FILE – President Abdel Fatah el-SisiCAIRO – 16 December 2017: The pilot operation of the four Suez Canal tunnels in Ismailia and Port Said started and will launch in a matter of days, after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gives the signal to start, according to Akhbar el-Yom newspaper Saturday.Canal Authority chairman Mohab Mamesh witnessed the pilot operation of the floating bridge that connects the two banks of the Suez Canal. The distance between the northern and southern tunnels is 13 meters. The tunnels also have emergency passages for individuals. Each tunnel has a height of 5.5 meters and serves one traffic direction with two traffic lanes. The establishment of the tunnels came at a cost of LE 18 billion ($1 billion), according to Akhbar el-Yom.
December 16, 2017 18:33 UTC
President Abdel Fattah Al- Sisi received Saturday Dimitris Avramopoulos European Union Commissioner for Migration, Citizenship and Home Affairs on Saturday- Press photoCAIRO – 16 December 2017: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Union commissioner for Migration, Citizenship and Home Affairs, on Saturday in the presence of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram.During the meeting, the Egyptian president underscored the significance of dealing with the growing threat of illegal immigration through a comprehensive strategy that can address the root causes of the increased phenomena.Sisi also stressed that fighting such a threat can be done through settling regional disputes, pushing for development and raising the standard of living for people affected by crises, emphasizing the key role that the European commission plays in this regard.Moreover, Sisi stressed that Egypt is no place for displacement camps for refugees; instead, they are treated as nationals who enjoy the same chance at freedom and rights as citizens and are enabled to be mainstreamed into all sectors of society.The European commissioner for Immigration Affairs stressed the European Union's keenness to strengthen cooperation and coordinate efforts in the area of fighting illegal immigration, expressing his appreciation for the efforts undertaken by the current leadership to save the country from impending troubles. This contributed to maintain the stability of countries of the Mediterranean or Eastern Europe, the statement added.
December 16, 2017 18:22 UTC
Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Southampton - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - December 16, 2017 Chelsea's Marcos Alonso celebrates scoring their first goal - REUTERS/Toby Melville16 December 2017: Chelsea consolidated third place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, thanks to a Marcos Alonso goal.Alonso scored the only goal of the game by curling a long-range free kick past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner in the third minute of first-half injury time.Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and would have won by a greater margin had Forster not made a string of impressive saves.Southampton improved after sending on Charlie Austin for Manolo Gabbiadini in the second half but they were unable to snatch an equaliser.The result extended a poor run of form for Mauricio Pellegrino's side, who have now gone five matches without a win in the Premier League and have dropped to 12th in the standings.Chelsea have moved on to 38 points, level with second-placed Manchester United, who visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
December 16, 2017 17:03 UTC
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden, November 17, 2017. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERSPARIS - 16 December 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates his 40th birthday this weekend in the grounds of a former royal palace, in what some opponents called another tactless show of wealth.Rivals have branded former investment banker Macron "president of the rich" for policies such as the scrapping of a wealth tax and cutting housing benefit, moves the president framed as reforms to boost investment and social mobility.Macron is staying with his wife Brigitte in a guest house close to the Chateau de Chambord, a former royal palace on the Loire that dates back to the 16th century.His office denied media reports that the celebrations would take place inside the chateau and said the trip was being paid for by the couple.Left-wing leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who ran against Macron in the presidential election this year, called the chateau stay "ridiculous" for its royal symbolism.Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, a right-wing politician who also ran for the presidency, said: "Times change but the oligarchy remains detached from the people. "Macron's weekend retreat came as several of his ministers were shown to be millionaires.Figures released on Friday by a body charged with ensuring financial transparency in politics showed Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud had the largest personal fortune, around 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million).Penicaud, at the forefront of Macron's push to shake up the economy, has been criticised for a gain made on stock options when she was an executive at food giant Danone.Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot declared personal wealth of over 7 million euros and revealed he owned six cars. The former TV presenter and campaigner has called for France to stop selling petrol and diesel cars by 2040.Career politicians in the government had smaller fortunes, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's declaration showing 1.7 million euros and Public Finances Minister Gerard Darmanin just 48,000 euros.
December 16, 2017 16:41 UTC
Members of the Yemeni army ride on the back of military trucks near the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, Yemen January 23, 2017 - REUTERS/Fawaz SalmanADEN – 16 December 2017:The Yemeni army and allied fighters on Friday drove Houthi militants from a town that was one of the last positions they held in the country’s south, military sources and local officials said.The forces advanced into Bayhan, about 300 km (190 miles) southeast of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, killing dozens of the militants in clashes, the sources said.Bayhan is important in Yemen’s war because it is located on a major road linking Shabwa province with Marib province, part of which is held by the Houthis, to the north. The army’s advance means that the Houthis have been expelled from most of Shabwa, sources said.Yemen’s more than two-year-old war pits the Iran-allied Houthis, who control Sanaa, against a Saudi-led military alliance that backs the government now based in the southern port of Aden. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis.The government-run Sabanew agency said the remaining Houthis had fled after battles for strategic positions in the Bayhan area which had left hundreds of them dead and wounded.The agency said the army also seized other positions in the area, where the movement of heavy artillery had been difficult because of sand dunes.This month the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by U.S. and British weapons and intelligence, intensified air strikes after the Houthis killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh when he switched sides in the civil war. There has been relatively little change in positions on the ground around the capital.
December 16, 2017 15:56 UTC
Jane Austen Photo Via CC/University of Texas – Compiled by Egypt TodayCAIRO – 16 December 2017: Jane Austen is known as one of the greatest English authors to have published novels in the Georgian era. In celebration of her birthday we have gathered some quotes that have influenced her generation, ours and many more to come.Austen never put her own name down in the byline, in fear of what people may think, say regarding personal modesty and in order to remain ladylike.“Sense and Sensibility” was her first novel, published in 1811; it became a huge success and a must read among the literary English. As it was published under the byline “By a Lady,” only a few of her family members knew that she was the true author behind it and the rest of her novels that followed.Aiming for her readers to change and improve themselves and the people around them, her books were her weapon in the fight against social norms and acceptance.Representing realism, while starting social conversations, her romantic fiction story lines are for everyday life.Some of her goals were for her readers to learn from their relationships to improve their selves and find balance; to judge people correctly not by looking at the others’ net worth or social status but based on their morals; to understand that money is not everything although it is important that one has financial stability while not letting the amount of it impress you; and lastly to not be snobbish and treat everyone as an equal.Well educated and encouraged to be creative, Austen was the second daughter and seventh child of an Oxford-educated rector. Her brother Henry revealed to the world that Austen was the true author behind the novels after her death in 1817.“Sense and Sensibility” was formerly known as “Elinor and Marianne”, “First Impressions” is now known as “Pride and Prejudice”, after Austen’s death her brother published “Susan” as “Northanger Abbey” and “The Brothers” as “Sanditon” and “Persuasion”.
FILE: Interior Minister Magdy Abdel GhaffarCAIRO - 16 December 2017: Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar met Saturday with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.Abdel Ghaffar stressed on the importance of reaching political solutions to conflicts in the world to reduce the flow of migrants and asylum seekers, who cause economic and social pressure for countries hosting them.The meeting touched on cooperation between the ministry and EU security and anti-illegal immigration agencies in light of security challenges in the Middle East.The minister welcomed security coordination and cooperation with relevant EU bodies, especially in terms of information exchange in terrorism and illegal immigration issues.Abdel Ghaffar informed the EU official on the ministry’s strategy to combat crime and illegal immigration.
Premier League - Leicester City vs Crystal Palace - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - December 16, 2017 Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring their first goal - REUTERS/Darren Staples16 December 2017: Christian Benteke put a difficult week behind him to score his first goal of the season as Crystal Palace won 3-0 at Leicester City to climb out of the Premier League's bottom three on Saturday.Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako were also on target as Palace ended an eight-month wait for an away league victory.A week after being castigated for ignoring team orders to take, and miss, a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, Benteke made amends to put Palace in front with a glancing header from Andros Townsend's whipped in cross.It was Palace's first away goal of the season.Leicester failed to muster much of a response and were punished for their lacklustre approach five minutes before halftime when Benteke played in Zaha who out-foxed Ben Chilwell before drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.The hosts did improve after the break and Riyad Mahrez was denied a goal when Palace keeper Julian Speroni made a superb save to keep out the Algerian's powerful low shot.Vicente Iborra had a headed goal correctly ruled out for a push on the hour and Leicester suffered a further blow a minute later when birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi received a second yellow card for a dive and was sent off.Bakary Sako rounded off a great afternoon for Palace with a classy finish from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's assist.Palace moved to 14th position with 17 points from 18 games while Leicester, who had won their previous four games to move into eighth spot, have 26 points.
Although indulging has its place, we still need to reign in our cravings and try to remain somewhat healthy during the holidays. An excess of anything tends to be bad, so it’s common sense that overeating has negative effects, but here is a closer look at how it can harm you.There are long-term and short-term effects of overeating and they can be categorized into physical, mental and emotional. Obviously, weight gain and obesity are the most common effects. They can cause strain on the muscles and bones as they have to carry extra weight. You do not need to eat until you are bursting, stop before you feel completely full to stay light and not experience post-food lethargy.4.
December 16, 2017 15:33 UTC
File – Trade Minister Tarek KabilCAIRO – 16 December 2017: Trade Minister Tarek Kabil issued a decree on Saturday to form a council for transportation, logistics and shipping.Published on Saturday in the official Gazette, the decree on the new council said that its membership will include Chairman of Alexandria Port Authority, Medhat Attia, Vice Chairman of SCZone, Abdel Kader Darwish, Head of Damietta Port Authority, Ayman Saleh and Khaled el-Sakty, Dean of the College of International Transport and Logistics in Arab Academy.Members will also include Head of the International Transport Services division at Alexandria’s chamber of commerce, Medhat el-Kady, board member of Alexandria Chamber of Shipping Marawan el-Sammak, CEO of Egypt Air Cargo and Airline Bassem Jouhar and Head of the Holding Company for Maritime Transport Fathi Jibril.
December 16, 2017 15:00 UTC
Soldiers carry the coffin of late Romanian King Michael during a funeral ceremony in Bucharest, Romania, December 16, 2017. On Monday, lawmakers begin debating changes to the criminal code that critics say will derail law and order.A descendant of the German Hohenzollern dynasty and a cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Michael was in his early twenties when he participated in a 1944 coup that overthrew fascist leader Marshal Ion Antonescu.Romania then broke with Nazi Germany and switched to the Allied side. Historians have said his actions might have shortened the war and saved thousands of lives.After communism collapsed, politicians fearing Michael’s influence blocked his first few attempted visits after decades of exile in Switzerland, Britain and the United States. He finally returned to Romania in 1992 and regained citizenship in 1997.With his passing, the Romanian royal family’s relevance will likely fade, since his children have little public standing. Princess Margareta, his eldest daughter, remains custodian of the crown.
December 16, 2017 15:00 UTC
A firefighter battles flames from the Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara, California, June 16, 2016. The Rim Fire had been the third-largest blaze on record in the state.The Thomas Fire is only 40 percent contained and it threatens 18,000 structures, officials said, including some in the wealthy enclave of Montecito just outside the city of Santa Barbara. Gusts of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) were expected.From Saturday night through Sunday evening, the winds could lash neighboring Ventura County, the Weather Service said. That is where the Thomas Fire first began due to unknown causes, and where it was still burning.Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, 32, died on Thursday while battling the flames near the Ventura County community of Fillmore. The fires were also responsible for poor air quality throughout Southern California.
December 16, 2017 14:26 UTC
The famous Egyptian singer Amr Diab who was born in 1961 – Fragmented from promotional materialCAIRO – 16 December 2017: The Egyptian singer Amr Diab will perform a concert in Russia in June 2018. His concert will be in tandem with Egypt’s participation in the 2018 World Cup.Diab, born in 1961 in Port Said, has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world. He continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.His most famous album is “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), which brought him to the international scene and earned him the title of ‘The Father of Mediterranean Music’ for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, has had his songs translated into seven languages.Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.Diab’s first album was named “Ya Tareeq” (The Path) was released in 1983. His most recent album, “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017 following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.
December 16, 2017 14:26 UTC
El Roda Mosque - North SinaiCAIRO – 16 December 2017: Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, represented by the Food Industry Holding Company, provided 500 blankets and food subsidies to families in Bir al-Abed city, North Sinai.Nasr Allah Mohamed, head of Bir al-Abed city, told Egypt Today that the convoy is being distributed to the residents, in cooperation with North Sinai Governorate and the Ministry of Supply.Mohamed added that the convoy provided 500 boxes that include rice, oil, beans, flour and 500 blankets. The boxes were delivered to families’ homes in Bir al-Abed.At least 311 people were killed and 121 injured when unidentified militants attacked Al-Rawdah mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire.Rawdah village is located on the international road linking Al-Arish with Bi’r Al-Abd. The village harbored a large number of families who fled from Sheikh Zuweid city following several terrorist attacks that hit the area.
December 16, 2017 14:15 UTC
FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final - Al Jazira vs. Real Madrid - Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 13, 2017 Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates scoring their second goal - REUTERS/Amr Abdallah DalshCAIRO – 16 December 2017: Real Madrid faces Brazil’s Gremio on December 16 at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the FIFA Club World Cup final at 7:00 p.m. (CLT).Real Madrid qualified for the final by defeating Al-Jazira 2-1. Gremio also qualified by beating Mexico’s Pachuca 1-0.Real Madrid`s victory over Gremio will be a new record for the Spanish giants as they never achieved more than four titles in the same year.The white team is chasing their fifth title this year as they ended 2016/2017 season by winning the Spanish League`s title after a tough race with Barcelona. The white team won the UEFA Champions League`s title after thrashing Juventus 4-1, then they won the Spanish Super Cup after beating Barcelona (5-1) on aggregate, and finally they won the UEFA Super Cup after defeating Manchester United 2-0.Real Madrid is looking to be the first team in the history of football who maintain the FIFA Club World Cup title two times in a row.The Royal Club achieved the FIFA Club World Cup`s title last year by beating Kashima Antlers 4-2, and they are looking to repeat this achievement.
December 16, 2017 14:03 UTC