Metallica donates €250,000 to Romanian pediatric cancer hospital

Metallica, from left to right, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. The band has donated €250,000 to support the construction of Romania’s first paediatric oncology hospital. (AP Photo)
Updated 16 August 2019

Metallica donates €250,000 to Romanian pediatric cancer hospital

  • The American heavy metal band, which is very popular in Romania, made the donation ahead of their sold-out show in Romania’s National Arena
  • Few hospitals have been built in Romania since the 1989 fall of communism, a situation most blame on endemic government corruption

BUCHAREST, Romania: Metallica says it has donated €250,000 ($277,600) to support the construction of Romania’s first pediatric oncology hospital.
The American heavy metal band, which is very popular in Romania, made the donation ahead of their sold-out show Wednesday in Romania’s National Arena, according to the band’s All Within My Hands nonprofit foundation.
The funds went to the Daruieste Viata (Bestow Life) association, which is working to modernize Romania’s medical infrastructure, increase its cancer survival rate and build the country’s first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital. The group says the country’s cancer survival rate is way below the European Union average.
The construction of the hospital began in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020.
Few hospitals have been built in Romania since the 1989 fall of communism, a situation most blame on endemic government corruption.


Heavy rain across Cairo cause chaos as residents use bulldozer to escape floods

A video was circulated over social media showing a bulldozer carrying people to help them get to the other side of the road that was flooded by the rain. (Screenshot)
Updated 52 min 58 sec ago

Heavy rain across Cairo cause chaos as residents use bulldozer to escape floods

  • Flooding on roads heading to Cairo’s International Airport caused severe delays for flight passengers
  • Authorities in Cairo deployed several vacuum trucks to clear the roads

DUBAI: Heavy rain hit Cairo on Tuesday resulting in floods across the city, leaving residence stranded.  

A video was circulated over social media showing a bulldozer carrying people to help them get to the other side of the road that was flooded by the rain.

 

Scenes of large pools of water were spread among Cairo’s districts including Heliopolis, Nasr city and Salah Salem.

Pictures of people swimming in the puddles were shared on social media. Other images showed floating boxed packages while others pretended to fish in the streams of water gushing down the streets.

 

The weather also caused flight delays, and heavy traffic across the city’s busiest roads, Egypt local press reported.

Flooding on roads heading to Cairo’s International Airport caused severe delays for flight passengers.

In response to the weather conditions, EgyptAir delayed departure time for flights until the maximum number of passengers arrive at the airport.

“The airline has decided to delay the departure of some flights due to the heavy rains, until the arrival of the maximum amount of passengers booked for these flights, to preserve the rights of our customers,” EgyptAir said in a statement.

The flood caused Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to give schools and universities in Cairo a day off on Wednesday, as more rain is expected.

In response to the prime minister’s announcement, Egyptian influencer and university student, Mohamed Tarek, shared a video on Facebook expressing his joy after hearing the news.

Authorities in Cairo deployed several vacuum trucks to clear the roads.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority had sent out weather warnings earlier this week, with expectations of weather disruptions across the country from Monday to Friday.