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Egypt's Ghibli raceway hosts Middle East Karting Cup

CAIRO: Although local motorsport is still taking baby steps, Egypt will have the honor of hosting the Middle East Karting Cup. Ghibli raceway, located in Sharm El-Sheikh, will co-host the championship in conjunction with the Kartdrome raceway in Dubai. The move is hailed as a step forward, if not a leap, in the still struggling …

Sarah El Sirgany

Ten Arab states agree to establish regional water utilities network

CAIRO: Representatives from 10 Arab countries agreed on Wednesday on a common agenda for the future establishment of an Arab Water Utilities Network (AWUN). The project is developed jointly between The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). The decision concluded a three-day consultative meeting at …

Alexandra Sandels

Palmer performs Houdini act to take world title

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: David Palmer can count himself the bravest and Gregory Gaultier the unluckiest player there has ever been in a World Open final after the Australian beat the Frenchman 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-10, 11-2 in front of the illuminated Giza pyramids here on Wednesday. The up-and-down nature of this startling contest hardly paled …

Daily News Egypt

Three clubs on verge of Champions League semi-finals

Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Holders Al Ahli, opponents CS Sfaxien and the Ivorian club ASEC Abidjan can ensure qualification to the semi-finals of the African Champions League with positive results at the weekend. Tunisian provincial club Sfaxien need only draw in Saturday s Group A clash in Cairo to reach the final four. Their Egyptian opponents, however, …

Daily News Egypt

The trials of a photojournalist

Thomas Hartwell reflects upon the challenges for professional photographers Thomas Hartwell says he’s not on the front lines anymore – and he doesn’t want to be. The veteran photojournalist, who has made his 27 year long career in freelancing in Cairo, tells the familiar sad tale of large, networked companies overshadowing the little guy. This …

Daily News Egypt

A look through the camera lens

Mohamed Gabr takes us through the ins and outs of commercial photography After tracking down the very busy Mohamed Gabr, I was able to catch him between shoots and he was nice enough to give me a quick tutorial about the world of commercial photography in just under thirty minutes. The charismatic and talented Gabr …

Farah El Alfy

Simple steps to spectacular photos

Pick any iconic subject, the Great Pyramids for example, and I m sure you ve seen countless photographs. Only a few will stand out from the crowd, captivating the viewer. Some photographers have the rare talent of transforming the image they see through the lens of their camera into a vision that supersedes what the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt train crash report cites series of failures

CAIRO: An Egyptian government probe into the causes of Egypt s deadliest rail accident in four years blamed a series of human, technical and administrative failures on Tuesday for the crash that killed 58 people last month. The train crash in the Nile Delta town of Qalyoub on Aug. 21 was the first in a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Band capitalizes on diversity

Salalem’s musical choice eclectic but promising Although the band is still quite new, Salalem is already demonstrating a lot of potential. Refusing to stick to one type of music, they’ve made diversity their trademark. Each of the band’s songs stands on its own. Their music is a mixture of rock, Latin, jazz, Oriental, alternative and …

Maram Mazen

Vodafone Egypt and Raya Join Forces in TELECOM

CAIRO: In a step to explore the opportunities and synergies between both companies, Vodafone Egypt (VFE) and Raya Holdings (Raya) announced today Raya’s acceptance, in principle, of VFE’s offer to acquire 51% of Raya Telecommunication’s shares for 104 MLE. (One Hundred and four million Egyptian Pounds).Both companies have entered into an exclusive negotiation to finalize …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab states seek to push Mideast peace plan

Associated Press CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers met Wednesday to promote a plan to revive the deadlocked Middle East peace process amid wide Arab fears the recent war inLebanon helped boost the influence of Iran and the militants it supports. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the 22-nation body will discuss a plan to request …

Salah Nasrawi

Egypt arrests 95 over suspected militant links

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have arrested close to 95 people suspected of links to Islamic militancy in sweeps north of the capital, security sources said on Tuesday. The sources said 25 Egyptians were detained on Sunday in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour and about 70 others were arrested in the port city of Alexandria …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Technical retail trade pushes Egypt stocks lower

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks fell on Wednesday after retail investors sold on technicals, but bigger stocks were supported by foreigners and institutions trading on fundamentals, traders said. There s no fundamental news, just a technical reason… Yesterday, the 6,185 points level, if broken on the downside is a sign to sell, a trader who declined to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Record Rice Yields for Egypt

WASHINGTON/ROME/KRASNODAR: Egypt has achieved record rice yields with varieties that included hybrids developed locally under an FAO-led project. The world s highest national average rice yield in 2005 was 3.8 metric tons per acre from Egypt, the Executive Secretary of the International Rice Commission, Mr. Nguu Nguyen, told an international scientific conference on sustainable rice …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Lucent Technologies and TeleTech to Deploy CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

Trial Network to Offer High-Speed Wireless Data Connectivity to Egypt s Schools CAIRO: Egyptian Ministers of Communications and IT and Education Attended the Kickoff of the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Technology and WiFi Network Trial Deployment The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Minister of Education, Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU), and TeleTech today announced plans to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mobinil agrees to suspend EDGE

NTRA says company never obtained permission to offer technology CAIRO: Mobinil has agreed to suspend using Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology until its dispute with the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is resolved, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) announced yesterday. The announcement followed Tuesday s meeting between Mobinil Chairman Naguib …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Ten more killed in Egypt road accidents

One in the north also claims life of Former Arab League official CAIRO: Ten people were killed Wednesday, including a British tourist, and 43 others wounded in two separate bus accidents near the Egyptian port city of Suez, security sources told AFP. Eight Egyptians were killed when their bus overturned in Zaafarana, 256 km south …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Thirty graduate in Boeing-Amideast project management program

CAIRO: Ask any executive in any field about the one skill that the local workforce market desperately needs and the answer will be management. Realizing this, Boeing chose this skill as the focus of it first training and educational project in the Middle East, which celebrated the graduation of 30 students this week. In cooperation …

Sarah El Sirgany

Key suspect in Egypt mass-mutilation killings found innocent

CAIRO: The principal suspect in the gruesome killing of 10 people, including four children, in an Egyptian village in December 2005 was cleared of all charges by a court on Wednesday. Police had been investigating Mohammed Ali Abdel-Latif, 27, for the brutal murder of four men, two women and four children on Dec. 29 2005 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mosque imam faces charges over fatwa termed anti-Semitic

CAIRO: Mosque Imam Safwat Hijazi is facing a legal investigation by Egyptian authorities for a fatwa that he issued earlier allowing the killing of Israeli military officials and soldiers visiting Egypt. The Cairo imam was called into Egypt’s supreme state security court on Monday, facing charges as a result. “I only said that we should …

Pakinam Amer

The Red Zone

I have not read the interview that Dr. Hossam Badrawi gave to Al-Wafd newspaper on his proposal to nominate Mr. Gamal Mubarak as President, but I did read the correction published by Al Wafd. I understood from it that it was merely a personal statement; it was made from his personal point of view and …

Daily News Egypt

Yearly Aida ritual missing the subtleties, but strong on extravagance

CAIRO: Verdi s Aida looks, feels and sounds like a true opera. Costumes, settings and performances are all extravagant. From the beginning, it is clear the viewer is in for a grand epic of a story. The curtains lift to an impressive opening scene with ancient Memphis in the background, setting a high standard maintained …

Deena Douara

Orascom one of 11 firms interested in Bosnian Serb telco sale

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia: Eleven firms, including France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom-owned Magyar Telekom, have shown interest in the sale of Bosnia s Telekom Srpske, the government said on Tuesday. These and five other firms, including Egypt s Orascom, are yet to buy the tender documentation enabling them to bid by Oct. 4 for a 65 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EFG Hermes approves LE 2.9 billion Abraaj offer

EFG to use money for regional expansion, e-trading network CAIRO: EFG Hermes shareholders approved on Sunday Abraaj Capital s offer to purchase 97 million shares, representing a 25 percent stake, at LE 30 per share. Upon finalization, Abraaj will hold two board seats and become the largest single shareholder in EFG. The approval came a …

Ahmed A. Namatalla