Egypt. Italy sign MoU on natural gas infrastructure projects

Natural gas pipeline - ReutersCAIRO – 24 April 2018: The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian natural gas infrastructure company Snam to cooperate in natural gas infrastructure projects and machinery manufacturing, a statement from the Petroleum Ministry said Tuesday.Both sides will also study joint regional natural gas projects. The signing was witnessed by Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla and EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete on the sidelines of an EU-Egypt Sustainable Energy Forum that took place on Tuesday in Cairo.Molla said that the EU is an important partner for Egypt in the energy field, parsing the bloc’s financial and technical support for Egypt to prepare the country’s 2035 sustainable energy strategy.The EU has also helped in connecting natural gas to the houses of the poorest families and provided financing through the EU’s banks for the projects related to Egypt’s national electricity grid, Molla added.Cañete said that the EU supports Egypt's efforts to become a regional energy center due to the potentials the country possesses.Addressing the forum, he said the EU will provide finance and technical support as well as technology and know-how in energy projects to Egypt.He said that his talks with Egyptian officials focused on cooperation in the field of energy uses and how to turn Egypt into a regional energy center, adding that Egypt's partnership with EU in the energy domain includes carrying out joint projects in the gas and oil areas, according to state news agency MENA.On Monday, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail witnessed the signature of a MoU for strategic partnership on energy between Egypt and the EU.Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said that the MoU includes a number of aspects, notably cooperation in the energy sector, raising efficiency of local energy and continuing technical support for the electricity sector reforms.It further stipulates that Egypt and EU will continue updating the country's 2035 sustainable energy strategy, developing existing electricity networks, boosting cross-border trade and strengthening energy linkage between Egypt and neighboring countries.

Source:Egypt Today

April 24, 2018 14:10 UTC

Roma players pay respect to Hillsborough victims

Daniele Di Rossi Roma’s captain putting flowers on Hillsborough memorial – Press image courtesy of AS Roma’s official Twitter"In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough"La visita dell'#ASRoma al memoriale presente ad Anfield 🌹🙏 — AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) April 24, 2018CAIRO – 24 April 2018: Ahead of their match against Liverpool in the first-leg match of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, Roma players made a respectful gesture on Monday, as they laid flowers at Anfield Stadium in memory of the Hillsborough victims.The players were headed by former Roma player Francesco Totti and current captain Daniele Di Rossi, who put the flowers on the memorial with a card that read, “In the memory of Hillsborough... AS Roma.”Roma’s visit to the memorial came because of the 29thanniversary of the disaster that occurred on April 15, 1989. The Hillsborough disaster led to 96 fatalities and 766 injuries during the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the semi-final of the FA Cup. It happened due to the mismanagement of stadium officials and closing the stadium entrances.Liverpool hosts Roma on Tuesday night in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at Liverpool’s castle, Anfield.The home team fans hope their team achieves a comfortable victory before playing the second leg in Italy a week later.Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah will face his former teammates, as he wore Roma’s jersey between 2015 and 2017 before leaving last summer to join Liverpool.

Source:Egypt Today

April 24, 2018 12:22 UTC

Cassation Court upholds enlisting 161 defendants into terror list

A general view shows people looking at the aftermath following a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Stringer)CAIRO – 24 April: Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld a verdict Tuesday to add 161 defendants to the list of terrorist figures.The verdict came after the defendants were charged in the case known in the media as the “Ansar Beit al-Maqdes case”.The defendants are charged with several crimes, such as joining a terrorist group aiming to destruct state institutions, assaulting the rights and freedoms of citizens, damaging national unity and social peace, and assaulting army and police forces.Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.The Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist group in 2013 after committing several terrorist attacks to destabilize Egypt and incite interior chaos.On April 22, the Court of Cassation also ruled to include 13 defendants on the terror list for their involvement in the case known as the “Qualitative Committees case”. The defendants include Abdallah Shehata, economic advisor of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.The Brotherhood’s qualitative committees were established contrary to the provisions of law, to prevent state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their duties and to violate the personal freedoms of citizens; this incident took place from the beginning of 2014 until March 28, 2016.However, In January 2017, the Cairo Criminal Court placed 1,500 defendants, on the country’s terror list for being affiliated with the Brotherhood and supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi.On November 28, the Military Court sent 11 elements of Ansar Beit al-Maqdes to the Grand Mufti to issue the final judgment on their case, dubbed “Beit al-Maqdes 3”, on December 20.According to the last amendment to the citizenship law issued by the Egyptian Parliament on September 21, “Egyptian citizenship will be withdrawn from the person who is found guilty of participating in a terrorist act, communicating with terrorists or gathering information for terrorists,” meaning that Egyptian citizenship will be withdrawn from the defendants.

Source:Egypt Today

April 24, 2018 11:47 UTC

Sisi congratulates Salah for Player of the Year

FILE – Mohamed Salah with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisiأتقدم بالتهنئة لإبن مصر محمد صلاح على ما حققه من إنجاز يدعو إلى الفخر ويؤكد على قدرات المصريين المُبهرة فى كل المجالات .. فخور به وبكل مصري يرفع أسم مصر عالياً — Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) April 24, 2018CAIRO – 24 April 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi congratulated Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah on Tuesday after the player won the Player of the Year award from the English Professional Footballers’ Association.Sisi wrote on his official Twitter account, “I congratulate Egypt’s son, Mohamed Salah, on his achievement, which is a source of pride and assures that the Egyptians’ abilities are astonishing in all fields... I’m proud of him and proud of every Egyptian who raises Egypt’s name high.”Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian national team’s forward, was named the Player of the Year in the Premier League in a ceremony hosted by the Professional Footballers’ Association in London. The award is delivered to the player who got the most votes, and the voters are the players of the Premier League, the majority of whom agreed that Salah is the best of the current season after he scored 31 goals in the PL.Salah is expected to win another award in the Premier League, as he now leads the top scorers’ list with 31 goals, 5 goals ahead of his closest competitor, Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur.

Source:Egypt Today

April 24, 2018 11:39 UTC