AL Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit in Arab foreign ministers meeting 27 July 2017 - screen shot from live streamCAIRO, Dec 11 (MENA) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit asserted that development of the Arab tourism sector required outlining a comprehensive cultural development plan.Addressing the joint Arab tourism and cultural ministers meeting, that kicked off earlier in the day in Bibliotheca Alexandria, Abul Gheit voiced hope that the meeting could come up with tangible results to enhance Arab tourism and cultural sectors.He asserted that the Arab region has a rich humanitarian civilization, adding that the first human communities as well as first cities and first monarchies have been established in the Arab region which embraced the early eras of human history.Abul Gheit said the Arab League is seeking to outline a mechanism that combines cultural and tourism activities through the Social and Economic Council that will convene on the fringe of the extraordinary session of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, to be held in January 2019 in Beirut.
December 11, 2018 11:26 UTC
Protestors hold a banner reading "The people speak out" during a protest of 'yellow vests' against rising fuel prices and living costs, in the southern French city of Nice on December 8, 2018 Protestors hold a banner reading "The people speak out" duringParis (AFP) Here is a timeline of the "yellow vest" movement in France, from the first online rumblings against fuel tax increases to nationwide protests leading to riots, and measures announced Monday by President Emmanuel Macron in a bid to quell the unrest.So far four people have died and hundreds have been injured during the protests.- Viral video -On October 18 an accordionist in the Brittany region, Jacline Mouraud, posts a video taken in her living room assailing "Monsieur Macron" and asking him what he's doing with taxpayers' money.The post quickly goes viral, propelling Mouraud to the fore of the nascent "yellow vest" movement, named for the high-visibility safety vests drivers are required to keep in their cars.She lists the grievances of drivers in the face of fuel price hikes, and demands of Macron: "When is this hounding of drivers, which you've pursued since your arrival, going to end? "A petition to bring down the price of fuel is quickly is posted online, and garners tens of thousands of signatures.- Mass protests -Saturday, November 17, marks the first day of road blockades across France, with nearly 290,000 demonstrators wearing the high-visibility yellow vests.Organised via social media, the grassroots protests have few visible leaders, and reject all ties to political parties or unions.The next day Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says the government will not back down on fuel tax increases set for January, intended to help pay for France's clean-energy initiatives.Violence breaks out in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, led mainly by armed youths.- Second Saturday -After a week which sees "yellow vests" snarl traffic and block motorway tolls up and down the country, a large-scale demonstration takes place in Paris on Saturday, November 24. Thousands of demonstrators clash with police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.More than 106,000 demonstrators are recorded across France, including 8,000 in Paris. A week later the number of protesters will be revised upward to 166,000.- Aborted meeting -On November 27 Macron offers minor concessions, saying he will propose a mechanism to adjust the fuel tax increases in case of rising oil costs, and calls for a three-month national consultation.Unimpressed, the "yellow vests" call for a new protest on Saturday, December 1, on the Champs-Elysees.On November 29 Philippe vainly attempts to organise talks with the "yellow vests". He meets one protester.
December 11, 2018 11:03 UTC
An Emirates plane is seen at Lisbon's airport, Portugal June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteCAIRO – 11 December 2018: Have you ever wanted to visit Mauritius, its sandy beaches, crystal-clear lagoons and immerse yourself in the island culture and people?Emirates has partnered with Egypt Today to giveaway two Economy Class tickets to one of their A380 breath-taking destinations. All you need to do is click on thisfor a chance to plan a tropical vacation! !The competition runs from December 11 to December 14, 2018.
December 11, 2018 10:52 UTC
UNAIDS Country Manager Ahmed Khamis (l), Representative of Health and Population Mohamed Abdel, and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt Randa Abou al-Hassan at World AIDS Day in Cairo on December 11, 2018. Egypt Today/Noha El TawilCAIRO - 11 December 2018: The commemoration of the World AIDS Day 2018 in Egypt took place on Tuesday marking the 30th anniversary with the aim of encouraging people to check up their HIV infection status, and promoting the “Ending AIDS 2030” agenda among policy-makers.UNAIDS Country Manager Ahmed Khamis said “there are signs of a concentrated epidemic among key populations” despite the low prevalence rate.Khamis added that some of those who do not realize their infection die. The slogan this year is “know, check up, we are with you.”“Media support is needed to combat the virus,” Khamis said praising the role of the government to fight the disease and provide treatment for patients.Representative of Preventive Medicine Sector at the Ministry of Health and Population Mohamed Abdel Fatah stated that “Egypt is among the countries with the least HIV prevalence in the world at less than 0.02 percent.”Abdel Fatah added that, within the prevention of mother-to-child transmission program implemented in all governorates, the ministry recorded a success rate of 100 percent in reaching non-infected children.The ministry launched the National HIV/AIDS Program in 1986 being one of the first among the Arab countries, Abdel Fatah stated. The infection rate is less than for each 10,000 citizens, he added.National HIV/AIDS Program Manager Walid Kamal revealed that 24 centers located in 18 Egyptian governorates offer “HIV counseling services and anonymous confidential voluntary testing.”Kamal added that “periodical follow-up services are available at 14 care centers across the country.”Kamal revealed that 80 percent of HIV infections in Egypt occur among males, and that it is prevalent among those who are in their twenties and early thirties.Kamal highlighted that more women must be encouraged to check-up, especially those who have partners having the disease.United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt Randa Abou al-Hassan stated that 25 percent (9.4 million) of HIV infected patients worldwide “are not aware of their status.”“Despite the availability of a wider array of HIV tools and strategies, the world is still profoundly off-track to end AIDS by 2030,” Abou al-Hassan said citing inequality and social stigma as the main reasons.Abou al-Hassan stresses that HIV-infected women must receive equal social treatment which requires the efforts of all entities in charge.The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS provides technical assistance and coordinate endeavors to end the disease.The UNODC provides support for prisoners and drug addicts to receive treatment and prevent the infection.
December 11, 2018 10:50 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is in talks with the United Nations regarding the investigation into the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. Last week, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said an international investigation was needed to determine who was responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. “Demands for an international investigation have started coming, we are continuing talks with the UN on this,” Cavusoglu said, speaking at a news conference in Ankara. “Our expectation is actually for none of this to be necessary and for Saudi Arabia to cooperate for those responsible to be found out.”
December 11, 2018 10:41 UTC
Islam’s holy book the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah [sayings and traditions] have no evidence on the obligation to circumcise daughters through FGM, Ahmed al-Maliki, an Azhar researcher of Islamic Shaira (law), said Monday. Dar Al-Iftaa said that female genital mutilation had been practiced by some Arab tribes due to certain circumstances that have now been changed, and its negative physical and psychological effects have been detailed by most doctors. Female Genital Mutiliation is “the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other nontherapeutic reasons,” as defined by the World Health Organization. Female Genital Mutilation was criminalized in Egypt in 2016. Still, a 2016 survey by the UN Children’s Fund indicates that 87 percent of women and girls aged 15-49 in Egypt have undergone the procedure.
December 11, 2018 10:40 UTC
The “Africa 2018” forum, which concluded on Monday, announced seven important decisions at the end of the forum alongside the signing of 30 agreements in the fields of investment, entrepreneurship, financing for small and medium-sized enterprises, and infrastructure and technical cooperation agreements all totaling at US $3.5 billion. It also signed agreements for the development of 10 square kilometer land area of the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal, and another contract for the storage of petrochemicals on an area of 11442 square meters in West Port Said. Regarding the Kitchener Bank, three agreements were signed between Egypt and the European Union, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) signed memorandums of understanding with Ethiopia and Uganda, for cooperation in the field of investment. The “Africa 2018” forum held in Sharm al-Sheikh comes amid aspirations to achieve greater regional integration and to facilitate intraregional trade as well as increase investments between African countries, Sisi said.
December 11, 2018 10:07 UTC
FILE PHOTO: A cyclist passes the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo/File Photo(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve’s plans to continue raising interest rates next year were met with more skepticism on Wall Street on Monday, with futures traders betting on a pause and one major bank partially walking back a hawkish prediction.The U.S. central bank is still seen raising rates a notch next week in a nod to a hot labor market and economy running well above potential even as inflation remains at target. Yet two volatile months in financial markets and signs of an overseas slowdown have raised doubts the Fed can carry through with the three rate hikes its officials have predicted for 2019.The sharp tightening of financial conditions convinced Goldman Sachs’ chief economist that the U.S. central bank is now more likely to pause its rate hikes in March, before continuing with three more hikes later in 2019. Goldman had previously predicted four rate hikes next year, far more than that implied by financial markets.“We think the probability of a move in March has now fallen to slightly below 50 percent,” Goldman’s Jan Hatzius wrote in a note on Monday. Contracts expiring in June 2020 are now fetching a higher price than contracts expiring a year earlier, meaning traders are beginning to put some money on a rate cut.The changing predictions put a spotlight on the Fed’s own expectations, which it will update next Wednesday when it delivers its expected fourth rate hike of the year.
December 11, 2018 10:07 UTC
Hussein Al-Jasmi-File PhotoCAIRO – 11 December 2018: Emirati Super star Hussein al-Jasmi will be the first Arab singer to participate in Concerto di Natale, the annual charity Christmas concert held in the Vatican at Paul VI Audience Hall. "I am always happy to contribute to charitable work to create a world that dignifies life, respect, equality and peace among religions and nations; these are the principals that were instilled inside us in the Emirates,"Jasmi commented on his participation in the concert.He added that the United Arab Emirates embraces the values of tolerance, moderation and accepting others.Jasmi will perform accompanied by the Grand Orchestra conducted by Maestro Renato Serio. Concerto di Natale will be aired on Canale 5 on the Italian TV and Mediaset television network.The Emirati star is considered one of the most influential Arab singers having achieved great success in the Egyptian community as his songs were always associated with socialand political events that Egyptians witnessed over the past few years.He released his first single "Bawada'ak" (Farewell) in 2002 followed by "WallahMayiswa" (Not Worth It) and "Bassbour Al-Fourgakom" (Farewell Passport).The star performed the songs of the Egyptian series “MahadeshMertah” (No One is Happy) and “Ba’ad El-Forak” (After the Farewell).Moreover, Jasmi performed several national songs for Egypt, Qatar, KSA and Kuwait. He is considered the ambassador of peace and love in the GCC region.The star was nominated for the World Music Award for World’s Best Live Act in 2014, World’s Best Entertainer 2014 and World’s Best Male Artist 2014.The World Music Awards is an international awards show based in Monte Carlo. It is worth noting that in the past years, Jasmisang numerous songs in the love of Egypt such as “BushratKhair” (Good News), which was greatly admired by Egyptian nationals, gaining unprecedented success at the time of its release.
December 11, 2018 09:56 UTC
The most important of these discoveries is a tombstone that was once used to close one of the burial shafts. The find yielded a collection of offering vessels and lamps decorated with scenes of deities.January 11, There were two massive archaeological discoveries in Aswan. The first was an administrative complex that dates back to the fifth dynasty and is considered the oldest archaeological discovery in Tell Edfu site. This discovery sheds light on how ancient Egyptians used internal architectural structures to store goods, raw material, and gemstones. The sphinx likely dates back to the Ptolemaic era.September 18, a tomb dating back to the Late Period containing a sculpted sandstone sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy wrapped in linen, among other things, was found.
December 11, 2018 09:56 UTC
In a Monday statement for International Human Rights Day, Egypt’s government professed its commitment to a track towards human rights, adding that it stems from its duty to the people under the national constitution. The statement held that 2014’s constitution laid unprecedented provisions in Egypt’s history for the safeguarding of human rights and fundamental freedoms, which were built upon in 2018 as the national year of disabilities. Egypt had begun integrating human rights into the curricula, the statement continued, while establishing a permanent high commission to develop a national human rights strategy, build capacity, disseminate a culture of human rights, and deal with international human rights mechanisms. The ministry added that Egypt’s celebration of Human Rights Day confirms that the UN’s lofty human values – recognized by the world’s countries 70 years ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are still valid in today’s world, and are even more relevant to the reality of contemporary human societies than ever before. The Universal Declaration and the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights still constitute a reference to internationally-recognized rights, the ministry wrote.
December 11, 2018 09:54 UTC
Formed in the shadow of Mount Everest, the turquoise depths of Nepal’s Imja glacial lake would be a breathtaking miracle of nature to behold — were they not a portent of catastrophic floods. “The risk is getting bigger,” said Arun Bhakta Shrestha, a climate scientist from the Kathmandu-based International Center for Integrated Mountain Development. A 2014 survey found one quarter of Nepal’s glaciers shrunk between 1977 and 2010, leaving behind 1,466 lakes. Experts told the government that the gigantic glacial lakes were effectively a ticking time bomb. Melting glaciers from climate change pose a huge threat to Nepal — as well as an undeserved extortionate burden, authorities say.
December 11, 2018 09:33 UTC
FILE: Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-SalamiCAIRO, Dec 11 (MENA) - Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal on Tuesday expressed confidence that the Arab Parliament will provide a real framework for inter-Arab dialogue and the defense of Arab rights.Addressing the general session of the Parliament, he added that the Palestinian issue and fighting terrorism are on top of these rights.He also expressed confidence that the Parliament will help push up Arab parliamentary cooperation and find out solutions to Arab problems.The current exceptional situation through which the Arab nation is passing needs more action by the Arab Parliament for achieving the Arab aspirations, he added.The general session of the Arab Parliament kicked off at the Arab League earlier today under its president Mashal bin Fahm al Salmi and the Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives.The meeting will take up issues related to joint Arab action and means of dealing with challenges facing the Arab nation.The participants will focus on the Palestinian issue and foreign interference in the Arab internal affairs.
December 11, 2018 09:22 UTC
New Slovenian Ambassador to Egypt Mateja PrevolsekCAIRO, Dec 11 (MENA) - New Slovenian Ambassador to Egypt Mateja Prevolsek asserted the importance of Egypt's role in the Middle East and Africa.In an interview with MENA on Tuesday, Prevolsek necessitated benefiting from good political ties to boost cooperation and intensify visits between Egyptian and Slovenian businessmen.A Slovenian official is to participate in the summit to be held between the Arab League and the European Union in Sharm el Sheikh in February, Prevolsek said.Slovenian President Borut Pahor invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to visit Slovenia, she said, adding that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry invited his Slovenian counterpart Karl Erjavec to visit Egypt.Prevolsek said that trade exchange between Egypt and Slovenia reached dlrs 100 million, adding that Egypt exports mining oils, fuel, petroleum substances, some fruits and nuts to Slovenia.Prevolsek said that the Egyptian government under president Sisi is willing to go on in implementing reforms and that the investment atmosphere in Egypt is improving after the flotation of the Egyptian pound.
December 11, 2018 09:11 UTC
Two Catholic school nuns in California have admitted to embezzling about $500,000, and using the funds over the years for travel and gambling in Las Vegas, their order said on Monday. Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees and donations at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. We do know they had a pattern of going to casinos, and the reality is, they used the account as their personal account,” an attorney for the school told parents and alumni at a recent meeting, the Press-Telegram reported. Meyers said the school did not wish to pursue criminal proceedings against the pair, who spent decades as students’ moral enforcers. “I want to assure you that the investigation has disclosed that, notwithstanding this misappropriation, no student or program at St. James has suffered any loss of educational resources, opportunities, or innovations,” he added.
December 11, 2018 09:11 UTC