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Prince Sultan laid to rest RIYADH: World leaders, including rival Iran’s foreign minister, poured into Riyadh to offer condolences on the death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz who was buried yesterday in the presence of King Abdullah. While his successor has yet to be named, the body of Sultan, who died on Saturday in a New York hospital, was repatriated to Riyadh for the funeral. It is the first time that the heir to the throne’s seat stays vacant in the history of the OPEC kingpin. King Abdullah, 87, who arrived on a walker with a surgical mask on his face, remained seated as he took part in the funeral ceremony. The monarch was hospitalised for a new back surgery in Riyadh earlier this month, following two similar operations last year in the United States. Sultan’s body was wrapped in a brown cloth and laid on the mosque ground as the mourners prayed for him. It was then taken out of the mosque to be buried in a nearby cemetery. More than 100 world dignitaries have gathered in the capital. Ali Akbar Salehi, foreign minister of Shiite Iran, the Sunni conservative kingdom’s arch foe, arrived for Sultan’s funeral, the Saudi news agency SPA reported. Tensions have risen between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks, since US Continued on Page 12

RIYADH: Prince Salman, the Saudi king’s brother and Riyadh Governor (second left) carries with other princes the shrouded body of his brother late Crown Prince Sultan before performing special prayers at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque yesterday. (Inset right) Kuwaiti Amir HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah arrives at the funeral. (Inset far right) Saudi King Abdullah wears a surgical mask and wipes a tear as he prays during the funeral. — AP/AFP

KUWAIT: HH the Amir yesterday called on MPs and the government to end their “continuous” disputes that have stalled development, urging them to stop behaving like “archenemies” instead of brothers and sisters. Opening the new national assembly term, the Amir criticized the opposition for holding demonstrations and rallies rather than expressing their views in the national assembly, and for making unsubstantiated accusations of bribery, corruption and treason against others. Sheikh Sabah called on all to closely follow the “dangerous events taking place around us” a clear reference to the Arab Spring Continued on Page 12

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves upon his arrival at the National Assembly yesterday. — Photo by Yasser AlZayyat (See Page 2)



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KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in a group photo with both Legislative and Executive bodies during inaguration of the session of the new parliament yesterday.

Protests, strikes cannot be tolerated, warns PM

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah attends the opening session of the new parliamentary term in Kuwait City yesterday. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

‘Institutional framework can help solve national crises’ KUWAIT: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi announced yesterday that tackling national economic and political issues requires cooperation between legislative and executive authorities. Addressing the inauguration of the fourth session of the 13th legislative term of the NA, he stressed that corruption must be tackled by judicial authorities, not sensationalist rhetoric, which he said was harmful to national unity. Al-Khorafi also took the opportunity to touch on various issues, including a call on Iraq to halt its threats to Kuwait over the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port project. He also voiced concern over the national economic forecast in light of the global financial crisis and urged Arab populations in revolt against their regimes to seek regional stability expediently.

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s new foreign minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, takes the oath during the opening session of a new parliamentary term yesterday. Thanking HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAhmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber AlSabah for their attendance of the opening parliamentary session, Al-Khorafi also paused to offer his condolences to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the recent passing of Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz. Al-Khorafi expressed his optimism regarding the Arab Spring, which he said reflected the democratic aspirations of the Arab world. While calling for prosperity and progress to follow the revolts, Al-Khorafi ventured that “We hope that the those involved in the demonstrations exercise caution, abstain from making excessive demands and work rapidly to end the tumult, restore stability, usher in a new phase of construction and act to lay a basis for new, enlightened and rational politics, the fruits of which will be reaped by the Arab world.” Affirming that Kuwait is affected by regional developments, Al-Khorafi called for reform at various levels. “Addressing the flaws in how we practice democracy is a priority,” he said. He also lamented the prevailing rhetoric of “self-flagellation” when addressing “our

problems, including the tendency to generalize defamation, which is harmful to our society and our national image and also hampers our ability to diagnose and solve our problems.” He also warned that “We should be vigilant vis a vis the sources of incitement, particularly from those who use national interests as a pretext to serve their personal interests.” Realizing development, establishing democracy and combating corruption “cannot be achieved with self-flagellation, dissent, dispute, rhetorical threats, violation of laws and defying constitutional institutions,” he argued. He urged lawmakers and executives to set a national example by holding rational and constructive dialogue, setting national priorities and elevating national interests above all others. Such a responsibility should be shouldered by both the legislative and executive authorities, Al-Khorafi stressed, noting that Parliament should transform “the political interpellation into a means of reform.” On the economy, Al-Khorafi indicated that negative developments in the global economy may have adverse effects “for developing states in general and for us in particular.” Despite such positive indications as the national budget surplus and an increased share of GDP attributable to non-oil sectors, Al-Khorafi warned that “We should not be complacent, as the high oil returns result from the specifics of today’s international oil markets; these conditions may change in the future.” He meanwhile called on the government to heed the recommendations of the national economic consultative commission, established by HH the Amir to examine structural defects in the national economy. He also urged the legislative and executive authorities to cooperate to execute economic reform and recommended upgrading national economic institutions, enhancing auditing, cutting expenditure, improving investment schemes and quickly implementing national development projects. A national priority, Al-Khorafi emphasized, was shoring up the financial sector so as to protect the Kuwait Stock Exchange form the adverse effects of the global financial crisis. Economic reform, he added, must be coupled with political reform, stressing that national issues can only be resolved through cooperation, stability, democratic dialogue, constructive political action and by elevating the national interest above all others. While announcing that corruption must be uprooted, Al-Khorafi argued that such cannot be accomplished via mere accusations and rhetoric and in the absence of evidence. Disagreements over national issues must be tackled within institutional frameworks, he added, explaining such to be the “objective of the democratic system.” He called on all to show commitment to “boosting democratic dialogue and rising above trivial considerations.” On the subject of the NA chairmanship, Al-Khorafi affirmed that the post will remain impartial in the running of state affairs as per Kuwaiti law. He simultaneously called on Parliament to play an active role in managing Kuwait’s regional and international relations and in promoting national interests abroad. —KUNA

KUWAIT: In his speech at the inauguration of the fourth session of the 13th legislative term of Kuwait’s National Assembly (parliament) yesterday, the premier expressed grave concerns at the recent spate of public demonstrations and strikes in Kuwait, suggesting that these actions could be considered illegal. The Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah described the protests and strikes as “tantamount to attacks on the state’s status, its sovereignty, its interests and its citizens,” warning, “This is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.” He added that the government condemns the “arbitrary usage of strikes to abstain from work,” which he said threaten the interests of the country and its citizens, stressing that strike action should not be viewed as a means of pressuring authorities and describing such actions as illegal. The country’s premier also voiced regret at what he said were the bids by some lawmakers to impugn the integrity and financial honesty of some leading figures without producing any documents or evidence to substantiate these smears. Outlining the government’s strategy for the upcoming term in his address at Abdullah Al-Salem Hall, the premier first pledged to cooperate with lawmakers and affirmed his commitment to implementing the state’s major development plan, stressing that political stability is essential in making headway in national development. Injecting a note of caution and a thinly veiled rebuke to opposition MPs, the premier added, “However, we should acknowledge that there were shortcomings throughout the previous legislative term that hindered the achievement of the required accomplishments and obstructed [progress].” He continued, “The outcomes [of the previous term] fell short of the aspirations concerning develop-

KUWAIT: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah addresses the parliament yesterday. ment-related accomplishments and there was continuous negative parliamentary practice in the form of constant interpolations and controversies, whilst our domestic arena was preoccupied with sloganeering and fruitless speeches that inspired widespread public dismay. This should in turn prompt us [now] to work harder to ensure that the remainder of the term will be distinguished by accomplishments which serve the homeland and the citizens.” The premier pointed out that the comprehensive long-term development plan outlines the state’s objectives for the nation’s development up till the year 2035 which aim to turn Kuwait into a lucrative regional financial and investment hub, boosting competition and increasing productivity. This strategy should be implemented through the creation of effective state institutions, a capable infrastructure, up-to-date legislation and a constructive working environment, the premier went on. HH Sheikh Nasser added that among the priorities in the longterm development plan are improving citizens’ living conditions and enhancing their scientific and practical skills. Specifying some of the tangible accomplishments made to date in implementing the development plan, the premier cited the ongoing construction work on Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port, the airport expansion project, the construction of a number of new residential estates, the Sheikh Jaber Hospital complex and the launch of other initiatives to raise oil production levels. In education, he said, the government has established the Academic Accreditation Authority, continued work on the construction of Sabah Al-Salem University, built six cultural centers and an opera house, and approved the launch of a project to use flash memories instead of hard copy textbooks at a number of schools. Other benefits of the development plan have been the encouragement of the construction of low-cost public facilities, as well as the flotation of some authorities, such as the Northern Warehouses Company and the Health Insurance Company, along with others in the energy, transport, and public and private health sectors, for public subscription.

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addresses the country’s Parliament yesterday. The Amir inaugurated the fourth session of the 13th legislative term of the National Assembly, calling on the legislators and executives to renounce dissension and urged for coordination to enhance the level of citizens’ living conditions and combat corruption. Looking on, left, is National Assembly’s speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi. The PM also revealed that the government is currently studying several blueprints for the construction of major projects such as the long-awaited metro system and Silk City, as well sponsoring a number of smaller initiatives. The government has also formed a consultative committee to examine the recent fast-moving international economic turbulence and its potential impact on Kuwait’s economy in order to minimize any possible negative effects, with the committee recently introducing a number of measures to guide public spending and strengthen the role played by the private sector into the national economy. HH Sheikh Nasser affirmed the government’s commitment to tackling economic problems and helping citizens on limited incomes. “The government seeks to ensure the wellbeing of all the citizens of our beloved Kuwait, and we hope that all parties will base their proposals in this respect on positive objectives as warranted by national requirements,” he said. The premier also noted that the government had submitted a series of bills to the parliament concerning a number of issues, adding, “There are numerous objectives that should be realized, but we should be working with loyalty and devotion to fulfill our duties and refrain from time-wasting and procrastination for the sake of promoting comprehensive national development.” On the issue of Kuwait’s bedoon (stateless) residents who are now classified as illegal, HH Sheikh Nasser affirmed the government’s concern over this issue, “with the aim of finding a final solution for it.” He voiced hope that the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents, the body set up earlier this year to tackle the problems facing Kuwait’s bedoon population, would resolve the situation within the next five years. The premier underlined the government’s sincere desire to cooperate closely with MPs, but noted the necessity of separating the jurisdictions of the executive and legislative authorities, and of MPs exercising their powers on the basis of the relevant constitutional articles and legislation. Whilst affirming its respect for the constitutional rights of MPs, he said, the government “hopes that they respect [the government’s] constitutional rights...particularly since the government’s actions are subject to transparency.” The premier said that he had promised HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlSabah that he would spare no effort in cooperating with the parliament to implement HH the Amir’s

instructions for the good of Kuwait’s security and stability and the people’s unity. HH Sheikh Nasser also highlighted his government’s enthusiasm for supporting the country’s armed forces and equipping personnel with the latest stateof-the-art weapons in order to defend Kuwait against any external treats. On foreign policy, HH Sheikh Nasser said that the government would continue to respect the sovereignty of all states, and cooperate with sisterly and friendly states to exert every possible effort to realize security, peace and stability in every area of the world. Regarding the recent and ongoing dramatic events in the Arab world, HH the PM affirmed that these events are extremely critical and potentially dangerous given their political, economic and sectarian implications. “Kuwait is not isolated from their repercussions and consequences in terms of hazards and threats to our national security, thus this situation should prompt us all to be wise and vigilant to deal with these events, along with recalling the necessity to strengthen unity among all sections of society,” he warned. He added that the State of Kuwait maintains its pledge of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other states, and aspires to see a rapid end to the bloody events in the sisterly states of the region for sake of ending the spilling of Arab blood. Concerning the subject of aid for nations in need of assistance, HH the Prime Minister noted Kuwait’s effective contributions to relief efforts for peoples suffering from all forms of natural catastrophes. On the Palestinian cause, HH Sheikh Nasser underlined Kuwait’s full support for the Palestinian people’s quest for full United Nations membership, and for finding a just, permanent and comprehensive settlement to this question on the basis of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. Regarding the secession of South Sudan, the premier congratulated the government and people of South Sudan on attaining their independence and joining the UN as a member nation. He also congratulated the Libyan people on success of their revolution and the declaration of liberation of the whole national territory. In line with Kuwait’s enduring policy of continuing to strengthen relations with neighboring countries, HH Sheikh Nasser renewed the state’s commitment to offering all forms of aid for Iraq for “honoring the remaining international commitments, as stipulated by the resolutions of the Security Council, in a manner that would enable it to play its regional and international roles.” —KUNA

NA sets long, short-term committees KUWAIT: Kuwait’s National Assembly (NA) organized on Tuesday permanent and short-term committees for its newly-inaugurated fourth session of the 13th legislative term. Female MPs Masouma Al-Mubarak and Rola Dashti, in addition to Hassan Jawhar won the uncontested membership of the proposed ‘Response Committee to HH the Amir’s speech.’ Parliament also chose Khaled Al-Adwa, Ghanim Al-Lami, Saad Zenaifer and Hussain Maz yad for the ‘Petitions and Complaints Committee.’ MPs Saad Al-Khanfour, Askar Al-Enezi, Delaihi Al-Hajeri, Mohammad Al-Huwaila and Adnan AlMutawa were chosen for the ‘Interior and Defense Affairs Committee.’ Yousif Al-Zalzala, Marzoug Al-Ghanim, Faisal Al-Duwaisan, Khalaf Demaitheer, Mikhled Al-Azmi, Adnan Al-Mutawa and Mubarak Al-Kherainij were chosen for the ‘Economy and Finance committee’. The ‘Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee’ will include Masouma Al-Mubarak, Khaled AlAdwa, Faisal Al-Duwaisan, Hussain Al-Heraiti and Sadoun Hammad.

For the ‘Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee’, Parliament chose Mohammad Al-Huwaila, Salwa Al-Jassar, Hasan Jawhar, Asil AlAwadhi and Saleh Al-Mulla. For ‘Health, Social and Labor Affairs’, Saleh Ashour, Saad Al-Khanfour, Asil Al-Awadhi, Rola Dashti and Saad Zenaifer were chosen and ‘Foreign Affairs’ will include Mubarak Al-Kherainij, Ali Al-Omair, Masouma Al-Mubarak, Saleh Ashour and Ghanim Al-Lami. For the ‘Public Utilities Committee’, Mikhled Al-Azmi, Hussain Mazyad, Ali Al-Omair and Delaihi Al-Hajeri have been chose, while Adel Al-Sarawi, Adnan Abdulsamed, Saleh Al-Mulla, Rola Dashti, Marzoug Al-Ghanim, Askar Al-Enezi and Yousif Al-Zalzala were chosen for the ‘Budget Management Committee.’ Salwa Al-Jassar, Delaihi Al-Hajeri, Sadoun Hammad and Khalaf Demaitheer will staff the ‘Protection of Public Funds Committee.’ The NA also approved proposals for a number of short-term committees on Tuesday, including the ‘Environmental and Nuclear Energy Committee’, the ‘Human Rights Committee’ and the ‘Women and Family Affairs Committee.’ — KUNA



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Children must learn good habits from a young age Awareness, education on nutrition vital for Kuwait By Lisa Conrad

KUWAIT: Dr. Sabriya Al-Saleh, Abdulrahman Al-Mahmeed and Alison Shan Price during the conference held on Monday at the Radisson Blu. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Concert of Hope on Friday By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: The Diary of Hope 2012 committee announced the launch of its annual concert at a press conference held on Monday evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The concert, at 7pm on Friday, Oct 28, 2011, will be held at the AlHashemi Ballroom at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The third annual charity concert of Diary of Hope will be held under the auspices of British Ambassador to Kuwait Frank Baker and will be presented in association with the Kuwait Chamber Philharmonic. Among the acts lined up for the evening is its star guest, the Kuwaiti singer Abdulrahman Al-Mahmeed. Abdulrahman, recent winner of ‘Arabs Got Talent’, is known to hold his audiences spellbound as he sings a varied repertoire of western, Italian operatic and Kuwaiti numbers. The Diary of Hope 2012 concert will be Abdulrahman’s first charity performance. “I’ve participated in concerts in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Morocco and elsewhere. In Kuwait I participated in a musical concert in the 360 Mall, which was a tremendous success. I received great feedback from the public even though I was afraid that people here would not like operatic music. For the charity concert I will sing two or more international operatic pieces,” he told the Kuwait Times during a recent interview. Abdulrahman was recently a guest of honor at the press conference for the Hope Foundation launch, chaired by Dr Sabriya Al-Saleh. Also in attendance were figures from Arabic and English media, Hope Foundation committee members

and Abdulrahman’s fellow performers. “The evening will include some operatic and Arabic songs presented by talented Kuwaiti singer Abdulrahman AlMahmeed. Other local and international musicians will also present a beautiful repertoire of music. It will also include solo performances, including on the piano,” noted Dr Al-Saleh during the conference. To date, Abdulrahman has released just one single. “Currently I’m busy with my studies as I’m in my final year. I plan to go abroad for postgraduate study and I believe that this will be a good opportunity to meet international composers who I could work with in the future. I think that the pop music I sing is not particularly famous here in Kuwait whereas in Dubai, for instance, it is,” he added. Having performed very well in MBC’s ‘Arabs Got Talent’, where he represented Kuwait, he is now seeking to build on past success. “I was happy when the organizers of this charity concert called me to participate, even though it’s for free. I consider it to be participation in the greater social responsibility we have towards important humanitarian issues. I also believe that the artist can easily deliver his message to the community through his art and music,” stressed Abdulrahman. Dr Al-Saleh took the opportunity at the recent press conference to lay out the mission of the organization. Through sales of tickets for the Diary of Hope concert, the organization will raise money for Kuwaiti and international charities that will finance the construction of hospitals, care for the sick and the elderly and reconstruction of livelihoods of those living in war-torn societies.

Kuwait observes standards on expat workers’ rights KUWAIT: Kuwait is committed to complying with all the relevant international standards on protecting expatriate workers’ rights, said a Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) official yesterday. During a meeting with a delegation of Nor wegian officials visiting the countr y, MSAL Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs Jamal Al-Dousari said that Kuwait ’s new labor laws ensure, amongst other things, that expatriate workers are accorded their full rights at their workplaces, and are granted full legal recourse to resolve any grievances they might have. Among the rights expatriate workers are accorded is the right to move to a new job with another employer without the worker needing to obtain permission from his or her original sponsor, explained Al-Dousari, adding that expatriate workers who have been working for the same sponsor for three years or more can also change their residency status without having to first obtain the sponsor’s approval. The new labor laws have resolved a great many of the previous problems seen by the MSAL’s labor department between expatriate workers and their sponsors, said the official. Al-Dousari also touched on the subject of widespread complaints of abuse

of expatriate workers by sponsors, stressing that abusive sponsors are dealt with in compliance with the terms set out in the new legislation and with international law. The ministry official also told the Nor wegian delegates that bedoon (stateless) residents of Kuwait are not deprived of the right to work but are required to legalize their residential status, stressing that Kuwait is well on the way to conclusively resolving its problems with members of this group. On organizing the country’s workforce and ensuring that workers’ rights are upheld in all cases and circumstances, Al-Dousari explained that Kuwait is set to establish an independent public authority for labor which will be tasked with ensuring that the rights of all workers, domestic and foreign, are protected. The establishment of the authority will ensure that it can implement all the country’s labor laws without interference from other government agencies. Amongst the Norwegian delegates at the meeting was Eric Christian, the First S ecretar y at the Nor wegian Embassy in Kuwait, who voiced appreciation on behalf of the delegation of Al-Dousari’s comments on Kuwait’s commitment to observing international human rights standards and norms in its new labor legislation. — KUNA

4 hurt in car accidents By Hanan Al Saadoun KUWAIT: A 48-year-old Indian man was rushed to Adan Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on Monday evening after suffering severe head injuries in a car crash in Fahaheel. In a separate incident earlier on Monday, a 25-year-old Egyptian suffered heavy bruising in a motorcycle accident in Cairo Street. He was taken to Mubarak Hospital. Meanwhile, a 34-year-old Egyptian man was taken to Jahra Hospital late yesterday after he suffered a fracture to his left wrist when he was hit by a car in the

Amghara Scrapyard area. Finally, an 18-year-old Kuwaiti man sustained extensive lacerations in a car accident on the Seventh Ring Road on Monday. Friendly brawl A fight broke out in a Salmiya cafe recently between two Kuwaitis and two Iraqis. Police arrived and took the four for questioning after the cafe manager called police and reported that the four two men and two women - were causing damage to the cafe. Upon further questioning by police it transpired that the four were friends.

KUWAIT: “There is no awareness of health issues in Kuwait,” said public health nutritionist, Jumana Al O thman. One in ever y four Kuwaitis has diabetes. The obesity rate in Kuwait is one of the highest in the World, trailing only behind the US. One of the most favored past times here is to head to restaurants and cafes to eat, and creative indulgence is revered. According to Jumana, unhealthy eating habits are ingrained from a young age and continued into adulthood, putting the upcoming generations at serious risk of developing a multitude of diseases, “When I was in school we would eat candy and chips all the time. It wasn’t controlled or regulated at all.” She further added, “And things haven’t gotten any better; my nieces and nephews come home from school everyday exhausted as

their sugar levels come soaring down after their shor t-lived, candy induced sugar highs during the day. They’re allowed to eat whatever they want.” Malnutrition is a major killer worldwide, and despite food being plentiful in Kuwait, people still become afflicted with life threatening problems as a result of their diet. “We make the conscious choice to consume foods that fail to nourish our bodies,” said 25-year old medical student, Aya. “We eat for fun instead of necessity, and we pay the consequences. I t seems so ironic that those who cannot eat die, and those with food available decide to poison themselves,” she added. The availability of food isn’t an indicator of a healthful nation, as it can still be lacking in adequate nutrition, as Josette Sheeran, the World Food Program’s executive director, said in a UN news report last week. “Good, nutri-

tious food is the very foundation of healthy children and nations,” she emphasized. According to Jumana, bad habits start at home, “Many kids aren’t used to eating vegetables and fruits. I t ’s so foreign to them.” Jumana coordinates various activities at Breakfast and Brunch, a small cafe here in Kuwait. Her advice to parents is to make food fun and interesting, so that eating well becomes a habit instead of a chore, “We hold kids’ cooking classes, so they learn about what they’re eating. Kids react to stuff that’s fun or pretty, so we let them shape vegetables and fruits, which they’re then much more willing to eat. It really is so simple but it needs patience.” She added, “Jamie Oliver’s campaign across the UK to improve the food ser ved at schools made such a difference, it was such an inspiration. Kuwait could benefit from attempting similar

changes so that the cycle can be stopped now.” It seems that parents aren’t the only ones who react to fun opportunities, as Jumana noted that her ‘ healthy lunchbox ’ workshop has received much attention from parents wanting to encourage their kids to eat healthier foods, “The response is great, it seems people are interested and want to learn more when given the oppor tunity. But it has to continue at home: parents can’t expect their kids to eat well at home or at school if they’re setting a bad example by eating fattening foods on a daily basis.” Aya, who decided to study medicine after seeing the prevalence of avoidable diseases soar in Kuwait, added, “The concentration needs to be awareness and prevention. It’s much easier to prevent than cure but, as it stands, people still wait until they’re unwell to rethink what they’re doing.”

TV channel penalized for slander KUWAIT: The Appeals Court upheld on Monday a Court of First Instance verdict that sentenced Scope TV and a talk show host into paying a KD 5,000 fine after bein g foun d guilt y of lib e l c ha rge s. Members of Kuwait’s ruling family had filed a lawsuit against the controversial television channel. Attorney Fawziya Al-Sabah, who represented 39 plaintiffs from Al-Sabah family,

stated that the court order will pave the way for more family members to take legal action over alleged insulting statements exchanged during an episode of ‘Zain wu Shain’ (Good and Bad) talk show hosted by Talal Al-Saeid. “More cases will be filed demanding larger compensations, setting an example [for the channel and the show host]”, she said in a statement. The charges were pressed on

October 16, 2010, in which attorney AlSabah accused Al-Saeid of making false accusations during an episode of his talk s how a ga i ns t t he n M i ni s t r y of Information undersecretary Sheikh Faisal Al-Malik Al-Sabah and the ruling family. “[Al-Saeid’s] statements crossed the limits of freedom of expression and amounted to defamatory insults,” Al-Sabah asserted.— Al-Qabas



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In my view

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Reform in action not words

The health benefits of paying attention to detail

By Fouad Al-Obaid By Lisa Conrad


hile countries are experiencing daunting times in a painful transition from dictatorship towards democracy, we in Kuwait are fighting for petty matters that are threatening our national unity, affecting the image of our country worldwide. At a time when our governmental coffers are full, and where surpluses have been running for over a decade, why is it that the government and Parliament alike are unable to work together towards the development of the state and its infrastructure. What is the point of money if we cannot use it to build first-class governmental infrastructure, from clinics to police stations, passing by governmental buildings bring in improvement to create state infrastructure that would be the world’s envy! Democracy is a right that no Kuwaiti will forgo, and yet, this democratic system of ours needs to be majorly overhauled. We need to create new institutions that would be able to deal with the real concerns of citizens. We need new local governmental institutions that would swiftly tackle local problems, leaving the national institutions to deal with state matters. In light of reforms necessary, new amendments should be sought to allow the creation of secular political parties that would run a campaign with tangible ideas rather than the current tribal/sectarian system. A proposal should be put forth to reduce the number of electoral districts to one, and to have parties file candidates that can then compete for the minds of the nation not their hearts! For failing to do so, as we are painfully see, is placing our country in an unhealthy ‘stalemate’ that serves no one, and opens the door for sedition. We need to bear in mind regional realities and dangers. Our democratic experience is being closely watched by neighboring countries that envy our freedoms and would like to have them curbed. They despise our freedom and would not want us to succeed so as to not allow similar liberties to their nationals. We need to have structural reforms that touch upon the revamping of the educational system, a component that should be added and made mandatory in civic classes, where national identity is forged. Questions related to the state and its functioning should be addressed and debated. The Ministry of Education must encourage students and citizens alike to read. We are a nation that is literate yet not enlightened! Books, magazines, and different publications are the fuels to our creative engine. Without a reading culture we will have a mediocre society. We have to dream of greatness. We all owe it to ourselves to reflect upon the situation, and I hope that new grouping of youth will emerge to voice not only their concern, but further, to create drafts of applicable plans to develop their country. We hear many leaders exhort the youth to achieve. They are constantly being told that they are the future. Today, we are coming to a meeting with the said future. The youth need to bear their responsibilities and start thinking about their own future and how they would want it to be.

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The traffic crisis By Yaqoub Al-Jouan


raffic is one of the first things that gives you a general impression of a country you’re visiting for the first time. A smooth flow of traffic usually reflects the organized nature of state strategy, while traffic jams and chaos give visitors the impression of mismanagement, at least in the way this area is run. In Kuwait, traffic issues have gone beyond being a problem to become more of a catastrophic experience every time you drive on the country’s roads, costing you a lot of your time and interest, messing with your schedule and wasting large amounts of fuel on sitting in traffic jams. Whilst we continue to wait, as we have for years, for the completion of government solutions such as road development projects, there are some solutions that if implemented could help in providing at least temporary solutions to the problems until more permanent ones are provided. First, the government should increase fuel prices in Kuwait. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for example, a decision was made to provide public services at their actual price whenever salaries are increased. Electricity costs in the UAE for example are ten times higher than they are in Kuwait. The municipality there takes the equivalent of KD10 for each home to cover public services, whereas here the municipality takes only KD1 per home. In Kuwait, we consume one third of the country’s oil production and in a way that harms us financially and environmentally. Secondly, parking fees should be increased, since the 100 fils per hour fee currently taken is very low when we consider the fact that equivalent of KD2 per hour is taken in London for example. Third, traffic fines must be increased. The sight of cars parking illegally in the middle of a street in front of shops there, blocking all the traffic behind them, has become depressingly common in Kuwait.

By Arwa Al-Weqayyan


ll psychological pains are caused by feelings and emotions that might turn us either into monsters or into dreaming birds of peace. Life would have been terrible if it weren’t for emotions and thus our only hope to save the world from greed and tyranny is LOVE. I feel a lot of pain whenever I see miserable long faces on the streets as I do realize that such faces had never experienced love. Some of them might turn so gloomy because someone kidnapped the childhood of their kids and forced them to go around the streets begging forgetting that those children would one day grow up into greedy opportunist grownups. Others got their daughters married to old men at a very early age only to make some more money forgetting that all aches start from within families and that the majority of today’s criminals are the abused and tortured children of yesterday who were only in need of some more love to avoid their awful destiny. Those who had never experienced love, grow up broken-hearted and tend to hide such flows by showing more cruelty and violence. All they needed was a little more love, tenderness and caring, instead of being beaten or ripped off. Nevertheless, we find that those raised with love are actually the ones who take extra steps towards placing smiles on the faces of others; they are donation collectors who rush to aid disaster-stricken people worldwide; it’s them who fight for others, for human causes and who find happiness in helping others. Those people help save the world, they never stop helping wronged and oppressed people, they have spared much of their time to help people they have never seen or met because they were trained to love and had enough of it in a way that made them capable of distributing it as showers of rain falling on thirsty faces. So, mothers and dads... it’s up to you to raise potential monsters or kind-hearted benevolent people. Don’t oppress your children if you wish to avoid turning them into dictators. So unless you are capable of giving them enough love and caring, you should not have them in the first place. Kids are wrongly believed to be assets to be utilized in times of need by some people. Contrarily, kids are souls that deserve true love and to be given the freedom to choose and, above all, to be accepted by their families in order to grow up normal. Finally, love and peace have no religion, creed, origin or race; they are the only languages living in all hearts and need not be cast away or subject to racism. Love is peace and peace is love and a little of it might save the whole world. — Al-Jarida

It is illogical that a driver who commits this violation only has to pay a KD5 fine, when there should be a minimum fine of KD20 for the penalty to make it more of a deterrent. Also, we need an increase in customs fees for vehicles, especially large ones. For example, the scale for fees can be placed where the larger the car is, the higher the customs fee paid for it would be. This is necessary since the current rates of car customs fees in Kuwait are very low. The state could also help to rationalize spending by introducing measures to reduce the number of domestic workers who, according to recent statistics, now number almost 600,000 in total, a very large number compared to the average among Gulf Cooperation Council countries. These measures could include increasing the fees charged for housemaid visas and placing a cap on their numbers. All the measures mentioned above can be found in many countries around the world. As several former finance ministers have said before, they are not required mainly to diversify income, but to rationalize consumption levels. The current cheap costs of electricity force the government to build new power plants, each of which costs $1 billion, while that money could be used to benefit citizens in other ways. The government’s ability to provide a constant supply of power is threatened by uncontrolled electricity consumption levels. Increasing the costs as salaries are raised, however, could encourage citizens to rationalize their consumption. The sight of traffic jams thronging Kuwait’s main thoroughfares is dreadful, and examples of electricity and water waste, such as using running water to wash sidewalks, are sad. They are an indication that the decision makers are incapable of committing to their duties and responsibilities properly. — Al-Qabas

any of us have, undoubtedly, become completely obsessed with issues that usually matter the least. We obsess about the money that we will eventually leave behind anyway, the clothes that no one except our enemies even notice, and the image we project to others who, at the end of the day, are too busy obsessing over their own image to even notice. The most important issues often become forgotten or lost among our ever-growing, time consuming, ‘priorities.’ During a recent trip to Beirut, my doctor swiftly reset my priorities and took my attention to one of the most basic human needs - water. I had complained of feeling lethargic in Kuwait, of always feeling thirsty no matter how much I drank, and of feeling I was expanding despite my portion sizes decreasing. When he asked me how much attention I pay to the water I drink, images of designer-water swilling socialites insisting that they drink one brand of mineral water exclusively came to mind. Yet, he insisted, it was something I should begin paying closer attention to. Like most people in Kuwait, I drink bottled water. I buy it without looking at the composition label because, after all, water is water, isn’t it? Apparently not, “You’re made of water,” said my doctor, “and you’re not paying any attention to it?” Given that Kuwait is so hot, (but thankfully cooling down now) it did seem careless not to have considered the issue before. Upon returning to Kuwait and looking at the typical composition of the brand of water I drink most often, I was horrified. The sodium content soared over the levels my doctor had advised me to stay within. I’d love to say I found it was double, triple, even quadruple the recommended level, but it was even more, and I had been drinking it for nearly 8 months. Everything swiftly fell into place: I was tired, lethargic, and expanding because I was consuming much more sodium than I was accustomed to. The second I began drinking the local mineral water in Lebanon, my energy went up, my thirst disappeared and my clothes became bigger and baggier. The water retention the sodium had brought about had, horror of horrors, made me appear an entire clothes size larger than I was. Despite criticizing obsessions with superficial details, I would rather not appear a clothes size larger just because of my choice of water. Asking for specific brands doesn’t seem quite as petty now, and it’s certainly worth looking at the composition of the brand you buy. I found sticking to water with less than 5 milligram of sodium per liter to be very beneficial and all of the side effects I was feeling completely disappeared. No medications, herbs, or effort necessary.

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The winds of change blow fast By Dr Ghanim Al-Najjar


ome delusional people suggested after the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions that the winds of change that blew in the Arab Spring were dying down in Libya, Syria, Yemen and other countries. Recent events, however, proved the exact opposite of these gloomy predictions, demonstrating that the wind of change is blowing as strongly as ever, so strongly indeed that they have blown beyond the boundaries of the Arab world to affect even the West. We have witnessed four major changes in the past week. The first event was President Obama’s speech in which he declared his intentions to withdraw US troops from Iraq permanently by the end of the year. This is a very important change that has surely been affected by the ongoing regional transformations. The second major event was the capture and killing of Gaddafi and the declaration issued by Libya’s National Transitional Council of Libya’s liberation, marking the end of the revolution and the beginning of building the state, which is expected to be even more difficult. The third event was the UN’s resolution on Yemen in which Saleh was asked to step down and confer with the opposition in return for promises not to prosecute him, which is truly pathetic and proves the deterioration in the international community’s selectively applied humanitarian values. Nobody, whether the UN or any other body or individual, is entitled to deprive Yemenis of their right to prosecute their former president. Nevertheless, the apparent meaning of this resolution is that Saleh has already started packing to leave, probably to live in Michigan, US. The fourth event, which is probably the most important, is the Tunisian election to form the country’s constitutive parliament which will establish the new post-revolution Tunisian republic’s constitution. These four things have taken place at a breathless speed, while we in this tiny country, where the constitutive parliament was elected in 1962 in a

tremendously exciting, forward-looking step, have had the same faces running the country ever since, moving from one failure to another and, yet, still claiming to be honest and competent. Unfortunately, these corrupt people exist in both the government and the parliament and some of them are even trying to destroy the constitution instead of strengthening it and being more committed to its laws at a time when actually commitment to the constitution can be our only way out of the current dilemma and the only vessel we can sail through the current choppy waves of change with the fewest possible losses. — Al-Jarida

We in this tiny country, where the constitutive parliament was elected in 1962 in a tremendously exciting, forward-looking step, have had the same faces running the country ever since, moving from one failure to another and yet, still claiming to be honest and competent. Unfortunately, these corrupt people exist in both the government and the parliament and some of them are even trying to destroy the constitution instead of strengthening it.


ecently a disturbing video has been in circulation on the internet that records the death of a toddler in China. The security camera footage shows a Chinese girl, no older than three, walking in a market when a van accidentally hits the child and runs her over. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the child is then hit by another car shortly afterwards. Neither car stops to check on the child or to assist her. The child is bleeding and unconscious but miraculously survives the two separate hits. This story gets even more gory when 18 people, both men and women, pass by the toddler without stopping to help. The child was eventually taken to a hospital, only to die a few days later. What were those 18 people thinking when they were stepping over her injured body? Did these passers-by think that this was some sort of morbid elaborate hidden camera prank? That as soon as they bent down to help the incapacitated child, someone would pop up and scare them? Were they thinking to themselves: ‘Oh no, they’re not going to trick me into helping this child, I’m smarter than that,’? That could be the only explanation for 18 different people who walked by the child and who did not stop to help her. It is not as if the child could have been involved in a gang and they feared involving themselves in the crossfire of rival gangs. Nor could it be explained that it is a daily occurrence to find small children lying dead in the market. Whatever they were thinking, or not thinking, there is no excuse for what happened. After the video’s release, some people speculated that the reason the child wasn’t helped was because people were scared to be blamed for the matter. Some believe the fear stems from a high profile case in 2006 where a driver stopped to help a woman in the same situation and was subsequently prosecuted. Even if that is the case, I believe human decency should have spurred passersby to help the child first and worry about the aftermath later. Besides, the child is obviously too young to point the finger or take someone to court. I believe what happed was a lack of compassion and nothing else.




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Local GCC officials praise Kuwait for labor nationalization

KUWAIT: Constantine Assenov, the Creative Director of Paragon Marketing Communication (right), during the inauguration of the ‘World of Logos’ Exhibition at the AUK. —Photos by Joseph Shagra

Classic design logos on display at AUK By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: Designers nowadays work literally in tandem with the computer. The results are as splendid as expected. But have you ever wondered how the logo designs would actually come out without the aid of a computer? The work of Stefan Kirov Kanchev, a well-known Bulgarian graphic design artist is currently on display at the American University of Kuwait’s (AUK) multi-purpose room, from 10am-6pm gives you a chance to find out, and could be the best proof that the ultimate computer is the brain of a skilled artist. Enthusiasts only have today and tomorrow [Wednesday and Thursday] to see Kanchev’s work there and judge for yourselves at the ‘World of Logos’ exhibition, organized by the International Advertising Association (IAA) Kuwait Chapter in association with Paragon Marketing Communications. Kanchev was once the best known graphic and logo design artist in the world. Though the artist died in August this year, his designs were and still are appreciated worldwide and will surely continue to inspire for generations to come. He has been referred to as the ‘father of

Bulgarian graphic design’ and the ‘master of the trademark.’ Constantine Assenov, Paragon Marketing Communications’ Creative Director, told the Kuwait Times that Kanchev’s designs have been lauded as the work of a genius and even a decade after his death he continues to be among the top ten most admired logo design artists in the world. “His art has left an indelible

A photo of Kanchev from the website dedicated to his work, imprint on the world of graphic designs and will be admired by many for generations to come as they are all considered to be the work of a real genius,” said

PPS gathers info in corruption scandal KUWAIT: The Acting Attorney General on Monday received a number of highly sensitive classified documents from the Central Bank of Kuwait’s investigations unit concerning MPs recently referred to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) over the corruption accusations that have rocked the country’s political scene since they were first exposed two months ago. One PPS insider claimed that after being referred to the prosecution service, the MPs’ financial affairs were further scrutinized by the CBK unit, with particular focus on the source of funds paid into their accounts and whether these payments came from outside the country or were internal bribes. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case, the insider explained, “ The Public Prosecution Service requested that the [CBK] investigative unit confirm the information provided by local banks concerning the suspiciously increased bank accounts of some MPs.” The PPS is currently scrutinizing the data gathered to date and has informed the CBK that it will request details on any information not covered in the documents it has received so far, the insider added. “The investigation into the suspicious deposits case is not an easy one,” the insider continued, adding, “It will take a long time to ensure precision and gather all the facts before the MPs involved are referred for trial.” Prior to any legal action, the PPS will confront the MPs in question, who remain unnamed, with the information it has gathered, to ascertain their version of events. A legal official explained that requests for information made by the PPS are non-optional but constitute “orders which must be followed at once.” On a related note, MP Hassan Jowhar warned during a seminar held on Sunday that any parliamentary dissolution “would lead to the multimillion dinar deposits case being left unresolved,” further alleging that the cast of names involved goes far beyond parliamentarians and also includes government officials, media personalities and a number of highly influential figures. The case “has put all MPs under suspicion as long as the truth remains unrevealed,” said the lawmaker, adding that these lingering doubts damage public trust in their political representatives. —Al-Rai

Assenov. “Remember that his hand and mind worked without computer aid, all his works were created in the pre-computer era which made him even greater.” The Paragon Communications executive, who feels privileged to have been mentored by Kanchev himself, confirmed that the artist is still considered to be Bulgaria’s most widely admired artist. “I knew Kanchev well and I am happy to have been mentored by him. He was one of the top ten logo designers of the world in 1994 just imagine that and we consider him a national artist,” explained Assenov. “I respectfully raised his name and suggested that his work be displayed in Kuwait because of the fact that he was famous and I am very proud of him since I came from same country and origin and I respect him a lot.” The exhibition is open to general public as well as to AUK students. His trademarks and logos being used [displayed] at the AUK were logos used by Bulgarian State Archives, Bulgarian Airlines, National Park Central Balkan, National Museum Histor y and the Chemical Pharmaceutical Research Institute, among others. Kanchev was born on Aug 6, 1915 in Kalofer, Bulgaria, and died

on Aug 22, 2001 at the age of 86. His father was an iconographer. He studied mural painting at the National Art Academy (19401945) in the class of Prof Dechko Uzunov. Kanchev worked in all areas of applied arts. His artwork was found on numerous fairytale book covers, whilst he also designed numerous posters, trademarks, postcards, advertisements, forms and envelopes, postage stamps, labels, packages, etc. His work was always imaginative, with calm, clear composition and a strong relationship between fonts and shapes, clear forms and creative ideas. He won several awards for his typefaces, posters, trademarks, postcards, telegram forms and book designs, amongst other things. Many of his works are world-famous and cited in the major applied arts encyclopedias. He was awarded the order ‘Cyril and Methodius’ 1st class (in 1956, 1963 and 1969) for contributions to Bulgarian culture, the order of the ‘Red Banner of Labour’ 2nd class (in 1975), the order of the ‘Republic Bulgaria’ 2nd class (in 1975), and the Alexander Zhendov prize for poster and applied graphics (in 1973).

KUWAIT: Senior labor ministry officials from the GCC member states on Monday expressed their satisfaction with the labor nationalization efforts taking place in the member nations, particularly lauding Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) for its efforts to train and employ Kuwaiti citizens in the private sector. During a meeting of GCC nations labor undersecretaries, the officials from other GCC states praised Kuwait’s positive example in this area and the unlimited support given by the Kuwaiti government to citizens working in the private sector, as well as its encouragement of attempts to increase the numbers of Kuwaitis working in this sector. In his address during the meeting, Fawzi Al-Majdali, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor’s (MSAL) Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs, explained the strategy used by the MGRP to encourage Kuwaitis to work in the private sector, including paying those citizens transferring to the pri-

vate sector additional allowances and bonuses, including enhanced child benefits. Unemployed Kuwaitis also receive extra payments for looking for a job, whilst the MGRP also helps to provide training and has introduced a quota system whereby all private sector firms in Kuwait must employ a certain percentage of nationals or face penalties. The MGRP has also run a media campaign and regularly runs job advertisements in local media displaying public sector vacancies, as well as providing generous support for those dismissed from their jobs, assisting them in finding new positions and paying them an additional termination allowance for 18 months after their dismissal. The benefits of the Kuwaiti system were clear following the international financial crisis of 2008, said AlMajdali, adding that the government’s development plan calls for the employment of an additional 14,000 Kuwaitis every year between 2010 and 2014. —Al-Anba



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KAC facing lawsuits over flight cancelations KUWAIT: Several people are contemplating legal action against Kuwait Airways after the re ce n t s t r i k e by e m p l oye e s a t Ku w a i t International Airport led to the cancelation of their flights, which the complainants say led to them suffering financial losses and other problems. Talking to reporters at the weigh-in counter, which was shut down by the strike action, a number of travelers blamed the airline for failing to make arrangements to cope with the industrial action, especially since the date of the strike was announced some time before it took place. “I’ve lost KD15,000 due to a penalty clause in a contract signed a few days ago which says that the second party can terminate the contract if I don’t arrive in time,” said one irate Kuwaiti, Farraj Al-Mutairi, who was supposed to

travel to Sohaq, Egypt on a business trip on the day of the strike. Al-Mutairi also claimed that when he attempted to retrieve his luggage which he had handed over to airport staff for transport to the plane before the strike began so that he could catch another flight, striking workers refused to return it to him. “I have no other choice but to sue the KAC over the huge losses I suffered,” he said. Meanwhile, Nawaf Al-Lughani whose son was preparing to leave for Qatar with Kuwait’s junior swimming team, voiced resentment at the situation which prevented the national team from participating in the international competition. “Negotiations should have been held with the protesting employees before the strike took place in order to avoid the situation we are in now”, he insisted, adding that he was also displeased with the KAC staff, who refused to

cooperate with the team when they tried to transfer to another airline. Another citizen, Humoud Al-Azmi, said that he plans to press charges against those responsible after the cancelation of his flight to Cairo made him miss an important appointment with his university professor, during which they were scheduled to agree on a date to discuss his Master’s degree graduation thesis. “Employees have the right to strike, but they don’t have the right to paralyze air traffic”, he said. Another disgruntled passenger, a businessman, was also heard addressing the striking employees in a strong tone, vowing to take legal action after the cancelation of his flight to London led to him missing an important meeting he was due to attend there. Other passengers were more understanding of the strikers’ grievances, however, with Hamad Al-Mutairi,

whose flight to Qatar was also canceled by the strike asserting that they had been left with no other options “after the government kept ignoring their legitimate rights.” He voiced support for the protestors in achieving their objectives, “no matter what the consequences might be.” The strike action ended only a few hours after it began at 8:00 am on Monday, when the KAC labor union reached an agreement with the airline’s management, with the resulting measures, including a 30 percent salar y increase quick ly approved by the Ac ting Minister of Communications. A Civil Service Commission (CSC) insider suggested, however, that the agreement between the KAC union and management does not mean that the CSC will be compelled to meet its salary stipulations within the 30-day limit given. — Al-Rai, Al-Watan

Rogue female employee caught after hot chase 15 illegal residents in police net

MEW recognizes EQUATE for its positive efforts KUWAIT: The Ministry of Electricity and Water has recognized EQUATE Petrochemical Company for its efforts in conserving energy sources through the plants it owns and operates in Kuwait. During the recognition, the head of the ministry’s Oil Sector Conservation Team Iqbal Al-Tayyar noted EQUATE’s pioneering and distinguished role in maintaining these resources and its active participation in the Higher Energy Conservation Committee. EQUATE is represented in the committee by its Government Liaison Manager Mohammad Gharib Hatem. On his part, Hatem highlighted EQUATE’s various initiatives in conserving the consumption of water and electricity, such as launching the Middle East’s first

plant water recycling project, adding that EQUATE extends unwavering support to the ministry which include providing it with all relevant data and information. Established in 1995, EQUATE is an international joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, EQUATE is the single operator of a fully integrated world-scale manufacturing facility producing over 5 million tons annually of high-quality petrochemical products which are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.

KUWAIT: A female employee from the Ministry of Information (MoI) who forcibly entered an assistant undersecretary’s office was arrested recently. A police patrol chased her down after she refused to surrender at the police station. Libel charges were pressed against her, based on which an arrest warrant was issued. Officers headed to the suspect’s place of residence in Qurain, where they found her seated in her car. She refused to comply with police order and insisted on driving away in an attempt to escape, prompting police to chase her until she was intercepted in Salmiya. Property damage charges were also filed against her , reported Al-Rai. Businessman held A businessman was arrested at the Kuwait International Airport (KIA) after police learnt that he owed KD 2 million to a creditor. The man was preparing to board a plane bound for Amman, Jordan at the time of the arrest. He was referred to concerned authorities, reported Al-Rai Girl missing Police have launched a search for a female student who was reported missing after leaving for college. A citizen filed a complaint stating that his daughter did not return home after going to college on Thursday, reported Al-Rai. Her car was found parked at the college’s parking lot. Attempted murder A female citizen pressed attempted murder charges against her ex-husband. He reportedly administered medications to their daughter that caused fatal illness. In her statements to Taima police station officers, the woman explained that her daughter was rushed to the hospital and a gastric lavage procedure was

performed. An investigation was opened into the case, reported Al-Rai. In another case, a female citizen pressed parental negligence charges against her ex-husband after their child, in his custody, sustained burn injuries. During investigations at the Nugra police station, the father argued that the incident was an accident that caused mild injuries to the child. Investigations into the case are ongoing. Harasser beaten up Two women physically assaulted an alleged harasser along the Gulf Road. Police rushed to the scene where the assault took place. The man reportedly verbally abused the women who ignored his spiteful comments. The trio were whisked away to the Rumaithiya police station and were made to sign an undertaking before being released, reported Al-Rai. Two deaths Investigations are currently ongoing into a case to determine the cause in a middle-aged man’s death. The body was found in his Abu Halifa apartment. The 52-year-old Indian engineer was reported missing by his colleagues, who told Salmiya police that he hadn’t reported to work for two days, and that no one answered the door when they went to his apartment. Police obtained a warrant to enter his apartment where they found the victim’s body lay motionless in the bathtub. The body was removed for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, reported Al-Anba. In another case, a citizen died at the Kuwait International Airport due to natural causes. The victim fell unconscious while preparing to board his flight to a GCC country. He was admitted to the airport’s clinic, where he was pronounced dead. The body was removed for an

autopsy, reported Al-Rai. Fatal crash A motorist was killed in a car crash that took place along Al-Abraq road. Police and paramedical staff rushed to the scene after a collision between two vehicles was reported. The 28year-old GCC national was pronounced dead on the scene, and had sustained a fatal head trauma. An investigation into the case was opened, reported Al-Qabas. Illegal residents At least 15 Asian residents were arrested in connection with flouting residence permit laws. A raid was conducted in Jahra governorate that targeted individuals that failed to avail of the Amiri amnesty granted a few months ago. Also, seven cars that were driven in an erratic manner were impounded in connection with reckless driving. The detainees were held pending deportation procedures, reported Al-Qabas. Spurned lover Police are hunting for a male suspect who forced a teenage girl to leave his apartment after living with him for two weeks. He reportedly promised her marriage but failed to honor the commitment. The Jordanian girl was found wandering aimlessly late night in Hawally. She explained to police that she had met a young citizen with whom she had eloped after making a false marriage promise. She added that the two shared a physically intimate relationship while at the apartment. Police learnt that the girl’s family had filed a missing complaint at the Salwa police station. She expressed concern at the prospect of returning home in fear of familial reaction. Police seek to reunite the girl with her family, reported Al-Anba.

Kuwaiti engineers visit Palestine

KUWAIT: The Ambassador of Somalia to Kuwait Abdul-Qadir Amin Shaikh led a delegation from the embassy which visited the Public Authority for Youth and Sports recently. The delegation was welcomed by Deputy Managing Director Dr Hmoud Flaiteh, who expressed appreciation for the visit on behalf of Managing Director Faisal Al-Jazzaf.

RAMALLAH: A delegation of Kuwaiti engineers headed by Adel Al-Kharafi Chairman of the World Federation of International Engineering Organizations is currently visiting Palestine, drawing praise from a high-ranking official for Kuwait’s unwavering support. The delegation was received by AlTayyeb Abdulraheem, Palestinian Authority Secretary General who stated, “the Kuwaiti people have always been of a great support to the Palestinian cause, and we are deeply grateful for this remarkable stance.” He thanked His Highness

the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, “with whom Palestinians share historic ties,” hailing the Amir for his role “in tackling some of the (Palestinians’) plights in the past.” This visit highlights the brotherly ties shared between the Palestinian and Kuwaiti peoples and that the Palestinian cause is the central concern for the Arab nation, he said. “ We suppor t Kuwait’s efforts in facing attempts to dominate the Arabian Gulf and we object to any harmful action taken against any Arab state,” he

stated. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was originally scheduled to receive the Kuwaiti delegation, but he could not do so due to a trip to Saudi Arabia to attend the funeral of late Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud. On the plight of Jerusalem, the official said the city is being replaced by Jewish settlers, trying to alter its Arab identity. “We convey to you the greetings of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti people,” said AlKharafi during the cordial meeting

with the senior official. HH the Amir has always called for uniting the Arab countries, and has stated that the Arabs have no option other than to cooperate and integrate, he added. AlKharafi called on Kuwaiti engineers to take part in reconstructing the Palestinian state. The Kuwaiti delegation paid a visit to the occupied territories in response to an invitation extended by the Palestinian President, indicating that up to 253 Kuwaitis had made requests to pay such a visit. —KUNA

KFAED to launch new projects in Mount Lebanon BEIRUT: The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) yesterday announced the launch of a project to strengthen the infrastructure and services in five villages in the summer retreats in Lebanon’s Mount Lebanon area at a cost of $5 million. After announcing the winning bid for the project, KFAED’s representative in Lebanon, Nawaf Al-Dabous, told KUNA that it will include modernizing the area’s infrastructure and developing the electricity, water and sanitation networks. Al-Dabous added that these projects would primarily benefit citizens of the villages, as well as holidaymakers, stressing Kuwait’s enthusiasm to support and fund projects in the areas popular with holidaymakers as tourism is a key element of the Lebanese economy. He also stressed the KFAED’s keenness to support these projects as they are important in promoting tourism, as well as ensuring the basic needs of local residents of Hamana, Al-Shabaniya, Bhamdoun, Al-Qala’a and Falougha throughout the year. Meanwhile, KFAED announced on Tuesday that it will participate in the annual conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), entitled ‘Green economy in a changing Arab world.’ The two-day conference will

be held in Beirut on Oct 27-28. KFAED reported in a press statement that Director-General Abdul Wahab AlBader will attend the seventh session of the conference, ‘Green economy as a growth engine,’ while Dr Abdul Karim Sadik, a senior economic advisor at KFAED, will present a working paper at the first session, ‘Greening agriculture.’ KFAED will also present reports — including environmental projects that KFAED has collaborated on and sponsored — that to showcase its cooperation with AFED since the former was established in 1961. In the same statement KFAED noted that its participation is in line with its mission to promote economic and environmental sustainability, preparing for future environmental challenges and providing solutions to them. The two-day event will be attended by a number of experts, ministers, heads of organizations in the field environmental development from the Arab world. The participants are expected to discuss methods to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability in Arab countries. Also due for discussion are development policies designed to achieve a ‘green transformation’ in the eight vital sectors of energy, water, agriculture, tourism, waste management, industry, construction and transportation. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Sector, Jamal Al-Dousary awarded winners of the 2011 Al-Baghli Ideal Son Award. The event was held under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs, Minister of Justice and Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi. During the event, Managing Director of Kuwait News Agency Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Sabah was honored for his contribution to the media.


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Gaddafi given inglorious secret burial Fuel depot blast in Sirte kills 100 TRIPOLI: Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim were buried in a secret desert location yesterday, five days after the deposed Libyan leader was captured, killed and put on grisly public display. “He (Gaddafi) has just been buried now in the desert along with his son,” National Transitional Council (NTC) commander Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters by telephone. Gaddafi’s cleric, Khaled Tantoush, who was captured with him, prayed over the rotting bodies before they were taken from the compound in the coastal city of Misrata, where they had been on show, and handed to two NTC loyalists for burial, he said. The NTC had worried many outsiders by displaying the corpses in a meat locker in the fiercely anti-Gaddafi city of Misrata until their decaying state forced them on Monday to call a halt. Under pressure from Western allies, the NTC promised the same day to investigate how Gaddafi and his son were killed. Mobile phone footage shows both alive after their capture. The former leader was seen being mocked, beaten and abused before he died, in what NTC officials say was crossfire. The saga has made Western allies of Libya’s interim leadership queasy about the prospects for the rule of law and stable government in the post-Gaddafi era. “I laughed when I saw him being beaten as he deserved to be. And I laugh again now that I know he is in the ground,” said Emani Zaid, 20, a student in Tripoli. “If the men who buried him are true free Libyans, they can keep the secret (of his grave).” Determined to prevent Gaddafi’s grave from becoming a shrine for his supporters, the NTC wants to keep its location secret, refusing custody to his tribe, many of whom live in Sirte. The prayers for the dead were attended by two of Gaddafi’s cousins, Mansour Dhao Ibrahim, once leader of the feared People’s Guard, and Ahmed Ibrahim. Both were captured with him after a NATO air strike hit a convoy of vehicles trying to break out of Sirte, Gaddafi’s home town, just after it fell. “The NTC officials were handed the body after the sheikh completed the early morning ceremony and are taking him somewhere very far away into the desert,” Mlegta said. “Throw him in a hole” For Ali Azzarog, 47, an engineer, it was good riddance. “Throw him in a hole, in the sea, in garbage. No matter. He is lower than a donkey or a dog and only foreigners say they care about how we killed him. And they are lying,” he said. Mohammed Al-Sharif, a 22-year-old describing himself as an aspiring writer, said: “Let the dust of the desert sweep over the hole where he was buried ... Then the name ‘Muammar’ can be forgotten and our children will never know of this time.” Libyans rose up against Gaddafi’s 42year rule in February, defying a violent response that was parried by NATO air power under a United Nations mandate to protect civilians. The 69-year-old strongman’s death ended eight months of war that had dragged on in Sirte and elsewhere even after the NTC’s ragtag militias captured the capital, Tripoli, in August. Hatred of Gaddafi unified his disparate opponents, who may now tussle for power during a planned transition to democracy in a broken nation with regional and tribal rivalries to overcome. “Leaders from different regions, cities, want to negotiate over everything-posts in government, budgets for cities, dissolving militias,” said one senior NTC official in Tripoli, though he defended this as a healthy expression of freedom. At times, Gaddafi’s body appeared to have become a macabre bargaining chip for Misrata, which endured a pitiless war-time siege, and whose leaders now demand a big say in the new Libya. Fears that Gaddafi’s sons might wage an Iraq-style insurgency have faded since the deaths of Mo’tassim and his brother Khamis, a military commander, who was killed earlier. But well-armed fighters in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid, which fell to the NTC this month, told Reuters they were planning to keep up their struggle. Abuses apparently committed by both sides in the civil war may also impede reconciliation. New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the NTC on Monday to probe an “apparent mass execution” of 53 people, apparently Gaddafi loyalists, whom it found dead, some with their hands bound, at a Sirte hotel. In Tripoli, a 33-year-old waiter, who said he was too scared to give his name, praised what he said was Gaddafi’s courage. “If you say Gaddafi died like a coward, you are wrong. He died proud like a lion. He said he would never leave Libya and he did not leave. Fight, fight, fight. I was not a Gaddafi supporter before this revolution but when I saw his bravery, I knew he was the only man for Libya,” he said. One of Gaddafi’s sons, the enigmatic Saif al-Islam, remains on the run. Once viewed as a moderate reformer, Saif vowed to help his father crush his enemies once the revolt began. An NTC official said Saif Al-Islam was in the remote southern desert near Niger and Algeria and was set to flee Libya using a fase passport. He said Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi who, like Saif AlIslam, is wanted by the International Criminal Court, was involved in the escape plan. “The region is very difficult to monitor and encircle,” the official said of Saif Al-Islam’s purported whereabouts In Niger, there was no official comment on Saif Al-Islam, but the government there has repeatedly signaled it would fulfill its responsibilities to the International Criminal Court which wants to try Gaddafi’s son for crimes against humanity. “The instructions in Niger are very clear: if this son of Gaddafi enters Niger, he must be arrested and placed immediately in the hands of the authorities because there is an international arrest warrant for him,” a Nigerien military source said. Gaddafi’s death allowed the NTC to declare Libya’s “liberation” on Sunday in Benghazi, the seat of the revolt. NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil also announced that Libya had “taken Islamic sharia as the source of legislation”. Many rejoicing Libyans brushed off unease among human rights groups and Western capitals about the manner of Gaddafi’s death. Until the public was finally denied access on Monday, fighters were still ushering sightseers into the

chilled room where the bodies of Gaddafi, Mo’tassim and his former army chief lay, their flesh darkening and leaking fluids. The UN human rights arm has joined the Gaddafi family in seeking an inquiry into his killing. The NTC promised one on Monday, saying most Libyans had hoped to see Gaddafi on trial. Some Libyans are also uncomfortable at the way Gaddafi was killed and his body treated. “I regret it, really,” said lawyer Sawani Ghanem, 30, adding that Gaddafi had tainted Libya as a land of terrorists. “We should have tried to show the world we could be more humane and aspire to change.” In another development, a fuel tank exploded in Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after the deposed despot was captured and killed there, a military commander said yesterday. “There was an enormous explosion and a huge fire. More than 100 people were killed and 50 others wounded” in Monday night’s blast, National Transitional Council commander Leith Mohammed told AFP. He said the scene was “a heart wrenching spectacle with dozens of charred bodies.” The accidental explosion happened as a crowd of people waited near the fuel tank to fill

up their cars. “We are still unable to put out the fire,” said Mohammed, adding that it had been caused by a spark from a nearby electricity generator. Some of the victims had returned to the town, the last bastion of resistance by Gaddafi loyalists, which fell on Thursday, to inspect the damage to their properties, the NTC commander added. No building was spared in the weeks of fierce combat backed by daily NATO air strikes that reduced the Mediterranean city to rubble, a ghost town filled with the stench of death, where bodies still littered the streets on Monday. Some of Sirte’s residents, who numbered 120,000 before the conflict, have returned since Thursday to salvage the remains of their personal belongings. But few are expected to stay. Human Rights Watch has urged Libya’s interim government to probe the killing of 53 people whose decaying bodies were found in Sirte, charging that some of the Gaddafi loyalists appeared to have been executed. Yesterday, the rights group raised concerns about the vast stockpiles of unguarded weapons in the area around the city, and called on the NTC to secure these sites to prevent further looting. — Agencies

BHUBANESHWAR: A sand sculpture of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is pictured yesterday. — AP



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Triple rescue joy for family following quake Infant, mother, grandmother pulled from rubble ERCIS: Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from the wreckage of a collapsed apartment block yesterday as they battled to find survivors from a earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed at least 432 people and left thousands homeless. The baby’s mother and a grandmother were also brought out alive on stretchers to jubilant cries from onlookers who followed the dramatic rescue under cold, pouring rain. “It’s a miracle!”, said Senol Yigit, the uncle of the baby, Azra, whose name means “purity” or “untouched” in Arabic. “I’m so happy. What can I say. We have been waiting for two days. We had lost hope when we first saw the building,” he said sobbing. However, hope of finding more people alive under tonnes of rubble faded with every passing hour as rescuers pulled out more bodies. The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude quake rose to 432, from an earlier 366, the Disaster and Emergency Administration said. The final count was likely to rise further as many people were still missing and 2,262 buildings had collapsed. Thousands slept for a second night in crowded tents or huddled around fires and in cars across a region rattled by aftershocks in Van province, near the Iranian border. The centre of Van, a city of one million, resembled a ghost town, and in the hard-hit town of Ercis thousands of people roamed the streets. With victims accusing the central government of being slow in delivering aid to a region inhabited mostly by minority Kurds, Ankara said it was sending more tents and blankets. In some distribution centres, fighting broke out among desperate victims to grab tents from overwhelmed aid workers. The prime minister’s Disaster and Emergency

Administration said priority should be given to delivering tents, blankets, sleeping bags, water and food to the victims. Electricity cuts have hampered rescue efforts, and there are worries about the weather with winter snows less than a month away. “We have no tents, everybody is living outdoors. Van has collapsed psychologically, life has stopped. Tens of thousands are on the streets. Everybody is in panic,” Kemal Balci, a construction worker, said as he awaited news on friends injured in the quake at a hospital in Van. “Aid has been arriving late. Van has been reduced to zero. We have no jobs, no bread, no water and there are nine members in my family. If the government doesn’t give a hand to Van it will be like Afghanistan. Van has been pushed back 100 years.” The quake, Turkey’s most powerful in a decade, is one more affliction for Kurds, the dominant ethnic group in impoverished southeast Turkey, where more than 40,000 people have been killed in a three-decade-long separatist insurgency. In an escalation of hostilities, Turkish warplanes struck targets overnight in northern Iraq, where the separatist militants have bases. Some 500 soldiers have crossed the border with armoured vehicles in the wake of an attack last week by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters that killed 24 Turkish troops, security sources said. Quake rescue efforts focused on Ercis, a town of 100,000 that was worst hit, and Van, the provincial capital. “Miracle” baby Emergency workers extracted the infant girl alive from the wreckage two days after she was buried with her mother under an apartment block. The mother was clutching the child to her chest

ERCIS: Rescue workers carry Azra Karaduman, a two-week-old baby who was pulled from the debris of the earthquake yesterday. — AP

Islamists claim win in Tunisia election TUNIS: Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party was preparing to lead a coalition government yesterday after its election win sent a message to the region that once-banned Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring”. With election officials still counting the ballot papers, the Ennahda party said its own, unofficial tally showed it had won Sunday’s vote, the first since the uprisings which began in Tunisia and spread through the region. Seeking to reassure secularists in Tunisia and elsewhere who see a threat to their liberal, modernist values, party officials said they would bring two secularist parties into a broad interim coalition that would govern the country. “This is an historic moment,” said Zeinab Omri, a young woman in a hijab, or Islamic head scarf, who was among a cheering crowd outside the Ennahda headquarters when party officials claimed victory late on Monday. “No one can doubt this result. This result shows very clearly that the Tunisian people is a people attached to its Islamic identity,” she said. Two days after an unprecedented 90 percent of voters turned out for the election, officials were still counting the ballot papers in some areas. They said nationwide results would not be ready before yesterday afternoon. Sunday’s vote was for an assembly which will sit for one year to draft a new constitution. It will also appoint a new interim president and government to run the country until new elections late next year or early in 2013. The voting system has built-in checks and balances which make it nearly impossible for any one party to have a majority, compelling Ennahda to seek alliances with secularist parties, which will dilute its influence. Broad alliance Moncef Marzouki, the former dissident whose secularist Congress for the Republic was in second place according to unofficial results, said he was ready to work with Ennahda and with other parties. “I am for a coalition government,” Marzouki, who spent years in exile in France before Tunisia’s revolution in January, told Reuters in an interview. “We wish to have a national government as wide as possible with all the parties.” “There are lots of challenges which await us, and the political class should be worthy of the Tunisian people, which has given an exceptional lesson for the world.” Ennahda officials named Marzouki’s party, and the left-wing secularist Ettakatol party, as favoured coalition partners. Their presence in a coalition government may help reassure Tunisia’s secularists. Another secularist party, the Progressive Democrats, rejected a coalition. That party has

been the most forthright in saying the Islamists will erode Tunisia’s freedoms. The election result is likely to resonate in Egypt, which starts voting in November in a multi-stage election. An Islamist party which shares much of the same ideology as Ennahda is predicted to perform strongly. Tunisia became the birthplace of the “Arab Spring” when Mohamed Bouazizi, a vegetable seller in a provincial town, set fire to himself in protest at poverty and government repression. His suicide in December provoked a wave of protests which forced autocratic President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia the following month. The revolution in Tunisia, a former French colony, in turn inspired uprisings which forced out entrenched leaders in Egypt and Libya, and convulsed Yemen and Syria-re-shaping the political landscape of the Middle East. Turkish model Ennahda is led by Rachid Ghannouchi, forced into exile in Britain for 22 years because of harassment by Ben Ali’s police. A softly spoken scholar, he dresses in suits and opennecked shirts while his wife and daughter wear the hijab. Ghannouchi is at pains to stress his party will not enforce any code of morality on Tunisian society, or the millions of Western tourists who holiday on its beaches. He models his approach on the moderate Islamism of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The party’s rise has been met with ambivalence by some people in Tunisia. The country’s strong secularist traditions go back to the first post-independence president, Habiba Bourguiba, who called the hijab an “odious rag”. “I really feel a lot of fear and concern after this result,” said Meriam Othmani, a 28-year-old journalist. “Women’s rights will be eroded,” she said. “Also, you’ll see the return of dictatorship once Ennahda achieves a majority in the constituent assembly.” Ennahda’s win was a remarkable turnaround for a party which just 10 months ago had to operate underground because of a government ban which had put hundreds of followers in prison. In a slick and well-funded campaign, the party tapped into a desire among ordinary Tunisians to be able to express their faith freely after years of aggressively enforced secularism. Western diplomats say Ennahda is largely funded by Tunisian businessmen, which they say means the party will pursue pro-market economic policies. It also sought to show it could represent all Tunisians, including the large number who take a laissez-faire view of Islam’s strictures, drink alcohol, wear revealing clothes and rarely visit the mosque. —Reuters

when they were reached by rescuers, who then set about rescuing the mother and a grandmother who were also still alive. “We’re going to get them out soon,” a rescuer assured the other grandmother, whose eyes brimmed with tears of joy at the survival of her grandchild, who was born prematurely. Elsewhere, exhausted workers used machinery, jackhammers, shovels, pick axes and bare hands to comb through rubble. Every so often, they would shout for silence and generators and diggers would stop, straining to hear voices under rubble. Seconds later the drone of the machinery would start again. The Turkish Red Crescent has said it is preparing temporary shelter for about 40,000 people, although there are no reliable figures for the homeless. Many residents spent the night outside fearing any return to their damaged homes. Slow response Officials said 12,000 more tents would reach Van yesterday after complaints that entire families were cramming into tents. Authorities have been criticized for failing to ensure that some of the neediest, particularly in villages, received tents as night temperatures plummeted. “Life has become hell. We are outside, the weather is cold. There are no tents,” said Emin Kayram, 53, sitting by a campfire in Ercis after spending the night with his family of eight in a van parked nearby. His nephew was trapped in the debris of a building behind him, where rescue workers dug through the night. “He is 18, a student. He is still stuck in there. This is the third day but you can’t lose hope. We have to wait here.” How fast Ankara manages to deliver aid and long-term relief to the survivors might have political consequences in a region plagued by poverty and the Kurdish insurgency, analysts said. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who won a third consecutive term with a strong majority at a June election, has pledged to push reforms in parliament and rewrite the constitution to address long-time Kurdish grievances in an effort to end violence. Erdogan traveled to the region on Sunday, and President Abdullah Gul has also announced plans to visit. “If we want to win the hearts of our brothers of Kurdish origin, we should act now. We should beat the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) with this approach, which is more effective than arms,” leading analyst Mehmet Ali Birand wrote. There were scenes of chaos at one aid centre in Van, where a crowd of survivors including women broke out in a fight when new tents arrived. Police intervened but proved ineffective. The government has received offers of aid from dozens of countries, including from former ally Israel, but has so far accepted aid only from Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Iran. “The prime minister runs for help when it’s Palestine or Somalia, sends ships to Palestine, almost goes to war with Israel for the sake of Palestinians, but he doesn’t move a muscle when it comes to his own people,” said Emrullah, a young man of about 18. “He rejects aid offers from around the world, but we need tents here.” — Reuters

SANAA: Yemeni pro-reform protesters evacuate wounded comrades to a makeshift hospital near Sanaa’s landmark Change Square yesterday. — AFP

Yemeni govt and rival forces declare truce SANAA: Yemen’s government and dissident general Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, whose forces have been engaged in bloody battles for weeks, reached a ceasefire agreement yesterday, an official statement said, as witnesses reported more fighting in the country.Tribal forces, led by the powerful chief Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, who has thrown his support behind the pro-democracy movement that has rocked Yemen, also agreed to the ceasefire, sources in his office told AFP. Though an official government statement published on the state news agency website said the truce went into immediate effect, residents and an AFP correspondent in the capital’s Hasaba district where Sadeq resides said the sounds of gunfire and explosions were heard. Yesterday’s cease-fire announcement came after a bloody day in the capital and Yemen’s second largest city Taez, with at least 10 people killed and dozens of others wounded in clashes, shelling and a government crackdown on protesters, medical officials said. The official online statement announcing the truce said a committee assigned to negotiate with the opposition forces “declared a cease-fire in the capital Sanaa that will go into effect at 3:OO pm (12 GMT) with the goal of... bringing calm... and ensuring the safety of the capital, its people and their properties.” The statement added that the government and rival forces would remove checkpoints and barricades set up throughout the capital in recent weeks as clashes and battles intensified between the feuding parties. The statement did not promise to end the harsh government crackdown on unarmed protesters in Sanaa or any other Yemeni city that has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded since January. This is the third cease-fire declared since May between the government and tribal chief Sadeq, whose well-armed tribesman have been engaged in fierce battles with Saleh’s troops in the capital’s Hasaba district in recent days. The two previous cease-fires were breached soon after the declaration of an agreement.

However it is the first agreement reached between Saleh and general Mohsen, who defected in March in support of the tens of thousands of protesters that since January have been calling for the resignation of the Yemeni president. Mohsen’s First Armored Brigade troops have been battling Saleh loyalists in the capital in recent weeks, raising tensions and stoking fears in the international community that Yemen was headed towards civil war. Yesterday’s announcement came just hours after Saleh’s troops opened fire on thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the capital killing two people and wounding at least 40 others. The cease-fire declaration does not apply to other Yemeni cities, including the flashpoint city of Taez, where at least seven civilians were killed on Yesterday, including a seven-year-old child, during what residents said was random shelling by government forces of city neighbourhoods. Medics also said that a Yemeni policeman was killed in the violence. Saleh loyalists are fighting tribesman and other militias in Taez that have joined the call for Saleh’s ouster. Saleh has for months refused to step down after 33-years in power, despite repeated regional and international calls for him to do so. The escalating violence in the country provoked a UN resolution last week that called for Saleh to immediately sign a Gulf-brokered power transition plan in return for immunity from prosecution. On Monday, Saleh welcomed the UN resolution but did not specify when or if he would sign the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative. Officials told AFP yesterday that Saleh is negotiating to modify the initiative to ensure he remain president until early elections are called. He is also lobbying to remove a clause in the agreement that calls for the restructuring of Yemen’s security forces in the event of his resignation. The opposition and the tens of thousands of activists that have been camped out in the capital’s Change Square are not likely to accept Saleh’s proposed modifications, particularly since Saleh’s sons and closest relatives command Yemen’s military forces. —AFP

Russia, China pressure Iran VIENNA: Russia and China are urging the UN atomic agency to soften or even not issue an eagerly awaited report detailing Iran’s suspected efforts to develop nuclear weapons, diplomats told AFP yesterday. “It does seem like the Russians and Chinese are pressuring the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) to refrain from reporting on the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” one Western diplomat said. Another Western envoy to the agency said however that they expected the IAEA head, Yukiya Amano, to resist such pressure and publish the report the week before a November 17-18 meeting of the 35-member IAEA board, as planned. What Amano says in the report “is not going to be a reflection on who has bent his ear in one direction or the other,” the Vienna-based diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity. Russia, which helped Iran build its only functioning nuclear power plant at Bushehr, and China, have traditionally taken a softer stance on Iran than fellow veto-holding UN Security Council powers the United States, Britain and France. Previous IAEA reports have concentrated on Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium, which would give it the fissile material needed to produce electricity or medical isotopes, or, if purified further, nuclear weapons. Amano said in a September report he was “increasingly concerned” about such activities, calling the IAEA’s information “extensive and comprehensive and ... acquired both from many (IAEA) member states and through its own efforts.” In another report in May, Amano had listed seven areas of concern including testing high explosives, studies of detonators and design work on arming missiles with a nuclear payload. But the new one is expected to address what the IAEA calls the “possible military dimension,” meaning Iran’s alleged research into putting the fissile material in a warhead and the development of ballistic missiles. Iran, which has been hit by four rounds of UN Security Council resolutions, says its nuclear activities are peaceful and in the past has dismissed such allegations as fabricated. Diplomats said it is too early to say what the IAEA board will do if and when it receives the report in its regular meeting next month. One possibility might be another referral to the UN Security Council. US-Iranian relations are already fraught, hot on the heels of US accusations-rejected by Iran-that Tehran was behind an alleged plot for a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Analysts are divided over how far Iran is from having the bomb, but most agree it is making progress on all areas that would allow it to do so, despite sanctions, the Stuxnet computer virus and the assassination of scientists. Tehran last year began enriching uranium to 20 percent, taking it a substantial step closer to being able to enrich to a weapons-ready purity of 90 percent, and has begun fitting out a hard-to-bomb mountain bunker at Fordo. Experts say it will be hard for the IAEA to find a “smoking gun” in Iran proving conclusively that the Islamic republic is developing nuclear weapons, and that this has been ordered from the top of the regime.—AFP

DAMASCUS: In this file photo, pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad demonstrators attach Assad portraits at one of the US embassy entrances. — AP

Syrian oppn calls for int’l monitors BEIRUT: A key Syrian opposition group yesterday called for international monitors ahead of a visit to Damascus by senior Arab officials probing ways to start dialogue in the country gripped by a months-long uprising against the regime. The broad-based opposition Syrian National Council said there can be no talks with President Bashar Assad’s government particularly while it continues its military crackdown on protesters, which the U.N. says has already killed 3,000 people. The group’s statement also called for a nationwide strike to coincide with the Arab officials’ trip. The Arab ministerial committee, led by the prime minister of Qatar, is expected to arrive today to discuss the possibility of a national dialogue between the opposition and Assad’s regime. The visit follows a meeting in Cairo last week by the 22-nation Arab League, which gave Syria until the end of the month to enact a cease-fire and start a dialogue with the opposition. Should Syria fail to do so, the League pledged to meet again to consider new options. Damascus appears to have grudgingly agreed to the Arab mission even though it refuses to have outsiders interfere in what it considers its internal affairs. Qatar, in particular, has been critical of the Assad regime’s crackdown. The Syrian National Council’s statement said it was worried that the League’s initiative “did not distinguish between the victim and the executioner.” It also called for “international protection for civilians” and for Arab and international observers to be allowed into Syria immediately to oversee the situation. It didn’t elaborate but seemed to be referring more to observers with a mandate to oversee human rights abuses than an international protec-

tion force. The SNC, like other opposition groups in Syria, is opposed to NATO-style military intervention that helped oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. A separate SNC statement urged Syrians to comply with a nationwide call for a general strike to coincide with Wednesday’s visit, saying the strike would usher in a new phase of the uprising and elevate it to a civil disobedience campaign to bring down the regime. Many villages in the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising against the Assad regime began in mid-March, have been on strike for five days to protest the killings of several anti-government demonstrators last week. A local activist told The Associated Press yesterday that security forces were trying to intimidate people into opening their shops, even calling from minarets on people to show to work but that most people were staying at home in defiance. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Syria is becoming increasingly isolated with the U.S. pulling out its ambassador to Damascus on Monday, arguing that his support for anti-Assad activists put him in grave danger. Syria responded quickly Monday, ordering home its envoy from Washington. China, which blocked a UN resolution earlier this month that threatened sanctions on Syria, said yesterday it was also sending an envoy to Syria. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Beijing wants all parties in Syria to resolve the crisis peacefully. “We believe the Syrian government should deliver on its reform pledges, respond to the people’s appeals and that all parties should, in a constructive manner, actively participate in the political process,” Jiang told reporters. — AP




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British PM suffers largest EU rebellion LONDON: David Cameron has suffered the largest parliamentary rebellion of his premiership as 79 Conservative MPs defied him to vote in favor of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe. Cameron’s government won the House of Commons vote late Monday by 483 votes to 111 due to support from the Liberal Democrats-the Tories’ eurofriendly junior coalition partners-and the main opposition Labour Party. But the Tory eurosceptic wing ignored Cameron’s personal plea that now was not the time for a referendum because of the debt crisis engulfing

AMPHILL: British Prime Minister David Cameron reacts during a visit to the Lockheed Martin plant yesterday. —AP the eurozone, in the biggest show of internal dissent in his 18-month premiership. The conservative Daily Mail newspaper’s front page described the result as a “Bloody Nose for Cameron”, while Tim Montgomerie, the editor of the ConservativeHome blog which represents grassroots Tories, warned it had crystallized party divisions. Many traditional Conservatives were already unhappy with Cameron over the sacrifices required to form a coalition with the Lib Dems, as well as his efforts to rebrand the party as “compassionate Conservatives”. “Unless Cameron becomes a lot more collegiate, it’s only going to get worse,” Montgomerie wrote in The Guardian. The right-wing Daily Telegraph added: “The prime minister will survive this battle, but the way he sought out the fray and the weapons

he chose to wield will ensure it is not his last.” The vote took place against a backdrop of intense negotiations on the eurozone debt crisis, which prompted French President Nicolas Sarkozy to criticize Cameron for interfering during a stormy EU summit on Sunday. Cameron returns to Brussels on Wednesday for a European Council meeting which he insisted was needed to protect the interests of non-eurozone members. Official figures show 79 of the Conservative party’s 305 lawmakers voted against the government on Monday night with two abstaining, in the biggest rebellion over Europe in the history of the party of Margaret Thatcher. In 1993, 41 MPs defied then-leader John Major over the Maastricht treaty. Cameron’s Downing Street office defended his decision to force through what many commentators believe was an unnecessary confrontation with his backbenchers, saying he had to do “what was in the national interest”. A spokesman repeated the premier’s argument that Britain benefited hugely from being in the EU, adding that he was determined to bring about “fundamental reform” in the 27-nation bloc. But Labour leader Ed Miliband described Monday’s result as “a humiliation for the PM”, adding it confirmed the Tories were “more interested in fighting each other than fighting for Britain.” Members who defied the three-line whip-the strictest party disciplinary device used in parliament-are likely to face internal disciplinary action, and one ministerial aide, Adam Holloway, quit before he was pushed. Although the vote was not legally binding, polls suggest the rebel lawmakers had the public on their side. A ComRes survey on Monday revealed that 68 percent of Britons support a national vote on EU membership, while an ICM poll published yesterday found 49 percent want to leave Europe, compared to 41 percent who want to stay in. Opening five hours of debate on Monday evening, Cameron said he sympathised with those who wanted a new relationship with Brussels, but said the eurozone debt crisis meant now was not the time to debate leaving the EU. “It’s not the right time, at this moment of economic crisis, to launch legislation that includes an in-out referendum,” he said. “When your neighbour’s house is on fire, your first impulse should be to help him put out the flames... This is not the time to argue about walking away.” The proposed referendum would have asked the British public if they wanted to remain in the EU, leave or renegotiate membership, in the first such vote since 1975. —AFP

Romania king’s speech highlights past split Deputies give Europe’s oldest monarch standing ovation BUCHAREST: Romania’s aged former King Michael delivered his first speech to parliament yesterday since Soviet-backed communists forced him to abdicate more than 60 years ago, highlighting deep divisions over the country’s past. While opinion polls show most Romanians do not want the monarchy back, post-communist leaders have tried to limit Michael’s influence, fearing he could erode their own power if given a platform. “ We cannot have a future without respecting the past,” Michael, 90 and looking sprightly in a suit and striped tie, told a packed parliament on his birthday. “The royal crown is not a symbol of the past but a unique representation of our independence, sovereignty and unity,” said Michael, Europe’s oldest former monarch and one of the last surviving World War Two-era heads of state. Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum gave the king, who was forced to quit the throne in 1947, a standing ovation before and after his speech and some even took pictures on mobile phones. Michael’s speech was proposed by the opposition Liberals but opposed by the ruling DemocratLiberals (PDL). “Once he was anointed king of Romania by God through the church, he is our king for life, no matter what happens in political life,” said Andrei Dinca, 31, a monarchist who took the day off work to watch the speech and mark the occasion. “I don’t think that the return of the monarchy will happen, but that does not stop me from hoping. It’s in our nature to keep hoping even against all odds.” President Traian Basescu, who has close links to the PDL, has criticised the former king for leaving the throne, saying he was “Russia’s servant”, and did not attend the speech in par-

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CANBERRA: Queen Elizabeth II (second right) visits the Australian War Memorial where she lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers yesterday. —AP

CANBERRA: Hundreds of Australians braved the rain for a glimpse of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II yesterday as she visited the national war memorial in tribute to fallen soldiers and met with veterans. A crowd of about 1,000 people turned out in dreary weather to see the 85-year-old monarch, cheering loudly as she stepped from her car wearing a cappuccinocoloured coat and matching hat, with Prince Philip by her side. The queen paused to wave to the crowd before walking inside the stone monument, where she laid a wreath of bright red poppies on the tomb of Australia’s Unknown Soldier. The monarch bowed her head as a military bugler played the Last Post before observing the traditional minute’s silence. As rain began to pelt down outside, the queen and Prince Philip walked along the poppy-lined walls of the memorial where people had placed flowers in honour of fallen Australian soldiers, before signing the visitors book. She later used a break in the downpour to meet members of the crowd, many of whom had waited hours in the rain to welcome her. She beamed as she accepted scores of posies of flowers and other mementos from children. “We curtseyed for her and we gave her flowers, it was so exciting,” one schoolgirl gushed. The queen is on a 10-day visit to the former British colony where she is much respected despite the country’s occasional moves towards becoming a republic, with thousands turning out to see her engagements so far. The trip has gone smoothly, save for a brief buttock-flash from one man in the crowd during Monday’s tour of Brisbane and a minor furore in the Australian press about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s failure to curtsey. But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman dismissed the deportment drama as a “storm in a royal teacup”. “The person who is least concerned about protocol is the queen, we’ve always said do what you feel comfortable with,” she said. “Absolutely no offence was taken at all.” The queen had been “delighted” with the warmth of her reception and felt as though she was “coming home”, feeling a “huge fondness” for the country, the spokeswoman added. She also played down speculation that it was likely to be the queen’s last visit to her realm Down Under, saying there was “no sense at all of ‘Thank you and goodbye’.” The queen already used her trip to pay special tribute to Australia’s involvement in war, including in the decade-long conflict in Afghanistan, and met with veterans of the central Asian conflict and other war zones yesterday. Her grandson Prince Harry has served in Afghanistan with British forces. The queen, who first travelled to Australia in 1954, charmed Vietnam War veteran Chris Roberts who described her as “a very gracious lady”. “What I was amazed about was she talked to everyone, the young sailors, soldiers and airmen of the force, and every veteran,” he told Australian news agency AAP. “She seemed to have an empathy with us.” The monarch, in Australia to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth on Friday, is fondly regarded in her former dominion with about 45,000 turning out to see her in flood-hit Queensland state Monday. Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who met with the queen last week, favours a republic but has suggested that this should not happen during the life of the current monarch. Welsh-born Gillard has also thrown her support behind British leader David Cameron’s plans to scrap the archaic laws of royal succession for the British throne which give the first male heir precedence over any older sisters. “You would expect me, as the first female prime minister of our nation, to say I believe women are equal to men in all regards,” Gillard said. “Consequently... I do support a change to the Act of Succession which would enable the person who succeeds to the throne to be the oldest child, irrespective of gender.” —AFP

liament. Many PDL deputies did attend, however. “This is a gesture of normality,” said Mircea Geoana, speaker of Romania’s upper house of parliament. “His Majesty’s presence 64 years after his last speech in parliament is

Marshal Ion Antonescu, after which Romania broke with Nazi Germany and switched to the Allied side. After communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown and executed in a violent revolution in 1989,

vent him from touring the eastern Balkan country. Born in 1921 in his family’s Peles castle in the Carpathian mountains, Michael is a descendant of the German Hohenzollern dynasty and a cousin of Britain’s

BUCHAREST: Romania’s former King Michael I poses next to a bronze sculpture depicting the founder of Romania’s royal dynasty, King CarolI, in the country’s parliament yesterday. —AP proof that the communist era is a closed bracket.” Romania is now a member of the European Union Exile and return But its record in World War Two and its aftermath still stir heated debate. The countr y fought alongside Nazi Germany and was occupied by the Soviet Union, which engineered the removal of the monarchy, fearing it could be a rallying point for opponents. Michael played a central role in a 1944 coup to overthrow fascist wartime leader

Romania blocked the first few visits Michael tried to make after decades of exile in Switzerland, Britain and the United States. He finally returned to Romania in 1992 and only managed to regain his citizenship in 1997 after reformist President Emil Constantinescu took over from former communist Ion Iliescu. Michael made several appeals for a restoration of the monarchy in the early 1990s. Iliescu deported him on several occasions and even once deployed tanks to pre-

Queen Elizabeth. The king still has many supporters-thousands wished him happy birthday on his websiteand some gathered yesterday outside parliament, a huge marble palace built in central Bucharest by Ceausescu. Michael is to attend a concert yesterday evening at Bucharest’s opera with several other European royals and is expected to greet supporters, who will be able to watch on a big screen outside. —Reuters



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Looming China fosters Taiwan identity KAOHSIUNG: Tsai Chin-sheng’s voice rises with emotion when asked whether he feels Taiwanese or Chinese. Then he utters the response that Beijing fears most. “Of course I’m pure Taiwanese. I’m not Chinese. We are not a province of China. We are our own country,” Tsai said in thickly accented Mandarin through teeth stained red from chewing betel nut, a popular stimulant. “We have democracy and human rights here. What the hell does China have to offer?” added Tsai, an enthusiastic supporter of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which hopes to unseat the China-friendly Nationalists in presidential elections on Jan. 14. “Maybe the Chinese tourists who come here now can learn a thing or two from us

and apply it when they go home,” said the businessman, a resident of southern Taiwan’s balmy port city of Kaohsiung, a DPP stronghold and pro-independence hotbed. China claims Taiwan as its own, to be taken back by force if necessary, though the two have been ruled separately since defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island in 1949 at the end of a civil war with the Communists. Decades of dictatorship and repression followed by a gusty uptaking of democracy have engendered not only pride at Taiwan’s generally smooth transition to rule by the ballot box, but also a growing feeling of distance and difference from China. Many Taiwanese look with nervous-

ness, if not fear, at China, where the ruling Communist Party remains unmoved by calls for political liberalization. Taiwan’s free-wheeling press covers the island’s politics in a critical way unthinkable for China’s stodgy state-controlled media, and giving in to Chinese dissidents and unrest in the mainland that would never make it past Beijing’s censors. This open debate helps reinforce the deep unwillingness in Taiwan to be absorbed politically by China, and the popular feeling that the island is very different from the mainland and this is something to be cherished and protected. The sentiment is felt particularly keenly in Kaohsiung, one of the main heartlands of Taiwanese cultural identity

and where, in 1979, rights activists held a landmark rally which helped spark Taiwan’s eventual democratic transition. “We can talk to China but it must be on the basis of equality, as nation-tonation,” said Hsiao Chuang, a supporter of opposition presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, out pressing the flesh on a trendy Kaohsiung shopping street. “Ma Ying-jeou stinks. He wants to sell us out to China,” he added, referring to the current president, who signed a series of landmark economic deals with China after taking office in 2008, sparking a rapprochement between the two sides. China has recently hinted those deals could be at risk if the DPP does not adopt a more positive policy towards

Beijing. The party has sought a more moderate line. It no longer openly backs independence which earned Chen Shuibian, president from 2000 to 2008, such enmity from China. But some DPP supporters in Kaohsiung don’t seem to have got that message, or at least don’t believe the softer stance. “I will vote for them because they will make us independent,” said taxi driver Chen Wen-ling. “Native Taiwanese have to vote for the DPP. It is our duty.” Status quo preferred to independence Most Taiwanese, though, say they would rather maintain the status quo of de facto independence as the “Republic of China” than declare formal independence and risk a Chinese attack. — Reuters

China’s one-child rule turns into a time bomb ‘Black children’ have no legal status in China

CONCORD: Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney files the paperwork necessary to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot. — AFP

Mormons defend faith in White House race focus ARLINGTON: As the battle for the Republican presidential nomination gets into full swing, the issue of religion has resur faced, with front-runner Mitt Romney forced to defend his Mormon faith. While critics have branded Mormonism an anti-Christian cult, those who belong to the church say the possibility of a Mormon winning the White House could help the faithful to make their beliefs better understood. “We are Christians. Everything is open, any question can be asked,” said Seth Lucia, a lawyer and leader of the Mormon community in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia. Aaron Sherinian, another Washington, DC-area Mormon, agreed, telling AFP: “We are supposed to open our doors, we’re supposed to open our hearts and we’re supposed to open our mouths about what it means to be a Mormon. “So if, in this moment, we have the opportunity to do that a little bit more, we say welcome.” Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is not the only Mormon seeking to unseat US President Barack Obama in next year’s election. Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman also practices the faith. Romney found himself a target this month when Texas pastor Robert Jeffress called Mormonism a cult and said Romney “is not a Christian,” while introducing Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Romney rival, at an event in Washington. Some of the stigma faced by Mormons stems from the faith’s seemingly secret

traditions-non-Mormons are barred from entering temples, even for weddings but Lucia explained that temples have a “unique status.” “It’s a sanctuary,” he said of the giant gold-spired Kensington temple north of Washington-an easily spotted landmark along the capital’s beltway. He said Mormon temples were a “place which is essentially reserved for those who have committed themselves to follow Christ.”The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is known around the world for its missionaries-both Huntsman and Romney at one time worked to spread the faith-as well as its past practice of polygamy and its expertise in genealogy, developed for religious reasons. There are six million Mormons in the United States, where the faith was founded, and eight million elsewhere around the world. In 1820, founder Joseph Smith said he had had a vision of God, and that Jesus Christ had given him the task of restoring the church to its origins with the help of the sacred Book of Mormon. He organized the church a decade later. Persecuted, Mormons sought refuge in the western state of Utah. Today, most US Mormons live in the western part of the country. The faithful follow strict rules-no alcohol, tobacco or caffeine-and tend to uphold conservative values, promoting abstinence before marriage and opposing both abortion and same-sex marriage. — AFP

BEIJING: China’s one-child policy has prevented almost half a billion births but has turned into a demographic time bomb as the population ages, storing up huge economic and social problems for the country. As the world’s population hits the seven billion mark, straining the earth’s resources, China can claim to have curbed its birth rate to around 1.5 children per woman since the policy was introduced in 1979. Without the birth limits, which no other country applies as rigorously or on such a scale, the world’s most populous nation would have hundreds of millions more mouths to feed than the 1.34 billion it has now. But from modern cities to remote villages, its implementation has involved abuses from mass sterilization to abortions as late as eight months into the pregnancy. Baby girls have also been abandoned and killed. Couples who defy the rule can face fines amounting to several years’ salary, have access to social services cut and even go to prison. Their so-called “black children” have no legal status in China. Ethnic minorities and farmers whose first child is a girl are exempt from the restriction and in some areas, couples where both parents are only children are also allowed to have a second baby. But three decades on, demographers, sociologists and economists are warning of a looming crisis as China becomes the only developing country in the world to face growing old before it grows rich. China’s crisis is approaching “incomparably faster” than in Europe, where fertility has fallen very gradually over the last century, Paris-based demographer Christophe Guilmoto told AFP. In the next five years the number of people in China over 60 will jump from 178 million to 221 million — 13.3 percent to 16 percent of the population-according to the People’s Daily Online. By 2050, a quarter of China’s population will be over 65, the Commission for Population and Family Planning said, compared to just nine percent today. Already, half of China’s over-60s live alone, a situation unthinkable before, when four generations would live under one roof. The upside-down pyramid-whereby a single child shoulders responsibility for two parents and four grand-

parents-is a major headache for the government, particularly as unemployment rises, forcing more and more people to migrate to cities for work. Liang Zhongtang, a demographer involved in family planning, said the pressure would grow as Chinese born between 1962 and 1972 retire. “Nearly 30 million babies were born each year during that period, compared to six or seven million each year right now, you can imagine how big the burden on the

BEIJING: People exercise at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing. — AFP government will be,” he said. China already lacks medical facilities for the elderly, retirement homes and qualified health care workers. The government plans to double the number of beds in specialised institutions to six million by 2015, but that only covers the existing shortfall. China has barely begun to put in place a universal social security and retirement system, and over two-thirds of the rural population does not have a pension. So, should China end, or at least relax its one-child rule? “Of course!” said He Yafu, a Chinese demogra-

he said. On September 22 “we picked up on board the Japanese fishing boat. Radioactivity level normal, we’ve measured it with the Geiger,” wrote the Russian vessel’s first mate Natalia Borodina, logging the debris.”At the approaches to the mentioned position (maybe 10-15 minutes before) we also sighted a TV set, fridge and a couple of other home appliances,” she added, giving the GPS location as N31.04, E174.21. Five days later, on September 27, she wrote: “We keep sighting every day things like wooden boards, plastic bottles, buoys from fishing nets (small and big ones), an object resembling wash basin, drums, boots, other wastes. “All these objects are floating by the ship,” she noted. The location where the boat was fished out of the ocean was some 2,200 miles (3,500 km) from Japan and 1,900 miles (3,000 km) from Honolulu. Hafner said the massive tsunami generated an estimated five to 20 million tons of water-borne debris, and though a large portion has probably sunk “quite some amount is still floating.” “So far the ‘STS Pallada’ is the only confirmed observation of the debris,” he added, appealing to other vessels passing through the area to watch out and report any more sightings. With more information, researchers could predict more accurately when debris would reach the tourist beaches of Hawaii. “Based on STS Pallada observations, we expect the first debris to arrive to be light objects, mostly plastic. — AFP

where it comes close to one child per woman”. Women are increasingly deciding against having children at all, opting instead to pursue careers and enjoy their growing material wealth. But the southern province of Guangdong-the engine of China’s economy with its 104 million residents-this month decided against relaxing the policy. China’s most populous province ruled there would be “no major adjustments” to the policy in the next five years, said Zhang Feng, head of the Population and Family Planning Commission. — AFP

Kenya backstreet abortions kill thousands every year

Japanese tsunami debris drifting towards Hawaii LOS ANGELES: The discovery of a fishing boat and other debris in the Pacific suggests flotsam from Japan’s killer tsunami is drifting east faster than expected, researchers say. The tsunami washed up to 20 million tons of debris off the Japanese coast on March 11, and researchers in Hawaii have developed computer models to forecast its movement and predict where and when it could come ashore. They had predicted that the first landfall would be next spring on the Midway Islands, about 1,300 miles (2,100 kilometers) northwest of Honolulu on the main Hawaiian islands in the the northern Pacific ocean. But their calculations have been revised after a Russian ship traveling from Hawaii to the Russian Far East last month spied tsunami debris in the northwestern Pacific, including the 20 ft (six-meter) boat from Fukushima, near the site of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. “The first populated area to be affected by the debris is Midway Atoll,” Jan Hafner of the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii told AFP on Monday. “ We expect this winter the first pieces of tsunami debris will arrive there,” said Hafner, the computer programmer who has been mapping the projected debris field along with senior researcher Nikolai Maximenko. The Russian sail training ship, the “STS Pallada,” began spotting debris after passing the Midway Islands last month,

pher. “The reproductive right is a human right, whether and how many children a couple want to have has nothing to do with the government. “Even if China relaxes the one-child policy, I believe there won’t be many couples wanting too many children”, He told AFP, as middle-class couples around the world opt increasingly for smaller families. Guilmoto is hopeful that fertility might rise in the future, even if “this is very uncertain when we look at the most advanced regions

HOLSTEIN: This photo shows the grave site for Dustin Wehde at a cemetery in Holstein, Iowa. — AP

Woman faces trial in 2001 killing in Iowa FORT DODGE: An Iowa mother who told police she shot a 20-year-old neighbor to death while trying to protect her family from intruders went on trial for murder yesterday in a case authorities say boils down to the woman’s attempt to frame her first husband for a crime. Tracey Richter fatally shot Dustin Wehde on Dec 13, 2001, at the home where she lived with her second husband and three children in the 500-resident town of Early. Prosecutors say Richter, hailed at the time as a hero who acted in self-defense, killed Wehde and planted a notebook in his car suggesting he was a hitman hired by an ex-husband she had feuded with for years. Richter says two men broke into her home and assaulted her before she was able to get guns from a safe and shoot Wehde nine times with two weapons, leaving him dead on her bedroom floor as the second man fled. She said she acted to protect her children, ages 11, 3 and 1 and was applauded when she shared her story on the “Montel Williams Show” in 2002. But prosecutors who say she has repeatedly changed the details of her account charged her this year with first degree murder after the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation re-examined the case. Among the evidence cited in court records is the conclusion of a forensic expert hired by an investigator who said the final three shots came when Wehde was face down on the floor. Richter, who was arrested in July in Omaha, where she had moved and was living with a fiancÈ, has pleaded not guilty. — AP

NAIROBI: “I was bleeding like hell. I knew that I was going to die,” Emily said, recalling how she sat naked on a plastic basin, hemorrhaging blood for two weeks after paying $10 for an abortion in Nairobi’s Mathare slum. “It is the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life. Even giving birth is not as painful as doing abortion.” One reason the world’s population is soaring-to 7 billion, by UN calculations, on Oct 31 — is because many poor women have little control over their bodies or their fertility. One place where that is most apparent is in Kenya, where high rates of sexual violence, limited access to family planning and poverty mean 43 per cent of pregnancies are unwanted. The majority of these women and girls have no choice but to give birth because abortion in most cases is technically illegal, although enforcement of laws around abortion are ambiguous, leading to one standard for the rich and another for the poor and uneducated. As a result, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die in public hospitals each year after having botched backstreet abortions. Many more die at home without seeking medical care. And another 21,000 are admitted for treatment of abortion-related complications. When Emily, 28, found out she was pregnant in 2009, her boyfriend denied it was his child and left her. She was jobless and already had a seven-year-old daughter, Ashley, to care for. Emily’s friends advised her to terminate the pregnancy. “I have seen what my girls have gone through with abortion. I was very afraid,” she said, adding how she found a 20-year-old friend dead alongside a note explaining how she had drunk a bottle of bleach hoping to cause a miscarriage. After two months debating what to do, Emily borrowed $10 from friends-the equivalent of two months’ rent-and sought treatment from a well-known local abor-

tionist. The elderly woman inserted a plastic tube into Emily’s vagina and told her to sit for several hours on a bucket until she heard a pop. “I felt something hot from my stomach coming out. She gave me some medicine and I went home,” Emily said, sitting in a friend’s one-room corrugated iron shack off a muddy alley. After a week of bleeding, Emily’s friends brought her more medicine from the abortionist but it didn’t help. Eventually, they carried her to a nearby clinic where she was given an injection that stopped the hemorrhaging. Her ex-boyfriend beat her when he found out about the abortion. “He told me that I am a murderer, that I killed his baby,” Emily said. Women die in police custody Kenya is a deeply religious Christian country and the church is vocal in its condemnation of abortion. The implementation of the law, which prohibits abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, is ambiguous, however. The penal code says women who abort illegally can be jailed for seven years. But wealthier and more educated women take advantage of “medical guidelines”, which allow terminations in the interests of a woman’s physical or mental health but require the signatures of multiple doctors. “In Kenya, we don’t know whether to procure an abortion is legal or illegal. We are just in between,” said one doctor who performs abortions. Public hospitals rarely provide the service but it is easily available in private practices, such as the prestigious Nairobi Hospital where women pay around $1,000 for a termination. International charity Marie Stopes performs abortions in clinics for $25 to $60, which is still unaffordable for the majority of Kenyans. “If we were to charge a lower price, we would be overwhelmed,” said a doctor working for Marie Stopes. — Reuters



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16,000 escape ‘lawless elements’ in Philippines Slain Italian missionary laid to rest

PESHAWAR: An internally displaced child, whose family fled from Khyber tribal region due to military operation, eats bread while he holds by her mother waiting for registration at Jalozai camp on the outskirt. Families continued to evacuate Bara, a troubled area of Pakistani tribal region Khyber as the Pakistani security forces prepared to launch an operation against militants, local media reported. — AP

Kim calls for nuclear talks BEIJING: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il told Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang that a stalled 2005 deal should be the basis for fresh talks about the North’s nuclear program, Chinese media reported, leaving unanswered the key question of uranium enrichment. The United States and South Korea insist that the North must immediately halt its uranium enrichment program, which it unveiled last year, as a precursor to restart talks that offer economic aid in return for denuclearization. Kim’s latest offer of fresh nuclear negotiations came as the United States said it had narrowed differences with North Korea on issues standing in the way of a new round of multilateral nuclear talks. In his meeting with Li, Kim repeated that North Korea was willing to return to the six-party talks-also involving Russia and Japan-that it walked out of more than two years ago. But his published comments did not address North Korea’s uranium enrichment activities, a key obstacle to talks. “Kim said the DPRK hopes the six-party talks should be restarted as soon as possible,” China’s Xinhua news agency said in a report yesterday of the meeting between Kim and Li in North Korea on Monday night. The DPRK is the Democratic People’s Republic of Koreathe North’s official name. “All the six parties should fully implement the September 19 joint statement, signed by them in 2005 in Beijing, on the principle of simultaneous action,” Kim said, according to Xinhua. Under the 2005 agreement, the North agreed to abandon its nuclear programs in exchange for economic and diplomatic incentives to be provided by the other parties involved in the

negotiations. But the embryonic agreement, which was a diplomatic triumph for China, was never implemented. North Korea walked out of the negotiations more than two years ago after the United Nations imposed fresh sanctions for a long-range missile test. The following month it conducted a second nuclear test. Sceptical The North’s uranium enrichment program, which opens a second route to make an atomic bomb along with its plutonium program, is not specifically referred to in the 2005 agreement. However, South Korea and the United States argue uranium enrichment falls under the broader term “existing nuclear programs”, which the 2005 deal says must be stopped. North Korea states it is willing to discuss the issue once the six-party talks resume, but South Korea and the United States say there will be no talks until uranium enrichment is stopped, and verified by international nuclear inspectors. The United States, South Korea and their allies have been skeptical of North Korea’s recent assertions that it stands ready to return to the six-party talks, saying it has reneged on past disarmament pledges. China has not taken a firm stance on the enrichment issue. At a briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu would not say whether Li raised it in Pyongyang. “As for the issue of North Korean uranium enrichment, this should be appropriately resolved through discussions under the framework of the six-party talks,” said Jiang. —Reuters

MANILA: More than 16,000 people fled their homes as “lawless elements” among Muslim rebels occupied schools in the southern Philippines, sparking a fierce military backlash, officials said yesterday. Provincial disaster chief Adriano Fuego said thousands of residents of the remote towns of Payao, Alicia and Talusan on Mindanao island fled as around 100 gunmen occupied several schools at the weekend. “There was advance news, like text messages on the cellphones they (gunmen) would attack the municipalities. There were text messages going around saying other municipalities would be attacked,” Fuego told AFP. Residents took refuge with their relatives elsewhere in the area and in churches, relief officials said. Relief officials said there were enough food supplies but Angelo Pascual, operations official of the Philippine National Red Cross, said the remoteness of the area made the situation more difficult. “So far, we have not been able to reach the area. It has been declared off-limits and the military has yet to issue the go signal,” Pascual added. Rommel Jalosjos, governor of Zamboanga Sibugay province, said soldiers and police had surrounded the suspects at a marshy coastal area which includes the towns. “The terrain is very harsh. Around that coastal area, there are about 500 meters (yards) of low-lying mangroves before you hit the beach. It’s really hard to get at,” he told ABS-CBN television. The government said it launched an operation last week to arrest 11 “lawless elements” but Muslim rebels the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with whom the Philippines has a ceasefire deal, alleged their forces had also been attacked. The military blamed the smaller group for ambushes that killed four soldiers and four policemen in the same area last week. Philippine forces said they launched air strikes and an artillery barrage before sending in ground troops on Monday, leaving two soldiers and six gunmen dead. In a separate incident last week, 19 special forces commandos were gunned down by MILF fighters after they strayed into rebel territory on the adjacent island of Basilan. The violence has cast a shadow over the government’s extended peace negotiations

Hong Kong detective goes undercover to fight fakes HONG KONG: Like any good private eye, Hong Kongbased Ted Kavowras has a range of bottles by his desk. But these aren’t for swigging between jobs-they’re samples of counterfeit spirits whose makers he has helped shut down. He and his detective firm Panoramic Consulting occupy a growing niche in the fight against China’s mammoth fake goods industry, posing as buyers to enter factories and gather evidence that can lead to fines, arrests and shutdowns. From an office littered with disguises and bling accessories containing hidden cameras, he and his staff travel to the mainland in disguised as Middle Eastern businessmen, shady European traders or Latin Americans seeking a quick buck. “I’m everybody’s dream in China, some rich fat guy,” the former NYPD officer, today sporting a beard, told AFP. “The bigger the lie, the more they believe it.” His firm has been in ever greater demand as China has become not only the workshop of the world but the source of more than two-thirds of its counterfeit products. Often working on behalf of high-profile brands such as New Balance sportswear and Bulova designer watches, Panoramic has put together cases against manufacturers of illicit goods from toilet seats to handbags to medicines. His staff of 10 operates from a tiny Hong Kong office, plus discreet premises on the mainland and an array of front companies used to convince factories that their interest in purchasing is genuine. “I do what Chinese investigators can’t do, because I have the ethnic diversity. They can’t pretend to be buyers from overseas,” Kavowras says.A row of costume heads in his office, modelled to look like staff members, wear elaborate fake hairstyles and hats, while several fax machines used for different front companies beep regularly with messages from eager sellers. Kavowras displays video footage of a recent case in which he and his colleagues

lured a group making counterfeit injectable drugs to meet them in a southern Chinese hotel. The criminals were confident enough to sit down, light cigarettes and hand over a consignment of fake medicines in exchange for a wad of foreign currency not realizing police were watching from the next room on a live camera feed. On a signal from Kavowras, police stormed the room, but the counterfeiters sat quietly, realising the game was up. “China’s a very civilized place, it’s not the Wild West,” says Kavowras. But that does not mean the counterfeiters are not dangerous. These fake drugs “were causing injuries all over the world,” he said. China has faced accusations, including from the United States, that it does not do enough to fight counterfeiting and intellectual property theft. Kavowras says markets for illicit consumer goods operate openly in the southern Chinese hub of Shenzhen, with wholesalers grading

their wares from A to C. Topgrade fakes are made in the same factory as the originals. But he maintains that that Chinese police and trademark authorities have a genuine desire to fight the problem, and praises changes to the law that have allowed civil litigation on counterfeiting and admitted notarised evidence. “They’re really doing their best-they’re overwhelmed, and in some places, given the vastness and population density of the country, there are issues with corruption. But overall the Chinese are reacting to it as much as possible. “People forget that China is a poor country,” he said. “It’s the demand from overseas that is causing all of these counterfeits to be made.” Another recent case involved a major clothing brand Kavowras cannot name, which looked to enter the European market only to find that a copycat brand making “slave copies”, or exact reproductions of its range, had got there first. A

quest via Amsterdam and Vienna, backed up by European and Chinese authorities, ended with Panoramic identifying both manufacturers and sellers of the clothing in an illicit business that involved 30 to 40 Chinese factories. Customs authorities seized 300,000 euros ($400,000) worth of goods. “We put (them) out of business. For me that’s a great result,” Kavowras said. A police officer with the NYPD until an injury forced his retirement, Kavowras, 49, moved to China in 1994 to study Mandarin.He found work with the famed detective agency Pinkerton in Guangzhou before moving to Hong Kong, where he set up Panoramic 13 years ago. His charm tactics with factory bosses include claiming to have a local mistress and turning up with distracting props, such as an Olympic torch that he pretended the Beijing government had given him ahead of the 2008 Games. —AFP

with the MILF, which began in 2003 and includes a ceasefire. The Muslim rebels had initially said that the armed band occupying the three towns were members of the MILF. However MILF spokesman Von Al-Haq said yesterday that the alleged leader of the gunmen, Waning Abdusalam, had only briefly been a member of the MILF. “For more than 10 years he has not reported to the MILF. He is not considered a member of the armed

cal conflict,” it said. Despite calls for “an allout war ” against the rebels, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday that the peace process with the MILF would continue. Meanwhile, thousands of Filipinos have joined a funeral march demanding justice for an Italian missionary priest who was shot dead in the southern Philippines last week. Rev Fausto Tentorio was laid to rest yesterday at the Roman Catholic bishop’s compound in

MANILA: Sympathizers shout slogans while displaying portraits of slain Italian missionary Rev. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio during a protest near the Presidential Palace demanding justice as he is laid to rest yesterday. — AP wing of the MILF. He has already been dropped. He is not covered by the ceasefire,” Al-Haq said. Ghazali Jaafar, the MILF vice chairman, denied that his group sheltered lawless elements. “We have ordered our fighters on the ground to stand down and respect the peace process,” Jaafar said. In a statement, the MILF also reaffirmed its commitment to the peace process. “The ongoing peace talks between the government and the MILF... is the most civilized and democratic and best solution to resolve this politi-

southern Kidapawan city near the grave of another Italian missionary priest, Tulio Favali, who was slain in 1985. Rev. Gianni Re of Italy’s Pontifical Institute for Foreign Mission says Tentorio had long experience fighting for the rights of indigenous Filipino tribes in the country’s south. Environmental activists suspect he was killed for his work. A gunman killed the 59-year-old Tentorio inside his parish compound in North Cotabato’s Arakan township last Monday. Police still have no suspects. - Agencies



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KUWAIT: The National Assembly holds its opening session for the new term yesterday. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Amir urges end to feuds as Assembly... Continued from Page 1 revolutions, warning that Kuwait was not too far from the impacts and consequences of those events. But as the Amir left the National Assembly building, about 19 opposition lawmakers walked out of the chamber and boycotted elections to the Assembly panels as a sign of non-cooperation with the government and for allowing MPs suspected of accepting bribes to contest and vote in the elections. As a result, all the 10 panels, which in previous terms witnessed stiff competition, were elected by consensus without any contest. Most of the panels were taken by pro-government MPs with the exception of some posts taken by members of the liberal National Action Bloc, who did not leave. But the session was disrupted several times and witnessed the exchange of strong insults between MPs, especially when MP Adel Al-Saraawi demanded that MPs who are under investigation by the public prosecution should not contest the elections for any panel, adding he was ready to announce the names of those MPs. MPs Askar Al-Enezi, Khaled Al-Adwah and Saadoun Hamamd vehemently protested, with Enezi in particular using insults and Hammad threatening physical action. Tension even moved to outside the Assembly chamber with several opposition MPs criticizing the inclusion of MPs under investigation in the various panels. Spokesman of the Reform and Development Bloc MP Faisal Al-Mislem told reporters that all opposition MPs will hold a meeting today to discuss available options for action against the government. Al-Mislem said that the election of the Assembly panels was illegal and the committees’ decisions will also be illegal. He stressed that the only solution for the current impasse is to issue two decrees to dissolve the Assembly and to dismiss the government. MP Mohammad Hayef stressed that electing MPs suspected of receiving bribes in the Assembly panels will invalidate their decisions and shake their credibility. After electing the panels, speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi adjourned the Assembly until Nov 15 at the proposal of MP Adwah after the Assembly was due to hold its next session on Nov 1. The National Action Bloc meanwhile said in a statement that they plan to discuss with other members of the opposition a plan calling to form an investigation committee into the behaviour of the Central Bank with regards to the alleged corruption scandal. During the

session, a large number of Kuwaiti teachers came to press MPs to vote in favour of a law raising their salary, but the government asked for a two-week delay which infuriated opposition MPs and the teachers themselves. Khorafi ordered the guards to expel the teachers and declared that they will not be allowed to attend the next session. During the opening speech, Sheikh Sabah called on MPs and the government to end disputes and urged for coordination to boost the living conditions of the people and combat corruption. The Amir regretted that tribal and sectarian affiliations were being used to serve personal interests at the expense of basic national interests. He also expressed dismay at the dramatic deterioration of the “political rhetoric”, bids to smear some citizens’ reputation, sensational language promoted by some of the media and press and expressed concern at the welfare of the youth, “who must not be neglected to become prey to devious trends”. The Amir criticized “some of the strange practices and phenomena that have targeted our society recently and have crossed all limits, undermining national principles, adding that hateful tribal, sectarian and factional orientations guided political movements, exploiting these affiliations as a bridge to attain trivial accomplishments at the expense of the homeland and the citizens”. “Such trends of fanaticism have spread to the sports, educational and social institutions, feeding the minds of the youth with such destructive concepts,” the Amir said. “I am in deep pain ... at the continuous political crises between the Assembly and the government, as if they were arch foes, and not brothers and two arms for a single body,” said the Amir, adding that he was saddened by serious accusations of bribery, corruption and treason being made without proof. He criticized recent calls to hold demonstrations and gatherings with the aim of inciting the people, and the tendency for destruction rather than building. The Amir underlined the need for ending disputes, gearing up efforts for national ventures, construction of the infrastructure, upgrading utilities, namely health, educational and housing services, facing corruption, enacting legislation and taking practical steps to boost investments. He called on the country’s decision makers to monitor external events which warrant national unity. “We declare with determination, yes for responsible supervision, objective and serious accountability, as stipulated by the constitution, the laws and the national interests,” he said.

Prince Sultan laid to rest Continued from Page 1 allegations surfaced that Iranian officials plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Although Tehran has rubbished the accusations, Riyadh has taken them seriously and said it was pondering “a suitable response.” Even before the plot claims, ties between the two regional rivals were strained over Saudi Arabia’s military assistance to Bahrain to put down pro-democracy protests by mostly Shiite demonstrators. From Egypt - where protesters, backed by the army, ousted Saudi Arabia’s ally Hosni Mubarak earlier this year - military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi flew in for the funeral, Saudi state television Al-Ekhbariya reported. It is Tantawi’s first trip abroad since he took power in February with the downfall of president Mubarak. Jordan’s King Abdullah, whose government declared a day of mourning on Tuesday, also landed in Saudi Arabia, as well as Sudan’s President Omar AlBashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court. Gulf leaders Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar, Kuwait’s Amir HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlSabah and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa were all present in Riyadh for the funeral of Sultan. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, Afghan

President Hamid Karzai and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also joined the mourners in the Saudi capital. US Vice President Joe Biden, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari were likewise among world leaders heading to the Saudi capital to offer condolences. Syrian Vice President Faruq Al-Sharaa arrived in Riyadh as the Saudi news agency SPA reported that London-based Rifaat AlAssad, exiled uncle of Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, had flown in. Ties have soured between Saudi Arabia and Iran’s ally Syria, where the United Nations says more than 3,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since midMarch in a crackdown on dissent. King Abdullah on Aug 8 recalled the Saudi ambassador in Damascus for consultations and called on the Syrian authorities to “halt the death machine... before it’s too late”. Sultan was the second deputy prime minister until the then crown prince Abdullah acceded to the throne in 2005. Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, a half-brother of King Abdullah and the kingdom’s internal security czar who has held the interior portfolio for over three decades, is touted as the most likely heir to Sultan. King Abdullah, who is also the prime minister, in 2009 appointed Prince Nayef, 78, as second deputy premier, in a move interpreted as putting him in line for the throne. — AFP

Could Ahmadinejad be Iran’s last president? TEHRAN: Could Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be Iran’s last president? Some Iranians think so after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested scrapping a directly elected presidency, which critics say would weaken Iran’s version of democracy and make the Islamic Republic more Islamic than republican. Ahmadinejad, whose second and final term ends in June 2013, dismissed Khamenei’s proposal - dropped into the middle of a lengthy speech - as “academic” rather than a policy plan. But clerics, politicians and analysts are taking it seriously enough to wonder whether Iran, whose bitterly contested presidential election in 2009 ignited months of street protests, will hold one at all in 2013. “The announcement of this issue by the leader, especially at a popular gathering, cannot have been without great reason,” Etemad newspaper quoted senior cleric Mohammad Reza Abbasi-Fard as saying. Seminary teacher Mohsen Gharavian was blunter. “Ahmadinejad is the last president to be elected directly by the people,” Abrar daily paraphrased him as saying. “Beginning in 2013 Iran’s political system will undergo a change.” Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005, pulling Iran to the right after eight years of reformist President Mohammad Khatami. His 2009 re-election was marred by alleged vote-rigging and plunged Iran into its worst turmoil since the 1979 revolution. Reformists are considering boycotting a parliamentary election in March, which would undermine Iran’s democratic credentials that critics say are already compromised by tight restrictions and vetting by unelected clerical bodies. Initially seen as something of a Khamenei protege, Ahmadinejad has faced challenges this year from hardliners who fear his faction threatens the role of the clergy in Iran’s unique form of government: a parliamentary system, with a directly elected president overseen by a powerful cleric. Khamenei’s assertion last week that there would be “no problem” in replacing the directly elected presidency with one elected by parliament has been welcomed by those who want to clip the ambitious Ahmadinejad’s wings. Parliament has grown more hostile to the president since his attempt in April, vetoed by Khamenei, to sack the intelligence minister, who plays a key role in overseeing elections. Add to that concerns about a “deviant current” of presidential aides who often put Iran’s Persian heritage on a par with its Islamic culture, and many religious

hardliners would be happy to do without a headstrong president. Abbasi-Fard, a former member of the state Guardian Council that vets presidential candidates, said it was Ahmadinejad’s overbearing style that had pushed Khamenei to raise the idea of scrapping the elected presidency. “If the megalomania and obstinacy continues,” the supreme leader “might go beyond the (verbal) guidance and preaching” and push for the elected presidency to be abolished, Abbasi-Fard told yesterday’s Etemad in an interview. This would signal the biggest constitutional change since 1989, at the end of the reign of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, when the position of prime minister was abolished and that of president strengthened. For Reza Marashi, an analyst at a Washington-based advocacy group, the National Iranian American Council, replacing a popularly elected president with one picked by parliament - effectively turning him into a prime minister - would further strengthen an already highly powerful supreme leader. “Should Iran decide to eliminate the post of a directly elected president, the primary role of a reinstated premiership would be to execute the supreme leader’s directives,” Marashi wrote in an analysis published online. “This was - and continues to be - what is expected from Ahmadinejad. His increasing intransigence has only sped up an otherwise steady moving process toward the domestic vision for Iran that many unelected officials hold: more Islamic than republican.” While most commentators in Iran see some merit in Khamenei’s suggestion, in that it would reduce rivalry between president and supreme leader, one important figure has voiced misgivings. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and one of the central figures in the creation of the Islamic Republic, was quoted widely as upholding Iran’s republican values. “According to the constitution, republicanism and Islam are two unchangeable pillars of the Islamic Republic,” said the cleric, who lost to Ahmadinejad in the 2005 presidential poll. Such a major change would require a constitutional process, without which “undermining the republican aspect of the establishment is against the law and will restrict and limit people’s power to choose”, Rafsanjani said, adding: “Of course the leader has entrusted this issue to a distant future in which it might be worth studying.” — Reuters

BIRJAND, Iran: A crowd of supporters welcome President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his arrival in the southern Khorasan province yesterday. — AFP





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US talks up Pak role in Afghan talks By Chris Allbritton fter years of demanding Pakistan crack down on militants in a lawless tribal area on its border with Afghanistan, the United States has now set out a possibly tougher challenge - bring those militants to the peace table. It’s a tough task. Ties have been strained between the two allies for months since Osama bin Laden was found holed up in a town two hours from Islamabad. And there are doubts the Pakistanis can, or will, persuade the Al-Qaedalinked Haqqani network to take part in the nascent peace process to end the Afghan war, given Pakistan’s ties to the militants and its competing interests in the region. On a two-day visit to Islamabad last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Pakistan’s relationship with the Haqqanis akin to keeping “snakes in your backyard”. She demanded that Pakistan deny the group any safe haven in the border zone. The network is one of the most effective factions of the Afghan Taleban-led insurgency and was blamed for an attack on the US Embassy in Kabul last month. But talking with militant groups has been a longstanding effort by the United States as it prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, and Clinton herself said there had been US overtures to the Haqqanis. Now she wants Pakistan’s help. “We think that Pakistan, for a variety of reasons, has the capacity to encourage, to push, to squeeze ... terrorists, including the Haqqanis and the Afghan Taleban, to be willing to engage on the peace process,” she said during her visit. Clinton’s comments seemed to be well-received by a Pakistan public weary of war and increasingly convinced the US-led global fight against militancy is not its battle. Pakistan says it has sacrificed more than any other country and says up to 40,000 civilians, troops and security personnel have been killed since 2001. But it also reflects the reality that the United States is running out of options in Afghanistan. “They have recognised the principle of talking to the Taleban. It’s almost a natural thing to talk to the others,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, a noted defence analyst. “And secondly, what are the options?” Across Afghanistan, US and NATO forces have been unable to deal a decisive blow to Taleban insurgents and their allies like the Haqqanis, blamed for a series of bold attacks on American targets. More than 2,700 NATO troops have been killed since 2001, as well as more than 11,000 civilians. Many thousands more have been wounded. Formidable challenges face foreign troops in the east, along with an uncertain ally across the border in Pakistan. NATO is seeking to weaken a host of insurgents, who in eastern Afghanistan also include the independent Hezb-i-Islami group, and push them toward embryonic peace talks with the Afghan government rather than achieving a decisive battlefield victory in this long guerrilla war. But it’s an open question as to whether Pakistan will use whatever influence it may have to bring the Haqqanis off the battlefield, because Pakistan and the United States do not have the same interests in the region. The network is led by the battle-hardened but ailing Jalaluddin Haqqani, although his son Sirajuddin is its operational leader. It is considered close to both Al-Qaeda and the Pakistani security establishment. It was one of Pakistan’s most valuable assets during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, and Pakistan acknowledges it maintains contact with the group. Pakistan wants to regain influence in Afghanistan by using Afghan Taleban militants and the Haqqani network taking shelter in Pakistan. The United States needs to eliminate or neutralise those same militants and their sanctuaries so it can withdraw its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. So, Clinton may have demanded more help in facilitating peace talks, even if the Haqqanis so far have seemed irreconcilable. “We asked very specifically for greater cooperation from the Pakistani side to squeeze the Haqqani network and other terrorists, because we know that trying to eliminate terrorists and safe havens on one side of the border is not going to work,” she said. It’s unclear exactly what Pakistan is willing to do. In the end, it’s in Islamabad’s interests to have a proPakistani government in Kabul, and they see groups like the Haqqanis as a means of ensuring that. A potent fighting force of pro-Pakistani militants could bull its way into, or even topple, a fragile Afghan government after NATO withdraws the bulk of its combat troops. “In the long run, the United States will have to get realistic about the region,” wrote Christophe Jaffrelot, a senior research fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research at Sciences Po in Paris. “It might just have to admit that the Pakistanis do not believe that the two countries share interests, even if Washington continues to pretend that they do.” — Reuters


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Ennahda will steer clear of radicalism By Mariette le Roux he Islamist Ennahda party that emerged dominant in Tunisia’s first free vote will not seek to impose sharia-style restraints on a moderateminded society whose economy relies on Western tourists, analysts say. The party, claiming to have taken a commanding lead as ballots were still being counted, has said it will seek a coalition on a new 217-member assembly that will rewrite the constitution and appoint a caretaker government. Even if it manages to put together a majority alliance to give it a bigger say, Ennahda will have no choice but to toe the line of consensus, said the analysts. “Ennahda will be mindful not to offend its coalition partners, and also the youth who voted for it, who aspire to a certain way of life,” Issaka Souare, a north African specialist at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP. “It will need the buy-in of other members of the assembly in all decisions.” Official results in Tunisia’s first-ever democratic elections, held nine months after the toppling of long-time dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, were expected yester-


day. Ennahda on Monday claimed to have captured the biggest block of votes, between 20 and 40 percent, immediately seeking to allay the fears of investors and women. “We would like to reassure our trade and economic partners, and all actors and investors, we hope very soon to have stability and the right conditions for investment in Tunisia,” executive party member Abdelhamid Jlassi told journalists in Tunis. He stressed the party was open to coalition talks with all parties “without exception”. Most of the other parties on the assembly appear set to be ones with leftist, liberal leanings. “We respect the rights of women ... and equality between Tunisians whatever their religion, their gender or their social status,” senior Ennahda member Nourreddine Bhiri told AFP. Tunisia, which gave birth to the Arab Spring that claimed its latest dictator Thursday with the killing of Moamer Kadhafi of Libya, saw its neighbour to the east adopt Islamic Sharia law Sunday as the basis of all the new regime’s laws. Ennahda founder Rached Ghannouchi in the 1970s called for the strict application of sharia law in Tunisia to restore order in a society he said had become depraved.

But he has toned down his discourse in recent years. Last month, he told AFP: “ The code of personal status and women’s rights cannot be touched. Women make up half of society and we need their votes.” Secularists, women’s groups and other detractors accuse Ennahda of being moderate in public and radical in the mosques. Whatever its program, “there is no chance that Ennahda will be able to dictate its laws into the new constitution, even with a coalition,” Tunisian historian Faycal Cherif told AFP. “There are certain principles Tunisian society holds dear that the other parties will not concede on-like gender equality, the separation of church and state.” Pierre Vermeren, a Paris-based Maghreb expert, said Ennahda appeared headed for about a third of assembly seats “and won’t be able to do anything on its own”. “The elections have also shown something else: the votes of the liberal, leftist and secular parties add up to about 25 to 30 percent, which is huge. One does not see that in any other country of the Maghreb. Even though they haven’t yet officially joined forces, these parties will be a

strong force in the assembly.” Added Cherif, Ennahda will keep an eye on upcoming national elections for a government to replace the caretaker body that will remain in place for the duration of the constitution-writing process, expected to take a year. “Ennahda will not want to give the idea that it is forcing itself on society.” Souare said a strong Ennahda will have no choice but to adapt its tone to a foreign audience. “It cannot afford to damage Tunisia’s relations with Western countries,” he said-pointing to tourism which represents almost a tenth of GDP. “ Tourists are alcohol drinkers,” said Souare of fears by some that an Islamist government may ban liquor, among other conservative measures. Tourism is a big currency earner in Tunisia, bringing in 780 million euros from January to September 2011, a drop of 39.4 percent from 2010. Islam is the official religion in the country, which has hitherto had a secular state, though its president must be a Muslim under the outgoing constitution. A Muslim majority of more than 90 percent has lived peacefully for years with religious minorities, including Jews. — AFP

Sarko in fight for AAA, political future By Catherine Bremer icolas Sarkozy is in one of the most critical weeks of his presidency as he battles to mend his differences with Germany over a euro zone crisis that threatens both France’s economic wellbeing and his own political future. A spike in French bond spreads over German Bunds mirrors the rising pressure Sarkozy is under as the relentless advance of the euro area’s debt crisis throws France’s top-tier position in the bloc alongside Germany into question. The premium investors demand to hold French 10-year bonds soared to 120 basis points over Bunds, three times the normal level, since Moody’s said last Monday it was scrutinising the outlook on France’s triple-A rating in light of slowing growth and costly euro zone bailout commitments. Penned in between hawk-eyed rating analysts and a disgruntled electorate, Sarkozy is grappling with one hand to ensure a euro zone plan promised for Wednesday does not place the burden of propping up banks on the state, and must use the other to find fresh deficit-cutting measures without burying his chances of winning a second term in a 2012 election. France pays very low interest on its debt and last week’s jump in yields is mainly psychological - but a prolonged rise could still add to fears that France’s AAA-rating is in peril. “The jump in the spread over Bunds embodies everything. This is a dramatic time for France,” said French economist and past government advisor Jacques Delpla. “Since last Tuesday, France suddenly looks like it’s in the second division in Europe. If France does not put its house in order, it runs the risk of being put on a negative outlook.” France has been under strain since early summer, as concern grew about the level of its banks’ lending to Greece and other peripheral euro zone countries. Market jitters wiped billions of euros off French banking stocks in just days. More recently, two fresh issues have rattled markets: the steady rise in Socialist Francois Hollande’s lead over Sarkozy in opinion polls, and the government’s admission that it will further revise down growth targets in the weeks ahead. The surge in


French bond spreads to their highest since the euro’s launch may not be backed by fundamentals, but pessimism is rife in France. Marc Touati, chief economist at Assya Compagnie Financiere, believes 2012 will be France’s grimmest year in a long time. “France will certainly lose its AAA debt rating, and we have to prepare for a very strong social crisis. Good luck everyone,” he said, echoing panicky talk among bankers who are now openly asking whether the

Monde of Merkel handing Sarkozy a cuddly toy for his newborn daughter during weekend talks in Brussels almost seemed to poke fun at the upper hand Berlin has over an enfeebled Paris. “Nobody benefits from a weakened France. It certainly doesn’t help the Germans (and) having Berlin as the new Brussels would be dangerous,” said Nicholas Dungan, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “I can understand

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives French President Nicolas Sarkozy a teddy bear as a present for his newly-born daughter as he passes her the phone to his speak to wife first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Oct 23, 2011. – AFP euro could collapse. Outsiders are more sanguine, but agree much is at stake this week, not least France’s standing in Europe after Sarkozy caved in to Merkel and dropped his push for the EFSF bailout fund to become a bank that could tap ECB funding. EU leaders are near agreement on bank recapitalisations and how to leverage the EFSF, but differences remain on other issues and final decisions have been deferred to Wednesday evening. A photograph printed in French daily Le

the apprehension (among French analysts) because if France starts looking like a second-division player then its leverage over Germany diminishes,” he said. “That apprehension will disappear if the circumstances that caused it disappear, which means they must come up with a solution that solves the immediate problem and puts a mechanism in place so it doesn’t happen again. They don’t need to come to long-term institutional arrangements this week but they need to get rid of the Greek debt problem

once and for all.” A solemn Sarkozy told ruling party officials last week that Europe’s fate would be determined in the next few days. Providing Europe’s leaders can come up with their promised euro crisis plan on Wedesday evening, Sarkozy must immediately turn his attention to his fiscal targets, now that France’s 2012 growth risks falling well short of a target 1.75 percent. Whether or not the euro rescue plan leads to France having to help banks boost their capital, Sarkozy has warned his cabinet he may have to take new deficit-cutting steps on top of the 11 billion euros in savings targeting in the 2012 budget. “If we find a global solution to the euro zone’s problems we will have better economic visibility on Europe and France,” said government spokeswoman and Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse, as a contraction in private sector activity pointed to gloom lasting through to the end of 2012. “If we need to make more effort we will,” she said. Sarkozy would be most likely to axe more tax loopholes than seek politically dangerous spending cuts, but he risks alienating the business elite he has been at pains to keep friendly to him during his four years in office. Despite foreign policy successes, like his leadership on the war in Libya, Sarkozy’s popularity ratings are still mired at near 30 percent. Many French, fed up with high unemployment and low purchasing power, say they would have more faith in the left to run the economy. Sarkozy normally flourishes in times of crisis, yet he bickered at the weekend with the leaders of Britain and Italy, hinting at the strain he is under and at Paris’s isolation. He is widely expected to address the nation after today, but his office would not confirm a TV appearance. While the euro zone crisis and France’s AAA-rating matter less to voters than their own spending power, some French media are already sounding the death knell for Sarkozy. Two news magazine covers recently pronounced “the end of a reign”. “Sarkozy has never lacked a survival instinct, but he will need a lot more than that to face the six months ahead and keep a hope of reelection,” read an editorial in the daily Le Monde. - Reuters



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Chandhok’s Indian GP dream dashed NEW DELH: Karun Chandhok’s dreams of racing in his country’s maiden Formula One Grand Prix did not materialise as Team Lotus yesterday decided to go with their regular drivers for this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix. Team reserve Chandhok competed in Germany this year to kindle hopes of racing in his home grand prix as well but owner Tony Fernandes said Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli would be on Sunday duty to ensure the team consolidated their 10th position in the points table. “...while I am sure there will be fans in India who want to see Karun race for us on Sunday we had to make the best decision for the future of the team,” Fernandes said in a statement. “While all the emotional reasons for him driving were right we were conscious that the limited running he has had in the car this season ... has not given him the best preparation for this race, so we have taken the very difficult decision not to run him in the race this weekend. “It is absolutely vital that we secure tenth place in 2011 to give us the platform to keep growing. —Reuters

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Cameroon sack Clemente YAOUNDE: Cameroon confirmed the sacking of coach Javier Clemente yesterday, ending weeks of speculation over the fate of the Spaniard who failed to qualify the team for next year’s African Nations Cup finals. “Clemente and his assistants were duly informed that they were relieved of their duties yesterday, Monday October 24, and a new coach will be appointed very soon, maybe within some hours from now as we’ve already forwarded a list of the pre-selections to the sports minister to make the final choice,” Cameroon’s football federation secretary general Sidiki Tombi a Roko told reporters. “What Cameroon needs is a charismatic coach who will not allow himself to be easily influ-

Donald makes clear case for player of the year LAKE BUENA VISTA: Luke Donald can only hope that shooting 30 on his last nine holes to win at Disney was the hard part. His sole reason for entering the final PGA Tour event of the year was to keep alive his bid to become the first player to win the money title on both sides of the Atlantic. The bonus of capturing the PGA Tour money title was that it surely would make him the frontrunner, if not the overwhelming favorite, as player of the year. Donald was better than everyone on the PGA Tour in two of the most relevant categories - money and scoring average. He and six others tied for most wins (two). Of that group, only Keegan Bradley won a major. More telling is that in 14 of his 19 tournaments, Donald finished in the top 10. That’s a rate of 74 percent, a level of consistency matched only by Tiger Woods in the last 15 years. There’s a reason he has been No. 1 in the world since May. And if that’s not enough, Disney provided a rare head-to-head competition with Donald and Webb Simpson playing in the same group all four days. In a winner-take-all situation, Donald birdied six straight holes on the back nine to win. The ballots go out in two weeks, after the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where the only person who could possibly cloud the decision is Bradley. Even though he has missed 10 cuts and only has four top 10s, he could attract votes with three wins, including a major and a World Golf Championship. Either way, picking the winner is not as easy as it should be. Remember, this is a vote of the players. Perhaps it’s only a coincidence that as PGA Tour members star t deliberating on player of the year, EA Sports announced the winners of a contest in which fans voted to determine who would join Woods on the cover of its next video game. The winners were Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, two of the most popular young players in the game. The hope is that player voting doesn’t turn into a popularity contest, too. A year ago, Fowler was chosen PGA Tour rookie of the year over McIlroy in a vote that made little sense. Fowler finished only four spots ahead of McIlroy in the money list (No. 22 to No. 26), but failed to win a tournament. McIlroy not only shot 62 on the last day to win at Quail Hollow, he finished third in two majors. Then again, the case could be made that Fowler was a true rookie devoted exclusively to the PGA Tour, while McIlroy was in his third full year as a pro and spent most of his time on the European Tour. Could something like that happen again? Robert Garrigus said he had made up his mind before the tournament even started last week. “I would vote for Webb,” he said. “I mean, he’s had such an unbelievable year. If you look at how many top 10s he’s made (12), it’s almost more than some guys have played in tournaments. What has he made, $6 million? That’s Tiger money, and that’s pretty special. “And not taking anything away from anything Luke has done, but it’s pretty neat to see an American do that - finally.” So much for looking at performance over passport on the PGA Tour. Then there was Scott Gutschewski, who played with Donald and Simpson in the final round at Disney and witnessed a performance that he described several times simply as “awesome.” Does this clear up who wins player of the year? Gutschewski suddenly was at a loss for words. “Is he the best player in the world? Probably,” he said almost begrudgingly. “Playing part-time on the PGA Tour,


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does he get the player of the year? It’s a good argument. It’s a tough call.” Just because Donald is English does not make him a part-time player. The NCAA champion from Northwestern has been a regular in America since 1997. He has two homes, none in England - one is his primary residence outside Chicago, the other in south Florida. Donald has averaged 20.5 starts a year since his rookie season in 2002. Not even Woods plays that many. The rookie vote last year also took place after Europe won the Ryder Cup (again). Is that a factor? It shouldn’t be, but with so much attention on the rise of world golf particularly European golf - there has been a noticeable “us against them” mentality among some Americans. “Obviously when it comes to voting, there’s going to be some leniency toward your friends,” Donald said. “There’s still more American players on the US tour, and I’m sure Rickie has more followers and peers that follow him on the US tour. Again, it’s a vote, so it’s totally subjective.” Donald was asked if he could make a case for anyone else as player of the year, an awkward question in the immediate aftermath of the most gratifying win of his career. “Not sure I could at the moment,” he said. “I think I’ve answered everyone’s questions.” No matter what happens in Shanghai, the lasting image when it comes to player of the year should be Disney. Except for two majors - Charl Schwartzel making birdie on his last four holes to win the Masters, McIlroy obliterating the scoring record at the US Open to win by eight - Donald’s final round at Disney might have been the best performance of the year. Forget for a moment that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck presented him the bronze trophy. It’s a rare occasion in golf when a player knows an opportunity might never come along again, and it’s win or else. Think back to Woods in the 2001 Masters attempting to become the only player to hold all four professional majors. That’s why Donald’s win at Disney rates so high. A chance like this might not come along again, and he seized it in a manner expected of the No. 1 player in the world. It was the kind of performance only seen from Woods at the height of his game. Think of it this way. What if it had been Woods who, in the final tournament of the year that he had to win, shot 30 on the back nine? What if it had been Woods who had as many wins as anyone else, including a World Golf Championship? What if it had been Woods who won the money title and the Vardon Trophy and had 74 percent of his finishes in the top 10? Would there even be a discussion? —AP

Luke Donald, of England, reacts after sinking a birdie putt in this file photo. —AP

enced to summon this or that player to the national squad simply because he has been in the team for a number of years or because he is a friend of a senior official of the federation,” he added in a reference to accusations of player power and divisions among senior squad members. “He should also be one who will accept to live here in Cameroon and accept the salary he will be proposed, no matter the amount,” the secretary general said. Clemente was appointed in August last year to replace Frenchman Paul Le Guen following the Indomitable Lions’ dismal performance at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.—Reuters

BERLIN: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expects Bayern Munich to bounce back from their shock defeat at Hanover when they host second-division Ingolstadt 04 in today’s second round of the German Cup. Bayern had their 13-match unbeaten run ended at Hanover on Sunday after suffering a 2-1 defeat in the German league, but Neuer said he expects the Bavarian giants to respond against minnows Ingolstadt in the cup. “We won’t drive ourselves mad,” said the 25-year-old, who is Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper. “We still believe in ourselves and we’ll set off on a new run, starting with the cup tie against Ingolstadt and then on Saturday in the league against Nuremberg.” Ingolstadt are at the foot of the second division table and Neuer says he expects a ‘convincing win’ from his team. When Hanover striker Mohammed Abdellaoue converted a penalty past Neuer on Sunday, it broke the Bayern goalkeeper’s 771st minute streak without conceding a goal. “I’d have liked more clean sheets, but it was never our top priority,” said Neuer, who has only conceded four goals all season. “I’d rather we’d come away with the three points.” — AP

Rangers take World Series lead ARLINGTON: Texas’ Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning as the Rangers came from two runs down to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday and take a 3-2 lead in the World Series. Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth brought Texas level. Michael Young doubled leading off the eighth and Napoli hit a drive to right center of Marc Rzepczynski to bring in two runs. “Just trying to get something to the outfield, get a sac fly, get that run across the board,” Napoli said. “I was trying to stay short and I got a pitch I could handle over the middle of the plate and put it in the gap.” Texas closer Neftali Feliz closed it out in the ninth, including striking out Albert Pujols as part of a double play when Allen Craig was caught by Napoli’s throw trying to steal second. The win moved Texas within one win of its first World Series title. The series moves back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Wednesday, when Colby Lewis will be the Rangers starting pitcher, against Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The forecast is cold and wet. If the Cardinals lose, there’s no doubt which play will trouble veteran manager Tony La Russa for a long time. It was 2-2 when Texas put runners on first and second with one out in the eighth, and Rzepczynski was summoned from the bullpen. Texas batter David Murphy followed with a bouncer back to the mound, a possible inning-ending double play in the making. Rzepczynski snatched at it but

couldn’t glove it, succeeding only in redirecting it away from his second baseman, and the play resulted in no outs and loaded bases. La Russa elected to let Rzepczynski stay in to face Napoli, and it didn’t work. La Russa appeared stunned by the turnaround. Later in the eighth, he brought in reliever Lance Lynn and had him issue an intentional walk to the only batter he faced. Jason Motte eventu-

ing in two leadoff walks sandwiched around a wild pitch. Yadier Molina notched his fifth RBI of the Series with a single that left fielder Murphy overran and fumbled for an error. Skip Schumaker followed with an RBI grounder to first that Moreland boxed around, preventing any chance at a double play. Already ahead 2-0, the Cards threatened in the third after pitcher C.J. Wilson slipped com-

the second deck in right field to make it 2-1. Adrian Beltre’s homer made it 2-2 with two outs in the sixth. He dropped to one knee after following through on a meaty cut. He connected on a big curve from St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter. St. Louis had a chance to go back ahead in the seventh. Pujols got a good jump on a pitch that Matt Holliday hit for a single to left-center. Pujols chugged

ARLINGTON: Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler tags out St. Louis Cardinals’ Allen Craig (21) to turn a double play during the ninth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series. —AP ally ended the inning, but it was too late. Fittingly, Napoli had a role in the final play. Lance Berkman struck out and the ball hit Napoli’s shin guard and trickled up the first base line, where the catcher picked it up and tossed to first base to end the game. The Cardinals had been well placed for victory when they scored twice in the second, cash-

Rugby changing children’s lives in Senegal DAKAR: Every day, children in a northern neighborhood of the capital Dakar come to play ball in the House of Rugby, a centre launched two years ago as the sport gains ground in this football-loving nation. Rugby is a fringe activity in the west African country, introduced by French soldiers only in the 1970s. But it has become a lifeline for many disadvantaged children as they also learn reading and other life skills from volunteer tutors. Alioune Diop, 17, towering over two metres (6.5 feet), quit basketball in April after discovering the House of Rugby and has not played anything else since. “Here, there is discipline and respect. It’s like a home, where one is among brothers and sisters,” he sweatily told AFP in the middle of a training session. He is one of dozens of youths, aged 7 to 17, who bustle across a stretch of sand under the watchful eye of their trainers, Senegalese Djiba Papis Konde, and Frenchmen Gilles Marchand and Anthony Granja. They are volunteers at the House of Rugby, a project financed by Prince Albert of Monaco and supported by a French association called Les Enfants de l’Ovale, a group aiming to transmit what they call “rugby values “ of generosity, courage, risk-taking and team spirit. All children live in Yoff, a former fishing village that is now a beachside neighborhood on the outskirts of Dakar, and most come from poor families. There are workers, students, and orphans among them, along with some so-called “talibes”, poor children from Koranic boarding schools forced to beg by their teachers to pay for tuition. The school accepts everyone, says Konde, 29. “Whatever their level, they all play,” said Anthony Granja, a volunteer from Senegal’s rugby association (FSR). “There are even disabled children, which poses no problem, anyone can play rugby.” “They can use rugby as a tool, because the game’s rules create cooperation and solidarity,” he added. After children coming to the sand-colored House of Rugby receive a medical check, they can take advantage of various opportunities in addition to sports training. Tutors “try to teach street children how to read” while volunteer firefighters give them first-aid courses, said the organisation’s founder Guedel Ndiaye, who is also the head of FSR. A library offers cable channels showing rugby games that are not available on local television. “Children absorb rugby rules and values more easily,” said Marchand, 65. “They will tell you that playing rugby is for life, that they are like family.” The game has already changed the life of 15-year-old Ndeye Ngone Bassene, who followed a friend to join the club in 2009 despite never being involved in any sports. — AFP

ing off the mound trying to field Rafael Furcal’s leadoff bunt and made a poor, backhanded flip that skittered past Moreland at first, allowing Furcal to run on to second. But with runners at the corners, Wilson got Matt Holliday to bounce into a quick double play. Moreland atoned for his fielding woes with a home run in the third, hitting a drive halfway up

around the bags and the third base coach initially waved him to continue on to home, only to put up a late stop sign. Whether Pujols would have been safe on shortstop Elvis Andrus’ wide throw to the plate became moot when Lance Berkman was intentionally walked to load the bases and David Freese flied out to end the inning. —AP

‘Big Hurt’ focuses on Pujols ARLINGTON: Frank Thomas hit baseballs so hard they called him the “Big Hurt” during his big league playing days, so it did not come as much of a surprise when he revealed what he enjoyed most about this World Series. “Watching Albert Pujols, one of the greatest hitters of our generation,” Thomas told Reuters from the St. Louis Cardinals dugout during warmups ahead of Monday’s Game Five against the Texas Rangers. “For him to have a night like he had the other night on the main stage, it was a big night for him and a big night for baseball.” Thomas, a two-time American League Most Valuable Player, hit for power and for average during his 19season major league career in much the same mold as the Cardinals’ slugger. Built like a pro football lineman, Thomas crushed 521 career home runs, amassed 1,704 RBIs and owned a career batting average of .301 playing 16 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and finishing up with the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays. Pujols, on course to eclipse the Big Hurt’s prodigious numbers, put on a per formance for the ages in Saturday’s Game Three, splashing his name all over the World Series record book with three home runs, five hits, six runs batted and 14 total bases against the Texas Rangers. And Pujols is not the only reason Thomas is appreciating this series as a commentator for in Internet reports. “Both teams are loaded with great hitters. This is a slugfest,” he said. “This is a test of the pitchers. To beat these guys you’re going to have to beat some really good lineups and they’re both playing really good baseball.” On the subject of hitting, the conversation always swung around to Pujols. “What makes Albert a really great hitter is his focus and his consistency. That’s the sign of a great hitter,” Thomas said. “Every at-bat he has a great plan and he sticks with his plan and that’s

why he has had such tremendous success. “He’s a pure hitter. And it’s just great to watch. I love watching him hit. “He’s always hitting what the pitcher gives him, he’s not trying to do too much. I just like watching him hit because that’s what hitting is all about.” Thomas said there was no mystery to what sets Pujols apart. “It’s hard work and commitment. That’s when you get results,” he said. “This guy is a tremendous worker and that’s why you see what you see.” Thomas said he expected more fireworks in the series. “It’s been a great series,” he said. “It’s been up and down. Seems like it’s evenly balanced. This is setting up to be a fantastic finish for baseball.” Thomas, who retired in 2008, has another baseball finish line ahead of him, his possible election to the Hall of Fame. “I always keep my fingers crossed. I’ve done the work and hopefully I’ll get my due,” said Thomas, who is eligible for election to Cooperstown in 2014. “We hope and pray. Hopefully, it will happen.” What never happened for Thomas was a chance to show his skills in the World Series. He said the 1993 White Sox was the best team he played on. “ That was a real special team. We were really loaded,” he said. “Me and (Robin) Ventura, George Bell, Bo Jackson, Ozzie Guillen. We had a great pitching staff, young pitchers Wilson Alvarez, Jack McDowell, Alex Fernandez, Jason Bere when everybody was at their best. “It was a special staff and a special team, we just didn’t get it done. I think we were one pitcher short. “We lost to that great Toronto team that won back-to-back championships. They had four Hall of Famers on that team. Timing,” he said, chuckling at his bad luck. “ Timing. Robbie Alomar, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson. And Joe Carter. That was a tough team.” —Reuters



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MEXICO: Cuba’s Yarisley Silva celebrates after clearing the bar at 4.75m to win the gold medal in the women’s pole vault event at the Pan American Games. — AP

Murer settles for silver Pan American Games Medals Table GUADALAJARA, Mexico: Medals table at the Pan American Games: Country United States Brazil Cuba Canada Mexico Argentina Colombia Venezuela Dominican Rep. Guatemala Puerto Rico Chile Ecuador Cayman Islands Neth. Antilles Pery Jamaica Trinidad El Salvador Bolivia Paraguay Guyana Uruguay

G 62 27 21 18 18 15 11 8 5 5 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

S 57 20 16 25 17 8 13 18 2 2 4 9 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

B 46 28 18 28 27 17 22 16 11 3 1 13 7 1 0 3 1 1 0 2 2 1 1

Tot 165 75 55 71 62 40 46 42 18 10 8 24 10 3 1 4 2 2 1 2 2 1 1

GUADALAJARA: World pole vault champion Fabiana Murer failed to defend her Pan American Games title Monday. The Brazilian vaulter, who won gold in August at the world championships in South Korea, ended up with the silver medal behind Yarisley Silva of Cuba. “I came here for the gold, of course, but I’m not disappointed. I knew that the I had peaked at the worlds,” Murer said. “The Cuban really deserved this, she really elevated her level today.” Silva won the gold after clearing a Pan American Games record 4.75 meters. Murer, who set the previous record of 4.60 four years ago in Rio de Janeiro, was second with a height of 4.70. “It’s magnificent to beat the world champion and win the gold,” Silva said. “I didn’t expect to be contending like this so soon. It shows how much I’ve been improving.” Cubans won three of the five gold medals at the track on Day 10 of the Pan American Games, while Mexican runners claimed the other two. Yipsi Moreno set a Pan American Games record in winning the women’s hammer throw. The Cuban’s toss of 75.62 meters broke her own record of 75.60 from the last games in Rio. “These may be my last Pan American Games and I’m proud I’m leaving my sports career like this,” Moreno said. Also, Jorge Fernandez of Cuba won the men’s discus, while Marisol Romero of Mexico won the women’s 10,000 meters and teammate Juan Barrios won the men’s 5,000. Argentina won the final gold medal of the night, beating Brazil 26-23 in the final. Overall, the United States increased its lead at the top of the medals table to 62 gold and 165 in total. Brazil is

next with 27 gold and 75 overall. In baseball, 10-time defending champion Cuba lost to the United States 1210 in the semifinals. The Americans, who won their only Pan Am Games title in 1967, led 7-0 in the fourth inning and soon stretched that to 12-2 before the Cubans came back to make it close. “This is the fifth time I’ve played Cuba, and we finally beat them,” said U.S. shortstop Jordy Mercer, who doubled in two runs in the fourth inning. “I told the guys that Cuba will never give up and to keep battling, and sure enough they came back. It’s just a credit to this team that we kept fighting.” Cuba has won 12 of the 15 baseball titles at the Pan Am Games, including every one between 1971 and 2007. The United States has finished second to Cuba eight times. The Americans will face Canada in Tuesday’s final. The Canadians beat Mexico 5-3 in the other semifinal game. The United States also won the women’s team allaround in gymnastics, while Jordan Burroughs took gold in the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle wrestling category and Jacob Varner won the 96-kilogram class. Weston Kelsey later won the men’s epee and Lee Kiefer won the women’s individual foil. But the biggest surprise, besides the Cuban loss in baseball, was Murer’s failure to win the pole vault. “I prepared for the worlds and I won it. I knew it would be difficult here,” said Murer, adding she wasn’t in top shape. “Each competition is different. I came here thinking about jumping 4.70. I thought it would be enough.”— AP

GUADALAJARA: The United States has been called a melting pot for centuries, and the national handball teams at the Pan American Games epitomize that. Of the more than 200 athletes on the US squad at the games in Mexico, nine of them have no home state. That’s because they’re all from other countries, and they all play team handball - a sort of cross between soccer and basketball, where you throw the ball into the opponent’s net. Karoline Borg and her younger sister Anja live in Vollen, Norway, a small coastal town about a half hour from Oslo. It was because of their American mother, who passed away 12 years ago, that they decided to play for the United States in team handball. “Both for me and my sister, this is just a way to honor her and be a par t of the USA again,” said the 20-year-old Borg, who is the women’s team captain. “I think I can speak for everyone when I say we’re proud.” Besides the Borgs, the women’s team also includes Julia Sayer of Germany, Gabriela Stilwell of Slovakia and Morgan Thorkelsdottir of Iceland. On the men’s team, there is Mar tin Clemons Axelsson of Norway, Karim Badr of Egypt, Adam El Zoghby of Egypt and Michael Williams of Germany. “We have a lot of dual citizens,” said Borg, who scored six goals in the US team’s final defeat at the Pan Am Games, a 30-23 loss to Uruguay. Two other national team players, Jennifer Fithian and her husband Jordan, are from the United States but live and play in Germany. Having close ties to a foreign background isn’t new to many Americans. Even at the Pan American Games, there are plenty of other examples, like Emil Milev, who won gold

in the rapid fire pistol event but was born in Bulgaria, and Irina Falconi, who was born in Ecuador and won gold for the United States in women’s tennis. The Borgs grew up in Norway, but their mother was from Los Angeles. They visited California several times to see family and friends, but never lived in the U.S. “ Without the handball, we’ve only been three times,” said Borg, who started playing team handball when she was 8 and is now a right wing for Njard in Norway’s top professional league. “Handball is almost like soccer. In Norway, you either play handball or soccer.” The idea to play for the United States, however, came on a whim. “It was a couple of years ago, in 2009. My dad and I were surfing online and we decided to search for the US National Team,” Borg said. “We found an email address and we sent them an email. Thirty minutes later, they replied.” Making the team was the easy part. Being able to be a permanent member of the team was the hard par t. “We’ve been paying our own way for the past two years, except for this camp and Pan Am Games,” Borg said. “My dad has done everything he could.” Unfortunately for both the women’s and men’s teams, neither excelled in Guadalajara. The women finished 0-5, while the men went 1-4. That means neither can qualify for next year’s London Olympics, but Borg said she thinks the sport can still catch on in the United States. “It’s a sport that suits Americans. It’s so fast and physical and eventful,” she said. “After these games are done, we’re setting our focus on the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and of course the next Pan Ams in 2015 in Toronto.” — AP

IndyCar drivers, officials discuss safety issues

WINNIPEG: Jets forward Tanner Glass (15) and New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust (8) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game. — AP

Flyers soar over Leafs PHILADELPHIA: Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger left the game after taking a vicious stick to the face, leaving the Flyers concerned over the health of their captain after a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL on Monday. Pronger and Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski sprinted for a loose puck in the circle after a rebound. Grabovski slapped at the puck, but his stick connected with Pronger’s and the blade shot straight up into the defenseman’s face. Pronger screamed in agony and instantly clutched his face. Hunched over, he skated straight to the bench, his hands over his eyes, and went to the dressing room with 8:02 left in the first period. Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell each scored their first two goals of the season for the Flyers. Panthers 2, Canadiens 1 In Montreal, Jacob Markstrom made 40 saves to preserve Florida’s win over slumping Montreal, and

Scottie Upshall scored 5:02 into the third period to help the Florida Panthers extend Montreal’s losing streak to six. Markstrom made his second career start and recorded his second straight win. Tomas Fleischmann scored a power-play goal in the first for Florida, and Scottie Upshall netted in the third. Montreal lost a sixth straight and fell to 1-5-2, continuing its worst start in 70 years. It is the deepest the Canadiens have gone into a season with only one win since 1941-42. Rangers 2, Jets 1 In Winnipeg, Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal to help New York edge Winnipeg. Callahan scored his team’s second power-play goal of the night at 8:41 of the third period. Ruslan Fedotenko also scored with the man advantage early in the second period for the Rangers,and Dan Girardi assisted on both goals. Nik Antropov scored for the Jets late in the second period. — AP

NHL standings

Pittsburgh Philadelphia NY Rangers New Jersey NY Islanders Toronto Buffalo Boston Ottawa Montreal Washington Florida Tampa Bay Carolina Winnipeg

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L OTL GF 6 2 2 30 5 2 1 27 3 2 2 14 3 2 1 13 3 3 0 14 Northeast Division 5 2 1 26 5 2 0 20 3 5 0 19 3 5 0 24 1 5 2 18 Southeast Division 7 0 0 30 5 3 0 20 3 3 2 25 3 3 2 22 2 5 1 17

GA PTS 22 14 21 11 14 8 16 7 14 6

Detroit Chicago St. Louis Nashville Columbus

27 13 19 34 26

11 10 6 6 4

Colorado Vancouver Minnesota Edmonton Calgary

14 19 27 27 27

14 10 8 8 5

Dallas Los Angeles Anaheim Phoenix San Jose

Western Conference Central Division 5 1 0 19 4 1 2 24 4 4 0 22 3 3 1 15 0 7 1 17 Northwest Division 6 2 0 26 4 3 1 22 3 2 3 18 3 2 2 13 2 4 1 15 Pacific Division 6 2 0 19 5 1 1 17 4 3 0 16 3 3 1 20 3 3 0 18

14 18 24 20 29

10 10 8 7 1

20 23 20 12 20

12 9 9 8 5

15 10 17 22 16

12 11 8 7 6

Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in the standings and are not included in the loss column (L)

INDIANAPOLIS: IndyCar drivers and officials debated how to make openwheel racing safer Monday. Now comes the hard part: turning talk into action. More than a dozen IndyCar drivers met for three hours with series CEO Randy Bernard and Brian Barnhart, the series’ president of competition, about preventing another fatal accident. The meeting came eight days after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a fiery, 15-car crash in the season finale at Las Vegas and less than 48 hours after he was buried in his adopted hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. “How we react to this is critical, and we’re very encouraged with what happened today in terms of ideas,” fourtime IndyCar champ Dario Franchitti said. “Finger-pointing is not going to do any good at all, and we’re all unified going forward in one direction.” Although those inside the meeting room declined to share specifics, the discussion was expected to cover everything from tracks used by the series to new Plexiglas catch fences to putting canopies over the drivers’ open cockpits. IndyCar does have time to consider potential changes because it won’t race again for six months. “We’re not going to make motor racing 100 percent safe, that’s a fact,” Tony Kanaan said. “But there are things that we can do, hopefully, to make it better, make it safer.” IndyCar’s investigation of the accident is ongoing. In a statement released by the series Monday, CEO Randy Bernard said the series “needs to understand everything possible” about the crash. A team of series safety and competition officials is evaluating the data and will use independent experts and consultants to analyze aspects of the data, according to IndyCar. The investigation results then will be turned over to a third-party group for validation, series officials said. Investigators are reviewing accident data recorders from the 15 cars involved in the wreck, as well as their accelerometers, firesuits, helmets,

video footage, photos, post-crash reports and data from timing and scoring. IndyCar already was planning on a new car for next season. Wheldon, who was the primary test driver for the new model, repeatedly told reporters it was significantly safer. IndyCar already planned on a new car for next season. Wheldon, who was the primary test driver for the new model, repeatedly told reporters it was significantly safer. But drivers want other assurances, too. “We have to take it to the next level of safety,” said Davey Hamilton, who sustained severe foot and ankle injuries in a serious crash in 2001 at Texas. “One thing I’ve seen in Dario, Tony and Justin (Wilson) is that they’ve unified us. I think they’re doing it in a very positive way. It’s about what’s best for the series and what’s best for the drivers.” Franchitti and Kanaan, two of Wheldon’s closest friends, were in town

for his memorial Sunday, then stayed to participate in the drivers meeting. “I feel responsible for all the drivers here,” Franchitti said. “Everything is on the table, and I think today was a very productive discussion.” Wheldon’s fatal crash culminated a season in which drivers voiced several concerns. Whether it was radiation issues at the series’ final Japan race, a botched restart on a wet New Hampshire track, inconsistent penalty calls or a series of pit road tangles, drivers and team officials repeatedly voiced concerns. The first complaints emerged in January when Bernard announced the series would use double-file restarts, a staple on the Cup circuit for several years. IndyCar drivers, some of whom had Cup experience, contended it couldn’t work in a series where bump-and-run tactics create a dangerous racing environment. But after some early wrecks, drivers and series officials figured it out. — AP

INDIANAPOLIS: IndyCar drivers Tony Kanaan (left) of Brazil, and Dario Franchitti of Scotland talk about discussions held during a drivers meeting at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. — AP



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India’s inaugural F1 race—speeding past the poor SALARPUR: India will hold its first Grand Prix this weekend — a glitzy coming-out party for an emerging economic juggernaut that is lost on villagers like Meera, standing by a fetid pond near the brand new Formula One race track with a child covered in warts. “What is this Formula One? I learnt only recently that some of our land was acquired for it,” said Meera, a mother of four who goes by one name. The floodlights of the $400 million F1 circuit that can hold 100,000 roaring spectators could be seen in the distance. Seen by its supporters as an example of how India’s private companies can organise complex, hi-tech and global events, the Grand Prix has re-ignited India’s perennial questioning of how far the country should go down the globalisation road. For critics, it is an example of skewed economic growth, an elitist event where even the cheapest tickets are unaffordable for most people and an event that has no roots among India’s 1.2 billion people. For the moment, that questioning is lost in a media frenzy. Boosted by Lady Gaga, Bollywood and cricket stars, the Grand Prix may help India regain its self confidence after a scandal-plagued Commonwealth Games sparked headlines mocking the Asian power’s arrival on the world stage.

Run by Jaypee Sports International, a subsidiary of the Jaypee Group construction and infrastructure giant, the F1 event has come in on schedule with almost none of the cost overruns, corruption and shoddy construction that plagued the government-run Commonwealth Games last year. “The world’s perception of India is going to change after the Grand Prix and people will forget what happened because of the Commonwealth Games,” Jaiprakash Gaur, founding chairman of the Jaypee Group, told local media. The event is also just the latest example of international sports bodies ensuring they get a foot in this booming Asian marketplace with a huge advertising base of millions. India has already attracted the attention of top European football clubs. Nevertheless, India is playing catch-up with its fellow emerging market rivals. China held a successful Olympics while Brazil will hold the next edition of the football World Cup - and Russia follows four years later. Brazil also has the 2016 Olympics. But what price this sovereign branding game? The extravagance of the event and questions about land seizures to make way for the circuit have sparked criticism. Critics have cited it as an example of misplaced priorities in a country where malnutrition rates rival

sub-Sarahan Africa. The cheapest tickets are about 2,500 rupees (about $50) - about half the monthly wage of a cleaner. The most expensive corporate boxes go for about $200,000 - and nearly all have been sold. When the event was being planned in 2009, then-sports minister M.S. Gill dismissed it as “expensive entertainment.” “In many ways it epitomises what is wrong with this country,” said Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a political commentator. “One section of India would like to tell the rest of the world about how fast growing we are. Just come here and see the inequality and poverty on the ground and you get a reality check.” Situated in western Uttar Pradesh state, about an hour’s drive from New Delhi, the Formula One track is connected by a new highway through the capital’s booming outskirts of anonymous office blocks and cement skeletons of soon-to-be-built colleges. Within the circuit grounds, where shiny Mercedes Benz display cars are parked, poor Indian women used brushes and their hands to sweep dust and stones from an access road, their children playing nearby. In nearby Salarpur village, Meera, who is illiterate and can only guess her age, held a sick child in her arms. He has suffered malaria twice. Rubbish lay in

ponds of stagnant water. A young calf grazed on garbage. “I don’t understand this concept of cars racing for entertainment,” she said. “People pay money to watch this? Like a movie?” Nearby, workers sprayed the manicured lawns around the F1 track with water in last minute preparations. Meera, who has electricity for four hours a day, must walk half an hour to the nearest water pump. For the moment, though, the media focus is on speed and glamour, and Force India, India’s first Formula One team, which has a slogan of “Raising The Flag.” The 5.14 km (3.19 mile) track is touted to enable the F1 calendar’s second highest average speed after Italy’s Monza. Its 1.2 km straight is one of the longest in Formula One, aimed at encouraging high speeds and overtaking. The grandstand, with seats coloured in the Indian flag colours of saffron, white and green, features an undulating roof that can be seen from miles around. There is much focus on the track itself, with safety concerns paramount after the deaths of a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and an Italian motorcyclist in races this month. But a successfully held event would confirm what supporters hope will be an example of India finally showing what it

is capable of. “This comes after a bad year for India,” said V. Ravichandar, chairman of Feedback Consulting in Bangalore, which advises multinationals. He was referring to a string of corruption scandals that hit foreign investments into India amid growing instability of the Congress-led coalition government. “To have an event that goes smoothly will show that the private sector is capable for pulling off events like this.” But controversies may hang over the event even after a successful weekend. The Grand Prix will take place in a state governed by a Dalit or “Untouchable” leader called Mayawati. She has raised a storm of criticism for building parks worth tens of millions of dollars in honour of her party. The state is one of the poorest and most corrupt in India. Questions have been raised about why Mayawati granted organisers exemption from an entertainment tax. Several hundred farmers plan to protest what they say was the seizure of their land at rock bottom prices by the state government. “This is just another way of India patting itself on the back and saying we have arrived in terms of size and growth.” said Suhel Seth, a popular marketing and management expert. “Will investors get excited? No.”—Reuters

Jaguars shut down Ravens

BEIJING: In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 file photo, Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi (right) reacts after winning the gold in the men’s 1500-meter in Beijing 2008 Olympics. —AP

Disgraced Bahrain Olympian could compete in London MANAMA: Disgraced 1,500-meter runner Rashid Ramzi will compete at next year’s London Games “if he gets good results” and his eligibility is approved by the IOC, the secretary general of Bahrain’s Olympic committee said yesterday. “If Ramzi meets both criteria, then why not?” Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa told The Associated Press in an interview. The Moroccan-born Ramzi won Bahrain’s first ever Olympic track-and-field gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, but was stripped of the medal and banned for two years after testing positive in retroactive tests for the banned blood-boosting drug CERA. Sheik Ahmed said Bahrain will ask the International Olympic Committee if Ramzi is eligible for London after the Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out the IOC rule that bars any athlete with a doping suspension of more than six months from competing in the next games. Ramzi was banned by the IAAF in January 2010, with the Bahrain association backdating his ban to May 2009. Since he finished serving his two-year ban in May this year, Ramzi has been training in Morocco. He failed to qualify for international competitions, including the

world championships in Daegu, South Korea. Earlier this month, CAS struck down the IOC rule and cleared American sprinter LaShawn Merritt, the Olympic 400-meter champion in Beijing in 2008, to defend his title at the London Games. Merrit completed a doping ban in July. The decision also affects dozens of other athletes around the world who had been covered by the suspension rule, adopted by the IOC in 2008 as part of its zero-tolerance approach on doping. “We will inquire with the IOC to see if the ban reversal applies to other athletes and if Ramzi could compete,” Sheik Ahmed said. “We also hope he continues to train hard and if he gets good results the decision will be made on his participation in the Olympic team.” “So far his results are not what we’ve been use to,” Sheik Ahmed said, adding that Bahrain now has seven athletes in track and field who have qualified for the London Olympics. Ramzi could not be reached for comment. Ramzi tested negative at the Beijing Games, but the IOC reanalyzed the samples when a fully validated test for CERA became available. His gold medal went to Asbel Kipruto Kiprop of Kenya.—AP

JACKSONVILLE: Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 105 yards against the NFL’s best run defense as the Jaguars ended a five -game NFL slide with victor y over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Stepping into the national spotlight of Monday night football, the Jaguars used their best defensive effort in five years to slow down Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Co. Jacksonville didn’t allow a first down until the 5:26 mark of the third quarter, due to a mix of stout defense and inept offense. Flacco finally got the Ravens on the scoreboard with a little more than two minutes remaining. He capped a 90-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. The Ravens failed to recover an onside kick when the ball bounced inches short of going the required 10 yards. Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee followed with his third field goal of at least 50 yards; he kicked four in all to account for the entire team score. Baltimore had one more chance with a final possession, but in fitting fashion, Jacksonville’s defense came up big. Drew Coleman stepped in front of Ed Dickson and intercepted Flacco’s final pass. The Ravens finished with just 146 total yards. The Jaguars had 205. The Jaguars set a franchise record by allowing only 16 yards in the first half, including 1 yard passing by Flacco, who was under relentless pressure for much of the night. Baltimore finally got a first down on its 28th play of the game when Rice broke off a 12-yard run. That was only the second play longer than 10 yards for the Ravens, although they picked up two more first downs on the drive. It ended when Dwight Lowery sacked Flacco, and Billy Cundiff’s 52yard field goal attempt went wide right. The teams combined to go 0 of 16 on third-down conversions in the opening half. The Jaguars began the third quarter with six first downs. The Ravens stopped Jacksonville, but Brendon Ayanbadejo was called for a personal foul and ejected from the game when he punched Guy Whimper in the facemask after the play. That gave the Jaguars first-and-goal from the 3, but Blaine Gabbert failed to complete two passes in the end zone and Scobee kicked a 22-yard field goal. The Ravens had 10 possessions through three quarters eight punts, a missed field goal and Rice’s fumble in the third quarter. The first time they reached Jacksonville territory, midway through the second quarter, they went backward 33 yards. Michael Oher was called for holding twice, and Flacco completed two passes that lost yards both times. In a play that summed up Baltimore’s night, Jeremy Mincey knocked down Flacco’s pass. Flacco caught the ball and ran toward the left sideline until he was slung down for an 8-yard loss. Jacksonville wasn’t much better offensively, though that wasn’t a surprise. The Jaguars are last in the NFL in offense, the lone hope coming from Jones-Drew. He carried 30 times, most of them right into the middle of Baltimore’s revered defense. Gabbert completed 9 of 20 passes for 93 yards. Flacco was 21 of 38 for 137 yards. Rice ran eight times for 28 yards. Baltimore’s star was Sam Koch, who punted nine times for a 52.2 yard average.—AP

streets would pose any safety hazard. “I have no concerns,” Christie said. The mayors of Weehawken and West New York municipalities, Richard Turner and Felix Roque, said the new race “will bring significant economic impact to our towns and local business, totalling several hundred million dollars to the region.” Formula One’s last appearance on US soil was in 2007. The elite racing series’ return to America is planned for next November in Austin, Texas, where the new Circuit of the Americas is being built for the purpose. The Texas race, announced in 2010, has faced criticism from state lawmakers opposed to using public funds to develop the project. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the famed Indianapolis 500, hosted a US Grand Prix from 2000-2007, an eight-year run that had it’s problems. In 2005, 14 of the 20 drivers withdrew just prior to the start of the race to protest concerns about tyre safety. Prior to arriving at Indianapolis, Formula One had run in the US in Long Beach, California, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix on a variety of street circuits. F1 and the circuit went their separate ways when they couldn’t come to financial terms and other agreements to extend their contract.—AFP

NFL standings American Football Conference AFC East W L T OTL PF PA New England 5 1 0 0 185 135 Buffalo 4 2 0 0 188 147 NY Jets 4 3 0 0 172 152 Miami 0 6 0 1 90 146

PCT .833 .667 .571 0

National Football Conference NFC East NY Giants 4 2 0 0 154 147 Dallas 3 3 0 0 149 128 Washington 3 3 0 0 116 116 Philadelphia 2 4 0 0 145 145

.714 .667 .667 .500

Green Bay Detroit Chicago Minnesota

NFC North 7 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 4 3 0 0 1 6 0 1

230 194 170 148

141 1.000 137 .714 150 .571 178 .143

NFC South 5 2 0 0 4 3 0 0 4 3 0 0 2 5 0 0

239 128 158 166

155 169 163 183

.714 .571 .571 .286

NFC West 5 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 6 0 0

167 97 116 56

97 128 153 171

.833 .333 .167 0

Pittsburgh Cincinnati Baltimore Cleveland

AFC North 5 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 3 3 0 0

Houston Tennessee Jacksonville Indianapolis

AFC South 4 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 7 0 0

182 112 84 111

128 135 139 225

.571 .500 .286 0

New Orleans Tampa Bay Atlanta Carolina

San Diego Oakland Kansas City Denver

AFC West 4 2 0 0 4 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 4 0 0

141 160 105 123

136 178 150 155

.667 .571 .500 .333

San Francisco Seattle Arizona St. Louis

151 137 152 97

122 111 83 120

.667 .500 .500 .333

All Blacks shed ‘chokers’ tag — media

Formula One: New Jersey to host Grand Prix in 2013 PORT IMPERIAL: The United States will host two Grand Prix’ from 2013 as the state of New Jersey will put on the Grand Prix of America, New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced yesterday. The Memorandum of Understanding signed guarantees the celebration of the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial for 10 years. “I’m pleased that New Jersey will play host to Formula One beginning 2013, bringing one of the world’s most popular and exciting sports right to our backyard,” Christie said in a statement. “The race will be a 3.2 mile road race, run on existing roads through Port Imperial and at the top of the Palisades in Weehawken and West New York. “Up to 100,000 people are expected to attend each race, starting with practice Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and racing on Sunday”, it added. Christie, who recently announced he would not be seeking the nomination to be the Republican cadidate in next year’s Presidential election, said that the race would open up his state to the world. “People from the whole world will come to New Jersey to see this unique and exciting course,” Christie said. Authorities said the race will not receive any subsidies from either local or state government, and Christie said he had no concerns that the course laid on existing

JACKSONVILLE: Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32), right, fumbles a handoff from quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens. —AP

CORSICA: A picture taken on February 8, 2011 shows Iranian chess grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami playing chess simultaneously with more than 600 players. Organisers of an international chess tournament in Corsica said yesterday they had expelled Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami for refusing to take on an Israeli player.—AFP

SYDNEY: International media heaped generous praise on New Zealand Monday after they shed their hated ‘choker’ tag and eased the pain of recent deadly disasters with a nail-biting Rugby World Cup final victory. “Haka! That’s the sound of the All Blacks clearing their throats to win the World Cup after 24 years of choking,” said the Sydney Morning Herald’s main sports page, after the All Blacks’ narrow 87 win over France. “Long dark cloud lifts as All Blacks claim World Cup,” said another Herald headline, while Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post read: “Chokers? We’re the champions”. New Zealand’s razor-thin victory at Eden Park sparked raucous celebrations in the country of four million, which has long dominated world rugby but had failed to lift the Webb Ellis Cup since 1987. The country was also hit by one of its worst mining disasters last November, and in February, a major earthquake in Christchurch killed 181 people and shattered infrastructure including a World Cup stadium. And New Zealand’s rugby-mad public, who are also battling an economic slowdown, suffered an anxious six weeks before the All Blacks, hot favourites throughout, finally emerged unbeaten and holding the golden trophy. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph called it “Black Magic” while many newspapers paid tribute to France, who defied their legion of critics to come within a whisker of causing the tournament’s greatest upset. Mick Cleary, writing in the London Telegraph, said it was the best final yet in seven

editions of the World Cup. “The wait is over, but my word how the whole of New Zealand had to live on its nerves to see their precious All Blacks claim their first World Cup in 24 years,” he wrote. “France were simply magnificent, from the moment they advanced on the haka in an arrow-shaped formation with the captain Thierry Dusautoir at the front, they defied every prediction that they would be a soft touch. “They were resolute, unyielding and hellbent on taking the game to New Zealand in the best World Cup final ever.” British tabloid The Sun said: “Rarely has such a coveted prize been won with such an unconvincing display. But the All Blacks were the best team over the tournament, winning all their seven games.” In Japan, which will host the World Cup in 2019, columnist Mitsuo Kamiya said authorities urgently needed to raise rugby’s profile to match the passionate support seen in New Zealand. “Japan have missed a golden opportunity to popularise the sport,” he wrote in the Yukan Fuji tabloid. “It would be difficult to make the World Cup in Japan a success, unless the union’s executives change their mentality.” For The Guardian’s Robert Kitson, it was simply the fear of failure that drove the All Blacks to their win. “Some World Cups are won by a flash of genius or a moment of defensive confusion,” he wrote in the British newspaper. “This one simply boiled down to the All Blacks’ fear of walking off their favorite field as beaten finalists in a game they were expected to win by the length of the North Island.”—AFP



India whitewash England

CHITTAGONG: West Indies captain Darren Sammy (right) plays a shot as Bangladesh wicket keeper and captain Mushfiqur Rahim looks on during the fifth day of the first cricket Test match. — AP

B’desh draw with Windies CHITTAGONG: The rain-affected first test between Bangladesh and West Indies ended in a draw yesterday after the tourists declined to chase down 226 for victory. West Indies reached 100 for two when the two captains agreed a draw. More than two days of play were lost because of rain and a damp outfield. Debutant left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, who took six wickets in the first innings, struck again in the first over by trapping Kraigg Brathwaite leg before. Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards shared a half-century stand before Simmons was caught by Rubel Hossain at long on off Shakib Al Hasan for 44. Edwards (28 not

out) and Darren Bravo (24 not out) dug in until the draw was called. Bangladesh had declared their second innings on 119 for three with Shahriar Nafees making 50 off 91 balls. Sunny was named man of the match for his six for 94 figures in the first innings that helped dismiss the tourists for 244. West Indies skipper Darren Sammy made an entertaining 58 off 43 balls, bashing eight fours and two sixes, before being bowled by Shakib. Sunny notched his fifth wicket in the third over of the morning when he had overnight batsman Marlon Samuels caught by Raqibul Hasan at short cover for 24. —Reuters

SCOREBOARD CHITTAGONG: Scoreboard from the drawn first test between Bangladesh and West Indies yesterday: R. Hasan not out 10 Bangladesh first innings 350-9 dec M. Rahim not out 2 West Indies first innings (overnight 144-5) Extras (b-4, lb-2, nb-1) 7 L. Simmons c R. Hasan b S. Hossain 7 Total (three wickets declared; 42 overs) 119 K. Brathwaite c Kayes b Sunny 33 To bat: S. Al Hasan, N. Islam, N. Hossain, E. K. Edwards lbw b Sunny 17 Sunny, R. Hossain, S. Hossain D. Bravo c Nafees b Sunny 2 Fall of wicket: 1-32 2-72 3-116 S. Chanderpaul c Nafees b Sunny 49 Bowling: F. Edwards 9-0-37-0 (1nb), R. M. Samuels c R. Hasan b Sunny 24 Rampaul 11-1-26-1, M. Samuels 16-3-41-1, C. Baugh b Sunny 30 Sammy 6-1-9-1 D. Sammy b Al Hasan 58 R. Rampaul c Rahim b Al Hasan 8 West Indies second innings F. Edwards not out 0 L. Simmons c R. Hossain b Al Hasan 44 D. Bishoo b Al Hasan 0 K. Brathwaite lbw b Sunny 0 Extras (b-2 lb-2 nb-7 p-5) 16 K. Edwards not out 28 Total (all out; 68 overs) 244 D. Bravo not out 24 Fall of wickets: 1-19 2-44 3-52 4-114 5-137 Extras (b-1, lb-1, nb-2) 4 6-152 7-212 8-229 9-244 10-244 100 Bowling: S. Hossain 5-1-19-1 (4nb), R. Total (two wickets; 22 overs) Did not bat: M. Samuels, S. Chanderpaul, D. Hossain 15-2-52-0 (3nb), S. Al Hasan 18-253-3, E. Sunny 23-0-94-6, N. Hossain 7-1-17- Sammy, C. Baugh, R. Rampaul, F. Edwards, D. Bishoo 0. Fall of wickets: 1-5 2-58 Bowling: E. Sunny 6-0-34-1, S. Hossain 4-0Bangladesh second innings 21-0 (2nb), S. Al Hasan 6-1-34-1, R. Hossain T. Iqbal c Baugh b Sammy 37 2-0-3-0, N. Hossain 2-0-2-0, N. Islam 2-0-4-0. I. Kayes c Baugh b Rampaul 13 Result: Match drawn. S. Nafees b Samuels 50

Battling draw boosts Sri Lanka ahead of Test DUBAI: Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene believes his team has the momentum going into the second test against Pakistan beginning today. Kumar Sangakkara’s double century helped Sri Lanka fight back from conceding a first innings lead of 314 in the first test to earn a draw in Abu Dhabi last week. “We definitely came out of a hole,” Jayawardene said. “I think that shows a lot of character. “If you can come away from a test match like that, it gives you a lot of confidence knowing that we’re still in the series and that we have an opportunity to come back at them.” Jayawardene said Sri Lanka added that Pakistan’s refusal to try to chase a winning target of 170 off 21 overs had also given his team a psychological edge. “We felt Pakistan were a bit negative not even trying to chase it down so that felt better on our part knowing how they felt about that situation,” he said. “Now we realize, OK fine, we’re probably one up on them.” Not surprisingly, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq disagreed with Jayawardene’s assessment. “We have a lot more positives than Sri Lanka,” he said. “If you see, we got at least 30 wickets I think: 20 wickets and six or seven dropped catches.” Pakistan racked up 511-6 before declaring its first innings, and was 21-1 when the match petered out to a draw. Former Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene said he hoped a strong batting performance in the second test would help ease the pressure on a bowling attack that has struggled since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan last July. Sri Lanka hasn’t won in 12 tests since he quit. “That’s something that we need to work on,” Jayawardene said of the bowling. “We’ve got an inexperienced bowling attack but we need to give those guys some time to settle into their roles and create opportunities. “One way of doing that is by putting

runs on the board and creating other pressures on the opposition.” Like his captain, Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez felt the bowling was one of the main positives for his side in Abu Dhabi. “The positive thing for me was to take 20 wickets in the game because we were lacking that over the past couple of years,” he said. “You cannot win the game if you do not bowl the other team out twice.” Hafeez was guilty of three of six dropped catches by Pakistan during Sri Lanka’s fightback. Sangakkara was grassed on 56 while Prasanna Jayawardene, who went on to score 120, was on 10 when he was dropped. “I don’t think there was any problem, we just dropped some catches we should not have,” Hafeez said. “This is the game of cricket. Sometimes you work really hard and it doesn’t go your way.” — AP

DUBAI: Sri Lanka’s cricketer Nuwan Pradeep delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of the second cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. — AP

KOLKATA: World champions India brushed aside England by 95 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Kolkata yesterday to sweep the series 5-0. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 off 69 balls to power India to 271-8 after the hosts were sent in to bat by England captain Alastair Cook at the Eden Gardens. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja then grabbed 4-33 and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 3-28 as England were shot out for 176 in 37 overs after being 129-0 in the daynight match. The whitewash made partial amends for the disastrous tour of England in July-September, when India were routed 4-0 in the Test series to lose the world number one ranking and were blanked 3-0 in the one-dayers. India swept the series despite the absence of seven players, including star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who were part of the team that won the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April. India have beaten England in 16 of their last 18 one-day internationals at home, losing one and tying the other during the World Cup earlier this year. “It was a very satisfying win,” said Dhoni. “It was good to see youngsters make a name for themselves and they really helped to improve our fielding. “It was an ugly-looking wicket in this match. You were never really set and it was difficult to score runs. England had a very good start but I was just waiting for it to spin.” Cook said he was disappointed that England lost despite their good start. “To lose a series 5-0 is obviously not ideal but this one was particularly very disappointing,” said the England captain. “We were in with a shout there and we were blown away at the end. “We know you can lose wickets in a cluster, but we seemed to have lost 10 there in a cluster. It’s been a learning curve for this young team, but there have also been a few positives for us, like Steven Finn’s bowling for example.” India were reduced to 123-4 before Dhoni hit his way out of trouble, pounding four sixes and three boundaries, to help the hosts put up a challenging total on a sluggish wicket. The late flourish led by the captain saw India plunder 84 runs in the last eight overs, including 39 off the final 12 balls. Left-arm seamer Samit Patel claimed three for 57, while fast bowler Finn took 2-47. Cook and Craig Kieswetter provided the best start for the tourists in the series as they put on 129 for the first wicket by the 21st over. Both hit half-centuries before India grabbed five wickets for 12 runs to reduce England to 141-5 in the 26th over. Fast bowler Varun Aaron triggered the collapse by bowling Cook for 60, while Kieswetter was leg-before to Jadeja for 63.

KOLKATA: Indian team players and members of support staff pose with the winning trophy after their win over England in the fifth one-day international cricket match. — AP Ian Bell, making his first appearance in the series in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen, had made two when he was caught behind by Dhoni off Ashwin. Jadeja then removed the two Jonathans, Trott and Bairstow, in eight balls to open up the lower

order. Ravi Bopara was bowled by Suresh Raina round his wickets and Tim Bresnan holed out against part-time spinner Manoj Tiwary. The rivals will return to the Eden Gardens on Saturday for a one-off Twenty20 international before England return home.—AFP

SCOREBOARD KOLKATA: Full scoreboard of the fifth and final one-day international between India and England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday: India: J. Trott c Kohli b Jadeja 5 A. Rahane c Kieswetter b Bresnan 42 I. Bell c Dhoni b Ashwin 2 G. Gambhir b Finn 38 R. Bopara b Raina 4 V. Kohli b Finn 0 J. Bairstow c Rahane b Jadeja 2 M. Tiwary c Kieswetter b Meaker 24 S. Patel c Dhoni b Jadeja 18 S. Raina run out 38 T. Bresnan c Raina b Tiwary 0 M. Dhoni not out 75 G. Swann not out 10 R. Jadeja c Bell b Patel 21 S. Meaker lbw b Ashwin 1 R. Ashwin c Bairstow b Patel 7 S. Finn c Dhoni b Ashwin 2 P. Kumar c Bairstow b Patel 16 Extras: (b4, w5) 9 V. Kumar not out 0 Total (all out, 37 overs) 176 Extras: (b2, w8) 10 Fall of wickets: 1-129 (Cook), 2-134 Total (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 271 Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Gambhir), 2-80 (Kohli), 3- (Kieswetter), 3-137 (Bell), 4-137 (Trott), 5-141 80 (Rahane), 4-123 (Tiwary), 5-162 (Raina), 6- (Bairstow), 6-155 (Bopara), 7-156 (Bresnan), 8167 (Patel), 9-174 (Meaker), 10-176 (Finn). 206 (Jadeja), 7-215 (Ashwin), 8-259 (P. Kumar). Bowling: Bresnan 9-0-36-1, Finn 10-2-47-2 Bowling: Praveen 5-0-34-0 (w1), Vinay 3-0-21(w1), Meaker 10-0-65-1 (w7), Patel 9-0-57-3, 0, Ashwin 9-0-28-3, Tiwary 5-0-28-1 (w2), Swann 8-0-45-0, Bopara 4-1-19-0 Jadeja 8-0-33-4, Aaron 3-0-19-1 (w1), Raina 40-9-1 (w1). England: India won by 95 runs, win series 5-0. C. Kieswetter lbw b Jadeja 63 Man of the match: Ravindra Jadeja (IND) A. Cook b Aaron 60 Man of the series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND)

Zimbabwe win thriller BULAWAYO: Malcolm Waller hit a single off the fifth ball of the last over to take Zimbabwe to a dramatic one-wicket win in the third and final one-day international against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club yesterday. Waller finished on 99 not out off 74 balls as Zimbabwe chased down a New Zealand total of 328 for five which included centuries by Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. It was Zimbabwe’s highest successful run chase and ended a sequence of seven successive defeats for the home side. New Zealand captain Taylor (119) and Williamson (100 not out) shared a fifth wicket stand of 195 off only 133 balls. It turned what seemed likely to be a respectable total into an imposing one, doubling the total by adding 164 runs in the final 15 overs, with the rampage starting in the batting powerplay taken after 35 overs. But Zimbabwe got off to a brisk start with captain Brendan Taylor following centuries in the first two matches with 75 off 65 balls as he and Hamilton Masakadza (36) put on 100 for the second wicket. Tatenda Taibu hit an aggressive 53 but it was a swashbuckling sixth wicket stand of 112 off 85 balls between Waller and Elton Chigumbura that put victory within reach for Zimbabwe. Waller and Chigumbura got the target down to 34 off 36 balls when Chigumbura was bowled by Jacob Oram, trying a big shot. In a nervy finish, three more wickets fell and with four needed off the last over, Waller was dropped twice by Ross Taylor at midwicket. Two runs were scored off the first miss and one off the second. Then Ray Price skied a catch and was caught with the scores tied but the batsmen crossed and Waller had the strike and clinched the match. “Brendan Taylor and Waller batted very well,” said Ross Taylor, who took the blame for dropping Waller. “When you drop catches you lose matches,” he added. While Taylor accelerated after a slow start in which he scored his first fifty off 83 balls before reaching his century off 115 deliveries, Williamson was in superb form from the start, hitting his century off 69 balls. “It was an outstanding effort. It was disappointing for Kane that we couldn’t get the win,” said his captain. Waller paid tribute to Chigumbura. “Having Elton there striking it so well was a real help. We had nothing to lose and we came out and played really well.” — AFP

SCOREBOARD BULAWAYO: Final scoreboard in the third and final one-day international between Zimbabwe and New Zealand at Queens Sports Club yesterday: New Zealand R. Nicol c Sibanda b Ncube 14 B. Watling run out (Waller) 0 B. McCullum c Mutizwa b Ncube 18 R. Taylor b Ncube 119 J. Ryder c and b Waller 53 K. Williamson not out 100 N. McCullum not out 1 Extras (lb6, nb 2, w15) 23 Total (5 wkts, 50 overs) 328 Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Watling), 2-25 (Nicol), 3-41 (McCullum), 4-124 (Ryder), 5-319 (Taylor) Bowling: Meth 10-0-85-0 (2w), Ncube 8.5-1-69-3 (2nb, 3w), Price 10-0-57-0 (2w), Chigumbura 5.1-0-31-0 (2w), M’shangwe 10-1-50-0, Waller 6-0-30-1 Did not bat: J. Oram, L. Woodcock, G. Aldridge, A. McKay Zimbabwe V. Sibanda c B. McCullum b N. McCullum 0 H. Masakadza b Oram 36 B. Taylor c N. McCullum b McKay 75 T. Taibu c B. McCullum b McKay 53 F. Mutizwa c N. McCullum b Nicol 0 M. Waller not out 99 E. Chigumbura b Oram 47 K. Meth b Woodcock 0 N. M’shangwe b Woodcock 7 R. Price c B. McCullum b Oram 2 N. Ncube not out 0 Extras (lb5, nb1 w4) 10 Total (9 wkts, 49.5 overs) 329 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Sibanda), 2-100 (Taylor), 3-159 (Masakadza), 4-164 (Mutizwa), 5-183 (Taibu), 6-295 (Chigumbura), 7-296 (Meth), 8-307 (M’shangwe), 9-328 (Price) Bowling: N. McCullum 7-0-62-1 (1nb), Aldridge 9-0-53-0, Oram 9.5-0-44-3 (1w), McKay 9-0-77-2 (2w), Woodcock 9-0-58-2 (1w), Nicol 6-0-30-1 Result: Zimbabwe won by one wicket

Elton Chigumbura (right) celebrates in this file photo

Twenty20 rankings shock Pakistan DUBAI: Captain Misbah-ul Haq yesterday termed former Twenty20 champions Pakistan’s seventh place in the inaugural world rankings as “shocking” for the team, but said his players will aim to improve in the most popular form of the game. Pakistan finished runners-up to India in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 before winning the title in England in 2009 and finished losing semi-finalists in the last event held in the Caribbean in 2010. But Pakistan’s 13 defeats in their last 24 T20 matches since August 2009 to August this year-the period for which the inaugural rankings were devised and announced on Mondayleft them at the bottom of the table topped by England. England won the third World Twenty20 last year. “It was quite a shock to the whole team,” said Misbah when asked about Pakistan’s low rankings. “We felt it quite a lot, all the players,” said Misbah who featured in Pakistan’s defeat in the final against India in 2007.

Misbah said all his players were eager to improve their ranking before next year’s fourth World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka next year. “We’ve spoken about it as well. All the players have quite a lot of concern about it. All the players want to do well. We’ve lost quite a few of our last T20s, so all the players felt it and their thinking is that they need to improve it now.” Pakistan starts the second Test against Sri Lanka here from today. The three-Test series will be followed by five one-day and a Twenty20, and Misbah promised a changed approach. “Next time we play a T20, our approach will be that this is a format that we have done really well in, it’s a format that we’ve played a lot, and our performances in the three World T20s, runner-up, winner, then semis, we want to bring that ranking back,” said Misbah. Misbah, leading Pakistan in Tests since September 2010, was also appointed captain for one-day and T20 formats of the game earlier this




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Weekend dramas underline EPL’s global appeal LONDON: Manchester City’s incredible 6-1 win Over Manchester United, Chelsea hitting the self-destruct button and goals from Dutch, French, Costa Rican and Icelandic internationals over the weekend once again underlined the global appeal of the English Premier League. Rarely does a round of matches go by without something extraordinary happening to captivate a global TV audience estimated to reach 1.46 billion fans a week. Manchester United crushed Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford in August and few of the watching millions could have imagined that the champions would be humiliated by their neighbours on the same pitch just a few weeks later. Neither would they have thought that title-challengers Chelsea, oddson to win at promoted Queens Park Rangers, would have two players sent off in eight minutes and lose 1-0 to a penalty scored by Iceland’s Heidar Helguson. Add in Newcastle United extending their unlikely unbeaten run with a win over Wigan Athletic, doubles from Dutchmen Rafael van der Vaart for Tottenham Hotspur and Robin van

Persie for Arsenal, Everton’s two stoppage-time goals to seal a 3-1 win at Fulham and Norwich City’s outstanding 1-1 draw at Liverpool and it is easy to see why the Premier League is so absorbing. A report issued last week by media consultants Sport+Markt said that 70 per cent of the world’s estimated 2.08 billion football fans now regularly watch Premier League matches, far in excess of either the Spanish or Italian League’s despite the appeal of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan or AC Milan. The report adds that games in the “EPL” as it is marketed overseas, were watched in more than 643 million homes around the world last year, up 11 per cent from 580 million in 2009. Massive growth in interest in China and the United States have had an impact and the Premier League is now the most watched in the world. That comes as no surprise to Robert Prosinecki, the former Croatia international who won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991 and reached the 1998 World Cup semi-finals with Croatia. He also had a brief stint with Portsmouth which gave him a deeper

understanding of the English game. Now the coach of Red Star, he told Reuters why he believes the League has global appeal. “England is the cradle of football and what makes the Premier League so special is not just the quality of its teams, but also the football culture, tradition and infrastructure. Of course, it has also helped that so many top players have gone to the Premier League, attracted by its quality as much as the wealth of its clubs. “It is uniquely entertaining for fans worldwide and it’s therefore not surprising it’s so popular. “I watched the Manchester derby on television and the atmosphere was truly spectacular,” he added. Footballer Rohan Ricketts, currently with League of Ireland leaders Shamrock Rovers, played in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur and also had spells at Arsenal, Coventr y City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers and Barnsley He then embarked on a nomadic career playing in Canada, Hungary, Moldova and Germany before moving to Ireland. “Much of it is to do with the money

that goes into the production of the broadcasting,” Ricketts told Reuters, explaining that the networks ensure the product looks good on TV. “When you couple that with an intense, high tempo, back-and-forth type of style of play it’s hard not to be drawn into it. “It’s non-stop. I don’t think it’s the best football-wise, but for entertainment it wins hands down. To top it all off the fans are mental.” Stephen Constantine is another Englishman with vast experience of working overseas after coaching the Nepal, India, Malawi and Sudan national teams and now mainly watches matches from Cyprus where he coaches top-division side Nea Salamis. Constantine told Reuters that one of the key elements in the Premier League’s popularity was its unpredictability. “One of the main factors in its appeal is that in England in any game at any time anything can happen, as we have seen with the recent resultsand hundreds of previous examples. “Every year the so-called bigger teams can get beaten in the Cup or League. “The consistently high attendances and the atmosphere at all the

games is also a factor and of course when you see some of the best players in the world plying their trade in the Premier League then why would you want to watch anything else? “La Liga is good but there are only two teams ever going to win that and although in England United have been dominant it has been very, very close.” His view was shared by Paul Barber, a former English FA executive and now chief executive officer of Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS. “Even from 5,000 miles away, the Premier League loses nothing of its incredible drama and excitement,” he told Reuters. “Yet again, this weekend’s events prove this League is anything but predictable and remains the competition that ever y league in the world, regardless of their sport, looks to as the leading product on every measure.” However, Constantine, does issue a word of caution. “The downside of all this is the national team have more pressure to do well in major competitions,” he said. “When they only have a pool of English players to choose from, that’s when they don’t seem to have enough.” —Reuters

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ZURICH: Franz Beckenbauer speaks to a journalist. The FIFA Football Task Force 2014 will convene under the chair of Franz Beckenbauer its second meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. —AP

FIFA wants to reduce red cards ZURICH: A FIFA expert panel proposed yesterday that referees should be more lenient with players who give away a penalty. The FIFA Task Force Football 2014 led by Franz Beckenbauer agreed that the so-called “triple punishment” of penalty, red card and suspension is too severe. “A penalty is enough if it is a simple foul or a tackle where you try to get the ball but you are a second late,” Beckenbauer, a World Cup-winning player and coach with West Germany, said. “If you have a violent foul, if it would have been a red card anywhere on the field, then it’s a penalty and a red card.” Red cards would still be given for handball offenses which stop a certain goal, under the 20-member panel’s proposal. FIFA’s head of refereeing, Massimo Busacca, said the proposal would have stopped him sending off South Africa’s goalkeeper in a 2010 World Cup match against Uruguay. Busacca was required to dismiss Itumeleng Khune for bringing down Luis Suarez despite only slight contact. South Africa lost 3-0 and Khune missed the final group-stage match against France. “This is one of the changes we would want to see, when the goalkeeper challenges but finds the (forward’s) legs,” said Busacca, who is part of the expert panel. FIFA will now present a new draft to its rules-making panel, known as the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which has previously upheld the triple sanction when defenders and goalkeepers deny attackers a goal-scoring opportunity.

IFAB next meets March 3 in England and can approve changes that would take effect in July. FIFA President Sepp Blatter created the task force to suggest ways of improving football before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In a four-hour session yesterday, the panel debated giving more clarity to the offside law relating to players who are not actively involved in an attacking move. Busacca said he advised referees and assistants to let play unfold before judging whether players in an offside position were “active or passive.” “I don’t think we could find better words,” the Swiss twotime World Cup referee said. The task force, which included former World Cup winners Cafu of Brazil and Christian Karembeu of France, agreed to discuss the offside rule at its next scheduled meeting in December. They also backed a previous IFAB decision that coaches should not use gadgets and technology aids in the dugout. The panel also discussed if temporary substitutions could help injured players be treated more effectively during matches. Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer, said the idea was raised in talks about setting minimum standards for treating bleeding injuries and possible concussions. The panel wants portable defibrillators to be available at all international matches, as it works toward presenting medical guidelines for national team doctors and organizers of competitions run by FIFA and its six continental confederations. — AP

Zimbabwe to probe match-fixing HARARE: Zimbabwe football authorities yesterday set up a disciplinary committee to investigate match-fixing allegations by the national team during Asian tours over the past four years, state media said yesterday. “ The ZIFA (Zimbabwe Football Association) board resolved that we appoint an independent disciplinary ad-hoc committee to conduct hearings for individuals fingered in match-fixing,” ZIFA chief Cuthbert Dube said in The Herald newspaper. “Football cannot be auctioned by incorrigible criminals for dirty lucre,” he said. The seven-member disciplinary committee will be headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ahmed Ebrahim, whose team will comprise lawyers, a retired police chief and a former FIFA panel referee, the paper said. Dube said the committee will conduct hearings for at least 80 players,

coaches and officials. “Be warned: Those who are trying to fix local matches, your days are numbered,” Dube said. FIFA security chief Chris Eaton, who was in Zimbabwe in September, warned that there will be no amnesty if the country’s footballers and officials are found guilty in the probe. “There is no amnesty, not today,” Eaton said. “We have got zero-tolerance on match-fixing and we have to understand that this is now a big problem facing the sport.” Zimbabwe is under investigation by FIFA over an alleged match-fixing scam in Asia involving the national team. Former ZIFA chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya sent the national team to play unsanctioned friendlies in Thailand, Syria and Malaysia two years ago and a betting syndicate allegedly fixed the results. Rushwaya was fired last year in October. — AFP

SEOUL: A week after a mass brawl between Al Sadd and Suwon Bluewings in the first leg of their Asian Champions League semifinal, the teams from Qatar and South Korea meet in Doha today for an eagerly awaited second leg. Al Sadd won the match 2-0 in South Korea last week, with the second goal instigating a rolling series of violent confrontations that made headlines around the world. Suwon regarded the goal as unsportsmanlike. The Korean team had put the ball out of play to stop the game and allow treatment for an injured player. The game’s etiquette dictates that the opposing team immediately returns the ball after the throw-in, but instead Kader Keita passed to Mamadou Niang to score. Both players were subsequently red carded; Keita for fighting in the melee that followed and Niang for a second yellow. Suwon’s Stevica Ristic was also sent off for fighting as a Suwon fan entered the field to square up to the Al Sadd goalkeeper. Niang and Keita will miss the second leg, plus midfielder Mesaad Al Hamad who had his nose broken during the fighting. Suwon will be without experienced striker Ristic; a costly absence as he has the experience of helping Pohang Steelers win the Champions League in 2009 and has scored eight goals in 12 games since crossing to the Bluewings. “We have put what

happened last week behind us,” Suwon coach Yoon Sung-hyo said. “In the quarterfinal we tied at home and then won away and that experience of winning away when we need to will help us.” In the absence of Ristic, Yoon

been more dangerous in Asia than he has at home,” said Yoon. “We know we have to score and we have the firepower to do so.” Al Sadd’s road to the brink of the final was already controversial even before events at Suwon’s

DOHA: South Korea’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings players attend a training session at Al-Sadd Stadium on the eve of their AFC Champions League match against Qatar’s Al-Sadd. —AFP will turn to Ha Tae-gyun, the second highest goalscorer in the competition this season despite struggling to hold down a regular starting place. “We will miss Ristic but Ha has

World Cup Stadium. The 12-time Qatari champion lost both of its quarterfinal legs against Sepahan of Al Sadd but progressed following the Iranian team’s disqualification for fielding

an ineligible player. At the start of the year, Al Sadd only entered the tournament after Vietnam’s clubs were barred for administrative oversights. Whichever of the two teams progresses faces either a short or very long trip for the final. The winner of the semifinal between Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia and South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors will host the one-off final. Jeonbuk came back from 2-1 down in Jeddah to win the first leg 3-2 thanks to a winning goal from Cho Sung-hwan. The team clinched the K-League regular season title last weekend despite resting almost all its usual starting eleven. “We can now focus on the K-League play-off series and the Asian Champions League,” said coach Choi Kang-hee. “We are happy with the result in Saudi Arabia but we know that Al Ittihad is a very dangerous team and we will have to stay focused and concentrate.” Al Ittihad captain Mohammed Noor has cause for optimism despite the home defeat in the first leg. He was part of the team that lost the first leg of the final 31 at home to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2004. Noor scored twice in the second leg in South Korea as his team won 5-0. “They embarrassed us on our own land so we will do our best to defeat them at their home,” said Noor. “I am sorry for this match. We disappointed our fans but I promise we will make them happy again.” —AP

Terry to be investigated over racism claim — FA an incident in Sunday’s stormy west London derby won by QPR. “The FA can confirm it has received a complaint relating to an alleged incident of racist abuse in the QPR versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011,” the FA statement said. “The FA will now begin to make enquiries into this matter. The FA takes seriously any allegations of discrimination and abuse of this type.” Although the wording of the FA statement did not name Terry, the Internet address bar accompanying the release on the organisation’s website did carry the defender’s name. QPR owner Tony Fernandes said in a separate statement the club stood squarely behind Ferdinand, the brother of Terry’s England team-mate Rio. “Queens Park Rangers Football Club does not condone racism in any way shape or form. As a club, we will provide our players with our unequivocal support when alleged incidents like this occur.” Terry later issued a statement welcoming the investigation. “I welcome the FA enquiry and look forward to clearing my name as soon as possible,” the 30-year-old defender said. The dual FA and QPR statements followed a day of intense speculation over whether Ferdinand would corroborate Terry’s version of what took place. Video footage posted on the Internet following Sunday’s game appeared to show Terry shouting a racist slur, apparently towards Ferdinand. LONDON: A photo from files showing Chelsea captain Terry issued a statement late John Terry (right) speaking with QPR’s Anton Ferdinand Sunday strongly denying he had whilst walking with Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (left) dur- racially abused Ferdinand, who is ing their Premier League soccer match. —AP black. In a subsequent interview LONDON: England and Chelsea captain John Terry is to face an investigation by the English Football Association over claims he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, authorities confirmed yesterday. An FA statement said Terry would be investigated after the organisation received a complaint of “alleged racist abuse” stemming from

with the Daily Mail published on Tuesday, Terry angrily rejected the allegations, saying that the footage had instead caught him asking Ferdinand if he mistakenly believed he had racially abused him. Terry had also insisted that the incident had been closed after he had spoken to Ferdinand in the dressing room following the game. “Anton and I spoke for 10 minutes in the dressing room after the game and there is no issue between us. It’s finished,” he said. The Mail reported that around 10 players witnessed Terry’s dressing room exchange with Ferdinand, which ended with players exchanging high-fives and embracing each other.However Ferdinand had reportedly decided to sleep on the decision before holding talks with QPR officials on Tuesday to discuss whether he wished to make a formal complaint. The QPR and FA statements indicated Ferdinand has chosen not to back Terry’s portrayal of the incident as a “misunderstanding.” Earlier yesterday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed they were “assessing” a complaint from a member of the public concerning the Terry incident. “We can confirm that police have been notified of an incident on Sunday 23 October involving alleged racial abuse,” a statement said. —AFP

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ALDERSHOT: Manchester United’s Ezekiel Fryers (right) competes for the ball against Aldershot Town’s Jermaine McGlashan (left) during the Carling Cup fourth round football match. —AFP

United shake off derby blues Arsenal advance to League Cup quarters LONDON: Manchester United bounced back from its derby humiliation by cruising to a 3-0 victory over fourth-tier club Aldershot in the League Cup, while Arsenal overcame Premier League rival Bolton 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals yesterday. Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia scored United’s goals at Aldershot after being left out of the team that lost 6-1 to Manchester City on Sunday. “Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get going again,” Owen said. “And we were eager to bounce back.”

Arsenal, which lost last season’s League Cup final to Birmingham, recovered from a goal down against Bolton, with Andrei Arshavin and ChuYoung Park securing the home side’s progress. In yesterday’s other cup matches, Cardiff beat Burnley 1-0 while second-tier leader Southampton lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace. United had the perfect tonic after its heaviest home defeat in the league since 1955, with a completely changed team having little trouble disposing of the lowest-ranked side left in the League Cup. Berbatov netted his first goal of the season after 15 minutes after a one-two between Park Ji-

sung and Tom Cleverley on the edge of the box ended with the Bulgaria striker slotting into the net. He turned provider just before half time, setting up Owen’s third goal of the campaign. The English forward’s shot straight down the middle managed to beat goalkeeper Ross Worner. And the victory was put beyond doubt by Valencia’s fierce strike three minutes into the second half. “We were under a little bit of pressure after the result at the weekend,” Owen said. “We had United’s reputation to look after ... we wanted to bounce and thankfully we got the result.” At Emirates Stadium, after a scoreless first half,

the match went into overdrive after the interval, with three goals in less than 10 minutes. Bolton opened the scoring in the 48th, when Fabrice Muamba dispossessed Emmanuel Frimpong near the halfway line. Muamba turned and charged through the middle toward goal, exchanging passes with Darren Pratley before volleying past Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from inside the area. Arsenal equalized six minutes later when Arshavin’s run down the right evaded Bolton’s defense and he curled a shot past Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Three minutes later, Arshavin’s run through the middle drew three

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Xavi sends Barca back to the top MADRID: A Xavi Hernandez free-kick returned Barcelona to the top of the La Liga table yesterday as they made heavy work of beating nine-man Granada 1-0 and extended their club record run to seven games without conceding a goal. Levante and Real Madrid have the chance to go back above them today after Barca surrendered their lead at the weekend with a goalless draw at home to Sevilla. Barca coach rested Andres Iniesta and David Villa while youngster Juan Cuenca was given his debut in attack. The visitors dominated the game from start to finish but as against Sevilla they struggled in front of goal. Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez went close before Xavi Hernandez hit a fine free-kick from distance after 32 minutes which flew into the top corner. At the start of the second half Granada’s Jaime Romero was given his marching orders after receiving his second yellow card but Barca still couldn’t wrap the game up with a second goal. At the back though their club record run continues and they have now gone over a month without conceding a goal. In injury time Daniel Benitez was also red carded after being cautioned for a second time. Later Sevilla take on Racing Santander without strikers Frederic

Kanoute and Alvaro Negredo through suspension and injury respectively. Kanoute was sent off against Barca for grabbing Cesc Fabregas around the neck after receiving racist abuse it is claimed by the Sevilla camp. Modest Levante shot to the top of the table at the weekend with victory over Villarreal and they play Real Sociedad aiming for their seventh consecutive win. The side which are more used to fighting relegation battles have already reached 20 points but are not getting carried away. “We realise that this is an anecdote but we are still going to defend our position one hundred per cent and see how far we can go. “The further we go on this run will be all the better in our aim of survival,” said midfielder Valdo Lopes. Cristiano Ronaldo hit form with a hat-trick as Real Madrid tore apart Malaga 4-0 and now he has his sights set on Villarreal. His last goal in the league came almost a month ago against Rayo Vallecano but his three at the weekend have made him joint top scorer on ten goals with Messi. Ronaldo hit a 15minute hat-trick during the first half taking him to 98 goals for Real. “It will be great to reach 100 goals this season but the team is what is important and now we have another important game against Villarreal.” —AFP

Bolton defenders and the Russian passed to Park, who was alone on the left. The South Korea international curled a powerful shot past Bogdan to make it 2-1 in the 57th. Bolton had several chances to equalize, including in the 74th when Fabianski misjudged a shot from Chris Eagles and nearly pushed the ball over his head and into his own net. There are four all-Premier League matches in the competition today. Man City, which is five points clear at the top of the Premier League, travels to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea is at Everton, Stoke hosts Liverpool and Blackburn faces Newcastle. — AP

GRANADA: Barcelona’s midfielder Xavi Hernandez (center) celebrates after scoring against Granada during a Spanish League football match. —AFP

Dortmund down giant-killers BERLIN: German League champions Borussia Dortmund knocked giant-killers Dynamo Dresden out of the German Cup in the second round yesterday as stars Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goezte sealed a 2-0 win. Second-division Dresden pulled off the upset of July’s first round when they came from 3-0 down at home to Bayer Leverkusen to seal a dramatic 4-3 win. But their luck ran out in Dortmund as Jurgen Klopp’s team took the lead after 30 minutes when Germany midfielder Goetze floated in a cross which Lewandowski met at the far post.

It was Lewandowski’s 11th goal in 15 games in all competitions this season and his third in two games after he scored twice in the 5-0 hammering of Cologne last weekend in the German league. Goetze then turned goal-scorer when he latched onto a neat pass from Germany squad member Sven Bender on 65 minutes to put the result beyond doubt with a well-taken goal. With holders Schalke 04 playing second-division Karlsruhe and German league leaders Bayerm Munich hosting second-tier bottom side Ingolstadt 04 both today, most of the Bundesliga sides also eased into the third round. —AFP

ROME: Juventus went back to the top of Serie A after holding on for a 2-1 victory against Fiorentina in Turin yesterday. With previous leaders Udinese and Lazio not playing until today, Juve took advantage of the opportunity to move back to the summit, although it wasn’t an entirely convincing performance. They should have had the match wrapped up at halftime but led only through a Leonardo Bonucci goal. Fiorentina came storming back in the second period and equalised through Stevan Jovetic but Alessandro Matri grabbed the winner eight minutes later as Juve maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Cheered on by a boisterous home crowd Juventus started the game at break-neck speed but they seemed to be lacking in composure. Simone Pepe connected with nothing but air when presented with a chance to shoot and only goalkeeper Artur Boruc to beat. Stephan Lichsteiner’s cross from the right then somehow went all the way through to Mirko Vucinci but he shinned the ball well wide. Fiorentina’s defending had been awful so far and it got worse on 13 minutes as Juve took the lead. Andrea Pirlo’s corner along the ground somehow found Arturo Vidal around the penalty spot. His shot lacked power but Boruc spilled it and Bonucci was the only player to react to the loose ball in the sixyard box. There could have been a second on 22 minutes when Vidal’s cross from the right found Matri but he volleyed just over, although with four defenders around him he should have never reached the ball. Vucinic wasted a pair of chances with weak finishes from good positions. He then played a great one-two with Vidal but with only the keeper to beat from a tight angle, shot wide of the far post. Fiorentina had been feeble in the first period but coach Sinisa Mihajlovic threw striker Alberto Gilardino into the fray in the second half. —AFP



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AUB posts KD24.2m net profit for 9 months Profit rises 23.7% • Operating income KD56.3 million KUWAIT: Ahli United Bank achieved high profitability in the third quarter of 2011 with net profit of KD 24.2 million for the period ended September 30, 2011, representing an increase of 23.7% over the same period last year. This profit has been achieved by operating income of KD 56.3 million. Earnings per share amounted to 23.9fils per share compared to 19.3fils for the same period in 2010, which reflects the strength of the Bank’s financial position and the Bank’s ability to maintain sustainable operating profit. Further, customer deposits have increased by 24 %. Commenting on the positive outputs achieved by the Bank, the Chairman and the managing Director of the Bank, Hamad Abdul Al-Mohsen Al-Marzouk, said, “these good results come along with further precautionary policy, and reflect the Bank’s persistence to follow the best ways and principles of governance within an integrated system adopted by AUB in all local and regional markets which enabled the Bank to overcome the global financial crisis that gripped the markets

and have had a direct bearing on credit and finance. The profits achieved by AUB demonstrated the Bank’s ability to overcome such crisis, guided by Bank’s conservative management which is able to defy the odds and face the risks in the context of completing the first year of successful conversion to a bank operating in accordance with the provisions of Islamic sharia.” Hamad Al-Marzouk added that the main focus of profit was a result of the performance growth in all sectors due to the diversity of sources of income, the expansion of activities, the allocation of risk and the growing interest in customer requirements as well as providing many advanced services and products. He also highlighted that the next period shall be full of challenges that require the Kuwaiti banking sector to develop its instruments and products in light of the rapid changes taking place worldwide. Al-Marzouk affirmed that the Bank still holds steady and prudent policy and distinct management approach, which resulted for the Bank many of the unbi-

ased international ratings demonstrating the Bank’s solid and stable financial future along with the quality of the Bank’s assets and the Bank’s stable levels of profitability. Such rating also proves that the Bank had successfully passed the repercussions of the previous period, while maintaining the development of its assets. Al-Marzouk highlighted that “the Bank’s Risk Management operates with high efficiency to support and maintain our outstanding and stable credit rating according to Fitch Report, reflecting the strength of the Bank’s financial position, even under unfavorable economic conditions. Fitch have commended the quality control, expenditure management and the improved asset quality in 2010, which is further testimony that AUB is going according to a fixed strategy enhancing the confidence of depositors and customers in the Bank’s management of its operations. The high credit rating of the Bank also reflected Fitch’s trust in the Bank’s conversion to a bank operating in accordance with the provisions of Islamic sharia in April 2010,

which rendered AUB the optimal choice for customers”. Al-Marzouq added that Ahli United Bank, after conversion into an Islamic Sharia compliant Bank, spares no efforts

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to provide a variety of Islamic banking services that maintain the privileges of customer accounts, and enhance the quality level of customer service. The Bank is committed to engage in all activities and services provided to its customers in such manner that ensures their best interests. These services have witnessed great admiration and marked a significant demand by the customers who have had positive response by agreeing on the conversion of their existing accounts of all various types into Islamic Sharia compliant accounts. Al-Marzouq said that AUB returns on investment deposits have significantly exceeded the returns on similar deposits in the market as of third quarter of 2011 being the highest returns in the State of Kuwait. Based on the Bank’s results for the third quarter in 2011, the Bank’s profit distribution on annual deposits in Kuwaiti Dinar has exceeded 2.63%, the return on the investment deposits for six months in Kuwaiti Dinar reached 1.52%, and the rate of return on the annual investment sav-

ings accounts in Kuwaiti Dinar reached 1.75%. AUB is distinguished from other banks that upon maturity of the deposit the bank distributes the full profit generated from each quarter declared profit rates to secure the customers realized profit on previous quarters. This confirms the customers’ high confidence placed in the bank that will remain a safe harbor for them. The Bank strives always to provide the best banking services that meet all expectations of our customers who are the focus of the Management’s attention at all levels. Ahli United Bank has become as one of the distinguished Islamic banks, and is well prepared to acquire a significant share in Kuwaiti market, depending on an integrated banking group of regionally prestigious position, deriving its strength and high solvency from a deep-rooted banking history dating back to 70 years ago. Over this honorable history, the Bank was, several times, placed as one of the best banks as per global banking standards.

US consumer confidence drops NEW YORK: Americans are getting more nervous about the economy. Consumers’ confidence fell in October to the lowest it’s been since March 2009 when the US was in the middle of a deep recession, according to a report by a private research group released yesterday. The New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped more than six points to 39.8 in October, down from a revised 46.4 in September. October’s reading marked the lowest point since March 2009 when it was at 26.9. Economists surveyed by FactSet had expected a reading of 47. A reading above 90 indicates the economy is on solid footing. Economists watch consumer confidence closely because consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of US economic activity. The index measures how shoppers feel about business conditions, the job

FRANKFURT: Demonstrators camp in front of the European Central Bank (ECB), in Frankfurt yesterday. Around 200 people have set up a makeshift village of tents outside the ECB as protests against income disparity and corporate greed. — AFP

Fate of Italy clouds EU’s make-or-break summit BRUSSELS: Europe struggled yesterday for a solution to its stubborn debt crisis as talks intensified to shield Italy and press banks to take losses on Greek debt on the eve of a decisive summit for the world economy. With little more than 24 hours before EU leaders gather at 1600 GMT for a new summit, Italy kept Europe waiting as calls mounted from around the globe for a eurozone game-plan to prevent the crisis from triggering a global recession. “Our deepest uncertainty comes from Europe,” said Australia’s premier Julia Gillard at a Commonwealth summit. “ We acknowledge the steps Europe has taken and how painful they have been. But much more needs to be done, and needs to be done fast.” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said: “If the summit is a failure, this could tip the European continent into unknown territory.” As China and Japan too pressed for a fix, economics supremo Nouriel Roubini warned that without meaningful reform by European leaders, the euro-zone could start to fall apart and lead to another financial meltdown worse than in 2008. “In a situation where it becomes disorderly, with defaults by a number of countries and a resulting exit of a number of states from the eurozone and its eventual break-up, the shock that could occur ... could be as large, if not larger, than the fall of Lehman (Brothers) in 2008,” Roubini said. But in Rome, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi failed to commit to demands from his EU partners for reform due to opposition within his coalition, sparking talk his government could fall. “We are in the processes of negotiating. I think there is this hypothesis (that the government could fall)

but there is a margin for manoeuvre,” said Infrastructure Minister Altero Matteoli. Saddled with a 1.9 trillion euro debt mountain, equal to 120 percent of Italy’s GDP, EU leaders have demanded action from Berlusconi before the summit opens “to show there is no risk of Italy becoming another Greece one day,” as one senior official put it. But with Italy paying rates of around six percent to borrow on markets, almost triple what Germany pays, EU officials said in private that it might be “time to put the plan to Italy”-meaning to trigger a rescue for Rome after those of Greece, Ireland and Portugal. This would mean using the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), the rescue fund set up after the May 2010 first Greek debt bailout, to buy Italian bonds. Leaders are concerned the 440billion-euro ($605-billion) war chest would be insufficient to rescue its third and fourth largest economies, Italy and Spain, so are examining ways of beefing up its firepower. One way would be to insure investors against potential losses on bonds of troubled countries, a bid to tempt nervous traders into buying the debt of shaky economies. The other option is to create a second fund, possibly linked to the EFSF, to entice the likes of China, as well as private investors the world over, to buy this debt. Also to be finalized at the Wednesday summit is a bid to strike a deal with the private sector to agree a write-off of around half of all privately-held Greek debt, the EU said. But the bank lobby, the Institute of International Finance, said there were limits to what could be considered a voluntary write-off. Greece’s total debts are around 350 billion

euros, not all of which would be covered by the so-called debt ‘haircut’-of 60-percent if Europe has its way, while banks are holding to a 40-percent offer. Sources said the EU is optimistic of a deal “somewhere in the middle.” In Athens, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou insisted that banks be part of the solution. “We must all contribute. And I also mean banks, we want them to be restored to health and finally invest in the real economy, they must bear part of this major problem, the burden must be shared equally,” he said. The summit will have to endorse finance ministers’ conclusions that banks will need a near-110-billioneuro recapitalization to enable them to cope with the fallout from any Greek debt restructuring. “They really ought to get their act together before the grand unveiling tomorrow evening or it could all go” wrong, said analysts at Moneycorp. The summit of the Union’s 27 leaders will be followed by a second summit of the 17-nation euro-zone after British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted at the weekend that the entire bloc be associated with euro-zone decisions. Cameron, who Monday suffered his largest parliamentar y rebellion over whether to hold a referendum on EU membership, said: “There is a risk those countries outside the euro ... might see the euro-zone members starting to take decisions that affect the single (European) market.” Its leaders also have to face a G20 summit in Cannes, France, on November 3 and 4, with the US President Barack Obama leading calls for Europe to put its house in order so as to prevent another recession. — AFP

market and the next six months. It had been recovering since hitting an all-time low of 25.3 in February 2009, but has taken a turn for the worse as Americans continue to worry about stubbornly high unemployment, rising prices for food and clothing and an overall weak economy. “Consumer confidence is now back to levels last seen during the 2008-2009 recession,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a statement. The consumer confidence index is based on a survey conducted from Oct. 1 through Oct. 13 with 5,000 randomly selected households nationwide. One gauge of the index, which measures how Americans feel about the economy at the time of the survey, declined to 26.3 in October, from 33.3 in September. The other barometer, which measures shoppers’ assessment of the




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ABK, Al-Sayer offer the ultimate in car financing loans As part of its ongoing initiatives to provide the very best of services to its customers, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait is now proud to offer the ABK Auto Loan, in conjunction with the Al Sayer Group. Stewart Lockie, GM, Retail, explained that, “In ABK we care about the needs of our customers and are continually striving to provide quality services to them. We are pleased to announce another great product that facilitates financing their car of choice from most of the major showrooms in Kuwait. ABK customers can apply for a loan to buy any one of the following range of well Stewart Lockie, known brands: GMC, SEAT, GM, Retail Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Nissan, Infiniti, Citroen, Renault, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Saab, Ford or Volkswagen.” Lockie continued, “In addition, ABK is pleased to announce its latest partnership with the prestigious Al Sayer Group, sole agents for the Toyota and Lexus brands here in Kuwait. ABK representatives are now permanently available to advise you at Al Sayer showrooms throughout Kuwait. Any financial questions pertaining to car loans that you have will now have answers as our highly trained financial representatives are there to help you make the right decision.” Johan Heislitz, Toyota General Manager of Sales at Mohammed Nasser Al Sayer Co. stated that, “We are very happy to begin this partnership with ABK as we have worked closely together to ensure that ABK customers get the very best deals from Al Sayer and that these deals are exclusively available to them.” The ABK Auto Loan is available to all ABK customers without having to transfer their salaries to the Bank. The loan amount can reach 15 times the value of the client’s salary, to a maximum of KD 15,000. Payments are flexible with easy payment plans for up to 5 years. Any booked loan will hit the client’s account and then get transferred automatically to the showroom account, turning the car purchase into a prompt and enjoyable experience. Hurry up and visit Al Sayer car showrooms or any showroom of the car brands listed above to own the car of your dreams and don’t forget to ask for exclusive offers for ABK customers. For more information you can contact us directly through the Ahli chat service on our website or call Ahlan Ahli at 1899899 to speak with a customer service representative.

CFC launches up to $182m bond DUBAI: Kuwait’s Commercial Facilities Company (CFC), a consumer credit firm, has begun marketing an up-to KD50 million ($181.7 million) bond, the first local currency offering in Kuwait this year. The four-year amortising floating rate bond will be priced at par at a spread of 140 basis points above the Central Bank of Kuwait’s discount rate, according to the prospectus. NBK Capital is the sole lead manager on the bond. A roadshow process began on Sunday and will last until November 12, with subscription then running until December 1. The issue date for the bond has been set for December 8. The bond has been rated as BBB by Capital Intelligence. The last time a Kuwaiti firm issued a local currency bond was in June 2010, when United Real Estate Company, a subsidiary of Kuwait Projects Company , issued a 40 million dinar twotranche piece. KIPCO picked NBK Capital and KIPCO Asset Management to print a dinar-denominated bond in July, although this has yet to appear in the market. —Reuters



Porsche extends production site Ground-breaking ceremony in Leipzig STUTTGART/LEIZPIG: With Porsche sales growing worldwide, the company is investing 500 million euro in expanding its German produc tion facilities to meet growing demand and provide state-of-the-art facilities for produc tion of the new Porsche Cajun. Laying the foundation stone for the second extension of the Leipzig site is a milestone that adds another chapter in the successful history of Porsche’s Saxony site. “ We are investing another 500 million euro in the production facility to build the Cajun in Leipzig. This is not just a mark of confidence in the manufacturing skills of our Leipzig colleagues, but also an important contribution to the economic development of the region,” said Matthias M¸ller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Dr Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. The investment will allow greater production of highperformance sports cars and off-road vehicles in Leipzig, turning the assembly plant into fully-fledged factory site. More than 1,000 jobs and a new 17-hectare production site are being created to han-

dle the produc tion of the Cajun, slated to roll off the new Leipzig assembly line as early as the end of 2013. “The Leipzig extension is indeed the right decision for Porsche to pave the path for a prosperous future. We expect to have numerous M iddle East customers waiting to drive the first Cajun, but we cannot and will not compromise our standards. We trust in tried-and-tested processes, ensuring that the first Cajun from Leipzig is of outstanding “typical Porsche” quality, setting standards in its class,” said George Wills, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE. Porsche’s Leipzig plant is also setting environmental standards, being one of the world’s most efficient car factories. Efficient air recirculation and power cut-off technologies in the paint shop ensure particularly economical energy use. Porsche is expanding its globally ultra-popular SUV segment with the efficient, agile Cajun. It is intended alongside the Boxster as the market-leading, two-seater, mid- engine spor ts car - to provide new, even younger

ADIB Q3 profit inches up

Porsche plant in Leipzig.

LG A530 adds another dimension to 3D experience KUWAIT: LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled the LG A530, a premium new 3D notebook offering all the thrills of seeing, shooting and sharing 3D content. A 3D dual webcam above the 15.6-inch Full HD 3 D LC D s c re e n l e t s u s e r s s h o o t t h e i r ow n 3 D v i d e o s and photos, while a slew of innovative features in a luxurious metallic look chassis deliver great looks along with an impressive stereoscopic 3D experience. “ With 3D becoming ever m o r e p o p u l a r, t h e l o g i c a l next step is to let users make their own 3D content and watch it on a top-quality 3D screen. And that’s just what our new A530 does,” said Mr. H.S. Paik, President, LG Gulf FZE. “LG is already a leader in the ever-growing world of 3D t e c h n o l o g y. Wi t h t h e LG A530’s wide range of line-ups including 3D HD in addition to 3D Full HD, LG is already leading the 3D notebook market.” Whereas most 3D note-

books offer only 3D viewing, the LG A530 stands alone in providing a full, superior 3D experience, with the ability to see, shoot and share via the 3D dual webcam. With the 3D dual webcam making it simple to create dazzling 3D content, the LG A530 delivers an integrated 3D experience allowing simple, hassle-free playback of 3D con-

tent from the notebook to LG’s other cutting-edge 3D devices, such as smartphones, TVs and monitors. The LG A530 also lets users easily share 3D content with their friends and family by uploading it to YouTube. And the built-in 3D Space Software - LG ’s n e w i n te gra te d u s e r interface that makes it easy to

a cce s s 3 D v i d e o, p h o to s, games and movies - presents u s e r s w i t h a n e ve n w i d e r range of 3D options. The LG A530 includes a free pair each of the lightweight 3D glasses and clip-ons, so owners can watch 3D content in complete comfort straight away. In addition, the LG A530 features an SRS Wide 3D Sound system for truly immersive audio. To guarantee exceptional overall performance in addition to its 3D functions, the LG A530 packs a second-generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 8GB memor y. The new processor delivers 60 percent faster speeds and double the power for playing HD media than the previous Intel Core i7 processor. In addition, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics card boasts 20 percent better per formance than NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, for the ultimate experience in 3D games and movies. The LG A530 is now available in Kuwait at all leading retail outlets.

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank reported flat third quarter profits yesterday, citing the impact of central bank limits on lending on revenues, and warned of subdued sector growth next year. The bank had net profit of 319.1 million dirhams ($86.9 million) in the three months ended Sept. 30, up slightly from 314.52 million dirhams a year earlier, it said in a statement. The Islamic lender’s results still beat analysts’ average forecast for profit of 286.50 million dirhams. “Despite growth in customer numbers and a more diversified product offering, the impact of the UAE Central Bank guidelines on personal banking, fee income and asset growth was noticeable,” Chief Executive Tirad Mahmoud said in a statement. Earlier this year, the regulator capped the amount commercial banks can lend to individuals at 20 times their salary and set the period for loan repayment at 48 months to prevent excesses seen during the oil boom years of 2007-2008. The bank said it booked 150.8 million dirhams in credit provisions in the quarter, down 8.9 percent over third quarter last year. Islamic financing grew 1.9 percent in the quarter to 51.17 billion dirhams over the year-ago period. Customer deposits were flat at 54.39 billion dirhams in third quarter versus 54.03 billion dirhams last year third quarter. On the outlook for the rest of 2011 and 2012, Mahmoud said that “the UAE may face another down cycle in the credit environment triggered by the prevailing negative global sentiment and its impact on the entire region,” he said. “The main area of concern is the concentration of non-performing real estate assets which require a lot more time to recover,” he said, adding the bank expects low single digit growth in both assets and liabilities for the sector and the bank. Shares in ADIB, which released results after markets closed, ended down 0.62 percent on the Abu Dhabi exchange. —Reuters

EXCHANGE RATES Commercial Bank of Kuwait US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian Dollar Australian DLR Indian rupees Sri Lanka Rupee UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi riyals Omani riyals Philippine peso Egyptian pounds

.2720000 .4350000 .3780000 .3080000 .2710000 .2840000 .0040000 .0020000 .0743070 .7239480 .3810000 .0700000 .7096990 .0040000 .0430000

.2775000 .4450000 .3870000 .3190000 .2780000 .2930000 .0072500 .0035000 .0750530 .7312240 .4010000 .0760000 .7168320 .0072000 .0530000

CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES US Dollar/KD .2737000 .2758000 GB Pound/KD .4375090 .4408660 Euro .3806350 .3835550 Swiss francs .3108640 .3132490 Canadian dollars .2730310 .2751260 Danish Kroner .0511290 .0515210 Swedish Kroner .0417910 .0421120 Australian dlr .2865500 .2887490 Hong Kong dlr .0351980 .0354690 Singapore dlr .2167580 .2184210 Japanese yen .0035970 .0036240 Indian Rs/KD .0000000 .0055830 Sri Lanka rupee .0000000 .0025110 Pakistan rupee .0000000 .0031940 Bangladesh taka .0000000 .0036550 UAE dirhams .0745470 .0751190 Bahraini dinars .7262840 .7318560 Jordanian dinar .0000000 .3900990 Saudi Riyal/KD .0730060 .0735660 Omani riyals .7111860 .7166430 Philippine Peso .0000000 .0064140

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees Pakistani Rupees Srilankan Rupees Nepali Rupees Singapore Dollar Hongkong Dollar Bangladesh Taka Philippine Peso Thai Baht Irani Riyal - Transfer Irani Riyal - Cash

ASIAN COUNTRIES 3.628 5.516 3.168 2.493 3.460 217.030 35.390 3.619 6.352 8.902 0.271 0.273

GCC COUNTRIES 73.416 75.646 715.080 731.230 74.966

Saudi Riyal Qatari Riyal Omani Riyal Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham Egyptian Pound - Cash Egyptian Pound - Transfer Yemen Riyal/for 1000 Tunisian Dinar Jordanian Dinar Lebanese Lira/for 1000 Syrian Lier Morocco Dirham

ARAB COUNTRIES 48.500 46.011 1.260 195.870 388.780 184.700 5.943 34.747

EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 275.200 Euro 384.730 Sterling Pound 441.010 Canadian dollar 274.930 Turkish lire 150.460 Swiss Franc 313.260 Australian dollar 286.130 US Dollar Buying 274.000

Bahrain Exchange Company COUNTRY Australian dollar Bahraini dinar Bangladeshi taka Canadian dollar Cyprus pound Czek koruna Danish krone Deutsche Mark Egyptian pound Euro Cash Hongkong dollar Indian rupees Indonesia Iranian tuman Iraqi dinar Japanese yen Jordanian dinar Lebanese pound Malaysian ringgit Morocco dirham Nepalese Rupees New Zealand dollar Nigeria

SELL CASH 291.600 731.250 3.850 276.500 540.100 36.600 51.800 167.800 48.080 386.500 36.040 5.830 0.032 0.237 0.239 3.710 390.230 0.186 90.230 46.100 4.230 225.200 1.782

50.400 714.190 3.210 6.490 76.070 73.410 216.970 37.590 2.597 444.000 42.700 315.700 5.400 9.300 198.263 74.970 275.300 1.200

714.010 3.175 6.355 75.640 73.410 216.970 37.590 2.491 442.000 314.200 5.400 9.310 74.870 274.900

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TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 442.000 274.900

Sterling Pound US Dollar

SELL DRAFT 290.100 731.250 3.615 275.000

217.000 46.029 385.000 35.890 5.535 0.037

Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc Euro Sterling Pound Japanese Yen Bangladesh Taka Indian Rupee Sri Lankan Rupee Nepali Rupee Pakistani Rupee UAE Dirhams Bahraini Dinar Egyptian Pound Jordanian Dinar Omani Riyal Qatari Riyal Saudi Riyal

292.26 278.74 317.41 385.37 442.37 3.67 3.639 5.534 2.495 3.469 3.171 74.83 731.22 46.08 391.10 714.44 75.80 73.40

291.60 277.00 315.70 387.00 444.00 3.62 3.705 5.800 2.590 4.250 3.220 75.16 731.25 48.15 392.00 717.00 76.10 73.50

Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd 389.620 0.185 90.230 3.480 223.700

Rate for Transfer US Dollar Canadian Dollar Sterling Pound Euro Swiss Frank Bahrain Dinar

Selling Rate 274.950 274.585 439.935 384.350 311.290 728.985

UAE Dirhams Qatari Riyals Saudi Riyals Jordanian Dinar Egyptian Pound Sri Lankan Rupees Indian Rupees Pakistani Rupees Bangladesh Taka Philippines Pesso Cyprus pound Japanese Yen Thai Bhat Syrian Pound Nepalese Rupees Malaysian Ringgit

74.835 75.470 73.280 387.025 46.049 2.491 5.523 3.175 3.621 6.354 674.425 3.700 8.965 5.790 3.540 91.330

Kuwait Bahrain Intl Exchange Co.

GOLD 1,705.780

UAE Exchange Centre WLL

GOLD 305.000 155.000 79.000

20 Gram 10 Gram 5 Gram

Norwegian krone Omani Riyal Pakistani rupees Philippine peso Qatari riyal Saudi riyal Singapore dollar South Africa Sri Lankan rupees Sterling pound Swedish krona Swiss franc Syrian pound Thai bhat Tunisian dollar UAE dirham U.S. dollars Yemeni Riyal

Currency Rate per 1000 (Tran) US Dollar 274.900 Pak Rupees 3.165 Indian Rupees 5.530 Sri Lankan Rupees 2.505 Bangladesh Taka 3.625 Philippines Peso 6.405 UAE Dirhams 74.950 Saudi Riyals 73.460 Bahraini Dinars 730.850 Egyptian Pounds 46.075 Pound Sterling 444.800 Indonesian Rupiah 3.190 Yemeni Riyal 1.550 Jordanian Dinars 390.600 Syrian Pounds 5.750 Euro 388.000 Canadian Dollars 280.000 Nepali rupee 3.690

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000) US Dollar 274.650 Euro 385.500 Pound Sterling 441.500 Canadian Dollar 275.200 Japanese Yen 3.625 Indian Rupee 5.515 Egyptian Pound 46.000 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.492 Bangladesh Taka 3.615 Philippines Peso 6.345 Pakistan Rupee 3.179 Bahraini Dinar 731.450 UAE Dirham 74.750 Saudi Riyal 73.450 *Rates are subject to change



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Role of innovation in focus World Future Energy Summit 2012

Eman Al Tabtbaei with the staff.

KIB completes payment card industry data security standards project KUWAIT: Kuwait International Bank (KIB) has completed the project of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) successfully The PCI DSS project completion marks KIB’s continuous endevors for providing worldclass systems and protecting credit and debit cardholders information. PCI DSS offers robust and comprehensive standards and supporting materials to enhance payment card data security. These materials include a framework of specifications, tools, measurements and support resources to help banks and other organizations ensure the safe handling of cardholder information through every step. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, which is a result of aligned policies of American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa International, promotes the implementation of high level security standards for protecting payment card information.

Eman Abdulwahab AlTabtabaei, Senior Manager, Technical Support and Planning, and the PCI DSS Project Manager at KIB, said: “This project, which covers a wide range of processes, branches and activities across the bank, marks our success in implementing world-class standards in this area. It is an important endorsement of KIB’s systems for its ability to protect customers’ information with the highest levels of security.

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Ali Abdulwahab Sons & Co opens two pharmacies KUWAIT: Ali Abdulwahab Sons & Co is pleased to announce the opening of two new pharmacies, Al Mrouj Pharmacy at the Salwa Co-op Branch in Block 2 Street 101, and Al Abeer Pharmacy in Salmiya Al-Khansaa Street. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by a number of doctors, pharmacists, and company employees, whereby the general manager of the pharmaceuticals department performed the service. This inauguration comes at a time of expansion for AAW in providing quality health services and pharmaceuticals, given that the company was the first local provider of health services and pharmaceuticals in Kuwait. AAW launched its pharmaceuticals division in 1940 and has logged many years of expertise, having fully supplied the first hospital in Kuwait, Al Amiri Hospital, with medical beds, x-ray equipment, and pharmaceutical products. AAW has since launched and managed various pharmacies throughout Kuwait as the Qadsiya Co-op Pharmacy joined the company in 1993. It wasn’t long before AAW gained a long portfolio of pharmacy management, currently comprising 19 pharmacies across Kuwait. Ali Abdulwahab Sons & Co is consid-

ered a major player in pharmaceutical wholesaling and retailing, and is one of the oldest trading companies in Kuwait enjoying over 90 years of success. The company has adopted a vigorous expansion policy and is the agent of more than 40 distinct global brands. For more information on Ali Abdulwahab Sons & Co visit our website at

World Future Energy Summit is the world’s foremost annual meeting committed to promoting advancement of future energy, energy efficiency and clean

the central topic addressed by more than 150 international speakers representing all viewpoints in the energy and sustainability debate.

President of Reed Exhibitions, organizers of WFES, said: “The need for a clean energy future is no longer in question. The only question is how we achieve it.

ABU DHABI: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, pictured with heads of state and dignitaries attending WFES 2011.

Conference delegates at WFES technologies by engaging political, business, finance, academic and industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy. Established as one of the main events on the global future energy calendar, the summit brings project owners and solution providers together with investors and buyers from across the public and private sectors. The theme of ‘Powering Sustainable Innovation’ will be

Alongside the international conference, WFES 2012 hosts a large-scale exhibition with companies from all over the world promoting their latest products and services. This year, in line with its theme, the summit will include ‘Innovate@WFES’, a new platform targeting startup companies developing clean technologies in solar, wind, water, smart grids, bio-fuels, lighting, transport and energy storage. Commenting on the significance of the fifth World Future Energy Summit, Frederic Theux,

The World Future Energy Summit continues to play a valuable role in engaging the global community in driving innovation, trade and investment opportunities. “WFES is a dedicated platform for real debate and the development of ideas and relationships that will enable knowledge sharing and the realization of a sustainable energy future for generations to come.” The World Future Energy Summit 2012 runs from January 16-19 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Citadel Capital reports solid Q2 results

Dubai’s DP World Q3 trade up 10% DUBAI: Seaport operator DP World said yesterday that cargo volumes at its docks rose 10 percent in the third quarter of 2011 as trade accelerated at its emerging markets ports. The world’s third-largest port operator said it handled the equivalent of 14.4 million standard 20-foot shipping containers between July and September. That’s up from 13.1 million containers it lifted over the same period last year. The Dubai-based cargo handler attributed the gains to growth at ports in Asia, Africa, Latin America and its home market in the United Arab Emirates. Recently acquired ports in Suriname and

KUWAIT: The world’s most influential leaders in renewable energy, including heads of state, policy makers, government officials, business leaders, and academics, will gather in Abu Dhabi, the emerging global hub for renewable energy, to discuss, promote and debate the challenges and solutions of the world’s energy requirements at the World Future Energy Summit 2012. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, the WFES 2012 will examine the role of innovation in speeding the adoption and deployment of renewable energy and the importance of maintaining the significant progress that is being made in improving energy efficiency. Over 26,000 attendees, including 3,000 delegates, 650 exhibiting companies, and 20 national pavilions, are expected to participate at WFES 2012. To ensure that the real challenges in renewable energy and sustainability are discussed, the WFES 2012 program will highlight the impact current economic challenges and reduced government subsidies in many countries may have on future growth in the sector. Moreover, the event will focus on innovation as the critical factor in mitigating future energy challenges. Innovation is seen as key to making clean energy technologies commercially viable and achieving energy efficiency. According to the International Energy Agency, more than 50 per cent of projected energy demand between 1970 and 2010 was saved through energy efficiency measures. Advanced clean technologies showcased at WFES aim to continue this trend. Dr Sultan Al-Jaber, Managing Director and CEO of Masdar, said: “ Through the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi seeks to build bridges and create a platform for open dialogue. Our work is at a crucial stage - momentum has to be maintained in our endeavor to find solutions to future energy needs. WFES is the place for like-minded countries, companies and individuals to discuss this important topic and to encourage and action innovation.” Now in its fifth year, the

capacity increases at cargo terminals in Peru and China also boosted business, the company said. DP World manages more than 60 cargo terminals on six continents, giving it a window on trade patterns around the world. It is heavily concentrated in fastgrowing emerging markets, and runs the Middle East’s largest port in Dubai. Executives had warned in August that the foggy outlook for the world economy made it difficult to predict how business would shape up in the second half of the year. Tuesday’s results suggest demand may not have been as weak as feared.

CAIRO: Citadel Capital, the leading private equity firm in the Middle East and Africa, announced yesterday its standalone financial results for the second quarter of 2011, reporting a stable base of total assets under management (AUM) at $ 4.1 billion quarter-onquarter. That figure represents an 8.1% rise year-on-year. Not included in this total is $210.5 million (EGP 1.2 billion) in equity and debt fundraising for platform and portfolio companies including $164 million in senior debt financing for Rift Valley Railways from six leading global financial institutions and a leading East African private-sector bank signed in 3Q11; $21.5 million in institutional funds raised in the quarter just ended for Nile Logistics, to be drawn down in 3Q11; and $ 25.5 in debt and equity invested by International Finance Corporation in a portfolio company of Citadel Capital’s mid-cap fund. As of 30 June 2011, the portfolio net asset valuation (PNAV) of Citadel Capital’s principal investments rose 6.4% from December 2010 to $ 0.9 billion (EGP 5.3 billion), including the effect of the recently-completed capital increase via rights issue at par. Conversely, PNAV per share (PNAVPS) declined 19.2% to $1.02 (EGP 6.07) owing to the dilutive effect of

newly issued shares and a change in valuation methodology to fair value on investments previously held at market. On a standalone basis, Citadel Capital reports a net loss of $ 4.2 million (EGP 25.0 million) for 2Q11 on revenues of $ 2.7 million (EGP 16.3 million). This compares with a net profit of $ 0.05 million (EGP 0.3 million) in the same quarter of 2010. In the first half, the firm recorded a standalone net loss of $ 8.7 million (EGP 51.7 million), on par with expectations in a period with no exits and after upstream oil and gas write-downs taken at the end of FY10 impaired some $ 3.4 million (EGP 20.33 million) in advisory fees that are recorded in the notes to the Firm’s audited statutory standalone financials, but which are not on the revenue line. That decision also impairs interest income from convertibles, with the firm impairing 50% of the interest recorded from the NPC convertible and 100% from the NOPC / Rally Energy convertible. This income is also recorded on separate books. The final disposition of both advisory and interest income will be determined at the write-back or exit of these investments. Commenting on the outlook for the balance of the year, Citadel Capital Chairman and

APICORP divests its 12.5% stake in BANAGAS to Boubyan of Kuwait KUWAIT: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), the multilateral development bank of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), yesterday announced the sale of its 12.5% stake in the Bahrain National Gas Company (BANAGAS) to Kuwait-based Boubyan Petrochemical Company, KSC (Boubyan). The divestment was recently approved by APICORP’s Board of Directors. The government of Kuwait owns a 17 % stake in APICORP. Ahmad Bin Hamad Al-Nuaimi, Chief Executive and General Manager of APICORP, said: “Since we invested in BANAGAS 33 years ago, we have seen the company evolve into a highly successful leading local, regional and international company. As a result of its continued success, we feel it is appropriate to monetize our share in BANAGAS by transferring it to a strategic GCC-based investor so that we can advance our plans to initiate and develop other oil and gas projects.” BANAGAS

was founded by the Government of Bahrain currently represented by the National Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding), Chevron and APICORP in 1978 with stakes of 75%, 12.5% and 12.5% respectively. The company’s principal business comprises of extracting and marketing propane, butane and naphtha, by processing associated gas from Bahrain’s oil field, for the local, regional and international markets. BANAGAS is estimated to produce 4720 b/d of Naphtha, 1230 b/d of Butane and 1310 b/d of Propane. With over 400 employees and a large volume of exports, BANAGAS plays an important role in the Bahrain national economy. “In order to ensure a market-driven sale value for our shareholders, APICORP implemented a highly successful three stage auction process in which a high number of regional and international companies participated. In the end, Boubyan, a strategic regional company specialized in chemicals and

petrochemicals from Kuwait, won with the most competitive bid.” said Al-Nuaimi. Boubyan was established in February 1995 with the prime objective of acquiring a 10% equity stake in EQUATE Petrochemical Company, the largest petrochemical complex in Kuwait. Today, Boubyan has an impressive investment portfolio in Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia as well as across the rest of the world. BANAGAS is Boubyan’s first direct investment in Bahrain. Boubyan was listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange in 1997 and its shares continue to outperform the Kuwait Stock Exchange Index. Dabbous Mubarak Al-Dabbous, Deputy Chairman of Boubyan said: “This investment represents the reinforcement of Boubyan’s commitment to its strategy of making strategic direct investments in successful ventures in the chemical, petrochemical, and oil and gas sectors, especially in the hydrocarbon-rich GCC region.”

Founder Ahmed Heikal said: “The macro picture in Egypt is today essentially as we had forecast: We see ongoing macroeconomic challenges continuing to prompt foreign investors to sit on the sidelines waiting for visibility, a reality we expect will continue to play out over the coming 12-18 months. “Since the Revolution, we have engaged in housecleaning and ensured that our investments are in the best positions possible to weather the economic fallout from political changes that we are convinced will be positive for business in the long run. Our investments are firmly on the right side of these trends: Our platforms are heavily weighted toward exporters, which will benefit from any further devaluation, as will our commodity plays in sectors including agriculture, mining and oil and gas. We have important investments outside Egypt that continue to deliver results, and energy deregulation in Egypt and beyond has always been one of our core investment theses. Time is accordingly on our side: We are not fighting the currents, but sailing with them. This is a very large part of why we have been so successful this year in winning substantial repeat investment from sophisticated global LPs and regional coinvestors alike.

Dubai Investments secures nearly 60% of $326.7m loan DUBAI: Dubai Investments has secured 700 million dirhams ($190.6 million) of a 1.2 billion dirham loan it wants to raise, but will post a weaker third-quarter profit because of provisions, the firm’s chief executive said yesterday. The company, in which sovereign fund Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)owns an 11.5-percent stake, sees third-quarter profit of 30 million dirhams, compared to a profit of 213.61 million dirhams a year-ago, chief executive Khalid Bin Kalban told reporters at a press conference. Profit for the nine-months to Sept. 30 should be around 270 million dirhams, he said. “The third quarter will be worse than Q1 and Q2. We have to take provisions for clients in Libya and Syria who have not paid due to the unrest,” he said. The company, which has

interests in several sectors including property and manufacturing, has now secured 700 million dirhams of the 1.2 billion dirham loan. It had only raised quarter of this total by July, having said in April it expected the loan to be finalized by May. This was to be used to expand Emirates Float Glass, a manufacturing unit in Abu Dhabi and to complete the last phase of its industrial development Dubai Investment Park. Kalban said the company is eyeing three acquisitions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, valued at 250 million dirhams, as it looks to increase its footprint outside the Gulf Arab region. He said Dubai Investments is also looking at acquisition or start-up opportunities in India and will try revive a stalled project in Libya it values at 80 million euros. — Reuters



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KSE stocks succumb to selling pressure GLOBAL DAILY MARKET REPORT KUWAIT: Kuwait stocks succumbed to the selling pressure yesterday as concern about the possible impact of the fourth session of the 13th legislative term of the National Assembly (parliament) on the market. Profit announcements flow was slow this week so far. Many investors are on hold mode till the picture becomes more clearer for them. Global General Index (GGI) ended the day down by 0.17 percent at 182.80 point. Market capitalization was down for the day, reaching KD29.93bn. On the other hand, KSE Price Index closed at 5,901.3 point, shedding 17.20 points (0.29 percent) to its previous close. Market breadth During the session, 104 companies were traded. Market breadth was skewed towards decliners as 43 equities declined versus 23 that advanced. Total volume traded was down by 15.37 percent with 164.68mn shares changing hands at a total value of KD25.53mn (11.84 percent higher compared to Monday’s session). Investment sector was the volume leader, accounting for 47.46 percent of total shares exchanges. Al Mal Investment Company was the session’s most traded stock with 16.88mn shares exchanged. The same sector was the value leader, having 24.69 percent of total traded value. In terms of top gainers, Jeeran Holding Company was the top gainer for the day, adding 13.89 percent to its share value and closing at KD0.082. On the other hand, Al-Qurain Holding Company shed 10.42 percent and closed at KD0.0215, making it the biggest decliner in the market. Sectors Global Insurance Index was a major decliner as it dropped by 2.35 percent on the back of the 7.27 percent of daily losses witnessed in the stock of Gulf Insurance Company. It is worth mentioning that the insurance sector did not witness any trading activity since October 03, 2011. Global Investment Index lost 0.69 percent during the day trading mainly on the back of the decline in Kuwait Projects Company (Holding) and National Investment Company which fell by 1.47 percent and 0.97 percent, respectively.



On the other hand, two sectors managed to eke out some gains during the day. Global Banking Index registered a daily increase of 0.23 percent on the back of 1.82 percent gain registered by National Bank of Kuwait (NBK). While Global Non Kuwaiti Index led the advancers with a daily increase of 0.38 percent on the back of the increase of UAE cement stocks such as Ras Al-Khaimah Co. For White Cement and Construction Materials which led the gainers within the sector with an increase of 5.17 percent. Also Sharjah Cement and Industrial Development Company witnessed a daily gain of 4.40 percent. Corporate news Osoul Investment Company announced that its fully owned subsidiary in Jordan has sold two parcels of land for a total value of KD317,267 (JOD815,600), realizing a loss of KD53,816, which will be reflected in the company’s financial statements for 4Q2011. Amwal International Investment Company announced that it has reached a primary agree-

ment to sell its 7.54 percent stake in Emirates Float Glass for a total value of AED39.23mn, realizing a loss of KD0.53mn. On October 25, 2011 the company announced that it has signed the final sale agreement and will receive a payment of KD2.17mn. The company’s financial statements for 2Q2011 reflected the loss of KD0.67mn as a result of the sale transaction, which will not have any material impact on the financial statements for 3Q2011. A Kuwaiti court ruled against Zain and announced that the company’s AGM which was held on April 12, 2011, and resulted in the election of a new BOD, is invalid. On September 26, 2011 Zain announced that it will appeal against the court’s ruling after obtaining the documents revealing the reason behind it. The ruling will not affect the company’s activities or its shareholder’s rights and obligations. yesterday the company announced that the BOD Chairman, Assaad Ahmad Al-Bounwan, and other BOD members, appealed against the court’s previous ruling, where a hearing will be held today.

Brent steady, US crude scales to 3-month high LONDON: Brent was steady above $111 yesterday as concerns over Europe’s economic health kept prices in check, while US oil rose for a third straight day to hit a fresh threemonth high. Brent crude futures was down by 4 cents to $111.41 a barrel by 1214 GMT as it flipped between being barely positive and barely negative. US crude was trading up $3.13 at $94.40 after hitting $94.65, the highest intraday price since early August. US crude futures outpaced the rest of the oil futures complex . US crude has risen more than 10 percent over the past three trading sessions, compared with a gain of about 1.5 percent in Brent crude prices. On Monday, the US prompt December 2011 contract rose above the January contract, flipping into a price structure known as backwardation, which typically reflects tight markets. It is the first time since October 2008 that the spread between the prompt and second-month contracts closed at backwardation, according to Reuters data. Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas, said this was prompted by closing some positions in the spread between US crude and Brent. “Yesterday’s move and the surge in the prompt US crude price is more reflective of unwinding of positions on the US crude/Brent spread, which has also moved a lot,” he said. The unwind may have potentially been triggered by the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the perception that the resumption of light Libyan oil to the market would accelerate, pressuring

Brent prices, he said.The discount on US crude against Brent narrowed to as little as $16.77 a barrel, the tightest since early July. Oil inventories have remained below year-earlier levels in the United States and Europe.The market was closely watching US supplies for direction as weekly inventory data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) will be released on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Analysts forecast an increase of two million barrels in US crude inventories, with refined products falling. Economic concerns continued pressure on Brent crude as EU leaders meet to adopt a plan to reduce Greece’s debt burden. “The real economy in Europe is not that strong,” said Masaki Suematsu, a broker at Newedge in Tokyo. But the fall in Brent crude prices was limited by relatively strong corporate earnings. Oil and gas firm BG Group and Deutsche Bank beat forecasts, helping underpin European shares. Despite concerns over the euro zone debt crisis and widespread expectations of an economic slowdown, Brent crude oil prices are forecast to stay well above $100 per barrel, a Reuters poll showed yesterday. A Reuters poll of 35 analysts showed Brent crude averaging $106.80 per barrel next year and $108.60 in 2013 as demand for fuel from China and emerging economies keeps the global oil market tight. US crude is forecast to average $92.00 a barrel in 2012 and $99.50 in 2013. – Reuters

Dinar stable against dollar KUWAIT: The exchange rate of the Kuwaiti dinar stabilized against the US dollar at KD 0.274 and increased against the euro to KD 0.381 yesterday, said the daily bulletin of the Central

Bank of Kuwait (CBK ). The Sterling pound stood at KD 0.438, the Japanese yen also remained unchanged at KD 0.003, and the Swiss franc increased to KD 0.311. — KUNA




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Euro-zone to boost bailout fund’s power BERLIN: The 17-nation euro-zone is set to shore up its bailout fund to contain the debt turmoil that threatens to engulf more countries across Europe, and German lawmakers said the plan could boost the fund’s lending capacity to more than euro1 trillion ($1.39 trillion). A document obtained by The Associated Press shows the currency zone wants to boost the euro440 billion ($600 billion) bailout fund by offering sovereign bond buyers an insurance against possible losses and by attracting capital from private investors and sovereign wealth funds. Euro-zone governments have been using the European Financial Stability Fund, or EFSF, to protect countries such as Italy and Spain from being engulfed in the debt crisis. To keep doing that, however, it needs to be bigger or see its lending powers magnified. Leading German opposition lawmakers, who were briefed earlier Monday by Chancellor Angela Merkel on the plan, said the fund’s lending capacity will be boosted “beyond euro1 trillion” ($1.39 trillion). The draft document by the euro-

zone working group - which Germany’s government was sharing with key lawmakers on Monday - did not provide a headline figure for the bailout fund, stressing “a more precise number on the extent of leverage can only be determined after contacts with potential investors” and rating agencies. Because of the move’s significance, members of Merkel’s party proposed that the change receive full parliamentary approval today although it would have been enough for the parliament’s budget committee to approve the plan. The changes look likely to pass by a wide margin. Lawmakers will vote only hours before an EU summit in Brussels that is set to adopt the new rules for the EFSF. Some concern remained that the changes to the EFSF might not be enough. The new powers “can maybe help on a short-term basis but is certainly not the firepower that is needed to stabilize on a medium-term the markets,” said Guy Verhofstadt, the head of the liberal faction of the European Parliament, on Tuesday. The enhanced bailout fund rules are meant to guarantee “continued

market access of euro area member states under pressure and the proper functioning of the sovereign debt market,” the document said. Therefore the EFSF is set to have the ability to provide investors with a partial insurance against losses from its member states’ government bonds, thus making them a safer and more attractive investment. The euro-zone document also foresees setting up one or several special investment vehicles that would partly compensate possible losses on sovereign bonds in a bid to attract outside investors such as sovereign wealth funds, combining “public and private capital to enlarge the resources available.” The draft document stressed that the EFSF would “benefit from the flexibility to deploy both options, which are not mutually exclusive.” The insurance model is designed to increase the demand for newly issued euro-zone government bonds, lower the yields, “thereby supporting the sustainability of public finances,” the document said. Lowering the yields for troubled euro-zone governments is a key step to counter the widening debt crisis

because spiraling yields on debt issued by Greece, Portugal and Ireland eventually cut them off from market financing, forcing the eurozone to provide those nations with an emergency loan package.

The new investment facility, a socalled Special Investment Purpose Investment Vehicle (SPIV), is meant to create “additional liquidity and market capacity to extend loans, for bank recapitalization via a member state

ATHENS: Greek prime Minister George Papandreou (centre) flanked by his aides and the security leaves the Presidential Palace after his meeting with Greek President Carolos Papoulias in Athens yesterday. Europe “must rise to the occasion” and banks must share the pain on ending the euro-zone’s sovereign debt crisis, Papandreou said yesterday. —AFP

and for buying bonds in the primary and secondary market,” the eurozone draft document said. Any assistance from the fund for member states, however, would come with tough strings attached and the “appropriate monitoring and surveillance procedures,” the document said. Greece, for example, must implement harsh austerity measures in return for last year’s euro110 billion bailout. Beefing up the EFSF is one part of a three-pronged euro-zone plan to solve the crisis. The other two parts are reducing Greece’s debt burden so the country eventually can stand on its own and forcing banks to raise more money so they can take losses on the Greek debt and ride out the financial storm that will entail. Greece’s private bondholders agreed in July to accept losses of 21 percent on their holdings, and getting them to take deeper losses to lighten the country’s debt load is proving particularly difficult. Experts agree that Greece needs to write off more of its debt - German officials have said up to 50 or 60 percent - if it is ever to make it out of its debt hole. —AP

US home prices rise in half of major US cities Prices stabilize in worst-hit regions

BASEL: A man walks past the logo the UBS bank yesterday in Basel. Swiss banking giant UBS said that its third-quarter net profit reached 1.018 billion francs (831 million euros, $1.16 billion) even though it had to take a massive charge due to a rogue trading scandal. —AFP

UBS warns of tough times as Q3 profit surprises ZURICH: Swiss bank UBS AG posted a better-than-expected third-quarter net profit yesterday, with its core wealth management business performing well despite last month’s trading scandal, although it warned of tough times ahead. Managing money for wealthy clients held up well, with strong inflows to the bank’s Americas unit, despite the rogue trades which came to light in midSeptember and lost it 1.8 billion Swiss francs ($2 billion), UBS said. Although net profit for the period fell 39 percent to 1.018 billion francs, it beat average analyst forecasts for 276 million, as big one-off gains UBS had flagged earlier this month offset the trading loss. “The figures are better than expected, even though they massaged them somewhat. But the result is still good. Wealth management is going very well and I think that will be the direction they want to push the bank in,” said one trader. UBS shares were up 2 percent at 11.36 francs at 0847 GMT, compared with a flat European banking index . Interim Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti, appointed af ter Oswald Gruebel quit over the trading loss, described the quarter as “very challenging for both the industry and the bank” and said the fourth quarter had started with “increased evidence of strain to the financial system”. In the absence of a resolution of the euro-zone debt crisis and an improved US economic outlook, “current market conditions and trading activity are unlikely to improve materially, potentially creating headwinds for growth in revenues and net new money,” the bank said. Ermotti said he was finalizing plans to restructure the troubled UBS investment bank ahead of an investor day on Nov. 17, but the broad strategy was already clear. “Our goal is to continue to be the preeminent wealth management franchise in the world together with a very strong presence in Switzerland,” he told a call for analysts. “ We want to have a strong, profitable, focused investment bank and asset management businesses to suppor t this strategy.” Chief Financial Officer Tom Naratil said the bank would only give details next month of any

possible new job cuts from the restructuring as well as details on when it plans to resume paying a dividend and how it will build its capital. Naratil said an internal investigation into the trading scandal showed its controls had not been effective with shortcomings related to trading counterparties. He said the bank would take further disciplinary action if necessary. Earlier this month, the bank accepted the resignation of the two co-head of global equities, Francois Gouws and Yassine Bouhara, over the unauthorized trades. Kweku Adoboli, who is accused of running up the trades, made no application for bail last week and will appear for a plea and case management hearing nex t month. The bank , which already said the scandal had not resulted in many clients withdrawing their money in the quarter, reported wealth management net inflows of 7.8 billion francs, down from 8.2 billion in the previous three months. That included a better-than-expected 4 billion francs of net inflows in its Americas wealth management business, while the European offshore business reported net outflows due to pressure on Switzerland’s tax haven status. Naratil declined to comment on client trends in the current quarter after the trading loss. “Wealth management has not blown out the light this quarter,” said Kepler analyst Dirk Becker. “We will see how the trading incident might have further affected the group’s reputation only in the coming quarters.” Rival Deutsche Bank also reported forecast-beating third-quarter profits yesterday, as retail banking and asset management offset a slump in investment banking, but similarly warned that the near term outlook was highly dependent on the resolution of the euro-zone debt crisis. UBS said a 1.765 billion franc gain on the value of its own debt and 722 million from the sale of treasury-related investments helped make up for the trading loss and 387 million francs of restructuring costs it booked in the quarter. This accounting gain-which occurs because the bank could profit from buying back its own bonds at lower levels-also gave a big boost this quarter to profaits at most US banks. —Reuters

WASHINGTON: Home prices rose in August in half of major US cities measured by a private survey, a sign that prices are stabilizing in some hard-hit portions of the country. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index showed yesterday that prices increased in August from July in 10 of the 20 cities tracked. That marked the fifth straight month that at least half of the cities in the survey showed monthly gains. The biggest price increases were in Washington, Chicago and Detroit. The greatest declines were in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The August data provides a “modest glimmer of hope” that some areas may have bottomed out and could be turning around, said David M. Blitzer, chairman of S&P’s index committee. He noted that cities in the Midwest Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis - have shown some strength since May. Still, Robert Shiller, the cofounder of the index and a Yale economics professor, said in an interview on CNBC that overall home prices were “flat” and a recovery in the struggling housing market was not on the horizon. Over the past 12 months, prices have fallen in all but two cities. Detroit and Washington were the only two cities to show year-over-year gains. The index, which covers half of all US homes, measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The August data are the latest available. “We certainly believe the bulk of the decline in housing is behind us and indeed, one might even say that ‘housing’ is more likely to improve from here,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist for BTIG. “But given the overwhelming level of inventory that remains on the market ... further price declines seem almost

assured to help clear the market.” Prices are certain to fall again once banks resume millions of foreclosures that have been delayed because of a yearlong government investigation into mortgage lending practices. Those homes at risk of foreclo-

Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tampa, have reached their lowest points since the housing bust more than four years ago. Many people are reluctant to purchase a home more than two years after the recession officially ended. Even the lowest mortgage

are on pace to match last year’s dismal figures - the worst in 13 years. Sales of new homes fell to a six-month low in August and this year could be the worst since the government began keeping records a half century ago. Foreclosures and short sales -

BRISTOW: US construction workers build a new home in a community called New Bristow Village, in Bristow, Virginia. —AFP sure promise “to keep pressure on prices for some time,” said Joshua Shapiro, chief US economist at MFR Inc. Home prices have stabilized in coastal cities over the past six months, helped by a rush of spring buyers and investors. But this year, home prices in many cities, including Cleveland,

rates in history haven’t been enough to lift sales. Some can’t qualify for loans or meet higher down payment requirements. Many with good credit and stable jobs are holding off because they fear that home prices will keep falling. Sales of previously occupied home sales

when a lender accepts less for a home than what is owed on a mortgage - makes up about 30 percent of all home sales last month, up from about 10 percent in past years. The large number of unsold homes and foreclosures are sending prices lower and hurting sales. —AP

Qatar economic growth to slow to 5.1% in 2012 DOHA/DUBAI: Qatar’s economic growth is expected to drop sharply to 5.1 percent in 2012, down from a projected 15 percent for this year due to receding hydrocarbon expansion, the Gulf state’s development planning authority GSDP said yesterday. “The GSDP foresees a sea change in the economy’s dynamics in 2012,” the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) said in a report. “The impulse to growth from vigorous expansion of the hydrocarbon sector in past years will rapidly recede and growth will increasingly depend on solid performance in other sectors,” it said. The projection is more pessimistic than September’s Reuters poll of analysts, which forecast the economy of the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter to expand by 18.9 percent this year and 7.7 percent in 2012 helped by higher gas output and robust government spending. “This is entirely a hydrocarbon effect,” Frank Harrigan, director of the department of economic development, told a news conference.

In 2010, the hydrocarbon-reliant economy is estimated to have grown by 16.6 percent in real terms by the International Monetary Fund. Qatar has yet to release 2010 GDP data in constant prices. Qatar, one of the top investors globally through its sovereign wealth fund, would also not be immune to the impact of a potential double-dip recession in advanced economies as global credit market difficulties could affect project finance, the authority said. However, the Gulf Arab country is wellpositioned to ride out any turbulence as banks are well-capitalized and the government holds ample fiscal reserves, it said. Qatar’s government budget surplus should reach 12.6 percent of economic output in calendar 2011 and 7.8 percent in 2012, the report showed. The surplus for fiscal 2010/11 was revised to 19 billion riyals ($5.2 billion), or 4.1 percent of gross domestic product, it said, up from previously reported 13.5 billion riyals, or 2.9 percent of GDP. Qatar’s fiscal year

starts in April. Qatar’s central bank said in a separate report yesterday that banks are well provisioned to withstand unforeseen contingencies and a sharp rise in commodity prices and rising local non-rent inflation pressures are likely to be a major concern going forward. “Qatar’s financial system has remained largely insulated from the global economic gyrations. The banking system continues to remain sound, profitable and resilient,” Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani wrote in the financial stability review. Proactive liquidity management and ensuring orderly financial market conditions remain a top priority for the central bank, it also said in the review posted on its website Consumer inflation in Qatar edged up to 2.2 percent on an annual basis in September, its highest level since at least the beginning of 2010, but still far from a record 15 percent seen in the oil-boom year of 2008. —Reuters



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BP reaches ‘turning point’ after returning to profit LONDON: BP surged back into profit in the first nine months of 2011, and has now reached a “clear turning point” after last year’s devastating Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it declared yesterday. The group added it will sell another $15 billion of non-core assets by 2013, expanding its divestment program to $45 billion, as it seeks to recover oil spill-related costs and re-invest in high-growth activities. Net profits struck $17.7 billion in the nine months to September, helped by high oil prices, BP said in a results statement. That compared with a loss of $9.3 billion in the same part of 2010, when it was ravaged by soaring costs linked to the spill catastrophe. Adjusted profits-stripping out the impact of changes in the value of inventories-hit $15.9 billion. That contrasted sharply with a loss of $9.5 billion last time around. “The company has steadied, turned round and now, this month, with high-margin assets returning on stream, we have reached a clear turning point,” said Chief Executive Bob Dudley. The BP boss added that the company had lived up to its commitments in

the Gulf and was putting “safety and risk management at the absolute heart of our business”. Third-quarter production fell 12 percent to 3.319 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, due to asset disposals and the suspension of production in the Gulf, though BP expects output to be higher in the current fourth quarter. “Our operations are regaining momentum and we are facing the future with great confidence,” added Dudley. “I believe we will build on our strengths to substantially grow operating cash flows, allowing us to directly increase returns to shareholders as well as invest for future growth.” Net profits meanwhile rocketed by 175 percent to $4.907 billion in the third quar ter, or three months to September, driven by a strong performance from exploration and production. That compared with $1.785 billion last time around. And adjusted profits almost trebled to hit $5.14 billion in the third quarter, compared with $1.847 billion. In reaction to the results, shares leapt 4.52 percent to 457.90 pence on

London’s FTSE 100 index of leading companies, which was 0.31 percent higher at 5,565.23 points. “The financial picture for BP today is very different from a year ago,” Dudley said. “We are today reporting replacement cost profits for the first nine months of this year of $15.9 billion, compared to a $9.5 billion loss for the same period in 2010, which was driven by the $40-billion charges we had taken with respect to Gulf of Mexico spill related costs.” The results come one week after B P re ce i ve d a p p rov a l f ro m U S authorities to restart drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, 18 months after a BP well blowout killed 11 and released millions of barrels of crude into the ocean. BP added that previouslya n n o u n ce d p l a n s to s e l l t wo U S refineries and associated marketing a c t i v i t i e s we re i n c l u d e d i n t h e expanded asset disposal program. The group had announced last week that it had recovered $4.0 billion in costs linked to the spill from US group Anadarko Petroleum Company. Anadarko has also agreed to transfer to BP its 25 percent stake in the Macondo well, where a leak in 2010 sparked the

environmental catastrophe on the US Gulf coast. Earlier this month, the US government slapped BP, Transoceanthe Swiss owner and operator of the drilling rig-and US oil services group Halliburton with citations for violating oil industr y regulations in what is expected to lead to massive fines for the deadly 2010 oil spill.

The Macondo leak was triggered by an explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The blast killed 11 workers, caused millions of barrels of oil to spew into the sea. Since the incident, BP has so far signed agreements to sell a total of $26 billion of non-core assets. — AFP

LONDON: The BP logo at a petrol station in central London. British energy giant BP said yesterday that net profits rocketed by 175 percent in the third quarter of 2011. — AFP

India ups interest rates again, sees slowdown Hike may calm jittery investors amid meltdown

FRANKFURT: The headquarters of Deutsche Bank is photographed in Frankfurt yesterday. — AP

Deutsche Bank posts fall in profits FRANKFURT: Germany’s top lender Deutsche Bank announced yesterday a 37-percent drop in third quarter profits due to the financial downturn but said it was confident it could face the economic crisis without public capital. The euro-zone debt crisis, market turmoil and fears of a global slowdown combined to create the worst financial climate since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, bank chief Josef Ackermann said in a statement. “The operational sphere in the third quarter has not been as difficult since the end of 2008,” he said in a written statement. The Frankfurt-based bank said third-quarter profit had been hit by activities at the group’s investment bank. At 777 million euros ($1.08 billion), the result was 64 percent lower than in the first quarter and 37 percent lower than in the second quarter, highlighting the deteriorating situation, it said. The bank said a year-onyear comparison made little sense since the third quarter of 2010 had seen an exceptional charge from the purchase of Postbank, which had resulted in a 1.2-billion-euro net loss. Between July and September, a

weak performance by the group’s investment bank was partially compensated by higher results in its private banking division, asset management and retail banking, for which the integration of Postbank helped. The third-quarter net result was more than twice as high as forecasts by analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires, who had predicted 328 million euros. In morning trade after the announcement, shares in Deutsche Bank were 0.21 percent higher at 28.53 euros while the Frankfurt Dax was down by 0.28 percent. Deutsche Bank has already said it has seen a 228-million-euro depreciation in its portfolio of Greek bonds, which now stands at 900 million euros. This represents a 46 percent drop on their nominal value, Finance Director Stefan Krause told an analysts’ conference call. The bank said in recent months it had strongly reduced its exposure to the sovereign debt of struggling euro-zone countries. Its commitment to bonds from Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain has been reduced from 12.1 billion euros at the end of December to 4.4 billion euros at the end of September this year.—AFP

BG earnings beat market view on LNG boost LONDON: BG Group posted thirdquarter earnings ahead of expectations, lifted by a strong performance in the British oil and gas firm’s LNG business, as it raised its full-year profit guidance for the unit. BG posted underlying earnings of $1.02 billion in the three months to the end of September, beating a consensus forecast of $971 million from a companysupplied poll of 22 analysts, and representing a 4 percent rise on the same quarter last year.Net profit in the third quarter gained 21 percent to $1.06 billion versus the same period last year. Higher commodity prices helped lift profits as well as what the company called favorable market conditions for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, which transports gas by ship across the globe. A profit-beat in BG’s LNG division, which accounts for over a quarter of its total operating profit, helped offset production which grew by just 1 percent in the quarter, hurt by

lower output from the company’s North Sea fields where extensive maintenance was carried out. Shares in BG were up 4.5 percent to 1,386 pence at 0941 GMT, making the company the top riser on Britain’s blue-chip index which was 0.2 percent higher. Oriel Securities analyst Richard Rose called the LNG result “the standout” and said the company’s exploration and production results were “decent” when taking into account lackluster production performance due to North Sea maintenance issues. The LNG division posted operating profit of $620 million in the quarter, exceeding analyst expectations which ranged between $500 million and $570 million, after a higher proportion of cargoes were diverted to lucrative Asian markets. BG raised its guidance for its LNG unit’s full-year operating profit to $2.4 billion from a previous range of between $1.9 billion and $2.2 billion.—Reuters

MUMBAI: India’s inflation-fighting central bank yesterday raised interest rates by a quarter-point, the 13th hike since March last year, while warning of a further economic slowdown this year. But the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave a strong signal that this could be its last rate hike this year, which will calm the nerves of business leaders long concerned about their impact on investment and growth. “The likelihood of a rate action in the December mid-quarter review is relatively low,” RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao said in a statement on the bank’s website. “If the inflation trajectory conforms to our projections, further rate hikes may not be warranted.” The bank sees inflation slowing to 7.0 percent by March next year. The latest interest rates rise takes the RBI’s repo rate at which it lends to commercial banks to 8.50 percent and increases the reverse repo-the rate it pays banks for deposits-by the same level to 7.50 percent. Top industry bodies the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industr y (FICCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) welcomed the signal of a pause in rate increases. “Overall, FICCI is relieved to see a halt in the c ycle of interest rate increases and urges the Government to take further steps that will restore investors’ confidence in coming months,” Secretar y-General Rajiv Kumar said. India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also voiced concerns about the impact of the latest hike on growth. The RBI revised its estimates for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the current financial year to 7.6 percent, down from an earlier 8.0 per-

cent. Mukherjee said that the decision “would help in getting us back to a more comfortable inflation situation soon while leaving scope for growth to pick up in the second half of the current fiscal year”. Reducing prices has become a political priority for India’s government, with higher growth seen as key to reducing crushing poverty in the

The surge in inflation was initially triggered by spiralling food prices and then exacerbated by rising global commodity prices and higher fuel costs. The RBI is on its longest streak of monetary tightening in a decade and is on record as saying that short-term economic growth may have to be sacrificed to fight inflation, which it

“We appear to be at the end of the tightening cycle,” said Shubhada Rao, chief economist at private Yes Bank . Economic indicators show t h a t I n d i a’s b re a k n e c k p a ce o f grow t h i s s l ow i n g a s b o r row i n g costs rise, with the country’s industrial output rising just 3.3 percent year-on-year in July-the slowest in nearly two years. The rash of interest

MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subbarao (center) arrives for a meeting with bankers at RBI headquarters in Mumbai yesterday. India’s inflation-fighting central bank has raised interest rates by a quarterpoint yesterday. — AFP nation of 1.2 billion.The country’s benchmark wholesale price index-the government’s most watched cost-ofliving monitor-has been stubbornly high at 9.72 percent in September, marginally down from 9.78 percent the previous month. That is well above the central bank’s comfort zone of 6.0 percent and marks the highest inflation rate among the world’s major economies.

describes as “sticky and persistent”. India’s repo rate is at a near threeyear high and the reverse repo is at its highest level in more than a decade. Analysts, who widely expected the latest hike, said the increase could mark the peak of India’s rate cycle. The RBI may start lowering rates only well into the next year, possibly from April onwards, after inflation has moderated, they said.

Novartis plans 2,000 jobs cuts despite profit rise GENEVA: Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG said yesterday it will cut 2,000 jobs as drug prices come under pressure from governments seeking to reduce health care budgets. Novartis, which posted a 7 percent increased third-quarter net profit of $2.49 billion yesterday, said 1,100 jobs will disappear in Switzerland, with a further 900 to be cut in the United States. Some 700 new positions will be created in low-cost countries such as India and China, resulting in a net loss of 1,300 jobs. “The health care industry is facing a difficult external environment,” Chief Executive Joseph Jimenez told reporters in a conference call. “The financial crisis has become a debt crisis and you’ve got governments around the world that are pushing down prices of pharmaceuticals and other health care products.”

Novartis shares fell 2 percent to 50.75 Swiss francs ($57.71) by late morning on the Zurich exchange. In Europe, prices had dropped by about 5 percent already this year, with no end in sight, said Jimenez. “We can’t absorb these price cuts without taking action.” He said Novartis remains better placed than many of its rivals to weather the price cuts as reimbursements from government entities only account for 55 percent of its sales, compared with an average of 80-90 percent among peers. The Basel-based company plans to shut two manufacturing sites in Switzerland, transferring production to other locations or to third par ties. Some research and development jobs in Switzerland and the United States also will be outsourced, resulted in estimated annual savings of over $200 million.—AP

NYON: People stand in front of the entrance of a Novartis production site in Nyon yesterday. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG posted a 7 percent increase in third-quarter net profit yesterday as it announced 2,000 job cuts in an effort to save US dollar 200 million annually. — AP

rate rises has weakened consumer demand in the ongoing festive season across a range of sectors, from cars to property, as loans become costlier while disposable incomes remain low amid spiralling costs. Global consultancy Ernst and Young said on Monday, however, that India’s economy would grow at 9.5 percent in 2013 — 0.5 percent higher than China. — AFP

India looks to factories to create 100 million jobs NEW DELHI: India’s government approved yesterday a policy to boost the nation’s underdeveloped manufacturing sector, aiming to slash red tape and create special zones for firms in a drive to create 100 million jobs. Manufacturing accounts for just 16 percent of India’s agriculture-dependent economy, which is “a cause of concern,” the cabinet said in a statement after meeting. Under the new National Manufacturing Policy, the government hopes to cut the regulatory burden around companies, create “manufacturing zones” on unused infertile land and promote “green” technologies. The over-arching aim of the legislative framework is to create 100 million additional jobs by 2022. “The basic thrust is to provide an enabling environment for tapping the potential of the private sector and the entrepreneurial skills of the younger population,” the statement said. No specific details were given about how the policy would achieve its objectives, such as improving infrastructure for industry or simplifying business regulations. “With over 220 million people estimated to join the work force in the next decade, the

manufacturing sector will have to create gainful employment for at least half this number,” said the statement. Corporate leaders see serious shortcomings in the business environment in India, particularly high inflation, endemic corruption, difficult land acquisition laws and a sclerotic legal system. Transport infrastructure from ports to rail links is also poor, while much of the country suffers from electricity black-outs and water supply problems. Nevertheless, the Indian economy has grown strongly over the last decade and manufacturing companies from the developed world including mobile phone group Nokia and car companies Ford and General Electric have set up plants. The southeastern state capital of Chennai, the western state of Gujarat and the areas around the national capital New Delhi have emerged as the biggest magnets for foreign investment in manufacturing. In the past decade, India’s population grew by 17.6 percent, to 1.21 billion, according to provisional census data. Based on current trends, India is set to overtake China as the world’s largest country by 2025, according to the US Census Bureau. — AFP




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Driverless car navigates Berlin streets BERLIN: It can talk, see, drive and no longer needs a human being to control it by remote. The car of the future completely computer-controlled - is on the streets of Berlin. All summer, researchers from the city ’s Free University have been testing the automobile around the German capital. The vehicle maneuvers through traffic on its own using a sophisticated combination of devices, including a computer, electronics and a precision satellite navigation system in the trunk, a camera in the front, and laser scanners on the roof and around the front and rear bumpers. “The vehicle can recognize other cars on the road, pedestrians, buildings and trees up to 70 meters (yards) around it and even see if the traffic lights ahead are red or green and react accordingly,” Raul Rojas, the head of the university’s research group for arti-

ficial intelligence, told reporters at a presentation Friday. “In fact, the car’s recognition and reaction to its environment is much faster than a human being’s reaction.” The scientists have worked on their research car, a Volkswagen Passat worth euro400,000 ($551,800) with lots of built-in special technology, for four years. Several other groups have also been working on such technology recently, notably Google, which has been testing a robotic Toyota Prius in Nevada. “There’s a big trend for completely computer-controlled cars many companies and research centers in several countries are working on it and it is hard to say, who’s got the most-developed vehicle at the moment,” Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, a professor for automotive economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, told

The Associated Press on Tuesday. Dudenhoeffer estimated that with the technology advances, it could only take another decade for the fully automatic cars to start becoming available for consumers. “Even today’s cars are often partially computer-controlled, for example when it comes to parking or emergency brakes.” However, he said, that besides the technological issues, the legal challenges would be another issue that needed to be regulated: “Who will be responsible when there’s an accident the owner or the passenger of the computer-controlled car or the company that produced it?” “However, all in all, one can definitely say that computer-controlled cares will be much safer than human drivers,” Dudenhoeffer said. “Especially if you keep in mind that most of today’s accidents are caused by human error.”

In Berlin, the university researchers received a special permit from the city’s security and safety controllers in June to use it in regular traffic - under the condition that a safety driver sits behind the steering wheel, even if he doesn’t touch anything - not the steering wheel, gas pedals nor brakes. On a special testing ground, the team has also been allowed to let the car run without anyone on board. “This kind of technology is the future of mobility,” Rojas said, who had a more conservative estimate than Dudenhoeffer, saying that it may be 30 to 40 years before they become available to the average consumer. The key to the automobile’s intelligence is in the way the computer program runs. “In the beginning with had trouble with the robotic driving style of the car,” said Rojas. “But we’ve worked on the programming and now

its driving style is as smooth as a human being.” Rojas estimates that once the technology - specifically the sensors - gets less expensive, such cars will eventually conquer the roads. “It is similar to the beginnings of the computers: 40 years ago, only research labs could afford computers, now everybody is walking around with a computer in his pocket.” Ideally, the car will respond to orders by remote control, for example on an iPad or an iPhone. With a click or a touch, the passenger can call the car to his personal location and then order the car to drop him off at his desired destination. “This kind of car is actually perfect for car sharing,” said Rojas. “There will be no more need for owning a car once the automobile has dropped off its passenger it will drive on to the next passenger.” — AP

Apple alums give home thermostats a new twist World’s first learning thermostat

VIENNA: Austrian student Max Schrems sits at his computer, in Vienna, Austria. Schrems wasn’t quite sure what information about himself Facebook would send him after he filed a request with the social networking giant to receive his personal data, as is required under European law. It certainly wasn’t the stack of 1,222 pages worth on a CD that inspired him to launch an online campaign aimed at forcing the social media behemoth to abide by European data privacy laws - something the Palo Alto, California-based company insists it already does. Since August, some 350,000 people have visited the site, dubbed “Europe vs. Facebook,” and flooded Facebook’s European branch, based in Ireland, with requests for their personal data. — AP

Compal licenses Microsoft patents for Android SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft said Monday that Taiwan-based Compal Electronics has joined a growing list of gadget makers licensing its patents for use in devices powered by Googlebacked Android or Chrome software. More than half of the companies that contract to build Android or Chrome devices for major brands now license Microsoft technology, according to Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez. The deals mean that while smartphones powered by Microsoft software compete with Google-backed Android handsets, the Washington State-based

technology giant stands to profit on the success of its California rival. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry,” Gutierrez said in a blog post. “We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP (intellectual property) issues surrounding Android and Chrome,” he continued. Specifics of the Compal licensing deal were not disclosed. Compal subsidiary Compal Communications makes mobile phones and its list of customers includes Motorola. — AFP

Cyber attacks against US Energy Dept disclosed WASHINGTON: The US Department of Energy has been hit by recent successful cyber attacks and needs to do more to protect its computer systems, the depar tment ’s internal watchdog said in a repor t on Monday. The report by the department’s inspector general did not disclose who launched the cyber attacks or the consequences at four affected locations. The Department of Energy (DOE) has dozens of agencies, regional offices and laboratories. Among other tasks, it manages the US nuclear weapon stockpile through its National Nuclear Security Administration. The audit found a growing number of weaknesses in the department’s computer systems. The repor t said investigators found 60 percent more weaknesses in the DOE’s computer systems than during a similar audit in 2010, making this the second year in a row that the number of problems has jumped. The DOE fixed only 11 of 35 weaknesses identified in the prior audit, the report said. “Continued vigilance is necessary due to the recent department incidents and increased cyber attacks by both domestic and international sources,” the report said, noting that the department’s computer systems are “routinely threatened with sophisticated cyber attacks.” The report, which covered the 2011 fiscal year that ended Sept 30, did not state when the attacks

occurred, other than describing them as “recent successful attacks.” It also did not state explicitly that the National Nuclear Security Administration had been a target of the attacks, but the agency defended itself. The National Nuclear Security Administration criticized the report for failing to recognize the effectiveness of its “layered” approach to cybersecurity, calling some of the problems identified in the report “isolated issues.” “We are concerned that a casual reader of this report might not fully understand that the findings, while important, do not represent demonstrated risks,” Kenneth Powers, the agency’s associate administrator for management and budget, said in a letter to the DOE Inspector General. The report said the department has begun to fix many of the problems identified in the audit. Cybersecurity has become a major issue across the US government, with attacks against all agencies’ systems up almost 40 percent last year, the report said. The audit, conducted between February and October, found examples of poor management of computer access codes and passwords and failure to use up-to-date security measures on some computers and systems to protect against viruses and hackers. A department spokesman was not immediately available for comment on Monday. — Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO: Nest Labs, a startup founded by former Apple engineers, hopes to do for home thermostats what their former employer did for smartphones-make them hip and intuitive. The startup came out of stealth mode yesterday to unveil the Learning Thermostat, which can be taught to maintain its owners’ precise comfort level after a week or less of use, saving energy lost through manual adjustment. “We created the world’s first learning thermostat,” Nest vice president of marketing Erik Charlton said while giving AFP an early look at the device. “You interact with it for a few days and it programs itself to your schedule,” he said. “You don’t have to touch it again.” Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is a former senior vice president of the Apple division behind iPods and iPhones. Fellow co-founder Matt Rogers was a lead iPod software engineer working with Fadell at Apple. Rounding out the staff is Nest’s vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, once head of innovations at Google, and vice president of operations Johnny Gilmore, formerly a general manager at Sling Media. “Ten million thermostats are sold every year and there has been little innovation since the 1950s,” said Charlton, who headed computer mouse marketing at Logitech before joining Nest. “We are changing that.” The company began taking US orders online at for the thermostats, which were priced at $249 each. The devices begin shipping in November. “We believe this will pay for itself within a year,” Charlton said. Inspiration for Nest came when Fadell was building an environmentallyfriendly home in Northern California and discovered that thermostat technology was stuck in a bygone era. “Tony has always had green interests,” Charlton said. “He knew we could do better than what was out there and pulled together a team to do it.” The sleek, disk-shaped thermostat is controlled by turning an outer ring. A black display screen showing the temperature turns blue to indicate cooling or red to show rooms are being heated. Machine learning built into thermostats

lets them adapt to patterns in homes within a week of regular use. The more users adjust their Nest thermostats, the more precisely the devices learn preferred comfort levels in homes. “There is an enormous amount of computing power built into it,” Charlton said. Sensors in the thermostat assess whether lights are on or there is movement, determin-

trols half the energy in the home,” Charlton said. Nest thermostats have Wi-Fi connectivity to link up to the Internet, and a free iPhone application lets people manage home climates from afar or mine data about energy used for heating or cooling. “They are iPhone guys, so we had to have a cool app for it,” Charlton said. An application

HONG KONG: A man reads a biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a bookstore in Hong Kong yesterday. Written by Walter Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time magazine, the book is the result of 40 interviews Isaacson conducted with Jobs since 2009 and with over 100 family members, friends, business rivals and colleagues. — AFP ing when people are away and then shifting to energy-saving settings. A green leaf appears on-screen to prompt users to save energy and money by altering their usual thermometer setting by a barely noticeable degree. Learning Thermostats also tell people how long it will take to get rooms to desired temperatures, letting them assess whether they will be home long enough to justify the process. “It turns out that the thermostat con-

to connect with Android-powered mobile gadgets will be released a couple of weeks after Learning Thermostats launch. Nest is based in the Northern California city of Palo Alto and began the thermostat project 18 months ago. The startup has a team of about 100 people. The roster of investors in the startup includes Silicon Valley heavyweights Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. — AFP

Japan parliament hit by China-based cyberattack TOKYO: Computers in Japan’s lower house of parliament were hit by cyberattacks from a server based in China that left information exposed for at least a month, a report said yesterday. Passwords and other information could have been compromised in the attacks, which began in July but were not

reported to security authorities until the end of August, the Asahi Shimbun said, without citing sources. The government ’s top spokesman Osamu Fujimura, chief cabinet secretary and a lower house member, said he was not previously aware of the reported attack but that the

government was investigating the issue. However, the Asahi said that lower house officials told lawmakers and parliamentary staff to change their network IDs and passwords, over fears that security had been breached. The Asahi said politicians’ computers and a lower house

SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California during the Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Enterprise software giant Oracle said October 24 it had struck a deal to buy RightNow Technologies, which helps companies manage their cloud computing activities, for $1.5 billion. — AFP

ser ver contracted a “ Trojan horse” virus containing a programme that allowed a Chinabased server to steal passwords and other information. It was not clear who was behind the attack, it said, adding it was possible the China-based server could have been controlled from a third country. The cyberattack began when a lower house politician opened an attachment to an e-mail in late July, the newspaper said, adding that the unnamed lawmaker did not report the suspected virus infection until late August. Fujimura said the government was checking the facts of the reported issue. “If criminal acts are confirmed, police will strictly deal with it,” he told a regular press briefing. The report came as Japan probes a series of recent cyberattacks on defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy, which the Asahi on Monday said could have resulted in the theft of information on military aircraft and nuclear power plants. China has been accused of spearheading online attacks on government agencies and companies, allegations Beijing has always denied. In June, Internet giant Google said a cyber-spying campaign originating in China had targeted the Gmail accounts of senior US officials, military personnel, journalists and Chinese political activists. — AFP



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Teen violence linked to heavy soda diet: Study PARIS: Researchers in the United States said yesterday they had found a “shocking” association-if only a statistical one -between violence by teenagers and the amount of soda they drank. High-school students in inner-city Boston who consumed more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week were between nine and 15-percent likelier to engage in an aggressive act compared with counterparts who drank less. “What we found was that there was a strong relationship between how many soft drinks that these inner-city kids consumed and how violent they were, not only in violence against peers but also violence in dating relationships, against siblings,” said David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It was shocking to us when we saw how clear the relationship was,” he told

AFP in an interview. But he stressed that only further work would confirmor disprove-the key question whether higher consumption of sweet sodas caused violent behaviour. The new study was based on answers to questionnaires filled out by 1,878 public-school students aged 14 to 18 in the inner Boston area, where Hemenway said crime rates were much higher than in the wealthier suburbs. The overwhelming majority of respondents were Hispanic, African-American or mixed; few were Asian or white. Among the questions were how much carbonated non-diet soft drink, measured in 12-ounce (355-millilitre) cans, the teens had drunk in the previous seven days. They were also asked whether they drank alcohol or smoked, carried a weapon or showed violence towards peers, family members and partner.

What emerged, said Hemenway, was evidence of “dose response,” in other words, the more soda was consumed, the likelier the tendenc y towards violence. Among those who drank one or no cans of soft drink a week, 23 percent carried a gun or a knife; 15 percent perpetrated violence towards a partner; and 35 percent had been violent towards peers. At the other end of the scale, among those who drank 14 cans a week, 43 percent carried a gun or a knife; 27 percent had been violent towards a partner; and more than 58 percent had been violent towards peers. Overall, teens who were heavy consumers of sugary fizz were between nine and 15 percentage points likelier to show aggressive behaviour compared with low consumers, even when ethnicity and other confounding fac-

tors were taken into account. This is a magnitude similar to the link found, in previously researched, with alcohol or tobacco. Hemenway said the study had included a couple of questions aimed at tak ing a children’s home background into account, including whether the teen had taken a meal with his family in the previous days. As it was only intended as a preliminary investigation, the questionnaire did not ask what kind of sodas the teens drank, he said. “This is one of the very first studies to examine” the question, said Hemenway. “We don’t know why (there is this strong association). There may be some causal effect but it’s also certainly plausible that this is just a marker for other problems-that kids who are violent for whatever reason, they tend to smoke more, they tend to drink more

alcohol and they tend to maybe drink more soft drinks. We just don’t know. “We want to look at it more carefully in following studies.” The study, published in a British journal, I njur y Prevention, will revive memories of the “Twinkie Defence,” a US legal landmark in which a killer successfully argued that his behaviour had been swayed by eating junk food. The defendant in this case, Dan White, had been charged with homicide. His lawyer’s successful pleading led to conviction of a lesser charge, of voluntary manslaughter. Several studies elsewhere have established a link between very high sugar consumption and lack of social bonding or irritable and anti-social behaviour. Some diet research has also pointed the finger at the lack of micro-nutrients as a source of aggression, but this work is still in its early stages. — AFP

Divide over when to use in-depth cholesterol tests ‘Cholesterol isn’t the only factor behind heart disease’

LONDON: Gentoo Penguins bob for apples as a Halloween treat at the London Aquarium yesterday. Gentoo penguins can grow to around 90cm high, and are the third largest of the 17 species of penguin, after the Emperor Penguin and King Penguin. — AP

More evidence that coffee cuts skin cancer risk WASHINGTON: More evidence that coffee, particularly among female drinkers, has a positive effect against the most common form of skin cancer worldwide was released Monday at a major US medical conference. Women who drank more than three cups per day of caffeinated coffee saw a 20 percent lower risk of getting basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a slow-growing form of cancer, than those who drank less than a cup per month. Men who drank the same amount saw a nine percent lower risk, said the research presented at the 10th American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Boston. “Given the nearly one million new cases of BCC diagnosed each year in the United States, daily dietary factors with even small protective effects may have great public health impact,” said researcher Fengju Song, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent BCC.” The data was derived

from the Nurses’ Health Study (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (Harvard School of Public Health). The nurses study followed 72,921 participants from June 1984 to June 2008. The health professionals study tracked 39,976 participants from June 1986 to June 2008. Basal cell carcinoma was the most frequently diagnosed skin cancer in the groups, totaling 22,786 cases. The benefits of coffee drinking were not seen against the next two most prevalent types-squamous cell carcinoma (1,953 cases) or melanoma (741 cases). Basal cell carcinoma is a non-melanoma form of skin cancer, and is the most common cancer in the United States. Seventy-five percent of all skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas, according to the American Cancer Society. It is most common in people with light hair and green or blue eyes, and can manifest itself as a skin sore that bleeds and doesn’t heal, though it rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Previous studies have shown coffee drinkers tend to have fewer incidences of breast, uterine, prostate and colon cancers, but the beneficial effects are not seen in people who drink decaffeinated coffee. — AFP

Commonwealth urged to tackle homophobic laws PERTH: Commonwealth countries will be urged to repeal homophobic laws at a leaders’ summit this week in a bid to stamp out the deadly spread of HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. The body tasked with developing options to reform the Commonwealth has noted that the old British Empire laws against gays are still in force in 41 of the 54 member nations. These include statues, mostly enacted in colonial times, which criminalise homosexual sex. “It’s just a dear little legacy of the British Empire,” Michael Kirby, a retired High Court judge and Australia’s representative on the Eminent Persons Group, said ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). “It’s a very special British problem. “And the problem is it makes it very difficult to get messages about HIV out,” he said in comments broadcast on the ABC. About 2.7 million new people become infected with HIV every year, with the virus claiming a further two million lives annually from AIDS. But Commonwealth countries are disproportionately burdened with the disease, accounting for some 30 percent of the global population but 60 percent of the world’s HIV/AIDS cases. Kirby noted that reforms would face cultural and religious obstacles among members of the Commonwealth, which comprises mainly former British colonies stretching from Canada to Cameroon and from New Zealand to Nigeria. “But you need to remove the criminal laws, and that is what the Eminent Persons Group is suggesting for the CHOGM meeting,” he said. Without a vaccine or a cure for HIV, many believe prevention is still the best method of attack against the virus which has infected more than 30 million people worldwide.

Rob Lake, the executive director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, said with so much now known about HIV, it should be clear how to prevent it, but this could not happen if people cannot live freely. He said while not every Commonwealth country actively prosecuted homophobic laws, they created an environment in which people were fearful about seeking advice or help. “When people are forced to hide, or cover who they are and what they do... they are not the people who get the messages about prevention, get the messages about treatment,” he told AFP. “And that’s one of the factors in these high rates in Commonwealth countries.” Lake said the laws needed to be repealed to help reduce infection rates and while the situation in some countries was improving, there were other nations which were heading in the other direction. He noted the case of two men charged with sodomy in Malawi, who were sentenced to 14 years in jail. They were pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon intervened. And in May fellow CHOGM state Uganda shelved an anti-gay bill that would have imposed the death penalty for certain homosexual acts, notably if one partner in consensual gay sex had the HIV virus. The CHOGM talks, to be opened by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, will also debate whether the body should adopt a charter of common values, and create the office of commissioner for democracy, rule of law and human rights. Kirby said it was important that the Eminent Persons Group’s report was accepted in its substance at the Commonwealth summit. “It is a really critical watershed for the Commonwealth,” he said. — AFP

SANTA MONICA: For heart health, you’re supposed to know your numbers: Total cholesterol, the bad LDL kind and the good HDL kind. But your next checkup might add a new number to the mix. More doctors are going beyond standard cholesterol counts, using another test to take a closer look at the bad fats - a count of particles that carry LDL through the blood. Cardiologists are divided over the usefulness of that approach. Proponents contend it might help them spot at-risk patients that regular checks might miss, or get more information about how aggressively to treat them. But so far, guidelines from major heart organizations don’t recommend these extra tests. They’re pricier than regular cholesterol exams, although Medicare and many other insurers pay for them. And it’s not always clear what the results mean. “I see a lot of people being confused,” says Dr. Nieca Goldberg of New York University Langone Medical Center and the American Heart Association. Especially when they’re used on lower-risk people, “you don’t know how to make sense of the information.” Yet up to half of patients diagnosed with heart disease apparently had normal levels of LDL cholesterol, and some doctors say particle testing might help find some of them sooner. “For most people, the standard lipid profile is fine,” says Dr. Michael Davidson of the University of Chicago. But “I get referred people who said, ‘My cholesterol was fine, why do I have heart disease?’ We’re showing them, well, because your particle number’s sky high and they were not aware that was a problem.” Davidson chaired a committee of the National Lipid Association which this month called the extra tests reasonable to assess which at-risk patients might need to start or intensify cholesterol treatment. That committee’s meeting was paid for by a grant from eight pharmaceutical companies, including some makers of particle tests. Cholesterol isn’t the only factor behind heart disease. High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, diabetes or a strong family history of the disease can put someone in the high-risk category

even if their cholesterol isn’t a red flag. Some doctors also are testing for inflammation in arteries that may play a role, too. On the cholesterol front, doctors have long focused on three key numbers: Total cholesterol should be below 200. An LDL or “bad” cholesterol level below 130 is good for healthy people, but someone with heart disease or diabetes should aim for under 100.

ally correlate with the amount of particles in blood, they don’t always, just as a beach bucket of sand may weigh the same as a bucket of pebbles but contain more particles. Only in recent years have commercial tests made particle checks more feasible - although there’s no standard method, and different tests measure in different ways. The tests add another $100 to $150 to regular choles-

SANTA MONICA: Denny Fongheiser and his girlfriend Kim Adamis power-walk in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. More doctors are going beyond standard cholesterol counts, using another test to take a closer look at the bad fats, a count of particles that carry LDL through the blood. — AP For HDL, the “good” cholesterol that helps control the bad kind, higher numbers are better - 60 is protective while below 40 is a risk. Where do particles come in? Scientists have long known that small, dense LDL particles sneak into the artery wall to build up and narrow blood vessels more easily than larger, fluffier particles. While overall LDL levels usu-

terol checks. But is knowing about your particles really useful, and if so when? That’s where doctors are split. A study published last spring used one particle test, from Raleigh, N.C.-based LipoScience, to analyze a database of more than 5,000 middleaged people whose heart health was tracked for five years. Most people’s overall LDL and particle

counts correlated pretty well. But people had a higher risk of heart disease when their particle count was much higher than their LDL predicted - and, conversely, a lower risk if their particle count was lower than expected, says lead researcher Dr. David Goff Jr. of Wake Forest University. “We could be treating some people who don’t need to be treated ... and we may be missing some people who should be treated,” Goff says. “But I’d also say that we haven’t done all the research that needs to be done to prove that this will lead to better patient outcomes.” Many of those higher-risk patients could be caught by a closer look at standard tests “for no additional charge,” says Dr. Roger Blumenthal of Johns Hopkins University and the American College of Cardiology. Triglycerides, another harmful fat, are a good indicator, Blumenthal says. You’re at risk despite a low LDL if your triglycerides are over 130, not to mention a low HDL, he said. People who are obese, diabetic of borderline diabetic also are at greater risk, because they often have higher LDL particle counts. Another way to measure without an added test: Just subtract HDL from your total cholesterol number. The resulting bad-fat total should be no higher than 30 points above your recommended LDL level - and if they are, it’s time for serious diet and exercise, adds Dr. Allen Taylor of Washington Hospital Center. Still, even some doctors who don’t think particle testing is for the masses say they use it sometimes to tip the scales on a borderline patient. Others use it to guide therapy. Consider Denny Fongheiser of Santa Monica, Calif. At 52, his usual 3-mile-a-day walk suddenly left him panting, but his insurer wouldn’t pay for a stress test because his cholesterol was normal. A month later, chest pain sent Fongheiser to the hospital where he needed a stent to unclog an artery. It turned out he had high particle levels, which his cardiologist now aims to get below the LipoScience-recommended level of 1,000 with cholesterol-lowering drugs. “I was basically a time bomb,” Fongheiser says. He welcomes “being able to test this and know what’s going on.” — AP

Yoga, stretching both ease chronic back pain: US study NEW YORK: Both weekly yoga classes and regular stretching classes eased pain and im p roved f unc t io ning i n people with chronic lower back ailments, according to a U S st udy. The st udy, p ublis hed in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at over 200 adults with lower back pain and found that participants in both types of classes repor ted more improvement in symptoms after three months than patients who were only given a book with advice on preventing and managing pain. “Here is an option that is worth trying,” said Karen Sherman from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, who led the study. Finding that yoga and stretching had about equal effects means it was probably the stretching in yoga, and not the relaxation or breathing components of the practice, that helped improve functioning and pain symptoms, researchers said.

For the study, they divided 228 adults with long-lasting back pain into three groups. Patients in the first two groups went to either weekly yoga or stretching classes for 12 weeks and were asked to practice on their own between the classes, which focused on stretching and strengthening the lower back and legs. Patients in the third group were given a book with back pain-related exercise and lifestyle advice, and information on managing flare-ups. After the 12-week program, people who had gone to the group classes reported significantly lower scores on a questionnaire measuring how much pain interferes with daily activities. The questionnaire rated daily “disability” level on a scale of zero to 23, with 23 being the most severe. At the 12-week mark, the exercise groups had dropped from an initial average score of 10 in the yoga group

or nine in the stretching group to between four and five in both groups. The people who received the book started with an average score of nine and at 12 weeks had dropped to about a seven. Sixty percent of people in the yoga group reported improvements in pain, compared to 46 percent in the stretching classes and just 16 percent of people who only got the books. Three months after the end of classes, symptom improvements were similar in people who had done either stretching or yoga, and were better than in the non-exercise group. “We’ve known for a while ... that exercise is good for back pain,” said Timothy Carey, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who wrote a commentary published with the study. “Almost anyone with back pain can benefit from stretching exercises.” — Reuters



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Women making slow, sure strides in science, math MASSACHUSETTS: For many of the women, the chemistry lab was a home away from home - a sorority for nerds, of sorts, that hints at the slow but steady shift in technical fields that have been traditionally filled with men. Rebecca Allred has fond memories of that lab at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She and her peers spent hours there. They worked into the night for their professor, Elizabeth Harbron, because they wanted to, blowing off steam by dancing to the soundtrack of “Mamma Mia” or taking a break on Fridays to play Putt-Putt golf together. Harbron was not only their mentor, but often a confidante. They shared their frustrations. They celebrated their successes. Several published their findings with Harbron’s guidance, a rarity for undergraduates. “That lab was a refuge between classes. I loved being there,” says Allred, now a second-year doctoral student in the Yale University chemistry department and one of a new generation of young women who are helping change the face of the so-called STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and math. Though she was happy to help blaze the path for them, Harbron says she didn’t set out to create an allwomen’s lab. It happened naturally. Students like Allred sought her out because they liked her informal, lively teaching style. “I don’t want to become a female ghetto of overachieving white girls,” Harbron jokes, referring to the general makeup of her lab these days. Then she asks more seriously: “But am I just perpetuating the model that’s gotten us where we are?” In other words, she wonders, has she inadvertently created the female version of the “old boys’ network”? Whatever the answer, it’s hard to argue with her results: her lab has become a place where these young women gained confidence to match their abilities, she says. Many, like Allred, have gone on to graduate programs. That’s a big deal in

the STEM fields, which have been slower than other disciplines to integrate women at the highest levels. With two-thirds of all undergraduate degrees and 60 percent of master’s degrees now going to women, many believe it’s only a matter of time before that trend influences the upper echelons of the STEM fields. Already, statistics from the Council of Graduate Schools show that women, overall, earned slightly more than half of the doctorates handed out in all disciplines in the United States in 2009 and 2010. When it comes to the STEM fields, women have been most successful in medicine and biology - and least successful in engineering, math and computer science. But experts hope that, too, will change. A recent report from the American Association of University Women notes that, 30 years ago, the ratio of seventh- and eighth-grade boys who scored more than 700 on the SAT math exam, compared with girls, was 13 to 1. Now it’s 3 to 1. “You gotta fill up the pipeline and support these good people and, after a while, things get straightened out,” says Thomas Pollard, dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which includes Allred’s program. Some would argue that that pipeline is still too leaky in the STEM fields. “In an ideal world you’d expect that it’d catch up, but it doesn’t quite catch up because we’re still losing women at every level,” says Ted Greenwood, a former director with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which funds several STEM programs that target women and minorities. That said, he and others note that women are still making more progress than minorities, particularly black men. And even in fields like chemistry, engineering and math, the percentages of women who received doctorates still has steadily increased over the last decade, according to the Council of Graduate Schools report. Rebecca Allred’s path to a doctoral program provides a glimpse of how

it’s happening - and how crucial access and support can be. It began, she says, with her first role model - her mother, Janet Mikulas. Mikulas, who got her engineering degree in the 1970s from Virginia Tech, can hardly imagine what it would be like to have so many women peers, as her daughter did at William and Mary. “You

a male-dominated field, that he thought he was supposed to encourage her to be a mother and a secretary. “He did it with the very best of intentions. He taught me a million things all his life. I was his best buddy,” Mikulas said. “But he couldn’t quite tell me what he really thought.”

WILLIAMSBURG: William & Mary professor Elizabeth Harbron, right, works with senior Beth Childress of Christiansburg, Va. in her lab in Williamsburg, Va. Though she was happy to help blaze a path, Habron says she didn’t start out to create an all-women’s lab. It happened naturally, with students seeking her out because they liked her informal, lively teaching style. — AP know,” Mikulas remembers her mother whispering to her after she announced her major to her parents, “Dad always said you should be an engineer.” She was stunned. Why didn’t she know this? Why hadn’t her father told her? Her mother explained, as best she could, that he had felt it was wrong to encourage her to enter

Mikulas and her husband, also an engineer, vowed that it would be different for their daughters. “We decided that we’d let them be what they wanted to be,” she says. Some would say there was no way Allred - known as Rebecca Mikulas before she married her college sweetheart in 2009 could have failed. She had educational

opportunities that many do not, including a private school in rural Virginia where classes were small and where she was given the chance to study at her own pace. She also had the smarts, skipping kindergarten and second grade and taking college classes by the time she was in middle school. She finished her high school requirements by age 16 but then decided to take more math and science courses at a public high school, where she also excelled at volleyball, basketball and track. Her parents always worked to integrate math and science into everyday life on their family farm and during dinnertime conversations. But she also had teachers who encouraged and challenged her another key, experts say, in keeping girls engaged. Her mother remembers how Rebecca’s high school chemistry teacher put off retiring for a year so she could have Rebecca as a student in her advanced-placement class. The teacher was certain she’d be her first student to receive the top score of 5 on the AP chemistry test. And Rebecca did. She was considering colleges, including Harvard, around the time when Harvard’s then-president, Lawrence Summers, made controversial comments questioning women’s aptitude for top-level science and math. He later stepped down. Unfazed, 17-year-old Rebecca went to William and Mary on a track scholarship. There, she took a chemistry class with Harbron - and applied for a spot in Harbron’s lab. She quickly realized she’d found her next mentor. “She was so animated and funny - and into what she was doing,” Allred says of her professor. “I wanted to be a part of it.” When she first joined Harbron’s lab, she was the only woman student. “I had to learn my boy social dynamics,” Allred says, laughing and noting that, at that point, many of her interactions at her Mormon church and in sports were with other women. You wouldn’t think that would matter much. But

Harbron and other professors say there’s an interesting dynamic they often see in coed labs. Women tend to hang back, they say, and let men take the lead role. “They’re so afraid of being wrong. I don’t think guys have that fear,” Harbron says. “If they’re admitting they don’t know something, then they are admitting a vulnerability. “But what they don’t realize is that other people don’t know either.” Christina Davis, another student who was in Harbron’s lab when Allred was there, remembers feeling stressed out by her need to be perfect, to have all the answers. She balked, at first, when Harbron refused to tell her what result she should expect in an experiment. But Davis says she soon learned to love exploring the unknown in experiments, so much so that she, too, eventually decided to pursue a doctorate in chemistry instead of going to medical school. “I stopped following the plan I had written when I was 7 and opened myself up to new possibilities,” says Davis, who’s now in the PhD program at the University of Texas and currently studying in South Korea. Increasingly, some institutions are finding value in more formal allwomen’s programs in the STEM fields. The all-women’s Smith College in Massachusetts, for instance, bucked its liberal arts tradition and started an engineering program 10 years ago - a decision other all-women’s schools are following. Some students come to Smith knowing they want to be engineers. Others are drawn into the program by an introductory class called “Engineering for Everyone.” Another interesting result: Most of the students in the Smith program have ended up choosing mechanical or electrical engineering - specialties within that field that women have tended to avoid. The program is also growing, averaging 20 students a year until this year, when that number doubled, says Donna Riley, an associate professor of engineering at Smith who helped found the program. —AP




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BSK achieves success in Mathematics

Announcements Emigration law seminar Kerala Art Lovers Association (Kala Kuwait) is organizing a seminar tomorrow 27th October 7 pm at United Indian School Abbassiya. The main objective of the seminar is the requirement of a ìComprehensive Emigration Lawî in Indian sector. The recent threat risen from the world economic crises can be caused a black mark in the future of Indians working abroad. In this circumstance ìKala Kuwaitî decided to conduct such a seminar. The Indian Lawyers Forum, Kerala Islamic Group, Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association, Representatives from Congress group and otherpProminent cultural activist will be participating in this seminar. For details contact 97817100, 66656642, 24317875. Exhibition on healthcare The India Medical Tourism Destination (IMTD) exhibition and conference, which aims at promoting India as a global healthcare destination, is to take place on the 2nd & 3rd of November at the Hall No 7, Kuwait International Fair Grounds in Mishref. The two-day mega medical tourism exhibition and conference is being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Trident Exhibitions in collaboration with the Embassy of India, Kuwait and the Indian Doctors Forum, Kuwait. EDA Onam 2011 Ernakulam District Association Kuwait (EDA) ‘Onam 2011” celebration will be on November 4th at Indian Community School, Salmiya (Senior Girls). It will be a full day entertainment from 9 am to 5 pm. Indian Ambassador Satish C. Mehta will be the chief guest. EDA family will be staging various cultural activities bringing back the nostalgic memories of a bygone era of prosperity, equality and righteousness under the golden reign of Mahabali. In addition, a sumptuous traditional meal “ONASADYA” will be served to all the members and invitees. All members and their families are requested to participate in the event. Contact Baburaj (66080256), Bipin (66024732) or visit our website Free medical camp MES conducts their 12th Free Medical Screening Camp on Friday 11th November at Central School Abbasiya in association with Kuwait Medical Association (KMA), Indian Doctors Forum (IDF), Kuwait Heart Foundation and Indian Dentists Alliance in Kuwait. The camp will be from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Around 50 specialized doctors from IDF will lead the examination. Thousands of poor and needy community members were benefited from the past 11 Medical Camps. Doctors specialized in Gynecology, Ortho, Cardiology, Surgical, Pediatrics, Diabetes, Ophthalmology, ENT, Skin, General Medicine and Dental are available in the camp. Applicant should bring any medical records he/she have i.e. X-ray, Lab Test Report. Application forms are available at all the Branches of Gulf Mart, Tasty Restaurant, Al-Yaqza Book Shop (Kuwait City), Dress Mart (Fahaheel), Highland Supermarket (Abbasiya), Azizia Book Shop (Salmiya). Duly filled application will be acceptable maximum by 5th November 2011. For details contact Zubair (99826195) & Hassan Managad (99131104).


he academic year 2010-11 has proven to be an impressive year for The British School of Kuwait in terms of Mathematics competitions. The school entered the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Mathematics Challenge for the first time and the students have acquitted themselves admirably. The competition not only tests mathematical ability but also requires students to think laterally and question what Mathematics is required for each problem. With 2 Gold certificates, 6 Silver and 10 Bronze, including 2 students who were in Year 6 at time, the future for Mathematics looks bright at BSK. Our endeavour into the Mathletics Middle East Challenge 2011 further shows our students Mathematical aptitude. Through a series of mental Mathematics exercises Mr. Roger Francisco’s Year 10 class achieved a Top 3 placement in the Top Class in Middle East category and 2 students from the school placed in the Top 10 students in Kuwait. We look forward to this year’s competitions with the school entering the UKMT Senior, Intermediate and Junior Challenges, the Mathletics Middle East Challenge and also the University of Southampton Cipher Challenge of which we have 50 students currently competing.

The Sunshine Kindergarten - in the pink


he teaching team at The Sunshine Kindergarten in Salwa was pleased to do their bit for charity last week, when they took part in a netball competition hosted by their sister school, The British School of Kuwait. The TSK netball team was made up of members from across the different departments in the school. Teaching team members, administration staff and leadership team members all joined forces to have fun and raise money for cancer awareness. The theme was Pink Tuesday and

Tulukoota talent hunt Tulukoota Kuwait will hold a “Talent Hunt 2011” a chance to prove an inborn trait in you that confirms your individuality, uniqueness. For more information and registration form kindly log on to our Website: or visit our facebook page - Tulukoota Kuwait Talent Hunt 2011. You could also email your form request to: or contact our area coordinators mentioned below. Mangaf, Fahaheel, Abuhalifa : Ronald Dsouza- 60035824, Shalini Alva23726164, Suma Bhatt- 97834578 Salmiya & Hawally: Swarna Shetty- 99006934, Kripa Gatty66044194 Kuwait City, Jahra, Sharq: Rekha Sachu65044521,97862115 Farwaniya, Abbassiya, Shuwaikh & Khaitan: Sathyanarayana- 66585077 Sanath Shetty- 67712409. BEC T10 Cricket tournament The BEC T10 Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament will be organized & played from 7th October to 11th November, 2011. The Tournament being organized by RED N BLACK CRICKET CLUB and sponsored by BEC EXCHANGE will be played out in Abu Halifa cricket grounds. For registration and other queries please mail at or call 66820148/ 66130940/ 66841653.

Konkani drama


uwait Goan Association (KGA) after presenting popular Konkani tiatrs ‘Ghor Bandlem ghorabo Modlo’ and ‘Tujea Moga Passot’, now all set to present Tragedy King Mario Menezes most popular Konkani drama “Hatachim Panch Bottam” in Kuwait on Friday, 18th November 2011 with full troupe. Await for more details or email:

as the photograph shows, the TSK team took this to heart. Kindergarten teacher, Miss Wilda, made the pink tutus and Miss Joanne, the Principal, supplied the t-shirts with the TSK logo. Miss Eva, the school nurse, and Miss Taki the school registrar, became make-up artists for the event and the overall effect was amazing. A great afternoon was had by all and over KD 800 was raised to support cancer research. The Sunshine Kindergarten netballers won 3 out of their 4 games to

finish a respectable 3rd place in the competition. The TSK Tornados team consists of (from left to right) Zenda Ford, Philia Pinto, Sarahlda Scott, Wilda Ayres, Jordyn Gregory, Lis Armstrong (captain), Carolyn Bottomley, Taki Batalian and kneeling at the front, Eva Ersek. Special thanks from everyone at TSK go to the event organisers, Miss Alison Grice and Miss Patricia Whelan. For more information about TSK please check out our website



ear Aanish, you made us so happy by just coming into our lives and with each birthday that happiness only keeps growing. We love you. Happy birthday, son. With lots of love, your proud parents!

Upcoming events Indian Fiesta-2011

Art competition The eleventh Onam celebrations of Pathanamthitta District Association will be held on Friday, October 28. The association is holding an art competition in poetry and short story writings and the association is inviting poems and short stories from talented individuals among Malayalees in Kuwait. Persons interested in participating may send their writings with photograph to the following address Email:, for more information, contact 97863052 or 66501482. Indian Lawyers’ Forum Onam Indian Lawyers’ Forum will celebrate Onam, the unique, secular, harvest festival of Kerala on 18th November, 2011 Friday 10.30 am at Hi-Dine Restaurant Auditorium, Abbassia. Celebrations will include traditional variety entertainments, with the grand ‘ONASADHYA’. All Indian Lawyers & Law graduates working here in Kuwait are invited with their families. For details contact Panicker 97203939, Pulikkal 97260159. Email:


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IIS conducts orientation programme


IS conducts an orientation programme “Computer aided teaching (CAT)” On October 17, an orientation programmes “A transition from “Traditionalism to computer-aided - Teaching” (C.A.T), from “Teachercentered to learner-centered,” was held for the teachers of India International School. The occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of the Director, Moosa Koya, The Principal F M Basheer Ahmed, the Vice-Principal Mrs Narinder Kaur and the K.G. Head Mrs Shifana. The programme started with a soulful recitation from the Holy Quran by Abdul Jaleel. A lively information packed presentation on “computer Aided teaching” was presented by one of our esteemed teacher, Salim. To create an aura of professionalism in teaching, to inculcate In the minds of young, dynamic, budding personalities, the

essence of sophisticated learning methodology, to meet the challenges posed by the ever changing technologically advanced and competitive borderless global world and aid the young minds in widening their perspective beyond class room teaching and achievements in examination, an outstanding orientation was conducted by Salim. The impact of the presentation was tremendous! The positive response of the teacher reflects in their readiness to accept this opportunity as a challenge, to meet the learning difficulties of a learner, to channelize their learning process in a coherent, lucid and logical way. This innovative method of teaching fascinates and attracts students in a wider sense. Followed by the orientation, our talented Principal F.M.Basheer Ahmed addressed the gathering on highlighting the challenges awaiting for the academic year

2011-2012 with the renewed synergy and vibrancy to transform IIS into a citadel of knowledge and carve a niche. His impressive classroom techniques (six non-verbal techniques) to be implemented to control a class had a profound effect upon the teachers to adapt this concept in their methodology, which in turns paves the way for the overall development of the school by enabling the students to reach the “pinnacle of success.” Vice-Principal commended Salim’s presentation and also echoed the teachers thought that the principal’s speech was highly inspiring. The Director Moosa Koya’s words were apt final comments to the days invigorating interactive presentation. He voiced his view that the teacher’s commitment is ultimately to their own conscience and that dynamism as an essential characteristics for a teacher has to be maintained.

The entertainment wing of Creative Indians Association announces their forthcoming event “INDIAN FIESTA2011” on 28th October, 2011 at the Kuwait Entertainment City Doha from 2 PM till 11 PM. The day will offer tons of free rides, games, discount stalls, mouth watering Indian food stalls, dance performances, music, and a whole lot more of entertainment. The highlight of the carnival will be performances by the gorgeous looking and rocking performer Anushka Manchanda of the Golmaal 3 , Cash - Naughty Naughty , Kites, Mit Jaaye Gham (Dum Maaro Dum) songs Fame and the Handsome versatile singer/ music director Harshit Saxena of the Haal e Dil song from the Film- Murder2 Fame. The Hot Stepper group invites sponsors to be part of this Grand Indian Fiesta. Call 22455818. For dance performances, email at Visit and register on our website for timely updates on the event.

FCC beach clean up To All Filipinos in Kuwait... “Tara Na, Mag-Exercise Na Tayo Tuwing Biernes!! The Filipino Cultural Club (FCC), invites you to attend / participate in” FCC’s beach Clean-up and Physical Fitness” program dubbed as “A Dance with the Sun by the Sea... Season-2” on 28 October, 7 am, McDonald’s Corniche, Gulf Road, other activities include fun games, painting competition for the kids, sponsored by Zain, Western Union, McDonald’s at seaside, Gulf road, starting 28 October 2011 - March 2012. As an added attraction, there will be a “Weight Loss Competition” and participants will be weighed every week. Fitness program will run for four months every Friday 7 am McDonald seaside. Come, join us and tag along your family and friends in this very exciting and stimulating activity. See you then, for more information: Contact: Bong - 99530665, Maria - 99079341, Cynthia & Danny - 99169310, Mildred & Nelson - 60999203, Claire 67037497.

Youth India sports The preparations for the Youth India Shifa Al Jazeera Sports 2011 are in full swing, with the declaration of the captains for each zone, said Sports 2011 Convenor Nisar K Rasheed. Online registration is available at for the The Shifa Al Jazeera Pravasi Sports which will be held on the 28th at Kaifan Amateur Athletic Stadium and is open to all Keralites. The last date for registration is 25th October.

Kuwait Mantas Autumn dinner dance featuring the vibe will be held on Friday - October 28th at Movenpick Hotel- Salmiya from 8 pm. For details contact Alastair Hanny at 65996347 or log on to

KTAA events Oct. 29: The Annual KTAA Bazaar at Al Sadu House Nov. 15: “A Century of Color: Maya Weaving and Textiles from Guatemals.” Linda Fouke, KTAA Vice President, presenter Dec. 13: Mr. Hindi from Samovar Carpets. Location to be announced.



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Embassy Information EMBASSY OF ARGENTINA The Embassy of the Argentine Republic to Kuwait will hold Argentinean National Elections on October 23. Argentinean citizens already registered in the Embassy electoral register can vote at the Argentina Embassy, located in Mishref, Block 6, St. 42, Villa 57, from 08:00 am until 18:00 pm. Citizens visiting Kuwait or not registered in the embassy Electoral Register can also justify their “No Vote” at the same day and time at the Argentinean Embassy. For further information, contact us on phone no. 25379211, Email: nnnnnnn

Jakarta Tourism and Culture Middle-East road-show in Kuwait


he Jakarta Culture and Tourism Road-show for Middle-East, organized by the Jakarta City Government Tourism and Culture Office was recently in Kuwait to promote Jakarta as an attractive destination for tourism, shopping, cuisine, night-life and entertainment. Under the ‘Enjoy Jakarta’ branding the road-show, comprising of eleven leading tourism and hotel companies from Jakarta along with traditional Betawi art dancers and musicians, will visit Jordan, Iran and Kuwait to meet with local tourism industry stakeholders and the wider community. Jakarta Culture and Tourism Road-

show for Middle-East aims to introduce Jakarta, a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis of over 12 million people, and its centuries-old traditions and heritage that are still visible in its numerous museums and, art and antique markets. The city offers world-class shopping and accommodation, exotic foods and a wide variety of cultural activities to interest visitors from the Middle-East. The road-show initiative by the Jakarta City Government Tourism and Culture Office is supported by the Indonesian government as the state increasingly looks at non-oil revenues to boost its

economy. As part of supporting the government’s program of making tourism one of the important segments of the country’s economy, the Jakarta Culture and Tourism Road-show plans on attracting visitors from the Middle-East to Jakarta. Middle-East region was specifically targeted for the road-show due to its geographical proximity, religious similarity and for the high-spending visitors from the region who are known to stay longer at destinations they visit. In addition to Kuwait City, the road-show plans on visiting the cities of Tehran and Isfahan in Iran,

and Amman in Jordan. Jakarta is a fast developing modern capital city, with a rich history and the traditions of a multicultural society. The city provides a wide variety of enjoyable experiences through the friendliness of the people and the par excellence service of its hospitality industry. Jakarta City Government Tourism and Culture Office is one of the Jakarta City Government units that enjoy regional autonomy in the field of tourism and culture. More information on Jakarta can be had at:

—Photos by Joseph Shagra

EMBASSY OF CANADA The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St., Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at Canada offers a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that Consular Officials can contact and assist Canadians in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform Canadians of a family emergency at home. The Embassy of Canada encourages all Canadian Citizens to register online through the Government of Canada Travel Website at The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at Effective January 15, 2011, the only Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) application form that will be accepted by CIC is the Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada [IMM 5257] form. All previous Temporary Resident Visa application forms will no longer be accepted by CIC and instead will be returned to applicants. Should old applications be submitted prior to January 15, 2011 they will continue to be processed. To ensure that the most recent version of the Temporary Resident Visa application form is being utilized, applicants should refer to the CIC website. As of January 15, 2011, forms are to be filled in electronically. The Embassy of Canada is open from 07:30 to 15:30 Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 09:00 until 12:00 on Sunday through Wednesday. The forms are available on the internet at: 5257E.PDF. A guide explaining the process can be found here: 56E.PDF. nnnnnnn

EMBASSY OF GERMANY The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kuwait wishes to announce that as of 1 May 2011, the external service provider Al Qabas Assurex is operating a Visa Application Centre in support of the German Embassy. Short-term visa applications for travels to Germany (e.g. for tourism, visits, business) are to be submitted to the service provider Al Qabas who for your convenience will ensure that all relevant documents are included in your application. Your personal appearance at the Application Centre is not required. Address of the Visa Application Centre: Al Qabas Assurex Sanabel Tower (Al-Babtain) Mezzanine (M3) opposite Sharq Mall Kuwait 22924444 Fax: 22924442 Further information are available on the following websites: nnnnnnn

Future Eye holds seminar on ‘Theatre and Poetry’

EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India will remain closed today October 26, 2011 - Diwali. nnnnnnn


uture Eye Theatre, Kuwait held a seminar on ‘Theatre and Poetry’ on Saturday evening at the Successlines, Abbassiya. Malayalam theatre personalities M K Gopalakrishnan and Madhu Sankaramangalam led the seminar that explored the possibilities of employing the medium of theatre to present poetry. Gopalakrishnan, giving an overview of the evolution of modern Malayalam theatre, underlined how an actor could develop efficient communication tools with the support of poetic imageries. He also traced the evolution of modernism in Malayalam theatre after the entry of C.N. Sreekantan Nair, Kavalam

Narayana Panicker, Prof G. Shankara Pillai and others. He said poets like Kadammanitta and Dr Ayyappa Panicker and actors like Murali, Nedumudi Venu and M R Gopakumar helped developed a new style of presenting poems through theatre.

Participating in the debate, Sankaramangalam explained the role of a director in interpreting the text and expanding the scope of acting. At one point, the debate centered on the importance of the actor versus the director in theater with Sankaramangalam and Gopalakrishnan taking divergent positions. The seminar reached a conclusion that the theatre is an ensemble and collective efforts of playwright, director and actors constitute the success of a play. In addition to Future Eye Theatre members such as Shemejkumar, P.D. Paulose and George Mathew, many theatre lovers and cultural activists participated in

the seminar including Mohammad Riyas (Malayalam Media Forum), Aboobacker (Kala Kuwait) and Babuji Bathery (Thanima Kuwait). The seminar was moderated by Future Eye Theatre general convener Prof John Mathews who honored M.K. Gopalakrishnan with a memento. Future Eye Theatre president introduced the guests and honored Madhu Sankaramangalam. Vice-president K. K. Shemejkumar welcomed the gathering while executive member Rajeshwari Subbaraman proposed a vote of thanks. The meeting observed one-minute silence on the demise of Malayalam poet and actor Mullanezhi Neelakandan.

KIG holds seminar on global crisis


an made isms like capitalism, communism, socialism etc, have utterly failed to prevent wide spread corruption across the world in government and corporate levels and only a system based on ethics, morale and religious basis can solve the labyrinth of problems mankind is facing now, said Professor Siddique Hassan, Asst. Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, New Delhi, he was addressing a public gathering at Farwaniya boys high school auditorium arranged by Kerala Islamic Group (KIG), Kuwait. World had seen the failure, inefficiency and death of communism and socialism in its own birth places. The global financial crisis, scary sort of polarization of rich and poor, wide spread unemployment, the strikes and agitations like “occupy the wall street” in USA, Europe etc., are clearly demonstrating the death of capitalism as well, he added. KIG acting president Faisal Manjeri presided over the function, P.P. Abdul Razack, and Anwar Saed also addressed the audience. Earlier the program started with recitation of verses from Holy Quran by Saed Salmiya, KIG general secretary SAP Azad welcomed the gathering and T.K Ibrahim (Toronto) offered the prayers and concluding speech.

EMBASSY OF NEPAL The Embassy of Nepal will remain closed on Wednesday, October 26 on the occasion of Laxmi Puja festival. The Embassy of Nepal requests all concerned to use the telephone numbers and fax no of the Embassy whenever they wish to contact us for any reason during the office hours (09:00 - 1500 Hrs) for any business, as follows: Tel No: Reception and Operator / Consular and visa services: 25243254/57. Ambassador’s Office: 25243275 Fax: 25243250 Email: nnnnnnn

EMBASSY OF US The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leadership for Democracy Fellows Program is now accepting applications - deadline Nov 1, 2011. The MEPI Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) Program is an exciting, selective 3-month program in the United States for 20-25 young civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The program begins with 6 weeks of academic coursework, where fellows focus on the concepts of leadership, democracy, communication, and conflict resolution among other issues. After completing the academic portion of the program, participants engage in a 6week professional assignment with a political, nongovernmental, or public policy organization in Washington, DC. For more information about the program, please email: Visit us @ USEmbassyQ8 nnnnnnn

EMBASSY OF UKRAINE Dear compatriots! We’d like to inform you that in response to the increasing number of our citizens who work in the state and the need for 24-hour operational telephone in case of emergency the Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Kuwait has opened “hotline telephone number” - (+ 965) 972-79-206.



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00:45 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 01:40 Swarm Chasers 02:35 Wild Animal Repo 03:30 Untamed & Uncut 04:25 Your Worst Animal Nightmares 05:20 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 06:10 Wild Africa Rescue 06:35 Wild Africa Rescue 07:00 Chris Humfrey’s Wildlife 07:25 The Really Wild Show 07:50 Natural Born Hunters 08:15 Jeff Corwin Unleashed 08:40 Breed All About It 09:10 Dogs 101 10:05 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 11:00 Animal Cops Miami 11:55 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip 12:50 Animal Cops Specials 2009 13:45 Swarm Chasers 14:40 Weird Creatures With Nick Baker 15:30 Chris Humfrey’s Wildlife 16:00 The Really Wild Show 16:30 Growing Up... Cheetahs 17:25 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 18:20 Bad Dog 19:15 Weird Creatures With Nick Baker 20:10 Dogs 101 21:05 Galapagos 22:00 Wildest Africa 22:55 Untamed & Uncut 23:50 Beast Lands

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Keeping Up Appearances The Weakest Link Holby City The Fixer Doctors Keeping Up Appearances Tweenies Gigglebiz Me Too Charlie And Lola Buzz & Tell Tweenies Gigglebiz Me Too Charlie And Lola Buzz & Tell Tweenies Gigglebiz Me Too Charlie And Lola Buzz & Tell Tweenies Gigglebiz Me Too Charlie And Lola Buzz & Tell Keeping Up Appearances The Weakest Link Full Circle With Michael Palin Doctors Eastenders Holby City Keeping Up Appearances Dinnerladies Full Circle With Michael Palin The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Holby City Full Circle With Michael Palin The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Casualty Lark Rise To Candleford The Royle Family

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Come Dine With Me What Not To Wear Antiques Roadshow Design Star Come Dine With Me What Not To Wear Daily Cooks Challenge The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook Indian Food Made Easy

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Eating In The Sun Come Dine With Me Antiques Roadshow Bargain Hunt Daily Cooks Challenge Bargain Hunt Antiques Roadshow Come Dine With Me The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook Indian Food Made Easy Eating In The Sun Come Dine With Me Antiques Roadshow Bargain Hunt Masterchef Australia The Naked Chef

00:00 BBC World News 00:30 World Business Report 00:45 Sport Today 01:00 BBC World News America 01:30 Asia Business Report 01:45 Sport Today 02:00 BBC World News 02:30 Asia Business Report 02:45 Sport Today 03:00 Newsday 03:30 Asia Business Report 03:45 Sport Today 04:00 Newsday 04:30 Asia Business Report 04:45 Sport Today 05:00 Newsday 05:30 Asia Business Report 05:45 Sport Today 06:00 Newsday 06:30 Hardtalk 07:00 BBC World News 07:30 World Business Report 07:45 BBC World News 08:00 BBC World News 08:30 World Business Report 08:45 BBC World News 09:30 World Business Report 09:45 Sport Today 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 World Business Report 10:45 Sport Today 11:00 BBC World News 11:30 Hardtalk 12:00 BBC World News 12:30 World Business Report 12:45 Sport Today 13:00 BBC World News 13:30 World Business Report 13:45 Sport Today 14:00 GMT With George Alagiah 15:00 BBC World News 15:30 World Business Report 15:45 Sport Today 16:00 Impact With Mishal Husain 17:30 World Business Report 17:45 Sport Today 18:00 BBC World News 18:30 Hardtalk 19:00 The Hub With Nik Gowing 20:30 World Business Report 20:45 Sport Today 21:00 World News Today With Zeinab Badawi 22:30 World Business Report 22:45 Sport Today 23:00 BBC World News America 23:30 Hardtalk

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Droopy: Master Detective The Flintstones Johnny Bravo Duck Dodgers King Arthur’s Disasters The Scooby Doo Show Popeye Classics Tom & Jerry Popeye The Jetsons The Flintstones Looney Tunes Pink Panther & Pals Tex Avery Yogi’s Treasure Hunt The Garfield Show New Yogi Bear Show Bananas In Pyjamas Baby Looney Tunes Gerald Mcboing Boing


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Jelly Jamm Pink Panther And Pals Puppy In My Pocket The Garfield Show Dastardly And Muttley The Flintstones Tom & Jerry Pink Panther And Pals Top Cat New Yogi Bear Show Puppy In My Pocket Jelly Jamm Baby Looney Tunes Bananas In Pyjamas The Jetsons Duck Dodgers Looney Tunes Scooby Doo Where Are You! Tom & Jerry The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop Droopy: Master Detective Wacky Races Scooby-Doo And ScrappyDastardly And Muttley Tom & Jerry Puppy In My Pocket The Garfield Show The Flintstones Pink Panther & Pals Gerald Mcboing Boing Bananas In Pyjamas Top Cat Wacky Races Tom & Jerry The Scooby Doo Show Dastardly And Muttley Tom & Jerry Johnny Bravo Dexters Laboratory The Garfield Show Scooby Doo Where Are You! The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop

00:05 Robotboy - Elements 00:30 Squirrel Boy 00:55 George Of The Jungle 01:20 Cramp Twins 01:45 Chop Socky Chooks 02:10 Best Ed 02:35 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 03:00 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 03:25 Generator Rex 03:50 Adventure Time 04:15 Flapjack 04:40 Chowder 05:05 Powerpuff Girls 05:30 Ed, Edd n Eddy 05:55 I Am Weasel 06:20 Squirrel Boy 06:45 Cow & Chicken 07:00 Eliot Kid 07:04 Cow & Chicken 07:12 Eliot Kid 07:25 Angelo Rules 07:50 Best Ed 08:15 Flapjack 08:40 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 09:05 The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy 09:30 Courage The Cowardly Dog 09:55 Cow & Chicken 10:20 I Am Weasel 10:35 Adventure Time 11:00 Ben 10 11:25 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 11:50 The Secret Saturdays 12:15 Samurai Jack 12:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 13:05 Codename Kids 13:30 Skunk Fu! 13:50 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 14:15 Flapjack 14:40 Ed, Edd n Eddy 15:05 Camp Lazlo 15:30 Chowder 15:55 The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy 16:25 Cow & Chicken 16:50 Courage The Cowardly Dog 17:15 I Am Weasel 17:40 George Of The Jungle 18:05 Casper’s Scare School 18:30 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 18:55 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 19:20 Generator Rex 19:45 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 20:10 Hero 108


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Bakugan: New Vestroia Total Drama Action Adventure Time Billy And Mandy Ben 10 Bakugan Battle Brawlers The Secret Saturdays Samurai Jack Megas XLR

00:00 Backstory 00:30 World Sport 01:00 The Situation Room 02:00 World Report 03:00 World Business Today 04:00 Piers Morgan Tonight 05:00 Anderson Cooper 360 06:00 World Sport 06:30 Inside Africa 07:00 World Report 07:30 Backstory 08:00 World Report 09:00 World Report 10:00 World Sport 10:30 Revealed 11:00 World Business Today 12:00 American Morning: Wake-Up Call 12:30 Talk Asia 13:00 World One 14:00 Piers Morgan Tonight 15:00 News Stream 16:00 World Business Today 17:00 International Desk 18:00 The Brief 18:30 World Sport 19:00 Prism 20:00 International Desk 20:30 Revealed 21:00 Quest Means Business 22:00 Piers Morgan Tonight 23:00 Connect The World With Becky Anderson

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Swamp Brothers Swords: Life On The Line Stunt Junkies Time Warp Dirty Jobs Ultimate Survival Mythbusters How It’s Made How Do They Do It? Dirty Jobs Wheeler Dealers Fifth Gear Stunt Junkies Time Warp How It’s Made Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security Auction Kings Science Of The Movies Mythbusters Ultimate Survival Swords: Life On The Line Swamp Brothers Cash Cab Us Wheeler Dealers Fifth Gear Stunt Junkies Time Warp Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security Auction Kings How Do They Do It? How It’s Made Cash Cab Us James May’s Man Lab Mythbusters Science Of The Movies

00:05 The Tech Show 00:30 Mega Builders 01:20 Stunt Junkies 01:45 Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 02:35 Brainiac 03:25 The Gadget Show 04:15 How Stuff’s Made 04:45 Mega Builders 05:40 One Step Beyond 06:10 NYC: Inside Out 07:00 Catch It Keep It 07:55 Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 08:50 The Tech Show 09:15 Weird Connections 09:40 The Gadget Show 10:35 NYC: Inside Out 11:30 Sci-Fi Science 11:55 How Stuff’s Made 12:25 Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 13:15 Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 14:05 One Step Beyond 14:30 Stunt Junkies 14:55 Mega Builders 15:45 Weird Connections 16:10 Catch It Keep It 17:00 Brainiac 17:50 Sci-Fi Science 18:15 The Tech Show 18:40 Body Spectacular 19:30 Moon Machines 20:20 Engineered 21:10 The Gadget Show 22:00 Body Spectacular 22:50 Moon Machines 23:40 The Gadget Show

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Kim Possible Fairly Odd Parents Stitch Replacements Emperor’s New School Stitch Replacements Fairly Odd Parents Emperor’s New School The Suite Life Of Zack And Phineas And Ferb Wizards Of Waverly Place Suite Life On Deck Good Luck Charlie Fish Hooks Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Jake & The Neverland Pirates Jungle Junction The Hive Handy Manny Imagination Movers The Suite Life Of Zack And Phineas And Ferb

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00:25 Kendra 00:55 Style Star 01:25 E!es 03:15 25 Most Stylish 04:10 Sexiest 05:05 Extreme Hollywood 06:00 THS 07:50 Behind The Scenes 08:20 E! News 09:15 Bridalplasty 10:15 THS 12:05 E! News 13:05 Ice Loves Coco 14:05 Keeping Up With Kardashians 14:35 Giuliana & Bill 15:30 E!es 16:25 Behind The Scenes 16:55 Kourtney & Kim Take York 17:25 Kourtney & Kim Take York 17:55 E! News 18:55 THS 19:55 Khloe And Lamar 20:55 Chelsea Lately 21:25 Keeping Up With Kardashians 22:25 E! News 23:25 Chelsea Lately 23:55 Keeping Up With Kardashians

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The Losers-PG15 The Sunset Limited-PG15 Make It Happen-PG15 The Great Debaters-PG15 Mee Shee-PG Paper Man-PG15 Attack On Leningrad-PG15 Mammoth-PG15 Ramona And Beezus-PG Drag Me To Hell-18


The Haunted A Haunting Couples Who Kill Dr G: Medical Examiner A Haunting The Haunted Mystery Diagnosis Murder Shift Forensic Detectives Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Street Patrol The Prosecutors FBI Files Murder Shift True Crime With Aphrodite Ghost Lab Mystery Diagnosis Street Patrol Real Emergency Calls The Prosecutors FBI Files Forensic Detectives Murder Shift Real Emergency Calls Mystery Diagnosis Street Patrol True Crime With Aphrodite Ghost Lab I Almost Got Away With It Dr G: Medical Examiner

00:00 A World Apart 01:00 Meet The Amish 02:00 Banged Up Abroad 03:00 Graham’s World 03:30 Eccentric Uk 04:00 Weird & Wonderful Hotels 04:30 Somewhere In China 05:30 Earth Tripping 06:00 A World Apart 07:00 Meet The Amish 08:00 Banged Up Abroad 09:00 Graham’s World 09:30 Eccentric Uk 10:00 Weird & Wonderful Hotels 10:30 Somewhere In China 11:30 Earth Tripping 12:00 A World Apart 13:00 Destination Extreme 13:30 First Ascent 14:00 Chasing Che: Latin America On A Motorcycle 14:30 Chasing Che: Latin America On A Motorcycle 15:00 Endurance Traveller 16:00 Departures 18:00 Danger Men 19:00 Destination Extreme 19:30 First Ascent 20:00 Chasing Che: Latin America On A Motorcycle 20:30 Chasing Che: Latin America On A Motorcycle 21:00 Endurance Traveller 22:00 Departures

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00:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 01:00 The Colbert Report 01:30 Party Down 02:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 03:00 Friends 04:00 According To Jim 04:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 05:30 Malcolm In The Middle 06:00 Coach 06:30 Weird Science 07:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 08:00 According To Jim 08:30 Friends 09:00 Malcolm In The Middle 09:30 Raising Hope 10:00 8 Simple Rules ... 10:30 Coach 11:00 Weird Science 11:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 12:30 According To Jim 13:00 Friends 13:30 Malcolm In The Middle 14:00 Coach 14:30 Raising Hope 15:00 8 Simple Rules ... 15:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 16:00 The Colbert Report 16:30 Weird Science 17:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 18:00 Friends 18:30 Friends 19:00 Parks And Recreation 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 21:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 21:30 The Colbert Report 22:00 American Dad 22:30 Entourage 23:00 Party Down 23:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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Private Practice House Big Love Grey’s Anatomy The Invisible Man Good Morning America Law & Order: Criminal Intent Emmerdale Coronation Street The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Martha Stewart Show The View Private Practice Grey’s Anatomy Live Good Morning America The Invisible Man The Ellen DeGeneres Show Emmerdale Coronation Street Warehouse 13 Terra Nova True Blood Big Love Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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Law & Order Rescue Me House Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice The Good Guys Law & Order Two And A Half Men Coronation Street Burn Notice The Good Guys Grey’s Anatomy House Two And A Half Men Coronation Street Burn Notice Law & Order

Clive Barker’s Book Of BloodS.W.A.T.-PG15 S.W.A.T.: Firefight-PG15 Speed-PG15 Spiderman 2-PG15 Tracker-PG15 Coach Carter-PG15 Spiderman 2-PG15 Bangkok Adrenaline-PG15 Coach Carter-PG15 Midnight Meat Train-18 The Killer Inside Me-18

00:45 Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired-PG15 02:30 The Great Debaters-PG15

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Two And A Half Men Coronation Street Burn Notice Warehouse 13 Terra Nova True Blood Rescue Me The Good Guys

01:00 Ninja Assassin-18 03:00 S.W.A.T.: Firefight-PG15 05:00 Penny Dreadful-18 07:00 Bodyguard: A New BeginningPG15 09:00 Annihilation Earth-PG15 11:00 Arctic Predator-PG15 13:00 The Bannen Way-PG15 15:00 Annihilation Earth-PG15 17:00 Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time-PG15 19:00 From Hell-18 21:15 Lake Placid 3-18 23:00 Neowolf-18

00:00 Tom And Huck-PG15 02:00 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs-PG 04:00 One Fine Day-PG15 06:00 Like Mike-PG 08:00 Saved!-PG15 10:00 The Addams Family-PG 12:00 Addams Family Values-PG 13:45 The Fighting TemptationsPG15 16:00 Tom And Huck-PG15 18:00 Love Hurts-PG15 20:00 Miami Rhapsody-PG15 22:00 How High-18

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Paris-PG15 Jungle Fever-18 Jesse Stone: No RemorseA Simple Twist Of Fate-PG15 The China Syndrome-PG Me And Orson Welles-PG Jesse Stone: No RemorseFlying By-PG15 Little Man Tate-PG Free Style (2008)-PG15 Elephants Of The OkavangoRumble Fish-18

01:00 Sleuth-18 03:00 A Lot Like Love-PG15 05:00 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs-PG 06:45 Sherlock Holmes-PG15 09:00 Bandslam-PG15 11:00 Made In Dagenham-PG15 13:15 Revenge Of The BridesmaidsPG15 15:00 Flicka 2-PG15 17:00 Bandslam-PG15 19:00 Perrier’s Bounty-18 21:00 Ramona And Beezus-PG 23:00 Green Zone-PG15

00:00 Gladiators: The Conspiracy-PG 02:00 Flicka 2-PG15 04:15 Hua Mulan-PG 06:15 Gladiators: The Conspiracy-PG 08:15 Tom Tom & Nana-FAM 10:00 Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel-FAM 12:00 Astro Boy-FAM 14:00 Gladiators: The TournamentPG 16:00 The Spy Next Door-PG 18:00 Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel-FAM 20:00 Ed-PG 22:00 The Spy Next Door-PG

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UFC 136 Le Mans Series Highlights Premier League Snooker RWC Tournament Highlights Trans World Sport Speedway FIM World WWE Vintage Collection Aquabike World RWC Tournament Highlights Speedway FIM World WWE SmackDown Trans World Sport

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Intercontinental Le Mans Cup UFC 137 Countdown Currie Cup Premier League Snooker

00:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 01:00 Rugby League International 03:00 RWC Highlights 04:00 Masters Football 07:00 Scottish Premier League 09:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 09:30 Futbol Mundial 10:00 Masters Football 13:00 Scottish Premier League 15:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 15:30 Golfing World 16:30 European PGA Tour Highlights 17:30 Trans World Sport 18:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 19:00 Scottish Premier League 21:00 European PGA Tour Highlights 22:00 Golfing World 23:00 Trans World Sport 02:00 Scottish League Cup 04:00 Golfing World 05:00 Rugby Union Currie Cup 07:00 Golfing World 08:00 Premier League Snooker 11:30 World Hockey 12:00 Golfing World 13:00 European Challenge Tour Highlights 14:00 Rugby League International 16:00 Futbol Mundial 16:30 Rugby Union Currie Cup 18:30 European Challenge Tour Highlights 19:30 Asian Tour Golf Show 20:00 European Tour Weekly 20:30 RWC Weekly Highlights 21:30 SPL Highlights 22:00 Scottish League Cup

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V8 Supercars Championship Intercontinental Le Mans Cup UFC 137 Countdown UFC Unleashed WWE Tough Enough V8 Supercars Championship Intercontinental Le Mans Cup WWE Tough Enough WWE SmackDown Power Boats UIM Aquabike World Intercontinental Le Mans Cup V8 Supercars Championship WWE SmackDown UFC The Ultimate Fighter UFC 137 Countdown UFC Unleashed

00:00 Nomad’s Land 01:00 Safari Stopovers 02:00 Travel Today 02:30 Life’s A Trip 03:00 Trabant Trek 03:30 Surfari 04:00 Globe Trekker 05:00 Nomad’s Land 06:00 Four Men and a Lady 06:30 Travel Channel Guide to Jordan 07:00 Globe Trekker 08:00 Flavours of Greece 08:30 Essential 09:00 It’s a Woman’s World 10:00 Planet Food 11:00 Four Men and a Lady 11:30 Destination Cuba 12:00 Globe Trekker 13:00 Opening Soon 13:30 Hollywood and Vines 14:00 Safari Stopovers 15:00 Travel Today 15:30 Life’s A Trip 16:00 Globe Trekker 17:00 Four Men and a Lady 17:30 Travel Channel Guide to Oman 18:00 Opening Soon 18:30 Hollywood and Vines 19:00 Globe Trekker 20:00 Essential Specials 21:00 Globe Trekker 22:00 Intrepid Journeys 23:00 Globe Trekker

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Aries (March 21-April 19) The power of organization on a social scale (business, politics and such) seems to take on a larger than life aura now. It’s as if ambition and authority are answers in themselves, rather than only a means to an ideal objective. Careful—this can lead to deception, confusion and ambitious schemes that tend to become lost along the way. You will benefit from logical insights, getting to the heart of things—penetrating. You attract money today. Making money can take on an almost spiritual kind of power in your life at this time. It is as if making money is the reason for living. As soul-stirring as this may be, money can be disillusioning if you do not keep your wits about you. Sweet conversation and an easy-fix dinner may be in order this evening.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Rewarding days make up for all the stress that comes with the challenging days. Sometimes the stress is good in that it makes you move into new and perhaps more positive directions. This particular day is a rewarding one; you can enjoy the attention or benefits. You are willing to take risks and dare to be a little unusual. You will prosper through new insights, inventions and an independent point of view. Your career could open up by taking new approaches. Others value you for your ability to make practical decisions and today may be the time to dive into group issues. There is good fortune and plain old luck available now. There are plenty of opportunities to achieve your goals and you find yourself able to do almost everything.

POOCH CAFE ACROSS 1. A Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria. 4. A Buddhist who has attained nirvana. 10. Any federal law-enforcement officer. 13. (slang) A gangster's pistol. 14. British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa. 15. American prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942). 16. (Babylonian) A demigod or first man. 18. Unknown god. 19. A person who hates. 21. A member of the Siouan people formerly living in the Missouri river valley in NE Nebraska. 24. Fallow deer. 25. The branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively. 26. A software system that facilitates the creation and maintenance and use of an electronic database. 27. Of or related to a musical scale. 30. At right angles to the length of a ship or airplane. 32. Amino acid that is formed in the liver and converted into dopamine in the brain. 34. (Middle East) Usually small round bread that can open into a pocket for filling. 38. The compass point midway between northeast and east. 40. Being without physical aid. 43. Crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax. 47. A city in Veneto. 48. An amino acid that is found in the central nervous system. 50. A woman hired to suckle a child of someone else. 53. A small ball with a hole through the middle. 58. An esoteric or occult matter that is traditionally secret. 61. Yellow-fever mosquitos. 62. A strong emotion. 63. A port city in southwestern Iran. 66. A drug combination found in some over-the-counter headache remedies (Aspirin and Phenacetin and Caffeine). 67. An informal term for a father. 68. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 69. The longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code. DOWN 1. Small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World. 2. A family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia. 3. A state in the western United States. 4. A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Telescopium and Norma. 5. A blood group antigen possessed by Rh-positive people. 6. Japanese painter whose work influenced the impressionists (1760-1849). 7. The sixth month of the civil year. 8. A colorless odorless gaseous element that give a red glow in a vacuum tube. 9. Anterior pituitary hormone that stimulates the function of the thyroid gland. 10. Bringing death. 11. Fragrant resin obtain from trees of the family Burseraceae and used as incense. 12. English theoretical physicist who applied relativity theory to quantum mechanics and predicted the existence of antimatter and the positron (1902-1984). 17. A genus of Ploceidae. 20. (Old Testament) In Judeo-Christian mythology. 22. Before noon. 23. An association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia. 28. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light. 29. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 31. A unit of heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit at one atmosphere pressure. 33. Used of a single unit or thing. 35. A doctor's degree in education. 36. The basic unit of money in Romania. 37. A federal agency established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products. 39. An accountant certified by the state. 41. The great hall in ancient Persian palaces. 42. A plant hormone promoting elongation of stems and roots. 44. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 45. A Russian river. 46. A light touch or stroke. 49. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group. 51. God of death. 52. In bed. 54. Tropical starchy tuberous root. 55. (Babylonian) God of storms and wind. 56. Type genus of the Nepidae. 57. United States writer (born in Poland) who wrote in Yiddish (1880-1957). 59. Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects. 60. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 64. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite. 65. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) This is a rewarding and challenging day. You will enjoy the rewards of your hard work, even though it may only be the good feeling that comes when you do your best. Yes, this is a rewarding day—new and unexpected events may figure in your living situation or surroundings this afternoon. There is positive insight about your support system: mother, father, etc. You may enjoy being taken into confidence by a young person today; you didnít even know he or she knew you might be helpful. There is the possibility of new visions or sudden insights that will help this person move into adulthood and to have a good selfesteem. This is also a great time to help you and others to gain insight through historical or family research: genealogy.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)


Someone at work is determined that you are going to do as he or she says. This may go against what you think should be done. You will get through this by realizing where you are in the chain of command. Someday you will be wearing the other shoe, so to speak. Business projects can be easily completed with your new attitude. You begin to feel support from those around you. You feel good! Discussions about religious, cultural or philosophical controversies have a way of stirring your blood. Travel and adventure are compelling temptations as you dare to test your mettle and stretch your horizons. As you relax this evening, you may be quite pleased at how the whole day has progressed. Tending to the animals in your household promotes relaxation.

Leo (July 23-August 22) You may come face to face today with someone who has very different values than you do. You could find yourself cast in an opposing position and this might require compromise and understanding on your part. There may be some legitimate tension today—particularly since you are very focused on your career and your finances. The dividend for your ability to compromise and find an understanding is most rewarding. This is a good time to be creative and secure the positive. The negative you might be experiencing is probably from outside forces; however, by maintaining a positive attitude, you will really tune in on how to solve problems and get where you want to go. Keep a positive attitude. A family member wants your attention this evening.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) It is your time to be recognized at work. Your hard work will soon be paying off and others will give you credit for your efforts. This is a great time to be with others in an atmosphere of work or play. You may be sought after as just the person for a particular job. Your management and directional abilities are in high focus. Quick answers, great wit and a surplus of insights and solutions are available. This is a good time to communicate with you own ideas. There may be an opportunity to speak in front of an audience tonight. Financial and health problems should see some relief very soon. You enjoy your friends and probably have many good friends at work as well as around the neighborhood. A friend visiting this evening does not want to talk shop.

Libra (September 23-October 22)


Scorpio (October 23-November 21) If you need professional advice, today and tomorrow are the best times to seek that help. Secrets, conspiracies and hidden links that unite all things take on a greater importance in your life now. Digging into the past for hints about the present and future uncovers a lot of answers to the questions that do not seem to go away. Instant gratification is one of the temptations to which you are subject to now: you want things and you want them quickly. Learning what really counts is an important lesson that may be learned the hard way. A feeling that anything is possible if you set your sights high enough characterizes the cycle you have just begun. You teach positive thinking and enjoy being a mentor. Your optimism makes you a good mentor.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Dieting may be a sour word for you so . . . spit it out! Try putting on a new creative, heart-healthy frame of mind. This is the time where the energies will be working in your favor to make any nutritional changes that are necessary—listen to your body. You have a lot of emotional energy now and with it there is self-confidence in how you express yourself. You demonstrate understanding and sensitivity to the needs of others and today you are in a good position to communicate concerning groups and society in general. You could be under considerable mental tension or feel hemmed in by a too conservative mental atmosphere. You may feel compelled to change your mind. Bucking other people’s ideas may be in order, but do it gently.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)


Yesterday’s Solution

If a loan is needed, today and tomorrow are the best times to put in your request. Difficulties, blocks and all manner of hot spots may have easy answers today—a little unusual, but inspiring. This is a very lucky day for making plans or decisions and finding your way through just about any problem you may discover. You feel successful and able to solve problems. Good advice from a guide is appreciated. Real insight into your own inner workings or psychology could surface in a manageable form. You may be in the mood for deep and penetrating conversations or thoughts this evening. Family members have a lot to say and it is all positive. The influence of one planet just now will help define the area of your life direction.

Everything is run through your checkpoint to see if it holds up and can pass the test. You can be a stickler with details. Sometime today you may find that higher-ups decide you would be the best person to put in charge of research. This may allow you to leave the workplace and talk to people or utilize the city library or the Internet for confirmation on a story or dates. Whatever you are charged with double check your numbers or facts. Some time to yourself without the usual interruptions of the workplace come with responsibility but you are pleased to make the change in your routine today. After a stimulating day, you may be ready to relax this evening but it would be better for your body if you put in some time to exercise.

Yesterday’s Solution Yester

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) Work and career should be a primary focus at this time. There are opportunities to make good decisions—the clear choice is yours. You are at your most practical and what happens now may have a lasting effect on your life direction. Break the mold and try what is extraordinary today, but with real passion or persistence. You may be relentless in your quest to discover new insights—trying new and different things. You may decide to begin a course of study this fall. Things are happening and your career or path depends upon your own drive, which is strong now. This is a real time to buckle down and consolidate your career. Your sense of responsibility will be what guides you and proves successful. Cash is coming your way.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Word Sleuth Solution

A business trip appeals to you because you can also visit an exciting place and have a bit of a vacation. An important relationship, perhaps with a young person or with someone in your near environment, may come into focus today. There could be an emotional overtone to all of this that may require understanding and flexibility on your part. Sympathy and understanding are emotional qualities that take on greater importance now. It’s wisdom, not knowledge, that counts most. Everything points to your taking the initiative at this time. You could feel great support from those around you for whatever decisions you make. You may enjoy taking advantage of some social opportunities later this evening. You feel healthy and natural.



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ichael Lohan has been arrested for battery domestic violence. The showbiz patriarch - the dad of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan was taken into custody by police in Tampa, Florida in the early hours of yesterday morning after officers responded to reports of a fight in an apartment. Before being booked into Hillsborough County Jail, Michael was taken to St Joseph’s hospital after complaining of chest pains when he was arrested. Bail has not yet been set. Police have not yet identified the victim, but local reports say she has also dated reality TV star Jon Gosselin. Journalist Kate Major previously dated the ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8’ star and was romanti-


cally involved with Michael, though they ended their relationship several months ago. In March, 51-year-old Michael was arrested for allegedly assaulting Kate, with police reporting he had attempted to choke her and injured himself to prevent her calling for help. Last July, Kate accused Michael of attacking her at their home in Southampton, New York, claiming he threw her off a chair and kicked her in the face during an argument.

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ustin Bieber and Selena Gomez have adopted a dog together. The couple - who have been dating since March - visited Winnipeg animal rescue centre D’Arcy’s ARC and fell in love with a 10-week-old husky puppy that they later named Baylor. Selena - who owns five rescue dogs and has publicly spoke out in support of animal rescue shelters in the past - decided to adopt the pet pooch after missing her canine companions while she was away on tour. D’Arcy Johnston, chief executive officer of the rescue centre, told People: “They spent a lot of time with the puppies. I was told that Selena was missing the dogs that she has at home.”I wasn’t expecting her to adopt a dog while she was on tour and has a busy schedule. Baylor probably would have had a bad life or a very short life. But he got rescued and brought to our shelter and is now going to live a very good life.” However, Justin and Selena aren’t the first stars to adopt a pet pooch, as ‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson and recently took on a four-legged friend to keep him company while he’s on location. Robert said: “I know it’s sad. A lot of actors have a bunch of people who kind of just go up and stay with them for like two months, like an entourage. But my friends, their egos are too big. “They’d be like, ‘I’m not part of your entourage. I’ll stay in a free hotel for a bit if it’s in New York or Los Angeles but I’m not going to come out to some random town in the sticks. “That’s kind of why I adopted the puppy. It’s from a shelter and he was going to be put down. I only got him two or three days ago.”


eid claims her marriage isn’t legal. The 35-year-old actress who tied the knot with Bulgarian financier Zack Kehayov in a surprise ceremony in August - claimed her nuptials, which took place on the Greek island of Santorini, are not officially binding. Asked if she could win US TV show ‘The Newlywed Game’, by gossip website TMZ, she said: “We would lose . we were never really married, it was never legal.” Although the ‘American Pie’ star didn’t explain why her marriage is not legal, the United States Embassy state ceremonies carried out in Greece must be registered with the Vital Statistics Office within 40 days in order for her home country to officially recognize the union. They state: “Marriages of American citizens in Greece are not registered at the Embassy, but instead at the Vital Statistics Office (Lixiarhio) of the city where performed. “This applies to all marriages, whether civil or religious, and must be done within 40 days following the ceremony. After 40 days marriages can only be registered with the payment of revenue stamps. Marriages that are not registered have no legal validity.” Tara - who married on the same day Zack proposed to her after three months of dating - has previously admitted she never planned to tie the knot when she did. She said: “You know when they say, ‘You just


judge has ordered a stalker who twice broke into Madonna’s homes to indefinite detention in a psychiatric hospital. Grzegorz Matlok was charged with burglary in March after breaking into the singer’s London mansion while she was in the United States. Prosecutors said the 30-year-old had previously been deported to Poland after breaking into Madonna’s rural home in southern England, but returned to Britain. When arrested, he told police Madonna had given him permission to stay at her house. In a victim impact statement, Madonna said


she did not know Matlok and felt “alarmed and distressed by the actions of the defendant.” Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced Matlok Monday at London’s Southwark Crown Court to hospital treatment, and barred him from contacting Madonna.

know’? That was it for me. I knew. It was love. The wedding wasn’t planned. We didn’t go on holiday to get married. “But, when he proposed, it felt right and we just thought, ‘Let’s do it now’. We both wore white clothes and just did it on the beach. It was so romantic.”

ith four months to go until the Academy Awards, Eddie Murphy is already feeling the pressure about hosting the ceremony. At the premiere of his new comedy film “Tower Heist” he said he’s “excited” about the job but “hoping not to drop the ball.” The film’s director, Brett Ratner, is also producing the Academy Awards and approached Murphy with the idea of hosting. On the comic’s to-do list between now and then is to watch some movies. “What’s the front-runner? Who knows?” he asked on the red carpet. Murphy was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2007 for his performance in “Dreamgirls” but lost to Alan Arkin. The 84th Annual Academy Awards are Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.


Loretta Lynn alma Hayek was devastated when she was banned from wearing high-heels. The Mexican actress tore two ligaments in her foot last year and as part of her recovery she had to forgo her beloved stilettos, a wardrobe restriction she struggled with. During an appearance on ‘The David Letterman Show’, the 5ft 1in beauty said: “The worst part about it is you can’t wear heels.


You’ve never been a Mexican short woman! This is tragic. I often say, had it not been for high heels, I would still be in Coatzacoalcos with 10 kids!” Salma, 45, says doctors are keen for her to undergo surgery to correct her foot, but says she’s too scared to. She revealed: “They want me to have surgery but I’m not keen. I don’t like surgery.” And it’s not just surgery on her foot that Salma is worried about. The 45-year-old star - who has a four-yearold daughter Valentina, with husband Francois-Henri Pinault - says cosmetic surgery gives her the “heebie-jeebies”. She said: “When I was 16, I looked 19. When I was 19, I looked 25. But I got stuck on 25 - thank God! - until I was 35. So that was good. But it’s also important to take care of your skin because if you’re not careful, one day you’ll wake up and a spider will have taken over your face and you’ll be full of lines. “I have no Botox. The thought of a needle coming to my forehead, it really gives me the heebie-jeebies. So I’d rather put on my creams. It’s fun, it smells good, and it’s relaxing. Am I opposed to doing it later? I don’t know. I want to see how far I can go.” — Bang Showbiz

out of hospital ountry music legend Loretta Lynn was resting at home on Monday after spending part of a “scary” weekend in the hospital suffering from pneumonia, the singer said. “It was one scary night ... But I am feeling better and just gonna take it easy for a couple of weeks,” she said in a statement from her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The 76-year-old music icon went to a Kentucky hospital early on Saturday after awakening on her tour bus complaining of difficulty breathing, her web site said. Lynn canceled her two weekend performances in Kentucky and North Carolina, but the statement said she expected to return to the stage on Nov. 3 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The singer, who grew up poor in Kentucky’s coal-mining country before rising to fame, has additional performances scheduled in Mississippi,


Louisiana and North Carolina. Lynn, whose hits including “If You’re Not Gone Too Long” and “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’,” has released 70 albums and charted 16 No. 1 hits in a career spanning five decades. She has won two Grammys and written several books, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which was made into a movie that earned Sissy Spacek an Oscar for her performance as the singer.



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he Arab Spring of pro-democracy uprisings features prominentlyboth directly and more subtly-in the selections at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival, kicking off in the Qatari capital this week. The festival, launched in 2009 in the tiny Gulf Arab state, seeks to showcase the work of Arab filmmakers who this year were able to draw on the momentous political changes in their own countries for artistic inspiration. Highlights include “Rouge Parole,” set in the tumult of revolutionary Tunisia, which charts the expulsion of its president and the country’s first steps toward democracy. Sherif El Bendary’s “On the Road to Downtown,” set in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, follows the lives and hopes of six people connected in different ways to the city’s downtown core. “Our selection of documentaries provides for reflection on political change. But we also offer a number of films that look into private worlds and subtler aspects of the Middle Eastern experience that are not always evident to political observers,” said the festival’s Chief Arab Programmer, Hania Mroue. “The Virgin, the Copts and Me” takes on an otherworldly subject in investigating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to millions of Egyptians via a videotape on which only true believers can see her image. “This is a very important film for post-revolutionary Egypt, as it sheds light on the Coptic community, which was taboo to do a few years ago,” Mroue said. The Algerian title “Normale” examines what happened in the Algerian street as neighboring countries’ dicta-

tors were being toppled. “The youth in Algeria felt they could now express themselves more freely. The film addresses the revolution in a very subtle way,” she said. Lina Alabed’s “Yearning” focuses on the lives of women in Damascus and their approach to personal freedom in a society dominated by men. Women are also the focus in two sports documentaries that examine the taboos surrounding women and boxing in Tunisia (“Boxing with Her”), and the life-altering experience of a young women’s basketball team in northern Iraq (“Salaam Dunk”). Other headliners include the world premiere of “Black Gold” with Antonio Banderas, set in the 1930s at the dawn of the oil boom and the first major motion picture shot in Qatar. Laila Hotait Salas’ “Crayons of Askalan” recreates the powerful story of Palestinian artist Zuhdi al Adawi, imprisoned at the age of 15 in Israel’s notorious Askalan jail. Qatar launched the film festival as a partnership between the Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises, which also operates New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. Created as a way to rejuvenate lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 attacks which destroyed the World Trade Center, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York has become a showcase for international films with a political edge. Organizers said the Doha event aims to do the same, using the festival to shine a spotlight on Arab cinema. “We don’t want to focus only on the big names, we want to give a space also for new voices, especially from the region,” Mroue said.—Reuters

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he pan-Asian “girl band” Blush has been around for only 11 months but already has a track record more established groups might envy-a single that hit numberthree on the US dance music charts and rapper Snoop Dogg in one of their songs. This week, the English-singing group, whose members hail from Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Korea and India, will open for the Black Eyed Peas at their Manila concert. They appeared at a Justin Bieber concert in Hong Kong earlier this year.

‘Girl band’ Blush “The goal for Blush is to become really the first Asian singers to make it big in the West,” said John Niermann, a former president of Walt Disney Co’s Asia-Pacific unit, who brought the band together last year after a broad talent search. “The idea started several years ago when I was curious why an Asian singer had not really made it to the top of the charts in America,” he told Reuters in Singapore. The group is made up of Japan’s Natsuko Danjo, Victoria Chan from Hong Kong, Korea’s Ji Hae Lee, Alisha Budhrani from India and Angeli Flores from the Philippines. Ranging in age from 19 to 28, most of the stylishly-slender group members sang and danced from childhood, dreaming of stardom, according to the group’s website. But the 26-year-old Lee only began singing seriously after graduating from Korea’s Hoseo

University-with a degree in law. “Manufactured” pop groups have been around for over 20 years. But Blush is the first to be made up entirely of singers from across Asia who perform in English, in an attempt to broaden their global appeal. Blush is also unusual among Asian performers in the sense that it hopes to make it big in the United States before becoming popular in its home region. To help the Hong Kong-based group gain a following, Niermann hired songwriters and producers who worked on tracks by artistes such as Bon Jovi and the Spice Girls. Their first single, “Undivided,” which featured American rapper Snoop Dogg in both song and video, made it to number three on the Billboard Dance Club chart.

Concerts, merchandise, sponsorships Niermann has also tried to popularize Blush through music videos and TV appearances as well as toys and computer games, tapping contacts made during his time at Disney and Electronic Arts Inc, another former employer. “These days you monetize through live appearances like concerts, merchandise, sponsorships and endorsements. These are the key areas,” he said. Fans at recent Singapore events praised the group for their friendliness and style. “Lots of energy and great vocals,” said Andrew Teo, the event manager at The Butter Factory, a Singapore dance club where the group performed. The group, though, spends much of its time in North America, targeting cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver where there are large ethnic Asian communities in hopes of building the fan base essential for success. “Blush are wholesome enough to work with Disney yet at the same time are edgy enough to draw a crowd that might prefer to listen to Snoop Dogg or Black Eyed Peas,” Niermann said. But the group may find broad success hard, experts said. “The difficulty about breaking into Western markets is the mindset ... Westerners do not bother about singers outside their country because they do not identify with them,” said Dean Augustine, head of artistes and repertoire at Sense Music, a Japanese-Singaporean management and production house. “When an artiste has a following, fans will comment on YouTube and this gives the media something to write about.”—Reuters

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff approaches witness Cherilyn Lee , a nurse who treated Michael Jackson for sleep disorder in early 2009, during the Dr Conrad Murray trial in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, California USA, Monday. — AFP in jail if found guilty by a seven-man, fivewoman jury at the long-awaited trial. Jackson died of “acute propofol intoxication” after Murray spent the night unsuccessfully trying to get him to sleep at the star’s rented mansion in the plush Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. The forensic toxicology report two years ago also noted the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam was in the singer’s system. Another defense theory is that a fatal cocktail was produced when Jackson took some extra lorazepam. After the defense launched its case Monday the court also saw grainy black and white footage from security cameras outside the Jackson mansion, as an LA Police Department surveillance expert was questioned before lunch. The footage showed a convoy of vehicles

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bringing Jackson home at around 1:00 am on the day of his death, after his latest rehearsal for the ill-fated “This Is It” series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena. One of the highlights at the five-week trial, which started on September 27, was a recording of an interview Murray gave police two days after Jackson’s death. In it the doctor recounted how he battled to help Jackson to sleep, from around 1:00 am, with a series of IV infusions of sedatives before finally agreeing to give him 25 mg of propofol at 10:40 am. He said he left the room for two minutes to go to the bathroom, and returned to find Jackson not breathing. A 911 call was placed at 12:20 pm. Jackson was eventually pronounced dead at the nearby UCLA Medical Center, at 2:26 pm.—AFP

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n 1991, Boyz II Men arrived on the pop music scene with their own brand of R&B that peppered Motownlike harmonies with New Jack Swing, a genre that fused R&B, hip-hop and pop music. The following year their wrenching ballad “End of the Road” sent the Philadelphia natives to international superstardom, and yesterday, the band releases “Twenty,” a double-disc album of new and revisited material commemorating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, “Cooleyhighharmony.” “ Twenty ” reunites Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman with “End of the Road” producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Their latest single, “One Up for Love,” the video for which premiered last Friday, was produced by Edmonds. “There’s a song for every person, a song for each day,” Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris told Reuters. “It’s autumn so the leaves are changing and it gives me a ‘So Amazing’ vibe,” he added, referencing a new mid-tempo track produced by the hitmaking duo Tim & Bob. “Tomorrow, if I’m feeling more romantic,” Morris continued, “I may want to listen to something like ‘Slowly,’” which is the album’s slinky ballad that also was produced by Tim & Bob. The 20-song collection is comprised of 12 new original tracks and eight newly-recorded versions of classics like “Motownphilly,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “On Bended Knee.” “When we first did the songs they were just given to us and we went into the studio and got it done,” explained Nathan Morris. “But now we’ve been singing them for so long and even experienced some of the stuff that we’ve been singing about ... we’re able to express them a lot better.” Changing times The group marvels at how far theyand the record industry overall-has changed in 20 years. “When we came out

there wasn’t even an Internet! No Internet!” said Wanya Morris. “Everything is digital now and it’s easier to get your talent out fast.” But Wanya is careful not to discount celebrities like Justin Bieber whose career was launched on YouTube. Bieber, who was born the same year that Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” was a hit, counts the group among his influences, and he and Boyz II Men recorded a song together for the teen star’s upcoming Christmas album. “[It] was the perfect avenue for us to do something different because it’s the type of record that doesn’t matter how old you are or who you are, it doesn’t matter, as long as the song sounds great,” said Wanya Morris. While many Boyz II Men-inspired acts such as 98 Degrees have come and gone in the last two decades, Wanya Morris attributes his group’s longevity to their homegrown bonds. The trio met while students at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. “Most of the time you have solo artists that come together to form a group, and they’re often contrived by a record label or a manager-just four or five guys who look like models or TV stars,” said Wanya. “Boyz II Men, we came together through music.” To be sure, there have been differences among the group over the years. Originally a quartet, the group saw the exit of original member Michael McCary in 2003. Although health issues were cited at the time, Nathan Morris says now that McCrary “kind of got lazy” and that “it wasn’t an amicable separation.” Now, the band struggles with being called legends because, they say, there is much more music to come. “Legendary status is usually reached at the end of your career. We’re just beginning a new chapter in ours,” said Wanya Morris. “We hope that title is still representative of who we are when we put out the record ‘Forty’!”

US singer Rihanna performs on stage at the V Music Festival in Hylands Park, London. —AP

Top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store 1. “We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris),” Rihanna 2. “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO 3. “Make Me Proud (feat. Nicki Minaj),” Drake 4. “Someone Like You,” ADELE 5. “Mistletoe,” Justin Bieber 6. “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People 7. “Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording from “The Voice” Performance) (feat. Christina Aguilera),” Maroon 5 8. “Without You (feat. Usher),” Usher,David Guetta 9. “Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine),” Gym Class Heroes 10. “Paradise,” Coldplay Top Albums: 1. “Mylo Xyloto,” Coldplay 2. “21,” ADELE 3. “Come to the Well,” Casting Crowns 4. “Footloose (Music from the Motion Picture),” Various Artists 5. “Evanescence,” Evanescence 6. “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.,” M83 7. “Torches,” Foster the People 8. “The Great Escape Artist,” Jane’s Addiction 9. “Conditions of My Parole,” Puscifer 10. “Tha Carter IV,” Lil Wayne —AP

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ichael Jackson feared he would not be able to perform a series of comeback shows, and begged for something stronger than sleeping pills two months before his death, a court heard Monday. The testimony came as lawyers for Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray launched a desperate counterattack, after four weeks of prosecution witnesses heavily implicating the medic in the King of Pop’s 2009 death. “He spoke to me about this excitement and his fear about the tour,” said Dr Allan Metzger, referring to the planned series of 50 “This is It” concerts at London’s O2 Arena. “His fear was that it was a big obligation,” said Metzger, recalling how he had treated Jackson for insomnia and other health woes for years when he was summoned to the singer’s LA mansion on April 18, 2009. The defense has tried to portray Jackson as a desperate drug addict who could have taken his own life by inadvertently giving himself an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. Metzger said 50-year-old singer begged him to prescribe something he could take intravenously to help him sleep. “He used the word ‘juice’ .. I don’t think he mentioned the word of a specific sleep medication,” said Metzger. “He did not believe any oral medicine would be helpful,” he added, insisting that he never gave him any intravenous drugs. Metzger was among the first witnesses to take the stand for Murray’s defense, which faces an uphill task to get the medic off the hook after the prosecution rested its case Monday. The defense is expected to call some 15 witnesses in all, including medical experts, character witnesses and police, to rebut the charge against Murray, but reports suggest the case could go to the jury by the end of the week. Over the last four weeks prosecution witnesses have given a litany of evidence suggesting Murray, 58, administered a deadly cocktail of drugs to help the King of Pop sleep, and abandoned him at the vital moment. The Grenada-born medic, who has sat grimfaced throughout proceedings, faces four years



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he Hong Kong government said it intended to declare one of its last colonial-era mansions a heritage site, despite objections from the wealthy heiress who owns the property. Built by and named after Sir Robert Ho Tung in 1927, the Ho Tung Gardens, sits on a site of just over a hectare (nearly three acres) on The Peak, a high-end residential neighborhood in the Chinese city of seven million. Ho Tung Gardens is the only remaining residence directly related to Ho, who was a prominent community leader and the first non-European to receive permission from the then British colonial administration to reside on The Peak. “Ho Tung Gardens is also an early example, and probably the earliest surviving example, of Chinese renaissance architecture in Hong Kong,” the government said in a statement received yesterday. “It is a rare historic building worthy of preservation,” it said, adding that the city’s Antiquities Advisory Board had unanimously supported the intended declaration due to the property’s “significant heritage value”. The owner of the site-the granddaughter of the late tycoon Ho-had reportedly wanted to redevelop the site and rejected a government offer of a land swap. She could go to court to seek compensation. Taxpayers in the city could potentially face a HK$3 billion (almost US$400 million) compensation bill, reports said yesterday. The site was made a “proposed monument” in January this year, when the Antiquities and Monuments Office was alerted to the owner’s plan to demolish the building and redevelop the site. Top government officials have since then met with its owner and its representatives to explore options for preservation, amid their differences. Hong Kong, a former British colony, was returned to China in 1997 and remains a semi-autonomous city with its own legal and administrative system.—AFP


hina’s new clout on the global art market, and its taste for homegrown works, is driving up the price of contemporary Chinese artistsforcing the Western art world to make space at the table for the rising stars. Last year China became the world’s leading auction marketplace for fine art, after overtaking France, Britain and finally the United States in the space of five years, according to research by Artprice. And China’s rise as an art hub is flipping the traditionally Western-dominated market on its head as wealthy collectors snap up art by their compatriots, fuelling a surge in prices for Chinese artists. “Chinese collectors are basically looking at Chinese art,” explained Barbara Pollack, author of a recent study entitled “The Wild Wild East: an American art critic’s adventures in China.” As a result five Chinese artists currently sit among the world’s top 10 as measured by combined sales at auction, overtaking giants like the US pop artist Jeff Koons, ranked third, or Britain’s Damien Hirst, ranked ninth by Artprice. Taking a broader view, Chinese artists accounted last year for fully 45 of the world’s 100 top-selling art names. Some of these are established figures, like Beijing-based Zeng Fanzhi, best known for his “Masks” collection of paintings, who was the world’s second best selling artist in the year to June 2011, just behind Jean-Michel Basquiat.The late Chinese master Chen Yifei is ranked fifth while the gunpowder specialist Cai Guoqiang, who directed the special effects at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ceremonies, takes 32nd spot. Scanning down the list, however, many names are unfamiliar to the Western eye, such as the painters Wang Yidong and Zhou Chunya-neither of whom enjoys major international renown-ranked seven and 10. “There are names which are totally fuelled by the Chinese market, some of them traditional ink painters, who are almost unheard of in the West,” explained Pollack.

Visitors look at ancient artifacts during a press preview of new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, October 24, 2011. After an eight-year construction project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open on November 1, 2011, a suite of 15 newly transformed galleries to house its collection of Islamic art. Through the new installation of some 1,200 works of art-including carpets, jewels, a luxurious room setting, illustrated manuscripts, and spectacular works in metal and glass-the rich diversity of the Islamic world will be emphasized. — AFP

“This market is only going to grow” Few of these Chinese artists have so far been invited to show at Western art fairs, which remain weighted towards Europe and North America despite growing participation from Asia, Africa and Latin America. “Some of these artists are outside of our tradition. Others have not yet gotten the museum attention from Western institutions that they clearly deserve, and that is hindering their acceptance in the West,” Pollack explained. Jennifer Flay, president of the FIAC contemporary art fair, one of the top events in Europe’s art calendar which wrapped up Sunday in Paris, said she was looking to expand the Chinese presence at the event. “There’s a lot of very interesting art emerging in China,” she said. Of the 168 galleries present for this edition, however, just one was Chinese.

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alloween’s coming up and with a little DIY ingenuity, you can turn your dog or cat into a bee, bear or badger. Whether you are planning for a parade, party, photo session, contest or trick-ortreating, a homemade costume for your pet can make it more fun for both of you. You can start from scratch or go half-scratch, adding bling, attitude or accessories to human hand-me-downs or garage sale or thrift store finds. The McCall Pattern Co. Even even sells several patterns for pets. Lisa Woodruff of Huntington Beach, California, builds whole floats around costume concepts so her pugs, stepsisters Olive and Mochi, can take part in the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade and Costume Contest in Long Beach, California. They’ve attended the event, held annually on the last Sunday in October, for seven years. The pugs have been geisha girls, fish, sushi, surfers, flowers, “pupcakes” and amateur movers. “The costumes have to be comfortable and dog friendly,” said Woodruff. “They can’t be completely indestructible, but they are dogs so they (the costumes) have to be durable.” She shops on Craigslist and carves a lot of Styrofoam. The year Olive and Mochi were pupcakes, she started with inverted, pleated lampshades and painted them. There was a slight hitch, though: Both dogs couldn’t fit in their pupcake wagon sitting down, so her husband had to carry one down the parade route. “We had technical difficulties. But that’s what homemade is all about,” she said. AmyJo Casner, of Harrisville, Pennsylvania, dresses her ferrets up for Halloween. “Ferrets don’t really have shoulders,” so the hardest part of designing clothes for them is making sure they can’t slip out of them, she said. “The second hardest part is sewing the smallest seams on the hats. I am still improving each design and will do so until I have come up with one I can’t improve on,” she said. Her pets, Manny, a 2-yearold therapy ferret, and Marcuz, a year-old deaf ferret, dress when they go out.


hen Ralph Lauren sat down for a little chat Monday night with Oprah Winfrey, they picked up a discussion they started on TV back in the spring, when the fashion designer helped close out Winfrey’s long-running talk show with an exclusive peek inside his Colorado estate. But this time, their talk about Lauren’s life, career and commitment to cancer causes was at Lincoln Center in front of a sold-out crowd of arts patrons and a celebrity guest list that included Michael J Fox, NBC News anchorman Brian Williams, Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart and Naomi Watts.

The conversation raised more than $7 million for Lauren’s cancer care center in East Harlem along with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In a pre-show interview, Lauren said he wanted to do this because he believes in the causes. “I’ve been doing what I’m doing a long time, and I’m here to give back what I can,” he said. He said he can’t remember the first time he met Winfrey but spent a long time with her when she first launched her magazine - and that formed a connection. “I once found myself talking to Oprah in my car for an hour,” he said. “Whenever I see her it’s like I just saw her. That’s a real connection.” But

Winfrey, who wore a red portrait collar gown, told the audience it took 25 years for her to get the interview with Lauren at his Colorado ranch. She said Lauren “designed the fabric of America the way we know it.” Monday’s multimedia presentation was produced by Tony Award winner Darren Bagert. It ended with a fashion show of Lauren’s spring collection. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had declared Monday as The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention Day. — AP


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File photo shows Lisa Woodruff with her pugs, Olive, right and Mochi dressed as cupcakes during the Haute Dog Halloween parade in Long Beach, Calif. — AP They have matching red silky shirts, commando shirts and PJs. A few months ago, they won first place in the pet pocket category at the local Fourth of July parade. Casner also sells her designs on, an online homemade marketplace. “All closures are sewed on with Velcro strips that have been cut in half and the items are machine sewn. I don’t put anything on my ferret clothing that might get easily chewed off either. Hats are held on by elastic that is triplestitched to the brims,” she said. The McCall Pattern Co. has several pet patterns to choose from, and they’re not just for Halloween. The busy season for pet pattern sales lasts from October to December, said Carolyne Cafaro, director of merchandising at McCall’s headquarters in New York City. One of the most popular patterns is Santa Claus, she said, which many buyers build their Christmas cards around. Other hot sellers include a holiday apron, a doggie bathrobe and a tuxedo collar that can be used for Halloween, Christmas, weddings or any formal occasion, she said. Some buyers make costumes for their own animals; others make them as gifts for friends’ pets. During the winter months, pet patterns will move up into the top 50 of the 600 patterns McCall sells, Cafaro said. McCall’s packages its pet designs with a costume plus accessories. For example, the Santa pattern comes with a collar, leg warmers, bow tie, a couple of coats, a blanket or sleeping bag and pajamas. “Pets are so popular,” she said. “We try to come up with something new every year.” The company also watches social media sites for comments. After a lot of requests, McCall’s designed a coat for very large dogs, she said. Cat patterns have never been as popular as dog patterns, she said, although patterns for some items - like coats, hats, collars, leg warmers and bandannas - will work for both cats and small dogs. McCall’s, which sells patterns under McCall, Vogue and Butterick brands, has six canine mannequins in varying sizes in its design lab, Cafaro said. And every pattern prototype is tested on a real dog before it gets final approval. “You can’t obscure their vision and they don’t like their ears flattened, they want to be able to hear,” she said. Photographer Karen Nichols of Castro Valley, near San Francisco, sews and builds “scenes” for her three cats so she can take pictures of them and use them on greeting cards. Over the last 10 years, she’s turned her cats into nurses, CEOs, super heroes, Christmas trees, elves, pumpkins, divas, bikers, a chicken, Sandy from “Grease” and many other things. Most of the time, Skeezix, a 7-year-old Oriental shorthair is her main model, though his attention span is short, Nichols said. Mal, a 15-yearold Siamese, likes to pose sometimes. Tripper, a 22pound brown tabby, used to be a feral cat so is a bit scratchy, but he is very photogenic. — AP

Models display creations by Russian designer Tatiana Parfionova for her Spring-Summer 2012 collection during Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia

Models display creations by Russian designer Viva Vox.

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Tourists strike a pose next to a wax figure of legendary kung fu master Bruce Lee in Hong Kong yesterday. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang announced in his annual policy a October 12, that the government would set up a gallery in honor of Bruce Lee at the government-run Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Lee-the Chinese-American legend credited with c the martial arts film genre into the mainstream with films including posthumously released “Enter the Dragon”-died in Hong Kong in 1973 after a severe reaction to medication. — AFP

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A file picture shows French Hermes’s exclusive in-house perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, using perfume smelling strips at his home in the French southeastern city of Cabris. — AFP photos

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ean-Claude Ellena is a perfumer who never wears perfume, whose tools are pen, paper and memory, and who sees his work as “nose” for the French luxury house Hermes as that of a “scent writer”. “In a perfect world, I wish perfumes were never worn at all,” smiled the 64-year-old master perfumer as he welcomed AFP to the Hermes workshop, in the pine-clad hills above the bay of Antibes on the Mediterranean coast. Ellena sees his perfumes as “artworks”-fine art that has sent annual sales at Hermes’ perfume division soaring from 65 million euros when he joined in 2004, to 138 million euros last year. Earlier this year, he published “Journal of a Perfumer”, which narrates a year in his life and reveals recipes of 22 scents out of a desire to share “tips” with the younger generation. Ellena claims to be the “nose” who uses the fewest ingredients in the world composing with fewer than 200 substances, compared to between 1,000 to 1,500 for a typical perfume.” To create a perfume, I need to tell a story,” he explains in his book. Born to a perfumer father, Ellena grew up in France’s southeastern perfume capital Grasse, which produces the lion’s share of the natural scents used in the country’s flourishing perfume industry. Today he lives back in his home region, in a village near Antibes, and works in a modern architectdesigned house in the hills above, whose vast windows overlook a pine forest and plunging sea views.” Welcome to the workshop of Hermes perfumes,” he quips with a smile. Ellena moves back and forth from his light-flooded study, where he devises formulae at a desk, pen and paper in hand, to the lab where ingredients are plucked, measured and mixed, from two carousels loaded with vials of scent. He uses around one third natural ingredients, and synthetic scents for the rest, dosing milligrams by milligram. As a perfume takes shape, he returns to the study to smell touches on strips of blotting paper, repeating the to and fro sometimes dozens of times.

Scents are neither masculine nor feminine Scents, he says, are neither masculine nor feminine: “The idea of putting a gender on perfume is a recent and commercial one.”When his trials are just nearing completion, whether men’s or women’s perfumes, he puts them on to “see their imperfections”. But otherwise, Ellena wears no perfume to be “as neutral as possible” when working. Inspired by visits his wife Susannah used to pay to a specialty tea shop, Ellena was the first perfumer to use

French Hermes’s exclusive in-house perfumer, JeanClaude Ellena tea in his creations-an ingredient that has become something of a signature. But he also likes to work with darker, mustier smells-like the notes of sweat which he added to “Terre d’Hermes”, created for the house in 2006 and today France’s fifth most sold perfume.”Skin smells are interesting,” explained the perfumer, for whom “smelling is a skill.” “Smell what you eat, what you drink. Smell bodies. Think about smells, become aware of them,” he says by way of a recipe. “From there on it is a question of dig-

ging into my memory to d smell. At first you will spo But little by little you narr strip away your own em cannot put memorie work.”“And from that po triggers a new emotion. A “When I imagined ‘Vo wanted to create a tens tension I had in mind, it the end-but it is somethi his first steps in the perfu in Grasse, and was taken fumer’s assistant at Givau After stints in New Yo Paris in 1975 with his wife the following year-aged j major success with “Fir Ellena has come a long w ingredients”-with a minim the heart of his work. Bef conditions: to stay close t free of marketing constra When devising a new the head of the firm’s pe they make their choices ket surveys. Each year he den theme-”Un Jardin en Kerala”-travelling each tim seek inspiration. He also regularly a “Hermessences”, which he has the final say on the fumes, and also helps s name of a perfume is the a perfume, he explains, “ the market. “From that p ting off on its own. It is n make it theirs, and that is

Sikhs rescue Italy’s famous chees

master in the art of making Parmesan cheese, Manjit Singh is part of a large community of Sikhs in northern Italy who are shoring up an industry under threat of extinction. Since moving from India seven years ago, the former taxi driver has become the main cheesemaker in a small family-run factory that produces thousands of rounds of the world-famous cheese. Many of Italy’s 25,000-strong Sikh community originate from India’s Punjab region but have found their calling producing Parmesan and in Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. Most are employed as dairy hands but some, such as Singh, are taking over key roles in preparing the sharply flavored hard cheese grated onto pasta dishes and shaved into salads the world over. “I looked for any work when I first arrived, even as a dishwasher. I was ready to do anything, but I like being a cheesemaker a lot,” said the 34year-old father of two. Graziano Cacciali, who runs the Parmesan plant in Zibello, took Singh on as help in 2004 after undergoing a heart bypass operation and said he has enjoyed teaching him skills that Italians were no longer prepared to learn. “There aren’t Italians in the industry any more.

Making Parmesan means long hours: you have to work weekends, holidays, every day of the year. Italians have money and the young won’t do the job any more,” he said. “I’ve stayed because I’m passionate about it, you have to be,” said the 71-yearold as he supervised Singh stir vat after vat of slowly heated cow’s milk, breaking up the curds with a huge, unwieldy whisk. At the dairy in nearby Novellara, which specializes in producing milk for making Parmesan, half the laborers are Sikhs, prized as methodical, hard

A round of Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese is pictured .

workers who are eager to fill the posts that open as Italians desert the industry. By Italian standards, the money is very good too, with Sikh cheesemakers earning up to 2,000 euros ($2,800) a month. “Most of our workers are Indian,” said farmer Stefano Gazzini. “They are more dedicated to their work. They seem to have integrated well into the community, and even have their own temple.” The first Sikhs arrived in the region at the end of the 1980s. While a few opened their own importexport businesses, many found work in cattle farms or cheese factories-and tasted Parmesan for the first time, Singh said. Wearing saffron, white or blue turbans, the men accompany their wives to the market on their days off and sip milky tea under the porticoes in Novellara’s historic centre, before heading off to the large white temple, or gurdwara. With a fastgrowing community to serve-the Sikhs are boosting Italy’s notoriously feeble birthrate-another temple was inaugurated in nearby Pessina Cremonese this year. “We are really lucky to have found foreigners to come and milk our cows, otherwise we would not have found anyone,” Gazzini said. —AP

Rounds of Parmesan cheese on disp food festival in Turin. — AFP

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