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Ministry of Finance allocates $100m for petroleum deficit

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has allocated EGP 100 million to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) for supplying all electricity stations with the required petroleum needs. Minister of Finance Momtaz Al Saeed stated that during July and August, the Ministry allocated EGP 600 million to the EGPC in order to procure the necessary fuel …

Daily News Egypt

International renewable energy companies take interest in Marsa Allam

By Abdelrazik Al Shewikhy In collaboration with several Italian organisations in the field of renewable energy, the RES Group, a UK-based renewable energy company, offered to to construct 30 photovoltaic power stations for the Investors Association in Marsa Alam with investments worth €70 million. The project comes in light of addressing fuel shortage currently crippling …

Daily News Egypt

€50m French loan to expand electricity grid

  By Islam Zayed The French Ambassador to Egypt, Nicolas Galey, and Pierre Marcelli, director of the French Development Agency (FDA)’s office in Cairo, signed an agreement to provide a €50m soft loan to the Egyptian government. The loan will be provided in cooperation with the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the German …

Daily News Egypt

New hope for hepatitis C, an often hidden disease

There’s new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C — even though most who have the simmering infection don’t know it yet. Surprisingly, two-thirds of hepatitis C sufferers are thought to be baby boomers who’ve harbored since their …

AP

New hope for hepatitis C, an often hidden disease

 There’s new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C — even though most who have the simmering infection don’t know it yet. Surprisingly, two-thirds of hepatitis C sufferers are thought to be baby boomers who’ve harbored since their …

AP

Cairo to Fayoum: A day trip in the desert

Sometimes it only takes a fresh perspective to remind ourselves of what a dynamic part of the world we actually live in. Cairo is a true blend of pop culture and ancient history, but it’s still easy to take for granted. We all know the Pyramids are looming somewhere in the haze nearby, but the …

DNE

Longer-lasting options to treat drug addiction

New treatments for addiction to heroin or narcotic painkillers promise longer-lasting relief that may remove some day-to-day uncertainty of care: A once-a-month shot is now approved and a six-month implant is in the final testing phase. The main treatment options have long been once-a-day medications — controversial methadone or a tablet named buprenorphine — that …

Daily News Egypt

Nola Cupcakes continue Cairo’s cupcake craze

Ask any modern girl what she likes and she might answer with one of the four C’s: champagne, cashmere, carats or cupcakes. With cupcakes being the easiest and cheapest to acquire, though certainly laden with the guilt of calories, cupcakes in Cairo are the easiest indulgence for a girl (or guy) who wants a little …

Heba Elkayal

Publishers drop lawsuit against minister in supplementary textbook crisis

CAIRO: Publishing houses dropped a lawsuit on Tuesday that was previously filed against Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr to terminate his decision to impose fees for the license to print supplementary textbooks. Badr declared on the same day that he was giving licenses to four publishing houses. Now a total of six publishers have …

Essam Fadl

Naguib Mahfouz Cafe: Quiet oasis in Khan El-Khalili

Khan El-Khalili certainly isn’t the quietest area in Cairo. Between hoards of inappropriately attired tourists, packs of vendors endlessly skilled in the art of creative heckling, and the horrendous parking situation, a visit to Khan El-Khalili is a lively, crowded experience in the heart of the capital. Those who love Khan El-Khalili and return to …

Daily News Egypt

Mammograms have only ‘modest’ impact on breast cancer, says study

Mammograms have only a "modest" impact on reducing breast cancer deaths, according to a study published Thursday that added to a growing debate on the effectiveness of the routine screening. The research in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a Norwegian screening program resulted in a 10 percent reduction in breast cancer mortality …

AFP

Viva Mexico

At the Four Seasons Nile Plaza, it was all about Mexico this week. In light of the country’s 200th year of independence, Four Seasons Punta Minta flew over some of its chefs to create a weeklong Mexican dining experience for local guests, and an eight piece mariachi band to boot. Running up until the evening …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Who cares about hemlines? Pants again on the radar

Menswear details, including blazers, vests and button-downs, have been invading women’s fashion trends for a while. Now comes the most obvious of all for fall: pants. Dresses had been dominant for several seasons — there is appeal in an effortless uniform, after all — but pants are powerful, utilitarian and versatile, and that seems to …

AP

Females more prone to knee injury in football, says study

"Kicking like a girl" is a real phenomenon and may explain why females are more likely to suffer knee injuries in sports such as football, US researchers said Wednesday. The researchers found significant differences in knee alignment and muscle activation between men and women while kicking a ball. The study appearing in the Journal of …

AFP

Sugar for newborns does not relieve pain, says study

Contrary to international guidelines, sugar given to newborn babies does not ease pain, according to a study published on Thursday by The Lancet. In 2001, doctors published recommendations, based on a series of trials, that oral sucrose be administered to newborns to help relieve pain from invasive procedures. But a new look suggests that sucrose …

AFP

The mosque and its enemies

WASHINGTON, DC: Opposition to plans to build a mosque near “Ground Zero,” the spot where the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell on September 11, 2001, comes in various shades. To their credit, many of the project’s opponents have avoided the crass bigotry that is becoming a standard trait of right-wing discourse in the United …

Daily News Egypt

Barcelona reaches deal to sign Mascherano

BARCELONA: Barcelona won the race to sign Javier Mascherano from Liverpool, announcing on its website Friday that Argentine midfielder had agreed a four-year contract. The transfer fee for Mascherano, who must first pass the obligatory medical test, was undisclosed. Reports had said Liverpool demanded a fee of around 25 million pounds (€30.5 million; $38.8 million). …

AP

Lebanon tries to retain Arabic in polyglot culture

Maya Sabti’s children were born and raised in Lebanon but they speak only broken Arabic and cringe when presented with an Arabic book to read. "I try to get them interested, but I don’t blame them that they’re not," said Sabti, whose children are 8 and 10. "Mobile phones, Facebook, movies — all that’s important …

Daily News Egypt

Video game lets players be ‘Bad’ to Jackson hits

An upcoming video game starring Michael Jackson is set to be "Bad." Video game publisher Ubisoft announced Wednesday its dancing-and-singing "Michael Jackson The Experience" game will feature such Jackson hits as "Bad," ”Beat It" and "Billie Jean." The title is scheduled to be released later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, …

AP

The cholesterol-statin conundrum

Have you heard your doctor speaking of statins, cholesterol reducing drugs, as if they were a universal panacea and a harmless substance? For several years now statins have been prescribed pervasively by doctors, to anyone having high cholesterol, without any careful attention to important individual physiological differences. Your doctor may have even been surprised, uncomfortable, …

Daily News Egypt

Elvis Week hits stride as buyout talks heat up

Elvis Presley is in play. CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of the American music icon’s life …

AP