Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en 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 Muslims, Christian in Minya reconcile over sectarian violence http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471312 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/16/94/families_of_21_coptic_egyptians_beheaded_by_islamc_state_in_libya_mourn_their_loss_at_the_villagoe_of_al-owr_minya.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Saturday saw the final session of reconciliation talks between Muslims and Christians of Abo Yaaqoub village, Minya, following a bout of sectarian violence earlier this month.&nbsp;</p><p>The governor of Minya, Major General Tareq Nassr, was due to attend Saturday&#39;s talks.&nbsp;</p><div><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Clashes between Muslims and Christians in the village erupted on 15 July after a rumor went round that the house of a local Christian was being turned into a church.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The archbishopric of Minya said that a group of Muslim &ldquo;radicals&rdquo; attacked the homes of Christians in the village, setting them ablaze. When the firefighters and police arrived, five homes had already been destroyed.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The meetings for reconciliation between the two parties come after numerous discussions between MPs and local leadership about how to dispel local sectarian tension.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Minya has been the scene of several sectarian clashes recently. On Monday, a young Christian man was killed and three others injured in a knife fight in&nbsp;Tihna al-Jabal village, sparked by an alleged verbal attack on a local priest.</p><p>In May, an elderly Coptic woman was stripped of her clothes and dragged through the streets of Karam village, Minya, after rumors spread that her son was having an affair with a local Muslim. Several Christian homes were torched that same week as a result of the tensions.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Ahmed Gamal el-Din, former Interior Minister and presidential aide for security and counter terrorism, has called on the Local Development Ministry to cooperate with Minya&#39;s governor in getting to the root of problems that lead to sectarian incidents.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</span></em></div> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:32:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2471312 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/16/94/families_of_21_coptic_egyptians_beheaded_by_islamc_state_in_libya_mourn_their_loss_at_the_villagoe_of_al-owr_minya.jpg Cairo police chief killed in car crash http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471310 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/23/505021/police_chief_.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Cairo&#39;s chief of police, Major General Jamal Saaed died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Saturday morning, a security source from Cairo Security Directorate told Al-Masry Al-Youm.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the source, Saaed was making the return journey from the North Coast to Cairo when the incident occured.&nbsp;</p><p>The body will arrive in Cairo for a military funeral, to be attended by members of leadership within the Interior Ministry and Cairo Security Directorate, the source said.</p><p>Saaed took office last October, succeeding Maj. Gen. Hamdi Megahed, who died of a heart attack the same month.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</em></p> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2471310 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/23/505021/police_chief_.jpg Young Egyptians reach finals of ROV submersible competition in Texas http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471279 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/22/504802/nasa.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egyptian science and technology students have scored highly in an international competition to design, build and operate a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of moving around and performing tasks underwater.</p><p>Four teams of Egyptian students (two from high school and two from university) made it to the finals of the MATE International ROV Competition in the United States, with one team taking seventh place overall and winning prizes in two categories.</p><p>The &ldquo;Torbini&rdquo; team, from the Arab Academy of Science and Technology and Marine Transport, nabbed seventh place, beating most of the 68 teams in the finals and the 600 teams who started out. The Alexandria-based team also won awards for &quot;Best Design&quot; and &quot;Efficiency Compared to Cost&quot;.</p><p>Engineer Mohamed Aboud, the supervisor for the ROV competition in the Arab region said, &ldquo;This competition is one of the most important ones in the field of ROV, a field that is vital to a many other strategic fields such as, oil and gas production, marine services and sea rescue missions.&rdquo;<br /><br />He said the competition contributes to opening up new markets and job opportunities for young Egyptians, who may choose to enter the ROV field or related areas.<br /><br />The success of the young Egyptian competitors was all the more impressive considering the many obstacles that they had to face, putting them at a clear disadvantage.&nbsp;</p><p>First was the problem of obtaining visas to travel to the United States. Then there were problems with gaining permission to enter NASA premises, where the testing phase of the competition took place, using <span id="page_117">the Johnson Space Center&#39;s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas.</span></p><p>The restrictions meant that most of the teams had to compete with half their intended numbers. The &ldquo;Torbini&rdquo; team ended up competing with just three members out of the original nine.</p> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:18:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2471279 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/22/504802/nasa.jpg