Egypt Independent: Science-Main news en Environment Ministry launches cleaning campaign in Wadi al-Rayyan <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Environment Ministry has launched a cleaning campaign with one of the tourist hotels in Fayyoum&#39;s Wadi al-Rayyan protectorate in an effort to raise environmental awareness on the importance of cleanliness and the preservation of natural protectorates.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Participants cleaned the protectorate and erected tents to carry out several environmental activities aimed at boosting environmental tourism. A symposium was also held on raising awareness about the importance of preserving natural protectorates.</div><div><br />&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:35:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2466459 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/10/18/54605/wadi_waterfall.jpg Egyptian oncologist makes Forbes' '30 under 30' list recognizing top achievers <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian oncologist Yehia Abugabal was selected by <em>Forbes</em> magazine to be on the annual &ldquo;30 under 30&quot; list that recognizes the world&#39;s top achievers in health care under the age of 30.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 28-year-old oncologist is the co-founder of the the Cairo-based International Cancer Research Center (ICRC), which works to curtail the spread of cancer in the Middle East. The research center, with the help of many researchers in a variety of specialties, raises cancer awareness and works to lengthen patients&#39; survival across the Middle East.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abugabal is the only Egyptian and Arab winner in the health care list this year. The &quot;30 under 30&quot;&nbsp;<em>Forbes</em> list includes 600 remarkable people, spread out to 30 people each in 20 categories, including food and drink, social entrepreneurs, law and policy, science, marketing and advertising, energy and media. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since his childhood years, Abugabal&rsquo;s dream was to be a doctor like his parents. He started studying medicine at the University of Ain Shams and became passionate about the cancer awareness field as it is a leading cause for death in the world. He co-founded the ICRC after graduation.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud to be selected by <em>Forbes,</em> especially since the ranking was not based on self-recommendation and it was <em>Forbes&#39;&nbsp;</em>choice,&rdquo; Abugabal told <em>Egypt Independent</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abugabal said that the ICRC has launched numerous campaigns in Egypt to raise awareness of cancer. The center kicked off a collaboration with the National Institute of Health in the United States to give training to oncology juniors to produce skilled physicians and increase the center&rsquo;s efficiency.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is one of the top causes of mortality in the world. In 2012, there were approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths related to cancer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>WHO said that cancer rates are expected to increase by about 70 percent over the next two decades.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Egyptian Health Ministry announced in February that cancer rates in Egypt have jumped by 34 percent since 2013, according to MENA.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2014, Egyptian neurosurgeon Mohamed Zaazoue was rated one of the world&rsquo;s top social entrepreneurs in <em>Forbes&#39;</em>&nbsp;&quot;30 under 30&quot; list. Zaazoue launched a massive public health educational campaign to fight certain diseases, including pneumonia, the number-one killer of children under the age of five.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He is the founder of a non-profit organization called Healthy Egyptians, which aims to introduce preventive healthcare measures to the very young.</div> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:46:00 +0000 Hend El-Behary 2466466 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/02/10/501184/abugabal.jpg Environment Ministry to cultivate rooftops in Greater Cairo <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) Chief Ahmed Abouel Saud said on Tuesday that the Environment Ministry will carry out this year a project to cultivate rooftops on houses, adding that this project will be carried out in collaboration with NGOs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abouel Saud added that there has been coordination with the Social Solidarity Ministry to select some NGOs that work in the Greater Cairo area and have expertise in such fields. The ministry will offer financial support to clean the rooftops and cultivate them, while the NGOs will offer technical support.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He added that the project&rsquo;s idea is based on cleaning old items and trash from rooftops and cultivating vegetables and fruits that the house owners can benefit from depending on simple techniques.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The project will help in saving economic profit for the house owners and turn the roofs into beautiful scenes.</div><div><br />&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:27:00 +0000 MENA 2466416 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/01/1755/planted_roofs_of_government_buildings.jpg US athletes should consider not attending Olympics if fear Zika: officials <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The United States Olympic Committee told US sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of US sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the call.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Federations were told that no one should go to Brazil &quot;if they don&#39;t feel comfortable going. Bottom line,&quot; said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The USOC&rsquo;s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign that Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the games in Rio de Janeiro seriously, and acknowledging that at least some athletes and support staff could face a tough decision over whether to attend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The United States won most medals at the last Olympics in London in 2012, so any disruption to its presence would be important for the Rio games.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Global health authorities suspect the mosquito-borne Zika virus has caused a spike in Brazil of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by an abnormally small head. As a result, the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency Feb. 1, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant to avoid travel to places with Zika outbreaks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The USOC&rsquo;s Alan Ashley, its chief of sport performance, and other USOC officials, briefed the leaders of the federations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ashley did not respond to email or phone calls requesting comment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>USOC spokesman Mark Jones confirmed by email that Ashley had &quot;briefed federation leaders on the CDC&#39;s recommendations and we will continue to ensure that athletes and officials affiliated with Team USA receive any updates from the CDC.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The USOC has not issued its own set of recommendations for athletes and staff beyond what the CDC and WHO have issued.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jones declined to comment further.</div> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:39:00 +0000 Reuters 2466350 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/02/08/43/screen_shot_2016-02-08_at_3.55.33_pm.png