Alert to the slightest movement and sound, Michael Tovolahy’s patrol is tracking poachers who are inflicting grievous harm to this jewel of biodiversity. The poachers are targeting lemurs, primates battling the threat of extinction, and are chopping down trees, some of them rare hardwoods, to burn for charcoal. The poachers cut down the trees surrounding their nest, which provides the lemurs with a means of flight. Out of 111 recorded lemur species, 105 face the threat of extinction, says the Lemur Conservation Network (LCN). “I never get too close to this forest in my boat,” confided Parfait Emmanuel, a fisherman in the village of Andranokoditra.
April 22, 2019 08:03 UTC
FILE - Turki al-SheikhCAIRO - 22 April 2019: Turki Al-Sheikh, the owner of Pyramids club and president of the Arab Football Federation, believes that Al Ahly will win the Egyptian League title this season. "Al Ahly will be a league champion this season, followed by Zamalek in the second place," Sheikh said. "Pyramids will finish the league in the third place," he said in a telephone interview with MBC Masr pundit, Amr Adib. "Al Ahly is a big club standing on a very solid ground; whatever happened with Al Ahly and regardless of the bad decisions and wrong choices, in the end they have a solid foundation," Sheikh said.Al Ahly suffered in the last two weeks as they were knocked-out of the CAF Champions League against South Africa's Sundowns 1-5 (on aggregate), then they have been defeated by Pyramids FC 0-1 in the Egyptian League which makes them third in the league standings. "Recalling the spirit and history of Al Ahly gives the team 30-40 percent more chance than any other opponent in the league," he concluded.
April 22, 2019 06:56 UTC
A U.S. Dollar note is seen in this June 22, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/IllustrationTOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar edged up against key peers such as the euro and the yen on Monday, boosted by the relative strength of the U.S. economy, while losing ground against the Canadian dollar following a rise in crude oil prices.Financial markets in Australia, Hong Kong and many major countries in Europe are closed on Monday for the Easter holiday. Currency trading continues globally but volume is expected to be light.The dollar was lackluster against the loonie as crude oil prices rose more than 2 percent following a Washington Post report the United States is likely to ask all importers of Iranian oil to end their purchases or will be subject to U.S. sanctions. [O/R]The greenback has found support in recent weeks on the back of a gradual rise in U.S. 10-year Treasury yields and signs of strength in the world’s top economy, including better-than-expected retail sales in March, following a weak start to the year.“It’s better to say that the euro has been weak rather than that the dollar is strong,” said Yukio Ishizuki, senior currency strategist at Daiwa Securities.“Traders have mostly priced in the weakness of the euro zone economy by now,” Ishizuki said. REUTERS/Mark BlinchThe Canadian dollar gained about a quarter of a percent to C$1.3360 on the back of the rise in crude oil prices following the Washington Post report.Against the Japanese yen, the dollar was about 0.1 percent higher at 111.94 yen, within reach of this year’s peak of 112.17 hit on Wednesday last week.Starting on Saturday, on Japan will have an unprecedented 10-day holiday from late April to early May to mark the ascension of the new emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito.Daiwa’s Ishizuki said he expected currency trading by Japanese investors to remain relatively light as traders and companies are shifting into holiday mode.
April 22, 2019 06:56 UTC
The attacks were the worst ever carried out against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of the 21 million population. “Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners,” the foreign ministry said. The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalization of Buddhist statues. Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all”. Embassies in Colombo warned foreign nationals to stay inside, while there were chaotic scenes at Colombo airport as travellers formed huge lines at the only taxi counter that was open.
April 22, 2019 05:37 UTC
Youth & Sports minister in Cairo Stadium - FILECAIRO - 22 April 2019: Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth & Sports, inspected the Cairo International Stadium to find out the latest updates of its development.Sobhi also followed up the work being done which included expanding and developing the stadium's entrances and locker rooms and providing a snow bath for the recovery of the players as well as a Jacuzzi as per the CAF's demand.Sobhi praised the rapid development of the stadium, stressing that everyone is working in great coordination and integration in efforts to ensure the success of the tournament.The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe - This group of matches will be played at Cairo StadiumGroup B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi - This group of matches will be played at Alexandria StadiumGroup C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania - This group of matches will be played at Air Defense StadiumGroup D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia - This group of matches will be played at Al Salam StadiumGroup E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola - This group of matches will be played at Suez StadiumGroup F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau - This group of matches will be played at Ismailia StadiumEgypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.The 2019 African Cup of nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.Egypt has been known for its ability to host the biggest sports tournaments as the country has one of the best infrastructures in the continent, besides the huge passion of its people towards sports, especially football.
April 22, 2019 03:56 UTC
Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in the referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt TodayCAIRO – 21 April 2019: The electronic committees linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood posted fabricated photos of the ongoing referendum on the constitutional amendments in Egypt, the photos claim that the Egyptian army is distributing foodstuffs to Egyptian voters in order to make them vote in favor of the amendments.However, the photos have been confirmed to date back to June 2018, where the army distributed foodstuffs to poor citizens in El-Mahalla governorate.Another distortion attempt was the photos of foodstuffs boxes with the logo of Nation's Future Party on them. The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood electronic committees circulated the photos claiming that the party is giving away the foodstuffs as a bribe to encourage citizens into voting.The photos date back to January 2019 part of a charity campaign in Marsa Matruh governorate, the campaign was organized by the party’s officials to aid disadvantaged families.
April 21, 2019 20:15 UTC
All means of follow-up: print, audio and video were used freely in about 13919 electoral subcommittees in 10878 polling centers and 368 general committees, in addition to voting stations for Egyptians abroad.At the time of preparing this statement, no complaints were received from any correspondent that he/she was prevented from practicing his/her work or from entering the committees, or moving freely, or being restricted in any form. All this has confirmed to everyone the utterly expansive atmosphere for all political parties to freely express their views and practice their political activities.Fifth:Regarding all that has been published in the media outlets around the world, or through some other organizations on the content of the constitutional amendments themselves, and the jurisprudence on what such amendments mean for the political system and political institutions in Egypt, all that has said in this regard is worthless false readings. The people of Egypt is the only entity, that has the right to express its decisive opinion about these amendments in a unique way known in the world and in all democratic systems through casting ballots. No one has the right to confiscate the will of the Egyptian people, or to jump on its position and decision, which is determined by the results of the voting on the referendum.All that is allowed for everyone is to make sure that the Egyptian people has been empowered to exercise the right to vote freely in the referendum. This is a fact recognized by all the political parties in Egypt and the media outlets that covered all stages of the voting process both in Egypt and abroad.
April 21, 2019 19:41 UTC
Donald Trump’s top lawyer on Sunday attacked “calumny, lies and distortions” in the Mueller investigation report, and said there is “nothing wrong” with taking hacked information from Russia. It depends on where it came from,” Giuliani said, adding that as a lawyer he would have advised against it. His comments echoed Trump, who mocked Romney on Twitter Sunday, after lashing out Friday at the “bullshit” Mueller report. The special counsel declined to bring charges, however, and Attorney General Bill Barr, a Trump appointee, said that cleared the president. The White House has prepared a rebuttal of the Mueller report but has yet to release it.
April 21, 2019 18:22 UTC
AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSKarim Benzema made it 30 goals for the season on Sunday as he led the way again for struggling Real Madrid with a hat-trick that shot his side to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.Benzema has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise dreary campaign for the European champions and it was his second-half treble that proved the difference at the Santiago Bernabeu.Victory moves Madrid four points behind Atletico in second, while Bilbao stay seventh, with their chances of sealing a spot in the Europa League dented. However Zinedine Zidane's side stay 13 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday.Benzema's advance in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and surge since the reappointment of Zidane comes in stark contrast to Gareth Bale, who was whistled when introduced as a substitute here and frequently during his 20 minutes on the pitch.For all the impatience of the home crowd, it was Bale who won the corner for Benzema's second and then teed up his team-mate's third in injury-time.But his sixth season at Real Madrid will surely be his last, with Zidane saying little in press conference either to express support or suggest he wants the Welshman to stay beyond the summer.Bale and Benzema with the gargantuan task of filling the void left by Ronaldo's departure for Juventus last summer and while Bale seems to have shrivelled under the weight of expectation, Benzema has thrived.The 31-year-old has now claimed all of Madrid's last eight goals in La Liga, a run that includes five matches, while in his last seven games, he has scored 10.- Benzema saves limp Real -Benzema said at the start of the season he wanted 35 goals in all competitions and, despite his opportunities being reduced by his team's early exit in the Champions League, he is now only five short of his target with the same number of games left to play.Zidane has already said he expects Benzema to be a Madrid player again at the start of next season and on this evidence it is easy to see why.The striker's clinical performance aside, the reigning European champions lacked spark in the final third and, the emphatic scoreline flattered them.They were particularly underwhelming in the first half and Bilbao's Inaki Williams might have scored early in the second had the 22-year-old Jesus Vallejo not made an excellent last-ditch intervention.It was from the counter-attack that Madrid scored as Toni Kroos was allowed to stroll forward unattended and feed Marco Asensio out wide. Asensio crossed for Benzema to head home.The game was reduced to almost a walking pace around the hour, with the Madrid fans roused only to jeer the introduction of Bale, who came on with Isco, with 20 minutes left.But it was his run in behind that won the corner for Benzema's second, another header, this time at the back post, before a comical mix-up in the Bilbao defence gifted him his hat-trick.Iago Herrerin rushed out to intercept a speculative ball over the top but made a mess of his headed clearance, the ball falling to Bale to tee up Benzema, 30 yards out but with the goal open.
April 21, 2019 16:41 UTC
US Senator Ron Wyden-Press photoCAIRO - 21 April 2019: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Sunday US Senator Ron Wyden in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Abbass Kamel.President Sisi highlighted the strategic relation between Egypt and the United States that has extended for decades, stressing Egypt’s keenness to boost bilateral ties on all fronts, especially amid the disturbed situation in the region and the escalating challenges of instability and terrorism.“President Sisi is keen to contact all Congress’ leaders within the framework of mutual cooperation and consultation between the two countries. Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and underscored the country's peerless trials to carry out comprehensive economic reform and sustainable development and settle disagreements and political conflicts in the region,” presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady stated.For his part, Wyden said that Egypt is the pillar of security, stability, and peace in the Middle East, as well as being a strategic partner to the US in the region.Wyden further lauded Egypt’s successful role in sustaining peacekeeping forces, combating terrorism, renewing religious discourse and stressing the code of ethics.During the meeting, the officials discussed the situation in Libya and Syria, asserting the necessity to find political solutions to these conflicts in a way to conserve the unity and sovereignty of these countries.President Sisi affirmed Egypt's full support for the Palestinian stance to reach a political settlement, highlighting the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
April 21, 2019 15:33 UTC
Palestinian Cause, Abbas Kamel, Saeb Erekat, Mahmoud Abbas, Abdel Fatah Al-SisiCAIRO – 21 April 2019: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Egypt's efforts at various levels to resolve the Palestinian cause and protect the rights of the Palestinian people during his meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian president, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.The meeting was attended by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat, Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki, and Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh also attended.During the meeting, Abbas stressed the importance he attaches to the coordination with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi concerning the Palestinian situation and ways to deal with the challenges facing the Palestinian people.He also reviewed the determinants of the Palestinian situation in light of the recent developments.For his part, President Sisi affirmed Egypt's full support for the Palestinian stance to reach a political settlement, highlighting the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.The meeting also reviewed the challenges currently faced by the Palestinian Authority, especially following Israel's deduction of the clearing funds, and the negative repercussions of such issue on the status of the authority.Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness to exert efforts with the concerned parties in this regard to prevent further escalation.The Egyptian efforts to stabilize the Gaza Strip were also discussed during the meeting. President Sisi pointed out that the Egyptian moves always aim at maintaining the security and stability of the Palestinian people and improving the humanitarian and economic conditions in the Gaza StripEgypt continues its efforts to complete the reconciliation process and achieve political consensus within the framework of a unified vision among all Palestinian forces and factions, and in accordance with an Egyptian strategy to support the Palestinian Authority and its role in the Gaza Strip, Radi said.
April 21, 2019 15:22 UTC
National Bank of Kuwait branch - Wikimedia commonsNBK: Several opportunities to invest in Egyptian market KUWAIT CITY - 16 April 2019: CEO of the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) Group Isam Jasem al Sager has said that there are several opportunities to invest in the different sectors of the Egyptian market. The NBK Group intends to expand investments in the Egyptian market during the coming stage, he said. CAIRO - 21 April 2019: The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is focusing on increasing its market share in Egypt, according to CEO of NBK Essam Saker.He added in a statementthat the expanding will be in the retail sector – as an example- through transferring the bank's expertise in providing technological solutions to the biggest market in the region in terms of population.Earlier in April, Saker said that there are several opportunities to invest in the different sectors of the Egyptian market, stating that the NBK Group intends to expand investments in the Egyptian market during the coming stage, he said.In a TV interview, Saker said that the Egyptian market is a major market in the region. "The NBK Group will expand activities in the sectors of retail, companies and small and medium-sized enterprises," he added.
April 21, 2019 15:00 UTC
Voters in Port Said posing for a photo after casting their ballots on the second day of the referendum on constitutional amendments. April 21, 2019. CAIRO - 21 April 2019: Voters kept turning out to polling places to cast their ballots in the referendum on draft constitutional amendments across the country.Below are photos of voters on the second day of the referendum domestically.The referendum on constitutional amendments is held on April 20-22 domestically, and April 19-21 abroad.The Parliament passed a draft on Tuesday to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees.
April 21, 2019 15:00 UTC
Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations Draw - The Great Pyramids, Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt - April 12, 2019 General view after the draw REUTERS/Amr Abdallah DalshCAIRO - 21 April 2019: The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee of the 2019 African Nations Cup have announced the opening of the Volunteering process. "The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee of the 2019 African Nations Cup, hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019, has opened the door for young people wishing to volunteer in the tournament," the committee said in a press release. "The Committee has launched the application form through the official website of the tournament on Sunday 21 April, and continues to open the door for young people until next Friday, 26 April 2019." The committee added in the press release.The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee stipulated that the applicants should be between the age of university students and 35 years old. Also, they must be proficient in one of the foreign languages spoken by the African teams participating in the tournament, which is divided into the languages "English, French and Portuguese", in addition to previous experience in the organization of events and sports championships.Gehad Aamer, assistant of AFCON Organizing Committee’s president and The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee’s president, assured that after receiving volunteers’ applications they will have interviews to choose the proper elements, and those who will undergo specialized training courses to refine their skills and prepare them properly to perform the tasks.Here you can apply:The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums.
April 21, 2019 14:54 UTC
Forces backing Libya’s unity government battled to push back an offensive by strongman Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as his troops approached the gates of Tripoli after air raids overnight. At least 227 people have been killed since Haftar’s forces launched their offensive, the World Health Organization said Sunday, adding that a further 1,128 have been wounded. Orders were given early this morning to advance and gain ground,” said Mustafa al-Mejii, a spokesman for GNA forces. Tripoli air traffic was suspended overnight to Sunday for “security reasons”, the city’s only operating airport said Sunday. Military sources say the ageing Soviet and Russian fighter jets used by both sides are not equipped to carry out night time strikes, but Mejii said Haftar’s forces have a helicopter with night vision capabilities.
April 21, 2019 14:48 UTC