UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 12:Egyptian booed for refusing judo handshake
Egypt's Islam El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over 100-kg judo competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


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Egyptian booed for refusing judo handshake

(AP)-Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby was loudly booed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after his first-round loss to Israel’s fifth-ranked Or Sasson, when he refused to bow or shake Sasson’s hand, in a major breach of judo etiquette.

Sasson defeated El Shehaby with two throws for an automatic victory, with about a minute and a half remaining in the bout.

Afterwards, El Shehaby lay flat on his back for a moment before standing to take his place before Sasson, in front of the referee. When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head. El Shehaby refused to comment afterward.

Judo players always bow or shake each other’s hands before and after the match as a sign of respect in the Japanese martial art.

El Shahaby had come under pressure from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw entirely from the fight.


23 private tuition centers closed in Gharbia

Officials at Gharbia education directorate have closed 23 unlicensed tuition centers ahead of the school year scheduled to start mid September, Youm7 reported on Friday.

Farida Megahed, head of the directorate said the closure of the centers was carried out by committee members who were granted the judicial arrest power.

The committee is currently preparing a list of other unlicensed centers, which will be also shut down by mid September, she added.


Suez security forces on alert ahead of Ahly-Zesco clash

Security forces have reinforced their presence in Suez ahead of Al Ahly football match against Zambia’s Zesco United in the CAF Champions League group stage on Friday, Youm7 reported.

The game is scheduled to be held on the Suez Army Stadium at 09:30 Cairo local time.

Al Ahly, the record winners with eight titles, must win to proceed in the group stage.


Cairo metro to serve 9 mln commuters by 2030: Minister

Minister of Transport Galal el-Saeed said that Cairo metro is currently serving 3.5 million people, and by the year 2030, it is expected to serve around 9 million commuters after all six lines are completed, in TV statements.

He also added that the metro costs the state 780 million EGP each year, its revenues are estimated at 450 million EGP, saying that the metro’s annual loss is about 250 million EGP.


Endowment Min. says preachers should abide by unified sermon’s text or at least topic

The Ministry of Endowment has demanded all preachers to abide by the text or at least to unified sermon topic, written sermon during Friday prayers, Youm7 reported.

The ministry has also determined the length of the sermon to be maximum 15-20 minutes.

It said that it trusts the scientific capacity of the preachers, and their understanding to the nature of the current stage that requires adjustment to preaching discourse.

The ministry has ordered all preachers across the country to deliver identical weekly sermons saying that the decision is meant to enlighten their thinking; however, such decision has been rejected by Al-Azhar scholars, who said the unified sermon would turn their ideas into shallow ones and kill their skills.


Increased rainfall on Ethiopian plateau; Egypt’s share of water to rise

Alaa el-Nahry, Egypt’s representative at the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, told Youm7 that satellite imagery showed increased rainfall on the Ethiopian plateau by 90 percent compared to last year, expecting that Egypt’s share of water.

Nahry added that this means floods this year will be higher in the Blue Nile, from which Egypt gets 85 percent of its share of water amounting to 55.5 billion cubic meters.


Libyan forces release 26 kidnapped Egyptians: Sky News

Libyan Special Forces have managed to release a total of 26 Egyptians who were kidnapped Brega city, after militants stopped them while they were heading to Libyan-Egyptian border, according to Sky News.


2 passengers busted at Cairo airport for exceeding cash limit

Two passengers have been busted at Cairo International Airport for exceeding cash limit allowed to be carried in to or outside the country, Youm7 reported.

The passengers, their nationality yet not revealed, were bound to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and were found carrying 250,000 SRL.

Passengers are allowed to carry a maximum of $10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies upon arrival or departure, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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