The Committee for the Appointment of Judges in Israel, headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, appointed Hanaa al-Khatib as the first female judge to a Muslim religious court. Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that four Arab judges had also been appointed, but Khatib was the first woman to hold the post. Women are not usually allowed to hold posts in religious courts in Israel. "This step is a great news for Arab women in particular and the Arab community in general. About two years ago, the Israeli government opposed a bill propsing the representation of women in judicial positions in religious courts.
Seklam for Dairy Industries, a subsidiary of Al Mansour Group, aims to increase sales by 25% this year. General manager of the company, Alaa Al-Wakil, said that sales dropped by 25% in the first quarter of 2017. He suggested that Egyptian companies can establish import companies in Africa and that the state can support them through signing agreements with various African authorities to protect these companies. Al-Wakil said that Arab countries are the largest importers of Egyptian products, as Europe bans entry of Egyptian dairy products due to a lack of veterinary agreements. As for the target markets in 2017, Al-Wakil said that the company aims to expand to the markets of Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, and Algeria.
Sudan's pro-government journalists' union on Tuesday urged Khartoum to deport Egyptian reporters after Cairo refused entry to two Sudanese journalists who had travelled to Egypt. The Sudanese journalist, Satti, recently wrote a series of articles criticising the Egyptian government's stance on the disputed Halayeb area. "Egyptian intelligence services are trying to blame Sudanese journalists for the failure of Egyptian policy towards Sudan." The Sudanese Journalists Network condemned how Sudanese journalists are being treated in Egypt, mentioning that the country also refused to allow journalist Haitham Osman to obtain an enty visa. “The network is very concerned, as it fears that reports of a blacklist which includes Sudanese journalists are true.
With both teams out of Europe, the German Cup has come in to even sharper focus for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarians also beat Thomas Tuchel’s men in last year’s cup final, though they needed penalties to seal the double in Berlin last May. “A final like that would, of course, be a very, very nice way to end,” Lahm admitted, ahead of Wednesday’s match. Bayern, who could wrap up the Bundesliga title on Saturday in Wolfsburg, haven’t won any of the four games since they beat Dortmund. A fortnight ago, this game was almost an afterthought – now it’s the match that could define the seasons of Germany’s big two.
A non-commissioned police officer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday morning in the district of Faisal in Giza, Youm7 reported. According to later reports from a security source with Giza Security Directorate, the officer was targeted in a revenge killing due to a dispute between the victim's family and another family. Prosecutors from south Giza and investigators from the Criminal Lab inspected the site of the attack near Faisal Metro Station. Traces of blood and empty bullets were found at the scene. Prosecutors listened to eyewitnesses and a claim was filed about the incident.
Aiming to use different kinds of arts as a tool for creating positive social impact, a group of young artists launched the “Pick A Street” initiative that roams Cairo streets, raising awareness about important societal issues and problems. The initiative plans to support different non-governmental organisations and charities by raising funds through street performances. In the video, the artists performed Mohammed Monir’s popular song “Aly Sotak Bel Ghona,” using the sign language. “During the upcoming two years, I hope to be able to spread the idea of ‘Pick A Street’ internationally in different Arab and foreign countries. I want the initiative to be able to support bigger social causes like diseases,” he concluded.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Cairo Opera House is hosting Rym Magdi’s art exhibition in the Etigah gallery, palace of arts at the Opera House grounds, between 9 and 25 April. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 am till 2 pm and from 5pm till 9pm on a daily basis. Born in Cairo, the 29-year-old artist graduated from the Art and Design Academy, where she studied graphic design as a major. There is no specific theme for this exhibition, as she usually prefers to not give titles to her artworks or exhibitions. Therefore, she intends to experience new art fields, including the performance arts very soon.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swore to God three times last night that he will not stay in power for one second against the people's will. His remarks came during an evening session for the third National Youth Conference held in Ismailia governorate, in north-east Egypt, when he responded to the question: "What if you don’t win in the elections?" Sisi didn’t rule out running in the upcoming presidential elections expected in 2018, but said he will not stay in power if Egyptians vote against him remaining for a second term. He said counter-terrorism operations in North Sinai are being concluded; however, the terrorists are pretending that they are not near defeat. Sisi extended his apologies to the people of Sinai, after one of the participants in the session complained of media reports calling for the evacuation of North Sinai.
BSocial, a digital marketing services company and the developer of the virtual reality application “Experience Mecca”, plans to release “Experience Quran”, a full suite of virtual experiences, including the Elephant Companions story. Experience Mecca emerged as a virtual reality application for creative learning. Experience Mecca had to demonstrate how virtual reality experiences can be enjoyable and entertaining to the users regardless of their backgrounds. Before launching Experience Mecca, BSocial conducted an extensive search of over 1,000+ applications in the store, to make sure none of them originated from the Middle East. BSocial is also planning to introduce experiences related to Egyptian history, which aims to support the tourism sector of the country.
The Finance Ministry approved the disbursement of a 10 percent social allowance for workers, during a meeting with the leaders of the Labor Union on Tuesday at its headquarters. The Ministry of Finance representatives agreed to pay the 10 percent social allowance in full, which will be added to the basic salary and paid retroactively from June 1, 2016, said Gebaly al-Maraghy, president of the Labor Union and chairman of the Labor Force Committee in Parliament. The ministry representatives demanded that the 7 percent periodic allowance, specified for those who are not addressed by the Civil Service Law, be included in the proposed 10 percent allowance. The Union rejected the suggestion, saying that the periodic allowance should be separate from the social allowance as workers need both due to the high cost of living, al-Maraghy said. The Pensioners' Union, headed by Badry Farghaly, called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pay an immediate grant to all pensioners before Ramadan.
As the leading provider of primary, preparatory, and secondary content for the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, Discovery Education has been working closely with the Ministry of Education on products and services being provided as part of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project. I think there is a great opportunity to deploy technology in education in Egypt, as evidenced by the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB), and in which Discovery Education is the leading provider for primary, preparatory, and secondary students. Because Discovery Education continues to witness the results of applying technology to education, it is our belief that the deployment of technology in education is a great enabler for the advancement of education. Discovery Education builds on the success that the company has achieved in other countries and adapts those strategies to specifically address the Egyptian market. The goal is to make Discovery Education content accessible by everyone.
Mina Jolie, an Australian activist and lawyer, ran 300 kilometers along the Nile River through Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as part of her initiative to change global perceptions of water usage and consumption. In a press conference on Sunday, Jolie said her global initiative entitled "Run for Water" aims to raise awareness and provide solutions that effectively contribute to solving the global crisis of water scarcity. The "Run for Water" initiative is 1,048 miles long including 40 marathons over 40 days running across six continents around the world. Jolie said the problem of global water shortage allows an opportunity for innovation and leadership. On World Water Day 2012, Jolie launched "Thirst Foundation" to create a base of people and companies to work together to change consumer habits and attract societies to the sustainable water products.
Ford Motor Company handed over two financial grants worth $15,000 to support two environmental projects in Egypt: the environmental education project in Giza and the project working with the fishermen of South Sinai to preserve coral reefs. The non-governmental organisation Toraseyat had submitted its project within the environmental education category, with a focus on air and water pollution in Egypt’s Giza area. Director general of Ford in North Africa Bernat Szabo, deputy director of Ford in North Africa, Ashraf Bostany, and Auto Jameel’s regional director in North Africa, Tarek Abdul Latif, handed the grant to Hemmat Salah al-Din Ismail from Toraseyat. Apart from Egypt, the winning participants from Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia received their grants totaling $12,000 as part of Ford’s Conservation & Environmental Grants. Since its establishment in the Middle East and further expansion into North Africa, the programme provided grants worth $1.64m to more than 200 projects.
Daily News Egypt is publishing the list of 10 bestselling cars in January and February, amid price hikes across the market, which caused sales to drop. The imported Mitsubishi Lancer came in second, with 1,074 sold units worth EGP 279m. The Nissan Qashqai came in third, with 889 cars worth EGP 333m, followed by the Nissan Sentra, with sales of 879 units worth EGP 224m. The Kia Cerato was ranked fifth, with 700 units worth EGP 210m, followed by the new Chevrolet Optra GP52 with sales of 440 units. The Opel Astra was ranked eighth, with sales of 404 units worth EGP 143m, then the Opel Insignia, with sales of 361 units.
General Techniques International (GIT) plans to launch a new production line to manufacture car ceilings with EGP 3m investments. Tarek Mansour, the chairperson of the company, said that the company is seeking to negotiate with one of the Egyptian banks to finance part of the expenses to establish the production line. Mansour explained that the company will send part of its ceiling production to the global Nissan for approval to enable GIT to begin continuously supplying ceilings to Nissan Motor Egypt. Mansour also explained that the company is negotiating with Volkswagen to export passenger car mats to it. The company possesses 100% of the market share of truck-mat manufacturing, 70% of passenger car carpets, and 60% of sunshades.