Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Wahid Hamed: Salafis more threatening to Egypt than Brotherhood http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2446883 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/27/1755/wahid_hamed.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>&ldquo;More blood will be shed and more martyrs will fall in exchange for freedom, for we are facing a heartless enemy,&rdquo; scriptwriter Wahid Hamed said in an interview on the Al-Hayat satellite TV channel on Thursday evening.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The Muslim Brotherhood would be stupid if it believed it could fight the Egyptian army,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That is why it is fighting the Egyptian people.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The Salafis are more threatening to Egypt than the Brotherhood,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;Have we forgotten that they said they would destroy statues because they are idols, and that Egyptians should not salute the flag?&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;They have publicly said that they are against Christians,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Yet they field Copts in the elections. I wonder why the Copts accept.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said the next parliamentary election will not be rigged. &ldquo;It will show who the Egyptian people will choose. Would they choose the Brotherhood, the Salafists or the remnants of the Mubarak regime? God knows.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:27:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2446883 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/27/1755/wahid_hamed.jpg Student blinded when teacher beat him with stick, another pokes his teacher’s eye http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2446892 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/03/27/1755/injured_student.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A student of Ain Helwan elementary school in Cairo lost his eyesight on Thursday when his teacher hit him with a stick because he was talking with his classmate during class.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He was taken to hospital for treatment, and prosecutors ordered to summon the teacher for investigation. The preliminary forensic report said the student was blinded as a result of an explosion in the cornea.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Alexandria, a student was expelled from the Talaat Mustafa preparatory school for poking his teacher&rsquo;s eye while he was dispersing a fight between students.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The student was arrested and forced to bear the cost of the teacher&rsquo;s treatment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Beheira, a student of the Arimon elementary school was taken to hospital, suffering from internal bleeding after having been beaten by his classmate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Damietta, the governor deducted four days from the salary of the Al-Nasr elementary school headmaster for beating a student.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:15:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2446892 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/27/1755/injured_student.png 85-year-old woman still works hard, carries sacks on her shoulder http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2446890 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/03/94/256014_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Her wrinkles, her chapped hands and her elusive eyes tell of the hardship that 85-year-old Soad Ragab has endured.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She sits silents in her shop in Nasr City, waiting for a customer to come and buy a kilo of gypsum or a sack of cement to earn her living for the day.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been carrying bricks, cement and gypsum since I was 12 without a single day off,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Her husband and five children have all passed away, but she has 21 grandchildren that she says only come to see her when they need money.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There are no pictures on the walls of her home, as if she is void of memories. &ldquo;I only keep the picture of my youngest son who died at the age of 34 of an electric shock while he was working,&rdquo; she says.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I am told that I am 85 years old,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I would like to issue an ID card so that I can travel easily.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:51:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2446890 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/03/94/256014_0.jpg 38C on Friday, rain on Saturday http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2446872 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/17/1755/bad_weather.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Wahid Seoudi, spokesperson for the Meteorological Agency, said the temperature may reach 38C in Cairo on Friday, to drop by 13 degrees on Saturday with possible rain fall, back to normal on Sunday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hot weather would also prevail on Friday in Upper Egypt during the day, cool at night.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Low and middle level clouds in the north, with low visibility from morning mist in Cairo and the Suez Canal cities, and mild northwesterly winds to be more active in the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea distorting maritime traffic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Waves in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea from 2 to 3 meters, with a northwesterly surface wind.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:25:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2446872 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/17/1755/bad_weather.jpg