Egypt Independent: News-Main news en Ecological impact of the Suez Canal Development Project <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The National Institute for Oceanography Sciences and Fisheries on Wednesday held a workshop titled &ldquo;The Ecological Impact of the Suez Canal Development Project&rdquo; to discuss possible changes in the movement of migrant species between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean as a result of the project and devise plans for environmental monitoring programs in the area, according to Egypt&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="">State Information Services&nbsp;(</a>SIS) <a href="">report</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Authorities argued the project is not creating a new waterway, but rather upgrading the already existing channel to shorten the transit time and save fuel. Also, gas emissions that are affecting the atmosphere would be reduced.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While dredging, both the water temperature and the sea level will rise, which will cause sea organisms to move.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Human activities on the banks of the channel could cause alien species to invade environments of unstable nature, though authorities said it was difficult to assume that migrant organisms would expel indigenous species given that there are no studies of this issue in Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The authorities said the possibility of impacting the region at large is weak because research indicates that migrant organisms to the Mediterranean are located in two areas, namely the southeast, which is relatively affected by migration through the Suez Canal, and the northern and western areas that are affected by migration from fish farms and from the Atlantic Ocean via the Gibraltar Strait.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Species that invaded the Mediterranean from the Red Sea are very few if compared to other species that have settled there. Also, reports about the spread of jellyfish in the Mediterranean coming from the Red Sea, they said, have no substantial scientific evidence.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Biological mobility is not necessarily harmful, they argued, as several kinds of fish that migrate from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean yield economic revenue for the population of the area, as 1,200 tons of Mackerel were fished in 2007 vs. 550 tons in 2000. The applied the same theory for shrimps.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:58:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2445127 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/25/1755/national_institute_of_oceanography_and_fisheries.jpg Military official: Tunnel collapse kills army officer and injures another in North Sinai <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div><p>An army officer was killed and another was injured on Friday when a tunnel &quot;suddenly&quot; collapsed in North Sinai&#39;s Rafah, a military official said.</p><p>Security forces were inspecting a newly uncovered tunnel in the border area with Gaza Strip when the ground suddenly sank, resulting in the tunnel&#39;s collapse, the military official said.</p><p>Earlier this week, the army announced demolishing 22 news tunnels along the border strip in Rafah.&nbsp;</p><p>Egypt&#39;s cabinet issued a decision last October to clear 500 metres of the border area with Gaza of civilians, vowing to provide compensation for those evicted. The area was doubled to 1,000 meters in November, after&nbsp;discovering some tunnels in the Peninsula over 800 metres long.</p><p>Security forces have been targeting tunnels dug up in Sinai to connect it with Gaza. Egyptian authorities say the tunnels are used to smuggle arms to militants in the Peninsula.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><div>This content is from :<a href="" target="_blank">Aswat Masriya</a><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:31:00 +0000 Aswat Masriya 2445171 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/05/21/5886/tunel.jpg Significant drop in temperature on Saturday <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A significant drop in temperature is expected on Saturday, with mild weather in the north, hot in the south during the day but very cold at night.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Temperatures on Saturday in Cairo are projected to rise to a high of 22C and drop to a low of 10C.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Low visibility from mist in the morning in the north, the Delta, Cairo and the Suez Canal area, with low to middle-height clouds in the north and moderate northwesterly wind, to be more active in the south, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez, disrupting maritime traffic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Waves in the Mediterranean will be 1 to 2 meters high with a surface wind from the northwest, 2 to 3 meters in the more turbulent Red Sea, also with surface wind from the northwest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2445166 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/24/1755/storm.jpg Pope inaugurates new church in Rehab <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Pope Tawadros II has inaugurated the Virgin Mary and Martyrs Church in Rehab City and led a mass, accompanied by Bishop Daniel of Maadi, Bishop Raphael, the secretary of the Holy Synod, Bishop Yuanis of the General Services, Bishop Makar of Al-Sharqiya, Bishop Angeles of Northern Shoubra and Bishop Ammonius of the Pope&rsquo;s Office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:59:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2445163 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/17/16030/209406_0.jpg