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CIB and NBD executives discuss merger experience

CAIRO: With Commercial International Bank’s (CIB) due diligence period for its acquisition of National Bank for Development (NBD) under way, executives from both banks discussed success factors and pitfalls related to bank mergers and acquisitions. CIB Chairman and Managing Director Hisham Ezz El Arab and NBD Chairman and Managing Director Aly Shaker shared their views …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

New El Gouna marina set to attract visitors

CAIRO: El Gouna,commonly referred to as the Red Sea’s premier leisure destination,is home to the new Abu Tig marina, one of the premier marina locations in Egypt. Located in the Northern Red Sea of Egypt, 200 NM south of Suez,the marina is designed by Italian architect Alfredo Freda. Facilities include a number of hotels, restaurants, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Deaths and violence overshadow third round run-offs

BADAWAY, Egypt: Tear gas filled the air and the sound of gun shots echoed throughout a number of normally subdued Delta villages as the third round run-offs for the people’s assembly took place, concluding a month of parliamentary elections. Riot police formed human barricades outside polling stations and angry would-be voters, many of them Muslim …

Vivian Salama

World of controversy

CAIRO: Three years ago, Lebanese director Jocelyne Saab submitted a script to Egyptian censorship. After an initial ban, constant struggle and a great deal of perseverance, Saab was able to turn her dream of creating a film in Egypt into a reality, and “Donia’ was released. The all-star cast includes Mohamed Mounir and Hanan Turk. …

Sarah El Sirgany

Islamic group says 1,250 supporters detained during elections; press watchdog criticizes police attacks on TV crews

CAIRO: Egypt’s leading opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, accused the government Monday of detaining more than 1,250 supporters during ongoing legislative elections, while a press watchdog claimed police stopped film crews – including a U.S.-funded TV station – covering the polls. The criticisms are the latest in a series of complaints against Egypt’s government for …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Group calls for government resignations

CAIRO: With the outcry resulting from the extent of violence and violations taking place during the parliamentary elections, and the inability to secure a free and fair atmosphere, a civil society and elections monitor group has called for the Egyptian government to resign The National Campaign for Monitoring the Elections, a coalition of four civil …

Daily News Egypt

Nation prepares for final day of voting

CAIRO: Voters in eight Egyptian governorates are set to head back to the polls one final time for run-offs in the third round of the People’s Assembly elections. Those candidates elected today will finalize the remaining 136 of the parliament’s 444 elected seats. The National Democratic Party has secured 222 seats and analysts say the …

Vivian Salama

Visitors to Egypt down after July bombings

CAIRO: Egypt said the number of visitors to the country fell 15 percent in August compared to the same time last year, a drop analysts said was short-term following bombings at the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh in July. The central bank said 743,000 people visited Egypt in August 2005, compared to 877,000 in August 2004.The …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

AUC names scholarship in honor of first lady

CAIRO: The American University in Cairo (AUC) announced that it is establishing a scholarship for public school students in honor of First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, an alumna of AUC.The scholarship, which was announced by AUC President David D.Arnold at the university’s annual Alumni Gala, is a tribute to Mrs. Mubarak’s accomplishments as a leader for …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian wins World Open squash title

Malaysia’s Nicol David made history for the fourth time this year when victory over top-seeded Rachael Grinham of Australia on Sunday made her the first Asian woman to win the World Open squash title. The men’s tournament was clinched by Egypt’s Shabana, who swept aside Australia’s David Palmer 11-6 11-7 11-8. David, 22, secured an …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cutting it

CAIRO: Achieving recognition in Hollywood is simply nothing more than a dream for many. Except for a handful, most Arabs have always looked at that dream as unattainable, coupled with the added difficulty of coming from the Middle East. Omar Naim proved them wrong. Naim, a Lebanese-born director/scriptwriter, made his cinematic debut with “The Final …

Sarah El Sirgany

Picket fences

CAIRO: In an effort to combat the acute shortages of economy housing units, the government has launched a number of initiatives aimed at dealing with the situation. President Hosni Mubarak, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Mohamed Ibrahim Suleiman and the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) have proposed a six year plan for 2005-2011 …

Daily News Egypt

U.S. government ignores election violence

CAIRO: A U.S.-based human rights organization criticized the United States government for its claims that the Egyptian government was dedicated to having free and fair elections, and accuses it of ignoring reports of violence on polling days. Human Rights Watch sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Dec. 2, in response …

Daily News Egypt

Stop whining and do something about it

I don’t have a voting card. I need to confess that up front. I am, however, getting one. I’m very much a product of my generation and social strata. We tend to be well-educated, well-meaning, and largely apathetic. We have opinions and ideas. We have no shortages of those. We just don’t do anything about …

Daily News Egypt

The opiate of the masses

CAIRO: As parents of a young child, we are faced everyday with new and troubling decisions. This morning’s crise de jour: How much television should she watch? It’s a difficult moral problem, one that leads to many sleepless nights, especially when Al-Qahira Al-Youm goes off the air. When that happens, once the talking heads are …

Daily News Egypt

Paradise Now

CAIRO: The joy of the Cairo film festival, on the cusp of its 30th anniversary and still an all-round model of mediocrity, is that it invariably houses the rare gem. The enervating and specious opening ceremony saw Omar El Sherif, still slick as an unrepentant lothario, accepting verbal adoration from host Safa’a Abu El So’oud …

Daily News Egypt

Present and tense: A woman's quest

We pick cold cuts with our unwashed fingers from styrofoam plates My wife and I now live in Zamalek, in a flat with a terrific Nile view, a small kitchen and a limited storage space.We own two armoires, one chest of drawers and one side cabinet. Since we moved there from our separate abodes, my …

Nabil Shawkat

Sowing seeds of doubt

CAIRO: “Daddy,Are you a terrorist? A simple enough question coming from a 7-year-old boy, one that seems harmless and perhaps even funny – but for the father, the question was destructive. Not just this question, but also the doubtful eyes of his German wife of eight years. In a post September 11 saga of a …

Sarah El Sirgany

Girls will be boys

The offside law is one of the game s hardest to comprehend, especially after it was changed. The law says that offside occurs when there are fewer than two defenders between an attacker and the goal line. Once, players were judged offside the moment the ball was passed forward by their team. Now they must …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

A true inspiration

CAIRO: “She reached for the highest professional standards in her work,earned the respect and affection of her colleagues and took profound pleasure in life. Her throaty laughter fills this room still, are the words inscribed by Nadia Younes’ former colleagues on the wall of the United Nations Spokesman’s Office in New York. In her tragically …

Farah El Alfy

Lebanese delights

As you can probably guess from the name, Fayruz is a Lebanese restaurant, and it is also the pride and joy of the InterContinental Hotel CityStars. The architecture is defined by its arches and high ceilings. Fayruz is a spacious dining area with a stage for oriental live music and belly dancing which starts as …

Daily News Egypt

Gearing up for the run-off

CAIRO: While the Muslim Brotherhood, which has enjoyed unprecedented success during Egypt’s parliamentary elections, gained no seats outright in the Dec. 1 vote, some 30 of their 49 candidates running in the third stage will take part in the run-offs. The Brotherhood candidates, who are running as independents given that their organization is currently outlawed, …

Daily News Egypt

Stock markets recover slightly after sharp decline

The CASE 30 Index, which tracks the top 30 stocks on the Cairo and Alexandria exchanges, closed at 5,603 points yesterday, a 53 point increase from the previous day. Stock prices have been volatile and declining over the past month due to uncertainty regarding the Telecom Egypt initial public offering (IPO).The market had continued to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Against the grain

CAIRO: In the Arab world, where the man-against-the-machine musician is an unfamiliar concept, a number of 20 something hip-hop artists are working their way through Egypt’s underground music scene, armed with piercing lyrics and original music. With the teenage rebel trapped inside, these rappers are rolling up their sleeves to change the world. Not only …

Sarah El Sirgany

Rachid in Washington for trade consultations

Foreign Trade and Industry Minister, Rachid Mohamed Rachid, is visiting Washington with a large government delegation for consultations on trade negotiations. Rachid met yesterday with U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman to discuss a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. This followed Rachid’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on Wednesday. …

Daily News Egypt

Recognizing challenges key to success

CAIRO:Tom Walter has a tough job doing business in Egypt.He is chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Egypt, the local subsidiary of one of the leading global marketers of fuels and lubricants. In this country, the market remains over-regulated, heavily distorted by state subsidies and sees only modest growth. But this environment makes his advice …

Daily News Egypt

Violence overshadows third round of voting

CAIRO: The third and final round of Egypt s parliamentary elections was overshadowed by mass arrests, violence and at least one death. Eyewitnesses in the governorates of Mansoura and Sharqiya reported human blockades in the early hours of voting. Scuffles broke out frequently in front of polling stations, with opposition supporters alleging the fights were …

Vivian Salama