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…

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…

ISWIT 2019 due on August 15-25 in Djerba and Zarzis

The International Student Week in Tunisia (ISWIT) whose motto is “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” is due on August 15-25 in Djerba and Zarzis. The start of the student festival is due this year in Djerba. It is open to students from the whole world with a view to bringing together over 150 youths, including participants, moderators and volunteers, as part of workshops that cover a multitude of issues. “Through workshops, close communication and cooperation, interactive lectures and various open…

EU, UNODC launch 3-year project to dismantle migrant smuggling, human trafficking networks

The European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa are launching a three-year project aimed at supporting Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia in dismantling migrant smuggling and human trafficking criminal networks operating in North Africa, the duo announced in a press statement. The EU has set a budget of €15m ($16.69m) for the project, which will be implemented by the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa under the framework of the North Africa Window of the…

Tunisia-China cooperation in nuclear energy

A cooperation protocol on nuclear energy was recently signed between the Tunisian Association of Nuclear Sciences and Techniques (ATSTN) and the CHINA ZHONGYUAN ENGINEERING CORPORATION (CZEC). This cooperation was signed by ATSTN president Khaled Debbabi for the Tunisian side and by president of CHINA ZHONGYUAN ENGINEERING CORPORATION (CZEC) WANG Ying for the Chinese side. This cooperation agreement which was signed on the 25th of July, 2019 in Beijing paves the way for collaboration on nuclear training and research between the two societies, said Kaled Debbabi in a statement to TunisianMonitorOnline.…

20 million children globally risk dying from measles, tetanus, diphtheria

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said, “While most children today are being vaccinated, far too many are left behind. Unacceptably, it is often those who are most at risk — the poorest, the most marginalised, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes — who are persistently missed.” He added that vaccines remain one of the most trusted and basic preventers of such outbreaks and that the world is not safe in their absence. Measles, which is one of the most contagious diseases with the potential…

Open Source Machine Building Workshop at ENIT Tunisia

The Open Source Machine Building workshop, due to be held on June 21 – 27, 2019 at National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT), is a unique opportunity for young students to develop their technological skills, meet start-up incubators and work in a diverse international team with members from universities from Germany and Tunisia, the European Commission website reports. The event is the first workshop held in Tunisia that brings together students, makers, researchers, incubators, enterprises and policy makers. It is also an opportunity for students to become Makers and get…

“Degleya”, Tunisian technique for protecting Tunisian dates created by Enactus ESSECT students

Mouhamed Ghayadhi, founder of “Degleya” said that Tunisian dates protection has now become the key concern of Enactus ESSECT after a group of students visited the Tunisian south seeking a solution for the problem of the fall of dates’ production. Enactus ESSECT students worked on the creation “Degleya “also known as “namouseya” which is the most efficient way to protect the Tunisian dates from heavy rain or hot weather and even from insects such as pyrala worm and myelois, he added in an interview withTunisianMonitorOnline. Mouhamed Ghayadhi also indicated that…

Green Economy: 2019 Environmental Information Trophy awarded to Saida Zemzemi

The 2019 Environmental Information Trophy was awarded to Tunisian Saida Zemzemi  Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the specialized magazine “Biaa-News”, by the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment. This distinction, which was handed to Saida Zemzemi by Minister of Environment and Local Affairs Mokhtar Hammami, supports the promotion of environmental information and efforts to popularize and entrench ecological values. “Biaa-News” Magazine is distinguished by covering the regional congress on “the promotion of oasis systems in the North African and Mauritania region” which was held on May 17 and 18,  2019 in…

Annual Jewish pilgrimage in Tunisia’s Djerba enhances tolerance and co-existence

Hundreds of pilgrims flocked on Wednesday to the Ghriba synagogue on the Mediterranean island of Djerba where one of the last Jewish communities in the Arab world is still living there and seize the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the oldest synagogue to voice their wish for blessing. Senior officials from Tunisia joined the Ghriba festivities which coincides this year with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan for the first time since 1987. On May 22 and 23, 2019, the Ghriba synagogue hosted nearly 7,000 tourists from various European countries, in…