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CEBA forms division in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA: The Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEBA) formed a division in Alexandria at an inauguration ceremony there on Saturday. CEBA was formed in 2004 by the British, French, German and Italian Egyptian bilateral business associations. The confederation s office in Alexandria will be its first division outside of Cairo. The division will support …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Bird flu spreads across Egypt

CAIRO: Poultry tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus in several governorates across Egypt despite the government s efforts to contain the spread of bird flu, the authorities said Sunday. Since the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza was first detected in three governorates Thursday, it was also reported in at least six others. “In …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's international image takes another hit

CAIRO: With the spirit of Egyptian citizens reeling after bombings, political turbulence, forced refugee removal, cartoon chaos and ferry disasters, the recent 11th hour African Cup win lent a much-needed boost to the tapering spirits of the traditionally patriotic Egyptian. Then this weekend, it rained on Egypt’s parade, both literally and figuratively. News of the …

Vivian Salama

The Family Stone

CAIRO: An uptight white-collar city girl, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, visits her boyfriend’s family during Christmas. With that in mind as the opening credits roll, it seems that the ending is predictable: after much conflict, the woman learns to open up her heart and “feel the love, as the tagline suggests, as she marries …

Sarah El Sirgany

Environmentally friendly power plant on agenda

CAIRO: Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younes announced that seven international companies have just bid to manufacture local components for the solar energy stations of the Kuraymat Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Power Plant Project, a project created by the ministry to develop the new and renewable energy sector and the first of its kind …

Najla Moussa

U.S. says time 'not right' for free trade talks with Egypt

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed new concern Friday over democracy in Egypt and said the timing was not right to pursue free-trade talks with this key Middle East ally. Rice, who was due to fly to Egypt today at the start of a Middle East swing, expressed Washington s dismay that the government …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Opposition leader appeals forgery conviction

CAIRO: The lawyer for imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour submitted his challenge on Saturday to Nour s December conviction on forgery charges, for which the young liberal is serving a five-year prison term. Lawyer Amir Salem, who defended Nour throughout the six-month trial, delivered his detailed response to the verdict to the Cairo court which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

OPIC establishing $225 million regional private equity fund

CAIRO: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an agency of the United States government that supports American private sector investment in the developing world, is in the process of establishing a $225 million private equity fund for the Middle East and North Africa region. The head of the agency is also in Cairo to explore …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Sunken ferry's data recorders to be raised

CAIRO: Egyptian and foreign salvage experts are preparing to lift the data recorders of a ferry that sunk in the Red Sea earlier this month after locating the ship s wreck, the press reported Friday. The experts found the Al-Salam Boccaccio 98, which sunk on Feb. 3 with more than 1,400 people on board while …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Deadly bird flu strain found in Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt has found its first cases of H5N1 bird flu and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the deadly virus spreading, the government said on Friday. The virus was found in seven sick and dead chickens in three areas. Four birds in Cairo, two in Giza next to the capital …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Abused women reluctant to come forward

CAIRO: Despite the opening of the first safe-house for women in Cairo, few are choosing to leave their abusive marriages. Oum Mohammed was married when she was 16. From the day I married him, he hit me over matters big and small, she says of her husband. He told me that all women should be …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

U.S. faces dilemma in its regional push for democracy

CAIRO: Democracy activists are accusing the United States government of being too yielding in their response to the People’s Assembly vote to delay Egypt’s municipal elections for two years. In a statement this week from the U.S. State Department, spokesman Sean McCormack expressed America’s displeasure with the postponement of any election, adding that Secretary of …

Vivian Salama

NSGB says 2005 net profit doubles

CAIRO: Egypt s National Societe Generale Bank (NSGB) said on Thursday its net profit for 2005 doubled to LE 493.4 million ($86.1 million) as net interest income climbed and provisions for bad loans fell. NSGB, which is 78 percent owned by France s Societe Generale, reported net profit of LE 247.3 million in 2004. Much …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

AMOC says 6-month net profit up 68 pct

CAIRO: Egypt s Alexandria Mineral Oils Co (AMOC) reported net profit of LE 331.8 million ($57.9 million) for the six months to Dec. 31, 2005, a rise of 68 percent on the same period a year earlier. The oil products company, in which the government sold a 20 percent stake in September, reported its results …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Toshka makes desert bloom … But for whom?

TOSHKA, Egypt: The organic tomatoes are red and juicy, the potatoes massive and flawless. But they are sitting by the roadside in the Western Desert, 250 km (150 miles) from the nearest large town and thousands of kilometers from the European supermarkets where in mid-winter they could fetch premium prices. They are some of the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Deterioration of archeological sites deplored

CAIRO: Archeologists and officials meeting in Cairo Wednesday deployed the deterioration of the country s ancient sites, which they attributed both to government agencies and to private individuals. The assault, they said, runs from illegal construction activities to farming. Zahi Hawass, director general of the Supreme Council for Antiquities, said there were 6,000 such cases …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

OCI details rights issue

CAIRO: Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) said on Wednesday it was offering existing shareholders 11.5 million new shares at a price of LE 201 ($35.08) per share. The offer works out at about one share for every 16.57 existing shares and will bring the total number of OCI shares issued to 202.075 million. The company will …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More than war; traffic-related deaths exceed armed conflict

CAIRO: Do you leave Heliopolis at 2:30 p.m. to make a 3 p.m. appointment downtown, only to arrive 15 minutes late cursing the slow drivers and dilapidated cars that caused your delay? If this sounds familiar, then you are a typical traffic offender. Most individuals who speed and violate traffic laws have poor time management …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Egypt and Nigeria big movers after African Cup of Nations

ZURICH, Switzerland: Egypt has reached its highest position in world football in eight years on the back of its fifth African Cup of Nations title in FIFA s monthly world rankings released Wednesday. Egypt rose 15 places to 17th in February s rankings, with Nigeria up 12 positions to 12th. African Cup semi-finalist Cameroon is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Newly observed patriotism

CAIRO: Everyone is talking about the thousands at Cairo International Stadium that cheered on the national team during the African Cup of Nations: they were organized and enthusiastic even though many had no idea what off-side actually means. Analysts and government officials have translated the phenomenon as a new wave of patriotism. Those audiences, analysts …

Sarah El Sirgany

The PR prerogative

CAIRO: In the aftermath of a progressive government and a growing economy, Egypt is witnessing the entrance of a slew of multinationals and local businesses with a modern outlook, to the delight of the public relations industry (PR). The Daily Star Egypt sat down with Loula Zaklama, the founder of PR in Egypt, to talk …

Najla Moussa

Controversial poll delay approved by parliament

CAIRO: The Egyptian parliament has approved a two-year postponement of municipal polls despite fierce objections from opposition Islamists and the United States, lawmakers said Wednesday. The postponement of the municipal polls, in which the local councils exercise supervisory powers over provincial governors and officials working in local council units, are already having repercussions. President Hosni …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Salve for Muslim wounds

CAIRO: European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said in his last press conference in while in Egypt late Tuesday that his visit to Cairo had cleared up many misunderstandings, and his talks with Al-Azhar High Council and the Arab League secretary general were “very good, and productive. During his visit, Solana met with Al-Azhar …

Pakinam Amer

Be a doll, won't you?

CAIRO: “What I always love about Huda’s work is that there is a lot of intelligence because she has the background and knowledge of all religions and of the local culture . But not in a stiff way, it is extremely creative and artistic, says young artist Malak Helmy while admiring Huda Lutfi’s new exhibition …

Farah El Alfy