UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct. 27: Alexandria int’l conf. on maritime, underwater archaeology kicks off Monday
Fragment Of The Naos Of The Decades Discovered By Divers Of The European Institute Of Underwater Archaeology.


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Alexandria int’l conf. on maritime, underwater archaeology kicks off Monday

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) will host an international conference on maritime and underwater archaeology Oct. 31-Nov.2.

The conference, which marks the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Central Department for Underwater Antiquities (CDUA,) will tackle different aspects of Archaeology and studies of the findings of recent archaeological excavations, including archaeological harbors, ancient shipbuilding, underwater archaeological sites, and archaeological findings in Egypt, the BA said in a statement published on its website.

About twenty-five scientists and archaeologists from different countries, including Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, UK, Russia, and others, participate in the three-day conference.

From the fourth until the tenth century, Alexandria was hit by several earthquakes and tsunamis which affected the city’s archaeological sites including the lighthouse, Fathy Khourshi of Minya University’s Tourism Faculty told the Cairo Post.

“Arabs were the first to take serious steps towards the renovation of Alexandria’s damaged monuments including the lighthouse,” said Khourshid.

Alexandria was the capital city of Egypt during the Greco-Roman Period (332 B.C-395 A.D.)

The underwater excavations that have been carried out by several foreign missions since 1960s revealed a “tremendous amount of monuments, including well-preserved statues of the Egyptian goddess Isis, the god Hapi, and an unidentified Egyptian pharaoh placed by the entrance of the Library of Alexandria,” Abdel Halim Nour el-Din, former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told The Cairo Post.


Transport min. launches operation of new a/c train of Cairo metro line 1

Transport Minister Galal el Saeed on Thursday attended the operation of the 20th air-conditioned train on Helwan-Marg line of the Cairo metro, Youm7 reported.

The train is the last of 20 as a part of a 2.3 billion EGP ($ 301.6 million), deal signed in 2012 between the Egyptian government and South Korean company Hyundai Rotem.

This deal comes within the plan of the National Authority for Tunnels to renovate and conduct maintenance on all metro lines.

Cairo metro first line has the highest ride density among subway lines in the world, transporting about 2 million commuters a day, according to the state information service (SIS.)


Two highways closed near Suez over flooding, bad weather

The Suez security directorate decided to close two main highways on Thursday due to floods caused by heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Red Sea governorate of Hurghada and Sinai Peninsula, Youm7 reported.

The decision is “to protect the lives of citizens,” planning to travel throw Suez-Ain Sokhna and Ain Sokhna-Zaafarana roads, Suez security chief Mostafa Shehata was quoted by Youm7.

A state of emergency was declared by the city’s ambulance authority and by hospitals, in addition to traffic being monitored on all roads in order to avoid accidental crashes, he added.

On Thursday early morning, heavy rains and flooding have caused traffic disruption in Hurghada as the Egyptian Meteorological Authority had warned that Thursday would witness a wave of unstable weather that will continue until Friday.


Farafra town braces for floods after being showered by heavy rains

Heavy rains, accompanied by active winds, poured down on the western city of Farafra on Wednesday evening, pushing the government of New Valley to announce the emergency in anticipation of coming floods, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

Egyptian meteorologists said on Wednesday that temperature could drop across Egypt with heavy rain on the Sinai Peninsula, the northern coast and the Red Sea Mountains on Thursday.

Cairo will see a high of 29 degrees centigrade, while Alexandria will see 25 degrees while it will be warmer in the southern governorates, with highs of 29 degrees in Qena, 32 degrees in Luxor and Aswan.


GATD posts promotional film ‘This is Egypt’ to enhance tourism

Egypt’s General Authority for Tourism Development’s (GATD) Youtube channel posted a promotional film titled “This is Egypt,” Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The 24-second film is promoting Egypt’s most important archeological and tourist places should person see nationwide.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The sector, which is the nation’s second highest source of national income after the Suez Canal, provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.

Egypt’s tourism authorities said in late December that the country received 9 million tourists in 2015, down from a previously predicted 17 million.


390,000 EGP given to students to produce solar car

Minister of Environment khaled Fahmy has granted a group of Engineering students from Cairo University a check worth of 390,000 EGP in aid to produce solar cars, according to a statement from the Ministry on Thursday.

The 25 students will complete their project by 2017 to participate in Australia-held the World Solar Challenge Competition due in October 2017.


8 people injured in road accident in Beheira

Eight people were injured after a micro-bus collided with a truck along the a highway in Delta’s Beheira governorate on Wednesday.

The injured people were transported to Alexandria University Hospital; Many Egyptians die on the road as thousands of accidents take place every year. Lack of road safety measures in Egypt has been blamed by experts for the fatal crashes; however, officials say human error constitutes main reason.

Two years ago, Egypt has embarked on a number of projects including applying maintenance to dilapidated bridges, construct new roads and launching drug-driving tests to truck drivers and school bus drivers.


Germany resumes flights to Sharm el Sheikh on Monday

After one-year- hiatus, Air Germania will resume its first flight from Munich Airport to Sharm el Sheikh on Monday, Youm7 reported Egyptian ambassador to Berlin Badr Abdel Atti on Thursday. The fight will carry a total of 150 passengers, he added.

Shortly after the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October, Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports.

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