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By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP
CAIRO: Investments in the project of the high-speed train in Egypt reached 7.3 billion euros, and it is set to pass from north to south through five governorates, Spanish Newspaper El Mundo said Tuesday, according to Youm7.
The Ministry of Defense chose the path of the high-speed train in the Western Desert to aid the current and future urban agglomerations, Minister of Transport Ibrahim el-Demiery said in a Sunday press conference.
The newspaper added that the train will move at the speed of 350 kilometer per hour, and stops at Alexandria, Giza, Asyut, Luxor and Aswan.
Head of Thales Company in Spain Jesus Sanchez Barjaz said that he is trying to renew the contract for an additional 100 million euros with the Egyptian authorities to update the railway crossings.
In 2013, Thales Company signed a contract with the Egyptian authorities for 109 million euros to update the railway crossings between Cairo and Alexandria, to continue for 4 years, according to El Economista Spanish newspaper.
The updates will help in adjusting the railway of the train in addition to increasing the speed of the train from 140 kilometers in one hour to 160 kilometers in one hour.
The adjustments in the railway will also facilitate constructing the high-speed train.
According to Thales’ official website, in May 26, 2013, the Egyptian National Railway Authority signed a contract valued at over 109 million euros during the rule of Former President Mohamed Morsi, to update the “signaling systems on the Cairo-Alexandria corridor.”
The Ministry will begin the first stage of the project from Alexandria to Giza (220 kilometers) in December 2014, with the cost of 18.32 billion EGP, and is set to take three years, with 50 million passengers annually, Demiery said during the Sunday conference.
Demiery added that the Ministry of Defense had a great role in determining the path of the train from Alexandria-Aswan, in addition to participating in the current studies.
He added that the international advisory office will present the final studies of the project next month, to complete the legal procedures at the end of June, in order to start the coordination stage with the Cabinet and the rest of the governmental bodies from July until December.
Additional reporting by Fatma Shawqi.
By RANY MOSTAFA
CAIRO: An ancient Egyptian tomb was accidentally discovered on Thursday when sanitation workers were fixing a sewage pipeline in Giza, west of Cairo, according to Youm7.
Workers at the Greater Cairo Sanitary Drainage Company were repairing a broken pipeline in Al-Bahr al-Azam Street, south of Giza before they found a serdab: an Ancient Egyptian tomb structure concealed or accessible by a narrow passage and containing a statue of the deceased.
The work was suspended before security forces cordoned off the area, security sources told Youm7.
A committee from the Ministry of Antiquities rushed to the spot to initiate preliminary excavations.
Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels in Minya University Sherif al-Sabban expressed his surprise of the potential new excavation at this area, which is 2.5 kms to the east of the Memphis necropolis, in a statement to The Cairo Post.
“If the revealed excavation is a royal tomb, it would change the archaeologist’ traditional assumption that the royal tombs of the Old Kingdom period Pharaohs are only located in the Memphis necropolis,” said Sabban.
The tomb most likely belongs to a nobleman or probably a worker who participated in the construction of a royal tomb, said Sabban.
Abdel Halim Nour el-Din, former chairman of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, reaffirmed to The Cairo Post that the area near Al Bahr al-Azam Street has not been listed as an area for antiquities.
As it overlooks the River Nile, archaeologist would never think of excavating in this area as there have been no sites excavated there, he continued.
“We will have to wait for further information before any assumptions are made,” said Nour el-Din, who added that new information about the new discovery will be revealed within a week.
Egyptians are attached to soccer the way the French are to wine. It’s well-nigh impossible to find an Egyptian who is not a fan. When major matches are being broadcast, Cairo turns into a quasi ghost town. The only sounds are the shouts of the fans huddled in front of televisions when a goal is scored.
Well-to-do Egyptians play soccer in private clubs, whereas the poor play in the street with a type of ball they have improvised from scraps of old socks and pieces of sponge. These street games are the training ground from which most soccer stars emerge. Every large club has a scout whose job it is to go watch these ad hoc matches and sign up talented players. That’s when the fate of a whole family changes, as they say goodbye to poverty and set out on the road to riches.
When did Egyptians start playing soccer? Possibly, in ancient times: The Greek historian Herodotus, who is thought to have visited Egypt in about 460 B.C. and again in 448 B.C., described the sight of young men kicking around a ball made from goatskin and straw. In 1863, the laws of the game were adopted by the Football Association in England; 19 years later, the British occupied Egypt and gave Egyptians the codified version of what became the national game.
Psychology provides some explanation for this Egyptian passion.
By Kayes Lahouej
By DALIA FAROUK
By Safaa Saleh