In Pics: Stars flock to Cairo International Film Festival

CIFFCAIRO – 20 November 2019: Film industry heavyweights begin to make it down to the red carpet at Cairo International Film Festival which will kick off this evening.Among the celebrities who are now on the red carpet are Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Dawoud, Yousra, Khaled Selim, Laila Elwi, Bushra, Hend Sabry, Ola Roushdy, Hussein Fahmy, Nour, Shereen Reda, Lekaa el Khamesi, Naglaa Badr, Rogena, Dalia el Beheiry, Amir el Masry, Nadia el Gendy, Ragaa el Guidawy, Dorra, Ashraf Zaki, Menna Shalaby, Sherif Arafa, Terry Gilliam, among others.Famed Egyptian stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud will host the opening ceremony of the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival.The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will Kick off from November 20-29. This edition is expected to hold a lot of surprises executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy and its executive director Omar Kassem.This edition will honour renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa and Menna Shalaby.The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.Gilliam is set to accept the accolade during the opening ceremony of the Festival at The Cairo Opera House.The Irishman will be the opening movie of the festival and Mexico will be the country in focus of this year edition.Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018.The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie is a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha is a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival will be dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah.The festival prepared a film about Rizakallah to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.DMC channels will sponsor Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition. DMC will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the daily messages of the events.President of DMC channels Hisham Soliman explained that the channel has introduced new coverage methods to convey the real atmosphere of the festival’s events from inside the cinemas. The channel will present a diversified program of the festival's events and will highlight daily events through news broadcast on the screen and on social media platforms.During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival will hold the second edition of Cairo Days for the Film Industry, which provides professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.Valuable prizes will be awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 17:56 UTC


Egyptian authorities foil smuggling attempt of drugs shipment

A pack of medicine distributed by Ibnsina Pharma- Photo courtesy of company websiteCAIRO – 20 November 2019: The Egyptian security forces foiled an attempt to smuggle medicine inside a shipment of juice on Wednesday.According to a statement issued by the security forces, they received intelligence that one of the exporting companies in Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, is willing to use a juice shipment to smuggle a huge amount of medicine to one of the Arab countries.The authorities arrested one person, who denied knowing anything about the hidden medicine. Nearly LE 20 million were imposed as a fine on the shipment, and further investigation about the incident is currently underway.In April, the Egyptian authorities thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than 2 tons of drugs, worth LE 2 billion [US $115,5 million] on board of a ship in the Red Sea, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement.The ministry conducted prior investigations and arrested a group of drug dealers while trying to bring the drugs into the country's Red Sea governorate, the statement added. The drug dealers include two Egyptian nationals, who are fugitives from justice over charges of drug dealing, and seven other foreigners, the statement explained.On December 31, 2018, the Egyptian authorities at Nuewiba port thwarted an attempt to smuggle large amounts of drugs hidden inside a Syrian apple consignment.The consignment carried a large amount of the illegal drug Captagon, in violation to the pharmacy law and laws of customs, import and export. Captagon is the most popular narcotic in the Arabian Peninsula. It is a psycho-stimulant of the Fenethylline drug group.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 13:52 UTC


Ministry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model

Ministry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model - Press photoMinistry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model - Press photoMinistry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model - Press photoCAIRO - 20 November 2019: The Ministry of Youth and Sports, through the Central Administrative Department for Minister's Affairs - the African Youth Bureau, has obtained the African Union Commission accreditation to implement its simulation model in Egypt after lengthy discussions that lasted from August to October 2019.It should be noted that the African Youth Bureau, at its inception as an initiative, played a role in launching the African Union model in collaboration with the students group of the International Awareness Club at Cairo University in 2012, noting that the AU model was also launched in coordination and cooperation with the Central Administration of the Parliament and Civic education within the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Within the framework of the celebration of Africa Youth Month and on the youth engagement week, the African Union Youth Sector organized a training on the AU Model, with the participation of the African Youth Bureau represented by Ms. Alaa Zain, Project Coordinator of the AY Bureau. The training took place in the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa during the period from 11-16 November 2019.The training was organized within the framework of the preparations for the African Union model in Egypt, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in cooperation with Cairo University.The 2019 African Union Model is held under the theme: “Children Today, Youth Tomorrow: a Smooth Transition”, in cooperation with different partners, namely: UNICEF and Save the Children, which is in alignment with the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE) that highlights the need to take into acount the transition from childhood to youth, as well as to make deliberate efforts to address this matter.The African Union Model training aimed to promote independent AU Model simulations, particularly in Africa.In order to empower and train youth, the training included dialogue sessions, workshops and simulations, that tackled different aspects as:intergenerational dialogue on community engagement in which H.E. Ms. Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the AU, Madam Charlotte O’Neal (Mama C) – Poet, Musician, Visual Artist and co-director of the United African-American Community Center, and Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, shared their community engagement experience with the young participants in a dialogue session moderated by Ms. Aya Chebbi, AU Youth Envoy.The training provided young people with an opportunity to learn about the various AU youth development frameworks, such as the African Agenda 2063, the African Youth Charter, the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE), and the 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, along with a training on youth advocacy.With regard to the AU simulation, the training included a simulation of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and a simulation of the Summit of Heads of State where participants acted as representatives of African governments and participated in debates on current issues on the AU agenda, resulting in the drafting of resolutions to resolve current challenges in Africa, which has, in turn, helped the young Africans to understand the AU's priorities and functions and has strengthened their strategic skills for effective decision-making, strategy development and implementation. .The training was attended by over 100 participants from different African countries including: Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritius, Comoros, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Cap Verde, Mauritania, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Djibouti, Guinea, Lesotho, Gabon, Angola,Togo, Seychelles, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Kenya, Cameroun, Mali, Namibia, Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique,Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana and other African Countries and included the Africa Diaspora as well.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 09:33 UTC


Egypt to complete largest liver treatment institute in Middle East in 2020

Surgery - Wikimedia Commons/Clare McLean for UW MedicineCAIRO - 20 November 2019: “The Educational Hospitals Authority will complete the construction of the largest institute for the treatment of liver diseases in the Middle East in 2020,” said Chairman of the authority Mohamed Salah on Tuesday.Salah added that the institute will cost about LE 780 million, stressing that it will provide the best medical service for patients.Salah explained that the state pays great attention to hepatitis patients in light of the implementation of “100 Million Seha "initiative,which provides the patients with free treatment.For his part, dean of the Liver Institute of the Ministry of Health Mohamed Ismail told Egypt Today that Egypt has more than 18 centers for liver transplant, which treat about 300 cases annually free of charge as part of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s initiative to end the waiting lists.He also said that the Health Insurance Authority bears the cost of these cases; the cost of one surgery amounts to LE 225,000.In 2018, Egypt was launched the "largest medical campaign in the world" to detect and treat Hepatitis C virus for 50 million citizens upon President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s orders, according to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.President Sisi also directed to examine 50 million people to treat Egyptians of hepatitis as well as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes in order to contribute to early detection of diseases and offer treatment to patients.Egypt's anti-Hepatitis C initiative is considered the biggest of its kind in the whole world.In the same context, the head of the National Committee for Liver Viruses at the Ministry of Healh Wahid Dos told Egypt today that the virus has decreased to 90.000 cases annually.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 08:51 UTC


Azhar condemns US standing on Israeli settlements

An Israeli soldier gestures during a raid after the Israeli military said an Israeli soldier was found stabbed to death near a Jewish settlement, in Beit Fajjar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mussa QawasmaCAIRO, Nov 20 (MENA) - Al Azhar Al Sharif on Wednesday condemned the statements of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying it is a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.Al Azhar cited a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements "inconsistent with international law. "In a statement, Azhar asserted that such statements are violating international law and UN conventions which considered settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories as "illegal", adding that the US has also taken similar decisions when it declared Jerusalem as a capital of Israel and legalized the settlement construction, warning against the consequences of such decisions.The statement said such decisions would give Israel the green light to commit more violations and crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories and would stir feelings of anger and hate among Arabs.Azhar renewed its call for boycotting such steps which are considered a part of the policy of imposing a status quo, adding that such steps would not change the fact that Israel has usurped the Palestinian lands from its real owners.Azhar also pressed the need for Arab and Islamic countries to stand by the side of Palestinians and respect all international legitimacy resolutions, calling on right defenders and wise people worldwide to help lift the injustice against Palestinians and support their struggle in the face of tyranny of Israeli occupation.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 08:37 UTC


Mostafa Mohamed eyes winning the Final of U-23 AFCON

Mostafa Mohamed - FileEgyptian Olympic team striker Mostafa Mohamed has stressed on the need to win the U-23 AFCON trophy Cup.Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire will meet in the final on Friday at the Cairo stadium after their success in qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "We were men, we were responsible, we carried out our promise to the fans, we did not let them down, and we did what we had to do," Mostafa said after a 3-0 semi-final win over South Africa.The Zamalek player added: "I don't give much attention for the personal titles or Top scorer of the tournament prize, but my focus in achieving our goal to qualify for the Olympics, and the final of the championship. "Egypt thrashed South Africa 3-0 on Tuesday night at the Cairo in the U-23 AFCON semi-final.Egypt qualified for the tournament Final for the first time in the history in its third edition after 2011 and 2015.Egypt secured qualification for the Olympics for the 12th time in its history, a historical figure that has never reached any team in Africa as the nearest team to the Pharaohs is Ghana, who qualified only six times.This will be the first qualification for the Pharaohs since the 2012 London Olympics.The best position Egypt has achieved in the history of its participation in the Olympics is the fourth in the Tokyo Olympics as well as held in 1964.The same achievement was achieved at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.Ramadan Sobhi scored from the penalty spot in the 59th minute and Abdel Rahman Magdy in the 85th and 89th minutes.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 07:18 UTC


Ramadan Sobhy thanks the fans after their great support

Ramadan Sobhy- FILE📽️ملخص المباراة:الفراعنة يتأهلون للنهائي ويضمنون مقعدًا في أولمبياد طوكيو 🇯🇵 #TotalAFCONU23 pic.twitter.com/ID3U94GrMk — CAF - عربي (@caf_online_AR) November 19, 2019Al-Ahly player Ramadan Sobhy has given Egypt's qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the fans who support the team at Cairo Stadium. "Our players were real men, as I say after every game, and the audience is more than great. I thank them very much, no matter what I say, I will not give them their right," Ramadan told On Sport channel. "We have gone up and achieved what is needed, and certainly ambition is doubling, and now we are thinking of winning the trophy. ""The fans do not benefit anything but pay money to attend, so they should be happy.Egypt thrashed South Africa 3-0 on Tuesday night at the Cairo in the U-23 AFCON semi-final.Egypt qualified for the tournament Final for the first time in the history in its third edition after 2011 and 2015.Egypt secured qualification for the Olympics for the 12th time in its history, a historical figure that has never reached any team in Africa as the nearest team to the Pharaohs is Ghana, who qualified only six times.This will be the first qualification for the Pharaohs since the 2012 London Olympics.The best position Egypt has achieved in the history of its participation in the Olympics is the fourth in the Tokyo Olympics as well as held in 1964.The same achievement was achieved at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.Ramadan Sobhi scored from the penalty spot in the 59th minute and Abdel Rahman Magdy in the 85th and 89th minutes.

Source:Egypt Today

November 20, 2019 07:18 UTC


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