an agreement with Sudanese club to play both games in Egypt. The second leg will be on August 23rd.

Al-Ahly achieved their 41st league title after a fierce competition with arch rivals, Zamalek.

The Reds ended the Egyptian league topping the standings with 80 points, 8 points above their rivals, Zamalek.

Zamalek have been topping the Egyptian league most of the past year but they wasted a lot of points in the last 10 rounds which affected their leadership.
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8/12/2019 12:38:25 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly resume training session on Tuesday]]>
Al Ahly thrashed Atlabara 4-0 in the CAF Champions League start when they met at Borg El Arab stadium on Sunday night.

Al Ahly’s goals came through Ali Maaloul, two goals for WalidAzzarou and Ahmed El Sheikh in the 16, 33, 47 and 93 minutes respectively.



Martin Lasarte’s starting line-up was:
Goalkeepers: Ayman Ashraf
Defense line: Ayman Ashraf, Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hani
Midfielders: Amr El-Soleya, HamdyFathy, Hussein El-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhy, Saleh Gomaa`
Attackers: WalidAzzaro

Al Ahly hasn’t tasted the taste of winning the title since 2013; the Reds reached CAF Champions League Final twice but lost in both games against WydadaCasabalanca& Tunis Esperance Sportive.

The second leg will be held in Egypt as the Reds reached an agreement with Sudanese club to play both games in Egypt. The second leg will be on August 23rd.

Al-Ahly achieved their 41st league title after a fierce competition with arch rivals, Zamalek.

The Reds ended the Egyptian league topping the standings with 80 points, 8 points above their rivals, Zamalek.

Zamalek have been topping the Egyptian league most of the past year but they wasted a lot of points in the last 10 rounds which affected their leadership.
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8/12/2019 12:37:20 PM
<![CDATA[Queen slams UK politicians as unable to govern because of Brexit crisis]]>
It is one of the harshest political statements made by the Queen in her 67-year reign.

The 93-year-old has largely kept quiet about her political views during her long time on the throne.

It comes as Britain's ongoing crisis over Brexit threatens to drag the monarch into the row over the UK leaving the European Union. ]]>
8/12/2019 12:35:44 PM
<![CDATA[Q&A about new amendments of investment law, related incentives]]>
Egypt Today reviews the approved amendments in Q&As:

Q : what is the purpose of the amendments of the investment law?
A: The purpose of the amendments is to promote an investment climate and equal incentives for new projects and expansion of existing projects, where the law only provided incentives for new projects.

Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr said earlier that the objective of the new amendments drafted by the government is to address problems and challenges on the ground, said who attended the session of the Economic Committee of the Parliament.

The goal of the amendments is to invest in the neediest provinces and improve the standard of living of citizens, and diversity in the sources of growth nationwide, Nasr said.

Q: Will incentives for existing projects actually be beneficial to the economy?
A: It would be useful because the amendment encouraged companies to expand their existing business to enjoy incentives.
Investment Minister noted that the amendments to Articles 11-13 aim at granting incentives for expansions of existing investment projects in accordance with the rules and conditions to be determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers.

Q: How many articles have been amended in the law?
A: Four articles in the law have been amended and added.

What are the amendments taken on the law?
A:“The [newly-added] conditions include the establishment of new production lines or products, and creating new business opportunities with an increase in the capital,” Nar stated earlier
The second amendment relates to imposing new fees in exchange for ratification of contract signatures of the companies, regardless of the investment system subject to it, the Minister added.
Nasr praised a new article in the Investment Law stipulating that the General Authority for Investment shall calculate the foreign inflows and foreign direct investment in order to reach accurate figures on the volume of investment.

Q: What is the content of these incentives amendments?
A: Amendments to the law included the addition of a final clause in article 12 stating that the expansion of existing investment projects shall be granted the opportunity to enjoy the special incentives provided for in articles 11 and 13 of this law. Expansion in this article means o increase the capital used by adding new assets to increase the production capacity of the project. All this in accordance with the rules and conditions to be determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers.

Q: Why was a paragraph in article 48 amended?
A: A final clause is added to Article 48 of the law stating that “the signatures of the partners or their representatives shall be ratified on the contracts of companies whatever the investment system is subject to, with a ratification fee of a quarter percent of the value of the paid up capital up to a maximum of 10,000 or the equivalent of foreign exchange, as the case may be, whether ratified in Egypt or with the Egyptian authorities abroad."
This amendment came to preserve and protect the assets of companies.

Q. What are the reasons behind adding an article related to foreign direct investment (FDI)?
A: The amendments included the addition of clause 14 to article 74 to ensure that information and data required for the calculation of direct and indirect foreign investment assets from public and private entities for statistical purposes, in accordance with established international practices. The Investment Authority may, for this purpose, prepare forms and questionnaires to complete such information and data and apply them by all means, including electronic means, provided that a decision is issued by the Prime Minister.
This is based on UNCTAD proposals for the calculation of foreign investment, which shows its exact size.

Q :What is the ruling on those who do not cooperate in providing FDI data in different entities?
A: The amendments include the addition of a new article No. 91, in which the person responsible for the effective management of the legal person shall be punished for violating the provision of article 74, paragraph 14, of the law, with a fine not exceeding LE 50,000 if he is aware of the violation.

In July, Egypt’s House of Representatives (the lower house of the parliament) chaired by Ali Abdel Aal, has initially approved on Sunday new amendments to the Investment Law promulgated by Law No. 72 of 2017.

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8/12/2019 12:13:10 PM
<![CDATA[More than 1.6K prisoners released on occasion of Eid al-Adha]]>
A total of 1,024 inmates were given a presidential pardon, while 610 others were released on parole, the statement added.

In June 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr festivals (Muslims’ small feast of breaking the fast), 2,002 prisoners, including female debtors, were released.

On May 31, 2019, Egypt’s Prison Sector released 266 prisoners on parole, while 85 others were released as per a presidential pardon, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The decision of release on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day Egypt celebrates annually on April 25. On the same occasion, a total 170 of inmates as per a presidential pardon, while the rest of 306 prisoners on May 9. Moreover, the Ministry released 518 inmates on parole, while 67 others were granted the presidential pardon on April 30.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.

Eid al-Adha lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.

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8/12/2019 12:10:44 PM
<![CDATA[Strong Egyptian participation in Malmö Arab Film Festival]]>
In the feature film competition, will house two Egyptian films which are (Exterior/ Night) and ‘’ El Deif’’ ( The Guest).

‘’We are delighted to participate in one of the largest Arab film events in Europe, in the midst of a series of the most important Arab films recently released, Which we trust to have been carefully chosen to reflect some of the latest contemporary cinema trends in the region for both European and Arab audience’’ said Ahmad Abdulla El Sayed director of ‘’ Leil Khargy’’.

The feature documentary competition will include both ‘’Kilo 64’’ directed by Amir El-Shenawy and ‘’The Profession’’ by Ramez Youssef. Three Egyptian films will take part in the short film competition: "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" (Eyebrows) directed by Tamer Ashry, ‘’ Shoka w Skina’’ (Fork and Knife) directed by Adam Abd El Ghaffar and (Extra Safe) by Nouran Sherif.

In the non-competitive sections, ‘’ Turab el Mass’’ (Diamond Dust) will be secreened in Arabian Nights section. The festival organizes a special evening featuring the Egyptian film ‘’ Yommedine’’ (Judgmental Day).

‘’Malmö Festival has become the largest Arab specialized film festival taking place outside the Arab world. All the team is very excited about screening the film in Malmö and meeting the audience of the city’’ said Abu Bakr Shawky, director of “Yommedine”, which competed last year at Cannes’ International Competition.

‘’El Fares w el Amira’’ (The Knight and The Princess) will be screened in its international premiere as a morning family screening.

‘’Since the establishment of the festival in 2011, Egyptian cinema has been very present every year,
and it is a logical thing because you cannot organize an Arab cinema festival without presenting the
very best in the oldest and largest Arab cinema industry’’ said Mouhamad Keblawi, founder and
President of Malmö festival.

“Last year, Egypt was the festival’s guest of honour. In the 9 th edition, the Egyptian presence will continue through a showcase of carefully selected films to shed light on the various aspects of modern Egyptian cinema’ Keblawi added.

Malmö Arab Film Festival is the largest and most famous Arab film festival in Europe and the only one in the Scandinavian countries.

Since its founding in 2011, MAFF took major steps towards offering a panoramic view over the Arab social and political situation and conducting constructive dialogues for both professionals and public.

The festival goal is to build bridges between cultures based on film as a universal visual language, capable of imitating the diversity of human dimension.

Based on the remarkable development, MAFF launched the first edition of its market forum during its fifth edition in 2015, as a co-production platform. Since its establishment, MAFF market forum helped a large number of Arab film projects creating productive partnerships with the Nordic countries.

A glimpse about the Egyptian participating movies:

1- “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night)

The Egyptian film “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night) was screened at the first edition of Meknes International Cinema Festival, which kicked off on June 14 in the Moroccan city of Meknes.

“Leil Khargy” was screened for the first time in the Egyptian cinemas on December 19.

The movie was competing in Cairo International Film Festival's international competition where the Egyptian actor Sherif Desouky won the Best Actor Award on his role in the movie.

The movie revolves around three individuals; Mo, Toto and Mustafa, who meet against all norms, each battling in his own way to stand his ground and leave his mark; they eventually find themselves in an unexpected journey in the city that helps them see a world they have never seen before.

“Leil Khargy” stars beside Desouky Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Basma, Ahmed Malek, and Ahmed Magdy among others. “Leil Khargy” is written by Sherif Alfy and directed by Ahmed Abdallah.

The movie was screened before at Toronto International Film Festival.

2- “El-Deif” (The guest)

Veteran writer Ibrahim Essa's film “El-Deif” (The guest) was screened at Manarat Film Festival for Mediterranean Cinema in Tunisia on July 3.

“El-Deif” previously participated in Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival and Arab Film Festival, Rotterdam.


The film is the second cinematic experience for the veteran writer after the great success he achieved in his previous controversial film “Mawlana” (The Sheikh).

“El-Deif” (The guest) is starring Khaled el-Sawi, Sherine Reda, Ahmed Malek and Jamila Awad and is directed by Hadi el-Bagouri.

The film revolves around a man who visits a family for dinner as a guest, and then strange incidents follow.

Yahia Tijani is the writer and thinker the film revolves around. Tijani has opinions that make him face the charge of contempt of religions. Perhaps the most prominent among his opinions is that hijab is not obligatory.

Tijani has a small family consisting of his wife Mimi and his daughter Farida, who Osama proposes to marry. Osama is "the guest" that changes the course of events in the film.

“El-Deif” was granted the Public Award in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia early December 2018, as it was competing in the official contest of the festival representing the African continent.

3- ‘’ Kilo 64’’

"Kilo 64" is a documentary film that attracted attention in its premiere at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival.

The film revolves around a young pharmacist named Wael, driven by his ambition to shift away from his field of study and move to cultivate the desert, influenced by the spirit of the January Revolution in Egypt. However, the young man faces numerous complexities and obstacles that obstruct his mission.

Shennawi is a director focusing on documentary films. He attained his master's degree in documentary film from London in 2017.

Since 2010, the rising director has been working in the field of films. During the past 5 years, he has directed a number of successful documentary films.

4-‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ (Fork and Knife)

Writer and director Adam Abd ElGhaffar's short film ‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ has been selected to compete within the Short Films Competition at the second edition of El Gouna International Film Festival that was held from September 20-28, 2018.

‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ stars Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin. The short movie follows a romantic date that seems very normal until the couple started talking about their past and their future changes.

Alongside Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin, the short film stars Rosaline Elbay, Nour Aboulela and Nourchène Bahri.

5- "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" ( Eyebrows)

After winning the best short movie award from the second edition of El Gouna Film Festival, the Egyptian short movie "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" participated in five international festivals.

The festivals are African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milano; Middle East Now festival; San Sebastián International Film Festival; Geneva International Film Festival and Tripoli Film Festival.

The makers of “Photocopy”,script writer HaithamDabbour and director Tamer Ashry, collaborated again in "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib".

"What is the one thing that you wish was not prohibited?" Aisha, the movie heroine, writes in a closed Facebook group addressing her burqa-wearing peers in the group.

Directly after posting this question, Aisha meets her friend Sally at a mall. They go shopping together to discover at the end that the thing she hates most is her burqa. The 21-minute movie stars Mariam el-Khoshet, Asmaa AbulYazid, and Ali el-Tayeb among others.

6- "Turab al-Mass" ( Diamond Dust)

"Turab al-Mass" is based on the novel of the same name by Ahmed Mourad. The plot revolves around Taha, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father.

Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

Alongside Yassin, the cast includes Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kidwany, Ezzat al-Alayly, Mohamed Mamdouh, Khaled al-Sawy and Sawsan Badr.

7- ‘’Yomeddine’’ ( Judgmental Day)

Egyptian film Yomeddine won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film at the Carthage International Film Festival. It is the third award for the film after the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature and the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at El Gouna Film Festival.

“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a former Coptic Egyptian patient in the Leprosy Colony. He was lucky enough to be cured, unlike his late wife.

After his wife’s death, Beshay decides to leave the colony and search for his family with his friends; a donkey and a child. Beshay’s journey takes him to the past and to the future as well, exploring how society deals with his disease and highlighting the suffering of leprosy patients in the colony.

The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9, 2018.
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8/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Khartoum's Equestrian Club struggles amid Sudan upheaval]]>
But the club has had to cut back activities since popular unrest erupted in December and led to the fall of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April, dampening higher society life.

Horse races were halted and attendance at equestrian classes dwindled after protests broke out in the dusty streets of the capital on the Nile river, with the loss of scores of lives as security forces cracked down.

“The main problem is that people don’t have enough cash (for the club), they’re keeping it to live on, not to bring children to ride horses,” said Rafat Awad, the club’s treasurer.

“You see the situation in our country, people dying. You can’t just go and race. Some people are sad, some are angry, some still waging revolution, so we found it wasn’t right to stage competitions.”

The club was founded in 1908 under British colonial rule but betting on horse races ended in 1983 when sharia (Islamic law) took effect. Before being halted, horse races were run through sponsorships and some 200 horses are kept in the club’s stables.

There has been a modest resurgence of visitors to the club in recent weeks as violence has eased following a political transition deal between the temporary ruling military council and opposition leaders.

Around two dozen people, including children, come for riding classes in the evenings, after the searing daytime heat eases, often watched by their families.

Lessons are offered daily except Friday, the Muslim holy day, for 1,400 Sudanese pounds (nearly $20) a month - a sum beyond the means of most Sudanese, let alone the cost of buying and keeping a horse at the club.

Some female club members describe how they’ve had to overcome a disapproval of women participating in sport that is common in strictly Islamic Sudan.

“If your family members are interested, it’s easier than if you start on your own,” said Einas, 18, who has been riding for one year. Her father has race horses and has won competitions. She said that in Sudan, however, racing was mainly a man’s sport while women often practiced show-jumping.

Twenty-four-year-old Sagda, a club member who had been riding for 11 years, said: “My mum brought me here, my family don’t mind that I’m a woman riding.

“It can be a bit hard - some people disapprove at how we are dressed,” she added, referring to tight-fitting equestrian garb.]]>
8/12/2019 11:43:44 AM
<![CDATA[Solidarity min. follows up relief committees' Eid measures]]>
The ministry said in a statement Sunday that Wali has tasked heads of social solidarity directorates to visit social care institutions countrywide to celebrate this occasion and carry out entertainment programs.

Meanwhile, social care directorates have cooperated and coordinated with a number of NGOs to help needy families on Eid al Adha.]]>
8/12/2019 11:38:30 AM
<![CDATA[Over 3,700 sacrifice animals slaughtered for free on Eidul Adha]]>
He detailed in a statement Sunday that 2,613 cows and buffaloes and 1102 goats, sheep and camels were slaughtered in abattoirs, noting that the charge-free services will be available for citizens on all days of Eidul Adha.

Mahmod added that all sacrifice animals underwent medical examination to ensure the safety of their healthy meat.]]>
8/12/2019 11:36:30 AM
<![CDATA[Head of Egyptian hajj mission lauds efforts of medical team]]>
He also said no contagious or epidemic diseases have been detected among Egyptian pilgrims.

Ten sick pilgrims were able to ascend Mount Arafat in equipped ambulances and the disabled were ferried in customized vehicles to help them perform the hajj rituals, Abdel Aati said in statements to MENA correspondent Monday.

Additional buses were also available around Mount Arafat and were used to shuttle 50 pilgrims who were late to join their groups, he noted.

The medical team also inspected hotels where Egyptian pilgrims are staying to make sure they are served safe food, Abdel Aati added.

Abdel Aati was pleased with big efforts exerted by the Saudi authorities to serve all pilgrims.]]>
8/12/2019 11:33:10 AM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Tanta Museum reopening]]>
WaadAbulEla, head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities,told the press that the completion of the structural development and restoration of the National Museum of Tanta in the province of Gharbia will be in August, within the ministry's plan to develop and open closed museums throughout the country.

The Ministry of Antiquities exposed that 99 percentof the museum's exhibition work has been completed. Furthermore, the museum will display a collection of artifacts that includesa statue of architect Imhotep, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a statue of the god Osiris.

Tanta Museum will showcase 8579 artifacts from the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras.

Tanta Museum is the only archaeological museum in the province and was closed 18 years ago.

The development work inside Tanta Museum included the renovation of the museum building, its structural treatment, and the installation of two new showcases. The museum display committee also changed its display scenario.

The museum's building consists of five floors, the first floor is dedicated to services, the second and third floors to displaying various artifacts, the fourth floor consists of the administrative offices of the museum staff, while the fifth floor has a lecture and conference rooms.





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8/12/2019 11:26:31 AM
<![CDATA[RabehSaqer to perform in Egypt on August 20 ]]>
The Saudi singer will perform a selection of his most popular songs, including “Khalas” (Enough), “Baghayar Esloobi” (I’ll change my ways) and “Qalo el-Hob” (They said love). In addition, the popular singer will play theoud while performing amid his Egyptian and Arab fans.

Saqer first started his career in 1982, achieving a long series of successes that made him one of the most important singers of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.

His latest musical work was a mini album entitled “Rabeh 2019” which consisted of eight songs, including “AlaKeifak” (As you like), “Agazt” (I failed) and “Al-Samt” (Silence).

RabehSaqer ... Alsamt - Lyrics Video | رابح صقر ... الصمت - بالكلمات

كلمات : تركي آل الشيخ ألحان : رابح صقر توزيع + وتريات : مدحت خميس مكساج : م/ جاسم محمد من ألبوم ...


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8/12/2019 11:24:16 AM
<![CDATA[Ferjani Sassi takes rest from Zamalek training sessions]]>
Sassi had a rest after the Premier League competition and traveled to Tunisia to spend his vacation with his family after his participation with the Carthage Eagles in the African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt during the period from 21 June to 19 July last in addition to his participation with Zamalek at the end of the league.

Sassi participated with Zamalek in 40 games this season; 23 games in the Egyptian League as he scored seven goals, 11 games in CAF Confederation Cup and he scored two goals, 4 games in Arabian Championship, Egypt’s Cup and Egypt & Saudi Super Cup.

Zamalek club president Mortada Mansour said he is inviting all the old football stars of the White Club to be present with the club's board in a meeting next Tuesday to choose the new foreign manager.
Mortada Mansour continued in a video published by the official website of the Zamalek club, that the CVs of Six coaches will be displayed to choose the best among them and invite all the old stars of Zamalek, headed by Hassan Shehata, Hazem Imam, Ayman Younis, Reda Abdel Aal and Gamal Hamza.

Mortada Mansour said that he will announce at 12 noon next Tuesday, the name of the coach of the team and 48 hours later he will be brought to Cairo in preparation for starting his task.

Zamalek appointed their former player, Tarek Yehia, as a caretaker manager and they are searching for a new manager to lead the team at the new season after the board sacked Khaled Galal following the Egyptian league title loss to Al-Ahly.

Galal, who succeeded Swiss manager, Cristian Gross, led the team during the last stage of the season in which the team lost the title to their arch rivals, Al-Ahly.

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8/12/2019 11:20:51 AM
<![CDATA[Arab authors, producers to be trained during 41st Cairo Int. Film Festival.]]>
The workshop will be organized in partnership with Eave On Demand, a leading specialist in training and developing projects for audiovisual producers. Admission to the workshop runs until Sept. 5.

The development workshop aims at the participation of six teams of Arab authors and producers for a time span of 4 days, covering all aspects of the development phase of feature film projects, which include scenario development strategies, production roles, international marketing and sales, budget and financial planning, as well as film presentation skills to experts.

The EAVE Development Workshop combines experience in international training with its ability to create networking opportunities with professionals in the film industry in the Arab world, taking into account the specific requirements of each trainee.

The workshop consists of lectures open to all guests and delegates registered at the Cairo International Film Festival, as well as group meetings alongside individual meetings of the six selected teams of authors and producers with their projects in the development phase. These sessions should cover all the challenges obstructing talented people.

The Cairo Festival Administration explained that all projects must have an author and a producer and provide data in English and Arabic through an electronic form. All details are available on the Cairo International Film Festival official website.

Furthermore, The Cairo Film Festival has announced that experts participating in the workshop this year include Diana Erlbaum, producer of “Frankie'' the film that participated in the last Cannes Film Festival and "Elle", the co-winner of the Cannes Festival in 2016, among others.










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8/12/2019 11:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek to choose new coach on Tuesday]]>
Mortada Mansour continued in a video published by the official website of the Zamalek club, that the CVs of Six coaches will be displayed to choose the best among them and invite all the old stars of Zamalek, headed by Hassan Shehata, Hazem Imam, Ayman Younis, Reda Abdel Aal and Gamal Hamza.

Mortada Mansour said that he will announce at 12 noon next Tuesday, the name of the coach of the team and 48 hours later he will be brought to Cairo in preparation for starting his task.

Zamalek appointed their former player, Tarek Yehia, as a caretaker manager and they are searching for a new manager to lead the team at the new season after the board sacked Khaled Galal following the Egyptian league title loss to Al-Ahly.

Galal, who succeeded Swiss manager, Cristian Gross, led the team during the last stage of the season in which the team lost the title to their arch rivals, Al-Ahly.

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8/12/2019 11:19:15 AM
<![CDATA[Tripoli militias breached al Adha truce, LNA Spox]]>
Al Mesmari told Egypt Today that the LNA forces have the right to respond to the breach of the truce brokered under the auspices of the United Nations.

“The LNA forces responded to Tripoli militias’ attempts to breach Eid al Adha truce in Tripoli city, these armed militias do not recognize the international military rules and codes, and truces for that matter,” added al Mesmari to Egypt Today.

The LNA forces accepted earlier a two-day truce in Tripoli due to Eid al Adha feast.
Al Mesmari has previously said that the LNA put on halt all the military operations in Tripoli city, warning that any attempts to breach the truce in order to secure positions by the armed militias backing Tripoli government will be met by strong response.

The UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) earlier on Friday called on the Tripoli government and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to allow a ceasefire during the Eid holiday which started in Libya on Saturday and ends on Tuesday.

The ceasefire would also include a ban on airstrikes, the Tripoli-based government said in a statement, citing humanitarian grounds for the move.
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8/11/2019 11:22:36 PM
<![CDATA[Shooting at Norway mosque to be investigated as possible act of terrorism: police]]>
“We’re investigating this as an attempt at carrying out an act of terrorism,” assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference.
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8/11/2019 2:40:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi inspects greenhouses' project at Mohamed Naguib military base]]>
Shortly after performing Eid al-Adha prayers, Sisi head to Massa Alamein resort as he took a tour their and briefed on the progress of construction operation in Alamein City.
According to MENA news agency Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and a number of ministers accompanied the president during his tour in the Mediterranean Sea resort.

Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radhi said President Sisi was given a detailed explanation on the parts of the resort.

The president watched a documentary on the project.

Also, he got posted on the progress of the construction operation in Alamein City, including Massa resort, the residential towers, shopping mall, Massa mosque, the largest hotel in the North Coast, as well as the marina zone.
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8/11/2019 2:31:13 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Sisi visits Massa Alamein resort, follow up on construction progress]]>
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According to MENA news agency Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and a number of ministers accompanied the president during his tour in the Mediterranean Sea resort.


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Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radhi said President Sisi was given a detailed explanation on the parts of the resort.

The president watched a documentary on the project.

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Also, he got posted on the progress of the construction operation in Alamein City, including Massa resort, the residential towers, shopping mall, Massa mosque, the largest hotel in the North Coast, as well as the marina zone.

Earlier on Sunday, President Sisi extended his best wishes to the Egyptians, congratulating them on Eid al-Adha.
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On his official Twitter account, president Sisi said “I congratulate the great Egyptian people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. May Allah sends his blessings of it [the feast] on every Egyptian family with goodness, compassion and tolerance.”



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8/11/2019 2:19:17 PM
<![CDATA[JICA Chief Representative; on Egyptian-Japanese Ties]]>
Bilateral ties have witnessed ups and downs over the years, amid the challenges both countries have faced; and now is the right timing to enhance and strengthen these relations, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s Egypt Office Chief Representative Yoshifumi Omura.

Ahead of the seventh Tokyo International Conference On African Development (TICAD 7), to be held in Yokohama City in Japan between August 28 and 30, Business Today Egypt sat down with Omura to discuss the agenda and priorities of the conference, as well as the bilateral ties between Egypt and Japan in different sectors and JICA’s recent initiatives and projects.


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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s Egypt Office Chief Representative, Yoshifumi Omura during an interview with Egypt Today, June 2019 - Egypt Today/Ahmed Maarof


Since the establishment of JICA’s office in Cairo in 1977, the two countries have been cooperating economically in several sectors. How do you see the Egyptian-Japanese relations and what can you tell us about JICA’s financial assistance to Egypt in terms of grants and loans?

Egypt is a great nation, located in a geopolitically important position, linking the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Given this, strengthening Egypt’s stability and development as well as its constructive role in the region is important for the regional peace and stability.

Moreover, with a large young population, Egypt’s labor force and market are also attractive for Japanese businesses, with about 50 Japanese companies expanding their operations here.

In terms of recent diplomatic relations between both countries, following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Egypt in January 2015 and President [Abdel Fattah] al Sisi’s visit to Tokyo in 2016, both leaders announced a “Japan-Egypt Joint Statement,” namely cooperation for a new stage in bilateral relations especially in the electricity, education and health fields.

In 2018, JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka paid a visit to Egypt, where he held meetings with President al Sisi, visited JICA’s project’ sites including the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and signed an ODA loan agreement for the Egypt-Japan School Support Program

In total, JICA has provided around $1.5 billion in grant aid and financed 42 projects with an ODA loan, leading to an aggregate of nearly $6.5 billion. Technical cooperation amounted around $800 million.

Currently, JICA is working on 11 ongoing ODA loan projects, including the Energy Control System Upgrading Project in Upper Egypt, the Gulf of El Zayt Wind Power Plant Project, the Electricity Distribution System Improvement Project, Borg El Arab International Airport Extension Project (II), Greater Cairo Metro Line No. 4 Phase I Project, the Grand Egyptian Museum Construction Project, among other projects in various governorates across sectors.


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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s Egypt Office Chief Representative, Yoshifumi Omura during an interview with Egypt Today, June 2019 - Egypt Today/Ahmed Maarof

Tell us about JICA’s initiative, in cooperation with Bibliotheca Alexandrina, regarding print disability?

In Japan, nearly 10% of people suffer from print disabilities. This is a real situation that we had to deal with in Japan, across all education levels. Being a print-disabled person doesn’t necessarily mean blindness, as there are other types of being a print-disabled person, for example, famous American actor Tom Cruz is known to be one of them.

Most of the print-disabled people can actually struggle with reading for many reasons, facing difficulties in understanding what they read. We are developing our education to make them understand complex problems more easily, without the need for the text itself.

We are also currently working on changing our policy in elementary schools from the ordinary text-style into another style, depending on the different methods to make information more understandable for the students, especially the 10% who suffer from disabilities.

Basically, Japan could be identified as one of the leading countries that contributed to this “adaptation initiative,” aiming to help print- disabled people internationally. Also, Egypt can gain from this experience, since Arabic is relatively similar to Japanese in terms of writing style.



Japan has also played a key role in the construction of The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), slated to open its doors in 2020. What can you tell us about Japan’s participation in this project?

The majority of Japan’s participation in GEM is regarding the museum’s restructuring process itself. We also played a key role regarding the transmission and restoration of the artifacts. According to Egyptian officials, we are the first expedition allowed into the museum’s core.

Egyptian officials see us as a fair and neutral party that can participate in the museum or education or any other sector without having any hidden intentions or motivations. Japan by itself could be an isolated country away in the oceans if we hadn’t built good relations and friendships with other countries.




Education is one of the major fields that both Egypt and Japan have agreed to cooperate in. The Japanese schools in Cairo are a primary example; how do you evaluate this experience thus far?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held summit discussions with President Sisi regarding these schools. One hundred schools are supposed to open according to the agreement. Last year, we opened 35 institutions and next year we are planning to open five more, which means that the total number will reach 40 schools. And of course, we expected to face some difficulties and problems in the beginning because the whole idea is new and has a novel approach. But so far, I can say that the experience is pretty much successful despite of everything that happened while setting up the process since last year. The process doesn’t just include establishing those projects, but also changing people’s mindsets regarding the education system in Egypt.

Among the difficulties that we were trying to solve in Egypt is that classes are at over capacity, so we thought that this could affect the students’ understanding. But the Japanese schools teach how to be organized and independent through a number of activities.

The whole change would be about the system not the education materials because materials are based on the country itself. For example, what president Sisi admired when he visited elementary schools in Tokyo during his visit was the organization of the students and how they were very clean, then, he asked us to provide coordination with the Egyptian government on this regard [to implement a similar system].


Japan is also interested in agriculture and irrigation in Egypt as part of its goal to reduce poverty and enhance living standards. How does JICA support Egypt in this sector and what are the trainings JICA has been offering for small-scale farmers and women?

As a matter of fact, we envy Egyptian farmers because they can make anything they want with- out much effort. They have all what they need at any time; and yet, the country is suffering. This is simply because they are using the same traditional way their ancestors have been using long time ago. They do not use any new technologies.

You cannot keep depending on the same products, at the same time by the same way!

What farmers just need is to change their mindsets and start farming new products in different sessions for example. So, if they plant in different seasons, the market rules will defiantly change.

Another challenge we faced concerning agriculture in Egypt was the Egyptian traditions, as we noticed that women in Upper Egypt tend to stay indoors most of the time; they never leave to help in field.

We have been cooperating with other countries where women are more likely to be active than men, so for three following years we didn’t succeed to change the process and Egyptians’ mindset. We needed to change mindsets to make it work out. And we started to think about how to train women through small projects; for them to make small products from home as they wish while also generating an income.



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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s Egypt Office Chief Representative, Yoshifumi Omura during an interview with Egypt Today, June 2019 - Egypt Today/Ahmed Maarof


Can you give us more details about the volunteering programs JICA has been offering in Egypt.

Currently, there are 17 Japanese volunteers working in Egypt. This number used to be higher prior to the revolution, when we had about 40 volunteers. After the revolution, there were no volunteers at all but the numbers started to rise, now reaching between 17 and 20 volunteers.


How does JICA support the private sector in Egypt and do you have interest in supporting the small, medium and micro enterprises sector, which has been a great interest for the Egyptian government lately?

Our sister organization Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is strongly supporting private sector, small enterprises and startups in Egypt. It has a focus on entrepreneurship, along with being interested in raising this market in Egypt. This year, there are some discussions taking place regarding inviting Japanese startups coming to Egypt and vice versa. I can say that my favorite startup in Egypt is Nafham.

In 2015, JICA started working with the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) to support the development of micro-insurance in Egypt for financial inclusion. Later on, we started the (TOT) project, issuing the first training of trainers of this kind in the world.



This year, Japan has witnessed a number of huge events and summits, including G20; and it is hosting TICAD 7 in August. What can you tell us about these two international events?

In the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka, Sisi met with Prime Minister Shebzo Abe as they discussed the importance of maintaining the region’s safety and stability. This is our main approach regarding the region.

They also discussed a number of mega cooperation projects between the two countries, including the Egyptian Grand Museum. Other discussions were mainly about cleaning the oceans and water from plastic, as Egypt is ranked the 7th country internationally affected by the plastic crisis. We’ve been discussing using other materials similar to plastic, but way easier to get rid of and recycle.

Regarding TICAD 7, which is due for August, I’d like to say that we have no intentions to compete with any countries that came to Africa to invest in it, especially Russia and China. Both al- located huge sums to invest in it.

President Sisi will be participating in TICAD this year as the AU [African Union] head, so it is currently under discussion that he will be reviewing his opinion on how Japan is going to share its experience with Africa in facing its challenges such as health, education and culture.

But mainly, science and technology are on the agenda’s top priorities for this year’s TICAD. Also, the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, in New Borg El Arab, Alexandria which was established 10 years in the past, is considered to be a hub on this regard for the region. In Kenya as well, we have the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). It is okay to invite students to Japan, however we think it is better to transfer our assets as well to Egypt along with Kenya to be central fixed places for Japanese experience in technology inside Africa.


Since it was first held in 1993, how do you think TICAD has benefited both the African and Japanese parties; and how do you assess the summit’s progress?

In the past, TICAD was held every five years. However, due to the rapid increase in relations, it became every three years.

Last TICAD, Japan committed $30 billion to Africa in public and private support for infrastructure development, education and healthcare expansion in the continent. We do so according to what we can offer. We also have a tendency to focus on enhancing technology and innovation.


In your opinion, what are the main African challenges that must be addressed in the upcoming TICAD?

There are 54 countries located in Africa, which vary in their problems and challenges.

With every country, during our talks and discussions with them, Japan adopts new approaches aiming to change the country’s mind- set regarding dealing with its problems. So we mostly depend on adaptation in problem solving approaches.

Mostly, we think that investment facilitation, education and health are the main and most common challenges. We suggest initiatives, but it is up to every country to adopt them as they suit to its laws, regulations and reality.


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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s Egypt Office Chief Representative, Yoshifumi Omura during an interview with Egypt Today, June 2019 - Egypt Today/Ahmed Maarof
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8/11/2019 1:00:39 PM
<![CDATA[Several plays to be staged during Eid al-Adha holidays, know the details]]>
Theaters specialized for Eid al-Adha celebrations are ready for hosting numerous shows during the holidays. Among the shows presented is the last season for the play “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater), which includes 10 shows alternating weekly. The pay is staring Ashraf Abdel Baki, Ali Rabei, Mostafa Khater, Esraa Abdel Fatah, Hamdy el Merghany, Wizo, Mohamed Osama and Mohamed Anwar. The play is written and directed by Nader Salah el-Din. In addition, the show will also be filmed to be screened on television.

Another play entitled “Raya we Sakina Tani” is set to be performed during the Eid al-Adha holidays. The play is starring Intisar, Hamdy al-Wazir, Badreya Tolba and Hamo Beka. It is written by Mostafa Salem and directed by Hossam el Din Salah. “Raya we Sakina Tani” will be staged on Alexandria Theater during the Eid days.

Alexandria Theaters will also host the play “Gawaza Mertaha” (Relaxed Marriage) after completing its performance in Hurghada. The play is staring Reem el Baroudy, Ahmed Safwat, Menna Arafa and Hisham Ismail.

Moreover, prominent actor Yehia el Fakharani resumes staging the play “King Lear” in Cairo Show Theater starting August 12.

In the same context, iconic comedian Mohamed Heneidy resumes performing his play “3 fel sahel” (3 in Sahel) starting August 12 - 16 in Cairo Show Theater in the Media Production City.

Furthermore, the Theater Art House group will resume performing the play “El Motafael” (The optimist) on the National Theater in Attaba. The play is staring Sameh Hussain and Sahar el Sayegh. It is directed by Islam Imam.

On the Youth Theater, the play “Beit el Ashbah” (Ghost House) will be staged on the Floating Theater in Manial daily except Tuesdays, at 7 pm.

The Youth Theater acting group will also stage the play “Metro” at 7 pm at King Opera Theater in Ramses.

Opera Bent Arabi resumes its shows on Al-Salam Theater aiming to encourage the interaction of individuals with special needs.

In Al-Talea Theater, the show “Yom an Qatalo el Ghenaa” (The day they killed singing) will resume in Zaki Tulaimat Hall at 7 pm. The play is being performed for the third consecutive year. It revolves around a conflict between two brothers.

The Popular and Performing Art section will daily resume its comedy show “Maktobi Aghanelak” (I am destined to sing for you) produced by “Under 18” group. The play will be staged on Mohamed Abdel Wahab Theater in Alexandria. The play is written by late prominent writer Hassan Abdel Salam.




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8/11/2019 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[AL denounces Benghazi terrorist attack, urges respecting truce]]>
The AL chief offered condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the injured, a well-placed source with the AL said on Sunday.

Abul Ghiet called on all Libyan warring parties to respect the UN-brokered humanitarian truce during Eid Al Adha and resume the political path, which is deemed the sole way to reach a permanent solution to the Libyan crisis, the source added.]]>
8/11/2019 11:31:31 AM
<![CDATA[Black Theama to perform at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on August 14]]>
The popular band released their recent album ‘’Loun el-Kakaw’’ (The Cocoa Colour) in Eid el-Fitr. "Loun el Kakaw" contains five Nubian songs, musically distributed in a modern way.

The band performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on June 6 in celebration of Eid el-Fitr and their new album. Also, they performed a massive concert in August 2018 at El Sawy Cultural Wheel to celebrate the prominent band’s 14th anniversary.

Black Theama chose El Sawy Cultural Wheel because it was the same place and the same theatre that witnessed their first concert 14 years ago.

Founded in 2004 by Amir Salah el-Deen, originally a member in Karisma theatrical troupe, the three-member band presents a wide range of music styles, including Nubian rhythms, reggae, hip-hop, R&B and African music.

The band infuses traditional Nubian folk songs with modern beats. Over the years, the band collaborated with many other bands and musicians such as Massar Egbari and Cairokee.

Black Theama represented Egypt in different international competitions; they were nominated at the 2013 World Music Awards for the Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Song and Best Video Clip awards for the song "Fi Belad Al-Ayy Haga"
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8/11/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Volleyball: Egypt suffer defeat from Brazil at FIVB Olympic qualification]]>
Earlier, the Egyptian team lost their first match against their host, Bulgaria.

Egypt will play against Puerto Rico on Sunday.

Pool A includes Egypt, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Bulgaria. ]]>
8/11/2019 11:04:10 AM
<![CDATA[Scores of Palestinians suffocated by Israeli tear gas bombs]]>
Eyewitnesses at the holy site told MENA that Israeli occupation forces stormed Al Aqsa Mosque, attacked worshipers and fired tear gas bombs at them shortly after the prayers were completed.

Israeli occupants also assaulted Al Quds Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, while Israeli forces are still deployed at the mosque yards as thousands of worshipers gathered to prevent settlers from pushing deep into the holy site.

Worshipers defied the storming settlers and gathered at Bab el Maghareba to prevent the settlers from entering the holy place.

Islamic Waqfs Department in Al Quds said that more than 100,000 worshipers performed Eid prayers at the holy mosque years amid calls by Aqsa officials on worshipers to stay at the mosque in anticipation of any storming operation by the Jewish settlers]]>
8/11/2019 10:57:53 AM
<![CDATA[MSMEDA funds 588 projects in July: Qena governor]]>
This came as part of the governorate's efforts, in cooperation with the MSMEDA, to help young graduates start their own business and find their path to entrepreneurship, Haggan added.

The governorate accords a special priority to micro and small-sized enterprises due to their significant role in pushing forward the development process, boosting production and curbing unemployment among the governorate's youth, Haggan noted]]>
8/11/2019 10:53:43 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt steadily moving towards digital transformation: Finance Ministry]]>
Thanks to the government's electronic payment and collection system, launched in May, government services have become more accessible to citizens at their actual prices, whether online or through payroll, bank, prepaid or credit cards, the ministry added in a statement.

The ministry has supplied all administrative bodies nationwide with E-collection systems; however, some of them have been found to be unused, the ministry said.

The ministry further underscored the need to use the new systems and return any surplus equipment to the competent budget authority to avoid wasting public funds and exercise strict control over state investments.

Prepaid cards are now available free of charge at the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), Banque Misr, Bank du Caire (BdC), Agricultural Bank of Egypt (ABE) and the Commercial International Bank (CIB) until the first of November, the ministry noted.

Citizens could now pay their government dues, which exceed EGP 500, at any of the 4,000 postal offices nationwide or any of the banks subscribing to the government E-payment system, the ministry added.

The ministry urged citizens to lodge their complaints or suggestions on its new portal at «https://collection-complains.azurewebsites.net/complaints», or at the following Email: «Ecollection_Complaints@mof.gov.eg» or though this number: 0235318900]]>
8/11/2019 10:35:10 AM
<![CDATA[First Lady wishes Egyptians a Happy Eid al-Adha]]>


“Happy many returns of Edi al-Adha days for the great people of Egypt. It [the feast] carries through its blessed days the pleasure and upgrades our values of compassion and tolerance. May Allah sends the feast blessings of grace on us and Egypt,” she said on her official Facebook page on Sunday.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi extended his best wishes to the Egyptians, congratulating them on Eid al-Adha.

On his official Twitter account, president Sisi said “I congratulate the great Egyptian people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. May Allah sends his blessings of it [the feast] on every Egyptian family with goodness, compassion and tolerance.”

Two days ago, President Sisi sent, via state's embassies and consulates around the globe, cables of greetings to Egyptian expats on the religious occasion.

Eid al-Adha, or the Grand Feast for the Muslims all over the world, is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. It lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.
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8/11/2019 10:31:31 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo airport prepares for receiving Egyptian pilgrims]]>
The airport put a plan, in cooperation with concerned bodies, to facilitate all measures for the Pilgrims, particularly for people with special needs, the official added.

The airport authorities also allocated a place for Egyptians who will wait for relative passengers. Also, Egyptian folklore shows will be performed outside the arrival terminals, celebrating the pilgrims’ return.

Moreover, the number of physicians in the quarantine units at the airport increased to be sure that pilgrims are in good health condition and free from any infections.

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8/11/2019 9:57:08 AM
<![CDATA[Saqqara archaeological site to be developed: Min. of Antiquities]]>
The protocol of cooperation has been signed by the ministers of antiquities and Housing as well as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Urban Communities Authority.

The signing of the protocol took place in the presence of Atef Moftah, general supervisor of the project of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area, and Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The minister of antiquities said that the protocol comes within the framework of fruitful and constructive cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry Housing to preserve Egypt's archaeological and cultural heritage and develop services in archaeological areas.

The signing of this protocol came after the approval of the Permanent Committee of Antiquities on the study submitted to develop services in the archaeological area, as works are carried out under the supervision of the competent archaeological zone and the projects sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.

For his part, the minister of housing said that the ministry, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), is responsible for design and implementation of the project, in addition to funding the Saqqara development project, including the comprehensive preparation of operational drawings and reviewing proposed service locations that will raise the efficiency of services in the archaeological area.
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8/11/2019 9:52:38 AM