Egypt Independent: News-Main news en David struggles into eighth world final <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&nbsp;World number one Nicol David reached her eighth world final after a rare ordeal on Friday, coming back from two games to one down to defeat Egypt&#39;s Omneya Kawy 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5.</p><p>It was a mental triumph for David with the cool court perfect for Kawy?s shot-making brilliance, the atmosphere becoming more frenzied with every winner the home heroine struck, and at 3-3 in the fourth game the top seed was in plenty of difficulty.</p><p>It was then that David constructed a run of six points which changed the character of the match.</p><p>Her patient rallying, clever containment, and unflagging court coverage increasingly taxed Kawy?s physical resources and elicited more errors, and once David had her opponent on the hook she never let her off.</p><p>I&#39;m really pleased to come through 3-2 (in games) against a really sharp, in-form Omneya who was composed throughout the match, said David.</p><p>?I have played her many times, and sometimes it goes after a while,? she added, referring to Kawy?s stamina in lengthy matches. ?But she didn?t let it go.</p><p>She thrives on confidence and so for me to come back from 2-1 down was pleasing. I didn?t want to let her get in there in the fourth game, David emphasised.</p><p>It was a great atmosphere. But from then on I played with more purpose with my shots and she attempted a few things which were out of reach, and made a few unforced errors.</p><p>So I used that to push on through. I had to bring my level up, and I did. I?m really happy with that.</p><p>In the final David may have to endure another trial by an excited home crowd and a talented Egyptian.</p><p>This time it will be an even more dangerous opponent, the third-seeded Raneem el Weleily, who also showed a wide range of shot-making brilliance while beating the surprise semi-finalist, Alison Waters, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5.</p><p>It has taken a long time for el Weleily to reach her first final. Though she is only 25 years old she is playing in her 13th World Championship, and this was her third semi-final.</p><p>But she handled the pressure of expectations superbly, pegging down her wandering mind better than usual, except for a spell in the third when she drifted to 3-10 down, won six points in a row, and lost that game anyway.</p><p>I was too eager to win,? el Weleily said. ?That is no help. It is not possible to win like that. But even though winning those six points did not win me the third game at least it got my mind back.</p><p>I shall being playing my first world final, in my home town, and before my home crowd -? and somehow I have to handle it as if it were just another match.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:13:00 +0000 AFP 2441577 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/19/499612/omneya_kawy.jpg PM reviews plan for developing ’Maspero Triangle’ <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab held a ministerial meeting for discussing a proposed plan to develop slums in downtown Cairo, known as Maspero Triangle.</p><p>Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskander asserted there will not be &quot;a forced eviction&quot; for any resident in the area.</p><p>Upgrading the area will be through collaboration between the government and residents, the minister said.</p><p>Maspero Triangle stands on 74 feddans of land and is home to at least 18,000 residents.</p><p>The triangle occupies a central location overlooking the Nile Corniche in central Cairo.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:01:00 +0000 MENA 2441567 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/25/499612/_75004973_75004972.jpg New US ambassador arrives in Egypt after 16 month vacancy <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Robert Stephen Beecroft, the new US ambassador, arrived to Cairo International Airport&rsquo;s VIP lounge on Thursday on board a German airliner coming from Frankfurt. He was greeted by US Embassy personnel.<br /><br />Former US ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, had left Cairo in August last year after a 26-month term, to take the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.</p><p>The Egyptian public began to perceive Patterson as a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer and she was smeared by anti-Brotherhood protesters on 30 June, due to US hesitancy to accept a military overthrow of Egypt&#39;s first democratically-elected government.<br /><br />David Satterfield, the director general of the multinational force in Sinai, took over as charge d&#39;affaires until last January, followed by Marc Sievers.<br /><br />Egypt had agreed to Beecroft&#39;s nomination. He was ambassador to Jordan from August 2008 until June 2011, then joined the US Embassy in Baghdad in July 2011 as deputy chief of mission and later became the chargé d&#39;affaires after Ambassador James Jeffrey left in June 2012. On 11 September&nbsp; 2012, President Barack Obama nominated him for ambassador to Iraq.<br /><br />Beecroft holds a bachelor&#39;s degree from Brigham Young University and from Berkeley. He is one of the most important American diplomats, and he worked at the US embassies in Amman, Damascus and Riyadh.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441547 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/09/01/94/us_ambassador_to_cairo_robert_stephen_beecroft.jpg Sweden releases held Egyptian plane <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Egyptian Smart Airlines plane that was held in Sweden was released on Friday to take off from Malmo Airport.<br /><br />A Swiss company had chartered the plane for a private flight to Sweden. Some of the passengers were Syrians who claimed to have residency permits in Italy and could therefore enter Sweden without a visa.<br /><br />However upon arrival at Malmo Airport, the Swedish authorities found that the residence permits were fake, and the passengers requested political asylum.<br /><br />Smart Airlines Chairman Roshdie Zakariya said the Swedish authorities confirmed that neither the airline nor the crew were responsible for the incident, and released the plane for take off.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:33:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441546 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/19/500478/roushdy-zkria.jpg