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
President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency to fund his controversial border wall, the White House said Thursday, a move that alarmed US lawmakers shortly before they passed legislation to avert a government shutdown. But it does not specifically fund a wall on the US-Mexico border, and Trump’s emergency declaration would help him bypass Congress to locate and redirect billions of dollars in funding to build it. But by declaring an emergency, Trump opens a new confrontation — and creates some of the riskiest legal peril of his term. Court challenges likelyUnder the National Emergencies Act, the president can declare a national emergency, providing a specific reason for it. And House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler expressed support for a joint congressional resolution to “terminate” Trump’s emergency declaration.
February 15, 2019 02:03 UTC
NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, told reporters Thursday that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon, using private companies. “This time, when we go to the Moon, we’re actually going to stay. NASA plans to build a small space station, dubbed Gateway, in the Moon’s orbit by 2026. As with the ISS, NASA would seek the participation of other countries, who could provide some of the necessary needed, such as modules for the Moon station or vehicles to allow landings on the surface.
February 14, 2019 23:03 UTC
And that what qualifies Egypt to be at the forefront of eradicating Hepatitis C treatment are worldwide providers. When did your company start working in Egypt as one of Pharco’s companies, the producer of the Hepatitis C treatment? Tour n’ Cure is in contact with many governmental hospitals and many diagnostic centres, Dar Al Fouad is just the most recent one. We are associating with most of them because we are participating as Tour n’ Cure Egypt and Tour n’ Cure International in London in the campaign that Egypt has taken from the WHO, so already we have cured here 1,250,000 patients. In this point, we are looking forward to Abu Dhabi’s medical tourism conference that will be held in October.
Source:Daily News Egypt
February 14, 2019 20:37 UTC
Egypt’s urban expansion plan targets to reach 12% of the country’s area as well as the development of all cities, Khaled Abbas, deputy minister of housing for national projects, said. During a Seminar organised by the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA) on Wednesday, Abbas added that there is a high demand for development projects in New Cairo, however the Upper Egypt cities have not yet considered by investors. “We have wonderful cities in Upper Egypt, such as New Aswan, which was equipped with all required services. Moreover, we do not negotiate over the price of land in Upper Egypt, because the infrastructure’s costs are high.”“In all new cities, the government targets all social segments unlike the past. The Housing Ministry also offers excellent residential projects for low, middle, and upper middle-income segments,” Abbas elaborated.
Source:Daily News Egypt
February 14, 2019 20:15 UTC
FILE - CBECBE to discuss interest rates for 1st time in 2019 CAIRO - 14 February 2019: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) is going to discuss interest rates on Thursday, Feb. 14, for the first time in 2019, with most expectations going for unchanged rates during Thursday meeting. CAIRO - 14 February 2019: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, during 2019's first meeting.Egypt which targets to hit average interest rates on the government’s debt instrument of 14.7 percent in the current budget, compared to an expected average of 18.5 percent in FY2017/18 budget, kept the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 16.75 percent and 17.75 percent, respectively, during December’s meeting for the sixth time in 2018.MPC kept the interest rates unchanged during the meeting of December, November, September, August, June and May of 2018, after lowering them twice earlier this year by 1 percent each time.Unlike most investment banks and economic researches' expectations which went for keeping the rates unchanged during February as a step to have further reductions during the coming meetings to continue the easing cycle.Analyst in Institutional Equity Sales at NAEEM Holding for Investment Mohamed Sameh explained to Egypt Today that CBE has two ways to decide whether to cut the interest rates or to keep them at the current rates, noting that these ways are foreign direct investment (FDI) and hot money.As per hot money track, Sameh elaborated that CBE has to follow the advanced markets policy in interest rates which are going to raise their rates during the next period even if they have slowed it down recently, which pushes CBE to at least keep the rates.He also noted that hot money can enter or exit the market anytime, so they would go for any movement in other markets, referring that about 40 percent exited the Egyptian market, declining from $21 billion to $11 billion.Emerging markets were affected by an exit wave of foreign investments in government debt instruments during the second quarter of 2018 as the US dollar rose, raising fears from the economies of these markets, especially after the crises of Turkey and Argentina. "To attract FDI, CBE has to lower the interest rates even if it could cause a shock, with the aim of sustaining development," Sameh said.Meanwhile, Fitch Solutions, Beltone Financial, EFG Hermes and Pharos anticipated that the Central Bank will keep the interest rates at the current levels during February's meeting.Fitch Solutions foundation expected that the Egyptian Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will keep interest rates unchanged within the coming few months as the effects of subsidy cuts feed through to higher inflation.Beltone Financial recapped its view that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) will keep interest rates unchanged during February meeting and fiscal year 2018/2019, as the inflation outlook will remain hostage to the uncertain trajectory of volatile food prices.For his part, Head of Hermes' research sector Ahmed Shams told MENA that the CBE is not likely to make any interest deductions during the first half of 2019 because of the developments in world markets.Pharos also said that the current reading of January makes the possibility to cut the interest rates this month weak. “We see that the possibility of lowering interest rates is weak, and if the committee takes a decision to reduce the rates, the ratio will probably not exceed 0.5 percent.”SHUAA Securities Egypt reiterated its view that the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) might cut interest rates by 1 percent on Thursday, Feb. 14, attributing this view to the consistency of the inflation rate with the disinflation path.The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced on Feb. 10 that Egypt’s annual consumer price inflation declined to 12.2 percent in January 2019, compared to 17 percent in January 2018.All the aforementioned economic researches and reports attributed the hike in the monthly inflation during January to food prices due to a pick-up in vegetables and grains prices in particular.Pharos anticipated inflation rate to stabilize at 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent monthly and at 11.8 percent to 12.5 percent annually during the period of February to May 2019.Beltone thought that the slight inch-up in inflation reading does not pose risks on our inflation outlook and therefore it reiterated its view that inflationary pressures will remain subdued over 1H19, particularly as the new low headline reading in December 2018 will accommodate inflation so as to remain within 14-15 percent throughout 2019.Beltone’s also stated that its watch list includes: Foreign inflow in the fixed income in February to confirm the renewed investors’ appetite in the fixed income mar
February 14, 2019 17:38 UTC
Actress Charlotte Rampling, honored with the Honorary Golden Bear award, attends a news conference at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch. BERLIN (Reuters) - British actress Charlotte Rampling said on Thursday she was moved to be awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.The 73-year-old, who started her career as a model, is famed for starring in arthouse films.She is best known for playing a concentration camp survivor in Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974).Rampling has starred in a wide range of other films, including “Georgy Girl” (1966) with Lynn Redgrave, Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980) and several movies by French director Francois Ozon in the 2000s.In 2015, she won the Berlinale festival’s Silver Bear for Best Actress in her role as a wife in Andrew Haigh’s romantic drama “45 Years” about a couple whose marriage ends up in crisis as they prepare to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.“I’m really pleased to get the bear because I’ve got a silver one and he was asking me the other day: ‘Where’s the gold one?’ So I said: ‘Well I’m going to be back soon with it,’ “ Rampling told a news conference in Berlin.“They can box together. No, it’s great, especially because it’s with Dieter Kosslick, who I admire enormously and I’ve worked so much with him and so it’s very moving.”Berlinale director Kosslick has called Rampling “an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema”.
February 14, 2019 16:41 UTC
FILE - Dollar price slightly down at Egypt's major banksCAIRO, 14 Feb 2019: The US dollar exchange rate went slightly down at the start of transaction at major banks on Thursday.At the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr and the Arab African International Bank, the dollar rate went down by one piaster recording EGP 17.51 for buying and EGP 17.61 for selling.The same prices for buying and selling were also registered by the Commercial International Bank.The dollar exchange rate upped by one piaster at the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, recording EGP 17.58 for buying and EGP 17.68 for selling.At Alexandria Bank, the rate was stable at EGP 17.55 for buying and EGP 17.65 for selling.
February 14, 2019 16:07 UTC
File- Egyptian prisonersCAIRO – 14 February 2019: A total 585 inmates were released on Thursday, as per a presidential pardon on the eighth anniversary of January 25 Revolution, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior.The released group is part of a total of 6,925 prisoners and detained debtors, who were granted their freedom on January 25, 2019.After being released, the inmates will be placed under the ministry’s department of subsequent supervision, which monitors the released prisoners’ attitude after being re-integrated into the society.Egyptians celebrated the eighth anniversary of the uprising that ended the 30-year rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. The uprising was staged on the Egyptian Police Day on January 25, 2011 to protest against the ministry’s crackdown on civilians during Mubarak’s era.According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.On July 23, 2018, 2,391 prisoners have been released, while a total of 405 prisoners were released on June 21, per presidential pardons. Other inmates were granted a conditional release.On June 15, a total of 2,110 prisoners were released per the same presidential pardon that was issued on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr (Religious feast marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan).
February 14, 2019 16:07 UTC
It is important to feel that you are connected and that you are part of each others’ lives. I prefer to take some time to myself; this nearly ended my relationship with the love of my life. This can tear up the very foundation on which your relationship lies and can pull you and your partner apart. He felt that because we were not in the same country anymore, he needed to spend hours a day calling me. This also reduces the chances of you breaking up when you reunite,” Alaa Amir, a 26-year-old who spent eight months in a long-distance relationship with his now-wife, tells us.
February 14, 2019 15:45 UTC
Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdul Aal announced that the majority of the House of Representatives approved the report of the General Committee on a request to amend some articles of the Constitution and referred it to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee to study it. Abdul Aal added that 485 MPs voted in favor of the amendment, which constitutes the majority of the parliament, and therefore the amendment request was referred to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee pursuant to Article 136 of the parliament’s bylaws. Several Egyptian political parties declared their support for a request submitted by the Support Egypt coalition to amend some articles of the 2014 constitution, saying that the constitution came out during exceptional circumstances and is in need of updating. The pro-government parliamentary coalition Support Egypt, which controls a majority of 350 seats in the House of Representatives, proposed the amendments after discussing the matter during a meeting for its political bureau. Coalition head Abdel Hadi al-Qasabi said that that the discussions unanimously agreed on the importance of amending certain constitutional articles.
February 14, 2019 15:33 UTC
The Egyptian tourism sector has recovered faster than expected in the last two years as security conditions improved, which could raise the number of tourists to the peak of 2010 and generate $5 billion, Capital Economics said in a recent report. Although this seems unrealistic, it is not unlikely, and if it happens, it will raise tourism revenues by more than $5 billion, equivalent to 2 percent of GDP, the report added. The number of tourists in Egypt rose to 11.3 million last year, up by 36 percent compared to 2017, the World Tourism Organization said. Egyptian tourism recorded in 2010 about 14 million tourists who generated about $12 billion. The paper linked the recovery of tourism to the security situation.
February 14, 2019 15:00 UTC