UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 6: Football fans to return to stadiums in 2nd round of premier league: EFA
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Football fans to return to stadiums in 2nd round of premier league: EFA

Egyptian fans will be allowed to attend matches starting from the second round of the Egyptian Premier League, Hany Abu Reda, President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Abu Reda said that fans will attend football matches at stadiums hosting matches “after applying all the requirements stipulated by security bodies, including providing stadiums with surveillance cameras, installing detector gates and developing alternative evacuation plan in emergency cases.”

The EFA and the Interior Ministry decided to hold football games behind closed doors shortly after the last year’s Air Defense stadium disaster in which over 20 fans were killed in a stampede after being teargassed by police while entering the stadium.

However, the EFA said in a statement in Dec. 2015 it is developing a new system for the return of spectators during Premier League matches.

“The federation, in coordination with ministers of youth and interior, is considering hiring a private security company to secure football matches at stadiums across Egypt,” the federation spokesperson Mahmoud al-Shami was quoted by Youm7.

Egypt’s 2012-2013 football season was cancelled due to the 30 June protests that toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.


Egyptian film ‘Eshtibak’ awarded silver Tanit in Carthage Film Festival

Egyptian film Eshtebak (translated clash) won three awards of the official competition of feature films in the 27th edition of the Carthage Film Festival.

Directed by Mohamed Diab, the political drama film won the silver Tanit of the official competition of feature films. It also won the best editing and the best image awards during the closing ceremony held Saturday.

Stared by Hany Adel and Nelly Karim, most of the film events take place in an 8m police truck, in which individuals representing opposing political views have been arrested amid protests following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi.


Egypt takes part in WTM London 2016

An Egyptian tourism delegation traveled to London Sunday to take part in the World Travel Market (WTM) exhibition, scheduled to be held in November 7-9, Youm7 reported.

Headed by Tourism Minister Yehia Rashid, the delegation comprises leading tour operators, government officials, media figures and tourism businessmen from both public and private sectors.

Rashed stressed the importance of Egypt’s participation in the exhibit, which is the second biggest travel trade show after the ITB Berlin in Germany.

Egypt will take part in the exhibition through a 360- square meter pavilion with 18 tour operators. EgyptAir, Egyptian Tourism Federation, as well as government and media officials alongside representatives of South Sinai, Red Sea, Alexandria, and New Valley governorates will also partake in the exhibit.

During the three-day event, visitors, exhibitors and leading tour operators worldwide will be present.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Despite a few instances of apparent recovery, continuous instability, political turmoil and a lack of security have remained challenges to the sector.

Over the past 34 years, World Travel Market has been a leading global event for the travel industry, presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to U.K. and international travel professionals.


Egypt’s education woes ‘cumulative,’ needs time to be fixed: Minister

Minister of Education El-Helaly el-Sherbeiny stated that Egypt’s education problems are “cumulative” since 40 years and cannot be fixed in a short period, during his visit to Ismailia.

Sherbeiny assured reform efforts would rather need a clear policy.

He also said that schools are overcrowded which adds to the educational dilemma, adding that the system needs to build between 33,000 to 53,000 new classrooms to solve the problem.


80 tourists arrive at Sharm el-Sheikh port Sunday

Sharm el-Sheikh Port received Sunday a dhow called “Star Clipper carrying 80 tourists of different nationalities, Youm7 quoted the spokesperson for the Red Sea Ports Authority Youssef Malak.

The ship, also included a 70-member crew, was coming from Port Said Port, and raising Malta Flag.


Airport culls 100 kg of cow brains seized with 3 passengers

Cairo Airport authorities have culled 100 kg of cow brains seized with three Sudanese passengers on their arrival from Khartoum, Youm7 reported Sunday.

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