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US cultural envoys to celebrate Egyptian documentary film centennial

The US embassy in Cairo will be hosting three illustrious American documentary filmmakers – Mary Kerr, Grace Guggenheim, and Sky Sitney – from Nov. 12-22. These cultural envoys are guests of honor at the Egyptian Documentary Filmmakers Association’s celebration of “100 Years of Egyptian Documentary Film, under the auspices of the Egyptian Minister of Culture. …

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Barclays Bank Egypt supports residents of Kafret Nassar

CAIRO: Barclays Bank Egypt celebrated the 12th year of the inauguration of its voluntary universal campaign under the slogan “Make a Difference Day. This year the event was held at Kafret Nassar, Giza where the bank is supporting the residents through the restoration of a health unit. Last year, more than 11,700 staff members in …

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German packaging company KHS opens Egypt office

CAIRO: KHS AG, a German-based company providing packaging technology for food and non-food industries, officially inaugurated its Egypt office, according to a press release. “Egypt’s recent growth in the food industry has been quite substantial and we certainly look forward to commencing our operation here. We are very confident that we can fill a need …

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Egypt ranks 11th in FDI attraction survey

CAIRO: Egypt has been ranked 11th in attracting foreign investments, according to “The Global Talent Index, a new 30-country survey conducted by a leading executive research firm, Heidrick & Struggles, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The study predicts that Egypt will move from 11th to seventh position between 2007 and 2012 in the Foreign Direct …

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Film festival reflects present-day Cuba

Unlike the majority of Latin America s cinemas, the Cuban film industry has continuously kept a low profile since the end of its golden age set between 1959 and 1969. The Soviet Union co-produced Soy Cuba (1964) remains the most famous Cuban film in the western world. Apart from the Oscar nominated Fresa y chocolate …

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Arab-Euro Film Caravan back with "Documentaries & Shorts"

The 6th edition of the Arab-Euro Film Caravan – entitled Documentaries & Shorts – returns with a collection of documentary features, short documentaries, and short narratives. Heading the main documentary features section is British director Lucy Walker s Blingsight, winner of the Berlin Film Festival s Panorama Audience award. The film tells the story of …

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SCI TECH SCENE: Mind your language

Online meeting place Facebook is cleaning up its act. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced last week an agreement with social networking website Facebook to enforce safeguards against obscene content and sexual predators using the site. The agreement calls for Facebook to respond and begin addressing complaints of nudity or pornography or unwelcome contact …

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What makes a hotel 'hip'?

It s not just the feeling of wow, because you can get wow from anything. You can get wow from a 100-foot-atrium in a corporate hotel, Herbert Ypma, author of the Hip Hotels guidebook series, said in an interview from his London offices. Instead, Ypma looks for highly individual places that are capturing and reflecting …

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Members assess achievements on International UN day

CAIRO: On Oct. 24, the International United Nations Day, UN members all over the world were assessing their achievements so far and looking to the future. In a speech issued to member states, the Secretary General stressed the need for multilateralism as the only viable way for success in an ever increasing globalized world. He …

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Flamenco Republic to stage a takeover of Egypt's dance scene

For the first time in Egypt, Flamenco Republic by the María Pagés Dance Company will take the stage at the Cairo Opera House this week before they travel to Alexandria. Pagés is considered one of the greatest innovators in contemporary flamenco. Her shows have become famous because of her artistic accomplishments and her courageous search …

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Tailor strangles sister for affair with her husband's cousin

CAIRO: Wagdy Yaseen Kassem, a 21-year-old tailor, strangled his sister Sabreen Yaseen, 19, with a hose after discovering her affair with her husband’s cousin. He then shaved off her hair and eyebrows. Kassem then went to Mohamed Mohamed, a lawyer, and confessed to the crime. The lawyer locked up Kassem in his office in El …

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Euro-Arab Caravan returns with a feast of animations

Independent film production and distribution house Semat brings back the Caravan of the Euro-Arab Cinema to Alexandria after the big success of the last edition in April. This time round, Caravan Nights presents 29 acclaimed feature length and short animation productions from Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, France, Britain and several other countries. Some of the …

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Duck returns home

Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced that a duck-shaped Alabaster food vessel returned to Egypt yesterday, 25 years after it was stolen and smuggled out of the country. Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass said the duck, which dates back to the reign of the 12th dynasty King Amenemhat III, was part …

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Man dies in revenge killing

CAIRO: Mahmoud Abdel Maguid, 65, was murdered in a revenge killing by three men outside a mosque in Refaai village in El Ayat, reported Al Akhbar newspaper. The three men were brothers, and they reportedly beat Abdel Maguid to death with a club on his way to dawn prayers. The three were arrested by Giza …

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UN-Escwa discusses regional water management in Cairo Conference

CAIRO: Cairo is hosting a workshop organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-Escwa), on “Evaluation and Adaptation of Existing Water Visions and Forecasts for Shared Aquifer Management in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Region (MEDA) , at the Mena House Oberoi Hotel. The conference will discuss knowledge transfer and data collection …

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