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Prevention and preparedness vital in fire fighting

Fire officials counter citizens complaints about slow response to emergencies CAIRO: It s a catch-22 situation. Complaints by Cairo s citizens about slow or in some cases, non-existent response, to fire emergencies, is on the rise. On the other hand, fire officials blame citizens for their ignorance of the emergency procedures that should be followed. …

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Truth from a director's lens

El Sakia commences its second documentary film festival CAIRO: El Sakia Cultural Center starts its second documentary film festival tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Awards will be distributed at the closing ceremony of the four-day festival on July 18. This year, 50 documentary films are participating in the festival, with 26 being short documentary films of …

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Why is Africa getting poorer?

CAIRO: There is an African country where 19 population of the population lives under the poverty line, yet whose government donates aid to other African countries. While this country gives the World Food Program in excess of $1.5 million for use elsewhere on the continent, more than 500,000 of its own people are classified as …

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Al Ahli continues defense of unbeaten record

JOHANNESBURG: Title holders Al Ahli have two records in their sights when the group phase of the African Champions League begins this weekend. Al Ahli, who beat Etoile Sahel in last year s final, is away to another Tunisian side, CS Sfaxien in its opening Group A match on Saturday. The Egyptian side is looking …

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Matters of the harp

Manal Mohie El-Din puts the virtues of the harp on display CAIRO: How apt that the instrument which owes its very existence to Egypt should still find a home here. This most marginalized of instruments, apparently confined to the satellite provinces of any orchestra in which it has the audacity to feature, was propelled to …

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Mubarak sees no need for vice president

Reuters CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks published on Wednesday there was no need to appoint a vice president, suggesting he will leave open the post from which both he and his predecessor became leader. Analysts and the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said that by not appointing a vice president, 78-year-old Mubarak strengthened the chances …

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Study in static dynamism

Shayma Aziz exhibits her collection of stills that encapsulate movement CAIRO: Shayma Aziz’s Contrast in Still Motion is a striking exhibition using rust or black and white dyes to highlight a sequence of still figures fashioned from charcoal. The Falaki Gallery her work is exhibited in could more accurately be described as simply a hallway …

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A memorable cup

CAIRO: The 2006 World Cup will go down in the books as a tournament which features egregious mistakes by referees, unprecedented bookings, as well as solid defensive tactics which overshadowed most offense, allowing a number of defenders to shine. The side that won the most coveted cup in the world of sports was in fact …

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Foreign media scramble to win over Arab viewers

Reuters BEIRUT: Rarely have Western news organizations wooed Arab hearts and minds so avidly, or with so little certainty of political or commercial reward. Freed by satellite television and the Internet from the dreary monopoly of state media, Arabs already get news in their own language from a plethora of local and foreign sources. Western …

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El Sawy promotes kids' talents

Introducing new meaning to summer vacation CAIRO: If you think local children don’t have great artistic potential, think again. Al Sawy’s first concert of the “My Vacations Program captivated the audience with the talent of these young performers. For the fourth year in a row, the summer program has proved to be successful, with over …

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Egypt's role in the UN propelled by aid initiatives

CAIRO: Egypt has stepped up its aid initiatives with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), assisting Niger, Sudan and other African countries, providing aid relief. The Egyptian government has been a regular donor to WFP activities for many years, contributing $1.69 million since 2001 and assisting recently in Sudan. Allan Jury, head of WFP …

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Little to glow about at World Cup for Africa

Agence France-Presse BERLIN: Africa is ready, Africa s time has come, Africa is calling. Those emotive words from South African president Thabo Mbeki about South Africa s hosting of the 2010 World Cup could just as well sum up Africa s hopes of actually winning the trophy. They may be ready but their time has …

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Dying Egyptian artform revived in Cairo

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: When Omm Sameh sings, trendy students, young intellectuals and tourists looking for a taste of the exotic sway to her captivating sounds. The voluptuous, dark-eyed singer sings to the Prophet Mohammed and his descendants, to Jesus and to unseen spirits to the pulsating rhythms of drums and strings. She is one of …

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Defense-minded teams advance to the finals

CAIRO: For any teams looking to advance in the next World Cup, thinking that an assortment of talented strikers and attack-minded midfielders are enough, this World Cup may cause them to think again. As goalkeepers turned out to be the hero’s in the quarter-finals, the defenders prevailed during the semi-finals. In the first semi-final between …

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Israel presses Gaza assault, 26 killed

Agence France-Presse GAZA CITY: Israel pressed on with its bloody offensive against Gaza on Friday, a day after reoccupying land and waging multiple air strikes in the deadliest 24 hours in the Palestinian territories for four years. Three Palestinians, one of them a teenager, were killed as Israeli artillery and aircraft pounded the northern Gaza …

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Get your children out of the house

Summer activities are pivotal to children s development, not mere time fillers CAIRO: Whether it is a low-key teenager or a hyperactive seven-year-old, summer time is always a problem. More than three months of children lying around the house, either wrecking havoc in all its rooms or glued to the TV screen and playing video …

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Women and minorities, the Arab invisibles

Hopes are high that the military junta which recently seized power in Mauritania, ousting long-time dictator Mouawiya Ould Al-Tayie, will usher in a new era marked by democratic reform. Historically, Arab countries have had bitter experiences with coups, but there is reason to believe that this latest episode differs markedly from its predecessors. The country …

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The elusive myth of press freedom

We re Egyptians, we like fairy tales. Aly Baba and the 40 Thieves, Joha, One ?Thousand and One Nights. Oh, and the most modern of our fairy tales; the one about social and political reform. Most Egyptians know that one; it s ongoing. If only Scheherazade d had access to that ?one, she d have …

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Rebel priest splits from Egyptian Coptic Church

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Priest Maximus I has decided to break away from the Egyptian Coptic Church under Pope Shenuda III and form his own alternative church. The church has never known a pontificate as bad as Shenuda s, and Egypt has never lived sectarian clashes as they have under him, said the self-proclaimed Archbishop Maximus …

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Endless sweeping

Georgescu finds an artistic moment in dust CAIRO: The Townhouse Factory was transformed into the Champollion Palace with the video installation “Dust Monument by artist Ioana Georgescu projected on the ceiling and on the floor, pulling the viewer directly inside the historic palace. The installation features Georgescu sweeping away the dust in the Champollion Palace. …

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A waste of experience

Pundits and patriots continuously bemoan the loss of the best Egyptian minds. Doctors, scientists and engineers who sought their fortune in foreign countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. A study by Cairo’s Gulf Center for Strategic Studies reveals that Arab countries lose half of their newly-qualified doctors, 23 pe cent of engineers …

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Festival without words

Second mime festival features an underrated art CAIRO: In the downtown Emad Eddin Studio, young, enthusiastic actors and directors sit in groups to rehearse for the Second Annual Mime Festival, which will be launched today at the Al Sawy Cultural Center and will last until Saturday, July 8. This festival is one of a kind …

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Giving children hope

Maadi center offers cutting edge physical therapy for cerebral palsy sufferers CAIRO: In the courtyard at The Children’s Center in Maadi, little Mahmoud is practicing walking with the help of his trainer, Anna. Seated on a chair with wheels, Anna rolls along holding Mahmoud, who is leaning on his walker as she helps him put …

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Italian role investigated in CIA kidnapping of Egyptian cleric

Reuters ROME: A magistrate is investigating whether Italian officials helped CIA agents abduct a terrorism suspect who says he was flown from Milan to Egypt and tortured, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said on Monday. An Italian court has issued arrest warrants for 22 suspected U.S. agents accused of kidnapping Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known …

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Recent report by Kefaya urges government to root out corruption

CAIRO: As part of its mission to accelerate social development and end corruption, the Kefaya movement has issued a report tackling various cases in Egypt under the name of “The Hidden Corruption. George Ishaq, head of Kefaya, said in a press conference yesterday that the report is composed of five main parts, each addressing different …

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Cultural adaptation

Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s “Ten Again And Other Stories takes us into early 20th century Egypt “Ten Again and other stories By Ibrahim Al-MazaniTranslated by William M. HutchinsThe American University in Cairo Press, 2006Hardback, 256 pages CAIRO: Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s works provide one of the best representations of the social life of early 20th century middle class Egypt, …

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Gaza crisis tests limits of Egyptian mediation

Reuters JERUSALEM: A crisis in Gaza has tested Egypt s ability to mediate between the Palestinians and Israel, whose mutual refusal to give ground over a soldier captured by militants has upset Cairo s diplomatic efforts, analysts say. Egypt last year coaxed a unilateral halt to attacks on Israel from Palestinian factions. But difficulties persuading …

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