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August 20, 2010

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Pakistan flood homeless toll put at over 4m PAGE 15

US Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division race towards the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Wednesday. The soldiers are part of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of US forces. — AP

Last US unit exits Iraq Troops cross into Kuwait before flying out to US Wyclef Jean says threats wonʼt deter candidacy PAGE 54

Raging bull rams spectators in Spain PAGE 60

BAGHDAD: The last US combat brigade pulled out of Iraq at dawn yesterday, a key milestone in the withdrawal of American forces more than seven years after the US-led invasion ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. Under the cover of dark, the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, crossed into neighbouring Kuwait ahead of the planned declaration of an end to US combat operations in Iraq by an August 31 deadline. The pullout came two days after a suicide bomber killed 59 people at a Baghdad army recruitment centre in Iraq’s deadliest attack this year, sparking concern the country’s forces are incapable of handling security on their own. “Yes, they did,” Lieutenant Colonel Eric Bloom told AFP, when asked if the brigade had crossed into Kuwait. “The last one crossed at about 6:00 am this morning. They have a few more days to clean the equipment, prepare the equipment, get it ready for shipment and then they’ll fly out (to the United States).” It took two days for 360 vehicles and 1,200 soldiers to travel from Camp Liberty on Baghdad’s outskirts and Camp Taji north of the capital, through the Shiite south, and into the Gulf emirate, Bloom said. The rest of the 4,000-strong brigade departed the country by air. Kuwait, which hosts several American military camps in its northern desert close to the border, as well as a naval base, was used as the launch pad for the 2003 invasion. About 56,000 US soldiers remain in Iraq, with that figure set to drop to 50,000 by Sept 1, less than a third of the peak level during the “surge” of 2007. At that point,

the US mission in Iraq will be re-christened “Operation New Dawn”, from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” - the name given to American operations here since the invasion. The remaining 6,000 soldiers who will leave the country in the next two weeks are clustered throughout Iraq, Captain Sarah Baumgardner said. “It is about a transition to a change of mission, going from combat operations to stability operations,” Major General Stephen Lanza said in an interview with US television channel MSNBC. To fill the gap left by departing troops, the US State Department is to more than double the number of security contractors it employs in Iraq to around 7,000, the New York Times reported. Citing unnamed administration officials, the Times said private security contractors would operate radar to warn of enemy fire, search for roadside bombs and fly surveillance drones. The pullout coincides with the arrival of James Jeffrey, the new US ambassador to Iraq, who presented his diplomatic credentials Wednesday to the conflict-torn nation’s president, Jalal Talabani. Jeffrey’s arrival comes during a political deadlock in Iraq, with no new government having yet formed after elections in March, and in the middle of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, when insurgent attacks typically peak. A spike in violence in July, which Iraq put as the deadliest month since 2008, and the suicide attack on Tuesday that was blamed on Al-Qaeda, have sparked disquiet over the readiness of Iraq’s own

forces. “We as Iraqis - the government and the parliament - did not do anything to prepare ourselves for this responsibility,” said Hamid Fadhel, a professor of political science at Baghdad University. “This is an irresponsible withdrawal; there are dangers to do with security of the country, concerns and fears for Iraq’s external security, because of the lack of a military that is able to protect the country.” While US officers insist their Iraqi counterparts are up to the task, the country’s top military officer told AFP last week that US forces may be needed in the conflict-wracked nation for a further decade. But that seems unlikely. The White House has repeatedly insisted that the withdrawal schedule, which will see the last US soldier depart Iraq at the end of next year, remains on track. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley described the end of combat operations as a “historic moment,” but stressed America’s long-term commitment to Iraq was unwavering. “We’re not ending our involvement in Iraq,” he told MSNBC as the footage of the brigade crossing into Kuwait was shown. “We will have important work to do. This is a transition. This is not the end of something. It’s a transition to something different. We have a long-term commitment to Iraq.” In a letter dated Aug 18 and posted on the White House website, President Barack Obama also hailed the end of combat operations but made no mention of the final combat troops leaving. — AFP


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FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT

Negative stereotypes in local television shows By Muna Al-Fuzai

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fI were to describe the soap operas that are telecast on most television channels of the Gulf region, then I would express them as being most

insulting to Kuwaiti society and expatriates. It is completely exaggerated and perpetrates wrongful notions about the position of women in society and glorifies her as an object of physical abuse by men. Also, it makes me sick to see that negative stereotypes about expatriates in Kuwait are portrayed on television. They are depicted as the perpetrators of evil in society. For example, every local television show focuses on the

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role played by expatriates as housemaids or accomplices that lead Kuwaitis to commit crimes. This is not society’s reality and maybe it is true in some rare cases. If domestic maids and helpers are all bad, then why are so many employed in every Kuwaiti household? This country was built with the support provided by many expatriates, especially in the fields of health and education. Even now, their help is indispensable. So, when the

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local media lambasts them as being inhuman and uncooperative, the fact is that they are lampooned and mocked at mercilessly - which in itself is an inhuman act. Neither Kuwaitis nor expatriates are angels. However, that does not mean that it is okay to insult others just because they have come to our country seeking employment. I know many expatriates who love Kuwait more than their own country. This is the reason

why they have lived here in Kuwait during good times and bad. Even though they are aware that Kuwaitis perceive them in a negative light, they still love this country. I feel grateful for what this country has offered them. There are expatriates who have been in Kuwait since the forties and fifties when Kuwait was not modernized. They love Kuwait and it is shameful on our part to present a bad image about expatriates, as if they are representatives of inferiority in our country. I believe that approving the telecast of such offensive content not only tarnishes the images of the writers, actors and actresses but also the Ministry of Information that blindly gives it the green light without considering the values that we need to preserve in our society. Children watch these shows and absorb what they watch on television and come to believe that it is okay to hit a woman and it is okay to abuse maids and non-Kuwaitis. This

is because the media has an overwhelming influence on young minds. I have never seen a local show that focuses on the issues that they face in Kuwait. No television show depicts the way they make their living here and the main obstacles that good expatriates face. I only see negative portrayals all the time! Every media organization, all over the world, works in accordance to ethics. The West has formulated guidelines to promote ideas and values. Why is that we Kuwaitis do not try to learn from them? By this I do not mean that their media should be censored, but a code of conduct should be formed to create a proper image and depict an accurate scene about Kuwait. Instead, we are forced to digest shows that are of inferior quality every year especially during Ramadan. Local television shows can be likened to a heavy meal that is difficult to consume and does not let you have a good night’s sleep. muna@kuwaittimes.net


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How did we lose our way?

CONSPIRACY THEORIES By Badr ya Dar wish

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s Muslims we were taught to fast since we were kids. I remember ever since I was five or six-years-old, my whole family would fast. We, the children, were encouraged to fast for two to three hours when we were really young. Later on, we were encouraged to fast for five or six hours and gradually we would go on to fast for half a day. By the time we turned nine or 10, the fasting spirit was built within our psychological system and we would wait impatiently for Ramadan to come. We used to enjoy getting up before dawn to have Suhoor

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(breakfast) and would wait anxiously in the evening outside for the Adan (call to prayer) to break the fast. In brief, what I mean to convey through this story is that fasting is one of the pillars of Islam which has not vanished. For nearly 1,500 years people did not stop fasting for Ramadan. In fact, it was on the contrary. As time progressed, Ramadan has become even more popular. Even Muslims outside of the Arab World are keener on Ramadan than those in the Arab world. It has become one of the worship rituals that is known across the world. Mention Ramadan to any nation in the world and they know about it. We have kept Ramadan but somewhere within centuries along the way, we have lost the spirit of Ramadan. This is so unfortunate. We lost the whole concept of why God has given us Ramadan.

IN MY VIEW

Happy commercial Ramadan! By Hussain Al-Qatari

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t is no surprise that all holidays today have lost their true meaning and instead have been turned into a way for corporations to make money. Ramadan, as much as people may like to argue, is really no exception. When people say that Ramadan has a magical quality that makes it special, I find it difficult to see this romanticized image and ignore the classic Ramadan image in my head; a chilled sweaty pitcher of Vimto. I’m sure you associate at least one food product with the month of Ramadan. A month that is supposed to teach people tolerance and make them sympathize with the poor and the hungry has an abundance of food and special dishes that are unique to it alone. Not only that, but it is a high season

Do Europeans and Americans celebrate Christmas by airing series set in old times, or is this unique just for us? for TV producers to make the best TV shows they can for viewers’ entertainment. Produced just in Kuwait alone, there are about 10 TV shows this year. There are also many game shows, live talk shows and cooking shows specifically produced just for Ramadan. If this doesn’t tell you that Ramadan has become a month of gluttony, I don’t know what does. Everything is about money in Ramadan, not about giving and donating to the poor. If you look at the numerous raffles and prizes given away by corporations, you’d think everyone would become a millionaire by the end of the month. Anyone with the least knowledge about how money works can safely tell you that people actually spend millions during this month and only a small percentage is given away as a prize. Another aspect that puzzles me about Ramadan, silly as it might sound, is the knack for producing television shows about old Kuwait. It is as if Ramadan came into being in Old Kuwait. It makes me wonder, do the Europeans and Americans celebrate Christmas by airing series set in old times, or is this unique just for us? Old props and homes have become so familiar to me; I think I am quite close to being an expert in that field. It’s important that we remember the essence of Ramadan. I’m not saying we should desert our luxuries and live like monks, but maybe we should find a way to give, to really give to the poor in the midst of this capitalist corporations’ mess we’re celebrating for thirty days every year. hussain@kuwaittimes.net

It is sad to see today that Ramadan has turned into food feasts and festival activities. Ramadan came - we were taught - to make us empathize and sympathize and feel for the hungry and the less fortunate who have no food to eat. We fast from morning till evening but are sure that at the end of the day, there will be food on the table. You are thirsty but you know there will be tons of water to drink. You know that after a couple of hours there will be juice and all sorts of things to quench your thirst. Imagine the people who we are supposed to sympathize with are fasting by force. For them there is no scheduled fasting - from morning till dawn. They don’t wait for the Adan to break their fast. For them fast is permanent and inevitable. The heart of the matter is that we are supposed to fast so that we will understand the suffering of this less privileged

group of people and that might encourage us to do something about it. It is not only about feeling it. We really need to do something and seek a way to help those who need it. Words are not enough. Just feeling inside one’s heart is not enough. This is where the concept of Ramadan is lost. I look around me and it seems like celebrations are going on. Even government institutions and private companies are competing to host ghabqas (late dinner) which is after we have had one meal already. Come and see the length of the buffets. Is this the concept of Ramadan? Is this the way to feel with the people who live in famine, hunger and thirst and who have nothing and no hope to hold on to? Whose fault is it? Why have we lost our way? www.badr yadar wish.com


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Fat to fit: 30-day challenge By Hussain Al-Qatari

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he holy month of Ramadan is often seen by people as an opportunity to get healthy and get in shape. Shedding off kilos of excess weight in a 30-day challenge has become a yearly resolution for a lot of people, yet this year poses a great challenge to many. The fact that Ramadan falls in the scorching summer means that the hours of the daytime are longer than evenings. Given the suffocating heat during daytime, most people tend to exercise during the evening when the weather is cooler. The question many pose is when is the perfect time for exercise and which routine works best for Ramadan? Is working out on an empty stomach a good fatburner routine, or is it best to exercise after having eaten Iftar? Danah, 37, says she exercises while watching TV three hours after she breaks her fast. This routine suits her lifestyle in Ramadan perfectly. “I have a treadmill at home; I run while flipping through TV channels,” she says. “I am not in need of extensive exercise to lose weight, so I don’t see the point in exhausting my body throughout this month. Running for an hour is good enough for me,” she says. Danah is active and usually enjoys playing volleyball and soccer with her friends. In Ramadan, because of the time starvation, she finds it difficult to juggle playing sports and her obligations as a mother. “During Ramadan, sadly, your social life only begins after Iftar. Before that, you hardly do anything. So I use the treadmill for occasions like that, when I’m lazy or when I have no time to leave,” she says. A non-believer in exercising your body when hungry, Khalid thinks it is better to watch what you eat and be more selective with that. Despite her plans to exercise in Ramadan, Ghadeer, 19, thinks that taking the entire month off is too tempting. “It coincides with the end of my summer semester in university, and the last thing I need now is to commit to anything!” Sara wakes up at noon and helps with a few house chores, but spends most of her day relaxing. “There’s quite a lot to watch on TV and family members are always over with food and sweets. Who wants to leave all that for a workout?” she asks jokingly. Bader, a 25-year-old sports enthusiast, says that working out after Iftar works best for him. “I work out approximately for four hours after Iftar. By then, I ensure that I have fed my body well and have drunk enough water to hydrate my body,” he says. Working out is important to Bader every day. “It’s a

‘There’s quite a lot to watch on TV and family members are always over with food and sweets, who wants to leave all that for a workout?’ discipline, and when you’re fasting it’s important to learn how to adapt. Taking breaks and being lenient to an extent is good, but there has to be discipline and you can’t neglect your workout,” he noted. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Nada says that despite doing cardiovascular workout in the gym five days a week and playing soccer three days a week, she

still cannot resist the delicious Ramadan food. “I work out for two hours every weekday before Iftar, but I cannot resist the sweets!” she admits. Expert advice Fitness coach Fahad Al-Yahya shared his thoughts on exercise during Ramadan saying that exercising before or after Iftar really depends on the goal you seek from the exercise. “Any

moderate-low intensity cardiovascular workout before Iftar is ideal for optimal fatburning and endurance. The reason being is that you’re on an empty stomach, and fat stores are readily available for energy,” he said. He stressed that one must be careful with regard to the workout intensity, “Anything too vigorous and the trainee will run the risk of severe dehydration.”

For those focused on weightlifting, after Iftar is the optimal timing. “Nutrients (including water) are much needed to aid in healthy muscle contractions and muscle cell repair. Weight-lifting prior to Iftar runs the risk of muscle loss, since cortisol (a muscle wasting hormone) is highest when calorie intake is extremely low,” he noted. hussain@kuwaittimes.net


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Going nuts over nuts By Nawara Fattahova

During Ramadan we have more visitors coming to our house and we need to be prepared especially with stocks of nuts and other light food that we could serve

he smorgasbord of nuts is key to the dining tables in the Arab world. There are hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews and a myriad of other favorite nuts. Nuts have become a central part of the meal during Ramadan. Hence, the love for nuts also creates their abundance. In Kuwait, nuts can be found in supermarkets, co-operative societies, and even specialized shops known as ‘roastery’ or nuts shops. In Ramadan, demand for them increases as nuts are light food that can be consumed in the evening time. For many, nuts-

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Price range, taste range Prices of nuts, just like everything else that is also sold in an open economy, differs from one place to another. While some shops rely on the turnover of nuts sales, others vouch for higher prices per kilo. “Undoubtedly, the price of raw nuts and dry fruits increases in Ramadan. This is due to the price hike in the country of origin from where we import these items,” Maryleen, the supervisor at

Alrifai roastery explains. In her words, certain items from their shop are more popular during the holy month of Ramadan when compared to any other time of the year. “People mostly opt for sweets such as baqlawa, barazi, and tamriya.” Shoppers in Ramadan also ask for dry fruits such as apricot, strawberry, cranberry, figs, raisins, and others, explains Saleh, a salesman in a roastery. In addition, concentrated juices in different flavors are also very popular. “Some juices are mostly sold only in Ramadan.

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These are jelab, tamer hindi, qamardeen, grenadine concentrate and rose water,” noted Saleh.

Special offers Having spotted the potential of nut sales, roasteries have special offers for Ramadan, “Just recently we started offering special baskets in different sizes for Ramadan,” Saleh says adding that they are filled with different kinds of the most demanded Ramadan items. “These packages are the perfect choice for a gift.

Their prices begin from KD 6 and above depending on the size,” added Saleh. Nuts are in demand for every special occasion, especially during Ramadan. “In the middle of Ramadan, kids celebrate Girgian. And for this occasion we have prepared special packs that include nuts and candies. We have a fourkilogram pack but customers can also choose their own mix and size pack,” said Tuesday, another saleslady in the roastery. Coffee, which is known for

foods, the thought of weightgain crosses the mind of shoppers. Those who are afraid of gaining more weight, one salesman says, can enjoy eating a special mix of low caloric nuts. Alrifai, for instance, has prepared mixes of nuts for the people who are on a lower calorie diet. The so-called Light Mix and the Innocent that block the fat are just some of the ‘healthier’ options. They also have the Energy Mix, which is a healthy food as well. being an eternal hot sale, has lower consumption during Ramadan. “Because people fast the whole day they don’t drink much coffee,” said Ahmad - a shop assistant in a roaster in Salmiya. “In the evenings people don’t drink much coffee.

KUWAIT: Various varieties of nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts and even candies are seen on display. Many shopkeepers claim that their popularity and consumption has gone through the roof during the holy month of Ramadan. When we consider its taste and nutritious value, it’s easy to understand why. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

If they do, they drink only one cup. So their coffee consumption is less than during the rest of the year,” pointed out Ahmad. He predicted the increase in prices for certain kinds of nuts. In a table full of sumptuous

For the love of nuts People prefer different kinds of nuts for different reasons. “For me, raw hazelnuts and almonds are essential. Also, the dish Khshaf, which contains apricots and different kinds of

nuts, is a popular Iftar meal in some countries. I love this dish,” stressed Ameen, a 40year-old expat. Most people admit to buying more nuts during Ramadan because of family gatherings or longer hours spent in front of the TV. A 25year-old Kuwaiti says that the number of visitors increases during this period hence the consumption of nuts in the household is on the rise. “During Ramadan, we have more visitors coming to our house and we need to be prepared especially with stocks of nuts and other light food that we could serve. In our house, we prefer the pistachio and sunflower seeds. Also, we consume more Arabic coffee during this month,” Homoud said.


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Baseeri denies Cabinet rift over project funding By B Izaak KUWAIT: The Minister of Communications and government spokesman Mohammad Al-Baseeri denied yesterday, press reports about a rift among Cabinet members over the issue of funding projects that fall under the development plan. He told reporters in the National Assembly that “there is no truth in the reports of a rift in the Cabinet over project funding”. The issue of the method of funding mega projects under the four-year plan has came to the spotlight due to a controversy over the extent of government involvement in providing

Transfer of mobile phone numbers before year-end the necessary finances. Two viewpoints surfaced over the past two weeks. One view called for allowing only local banks to provide the funding while the other view called for setting up a special government fund to provide the financing. It was reported that some ministers supported the first view while others supported the latter. The government on Wednesday, however, decided that funding will be made through two ways - the first, through normal commercial loans taken from local and foreign banks in

Kuwait and the second will be through long-term government funding which will be provided through local banks. Reports also stated that the government is likely to guarantee the loans provided by local banks to public shareholding companies that would be established to implement the mega projects under the development plan. Baseeri, however, said that there has been no decision made yet by the government on whether it will provide such guarantees. He also said that there is no need to convene an emergency session for the National

Assembly to approve a proposed law on project funding. MP Rola Dashti also warned that it will strongly oppose any government step to provide such guarantees because this will only serve ‘people with vested interests at the cost of public funds.” In another development, Baseeri said that the three local mobile companies will start charging clients by the seconds and not minutes as of September 1. He also said that clients will be able to switch between the three companies without needing to change their numbers before the end

of this year. In the meantime, several MPs called on the interior minister to order a probe into a newspaper report that an Israeli journalist working for an Israeli newspaper had entered Kuwait and prepared a report that was published by the daily. The report on the Israeli journalist was published by Al-Rai daily earlier this week. It also published the report he had written for the Israeli daily. MPs Waleed AlTabtabai, Faisal Al-Mislem, Adnan Abdulsamad, Falah Al-Sawwagh and Shuwaib Al-Muwaizri described the incident as a crime and called on the government to launch an investigation and refer those responsible to the Public Prosecution Office.

Amir orders more aid relief for Pakistan KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah has ordered an increase in donations for the victims of floods in Pakistan to an amount that totals to $10 million. The President of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Barjas Hmoud Al-Barjas made the announcement here yesterday. Al-Barjas said in a press statement

that the increase in the volume of contributions are being made upon the orders of His Highness the Amir as he recognizes the extent of the humanitarian crisis being experienced by the citizens of Pakistan. More than 1,600 people have been killed, while 14 million others have been displaced and affected as a result

crimes

Saudi drug dealer caught KUWAIT: Special forces arrested a Saudi expatriate in Qadisiya in connection with possession of 250 grams of hashish. He was referred to the General Department for Drug Control (GDDC). The man’s suspicious activities while standing outside the Qadisiya co-operative society, raised an alarm among police. He was stopped and searched and the illicit substance was found.

One dead, six injured in car crash A 55-year-old citizen died and his four children were injured along with two other citizens in a car accident that took place along Wafra. The injured were admitted to Adan hospital for treatment.

Suicide attempt A 25-year-old Sri Lankan woman attempted suicide at a private hospital in Hawally governorate by swallowing a large number of tablets. Investigations are underway to determine the reasons behind the attempt.

Car accident An Egyptian expat was injured in a car accident that took place along the bridge that separates the Newspaper street road from the Canada Dry Street. The vehicle rammed against the cement barrier and the expat sustained grave injuries. He was admitted to the Sabah hospital for treatment. In another case, a 60-year-old citizen suffered injuries after his car flipped over along the Fourth Ring Road near UN roundabout. The man was admitted to Sabah hospital.

Fire incident A fire broke out in the premises of Kuwait Geographic Society located in Qadisiya yesterday, causing extensive property damage. However, no injuries were reported. A faulty electric wiring is believed to have triggered the fire.

Smuggling attempt foiled Abdaly Customs Officials foiled an Iraqi national’s attempt to smuggle drugs into Kuwait. The man was driving a heavy vehicle that carried dates. However, officials conducted a thorough search of the truck, and the drugs were found.

of the devastating floods in Pakistan. He added that the Council of Ministers tasked the Kuwait Red Crescent Society in coordination with the Foreign Ministry to send food and humanitarian relief supplies to help those affected by this humanitarian disaster and help them overcome the tragic effects and alleviate suffering. — KUNA

‘25% of development scheme completed’ KUWAIT: The country has completed some 27 percent of the state’s development plan by the end of the first quarter of the first year of the plan, said Minister of Public Works Fadhil Safar Wednesday night. The minister was speaking at a Ghabqa (Ramadan gathering) organized by the ministry, and noted that this is an honorable level of achievement to have been garnered during such short time. He pointed out the last report of the follow up committee confirmed the completion of 27 percent of the project, and the government is now expected to complete, in the second quarter projects, the fields of human development and improving expertise and qualifications of human resources, in addition to construction and development subprojects. Among challenges listed in the report, the minister recalled redtape and lengthy processing of paper work, and added this all ministries face these challenges and are being discussed by the ministerial committees concerned. He also pointed out proposals such as a meeting of all state bodies and

supervisory bodies involved on one table for discussion of all projects at once, which would cut time currently spent during review by the Audit Bureau, then by the Fatwa and Legislation Committee, and yet again upon review by the Central Tenders Committee(CTC). This is the best way to save time and has already been adopted and proved its success in many countries, the minister remarked. Still, some legal difficulties have to be worked out to implement the system. Safar added the budget was another challenge that was listed in the report, adding that expenditures in the fourth chapter of the budget saw a decline in recent years, but this can be overcome the next year to facilitate smooth progress of the development plan. This year’s budget, he added, would cover the projects on the agenda. Minister Safar also said that despite some difficulties, the ministry takes pride in the performance and professionalism of its staff, and the consultancy offices and other bodies that deal with the ministry attest to that. —KUNA

Resignation reports are ‘unfounded and baseless’ KUWAIT: The Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) denied here yesterday news reports that KPC’s Chief Executive Officer and three seniors have submitted their resignation to Oil Minister and Information Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, stating that these reports are “unfounded and baseless.” The KPC said in a statement quoting an official in a press statement that “All the

officials are currently engaged in their work and responsibilities entrusted to them routinely.” They stressed that in the event of any resignation, the KPC will not hesitate to confirm this and make public announcements in accordance with the principle of transparency. The KPC asked the media to investigate the accuracy of the reports that are published on the oil sector as some news disrupts work in this vital sector. — KUNA

KUWAIT: KAC Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director Hamad AlFalah is seen with Director General of the Arab Authority Mohammed Al-Alj during the MoU signing.

KAC signs MoU for expertise exchange KUWAIT: The Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation with the Arab Authority for Civil Aviation for the exchange of experiences, training of cadres, holding seminars and workshops, as well as to identify a mechanism for co-operation and ensure the continuity of mutual coordination between the two sides. The KAC Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director Hamad AlFalah said in a speech at the signing ceremony that the MoU aims to support and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two sides, particularly in the areas of training, exchange of expertise and staff, holding of seminars and workshops. He added that the Memorandum of

Understanding in the field of training focused on air safety, aviation security, air transport and air navigation and aviation environmental protection, adding that both parties agreed to form a joint committee to take follow up action on the implementation of this memorandum. He noted that the committee would meet periodically on a semi-annual basis. Al-Falah praised staff efforts of the Arab Authority for Civil Aviation and its outstanding role in upgrading the air transport industry in the Arab region. The Director General of the Arab Authority Mohammed Al-Alj also praised efforts made by the Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and its eagerness to keep up with the latest developments and adapt to market requirements. — KUNA


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Somalia’s once stable Puntland hit by insurgency NAIROBI: The northeastern tip of Somalia has been a peaceful haven in an often violent nation, but a powerful warlord and a series of recent clashes are threatening to open a new zone of lawlessness. Militants loyal to warlord Mohamed Said Atom have repeatedly clashed with government forces in recent weeks, and Atom told a local radio station that his men have retreated to their mountain hideout in Gal Gala to plan guerrilla attacks. A UN report in March said officials had credible information that Atom has delivered arms sent by Eritrea to Al-Shabab forces in southern Somalia. Al-Shabab is Somalia’s dominant insurgent group and its members have ties with AlQaeda. Al-Shabab has so far distanced itself from activities in Puntland, a semiautonomous region that set up its own administration in 1998. But fears are rising that the militant group could expand into the north if local authorities fail to address grievances that feed Atom’s ambitions. The warlord wants the administration to dismantle the USbacked Puntland Intelligence Service and to apply Islamic law in the region. “Puntland is a very weak administration and if it loses the military initiative, there is a strong fear that it will have a southern-like scenario,” said Rashid Abdi, a Somali expert with the International Crisis

Group. “Its forces are better organized than those of the Transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu. But they can’t withstand alone a determined insurgency for a long time.” Clashes between Atom’s fighters and government forces began in late July, when the militants attacked Puntland forces near Atom’s home base, a rugged and mountainous area about 20 miles (30 kilometers) outside of the region’s commercial capital, Bossaso. Puntland’s security minister said his forces had killed more than 30 militants since the fighting started, a claim denied by Atom. The March report by the UN’s Monitoring Group said Atom was importing arms from Yemen and receiving consignments from Eritrea, including mortars, for delivery to southern Somalia. Atom’s “activities pose a growing threat to peace and security in both Puntland and Somaliland,” said the report, noting that “Atom appears to be preparing to confront both the Puntland and the Somaliland authorities more directly.” Until recently Puntland was spared by the large-scale violence that has been plaguing much of Somalia’s southern and central regions, where Islamist militants are trying to topple the weak, UN-backed government in Mogadishu. Warsan Cismaan Saalax, a member of the Puntland Diaspora Forum, a group that promotes peace

MOGADISHU: Medical staff members of Madina hospital assist a mortar casualty on Tuesday in Mogadishu where at least nine civilians were killed and 53 others injured during clashes between Somali government forces and islamist insurgents. — AFP in the region, said the clashes between Atom and Puntland were “inevitable” because “no government will accept to have armed militiamen in its backyard. “But to defuse the situation, a frank dialogue with Atom is needed,” she said. “And to reach that stage, there must be a cease-fire first.” Since he took office in January last

year, Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole has been reaching out to Islamists in his region to reduce Al-Shabab’s influence. “We have tried through his clan elders to persuade him to give up his terrorist activities but he rejected their overtures,” said Puntland Security Minister Yusuf Ahmed Khayr. He said he fears Atom

Gaza-bound aid ship aims to leave Lebanon Activists on board all women BEIRUT: A Gaza-bound ship carrying women activists and aid for the blockaded Palestinian territory will leave Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli for Cyprus on Sunday, an organizer said yesterday. Israel has warned that it will not allow ships to reach Gaza, controlled by the militant Palestinian group Hamas since 2007. Nine proPalestinian Turks died on May 31 when Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla of aid vessels heading for Gaza. Yasser Qashlaq said the ship Mariam would leave Tripoli at 10 pm (1900 GMT) on Sunday for Cyprus. A second ship, the Naji al-Ali, would sail a couple of days later, he told Reuters. “The aim is to break the blockade on Gaza,” Qashlaq said, adding that the Mariam would be carrying around 60 Lebanese, U.S. and European women, as well as cancer drugs. The Naji al-Ali will take medical equipment including dialysis machines. “We will sail for Cyprus and from there we will head for Palestine,” he said. “We have received permission from Lebanese authorities

TRIPOLI: An activist of the women-only “Mariam” aid ship which plans to break the Gaza blockade, wears the traditional Palestinian checkered Keffiyeh as she stands stranded at the entrance of Tripoli’s harbor yesterday. — AFP

and we have not had any refusal from Cypriot authorities”. He did not say when the ship will leave Cyprus for Gaza. Israel, which eased its Gaza blockade in response to intense international criticism of its lethal seizure of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in May, has said it has the right to “use all necessary means” to bar the Lebanese ships from reaching Gaza. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations said last month the vessels could “carry weapons or individuals with provocative and confrontational intentions”, a charge Qashlaq denied. “Any Israeli operation against the ships would be considered an act of piracy,” he said. “I don’t think the enemy (Israel) will repeat the stupid act that it carried out.” U.N. officials have urged countries not to attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade and urged all parties to show restraint. Last month a Libyanchartered aid ship bound for Gaza was diverted to an Egyptian port and its shipment was delivered to Gaza by land. — Reuters

may start using suicide bombers. Atom was one of nearly a dozen suspected Islamist militants in Somalia whose assets were frozen by the US Treasury Department in April. He considers Puntland officials apostates for failing to apply Islamic law, and is especially critical of the Puntland Intelligence Services, calling its members “Crusaders.” Specifics on the clashes are difficult to find. Local authorities have imposed a news blackout on reports about fighting, and a court sentenced a radio station manager to six years in prison after his station aired an interview with Atom earlier this month. Abdi says Atom “is hijacking a long running local feeling of marginalization,” a situation where some clans feel locked out of the running of the state’s affairs. Atom’s Warsengali clan cited that lack of consultation between government and clans when they took arms up against security forces in 2006 to object to a plan to conduct surveys in the mineral-rich area of Gal Gala. Analysts have long argued that the more the violence in the south is allowed to rage, the more the stability in the northern regions is threatened. “It is difficult to inoculate the north from the instability and chaos in the south,” said Abdi. “What we are seeing in Puntland now is a perfect example of a spillover effect.” — AP

Israel arrests rabbi who called for killing of non-Jews JERUSALEM: Israeli police yesterday arrested a settler rabbi who co-authored a book outlining cases in which it is permissible to kill non-Jews, including babies, army radio reported. Yosef Elitzur, a resident of the hardline Yitzhar settlement in the northern West Bank, was arrested on suspicion of incitement to violence. The book, “the King’s Torah,” written by Elitzur and another rabbi, claims that babies and children of Israel’s enemy may be killed since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us,” the Haaretz newspapers said. It further said non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and that attacks on them “curb their evil inclination.” “Anywhere where the influence of goys (nonJews) constitutes a threat for the life of Israel it is permissible to kill them,” the rabbis wrote. The book, published earlier this year, has drawn sharp criticism from numerous rabbis who say it contradicts the teachings of Judaism.— AFP

Two Israeli soldiers suspected of flotilla theft JERUSALEM: Two Israeli soldiers are suspected of having stolen computers from the Gaza-bound aid flotilla which the navy intercepted in a deadly May 31 raid, Israeli media reported yesterday. One soldier suspected of selling the computers was arrested on Monday, together with three other soldiers who bought the stolen goods. Military police also arrested a second lieutenant suspected of stealing the computers from one of the ships, the Yediot Aharonot daily said. The officer had access to the ships after they were taken to the port of Ashdod

following their interception in international waters. Military police suspect that the officer took between four and six laptops off one of the ships. A military spokesman confirmed that military police had opened an investigation, but added: “For now it has not been established that the theft was from one of the boats in the flotilla.” Naval commandos on May 31 boarded the six ships that sought to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip in defiance of an Israeli blockade, killing nine Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara ferry owned by the Turkey-based Islamic charity IHH (Foundation of Humanitarian Relief). —AFP


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Iran to launch first nuclear plant after decades of delay TEHRAN: After decades of delay and sanctions, Iran on Saturday launches its Russian-built first nuclear power plant in the face of Western suspicion that its atomic program has a covert military agenda. Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said last week that “on August 21, the Russia-supplied fuel will be transferred inside the building in which the engine” of the Bushehr power station in southern Iran is located. Salehi said the fuel transfer would be completed by September 5 and two weeks later the reactor would reach 50 percent of its powergenerating capacity, allowing it to be linked to the national grid. “It will take six to seven months to reach the maximum power level of the plant,” he added. The muchanticipated launch of the more than one-billion-dollar Bushehr plant comes despite Moscow hardening its position on Iran’s nuclear program by backing a fourth round of UN sanctions against Tehran on

Fuel transfer to be completed by Sept 5 June 9. Iran is under sanctions because of its uranium enrichment program which the West believes is aimed at making nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran strongly denies. Iran says it is enriching uranium to power nuclear reactors which will eventually generate electricity of around 20,000 megawatts. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended the plant, saying it would keep Iran firmly fixed to peaceful use of nuclear power. “It is a most important anchor which keeps Iran within the regime of non-proliferation,” he told reporters. “It is fully protected from any proliferation risks whatsoever. This idea is shared by all the leaders of Western countries.” Work on the Bushehr plant, which is not targeted under UN or other global sanctions, first began in the 1970s under the

rule of the US-backed shah using contractors from German firm Siemens. But the project was shelved when the shah was toppled in the 1979 Islamic revolution, only to be revived a decade later under current supreme leader Ali Khamenei. In 1994, Russia agreed to complete the construction and also fuel the plant after Siemens backed out. But since then “technical problems” and squabbles between Moscow and Tehran have delayed completion of the facility, with the project further suffering from the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme under hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fresh doubts over Bushehr were raised after Moscow voted for the latest UN sanctions, followed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s remark that Tehran was close to attaining the potential

to build a nuclear weapon. It was the first time a Russian leader had spoken so bluntly of the dangers of Tehran’s nuclear drive, especially since the Russian position has been that Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear energy. After the latest sanctions, Iran’s envoy to the UN atomic watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, accused Moscow of delaying Bushehr’s commissioning. “After Russia voted for the new sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council, we reached the conclusion that the Kremlin’s delay in launching the Bushehr power plant is politically motivated,” he said. “Of course there may exist some technical problems... but it is hard to believe that the technical issues continue to delay the completion of the plant over the past 15 years.” The Bushehr plant was always seen as a potential target in the

event of a military strike by Iran’s arch-foes the United States and Israel which have never ruled out military action against Tehran’s nuclear program. On Tuesday, Salehi warned that “attacking an international plant is an international crime as the consequences will not be limited to the hosting country but will have a global aftermath.” He spoke a day after former US envoy to the United Nations John Bolton said Israel had lost the opportunity to attack the plant. A sceptical Bolton, when asked by Fox Business Network about the possibility of an Israeli attack ahead of the plant’s opening, said: “I don’t think so, I’m afraid that they’ve lost this opportunity.” Bolton said Bushehr’s launch meant Iran had achieved “something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor.” —AFP

Hundreds mourn slain Islamist in Lebanon

MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with the Chief of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko during their meeting at Novo-Ogaryevo residence outside Moscow yesterday. — AFP

Iran entitled to peaceful nuclear energy: Russia MOSCOW: Russia’s nuclear chief said yesterday that the planned startup of Iran’s first nuclear power plant will demonstrate that Iran is entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy under international supervision. Sergei Kiriyenko said at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the uranium fuel will be loaded into the reactor in Iran’s southern port of Bushehr on Saturday. “That marks the beginning of the physical startup of the plant and turns it from a site under construction to a functioning facility,” he said in televised remarks. Iranian officials have said it could take about a month before the plant starts providing electricity to the Iranian cities. Kiriyenko told Putin that the startup is a “landmark event” that will show that Russia respects its international obligations. “We have proven that Russia always fulfills its obligations,” he said, adding that Russia has argued that every country, including Iran, has the right for peaceful use of nuclear energy if it accepts international controls and norms. “I congratulate you on that,” Putin said. Russia has argued that the Bushehr project is essential for persuading Iran to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog and fulfill its obligations under international nuclear nonproliferation agreements. Russia signed a $1

billion contract to build the plant in 1995, and supplied the uranium fuel for it more than two years ago, but the launch has been put off for years. Delaying the project has given Russia continued influence with Iran in international attempts to have it stop uranium enrichment , a program Iran says it needs to make fuel for an envisaged reactor network but which also can be used to build atomic weapons. The terms of the deal commit the Iranians to allow the Russians to retrieve all used reactor fuel for reprocessing to exclude a possibility of Iran using plutonium contained in the spent fuel to make nuclear weapons. Iran has said that International Atomic Energy Agency experts will be able to verify that none of the fresh fuel or waste is diverted. Still, the U.S. sees the Russian move to launch the Bushehr reactor as a false signal to Tehran as Washington strives to isolate Iran politically and economically to force it to compromise on enrichment. Russia has walked a fine line on Iran for years. One of six world powers leading international efforts to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon, it has strongly criticized the U.S. and the European Union for following up with separate sanctions after the latest UN penalties , which Moscow supported , were passed. —AP

AIN AL-HILWEH: Hundreds of mourners in a south Lebanon camp yesterday laid to rest Fatah Al-Islam head Abdel Rahman Awad, who was killed by the army three years after deadly clashes between the military and his Qaedainspired group. Awad, a Palestinian, was the presumed chief of the shadowy Fatah al-Islam, an Islamist group which fought a deadly battle in 2007 against the Lebanese army at Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp in the country’s north. The conflict raged for more than three months and cost 400 lives, with 168 soldiers among the dead. Awad was said to have fled to the refugee camp of Ain Al-Hilweh in southern Lebanon. The open-casket funeral of Awad, dubbed the “prince” of Fatah al-Islam and formerly one of Lebanon’s most wanted Islamists, was held at Ain Al-Hilweh and attended by his family, representatives of Islamist factions and members of the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement. “He believed in a cause that was different from ours and he was martyred for that cause,” Awad’s brother Hussein, a Fatah member, told AFP. “But he did not commit a

crime.” Many of the mourners chanted “Paradise, open your doors, the martyr is coming to visit” and “There is no god but Allah” as the funeral procession made its way from the Nour mosque, popular among Islamists, to the camp cemetery where Awad was buried. Lebanese troops on Saturday killed Awad and his aide, “Abu Bakr” Mubarak, in a shootout in the town of Chtaura in the Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon. The pair had been travelling on false identities to Iraq via Syria, according to a Fatah al-Islam statement picked up by SITE Intelligence, a US service that monitors jihadist Internet forums. Awad, who had been hiding in Ain al-Hilweh for more than a year, opened fire at troops along with his comrade and the soldiers responded, killing the pair, the army said. Abu Bakr was rumoured to have provided military training to members of Fatah al-Islam. His funeral was expected later on yesterday. Awad was presumed to have succeeded Shaker al-Abssi, who led Fatah al-Islam during their battle with the army. Abssi disappeared at the end of the Nahr alBared fighting and his fate has since been shrouded in mystery. —AFP

AIN AL-HELWEH: Mourners stand over the body of Abdul Rahman Awad (Abu Mohammed Awad), a key leader of Fatah Al-Islam, an AlQaeda-inspired group that fought a devastating battle with the Lebanese army in 2007, during his funeral at the Ain Al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon yesterday after he was killed during clashes with Lebanese troops on August 14. —AFP


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Russia marks 50th anniversary of space dogs flight MOSCOW: Russia remembered two unlikely national heroes yesterday, a pair of skinny street mutts who moved the Soviet Union into the lead of the space race when they became the first living creatures to circle the Earth and come back alive. The Aug 19, 1960 mission by Belka and Strelka was a key step in preparations for the flight of Yuri Gagarin, who became the first human in space about a year later. It showcased the Soviet lead in space exploration and turned the two dogs

into global celebrities. Celebrations of the mission's 50th anniversary topped national newscasts yesterday. By 1960, Soviet space engineers had designed a returnable spacecraft capable of carrying a human into orbit, but they needed to run an extensive program of animal tests first and many of the dogs died during tests. Only stray mutts were picked up for such flights , doctors believed they were able to adapt quicker to harsh conditions , and they were all very

small so they could fit into the tiny capsules. Laika became the first dog to orbit Earth in a non-returnable capsule but died of overheating after her 1957 launch. Two other dogs died in a July 1960 launch when their rocket exploded seconds after blastoff. Boris Chertok, a top engineer in the Soviet space program at the time, recalled the sense of relief space engineers felt when they heard Belka and Strelka barking in orbit and realized they

were in good shape. "They aren't howling, they are barking , that means they will return," Chertok quoted a colleague as saying. Belka (Squirrel) and Strelka (Little Arrow) were accompanied by mice, rats, flies and some plants and fungi. The spacecraft landed successfully a day after making 17 orbits in more than 25 hours. "These dogs acted like real pros," said Vladimir Tsvetov, an engineer who took part in the mission, said on Rossiya state

television. Soviet official reports claimed that the dogs felt well throughout the flight, but a participant in the program recalled later that it wasn't completely trouble-free. Dr. Vladimir Yazdovsky, who prepared the experiment, said that Belka was very nervous during the flight. "She was very restless, tossing about and trying to get rid of the belts fixing her and barking," Yazdovsky wrote in his book chronicling the story of Soviet space medicine. —AP

4 months without rain, record temperatures scorched soil

In black earth country, Russian farms despair over heatwave KHOKHOLSKY: Looking out over his sunflower fields in Russia's famed black earth country, Alexander Kniazev despaired over the damage done by the worst heatwave in living memory. Nearly four months without rain and record

temperatures have scorched the soil and reduced his crops to dry husks. "It's a catastrophe," said Kniazev, whose 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) are in some of the richest agricultural land on earth.

VORONEZH: Owners shovel remains of their burnt house in a village of Maslovka in Voronezh outskirts on Wednesday. —AFP

Study shows women still earn less than men in UK LONDON: Female managers in Britain earn 10,000 pounds ($15,600) a year less than their male counterparts, and at current rates will wait 57 years to achieve parity, according to a study released yesterday. The research by the Chartered Management Institute is the latest to highlight the continuing gender gap, despite 40-year-old legislation making it illegal to pay men and women differently for the same work. The gap is partly attributable to men having seniority or getting bigger bonuses. But even at junior management level, the study found women earn at least 1,000 pounds a year less than men. Petra Wilton, the institute's head of policy, said the government should "take greater steps to enforce pay equality by monitoring organizations more closely and naming and shaming those who fail to pay male and

female staff fairly." The institute surveyed more than 43,000 managers in 200 organizations. It found that women's salaries are growing faster, up 2.8 percent last year, compared to 2.3 percent for men. At current rates, women's salaries will equal men's in 2067. The government says that on average women earn about 15 percent less than men. Before the Equal Pay Act was introduced in 1970 the gap was about 34 percent. The Equality and Human Rights Commissions says reasons for the persistent gap include women's heavier family responsibilities and "stereotyping women's capabilities and skills." A new Equality Act that comes into force later this year may help close the gap by barring "gagging clauses" that stop employees disclosing their pay. — AP

Here in the Voronezh region south of Moscow, Russian farmers e,p4,rema.ana.paw.maxhave toiled for generations in Russia's black earth country, millions of hectares (acres) of ultra-fertile lands that are the envy of farmers everywhere. But amid the worst ever heatwave in Russia's historya disaster that officials say has ruined one quarter of the country's crops-none here can remember a worse summer. "In the 18 years that I've been farming, nothing like this has ever happened," said Kniazev, who launched his farm from nothing after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and expects revenues to drop by more than 40 percent this year to no more than 200 million rubles (6.6 million dollars/5 million euros). "This is without precedent, even the old folks never saw anything like it," said one of the farm's workers, Pavel Cherkasov. Standing in a field of sunflowers stunted and burnt by the sun, Cherkasov, a tawny-skinned man in his 60s, reeled off the litany of disaster faced by the farm this summer. "There has been no rain since April 23. For 70 days it has been between 42 and 44 degrees Celsius, with the soil temperature reaching 70 degrees during the day. And the nights were hot and dry as well," he said. "People can drink, hide in the shade, but not plants. The soil is dried out a metre-and-a-half (fivefeet) deep." Holding a sunflower in his hand, no more than 10 centimetres (four inches) in diametre, Cherkasov broke it up to release the seeds. The result: 20 grams (0.7 ounces) of seeds, instead of the usual 200 grams (seven ounces) a flower produces. In the fields, threshers tore up the earth in a desperate bid to eke out some seeds from the cracked soil. "Our sunflower fields used to yield 3.2 tonnes of seeds per hectare. This year there will only be 800 kilos, 25 percent of the normal yield," Cherkasov said. "I'm worried. There is no harvest this year and who knows what will happen next year? It will take more rain than normal for the earth to dampen," he said. Regional authorities also raised concerned about next year's harvest.—AFP

JUBA: A woman from the Mundari tribe stands outside her makeshift home in Juba, southern Sudan on Wednesday. The population of the defacto southern capital swelled considerably in recent years as those seeking employment or fleeing conflict and instability relocated to the city. —AP

South Sudan faces humanitarian crisis JUBA: South Sudan must prepare for a "real crisis," whatever the outcome of an upcoming referendum on the potential partition of Africa's largest country, the south's humanitarian minister warned yesterday. Aid agencies and the United Nations should be ready to cope with massive displacement of southerners, said James Kok Ruea, Juba's minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management. "The needs will be enormous, so we will need your support," said Ruea, speaking in the southern capital to a room crowded with the heads of UN and international aid agencies. "We have to be ready, we have to have plans." The south is expected in January 2011 to vote in a referendum set up under a 2005 peace deal, which promised it the chance to choose independence or to remain part of a united Sudan. South Sudan is still recovering from decades of war with the north, during which about two million people were killed in a conflict fuelled by religion, ethnicity, ideology and resources, including oil. Ruea put forward three possible scenarios following the vote, each with massive humanitarian demands. If independence, preparations must be made to support the estimated 1.5 million southerners in the north, who may then return to the south, Ruea said. "We will be faced by the coming of the refugees-we will be faced by the people who are

now living in the north," said Ruea. "People will be coming, and we will not be prepared." Tensions remain high between the mainly Muslim north and the grossly underdeveloped south, most of whose inhabitants are Christian or follow traditional beliefs. If unity, disappointed southerners-the vast majority of whom appear to support separation-will probably react in anger, said Ruea. "There will be disappointment, and that disappointment would also (lead to) crisis," he said. "People would not want to be in a system of destabilization, Islam-ization, Arab-ization and marginalisation." And if the vote is blocked or disrupted, Ruea warned of dire consequences. "If the Islamic system in the north decided to interrupt the smooth running of the referendum, then what do you think the situation is going to be?" "There will be tension and likely it will go back to war," the southern official said. The south is already struggling with several armed clashes this year between rival groups. At least 700 people have been killed and more than 152,000 forced from their homes due to violence in the south since January, according to UN estimates. "What happens when fighting takes place? People are killed, properties are lost, the most vulnerable group are children, women, and elderly people. There would be massive displacement," Ruea warned.—AFP


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Body of kidnapped mayor dumped in northern Mexico MONTERREY: Security forces found the body of a slain mayor on Wednesday near Mexico's richest city, days after he was abducted by hitmen in the latest attack on a public official by increasingly bold drug cartels. President Felipe

LIMA: US citizen Lori Berenson (C) holds her two-year-old son Salvador Apari as she arrives to the courthouse jail in Lima on Wednesday. —AFP

US radical ordered back to Peru prison LIMA: A US woman convicted of being part of a Peruvian guerrilla group was ordered back to prison in Peru Wednesday after a public outcry over her being paroled five years early from a 20-year sentence. Lori Berenson, 40, turned herself in to police to comply with the ruling, her lawyer and husband, Anibal Apari, told reporters in front of the US embassy in Lima. Berenson was freed on parole in May after serving 15 years of a 20-year term for taking part in a foiled plot by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) to seize control of Peru's congress. On Wednesday, a Lima court ruled in favor of an appeal lodged by prosecutors, revoking Berenson's parole which had been given on the basis of good behaviour and her having expressed remorse for her actions. "The criminal division which heard the case annulled the court decision that had allowed Berenson's release, and therefore ordered her immediate detention in a penitentiary," Deputy Justice Minister Luis Marill said. Berenson, a New York native who in May 2009 gave birth to a baby boy while in prison in Peru, voiced regret at her past actions during an appellate hearing this week. "I ask forgiveness from those who were affected by my acts," Berenson said in Spanish on Monday, saying she had been a member of the MRTA but not a leader. She said she took part in no violent acts. "I am so deeply sorry and I apologize if my coming to Peru resulted in any harm. I regret it and I am sorry for it," she said. But she remains a hated figure in Peru, where the enduring

image of her is that of a defiant American raising her fist and chanting leftist slogans when she was originally convicted and sentenced in 1995. Since her release on parole in May, Berenson has been the target of insults by residents of the Lima neighborhood where she was living with her Peruvian husband, their infant son, and her parents, Mark and Rhoda Berenson. Much of the Peruvian public, still traumatized by the violent guerrilla acts they suffered in the 1980s and 1990s, is not sympathetic to someone widely viewed simply is a terrorist. Several demonstrations erupted in the wake of her parole. Faced with the public outcry, President Alan Garcia declined to sign a decree commuting the rest of Berenson's sentence. The Peruvian prosecutor who called for Berenson's return to prison, Julio Galindo, said he was not satisfied with Wednesday's decision because it was based on a technicalitythat her parole judgment lacked verification of her residential conditions-rather than on the substantive matter of the gravity of her conviction. He said the court should revisit the case, again weighing the arguments for and against parole. The MRTA in 1996 launched what became Latin America's most spectacular hostage crisis, seizing the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima and holding 72 hostages for more than four months. That group, and another insurgency known as Shining Path, are held responsible for an armed internal conflict between 1980 and 2000 that left 70,000 people dead or missing.—AFP

"The murder of Edelmiro is an outrage and forces us to redouble our efforts to fight these cowardly criminals," Calderon wrote in a Twitter update. Cavazos, a 38-year-old, U.S.-educated mayor from Calderon's conservative National Action Party, was found dumped on a rural road outside his town of Santiago. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied. Heavily armed soldiers patrolled the area and helicopters flew overhead as dozens of residents of the colonial tourist town lit candles, wept and held hands in Santiago's cobblestone square. Alejandro Garza, the attorney general in the border state of Nuevo Leon, which includes Santiago and Monterrey, 140 miles (230 km) from Texas, said Cavazos was shot three times and accused drug cartels of being responsible for the killing. Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina urged Calderon to send more troops to Monterrey and surrounding areas, echoing a plea from Mexican business groups published in newspapers across the country. Medina said this week that Cavazos, who took office last year, was probably targeted for his efforts to clean up Santiago's corrupt police force, part of a nationwide effort to curb endemic police graft. The mayor of the wealthy San Pedro Garza Garcia municipality, part of Monterrey, said drug gangs had threatened Cavazos directly late last year. "When the mayor took office, he told me that criminal groups had gone to see him, saying: either you join us or we eliminate you," Mayor Mauricio Fernandez told local radio. Santiago, a popular weekend getaway for Monterrey residents, has also become a staging post for drug gangs smuggling narcotics north into the United States. Many capos have taken refuge in mansions nestled in surrounding hills. More than 28,000 people, mainly drug traffickers and police, have been killed in Mexico's drug war since December 2006, intensifying worries in Washington about the stability of the United States' oil-producing neighbor. Interior Minister Francisco Blake arrived in Monterrey and held talks with officials. Cavazos is due to be buried yesterday. The death of Cavazos, a father of three who was taken from his home by hitmen dressed as police on Sunday night, is the first attack on an official by cartels in Nuevo Leon, a manufacturing center and once a model for developing nations. —Reuters

Calderon, who has staked his presidency on a faltering drug war, condemned the "cowardly assassination" of Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of a town on the outskirts of Monterrey, an industrial center with close US business ties.

MEXICO CITY: A member of the Mexican Army shows a Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL), at the workshops of the Mexican Secretary of Defense in Mexico City, on Wednesday. —AFP

Growing number call Obama Muslim WASHINGTON: Americans increasingly are convinced, incorrectly, that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion. Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released yesterday. The proportion who correctly say he is a Christian is down to just 34 percent. The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don't know his religion, an increase from the 34 percent who said that in early 2009. The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is based on interviews conducted before the controversy over whether Muslims should be permitted to construct a mosque near the World Trade Center site. Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center there, though he's also said he won't take a position on whether they should actually build it. In a separate poll by Time magazine/ABT SRBI conducted Monday and Tuesday , after Obama's comments about the mosque , 24 percent said they think he is Muslim, 47 percent said they think he is Christian and 24 percent didn't know or didn't respond. In addition, 61 percent opposed building the Muslim center near the Trade Center site and 26 percent said they favor it. The Pew poll found that about three in 10 of Obama's fiercest political rivals, Republicans and conservatives, say he is a Muslim. That is up significantly from last year and far higher than the share of Democrats and liberals who say so. But even among his supporters, the number saying he is a Christian has fallen since 2009, with just 43 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Democrats saying he is Christian. Among independents, 18 percent say Obama is Muslim , up from 10 percent last year. Pew analysts attribute the findings to attacks by his opponents and Obama's limited attendance at religious services, particularly in contrast with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, whose worship was more public. Andrew Kohut, the Pew Research Center's director, said the confusion partly reflects "the intensification of negative views about Obama among his critics."

Alan Cooperman, the Pew Forum's associate director for research, said that with the public hearing little about Obama's religion, "maybe there's more possibility for other people to make suggestions that the president is this or he's really that or he's really a Muslim." Obama is the Christian son of a Kenyan Muslim father and an American mother. From age 6 to 10, Obama lived in predominantly Muslim Indonesia with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. His full name, Barack Hussein Obama, sounds Muslim to many. White House officials did not provide on-therecord comments on the survey, but they prompted Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston to call The Associated Press. Caldwell, who said he has known Obama for years, said the president is a Christian who prays every day. He said he was not sure where the public confusion about the president's religion came from, but he called false media reports about it "a 24-hour noise box committed to presenting the president in a false light." Six in 10 of those saying Obama is a Muslim said they got the information from the media, with the largest portion , 16 percent , saying it was on television. Eleven percent said they learned it from Obama's behavior and words. Despite the confusion about Obama's religion, there is noteworthy support for how he uses it to make decisions. Nearly half, or 48 percent, said he relies on his religion the right amount when making policy choices, 21 percent said he uses it too little and 11 percent too much. At the same time, the poll provides broad indications that the public feels religion is playing a diminished role in politics today, with fewer people than in 2008 saying the Democratic and Republican parties are friendly toward religion. With elections for control of Congress just over two months away, the poll contains optimistic news for Republicans. Half of white non-Hispanic Catholics, plus three in 10 unaffiliated with a religion and a third of Jews, support the Republican Party , all up since 2008. The poll, overseen by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, involved landline and cell phone interviews with 3,003 randomly chosen adults. It was conducted July 21-Aug. 5 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.—AP


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China’s top nuclear envoy visited N Korea SEOUL: China’s top nuclear envoy traveled to North Korea this week to discuss the resumption of six party talks on the North’s nuclear weapons program, Beijing said yesterday. North Korea walked away from six-nation nuclear talks last year in protest at an international condemnation of a long-range rocket launch. Prospects for restarting the talks were put into doubt after an international investigation in May blamed North Korea for torpedoing the South Korean warship Cheonan and killing 46 sailors. North Korea

denies attacking the ship. Yesterday, China’s Foreign Ministry said that its chief nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, visited North Korea from Monday to Wednesday to discuss resuming the nuclear talks. Wu met senior North Korean officials including Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and top nuclear envoy Kim Kye Gwan. They discussed maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and resuming the six-party talks, the ministry said in a statement. The statement gave no further details. But South

Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported yesterday that Wu’s trip indicated Beijing wants to resolve tension over the warship sinking by restarting the six-party talks involving the two Koreas, China, the US, Japan and Russia. Citing unidentified diplomatic sources in Beijing, Yonhap noted Wu’s trip came ahead of a new round of joint military drills that South Korea and the US plan to stage in the Yellow Sea early next month. China has repeatedly criticized the drills, saying they risked heightening

tensions on the peninsula and ignored its objections to any foreign military exercises off its coast. This week, South Korea and the US began annual joint military drills that North Korea has called a rehearsal for invasion. That followed massive joint naval drills the allies conducted last month. The Korean peninsula technically remains in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The US stations 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect its key ally.

It wasn’t clear whether Wu’s trip would help lead to the restart of the nuclear talks, as US, South Korean and Japanese officials have said Pyongyang must come clean on the warship sinking and express a sincere willingness to disarm before the talks can resume. North Korea’s state media hasn’t reported on Wu’s trip. Earlier yesterday, North Korea confirmed that it seized a South Korean fishing boat and its sevenman crew more than a week ago. South Korea had been

pushing for the release of the four South Korean and three Chinese fishermen it had said were seized along with the boat on Aug. 8, but Pyongyang had not responded or acknowledged that it had the fishermen. The North’s Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch that the country’s navy caught the boat illegally fishing in the communist country’s eastern exclusive economic zone. The fishermen admitted their wrongdoing during a preliminary investigation, it said. — APF

Explosion in China’s restive Xinjiang kills 7 Detained suspect member of Uighur minority BEIJ ING: Seven people w ere killed yesterday w hen a man drove a vehicle loaded w ith explosives into a crow d and it blew up in China’s Xinjiang region, the scene of deadly ethnic unrest last year, an official said. Police detained the injured suspect—a member of Xinjiang’s Uighur minority-at the site of the blast in the outskirts of Aksu, a city near the border w ith Kyrgyzstan, regional government spokesw oman Hou Hanmin told AFP.

XINJIANG: An unidentified Chinese official (C) visits an injured victim at a hospital in Aksu, in farwest China’s Xinjiang region yesterday. — AFP

Australian judge: Woman cannot wear veil in court PERTH: An Australian Muslim woman who sought permission to keep her face and head covered while she gives evidence at an upcoming trial was told by a judge yesterday she would have to remove her veil. The case is the first time in Australia that a court has had to consider whether a witness should be allowed to keep their face hidden behind the type of veils some Muslim women wear as a mark of modesty. The case has drawn considerable interest nationally, drawing comparisons to France and Belgium, where efforts have been made to ban the wearing of Islamic face veils.

Western Australia state District Court Judge Shauna Deane ruled yesterday that it would be inappropriate for the woman, identified in court only as Tasneem, to be completely veiled while giving evidence because the jury should not be impeded in its ability to assess her demeanor. She is a prosecution witness in a case against the director of a company that ran a Muslim women’s college in Perth. The director, Anwar Sayed, is accused of inflating the number of students at the school in 2006 and 2007 to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal grants. —AFP

“The suspect is a Uighur. Most of the victims are Uighurs too. The suspect was driving a three-wheeled vehicle carrying explosives into a crowd of people at a crossroads in the suburbs of Aksu,” she said. “Accident can be ruled out (as a cause),” she added, but said it was too early to say whether the blast, which also injured 14 people, was an act of terrorism. Hou said local security volunteers were among the dead and injured. According to the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, which interviewed residents in Aksu, martial law has been declared in the city and a large number of armed police deployed. The farwestern Xinjiang region, where the mainly Muslim Uighur minority has long seethed under Chinese rule, has experienced several violent bouts of unrest in recent years. On July 5 last year the regional capital Urumqi was torn apart when Uighurs vented decades of resentment on members of China’s dominant Han group. Han mobs took to the streets in the following days, seeking revenge. Nearly 200 people were killed and 1,700 injured in all, the government says, in the worst ethnic violence in China in decades. China has blamed the unrest on “separatists” but provided no evidence of any organised terrorism. —AFP

YUNNAN: Rescuers move a victim’s body after a landslide in Gongshan county, in southwest China’s Yunnan province yesterday. — AP

China mudslides leave 14 dead, dozens missing BEIJING: Mudslides in a remote area of southwest China have killed 14 people and left dozens missing, state media said yesterday, while a train derailed in another flood-hit area, sending two carriages into a river. The incidents in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces came as China battles its worst floods in a decade, triggered by heavy rains across wide swathes of the country, leaving thousands dead or missing and at least 12 million evacuated. In Yunnan, more than 1,100 rescuers raced to find survivors buried in piles of sludge that slammed into homes in Puladi township in the early hours of Wednesday when residents were sleeping, as the threat of more rain loomed. Photos published in state newspapers showed rescuers laying down planks on a 300metre-wide sea of mud which had buried at least 21 houses along with their inhabitants. Roads were damaged and power lines cut in the isolated area, in the mountains near the border with Myanmar. “The downpour, coupled with howling wind, was terrifying.

My daughter, son and I did not dare sleep, but the mudslide took away my son anyway,” Yang Guihua, her voice trembling, was quoted as saying by the official China Daily. Yang’s nine-year-old son is still missing, the report said. The missing were mainly mine employees and local villagers. Rescuers had recovered 14 bodies so far, the official China News Service reported, though the Xinhua news agency put the confirmed death toll at four. About 30 people were taken to hospital for treatment. In neigbouring Sichuan, a train derailed after floodwaters destroyed a bridge near the city of Guanghan, sending at least two carriages into the river below, but all passengers were rescued safely, a local official said. “No one was injured, though some were frightened,” said a spokesman for the Guanghan city government, who gave only his surname, Li. A firefighter involved in the rescue effort told Xinhua that the carriages had been swept 200 metres (yards) into the river. —AFP


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Taleban attack road crew in Afghanistan KABUL: Taleban fighters attacked a road construction crew yesterday in southern Afghanistan and several people have been killed and wounded, officials and witnesses said. Also yesterday, the US command said an American service member was killed the day before in fighting in the south, where Afghan and international forces are pushing into areas long held by Taleban insurgents. The death brought to at least 17 the number of US troops killed in Afghanistan this month. Sixty-six American troops died in July , the deadliest month for US forces in the nearly 9-yearold war. The attack on the road crew

occurred in the Sangin district of Helmand province, according to a company employee, Salam Khan Durrani. He said several people had been killed or wounded but he had no precise figures because fighting was still raging at midday. Provincial spokesman Dawood Ahmadi said the crew and its security guards had called for help by Afghan security forces but he had no other details. The crew was working on the main road from Sangin to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah. Sangin has been the scene of bloody fighting between the Taleban and coalition forces.

In neighboring Kandahar province, eight NATO service members were injured when their helicopter made a hard landing during a joint Afghan and coalition operation. According to initial reports, the aircraft was not taking enemy fire. An investigation is under way. In the east, a joint Afghan and NATO force killed 12 insurgents Wednesday in Puli Alam district of Logar province, the coalition said. Among those killed was Qari Muir, who had held several Taleban positions, including deputy shadow governor, military commander and the insurgent group’s intelligence chief for Logar, NATO said. The

insurgents were observed preparing an attack on coalition forces and were killed in airstrikes, the coalition said. A weapons cache, which included rockets, mines, ammunition and bomb-making equipment also was destroyed. Also in eastern Afghanistan, coalition and Afghan forces killed three insurgents who were members of the fundamentalist Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, NATO said. Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a Pakistanbased group that is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India blames for the 2009 terror attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. It was unclear whether the

dead were Pakistanis or from an Afghan wing. The insurgents, who were killed in fighting in Pech district of Kunar province, were members of a network linked to two rocketpropelled grenade attacks that killed two US service members and wounded several others, plus various other attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. NATO also reported that technical problems forced one of its unmanned aerial vehicles to make an emergency landing Wednesday in Kunduz province. The vehicle is a lightweight, medium-range reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft that is not armed. — AP

Pakistan flood homeless toll put at over 4 million Eight million still desperate for food, clean water

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri Muslims carry a man on a stretcher for treatment after he was wounded in a protest at a hospital in Srinagar, India yesterday. — AP

Boy killed as new clashes erupt in Indian Kashmir SRINAGAR: Twenty people were hurt yesterday in fresh clashes with police after the death of a nineyear-old boy injured during a weekend protest in Indian Kashmir, police said. The death brought to 59 the number of protesters and bystanders killed in two months of violent protests in the mainly Muslimmajority Kashmir Valley, most of them young men or teenagers shot dead by security forces. The boy, who was not part of any protest, had been shot in southern Kulgam district Saturday and died in hospital yesterday, police said. “He was injured when a stray bullet hit him after security forces opened fire to quell a demonstration,” a police spokesman said. Thousands of Kulgam residents, shouting “We want freedom” and “blood for blood” attended his funeral, which dispersed peacefully. In Srinagar, the Kashmiri summer capital, hundreds defied strict curfew restrictions in several places and staged protests against Indian rule, witnesses said. Riot police fired live ammunition, tear-

gas and wielded batons, injuring 17 protesters and bystanders, a police officer said, asking not to be named. He said three of the injured suffered bullet wounds and were from the same family-a man, his daughter and daughter-inlaw. Protesters retaliated by hurling rocks and bricks, injuring three policemen. Srinagar has been under a rolling curfew after separatists called on residents to hold protests against Indian rule. Anti-Indian sentiments run deep in the valley, and recent protests that started on June 11 after a teenage student was killed by a police tear-gas shell, are the biggest in recent years. Kashmir is in the grip of a 20-year-old insurgency against Indian rule that has left more than 47,000 people dead by an official count. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: More than four million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly three w eeks of floods, the United Nations said yesterday, making the critical

task of securing greater amounts of aid more urgent. The UN had earlier said that tw o million people had lost their homes in the w orst floods in Pakistan’s history.

Aid agencies have been pushing for more funding as they try to tackle major problems such as food supplies, lack of clean water and shelter and outbreaks of disease. Economic costs of the floods are expected to run into the billions of dollars, stepping up pressure on Pakistan’s government just after it had made progress in stabilising the country through security offensives against Taleban insurgents. Floods have ruined crops over an estimated area of more than 1.6 million acres, hammering the mainstay agriculture industry. Flood victims are turning on each other as aid is handed out. The elderly sometimes take food from children as anger rises over the government’s perceived sluggish response to the crisis. In the small town of Alipur in the agricultural heartland Punjab province, troops and police with batons charged flood victims trying to grab food unloaded from a helicopter. Villages were totally submerged and in many places people were stranded either on rooftops or high ground. Some waved empty pots and pans at a military helicopter, wondering, like millions of others, when food supplies will arrive. Aninda Mitra, a Moody’s Investors Service analyst for Pakistan,

flood victims in need urgent humanitarian relief has risen from six million to eight million, the UN said. “Since it’s an evolving situation, things are unfolding. Our estimate has gone up and now eight million are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” UN humanitarian operations spokesman Maurizio Giuliano told Reuters. The Asian Development Bank said it would extend a $2 billion

SANGI: A Pakistani flood survivor hangs onto a hovercraft and waits to get relief food distributed by naval officials in Sangi Village near Sukkur, in southern Pakistan yesterday. — AP doubts the disaster will have short-term implications on sovereign ratings. “I think even the most conservative donor will clearly understand the human implications of this disaster,” he said. “But in the long term, to what extent the economy can bounce back and recover is going to be quite crucial and that is something we are interested in getting an assessment on.” The number of Pakistani

assistance package for emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction. The National Weather Forecasting Centre expects scattered thundershowers or rain in Punjab, parts of the northwest, Kashmir, Sindh and Baluchistan. Hundreds of villages are isolated, highways and bridges have been cut in half and hundreds of thousands of cattle- the livelihoods of many villagershave drowned. —— Reuters

Bangladesh freeing 1,000 inmates to ease crowding DHAKA: Authorities have started freeing 1,000 inmates to ease crowding in Bangladesh’s prisons in a move described as a first for the country. Prisons chief Brig. Gen. Ashraful

Islam Khan said yesterday officials were releasing the inmates at 61 of the country’s 67 correctional facilities. Bangladesh’s prisons hold about 77,000 prisoners, nearly three times

the intended capacity, and authorities struggle to manage them. Khan said some of the prisoners with life sentences were being freed because they had served more than 20 years.

He added that some of them cried after hearing they would be released. Many relatives and friends gathered in front of the jail in the capital Dhaka to receive inmates set to be freed. — AP


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Kuwait banks surge on govt guarantee report DUBAI: Banks in Kuwait rose yesterday after reports that the government gave a green light to local lenders to finance a KD 30 billion development plan and is prepared to back them with guarantees. Most other Middle East markets also closed higher, backed by higher oil prices and an upbeat performance of Asian markets amid average volumes during the month of Ramadan. Port operator DP World, which is listed on the Nasdaq Dubai, extended its gains, hitting a 15-week high, one day after posting its half-year results. “We expect, as per guidance a

better second half on seasonal trade flow, contribution of new terminals and recovering volumes despite uncertainty over sustainability of global trade volumes,” said Shuaa Capital, reiterating its buy rating on the ports operator. Kuwait’s parliament approved a four-year spending plan in February which is aimed at decreasing the state’s dependence on oil for state revenues, and boosting private sector participation in projects. A newspaper report said the government decided in a meeting on Wednesday that banks can finance the plan’s projects and they would

Palestinians say Arab states are cutting aid RAMALLAH: Arab states have cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) so far this year, according to PA figures seen by Reuters, and the United Nations has warned of a looming Palestinian cash crisis. “The Arabs are not paying. We urge them to meet their financial pledges,” said Saleh Rafat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s executive committee and one of the few Palestinian officials willing to speak out on the matter. Arab government officials contacted by Reuters declined to comment on the issue. The failure of some wealthy Arab states to pay up is frustrating Western governments, which are big contributors to the Palestinian territories, and leaving officials in the West Bank with a budget headache. Some Palestinian officials speculate Arab states might be withholding the cash to try to persuade the Palestinian factions Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls Gaza, towards reconciliation. Palestinian Finance Ministry figures seen by Reuters showed the PA had received $583.5 million in budget support so far in 2010. Only 22 percent came from Arab donors, the rest coming from international donors including the EU and United States. In the last three years, the most Arab states have paid in any one year was $525.9 million, contributed in 2008, the figures show. Gulf oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been the main Arab contributors since 2007. But in 2010, both have fallen well short of previous support. This year Saudi Arabia had paid $30.6 million by August,

compared to $241.1 million in 2009. The United Arab Emirates, which contributed $173.9 million in 2009, has yet to pay anything. A UN report this week said the Palestinian Authority “will face a serious liquidity crisis in September and will have difficulty paying August salaries” due to the aid shortfall. PA officials said August wages were secured. Aid is crucial in helping pay the wages of 148,000 PA employees including 67,000 in the Gaza Strip, whose salaries support a Gazan economy that has withered under an embargo imposed by Israel since the Hamas group rose to power there. Palestinian policymakers say donor support has been one of the main engines of strong economic growth in the West Bank, estimated at up to 8 percent this year. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, midway through a two-year plan to build the institutions of a future Palestinian state, warned recently of “serious financial difficulty” and said the PA faced “a significant shortfall in external assistance”. Most officials in Fayyad’s government are reluctant to openly blame Arab states for the shortfall, concerned that speaking out will make them even less likely to pay. European Union diplomats have expressed frustration at what they see as a failure by some Arab states to honour pledges made at a 2007 donors’ conference in Paris. “Europe and the United States have fully met our commitments, but certain Arab states are not doing likewise, which is a problem,” a senior diplomat in a Western capital told Reuters. When asked why this might be, he said: “Ask them.” — Reuters

be guaranteed by state deposits. “The government will initially provide financial guarantees valued at 10 billion dinars,” the daily quoted a high-ranking source as saying, without identifying him by name. Banking stocks ended higher on the news. Burgan Bank rose 6.9 percent, Ahli United Bank gained 5.8 percent, while National Bank of Kuwait rose 3.1 percent. Independent analyst Ali Al-Nimesh said the decision “put the banking sector and the private sector at ease,” because there had been talk about funding the plan through a state fund. “The success of the plan

lies in actual participation of the private sector,” he said. Elsewhere, markets in Oman and Qatar ended higher, on the back of higher oil prices and upbeat global markets. Oil rose towards $76 boosted by a rally in some equity markets in Asia and Europe on expectations of strong Chinese demand. Shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai rose, with resources companies outperforming the broader market as news of megamergers also whetted appetite in the sector. Property stocks led Dubai and Abu Dhabi to end higher. Heavyweight Emaar Properties

gained 1.9 percent despite a price target cut from HC Research. HC cut its price target for Emaar to 4.7 dirhams from 6.6 dirhams to reflect international project scale backs, but maintained a buy rating. “Despite stronger fundamentals in most of the overseas markets where Emaar operates, given slower execution and sales, we now only include launched units with higher achieved sales,” HC said in a note to clients. In Abu Dhabi, Sorouh Real Estate and Aldar Properties dominated trading, advancing 2.5 and 2.3 percent respectively. — Reuters

Trade push reshaping Islamic finance rivalry Malaysia, Mideast seek to narrow divide MANAMA/KUALA LUMPUR: Arshad Khan, the chief of the Bahrain Financial Exchange, had envisaged a global Islamic trading platform w hen he set out to w ork w ith Malaysia’s stock exchange this year. The talks on the global platform continue, and Khan thinks there may still be partnerships w ith the Malaysian stock exchange in the future, including the earlier planned commodity murabaha platform. This reflects a desire to collaborate that could help close an age-old divide between the two regions which has impeded the growth of Islamic finance. “The agreement (with Malaysia’s stock exchange) is still there, and we’re still exchanging information,” Khan said. “We can still create synergies later on.” Split by an age-old rivalry stemming from the fight for market share and differences in sharia interpretation, Islamic banking hubs Malaysia and the Middle East have struggled to work together in the past, resulting in fragmented standards and localised markets which have divided the industry. Some Malaysian Islamic products have not been accepted in the Gulf because authorities there say they are not sharia compliant. But narrowing differences over sharia interpretation, the quest for new markets and Asia’s growing economic clout have begun to turn the tide, offering investors hopes of a deeper sukuk market, improved transparency and more uniform sharia standards. “Institutions around the world, whether they’re Malaysian or Middle Eastern, will end up using very similar contracts for fairly standard types of products like hedging contracts and repos,” said Harris Irfan, Barclays Capital’s head of Islamic products. “Therefore, the industry growth that should have been realised will now be realised.” As commercial realities force a closer partnership, trade flows between the two regions have increased and banks are discarding

SEPANG, Malaysia: Customers browse at a stuffed toys shop at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday. Malaysia’s economy grew 8.9 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, with growth expected to exceed six percent in the full year. — AFP contentious sharia financing concepts to court a broader swath of investors. Malaysia’s national mortgage firm Cagamas recently targeted Gulf investors with a novel sukuk structure aimed at pleasing more strict Gulf sharia standards. Middle Eastern investors accounted for a third of the 1 billion ringgit ($317.1 million), 3year issue from the first tranche. Gulf lenders Al Rajhi, Kuwait Finance House and National Bank of Abu Dhabi all have Malaysian bank licences, and Bahrain’s Al Baraka wants to buy a stake in Malaysia’s Bank Muamalat. “In the last few years we’ve seen more progress and cooperation,” said Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid, deputy CEO at

Malaysia’s MIDF Amanah Investment Bank, a sukuk arranger. “The market is still very small, and in order to grow, we need to have cooperation between those two regions.” The need for greater harmonisation and clarity has taken on added urgency as the industry tries to calm rattled investors. Islamic finance claimed the moral high ground during the subprime mortgage crisis which floored the global banking system, but its reputation has taken a beating after the slowdown exposed gaps in the relatively young $1 trillion industry. For some investors, Islamic finance has become a byword for inconsistent standards and opaque markets as soured sukuk and sharia banking deals are played out

in courts. In particular, investors are demanding more transparency after wrestling with patchy data and gaps in company disclosures, particularly in the Middle East. As more Gulf banks expand in Asia, the industry has increasingly embraced globally accepted Islamic contracts such as ijara and avoided controversial concepts like the bai bithaman ajil in structuring new financing. Bai bithaman ajil makes up a sizeable chunk of Malaysian Islamic banks’ financing portfolio, but the authorities are offering a tax deduction on expenses for the issuance of other sukuk such as musharaka and istisna to encourage the use of less contentious contracts. — Reuters


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NY real estate shines over gloomy US market NEW YORK: Unruffled by the moribund US housing sector, New York's residential property market is booming. With mortgage rates and property prices at historic lows, the city's affluent residents are cashing in on the economic conjuncture to get a pad at bargain values. Real estate agencies are reporting a surge in activity in private home sales in the Big Apple in recent months. "Right now we are actually experiencing a pretty strong market... A lot of activity, a lot of signing contracts," said Pamela Liebman, CEO of The Corcoran Group, New York's largest residential real estate agency. "This has been one of my best years," says Ariel Cohen, executive vice-president at Prudential Douglas Elliman, another agency. The housing

sector was at the heart of the financial crisis that plunged the US economy into recession in December 2007. Across the country, the sector has been struggling to recover from the price collapse. New York City also felt the impact of the recession with an average drop of some 20 percent in apartment prices from their pre-crisis peak and an extremely low sales volume in 2008 and most of 2009. But while property prices have remained mostly flat, sales in the Big Apple have surged unlike anywhere else in the country. A report by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) showed a 72 percent jump in the total value of house sales to 7.6 billion dollars in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the same period the previous year. Apartment sales volume

in Manhattan increased by 82 percent over the same period, it said. The accelerated activity in New York, where the average price per square foot stands at $1,061 ($11,420 per square meter), was due mostly to the high earnings in the city's financial sector in past months, statistics show. "We are lucky in New York because Wall Street has been doing so well in the past year and a half and this money is holding the market somewhat stable," said Michael Moskowitz, CEO of Equity Now, a Manhattan-based mortgage lender. Brokers are also starting to see more foreign investment in New York's real estate market as the euro began to rise against the dollar. Another key factor stimulating the market has been the extremely low mortgage rates.

Interest rates on a 30-year "jumbo loan" can be as low as 4.375 percent and 3.75 percent for 15-year loans, according to mortgage broker Mark Lazar, vice-president of Allied Financial. All the same, the American dream of owning a home is getting more and more distant for a growing number of people as banks tighten their scrutiny of mortgage applications in the wake of the financial crisis. "Mortgage guidelines have tightened tremendously in the last three years. So even while (interest) rates are very low, it is still harder for a lot of people to qualify for a mortgage," said Matt Hackett, underwriting manager at Equity Now. "Everything is done by the book, all the underwriters are asking millions of questions." The mortgage market was thrown

into turmoil after the 2008 bailout of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which provide financing worth more than 5.9 trillion dollars to the US housing sector, accounting for almost three quarters of the mortgage market. As the government is still debating what steps to take in order to boost the battered housing sector, banks remain extremely cautious and prudent in approving mortgages. Lazar said he turns down almost one third of people contacting him seeking a mortgage because they do not meet the basic criteria set by banks. "I tell them you are not mortgageable," he said. "Banks are reluctant to lend. They feel it is better to limit the lendings for now until the road is cleared" by new legislation. —AFP

MTN pays dividend as strategy shifting JOHANNESBURG: MTN, Africa's largest mobile operator, posted a 21 percent rise in profit and paid a mid-year dividend for the first time, in line with a new strategy that no longer emphasises growth by acquisitions. Although built on aggressive takeovers, MTN has said it will now concentrate on paying out more to shareholders because it sees fewer potential targets in emerging market telecoms. The company also lifted yesterday its forecast for new subscribers this year by nearly 6 percent, helped by strong growth in core markets such as Nigeria. MTN, the largest company with a primary listing in Johannesburg, said it would pay an interim dividend of 151 cents per share as it aims for a payout ratio of 40 percent of full-year earnings. "This interim dividend is a step change in the company's policy around dividends," said David Lerche, a telecoms analyst at Johannesburg-based Avior Research. "It shows they want to distribute more cash to their shareholders," he said. The stock rose more than 2 percent soon after the results. While MTN has operations in 21 countries, most of its revenue comes from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Iran. Analysts say it still needs to bulk up in other markets, especially because of increased competition from India's Bharti Airtel. Bharti, which acquired the African assets of Kuwait's Zain this year, has said it will invest at least $1.1 billion on its subSaharan business. MTN has failed to complete four acquisitions in the last three years. Its attempt to acquire the Algerian unit of Egypt's Orascom Telecom was thwarted in June by Algeria's government, which wanted the company for itself. — Reuters

Lloyds quits Ireland DUBLIN: Britain's Lloyds is closing its Irish business banking operation and effectively pulling out of the country in the latest blow for a local industry ravaged by bad debts and recession. Lloyds shuttered its 44-branch retail business, Halifax, in Ireland earlier this year and said yesterday it had changed its mind about maintaining its business operation after concluding there was little opportunity for growth. Lloyds employs around 800 people in its Bank of Scotland (Ireland) unit and it said around 90 percent of them would transfer over to an independent service company that would administer the runoff of its Irish business banking unit. "We don't know who this service company is going to be. The management said it's their intention to give us a guarantee of no further jobs losses until 2013 but we were told six months ago that Lloyds banking group were committed to this

market," said Brian Gallagher, regional officer with the UNITE trade union. Some 750 people lost their jobs when Halifax exited the Irish high street. Thirty six people will lose their jobs following yesterday's announcement. Lloyds inherited its Irish operations when it took over British lender HBOS at the height of the financial crisis. HBOS entered the Irish market in the early days of the "Celtic Tiger" economy and its aggressive lending model helped fuel a disastrous property bubble that pushed Ireland into prolonged recession and brought its banks to the brink of collapse. Around 6,000 finance jobs have been lost in Ireland since the banking crisis kicked off two years ago and the country's leading banking trade union said on Tuesday that a further 4,000 jobs will likely be axed over the next year as lenders continue to shrink their operations. Lloyds operations in Northern Ireland will be unaffected. — Reuters

JOHANNESBURG: Civil servants on strike to protest for better salary increases take to the streets of Johannesburg yesterday. – AFP

Finance minister sees no major economic hit

South Africa police fire rubber bullets at strikers JOHANNESBURG: South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds blocking roads and healthcare workers prevented patients from entering hospitals as a strike by more than 1 million civil servants grew yesterday. The finance minister said he did not see a protracted strike as having a major economic impact. But analysts have said the labour action that also includes customs workers, police and clerks could slow commerce and trade. Crowds in Soweto blocked a main road near a hospital running through the densely populated area, bringing traffic to a halt and preventing patients from entering. "When they refused to move, minimum force had to be used. So rubber bullets were fired," police spokeswoman Captain Nondumiso Mpantsha said. Water cannon were also deployed and there were no major injuries, she said. The unions staged a one-day warning strike last week and said the action that began on Wednesday was the start of an indefinite strike aimed at grinding the government to a halt. Analysts expect a deal to be reached in the next few days at the earliest or by the start of September at the latest, with any agreement certain to swell state spending as the government tries to bring its deficit down from 6.7 percent of gross domestic product. "We're not seeing the impact in day to day figures, but certainly it

The strike for higher wages that started a day earlier has slowed the treatment of the sick and shut schools across the Africa's largest economy, worrying investors and adding pressure on the government to reach a deal.

would have an effect on sentiment," said Nema Ramkhelawan, a currency analyst at Rand Merchant Bank. Unions are demanding an 8.6 percent pay rise, more than double the inflation rate, and 1,000 rand ($137) a month for housing. Last week the government offered to the housing allowance to 700 rand from a previous offer of 630 rand, but refused to increase its wage rise offer of 7 percent. The housing allowance alone would be equal to about 1 percent of all budget spending and the government has said it does not have the money to pay more. "We had to make a choice between increasing the salary bill to unaffordable levels by meeting the union demands and cutting other urgently needed services," the cabinet said in a statement. Adding to the mix was a threat to expand in the coming days a strike of auto factory workers, who are seeking a 15 percent wage hike, to the car components sector. The autoworkers' strike that began last week has slowed production in one of the country's most important industries. The state workers' strike increases pressure on President Jacob Zuma's ruling African

National Congress to reach a deal with organised labour and appease the party's longstanding union allies who also have been a reliable source of votes. But pressure will also mount on unions as rank and file members lose pay from being off the job and some look favourably on the government's offer. Public opinion could turn against the unions if a prolonged work stoppage forces parents to find day care for their children, delays treatment at hospitals and slows paperwork at government agencies. A mid-range civil servant already makes about 40 percent more than the average worker, who earns 6,383 rand a month in salary and benefits, but bottom grade civil servants make about 40 percent less than the average. Those feeling the pinch the greatest from the strike are the poor who are most dependent on government services. "There is no appeal to the public," said Sakhela Buhlungu, an expert on organised labour at the University of Johannesburg. He said the unions risks alienating the public unless they can change their message and tactics. — Reuters


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GM return to public key in rise from ashes NEW YORK: The move by General Motors Wednesday to sell its shares to the public signals a key moment in the car giant's struggle to rise from the ashes of bankruptcy and emerge from the grip of the government. The largest US automaker registered its plans for an initial public stock offering with securities regulators after having secured a line of credit underwritten by some of the world's biggest banks. The IPO was likely to raise between $12 and $16 billion which will be used to pay back a monster public debt, said analyst Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert New York. That would make it the second largest in US history after Visa's 2008 stock floatation at a value of more than $19 billion. Setting the stage for the IPO filing, the Detroit automaker issued an upbeat report last

week showing its income had hit $1.3 billion in the second quarter, marking its second consecutive profitable quarter. GM chief executive Ed Whitacre, picked by the administration of President Barack Obama to lead the troubled company through reform, also announced last Thursday he was stepping down next month, naming board member Dan Akerson as his successor. Although the announcement caught experts and some GM officials by surprise, it was seen as yet another sign of the Detroit-based manufacturer's desire to shed its old skin and free itself from government control. "GM is putting in place all the pieces that it needs to have to look stable and ready to go with the IPO," said Edmunds.com analyst Bill Visnic. GM saw stronger sales in North America in the

'Govt Motors' death offers Obama victory WASHINGTON: General Motors' giant leap away from government ownership yesterday could be a small but vital step in President Barack Obama's efforts to convince Americans his economic policies are working. On June 1, 2009 Obama, phalanxed by stern looking advisors, announced taxpayers would drag GM through a "surgical" bankruptcy in return for a 61 percent share in a firm that no one wanted. Just over a year after the $50-billion government bailout, the Detroit-based carmaker is ready to cast aside the shackles of "Government Motors," and repay a large chunk of that cash through a massive IPO. The market expects GM to raise between $12 and $16 billion, with the potential to be the second largest IPO in US history, after the credit card giant Visa, which raised more than $19 billion in March 2008. The White House is only too happy to oblige. For Obama the IPO filing fits neatly into a campaign to persuade skeptical voters that massive government spending however loathsome - kept US firms and the economy alive. GM returned to profit at the beginning of this year, transforming 2009 losses of nearly six billion dollars into a respectable profit of $865 million in the first quarter and $1.3 billion in the last. But it is a small bright spot on an otherwise gloomy economic canvas. Obama's congressional allies head into mid-term elections this November facing an uphill struggle against high unemployment and low growth that seem to belie the impact of trillions of dollars in stimulus spending. Democrats and many economists argue the economic picture may have been much bleaker without that spending - perhaps reaching the depths of the Great Depression - but Obama's Republican foes are keen to argue otherwise. For the White House the stakes are high. Sixty-five

percent of Americans say the economy, unemployment or debt are the main issues facing the country, according to a recent Gallup poll. The fact that Obama has traveled twice to the shores of Lake Michigan in one month to trumpet the recovery, may show how much the White House needs good economic news. Detroit - long a byword for urban decay - still suffers from an unemployment rate of over 14 percent, well above the 9.5 percent national average. Against this backdrop the timing of GM's IPO "suits the government and it suits GM," according to Kenneth Elias, a partner at auto sector analysts Maryann Keller & Associates. But some are questioning whether the IPO's timetable may have more to do with the political calendar than maximizing taxpayers' investment. "There is obviously a political aspect to the timing," Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of Edmunds.com, told AFP. Although GM has posted two quarters of solid growth the future remains uncertain, which could lead investors to pay less for shares than they might in one year's time, when GM's rebound might be more established. The size of the sell-off, while headline grabing, also creates the risk of being under-subscribed, according to Anwyal. In announcing the IPO, GM's path back to normalcy will be very different from that of fellow bailout recipient, Citigroup. The Treasury Department has been offloading its 7.7 billion shares in the troubled bank in tranches of $6.2 billion and four billion dollars so far, selling on an undisclosed timetable. "I think it has been slightly rushed," said Anwyal describing GM's IPO. "You really want to build up confidence with investors for something like this." But Obama, in desperate need of good economic news, may be willing to take that risk, so long as the day of sale comes after the midterm elections. — AFP

second quarter, even as sales in Europe floundered and market share around the world sank. It captured 15.4 percent of the US market for cars versus 17.5 percent in the second quarter of last year, but elsewhere fared poorly. By making an initial public offering, GM will see shares sold to private investors in a bid to buy back the 43 billion dollar government stake in the company. "It signals the return to normalcy, to being able to start paying the taxpayer back... Getting the company back to a traditional publicly traded company," said Rebecca Lindland, director of IHS Automative. However, GM's quest to become full-fledged private company free of any government control would likely take many years, Lindland said. After filing for bankruptcy in June 2009, GM was salvaged thanks to a 50 billion dollar

government bailout which led to restructuring, mass layoffs, plant closures and billions of dollars in debt wiped out. Today, the Treasury Department still owns 61 percent of GM, and removing this is the main goal of GM's going public, according to Visnic. "GM deeply wants to take away the stigma that it is 'Government Motors'. That seems to be the most important thing for the company. "It feels it is a stigma and an untenable position to be in... It causes perception problems largely with customers and perhaps also in the financial community," he told AFP. Through its brutal re-organization, GM, the world's second largest car manufacturer, appears as one of few recent success stories in the US economy which is today struggling to avert a second recession. — AFP

President sits down with 'typical' American family

Obama tries to boost faith in US recovery COLUMBUS: US President Barack Obama held a kitchen table summit Wednesday to try to restore Middle America's sinking faith in his administration's ability to revive the lackluster US economy. The souring economy and

stubbornly high unemployment have seen Obama's poll numbers slump to all-time lows and they are threatening to drag down his fellow Democrats in looming mid-term elections in November.

In the rustbelt city of Columbus, Ohio, Obama sat down with the Weithman family, who he said were typical of how Americans across the country were benefiting from his economic policies. Exhibit A, he said, was Joe Weithman, who heads up a small architecture firm and held on to two employees during the economic slowdown because of new projects made possible as part of his $787-billion stimulus package. Weithman's wife Rhonda not only lost her job last year but was forced to relinquish the medical care coverage it provided. Thanks to an expansion of stop-gap medical coverage - a key provision of his hard-fought health care reform bill Obama said she was able to "keep her health insurance at a time when the family was very much in need". The Obama administration is desperate to persuade a skeptical American public that it's economic policies are working, after the latest round of polls showed the president's popularity at a new low. A Gallup tracking poll taken from Saturday through Monday found his disapproval rating at 51 percent, a new high for the once-popular president, while his average approval rating was at an alltime low of 42 percent. Experts say unease over the economy is likely at the root of the public's growing dissatisfaction with the administration. Obama suggested the Weithman family's saga highlighted the benefits of legislation championed by his administration. "All these

gaining jobs and we've gained jobs seven consecutive months in the private sector. The economy was shrinking about six percent. The economy is now growing." But unemployment remains stuck at 9.5 percent and is higher in many areas while the impact of Obama's great reforms of health care and Wall Street may not be felt for most of the public for years to come. There is now little time for a turnaround before November's crucial legislative elections which could see Congress switch control back to the Republicans as the sagging economy stokes voter discontent. Republicans have assailed Obama's economic record, painting him as a

COLUMBUS, Ohio: US President Barack Obama meets the Weithman family, from left, Rachel, 9, Joe, Rhonda and Josh, 11, Wednesday. – AP things have made a difference, but we still have a long way to go," the president said in the backyard of the Weithman home after the meeting. "We can't go back to the way we were doing things before." Obama has sought to pile blame on the previous Republican administration for creating the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and portray himself as the savior who staved off a greater disaster. "We stabilized the economy. We stabilized the financial system. We didn't have a complete meltdown," Obama told a group of Ohio locals. "Whereas we were losing jobs in the private sector when I was first sworn in, we're now

socialist whose big government policies have plunged the American economy further into the mire. At a fundraiser in Seattle, Washington earlier this week, Obama hit back and laid the blame for the country's economic woes squarely at the feet of his predecessor George W. Bush and his Republican allies in Congress. "Their basic philosophy goes something like this: We're going to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, folks who don't need it, weren't even asking for it," he said. "What this campaign is coming down to is that between now and November they're betting that you will all come down with a case of amnesia." — AFP


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Asia's booming middle classes unmasked NEW DELHI: They are every marketeer's dream and the future of the world economy -now Asia's aspirational middle classes have been laid bare in a major new study focusing on their astonishing growth. The Asian Development Bank forecast in the research released Thursday that over the next two decades another 800 million people will make the transition from poverty to the middle classes, assuming economic development continues. Their elevation "may present many challenges, but it will also open up new and unprecedented opportunities for the region and for the world," the ADB concluded. The study, "The Rise of Asia's Middle Class", also sought to shed light on the characteristics of this burgeoning crosssection of society, concluding that they share many traits with their counterparts in the wealthy West. The

Asian middle classes are likely to be educated, live in urban areas and have fewer children and more progressive values. They are prone to over-eating and under-exercising, and are keen buyers of cars and household electronics. Not surprisingly, the two countries with the biggest populations, China and India, are set to see the biggest increase in middle-class Asians, with more than a billion people due to be in the higher category in each country by 2030. China has been much more successful than India in elevating poor people, with 63 percent of its population, or 817 million people, in the higher income group in 2008 - a large proportion of the 1.9 billion middle-class citizens in emerging Asia. India's middle classes numbered 274 million in the same year, or just a quarter of its 1.1billion-strong population, according to

Russia grain imports to soar in 2010/11 MOSCOW: Russian grain imports are likely to soar after the country's worst drought in more than a century damaged its harvest and forced it to ban exports, analysts said yesterday. Analysts estimate that Russia, usually a major grain exporter, may have to import 1.5-2.2 million tonnes this year after the worst drought in more than a century damaged its harvest, but a report in Vedomosti daily said Russia could import at least 5 million tonnes of grain this year. European milling wheat futures rose sharply in opening trade yesterday, lifted by prospects that Russia will have to resort to hefty imports. "We currently estimate domestic seasonal grain imports at 2.2 million tonnes as a minimal figure," Dmitry Rylko, director of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR) told Reuters. He expected most of

the imports to come from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, which is also considering curbing exports after its grain crops were hit by severe frosts and a scorching summer. Russia, which was a major grain exporter last year, imported 94,600 tonnes of wheat, 30,700 tonnes of barley and 38,000 tonnes of maize in the 2009 calendar year, according to customs data. Kazakhstan and Ukraine were the main suppliers. Andrei Sizov Sr., CEO of SovEcon agricultural analysts, told Reuters Russian grain imports "may rise to some 1.5 million tonnes from around 400,000 tonnes this year". Kazakhstan's agriculture ministry said yesterday it plans to export 8 million tonnes of grain in the current marketing year, of which 2 million tonnes would go to Russia, Iran and other countries. — Reuters

McDonald's eyes yuan bonds in HK HONG KONG: Fast food giant McDonald's said yesterday it will issue almost US$30 million worth of yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong, the first such move by a non-financial foreign firm in the city. Standard Chartered, which will handle the offering, said McDonald's three-year yuan bond will carry an annual coupon of three percent and will be sold only to institutional investors. The move signifies "the commencement of a new funding channel for international companies to raise working capital for their China operations," the bank said in a statement. China is seeking to broaden the use of its yuan currency in Hong Kong after approving its use to settle cross-border trade with the financial hub in 2009. In July, central banks in China and Hong Kong signed agreements to further ease restrictions on yuan usage and its circulation in the city. In an effort to internationalise its currency, China's central bank announced this week it would allow foreign financial institutions to participate in the interbank bond market on a trial basis as part of the yuan cross-border settlement program. The move appears designed to encourage the use of the yuan overseas. Foreign financial institutions involved in the settlement program will be able to reinvest the proceeds in the interbank bond market, the People's Bank of China said in a statement. China's interbank bond market currently trades more than 10 different kinds of bonds including Treasury and policy bank bonds, the statement said. — AFP

data cited by the ADB. "Projections suggest that by 2030 much of developing Asia will have attained middle class and upper class status," said ADB chief economist JongWha Lee in the foreword to the study. The report defined the middle class as those people consuming between two to 20 dollars a day, and looked at "emerging Asia" - the whole region excluding Japan and Korea. Rising incomes are expected to be the main motor for the global economy as consumers buy increasing numbers of refrigerators, cars, mobile phones and holidays. Consumer spending in the region was clocked at $4.3 trillion in 2008 and is forecast to grow eight times to $32 trillion in 2030. At this level, it would account for 43 percent of the world's total consumption, the ADB said. "Asia will play a primary consumer role in the future, switching from a major global

producer to a major global consumer," Lee told reporters. Such an explosion of consumerism carries significant social, political and environmental implications. Climate change, environmental degradation, competition for water resources and land pressures are just some of the potential downsides of the rise of vast numbers of people seeking the material comforts familiar in the West. There are also major public health considerations, the ADB said, with the Asian middle classes already showing signs of adopting entrenched Western habits of eating food that is high in calories and fat. Diabetes, heart disease and cancer are on the rise. "All indications are that in the next 20-30 years, Asia will be faced with an increasing number of chronic diseases on a scale previously unseen," the report said. There is also a risk that major economic disruption -

another financial crisis, wars or large natural disasters - could reverse the movement of people into higher income categories, the ADB said. The Indian middle classes, most of whom are in the lower bracket of $2.04.0 per day of consumption, are particularly vulnerable. But the overall trend is positive from an economic perspective, the bank said, with increasing personal wealth creating a virtuous circle of enterprise. Companies are innovating more and more to produce low-cost items for the Asian middle classes, the report said exemplified by India's Tata Nano car, the world's cheapest automobile. There are also political implications for governments, which must satisfy the clamour for better public services and transparency from wealthier citizens who are more likely to be politically engaged, the ADB said. — AFP

Risks of defaults manageable through provisioning

China tries to soothe fears about local debt BEIJING: China yesterday played down the risks in a wave of borrowing by local governments, saying that officials were getting to grips with a debt problem that economists warn could yet destabilise the financial system. A statement issued by the Ministry of Finance and the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) gave a largely

clean bill of health to the pile of debt racked up in a surge of stimulus spending during the global financial crisis last year. The majority of loans would be repayable from cash flow generated by the investments they are financing, and banks had set aside more than enough provisions to cover any defaults.

"There are indeed some risks in loans to financing vehicles, but currently the overall risk is manageable and will not cause systemic risk," they said. The announcement helped push China's benchmark stock index up 0.8 percent to a three-month closing high. Investors have been worried that local government borrowing, the bulk of which has funded infrastructure projects, could sow a new crop of bad debt in the banking system. Dong Tao, an economist with Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, said China was not out of the woods yet. "While I do respect the conclusions that they have given, I would remain quite cautious in the sense that a large part of the bank lending that went out in 2009 will not generate cash flow in the near future," he said. Local authorities are barred by law from borrowing directly. To get around the ban, they have established some 8,000 special purpose funding vehicles that, by the end of June, had borrowed an estimated 7.7 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion). Although that accounts for only about 20 percent of China's gross domestic product, economists have warned that the increase in indebtedness could shake the financial system if left unchecked. "Most of these loans can generate steady and sufficient

engine for the economy. "The government has made the policy clear and banks can resume extending loans to such vehicles, as long as this is done in line with the new rules," he said. "Local projects are mainly financed by bank lending, so this is an important contribution to the economy, especially after growth moderated in the second quarter," he said. For months, Chinese regulators have been trying to piece together how much local governments owe and to devise a blueprint for reining in

SHANGHAI: A barman washes glasses as the skyline of the city’s financial district is seen in the background on Wednesday. According to state media reports yesterday, most provinces, regions and municipalities across China have raised official minimum wages in 2010 with Shanghai now having the highest monthly pay in the country, with a minimum salary at 1,120 yuan ($165). – AFP cash flow, which can cover both the principal and the interest," the finance ministry and banking regulator said. To keep the problem from growing any further, they said Beijing was working to develop a mechanism to standardise fund-raising and debt management by local governments. Xu Jian, an analyst with China International Capital Corp in Beijing, said that a new framework would make borrowing by local financing vehicles more transparent and thus help rev up a crucial

the debt. They have also been working to shore up confidence on two other fronts: telling banks to bring loans funnelled through trust firms back onto their balance sheets and ordering stress tests to gauge the potential impact of a collapse in property prices. "Property is the mother of all crises," Dong from Credit Suisse said. "If the property market goes down, local government lending will face a much a bigger problem than what the government currently claims."—Reuters


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Broadband network could switch Aussie voters SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her challenger Tony Abbott may not be "tech heads", but their starkly opposed views on a national broadband network are a key battleground in this week's election. Gillard, who is locked in a tight contest with the conservative Abbott to lead the nation of 22 million, wants to see a 43 billion dollar (US$39 billion) superfast fibre optic broadband network rolled out across the vast country. Abbott, who admits he is no "tech head" or "Bill Gates", wants to scrap the nascent scheme in favour of a 6.3 billion dollar "backbone" for use by competing telecom firms, mainly providing cheaper wireless technology. It is one of the few points of genuine difference in the election, with Gillard and Abbott both promising to reduce debt, illegal immigration and carbon pollution, but using different means. Analysts agree Australia's Internet services are poor quality and expensive by international standards, but the

National Broadband Network (NBN), which Gillard's Labor party says is vital for the economy, is a divisive issue. "There is no other policy that is so different than this one," telecommunications analyst Paul Budde told AFP. "This has grabbed the popular attention. This clearly indicates that there is more on the horizon than just making telephone calls or accessing the Internet. I think people are starting to grasp that." The policy is also unusually visionary in an election fought mainly on less ambitious matters, and appears popular among Australian voters. Research by Nielsen has shown that Australians are among the world's biggest users of social media, outstripping the United States, Japan and Britain. Gillard says the network will offer more than quick emails and downloads but will transform the way people live and work, enabling users to dodge the daily commute by logging on at home, or consult doctors on the other side of the huge country.

Intel to buy McAfee in $7.68 billion deal NEW YORK: Intel Corporation will acquire Internet security firm McAfee, Inc for $7.68 billion, the computer chip giant said yesterday. In a statement, Intel said it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all of McAfee's common stock at $48 per share, in cash. Boards of directors for both companies have unanimously approved the deal, which still is subject to approval from regulatory authorities. Paul Otellini, Intel's

president and CEO, said the merger comes as online security becomes a growing concern among business and government agencies. "The addition of McAfee products and technologies into the Intel computing portfolio brings us incredibly talented people with a track record of delivering security innovations, products and services that the industry and consumers trust to make connecting to the Internet safer and more secure," Otellini said. — AFP

India tests access to BlackBerry emails NEW DELHI: India's security agencies are testing ways to access corporate email on BlackBerry devices by obtaining encrypted data in a readable format, a government source said yesterday. Research In Motion faces an Aug 31 deadline to give Indian authorities the means to track and read BlackBerry Enterprise email and its separate BlackBerry Messenger service. The government, concerned about the potential for militants to use the secure BlackBerry network to carry out attacks, has vowed to shut the services if RIM fails to comply, cutting it out of one of the world's fastest-growing telecoms market. An RIM technical team in New Delhi has been working with the department of telecoms and security agencies to find a way out. RIM uses powerful codes to scramble, or encrypt, email messages as they travel between a BlackBerry device and a computer known as a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) that is designed to secure those emails. Indian telecom officials said they had been told by RIM the only way an email could be intercepted is when it

temporarily stores itself in an Enterprise server in a decrypted form while travelling between two BlackBerry devices. Indian agencies are now checking if they have the technology to monitor emails when they get briefly stored in an Enterprise server. It is not possible to unscramble emails at any other stage. RIM says it does not have a master key that controls every system in its network. "There have been a number of suggestions offered and this is one of them. A technical team will check those suggestions over the next few days," a senior government source, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters. In a letter to the Interior ministry, seen by Reuters, the telecoms ministry said if the solution is not acceptable to the government, mobile phone operators would be instructed to stop offering the Enterprise email services on BlackBerry platform. India said this week that it would allow the messenger service to continue beyond the deadline as it had been assured access to the services, but could shut down the secure email service if access is not given by then. —Reuters

She calls objecting to the scheme, which is being closely watched in the United States after President Barack Obama pledged to put broadband in every home, the "modern-day equivalent of having opposed the railroad back years and years ago". "When the trains got built, they transformed the way the economy worked, they transformed the way people lived. The NBN will do that," she has said. The centre-left leader has also hung her health policy on the Internet, promising online consultations to ensure that those living outside major cities do not have to travel long distances to receive medical advice. "I am absolutely satisfied that the NBN was the right investment for this country's future," Gillard said. But Abbott's Liberal Party argues you can provide fast Internet access across one of the world's biggest countries "just as well for a lot less". "I'm certain that spending 43 billion dollars on just one technology is not the way to

go," Abbott said at public forum in Brisbane on Wednesday. Telecommunications analyst David Kennedy said the government was ahead of the curve with the NBN plan, but there was as yet no demand within the general community for the super-high speeds - one gigabit per second - it promises. "At the moment there is no demonstrated demand for these very high speeds," he told AFP. "Most people get the speeds that they want right now. The government is betting, and it is a bet to be frank, that mass demand for high bandwidth services is going to rise," Kennedy said. "If the electorate attaches any importance to this it won't be because they have any existing demand (for high speeds)... it will be other things such as the perception of being forward-looking." Kennedy said while the fibre architecture was likely to be sound, there was little to suggest it would yield productivity gains for businesses that would justify the proposed expenditure on building the network. — AFP

'Places' app for iPhone released

Facebook launches new location-sharing feature SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Wednesday threw the switch on a new feature that lets US members of the social networking service share their whereabouts with friends while on the move. Facebook Places marks the firm's hotly anticipated first step into "location-based" services that have been catching on with people who own smartphones

equipped with satellite position tracking capabilities. "Starting today, you can immediately tell people about that favorite spot with Facebook Places," said Places product manager Michael Eyal Sharon. "You can share where you are and the friends you're with in real time from your mobile device."

Facebook members can "check-in" at restaurants or other social venues and let their friends at the social network instantly know where they are and with whom. A Places application for iPhone handsets was released, and social network members with smartphones with Web browser software that supports geo-location and HTML5 could use Places at the mobile website touch.facebook.com. "If you are not in the US you can still see if friends are using it here but you will not be able to check-in," Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said at a festive Places launch event at the firm's headquarters in Northern California. Facebook said it plans to eventually extend the feature to all smartphones and to the social networks more than 500 million members worldwide. As if anticipating backlash that seems to come with each change at Facebook, executives and engineers there stressed that privacy was being respected and that users control how location information is shared. Privacy advocates have accused Facebook of failing to properly safeguard information members post to profiles, and adding people's location to the treasure trove of personal data is likely to intensify the debate. With the rollout of Places, Facebook began making tools available to developers interested in crafting applications that take

information. "This validates that we are onto something," Foursquare vice president of partnerships Holger Luedorf said at the Places launch event. "We definitely want to help people connect their online and offline worlds." Startup Yelp that has attracted millions of users that share opinions of hotels, restaurants and other establishments promised a Places application for iPhones and Android-based smartphones will be out yesterday. Yelp is working on "augmented reality" that would enable people to peer through camera lenses of smartphones and see graphics indicating where Facebook or Yelp friends are in areas,

PALO ALTO, California: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters Wednesday. – AFP advantage of the new feature. Users would have to grant an application maker permission before any data regarding their whereabouts was shared, according to Facebook engineer Ben Gertzfield. Location-based social networking services Gowalla and Foursquare, which have been competing for dominance in the new but rapidly growing arena, were among the developers treated to early looks at Places. Gowalla and Foursquare members that "check-in" places, letting their chosen circles of friends at the respective services see where they are, have been able to automatically update Facebook profiles with the

according to Yelp products director Eric Singley. "We think this is a really good starting point," Zuckerberg said of the Places launch. "You can imagine a whole world of things that can be built." He said Places was starting out with a focus on "making it so you can share where you are and who you are with and see who is around you" and that Facebook will build on it from there. Zuckerberg said it was yet to be determined how revenue would be generated from Places, but locationbased services have proven potential when it comes to targeting advertising or promotions that users happen to be near. — AFP


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BEIJING: Chinese men do mime performances to draw in shoppers to a shop in Beijing on Monday. Japan lost its place as the world’s No 2 economy to China in the second quarter as receding global growth sapped momentum and stunted a shaky recovery. —AP

China overtakes Japan as No 2 economy Tokyo still struggles to recover from financial crisis

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hina’s economy has surpassed Japan’s as the world’s second largest, a highly anticipated milestone rich in symbolism for a developing country that began market reforms only three decades ago. The news came last Monday when Japan’s government said its economic output in the second quarter slowed to $1.28 trillion, short of the $1.33 trillion China reported over the same period. Although China’s economy bested Japan’s in the fourth quarter of last year, economists say China is poised to be ahead for the foreseeable future as Japan’s economy struggles to recover from the financial crisis. Japan has been stunted by weak consumer spending and lower corporate investment. Although China’s economy has slowed in recent months from its most torrid expansion, many economists expect it to maintain high growth rates as the country continues to urbanize. “China’s population is 10 times the size of Japan’s, and China’s growth was more than 10% last year,” said Masamichi Adachi, JPMorgan’s senior economist in Tokyo. “Japan’s economy has been sluggish. So it was inevitable that China would overtake Japan.” Still, the achievement was hard to fathom when the Chinese government introduced economic reforms in 1978, gradually shedding state control and laying the foundation for a manufacturing and export powerhouse. Today, China’s demand for energy and raw materials helps dictate global supply and demand. Coupled with its mass holdings of foreign reserves and debt, Beijing’s international clout-whether it admits it or not-has risen to new heights. The Asian giant has also irked trading partners by keeping its currency cheap to boost its trade sector. China’s economic ascendance has been fueled

The milestone comes amid weak consumer spending and lower corporate investment in Japan and is a highly anticipated achievement for China, which began market reforms in 1978.

BEIJING: A migrant worker picks up a bottle of water during a break from his work near a construction site at Beijing’s Central Business District. China has overtaken Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. — AP

largely by the sheer size of the nation. Its population of 1.3 billion has helped build it into the world’s No. 1 automobile market and the largest exporter. Yet the paradox remains that many Chinese are still poor compared with people in the economies it has so quickly overtaken. Japan’s per capita gross domestic product is still more than 10 times as large as China’s. In the United States, whose economy China is predicted to surpass in a decade or so to reach No. 1, it’s 12.5 times as large. In the coming years, China faces the challenge of having to reform its economy toward greater domestic consumption over foreign demand. The nation also confronts the ever-present threat of environmental catastrophe that could derail its development. Some economists worry China’s new ranking will shift attention away from the delicate work ahead. “It is high time for China to keep its head cool and shift its focus from the pursuit of mere GDP figures to the quality of its growth pattern,” said Liu Baocheng, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. In the near term, policymakers are searching for new growth drivers after allowing a record amount of bank lending in 2009. The result of that has been massive infrastructure investment and a sizzling real estate market that the government has intervened to cool because of fears of rising debt and social discontent. “I think China is doing a lot to catch up to advanced countries, but you have to recognize that the Chinese government doesn’t want radical change in terms of its currency and trade,” Adachi said. “They still [want] to be treated like a developing economy. One day they will have to change.” — MCT


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By Dawn Rosenberg McKay

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o you think you know everything about choosing a career? Many people think they know the right way to go about picking an occupation, but they often wind up choosing a career that is unsatisfying. Here are ten myths of choosing a career along with resources that can help you make an informed decision. 1 Choosing a career is simple Actually, choosing a career is an involved process and you should give it the time it deserves. Career planning is a multi-step process that involves learning enough about yourself and the occupations which you are considering in order to make an informed decision.

2 A career counselor can tell me what occupation to pick A career counselor, or any other career development professional, can’t tell you what career is best for you. He or she can provide you with guidance in choosing a career and can help facilitate your decision. 3 I can’t make a living from my hobby Says who? When choosing a career, it makes perfect sense to choose one that is related to what you enjoy doing in your spare time, if you so desire. In addition people tend to become very skilled in their hobbies, even though most of the skill is gained informally. 4 I should choose a career from a “Best Careers” list Every year, especially during milestone years, i.e. the beginning of a new decade, there are numerous articles and books that list what “the experts” predict will be “hot jobs.” It can’t hurt to look at those lists to see if any of the careers on it appeal to you, but you shouldn’t use the list to dictate your choice. While the predictions are of ten based on valid data, sometimes things change. Way too often what is hot this year won’t be hot a few years from now. In addition, you need to take into account your interests, values, and skills when choosing a career. Just because the outlook for an occupation is good, it doesn’t mean that occupation is right for you. 5 Making a lot of money will make me happy While salary is important, it isn’t the only factor you should look at when choosing a career. Countless surveys have shown that money doesn’t necessarily lead to job satisfaction. For many people enjoying what they do at work is much more important. However, you should consider earnings, among other things, when evaluating an occupation. 6 Once I choose a career I’ll be stuck in it forever Not true. If you are unsatisfied in your career for any reason, you can always change it. You’ll be in good company. Many people change careers several times over the course of their lifetimes. 7 If I change careers, my skills will go to waste Your skills are yours to keep. You can take them from one job to another. You may not use them in the exact same way, but

they won’t go to waste. 8 If my best friend is happy in a particular field, I will be too Everyone is different and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another, even if that other person is someone with whom you have a lot in common. If someone you know has a career that interests you, look into it, but be aware of the fact that it may not necessarily be a good fit for you. 9 All I have to do is pick an occupation Choosing a career is a great start, but there’s a lot more to do after that. A Career Action Plan is a road map that takes you from choosing a career to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals. 10 There’s very little I can do to learn about an occupation without actually working in it While first hand experience is great, there are other ways to explore an occupation. You can read about it either in print resources or online. You can also interview those working in that field. www.careerplanning.about.com

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areer exploration is the second stage of the career planning process. You will begin to explore careers after completing the first stage of the career planning process, self assessment. During that stage you took inventory of your values, interests, personality and skills. You should have come away from the self assessment stage with a list of careers that are appropriate for you based on what you found out about yourself. Now it’s time to learn about the careers on your list so you can begin to make that list shorter. Your goal is to eventually narrow it down to the one career you want to pursue. Try not to eliminate any career from your list until you do, at least, a little bit of research about it. Even if you think you know about an occupation, you may be surprised by what you learn. Star t with the basics At first you will just want to gather some basic infor mation about each career on your list. Let’s assume you

have a list of ten occupations. You can do some preliminary research which will allow you to nar row down your list before you do more in depth research. When exploring careers you will need basic information such as job descriptions, employment statistics, job outlook, earnings and educational and training requirements. For example, you may decide that you wouldn’t enjoy the job duties of a particular career or that you can’t (or choose not to) meet its requirements. The earnings may be lower than you thought or its outlook doesn’t look promising. In the end, you will be left with a list with no more than about three careers on it. Delve deeper After you narrow down your list of career choices your research will become more involved. You will want to learn what working in the field is really like, at least as much as you can without actually working in it. The best way to do this is to talk to people who do.


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Free versions of third-party remote control solutions have their own limitations

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oing on the road with your data used to mean making lists of files and equipment that you couldn’t forget. No more. With the right setup and know-how, you can leave your main computer and all of its files at home, accessing it on the road from any internet-connected computer. In fact, there are now so many ways to access your main computer on the road that the difficulty lies in figuring out which one is right for you. Read on to find out. Q: I used a free trial of GoToMyPC to access my home computer from the road. I like the service, but I don’t use it enough to buy a subscription. Are there free alternatives out there? A: GoToMyPC may be the most recognizable name in the remote control space, but it’s certainly not the only one. And yes, free alternatives do exist. Representative of the free remote control alternatives is LogMeIn.com (https://secure.logmein.com). It’s also one of the easiest to use. Just sign up for an account with an e-mail address, allow the service to install a small host application on the computer you will be accessing from afar, and you’re ready to go. You’ll be able to access your main computer through any internet-connected computer by going to LogMeIn and typing in your user name and password. Your main computer will then be one button-click away. With LogMeIn, everything takes place within a web browser. You’ll see your remote computer’s desktop, just as you left it, and have access to all of its files and e-mail.

There are, however, always limitations with the free versions of thirdparty remote control solutions. With LogMeIn, one limitation is that you cannot transfer files from the remote machine to whichever one you’re using to access your main computer. You could get around that, however, by using your remote computer to e-mail files to whichever account you have access to. Another limitation is that the free version of LogMeIn will not “wake” your computer up if it’s asleep, so you’ll have to remember to disable any automatic power-down feature before you leave home. Other popular, free remote control solutions include TeamViewer (http://www.teamviewer.com) and Yuuguu (http://www.yuuguu.com). Research the limitations of the free versions of all of these products to see which one best suits your needs. Q: I would like to access my PC from the road, but I do not want to rely on a third party for access. Can you name some solutions? A: Sure, there are plenty of remote control software programs that, once installed, establish a one-to-one connection that allows you to control your PC from another machine over the internet. These include Symantec’s pcAnywhere (http://www.symantec.com/norton/syman tec-pcanywhere), RealVNC (http://www.realvnc.com), TightVNC (http://www.tightvnc.com), and UltraVNC

(http://www.uvnc.com). VNC, by the way, stands for “virtual network computing.” However, if you’re running Windows computers at home, the best remote access solution that cuts out third parties is probably Windows Home Server (http://bit.ly/q85Fb). Designed primarily as a media streaming and automated backup solution for all of the computers in your home, Windows Home Server also allows you easy, web-based, remote access to all of the PCs in your house, with no limitations. You can of course transfer files, use the clipboard, and even hear sounds from your remote computers, if you wish. The easiest way to get Windows Home Server is through the purchase of a pre-configured box such as the HP MediaSmart server (http://bit.ly/Y0fF). Or if you have an extra computer around the house, you can just buy the OEM version of Windows Home Server at an outlet such as Newegg.com and set it up yourself. With Windows Home Server, you can even stream audio and video stored on your server to whichever computer you might be running remotely. You’ll find directions on setting up remote access through Windows Home Server in the Getting Started Guide included with the product. Q: I run a Macintosh computer at

home, but the computer I use on the road runs Windows. Will I be able to access my Mac remotely? A: Yes. Most remote control solutions - including the free ones mentioned earlier - are platform-independent. The critical component is the software that’s installed on your host machine - the one you’ll be accessing from the road. If the remote control service provides host software that’s compatible with your Mac, then you’re good to go. All you’ll need is a web browser running on any machine to access your home computer. Q: My employer blocks GoToMyPC and other remote control solutions. Is there a way for me to work around that? A: First you should find out why your work is blocking access to your home computer via remote access packages. Chances are good that it does so to protect non-public information from escaping its systems. If that’s the case, then it’s probably a good idea to follow the principle of the guideline and not circumvent the restriction, even if it is possible. However, if accessing your home machine in principle is not disallowed, then a web-based solution such as the one offered by Windows Home Server will often work. The secure URL which you will use to access your home server will frequently not be blocked the way a publicly available remote control service will. — dpa


BEAUTY

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Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Liposuction n a society in which beauty is often measured by slender bodies and youth, it is no wonder that thousands of Americans chase the “perfect” look by means of liposuction. Portrayed in upbeat tones and associated with Hollywood glamour, liposuction seems to offer instant help for unsightly bulges. Consumers checking out liposuction Web sites on the Internet are further assured by the positive information they find. There are liposuction risks, however, that few consumers understand. Learning the risks of liposuction is important, it will help you make a decision whether or not liposuction is right for you. “There are probably hundreds of thousands of patients who have had body sculpting without complications,” says Ann Graham, senior nurse consultant in CDRH’s Office of Surveillance and Biometrics. “But we are concerned about the published reports of patients who have not had a good outcome. They have undergone liposuction for weight reduction, not just body sculpting. Liposuction, in general, is a purely elective procedure. As such, our tolerance for an unsafe or harmful outcome is extremely low.”

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Liposuction risks little understood Although many consumers think of liposuction as a quick and permanent fix, it’s likely that few understand its risks and frequently temporary results. There is no national group of consumers, nor one group representative of all clinicians, that is organized to oversee liposuction procedures and results. Although the FDA is aware of problems published in medical literature and described by other sources, “very few adverse event reports are coming into the agency through its formal reporting channels” according to Anita Kedas, a nurse consultant in CDRH’s Office of Surveillance

Learning the risks of liposuction is important, it will help you make a decision whether or not liposuction is right for you. and Biometrics. But the small number of reports may simply mean that negative outcomes aren’t being reported. Office-based procedures may present the greatest reporting problem. There’s no requirement that adverse events from office procedures be reported, and most procedures are done in offices, according to Graham. Even if offices are well equipped, she adds, patients often need days of continuous support such as rehydration, pressure dressings, and good nursing care, while others actually need resuscitation and hospitalization to recover. And if a patient goes to the emergency room for care, the FDA doesn’t hear about it, adds Graham. Whether reported or not, liposuction problems are real enough - though some, such as wavy or uneven skin after fat removal, are not medically serious. But others are. Overworking the heart can be a serious side effect of the tumescent technique. “Let’s say they plan to remove 5,000 cc’s of aspirate,” says plastic surgeon Fodor, “so they inject a dangerously large

amount of fluid. The patient would be practically ‘drowning’ in fluids. The heart can’t handle this fluid overload.” Complications of liposuction Another potential complication is infection, says Brown. Infections can occur after any surgery. Sometimes, infections may be serious or life threatening such as in cases of necrotizing fasciitis (when bacteria eat away at tissue) or toxic shock syndrome, a serious infection which has been associated with tampon use but may also be associated with surgery, says Brown.

Other possible problems Brown lists are burns, embolisms, cardiac arrhythmia, edema, and nerve compression, which are all reported in the medical literature. Often, too, Graham notes, cannulas are inserted in several different locations, resulting in puncture wounds that need to heal. A condition called seroma, or an oozing or pooling of serum, or body fluid, may be a problem after the more aggressive ultrasound techniques during which some skin is detached from underlying tissue and fluid accumulates in a subcutaneous pocket. (www.health.howstuffworks.com)

How to Apply Mascara onsider the types of mascara and select one appropriate for your lashes and the occasion. You have a choice of lengthening, thickening, long-wearing, conditioning and waterproof formulas, among others. For day, you might decide to add length, while a night on the town may require a long-wearing or thickening formula. Now select the color of mascara if you have blond or red lashes, opt for brown mascara. If you have darkerlashed can select the brown for a casual look, and black or brown-black for more pronounced or dramatic lashes. Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, if desired then apply all other eye makeup prior to your mascara. You must ensure that the mascara covers the lashes from the root to the tip of the lash. Now begin with the underside of your upper lashes, moving the brush slowly upward toward the tips of your lashes. Always hold the wand parallel to

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your eyelid and the brush tip will always stay away from the eye socket area. Roll the brush slowly on the upward stroke to promote separation of the lashes. This first coat of mascara is a light coat. Apply mascara 2 or 3 times throughout the makeup session, letting each coat dry before applying the another coat in the same manner. Use an eyelash comb to separate the wet lashes and also use tissue to remove some of the excess mascara from lashes. Hold the wand vertically when applying mascara to lower lashes, use less mascara for the lower lashes. Begin where the lashes meet the rim of the lower eyelid, and gently stroke downward. Remove any stray and extra mascara which is around the eye with a cotton swab dipped in a small amount of eye makeup remover. Always allow the first coat of mascara to dry before applying the second coat. (www.bestincosmetics.com)

Mascara is your most effective makeup tool. It is a great eye opener that emphasizes the lashes. Mascara is one of the most popular beauty items defines and brings color to the lashes, and highlights and dramatizes eyes.


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Natural conditioner 1 egg yolk 1/2 tsp olive oil 3/4 cup lukew arm w ater eat the egg yolk until it’s thick and white. Add the oil and mix well. Then add the water into the egg mixture and mix well. Massage into clean, damp hair. Rinse with plenty of warm water after about 10 minutes.

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7 ways to make your hair grow faster or some of us growing long beautiful hair is not a problem, but let’s face it, not all of us have it that easy. While there is no magical instant cure for longer hair, there are a few things you can do to make sure your hair will grow, grow, grow!

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1. First and foremost, take your vitamins! If you can’t swallow the thought of popping a pill, then at least eat your way to healthy hair. A well balanced diet of foods rich in vitamin A, B, C and especially E are all essential for growing healthy hair. Foods that are rich in iron and zinc have been proven to encourage hair growth. If you don’t care for beef, try fish, raisins, spinach, beans and yogurt, which are also great sources for protein. Soy is also rich in proteins and has even been found to strengthen hair. Also try prenatal vitamins! They do wonders for not only growing hair, but growing nails as well! 2. Get rid of the dead ends. If you have tons of split ends and you haven’t had your hair trimmed lately, your slowing down your hair’s growth potential. Getting a regular trim at least every few months will keep damaged ends at bay and will allow hair to grow faster. 3. Stimulate the scalp. Increasing the circulation to your head by massaging the scalp can make the hair grow. You can do this by, simply rubbing your fingertips in circular motions against your scalp for 2-3 minutes a day. For an added treat, mix 1/2 cup of rosemary and 1 cup of tea together and mix half of

this with your normal shampooing to open up scalp pores and increase blood circulation. 4. Get out and move. Everyday stress and no exercise have actually shown slower growth to hair. Getting a good night’s sleep (at least 7 hours) and putting your worries to bed, combined with a daily exercise regimen can improve not only your hair’s growth, but your health as well. 5. Squeaky cleanliness is a must hair essential, not only for growth, but for sanitary reasons as well. If you’re running around with oily roots or a nice big buildup of dirt in your hair, you need to change your routine and shampoo hair at least twice a week to maximize your potential for long hair. While you’re at it, don’t forget to wash your hairbrushes and combs. 6. Treat your hair with care. If you want your hair to grow, you must take care of your hair. Don’t brush wet hair unless you want to damage it. Use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for your hair type. Skip the heated styling tools, perms and dyes as often as you can, and avoid any unnecessary rough stuff that can cause your hair to break. 7. Fake it! If you don’t have the patience to wait for your hair to grow, you can always try wearing a hair extension like your favorite celebrity, until your own hair grows to the desired length you’re aiming for. (www.carefair.com )


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Understanding your muscles Sound nutrition forms the basis of any muscle building program and no amount of supplementation with the latest and greatest products will make up for bad eating habits Choosing the right bodybuilding supplement efore wasting your money on a pile of bodybuilding supplements you really need to work out what you are hoping to achieve. Don’t lose sight of the fact that sound nutrition forms the basis of any muscle building program and no amount of supplementation with the latest and greatest products will make up for bad eating habits. The bottom line is, bodybuilding supplements should be used IN ADDITION to regular food, not INSTEAD OF it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s go on to think about what supplements could be of use and this is something that can only be determined by your physical and performance goals. Don’t make the mistake of copying your training partners or believing all the garbage spouted in magazine ads. Decide first what you want to achieve and then choose the supplements that will help you reach your goals. To help you make an informed choice, the most popular and useful bodybuilding supplements available today are listed below, broadly divided into two goal-related categories. Determined to build muscle? This cannot be achieved without dedication, sheer hard work and sound nutrition. With a solid foundation in place you can help the process along with supplements like creatine, whey protein, prohormones, testosterone boosters and amino acids. Need to lose fat? There is no point in building awesome muscles if they’re covered by layers of fat. Once again,

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the key to success is hard work but you can boost fat loss by using products from supplement categories that include fat burners, stimulant-free products, appetite suppressants and carb blockers. Many more supplements are available to support your bodybuilding endeavors. These include energy boosters and products aimed at enhancing the condition of your mind and body. As we progress through this series of articles we’ll look at each of these in turn.

The role of whey protein in achieving muscle gain Most bodybuilders would agree that supplementing with whey protein is an important element in achieving serious muscle gains. This article will examine the facts relating to whey protein as a supplement and help you decide whether you need to follow this particular strategy. Whey protein is produced during the process that sees milk turned into cheese. It is also found naturally in dairy products, eggs, soy and vegetable proteins but none of these compares in quality to whey protein powder. It also scores highly in providing the branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) that are important in the building and retention of muscle. Whey protein is highly favored by

bodybuilders because it provides the necessary building blocks to produce the amino acids that the body uses to build lean muscle tissue. Many studies have shown that whey protein contains the perfect combination of amino acids, in just the right concentration for optimal performance in the body. It is also thought that whey protein has a role as an anti-oxidant and immune system builder. It is best taken in powder form mixed in juice or milk, spread throughout the day to maintain a positive nitrogen balance. Serious bodybuilders often consume up to 150 grams each day but as a rule of thumb, daily protein intake for active trainers can be calculated by taking your weight in pounds and multiplying by 1 or 1.5. But remember, you need to work out how much protein is taken from food and other sources, and then spread the remaining whey protein balance over the day. Whey protein is a relatively safe supplement but no more than 30 grams of protein should be taken at one sitting as excessive single doses could overload the liver. The safety of whey protein has been well documented in many scientific studies and there is clear proof that taken consistently, coupled with regular exercise, it will result in meaningful muscle gain. — (www.ambafrance-do.org)

What Causes Muscle Growth? In order for muscles to grow, three things are required: 1. Stim ulus - exercise is needed to make the muscles work, use energy and cause microscopic damage to the fibers. 2. Nutrition - after intense exercise the muscles need to replenish their stores of fuel. 3. Rest - it is during the rest or recovery phase that the muscles repair the microscopic damage and grow. Muscle size increases due to hypertrophic adaptation and an increase in the cross section area of individual muscle fibers. Intensive exercise impacts more on the strength influencing fast twitch type II fibers, therefore the increase in muscle size is accompanied by greater

strength. This will deplete the muscle’s energy stores and cause microscopic damage to the muscle tissue. During recovery, these stores of glycogen and phosphocreatine will replenish from carbohydrates and creatine ingested as food or supplements. Amino acids supplied in the diet will trigger the protein synthesis that repairs the damaged muscle and lead to the creation of bigger muscle fibers. To achieve continuous improvement you will need to keep reaching for higher levels of training intensity otherwise the improvement process will grind to a halt. Fortunately, this is relatively easy to plan for provided certain basic principles and rules are clearly


HEALTH

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Ways to racticed for centuries by many cultures around the world including ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. “The body has its own natural healing system,” says Peter Bennett, N.D., medical director of Helios Clinic in Victoria, B.C., and co-author with Stephen Barrie, N.D. and Sara Faye, of 7-Day Detox Miracle (Prima Health). “Detoxification enhances this system,” he explains.

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the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. A detox program can help the body’s natural cleaning process by:

1) Resting the organs through fasting; 2) Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body; 3) Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin; 4) Improving circulation of the blood; and 5) Refueling the body with healthy nutrients. “Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of

individual cells, the smallest units of human life,” says Bennett. How Do You Know if You Need to Detoxify? Bennett suggests that everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying program is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health. However, Bennett cautions against detoxifying for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you. Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, “it’s critical to detox,” says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author of Detoxification (Healthy Healing Publications). Page recommends detoxing for symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach even if the rest of your body is thin; menstrual difficulties; or mental confusion. Where Do You Begin? First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives. Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can

provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. So it’s a good idea to detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body. Yoga and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring. Which Detox Program is Best for You? There are many detoxification programs, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because, as Bennett explains, “it takes the body some time to clean the blood.” His program involves fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefullyplanned five-day diet to allow the digestive system to rest. He also advises supplements, herbs, exercise, and practices such as dry-skin brushing and hydrotherapy to enhance circulation. Page recommends a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins. Other popular detoxing programs include: Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on the market, with easy-to-follow instructions. A routine of drinking only water one day each week - an ancient practice of many cultures. 10 Ways to Help Your Body Detoxify After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily through

diet, supplements and lifestyle practices. 1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods. 2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea. 3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins. 4. Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily. 5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system. 6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions. 7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes. 8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration. 9. Dry-brush your skin or try detoxifying patches or detox foot spas / foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores. 10. What is the most important way to detoxify? “Exercise,” says Bennett. “Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day.” Also try qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits. — (www.life.gaiam.com)

Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Having skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Straying from your healthier habits lately? It might be time for a detox.


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Page 28 resno Chaffee Zoo’s waste is no longer going to waste. Zoo officials have embarked on a new project to cart dung from elephants and other vegetable-eating animals to a corner of the zoo’s service yard. The plan is to water, turn and age the scat for several weeks until it turns into compost and can be used for landscaping. In addition to saving on hauling and composting costs, Chaffee Zoo might start marketing its end product later this year, officials said. “With all the talk we do about the environment, we want to practice what we preach,” said Steve Feldman, a Maryland-based spokesman for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “More and more zoos are starting to recognize and use this valuable resource.” Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo donates some of its composted waste to a farm operated by a community food bank, where produce is grown and then sold at local farmers markets, said Jed Dodds, education coordinator for the Tucson Zoo. At the zoo in Columbia, SC, manure entrepreneurs are selling “comPOOst;” in Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, it’s known as “Zoo Doo.” John Davis, curator of mammals and manager of the comPOOst operation in Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo, said the soil additive is helping keep the landscaping lush. And purchasers also say good things. “We have return customers who say they are pleased with how it’s working,” Davis said. “But, I can’t say it’s that much better than (other) compost.” The money earned through sales pays for conservation programs that Riverbanks Zoo participates in around the world, Davis said. Woodland Park Zoo sells its “Zoo Doo” to the public by the truckload or in containers. There are 28 different types of animals that contribute to the zoo’s program, said Dan Corum, the zoo’s self-proclaimed curator of “endangered feces.” Corum said the zoo earns about $15,000 from “Zoo Doo” sales annually and also saves about $60,000 by not having to send 1 million pounds of waste to the landfill each year. One of the nation’s longest-running composting projects is at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC. Over 13 years, the zoo has saved $1.5 million in landfill and landscaping costs, said Gin Wall, curator of horticulture. “We use every bit that we can get,” Wall said. “It has more than

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Asian elephant at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo produce 300 to 500 pounds of manure a day. — MCT photos

‘Endangered feces’ to become rich compost paid for itself.” Chaffee Zoo employees on doo-doo duty are mixing elephant dung with leftover straw, landscape clippings and fruit and vegetables that can’t be used as feed. Eventually, they’ll also use dropping from the zoo’s zebras, giraffes and addax to create the compost material. Only herbivore eliminations are used; the fecal material from carnivores can contain parasites, but samples also are being taken to ensure that parasites haven’t been left behind by herbivores, said Scott Barton, Fresno Chaffee Zoo director. Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s two elephants produce about 55 tons of stool annually. All the zoo’s waste hauling is paid for by the city of Fresno, Calif. If all

the zoo’s elephant dung is used in composting, the city would save about $11,000 in disposal costs, said Ann Kloose, city of Fresno public utilities spokeswoman. To become a usable soil additive, the waste is built into windrows; zoo employees must turn, water and take its temperature for weeks, said Greg Gorby, the zoo’s horticulture manager. Becky Thompson, a local gardener participating in the Fresno zoo’s project, said that for the poop to compost properly, the temperature must remain between 120 and 140 degrees. “If it gets too hot, it will kill the bacteria, and if it gets too cold, the bacteria slows down,” she said. If a pile rises to 160 degrees

As an addax watches at the left, zookeeper Kit Perry rakes addax pellets.

or more it could spontaneously combust, which is why the zoo is acquiring a thermometer to measure internal temperature of its manure piles. The key to the composting process is the activity of microbial bacteria, which need water, food and a steady diet of fecal material, Seattle’s Corum said. The corner of the yard where

the brown matter is stored at Chaffee isn’t stinky and has not attracted large numbers of flies. Zoo poop from plant-eating animals typically is less odoriferous, Corum said. “We are only working with herbivore manure, which smells notably less than, say, the household cat box or the steamer the neighbor’s dog leaves on the parking strip,” he said. “Odor is not an issue with well-managed compost piles. Finished quality compost does smell, in a good way, like forest duff.” — MCT

Zookeeper Sarah Robinson empties a shovel full of zebra dung.


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Jeremy Meyer is shown in the nursery at his Haverford, Pennsylvania home for the boy he and his wife hope to adopt. — MCT

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he photos are poignant, sometimes goofy: little Noah with a purple plastic ring on his head, tearing up at his first haircut or splashing in a baby pool. Then there is the video of a father twirling his son through the air, both giggling uproariously. The website is called “Becky & Jeremy’s Exciting Adoption Adventure,” created by a Haverford, couple to capture a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey to bring home a son from Kazakhstan as well as the joys of raising a first child. But what has happened so far to Becky Compton, Jeremy Meyer, and the 16-month-old they call Noah Aldanysh Compton-Meyer in the mountain-ringed city of Taraz has been anything but routine. It is there, about 6,350 miles from home that Meyer, 40, and Compton, 39, have spent most of the last 7 months as Noah learned to walk, ate his first banana - and became a pawn in a battle with Kazakh officials who have blocked what the couple expected to be a routine adoption. Compton, a psychology professor at Haverford College, remains in Taraz, spending three hours a day with Noah at an orphanage while fighting the Kazakhstan bureaucracy. Her husband, a labor lawyer with a Center City Philadelphia firm, returned four weeks ago to an empty house on Haverford’s campus and the possibility that Noah might never arrive at the freshly painted, toy-filled room that has been waiting for him for nearly a year. “It was incredibly hard to leave,” Meyer said. “I may never see him again. That’s horrifying.” Since January, government officials in the region have abruptly rejected adoptions by seven foreign families - another is pending - leaving in limbo the families and the 10 orphans they seek to adopt. The families call them the “Taraz Ten.” Besides the growing resistance of many countries to giving up their children to foreign adoptions, the much-publicized death in January of tabloid celebrity Casey Johnson may have played a role, adoption advocates speculate. The fast-living heiress had adopted a daughter from

the Taraz orphanage where Noah lives. “Attitudes toward international adoptions are changing, absolutely,” said Leonette Boiarski of the Pearl S Buck Welcome House, the Perkasie, adoption agency that arranged the boy’s adoption. “Countries want to be able to take care of their children.” Meyer and Compton were hopeful when they set out for sparsely populated Kazakhstan on Dec 16. They were encouraged by the country’s reputation

Noah, for two hours a day. “We brought toys,” Meyer said. “Early on he grabbed things and flung them around.” The couple also got to bond with several other couples - American, Canadian, and German waiting to adopt. They filled the rest of the day - “the other 22,” they called those long hours - by trading books or DVDs with the other families or warming noodles on the hot plate in their hotel room. They blogged about their odd experiences, such as buying a

Cooling climate for foreign adoptions leave couples in limbo for treating its orphans well. As recently as 2008, about 380 Kazakhstan orphans had been adopted by Americans. Boiarski said Welcome House began working with the country in January 2007 and had completed three adoptions when Meyer and Compton arrived. The process was expected to take roughly two months. Typically, the family arrives in Kazakhstan and begins two weeks of bonding with a child, followed by a court hearing within a month or so. Meyer and Compton were shown three children. The second they met was 9-month-old Aldanysh. Though he was undernourished and barely able to hold up his head, Meyer said, “it was love at first sight.” “It’s hard to put into words,” Compton said. “I think because he was fairly small, there was a protective instinct. ... He also seemed very alert and curious even as a young infant. ... I felt a responsiveness.” They were able to visit the boy, whom they named

donkey for a local family. The legal process moved forward slowly. Meyer said that through 2009, no international adoptions had been rejected in the Zhambyl region, and that there had been no reason to expect things would be different. On Jan 4, Johnson, the pharmaceutical heiress, died of diabetes complications, leaving behind her 3-year-old Kazakh daughter, Ava-Monroe. News reports revealed her drug history as well as her homosexuality, which is cause in Kazakhstan for denying an adoption. Then in March, a couple from York, Pa was accused of murdering the 7-year-old boy they had adopted from Russia, and in April, a Tennessee mother pinned a note on her adopted 7-year-old and sent him unattended on a flight back to Russia. The climate for international adoption seemed to change overnight, even as Noah celebrated his first birthday March 26 and started hitting developmental

milestones. “One day we went to pick him up, and he was standing,” Meyer said with a father’s pride. But on May 14, the municipal court rejected the adoption, saying the orphanage had not shown Noah to enough local families - there had been two - before making him available to foreigners, as required by law, according to the court record. To Compton and Meyer, it seemed that they, and worse, Noah, were being penalized for someone else’s error. They said that the law does not state how many local families must first be approached, and that they had been told that two or three was normal. Several calls to the Kazakh Embassy were not returned. While adoptions are progressing normally in other parts of the country, no new applications are being taken while Kazakhstan implements the Hague Adoption Convention, an international agreement to safeguard international adoptees, said Welcome House. A State Department spokesman called the Hague Convention, which prevents the abduction or sale of children and emphasizes local adoptions, “the most important change in international adoption.” Compton and Meyer, now on their second appeal, said they would fight all the way to the Kazakh Supreme Court if necessary. That could take months. Compton needs to return to the United States in August for a week when her visa expires, the first time both will be away from the boy for more than a day. “He’s bonded with us,” Meyer said. “He cries when we leave him. ... Honestly, I think he’s going to forget me.” Home in Haverford, he tries not to walk past the “depressing empty baby room,” with its blue walls, bookshelf filled with stuffed animals and bright new toys, a stack of baby clothes that Noah is fast outgrowing, and a quilted ark handed down from his wife’s late grandmother. But the couple is resolved not to give up, even if Kazakhstan’s highest court rules against them. Said Compton by phone from Kazakhstan, “We’re committed to him like any parent is committed to his child.” — MCT


FOOD

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Everyday cooking: One

pot meals

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ooking for Ramadan Iftar is great experience as you prepare that long anticipated lavish meal. With soups, salads, main dishes and desserts being prepared on a daily basis, the kitchen can get a little chaotic. One pot dishes not only save time, they save on dirty dishes at the end of the day. Try the following mouthwatering recipes and save time and effort. Please send suggestions to: sawsank@kuwaittimes.net sawsank@kuwaittimes.net

Tuscan minestrone soup 2 leeks 1 carrot 1 celery stalk 1 zucchini 2 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus a little extra to drizzle over soup 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes 1 sprig fresh rosemary 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 4 cups vegetable stock or water Scant 1/2 cup long-grain rice 1 ounce parmesan cheese Using the bridge and claw cutting method, trim the roots from the bottom and the dark green leaves from the top

of the leeks. Then cut the leeks, carrot, celery, and zucchini in half widthwise, the in half lengthwise. Cut each half into thin strips lengthwise. Using the claw technique, cut the thin stripes of carrot, celery, zucchini, and leek into small pieces. Using scissors, snip the parsley into small pieces. Put the oil, carrot, celery, and parsley in a pan, and cook over very low gentle heat for about 10 minutes, stirring every now and then with a wooden spoon. Add the zucchini, leek, and chopped tomatoes to the mixture and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring every now and then. Pick the leaves off the sprig of fresh rosemary. Add the beans, rosemary, and stock and bring to a boil. Add the rice and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the rice is cooked. To check if it’s ready, taste a little rice with a teaspoon - remember, it will be hot! It should be tender, but still have a little “bite” in the middle. You will need an adult to help you very carefully ladle half of the soup into a food processor and blend until smooth. Poor back into the pan and stir. Carefully grate the parmesan and sprinkle over the top. Drizzle over some olive oil.

Shellfish and tomato stew 2 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 anchovies in oil, rinsed and chopped pinch of crushed hot red pepper salt and freshly ground black pepper one 14.5 oz (411 g) can chopped tomatoes 1 cup bottled clam juice 8 oz (230 g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 oz (230 g) sea scallops 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon capers Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, celery, garlic, anchovies, and hot pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened. Stir in the tomatoes and clam juice, bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp, scallops, lemon juice, and capers. Cook about 5 minutes, or until the seafood is opaque. Season with salt and pepper.


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Chicken and chickpea Pilaf Pinch saffron threads 2 tbsp vegetable oil 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1 onion, sliced 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 1/4 cups long-grain rice 2 1/2 cups hot chicken broth 2 bay leaves 1 15 oz can chickpeas

1/3 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 3 tbsp chopped parsley Place safron threads into a small bowl, add 2 tbsp boiling water, and set aside for at least 10 minutes. Place oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the coriander and cumin. Cook the chicken in batches, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining oil to the saucepan. Add the onion, red pepper and garlic and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes, until softened. Return the chicken to the saucepan and stir in the stock, along with the saffron and its liquid, 1/2 tsp salt, and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Rinse and drain chickpeas, then stir in along with the raisins and cook about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a warm serving platter and serve hot, sprinkled with almonds and parsley.

30 minute chilli 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 medium onions, chopped 6 garlic cloves, chopped Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste 3 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 pounds ground beef chuck 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice 1 bottle (12 ounces) mild lager beer 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained In a Dutch oven or large (5-quart)

heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, chili powder, chipotles, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until mixture has begun to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beef, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice, beer, and beans. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a rapid simmer. Cook over medium heat until chili has thickened slightly and beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

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Osso Bucco Four 1 1/2 in (4 cm) thick veal shanks salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 cup beef stock or water, as needed 1/4 cup tomato paste 3 tbsp chopped parsley

2 anchovy fillets in oil, minced grated zest of 1 lemon Season the veal with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour and shake off any excess. Melt the butter with the oil in a large flameproof casserole over medium-high heat. Add the veal and cook, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes, or until browned all over. Transfer to a plate. Add the onion and garlic to the casserole and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened but not colored. Stir in the stock and tomato paste, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Return the veal to the casserole. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the veal is tender. Check the stew occasionally, and if the cooking liquid has reduced too much, add more stock. The finished cooking liquid should be quite thick. Stir the parsley, anchovies, and lemon zest into the casserole, Adjust the seasoning and serve immediately.

Jambalaya 4 tbsp rendered beef bacon fat or vegetable oil 4 skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into bitesized pieces 8 oz (225 g) of your favorite sausage 1 onion, finely chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 fresh hot red chile, seeded and chopped 1 3/4 cups long-grain rice 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sweet paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 2 bay leaves pinch of sugar freshly ground black pepper 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock one 14.5 oz (411 g) can chopped tomatoes 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined chopped parsley, to garnish hot red pepper sauce, to serve Render of the bacon fat in a large flameproof casserole over high heat. In batches, add the chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is browned and opaque throughout. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate.

Remove bacon fat to the casserole and heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until browned. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside with the chicken. Add peppers, celery, garlic, and chile to the casserole. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir for another minute. Add sausage to the casserole. Add the thyme, salt, paprika, cayenne, bay leaves, sugar, and pepper. Pour in the stock, the tomatoes with their juice, and the Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the peppers are tender. Simmer, still covered, for 3-5 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the shrimp are pink (the jambalaya should be a little soupy). Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley. Serve hot, with a bottle of hot pepper sauce alongside.


THEY ARE THE 99! 99 Mystical Noor Stones carry all that is left of the wisdom and knowledge of the lost civilization of Baghdad. But the Noor Stones lie scattered across the globe - now little more than a legend. One man has made it his life’s mission to seek out what was lost. His name is Dr. Ramzi Razem and he has searched fruitlessly for the Noor Stones all his life. Now, his luck is about to change - the first of the stones have been rediscovered and with them a special type of human who can unlock the gem’s mystical power. Ramzi brings these gem - bearers together to form a new force for good in the world. A force known as ... the 99!

THE STORY SO FAR : Aleem the All-Knowing warns the 99 Steps Foundation that the large Tsing Ma Bridge, in Hong Kong, is about to collapse. Hadya travels to the bridge with Jaleel and Baeth — but Baeth finds himself unable to teleport the necessary supplies to help with repairs.

The 99 ® and all related characters ® and © 2010, Teshkeel Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

www.the99.org


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World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta bubbles with sweet fun and pure consumerism The case , 24 twelve-ounce cans, can easily be made that World of Coca-Cola is the top shrine to American consumerism. Nowhere else will you find more than 1 million people a year forking over $15 to tour a place devoted to a name-brand product consumed in a blink that gives nutritionists nightmares. Hersheypark, Knotts Berry Farm and Legoland may be directly tied to retail commodities, but their patrons go for the full-tilt theme park experience, not for candy bars, jam or stackable blocks. There are no roller coasters or carousels at Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola. Coke is it. People go to the sparkling downtown complex knowing they’re in for a century-plus of slogans, jingles and other ads that are part of the country’s cultural history ... each and every one exulting Coke as the national elixir. It’s the pause that refreshes (1929). It’s the real thing (1969). Enjoy (2000).

And come thirsty. • Step inside Head through the lobby to what’s called the Coca-Cola Loft, a large foyer plastered floor to ceiling with Coca-Cola memorabilia where every 12 minutes a staffer offers a formal welcome, a verbal-once over about the company, the product and World of Coke. Your attention will be directed to some of the interesting

artifacts around you, including the 1931 “Barefoot Boy” _ one of two canvases by Americana painter Norman Rockwell _ and a Depression-era advertisement showing Hollywood icons Joan Crawford and Clark Gable having a Coke. (The dig here: From 1955 to ‘59 Crawford was married to the president of Pepsi Cola, and toured

to promote that arch-rival.) At the appointed moment, the doors behind the welcomer swing open to the Happiness Factory Theater, where a brief film “gives a glimpse of the magic that goes into every bottle of Coca-Cola.” The animated short is pointless but amazing, a 10-minute romp that uses “Wallace & Grommit”-style animation to show how creatures

inside a vending machine make each serving. It’s pretty funny. At its conclusion, doors down in front open and , as though you’re entering Willie Wonka’s secret headquarters , you pass through into the attraction’s two-story concourse. Where you head now is up to you. The first floor holds gallery about the birth and growth of Coca-Cola and a “Bottle Works”

World of Coca-Cola, in downtown Atlanta, is a high-tech attraction that replaced the original and smaller World of Coke, located in the Atlanta Underground area from 1990 to 2007. —MCT


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For anyone with a taste for soft drinks, the “Taste It!” area, is worth admission. It’s outfitted with continent-specific pillars, each with serveyourself spigots. where you walk through minimockup of a bottling plant. The former, “Milestones of Refreshment,” is an elaborate walkway framed by behind-glass displays crammed with memorabilia. It starts, of course, with the product’s invention by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886. The story quickly moves forward several years to when local businessman Asa Candler acquired the cola’s name and secret formula, and began empire building. You’ll see chamber after chamber of merchandise, each bursting with Coke items both large (a late 1920s Chevy delivery truck from Argentina) and small (Coca-Cola pocket knives). Coke machines? You’ll see all sizes from many decades. One you can touch is now the interactive “Sounds of Refreshment” kiosk _ where you’ll catch an earful of “pour,” “ahh” and “burp.” Also covered is the company’s business plan _ quite novel in the 1890s - to sell syrup tanks to franchised regional bottlers. This allowed Coca-Cola to bypass largescale production, transportation and distribution costs ... and rapidly roll out nationally. An interactive map shows the company’s march to carbonated empire. Click “North Carolina” and you’ll find out Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Huntaff of Wilmington started bottling in New Bern on

June 16, 1904. (Why is New Bern selected as the North Carolina example? Remember that Pepsi was invented there in 1898.) •Head upstairs The closest to a ride you’ll find in this World is the second-floor’s “In Search of the Secret Formula” 4-D movie, in which benignly crazed Professor Rigsby, his assistant and a ferret attempt to discover what goes into the Coke recipe. Put on the 3-D glasses and take a seat that, in 4-D style, sways, tilts and bumps and sprinkles you slightly with water at the appropriate time in the film. It’s fast-paced fun. The small and informal Perfect Pauses Theater loops collections of Coke ads into effective short movies. “Magic Moments” repackages old TV ads _ a trip down memory lane. “Animation Celebration” homes in on TV ads that featured cartoons (even the very old ones hold up well). “International Festival,” the third feature in rotation, showcases cutting-edge TV ads from other countries. You’ll want to see all three. The Pop Culture Gallery next to it has paintings related to you-knowwhat, including a Warhol, the other Rockwell canvas, and folk art of things made from Coke bottles, caps and cans. Check out the wall of paintings

by Haddon Sundblom, the famous commercial artist whose most famous pieces for Coke involved a thirsty Santa Claus raiding refrigerators on Christmas Eve. Also compelling: A wall of 100 antique postcards showing assorted American cities coast to coast ... and each scene has a Coca-Cola sign in it. (This is a Where’s Waldo-type of activity.) Also here, for some reason, is World of Coke’s sole coverage of its one marketing fiasco _ New Coke. The company’s approach? Jovially rueful. (“For diehard Coca-Cola fans, April 23, 1985 is a day that lives in infamy.”) It flat-out states that the revamped, too-sweet product elicited a “firestorm of complaints” and that the

replacement campaign lasted just 79 days. The firm wisely positions itself as being responsive to customers and the tried-and-true Coca-Cola as an American original that can’t be changed or improved upon. Which is the perfect lead-in to the “Taste It!” area where you are free to consume as much as you want of company products that quite often are quite strange. So, what all did you get for the $15 adult ticket? A pair of short but fun flicks, 30 minutes of great videos, at least an hour looking at Coke collectibles, and all the Vegitabeta you could consume. You could consider that mildly sweet beverage priceless: It’s made in Japan and like the other exotics

IF YOU GO: World of Coca-Cola is at 121 Baker St. NW, in downtown Atlanta. Hours vary. Opening time is 9 or 10 a.m.; closing is usually 6:30, 7 or 7:30 p.m., but it does close at 4:30 p.m. some days. Check the schedule at www.worldofcoca-cola.com (click “Visitor Info,” then “Hours of Operation”). A combination Pemberton Place Pass is good for admission to World of Coca-Cola plus the Atlanta Aquarium next door. Cost: $36.50; $31 for 65 and older; $26.50 for ages 3-12. Because the pass carries a time/day stamp for the attractions (you can pick any day to see the other), you may want to get one in advance at worldofcocacola.com or georgiaaquarium.org. Allow 90 minutes for your World of Coca-Cola visit.

you sample there, it isn’t sold in the next and final room, the Coca-Cola Store. It’s where you’ll be given a free 8-ounce bottle of Coke. Just what you need for the long ride home. • ON TAP For anyone with a taste for soft drinks, the “Taste It!” area _ crowded with kids, their chatter amplified by hose-able walls and floors _ is alone worth admission. It’s outfitted with continentspecific pillars, each with serveyourself spigots for at least eight different company-licensed beverages. Example? Africa was represented by Bibo (South Africa, candy pinenut), Sunfil (one from Mauritius, one from Djibouti), Bibo DJ Kiwi Mango (South Africa), Stony Tangawizi (Tanzania), Fanta Exotica (Uganda), Krest ginger ale (Mozambique) and Sparletta Starberry (Zimbabwe). Grab disposable cups as needed: True connoisseurs don’t mix flavors. But kids do (the floor gets quite sticky). Off to one side is an electronic display where random bubbles on one side make an eight-panel glide to form as various Coca-Cola containers at the other end. It’s a relatively quiet place to wait while your kids are still guzzling up a major sugar buzz.


BOOKS

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Yoga for Weight-Loss: The Effective 4-Week Slimming Plan for Body, Mind and Spirit By Celia Hawe

Friday, August 20, 2010

Anticancer: A New Way of Life By David Servan-Schreiber

oga for Weight-Loss is a ground-breaking regime that stops the endless cycle of dieting and weight gain, by putting you back in control of your body, your eating habits and your attitude to your weight. Drawing on the gentle Hatha yoga technique, which works to balance the body in order to gain optimum health, fitness and confidence, anyoneyoung or old, beginner or expert- can benefit from this program. Each chapter provides 3 to 4 well-established yoga exercises and stretches, and builds up to a 40-minute routine of energizing, motivational and relaxing postures for the body and soul. The eating plan and yoga program work in unison for maximum effect. The diet helps you to lose the weight as the yoga helps to streamline your shape, by optimizing your metabolism through effective breathing techniques and postures. Based on a hugely successful course developed and run by the author and her husband, this synergistic plan gives you the strength of mind and discipline to keep the weight off.

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Womenʼs Bodies, Womenʼs Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

Deceptively Delicious

By Christiane Northrup

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omen’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions. Now Dr. Northrup brings us vital new information about the best techniques of Western medicine and the best alternative therapies, showing how to incorporate both into a complementary whole. She guides readers through the entire range of women’s health problems, and offers strikingly new, positive perspectives on normal processes, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

The Carb Lovers Diet By Ellen Kunes, Frances Largeman-Roth

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ou probably don’t know their names, but the coauthors of this revisionist diet book have knockout credentials. Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth are, respectively, the editor-in-chief and the senior food and nutrition editor of prestigious Health magazine. Drawing on new science and real world results, The Carb Lover’s Diet identifies foods with resistant starch, the good carb that melts fat and doesn’t bloat you. With this diet close at hand, you will be able to savor the meals and desserts you love, but are trying hard to ignore. A steak, potatoes, and pasta tutorial.

avid Servan-Schreiber’s story of his journey from cancer patient to health combines memoir with a clear scientific explanation of what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them. Anticancer is filled with easy to understand charts and diagrams and a sixteen-page color “Anticancer Action” insert that enables readers to make small but essential changes in lifestyle and diet. Your body knows how to fight cancer, says Servan-Schreiber, and you have to help it with nutrition, physical exercise, stress management, and avoiding environmental toxins. Anticancer enables people living with cancer to adopt a proactive attitude to living, even thriving, with cancer and helps healthy people prevent it.

By Jessica Seinfeld

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uthor Jessica Seinfeld is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, but don’t expect her to be extolling the virtues of Ovaltine, Snapple, Junior Mints, and other Seinfeld staples. Jessica is on a far more serious mission: She wants your kids to eat healthy, even if you have to trick them into good nutrition. To achieve this praiseworthy goal, she shows how fail-safe kid-friendly meals can be stealthily enhanced to include the veggies that growing bodies need. This well-researched book is no mere celebrity cookbook. Seinfeld worked with a nutritionist and a professional chef to produce nearly 100 meals for children (and adults) of all ages. A bounty of tasty healthfulness.

YOU: On a Diet By Michael Roizen, Mehmet C Oz

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hether your goal for your body is to lose a dress size or to avoid being seen by Google Earth, many Americans are in the same exact blubbery boat. You’ve tried dozens of diets, you’ve sweated so much that your drippings could fill an Olympic-size pool, and you’ve become convinced that skinny was synonymous with starvation. Those answers undoubtedly were the wrong ones. The real secret to achieving — and maintaining — the body you want is this: biology. In YOU: On a Diet, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz taught you how to avoid the most common dieting pitfalls — from both a biological and psychological perspective. This revised edition has all of the original goods, and more! In this edition, you’ll learn why fructose is such a poison to an overweight person and why your weight doesn’t matter as much as your waist size. You’ll learn about the inner workings of an organ called the omentum. You’ll learn why it’s okay to make some dieting mistakes — and then how to reverse them. And you’ll learn — perhaps most important — that the way to truly change your size is by making the simplest change of all: reducing your daily diet by just 100 calories. Research shows that making this small adjustment will lead to the greatest, long-term dieting success. With this knowledge (and plenty of tools you can use) in hand, you’ll be fully equipped to coax your body in the right direction. Using their signature style that’s smart and fun, America’s most trusted doctors will teach you all about your body — so you can take all the right steps to change it.


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The Hormone Diet

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The Abs Diet

By Natasha Turner

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ormones are powerful chemical messengers in the body, controlling everything from the reproductive system to mood, sleep, and appearance. Yet many people, men and women alike, are unaware that even minor hormonal imbalances can cause symptoms ranging from inability to lose weight to fatigue to uncontrollable sugar cravings. Turner, a naturopathic doctor, used her own struggles with hormonal imbalances to develop a revolutionary three-step program. Through self-tests, discover exactly which hormones are out of balance, create a personalized plan, and learn: ● how to conquer the seven factors that cause obesity and interfere with weight loss ● which hormones are fatburning friends and which are fat-burning foes ● the five key supplements we all need to maintain health and prevent nutritional deficiencies ● targeted fixes for specific hormonal imbalances For men and women of all ages, The Hormone Diet is an easy-to-follow total wellness program that offers lifelong results.

Zumba

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hether you want to change your body to improve your health, your looks or your athletic performance. The Abs Diet offers you a simple promise: If you follow this plan, you will transform your body so that you can accomplish each and every one of those goals. The Abs Diet lets you enjoy the foods you crave. It’s not low-carb, low-fat, or low-anything else. It’s just a smart, sensible, healthy plan that will give you the body you want in weeks. The Abs Diet will show you how to eat to keep your body’s natural fat burners stoked at all times so you burn fat and build muscle all day, every day-even when you sleep. And you’ll never feel hungry, restricted, or deprived.

The Mayo Clinic Diet

By Beto Perez

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ired of logging hours at the gym and not getting results? Want to eat delicious foods and still lose weight? Shake things up and slim down with the weight loss phenomenon that’s taking the country by storm...Zumba! Created by celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez, Zumba(r) combines fun, easy-to-follow dance steps with hot Latin beats to help you shed pounds and inches fast. Now the DVD and classes that have hooked millions are available in book format, with a complete workout program, fat-burning diet, and an exclusive instructional DVD with 60 minutes worth of music to help you Zumba your way to the perfect body. Using the principles of interval and resistance training, the simple dance and sculpting moves (inspired by the traditional cumbia, salsa, samba, and merengue) tone and shape your body. And because it burns 600 to 1,000 calories per hour, you don’t have to restrict your meals to boring or bland-tasting diet foods. The Zumba diet begins with a 5-Day Express Diet to jump start weight loss (lose up to 9 lbs in 5 days) and then offers 14-day meal plans and recipes that target weight loss in the stomach and thighs. You’ll find: ● Hot moves that make you feel like you’re on the dance floor-not on the elliptical machine! ● Recipes for mouthwatering meals that boost your metabolism ● Dozens of workout combinations so you never get bored ● An exclusive jump-start program to get you ready for that big event next weekend ● An easy plan to help you keep up your progress and maintain the weight loss So start moving, grooving and losing with Zumba today!

By the weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic

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rom Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, the last diet you ll ever need. Get a quick and gratifying start with Lose It!, the phase of the diet designed to help you lose up to six to ten pounds in just two weeks. Eat the foods you love in moderation in the Live It! phase, which is designed to help you continue to lose one to two pounds a week (and keep them off!!). Finally, here s the diet that helps you accomplish real and lasting weight-loss. This diet is no fad, but a solid, commonsense approach brought to you by an organization that is an award-winning health information resource. Nor does The Mayo Clinic Diet require expensive ingredients (which can make a diet difficult to maintain in the long run). Through simple, healthy adjustments to your lifestyle, The Mayo Clinic Diet gives you the tools you need to achieve the success you want. In two easy phases, The Mayo Clinic Diet helps you lose weight and keep it off for life. Lose It! a two-week quick-start program designed to help you lose six to ten pounds simply by: ● Adding 5 habits ● Breaking 5 habits ● Adopting 5 bonus habits

Live It! continue to lose one to two pounds a week until you reach your desired weight and then maintain it by: ● Using the Healthy Weight Pyramid as your guide to the most nutritious food groups and serving sizes. In two simple phases, you ll be on the road to a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Packed with lots of extra encouragement meal planners, recipes, tips for overcoming challenges, starting an exercise plan, and much more The Mayo Clinic Diet gives you everything you need in one book. Toss out the scales and the calculators and pick up the foods you love. This is the diet you’ve been waiting for!


CHILDREN

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nce upon a time, in a place not looked upon often was a beautiful butterfly whose name was Cassie. Cassie had many friends and was a very social butterfly. She was the best of friends with Talia the squirrel and MJ the rabbit though. Across the way lived a catepillar named T.C., who was also friends with MJ and Talia, and they came to visit him often and talk. Although the catepillar and butterfly were friends with these two woodland creatures, their paths had never cross...until now. T.C. was out and about looking for the perfect twig to start his new home, but nothing seemed right. Cassie was fluttering around lookng for the perfect flower to land on and take a nap. CRASH! The butterfly and catepillar bumped into each other, and quite hard. "I'm sorry," T.C. muttered, "I didn't see you." "No no," said Cassie quickly, "I suppose I should have been looking at where I was going." They started talking and T.C. quickly got a crush on Cassie, but believed because he was only a catepillar that she could never feel the same. He decided he would find the best spot closest to where he was and get ready for his long nap. Things were changing! But, little did he know that Cassie had seen him from afar a week before and was trying to find out the perfect way to start talking to him. She was also devolping her own feelings for T.C. The next night, in T.C. new home he slept. And slept. And slept.

And slept for two more weeks. And then awoke. He felt very cramped and needed to get out. He started breaking through his caccoon and finally! He submerged and hold on tightly with his foot. He felt very strange. He almost felt like he had...wings? Could it be? Was he now a butterfly? He worked his wings and was flying!!! He headed off to the lake to look at his reflection. It was true! He was a butterfly! He was a very handsome one indeed. Just then he saw Cassie across the lake and knew it was time! Cassie hadn't seen or heard from T.C. in quite a while. She had asked MJ and Talia, but they hadn't seen him either. She went to the lake to sit and think and say a very handsome looking butterfly across the lake. She made no moves to go over because she missed T.C. very much and didn't want anyone but T.C. "Hi Cassie," said T.C. Cassie looked up at the butterfly thinking she heard T.C.'s voice. She squinted and gasped, "T.C.? Is that really you? I've been worried about you, and I've missed you very much!" "Yea? Well, I want to tell you.." "Yes...?" Cassie said eagerly. "I really like you." T.C. admitted Cassie was estactic at hearing this and they flew off together and traveled around the world. They fell in love quickly, as butterflies do, and lived happily every after. www.bedtime.com

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Hezb: Radical but rational By Scott Stewart

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hen we discuss threats along the US/Mexico border with sources and customers, or when we write an analysis on topics such as violence and improvised explosive devices along the border, a certain topic inevitably pops up: Hezbollah. We frequently hear concerns from US and Mexican government sources about the Iranian and Hezbollah network in Latin America. They fear that Iran would use Hezbollah to strike targets in the Western Hemisphere and even inside the United States if the United States or Israel were to conduct a military strike against Tehran's nuclear program. Such concerns are expressed not only by our sources and are relayed not only to us. Nearly every time tensions increase between the United States and Iran, the media report that the Hezbollah threat to the United States is growing. Iran also has a vested interest in playing up the danger posed by Hezbollah and its other militant proxies as it tries to dissuade the United States and Israel from attacking its nuclear facilities. A close look at Hezbollah reveals a potent capacity to conduct terrorist attacks. The group is certainly more capable and could be far more dangerous than Al-Qaeda. An examination also reveals that Hezbollah has a robust presence in Latin America and that it uses its network there to smuggle people into the United States, where it has long maintained a presence. A balanced look at Hezbollah, however, shows that, while the threat it poses is real - and serious - that threat is not new and it is not likely to be exercised. There are a number of factors that have limited Hezbollah's use of its international network for terrorist purposes in recent years. A decision to return to such activity would not be made lightly, or without carefully calculating the cost.

Military Capability When examining Hezbollah, it is important to recognize that it is not just a terrorist group. Certainly, during the 1980s, Hezbollah did gain international recognition from its spectacular and effective attacks using large suicide truck bombs, high-profile airline hijackings and snatching scores of Western hostages (who were sometimes held for years) in Lebanon, but today it is far more than a mere terrorist group. Hezbollah is an influential political party with a strong, well-equipped militia that is more powerful than the army in Lebanon. The organization also operates an extensive network of social service providers in Lebanon and an international finance and logistics network that supports the organization through a global array of legitimate and illicit enterprises. Militarily, Hezbollah is a force to be reckoned with in Lebanon, as demonstrated by the manner in which it acquitted itself during its last confrontation with Israel, in August 2006. While Hezbollah did not defeat Israel, it did manage to make a defensive stand and not be defeated itself. It may have been bloodied and battered by the Israeli onslaught, but at the end of the fight Hezbollah stood unbowed - which signified a major victory for the organization and won it much acclaim in the Muslim world. The tenacity and training of Hezbollah's soldiers was readily apparent during the 2006 confrontation. These traits, along with some of the guerrilla warfare skills they demonstrated, such as planning and executing complex ambushes and employing improvised explosive devices against armored vehicles, are things that can be directly applied to terrorist attacks. This was demonstrated in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri in February 2005. Hezbollah maintains training facilities in places like Nabi Sheet in eastern Lebanon,

The Galeria Page in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, shown on July 14, 2007, has been identified by US officials as a center of fundraising for designated Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. – MCT where its militants are trained by Hezbollah instructors, members of the Syrian army and trainers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force (IRGC-QF) as well as Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). In addition, Hezbollah militants are sent outside Lebanon to Syria and Iran for training on advanced weapons and advanced guerrilla/terrorist tactics. Such advanced training has provided Hezbollah with a large cadre of operatives who are well-schooled in the tradecraft required to operate in a hostile environment and conduct successful terrorist attacks. Their links to Iranian diplomatic facilities guarantee them access to modern weaponry and military-grade explosives that can be brought in via the diplomatic pouch, which is inviolable under international treaty. Latin American Network Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons have a presence in Latin America that goes back decades. Iran has sought to establish close relationships with countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela that have opposed the United States and its foreign policy. Stratfor sources have confirmed allegations by the US government that the IRGC-QF has a presence in Venezuela and is providing training in irregular warfare to Venezuelan troops as well as militants belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The Iranians are also known to station IRGCQF operatives in their embassies under diplomatic cover alongside MOIS intelligence officers. IRGC-QF and MOIS officers also work under non-official cover in businesses, cultural centers and charities and have been known to work closely with Hezbollah operatives. This coordination occurs not only in Lebanon but also in places like Argentina. On March 17, 1992, Hezbollah operatives supported by the Iranian

Embassy in Buenos Aires attacked the Israeli Embassy in that city with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, killing 29 people and injuring hundreds more. On July 18, 1994, 85 people were killed and hundreds injured when Hezbollah operatives supported by the Iranian Embassy attacked the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires. Iran also maintains diplomatic relations with Mexico and uses its official diplomatic presence there to engage Mexico on a range of topics, including commercial relations and international energy matters. (Both countries are major energy producers.) While Hezbollah has received hundreds of millions of dollars in financial support and military equipment from Iran and Syria, it also has created a global finance and logistics network of its own. The Lebanese people have an entrepreneurial and trading culture that has spread around the world, and Hezbollah has exploited this far-flung Lebanese diaspora (both Christian and Muslim) for fundraising and operational purposes. To assist in this effort, Hezbollah also has partnered with non-Lebanese Arabs and Muslims, both Shiite and Sunni, many of whom work with Hezbollah's network for financial gain and not out of ideological affinity with the group. Hezbollah's global commercial network transports and sells counterfeit consumer goods and electronics and pirated movies, music and software. In West Africa, the network also deals in "blood diamonds" from places like Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and fences illegally bunkered oil from the Niger Delta. Cells in Asia procure and ship much of the counterfeit material sold elsewhere; nodes in North America deal in smuggled cigarettes, baby formula and counterfeit designer goods, among other things.

In the United States, Hezbollah also has been involved in smuggling pseudoephedrine and selling counterfeit Viagra, and it has had a significant role in the production and worldwide propagation of counterfeit currencies. Hezbollah also has a long-standing and well-known presence in the tri-border region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where it earns tens of millions of dollars annually from legal and illegal commercial activities, according to US government estimates. The Hezbollah business empire also extends into the drug trade. The Bekaa Valley, Lebanon's central agricultural heartland, is controlled by Hezbollah and serves as a major center for growing poppies and cannabis and for producing heroin from raw materials arriving from places like Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. Indeed, Hezbollah controls a commanding percentage of the estimated $1 billion drug trade flowing out of the Bekaa. Much of the hashish and heroin emanating from there eventually arrives in Europe, where Hezbollah members also are involved in smuggling, car theft and the distribution of counterfeit goods and currency. Hezbollah operatives in the Western Hemisphere work with Latin American drug cartels to traffic cocaine into the lucrative markets of Europe, and there have been reports of Hezbollah members dealing drugs in the United States. In recent years, Hezbollah also has become active in Central America and Mexico, the latter being an ideal place for the Iranians and Hezbollah to operate. Mexico has long been a favorite haunt for foreign intelligence officers from countries hostile to the United States, ranging from Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union, due to its close proximity to the United States and its very poor counterintelligence capability. Mexican government sources have told Stratfor


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A Hezbollah supporter holds a poster of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah during a rally marking the fourth anniversary of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Beirut's southern suburbs on Aug 3, 2010. — AP that the ability of the Mexican government to monitor an organization like Hezbollah is very limited. While Mexico has a domestic intelligence capability, it has historically oriented its efforts toward political opponents of the government and not toward foreign intelligence operatives operating on its soil. This is understandable, considering that the foreign intelligence officers are in Mexico because of its proximity to the United States and not necessarily to spy on Mexico. The Mexican government's limited counterintelligence capacity has been further reduced by corruption and by the substantial amount of resources the Mexican government has been forced to dedicate to the cartel wars currently ravaging the country. It is also convenient for Hezbollah that there is some degree of physical resemblance between some Lebanese and Mexican people. Mexicans citizens of Lebanese heritage (like Mexico's richest man, Carlos Slim) do not look out of place when they are on the street. Stratfor sources say that Hezbollah members have married Mexican women in order to stay in Mexico, and some have reportedly even adopted Spanish names. A Hezbollah operative with a Spanish name who learns to speak Spanish well can be difficult for a US Customs and Border Protection agent to spot. American officials often lack the Spanish skills required to differentiate between Spanish speakers with Mexican accents and those with foreign accents. Most of the Lebanese residing in Mexico are Maronite Christians who fled Lebanon and who are now well assimilated and prosperous in Mexico. Many of the Lebanese Muslims living in Mexico are relatively recent immigrants, and

only about half of them are Shiite, so the community in Mexico is smaller than it is in other places. Still, Hezbollah will use it to hide operatives. Sources tell Stratfor that Hezbollah and the Iranians are involved in several small Islamic centers in Mexican cities such as Torreon, Chihuahua City and Monterrey. They also have an active presence in Shiite Islamic centers in border towns on both sides of the border and use these centers to coordinate cross-border smuggling of contraband and operatives. Arrestors Hezbollah has a group of operatives capable of undertaking terrorist missions that is larger and better-trained than any group Al-Qaeda has ever had. Hezbollah (and its Iranian patrons) have also established a solid foothold in the Americas, and they have demonstrated a capability to use their global logistics network to move operatives and conduct attacks should they so choose. This is what US government officials fear, and what the Iranians want them to fear. The threat posed by Hezbollah's militant apparatus has always been a serious one, and Hezbollah has long had a significant presence inside the United States. The threat it poses today is not some new, growing phenomenon, as some reports in the press would suggest. But despite Hezbollah's transnational terrorism capabilities, it has not chosen to exercise them outside of its home region for many years now. This is due in large part to the way Hezbollah has matured as an organization. It is no longer the new, shadowy organization it was in 1983 but a large global organization with an address.

Its assets and personnel can be identified and seized or attacked. Hezbollah understands that a serious terrorist attack or series of attacks on US soil could result in the type of American reaction that followed the 9/11 attack and that the organization would likely end up on the receiving end of the type of campaign that the United States launched against Al-Qaeda (and Lebanon is far easier to strike than Afghanistan). In the past, Hezbollah (and its Iranian patrons) have worked hard to sow ambiguity and hide responsibility for terrorist attacks, but as Hezbollah matured as an organization, such subterfuge became more difficult. There is also international public opinion to consider. Hezbollah is a political organization seeking political legitimacy, and it is one thing for it to be seen as a victim of Israeli aggression when standing up to Israeli forces in southern Lebanon and quite another to be seen killing innocent civilians on the other side of the globe. Hezbollah also sees the United States (and the rest of the Western Hemisphere) as a wonderful place to make money through its array of legal and illegal enterprises. If it angered the United States, its business interests in Western Hemisphere would be severely impacted. Hezbollah could conduct attacks in the United States, but it would pay a terrible price for doing so, and it does not appear that it is willing to pay that price. The Hezbollah leadership may be radical, but it is not irrational. Many of the senior Hezbollah leaders have matured since the group was founded and have become influential politicians and wealthy businessmen. This older cadre tends to be more moderate than some of the younger firebrands in

the organization. So, while Hezbollah has the capability to attack US interests, it does not currently possess the intent to do so. Its terrorist attacks in Lebanon in the 1980s, like the bombing of the US Marine barracks and the two attacks against the US Embassy, were intended to drive US influence out of Lebanon, and the attacks largely succeeded. An attack by Hezbollah inside the United States today would result in the return of US attention to, and perhaps even a presence in, Lebanon, something that is clearly not in Hezbollah's interests. Then why the recurring rumors of impending Hezbollah terrorist attacks? For several years now, every time there has been talk of a possible attack on Iran there has been a corresponding threat by Iran that it will use its proxy groups in response to such an attack. Iran has also been busy pushing intelligence reports to anybody who will listen (including Stratfor) that it will activate its militant proxy groups if attacked and, to back up that threat, will periodically send IRGC-QF, MOIS or Hezbollah operatives out to conduct not-so-subtle surveillance of potential targets. (They clearly want to be seen undertaking such activity.) In many ways, the Hezbollah threat is being played up in order to provide the type of deterrent that mutually assured destruction did during the Cold War. The threats of unleashing Hezbollah terrorist attacks and closing the Strait of Hormuz are the most potent deterrents Iran has to being attacked. Since Iran does not yet possess a nuclear arsenal, these threats are the closest thing it has to a "real nuclear option". As such, they are threats that Iran will make good on only as a last resort. — Stratfor


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ast week, Julia Roberts appeared on US television to advertise her latest film, an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s travel memoir, Eat Pray Love. Roberts, who while shooting the film in India became a Hindu, described it in terms of her character’s spiritual journey and “the gambut” of emotions she runs, from divorce and despair to new love and happiness. It’s an exciting gambut for the studio, too, which to promote the film’s release yesterday in the US (it is out in the UK next month) is offering three Eat Pray Love fragrances in conjunction with Fresh, and tie-in chakra beads from an Los Angeles-based jeweller. Spiritual journeys are a basic requirement of good story telling, as marketing campaigns are of Hollywood films, so it is churlish get too outraged by Sony Pictures’s conflation of the two. As any gap-year returnee with an arm full of string knows, the appeal of eastern philosophy has always come down, in part, to the accessories. “Has Liz Gilbert sold out?” asked various book blogs last week and although the structure of the book, divided into 108 tales after the number of meditation beads in a traditional set, raises certain expectations, Gilbert never claims to be anything more holy than a burnt-out journalist on a year out, trying to put her life back together. And so she does. The arresting thing is how many people want to follow her. With 5m copies in print and a new edition on the bestseller list, Eat Pray Love and its imitators start to look like primers in wishfulfilment, sacred rules to a better existence. You know how it goes - the combination of self-indulgence and self-denial which women must navigate in order to feel good about themselves and which, in Gilbert’s case, seems to boil down to the following principle: if you go on holiday for a year, eat pasta, sit on a beach and meet a gorgeous Brazilian there’s a good chance you’ll be “happy”, or at least, get a book out of it with a citation on the dust jacket from Minnie Driver. The question is why this has come as such news to us. It is partly a function of our demanding times - one strand of a broader publishing trend in how to be happy, once thought a by-product of other diversions and now a pursuit in itself. Anything with “happiness” in the title and a set of rules to follow stands a good chance of vaulting into the bestseller lists, from business books (Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh) to Gretchen Rubin’s the Happiness Project. If it can be combined with some kind of esoteric activity, all the better, as in Cleaving, Julie Powell’s follow up to Julie & Julia, in which she enrolls in butcher’s school in upstate New York while trying to figure out what to do with her marriage. Or Yoga School Drop Out, by Lucy Edge, or Frances Mayes’s project to renovate an Italian villa in Under the Tuscan Sun. In order to work, the journey at the heart of these books must be presented as a form of rebellion, in opposition to the grinding work culture which threatens

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.

First a publishing sensation, now a Hollywood film, Elizabeth Gilbert’s spiritual journey has plenty of followers. But does enlightenment come at a price? to crush our spirits and kill our creativity. It is also connected to the selfempowerment movement, rooted in gym culture in the US, which appeals to a lucrative demographic of urban women. It is here, perhaps, that the appeal starts to wane. Selfempowerment is an admirable thing and everyone has a right to it. But as with the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s, one suspects that selfempowerment classes in America today are patronised by women who start from a position of relative advantage. Like people who use the phrase “me-time” (as distinct, one always wonders, from what exactly?) there is something vaguely comic about a room full of Manhattan women - who, if they were any more assertive, could launch a coup d’etat “empowering” themselves via chants about how great they all are. Still, everyone deserves a holiday. It’s a question of what claims are made for it. Going off to find yourself isn’t a new idea and in this age of

sophisticated marketing techniques “spiritual journey” is almost a tautology. The film’s tagline is Let Yourself Go, or rather, Let Yourself GO, to emphasis the journey aspect and it trades on the promise behind every holiday: that by going somewhere else you will magically resolve all your issues and return a cleaner, better person. This is indicated in the film’s poster by a picture of Roberts looking pensive on the end of a bench in Italy, with half a nun sitting at the other end. “Halfnun” could, at this point, be a recognised marketing term. It’s an attractive sell, particularly since the heroic journey has, historically, been a guy thing; specifically one man, a rugged landscape, a dog, possibly a horse and a lot of lingering looks at the horizon. The female equivalent, childbirth, seems poor value when the men get to go on holiday. The Wife of Bath is always brought up at this point as the mother of the picaresque heroine (although today she’d be said to have

anger management issues), as well as her modern-day heir, before Gilbert, the heroine of Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. But whereas in 1973, Isadora Wing misbehaved her way around Europe, self-control is now the order of the day. So: yes to pasta, no to casual sex. Yes to expensive holidays, no to empty materialism. Yes to new experience, no to new shoes. In the new austerity, it is important, even if you spend lots of money getting there, to go to a place where life is simpler. For men, in the 1990s, this impulse was immortalised in the film City Slickers, in which Billy Crystal and his cohorts were taught invaluable life lessons by Jack Palance on a horse. In 2010, for women, it is the yoga, cooking or spiritual guru. In Gilbert’s case, it is Ketut Liyer, a woodcarver and medicine man from Ubud, in Bali, with whom she goes to study. Before the book came out, Liyer was down on his luck, suffering as a result of reduced tourist numbers after the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing.

These days there are, according to a recent visitor, never fewer than 20 western women outside his hut, clutching copies of the book. He tends to tell people they are “a very good person”, a “very lucky person”, in possession of “very good karma” and a husband who is a “very good man”. What’s not to like? Liyer has quadrupled his prices to $25 (£16) a palm reading and $450 for one of his “magic paintings”. Which brings us to Dogeared, the company behind the Eat Pray Love jewellery line. “We relate,” said a spokesman, “to the theme of a woman’s journey for self-fulfilment and happiness,” which in this case means the “Eat Pray Love 109 wishes prayer turquoise bead necklace” ($152), the “Eat Pray Love beauty is everywhere sterling silver reminder necklace” ($52) and a range called I Deserve Something Beautiful, which includes macrame bracelets, necklaces in the shape of lotus petals, cascade earrings and an “Eat Pray Love meditate sterling silver om bead necklace”, which sounds like a meltdown in a Buddhist reading shop. Even the Scientologists could learn a trick or two about selling spirituality from this lot. In his book The Gift, Lewis Hyde defines the spiritual benefit of giving thus: “I am not concerned with gifts given in spite or fear, nor those gifts we accept out of servility or obligation; my concern is the gift we long for, the gift that, when it comes, speaks commandingly to the soul and irresistibly moves us.” I might be wrong, but I don’t think he’s talking about the Eat Pray Love gold-dipped engraved bangle ($66). At least in the book, Gilbert is true to Hyde’s principle. The emotional denouement is not her meeting her future husband, but having a whipround of her friends in New York to buy a house for a Balinese woman and her daughter. Eat Pray Love, the book, has other charms. It’s smart. It’s funny. It’s a welcome addition to the genre of one-woman’s-journey-toself-fulfilment via means other than shopping. Unlike some of its copycats, it doesn’t feel like a cynical exercise. When Gilbert gets what she wants, she has the decency at least to be smug about it. If there is disingenuousness, it is in the wide-eyed tone she adopts for the enterprise. When she embarked on her journey, she was not an ingenue but a sophisticated 30something journalist from Manhattan, well travelled, with three books and a Hollywood film under her belt. It was hard to believe she found the fact that - how insane! How adorable! - all books in Italian bookshops are in Italian, quite so charming. And far from dropping out and letting go, her trip was insured by the fact she had sold a book proposal in advance. Going to an ashram to write about it with guaranteed publication is a wholly different exercise to going with nothing. On her website, she confesses to getting up early in the morning to write. Perhaps that’s the appeal - stealth confirmation of the status quo.—Guardian


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Picasso shows a softer face in London I

f you are in or visiting London this August and have not yet seen it, do not miss Picasso: The Mediterranean Years at the Gagosian gallery. No other current exhibition in London will enrich your day, your summer, or your life as much. Picasso - so many things to so many people - shows yet another face to the world in this luxurious selection of works from the private holdings of his family. Here are “new” Picassos, and a new Picasso: the tender family man. A less enticing title might have been Picasso: The Retirement Years. I kept thinking of Marlon Brando playing with his grandson in the garden in The Godfather - the fearsome old Don putting orange peel in his mouth to entertain a child, a Picassolike visual game if ever there was one. Here are paintings of little Paloma with her doll, of baby carriages and toys on the rug. Picasso goes soft! In fact, the curator John Richardson, biographer of Picasso, here makes a subtle and convincing reply to charges of Picasso’s inhumanity.

There’s a lot of love on display - Picasso’s love of his world, Richardson’s love of Picasso. Not that personal details are the only reason to see it - by a long chalk. Here are dazzlingly imaginative ceramics, haunting landscapes, a mind-boggling appetite for new forms and methods and mad possibilities. Picasso, on this evidence, was coasting as a painter after 1945. He had reinvented the art of painting quite a few times by then and his canvases were no longer milestones of modernism. The three-dimensional works - from terracotta plates to welded statues - are another matter. Picasso is not just modern in these playful creations, he is our contemporary, as he shows how art can be made from nothing. Move over, Martin Creed. Grandad’s here and he’s taking doves out of his hat. Take a dip in the Med - in King’s Cross. What a thing to step off the harsh city street into Picasso’s sensual labyrinth. A minotaur in his natural habitat is something to see.—Guardian

‘A mind-boggling appetite for new forms’ Picasso’s Musicien Assis at the Gagosian gallery. —Guardian

Impressionist Gardens; Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miro and the Surrealists I

mpressionist Gardens: how could the proposition fail? The most popular movement in art coupled with the reliable pleasure of gardens it sounds such a calculated enterprise. Yet though it has roses, poppies and picnics in abundance, the National Gallery of Scotland’s summer blockbuster turns out to be quite unpredictable. In this respect, it is the reverse of what one glumly imagined. Take the utter strangeness of James Ensor’s wheelbarrow in the foreground of an autumn garden. Sitting on a straight path that closely resembles the bottom ledge of a frame, it appears to be on our side of the scene observing the late blooms, an anthropomorphism emphasised by the two round cabbages that look out from the barrow like a pair of boggling eyes. Ensor is painting Mr and Mrs Rousseau’s garden in suburban Brussels; the picture is secretive, surreal. Arthur Melville’s cabbages, flourishing in Scotland, are equally extraordinary: a tide of blue-green buoys lapping the legs of an East Lothian gardener Sisley’s garden outside Paris lies hidden beneath blue snow. James Tissot’s back garden in St John’s Wood is large enough for a full-scale impressionist pond. Gauguin, turning up in the most counterintuitive location in the show, paints skaters slithering on the outdoor ice rink of a Copenhagen park. The unexpectedness of each scene is what strikes first. It is not just that each garden is different; in fact, very

Van Gogh’s Garden with Path, 1888: ‘A brilliant array of brushstrokes.’ Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.—MCT often they are not. Two artists may paint the same garden; two gardens, no matter how remote in terms of locale, may be planted with the same familiar flowers. It is more that each image is a painting first and foremost, of course, before it becomes a garden. So the nasturtiums of Henri Fantin-Latour are hot-headed and impatient to rise to the fawn-colored skies; while those of that highly intelligent and overlooked impressionist Gustav Caillebotte are veined and shy and persuasively wayward.

Renoir picks a bunch of camomile, ragwort and wild parsley to evoke the hazy summer fields round Fontainebleau, stuffing them into a homely jug to make the rustic point. The picture is comfortable in every respect. Delacroix’s hothouse lilies and tulips, by contrast, make a wildly unquiet still life where there is no place for the eye to take a rest. The more one peers into these paintings the more one becomes aware of each artist’s characteristic strokes. Perhaps gardens are the perfect place to go to see mark-

making at its clearest; used to describe the brush-sized details of petals, fronds, grass stems and mazy foliage. The definition of impressionism is almost as broad as that of gardens, running all the way from Delacroix to Klimt. This is a bonus for anyone hoping to see more than sun-dappled meadows and ladies with parasols, though it means the show is somewhat overgrown. The garden, likewise, doesn’t just mean a herbaceous border or fruitful orchard. The definition takes in flower gardens, kitchen gardens, balconies, roof terraces, allotments and parks, which allows for the inclusion of William Merritt Chase’s byway in Central Park, showing that curious fragment of American wilderness in the centre of Manhattan; and John Singer Sargent’s Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight, the people breezing by beneath an electric silver moon, charged participants of modern life. That there is a connection between the twin arts of gardening and painting is everywhere apparent. Look at the brilliant array of brushmarks in Van Gogh’s Garden With Path, each graphic variation applied to a different species shimmering in the Provencal sun. Look at practically any of Monet’s paintings of the garden at Giverny, specifically planted and maintained by six gardeners to be transformed forthwith into art. We talk of gardens as blank canvases; of priming, designing and composition; of paint put on with a

trowel and gardens as living art. But what you see here is just what a challenge gardens present to a painter. The eye rebels against any image containing hundreds of blossoms, as painstakingly enumerated by Klimt. Conversely, when generalized, a garden may lack all focus, becoming a greenish blur, which exactly describes some of the second-rate impressionism included here. Indeed, without wishing to downplay the horticultural theme, amply articulated flower by flower in the catalogue, the best of this show its strongest focus - is not precisely to do with gardens. On loan from Frankfurt is what looks, in this context, exactly like a sequel to Manet’s notorious Dejeuner sur l’herbe, in which the four characters have picked themselves up from the grass, got dressed (in the case of the female nudes) and acquired the contents of a croquet set. Who’s playing whom, and in what respect, is the subtle game of Manet’s painting with its oblique and flickering strokes. Everything shivers, including the atmosphere. The picture is beguiling and yet laconic. In a tremendous final room, which brings Manet together with Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Vuillard and Bonnard, the garden becomes the site of pure adventure. Modernism is growing fast in all directions wherever you look, from Van Gogh’s exhilarating undergrowth of hectic marks to Cezanne’s ethereal geometry and Monet’s marvelous water lilies.—Guardian


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ACROSS 1. A nurse who has enough training to be licensed by a state to provide routine care for the sick. 4. Any oily organic compound insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents. 10. The rate at which heat is produced by an individual in a resting state. 13. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment. 14. God of the underworld and judge of the dead. 15. A unit of length of thread or yarn. 16. Any high mountain. 17. (the feminine of raja) A Hindu princess or the wife of a raja. 19. The grasses. 22. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill. 24. Soreness and warmth caused by friction. 27. Belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself). 28. An epic in Latin by Virgil. 34. Not reflecting light. 35. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 38. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 40. An intensely radioactive metallic element that occurs in minute amounts in uranium ores. 42. Large dark brown North American arboreal carnivorous mammal. 44. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 45. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 48. Half the width of an em. 49. A silvery soft waxy metallic element of the alkali metal group. 52. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism. 57. One of the five major classes of immunoglobulins. 58. A member of an agricultural people of southern India. 59. Type genus of the family Myacidae. 60. A rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion. 61. A port city in southwestern Iran. 62. A room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter. DOWN 1. A light springing movement upwards or forwards. 2. Antibiotic-resistant mycoplasma causing a kind of pneumonia in humans. 3. Plant with an elongated head of broad stalked leaves resembling celery. 4. A siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destruction. 5. (Old Testament) The second patriarch. 6. Relating to the pineal body. 7. A strong emotion. 8. Small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces. 9. A radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons. 10. A promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books). 11. A faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere and containing part of the Large Magellanic Cloud. 12. The seventh month of the Moslem calendar.

18. An elementary particle with a negative charge and a half-life of 2 microsecond. 20. A small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold. 21. The Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Dali region of Yunnan. 23. A small cake leavened with yeast. 25. A collection of objects laid on top of each other. 26. (prefix) In front of or before in space. 29. An official prosecutor for a judicial district. 30. An inn in some Eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans. 31. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 32. The fatty flesh of eel. 33. A chronic skin disease occurring primarily in women between the ages of 20 and 40. 36. A city in southeastern Spain. 37. Mentally or physically infirm with age. 39. An accountant certified by the state. 41. An ancient country is southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean. 43. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 46. Primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves. 47. Russian physicist (1895-1971). 50. Common Indian weaverbird. 51. (old-fashioned) At or from or to a great distance. 53. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 54. Experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness. 55. One of the most common of the five major classes of immunoglobulins. 56. The executive agency that advises the President on the federal budget.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Aries (March 21-April 19) n the 18th century, the French Academy laid down rules about the differences between professional and amateur paintings. For example, it was decreed that true artists must create a "licked surface," hiding all evidence of their brushstrokes. The illusion was more convincing that way; viewers could sink their attention fully into the image without being distracted by thoughts about the artist's process. When the Impressionists barged into the scene in the 1870s, one of their rebellions against convention was to reject the licked surface. By making some of their brushstrokes visible, they declared they weren't interested in upholding the artifice. They wanted their audience to get involved in their subjective interpretation of the scene that was portrayed. In the coming week, Aries, I encourage you to be like the Impressionists. Forget about trying to present a licked surface. Reveal the inner workings that are whirling and humming behind your eyes.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) If your home is like a museum, a staid assemblage of fine memories, I suggest you shake things up a bit. If your imagination is filled with tape loops that keep running storylines you've heard a thousand times before, shake things up a bit. If your daily actions are so thoroughly possessed by the anesthetizing demons of habit that you can't recall your last creative innovation, shake things up a bit. On the other hand, there's no need for blame. Don't berate yourself for your sluggishness. It was an inevitable byproduct of your efforts to solidify and stabilize your life. Just slip into a more playful mode and enjoy a bout of experimentation. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Maybe you know a person like my friend Joanna. She's bright but terse, open-minded but not chatty. Like an inscrutable Buddha, she watches everything closely and churns her thoughts carefully. Silence is her ally. Now and then, though, when moved by an inner prompting that has nothing to do with drinking wine, she will suddenly erupt with a torrent of sweet talk and pithy observations and wild explorations. I predict that for you, Gemini, the entire world -- even the parts of it that are not usually very forthcoming -- will soon resemble Joanna when she's overflowing.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) This would be an excellent time for you to get aggressively inventive about your education. It wouldn't be too crazy, in my opinion, to launch your own school, with you as the only student. You could design your own course curriculum for the coming years. Decide who your teachers will be. Think about where you can get the stuff you'll need to expand your mind, enhance your skills, and just plain increase your intelligence. You could call your center of higher learning the University of Wily Exuberance or the Academy of Astonishing Grace or the Institute of Getting Down to Business. Leo (July 23-August 22) For the people of Finland, the word sisu describes a quality they regard as integral to their national character. It refers to a courageous strength of will that can be sustained for a long time -- a staunch ferocity that refuses to be defeated. We all could use more of that good stuff, not only to weather our personal ordeals but also to stay plucky in the face of the world's lunacy. The coming weeks will be an especially good time for you to build up your reserves of sisu, Leo. How? Start by taking inventory of all the resources and allies and skills you have at your disposal. Virgo (August 23-September 22) "Ever upstream from myself," wrote Belgian poet Edmond Vandercammen. "I advance, implore and pursue myself." I suggest you adopt that attitude, Virgo. Assume that your best self is sailing along at a rapid clip, somewhere in the distance ahead of you, and it's your job to catch up. Your highest form of expression is eluding you, but you're hunting it down. The most beautiful possible embodiment of all your potentials is surging toward the future, and it's your fun job to close the gap between you and unite with it.

Libra (September 23-October 22) In one possible scenario I could foresee for you in the coming week, you're sweaty and tearful, enmeshed in an extreme state that causes an internal blockage to dissolve. The sweat is purgative, the tears are cathartic, and you're riding a wave of relief and release that clears out a backlog of emotional congestion. In a second possible future, I could see you as supernaturally relaxed and exuberant, periodically laughing so hard that you break up an internal blockage. The calm is purgative, the laughter is cathartic, and you're riding a wave of relief and release that clears out a backlog of emotional congestion. Which scenario would you prefer?

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Last June, comedian Stephen Colbert reported that President Obama's big TV address to Americans about the Gulf catastrophe was a failure because it went over the heads of too many people. Language experts who analyzed Obama's speech determined that it was written at a tenth-grade level - too professorial, scolded Colbert. I wonder what he would say about the horoscopes I compose, which are designed for readers who enjoy thinking metaphorically and have a high degree of emotional intelligence. In the coming week, Scorpio, I suggest that you take the approach that Obama and I use rather than the one Colbert (farcically) recommended. Don't talk down to your audience or pander to the lowest common denominator. Raise everyone up with your appeals.

Sagittarius (November 22December 21) My favorite baseball player Tim Lincecum told San Francisco magazine: "I think you either get in the canoe with your oar and control the boat, or get into it and let the current take you. I'm kind of in between. I want to be able to enjoy the ride but don't want to be swept away by it. I don't want to be overwhelmed; I want to see what's going on." Whether you are customarily the type of person who controls the boat or the type who enjoys drifting dreamily along, I suggest you take Lincecum's in-between approach for now. Be half in charge and half surrendered. Capricorn (December 22January 19) The poet Jean Perrin dreamed "of marrying the dawn with the light of the moon," and I invite you to do the same. The darkness you've been immersed in will leave you soon. As it does, please don't forsake the pale, moon-like radiance that has provided you with a bit of guidance and consolation. Rather, bring along what it has taught you as you head into the far brighter phase you're entering. In other words, retain some of the wisdom the dim light has compelled you to learn. Aquarius (January 20February 18) I know two people in their 80s who have accomplished a sensational long-running creative art project: They've been happily married for 65 years. The amount of reinvention they've had to dream up in order to keep loving each other is so profound that it confounds the imagination. How could they possibly have continued to stay closely interwoven through all the changes each of them has gone through as they've aged? During the fascinating relationship tests that will be coming your way in the weeks ahead, Aquarius, I'd love for you to summon some of their dogged ingenuity and tenacious collaborative skills. In fact, I predict you will be able to do just that. Pisces (February 19-March 20) For the last 20 years, I've worn just one brand of shoes -all-black Converse high-top sneakers. I've had them on them at weddings and while jogging, at my daughter's high school graduation and while performing at my shows. Am I too set in my ways? Definitely. In any case, Pisces, don't be like me. Whatever your version of covering your feet with nothing but black Converse high-top sneakers may be, the upcoming weeks will be an excellent time to change your ways. Break out and branch out! Try something new about how you present yourself -- the equivalent of me switching over to suede moccasins or snakeskin cowboy boots.

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Marina Mall’s dream campaign concludes

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arina Mall recently concluded its first marketing campaign of the year “I dreamt a 20,000 KD dream”, after organizing an official draw to announce the names of the two lucky winners. In the presence of the Ministry of Commerce representative, and Abdulrahim Alawadi on behalf of Marina World, Abdalwahab Ibrahim Haidar was announced the first place winner of the KD 20,000 vouchers prize, whereas Dr Waleed AlIbrahim was announced the second place winner of the KD 5,000 vouchers prize. The campaign which ran for 45 days was launched in order to reward Marina World customers and grant them the opportunity to

Theater & Music All level music classes: ‘Treasure of Talents’ (est in 1992) music education program invites all level music classes on piano, theory of music, vocal, flute. Academic Level teachers help prepare for international exams, children concerts, yearly ‘Treasure of Talents’ Festival and music competitions. Contact Prof Cezary, Tel. 25320427, 66549009 of Ms Yasmeene - Berlitz Institute Tel: 22542212. 22512533 or email: treasureoftalents@yahoo.com treasureoftalents@hotmail.com ✦✦✦ Call to classical music lovers: Are you a lover of music? Would you like to promote the traditional Indian classical music in Kuwait? If your answer is in the affirmative, please write ton more details to music_karnatic@yahoo.co. in (that is, music underscore karnatic) with your contact details or call 7978286. SEPT 24 NSS Onam: Nair Service Society (NSS), Kuwait will celebrate Onam on Sept 24, at Cambridge School, Mangaf. South Indian film star and acclaimed dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy will perform during the function. Ajai Malhotra, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, will be the chief guest at the Onam

celebration on September 24, which will be followed by a full day variety entertainment program depicting the rich heritage and art forms of Kerala. Muraleekrishnan P, President of Nair Service Society, Kuwait (NSS Kuwait) will preside over the function.The Ona-Sadhya (Onam Feast) will be served in the traditional Kerala style on banana leaf on September 24. Nair Service Society (NSS) Kuwait, is one of the largest Socio-Cultural Organization in Kuwait formed in year 2001 and now has more than 3000 Indians as members. For more information, contact Anish Nair, NSS Kuwait 9969-1431. OCT 21 Rendezvous 2010: The Kuwait Chapter of the St. Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA KUWAIT) have announced that “Rendezvous” their hallmark event will be conducted on 21st October at Asia Asia Restaurant, Souk Al Watiya, Kuwait City from 8 pm onwards. This year, SACAA Kuwait celebrates five years of its existence in Kuwait. SACAA-Kuwait has been synonymous with various fund raising initiatives through which they consistently supported various needs of their Alma Mater and its students back in Mangalore, India. Through Rendezvous-2010, SACAA-Kuwait intends to help generate funds for the Poor Students Fund of St. Aloysius institutions where numerous needy students look forward to assistance to subsidize their costs. SACAA Kuwait calls upon all Aloysians, their families and also like minded people to join this noble cause and help make life a little better for those needy students back home. For entry passes and further information, kindly contact - 66731828, 66746425, 66181041, 94093275, 66699857, 66091962. OCT 29 Onathanima tug of war: Thanima is conducting its annual Onam celebrations along with its celebrated tug of war competitions on October 29 at Central School compound, Abbasiya. Cultural procession, concert and other attractive cultural items will add glitter to the evening function in which many prominent personalities are expected to be present. Those teams wishing to participate in the tug of war competition, please contact 99865499 / 97253653 / 66071276 / 99703872.

are keen on fulfilling our customers’ need for an exceptional shopping experience” It is worth mentioning that the Marina Mall presented each visitor with a winning opportunity and to enter the grand draw by making a minimum of KD 5 purchase at any outlet of the Marina Mall or Crescent. Alawadi affirmed that Marina World will be presenting many more campaigns in the near future, with the aim of giving a new meaning to the concept of shopping, in addition to supporting Marina Mall’s unique position in the market and its strategy to continuously differentiate its customers in endless methods.

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Announcements Sept 17 Onam Fest 2010: ‘Vanithavedi Kuwait’ a leading women’s association will be celebrating Onam on Friday, Sept 17, 2010, from 9 am - 6 pm at the Indian Community School, Khaitan Branch, the program named as ‘OnamFest 2010’ will have the public meeting followed by various cultural programs. The traditional Onasadya will be served. For the successful conduct of Onam Fest 2010, a program committee has been formed. Dr Vasanthy Nair (general convenor), Valsamma George, Dr Mary (Joint Convenors), Prasanna Ramabhadran (Arts convenor), Tolly Prakash (Food convenor), Shiny Ajith (Raffle convenor), Sumathy Babu (Souvenir convenor), Valsa Sam (Publicity convenor), Syamala Narayanan, (Reception convenor), Sharlette Albert (Volunteer captain). For more details, contact: 24342807, 66428433, 66596625, 24331598.

shop and win at the same time. This campaign is part of Marina World’s strategic plan which entails a series of campaigns created and designed to differentiate Marina World customers while simultaneously stressing the advantages of shopping at this iconic location. Congratulating the two lucky winners, Abdulrahim Alawadi said, “It gives us great joy to reward our customers and to share this exciting moment with them. That being said, we can proudly announce now that we have achieved the strategic goal of this campaign, that being to grant our customers a unique shopping experience and to win at the same time.” Alawadi added, “We

EMBASSY OF US The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing nonimmigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not petition-based, including B1/B2 tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, will pay a fee of $140. Applicants for petitionbased visas will pay an application fee of $150, as each of the below categories requires a review of extensive documentation and a more in-depth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390. EMBASSY OF INDIA

The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all

five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. The Embassy of India will remain closed on August 23 and September 2, 2010 on account of ‘Onam’ and ‘Janmashtami’ respectively.


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FLIGHT SCHEDULE

IN CASE YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING, YOUR PROPER CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS WILL HELP OTHER PASSENGERS TO USE SEATS. Arrival Flights on Friday 20/08/2010 Airlines Flt Route Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Tunis Air 327 Tunis/Dubai Kuwait 544 Cairo Wataniya Airways 306 Cairo Wataniya Airways 434 Damascus Middle East 408 Beirut Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Jazeera 187 Dubai Pakistan 215 Karachi Turkish 772 Istanbul Ethiopian 620 Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 551 Alexandria Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Emirates 853 Dubai Jazeera 513 Sharm El Sheikh Wataniya Airways 322 Sharm El Sheikh Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Qatari 138 Doha Jazeera 241 Amman Air France 6770 Paris Jazeera 503 Luxor Jazeera 527 Alexandria British 157 London Kuwait 416 Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur Kuwait 206 Islamabad Kuwait 302 Mumbai Fly Dubai 053 Dubai Kuwait 676 Dubai Kuwait 352 Cochin Kuwait 286 Chittagong Kuwait 284 Dhaka Kuwait 362 Colombo Emirates 855 Dubai Arabia 121 Sharjah Qatari 132 Doha Etihad 301 Abu Dhabi Iran Air 619 Lar Gulf Air 213 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 182 Bahrain Middle East 404 Beirut Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai India Express 815 Mangalore/Doha Yemenia 825 Sanaa Jazeera 171 Dubai Gulf Air 219 Bahrain Egypt Air 610 Cairo Jazeera 457 Damascus Kuwait 672 Dubai Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus United 982 Washington DC Dulles Jordanian 800 Amman Fly Dubai 057 Dubai Jazeera 257 Beirut Wataniya Airways 422 Amman Kuwait 552 Damascus Kuwait 744 Dammam Jazeera 481 Sabiha Qatari 134 Doha Kuwait 546 Alexandria Mihin 403 Colombo/Dubai Jazeera 427 Bahrain Etihad 303 Abu Dhabi Emirates 857 Dubai Gulf Air 215 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 402 Beirut Saudia 510 Riyadh Jazeera 239 Amman Arabia 125 Sharjah Jazeera 367 Deirezzor SriLankan 227 Colombo/Dubai Wataniya Airways 304 Cairo Kuwait 166 Paris/Rome

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Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Indian Kuwait Nas Air Fly Dubai Oman Air Middle East Kuwait Rovos Jet A/L Saudia Wataniya Airways Wataniya Airways Kuwait Wataniya DHL Gulf Air Jazeera Qatari United Emirates Lufthansa Jazeera Jazeera Egypt Air Shaheen Air KLM Egypt Air Bulgaria Air Wataniya Airways

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Departure Flights on Friday 20/08/2010 Airlines Flt Route Egypt Air 607 Luxor Bangladesh 044 Dhaka Lufthansa 637 Frankfurt Indian 982 Ahmedabad/Hyderabad/Chennai Pakistan 206 Lahore Tunis Air 328 Tunis Turkish 773 Istanbul Pakistan 216 Karachi Ethiopian 620 Bahrain/Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 552 Alexandria Egypt Air 615 Cairo DHL 371 Bahrain Emirates 854 Dubai Etihad 306 Abu Dhabi Qatari 139 Doha Wataniya Airways 101 Dubai Jazeera 480 Sabiha Air France 6770 Dubai/Hong Kong Jazeera 164 Dubai Jazeera 456 Damascus Gulf Air 212 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 181 Bahrain Jazeera 256 Beirut Wataniya Airways 431 Damascus British 156 London Jazzera 170 Dubai Kuwait 545 Alexandria Fly Dubai 054 Dubai Kuwait 177 Frankfurt/Geneva Kuwait 671 Dubai Kuwait 117 New York Wataniya Airways 421 Amman Kuwait 551 Damascus Arabia 122 Sharjah Wataniya Airways 631 Rome

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Emirates Wataniya Airways Qatari Etihad Wataniya Airways Gulf Air Iran Air Middle East Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera India Express Kuwait Kuwait Yemenia Gulf Air Jazeera Egypt Air Kuwait Wataniya Airways Jordanian Kuwait Fly Dubai United Jazeera Kuwait Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera Kuwait Qatari Kuwait Rovos Etihad Mihin Wataniya Airways Gulf Air Emirates Arabia Jazeera Saudia SriLankan Wataniya Airways Wataniya Airways Jazeera Kuwait Jazeera Kuwait Fly Dubai Nas Air Kuwait Kuwait Oman Air Middle East Jet A/W Wataniya Airways Gulf Air Saudia DHL Kuwait Jazeera Qatari Kuwait Kuwait Emirates Jazeera Jazeera United Jazeera Kuwait Egypt Air

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Directorate General of Civil Aviation Home Page (www.kuwait-airport.com.kw)

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ACCOMMODATION Fully furnished sharing accommodation available with all facilities in a D/B, window A/C flat for a single executive or small family. Rent KD 80. Contact: 99787621. (C 2588) 19-8-2010 Sharing accommodation available in two bedroom two bathroom flat for (Indians) bachelors / family near Garanada cinema at Kheitan. Call: 66141908. (C 2579) Sharing accommodation available for a family with Kerala family in a two bedroom, two bathroom flat in Abbassiya, opp. German Clinic. Cont: 65003307. (C 2582) Sharing accommodation available or bachelors near Hidine Super Market, Abbassiya from 1st September 2010. Ph: 24312462. (C 2583)

available for a single bachelor or a family with Kerala family in Hawally, near Canary restaurant. Ph: 97875243 / 99340634. (C 2577) 16-8-2010

Toyota Corolla 1.8 XLi golden color 2005 excellent condition, very low mileage, wanted price KD 2350. Cont: 66015265. (C 2580) 17-8-2010

Room for sharing in Farwaniya near 6th Ring Road, full furnished. Only decent couple or decent bachelor. From September 1. Tel: 67639602. (C2570)

2006 - Toyota Corolla (Black) for sale, run 52000 km, doctor driven, excellent condition. Call: 99201302 / 24992654. (C 2565) 16-8-2010

Sharing accommodation available in 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom new C-A/C flat for one working lady with Keralite family. Con: 66013882. (C 2572) 15-8-2010

Furniture and other appliances in excellent condition Behind Crowne Plaza hotel, Farwaniya. KD 375. Interested may call on 99793184. (C 2568)

Sharing accommodation available for Indian bachelor in a C-A/C, 2 BHK flat with bedroom, bath, kitchen and internet facility near Eedie store, Salmiya. Rent KD 125 P.M. Contact: 99764820 / 25660853 (C 2567) 14-8-2010

CHANGE OF NAME

FOR SALE Sharing accommodation available for family near Indian Central School, Abbassiya. Cont: 99853244. (C 2585) 17-8-2010 Sharing accommodation available for executive bachelors, families or ladies with 3 BHK C-A/C apartment, Indians only. Ph: 66625901 / 24716975. (C 2575)

Yellow and white chaise lounge 213.5 cm (7ft) long book case - 5 shelves 169.5 cm (5.5ft) by 59 cm (2ft) end table - both natural color wood - flatbed scanner - windows-XP compatible. Call: 94455689. (C 2569) 14-8-2010

Used car for sale. Ph: 66052331. (C 2587) 19-8-2010 Toyota Corolla model 2010 white color, 1.8 engine, registration March 2013, alloy rim, fog lamp, C.D. auto mirror wooden interior, bumper camera sensor 4,000 km done, price KD 3850. Tel: 97213518. (C 2586) 18-8-2010

Sharing accommodation

I, Kanukurthi Shankar Babu, passport number H5026863, have changed my wife铆s old name, Kanukurthi Madhulatha (old passport number Z1274387) to Bommavaram Latha, new passport J3507824. Tel: 97335259. (C 2573) I, Hardeep Singh, S/o Mewa Singh, passport No. B2617483, have changed my name to Hardeep Singh Athwal. (C 2574) 15-8-2010

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MATRIMONIAL Marthoma parents invite marriage proposal from parents of fair Marthoma / Orthodox boys aged 25 to 28 for their daughter, 23, 163 cm tall fair working in Kuwait as engineer. Please Contact: kunju.1950@yahoo.com (C 2584) 17-8-2010 Orthodox parents living in United States for 37 years, invite marriage proposal for their son, 28, born and brought up in US. 6始 tall, fair and handsome. Bachelors degree in electronic engineering. Currently working in a US company in Texas. Doctors, engineers and BS nurses are preferred. Please contact us at: alexmathew48@yahoo.co m (C 2576) 16-8-2010 Inviting proposals from parents of qualified Nair girls for Nair boy, Sudhajathakam, 28 years, 182 cm ht, Makayiram star, graduated, engineering diploma in automobile,

working in Kuwait as automobile technician. Trivandrum based, financially sound background. Interested please contact. rajeshq8@gmail.com (C 2566) 14-8-2010

TRANSPORT Wanted transport for a lady from Sharq to Airport at 7 am and back at 5 pm. Contact 66853905. 16-8-2010

SITUATION VACANT

SITUATION WANTED

Urgently needed house maid para sa Filipino family Tawag Lang. Ph: 66828616 / 66001263. (C 2581) 17-8-2010 Required English speaking nanny/maid. Please call 99824597 between 12:00 4:00 pm. (C 2578) 16-8-2010

I am looking for a job as a heavy duty driver. I have heavy license. Indian, Muslim. 3 years 6 months heavy vehicles driving experience in Kuwait. Want to work only in company. Contact No: 99613730/65972645. (C 2571) 15-8-2010

PRIVATE CLINICS Ophthalmologists: Dr. Abidallah Al-Mansoor 5622444 Dr. Samy Al-Rabeea 5752222 Dr. Masoma Habeeb 5321171 Dr. Mubarak Al-Ajmy 5739999 Dr. Mohsen Abel 5757700 Dr Adnan Hasan Alwayl 5732223 Dr. Abdallah Al-Baghly 5732223 Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT): Dr. Ahmed Fouad Mouner Dr. Abdallah Al-Ali Dr. Abd Al-Hameed Al-Taweel Dr. Sanad Al-Fathalah Dr. Mohammad Al-Daaory Dr. Ismail Al-Fodary Dr. Mahmoud Al-Booz

4555050 Ext 510 5644660 5646478 5311996 5731988 2620166 5651426

General Practitioners: Dr. Mohamme Y Majidi Dr. Yousef Al-Omar Dr. Tarek Al-Mikhazeem Dr. Kathem Maarafi Dr. Abdallah Ahmad Eyadah Dr. Nabeel Al-Ayoobi Dr. Dina Abidallah Al-Refae

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Urologists: Dr. Ali Naser Al-Serfy 2641534 Dr. Fawzi Taher Abul 2639955 Dr. Khaleel Abidallah Al-Awadi 2616660

Dr. Adel Al-Hunayan FRCS (C) 5313120 Plastic Surgeons: Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalaf Dr. Abdal-Redha Lari Dr. Abdel Quttainah

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Family Doctor: Dr Divya Damodar

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Psychiatrists Dr. Esam Al-Ansari Dr Eisa M. Al-Balhan

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Gynaecologists & Obstetricians: Dr Adrian Harbe Dr. Verginia s.Marin Dr. Fozeya Ali Al-Qatan Dr. Majeda Khalefa Aliytami Dr. Ahmad Al-Khooly Dr. Salem soso

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General Surgeons: Dr. Amer Zawaz Al-Amer 2610044 Dr. Mohammad Yousef Basher 5327148

Dr. Latefa Al-Duweisan Dr. Nadem Al-Ghabra Dr. Mobarak Aldoub Dr Nasser Behbehani

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Paediatricians: Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rashed Dr. Zahra Qabazard Dr. Sohail Qamar Dr. Snaa Maaroof Dr. Pradip Gujare Dr. Zacharias Mathew

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(1) Ear, Nose and Throat (2) Plastic Surgeon Dr. Abdul Mohsin Jafar, FRCS (Canada) 5655535

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Endocrinologist: Dr. Abd Al-Naser Al-Othman 5339330 Dr. Ahmad Al-Ansari 5658888 Dr. Kamal Al-Shomr 5329924 Physiotherapists & VD: Dr. Deyaa Shehab Dr. Musaed Faraj Khamees

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Rheumatologists: Dr. Adel Al-Awadi 5330060 Dr. Khaled Al-Jarallah 5722290

Dentists: Dr Anil Thomas Dr. Shamah Al-Matar Dr. Anesah Al-Rasheed Dr. Abidallah Al-Amer Dr. Faysal Al-Fozan Dr. Abdallateef Al-Katrash Dr. Abidallah Al-Duweisan Dr. Bader Al-Ansari

3729596/3729581 2641071/2 2562226 2561444 2619557 2525888 5653755 5620111

Internists, Chest & Heart: Dr. Adnan Ebil Dr. Mousa Khadada

Gastrologists Dr. Sami Aman 2636464 Dr. Mohammad Al-Shamaly 5322030 Dr. Foad Abidallah Al-Ali 2633135

Neurologists: Dr. Sohal Najem Al-Shemeri 5633324 Dr. Jasem Mola Hassan 5345875

Internist, Chest & Heart: DR.Mohammes Akkad 4555050 Ext 210 Dr. Mohammad Zubaid MB, ChB, FRCPC, PACC Assistant Professor Of Medicine Head, Division of Cardiology Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital Tel: 5339667 Dr. Farida Al-Habib MD, PH.D, FACC Consultant Cardiologist Tel: 2611555-2622555


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Dollhouse Defying Gravity Warehouse 13 Flash Forward Dawson’s Creek Survivor Heroes vs Villains ER Dollhouse Dawson’s Creek Big Love Flash Forward Survivor Heroes vs Villains ER Big Love Flash Forward Dawson’s Creek Defying Gravity Warehouse 13 Dollhouse The Bachelor Friday Night Lights Happy Town Kings Sons of Anarchy

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Untamed & Uncut Breed All About It Breed All About It Animal Battlegrounds Monkey Life SSPCA: On the Wildside Night Animal Crackers Meerkat Manor The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals Breed All About It Breed All About It Animal Battlegrounds Sharkman Monkey Life Night Animal Precinct Vet on the Loose Pet Rescue Animal Cops Philadelphia Wildlife SOS SSPCA: On the Wildside Air Jaws 2 The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals Groomer Has It Great Ocean Adventures Killer Jellyfish Animal Cops Houston Shark Attack Survivors Whale Wars Animal Cops Philadelphia Untamed & Uncut

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Indian Food Made Easy Chuck’s Day Off Ty’s Great British Adventure Cash In The Attic Cash In The Attic Come Dine With Me The Restaurant UK Cash In The Attic USA The Hairy Bakers 10 Years Younger The Restaurant UK Living In The Sun Bargain Hunt Hidden Potential Cash In The Attic USA Indian Food Made Easy Chuck’s Day Off Ty’s Great British Adventure 10 Years Younger Come Dine With Me Cash In The Attic Living In The Sun Bargain Hunt Indian Food Made Easy Chuck’s Day Off Ty’s Great British Adventure 10 Years Younger Come Dine With Me Boys’ Weekend Rhodes Across China Living In The Sun Cash In The Attic Come Dine With Me The Restaurant UK

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Street Customs Dirty Jobs Destroyed in Seconds Destroyed in Seconds Mega Machines 3 Mythbusters How It’s Made How Machines Work Dirty Jobs Mean Machines Mega Machines 3 Street Customs Mythbusters Ultimate Survival - The Pilot Overhaulin’ Border Security How It’s Made How Machines Work Mythbusters Miami Ink Ultimate Survival Dirty Jobs Deadliest Catch Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How It’s Made How Machines Work Wheeler Dealers Construction Intervention Ultimate Car Build-Off LA Ink

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Perfect Disaster Catch It Keep It Gamer Revolution Beyond Tomorrow Thunder Races How Stuff’s Made Weird Connections Stunt Junkies Perfect Disaster Thunder Races Race to Mars Real Superhumans Human Body: Ultimate Machine Nextworld Nextworld How Stuff’s Made Scrappy Races Brainiac The Gadget Show The Gadget Show Alien Storms How It’s Made How It’s Made Mega Builders The Gadget Show

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Robert Pattinson voted worldʼs sexiest man he ‘Twilight’ hunk has topped Glamour’s 50 Sexiest Men poll for the second year running, after fighting off stiff competition from other actors starring in vampire-based productions. The top five was dominated by ‘Twilight’ actors, with 18-year-old Taylor Lautner - who plays Jacob Black, the werewolf love rival to Robert’s character Edward Cullen in the hit film franchise -in second place, and Xavier Samuel and Kellan Lutz placed fourth and fifth respectively. The hunky trio were rivalled by ‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Ian Somerhalder, who was voted third in the survey, proving that women can’t get enough of men with fangs. Glamour’s acting editor Charlotte Duck said: “Women are attracted to vampires because of the element of danger that comes with them. They are the ultimate

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bad boys - and women want to tame the beasts.” The list - which was compiled from over 50,000 votes by readers of Glamour.com - also included many shocks, with many attractive stars being placed further down the list than in previous years. Johnny Depp dropped from second place to sixth, while soccer star David Beckham slipped from fourth down to 21st. Hollywood legend George Clooney only reached position 35 on the list, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves and Jude Law- who have scored highly in the survey in recent years - did not even feature.

Glamourʼs top 20 Sexiest Men of 2010:

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1. Robert Pattinson 2. Taylor Lautner 3. Ian Somerhalder 4. Xavier Samuel 5. Kellan Lutz 6. Johnny Depp 7. Justin Bieber

8. Gerard Butler 9. Hayden Christensen 10. Channing Tatum 11. Orlando Bloom 12. Chace Crawford 13. Chris Brown 14. Justin Timberlake

15. Christiano Ronaldo 16. Ryan Gosling 17. Ed Westwick 18. Ashton Kutcher 19. Jake Gyllenhaal 20. Bradley Cooper

Gwen Stefani wants another baby

risten Bell exercises so she can eat as much as she wants. The 30-year-old actress says she has a sensible w en Stefani is “desperate” to have approach to her diet and knows that if she works out another baby. The No Doubt singer she can indulge in more treats. She said: “I’m like a - who has two sons, Kingston, four, jackrabbit throughout the day and like to keep moving and 23-month-old Zuma, with her husband whenever I can. And this is better than just sitting on the couch Gavin Rossdale - has reportedly confided in for an hour, right? “More flights of stairs means I can eat more friends she wants to add to her family candy!” In order to maintain her enviable figure, Kristen - who is before it’s too late. One pal said: “Gwen is engaged to Dax Shepard - and her friends do a lot of outdoor 40 and desperate to have another child.” exercise. She told Shape magazine: “My friends and I are all into Despite her desire to have another baby staying in shape through outdoor activities. We play Ultimate with the former Bush rocker, the blonde Frisbee, hike the trails around Los Angeles, go rock climbing in beauty has reportedly infuriated her spouse Malibu, explore underwater caves in Palos Verdes. We’re by penning several critical songs about him. gluttons for excitement, and it keeps us fit!” However, the ‘Get A source told X17Online: “A lot of the new Him to the Greek’ beauty says she doesn’t put too much songs are about Gavin and what a jerk he is. pressure on herself to be super skinny and would much They’re so negative, he finally had to tell her, rather be healthy. She said: “I like to stay fit and ‘No more songs about me!’ “ Gwen has been challenge myself but I’m not going to try to be a using her music to vent her anger after Courtney certain size, or weigh a specific amount. I Love claimed to have had an affair with Gavin don’t own a scale. My goal is to feel before and for a few months after he married the good and look healthy.” ‘Don’t Speak’ hitmaker. The insider added: “Gwen was

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p***ed Courtney blabbed about her affair with Gavin. Gwen knew they had been together, but not right before their wedding. Some of the songs call him out for being a cheater!” Earlier this year, Courtney publicly revealed her relationship with Gavin and even claimed Gwen was aware of the affair. The Hole rocker the widow of Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain - said: “Yes. She does know. Everyone gave me so much s**t because Gavin sounded like a lot like Kurt. But man, he was such an Adonis in his day! He got good in bed... something happened. Maybe Gwen taught him, for all I know.”


Skarsgard doesnʼt cover his manhood lexander Skarsgard doesn’t cover his manhood when he is shooting sex scenes for ‘True Blood’. The Swedish star who plays vampire Eric Northman in the hit TV drama - doesn’t opt for a modesty saving “sock” like many of his fellow actors and insists he is happy to be nude on set. He said: “I don’t want a sock around it - that feels ridiculous. If we’re naked in the scene, then I’m naked. I’ve always been that way.” However, Alexander’s co-star Stephen Moyer - who is engaged to ‘True Blood’ actress Anna Paquin - does opt for something to cover his appendage. He said: “I’ve got nothing to hide. I just think it might be embarrassing for the crew.” Stephen - who plays vampire Bill Compton in the series - thinks one of the main reasons why ‘True Blood’ is popular is because people find vampires “sexy”. He told Rolling Stone magazine: “If we go from a base level, vampires create a hole in the neck where there wasn’t one before. It’s a devirginisation - creating blood and then drinking the virginal blood. And there’s something sharp, the fang, which is probing and penetrating and moving into it. So that’s pretty sexy. I think that makes vampires attractive.”

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Kelsey Grammer’s divorce

Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas still best friends

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could cost $71 million he former ‘Frasier’ star’s recent revelation that his new girlfriend, British air stewardess Kayte Walsh, is expecting his baby is said to have infuriated estranged spouse Camille Donatacci, who now wants more than half of his estimated $120 million fortune. An insider said: “The split has been anything but amicable. Camille was devastated when she found out about the betrayal - even more so when she discovered her husband’s mistress was pregnant. “Kelsey is in love with Kayte and simply wants to move on. But he’s bracing himself for a huge payout.” However, Camille - who owns half of the star’s Grammnet Productions television company - is said to be seeking the payout for revenge, rather than monetary reasons. The source continued to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It’s not all about cash for Camille though as she’s extremely solvent in her own right. But she remains a woman scorned. Camille feels humiliated and wants Kelsey to apologize for his mistakes.” Camille married Kelsey in 1997, four years after ‘Frasier’ - in which the actor played radio psychiatrist Frasier Crane - first aired. The former Playboy model who has two children, Mason Olivia, eight, and Jude Gordan, five, with her estranged spouse - filed for divorce in July citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the separation. According to reports, Camille - the actor’s third wife - is requesting joint legal custody and primary physical custody of the children, as well as spousal and child support. Kelsey is allegedly not offering spousal support and is requesting Camille receives none of his earnings from before the marriage.

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Page 53 he singer-and-actress - whose brief romance with the Jonas Brothers star ended in May - insists their relationship has never got in the way of the original bond they had when they first met on the set of ‘Camp Rock’ in 2007. She said: “Well... we started off as best friends and then we took it to the next level and it didn’t work out. It wasn’t meant to be but we’re back to being best friends.” Demi - who will turns 18 today also spoke about being bullied at school and admitted it saddens her when she hears of other young people going through similar experiences. She said in an interview on US TV show ‘Fox and Friends’: “When I was younger, I went through bullying. “It’s a topic that’s very sensitive to me that I can relate to a lot. And there are so many kids nowadays, I’m sure you’ve seen it all over the news;

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you hear about as young as 9-year-olds taking their own lives from what they deal with at school.” Earlier this year, Joe pledged to stay friends with Demi after they ended their relationship. He said at the time: “Demi and I knew going into our romantic relationship that it may not be an easy one. I realize over the time we have shared together that I feel I care more about our friendship right now. It was my choice to break-up, but I love her as a friend. She’s been there for me when I needed her. I will continue to be her friend and be there for her.”

Ne-Yo is ‘nervous’ about fatherhood he ‘Beautiful Monster’ singer is to become a parent with Monyetta Shaw in January and he admits he is excited about the baby, but is also wary of taking on so much responsibility. He said: “I’m so excited and nervous. It’s amazing - I’m bringing another life into the world. But at the same time, I’m like, ‘Oh my god , I’m responsible for another human being.’ “I don’t even buy my own underwear, where am I going to find his? “But I’m so looking forward to it.” The singer also spoke of his desire to get married, but admits he can’t see it happening any time soon. He told more magazine:

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“One day I’ll marry. No time soon though. I feel like that’s so important in life. Finding that one person who makes your life complete. “But it’s so difficult in my line of work to find someone who wants me for the right reasons. “At some point I’d love a big wedding. My mum would never let me have a small one. It would have to be the biggest, most extravagant thing to ever happen to me.” Despite expecting a baby with Monyetta, Ne-Yo recently insisted she isn’t his girlfriend. He said: “I have a friend. Not a girlfriend. She’s carrying my child but knows I can’t commit. She doesn’t mind other women.” —Bang Showbiz


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Music

Aerosmith singer Tyler joining ‘Idol’

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erosmith singer Steven Tyler has signed a deal to become a judge on “American Idol,” according to a news report on Wednesday quoting one of his bandmates. Tyler, 62, would fill one of three vacancies left on the four-person panel by the departures of Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres and the reported axing of songwriter Kara DioGuardi. Randy Jackson, the only

Steven Tyler remaining original judge, is expected to remain with the talent show. For weeks speculation has centered around Tyler and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez joining “Idol,” which is undergoing a major restructuring to arrest its ratings decline. National auditions are already under way ahead of the show’s Season 10 premiere in January. Fox and the show’s producers have kept largely quiet on the speculation, but Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told the StarLedger of New Jersey that

Tyler’s deal is done. “Steven is doing ‘American Idol.’ The ink is dry on that,” the newspaper quoted him as saying. “Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be. I don’t know if ‘American Idol’ will be rock ‘n’ roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler.” Tyler would bring a harder edge to a show where contestants seem to favor soft pop ballads. The colorful showman can also be counted upon to deliver-maybe even sing-witty, Little Richard-style verdicts on the performances. Aerosmith is on a North American trek that ends on Sept. 16 in Vancouver. The veteran rockers nearly broke up last year amid a feud between Tyler and his bandmates. At the band’s Toronto show on Tuesday, Tyler fell off the stage midsong after guitarist Joe Perry backed into him. He was not injured. Fans debated the next day if it was deliberate. Last year, Tyler broke his shoulder after falling off the stage without any assistance from his bandmates. The group was forced to cancel its tour, and once again put on the back burner any plans to record its first studio album since 2001. —Reuters

Kings of Leon reject ‘Glee’ request

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ith everybody from Paul McCartney to Madonna clamoring to get their music on “Glee,” at least one act is refusing to license its music to the TV show. Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill told UK music newspaper NME that he’s rejected the show’s request to use his music, adding that he’s never watched the series although “apparently everybody loves it.” Followill also said the band turned down “Ugly Betty.” British rock band Coldplay also turned down “Glee,” then changed its mind, apologized and gave the Fox show access to the band’s entire catalog. On the subject of lending the music of Kings of Leon to Hollywood, Followill added: “We had some people call us up wanting to know if we’d allow ‘Use Somebody’ to appear in the trailer for their next movie, and we turned them down.” “Next day, they called back and tried to put us through to the star of the movie-I won’t name names, but he’s an incredibly famous actor-to let him try to convince us to agree to do it. “I was like, ‘Man, don’t even waste your energy.” —Reuters

Roumania’s panpipes musician Gheorphe Zamfir performs during the 46th session of the International Carthage festival at the Romain theatre in Carthage, near Tunis .—AFP

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ip-hop star Wyclef Jean said on Wednesday he had received death threats but they would not deter him from running for president of his native Haiti. “There are people who think I’m a threat to their power and ambitions. I’m not going to give up. My will is to serve the Haitian people, and the death threats and intimidation won’t deter me,” Jean told Reuters. Haiti’s provisional electoral council had been due to finalize on Tuesday the list of candidates who met the legal requirements to stand in the Nov 28 election that will choose a successor to President Rene Preval. The announcement was delayed until Friday to allow more time to decide on legal questions about several of the 34 contenders, among them Jean. Singer-songwriter Jean, 40, said he had received anonymous phone calls threatening that he would be killed unless he left Haiti. He was in hiding and has not appeared in public for two days, but sounded defiant. “There are many people who died before me. If I have to die for the Haitian people, for the youth, I’m ready to die for

(From Left) Haitian hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, with his wife Cladinette, speaks to journalists in this August 6, 2010 file photo in Port-au-Prince, before he leaves Haiti for the United States. —AFP them,” Jean said. He is widely popular in his impoverished Caribbean homeland, which is struggling to recover from a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people and wrecked much of the coastal

capital Port-au-Prince. Haiti’s electoral law requires candidates to have five consecutive years of residency in Haiti, among other requirements, such as tax compliance. Jean left his

homeland at age 9 to go to the United States, where he launched and developed his international musical career. His lawyers have said he is eligible to run and has maintained residency for more than five years in Haiti. Legal challenges also have been raised against several other candidates, including Jacques Edouard Alexis, a former twotime prime minister, and Leslie Voltaire, a U.S.-educated urban planner and former minister who has been heavily involved in Haiti’s post-quake reconstruction. Jean has rebuffed criticisms that he lacks the experience and qualifications to be president, arguing that Haiti needs an international figure who can attract aid and allies. He said his police security detail had recently been withdrawn without notice. Police Chief Mario Andresol said that protection had been provided while Jean served as Haiti’s ambassador at large, and because of his celebrity. But it ended when Jean became a candidate because police would then have been obliged to provide the same security for all candidates, he said. —Reuters


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Farmer suicide joke falls flat for some in Bollywood hit

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satirical Bollywood film about farmer suicides and the divide between urban and rural India has led to protests, calls for it to be banned and even the threat of a hunger strike. The film “Peepli Live” has been a box office hit since its release last weekend but the sensitive subject matter and its targeting of the government and media has already made it enemies. Farmers in the western state of Maharashtra have burned an effigy of the man behind the film, superstar Aamir Khan, while two advisers to India’s censor board, which passed the film for release, have demanded an apology. They have taken issue with what they say is a derogatory reference to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri and one has threatened to go on hunger strike if the offending dialogue is not removed. Kishore Tiwari, an activist for impoverished farmers and the families of those who have committed suicide in Maharashtra, called the film an “insult to poor farmers”. He had initially welcomed the film as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of farmer suicides but has since changed position. “We will

not tolerate this further as the movie revolves around a debtridden farmer committing suicide for the sake of compensation, trivializing the issue,” he added. “Aamir Khan should have consulted some experts before finalizing the script.” The film, directed by first-time director Anusha Rizvi and made by Khan’s production company, revolves around two poor farmers who face losing their land over an unpaid debt after poor monsoon rains. A local politician suggests to the farmers that they commit suicide so their families get compensation, but a journalist overhears one of the farmers urging the other to end his own life, triggering a media frenzy. Khan told AFP in an interview earlier this month that the film was about “this growing divide between urban and rural India” and the focus on developing cities and creating wealth. “As a result villages and rural India get completely neglected. They are almost invisible for us. And that’s not good,” he said during a US promotional tour, calling the film “a great window into rural life in India today”. Two out of three of India’s 1.1

billion people still live and work in rural areas and as many as 150,000 debt-hit farmers have killed themselves in the past decade, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences said last year. Industry analysts said the film had a strong opening weekend, prompting some to describe it as the best Bollywood film this year. “Peepli Live” was made for just 50 million rupees (1.1 million dollars) with a cast of virtual unknowns, but has taken 160 million rupees at the box office since it opened last Friday. The www.boxofficeindia.com site said on Tuesday that the film made about 700,000 dollars overseas after a limited release. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on www.bollywoodhungama.com that the film “grew from strength to strength with each passing day and was rock steady at the box office even on Monday”. “The film is outstanding satire and it is difficult to find minuses,” he added. Fellow analyst Komal Nahta added: “The non-star cast ‘Peepli Live’ has opened this week to a good response in the multiplexes, bringing cheer in the industry. It will fetch very handsome returns.”—AFP

In a picture taken on August 15, 2010 Indian farmers burn a poster of Bollywood actor-producer-director Aamir Khan in Yavatmal district of the western Indian state of Maharashtra.-AFP

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ttorneys in the probation case for troubled actress Lindsay Lohan met on Wednesday with a new presiding judge, who set a status hearing for Aug 25, a court official said. No details about the actress’s stint in a court-ordered drug and alcohol rehabilitation were disclosed after the closed-door proceeding. A court spokesman confirmed the new hearing date, and said Lohan is not expected to be present. Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, who represents Lohan, told TV reporters outside a Beverly Hills courthouse that no decision had yet been made on when the “Mean Girls” actress might be released from rehab. Lohan, 24,

spent 13 days behind bars last month after a judge ruled that she had violated her probation on charges stemming from a 2007 drunken driving arrest. After her release, she was immediately sent to rehab to serve 90 days of inpatient counseling, but speculation has run high that she will be released early. Wednesday’s meeting took place among Chapman Holley, prosecutor Danette Meyers and Judge Elden Fox. Fox last week replaced sentencing judge Marsha Revel after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office complained about several communications made by Revel with parties involved in the case. —Reuters

‘Vampires Suck’ really does suck Performers dressed as characters of Hollywood award-winning director James Cameron’s film “Avatar” walk past a visitor prior to a performance during the opening of the 3rd Philippine International Motor Show in Manila yesterday. Around 20 brands were participating in the show, expected to attract thousands of visitors, with hundreds of vehicles on show. —AFP

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ngelina Jolie and Johnny Depp will be back in theaters in December. Sony has given their next film, the international thriller “The Tourist,” a Dec 10 release date, prime territory for a commercial run extending through the holidays and a possible awards-season bid. Jolie’s

“Salt,” the Sony actioner that has grossed $103.4 million domestically, remains in play in theaters. Depp was in theaters earlier this year with Disney’s global blockbuster “Alice in Wonderland.” “Tourist,” shot in Venice and Paris by German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The

Lives of Others”), centers on an American tourist (Depp) who becomes involved with an Interpol agent (Jolie). It will face off against the bows of Fox’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and Paramount’s boxing drama “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg. —Reuters

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arody specialists Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have found their formula and are sticking with it despite what any of the rest of us might think. The duo, responsible for such stinkers as “Date Movie,” “Epic Movie” and “Disaster Movie,” now have turned their puny sights on the rabid pop culture phenomenon of sexy vampires. Or rather, just the “Twilight” series, as “Vampires Suck” would be more accurately titled “Twilight Sucks.” Ignoring such contemporary bloodsucker-themed hits as HBO’s “True Blood” and the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” not to mention stalwarts like Dracula or the works of Anne Rice, this witless Fox spoof instead merely provides an unfunny scene-byscene retread of the first two movies in the hugely successful franchise.

Thus, it dutifully trots out slightly renamed versions of the iconic “Twilight” characters, including the romantically torn Becca (Jenn Proske) and her dueling suitors: the taciturn vampire Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter) and hunky werewolf Jacob White (Chris Riggi). If you think Jacob peeing on a tree or Becca farting in Edward’s face when he attempts to climb into bed with her are the height of comic wit, then you’re clearly of the adolescent mind-set to which these films cater. The director-screenwriters, clearly aware of their target audiences’ lack of sophistication, are not even ashamed to trot out such hoary gags as when a horde of vampires hungrily devour Chinese food and Edward observes that they’ll be hungry again in a halfhour. —Reuters


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Features Armless man plays piano with toes to win hearts in China 23-year-old man who lost his arms in a childhood accident could become China’s answer to Susan Boyle after wowing judges and the audience on a TV talent show by playing piano with his toes. Liu Wei’s performance on “China’s Got Talent” earned him a spot as one of the competition’s 40 finalists, and his appearance has already been seen more than 200,000 times on YouTube and Chinese video sites. The Beijing native lost his arms at age 10 after touching a high-voltage wire during a game of hide-and-seek, the Shanghai Daily reported. “I don’t know why people always believe my life is so painful because I don’t have arms,” Liu told the newspaper. “I am a happy man living a colorful life, just like other young people.” He started playing the piano at 19 to pursue his childhood dream of being a musician. His first teacher quit because he thought it was impossible for someone to play with their toes. But Liu, who was studying music theory, persisted and taught himself in secret how to play, creating his own style of “toeing”, he told the newspaper. When he performed for his parents and friends for the first time, he told them he had picked up the skill accidentally. Liu said the melodies he can play are limited due to the length of his toes and there are some pieces he loves but cannot play because he is not able to reach across octaves. But that did not stop him from bringing the studio audience to their feet and leaving one of the competition’s judges teary-eyed when he played Richard Clayderman’s famous piece “Mariage d’amour” on August 8. Liu has already been compared to Boyle, an unemployed Scottish spinster who became a global phenomenon last year when she stunned judges on “Britain’s Got Talent” with her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables”. The second round of “China’s Got Talent”, which has been winning major TV ratings, starts on August 29. —AFP

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Malaysians use social media to bypass censorship By Romen Bose alaysia bumps along the bottom of international rankings for press freedom, but the explosion of social media like Twitter and Facebook is revolutionizing how journalists work. Dissenting views, which for decades were screened out of the governmentlinked mainstream media, are now everywhere, including the blogosphere and mobile SMS messages, making repression extremely difficult. One veteran reporter with one of the country’s leading newspapers said that for most of his career it was virtually impossible to write about the opposition or any issues deemed off-limits by authorities. “But today, government MPs are forced to engage and debate their counterparts across the aisle in social media like Twitter and Facebook, allowing us to report on the opposition and avoid much censorship,” he says. “Where previously we had to accept at face value a minister’s version of events or policies, today their disgruntled aides and opponents are already tweeting or leaking details on Facebook, giving us uncensored

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File photo shows a man browsing his Facebook contacts on his mobile phone. —AFP access.” “Although the restrictions and controls are still in place, it’s become much harder to censor what the opposition or rights groups say in the media,” says the journalist who, due to the sensitivity of the issue, declined to be named. Malaysia was ranked 131st out of 175 countries in

the 2009 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) press freedom index, because of its tight controls on print and broadcast media. The watchdog says Malaysia prevents journalists from properly covering sensitive subjects such as corruption or human rights abuses, using a publishing permit system which allows it to shut down media outlets at will. After decades of such policies, self-censorship became rife and political leaders hardly even needed to make the much-feared phone call to the news room. But the seeds of change were sown in 1996 when the government pledged not to censor online content as part of a campaign to promote its information technology sector. Despite occasional raids, bans and government criticism, the web and online media remain relatively free. Today, Facebook fan pages highlighting political rallies and civil society forums, as well as Twitter exchanges with lawmakers, have reshaped the reporting landscape. “All our reporters have BlackBerrys and use that to follow these tweets. The social media has changed the way journalists work in fundamental ways,” says Premesh Chandran, the founder of pioneer online news portal Malaysiakini. —AFP

Theatre director and actor Luis Bevia makes soap bubbles during a media rehearsal of his show Uuuiii ! in Madrid on August 18, 2010. — AFP


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An Indian Muslim vendor grills meat kebabs over burning coals at a roadside stall in preparation for Muslims breaking their fast at sundown in Mumbai yesterday. Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan a month of fasting and spiritual purity during which they refrain from eating, drinking or sex from dawn until dusk. —AFP

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elson Mandela charity trustee Jeremy Ractliffe has resigned after admitting to keeping uncut diamonds he received from British supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1997. Ractliffe, who was head of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) at the time, owned up to having the gems after Campbell mentioned them in testimony at The

Hague war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor. Prosecutors had been trying to prove the gems were “blood diamonds” given to Campbell by Taylor after a charity dinner in Johannesburg. The model said she did not know the anonymous donor of the “dirty looking pebbles.” The three precious stones are now

in the hands of the South African police, and Ractliffe faces possible charges of being in possession of uncut diamonds without a licence, a crime in South Africa. “He hasn’t been charged yet,” said Musa Zondi, a spokesman for the police’s elite Hawks unit, adding that investigations were continuing. Ractliffe said he took the stones from Campbell because he

Indonesian Muslim women read giant Quran as they wait for the time to break their fast at Islamic Center Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday. — AFP

feared she might be breaking the law if she took them out of the country. She had suggested he sell the stones and use the money for good causes, although he thought it more prudent simply to keep them. “Mr Ractliffe regrets his omission to inform the NMCF of his receipt of the uncut diamonds until now,” the Fund said in a statement on his

resignation as a trustee of the former South African president’s charitable foundation. Taylor is accused in The Hague of rape, sexual slavery and recruiting child soldiers during wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Prosecutors allege he received conflict diamonds from Sierra Leone rebels and used them to buy weapons, which he denies. — Reuters

Thai Muslim women gather for evening prayers outside Pattani’s central mosque in the Thai southern province during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan late on August 18, 2010. — AFP

Hunters bare their fangs for Floridaʼs ʼgator hunting season housands of hunters are fanning out this week for the start of alligator season in the steamy mangrove swamps of Florida, hoping to bring home one of the big boyswithout using a gun. “It’s such a unique opportunity, because where in the world can you hunt alligators?

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That’s why we’re sold out every year,” said Gabriella Ferraro of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Every year, the low-lying Sunshine state sells around 6,000 alligator hunting licenses. “Even though it’s an expensive proposition, there’s a huge interest.

We... are always sold out,” Ferraro said. Florida residents pay a hefty 220 dollars and non-residents pay 1,000 dollars for the license, she explained. Each hunter can take home a maximum of two of the big reptiles, which are similar to crocodiles but a bit smaller and lighter, though they

can grow up to three meters (nine feet) long. They cannot be killed with guns or other firearms. So hunters are out in force with their harpoons and noose-like contraptions to catch and kill the beast in a unique fight with wildlife than can last for hours. If a hunter catches his prize, he can

do with it as he pleases. Many Florida restaurants serve fried alligator meat as a delicacy. And local companies use their flashy skins for purses and wallets. There are some 1.5 million alligators in Florida, mostly in the sprawling swamps of the Everglades on the state’s southern end. — AFP


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India reassures on CGames security NEW DELHI: The top policeman in charge of security at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games sought to reassure participants over safety yesterday after a former Olympic great warned of a possible Munichstyle attack. The remarks from Australia’s Dawn Fraser - referring to the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, in which 11 Israelis were killed by Palestinian militants were condemned in her country and caused anger in India. Delhi Police Special Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, chief security coordinator for the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games, said all participating sports federations were “more than happy” with security arrangements. “We have great regards for the lady, but what is the basis for saying this? And if there is a basis, then we would like her to say,” Kumar told AFP in an interview. Australia’s Commonwealth Games chief rebuked Fraser, a triple Olympic 100m freestyle champion, for urging

Australia refutes boycott call athletes to boycott the event. Perry Crosswhite, who was in Munich in 1972 as a member of Australia’s basketball team, said that Fraser was overplaying the situation. “I don’t think Dawn’s been to Delhi recently and I don’t think she has the information we have. If she did, I don’t think she would have made the comments she did,” Crosswhite told reporters. “We believe at this stage, it will be safe and it will be secure.” Police commissioner Kumar rejected Fraser’s fears as baseless and said “elaborate security arrangements” for the games had already been shared with participating federations from 71 countries and territories. “We have also held two rounds of security conference with them and we have satisfied them. We have shared emergency security plans with them and we have shown them

the four-layered security system which will be in place,” Kumar said. “The federations are more than happy and have complimented our preparedness.” Meanwhile, Australian Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite has dismissed calls by swimming great Dawn Fraser for a boycott of the New Delhi Games over security concerns. Fraser told Thursday’s Courier-Mail newspaper that she had grave concerns about terrorism at the Oct 3-14 event, and would hate to see a repeat of the 1972 Munich Olympics where 11 Israelis were killed by Palestinian terrorists. “They can’t get a hockey venue right, yet they’re still expecting everyone to trust them and turn up when they say its all going to be OK,” Fraser said. Crosswhite said Fraser’s remarks were ill-informed and was confident

“it will be safe and it will be secure.” “I don’t think Dawn’s been to Delhi recently and I don’t think she has the information we have. If she did I don’t think she would have made the comments she did,” Crosswhite told reporters in Melbourne. “We believe at this stage, it will be safe and it will be secure. “My personal view is that the Commonwealth Games is not going to be a target.” Fraser won four gold and four silver Olympic medals, set 14 world records and won six Commonwealth Games gold medals in a career which ended after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She said she was skeptical about India’s assurances on security, given all the delays and missed deadlines when it came to building venues. “The Indians are telling us that security will be right,” Fraser said. “But they’ve also been telling us for

months that their stadiums are ready to go too and quite obviously they’re not. “I know Australia has never boycotted a Commonwealth or Olympic Games, but we’re simply being told too many lies. There are now too many question marks for our officials not to consider it. “I would hate to see another Munich but, with things getting worse and worse, I have grave concerns.” Crosswhite conceded Indian organizers could be better prepared on the building program, but was assured by a report this week from Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell’s inspection visit to the Indian capital. “In the next day, they expect to get sign off on the safety issues in buildings and an update on security assessment,” Crosswhite said. The Australian team had asked for the plumbing at all venues to be tested after reports of a dengue fever outbreak which has claimed lives, he said. —Agencies

British urged to brush up manners for Olympics LONDON: The British, impolite? Golly gosh, what a thing to suggest! Despite Britons’ reputation as the politest people on Earth, some have decided it is time to give their compatriots a few lessons in manners so they are ready to extend a warm welcome to visitors at the London 2012 Olympics. For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a national campaign was launched to teach the Chinese good behaviordon’t spit in public and don’t clear your throat in a restaurant loudly were just two examples on a long list. But surely such an initiative is not necessary in Britain, the birthplace of fair play and politeness where the visitor finds doors are always opened for him and his hosts refuse to let him pay for a round of drinks? Sadly, such ideas are misconceptions in this day and age, insists Peter G Foot. The septuagenarian gentleman, who has the refined manners of an aristocrat, is the president of the “National Campaign for Courtesy”, which was founded in 1986. “Our manners must improve if we want those visitors to leave with a high opinion of this nation,” Foot said. “Our behavior is definitely worse than in the past. “We used to queue at the bus stop but now it’s just like a free for all. We throw litter on the ground. “You get into stores where you’re ignored, while two girls carry on chatting about the boys they dated last night. It’s worse than it’s ever been in the past.” All this might be of little concern if the 2012 Olympics were not heading to London. In March, the British capital won the dubious accolade of “rudest city in Britain” in a study carried out by hotel chain Jurys Inn. London is braced for a million visitors during the Olympic Games, and Foot’s group has launched a campaign to ensure his country is not lambasted for its bad manners. “We’re starting our campaign now to ensure all foreign visitors are going to find they’re treated with respect,” he said. —AFP

SINGAPORE: Competitors leap mid-air on their BMX bikes during the Boy’s Junior BMX competition at the Youth Olympic Games yesterday. —AP

Empty seats blight Youth Games SINGAPORE: The inaugural Youth Olympics has been marred by scores of empty seats at competition venues despite fans being told it was sold-out, forcing organizers yesterday to address ticketing problems. The issue appears to lie with spectators not staying for the duration of the sessions they have paid for, which can last up to seven hours, local reports said. This has seen queues of people outside stadiums unable to purchase a ticket despite the venues being half-empty. With complaints growing as the

Games reached their half-way point, Minister for Community Development and Sport Vivian Balakrishnan instructed venue managers to re-sell tickets if seats were unoccupied once the session started. “What I have been receiving now is many appeals, through email, phone calls and SMS, that, ‘I want to get into this particular event, I can’t get tickets, what can I do?’” Balakrishnan told the Straits Times newspaper. “What we realize is that although all the tickets are sold, some people come late or they leave

early.” His solution, though, potentially creates a situation where there are two ticket holders for one seat. “Even if it means kicking someone like myself or the officials out of the official seat... we will do so,” he said. While the Games, for 14- to 18-yearolds, are perceived as a success so far, organizers have also had to deal with other issues, including 21 volunteers falling ill after eating a catered lunch. The Singapore Youth Games Organizing Committee and the Ministry of Health said they

were investigating. Balakrishnan said problems were inevitable at an event of such scale. “We will continue to do our best. In a massive operation like this, from time to time, problems will arise,” he told the Straits Times. “But we will be completely forthright about it, we will do everything that is necessary and we will prioritize the safety and the health of our volunteers and, of course, our athletes.” The Games, which feature all 26 Olympic sports, run until August 26. —AFP


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Kerr stakes claim on top ranking NORTH PLAINS: Cristie Kerr, who won June's LPGA Championship by 12 strokes to become the first US world number one in women's golf, tries to secure her grip atop the rankings at the LPGA Safeway Classic. The 1.5 million-dollar, 54hole event starts today at Pumpkin Ridge and marks the LPGA's first event on US soil since US veteran Paula Creamer won the US Women's Open on July 11. Kerr took over the top spot after her second career

major title, the first coming at the 2007 US Women's Open, but reclaimed it this week from South Korean Shin Jiyai, who fell to third behind Kerr and Japan's Ai Miyazato. Finishing the season atop the rankings is a major goal for Kerr. "It's very important to me," she said. "I worked my whole life for it. I'm in a position now to do it. There's so much golf left this year that you have to be in it every week. Your bad finishes need to be in the top 10. "For

a world No 1 for the rest of the year, it's going to probably take another couple of tournament wins. I've had a good start to the season as far as trying to accomplish that and I've got to keep playing well." The tight fight for the top between Kerr, Shin and Miyazato in the wake of the recent retirements of such stars as Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa gives new energy to each event on a smaller LPGA schedule. "It's an exciting time for

the LPGA because we have a number of different players that can be No 1," Kerr said. "You have a chance to be No. 1 every week, so it's going to be exciting until the end of the year. "I have to keep my eyes on the job at hand. I have been No. 1 and I've lost that. It's a fun challenge." The Safeway Classic, which Kerr won in 2008, is the first LPGA event since Taiwan's fifth-ranked Yani Tseng won her third career major

title at the Women's British Open three weeks ago. "It was huge in Taiwan," Tseng said. "Lots of people were watching and I got lots of text messages from Taiwan saying it was so exciting, that after the win they were crying. It was really great." Tseng tries to become the first winner of consecutive events since Miyazato opened this season with back-to-back triumphs. The Japanese star has won four titles this year. — AFP

Springboks and All Blacks set for Soweto showdown JOHANNESBURG: New Zealand is on the verge of its 10th Tri-Nations rugby title as it prepares for a landmark game against South Africa in Soweto tomorrow. Springbok captain John Smit will play his 100th test and Richie McCaw will lead the All Blacks for the 51st time - equaling the record of Sean Fitzpatrick. Soweto, the famous township, will host an international rugby match for the first time. The FNB Stadium, formerly Soccer City - venue for the football World Cup final, is expected to attract a crowd of just under 90,000 people, the biggest rugby attendance in South Africa since 1955. "It's going to be amazing," said South Africa vice-captain Victor Matfield. New Zealand lock Brad Thorn added: "90,000 people. It's what you dream about. I don't care if they are cheering for me or booing, so long as they are there. "These are the things that you look back on for the rest of your life and and go 'gee, I was lucky to be part of it'." With four wins from four, the All Blacks need just a point from their last two games to seal a 10th crown in the 15 years of the southern hemisphere championship. Graham Henry's team has underlined its ranking as the best in the world with a ruthless brand of high-paced, attacking rugby that took it to back-to-back wins over tournament defending champion South Africa and then successive victories over Australia. The runaway standings leader has scored 17 tries in four games - versus six by Australia and four by South Africa, who have played a game less. But for the moment, the All Blacks have set aside overall Tri-Nations triumph in favor of a third win over the Boks. Henry said avenging South Africa's sweep of New Zealand in 2009 was "a pretty big deal" for his team. "It's a motivating factor and has been since the series began," he said. "All we're thinking about is getting ourselves right to play well on the weekend. If we do the job there will be another focus, won't there?" Henry said, referring to the title. "To be honest, I'd be

disappointed to win the TriNations with just one point in the next two games," McCaw said. Flanker McCaw, one of the standout players for the All Blacks this season, also quickly moved past his own personal achievement, saying he didn't get "too carried away with numbers." "Obviously you're pretty proud to captain the team for a few years but we still have to do the job on Saturday," he said. "We've got a hell of a test match. We've got to make sure we do the job dead right." Opposite number Smit will become the 15th player, and second South African after Percy Montgomery, to win 100 caps. "It's a lovely milestone, which I'm proud of, but it really does take a back seat in terms of the clash we have against the All Blacks," the front-rower said. The struggling Springboks were outplayed by New Zealand and Australia in three straight losses on the road, and have faced on-field disciplinary problems and off-field distractions after coach Peter de Villiers was summoned to a hearing over comments he was alleged to have made about referees. He was cleared. South Africa can't retain its title, but can win back some pride in its three home games. "I think the biggest thing was to get our heads clean again," Matfield said. "Just to go away, get away from rugby, and to get back now and refocus. We're ready to go." De Villiers said his team had addressed their discipline issues after having players sin-binned in all three games against New Zealand and Australia. He said discipline was "primary" in the South African team. De Villiers has made seven player changes and one positional switch to his starting lineup in a bid to turn around South Africa's disastrous campaign so far and scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and lock Flip van der Merwe will make their first starts for the Springboks. New Zealand has gone for continuity. No. 9 Jimmy Cowan has returned from injury and prop Ben Franks has replaced younger brother Owen in the only changes to its team. — AP

CALIFORNIA: Michael Phelps of USA reacts after winning the men’s 200m butterfly final at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine. — AFP

Phelps holds on to 'painful' victory IRVINE: Michael Phelps held on for a "painful" victory in the 200m butterfly at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Wednesday, holding off Nick D'Arcy with the fastest time in the world this year. "That was painful," said the 14-time Olympic gold medalist, who has been battling all season after a lengthy break from training. Phelps led at every turn and won in 1min 54.11sec, but said he could feel rivals closing in the final meters. "I felt a splash of water from the lane next to me, I was just thinking 'Please don't let me get run down,'" Phelps said. "The fitness level is just not there." Even so, he had enough to hold off Australia's D'Arcy, who was second in 1:54.73. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda was third in 1:54.81. Cesar Cielo, the 50m freestyle Olympic gold medalist, departed from his signature sprint freestyle events to lead a Brazilian one-two in the 50m butterfly. Cielo won in a sizzling 23.03sec, with Nicholas Santos second in 23.33 and South African veteran Roland Schoeman third in 23.39. "It's a wonderful surprise," Cielo said after notching the fastest time of the year in the event. "I'm not really a butterflyer, but anything that's a 50 I find a way to go fast. Tonight I found a way to find a way to go really fast." Australian Geoff Huegill, making his return to international competition after retiring in the wake of the 2004 Olympics, was fourth.

The meeting is one of the two biggest international championships of the year, along with the recently completed European championships. Along with the four charter PanPac nations of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan swimmers from a host of other nonEuropean countries are taking part. For the US swimmers, results will help determine places on next year's World Championship team, while for Australian swimmers some places in the Commonweath Games at New Delhi in October are up for grabs. Ryan Lochte won the 200m freestyle in a year's best time of 1:45.30, holding off the challenge of South Korean Park Tae-Hwan, who was second in 1:46.27. Park, the 2008 Olympic 400m free gold medalist and 200m free silver medalist, briefly seized the lead at the halfway point, but Lochte surged back for the victory. World record-holder Aaron Peirsol made the most of a second chance in the 100m backstroke, winning in 53.31 after Lochte's decision to scratch gave him a slot in the final. "I wanted to make the most of the opportunity," said Peirsol, who had one of the top eight times in the heats but was bumped to the consolation final as the third-fastest American. Only two swimmers from each nation can compete in each championship final. Peirsol delivered a steady first 50m and

took control at the turn. He powered to the win over Japan's Junya Koga (53.63), with Australian Ashley Delaney third in 53.67 and Japan's Ryosuke Irie settling for fourth in 53.71. Reigning world champion Marieke Guehrer won the women's 50m butterfly in 25.99sec - the same time her fellow Australian Yolane Kukla posted in winning the consolation final. Australian Emily Seebohm took silver in 26.08sec, enough to add the event to her Commonwealth Games program. Seebohm then won a hard-fought victory in the 100m backstroke, clocking 59.45 to edge Japan's Aya Terakawa (59.59) with American Natalie Coughlin third in 59.70. Jessicah Schipper gave Australia another narrow victory in the 200m butterfly, clocking 2:06.90 to edge Americans Teresa Crippen (2:06.93) and Kathleen Hersey. Allison Schmitt won the women's 200m freestyle in 1:56.10, leading fellow American and training partner Morgan Scroggy (1:57.13) with Australian Blair Evans third in 1:57.27. US women finished one-two in the 800m free as well, with Kate Zeigler winning in 8:21.59 ahead of Chloe Sutton (8:24.51). Ryan Cochrane gave Canada their first gold of the championships with a fine 1,500m freestyle victory in 14:49.47. American Chad La Tourette was second in 14:54.48 and China's Zhang Lin third in 14:58.90. — AFP


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Big Four advance at Cincinnati Masters CINCINNATI: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, number two Roger Federer, third-ranked Novak Djokovic and Britain’s fourth-ranked Andy Murray all won on Wednesday to advance at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. Reigning Wimbledon and French Open champion Nadal advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over big-serving 83rdranked American Taylor Dent to reach the third round of the three milliondollar hardcourt event, a tuneup for the US Open. “I was waiting to have my chances, but you are out of the rhythm from the baseline because he’s not giving to you the long point, and it’s difficult to have the feel of the ball,” Nadal said. “He broke me and I was a little bit lucky after that to have the break. It was a close second set but I think I had more chances than him in the second. It was closer in the second but I still

think I deserved to win.” The Spaniard, who has won 35 of his past 37 matches, will next face Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who eliminated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2. “I know him. He knows me. It’s going to be a very difficult match,” Nadal said. “He’s playing well. I’m going to try to play my best tennis, only like this I’m going to have chances. I have to be aggressive and try to have control of the point.” Nadal and the other top-eight seeds all received first-round byes at the last hardcourt tuneup event before the US Open, which starts August 30. Murray, coming off a victory in Toronto last week, beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 63, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, to book a third-round match against Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who outlasted Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-7 (8/10), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). The Scotsman defeated Nadal and Swiss

world number two Roger Federer in his last two matches in Toronto to claim his first title of the year, but had some trouble putting away Chardy. “He started playing a lot better,” Murray said. “At the end of the second set, he started going for everything. When he started making some shots, I was a little uncomfortable.” Chardy fired 15 aces at Murray, who responded with eight of his own and denied the Frenchman on 3-of-4 break chances while capitalizing on 6-of-14 such opportunities to advance after two hours and nine minutes. Federer advanced when Uzbek qualifier Denis Istomin suffered a right foot injury and retired after only 28 minutes with 16time Grand Slam champion Federer leading 5-2. The Swiss star was happy for a short night after his run to the final at Toronto. “If there is a right timing for

this, it’s now, I guess,” Federer said. “It gives me an extra day to get into it. From that standpoint, it’s good.” Djokovic defeated compatriot Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5, but was unhappy at how he closed out the match. “I did have a decrease of the level in the second set,” Djokovic said. “It was a very ugly set with a lot of unforced errors on both sides, a lot of double faults. I was struggling to hit the ball really well. In the important moments when I needed to break, I did. It’s good to go through in straight sets.” Djokovic, runner-up here the past two years, will next face Argentina’s David Nalbandian, a winner two weeks ago at Washington. The South American trailed 4-5 when American John Isner retired with a right ankle injury. The Serbian star continues to work on his serve, which was a major weapon in his run to his lone Grand

Slam crown at the 2008 Australian Open. “It really gets up and down so it’s not what I want, but I’m slowly getting on the old serve that I had,” Djokovic said. “I had a good motion. When I won the Grand Slam I was serving really well, around 200 k/hr and a lot of precision. “These days I’m struggling a little bit, but it’s a mental thing. It’s going to get to me sooner or later.” Swedish fifth seed Robin Soderling defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 while American Andy Roddick, coming off a bout with mononucleosis, downed Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. Roddick never faced a break point, winning the last four points of the tie-breaker and taking the only service break of the match in the second set to advance. “I’ve definitely felt better than I have the last couple of months,” said Roddick.— AFP

Clijsters still perfect on hardcourt after scare Dementieva, Wozniacki cruise on TAFALLA: A bull charges against spectators after leaping into the stands during a bullfight in Tafalla, northern Spain. — AP

Raging bull rams spectators in Spain More than 30 injured MADRID: Three people, including a 10-year-old boy, remained in hospital yesterday with injuries suffered when a bull charged into a crowd of terrified spectators at a bullring in Spain, local authorities said. Spanish television showed dramatic images of screaming spectators, including children, frantically trying to avoid the rampaging animal after it leapt several meters over a security barrier and then clambered over a fence and into the crowded stands Wednesday evening. The animal stumbled around the stands before falling down several steps, crushing more people, at the bullring in the town of Tafalla, in the northern Navarra region. Several employees of the bullring finally managed to get a rope around the bull after about 15 minutes, and it was killed and removed by a crane. The Navarra regional government said 32 people were treated at hospitals and clinics. Most suffered minor injuries such as bruising and were released, but three remained hospitalized yesterday. A 10-year-old boy was in serious but stable condition with “abdominal trauma” after the bull fell on him, it said in a statement. A 23-year-old woman was being treated for a crushed vertebrae, and a 47-year-old man for wounds suffered when he was gored in the lower back. Both were in stable condition. In addition to the 32, “several more” suffered shock or minor scratches and bruises, the statement said. The incident did not take place during a traditional bullfight but during a contest of “recortadores”, in which participants try to dodge the bull while staying as close to it as possible. The bull, named Quesero, had already twice tried to jump the barrier during the event, breaking one of its horns, and was about to be removed from the arena when it launched itself into the crowd. “I was terrified. I ran out of the stadium, crying,” one young woman told the television of the neighboring Basque region. Another young woman said, “people started to fall over each other... Then I couldn’t find my friends, what happened was awful.” “I have never felt so afraid. I’m still shaking,” one of those injured told the ABC newspaper. “The bull had already made a few attempts, but I was relatively calm. And suddenly, I saw that the animal had jumped and, after staying stuck on the fence for a few seconds, it came over. Then there was chaos... There was stomping, pushing, shrieks, blows.”— AFP

MONTREAL: A sleepy Kim Clijsters woke up in time to claim a 4-6 6-4 6-3 second round win over American qualifier Bethanie MattekSands at the Montreal Cup on Wednesday and continue her perfect buildup to the US Open. While there was nothing close to perfection about Clijsters’ performance against her 101-ranked opponent, the Belgian remains unbeaten on North American hardcourts this summer, rattling off six straight wins as she prepares to defend her title at Flushing Meadows this month. Clijsters arrived in Montreal fresh from victory at the Cincinnati Open but the only part of the fifth seed’s game that appeared razor-sharp was her determination, as she battled her stubborn American opponent for 2 hours and 14 minutes. Trailing 4-1 in the second set after losing the first, Clijsters finally shifted into gear and raced through the next five games to level the contest. Sands, who had failed to even qualify for her last two events, halted the skid when she held serve to open the third but Clijsters’ class came through to sweep the final four games and close out the match. “It’s obviously nice to win matches like this when you’ve been down and to fight,” she told reporters. “You put the effort in and in the end it pays off. It’s a nice way to end matches like that. “I’m happy with the way I fought and just raised my

MONTREAL: Kim Clijsters of Belgium celebrates a point against Bethanie MattekSands of the United States during the Rogers Cup at Stade Uniprix in Montreal, Canada. —AFP level towards the end.” Clijsters, who also won the US Open in 2005, has been nearly unbeatable on hardcourts this season, posting a 20-2 record and winning her last 12 matches on the surface in a streak that stretches back to a victory in Miami earlier this year. Several other players flashed

their hardcourt credentials on a blustery day in Montreal, including Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva, who opened the defense of her Canadian crown in convincing style by sweeping past Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-2 6-4. Danish world number two Caroline Wozniacki, the woman Clijsters beat in the

final to lift the U.S. Open title last year, claimed a tough 7-5 7-5 win over plucky Swiss Patty Schnyder to notch her first ever win on Canadian hardcourts. “Patty is a great player, she is a very serious player,” said Wozniacki, who had failed to win a match on her last two visits to Canada. “She knows how to play the points the way you don’t like it, she likes to mix it up and she doesn’t give you any rhythm. “It’s very difficult to play against a player like that.” Former world number one Dinara Safina displayed promising signs that the back problems that have plagued her for a year may finally be over as the Russian battled to a 7-5 4-6 6-4 win over compatriot Nadia Petrova. The victory marked the first time since the Australian Open that Safina has won back-to-back matches. Back on the Montreal hardcourts for the first time since lifting the title in 2008, Safina has seen her ranking dive from number one to 70 but the Russian looked determined to reclaim her place among the elite when she fought back from 4-1 down in the third set. “Winning a three-set match, it’s the first time in a long time,” said Safina. “It was about hanging in there and keep on fighting. “We both played very good but I won. That is the nicest thing at the end of the day.”— Reuters


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IOC president hails mixed team triathlon experiment SINGAPORE: International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge yesterday hailed the first high-profile running of a triathlon with mixed gender teams as a big success. The Singapore Youth Olympics is the first global multisport competition to feature the format and Rogge was on hand to witness it. But he would not be drawn on its chances of being

included in future Olympic Games. “I think it was exciting,” he said of the race won by Europe 1, in an event where two men and two women in teams representing each continent completed a 250-metre open-water swim, a sevenkilometer cycle ride and 1.7kilometre run. “Well organized, beautiful setting and the athletes loved it.

That’s the most important thing. The athletes all had smiles on their faces.” The Youth Olympics feature athletes aged 14 to 18 competing in the traditional 26 Olympic sports, but with a twist. Some sports have been adapted to appeal to a younger audience, including the triathlon, and Rogge has previously suggested that if successful, the changes could be included in future,

full-blown Olympics as early as Rio in 2016. But he was cagey yesterday. “This is something we will have to discuss. We’re going to analyze everything first,” he told reporters. “It’s an exciting event-whether it will come to the traditional Games is another question.” The International Triathlon Union (ITU) see the Singapore experiment as an

important stepping stone in its attempt to have it incorporated into the summer Olympics. “We had a lot of IOC members on the stand and I think all of them were really happy with the result,” said ITU president Marisol Casado. “I already talked with the (IOC) president and the sports director and I think we are in a good way.” —AFP

PHOENIX: Infielder Scott Rolen No 27 of the Cincinnati Reds makes a diving attempt to field a double hit by Chris Young (not pictured) of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on August 18, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. — AFP

Boston Red Sox stretch unbeaten streak Red Sox defy Angels BOSTON: The Boston Red Sox stretched their unbeaten streak against the Los Angeles Angels to nine games with a 7-5 win on Wednesday that kept them in the hunt for top spot in the American League East division. With the help of a wild pitch and a hit batsman, the Red Sox scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and held firm to remain 5.5 games behind division leaders Tampa Bay and New York. Adrian Beltre went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning that pulled Boston to within one run of the Angels. The Red Sox took the lead in the seventh when Los Angeles pitcher Kevin Jepsen threw a bases-loaded wild pitch and then, after an intentional walk, hit pinch-hitter Daniel Nava with the bases loaded to bring in the game-winning run. “He bounced a curve ball and yanked a fastball inside,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told local media of Jepsen’s errant pitches. “He was trying to elevate. He had the right idea, but just didn’t execute.” Red Sox starter John Lackey, who spent the previous eight seasons with the Angels,

allowed five runs in seven innings and won for the third time this year against his former team. Closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 30th save of the year. The Angels took early control over the home team, getting a home run from Mike Napoli in the third and a three-run blast from Alberto Callaspo in the fifth where Los Angeles went ahead by three runs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir pitched five innings and allowed four runs before his bullpen let him down. Victor Martinez recorded an RBI single in the eighth and finished 3-for-5 for the Red Sox (69-52), while Nava added a diving catch with two men on in the eighth to seal the win. “That ball gets by him, they probably take the lead,” said Boston outfielder Bill Hall. “That’s a play you’ve got to take a chance on. That’s what he did.” After sweeping Boston in last year’s American League divisional series, Los Angeles has been unable to solve their AL opponents. The Angels (60-61) have lost three straight and are eight games behind the first-placed Texas Rangers in the AL West. — Reuters

MLB results/standings Major League Baseball results and standings on Wednesday: Tampa Bay 8, Texas 6; Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 2; San Diego 5, Chicago Cubs 1; Oakland 5, Toronto 4; Seattle 6, Baltimore 5; Philadelphia 8, San Francisco 2; Florida 3, Pittsburgh 2; Atlanta 3, Washington 2. American L eague Easter n Division W L PCT NY Yankees 74 46 .617 Tampa Bay 74 46 .617 Boston 69 52 .570 Toronto 63 57 .525 Baltimore 42 79 .347 Central Division Minnesota 70 50 .583 Chicago White Sox65 55 .542 Detroit 58 62 .483 Kansas City 51 69 .425 Cleveland 49 71 .408 Wester n Division Texas 67 52 .563 LA Angels 60 61 .496 Oakland 59 60 .496 Seattle 48 73 .397

GB 5.5 11 32.5 5 12 19 21 8 8 20

National L eague Easter n Division Atlanta 71 49 .592 Philadelphia 68 51 .571 NY Mets 60 60 .500 Florida 59 60 .496 Washington 51 69 .425 Central Division Cincinnati 69 51 .575 St. Louis 65 53 .551 Milwaukee 57 64 .471 Houston 52 67 .437 Chicago Cubs 50 71 .413 Pittsburgh 40 80 .333 Wester n Division San Diego 72 47 .605 San Francisco 67 54 .554 Colorado 62 57 .521 LA Dodgers 61 60 .504 Arizona 47 74 .388

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Boateng: Milan is dream come true ROME: Controversial Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng says his move to seven-time European champions AC Milan, on loan from Genoa, is a dream come true. The move capped a remarkable rise for the 23-year-old Germanborn player, who only a year ago was not good enough for Tottenham and sold to Portsmouth, who went on to finish bottom of the Premier League. But after playing a pivotal role in Ghana’s historic march to the World

Cup quarter-finals in South Africa, Boateng has secured a move to one of the biggest clubs on the planet. “Playing for this club was a dream and now it’s become real. I wanted to come to Milan with all my desire,” Boateng told Thursday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I know the club’s history and hence I know that I’ve come to the best club in the world. Milan is first, above both Real Madrid and Barcelona.” Boateng’s move to Milan was the subject of

some confusion, since the club did not have the money to buy him outright. Instead, Genoa paid Portsmouth 6.5 million euros for his services and loaned him immediately to their Serie A rivals. Provided he is a success in Milan, the club will then buy him in a year’s time, at a healthy profit for Genoa, once they have shed some hefty contracts from their books. Now that he is playing for one of the most high-profile clubs in one of the

world’s toughest leagues, Boateng will find himself even more in the spotlight, but he insists he has nothing to fear, despite his reputation for trouble. He has a Ghanaian father and German mother but elected to play for Ghana, despite representing Germany at all youth levels, after falling out with the German Federation. “I’m a normal 23-yearold lad who loves playing with a ball. I know I’ve got a reputation but I ask

just one thing: judge me by what you see on the pitch. “The past is the past, now I want to do well. Even (Gennaro) Gattuso has a fiery character but he’s a top guy.” Apart from Gattuso, Boateng is particularly looking forward to playing alongside one of his idols. “In the past they were (Zinedine) Zidane and Rivaldo, now it’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho-I can’t believe I’m going to be his team-mate.” —AFP

Indian tycoon wants Beckham in Blackburn LONDON: Indian tycoon Ahsan Ali Syed has made a bid for David Beckham his top priority if he completes his proposed takeover of Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. Syed is talking to Rovers’ chiefs about a 300 million pounds ($468 million) takeover and the Bahrain-based lawyer plans to launch an 80 million pounds ($125 million) spending spree on new players once the deal is finalized. The 36-year-old believes LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham, who has not played for an English club since he left Manchester United seven years ago, is the kind of high-profile name required to kick-start his project to transform Blackburn into title contenders. “I was 26 when I started following the Premier League. I used to like Blackburn back then and also used to follow Manchester United’s fortunes because of David Beckham,” he told the Daily Mail. “If my finances allow and his intentions are positive then I would love to take Beckham.” Blackburn confirmed earlier this week that they had held “a cordial and productive meeting” with representatives of Syed’s investment firm Western Gulf Advisory. Rovers manager Sam Allardyce would relish the opportunity to spend Syed’s cash, but he insists there is no chance of emulating the feats of Blackburn’s title-winning team of 1995, who were transformed by billionaire owner Jack Walker. “While our prospective new owner is

talking about vast amounts of money compared to what we used to have, it is still way below what Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool have spent over the years,” Allardyce said. “It is fantastic money for a club like ours, but it is still, in terms of the top boys, not (enough to make) as big an impression as they have made over the last few years. “The numbers that are being talked about at Blackburn, while fantastic to get us close, are not (equivalent to) the sort of money that Jack Walker first put in, which was more than everyone else at the time. “He almost bought a whole side with (then manager) Kenny Dalglish that became legendary at this football club and was the best team in the league.” Allardyce believes a takeover of the club could bring “great success” to Ewood Park, but has already vowed he will not start paying over the odds for players if he is handed a large transfer budget. “I have to persuade the new owners-if it happens-that we have got to do it relatively slowly, not ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’,” Allardyce said. “That is a little too quick to turn a football club round to being successful. You try and do it as quick as you possibly can, but you want to do it by making sure we sign the quality of player at the right price. “Even though we might have millions and millions to spend, we still have to negotiate the right price and not over-spend for a player that is not worth the money.” —AFP

Kuwait soccer premier league kicks off today

NEW JERSEY: David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy looks on from the bench during their match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. —AFP

KUWAIT: The Kuwait Premier League kicks off its 49th season today. Twenty-one matches will be played in three rounds. The season starts with games between AlArabi and Al-Jahra and Al-Salmiya and AlSahel. Two-time defending champions Al-Qadsia will clash with Kazma and runnerup Al-Kuwait will have a tough fixture with AlNassr. Most teams, such as Al-Qadsia, prepared for the season with training camps outside Kuwait. AlQadsia will try to make it three in a row, while Al-Kuwait and other teams have a hard task of breaking this streak. Al-Arabi, a record 16-time champion, has struggled for the past eight seasons but has armed his arsenal with many non-Kuwaiti players and a change to its coaching staff. AlNassr, which managed third last season, hopes to repeat or better its achievement. Kazma and Al-Salmiya, with four titles will try to regain their winning ways, while newcomers from the first division Al-Jahra and Al-Sahel will try to prove worthy of being among the top eight clubs. —KUNA

FIFA inspectors praise Russia World Cup bid MOSCOW: A delegation of FIFA inspectors yesterday praised Russia’s bid to host the World Cup, saying they were particularly impressed by the commitment of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The inspectors’ comments came after a four-day visit to Russia, the fifth stop of their twomonth tour of nine candidates vying to

host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. “After four days of our visit we received all the necessary information that we needed to work out an objective and fair report,” said Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the head of the sixman FIFA team. “I’d like to praise Russia’s bid committee on behalf of my colleagues and FIFA,” said Mayne-

Nicholls, who is also the Chilean Football Federation president. “In all of the cities that we visited we’ve got full support and plenty of information.” The inspectors panel chief added that the meeting with Putin was very useful for the FIFA inspectors. “He (Putin) gave us clear government guarantees in support of the bid to host

the World Cup,” Mayne-Nicholls said. “We were all impressed with the commitment that the prime minister showed along with his knowledge of the country’s bid book.” The inspectors have already visited Japan, South Korea, Australia and tested the joint bid of Netherlands and Belgium. After their visit to Russia the team-

including FIFA event management chief Juergen Mueller and marketing head David Fowler-next visits England, Spain-Portugal, the United States and Qatar. It will draw up a technical report on the bids for FIFA’s 24 executives, who are due to choose the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2 in Zurich. —AFP


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Can anyone stop Bayern title defense? BERLIN: With Bayern Munich starting the defense of their Bundesliga title today at home to 2009 champions Wolfsburg, the question on fans’ lips here is can anyone stop their march to the title? Their rivals will be doing their best to stop Bayern claiming their 23rd title as German champions and there have been some interesting additions to the Bundesliga during the summer break. Bayer Leverkusen have re-signed Germany’s midfield star Michael Ballack after he was released by Chelsea, Wolfsburg have former England coach Steve McClaren at the helm and Schalke have recruited veteran Spain striker Raul. But Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has

considerable riches in his squad and Munich are the overwhelming favourites to retain the league title, as their rivals admit. Schalke coach Felix Magath believes Bayern are “even stronger than last season”, when they won the German league and cup double, while Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp admits “no other team are nearly as strong”. Bayern’s superstar wingers Arjen Robben, once he is fit again, and Franck Ribery will be looking to produce their deadly double-act at the start of last season which the German media dubbed ‘Robbery’. Attacking midfielder Toni Kroos returns from a loan spell at Leverkusen, along with Bayern’s rising stars Thomas

Mueller and defender Holger Badstuber who all impressed as Germany finished third at the World Cup. Up front, veteran striker Miroslav Klose showed he still has plenty of football to offer after scoring four goals at the World Cup. Along with Mario Gomez, he will challenge first-choice centre forward Ivica Olic for his starting place as Bayern’s lone striker. In defense, left back Philipp Lahm took over the German captaincy in South Africa and only enhanced his reputation as a world-class player with impressive performances. Likewise, defensive midfielder Mark van Bommel played a key role in helping the Netherlands reach

the World Cup final and will bolster the Bayern midfield alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, who had a stellar World Cup. The only chink in Bayern’s armor is in defense and a decent right back to complement Lahm on the left wing. Centre-backs Martin Demichelis and Daniel van Buyten have struggled for pace on occasion, but Bayern will again be the team to beat this season. The standard has been set high, only Champions League success will satisfy Bayern’s immense appetite for glory. “You have to win the Champions League in order to write yourself in the history books. We have done that before,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Werder on the verge of Champions League berth BREMEN: Werder Bremen proved there is life after Mesut Ozil with a convincing 3-1 win over Sampdoria at home in the first leg of the Champions League qualification match here on Wednesday. Bremen have never lost to an Italian side at home and Thomas Schaaf’s men maintained their proud record which puts them in pole-position for next Tuesday’s second-leg in Sampdoria. The three goals by Clemens Fritz, captain Torsten Frings and Claudio Pizzaro came just 24 hours after Bremen sold Germany’s rising star and playmaker Ozil to Real Madrid. Bremen’s loss may be Real’s gain, but the north German club took a big step towards a lucrative Champions League place by seeing off the Italians. Sampdoria gave themselves a late lifeline as striker Giampaolo Pazzini out-leapt Germany centreback Per Mertesacker to score a valuable away goal ahead of the second leg. But Bremen are favorites to join fellow Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 in the draw for the group stages. “I am sure that we will score a goal in Genoa, but it is annoying that we conceded a goal late in the game,” said Bremen’s director of sport Klaus Allofs. And Schaaf admitted he was relieved to see his side score three goals. “We made life hard for ourselves at the start, but we improved after the break and - thank god we scored some goals,” said Schaaf. Both Bremen and Sampdoria had their chances to score in the first half as Bremen striker Hugo Almeida could only head over the bar after a deflected shot from Pizzaro. At the other

The strongest challenge from amongst their rivals is most likely to come from Magath’s Schalke 04. The Royal Blues pushed Bayern all the way last season and have recruited Raul from Madrid, who will bolster Schalke’s attack. Magath has forged his side into a strong unit and having earned their place in the Champions League, they will be looking to steal Bayern’s thunder. Hamburg faded badly at the end of last season, but under new coach Armin Veh, they have talented forwards like Germany’s Piotr Trochowski and Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, while defender Heiko Westermann takes over the captaincy. — AFP

Olic, Robben miss Bayern’s opener

BREMEN: Bremen’s Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro (right) celebrates with his teammate Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida after scoring a goal during the Champions League qualification match on August 18, 2010 in Bremen. — AFP end Pazzini, missed an early chance as Sampdoria made a bright start, but it finished 00 at the break. Germany midfielder Fritz broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when defender Fernando Tissone made a mistake just outside the penalty area. The 29-year-old unleashed an unstoppable shot which screamed past Italian goalkeeper Gianluca Curci and into the back right-hand

corner of the net. Bremen then made sure they will take the ideal result to Italy next Tuesday when defender Stefano Lucchini hauled down Bremen’s Sebastian Proedl in the penalty area on 66 minutes. The referee Stephane Lannoy wasted no time showing him a second yellow card and the subsequent red while awarding Werder a penalty. Former Germany

midfielder Torsten Frings slotted home the penalty. Pizarro made it 3-0 just two minutes later when Almeida back-heeled the ball back into the path of the Peru international and he wasted no time in rifling his shot past Curci on 69 minutes, before Pazzini’s late header. Sampdoria now have it all to do ahead of Tuesday’s return leg at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. — AFP

BERLIN: Bayern Munich will be without stars Ivica Olic and Arjen Robben for today night’s Bundesliga opener as they begin their quest for their 23rd German league title and target the treble. Bayern host Wolfsburg at Munich’s Allianz Arena without Dutch winger Robben, who is recovering from the leg injury he picked up just before the World Cup, while Croatia’s Olic is struggling with a knee injury. With Olic out, Germany striker Miroslav Klose is expected to start as the lone striker for Bayern, with Mario Gomez on the bench. Bayern captain Mark van Bommel faces a race against time to be fit to face Wolfsburg as he also has a muscular injury. If he fails to make it, Danijel Pranjic will take over in midfield. Only defeat in last season’s Champions League final by Inter Milan prevented Bayern from winning the treble and van Bommel says the goal for this season is to add Europe’s top domestic title to the league and cup double. “That is the great challenge for this season,” said van Bommel. Wolfsburg will have Germany defender Arne Friedrich in the side after his transfer from relegated Hertha Berlin, while ex-England coach Steve McClaren becomes the Bundesliga’s first English manager. “Bayern have a great squad with many world-class players,” admitted McClaren. “What could be better in the first game than to take on the champions? “It will be a great evening.” The Wolves will be without Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, whose wife is expecting the couple’s first child. McClaren is still trying to strengthen his Wolfsburg squad and is reported to be interested in signing both Liverpool’s Ryan Babel and Brazilian playmaker Diego from Juventus. Two of Bayern’s main title rivals clash on Saturday night, when last season’s runners-up Schalke are at Hamburg. There are question marks over Schalke centre-back Christoph Metzelder, who has an upper groin injury, while coach Felix Magath may give veteran Spain striker Raul more time to get match fit. Hamburg have a few injury worries, namely Germany defender Dennis Aogo, who has a trapped sciatic nerve. South Korean striker Son Heung-Min is also out with a foot injury for Hamburg. Fresh from their 3-1 win over Sampdoria on Wednesday night in the Champions League play-off round, Werder Bremen are at Hoffenheim on Saturday but without Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil, who signed for Real Madrid this week. Nigerian striker Chinedu Obasi misses the game with a stress fracture of the shin for Hoffenheim. Stuttgart are at Mainz on Sunday looking to open their Bundesliga campaign with a win. Tunisian striker Sami Allagui is likely to start, having joined Mainz during the off season, while Stuttgart have Christian Traesch in their side after he missed out on a World Cup place with Germany due to an ankle injury. Germany star Michael Ballack is expected to start for his new club Bayer Leverkusen against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday night as he works his way back to full fitness after the ankle injury that kept him out of the World Cup. Bayer fell away at the end of last season, having led the table for most of the year, and Coach Jupp Heynckes will want no repeat from his side this term. — AFP


PORTO ALEGRE: Bolivar (center) of Brazilian Internacional holds up the Libertadores Cup after the final football match against Mexican Chivas at Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. — AFP

Inter claim 2nd Copa title Internacional beat Guadalajara 5-3 on aggregate PORTO ALEGRE: Rafael Sobis, Leandro and Giuliano scored secondhalf goals as Internacional defeated Mexico’s Guadalajara 3-2 on Wednesday to win its second Copa Libertadores title. Brazilian club Internacional had won the first leg 2-1 in Mexico last week and clinched the title in Latin America’s most important club competition 5-3 on aggregate at a packed Beira-Rio stadium. “We played well in Mexico and we played well here, we deserved to win this title,” Internacional Argentine midfielder Andres D’Alessandro said. Midfielder Marco Fabian De la Mora had put the Mexicans ahead with the opening goal in the 43rd minute, but Sobis equalized in the 63rd from a cross by World Cup veteran left back Kleber. Substitute striker Leandro scored on a breakaway in the 76th and Giuliano sealed the victory in the 90th. Bravo scored the second goal for Guadalajara in injury time. “This is an incredibly special moment for Internacional and its fans,” captain

Bolivar said moments after receiving the trophy from football great Pele. “We fought hard to win this and it finally happened. This is huge.” Bolivar and the rest of the players celebrated wildly on the pitch, hugging each other and chanting along with the fans on the stands. Sobis ran around the field with a huge Internacional flag on his hands, to the delight of the crowd. Players had scuffled on the field after the match but police quickly intervened. The Mexicans said they were provoked by the Brazilian players and that a fan punched De la Mora. They complained of a lack of security. “I don’t know why they let something like this happen,” Guadalajara coach Jose Luis Real said. “It’s seems it’s OK to happen when it’s here.” Guadalajara, known as Chivas, was trying to become the first Mexican club to win the competition. Real blamed the loss on “the silly mistakes we made in the two goals.” “We played well in the first half, but we can’t make those mistakes

against a team like Internacional,” he said. Internacional’s win was the 14th Copa Libertadores title for a Brazilian club. Argentine teams have the most with 22. Internacional won the competition in 2006, when it also clinched FIFA’s Club World Cup by upsetting Barcelona in the final. Since then, the Brazilian club has won four other international competitions - the Recopa Sudamericana, the Copa Sudamericana, the Dubai Cup and the Suruga Cup. Internacional was already guaranteed a spot in this year’s club championship in Dubai because Mexican clubs are part of the North and Central American region and can’t represent South America. The home team controlled most of the match in front of nearly 50,000 fans and had several chances to get on the board, but Chivas was more dangerous in the few opportunities it created in the first half. After allowing the late goal in the first half, Internacional returned from the break putting

pressure on Chivas. Sobis, who stared the match as a replacement for injured Alecsandro, received a ball just in front of the goal in a breakaway in the 55th but was unable to get past Chivas goalkeeper Michel. He made up for that with his next opportunity, latching on to Kleber’s perfect cross from near the six-yard line on a play set up by midfielder Tinga. Leandro then scored just three minutes after replacing Sobis. Chivas’ Omar Arellano was red carded in the 87th for a foul on D’Alessandro, and Internacional quickly converted the numeric advantage when Giuliano beat two defenders and chipped past Michel from inside the area. It was Internacional’s seventh win in as many matches at the Beira-Rio. The team hasn’t lost at the stadium in the Latin American competition since 1993. Celso Roth took over as Internacional coach after the World Cup break, just before the Copa Libertadores semifinals. He replaced Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati, who

was fired because of poor results in the Brazilian league. “The players accepted the new philosophy that I brought into the team and I’m glad it worked out with Internacional winning the title,” Roth said. Chivas was only the second Mexican club to reach the final since the country accepted the invitation to join the Copa Libertadores in 1998. Cruz Azul made it in 2001 but lost the final to Boca Juniors. Chivas began this year’s competition in the second round after being forced to pull out of the 2009 tournament because of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, which kept opponents from traveling to the North American nation. Chivas striker Adolfo Bautista was heavily booed nearly every time he touched the ball because he ignored the Brazilian national anthem before the match and warmed up on the field while the rest of the Guadalajara players lined up. Bautista said he did that because they cut the Mexican anthem short.—AP


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