Friday,21 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1223, (27 November - 3 December 2014)
Friday,21 September, 2018
Issue 1223, (27 November - 3 December 2014)

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

Assiut Bishop died

FATHER Michael, the oldest Coptic Orthodox bishop of Assiut, died at the age of 93 on Sunday. He had became the Arch Bishop of Assiut and Abu Maqqar Monastery in February 1939. Arch Bishop Michael had been ill for many years; in the course of his life he survived seven popes, starting with Pope Yousab II and ending with the late Pope Shenouda III.

Arch Bishop was born on 4 July 1921.

The Council of the Churches issued a statement mourning the death of the Arch Bishop of Assiut and praising his history and ministry. The statement offered its sincere condolences to Pope Tawadros, the holy Synod and the Coptic congregation.

Bird flu again

A 30-YEAR-old woman from Minya in Upper Egypt died last week after contracting the bird flu virus (H5N1). The fatality is the second case last week and the third this month. The first fatality was a 19-year-old woman who died of the disease in the same week in Assiut.

Egypt has identified 180 cases of bird flu since 2006, 65 of whom — 36 per cent — have died, the Health Ministry said in a statement. The ministry added that the levels of infection had dropped since 2012. The ministry said it had taken all necessary measures to achieve better monitoring of H5N1 at all hospitals all over the country and to build a strategic stockpile of Tamiflu. The ministry stressed that it has also set up isolation units at hospitals, where training for medical teams is being conducted.

In Egypt, most cases have been identified in rural areas, where villagers tend to raise poultry in their homes, thus increasing direct exposure to live or dead infected birds.

Last May, the UN Information Office gave a briefing about the status of bird flu in Egypt. Henrik Bekedam, the WHO representative in Egypt, said 26 per cent of global bird flu cases are in Egypt, adding that it has infected 660 people worldwide, killing 175. Bekedam stated, “the risk of the disease to Egyptians was still palpable,” adding that the manner in which people handle poultry is the key factor.

Decreasing bail

THE COURT of Appeal rectified its ruling regarding the bail imposed on Ahmed Ezz, a steel tycoon who was considered a symbol of corruption during the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said. According to the court’s new ruling the bail is to go down from LE100 million to only LE10 million. Ezz, the former owner of Ezz Steel — Egypt’s largest steel manufacturer — was jailed within days of a popular uprising that ousted Mubarak in February 2011. He was initially charged with embezzling more than LE6 billion. Ezz is being re-tried in several cases after the Cassation Court overturned his sentences. He was sentenced in May to three years in jail on separate corruption charges.

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