October 8, 2010
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Toxic torrent reaches Danube KOLONTAR: The toxic red sludge that burst out of a Hungarian factory’s reservoir and inundated three villages reached the mighty Danube yesterday after wreaking havoc on smaller rivers and creeks, an emergency official said. The European Union and environmental officials had feared an environmental catastrophe affecting half a dozen nations if the red sludge, a waste product of making aluminum, contaminated the Danube, Europe’s secondlongest river. Officials from several nations downstream Croatia, Serbia and Romania were testing the river every few hours yesterday but hoping that the Danube’s huge water volume would blunt the impact of the spill. The reservoir break Monday disgorged a toxic torrent into creeks that flow into waterways connected to the Danube. Creeks in Kolontar, the western Hungarian village closest to the spill site, were swollen ochre red days later and villagers said they were devoid of fish. Kolontar is 70 kilometers south of the Danube. The red sludge reached the western branch of the Danube early yesterday and its broad, main stretch by noon, Hungarian rescue agency spokesman Tibor Dobson told the state MTI news agency. He said up to now there were “no heavy metals in the drinking water” of the affected region but did not address concerns that the caustic slurry might contain toxic heavy metals. Dobson said the pH content of the red sludge entering the Danube had been reduced to the point where it was unlikely to cause further environmental damage. It had been tested earlier at 13 and now was down under 10, and no dead fish had been spotted where the slurry was entering the Danube, he said. Normal pH levels for surface water range from 6.5 to 8.5. But the sludge devastated less mighty waterways. “Life in the Marcal River has been extinguished,” Dobson told The Associated Press, referring to the 40-kilometer stretch of the river that carried the red waste from Kolontar into the Raba River, which then flows into the Danube. He said emergency crews were pouring plaster and acetic acid vinegar into the RabaDanube meeting point to lower the slurry’s pH value. “The main effort is now being concentrated on the Raba and the Danube,” he said. “That’s what has to be saved.” Dobson said the lack of immediate environmental damage to the Danube or Raba was “by no means a victory declaration,” cautioning that dead fish could still turn up shortly. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, stopping at dawn in Kolontar, described the reservoir break as a disaster unprecedented in
Europe fears environment disaster; red sludge contaminates the second longest river
HUNGARY: A Hungarian soldier, wearing protective gear, cleans a yard flooded by toxic mud in Devecser, Hungary, yesterday. — AP Hungary. “If this had happened at night then everyone here would have died,” the MTI news agency quoted him as telling villagers. Orban suggested someone was clearly to blame, angrily exclaiming: “This is so irresponsible that it is impossible to find words!” Local officials said 34 homes in Kolontar were completely unlivable but furious residents said the disaster had destroyed the whole village of 800 by making their land worthless. The prime minister called the worst-hit area a write-off, saying he sees “no sense” in rebuilding in the same location. It is still not known why part of the reservoir collapsed and allowed the toxic torrent estimat-
ed at 1 million cubic meters of waste to sweep through the villages, killing at least four people and leaving three people missing. Disaster officials said over 150 people had been treated at hospitals, and 11 were still in serious condition yesterday. Hungary’s top investigative agency, the National Investigation Office, took over the probe into the spill and planned to look into whether on-the-job carelessness was a factor. MAL Rt., the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company, owns the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant where the massive spill occurred. South of Hungary, the 2,850kilometer long Danube flows through Croatia, Serbia, Romania,
Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova before emptying into the Black Sea. At the Croatian village of Batina, the first site after the Danube leaves Hungary, experts were taking water samples yesterday which they will repeat daily for the next week, the staterun news agency HINAS reported. In Romania, water levels were reported safe yesterday, with testing being carried out every three hours. Romanian Waters spokeswoman Ana Maria Tanase said the Danube water had a pH of 8.5, within normal levels, but tests were checking for heavy metals. The huge reservoir, more than 300 meters long and 450 meters wide, was no longer leaking and a
triple-tiered protective wall was being built around its damaged section. Guards have been posted to give an early warning in case of any new emergency. Still, Kolontar Mayor Karoly Tili noted that the disaster occurred only a week after Hungarian environmental authorities had declared the reservoir safe. “People are scared,” he said. “People no longer trust or believe what is said about the reservoir.” Etel Stampf, 76, was in her backyard in Kolontar when the first waves of the flood hit. She climbed on the roof of her pigsty to survive, but the flooding was so high that one of her legs dangled in the cold red water for an hour and was left badly burned. — AP
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Single and unavailable By Nisreen Zahreddine t is not easy to remain unmarried in Kuwait. In a conservative society, women are expected to get married and raise families. However, for Zeinab AlGallaf, a 48-year-old unmarried woman, staying single is synonymous to being pressured by her family and the external society. Being a civil servant, she had a stable job and influential connections, in addition to a cer tain social life. However, her marital status has defined the way people look at her outside of her home. She has been facing sev-
eral obstacles, pressures, and ‘internal’ factors that thwarted marriage plans. She finally resorted to staying single for good. “I would rather be a spinster than marry the wrong man and have a broken family,” she says. Despite the fact that Kuwait has taken large strides into the new era where women are equal contributors to the job market, one’s marital status can define their future business prospects. The initial pressure she faced was from the family, “I always heard words like you are ‘getting old,’ all girls are eventually marrying,” she
‘I would rather be a spinster than marry the wrong man and have a broken family’ said. She, however did her best to avoid criticism and to stand her ground. AlGallaf went on to say that she did not want to create a fuss with her parents. She also managed to escape from a forced mar riage about which she was not convinced. “I am not against
marriage, but I don’t want to choose the wrong one,” she said. She added that at her work place all her fellow female employees were mar ried and put indirect pressure on her to get married. “Talks about loneliness and the importance of hav-
ing a man by my side hurt my ears,” she says with jest. People who cast doubtful looks during social occasions ir ritate her, “I wonder what people have to do with my personal life,” she complained. She admitted that at some places people would let out loud sighs
when she would tell them that she is a ‘miss’ and not a ‘mrs’. “Kuwaiti society cannot accept the idea of an unmarried woman of my age,” she said. She pointed out that many people misunderstand her and even think that she suffers from health problems or psychological disorders that prevent her from getting married, “I think our society is not yet ready for alternative lifestyles,” she said. She explained that most of the country’s laws or norms are not updated. For instance, the passport renewal law had changed only very recently, allowing women to collect passports and apply for it without obtaining permission from husbands, sons, brothers or fathers.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: A man is pictured reading a book at a local book-store in Kuwait. Officials came under fire recently for banning many books in Kuwait, owing to their alleged inappropriate content. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat
Bangladeshi man’s killers caught KUWAIT: Police have apprehended the killers of the Bangladeshi man whose gruesomely mutilated body was discovered in the Adaire desert area by horrified campers. After the man’s remains were formally identified, police contacted his registered sponsor, who told them that the man had been reported as having gone missing over a month ago. Further investigations revealed that the deceased man had been involved in a financial dispute with a compatriot. Detectives traced the man, who admitted that he and two accomplices had abducted his compatriot and taken him to the deserted area before tying him up, amputating his reproductive organs and setting him on fire, all whilst he was fully conscious, before leaving him to die. The three men are in custody awaiting trial for murder.
Pedophile janitor arrested A janitor at an apartment block in Hawally lured the nine-year-old daughter of one of the tenants of flat there to his room by offering her sweets before touching her private parts and attempting to undress her. The man had apparently donned a false beard in a wholly ineffective attempt to disguise himself, but the girl recognized him instantly. Thankfully, he was put off attempting to abuse the child any further by her screams of distress and she managed to flee the scene, returning to her parents’ flat. When her mother arrived home, the girl told her what had happened and the horrified woman immediately called her husband, who rushed to the scene. After his daughter told him what had happened, the man managed to stay calm enough to go to the local police station and report the incident. Police officers reached the apartment block quickly and managed to apprehend the pedophile caretaker before he could escape.
Road rage A frustrated Kuwaiti motorist stuck in a traffic jam blamed the driver of a bus stuck in the same jam for his situation, shouting foul-
mouthed abuse and using rude gestures at the hapless bus driver before deciding to take his annoyance to the next level by picking a physical fight. On getting out of his car and opening the bus door to attack the driver, however, the unfortunate driver found himself knocked to the ground and beaten unconscious by similarly disgruntled passengers.
Friendship, money don’t mix A Kuwaiti man who had grown frustrated at a Bedoon (stateless) friend’s refusal to repay a loan he had owed for some time ended up taking revenge by inviting the man around supposedly for a social get-together before calling the police to come and arrest him.
Haris assaulted, robbed The janitor at a Salmiya apartment block reported that two unidentified men had attacked him with a baton while he was collecting rent from tenants, knocking him unconscious and stealing KD 700 which he had collected before fleeing the scene. An investigation is underway and police are hunting for the attackers.
Caught in the act An Asian maid and her boyfriend were recently arrested for adultery after her employer burst into her room on hearing strange noises, only to find the couple in bed. Both are in custody awaiting trial.
Passionate driver Police reprimanded a 58-year-old Kuwaiti motorist who was apparently having difficulty in paying attention to the road due to the proximity of his Filipina wife in the passenger seat. The man was apparently so carried away with lust during their excursion that he pulled the car over to the side of the road in order to get intimate. Police cautioned the amorous motorist, instructing him to go home before unleashing his passion.
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Don’t get overexcited! By Badrya Darwish or the second time I find myself compelled to write about the ‘kafeel’ (sponsor) system. Human Rights Watch launched a lengthy report the day before yesterday concerning the rules, regulations and human rights in Kuwait. You can, of course, guess that it was definitely not in favor of Kuwait at all. I didn’t find even a single word in the latest HRW report, let alone a paragraph, saying anything positive about Kuwait’s domestic affairs and regulations. The entire text ran down Kuwait like hell. Maybe the report is 50 percent correct, but the remaining 50 percent could be exaggerated. I have my own theory. Maybe when a team of researchers from foreign NGOs come to Kuwait, they are led by
the wrong people or don’t have time to speak to as many people as possible. I also have a feeling that those people who facilitate their research in Kuwait won’t allow them to meet people who have experienced no problems. Or perhaps they might not be allowed to hear the other side of the story and talk to people who are respectful of human rights. The report hails the cancelation of the ‘kafeel’ system, presenting this as the magic wand that, once waved, will solve the country’s problems and lead to peace prevailing. Once this is achieved, it suggests, there won’t be mistreatment or wrongdoing, torture, or abuse of maids or other domestic workers. I am sorry to disappoint the researchers. The way I see the cancelation of the ‘kafeel’ system is that, while overall it’s not a bad idea, let’s not get overexcited about it before seeing the details. So far, the Ministry of Social Affairs and L abor hasn’t announced any details of how the new
have written a couple of articles about maids getting involved with the wrong men and subsequently being abandoned. I have rarely written about men’s side of the story and how some men are also victimized. I was touched by the story of one of the readers. This is because any man could face such a situation. Anyone could be cheated by innocent looks and sweet talks.
Dear Muna, I have been ‘jilted’ by an Ethiopian expatriate here in Kuwait. I feel that this woman’s deception is worthy of further consideration. Basically, I entered into a casual relationship with a woman who said she was divorcing her husband. Our relationship continued to grow to a romantic level once she informed me that her divorce in Ethiopia was finalized. After being thoroughly convinced of her sincerity and truthfulness, I took her overseas and we took our relationship to another level with the intention (at least on my part) of marrying who I thought was a divorced woman. Unfortunately, when her supposedly former spouse returned to Kuwait, I then learned that all I had been told was untrue. In other words, she did not get a divorce and after talking with her now, she even denied that she was pursuing one. Now I find myself in a situation where I have committed adultery unknowingly and also spent thousands of dinars on a person who deceived me from the beginning! I know I have committed a mistake by entering into an inti-
system will function. How do we know that it will work in employees’ favor? Until the new law is issued with a list of conditions I cannot judge the ‘kafeel’ system. Hypothetically speaking, even if the ‘kafeel’ system were fair to all, we’d still have human behavior and manners. These play a major role in the treatment of other human beings. Do you think that banning the ‘kafeel’ system will stop those who abuse maids from doing so? Do you think that scrapping it will stop those who decline to pay their employees’ salaries on time? Do you think that banning the ‘kafeel’ means that employers will start communicating in a decent manner with their household staff? If people lack humanity and sensitivity towards other human beings, the cancelation of the ‘kafeel’ system will not force them to be respectful. No rules or regulations cam create a truly drastic change in our behavior. www.badr yadarwish.com
When a man loves a woman By Muna Al-Fuzai
mate relationship with her, but also feel that her deception is the primary cause of my financial and emotional losses. I would not have pursued a relationship had I known her true intentions. In today’s world, do we have to run a complete background check on a potential spouse before we commit to them? My ‘revenge instinct’ is strong and I believe that this woman ought to be sent back to Ethiopia before she does the same to another ‘victim.’ Your advice is appreciated. Kind regards, Your old reader Honestly, I don’t understand if you are angry because you found out that she is still married or because of the money you spent on a trip with her. You obviously enjoyed your share of the relationship. I would advise you to let go of this. Let’s suppose you went back to this woman who is still with her husband. What happens next? She is not coming back to you. Even if she does, would you still want to marry her or continue a relationship with her? Do you think taking revenge will make you happier? In fact, it will only cause more troubles. So my advice to you is to let go of this woman and change your attitude. I’m sure you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law. You have made enough mistakes already, so why are you looking for more? You were in a relationship that was enjoyable. Clearly, it did not work out. You are not the only one who has had a similar experience in this world. One can only learn lessons from it. You asked me, “Do we have to run a background check on a potential spouse?” Maybe you do. It is important to slow down and get to know the person. email@example.com
Better late than never? By Sa ws a n K az ak unctuality is a great trait to have. Being able to show up or accomplish tasks on time is a good characteristic; one to be proud of. I, on the other hand, am the complete opposite of being punctual. I am late for doctor appointments, outings with friends and even work. I have a hard time getting to any location on a designated time. No matter how early I wake up or start getting ready, I will always be late. But I recently realized that my tardiness has gotten worse since I have been living in Kuwait. This country seems to encourage and promote non-punctual behavior. If you are invited to a wedding, a press conference or just dinner with friends, showing up late is not only tolerated, it is expected. If the invitation says 7pm, people in Kuwait add an extra hour. If 1pm is when lunch reservations have been made, then 1 pm is when you will leave your house. It has gotten so bad that my friends have lied to me and told me that a movie starts at 6:30 if they want me to show up for 7:00. In Kuwait, if you tell someone that you are going to be a little late, that means over an hour, of course. ‘Kuwaiti timing’ must be a shock to people who are not from here. In other countries, a meeting that is scheduled for 8 o’clock, actually start around that time. And when you tell someone you are going to be a little late, that usually means a couple of minutes. Foreigners usually adapt to ‘Kuwaiti timing’ and slowly stop expecting people to arrive when they said they would. And notice how shocked foreigners are when someone is actually punctual. Furthermore, continuously having people waiting for you means you always need to explain your lateness; in other words, you need to lie. ‘There was so much traffic, my car wouldn’t start and I got lost’ are all excuses you will use initially, but they will get old fast. Having to come up with more elaborate excuses does get difficult: ‘aliens abducted me?’ Punctuality is a sign of reliability and respect. But trying to change my ways has been hard. When everyone else is doing it and allowing it to happen, it is difficult to change. But you know what they say: better late than never. saw s ank@kuw a it ti me s.net
taking a call wo of my best friends continuously war n me against using my mobile phone while driving. Yes, I am guilty of using my mobile phone while driving and the constant telling off by friends and police was beginning to get on my nerves. However, this has never manifested into an argument because really, I never had a case or a defense for using the phone while driving. So, I would normally just reply with a “Yep, you are right, I should stop using it while driving,” then continue using the phone on other occasions, as if we never had that conversation before. I have always agreed that using mobile phones while driving is dangerous, but for some reason, I never stopped using it myself. Recently a very dear friend of mine asked me for a favor and I agreed. The favor requested was that I visit the Oprah Winfrey website and sign a pledge that I would never use a phone while driving ever again. In my head I was thinking, ‘Here we go again.’ She insisted that I check out some of the videos and material that led to that episode on the Oprah show. Since it was the end of the day, and I was just relaxing after a long day at work, I decided to look at the videos and read the stories that were sent to me. While doing that, I stumbled across other videos and real stories about tragedies that involve phones and driving. That made me recap on some of the incidents that I have witnessed myself several times while driving here in Kuwait. On many occasions, I have avoided collisions with other cars that enter or exit a motorway at high speeds without noticing my car - just because they were distracted by their phones. On these occasions, I was luckily off my phone and had my full attention on the road and swerved away as soon as I noticed the danger. Now imagine what would have happened if I was sending text messages at that time. All this got me thinking of all the life-ending road accidents that Kuwait has suffered. Our beloved country has lost more sons to road collisions than it has to the Gulf war and crimes put together, and that is a scary thought. Kuwait has always had one of the highest road collisions rate in the world and the introduction of mobile phones has not helped that rating at all. I have now convinced myself to stop using my phone while driving, as I refuse to be just another number in the death toll of road incidents in Kuwait, or anywhere else, for that matter. It is difficult to resist the temptation of answering an important call or replying to a message, but I think our lives are more important. So, if that is the case, then pull over and save your life - and someone else’s - by staying safe. I know that the government has banned the use of mobile phones in Kuwait while driving. Unfortunately, it still happens and sadly, even police officers and traffic wardens are seen using their phones while driving. Kuwait Times has decided to start a campaign against using mobile phones while driving. We hope our readers will support this campaign by practicing safe driving.
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to a different beat Indian teenage dance troupe makes its presence felt By Sunil Cherian
or many Indian students here, learning classical dance is as normal as eating rice. Indian dance schools thrive across Kuwait and many parents see sending their children to dance classes as a hobby for the kids, if not a form of artistic exercise. Not so for Jyothitha Harish, a Class 12
student at the United Indian School, Jleeb and her fellow dancers. Together they have founded a dance troupe that performs at cultural functions organized by Indian associations in Kuwait. For students like Jyothitha, who often also face pressure from study and tuition, dance is a rare thing. After learning classical dance for
the past 12 years, however, Jyothitha, an aspiring aeronautical engineer, has not given up her jingling anklets. Instead she decided to form a dance troupe with her likeminded friends, Rusha Susan and Sreedevi Menon, both senior secondary students. Now the trio have performed their uniquely stylized dance performances, a mixture of
contemporary and classical styles. The choreographers and designers behind it all are the young dancers themselves. For the more than 1,000 spectators last week at Integrated Indian School, Jleeb, Jyothitha’s troupe proved once again that dance is evolving. This time, the students as a team developed the graceful dance steps for the
classical-contemporary number they performed as part of a cultural festival organized by the National Service Society, an Indian association. The trio has further programs planned for the future. “It’s my basic dance lessons that led me to explore and incorporate new styles,” Jyothitha said. “And I wish to take dance seriously as much as I do with studies.”
Nuqat sets things in perspective By Ahmad Saeid
visual pollution conference, the first of its kind, will be held in Kuwait at the end of this month. The event will feature lectures and workshops that address various design-related topics, with the participation of world renowned artists in the areas of Arabic calligraphy, graphite art, and specialists in digital motion graphics. The conference aims to provide a platform for design professionals in Kuwait to debate and exchange ideas on the development of visual communication. “When you walk or drive around the streets of any Arab city, we see all these shop signboards, and advertisements that are grammatically incorrect, and mismatched colors and shapes that disturb the eyes, and ruins taste. So we thought of working on this topic this year,” said Wakim Zeidan, one of the organizers of the project. “After
that, we started contacting specialists in many aspects of design to come here and share their experience with local experts, and students of design schools,” he added. The event is scheduled to begin on October 24, and will be held at the
addition to a play titled ‘Umar AlKhayam’ presented by the group Loyac youth. On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition titled ‘Advertise Yourself,’ will be held to present obscure artists with an opportunity to express their point of
journalism, or any other profession can also benefit from it. The workshops, however, are aimed at only those who have specific knowledge and proficiency. “While working on this project, I was amazed at the number of Kuwaiti youth that are enthusiastic,
Conference focuses on visual communication development Gulf University of Science and Technology’s premises in Mishref. The first two days will be exclusively dedicated to university students. All participants will officially be launched on October 26. The event will continue until October 28 and feature a screening of short films made by Kuwaiti filmmakers, in
view about visual pollution, and to contribute artwork to be shown in the exhibition. According to Zeidan, lectures at the conference are open to everyone who is interested in learning more about design from experts to attend. They do not have to necessarily be design experts. Students and experts in marketing or
hardworking and dedicated to art and design. These guys are unknown, and no one knows anything about them, and I would like to give credit (for hosting this conference) to the numerous dedicated people who have contributed immensely,” Zeidan said. The idea to set up the Nuqat foundation, Zeidan said was derived
during a visit to Cannes in France in 2007, where a design expo was held, “That was the first time I visited this exhibition. While I was there, I saw how these things are approached in the West. You think how can we follow these people? Eventually, you find out that you can’t follow these people, and you don’t even need to do so. You just have to start your own trend and be the leader in it,” Zeidan explained. “Last year’s event focused on Arabic letters, and how to present them in a beautiful way, and that’s where the name Nuqat came from. In Arabic, there is an expression ‘Nuqat ala alhuroof’ which literally translates into ‘placing dots on letters’. It actually means setting things into perspective. So, that’s why we chose this name for our foundation,” Zeidan explained. Tickets and other information about participating in the conference are available at the foundation’s website at www.nuqatfoundation.com.
By Hussain Al-Qatari
uwait's environmental situation is currently quite miserable, according to statistics and studies conducted by the Green Line Kuwait organization. As per the organization's latest report published in the Kuwait Times on Tuesday, Kuwait ranks first in the world in terms of marine pollution. Not only is the sea a victim of pollution, but the issue extends to air and land, therefore endangering people's health. The chairperson and founder of the Green Line Kuwait organization believes that action must be taken by government officials to promote environment-preserving practices. Not to undermine the role of the public, AlHajeri believes that raising awareness among citizens is quite important, even if in the form of small changes made to their habits. Using less plastic, recycling paper and other materials and using recycled material, for example, contribute greatly if applied by a large percentage of people. Speaking to members of the public, Friday Times found that a large majority of people want to make a difference to the environment - but are clueless on how to go about it. Kholoud Al-Shayji, a 38-year-old parent says that she places newspapers, every few weeks, in a big paper box and puts them in a bin designated for recycling paper at her workplace in an oil company office in Ahmadi. "I live in Salwa, and in my neighborhood there are no separate bins placed for recycling. Even if people were interested in making a
change, they don't see that it is made easy by the government or the municipality," she says. The issue of 'environment' does comes up in a conversation between her friends and relatives, and a lot of people she knows are especially aware of the damage caused by wasting water or electricity, "The government holds annual campaigns in the summer and almost throughout most of the year, though most notably in summer. But the main focus is water and electricity. There are no laws that punish people who exceed the normal rate, though, and nothing at all happens when someone throws garbage in the street or smokes in a non-smoking area," she says, stressing that importance and emphasis must be put on every aspect possible to preserve the environment. Dhari Buyabes, a 22-year-old university graduate also blames the lack of awareness campaigns that educate people. Like many people, he makes daily choices without realizing their effects on the environment, "It's not that I'm careless or unwilling to help; it's that I lack the knowledge that would determine my acts to be environmentallyfriendly," he said. He believes that if the government and concerned authorities begin to take action, people will certainly be cooperative, "At first, they may find it difficult to see that some things they used to do and think of as 'normal' like throwing empty cans of soda in the street are now penalized, but they'll get used to it. It is wrong, to begin with, but when no one tells them that it is wrong,
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they'll just keep doing it." He believes that the issue of preserving the environment is important to a lot of people and would improve their quality of life, and therefore won't find any opposition by people. However, he hopes that the issue will take new laws and policies to be applied - in actuality- not just written on paper. Abdulraouf Murad, 25, says he recently started to read up on eco-friendly issues, and to attend events held by environment societies in Kuwait, "The subject does come up in conversation, however not many people take it seriously. I personally noted that women are more aware of the issue than men, or let's say they are more cautious about littering public places than guys are," he observed. If policymakers were to implement new laws and regulations that would punish those who contribute to pollution and force businesses to follow eco-friendly policies, there will certainly be a notable change, "People don't care about the issue because they don't know how important it is. They aren't aware of the consequences, nor are they aware of the seriousness of the matter," he said. The most important step before any of this happens is to start by raising awareness, whether it is by educating students in school curriculum or by organizing public campaigns in all media outlets, "Currently, we only see the humble efforts of some companies and non-governmental organizations, which is certainly not enough," he noted.
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Friday, October 8, 2010
ME peace negotiations in jeopardy: FM KUWAIT: “Middle East peace negotiations are truly in jeopardy,” warned Kuwait’s foreign minister yesterday, following a phone call with US Mideast envoy George Mitchell. “When we listened to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the UN General Assembly, we found out that he (Netanyahu) had shot down the dove of peace, then grilled and ate it,” Sheikh Dr Mohammad AlAhmad Al-Sabah added. On the subject of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s upcoming visit to the Maghreb region, the foreign minister, who is also Deputy Premier, said that the visit would
‘Netanyahu shot, grilled, ate dove of peace’ contribute towards sustaining Arab solidarity, which he asserted is part of Kuwait’s primary role. HH the Amir’s tour, which will start in Tunisia, before he heads to Algeria, Mauritania and finally Morocco, will take place directly after the upcoming extraordinary Arab Summit meeting and the ArabAfrican Summit, scheduled to be held in Sirt, Libya on October 10, Sheikh Dr Mohammad told reporters before heading to Sirt himself to attend the preparatory meeting for Arab foreign
ministers. “Strategies to develop the Arab League and stimulate its general secretariat are among the main topics to be discussed at the summit,” said Sheikh Dr Mohammad. On Iran, he said “it is better to start with an Arab-Arab dialogue regarding Iran than to delve into an Arab-Iranian one.” “We as Arabs need to sit with each other and agree to address Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia or the EU as a bloc. We should take the right steps by agreeing among each
other first before engaging with others in dialogue,” said the senior Kuwaiti diplomat. Sheikh Dr Mohammad revealed that a GCC-Turkey dialogue will be held in Kuwait on October 17 with the aim, “for us as GCC countries, to determine what we want from Turkey.” He continued, “The GCC member states placed projections regarding relations with Turkey, as they see a need for a strategic dialogue to take place with Ankara to achieve goals.”
PAB reprimands govt over gatherings ban
On HH the Amir’s meeting earlier yesterday with a delegation from the Iraqi State of Law Coalition, Sheikh Dr Mohammad said, “His Highness the Amir emphasized to the coalition that Kuwait stands at same distance from everyone. We said it before and we say it again; what matters is the message, not the messenger, and the message here should be on of comfort and reassurance towards Iraq.” He also reiterated Kuwait’s supportive stance to Iraq in order for it to implement international resolutions, including the maintenance of border posts. — KUNA
in the news
By B Izzak
KUWAIT: Firemen are seen leaving the building in Sharq where a blaze broke out in the printing press in the building’s basement, after successfully extinguishing the blaze. — Photo by Hanan AlSaadoun
Printing press fire By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: First aid was administered at the scene to two Egyptian expatriates who suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a printing press in the basement of a four-storey building in Sharq. Firefighters from AlHillal fire station and the technical rescue operations center, along with support staff, rushed to the scene, evacuating the entire building and preventing the fire from spreading, while ventilating the basement to disperse the heavy smoke. The blaze was quickly extinguished and no further casualties were reported.
Fire chiefs meet Meanwhile, the Deputy Director of the Kuwait Fire Services Directorateís (KFSD) Firefighting and Human Resources Affairs department, Brigadier Yousef Al-
Ansari, yesterday met with senior KFSD officials and unit chiefs for a second meeting to discuss preparations for the celebrations for next year’s major anniversaries. February 2011 sees the 50th anniversary of Kuwaiti independence and the 20th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation from the Iraqi occupation, with large-scale celebrations and commemorative events marking both important anniversaries. Amongst the issues under discussion during the meeting were crowd control and safety.
Woma n hurt in cra sh A 28-year-old Kuwaiti woman suffered a sprained ankle and severe bruising to one shoulder when her car was in a collision with another vehicle on Airport Road near Yarmouk. She was taken to Sabah Hospital.
KUWAIT: The Popular Action Bloc yesterday strongly criticized the government for what it said was suppression of the freedom of association and gatherings, warning that it will use constitutional tools to restore that right. In a strongly-worded statement, the four-member Bloc, headed by veteran MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun, said that the freedom of association is one of the key democratic rights granted to the Kuwaiti people by the constitution. It said that article 44 of the 1962 constitution stipulates that the people have unfettered access to public gatherings without the need to obtain prior permission or give notification, and that security personnel are not allowed to attend any such meetings. It added that the same article stipulates that public and private meetings and gatherings are permitted under the constitution provided that they are peaceful and in line with public order. The statement added that the constitutional court issued a historic ruling in 2006 in which it scrapped most of the public gatherings law issued in 1979 when the National Assembly (parliament) had been dissolved. The court’s ruling scrapped a large number of articles of the public gatherings law on the grounds that they breached the constitution, restoring this right stipulated in the constitution, the PAB noted. Following the court verdict, Kuwaitis had breathed a sigh of freedom and practiced this freedom in a responsible way, the statement continued. The Ministry of Interior (MoI), however, recently resorted to heavy-handed police tactics to stifle the freedom of meetings and gatherings, especially against those organized at diwaniyas, the statement said. The interior ministry has expanded its oppressive measures against meetings at diwaniyas, falsely portraying them as if they were major demonstrations or processions held in public places, it said. The PAB also claimed that the ministry has taken unprecedented measures by blocking roads and preventing people from reaching the diwaniyas where meetings were planned. “All these represent a flagrant violation in exercising authority, an aggression against democratic rights and public freedom and a grave breach of the principles of democracy” the bloc asserted. The bloc strongly rejected what it said was police oppression and cautioned against this worrying trend. It also said that it will use all the available constitutional tools to stop such oppression. The Salafi Alliance has also condemned the interior ministry crackdown on public gatherings, saying the ministry has no right to stop such meetings, while at the same time stressing that meetings must not be misused.
KUWAIT: First Lieutenant Heba Al-Khalaf (first from left) is pictured with Maria AlQebtiya, Director of the Secondary School for Girls, and other officials. Al-Khalaf recently delivered a lecture on patriotism to female high school pupils. — KUNA Pa triotism lecture KUWAIT: As part of the Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) security media department’s efforts to help in developing patriotism amongst young Kuwaitis, First Lieutenant Heba Al-Khalaf recently delivered a lecture on patriotism to female high school pupils at the Maria Al-Qebtiya Secondary School for Girls on patriotism. In her address, she cited the examples of the martyrs who gave their lives during the battle of Qurain House, emphasizing that the blood of Sunnis, Shiites, urban and Bedoon (stateless) citizens had been spilt in their combined heroic efforts to defend Kuwait.
Sheep prices rise Concerns over rising food prices continue to mount, with the prices of several varieties of fish and vegetables reaching unprecedented price rises in recent weeks. The price rises are now affecting livestock, with Saudi Arabian lamb now selling for between KD65 and KD85 each, while Syrian lambs are retailing at KD65-75, reported Al-Anba. Meanwhile, Bader Al-Jarallah, the director of Kuwait’s Livestock Transport and Trading Company (LTTC), revealed that the company has imported 190,000 sheep to meet the market requirements during next month’s Eid Al-Adha festival. He emphasized that the firm is keen to see a stable market, denying reports that his company is connected to the soaring prices of mutton.
Tomato prices fa ll The chairman of the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies (UCCS), Dr Hussein Al-Duwaihees, said on Wednesday that the price of a six-kilo box of tomatoes at local co-ops has been brought down to KD1.500, with local co-ops agreeing to give up their profit margin for fruits and vegetables. Kuwait’s co-ops have begun importing their tomatoes from other suppliers in neighboring countries in a bid to control price rises, with some predicting that prices will fall even further within the next few days.
Sulfur causes foul odor Foul odors detected in some areas of Kuwait have been traced to a record rise in subsurface waters mixed with sulfur, according to a Ministry of Public Works (MPW) official. Mahmoud Karam, the MPW’s senior health engineer, said yesterday that the country’s sewage system is not the source of the rank stench, which a large number of people have complained about. He explained that the vile smell is caused by a rise in underground water levels and their mixing with sulfurous gases. The ministry has installed sensors and pumps in a number of locations across Kuwait to attempt to reduce the underground water levels and the smell.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Yemen arrests 7 suspects in attack on UK diplomat Nuqum synonymous with militancy
A screen shot of a video posted on the Interenet on Wednesday shows militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. — AFP
Christians in Lebanon fret despite privileged role BEIRUT: After a panicky mass flight from his Christian village, Sami Abi Daher watched from across the valley as Syrianbacked Druze fighters burned and looted it. That was back in 1983 when battles forced tens of thousands of Christians from their homes in the Aley and Shouf hills near Beirut in a bloody postscript to Israel’s 1982 invasion. Abi Daher, a former Christian militiaman, has never returned to live in his village, Rishmaya, instead working and bringing up his three children in a Christian district of Beirut. Sectarian hatreds certainly fuelled Lebanon’s civil war, but any threat to Christians was rooted more in the country’s tangled politics than in religion, according to Abi Daher. Now a jovial 54-year-old hairdresser, he still harbors grievancesagainst the Christian leaders he blames for the disaster that reconciliation efforts have yet to erase in full. “I’ll tell you something. If you don’t hurt the Druze, they won’t hurt you,” he says, accusing former Christian warlords and politicians of responsibility for the rout in the mountains. Twenty years after the 1975-90 civil war, Christians formally enjoy a reduced but still disproportionate weight in Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system. While under no specific threat, as a community they are weak and divided. “There isn’t anywhere else in the Middle East that has a Christian president,” says Abi Daher. “Just as well. If the Muslims had ruled, imagine what would have become of us.” Yet he denies that Muslims pose any peril for Christians.”There’s no problem between us and the Sunnis and Shiites... The problem is with the politicians of course.” Christians number perhaps a third of Lebanon’s five million people, but they are guaranteed half the seats in parliament, as well as the posts of president and army commander. Nevertheless, the Taef accord
that ended the civil war shifted more power to the prime minister, always a Sunni Muslim, and the parliament speaker, a post reserved for Shiites. Christian influence was also constrained during 15 years of postwar Syrian control of Lebanon, when one anti-Syrian leader, Samir Geagea, was in jail and another, Michel Aoun, was in exile. In effect, Damascus chose the Christians-and indeed the Muslims-who filled seats in parliament and government. Even now, electoral law vagaries mean that many Christian lawmakers depend on Muslim votes to get elected. Mired in the rivalries of their own politicians, Christians are disunited. Some back the powerful Shiite Hezbollah group. Others support Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s Sunni bloc. The notion of solidarity among Christians in Lebanon, let alone with their co-religionists in the region, strikes Abi Daher as a joke. “We’re in a million pieces,” he laughs. All of Lebanon’s mainstream Muslim groups acknowledge its pluralistic nature. Even Hezbollah, a militant pro-Iranian Islamist movement, preaches coexistence with Christians, and does not try to impose Iran-style Islamic strictures. “Sunnis and Shiites do want Lebanon to remain a Muslim-Christian country,” said Abdallah Bouhabib, director of the Issam Fares Center for Lebanon, a thinktank which held a conference on Christians in the Middle East last month. “There is an understanding here which does not exist in the rest of the Arab world.” Christian politicians and clerics voice fears that declining birthrates and emigration are eroding their community’s presence in Lebanon, although researchers say Shiites and Sunnis migrate at similar rates. Demographers attribute fertility discrepancies mainly to income and education levels, not religion. —Reuters
SAN’A: Yemeni authorities announced yesterday the arrest of seven suspects in the attack on the motorcade of the British embassy’s No 2, all from an area in the capital that has become synonymous with militancy. The neighborhood of Nuqum in Yemen’s capital of San’a not only plays host to the US and British embassies but contains a sprawling slum on the eastern half of the city which security officials say is full of Islamist extremists with Al-Qaeda connections. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an offshoot of Osama bin Laden’s terror network, was formed more than a year ago when Yemen and Saudi militant groups merged. Al-Qaeda fighters are believed to have built up strongholds in remote parts of the country, allying with powerful tribes that resent the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. They are also believed to have a presence in the capital city itself and several attacks in recent years have cast doubt on the government’s ability to protect its own backyard. On Wednesday, militants fired a rocket at an embassy vehicle containing four officials and the deputy chief of mission as it was passing through Nuqum. One staffer and three bystanders were wounded. In April, a suicide bomber attacked the car of the British ambassador as it was passing through the same neighborhood. Attacks against the US Embassy in 2008, part of the same district, also originated from this neighborhood, which security officials say has become a major militant haven because of the sparse security presence. Police reports estimate that at least 500 people from this impoverished slum housing hundreds of thousands of residents left to join the wars in Iraq and Somalia between 2002 and 2005. Yemen’s own militant problem began in recent years when many of these fighters returned home from the battlefields of Iraq and turned their attention to their own government. A security official explained that police forces don’t regularly patrol the slum for fear of getting killed and only occasionally conduct massive sweeps. He added that wanted militants move freely through the neighborhood disguised as women in all encompassing cloaks. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his personal safety. —AP
TRIPOLI: A poster picturing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a red cross through it bears the Arabic writing, “You are not welcome in Lebanon”, in the northern Sunni port city of Tripoli, days ahead of the Shiite Iranian leader’s October 13-14 visit to Lebanon. — AFP
‘You are not welcome’: Group tells Ahmadinejad in Lebanon TRIPOLI: A Sunni Islamist group in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli sent a blunt “not welcome” message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday ahead of his visit to the country. Several banners and pictures of the Shiite Iranian leader, who is due in Lebanon October 13-14, went up in the mainly Sunni port city expressing discontent at the visit. “You are not welcome in Lebanon”, read in Arabic one banner hung over a pedestrian bridge in the Abu Samra neighborhood and signed by the Islamic Labour FrontEmergency Committee. “No to Wilayat Al-Faqih” said another banner in a nearby neighborhood, referring to Iran’s brand of Islamic rule. A picture of the hardline leader in another part of the city bore an X over his face and a message that read “Wilayat al-Faqih is not welcome here”. The doctrine of Velayat-e Faqih, as it is called in Iran, grants
absolute authority over all matters-religious, social and political — to a marja, or senior spiritual leader. Next week’s visit will be Ahmadinejad’s first official trip to Lebanon at the invitation of his counterpart Michel Sleiman. The visit has sparked controversy, with members of the pro-Western parliamentary majority calling Ahmadinejad’s plan to tour the border region with Israel a “provocation” and Washington also expressing concern. Iran is a key ally of Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which fought a devastating war with Israel in 2006 and has been blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Washington. Iran is an overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim country. In multi-confessional Lebanon, Muslims are the majority, with Shiites and Sunnis each accounting for a bit over 30 percent of the four-million population. Around 34 percent are Christians. — AFP
Egypt Christians say intolerance grows CAIRO: Minarets and church towers mingle on Cairo’s skyline, but tensions mar Egypt’s record of religious coexistence and a perception of growing intolerance is leading some Christians to shun their Muslim compatriots. Amira Helmy, from a middle-class area of the capital, was brought up by a Muslim neighbour after her mother died and attended a state school alongside Muslim children. “Most of my friends were Muslims. We used to go on outings together and some would call to me from below my house so we could walk to school,” recalls Helmy with a smile. Now a housewife in her 40s, she sends her daughter Christine and son Kirollos to a private Christian school and forbids them from mingling with Muslim children to protect them from insults. “I do this out of fear for my child. Not because she’s a girl. Kirollos is also prohibited from going out with Muslims.” Helmy said she had stopped speaking to most of her Muslim neighbours after one of them called her housekeeper the daughter of a ‘blue bone’, a pejorative name for Coptic Christians. Around a tenth of Egypt’s 78 million people are Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts-descendents of Christian communities that founded monasticism in the early centuries after Jesus. Christians are found in all social strata, from rubbish collectors living in old Cairo graveyards to top businessmen, doctors and government ministers, although Copts say they are under-represented in the security forces and public office. —Reuters
Friday, October 8, 2010
Iranian, Hezbollah leaders to appear together at rally BEIRUT: The Iranian and Hezbollah leaders are set to appear together next week at a rally organised by the Shiite militant group for the Iranian leader’s visit to Lebanon, a Hezbollah official said yesterday. “We are organising a rally in honour of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next Wednesday at the AlRaya stadium and we expect Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to make an appearance,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. It was unclear, however, whether Nasrallah would appear in person or via video link as is usually the case for security reasons. The leader of Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organisation by Washington, lives in hiding and last appeared in public in July 2008. Nasrallah has been Israel’s public enemy number one since his
Twin blasts hit market in Baghdad BAGHDAD: An Iraqi medical official says back-to-back bombings at a market south of Baghdad have killed at least five people. Dr Nahid alMaamouri of the Iskandariyah Hospital says at least 20 people were wounded in the blasts at an outdoor food market in Iskandariyah, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Yesterday’s attack occurred during the busy afternoon shopping hours ahead of the Muslim weekend. The area was once controlled by Sunni insurgents, who have been waging sporadic attacks in an apparent effort to reassert their influence in former strongholds. Earlier, gunmen killed a member of a Sunni militia formed to battle insurgents near Iskandariyah. —AP
Iranian- and Syrian-backed Shiite militant group fought a deadly month-long war against the Jewish state in the summer of 2006. Ahmadinejad’s official visit to Lebanon from October 13-14 is eagerly anticipated by Hezbollah, which is planning to give him a warm welcome as well as a tour of the southern border region with Israel. However, the trip has sparked controversy in Lebanon with some members of the proWestern parliamentary majority calling it a provocation and Washington also expressing concern. The stadium where the Iranian and Hezbollah leaders are set to appear is located in Hezbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut. The facility and the immediate surrounding area can hold some 40,000 people, according to Hezbollah.—AFP
GAZA CITY: A Hamas policeman stands by a crater at a site in Gaza City belonging to its military wing Ezzeldin Al-Qassam after Israeli warplanes bombarded it overnight yesterday. —AFP
Kremlin says missile sale would breach UN sanctions
Russia to return Iranian downpayment for missiles NICOSIA: Russia plans to pay back a $166.8 million advance payment from Iran for S-300 air defence missiles after cancelling the sale to comply with UN sanctions, a top Russian official said on Thursday. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev banned the delivery of the high-precision air defence system last month, saying it would violate sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council in June. The United States and Israel had urged Moscow to scrap the deal, fearing
Iran could use the system to protect nuclear facilities that they suspect are part of a weapons programme. Sergei Chemezov, head of the state corporation that runs Russia’s weapons exporter, told reporters in Cyprus: “We received an advance on this contract of $166.8 million ...” “We are not obliged to return another kopeck beyond this ... We have annulled the contract and we will return advance payments.” Chemezov heads Russian Technologies, which owns the Russian
arms exporter Rosoboronexport. Russia has used the missile contract as a lever in diplomacy with Iran and the Western nations pressing to punish Tehran over its nuclear program, which Iran says is intended exclusively for power generation. Moscow’s support for a fourth round of UN sanctions was part of a gradual shift closer towards the tougher stance that the United States and European Union have taken towards Iran. Russia, which has built Iran’s first atomic power plant, supports Western
efforts to make Iran prove its nuclear research is purely peaceful, but strongly opposes any use of force. Iran is Russia’s biggest trading partner in the Middle East. Bilateral trade totalled $3 billion in 2009, of which Russian exports-mainly ferrous metals, cars and arms-accounted for 93 percent. Chemezov had told reporters earlier in the day that Russia planned to pay Iran about $800 million in compensation, but later corrected himself. —Reuters
Israel to vote on non-Jews pledge of allegiance
LOD: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Israeli official Ilan Harari attend a meeting during Netanyahu’s visit in the Israeli town of Lod yesterday. —AP
JERUSALEM: Israel’s prime minister has agreed to hold a vote on a controversial citizenship bill in what appears to be a move aimed at garnering support for an extension of a West Bank settlement slowdown. Under heavy international pressure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sounding out key Cabinet ministers on the matter. But so far, he faces a majority against extending the building restrictions. His hardline foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is among those opponents. Bringing the citizenship bill, sponsored by Lieberman, to a vote on Sunday could soften that opposition. The bill would amend a loyalty oath for new immigrants to describe Israel as “Jewish and democratic.” While largely symbolic, it is likely to anger the Palestinians and Israel’s own Arab minority. —AP
Friday, October 8, 2010
Obama heads back to Chicago to campaign Prez on a mission to prevent Republicans from capturing Senate seat WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama tried to fire up Democratic voters in Illinois yesterday on a mission to prevent Republicans from capturing the Senate seat he held before sweeping into the White House two years ago. A Republican victory for the seat that launched him to national prominence would prove a significant embarrassment for Obama, who has been
struggling in opinion polls under the weight of the stubbornly weak economic recovery, continuing high unemployment and voter displeasure with elected officials in Washington. There is deep concern among Democrats that they could lose their majority in the House of Representatives and, possibly, the Senate in the Nov. 2 congressional election.
CHICAGO: In this Aug 5, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama greets auto workers at Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant.—AP
Canada commander to appear in court TORONTO: A military commander charged with several counts of murder and sexual assault in a case that shocked Canadians was to appear in court in person for the first time yesterday. Col Russell Williams , an elite pilot who once flew Queen Elizabeth II and other dignitaries around the country , was the commander of Canada’s largest Air Force base until he was charged earlier this year with the murder of two women, the sexual assault of two others and 82 break-ins, during which he stole women’s panties. He has previously taken part in court hearings by video link from a detention center. Andy Lloyd, brother of one of the murder victims, Jessica Lloyd, said prosecutors told him Williams would likely plead guilty yesterday but could still change his mind at the last minute. “Nothing is set in stone until the words are actually said in court,” Lloyd said. Messages left with Williams’ attorney were not returned. The case has shocked the country, hurt soldiers’ morale and prompted fears that the commander of Canada’s most high-profile military base and the man who once flew Canadian prime ministers could have been a serial killer. Williams waived his right to a preliminary hearing in August and was ordered to stand trial and return to court yesterday. The 47-year-old is charged with the first-degree murder of Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in February, and Marie Comeau, a 38-year-old corporal under his command who was found dead in her home last November. Both women
were asphyxiated. He is also charged with forcible confinement, breaking and entering and sexual assault after two other women were attacked during separate home invasions in the Tweed, Ontario area in September 2009. “It’s just bizarre. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said retired Lieutenant-General Angus Watt, who once promoted Williams. “It was a shock to everybody because he was a high ranking officer in a leadership position, but the more we learned about it the more you realize this is the act of a single depraved individual and he does not represent an institutional failure at all by the military.” Williams worked under Watt as a staff officer in charge of transport aircraft when Watt was commander of the Air Force. Watt said he was hard working and capable. “He impressed everybody with his leadership and staff skills. He was a high performing individual,” Watt said. “Everybody is baffled. I’ve talked to some of his closet friends who flew transport airplanes with him and they had no, absolute no hint, no idea whatsoever.” Williams is now charged with breaking into 47 homes 82 times, beginning in 2007, including one home nine times. Most homes were burglarized repeatedly on the same street. Angela McCanny, whose Ottawa home was broken into on back-to-back days in 2008, said that all the women’s underwear in the house was stolen.— AP
Obama was campaigning on behalf of Senate candidate and basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias in Chicago, a city that took enormous pride in the president’s rise from community organizer and activist in its south side neighborhoods to the very peak of American political power, the presidency. Illinois has leaned heavily Democratic in recent decades, but even Obama, the popular favorite son, has seen his approval ratings fall in the state, to 51 percent from 59 percent a year ago, according to a Tribune/WGN-TV survey in September. Earlier yesterday, Obama attended an afternoon rally on a university campus in the eastern state of Maryland, where he hopes to boost Governor Martin O’Malley’s re-election bid. Recent polls have shown O’Malley in the lead. Obama is leaving the White House for the two-state trip comes as he ramps up campaign travel in hopes of limiting Democratic losses next month in the midterm elections, so called because they fall halfway through the president’s four-year term. Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, is essentially locked in a tie with Republican House Rep. Mark Kirk for the Senate seat. Across Chicago this week, many residents acted a bit defensive or protective of Obama, who considers Chicago home even though he was born in Hawaii. Obama has only visited America’s third-largest city a handful of times since he left for the White House. “They want him to succeed, unlike some places where they want him to fail,” said Abner Mikva, a veteran political figure in Chicago, where he has been a Democratic congressman, federal appeals judge and political mentor to Obama. “Because he’s ours.” One after another, Chicago residents said that expectations were simply too high for Obama, that there was no way he could accomplish what they had hoped he would. Nowhere was that more true than in the black community. “Being the first black president, most black people thought he was going to turn everything around (and) everything would be better for the underprivileged, the black people,” 66-year-old retiree Laverne Mangum said.— AP
QUITO: Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa speaks during a press conference with the foreign media at the government palace in Quito, Ecuador Wednesday.—AP
46 officers detained for Ecuador revolt QUITO: Ecuador’s interior minister said Wednesday that 46 police officers have been detained for alleged participation in the police revolt against President Rafael Correa that claimed five lives. A lawyer for some officers said a total of 57 were in custody and being held incommunicado. In announcing the arrests, Interior Minister Gustavo Jalkh said prosecutors had voice recordings that indicate last Thursday’s uprising went far beyond a spontaneous revolt by officers upset by a new law that would strip them of promotion bonuses. Prosecutors said they also detained a retired army major who was at Quito’s main police barracks when rebellious police roughed up and tear gassed the president. The revolt ended when army commandos rescued Correa in a hail of gunfire and concussion grenades at a hospital where he had been surrounded by insurrectionists. But Correa said Wednesday that “the coup is not over.” “We will investigate ... all these things and try to take all precautions so there won’t be a repeat,” the president told reporters. Lawyer Patricio Armijos told The Associated Press that 57 police officers were being held at the police force’s dog training unit. He said authorities were not permitting the officers to talk with anyone. Armijos said the prosecutor’s office has notified attorneys it is starting a preliminary investigation. “Which means that it will initiate a criminal proceeding, but we do not know the charges, the evidence or the case,” he said.—AP
US student found dead on north Mexico road MEXICO CITY: An American college student was found dead last week on a road in Mexico’s violence-plagued northern state of Tamaulipas, a US embassy official told AFP on Wednesday. The body of 18year-old Jonathan William Torres was found on Friday, and it was unclear how he died, the official said. Torres had not been to classes since last Thursday when the university began to search for him, said Amy Lynch, a spokeswoman for the University of Texas at Brownsville. The US consulate in the border city of
Matamoros told the university that Torres had died on Thursday, Lynch said. Several months ago, the university restricted travel to Mexico for university business because of escalating violence there, and also passed along US State Department travel warnings to the student body. Mexico’s northeastern state of Tamaulipas, one of several neighboring Texas, has seen a spike in suspected drug-related attacks in recent months, including the massacre of 72 migrants in August.—AFP
Friday, October 8, 2010
Peruvian writer Llosa wins literature Nobel
RAJAF: Southern Sudanese police perform training exercises during a visit to the Rajaf police training academy by ranking southern officials and a delegation from the United Nations Security Council yesterday. — AP
S Sudan police prepare for possibly volatile vote RAJAF: The UN Security Council yesterday watched demonstrations by Southern Sudan’s police force, which is preparing for what officials fear may be a violent independence vote in a region that has already suffered through a debilitating two-decade war. Police in deep blue camouflage staged an exercise in which they captured a bandit as members of the Security Council watched. Such police work could be badly needed if violence flares during or after the region’s Jan. 9 independence vote. Southern Sudan is three months from a selfdetermination referendum that many worry could spark a new war, the reason for the Security Council’s visit. North and south Sudan ended a 21-year civil war in 2005 with the signing of a peace accord _ the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA _ that guaranteed January’s independence vote. “We have come to Sudan to underscore that the Security Council and the international community are united in its determination to support the parties to conduct on time, peaceful, and credible referenda consistent with the terms of the CPA,” said Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations. Southern Sudan President
Salva Kiir told the Security Council during their meeting late Wednesday that it might be necessary for the south to hold a referendum without cooperation from the north if the north delays the vote, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters yesterday. “All members of the Security Council are saying that they are united behind pressing both parties to make the necessary preparedness, to tackle the necessary issues, to allow the referenda to take place, on time, be credible,” Grant said. The oil-rich region of Abyei also holds a referendum on Jan. 9 to decide if it will be in Sudan’s north or south. The Southern Sudan Police Service is training 5,400 officers to take part in a force that will provide security during the vote. The US State Department has provided helmets, shields and thick black body armor for the officers, some of whom are studying specialized skills like crowd control, border policing and VIP protection. When training began in January there were 6,000 police recruits. That number has dropped by 10 percent in part because of the “difficult circumstances” at the training site, said Lt. Gen. Tito Acuil Madut, inspector general of the police. —AP
No bail for accused in Rwandan general shooting JOHANNESBURG: One of the accused in the attempted murder of an exiled Rwandan general offered a $1 million bribe to police to release him upon arrest, a South African court said yesterday. The court denied Pascal Kanyandekwe bail because of sworn affidavits from two police officers describing the offered bribe. The magistrate said if Kanyandekwe tried to avoid arrest, he may have intent to flee. “The only intention that a person could have to offer $1 million to police would be to escape the consequences of a trial,” Magistrate P.J. du Plessis said. “It is clear that he has the means and mechanisms to flee the country if he wishes to do so.”
Kanyandekwe allegedly left South Africa after the attempt against exiled Rwandan Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa and was arrested at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport upon his return, the magistrate said. Nyamwasa has been in South Africa since reportedly falling out with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Nyamwasa’s wife says Kagame was behind the June shooting of her husband in Johannesburg that left him with a bullet wound in the stomach. Rwanda’s government denies involvement. The magistrate said he would not speculate whether the attempt was backed by the Rwandan government. —AP
STOCKHOLM: Peruvianborn writer and one-time presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa, a chronicler of human struggles against brutal authority in Latin America, won the 2010 Nobel prize for literature yesterday. The committee awarding the 10 million crown ($1.50 million) prize said Vargas Llosa won “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.” Vargas Llosa, who has both Spanish and Peruvian citizenship, made his international breakthrough in 1966 with the novel “The Time of the Hero,” a story of murder at a military academy. He is the first Latin American winner for literature since Mexico’s Octavio Paz in 1990 and he joins Latin winners such as Garbriel Garcia Marquez of Colombia and Pablo Neruda of Chile. In his works, Vargas Llosa built on his experiences of life in Peru in the late 1940s and the 1950s. A conservative who was criticized by many contemporary Latin American writers for abandoning leftist ideals, he ran for president in Peru in 1990. He lost to Alberto Fujimori, who later had to flee the country and was subsequently convicted of various crimes. “For years I haven’t thought about the Nobel prize at all. They didn’t mention me in recent years so I didn’t expect it,” Vargas Llosa was quoted by Colombian radio as saying. “It’s been a surprise, very nice, but a surprise nevertheless. Peru’s president, Alan Garcia, said the award was overdue. “This is a great day, because the world has recognized the visionary intelligence of Mario Vargas Llosa and his libertarian and democratic ideals.” Vargas Llosa is at the centre of one of the literary world’s most famous feuds. In 1976, Vargas Llosa punched his friend and fellow writer Garcia Marquez in public. The two ceased speaking to each other and for decades the reason behind the fight has been a mystery. A photographer who captured Garcia Marquez-and his black eyewrote about the incident in 2007 and suggested it concerned Vargas Llosa’s wife. Vargas Llosa has been tipped for years to win the prize. This year he was a 251 outsider, behind American novelist and favorite Cormac
NEW YORK: Writer Mario Vargas Llosa speaks to reporters in New York yesterday. — AP McCarthy and Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, according to British betting firm Ladbrokes. “We’re breathing an enormous sigh of relief,” Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams said. “We saw more money bet on the contest this year than in its entire history. We’ll send a crate of champagne to the winner because he’s helped us dodge a massive payout.” The Nobel committee reached Vargas Llosa before dawn in the United States. “He’s actually having a twomonth stint there in Princeton teaching, so I was sort of embarrassed for phoning him so early. But he
had been up since 5 o’clock preparing a lecture for Princeton,” Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Nobel committee, said. “He was elated. He was very, very moved.” Englund bubbled over in his praise of the writer: “He has a number of masterpieces in narration because essentially he’s a narrator, he’s a storyteller. My goodness, what a storyteller!” In “The Feast of the Goat,” a 49-year-old woman returns to the Dominican Republic, haunted by memories of her childhood when the nation was led by brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo.
The story tells of her efforts to overcome a traumatic past: “Were you right to come back? You’ll be sorry, Urania... returning to the island you swore you’d never set foot on again...,” he writes. “To prove to yourself you can walk along the streets of this city that is no longer yours, travel through this foreign country and not have it provoke sadness, nostalgia, hatred, bitterness, rage in you.” This was the fourth of this year’s Nobel prizes, following awards for medicine on Monday, physics on Tuesday and chemistry on Wednesday. —Reuters
Muslim sect members kill political leader: Nigeria MAIDUGURI: Members of a radical Muslim sect shot and killed a political leader in northern Nigeria, the latest attack by a group that engineered a massive prison break last month, a police commissioner said yesterday. Police commissioner Ibrahim Abdu told The Associated Press that investigators believe members of the feared Boko Haram sect shot and killed Awanna Ngala, the leader of the state’s ruling All Nigeria People’s Party. The attack came only three hours after suspected group members shot two security agents stationed Wednesday night outside the home of the speaker of Borno state’s House of Assembly. Ngala’s killing could mark the 11th slaying by the Boko Haram sect in recent weeks. The group has lately been responsible for a rash of killings committed by Kalashnikov-carrying men riding motorcycle taxis, and Ngala’s death fits that profile. Many of the killings targeted those who testified against group members in open court after a 2009 riot that sparked a security crackdown that left more than 700 people dead. Abdu said no arrests have been made. “We have intensified our investigations on
the serial attacks and killings,” Abdu said. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, has campaigned for the implementation of strict Shariah law. Nigeria, a nation of 150 million people, is divided between the Christian-dominated south and the Muslim-held north. A dozen states across Nigeria’s north already have Shariah law in place, though the area remains under the control of secular state governments. In recent months, rumors about the group rearming have spread throughout northern Nigeria, though its former leader died in police custody after the 2009 riot in what human rights activists described as an extrajudicial killing. A video recording released in late June showed a Boko Haram leader calling for new violence as the oneyear anniversary of their attack neared. In September, the sect launched a coordinated attack on a federal prison in Bauchi that held many of its followers arrested following last year’s riot. The raid freed about 750 prisoners , many of whom were members of the sect that still remain at large. — AP
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Lawmakers scuffle with officials in Indian Kashmir SRINAGAR: The assembly in Indian-controlled Kashmir erupted in violence yesterday when opposition lawmakers scuffled with security guards to protest a suggestion that only a deal between India and Pakistan could bring peace to the region. Three lawmakers from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party were treated for bruises and cuts and one security marshal also suffered minor injuries. The Muslim majority Kashmir region is divided between mainly Hindu India and mainly Muslim Pakistan and claimed
by both countries in its entirety. Since June, Indian-controlled Kashmir has been engulfed by street protests demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan. At least 108 people, mainly protesters and bystanders, have been killed in the subsequent crackdown by security forces. To quell the violence, the Indian government has debated easing some harsh security laws in effect here, pulled down some security bunkers in the main city of Srinagar this week and discussed bringing economic development to the
Himalayan region. But Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the region’s top elected official, told the assembly Wednesday that these measures would not solve the overall dispute over the region. “Kashmir is an issue between two neighbors. It is an international issue ... It is a political issue and cannot be addressed through development, employment or good governance,” he said, adding that Kashmiris also should be involved in the discussions on their future. When the session started yesterday
morning, angry BJP lawmakers, and legislators from two other local parties, chanting slogans against Omar, rushed the podium and fought against security marshals who were trying to push them back. The speaker later ordered them ejected. The BJP declared it would boycott the remainder of the session ending this weekend in protest. Meanwhile, authorities lifted a curfew in Srinagar and other important towns, but shops, businesses and most government offices were closed in the region because separatists had called a
strike. However, a round-the-clock curfew continued in the northern Palhalan village for the straight 25th day, said a police officer on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. Since 1989, an armed uprising and an ensuing crackdown by Indian security forces have killed an estimated 68,000 people, mostly civilians, in Indiancontrolled Kashmir. While that rebellion has been largely suppressed, the resistance is now principally through street demonstrations.—AP
Dialogue, tensions in inter-Korean ties Experts believe North seeking reconciliation SEOUL: There are signs of improving relations between North and South Korea, including plans for reunions of families divided by the Korean War and even talk of reviving a joint tourism venture, though prospects for a reduction in military and nuclear tensions remain
uncertain. Some experts believe North Korea is seeking reconciliation with the South after months of deteriorating ties, while others say its proposals are only a facade while it presses ahead with its nuclear program and implements political changes at home.
POCHEON: South Korean Army soldiers ride on an armored vehicle during a military exercise against a possible attack from the North Korea in Pocheon, South Korea, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas yesterday. —AP
China plans expansion of Tibet road network BEIJING: China plans to expand Tibet’s road network by 20 percent and connect all regional townships in the restive Himalayan region, state media reported yesterday. Nearly 50 billion yuan ($7.5 billion) has been budgeted for building highways through 2015 that will extend the existing road system from 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) to 43,500 miles (70,000 kilometers), the Xinhua News Agency said. That follows other ambitious infrastructure projects aimed at opening up Tibet, including new airports. A railway to the capital, Lhasa, opened four years ago and is slated to extend to
other parts of the region. China’s government says the projects aim to bring economic development to the impoverished area and boost its links to the rest of the country. Tibetan activists say they facilitate exploitation of natural resources while threatening local culture and strengthening Communist control. Tibet remains tense amid tight security imposed after deadly 2008 antigovernment riots sparked by resentment over Chinese migration to the traditionally autonomous area and heavy-handed rule by Beijing.—AP
Kim Tae-hyo, the South Korean president’s deputy national security adviser, warned in comments this week that the threat posed by the North’s nuclear program has reached an “extremely dangerous level.” According to the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, satellite images from Sept. 29 show new construction in the area around North Korea’s nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. And last week, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon warned in a speech at the United Nations that his government would strengthen its nuclear capability in response to what he described as hostile moves by the United States. Tensions between North and South Korea rose sharply in March after the sinking of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, in which 46 sailors died. Seoul and Washington blamed North Korea, which South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Tuesday that the military is preparing to immediately resume full-scale propaganda activities against North Korea in the event of “any new provocations” by the country. The North, meanwhile, said last week it might fire artillery at sites in the South from where leaflets criticizing the country are launched by civilian activists using balloons across the heavily fortified border. Last week, however, the two Koreas agreed to hold their first reunions in a year for divided families later this month, while South Korea is considering a proposal by North Korea to hold talks aimed at restarting a stalled joint tourism venture in the North.— AP
BISHKEK: Campaign leaflets and flags of a Kyrgyz party are burning in a fire set by protesters outside the headquarters of the Ata-Zhurt (Motherland) party in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Wednesday. —AP
Kyrgyz candidate warns of rent hike for US base BISHKEK: The head of a leading party running for election in Kyrgyzstan said yesterday that an incoming coalition government would likely sharply increase the rent for a US air base in the Central Asian country. Ak-Shumkar leader Temir Sariyev said in an interview with The Associated Press that a government including his party would seek $100 million in annual rent for the Manas base, up from the current $60 million. Sariyev is widely viewed as the main contender for the influential post of finance minister should the Ak-Shumkarsupported coalition gain power in Sunday’s parliamentary election. The United States last year risked losing the base, which acts as a key transportation hub for the military effort in Afghanistan. But former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was deposed in bloody street protests in April, then approved a new one-year lease after Manas was designated as a transit center and the annual rent was increased more than threefold. The new interim government extended the lease for a year in July, so it is unclear how conditions could be changed before that term expires. Sariyev said a range of lease conditions would come under review. “There are a number of issues that need to be raised over the base, including the duration of the lease, inspection of transiting cargo and an increase to rent,” he said. The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said it was unable to comment immediately on Sariyev’s remarks. “Our main priority in Kyrgyzstan at this time is to support the Oct 10 election and reestablish democracy and work with the people and government of Kyrgyzstan,” embassy spokesman Christian Wright said. Sariyev’s pro-business Ak-Shumkar is considered one of a handful of the 29 parties contesting the elections likely to win seats in parliament. Ata-Zhurt, the main political force opposed to the interim government, has said it wants to see the base closed. The United States was granted an air base in Kyrgyzstan to aid in its military campaign in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But Russia, which views Kyrgyzstan as its own strategic backyard, has grown increasingly uncomfortable with the US presence in the region. Impoverished Kyrgyzstan’s location in the southern reaches of the former Soviet Union and on China’s mountainous western border has made it an object of a lively strategic rivalry. That is a position the interim government that has been ruling the country since Bakiyev’s ouster has sought to exploit as part of efforts to boost Kyrgyzstan’s anemic economy. Last month, Defense Minister Abdilla Kudaiberdiyev announced that the government may seek a fourfold increase on the $4.5 million in annual rent that Russia pays for its air base and three other military facilities in Kyrgyzstan.—AP
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Dozens of Taleban killed as war enters 10th year KABUL: Airstrikes and ground operations by NATO and Afghan troops killed dozens of insurgents, including a senior Taleban leader who spearheaded attacks against security forces, the alliance said yesterday as the war in Afghanistan entered its 10th year. Sixteen militants were killed in air raids and ground fighting overnight in the Darqad, Yangi Qala and Khwaja Bahawuddin districts of Takhar province, Gen. Shah Jahan Noori, provincial police chief, told The Associated Press. More than a dozen insurgents were wounded. Northern Takhar has been the scene of escalating military operations in recent days, as NATO and Afghan forces step up the battle for control of the Taleban-dominated south. Noori said his convoy was ambushed early yesterday and four attackers were killed in a gunbattle that lasted several hours. No joint force casualties occurred, he said. Taleban commander Maulawi Jawadullah, accused of organizing deadly ambushes, roadside bombings, and abductions of Afghan police and
soldiers in northern Afghanistan , was killed in an airstrike Wednesday in Yangi Qala district, NATO said. Jawadullah was linked to the recent deaths of 10 Afghan National Police officers during an attack on a police station in neighboring Kunduz province, an alliance statement said. Seven other Taleban also died in the assault, including three who opened fire from a forest when coalition forces moved in following the airstrike. Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of the American invasion of Afghanistan, a frustrating benchmark for those who expected a quick exit after small targeted special forces toppled the Taleban from power in 2001. This week also marked another milestone as the death toll for NATO forces surpassed 2,000. At least 2,004 NATO service members have died fighting in Afghanistan since Oct 7, 2001, according to an AP count. A NATO service member was killed yesterday in an insurgent attack in the country’s north, and another died in a roadside bombing a day earlier in the
south, the alliance announced, without providing their nationalities or the specific locations. The attacks brought to at least 15 the number of NATO deaths so far in October. “NATO is here and they say they are fighting terrorism, and this is the 10th year and there is no result yet,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an emotional speech last week. “Our sons cannot go to school because of bombs and suicide attacks.” The Taleban issued a statement marking the invasion anniversary, claiming 75 percent of Afghanistan was now under its control. “The strongholds of jihad and resistance against the invading Americans and their allies are as strong as ever,” it said. “The invading Americans spent hundreds of billions of dollars in order to continue this illegitimate war, lost thousands of soldiers , with tens of thousands of them being injured , and faced heavy losses in terms of military hardware.” The Taleban urged the US and its allies to immediately leave the
country. In a report released yesterday, the Open Society Foundations , a think tank backed by liberal billionaire George Soros, said Afghans are increasingly angry and resentful about the international presence in Afghanistan and do not believe insurgents are responsible for most attacks and civilian deaths. “While statistics show that insurgents are responsible for most civilian casualties, many we interviewed accused international forces of directly stoking the conflict and causing as many, if not more, civilian casualties than the insurgents,” researchers said in the report. “Many Afghan communities drew these conclusions only after they suffered from civilian casualties, night raids, detention operations, and saw few signs of progress in their country.” The report was based on interviews in late 2009 and 2010 of more than 250 Afghans in seven provinces, along with discussions with community leaders in other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, an Afghan-NATO force killed six insurgents and destroyed a compound used for making improvised explosive devices Wednesday in Arghandab district of Kandahar province, said the governor’s spokesman, Zulmi Ayubi. A joint patrol also seized a vehicle with 1,700 pounds (760 kilograms) of heroin, 550 pounds (250 kilograms) of hashish, 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of wet opium, five anti-personal mines, and bomb-making materials in Kandahar, he said. In eastern Wardak province, assailants threw a hand grenade at a wedding party, wounding four people, Afghan’s Interior Ministry said yesterday. A ministry statement did not specify when the attack occurred. Three militants were killed Wednesday night in southeastern Zabul province during a firefight with a joint force, said Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar, spokesman for the governor. A woman died after stepping on a land mine in the province’s Mizan district yesterday.— AP
Afghan peace council holds inaugural session Karzai calls on insurgents to renounce violence PESHAWAR: People collect oil leaked from NATO trucks after being attacked by militants in Khairabad near Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday. —AP
Pakistan doesn’t reopen border despite US apology ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said yesterday it has not decided when to reopen a key border crossing NATO uses to ship supplies to Afghanistan despite a US apology for a helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers. A suspected US missile strike, meanwhile, killed three people in a northwestern Pakistan tribal region along the border, the latest in a surge of such attacks on militant strongholds, intelligence officials said. Both the US and NATO expressed their condolences Wednesday for the Sept. 30 attack and said American helicopters mistook the Pakistani soldiers for insurgents being pursued across the border from Afghanistan. The apologies raised expectations that the Torkham border crossing along the famed Khyber Pass could reopen very soon. But Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said at a news conference yesterday that authorities were still evaluating the situation and would make a decision “in due course.” The delay could be short-lived since US and Pakistani officials predicted the border crossing would be reopened in a matter of days even before the apologies were issued. Pakistan closed Torkham to NATO supply convoys on the same day as the attack, leaving hundreds of trucks stranded alongside the country’s highways or stuck in traffic on the way to the one route into Afghanistan from the south that has remained open. Suspected militants have taken advantage of the impasse to attack stranded or rerouted trucks. Gunmen torched 70 fuel tankers and killed a driver in two attacks Wednesday. The US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, said in a statement Wednesday that “we extend our deepest apology to Pakistan and the families of the Frontier Scouts who were killed and injured.” The US and NATO issued apologies after their investigation found that the Pakistani soldiers fired at the two US helicopters prior to the attack, likely trying to notify the aircraft of their presence after the helicopters entered Pakistani airspace several times. —AP
KABUL: Calling the meeting a “source of hope” for the Afghan people, President Hamid Karzai yesterday hosted the inaugural session of a new peace council set up to guide efforts to reconcile with the Taleban and other insurgent groups. Karzai has long called on insurgents to renounce “The Afghan people in each province, district and village are expecting a lot from this peace council,” Karzai said on the ninth anniversary of the war. “The high peace council is a source of hope for the Afghan people,” he said, adding that the international community is supporting the 70-member panel. Publicly, the Taleban have said they won’t negotiate until foreign troops leave the country, yet many Taleban leaders have reached out directly or indirectly to the highest levels of the Afghan government. There have been no formal negotiations yet between the Afghan government and the Taleban, only some contacts and signals from each side, according to Karzai’s spokesman, Waheed Omar. Addressing the opposition, Karzai said, “Once again I want to call on them to use this opportunity and welcome this effort and join in bringing peace in this country.” Efforts to reconcile with the Taleban are not supported by all Afghans. Leaders of ethnic minorities remain concerned that negotiating with the Taleban will open a path for the hard-line fundamentalist group to regain power. Others argue that the peace council, comprising many members who fought against the Taleban, will have little success in guiding any talks. Karzai said the government will cooperate with and assist the council but it would operate independently.—AP
violence, sever ties to terrorists and embrace the Afghan Constitution. Contacts are increasing between the government and insurgents to find a political resolution to the conflict, which is key to any US exit strategy in Afghanistan.
KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai, second left, prays with members of the Afghanistan’s new peace council, from left, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Pir Sayed Ahmad Gailani, and Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf during the inaugural session in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday. —AP
Blasts kill 4 at Sufi shrine in Pakistan KARACHI: Two explosions hit a famed Sufi shrine in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday, killing at least four people and wounding 20 others, police said. The exact cause of the blasts were not immediately clear, but Pakistani shrines and mosques have frequently been attacked by Islamist militant groups wreaking havoc on the South Asian nation, a key US ally. Yesterday’s blasts appeared to echo a twin suicide bombing at a well-known Sufi shrine in the eastern city of Lahore earlier this year. Police official Jam Tariq said the blasts occurred in Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine
compound in the evening yesterday, a time of the week when the site is particularly crowded. TV footage showed pools of blood at the scene, while people helped two wounded victims get to an ambulance. Police were cordoning off the area. A young boy with blood-stained clothes cried for help in a police vehicle. A witness, Hassam Uddin, said two blasts occurred near the main entrance before the electronic walk-through gate, and that he saw 18 to 20 critically wounded people lying on the ground. Abdullah Shah Ghazi was an 8th century saint credited with bringing Islam to the coastal region.— AP
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Kharafi gets backing for $12 billion Etisalat deal Zain shares close up 1.49% at KD1.36
CUPERTINO: A customer purchases an Apple iPad at a Target store in Cupertino, California. Target Corp said yesterday, a key revenue measurement rose 1.3 percent in September, missing Wall Street’s expectations. —AP
OPEC to keep output ceiling after price rise LONDON: Bellwether British retailer Marks & Spencer said it is hoping its older customer base will see it through the gathering storm of public sector cuts and tax rises as it beat forecasts for second-quarter sales. “Our customers are a bit older and what we see clearly from our market data is that older customers are concerned about cuts but better prepared than younger customers,” Chief Executive Marc Bolland told reporters yesterday. Echoing comments this week from Tesco and Sainsbury, Britain’s No. 1 and No. 3 grocers respectively, Bolland said he did not expect government spending cuts to be unveiled on Oct. 20 to tip the economy back into recession. “No, we don’t expect a double dip. Yes, we expect customers to have a more difficult trading environment, but we expect to be well positioned,” said the CEO whose latest TV adverts feature models including Lisa Snowdon in a military-style coat and cap. He also highlighted increasing demand for products which are innovative and high quality. “Customers are returning to quality in the face of economic uncertainty, especially we see that in areas such as mens’ suits and knitwear,” he said. “They ... ‘buy once, buy well’ in general merchandise articles and that is a trend that I see continuing in the coming year,” said the Dutchman. “With an uncertain environment people are choosing quality, they will go for something that lasts ... a bit longer than a couple of days.” Britain’s biggest clothing retailer, which also sells upmarket foods and homewares, said underlying sales increased 5.3 percent in the 13 weeks to Oct. 2, its second quarter. That was the fourth consecutive quarterly rise, up from 3.6 percent in the first quarter and against analysts’ average forecast of 3.2 percent in a company poll. But despite topping forecasts, M&S, which serves 21 million Britons a week from over 650 stores and has about 300 shops
abroad, said its full-year financial expectations were unchanged as the better trading was offset by rising operating costs. The company said these would be towards the top end of its forecast range of up 4 to 5 percent because of an additional autumn/winter marketing campaign and higher sales volumes. “We are facing increased commodity prices and significantly tougher comparatives in the second half. As a result we remain cautious about the outlook for the remainder of this year and next,” it said. M&S maintained its forecast for flat full-year gross margins despite freight, cotton and currency pressures and unlike rivals such as Next Bolland did not flag a significant rise in clothing prices for consumers. M&S shares, which have lagged the STOXX 600 Europe retail index by 13 percent this year, were up 2.4 percent at 400 pence at 1052 GMT, valuing the firm at about 6.35 billion pounds ($10.1 billion). “We expect the bottom end of the forecast range to move up but that overall forecast movements for 2010/11 earnings will remain relatively stable given upgrades seen in recent weeks,” said analysts at Credit Suisse. The consensus forecast for M&S’s full-year pretax profit is around 702 million pounds according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Bicycles to car parts retailer Halfords yesterday posted a 6.3 percent sales drop, though Sainsbury said on Wednesday it thought austerity measures were already embedded into shopping habits. M&S said its growth was driven by a 70basis-point increase in market share in clothing, helped by new products such as the “2 sizes bigger” bra and “Miracle” crease resistant linen. Food market share also rose 10 basis points, while online sales surged 49 percent. Like-forlike general merchandise sales jumped 7 percent, while food sales rose 3.7 percent on the same basis. — Reuters
KUWAIT: Kharafi Group has received the backing of enough Zain shareholders to sell 46 percent of the Kuwaiti telecommunications group to Etisalat, clearing at least one hurdle in sealing the $12 billion deal. Emirates Telecommunications, or Etisalat, bid KD1.7 Kuwaiti ($6.02) per share for the stake in Zain, the Gulf’s third largest telecommunications firm, last week and quickly won Kharafi Group support. Kharafi Group, a family conglomerate, owns a 12.7 percent stake in Zain, but analysts estimate Kharafi’s stake to be around 20 percent through other firms it controls. The group asked National Investments Co (NIC), which it owns, to secure the rest of the shareholder support required for the deal. “We have approvals from our clients to join the consortium ... and these approvals have taken us to the 46 percent,” Hamad AlAmeeri, general manager of NIC told Reuters. The Kuwait Investment Authority, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, owns a 24.6-percent stake in Zain but is widely believed to want to hold on to its position. NIC’s Ameeri said “things are going better than we expected,” but that it was too early to set a closing date for the deal. Naser Al-Nafisi, general manager of Al-Joman Center for Economic Consultancy, said it was not surprising that shareholders joined the consortium, given the “attractive” price offered for the shares. Zain shares closed up 1.49 percent at 1.36 dinars. Etisalat shares were flat at 10.70 UAE dirhams ($2.91) and NIC shares closed up 5.26 percent at 0.5 dinars. “It was expected. If they want 60 percent they can get it,” Nafisi said. Last week, Etisalat said its offer was preliminary and conditional. It did not outline what conditions needed to be met. Etisalat officials were not immediately available for comment. A Zain spokesman said: “No comment on shareholders’ issues, and as far as the management is concerned, business is as usual.” —Reuters
ATHENS: Protesters chant slogans during a rally in Athens yesterday. Greece’s state sector shut down yesterday as civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour strike, demanding the government take back stringent austerity measures designed to pull the country out of a debt crisis. —AP
Greek civil servants walk off, flights hit ATHENS: Greek civil servants walked off the job for 24 hours yesterday, pushing ahead with anti-austerity protests despite a waning turnout. Tax offices and some public services shut down, while ministries and public hospitals worked with emergency staff. Dozens of public sector workers started rallying in central Athens, unfolding banners reading “Tax the rich”. The Socialist government has cut public sector wages by around 15 percent, increased taxes and frozen pensions to help tidy up the country’s finances in return for a 110 billion euro European Union/IMF bailout that saved it from bankruptcy. “These measures are unfair. They force people who don’t have money to pay,” said 18-year-old student Valia Bralou, whose parents are both civil servants. Flights to and from Greek airports will be grounded between 1200 and 1600 GMT, when air traffic controllers will join the civil servants’ strike. Olympic Air cancelled 27 return flights and Aegean Airlines 15. Workers and students were expected to march to parliament around midday. Turnout in recent months has dwindled at the generally peaceful demonstrations, after repeated strikes failed to
change the government’s course. A pension reform protest in July drew only 12,000 people, compared to 50,000 who took to the streets in May. “I can’t blame those who don’t take to the streets anymore,” 18-year-old protester Danae Burnu said. “They think: I shouted, I protested, so what? What happened? Sometimes you can’t save yourself and the world at the same time, and they lose money when they strike.” The government this week announced further belttightening in next year’s draft budget. The economy is seen contracting by 2.6 percent in 2011, after a 4 percent slump this year. Greece’s private sector union confederation GSEE has said it will not strike any time soon, easing pressure on the ruling Socialists as they struggle to pull the economy out of its worst recession since 1979. But civil servants who have been worse affected by the austerity measures will not back down, said their union, which represents half a million workers. “We will keep protesting, demanding that the new budget does not include any further salary cuts,” said Ilias Iliopoulos, general secretary of public sector union ADEDY. —Reuters
Egyptian fast food firm Mo’men sees IPO in ’12 CAIRO: Egypt’s fast food group Mo’men plans to sell 40 percent of its shares in an initial public offering (IPO) in late 2012, its chairman said, a rare potential offering on a bourse that has had just one IPO in two years. Mohammad Mo’men told Reuters in an interview he expected the company to increase its revenue to about 1 billion Egyptian pounds ($176 million) in
2011 from a targeted 750 million this year, as well as planning to buy two small companies. The IPO’s value “would not be less than 400 million pounds and the preliminary date is the end of 2012”, Mo’men said. The global financial crisis halted IPOs in Egypt after oil services company Maridive and real estate firm Palm Hills Developments sold shares in mid-2008. —Reuters
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Caution over economic outlook
ECB leaves key interest rate unchanged at 1% LOS ANGELES: Nicole Lorenzo, looks to buy new shoes for a new sales associate job, at the Payless ShoeSource, a discount specialty shoe store at the Westside Pavilion Shopping Center in Los Angeles. Retailers are reporting surprisingly solid sales gains for September, boosted by back-to-school shopping in the first half of the month. —AP
Oil firms plan new US oil spill fund LONDON: US oil explorers are talking about forming a new insurance fund that would cover the costs of any future oil spill, to avoid a scenario where smaller companies are unable to drill offshore, a senior industry executive said yesterday. BP’s oil spill is expected to rack up an over $30 billion bill for shutting the leak, cleaning up the oil and compensating those affected. This has prompted concerns about what would have happened if a company without BP’s massive resources had been operating the blown-out well. Jim Farnsworth, Chief Executive of Cobalt International, a small explorer focussed on the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico, said his company was in talks on a solution to avert such fears. “It is likely and probably desirable for a combination of us to come together and insure against these types of accidents,” he told the Finding Petroleum conference in London. “Cobalt is actively in discussions along those lines,” he added.
Some analysts have predicted that the oil spill could cause a shakeout with smaller companies being forced to sell up because new regulations force them to seek insurance cover which may be either unobtainable or unaffordable. In the wake of Exxon’s Valdez oil spill, companies formed a $1 billion fund to pay for future oil spills. Farnsworth, a former BP executive, said he expected the new fund to be bigger. Cobalt’s market capitalization has dropped by $1.5 billion, or 30 percent, since the oil spill began, Farnsworth said. The CEO added that he expected it would take a long time for drilling to resume in the Gulf of Mexico even if a drilling moratorium, installed in the wake of the oil spill, is lifted in November, as expected. “The real moratorium ends when they start issuing permits again and that could take a long time,” he said. Some analysts predict permitting may remain paralyzed until late 2011. —Reuters
BP signs deal with Azerbaijan on big Caspian gas field BAKU: British oil group BP signed a 30-year deal with Azerbaijan yesterday to explore and develop a major Caspian Sea gas field, cementing the oil giant’s leading position in the energy-rich former Soviet republic. The agreement on the Shafag-Asiman field was signed in the presence of new BP chief executive Bob Dudley and was his first deal since taking the helm earlier this month after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster forced out his predecessor Tony Hayward. “BP and (Azerbaijani state energy firm) SOCAR announced yesterday they had signed a new production sharing agreement on joint
exploration and development of the Shafag-Asiman structure in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea,” the companies said in a joint statement. The Shafag-Asiman block is situated 125 kilometres (78 miles) southeast of the Azerbaijani capital Baku, and covers an area of around 1,100 square kilometres (440 square miles) that has never before been explored. Under the terms of the venturesigned in Baku by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev and BP-Azerbaijan President Rashid Javanshir-BP will be the operator with a 50percent stake, while SOCAR will have the remaining equity. Financial details were not disclosed. —AFP
BERLIN: The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged at a record-low 1 percent for the 17th consecutive month yesterday amid caution
over the economic outlook. The bank’s decision to leave its refinancing rate untouched, as it has since May 2009, was widely expected.
The 16-nation euro-zone posted decent second-quarter economic growth but has seen a flare-up lately in fears over the debt troubles of Ireland in particular. Still, that hasn’t troubled the euro, which has hit eight-month highs against the dollar on worries that the US may be headed back into recession and expectations the Federal Reserve will announce new stimulus measures. On Thursday, it nudged close to the $1.40 mark for the first time since February. That marks a turnaround from the 16-nation currency’s springtime tumble as markets fretted about the government debt crisis that spread from Greece — in mid-June, the euro hit a multiyear low of $1.1878. ECB President JeanClaude Trichet can expect to face questions on the euro’s strength at the post-decision news conference. A stronger euro could hurt growth by making European exports less price-competitive — the last thing the euro-zone needs as it digs its way out of the debt crisis. Germany’s export-driven quarter-onquarter growth of 2.2 percent in the April-June period led the euro-zone to growth of 1 percent. The head of Germany’s main industry federation, Hans-Peter Keitel, said last week that he didn’t expect the exchange rate to “constitute a danger” to exporters if it stays roughly in its recent range, but companies won’t be keen to see the euro climb further. Trichet’s standard retort to questions over the value of the euro has been that he will say something when he has something to say. Analysts think this could be one of those times, given the debt problems and associated austerity measures facing many euro-zone countries. “We suspect that Trichet will subtly hint that the European authorities would not be happy with taking the lions’ share of the dollar adjustment in the foreign exchange market,” Derek Halpenny, European head of global currency research at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, said ahead of yesterday’s rate decision. Pressure from the prospect of new Fed stimulus action would be partly offset if the ECB took similar action — but there are no real signs that the ECB plans to do so. In fact, recent comments from a number of policymakers at the bank have suggested the opposite, especially with regard to money market operations. —AP
Japanese economy. Investors have concluded that the Federal Reserve will itself resume asset purchases of some form or other in the next few weeks — the most likely date is thought to be Nov 3 at the conclusion of its next ratesetting meeting. Much could well hinge on today’s US nonfarm payrolls data, which often set the market tone for a week or two after their release. Most economists think the figures won’t be good enough to stop the Fed from announcing fresh stimulus measures. The prospect of more dollars in the system have underpinned stocks around the world, but have weighed hard on the US currency itself. By early afternoon London time, the euro was 0.3 percent higher at $1.3975, just shy of its earlier eightmonth high of $1.3994. All eyes will be on what, if anything, the European Central Bank’s President Jean-Claude Trichet says about the euro’s return to favor when he holds his monthly press conference following the bank’s expected decision to keep the key interest rate unchanged at 1 percent. The Bank of England kept its interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.5 percent, as expected.
World markets flat but dollar slide continues LONDON: World stock markets were steady yesterday ahead of European interest rate decisions and the start of the US corporate earnings reporting season, while the dollar slid further against other currencies. The euro edged up towards $1.40 for the first time since early February while the dollar dropped below the level that forced the Bank of Japan to intervene in the markets to stem the exportsapping appreciation of the yen In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 5.43 points, or 0.1 percent, at 5,686.82 while Germany’s DAX rose 10.37 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,281.10. The CAC-40 in France was 8.19 points, or 0.2 percent, higher at 3,773.10. A similarly lackluster performance was expected when Wall Street opens later, with Dow futures 11 points higher at 10,917 and the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 futures around a point higher at 1,157. Stocks have been buoyed since Tuesday’s decision by the Bank of Japan to cut its interest rate to near zero percent and its announcement it is preparing a 5 trillion yen ($60 billion) fund to buy government bonds and other assets to prop up the faltering
Although he typically refrains from commenting on the value of the euro, Trichet is expected to address the issue of the currency’s rise and its impact on the debt problems and austerity measures facing many eurozone countries, notably Ireland and Greece. “Any comments on the strength of the euro will be scrutinized,” said Mitul Kotecha, head of global foreign exchange strategy at Credit Agricole. Meanwhile, the dollar was down 0.7 percent at 82.35 yen, just above its earlier 15-year low of 82.25 yen. The markets are on the lookout for another intervention by the Bank of Japan now that the dollar has fallen below the 82.87 yen level it intervened last month. Even though, the rate is below the intervention rate, analysts still think that the Japanese authorities can claim a level of success from its earlier action but will need to enter the markets once again to prevent a drop below 80 yen. “If it were not for the threat of intervention from the Japanese authorities, it is likely that the dollar would be trading closer to its record low at 79.75 yen,” said Lee Hardman, currency economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. —AP
Friday, October 8, 2010
MIDEAST STOCK MARKETS
QNB rises after Q3, markets up DUBAI: Qatar National Bank, the Gulf ’s thirdlargest bank by market value, rose to its highest point in at least two years yesterday, after reporting a sharp jump in third-quarter net profit. Other markets in the Middle East ended higher, in part on the back of ongoing mergers and acquisitions activity in the telecoms sector. “As anticipated, the bank (QNB) was a key beneficiary of the persistent lending momentum witnessed in Qatar, providing a boost to the lender’s revenues,” said Shuaa Capital analyst Sofia El Boury. “At the same time, QNB was able to maintain exceptionally healthy asset quality indicators, providing comfortable leeway for improvement in profitability,” she added. Credit Suisse raised its QNB price target to 182 riyals, while maintaining its outperform rating. Shares in the lender closed at 156.1 riyals, its highest close since at least October 7, 2008. QNB’s gains helped lift the index 0.2 percent to 7,765 points. In other Middle East markets, telecoms took center stage amid two mergers and acquisitions deals. Shares in Orascom Telecom jumped as high as 7.3 percent during the daybut ended only 0.7 percent higher-on market talk that Algeria will pay $7.8 billion for the firm’s local unit, although many traders said the speculation is fuelled by confusion over statements from Vimpelcom. Traders cited what they said are media reports
saying Algiers had agreed to pay a much higher price than expected for the unit, known as Djezzy. But many say a statement from Vimpelcom’s chief executive that $7.8 billionthe price offered by South Africa’s MTN for the unitwas a fair price for Djezzy. Kuwait’s National Investments Co, owned by the Kharafi Group, rose 5.3 percent after it said it has obtained the required number of Zain shares to tender to the Etisalat offer. Kharafi, which is a main Zain shareholder, has said it will accept an offer for its stake in the the Kuwaiti telco company from UAE’s Etisalat. National Investments said recently that one of its portfolio clients, Al-Khair National-another Kharafi unit and the holding firm for the Zain stake-would gather the required percentage of shares for the deal, after initial approvals between the parties. In Dubai, real estate giant Emaar Properties rose for a third straight session. Dubai’s Emaar remains a lone bright spot in a gloomy outlook for UAE developers, but woes are set to continue for Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties with an expected thirdquarter loss. Most analysts polled by Reuters expect Emaar to increase earnings in the third quarter, boosted by the handover of properties at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. HIGHLIGHTS DUBAI Dubai index gained 1 percent to 1,722 points.
Oil hits 5-month high on dollar, French stir LONDON: Oil rose above $84 a barrel yesterday to a fivemonth high as expectations of further US monetary easing weighed on the dollar and a French oil port strike disrupted supplies. A falling US dollar, linked to the expected inflow of fresh dollars into the economy, has spurred money flows into oil and other commodities. The dollar hit a 15-year low against the yen yesterday. “It’s still the same story-purely driven by financial markets, particularly the falling US dollar which pushes up commodity prices in dollar terms across the board,” said Carsten Fritsch, analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. US crude for November rose 72 cents to $83.95 by 1322 GMT and traded as high as $84.43, the highest intraday price for a nearby contract since May 4. ICE Brent added 50 cents to $85.56. Other commodities advanced. Gold set another record high yesterday, while the weak dollar also boosted base metals with copper trading near a 26-month high. Talks between strikers at the Fos Lavera oil port in France and management were still in a deadlock and no meetings were planned, the port said as the strike entered its 11th day. —Reuters
ABU DHABI The benchmark climbed 0.3 percent to 2,685 points. EGYPT The index inches up
0.5 percent to 6,879 points. QATAR The measure rose 0.2 percent to 7,765 points.
OMAN The benchmark slides 0.02 percent to 6,506 points. BAHRAIN The measure advanced
0.5 percent to 1,458 points. KUWAIT The index gained 0.5 percent to 6,995 points. —Reuters
Friday, October 8, 2010
Algeria sale talk boosts Orascom LONDON/MOSCOW: Shares in Orascom Telecom jumped 4 percent yesterday after Vimpelcom was reported to have said around $8 billion was a fair price for Orascom Telecom’s Algerian unit. “If the Algerian side voices the readiness to buy Djezzy at a
Vimpelcom CEO says $7.8 billion fair price fair price, we’ll be ready to sell it then,” Vimpelcom CEO Alexander Izosimov was reported to have said by Russia’s ITAR TASS. A person familiar with the matter said the comment
should be interpreted as Vimpelcom setting out its initial position for further talks on the matter with the Algerian government. “This is a starting point, the two sides only met for the first time this week,”
the person said. On the line is Vimpelcom’s bid to become the world’s fifth largest mobile phone operator and enter the developed market by buying control of Egyptian tycoon Naguib
Sawiris’s telecom assets for $6.6 billion. The jewel in the crown of the proposed deal is Orascom’s Agerian unit Djezzy, which Algeria’s government is trying to nationalize. “Izosimov admits (that Vimpelcom may sell Djezzy to
Algeria) but asks absolutely unrealistic price, saying Vimpelcom is ready to sell it for $7.8 billion, while the Algerian government has so far being saying it would buy it for $2.5 billion,” Renaissance Capital analyst Alex Kazbegi said. — Reuters
Repsol inks deal for Qatari LNG to Canada LONDON: Qatargas is to start supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Repsol’s Canaport terminal in Canada before the end of 2010, Spain’s largest oil company said yesterday. The long-term supply deal with the world’s largest exporter of super-cooled gas is expected to help meet rising demand for in eastern Canada and north-eastern parts of the United States and could limit the amount of Qatari LNG delivered to Europe. Canaport is in New Brunswick province which borders the US state of Maine. “The new LNG supply from Qatar strengthens Repsol’s position in the Canadian and Northeast US markets as a reliable, diversified, flexible supplier of natural gas,” said Benjamin Palomo, Executive Director of LNG for Repsol in
a statement. The Canaport deal could absorb some LNG that is expected to enter an already well supplied global market as big Qatari production facilities open in the next few months. “Deliveries will start before the end of the year,” the spokesman for the Madrid-based company said. Repsol-which controls 75 percent of Canaport with Fort Reliance holding 25 percentdid not specify how much LNG would be delivered by Qatargas under the deal nor the price to be paid. Qatargas will deliver the LNG using both Q-Flex and Q-Max ships which carry between 210,000 and 266,000 cubic metres of gas each. Canaport LNG can pump 28 million cubic metres of natural gas per day into Canada and on into the United States by pipeline. —Reuters
Ukraine eyes joint gas co with Russia PARIS: Ukraine and Russia are discussing setting up a joint gas company, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said yesterday in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro during a visit to Paris. “We are discussing with Russia the creation of a joint company, but that does not mean a merger of the two structures,” Yanukovich said, referring to the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz and Russia’s state-run energy giant, Gazprom. Russia wants access to the management of Ukrainian pipelines, while Ukraine wants to be able to extract gas in Russia and transport it to Ukraine, he said. “We are ready to discuss these questions with Russia,” Yanukovich added. “It is entirely likely that Russia and Ukraine will agree to modernize our pipelines together, including through a common management of the new parts of this gas transport system,” he said. Asked if creating an EUUkraine-Russia gas consortium was still a possibility, and if France could play a role, Yanukovich said talks were under way and
Russian and European partners had been asked for their views. “We would like to have a partner in Europe but as for which companies will be involved, I would say that the most active and engaged will feature among those chosen.” Asked if he thought Ukraine could sign an accord, including a free trade agreement, with the European Union, at a Ukraine-EU summit in November, Yanukovich said certain aspects of the free trade agreement needed to be discussed. “I am sure we will approach the signature of these documents in a very sensitive fashion,” he said. “There are sensitive points as much for your country as for ours.” Yanukovich said there was work to be done on both sides, adding that he would make progress towards the signature during his visit to France. On Wednesday Ukraine’s prime minister, Mykola Azarov, said the country was working hard with the European Union to prepare a free trade agreement but it was not clear if it would be ready for signing at the November summit. —Reuters
Friday, October 8, 2010
Grim reading for consumers, politicians
Signs point to weaker US employment data WASHINGTON: The final US government report on employment before midterm elections next month may prove grim reading for consumers and politicians alike. Today’s highly anticipated Labor Department report on the September jobs market was expected to show the
economy added zero jobs amid a slowing and sluggish recovery from deep recession. With nearly one in 10 workers out of a job, persistent high unemployment is a major stumbling block in getting the consumer-led economy firmly on the path of sustainable growth. Unemployment in September was expected to tick up a tenth point to 9.7 percent as job-seekers returned to the labor force. The monthly employment data is drawing particular glare under the spotlight this week, less than a month ahead of the midterm general elections. The November 2 vote may be a litmus test on President Barack Obama’s economic policies and his potential reelection bid two years later. Obama’s Democratic Party is tipped to lose some seats in Congress as Republicans campaign on claims they can spur job growth by cutting taxes. “I have made the argument about the negative feedback loop of soft job gains leading to weak consumer confidence which creates consumer spending NEW YORK: Traders John Santiago, left, and Steven Marcus, center, work modest which causes firms to hire on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock futures were little cautiously,” said Joel Naroff changed yesterday as traders avoided any big moves before a key reading on of Naroff Economic Advisors. “It could take another six unemployment claims and the start of earnings season. —AP months or more before we see the trend in hiring begin to break out to the upside,” the economist added. The jobless rate has been stuck above nine percent since May 2009, hitting a peak of 10.1 percent October last year. In August, the economy shed a total of 54,000 jobs, although private-sector jobs rose by BERLIN: Industrial production in Germany, “Looking ahead, all available evidence points to a 67,000. Europe’s biggest economy, picked up more further strengthening of the German industry.” But an unexpectedly strongly than expected in August after barely The latest figures “brought important evidence weak report on privategrowing the previous month, government data that a substantial part of the second-quarter sector employment on momentum has been carried over into the second showed yesterday. Wednesday reinforced The figures underlined the resilience of half of the year,” Brzeski had. worries about the continued The government is due to update its forecast Germany’s recovery. As output picks up, the lack of demand for workers economy minister advocated bigger pay rises — for 2010 economic growth later this month. Its in a recovery that began pointing to a recent deal in which steel workers current official forecast is for a 1.4 percent increase more than a year ago. secured a 3.6 percent wage hike. Industrial — a prediction that has long since been overtaken Payrolls firm ADP production grew by 1.7 percent on the month in by events. Germany’s central bank, the reported private-sector August, the Economy Ministry said. That increase Bundesbank, has forecast growth of about 3 employment dropped beat economists’ forecast of 0.5 percent, and percent. The new government forecast will be for sharply in August for the followed barely perceptible growth of 0.1 percent “at least a 2 with a high number after the point,” first time since February. in July. It was led by a 2.6 percent increase in Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle was quoted The sector shed 39,000 jobs production of so-called investment goods such as as telling the daily Hamburger Abendblatt. in August on a seasonally This year’s return to healthy growth has machinery. Consumer goods production rose 0.6 adjusted basis, instead of the percent while construction output declined 0.4 reinforced demands for higher wage rises after 18,000 gain expected by percent. Strong export growth helped Germany to years of restraint. Consumer confidence has been most analysts. “The decline quarter-on-quarter economic growth of 2.2 percent driven higher by optimism about jobs and personal in private employment in in the second quarter. While that pace is expected income — raising hopes of stronger domestic September confirms a pause demand. to slow, growth is expected to remain healthy. in the economic recovery “When the economy is booming, robust wage On Wednesday, official data showed that already evident in other industrial orders rose strongly in August following rises are possible,” Bruederle said. Last week, data,” the report said. a decline in July, fueled by a jump in orders from steel workers last week secured a 3.6 percent pay Ryan Sweet of Moody’s abroad — including a surge in demand from increase — up from 2 percent last year. “The deal Analytics called the ADP elsewhere in the euro-zone. Two disappointing in the steel industry showed that a fair report “troubling” and said months of industrial data had raised concerns compromise is possible toward which other the pressure may intensify about foreign demand and the sustainability of sectors perhaps could orient themselves,” for the Federal Reserve’s Germany’s recovery, said Carsten Brzeski, an Bruederle was quoted as saying. “The crisis is policy-makers “to act over — now it is time to set new priorities,” he economist at ING in Brussels. forcefully” when they meet “Today’s numbers should hush these concerns added. “We must keep jobs in Germany attractive in November. —AFP — not only once, but for a longer period,” he said. in order to grasp our growth opportunities.” —AP
German industrial production up 1.7%
PARIS: French Prime Minister Francois Fillon looks at the new Citroen WRC during his visit at the “Mondial de l’Automobile” (Paris motor show) yesterday in Paris. This international auto show runs until October 17, 2010. —AFP
French oil port strike spreads to refining PARIS/MARSEILLE: A strike at a key French oil port expanded to the refining sector yesterday as one out of four plants in the region joined protests that have already pushed Europe’s gasoline prices to a fivemonth high. However, the unions said yesterday workers of three other plants had refrained from joining the strikers immediately, easing fears of an immediate shutdown of the region’s oil processing capacity. Talks between Fos Lavera strikers and the management of the Mediterranean port were still in a deadlock and no meetings were planned, the port said as the strike entered its 11th day and dozens of vessels with oil and oil products remained blocked. Workers are protesting against a port reform as well as French President Nocolas Sarkozy’s pension reform, which will increase retirement age to 62 from 60, and has already sparked several waves of nation-wide protests.
Benchmark European gasoline prices eased a notch to hover near a five-month high at $762 a ton yesterday with oil trading slightly higher at $83.74. France could be grounded to a halt on Oct. 12 when railway, refinery, power, and underground workers will go on strike. The port serves eight plants which can process more than 1 million barrels per day-around 7 percent of Europe’s total capacity-although a refinery in Germany can be supplied by alternative routes. Reuters calculations showed that demand for at least 8 million barrels of crude oil, or nearly 10 percent of the daily global total, has not been met so far as a result of the strike. “So far refineries have played down the impact of halted operations at the oil terminal, indicating that crude stocks, which hold roughly 17 days of forward demand cover, were allowing operations to proceed,” consultants JBC Energy said. —Reuters
EU offers trade-tied aid to Pakistan, halts import duties BRUSSELS: Europe offered a major trade boost to floodravaged Pakistan yesterday, proposing to lift duties on 75 Pakistani imports as part of an aid-linked package designed to ease recovery from the catastrophe. The unilateral suspension of duties, available for the next three years, concerns goods accounting for 27 percent of Pakistan’s current imports to the EU. Lifting duties on the products, which include textiles, would result in an estimated increase of European Union imports from Pakistan to the tune of around 100 million euros, the EU said. European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht said the proposal “will offer a real boost to Pakistan’s economic recovery while at the same time take into account sensitivities of EU industries,” which are fearful of preferential treatment for Pakistan’s cheaper textiles. The EU said the products represented only a small portion of such goods imported from Pakistan, currently close to 15 billion euros ($20.6 billion). The package, suggested by Britain, will be presented for approval to member states and the European parliament in the next few days. Pakistan’s catastrophic floods have left 10 million people without shelter. European leaders last month said “the severity of this crisis demands an immediate and substantial response, taking also into account the strategic importance of Pakistan’s development, security and stability in the region.” —AFP
Friday, October 8, 2010
Gold prices have been gradually rising in the past decade and initially reached record levels two years ago when gold prices surpassed $900 an ounce. Since then, the value has risen to new record highs, as one was set last week when perounce prices soared beyond $1,300. Lyssa King (left), owner of Gold Buyers based in Appleton, test a gold bracelet being sold by Karen Mason, of Menomonee Falls at Mayfair Mall Center court in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. —MCT
Record prices feed gold rush M
ore customers have been coming through Romana Aftab’s store in Fairview Heights bearing gold jewelry and pieces and looking to make a sale. “I think it’s because of the price,” said Aftab, who opened Dollars for Gold on Lincoln Trail about a year ago. “Some people are holding on. They think it will go up even higher. Of course, there is no guarantee to that.” Record prices for the precious metal continue to feed the gold rush that has many Americans forking over theirs for cash. Gold prices have been gradually rising in the past decade and initially reached record levels two years ago when gold prices surpassed $900 an ounce. Since then, the value has risen to new record highs, as one was set last week when perounce prices soared beyond $1,300. “Business has been very busy,” Aftab said. “Lots of people are coming in to cash out their own gold, and that’s a good thing.” “Yeah, it’s very good right now,” said Terry Biegert, about his business at Biegert’s Jewelry in Collinsville. “We’re
A lack of confidence in economy continues to push prices higher getting a lot of coins and stuff like that, too.” Despite the recent record price, Belleville jeweler Dennis Keck said that he is finding that most people who had gold to sell had already done it when prices initially spiked two years ago. “I think the majority of people who are the average blue-collar worker, they have already sold,” said Keck, who owns and operates Keck Jewelers at Belleville Crossing. “In fact, a year ago or so when the price was $800, $900, we had bigger gold-buying events with people lined up waiting to sell. Now, you’re just seeing them trickle in. I see a lot of them who are now selling and are using the money to pay their electric bill. I feel that with the economy, they’re scraping to pay bills now.” Chuck Blanquart, owner of Blanquart Jewelers in Belleville, also said that not as many people are rushing to sell their gold as they did a couple of years ago. He said more consumers are buying other metals, such as sterling silver with gold accents.
“Once the gold really started taking off a couple years or a year ago for sure, a lot of interest changed to a lot of metals,” Blanquart said. “A lot of our bridal business is still gold and that’s still pretty popular. But as far as the rush of people buying gold, I think that has to do with how the economy has been and people are really watching how they spend.” At Hudson Jewelers in Edwardsville and Granite City, the lofty gold prices are also changing people’s tastes in jewelry. Jewelry store manager Lisa Nielsen said that more customers are buying
less sold gold and more sterling silver, gold-plated or “fashion” jewelry than before. “In the United States, there was a stigma against jewelry that was plated,” Nielsen said. “It just was not commonly accepted.” Now, more consumers are buying gold-plated jewelry, such as gold vermeil (pronounced ver-may), which is sterling silver with a gold finish. “It gives people the gold look without the gold price,” she said. So what’s pushing gold prices so high? “Some of it is that it is a situation that is easy for ordinary folks to invest in
gold,” economist Peter Morici said. Morici, a professor at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and former chief economist at the US International Trade Commission, also said that a number of other factors are driving current gold prices. One is America’s ongoing trade imbalance plus its 60 percent trade deficit. Morici also points to the Obama Administration’s policies, which he believes have failed in help revive the still sluggish economy and has only helped push gold values higher. “A good deal of this is a lack of confidence in the US economy and the inability of the Obama Administration to effectively manage it,” he said. “Basically, international investors do not have confidence in President Obama. Health-care and bank reform have not worked out as advertised.” So investors continue to buy gold as an alternative to currency. Metals analyst Jon Nadler, of Montreal-based precious metals dealer Kitco Inc., said he believes the gold
market is on the bubble. “It’s basically an amalgamation of perception and reality and little else,” Nadler said. “In effect, this is sustaining nothing but a manifestation of momentum traditionally exhibited specifically by a hedge fund market.” Morici said this has been very damaging to investors’ assessment of prospects for the US economy. He said soaring gold prices are driving down the dollar’s value. “They are shorting the dollar and shorting the US economy by buying gold,” he said. “What you are seeing is a kind of a run on the dollar.” But in a slow economy with double-digit unemployment rates and high foreclosure rates, most consumers are not worried about the nation’s standing in the world market as much as they are concerned about their own livelihoods. So they are cashing in at Aftab’s store and elsewhere in the gold-buying market. “People have been doing it regardless,” Aftab said. “The people have been coming in to cash in while it is high. It’s been busier than usual.” —MCT
Friday, October 8, 2010
Don't get mad, get even
verybody gets angry, but out-of-control rage isn't good for those around you, and it plays havoc with your own body. Here are some tips to help you 'simmer down.' Simple relaxation tools such as deep breathing and relaxing imagery can help calm down angry feelings. If you are involved in a situation where both are hot-tempered, it might be a good idea for both of you to learn these techniques.
Cognitive Restructuring Simply put, this means changing the way you think. Angry people tend to curse, swear, or speak in highly colorful terms that reflect their inner thoughts. When you're angry, your thinking can get very exaggerated and overly dramatic. Try replacing these thoughts with more reasonable ones. For instance, instead of telling yourself, 'Oh, it's awful, it's terrible, everything's ruined,' tell yourself, 'It's frustrating, and it's understandable that I'm upset about it, but it's not the end of the world and getting angry is not going to fix it anyhow.' Be careful of words like 'never' or 'always' when talking about yourself or someone else. 'This machine never works,' or 'You're always forgetting things' are not just inaccurate; they also tend to make you feel that your anger is justified and that there's no way to solve the problem. They also alienate and humiliate people who might otherwise be willing to work with you on a solution. For example, suppose you have a friend who is constantly late when you have made plans to meet. Don't go on the attack; think instead about the goal you want to accomplish-getting you and your friend there at about the same time. Avoid saying things like, 'You're always late! You're the most irresponsible, inconsiderate person I've ever met!' The only goal that accomplishes is hurting and angering your friend. State what the problem is, and try to find a solution that works for both of you; or take matters into your own hands. For example, you might set your meeting time a half-hour early, so that your friend will, in fact, get there on time, even if you have to trick him or her into doing it! Either way, the problem is solved and the friendship isn't damaged. Remind yourself that getting angry is not going to fix anything, that it won't make you feel better (and may actually make you feel worse). Logic defeats anger, because anger, even when it's justified, can quickly become irrational. So use cold hard logic on yourself. Remind yourself that the world is not 'out to get you,' you're just experiencing some of the rough spots of daily life. Do this each time you feel anger getting the best of you, and it'll help you get a more balanced perspective. Angry people tend to demand things: fairness, appreciation, agreement, willingness to do
Strategies for controlling your anger at work
things their way. Everyone wants these things, and we are all hurt and disappointed when we don't get them; but angry people demand them, and when their demands aren't met, their disappointment becomes anger. As part of their cognitive restructuring, angry people need to become aware of their demanding nature, and translate their expectations into desires. In other words, saying 'I would like' something is healthier than saying 'I demand' or 'I must have' something. When you're unable to get what you want, you will experience the normal reactionsfrustration, disappointment, hurtbut not anger. Some angry people use their anger as a way to avoid feeling hurt, but that doesn't mean the hurt goes away.
Problem-Solving Sometimes our anger and frustration are caused by very real and inescapable problems in our lives. Not all anger is misplaced, and often it's a healthy, natural response to these difficulties. Some people have a cultural belief that every problem has a solution, and it adds to their frustration to find out that this isn't always the case. The best attitude to bring such a situation is to focus not on finding the solution but rather on how to handle and face the problem. Make a plan and check your progress along the way. (People who have trouble with planning might find a good guide to organizing or time management helpful.) Resolve to give it your best, but also not to punish yourself if an answer doesn't come right
away. If you can approach it with your best intentions and efforts, and make a serious attempt to face it head-on, you will be less likely to lose patience and fall into all-ornothing thinking, even if the problem does not get solved right away. Better Communication Angry people tend to jump toand act on-conclusions, and some of those conclusions can be pretty wild. The first thing to do if you are in a heated discussion is to slow down and think your responses through. Don't say the first thing that comes into your head, but slow down and think carefully about what you want to say. At the same time, listen carefully to what the other person is saying and take your time before answering.
Listen, too, to what underlies the anger. For instance, suppose you like a certain amount of freedom and personal space, and your 'significant other' wants more connection and closeness. If he or she starts complaining about your activities, don't retaliate by painting you partner as a jailer, a warden, or an albatross around your neck. It's natural to get defensive when you're criticized, but don't fight back; instead, listen to what lies beneath the words. Perhaps the message is that this person feels neglected and unloved. It may take a lot of patient questioning on your part to uncover this, and it may require some breathing space, but don't let your anger-or a partner'smake a discussion spin out of control. Keeping your cool can keep the situation from becoming disastrous. Using Humor 'Silly humor' can help defuse rage in a number of ways. For one thing, it can help you get a more balanced perspective. When you get angry and call someone a name or refer to them in some imaginative phrase, stop and picture what that word would literally look like. If you're at work and you want to call a co-worker a 'dirt-bag' or a 'single-cell life form,' for example, picture a large bag full of dirt, or an amoeba, sitting at your colleague's desk, talking on the phone, and going to meetings. Do this whenever you want to call another person by a rude name. If you can, draw a picture of what the actual thing might look like. This will take a lot of the edge off your fury; and humor can often be relied on to help un-knot a tense situation. The underlying message of highly angry people is 'Things oughta go my way!' Angry people tend to feel that they are morally correct, that anything blocking or changing their plans is an unbearable indignity that they should NOT have to tolerate. Maybe other people do, but not them. When you catch yourself feeling that way, picture yourself as a god or goddess, a supreme ruler who owns the streets and stores and office space, striding alone and having your way in all situations while others defer to you. The more detail you can get into your imaginary scenes, the more chance you have to realize that maybe you are being a little unreasonable; you'll also realize how unimportant the things you're angry about really are. There are two cautions in using humor. First, don't try to just 'laugh off' your problems; rather, use humor to help yourself face them more constructively. Second, don't give in to harsh, sarcastic humor; that's just another form of unhealthy aggression. What these techniques have in common is a refusal to take yourself too seriously. Anger is a serious emotion, but it's often accompanied by ideas that, if examined, can make you laugh. www.careerplanning.about.com
Friday, October 8, 2010
oogle originally wowed internet users with its refreshing simplicity. The search engine’s spartan, easy-to-use interface won over legions of internet users at a time when other search engines - or “portals” - had become cluttered and confusing. Google still has a flair for the understated, but the search engine giant has also been tinkering a lot lately with new search features and interface enhancements that many feel border on distracting. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened to your Google search page recently, along with some tips on how you can get back the simplicity you might miss.
Instant search If you start typing into Google, and the search field suddenly flies up to the top of your browser window, you know you’re dealing with the new feature that Google calls Instant. In essence, instant attempts to update search results in real-time, as you type. So, for example, if you’re searching for “ms word templates,” the search results will be updated with each few characters. Eventually, Instant figures out what you’re searching for based upon what others have searched for, and this usually happens a few characters before you finish typing. At that point, you can stop typing and simply select the best search result from those presented. You might find Instant’s constant screen redrawing more distracting than helpful. If so, you can turn Instant off by searching for the faint “Instant is on” drop-down arrow to the right of the search field and selecting Off. You have to start typing, however, before that drop-down appears.
Google Stars In an effort to make search results more personalized, Google introduced its Star rating system earlier this year. As a result, if you have a Google account and are signed in to the search engine, you’ll note that each item in a list of search results now includes a hollow star to the right of the title. Click that star, and it turns yellow. What also happens, behind the scenes, is that the item is added to your customized list of favorite sites and will appear at the top of a list of search results when the page is relevant to what you’re seeking. Here’s an example. Let’s say that after searching for “Hemingway,” you see the Wikipedia entry for Ernest Hemingway among the list of search results, and you click the star next to that entry. The next day, you conduct a search for one of Hemingway’s books - perhaps “The Sun Also Rises.” At the top of the list of search results will be a “Starred results” section, which will include the Wikipedia link that you starred the previous day. In this way, over time, the starred results system allows you to influence the search results that you see. Want to disable starred search results? You’ll need to click the Sign Out link in the upper right-hand corner of Google to sign out of your account.
Real-time search Occasionally when you’re searching with Google you’ll see a scrolling box within the search results, with new search results appearing as you watch. This is what Google calls “real-time search,” a feature designed to
leverage constantly changing social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Originally rolled out late last year, real-time search has grown in popularity so much that Google recently rolled out an entirely new product called Google Realtime (http://www.google.com/realtime), which is devoted solely to capturing results from the web’s premier social networks. Google Realtime draws heavily from Twitter and Facebook to supply its search results. But Google claims that Realtime will also inherit some of the personalization emphasis given to the mothership Google by allowing multiple ways to customize your search results. Among them is a conversations view, which allows you to follow the entire thread of a conversation on Twitter instead of seeing only a single entry, or “tweet.” However, the customization options are not readily apparent in the current iteration of Realtime.
Sponsored links If you thought that the community-minded Google would never try to monetize its main search page, you were wrong. A Google “Sponsored links” list now appears alongside or at the top of - virtually every list of search results. Those sponsored links are, of course, paid advertisements. In its official description of sponsored links, Google attempts to play down the commercialization of its search results by pointing out that it filters ads so that only those that are most relevant to your searches will appear. Regardless, however, these sponsored links remain advertisements, and it’s important to remember that they appear alongside your
search results not because they are necessarily the most relevant to your search term but because they were purchased.
Everything sidebar The Google Everything sidebar is another recent addition to Google that attempts to put more relevant search options at your fingertips. Consequently, the sidebar, which appears to the left of your search results, contains links to other Google repositories of information including videos, discussion groups, images, news, maps, and more - that probably also contain relevant information related to your search term. On the social web, though, the Everything sidebar has received as much criticism as praise. That’s primarily because it’s not possible to get rid of it.
Back to simplicity If you long for the days when Google was not cluttering its search results page with lots of features that you never use, you’re not alone. Search the internet, and you’ll find a plethora of tricks designed to remove features that Google has added. These tricks mostly have one thing in common: they don’t work. There is one tact, however, that you can still take to get a no-nonsense Google page: use Google’s mobile site (http://www.google.com/m). Although the site is designed to run on small mobile devices, like smartphones, it works just fine from your desktop or laptop as well. And it’s refreshingly devoid of “stars,” real-time search, “instant,” sponsored links, and most of the other new features that might be making you long for the Google of a decade ago. — dpa
Friday, October 8, 2010
Difference between daytime and evening application Makeup is very relative; what is strong makeup for one person, will be light for someone else. You are free to wear what you feel best in, day or night.
he world of Makeup Artistry is full-to-the-brim with rules, regulations and myths. Many of these rules are associated with the topic of makeup for daytime and makeup for evening. Letâ€™s get one thing straight there is no such thing as day or night makeup! Your skin does not know the difference! Makeup is very relative; what is strong makeup for one person, will be light for someone else. You are free to wear what you feel best in, day or night. If you wish to wear high-impact makeup during the day, by all means do so. By the same token, you are free to wear natural-looking makeup at night if you so desire. There are no rules! Having worked as a Makeup Artist for almost a decade, I have heard an endless array of myths in this area. Letâ€™s take a look at some of them MYTH: wear neutrals only in the daytime With a plethora of color at your fingertips, why would you limit yourself to a small selection of neutrals? You can wear any color, any time of day or night. MYTH: light color for day, dark color for night If this is your personal preference, that is great, but you need not be limited by this statement. There is no such thing as day or night makeup. MYTH: never wear shimmery makeup in the daytime Shimmer can be worn anytime. It does not have to be brightly-colored or applied in a heavy manner and a subtle hint is easy to apply. Suggestions for shimmer placement include the browbone, lower eyelids and the cheekbones. MYTH: smoky eyes are suitable for night only If you wish to wear smoky eyes during the day, feel free to do so. There is absolutely no reason why you cannot. Most of these myths are simply laughable. However, when it comes to
evening makeup, we do need to be aware of the effects that flash photography has on our makeup. The makeup you see in the mirror more often than not will appear different in a photograph. The camera captures makeup on film in a specific way. Therefore, products and techniques applied greatly impact the results. With many theories on what is best for photographic makeup, what do we believe? MYTH: flash photography can make you look washed out This is true if your makeup reacts with a strong flash. A camera flash can reduce the depth of makeup by up to half, even with professional products. Some supermarket foundations reflect the flash even more, resulting in a ghostly portrait! This can be rectified by applying a face powder suitable for photography. Ask before purchase. MYTH: SPF looks white in photographs The SPF in sunscreen can react with a camera lens and like some foundation, result in a pale face. The solution is, not to avoid wearing sunscreen, but to wear a suitable pressed powder over it. MYTH: foundations with yellow undertones work best with flash photography Foundations suited to flash photography may include but are not limited to those with yellow undertones. Rather, the best foundations for photographic makeup are matte stick/cake varieties combined with the use of matte pressed face powders. There is no requirement for you to obey makeup rules and regulations set by others. Most of them are pure myth and serve only to limit your creativity and individuality. With this new-found knowledge of day versus night makeup, may you feel the freedom to wear your makeup your own way, at any time of the day or night. (www.helium.com)
Friday, October 8, 2010
o you ever wish you had a personal stylist, like Beyonce Knowles has, someone who not only would keep you dressed in the most flattering fashions possible, but would also make sure every bulge or bra strap was safely out of view? Well, now you have one. Here you will learn of the best products, techniques, tricks, tips and secrets that stylists use to make celebrities look posh and pulledtogether. You will discover what all the latest styles are every season and how to make the look work for you. You will know where to get the clothes that celebrities are wearing or their realworld equivalents. If you are tall or plussize you will know exactly wear to find the stylish, flattering clothes you’ve been searching for and what the celebrities who share these qualities are wearing. You will also learn the undergarment tricks for “sculpting” your body into the shape you want without surgery. And if you really want to become a full-fledged “fashionista” you can even learn about fashion designers, fabrics, fashion terms and other things every fashion fanatic should know about. Here are some fabulous Celebrity Style Secrets. There are plenty more to be found in the many fabulous celebrity style secret articles listed below them.
Hour glass shape for sale Celebrity Style Secret: Queen Latifa has admitted to wearing Spanx undergarments to streamline her shape under her evening gowns. Spanx undergarments flatten your figure in all the right places so you don’t have to worry about bulges and rolls. These undergarments are so comfortable that you can even wear them under casual clothes. Even slender stars wear them
Here you will learn of the best products, techniques, tricks, tips and secrets that stylists use to make celebrities look posh and pulled-together. for that added security. The Higher Power High Waisted Power Panty is a celebrity favorite and has been used in makeovers on shows like The View. Visit Spanx.com for more information.
surgery, like Cleavage Cupcakes (bra inserts), The Strapper (to hold your bra straps in place), Low Beams (to cover nipples under sheer fabrics), and many more fashion-crisis fixes.
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Celebrity Style Secret: How did Jennifer Lopez hold up that famous green floral Versace dress with the plunging neckline that she wore to the Grammy Awards? Or the sexy black one? With double-sided tape! This little celebrity style trick will hold up strapless shirts, hide bra straps, secure a low neckline, and even fix hems. It is invisible and strong enough to last all day. Try Hollywood Fashion Tape ($7.00, available at BeautySak.com).
Celebrity Style Secret: J Brand Jeans, famous for their “skinny jeans” look are showing up on celebrities everywhere. Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell, Christina Aguilera, Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, and Denise Richards have all been spotted wearing this slim jeans look. These jeans were created by French-American jeans maven Jeff Rudes and celebrity stylist Susie Crippen. They hug all your curves while being comfortable. The leg opening is narrower than your ordinary jean. Hiplength tunics, hip-length jackets, sleeveless tops, knee-high boots, heels, open-toed heels and pointy-toed shoes are all good pairing partners for this look. Visit JBrandJeans.com for more information and for where to shop.
Cups runneth over Celebrity Style Secret: Here’s a secret from behind the scenes of fashion runways and award shows: Celebrities and models, like Naomi Campbell, use surgical tape to tape their breasts “up and in”, to create that over-flowing cleavage effect when they have to go braless (beneath an evening gown for example). If you would like to achieve this effect, just be sure to turn completely around to make sure that the tape is not visible anywhere outside your outfit. Or you can log onto ShopIntuition.com, a website frequented by celebrities and their stylists around red carpet time, where you can find tons of tricks for sculpting your body without
together, how the fashion industry works, how to become a fashion designer, how to become a fashion model, different types of fabrics, fashion element terminology, where the fashion capitals are and many other things that will make you known as the “Cher from Clueless” among your friends. Become the Fashionista you were meant to be!
We love shoes! And we know you do, too! Over 350,000 searches for shoes were performed in December alone! Since no great outfit is complete without just the right pair of shoes, we’ve searched and found the best places on the internet where you will find every size and every width imaginable. They’re all very stylish and easy on the budget. See for yourself.
Ageless style secrets Want to look polished and pulled together? Learn the tricks, tips, and secrets so you can always put your best foot forward, at any age!
What every fashionista should know
Plus size clothes for fashionable gals
Is Alicia Silverstone’s character Cher in the movie Clueless the fictional character most like you? Are you fanatical about fashion? Well then, there are certain things you should know before you can truly claim to be a “Fashionista”. Here you can learn all about how to put different fashion looks
Every gal needs a great wardrobe! A plus size woman can find the fashionable clothes she’s been dreaming of if she knows where to shop! Here you will find the fun, flattering, trendy or classic clothes that you couldn’t find anywhere else. No more frumpy frocks. Now you can have “in style” clothes in your size
like designer jeans, club clothes, evening dresses, office clothes, and any other style you can imagine. You will even learn which plus size designer’s clothes are showing up in the closets of famous celebrities!
Tall clothes for fashionable gals Being tall can make putting together a great wardrobe difficult if you don’t know where to shop. This celebrity style secret reveals the fun, flattering fashionable clothes, with the long inseams and shirt lengths you’ve been looking for. These online stores put the emphasis on style. These websites offer both trendy clothes, like “tall pride” Tshirts (how about a shirt that reads ‘Tall Blonde Ale’?) and classic clothes (pinstriped pants with a 36 inch inseam, anyone?). These clothes have been designed to fit your body, so you can stop tugging at your sleeves. Your prayers have been answered!
Wardrobe essentials every fashionista should own Even trendy fashion fiends like Cher (from Clueless, as played by Alicia Silverstone) know that some clothes never go out of style. Check out which must-have items every fashionista should have in her closet. These items form the basis of a classically chic wardrobe. Learn how to pick the perfect handbag, knee-high boots, leather jacket, tailored suit, little black dress, strappy heels, and trench coat. These items also mix and match well with trendy new styles. A great wardrobe is something that is built over time and if chosen with care the items on this list will last for decades, so you’ll get more bang for your buck. (www.celebrity-beauty-tipgoldmine.com)
Friday, October 8, 2010
16 tips to triple your workout effectiveness
ou don’t want to spend long hours at the gym, but you want to get stronger, fitter, leaner, and just plain look good. It’s possible that you’re not getting the most out of your workout time. It’s possible to get a super-effective workout in 30 minutes, and only do a few workouts a week, if you maximize your workouts. Disclaimer: First, I’m not a certified trainer. These are tips I’ve read elsewhere that work well for me. Second, you should always get a doctor’s approval of any new workout plan. This plan is especially intense, so if you have a heart condition or other condition that might be affected by heavy exercise, you should definitely refrain from trying it until you’ve gotten checked out by a doctor. And even if you have gotten checked out, or even if you don’t bother doing so, it’s still important to start out an exercise program slowly, until your body has the chance to adjust, or you will face burnout or injury. Don’t dive right into this program - it’s designed for people who have already been working out but want to see better results, quicker, and spend less time doing it. Here’s how to do it. Limit your workouts to 30-40 minutes. Though the tendency of some people who really want to get a lot out of their workouts is to spend a lot of time at the gym, the truth is that after 30 or 40 minutes, the benefit isn’t as great. To go that long, you’d have to lower the intensity of the workout, and that means that you’re spending too much time working out. It’s better to work out at a higher intensity for a shorter amount of time. High-intensity workouts. If you’re just starting out with exercise, it’s best to take it slow. If you’re running or cycling, for example, build up your endurance for at least a month before you get into anything more intense. That means going at a rate where you can easily talk without being out of breath. However, once
It’s possible to get a super-effective workout in 30 minutes, and only do a few workouts a week, if you maximize your workouts. you have that base of endurance, step up the intensity to step up the effectiveness of the workout. Protein. Many people don’t pay enough attention to getting the protein their muscles need to rebuild. If you don’t, you are going to get very little out of your workout, as both cardio and strength workouts require protein for building muscles. I recommend either whey or soy protein shakes. Water. Be sure to hydrate throughout the day. It takes a couple of hours for your body to absorb the water, so you can’t just drink right before exercise. Make it a habit to drink water regularly throughout the day.
Carbs. Although the low-carb craze might say otherwise, carbs are our body’s main source of fuel. If you do intense workouts, you will need carbs, or you won’t have enough energy. If you do a shake, be sure to include carbs - or a banana is a great source of low fiber/high glycemic carbohydrates that you need for exercise. Shake before and after workout. It’s best to take a protein/carb shake just before your workout and then just after. Taking it before your workout increases the flow of amino acids to your muscles during training, giving them the building blocks they need. After the workout, the shake stimulates muscle growth. Also take a small
protein/carb meal 60-90 minutes after a workout a meal replacement bar would work fine. Slow lifting. Many people contract their muscles slowly and then release more quickly. But if you lift slowly in both directions, you are maximizing each move. Lift and lower to a 5second count in each direction. Heavier weight. When you’re starting out, it’s best to start with lower weights so you can focus on good form. But once you’ve gotten your form down, it’s best to lift the heaviest weights you can lift while still keeping good form. Don’t sacrifice form for heavy weights that is ineffective. But heavy weights, with good form, can give you better
results in a shorter amount of time. Heavy weights are not just for those who want to bulk up - that’s a common misconception. One set, to failure. Instead of doing 2-3 sets, as many people do, maximize your effectiveness by doing just one, with heavy weights, until you can no longer keep the proper form. Lifting to “failure” doesn’t mean that you should lift the last few times with a wobbly or inefficient form. Compound exercises. Instead of isolating your muscles with exercises such as the bicep curl, you can maximize the time you spend in a workout by doing exercises that work out multiple muscle groups at once. With just a few
exercises, you could get a full-body workout. Another benefit is that your muscles are working together as they do in the real world, rather than alone. Some great compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, good mornings, lunges, pushups, bench presses, military presses, rows, pullups, dips, and more. Balance lifting. Instead of having exercises where you’re sitting down or holding on to something or otherwise stabilized, it’s more effective to do them standing up, or on one leg, or on a Swiss exercise ball. These types of exercises force you to balance yourself while lifting, which brings your core muscles into play. This gives you a stronger overall body and allows
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you to lift more over time. Pick a cardio exercise you enjoy. It’s no fun to exercise if you hate it. And you won’t keep it up for very long. Pick something that’s fun running, walking, swimming, biking, hiking, rowing, stairmaster, etc. After the initial phase when you’re getting used to exercise, you’ll start to have a blast and look forward to it. Mix it up. Don’t stick to the same workout routine for too long, or your body will adjust to the stress level and you won’t be getting an effective workout. For strength training, change your routine every few weeks. For cardio, it’s best to cross train rather than, say, to run every time. Good form. For strength training especially, and swimming, form is very important, but it’s also important for other types of exercise. If you’re strength training, start with lighter weights so you can work on your form. It’s good to have an experienced spotter or trainer who knows good form to help you for the first month or so. Never sacrifice form for heavier weight. For swimming, you’ll need to get a coach to teach you form. Hills. If you run or bike or walk for cardio, you’ll want to incorporate hills (after the first month or two of doing it at an easy pace on flat ground). These will make you
It is always important to start out an exercise program slowly, until your body has the chance to adjust, or you will face burnout or injury.
stronger and make your limited workout time even more effective. Take them easy at first, but once you’re used to hills, you can get a good pace going. Either use a hilly route or do repeats on one hill. Circuits. One mistake that people make is to do
multiple sets of the same exercise without rest between the sets. This doesn’t allow your muscles to recover and it’s a waste of your workout. But instead of doing a set, resting, and then doing your second set, it’s more effective to
move on to multiple exercises in a circuit, so that you don’t rest between exercises but do rest each muscle group. This will give you a good cardio workout while you do your strength training. The ideal workout plan If you take all of these
tips into account, the ideal plan would be to alternate 2-3 days of high-intensity strength training with 2-3 days of high-intensity cardio. You could get by with 4 days of exercise if you do them at high intensity. The high-intensity
strength training would be 30-40 minutes of circuit training, with no rest or little rest between exercises within a circuit, and a short rest between circuits if you do more than one. The circuit should work out your entire body, using compound exercises such as the squat, deadlift, pullups, good mornings, etc., and either standing or using a Swiss ball so that you are working out your core. You should use heavier weights, one set for each exercise, doing them slowly (5 second up, 5 seconds down), and to exhaustion, making sure to have good form on each exercise. You would have a protein/carb shake before and after the workout, and a small meal of protein/carbs within 60-90 minutes of the workout. Water is also important for both types of workouts. The high-intensity cardio would be something you enjoy doing. You would do interval training, at a rate where you couldn’t talk, with short rests in between intervals. On some workouts, you would incorporate hills. Remember, these highintensity workouts are not for people just starting out. You should build up an endurance base before doing the high-intensity cardio, and start the weights with lighter weights, stressing good form. (www.zenhabits.net)
Friday, October 8, 2010
Puppy love Raising puppies for service J
oanne Wilson loves puppies. Really, really loves puppies. Even when a puppy leaves a puddle by the stairs. Even when he wants to go out at 2 am. Even when he sneaks in, steals her shoe and then averts his eyes when she catches him holding it between his paws. She lovingly teaches each puppy to sit, stay and fetch the newspaper. She trains them to bring her the metal food bowl, and not to eat food that doesn’t belong to them. She tethers them to her belt loop so they get used to being around a person and anticipating her needs. Then, after about a year, she gives them away. Wilson is a puppy raiser for Fidos for Freedom, an organization that raises and trains service dogs for people who have difficulty getting around, and hearing dogs for the deaf and hard of hearing. She usually takes a puppy home when it is between 9 and 12 weeks old. She is responsible for housebreaking the dog, taking him to the vet and to weekly obedience classes and getting him used to being around people. At about a year old, the dog will go to live with a trainer. It was Wilson’s coworkers at the Department of Agriculture who convinced her to volunteer. They were former directors of Fidos for Freedom, and they knew the organization needed puppy raisers. She had a dog growing up, a longhaired mutt. But he didn’t know how to do anything. Raising a puppy to be an assistance dog even for a few months - seemed daunting. Before she agreed, she went to the Fidos training center one Saturday morning to see the dogs. She was amazed at how wellbehaved the dogs were. They didn’t pull on their leashes, jump up on tables or knock people down. They would even lay on the floor under a table full of food without whining.
In need of dog Then she talked to the clients who rely on the dogs: People in wheelchairs who need a dog to bring the paper in every morning, to turn on the light and shut the door. People who can’t hear someone calling their name, or the fire alarm screaming in the middle of the night. She saw how a dog can change someone’s life. “I had no idea what a dog could learn, how much you could trust a dog,” Wilson said. She took a deep breath and said yes. The first puppy was 6 months old when she brought him home, already housebroken. He was an adorable black Labrador with the sweetest personality, who loved to rub up against her, climb up into her lap and snuggle. But Wilson was terrified. She felt like a new mother again: She wanted to do everything right, but had no idea what “right” was. The first few months were as much a learning process for Wilson as they were for the puppy. One day she was walking him on a long leash, trying to teach him to heel.
resembled a seal cub. But he’s growing - and learning fast. He isn’t quite housebroken, though. Not long ago, when they were playing hide and seek, she jumped out of her hiding place and scared him. She greeted a dog and a puddle. At first, he was easily distracted at training classes. But last week, they did a drill where the dogs are supposed to “stay” on one side of the room while the people walk to the other. One by one, the people call their dog’s name. Cody stayed still until his name was called. Joe Swetnam, executive director of Fidos for Freedom, calls Wilson “an absolute treasure.” “I try to get Joanne to talk to every potential puppy raiser who comes in here,” Swetnam said. “When she shares what she does with people. ... It’s hard for people to understand how you can give up a puppy, and she explains it very well. She is a gem.” Fidos is the only organization in Maryland affiliated with Assistance Dogs International. They have graduated five or six assistance dogs a year for the past few years, Swetnam said. “Everybody worries that they’re going to do something wrong,” Wilson said. “I convince them that won’t happen. There’s nothing that a well-meaning person can do to a dog that is so wrong or bad. ... And I just tell them it’s a good way to have a dog in your life some of the time and then be free.”
Cody, a yellow Labrador puppy, takes a rest from obedience classes at the Fidos for Freedom training center in Laurel, Maryland. —MCt
The puppies are born with the right abilities and the desire to please. She just needed to encourage the skills she wanted and discourage the behaviors she didn’t. He saw a squirrel or a bird and took off. But when he got to the end of the leash, he slipped and fell. When he scrambled back up, he was limping. Badly. Wilson was devastated. What had she done to break this beautiful dog? He was still limping when they got home. The vet said he needed surgery. And even though he said the problem was a congenital defect, that it wasn’t Wilson’s fault, she felt responsible. He came out of the surgery well, happy and sweet as ever. Wilson took him home and started back on the training regimen, and soon he was ready for the trainer. But he didn’t make it as a service dog. Turns out, his bladder was too small. He couldn’t hold it long enough to travel on a cross-country plane trip or stay next to someone all day in an office. The trainers reassured Wilson, telling her it wasn’t her fault. She tried again. The second puppy,
Chase, was a yellow Labrador. She trained him to go to the door when he needed to go out and to sleep in his crate at night by himself without crying. She told him he was a good dog when he did what she asked, and yanked his choke chain if he didn’t. Sit. Stay. Off the couch. Down. She walked him by the high school when the boys were playing lacrosse, so he could get used to hearing the shouts and whistles without pulling her arm out of the socket to join the game. She walked him by the park when the children were shrieking and running, and took him to the frequent parades near her Laurel, her home. She taught him not to eat the candy thrown on the ground for children. On Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings, she would take him to the Fidos for Freedom training center. One of those nights, a client accidentally
dropped her cane on the floor, out of reach. The woman thought Chase could pick it up, but Wilson wasn’t so sure. Still, she figured it was worth a try. “Chase, fetch!” Wilson said. The yellow puppy ambled over, picked up the cane and returned it. Something clicked. Wilson realized she couldn’t break these dogs after all. The puppies are born with the right abilities and the desire to please. She just needed to encourage the skills she wanted and discourage the behaviors she didn’t. Wilson’s daughter was in fourth grade and her son in first when she took in that first puppy. Now her daughter has graduated from college and her son is a Marine. There have been a lot of puppies since then, so many Wilson has lost count. The current puppy is a 55-pound, 6-month old yellow Labrador named Cody. Two months ago, he was so round and white he
Of course, there is some frustration involved with raising all those puppies. Wilson said she sometimes wants to yell, “Do you think I’m stupid?” but mainly, she laughs it off. One dog had a habit of digging around in the trash, so when she heard noises coming from the trash can, she went to check on him. He heard her coming and backed away. When she got there he was standing perfectly still, a few feet away from the can as though nothing had happened - with a butter wrapper stuck to his nose. “The one thing that hits me, I am constantly surprised at how much like human toddlers they are,” she said. It’s too early to tell if Cody will make a good hearing or service dog. He’s showing good progress. Sometimes he stops pushing his metal food bowl around the kitchen and picks it up to give to her. His attention span is getting longer and longer. And if Wilson leaves the room for too long, he comes looking for her. After so many puppies, Wilson knows how good dependent Labradors can be for the ego. She knows she could learn to be a trainer, but she doesn’t want to give up the fun of having a puppy in the house, no matter how many accidents she has to clean up. And she realizes it’s not about being an expert. A few treats and a lot of love can go a long way. —MCT
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When blood is thicker than water ‘Savior sibling’ raises a decade of life-and-death questions en years ago a little girl from Colorado made medical history when her parents and her doctor at the University of Minnesota used genetic screening to create a baby that could save her life. Now, 16 years old and back in Minnesota for her 10-year checkup, Molly Nash is unimpressed that her little brother her irritating little brother - became a “savior sibling” by giving her his umbilical cord blood - the sole reason she’s alive today to back sass her parents. Her parents, however, know what was at stake. Jack and Lisa Nash were offered a long-shot chance to save the life of their daughter and to have more children who did not have the fatal disease they both carry in their genes. “I thank God every day that I have a 16-year-old to fight with,” said Lisa Nash, who brought Molly to the university last week. When their story first became public, reaction from around the globe ranged from astonishment to horror and helped fuel the backlash against embryonic research. Molly’s doctor at the university, Dr John Wagner, was accused of playing God. Over the decade the ethical debate has subsided and the reproductive technologies they used to conceive and test their second child have become mainstream. But Wagner and others who have watched the technologies advance and spread say the larger ethical questions raised by the Molly Nash case are more urgent than ever. They say government and professional oversight of reproductive technology is long overdue. “The question is: Will you say no to anything that parents will ask for?” said Jeff Kahn, director of the university’s Center for Bioethics.
Diagnosis Molly Nash was born with a severe type of Fanconi anemia, a blood disorder that almost always results in leukemia by the age of 10. It’s rare, but far more common among people of Eastern European Jewish descent like the Nashes, who live in Englewood, Colo. Until Molly was born they had never heard of it and had no idea that they each carried a gene for it. The only treatment is a bone marrow transplant. The greatest likelihood of success is when the donor marrow comes from a sibling who has genetically identical tissue, called HLA. The Nashes thought they would never have more children until Wagner, an expert in bone marrow transplantation, came to them with a novel idea. They could use invitro fertilization (IVF) to produce several embryos, then genetically test all of them for both Fanconi anemia and HLA type. If the genetic dice rolled in their favor, they would choose the healthy embryo, have a healthy baby and Wagner could use the infant’s umbilical cord blood as a source of new bone marrow for Molly. Imvitro It took several rounds of in-vitro fertilization, and tens of thousands of dollars borrowed from Jack’s parents, to get an embryo that cleared both hurdles. But six weeks after Adam
Adam’s umbilical cord blood that would otherwise “have hit the trash can,” Lisa Nash said. “And Adam is not a designer baby.” Since Molly’s transplant Wagner has done the same with “savior siblings“ for dozens of other children with Fanconi anemia and other disorders. Genetic testing of embryos is done for hundreds of different types of diseases at IVF clinics and transplant centers across the country. Wagner has recently pioneered “savior sibling” bone marrow transplants for children with a type of genetic skin disease, and he’s finding that the transplanted marrow cells are capable of making new skin. But he’s encountered a number of cases that have made him uneasy and, he said, make the case for regulation and oversight of IVF clinics and transplant centers. One of his patients, for example, had four embryos implanted in her uterus because the testing for their genetic tissue typing failed. Her IVF doctors said they would test the fetuses and abort the ones that didn’t match her sick child. “I wasn’t aware of it,” Wagner said, because IVF clinics create the embryos and do the genetic testing. He hears from the parents of his young patients once they succeed or give up.
Fanconi anemia patient six-years-old Molly Nash (left) cuddles with her four-weeksold brother Adam, September 18, 2000, in Bloomington, Minnesota.—MCT
Kahn said, as more genes for traits such as hair color or height or skin type are identified, the choices facing parents will expand as well. was born, Molly got her transplant. “We were doing the right thing for our family,” Lisa Nash said last week. Then the headlines hit. One of the most memorable for Lisa Nash was the New York Post’s - “Frankenstein Baby.” One of Wagner’s favorites was “Evolution Is Dead.” “How did we go from saving a child
to evolution is dead?” he said. Few questioned the Nashes’ decision to use genetic testing so they could have a child without Fanconi anemia. The critics focused on their decision to use genetic screening to select a child for a trait that would benefit someone else, Kahn said. Also, it raised the question of whether they wanted
another child or were simply trying to save Molly. “People have all sorts of motivations for having children,” Kahn said. “Some are virtuous, and some not so much. At least they had a good reason for having a child.” The Nashes said they found some of the reaction ludicrous. After all, they simply used a few teaspoons of
No mat ch In that case, none of the fetuses matched the sick child, and the parents decided to abort all four. Their sick child received a bone marrow transplant from a nonrelative but died. “I thought that was misuse of the technology,” Wagner said. In another case, the mother of one of his patients lost a pregnancy when a medical procedure ruptured her uterine membrane. (He usually asks the mothers of his patients to do an amniocentesis, a genetic test for fetuses, as a back-up measure, and this was one of the rare instances when the procedure ruptured the sack that held the fetus.) In that case, Wagner said he could have used tissue from the liver of the fetus for his patient’s transplant. But then he stumbled over the inconsistencies in this country on the regulations around abortion and embryonic research. A federal law prohibits a mother from using fetal tissue to aid in the treatment of someone within her family. Those parents were able to try again, and the next time they were successful, and their child received a transplant, he said. Today all the major IVF clinics do genetic testing of embryos at the parents’ request. The Nashes used it for their third child, who is now 7. Most of the time, according to a 2005 survey of IVF clinics, they did it to test for diseases and HLA tissue typing. But about one time out of 10, it was used for gender selection, according the survey. Eventually, Kahn said, as more genes for traits such as hair color or height or skin type are identified, the choices facing parents will expand as well. “Is it time to think about external oversight?” he said. — MCT
Friday, October 8, 2010 By Sawsan Kazak
pples come in a variety of sizes, colors and even flavors. They make a great snack and you can even use them in your sweet dishes as well as some savory ones. Some apples make great desserts, others are tart and make a great addition to salads and some are great when cooked. The following recipes use apples in a variety of ways to accentuate the various dishes they are in. What do you think? saw sank@kuw aittimes.net
ou’ve heard, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” While it will certainly take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy, it is a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive.
There are hundreds of varieties of apples on the market today, although most people have only tasted one or two of the most popular such as Red Delicious or Granny Smith. Apples can be sweet, tart, soft and smooth or crisp and
Calories 81 Carbohydrate 21 grams Dietary Fiber 4 grams Soluble Fiber Insoluble fiber Calcium 10 mg Phosphorus 10 mg
crunchy, depending on the one you choose. There is an apple to suit almost everyone’s taste, so why not choose one. Have an apple today!
Iron .25 mg Sodium 0.00 mg Potassium 159 mg Vitamin C 8 mg Vitamin A 73 IU Folate 4 mcg
Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system. It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple’s fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.
Apple Nutrition Facts (*One medium 2-1/2 inch apple, fresh, raw, with skin)
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Chicken with slivered apple 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. powdered aniseed 1 large golden delicious apple 1 beaten egg 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs 4 tbsp. melted butter
reheat oven to 375ºF. Slice the boneless chicken 1/3 way through, crosswise at an angle in four places. Slice the golden delicious apple into 16 pieces, as you would an apple pie, and dip pieces into a mixture of 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. powdered aniseseed just before assembling. Insert apple slices into slits in chicken. Mix remaining apple mixture into crumbs. Dip chicken breasts into beaten egg and then into crumbs and place on cookie sheet and drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until juices run clear and crumbs are golden brown.
Apple crumble Crunchy apple salad 5 Red Delicious apples, cubed 1/2 cup sliced celery 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup raisins 1 lemon, juiced 1 lettuce head, cleaned, for serving Combine apples, celery, nuts, mayonnaise, raisins, and lemons in a large bowl; toss to coat. Serve over fresh lettuce leaves.
Roasted pumpkin-apple soup 4 pounds pie pumpkin cut into 2-inch chunks 4 large sweet-tart apples 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
reheat oven to 450ºF. Toss pumpkin (or squash), apples, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, for 30 minutes. Stir in sage and continue roasting until very tender and starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer about one-third of the pumpkin (or squash) and apples to a blender along with 2 cups broth. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a Dutch oven and repeat for two more batches. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and heat through over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to prevent splattering, for about 6 minutes. Serve each portion topped with hazelnuts and a drizzle of hazelnut oil.
For the crumble • 35g rolled oats • 35g wholemeal flour • 20g caster sugar • 35g margarine or butter For the filling: • 400g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered • 50g sugar, to sweeten • 1 tablespoon water
reheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks. Put the apples in to a pan with the sugar and water. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes and place in a small oven proof dish. Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter in to small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through. Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apple hot.
Simple apple sauce 12 apples, quartered 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 cup water
lace all ingredients in a large pot; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, 10 minutes. Add more liquid if needed. Cook an additional 20 minutes, until apples are very soft. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Serve hot or cold.
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 : The December solstice: shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. In Canada and Namibia, two separate missions are developing for The 99...
The 99 ® and all related characters ® and © 2010, Teshkeel Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Friday, October 8, 2010
The North Bank path along the Willamette River crosses under Eugene, Oregon’s Ferry Street bridge. —MCT
Exploring eco-friendly Eugene by bicycle A
bicycle built for three powered by a mother and her two young children might turn heads in Seattle or Portland, but in the bikefriendly university town of Eugene, it’s just an everyday way of getting around. “We call it our Eugene minivan,” said Alpha Wilson, returning from a trip to the fabric store with her children, Ruthanne and Charlie, pumping behind her. Her “road” of choice (except on weekends when there are too many tourists and rollerbladers) is the 12-mile Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path skirting the shady banks of the Willamette River. With 41 miles of off-street paths and 80 miles of streets with bike lanes, Eugene is a bicyclist’s dream, but no route is as accessible to the casual rider as the river path, named for former Eugene mayor Ruth Bascom.
Parks, gardens, wildlife-viewing areas and swimming holes skirt a wide, paved trail, linking cultural, culinary and shopping destinations via five pedestrian/bike bridges crossing the river at scenic intervals. Stay on the trail for a quiet ride or waterside picnic, or detour onto flat side streets, and discover the craft breweries, vegan cafes and green businesses for which this college town is famous. No need for a car. My husband, Tom, and I used Amtrak’s efficient train/bus connection to get here from Seattle, then walked a mile to our B&B, the River Walk Inn in the artsy Whiteaker neighborhood. Owner Donna Cribbs’ description of her “You won’t need lunch” breakfasts seemed like a good way to begin a day of biking, but the real draws were the inn’s proximity to the South Bank portion of the river path, a half-block away, and the bikes, locks and helmets it provides free to guests. Using a color-coded parks-department map, we hopped on and off our Raleigh seven-speeds, discovering a mix of rural and urban delights that have earned Eugene a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most eco-friendly cities. South Bank The shady, four-mile South Bank portion of the trail offers the most to explore on and off the path. On the path: • A half-block from the River Walk Inn, at the Adams Street entrance to the river path, is the Owen Rose Garden, part of an 8- 1/2acre waterfront park with more than 400 varieties of roses. This is also the location of one of several city-sponsored Community Education Gardens, this one dedicated to teaching passers-by the ins and outs of
composting. -A large waterfront picnic area leads into the 100-acre Skinner Butte Park, part of city founder Eugene Skinner’s original land claim and a well-known birding destination. Climbers can be found here almost any afternoon scaling the “Columns,” a steep face of black columnar basalt, the remnant of a quarry that operated here between the 1890s and 1930s. Kids can “pretend climb” on a replica in the RiverPlay Discovery Village playground. Off the path: Three suggested detours: •The Wandering Goat Coffee Company, 268 Madison, a mile south of the Owen Rose Garden in the Whiteaker neighborhood. We stopped here for the organic coffee ground on-site, and discovered granola made with hemp seeds and the house cocktail, the “Bud-a-ccino,” a glass of oatmeal stout crafted by Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing Co. topped with a shot of espresso. -Downtown Eugene’s Market District, near the Amtrak station. The centerpiece is the Fifth Street Public Market, an open-air mall in a former poultry plant operated by the Swift Company in 1929. Pick up picnic supplies at Marche Provisions food emporium, then ride along Willamette Street for windowshopping for cotton dish towels and ceramic butter crocks at the Down to Earth Store in the former Crown Feeds grain mill complex. •The University of Oregon campus, much of it accessible only to bikes and pedestrians. Seattleites will appreciate the Jordon Schnitzer Museum of Art’s collection of work by painter Morris Graves, who
spent much of his life in Seattle and La Conner. Prince Puckler’s Gourmet Ice Cream, 1605 E. 19th, is technically off-campus but worth the ride to sample some of its 49 flavors, such as Mexican mocha and fresh blackberry. Photos commemorate President Obama’s family visit during a campaign stop. •North Bank The five-mile North Bank path, reachable via the Autzen pedestrian/bike bridge near campus or the Knickerbocker footbridge about a mile away, is the longest section of the trail. It winds through a nature preserve, past swimming holes, forested running paths and through Eugene’s largest park. On the path: •The Whilamut Natural Area (formerly East Alton Baker Park) covers 237 acres of green space set aside for walking, riding, swimming and blackberry picking. Riding through here, we heard only the sounds of birds, the soft ring of bike bells and the squeals of children splashing around in the water. Whilamut means “Where the river ripples and runs fast,” in the language of the native Kalapuya people. Look for “Talking Stones” inscribed with a Kalapuya word and its English equivalent. •Alton Baker Park is named for Eugene Register-Guard newspaper founder Alton Baker Sr. A slough, called the Canoe Canal, empties into the river via a large duck pond. This is also the beginning of a scale model of the solar system with planets, starting with the sun, spread out along the trail. It shows their size in relation to the sun and the distances between them.
Friday, October 8, 2010 Off the path: •Runners love Pre’s Trail for quiet jogs along the slough on a soft, European-style trail named for long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Killed in a car crash at 24, he and Nike co-founder Phil Knight trained under University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman. •Dine riverside under an umbrella on the deck at McMenamins North Bank pub, near the Ferry Street bridge. Pints are $3.25 at the daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m.
•East/West Banks These are the shortest sections of the river path _ 2.8 miles on the East and 2.1 miles on the West _ also the most peaceful and scenic, save for a shopping mall off a portion of the East Bank trail. On the pa th: Quiet wildlife-viewing areas where you might spot herons or turtles perched on logs in the water. The East Bank trail meanders past fine homes with shady river views. The West Bank is more open and urban.
Page 35 Off the path: •Detour off the West Bank path at Hilliard Lane for the vegan and gluten-free vegetarian buffet ($8.50) at Govinda’s, 1030 River Road, then browse a few of the thrift shops. Most unusual is S A R A ‘s Treasures, 871 River Road. Cats dart around the shop, hiding among the used shoes and racks of clothing. Part shelter, part retail store, it uses sales proceeds to rescue pets from animal-control shelters. — MCT
GETTING AROUND: Eugene is in Oregon’s south Willamette Valley, 280 miles south of Seattle. Bikes can be rented at Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life (541-344-4105) near the Amtrak station. Nonbikers can get around on the Lane Transit District’s bus system. See http://www.ltd.org. LODGING: Hotels and B&Bs cater to visiting University of Oregon parents and Oregon Ducks fans. Rates are lowest when school’s out or there are no big games or special events. I stayed at A River Walk Inn B&B, a halfblock from the river path in the Whiteaker neighborhood, a mile west of downtown. Rates are $100-$120 with breakfast and free bikes for guests. Call 800-6212904, or see http://ariverwalkinn.com. Closer to the Amtrak station is the Campbell House B&B. Rates start at $129. Call 800-2642519, or see www.campbellhouse.com. Check for last-minute discounts. Good budget options are the well-kept Eugene Whiteaker International Hostels with dorm beds, private rooms and camping spots. Room rates are $23-$41 per person including breakfast. Call 541-3433335, or see http://eugenehostels.com. The Hilton Eugene Hotel and Conference Center rents bikes to guests for $15 per day. Doubles start at $119 in September and October. Call 541-342-2000, or see www.hilton.com. TRAVELER’S TIP: Bike thefts are common. Use a lock. Helmets are required for riders under 16.
Jenny Russell and Ramon Pe-a make their way up the basalt climbing columns at Skinner Butte Park off the riverpath in Eugene, Oregon. —MCT
ead the series everyone is talking about. Meet Sookie Stackhouse, Louisiana telepath waitress around whom revolves a fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on the day) cast of characters who range from centuries-old vampires with commitment problems to cunning manipulative shape-shifters, attractive werewolves with husky voices, and
ookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much - not because she’s not pretty - she’s a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie’s got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill: he’s tall, he’s dark and he’s handsome - and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s fussy about his food, he doesn’t like suntans and he’s never around during the day . . . Yep, Bill’s a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind. And then one of Sookie’s colleagues at the bar is killed, and it’s beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim.
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mean-spirited maenads with super powers and real issues. The highly acclaimed series of books written by Charlaine Harris generated positive reviews in both the literary and pop culture circles. It was acclaimed for its political allegories, its smart plot, its captivating setting of events and the amazing thrill it provides readers. The books were
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ocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-toface with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it). The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she obliges - and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that’s easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly . . . The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colorful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
here’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with - at least voluntarily - and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant - in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elusive vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some Type O - but when Sookie finally finds Bill caught in an act of serious betrayal she’s not sure whether to save him, or to sharpen some stakes. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colorful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
adapted by renowned American director TV and movie Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) and is now a hit television series on HBO. Find the titles, read them and enjoy.
ookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire - and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires! Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in smalltown Louisiana. She’s pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself - she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait - unless they’re undead - vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire on the way home from work, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy - and dead - as the day she met him. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help - because whoever took his memory now wants his life. Sookie’s investigation into what’s going on leads her straight into a dangerous battle between witches, vampires and werewolves. But there could be even greater danger - to Sookie’s heart, because the kinder, gentler Eric is very hard to resist. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring
Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colorful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
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ookie’s got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead - and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She’s a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason’s eyes are starting to change: he’s about to turn into a werepanther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She afraid not just because Jason’s at risk, but because his new werebrethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks - unless the killer decides to find her first. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colorful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
ow it’s the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course - her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she’s friend to the local Were pack and Sam, her boss at Merlotte’s bar, is a shifter. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well - then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte’s. Though Sookie never cared that much for the victim, no one deserves such a horrible death, so she agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But what Sookie doesn’t realize is that there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves is preparing for war
ookie’s beginning to get used to being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, shapeshifting and other supernatural beings - but even she has her limits. She’d really like to take a while to get over being betrayed by Bill, her long-time vampire lover, and get used to her new relationship with the sexy shapeshifter Quinn - but instead, she finds herself attending the longplanned vampire summit, the destination of choice for every undead power player around, as a sort-of human ‘Geiger counter’ for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of Louisiana. But the job is fraught with difficulties. Sophie-Anne’s power base has been severely weakened by Hurricane Katrina, and she’s about to be put on trial during the event for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but she’s hardly prepared for other shocking murders: it looks like there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day - and night - Sookie must decide which side she’ll stand with, and quickly, for her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.
he supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from two hard blows: the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, and she’s yearning for things to get back to normal. But that’s just not happening. Too many vampires - some friends, some not - were killed or injured, and her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. It’s clear that things are changing, whether the weres and vamps like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack, blood-bonded to the leader of the local vampire community, is caught up in those changes. She’s about to find herself facing danger and death and, not for the first time, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood has stopped flowing, Sookie’s world will be forever altered
ookie doesn’t have that many relations, so she hated to lose one - but of all the people to go, she didn’t expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans’ vampire queen - after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she’s left Sookie an inheritance - one that comes with a bit of a risk - not least because someone doesn’t want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley’s past - or her possessions. Sookie’s life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from the rogue werewolves who have rejected Sookie as a friend of the pack to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie’s got a lot to do if she’s going to keep herself alive . . . The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colorful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
f you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven’t seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric’s vampire sire, an ancient being, who arrives with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie’s tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbor (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton. In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favor, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favor for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.
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What is bullying? ullying isn’t an easy term to describe. It can mean different things to different people, especially when you deal with kids. Some of the ways kids bully other people are by: hitting, kicking, calling them names, saying or writing nasty things about them, leaving them out of activities, not talking to them, making them feel uncomfortable or scared, and taking or damaging their things. Sometimes it comes in the way of threats, or teasing. This can become more damaging than just hitting or kicking. The word ‘bullying’ is used to describe many different types of behavior ranging from teasing or deliberately leaving an individual out of a social gathering or ignoring them, to serious assaults and abuse. Sometimes it is an individual who is doing the bullying and sometimes it is a group. In any case, bullies are cowards. They tend to pick on
children who won’t stand up for themselves. That’s because children don’t know how. They need to be taught. The important thing is not the action but the effect on the victim. No one should ever underestimate the fear that a bullied child feels. It is painful, upsetting and frightening. It can lead to a fear of school and reduces children’s confidence. Children often feel weak and friendless and often think it is their fault. If it is not stopped children feel helpless because no one can protect them.
A lot of times the child may feel that they did something to bring this on. We need to reassure them that they aren’t alone, and this wasn’t brought on by them. Today, since it is more out in the open, children should realize that they don’t have to face this on their own. Children and young people who witness or become aware of bullying may be unsure what to do and whether they should tell someone. Make sure they know that they should talk to a parent or teacher, and tell them why. — tooter4kids.com
Events celebrating the 60th anniversary of “Peanuts” “Countdown to the Great Pumpkin” is a social media game that will be held until Oct. 31. Complete a series of daily “Peanuts”themed “to-dos,” such as changing your profile picture to that of a “Peanuts” character, and earn a point for each task completed. The winner will get a special “Peanuts”-loaded iPad and have a shot at an extra $25,000. Get more information at greatpumpkin countdown.com.
Visit the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C., to see comics and a portrait of Charles Schulz by photographer Yousuf Karsh. “It’s a great honor to have your portrait there and have the Smithsonian recognize him as a significant American,” Jean Schulz said. More at www.npg.si.edu.
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Charles Schulz at his drawing board in 1956.
Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum, in Santa Rosa, Calif., and check out the new exhibit “Portraits of Schulz.” While you’re there pick up a copy of “Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz” by author Beverly Gherman. Find out more at www.schulz museum.org. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., invites kids to dress up for Snoopy’s Costume Party at Camp Snoopy every weekend through October. More info at www.knotts.com.
BY MERRIE LEININGER McClatchy-Tribune
arcastic Lucy, charging 5 cents for advice; Linus, waiting with his blanket for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin; Snoopy, imagining himself as a “World War I Flying Ace” on his doghouse, goggles on and scarf flapping in the breeze; and, of course, Charlie Brown, tumbling through the air as the football is pulled out from under him. Everyone knows these kids and the imaginative beagle, thanks to comic artist Charles Schulz and “Peanuts,” which is now 60 years old. Despite the fact that there have not been any new strips since Schulz died Feb. 12, 2000, just hours before his last original Sunday strip appeared in newspapers, the Peanuts gang continues to bring smiles to our faces daily through advertisements, games, greeting cards, video games and the funny pages. “The underlining thing — the strip and its message — continues to speak to people,” said Schulz’s widow, Jean Schulz. “Its basic message was one of hope, but also of frustration — all the things in life, like unrequited love, when you can’t win the baseball game, when you can’t kick the football, that we all experience — and yet life continues to give us little bits of hope.” “Peanuts” ran without interruption for nearly 50 years. Encores of the comic strip appear today in more than 2,200 newspapers in 75 countries and 21 languages. Peanuts Motion Comics can be seen on iTunes, and Jean Schulz said “Peanuts” comics now are accessible on iPads. “Peanuts” animated specials have become seasonal traditions, and thousands of products are available. Phrases such as “security blanket” and “good grief” are a part of the global vernacular.
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Schulz once described himself as “born to draw comic strips.” A Minneapolis native, he was just 2 days old when an uncle nicknamed him “Sparky,” after the horse Spark Plug from the “Barney Google” comic strip. Throughout his youth, he and his father shared a Sundaymorning ritual of reading the funnies. After serving in the Army during World War II, Schulz got his first big break in 1947 when he sold a cartoon feature called “Li’l Folks” to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1950, Schulz met with United Feature Syndicate, and on Oct. 2 of that year, “Peanuts,” so named by the syndicate, debuted in seven newspapers. Much of his life made its way into the strips. Snoopy’s brother, Spike, was named after a dog Schulz had as a child. “Sweet Babboo” was Sally’s nickname for Linus, who she peppered with affection for years, much to his annoyance. Jean Schulz said that phrase came from her. “I don’t know why, but I had called him my Sweet Babboo, and then, lo and behold, sometime later,
years later, it appeared in the comic strip.” The Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” is still a holiday tradition, years after it first aired on the CBS network on Dec. 9, 1965. More than 30 animated specials have been produced, and Jean Schulz says a new one will be released in 2011. “The feature story is Linus and his blanket-hating grandmother coming to town, and they are all trying to hide the blanket from her,” Jean Schulz said. “We think this has some wonderful charming moments — and that’s what people are looking for, charming moments that move them and that are funny and live up to your own expectations, and the expectations we feel that Sparky would have had for it.” Jean Schulz travels around the world as a representative for Sparky, and, in her role as the president of the Board of Directors of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, which opened on Aug. 17, 2002, in their hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif. This year, she sat on panels and promoted the 60th anniversary Peanuts book in Japan, China and Italy. Back at home, Jean Schulz said she recently went to her granddaughter’s school for an open house, and, right there in the math room, she spied a familiar drawing hanging from the wall. “There were two rows of drawings of all sorts, but there was a Snoopy on the doghouse. It was drawn very crudely, but you could tell it was Snoopy.” “Charlie Brown represented hope, and Snoopy represented fantasy — living in his own world — a world lots of people would like to live in, where you can do your happy dance and not have to have a reason for it.”
What other comic sells you insurance, root beer and Ford cars, and stares at you from your morning cup of coffee, postage stamps and Christmas ornaments? The “Peanuts” comic has become much more than a newspaper comic strip. The characters are such a ubiquitous part of our culture that children today are no longer introduced to them simply through the paper. Here’s just a few places you can find Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the others: GREETINGS: Hallmark has a huge number of items with the “Peanuts” gang on them: mugs, cards, and multiple stuffed versions of Snoopy: The “Flying Ace,” Camping Snoopy and Joe Cool. They also have a humorous snow globe that shows poor Charlie Brown tangled in his kite string and hanging upside down from a tree. ACCENTS: For all kinds of water bottles, bags and shirts, visit www.cafe press.com/ snoopy store.
BOOK: “Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years,” from Andrews McMeel Publishing, is 544 pages of comics and commentary. You can get it at Amazon.com for $75. COMIC STRIPS: See the comics at http://comics. com/peanuts
BOARD GAMES: Peanuts chess set, $49.99, where the characters are the pieces, from USAopoly. They also make a Peanuts Monopoly, and the 60th Anniversary edition is $34.99, available at Amazon.com. Sports Images makes a Peanuts 60th Anniversary Yahtzee, which costs $16.99. DOWNLOADS: Download videos and motion comics from iTunes. Videos are $10; motion comics 99 cents each, or the full season for $7.99. STICKERS: Make your own “Peanuts” stickers at www.stickeryou.com/theme /Peanuts, for $6.99 a page.
“Snoopy represented fantasy ... where you can do your happy dance and not have to have a reason for it.” — Jean Schulz
MASCOTS: Snoopy has been the mascot of Knott’s Berry Farm (www.knotts. com) since 1983, and the characters can now be seen at all of Cedar Fair’s parks (www.cedarfair.com). DRESS-UP: A full-body Snoopy child’s costume will cost you $55.97 at www.halloween express.com.
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Pakistan and the US
By George Friedman
ob Woodward has released another book, this one on the debate over Afghanistan strategy in the Obama administration. As all his books do, the book has riveted Washington. It reveals that intense debate occurred over what course to take, that the president sought alternative strategies and that compromises were reached. But while knowing the details of these things is interesting, what would have been shocking is if they hadn’t taken place. It is interesting to reflect on the institutional inevitability of these disagreements. The military is involved in a war. It is institutionally and emotionally committed to victory in the theater of combat. It will demand all available resources for executing the war under way. For a soldier who has bled in that war, questioning the importance of the war is obscene. A war must be fought relentlessly and with all available means. But while the military’s top generals and senior civilian leadership are responsible for providing the president with sound, clearheaded advice on all military matters including the highest levels of grand strategy, they are ultimately responsible for the pursuit of military objectives to which the commander-in-chief directs them. Generals must think about how to win the war they are fighting. Presidents must think about whether the war is worth fighting. The president is responsible for America’s global posture. He must consider what an unlimited commitment to a particular conflict might mean in other regions of the world where forces would be unavailable. A president must take a more dispassionate view than his generals. He must calculate not only whether victory is possible but also the value of the victory relative to the cost. Given the nature of the war in Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama and Gen David Petraeus - first the US Central Command chief and now the top commander in Afghanistan - had to view it differently. This is unavoidable. This is natural. And only one of the two is ultimately in charge. The Nature of Guerrilla Warfare In thinking about Afghanistan, it is essential that we begin by thinking about the nature of guerrilla warfare against an occupying force. The guerrilla lives in the country. He isn’t going anywhere else, as he has nowhere to go. By contrast, the foreigner has a place to which he can return. This is the core weakness of the occupier and the strength of the guerrilla. The former can leave and in all likelihood, his nation will survive. The guerrilla can’t. And having alternatives undermines the foreigner’s will to fight regardless of the importance of the war to him. The strategy of the guerrilla is
US soldiers from the Alpha Battery 3/2 SCR Striker Brigade prepare for an artillery strike at Forward Operation Base Wilson, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Oct 4, 2010. — AP to make the option to withdraw more attractive. In order to do this, his strategic goal is simply to survive and fight on whatever level he can. His patience is built into who he is and what he is fighting for. The occupier’s patience is calculated against the
Indeed, the massive amount of resources the occupier requires and the inflexibility of a military institution not solely committed to the particular theater of operations can actually work against the occupier by creating logistical vulnerabilities susceptible to guerrilla attacks and difficulty adapting at a rate sufficient to keep pace with the guerrilla. cost of the occupation and its opportunity costs, thus, while troops are committed in this country, what is happening elsewhere? Surrival Tactically, the guerrilla survives
by being elusive. He disperses in small groups. He operates in hostile terrain. He denies the enemy intelligence on his location and capabilities. He forms political alliances with civilians who provide him supplies and intelligence on the occupation forces and misleads the occupiers about his own location. The guerrilla uses this intelligence network to decline combat on the enemy’s terms and to strike the enemy when he is least prepared. The guerrilla’s goal is not to seize and hold ground but to survive, evade and strike, imposing casualties on the occupier. Above all, the guerrilla must never form a center of gravity that, if struck, would lead to his defeat. He thus actively avoids anything that could be construed as a decisive contact. The occupation force is normally a more conventional army. Its strength is superior firepower, resources and organization. If it knows where the guerrilla is and can strike before the guerrilla can disperse, the occupying force will defeat the guerrilla. The occupier’s problems are that his intelligence is normally inferior to that of the guerrillas; the guerrillas rarely mass in ways that permit decisive combat and normally can disperse faster than the occupier can pinpoint and deploy forces against them; and the guerrillas’ superior tactical capabilities allow them to impose a constant low rate of casualties on the occupier. Indeed, the massive amount of resources the occupier requires and the inflexibility of a military institution not solely committed to the particular theater of operations can actually work against the occupier by creating logistical vulnerabilities susceptible to guerrilla attacks and difficulty adapting at a rate sufficient to keep pace with the guerrilla. The
occupation force will always win engagements, but that is never the measure of victory. If the guerrillas operate by doctrine, defeats in unplanned engagements will not undermine their basic goal of survival. While the occupier is not winning decisively, even while suffering only some casualties, he is losing. While the guerrilla is not losing decisively, even if suffering significant casualties, he is winning. Since the guerrilla is not going anywhere, he can afford far higher casualties than the occupier, who ultimately has the alternative of withdrawal. The asymmetry of this warfare favors the guerrilla. This is particularly true when the strategic value of the war to the occupier is ambiguous, where the occupier does not possess sufficient force and patience to systematically overwhelm the guerrillas, and where either political or military constraints prevent operations against sanctuaries. This is a truth as relevant to David’s insurgency against the Philistines as it is to the U.S. experience in Vietnam or the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. There has long been a myth about the unwillingness of Americans to absorb casualties for very long in guerrilla wars. In reality, the United States fought in Vietnam for at least seven years (depending on when you count the start and stop) and has now fought in Afghanistan for nine years. The idea that Americans can’t endure the long war has no empirical basis. What the United States has difficulty with - along with imperial and colonial powers before it - is a war in which the ability to impose one’s will on the enemy through force of arms is lacking and when it is not clear that the failure of previous years to win the war will
be solved in the years ahead. Who takes the blame? Far more relevant than casualties to whether Americans continue a war is the question of the conflict’s strategic importance, for which the president is ultimately responsible. This divides into several parts. This first is whether the United States has the ability with available force to achieve its political goals through prosecuting the war (since all war is fought for some political goal, from regime change to policy shift) and whether the force the United States is willing to dedicate suffices to achieve these goals. To address this question in Afghanistan, we have to focus on the political goal. The Evolution of the US Political Goal in Afghanistan Washington’s primary goal at the initiation of the conflict was to destroy or disrupt Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to protect the US homeland from follow-on attacks to 9/11. But if Afghanistan were completely pacified, the threat of Islamist-fueled transnational terrorism would remain at issue because it is no longer just an issue of a single organization - AlQaeda - but a series of fragmented groups conducting operations in Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, North Africa, Somalia and elsewhere. Today, Al-Qaeda is simply one manifestation of the threat of this transnational jihadist phenomenon. It is important to stop and consider Al-Qaeda - and the transnational jihadist phenomenon in general - in terms of guerrillas, and to think of the phenomenon as a guerrilla force in its own right operating by the very same rules on a global basis. Thus, where the Taleban apply guerrilla principles to Afghanistan, today’s transnational jihadist applies them to the Islamic world and beyond. The transnational jihadists are not
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exit from Afghanistan
leaving and are not giving up. Like the Taleban in Afghanistan, they will decline combat against larger American forces and strike vulnerable targets when they can. There are certainly more players and more complexity to the global phenomenon than in a localized insurgency. Many governments across North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have no interest in seeing these movements set up shop and stir up unrest in their territory. And AlQaeda’s devolution has seen frustrations as well as successes as it spreads. But the underlying principles of guerrilla warfare remain at issue. Whenever the Americans concentrate force in one area, Al-Qaeda disengages, disperses and regroups elsewhere and, perhaps more important, the ideology that underpins the phenomenon continues to exist. The threat will undoubtedly continue to evolve and face challenges, but in the end, it will continue to exist along the lines of the guerrilla acting against the United States. There is another important way in which the global guerrilla analogy is apt. Stratfor has long held that Islamist-fueled transnational terrorism does not represent a strategic, existential threat to the United States. While acts of transnational terrorism target civilians, they are not attacks - have not been and are not evolving into attacks - that endanger the territorial integrity of the United States or the way of life of the American people. They are dangerous and must be defended against, but transnational terrorism is and remains a tactical problem that for nearly a decade has been treated as if it were the pre-eminent strategic threat to the United States. Nietzsche wrote that, “The most fundamental form of human stupidity is forgetting what we were trying to do in the first place.” The stated US goal in Afghanistan was the destruction of Al-Qaeda. While Al-Qaeda as it existed in 2001 has certainly been disrupted and degraded, AlQaeda’s evolution and migration means that disrupting and degrading it - to say nothing of destroying it - can no longer be achieved by waging a war in Afghanistan. The guerrilla does not rely on a single piece of real estate (in this case Afghanistan) but rather on his ability to move seamlessly across terrain to evade decisive combat in any specific location. Islamist-fueled transnational terrorism is not centered on Afghanistan and does not need Afghanistan, so no matter how successful that war might be, it would make little difference in the larger fight against transnational jihadism. Thus far, the United States has chosen to carry on fighting the war in Afghanistan. As Al-Qaeda has fled Afghanistan, the overall political goal for the United States in the country has evolved to include the creation of a democratic and uncorrupt
Pakistani firefighters try to extinguish burning NATO supplies oil tankers following the an attack outside of Islamabad on Oct 4, 2010. — AFP Afghanistan. It is not clear that anyone knows how to do this, particularly given that most Afghans consider the ruling government of President Hamid Karzai - with which the United States is allied - as the heart of the corruption problem, and beyond Kabul most Afghans do not regard their way of making political and social arrangements to be corrupt. Price tag Simply withdrawing from Afghanistan carries its own strategic and political costs, however. The strategic problem is that simply terminating the war after nine years would destabilize the Islamic world. The United States has managed to block AlQaeda’s goal of triggering a series of uprisings against existing regimes and replacing them with jihadist regimes. It did this by displaying a willingness to intervene where necessary. Of course, the idea that US intervention destabilized the region raises the question of what regional stability would look like had it not intervened. The danger of withdrawal is that the network of relationships the United States created and imposed at the regime level could unravel if it withdrew. America would be seen as having lost the war, the prestige of radical Islamists and thereby the foundation of the ideology that underpins their movement would surge, and this could destabilize regimes and undermine American interests. The political problem is domestic. Obama’s approval rating now stands at 42 percent. This is not unprecedented, but it means he is politically weak. One of the charges against him, fair or not, is that he is inherently anti-war by background and so not fully committed to the war effort.
Where a Republican would face charges of being a warmonger, which would make withdrawal easier, Obama faces charges of being too soft. Since a president must maintain political support to be effective, withdrawal becomes even harder. Therefore, strategic analysis aside, the president is not going to order a complete withdrawal of all combat forces any time soon - the national (and international) political alignment won’t support such a step. At the same time, remaining in Afghanistan is unlikely to achieve any goal and leaves potential rivals like China and Russia freer rein. The American Solution The American solution, one that we suspect is already under way, is the Pakistanization of the war. By this, we do not mean extending the war into Pakistan but rather extending Pakistan into
Pakistanis are not in an ideal position to capitalize on it. In the past, the United States has endeavored to keep the Taliban in Afghanistan and the regime in Pakistan separate. (The Taleban movements in Afghanistan and Pakistan are not one and the same.) Washington has not succeeded in this regard, with the Pakistanis continuing to hedge their bets and maintain a relationship across the border. Still, US opposition has been the single greatest impediment to Pakistan’s consolidation of the Taleban in Afghanistan, and abandoning this opposition leaves important avenues open for Islamabad. The Pakistani relationship to the Taleban, which was a liability for the United States in the past, now becomes an advantage for Washington because it creates a
Where a Republican would face charges of being a warmonger, which would make withdrawal easier, Obama faces charges of being too soft. Afghanistan. The Taleban phenomenon has extended into Pakistan in ways that seriously complicate Pakistani efforts to regain their bearing in Afghanistan. It has created a major security problem for Islamabad, which, coupled with the severe deterioration of the country’s economy and now the floods, has weakened the Pakistanis’ ability to manage Afghanistan. In other words, the moment that the Pakistanis have been waiting for American agreement and support for the Pakistanization of the war has come at a time when the
trusted channel for meaningful communication with the Taliban. Logic suggests this channel is quite active now. The Vietnam War ended with the Paris peace talks. Those formal talks were not where the real bargaining took place but rather where the results were ultimately confirmed. If talks are under way, a similar venue for the formal manifestation of the talks is needed - and Islamabad is as good a place as any. Pakistan is an American ally which the United States needs, both to balance growing Chinese influence in and partnership with
Pakistan, and to contain India. Pakistan needs the United States for the same reason. Meanwhile, the Taleban want to run Afghanistan. The United States has no strong national interest in how Afghanistan is run so long as it does not support and espouse transnational jihadism. But it needs its withdrawal to take place in a manner that strengthens its influence rather than weakens it, and Pakistan can provide the cover for turning a retreat into a negotiated settlement. Pakistan has every reason to play this role. It needs the United States over the long term to balance against India. It must have a stable or relatively stable Afghanistan to secure its western frontier. It needs an end to US forays into Pakistan that are destabilizing the regime. And playing this role would enhance Pakistan’s status in the Islamic world, something the United States could benefit from, too. We suspect that all sides are moving toward this end. The United States isn’t going to defeat the Taleban. The original goal of the war is irrelevant, and the current goal is rather difficult to take seriously. Even a victory, whatever that would look like, would make little difference in the fight against transnational jihad, but a defeat could harm US interests. Therefore, the United States needs a withdrawal that is not a defeat. Such a strategic shift is not without profound political complexity and difficulties. But the disparity between - and increasingly, the incompatibility of - the struggle with transnational terrorism and the war effort geographically rooted in Afghanistan is only becoming more apparent - even to the American public. — Stratfor
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Residents of Delmas 33 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti carefully navigate a muddy pass after a night of rain. Despite the danger of flooding, residents say they don’t want to leave the land that they’ve worked hard to begin their new lives on. — MCT
Whose land is this? Reconstruction mired in questions
he promised reconstruction of this earthquakecrippled nation hangs on the potentially explosive issue underlying a simple question: Whose land is this? Take this spot below the city’s main transmission lines off the Delmas 33 road. Before the earthquake eight months ago, goats grazed here and tenant farmers planted patches of corn and sugar cane. One of Haiti’s wealthiest families claimed the 20 acres, but had no major plans for it. Now an estimated 25,000 people call it home. From the hill above, the temporary camp is a sea of sunbattered tarps. Up close it looks more like a neighborhood every day — tin roofs, wood framing, locked doors, fences, gardens. It boasts makeshift stores, lotto stands, one-chair beauty salons, rum bars, even an Internet cafe. When groups of young “security” men came in buses with eviction notices, the camp residents chased them away with rocks, sticks and machetes. Residents did the same with aid workers who were merely trying to register their existence. “It’s not like we’re comfortable here,” said Katlyne Camean. “Last night when it rained, I filled three buckets of water from my house. But no one is telling us where they want us to go. I don’t want to go somewhere worse.” No one knows where to relocate more than a million people displaced by the Jan. 12 quake. The government and foreign aid groups want to move many back to their old neighborhoods or open spaces nearby and build single-family shelters for them. But to avoid roiling an already volatile situation, they must know who owns the land they’re building on. In Haiti, this requires stepping into a morass nearly as old as the country itself. “The problem of title ownership goes back 200 years in Haiti,” President Rene Preval said in a recent interview. “If you put one after another, all of the titles in Haiti, you will find Haiti is bigger than the United States.” Haiti is, in fact, the size of Maryland. But generations of corruption, dictatorship, coups and spoils-system governance have reaped a vast number of cases where multiple people claim the same piece of property. “Sometimes all of their documents are validated,” Preval said. “It’s very hard to tell who started cheating first.” Against this deep-set obstacle, pressure is mounting: Owners of the land where the camps have popped up want compensation or the squatters off before they become entrenched and their houses permanent. There are increasing reports of forced evictions. The Acra family claims the land under this camp. Sebastien Acra says the family hasn’t tried to evict the people there. Nor has the government approached him to buy the land to build housing. He is more concerned with another camp on property about a mile away, where the family had plans to build a manufacturing
No one knows where to relocate more than a million people displaced by the Jan 12 quake. The government and foreign aid groups want to move many back to their old neighborhoods or open spaces nearby and build single-family shelters for them. But to avoid roiling an already volatile situation, they must know who owns the land they’re building on. center. When the earthquake hit, about 15,000 nearby residents set up stakes on the site. The Acras want them off, but there is no government plan for where to send them. “People get used to their environment very fast,” Acra said. “They’re adapting. That’s Haiti.” He said the issue is too politically sensitive to touch until after the elections scheduled for Nov. 28. “We know that now through elections, nothing will be done,” Acra said. Preval appeared aware of that as well. In the interview, he mentioned that “sometimes, you witness real wars over land.” He set a goal to move the estimated 26,000 people in Champs de Mars, the plaza in front of the presidential palace, back to their old neighborhoods, particularly Fort National, a pilot
project for what was to come. But he quickly realized how intractable the land issue was, and months later, the tent camp is still there. Even the original assumption that the people were mostly from Fort National turned out to be wrong. Preval was so flummoxed by the problem that his view changed within the course of a conversation. He first cited audacious plans to build high-rise apartment buildings and use rubble to shore up more land in the harbor for hotels and commercial buildings — then acknowledged that he was stumped on what to do with the displaced in the years before those plans come to fruition. “I’m not going to tell the people the situation is simple,” he said, then sighed. “I don’t have the means to solve the problem.”
Manise E Derice, 25, says that she has no worries about the security of the camp nor does she worry about flooding and she plans to continue living there as her home is on higher ground in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. — MCT
In a portable office behind the palace, the civil engineer appointed by Preval to resolve the land issue, Marie George Salomon, says the plan is to raze the most damaged parts of Fort National and build orderly rows of wood-framed shelters. But the disorganized way in which the neighborhood grew, with narrow alleys and houses on top of houses, means the area held far more people than the rebuilt one ever will. At least 10,000 people would be unable to move back. Multiply that by the hundreds of other camps, big and small, and the scope of the conundrum is clear. The government has identified five big sites outside Port-au-Prince to which it could move thousands of people in the interim. But where would they work? Where would they find food? Haitians survive, in large measure, within a network of family and friends rooted deeply in their own neighborhoods. Forced relocations to government camps could set off a political firestorm. Still, foreign aid groups trying to build temporary shelters are frustrated that Preval’s government doesn’t come up with some blueprint they can use. In some areas, they have worked with local officials to create a three-year moratorium on disputes over property. They simply build shelters for the families living on the land, be they renters, owners or squatters. Even this has been slow going. Rubble remains everywhere. The groups can’t demolish a heavily damaged house without the owners’ permission. And many times, the space where a family lived is too small for one of the prefab shelters. So far about 11,900 shelters have been constructed, out of 135,000 planned. “It’s going to be a long process,” said Lilianne Fan, the housing, land and property coordinator for the cluster of foreign groups trying to build shelters. “The camps are going to be there for a long time. We need everyone in Haitian society to understand this.” As officials struggle to work out these issues, the residents in the larger camp on the Acras’ land are somehow convinced that the International Organization for Migration, which is in charge of registering people in the camps, wants to kick them out. —MCT
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‘Beautiful isn’t enough’ . . . Guillaume Herbaut’s shot of an Albanian woman involved in a blood feud.
avid Blandy’s art springs from obsessions apparently germinated in his teenage bedroom: hip-hop, soul, old Kung Fu movies, Star Wars, cartoons all references that pile up in his videos, comics and installations. Lanky, bespectacled and with milk-pallid skin, the London-born artist appears at the centre of this work as a vision of white-boy nerdiness. Whether he’s channeling Wu Tang Clan while lip-synching to their music on the tube, or dress in a Shao Lin monk’s orange overalls as the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim, Landy always looks out of place, no matter how serious his commitment to the task in hand. Various expeditions have been undertaken in this guise. In the video and comic Five Boroughs of the Soul (2004), he traipses New York’s asphalt, shoeless. His sites of pilgrimage are locations immortalized in soul and hip hop - Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Brooklyn Zoo or Bobby Womacks’ Across 110th Street - where he plays relevant tracks on his portable record player and chats with bemused locals. In another film, The Soul of the Lakes, he journeys between two Cumbrian record shops, looking for soul music. The artist’s quest, though, is always as much about the musical variety as it is his own soul - an authenticity that painfully eludes him. Blandy uses his own presence to underline a bitter irony. In his 2006 video The White and Black Minstrel Show, he appears as a ‘whited-up’ clown, a cipher of cultural cluelessness that inverts the grim racial caricatures of 19th century American vaudeville acts. He’s a reminder of the privileged white middle classes, happy to buy into a bit of ghetto realism, but slow when it comes to realizing social change as well as quick to decry bling. Confronting this, the New York pilgrimage ends on Wu Tang’s C.R.E.A.M. (cash rules everything around me). Blandy’s guides on his journeys are
figures like Obi Wan Kenobi and Bruce Lee. They appear, sampled in clips, to pronounce nuggets of wisdom like, “The word ‘I’ does not exist” and “Destroy the image and you will break the enemy”, as Lee and his master do in Enter the Dragon. The artist unpicks pop culture’s illusions, uncovering a lack of selfhood that
Incorporating soul music, Kung Fu flicks and Star Wars into his videos and comics, this Briton unpicks pop culture and its illusions would make a martial arts master proud but has far more difficult connotations out in the world. Why we like him: Shot in the cabins, dusty roads and swamps of the Mississippi Delta, his elegiac film installation Crossroads from 2009 sees Blandy pursue the myths surrounding blues legend Robert Johnson. Hiroshima mon amour: Blandy’s grandfather was a PoW in Japan, released after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Child of the Atom, the artist’s latest and most mature work to date, explores his love of Japanese culture and his ruminations on this most horrific of events. Where Can I See Him? At Seventeen gallery, London until 2 Oct. —Guardian
n 2004, I read an article about Albanian children being caught up in blood feuds. They couldn’t even go outside because they might be murdered. I had to cover it, so I went to Shkoder, a city in the north. There I found out about the Kanun, an ancient system of unwritten laws that were suppressed by the communist regime. When the regime collapsed, there were no proper laws or police, so the people went back to their old ways. Getting the story was difficult: people involved in vendettas literally couldn’t leave their homes. We had to work with a go-between called Emin: his job was to make peace between families. He was a bizarre guy - for him, blood feuds were a business. The guy also worked for the mafia. It felt very odd: if we didn’t pay him, we couldn’t meet any of the families. He brought us to see a young woman, Lina. She was 28 - although she looked older - and very beautiful. She told us about her husband, who was murdered. She wouldn’t tell us why he was killed; we got the impression it was over money or drugs. Kanun dictates that the family of the victim has to take revenge, so her goal was to kill her husband’s murderer. The revenge target is forced to stay inside: he could be stuck at home two years, four years, 10 years, maybe all his life. If Lina killed him, she would then become a target - and have to stay indoors indefinitely herself. It was difficult to work out how to
Samurai Story: A still from an art work created by David Blandy in which he attempts to live out aspects of the samurai Hagakure amid an English recreation of a Japanese Tea Garden.
portray Lina’s desire for revenge. I thought it was important to build the picture, not just shoot it quickly. So I asked her how she should be portrayed. She had a gun in her handbag and a Kalashnikov in her bedroom, but I couldn’t photograph her with them: if the authorities saw the picture, she would go to jail. Then we thought: we’re in the kitchen. So we took a big knife and arranged her like a Madonna against the pink wall. She picked up the knife, looked at me and I took 10 shots. I knew straight away: I’ve got a picture. It was an intense experience. I was right in front of her, and there was a lot of emotion and feeling. My contact told me afterwards that Lina may have fallen in love with me. But I only met her once. I tried to go back and see her two years later, but I couldn’t. Emin, the gobetween, had been killed by the mafia, and my new contact couldn’t go to the area where Lina lived. CV Born: 1970, Paris. Studied: “I did a course in Paris, but I really learned in the street - it is the best school.” Inspirations: “Robert Capa’s pictures made me want to be a photographer. But I am more interested in painting now.” Dislike: “I don’t like the ‘beautiful’ picture. It’s not enough.” Top tip: “Don’t just think ‘photograph’, think ‘story’.” —Guardian
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ACROSS 1. A federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955. 4. Any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia. 10. A branch of the Tai languages. 13. Large brownish-green New Zealand parrot. 14. Capable of being influenced or formed. 15. A sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice. 16. A human limb. 17. Cut down on. 18. The most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on. 19. A small cake leavened with yeast. 21. Tranquilizer (trade name Dalmane) used to treat insomnia. 23. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite. 24. Aircraft landing in bad weather in which the pilot is talked down by ground control using precision approach radar. 26. A resident of Iowa. 27. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite. 29. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment. 30. Soviet physicist who worked on low temperature physics (19081968). 34. A rare heavy polyvalent metallic element that resembles manganese chemically and is used in some alloys. 37. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 38. Flesh of fish found in colder waters of northern Atlantic coast of the United States. 40. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 43. An enclosed space. 45. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 46. King of the Huns. 50. Capital and largest city of the Ukraine. 52. Of or relating the leg from the knee to the foot. 53. Relieve oneself of troubling information. 57. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 59. Eurasian perennial bulbous herbs. 60. The compass point midway between northeast and east. 61. Make less active or intense. 64. A Gaelic-speaking Celt in Ireland or Scotland or the Isle of Man. 65. A doctor's degree in education. 66. Submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers. 67. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill. DOWN 1. Jordan's port. 2. Wild and menacing. 3. Young sheep. 4. The month following March and preceding May. 5. Large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals. 6. A resource. 7. Any taillike structure. 8. A ruler of the Inca Empire (or a member of his family). 9. A studio especially for an artist or designer. 10. National capital of Kiribati. 11. A city in southern Turkey on the Seyhan River. 12. A republic on the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula on the Indian Ocean.
20. (Babylonian) God of storms and wind. 22. A motorbike that can be pedaled or driven by a low-powered gasoline engine. 25. A radioactive transuranic element. 27. (Irish) Mother of the ancient Irish gods. 28. An intensely radioactive metallic element that occurs in minute amounts in uranium ores. 31. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 32. Occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure. 33. (Assyrian) God of fire and light. 35. A master's degree in business. 36. Extremely pleasing. 39. Represented in a painting. 41. A radioactive element of the actinide series. 42. A genus of Mustelidae. 44. An important seaport on the Island of Cebu in the Philippines. 47. A general direction in which something tends to move. 48. Of a tire. 49. Hungarian choreographer who developed Labanotation (1879-1958). 50. Animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes. 51. A Russian river. 54. The granite-like rocks that form the outermost layer of the earth's crust. 55. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 56. The arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek. 58. The Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Dali region of Yunnan. 62. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group. 63. A hard gray lustrous metallic element that is highly corrosion-resistant.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Aries (March 21-April 19) Much of the reader mail I receive is friendly. But now and then I'll get a message like this: "I've followed your horoscopes with pleasure for years. But I must say, you've really lost it lately. I can't stand the garbage you've been slinging. What happened to you?" My response is to wonder why the person never wrote to me while he was happy with my efforts. It reminds me of a quote by Leon Uris: "How often in life it is that we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies." It also reminds me of how tempting it is to focus on what repels us and scares us, shortchanging the dreams that excite us. Your assignment in the next four weeks, Aries, is to reward what you like and pursue what you want. For now, forget about what you don't like and don't want. Ta u r u s (A p r i l 2 0 -M ay 2 0 ) The worst painting in history is hanging in San Francisco's De Young Museum. It is "Noel and Bob" by Joan Brown. It's so awkwardly garish and trivially monstrous that I can only conclude Brown possessed what might be termed "negative genius." It's not just that she had no talent. She actually had the opposite of brilliant talent. And yet I must confess I had a good time gazing at this anti-artistic botch. I thoroughly enjoyed laughing at it, and was quite pleased at the jokes my companions and I made about it. I suggest that in the coming week you try something similar: enjoying the entertainment value and educational merit of clumsy, ungainly, out-of-whack stuff. Doing so will sharpen your wits for the not-too-distant future, when you will come into proximity to a lot of understated beauty and elegance and grace. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Is my enjoyment of the Temptations' song "My Girl" diminished by the fact that it was used in a commercial for Sun Maid Raisins? Does Jose Gonzalez' tune "Heartbeats" evoke less feeling in me because I know it was used as the soundtrack for a Sony TV commercial? Well, yeah, actually. The songs haven't been totally wrecked for me, but neither do they make my heart soar anymore. Is there anything like that in your life, Gemini? Some pure and innocent pleasure that has been tainted or watered down? Believe it or not, you could restore it to its original state in the coming weeks. Cancer (June 21-July 22) For the moment, set aside your complaints about the transgressions of your original family. Cease your laments about the struggles you had to endure as a child. If you enjoy marinating yourself in those sorrows, you can always return to them at a later date. Here are the opportunities that are now available to you: to focus on the gifts that your early life blessed you with . . . to acknowledge the resources bequeathed to you by the past . . . to celebrate and access the primal power that has been yours to draw on since the day you were born.
passive at a time when I could really benefit from standing up for myself. - Listless Libra." Dear Libra: What the supposedly professional astrologer told you is totally inaccurate. No one's chart, ever, in the history of the world, indicates that they have no willpower. Astrology doesn't speak in such stupid ways. Besides that, you and the Libran tribe will soon have an excellent window of opportunity to bolster your willpower. The fun begins now and lasts until at least November 18. Get ready! k Scorpio (October 23-November 21) "Is it a dragonfly or a maple leaf / That settles softly down upon the water?" asks Amy Lowell in "Autumn Haze," a poem from her book Pictures of the Floating World. She doesn't need to know the answer to her question; either would be fine. In fact, the luxuriance of the moment lies in its ambiguity. The lolling sweetness thrives because of her freedom from having to define its origins. She is simultaneously alert and relaxed; attentive to the scene in front of her but content to let it be whatever it is. I highly recommend that you enjoy extended excursions into this state of being several times in the coming week. Sagittarius (November 22December 21) This morning I had to interrupt my meditation on your horoscope. I'd studied the astrological configurations and said my usual prayer, asking for guidance to come up with the oracle you need most. But nothing had occurred to me yet, and it was time to leave the house for an appointment. As I closed the door behind me, I was still in deep thought about you. Then my face hit something gauzy, and I pulled back. Overnight, a spider had spun a huge web spanning the entire porch frame. I'd knocked it a bit off-kilter, but it was still intact. "That's got to be an omen," I thought to myself as I stooped under it and continued on my way. An omen of what? A little voice in my head gave the answer: Sagittarius is ready to merge more directly with the great web of life.
Capricorn (December 22January 19) If you have been in tune with the cosmic rhythms these past ten months, you've been erecting bridges like a master builder. Your careful planning and guidance have conquered an abyss or two. Seemingly irreconcilable differences are no longer irreconcilable. Unlikely connections have bloomed. You've combined ingredients that no one thought could be blended. Between now and your birthday, your good work should reach a climax. It's time to inspect your craftsmanship, polish any rough edges, and be sure that your creations will last.
Leo (July 23-August 22) Nose jobs are at an all-time high. Every year, American plastic surgeons cumulatively scrape away more than a mile of flesh and bone from their patients' sniffers. I predict that in the coming weeks, the noses of the entire planet's Leo tribe will shrink 10,000 times that amount, at least metaphorically. Why? Because I expect an epidemic of truth-telling to break out among you. There's going to be a mass outbreak of the Pinocchio effect in reverse. Congratulations in advance for the candor you're about to unleash. Be kind and diplomatic if you can, but insist on revealing the whole story.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) Many American towns with "burg" in their names used to end as "burgh." In the late 19th century, a federal bureau demanded that they drop the silent final "h." The people of Pittsburgh rose, up, however, and demanded the right to retain their precious "h." Their wish was granted. I strongly advise you to be inspired by Pittsburgh's adamant insistence on maintaining its identity, Virgo. Don't let yourself be truncated, abbreviated, or standardized.
Libra (September 23-October 22) "Dear Rob: A professional astrologer who read my chart told me that I have no willpower and that there is basically nothing I can do to change that. Any suggestions? I'm feeling helpless and
Aquarius (January 20- February 18) I have no financial interest in the product known as Bacon Air Freshener. When I urge you to consider buying it and placing it in your favorite environment, it's not because I'll get a kickback, but only because I suspect you'll benefit from its specific aromatherapy effects. In my astrological opinion, your yearning for delicious fatness needs to be stimulated; certain key elements in your future require you to feel excited about thick, rich, tasty sensations. I think this is true even if you're a vegetarian, although maybe you'd prefer having an avocado, coconut, or chocolate air freshener.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) In Germany, people can pay the weather service to have a storm or weather system named after them. A normal rainstorm costs just over $250. That's the kind of event I'd want to give your name to in the coming week, Pisces -- not a full-on destructive tornado or hurricane, but rather a healthy squall that makes everything wet and clears the air. You definitely need to release some tension in a dramatic way, but not in a melodramatic way.
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AIPS - PTA Executive body organized a grand function on June 10, 2010 in the school auditorium to felicitate the star performers of FAIPS. The programme, coordinated by Hamid Rehman and the newly appointed members of the executive body was attended by Anita Bukharey, Business Development and Manager Schools, Al-Rayan Holding Co, Anju Dheman, Principal, Sanjay Yadav, Vice-Principal, teachers and parents. The evening glittered with the awards that were presented to all those students who had done the school proud with their sterling performances in Grade X / XII CBSE Board Exams in the years 2009 and 2010. The auditorium resonated with applause as each of the achievers was invited on stage to be honoured and recognized. It was truly a moment to cherish for all concerned including the proud parents of the achievers. Special mementos were also given to the teachers in recognition for their continued and committed efforts in moulding and guiding the students to achieve their present performance. It was also an evening tinged with nostalgia as the PTA members took the opportunity to bid farewell to Arunima Dasgupta, one of the most dedicated teachers of FAIPS. The members spoke glowingly about her contribution during her long association with the school. The visual treat of the programme was an instrumental dance, brilliantly choreographed and gracefully rendered by the students of Grade XII. The program culminated with a vote of thanks proposed by Javed Anwar, followed by a grand dinner befitting the occasion.
The Embassy of Canada is open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm from Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm on Sunday through Wednesday. Canada offers a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that Consular Officials can contact and assist Canadians in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform Canadians of a family emergency at home. The Embassy of Canada encourages all Canadian Citizens to register online through the Government of Canada Travel Website at www.voyage.gc.ca. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at www.UAE.gc.ca. The Embassy of Canada is located at
Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St, Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at www.kuwait.gc.ca.
The US Embassy will be closed on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in observance of Columbus Day in the United States. The embassy will reopen for normal business on Monday. October 11. Regular business hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The telephone number is 2259-1001 and the fax number is 2538-0282.
The Embassy of India will remain closed on Sunday, October 17, 2010 on account of ‘Dussehra’.
The Embassy of the Argentine Republic to the State of Kuwait wants to inform that the embassy will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2010 and work will resume on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
eachers’ Day celebrated on Dr Radhakrishnan’s Birthday serves as a gate way for all the students to express their affection towards their teachers. With this aim, Integrated Indian School run in collaboration with Kalka Public School wore a festive look as it celebrated Teacher’s Day on September 30, 2010. A special assembly was organized by the students of 11th and 12th on this occasion. The assembly commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by the Kuwait National Anthem. The Principal Ritu Mathur read out a school prayer and administrated the oath of loyalty to the teachers through which they were reminded of their duty towards their students. The students felicitated their teachers with cards and flowers as a token of love and appreciation. The Director Anis Ahmad spoke on the importance of Teachers’ Day. The assembly came to an end with the Indian national anthem. A variety program specially prepared for teachers made them feel their importance in the students’ hearts. A special get together was arranged for the teachers in the end.
ar Athanasious College of Engg Kothamangalam Alumni Association (MACEAA) Kuwait Chapter will be celebrating its 2010 ONAM festival today, at Cooperative Hall, Fintas. The programs will commence from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. The celebrations will start with a formal inauguration function followed by various cultural programs performed by members and children belonging to the MACEAA family. Variety of dance programs, music programs, skit etc forms the core offering topped-up with an enthralling Maveli Ezhunnallippu and traditional Onam sadhya. The Chairman of MACEAA Kuwait P C George and Gen Secretary Shaji Hassan invite all MACEAA family members to grace their presence during this auspicious occasion. For participation and further details, please contact your respective Area Representatives as follows; Jibin Jose (99676248), Sanju Paul (66812840), Joseph George (66428029), Prashanth Vettath (66352996), Jose Joseph (97270817), Sally Roy (97851152).
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Embassy information 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 non-immigrant 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 petition-based 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.
Blood donation camp
he Art of Living Foundation in Kuwait organized a blood donation camp at Jabriya Central Blood Bank on September 24 and 25, 2010. More than 150 people donated blood and the camp was a
resounding success. Jabriya Blood Bank thanked the Art of Living Foundation for their valuable contribution and have recognized it as one of the top 10 blood donation organizations in Kuwait.
bdullah Al-Awadi’s exhibition opens on October 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm at Dar Al-Funoon. The exhibition will run till October 15 and the showcasing hours are from 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm (Closed on Fridays) at Behbehani Compound House 28, AlWattiyah, Kuwait. Ph: 22433138. Geometry, icons calligraphy, vintage images, songs, repetition, drama, irony, and comedy. A whimsical concoction of ideas, images and sometimes secret coded messages come together to create this exhibition. A juxtaposition of seemingly polar topics from Islamic patterns to pop art merged with Arab songs and calligraphy, A mind twisting tour de force or just an eye-pleasing superficial object d’arte: Abdulla was trained as an architect in Miami, furthermore he is a designer of
contemporary clothes, theatrical costumes, large format photography jewelry indoor and outdoor installations and plastic art. Exclusively for this exhibit, he was united by Sarah Baydon, designer and founder of Sarah’s Bag to produce an exclusive collection inspired by this show They have joined forces to create this celebration of their knowledge and joie de vive an pop culture from East to West and back. Pattern being the key element is sometimes read as geometrical pattern, cultural pattern or behavioral pattern. Scratch your head hide a smile or just blush at this collection of images, ideas, and accessories. Recent exhibitions include a solo photography exhibition at Beit Lothan, Kuwait and a jewelry exhibition for The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait.
Embassy of canada Canadian Embassy announces the 5th annual Middle East Education Initiative. The Embassy of Canada is pleased to announce that the fifth annual Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI), composed of 20 leading Canadian universities, colleges and language schools will be visiting Kuwait from October 2 to October 4, 2010. Representatives from the institutions will be available to meet with students, parents and other members of the education community, and provide information about study opportunities in Canada. The tour includes select school visits and a Study in Canada Fair at the Marina Hotel, Salmiya, on October 4, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Quality education is available throughout Canada, and each of our 10 provinces and 3 territories has something exciting to offer. With its safe and welcoming environment and affordable tuition fees, Canada remains a top destination for international students wishing to pursue their studies abroad. The enthusiasm shown by international students for postsecondary studies in Canada gives testimony to the superior quality of our education system. Students recognize that Canada offers them the opportunity to earn academic qualifications that are recognized and respected around the world, while being part of a tolerant and vibrant multicultural community. International students in Canada have access to the most sophisticated and up-to-date technologies and facilities, and to programs which allow them to gain valuable work experience through work placements and cooperative education. We invite you to come and meet the representatives from Canada’s colleges, universities and language schools, and discover how studying in Canada will set you on the path to achieving your dreams. The schools participating on the tour are: * Memorial University * University of Alberta * Vancouver Island University * Lethbridge College * Sheridan College * Carleton University * Columbia College * York University * University of the Fraser Valley * Okanagan College * Ryerson University * Dalhousie University *
University of Waterloo * University of Victoria * Seneca College * University of Windsor * Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) * Algoma University * Alexander College. For more information please contact: email@example.com 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. Embassy of banGLadEsH The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait has taken up an initiative to update the database of Bangladesh nationals residing in the State of Kuwait. For inclusion in the database all the Bangladesh nationals are requested to collect the Registration Form from the Labour Wing of the Embassy. The forms can also be collected sending request to firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 2491-3204). EMBASSY OF turkEY The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey announces that Turkish language course will restart at the Embassy’s Tourism, Culture and Information Office 4 October 2010. The lessons will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For further details and registration please contact. * The Embassy at Tel: 22531785 (only from 9 am to 3 pm) * Or fill the application form on http://kuweyt.befscnet.net and send it to the e-mail: Turkish_embassy_Kuwait@hotmail.com
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IN CASE YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING, YOUR PROPER CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS WILL HELP OTHER PASSENGERS TO USE SEATS. Arrival Flights on Friday 08/10/2010 Airlines Flt Route Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Tunis Air 327 Tunis/Dubai Wataniya Airways 306 Cairo Kuwait 544 Cairo Wataniya Airways 434 Damascus Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Turkish 772 Istanbul Pakistan 215 Karachi Jazeera 241 Amman Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Emirates 853 Dubai Jazeera 513 Sharm El Sheikh Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Qatari 138 Doha Air France 6770Paris Ethiopian 622 Addis Ababa/Bahrain Air Arabia Egypt 553 Alexandria 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 286 Chittagong Kuwait 352 Cochin 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 Middle East 404 Beirut Yemenia 825 Sanaa Jazeera 171 Dubai Egypt Air 610 Cairo Kuwait 672 Dubai Iran Aseman 6807Shiraz United 982 Washington DC Dulles Jordanian 800 Amman Wataniya 332 Alexandria 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 Wataniya 104 Dubai Mihin 403 Colombo/Dubai Etihad 303 Abu Dhabi Emirates 857 Dubai Gulf Air 215 Bahrain Saudia 510 Riyadh Wataniya Airways 202 Jeddah Arabia 125 Sharjah Jazeera 239 Amman Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus Jazeera 367 Deirezzor SriLankan 227 Colombo/Dubai Wataniya Airways 304 Cairo Kuwait 166 Paris/Rome Wataniya Airways 106 Dubai Kuwait 542 Cairo Kuwait 502 Beirut
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Departure Flights on Friday 08/10/2010 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 6770Dubai/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 Emirates 856 Dubai Wataniya Airways 641 Vienna Qatari 133 Doha Etihad 302 Abu Dhabi
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ACCOMMODATION Sharing accommodation available for a bachelor with a Kerala bachelor in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. Contact: 66475154. (C 2731) Sharing accommodation available for Indian nonsmoking bachelors in old Riggae near Tariq AlGhanim. Contact: 97525930 from November 1st 2010. (C 2732) Khaitan - Single furnished room and sharing room is available for decent Indian bachelor in double bedroom C-A/C building, from October. Contact: 97523316 / 24745162. (C 2735) 7-10-2010 One furnished independent room with separate bathroom is available for a non smoking executive bachelor to share with another bachelor at a spacious 2 bedroom C-A/C apartment in Farwaniya (facing 6th Ring Road - Opp to Sears) Contact: 66629551. (C 2722) 5-10-2010 Sharing accommodation
available for two decent bachelor or a small family near Amiri Hospital, Sharq. Pls Contact: 97929183 / 99387111. One independent room with separate bathroom available for 1 or 2 decent executive bachelors. W+E free sat + Kitchen facility CA/C new building, from 1st October, near Shara Aman Street, Opp Appolo hospital, Salmiya Call: 99761807. (C 2714) 4-10-2010 Sharing accommodation available for couple/small family, 2 bedroom flat in Hawally near Jabriya bridge, front side of AlBahar Center. Contact: 97672748 / 99593486.
A qualified full time / part time accountant with 20 years of experience in Kuwait available for accounting, finance management, budgeting, auditing, costing, banking, jobs and up finalization. Please Call: 66467800 (C 2728) 6-10-2010 Accountant with good experience in Kuwait with good knowledge of all
Accounts / Finance functions and business planning and support, looks for suitable job. Tel: 66126258. (C 2723) I need full / Part time job as Accountant. 4 years experience in Kuwait, B.Com + MBA, Kuwaiti driving license, good oracle reporting and software skills, can handle field work like bank and payment collection etc. Please call: 55355954. (C 2724) 5-10-2010
FOR SALE Full furniture & household items of spacious 2 B.R.H. Central A/C Flat. Near Bhel Puri Shop, Indian School, Salmiya. Contact: 66226145 (C 2734) 7-10-2010
Pool table with all the accessories for sale. Tel: 99792777. (C 2727) 6-10-2010 2006 Model Subaru (date of purchase June 2007), excellent condition, 48000 km, light use. Price KD 2650 (non-negotiable). Tel: 99669220. (C 2718) 3-10-2010 SITUATION VACANT
Urgently need young, healthy person Indian driver for a very good and decent Kuwaiti Doctor family near Kuwait City area. Good Salary, if need residence, or visa or Kuwait driving license. For anything we help. Please call immediately: 60741156. (C 2733) 7-10-2010
Looking for housemaid for family capable of cooking and experience in applying continental recipes. Tel: 99366629. Email: email@example.com (C 2721) 4-10-2010
MATRIMONIAL NRI Marthomite parents for their daughter 26/153 cm MA, residing in Kuwait seeking educated working boys in India / abroad. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (C 2729) Looking for a bride preferably R/C or Christian, age between 37-40. Gentlemen R/C (Single) age 45 (Tamil) working as a Technical
Professional in Kuwait. Send details through email: Wonderfullapple@yahoo.com (C 2730) 7-10-2010 Seeking alliance for Muslim girl 27/149, MBA (Mkt. & Finc.) C.F.A level1 candidate, working in Kuwait prof qualified (M.Tech / MBA) grooms settled abroad are invited. Email: email@example.com (2726) 5-10-2010 Invite proposal from staff nurses (MoH), for Christian Orthodox boy 29/170 cm, working in staff nurse (MoH), Ambulance Dept., from Pathanamthittia (Dist.). Contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (C 2719)
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
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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
Psychiatrists Dr. Esam Al-Ansari Dr Eisa M. Al-Balhan
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 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
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Internists, Chest & Heart: Dr. Adnan Ebil Dr. Mousa Khadada
Neurologists: Dr. Sohal Najem Al-Shemeri 5633324 Dr. Jasem Mola Hassan 5345875
Gastrologists Dr. Sami Aman 2636464 Dr. Mohammad Al-Shamaly 5322030 Dr. Foad Abidallah Al-Ali 2633135 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
Rheumatologists: Dr. Adel Al-Awadi 5330060 Dr. Khaled Al-Jarallah 5722290 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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Animal Cops South Africa Killer Whales Untamed And Uncut Wildlife SOS Sspca: On The Wildside Crocodile Hunter The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals Breed All About It Breed All About It In Too Deep Pit Bulls And Parolees Monkey Life Sspca: On The Wildside Animal Precinct E-Vets: The Interns Pet Rescue
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00:25 Mega Builders 01:20 Mythbusters 02:15 How Stuff’s Made 02:40 How Stuff Works 03:05 Dirty Jobs 04:00 Fifth Gear 04:25 Mega Builders 05:15 Chop Shop: London Garage 06:10 Mythbusters 07:05 Ultimate Survival 08:00 Overhaulin’ 08:55 Border Security 09:25 How Stuff’s Made 09:50 How Stuff Works 10:20 Mythbusters 11:15 Miami Ink 12:10 Ultimate Survival 13:05 Dirty Jobs 14:00 Overhaulin’ 14:55 Mythbusters 15:50 Cake Boss 16:15 Border Security 16:40 The Gadget Show 17:05 How Stuff Works 17:35 How Stuff’s Made 18:00 Heart Of The Machine 18:55 X-Machines 19:50 Battle Machine Bros 20:45 La Ink 21:40 Police Women Of Broward County 22:35 Dirty Jobs 23:30 Heart Of The Machine
00:25 How Stuff’s Made 00:50 How The Universe Works 01:45 Robotica 02:40 Weird Connections 03:10 Perfect Disaster 04:00 Thunder Races 05:00 Cosmic Collisions 06:00 Catch It Keep It 06:55 Stunt Junkies 07:20 The Gadget Show 07:50 Perfect Disaster 08:45 How Stuff’s Made 09:15 Da Vinci’s Machines 10:10 Weird Connections 10:35 Catch It Keep It 11:30 Science Of The Movies 12:25 The Gadget Show 12:55 How The Universe Works 13:50 Building The Biggest 14:45 Brainiac 15:40 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 16:30 Mars: The Quest For Life 17:20 How It’s Made 17:45 The Gadget Show 18:10 Sci-Trek 19:00 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 19:50 Mars: The Quest For Life 20:40 Sci-Trek 21:30 The Gadget Show 21:55 Building The Biggest 22:45 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 23:35 Mars: The Quest For Life
00:15 Extreme Hollywood 01:10 Sexiest 02:05 Battle of the Hollywood Hotties 02:30 Streets of Hollywood 03:00 THS 04:45 Behind the Scenes 05:35 E! News 06:00 The Daily 10 06:25 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated 06:50 Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 07:15 THS 09:00 E! News 09:25 The Daily 10 09:50 Behind the Scenes 10:15 Pretty Wild 10:40 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 11:05 Kendra 11:30 THS 13:15 Behind the Scenes 14:10 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 14:35 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 15:00 E! News 15:25 The Daily 10 15:50 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 16:15 Pretty Wild 16:40 THS 17:30 Kendra 17:55 Chelsea Lately 18:20 Holly’s World `19:10 E! News 19:35 The Daily 10 20:00 Chelsea Lately 20:25 Kendra 20:50 Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 21:15 Pretty Wild 21:40 Dr 90210 22:30 Wildest TV Show Moments 22:55 Reality Hell
00:20 Mantracker 01:10 Fantasy Factory 02:00 Bmx Megatour 02:50 Tread Bmx 03:40 Eds Up 04:30 I-Ex 06:00 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 08:30 Rebel Tv 17 08:55 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 09:45 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 10:35 Fim World Motorcross 11:25 Ifmxf 2010 12:15 Lg Action Sports World Championships 2008 13:05 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 13:55 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 14:45 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 17:15 Rebel Tv 17 17:40 Fim World Motorcross 18:30 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 19:20 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 20:10 Fim World Motorcross 21:00 Ifmxf 2010 21:50 Lg Action Sports World Championships 2008 22:40 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 23:30 Fim World Motorcross
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Friday, October 8, 2010
South Korean fans wait for the opening of the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan yesterday. —AFP
Stars and fans gather for top Asian film festival S tars from Hollywood, Bollywood and China gathered with film-makers and fans yesterday for the launch of Asia’s most prestigious film festival in the South Korean port city of Busan. Workers along Busan’s scenic Haeundae beach were frantically piecing together the outdoor stage and pavilions that help ensure the general public can keep up close and personal with the stars throughout the festival. Organizers have scheduled appearances by the likes of South Korean heartthrob Won Bin, acclaimed US actor Willem Dafoe,
Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai, the Oscar-winning American director Oliver Stone and French actress Juliette Binoche. Up-and-coming Chinese star Tang Wei will also walk the opening night red carpet ahead of a program reflecting the fastchanging nature of the region’s cinema industry. The array of international stars plus a record 103 world premieres in a line-up of 308 films-and an expanded Chinese presence-are set to put a shine on the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). The extravaganza, which is expected to draw 150,000 people from the world over, is again
Beatles, Lady Gaga memorabilia in online auction
nreleased Lady Gaga songs, handwritten Paul McCartney lyrics and clothing from Princess Diana and Elvis Presley are among unique celebrity items that will be sold in an online auction this month. McCartney’s handwritten working lyrics to “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” from the 1969 Abbey Road album are expected to be the top seller with a price tag of at least $200,000. But bids could start as low as $100 for items like a signed handwritten letter from Phil Spector, the music producer convicted of murder. About 850 items such as CDs from Lady Gaga’s first manager, Michael Jackson’s crystal studded helmet worn during his 1981 “Triumph tour and James Brown’s original 1987 signed US passport are for sale at www.gottahaverockandroll.com from Oct 6-15. “Whether it was from exmanagers, ex-lovers, ex-wives, sons, daughters, they all come from family members or friends, some collectors,” said Peter J. Siegel, co-
founder of GOTTA HAVE IT! Collectibles, Inc. This is the largest of the company’s Internet auctions of rock and roll and pop art. In 2008 Elvis’s Peacock Jumpsuit sold for $300,000. More than 90 Beatles items should be popular in the year of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Siegel said. “He’ll be forever revered in our society,” he added. Almost 50 signed guitars, Bob Dylan’s signed handwritten working lyrics to his first recorded song — 1961’s “Song for Woody,” and Kurt Cobain’s black and white Santa hat worn backstage at a Nirvana concern in Seattle on Halloween night 1991 are all available. Lady Gaga’s first manager, Bob Leone, is selling six CDs, some autographed by the wildly popular singer when she was the shy teenager Stefani Germanotta. An unreleased 2002 original demo recording starts with a minimum bid of $1,000. “All of them were gifts to me just because I supported her from the time she was 13 or 14,” Leone said. —Reuters
heavily slanted towards the diverse region’s independent film-makers, including those from China. The rapidly developing country of 1.3 billion people, which now has the second biggest economy in the world after overtaking Japan, has established itself in the last few years as the fastest-growing film market in the world. “Each year, Chinese films take the largest part of our program,” said Kim Ji-Seok, the executive programmer of the festival, which uses Busan’s old spelling of Pusan. This year’s opening screening is a Chinese film, director Zhang Yimou’s “Under the
Hawthorn Tree”, a touching love story set during communist leader Mao Zedong’s disastrous Cultural Revolution. “I think the role and presence of Chinese film is very crucial in supporting the advancement of Asian cinema and joint productions between Asian nations,” Kim added. There will also be a special focus on Kurdish cinema and spotlights on the cinema industries of Spain and the Czech Republic. The festival’s main award, “New Currents”, hands over two prizes of 30,000 dollars to firstor second-time Asian film-makers. There will be an extensive
program featuring Asian documentaries and the annual running of the Asian Film Academy, which aims to educate the region’s next generation of film-makers. The Academy is this year headed by legendary Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who won the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 1997 with his “Taste of Cherry”. The curtain will come down on PIFF on October 15 with the screening of“Camellia”, a production of three parts centering on the city of Busan and directed by Thailand’s Wisit Sasanatieng, Isao Yukisada of Japan and South Korea’s Jang Jun-Hwan. —AFP
Gaga ‘more powerful’ than Nancy Pelosi
he Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women includes Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles and Ellen DeGeneres, all of whom apparently wield more power than the woman who is second in line for US president. The annual list, released late Wednesday, places Winfrey third. The talk-show queen is worth $2.7 billion and earned $315 million in the past year, but beyond wealth Forbes takes into account executive position, creative influence and entrepreneurship. No 1 on the list is First Lady Michelle Obama. Forbes didn’t calculate her and her husband’s personal wealth or money earned in the last year, choosing instead to list in that category the country’s national budget, which is $3.5 trillion. After Winfrey, Lady Gaga, at No 7, is the next media person on the list. She earned $62 million in the past year and, according to Forbes, “single-handedly reinvigorated pop music and pop culture.” Next in media, at No 9, is Knowles, who earned $87 million
and whose music is a favorite of Michelle Obama’s, according to Forbes. Former “American Idol” judge DeGeneres is 10th on the list and earned $55 million. Forbes noted that she recently gave a $30,000 college scholarship to a gay teenager who challenged a high school policy against same-sex prom dates. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who would be in line for the presidency after Vice President Joe Biden, is 11th on the list. Like Michelle Obama, her “money” category consists of the national budget. Sarah Palin, who Forbes puts in the media category, is No 16. Her title is “political maverick and commentator,” but unlike most others on the list, her entry doesn’t include a “money” category. Instead, she gets a “media buzz” category, which says she has 2.3 million Facebook friends and that if you search for her name online you’ll get 44 million results. Other media personalities on the list include Angelina Jolie (No 21), Katie Couric (No 22), Arianna Huffington (No 28), Madonna (No 29) and Sarah Jessica Parker (No 45). —Reuters
Friday, October 8, 2010
By Zinie Chen Sampson
traveling exhibition of essential works from Pablo Picasso’s personal collection is making its US debut this week. “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” will include paintings,
canvas portrait of Maar, who inspired his “Weeping Woman” series. “Portrait of Olga in an Armchair,” 1918, depicts the Russian ballerina and Picasso’s first wife Olga Khokhlova sitting on a Spanish-design tapestry, the space around the figure left
This image released by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts shows Pablo Picasso’s “The Goat,” 1950, which is part of a traveling exhibition of essential works by Pablo Picasso at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va. —AP drawings, sculptures and etchings by the artist and serves as a retrospective covering each notable artistic period of his eightdecade career. Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the tour’s second US stop, said that Picasso’s personal collection contained works the artist consciously chose to shape his artistic legacy, “and he was not a modest man.” The touring exhibit was made possible because the Paris museum is undergoing a $28 million renovation that won’t be complete until 2012. US showings will take place Friday through Jan 17 at the Seattle Art Museum; Feb 19 through May 15 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and June 11 through Sept 18 at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Picasso’s 1904 oil-on-canvas masterpiece “La Celestina” shows a solitary, gray-haired bordello owner with a blinded eye. Picasso painted several similar portraits during his early-career Blue Period, characterized by somber tones and marginalized subjects such as beggars and prostitutes. The 176-work exhibit also highlights Picasso’s depictions of his numerous mistresses and muses, including Dora Maar. A 1937 portrait of the French surrealist photographer features a colorful Maar displaying flamboyant, rednailed hands. It serves as a contrast to another oil-on-
purposefully unfinished. “Jacqueline With Crossed Hands,” 1954, depicts Jacqueline Roque, his second wife and most-painted muse. The show, directed by the Paris museum’s chief curator Anne Baldassari, also includes the 1911 “Man With a Guitar” and 1909-10 “Le Sacre Coeur” — prime examples of the Cubism movement, which Picasso developed with 20th century sculptor Georges Braque. Also included are several Surrealist bronze heads of mistress Marie-Therese Walter, and “Head of a Bull,” crafted from a bicycle seat and handlebars. Late-period pieces include “The Matador,” a self-portrait completed in 1970, three years before his death. The US showings of the Picasso collection follow wellreceived stops in Helsinki, Finland, and in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia. George Shackelford, head of the Art of Europe Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, said the Musee Picasso is regarded as the most important repository of the artist’s work, and the US exhibitions offer a perfect chance for American audiences to see a good sampling of it. The retrospective also will help art lovers and casual visitors alike understand why Picasso is such a towering figure in the art world, said Matthew Affron, curator of modern art at the University of Virginia Art Museum.—AP
Indian Bollywood film actor Sharukh Khan poses with his wife Gauri (right) and film actress Rani Mukharjee at the opening party of the HDIL Couture Week 2010 in Mumbai on October 5, 2010. —AFP
Lily Allen wins damages from soccer magazine S
inger Lily Allen accepted damages yesterday from the publisher of a French soccer magazine over allegations that she had made offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Cheryl and Ashley Cole. Her lawyer Mark Thomson told the High Court in London that So Press, the publishers of “So Foot” magazine, had agreed to apologize to the 25-year-old British star and to pay her damages and legal costs. So Foot published the article in May 2009, saying that it was based on an exclusive interview with Allen, the Press Association reported. “The interview
suggested that the claimant had made various offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Ashley and Cheryl Cole,” Thomson said. “The statements attributed to the claimant were then repeated in an article in The Sun newspaper on May 7, 2009.” He added that So Foot now accepted that no interview had taken place and had agreed to withdraw the interview and not republish it. Richard Dugdale, lawyer for the publisher, said it offered “sincere apologies to the claimant for the damage, as well as the upset and embarrassment caused to her by the publication of the article.” —Reuters
Lost Vivaldi concerto found in Scotland
lost flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, the 18th century Italian composer famous for “The Four Seasons”, has been discovered among the papers of a Scottish nobleman, researchers said yesterday. The existence of “Il Gran Mogol” had been known about for nearly 300 years but the manuscript has only now been unearthed in the papers kept in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. The piece, found by Andrew Woolley, a researcher from Southampton University in southern England, will now be performed for the first time in Perth, Scotland, in January. “This piece was previously known only from a mention in the sale catalogue of an 18th century Dutch bookseller. Discovering that it is actually in existence is
unexpected and hugely exciting,” Woolley said. He said it was one of a quartet and the remaining three concertos have yet to surface. The manuscript is believed to have been acquired by Lord Robert Kerr, a flute-playing Scottish nobleman, while visiting Europe in the early 1700s, and was found in papers owned by his descendants. Woolley said the work was missing a piece for second violin but he has reconstructed it using the manuscript of a later flute concerto that apparently reworked “Il Gran Mogol”. Scottish Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop hailed the “remarkable” discovery, adding: “With no evidence that the piece has ever been played, I welcome the news that its premiere will be in Scotland.”— AFP
Beyonce stuns at TV fashion show
Picasso exhibition to debut in US
eyonce stunned US TV presenters Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford on Wednesday when she showed up unannounced to model one of her mother’s designs on the Today Show. Tina Knowles was promoting her new WalMart plus-size clothing line when her famous daughter strutted onto the set
pretending to be a model called Sarah. Beyonce then joined the hosts and her mum, stating she was happy to be a part of the TV fashion show. She says, “She’s my biggest supporter, so I was very excited to do this for her... I love my mom.” — contactmusic.com
By Jenny Barchfield
ashionistas breathed a fatigued sigh of relief as the spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear collections that took them from New York to London to Milan and finally to Paris for nine showpacked days wrapped up Wednesday with an equestrian show at French heritage saddle-maker Hermes that marked the end of designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s seven-year tenure there. As riders put their dressage horses through their paces in a chandelier-topped arena at the end of the catwalk, Gaultier paid homage to Hermes’ long and illustrious history of leather-working with a collection of chic equestrian garb in buttery suede and calfskin. The one-time enfant terrible of French fashion will continue to put out his signature line while a designer who cut his teeth at the crocodileembossed sportswear line Lacoste takes over the reins at Hermes. Cross-town rival Louis Vuitton, which began as a trunk-maker, sent out a cross-pollinated collection that combined glossy Chinese shapes with African safari motifs. The collection, Marc Jacobs’ strongest for the brand for several seasons, shot the darkly sensual clothes with a stiff dose of selfmocking kitsch. Miu Miu’s woman embraced her inner contradictions, mixing demure pleated skirts with oversized leather jackets with exploding star appliques. Red carpet-favorite Elie Saab toned down the glam factor with a relaxed 1970s-infused collection in peachy hues, while Russia’s Valentin Yudashkin glammed it up with ultra-short bustier dresses for the jet-setting party girl set. Other highlights of the City of Light’s nine-day-long ready-to-wear marathon included a strong debut by Sarah Burtonthe longtime deputy to designer Alexander McQueen, who was appointed to replace him following his suicide last February-and a spectacular fortieth anniversary show and after-party at a Paris circus by East-meets-West label Kenzo. A 1970s spirit took catwalks in New York and Milan by storm, and though there was some retro hippy peace and love in a few Paris collections, the most salient trends to emerge from the City of Light were transparency and clean white looks. From Yves Saint Laurent to Givenchy, designers here cocooned opaque shorts, pants and little skirts with long skirts in sheer chiffon and tulle. And while Milan was all about saturated jewel tones, there were few Paris collections that didn’t open with an all-white look. Men’s white buttondown shirts, worn as dresses or morphed into capes or even little skirts, were also nearly omnipresent here. There’s a six-month-long respite before the next round of ready-to-wear collections, for fallwinter 2011-2012, which hits Paris in early March. HERMES It was hard to know where to look-at the models in fetching equestrian garb in supple leather, or the breathtaking dressage horses strutting their stuff at the far end of the catwalk. Models in jodhpurs and bustiers in caramel-colored leather, with fringed suede ponchos thrown jauntily over their shoulders, tramped the catwalk-made, like the riding arena, out of wood chips-in equestrian boots. Flat-topped felt Seville riding school hats topped off all the looks, and riding crops competed with the brand’s bestselling Kelly bags-served up for summer in leather and wicker-to be the season’s top accessory. There were touches of the kinky edge that designer Gaultier-who shot to global fame with Madonna’s pointy-cone bra-has brought to the very classic and bourgeois label over the years, like the belts that wound around the models’ torsos and fastened around their necks like, well, horse harnesses. Or any other harnesses you might think of. Ahem. Despite the spectacular show, there was a whiff of sadness in the air over Gaultier’s departure from Hermes. “Jean Paul has brought so much to the house of Hermes, a light touch, new shapes even a
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bit of transgression,” the label’s CEO, Patrick Thomas, told The Associated Press in a post-show interview. “He will be very much missed.” Gaultier called his work with Hermes a “love story.” But, he told a frantic scrum of reporters after the show, “like all love stories, it has an end.”
Models wear creations by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier for Hermes’ ready-to-wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday. — AP
LOUIS VUITTON At first, it looked like just another Chinesethemed collection. But the set-stuffed lions on gleaming faux marble pedestals-set the tone for something much more interesting, a cross-cultural hybrid that mixed high-gloss Shanghai with the big game of the Serengeti plain. Cheongsam dresses were served up in sequin zebra stripes and giraffes emblazoned Mao-collared pajama suits. Pencil skirts in jewel tone satin were paired with sweaters with sequined lions and wide, low-slung sequin belts that glimmered darkly like Chinese lacquer. Spaghettistrapped gowns were hung with tassels or entirely covered in purple and fuchsia beaded fringe. With Wednesday’s collection, the label’s celebrity designer, Marc Jacobs, managed to inject the collection’s darkly seductive glamour with a dose of humor and self-aware kitschiness: You could almost imagine the models as high-class gangster molls from a 1970s-era Chinese mob movie with a cheesy plot but sumptuous costumes. It was Jacobs’ strongest collection for the French luxury supernova in several seasons-much better than fallwinter 2010-2011’s ladylike 1950s looks in thick tweed that made the curvy supermodels look like frumps. That said, it would have been nice to see Jacobs stick with last season’s bodacious models, with their generous womanly forms, instead of the usual cast of teenage waifs that took back Vuitton’s catwalk on Wednesday. MIU MIU Ever ambiguous, the Miu Miu woman inhabits the gray area between absolutes. At first glance, the label’s spring-summer 2011 woman appeared to be a demure bourgeois housewife in chemisier dresses with high necklines and skirts that hit beneath the knees. But on closer inspection, she really wasn’t all that prim and proper. The collection paired the satin dresses and pleated A-line skirts with oversized leather jackets in silver and gold lame with starshaped appliques that looked like cartoon electric shocks. “She’s a good girl gone bad,” said front-row guest Julia Restoin Roitfeld, the 30-year-old daughter of the editor-in-cheif of Vogue Paris. “With all that leather and the stars, it’s a real mix between rock and roll and the goody-goody girl. I love that.” Shown in a wooden-plank-floored tent installed for the occasion in the gardens of Paris’ Palais Royal, Wednesday’s collection felt like a radical departure from last season’s ultra-short dresses in wool felt, adorned with oversized flowers. But at the heart, both winter’s girly-girl in her too-short skirts and spring-summer’s rock ‘n’ roll bourgeois shared the same ambiguous, Miu Miu spirit that lives in gray and embraces contradictions. VALENTIN YUDAHKIN It was an A-list fashion crowd that descended on the Russian couturier’s show. Fashion powerhouses including Paris Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld took in Yudashkin’s glamazon collection-which looked sure to seduce jet-set party girls in Russia and beyond. The abbreviated bustier dresses, with sculptural hips of draped jewel-tone chiffon, were set for the dance floor and the artful gowns were international red carpet-ready. Yudashkin, a jaunty, bow-tie-wearing designer who’s been showing in Paris for decades, said he drew inspiration from dolls that come from a region near Siberia, and the influence of Russian folk motifs was palpable: A sharp skirt suit in drab, with a tomato-red belt, was channeling a chic Soviet uniform, while the flirty skits with sculpted hips looked like the traditional garb of Russian peasants of centuries past. — AP
French designer Jean Paul Gaultier holds a rose in his mouth as he acknowledges the public during the Hermes Spring/Summer 2011 ready-towear collection show on October 6, 2010 in Paris. —AP/AFP photos >>> See next pages fpr more photos >>>
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Models wear creations by American fashion designer Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuittonís spring/summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection, presented in Paris.
Models present creations by Italian designer Miucci Prada for Miu Miu during the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection show.— AFP
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Models wear creations by Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin for his ready to wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday. â€” AP
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Make or break Japanese GP for Hamilton SUZUKA: Three retirements in four races have in no way changed Lewis Hamilton’s approach to what could be a make or break Japanese Grand Prix for the McLaren title contender. He may be a Sunday driver by profession, but slowing to admire the scenery has never been a part of the 2008 world champion’s job description. “The fact is I am not going to... just tootle around and hope to finish. That’s never been in me. I want to fight for a win and I hope people respect that,” the Briton told reporters at highspeed Suzuka. “Fingers crossed, I hope this weekend will be an improvement to say the least.” The hard-charging Hamilton has slipped since August from Formula One championship leader to third placed hopeful after twice being in collisions with rivals. “Of course I could go and drive around and
not overtake anyone and just stay in position, that’s easy enough,” he said. “But that’s not me. So that definitely won’t be happening.” Hamilton, in no doubt about his chances of going the distance, maintained that Sunday’s race would be no more crucial than the remaining three after it. “Clearly, if I had finished the last three races or the three races that I’ve missed, I’d be in a much stronger position but that’s life and there’s nothing I can do about it,” added the 25-year-old. “I can’t go back and change it; all I can do is try to recover and try to apply myself in the most productive way towards my team and towards myself and towards the racing. “My plan, of course, is not to arrive at weekends and see how hard my team works and let them down and let my family down, or let my friends down or let myself down. So I’m doing as much as I can.”
Hamilton collided with Red Bull’s overall leader Mark Webber in Singapore, the last race before Japan, while challenging for third place. In Italy, he went out after banging wheels with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on the opening lap. However he has also won three races this season, including two in a row in Turkey and Canada. On Sunday, he intends to shrug off the pressure and add a fourth. “It’s been clearly a very tough few races,” he said. “After I didn’t finish in Barcelona, didn’t finish in Hungary, I didn’t think I could afford another couple (of retirements). “But I was very intrigued to find I am still in the hunt even though I’ve had two terrible races.” Meanwhile, Renault raised a toast to a new Russian sponsor yesterday in a four-race deal that could enhance the chances of Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov staying with the Formula One team.
The Flagman brand became the team’s third Russian backer after Lada cars and Vyborg Shipyard in a further sign of their driver’s pulling power. “We have worked hard this year to develop new relationships in Russia, and we are pleased to see this effort bearing fruit,” said team chairman Gerard Lopez in a statement at the Japanese Grand Prix. “However, the cornerstone of any successful commercial strategy is a successful driver, and the potential Vitaly has shown during his rookie season has done much of the talking for us,” he added. Petrov, the first Russian Formula One driver, has scored 19 points from his 15 races compared to Polish team mate Robert Kubica’s 114. The team have said the Russian must show he can score consistently before they commit to keeping him on for 2011. — Reuters
Lewis Hamilton is seen in this file photo.
Webber shrugs off favorite tag Harvey, Kang share SUZUKA: Formula One championship leader Mark Webber offered a word of caution yesterday to any punters tempted to bet their money on him winning this year’s title. “I’m not the favourite,” the Red Bull driver, joint 7/4 favorite with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso according to London bookmakers William Hill, assured reporters at the Japanese Grand Prix. “I think we all are pretty even at the moment,” added the Australian. “It can change pretty quickly, in a good way for me and a bad way for me. It’s on a knife-edge but I am very relaxed. “It’s another race for me, just go out there and do my best,” he said of Suzuka. “I will give nothing and leave no change on the table, do the best I can and the points look after themselves.” Webber is 11 points clear of Spaniard Alonso, with four races including Sunday’s remaining. Both men have won four races each so far, although the Spanish double
world champion has triumphed in the last two. McLaren’s 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton is third, 20 points off the pace, with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel a point further back and McLaren’s reigning champion Jenson Button fifth but still only 25 off the pace. “Like I said, it’s just another grand prix this one, another car race,” said Webber, just as determined not to tempt fate and to shut out the growing pressure as others were eager to pile it on his shoulders. “Everybody knows he is the championship leader and he cannot take huge risks,” said Sauber’s German driver Nick Heidfeld. “Even if he is a hard fighter, he’s not stupid. “If there is a chance where he might crash, I think it’s a good idea for him to do nothing stupid. And this actually makes him the favorite for me for the championship because he seems to cope okay with the pressure.”— Reuters
lead at Korea Open CHEONAN: Canada’s Ron Harvey and Kang Sung-hoon of South Korea fired 4-under par 67s yesterday to share the first round lead at the fog-hit Korea Open, leaving 2009 PGA champion YE Yang seven shots off the pace. Only 72 players out of a field of 138 were able to finish their rounds amid foggy conditions at the par-71 Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, where there was a three-hour delay to the start of play. South Korean Han Min-kyu stood one shot back after carding a 3-under 68. He was followed by three golfers, including amateur Bae Youn-ho, at 2-under. Harvey expressed disappointment with his driving and iron play, but said he performed well on the greens. “I just putted like a Greek God,” he said. Kang, who finished ninth in last year’s tournament, was a lot happier with his driving on the opening day. “It’s a long course, so you need to hit it long and it’s working for me so far,” he said. —AP
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Halladay tosses second postseason no-hitter PHILADELPHIA: Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the National League division series on Wednesday. Halladay, who threw a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his postseason debut. The All-Star right-hander allowed one runner, walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight. Don Larsen is the only pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter. He threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn. “It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay said. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and
have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.” Halladay took the Year of the Pitcher into the postseason. Halladay, who tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his first playoff start. The All-Star right-hander allowed only runner, walking Jay Bruce on a full count with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight. Halladay spent 12 seasons with Toronto, far from the postseason. A trade last offseason brought him to the defending two-time NL champions. “This is what you come here for,” Halladay said. “It’s a good team, they know how to win. ... It’s been a great year, a fun year, we obviously have a ways to go.” With a sellout crowd
standing in the ninth and chanting “Let’s Go, Doc!” Halladay got a loud ovation when he jogged to the mound to start the inning. Ramon Hernandez popped out to second baseman Chase Utley for the first out. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo then fouled out to third baseman Wilson Valdez. Halladay then retired Brandon Phillips on a tapper in front of the plate to end it. Catcher Carlos Ruiz pounced on the ball and threw Phillips out. Halladay pumped his fist into his glove as Ruiz rushed to the mound. Just like catcher Yogi Berra did with Larsen, Ruiz started to jump into Halladay’s arms. Unlike Berra, Ruiz didn’t wrap up his pitcher in a bear hug. “I felt like we got in a groove early,” Halladay said. “Carlos has been great all year, he
helps me get into a rhythm early, throwing strikes.” Phillies pitchers Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels ran out of the dugout side-by-side to congratulate the other member of Philadelphia’s Big 3 lineup. Pretty soon, everyone in a Phillies uniform was part of the victory party. Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins made the toughest play to preserve the no-hitter, going deep in the hole and making a strong throw to retire Joey Votto in the fourth. Pitcher Travis Wood hit a sinking liner to right that Jayson Werth caught in the third. Pinch-hitter Juan Francisco hit a hard grounder up the middle in the sixth, but Rollins scooted over and made it look easy. Halladay became the fifth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year. He joined Nolan Ryan (1973),
Yankees, Rangers win playoff openers MINNEAPOLIS: Mark Teixeira smashed a tworun home run in the seventh inning to give the reigning World Series champion New York Yankees a 6-4 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday in a playoff opener. The Yankees seized a 1-0 lead in the best-offive American League first-round series with game two here late yesterday. “I just try and look for something up in the strike zone,” Teixeira said of his blast off Minnesota’s Jesse Crain. “The slider was up a little bit and I got some good wood on it.” The Twins have not won a home playoff game since 2002 and have lost seven playoff games in a row to the Yankees. “It’s bad luck for Minnesota,” Teixeira said. “They have a good team. We’re just able to get that one big hit or big pitch.” In the other American League first-round opener, Cliff Lee struck out 10 and scattered five hits while allowing only one run in seven innings on Wednesday and Bengie Molina and Nelson Cruz homered to power Texas past Tampa Bay 5-1. Lee improved to 5-0 in the playoffs and gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead over the host Rays in their best-of-five series that also continues late yesterday. At Minnesota, the Twins first playoff game in their new outdoor ballpark after years inside a domed stadium ended in a 10th consecutive playoff loss after a strong start. Minnesota’s Michael Cuddyer blasted a tworun homer in the second inning off Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia and the Twins stretched their edge to 3-0 when Orlando Hudson scored from third base on a passed ball by Yankee catcher Jorge Posada in the third inning. But the Yankees answered in the sixth inning starting when Robinson Cano singled in Teixeira and Posada followed by driving in Alex Rodriguez with a single. Curtis Granbderson followed with a triple to score Posada and Cano and the Yankees seized a 4-3 lead. In the Twins’ half of the sixth, Minnesota equalized when Danny Valencia was issued a bases-loaded walk by Sabathia. The Twins stranded seven runners in scoring position, two in the eighth inning when Yankees closing relief ace Mariano Rivera of Panama entered and induced a ground out, then shut down Minnesota in the ninth to complete the victory. “Mo did a great job,” Teixeira said. Texas hurler Lee, a powerhouse for Philadelphia in back-to-back World Series appearances the past two seasons, showed his best when it mattered most for the Rangers, in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. “I like pitching on a big stage,” Lee said. “When you get an opportunity to make it to the postseason that’s what it’s all about. That’s what you play all year for. I enjoy it, and I try to have fun with it. —AFP
Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938). The last time a pitcher came close to a no-hitter in the postseason was quite a while ago. Boston’s Jim Lonborg went 7 2-3 innings against St. Louis in the 1967 World Series before Julian Javier broke up the bid with a double. The Phillies led the majors in wins (97) for the first time in franchise history, captured their fourth consecutive division title and are trying to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants. They are prohibitive favorites in this best-of-five against the NL Central champion Reds, who are making their first postseason appearance since 1995. Game 2 is Friday at Philadelphia.—AP
Lorenzo in full throttle for MotoGP crown
MINNEAPOLIS: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after throwing out Minnesota Twins’ Denard Span to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of baseball’s American League Division Series.—AP
SEPANG: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo, on top form and poised to claim his maiden MotoGP world championship crown, has vowed to power to victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend. The 23-year-old Spanish rider is already in a commanding position with a 69-point lead over compatriot and only title rival Dani Pedrosa and needs to put in only a moderate showing at the Sepang circuit. But Lorenzo hinted he would continue to race in his usual thrilling and aggressive style, despite the fact that no other rider poses a threat to his title dream. “This weekend is very important. I will try to be the MotoGP champion. Let’s try and I hope you will support me to let my dream come true,” the jubilant double world 250GP champion said Wednesday as he met with fans. “The most important thing is to win the title. Of course I want to win the race,” he said. Pedrosa is almost certain to miss the race while he recovers from surgery on his collarbone and if so Lorenzo will need just six points on Sunday to fulfil his ambition. Lorenzo is a fan of the fast and flowing Sepang track, where he clinched his second 250cc title in 2007. Last year at Sepang a sighting lap problem forced him to start from the back but he charged through the field to finish fourth, overtaking 12 riders on his way. Pedrosa on a Honda broke his left collarbone at Motegi, Japan last week after he lost control of his bike. He underwent surgery in Barcelona on Saturday. The injury to Pedrosa’s shoulder has cemented Lorenzo’s chances of clinching the MotoGP crown. Race organisers said that 10th place in Malaysia would be enough to give Lorenzo the season title. He needs to score just seven more points than Pedrosa in Malaysia to confirm his world title. Lorenzo has amassed 297 points with four races to go while second-ranked Pedrosa has 228 points. If he raced Sunday, Pedrosa would be the only rider with a mathematical possibility of derailing Lorenzo’s march to the title. Physicians have not been able to determine when Pedrosa will be able to return to the championship which ends in November. The first free practice is on Friday and the race will be held on Sunday. After Malaysia, the riders will head to the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 17 and then to Estoril on October 31. The championship ends on November 7 in Valencia.—AFP
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Aussie skipper seeks to end India jinx
BANGALORE: Australian captain Ricky Ponting will look for a personal change of fortune in India as the tourists attempt a series-levelling win in the second and final Test from tomorrow. The Aussies take the field three days after enduring one of the most heart-breaking defeats in recent history during the first Test in Mohali, which Ponting admitted hurt him badly. India, reduced to 124-8 while chasing 216 for victory, squeezed home by one wicket as Venkatsai Laxman defied back spasms to make an unbeaten 73 and shared a ninthwicket stand of 81 with tailender Ishant Sharma. The defeat left a shattered Ponting still looking for his first win as captain on Indian soil, having lost four and drawn two of his six previous Tests at the helm. Both Ponting and his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the sheer excitement of the closing stages of the Mohali Test had drained the two sides. “It was an amazing game of cricket,” the Australian captain said. “That one I will remember for a really long time even though we lost the game.” Dhoni added: “You don’t get Tests like that everyday. I am glad I was part of a match that will go into history as one of the greatest Tests ever played.” The rivals begin the decider at the Chinnaswamy stadium battling injuries to key players, while thunderstorms are forecast for each of the five days. Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger, who missed the crucial final stages in Mohali, remained in contention after scans revealed only a very minor abdominal strain. A bigger worry for the tourists was the poor form of number six batsman Marcus North, who made 0 and 10 in Mohali and averages just seven runs from his last six Tests. —AFP
Kenya defeat Afghanistan NAIROBI: Kenya’s pace attack, led by Nehemiah Odhiambo, bowled out Afghanistan for a paltry 88 in the first one-day international at the Nairobi Gymkhana Club grounds yesterday. The Afghani innings lasted just 27.5 overs after their run chase got off to a miserable start and they never recovered as wickets fell in regular intervals. Rakep Patel got the early breakthrough when he ran out opener Karim Sadiq, and veteran seamer Thomas Odoyo further restricted their chase when he removed skipper Nawroz Mangal (4) and Mohammed Nabi for a duck in a tight opening spell. Odhiambo, who took three wickets, first accounted for the Associate Cricket player of Year runner-up Mohammed Shahzad and later return to mob the tail. —AFP
BANGALORE: India’s Rahul Dravid (left) and Suresh Raina attend a training session ahead of their second Test cricket match against Australia. —AP
West Indies has hit rock bottom, says Viv NEW DELHI: Cricketing great Viv Richards feels the game has hit rock bottom in the West Indies and lashed out at the board for ostracising former players, preventing them from helping revive the Caribbean’s glorious past. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) requires the “right opinion” from former cricketers to help cricket move forward in the West Indies, Richard told Reuters in an interview. “I think cricket is at its lowest tier at the moment in the Caribbean. It’s not in a healthy state. Lots of work needs to be done to get it to the right prominence and to where folks would believe where we should be at,” Richards said. The West Indian, the most destructive batsman of his era, fumed when asked about the role of former players in cricket’s revival. “I am not at all involved in West Indian cricket. Most of the former players have been ostracised. Constructive criticism is not much accepted in the Caribbean,” the 58-year old said. “I would love to take a role like Greg Chappell did for Australia. I think I have a
good eye for talent and this is something that we have never taken on board in the Caribbean.” Former Australian captain Chappell was the head coach at Australia’s Centre of Excellence before taking on a new role as Australia’s first full-time selector and national talent development head last month. “It doesn’t smell that good when you have a board dictated to by the players’ association. The future of West Indies cricket is
certainly in doubt in my opinion,” said Richards, who is in Delhi as an ambassador for the Antigua and Barbuda delegation in the Commonwealth Games. Richards, who hit 24 hundreds in 121 tests in the glory days of Caribbean cricket, feels the longer version of the game still brings forth the best talent in the game. He was all praise for the quality of cricket played during India’s thrilling win against Australia earlier this
week. “The test match... and the finish ... that’s cricket for me at its very best. This format sorts the good ones out from the bad ones,” he said. The West Indian, who had a strike rate of over 90 in oneday cricket, picked Australia captain Ricky Ponting as the most aggressive batsman in the current era but India’s Sachin Tendulkar got his vote for the best batsman. “Ricky Ponting is the most aggressive for me ... I have always liked his aggression.
Smith steps back as new era starts BLOEMFONTEIN: For the first time in seven years, Graeme Smith will be one of the “other ranks” when South Africa play Zimbabwe in two Twenty20 internationals this weekend. Smith was appointed South African captain at the age of 22 in 2003 and has led the country in 77 Test matches, 131 one-day internationals and 27 Twenty20 internationals. He announced in August he was stepping down immediately as T20 captain and that he would quit the one-day captaincy after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He intends to stay on as Test captain and said his decision to shed some of his responsibilities was aimed at prolonging an international career which he hoped to continue for another five or six years.
Johan Botha, who captained South Africa in five T20 games when Smith was injured or rested, has been appointed captain in the shortest form of the game. The Twenty20 internationals are in Bloemfontein today and Kimberley on Sunday. Smith will resume the captaincy in three one-day internationals in Bloemfontein, Potchefstroom and Benoni which follow the 20-over games. Zimbabwe are unlikely to pose a major challenge to South Africa, although the hosts have not played any international cricket since ending a series in the West Indies in June. Zimbabwe arrived in South Africa on Monday following a modest success in a three-match one-day series against Ireland, which they won by two matches to one. —AFP
But the role Sachin is playing for India ... that’s batsmanship at its very best for me,” he went on. “The things Sachin is doing now and the way he did them in the past are two completely different chapters in his career. He is the eldest statesman where batting is concerned.” The former West Indian captain was clueless about how the spot fixing menace had made its way into modern day cricket. “I would like to think the salaries are good enough these days. If you get to a level and get recognised, you can play in tournaments like the Indian Premier League,” Richards said, with a wry smile. Spot fixing has emerged as the latest threat to the integrity of cricket after the match-fixing scandal which rocked the game 10 years ago. He was dead serious when he said that no bookie could have approached him for throwing a match away. “It could have been around during my time. But I was pretty much solid and no one could have come to me and asked me to chuck a match,” he boasted. —Reuters
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German show jumping team clinch gold LEXINGTON: The German show jumping team earned the gold medal Wednesday at the World Equestrian Games. In the team final, the first three riders for Germany all had clear rounds, which mathematically secured the gold medal before the competition was complete. Their last rider, Marcus Ehning, knocked down a single rail, but it did not matter because the worst score for each country is dropped. “It is really unbelievable,” said Janne-Friederike Meyer, one of Germany’s riders. “I was really happy that I could support the team.” Although it was a close competition coming in, Germany finished as the runaway winner with just 17.8 cumulative faults after three days of jumping. France finished second with 24.32 faults and Belgium was third with 24.7. France and Belgium also had impressive showings as they came into the final round of the competition in fifth and eighth place, respectively. The United States started the evening in third position, but had a rough night and wound up last of the 10 countries that competed in the final. The team final also served as the last qualifier for the individual competition. It will begin Friday with the top 30 riders, and the field will be narrowed to four for the final tomorrow. The first medals in para dressage were also awarded on Wednesday. It is the first time the event has been part of the World Equestrian Games.
Britain’s Sophie Wells took the gold medal in the Grade IV individual test. The Netherlands’ Frank Hosmar was second and Denmark’s Henrik Weber Sibbesen was third. In the Grade III individual test, Germany’s Hannelore Brenner won the gold medal. Denmark’s Annika Lykke Dalskov was awarded silver and Australia’s Sharon Jarvis received the bronze. “Since 1999, the para sport has really taken a step forward,” Brenner said. “It’s great. It’s the first time for us to be with the other German riders. We are like one big German family now. This is the first time we are together with them, and I hope there will be more.” Riders compete in different grades depending on the level of severity of their disability. Competition resumes Thursday with individual tests for Grades Ia, Ib, and II. Meanwhile, Britain continues to lead in the team competition. Vaulting also got started on Wednesday. The United States team is in the lead after the first day of competition. Germany is second and Austria is third. Joanne Eccles of Britain leads the individual female competition after the compulsory test, while Germany’s Simone Wiegele is second and American Megan Benjamin is third. Germany’s Gero Meyer leads in the male division, while his countryman Kai Vorberg is second and Switzerland’s Patric Looser is third. The World Equestrian Games will finish on Sunday. —AP
Sheikh Salman visits C’wealth Games By Abdellatif Shara’a KUWAIT: President of the Asian and Kuwait Shootings Sports Federations and Vice-president of ISSF Sheikh Salman Sabah AlSalem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah visited New Delhi, India at the invitation of the National Rifle Association of India to attend the opening of the 19th Commonwealth Games. Sheikh Salman met with several senior officials of the Games organizing committee and toured the new shooting ranges, that were made ready for these Games. The ranges were of higher standards and fit for international shooting tournament. Sheikh Salman thanked senior officials for their efforts to spread the shooting sport in India, then visited Dr Carny Singh shotgun shooting ranges that was opened recently. Meanwhile, President and Secretary General of National Rifle Association of India commended Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah efforts in leading the Asian Shooting Federation since he became president, and he was able to place the federation in the front of world shooting associations. Head of the medical center at Kuwait Shooting Sports Club Dr Salman Khan is participating in the doping testing committee at the Commonwealth Games after being chosen for this duty by the ISSF.
Tiger to play in Thailand
LEXINGTON: Malin Baryard-Johnsson from Sweden rides H&M Actrice W during the World Championship Jumping at the World Equestrian Games.—AP
BANGKOK: Tiger Woods will play in a one-day skins tournament in Thailand next month, returning to his mother’s home country for the first time in 10 years. Organizers announced yesterday that Woods will play in the Nov. 8 event that is part of celebrations to mark King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th year on the Thai throne. It will be staged at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, a seaside province southeast of Bangkok, and comes the day after the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai. Paul Casey of England, Camilo Villegas of Colombia and Thailand’s top player, Thongchai Jaidee, will also compete for the total prize money of $300,000. A 14-time major winner, Woods is without a tournament victory this year after being out for nearly four months in the wake of the infidelity scandal that ended his marriage and marred his image. Woods, an American whose mother is Thai, last played in Thailand in 2000, winning the Johnnie Walker Classic. He also won the inaugural event in 1998. Woods made his Thai debut in winning the 1997 Asian Honda Classic, receiving a $480,000 appearance fee and being met with “Tigermania” from large crowds following him. He also received a royal decoration and was feted by the prime minister. “Thailand has treated us very well,” Woods said at the time. “I don’t know why but I feel like I’m home. I hope I will be back soon.” Woods went on to win his first major that year at the Masters, his first of four and setting a tournament record by finishing at 18 under. That deepened the admiration for the then 21-year-old player among Thai golfers, such as Suntorn Jarumon. “Americans like to say he’s American. Blacks like to say he is black. But Thais are proud of him as an Asian, and he is definitely Thai,” Suntorn said then. “As long as he doesn’t have woman problems or money problems, he should be around for a long time to come.”—AP
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Hogdson hails Liverpool buyout
LONDON: A selection of back pages of British national newspapers showing the reaction to the proposed takeover of the English Premiership soccer club Liverpool by John W. Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. — AP
Modest means but big passion for Uruguayans MONTEVIDEO: If you are close to a Montevideo maternity hospital you may hear a sudden huge cry from dozens of little throats which, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano maintains, demonstrates the nation’s passion for soccer. “That’s the new-born babies screaming ‘Goal!’,” Galeano, a keen soccer fan, said in a television documentary about the game in Uruguay. Uruguayan football is a small but passionate world of big contrasts. Rampla Juniors, a modest first division club, are said to have the widest ground in the world-because you cannot see the tribune on the opposite side. What you get from the compact riverside ground, which has stands along only two sides, is an unimpeded view of the Montevideo skyline across the bay. A big punt carried by the wind can take the ball into the water where, in the old days, a man in a rowing boat would retrieve it. Hector Moran, who played in the Nacional side that beat PSV Eindhoven in the 1988 Intercontinental Cup final and now works for the players union MUFP, painted a bleak picture of the money players earn in the domestic game. “Seventy percent of footballers in Uruguay don’t just live off football, they have to go out to work. Salaries are very low,” he said in an interview with Reuters. “We know of people who work at night and the following day have to go to training. “The minimum (monthly) salary is 22,000 pesos ($1,100) for a first division player, 11,000 pesos in the second division. The average salary for a player at one of the middling clubs, Defensor, Liverpool, is 35 to 40,000 pesos. “Football here is something incredible. In any part of the world you find Uruguayan
players because they’re very good technically. They do well wherever they go.” Commentator Ricardo Pineyrua of Radio El Espectador told Reuters: “The footballing success of nations is due to issues that are not economic but cultural. “Uruguay are always candidates to get to the World Cup and there’s a fact: Of the (11) World Cups Uruguay went to, they finished in the top four in (almost) half of them.” Uruguay, with approximately 3.5 million inhabitants, would appear to be at a huge disadvantage when measured against much bigger and more populous neighbours Argentina and Brazil. The domestic game which has produced two great clubs in Penarol and Nacional, who between them have been South American champions eight times and world club title winners six, is run on a shoestring. Many top-flight clubs have small grounds more like those of minor-league sides in the big European football countries. A match at the famed Centenario, the stadium that held the inaugural World Cup final in 1930, could have an attendance of around 5,000 if Penarol are playing one of the many small clubs. Or it will be packed to its 60,325 official capacity for the big “clasico” between Penarol and Nacional, who with the national team have given Uruguay a footballing reputation that far exceeds the size of the country. Former Uruguay midfielder and coach Juan Ramon Carrasco believes Uruguay can remain among the best teams in the world by committing themselves to attacking football. “Sure, you can try to bring more money into the game but that’s another issue,” he told Reuters before launching into his theories of how Uruguay should play. “I played as an attacking midfielder and
my attitude was always that we’re 11 against 11,” Carrasco said. Carrasco, 54, brought a breath of fresh air into the game in Uruguay in the early part of the decade with Fenix, a small team with attacking ambitions. His philosophy helped to get him the Uruguay job-which he later lost through that emphasis on attack and weak defending- and he feels that his later work with Montevideo’s River Plate contributed to the nation’s success at this year’s World Cup. “Uruguay had a very good World Cup. The fans made demands after what we had done at River Plate...people were hungry to keep seeing that football.” Marcos Paredes, Rampla Juniors press officer, told Reuters the club grew in a community of immigrants who walked off the boats bringing them from Europe into jobs in the beef-producing plants of the Cerro (hill) area of Montevideo. The club, whose 6,000-capacity ground was named Olimpico by a benefactor of Greek origin but hardly has Olympic dimensions, retains the small-town atmosphere of a team that is part of a community of modest means. Oscar “El Maestro” Tabarez, the coach who steered Uruguay to this year’s World Cup semi-finals in South Africa, “was head teacher at the local school where I went,” Paredes said. Uruguay Football Association (AUF) president Sebastian Bauza, keen to keep up the momentum of Uruguay’s fourth place in South Africa, handed Tabarez another fouryear World Cup cycle as national coach. “Uruguay are among only four countries that took part in the under-17, under-20 and senior World Cups (in 2010). It’s very important to once again have a presence in the World Cups,” Bauza said. — Reuters
LONDON: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is delighted the Boston Red Sox owners want to rescue the heavily indebted club, despite a looming court battle by the board to force the club’s current owners to sell. A 300 million-pound ($476-million) bid from Red Sox owner New England Sports Ventures has been accepted by three members of Liverpool’s board ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline. By that time the club must have repaid its debts, or be taken over by its main creditor Royal Bank of Scotland or seek bankruptcy protection. “It’s very positive and of course I’m delighted,” Hodgson said yesterday. “It’s been going on a long time and I know how hard the board have worked to set things up. “I know it’s not easy for them because the owners have other ideas in terms of the sale of the club and what is achievable.” American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. said the offer “dramatically undervalues” Liverpool, as the proposed sale would leave them with a loss of 140 million pounds on their investment in the club. They are challenging the legal authority of the board to approve the takeover. Hicks and Gillett tried to fire managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre from the board on Tuesday and replace them with one of Hicks’ sons and a vice president from their Texas investment company. That came just hours before Purslow and Ayre, plus chairman Martin Broughton, agreed a sale to the Red Sox group, while preparing a legal case to force Hicks and Gillett to sell. Broughton insists that Hicks and Gillett had previously agreed that only Broughton had the legal authority to change the board — a fact the current owners contest. “There were no such undertakings given to Broughton, the board has been legally reconstituted, and the new board does not approve of this proposed transaction,” Hicks and Gillett responded in a statement. The Boston investors are pledging to wipe out all Liverpool’s debts, which currently stand at 285 million pounds ($453 million) and invest more money in revitalizing the team, which is languishing in the Premier League relegation zone. Liverpool was bought for 174 million pounds ($276 million), taking on 44.8 million pounds ($71.1 million) of liabilities. Liverpool’s acquisition debt, which relates to loans from the takeover, is about 200 million pounds ($317 million), with bank charges, penalty fees and debts to other groups since swelling that amount. “This is not a good deal for the money — the owners lose on the investment,” Broughton told The Associated Press. “But it’s not all bad. If the club goes into administration, which is staring us in the face next week because of the liabilities which we can’t meet, the owners owe personal guarantees of 110 million pounds ($174 million). “The sale route as opposed to administration saves them from those personal guarantees.” Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hopes the sale is completed quickly for the good of the team, which urgently needs an upturn in form. “Everyone knows it’ll be a good thing for the club,” Carragher said. “Hopefully it will be sorted sooner rather than later and we can start looking forward on the pitch and start improving results, which is what we need to do.” Bruce Buck, chairman of Premier League rival Chelsea, believes that the Red Sox ownership group should be give time by fans to prove they are different from Hicks and Gillett. “If they are in a position to recognize the history and traditions of what they are buying then I’d say let’s welcome them with open arms,” Buck said at the Leaders in Football conference in London. “You need to build up a relationship with the fan groups. I don’t think they (Hicks and Gillett) listened to the fans. It wasn’t just the leverage of debt.”—Reuters
Friday, October 8, 2010
Rafa roughs up qualifier in Tokyo
BEIJING: Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki holds up her number one trophy after she defeated Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their women’s singles third round match in the China Open tennis tournament. —AP
Caroline dethrones Serena with China win
BEIJING: Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki claimed the world number one ranking yesterday when she breezed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, dethroning American tennis superstar Serena Williams. The 20-year-old Wozniacki defeated the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 in a third-round clash under the floodlights at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre in Beijing. Wozniacki-the first from her country to reign supreme in the tennis world-will replace Williams, a 13-time Grand Slam winner, atop the WTA rankings when a new list is issued Monday. She came into the tournament ranked second. “It’s an incredible feeling,” a smiling Wozniacki told reporters. “I’ve been playing really well and it’s a really nice moment for me and for my career.” The blonde Dane paid tribute to Williams, who was forced to withdraw from the China Open due to a nagging foot injury suffered shortly after she won her fourth Wimbledon crown in July. “Serena is a great champion... it’s a dream for me to achieve what she has achieved. I can learn from players like Serena,” she said. On court, Wozniacki showed some early jitters, trading two breaks with Kvitova-who beat her in the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year-before finally taking the first set when the Czech dumped a forehand into the net. In the second set, Wozniacki-the top seed here-hit her stride, running the left-handed Kvitova from side to side and battering her with heavy topspin groundstrokes off both wings.
She raised her arms in triumph after serving out the match, as Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” thundered out of the stadium sound system. Wozniacki is the 20th player in WTA history to earn the top spotand the 10th to do so before her 21st birthday. Of the women in that elite group, half are still playing. Wozniacki earlier this week cited two members of the number one clubSteffi Graf and Martina Hingis-as her “idols” growing up. Williams, 29, has held the top spot for a total of 123 weeks over her career. Like Wozniacki, she first reached the top spot when she was 20. Wozniacki, who joined the tour five years ago, was ranked just 64th in 2007. The following year, she won her first WTA title and has not looked back since. This year, she won titles in Ponte Vedra Beach, Copenhagen, Montreal and New Haven before storming to the winner’s circle at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week. At the US Open, where she was the top seed, she fell to Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals-but that was one of only two losses she has suffered since Wimbledon. Wozniacki’s lack of a Grand Slam title has led some to question whether she is worthy of the top spot, but she laughed out such criticism, simply saying a Slam title was definitely her “next goal”. “I’m still young, so I still have a lot of time ahead of me. I’ve had a fantastic season, and I think I can be proud of this,” she said. “I should enjoy my moment.”
WTA Tour chief Stacey Allaster lauded Wozniacki’s achievement, saying she was “a very, very deserving world number one”. “There are only two players this year that have gotten to the fourth round of all four Grand Slams-Caroline and Venus (Williams),” Allaster said. “She’s won more matches than any other player on tour.... Caroline right now is the most consistent player over this 12-month period.” In other matches in Beijing, China’s Li Na breezed into the quarter-finals, but Russian seventh seed Elena Dementieva was upset by Serbian former world number one Ana Ivanovic, who will meet Wozniacki in the quarters. On the men’s side of the joint WTA/ATP event, world number four Andy Murray and two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling survived second-round scares to advance, keeping the possibility of a semifinal showdown alive. Murray, the second seed, struggled past Spain’s Albert Montanes in two hard-fought sets, 7-5, 6-3, in smoggy conditions so bad that organisers were forced to turn on the lights on the stadium court in the midafternoon. Soderling battled for nearly two hours to defeat another member of the game’s Spanish armada, Nicolas Almagro, 7-5, 4-6, 63.Spain’s David Ferrer, the eighth seed, defeated Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun in three sets. He will face Soderling in the quarter-finals, while Murray will face big-serving Croatian Ivan Ljubicic. — AFP
TOKYO: World number one Rafa Nadal overpowered Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic in a 6-4 6-4 mugging to reach the quarter-finals of the Japan Open yesterday. “That was a tough win against a difficult opponent,” this year’s triple grand slam champion told reporters. “Anything can happen. His serve is huge.” Second seed Andy Roddick remained on track for a final showdown with the Spaniard after repelling dangerous Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 7-6. Nadal trotted on to court like a prize fighter to wild cheers and camera flashes from all sides of the packed outdoor arena. The Spaniard broke through early in the first set with a whipped forehand return to take a 2-1 lead and continued to run Raonic ragged with some ferocious hitting from the baseline. The second set followed a similar pattern as Nadal, much sharper than in his opening match and his semifinal defeat at last week’s Thailand Open, turned the screw. A drilled backhand pass gave Nadal the break at 4-3 and he completed the win with another thumping forehand that was too hot for Raonic to handle. “I converted both of my break points which is what you have to do against a big server,” said Nadal. “I’m fresh mentally and that is
sometimes not so easy this late in the season.” Roddick took the first set comfortably but had to save a set point in the second with a lunging backhand volley before closing out the match on a tiebreak. “He’s dangerous because he plays a pretty high-risk game,” said the American. “But I played the big points very well. When you’re playing average that’s encouraging.” World number 10 Roddick was out-aced six to five by Chardy but powered through the tiebreak 7-4 to seal victory in a shade over an hour and a half. “I’m at a point now where I’m not afraid to play long points any more,” said Roddick, who plays fifth seed Gael Monfils in the last eight. “I haven’t played much and I’ve struggled a little but it’s nice not having to fight that mental battle.” Dressed in a sleeveless shirt and baggy knee-length shorts, the dread-locked Monfils looked more beach-goer than tennis player. However, the beanpole Frenchman was all business as he wrapped up a 6-4 6-4 victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Serbia’s Viktor Troicki bundled out fourth seed Juergen Melzer 7-6 3-6 7-6 of Austria to set up a quarter-final with last week’s surprise Bangkok winner Guillermo GarciaLopez of Spain. —Reuters
TOKYO: Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns a shot to Milos Raonic of Canada during their men’s singles second round match of the Japan Open Tennis Championships. —AP
NEW DELHI: English swimmers Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall compete in the duet free routine synchronised swimming for The Commonwealth Games at the SP Mukherjee Aquatics Centre. —AFP
Adlington bags gold, Clarke wins 100 NEW DELHI: Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington recovered from her own case of Delhi belly to win the 800meter freestyle gold medal after a day of speculation about sick swimmers and the quality of the water in the Commonwealth Games pool. A Jamaican man won the blue-ribbon 100 on the track late yesterday, even in the absence of world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Asafa Powell. Lerone Clarke won it in 10.12 seconds, with Mark Lewis-Francis of England taking silver in 10.20 and Aaron Armstrong of Trinidad and Tobago third in 10.24. Australia’s Sally Pearson, the Olympic hurdles silver medalist, crossed first in the women’s 100 in 11.28 seconds after much confusion over a false start. Pearson and Laura Turner appeared to false start. Turner was given a red card, but insisted on racing under protest. Osayemi Oludamola of Nigeria was second in 11.32, and Natasha Mayers of St.
Vincent and the Grenadines crossed third in 11.37. Even with that drama, the focus of the day was on the pool. The British media reported that 20 percent of the England swim squad had been ill with a stomach virus. Australia confirmed at least “half a dozen” of its swimmers had been sick. There were inferences that the warmup pool was the common cause, but organizers were quick to assure teams that the water
people — had experienced some kind of mild stomach problems over the previous 28 days, which was lower than had been anticipated. Swim team spokesman Dave Richardson said the ratio of swimmers falling ill hadn’t been any higher than other sports, adding that no swimmer had missed competition. Regardless, it was still another negative connotation for an event that has been plagued with problems
to the athletes’ village. In the wake of all that, the aquatics program continued. Adlington, who won the 400 and 800 freestyle gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, held off South Africa’s Wendy Trott over the last two laps to win the 800 in 8 minutes, 24.69 seconds. Alicia Coutts of Australia won her third individual gold of the games, adding the 100 butterfly title to her previous golds in the 200 individual medley and 100
qualifier Eamon Sullivan of Australia took the bronze in 48.69. Hayden said he, too, had been affected by a stomach bug. “My Delhi belly’s a little better today, I’m almost over it,” Hayden said. “It’s happening to everybody in all sports, it’s a place we’re not used to. If you can be comfortable being uncomfortable, that’s great.” Canada continued its unbeaten streak in
Sick swimmers in C’wealth Games pool had been tested and the quality meet competition standards. Swimmers, including five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe — in New Delhi as a commentator for the BBC — played down any chance the pool water was a factor, saying the chlorine killed off the threat. England’s team management issued a statement saying eight percent of the 541 people in its delegation — that’s 43
including long delays in venue construction, allegations of corruption and mismanagement and concerns over health and security amid a myriad of glitches. The Uganda delegation was angered when no official apology was offered after three of its officials were injured when a spiked security barrier malfunctioned and slammed into their car at the entrance
freestyle. South Africans Chad le Clos and Natalie du Toit won the 400 IM and the Paralympic 100 S9 event respectively, each giving them two golds for the games. Brent Hayden gave Canada another gold medal with victory in the 100 freestyle in 47.98 seconds. Simon Burnett of England was second in 48.54, while pre-race favorite and fastest
synchronized swimming at the Commonwealth Games when Marie-Pier BoudreauGagnon won the solo competition, then teamed with Chloe Isaac to win the duet. Canada has never lost a synchro swim competition at the Commonwealth Games, winning 13 gold medals in 13 events since 1986. “It’s my last chance to get a gold medal (before retirement), so I am really
happy that I did well,” Boudreau-Gagnon, who had 95.334 points, said after her solo win. Australia has dominated the velodrome in New Delhi, sweeping the four gold medals Thursday to lift its track cycling tally to 10 of the 11 awarded so far. World and Olympic champion cyclist Anna Meares won the women’s sprint for her third gold medal of the meet, while her teenage teammate Megan Dunn collected her second by winning the 10kilometer scratch race. The Australian quartet also won the men’s team pursuit, defeating New Zealand, and Shane Perkins won the men’s sprint. There was some good news for organizers. The games, which run until Oct. 14, have also been plagued this week by sparse attendance at many events. Organizing committee chief Suresh Kalmadi said 125,000 tickets had been sold Wednesday for future events, allaying concerns about the empty seats at some of the venues. —AP