Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Ministry mulls solar illumination for Minya museum http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439409 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/19/94/antiquities_minister_mamdouh_al-damaty_inaugurates_jewellery_museum_in_alexandria.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Al-Damaty is studying the possibility of lighting the Akhnaton Museum in Minya with solar energy, he said in press statements on Thursday during a visit to the museum.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The minister added that the first phase of renovations at the museum had been finished, while the second phase is nearly completed by 95 percent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The minister made a tour at the LE44 million tourist nile dock and visitors&rsquo; center at Tal Al-Amarnah.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a different context, Culture Minister Gaber Asfour opened &nbsp;Thursday the Egyptian section at Venice&rsquo;s Vittoriano museum, where replicas of Pharaonic king Tut Ankh Amon&rsquo;s tombs are exhibited, along with works by other Egyptian artists.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439409 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/19/94/antiquities_minister_mamdouh_al-damaty_inaugurates_jewellery_museum_in_alexandria.jpg Rain expected in the Delta and Sinai http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439401 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/01/12/228/_________________4.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Meteorological experts expected mild weather all day on Saturday, cool in the evening and cold at night.</span></p><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">They also expected low clouds in the north and east of the country, accompanied by rainfall on the northern coast, the Delta and North Sinai.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Low visibility is expected in the morning in the Delta, Cairo and the Suez Canal, with wind mostly coming from the west.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Moderate to high waves in the Mediterranean one to two meters high, turbulent in the Red Sea with three-meter high waves and northwesterly wind.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mild pollution also expected in Cairo and the Delta from the burning of rice straw.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439401 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/12/228/_________________4.jpg Electoral constituencies law to be issued in a month http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439396 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/29/484151/216483_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>(Photo:&nbsp;<a href="http://today.almasryalyoum.com/article2.aspx?ArticleID=442528" style="line-height: normal; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">http://today.almasryalyoum.<wbr />com/article2.aspx?ArticleID=<wbr />442528</a><span style="line-height: normal; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">A delegation of the Democratic Current Coalition, which includes the Constitution Party, the Karama Party and the People&#39;s Alliance Party, met on Thursday with Refaat Komsan, the prime minister&#39;s elections advisor, to present their proposals for the electoral constituencies law.</span></p><div>The meeting was attended by George Isaac, member of the National Council for Human Rights, political thinker Samir Eleish, Gamal Ghitas, journalist and political researcher, and Maha Abdel Nasser, leading figure of the Egyptian Democratic Party, while the heads of the coalition did not attend as they delegated Isaac to represent them at the meeting, which lasted an hour.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Isaac said that Komsan told them the law would be issued within a month at the most and that the draft would first be offered for a societal dialogue for three weeks for the political parties and forces to agree upon so that it is issued with consensus.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The delegation also demanded to place cameras in the electoral committees for all voters to follow the counting processes, which Komsan agreed to.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Maha Abdel Nasser said the delegation objected to an absolute candidacy list system because it does not fairly represent the community in parliament like the proportional list system.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</div> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439396 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/29/484151/216483_0.jpg Hurghada port closed for bad weather conditions http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439377 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/30/484151/sw_ltqs_blskndryh_yglq_bwgz_tswyr_mhmwd_th04.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">The Red Sea Ports Authority decided to close the port of Hurghada due to bad weather, canceling all Nile cruises.</span></p><div>Authority spokesperson Abdel Rehim Mostafa said waves were 3 to 4 meters high and wind speed reached 28 knots per hour.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439377 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/30/484151/sw_ltqs_blskndryh_yglq_bwgz_tswyr_mhmwd_th04.jpg