Tunisian young swimmer Ayoub El Hafnaoui books ticket to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Tunisian 16-year-old swimmer Ayoub El-Hifnawi succeeded in booking the ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by achieving the “A” time under the supervision of Tunisian technical staff Jabran Touili and Sami Achour. This performance is a great challenge for  Tunisian young swimmer trained in Tunisia to carry out this dream. Tunisian swimmers also won the gold medal at the African Games in Morocco in the 400 meters which was the performance of swimmer Mehdi Ajili. Wassim Elloumi and Adnen Beji also won the bronze Medal which is a good…

Tunisia pledges to find political solution in Libya: FM

Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui on Friday said that his country exerts efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Libya to end the bloodshed. “Tunisia is working on resolving the Libyan crisis politically,” Jhinaoui said in a statement to media. “Tunisia has a moral duty to deal with any initiative that would end tensions in Libya,” he added. Jhinaoui on Thursday discussed with Foreign Minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord Mohamed Sayala the latest developments in the war-ravaged country as well as bilateral relations. During a press conference…

PM decides to delegate his powers to Minister of Public Service

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed who is running for the September 15 presidential election, on Thursday, announced his decision to delegate his powers to Minister of Public Service, Modernisation of the Administration and Public Policies Kamel Morjane until the end of the election campaign on September 13. In TV remarks, Chahed said he has made this decision, in accordance with the provisions of Article 92 of the Constitution, indicating that the Constitution allows the incumbent Prime Minister to stand for the presidential election while delegating his powers to one of the…

Tunisia to increase natural gas production by 50 %

Acting prime minister Kamel Morjane kicked off on Friday the Nawara natural gas field in southern Tunisia, The national production is expected to grow 50% during its start-up phase and 70 % in November, with imports dropping 30%, the Prime Ministry said.This project is the fruit of cooperation between the Tunisian National Oil Company (ETAP) and the Austrian Mineral Oil Administration. According to the government, the total cost of the Nawara natural gas field is estimated at 1.105 billion U.S. dollars. TunisianMonitorOnline

12.8% increase in Tourist arrivals rise until August 10 (Official)

Tourist arrivals in Tunisia registered a 12.8% rise until August 10, compared to the same period last year to 5.438 million tourists, statistics provided by the Ministry of Tourism revealed Tuesday. The jump is mainly the result of the recovery of European markets (up 18.8%, until the end of July), in particular, the British market (+110.3%), French (+18%), German (+ 6%) and Russian (+ 0.9%). Besides, the Maghreb tourists visits to Tunisia during the same period leaped 12.4%, compared to the previous year. The Algerian and Libyan markets reached 15%…

New research in Tunisia is teaching computers how to read your handwriting

Computers can now read handwriting with 98% accuracy Researchers at the University of Sfax in Tunisia have developed a new method for computers to recognize handwritten characters and symbols in online scripts. The technique has already achieved ‘remarkable performance’ on texts written in the Latin and Arabic alphabets. iRead “Our paper handles the problem of online handwritten script recognition based on an extraction features system and deep approach system for sequence classification,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “We used an existent method combined with new classifiers in order to…

Remaining in power and bidding for election, a thorny equation

The candidacy of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed for the September 15 early presidential election is sparking controversy, with some voices calling him to resign, that aimed to guarantee the same chances among all the contenders. We believe that such call lacks wisdom and even responsibility because there are no constitutional or legal necessities that oblige him to resign. Such call in a bid to embarrass Mr Chahed and a way to show him as the statesman who sticks to power is baseless insofar as the resignation is not practically possible…

40,000 Algerians entered Tunisia last Weekend

At least 40,000 Algerian tourists visited Tunisia after crossing Oum Teboul’s border post during last weekend, The Ticker Times reported. Oum Teboul’s border post has witnessed an extraordinary influx, having taken this route in two days, 40 000 Algerian holidaymakers. During the weekend, ten thousand vehicles passed through this border crossing, the same source added. The reasons behind this rush are the approach of the end of the summer season and the start of the school year that provoked a craze and a growing interest of Algerians for Tunisia. Usually,…

Fires destroy nearly 2,000 hectares of forests in Tunisia (2019)

More than 1,850 hectares of forests have been destroyed in 190 fire incidents in 2019 as of August 9, said Director General of Forests, Salem Triki. This figure represents a rise from 2018, when fewer than 1,000 hectares were burnt, due to natural or human causes. In 2017, the figure reached 17,000 hectares. Despite the increase in burnt forestry area 2019, Triki noted that the number of forest fires had decreased in recent years due to a preventive plan implemented by the forest department. The forest area in Tunisia is…

First Tunis RFR trains due to arrive in Tunisia soon

The first Hyundai Rotem EMUs for the Tunis RFR suburban network have been outshopped from the firm’s plant in Changwon, Korea, with the first two sets due to arrive in Tunisia in the coming days, the International Rail Journal reports. Tunisian National Railways (SNTF) awarded Hyundai Rotem a Dinars 416m ($US 147m) contract in October 2018 to supply 28 of the four-car trains. Each 107.9m-long EMU will accommodate 1202 passengers (6p/m2), 248 of them seated, the same added. The 25kV ac 50Hz trains have a maximum speed of 120km/h, the International Rail…