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Mar 25, 2020

إجراءات العزل المنزلي عند الاشتباه في إصابة أحد أفراد الأسرة بكورونا

01:09 م الخميس 19 مارس 2020
إجراءات العزل المنزلي عند الاشتباه في إصابة أحد أفراد الأسرة بكورونا
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كتبت- ندى سامي:
بعد الانتشار الواسع لفيروس كورونا في مختلف دول العالم، أصبح من الممكن إصابة أي شخص بذلك الفيروس التاجي المستجد خاصة أصحاب المناعة الضعيفة، وعند إصابة أحد الأشخاص بالمنزل بأي أعراض تشبة أعراض الكورونا، يتعين عزل المريض داخل المنزل لحين إبلاغ مقدمي الرعاية واتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة.
"الكونسلتو" يستعرض في التقرير التالي طرق عزل المشتبه في إصابتهم بفيروس الكورونا منزليًا.
أوضحت منظمة الصحة العالمية عدد من الأعراض التي تصاحب فيروس كوفيد 19 والتي تتمثل في ارتفاع حرارة الجسم، السعال الجاف، ضيق التنفس، آلام الجسم، والتهاب الحلق، فإذا ظهرت أحد تلك الأعراض أو جميعها على أحد أفراد المنزل، يجب إبلاغ مقدمي الرعاية الطبية لاتخاذ الإجراء اللازم وحتى يتم ذلك يجب عزل المريض داخل المنزل لضمان عدم نقل العدوى للأشخاص الآخرين، وفقًا لـ "infectious disease advisor." والقيام بعدد من الإحتياطات اللازمة والتي تتمثل فيما يلي:
- لا يجب نقل المريض المشتبه في إصابته إلى الطبيب أو المستشفى، بل الاتصال بالجهات المنوطة وعزل المريض بالمنزل في غرفة مخصصة.
- يوضع المريض في غرفة جيدة التهوية بعد تعقيمها وتنظيفها جيدًا.
- يجب أن يتولى شخص واحد فقط رعاية المريض وتقديم له الطعام والشراب والدواء.
- تنظيف المنزل جيدًا وتجديد الهواء به، ومن ثم تعقيمه بواسطة الكحول أو مواد التعقيم الأخرى، وتكرار الأمر بشكل دوري كل بضعة ساعات.
- لا يخرج المريض المشتبه في إصابته من غرفته إلا عند دخول الحمام، وعلى مقدم الرعاية تطهير الحمام جيدًا بعدما يستخدمه المريض، وعليه ارتداء الكمامة الطبية وقفازات عازلة أثناء القيام بذلك.
- يجب تخصيص أدوات شخصية للمريض ولا يستخدمها أحد غيره، مثل الأطباق والأكواب والمناشف ومفارش السرير وكذلك الملابس، وعلى الشخص الذي يقدم الرعاية غسل وتطهير تلك الأدوات والأغراض بعدما يستخدمها المريض بشكل مباشر وعدم جمعها مع أغراض باقي الأسرة.
- يجب على الشخص مقدم الرعاية الطبية في المنزل إعداد الطعام للمريض وعند توصيله له عليه ارتداء الكمامة الطبية والقفازات العازلة، وعليه الإسراع في مغادرة الغرفة.
- عند تقديم الطعام للمريض عليه هو الآخر ارتداء كمامة طبية، وعدم لمس الشخص مقدم الرعاية، ويفضل أن يعطي له ظهره تجنبًا لنقل العدوى.
- على مقدم الرعاية الطبية المنزلية فور خروجه من حجرة المريض غسل الأطباق والأكواب التي تناول فيها المريض الطعام.
- بعد الخروج من غرفة الشخص المشتبه في إصابته بالعدوى يجب غسل الأيدي جيدًا والامتناع عن لمس الوجه.
- تطهير باب الغرفة وأي مكان قد يلمسه المريض عند خروجه لاستخدام الحمام.
- على باقي أفراد المنزل تجنب لمس الوجه، وغسل الأيدي جيدًا بالماء والصابون لمدة 20 ثانية، والاهتمام بالنظافة الشخصية.
- على جميع أفراد المنزل تحمل المسؤولية وعدم التهاون لتجنب انتقال العدوى لأى منهم.
- يجب على الشخص المنوط برعاية المريض بث الطمأنينة والهدوء في نفسه وتجنب شعوره بالذعر، حتى لا ينعكس ذلك على الحالة الصحية للمريض.

Mar 22, 2020

المصرية للاتصالات تقرر مد فترة سداد فاتورة يناير للتليفون الثابت بسبب "كورونا"

المصرية للاتصالات تقرر مد فترة سداد فاتورة يناير للتليفون الثابت بسبب "كورونا"
أرشيفية
القاهرة - مباشر: أعلنت شركة المصرية للاتصالات (ETEL)، مد فترة سداد فاتورة يناير للتليفون الثابت والتي كان محدداً لها 15 مارس الجاري وذلك حتى موعد استحقاق الفاتورة المقبلة دون قطع الخدمة.
وأضافت الشركة في بيان صادر اليوم الأربعاء، يأتي ذلك في إطار دعم الشركة لجهود الدولة في مواجهة فيروس كورونا المستجد، وتضامناً مع الإجراءات الاحترازية لمنع انتشار الفيروس من خلال تقليل الازدحام والحد من الخروج إلا للضرورة القصوى.
من جانبه، قال المهندس عادل حامد العضو المنتدب والرئيس التنفيذي للشركة، إن هذه الخطوة تأتي ضمن سلسلة من القرارات التي اتخذتها الشركة لدعم جهود الدولة في مواجهة "كورونا".
وأوضح أن الشركة تستهدف من هذا القرار تخفيف الأعباء على السادة العملاء وضمان سلامتهم، وعدم اضطرارهم للخروج من أجل سداد الفواتير، مشيراً إلى أن السداد الإلكتروني متاح عبر موقع الشركة لمن يرغب في السداد.
وكانت المصرية للاتصالات قد أعلنت بالأمس زيادة مجانية لسعات الاستهلاك لباقات الإنترنت الأرضي المقدم لعملائها ضمن مبادرة وزارة الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات لدعم الطلاب في عملية التعليم عن بعد، وتزامناً مع قرار تعليق الدراسة بالمدارس والجامعات لمدة أسبوعين ضمن الإجراءات الاحترازية التي اتخذتها الدولة لمواجهة فيروس كورونا المستجد، قما أعلنت تقديمها لخدمة التصفح لـ"بنك المعرفة" والمنصات والمواقع التعليمية مجانا للطلاب وذلك حرصاً منها على دعم منظومة التعليم عن بعد وتيسيراً على الطلاب لاستكمال دراستهم خلال فترة تعليق الدراسة.

تقرير: الشركات والمصانع أكثر الرابحين من الخفض المفاجئ لأسعار الفائدة بمصر

تقرير: الشركات والمصانع أكثر الرابحين من الخفض المفاجئ لأسعار الفائدة بمصر
أرشيفية


مباشر- أحمد عمار ومحمد موافي: استقبل صناع ورجال أعمال مصريون قرار البنك المركزي المصري المفاجئ والاستثنائي بخفض معدل الفائدة 300 نقطة أساس بتوقعات إيجابية بشأن الشركات وخريطة الاستثمار في السوق المصري، خصوصاً مع الأوضاع الراهنة التي تشهد تصاعد أزمة فيروس كورونا وتسببه في ارتباك الأسواق العالمية.
وفي اجتماع طارئ لها اليوم الاثنين، قررت لجنة السياسة النقدية بالبنك المركزي المصري بشكل مفاجئ خفض كل من سعري الإيداع والاقراض لليلة واحدة وسعر العملية الرئيسية بواقع 300 نقطة أساس ليصل إلى 9.25 بالمائة و10.25 بالمائة و9.75 بالمائة على الترتيب.
وأكدت اللجنة أنه تم اتخاذ إجراء خفض أسعار العائد كإجراء استثنائي مما يساهم في دعم النشاط الاقتصادي بكافة قطاعاته، آخذاً في الاعتبار التوقعات المستقبلية للتضخم واتساقها مع معدل التضخم المستهدف البالغ 9 بالمائة (±3%)  خلال الربع الرابع من عام 2020.
معدل فائدة مقبول
من جهته، اعتبر عضو مجلس إدارة اتحاد الصناعات المصرية، أن قرار المركزي المصري الاستثنائي ينحاز ويصب في صالح القطاع الصناعي المصري ويعمل على جذب استثمارات جديدة للسوق.
وأكد محمد البهي خلال اتصال هاتفي مع "مباشر"، اليوم الاثنين، أن خفض معدل أسعار الفائدة في مصر بمقدار 300 نقطة أساس ليصل سعر الإقراض 10.25 بالمائة يعد مقبولاً للقطاع الصناعي وهو "ما كان يطلبه الصناع منذ فترة".
وقال البهي: "خفض الفائدة يعد شيئاً جيداً في ظل الأزمات الحالية مع تطور وانتشار وباء فيروس كورونا، ونرى تناغماً في السياسة المالية والنقدية بمصر خلال الفترة الأخيرة، مع إطلاق العديد من المبادرات لدعم القطاع الصناعي والتي كان أبرزها مبادرة المصانع المتعثرة".
كانت الحكومة المصرية أطلقت نهاية العام الماضي مبادرات عديدة لدعم المصانع المصرية لزيادة الصادرات وتقليل الواردات، بالإضافة إلى العمل على تشغيل المصانع المتعثرة.
وتضمنت مبادرة الحكومة تخصيص 100 مليار جنيه بمقتضاها تقدم البنوك تسهيلات ائتمانية للمشروعات الصناعية المتوسطة والكبيرة التي تبلغ مبيعاتها مليار جنيه كحد أقصى سنوياً، تخصص لتمويل السلع الاستثمارية أو لتمويل رأس المال العامل، بسعر فائدة 10بالمائة متناقصة سنوياً، من خلال قروض طويلة الأجل أو قصيرة الأجل على حسب الاحتياجات.
وأضاف عضو مجلس إدارة اتحاد الصناعات المصرية، أن "كل هذه المبادرات تدعم الصناعات بمصر مع خفض أسعار الفائدة فالصناعات لا تتحمل الفائدة المرتفعة والكلفة العالية للأموال، والقرار سيعمل على تقليل العبء على المصانع مما يدل على أن لجنة السياسات تنظر للأمور بشكل دوري وتتخذ قرارات أسرع مما كان في الماضي".   
"خطوة مفاجئة"
اتفق عضو مجلس الأعمال المصري الألماني ورئيس المجلس التصديري لمواد البناء والصناعات المعدنية، مع الآراء السابقة، مؤكداً أن القرار جاء في صالح القطاع الصناعي ويشجع المستثمر المحلي على ضخ استثمارات جديدة.
وقال وليد جمال الدين، خلال اتصال هاتفي مع مباشر اليوم، "قرار المركزي المصري الاستثنائي خطوة مفاجئة جداً لكل المستثمرين المحليين أو الأجانب".
وأضاف جمال الدين، أن معدل الفائدة على الإقراض حالياً والذي وصل إلى 10.25 بالمائة "معقولة جداً" خلال الفترة الراهنة وهو ما طالب به المستثمرون منذ فترة.
وتابع جمال الدين: "القرار يشجع على ضخ دماء جديدة في السوق المحلي.. والمستثمر المحلي يتوسع في استثماراته، كما أنه سينعكس بشكل كبير على تكلفة المنتج النهائي بعد تقليل تكلفة الاقتراض".
وتضمنت التوجيهات كذلك تقوم البنوك بشكل فوري بإتاحة الحدود الائتمانية لمقابلة تمويل العمليات الاستيرادية للسلع الأساسية والاستراتيجية، وإتاحة الحدود الائتمانية لتمويل رأس المال العامل وبالأخص رواتب العاملين بالشركات وضع خطط عاجلة لزيادة الحدود الائتمانية مع البنوك الخارجية بما يضمن توفير التمويل اللازم لعمليات التجارة الخارجية.
تحمل الأعباء الاقتصادية
كما أكد رئيس لجنة الصناعة بجمعية رجال الأعمال المصريين، أن قرار المركزي سيساعد الشركات على تحمل الأعباء الاقتصادية الاضافية التي تتحملها خلال الفترة الراهنة.
وقال مجد الدين المنزلاوي، خلال اتصال هاتفي مع مباشر، إن خفض الفائدة 3 بالمائة خطوة ايجابية ستدعم الشركات وتجذب استثمارات صناعية سواء من المستثمريين المحللين أو الأجنبي".
ولكنه يرى في نفس الوقت أن الخطوة ليست كافية داعيا المركزي المصري إلى خفض الفائدة في مبادرة دعم المصانع من 10 بالمائة إلى 7 بالمائة بعد قراره المفاجئ بخفض الفائدة من أجل تشجيع الاستثمار الصناعي والتجاري.

لماذا خفض المركزي المصري أسعار الفائدة ؟ خبير يجيب

لماذا خفض المركزي المصري أسعار الفائدة ؟ خبير يجيب
البنك المركزي المصري- أرشيفية

القاهرة - مباشر: قال خبير اقتصادي مصري، إن الاقتصاد العالمي يعاد كتابته من جديد خاصة في ظل المتغيرات العالمية التي حدثت على مدار الـ 10 أيام الماضية، موضحاً أنه لم يكن من المتوقع أن يخفض البنك الفيدرالي الأمريكي الفائدة إلى صفر، ثم يتبعه خفض من قبل البنك الأوروبي.
وأشار محسن عادل الرئيس السابق لهيئة الاستثمار المصرية، إلى أن البورصات العالمية خسرت 15 تريليون دولار في أسبوع، وهو ما أربك الأسواق العالمية، موضحاً أن الوضع العالمي الحالي ينذر بأزمة أسوأ من 2008.
وأضاف عادل في اتصال هاتفي مع برنامج كل يوم، على فضائية أون تي في المصرية، أن مصر بدأت تتعامل مع الوضع الحالي للمتغيرات العالمية بمنتهى الحرفية، عبر اتخاذ حزمة من الإجراءات القوية، متمثلة في تأجيل المديونيات والأقساط على الشركات الصغيرة والمتوسطة لمدة 6 أشهر.
وتابع: "القرار يسري على الشركات الصغيرة والمتوسطة التي صدر عامان على إنشائها، وبحجم تعاملاتها قليل في السوق، مشيراً إلى أن البنوك ستتابع هذه الشركات لضمن قدرتها على دفع رواتب الموظفين منعاً لعمليات التسريح وذلك لمدة 6 أشهر، إضافة إلى تدشين مبادرة للأفراد المتعثرين للخروج من قائمة "أي سكور" تتضمن دفع 50% من المستحقات".
وأكد أن قرار البنك المركزي بخفض سعار الفائدة، بمثابة دفعة قوية للاقتصاد المصري، خاصة وأن الهدف منه هو الحفاظ على معدلات النمو ومكتسبات الإصلاحات الاقتصادية، موضحاً أن تخفيض الفائدة سيدفع المواطنين للاستثمار المباشر وغير المباشر، في ظل اقتراب العائدة على الشهادات من دخل الاستثمار.
وأشار إلى أن القرار يساهم في تشجيع القطاع الصناعي على فتح صناعات جديدة والتوسع في النشاط، في ظل وجود أسعار فائدة مناسبة، بالإضافة إلى أن قرار الخفض سيقلل تكلفة الاقتراض الحكومة وهو ما يساعد الحكومة الحالية في تحقيق توجيهات الرئيس السيسي بشأن زيادة مرتبات الموظفين مطلع يوليو المقبل.
يذكر أن لجنة السياسة النقدية بالبنك المركزي المصري، قررت خلال اجتماع طارئ لها أمس الاثنين، خفض كل من سعري الإيداع والإقراض لليلة واحدة وسعر العملية الرئيسية بواقع 300 نقطة أساس ليصل إلى 9.25 بالمائة و10.25 بالمائة و9.75 بالمائة على الترتيب.

Mar 19, 2020

LoveLive! Sunshine!! Kanan VA Nanaka Suwa’s solo singer debut: livestream, details revealed




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As many fans of the anime LoveLive! Sunshine!! and seiyu (Japanese voice actor) enthusiasts probably know, Nanaka Suwa, the voice actress most famous for her role as Kanan Matsuura in LoveLive! Sunshine!!, will be releasing her debut album as a solo singer, "So Sweet Dolce," on April 15th.
Unfortunately, her debut event "So Sweet Party," which was scheduled for March 22nd at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama, had to be postponed because of the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
There are still many things fans can look forward to.
Although they can no longer attend the event in person in Yokohama, on the same evening, Nanaka Suwa will host an internet show called "So Sweet Pre-Party" to be streamed live on her YouTube channel, in which she will reveal more details about her album. According to the press release, it will also feature many fun aspects which will make it like a party which fans will surely enjoy.

So Sweet Pre-Party

Sunday, March 22nd from 20:00 (JST).
Clicking play in the embedded video below will bring up an option to set up a reminder (YouTube account required).



So Sweet Dolce: Digest video

In the meantime, you can enjoy a digest version of all ten tracks of "So Sweet Dolce":



"So Sweet" music video

 

 

 


China bans eating wild animals amid fears the practice sparked coronavirus outbreak




China's top legislative committee on Monday passed a proposal to ban all trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the country's deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Beijing is yet to revise its wild animal protection law, but the passage of the proposal was 'essential' and 'urgent' in helping the country win its war against the epidemic, wrote state newspaper People's Daily.   
Experts believe that the new coronavirus has been passed onto humans by wildlife sold as food, especially bats and snakes. 
People's Daily said the new policy 'comprehensively bans the consumption of wild animals' and 'will impose heavier punishment' against offenders.  
The official Xinhua news agency said the proposal was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).
'It aims to completely ban the eating of wild animals and crack down on illegal wildlife trade,' it said.
The report added that the measure was aimed at 'safeguarding public health and ecological security'.

Seventeen-day-old baby girl recovers from coronavirus without medication after being born to a confirmed patient

  • The baby is the youngest patient to have recovered from the virus in China
  • She was allowed to go home on Friday after making a full recovery by herself
  • Doctors didn't give her antibiotic medication because her condition was minor
  • Experts suspect the virus could be passed from mothers to babies in the womb  
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
A 17-day-old baby has recovered from the novel coronavirus after being born to a confirmed patient in Wuhan.
The newborn is the youngest patient to have recovered from the virus in China so far, reported state media.
She left the hospital on Friday after making a full recovery on her own without the help of medication.






The newborn girl is the youngest patient to have recovered from the virus in China so far. The picture shows the baby lying in an incubator as she was being looked after by medical workers






The child left Wuhan Children's Hospital on Friday after making a full recovery on her own. The picture shows two medical workers donning hazmat suits taking care of the baby in Wuhan

The baby was transferred to Wuhan Children's Hospital on the same day she was born, according to People's Daily. She was found to have the virus shortly after.

The girl, known as Xiao Xiao, had an infection in her respiratory system and minor myocardial damage, said Dr Zeng Lingkong, director of the Department of Neonatology at the hospital.

Because the girl's symptoms were not obvious, doctors decided not to give her antibiotic medication and let her overcome the disease on her own.

'She did not have obvious difficulties in breathing, did not cough or have fevers, therefore we only gave her treatment for her myocardial condition,' Dr Zeng told state broadcaster for CCTV.




The girl was born on February 5 and transferred to Wuhan Children's Hospital on the same day




Because the girl's symptoms were not obvious, doctors decided not to give her antibiotic medication and let her overcome the disease on her own, Dr Zeng Lingkong told the press

She was allowed to go home on Friday afternoon after receiving negative results in three consecutive nucleic acid detection tests.

Dr Zeng said the baby had recovered fully from coronavirus as well as her heart disease.

'She even grew bigger and fatter here,' Dr Zeng said.

Doctors in China have feared the possibility that the infection could be passed from mothers to their babies in the womb.




Chinese health officials have said the virus likely emerged from a market in the central city of Wuhan that sold wild animals as food. The disease has killed at least 2,628 people globally

Earlier this month, a baby born to a coronavirus patient was diagnosed with the deadly disease 30 hours after being delivered in Wuhan.

'This reminds us to pay attention to a potential new transmission route of the coronavirus - vertical transmission from mothers to babies,' Dr Zeng said at the time.

The new coronavirus has killed 2,592 people in China, infected some 77,000 so far and paralysed its economy.

The country's oldest patient yet is a 96-year-old woman who recovered from the disease after being treated in intensive care units for three days.

Globally, the coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 2,628 people, infected more than 79,700 and spread to at least two dozen countries.

At least 50,000 have recovered from COVID-19 globally

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There may be a growing number of cases of the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but there are also thousands who have already recovered from it.
According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, there were already some 53,638 who have recovered.
The center has recorded a total of 96,988 cases around the globe, says a report by NBC.
In China, where the bulk of cases were recorded, Xinhua News Agency reported that there were already a total of 52,045 patients discharged by the end of March 4, says the National Health Commission.
The latest to be discharged were 2,189 patients from a hospital in mainland China.
In South Korea, there were reportedly 88 people who have been already discharged after recovering from the illness.
In the United States, there were already 15 people who have also reportedly recovered while in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there were already seven reported patients who have recovered.
Recovery for each patient varies depending also on their health condition and if they don’t have other underlying health issues.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80 percent of COVID-19 cases are mild.
Most of those who contracted the virus have a fever, cough, and perhaps shortness of breath. These people are the ones expected to recover without issue.

Thousands attended Miami gay festival; several later tested positive for coronavirus

The Winter Party Festival drew attendees from across the country when it kicked off earlier this month.
Miami Beach Winter Party Festival
Attendees at the 2015 Winter Party Festival in Miami. (Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)Andriana Mereuta / Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images file
By Julian Shen-Berro
As the coronavirus continues to spread and disrupt life worldwide, one festival is finding the memory of its celebrations tinged by the outbreak.
The Winter Party Festival, an annual, weeklong LGBTQ event held in Miami, drew thousands from across the country when it kicked off earlier this month. But though it ended March 10, in the week following the event several attendees have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to festival organizers.
“We know there are many places people could have been exposed before and after Winter Party as this virus has developed, but we wanted to make this information public as soon as possible,” Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, which organized the festival, said in a statement Monday. “The health and safety of anyone who participates in any Task Force event is of great importance to us.”
The festival, which began March 4 and drew 10,000 attendees throughout the week, predates the current wave of event cancellations that have swept through the nation and ranged from sporting leagues to tech conferences. In her statement, Carey emphasized that event organizers “made the most informed decision at the time, following all official guidance available at the time.”
Event organizers took additional precautions during the festival, distributing 10,000 hand sanitizer bottles and hygiene information to attendees. It remains unclear whether the virus was present in attendees for the duration of the festival, as none experienced symptoms at the time, but health officials warn the virus can still be transmitted before symptoms occur. While incubation period estimates range from 1 to 14 days, it is most commonly around 5 days, according to the World Health Organization.
One by one, states and cities have begun to prohibit large crowds in an attempt to curb the virus’ spread. In Washington state, several counties have banned crowds over 250 people, while New York city has implemented a similar ban for gatherings over 500. On Monday, President Donald Trump announced new guidelines which advised against gatherings of more than 10 people.
While the National LGBTQ Task Force did not confirm how many attendees have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time, in an email Carey pointed to the inability for many to get tested for the virus.
“We are monitoring the situation but the real story here is that millions of people across the country would like to get tested and the government has not done its job to make testing available,” she said. “We hope that as people do get tested, they contact those with whom they have been in direct contact with and seek medical attention if necessary.”
 

Mar 16, 2020

وزارة الاتصالات المصرية تقرر إضافة 20% باشتراكات الإنترنت المنزلي مجانًا

عقد عمرو طلعت وزير الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات اجتماعا مع رؤساء الشركات الأربعة مقدمى خدمات الاتصالات العاملة فى قطاع الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات المصري؛ للاتفاق على طرح عدد من المبادرات لدعم العملية التعليمية خلال فترة تعليق الدراسة بالمدارس والجامعات وذلك فى إطار الإجراءات الاحترازية التى اتخذتها الدولة لمواجهة فيروس كورونا، وذلك وفق البيان المنشور على الحساب الرسمي للوزارة على "فيسبوك".
حضر اللقاء المهندس رأفت هندى نائب وزير الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات لشئون البنية التحتية والمشرف على قطاع الأمانة العامة، والمهندس حسام الجمل الرئيس التنفيذى للجهاز القومى لتنظيم الاتصالات، والمهندسة هالة الجوهرى الرئيس التنفيذى لهيئة تنمية صناعة تكنولوجيا المعلومات "ايتيدا"، والمهندس عادل حامد العضو المنتدب والرئيس التنفيذى للشركة المصرية للاتصالات، والمهندس ياسر شاكر الرئيس التنفيذى لشركة أورانج مصر، وألكسندر فرومان الرئيس التنفيذى لشركة فودافون مصر، والمهندس حازم متولى الرئيس التنفيذى لشركة اتصالات مصر.

وخلال اللقاء أكد الدكتور عمرو طلعت على أنه يتم التنسيق مع وزارتى التربية والتعليم والتعليم الفني، والتعليم العالى من أجل دعم "سبل التعليم عن بعد" حرصًا على مصلحة الطلاب فى مختلف المراحل التعليمية؛ مشددا على أهمية تضافر الجهود بين الجهاز القومى لتنظيم الاتصالات وشركات الاتصالات والتواصل الدائم من أجل تقديم الدعم اللازم لاستمرار العملية التعليمية للطلاب فى كافة أنحاء الجمهورية.
هذ وقد تم الاتفاق خلال اللقاء على التالى:
- توفير الإتاحة المجانية للمواقع الإلكترونية الخاصة بوزارة التربية التعليم ووزارة التعليم العالى والبحث العلمى والمجهزة لتقديم المحتوى التعليمى اللازم لاستكمال وتيسير العملية التعليمية عن بعد بهدف عدم تحميل أولياء الأمور أو الطلبة أى أعباء مادية إضافية.
- توفير وزيادة سعات التحميل الشهرية الخاصة باشتراكات الانترنت المنزلى للأفراد بنسبة 20 % بتكلفة 200 مليون جنيه تتحملها الدولة وذلك لكافة شرائح المستخدمين بالتنسيق مع شركات مقدمى خدمات الإنترنت بهدف دعم إتاحة التعليم عن بعد والخدمات الأساسية.
- توفير منصات رقمية مجانًا لاستضافة المواد العلمية والمحاضرات لطلاب المدارس والجامعات من خلال التعاون بين وزارتى التربية التعليم، والتعليم العالى مع مشغلى التليفون المحمول بمصر بهدف دعم تيسير عملية التعليم عن البعد لحين تجاوز الأزمة.
ووجه السيد الوزير نحو ضرورة اتخاذ كافة السبل الوقائية داخل بيئة العمل فى شركات الاتصالات للحد من انتشار فيروس كورونا وحماية العاملين من الإصابة به.
وشهد اللقاء استعراض التجارب الدولية فى تطويع التكنولوجيا لضمان استمرار العمل والحفاظ على كفاءته مع مراعاة الإجراءات الاحترازية لمواجهة فيروس كورونا التى تتطلب منع التجمعات والمكوث لفترة أطول فى المنزل؛ خاصة فيما يتعلق باليات التعلم والعمل والتسوق عن بعد، وزيادة الاعتماد على حلول المدفوعات الالكترونية عبر المحمول.

Mar 14, 2020

The Simpsons Predictions That Came True

“The Simpsons” have been on air for over 29 years! Over the last 600 episodes, Matt Groening has shocked the world by not only staying on top of cultural references, but eerily predicting future events. Some may call it a coincidence, but we think these are some pretty unbelievable predictions.

1. Battle of the Movie Releases

Gracie Films
Predicted: 2009
Came true: 2015
This one will really make you gasp! Homer Simpson got the lead role in the movie adaptation of “Everyman”. Homer visited “Ginormous Pictures”, the fictional Hollywood production studio, and at the entrance there were two posters hanging – Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, hinting that they were both premiering on the same date. Well, it came true! On December 18th, 2015, both Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks were released…together. 

2. Futuristic Vending Machine

Gracie Films
Predicted: 1995
Came true: 2010
“The Simpsons” completely nailed this one! When the famous family was transported into the future, we saw Lisa’s husband-to-be purchasing a soy snack with a credit card in a vending machine. Currently, less and less people are carrying around cash, and more and more “enjoy” soy snacks. What are we…cavemen?

3. “The Simpsons” Take On 13 Reasons Why

Gracie Films
Predicted: 1994
Came true: 2017
During “Sideshow Bob Roberts”, Bart was seen sitting in class listening to his cassette player. Although the plot was completely unrelated, the image clearly resembled Clay listening to the infamous tapes during class in “13 Reasons Why”.

4. Super Bowl Winners – Three Years Running

Gracie Films
Predicted: January 23, 1992
Came true: January 26, 1992 (and for the following three years)
Lisa and Homer were having some father-daughter bonding time through sports gambling. During the episode, Lisa tells Homer that if Washington wins the Super Bowl against Buffalo, then she will still love him. The game ends with a win for Washington, and all is right in the family. Just 3 days later, during the Super Bowl, Jim Kelly throws four interceptions, and Washington goes on to win! For three years, FOX re-aired the episode, updating the teams for the specific Super Bowls, and somehow continuously managed to predict the winners correctly.

Chinese grandmother, 103, recovers from coronavirus after being treated for less than a week

A 103-year-old grandmother has recovered from the coronavirus following six-day treatment in Wuhan.
The centenarian, Zhang Guangfen, was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.
She is so far the oldest coronavirus patient to recover in China and two years older than the previous recorder-holder, 101. 
Ms Zhang was cured within less than a week because 'she did not have many underlying health conditions', her doctor Zeng Yulan told the local press. 

A 103-year-old grandmother has recovered from the coronavirus following six-day treatment
A 103-year-old grandmother has recovered from the coronavirus following six-day treatment
The centenarian, Zhang Guangfen, is reportedly China's oldest coronavirus patient to recover

The centenarian, Zhang Guangfen, is reportedly China's oldest coronavirus patient to recover 
A video shows the former patient being escorted out of the hospital by a group of medical workers. 
The grandmother was diagnosed with the deadly disease on March 1 at Liyuan Affiliated Hospital of Tongji Medical College in Wuhan, Hubei Province of central China. 
She was in critical condition and could barely communicate with the medics when she was admitted to the hospital.

Coronavirus will bankrupt more people than it kills — and that's the real global emergency



© Getty Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Coronavirus’s economic danger is exponentially greater than its health risks to the public. If the virus does directly affect your life, it is most likely to be through stopping you going to work, forcing your employer to make you redundant, or bankrupting your business.

The trillions of dollars wiped from financial markets this week will be just the beginning, if our governments do not step in. And if President Trump continues to stumble in his handling of the situation, it may well affect his chances of re-election. Joe Biden in particular has identified Covid-19 as a weakness for Trump, promising “steady, reassuring” leadership during America’s hour of need.

© Provided by The Independent Worldwide, Covid-19 has killed 4,389 with 31 US deaths as of today. But it will economically cripple millions, especially since the epidemic has formed a perfect storm with stock market crashes, an oil war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the spilling over of an actual war in Syria into another potential migrant crisis.

We may look back on coronavirus as the moment when the threads that hold the global economy together came unstuck; and startups and growing businesses like mine could end up paying the price.

Just as important as fighting the virus — if not more important — is vaccinating our economies against the incoming pandemic of panic. Human suffering can come in the form of illness and death. But it can also be experienced as not being able to pay the bills or losing your home.

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Slide 1 of 50: Dr. Debbie Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator speaks as US President Donald Trump (R) and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force listen at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. - US President Donald Trump declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a national emergency on March 13, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by


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The world is battling an outbreak of a new coronavirus called COVID-19, which started in the city of Wuhan, China, and has been spreading since. The virus has claimed over 4,000 lives and infected more than 100,000 people around the world. The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11.

Dr. Debbie Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator speaks as President Donald Trump and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force listen at a press conference on the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 13.

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Medical workers (R) check patients who recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus as they arrive to be tested again at a hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 14. China reported 11 new infections of the coronavirus on March 14, and for the first time since the start of the epidemic the majority of them were imported cases from overseas. The National Health Commission said there were four more people infected in Hubei's capital Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern displays a graph during a press conference on March 14, in Auckland, New Zealand. Ardern explained how New Zealand will attempt to slow the increase of coronavirus (COVID-19 ) cases with travel restrictions and self-quarantine upon arrival to New Zealand.

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A student takes a look at a banner regarding the symptoms and precautions for the coronavirus at an entrance of a university in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 14.

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A man plays guitar from the balcony of his home as a man looks at him in the neighborhood San Salvario during a flash mob launched throughout Italy to bring people together. The Italian government imposed unprecedented restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, among other measures people movements are allowed only for work, for buying essential goods and for health reasons in Turin, Italy, on March 13.

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Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media at the Capitol, on March 13, in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi held a briefing on the Coronavirus Aid Package Bill that will deal with the outbreak of COVID-19.

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A shopper picks over the few items remaining in the meat section, as people stock up on supplies amid coronavirus fears in Austin, Texas, on March 13. 

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A doctor examines a Salvadoran woman who entered the country from Guatemala before sending her to a facility to be quarantined, as El Salvador's government has taken steadily stricter measures to prevent a possible spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Ahuchapan, El Salvador on March 13.

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A father and his kids, load their books checked out at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch before all Seattle libraries close until at least April 13 and the kids prepare to stay home from school until April 27 because of the coronavirus, in Seattle, Washington, on March 13.

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A classroom sits empty ahead of the statewide school closures in Ohio in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, on March 13.

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A general view of the Louvre Museum which was closed until further notice on March 13, in Paris, France. France has more than 2,000 coronavirus cases, one of the highest totals in Europe. Its government announced it will close all schools and museums and ban large gatherings.

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Kenya's Minister of Health Mutahi Kagwe announces the first coronavirus case in Kenya at the press conference in Harambee house in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 13.


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La Sagrada Familia is closed to visitors because of the potential risk of catching the coronavirus on March 13, in Barcelona, Spain.


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Some of the last flights to come from Europe to the US for the next 30 days are listed on a panel display at Logan Airport in East Boston, Massachusetts, on March 13.



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An unusually uncrowded TCL Chinese Theatre is seen on March 13, in Hollywood, California. The spread of COVID-19 has negatively affected a wide range of industries all across the global economy.

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Travelers arrive at the international terminal of the O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13. A minute before midnight, the US will enact a ban on travelers from a large number of European countries in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus.

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Several people stand at a safe distance in a queue to enter a tobacco shop in Pozuelo de Alarcon on the same day that the government declared a state of alarm in Spain as a result of the coronavirus on March 13, in Madrid, Spain.

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Members of the Ferrari team arrive to pack up their equipment after the Formula One Australian Grand Prix was cancelled in Melbourne on March 13. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was cancelled on March 13 just hours before the action was due to start over fears about the spread of coronavirus after a McLaren team member tested positive.

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Catalan Police officers, Mossos d'Escuadra, wearing a protective mask stand guard at a check-point outside the city on March 13 in Igualada, Spain. The Autonomous region's authorities agreed to lock down 70,000 people living in Igualada, Vilanova del Cami, Odena and Santa Margarida de Montbui for 14 days. The number of people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain has increased to at least 3,004, with the latest death toll reaching 84, according to the country’s Health Ministry. As part of the measures against the virus expansion the Government has shut schools in the most affected Autonomous regions most as Madrid, Catalonia, Basque Country or Andalucia.

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Passengers, including Aleksandra, left, from Poland and Sophia, center, from Germany, who said they will be working as au pairs in New York and booked their flights following Trump's announcement, wait to board the last direct United Airlines flight from Berlin to New York at Tegel Airport before the Trump European travel ban goes into effect tonight on March 13 in Berlin, Germany. The Trump administration is temporarily banning all non-U.S. citizens from flying from continental Europe to the United States in an effort to slow the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.

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President Donald Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joke about not shaking hands during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 12 in Washington.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, bump elbows as they attend a lunch with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 12.

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Disneyland guests walk past the Sleeping Beauty Castle while visiting Disneyland amid rain showers in Anaheim, California, on March 12. Disneyland will temporary close the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim in response to the expanding threat posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The closure takes effect Saturday (March 14) and lasts through the end of March. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will close Saturday morning through the end of the month in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials recommendation that gatherings of 250 or more people be canceled across the state, company officials said.

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Florida State players gather with the championship trophy after they were announced the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament after the remainder of NCAA college basketball games were cancelled, on March 12 in Greensboro, N.C. The tournament were cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus.

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The seating area at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is empty as media and staff mill about, on March 12 in Indianapolis, after the Big Ten Conference announced that remainder of the men's NCAA college basketball games tournament was cancelled.

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Goals used by the NHL club The Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena, on March 12 in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL announced that it is suspending its season indefinitely in response to the coronavirus.

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A maternity nurse wears a mask as she cares for a newborn at a Private maternity hospital on March 12 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Due to the shortage of medical resources in Wuhan, many pregnant women choose to give birth in private hospitals. Flights, trains and public transport including buses, subway and ferry services have been closed for almost two months..

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NHS nurses wait for the next patient at a drive through Coronavirus testing site in a car park on March 12 in Wolverhampton, England. The National Health Service facility has been set up in a car park to allow people with NHS referrals to be swabbed for Covid-19.

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A worker removes stanchions used for arriving audience members at the Richard Rodgers theater where the musical 'Hamilton' plays after it was announced that Broadway shows will cancel performances due to the coronavirus outbreak in New York, on March 12.

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Grace Wedgwood, 30, of Seattle and a Quaker, takes a moment to pray during a visit to St. James Cathedral, which is only open for prayer after the Archdiocese of Seattle canceled all public celebration of mass at all parishes due to concern over the coronavirus, in Seattle, Washington, on March 12.

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A trader has his head in his hand on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on March 12. The stock market had its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987 as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis deepened. The Dow industrials plunged more than 2,300 points, or 10%. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

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A machine sprays disinfectants at a school on March 13 in Marikina, Philippines. The Philippine president announced domestic travel to and from metropolitan Manila will be suspended for a month.

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Lisa Wymore, a professor of dance, theater and performances studies at University of California, warm-ups for an online course on March 12 in Berkeley.

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A Los Angeles Dodgers fan looks through the first base gate at Camelback Ranch after Major League Baseball suspends Spring Training due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus on March 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

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Empty seats during the UEFA Europa League match between Olympiacos FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers on March 12 in Piraeus, Greece. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus.

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Screenshot of the news broadcast from France 24 channel shows the declaration of France's President Emmanuel Macron, made from The Elysee Palace in Paris, about the situation of the COVID-19 outbreak on March 12 in Paris, France.

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People walk in the Theater District in Manhattan on March 12 in New York City. New York City’s Broadway theaters will need to close by 5 p.m. Thursday after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a ban on gatherings of 500 people or more amid the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

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A view outside of TD Garden, the venue that hosts the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics on March 12 in Boston, Massachusetts. It has been announced that NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended due to COVID-19 with hopes of returning later in the spring.

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A nun walks next to an empty St. Peter's Square, on the third day of an unprecedented lockdown across of all Italy, as seen from Rome, Italy on March 12.

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Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of the High Priestess, lights up the torch during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed and empty Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece, on March 12.

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A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11 in Lake Success, New York.

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In another coronavirus precaution, California officials cordoned off the sculpture of a bear outside the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on March 11.

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Cleaning crews from Servpro have their masks wiped down as they emerge from the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington on March 11.

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President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening coronavirus crisis on March 11, in Washington, D.C. President Trump said the US will suspend all travel from Europe for the next 30 days.

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Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, right, looks on as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center, on March 11, in Kirkland, Washington, near Seattle.

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A woman passes in front the emergency entrance of the government-run Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 11.

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Passengers are checked with thermal scanner at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as a preventive measure of Coronavirus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 11.

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A cruise ship, held by Belgian authorities, is seen in the port of Zeebrugge over suspected cases of the coronavirus after the country's first death from the disease, in Zeebrugge, Belgium on March 11.

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Employees from a disinfection service company sanitize a subway car depot amid coronavirus fears in Seoul, South Korea, on March 11.

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A medical worker wearing protective suits pulls a stretcher from an ambulance to the isolation room for patients affected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on March 11.

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Small businesses in particular are struggling as supply chains dry up, leaving them without products or essential materials. Factory closures in China have led to a record low in the country’s Purchasing Manager’s Index which measures manufacturing output. China is the world’s largest exporter and is responsible for a third of global manufacturing, so China’s problem is everyone’s problem — even in the midst of a trade war between the White House and Beijing.

All this makes it even more worrying that governments continue to see this as a health crisis, not an economic one. It is time the economists took over from the doctors, before the real pandemic spreads.

It is difficult to imagine Italy not entering a recession (the world’s ninth-largest economy is now on lockdown). It is also difficult to imagine that failing to affect Europe and its largest trading partner, the United States. And it is impossible to see how any of this will not add up to a global downturn, unless governments step in faster and harder than they did 12 years ago during the last financial
crisis.
 
© Guardian Worried wealthy jet off to doomsday bunkers to dodge disease

The stakes are higher this time, because there seems to be a coordinated effort to economically hurt many Western countries, and warn them away from the aggressive trade policies that Trump has so enthusiastically adopted.

Although China bore the brunt of the virus’s economic and human cost, many in Beijing will see a silver lining in the weakening of the US economy, and a distraction from Trump’s trade wars that appeared to be escalating with no end in sight.

© Getty hat will you do if you start coughing? ('Staying at home' is not enough)

Almost perfectly synchronized with the coronavirus, a Russia-Saudi oil war has erupted. In the short-term, both Moscow and Riyadh can afford the 30 per cent overnight drop in the oil price. But America’s shale gas business cannot: The more expensive process of fracking means that much of the US oil sector will simply not exist if oil prices stay at historic lows, leading to shut downs, job losses and perhaps even state-level recessions.

President Trump has pushed through overdue payroll tax cuts and help for hourly workers — measures that will help both employers and employees survive. In the UK, Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday unveiled a ‘Coronavirus Budget’. But everyone needs to think bigger if they want to properly deal with how this new factor changes the status quo. © Reuters Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

This is about much more than coronavirus, oil prices, or even the global economy. This is about the balance of power between East and West. The epicenter of this has been, for the last 10 years, Syria. After a decade of conflict on the ground, the face-off seems to have now escalated from proxy war to economic conflict.

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The emerging superpowers of Russia and China witnessed what many saw as American irrelevance in Syria. And they are now trying to cement their vision of a truly multi-polar world. Rather than allowing US ally Saudi Arabia to lead the oil markets through the OPEC cartel, Russia and China want to reshape global markets — and power balances — to their advantage.
To survive these shifts, the US, UK and others will need to protect the future of their businesses, large and small, and look for opportunities to benefit from the new economic world order, not deny it. Ignoring these changes will be even more damaging than any flu pandemic.

Omar Hassan is a an economic development specialist and co-founder of UK:MENA Hub

Mar 12, 2020

القبض على سائق واقعة التنمر على الشاب الصينى أعلى الطريق الدائرى

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القبض على سائق واقعة التنمر على الشاب الصينى أعلى الطريق الدائرى 
 الشاب الصينى
كتب عبد الرحمن سيد

تمكن رجال المباحث بمديرية أمن القاهرة، من القبض على السائق بطل واقعة التنمر على شاب صيني أعلى الطريق الدائري، بالقرب من المعادي، بعد تداول مقاطع فيديو تسجل واقعة التنمر على الشاب الآسيوي، أعلى الطريق، وتم اتخاذ الإجراءات القانونية اللازمة تجاه الواقعة.
 
ودلت التحريات الأولية للواقعة، أن السائق أكره الشاب الصيني على النزول من السيارة، وتركه يتوسل لأصحاب السيارات أن يركب معهم، وروى المتهم تفاصيل الواقعة لأجهزة الأمن، التى حررت محضرا بالواقعة وأحالته إلى النيابة العامة التى باشرت التحقيق.
 
وكشفت الإعلامية الصينية فيحاء وانج، عن لقائها مع الشاب الصينى الذى تعرض للتنمر على الطريق الدائرى بسبب فيروس كورونا، مشيرة إلى أن العديد من المصريين اعتذروا عن ذلك السلوك، كما دعت الجميع إلى الوقوف معا من أجل مكافحة فيروس كورونا القاتل.
 
ونشرت فيحاء وانج، "فيديو" عبر حسابها بموقع فيس بوك، وعلقت قائلة :"مساء الخير أصدقائي الأعزاء.. التقيت مع الشاب الصينى الذى تعرض للتنمر بسبب كورونا وسط الطريق الدائرى بالقاهرة، حيث عبر العديد من الأصدقاء المصريين عن اعتذارهم عن ما حدث.. نحن إخوة فى الإنسانية وكان هذا النوع من الظواهر نادرا".
 
ووجهت فيحاء رسالتها قائلة: "ندعو الجميع إلى الوقوف معا من أجل مكافحة الفيروس والحفظ من كل سوء وشر  وأتمنى له إقامة سعيدة بالسلامة والهدوء فى مصر بلدى الثاني معا_ضد_كورونا لا_للعنصرية".
 
وظهر من خلال الفيديو عدد من الشباب المصرى، قدموا الزهور إلى الشاب ضحية التنمر، كما وجهوا إليه التحية والإعتذار عن ما حدث.
 
يشار إلى أنه انتشر فيديو عبر مواقع التواصل الاجتماعى لشخص آسيوى داخل سيارة، بينما كان يضع السائق منديلا على وجهه، وكان بعض المارة يسخرون منه، ليقوم بعدها السائق بطرد الشاب الآسيوى من السيارة، ليحاول بعدها ركوب سيارة آجرة.

Mar 9, 2020

إقبال كثيف على معامل الصحة لإجراء تحليل PCR

الزحام على معامل وزارة الصحة
الزحام على معامل وزارة الصحة


شهدت المعامل المركزية التابعة لوزارة الصحة اليوم، إقبالا كثيفا من المواطنين الراغبين في اجراء تحليل فيروس كورونا للسفر للخارج، إذ بدأت المعامل المركزية بوزارة الصحة، استخراج شهادة الخلو من فيروس كورونا، من خلال تحليل للراغبين في الحصول على الشهادة.
وأكدت وزارة الصحة أنّها ستوفر تحليلا للكشف عن فيروس كورونا، بمقر المعامل المركزية.
وأوضح مصدر مسؤول في وزارة الصحة والسكان، أنّ تكلفة تحليل PCR الذي اشترطت السعودية على أي راغب في الدخول إليها إجرائه، للكشف عن الإصابة بفيروس كورونا، متوفرا بالمعامل المركزية، وهو تحليل مكلف ويتراوح ثمنه من 900 لـ1000 جنيه.
وتابع المصدر في تصريحات خاصة، لـ"الوطن"، أنّ تحليل PCR طريقة دقيقة جدًا للكشف عن وجود فيروس سي أو غيره من الفيروسات في الدم، ويمكن من خلاله تحديد كمية الفيروس لمتابعة نشاطه وسير العلاج حتى تمام التعافي من المرض.
وأضاف أنّ PCR من التحاليل المكلفة، لأن الجهاز الخاص به والمواد المستخدمة به باهظة الثمن. 
وكان مصدر مسؤول في وزارة الداخلية السعودية، صرح بأنّه وفقًا للإجراءات الوقائية والاحترازية الموصى بها من قبل الجهات الصحية المختصة في المملكة العربية السعودية، في إطار تطويرها المستمر لجهود منع انتقال العدوى بفيروس كورونا الجديد ومحاصرته والقضاء عليه، وانطلاقًا من الحرص على حماية صحة المواطنين والمقيمين وضمان سلامتهم، قررت حكومة المملكة قصر الدخول إلى المملكة مؤقتًا للقادمين من دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، ودولة الكويت، ومملكة البحرين، على المنافذ الجوية، ويكون المرور عبر المنافذ البرية بين المملكة والدول للشاحنات التجارية فقط، على أن تتخذ وزارة الصحة الإجراءات الاحترازية اللازمة في المطارات المشار إليها، وحيال سائقي الشاحنات ومرافقيهم في المنافذ البرية، إذ يبدأ تطبيق الإجراءات فورًا.
وبالنسبة لدخول المواطنين السعوديين والمقيمين في المملكة القادمين من الدول الثلاث؛ فيبدأ سريان الإجراء في تمام الساعة (11:55) من مساء اليوم السبت 12 رجب 1441هجرية الموافق 7 مارس 2020 ميلادية.

Mar 7, 2020

Interview: Incredible Split-Second Photo of Bald Eagle with Symmetrical Reflection

Bald Eagle Reflection by Steve Biro

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Amateur wildlife photographer Steve Biro has been photographing birds for the past 10 years. Intrigued by their behavior and pushed by his love for the outdoors, Biro spends hours each week honing his craft. On a recent trip to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, an interaction with a feisty Bald Eagle resulted in a photo that’s been causing a sensation online.
Biro’s stunning photograph of Bruce the Bald Eagle gliding across the water, wings spread wide, is brought to another level due to the perfectly symmetrical composition. While the eagle stares dead on at the camera, his entire body is reflected in the calm waters below him. The tips of his feathers touch the surface, making a complete circle of body and reflection.
In just one frame, Biro has captured the power of the Bald Eagle and demonstrated his own technical skills in obtaining such a sharp, well-executed photo. Bruce, who is a photographer’s favorite at the Conservancy, is so perfectly poised that it’s as though he’s working in tandem with Biro to ensure that his best angle is captured.
We had a chance to chat with Biro about how the viral photograph happened, what he loves about photographing birds, and his next steps. Read on for our exclusive interview.
Bald Eagle by Steve BiroCan you tell us about your background in photography?
I started photography roughly 10 years ago, deciding it would complement my love for the outdoors, traveling, and hiking. I took a series of basic courses with a local photographer and very quickly took a serious interest and started learning more as time went on. I’m very prolific, normally shooting about 2,000 per week on average.
I believe my skills have improved greatly just from getting out there and shooting and trying to find unique perspectives. A huge part of what drives me is when people say how much joy my images bring them almost daily because they don’t have the ability to travel and see the things I’m very fortunate to see. Others enjoy my local images as well because many can’t even get out of the house much. It’s heartwarming when someone tells me I’ve brightened their day or stirred fond memories for them.
Bird Photography by Steve BiroWhat is it about birds that inspire you as a photographer?
Birds are wonderful to observe and are always so animated, you learn so much about birds and animals just by photographing them. I could sit all day and watch birds while trying to capture fleeting moments. I love how colorful they are and how they interact with each other—it’s so fascinating. The challenge of getting great bird images is also part of the attraction!
Flying Owl Photo by Steve BiroWhen you’re photographing birds, what aspects of the animal are you trying to highlight?
For me, the eyes are almost always what I want to be in focus, and capturing birds in flight or catching prey is always exciting. But it’s also the unique shots that I strive for, like a duck looking in a puddle or a squabble between species or a baby goose running to its mother or tucking under her wings.
Wildlife Photography by Steve BiroWhat’s your biggest challenge with bird photography?
The biggest challenge is catching birds in flight while getting their eyes in sharp as well, freezing the motion is also a challenge requiring fast shutter speeds and proper conditions.
Flying Heron by Steve BiroWhat equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and normally for birds a Tamron 150-600mm lens which gives me great range. Bruce the Eagle was shot with a Canon 100mm L Macro as I didn’t want to keep chopping off his wings. I also have several wider angle lenses for landscape, portrait, and nature photography.
Bald Eagle Flying by Steve BiroLet’s talk about your incredible photo of the bald eagle reflecting in the water. Can you describe that day and what was happening when the photo was taken?
As you might know, this image was shot at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario. I had been there the year prior and had shot this handsome Eagle last year as well. The Eagle’s name is Bruce and he’s really amazing and fairly well behaved but also has a mind of his own too, sometimes squawking and mingling with the photographers.
When they brought him out again this year, I was so excited as the water was fairly calm and knew I might get a decent reflection. I snapped several images from the side and decided I wanted to get a vantage point where I might be able to shoot him more straight on. There was a large rock right at the water’s edge where I crouched down beside and rested my upper body on at times trying to get as low as possible. I love getting reflections from a low vantage point and hoped to get a couple of decent pics of Bruce.
Photographing a Bald Eagle(continued) He flew across the pond several times and was not happy where I was, which turned out good for me as he was staring right at me quite a bit! He also was flying close enough to my head for me to feel the breeze from his wings but I was determined to keep shooting.
I decided to move off the rock and get a few shots of him landing from further back and on his next flight he landed right on the rock I was perched on, looking straight at me as if to say, “This is my turf buddy, back off!”
Bald Eagle Portrait by Steve BiroDid you know right away that you had something special?
I definitely rank it as my top image and did not know when I shot it how it had turned out. It was only later when I went through my images and cropped in closer on him did I realize how fantastic it looked with him squared off perfectly and staring daggers at me.
Bird Photography by Steve BiroHow has it felt to have your photograph go viral?
To be honest, the response has been completely overwhelming and unexpected. I knew the image was good but it just seems to strike a chord and resonate with so many people. I’m humbled and thankful by all the love, comments and likes given. It’s very rewarding and exhilarating after so many thousands of hours in the field shooting to have an image go viral worldwide.
Bird Photography by Steve BiroWhat’s next?
My next steps are to get a website up and running and set it up so I can take orders for prints and showcase some of my art. I’ll also keep traveling and shooting and posting to share what I see with the rest of the world.
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