FILE- Egypt’s Minister of Immigration Nabila MakramCAIRO – 22 April 2019: Immigration Minister Nabila Makram said that the results of the Egyptian expats' vote on the constitutional amendments in New Zealand and Australia were sent to the National Election Authority (NEA), as the referendum there concluded.In an interview with Egypt Today, Makram said that Egyptians in a large number of European countries are still voting in the referendum for the third day, affirming that the U.S. will be the last country to end the vote.She added that the ministry's operations chamber has received 230 inquiries concerning the referendum.The chamber has monitored some malicious campaigns on social media, which aim at weakening the will of Egyptians, Makram said, adding that the ministry was keen to communicate with the Egyptians abroad to encourage them to take part in the referendum and contribute to confronting these campaigns.Sunday (local time) marks the last day of voting for Egyptian expats in the referendum on draft constitutional amendments that started on April 19 in 124 countries with140 polling stations.Expat voters need to bring a valid Egyptian passport or an Egyptian national ID whether valid or expired as stated by the rules set by the National Elections Authority (NEA).
April 22, 2019 14:26 UTC
Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Dr. Mustafa MadbouliCAIRO - 22 April 2019: Prime Minister MoustafaMadbouli called Monday for coordination and integration among Arab bourses in light of the pivotal role played by exchanges and money markets in world economy.This came during his meeting with members of the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE) in the presence of Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges Nandini Sukumar and senior Egyptian officials including Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait.According to Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad,the meeting reflects Madbouli's keenness on getting together with Arab bourses' heads during their presence in Cairo to attend meetings of the AFE andboost Arab development efforts.Head of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Mohamed Farid Saleh said the coming period will witness more efforts to ease measures for companies seeking to join Arab bourses with the aim of serving economic development efforts in the Arab region.Following the meeting, the prime minister will also meet with the Economic Group to follow up on a number of economic files on which the government is working. He will also meet with the president of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, in the presence of Minister of the House of Representatives Omar Marwan.
April 22, 2019 14:15 UTC
FILE - Cairo Opera HouseCAIRO - 22 April 2019: Several cultural and artistic events will be held in various cultural and artistic centers on April 22.Cairo Opera House is organizing a concert performed by the duo Dina Abdel Hamid and Ghassan al-Youssef at 8 p.m. on the Small Theater.The Cultural Production Sector, headed by Khaled Galal, will hold the monthly meeting for the Hanager Cultural Forum under the title "Sinai’s History and Future" at 7 p.m. at the Hanager Center for Arts.Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Sinai Hassan Rateb, Professor of History at Ain Shams University Jamal Shakra, strategic expert Khaled Okasha, Head of the Political Science Department of El- A’ala University for Combating Terrorism Ikram Badr, and Samir Sabry will participate in the forum.The Center for Political and Information Studies, in cooperation with the Public Library of Egypt, will hold a seminar entitled "Economics of Books, Cost and Return" at 5 p.m. on the occasion of the World Book Day.The Greater Cairo Library, a branch of the Cultural Production Affairs Sector, celebrates the World Book and Copyright Day by presenting a free book to each visitor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library in Zamalek.
April 22, 2019 14:03 UTC
Egypt’s Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram conducts an interview with Egypt Today in an interview on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Magazine headquarters in Giza- Egypt Today/Karim Abdel AzizCAIRO - 22 April 2019: Immigration Minister Nabila Makram announced Monday that there were no Egyptians among the victimsof the terrorist attacks that targeted three hotels and churches in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday on April 21.According to a statement issued by the ministry, Makram contacted Egyptian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hussein Al-Saharti immediately after the incident to check on Egyptians in the country.The immigration minister explained that the Egyptian community in Sri Lanka is about 150 people.Eight suicide bombers took part in the attacks that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, investigators said on Monday.Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, U.S., Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.Denmark’s richest man Anders HolchPovlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the attacks, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said.
April 22, 2019 13:41 UTC
FILE - Arab League FlagCAIRO - 22 April 2019: The Arab League will celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day on Tuesday, April 23 under the title "For gold we seek: intellectual property and sport".Director of Intellectual Property and Competitiveness Department at the Arab League Maha Bakhit said in an official statement on April 22 that the observance of World Intellectual Property Day is a platform for discussion on the subject of intellectual property rights and their importance in supporting sports and sports institutions. This is in addition to raising awareness about the protection of propertyrights, the commercial fraud of sports products and ways to benefit from trademark registration systems and industrial designs to protect the products.Bakhit added that sport plays a major role in increasing income sources and is a global economic, industrial and investment source in almost all countries around the world through investment in facilities (sports venues and broadcast networks).Therefore, adequate knowledge about intellectual property rights is a key factor for these organizations to make profit and promote the development of equipment and tools that help improve athletic performance and growth of the sports industry.The ceremony was attended by government officials of intellectual property offices in Arab countries and a number of athletes, jurists, researchers and innovators , in addition to representatives of a number of specialized Arab federations and organizations.
April 22, 2019 13:41 UTC
When Dilip Fernando arrived at St Sebastian’s church in Sri Lanka’s Negombo on Easter Sunday, it was so crowded he went elsewhere for mass. Dozens died there on a day of carnage across Sri Lanka that saw at least 290 people killed in eight blasts. “I usually come to services here,” the 66-year-old retiree told AFP, as around three dozen security personnel stood outside the church. Around the church, Negombo appeared to be waking up as normal, after the lifting of an overnight nationwide curfew at 6:00 am (0030 GMT). Outside the church, Fernando and other bystanders look at the damage to the church.
April 22, 2019 13:30 UTC
Dr. Mohsen Adel, Chairman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones Authority and Marwan Abdul Razeq, Chief Executive Officer of BiznexCairo, Egypt 22 April 2019: Egypt Retail Summit (ERS 2019), the first retail mega event of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East, was held in April under the auspices of Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), and Internal Trade Development Authority (ITDA).The Summitwas joined by leading global retail professionals and experts from all over the world; as it brought together more than 750 attendees, and over 200 CEOs of major companies. The event was also attended by government officials including Dr. Ibrahim Ashmawy, First Assistant Minister of Supply for Investment and Head of the Internal Trade Development Authority, Dr. Mohsen Adel, CEO of GAFI Investment Authority, Ahmed El-Wakeel, Head of Chamber of Commerce, HossamFarid, consultant to the Minister of Trade and Industry for SMEs, and HE. He reiterated that ERS is a real opportunity to transform the retail sector into a major power leading the economic renaissance.“ERS 2019 is a point of change in the Egyptian retail industry. The summit comes in a stage of continuous growth in the Egyptian economy. Biznexalso presents to and supports the decision making process of investors and business seekers a wide array of prospective business opportunities in the market with the proper guidance.Biznex has invented and hosted the biggest investment &business hub in Egypt.
April 22, 2019 13:18 UTC
FILE - Part of the folklore performancesCAIRO - 22 April 2019: A huge parade was hosted in Al-Muizz Street on April 21, as part of the International Festival of Drums and Traditional Arts' seventh edition headed by artist Intisar Abdel Fattah.Crowds gathered from Al-Fotouh Gate to Ghuriyya Street to watch more than 22 bands representing numerous cultures in the festival, led by the cavalry and Hassab Allah band.The bands performed national songs that inflamed the feelings and enthusiasm of the masses, followed by a circus show where distinguished and delightful forms of performances were presented.In addition, the audience enjoyed the numerous cultural shows presented by the bands.The cultural bands represented China, Colombia, Ghana, India, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Congo, Greece, Jordan, Mexico, Ghana, Indonesia, South Sudan and Egypt.The teams gathered in a theater specially designed for them to present their traditional and rhythmic arts and the audience participated in singing and dancing with them.The parade ended with the Egyptian National anthem "Beladi" for Sayed Darwish.
April 22, 2019 13:18 UTC
Mohamed Salah has not been included in this year’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)’s Player List, a surprising decision given that he is one of the premier league’s top scorers with 19 goals so far. Snatching the title of the PFA Player for 2017/2018 after breaking the record with his league of 32 goals among 44 in the whole season, Salah’s exclusion from this year’s nominees serves as a real head-scratcher. “No Salah for PFA Player of The Year loool,” one fan tweeted, as another said: “A certain Eden Hazard is on the list for the PFA player of the year, but there is no Salah, Hmmm, what does that say?”Another said that although his performance this season wasn’t as good as last year, Salah played better than Mane whose name was still included in the list. Competitors from Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the list including Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Eden Hazard, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling. Thanks to Salah, who sent Liverpool back on the top of the league’s list, Liverpool now is likely to win the title for the first time in 29 years.
April 22, 2019 13:07 UTC
Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Egypt. April 21, 2019. Egypt Today/Hossam AtefCAIRO - 22 April 2019: "The Supreme Council for Media Regulation's Chamber of Operations did not receive any complaints from media covering the second day of the referendum on the constitutional amendments," said Secretary General of the SCMR Ahmed Salim Monday.Salim added that the chamber continues to monitor the commitment of press institutions, media outlets and websites to the rules of media coverage in accordance with the decision of the National Elections Commission.Salim noted that the international mission following up the referendum, which consists of 69 membersand includes 4 international and local organizations, monitored the high participation rates on the second day of the referendum on the constitutional amendments.The referendum on Egyptian constitutional amendments received media attention worldwide, including the broadcast and publication of thousands of news and video reports in thousands of newspapers, television channels and websites acrossthe world.SIS also noted that 549 foreign media correspondents submitted requests for coverage permits, where the National Election Authority granted permits to 548 correspondents, while the organizations that received permits includeReuters, AFP and the Associated Press and newspapers like The Washington Post, The New York Times, Le Monde and The Times of London.Media outlets covered the voteinside and outside the premises of the polling stations and conducted hundreds of interviews with voters, officials, judges, opposition figures and others in about 13,919 electoral subcommittees in 10,878 polling centers and 368 general committees.All correspondents were enabled to practice their profession and facilities were made available to give them access to everything related to the referendum.
April 22, 2019 12:33 UTC
Sarriya Hassan Sorour, a 105-year-old woman participates in the referendum in Qalubiya – Press photoA 125-year old woman casts her vote in a polling station in Sallum – Press photoCAIRO – 22 April 2019: Many centenarian women were seen casting their votes on the referendum on constitutional amendments which has taken place over three days ending Monday for Egyptians inside the country.On Monday, Shafika Badr, 108, cast her ballot in the referendum, inside a polling station in Menoufia's Menouf.Meanwhile in Matrouh, a 125-year old woman cast her vote in a polling station in Sallum, east of the border with Libya on Saturday.In Ismailia's El-Qantara, Fatma Mubarak, 108, cast her ballot on Saturday.Also, Sarriya Hassan Sorour, a 105-year-old woman participated in the referendum in her home village in Qalubiya governorate on the second voting day.Also, a 99-year old Nubian woman was seen on Monday while heading to the polling station in Giza's Hadaek al-Ahram (Pyramids Gardens).
April 22, 2019 12:22 UTC
TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s Enlight Renewable Energy said on Monday it completed a share offering to institutional investors, accepting early commitments to purchase shares worth 223 million shekels ($62 million). The investors who participated in the offering had filed 355 million shekels in early bids for purchase of Enlight stock. The closing price was set at 2.33 shekels per share, which will constitute the minimum price in the public offering. With operations in Israel and Europe, Enlight has been involved in over 130 projects with total capacity of more than 500 megawatts in the past two years. (This story corrects amount of power generated by Enlight to 500 megawatts, from 350 megawatts)
April 22, 2019 12:22 UTC
FILE- Sayed MekawyCAIRO - 22 April 2019: ET commemorates Egyptian singer and composer Sayed Mekawy on his 22nd death anniversary.Mekawy was best known for his radio collaboration with Fouad Haddad on the Egyptian traditional character of El-Missaharati.Moved by Mekawy’s unforgettable songs, Amira Mekawy unfolded the story of hissongs:El-Missaharati was a radio program in which a large number of actors took part. Unfortunately most of the episodes have been lost,” Amira Mekawy said in special statements to Egypt Today.After the release of El-Missaharati’s episodes on television, the opening credits were set without writing Haddad's name. Rumors spread claiming that Mekawy deliberately intended to eliminate Haddad’s name which was totally wrong. Later on, they got married in 1961.Nona, as dubbed by her husband, was keen to offer all means of comfort to let Mekawy focus on his work. If it were not for Khalil’s support, Mekawy would have never reached the same rank or achieved such great success and fame.
April 22, 2019 11:26 UTC
Japanese authorities on Monday hit Carlos Ghosn with a fresh charge of aggravated breach of trust, the fourth indictment against the former Nissan boss who promptly filed for bail. Laborer disguiseGhosn’s lead lawyer Junichiro Hironaka filed for bail just hours after the charge and said he was confident his client would be released as he prepares to fight the allegations. Ghosn has already won bail once before — but under strict conditions such as agreeing not to leave the country and living under surveillance. Monday was the end of the maximum period authorities had to question Ghosn, who is now technically in pre-trial detention. And just one month after he was freed on bail, authorities re-arrested Ghosn on April 4 as they investigated fresh allegations against him.
April 22, 2019 11:03 UTC
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a power-sharing government between the president and his longtime rival. South Sudan’s government rejects the idea of an extension, further raising concerns among observers that the peace agreement signed in September could fall apart. The committee charged with overseeing the peace deal’s initial stages will consider the six-month extension request on Wednesday, according to the opposition. This latest peace deal has been marked by delays and continued fighting in parts of the country, with key aspects yet to be implemented. South Sudan’s internal boundaries have not yet been drawn.
April 22, 2019 11:03 UTC