Friday,20 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1316, (20 - 26 October 2016)
Friday,20 July, 2018
Issue 1316, (20 - 26 October 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

Al-Borollos Symposium for Wall and Ship Painting

For the third consecutive year the city of Al-Borollos in Kafr Al-Sheikh held the Al-Borollos Symposium for Wall and Ship Painting. Thirty-five artists from India, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia, Sudan and Portugal flocked to the lakeside venue to take part in the two-week event. They were joined by Applied Arts Faculty students from Alexandria, Mansoura, Damietta and Kafr Al-Sheikh in addition to folk troupes from a number of Egyptian governorates.

Yoshinori Ohsumi: Medicine that inspires

Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discoveries of how the body’s cells break down and recycle their own components.

The 71-year-old scientist received the 8 million Swedish kronor award for uncovering “mechanisms for autophagy” (the body’s internal recycling programme), an essential process in cells that can be harnessed to treat Parkinson’s, cancer, type 2 diabetes and a host of age-related illnesses and disorders.

Speaking to the media in Tokyo on Monday, Ohsumi said: “As a boy, the Nobel Prize was a dream, but after starting my research, it was out of my picture.”

Ohsumi had been active in various research areas, but since starting his own lab in 1988 he has focused on the field of autophagy.

“I don’t feel comfortable competing with many people, and instead I find it more enjoyable doing something nobody else is doing,” Ohsumi said. “In a way, that’s what science is all about, and the joy of finding something inspires me.”

Professor David Rubinsztein, deputy director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research at the University of Cambridge, said, “I’m very happy he’s got this year’s Nobel prize, it’s very well deserved. His lab mainly works in yeast. So many other labs have exploited his discoveries, directly or indirectly, to see why it’s important in diseases.”

Last year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was shared by three scientists for discoveries that helped doctors fight malaria and infections caused by roundworm parasites.

Ohsumi was born 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan. He received a PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1974. After spending three years at Rockefeller University in New York, USA, he returned to the University of Tokyo. Since 2009 he has been a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

“What are the main characteristics of Trumpism? Trumpism relies on cheap rhetoric and general slogans, such as apartheid between the US and Mexico which forces the latter to pay for building a separation wall. It also depends on second-rate language, mocking others, repeating words like “wrong”, “liar” and “deceitful” in debates with Hillary Clinton, and threatening to resort to authority — like threatening Clinton with jail should he win — that is in addition to insulting races and religions, and finally using and abusing women.”
Wael Al-Sawah, Al-Hayat

Urgently needed

“Al-Sisi needs an efficient administrative body to help him take the country past the current crisis. The problem is that the current body is an impediment, not an aid. Al-Sisi needs to surround himself with experts in all fields. He has to open to society across its different strata. If he can regain the 30 June alliance then he has made half the journey to resolving the problem.”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

Racing against time

“The lack of impartiality and accountability in the work of the Security Council has disillusioned many in the Middle East who seek peace and justice… Time is not on our side. While world leaders hesitate, thousands more could die in Aleppo. The international community, bearing the failures in Rwanda and Bosnia on its conscience, cannot afford to fail again.”
The New York Times

Egyptian Essence: 47 million tourists since 1982

 Tourist Arrivals in Egypt decreased to 329,000 in June from 432,000 in May 2016. Tourist Arrivals in Egypt averaged 47 million from 1982 until 2016, reaching an all time high of over 14 million in October 2010 and a record low of 57,000 in February 1991.
Trading Economics

11/11 a lost bet

“All the indicators point to the fact that there indeed is a plan to take the country down, as evidenced by the 6 April movement on its Facebook page calling on people to take to the streets. Taking to the streets has to be for logical reasons — not for the sake of congregating only — in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past. This is the same method adopted by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood after failing to rally support on the streets.”
Mohamed Donia, Al-Ahram

“Every few months agents of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and foreign intelligence bodies set a date for an ‘overwhelming revolution’ that would take Egypt by storm; the revolution of the hungry and the angry and the uprising of those looking for personal gains and who want the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood in power. And every time social media users fall prey to the game.”
Karim Abdel-Salam, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

“With numerous calls for what is dubbed ‘the revolution of the poor’, and the nature of the reactions of several civil forces who were a major part of the 25 January Revolution and 30 June uprisings, you can see that they are still making losing bets. They believe that the vast majority, dissatisfied with the policies and performance of the current regime, will respond to these calls… A third revolution, as wished by the opposing forces, will never happen.”
Walaa Gad Elkarim, Daily News Egypt


“They’d better postpone producing more films and Ramadan series. This will save the country more money than banning umra for a year.”
Noureddin Mohamed

“Egypt has endured over 100 years of corruption. The current crisis is the result of the accumulation of corruption, unprofessionalism and negligence. We should show our country more love and dedication if we want out of this bottleneck.”
Sahar Mahmoud


Sa’ka @BTelawy
“Egypt ranks top 5 in global FDI inflows in past 7 months: Financial Times, with $20.7 billion in 59 projects.”

Secular @TheSecular
“Clearly you have quite a distorted version of history. History is facts. Fact is Egypt fought its liberation war and got Sinai.”

Terrorism Tracker @Track_Terrorism
“Data shows Islamic State-Sinai Province carried out 76 attacks so far this year. 81% rise on same period last year.”

add comment

  • follow us on