When it comes to food, Ramadan is the season of highest food consumption. Konafa and qatayef are inseparable part of Ramadan’s tradition in the Arab world. The desserts, known to be served only in the holy month, are widely available in Egypt at almost every bakery shop. “Not only my brothers are like that, all of my hometown members work as konafa bakers across Egypt,” he added. Yet, he does not let go of his passion and what he considers his “main career,” which is making qatayef and konafa.
May 23, 2018 11:15 UTC
Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity announced that it will sign contracts for the electricity interconnection network with Saudi Arabia by the end of next June, with the project set to start in 2021. Egypt announced back in December 2017 a project worth $1.6 billion that will connect its power network to Saudi Arabia’s, joining a system in the Middle East that allows neighbors to share electricity. The Minister of Electricity Mohammed Shaker told Al-Masry Al-Youm that there are other power connection projects with Cyprus and Greece, and the electricity link point in Egypt was set to be in West Damietta. Egypt already has a power link with Jordan at capacity 450 megawatts and one with Libya at 200 megawatts. Also, Gaber al-Desouki, head of the Egyptian Holding Company for Electricity shed light on another electricity interconnection project with Sudan.
May 23, 2018 10:52 UTC
Protesters throw stones towards riot police as they demonstrate against alleged corruption in the provincial town of Imzouren, Morocco, June 2, 2017. REUTERSCAIRO – 23 May 2018: Cairo Appeal Court received the case of the 102 defendants accused of damaging public and private property in violent demonstrations against the police; the court will schedule their first trial.The defendants had demonstrated in January 2017 in front of Al-Mokattam police station, after the death of 22-year old Mohamed Abdel Hakim, aka Afroto, inside the Mokattam police station. Afroto suffered severe injuries that led to his death.The defendants face charges of attacking the Mokattam police station and the Mokattam Specialized Hospital. They are also accused of damaging public and private property, and taking part in illegal demonstrations. Nine policemen were reportedly injured during the attacks.Two policemen including an officer are accused of beating Afroto to death.
May 23, 2018 10:52 UTC
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.
May 23, 2018 10:30 UTC
Severe heat wave continues through the end of the week - (File photo: Reuters)CAIRO – 23 May 2018: The hot spell Egypt has been witnessing since Sunday is likely to continue until the end of the week, with temperatures holding in the 40s.Average summer temperatures are forecast for next week as the heat wave is expected to end by Saturday, according to Mahmoud Shahin, undersecretary of the Center for Meteorological Forecasts in the Meteorological Authority.During a phone-in with the TV show "A’ala Mas’olity" (on my responsibility) broadcasted on Dream TV on Tuesday, Lashin pointed out that the current hot wave reached its peak on Tuesday, adding that temperatures will drop only by two degrees on Wednesday.Citizens are advised not to be exposed to direct sun rays for long periods of time in the mornings, especially during the peak sun intensity hours, Lashin added.The hot conditions have been occurring concurrently since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, starting Thursday May 17.
May 23, 2018 10:18 UTC
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.
May 23, 2018 10:07 UTC
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.
May 23, 2018 10:07 UTC
As is the case in most Islamic countries, Iranian markets prepare intensively for Ramadan and the demand for Ramadan supplies increases. However, Iran is slightly different when it comes to some habits and traditions in receiving Ramadan. Some of the most important habits before Ramadan in Iran is for those upset with each other to reconcile, as elderly Iranians invite those who have issues with one another to speak and reconcile. Iranians also celebrate Al-Qadr night and call it “revival night” on 19, 21, and 23 Ramadan. Some of the most important Iranian dishes also include soup or noodle soup, soup and butter, desserts including rice porridge, and others.
May 23, 2018 10:07 UTC
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)
May 23, 2018 08:34 UTC
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.
May 23, 2018 08:26 UTC
Companies have rolled out their advertising campaigns for the month of Ramadan, which often sees strong competition among telecommunications companies. Orange and Vodafone both initiated their campaigns on the first day of Ramadan, while Etisalat started one day behind. Daily News Egypt explores data on the most viewed ads in the first four days of the holy month, according to E3langi. On the fourth day, Orange matched Vodafone’s view count on Facebook, then went beyond with 1.7m views more on YouTube. 2- Etisalat entered the competition a little late, while Banque Misr’s ad acquired the third spot on Facebook and YouTube with a total of 11.5m views.
May 23, 2018 08:15 UTC
In this report, Daily News Egypt reviews the most important criteria that Samsung ensures are available in its maintenance centres in order to offer the best service possible to its customers. 3- Sufficient spare partsSamsung has spare parts available in the warehouses of its maintenance centres, sufficient for each centre. 5- Spare parts available before product launchSamsung is committed to providing spare parts for the new products in its warehouse nearly a month before launching the phone model. 7- Opinion pollsSamsung conducts polls to explore the opinions of customers and understand more details on their experiences with repairing their phonesSamsung currently has 24 main maintenance centres across Egypt. It also has several mobile customer service and maintenance centres.
May 23, 2018 08:03 UTC
British Pound Sterling banknotes are seen at the Money Service Austria company's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard FoegerLONDON - 23 May 2018: Sterling fell to a fresh five-month low on Wednesday as investors awaited key inflation data that could help decide if the Bank of England raises interest rates this year.Sterling slumped half a percent to $1.3372, its lowest since Dec. 27, before trimming some of its losses.A broad rally by the dollar and dwindling expectations that interest rates will rise have caused what had been one of the best-performing major currencies to give up all its 2018 gains.BoE policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe told the Treasury Committee of parliament on Tuesday that policy rates are set to rise 25 to 50 basis points every year over three years, a comment initially interpreted by markets as supportive for the pound.But recent weak economic data means markets are now not even pricing in a full 25-basis-point hike by the end of 2018.The inflation data due out at GMT 0830 will be scrutinised by investors to gauge whether the BoE might tighten monetary policy as early as August.Concerns over Brexit meanwhile continue to hurt the pound.Foreign minister Boris Johnson said Britain must ditch the European Union’s tariff rules as quickly as possible and run its own trade policy, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
May 23, 2018 08:03 UTC
Korayim: Weelo is a new cloud-based delivery platform that helps supermarkets digitise the order and delivery process. Through the Weelo application, we connect customers to the nearest Weelo partner supermarkets. Our partner supermarkets receive technology that helps them streamline their order and delivery process. Customers will receive their orders from a selected Weelo partner supermarket that is closest to their area so customers can receive their order in 45 minutes. Korayim: Weelo currently delivers in two main locations in Egypt: New Cairo and Sixth of October.
May 23, 2018 08:03 UTC
Yehia El Deraa - Press image courtesy handboll skanalen websiteCAIRO – 23 May 2018: Al-Ahly and Zamalek are in negotiations with Danish team Esbjerg to sign their Egyptian international handball player, Yehia El Deraa.Deraa, 22, joined Esbjerg in summer 2017 from Heliopolis and since then has established himself as one of the top players at the club.Deraa joined Al-Ahly on a loan in 2017 and represented the club in the Super African Cup, African Cup of League Champions and the African Cup of Cups.Deraa is one of the key players on the national team and he shined during their participation at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2017 World Cup in France, but he missed the 2018 African Handball Championship due to injury.Al-Ahly manager Essam Hammad hopes to sign Deraa to strengthen his squad, which achieved the League title this season.On the other hand, Zamalek’s new manager, Bassem El Sobky, hopes to win the race for Deraa to help his team in the domestic and African competitions next season.
May 23, 2018 07:07 UTC