Sarah El Sirgany

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Deck stacked against visually disabled

IBM and PAVI program graduate seven instructors for visually impaired in computer application CAIRO: IBM and the Parents Association of People with Visual Impairments (PAVI) celebrated the graduation of seven certified instructors and four trainers of computer skills for the visually disabled. Yet, during the joyful event, many of the graduates expressed their dismay that …

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UN General Assembly urges bigger role for migration in development process

CAIRO: There is a link between migration and development, according to the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Dialogue on international migration. Held Sept 14-15, the meeting discussed the upsides and downsides of international immigration. With the participation of 120 countries, the first-of-its-kind dialogue reversed a previous trend in which immigration was too sensitive to be …

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Museum project to be awarded soon

Two companies compete for the project management of the Grand Egyptian Museum CAIRO: Two international consortiums are now waiting for the final answer as to who will be responsible for the management of the construction and operation of the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The museum administration reviewed the presentations of the two companies on …

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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 …

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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 …

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Bani Mazar and train accidents illustrate government inefficiency

Local press argues over right to criticize president and censures U.S. war on terrorism on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 CAIRO: While writers were busy reporting and analyzing the recent onslaught of train accidents and the acquittal of the defendant in the gruesome Bani Mazar mass murder, they also found the time and space to …

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Award acknowledges tourism recovery in wake of disasters

Opinions differ regarding the prospects of Egypt winning such an award CAIRO: The New Frontiers Award will become a permanent feature of the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. The award will be given to the destination that has made an outstanding contribution to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity. It’s not clear …

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Upswing in economy unaffected by accidents

Concord Group sees much potential in Egyptian market CAIRO: Continuous government efforts to boost the economy are paying off, it seems. According to Laura Osman, portfolio manager of the Concord Group’s international Egyptian public equity funds and a member of its investment committee, numbers from the latest fiscal year show an outstanding improvement and a …

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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 …

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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 …

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World Food Program appeals to Arab League nations for more support

CAIRO: In a meeting at the Arab League headquarters, the World Food Program (WFP) asked its member states to expand their contributions to the program’s operations in the region and elsewhere. “WFP has no secured funding base; we rely entirely on voluntary donations. For that reason, we are always on the lookout for new partners, …

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Merger creates Crédit Agricole Egypt

Management expects to double bank size in next few years CAIRO: Egyptian American Bank (EAB) and Calyon Bank announced their merger yesterday into Crédit Agricole Egypt (CAE). “From a business perspective, Egyptian society will benefit from increased competition and the development of new useful services that cater to the needs of the Egyptian consumer, says …

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Seven years of supplying the country with network solutions

Chinese company reflects on cooperation with local counterparts and its latest project with Telecom Egypt CAIRO: After joining forces with Telecom Egypt (TE) to provide DWDM technology for the local market, it was time for Huawei Technologies to announce its achievements on the domestic and regional level in the past couple of years and reflect …

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UNCTAD report proves conventional economic theories wrong

CAIRO: In what could be described as a revolutionary economic study, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued their 2006 report, rebuffing conventional theories governing economic growth and suggesting a potential change in domestic and international approach to economy. The widely accepted policies of the Washington Consensus that dictates that competitive exchange …

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Somali refugees might head to Cairo

CAIRO: With the volatile situation in Somalia, the influx of refugees is increasing and Egypt is a potential destination. The Cairo office of the Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) issued a statement this week asking whether the Somalis fleeing the violence would seek refuge in Egypt. Rough estimates indicate that Egypt is home …

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Increased IT development vital to Egypt's future

CAIRO: With studies indicating only 4 percent of Egyptians own computers, the state of information technology in Egypt needs to be reviewed. The country, like the rest of the world, is entering into a vicious circle where increasing accessibility demands a boost in the IT industry, which requires a qualified workforce, which in turn necessitates …

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Al-Ahram denies censoring Web sites

CAIRO: Al-Ahram officials have denied claims that the institution intentionally blocked certain Web sites as a form of censorship, blaming a system crash for the misunderstanding. Earlier this month, news circulated that the publishing house had blocked several opposition Web sites, including the increasingly popular and controversial Web logs (blogs). All sites tied to the …

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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 …

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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 …

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Al-Ahram reverses Internet block on blogs

The initial ban highlights future status of electronic freedom of expression CAIRO: Al-Ahram newspaper has reversed a block that was implemented last week on Internet Web logs (blogs). Effective on network access in all Al-Ahram buildings, the block prevented the institution s employees from viewing certain Web sites including the increasingly popular blogs. Topping the …

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Establishing a unique identity begins with your name

Old and recent trends undermines women s basic right to keep a separate identity CAIRO: It wasn t long ago when the mere mention of a woman s name was considered an offence to any man related to her. In fact, the belief still prevails within a number of current communities but to varying degrees. …

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It's all in the pressure points

Nada Rashed explains the essentials of reflexology CAIRO: Many people laugh at the idea that touching certain points in their feet or hands can grant a feeling of relief from the pain usually associated with headaches or digestive and back problems. Like most alternative medicine, reflexology still struggles for public and official acceptance. Even though …

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Intel's Core 2 Duo processor launched regionally

CAIRO: If you are still trying to figure out what the Pentium 4 sticker on your notebook means, forget about it; that kind of processor technology is history. The new Core 2 Duo processor is the new replacement with 40 percent better performance and 40 percent more energy efficiency. But does the local market really …

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Artists and performers take an intermission

Entertainment industry insiders rule out war’s effect on summer music market CAIRO: With the escalation of violence in Lebanon, a number of Lebanese artists have moved to Cairo, canceling their concerts and postponing the release of their albums or video clips. This has left many wondering whether the summer, a high season for music releases, …

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Yet another boycott

Time will tell if calls for a U.S. boycott will find support CAIRO: If you can t buy a bullet for the resistance, don t pay for one for the Jews, reads an Internet advert calling for a boycott on American products as it flashes the logos of many fast food chains and well-known consumer …

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New study points at violations in 2005 elections

CAIRO: Criticism of the electoral process and the consequent results led the latest report released by the legally-oriented United Group regarding the parliamentary elections in 2005. This election evaluated the real political will to push forward. The democratic and political reform Egyptians are aspiring for, reads the report. The reason why this election was the …

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Stance towards international community in question

Many critical of Egypt’s position, but few solutions suggested CAIRO: The Israeli-Hezbollah conflict continues to dominate the news and consequently editorials. Articles are covering numerous angles. These are from critics of the US, Israel and Europe, as well as those channeling their censure towards regional leaders including the Egyptian government. The Qana massacre and its …

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Outpouring of private aid for war-torn Lebanon

NGOs, private corporations organize donation campaigns and transportation to Lebanon CAIRO: With the continuous escalation of violence in Lebanon and mounting frustration with official Arab responses to the Israeli aggression, civil society has decided to act on its own. By the second week of the war on Lebanon, reports indicated that the contributions of Arab …

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