UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 12: Egypt to allow import of wheat with 0.5% ergot infection; Sisi calls on Egyptians abroad to invest in their country
Hossam Hussien, 11, carries freshly harvested wheat in a field in Qaha, El-Kalubia governorate, northeast of Cairo, Egypt May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Egypt to allow import of wheat with 0.5% ergot infection

Health Ministry has agreed to allow importing wheat infected with 0.5 percent ergot in accordance with what has been stipulated in the Codex Alimentarius, in which 187 countries in addition to the European Union have signed, Youm7 reported.

The infection percentage also matches that mentioned by the ISO in 2000 and the international standard specifications.


Surveillance cameras worth 16M EGP to be installed at hospitals for security measures

Ministry of Health has purchased surveillance cameras worth 16 million EGP to be installed at hospitals in order to activate security measures at medical facilities, Youm7 reported.


Sisi calls on Egyptian expatriates to invest in their country: Minister

Minister of Emigration Nabila Makram said that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has called on Egyptian expatriates to invest in their country.


Butchers arrested in Fayoum over selling invalid meat

A number of butchers have been arrested in Fayoum over slaughtering dead cattle in preparation to be sold at markets; they were referred to prosecution to be investigated over selling invalid meat, reported Youm7.


Embassies to be contacted to accept Hep C recovery certificates

Health Ministry has requested that Foreign Ministry starts contacting foreign embassies and consulates in Egypt and outside to accept recovery certificates issued for ex-Hepatitis C patients who might be willing to travel abroad, according to Youm7.


Hossam Hassan ordered detained for assaulting photographer

Hossam Hassan, the manager of Al-Masry Club in the Egyptian Premier League, was ordered detained Tuesday along with his assistant for four days pending investigations for assaulting photographer of media and public relations center at Ismailia Security directorate, Youm7 reported.


Solar Impulse II bound to Cairo, expected to land Wed. morning

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, has entered the airspace of Malta on Tuesday early morning en route from Spain’s Seville to Cairo via the Libyan territory, Al Ahram reported.

The zero-fuel aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time. It should take the slow-moving plane 48-72 hours, depending on the weather conditions, to land in Cairo International Airport after a flight of approximately 3,540 kilometers, according to the aircraft’s website.

This is the 16th leg of Solar Impulse II. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year. Its final destination will be also Abu Dhabi.


Al Masry head coach hand himself in the prosecution for probe over beating a journalist

Head coach of Port Said’s Al Masry football team handed himself in to the prosecution on Monday night for probe into assaulting a photojournalist following a match with Ghazl al Mahhala Al Mahalla, Youm7 reported.

After a 2-2 draw with Ghazl al Mahala, Egypt’s legendary striker was caught on a video inside the pitch on video chasing a photojournalist, beating him in the face and breaking his camera.

The Egyptian Football Association has banned Hassan for three games and fined him 10,000 EGP ($1,100) for his “unsporting behavior.”


13,000 skills test application forms handed out to Thanawya Amma students  

A total of 13,000 Thanawya Amma students were handed out skills test application forms from Cairo University outlets on Monday, Makram Mahmoud, head of the Higher Education Ministry’s Coordination Office was quoted by Youm7 Tuesday.

The skills test is mandatory for the General Secondary Education Certificate students wishing to join certain faculties, e.g. Faculty of Fine Arts. The door to apply for the test was opened Monday and is scheduled to last for 0 days.

About 500,000 Egyptian students have finished Thanawya Amma exams last week. Education Minister said the results will be announced later this month.


Egypt population increase by 24% in a decade: CAPMAS

Egypt population has increased by 23.7 percent during the past ten years to register 90.1 in 2016 up from 72.8 million 10 years earlier, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said.

In its report issued Monday on the occasion of the World Population Day, CAPMAS said that the Egyptian population increased by 3.3 million in three years from 2006 to 2009 while it has increased by 14 million people in the last seven years.

According to the report, 31.3 percent of the Egyptian population is under 15 years old, while four percent of the Egyptian population is over 65 years old.


177 ships transit the Suez Canal carrying 9.8m tons in past 4 days: SCA chairman

A total of 177 vessels have transited the Suez Canal during the past four days with a total load of 9.8 million tons, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Mohab Mamish was quoted by Youm7 on Tuesday.

Madison Maersk  is among the ships crossed the canal carrying 200,000 tons, said Mamish adding that an average of 43.8 ships transited the canal per day during June, with an average load of 2.66m tons per day. The average load per ship was about 60,608 tons during that period.

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