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EFG-Hermes receives online trading licence

CAIRO: EFG-Hermes announced yesterday that it has received approval from Egypt s Central Monitory Authority to launch and operate its online trading in Egypt. Since launching online trading in the UAE in May 2006, trading volumes have grown 10 fold. Mamdouh El Baz, regional head of On-Line Trading for EFG-Hermes, said Now our customers in …

Agencies

Jordanian Group to build $2 billion resort in Sahl Hasheesh

CAIRO: Jordanian-based Shaheen Group unveiled plans Wednesday to construct a $2 billion (LE 11.5 billion) resort in Sahl Hasheesh near Hurghada on the Red Sea. Construction on the project, aimed to attract the rich and the elite of Europe and the World, as stressed by Shaheen officials, will begin in early 2007 and last for …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Diwan Book Chart

1) The Dreams by Naguib Mahfouz for L.E. 70AUC PressNaguib Mahfouz977424866x 2) 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey for L.E. 89 Simon and Schuster1416502491 3) Muhammad a biography of the prophet by Karen Armstrong for L.E. 79Phoenix Press1842126083 4) Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho for L.E. 79Harper Collins0007235798 5) …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Gezira's "fiercest elections" less fierce than expected

Incumbent El-Saeid and the majority of his electoral list win CAIRO: Although it was billed as the most competitive elections in the club s history, the Gezira Sporting Club elections surprisingly featured low voter turnout, favoring the incumbent, Ahmed El-Saeid. Club member and former volleyball player, Farida Essmat, attributes the high expectations concerning the competitiveness …

Sarah El Sirgany

SPLM organizes, recruits Cairo refugees

CAIRO: The crowded, narrow lanes of Souq El Tawfiqqeya are an unlikely spot for an embassy, located in one of the most dusty and noisy corners of the capital. But there, among shops selling spare auto parts and stands selling koshary for LE 1 a bowl, down a dim hallway in an unmarked apartment is …


New case of bird flu detected in rural area

CAIRO: Another case of avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt. Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organization (WHO) staff said on Wednesday that a case of H5N1 (avian flu) in birds was detected in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt. WHO spokesman Hassan Rl-Bushra told IRIN that the infected animals, …

Daily News Egypt

Trust in me

The NDP just wants you to love them. Really I think people should give the National Democratic Party a break. Really, it’s unfair the way that party’s been treated. Its members can’t help that they belong to the largest and most powerful party in the country. They can’t help it that nothing gets done in …

Daily News Egypt

Nassiri aims to change the world one chorus at a time

Pyramids to act as backdrop during filming of international music video clip CAIRO: International singer, composer and peace advocate Fred Nassiri announced earlier this week that he will kick off his worldwide peace initiative Sunday, September 24 with a 12-country video shoot (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) for his epic peace anthem “Love Sees No Color. Filming …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Talaat El-Sadat: Chip of the old block

Outspoken government critic to run for top parliamentary position CAIRO: In a brazen move by any independent or opposition politician, controversial Member of Parliament (MP) Talaat El-Sadat announced Wednesday that he will run for parliament s top position. El-Sadat, a controversial lawyer, nephew of former president Anwar El-Sadat and a fierce critic of the government, …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt demands Hamas release Israeli soldier

CAIRO: Egypt has demanded that Hamas immediately release a captured Israeli soldier to avoid a worsening crisis in the violence-battered Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials and Arab diplomats said. The Egyptian demand came in a strongly worded letter from Egypt s powerful intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to the Syrian-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, the officials said …

Agencies

Israeli agency head accuses Egypt of turning blind eye over Gaza border

JERUSALEM: The head of Israel s Shin Beth security agency accused Egypt on Wednesday of failing to stop arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip and called on the Egyptians to take more effective action. Something must be done on this issue vis-a-vis the Egyptians … What they are doing is not even a drop in …

AFP

Telecoms interest pushes up Egyptian stocks

CAIRO: The two main Egyptian share indexes rose at least 1 percent on Wednesday on continuing interest in telecommunications after the Telecom Egypt offer to raise its stake in Vodafone Egypt. Telecom Egypt shares last traded 2 percent higher at LE 15.02 ($2.62) and brokers said the company had a good chance of increasing its …

Reuters

"Development Corridor" under study by the government

1,200 km highway has potential to boost economy but cost worrisome CAIRO: A five-member ministerial committee began work this month to study the feasibility of constructing a 1,200 km North-South highway proposed by Egyptian academic Farouq El Baz, of Boston University. The nine-month study of what the committee is referring to as the Development Corridor, …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Crime Scene

Sulfuric acid weapon of choice in week’s crimes CAIRO: Anyone who had expected crimes to disappear during the first days of Ramadan will be disappointed. While homicides seem to have slowed down, suicides are on the rise. In a Port Said, a prisoner committed suicide because his family had stopped visiting him. The 48-year-old man …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

CHARITIES

Ramadan is a month of generosity and charity to those less fortunate. In keeping with this spirit, The Daily Star Egypt has compiled a list of local charities. There are many worthy organizations throughout the country, and this is far from a comprehensive list. Therefore we will be alternating charities throughout the month. If you …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Research through a camera lens

Local artist Hadeel Nazmy discusses her photography at CIC CAIRO: Hadeel Nazmy is an artist who does not care about artistry. She doesn t waste her time looking for the right shot, the right angle or the right lens. Even the object is of little importance to her. In fact, Nazmy could perhaps be better …

Deena Douara

Nasrallah dates win the battle for the Ramadan feast table

CAIRO: Every year, Cairo merchants give nicknames to their dates, the traditional way to break the fast in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This year s best date: the Nasrallah, named after the leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Ramadan began over the weekend, at a time of swelling of support for Hezbollah and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian motorsport team struggles with funding and red tape

Lack of sponsorship and awareness hinders progress of talented team drivers CAIRO: As a teenager, Ahmed Hamada fell in love with karting. He would ask all of his family members and friends to drive him to the nearest track. Little did the 14-year-old know that he would win his first car racing championship cup at …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptian, UAE investors to launch new pharmaceutical plant in Assiut

CAIRO: The Industry Development Agency in Arab Al-Awamer, Assiut, south of Egypt, has approved the creation of a new pharmaceuticals laboratory with an authorized capital of LE 150 million and a paid-in capital of LE 90 million. Ali Hussein, general manager of investors’ services department at Assiut governorate, told NOOZZ on Monday that a land …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Human rights organizations to launch joint long-term training program for young human rights activists in the Arab World

CAIRO: In an attempt to foster a regional network of young human rights advocates and increase awareness of human rights issues, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) are launching a joint training program for human rights advocates in December 2006. …

Alexandra Sandels

Egypt destroys tunnel under border into Gaza

GAZA CITY: Egyptian security forces destroyed on Tuesday a tunnel running under the border with the Gaza Strip and used by smugglers, security sources said Palestinian security forces discovered two underground tunnels along the Gaza Strip border with Egypt on Tuesday that they suspect were dug to smuggle weapons and other contraband. One of the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Morocco raps Egyptian Islamic scholar for mortgage edict

Reuters RABAT: An Egyptian Islamic scholar has irked Morocco by telling its young people it s okay to take out a mortgage to buy a house, even though Sharia religious law bans interest payments as usury. A religious council appointed by King Mohammed said Youssef Al-Qaradawi, who is influential among Muslims around the world, had …

Daily News Egypt

Telecoms sector pushes shares up

CAIRO: The two main Egyptian share indexes made gains on Tuesday driven by telecoms, which have risen since Telecom Egypt said it would seek a larger stake in Vodafone Egypt, traders said. Telecom Egypt said last Tuesday it would seek to increase its stake in Vodafone Egypt by buying up to 24.4 percent of the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The BG Group

  ŠΘ # # # Frank Chapman, BG Group’s Chief Executive presented the awards at a ceremony which was attended by Minister of Environment, Eng. Maged George prominent businessmen and BG Group employees from India, Trinidad, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, the U.S., the UK and Egypt, here are Maged George, Minister of Environment with Frank Chapman BG …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Consortium submits plan for Egyptian port terminal

ALEXANDRIA: A consortium of U.S., Egyptian and Turkish companies has submitted the sole offer to operate the passenger terminal in the port of Alexandria, an official at the Alexandria Port Authority said on Tuesday. The official said the authority is studying the offer by the consortium, made up of U.S.-Norwegian Royal Caribbean , Egypt s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Government to propose cigarette and alcohol tax hike

Plan to finance LE 1 billion of LE 8 billion needed for universal healthcare coverage CAIRO: The government plans to introduce a bill to the People s Assembly to raise cigarette and alcohol taxes by as much as 20 percent to help finance universal health insurance as promised by President Hosni Mubarak during last year …

Ahmed A. Namatalla