Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Egypt's ambition: The Suez Canal, then and now http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454900 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/28/501010/container_ship.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/1860.jpg" style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em; width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Workers construct the Suez Canal, circa 1860, stretching some 190-kilometers long.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/french_empress.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>The French Empress Eugenie officially opens the Suez Canal at Port Said in Egypt, on board the imperial yacht &#39;Aigle,&#39; on November 17,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">1869.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/1869.jpg" style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em; width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">A fleet of ships enter the Suez Canal at its inauguration on November 17, 1869. Egypt was the first recorded country to dig a man-made canal across its land for international trade. Connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea via the Nile, the Suez Canal is the shortest route between the east and the west.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/1921.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>A 1921 map of the Suez Canal, running south from Port Said on the Mediterranean, through Ismailia and the Great Bitter Lake, to the Gulf of Suez on the Red Sea.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/aerial_0.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>An aerial view taken on December 31, 2007 shows the southern entrance of the Suez Canal.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/cargo_ship.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>A cargo ship navigates past the Suez Canal Authority Building in Port Said, 180 kilometers northeast of Cairo, on November 24, 2008.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/helicopter.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">An Egyptian army helicopter flies over a dredger at work on the new waterway of the Suez Canal on June 13, 2015, in the port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. The government hopes the ambitious industrial project will generate US$100 billion in revenue and create 1 million jobs.</span></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/container_ship.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>Boats, including a container ship, cross the new waterway of the Suez Canal on July 25, 2015, in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. Egypt started the first trial run of its &quot;new Suez canal,&quot; officials said, ahead of the new shipping route&#39;s formal inauguration on August 6, 2015 -- a year after construction began.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/dredger.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>A dredger is seen at work on the new waterway of the Suez Canal on June 13, 2015, in the port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72-kilometer project is aimed at speeding up traffic along the existing waterway and boosting revenues for Egypt. 41,000 people have been working since construction began last August, moving a total of half a trillion cubic meters of earth -- equivalent to moving 200 Great Pyramids.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: normal; font-size: 1em;">Egypt began its first trial run of its &#39;new Suez Canal,&#39; which will be inaugurated on August 6, 2015 -- a year after construction started -- bringing the 150-year-old waterway into the 21st century.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:21:00 +0000 CNN 2454900 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/28/501010/container_ship.jpg WHO launches safe injection campaign in Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454886 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/08/484151/256415_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The World Health Organization launched on Tuesday a national campaign to combat the spread of viral hepatitis through the promotion of safe and healthy injections.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Attending the ceremonies marking the World Hepatitis Day (28 July) in Cairo, WHO&rsquo;s Eastern Mediterranean director, Alaa-Eddin Alwan, said the project would represent a cornerstone for all efforts to control virus C, and a turning point in combating the disease in Egypt, India and Uganda.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egyptian Health Minister Adel al-Adawy said the project seeks to entirely eradicate the disease, adding that Egypt currently works on producing its own syringes, the main means of transmission of the disease.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to Adawy, &ldquo;safe injecting&rdquo; or &ldquo;self-destructing injections&rdquo; would help eliminate the disease which, he said, infects 150.000 Egyptians per year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Henk Bekedam, WHO&rsquo;s Cairo representative, said he is being contacted by several countries asking to share the Egyptian experience in combating the disease which, he said, has resulted in a highly-accurate and fruitful treatment scheme.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to WHO, the Hepatitis C kills 40,000 people in Egypt annually.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:36:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454886 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/08/484151/256415_0.jpg Egypt, Sudan establish model fish farm in Sennar http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454879 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/26/1755/minister_of_agriculture_salah_hilal.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Agriculture Minister Salah Hilal announced on Tuesday the establishment of an Egyptian-Sudanese model fish farm with a section devoted to oil crops in Sennar, Sudan.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His recent visit to Sudan, together with Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazy, was aimed at promoting mutual cooperation in the agricultural field, Hilal said, adding that Egypt and Sudan had already established a model cattle farm in Sennar.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</em></div> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:28:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454879 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/26/1755/minister_of_agriculture_salah_hilal.jpg Meteor shower expected in Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2454876 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/28/16030/image_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Head of the Department of Astronomy at the National Institute for Astronomical Research, Ashraf Tadres, said a meteor shower is expected over Egypt in the coming days, adding that it will reach its peak on Tuesday evening.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The phenomenon will continue until early August, he added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The meteors can be seen when they are burnt in the upper layers of the atmosphere, nearly 100 kilometers away from the Earth&#39;s surface, Tadres said. The phenomenon can be observed from highlands, plains, and agricultural land, especially with little moonlight, Tadres added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The best time to see the phenomenon is from midnight until dawn, when as many as 15 to 20 meteors per hour can be seen.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</em></div> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454876 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/28/16030/image_2.jpg