Zamalek handball team wins its opening game in Champions League

Zamalek handball team – Filephoto-Superkora.footballCAIRO – 20 October 2017: Zamalek’s handball team secured its first victory in its opening in the Champions League campaign with a 38-24 win against Ivory Coast’s Red Star on Friday.The Whites ended the first-half 20-9 and were able to seal the game in the second half, extending their lead to 38-24.Al-Ahly’s and Zamalek’s handball teams flew on the same plane to Tunisia for the African Handball Champions League in Hammamet, Tunisia. The championship runs from October 20 to October 30.Zamalek plays in Group B along with Ivory Coast’s Red Star, Morocco’s Widad Smara, Libya’s Al-Ittihad and Gabon’s Phoenix.Al-Ahly plays in Group C alongside Libya’s, Congo’s HC OKA, Cameroon’s FANZ HB, and the host team, AS Hammamet.Zamalek’s next game will be against Al-Ittihad on Saturday, October 21, at 5 p.m. Cairo time. They will then face Phoenix and Widad Smara on October 23 and 24, respectively.It is worth mentioning that Al-Ahly are the African tournament’s title holder after they managed to beat Esperance 26-23 in the final of last season.Zamalek manager’s, Magdi Abo El Magd, chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hassan Yousri, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Hisham El-Sobki, Mustafa Tamer, Mostafa El Sayed, Karim Ayman, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Ali Abdel Muttalib, Yehia Khaled, Ali Hazem, Mohamed Ramadan, Alaa Emad, Mohamed Alaa, Mahmoud Khalil, Akram Yusri, Wissam Samy and Massoud Barkos.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 18:56 UTC


UAE reaffirms its support to push Middle East peace process

Ahmad Al Mahmoud, the Second Secretary at the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN - Press PhotoABU DHABI - 20 October 2017: The UAE has reiterated its support for regional and international efforts to push the Middle East Peace Process forward, commending the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), and the signing of the intra-Palestinian agreement on 12th October 2017 in Cairo as positives steps, WAM reported on Friday.At the United Nations Security Council’s Quarterly Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, the UAE also praised strongly Egypt's efforts in the reunification of the Palestinian People and in promoting stability in the region.In a statement delivered by Ahmad Al Mahmoud, the Second Secretary at the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the UAE stressed the importance of states respecting their obligations under international law and the UN Charter to prevent the spread of conflict. The UAE called for the international community to hold states that support and finance terrorism accountable, and to demonstrate zero tolerance for whomever offers assistance or safe-havens to terrorist groups.Al Mahmoud noted that despite the serious international efforts to achieve peace in the region, Israel continues to violate international laws and resolutions by expanding its illegal settlement activities.He stated that the illegal Israeli practices against the Palestinian people have resulted in the deterioration of the humanitarian, economic and social conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, resulting in a situation which continues to be exploited by terrorist groups to spread extremism and violence in the Middle East, adding that this situation has hindered a two-state solution.The UAE emphasised the need to end the Israeli Occupation and to grant the Palestinian people their inalienable rights, including their right to establish an independent Palestinian State based on the June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with all relevant international resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the Madrid Principles.Al Mahmoud stressed the importance of providing support to meet the needs of the Palestinian people, as well as empowering them to build their state and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, he said that the UAE has provided additional contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to enable the agency to deliver basic services for the Palestinian people, including nutrition, education and health. The UAE statement stressed the need to continue the work in order to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.The UAE reaffirmed its commitment to restoring stability to the region, highlighting that the absence of security in the region has caused a significant loss of life, displacement of people, and destruction of economic and social infrastructure.The UAE also reiterated its support for the UN’s efforts to bring peace to Libya, Syria, and Yemen, by negotiating comprehensive and political solutions, and noted that political solutions are the only way to restore stability in these countries.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 18:56 UTC


EBRD announces financial support to Aswan solar power plant

Renewable energy plants- ReutersCAIRO – 20 October 2017: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced financial support to Africa’s largest solar plant in Aswan, according to a statement by the EBRD.A total of $335 million worth of funds from the EBRD, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) will be shelled out to the new solar planet power in Aswan.Publicly dubbed as the “new solar power city,” Egypt’s largest solar plant costs about LE 40 billion ($2.3 billion) and will expectedly open up 6,000 job opportunities.“This first investment with the EBRD under our Egypt Renewable Energy Financing Framework project is a big step forwards. It shows the potential for public and private climate finance to drive the low emission energy transition in support of Egypt’s climate goals,” Ayaan Adam, private sector facility director at Green Climate Fund said.Work for the 2,000 megawatt (MW) solar power plant has already started back in 2015. Four main stations of the plant are already completed.Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD’s head of power and energy utilities, said, “we are delighted to support today the largest solar portfolio in Egypt's feed-in-tariff scheme and to work again with Scatec Solar.”“With this program, the government of Egypt is making important steps towards accessing clean and low-cost electricity to drive development and economic prosperity.Scatec Solar and partners are making significant investments and making a long-term commitment to Egypt,’’ said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.The massive national project will be inaugurated by 2018 and aims to ease the electricity shortages and achieve Egypt’s self-sufficiency in the energy sector.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 16:52 UTC


US warns Americans about visiting Sudan over 'terror risks'

A Sudanese soldier stands guard during a speech by President Omar al-Bashir in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur province, on September 21, 2017. By ASHRAF SHAZLY (AFP/File)Khartoum - 20 October 2017: The United States has warned Americans about travelling to Sudan given the "risks of terrorism" in the African country, prompting an angry response from Khartoum on Friday.The US Department of State's warning comes just days after Washington lifted its 20-year-old trade embargo imposed on Khartoum, citing Sudan's increased cooperation with US intelligence agencies in combatting terrorism.In a statement posted on the website of Washington's embassy in Khartoum, the US Department of State said that US citizens should avoid all travel to the five Darfur states, and to the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.It said Americans should also "consider carefully before planning travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed conflict and violent crime". "Terrorist groups are present in Sudan and have stated their intent to harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings and kidnappings," the advisory said. "Violent crimes targeting Westerners, including kidnappings, armed robberies, home invasions, and carjacking can occur anywhere in Sudan, but are particularly prevalent in Darfur states. "The region of Darfur, and the two states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, have witnessed brutal fighting between Sudanese forces and rebels for years that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.Washington's warning on Thursday comes just days after it lifted its trade embargo that was imposed on Khartoum in 1997.

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October 20, 2017 15:22 UTC


Slovenian 'Instagram president' heads for re-election

Slovenia's president Borut Pahor has thousands of followers on social media | AFP/FileLJUBLJANA - 20 October 2017:Slovenia's internet-savvy incumbent head of state Borut Pahor is expected to win the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, possibly even negating the need for a run-off next month.Polls put the 53-year-old former prime minister, first elected to the largely ceremonial presidency in 2012, close to or above the 50 percent needed for an outright victory.His nearest rival, former comic actor and Kamnik mayor Marjan Sarec, is projected to get 21 percent, according to a survey in the Delo daily.Pahor's campaign has seen him walk 700 kilometres (435 miles) around the country chatting to voters while posting photos and videos to his legions of followers on social media. "I believe I've succeeded in connecting with people as much as possible," Pahor told AFP on the campaign trail.Pahor stepped down as prime minister in 2011 after his government collapsed in the midst of the global financial crisis that drove Slovenia close to needing a bailout.But the following year he won a surprise victory in presidential elections standing as an independent candidate backed by the Social Democrats (SD) party.The former model has proved a hit on social media with 40,000 Instagram followers and even more on Twitter, with international media dubbing him the "Instagram president".However, his detractors call him "Barbie", and Slovenia's first president Milan Kucan accused Pahor of cheapening the role of head of state and using it for self-promotion. "I use Twitter to express my political positions while Instagram to show a more personal side of me which is, I believe, its main purpose," Pahor said.The small former Yugoslav republic's president has a mostly ceremonial role although the holder can proposes and appoint some state officials and heads the army in case of war.Some 1.7 million eligible citizens can cast votes on Sunday between 7:00 am (0500 GMT) and 7.00 pm (1700 GMT), with partial results expected later in the evening.

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October 20, 2017 14:48 UTC


Drawing in less than two minutes while dancing, is it possible?

Speed painting is characterized by constant motions and several choices of colors.The American art scene was the first scene to witness that art in 1981.Mohammed has begun to focus on performing speed painting five years when he had watched a foreign artist on the internet performing that show. Mohammed is also skilled in face painting.Nelson Mandela portrait is first painting that made him have a title the fastest Egyptian painter within a minute and half.He has participated in around 80 shows in many competitions such as Sharmers Got Talent where he got the third rank and TEDx program in Egypt besides a concert with the singer Tamer Hosny.To fulfill his dream in spreading art among 7000 people in seven governorates, he founded Doodles and Mandalas school in 2012. The school organizes two level workshops; the first is for beginners at the age of 13 who are taught the basics of drawing and Zentangle and Mandalas art. While level 2 focuses on developing the style of the artists and support them to show their drawings.“I am looking forward to graduating from the Faculty of Engineering to work in the field, speed painting, that I love,” noted Mohammed.When asked to define the artistic movement in Egypt, sked about art in Egypt, Mohammed said that attention must be given to talented artists to be trained in efforts to develop their style as art is meant to deliver messages and shouldn’t only ve used to make a living. Egypt should give up the traditional teaching styles to cope up with new types of art.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2017 14:37 UTC


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