Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Egypt cleric says too much Pokemon Go could be danger http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471333 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/13/501184/pokemon_go.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application &quot;Pokemon Go,&quot; adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Abbas Shumman, the deputy sheikh of Egypt&#39;s Al-Azhar institute, told The Associated Press that the game &quot;makes people busy with it, ignoring their main work and it might also put them in danger,&quot; but says there is no problem with people playing it in moderation if they are at home or in a safe place.</span></p><p apcm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apcm" apnm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apnm" o="http://w3.org/ns/odrl/2/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">He adds, &quot;if someone is busy reading the Quran while he is walking in the street, this might make him have an accident so we would tell him not to read it this way&quot;.</p> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:20:00 +0000 AP 2471333 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/13/501184/pokemon_go.jpg Ethiopia suspends medicine import from 11 Egyptian manufacturers http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471325 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/05/16/505021/pharmacy.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The Ethiopian Health Ministry has suspended the importation of pharmaceuticals from 11 Egyptian manufacturers following a visit to Egypt that indicated the factories did not meet Ethiopian health standards.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">A delegation from the Ethiopian Ministry inspected 13 companies and found that in 11 cases, prescribed rules were not being applied to the&nbsp;</span>production of pharmaceuticals.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">The result of the inspection has severe implications for Egyptian companies that rely on exports, said the head&nbsp;of Export Council for Medical Industries, Maged George. He indicated that most of the companies are not solely reliant on Ethiopian trade, exporting to 15 countries in total. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">A committee has been formed, including members of the export council and the companies affected by the decision, in order to collect data on the Ethiopian market, medicines that are in demand, and the manufacturers currently operating there, George said.</p><p dir="ltr">An urgent meeting will be held soon with the Ethiopian ambassador to Cairo to tackle the crisis and find solutions for the penalized companies.</p><p dir="ltr">The exports council, according to George, is mulling establishing a holding company to establish pharmaceuticals factories outside Egypt, or to place offices abroad to market the Egyptian pharmaceutical industry.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:50:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2471325 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/16/505021/pharmacy.jpg The final flight: Solar Impulse 2 leaves Cairo for Dubai http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471320 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/04/26/43/cgxp_oxwwaev_dk.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 left Cairo International Airport early on Sunday heading for Dubai, marking the last phase of its mammoth round-the-world trip started March 9, 2015.</span></p><p dir="ltr">The technologically unprecedented aircraft arrived in Egypt ten days ago from Spain, having flown over Italy, Malta, Greece, Tunisia and Algeria before making a graceful decent into Cairo over the pyramids.</p><p dir="ltr">The plane and its team were scheduled to fly to the Emirates on July 17, seen off by a farewell party courtesy of the Egyptian Aviation Ministry, but the departure was postponed due to one of the pilots getting ill.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">For the safety of the crew and the aircraft, the decision was made to hold off the final leg of the journey until Swiss pilot&nbsp;Bertrand Piccard was back to full health. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">On Sunday morning, Piccard and his co-pilot André Borschberg guided the streamlined craft out of Cairo heading for the Gulf, where they began their journey many months ago.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">The colossal project was brought to life by the two Swiss pilots in an effort to research and promote clean technologies. The aircraft has 17,000 solar cells on its wings, which recharge the plane&#39;s batteries throughout the day. The wings are 72 meters long, giving the aircraft a stunning, slimline appearance.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:46:00 +0000 MENA 2471320 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/26/43/cgxp_oxwwaev_dk.jpg Egypt launches program to shelter 16,000 homeless children http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471313 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/01/13/94/street_children.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Social Solidarity Ministry announced Saturday the launch of a program to shelter and protect homeless children in 10 governorates.</p><p>Assistant Minister for social welfare, Mosaad Radwan, told reporters Saturday that according to current figures, there are 16,019 homeless children living on the streets of Egypt&#39;s towns and cities, and the ministry is working to end this phenomenon.</p><div><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The program aims to build shelters, provide for basic needs and lay on services to equip street children with qualifications. Initially, the program will be rolled out in the 10 governorates in which 80 percent of Egypt&#39;s homeless children are found.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>He said that 17 teams will be formed to operate mobile units. Homeless minors will be encouraged to connect to the units through fresh strategies, after which the units will be able to provide the needy children with basic services, and eventually move them into shelters.</p><p>The ministry based its facts on studies carried out in 2014. The program will, in the first instance, be seen in Cairo, Giza, Qaliobya, Minya, Sharqya, Alexandria, Assiut, Suez, Beni Suef, and Menofya.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</em></p> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:26:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2471313 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/01/13/94/street_children.jpg