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“Live Green” Initiative Taking Place in Maadi

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Countries around the globe have taken initiative by being aware of the Ecosystem we live in and have been trying to look for better ways to reduce harming our environment. Which is why we are proud to tell you that Egypt has been doing their ultimate best to look for better ways to raise awareness and take care of our environment.
With that said, on February 8th 2020, a governmental plan has been issued where people can participate in having green thumbs by planting trees altogether in the

central city of Maadi

This left Egyptian citizens blooming with positivity because a large population of eco friendly citizens are increasing and they are finally happy to participate in such a campaign.

Both children as well as young adults were left to clean the central island “Al-Khamssin” as well as scattered seeds of trees accordingly after coordinating with Al Basatin District’s municipality.

They also engaged in other activities such as painting the tires of old vintage vehicles in hopes of making things look as positive and radiant as possible as well as aiming to protect these new planted trees from future wind and harm.

The initiative is called “Live Green” under the auspices of our President Abd el Fattah el Sisi to help raise awareness for plantation and afforestation.

This campaign aims and focuses on the youth’s role in protecting and participating in good deeds for their environment. This initiative was discussed in 2019 in the World Youth Forum. They also proudly state that the government is targeting a 50% decrease of the Solid Particle Pollution rate hopefully by the end of 2030.

A study that was published by Science the past years showed that the universe is in need of cultivating at least 1 billion hectares of trees to help reduce the impacts of climate change. Countries such as Kenya, India, Ethiopia, USA, and the UK have already commenced taking initiative in afforestation to help face climate change.

What do you think about this new initiative taking place? Do you believe we’ll be capable of cultivating our culture about the dangerous factors of climate change ,let alone prevent it? That’s all up to us to make a change!

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Egypt Jumps Ten Places in ‘Global Knowledge Index’ in Only One Year

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Egypt has jumped 10 places in just a year in the 2020 Global Knowledge Index (GKI), according to three infographics released by the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center.

The index, which gets issued every year by the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, shows that Egypt has moved from the 82nd place to the 72nd in only one year.

The rankings are based on a survey done on the knowledge performance of 138 countries in 7 areas and 199 indicators. Egypt has shown great advancement in all areas, it moves 23 ranks up in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and 11 ranks up in Pre-University Education.

The index also highlighted Egypt’s points of strength in education sector, which included higher enrollment in universities and a significant decline in out-of-school children. There’s also an increase in the number of students enrolling in vocational and technical schools.

Switzerland, the United States, and Finland came on top of the 2020 index.

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Egypt Set to Build Its First Train Factory in Port Said

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Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has announced that Egypt is planning on building its very first train factory in Port Said.

The factory will build EMUs, DMUs and monorail trains in East Port Said industrial zone.

The Ministry made the announcement on the 16th of September in a meeting attended between the minister of planning and economic development, Dr Hala El-Said, transport minister Major General Kamel El-Wazir and chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority, Mr Yahia Zaki.

The meeting went over the project’s implementation plan and the possible outputs of the factory.

Egyptian Railways Services and Maintenance Company (Ermas) will most probably run the new plant in cooperation with the private sector including a number of international companies, such as the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and Egypt’s Sovereign Fund.

According to El-Waziri, the factory is seen as part of a localizing initiative that aims at producing railway equipment locally, in order to meet the rising demand both domestically and in Africa and on the Arabian peninsula.

The factory will help boost the Egyptian economy, in addition to generating hard currency and providing job opportunities.

 

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Shows 90% Effectiveness With No Serious Side Effects

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AstraZeneca announced today the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine and it turned out to be around 90% effective with no serious side effects!

According to data from the late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil, the vaccine, which is developed by Oxford University, has shown 90% effectiveness after being administered as a a half dose followed by a full dose at least one month apart.

“This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” Pascal Soriot, Astra’s chief executive, said in a statement.

British Prime minister Boris Johnson said it was “incredibly exciting news the Oxford vaccine has proved so effective in trials.”

The next step now is for the company to start preparing regulatory submission of the data to authorities across the world that have a framework in place for conditional or early approval.

It will also seek an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up availability in countries with low income. In parallel, the full analysis of the interim results is being submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

With both Oxford’s and Pfizer’s vaccines, we can be hopeful that the new year will come bearing good news!

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