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Backstage Productions brings artists front and center

Art and media marketing and production house Kawalis revamps Egypt s music scene If you asked Egyptian youth 10 years ago about the music scene in Egypt, they likely would have mentioned Amr Diab, alongside cover bands emulating Metallica and Pink Floyd. If you asked them 5 years ago, they may have replied Amr Diab …

Deena Douara

Experimental Theater Festival challenges boundaries

Groups come from all around the world to participate and sample other cultures’ theater The set erected at the entrance to the Dar El-Opera complex gives a flavor of what this year’s Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater hopes to achieve. In the sedate setting of the complex’s modern buildings, the façade of an utterly …

Daily News Egypt

Intel launches innovative vPro Technology to high expectations

CAIRO: Intel Corporation introduced an innovative new package of hardware and software on Wednesday at a lavish event at the Grand Hyatt Cairo. Called Intel vPro, the new technology is poised to remake the way that businesses of all sizes use their personal computers and wider networks by providing IT professionals with higher levels of …


AUC's library receives grant to preserve collections

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo s Rare Books and Special Collections Library has received a grant of $127,450 (just over LE 731,500) from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve and improve access to the archives of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef, two of Egypt s most prominent 20th century architects. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

India's Marico buys Egyptian hair product brand

MUMBAI: Indian consumer goods maker Marico Ltd. said on Wednesday it had bought Fiancee, a hair care brand owned by Egypt s Ready Group, for an undisclosed sum. The Fiancee range includes hair creams and gels, and has a fifth of the total market, Marico said. The Egyptian haircare market is worth about 1.7 billion …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's Attaka to buy state-owned Suez Steel

CAIRO: Egyptian steel company Attaka has won a deal valued at LE 1.1 billion ($192 million) to buy the state s 82 percent stake in Suez Steel, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday. MENA said that 800 million of the LE 1.1 billion to be paid for Suez Steel would go toward the company …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian market priority for Nokia

The company s strategy in the upcoming phase and the tastes of local consumers CAIRO: With the number of current mobile phone subscribers topping 14 million and with the new third mobile network operator coming arriving, Nokia s Tomi Paatsila stresses the significant and ongoing growth in the market. During a visit to Cairo this …

Sarah El Sirgany

Opposition forces say American president's statements imply he wants Gamal in office

CAIRO: U.S. President George Bush’s praise for a group of top National Democratic Party (NDP) members close to the president’s son and high-profile NDP figure Gamal Mubarak has sparked angry remarks from principal political forces. Bush’s eager statements were taken to imply support, or at least accommodation, for the much-criticized ruling party. If this is …

Pakinam Amer

Egyptian security forces seize weapons on Gaza border

RAFAH: Egyptian security forces on Tuesday discovered a cache of weapons on the Gaza border destined to be smuggled into the Palestinian territories, security sources said. Thirty-two automatic rifles, around 28 pistols and a large amount of ammunition was found in the Ahrash area on the border of Egypt and Gaza, the source told AFP. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mansour appeals to investors to upgrade transportation

No plans to privatize railroads; $1 billion transport holding company established CAIRO: Minister of Transport Mohamed Mansour says the planned LE 8.5 billion upgrades to the country s 100-year-old railway system are set to begin in October and continue for 24 months. The minister s remarks at a German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce luncheon …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Stocks slightly higher, housing sector up

CAIRO: Stock indexes rose slightly on Wednesday as the housing sector surged, led by gains in Sixth of October Development and Investment (SODIC), which plans a capital increase, traders said. But textile shares slumped after Arabia Cotton Ginning announced 12-month results that came in lower than market expectations, they said. Shares in SODIC, which has …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Event takes place in support of free speech at the press syndicate

CAIRO: The Shayfenkom (we see you) movement and the Freedoms Committee in the press syndicate held a musical event at the press syndicate to support Ibrahim Eissa and Wael El-Ebrashy, two journalists being tried for articles they published. We take these trials as a cause for celebration, congratulating one another since we re being tried …

Maram Mazen

Suez dredger sinking kills two, canal shut briefly

ISMAILIA: An Egyptian dredger sank in the Suez Canal on Wednesday, killing two of the 45 crew and prompting a brief closure of the busy international waterway as rescuers searched for two others, officials said. The two missing crew were feared dead, Suez Canal Authority sources said. The other 41 had been rescued, including six …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israelis protest against Egypt for deadly Sinai crash

TEL AVIV: Dozens of relatives of Arab Israelis killed in a Sinai road accident last month protested outside Egypt s embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, criticizing Egyptian authorities over the deaths. The protestors slammed as too lenient a one-year jail sentence handed down earlier this month to the Egyptian driver of a bus that …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Football round-up

Abdul-Wahab testimony turns into goal festival By Ahmad Saied Tens of thousands of Egyptians packed the Military Academy Stadium on Wednesday to bid farewell to Al Ahli s late star Mohamed Abdul Wahab, whose testimonial game turned into a goal-festival. Supporters for different Egyptian clubs attended the testimonial, carrying giant photos of Abdul Wahab and …

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Assi Helani launches charity single in Cairo

Pop star joins forces with WFP to raise awareness for child hunger CAIRO: Lebanese pop star Assi Helani last week launched his new charity single Baadak Saket (You Remain Silent), unveiling the video in a Cairo press conference with the World Food Programme (WFP), which produced the single. It is hoped the video will help …

Daily News Egypt

Vodafone acquire 51 percent of Raya Telecommunications shares

Prospects increase for wining international calls license, says Raya official CAIRO: Raya Holdings announced its acceptance of the principle of Vodafone Egypt acquiring 51 percent of Raya Telecommunications’ shares for LE 104 million yesterday, after the board of directors gave it the green light on Monday. Officials said the contract would be finalized within the …

Sarah El Sirgany

EOHR says government not doing enough to protect citizens in the West and Gulf

CAIRO: In its latest humanitarian report, the Cairo-based Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has examined the complicated cases of Egyptians working abroad and illegal immigration to the West. The organization also shed light on what it perceives as the government’s failure to secure its citizens’ rights. Egyptians working and living abroad number around 3.5 …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt-Gaza power link opened in bid to cut out Israel

RAFAH: A new link connecting the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah to the Egyptian power grid opened Monday as the Palestinians strive to end their dependence on Israel. The 1.5 km-long five megawatt power line connects the Egyptian and Palestinian sides of the divided town, the director of Egypt s Canal Company for Electricity …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Widespread detentions take place in Egypt, Syria and the UAE

DUBAI: Hundreds of members of the banned but tolerated Muslim Brotherhood remain in jail in Egypt, following a continued wave of arrests. This began in April during campaigns led by reformist judges to demand greater freedom for the judiciary. Those who remain in prison following the continued renewal of their 15-day administrative detention include leading …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Preserving Egypt's heritage – but at what price?

Preserving Egypt’s heritage – but at what price? CAIRO: The complications over renovations in Islamic Cairo span beyond the conflicted attitude of its residents. Experts who study the old city have been up in arms on many counts. Caroline Williams, an Islamic Architecture specialist, had an article featured in the recently published book, Cosmopolitan Cairo, …

Daily News Egypt

Make your own TV schedule

New Showbox digital video recorder puts programs at the mercy of the viewer CAIRO: “It will change the way each of you watch TV forever. You now decide what to watch, when to watch it and where to watch it, says Steve MacDiarmid, vice president for regional operations and customer management for Showtime. What he …

Farah El Alfy

Preponderance of corruption leads to poverty, say experts

CAIRO: While Egypt faces a number of social dilemmas, including rampant unemployment and high levels of illiteracy, many analysts say that official corruption, more than any other factor, represents the root cause of poverty. Corruption is rampant in many areas of Egyptian society – from young people’s dependence on wasta (meaning “connections in Arabic) in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Literary debuts

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo Press hosted a reception to celebrate the new publications Sunday evening at the Falaki Campus. AUC Press Director Mark Linz introduced the authors of the new publications: AUC professor and author Galal Amin published The Illusion of Progress in the Arab World which analyzes the Western concepts of progress …

Daily Star Egypt Staff