FILE - President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with a female minibus driver, Nehmedo Saeed on Thursday, during his tour of Egypt’s New Administrative Capital. I salute every similar woman who works hard for her children. I always appreciate Egyptian women,” Sisi was quoted.“Sometimes, the media presents picture contrary to reality, sometimes. I meet a lot of employees, and they do not complain about their difficult conditions and are satisfied with the economic conditions,” he continued. Abed helps her sick father in raising her brothers.
“Ideally, they should create new business incubators for SMEs [Small and Medium Sized Enterprises] to fund start-ups in specific sectors, targeting women entrepreneurs, especially in Upper Egypt and poor areas. An entrepreneurial culture could be supported through promoting successful entrepreneurship role models in the media, and by offering entrepreneurship curricula in schools and universities. So, we thought that the production/manufacturing is already here, all that is missing is the research-based designs, marketing, and branding. No university in Egypt teaches social media and so those who want to learn it have to take courses. “The business climate in Egypt actually is a welcoming environment for most start-ups, especially if the nature of your service is demanded.
FILE - Hassan Kamy and wifeCAIRO – 14 December 2018: Egyptian Opera Legend Hassan Kamy died at 82 on Friday, December 14.Kamy is a unique opera tenor known for his rich Opera career that lasted for 46 years. The legendary soprano was a distinguished ambassador for Egypt who raised the Egyptian flag 1,600 times across 45 countries.He obtained his LLB from the University of Cairo and studied opera singing at the Conservatory in Cairo, at the Egyptian Academy of Arts.Later Kamy studied opera signing in Italy for 4 years. Throughout his career Kamy has performed at most of the acclaimed Opera houses around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Sydney Opera House. He was honoured among the top five Opera singers in Verona.In 2001, Kamy ended his Opera singing career. During his long opera career kamy took the stage as the protagonist in 44 roles and received about six international medals.Kamy participated as in actor in a number of Egyptian such as “Zaki Chan”, “Samaa Hoss” (Please Listen), “Bobos”, “Say’ea Bahr”, among others.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, angering Serbia which talked up the possibility of an armed intervention in response. The 120-seat parliament voted with all present 107 lawmakers in favor of passing three draft laws to expand an existing 4,000 Kosovo Security Force and turn it into a regular lightly armed army. Serbia insists that the new army violates a UN resolution that ended Kosovo’s 1998-1999 bloody war of independence. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a move not recognized by Belgrade or its ally Russia. He said the alliance remains committed “to a safe and secure environment in Kosovo and to stability in the wider Western Balkans.” He said they will “re-examine the level of NATO’s engagement with the Kosovo Security Force.”The new army will preserve its former name — Kosovo Security Force — but now with a new mandate.
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FILE - Egyptian ParliamentCAIRO – 14 December 2018: Member of Parliament Mohamed Foad presented a proposal to Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the Parliament, asking him to direct a proposal to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance on adding electronic payment for payment of litigation charges.In a statement to Egypt Today, Foad said that the proposal aims to provide electronic payment services for the fees of litigation so that the payment methods vary between payment using credit/debit cards, mail or payment points, with the aim of mitigating congestion in the ministry-related affair and to facilitate procedures for citizens.Foad went on to explain that the proposal comes within the framework of the administrative reform plan and Egypt’s efforts to reach sustainable development, which represents a vision of the comprehensive development line being witnessed in the country, and seeking to achieve more financial coverage in accordance with the laws and global trends in adopting policies that reduce money handling and encourage the use of financial instruments, like e-banking.The MP demanded that proposal be referred to the Complaints and Proposals Committee for consideration in preparation for transmission to the ministries and appropriate authorities.
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MBC Masr had received a call from the presidential office in between displaying a short video about the female microbus driver, Nehmedo Saeed and her appearance as a guest on the MBC TV show in Thursday’s episode, Amin told Al-Watan newspaper. Amin added that the president was keen to show appreciation to Saeed over a phone call during her interview with MBC Masr. Editor-in-Chief Amin remarked that Sisi’s communication with MBC Masr was a natural step, as the channel discusses all issues relating to Egyptian society. In his call, Sisi stated that Egyptian women have a very high degree of pride and modesty, and are very family-oriented. I always appreciate Egyptian women,” Sisi was quoted.
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In order to restore the holy sites of Egyptian Jews, Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani announced on Sunday that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi allocated LE1.27 billion (US$ 71 million) to their renovation, according to Sputnik news website. “Citizens have the freedom of belief,” Anani told the House of Representatives. If we have Jews, we will build them [houses of worship] too.”“Jewish heritage is part of the Egyptian heritage, and I will not wait for any party to grant me money to renovate it. It is a priority for me, like Pharaonic, Roman, Islamic and Coptic heritage,” he added. Egypt is the center of civilization.”Photo credit: Nile FM website.
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On Thursday, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities signed a contract with Orascom Investment Holding Company, allowing the latter to provide and operate visitor services around the Pyramids of Giza, while the council manages the archaeological area. The company will also provide and operate 30 buses, and 20 energy-efficient vehicles, to transfer visitors from parking to the archaeological area, al-Waziry added. The company will also supply 20 mobile toilets, a mobile medical center for visitors, and establish fast food and beverage services to locations designated for these services. The company will organize and promote events after coordination with the Supreme Council of Antiquities and develop high-tech services for visitors such as Wi-Fi, a digital guide, and mobile applications. The company is committed to contracting with a private cleaning company and another company to secure the visitor services area only, while the Ministry of the Interior and the Supreme Council of Antiquities will continue to secure the archaeological site.
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UNIDO Offices - Courtesy of UNIDO WebsiteCAIRO, Dec 14 (MENA) - Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Li Yong expressed happiness about his meeting with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, lauding his development vision within the framework of Egypt's Sustainable Development Strategy 2030.Li’s remarks came during his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli to discuss means of fostering cooperation between Cairo and UNIDO.The UNIDO chief said the outcome of his meetings with President Sisi and some Egyptian ministers increased his satisfaction that UNIDO has taken the right decision when it included Egypt in the partnership program of its member states.He added that the international organization is ready to provide technical assistance to Cairo and to exchange expertise with it in a way that helps support the efforts made to achieve sustainable development.Li said he is looking forward to boosting cooperation with Egypt, especially that it has distinguished capabilities that qualify it to make a breakthrough in the industrial sector.Meanwhile, Madbouli voiced appreciation for Egypt’s cooperation with UNIDO, which he said contributes to confronting poverty, building capabilities and creating job opportunities.
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Hany Shaker - Egypt Today. CAIRO - 14 December 2018: The veteran Egyptian singer Hany Shaker will perform on Monday, December 21 at one of the boats at Corniche El Zamalek.Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age as part of the choir with Abdel Halim Hafez for the song “Sora” (Photo).Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.He studied music at the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a second-year student, he released his first breakthrough hit, “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a Wonderful Life).Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, including Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs, such as “Ghalta” (Mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The Beautiful Dream), “Tekhsary” (You Will Lose).Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem honored Shaker at the opening ceremony of Salah el-Din International Citadel Festival for Music and Singing in its 27th round on Aug. 2 at the Mahka Theatre at the citadel.
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FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File PhotoCAIRO – 14 December 2018: Major General Radi Abdul Muti, Head of Consumer Protection, said that companies are legally obliged to withdraw expired medicines from the market, adding that those that refuse to do so will be shut down.Muti went on to explain that there is coordination in place between the agency responsible for Consumer Protection and the Syndicate of Pharmacists on the obligation of companies to withdraw drugs expired from the market through the force of the law, where it punishes and establishes controls for the counter-drugs of unknown origin and expired.
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Some of the key issues at the talks remain unresolved, but European diplomats and campaigners expressed hope that an agreement was in sight. I believe that we will be successful in the end.”The meeting in Katowice is the 24th UN climate summit. Germany’s environment minister said failure to curb climate change would cost the world a lot more than the trillions Trump claims he’s saving. “If we let entire stretches of this planet become uninhabitable then it will trigger gigantic costs,” Svenja Schulze told reporters. “I’m firmly convinced that if we invest in protecting the climate now it will be an enormous advantage, a competitive advantage, for industrialized countries like Germany.”
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Water pouring from a faucet into a clear glass cup- CC via Flickr/PROUSEPA EnvironmentalCAIRO – 14 December 2018: The Holding Company for Drinking Water and Sanitation in Cairo announced Friday that water will be cut off from 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, December 15, while renovations are made in four areas of Cairo.These areas are: Triumph square, Heliopolis square and the surrounding streets, Hegaz street, and the Al-Nasr Sporting club area.The company attributed the cut off to maintenance works and urged residents to store enough water and make suitable arrangements.
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG Kurdish fighters, and it will also target Kurdish-controlled areas further east, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said this week that Turkey would launch a new operation within days against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which controls swathes of Syria’s northern border region, in what will be Turkey’s third military campaign in Syria in two years. Ankara and Washington have long been at odds in Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG in the fight against Islamic State. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). “Now we are saying that you should cleanse, remove them, or else we will enter Manbij.
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File Photo - Al-Azhar SheikdomCAIRO – 14 December 2018: Congratulating non-Muslims with their holidays is compatible with Islam’s teaching and even praised and urge, according to Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.In a motion graphic video published on Dar al-Ifta’s official Facebook page Thursday, it was stated that Islam believes in the Peaceful coexistence between all people regardless of their religious beliefs. The video also called for exchanging gifts and treating individuals from different religious backgrounds well.The video also called on all Muslims to stick to Islam’s moderate teachings and not to follow extremists who “explain religion teachings as they desire and according to their own interests.”“Follow Allah’s teachings and his prophet Mohammed. Never believe extremists. All prophets’ birthday is a holiday that deserves to be celebrated as a result to what they did for humanity,” the video said.Some extremists used to claim that congratulating non-Muslims and people from different religions on their holidays is not compatible with Islam, or even makes for impious Muslims, which was extremely denied by Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta.
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