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Are you chicken?

CAIRO: Millions of consumers have stayed away from poultry products ever since the first reported bird flu cases were announced on Feb. 17, while a far smaller number of consumers have also chosen to avoid eating beef following the reported cases of foot and mouth disease. The economic repercussions of the bird flu scare have …

Daily News Egypt

International Coptic community plans upcoming conferences

ZURICH: Following their third conference in Zurich held from March 25-27, Coptic immigrants announced their plans to hold a fourth conference in Montréal, Canada on April 7, and another in Sydney, Australia, on May 12. Adli Abadir, leader of the Coptic immigrants, said during the Zurich conference that they intend to organize eight conferences around …

Magdy Samaan

Fourth Egyptian woman dies of bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt said on Thursday a fourth woman had died after being infected with the bird flu virus, the state MENA news agency said. The latest victim was an 18-year-old woman from a province north of Cairo, who was admitted to hospital on Monday. Egypt has so far reported 12 human bird flu cases. An …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Devout frenzy

Gods were everywhere. They were hiding under my bed, in the bottom of my closet and under the kitchen sink. Ever since my wife started taking pottery lessons in Maadi three months ago, I couldn’t look anywhere in the apartment and not find a new carved image. So you can imagine my relief when Ali …

Nabil Shawkat

WWW World

The Other White Househttp://www.whitehouse.org/ This is not the official site of the White House. The tip-off might be the fact that the bird on the seal of the presidency is not an American eagle but rather a vulture. And then there’s the merchandise from affiliated site Cafepress, which include a whole line of “wifebeaters (sleeveless …

Daily News Egypt

Remembering Ramses

CAIRO: The founder of ancient Egypt; the son of the Sun god and the greatest warrior king are all slogans that have been attributed to Ramses II, who at one point, although he was not of royal descent, was considered the symbol of power in Egypt as he took over the 18th Dynasty. The granite …

Farah El Alfy

A global citizen for the new epoch

CAIRO: In a world of hyper-globalization and the idea of a clash of civilizations taking hold in the west and the Islamic world, it is difficult to find those individuals that truly transcend borders. Ahdaf Soueif is one of those few people that are able to capture the entire world through her writing. She is …

Joseph Mayton

Moving toward electronic trading

CAIRO: Trading shares is an intricate process. Between the buyer and seller are at least three intermediaries: the broker, the stock exchange and the depository. Each intermediary fulfills its role through a combination of phone calls, faxes and electronic communication. The procedure as a whole is partly automated with computers and digital networks, but substantial …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Fashion: In Short

CAIRO: Believe it or not, shorts are the newest addition to a trendy wardrobe. I am not talking about beach shorts or Daizy Dukes; what’s “in today are shorts of all lengths that flatter all types of figures and work for almost any occasion. Last winter every ultra-fashionable woman in Cairo was wearing them, mostly …

Farah El Alfy

The nanny: The essential luxury

ALEXANDRIA: When walking in sports clubs in Alexandria and Cairo, where members of Egypt’s “high society usually take their children for fresh air and sun, it is not odd to see women and girls of all ages and nationalities wearing white coats tailing the young kids. These women are called nannies, in reference to their …

Daily News Egypt

Mubarak's comments still making headlines

CAIRO: Since the week was void of any news guaranteed to make the front pages of local newspapers, editorials focused on the various aspects of corruption, the ongoing struggle of journalists against imprisonment for publishing crimes, and further analyzed the connotations of President Hosni Mubarak s interview with Al-Arabia TV earlier this week. While the …

Sarah El Sirgany

Nour files petition against writing ban Egypt's

CAIRO: Jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour filed a petition Wednesday accusing prison authorities of banning him from writing articles for his party newspaper, his wife said Gamila Ismail added that Nour, leader of the El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party and the runner-up in presidential election last year, also complained about conditions of his detention during a brief …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt wants diplomatic solution to Iran crisis

CAIRO: Egypt said on Thursday it wanted a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran s nuclear program and could not accept the emergence of a new nuclear-armed power in the region. In a statement after a meeting with the U.S. State Department s senior arms control official, it also said that failure to persuade …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Public sector to sell 50 percent of AMOC

CAIRO: Public sector shareholders in Egypt s Alexandria Mineral Oils Company (AMOC) plan to sell shares worth half the firm s capital, the firm told the Egyptian bourse in a statement on Thursday. Bidders for the 43,050,000 shares on offer will also be committed to purchasing all shares offered for sale by private sector shareholders, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Naeem joins consortium for mobile license

CAIRO: Egypt s Naeem Holding has joined Qatar Telecom and Singapore s ST Telemedia in a consortium to bid for Egypt s third mobile license, Naeem and Qtel said in a statement published on Thursday. Qtel has a majority stake in the consortium, said the statement, and published in full in the state newspaper Al …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Government launches anti-bird flu training program

CAIRO: The government launched a training program this week to prepare professionals and volunteers involved in combating the spread of the potentially pathogenic H5N1 avian virus. Faced with a deepening crisis, the government has launched a new program to train personnel dealing with bird flu, said health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine. Those partaking in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Median o/n interbank rises to 8.25 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound rose to 8.25 percent on Thursday from 8.194 percent on Wednesday, as a central bank auction drew liquidity from the market, traders said. The auction of Central Bank of Egypt Notes worth LE 3 ($521 million) was not covered by maturing funds, the traders said. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt freezes assets of sunken ferry owner

CAIRO: An Egyptian prosecutor on Thursday froze the assets of the businessman who owned the ferry which sank in the Red Sea in February that killed more than 1,000 people, the state news agency MENA said. Socialist Prosecutor Gaber Reihan, whose post dates from the nationalization period of the 1960s, said he was freezing the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Choosing a party

CAIRO: Egypt has been immersed in a political transition period for over a year. From the first multi-candidate presidential elections to the violence-marred parliamentary elections, the country has witnessed its fair share of positive and negative changes. During the last few years, opposition parties have come to the forefront in the hopes of attracting people …

Daily News Egypt

Life in rural Egypt

CAIRO: Abdel Hakim Kasem s Ayam El Ensan EL Sabaa (The Seven Days of Man) paints a unique and detailed picture of life in a small village in Egypt. The novel tells the story of Abdel Aziz, the son of a respected mystic village leader who could not be physically closer, yet at the same …

Daily News Egypt

Cornerstone laid for education campus in El-Marg

EL MARG, Egypt: In this shanty northern Cairo town, children can be seen at all hours of the day running barefoot through the dusty streets playing football. Alongside one match, a narrow branch of the Nile is overflowing with garbage. Some 350,000 people call El-Marg home and, of those, a great majority are children. Due …

Vivian Salama

UK's Melrose to buy Egyptian partner for $265 million

LONDON: Britain s Melrose Resources Plc said on Thursday it was buying partner Merlon Petroleum Company for $265 million in cash to gain full control of the pair s oil and gas discoveries in Egypt, boosting its shares. Melrose s shares rose as much as 16 percent to 403 pence. We believe that this deal …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian-Indian company to launch $950 million investment project in Edfu

CAIRO: An Indian-Egyptian company has won the 2005 Investor of the Year Award, given out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), for selecting Egypt as the location for a multi-million dollar investment project. Indo Egyptian Fertilizer Company, which was launched as a result of a joint venture between Indian Fertilizer Company, Indian …

Najla Moussa

Corporate governance in the spotlight

CAIRO: Having recently published its voluntary guidelines for corporate governance, the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD) will begin a training program for corporate board members next month in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation. The training course includes 24 modules covering methods for implementing the guidelines and leads to a certification for directors. Corporate governance …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

New tax laws sees more Egyptians filing

CAIRO: Thanks to a national campaign launched to garner awareness of the new tax law, Egyptians are beginning to pay their taxes, according to Minister of Finance Yousef Boutrous Ghali. During a press conference held at the ministry yesterday, the minister presented the results of the first phase of the advertising campaign, which was launched …

Najla Moussa

Iraqi delegation absent as Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers began meeting Wednesday at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo to discuss Iraq, without the presence of their Iraqi counterpart, an AFP photographer reported. Earlier, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal said Iraq would be present at the meeting even though Baghdad announced a boycott in response to President Hosni Mubarak s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Activists accuse government of fabricating cases against opposition

CAIRO: Activists accused the state of fabricating evidence to support criminal charges against members of the political opposition. In spite of their relative infrequency, these operations have wide and long term effects in spreading fear among ordinary citizens and amongst some activists who fear their turn will come, read a recent report issued by the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bargain plastic surgery flourishes in Egypt, but at a price

CAIRO: Had Cleopatra s nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed, French philosopher Blaise Pascal famously said three and half centuries ago. Today, it would cost Egypt s ancient queen and beauty as little as $300 to get a nose job in her native country, but specialists and disfigured patients …

Daily Star Egypt Staff