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Building on an image

CIC has made visual images their business Visual image (n): 1. a mental image that is similar to a visual perception, 2. a perception that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system. Synonyms: Visualization CAIRO: Defining a visual image and understanding it is a complicated task. Producing a perfect video, picture and/or …

Farah El Alfy

NDP conference and new moon sighting top news of the week

Ramadan TV programming and escalating food prices receive attention CAIRO: The fourth annual conference of the National Democratic Party was assessed this week by national and independent newspapers. On its front page, Al Ahram national newspaper printed quotes and promises by President Hosni Mubarak made in his closing speech. The president asserted that under his …

Maram Mazen

Stocks flat in Ramadan lull

CAIRO: Stocks were flat on Monday in the absence of major news to move the market during the month of Ramadan. The real estate sector secured some gains, led by Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD), which announced it had won Swiss government approval for a resort complex in the Swiss village of Andermatt. Shares in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Forget a UN force in Gaza absent a political horizon

The deployment of a beefed-up United Nations force in Lebanon to bolster the cease-fire led Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Massimo d’Alema to suggest in late August that a similar deployment be made in the Gaza Strip. Days later, Karen AbuZayd, the commissioner general for the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, said “it would …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt to sell Omar Effendi shops for $103 million

CAIRO: The government agreed on Monday to sell 90 percent of the historic department store chain Omar Effendi to the Saudi company Anwal for LE 589.5 million ($102.7 million), state news agency MENA said. Omar Effendi, which has branches in every large Egyptian town, was founded in 1856 under the name Orosdi Back and long …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

An hour with a confident Ahmadinejad

The most telling moment in a conversation I had in New York last week with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came when he was asked if America would attack Iran. He quickly answered “no, with a slight cock of his head as if he regarded the very idea of war between the two countries as preposterous. …

David Ignatius

Median interbank rate falls to 8.05 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound dropped to 8.05 percent on Monday from 8.395 on Sunday, with the market liquid at the end of the reserve period, traders said. We had no deals. It s the last day of the reserve period, so naturally banks are squared, said one trader. Tuesday marks …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Treasure hunting through Soly Gallery

The collection is eclectic and disorganized but the fun lies in the search CAIRO: From the musty smell and the dim lighting to the way the paintings are stacked and stuffed in corners like old hoarded treasures, you might think you’re a 12-year-old again and sneaking around your grandmother’s attic. Soly Art Gallery is a …

Daily News Egypt

EFG-Hermes to offer online trading

CAIRO: Cairo-based brokerage EFG-Hermes has obtained a license to offer online trading of Egyptian stocks and will start a gradual launch to existing clients within two weeks, an official said on Monday. We re ready for an immediate soft launch and we will start in a week or two depending on the exchange, said Mamdouh …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

T-shirts take on local flavor

Zafir lets customers express themselves in truly Egyptian ways CAIRO: T-shirts are a global product that reflect the wearer’s personality. Some people choose T-shirts featuring their favorite bands; others prefer a famous saying; and some would rather keep it simple. But have you ever seen anyone wearing a T-shirt reflecting Egyptian popular culture? Well, now …

Farah El Alfy

OHD says it has permission for Swiss project

CAIRO: Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD) said it had won Swiss government approval for a resort complex in the Swiss village of Andermatt. In a statement received on Monday, the Cairo-based company said it had obtained an exemption for the project from Lex Koller, a law which restricts foreign ownership of real estate. The project …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Father and son killed in treasure hunt

CAIRO: An Egyptian and his son died when the hole they were digging to find treasure collapsed on them in the early hours of Sunday, the state news agency MENA said. A magician had persuaded Ramadan Mohamed Baraka, a 55-year-old driver, that the treasure was buried under his house in Senhour village 80 km southwest …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt Invest set to shed light on the investment climate

CAIRO: Since Egypt Invest first appeared in 2003, discussing investment opportunities in Egypt, it has all come a long way. Starting with the FDI figure from 2003 of $452 million, Egypt entered one of the most prosperous and fastest investment paced periods in its history. Youssef Botrous Ghali, minister of finance, said recently that “We …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Pope says Christians, Muslims must reject violence

Muslim Brotherhood says meeting attempt to avoid apology CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy: Pope Benedict told Muslim envoys on Monday that Christian and Muslim believers must reject violence, in an audience meant to defuse anger at his use of quotes saying Islam was spread by the sword. The Pope expressed his esteem and profound respect for members of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Nour objects to "democracy" letter

Wife says Interior Ministry is trying to defame him CAIRO: Jailed politician Ayman Nour, his wife and supporters from El-Ghad party are furious about a letter that urges U.S. President George Bush to take action to free Nour. The letter, allegedly sent by activists living in various foreign and Arab countries, is meant “to defame …

Pakinam Amer

Eight killed, 14 corpses found in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Insurgents Monday killed at least eight people in Iraq, including three policemen, officials said as the war-torn country s security forces continued to bear the brunt of rebel violence. A roadside bomb killed a policeman in the flashpoint southern Baghdad district of Dura, a center of deadly feuding between Baghdad s rival Sunni and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt to relaunch civil nuclear program

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt is to relaunch its civil nuclear energy program after a 20-year freeze, with plans for a nuclear power station on the Mediterranean coast, officials said Sunday. The government s Supreme Council for Energy met Sunday for the first time in 18 years to discuss alternative energy sources including the nuclear option. …

Daily News Egypt

European papers banned for comments on Islam

CAIRO: Egypt has banned editions of two French and German newspapers, Le Figaro and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, because of articles deemed insulting to Islam, the state news agency MENA said on Sunday. Under a decree issued by Information Minister Anas El-Feki, the two editions will not be able to enter the country, it said. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Club campaigners

  ŠΘ # # # Loud and colorful, the competition was on as every nominee featured a team handing out fliers and telling people what the candidate will do to benefit the club and members, here are Nour Ayoub and Salma Sakr # # Ahmed El Aguizy, Sherif Baroudy, Hassan Abaza and Ahmed Tantawy

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Shortage in poultry supplies continues despite import legislation

Importers: government regulation behind increased import costs CAIRO: The recent government decision to allow for the import of poultry from Brazil is proving to have little effect on reducing the 1 million chicken gap between supply and demand, the General Importer s Council (GIC) says. Due to strict guidelines set by the Prime Minister s …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Abbas to resume unity government talks with Hamas

President meets with Mubarak in Cairo, discusses obstacles facing government CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip as early as Monday to try to revive stalled talks on a unity government, aides said. President Abbas will go to Gaza Monday or Tuesday to pursue efforts to form a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt criticizes West on Israeli nuclear arsenal

CAIRO: Egypt criticized Western powers on Saturday for blocking efforts to declare Israel s reputed nuclear arsenal a threat. The United States and other Western states combined on Friday to stifle a resolution at the UN s nuclear agency, the IAEA, demanding Israel use atomic energy only for peaceful purposes and help set up a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Crime Scence

Crocodile leads police on goose chase; magic gone bad in Egypt CAIRO: The widespread spirituality of Ramadan can be felt everywhere in Egypt – except on the crime pages, with the usual assortment of crimes being reported. Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported that in Giza a farmer murdered a 70-year-old man in the street, stabbing him …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

AUC reacts to Lebanon's tragic events

Fund raising events will span 33 days to remember days under attack CAIRO: Expressing solidarity in the tragic events that occurred in Lebanon over the summer, the entire community of the American University in Cairo (AUC) organized a Day for Lebanon event to raise funds for Lebanese victims. The event included an entertainment program held …

Daily News Egypt

West, Saudi Arabia unable to confirm bin Laden death

Reuters WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had no evidence that Osama bin Laden had died, shedding further doubt on a secret document leaked in France that said Saudi secret services believed he had died last month. France, the United States and Britain have said they were unable to confirm the report in French …

Daily News Egypt

The Crusaders are coming?

‘The Pope has slandered Islam by equating it with violence and irrationality. Let’s bomb the Vatican.’ No one to my knowledge has actually said so, though they might as well have, if one is to go by the climate of hysterical frenzy that has swept the Muslim world since Pope Benedict XVI delivered his now …

Daily News Egypt

Democratic Front Party launches activities

Party asks all political persuasions to contribute to a new constitution for Egypt CAIRO: The Democratic Front party, which is still under construction, held its first public meeting under the slogan of: A new constitution; no to amending the constitution. The party is being established by a former member of the policies committee in the …

Maram Mazen