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Poultry growers criticize government for encouraging imports

The Poultry and Meat Committee at the Egyptian Food Industries Chamber of Commerce voiced criticism of the government’s decision to extend imports of poultry, meat and fish imports to March 2007. Alaa Radwan, head of the committee, said chicken growers have suffered negative blows from ‘unrestrained’ imports, which however have failed to hold down poultry …

Noozz

NDP media blitz on constitutional amendments

Opposition criticizes official party’s stranglehold on media CAIRO: The ruling party is planning an aggressive campaign to promote its policies and proposed amendments to the constitution, announced the website of the National Democratic Party. Aly El-Din Helal, the secretary general of the NDP media committee, said party officials have already started visiting different governorates to …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mortgage Loans approvals hit LE 241 mln in six months

The Mortgage Finance Authority has signed mortgage contracts valued at LE 241 million over the past six months, which, according to MFA chairman Osama Saleh, will enhance opportunities for achieving the authority’s 2010 targets. Saleh said to a forum organized by the Egyptian Businessmen Association on Thursday that the MFA set a target of LE …

Noozz

Japanese auto parts producers look to investment opportunities in Egypt

A Japanese business delegation of 22 auto parts producers is poised to visit Cairo during the middle of the week. According to Abdul Monem Saudi, chairman of the Egyptian Japanese Business Council, the Japanese companies have begun to look positively at investment opportunities in automotive parts manufacturing on the back of growing attention from the …

Noozz

Technology exports hit $500 mln

Technology and communications’ services exports recorded approximately $500 million over the first ten months of 2006, according to Gamal Mohamed Ali, deputy chairman of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency. Speaking in Dubai to Noozz reporters, Ali said exports of technical support and call center services made up the largest percentage of total technology exports …

Noozz

EU official: Egypt is an economic tiger on the Nile

CAIRO: While the Egyptian economy has benefited from reforms which have made it increasingly competitive and open to foreign investment, more work is needed to ensure future prosperity, according to a top EU official. “We are seeing an unleashing of an economic tiger on the Nile, says EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson. “The challenge is …

Jered Stuffco

No wonder the Israelites wandered for 40 years!

The wonders of Sinai’s wadis offer an entrancing weekend After spending 40 hours wandering through the wadis of the high Sinai Mountains, I have a new appreciation for the geographically challenged Israelites. Because if it wasn’t for my Bedouin guide Mohamed Darwish, I might too have been wandering for 40 years. Over the weekend I …

Peter A. Carrigan

Egyptian films leave a little something to be desired, say critics

Best productions of recent years, but can they compete internationally? CAIRO: When an announcement was made in October that three Egyptian films would be screened in the main international competition of the Cairo International Film Festival, the entertainment industry was abuzz with questions about their ability to compete with world cinema. According to sources associated …

Joseph Fahim

Accepting Hamas' victory might save Olmert's plan

Washington may soon replace its failed regional policy of isolation and confrontation with a renewed policy of engagement. Correspondingly, Israel’s policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians is about to change as well. Here, Israel is faced with two dilemmas. First, whether to await an initiative designed by others or to preempt with its own ideas. And second, …

Daily News Egypt

Biz Recap

Indian industry on display in Cairo CAIRO: India s Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) brought more than 100 Indian companies to the Cairo fair grounds to showcase their products to local businessmen in the four-day Mactech 2006 exhibition launched Thursday. Having witnessed 52 percent growth in engineering product exportation to Egypt in 2005, EEPC Chairman …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Blogger released after security arrests

CAIRO: Egyptian blogger Rami Siyam, also known as Ayoub, was released from jail Thursday following his arrest on Nov. 19 with three other bloggers.Although he was due to be released immediately after his arrest, he was kept in detention by state security due to instructions from higher orders. “The prosecutor’s office informed Siyam s lawyer …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Hamas leader discusses prisoner exchange in Cairo

CAIRO: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held positive talks with a senior Egyptian security official on Thursday to discuss a prisoner exchange between the Palestinian movement and Israel, a senior Hamas member said. Egypt has been trying to broker the prisoner swap since the capture of an Israeli soldier in a raid near Gaza in June …

Reuters

The results of campaign to reduce hepatitis C due by 2015

CAIRO: A campaign for children with hepatitis C virus, a virus that has a high probability of developing into HIV/AIDS, has just been cranked up a gear. Unlike most campaigns where experts and speakers usually focus on numbers and statistics, the conference held at the Cairo Opera House on Thursday provided a well-planned strategy that …

Yasmine Saleh

Opposition wants Camp David Accords annulled

CAIRO: Opposition movement Kefaya has gathered a 100,000-strong petition calling for the annulment of Egypt’s 1979 Camp David Peace Accords with Israel, said General Coordinator for the Kefaya opposition movement George Ishaq. Ishaq told The Daily Star Egypt that the movement wants the treaty annulled due to the inequity in its conditions. We saw this …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Sports Talk: Sea, sand and speedball

CAIRO: Somebody invented running. Somebody invented swimming. Then came speedball and somebody had to invent that, too. The individual in question is an Egyptian, Mr Lofty, who came up with speedball in the 1960s as a warm up and practice exercise for tennis players in Egypt. For those of you who don’t know the first …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Lawyers warn against loophole allowing FGM

Conference announces that female circumcision against Islam CAIRO: In a move that is likely to win international support but fuel domestic dissent, the International Conference for Preventing the Violation of Women’s Bodies announced Thursday that female genital mutilation (FGM) is contrary to Islamic beliefs and is considered an attack on women. The conference, held from …

Daily News Egypt

The Maharaja of India arrives in Cairo

Indian cuisine spices up the night but where are the patrons? Characterized by a great variety of foods, spices, and cooking techniques, Indian food has always been a welcome cuisine for many well-to-do Egyptians. The Maharaja, which is oddly located at the Ramses Hilton, is a splendid sight. I say “oddly because most venues are …

Farah El Alfy

Nature's miracle drug

Scientific research stresses the health benefits of dihydrogen monoxide Psst. Come here, I want to show you something. Take a look at this: it is the most nourishing element you can give your body. It will revitalize you, refresh you, keep you healthy and maintain your metabolism. It will make you feel light and youthful, …

Daily News Egypt

Sci-tech: Guillotine that cigarette

Taking the splutter and cough out of needing nicotine There are three well-trodden paths available to the smoker’s conscience when it comes time to stop. Cold turkey is a jolt and will have you jonesing for a cigarette constantly. Substitution is filling the gap with maybe a double cheeseburger or an extra banana and chocolate …

Wael Elazab

Sampling the treats offered by Taba Heights resort

CAIRO: Egyptian holidaymakers who head to the Red Sea resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh often overlook Taba. Though the border town has always lured its share of tourists with its quiet beaches, clear waters, and desert trails, it’s only recently that hotel chains have begun to lay down their foundations in the surrounding …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Wind power could determine future energy needs

In contrast to traditional energy sources, wind farms offer clean, safe and renewable energy ZAFARANA: Amid worldwide attention given to Egypt s emerging nuclear energy plans, German Ambassador Bernd Erbel visited the site of a less discussed, more renewable, and safer type of energy – the Zafarana wind farm. We must focus on renewable energy …

Deena Douara

SidPec to set up two new factories at $65 mln investment costs

CAIRO: Sidi Krir Petrochemicals, SidPec Company, has started to set up a new plant that will produce butadiene for the first time in Egypt. Butadiene is an important industrial chemical used in the production of synthetic rubber. The plant will be established with total investments of $40 million (almost LE 230 million). The company also …

Noozz

GUPCO to receive a $50 mln marine drilling rig

CAIRO: The Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (Gupco) will receive by the end of this year a marine drilling rig to drill up crude from the Red Sea. The drilling rig will cost as much as $50 million (LE 387 million) and will be constructed by Balayeem Petroleum, Petrobal. A senior official at Petrobal said …

Noozz

Alexandria, we hardly knew ya

CAIRO: While many of Naguib Mahfouz’s most memorable characters stalked the back streets and alleys of Cairo, the Nobel laureate also had a soft spot for Egypt’s second city. “Alexandria was a European city, where Italian, French, Greek or English was heard far more than Arabic, he wrote in Al-Ahram in 1996. “The city was …

Jered Stuffco

Greece's Piraeus Bank increases stake in Egypt unit

CAIRO: Greece s Piraeus Bank raised its stake in Piraeus Bank Egypt, its subsidiary, by 1.9 percent to 95.3 percent by buying shares held by Libya s foreign investment company, Piraeus Bank Egypt said on Thursday. The Greece-based parent bank paid LE 18 million ($3.1 million) to increase its stake from 93.4 percent, valuing the …

Reuters

A Lens to the Past: The changing face of society

During the first half of the 20th century, Egypt was undergoing a social transformation. Class barriers were being torn down, along with rural urban migration, the faces representing the different strata of society in the capital city began to change. This studio portrait by photographer Alban, taken between the 1930s and the 1940s, provides a …

Daily News Egypt

Twenty-five companies vie over Cairo underground access system deal

CAIRO: Twenty-five international technology companies have joined in the competition launched by the Cairo Metro Operation Agency for supplies and installation of passengers’ access solutions using smart cards. The results of the contest will be announced on Dec. 20, 2006. Magdy Azab, chairman of the Cairo Metro Operation Agency, said the agency would install smart …

Noozz

Banking shares lead Egypt's bourse up

CAIRO: Shares rose on Thursday, with shares in investment bank EFG-Hermes and Commercial International Bank (CIB) rising on rumors of a possible merger between them. A CIB official denied the rumor on Wednesday. The banking sector was on fire today, with demand for Commercial Investment Bank, EFG Hermes and National Societe Generale pushing the sector …

Reuters