Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Harmful health myth threatens endangered sea turtles in Giftun http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2455101 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/10/31/54605/sea_turtle.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div>According to Al-Doushy Abdel Kerim, professor of marine sciences at the Al-Azhar University&rsquo;s Assiut branch, the endangered sea turtles in Giftun area are at risk of extinction, because people kill them to drink their blood, mistakenly believing it helps fertility.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The island is a nesting place for the turtles,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;A scientific team found the remains of three turtles killed there.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The myth started in Alexandria and came to Hurghada,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Professor of marine sciences Rashad al-Sayed said tourists damage the corals of the island without the authorities noticing it. Also seagulls and eagles nest on the island, which is not protected or overseen by any government body, even though it was declared a natural reserve.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2455101 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/10/31/54605/sea_turtle.jpg Heat wave to continue until Tuesday http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2455098 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/22/1755/hot_weather.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div>According to Ahmed Abdel Aal, head of Meteorological Agency, the heat wave is expected to continue until Tuesday, with a rise in humidity in most parts of the country.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although high temperatures are natural in July and August, &ldquo;what increases feeling the heat is the high humidity,&rdquo; he said, adding that dense mist is expected early in the morning on most roads, especially near bodies of water, except in Mediterranean coastal cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abdel Aal advised the citizens not to stay in direct sunlight for long periods of time, especially between noon and late afternoon, drink fluids as much as possible and avoid sitting in poorly ventilated indoor areas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:54:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2455098 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/22/1755/hot_weather.jpg Civil Service Act protests supported by 27 syndicates http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2455099 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/04/28/1755/mahalla_spinning_company_workers_on_strike.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Fatma Fouad, head of the Sales Tax Authority workers syndicate, said employees had been urged not to participate in a protest scheduled for August 10 against the Civil Service Act, adding that 27 other syndicates have expressed solidarity with them.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The law reduces salaries and gives managers absolute powers in evaluating the performance of the workers,&rdquo; she said, expecting up to 4,000 people to take part in the protest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a related context, Planning Minister Ashraf al-Araby is holding a press conference on Saturday to clarify the provisions of the new law.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:03:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2455099 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/28/1755/mahalla_spinning_company_workers_on_strike.jpg Decreasing internet prices aims to spread service in Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2455096 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/06/16030/k.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Minister of Communications Khaled Negm said on Friday that a decision recently made to decrease internet prices in&nbsp;<a href="http://en.arabstoday.net/home/pagenews/egypt-conference-courts-foreign-investors-after-unrest.html">Egypt</a>&nbsp;aims to spread internet services in the country for all Egyptians to be able to go online.</p><p>He added that the decision is meant to attract an additional 1.5 million users to purchase internet services by 2016.</p><p>This came on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony of new trainees at the National Telecommunication Institute.</p><p>He pointed out that another decision to cancel 256-Kbps and 512-Kbps services aims to develop a digital community and government.</p><p>Meanwhile, Negm has called on other internet providers to follow up the policy of transparency and openness with clients in announcing the maximum limit for use.</p><p>Recently, TE data, the country&#39;s internet operator, announced new prices of internet after being approved by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority.</p> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:34:00 +0000 MENA 2455096 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/06/16030/k.jpg