Real Estate - File PhotoCairo - 23 April 2018: As the real estate market continues to improve in Egypt, new trends are shaping the market in 2018. All of those privileges attract the pioneers of business to expand their investments in Alexandria. This has always attracted students from all over the world to live in New Cairo near their studies. On one end, there are warning signs of a bubble forming while on the other end, there is lack of supply. This means that a shift in supply trends is crucial for the health of the real estate sector in Egypt.
April 23, 2018 15:11 UTC
TV Screenshot of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's speech at a joint press conference Thursday, January 18, 2018. CAIRO - 23 April 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi reviewed the government's preparations for the holy month of Ramadan.This came during a meeting between Sisi and a number of ministers and the acting chief of the General Intelligence, as well as the head of the Administrative Control Authority.Spokesman for the presidency Bassam Rady said the meeting dealt with the government's preparations for the holy month of Ramadan, adding that Sisi stressed the need to continue efforts to control markets through tightening inspection of retail outlets in governorates to ensure the availability of commodities at appropriate prices, especially in most needy areas and prevent monopoly.The meeting also tackled efforts to develop the wheat storage system across the country by increasing the number of silos and developing old ones, in addition to building new ones in cooperation with the Saudi and Italian sides in a number of governorates, Rady explained.Furthermore, the meeting dealt with the latest developments concerning the recovery of state land, social housing projects and the progress made in the construction of the new administrative capital, as Sisi directed to accelerate the pace of implementing these projects, he said.In addition, Rady pointed out that the meeting discussed procedures taken to activate the Safety Certificate for Egyptians, which aims to provide death and accidents insurance to any citizen who lacks insurance protection.Moreover, he underlined that the meeting shed light on the results of the Arab summit which was held in the Saudi city of Dhahran.
April 23, 2018 15:00 UTC
Hardcore football fan group Ultras Ahlawy announced on Monday that it is freezing its activities for an unspecified period after alleged unnamed “foreign channels” attempted to exploit its situation to cause harm to the Egyptian state. “The group’s activity was frozen for an unspecified term,” Ultras Ahlawy stated on Facebook. Sources said that the statement aims to turn a new page in the relationship with the government. The group did not commemorate 74 victims of the 2012 Ahly-Masry football game clashes in the Ahly club headquarters after the Egyptian Minister of Interior asked them not to. The group urged President Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi to issue a presidential pardon for releasing the club’s fans who were randomly arrested during the club’s games.
April 23, 2018 14:37 UTC
Egypt Today - File photoMany people tend to think of buying knockoff designer goods as something normal and acceptable since the original is often perceived as overpriced. In a way, this has been positive for local brands and designers, as more consumers prefer buying Egyptian over imported. This constitutes around 2.5% of global imports, with profits often going into the pockets of organized criminal organizations.In 2013, OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office placed the value of imported fake goods worldwide at $461 billion, compared to a total imports in world trade of $17.9 trillion. Up to 5% of goods imported into the European Union are counterfeit, most of which are produced in the likes of China and Bangladesh. Gray unveils how fake luxury handbags are often made by children who are likely the victims of human trafficking.
April 23, 2018 14:26 UTC
Edited photo of the famous 1610 Chandos Portrait of William Shakespeare, April 23, 2018 – Wikimedia Commons/National Portrait Gallery. CAIRO – 23 April 2018: William Shakespeare is perhaps the most famous author who ever lived, across any language. April 23 is also widely considered to be his birthday, though there is no confirmation of this fact. By the time he was 18 years old, Shakespeare had married a woman named Anne Hathaway and went on to have three children with her.His life is a mystery up until his name began to be recorded in London's records of its theatrical company. The play that truly brought him attention is the enduring and timeless tale of "Romeo and Juliet", first published in 1597.Shakespeare's early career was filled with comedy as well, including "A Midsummer's Night Dream", published around 1595.
April 23, 2018 14:26 UTC
FILE- Chairman of the Misr al-Kawiya Party, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Feb. 4, 2015 - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany. CAIRO - 23 April 2018: Egyptian government denied media reports claiming that the Islamist politician Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh has suffered a heart attack at his detention, an official from the Ministry of Interior told Egypt Today on condition of anonymity on Monday.The official accused the banned group of the Muslim Brotherhood of inciting Fetouh’s family to spread such “rumors.”"Aboul Fotouh is in good health, and his family visits him in accordance with the security rules and regulations," he said.Former Presidential candidate and politician Hamdeen Sabahi posted on his Facebook page Aboul Fetouh came down with a heart attack, Russia Today reported on Sunday.Aboul Fetouh, and 15 others to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Aboul Fotouh was arrested over six charges, including incitement.He has been ordered detained for 15 days following an investigation by the National Security prosecution.
April 23, 2018 14:15 UTC
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan addresses the crowd during the party's campaign rally on March 22, 2017 in Artashat, ahead of April 2 parliamentary elections. (AFP / Karen MINASYAN)MOSCOW - 24 April 2018: Karen Karapetyan, Armenia’s first deputy prime minister, will become acting prime minister after incumbent Serzh Sarksyan said earlier on Monday he would resign, the RIA news agency cited the government press service as saying.Karapetyan, an ally of Sarksyan’s, previously served as prime minister from September 2016 to April 2018.
April 23, 2018 14:15 UTC
Screenshot of Blue Whale ChallengeCAIRO – 23 April 2018: The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) assured that banning all websites and platforms that allow access to suicide-encouraging games like the Blue Whale is not an easy task, in response to the orders of Attorney General Nabil Sadek to take necessary measures to ban them.Khalid Sherif, board member of the NTRA, asserted the possibility of blocking the websites and platforms that include the Blue Whale game in the state, but at the same time it’s impossible to close the whole game completely, and so teenagers still can access the game through other means.He pointed out to Egypt Today, “It’s possible to block the websites that allow access to Blue Whale game by IP address, but still it can be circumvented by teenagers.”“Blocking is not that effective since many blocked websites have pages on social media that they can be accessed through. Moreover, it is possible to apply means to circumvent the block, like proxy or VPN services,” cybersecurity expert Adel Abdel Moneim told Egypt Today.“It is not only Blue Whale that threatens the teenagers; there are many other games like this horrifying game,” he added, asserting that the solution is not only in banning, but the country should focus more in diffusing awareness and raising education.The top prosecutor explained his decision that such games are dangerous to the lives of youth and teenagers.“Those games target the young people, incite them to commit suicide and hurt their beloved ones, which threatens the safety of the Egyptian family and the national security as well,” the attorney general’s statement reads.Sherief Abdelbaky, head of the Egyptian Federation for Electronic Games, stated on April 5 that blocking any site or game needs high technical capabilities and he suggested providing support and strong local game alternatives.His statement came as a reply to demands calling for the blocking of the Blue Whale game after it allegedly claimed the life of the son of former Egyptian MP Hamdy al-Fakharany and others.Known as the Blue Whale Challenge, the game requires players to go through 50 dangerous tasks over the course of 50 days. The tasks often begin with self-harm, leading up to the final challenge, which is suicide.Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta, the Sunni Islamic institute concerned with fatwa (Islamic edict) issuance, has religiously forbidden playing the Blue Whale game, which pushes children to commit suicide.In its new fatwa, Dar al-Ifta clarified the reasons for banning this deadly game, mentioning that the player commits illegal actions.“The users are asked to cut themselves with a sharp weapon such as a needle or a knife, and this act is religiously forbidden. The preservation of a person’s life is one of the most important purposes in Islam,” the fatwa read.Egyptian writer Ghada Abdel Aal has launched an alternative charitable game called the Green Whale, which requires players to go through daily charitable challenges, countering the effects of the horrifyingly dangerous game, the Blue Whale.The game assigns 30 charitable acts that need to be completed before Ramadan, varying from helping a person to cross the street, to feeding animals, making children happy, raising funds to save a woman debtor from going to prison and visiting orphanages.Despite the awareness campaigns that have been raised recently in media outlets against the deadly online game, Beheira governorate has seen another case of an Egyptian teenager committing suicide after playing the game, putting into question the effectiveness of these campaigns.The 12-year-old Egyptian child committed suicide by taking poisonous pills on Thursday. The case was linked to the Blue Whale game after initial investigations showed that the Blue Whale-shaped sign was carved onto his arm.
April 23, 2018 14:03 UTC
Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, commonly known as ‘Shawkan’, will be awarded UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano Press Freedom prize after been selected by an independent international jury of media professionals, according to a press statement released by UNESCO on Monday. The prize will be awarded on May 2, marking the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, in an event to take place in Ghana with the theme ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. “The choice of Mahmoud Abu Zeid pays tribute to his courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression,” said Maria Ressa, President of the selection jury. The award recognizes a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to defend or promote press freedom, especially in the face of danger. Several local and international NGOs condemned the detention of Shawkan, and several ‘Free Shawkan’ social media campaigns have been launched demanding his release.
April 23, 2018 14:03 UTC
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim takes to the stage to deliver remarks at the plenary session at the IMF-World Bank annual meetings at Constitution Hall in Washington October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstCAIRO - 23 April 2018: President of the World Bank (WB) Group Jim Yong Kim lauded the success achieved in the Egyptian economy and the legislations to improve the investment environment.Jim said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had courageously eliminated the challenges facing development in Egypt and set plans that contributed to the success of the Egyptian economy.The bank is working on investing in education, health and social protection to increase growth, Kim said.This came during Kim's meeting with Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr during the Spring Meetings of World Bank in Washington in the presence of Egyptian Education Minister Tareq Shawqi and a host of the bank officials.In a statement on Monday, Nasr said that investing in humans is a top governmental priority.She also thanked the bank for supporting the strategy of developing education by 500 million dollars.The government is working on developing Sinai as soon as possible at the directives of President Sisi, Nasr said.Both sides discussed the bank's support to the sector of energy.Also, Nasr headed the meeting of Africa Gathering in the presence of the president of the World Bank and the African governors in the bank.Egypt exerts every effort for achieving development in Africa, she said.The Spring Meetings this year are exceptional as the World Bank is trying to re-identify "funding development" which will have role in supporting achieving the aims of sustainable development, Nasr added.Nasr also attended a meeting of the International Finance Corporation under the rubric "partnership for prosperity.. Entrepreneur and comprehensiveness".Nasr said that achieving sustainable development and boosting economic comprehensiveness top the priorities of the government's agenda.The government works on enabling the private sector to play an important role in the development process, he said.
April 23, 2018 13:52 UTC
File - EGXCAIRO – 23 April 2018: The Egyptian Exchange’s (EGX) benchmark EGX30 passed 18,000 points by the end of Monday’s session, amid Egyptian and Arab selling.EGX’s indices ended the session on a mixed note for the second consecutive session, and market capitalization gained LE 4.39 billion ($247.7 million).The benchmark EGX30 increased 1.22 percent, or 182.61 points, to end at 18,080.70 points.The equally weighted index EGX50 climbed 0.79 percent, or 24.22 points, to reach 3,087.43 points.On the other hand, the small and mid-cap index EGX70 decreased 0.28 percent, or 2.45 points, ending at 863.24 points, and the broader index EGX100 slipped 0.04 percent, or 0.82 points, to close at 2,273.15 points.Market capitalization gained LE 4.39 billion, recording LE 993.15 billion, compared to LE 988.44 billion in Sunday’s session.The trading volume reached 376.07 million shares, traded through 34,454 transactions with a turnover of LE 1.9 billion.Foreign investors were net buyers at LE 286.29 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers at LE 117.13 million and LE 169.17 million, respectively.Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 23.04 million and LE 21.51 million, respectively, while Egyptian individuals were net sellers at LE 145.31 million.Egyptian and foreign organizations bought at LE 28.18 million and LE 264.78 million, respectively, while Arab organizations sold at LE 192.78 million.El Nasr for Manufacturing Agricultural Crops, October Pharma and Suez Bags were top gainers of the session by 8.33 percent, 8.32 percent and 7.51 percent, respectively.Meanwhile, Credit Agricole Egypt, Raya Contact Center and El Obour Real Estate Investment were top losers of the session by 7.20 percent, 6.29 percent and 6.06 percent, respectively.EGX ended Sunday’s session on a mixed note, as EGX30, EGX50 and EGX100 increased by 0.66 percent, 1.59 percent and 0.04 percent, respectively, while EGX70 declined by 0.17 percent.
The Egyptian king Mohamed Salah - Egypt TodayCongrats @22mosalah 🥇👏👏.. a source of national pride and happiness. You are a true inspiration to the youth of Egypt and Africa, an icon of Egypt 's soft power #كلنا_سفراء_لمصر. Good luck to you and to our national Pharaohs team @FIFAWorldCup. pic.twitter.com/Gw8vijRXaB — Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) April 23, 2018CAIRO – 23 April 2018: Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid congratulated Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah after the player won the Professional Footballers' Association’s (PFA) Player of the Year award.Abu Zeid praised Salah on his official Twitter account, tweeting, “Congrats Mo Salah...a source of national pride and happiness. You are a true inspiration to the youth of Egypt and Africa, an icon of Egypt's soft power.
FILE - Egyptian parliamentarians hold talksCAIRO – 23 April 2018: Parliament approved on Sunday the government-drafted law to amend some provisions in Agriculture Law No. 53 of 1966.During the plenary session attended by the ministers of water resources and irrigation and agriculture, a plan to fairly distribute available water amongst agricultural crops was reviewed.Article 1 in the Agriculture Law refers that the minister of agriculture shall determine the areas to cultivate certain crops, and shall ban other crops in certain areas. In 1902, 1906, 1929 and 1959, Cairo signed agreements with the Nile Basin countries which guarantee 55 billion cubic meters of Nile water per year for Egypt.Egypt suffers from a water deficit of 30 billion cubic meters; it annually needs at least 90 billion cubic meters of water to cover the needs of 90 million citizens. According to the ministry, this decline will save three billion cubic meters of water. At the same time, the ministry is working on launching campaigns to raise farmers’ awareness to reduce water usage.On the other hand, some experts expect that reducing the rice cultivated areas will lead to a decrease in production, decrease the quantities offered in the markets and lead to higher prices and a trend towards imports to cover the needs of the local market to insure food security.The Ministry of Agriculture has identified 53 varieties of strategic water-saving crops that are adapted to the different environment and climate conditions, focusing on breeding during the coming period, which included seven varieties of rice.
Egypt’s parliament, during its plenary session on Monday, attacked the UNESCO for its intention to grant Egyptian photographer Mohamed Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, who was arrested during the August 2013 Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, with a freedom of a press award. “Everyone has followed the UNESCO’s determination to grant an award to an Egyptian citizen who is accused in a criminal case, supported by renegade and pro-terrorism organizations,” Parliament Speaker Ali Abdelaal said. “This organization is for education, science and culture and should not by any means involve itself in a matter of a political nature,” he added. Abed stressed that the Egyptian football player Mohamed Salah is worthy of honor, not Shawkan who he described as a terrorist. Hundreds of people were killed by state forces at the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in Cairo following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
April 23, 2018 13:41 UTC
It shows a young woman with a long red scarf loosely covering her head, her hair clearly showing, being surrounded by three morality policewomen wearing chadors, who grab her. In Tehran today, some fashionable young women wear tighter clothes with a scarf loosely covering their head, technically meeting the requirements of the law while drawing the ire of conservatives. One image — of a young woman, head uncovered and waving her hijab like a flag in Tehran’s Enghelab Street — became famous during economic protests that swept Iran later that month. Tehran’s prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said in March that the woman had been sentenced to 24 months in prison. ___Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.
April 23, 2018 13:41 UTC