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Sir Magdi pointed out that Egyptians should come together to face this pandemic and fight the virus by abiding to the recommendations of the government and never leave home unless it is an emergency, which will contribute to limiting the numbers of patients that will pressure the country’s medical resources and hence affects the health system’s efficiency in saving more lives.

Prof. Yacoub further said “We have to work together as one unit, right now, before we face a true calamity,” He has also stressed the importance of following credible sources of information about the virus from acknowledged institutions and universities to avoid rumors and hoaxes.

Furthermore, Sir Magdi applauded Egypt's ability as a country that has managed to overcome difficulties, tribulations and challenges throughout the ages, only with solidarity and cooperation between all segments of society, which promises Egypt to sail through this critical stage.]]>
3/30/2020 4:43:35 PM
<![CDATA[Debt installments of small businesses in Egypt to be postponed for 3 months]]>
The minister added that there is currently increasing demand on food, and medical equipment and products. Hence, if any factory wants to expand its production capacity, it can be granted a loan after a certain committee inspects the lines and ensures the size of the loan is suitable and is going tothe right place.

The minister affirmed that factories hit by the crisis will be accommodated, and that the president stressed the necessity to make room for local industries, and not resort to imports in light of the increasing demand on certain goods driven by the coronavirus crisis.

Egypt had allocated LE100 billion to face the coronavirus crisis, and its repercussions on the economy. Earlier this month, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decreased interest rates from 12 percent to nine percent.

Egypt's central bank issues LE 7.5B in T-bonds Monday

CAIRO - 23 March 2020: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, issued LE 7.5 billion in treasury bonds on Monday, Mar 23. The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 4 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 3.5 billion with a seven-year term.


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3/30/2020 4:38:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Armed Forces sterilize commercial areas of Old Cairo, Downtown ]]>
For the Downtown neighborhood, the Egyptian Armed Forces sterilized Al-Ataba Square, Al-Ataba Market, the Post Office Authority’s headquarters, Opera Square, Opera Garage, Abdel Aziz Street, El Geish Street, and side streets.

For the Old Cairo neighborhood, the Egyptian Armed Forces sterilized Al-Azhar Street, Al-Hussein Square, and the area surrounding Al-Hussein Mosque.

Egypt prepares for sterilization campaign nationwide over coronavirus

CAIRO - 16 March 2020: On Saturday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered a temporary closure to schools and universities in Egypt. Prime Minster MostafaMadbouly on Monday said Egypt will be suspending flights in all airports starting March 19 until March 31. Sisi further allocated L.E.




A partial curfew in Egypt began on March 25 to last for 15 days as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus among a bundle of rules that include decreasing the working hours of stores and shopping malls, and the closure of restaurants and cafes.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister MostafaMadbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.




The Ministry of Health and Population declared on Sunday that COVID-19 cases rose by 33 for the total figure to become 609, including 132 who completely healed and left the quarantine hospital. The number of deaths became 40 increasing by four. ]]>
3/30/2020 3:59:05 PM
<![CDATA[Greater Cairo’s Ring Road to be enlarged by end of 2020]]>
Commenting on metro crowdedness ahead of curfew start time, the minister stated in a TV interview over the phone that the number of trains increased to 41 from 36, and that the waiting time between trains was decreased to two minutes instead of five.

The minister added that the trains and stations are sterilized periodically, and that all workers put on masks.

As for railways, the minister stated that a number of buses have been secured to drop off the passengers, whose trains arrive during the curfew to the closest points to their homes in Greater Cairo.

The minister added that free masks are distributed upon train passengers, but urged citizens to bring masks with them just in case the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) runs out of masks.

A partial curfew in Egypt began on March 25 to last for 15 days as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus among a bundle of rules that include decreasing the working hours of stores and shopping malls, and the closure of restaurants and cafes.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister MostafaMadbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.




The ministry of Health and Population declared on Sunday that COVID-19 cases rose by 33 for the total figure to become 609, including 132 who completely healed and left the quarantine hospital. The number of deaths became 40 increasing by four.
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3/30/2020 3:54:30 PM
<![CDATA[336 Egyptians stranded in Kuwait evacuated due to coronavirus]]>
The 350 passengers included 14 people expelled for violating the residence law.

The flight came in coordination between the Kuwaiti authorities, the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait and the Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir, to bring back nationals with humanitarian cases and those who entered the country with visitor visas.

The fourth flight was operated on Sunday, with 303 Egyptian residents on board. The number of Egyptian nationals who departed Kuwait in the recent evacuation flights has reached 1293 people.

"The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has earlier assigned the African country’s embassies to prepare lists of Egyptian citizens stuck abroad," Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said.

In an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada Al-Balad, a private TV channel, Makram noted that many Egyptians residing abroad are willing to return, but the authorities prioritize those who left the country via visitor visas.

"The United States currently has the largest number of Egyptian nationals stuck abroad," Makram said, adding that over 1,000 citizens are there.

She noted that a flight will be operated to Washington soon to bring back the Egyptian nationals, while four flights will take off from the United Kingdom.]]>
3/30/2020 3:45:35 PM
<![CDATA[Petroleum derivatives' prices to decline in April: Egypt’s Central Bank governor]]>
Amer indicated during a phone interview with a TV program that oil prices and the exchange of the dollar have recently fallen significantly at the global level.

The governor of the Central Bank said, "The date for the re-pricing of petroleum products will be at the end of March, and I believe that it will be reduced."

He pointed out that Egypt was targeting to purchase oil by about $11.8 billion of its budget, but due to the spread of the coronavirus around the world, which affected the price of oil, in return, the amount of oil purchase in the budget fell to $7.3billion, marking a a decrease of $4.5 billion.

Egypt has adopted the automatic pricing mechanism since July 2019, aiming to provide flexibility to enable state institutions to provide the best service for all citizens.

The automatic pricing mechanism aims at adjusting the sale prices of some petroleum products in the local market every three months, based on two key determinants in the domestic market, namely Brent Crude Oil price and the change in the value of the US dollar against the Egyptian pound.

These two key determinants come beside other fixed charges and costs, which are being adjusted annually in September after the approval of the previous fiscal year budget by the Central Auditing Organization.


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3/30/2020 3:31:09 PM
<![CDATA[Italian poet Biagi presents Qabbani’s poems in “Culture Brings Us Together” ]]>
Within the “Culture Brings Us Together” initiative, Italian scholars read through the works of Arab poets and writers. Italian poet Elena Biagi will be hosted and will read poetry of late legendary poet Nizar Qabbani online.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Council of Culture has launched the “Read with Us” initiative. “Read with us” presents extracts from one of an Arab writer or poet's works read by his/her own voice. The recorded video is sent to the Supreme Council of Culture to upload it on all social media platforms, enabling the followers to engage freely in comments.

The council uploads the readings on a daily basis on Facebook and YouTube. A large number of writers and creators from Arab countries and Egypt participate in the initiative.

Furthermore, Minister Abdel Dayem launched "Stay at Home ... Culture Is between Your Hands" initiative that aims to broadcast the anecdotes of the national and contemporary national archives through the Ministry of Culture’s channel on YouTube and its various social media accounts.
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3/30/2020 3:27:12 PM
<![CDATA[Antiquities smuggling deal thwarted in Minya]]>
Information and investigations of the Criminal Investigation Department at the Minya Police Directorate, in coordination with the Public Security Sector, confirmed that a person, residing in Malawi, Minya, had acquired some artifacts for the purpose of trafficking.

Upon completing the legal procedures, the defendant was targeted by a police force headed by the public security sector. The defendant was found in his residence and 113 artifacts and coins dating back to the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras were found in his possession.

The seizures were presented to the Minya Antiquities Inspectors, and are now subject to the provisions of the Antiquities Protection Law.

The defendant confessed in the investigations that he possessed the seized items for the purpose of trafficking and that he got them through excavations carried out in his residence. Legal action was then taken.

This comes within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Interior to combat crime in all its forms, especially combating crimes of possession of antiquities, illegal drilling and excavation.

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3/30/2020 3:16:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's central bank issues LE 7.5B in T-bonds Monday]]>
The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 4 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 3.5 billion with a seven-year term.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided Monday to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to reach 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.

Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.]]>
3/30/2020 2:49:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's consulate: Saudi Arabia extends visit visas till end of April 2020]]>
The consulate was replying for Egyptians' inquiries about the Saudi measures towards residents, who could not fly back during the period of the exit/re-entry visa, holders of business and tourist visas amid the suspension of the flights because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Saudi authorities took several measures including the extension of the exit re-entry visa for residents who left the Kingdom, the consulate noted

The Saudi procedures will expire after 30 days of the Saudi Health Ministry's announcement of the full end of the pandemic, it added.]]>
3/30/2020 2:38:19 PM
<![CDATA[Governor of Egypt’s Central Bank expects pound to rise against dollar]]>
“We must first consider the variables that occur abroad on the balance of domestic payments, before expecting the pound to rise against the dollar,” Amer said during a phone interview with a TV program.

The average dollar price is LE 15.68 for buying and LE 15.78 pounds for selling. With the Egyptian pound’s gains that reached 2.1 percent against the dollar, Capital Economics attributed the rise of the currency to official intervention, “but this raises concern that policymakers haven’t learnt from past mistakes.”

“While the pound has fallen by just over 1 percent against the dollar since late-February, that is a much better performance than other EM currencies over the same period,” Capital Economics added.

CBE’s governor referred to global talks about how Egypt preceded the current conditions by controlling the economy

“Unlike Egypt, pumping loans in Europe has become weak because they have reached the limit of being satisfied and the loan-to-deposit ratio is very high, “Amer said.

He continued,"While in Egypt we still have excess of deposits and liquidity, and we also have scope to lower interest rates more and more in order to stimulate the economy."

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided earlier to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to reach 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.
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3/30/2020 2:36:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian expats’ remittances hit $34B, exceeding Egypt’s Central Bank figures ]]>
Amer added during statements to the privately owned Sada al-Balad TV channel that Egypt is facing a cash problem, pointing out that the $26 billion are transferred from abroad to banks directly, while other Egyptians bring cash as they return from abroad.

He pointed out that the Central Bank is discussing with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a review of how it calculates the balance of payments, to add all foreign exchange resources “because in the current period it does not reflect the real state of the economy in the country.”

“Whenever we succeed in adding the informal economy to the formal sector, this reflects on the economy and enables the state to attract foreign direct investment,” CBE’s governor stressed.

Earlier, CBE stated that Remittances from Egyptian expatriates hiked 5 percent or $1.3 billion during 2019, reaching $26.8 billion, compared to $25.5 billion in 2018.

CBE attributed the increase to the hike of the remittances of Egyptians abroad during the second half of 2019 by 13.5 percent or $1.6 billion, to reach $13.7 billion, compared to $12.1 billion in the same period of 2018.

Remittances from Egyptian expats hikes to $26.8B in 2019

CAIRO - 19 March 2020: Remittances from Egyptian expatriates hiked 5 percent or $1.3 billion during 2019, reaching $26.8 billion, compared to $25.5 billion in 2018, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) stated Thursday.



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3/30/2020 1:47:46 PM
<![CDATA[EasyJet grounds entire fleet of planes because of coronavirus crisis]]>
The budget airline said it could not put a firm date on restarting commercial flights and 4,000 of its 9,000 UK staff will be furloughed initially for two months from 1 April.

EasyJet had focused on repatriating customers in recent days after travel restrictions came into force across most of its main markets. However, the last of 650 repatriation flights ended on Sunday. ]]>
3/30/2020 1:37:07 PM
<![CDATA[Foreigners exit from Egypt’s bourse by $500M: CBE governor]]>
Amer added during a phone call to the privately owned Sada al-Balad TV channel that CBE’s LE20 billion-support to EGX came as a result of these exits, which pushed the bourse upward in a time all global exchanges were losing.

He stressed that all global stock exchanges lost between 70 to 90 percent of their capital, but thanks to the measures taken by the state, the Egyptian Stock Exchange conditions witnessed huge improvement.

President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced on Mar. 22, that CBE allocated LE 20 billion to the Egyptian Stock Exchange as part of measures taken to curb the effect of coronavirus.

Egypt's central bank supports EGX by LE20B to curb Coronavirus effect

CAIRO - 22 March 2020: The central Bank of Egypt (CBE) allocated LE 20 billion to the Egyptian Stock Exchange as part of measures taken to curb the effect of coronavirus, President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced Sunday. This came in a meeting with a number of women on the occasion of Mother's Day.




The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ended Sunday in a semi-collective rise. However, it lost LE 1.9 billion of market capitalization, amid Arab and foreign selling.

EGX ends Sunday on mixed note, market cap. loses LE1.9B

CAIRO - 29 March 2020: The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ended Sunday in a semi-collective rise. However, it lost LE 1.9 billion of market capitalization, amid Arab and foreign selling. The benchmark EGX 30 dipped 1.54 percent, or 152.8 points, to close at 9,760.18 points.



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3/30/2020 12:49:58 PM
<![CDATA[From sofas and kitchens, music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser]]>
Those who performed from their homes for the “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” also included Mariah Carey, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes and Sam Smith.

The one-hour show, broadcast on Fox television without commercials, was the biggest joint effort in the pandemic to lift spirits, raise money for those in the frontlines, and remind Americans to wash their hands and keep their distance.

“There’s doctors, nurses and scientists on the frontlines. They’re living proof that most superheroes don’t wear capes,” said John, who hosted the show from his kitchen.

“We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your souls.”

All the performances and appearances by celebrities ranging from comedian Ellen DeGeneres to R&B artist Lizzo and country singer Tim McGraw were filmed on phones, home cameras or online platforms.

The songs were interspersed with short personal stories from nurses, doctors, truckers, grocery staff, and other essential workers as millions of Americans entered a third week subjected to orders to stay home.

Dr Elvis Francois, a surgeon from Rochester, Minnesota, stole hearts on social media with an emotional rendition of “Imagine” performed in medical scrubs.

“Did this doctor just out sing every artist that’s performed?” one viewer, Ender Wiggins, asked on Twitter.

The concert, also broadcast on iHeart radio stations nationwide, urged listeners to donate to charities Feeding America, and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The amount raised was not immediately known, but more than $1 million was donated in the first 10 minutes, courtesy of $500,000 from household goods giant Procter & Gamble and a matching sum from Fox Television.

“My heart goes out to people who have lost loved ones and also those who are losing their jobs,” said Lady Gaga, clad in pink sweatpants and a hoodie.



Alicia Keys, singing “Rise Up,” Dave Grohl performing “My Hero,” and Billie Joe Armstrong’s acoustic version of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” spoke to the hardships of millions of those working or laid off as stores, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters have shut down.

“After we come out of this horrible thing, I hope we are nicer to each other, and fairer to one another,” John said.


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3/30/2020 12:43:19 PM
<![CDATA[Rapid interventions to support Upper Egypt development program: min.]]>
The minister made the remarks during a meeting with Mohamed Nada, a senior urban specialist at the World Bank Group, along with Head of the Local Development Program in Upper Egypt Hesham el Helbawy and his deputy at the premises of the ministry.

The rapid aid interventions intent to meet the goals of the Upper Egypt Development program that prioritize supporting workers enrolled in the program as well as the impoverished families in Qena and Sohag, the minister said.

A three-month long urgent plan will be outlined alongside probing offering in-kind support for the most needy families and the irregular workers, he added.

Also, coordination is underway to provide medical equipment for the hospitals and medical units as well as the sterilization products to villages, the minister said. ]]>
3/30/2020 11:05:58 AM
<![CDATA[2 Egyptian girls arrested over incitement to break curfew]]>
The two girls are accused of using social media accounts to incite citizens to ignore the curfew, disturbing the public order and posing threats to the lives of people.

They were arrested by security bodies and then released for a bail of EGP 20,000 each, while all legal proceedings have been taken to bring them to trial before a criminal court.

The public prosecution has urged all citizens to abide by the laws and avoid spreading rumors to protect the safety and health of people. ]]>
3/30/2020 10:59:09 AM
<![CDATA[Minister of transport calls for providing metro commuters with free face masks]]>
The minister inspected the Ramses railway station and several stations of the Cairo metro on Sunday.

Nine days ago, Deputy Chief of the Egyptian Railway Authority Samy Abdel-Tawab called on Egyptians to avoid using public transportation unless necessary to curb the outbreak of the virus.

Since mid-March, the Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities. It also suspended the international flights to mid April.

Furthermore, a partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121, the ministry added.



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3/30/2020 10:49:49 AM
<![CDATA[After 10 years in England, Elmohamady wants to end his career in the Premier league]]>
Elmohamady spoke in a lengthy dialogue with his club Aston Villa website about his period in England, the increase of Egyptians in the English Premier League and the best players played with him in the Egyptian team.

Congratulations on completing ten years in English football. How do you reflect on your time in this country so far?



I remember my first day in England when I joined Sunderland, the first club I played for. It was a difficult beginning because I came to a different country, different culture and climate without my family and friends. But I got used to it well and enjoyed it. There were also some difficulties with language, but over time I learnt it. I’m proud of what I did, and I hope it will continue for years to come, as I think I’m the first Egyptian player to spend ten years here in England.

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Tell us about how last season was for you and the journey of getting promotion to the Premier League?

The Championship is a tough league and it’s not easy to get promoted from it. The club spent two years in the Championship, and we reached the Play-Off Final in 2018 but we didn’t make it. We reached Wembley again in 2019 and we were determined to win and get promoted to the Premier League. We were inconsistent last season, but we were able to win the last 11 or 12 matches and finish in the Play-Off positions. It was one of the best days in my career. Of course, I prefer to play in the Premier League.

What makes Aston Villa special?

Aston Villa is one of the greatest clubs here in England and worldwide. The fans and atmosphere in Villa Park is awesome. I am pleased to be here and I’ve spent the best times of my ten years in England with Villa.

Away from football, how do you describe your life in England?

I am well settled here. I have my wife and my two kids, Malek and Nejma. I wanted to make a family ever since I came here to settle as early as possible.

Do you want to end your career in Egypt?

I’ve been here in England for a long time and I am looking to end my career here too, to be the first Egyptian player to finish their career in England.

How do you feel when you see more Egyptian players come to the Premier League?

It’s a good thing for Egyptian football. We have Salah and Trezeguet in the Premier League and Hegazi in the Championship. Playing in such a big league will benefit those players and in turn will benefit the Egyptian national team. I hope we see more Egyptian players play here in the future.

What is your advice to young Arab players?

You should be committed and work hard. Commitment is the key to achieve your goals, we have seen this in Salah and Trezeguet.

Who is the person that most influenced your career?

My father, because he always advises and supports me during difficult times.


Who is the best manager you’ve played for before Dean Smith?

Steve Bruce. He was the one who brought me here through Sunderland, then signed me for Hull City and Aston Villa. I respect Steve so much and he helped me a lot.

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Who is the best player you’ve played with at international level?

I’ve played with many great players like Barakat, Aboutrika, Mido, Salah and Trez now. I can’t identify one player. They are all great players and I am proud of playing alongside them.

And who is the best player you’ve played alongside in England?

I’ve played with a lot of great players like John Terry and Jack Grealish. But for me Jack is the best because he is brilliant and can make the difference at any time.


Who is the best player you’ve played against in England?

Eden Hazard. He was one of the toughest and he is so talented. Also, Ashley Cole when he was in his prime at Chelsea.

Finally, what is the best moment of your ten years in England?

Promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa. When you see the joy in the fans’ eyes, you realise how much they wanted it. It’s my best moment here for sure.
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3/30/2020 9:45:00 AM
<![CDATA[I had no friends in football: Elhadary]]>
El-Hadary said in statements to OnTime Sport channel: "Sherif Ekrami, Mohamed Al-Shennawi and others say they are friends in front of the cameras? I can say that too, but it will not be true."

"If their words were correct, then perhaps I am wrong, and for this reason I have continued for more than 25 years as number one."

El-Hadary continued, "In my career, I went into trouble with Thabet Al-Batal, Shoubir and Mustafa Kamal, and then with Abdel Wahid El-Sayed, Mohamed Abdel-Monsef and Mohamed Sobhy. Then Sherif Ekramy and Ahmed El-Shennawy. In the end I was always Number 1 for 25 years."

The 47-year-old continued, "Do not think that in football there are players in the same position as friends. In my entire career, maybe I have a relationship with Mohamed Shawky, Mohamed Zidan and Ahmed Elmohamady. They are not my friends and we go out together but I have a relationship with them."

"Out of the stadium, my friends and I wish them well. On the field (I don’t have mercy on me)."

Essam El-Hadary was the goalkeeper of the Egyptian team for 22 years from 1996 to 2018.

El-Hadary has been crowned the nations of Africa four times in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He participated in the 2018 World Cup finals as the largest player to participate in the World Cup historically.
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3/30/2020 8:53:00 AM
<![CDATA[Scrap season if it can't be finished by end of June says Kane]]>
The English top-flight is currently suspended until at least April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a likely further delay to be announced soon.

There is no clear idea about when or if football will be able to resume, but Euro 2020 has been cancelled, which opens a window to bring domestic seasons to a conclusion in the summer.

But Tottenham striker Kane does not want Premier League chiefs to let the current campaign go past June or even the start of what would be the 2020-21 season in August, as has been suggested in some quarters.

"I know the Premier League will do everything they can to finish the season, and that they are looking at every option possible," Kane said in an Instagram Live conversation with former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp.

"I think, for me, we do need to try to finish the season. But there needs to be a point where enough is enough.

"Playing into July or August and pushing next season back I don't see too much benefit in that. But obviously I don't know too much about behind the scenes and financially.

"Probably the limit for me is the end of June. If the season's not completed by the end of June we need to look at the options and just look forward to next season."

Premier League matches could potentially be staged behind closed doors in a bid to complete this campaign once the current lockdown in Britain is over.

Kane does not think dragging out the season will help anyone though, especially if it delays the next term.

"The further this season is pushed on, it would have such a big knock-on effect for next season, with the Euros in 2021, and even World Cup 2022. But that's just my opinion," he said.

"Football is secondary at the moment. I know there still have to be plans in place, and I'm sure everyone is trying to do that.

"All that is out of my hands though, there's nothing I can do personally, so from my point of view we've just got to wait and see what happens. Hopefully this clears up as soon as possible, and we can try to get back to normal."]]>
3/30/2020 4:32:00 AM
<![CDATA[Xavi wants 'total harmony' to return to Barcelona as coach]]>
Hernandez is in charge of Al-Sadd in Qatar and turned down an approach in January after Barca sacked Ernesto Valverde, which led to the surprise appointment of Quique Setien.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia published on Sunday, Xavi said Neymar would be a "spectacular signing", and singled out former Spain defender Carles Puyol and the one-time Dutch winger Jordi Cruyff as people he would like to work with.

Yet the relationship between Barcelona's board, led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the players has remained tense, with Lionel Messi's public criticism of technical secretary Eric Abidal among a number of off-field controversies.

"I am clear that I want to return to Barca, I am very excited," said Xavi, who was asked if a change of board would be needed for it to happen. "Obviously I would like to be in tune with everyone," he said. "In the dressing room there can't be a negative or toxic atmosphere."

"Everything has to fit," Xavi added. "I would like to come in with people from my environment that could form a good team."

Pushed on whether working with the current board would be a deal-breaker, Xavi said: "It wouldn't be definitive but I insist I would like to have total harmony. I don't know if that can happen... I have nothing against anyone and I don't have a bad relationship with Bartomeu.

Xavi mentioned the likes of Puyol, whom he played with under Pep Guardiola, and Cruyff, son of Johan and former Barca and Manchester United winger, as the kind of people he would like to work alongside.

"I would like to work with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty," said Xavi. "We are talking about Carles Puyol, who was captain of Barca, and Jordi Cruyff, a very good businessman with a lot of experience as a technical secretary."

He also said Neymar, whom the Catalans tried and failed to sign from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, would be a "spectacular signing".

"Most of the squad seems extraordinary," Xavi said. "The base is very good. I would sign forwards, like Neymar. I don't know if he would fit in a social sense but in football terms I have no doubt he would be a spectacular signing."]]>
3/30/2020 2:31:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Sisi orders to increase doctors’ allowance amid a pandemic]]>
The president’s directions came during a meeting that included prime minister Mustafa Madbouli, ministers of defense and military production, minister of higher education, minister of finance, and minister of health to discuss the current situation.

Al Sisi praised the efforts exerted by the medical doctors and ordered to allocate 2.25 billion pounds to boost medical staffers’ allowance, he also issued a directive about launching a risk fund for doctors and workers in the medical field.

The president ordered to issue exceptional rewards for the workers at quarantine, chest, and fever hospitals.

The president discussed the possibility of locally manufacturing medical supplies such as ventilators amid the sharp shortage the world faces during the war against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Al Sisi has also discussed his government’s efforts to have the Egyptians stranded abroad back into their country, and subject them to the precautionary measures in order to make sure they did not contract the Covid-19 virus.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health recorded Sunday 33 new cases of Covid-19 and 4 deaths of the viral virus according to a statement.

All the new cases are Egyptians who have contracted the virus from cases that were recorded before as part of the ministry’s measures to face the novel virus.

The total number of the cases recorded in Egypt is 609, 132 of them recovered and left the quarantine hospital, and 40 died.
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3/30/2020 1:23:21 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 33 new Covid-19 cases]]>
All the new cases are Egyptians who have contracted the virus from cases that were recorded before as part of the ministry’s measures to face the novel virus.

The total number of the cases recorded in Egypt is 609, 132 of them recovered and left the quarantine hospital, and 40 died.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Khaled Megahed, said that the number of cases who their results changed from positive to negative for Covid-19 jumped to 182 cases.
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3/29/2020 9:13:08 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism in Arab World to decline by $30.6B by end of April ]]>
The damage includes domestic tourism whose revenues recorded $130.8 billion in 2019. The decline in Arab airlines’ revenues is estimated at $14.4 billion by the end of April as the losses of the aviation sector on a global scale is estimated at $400 billion.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) speculates that the number of international tourists will decrease by 20-30 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year due to the coronavirus outbreak incurring a decline in international tourism revenues by $300-450 billion. That figure constitutes around one third of the international tourism revenues standing at $1.5 trillion.

According to Worldometer, there are 704,500 coronavirus cases around the globe with 33,519 deaths and 150,729 recovered cases.

On March 16, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced the suspension of aviation for 15 days starting March 19 which would cost the sector LE2.25 in losses. On March 24, he declared that aviation suspension will be extended for additional 15 days.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.



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3/29/2020 7:49:44 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 refreshes Egypt's independent films' market with free online views]]>
This achieves a recovery for this type of films, which may not have much share in reaching the public through cinemas that are usually controlled by commercial films.

The beginning was with the "Watch and Stay at Home" initiative launched by Zawya Cinema in parallel with the suspension of its activities indefinitely, to encourage and support people in the period of social isolation.

Zawya announced on its official page on Facebook the availability of several independent films for viewing online. Most of the films are documentaries.

Zawya Cinema has announced the availability of “Gai el-Zaman” directed by Dina Hamza until April 1. The film mainly revolves around the director's feelings of loneliness especially after the demise of her late father in 2010. These feelings of loneliness and unease were vicious enough to give the grieving director nightmares and suicidal thoughts.

In an attempt to escape her negative feelings, Hamza turned to the radio, which her late father left behind. Tuning the radio to certain channels broadcasting songs, Hamza starts listening to the songs her late father wrote for the superstars of the golden era; Abdel Halim Hafez, and Shadia, Warda, among others.

During the film’s events, Hamza embarks on an ongoing search for her late father, poet Mohammed Hamza. She desperately searches for himin people, time and places.

The second film was the documentary "Thelal" directed by Marianne Khoury and Mustafa Hasnaoui, which is available to watch for free until March 30. The film explores one of the most confidential files in Egypt: Mental illness.

Meeting these mentally ill men and women who were expelled by the Egyptian society to these hospitals compels the viewer to put his preconceptions to test.

It is the first time ever that the camera has passed through the gates of the mental health institutions that have been withheld for a long time.

Furthermore, Zawya's initiative included the screening of the documentary films "Meel Ya Ghazeel" directed by Eliane el-Raheb, and "Ya Omri" directed by Hadi Zakkak, whose period of viewing ended March 24.

In addition, director Ahmed Rashwan announced on his official account on Facebook that three of his films are made available for free viewing on Vimeo.

The films are: “Basra”, which was produced in 2008 and starred Bassem Samra and Nahed el-Sebai. The film revolves around the life of a group of educated young women and men who live in Egypt as friends. The group has their way of thinking and possesses a lot of ambition and joy.

However, with the start of the Iraq War, the devastating events had its toll on the group. It prevents one of them from traveling abroad in pursuit of education. The war in Iraq does not ignite negativity in Basra and Baghdad alone; it has, in fact, wrecked the once joyful souls of these friends.

The second film is “Gowa el-Bashar”, produced by the National Cinema Center in 1998. The film focuses on the life of nun Celeste el-Khayyat, founder of the Coral Association of Upper Egypt.

The film is set in Bayadeya, one of the villages of Upper Egypt, when a nun called Celeste el- Khayyat returns to her village to see the developments that befell the choir t that she formed years ago and then accompanies them on a trip to Cairo to perform in the capital.

Rashwan's third available documentary film is "Mawlod Fe January 25", which revolves around the spark of a strike on May 27, calling for the civilization of the Egyptian state.

Moreover, director Saad Hindawi announced the availability of his movie "Doaa Aziza", which had its international premiere at the Dubai Festival.

The film traces the journey of two Egyptian girls from 2005 until the date of the production of the film. Aziza plans to emigrate and Doaa wants to leave France and return to live in Egypt.







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3/29/2020 6:56:03 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Sunday on mixed note, market cap. loses LE1.9B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 dipped 1.54 percent, or 152.8 points, to close at 9,760.18 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX 50 increased 0.05 percent, or 0.67 points, to end at 1,339.83 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 rose 1.95 percent, or 18.67 points, to close at 978.09 points, and the broader index EGX 100 hiked 0.19 percent, or 2.02 points to 1,038.18 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 1.9 billion, recording LE 537.95 billion, compared to LE 539.91 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 194.52 million shares, traded through 19,775 transactions, with a turnover of LE 390.81 million.

Egyptian investors were buyers at LE 105.41 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 5.27 million, and LE 99.81 million, respectively.

Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 6.99 million, and LE 973,273, respectively, while Egyptian individuals were net buyers at LE 27.21 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 78.19 million, and LE 1.4 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 100.78 million.

Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical, Samad Misr -EGYFERT, and B Investments Holding were top gainers of the session at 9.95 percent, 9.94 percent and 9.40 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co, El Ezz Porcelain (Gemma), and Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development were top losers of the session by 4.48 percent, 3.77 percent, and 3.69 percent, respectively.

On Thursday, EGX ended the session in green, EGX 30 rose 0.48 percent, EGX 50 increased 1.97 percent,EGX 70 inched up 3.15 percent,and EGX 100 hiked 1.40 percent.
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3/29/2020 6:24:26 PM
<![CDATA[Limited number of Egyptian families in quarantine: Health Minister]]>
He told ExtraNews channel this morning that only four families have been quarantined after a few people of their relatives tested positive for the virus, noting that this is only a protective measure to curb the virus spread.



He confirmed that the Ministry of Supply provides those families with all their basic needs, while the Ministry of Interior is in charge of their security, denying the media remarks claiming that a number of governorates were put on a lockdown.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

"The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121," the ministry added.

As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached 680,453 people and 31,912 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 146,352. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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3/29/2020 6:21:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to produce ventilators for COVID-19 patients]]>
"During a meeting with Minister of Industry Nevin Gamei and Head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Mohamed al-Siwidy on Saturday, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said that President Sisi ordered manufacturing the ventilators and providing the Egyptian factories with the supplies they need to prevent importations amid the current coronavirus crisis," Younis told "Al-Hikaya" talk show on MBC channel.

Younis added that the government asserted that all facilities will be provided concerning this matter.

Gamei told “Al-Youm” talk show on DMC channel that the Cabinet issued a decree to exclude the workers of pharmaceutical and food factories from the partial 14-day curfew that has been imposed since March 24, 2020.

Many countries around the globe suffer from a shortage of ventilators. US President Donald Trump ordered General Motors to produce ventilators for the Covid-19 patients, Time reported on Saturday. Italy, which is facing an uncontrolled situation of the virus' spread, suffered a massive shortage of ventilators to the extent that hospitals changed the scuba diving masks into ventilators, CBC news stated on Saturday. Meanwhile, the European Union has set a plan to produce more ventilators.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

"The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121," the ministry added.

As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached 680,453 people and 31,912 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 146,352. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.]]>
3/29/2020 6:18:47 PM
<![CDATA[Police detect 286 violations of protective rules, break 571 market manipulation cases]]>
The measures that went into effect on March 25 include the closure of stores, the shopping malls and service outlets from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and the shutdown of restaurants and cafes for 15 days.

The police fined 213 stores, cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls, and 73 private tutoring centers. As private tutoring centers were banned earlier this month, and a large number of them were shut down, the total figure becomes 12,531 across the country.

Furthermore, the police broke market manipulation 571 cases, including 251 cases pertinent to monopoly, product hiding to create a deficiency in supply, and price manipulation.

On March 25, prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced a bundle of protective measures against COVID-19, including a partial curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting March 26 for 15 days.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days. First, a curfew takes place between 7:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m.




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3/29/2020 6:10:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt injects LE 30B to expand int’l internet corridors entering its borders]]>
Talaat added that those capacities have contributed to a significant improvement in the quality of internet services. He noted that without these new capacities, we would have been in a major crisis, especially in light of the high demand from all segments of society with the precautionary measures taken by the state against coronavirus spread, including allowing employees to work from home and activating distant education.

On the slow internet speed, he pointed out that the decline in internet services is a bit of a global problem and is not only in Egypt, after various countries of the world have allowed working from home through reliance on the World Wide Web.

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has taken a set of measures and initiatives to reduce the burdens on citizens and facilitate their daily activities to keep pace with the precautionary measures taken by the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

These initiatives included one to support e-learning during the period of suspension of schools and universities by increasing the capacities of internet packages by 20 percent, as well as making the browsing service available to "Knowledge Bank", educational platforms and websites free of charge, to ensure that the educational process is not affected during the suspension period.

Telecom Egypt increases capacity of landline internet packages 20%

CAIRO - 17 March 2020: Telecom Egypt has increased the capacities of landline internet packages offered to its customers by 20 percent, as part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology initiative to support students in the education process.




In addition, the National Communications Regulatory Authority (NCRA) agreed with mobile operators in Egypt to enhance the use of electronic transactions by providing the citizens with incentive offers on its e-services. The incentives will be offered when charging the balance using electronic payment methods, whether through the electronic applications of each company or by charging the balance using the cash service (electronically). This offer gives 30 times the balance charged worth of minutes and free units when using this feature.

Egypt offers incentives over charging mobiles electronically

CAIRO - 20 March 2020: The National Communications Regulatory Authority (NCRA) agreed with the mobile operators in Egypt to enhance the use of electronic transactions by providing incentive offers on its services provided to citizens.


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3/29/2020 5:34:49 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Success of the e-initiative encourage us to present more]]>
Abdel Dayem noted that the reaction she received from Egypt and the world encouraged her to continue presenting a wide diversity of concerts.

In a phone call on one of the programs broadcast on TEN TV channel, Abdel Dayem said that the initiative presents artistic content from the archives of the Ministry of Culture and not live shows. The content presented is mostly concerts and plays. The minister of culture also noted that the ministry started taking action since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is noteworthy that the concert of the legendary musician Omar Khairat, which was presented on the official YouTube channel of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, became a trend on YouTube. The concert achieved nearly half a million views in less than 12 hours, as the views reached 485,708 views.

The Egyptians highly interacted with the Ministry of Culture’s e-initiative "Stay at House ... Culture is between Your Hands", which encourages the public to stay at home as much as possible to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry's official channel reached 70,000 subscribers in less than 48 hours from the launch of the initiative.
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3/29/2020 4:19:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt prepared for all COVID-19 scenarios: health min.]]>
In an interview with Tase’a on state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1), Minister Hala Zayed said Egypt is working within the framework of strict precautionary measures to overcome the peak of the novel virus.

“Our capabilities are ready even for the worst scenarios and our hospitals are ready,” said Zayed. “The current measures are vey important, through which we try to have the least number of cases and deaths.”

The minister noted that 70% of the cases that tested positive for the coronavirus were in contact with previously reported cases.

Upper Egypt’s Luxor and Aswan had a very low infection rate during the past week, Zayed said.

As many as 28 cruise ships in Aswan were cleaned and sterilized throughout the current week, the deputy health minister in the city said earlier.

Dozens of positive cases were reported on board a Nile cruiser earlier in March in Aswan, as infection started with a Taiwanese-American tourist.


In remarks to Egypt Today, Deputy Health Minister in Aswan Ehab Hanafi said a number of measures were taken to protect citizens and workers in tourism sectors from the novel coronavirus. He also noted that tourist attractions, including temples, museums and hotels have been the focus of these efforts.

Concerning the governorates of Luxor, Aswan and South Sinai, known to be among the major tourist attractions in Egypt, Zayed earlier in March said some precautionary measures were taken, including banning workers in all tourist facilities from leaving these governorates for 14 days and putting them in quarantine.

The procedures in the three governorates will also include cleaning and sterilizing all tourist facilities as well as governmental and non-governmental facilities, Zayed said, adding that they will be unable to receive any tourists for 14 days starting from the date when the last tourist leaves.

The tourist ships also underwent precautionary measures, Zayed said, including testing all on board for the new virus, including visitors as well as the staff. Those who tested positive were quarantined. Concerning Nile cruisers, all those on board were put in quarantine for 14 days.]]>
3/29/2020 3:55:09 PM
<![CDATA[After flying back stranded Egyptians in London, minister coordinates return of 37 from Tunisia]]>
A number of those were on business trips while others are working for UNICEF and UN organizations working in Libya so they had to head to Tunisia to get back.

Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram praised the coordination between both ministries highlighting Enaba’s initiative to fly back dozens of Egyptians from London on March 17 on EgyptAir flight no. 779.

Enaba stated he would contribute in returning stranded Egyptians to assert that all EgyptAir pilots and crews must always be at the service of citizens under any circumstances.

Stranded Egyptians can fill out the following form to receive help:
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They can also email or Whatsapp the ministry: Egyexpcare2020@gmail.com - 01069613755/01062437210

And, they can always head to Egypt’s embassies and consulates in the countries they are visiting.

Egypt suspended international flights on March 19 for 15 days but the duration was extended to another 15 days as a protective measure against coronavirus outbreak. Yet, domestic and cargo flights continue operation.

Tourists who had arrived before that date were allowed to continue their programs and leave on previously scheduled dates. On Monday 23, all museums and archaeological sites were shut down so travel agencies had to reschedule their programs accordingly.

Red Sea hotels and resorts were instructed to quarantine workers for 14 days starting the check-out date of the last tourist. In parallel, all tourism establishments would be sterilized during the aviation suspension.

Between March 19-26, EgyptAir operated 33 flights to return stranded Egyptians from different countries.
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3/29/2020 3:50:43 PM
<![CDATA[ITIDA to Open its Electronics Innovation Complexes for Techies to Prototype Solutions Challenging COVID-19]]>
The agency supports the ‘Wild Card’ online hackathon that called teams from across EMEA region to build different components of a response system that helps people, businesses deal with the disruption.

The three-day hackathon running from the 27th to the 29th of March, was initiated by Robusta, an Egyptian tech & product agency, and many governmental agencies and private organizations along with a well-connected network of VCs, accelerators and community outreach partners have joined to try to take on the coronavirus and challenge its global impact.

More than 100 teams have Jumped in the movement so far and started working together with a focus on finding and developing innovative solutions to support the healthcare system, business continuity, and community wellbeing areas in which solutions will be prototyped.

For its part, ITIDA has decided to contribute to this initiative through offering up its facilities to support and serve all the winning teams or startups to develop, implement and fabricate their projects in its Electronics Innovation Complexes (EIC) located in 3 governorates including Cairo at the Smart Village, Alexandra’s Borg Al-Arab Tech Park, and Asyut’s Tech Park.

ITIDA’s EIC were set up under the national presidential initiative “Egypt Makes Electronics” (EME). The Innovation complex (EIC) has 4 integrated divisions that are well equipped with development kits, tools, electronics components, measurement equipment.

The winning teams will enjoy access to a set of tools that enable them to run PCB fabrication and assembly facilities up to 4 layers. Additionally, each complex is fully equipped with industrial grade digital fabrication facilities (FABLAB) for mockup & package prototype, along with a state of the art co-working space.

ITIDA will continue to support the winning teams to bring their prototypes to the next level through its portfolio of development programs and initiatives.

Yet, ITIDA is committed to remain consistent with the guidelines of the World Health Organizations (WHO) and the Egyptian Ministry of ‘s precautions and measures that ensure the workplace is safe and guarantee the safety of its employees and visitors.]]>
3/29/2020 3:47:00 PM
<![CDATA[100K families to join Egyptian social solidarity program: min. ]]>
In an interview with Kol Youm on ON E, Minister Neveen al-Qabbaj said there are 3.5 million families included in the Takaful and Karama, which means that 15 million Egyptian citizens benefit from the program.

She added that the budget of the program surged from LE 3.6 billion ($229.25 million) in 2014 to LE 19.3 billion ($1.23 billion) now.



Takaful and Karama (Solidarity and Dignity) conditional and unconditional cash transfer program is one of Egypt’s largest investments in human capital development. It was launched in 2015 with the support of a $400 million World Bank program.
It is implemented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity.

Takaful and Karama provides conditional family income support aimed at increasing food consumption, reducing poverty, while encouraging families to keep children at school and providing them with needed health care.

Along with ensuring vulnerable families receive basic nutrition, the goal is to build the human capital of the next generation and give them a path out of poverty.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said in July the government will continue to support social protection programs and the subsidy system, while establishing an accurate and sound database to determine the real beneficiaries.]]>
3/29/2020 3:00:02 PM
<![CDATA[OLX introduces fresh solutions to protect customers, employees from COVID-19]]>
OLX’s business model depends mainly on direct interaction between people, therefore, the platform– out of its responsibility towards its community – announces its brand new delivery service and encourage its customers to follow a safety guide to protect against the COVID-19 threat.

This safety guide include a number of tips and procedures for preventing exposures to, and infection with, COVID-19.

These tips include:
- Clean and sanitize cell phones and personal computers at a daily basis.
- Avoid meeting a buyer or a seller if either is feeling certain symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and/or high body temperature.
- Sanitize the product before meeting with a buyer.
- Sanitize the purchased product before using.
- Avoid touching your face before washing your hands first.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Use e-payment services for money transactions.
- Be extra cautious when dealing in cash money.
- Avoid using public transpiration when meeting with a buyer or a seller.
- Use the OLX’s delivery service for more safety and security. 
The delivery service is also one of the services offered by OLX to facilitate the buying and selling process and provide a more comfortable and safe environment for its customers.

The service will be available for all the platform’s categories, including mobile phones, tablets, computers, cameras, kitchen equipment and gadgets, clothes, accessories and baby supplies in addition to auto parts.

The service is currently active in Cairo and Giza and will be expanded to cover all of Egypt’s governorates soon.

Users can enjoy the service by filling an online delivery form with all the data required for the delivery process such as the name, phone number and detailed address of both the seller and the buyer in addition to the product details required for delivery.

The price of the service does not exceed 50 EGP for each shipment; 5 EGP are added to each additional kilogram, provided that the value of the service is added to the price of the product in the form after filling in the data, then the delivery company deducts it from the money collected from the buyer.

The estimated delivery date for buyers is up to four working days and 3-7 working days for sellers starting from the day the buyer receives the shipment, as the shipping company will acquire the money and deliver it to the seller in cash.

General Manager of OLX Egypt Ms. Dina Gobran has stressed that the current difficult circumstances make it imperative for users to follow the safety procedures and enjoy OLX’s distinctive delivery service, which can help them complete their purchases, based on the commitment of OLX to protect and preserve the safety of its customers and employees.

Ms. Gobranfurther pointed out that OLX is working on upgrading its payment options to be easier and more flexible and facilitate operations through its platform, making it more safe and convenient.

Spanning across five continents, around 45 countries, and used by 350 million people every month, OLX build leading destinations forbuying, selling, and exchanging products and services.

OLX provides a platform for individuals locally to buy, sell or exchange commodities, products and services through a number of trademarks including OLX, Avito, Dubizzle, Let Go, Stradia, Storia,

OLX is estimated to facilitate approximately 17 million trades every month, ranging from cars and furniture to electronics and clothing.

OLX Group is powered by a team of 5,000 people, working on 17 brands, from 35 offices across five continents.

The team's mission is to improve people's lives by facilitating trade, profitable deals and creating prosperous opportunities in local communities. OLX is witnessing significant growth in the MENA region in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi ]]>
3/29/2020 2:57:00 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 brings Abdel Wahab back to social media]]>
Abdel Wahab posted several tweets on her official account, re-assuring her fans and advising them to stay at home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am right here dear fans. It feels really good to be cared for and loved, especially in the midst of the crisis the entire world is going through. I am just like you all, staying at home with my family, and praying that this crisis would soon come to an end.”

“Your concern and care about me gave me a much-needed positive energy in such a global crisis. I want to make you all happy, just like you made me happy. Soon enough, I will surprise you guys with something that is very close to my heart. However, until I do so, I want you all to stay safe, and stay home,” tweeted Abdel Wahab.

In fury, superstar Sherine Abdel Wahab decided to boycott all social media platforms because of what she faced after posting a comment about fires in Lebanon, precisely in October 2019.

“Today I wrote a post about Lebanon because I wanted to be of help. And my voice is all I have. I am not a doctor or an engineer; my voice is the only thing I can offer in this situation. I thought even monetary support would not be much of a help because no matter how much money I donate, it won't be enough compared to the size of the catastrophe. So, I thought I'd rather be positive and do something that can be of value,” commented Abdel Wahab on her official Instagram account at that time.

“When I saw the comments made after the statement I uploaded, I realized I won't please everyone, no matter what I try to do. Rumors follow me everywhere; they said I got divorced, that I had an abortion, and they even claimed I betrayed my country. This is why I decided to boycott all social media platforms so that I won't hurt myself or those who read the comments made by some,” added the singer.

The controversial singer commented on Oct. 16, 2019, on her official Instagram account, “My heart is burning for our beloved Lebanon. In such situations, words are not enough. I am totally ready to stage a concert, where all the profit will be dedicated to those who got harmed by the fires. I call on Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad el-Hariri to organize a concert for me that would be under his patronage.”





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3/29/2020 2:31:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt extends closures of mosques, places of worship due to COVID-19]]>
In a statement issued on Sunday, Minister of Endowment Mukhtar Gomaa said that Friday prayer and other congregational prayers will remain suspended, noting that the ministry is coordinating with the Ministry of Health regarding the health measures.

The minister continued that the violation of the decision of suspension is religiously considered a “sin” that requires accountability.

On March 20, 2020, the ministry closed the mosques and worship places for two weeks, one day after many people attended the Friday prayer, asking people to stay at homes.

Since mid-March, the Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting with suspending schools and universities. It also suspended the international flights to mid April.

Furthermore, a partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed Saturday 40 new cases of COVID-19, including one Jordanian national, to raise the number of coronavirus patients in Egypt to 576. The death toll rose to 36 people after confirming six more deaths [five Egyptians and one Italian].

"The total number of the recovered people rose to 161 cases so far, while those who have been discharged from the isolation hospitals reached 121," the ministry added.



As yet, the global cases infected with the virus reached 672,086 people and 31,191 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 143,870. On March 10, 2020, the virus was announced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.



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3/29/2020 2:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[Brazilian rapper warns of coronavirus danger in Brazil's slums]]>
His rap “Quarantine” recorded in the isolation of his home and posted on social media warns that contagion could be explosive in Brazil’s crowded “favelas” or slums, such as Rio’s City of God where he was born, some with no running water.

Seeing that many Brazilians including their president were not taking the virus seriously motivated his song, he told Reuters by email on Saturday.

“The World Health Organization warned, people paid little heed, head of state downplayed, delayed, they lost time on things that do not matter,” he rapped.

COVID-19 is not “a small cold” as Bolsonaro has claimed and more Brazilians will become infected due to the leader’s “ignorance” and “arrogance,” the singer said.

“Take care, protect yourselves ... there will be no room in the intensive care units,” he warned.

The 46-year-old rapper lives next to City of God, a sprawling complex of slums made famous in a hit 2002 movie of the same name and where the first case of coronavirus in Rio’s favelas was reported last weekend. Armed gangs and militias in the slums have imposed strict curfews and are stopping outsiders from entering to stop the virus spreading.

Confirmed cases in Brazil trebled to 3,417 in the last week, with 92 deaths so far, according to the Health Ministry.

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s two most populous and most affected states, have shut down non-essential business and public gatherings to slow the spread of the virus, their authorities at odds with Bolsonaro who has called the pandemic a “fantasy” that was exaggerated by the media.

Like U.S. President Donald Trump, the Brazilian president has advocated reopening of activities to get the economy moving while minimizing the need for social distancing urged by public health experts.

MV Bill said Brazil’s favela inhabitants would not be able to quarantine themselves because they had to work for a living and go to get food as no one was going to deliver to the slum.

The economy must continue working for those with precarious incomes. “We do need to think about the economy, but we can’t condemn people to death,” he said.

“What worried me the most in this pandemic is the lack of information of people who still don’t believe how lethal this virus is,” he said by email. “Even with the example of Italy, there are still people who are ignoring it.”]]>
3/29/2020 2:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[Polish composer Penderecki dies at 86 after long illness]]>
“After a long and serious illness, Krzysztof Penderecki - one of the greatest Polish musicians, a world authority in the field of classical music died,” Poland’s Ministry of Culture said in a tweet.

Penderecki was known for his film scores, including for William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist”, Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart”, for his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and the largely atonal St Luke’s Passion.

He won four Grammy awards for his music, most recently for best choral performance in 2016.]]>
3/29/2020 2:06:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sets daily limit for deposits, cash withdrawals temporarily]]>
"Companies are excluded from this limit to be able to pay the dues of their employees," CBE said in a statement.

It also decided a daily limit for deposits and cash withdrawals from ATM machines at LE 5,000, indicating that the banks sterilize and disinfect those machines periodically.

This comes in the context of the state’s keenness on the health and safety of citizens and reducing the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) with the aim of ensuring protection and avoiding crowding and gatherings, especially in the periods of withdrawing salaries and pensions.

Egypt’s central bank called on everyone to reduce dealing in banknotes and rely on bank transfers and the use of electronic payment methods such as bank cards and mobile phone wallets that have become available to all.

To clarify, all banks canceled the expenses associated with transfers and the use of online payment methods and tools in order to facilitate the procedures for the citizens.
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3/29/2020 2:00:47 PM
<![CDATA[3rd EgyptAir flight brings back hundreds of nationals from Kuwait]]>
The plane carried 340 passengers.

The returnees were tested for coronavirus in the airport as they underwent precautionary measures.

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The second Egyptian flight took off Friday afternoon from Kuwait International Airport to bring back Egyptians seeking to return home.

The EgyptAir flight, which was operated in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait, was carrying 325 Egyptian on board.

On Wednesday, an EgyptAir flight left Cairo for Kuwait to bring back Egyptians stranded there and would like to return home.

EgyptAir company operates a flight daily to bring back all Egyptians in Kuwait who would like to return to Egypt until March 30.

The flag carrier has operated many flights to bring back the Egyptians stuck abroad.

Egypt tests nationals returning from Europe for coronavirus: sources

CAIRO – 27 March 2020: Quarantine authorities in Cairo International Airport on Thursday declared the state of emergency, to test Egyptians coming from Brussels on a flight operated by the Egyptian flag carrier, EgyptAir, for coronavirus, Emirati 24.ae reported.




The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has assigned the African country’s embassies to prepare lists of the number of Egyptian citizens stuck abroad, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said.

In an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada Al-Balad, a private TV channel, Makram noted that many Egyptians residing abroad are willing to return, but the authorities give a priority to those who left the country via visitor visas.

The United States currently has the largest number of Egyptian nationals stuck abroad, Makram said, adding that over 1,000 citizens are there.

She noted that a flight will be operated to Washington soon to bring back the Egyptian nationals, while four flights will take off from the United Kingdom.]]>
3/29/2020 1:32:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies cancellation of 2nd semester for universities]]>
The cabinet contacted the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research that refuted such news as groundless and affirmed that only the the mid-term exams had been cancelled not the final ones.

The academic semester will resume for all the university grades once the suspension period is terminated, the ministry said, adding that the exams will start as of May 20.]]>
3/29/2020 1:17:20 PM
<![CDATA[The Muslim World League condemns the terrorist attacks in Nigeria and Chad]]>
The Muslim World League also expressed its strong condemnation anddenunciation of the attack that targeted the Nigerian army in the country’s north-east and resulted in dozens of dead and wounded.

The Rabita’s statement issued by His Excellency its SecretaryGeneral and Chairman of the Council of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Alissa said that these terrorist acts will only intensify the war on terrorism throughconsistency and strength, highlighting the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts to fight this scourgeintellectually and to rout its evil from its roots, along with military confrontation that has so muchembattled terrorism.

He pointed out that terrorism was founded on deviant ideology that spring to lifeintermittently, however, its complete downfall lies in exposing the truth of itsdevious ideas and dismantling all its suspicions, which are based on a systematic misconception in which enabled it to infiltrate some of its targets.

The MWL’s statement mentioned the great role played by the Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, which encompassed forty-one Muslim countries as active members of this important alliance, in addition to other supportive countries. The statement further praised its four battle-axes; namely military, intellectual and media confrontationsin addition to targeting terrorist financing through effective legislations and stern measures in mutual coordination amongst countries.

The statement also noted the vital efforts made by the international coalition against ISIS, adding that while terrorism sees those efforts tightening the noose around its neck still persists on rearing its ugly head to announce its presence through desperate criminal acts.


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3/29/2020 1:13:11 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to pay ATM fees for pensioners for 6 months]]>
A reliable source told MENA that the move comes in coordination between the bank and the Social Solidarity Ministry as a precautionary measure against coronavirus outbreak.

It also aims at preserving the safety of pensioners who are holding pension cards not issued from banks, he said.

Six million pensioners will benefit from the CBE decision, the source added.

The other 2 million pensioners, who are holding banking pension cards, are already exempted from ATM fees according to an earlier decision by the central bank. ]]>
3/29/2020 1:08:07 PM
<![CDATA[FRA defers payment of 50% of microcredit installments]]>
No additional fees or fines will be imposed by the FRA over the delay of payments, Omran added.

The move falls within the framework of a parcel of measures taken by the FRA to offer facilitation for micro-credit beneficiaries and maintain the safety and stability of the economic activities, the FRA said in a statement obtained by MENA.

The decision followed consultation with the representatives of the Egyptian Microfinance Federation and the unit tasked with overseeing the micro-financing activities, the statement read.

Also, the FRA said it will offer facilitation for the micro-finance beneficiaries who regularly pay the dues, including bearing the fees of their e-payments, liaising with the insurance bodies in order to pay part of installments on their behalf, along with cutting down the cots of administrative fees. ]]>
3/29/2020 12:33:00 PM
<![CDATA[With PM Johnson ill, coronavirus strikes at heart of British politics]]>
It isn’t a huge surprise.

There can be no way to know if they infected each other or caught the illness from another person, or different people. But the three men had met a handful of times in person over the previous 10 days, according to Johnson’s official diary, to formulate Britain’s response to the outbreak.

On Tuesday of last week, when most ministers video-conferenced into a cabinet meeting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and chief medical officer Chris Whitty sat in the room with Johnson.

Whitty had also stood alongside the prime minister at three of the 11 news conferences on the coronavirus since March 16.

Now the question on the lips of many at Downing Street and beyond is: how many other people did the UK prime minister come into contact with before testing positive?

Asked about whether those who became ill believed they had done so from meeting Johnson, a government source noted that scientists say it takes around five days from transmission to developing symptoms so people who became ill at the same time “almost certainly” did not give it to one another.

Johnson is the first world leader to announce he is sick with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But other administrations have faced similar questions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump say they have tested negative for coronavirus, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went into self-isolation earlier this month after his wife tested positive.

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, has tested positive, as have several members of the U.S. Congress.

For politicians, who can meet hundreds of people every day, the coronavirus crisis requires a balance between being seen to lead their people while also keeping a safe distance.

Johnson’s spokesman, asked repeatedly about the prime minister’s contacts with other people, told reporters on Friday the prime minister had not been in close proximity with anyone “from the moment he had symptoms”.

According to Johnson’s statement, that would mean Thursday of last week. And according to his public agenda, Johnson had scaled back in-person meetings, in accordance with the UK’s wider lockdown rules, from Monday March 23.

FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS

Yet scientists say the virus’ incubation period is estimated at between one and 14 days, and there have been anecdotal accounts of people spreading the disease without having symptoms.

And despite the scaling back, Johnson still met Whitty in person or via videolink at least eight times in the last two weeks and Hancock around nine, according to his diary, to plot Britain’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Meetings were also held with other staff, according to two sources close to the prime minister. One Downing Street source said that 75 of the 200 staff who usually work at Number 10 — an approximately 100-room town house -– are still working there in separate rather than overlapping shifts to reduce the risk of infection.

Johnson also had regular in-person news conferences with journalists at Downing Street until March 24, when he switched to ones where the journalists attended by video link. Some journalists who attended the in-person conferences have said via social media or have told colleagues that they are now self-isolating.

“Here in Number 10 we have been observing the advice ... we have wherever possible been using video conferencing, you’ll have seen the prime minister ensuring he is a safe distance from colleagues when he is taking part in press conferences,” Johnson’s spokesman said on Friday.

The prime minister also ventured beyond Downing Street last week. On Wednesday, a day before his positive test, Johnson answered questions at a weekly session in parliament’s House of Commons chamber.

In the live video, Johnson is seen speaking with several lawmakers. Minister for Scotland Alister Jack, who sat next to Johnson before the session, said on Saturday he had developed a temperature and a cough and was now working from home in isolation.

Asked whether Jack believed suggestions he may have become ill in parliament that day, the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland declined to comment, saying it had nothing to add to Saturday’s statement.

DISTANCING
At first, Britain’s response to the spread of the virus was not as stringent as in other countries. It was only at the beginning of the week from March 16 that the UK position began changing – and Johnson’s rhythm too.

In addition to more video-conferences, audiences with Queen Elizabeth — usually held weekly – have been held by telephone for the last two weeks, according to Johnson’s spokesman.

Schools across the UK were closed from March 20, and the prime minister announced three days later that all shops – except for the most essential ones – would be closed.

On Friday, just five hours after Johnson said he had tested positive for coronavirus, Whitty wrote on Twitter that “after experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 last night ... I will be self-isolating at home for the next seven days”. He said he would continue to advise the government.

The same day, Hancock said he had also tested positive and was self-isolating at home with mild symptoms. He has since been active on Twitter, but has not commented on his condition.

The health ministry said on Sunday it could offer no update on the conditions of Hancock or Whitty.

Apart from Hancock and Whitty, the other person who has spent the most time working on the British government’s response is the government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance.

Whitty, Johnson and Vallance were seen so often at news conferences together in the second and third weeks of March that they were called the “three amigos” in reference to a 1986 comedy with Steve Martin.

After Johnson made his announcement, Vallance tweeted that he had no symptoms. Vallance could not be reached for comment.

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3/29/2020 12:29:00 PM
<![CDATA[Russia weighs nationwide coronavirus lockdown after Moscow acts]]>
Russia’s official nationwide tally of coronavirus cases rose by 302 on Monday, taking the total to 1,836. Nine people across Russia have died, the authorities say.

Authorities in Moscow have ordered residents to stay at home from Monday, their toughest move yet to slow the spread of the virus after the number of official cases in the Russian capital passed the 1,000 mark.

Mishustin said he thought the measures now needed to be rolled out nationwide.

“I ask the leaders of (Russia’s regions) to pay attention to (Moscow’s) experience and to work out the possibility of introducing such measures in their regions,” he said.

Some regions, like Russia’s Arctic region of Murmansk, which shares a border with Finland and Norway, have already acted, while most others in the world’s largest country by territory have yet to do so.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, said 20% of residents were ignoring his order to self-isolate, but that he hoped an IT system would be operational by the end of the week that would allow authorities to control the movement of people.

Muscovites are only allowed to go out to buy food or medicines at their nearest shop, get urgent medical treatment, walk the dog, or take out the bins, under the new rules.

“This may now seem to some of you like some kind of game, a kind of Hollywood thriller. This is no game...,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council, said in a video address.

“Unfortunately, what is happening now is a real threat to all of us and to all of human civilization,” said Medvedev, who was prime minister until earlier this year.

Russia has so far got off more lightly than many European countries, but some doctors have voiced scepticism about the accuracy of its figures given what they say has been the patchy nature and quality of testing, allegations that the authorities deny.

According to a survey by the Levada Center, only 16% of Russians fully trust official information about the coronavirus, while 24% said they did not trust it at all.]]>
3/29/2020 12:27:00 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia denies interest in Ashour ]]>
Diab tweeted on Saturday through his official twitter account stating that there isn’t any sort of communication between Al-Ittihad and Al Ahly.

“The world is in a crisis and people continue on spreading rumors. The news circulating about the club being interested in Ashour isn’t true. He is not in our list of names that we want for next season,” Diab said.

On a similar note, Al Ahly informed their team captain Ashour earlier this month that he is not in the Rene Weiler’s, Al Ahly’s manager, plans and offered him a position at the club's official channel.

However, the 34-year-old midfielder told Egyptian Giants [Al Ahly] that he wishes to continue his professional career as a footballer.

Al Ahly’s number 25 [Ashour] won the following titles: 12 Egyptian Leagues, 8 Egyptian Super Cups, 5 CAF Champion Leagues and 5 CAF Super Cups along with other trophies during his 15 years at the club.]]>
3/29/2020 12:18:29 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 14.5B in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 4 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 10.5 billion with a 273-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided March 16 to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to reach 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.
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3/29/2020 12:04:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt bourse okays e-voting amid coronavirus fears]]>
In a statement, a copy of which MENA obtained, the bourse said Egypt For Information Dissemination (EGID) has been working for a while on developing the e-voting system that enables shareholders of companies registered in the bourse to vote electronically on the decisions of the general assemblies and boards as part of government's digital transformation efforts.

The move will accelerate the approval of decisions of the companies' boards and general assemblies and save time, cost and efforts, it added.

It will also guarantee the convocation of the meetings on time without any delay and preserve the safety of board members and shareholders following coronavirus outbreak.

Under the statute of Law No 159/1981 that regulates the work of joint stock companies, the e-voting should take place five days before the meeting of the general assembly of the company.]]>
3/29/2020 11:36:29 AM
<![CDATA[China reports 5 deaths, 44 new coronavirus infections]]>
The domestically transmitted case was reported in Henan province on Saturday, it said.

The 5 new fatalities had been all reported from the epicentre Hubei province.

So far, 81,439 infections were reported in China, including 3,300 individuals who have died, 2,691 still under medication and 75,448 others who were discharged after therapy.]]>
3/29/2020 11:32:10 AM
<![CDATA[South Koreans in Egypt mull leasing aircraft to return home]]>
Based on the listed number, the community will take a decision to lease an aircraft to send them home, the community said through social networking websites.

There are 700 South Koreans living in Egypt.

Egypt suspended all flights as a precautionary measure against coronavirus outbreak but allows some limited flights to bring home nationals stranded in some world countries. ]]>
3/29/2020 11:29:53 AM
<![CDATA[Situation in Egypt under control thanks to govt's coronavirus precautions, says official]]>
State institutions are wisely addressing the crisis and are supported by Egyptians who were committed to the regulations announced by the government to prevent the spread of the epidemic, Hilal said in statements to MENA on the sidelines of his participation in the video-conferencing dialogue organized by Kemet Boutros Ghali Foundation for Peace and Knowledge on repercussions of coronavirus.

He also lauded the positive role played by civil society institutions and individual initiatives to encourage people to stay at home to contain the virus.]]>
3/29/2020 11:27:21 AM
<![CDATA[Juventus players and staff agree to wage cut ]]>
The Italian club [Juventus] published a statement stating that their manager Maurizio Sarri and Porteguese star Cristiano Ronaldo agreed among other players to reduce their wages for the next four months.

Juventus statement read as follows: "Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that, due to the current global health emergency is preventing the performance of the sporting activity, it has reached an understanding with the players and the coach of the First Team regarding their compensation for the residual portion of the current sport season.
"The understanding provides for the reduction of the compensation for an amount equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020. In the coming weeks, personal agreements with the players and the coach will be finalised, as required by the current regulations.
"The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about EUR 90 million for the 2019/2020 financial year.

"Should the current season's matches be rescheduled, the Club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensations according to the actual resumption and finalisation of official competitions.

"Juventus would like to thank the players and the coach for their commitment at a difficult time for everyone," as reported from Sky Sports.

The idea of the wage cut came as a result of the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announcing on March 9th the suspension of the Serie A until April 3rd [with a potential extension] due to the spread of the coronavirus in Italy.

Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China during late November 2019, around 657,000 people were infected and about 30,000 people died because of the disease.

As a result, several countries such as Italy, Spain, France, and England suspended their sports competitions due to the coronavirus being widespread among around 199 countries and territories.
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3/29/2020 5:58:00 AM
<![CDATA['I struggled to breathe' Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare]]>
The Argentine international announced last Saturday he was one of three Juventus players to catch the virus along with Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi, who both had no symptoms.

"I feel better now after some strong symptoms," the 26-year-old Dybala told JTV channel.

"A couple of days ago I was not well, I felt heavy and after five minutes of movement I had to stop because I was struggling to breathe.

"Now I can move and walk to start trying to train, because when I tried in the past few days I started to shake too much.

"I gasped for air and as a result I couldn't do anything, after five minutes I was already very tired, I felt the body heavy and my muscles hurt.

"Now I'm fine. My fiancée Oriana (Sabatini) has also overcome the symptoms."

Dybala has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, including in league leader's Juventus's last game against Inter Milan before Serie A and all sport in Italy was suspended.

"The goal against Inter was the greatest emotion, (Aaron) Ramsey provided the perfect assist - it's a pity that there was no public," added Dybala.

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3/29/2020 12:06:31 AM
<![CDATA[Pedro reveals angst of separation from children due to virus]]>
Pedro's kids are back in Spain and the 32-year-old is unable to go home to see his family because of the travel restrictions imposed around the pandemic.

The Spaniard has remained in England and the separation has been an unsettling experience.

"It's hard not to be seeing your children, your parents, your siblings, not having them close by at a complicated, difficult time for us all," Pedro told Chelsea's website.

"We are in permanent contact on the phone, keeping in touch about what we are up to in isolation and trying to be as close as possible.

"Of course, we would have liked to be there but for safety reasons that isn't possible so for now we are going to stay where we are and try to get through it as best we can."

The Premier League remains suspended until April 30, but that date could be extended as the spread of the virus remains a major concern.

Pedro is helping the community effort in Spain through his own foundation, while the Blues' senior squad has made a sizeable donation to the Chelsea Foundation to help those in need in west London.

Pedro has kept in contact with several of his Spanish Chelsea team-mates.

"It's a very delicate, complex situation; a critical situation because there have been lots of cases of infection, especially in Madrid and Catalonia, which are probably the most affected regions, but now it has spread across the country," Pedro said.

"They are in total lockdown in their houses so they are living through a crisis situation. It's also an economic crisis, of course, but at the moment that is secondary. The most important thing is that people stay at home with their family.

"The police and army are on the streets and the situation is maybe more controlled than here in the UK but we are living in a situation of chaos and crisis because of this pandemic.

"I've been on the phone to Kepa (Arrizabalaga) and Marcos Alonso. I've also called Jordi Alba from Barcelona. I'm in touch with other players too, to see how they are handling the situation, with players who are alone, which can sometimes be difficult.

"These are tough times and we are in constant contact. I'm also speaking a lot to Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta)."]]>
3/29/2020 12:04:44 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Sisi receives a call from Sheikh Zayed]]>
“I discussed with my brother Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the president of Egypt, the deep-rooted brotherly relations, and ways to enhance them, most important developments, in particular the joint efforts to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the joint cooperation, and coordination to stop its spread, may God protect Egypt and its people from all harm,” read Sheikh Zayed’s tweet.


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3/28/2020 10:39:30 PM
<![CDATA[MWL condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Chad]]>
The Muslim World League also expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the attack that targeted the Nigerian army in the country’s north-east and resulted in dozens of dead and wounded.

The Rabita’s statement issued by His Excellency its Secretary-General and Chairman of the Council of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Bin Abdulkarim Alissa said that these terrorist acts will only intensify the war on terrorism through consistency and strength, highlighting the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge intellectually and to rout its evil from its roots, along with military confrontation that has so much embattled terrorism.

He pointed out that terrorism was founded on deviant ideology that spring to life intermittently, however, its complete downfall lies in exposing the truth of its devious ideas and dismantling all its suspicions, which are based on a systematic misconception in which enabled it to infiltrate some of its targets.

The MWL’s statement mentioned the great role played by the Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism, which encompassed forty-one Muslim countries as active members of this important alliance, in addition to other supportive countries. The statement further praised its four battle-axes; namely military, intellectual and media confrontations in addition to targeting terrorist financing through effective legislations and stern measures in mutual coordination amongst countries.

The statement also noted the vital efforts made by the international coalition against ISIS, adding that while terrorism sees those efforts tightening the noose around its neck still persists on rearing its ugly head to announce its presence through desperate criminal acts.
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3/28/2020 10:18:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 40 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths]]>
The ministry confirmed 6 more deaths, five Egyptians and one Italian.

The Ministry’s statement added that 5 cases for Egyptians have recovered from the novel virus, to raise the number of recovered to 121.
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3/28/2020 8:47:30 PM
<![CDATA[Combat persists in Syria’s Idlib in less than 1 month of truce]]>
As reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the shelling targeted the towns of al-Bara, Sfohen, and Kafr Aweed in Jabal al-Zawiyah in the southern countryside of Idlib.

SOHR indicated that militants struck a building of the Syrian Armed Forces in Kafr al-Batikh killing two soldiers and injuring others on March 27. Also, a soldier was killed by a sniper in Atarib southern Aleppo.

The Syrian Arab Army is bringing reinforcements in Saraqeb, other areas eastern Idlib and near the administrative borders with Aleppo. Iran-backed militias have been deploying near Saraqeb city in the eastern countryside of Idlib, the vicinity of Kafr Nubl city in the southern countryside of the governorate and other positions in Jabal Al-Zawiyah.

On March 24, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared that two Turkish armored vehicles were targeted by militants in Idlib’s de-escalation zone, and that two Turkish soldiers were injured. The militants planted two explosives on the road where a Turkish convoy was passing near Safohene village.

The attack was executed by militants who are not affiliated to Turkey. Those launched seven strikes the day before.

On March 19, the Turkish Ministry of Defense declared that two of its soldiers were killed in Syria without revealing details. However, SOHR unveiled on the same day that the vehicles carrying them were targeted by explosives on the M4 highway connecting Aleppo and Latakia passing through Idlib.

The incident constitutes the first human loss for Turkey since the March 6 truce between its troops and militants on one hand and the Syrian Arab Army on the other hand has gone into effect.

Uncertainty over number of casualties in Idlib's engagements

CAIRO - 29 February 2020: Turkish opposition platforms reported according to military sources that the number of soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib since February 27 recorded 200 while that of the injured is 70-80.




On the other hand, Turkey started last week establishing three new checkpoints to the west of Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib adding up to 12 existing ones. The new ones are located in the villages of Badama, Najiya, and Al Zainiyah.

For the second time since joint patrols started on March 15, Russia and Turkey had to shrink the patrolled areas due to security fears. Turkey was supposed to patrol six kilometers northern the road, while Russia was due to patrol six meters southern the road.

Militants force Turkey, Russia to shrink patrolled area on day 1

CAIRO - 17 March 2020: Hundreds of Turkey-backed militants blocked sections of the M4 highway connecting Aleppo with Latakia, pushing Turkey and Russia to shrink the area of their joint patrols that started on March 15 since the first day.



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3/28/2020 6:02:44 PM
<![CDATA[Min. orders beaches closure over coronavirus fears]]>
In a press statement, the minister said the decision came as a result of videos posted on social media for vacationers gathering on Alexandria and Ain Sokhna beaches.

The minister ordered governors to coordinate with security directors to allow cleaning companies to remove garbage from streets in light of the government's decision to impose a curfew for two weeks amid coronavirus fears. ]]>
3/28/2020 6:00:38 PM
<![CDATA[PM directs to secure provision of foodstuff commodities, medicines]]>
The premier made his statements at a meeting held on Saturday to follow up the operation of factories and check the availability of production requirements under the government's procedures to overcome the consequences of the novel coronavirus.

The meeting was attended by Minster of Trade and Industry Nevin Gamea and head of the Federation for Egyptian Industries (FEI) Mohamed el Sewedi.

Madbouli stressed that the factories should abide by the application of all preventive measures to protect the health and lives of all workers.

The premier pointed out that the traffic of such commodities and production requirements will not be restricted.

Gamea said all necessary arrangements have been adopted to ensure the operation of foodstuff commodities and medicines factories with full capacity.

The minister added that coordination with the concerned bodies has been made to allow the transport of such products and requirements during the curfew hours.

El Sewedi extended thanks to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the premier and all officials of the government over the support of the national industry in light of the application of the precautionary procedures to counter the outbreak of the COVID-19.

El Sewedi said the FEI will provide EGP 5 million to contribute to buying medical requirements of the Health Ministry to help the State combat the coronavirus. ]]>
3/28/2020 5:42:15 PM
<![CDATA[NTRA orders free monthly bundle for Egypt's doctors]]>
The authority said that the decision came as part of directives of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat in support of Egypt’s doctors, who represent the first line of defense against the novel virus.

It added that the decision comes in continuation of initiatives launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to support the state's efforts to confront the virus. ]]>
3/28/2020 5:33:31 PM
<![CDATA[Retrial of 8 defendants put off to April 27 in Helwan violence case]]>
The incidents datd back to July 2013.

The Cairo criminal court had sentenced seven of the defendants to ten years of rigorous imprisonment and nine others in absentia to 15 years of rigorous imprisonment.]]>
3/28/2020 4:29:09 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 kills young Egyptian veterinarian in Saudi Arabia]]>
The Egyptian Veterinarian Syndicate announced the news saying he graduated from Zagazig University in 2012.

Negm is the third Egyptian expat to die because of COVID-19 abroad as two men passed away in Italy earlier this month.

Egypt has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases, Friday, including an American national and 40 Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases.

According to Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, the new cases raises the total number of COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 536. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he added.

Six more deaths were confirmed, including a German woman and five Egyptians; raising the total number to 30.

"Up to 116 COVID-19 patients have totally recovered so far" the spokesman said. Three French nationals and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, Megahed added.

The number of patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 147, after getting treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced recording 39 new cases for COVID-19, including nineteen nurses from different hospitals according to the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/28/2020 3:47:56 PM
<![CDATA[Public prosecution: COVID-19 rumor-mongers may be jailed for 5 yrs, fined EGP 20K]]>
In a press statement, the prosecution said that legal action will be taken in conformity with articles no. (80), (102) and (188) of the criminal law.

The prosecution further added that the punishment aims at standing up to rumor-mongers, who seek to disturb public order and stir up panic among citizens.

The prosecution called on citizens to verify the authenticity of news published on social media platforms.]]>
3/28/2020 3:36:24 PM
<![CDATA[Read in Quarantine: Egyptian initiative for COVID-19 patients to kill time]]>
The initiative aims to kill time inside the quarantine, he said, expressing his willingness to communicate with officials at the Ministry of Health to send the books to the hospitals in the correct and hygienic way.

He also affirmed that the house launched another initiative of delivering books to the clients for free.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.
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3/28/2020 3:26:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt uses chloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients: Minister]]>
In media remarks given to al-Hikaya talk show on MBC Misr channel, Zayed said that such drugs should not be taken haphazardly by people and physicians are those who have the authority to prescribe them.




The Ministry uses these medications because they have positive results and resulted in healing more cases, calling on citizens to not use these medications without consulting a doctor.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that malaria medications of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are still being under consideration in treating Covid-19 patients.

The U.S. and several countries in Europe are conducting clinical trials to find a medication for novel coronavirus; scientists are trying to use plasma rich in antibodies from recovered people to treat the patients.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.
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3/28/2020 2:54:22 PM
<![CDATA[Carteron will keep his position, Mansour ]]>
"Carteron is a great manager and he decided to stay in Egypt since the crisis started. He will keep his position whatever happened." Mansour said on Saturday.

Carteron has had a massive impact on Zamalek since he was appointed as the club manager, having led the club to secure the Egyptian Super Cup title, African Super Cup title as well as securing a spot at the CAF Champions League semi-final.

Mansour reflected on the rumors regarding the cancellation of the season, saying" What concerns me more is the safety of the people in Egypt."

On 14 March, Egyptian Football Association, EFA, announced on Saturday that all football-related activities are suspended for two weeks as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

The suspension includes fixtures of all Egyptian league divisions and age groups.
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3/28/2020 2:35:40 PM
<![CDATA[Ismaily player tests negative for coronavirus ]]>
"I was diagnosed with stong flu and I am now at home." Mgdy told filgoal on Saturday.

The player was admitted to the hospital after suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

Magdy is a youth product of Al Masry and he played 35 games for the club. His amazing performance caught the eye of Cairo giants, Zamalek.

Magdy spent two years inside the white castle but failed to book a starting position during his two years in Cairo and decided to return back to the Canal but this time for Ismailia to wear the famous yellow jersey of the local giants.

Magdy traveled with his team to Morocco to face their giants, Raja Casablanca, but the game was postponed amid the spread of coronavirus.

On 14 March, Egyptian Football Association, EFA, announced on Saturday that all football-related activities are suspended for two weeks as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

The suspension includes fixtures of all Egyptian league divisions and age groups.]]>
3/28/2020 2:16:51 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies reports on salaries raise]]>
The cabinet also dismissed reports about cutting down the price of oil products, increasing the amount of subsidized foodstuffs and granting a leave to employees of both the public and private sectors.

It described such reports as groundless and aim at spreading controversy within the community, adding that the state has already taken several measures that intend to alleviate the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Cabinet urged the citizens not to circulate any reports or data that are issued by any source except the official ones.]]>
3/28/2020 2:13:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt can overcome coronavirus crisis - Finance min.]]>
He praised on Saturday sincere efforts exerted by all personnel working in tax, real estate and customs sectors as well financial controllers at hospitals and all administrative bodies to serve their homeland.

The minister also lauded great efforts made by all workers of the Ministry of Finance and its affiliated bodies to help the State overcome such exceptional circumstances.

Maait added that all workers of these sectors along with the armed forces, police and health sector's personnel and doctors aim to carry out the State plan to contain the COVID-19 and protect the lives of all Egyptians.]]>
3/28/2020 2:09:32 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Assala' s concert on Apr.2]]>
The renowned singer performed at Almasa Capital Theater on February 13 in celebration of Valentine's Day.

It is worth mentioning that Assala appeared in "Welad Rezk Part 2" ( Rezk Sons) as a guest of honor in her first acting experience.

The successful sequel stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Also, Assala’s lastest song "Shamekh" achieved millions of views on YouTube.

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was 4 years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

Her musical career started in 1991 with an album that included four songs. In 1993, she became famous after releasing her album "If You Know".

The album had four Egyptian songs of the oriental classic Egyptian tarab style. The album was an instant hit in Egypt back at that time with heart-breaking songs like "Ya Sabra Yana" and "Samehtak Ketir".

She quickly cemented her presence in the Arab world's growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam, Latifa, and Abdel Majeed Abdullah.

Assala, 48-years-old, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and is famous for her strong, melodious voice. Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011, Nasri supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assala released numerous successful songs throughout her career, such as “Ya Magnoon” (Oh Madman), “Shakhsya Aneeda” (Stubborn person), and “Tasawar” (Imagine), among others. She is married to famous Egyptian director and producer Tarek el-Erian.

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards. Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.

Recently Assala announced her divorce from her husband the famed Egyptian director Tarek Alarian after 14 years of marriage.

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3/28/2020 2:04:53 PM
<![CDATA[We have to give people time to find solutions, Klopp ]]>
The German manager believes that football will resume one day but people have to be disciplined and follow the authorities' instructions to get back to the normal life.

"Football is not the most important thing in the world. The only way to get football back as soon as possible, if that’s what the people want, the more disciplined we are now the earlier we will get, piece by piece by piece, our life back." Klopp told Liverpool official website.

Klopp and his boys are out of action for two weeks since they lost to Athletico Madrid 3-2 at home to be knocked out of the UEFA Champions League competition.

Despite their loss, Klopp praised his players' performance during the game, saying" I loved the game, I loved what I saw from the boys, it was a really, really good performance other than the result."

Liverpool have had a fantastic campaign at the league and they were two wins away from clinching the league title for the first time since 1990. ]]>
3/28/2020 2:04:14 PM
<![CDATA[Dozens of Syrian mercenaries in Libya killed in 1 week]]>
The breakdown indicated by the LNA is 71 from the Second Corps, and 32 from the Third Corps. Mercenaries affiliated to the Second Corps are 35 from the Sultan Murad Brigade, nine from Al-Moatasim Division, 27 from Al-Hamzat Brigade including leader Abou Hassan al-Hamzawy.

Mercenaries affiliated to the Third Corp are eight from Al Nusra Front, 13 from Afrin-based Al Majd Corps, and 1 from the North Hawks Brigade.

SOHR reported Wednesday that eight Turkey-backed militants - fighting in the ranks of Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) - were killed in clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA) so that the total figure becomes 151 since the beginning of this year.

The observatory had reported earlier this month that the number of fatalities among Syrian mercenaries in Libya recorded 117.

The clashes took place in Salah El Din district south of Tripoli, Al Ramla near Tripoli airport, Al Hadba neighborhood, Misrata outskirts, and others. The LNA also captured a Syrian militant.

The militants killed belonged to Aleppo-based Al-Moatasim Division, Sultan Murad Brigade, and Al-Hamzat Brigade, Raqqah-based North Hawks Brigade, and Suleiman Shah Brigade operating in Aleppo and Latakia.

SOHR revealed that the bodies of some of those were repatriated to Syria and buried in the areas controlled by armed groups in Aleppo countryside’s Deraa Al Forat district.


The GNA militias launched on Wednesday a failed attack against Oqba Ibn Nafea Airbase in Watiya District western Tripoli calling the operation the Peace Storm, as declared by the LNA Spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmary. Engagements took place 12 kilometers away from the airbase and the LNA jets struck militias’ locations.

4 Turkish soldiers, chief Syrian mercenary killed in Libya

CAIRO - 23 March 2020: Commander of the Libyan Western Military Zone Mabrouk al-Ghazwy said in a video-taped speech on Sunday that four Turkish soldiers and a Syrian militant commander were killed in the latest clashes southern Tripoli. Those were fighting in the ranks of the militias of the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the Libyan capital.




SOHR had reported that the number of Syrian militants who arrived in “Tripoli” until this month had recorded nearly 4,750 while around 1,900 others were receiving training in Turkey. SOHR also revealed that nearly 150 of such mercenaries left Libya for Europe.

The recruitment pool is Afrin, areas under the control of “Euphrates Shield” factions and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES). Turkey had targeted recruiting 6,000 mercenaries, and was able to attract more than that number. Yet, recruitment is still ongoing.

Turkey has been backing Tripoli militias after it had signed in December two MoUs with the GNA - which is an interim non-elected UN-recognized government - to achieve cooperation in the sectors of defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.
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3/28/2020 1:58:07 PM
<![CDATA[ The Royal Russian Ballet to perform online on Mar.29]]>
CAIRO - 28 March 2020: Cairo Opera House will broadcast Swan lake Ballet performed by the Royal Russian Ballet troupe on March 29 at 9 p.m.

The concert comes as part of the initiative “Stay Home ... Culture is between your hands” launched by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem to encourage citizens to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ministry has also launched a website to broadcast activities to entertain people while they stay at home during the imposed curfew.

The minister’s decision is a serious step to combat the morbid virus on the cultural front, where activities reach citizens at home after the decision to suspend activities for fear of spreading the virus.

A concert for Tunisian star Saber el-Rebai was broadcast on the Ministry of Culture’s official YouTube channel on March 27 at 9 p.m.

During the concert, Rebai performed a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ya Asal”, “Ana Bahen”, “Share’ el-Gharam”, “Sidi Mansour”, “Barsha Barsha”, among others.

In a different context and in celebration of the World Theater Day, the play “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” was presented. The play is written by Lenin el-Ramly and directed by Essam el- Sayed. “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” is starring Hussein Fahmy and Ezzat el-Alayli.

The play revolves around the relationship between the Egyptian and Arab societies in the future through the two classmates Burhan and Mahmoud, who later got separated. Mahmoud works as a history teacher, while Burhan received higher academic degrees and became a leading scientist.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with the Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the "Stay in the House ... Culture is in Your Hands" initiative's programs daily on Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25.]]>
3/28/2020 1:53:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Mohamed Siam's project to receive support from Cannes Film Festival]]>
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Siam is an Egyptian feature and documentary films director. He studied in a number of global prestigious film institutions such as Sundance Labs, IDFA Academy, Doc Campus, Berlinale and Durban Talent Campus.

Siam's first documentary was “Balad Meen” (Whose Country) which participated in a number of renowned festivals and was awarded a prize at the 28th edition of Carthage International Film Festival.

“Balad Meen” revolves around Egyptian police elements' work and daily lives, shedding light on a number of important reasons that led to the emergence of January 25 revolution.

In 2017, Siam garnered worldwide fame for his second movie “Amal” which was the opening movie at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. “Amal” traces the life of a troubled Egyptian teenage girl during the January 2011 revolution and accompanies her on a six-year life journey to search for her identity in a country going through a transition stage.

“Amal” received a number of awards such as Robert Bosch Film Prize, the AfriDocs prize at Durban FilmMart and Thessaloniki Docs-In-Progress award.

Siam is a member of a number of committees and associations of documentaries in the Arab region, and is a lecturer in universities in New York, Paris, Beirut and Egypt.

In his interview with Tess Magazine, Siam previously announced that he is currently working on his first long feature movie which will focus on police in Egypt, considering it the final chapter in the trilogy he started with “Balad Meen” then “Amal”.]]>
3/28/2020 1:44:29 PM
<![CDATA[Israeli forces fire at Palestinian farmers in Khan Younis]]>
Moreover, the occupation forces forced them to leave the area, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The soldiers stationed behind the border fence east of Khan Younis opened fire at herders east of Abasan town and at farmers east of al-Qarara town.

No injuries were reported.

Soldiers regularly open fire at people near the border fence, including farmers attending to their land, in order to keep them as far from the border as possible. ]]>
3/28/2020 1:34:27 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF posted ‘Rizk el Cinema’ documentary on its official Facebook page ]]>
The documentary was screened ‘’Rizk el Cinema’’ documentary on November 23, to honor the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Cherif Rizkallah.

More than twenty prominent filmmakers spoke about the renowned Rizkallah in the short movie: famed actress Yousra, renowned actor Hussein Fahmy, Egyptian director Hala Khalil, acclaimed script writer Waheed Hamed, veteran director Yousry Nasrallah,famed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, renowned film critics Tarek el Shenawy, Khaled Mahmoud and Kamal Ramzy, former CIFF head Magda Wassef, head of Luxor African Film Festival Sayed Fouad, in addition to the sons of Rizkallah, film critic Ahmed Rizkallah and engineer Karim Rizkallah.

CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy and acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky spoke about Rizkallah in the documentary too. ‘’Rizk el Cinema’’ documentary is directed by Abdelrahman Nasr.

Born in 1942, Youssef Cherif Rizkallah completed the Jesuit School and ranked fifth in the secondary school final examination on the national level. He then studied Political Science at the Cairo University graduating with honors in 1966.

Rizkallah dedicated his life to media specializing in film. Following his graduation, he worked at the Egyptian Radio and Television becoming the news editor.

In the 1980s and the 1990s, he was in charge of preparing, co-hosting and hosting several programmes focusing on the seventh art: "Oscar", "Telecinema", "The Magic Lantern", among others. He also chaired the Cairo Film Society between 1978 and 1994.

Throughout his work at the Radio and Television and his writings, Rizkallah raised awareness of cinema among the Egyptians, sharing with them his vast knowledge about this field in Egypt, regionally and internationally. He has also introduced many Hollywood icons to the Egyptian viewers.

Between 1997 and 2002, he was appointed president of the Nile TV Channel and then president of the International Cooperation Sector in the Media Production City (2007 – 2011) and head of the Cinema Authority in the Media Production City (2011 – 2012).

Rizkallah was among the jury members of many renowned international film festivals, including Strasbourg, Milan, Rotterdam and Montpellier Film Festivals. He also served as artistic director of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival.
The 41st Cairo International Film Festival is dedicated to Rizkallah, the iconic film critic and historian who passed away on July 12, 2019.

Hefzy previously stressed that Rizkallah’s decades of work in popularizing and spreading knowledge about a variety of segments of the seventh art possesses an important place in the hearts and souls of cinema followers. He added that the significance of Rizkallah’s work in the field deserves much more than just the dedication of the festival’s 41st edition.

“We have learned the love of cinema from Rizkallah; we hope to continue learning about sincerity, alongside many values that we often miss from Rizkallah,” Hefzy previously commented.

Many activities will be held to shed light on the late critic's work and he will posthumously retain the festival’s artistic director position that he held since 2000, after joining the festival in 1987 as artistic secretary.

In the festival’s 41st edition, Egyptian critic Ahmed Shawky, the festival’s deputy artistic director, was the acting artistic director. He was in charge of all the matters related to this post.]]>
3/28/2020 1:23:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Mediterranean shores closed to curb COVID-19 spread]]>
Alexandria governor Mohamed al-Sherif decided to close the shores after many people went there and violated the hygienic and medical measures.

Meanwhile, Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda decided to close all the beaches across the governorate until further notice. Violators of the decision will be subject to deterrent penalties.

Damietta Governor Manal al-Awad also ordered the closure of the Lesan Area [a touristic destination in Ras al-Bar], saying the decision will come into force on Saturday.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Friday that 41 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 536.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

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3/28/2020 12:51:54 PM
<![CDATA[US surpasses 100,000 coronavirus cases]]>
There have been 100,717 cases including 1,475 deaths as of Saturday morning.

The biggest cluster by far is in New York, home to almost half the cases, which has seen more than 500 deaths as patient overwhelmed the hospitals.]]>
3/28/2020 12:30:18 PM
<![CDATA[Russia's coronavirus cases jump to 1,264]]>
Four people have been killed by the virus, according to the Moscow Times.

Most of the cases are in Moscow. This week, Moscow changed the way it counts its coronavirus cases, with patients considered coronavirus-positive upon a single positive test rather than having samples sent to a lab in Novosibirsk for further verification. ]]>
3/28/2020 12:26:28 PM
<![CDATA[Germany says won't relax coronavirus restrictions before April 20]]>
"We are not talking about any easing until April 20. Until then all measures will remain in place," Helge Braun told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had already said Thursday that it was too early to discuss when social distancing measures would be lifted.

Braun said he wants to follow a similar approach to how South Korea is tackling the pandemic, using digital tracking to alert people if they have had contact with infected persons.]]>
3/28/2020 12:12:15 PM
<![CDATA[Facts on COVID-19 deaths in Egypt]]>
The nationalities of foreigners vary between German, Italian, and Indian, while the governorates to which Egyptians belong are Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Daqahliyah, Damietta, and Menoufeya.

The ages of the deceased range between 50 and 80.

The first death of a 60-year old German tourist took place on March 8.

The following death case was of a 60-year-old Egyptian woman in Daqahliyah on March 12.

Four days later, a 50-year-old man in her surroundings passed away.

Egypt has recorded 41 new coronavirus cases, Friday, including an American national and 40 Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases.

According to Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, the new cases raises the total number of COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 536. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he added.

Six more deaths were confirmed, including a German woman and five Egyptians; raising the total number to 30.

"Up to 116 COVID-19 patients have totally recovered so far" the spokesman said. Three French nationals and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, Megahed added.

The number of patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 147, after getting treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced recording 39 new cases for COVID-19, including nineteen nurses from different hospitals according to the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/28/2020 12:07:03 PM
<![CDATA[Patients treated at state’s expense entitled to free transfer to hospital]]>
The Supreme Administrative Court said it would be “absurd” if a citizen is given free healthcare but not a free means to receive it, if that does not also pose a threat to their life.

Healthcare is one of the government’s most important commitments towards citizens if performed properly, the court added.

The ruling comes as the country tries to curb coronavirus by a curfew, the suspension of traditional education and other measures.

Confirmed coronavirus cases have been transferred in an ambulance from their homes. Government-owned hospitals, rather than privately-owned ones, deal with the coronavirus patients either free of charge with insurance or at low prices.

The tally of people who tested positive for coronavirus stand at 536 Friday, of those 30 have died, 116 have been released, and 147 have tested negative after treatment.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi allocated LE100 billion to counter the novel virus, also making a number of economic decisions to assist businesses and individuals during this rough time.
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3/28/2020 12:05:08 PM
<![CDATA[27 new labs to test for Covid-19]]>
Two of those labs will be opened in the next few days, Khaled Megahed told Ten TV Wednesday.

The labs will help testing more people across the country without crowding. The government-owned central labs already have 19 branches.

The tally of people who tested positive for coronavirus stand at 536 Friday, of those 30 have died, 116 have been released, and 147 have tested negative after treatment.]]>
3/28/2020 12:00:53 PM
<![CDATA[Tom Hanks returns to LA after bout of coronavirus: media reports]]>
The “Forrest Gump” and “Toy Story” actor and Wilson were photographed smiling while driving a vehicle in the city.

Celebrity website TMZ said the photographs were taken shortly after the pair landed at a small Los Angeles area airport. The New York Post’s Page Six column said Hanks was seen touching the tarmac and dancing after getting off a private jet.

Representatives for Hanks, 63, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Hanks, a double Oscar winner and one of America’s most beloved stars, and Wilson were the first big celebrities to announce they had tested positive for the disease, which has become a global epidemic with more than 27,000 deaths worldwide.

They were treated in hospital in Australia and isolated themselves for a further period after leaving.

Hanks’ last posting on his Twitter account on Sunday said it had been two weeks since their first symptoms and that they were feeling better.

Hanks was in Australia working on a movie about Elvis Presley when he announced on March 11 that he and Wilson had tested positive for the disease. Filming has since been shut down on the movie, and on hundreds of other film and television productions worldwide.


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3/28/2020 11:36:07 AM
<![CDATA['Contagion' movie stars tell fans coronavirus is 'real life']]>
“That was a movie. This is real life,” said Matt Damon, who played someone who was immune to the virus featured in the 2011 film about a pandemic.

Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, and Jennifer Ehle teamed up with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to release public service announcements on ways to contain the virus.

Rentals, sales and downloads of “Contagion” have soared in recent weeks. On Friday, it was in 10th place on the iTunes movie charts for the United States, one spot above the newly-released “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”




The thriller follows a mysterious deadly infection that spreads quickly around the world, causing a breakdown in society, and efforts by U.S. scientists to find a cure.

Ehle, who in the movie played a scientist who helped discover a vaccine, urged people to heed the advice of scientists and medical experts “and that means tuning out the voices with other agendas, no matter how powerful they might be.”



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3/28/2020 11:32:55 AM
<![CDATA[Into 7th week: stats on COVID-19 in Egypt]]>
20,000 were tested in all 27 governorates.

536 of those tested positive until March 28 marking the last day of the sixth week.

30 passed away.

147 tested negative after the infection.

Of those, 116 completely healed and left the quarantine hospital.

The percentage of infected cases that recovered is 28.

Only 10 percent of infected cases have needed artificial respiration devices.

70 percent of infections were contracted by dealing with positive cases, who are foreigners and Egyptians who have been abroad.

Upper Egyptian patients recover more than the dwellers of other governorates.

The WHO classifies Egypt as the country with the highest recovery rate.
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3/28/2020 11:23:27 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Saied discuss coronavirus updates in phone call]]>
In a Friday statement, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady stated that the two leaders agreed during the call to boost bilateral coordination on combating the pandemic, through exchanging experience and strengthening communication between the two countries' bodies concerned.

The two sides also probed means of fostering bilateral cooperation at the economic and trade levels, as well as increasing common investments, especially in light of the joint Egyptian-Tunisia higher committee, the spokesman added.

Concerning the Libyan issue, Sisi and Saied agreed on the necessity of stepping up bilateral coordination on that score, supporting the UN-led efforts and implementing the outcome of the Berlin Summit, to reach a political settlement to the crisis, which in turn could pave the way for regaining security and stability to the North African country.

On March 26, Sisi participated in an online mini-summit for the leaders of the African Union Council to discuss the ways of combating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The meeting discussed the implications of Coronavirus pandemic for the African countries and the means of cooperation with international partners, Rady said in a statement.

The African leaders agreed to establish an African fund to provide the necessary financial resources needed to combat the virus in Africa, Radi added.
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3/27/2020 11:02:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 41 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths]]>
According to Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, the new cases raises the total number of COVID-19 patients in Egypt to 536. All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, he added.

Six more deaths were confirmed, including a German woman and five Egyptians; raising the total number to 30.

"Up to 116 COVID-19 patients have totally recovered so far" the spokesman said. Three French nationals and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today, Megahed added.

The number of patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 147, after getting treatment in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced recording 39 new cases for COVID-19, including nineteen nurses from different hospitals according to the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/27/2020 10:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Al Miawiah launches Covid-19 awareness campaign in collaboration with Health Ministry ]]>
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This campaign took place in different places all Over Cairo and Giza governorates aiming at reaching all people and raise awareness about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and reducing the spread pf the virus.

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The digital screens campaign provides important health and wellness information on reducing the spread of coronavirus and the latest global health and safety information, guidelines and resources. Along with keeping people and communities socially connected through digital tools and virtual events as everyone copes with the impact of the pandemic.

Al Miawiah broadcast the MOHP campaign on all its screens network to reach targeted audience in most of Cairo streets.

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Earlier on March, AL Miawiah Advertising Services Company received bt100 annual award, during a dazzling ceremony held with the attendance of Cabinet members, businessmen, high profile companies, start-ups, celebrities and journalists.

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Al-Miawiah is one of the leading outdoor advertising company operating in the region. Through its innovation, Al-Miawiah placed its quality and reputation to meet the client's needs and to contribute to the development of the outdoor advertising in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Al-Miawiah Egypt Network include 16 prime screens locations in various areas of Greater Cairo, Mohandessin, Dokki, Zayed-6 of October , Heliopolis, Nasr city and Downtown.


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3/27/2020 8:37:03 PM
<![CDATA[Ismaily player in quarantine after showing coronavirus symptoms]]>
"Magdy felt sick as he suffered from high fever and he was admitted to the hospital until his test results come back." El Meniawy told press on Friday.

Magdy is a youth product of Al Masry and he played 35 games for the club. His amazing performance caught the eye of Cairo giants, Zamalek.

Magdy spent two years inside the white castle but failed to book a starting position during his two years in Cairo and decided to return back to the Canal but this time for Ismailia to wear the famous yellow jersey of the local giants.

Magdy traveled with his team to Morocco to face their giants, Raja Casablanca, but the game was postponed amid the spread of coronavirus.]]>
3/27/2020 7:00:45 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran George Sidhom passes away at 82]]>
George Abees Sidhom was born on May 28، in 1938، to a family originally from Upper Egypt.

His stardom was built with “Tholaathy adwaa al-masrah” troupe with the two veteran comedians Samir Ghaanem and al-Deif Ahmad.

The trio performed together a number of immortal funny musical sketches، stand-up comedy shows، comedy plays and movies.

Their debut was through “Doctor elha’ny ( Doctor help me) that was a milestone in their career.

“Tholaathy adwaa al-masrah” presented the first-ever TV Ramaadan Riddles for ten years، written by Hussein al-Sayyed and directed by Muhamad Saalem.

Their most popular films are “’Aakher sha’aawa'' (Extremely naught)، “30 yowm fel-segn'' (30 days in jail) and “Al-maganeen al-talaata'' ( The three madmen).

After al-Deif Ahmad's death in 1970، Ghaanem and Sidhom continued under the umbrella of “Tholaathy adwaa al-masrah” until 1982.


Sidhom's theatrical repertoire houses a number of sucessful plays such as “Mousseeka fel-hayy al-sharky (Music in east district)، “Al-motazawwegoun (The married couple) and “Ahlan ya doctor'' (Welcome doctor) among others.




George Sidhom retired years ago due to a brain stroke. His wife Linda، who is a pharmacist was the one who stood by his side for many years and took good care of him.
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3/27/2020 6:59:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt issues decision facilitating final exams for secondary grades students]]>
The curriculum topics have been cut to facilitate the study. The decision has been taken after the government suspended the study at the schools and universities for more two weeks to be resumed mid-April.

On March 19, Egyptian Minister of Education Tareq Shawki canceled final examination for primary and preparatory school students amid the fears of the coronavirus.

In a televised speech, Minister Tareq Shawki reviewed the ministry’s plan to facilitate e-educational methods for the students who stay at home after president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decreed the suspension of the study at schools and universities nationwide amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic for two weeks starting from March 15, 2020.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that 39 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 495.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until April 14, 2020.

The virus was announced as pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 552,589 people and 25,042 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 128,704.
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3/27/2020 5:11:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt tests nationals returning from Europe for coronavirus: sources]]>
The medical teams prepared to test around 150 Egyptians for the novel coronavirus, who had been stuck in Belgium and some other European countries, sources revealed.

The authorities also kept a list of their names to monitor their health condition for 14 days, in coordination with the health directorates they belong to, the sources added.

EgyptAir on Thursday morning operated a flight from Cairo to Brussels, through Hurghada, to move Belgian and European visitors who had been stuck in Egypt, and also to return dozens of Egyptians stuck in some European states.

Last week, Egyptian Ambassador in Oman Mohamed Ghoneim said final steps are now taken to coordinate with EgyptAir and obtain the required permits and official approvals, to operate an exceptional flight to Cairo.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Ghoneim said the date of the flight and prices of tickets would be announced later, once procedures are finished.

However, the flight is expected to start from Muscat, the capital of Oman, at dawn, to arrive in Egypt by 7 a.m., Ghoneim noted, citing initial information.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that 39 new cases have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 495.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that seven coronavirus cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care as per WHO's technical guidelines, taking the total number of recoveries to 102.

The recovered cases included one foreigner and six Egyptians, he added.

Egypt recorded three new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 24, he noted.]]>
3/27/2020 5:10:10 PM
<![CDATA[Orthodox Church: No preparations made for prayers of Holy Week, Easter]]>
In press statements, Halim dismissed as groundless the reports circulated on social media websites about arrangements made for the prayers.

The spokesman urged people not to publish any news, except those announced on the official page of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s media center.

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese has decided to close all churches and suspend Masses and other Christian rituals as part of the precautionary measures taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.]]>
3/27/2020 5:05:34 PM
<![CDATA[British Health Secretary Matt Hancock tests positive for coronavirus]]>
The British health secretary is overseeing the NHS’s efforts to cope with the epidemic, as it struggles with a lack of ventilators, protective equipment, and testing, the Independent reported Friday.

But he tweeted: “Following medical advice, I was advised to test for coronavirus. I’ve tested positive.

“Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating. Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS & save lives.”

The diagnosis will raise fears about how far into the heart of British government infections have spread, with concern over the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser.]]>
3/27/2020 5:01:13 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19: Health Ministry doubles quarantine period for Egyptian returnees to 28 days]]>
In its weekly report, the Ministry of Health called for immediate reporting of suspected cases and notifying the Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance.

The ministry, also, urged the hospitals and quarantines across the country to stay on alert. ]]>
3/27/2020 4:55:39 PM
<![CDATA[ETA to receive payments in cash or by cheque nationwide]]>
The taxpayers will be exempted from administrative fees during the period of submission for the fiscal year 2019/2020, said ETA head Reda Abdel Kader said in a statement.

The move comes in line with the state's precautionary measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus. ]]>
3/27/2020 4:42:50 PM
<![CDATA[Zaki: A celebration of legendary actor and 'King of the Third Class']]>
Zaki is considered one of the most prominent actors in the history of Egyptian cinema. He was born in Zagazig as the only son in his family.

His father died when he was young, and when his mother remarried he was raised by his grandfather. During his school years, his headmaster encouraged him to work on his acting talent after Zaki presented a dazzling performance in one of the school's productions.

This production saw the attendance of many artists from Cairo, and he was advised to join The High Theater Institute, from which he graduated in 1973. After graduating first in his class, he worked in many commercially successful plays, including: “Madraset El-Moshaghbeen” (The School of Mischief), “Awladna Fi London” (Our Children are in London), “El-Eyal Kebret” (The Children Have Grown), “Hello, Shalaby” and “Al-Qahera fi Alf A'aam” (Cairo in 1,000 Years).

Many of his films are considered stepping stones in his acting career, such as: “Ahlam Hend we Kamilia” (The Dreams of Hend and Kamilia), “Oyoon La Tanam” (Eyes that Don’t Sleep), “El-Baree” (The Innocent), “El-Hob Fawk Hadabet Al-Haram” (Love on Top of the Pyramid) and “Ard El-Khouf” (The Land of Fear).

In efforts to reflect the values and identity of Egyptian society, Zaki has perfectly portrayed low and middle class society in roles such as the guard in “El-Beh El-Bawab” (The Gentle Guard). He also played the role of a simple photographer in “Edhak El-Sora Tetlaa’ Helwa” (Smile, the Picture will Come Out Fine), and the role of the driver in “Sawaq El-Hanem” (The Madame’s Driver).

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Ahmed Zaki in a scene from “El Beh El Bawab” (The Gentle Guard) movie - Youtube

Six of his films are listed on the best 100 Egyptian films based on a selection by a number of Egyptian critics. Zaki has also introduced many of the most valuable biographical films, such as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s biography, “Nasser 65”, and Egyptian President Anwar Al Sadat’s biography, “Ayam El-Sadat”.


He also depicted prominent Egyptian author, Taha Hussein, in “Al Ayam” (Days) series. Zaki’s last movie was a depiction of Egyptian singer, Abdel Halim Hafez, in a biography film titled “Halim,” which was released in 2005.



Zaki portrayed historical figures brilliantly, and it drove most of the audience to feel that their souls were instilled in Zaki’s soul. Furthermore, many of his colleagues, and the actors who followed him, admitted that they were inspired by his genuine performances and that they consider him one of the greatest actors in the Egyptian cinema history.


"To the dear soul of the great artist Ahmed Zaki, I dedicate to you my performance in 'Wahet El-Groub' soap opera. May God rest your soul in peace; you will always be an acting pedagogue," said a voice note from the famous Egyptian actor, Khaled Nabawy, on his Twitter account.

Famed scriptwriter, Wahid Hamed, said that Zaki was distinguished and strongly dedicatedl to his job to the point that it caused him some major problems in his personal life.

He added that Egyptian cinema is full of stars that are not less talented than Zaki, but what makes Zaki different is that he used his talent to master his profession, and that he paid attention to every single detail pertaining to his acting career.

Hamed said that they had shared a profound friendship since the mid-seventies, and that he knew Zaki as the person behind the actor.

Zaki’s power as an actor also lies in the fact that he was one of the first darker-skinned actors to grace Egyptian screens, challenging an unspoken color barrier that had previously existed. He paved the way for other non-conventional actors to realize that they too have a place on the cinema screen.

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3/27/2020 4:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[2nd EgyptAir flight brings back Egyptians stranded in Kuwait]]>
The EgyptAir flight, which was operated in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait, was carrying 325 Egyptian on board.

On Wednesday, an EgyptAir flight left Cairo for Kuwait to bring back Egyptians stranded there and would like to return home.

EgyptAir company operates a flight daily to bring back all Egyptians in Kuwait who would like to return to Egypt until March 30.]]>
3/27/2020 3:47:33 PM
<![CDATA[President of Libyan National Forces Alliance quarantined in Egypt]]>
Jibril’s health is unstable and he is quarantined in a hospital in Cairo as his condition did not allow him to be transported to the isolation hospital in Marsa Matrouh, the official added.

Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that 39 new cases have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 495.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, starting from banning the study at schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid-April. A partial curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely until March 14, 2020.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this, the international aviation movement has been suspended for more two weeks until mid-April.

The virus was announced as a pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 552,589 people and 25,042 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 128,704.
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3/27/2020 3:39:55 PM
<![CDATA[SITFY's message on the World Theatre Day]]>
The festival's newly established tradition aims at allowing a different, theatrically active and influential young artist each year to deliver their message on the World Theatre Day.

The festival’s administration translated the message into more than one language. The message was broadcast in audio and video annually on the World Theater Day.

Here is the English version of the message:

Theater will not die

Theater is a place where artists can present their talents to the audience.. A long time ago, the first human narrated his great hunting trip to his family.. The first human embodied his trip and his children and wife were impressed... Ever since then, theater was established..

Theater was established when humans discovered the creative language of expression.. Even before discovering the real spoken languages.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the theater continued to shine in spite of launching cinema, radio, television, and internet... The reason behind that is that theater is the living language between the artists and the audience. Additionally, theatrical language can always be renewed and developed in order to surprise everyone.

A virus -that is not invisible to the eye- forced everyone to stay at home. Humans returned to their small worlds among their families. Everyone started to narrate his tales and adventures to his family in order to impress them; thus, homes become small theaters.. Perhaps when another virus affects the whole world, or a great war takes place, the whole world will come to an end and all its mechanisms will be destroyed.. However, artists will always be able to present their creative talents to everyone.. Theater will last forever... Theater will always be able to affect the audience..... Theater will never reach an end.


SITFY postponed its fifth edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have exerted extensive efforts to launch the fifth edition of SITFY and finished all the preparations. We have contacted all the theatrical groups; however, the spread of coronavirus all over the world is the main reason behind the postponement of the fifth edition of SITFY. Thanks a million for your understanding. We hope to be back on track as soon as possible in order to continue our work with all the theatrical groups and experts. SITFY's Higher Committee highly appreciates each and every one who has accomplished his/her duties to the fullest," SITFY's President Mazen el-Gharabawy declared.

The fifth edition of SITFY was planned to bear the name of legendary actress Sanaa Gamil. Moreover, SITFY planned to dedicate the authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Sakhsoukh, who presented various theatrical and critical writings to the Egyptian and Arab theatre.

Egyptian veteran actress, Samiha Ayoub, has been appointed as the honorary president of SITFY, while veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy was appointed as head of the higher committee of SITFY, and Egyptian actor Tarek Sabri was appointed as the executive director. SITFY is managed by Ingy el-Bestawy and actor Mohsen Mansour supervises the festival's workshops.

SITFY is held under the sponsorship of the minister of culture, South Sinai governor, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Tourism Khaled al-Anany, and Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board Ahmed Youssef.
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3/27/2020 3:32:48 PM
<![CDATA[The Superhero]]>
I couldn’t have been more wrong—by the end of the brief interview I discovered that the secret of Karara’s success lies in that he has a lot in common with his onscreen persona. I sat down with him for a behind-the-scene chat with Karara about the hit series, his latest movie Casablanca and the secrets of his success.

1- What was the different thing in Kalabsh 3 .that wasn't in the previous two parts

We’ve taken Kalabsh 3 on a completely different path than that of the other two. Part 1’s main theme was that Selim El-Ansary was subjected to injustice, he was fired from his job and was forced to go on the run most of the time. In part 2 we played on the revenge theme because they killed his wife and sister. In part 3 we will play on the
exploitation theme as they want to pressure him into performing illegal actions, so they poisoned his son, pestering him to resign from the Ministry of Interior so he could harm Egypt. The thing about Kalabsh is that it has become a brand. There are different actors and actresses in each season—only the veteran actress Hala Fakher is in all the
parts—to pump in new blood so that the audience doesn’t get bored. Every part features a new story as if you are watching a new series; we only take Selim El-Ansary and insert him in a new story. Kalabsh 3 features a notable cast including Hisham Selim, Ahmed Abdelaziz, Ahmed el Awady and Yousra el Louzy among others. We have a large number of stars who will appear in a new way in this season which is more
drama than action.

2- Do you prefer long-running series?

I am if all the seasons are successful,but I am against it if the drama cannot be carried across different seasons. It is not wrong to exploit the success of a series, we did that in Kalabsh, but the point is how to exploit that success and while not harming the show. We preserved Kalabsh’s success, developed and grew it. If we reach a point where we are at just the same level of success we will not move on with a new part. We want each part to be more successful than the previous one. Internationally there are very successful multiple-part series like Game of Thrones that millions around the world watch. As long as you are doing well and the audience are amused while watching your series, then by all means perform more parts.

3- Are there plans for Kalabsh 4 next year?

There is another plan for Kalbesh , but I don’t have the right to reveal it now, but it will be something very innovative.

4- Why has Selim El-Ansary’s character become so popular? Is the audience looking for a hero or role model to gather around?

That’s a good theory (he laughs), but frankly speaking I don’t know, I swear I don’t know, I am amazed by the huge success. When I meet people I am astonished at how people see Selim El-Ansary, people truly love him from the bottom of their hearts. He is one of them, they sympathize with him and see that he is a true gentleman who is
ready to help others. It’s very rare that the main character in a series succeeds more than the series itself; Selim ElAnsary is more famous than Kalabsh! He’s even become
popular among kids who think I am not a real person, they think I am a legendary character like The Avengers (he laughs). Even when El-Ansary is shot and doesn’t die,
they accept that fact and don’t see any kind of exaggeration, because they don’t want him to die. From their point of view Selim El-Ansary can’t die . . . he has to live forever
like the superheroes.

5-Did the Ministry of Interior interfere in the plot?

The Ministry of Interior didn’t interfere in the series, because the series is not a purely detective one. It tells the story of a police officer and goes into his personal life,
and it doesn’t contain any politically sensitive incidents. The Ministry of Interior supported us, for example we ask for their opinion pertaining to the kinds of weapons used in the series, they provided us with information about the transfers inside the
ministry. The ministry was very cooperative and gave us all the general data we needed to ensure the series’ credibility. The Ministry of Interior really admire the series because Kalabsh highlights the true image of the good and honest police officer. Some people regard police officers as people who abuse their powers, but this is totally both unfair and wrong because a police officer’s job is like all other profession—there are good people and bad ones. Unfortunately, before Kalabsh much of the drama portrayed police officers as corrupt. I didn’t like that, because they are our Egyptian security forces who protect us, so we should shed light on good examples, not just focus on bad examples. That’s what we did in Kalabsh 1; we have Selim El-Ansary and on the other hand we have a corrupt police officer and constable, so we didn’t say that they are all good, we were objective and presented both good and bad examples. The promo of Casablanca amassed 1 million views within three hours of its release, a record in the history of Egyptian cinema. Tell us more about Casablanca experience.

In all honesty I’m really not sure. The promo is really well executed, but all the huge success was unexplainable for me. I told Casablanca’s director, the great talented Peter Mimi, that I didn’t think the promo got all these views because we are clever, but because we are kind, I swear.

6-More likely your popularity and charisma?

Charisma is a gift from God, but not just my charisma, it is all the cast’s charisma—the director, the scriptwriter, the director of photography, the producer and the rest of the
cast. Yesterday I checked the comments people left below the promo, I really thanked God because I didn’t see even a single negative comment, most people expected Casablanca to be a great movie and said they would watch it. Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so you will see different pictures on screen. You will see some Alexandrian men that you will fall in love with despite them being pirates as they have a touch of humanity. The hero wants to free his kidnapped brother, and together they form a totally different and new composition. The movie also has a light comedy line. When the audience saw the promo they said that Casablanca doesn’t look like normal Egyptian movies, because it was executed with the latest cinematic techniques. The whole cast exerted great effort in this movie to get this result.

7-In Harb Karmooz, Casablanca and also Taht El-Ard (Underground) you worked with acclaimed international actors like Scott Adkins (aka Boyka), Halit Ergenc and Songul Oden. Tell us more about your experience working with these international actors. Do you feel such participation enriches the works?

Definitely. This kind of cooperation enriches the movie or the series because when you watch and see a group of stars performing together you become excited to watch,
then why don’t we open the door for such fruitful cooperation? For example we become so proud if one of our filmmakers participated in an international movie, we are happy to see an Egyptian working in the international cinema industry, then what is the problem to invite these stars here to work with us in our Egyptian cinema? Boyka is worldwide action star with a great repertoire. In his latest film he worked with Silvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Lee—when a big star like that comes to work with you in your movie as a guest, this means that you are doing well and that we are big, and that Egyptian cinema is really great. Halit Ergenc is one of the best actors that I have worked with in my entire life, he is a wonderful, respectable and cooperative actor, he loves the cast and the movie, really an exceptional artist, I really enjoyed working with him. We chose Ergenc also because of his wide popularity, Egyptian audiences admire Ergenc because of his great role performing Sultan Suleiman in the successful Turkish series Hareem El-Sultan (The Sultan’s Harem), so when people saw us together in the Casablanca promo they were excited to watch the movie.

It was the same with Songul Oden in Taht El-Ard. She became very popular in the Egyptian and the Arab world after playing Nour role the successful Turkish series bearing the same name. I love this kind of cooperation because it adds glow to the movie or the series plus I am not a oneman-show actor. I love to work with big names and stars, I don’t insist on being the main star of the show, I just want to present good movies and series that people love and at the end they say who was the best and who was the star.

8- Some see that the role of TV or cinema is to portray reality as it is, with all its negative aspects; others argue that drama should provide audiences with principles, role models and positive example—much like Selim El-Ansary in Kalabsh. Which do you believe is the real purpose?

There was a time when cinema focused only on the bullying, drugs, rape, sexual harassment and slums. It provided the audience with a concentrated dose of all these negative aspects of society and that was a problem. If we were presenting both types in a balanced way we wouldn’t have such a problem, because cinema or TV drama means diversity, mirror society and so should convey both the good and the bad, not only in separate movies or series but in the same work. We should have both good and bad examples, like Kalabsh as I stated earlier. I personally have never watched any of these movies that tackled purely all the negative aspects, because I don’t like this school of cinema. I like a movie that I can watch with my wife and kids, why should my kids see movies that tackle only negativities? Harb Karmooz was a respectable movie that people of all ages enjoyed watching. It didn’t have any cheap scenes and carried
a good message. Casablanca is the same. We made Casablanca following international standards, so much so that everyone felt from the promo that it was a Hollywood movie. We were keen to shoot in many cities to provide the audience with good and diverse scenes, we’re talking about four pirates who stole a car from the port, but you will see also that they were punished, one of them was jailed, the other’s brother was kidnapped. Yet despite being criminals they have good characteristics, so the world is not always black. My exact answer to your question is that during a certain period some movies conveyed all our negativities without providing a single good example, but if we highlight the good examples and present beside them the bad ones—but without exaggeration—then this will be the exact role of cinema and drama.

9-Do you believe there is good and bad in everything?

I am annoyed when just a bad side is presented. It’s OK to present a negative character but let’s also add a twist to this character to see how his/her problem or negativity will be solved—not decide that there’s no hop and that’s it. I am one of the millions of Egyptians who love this country, I get really annoyed if someone criticizes Egypt and the Egyptians, I get angry when we write negative things on facebook about ourselves and our country then people abroad read that we criticize and attack our country and our president, badmouthing and making fun of him, mocking our actors. This really is a
shame, what we write with our hands really disgraces us; we are supposed to refute all the bad things written about us not write them with our hands and blemish our reputation. I love to see the positive side of each story.

10-What type of movie or series do you enjoy working on the most?

I don’t have a favorite genre; if you watch Kalabsh you’ll find social, drama, action and light comedy lines. Casablanca is the same,you will see drama, action, suspense and comedy plots presented by Amr Abdel Gelil. I love to work in a comprehensive movie or series that contains everything, multiple plotlines, not a purely action movie without a comedy or social theme. Today at my current age and physical strength I can perform action movies, run, fight, but for example after 10 years I might not be able to perform such scenes so I may shift to romantic or social movies and series.

11-Which three words would you choose to describe Amir Karara

The first word is that Amir Karara is a father, spending my time with Selim, Laila and Nelly really is worth the world to me. I have to mention them with that order because Selim is the eldest and he gets angry if I didn’t mention him first (he laughs). The second adjective is ambitious, the third is patient. I had a dream and target that I worked hard to fulfil and I am satisfied with what I have achieved till now. I started from below the zero point, and gradually made good steps with God’s blessing. That’s why 99 percent of what I’ve achieved is God’s generosity and only one percent is my own planning.

12-What are your weak spots? What do you dislike about your character?

My kids, I am obsessed with them, they are literally my life, if you ask me to prioritize my life roles, I will say number one I am a father. What I dislike is that I am incapable of
thinking about myself or even looking at Amir and seeing what he wants for himself. I dedicate my whole life to my

work, wife, kids and people working with me. Amir always forgets himself, sometimes I want to take break, enjoy my success, be happy with what I have achieved or do something for myself, but find that I am incapable of doing this. Even when I go shopping I find myself always buying stuff for my kids instead of myself.

13-To what extent have your good looks helped your career?

I don’t see myself as handsome at all by the way (he laughs) but good looks can’t help an actor if he is not talented. The biggest stars in Egypt and the world are not handsome, it is all about the talent and the charisma.

14-In general what attracts you in women? What attracted you in your wife?

The woman for me is the supportive, strong, courteous one who stands behind her husband and helps him, the wife that pleases her husband and makes him happy so he can concentrate in his work, so that he can succeed and make her life and that of the kids a happy in return, so that he can secure a good future for them. It is a cycle and the
woman is the key to this cycle. What attracted me to Hend is that she has all of that.

15-How has stardom changed you?

It’s changed nothing in my character. Deep inside I am still that humble Egyptian guy, but it added responsibilities on my shoulders to work harder to please people and meet
their expectations.

16-Which roles have been milestones for you?

I’ll tell you something that I’ve never said before: Amir Karara’s career started with Kalabsh 1. I don’t remember anything before this series and I don’t want to remember.
What people don’t know is that I was about to stop acting before part one. I was depressed and frustrated and decided to leave this career and when I started working on it I said it might be the last series. But after only three episodes, Kalabsh was booming all over the Arab world. The credit goes to Synergy Company headed by the creative producer Tamer Mursi, the company manager Hossam Shawky, the artistic producer of Kalabsh, Casablanca and my upcoming movie Fathy Ismail, and definitely the director Peter Mimi. I’ve never dreamed of even a fraction of this success. People
in media circles told me before Kalabesh 1 that they were talking about Ramadan stars who would win the race and they never even mentioned me or Yasser Galal, but because of God’s will, Kalabesh and Zel El-Rais (The President’s Shadow) achieved booming success. I can say that my main milestones are the three parts of Kalabsh, Harb Karmooz and also Horoub Edterary (Forced Escape) with Ahmed
El-Sakka.

17-You formed a trio with famed producer Tamer Mursi and director Peter Mimi. Tell us more about the harmony between three of you.

We collaborated on the three parts of Kalabsh, Harb Karmooz and Casablanca. We know how to work with each other, there is a great harmony and chemistry between all
the cast members. Together we know how to make a good dramatic composition. This is the first time that we’re announcing that we are currently preparing for '' El Ekteyar'' series which is expected to be screened in Ramadan.
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3/27/2020 2:45:01 PM
<![CDATA[Abdelhak Nouri awakes from coma ]]>
The youngster collapsed in July 2017 during a friendly game between Ajax and German's Werder Bremen and sustained severe and permanent brain damage.

"He is aware of where he is, he is back in a familiar environment with his family. He’s no longer in a coma. He’s just awake. He sleeps, he sneezes, he eats, he burps, but it’s not like he gets out of bed. He’s very bedridden and still very dependent on us." Nouri's brother said.

Nouri was considered by many football experts as one of the promising talents in the world and he was expected to secure a spot at Ajax and the Dutch national team.

Nouri's brother continued "We talk to him like he’s not sick. We take him into our conversations and we watch football with him in the living room, for example."]]>
3/27/2020 2:23:14 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus: 28 cruise ships in Upper Egypt sterilized: Ministry]]>
Dozens of positive cases were reported on board a Nile cruiser earlier in March in Aswan, as infection started with a Taiwanese-American tourist.

In remarks to Egypt Today, Deputy Health Minister in Aswan Ehab Hanafi said a number of measures were taken to protect citizens and workers in tourism sectors from the novel coronavirus. He also noted that tourist attractions, including temples, museums and hotels have been the focus of these efforts.

Concerning the governorates of Luxor, Aswan and South Sinai, known to be among the major tourist attractions in Egypt, Health Minister Hala Zayed earlier in March said some precautionary measures were taken, including banning workers in all tourist facilities from leaving these governorates for 14 days and putting them in quarantine.

The procedures in the three governorates will also include cleaning and sterilizing all tourist facilities as well as governmental and non-governmental facilities, Zayed said, adding that they will be unable to receive any tourists for 14 days starting from the date when the last tourist leaves.

The tourist ships also underwent precautionary measures, Zayed said, including testing all on board for the new virus, including visitors as well as the staff. Those who tested positive were quarantined. Concerning Nile cruisers, all those on board were put in quarantine for 14 days.

Egypt report 39 new coronavirus cases

CAIRO - 26 March 2020: Egypt’s Health Ministry announced Thursday that 39 new cases have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Egypt to 495.


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3/27/2020 2:13:32 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Ramzy Yassa' s concert on Mar.28]]>CAIRO - 27 March 2020: As part of the e-initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is in your hands" a concert for Symphony Orchestra - Soloist : Piano acclaimed international pianist Ramzy Yassa will be broadcast on the Ministry of Culture’s official YouTube channel on March 28 at 9 p.m.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with the Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the "Stay in the House ... Culture is in Your Hands" initiative's programs daily on Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast anecdotes about the archives of national, contemporary and traditional creativity on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at homes in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.

Abdel Dayem further stated that the broadcast begins with the Opera House's hologram concert of the late wonderful singer Umm Kulthum’s “Hayart Qalbi”, in addition to other Umm Kulthum's specials performed by Reham Abdel Hakim and Mai Farouk.

The minister of culture added that broadcasting continues on a daily basis with various creative materials that include theatrical performances, Arab and classical concerts, ballet shows, short films, documentaries, and others.

The ministry's official website on the internet makes available many publications of various sectors.]]>
3/27/2020 2:07:04 PM
<![CDATA[Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19]]>LONDON - 27 March 2020: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Sky News reported Friday.

The prime minister tweeted a video message confirming he had COVID-19, adding: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

"Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives."

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he added.]]>
3/27/2020 1:58:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt is creating new 4G cities - ministry]]>CAIRO - 27 March 2020: Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala el Saeed said Egypt has started creating a number of 4G cities, taking the total number of new cities to 34.

In a report released Friday, Saeed talked about the 11th goal of sustainable development "sustainable cities and communities" and Egypt’s efforts to achieve it.

She noted that new cities in Egypt went through different time periods; the first-generation cities during 1977-1982, the 2G and 3G cities between 1995 and 2010, and then the 4G cities as of 2014 till now.

The report mentioned some of the new cities, such as the New Administrative Capital, the New Alamein City, Salam Misr City, East Port Said city, New Nasser city, West Assiut city, Toushka city and the Damietta Furniture City. (MENA]]>
3/27/2020 1:55:40 PM
<![CDATA[Trump, Xi speak after US, China trade barbs on coronavirus]]>
In a tweet, the US president described his first interaction with his Chinese counterpart since the outbreak began three months ago as "very good".

"China has been through much [and] has developed a strong understanding of the Virus," Trump added. "We are working closely together. Much respect!"

Chinese state media said that Xi had spoken with Trump "at the invitation of the US side", and offered to "unreservedly share [China’s] experience in prevention and control efforts, and treatment with the World Health Organization and countries including the US".

Over recent days, Trump has stopped referring to the coronavirus as "the Chinese virus", which had angered officials in Beijing and triggered domestic criticism that he was stoking anti-Asian sentiment as the virus spread rapidly across the US.

US officials countered that the designation was fair in light of some Chinese diplomats’ endorsement of unproven conspiracy theories blaming the US military for the outbreak, which began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December or November.

However, other senior Trump administration officials were continuing to insist that the virus should be referred to as "the Wuhan coronavirus".

The war of words threatened to impede any prospects of meaningful co-operation between the US and China as the pandemic continued to spread rapidly around the world. It also coincided with a charm offensive by Beijing heralding its dispatch of medical supplies and teams to European nations struggling to contain the pandemic.

Trump and Xi spoke just hours after the number of officially confirmed cases in the US exceeded those in China. The Chinese foreign ministry also announced late on Thursday that it would ban almost all foreign nationals from entering the country even if they held valid work and residential permits.

While the number of locally transmitted cases in China has dwindled over recent weeks, the government has been alarmed by a spike in so-called imported cases from people arriving in the world’s most populous nation. Most of the carriers, however, have been Chinese nationals.

China’s aviation regulator also said on Thursday that it would restrict all international airlines still operating flights to and from China to just one weekly service, in a move that will make it even more difficult for expatriate Chinese to return home.

The US has recorded 85,505 coronavirus cases with 1,288 deaths, compared with 81,340 and 3,292 respectively in China. But China’s official case numbers, unlike most other countries’, do not include "asymptomatic" carriers who do not exhibit any symptoms. If such cases were included, it is estimated that China’s official count could be as much as 50 percent higher

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3/27/2020 1:50:22 PM
<![CDATA[Bourse gains EGP 35.2 bln this week, all indexes up]]>
The market capital gained EGP 35.2 billion to reach EGP 539.9 billion compared with EGP 504.7 billion in the previous week, recording an increase of 7%.

The EGX 30 benchmark index went up by 7.68 percent to register 9,912.98 points.

The EGX 70 EWI index of the leading smaller and mid-cap enterprises (SME) increased by 14.1 percent to stand at 959.42 points.

The all-embracing EGX 100 index went up by about 11.4 percent to settle at 1,036.16 points.]]>
3/27/2020 1:19:03 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool send a heartwarming message to health care workers]]>
Liverpool men''s team, Liverpool women's team and their coaching staff appeared in a compilation video to offer their own messages of gratitude to the health care workers.



Liverpool players are training at home since the club decided to suspend the training sessions following the FA's decision to suspend the league amid the spread of coronavirus.

Liverpool were leading the league table with 25 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester City and they were two victories away from winning their first league title since 1990.

UEFA and CONCACAF decided to postpone the UEFA EURO 2020 and Copa America 2020 to 2021 summer to buy time for the domestic federations to complete the season.]]>
3/27/2020 1:15:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt dealt with coronavirus crisis with full courage, transparency: official]]>
In an interview with Al Ahram Al Arabi magazine, Ibrahim added that the State has been keen to take all preventive measures and decisions that preserve the value of people and combat the virus.

The official urged citizens to implement all instructions of the State in this regard as well as to have full confidence in the way it tackles the issue.

He also called on people to avoid spreading rumors circulated on social media websites since they just aim to cause a state of worry and instability in the country. (MENA)
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3/27/2020 1:05:46 PM
<![CDATA[Number of Egyptians stranded in Switzerland being counted- consulate]]>
The consulate noted on its official social media page that the cases include those who do not have permanent residence permits in Switzerland or any other European Union country.

The same thing applies to students and those who were on medical trips and could not return home, it added.

Taking into account the current conditions as regards the spread of coronavirus, work is underway to help all Egyptian nationals stranded in Switzerland go back home, the consulate said.

It asserted that all returnees will undergo medical checkups once they arrive in Egypt as per the instructions of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and in compliance with the World Health Organization’s guidelines.

They may also stay in quarantine for 14 days if required, the consulate added. (MENA)]]>
3/27/2020 12:56:29 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea boy band BTS postpones U.S., Canada tour over coronavirus]]>
The seven-member K-pop hit group was due to begin its United States and Canada tour on April 25 in Santa Clara, with stops in Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington and Toronto, before wrapping up in Chicago in June.

Big Hit Entertainment said new dates had not been set but all reserved tickets remained valid.

“We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of all local governments regarding public events to ensure we are providing a safe environment for everyone involved as we continue to update our tour plans,” Big Hit said in a statement on the fan community app, Weverse.



The delay came as the United States overtook China and Italy as the country with the most infections, with thousands of new cases each day.

Last week, BTS indefinitely delayed sales of tickets for its Europe tour, set to start in July, and take in the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, London and Rotterdam.

Last month, it also cancelled a concert in Seoul set for April as South Korea grapples with the pandemic.

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3/27/2020 12:48:38 PM
<![CDATA[Number of buildings sterilized nationwide reaches 54,948, says minister]]>
In a statement released Friday, Shaarwai added that 4,257 shops have violated the prime minister’s closure decision.

The State has taken several decisions to combat the COVID-19, including a ban on the movement of citizens from 7 pm till 6 am, the closure of restaurants, cafes, sporting clubs, youth centers, and educational centers, in addition to suspending classes at all schools, universities, and kindergartens.

The minister noted that local authorities seized hookahs at 4,748 cafes and shut down 4,045 educational centers that violated the premier’s decision.

He added that a total of 1,449 local markets have been canceled to ban gatherings of people.]]>
3/27/2020 11:33:16 AM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces disinfects main streets to prevent Covid-19 spread]]>
The move is part of the preventive measures implemented at the main streets in the country.

The concerned departments of the Armed Forces were keen to take all the preventive measures to confront the spread of the Covid-19 through the use of chemicals that meet international quality standards to eliminate viruses, germs, and bacteria, in a manner that contributes to limiting the spread of the virus and provides a safe environment for citizens.



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3/27/2020 11:30:28 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian medical supplies delivered to Gaza after Covid-19 detected]]>
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced that nine Gazans have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The Egyptian Red Crescent delivered medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Oakes rosins in Gaza Strip Thursday.


Only two Palestinians had tested positive previously and were quarantined. The other seven, discovered Wednesday, are security men who interacted with the two patients while guarding the quarantine, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

The ministry emphasized that all the nine patients did not leave the quarantine and did not interact with any other people outside, and that no other cases in Gaza have been detected.]]>
3/27/2020 12:17:36 AM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies stopping public transportation services on Friday, Saturday]]>
In a report on Thursday, the center said that the ministries of transportation and local development denied these claims saying they are mere rumors.

Both ministries reiterated that all means of public transportation will work normally during the days of the week according to the temporary schedule set during the curfew period. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:54:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt report 39 new coronavirus cases]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that seven coronavirus cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care as per WHO's technical guidelines, taking the total number of recoveries to 102.

The recovered cases included one foreigner and six Egyptians, he added.
Egypt recorded three new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 24, he noted.

Earlier on Wednesday head of the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate said that nineteen nurses from different hospitals in Egypt contracted Covid-19.

The hospitals include the Imbaba Fevers Hospital in Giza, Kawthar Mahmoud said, in an interview with Al-Tase’a on the state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1). The 19 nurses are being monitored, she added.

"Egypt has a decisive opportunity to effectively control the outbreak and prevent local transmission of the Coronavirus," said the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Egypt on Thursday.

"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.
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3/26/2020 11:48:22 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi thanks Egyptians for cooperating with authorities against Covid-19]]>
In a Thursday Facebook post, Sisi expressed his appreciation for the citizens as they show cooperation with the government and responding positively to its measures in the face of coronavirus.

“I also thank various state institutions, the Armed Forces, the police, and all those who run the comprehensive healthcare system for their sincere efforts in all directions,” Sisi said.

The curfew, imposed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., began Wednesday and will last for 15 days. It is the latest measure against Covid-19 after schools and universities were suspended and commercial activities stopped in the night time.

The tally of those confirmed sick with the novel virus stands at 514, while the death toll is 24.]]>
3/26/2020 10:16:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt approves draft law for workers’ minimum periodic allowance]]>
It also granted a special allowance to those who are not subject to the Civil Service Law, in addition to increasing the additional incentive for state workers.

The first article stipulated that the minimum value of the periodic allowance due to employees should be LE75 pounds per month for those who are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Law promulgated by Law No. 81 of 2016 due on July 1, 2020.

Whereas, the second article of the draft law stipulated that workers in the state who are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Law will be granted, as of the beginning of next July, a special allowance of 12 percent of the basic wage for each of them on June 30, 2020 or on the date of appointment for those appointed after this date with a minimum of LE 75 per month. “This allowance is part of the basic wage of a worker, and will be added to his wage from July 1, 2020.”

The third article stipulated that the additional incentive granted to employees who are addressed to the provisions of the Civil Service Law and the employees who are not addressed to it be increased monthly starting from July 2020 with cut financial categories by LE 150 per month for the fourth financial degrees or less, LE 200 per month for the third degree, and LE 250 pounds per month for the second financial degree.

"Likewise, LE 300 per month for the first financial degree, LE 325 for the rank of general manager/ senior, LE 350 per month for the high degree, and LE 375 per month for the excellent degree, or the equivalent of each,” according to the released statement.

“This incentive benefits those who are appointed from employees or workers after this date, and this incentive is part of the complementary or variable pay for each of them, depending on the circumstances. "]]>
3/26/2020 8:23:09 PM
<![CDATA[Things to know about Egypt's sustainable development plan for 20/21]]>
Egypt Today reviews the most important pieces of information included in the plan:

• Egypt's target of growth rate will dip to 5.1 percent from 5.6 percent in 2019/2020.
• The growth rate in Egypt slowed down during the third and fourth quarter to 5.2 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
• Egypt's total government investments rose 12 percent during the period from July 2019 to February 2020, amounting to LE90.9 billion.
• Sectors of food and accommodation, household services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, will be affected by COVID-19 outbreak.
• Egypt's unemployment rate to dip to 8.5 percent by end of 2020/2021 in case COVID-19 crisis ended during FY 2019/2020.
• Egypt targets growth rate of 4.5 percent in 20/21 but might decline to 3.5 percent in case the outbreak of COVID-19 continued.
• As per inflation rate, it’s expected to increase to 9.8 percent if the crisis continued until December 2020.
• With the continuation of COVID-19 till the first half of FY20/21, total investment will dip to LE 740 billion from 960 billion.
• Egypt's governmental investments are planned to hike 33 percent to LE 280 billion from LE 211 billion in 2019/2020.
• Egypt's investments financed by the treasury and loans are planned to increase 64% from LE 140 billion to LE 230 billion.
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3/26/2020 6:51:21 PM
<![CDATA[392 prisoners released per presidential and conditional pardon ]]>
The High Commission for Pardon began examining the cases entitled to conditional release, and it selected 285 inmates to be released, while 107 were pardoned.

"The release of the prisoners comes as part of the ministry’s reform plan and to keep up with the punitive execution from a comprehensive perspective, activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts, who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society," the ministry stated.

On January 25, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree pardoning a number of 2975 prisoners and other 498 on parole on the occasion of the National Police Day celebration and the 68th anniversary of the epic Ismailia battle.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak issued a decision to consider the day an official holiday ‘Police Day’ in February 2009, in appreciation to the efforts of the police forces, and recognizing their sacrifices.

It also comes to coincide with the January 25 Revolution that broke out in 2011, demanding the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime.
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3/26/2020 6:49:30 PM
<![CDATA[Dusty winds in Cairo Thursday, temperature to decline Friday]]>
The country will witness dusty winds on most parts of the country on Thursday, with a slight rise in temperatures, and slight rainfall in many parts of Cairo and Giza.

Cairo will record highs of 26 °C and lows of 15 °C, Alexandria will record highs of 23 °C and lows of 15 °C, Matrouh will record 22 °C and lows of 12 °C, Sohag will record highs of 22 °C and lows of 16 °C, and Qena will record highs of 35 °C and lows of 16 °C.






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3/26/2020 6:47:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's growth rate to dip to 5.1% because of coronavirus]]>
Saeed clarified that the growth rate slowed down during the third and fourth quarter to 5.2 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

This came during the cabinet meeting where it approved thesustainable development plan for 2020/2021 that was prepared in light of the negative repercussions of the spread of the Corona virus on the global economy, and its expected effects on the Egyptian economy.

“Egypt's total government investments rose 12 percent during the period from July 2019 to February 2020, amounting to LE90.9 billion,” Saeed said.

She clarified that sectors of food and accommodation, household services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, will be affected by COVID-19 outbreak.

Moreover, she stated that Egypt's unemployment rate to dip to 8.5 percent by end of 2020/2021 in case COVID-19 crisis ended during FY 2019/2020.

“Egypt targets growth rate of 4.5 percent in 20/21 but might decline to 3.5 percent in case the outbreak of COVID-19 continued,” Saeed.

As per inflation rate, it’s expected to increase to 9.8 percent if the crisis continued until December 2020, according to Saeed.

“With the continuation of COVID-19 till the first half of FY20/21, total investment will dip to LE 740 billion from 960 billion,” Saeed said, adding that Egypt's governmental investments are planned to hike 33 percent to LE 280 billion from LE 211 billion in 2019/2020.

Egypt's investments financed by the treasury and loans are planned to increase 64% from LE 140 billion to LE 230 billion, Saeed noted.
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3/26/2020 6:41:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s cabinet approves 2020/21 draft budget]]>CAIRO – 26 March 2020: Egypt’s cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, approved Thursday the draft budget for the new fiscal year 2020/2021.

Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma’it said that the new fiscal year 2020/2021 draft budget aims to maintain the greatest degree of financial stability while supporting economic activity by achieving a reduction of the total deficit to 6.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and achieving a primary surplus that allows the path of reducing the debt of the budget.

“The draft budget targets to support, and stimulate economic activity, growth and employment, especially the productive sectors, in conjunction with the continued efforts to improve the quality of infrastructure while ensuring that everyone benefits from this improvement,” he added.

The Minister added that the new draft budget targets specific initiatives and measures that improve the living conditions of citizens, especially the middle class, as well as a positive contribution to strengthening human development activities and areas in the fields of health and education, and the continued expansion of proper pricing of goods and services, in a way that guarantees the efficient allocation of resources and uses by all parties, as well as targeting the expansion of the tax base and maximizing the return on state assets by increasing the surpluses transferred to the public treasury.

According to Ma’it, Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, and to achieve a primary surplus of 2 percent during the coming fiscal year.

“Egypt's Ministry of Finance is intensifying its efforts to continue the growth of budget revenues at rates that exceed the rate of expenditures,” Ma’it stated, adding that also aims to increase the section of wages and compensation in 20/21 budget to accelerate the income of workers.

Ma’it clarified that Egypt's new budget targets an annual wage growth rate that exceeds the inflation target.

Moreover, social measures package in Egypt's new budget includes allocations for delivering natural gas services to homes for 1.2 million housing units.

It also includes allocating about LE 36 billion to initiatives to support the sectors of health, pre-university education and social solidarity, according to Ma'it.

“Egypt's 20/21 budget also contains allocations for the gradual implementation of the comprehensive health insurance system.”

Finance Minister clarified that allocations for state-funded medical treatment in Egypt's new draft budget for 20/21 have increased.


“Egypt's new budget will work to ensure the continuous increase in allocations for public investments funded by the Treasury in a manner that exceeds any other increases of public expenditures,” Ma'it stated, adding that exports allocations in 20/21 draft budget hiked LE1 billion, compared to FY of 2019/20
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3/26/2020 6:24:49 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: Egypt has decisive opportunity to effectively control Covid-19 pandemic]]>
"Containing the virus in Egypt also requires the government and the entire community to concert efforts," the office added on its official Twitter account.



“The WHO technical mission to Egypt for Covid-19 concludes with key findings of solid work being done to control the outbreak, especially in the areas of disease detection and contact tracing, laboratory testing, and referral of patients,” the office explained.

“WHO will continue to work with Egypt to enhance infection prevention & control at all levels, and identify alternative mechanisms for testing patients,” it stressed.

The Egyptian government has taken gradual steps in dealing with the coronavirus spread, including suspending schools and universities and suspending the international flights to mid April.

A partial two-week curfew was imposed, while all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, shopping centers (malls), and other local shops shut down completely.

Meanwhile, all mosques and Islamic places of worship across Egypt were closed for two weeks starting from March 21, 2020, to curb the coronavirus spread.

In a press conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, Minister Hala Zayed announced that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt rose to 456. The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, she added.

The virus was announced as pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 492,250 people and 22,180 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 119,732.


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3/26/2020 6:10:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi participates in AU virtual mini-summit on COVID19 pandemic]]>
The meeting discussed the implications of Coronavirus pandemic for the African countries and the means of cooperation with international partners, he said, noting that the African meeting was held ahead of the G20 virtual summit on Thursday.

The African leaders agreed to establish an African fund to provide the necessary financial resources needed to combat the virus in Africa, Radi added.

The AU Bureau members include South Africa, Kenya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Radi said.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the G20 virtual summit announced to inject $5 trillion into the global economy to fight the virus outbreak, saying that they will continue conducting “bold and large-scale fiscal support.”

US President Donald Trump announced that he will hold a conference on the outcomes of the G20 meeting.



In a press conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, Minister Hala Zayed announced that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt rose to 456. The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, he added.

The virus was announced as pandemic by WHO on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 492,250 people and 22,180 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 119,732.
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3/26/2020 5:53:53 PM
<![CDATA[EGX flags in green for 2nd consecutive session, market cap. loses LE 6B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.48 percent, or 47.31 points, to close at 9,912.98 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 increased 1.97 percent, or 25.83 points, to end at 1,339.16 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 inched up 3.15 percent, or 29.31 points, to close at 959.42 points, and the broader index EGX 100 hiked 1.40 percent, or 14.29 points to 1,036.16 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 6 billion, recording LE 539.91 billion, compared to LE 540.51 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 234.28 million shares, traded through 24,639 transactions, with a turnover of LE 673.84 million.

Egyptian investors were net buyers at LE 159.56 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 4.27 million, and LE 155.29 million, respectively.

Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 6.8 million, and LE 183,626, respectively, while Egyptian individuals were net buyers at LE 19.06 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 140.49 million, and LE 2.53 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 155.11 million.

Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical, Medical Packaging Company, and Ceramic & Porcelain were top gainers of the session at 9.95 percent, 9.94 percent and 9.58 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sues Canal Company for Technology Settling, Egyptian Arabian (cmar) Securities Brokerage EAC, and Rowad Tourism (Al Rowad) were top losers of the session by 9.87 percent, 9.81 percent, and 9.37 percent, respectively.

On Wednesday, EGX ended the session in green, as EGX 30 rose 0.97 percent, EGX 50 increased 2.41 percent, EGX 70 inched up 2.76 percent, and EGX 100 hiked 1.96 percent.
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3/26/2020 5:49:05 PM
<![CDATA[SITFY chooses Mahmoud Gamal to deliver speech on World Theater Day]]>
The festival's newly established tradition aims at allowing a different, theatrically active and influential young artist each year to deliver their message on the World Theatre Day.

The festival’s administration will translate the message into more than one language. The message will be broadcast in audio and video annually on the World Theater Day.

SITFY postponed its fifth edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have exerted extensive efforts to launch the fifth edition of SITFY and finished all the preparations. We have contacted all the theatrical groups; however, the spread of coronavirus all over the world is the main reason behind the postponement of the fifth edition of SITFY. Thanks a million for your understanding. We hope to be back on track as soon as possible in order to continue our work with all the theatrical groups and experts. SITFY's Higher Committee highly appreciates each and every one who has accomplished his/her duties to the fullest," SITFY's President Mazen el-Gharabawy declared.

The fifth edition of SITFY was planned to bear the name of legendary actress Sanaa Gamil. Moreover, SITFY planned to dedicate the authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Sakhsoukh, who presented various theatrical and critical writings to the Egyptian and Arab theatre.

Egyptian veteran actress, Samiha Ayoub, has been appointed as the honorary president of SITFY, while veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy was appointed as head of the higher committee of SITFY, and Egyptian actor Tarek Sabri was appointed as the executive director. SITFY is managed by Ingy el-Bestawy and actor Mohsen Mansour supervises the festival's workshops.

SITFY is held under the sponsorship of the minister of culture, South Sinai governor, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Tourism Khaled al-Anany, and Chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board Ahmed Youssef.

Additional reporting by Angy Essam


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3/26/2020 4:38:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to operate exceptional flight to Oman to bring home stranded Egyptians]]>
The embassy on its Facebook page on Thursday said the Egypt government has suspended all flights in line with the World Health Organization's guidelines on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, but Egypt operates exceptional flights to bring stranded Egyptians back home or sending tourists to their homelands.

Only Egyptians who were on a visit to Oman and stuck there will be allowed to border the flights, the embassy said.

Those who will arrive on board of this flight will be quarantined for 14 days, it added.]]>
3/26/2020 4:33:53 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi offers condolences to Indonesian President over mother’s death]]>
Sisi, through the cable, has prayed to God that the Indonesian president’s mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, will be granted mercy.

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3/26/2020 4:33:40 PM
<![CDATA[World depends on G20 to face coronavirus: King Salman]]>
In his word during a virtual G20 meeting, King Salman said that the world depends on the G20 to face the virus.

"As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to healthcare systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response, he said on Twitter. ]]>
3/26/2020 4:29:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian consulate in Istanbul announces measures to return home Egyptians stranded in Turkey]]>
This comes as part of the efforts of the Egyptian authorities to support Egyptian nationals stranded because of Egypt’s decision of suspending flights due to a coronavirus pandemic, the consulate said on its social media websites.

The stranded Egyptians should be carrying Egyptian passports, should not be residents in Turkey, should pay the cost of returning them back home and should be ready for a 14-day quarantine after their return home.

The consulate urged those who want to return home to contact it on its Facebook page.]]>
3/26/2020 4:28:06 PM
<![CDATA[Snakes or animal male organs: What did Chinese group in Egypt barbecue?]]>
According to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the Chinese group, including two women, have been arrested and interrogated by the police for the complaint.

The five-member group was tested for coronavirus after it has been revealed that the two women’s health was deteriorating, and the villa has been sanitized.

The Chinese Embassy in Cairo was also notified to send a representative to attend the interrogation procedures, the statement added.

As per the initial investigations, one of the two women, who rented the villa, said that what was barbecued were not snakes at all but animal male organs. She added that she bought them from an Egyptian slaughterhouse and wanted to prepare them for her Chinese friends.

The following video shows the confiscated barbecue meat


During the investigations, samples of the seized meat were sent to Cairo’s Veterinary Medicine Directorate to check it.

Later, Head of the Veterinary Medicine Directorate Sayed Eibeid told “9 PM” talk show on Wednesday that the barbecued meat is the male organs of calves and pigs.

In other comments to Youm7, Eibeid said that the animal male organs are being used as sexual therapy and are eaten normally in Egypt.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-2019) late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Chinese people’s food habits have been blamed for the virus outbreak especially after unconfirmed reports stated that the Chinese bat soup might have been the source of the virus.

The virus was announced as pandemic by the International Health Organization on March 10, 2020. As yet, the global infected cases of the virus reached 488,397 people and 22,067 deaths were reported, while the recovered cases rose to 117,607.


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3/26/2020 4:26:55 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 20.5B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 10 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 10.5 billion with a 357-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided March 16 to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to reach 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent. ]]>
3/26/2020 3:45:17 PM
<![CDATA[CBE shuts 5 brokerage companies over violations]]>
The five closed companies' licenses have not been revoked, the source added]]>
3/26/2020 3:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[5 sentenced to death in Egypt over damaging pipeline, causing 9 deaths]]>
The five others were handed a 25-year imprisonment sentence.


The tragic incident took place in Egypt’s northern governorate of Beheira causing the injury of 11 people. The burns affected a maximum of 50 percent of the injured bodies and varied in their degrees.

According to investigations, defendants planned to steal petroleum products from the pipeline crossing a private property. For that purpose, they rented the land in October and dug to reach the pipeline connecting it to smaller pipes and a stopcock they installed.

In the morning of November 13, one of the defendants attempted to install another stopcock accidentally puncturing a pipe. That resulted in a leak they failed to control so they escaped. The petrol got mixed with a wastewater channel and a blaze occurred.

At noon, the owner of the land called the police. The authorities confiscated the pipes the defendants installed and the tools used in digging, and the company controlled the leak.

A number of village dwellers gathered to watch and shoot videos. However, some of them were trying to steal the leaked petrol. The identities of thieves could not be identified from the videos and photos circulated on social media.

Subsequently, Top Prosecutor Hamada al-Sawy referred 10 defendants in the case to the criminal court, after they admitted their crimes.]]>
3/26/2020 3:39:25 PM
<![CDATA[Finance minister urges taxpayers to submit tax returns by April 16]]>
In a statement, Maait said individuals and legal persons are urged to submit their returns electronically as part of precautionary measures taken by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Dues for submitting the returns electronically will be cancelled this year because of the current crisis, he added.

The minister urged the Egyptian Tax Authority (ETA) staffers to respond to taxpayers' inquiries instantly through hotline 16395 or email info@eta.gov.eg to encourage them to submit their returns electronically.

Maait instructed the ETA to finalize the national digital transformation project of the taxing system to help simplify the procedures in line with the state's efforts to attract more investors and ease the business-doing climate.]]>
3/26/2020 3:38:41 PM
<![CDATA[Planning Ministry in constant contact with investors at home, abroad: min.]]>
In a statement, the minister said Egypt seeks to improve its business and investment atmosphere through the implementation of its 2030 comprehensive development vision.

Within the vision, Egypt began carrying out economic and legislative reforms and shore up investments in the infrastructure to boost both local and foreign investments, she said.

The statement came following the minister's meeting with chairman of Revival Hotel Services company in the United States Karam Khalil.

Rami Galal, spokesman for the ministry, said the ministry attaches importance to fostering partnership between the private and public sectors, especially in the health and educational sectors.

He added that the ministry set up a unit to be in charge of conducting feasibility studies on the projects in which the public and private sectors can team up.]]>
3/26/2020 3:35:47 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Rebai’s concert ]]>
During the concert, Rebai performs a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ya Asal”, “Ana Bahen”, “Share’ el-Gharam”, “Sidi Mansour”, “Barsha Barsha”, among others.

In a different context and in celebration of the World Theater Day, the play “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” will be presented. The play is written by Lenin el-Ramly and directed by Essam el- Sayed. “Ahlan Ya Bakawat” is starring Hussein Fahmy and Ezzat el-Alayli.

The play revolves around the relationship between the Egyptian and Arab societies in the future through the two classmates Burhan and Mahmoud, who later got separated. Mahmoud works as a history teacher, while Burhan received higher academic degrees and became a leading scientist.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with the Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the "Stay in the House ... Culture is in Your Hands" initiative's programs daily on Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25.


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3/26/2020 3:29:11 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Council of Culture extends contests' application period ]]>
This comes in light of the exceptional circumstances that Egypt is going through amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

The contests are:

Caricature Contest

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

Playwriting Contest

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

Vernacular Poetry Contest

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

Prospects for development in Western Sahara

First Prize: L.E 25,000
Second Prize: L.E 15,000
Third Prize: L.E 10,000

This is in addition to the contests: Creative industries and Cultural Development; Media and Promotion of Loyalty and Belonging; and Major National Projects and Remote Areas' Development.
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3/26/2020 3:20:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ter Stegen on Bayern Munich’s radar ]]>
The German goalkeeper affirmed in many occasions that he does not want to leave Barcelona. However, the club’s poor results in the recent seasons, could force the German to leave the club.

Ter Stegen, who is considered by many as Barcelona’s second best player after Lionel Messi, joined the club in 2014 summer from his childhood club, Borussia Mönchengladbach.

During his first season with the club, Ter Stegen was made the first-choice goalkeeper in both the Copa del Rey and in the UEFA Champions League but he did not participate in the league as then Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, picked Claudio Bravo.

The same situation continued for two years until Bravo left the Catalan club to join Manchester City, paving the way for the German goalkeeper to be Barcelona’s first choice goalkeeper in all competitions.

During his time with Barcelona, Ter Stegen won Four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Rey titles as well as winning the 2015 UEFA Champions League title. ]]>
3/26/2020 3:12:33 PM
<![CDATA[NBE: 15% -yield saving certificates posted gains of LE 17.3B in 4 days]]>
In a statement released on Thursday, Okasha added that over 85,000 citizens bought the one-year certificates, calling on clients to abide by the bank's exceptional measures, over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

He went on to say that the NBE will meet requests for purchasing these certificates through online channels and phone calls.]]>
3/26/2020 3:03:07 PM
<![CDATA[Banque Misr's proceeds from fixed-rate certificates hit LE 7.6B in 4 days]]>
In statements to MENA on Thursday, Etribi said these certificates will be available for several months and there is no need to be overcrowded at the bank's branches.

He added that the certificates can also be purchased via the internet at any time of the day. ]]>
3/26/2020 2:54:21 PM
<![CDATA[CBE: Agricultural, poultry, livestock, fisheries firms to join industrial support initiative]]>
In a statement on Thursday, the CBE said the decision targets companies whose business volume and annual revenues stand at about LE 50 million to LE 1 billion.

The bank underlined that the initiative is still offering credit facilities at a 5 percent reducing interest rate for companies and small enterprises operating int he agricultural and agro-industrial scores whose business volume and annual revenues stand at about LE 50 million to LE 250 million. ]]>
3/26/2020 2:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. Senate offers $58B aid to airlines as they struggle to stay airborne]]>
The coronavirus crisis has ravaged the travel industry and grounded many of the world’s planes, prompting governments to take previously unthinkable steps to prevent bankruptcies, ranging from state handouts to temporarily halting competition rules.

“For airlines, it’s apocalypse now,” said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents carriers around the world.

“Travel restrictions and evaporating demand mean that, aside from cargo, there is almost no passenger business,” he said.

IATA, which estimates the pandemic will cost the global industry $252 billion in lost revenues this year, said it had written to 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including India, Japan and South Korea for emergency support for carriers.

Airlines UK, representing carriers in Britain, asked the government for tax and air traffic fee holidays.

The U.S. Senate passed an industry aid package, half in the form of grants to cover some 750,000 employees’ paychecks. Companies receiving funds cannot lay off employees before Sept. 30 or change collective bargaining agreements.

The bill has restrictions on stock buybacks, dividends and executive pay, and allows the government to take equity, warrants or other compensation as part of the rescue package.

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to back the move on Friday. President Donald Trump has promised to sign it.

United Airlines Holdings said capacity would drop by 68% in April and Alaska Air Group said it would cut its schedule by 70% in April and May. American Airlines suspended its dividend, drew down a $400 million credit line and secured an additional loan.

CUTTING JOBS

In Asian countries, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand have announced some financial relief for airlines, but this has not stopped carriers from putting staff on leave and grounding planes.

Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Keat said Singapore Airlines Ltd would soon announce “corporate action” supported by state investor Temasek Holdings to tackle the crisis. Share trading in the carrier, which said this week it was seeking extra funds, was halted on Thursday.

Virgin Australia plans to permanently cut more than 1,000 jobs among the 8,000 staff that have already been stood down. Australia’s Flight Centre Travel Group said it would cut 6,000 travel agent roles globally.

In a move unthinkable under normal conditions, Australia’s competition regulator said it would allow Virgin, Qantas Airways and Regional Express to coordinate flight schedules and share revenue on 10 regional routes.

“We hope that this temporary measure will also support airlines’ ability to again compete with each other on these routes once the pandemic crisis has passed,” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims said.

In bid to raise revenue and keep some planes flying, Delta Air Lines and Air New Zealand joined others in offering cargo flights and charters on passenger planes.

About half of the world’s air cargo normally travels in the bellies of passenger planes, so the cancellation of passenger flights has led to a sharp reduction in cargo capacity.

“We’ve shared these options with our global cargo customer base and are getting some strong interest from customers wanting to ship to and from Shanghai, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne,” said Rick Nelson, Air New Zealand’s general manager for cargo.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said it would operate 34 weekly cargo-only flights with Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jets to India, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea.

Hawaiian Airlines said it had added more cargo-only turboprop flights between the state’s islands.

Roughly 1,800 planes had been grounded globally on Monday and Tuesday, according to aviation research firm Cirium.]]>
3/26/2020 2:44:15 PM
<![CDATA[Fed's Powell: U.S. may be in recession, control of virus to dictate timing of economy reopening]]>
“We are not experts in pandemic... We would tend to listen to the experts. Dr. Fauci said something like the virus is going to set the timetable, and that sounds right to me,” Powell said, in reference to Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who is on the White House’s coronavirus task force.

“The first order of business will be to get the spread of the virus under control and then resume economic activity.”

The aim of the trillions of dollars in lending and bond purchases the Fed has authorized over the past two weeks is precisely to let an otherwise healthy economy pause long enough to control the virus, he said, before what could be a strong rebound later in the year.

“The sooner we get through this period and get the virus under control, the sooner the recovery can come...We know that economic activity will decline probably substantially in the second quarter but I think many expect and I would expect economic activity to resume and move back up in the second half of the year,” Powell said.

The U.S. central bank chief’s rare appearance on a nationally broadcast morning show comes as officials worldwide try to cope with both a health crisis and the deep economic fallout from it. Later on Thursday morning the U.S. Labor Department will release data on claims for unemployment insurance, which are expected to skyrocket due to “social distancing” and mandated shutdowns of many businesses across the country.]]>
3/26/2020 2:36:42 PM
<![CDATA[Rola Mahmoud, 1st Egyptian celebrity to test positive for COVID-19]]>
“Good evening, sadly, my condition is getting worse. I became infected with the virus despite taking all the precautionary measures. Unfortunately, the health system here is overloaded with cases, and I have no clue whether they can provide me with the medical care. Your prayers will surely help. In the coming period, I will try to inquire about receiving medical attention in my area,” tweeted Mahmoud on her official account.

It is worth noting that Rola Mahmoud's last appearance was in the series "Kaid el-Nesa" in 2011, before travelling to England to reside there.
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3/26/2020 2:32:58 PM
<![CDATA[I miss feeling like a footballer, Braithwaite]]>
"What do I miss the most? Being on the pitch and feeling like a footballer. Obviously I like going to train, but I'm working hard at home. I try not to lose my routine.” Braithwaite told Marca.

The Danish joined Barcelona this winter from Leganes and he did not have the time to prove his worth for the club fans as he only participated in three games with the club.

Braithwaite explained his training at home, saying “We have a spectacular coaching staff. I try to follow the team's recommendations, from Antonio Gomez, the club’s physio, and I send him photos and videos, so that he has no doubt that I train.”

Braithwaite is expecting a fierce competition with the club’s starting strikers, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez, once football competition resume.
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3/26/2020 1:58:05 PM
<![CDATA[19 nurses in Egyptian hospitals test positive for coronavirus: official]]>
The hospitals include the Imbaba Fevers Hospital in Giza, Kawthar Mahmoud said, in an interview with Al-Tase’a on the state-run Al-Oula TV (Channel 1).

The 19 nurses are being monitored, she added.

The Ministry of Health announced Wednesday 54 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, bringing the total number of cases to 456.

The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said earlier in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

This is the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Egypt until now, according to the official tally, which took place in less than 24 hours.

Egypt's goal is to reduce the number of infections and control the spread of the virus, Zayed said, adding that the recent government decisions aimed at reducing the number of daily cases. She also warned that states would not be able to face coronavirus, despite their capabilities, in case of the outbreak.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.]]>
3/26/2020 1:50:30 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Port receives new Russian vehicle for trial operation ]]>
The vehicles came from Russia after Egypt’s Railway Authority met all the conditions and demands set by Akzim Bank, the financer this deal that provided a soft loan of €10.016 billion.

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Alexandria Port received a model of the new Russian vehicle as part of a contract signed between the Egyptian government and the Russian-Hungarian alliance - Egypt Today


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Alexandria Port received a model of the new Russian vehicle as part of a contract signed between the Egyptian government and the Russian-Hungarian alliance - Egypt Today


The Ministry of Transport is preparing a big celebration upon the arrival of the vehicles, and it is expected that the Egyptian Railways Authority will begin testing the model vehicles on the railways next week for a period of 45 days to ensure that they conform with the specifications.

The sources added that the first batch of the vehicles includes 30 new Russian vehicles expected to arrive in June. ]]>
3/26/2020 1:37:02 PM
<![CDATA[Television audiences surge to 12-month highs as coronavirus keeps Americans home]]>
Police action series “NCIS” scored its biggest audience since February 2019 on Tuesday night, attracting some 13.08 million viewers - a 22% increase over its last original broadcast on March 10, CBS (VIACA.O) said on Wednesday.

The Tuesday night season finale of heart-tugging NBC (CMCSA.O) series “This Is Us” was the most-watched episode since September 2019 and saw a 21% increase in viewers aged 18-49 over the previous week, NBC said.

Audiences for the big four U.S. television networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC - have been declining in recent years due to fierce competition from streaming, esports and social media.

U.S. movie theaters and Broadway theaters have been shut down for almost two weeks, and multiple U.S. states have ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, theme parks and concert venues in a bid to contain the coronavirus epidemic. There are now more than 60,000 cases in the United States and more than 880 deaths.

Streaming service Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) was also expected to be a major beneficiary of the stay at home directives. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told CNN on Sunday that viewing was up but gave no details. Netflix on Wednesday declined to comment on recent viewership.

However multiple shows on traditional television, including “The Good Doctor” on ABC (DIS.N), “The Masked Singer” on Fox (FOXA.O) and “Survivor” on CBS are also seeing a surge in viewers, according to ratings data.

Data analytics company Nielsen said in a report last week that Americans are expected to watch as much as 60% more television across all platforms as increasingly restrictive shutdowns are implemented across the United States.

The increases are not just for escapist fare. Sunday’s topical news show “60 Minutes” reached 10.9 million viewers, its largest audience since December 2019, CBS said.

Cable channel HBO is seeing increases for shows like sci-fi series “Westworld” and for older fare like teen series “Euphoria.”

Time spent on the HBO Now streaming service since March 14 was up over 40% from a month prior, while daily binge viewing increased 65% compared with the prior four-week period, according to WarnerMedia (T.N).]]>
3/26/2020 1:05:45 PM
<![CDATA[The show won't go on: Tony Awards for Broadway theater postponed indefinitely]]>
The awards ceremony had been scheduled to take place in New York City on June 7 and was to have been aired on CBS.

Broadway theaters were closed two weeks ago as part of the effort to contain the spread of the disease in what has become the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

Organizers said in a statement that the Tony Awards “will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. ... The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us.

“We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so,” the statement added.

The Tony Awards for plays, musicals, directors and performers are regarded as the highest honors in the American theater world.

Multiple cultural events involving large gatherings have been canceled or postponed in recent weeks, including France’s Cannes film festival, the Glastonbury and Coachella music festivals in Britain and California, respectively, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.]]>
3/26/2020 1:02:19 PM
<![CDATA[Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish to headline coronavirus benefit TV special]]>
The one-hour special, to be hosted by Elton John and broadcast on Fox and iHeart radio stations, is the first major nationwide event in the United States to harness celebrity power to help those affected by the disease.

The “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will also feature performances from Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. All of the musicians will film themselves from homes with their cellphones or other equipment.

The special is aimed at paying tribute to health workers and those on the front lines of efforts to cope with the pandemic, which has overwhelmed hospitals. It will also encourage viewers to donate to two charities: Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Musicians have been quick to move online as U.S. states have issued shutdown and stay-at-home orders, with free performances filmed at home and streamed on social media from the likes of John Legend and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Others have made individual contributions to hospitals and nonprofits as the coronavirus has spread across the United States.

They include folk singer James Taylor, who this week made a $1 million donation to Massachusetts General Hospital, and Rihanna, whose foundation gave $5 million to charities to supply food and protective equipment to healthcare workers.

Fox said the “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will be broadcast on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT/6 pm PDT (0100 GMT on Monday).]]>
3/26/2020 12:59:27 PM
<![CDATA[Coaching Al Ahly will make me a better manager, Weiler ]]>
“What I’m experiencing here is great and incredibly enriching. It will make me a more complete and better coach. You get a new perspective on life when you live and work in Africa.” The Swiss said during an interview with NZZ.

Al Ahly fans highly appreciate their manager’s work as he led the club to CAF Champions League semi-finals and they are leading the domestic league table with 16 points clear.

Al Ahly has a record 8 CAF Champions League titles and their fans put much hope on their manager to lead the club to win the long-awaited title.

Weiler added “I am not interested in what the manager earns or how long he is employed in the club. It's the performance principle that counts.”

Weiler is still living in Cairo and did not return back home despite the suspension of football competitions in Egypt amid the spread of coronavirus.]]>
3/26/2020 12:07:04 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry, foreign ministers assistants discuss developments to combat coronavirus]]>
According to a statement issued by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez, Shoukry was briefed on the efforts exerted by the Egyptian missions abroad in this regard, especially concerning coordination with the relevant authorities in the countries of accreditation in order to facilitate the return of Egyptians stranded abroad in cooperation with the relevant Egyptian authorities.

The statement added that the Egyptian government is contacting with members of the Egyptian communities to check on them and to provide all means of support and assistance, and monitor the health conditions of citizens who have been infected in other countries.

Hafez added that Minister Shoukry also discussed all the precautionary measures and procedures undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to combat the spread of the virus, in order to ensure the safety of the Ministry's employees and those visiting the premises.

It is worth noting that the Foreign Minister had instructed the heads of the diplomatic missions abroad to convey a message to the members of the Egyptian community in their countries of accreditation regarding the Egyptian state efforts to combat the spread of the virus, and to dedicate means of communication to responding to all inquiries and requests of Egyptian citizens abroad.]]>
3/26/2020 11:47:05 AM
<![CDATA[My first season at Madrid has been bad, Hazard ]]>
“My first season at Madrid has been bad, but none all of it. "It's been a season of adaptation. I will be judged on the second one. It is up to me to be in good shape next year.” Hazard said during an interview with Marca.

Hazard joined Real Madrid last summer from Chelsea and he was considered as Real Madrid’s replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club to join Juventus in 2018 summer.

Hazard added "The group is good; it's been a great experience for me. I still have four years left on my contract."

The Belgian winger revealed his disappointment following the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020 due to the spread of coronavirus.

“I was expecting to reach it, so I was disappointed by the change. I had planned to play it. But I also think there are priorities in life.” Hazard added.

Hazard is one of his national team’s key players and he hopes to be in his best form next year to be ready for the EURO finals. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:40:48 AM
<![CDATA[G20 leaders to convene remotely as coronavirus cases near half a million]]>
G20 finance ministers and central bankers agreed this week to develop an “action plan” to respond to the outbreak, which the International Monetary Fund expects will trigger a global recession, but they offered few details.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will address the leaders to seek support for ramping up funding and production of personal protection equipment for health workers amid a worldwide shortage.

“We have a global responsibility as humanity and especially those countries like the G20...” Tedros told a news conference in Geneva late on Wednesday. “They should be able to support countries all over the world...”

King Salman of Saudi Arabia, which as this year’s G20 chair called for the extraordinary virtual summit, tweeted overnight that its goal was “to unite efforts towards a global response.”

There are growing concerns about protectionist measures being discussed or adopted as countries scramble to respond to the virus. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged G20 leaders to match a pledge by countries like Australia and Canada to keep supply chains open and avoid export controls.

The video-conference scheduled for 1200 GMT also risks complications from an oil price war between two members, Saudi Arabia and Russia, and rising tensions between two others, the United States and China, over the origin of the virus.

In preparatory talks, China and the United States agreed to call a timeout on their coronavirus blame game, the South China Morning Post reported citing diplomatic sources.

But talks among U.N. Security Council nations have stalled over U.S. insistence that any joint statement call attention to the coronavirus’ origins in China, NBC News reported. Outbreaks, which began in central China late last year, have been reported in 196 countries.

“The U.S.-China dynamic is pivotal to successful G20 coordination, never more so than now as countries grapple 24/7 to confront and contain a pandemic we do not yet fully understand,” former acting U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro said.

Meanwhile, Washington may use the summit to launch a debate about ending an oil price war between Riyadh and Moscow that has pushed crude prices to near 20-year lows as the pandemic destroyed global demand, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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3/26/2020 11:13:36 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. envoy blames China for endangering world with coronavirus]]>
“First it tried to suppress the news,” Ambassador Woody Johnson wrote in an article for The Times newspaper published on Thursday, adding that Beijing had then selectively shared critical information while stonewalling international health authorities.

“Had China done the right things at the right time, more of its own population, and the rest of the world, might have been spared the most serious impact of this disease,” the ambassador wrote.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said Beijing should have acted faster to warn the world after the outbreak of the disease there. He also dismissed criticism that his labeling it as the “Chinese virus” was racist.

Last week, he brushed aside a reporter’s question as to whether it was potentially harmful to Asian-Americans to give the disease that name, as well for an unnamed White House official to have privately termed it the “kung flu”.

On Monday, the president said Asian-Americans were not responsible for spreading the disease and needed to be protected.

“When the crisis finally abates we should take stock of the outcome and evaluate the costs of this breakdown in international collaboration,” Ambassador Johnson wrote in The Times.]]>
3/26/2020 11:11:20 AM
<![CDATA[Interior minister warns of severe action against curfew violators]]>
The minister made the remarks on Wednesday during his field visits to follow up implementation of the deployment plans of the police personnel assigned to enforce the dusk-to-dawn curfew as part of the government precautionary plan to ensure citizens' safety and security.

Tawfik promised to take strict and decisive action against curfew violators or those who fail to take the state's decisions seriously.

However, the minister urged police forces to treat citizens well while enforcing the state's security measures, taking into account their humanitarian needs, especially those of elderly people and patients.

He noted that police authorities' success in their current mission is reliant on citizens' cooperation, underlining the urgent need for united efforts to overcome this crisis.]]>
3/26/2020 11:08:10 AM
<![CDATA[Trump declares state of emergency in New York, Texas, Florida]]>
He said the coming weeks will be hard for New York.

At a press conference late Wednesday, Trump said he would sign a $2 trillion legislative package to address the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic into law immediately after it is passed and encouraged lawmakers to bring it over the finish line, The New York Times reported.

US senators were set to vote on the package on Wednesday before sending it to the House of Representatives.

"I encourage the House to pass this vital legislation and send the bill to my desk for signature without delay. I will sign it immediately," Trump said. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:04:03 AM
<![CDATA[Awqaf min. hails ongoing efforts in face of COVID-19]]>
In statements on Thursday, he urged commitment to the state precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

He called on those working at the Awqaf Ministry to exert more efforts to provide an example for abiding by all state directives in the current crisis.

He wished God will save Egypt and the whole world from this crisis. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:02:08 AM
<![CDATA[Presidential decree approving loan deal on promoting entrepreneurship]]>
The 200-million-dollar loan deal is meant to support entrepreneurship to create more jobs.

The deal was inked in May 2019.

The decree was published in the gazette on Thursday. ]]>
3/26/2020 11:00:55 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi hopes people abide by COVID-19 preventive measures]]>
"I am looking forward to the commitment of all people to these measures...to maintain the well-being and safety of Egypt and Egyptians," Sisi said on his official social media pages.

We can succeed in our mission via working together, he added.

In this regard, the president highlighted the role of women, families, the Armed Forces, the police in addition to the "heroes of the comprehensive healthcare system" nationwide in such conditions.



Sisi said he believes Egypt will pass this difficult stage, which he said "will become just a memory from the remote past"]]>
3/25/2020 11:05:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 14 new coronavirus cases]]>
The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said earlier in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

This is the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Egypt until now, according to the official tally, which took place in less than 24 hours.

Egypt's goal is to reduce the number of infections and control the spread of the virus, Zayed said, adding that the recent government decisions aimed at reducing the number of daily cases. She also warned that states would not be able to face coronavirus, despite their capabilities, in case of the outbreak.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days.


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3/25/2020 10:06:39 PM
<![CDATA[Oman, Saudi Arabia to provide facilities to Egyptian nationals: diplomats]]>
Also, Foreign pilgrims of this Hijri year, whose visas were expired, would be allowed, until March 28th, to request exemption from any legal consequences, including relevant fines, said Yasser Hashem, Egyptian assistant foreign minister for consular affairs and Egyptian expats.

In Oman, Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Ghoneim said final steps are now taken to coordinate with Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir and obtain the required permits and official approvals, to operate an exceptional flight to Cairo.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Ghoneim said the date of the flight and prices of tickets would be announced later, once procedures are finished.

However, the flight is expected to start from Muscat, the capital of Oman, at dawn, to arrive in Egypt by 7 a.m., Ghoneim noted, citing initial information.

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed confirmed 40 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases between Tuesday 7 p.m. and Wednesday 2 p.m., bringing the total number of cases to 442.

The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Zayed said in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

The results of a total of 113 cases so far have turned out to negative, Zayed said, including 93 persons who totally recovered.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.]]>
3/25/2020 7:27:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt denounces deadly attacks in Chad, Nigeria by Boko Haram]]>
Chad’s village of Boma, Lac province, was hit earlier this week by the country’s deadliest attack ever by the terrorist group of Boko Haram, killing 92 soldiers, according to President Idriss Deby, over the course of several hours.

In Chad’s neighbor, Nigeria, the same group has been responsible for killing at least 50 soldiers in an ambush in Yobe state, north of Nigeria.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement expressed Egypt's sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the two attacks, and also wished speedy recovery for the injured citizens.

The ministry affirmed Egypt's support for the governments and peoples of the two African states, and called for the consolidation of joint efforts to face terrorism.

The Boko Haram group has been responsible, since it emerged in Nigeria in 2009, for killing over 30,000 people and forcing around 2 million people to leave their homes, according to Reuters. ]]>
3/25/2020 6:52:13 PM
<![CDATA[Loving Leila ]]>talks about her most powerful roles that have inspired change and how being a mom has changed her outlook on both her personal life and professional career.

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Lovingly known as the “kitten of Egyptian cinema” since starting her acting career as a child, acclaimed actress Laila Eloui is a paragon of beauty—both inside and out. As the face of our annual women’s issue and to mark Mother’s Day, Eloui opens up in this exclusive interview about her career as one of Egypt’s leading ladies, the status of women and her biggest role yet: being a mother. March marks both International Women’s Day as well as Mother’s Day.

1- To what extent do cinema and TV play a role in portraying women’s issues? Can these platforms actually help address societal problems, offer solutions or
even change mindsets?

Art definitely has a great effect on the society and plays a significant role in changing concepts and unifying thoughts on specific principles and issues. There are a number of movies in Egyptian cinema that tackled vital women issues and moved the public opinion toward certain societal problems including El-Moghtasboon (The Rapists) and the iconic Oreed Halan (I Want A Solution) staring the lady of Arab screen, the late great actress Faten Hamama and directed by veteran director Saeed Marzouk
which managed to make changes in the personal status law.

In the era of black and white movies, Egyptian cinema tackled the pain, sufferings and obstacles faced by working women at that time in movies such as Avocato Madiha (Lawyer Madiha) and women’s issues were addressed in several novels written by
the iconic Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz that were turned to movies. Nowadays acclaimed female filmmakers like Egyptian directors Hala Khalil and Kamla Abou
Zekry presented movies that discussed women’s issues and challenges across different social segments and even sometimes offered some solutions like in Youm Lel Setat (A Day for Women).

The role of cinema or drama is to reflect reality and highlight the problems, it doesn’t always have to offer solutions. The real value of art is to discuss issues and help us to find solutions to changing mindsets.

2-Many of your roles have promoted women’s empowerment. How do you feel about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sweeping the globe?

Of course we are against violating the rights of women and children in any form and the role of cinema is to raise awareness and shed light by discussing these issues. In El Moghtasboon, for example, I was proud to play the character of Safaa, which was based on a real victim. At the time late veteran director Saeed Marzouk presented a bold idea in an attempt to highlight a terrifying social phenomenon that horrified Egyptian society in particular and Arab society in general, after it became widespread. Renowned scriptwriter Faisal Nada drew attention to the social, economic and educational motivations of these rapists and the role that drugs and unemployment played.

Produced in the late 1980s, the film was bold enough to present an intense, real-life story, and the credit goes to Marzouk for managing to make the audience feel and interact with the movie’s dramatic scenes and achieve high revenues. The film’s credibility in portraying the victim’s character helped to change the final sentence on the perpetrators.

3- What is the most demanding role that you have played until now and which of your roles has touched or affected you the most? Do the roles you perform affect your real character? If yes, how do you manage to get rid of their effect?

All the roles that I embody leave a positive effect on me and enhance my experience and self-confidence. For example Khokha’s character in Kharag w Lam Ya’aod (Missing Person) made me feel the psychological serenity and kindness away from the hustle of the city. I consider Safaa in El Moghtasboon the character that affected me the most psychologically, and I felt victorious after the sentence was changed as a result
of the movie, as if I was Safaa. I was influenced as well by the determination, challenge and the insistence that exist in some characters like in Hala in Hala w El Mestakhaby (Hala and the Unknown) and Captain Effat which among the stories of the Hekayat w Benisha (Stories We Are Living) series. I always interact with the character I am performing, whether positively or negatively and this reflects on the audience’s acceptance of the role.

4-What is your dream role?

At present, I think a lot about the family bonding principles presented through our different series and movies. Some of these bonds were broken as a result of technology, we see now every member of the family is living in his own world apart from the other. The new generations now have their different personal freedom that sometimes makes them forget the meaning of love and compassion, so I’d like to embody the role of a mother who tries to strengthen the family bond. This idea requires a strong and smart script, I hope to find it. Also I want to play the role of the late famed poet May Ziadeh, I have a lot of dreams and ideas that I want to present, I have lots of feelings that I want to let out and have many roles in mind.

5- Which actor, actress and director do you want to work. with the most and why?

I was lucky at the beginning of my career to work with a number of veteran directors, scriptwriters and stars so I wish now to work with younger generations because cooperating with them will definitely change the work spirit. But the directors I want to work with from the younger generations have to be well versed and know how to use all their tools; I totally believe in the talented directors Marwan Hamed, Mohamed Yassin and Kamla Abou Zekry. I have a good relationship with all the stars of the current generation such as Menna Shalaby, Ahmed Helmy, Maged el Kidwany and Hend Sabry
and I’d love to work with them.

6- You’ve acted in period dramas and taken on comic, tragic, romantic and social roles. Which is the closest to your heart?

I tend more toward social, romantic, tragedy and dark tragedy. I don’t prefer violence, I can’t bear violence but at the same time I can present it. It is difficult to determine the
closet to my heart but the script and the way the character is presented are the factors that attract me to a role.

7- What are the one movie and the one soap you consider milestones in your career?

I consider Kokha’s role in Kharag w Lam Ya’od (1984) with veteran actor Yehia el Fakharany and directed by the late renowned Mohamed khan an important milestone in my career, because at that time I started to know how to choose my roles. In the late 1980s I started to be a box office star so I had to continue my career at the same pace in the 1990s, where I presented a number of distinguished movies that I cherish, and which won awards and honors. I was lucky that I got the chance to work with veteran directors like Atef el Tayeb, Saeed Marzouk, Youssef Chahine, Mohamed Khan, Rafaat el Mehey. I presented different and diversified roles and deeply studied many characters.

8-How has motherhood changed your personality? How do you balance between your work and person’s life?

Motherhood has improved my character and given me more positive energy. It’s made me more forgiving, increased my awareness and drove me to love the future more. It is by all means a great gift from God, the mother loves her son more than anything, that’s why paradise is under the feet of mothers. I love my work a lot, I am so keen to succeed as an actress, I respect myself, my audience and I take seriously the responsibility of my work and present my roles with all the love, credibility and devotion, I really enjoy acting. For more than 10 years I was solely focused on my work and I neglected myself, it is true that I enjoyed a lot of achievements in this period as result of my concentration and huge efforts but at the same time I didn’t enjoy many things in my life. Recently I started to balance between my work and personal life, I work
hard at the same time I spend more time with my family, paying more attention to my family bond and personal life.

9-What principles and values are you are keen to instil in your son?

Raising a son is very difficult and a great responsibility. Since Khaled was a child I was keen to instil in him good morals, manners and principles, teach him how to treat others
properly, to have strong faith, be close to God, and to love for others what he loves for himself.

This generation is clearly difficult to deal with; and most millennials feel a sense of entitlement to everything. How are you dealing with that?

My mom faced a lot of difficulties when she was raising me and my sister, but nowadays because of the technology, the whole world has become like a small town; youth are now more open and bold. I see this as a much healthier environment because youth today have all the things available so they have to choose based on their minds and references. On the other hand, it’s made the parents’ role much more difficult, that’s
why mothers today need to be patient and understanding.

10-What’s the secret of your beauty? Could you give our female readers some beauty tips?

I don’t see myself as beautiful, but in general beauty is that of the soul, what is important is the calmness and psychological serenity. I generally don’t wear make-up except while shooting, or for occasions and events. I use natural oils like olive oil and coconut oil and drink a lot of water to make sure I’m always hydrated. I also sleep early to relax my facial skin; our psychological state directly affects how we look, so we have to take care of our mental health. I also work out daily, even if just walking, I eat healthy fresh food and I never eat canned food.

11-Tell us more about your role as a goodwill ambassador with the UN.

In 2015 I was appointed the #Unite4Heritage envoy, becoming the first envoy of the campaign launched by UNESCO. At the time, several Egyptian monuments had been smuggled and looted and our Egyptian antiquities are the main factor that boosts our tourism. Thank God Egypt now has regained its strong tourism status due to the sustainable work carried out by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. My role is to work on protecting our antiquities and looking for means to preserve them by conducting training courses in schools for students to increase their awareness through drawing and films, and organizing visits to various Egyptian museums.

12- You started your career as a child. How has this early start contributed to your early artistic maturity and helped in building your talent?

I was raised in a family that was concerned with different kinds of arts, and that increased my artistic experience at an early age. My mother was a radio presenter with the European program of the Egyptian radio, that’s why during my childhood I participated in a number of television programs before I started my cinematic career. I was young when I performed a big role in “El Bo’asaa’’ (Les Miserables), co-staring giant stars like Farid Shawky, Adel Adham and Fardous Abdelhamid. At that time I used to participate in two or three movies every year, that’s why I got used to the work system at an early age. But my father insisted that I must continue my education,
and was keen to guarantee that balance between work, family and education.

13- You are always keen to participate in the different Arab and international film festivals, to what extent you benefit from these festivals as an actress? How do evaluate the role of festivals in enhancing the cinema industry?

Festivals are the cinematic forum that gathers filmmakers from all over the world, where I find out about new cinematic trends on the technical, cultural or intellectual levels. The artist must keep up with the latest in his or her field, be artistically intellectual and familiar with everything new. My passion drives me to watch the festivals’ movies whether in the official competitions or outside it. I also participated in a number of
festivals as a jury member. I love to watch movies from all over the world to know
who shares with us the same passion with cinema. I prefer to watch the films in cinemas more than at home, it is more joyful, and I am keen to attend the seminars and the discussions that take place after the screenings at the festivals. I wish success to all the movies participating in festivals, as well as the expansion of the Egyptian film market in particular and the Arab in general.

14-To what extent can joint Arab production enhance the Arab cinema industry?

Joint Arab production is the optimal way to present different, diversified and bold projects with a good budget and will guarantee the highest percentage of distribution in the Arab world in particular and globally in general. Producing five huge joint Arab projects implemented with the latest cinematic techniques and that can compete globally is better than every country producing on their own. There is an interest in global cinema as evidenced by South Korea’s The Parasite which grabbed the world’s attention at the Academy Awards and took the lion’s share of the Oscars. The world is now concerned with other cinema industries, not just Hollywood.

15- Are satisfied with your career thus far?

I am happy and satisfied with what I’ve presented till now, whether in cinema, TV drama or theatre and hope that my audience accepts and admires my movies, series and plays as I work to please them and gain their respect. Throughout my long career I always glimpse happiness in the eyes of my fans when I see them, I see their love and respect and this is the real treasure to me.

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3/25/2020 4:42:43 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus: Egypt announces 1 new death, 40 more cases]]>
The death toll rose to 21 people after one fatality was confirmed, Zayed said in a press conference, along with Minister of State for Information Osama Heikal.

The results of a total of 113 cases so far have turned out to negative, Zayed said, including 93 persons who totally recovered.

This is one of, if not the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in Egypt until now, according to the official tally, which took place in less than 24 hours.

Egypt's goal is to reduce the number of infections and control the spread of the virus, Zayed said, adding that the recent government decisions aimed at reducing the number of daily cases. She also warned that states would not be able to face coronavirus, despite their capabilities, in case of the outbreak.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 15 days, in a bid to prevent large gatherings and movement of citizens, unless absolutely necessary.

Egypt declares partial curfew for 15 days starting Wednesday

CAIRO - 24 March 2020: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a bunch of strict protective measures taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic starting Wednesday for 15 days.


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3/25/2020 4:18:27 PM
<![CDATA[Culture, information ministers reach agreement on 'Stay at home' initiative]]>
Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting Wednesday, March 25.

Abdel Dayem said that the agreement is a model for the solidarity of state institutions and comes within the framework of efforts that urge the citizens to abide by the precautionary decisions and measures issued by the Egyptian state in order to maintain public safety.

The minister of culture indicated that the broadcasting on the Ministry of Culture’s YouTube channel continues, especially after achieving a huge viewership, which represents an unprecedented success.

Abdel Dayem added that the creative material that is broadcast on the ministry’s official YouTube channel includes theatrical performances, nights of the Arab Music Festival, Omar Khairat’s concerts, and much more related content.
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3/25/2020 4:08:05 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Wednesday in green, market cap. gains LE 6.6B ]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.97 percent, or 95.19 points, to close at 9,865.67 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 increased 2.41 percent, or 30.95 points, to end at 1,313.33 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 inched up 2.76 percent, or 24.96 points, to close at 930.11 points, and the broader index EGX 100 hiked 1.96 percent, or 19.86 points to 1,021.87 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 6.62 billion, recording LE 540.51 billion, compared to LE 533.89 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 213.11 million shares, traded through 21,186 transactions, with a turnover of LE 677.89 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 153.83 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 150.83 million, and LE 2.32 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 63.19 million, and LE 18.11 million , respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 66,039.

Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 15.78 million, and LE 153.09 million, respectively, while Egyptian organizations bought at LE 87.64 million.

El Kahera Housing, Atlas for Investment and Food Industries, and Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical were top gainers of the session at 9.80 percent, 9.77 percent and 9.54 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation, Misr Duty Free Shops, and Sinai Cement were top losers of the session by 9.91 percent, 9.58 percent, and 9.42 percent, respectively.

On Tuesday, EGX ended the session in a semi-collective regression, as EGX 30 dipped 2.76 percent, EGX 50 dropped 1.27 percent, and EGX 100 declined 0.96 percent, while index EGX 70 inched up 0.04 percent
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3/25/2020 3:33:49 PM
<![CDATA[Theater Art House provides 30 plays on official YouTube channel]]>
The plays include a set of masterpieces of the modern Egyptian theater, and will be provided through the ministry’s official YouTube channel in cooperation with the National Theater Center.

Mukhtar further stated that the plays provided on the ministry’s YouTube channel star the most prominent stars, including the plays “El-Malek Howa el-Malek”, “Ahlan Ya Bakawat”, and others, in addition to plays for the youth of the Theater Art House.

All the activities of the Theater Art House came to a halt as part of the state's efforts to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

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3/25/2020 3:29:22 PM
<![CDATA[ENPPI implements projects worth LE 13 billion in 2019]]>
The projects include 63 percent inside Egypt and 37 percent outside in the fields of refining petroleum, petrochemicals, natural gas and fertilizers.

Minister of Petroleum Tarek el Mulla asserted the importance of using the potentials and expertise of the national petroleum companies specialized in the fields of designing and implementing major oil projects. This came during a meeting of the general assembly of ENPPI.]]>
3/25/2020 3:03:12 PM
<![CDATA[High-yield savings certificates of NBE, Banque Misr garner LE 10.7 billion in 2 days]]>
Yehia Abul Fotouh, Vice President of the NBE, said the bank sold LE 7.2-billion worth certificates since they were issued on Sunday.

The certificates were sold online or through the mobile banking application and the call center 19623, he added.

Mohamed el Atrebi, Board Chairman of Banque Misr, said the bank sold certificates worth LE 3.5-billion over the past two days.

They were also sold electronically as part of the preventive measures taken by the State to limit crowds to ban the spread of coronavirus.]]>
3/25/2020 2:57:11 PM
<![CDATA[PM calls for action plan to deal with economic impact of COVID-19]]>
Madbouli gave the instructions during a meeting to follow up the government scenarios for the 2020/2021 sustainable development plan in light of the adverse impact of the pandemic on global economy as well as its predictable ramifications on the national economy.

Planning and Economic Development Minister Hala El Saeed and Finance Minister Mohamed Maait attended the meeting along with Deputy Finance Minister for Financial Policies Ahmed Kouchouk and Deputy Planning Minister Ahmed Kamali.

Saeed noted that the virus-driven hit to economy is likely be felt up to June 2020, which will affect growth rates during the third and fourth quarters of the current fiscal year.

She also touched upon the industries expected to be hit the worst by the virus outbreak.

“The government targets a lower employment rate of 8.5 percent by the end 2020/2021 if the coronavirus crisis subsides by the end of the current fiscal year.” However, if the crisis persists, employment rates will be negatively affected, the minister said.

The government also seeks to increase health and higher education investments by 69 and 104 percent, respectively, during the FY 2020/2021, she pointed out.

Moreover, Saeed gave an outline of expected growth targets for several industries during the next fiscal year.]]>
3/25/2020 2:52:11 PM
<![CDATA[Omair Khairat to perform online concert on March 26]]>
The concert comes as part of the initiative “Stay Home ... Culture is between your hands” launched by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem to encourage citizens to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ministry has also launched a website to broadcast activities to entertain people while they stay at home during the imposed curfew.

The minister’s decision is a serious step to combat the morbid virus on the cultural front, where activities reach citizens at home after the decision to suspend activities for fear of spreading the virus.

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3/25/2020 2:19:44 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: launches sterilization process in pyramids’ antiquities region]]>
Director General of the Pyramids’ region Ashraf Mohieddin said that sterilization was done in accordance with the international standards and by using materials approved by the Ministry of Health and Population, pointing out that the visitors' reception hall, X-Ray devices, tickets office, toilets, entrance to the entire archaeological area and the roads leading to it were all sterilized. This is in addition to sterilizing the wooden walkway in front of the Great Pyramid, visitors’ seating areas and other places where humans stayed.

Mohieddin stressed that all workers received the tools of protection, including gloves, masks and disinfectants, and that the rest of the region is being sterilized.

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Mohieddin explained that the number of workers in the area has been reduced, as part of the government's instructions to limit gatherings to confront the emerging virus. The downtime period will also be used to rehabilitate the area in terms of maintenance and restoration in preparation for receiving visitors after the virus is controlled.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has cleared and sterilized its administrative buildings in Abbasiya, Giza and Zamalek.

Work is also underway to sterilize the offices of the Tourism Promotion Authority in all governorates.

The ministry is implementing the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Population to clean surfaces and places periodically during the day to ensure the safety of visitors and workers, in addition to providing the employees who deal with the public with gloves, masks, and disinfectants.

This comes in conjunction with the continuing work of the Hotel Establishments Chamber in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Population to implement the procedures for disinfection and sterilization of hotels and tourist establishments of all kinds, as the disinfection and sterilization campaign started as a preliminary stage for hotels in Hurghada and in Makadi Bay in the Red Sea Governorate, moving in the upcoming week to the hotels located in Luxor.

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3/25/2020 1:55:34 PM
<![CDATA[CPYP launches campaign to raise awareness against COVID-19]]>
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The CPYP began the campaign by producing a two-minute video on the pandemic and how to deal and fortify against it.

“Protect yourself, protect your country,” this is how the CPYP’s video started before highlighting “commitment” as the ultimate weapon against the outbreak of the virus.



The video stressed that although the new COVID-19 can be fatal, it is easy to defeat it through a number of precautions and practices, such as washing hands for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizers, staying home and avoid engaging with others if infected.

The Egyptian Health Ministry has stepped up precautionary measures in the affected governorates and intensified campaigns to spread awareness about infectious diseases.

The CPYP’s video further stresses on avoiding fake news and information as well as seeking accurate data regarding the virus and protection against it.

Speaker of the parliamentary body of the party, Engineer Musab Amin, has clarified that the campaign relies in the first place on promoting self-awareness and that it will keep highlighting information and fighting fake news and inaccurate data until the crisis is over.

Moreover, on Tuesday, the CPYP requested the approval of health and education ministries to launch the "White Coats" initiative with an aim to train 10,000 final-year medical and pharmacy students as auxiliary medical staff, with an aim to provide the necessary medical services during emergencies.

The auxiliary medical staff is intended to be a voluntary medical and health services provider with a mission to supply effectively and efficiently regular services to maintain the health and well-being of people in Egypt.

The ministry also raises its preparedness at all the country’s ports and airports to monitor the virus developments, receiving inquires from citizens about the virus through its hot-line 105 or 15335.
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3/25/2020 1:43:23 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei and Deloitte collaborate on whitepaper for combating COVID-19 with 5G]]>
The whitepaper, titled "Combating COVID-19 with 5G: Opportunities to improve public health systems", analyzes examples of COVID-19 control and treatment in China to ascertain the data demands of different stakeholders during major public emergencies. As well as presenting these findings, the report discusses how key features of 5G—such as high speed connection, large arrays of connection points, low latency and expansive data bandwidth—can synergize with big data, AI, and the Cloud technologies to enhance pandemic prevention efforts. These features can address data transmission challenges during an epidemic, as well as open up possibilities for fresh ideas and new treatment methods.

Amongst its findings, the whitepaper notes that the effectiveness of communication and data exchange has been essential in screening for infected individuals and controlling the outbreak. Robust mobile network infrastructure like 5G is also enabling continuous remote monitoring and diagnosis during patient transfers, and is supporting thermal imaging for contagion monitoring. Supporting pandemic monitoring platforms, natural disaster command centers, and remote medical consultation are three additional applications of 5G that can be taken advantage of after the rapid escalations of COVID-19.

Ultimately, healthcare systems with access to 5G connectivity have benefited from improved response times, patient monitoring, data collection and analytics, remote collaboration, and resource allocation. It sets an example for building digitalized, data-driven, and cloud-based public emergency-response platforms.

The whitepaper notes that the success of 5G applications in the public health domain could inspire businesses in other sectors to leverage 5G's popularity and explore new applications of the technology in smart city management. These may include manufacturing resource allocation to environmental protection and transportation systems maintenance.
Huawei has been leading 5G expansion in the Middle East as part of the first wave of deployments worldwide, and is focusing on vertical industry, ecosystem, and 5G talent development in 2020.
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3/25/2020 1:09:44 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus]]>
Charles, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, is 71 years old.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Clarence House said in a statement. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus,” Clarence House said. The Prince and his wife, Camilla, are self-isolating at home in Scotland.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”]]>
3/25/2020 1:07:08 PM
<![CDATA[Police widely deployed to enforce curfew, protect medical staff ]]>
In a Tuesday statement, the Interior Ministry said it has also arrested a number of people who spread false information on social media on the number of the infected and fake news that cast doubt on the government’s efforts in that regard.

The police also accompany medical convoys transferring coronavirus patients from their homes to hospitals rapidly, and secure quarantines. The police are also present at hospitals where patients may request a coronavirus test, to ensure medical staff are protected.

Officers have also been tasked with keeping some people who work in the tourism sector in their designated residence for a period determined by doctors.

More than 6,000 educational centers have been closed by the police in the country since the Ministry of Education suspended schools March 15.

The police will be widely deployed to make sure clubs, cafes, youth centers, shops and restaurants abide by the curfew and do not offer shisha, which helps spread viruses.

All facilities of the Interior Ministry are regularly disinfected to protect the public and the staff, and the campaign is also applied in prisons.

Meanwhile, the statement warned anyone who tries to use the crisis for their personal gains without considering the interests of citizens.

More Interior Ministry administrative services have also been made available online at moi.gov.eg.

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3/25/2020 11:39:01 AM
<![CDATA[Banks open for 4 hours due to curfew ]]>
The Central Bank of Egypt said in a Tuesday statement that the staff of the Bank sector will have shorter shifts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The curfew, which begins Wednesday, will be applied from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in an effort to limit people’s movement and physical interaction amid the coronavirus pandemic. Essential services, such as pharmacies, are exempt from the curfew, which will last for two weeks.

A total of 38 banks work in Egypt, and more than 12,000 ATM machines are distributed in the country. ]]>
3/25/2020 11:36:47 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's embassy in Berlin calls on Egyptian citizens to register their data]]>
The Egyptian Embassy in Berlin confirmed in a press statement that the deadline for registering the personal data isMarch 27, after which the embassy will start to take the necessary steps.

The Embassy of Egypt in Khartoum also announced a decision to extend the period of opening the "Ashkit" border crossing with Sudan on March 24, for citizens and trucks to return to Egypt.

The embassy appeals to the Egyptian citizensin Sudan, who wish to return to the homeland, to use this last opportunity, as the crossing will be closed on March 25, within the framework of the measures taken by the two countries to protect their citizens from the spread of the new coronavirus.
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3/25/2020 11:35:27 AM
<![CDATA[Kuwait to operate 3 flights to bring back nationals stuck in Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain]]>
In a statement posted on Twitter, the authority said the first flight will arrive from Beirut at 1:00 p.m., the second one from Cairo at 4:00 p.m. and the third from Manama at 7:00 p.m.

At a press conference following the cabinet's extraordinary session, Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah said his country will start a repatriation plan to bring home nationals stuck in many countries following coronavirus outbreak.

The plan will come into effect on Wednesday and run till March 30. ]]>
3/25/2020 11:32:14 AM
<![CDATA[Chinese Spox: Accusations over Hantavirus irresponsible]]>
In statements on Wednesday, the spokesman said Hantavirus was discovered by scientists in the early 1970's and was documented by the World Health Organization (WHO).

He made it clear that many cases of Hantavirus infections were detected in several world countries over the past decades and there are vaccines for such virus.

Jiao also termed such rumors as "provocative" as it could increase the panic among people at the time when all world countries are facing the dangerous impact of the spread of coronavirus.]]>
3/25/2020 11:30:10 AM
<![CDATA[PM underlines necessity of preserving lives of workers against coronavirus]]>
He underlined at a Cabinet meeting the necessity of maintaining the safety of these workers through applying the required preventive measures.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Housing Assem el Gazzar and Minister of Transport Kamel al Wazir.

Gazzar said that coordination is maintained between his ministry and the transport ministry and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority for preserving the lives of workers. ]]>
3/25/2020 11:13:43 AM
<![CDATA[CPYP launches "White Coat" initiative to support confronting COVID-19]]>
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A statement by the CPYP commended the strenuous efforts exerted by the Egyptian state and its authorities to fight the emerging Coronavirus. "Based on a full awareness of national responsibility, armed with an optimal understanding of taking decisions at their appropriate moments, and aiming to protect each citizen from that imminent danger."

The initiative seeks to train 10,000 final-year medical and pharmacy students as auxiliary medical staff, with an aim to provide the necessary medical services during emergencies.

The initiative comes coinciding with a COVID-19 outbreak, which necessitates the presence of a larger number of medical staff, to support the capacity of existing hospital staff.

The auxiliary medical staff is intended to be a voluntary medical and health services provider with a mission to supply effectively and efficiently regular services to maintain the health and well-being of people in Egypt.

"The Egyptian society, with its entities and individuals, realizes its national responsibility towards its beloved country, with unity and societal solidarity, so that we can all cross with our homeland past this global crisis with the lowest cost," the CPYP statement said.

Graduates of the initiative will be granted certificates of appreciation for volunteering to aid during times of crises.

The statement further emphasized the importance of community participation and the role of the youth in serving their country.
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3/25/2020 9:33:39 AM
<![CDATA[Tokyo postponement has 'no impact' on Paris 2024 Olympics, says organiser]]>
The 2020 Games were delayed until "no later than summer 2021" by the IOC and Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe earlier on Tuesday, but Estanguet said the first postponement of an Olympics during peacetime would not affect the Paris edition, which will now be staged three years after the Tokyo event.

"The 2024 Games will be held in the summer of 2024. There is no impact on the date," said the three-time Olympic canoeing champion.

The Olympics were due to be held from July 24-August 9 this year, but it was deemed too dangerous to hold it as planned due to the pandemic which has claimed the lives of almost 7,000 people worldwide.

"It was the best decision for the athletes, for all the players in the Games," added Estanguet.

"I believe that the Games must stay in their place.

"We are really advancing on our own preparation plan. Each situation in the Games is different. We do not have the same infrastructure to build.

"We are advancing on our schedule independently of that of Tokyo."

The Olympics became the highest-profile of a long list of sporting events hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, with football's Euro 2020 also postponed until next year, while the majority of global international sport has been put on hold.]]>
3/25/2020 9:08:13 AM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry: 36 new COVID-19 cases detected, 80 recovered]]>
In a press conference, Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said that 12 coronavirus cases were discharged from isolation hospitals after receiving necessary medical care, as per WHO technical guidelines, taking the total number of recoveries to 80.

The recovered cases included three foreigners and nine Egyptians, he added.

Egypt recorded the 20th fatality today after a 54-year-old woman from Alexandria died from the virus, he noted.]]>
3/25/2020 8:56:19 AM
<![CDATA[Sobhi: My loan could be extended ]]>
In his interview with Egyptian channel ON Time Sports, the 23-year-old winger confirmed that his loan with the Red Devils [Al Ahly] could be extended in order to complete the current season.

“There isn’t any updates with my contract at Al Ahly. My loan with the team will end on 31 June. However, it could be extended in order to finish the Egyptian League and the CAF Champions League with the team,” Sobhi said in his interview.

Sobhi who experienced his breakthrough with Al Ahly as a youngster before joining Stoke City F.C. added that he wishes to continue with his boyhood club [Al Ahly] yet doesn’t dismiss the chance of playing abroad once again.

“I am not the type of person who likes to play on the emotions of the fans, I really want to continue with Al Ahly. However, playing abroad is my number one priority. My dream is to play in Europe and become successful,” Sobhi added in his interview.

Throughout the 162 games that he played during his club career, the Egyptian winger [Sobhi] scored 28 goals and made 24 assists.]]>
3/25/2020 8:42:54 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola donates €1m to help fight coronavirus ]]>
The Spanish manager [Guardiola] who is from Barcelona and is currently there with his family donated to the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.

"Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Fundacio Angel Soler Daniel for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 [coronavirus] pandemic," the Foundation announced in a statement, according to Sky Sports.

Moreover, the foundation announced in their statement that such donations will also be used to help finance protective items for health works such as respirator masks.

"The fundraising campaign led by the Official College of Doctors of Barcelona and managed through the Foundation, is aimed at obtaining cash donations from doctors who are members of the college and the general population to buy health equipment which is currently lacking in hospitals in Catalonia,” the Foundation concluded their statement, as reported by Sky Sports.

Spain is currently the fourth largest country that is negatively impacted by the spread of the pandemic having around 39,800 people infected with about a total recovery of about 3,700 and more than 2,800 dead.

Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China on 1 December 2019 around 417,000 people were infected and about 18,000 people died because of the disease.

As a result, Spain, Italy, England and several other countries decided to suspend their sports competitions due to the coronavirus being widespread among 196 countries and territories.
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3/25/2020 8:41:30 AM
<![CDATA[Bayern Munich, other Bundesliga clubs, take pay cut]]>
Newspaper Bild said players and club officials at champions Bayern, top of the Bundesliga when the season was halted on March 13, have accepted a 20 percent cut in their salaries.

Like all top European leagues, the German top flight is losing income from broadcasting, sponsorships and ticket sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, with matches in Germany suspended until at least April 2.

Bayern have a massive wage bill which reached 336 million euros ($364 million) last year, almost half of club turnover.

Players at Borussia Moenchengladbach were the first in the Bundesliga to propose a pay cut, followed by others at Werder Bremen, Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen players are in talks over pay cut proposals with management.

Second-placed Dortmund said their squad members had taken a salary reduction to show solidarity with the club's 850 employees.

Coach Lucien Favre and club directors have also made a personal offer to take a pay cut.]]>
3/25/2020 8:38:25 AM
<![CDATA[Australia says qualified athletes assured of Tokyo spots in 2021]]>
The 2020 Olympics were pushed back by a year on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted qualifying for thousands of Tokyo hopefuls in a slew of sports.

Almost 60% of the 11,000-odd athletes set for Tokyo had already qualified but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has yet to clarify publicly whether their 2021 berths are assured.

AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said qualified athletes were guaranteed their 2021 spots, however.

“That is our understanding at this time,” Carroll told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

“Athletes may change their minds between now and 2021. But let’s cover that off.

“Today the most important thing is that athletes have certainty for those who have been selected and certainty for those who are yet to qualify.”

Carroll said he had spoken to the chief of Australia’s national institute of sport and the heads of the sports federations about ensuring qualified athletes would be in peak form to compete in 2021.

“Therein does lie a challenge for the high performance structures at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sports) and our sports to work with our athletes to meet those challenges,” he said.

“If you’re talking about the athletes who have been selected or the ones who are coming through, I am sure all selected athletes will work hard to be at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

“That’s their nature and I have no doubt about that.”

Carroll said soccer’s global governing body FIFA and the IOC would need to work together to iron out qualification issues for the Olympic tournament given that a number of qualified players could become ineligible due to age restrictions.

The tournament allows only three players per national squad to be above 23-years-old.

“This is hopefully a once-in-history event, postponement of the Games,” he said.

“So I think we’re good working together, (good) relationships together, we can get over all those technical details and are sure that people who have qualified will remain qualified.”

Working out qualifying for the remaining athletes remains a challenge for organizers, given the dates for the postponed Games remains up in the air.

The United States wasted little time in delaying qualifying, putting off athletics, swimming and gymnastics trials on Tuesday while they await clarity on the Olympic schedule.

Carroll said he was confident Japan would be able to work through the “huge logistical challenge” of rescheduling.

“At least we have a new goal and planning has started,” he said.

“For the IOC, it’s working with the international federations because it’s an entire shift in the planning for global events such as world championships, world cups, all those sorts of things will have to be worked through.”]]>
3/25/2020 8:15:02 AM
<![CDATA[Broadway playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications]]>
Matt Polk said McNally, 81, died in a hospital in Florida. The Broadway theater veteran was a lung cancer survivor and had lived with a chronic respiratory condition.

McNally’s career spanned six decades, encompassing plays, musicals and operas. It ranged from AIDS dramas “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” to domestic drama “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” and the stage musical adaptation of movie “The Full Monty.”

He was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards ceremony in New York, adding to the four he received for “Love! Valour! Compassion,” “Master Class” and the books of the musical versions of “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

McNally is survived by his husband, producer Tom Kirdahy.

Tributes poured in from the theater world on Tuesday.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Twitter he was heartbroken, calling McNally “a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly.”

Former “Rent” star Anthony Rapp called him “a vital voice in American theater, especially effective at lifting up and amplifying the American LGBTQ experience.”

Peter Marks, theater critic at the Washington Post, tweeted; “This virus is taking great people away. Terrence McNally was a master with class.”

Broadway theaters have been shut since March 12 because of restrictions aimed at preventing the spread or coronavirus.]]>
3/25/2020 8:12:27 AM