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Rowdy audiences result in heavy metal ban

El-Sawy Cultural Center takes a break from hard rock CAIRO: Much to the dismay of Cairo rock enthusiasts, El-Sawy Cultural Center decided this week to severely limit, and in some cases ban, rock music on its premises. The decision came after overly rowdy members of the audience at the Aug. 1 “Rock Mania heavy metal …

Daily News Egypt

In Egypt, heavy-metal music is making a quiet comeback

Associated Press CAIRO: The music was loud and the tattooed fans were wild, dancing and swaying in flashing strobe lights to the crashing sounds of heavy-metal songs. Suddenly, the music stopped. The band leader grasped the mike and announced: It s prayer time. No one left to pray. Everyone stood by the stage and waited, …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's Orascom Hotels H1 net soars 178 pct

CAIRO: Orascom Hotels and Development posted a 178 percent rise in net profit for the first half of 2006 to LE 127 million ($22 million), the stock exchange said on Wednesday. The firm reported a net profit of 46 million pounds in the same period of 2005. Orascom Hotels shares ended the day 3 percent …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Designer nights

  ŠΘ # # # Many of Egypt’s socialites and celebrities attended the event, here are Hafez, Jack, Mrs. Hany Aziz, Lucy Artin, Hany Aziz and Mohamed Abdel Aziz # # Photoography by Hassan IbrahimHafez, Mr. and Mrs. Ayman Shahyn, Nouran, Nadia Aziz and Mrs. Mohammed Abdel Aziz

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Emaar Misr wins bid for Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay

Company hopes to provide a comprehensive community for customers CAIRO: Ever since the government made real estate development a priority on their agenda, all eyes have turned to the North Coast. However, none has garnered more attention than the Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay auction, which put the auction’s winner, Emaar Misr, in the spotlight. Emaar …

Najla Moussa

Golf tourism: the wave of the future?

CAIRO: Over the last decade, the sport of golf has blossomed from a niche pastime into a full-fledged sport, increasing the demand for golf courses, golf tournaments and more golf related mediums throughout the country and consequently opened a new industry of golf tourism. Golf has a historic relationship with Egypt, dating back to the …

Farah El Alfy

Mobinil in dispute over EDGE technology

CAIRO: Egyptian telecoms regulators have told mobile operator Mobinil it must either stop using EDGE technology that allows users to see streaming video or apply for a 3G license, Mobinil said on Tuesday. Mobinil, which has deferred a decision to apply for a license for higher-bandwidth 3G technology for a year citing unattractive terms, said …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Sulaf Fawakhergy on a hike to local stardom

While commercial billboards feature her picture, the actress is looking for “quality roles CAIRO: Everyone who has watched Halim comments on the actress that plays Jihan: the title character s true love. She is stunningly beautiful and now the role of the real life woman who was arguably Abdel Halim Hafez s only love has …

Sarah El Sirgany

Arabs predict guns won't be silent long in Lebanon

Reuters BEIRUT: Arab commentators welcomed the fragile calm between Israel and Hezbollah militants on Tuesday but said they feared a UN-brokered truce would not keep the guns silent for long. The war in Lebanon may stop, but I doubt it, for never in history has Israel respected a single resolution issued by the Security Council, …

Daily News Egypt

Tanker rams into quay at Alexandria port

CAIRO: A Turkish tanker rammed into a quay at the port of Alexandria Tuesday, destroying part of the structure and causing $12 million (LE 68.9 million) worth of damage, authorities said. Initial investigations indicated the empty tanker Massen Acar may have been traveling too fast when it entered the Mediterranean port to dock, they said. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Lebanese blast Arab rulers, praise Iran, Syria

Reuters NABATIYEH, Lebanon: There is little but contempt for Arab rulers among Lebanese Shiites whose homes were destroyed in the war between Hezbollah and Israel, but support for Iran and Syria is stronger than ever. Washington had hoped that Israel s war with Hezbollah would deal a blow to the influence of Damascus and Tehran …

Daily News Egypt

Court reverses move to free senior Islamists

CAIRO: A Cairo court on Wednesday ordered two senior Egyptian Islamists, arrested during anti-government protests in May, to stay in jail for 15 more days, reversing a lower court ruling to free them, court sources said. Essam Al-Arian and Mohamed Mursi, both leading members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, were detained in May during protests …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israeli missile strike kills two in south Gaza

GAZA: An Israeli aircraft fired a missile into a house in the southern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian militant and his father, witnesses and medics said. The Israeli army said it had targeted a weapons storage facility and warned everyone inside to leave before the attack. The air strike destroyed a two-storey …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EFG-Hermes H1 net income soars 289 percent

CAIRO: Investment bank EFG-Hermes said on Tuesday its net income for the first half of 2006 soared 289 percent to LE 358 million, but the results were at the low end of analyst expectations. Three analysts had forecast net income for the period at between LE 358 and LE 408 million. Some traders had expressed …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median interbank rate rises to 8.35 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on Egypt s pound rose on Tuesday to 8.35 percent from Monday s 8.072 percent after an auction for higher-yielding certificates of deposit drained market liquidity, traders said. Due to the central bank auction liquidity is lower, one banker said. Central bank instruments typically give greater returns than the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Telecom Egypt H1 results show continued modest growth

Company must seek regional expansion, stay competitive at home to improve results, says analyst CAIRO: Telecom Egypt s (TE) subscriber base grew by 8.5 percent and net profits reached LE 1.1 billion ($191 million), up 7.3 percent, from H1 2005 results, the company announced yesterday in its first H1 2006 report since a 20 percent …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Censorship tops Reporters Without Borders worries for the region

Self CAIRO: Harassment of a Coptic blogger highlights dismal state of freedom of expression CAIRO: A Coptic blogger forced to censor herself is the center of the latest report issued by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières RSF) pinpointing violations of freedom of expression. Reporters Without Borders today condemned the months of harassment by the …

Sarah El Sirgany

Last of 11 missing Egyptian students rounded up

CHICAGO: A nationwide search for 11 Egyptian students who failed to show up for an academic program in Montana has ended with the last two caught outside their rented apartment in Virginia, U.S. authorities said on Monday. Several of the missing Egyptian students apprehended around the United States over the past week told immigration authorities …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Celebrated writer Naguib Mahfouz in intensive care

CAIRO: World renowned Egyptian writer and Nobel literature prize winner Nagib Mahfouz has been moved to the intensive care unit of a hospital where he was admitted last week, an official there said Tuesday. Mahfouz, 94, was said to be in critical but stable condition at Cairo s Police Hospital, where he is being treated …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Taking a closer look at the everyday life of orphans in Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian civil society has developed new awareness over the last couple of years that has helped change the stereotypes surrounding orphans. While most of us have a vague idea of how an orphan spends his day, The Daily Star Egypt delved into the details. Surprisingly, children at Dar Al-Orman, the Orman Orphanages, attend the …

Daily News Egypt

Learning to appreciate Egypt all over again

CAIRO: If the oppressive heat and maddening crowds are leaving Cairo’s image a little worse for wear in your eyes, take a look through the lenses that made “For Love of Photography. This photo exhibition, open now at the Mualana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, could just have easily been named “For Love of Egypt. …

Daily News Egypt

Medical equipment industry undergoing major growth

Egypt hopes to help world meet need for medical equipment CAIRO: The medical equipment production industry is in the throes of major growth if recent economic indicators are anything to go by. According to Dr. Sherif Ezzat, president of the non-pharmaceutical medical industry division at the Chamber of Engineering Industries, part of the Egyptian Federation …

Najla Moussa

Fragile Lebanon truce holds as refugees stream home

Egypt reiterates decision not to send troops to Lebanon-Israel border BEIRUT: A fragile ceasefire in the Lebanon war was holding Tuesday despite sporadic violence as Hezbollah claimed a historic victory, but Israeli leaders faced recriminations at home over the conflict. Thousands of exhausted Lebanese displaced by the massive month-long Israeli onslaught jammed bombed-out roads across …

Daily Star Egypt Staff