Janet Jackson gets Rock Hall of Fame place on Brit-heavy list

Janet Jackson - Reuters. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Janet Jackson finally won her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday when the pop singer was named as one of seven music acts to be getting a place in music history.Jackson, 52, the younger sister of the late Michael Jackson, will join Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and five British bands - Def Leppard, Roxy Music, Radiohead, The Cure and The Zombies - as the latest inductees, the Rock Hall announced.Billboard magazine said it was the biggest British line-up in the 33-year history of the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Janet Jackson, a five time Grammy Award winner, had been nominated twice previously, but never made the cut with the 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry who select the inductees.“We did it u guys. Thank U for all your love and support,” Jackson tweeted on Thursday.Nicks, 70, a two-time Grammy winner known for her haunting vocal style, was inducted into the Hall 20 years ago as a member of the popular 1970s group Fleetwood Mac. She will be inducted this time for her solo career.All seven acts will be formally inducted at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on March 29. Artists must have released their first recording at least 25 years ago to be eligible for induction.“What a way to wrap up an incredible year,” tweeted Glam metal band Def Leppard, which formed in 1977 in northern England and toured North America and the UK in 2018.The Zombies, formed near London in 1961 and best known for their hit singles “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” were part of the British invasion of pop music that made it big in the United States in the 1960s along with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.“I know it’s fashionable in some circles to say, ‘I don’t mind whether I get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or not,’ but that is not how I’ve ever felt,” Zombies co-founder Rod Argent posted on the band’s Instagram account.

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December 13, 2018 18:33 UTC

'Majority' back 48-team Qatar World Cup, says Infantino

AFP / KARIM JAAFARA "majority" of football federations support increasing the number of teams playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in Doha on Thursday.Speaking at a press conference after a three-day FIFA summit in the Qatari capital, Infantino said the idea had widespread backing from associations across the globe. "We will see," he said. "So far, of course the majority is in favour because 16 more teams to participate, not only means 16 more countries with World Cup fever but also 15 or 16 more countries being able to dream. "Is it feasible or not, that's the question? "FIFA has said it will make its final decision in March after the completion of a feasibility study.He said that is open to the idea of a 48-team World Cup.Any decision to extend the tournament would be faced by logistical and political problems.The 2022 World Cup, the first in the Middle East, will take place over 28 days not the usual 32, as in Russia earlier this year.Infantino confirmed that changing the number of days is not a possibility in Qatar, so one option would be to host tournament games across the region.But that is complicated by Qatar being at the centre of the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years.Since June 2017, it has been politically and economically isolated by neighbouring former allies, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran.Doha says its rivals are seeking regime change in Qatar.Asked if he had held specific conversations with Qatari organisers or political leaders about holding some games in Saudi Arabia, Infantino said: "We discuss about everything but we didn't decide on anything concrete yet."

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December 13, 2018 16:30 UTC

Officially, Egypt enters the race to host 2019 AFCON finals next June

EFAرسمياً .. مصر تتقدم بطلب لتنظيم الأمم الأفريقية 🏆🇪🇬تقدم الاتحاد المصري لكرة القدم رسمياً بطلب إلى الاتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم لتنظيم بطولة الأمم الأفريقية المقرر اقامتها في شهر يونيو المقبل. pic.twitter.com/DvxP7KzU5U — EFA.eg (@EFA) December 13, 2018CAIRO – 13 December 2018: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Hany Abu Reida, sent an official letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), requesting the organization and hosting of the 2019 African Nations Cup.“We’ve sent an official letter to the CAF after Morocco’s decision not to bid,” Magdy Abdel Ghany, EFA member said.“Egypt is capable of hosting the African tournament; but sending the request doesn’t mean that we will host the championship,” Abdel Ghany added.EFA’s official account on Twitter announced the decision right after Magdy Abdel Ghany’s talks.According to Egypt Today sources, Egypt will bid for hosting AFCON with six stadiums which will be, Cairo, Air Defense, Borg el-Arab, Suez, Ismailia and Aswan.Youth and Sports minister, Ashraf Sobhy, earlier assured that Egypt is ready to host the 2019 AFCON but before any decision, EFA shall reach an agreement with CAF.CAF has announced the withdrawal of the African Nations Cup from Cameroon, because of the lack of preparations including check security, infrastructure, stadiums and accommodation.CAF will announce the hosting country next January during the CAF Best Player ceremony.AFCON starts on June 15 and lasts till July 13; it includes 24 teams divided on six groups for the first time in history.Egypt hosted AFCON four times before in 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

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December 13, 2018 15:56 UTC

Russian official: REC plans to open offices in Egypt, 16 other states next year

A ship transiting through the Suez Canal - Photo courtesy of SCACAIRO, Dec 13 (MENA) - Andrey Slepnev, the director of the Russian Export Center Group, plans to open offices in 17 countries, including Egypt, next year.The 17 countries include South Africa, Vietnam, India, China, Singapore, Iran, Turkey, the UAE, Italy, France, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus and FinlandThe measure is meant to boost Russian exports to these markets, he said in statement to MENA before leaving Egypt late Wednesday.Meanwhile, he hailed the development of the Suez Canal Zone which is vital for the global logistic infrastructure as it links European, African and Asian markets.He said developing the Suez Canal Zone and establishing an adjacent logistic center will help save time and cost of cargo transportation across the world.He noted that a Russian business team which visited Egypt over the past two days to attend Russian-African cooperation talks aimed at having direct contact between Russian exporters and potential African partners.The Russian team sought to clinch agreements for exporting Russian products to Egypt and other African states, he said.He noted that the government's investment in the first stage of the Russian industrial zone in the Suez Canal Zone is estimated at dlrs 190 million.He quoted Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying that the total Russian investments in the zone are expected to hit dlrs 7 billion.

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December 13, 2018 15:22 UTC

Trade Minister: Egyptian-Angolan working team formed to boost cooperation

FILE - Minister of Trade and Industry Amr NassarCAIRO, Dec 13 (MENA) - Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar announced on Thursday the formation of an Egyptian-Angolan working team to outline bilateral cooperation mechanisms and begin the implementation of joint economic, industrial and investment projects as soon as possible.The minister's statements came during a meeting with Angolan Trade Minister Jofre Van-Dúnem Júnior to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the presence of Angolan Ambassador to Egypt Antonio de Costa.Nassar said the Egyptian government's future plan focuses on achieving economic integration and partnership with African countries.He said the intensive presence of African trade ministers at the seventh meeting on the Continental Free Trade Area ( CFTA) reflected the interest of African states in CFTA and the liberalization of inter-African trade exchange to achieve the joint interests of the continent.Minister Nassar expressed his ministry's keenness on supporting industrial development in Africa through the implementation of industrial projects in African states.For his part, the Angolan minister expressed his country's keenness on boosting economic cooperation with Egypt, referring to the possibility of establishing joint Egyptian-Angolan projects in the logistic centers domain to boost trade movement between Egypt and African countries.

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December 13, 2018 15:11 UTC

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