Video: How Iniesta lived his last night at Camp Nou

File- Andres Iniesta alone on the pitch after the gameCAIRO – 23 May 2018: Andres Iniesta’s journey with the club of his life, FC Barcelona, has come to an end, as the midfielder played his last game wearing the Barca jersey on Sunday against Real Sociedad.Barcelona fans packed the stadium to honor their historic player and enjoy his last moments at Camp Nou.Iniesta joined the Barcelona youth academy when he was 12; he found his way to the first team six years later and since then became a vital player on the Catalan team, putting his name as one of the greatest in the history of the club.The midfielder was on the starting line-up in Barcelona’s last league game of the season, and he entered the pitch wearing Barca’s arm band for the last time in his career.The Spaniard was highly received by the fans, who chanted his name with every touch. He enjoyed his last minutes on the same pitch where he experienced being a footballer for the first time.Philippe Coutinho, the man who Barcelona signed to replace Iniesta, opened the score for Barcelona seven minutes after half-time.Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde substituted Coutinho for Lionel Messi, who had the chance to play the last 15 minutes alongside Iniesta.Messi and Iniesta shared Barca’s dressing room ever since they were youngsters dreaming of being world-class players.The minute everyone was afraid of came eight minutes before the final whistle when Don Andres was substituted. Andres gave the captain armband to his friend, Lionel Messi.Iniesta received applauds from the fans, his teammates, Sociedad players and every football fan around the world.Iniesta left Barcelona after achieving the domestic double in his last season with the club, and he also scored in the Cup final.He received the league title after the game and celebrated with his teammates, who wore jerseys with his name on the back.Iniesta has left a legacy at Camp Nou and earned a special place in football fans’ hearts forever.

Source:Egypt Today

May 23, 2018 10:30 UTC


44 arrested in cyber-related crimes: Interior Ministry

Facebook users in Egypt would be 55-58 million by the end of this year – File PhotoCAIRO –23 May 2018: Forty-four suspects have been arrested in multi-pronged cybercrime-related cases, according to the Ministry of Interior.In a statement released by the ministry on Tuesday, the defendants were charged with conducting online cyber extortion, ransomware, and electronic fraud, along with harming citizens by blackmailing them for money.According to the statement, the ministry is fighting tooth and nail to crack down on terrorist-linked activities and it proactively monitors the activities of terrorist groups on social media platforms, adding that it has managed to suspend four Facebook accounts whose operators were instigating violence against the state and vital institutions.This came in accordance with the directives of Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar to combat crime in all its forms, especially those that are related to modern technology, the statement concluded.In May, Parliament approved a draft cybercrime law, which aims to pose surveillance on social media and limit the spread of fake news, particularly those that incite violence.MP Nedal al-Saeed, head of Parliament’s Communications and Information Technology Committee, said that he will submit a report about the cybercrime law to Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal to be discussed during the plenary session.The bill regulates internet service providers’ (ISPs) activities and their obligation to provide national security authorities with information on users suspected of spreading terrorist and extremist ideologies via the internet. It also aims at securing personal data of internet users.Since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has seen growing waves of extremism washing over the society and spawning numerous deadly attacks. Among these attacks was the terrorist attack that hit Al-Rawdah Mosque and left more than 302 worshippers attending the Friday prayer dead in late November 2017.A month earlier, the Interior Ministry announced that 16 security officers were killed during clashes with militants in Wahat in the Western Desert; the clashes also led to the killing of 15 militants.

Source:Egypt Today

May 23, 2018 10:07 UTC


President Sisi expected to be sworn in on June 2

FILE - President Abdel Fatah al-SisiCAIRO – 23 May 2018: Kamel al-Waziri, chief of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, checked on Monday the preparations made at the House of Representatives ahead of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s swearing-in ceremony, set to be held on June 2.Chairman of the Committee on Information, Culture and Antiquities in the House of Representatives, Osama Haikal, said that President Sisi is expected to take his new oath of office in Parliament on June 2.In the same context, MP Mustafa Bakri, member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, remarked that Head of the Parliament, Ali Abdel Aal, will deliver a welcoming speech during the swearing-in ceremony; then, will invite the president to be sworn in.He further explained that the president will deliver a speech on the national mission he will accomplish in the second presidential term.He stressed that the session will be attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, the heads of parties and representatives of the government, referring that the government shall submit its resignation following the end of the first presidential term; the head of Parliament will declare the name of the new prime minister.According to Article 140 of the Constitution, “The president of the Republic shall be elected for a period of four calendar years, commencing on the day the term of his predecessor ends.”Article 231 reads that Sisi’s first presidential term started on June 3, 2014, when the presidential election results were declared, and shall be finished before that period.Swearing before the Parliament will be applied for the first time since 2005; presidents were sworn in before the members of the General Assembly of the Supreme Constitutional Court due to the absence of a validly elected Parliament.Egypt’s presidential election, which took place between March 26 and 28, witnessed a competition between only two candidates: incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of El-Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.Sisi garnered 97.08 percent of valid votes in the 2018 presidential election, where more than 21.8 million people voted for him. His hardly-known competitor, El-Ghad Party chairperson Moussa Moustafa Moussa, received 656,534 votes, making up 2.9 percent of the valid ballots.The turnout stood at 24,254,152 voters; 41 percent of the electorate.In 2018, void votes made up 7.27 percent of the total votes, accounting to 1.762 million ballots. If void votes are not excluded from the result, Sisi's share of the total votes would be 90 percent.In the 2014 vote, 23.4 million people voted for Sisi, void votes reached 1million ballots, and Sabahy amassed 740,000 votes.

Source:Egypt Today

May 23, 2018 10:07 UTC


Tesla trims up to $14K off Model X in China after tariff cuts

A Tesla charging station is seen in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. - REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonBEIJING - 23 May 2018: Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has slashed up to $14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported automobiles, a potential sales boost for the U.S. firm as the world’s largest auto market pivots towards electric cars.The carmaker will lower prices of its Model S and Model X cars by just over 6 percent, a Beijing-based sales representative told Reuters on Wednesday.China said on Tuesday it will cut import tariffs for automobiles to 15 percent from 25 percent, a fillip for premium car brands like Tesla and BMW (BMWG.DE) which import a significant number of vehicles.Tesla said on Tuesday that any of its cars sold in China would be subject to adjusted prices, even before the tariff change comes into effect on July 1.The price of a top-of-the range Model X will be cut to 1.3 million yuan ($203,830) but that remains well above the $140,000 cash price-tag before savings for the priciest version in the United States - Tesla’s Model X P100D.The move by the California-based electric carmaker likely foreshadows wider price cuts for imported cars in China as foreign firms look to narrow a price gap with domestic rivals. Imports, however, only make up a fraction of the overall market and tend to be upper-end models.Yale Zhang, head of Shanghai-based consultancy Automotive Foresight, said price cuts by foreign premium brands will likely force them to adjust the price tag for vehicles they produce locally in China. This in turn will gradually impact the price of more affordable, mainstream cars - even local Chinese brands.“With imminent price adjustments in the higher-end segment, that will over time lead to a pricing adjustment for the entire market,” Zhang said.Other carmakers, including Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and BMW, said after the tariff cut that they would look at adjusting their retail prices in China to provide competitive offers to consumers. ($1 = 6.3735 Chinese yuan)

Source:Egypt Today

May 23, 2018 08:34 UTC


Salame risks Libyan division to serve West's interests: sources

File-SRSG Ghassan Salame and PM of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj. CAIRO – 23 May 2018: Official Libyan sources criticized the role played by SRSG and UNSMIL head Ghassan Salame through Western organizations that hold meetings in Morocco and Dakar to "polish" the political Islam in Libya in a failed attempt to re-produce the Islamists in the political scene.They added that Salame was mistaken when he compared Cairo's meetings to unite Libyan parties to the meetings of Dakar and Morocco, which have achieved very little on the ground.The Libyan sources claimed that Salame cooperates with suspicious French-backed organizations, criticizing his desire to bring Islamists back to the political scene in the coming period. This had been one of the main pillars of his 2017 Action Plan.Instead, Salame said that he was now pushing ahead for elections to be held by the end of 2018, subject to proper conditions. He said that there now exists a nationwide call for elections which was confirmed by the initial outcomes of the National Conference events. Salame called on the House of Representatives in consultation with the High State Council to deliver the necessary legislation for elections.The Libyan sources said that the country is too divided to hold elections and Salame risks partition if it goes ahead with a vote without security guarantees and a national consensus on building a state.As he mentioned in his March briefing to UNSC, Salame confirmed that he will reveal UNSMIL’s plans to deal with Libya’s militias.

Source:Egypt Today

May 23, 2018 08:26 UTC


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