“Ramadan Nostalgia” is one of the common terms that you may often hear during the holy month every year. Although the series doesn’t usually provide a big number of incidents and plot twists each episode, it can rather be considered as a visual type of documentation for the life inside a simple Egyptian district where people struggle daily to make a living. Hakim, the leading Egyptian pop singer, presented one of his best songs as the main intro of the series. Watching “Ramadan Kareem” takes you on an amusing journey into a simple district where people care about each other and provide support for their neighbours and friends. However, the series also tackles some of the eternal mischief of human beings such as betrayal, hypocrisy, cheating, and bribery.
June 21, 2017 11:03 UTC
An unverified voice recording attributed to Egypt’s former president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has generated great controversy among Egyptian social media users. The recording, which surfaced on a Facebook page titled ‘Ana Asef Ya Rais’ [‘I’m sorry Mr. President’], featured statements from Mubarak on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam ‘GERD’. In the unverified voice clip, Mubarak said that Ethiopia did not dare to establish GERD during his era, adding that he had the ability to destroy it with Russian-made Tupolev Tu-160 fighters, if it had. Mubarak also asserted in the recording that Egypt is currently considered a weak country, unlike in the past when the world saw it as powerful one. Egypt Independent made several attempts to reach administrators of the Facebook page that broadcast the voice recording of Mubarak.
June 21, 2017 10:30 UTC
Following the warm welcoming it has received since its international screening, “Ali, Me’za & Ibrahim” (Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim) is the first Egyptian film to be screened in the VOX cinema initiative organized by the International Dubai Film Festival (DIFF). The film is also the only Arab movie to be screened in Cinema theaters in France starting from 7 June. The screened films are usually the most well- received films from international festivals, however they are not screened in theaters for the public. “Ali, the Goat, and Ibrahim” stars Ali Sobhi and Ahmed Magdy, alongside Salwa Mohamed Aly and Nahed El Sebaie. The film won various prizes in the development and post-production phases, including three during its participation in the Final Cut Workshop at the Venice International Film Festival.
June 21, 2017 10:30 UTC
Another collection of Tutankhamen’s remains and belongings were transferred from the Egyptian museum to the overlooking Giza Plateau Grand Museum on Monday, in preparation for the soft opening of The Grand Egyptian museum in 2018. The transferred collection includes dried and mummified seeds and fruits as well as a number of tiny symbolic boats and a chair painted in white plaster, according to Tarek Tawfik, GEM’s Supervisor General in a press release. The seeds are a collection of dried dates, onions, garlic, wheat and doum. Earlier in May, King Tutankhamen’s funeral bed along other belongings were transferred to the museumThe packing process lasted for around eight hours. Before packing, the bed was subjected to scientific documentation and first aid restoration in order to guarantee its safe transportation, according to the statement.
June 21, 2017 10:07 UTC
The Administrative Court, headed by Deputy Chairman of the State Council Bekhit Ismail, issued a ruling nullifying the judicial rulings issued by the Court of Urgent Matters suspending previous rulings by the Administrative Court and Supreme Administrative Court. The previous rulings by the Administrative courts suspended the demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Lawyer Khaled Ali filed a claim with the Administrative Court requesting nullifying the Court of Urgent Matters rulings which supported the demarcation agreement. The activists were arrested during a protest against the demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia. He called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to quickly approve the agreement because Egypt does not backtrack on its positions.
June 21, 2017 09:56 UTC
Belgium has avoided a serious attack, its interior minister said on Wednesday, after a suspected suicide bomber planning to explode a large bomb caused only a minor explosion in Brussels’ central station late on Tuesday. The suspected attacker, who was shot dead by soldiers patrolling the station, was reportedly a 37-year-old man from Molenbeek. Security experts said Tuesday’s incident could have been similar to “lone-wolf” assaults carried out by radicalized individuals with limited access to weapons and training. It’s inevitable,” Brussels security consultant Claude Moniquet told broadcaster RTL. He compared Tuesday’s incident to that on Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue a day earlier, when a man rammed his armed car into a French police convoy.
June 21, 2017 09:45 UTC
Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, co-founder of one of the most influential technology companies of its generation, resigned on Tuesday under mounting pressure from investors over his leadership. Kalanick’s departure caps a tumultuous period for the world’s largest ride-services company, which upended the taxi industry and transportation regulations globally with Kalanick at the helm. They delivered a letter to Kalanick while he was in Chicago, the New York Times reported, citing people with knowledge of the situation. Uber hired Holder to look into its culture and workplace practices after a female former employee publicly accused the company of what she described as brazen sexual harassment. Gurley, one of Kalanick’s closest confidants, praised the CEO on Twitter, after calling for his resignation.
June 21, 2017 09:11 UTC
In what many are calling a surprise power-shift, Mohammed bin Salman has been made first in line to succeed the king, stripping the now former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of his title and his roles as deputy prime minister and interior minister. “This is a much more rapid consolidation of power than was expected,” CNN Middle East Correspondent John Defterios said. “It gives allies and the Kingdom’s counterparts a clear indication of who is in charge today and who will lead the Kingdom, potentially for decades.”Defterios added that many key reform policies currently in place — such as the Vision 2030 plan and a planned IPO by Saudi oil giant Aramco — were already being driven by Mohammed bin Salman. Barak Seener, a Middle East associate fellow at the UK-based Royal United Services Institute, said as successor, bin Salman “will have greater influence to implement social and economic modernization efforts.”He predicted this will “spill over into Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy,” with the new crown prince favoring a more confrontational stance with Iran in particular. “As the Trump administration has strategically realigned the US away from Iran and towards Sunni states, bin Salman is the ideal leader for the US to coordinate defense and security efforts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Gulf,” Seener said.
June 21, 2017 09:00 UTC
After the match, a surprise match took place between the media team and Egypt’s ladies team. The final was played between BMW and Ssang Yong team. Aboul Fotouh and Zaghloul received the Egypt Automotive medals in honor of their active participation and support of the championship. After honoring the companies that took part in the championship, Egypt Automotive and Shell Oil then honored the players that participated. Tamer El Anani, the general manager of Ssang Yong, together with his team, received the championship cup and celebrated winning first place.
June 21, 2017 09:00 UTC
The Chamber of Information Technology and Communication (CIT) is adopting a number of key axes in its future strategy, mainly encouraging creativity and innovation among all companies, said Walid Gad, chairperson of the CIT. He added that the chamber will focus on maximising the financial capabilities of member companies, cooperating with various civil society organisations working in the local market, and supporting the executive body of the chamber. In addition, the chamber will allocate up to 10% of its budget to working groups, provide detailed studies of the target markets, and support the increase of various financial resources. The CIT also aims at organising commercial visits to foreign markets within the “Bridges” programme, as well as receiving similar visits from foreign companies. The chamber also seeks to study targeted markets for expansion and implement an electronic portal to promote the services and products of the member companies.
June 21, 2017 07:30 UTC
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 21, 2017 06:56 UTC
The site elmenus seeks to expand in Africa and the Middle East in the next year, after attracting $1.5m in investments from Algebra Ventures, Egypt’s largest venture capital fund. Amer Allam, CEO of elmenus, said that the website currently receives about 1 million visitors per month. Allam, CEO of elmenus, added that Algebra Ventures still has the governing stake in the website. Allam pointed out that the website faces a challenge in recruiting specialised workers, where it takes a long time. He concluded that elmenus injected investments of $50,000, in addition to the Algebra Ventures’ investment.
June 21, 2017 06:22 UTC
Khalid Alabaih was one of six very different panelists from entirely different cultural backgrounds reflecting on “Culture. Görgen finds the millions of euros spent on cultural activity in Germany misplaced, targeting only the top 10 percent of wage earners. A search for cultural diversity in Germany, said Görgen, must lead to its factory halls. Finally, cultural identity is embodied by a historical figure like Ludwig van Beethoven, who has long since transcended any initial identification with German or Austrian culture. Although fostered by two institutional identities, this too undercuts traditional cultural thoroughfares of communication – and generates new forms of expression.
June 20, 2017 21:22 UTC
Douglas Costa appears to be on the verge of swapping Bayern Munich for Juventus. However, the decision to drop him was not undeserving given how Costa’s form has tailed off over the past year. Consistency is the very least expected at Bayern and Costa has failed to produce on a regular basis under Ancelotti. “We received permission from Bayern Munich to meet with the player and his advisors. While the deal demonstrates good business by Bayern, Juventus are acquiring a player whose inconsistency overshadows his undeniable ability.
June 20, 2017 19:30 UTC
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called video assistant refereeing “the future of modern football,” lauding its role in the Confederations Cup to date. Infantino was in fact praising the landmark of the video assistant referee (VAR) being used at all Confederations Cup games as a prelude to the technology’s World Cup debut next summer. “I am extremely happy with VAR so far. “This is what VAR is all about … What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening. “The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication,” he said.
June 20, 2017 18:45 UTC