The Russian tourists who arrived on the first flight to Hurghada on Thursday expressed their happiness to return to Hurghada, the Red Sea, and enjoy the warm sun and sea water, hoping flights continue during the coming period. There was optimism among the workers in the tourism sector in the Red Sea, hoping for full resumption of Russian tourism directly between Hurghada and Russian cities. Hurghada International Airport received on Thursday the first flight from Russia via the Turkish Antalya Airport through one of the largest Russian tourism companies. Mostafa Refaei, director of Pegas in Hurghada, one of the largest Russian tourism companies in Egypt, confirmed the operation of an airline from Russia to Hurghada International Airport via Antalya Airport in Turkey to transport Russian tourist delegations, adding that the first flight transported some 220 Russian tourists. Refaei said that the total number of flights to be received in February are seven flights to Hurghada Airport.
February 15, 2019 11:26 UTC
FILE: Tourists at the Columned Hall inside Luxor TempleCAIRO – 15 February 2018: Under the patronage of the Tourism Ministry, the Egyptian Travel Agencies Association (ETAA) launches Thursday its training program for 2019.The program includes around 90 courses, two courses per week. The courses will cover all tourist activities given by experts and specialistsAmong the trainers are Soha Bahgat, an adviser for the Tourism Minister; Parliamentarian Amr Sedki, chairman of the Tourism and Travel Council; and Hossam El Shaer, chairman of ETAA.The opening ceremony of the training program started with speeches by El Shaer and Ali Al-Manstri, chairman of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, followed by a lecture about Ministry of Tourism’s plan to develop the tourism experience in Egypt, which was delivered by Bahgat. Another lecture was also delivered about the legal legislation of tourism companies by Sedki, followed by a third lecture about developing strategies and upgrading tourism companies by Professor Yasser Sheta.The new program aims to produce 15 thousand trainees this year; especially after the Administrative Council of ETAA has increased training budget from L.E 2 million to L.E 10 million.The Tourism Ministry gives a great priority to training tourist guides to be qualified enough and increase the service efficiency provided to tourists. The training program will not be limited for tourist guides only but it will expand to tourism companies and all sectors related to the field of tourism.
February 15, 2019 10:52 UTC
FILE: British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey AdamsCAIRO – 15 February 2019: British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said on Thursday that Egypt is on its way to becoming an energy hub for the region.Commenting on a $325 million agreement between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Britain’s Lekela Power to build a 250 MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez, Adams added that several leading British companies will be supporting Egypt to help it achieve its goal.“I am proud that this week alone, BP, Shell and Actis made new investment announcements in Egypt, creating job opportunities and pushing the Egyptian economy forward,” Adams said.Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr, and the British Ambassador attended the signing ceremony.In a Thursday statement issued by the British Embassy in Cairo, it was stated that the wind farm will help Egypt achieve its plan to produce 20 percent of its energy from new and renewable sources by 2022.UK investment in the renewable energy sector in Egypt has been witnessing consecutive boosts; Recently, the UK Export Finance announced its support to the Tahrir Petrochemical Complex, which aims at doubling Egypt’s total exports, with around $1.6 billion fund.This week, 33 leading British companies are showcasing their expertise in the oil and gas sector in this year’s edition of the Egyptian Petroleum Show (EGYPS.) Out of these exhibiting companies, 20 are exploring potential opportunities for the first time.The British Ambassador visited the exhibition and met with leading business figures who expressed keenness to invest in the Egyptian market.Sir Adams also met with the CEO of BP Group, Bob Dudley; and Stuart Jones, regional president for Europe and Middle East at Bechtel, and discussed running British investments in the energy sector, and their plans for future growth.This energy delegation coincides with a high-ranking visit of British experts in the fields of healthcare and energy as they explored new opportunities for investment in a broad range of fields.
February 15, 2019 10:30 UTC
Inside the theater in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, Syrians from other parts of the country who support rival factions listened carefully to what she said. They have been using playback theater for years as part of their campaign to promote peace and try to prevent another breakout of war in Lebanon. Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 with largely peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad’s rule but eventually turned into an armed insurgency and civil war after a violent crackdown on the protest movement. Khodor, who is from the central Syrian town of Salamiyeh and has been training in playback theater for months added that the work helped participants meet Syrians from other ethnicities and sects. Asaad Chaftari, a former commander with the Lebanese Christian right-wing militia, the Lebanese Forces, confessed and publicly apologized years ago for his role in atrocities committed during Lebanon’s civil war that killed 150,000 people.
February 15, 2019 10:18 UTC
FILE- Egypt's newly-appointed Trade Minister Amr Nassar - press photoCAIRO - 15 February 2019: Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar discussed with Kazakh Ambassador to Egypt Arman Isagaliev means of boosting economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries in light of the development witnessed in bilateral relations over the past few years.The talks touched on increasing Kazakh exports to Egypt and resuming the supply of wheat and other agricultural products, the Kazakh Embassy in Egypt said in a statement Friday.The two sides also tackled the possibility of establishing grain silos in one of Egypt’s free economic zones, in line with the deals signed during President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s latest visit to Astana.During the meeting, Isagaliev revealed that a delegation of Kazakh businessmen, led by the first deputy of trade and industry minister, will pay a visit to Egypt on March 4-7.Meanwhile, the Egyptian minister underscored the importance of expanding cooperation with Kazakhstan, describing the Asian country as an “energy hub”.
February 15, 2019 10:18 UTC
FILE -Military Production Minister Mohamed el AssarCAIRO: 15 February 2019: Minister of Military Production Mohamed Saeed el Assar will head on Saturday for the UAE to attend the 2019 IDEX International Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi which is set to be held on February 17-21.The Military Production Ministry will display at the Egyptian pavilion its products and defense equipment that are manufactured by its affiliate companies.The Egyptian armored vehicles St100 and St 500 will be presented for the first time at an international military exhibition abroad.This is the second time for the Military Production Ministry to take part in IDEX as it previously participated in its 2017 edition.The military production minister is scheduled to meet with a number of military commanders from all over the world as well as heads of the companies participating in the exhibition.The ministry's participation in IDEX 2019 will offer an opportunity for opening up to the world through presenting its technological and technical capabilities and enable it to get acquainted with the latest technologies in the armament and defense fields.The ministry will also have a key opportunityto invite the participating countries to take part in the second edition of EDEX 2020 in Egypt, after the success of its first edition in 2018.
February 15, 2019 10:07 UTC
Alexandria port – Photo courtesy of Alexandria port AuthorityALEXANDRIA, Egypt - 15 February 2019: Alexandria and Dekheila ports remained shut down for the second day on Friday due to bad weather and strong winds, spokesman for Alexandria port authority Reda el Ghandour said.In statements, Ghandour added that the closure decision comes to ensure maritime safety after heavy rain hit several parts of Alexandria over the past days.
February 15, 2019 10:07 UTC
Egyptian Association of Film Writers and CriticsCAIRO – 15 February 2019: Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics headed by film critic El-Amir Abaza announced the winners of its awards for this year edition.Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics' awards ceremony was held under the auspices of minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem The veteran Egyptian actor Ezzat el Alaily was chosen to be the honorary president of this edition. Ghada Abdel Razek won best actress award on her role in ‘’Harb Karmooz’’ ( Karmooz War).“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a former Coptic Egyptian patient in the Leprosy Colony. “Leil Khargy” is written by Sherif Alfy and directed by Ahmed Abdallah.“Leil Khargy” was screened before at Toronto International Film Festival.The film takes place in the era of King Farouk, Egypt's last king. “Harb Karmooz” is written by Mohamed el Sobky and directed by Peter Mimi.
February 15, 2019 09:45 UTC
Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) on Friday reported that the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, down by 1.1 percent compared to the third quarter’s rate of 10 percent and down by 2.4 percent from the same quarter of 2017. In a report on unemployment, the agency pointed to a decline in the unemployment rate among males to 6.4 percent of the total labor force. The unemployment rate among females fell to 19.6 percent during the same period. The rate of contribution to economic activity is 42.2 percent of the total population. The number of persons employed in this activity reached 5.469 million employed persons, 21.4 of the total employed, followed by wholesale and retail trade with 3.392 million employed persons (13.3 percent), followed by construction and building activity with 3.275 million workers (12.8 percent).
February 15, 2019 09:11 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the EU’s top diplomat in Brussels on Friday, a day after Vice President Mike Pence accused America’s traditional European allies of trying to undermine US sanctions against Iran. Pence’s unusually tough words for allies Germany, France and Britain reflect Washington’s strategy to try to isolate Iran, in remarks that were likely to further strain transatlantic relations. Trump last year pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran deal, under which Tehran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions. On Thursday, speaking at NATO before Pence’s comments, Mogherini said the United States and the European Union had “different views” on the Iran nuclear deal and said upholding it was critical to European security because it prevented Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. In practice, European companies have accepted new US sanctions on Iran and abandoned plans to invest there.
February 15, 2019 08:37 UTC
“Media is considered one side of the struggle,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP via WhatsApp. “We are not against modern technology,” a senior Taliban source with links to the insurgents’ media wing told AFP. Even the official spokesman, Mujahid, is widely believed to be not one man but a moniker used by the information wing to issue statements. The operation can be dizzying, admits the Taliban source. “It’s better that they stay at home or join some other respectable profession,” said the Taliban source.
February 15, 2019 08:26 UTC
FILE - Al-Ahly's Hussein el-ShahatCAIRO, 14 February 2019: Al-Ahly’s first team performed training session, after the African loss, in preparation for Al-Intag Al Harby match in the Egyptian league.Al-Ahly lost 1-0 to Tanzania’s Simba on Tuesday afternoon at CAF Champions League's group stage.Al-Ahly suffered their first loss at the group stage after two victories at home over Vita Club and Simba and a draw in Algeria against JS Saoura.Al-Ahly manager, Martin Lasarte, held a meeting with the players in order to give them confidence as the doubts started to spread especially after stumbling twice far from home in the African competition.Ahmed Fathi, Marwan Mohsen, Walid Azaro, Ahmed Hamoudi and Saad Samir are undergoing a medical examination on Thursday to check how well their conditions have improved.Walid Soliman began a new phase of rehabilitation by running around the pitch under the supervision of Tarek Abdel Aziz, a rehabilitation specialist.Al-Ahly is set to meet Al-Intag Al Harby in the Egyptian league. Al-Ahly is the third in the table standings after the leader, Zamalek, and the second placed, Pyramids FC.
February 15, 2019 07:52 UTC
Yehya Khalil – Wikimedia. CAIRO – 15 February 2019: The legendary jazz musician and creative producer, Yehya Khalil, will perform at the Cairo Opera House on Friday, February 15.Considered a remarkable jazz pioneer, Khalil is known for combining jazz tunes with oriental rhythms, attracting many music-loving youth with his significant fusion.When he was 14 years old, Khalil founded the Cairo Jazz Quartet, the first jazz band in Egypt. The jazz legend shared the stage with a big number of famous rock, country and blues bands.He participated in joint performances with Rasputin’s Stash, and performed with jazz music icons such as Oliver Jones and Dizzy Gillespie.Khalil performed with Gillespie at the opening of the Cairo Opera House in 1989.He cooperated with a number of Egyptian singers, such as Mohamed Mounir, and currently presents jazz music on a state-owned Egyptian channel.Despite his artistic achievements in the jazz world at a young age, Khalil was eager to learn more about this kind of music by being closer to experts in different regions across the world.Through witnessing two extremely different music schools, eastern and western, Khalil returned back to his country establishing music platforms to perform his distinctive fusion music.
February 15, 2019 07:52 UTC
The pictures don’t show the hardships that Rybalchenko and 20,000 Soviet women like her went through after they enlisted as civilian support staff during the Soviet Union’s 1979-1989 invasion of Afghanistan. As Russia on Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the memories are still fresh for the nurses, clerks and shopkeepers, predominantly young and single women who were thrust into the bloody conflict. At least 15,000 Soviet troops were killed in the fighting that began as an effort to prop up a communist ally and soon became a grinding campaign against a US-backed insurgency. One of the wounded was Vshivtsev, and Rybalchenko saw him being wheeled into the ward with bandages wrapped around his head. While the war grew unpopular at home, Soviet troops and support staff in Afghanistan mostly focused on survival rather than politics.
February 15, 2019 07:30 UTC
Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. Scientists at James Cook University say the floods swelled a number of rivers along hundreds of kilometers of coastline, spilling sediment onto the reef which has reduced water quality and much-needed sunlight. “Coral reef and seagrass need light to maintain their growth and health,” researcher Jane Waterhouse from James Cook University told AFP. The predatory crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, have also proliferated on the reef due to pollution and agricultural runoff. The recent floods have exacerbated the runoff, causing algae to grow in some areas.
February 15, 2019 07:07 UTC