Monday,16 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1259, (20 - 26 August 2015)
Monday,16 July, 2018
Issue 1259, (20 - 26 August 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Nour Al-Sherif: Legend

Nour Al-Sherif was one of the most prominent actors in Egyptian film history. Charismatic, successful and beloved across the Arab world, he performed in over 100 films in addition to TV series. From the young, patriotic student in Palace of Desire, the film of the second volume in Naguib Mahfouz’s Trilogy to the bereaved partner in Habibi Daiman (a 1980 Egyptian take on Love Story) to the traditional man with four wives in the television series Hag Metwalli (2001), Nour Al-Sherif will be fondly remembered. Al-Sherif also produced a number of successful movies including the action thriller Circle of Revenge (1976) and The Time of Hatem Zahran (1986). His last role was in Cairo Time, a 2014 film that premiered at the Dubai Film Festival, where he also received a lifetime’s achievement award.

Al-Sherif was born in 1946 in the working-class Cairo neighbourhood of Sayeda Zeinab. He died early this month at the age of 69. He was married to actress Poussi (1972–2006) and together they had two daughters, Sarah and Mai. The couple was divorced in 2006, though they remarried a few months before his death. He always described Poussi as the love of his life.

The Chairman of the Suez Canal Authortiy (SCA) Mohab Mamish stated that the number of ships that passed the Suez Canal until Monday reached 277, with an average of 56 ships daily. He expected that number to increase to 97 ships by 2023 according to the studies conducted by the SCA. He added that the revenues of canal are expected to double every year as the studies showed.

“Thank God the Rabaa and Al-Nahda sit-ins are mere memories today. Had they not been removed in 2013, we would not have been able to celebrate an achievement like that of the New Suez Canal. We might have seen NATO forces roaming our streets on the pretext of preserving security — or lived through the same scenario as Libya or Syria.”
Dahlia Ziada, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Heat exhaustion?
“The Ministry of Health clearly stated that the main reason behind the recent deaths is sunstroke or heat exhaustion. Nevertheless, rumours, which we tend to believe and circulate, have it that there is an epidemic in Egypt! And we refuse to believe the official reports. Does this conspiracy business apply in all fields?”
Karim Abdel-Salam, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

“More than 100 people dead in addition to hundreds suffering and the reason is the heat wave or so called heat exhaustion. Egypt is not an exception as there are victims in various other states. However, the reason behind the high number of casualties in Egypt is pronounced negligence rather than heat exhaustion. Negligence is the main feature in public as well as private hospitals in Egypt, where Egyptian lives are always cheap.”
Mahmoud Khalil, Al-Watan

Where is Nefertiti?
“The whole world is talking about the possibility that the British archeologist Nicolas Reeves will find Queen Nefertiti’s tomb next to King Tutankhamun’s in the Valley of the Kings. That will be the greatest discovery in history. However, I wonder whether the Ministry of Antiquities is even aware of current excavation so extensively covered by the world media.”
Makram Mohamed Ahmed, Al-Ahram

Unprecedented heat wave
“As far as I remember from my life, which is not short, Egypt never witnessed such heat in the last 50 years. I can safely confirm that we have not seen such weather since the middle of the last century.”
Mohamed Barakat, Al-Akhbar


“He told me, I am considering founding a political party called the Humanity Party that has room for all religions, thoughts, races and sects. A party that aims for justice for all. Abolishing the government would be its final target. I told him, This will not happen before Judgement Day.”
Nour Farahat
“Why is it that no human rights organisations are talking about the victims of the removal of the terrorist Rabaa sit-in? Those whom the Muslim Brotherhood killed, and whose houses it burned. Are human rights restricted to Nasr City?”
Mohamed Al-Said


Mina Fayek @minafayek
It’s 42°C in Cairo. Spare a thought for all detainees stuffed inside Egyptian prisons specially those who suffer from health issues. #Egypt

Samer Al-Atrush @SameralAtrush  
Tawfik Okasha seems to have been jailed because he slandered his ex-wife by accusing her of being sent by the Islamic State to assassinate him.

Patrick Elyas @patelyas  
Interesting that those who advocate for free press and free speech want to ban Okasha from the airwaves.

Egyptian Essence: 10%of drugs are ineffective
“10 to 12 per cent of the medicine in the market is ineffective, according to the assistant secretary general of the Pharmacists Syndicate. He explained that the black market trade of medicine reaches LE33 billion a year including three billion ineffective medicines that are either rotten or expired.”


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