Consumer Protection Agency bans Uber advertising campaign in Egypt

Egypt's Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) has ordered Uber to stop all its affiliate ads as they were found to violate the common feelings and taste of the community; the company was ordered to immediately remove advertisements from the streets and major squares. The agency said in a statement on Saturday that it monitored the company's advertising campaign on banners and billboards in the streets and on social networking sites, and found that it included "expressions that violate the traditions of the community and its common taste". He added that immediately after the ads were monitored, the CPA called the company and notified it to stop the campaign. The company pledged to stop all ads in the campaign, and withdrew its billboards from the streets and squares. He stressed the need to codify the mechanisms of presentation and production of advertising materials, to address any breach.

March 25, 2017 12:33 UTC

Private sector acquires 66.3% of total bank loans to clients by December: CBE - Daily News Egypt

The CBE mentioned in a report that the loans granted to the private sector represented 55.3% of total loans provided by the five largest banks to their clients, while it recorded 59.6% at the ten largest banks. These loans recorded 3.4% at the five largest banks operating in Egypt, while they reached 3.7% for the ten largest banks. It recorded 52.1% at the five largest banks, and 53.2% at the ten largest banks. This ratio recorded 71.6% at the five largest banks, and 70.8% at the ten largest banks. This ratio recorded 66.8% at the five largest banks and 68.7% at the ten largest banks.

March 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

NBE, Banque Misr extend working hours to collect taxes electronically - Daily News Egypt

Both Banque Misr and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) have decided to extend their working hours across the country to collect taxes electronically. NBE has decided to extend working hours in 59 branches until 5.00pm during the period from 27 March to 31 March and the period from 24 April to 28 April to enable the branches to offer the services of collecting taxes, without carrying out any other banking activities. Banque Misr has also decided to extend working hours in 75 of its branches until 7:00 pm during the period from 22 March until 30 March, and the period from 23 April to 30 April 2017. Banque Misr allows electronic payment of taxes and customs through 297 branches spread across the governorate in cooperation with officials responsible for electronic payment of financial government institutions. According to the bank, it aims to spare clients from risks, as well as facilitate the process of paying tax and custom dues.

March 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

'Two charged' over arms supply to Paris Orly airport attacker

French anti-terrorism judges have charged two men suspected of involvement in supplying a weapon to the gunman killed at Paris's Orly airport after attacking soldiers, a judicial source said Saturday. The younger one was also charged with arms possession related to a terror plot. They are both from the Paris area and lived close to the assailant, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, according to a preliminary investigation. Ben Belgacem, 39, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he attacked the capital's second busiest airport, according to judicial sources. In mid-February, a machete-wielding Egyptian man attacked a soldier outside Paris's Louvre museum, injuring him slightly, before being shot and wounded.

March 25, 2017 10:07 UTC

EU takes road to Rome for 60th anniversary

European Union leaders will renew their vows on the 60th anniversary of the troubled bloc's founding treaties Saturday at a special summit in Rome designed to show unity despite Britain's looming divorce. They will have the words of Pope Francis ringing in their ears, after he warned on the eve of the summit that the crisis-ridden bloc "risks dying" without a new vision. The White House congratulated the EU overnight on its 60th birthday, in a notable shift in tone for President Donald Trump's administration, whose deep scepticism about the bloc has alarmed Brussels. But British Prime Minister Theresa May's absence from the summit, four days before she launches the two-year Brexit process, and a row over the wording of the Rome declaration underscore the challenges the EU faces. 'Our common future'The Rome Declaration that the leaders will sign proclaims that "Europe is our common future", according to a copy obtained by AFP, after a series of crises that have shaken its foundations.

March 25, 2017 09:56 UTC

Happy 70th birthday, Sir Elton - Daily News Egypt

Bright glittery suits, plateau shoes, feather boas and crazy glasses: in the 1970s, Elton John was one of the most flashy characters in pop music. Decades later, he is in a civil partnership and the father of two sons.With dozens of mega hits and almost 300 million albums sold, Elton John is a living legend. Fate wasn’t always kind, however: while writing unforgettable music, veritable soundtracks for many generations, Elton John grappled with drugs, fought with bulimia and lost many of his best friends. Which he may or many not wear for his big birthday bash at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Click on the above picture gallery for more about 70 years of Sir Elton John.

March 25, 2017 09:11 UTC

60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties: towards a stronger EU and strengthened cooperation with Egypt - Daily News Egypt

On 25 March, the European Union (EU) marks 60 years since the signing of the Rome Treaties, the first step towards a united Europe. The European Union will be an increasingly vital power to preserve and strengthen the global order. In a world of re-emerging power politics, the European Union will have an even more significant role to play. The European Union will also continue to be a strong and active partner of regional organisations like the African Union and the League of Arab States. Ambassador Ivan SurkošHead of the European Union Delegation to Egypt

March 25, 2017 08:48 UTC

Air strike on prison in Syria's Idlib kills 16: monitor

At least 16 people were killed overnight in air strikes on a prison in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Saturday. It said the dead included prisoners and prison guards, but did not have an immediate breakdown of the toll. It added that guards opened fire in the aftermath of the strike on fleeing prisoners, and there were initial reports of additional casualties in that fire. Earlier this month, the US-led coalition said it was investigating allegations at least 42 people were killed in a raid it carried out in Idlib province. More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began six years ago with anti-government protests.

March 25, 2017 07:30 UTC

Robert Pattinson steps back into the spotlight for Dior

Robert Pattinson has teamed up with fashion giant Karl Lagerfeld on a brand new campaign for Dior Homme. The Twilight star was photographed on the streets of Paris by the famous creative sporting eveningwear from the French fashion house’s Fall 2017 Black Carpet collection. “Paris by night” seems to be the general theme for the campaign, which is Pattinson’s third for Dior Homme. “I’m always floored at the undeniable beauty of Paris,” said the actor in a statement at the time. “Contrasting shadows make everywhere you look seem like a frame from a movie.”Pattinson was first unveiled as the face of Dior Homme back in February of last year, when he modelled the label’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

March 25, 2017 03:22 UTC

2.5 hours of exercise per week can slow decline in Parkinson’s disease

A new study has found Parkinson’s patients who do 2.5 hours, or 150 minutes, of exercise a week can slow down the effects of the condition. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive condition that often results in impaired mobility, a decrease in health-related quality of life (HRQL) and death. Previous research has also provided evidence that physical activity can delay this progressive decline. At each visit the team measured physical activity by patients’ self-reports on how many hours of exercise they did each week. The results of the study can be found published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

March 25, 2017 03:11 UTC

BMW third-largest electric car manufacturer - Daily News Egypt

The market for electric cars and hybrids grew by 37 percent in 2016. BMW, which has risen from sixth to third place in the e-car rankings, has moved in the opposite to another household name in German car manufacturing. The global market for electric cars and plug-in hybrids grew by 37 percent in 2016, according to the study. The strongest market is Norway, where around 24 percent of all newly registered vehicles had an electric drive in 2016. China leads the way in absolute sales figures, with 352,000 vehicles sold in 2016, an increase of 69 percent on the previous year.

March 25, 2017 01:52 UTC

Trump tastes failure as US House healthcare bill collapses

But desperate lobbying by the White House and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was unable to round up the 216 votes needed for passage. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process," Trump told reporters at the White House, although he sought to shift the blame to the Democrats even though his party controls the White House, the House and the Senate. The White House made undoing Obamacare its top priority when Trump took office two months ago. But the White House and House leaders were unable to come up with a plan that satisfied the clashing interests of moderates and conservatives, despite Trump's vaunted image as a deal maker. Amid a chaotic scramble for votes, Ryan, who championed the bill, met with Trump at the White House.

March 24, 2017 23:15 UTC

Messi guides Argentina to crucial qualifying win over Chile - Daily News Egypt

Lionel Messi was the difference as Argentina edged a crucial World Cup qualifier against Chile. Elsewhere, an unlikely hattrick hero inspired Brazil to an emphatic win over Uruguay that moved them closer to Russia 2018.Argentina 1 – 0 Chile(Messi 16′)A Lionel Messi penalty was enough to give Argentina to a tight but crucial World Cup qualifying win over Chile in Buenos Aires on Thursday. However, they couldn’t find the breakthrough against Edgardo Bauza’s men, despite Argentina naming an attacking side that featured Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain alongside Di Maria and Messi. The result lifts Argentina into third spot in a tight qualifying table in which the teams in second (Uruguay) and sixth places (Chile) are separated by just three points. “To come here and win by any score is a great result,” the Brazil coach said afterwards.

March 24, 2017 21:45 UTC

Germany seeks EU help in steel row with the US - Daily News Egypt

‘America first’President Donald Trump has vowed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US, if necessary by imposing heavy tariffs on imported goods. However, the plan runs counter to long-standing global consensus on free trade outlined in WTO rules. Meanwhile, both the US and the EU have sought to protect domestic steelmakers in recent months by slapping tariffs on some Chinese steel products. China makes more than half the world’s steel but a slowdown in its economy and sagging global demand has left the industry with huge excess capacity. It has been accused of dumping its production on world markets, sinking prices and violating international trade agreements.

March 24, 2017 21:33 UTC

Hamilton dominates Australian Grand Prix practice sessions - Daily News Egypt

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has dominated the practice runs ahead of the first race of the 2017 Formula One season. It was 99 per cent perfect,” Hamilton told reporters after Friday’s second practice session. “We (were) very happy at testing – times looked good, but here is where it matters,” the four-time drivers’ champion said. A third practice session is to be held on Saturday. Qualifying runs will be be held shortly afterwards to determine the order of the starting grid for Sunday’s first race of the Formula One season.

March 24, 2017 21:33 UTC

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