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Oh, for logic's sake .

CAIRO: Everybody knows that when you cut your hair, it grows faster. Everybody knows this because that s what the hairdressers say, it s what your aunts say, and it s what fashion show hosts say. The only problem is does this make any sense? Well, no, it doesn t really. The last time I …

Deena Douara

South Sinai on High Security Alert

CAIRO: A security adviser has disputed the authenticity of a tip that four Palestinians were in South Sinai to set off a series of attacks targeting Israeli tourists. On Sunday, media reports had indicated that Egyptian security forces looking were looking for four Palestinian men amid an elevated alert level. The reports said four Palestinians …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Blogger says she will continue advocating Coptic rights

Blogger files claim to have name removed from government blacklist CAIRO: Hala Helmy Botros, a Coptic Egyptian activist and human rights advocate, says the government wants her to close down her blog Aqbat Bela Hodood (Copts Without Borders), in which she documents alleged incidents of persecution of the Coptic Christian minority.She was ordered to stop …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Quota system a barrier to Egyptian exports, says business leader

Euro-Mediterranean free trade by 2010 may be unattainable CAIRO: European Union quotas placed on Egyptian agricultural exports are restrictive, do not reflect the country’s economic potential and ignore growing seasons, says an Egyptian business leader. The quotas also fail to take into account products that aren’t grown in the EU – all of which is …

Jered Stuffco

Khawaga's tale: Mena House Golf Club

CAIRO: The Assistant Professional at Mena House Golf Club, Mohamed Fahmy, has that sweet swing and casual debonair air that comes with a life time association with the royal and ancient game. In fact he was picking up balls at the age of six. Mr Fahmy, known to members and guests of Mena House as …

Peter A. Carrigan

An ambitious Spanish plan becomes a modest flop

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s set of proposals to break the seemingly interminable impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems doomed to failure – but not because there is anything in them that is wholly unreasonable. First, it would appear to be the wrong moment for any real progress to be made, with Israeli …

Daily News Egypt

Mahfouz characters go on trial in old Cairo

CAIRO: In the Wekalet Al-Ghoury district of old Cairo, a convoy of prisoners was paraded before an audience and made to stand trial. They stood accused of murder, revenge, thievery, conniving to commit violence, treachery, and a slew of other unmentionable – and perhaps, unpardonable – sins. And so began “Mohakamat Shakhseyat Naguib Mahfouz (The …

Daily News Egypt

Zamalek coach feels the heat

Zamalek striker Amr Zaki has admitted that his relationship with the Portuguese coach Manuel Cajuda has hit rock bottom. The 23-year-old ace was omitted from Zamalek s starting lineup that faced Ittihad Libya in the Arab Champions League on Tuesday. Cajuda accused me publicly of faking injury and deliberately omitted me from the starting lineup …

Daily News Egypt

Review: God's country and the promise of "Sweet Land"

CAIRO: A romantic comedy, “Sweet Land is a rare independent feature film that explores the assimilation of immigrants in the United States during the 1920s and is one of the gems of this year’s Cairo International Film Festival. Inge (Elizabeth Reaser) arrives in Minnesota, a farming community, to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf …

Aida Nassar

British secret plan to cut Nile flow in 1956

LONDON: Britain made secret plans to cut off the flow of the Nile to undermine Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser weeks before the Suez crisis in 1956, according to papers released for the first time on Friday. British military chiefs hoped to cripple Egypt s economy and pile pressure on Nasser after he nationalized the …

Reuters

Government seeks private sector assistance to upgrade industrial zones

CAIRO: The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) plans to seek assistance from the private sector and international experts to promote and upgrade six new industrial zones. Amr Talaat, a senior official at the MTI, said new industrial zones will be constructed in Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra and Kafr Al-Dawar, north of Egypt, to build up industrial …

Noozz

Theatrical premier overshadows "Cut and Paste" screening

Egyptian film applauded by critics and gets a thumbs up from cast’s families CAIRO: It started like any other film screening at the Cairo International Film Festival: film starts, people watch, press conference starts, some critics make uninteresting comments, few ask witty questions then everybody goes home. This was the drill until the premier of …

Sarah El Sirgany

Denial to existence of Aids is an impediment in the Middle East

CAIRO: An American University in Cairo panel marking World Aids Day highlighted the need to combat misconceptions still held by the media and the social stigma and taboos which surround the disease. Dr. Cherif Soliman, of Family Health International, … UNAids’ country director for Egypt, and … , from the Ministry of Health’s National Program …

Daily News Egypt

State-owned insurance post LE 619.3 mln net

CAIRO: State-owned insurance companies posted remarkable growth in net profits to LE 619.3 million in the fiscal year 2005-6 compared with LE 540.6 million a year earlier. Mahmoud Abdullah, chairman of the newly established insurance and reinsurance holding company, said that net profit at Misr Insurance amounted to LE 415.1 million, with total premiums of …

Noozz

Argentinean star captivates Egypt

Mia Maestro talks Hollywood, Latin American cinema and Arabic movies CAIRO: In a graceful black cocktail dress, Argentinean knock-out Mia Maestro turned all heads as she walked into a hall teaming with reporters who scrambled to get a glimpse of Latin America’s number one actress. Best known for American hits like “Poseidon and “Frida and …

Joseph Fahim

Amideast works toward American-Middle East understanding

CAIRO: In a world increasingly wrought by cultural misunderstanding, violent demonstrations and war, misconceptions of peoples across the pond are hard to shake. But eventually, as even the most prohibiting of walls (Berlin Wall) fall in ruin so too do the prejudices and fears that lead to the great divide of ‘us’ and ‘them’. For …

Deena Douara

Arab League to host ministerial meeting of Iraq neighbors

Ministers will call for end to sectarian violence threatening region The Arab League will host a meeting of foreign ministers from Iraq’s neighboring countries in Cairo on Dec. 5, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry. In the statement Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said that the meeting aimed to achieve a unified Arab stance …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Present and Tense: The making of a king – lesson one

Frankly, I didn’t know where to begin. Ahmad Rashad, future king of the Greater Middle East, was sitting on my sofa watching television and waiting for his education to commence. He’d just eaten 12 eggs, nine sausages, and 14 pancakes for breakfast and was now munching on popcorn and growing half an inch per hour, …

Nabil Shawkat

Blogger says she will continue advocating Coptic rights

Blogger files claim to have name removed from government blacklist CAIRO: Hala Helmy Botros, an Egyptian Coptic activist and human rights advocate says she the government her to close down her blog Aqbat Bela Hodood (Copts Without Borders), in which she highlighted alleged incidents of persecution directed at the Christian Coptic minority.In addition, she was …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Mubarak to visit Germany this month

Leaders to discuss trade, mid-east peace and budding economic ties CAIRO: Underlining burgeoning economic ties and Egypt’s importance as a peace broker in the Middle East, President Hosni Mubarak is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel this month – his third visit to Berlin this year. The trip also preludes Germany’s ascension to the …

Jered Stuffco

The veil is not lifted

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif supported Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, saying that any public figure is entitled to his personal opinions. Nazif made the comment at a talk he gave to the Cairo International Lions Club on November 29 after Hosni’s remarks about the veil made local headlines for the second week in a row. …

Yasmine Saleh

Lose weight, enjoy the golden years

Moderate weight loss is proven healthy to older women NEW YORK: Shedding just a few pounds can be beneficial to older women s health, and doesn t result in loss of high quality muscle tissue, a new study shows. Dr. Gloria Mazzali of the University of Verona in Italy and colleagues found that obese women …

Agencies

Bahai community awaits verdict on Interior Ministry's Appeal

CAIRO: In April 2006, the Egyptian Administrative Justice Court ruled in favor of two Bahai parents who requested birth certificates for their three daughters. The Interior Ministry appealed this ruling, and the First Circuit of the Supreme Administrative Court will consider the appeal on Saturday, Dec. 2. The ruling stated that it is not inconsistent …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Where's my tuna gone?

Eat your Tuna quick and store that can because in a few years this sea delicacy may be hard to find. According to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), schools of bluefin tuna are disappearing from the world’s seas. There seems to be no question that the world s tuna resources …

Agencies

Sports Talk: We and them

I’ve always wanted to compare what Egyptian football players get with those abroad, so now’s my chance. We know the difference is huge but we want to know how huge. A word of caution before we start. Because of the famously secretive nature of Egyptians, it is near impossible to know how much the country’s …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Sci-tech: Voice, video and va-va-voom

High-speed internet telephony has never been so accessible As we bid a fond farewell to the 56.6 kb/s dial-up connections of our past and forge forward into the high-speed broadband that lies ahead of us; the once difficult mechanics of using your internet connection to stay in touch are infinitely more usable. Increasingly gone are …

Wael Elazab

Oh no, the skinny pants are back

Tights are in, but would men wear them? In 1956 leggings made their way from the dancing artsy scene into the wardrobes of the likes of Audrey Hepburn instantly becowming a fashion statement. After disappearing for about a decade American socialite, debutante and heiress Edie Sedgwick, who starred in many of Andy Warhol’s short films, …

Farah El Alfy

Mohieddin says public pharmaceutical companies not for sale to strategic investors

NDP’s Khattab says his statements are provisional CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin said Thursday stakes in public pharmaceutical companies will not be offered to strategic investors, whether Egyptian or foreign, which is consistent with a 1996 government decision. “There is absolutely no chance [public] drug companies will be sold to a strategic investor, whether …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Mobinil rules out offering additional shares in stock market

CAIRO: Alex Shalabi, Managing Director and CEO of Mobinil, ruled out that the largest mobile phone service provider in Egypt would offer additional stocks to investors in the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange anytime soon. He said that Mobinil is not prepared to offer additional shares to the currently free floating shares which represent 20 …

Noozz