Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) announced Thursday that they will be operating a help center to receive harassment reports from women during Eid al-Fitr holiday. NCW will be working with an Interior Ministry unit specialized in combating violence against women to ensure swift intervention in cases of harassment, said Morsi. She added that the lawyers of the NCW’s Complaints Department will accompany police forces during the security campaigns as well as during their response to sexual harassment reports during the Eid. Security measures will be stepped up during Eid al-Fitr to arrest sexual harassers, and the NCW shall provide legal assistance to women who file lawsuits against perpatrators. National holidays in Egypt have become associated with a peak in sexual violence and mass incidents of harassment and rape.
June 22, 2017 14:36 UTC
The weather in general will be suitable for traveling and outings to parks, open-air areas, beaches of both the Red and Mediterranean seas, and the Nile River, the statement said. He warned of mist in the early morning on agricultural roads and roads close to the sea. Abdel Aal warned of direct exposure to sunlight for long hours and advised putting a protective cover for the head. The expected weather temperatures during Eid along the north coast will range between 29 C to 31 C; in Lower Egypt and Cairo from 36 C to 38 C; in northern Upper Egypt from 36 C to 39 C; in southern Upper Egypt from 40 C to 44 C; and in southern Sinai from 38 C to 40 C, according to the statement.
June 22, 2017 14:15 UTC
A 3,400-year-old tomb holding the remains of more than a dozen possibly mummified people has been discovered on Sai Island, along the Nile River in northern Sudan. The Across Borders research project told Live Science that the tomb on Sai Island, 200km from Egypt’s southern border with Sudan, dates back to Egypt’s New Kingdom. The Egyptians built settlements and fortifications throughout Nubia, including on Sai Island, which had a settlement and a gold mine. The artifacts found in the tomb include scarabs, ceramic vessels, a gold ring, the remains of gold funerary masks worn by the deceased and a small stone sculpture known as a shabti. According to Across Borders, Egyptians built settlements and fortifications in the historic region known as Nubia, including Sai island where they constructed an outpost and a gold mine.
June 22, 2017 13:07 UTC
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived on Thursday at Entebbe Airport in Uganda where he was received by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to attend the summit of the Nile Basin countries. Museveni praised Sisi’s keenness to participate in the summit of the Nile Basin countries, stressing the importance of the summit in launching a serious dialogue on the topics of the Nile water that would hopefully bring the views of the Nile Basin countries closer together. Sisi expressed Egypt’s keenness to strengthen its relations with Uganda in all fields. He expressed his appreciation for Museveni’s efforts over the past period to hold the Nile Basin countries summit which Sisi described as important. He praised efforts made by Museveni during his presidency of the Nile Basin Initiative to restore harmony among the Nile Basin countries.
June 22, 2017 12:56 UTC
Gaza’s power plant has been off-line for two months due to a payment dispute between the Palestinian Authority, based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers. The Palestinian Authority has cut payments for its Israeli electricity supply, arguing that Hamas is not reimbursing its share of the cost, and Israel has therefore cut the power supply by almost a third. Diesel tankers, flying the Egyptian and Palestinian flags, crossed into Gaza two days after the Israeli supply cuts began. The imports were agreed at talks in Cairo this month between Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya Al-Sinwar, and Egyptian security officials. Hospitals largely rely on generators for power, as do Gaza residents who can afford the high cost of fuel to run them.
June 22, 2017 12:45 UTC
Now they have said we’d better focus on where we can agree and come back to this in October,” a senior EU diplomat said. We have to make progress in areas like the return of migrants and common standards in the asylum system,” a German EU diplomat said. A second senior EU diplomat saw this as a “clear change of strategy”. A senior EU official preparing the leaders’ summit said the aim was to “highlight areas in which there has been progress and convergence”. As immigration spiked, EU leaders in 2015 decided by majority on an obligatory relocation system, outvoting four eastern states.
June 22, 2017 12:45 UTC
The European planemaker said it won 326 net new orders and commitments against its estimate of a comparable Boeing tally of 443, excluding conversions from other models to support the launch of the Boeing 737 MAX 10. Airbus on Thursday signed deals with AirAsia, and privately-owned Iranian carriers Zagros Airlines and Iran Airtour. Yes,” Airbus sales chief John Leahy told a news conference. Leahy said he had expected the new Boeing plane to make more of a splash. Reporting by Tim Hepher and Victoria Bryan; Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal and Mike Stone; editing by David Clarke and John Stonestreet; Reuters
June 22, 2017 12:22 UTC
About 5,000 mourners gathered on Wednesday to mourn Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year old American-Muslim with Egyptian origins who was murdered on Monday after being beaten, and kidnapped in front of a mosque in Virginia. Many attendees at the funeral on Wednesday were teenagers, but the vast majorities were from the local Muslim community. “There is nothing like losing a child, especially in the way that we lost Nabra,” said Imam Mohamed Magid, the religious leader of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. Virginia’s hate crime law requires in part that the suspicion that the victim was targeted because of her religion. Nabra’s sister Nour, who is 10, addressed the crowd, standing next to Imam Mohamed Magid from ADAMS.
June 22, 2017 12:11 UTC
Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb announced that al-Azhar on Wednesday submitted to the presidency a bill to resist “hatred and violence in the name of religion”. Due to anomalies and strange religious opinions that spread in the Egyptian society despite violating Islam and Sharia, Tayeb and other Al-Azhar senior scholars submitted the “counter-hatred and violence in the name of religion draft law”, Tayeb said at the end of a celebration with Laylat al-Qadr on Wednesday evening. The draft law has been submitted to the president of the republic of Egypt after Al- Azhar’s Committee of Senior Scholars approved it, Tayeb added. The bill contributes to reducing the manifestations of hatred and intolerance promoted by extremist groups, and stresses the principles of citizenship, and coexistence, according to Tayeb. On May 13,Tayeb formed a committee headed by his legal adviser Mohamed Abdel Salam to prepare a bill to combat hatred and violence in the name of religion.
June 22, 2017 12:00 UTC
Archaeologists in Egypt made a new discovery that dates back to over 5,500 years and sheds more light on how the ancient Egyptians invented their unique writing system. The discovery was made by the archaeological mission from Yale University during their excavation work on Elkab Desert Survey Project in collaboration with the Antiquities Ministry, a statement from the ministry said on Thursday. The newly discovered rock inscription site near the village of El-Khawy, is approximately 7 kilometers north of the ancient city of Elkab and 60 km south of Luxor. Hani Abu ElAzem, Head of the Central Department of Upper Egypt Antiquities describes the discovery as important because it helps in understanding the development of a system of graphic communication that sets the stage for the appearance of true hieroglyphic writing in Upper Egypt ca. The most important inscription is found at the northern end of the site dates to the final phase of the Predynastic Period (Naqada III/Dynasty 0, ca.
June 22, 2017 11:26 UTC
Egypt’s health ministry has announced a comprehensive plan to ensure medical service during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr, expected to take place on Sunday. In addition to 10 ambulance boats for emergency services in the River Nile, two air ambulances will fly over highways and major traffic hubs. Emad met with senior ministry officials on Wednesday, instructing medical teams in all government hospitals to be present during the Eid holiday, and checking the stocks of emergency medicines and blood banks. The spokesperson for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed pointed out that the plan included coordination with centers for toxins in the governorates, raising the degree of readiness and providing medicines and supplies. Head of Critical and Emergency Care department with the ministry Khaled al-Khatib said there is coordination between teaching hospitals and the Emergency Services Center (137) to receive and transfer emergency cases.
June 22, 2017 11:15 UTC
“Resisting the states sponsoring terrorism in all its forms has become obligatory, and the elimination of the threat of terrorism can not be achieved without destroying its infrastructure, whether financial or intellectual,” said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a speech on Wednesday evening. Sisi called on the countries sponsoring terrorism for constructive cooperation to achieve the interests of all people. The president praised Al-Azhar and stressed the need for the renovation of the religious discourse. “There are groups who have been misinterpreting and exploiting religion to achieve political objectives over decades, which spread extremism and seclusion,” he said. At the end of his speech, Sisi spoke of attempts to undermine the security of Egypt and stressed the importance of securing vital institutions, churches, and mosques.
June 22, 2017 11:15 UTC
Faissal El-Malak is a Palestinian designer on a journey to follow his passion through the unbeaten tracks, in order to revive the region’s oldest crafts. Like an ardent lover, one day he can wander all the way to Yemen to get his hands on traditional fabrics. For his latest collection, Morphology, El-Malak borrows folkloric feminine embroidery and vibrant colour pallets to dress his male models. Daily News Egypt talked with the patron of Arab craftsmanship to discuss Morphology, his infatuation with Akhmim’s hand-woven fabrics, and dominating international trend charts with Middle Eastern artistry. This collection is one step closer to achieving my vision of a Middle Eastern luxury-fashion line sourcing from different countries around the region.
June 22, 2017 11:03 UTC
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) 3mamin application plans to have 40,000 customers by the end of this year and attract investments worth EGP 1.2m by next year. Mohamed Al Sawaf, CEO of the e-book directory 3mamin, said they recently added a book delivery service to customers, in cooperation with Aramex. He added that the shipping prices reach around EGP 22.5 inside Cairo and Giza, while prices reach EGP 28 in Alexandria, as prices vary according to each province. Sawaf revealed that about EGP 290,000 of investments have been injected in the application since its establishment. The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (TIEC) also presented legal and financial consultations worth EGP 120,000.
June 22, 2017 10:52 UTC
He added that the company will raise ticket prices by EGP 10 for all trips starting next week. Nassif said that the price per ticket from Cairo to Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh start from EGP 95 to EGP 280, while the price from Cairo to Marina ranges between EGP 130 and EGP 160. The price from Cairo to Marsa Matrouh is set at EGP 120. Ticket prices from Cairo to Alexandria begin at EGP 55 to EGP 70, and EGP 115 to EGP 185 from Cairo to Dahab. Nassif also said that the company has added 25 new MCV buses with investments of EGP 100m last week.
June 22, 2017 10:52 UTC