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Intel's education manager discusses the state of education in Egypt

CAIRO: The multitude of initiatives to reform Egypt s educational system gives some indication of its present state. While over half the country is illiterate, those young people who have the fortune of a complete primary, secondary and university education still face significant challenges upon entry to the workforce. Yasser Abdel Wahab, Intel s education …


Orascom Telecom seeks arbitration in Tunisia telecom row

CAIRO: Egypt-based multinational Orascom Telecom (OT) said on Thursday it was asking the International Chamber of Commerce to arbitrate in its dispute with Kuwait s Wataniya Telecom over their joint venture mobile operation in Tunisia. OT said it wanted the chamber s International Court of Arbitration to enforce what it called OT s contractual right …


Coptic language undergoing resurgence

CAIRO: Considering the recent upheaval in Egypt between Muslim and Coptic communities it is not surprising that the Coptic language is experiencing a resurgence throughout the globe. In the United States and Europe, people of Egyptian origin are beginning to move toward implementing a strategy to reclaim their native tongue. Sally Bishai, editor-in-chief at X …

Joseph Mayton

WWW World

Give Peace a Chance http://www.amnesty.org/ British historian Lord Acton observed over a century ago that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is still true today, especially in the so-called “Third World, where free elections are a mirage and where the ruling elites are hampered by very few restraints in their pursuit …

Daily News Egypt

The best is yet to come

Lance Armstrong s recent announcement that he is planning to compete in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5 has got people talking again about whether he is the greatest athlete of all time. There is no doubt that before his retirement, the 34-year-old Armstrong booked an indelible place in the record books by …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Present and Tense: Mixed messages

“Orabi had to secure the train connections near Zagazig. He dug a sequence of trenches and waited for the Highland Brigade advancing from the north. Intelligence had told him the Black Watch Battalion would arrive at dawn . I was dictating a biased account of the 1882 British campaign to a young man who was …

Nabil Shawkat

Spring trends take center stage

CAIRO: With spring in full swing, it is the ideal time to focus on the most popular trends on the fashion runways that can be incorporated into your wardrobe in Egypt. With few changes this season, or no changes in some cases, both men and women have a lot to choose from to quench their …

Farah El Alfy

Easy on the furniture, braver in the colors

CAIRO: Redecoration is always a burden, whether financially or the amount of time involved. Summer homes are even worse; once people have spent a winter of frequent traveling overlooking the decoration of their beachside house and spending a fortune in the process they don t even want to think about renovations. But giving the house …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptians protest detentions amid tight security

CAIRO: About 100 protesters, vastly outnumbered by riot police, chanted anti-government slogans in central Cairo on Wednesday, two days after the authorities stopped activists holding a similar gathering. Organizers had intended to hold the latest demonstration outside the public prosecutor s office but police ushered the protesters to the nearby journalists syndicate. The demonstration was …


Twenty-three opposition activists detained

CAIRO: Police on Thursday detained 23 activists from the Muslim Brotherhood who were campaigning against the Emergency Laws, a leader for the opposition Islamist movement told AFP. They were arrested at dawn as they were putting up posters and banners denouncing the renewal of the state of emergency, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed …


Egypt and Cyprus sign five cooperation deals

CAIRO: Egypt and Cyprus signed five cooperation deals on Thursday, including an agreement on oil and gas prospection, during Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos visit to Cairo. The accords, which also cover scientific research, electricity and cultural cooperation, were signed during a ceremony attended by Papadopoulos and Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, the official MENA news agency …


Emergency Law stifling any hope for change

CAIRO: An interior ministry spokesman and deputy to the ministry claimed in a live TV show on Tuesday that no violations of human or prisoners’ rights occur under the Emergency Law, saying that any incidents of ill-treatment were indeed rare. When faced with written complaints, the deputy simply said that no investigation was launched into …

Pakinam Amer

AMOC net profit up 28 percent

CAIRO: Alexandria Mineral Oils Co (AMOC) reported net profit of LE 509.2 million ($88.4 million) for the nine months to March 31, a rise of 28 percent on the same period a year earlier. The oil products company, in which the government sold a 20 percent stake last September, reported its results in a statement …


Telenor has no Africa growth plan after Egypt

OSLO: Norway s largest telecoms group Telenor is not looking to expand into other African countries despite submitting a bid for a mobile license in Egypt, Chief Executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas said on Thursday. Many years ago we gave it a try for South Africa and we were not successful, Baksaas said at a presentation …


Reforms to slash budget deficit level

CAIRO: More tax revenues and economic reforms will help Egypt s government slash its budget deficit to 2 to 3 percent of gross domestic product in three to four years, the finance minister said on Wednesday. That compares to about 9.3 percent of GDP this year, Youssef Boutros-Ghali also told Reuters in an interview. He …


Living a little girl's dream

CAIRO: A dearly held fantasy of most little girls is to be a beauty queen when they grow up, complete with the jeweled crown, the beautiful dress and the satin sash across the chest, which are all essential details of the fairytale. Fawzeya Mohamed is one of the few little girls who have grown up …

Farah El Alfy

Fifth death from bird flu reported

GENEVA: An Egyptian woman died Thursday of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the fifth fatal case in the country, the official MENA news agency reported. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Thursday a 13th human case of bird flu in Egypt, a woman who remains hospitalized in Cairo. The Egyptian health ministry …


Extension of Emergency Law heads week's news

CAIRO: A variety of news items have vied for headlines this week. Reoccurring themes in this week’s local and international papers have been the extension of the Emergency Law, the death of the policeman in the hunt for the Dahab bombers, in addition to Egypt and Jordan’s collaboration to end terrorism and promote peace in …

Najla Moussa

Reacting to the renewal

CAIRO: Last Sunday, Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif asked parliament to extend the highly controversial Emergency Law for another two years. For approval, it needs two thirds of parliament to back it and, with the National Democratic Party providing more than enough candidates, it was soon passed. The extension was expected in spite of the campaign …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

State to appeal ruling that favors Egypt's Baha'is

CAIRO: The government will appeal against a court ruling in favor of the rights of the country s small Baha i minority, a minister said on Wednesday. Religious Endowments Minister Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk told parliament the government would base its appeal on the opinion of the country s leading Muslim cleric, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, …


Gamal Mubarak believes extension of Emergency Law not counter to reforms

CAIRO: Under criticism for the renewal of the Emergency Law, Gamal Mubarak stated that the renewal does not indicate a setback in the reform polices of the National Democratic Party (NDP) at a press conference held at the party’s headquarters yesterday. “I disagree with those saying that reform has stopped, he says. “We are committed …

Sarah El Sirgany

Thousands protest on highway against lack of traffic regulations

CAIRO: Thousands of angry Egyptians blocked a highway north of Cairo Wednesday, burning tires and debris, after a speeding car struck a cyclist. The cyclist, Bakri Gomaa, was moderately injured in the incident. Some 5,000 people from the village of Sindarhum, on the outskirts of Cairo swarmed on to highway in protest against motorists who …


Mubarak says Palestinians need to close ranks

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak urged Palestinian factions to unite in a common bloc to resume peace talks with Israel, in an interview published Wednesday. Egypt is engaged in consultations with all Palestinian factions in an attempt to get them to close ranks and speak with one voice, which is something that would confirm the existence …


Egypt demands St. Louis museum return mummy mask

ST. LOUIS: The Supreme Council of Antiquities has given the Saint Louis Art Museum a May 15 deadline to turn over an ancient burial mask that they believe was taken out of the country illegally. Officials with the museum are evaluating documents from the council that seek to prove the mask, dated from between 1307-1196 …


Interbank rate up at 8.35 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound rose to 8.35 percent on Wednesday from 8.255 percent on Tuesday with a central bank auction drawing some funds from the market, traders said. The auction for 35-day Central Bank of Egypt Notes worth LE 5.7 billion ($1 billion) is not covered by maturing funds. There …


Hellenic Petrol wins Egyptian energy acreage

ATHENS: Greek oil company Hellenic Petroleum said on Tuesday it had won a tender to explore for natural gas and oil in Egypt. State-owned Egypt General Petroleum Corporation informed us that the West Obayed area has been awarded to Hellenic Petroleum as the operator, Greece s largest refiner said in a statement. Hellenic Petrolum said …


Bird flu back in the spotlight

CAIRO: Egypt reported a new human case of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza Wednesday, bringing to 13 the total number of Egyptians who have been infected by the deadly virus. The health ministry said late Tuesday that the new case was detected in a 27-year-old woman who was infected by poultry from her domestic …