EEAA monitors environmental standards in sites of rice straw collection

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 14:51
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: Officials at the Ministry of Environment made a field visits to a number of sites of rice straw collection to monitor any irregularities in Delta in a way to prevent burning it, said the ministry in a statement on Monday.

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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Handball U-20 team beat Hungary, lead group in World Cup

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 14:36
CAIRO, 12 August 2019:The YouthU-20 handball Egyptian team, led bymanager MagdyAbouelmagdbeat Hungary 31/25 on Monday in the World Cup finals in Macedonia.

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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Bahrain condemns Israeli storming of Aqsa Mosque, attack on worshipers

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 14:35
MANAMA, Aug 12 (MENA) - Bahrain strongly condemned the Israeli intrusion of Al Aqsa Mosque and attack on the worshipers on the first day of Eid Al Adha, in a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and international laws, Bahrain News Agency reported.

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.
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Oil falls on fears of a global economic downturn

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 13:39
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday amid worries about a global economic slowdown and the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, which has reduced demand for commodities such as oil.

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.
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Sisi pays tribute to young Egyptians on World Youth Day

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 13:32
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: On the International Youth Day, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid tribute to the Egyptian youth on their enthusiastic roles, affirming that the state will continue its support to the youth to achieve better future for the nation.

فى اليوم العالمى للشباب .. اتوجه بتحية تقدير واعتزاز لشباب مصر المتحمس الواعد والذى يُثبت يوماً بعد يوم بأنه سر قوة وحيوية أمتنا العظيمة ، وأؤكد على أن الدولة المصرية عازمة على الإستمرارفى دعم شبابها وإعدادهم بالشكل الذى يُحقق بهم مستقبلاً أفضل لمصرنا العزيزة

— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) August 12, 2019

“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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Roads Authority: development of Gamasa-Mansoura road to be completed next May

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 13:29
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: The Roads and Bridges Authority (RTA) confirmed on Monday that the project of upgrading the efficiency and expansion of Gamasa-Mansoura road with a length of 50 km will be completed in May 2020 at a cost of LE 1.05 billion.

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.
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It’s a great result but we must be cautious: Desabre

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:39
CAIRO, 12 August 2019:Pyramids coach Sebastien Desabre said his team had a very good result against Etoile du Congo with a 4-0 win. But there is still another game in the Congo to be cautious.

“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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Al Ahly thrashesAtlabara in CAF Champions League start

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:38
CAIRO, 12 August 2019: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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Al Ahly resume training session on Tuesday

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:37
CAIRO, 12 August 2019: The coaching staff Al Ahly club, led by Martin Lasarte, decided to give players rest from training on Monday, and that the team will begin on Tuesday to prepare for the match against Pyramids FC, scheduled for Saturday evening, in the 16th round of the Egyptian Cup.

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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Queen slams UK politicians as unable to govern because of Brexit crisis

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:35
LONDON, Aug 12 (MENA) - Queen Elizabeth has privately slammed Britain's politicians as unable to govern as a full-blown constitutional crisis threatens to drag in the monarch, Daily Star reported.

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.
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Q&A about new amendments of investment law, related incentives

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:13
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: The Official Gazette published last week the decision of President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi approving the amendment of the Investment Law No. 72 of 2017.

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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More than 1.6K prisoners released on occasion of Eid al-Adha

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:10
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: On the occasion of Eid al-Adha celebrations (Muslims’ Grand Feast), more than 1,600 prisoners were released on parole and as per a presidential pardon on Monday, announced Egypt’s Ministry of Interior in a statement.

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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Strong Egyptian participation in Malmö Arab Film Festival

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 12:00
CAIRO – 12 August 2019: The 9th edition of Malmö Arab Film Festival announced the list of Egyptian films participating in the Festival which will kick off on October 4-8. Egyptian cinema will have a strong presence with seven feature films and three short films in the various festival programs.

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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Khartoum's Equestrian Club struggles amid Sudan upheaval

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:43
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - For decades the Equestrian and Racing Club has given upper-crust Sudanese the chance to learn horse riding and watch horse racing in a shady compound set apart from the surrounding urban bustle of the capital Khartoum.

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.
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Solidarity min. follows up relief committees' Eid measures

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:38
CAIRO, Aug 11 (MENA) – Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali followed up the preparations of relief committees to deal with any emergency cases nationwide during Eid al Ahda.

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.
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Over 3,700 sacrifice animals slaughtered for free on Eidul Adha

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:36
CAIRO, Aug 11 (MENA) – Head of the General Organization for Veterinary Services Abdel Hakeem Mahmod said a total of 3,715 sacrifice animals were slaughtered for free on the first day of Eidul Adha nationwide.

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.
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Head of Egyptian hajj mission lauds efforts of medical team

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:33
MAKKAH AL MUKARRAMAH, Aug 12 (MENA) - Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aati, who leads the Egyptian hajj mission, has praised efforts exerted by an accompanying medical team to provide good health care for Egyptian pilgrims.

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.
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All you need to know about Tanta Museum reopening

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:26
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities announced the completion of developing and restoring Tanta Museum in preparation for its opening at the end of August 2019.

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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RabehSaqer to perform in Egypt on August 20

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:24
CAIRO - 12 August 2019: Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer will perform a concert on Tuesday, August 20 in a hotel overlooking the Nile as part of the summer concerts.

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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Ferjani Sassi takes rest from Zamalek training sessions

Egypt Today - Lun, 12/08/2019 - 11:20
CAIRO, 12 August 2019:Tunisian international Fergani Sassi, Zamalek midfielder, took rest from his team preparations for the game against Dekadaha, Somalia, scheduled for next Friday, in the first leg of the 64th round of the African Champions League, which will be held at the stadium Petrosport.

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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