Angelique Kerber celebrates 29th birthday by advancing to third round - Daily News Egypt

Defending champion Angelique Kerber has celebrated her 29th birthday by advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. Kerber started out solid in the first set, but struggled against some of Witthöft’s deep, powerful forehands late in the second. 1 is to face Kristyna Pliskova, who beat Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 7-6 (8) in the fourth round on Friday. “I’m always playing on my birthday – always in Australia,” Kerber told reporters in the on-court interview. The 35-year-old former No.1 will face former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in the third round after the Czech posted a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over Ryan Harrison.

January 18, 2017 11:44 UTC

How German designer Stefan Diez takes a global approach to everyday objects - Daily News Egypt

Young German designer Stefan Diez is influenced by his time in Asia, but pays tribute to German craftmanship. His work is on show in Cologne.”It’s showtime!” The 2017 international design season has begun. It doesn’t only present new trends, but also classical furniture design – quite often with a modern touch. The Cologne Museum for Applied Arts (MAKK) has devoted an unusual show to a single designer – Stefan Diez. “It sometimes takes us years to develop a project,” said Stefan Diez.

January 18, 2017 11:44 UTC

Egypt’s self-sufficiency of wheat at 49.1% in 2015: CAPMAS - Daily News Egypt

According to a recent report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), on production movement, foreign trade, and availability of agriculture commodities for consumption in 2015, the average consumption per capita of wheat reached 141.1 kg in 2015 versus 133.6 kg in 2014, an increase of 5.6% with a self-sufficiency rate of 49.1%. The report added that the average consumption per capita of rice reached 39.1 kg in 2015 versus 43.4 kg in 2014, a decrease of 9.9% with a self-sufficiency rate of 102.6%. Moreover, the average per capita consumption of vegetables reached 93.1 kg in 2015 versus 100.5 kg in 2014, a decrease of 7.4 %, with a self-sufficiency rate of 102.6%. Meanwhile, the average consumption per capita of fruits reached 63.6 kg in 2015 versus 57.5 kg in 2014, an increase of 10.6% with a self-sufficiency rate of 96.2%. The average per capita consumption of birds and poultry meat reached 10.7 kg in 2015, which was unchanged from 2014 with a self-sufficiency rate 93.0%.

January 18, 2017 11:44 UTC

Infinity Solar, Coca-Cola agree on establishing EGP 40m solar plant - Daily News Egypt

Infinity Solar Systems and Coca-Cola have agreed to establish a solar power plant at the latter’s factory in Alexandria. Medhat Shokry, CEO of Infinity Solar Systems, said that Coca-Cola aims to develop its factory in Alexandria to operate on solar power and LED lights, which would improve the consumption of the factory to 97%. He told Daily News Egypt that QNB ALAHLI and Banque Misr have agreed to finance the Green Company Project, which costs EGP 100m. The project will also include recycling wastewater, establishment of a solar plant, use LED lights, and improve electricity consumption. Infinity had also signed a contract with Agricultural Exporters Association in Qena to install a solar plant in Abou Tesht area.

January 18, 2017 11:33 UTC

Parliament raises tax exemption limit to LE24,000 a year

The Parliament decided on Tuesday to raise the tax exemption limit from LE13,500 to LE24,000 a year. MP Mohamed al-Suwaidy, head of parliamentary coalition Egypt's Support, filed a request during Tuesday's general assembly demanding that the tax exemption limit be raised due to price hikes following the flotation of the Egyptian pound late last year. Parliament Speaker Ali Abdelaal said the parliament agrees with Suwaidy's opinion. "This will be the first happy news by us to the people," Abdelaal said, adding he would notify the Cabinet of the decision. Abdelaal responded that the parliament has already taken its decision, which is in favor of citizens, and the Cabinet has to apply it.

January 18, 2017 11:32 UTC

Trial of Shawkan, 738 other defendants adjourned to 7 February in “Rabaa dispersal” case - Daily News Egypt

The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Tuesday the trial of 739 defendants in the case known as “Rabaa dispersal” to 7 February. The defendants in the case include Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan. It had previously ordered the release of 10 defendants over health issues as well. Shawkan’s brother, Mohamed Abou Zeid, previously told Daily News Egypt that Shawkan’s health is severely deteriorating in detention. Shawkan was arrested on 14 August during the dispersal of Rabaa Al-Adaweyya sit-in; he was among other journalists who also got arrested during coverage.

January 18, 2017 11:30 UTC

Egyptian Museum launches project to conserve wooden Pharaonic coffins

The Egyptian Museum launched the Coffin Conservation Project on Tuesday, in cooperation with the US embassy in Cairo, to document and restore 600 wooden coffins over the course of the next two years. The museum won a grant from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) in 2015 after an international competition to choose the winning project, the General Director of the Egyptian Museum Sabah Abdel Razek said at a press conference on Tuesday. Abdel Razek added that the coffins were recovered from several places including Akhmim, Saqqara and Luxor, and some of them date back to the 21st dynasty (BC 1070-664). Mo'men Othman, the Director of the Restoration Department at the museum, said out of the 600 coffins to be restored, 180 are currently being showcased on the third floor of the museum, while the rest are stored in the basement. The project will cost $130,000 and is the largest endeavor to conserve coffins in the world, Othman added.

January 18, 2017 11:29 UTC

The sweet aroma of one of Cairo’s coffee vendors - Daily News Egypt

For ages, coffee addicts in Egypt couldn’t find a place that could compete with Al-Ghoreya coffee vendor when it came to the taste, spirit, and price of Turkish coffee. Just a few steps away from the timeworn cosy little shop, visitors smell the rich scent of roasted coffee beans which invades the neighbourhood with its strong aroma. Located in Al-Ghoreya neighbourhood, close to Al-Hussein and the legacy of Fatimid Cairo, the place is considered one of the oldest coffee vendors in Egypt. The place has its own coffee bean roaster, where it roasts beans to three stages: light, brown, and dark coffee. It originally produced only Turkish coffee beans, before it developed and started producing several types of beans for different tastes, including chocolate, hazelnut, and vanilla flavours.

January 18, 2017 11:15 UTC

Viridiana: destroying the alliance of religion, authority, and capital - Daily News Egypt

The hidden corridors of the human soul have secrets that are unheard of. Spanish director Luis Buñuel did just this in his 1961 masterpiece Viridiana, exposing everything and reassessing it. In this film, his revolutionary ideas and resentment towards the tripartite of authority, religion, and capital are laid bare. Buñuel rebels against the church and the bourgeoisie, returning the impoverished class to its origins, and revealing the falsity of the human soul. Viridiana is a story about tormented humanity, about Christ who was crucified due to excessive politeness, and about other repulsive humans.

January 18, 2017 10:13 UTC

We'd resort to Internation Court of Justice over Red Sea islands: Saudi writers

The Supreme Administrative Court nullified on Monday a deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia that would have seen the sovreignty of two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, transferred to Saudi waters. According to the border demarcation agreement signed in April, the two islands were deemed to be within Saudi territorial waters, in recognition of historical claims on the part of Saudi Arabia. This threatens the interests of 2 million Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia. He added that in the case that the Egyptian government fails to end the issue, Saudi Arabia would definitely resort to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Kasir said that obtaining the two islands through international arbitration would be not difficult for Saudi Arabia, because it has documents proving its claims.

January 18, 2017 10:01 UTC

Cabinet launches application to receive citizens' complaints

The cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) has announced a new application called "Positive" with the goal of direct communication between citizens and the government in order to submit complaints, along with photos and videos. According to chairman of the IDSC Hossam al-Gamal, 500 people have rated the application 4.5 out of 5. “The application is an attempt to facilitate the relationship between citizens and the government, and thus it needs to be widely circulated,” al-Gamal added. People can complain about problems and submit photos in addition to the location. The president's office instructed the government to increase citizens' response rates and follow up on officials' performance.

January 18, 2017 10:01 UTC

PM's office issues press release on achievements under Sherif Ismail

The prime minister's office issued a press release on Tuesday detailing the achievements of Sherif Ismail's cabinet after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the heads of national newspapers in an interview to expect a cabinet reshuffle soon. The cabinet reshuffle is expected to include the ministers of education and health, as well as another important ministry, high-level sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm, leaving the latter ministry unnamed. The sources expect Ashraf al-Araby to be appointed as Minister of Planning, as well as the appointment of a deputy prime minister for economic affairs. The sources denied that Ismail had been summoned by the president, saying the prime minister is carrying out his duties at the cabinet headquarters as usual. The sources expect the names of ministers included in the reshuffle to be announced in three days.

January 18, 2017 09:28 UTC

White House concedes it won't close Guantanamo after all

The White House said Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba will still be open when President Barack Obama leaves office, conceding that a core campaign promise will go unfulfilled. Over the weekend, the U.S. transferred 10 low-level detainees from Guantanamo to Oman. Trump said during the campaign that he not only wants to keep Guantanamo open but "load it up with some bad dudes." Earnest blamed politics for failing to close the detention center, which he called a waste of money and "recruiting tool" for terrorists. "I think if he looks at the facts objectively he will really see that Guantanamo really is a bad deal for America," Wilner said.

January 18, 2017 09:02 UTC

Egyptian football star Aboutrika placed on 'terror' list

Former football star Mohamed Aboutrika has been added to the Egyptian authorities' terror list by a court, based on suspicions that he has provided financing for the now banned Muslim Brotherhood group, his lawyer said on Tuesday. In 2015, a government committee froze the assets of Aboutrika, who had played for Cairo-based club Al-Ahly and Egypt's national team, two years after he retired. Aboutrika, one of the most successful African footballers of his generation, had publicly endorsed the presidential bid of Mohamed Morsi in 2012. In an interview with state-run newspaper Al-Ahram in May 2015, Aboutrika denied that his company -- or any of his partners -- had ever funded the Islamist movement. Aboutrika retired in 2013, and the 37-year-old has since avoided expressing his political views publicly.

January 18, 2017 09:00 UTC

Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul: military

Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the military had begun "movement" against IS in the west of Mosul without specifying what action was being taken there. Renewed military progress has been made in the last two weeks, thanks to improved tactics and coordination between different military units, U.S. and Iraqi military officials say. CALIPHATE UNDER THREATCTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan said told state television on Tuesday that more than 60 neighborhoods in eastern Mosul, out of a total of about 80, had been recaptured since the offensive began. Also on Tuesday, CTS forces pushed into the Eastern Nineveh and Souq al-Ghanam districts, both flanked by areas held by Iraqi troops, CTS spokesman Numan said.

January 18, 2017 08:45 UTC

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