Deadly Meningitis vaccination costs LE145, MoH denies MB rumors

The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing - Pixnio/Dr. Marshal Fox/USCDCPHow to protect yourself against Meningitis:CAIRO - 17 October 2019: The Egyptian Ministry of Health has affirmed that vaccinations for the Meningitis disease cost LE145 per vaccination and not LE1350 as falsely promoted by Muslim Brotherhood media.The ministry statement on Thursday also denied rumors regarding the spread of the virus across Egypt and affirmed health teams across Egypt are conducting periodic epidemiological scan and checking foreign citizens for deceases to prevent the spread of viruses and epidemics.The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing, as direct or indirect contact with an infected person increases your risk of getting the same virus.A statement by the center has said the virus can also be transmitted through food or using the same utensils as the infected person.The average incubation period is four days, but can range between two and 10 days.The most common symptoms are a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital or health center is necessary.The largest concentration of meningococcal disease is in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported each year in the United States.• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap.• Wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, or after tending to someone who is ill.• Do not share eating utensils, straws, or plates.• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.• Stay up to date with immunizations and booster shots for meningitis.• Ask your doctor about immunizations before traveling to countries with higher rates of meningitis.

Source:Egypt Today

October 17, 2019 10:07 UTC

Egyptian Football team start Military World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Greece

Egyptian Military team - FILECAIRO - 17 October 2019:The Military Football Team drew 0-0 with Greece in their opening match at the Military World Cup in China from Oct. 16 to 29. The match kicked off at 05:00 AM CLT amid heavy rain in Wuhan, China.Egypt’s Brazilian coach, Farias, started the game with a team consisting of "Mohamed Shaaban, Ahmed Alaa, Ali El-Fil, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohannad Lasheen, Amr El-Sisi, Ahmed Samir, Abou El-Magd Boucha, Karim Tarek and Amr Gamal. "Farias has pushed three changes: Abdel Rahman Zola instead of Islam Serri, Karim Mamdouh instead of Karim Tarek and Ahmed Kaboria instead of Amr El Sisi.The Brazilian Sergio Farias, announced the list of the team that will participate in the military World Cup and the list included 21 players are: "Mohamed Bassam, Mohamed Shaaban, Ali Mohab, Ahmed Sami, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Abou El Magd Boucha, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohamed Nasif, Mahmoud Sami, Amr Sisi, Ahmed Caboria, MuhannadLashin and Ahmed Daouda, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Zola, Ahmed Samir, Karim Tarek, Mamdouh Khaled Abdel Meguid, Hussam Paulo, Amr Gamal and Mohamed Shehata.The technical and coaching staff of the Egyptian military team in the tournament include: Brigadier General Ahmed Fouad El Mahdy Director of the football, Sergio Farias technical coach, El Sayed Swerki goalkeeper coach, Stefano Mpakbazu load scheme, Mahmoud Abdel Ghani translator, Yousra Irfan administrative manager, Mohamed Mokhtar director of players affairs , Mohamed Abdel Rahman Doctor, Mohamed Adel Hakam, Tahseen Abu Sadat Hakam.

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October 17, 2019 09:00 UTC

EFA sets Al Salam, Cairo stadium for Al Ahly and Zamalek matches

Al Ahly vs Zamalek - FILECAIRO - 17 October 2019: EFA officials confirmed that Cairo and Salam stadium will host the upcoming matches of Al Ahly and Zamalek, whether in the league, African championships or the Egyptian Cup, after the end of the African Youth Championship, as the security refused to hold matches of either team at the stadiums of Petrosport, the Military College, Al Mokawlon stadiums.The Football Association issued an official statement to clarify the reason for the changes of some of the stadiums, which read as follows:"The Egyptian Football Association confirms its commitment to the dates set by it for the matches of the Premier League and the necessity for the first competition in Egypt to have punctual and well-known dates at the beginning and closing. "The Egyptian Football Association has set a date for the start of the league on September 21, while the end of the league will be at May until the confirmation of CAF for the dates of their tournaments.The Egyptian Association would like to point out that any changes made to the stadiums specified in the table came at the request of the security authorities.This important clarification on the part of the Egyptian Football Federation to emphasize the need for concerted efforts of the elements of the game each in order to come up with the league competition in a way that befits the Egyptian football and its great position.

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October 17, 2019 08:48 UTC

Net foreign transactions on EGX hit LE 21 billion: Farid

EGX - ReutersCAIRO – 17 October 2019: Net transactions of non-Egyptians in securities reached almost LE 21 billion up from not more than LE 3 billion on the stock exchange, which confirms the success of Egypt’s reform plan, according to Chairman of the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) Mohamed Farid.Farid added Wednesday that the economic reform witnessed in Egypt is one of the boldest reform plans that dealt with the causes of the budget deficit, issuing the new investment law and improving the economic environment as well as the management of state assets.This came during the session “Investing in financial instruments”, held within the activities of the second day of “Egypt Can” conference.Farid said that the State has carried out rapid remedies to ease the burden on some social classes, enabling them to face the repercussions of the reform process, stressing that it was necessary to search for sources of funding for the success of these programs.He pointed out that the stock market has witnessed diversification in various fields, which also confirms the confidence of the foreign investor in the Egyptian investment climate and market.Farid noted that the process of encoding the investor also contributed to the revival of the stock market, pointing out that the stock exchange is one of the State's most important tools to revitalize investments in Egypt and allow different classes to trade and make profits.Farid explained that most small projects are not registered in the stock market because of its legal status and the owners'desire to stay without development, noting that the volatility in the stock market is not negative, but represents investment opportunities and gains for participants.

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October 17, 2019 08:37 UTC

PM says Cabinet may offer US companies investment incentives

Egypt's Prime Minister met with Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce, during his visit to Washington - Courtesy of the Egyptian CabinetCAIRO - 16 October 2019: Egypt's Prime Minister met with Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce, during his visit to Washington, where he affirmed the Cabinet's readiness to study offering possible investment incentives with the aim of attracting the US companies.Mostafa Madbouli expressed hope to receive a delegation of US officials in Cairo, to closely review the suggested fields of cooperation between the two countries, according to official statements.The meeting was attended by Egyptian ministers of investment and international cooperation, finance, trade and industry, as well as Egypt's ambassador to Washington.During the meeting, the two sides reviewed aspects of trade relations between Egypt and the US, and areas of cooperation that can be strengthened during the coming period.Ross was briefed by the finance minister on the amendments to the customs law, and the government's efforts to automate customs services to facilitate and speed up relevant procedures.He also listened to an explanation from the Minister of trade on the proposed cooperation in the coming period, especially in the field of automotive industry and the transfer of US technology to Egypt.The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and the US increased within the first seven months of 2019 to reach $5.35 billion in comparison to $4.47 billion in the same period in 2018, state's news agency MENA cited Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS) as saying in September.The deficit between Egypt and the US decreased by 8.7 percent within the same period.The total value of Egypt exports to the US increased by 37.5 percent from January to July in 2019 reaching $1.9 billion, according to the ECS.The Egyptian petroleum exports to the US increased to $662.9 million from January to July, the statement said.The Egyptian imports from the US reached $3.46 billion in 2019 in comparison to $3.09 billion in the same period in 2018 with an increase of 11.8 percent, the statement added.

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October 17, 2019 08:15 UTC

Treasury secretary hails Egypt's social housing projects as he meets PM

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin meets with Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly; Sahar Nasr, Egypt's minister of investment and international cooperation; Mohammed Mai't, Egypt's minister of finance; and Yasser Reda, Egypt's Ambassador to WashingtSocial housing development progress report: How far have we come? CAIRO - 4 January 2019: Social housing projects is an issue that is close to the heart of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. CAIRO - 16 October 2019: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was pleased with the growing cooperation between the US and Egypt, calling Egypt's achievement concerning the implementation of social housing projects "impressive," the Egyptian Cabinet said in a statement on Wednesday.This came during Mnuchin's meeting with Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Washington. The meeting was also attended by Sahar Nasr, Egypt's minister of investment and international cooperation; Mohammed Mai't, Egypt's minister of finance; and Yasser Reda, Egypt's Ambassador to Washington.With regard to bilateral cooperation, Nasr reviewed the outcome of the Madbouly's meeting with the President of the International Finance Corporation, referring to the areas of cooperation that have been agreed upon to be activated in terms of transport, water desalination and the electricity linkage with Africa.The meeting also touched on the efforts exerted by the US to limit the negative consequences of the Turkish aggression on the Syrian territory and the sanctions announced by the Treasury against Turkey in this regard.Madbouli reiterated Egypt's strong condemnation of the Turkish assault and demanded the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria.On Tuesday, Madbouli also met with Vice President of the US Mike Pence, where they affirmed the centrality of the Egyptian-US relations, and also discussed the Turkish offensive in Syria that has continued for a week, despite wide condemnation.Madbouli and Pence also discussed the political updates of the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to official statements.Egypt, under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been home for social housing projects aiming at providing families living in slums with alternative apartments, and also secure properties for the youth.Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Areas Assem el-Gazar in September handed over 30 social housing units to the youth in the city of 10th of Ramadan, Sharqia governorate, according to a statement from the ministry.The ministry is building a project of 2,200 housing units in 110 buildings at a cost LE 383 million, the statement added. The minister then inspected the city to be updated on the implementation of the project.Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority relocated 788 families from Tereat Al Tawarea slum area to Ahalina neighborhood, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal announced in August.The governor stated that the authority finished the demolition of 249 unlicensed buildings in Eshah Abou El Seoud moving the residents, who are members of 497 families, to Asmarat 3 neighborhood.In July, the ministry announced that the execution of 1,440 residential units within Sakan Misr initiative, and 1,584 social housing units distributed among 66 buildings in Asyut, Upper Egypt.Also, the ministry is building thousands of housing units for the slum residents; Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority relocated 788 families from Tereat Al-Tawarea slum area to Ahalina neighborhood in August 2019, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal announced.

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October 16, 2019 19:23 UTC

Egypt's FM talks Turkish assault with Lithuanian counterpart

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Lithuanian counterpart on Wednesday in Lithuania's capital of Vilnius - Courtesy of the Egyptian Foreign MinistryCAIRO - 16 October 2019: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Lithuanian counterpart, and reiterated Egypt's rejection of the Turkish aggression in northern Syria, referring to its negative repercussions on the political settlement and the humanitarian situation in Syria, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, during the meeting on Wednesday in Lithuania's capital of Vilnius, expressed his country's appreciation to the relations with Egypt, affirming keenness to strengthen these ties in various fields to meet the aspiration of the peoples of the two countries.The two sides discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.Shoukry stressed the importance of developing cooperation in various fields, especially in light of the positive results of the Lithuanian foreign minister's visit to Cairo last January, and his participation in the first Arab-European summit in South Sinai's Sharm el-Sheikh last February.The Egyptian foreign minister expressed the keenness to enhance the bilateral relations at all levels, including continuing to exchange high-level visits and maintaining periodic political consultations between the two countries, as well as continuing coordination and consultation on all issues of common concern within regional and international forums.Shoukry also expressed Egypt's appreciation for the Lithuanian side's understanding of the nature of the challenges facing the Egyptian state, especially with regard to combating terrorism and illegal immigration, and the burden of implementing important economic reforms.The meeting touched on ways of boosting economic cooperation between the two countries. Shoukry has invited the Lithuanian side to take part in the huge national projects being implemented in Egypt, including the Suez Canal Axis, and to take advantage from the investment opportunities provided by the Egyptian market.The two ministers also discussed opportunities for cooperation in many other fields, especially information technology, cybersecurity, and financial and banking services, as well as renewable energy, higher education, and tourism.

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October 16, 2019 17:48 UTC

Industry is 1st way to achieve development boom: Minister

FILE: Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed El AssarCAIRO – 16 October 2019: "Egypt was able to make unprecedented achievements in economic reform, infrastructure development and legislation issuance, which all call for the establishment of a strong industry as a way to achieve real development," Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar said Wednesday.Assar affirmed, "Industry is the milestone," and the first way to achieve a development boom in any country.The minister added that Egypt played its role in stimulating investors and creating an encouraging investment climate, referring that the time has come for the private sector to play its role and stressing that the ministry is keen to involve the private sector in all its projects.Assar praised the capabilities of "Egypt Can" conference to invite Egyptian investors abroad to achieve an industrial boom in Egypt, a case similar to the Asian Tigers.This came during a session held at “Egypt Can” conference, entitled “Investment Opportunities in Egypt".For his part, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Citadel Foundation Hisham el-Khazindar said that Egypt has witnessed significant financial and structural changes during the previous phase.“Now we are in a very different situation, and Egypt is capable of accommodating new investments after laying down the infrastructure,” Khazindar stated, calling for the need to shed light on the achievements in various sectors.In a related context, Head of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Yahya Zaki stated that a number of foreign investors visited the economic zone and found real investment opportunities there. He noted that the economic zone spans on an area of 460 square kilometers, and includes six ports and four industrial zones, underlining that the region has witnessed major development in infrastructure.Moreover, Head of Mut Company Michael Knight pointed out that Egypt enjoys great capabilities that qualify it to be at the forefront of the industrialized countries in the region, asserting that his company, in cooperation with the Ministry of Military Production, expects abundant possibilities ahead. "We made fully armored vehicles in Egypt within the military production plants," he said, lauding Assar's great support for investors. Knight added that the priority goes to producing what Egypt imports before seeking to export, noting that imports cost Egypt annually about $60 billion. "We make an Egyptian loader with the same efficiency as the American counterpart, and agreed with Geely to manufacture a 100 percent Egyptian car,” he revealed.Also, Co-owner and Head of Trend Group, specialized in designing and executing trade sector projects, called for getting rid of “the white-man privilege” and using locally-manufactured products, clarifying that this is the best feature of South Africa.“Egypt Can” is a series of conferences held annually with the aim of giving Egyptian expats the opportunity to present their visions of different fields of development, and their proposals to improve various sectors.The Ministry of State for Immigration and Expatriates Affairs, and the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Reform organized this edition, which was announced earlier to adopt the investment and development theme.

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October 16, 2019 16:06 UTC

El-Assasif new discoveries continue to amaze

Part of the dazzling ancient Egyptian coffins discovered in El-Assasif - ETPart of the dazzling ancient Egyptian coffins discovered in El-Assasif - ETThe ancient Egyptian civilization never cease to amaze - ETCAIRO - 16 October 2019: Sources at the Ministry of Antiquities revealed that work is still underway to extract the coffins discovered in El-Assasif area in Luxor.Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground. The number of coffins is expected to rise in the next couple of days before the ministry’s official announcement on the findings on Oct. 19.Sources at the Ministry of Antiquities confirmed to the press that the number of sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of El-Assasif, west of Luxor reached on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 29 colored coffins belonging to senior statesmen and middle class individuals in the 18th, 25th and 26th ancient Egyptian dynasties.Among the discovered artifacts are two small colored sarcophaguses likely belonging to two children buried in the ancient cemetery.On Tuesday Oct. 15, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities conducted a full inspection of the coffins and the cache found arranged and stockpiled on top of each other in a very distinctive state of preservation.Professional restorers and archaeologists began to open the coffins one by one to find out their contents which turned out to be human remains belonging to a number of individuals of the ancient Pharaonic dynasties. Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of El-Assasif.It is likely that the coffins were exhumed and buried again to re-use the tombs at Mount Qurna, in successive eras from the ancient Egyptian state.The Ministry of Antiquities stated that after completing the comprehensive inspection of the findings, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities will hold an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 19 to reveal all the findings in the area and explain to the world the endless magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization.The press conference will be attended by international and local media outlets, in addition to officials of the ministries of antiquities and tourism, and leaders of various foreign countries to celebrate this historic event and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.

Source:Egypt Today

October 16, 2019 15:22 UTC

Trump very concerned about instability, will not tolerate Turkish invasion in Syria: Pence

FILE: U.S. Vice President Mike PenceCAIRO – 16 October 2019: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he and Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara despite the foreign leader earlier saying he would not attend.“At this point, the vice president and I are planning to take off later this afternoon,” Pompeo said.He further said that the meeting is important because the U.S, officials “need to have this conversation with him directly.”Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O’Brien were scheduled to travel to Turkey in an effort to discuss Ankara’s military actions in neighboring Syria.Erdogan earlier told Sky News that he would not meet with the U.S. delegation led by Pence, and would only meet with president Donald Trump.The Trump administration recently imposed tariffs on Turkey in response to the Turkish military invading Syria and attacking the Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS.Pence on Tuesday said Trump is "very concerned about instability in the region," and that the U.S. is "simply not going to tolerate Turkey's invasion of Syria any longer. "Erdogan claimed the international community had not done enough to help Turkey with the millions of Syrian refugees the country took in, therefore, he decided to invade Syria, displace its residents, and kills its civilians.

Source:Egypt Today

October 16, 2019 14:03 UTC

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