Cairo stadium - file photoCAIRO - 18 June 2019: The Egyptian Metrological Authority called on the fans of the Africa Cup of Nations to cover their heads while heading to the stadiums on Friday which marks the beginning of the summer.The fans are also advised to drink plenty of water and juices, and wear cotton clothes.Ahmed Abdel Aal, head of the EMA, said that the temperature is expected to rise by 3 to 4 °C from the average, as June 21 marks the beginning of Summer.The temperature on Friday is expected to reach 34-35°C, while humidity can reach 50-60 percent.The Africa Cup of Nations is hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19. Egypt will open the 2019 African nations' championship against Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium.
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An aerial view shows the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, June 17, 2019. * Accipiter Holdings purchases 20 A320neos worth $2.2 billion at list prices. * Taiwan’s China Airlines signs preliminary deal to buy 11 A321neos, worth about $1.4 billion at list prices, while leasing another 14. * Virgin Atlantic orders 14 A330neos worth $4.1 billion at list prices, and takes out an option for six more. * Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines orders four A321XLRs, estimated to be worth more than $500 million at list prices.
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Ambulance in Cairo - CC via Wikimedia Commons/Faris KnightCAIRO - 19 June 2019: The Ambulance Authority has put a plan to provide medical coverage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held in Egypt on June 21 - July 19.The plan is as follows:1) 145 paramedics and 30 doctors will be present in stadiums during matches.2) 50 emergency kits.3) A team of four paramedics and a doctor will be assigned to each football team.4) Preparing two well-equipped clinics at the stadium.5) Two ambulance cars will be available at the field, and one more will be available at the entrance of the stadium.6) Twenty ambulance cars will be located around the stadium when matches are attended by large numbers of fans.7) An ambulance will be available 24/7 at hotels hosting the African national teams.8) An ambulance and a medical team will be present during the training of the African national teams.Egypt will open the 2019 African Nations Championship against Zimbabwe on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.Tazkarti declared that the fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).Secondand thirddegree tickets: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club. )Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.
June 19, 2019 10:30 UTC
Incubated by Falak Startups, Bypa-ss is an Egyptian healthcare IT company working to enable clinics, hospitals, individuals and other healthcare providers to use digital Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE). Incubated by Falak Startups, Bypa-ss is an Egyptian healthcare IT company working to enable clinics, hospitals, individuals and other healthcare providers to use digital Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE).They work on progressing the adoption of electronic health records, as well as developing the management of emergencies with the introduction of Health Tag, which is a smart/wearable card granting access to different healthcare providers onto the patient’s digitally stored health records. With the introduction of the Health Tag technology, healthcare providers will be able to use a web app to view, add and share patients’ records. I started with pure academic research about patients’ data, interoperability, electronic health records… etc., the usual nerd stuff. This is why we started with IBM as a reliable technology provider that got our back all the time.
June 19, 2019 10:18 UTC
FILE - RailroadCAIRO - 19 June 2019: The Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) will receive four rail test machines by the end of this year and one more mid-2020 supplied by an Austrian company with which a contract was signed few months ago, official sources told Egypt Today.The machines will enable the authority to better diagnose defects in the railroads which would increase safety, and inhibit derailment accidents.The latest derailment accident occurred in July 2018 in Giza’s al-Marazeeq railway station, and it led to the injury of 57 people. A year earlier, two trains crashed in Alexandria, leaving around 20 dead and dozens injured, according to Director of Ambulance Authority in Western Delta Mohamed Abu Homs.Earlier this year, a train, with no driver on board, moved at an extremely high speed and crashed into the platform's buffer stop at Cairo's busiest and main railway station, located in Ramses district. The collision caused an explosion of the fuel tank and triggered a huge blaze, leaving 20 people dead, and 43 injured.The Ministry of Transportation is implementing a plan to rehabilitate the railway sector by developing signal systems, replacing and maintaining the rail cars, and modernizing the stations.
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Electricity Ministry: Egypt seeks to achieve integration with Africa in energy field - Egypt TodayCAIRO - 19 June 2019: Sweden’s State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Trade Niklas Johansson said his country aims to promote cooperation with Egypt in the field of electricity and renewable energy, according to a statement issued by Electricity Ministry on Monday.This came during his meeting with Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker and representatives of Swedish companies in the energy field in the presence of the Swedish ambassador in Cairo and several officials at the electricity and energy sector.Johansson reiterated that a number of financing institutions are willing to provide the required funding for the renewable energy sector and support the sector of electricity in Egypt to meet the current and future needs.For his part, Shaker praised the relationships between Egypt and Sweden, as well as the active participation of the Swedish side in the projects of the Egyptian electricity sector,stressing that Swedish companies are a reliable partner and play a significant role to contribute to the projects of the electricity sector.He also stressed that the electricity sector is always seeking to deepen the Egyptian-Swedish relations and strengthen the fields of economic cooperation, especially in the field of electricity and renewable energy.
Civilians evacuate from the scene an explosion at KM4 street in the Hodan district in MogadishuCAIRO - 19 June 2019: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Tuesday the terrorist attack that hit central Mogadishu and killed ten people and injured several, according to a statement released by the ministry.The attack targeted a security checkpoint in front of the Somali Parliament and the main road to the airport.Egypt extended the sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery,stressing that the Egyptian people and government stand by the people and government of Somalia against terrorism.The statement also highlighted Egypt’s support of the efforts to rebuild the Somali state institutions and regain security and stability across the country.Kenyan officials also announced on Saturday that at least 10 policemen were killed when their bus collided with an improvised explosive device in the province of Wajir near the Somali border.According to ABC American news,the policemen were clashing with a gunman who kidnapped a number of policemen.
End FGM Logo - Photo Courtesy of United Nations websiteCAIRO– 19 June 2019: Under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, a regional conference on child marriage and Female genital mutilation (FGM) will be hosted in Egypt on June 19 and June 20.Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Women (NCW)and the National Council for Childhood & Motherhood, in cooperation with the African Union and European Union, the conference will be discussing the African challenges and efforts to counter FGM and child marriage as harmful practices violating women’s rights.On June 14, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Program on the FGM said in a statement that Egypt is a pioneering leader in countering the FGM phenomenon.“As part of the global response, success is determined by political will, accountability (at national and sub-national levels) and creation of an enabling environment that engages and coordinates actions from stakeholders across all sectors and partners,” the statement read.Egypt’s efforts come in light of the SDG 5.3 and the African Union’s Transformative Agenda 2063, the statement added, commending Egypt’s’ leadership regionally and internationally.The National Committee of the Eradication of FGM has launched an awareness campaign against female circumcision, on the occasion of the National Anti-FGM Day which falls on June 14.“We consider ourselves today more fortunate in facing all forms of violence and discrimination against the female child and the woman, thanks to the continuous support of the political leadership and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to the protection and empowerment of the Egyptian female child and woman, and the government's commitment to enforce national legislations and international commitments, in accordance with Egypt's strategic vision," said Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women.
FILE – Planning MinistryCAIRO – 19 June 2019: Egypt achieved the highest growth rate in 11 years, recording 5.6 percent, during the third quarter of the current fiscal year, driven by increased investments and a significant increase in foreign trade movement, according to Ministry of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform.The ministry said during the activities of the Union for the Mediterranean Business Forum to promote the business environment and trade in the Euro-Mediterranean region, that the high growth rates affect the situation of unemployment and lead to an increase in jobs, noting that the unemployment rate fell from 13.6 percent in 2014 to 8.1 percent in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year.It pointed out that the State's efforts included encouraging the private sector and seeking to develop the SMEs sector and encouraging the integration of the informal sector in the formal sector, pointing out that the State is working to achieve this through an integrated perspective covering all aspects and initiatives supporting the working environment for these projects, including the financing aspect.Planning Ministry noted that the government is working on a new law for customs and another for small and medium enterprises, adding that there is an initiative of the Central Bank of Egypt worth LE 200 billion at a reduced interest rate of 6 percent to support small and medium industries.It also referred to the provision of non-financial services, the expansion of the establishment of business incubators, the promotion of entrepreneurship, the provision of marketing, logistics and technological services and training to qualify human resources.
CAPMAS - File photoCAIRO - 19 June 2019: The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) revealed a report Tuesday showing that the number of Egyptians abroad reached 10.247 million, according to the Foreign Ministry estimates in 2017.The report noted that the total number of Egyptians in Arab countries reached 6.985 million Egyptians, marking 68.2 percent.The number of Egyptians who acquired an immigrant status reached 348 in 2017, according to the report.For the foreign nationalities granted to Egyptians, the report showed that the number of Egyptians who acquired foreign nationality during the period 2013-2017 reached to 2331 Egyptian.Meanwhile, the number of foreigners who acquired the Egyptian nationality decreased by 75.1 percent from 2013 to 2017. The study pointed out that the sons of Egyptian mothers and foreign women married to Egyptian men are among the main reasons for obtaining the Egyptian nationality.The results of the statistical study indicate that the number of Egyptians married to Arab and foreign women reached 24,800. The number of marriage contracts of Egyptians from an Arab wife reached 12,220 during the period 2013-2017, while marriages to foreign wives amounted to 12,589.The number of Egyptian marriages to an Arab husband reached 7772 cases from 2013 to 2017, while the cases of Egyptian marriage to a foreign husband amounted to 2485 and the number of foreign births hit 125 births during the period 2013-2017.The results indicate that the number of Egyptian son scientific missions abroad reached a maximum height of 1021 Egyptians in 2016, while it reached 560 Egyptians in 2017.The study also pointed out that the number of foreigners working in the government sector reached 1132 foreigners in 2017, an increase of 27.3 percent over 2016, where the number reached 889 foreigners.Also, the number of foreign workers in the private and investment sector decreased by 8.4 percent during the period 2013-2017,reaching 14699 foreigners in 2013, and 13469 foreigners in 2017.
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FalafelCAIRO - 19June 2019: Google celebrated on Tuesday falafel,the most popular dish in the Middle East, which is also known as ta'amiya.Falafel is one of the most popular meals and the favorite breakfast for many in Egypt and Sudan.The most popular theory suggests the dish was invented in Egypt about 1000 years ago by Egyptians.It is made from ground chickpeas and fava beans or both,herbs, spices and onions are usually added to the dough. Some countries cook flafel using hummus instead of beans.Falafel contains a large amount of dietary fiber, vitamins and proteins that supplies the body with energy and helps people feel fuller for a longer period.India produces the vast majority of the world’s chickpea crop, which currently is in high season.The world’s largest falafel was fried for 25 minutes at the Landmark Hotel in Jordan. It weighed 164.8 pounds and reached a height of 59.8 inches.
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Belarus Ambassador in Cairo Sergei Rachkov - Press PhotoCAIRO, June 19 (MENA) - Belarus Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Rachkov asserted the importance of the outcome of the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Belarus for bilateral relations.Sisi and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko reached very important decisions including setting a mechanism at the ministerial level to maintain bilateral political dialogue along with opening an Egyptian embassy in Belarus, he said.In statements to MENA, Rachkov said that the decisions also were related to economic, scientific and education projects in addition to boosting cooperation between Egypt and Belarus in the security field.Both presidents expressed their support for establishing an Egyptian-Belarus business council, he added.
June 19, 2019 09:22 UTC
Parliament Speaker Ali abdel-Aal at the House of Representatives - press photoCAIRO, June 19 (MENA) - Egypt's Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal praised Egyptian-Chinese cooperation in the field of terrorism combat along with enhancement of the level of coordination and exchange of information on means of fighting the extremist terrorist organizations.The Egyptian speaker's remarks were made on Wednesday at a meeting with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Li Zhanshu. Abdel Aal is currently on an official visit to China leading a parliamentary delegation.The Egyptian speaker also voiced hope over increasing cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism in view of the two countries' old civilizations and cultural backgrounds.He also commended the development of the two countries' relations, terming them as "historical and strategic", highlighting the high level of coordination between the two sides regarding a set of issues of common interest.Abdel Aal also asserted that Egypt has strategic priorities for dealing with China and promoting the level of relations in all fields.On the regional level, the Egyptian speaker exchanged viewpoints with the Chinese lawmaker regarding the Palestinian issue and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international resolutions and relevant terms of reference.Abdel Aal called on the Chinese parliament and speaker to support the Libyan House of Representatives and the Libyan army as they are representing the two legislative foundations of the Libyan people.Li, for his part, welcomed the Egyptian parliamentary delegation, praising the level of Egyptian-Chinese relations in all fields especially the parliamentary one in light of the presence of mechanisms for regular parliamentary exchange of visits.The Chinese lawmaker also asserted the willingness of both sides to enhance their friendly relations with the aim of reaching a comprehensive strategic partnership.
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009 file photo, Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. BASRA - 19 June 2019: A rocket struck the site of the residential and operations headquarters of several global major oil companies, including U.S. giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq's southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding three people, Iraq's military said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It came after two separate attacks in as many days on bases housing U.S. military personnel in Iraq, as tension rose between the United States and Iran.The rocket hit the Burjesia site west of the city, according to police and a statement released by the military. Police said it landed 100 metres from the part of the site used as a residence and operations centre by Exxon.Burjesia is near the Zubair oilfield operated by Eni.Washington has ramped up sanctions pressure on Iran in recent months and says it has sent additional forces to the region over tension with the Islamic Republic.It blames Tehran for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Tehran denies it was involved.Both sides say they do not want war, but analysts warn such incidents could escalate violence in the region.
June 19, 2019 06:22 UTC
ReutersThe comedy, arriving in movie theaters next week, tells of struggling British musician Jack who wakes up after a traffic accident and finds himself in an alternate timeline where only he can remember the music of the 1960s band.Boyle, who won an Oscar for the 2008 movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” said the band gave permission for their music to be used in the film despite it being a story where “they are literally erased from the consciousness of the world.”“I think they (The Beatles) must have loved the idea - how quirky the idea was. It appeals to their sense of humor I think,” Boyle said on the red carpet in London on Tuesday.“That is so typical of their sense of humor - and their bravery as well - because they are experimenters. So I think they like the fact that it’s a bit left field,” he added.Boyle said Ringo Starr and the widow of George Harrison had seen the film and sent notes of support.As for Paul McCartney, Boyle said: “I don’t think Paul has seen the movie, but he’s seen the trailer and he said ‘Oh that seems to work!’”Boyle said he had also written to Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon.The movie also features Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, playing himself, as the person who helps Jack, played by British actor Himesh Patel, recreate some of the band’s most famous hits, sending his career soaring.The movie, with a screenplay by “Love Actually” writer Richard Curtis, also features Lily James, Kate McKinnon and James Corden.“Yesterday” starts its global rollout on June 26.
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